Ruturaj Gaikwad scored his second consecutive half century, as Chennai Super Kings defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders by 6 wickets in a last ball thriller at Dubai on Thursday. Continue reading “Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders 29 October Match Report 2020”
Suryakumar Yadav scored a fluent 79, as Mumbai Indians cemented their spot at the top of the table by defeating the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 5 wickets at Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Continue reading “Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore 28 October Match Report 2020”
Here are the list of Trailblazers players who are going to feature in the upcoming Women’s T20 IPL to be played from 4th to 9th November in the United Arab Emirates. Continue reading “Trailblazers Squad WIPL 2020- List of Trailblazers Players Women’s IPL”
David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha both scored explosive half centuries, as Sunrisers Hyderabad thrashed the Delhi Capitals by 88 runs at Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday. Continue reading “Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Capitals 27 October Match Report 2020”
Here are the list of Velocity players who are going to feature in the Women’s T20 IPL to be played from 4th to 9th November in the United Arab Emirates. Continue reading “Velocity Squad WIPL 2020- List of Velocity Players Women’s IPL”
The BCCI on Monday announced the Indian squads for the Australia tour, (4 tests, 3 ODI’s and 3 T-20 internationals.) Continue reading “India squad for Australia Tour 2020- India T-20, ODI & Test Squad”
Chris Gayle and Mandeep Singh scored respective half centuries, as Kings XI Punjab registered a comfortable 8 wicket win over the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday. Continue reading “Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab 26 October Match Report 2020”
Here are the list of Supernovas players who are going to feature in the upcoming Women’s T20 Challenge to be played from 4th November to 9th November in the United Arab Emirates. Continue reading “Supernovas Squad WIPL 2020- List of Supernovas Players Women’s IPL”
Ben Stokes scored a fantastic unbeaten 107, as Rajasthan Royals thumped the Mumbai Indians by 8 wickets in Abu Dhabi to keep their play off hopes alive on Sunday.
Mumbai Indians included James Pattinson for Nathan Coulter-Nile, while Rajasthan went in with an unchanged line up.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Mumbai Indians were rocked as Quinton De Kock chopped a Jofra Archer ball on to his stumps.
Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan added 83 runs for the second wicket, before the latter fell to Kartik Tyagi, with Archer taking a stunning one handed catch at the boundary.
Mumbai were deal with further blows as the well set Yadav and skipper Pollard fell in quick succession to Kieron Pollard.
A dropped catch from Rahul Tewatia when Hardik Pandya was on 5 proved to be very costly for the Royals as the MI all rounder made them pay by taking Ankit Rajpoot and Tyagi to the cleaners.
Pandya finished on 60 *off 21, as Mumbai posted an imposing 195/6 at the end of their 20 overs.
Chasing 196, Rajasthan opener Robin Uthappa was dismissed for just 3, caught at mid on by Pollard off the bowling of James Pattinson.
The Australian pacer also accounted for compatriot Steve Smith to leave the Royals at 44/2.
The pair of Sanju Samson and Ben Stokes took the attack to the bowlers, smashing them to all parts of the ground, as they added an unbeaten 152 run stand to take Rajasthan Royals to a comprehensive 8 wicket win.
They were particular harsh on spinner Rahul Chahar who went for 36 runs in 3 overs and even the re introduction of Jasprit Bumrah didn’t help Mumbai, as Rajasthan reached home with 10 balls to spare.
England all rounder Stokes remained unbeaten on 107, while Kerala batsman Samson was not out on 54.
With this win, Rajasthan Royals are now at 6th place with 10 points.
Ruturaj Gaikwad scored his maiden IPL fifty as Chennai Super Kings registered a convincing win by beating the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 8 wickets in Dubai on Sunday.
CSK dropped Josh Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur and included Mitchell Santner and Monu Kumar, while for RCB Moeen Ali came in for Isuru Udana. Continue reading “Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore 25 October Match Report 2020”
Sparkling half centuries from Nitish Rana and Sunil Narine and a 5 fer from Varun Chakravarthy helped Kolkata Knight Riders stay in the hunt for a play off spot as they beat Delhi Capitals by 59 runs at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Saturday. Continue reading “Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals 24 October Match Report 2020”
Kings XI Punjab bowlers staged a brilliant comeback, as they defeated the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 12 runs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday. Continue reading “Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 24 October Match Report 2020”
Trent Boult snared four wickets and Ishan Kishan scored a blistering unbeaten 68, as MI completed a comprehensive 10 wicket win over CSK at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
The Super Kings made lots of changes by bringing back Ruturaj Gaikwad, N Jagadeesan and Imran Tahir in place of Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav and Piyush Chawla, while Mumbai brought in Saurabh Tiwary for the injured Rohit Sharma.
After being sent in by stand in skipper Kieron Pollard, the Super Kings got off to a horrendous start as Trent Boult, and Jasprit Bumrah wreaked havoc with the new ball. Youngster Ruturaj Gaikwad was dismissed leg before wicket by Boult in the very first over.
Bumrah then got into the act by dismissing both Ambati Rayudu and N Jagadeesan in successive deliveries for 2 & 0 respectively.
Faf Du Plessis became Boult’s second victim as he was caught behind by wicket keeper in attempting to drive a wide ball.
Pollard’s gamble of giving the New Zealand left armer an extra over worked, as he had Ravi Jadeja caught at short mid wicket by Krunal Pandya.
MS Dhoni took on Rahul Chahar by smacking him for a huge six, but the spinner came back strongly as he had the veteran nicking one to De Kock on the very next delivery, as Chennai slumped to 30/6.
Sam Curran, who had been opening the batting in the past few games, was pushed down the order and the 22-year-old talented all rounder along with Shardul Thakur added 28 runs for the eight wicket stand, before the latter fell to Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Curran was involved in yet another valuable 43 run partnership with Imran Tahir to propel Chennai to a some what respectable 114/9 at the end of 20 overs.
Boult was Mumbai Indians best bowler with figures of 4/18, while Bumrah and Rahul Chahar claimed 2 wickets each.
Chasing 115, the opening pair of Ishan Kishan and Quinton de Kock took apart the Chennai bowling by adding an unbroken 116 run stand, as Mumbai Indians chased the target in just 12.2 overs.
With this win, Mumbai jump to the top of the table with 14 points, while Chennai Super Kings languish at the bottom of the table.
Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar scored respective half centuries, as Sunrisers Hyderabad comfortably defeated the Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets in Dubai on Thursday. Continue reading “Rajasthan Royals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 22 October Match Report 2020”
Mohammed Siraj bowled a fiery opening spell including two maiden overs, as Royal Challengers Bangalore thumped the Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Continue reading “Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders 21 October Match Report 2020”
Shikhar Dhawan’s epic knock of 106 went in vain, as Delhi Capitals lost to Kings XI Punjab at Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday.
Delhi made three changes by bringing in Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer and Daniel Sams in place of Alex Carey and Anrich Nortje, while Punjab surprisingly dropped Chris Jordan and included James Neesham. Continue reading “Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab 20 October Match Report 2020”
Jos Buttler led from the front by scoring an quickfire unbeaten 70, as Rajasthan Royals registered their fourth win of the tournament by defeating the Chennai Super Kings by 7 wickets in Abu Dhabi on Monday. Continue reading “Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals 19 October Match Report 2020”
Lockie Ferguson impressed on his first IPL outing by snaring two wickets in the Super Over, as Kolkata Knight Riders defeated the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Sheikh Zyed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Continue reading “Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 18 October Match Report 2020”
Openers Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal got Kings XI Punjab across the finishing line by defeating the Mumbai Indians in the second super over at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday. Continue reading “Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab 18 October Match Report 2020”
AB de Villiers scored a fantastic half century, as Royal Challengers Bangalore staged a brilliant comeback by defeating the Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday. Continue reading “Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals 17 October Match Report 2020”
Opener Shikhar Dhawan scored his maiden century in the Indian Premier League, as Delhi Capitals defeated Chennai Super Kings by five wickets at Sharjah on Saturday. Continue reading “Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals 17 October Match Report 2020”
Quinton de Kock led from the front by notching up his third half-century of the season, as Mumbai Indians comfortably defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Continue reading “Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders 16 October Match Report 2020”
Chris Gayle and Lokesh Rahul scored respective half centuries, as Kings XI Punjab defeated the Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight wickets at Sharjah on Thursday. Continue reading “Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab 15 October Match Report 2020”
Delhi Capitals moved to the top of the table, by pulling off an emphatic win against the Rajasthan Royals at the Dubai International Stadium on Wednesday. Continue reading “Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals 14 October Match Report 2020”
Kane Williamson’s fighting half century went in vain as Chennai Super Kings defeated the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 20 runs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. Continue reading “Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 13 October Match Report 2020”
AB de Villiers scored a majestic 73, as Royal Challengers Bangalore comprehensively defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders by 82 runs at Sharjah on Monday. Continue reading “Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders 12 October Match Report 2020”
Mumbai Indians moved to the top of the table by registering a 5-wicket win over the Delhi Capitals at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Continue reading “Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals 11 October Match Report 2020”
Skipper Virat Kohli led from the front by scoring a scintillating 90, as Royal Challengers Bangalore stunned the Chennai Super Kings by 37 runs at the Dubai International Stadium on Saturday. Continue reading “Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings 10 October Match Report 2020”
Delhi Capitals moved to the top of the table by comprehensively defeating the Rajasthan Royals by 46 runs at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, in United Arab Emirates on Friday. Continue reading “Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals 9 October Match Report 2020”
Nicholas Pooran sensational innings of 77 went in vain, as King XI Punjab went down by 69 runs against the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Dubai International Stadium on Thursday. Continue reading “Kings XI Punjab vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 8 October Match Report 2020”
Rahul Tripathi scored a fluent 81, as Kolkata Knight Riders snatched an unlikely 10 run win against Chennai Super Kings at Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Continue reading “Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders 7 October Match Report 2020”
Suryakumar Yadav led from the front by scoring an unbeaten 79, as Mumbai Indians defeated Rajasthan Royals convincingly by 57 runs at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Continue reading “Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals 6 October Match Report 2020”
Marcus Stoinis scored a blistering half century, as Delhi Capitals moved to the top of the table by outclassing the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 59 runs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Monday. Continue reading “Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals 5 October Match Report 2020”
Chennai Super Kings, the three-time champions came back with a bang in the Indian Premier League, as they thumped the Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets in Dubai on Sunday. Continue reading “Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab 4 October Match Report 2020”
Mumbai Indians registered their second win by defeating the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 34 runs and moved to the top of table at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday. Continue reading “Mumbai Indians vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 4 October Match Report 2020”
Shreyas Iyer scored a scintillating 88, as Delhi Capitals beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 18 runs at the Sharjah Cricket Ground on Saturday. Continue reading “Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders 3 October Match Report 2020”
Priyam Garg notched up his maiden IPL half century, as Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated the Chennai Super Kings by seven runs at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday. Continue reading “Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 2 October Match Report 2020”
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma led from the front by scoring a brilliant 70, as Mumbai Indians comfortably defeated the Kings XI Punjab by 48 runs in Abu Dhabi on Thursday. Continue reading “Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab 1 October Match Report 2020”
Youngster Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti impressed with the ball as Kolkata Knight Riders registered their second win by defeating Rajasthan Royals by 37 runs at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. Continue reading “Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals 30 September Match Report 2020”
Star spinner Rashid Khan finished with figures of 3 for 14, as Sunrisers Hyderabad registered their first win by defeating Delhi Capitals by 15 runs at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Continue reading “Delhi Capitals vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 29 September Match Report 2020”
Skipper Virat Kohli scored a boundary off the final ball of the Super Over, as Royal Challengers Bangalore registered a thrilling win over Mumbai Indians at the Dubai International Stadium on Monday. Continue reading “Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore 28 September Match Report 2020”
Rahul Tewatia produced a magical innings by scoring a quickfire 53, as Rajasthan Royals snatched victory from the jaws of defeat by registering a four wicket win over Kings XI Punjab at Sharjah on Sunday. Continue reading “Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab 27 September Match Report 2020”
Shubman Gill scored a fluent half century, as Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 7 wickets at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Continue reading “Kolkata Knight Riders vs Sunrisers Hyderabad 26 September Match Report 2020”
Prithvi Shaw led from the front by scoring a fluent 64, as Delhi Capitals registered their second win by defeating the Chennai Super Kings by 44 runs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday. Continue reading “Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings 25 September Match Report 2020”
Lokesh Rahul scored a magnificent record breaking century, as Kings XI Punjab thumped Royal Challengers Bangalore by 97 runs to register their first win of the season at Dubai on Thursday. Continue reading “Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore 24 September Match Report 2020”
Rohit Sharma led from the front by scoring a dazzling 80, as Mumbai Indians defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 49 runs in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Continue reading “Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders 23 September Match Report 2020”
Sanju Samson and Steve Smith scored respective half centuries, as Rajasthan Royals defeated Chennai Super Kings by 16 runs,in their opening fixture of the Indian Premier League season at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. Continue reading “Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals 22 September Match Report 2020”
Yuzvendra Chahal shined with the ball, as Royal Challengers Bangalore got their Indian Premier League campaign off to a winning start by defeating the Sunrisers Hyderabad by 10 runs at the Dubai International Stadium, on Monday. Continue reading “Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore 21 September Match Report 2020”
Marcus Stoinis brilliant all round performance helped Delhi Capitals beat Kings XI Punjab in a Super Over thriller at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
After being put into bat by Kings XI Punjab skipper KL Rahul, Delhi capitals were rocked early, as Mohammad Shami accounted wickets of opener Prithvi Shaw and Shimron Hetmyer for 5 & 7 respectively. Continue reading “Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab 20 September Match Report 2020”
Ambati Rayudu and Faf du Plesis scored respective half-centuries as Chennai Super Kings defeated defending champions Mumbai Indians by five wickets in the opening encounter of Indian Premier League at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Continue reading “Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings 19 September Match Report-2020”
Glenn Maxwell and Alex Carey scored brilliant centuries as Australia stunned England by three wickets in the third one-day international at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Continue reading “England vs Australia Third ODI Match Report 2020”
Jofra Archer bowled a brilliant spell, as England staged a stunning fightback to defeat Australia by 24 runs in the second one day international at Old Trafford on Sunday. Continue reading “England vs Australia Second ODI Match Report 2020”
Sam Billings excellent 118 went in vain, as Australia defeated England by 19 runs in the first one day international at Old Trafford on Friday. Continue reading “England vs Australia First ODI Match Report 2020”
Rajasthan Royals launched their new jersey for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League on Wednesday. Continue reading “New Rajasthan Royals Jersey – Rajasthan Royals IPL Kit 2020”
Mitchell Marsh held his nerve by scoring an unbeaten 39, as he guided Australia to a five-wicket consolation victory over England at Southampton on Tuesday. Continue reading “England vs Australia Third T20 Match Report 2020”
Delhi Capitals revealed their brand new jersey for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League which is slated to begin on September 19. Continue reading “New Delhi Capitals Jersey – Delhi Capitals IPL Kit 2020”
Jos Buttler continued his fine form with the bat by scoring a brilliant unbeaten 77, as England beat Australia by six wickets in the second Twenty20 international at Southampton on Sunday. Continue reading “England vs Australia Second T-20 Match Report 2020”
The Indian Premier League is all set to commence from 19th September to 10 November 2020. The matches will be played in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi respectively. Continue reading “Indian Premier League 2020 Fixtures- IPL 2020 Schedule”
Tom Curran kept his cool in the final over, as England defeated Australia by two runs to win the first Twenty 20 international at Southampton on Friday. Continue reading “England vs Australia First T-20 Match Report 2020”
Mohammad Hafeez and debutant Haider Ali scored scintillating half centuries, as Pakistan beat England by 5 runs in the third and final T-20 international at Old Trafford on Tuesday to level the series 1-1. Continue reading “England vs Pakistan Third T20 Match Report-2020”
England skipper Eoin Morgan scored a blazing 66 runs off 33 balls, as England comfortable defeated Pakistan by five wickets in the second T-20 international at Old Trafford on Sunday. Continue reading “England vs Pakistan Second T20 Old Trafford Match Report 2020”
Royal Challengers Bangalore on instagram revealed their brand new jersey for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League 2020. Continue reading “New Royal Challengers Bangalore Jersey – Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL Kit 2020”
Four time champions Mumbai Indians have unveiled their new jersey for the upcoming Indian Premier League season on Sunday. Continue reading “New Mumbai Indians Jersey – Mumbai Indians IPL Kit 2020”
Pakistan captain Azhar Ali led from the front by scoring a defiant 141 but England still enforced the follow on at Southampton on Sunday. Continue reading “England vs Pakistan Third Test Day 3 Match Report 2020”
Zak Crawley scored a magnificent double hundred and Jos Buttler made a classy hundred, before James Anderson put Pakistan on the backfoot with late strikes, as the tourists were reduced to 24/3 at the end of Day 2 of the final test at Southampton on Saturday. Continue reading “England vs Pakistan Third Test Day 2 Match Report 2020”
Pakistan on Friday announced a 17 man squad for the upcoming three-match T20I series against England. The fixture comprises of three T20Is which would be played from August 28 to September 1 at Old Trafford in Manchester. Continue reading “Pakistan T20 Squad for England Series Announced”
Zak Crawley brought up his maiden Test hundred to put England in a commanding position on the opening day of the third test against Pakistan at Southampton on Friday. Continue reading “England vs Pakistan Third Test Day 1 Match Report 2020”
Wicket keeper Mohammad Rizwan kept England at bay by scoring an unbeaten 60 as Pakistan ended Day 2 at 223/9 before bad light led to an early close in Southampton on Friday.
After a delayed start, Pakistan saw off the first hour in testing overcast conditions without losing a wicket and reached 155/5 at lunch. Continue reading “England vs Pakistan Second Test Day 2 Match Report-2020”
Here is the new Proteas T20 jersey, the uniform for the South African national T20 team for the 2020/21 cricket season. The new kit, made by technical partners New Balance, was officially released on August 13, 2020.
The Proteas haven’t played cricket for a while due to the Coronavirus pandemic- they toured India in March but left without playing a game, and the next one to the Windies, scheduled for last month, was cancelled. Some key South African cricketers were involved in a special 3TC game on Mandela Day, won by AB de Villiers’ Eagles side.
As is the case with T20 shirts, New Balance have experimented a bit with the jersey. It also carries the words “Protea Fire” inside the neck of the shirt, as can be seen in the pics below.
Abid Ali made a solid 60 but England claimed three wickets late in the evening as Pakistan were restricted to 126 for five at the close of a rain hit opening day of the second test at the Rose Bowl on Thursday.
The hosts made 2 changes with Zak Crawley coming in for Ben Stokes and Sam Curran replacing Jofra Archer, while Pakistan dropped all-rounder Shadab Khan and included Fawad Alam to strengthen their batting.
Azhar Ali opted to bat first after winning the toss, but the visitors suffered an early blow when James Anderson trapped Manchester centurion Shan Masood LBW for just one.
Abid was also on 1 when he got a reprieve, with Dom Sibley dropping an edge off Stuart Broad at third slip. The 32 year old added 72 runs for the second wicket stand along with skipper Azhar before the latter edged an Anderson delivery to Rory Burns.
Six overs later, left arm seamer Sam Curran finally removed the well-set Abid, caught by Burns for a well made 60. The opener’s dismissal triggered a mini collapse of sorts- Asad Shafiq fell for just five to Broad, while Fawad Alam was trapped LBW for a four ball duck by all-rounder Chris Woakes.
Alam, who was making a comeback to the test setup after a gap of 11 long years, was initially given not out but England took the review and got the decision in their favour.
Pakistan ended day 1 at 126/5- only 45.4 overs were bowled owing to the poor weather, with Babar Azam (25)* and Mohammad Rizwan (4)* unbeaten at the crease.
Anderson was England’s best bowler as he ended up with figures of 2/35, while Broad, Curran and Woakes picked up a wicket each.
IPL 2020 is here! Well, almost!
The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League starts on September 19, just under six months after the tournament was initially scheduled to begin. Naturally, excitement levels are starting to rise!
IPL 2020 will be a little different from the previous editions, with the prestigious meet set to be staged in the United Arab Emirates, and not India.
Indian fans will miss having the IPL in its home country, but given all that has gone on in 2020, the fact that the tournament is holding at all is a big win for everyone involved! In those 53 days between September 19 and November 10, we will get to enjoy the biggest players in the world entertain on the most glamorous stage in the sport.
While international superstars like Chris Gayle, AB De Villiers and Lasith Malinga have left indelible marks on the tournament, Indian players have also played significant roles throughout the IPL’s rich history. Continue reading “Five Indian stars to watch in IPL 2020”
In a fantastic advertisement for the longest format of the game, hosts England completed a thrilling three-wicket win over Pakistan at Old Trafford. After dominating the first two days, the visitors seemed set to claim only a rare test win at the venue, but a third innings collapse and a fine partnership against the odds from Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes saw Chris Silverwood’s men claim an unlikely victory.
Here are our talking points from the game.
Pakistan’s first defeat in 20 years while defending 250+: Pakistan have never lost in the last two decades while defending a 250+ total in the last innings of a test match. They had England on the ropes at 117/5, but incredibly, still ended up losing the game. Winviz had Pakistan as high as 84% at one stage of the game, and this will be a tough defeat to stomach. Perhaps not as much as the likes of Sydney, Hobart and Galle, but it will definitely hurt. Not to mention the fact they had also the luxury of a 100+ lead in the first innings.
No bouncers to Chris Woakes: Neither Buttler nor Woakes had been in great form coming into this game, and the latter had even been hit on the helmet by a nasty Naseem Shah bouncer in the first innings.
Bizarrely though, Pakistan didn’t employ the short ball strategy when Woakes first arrived in the middle during the chase and was potentially vulnerable to it. For a brief while later, Naseem tried it after Woakes had already had time to get acclimatised, and even succeeded in getting an edge that just evaded Yasir Shah. Woakes seemed a little wary of Naseem, showing a more open stance to the latter in comparison to the one he employed against the rest.
Some of Pakistan’s tactics in the fourth innings were questionable- this was a game they should’ve won nine times out of ten.
A rare win in the opening test for England: England have been slow starters in recent times, having lost the first test of their last five series. Add to this Pakistan’s formidable first innings lead, and everyone thought it was the visitors’ game to lose. However some fine batting from Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler saw them snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, and England fans would’ve been even happier given they did it without much of a contribution from Ben Stokes and Joe Root- their two biggest players.
Masood’s century goes in vain: Shan Masood’s century was perhaps one of the finest by an overseas opener in English conditions in recent history. It deserved, and should’ve got a win for his team, but it wasn’t to be, and this game will now be remembered for Buttler and Woakes’ stunning rearguard action in the fourth innings.
Off to Southampton: Pakistan have never played a test at the Rose Bowl, and England’s last one there, against the West Indies, ended in defeat. How will Misbah’s men fare in their maiden test on the South Coast?
Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes scored attacking half-centuries, as England defeated Pakistan by three wickets in a thrilling first test to take 1-0 lead in the three match series at Manchester on Saturday. Continue reading “England vs Pakistan First Test Day 4 Match Report”
Ben Stokes claimed two late wickets as England clawed their way back into the first test at Old Trafford by reducing Pakistan to 137/8 in their second innings at stumps on Day 3.
The hosts, resuming at 92/4, started steadily as the overnight pair of Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler added 35 runs, before Pope, having scored a composed half century, was caught at gully by Shadab Khan off Naseem Shah for 62.
Buttler, having missed three chances behind the stumps, was under pressure and scrapped his way through a scratchy 38, before falling to Yasir Shah in his second delivery after lunch.
Dom Bess made just a single before he was caught at slip by a leaping Asad Shafiq off Yasir.
England were reeling at 170-8 but Stuart Broad added 49 invaluable runs in the company of Jofra Archer and James Anderson. They were being bowled out for 219, giving visitors a huge lead of 107 runs.
Pakistan’s second innings started disastrously as first innings centurion Shan Masood was caught down the leg side by Buttler off Broad for a duck.
Abid Ali, who was given a life by Stokes, failed to make it count, as he was caught at deep mid wicket by Woakes off Bess for 20.
Woakes continued to trouble the opposition batsmen, first bagging the prize scalp of Babar Azam, caught at slip by Stokes for 5, and then trapping skipper Azhar Ali LBW for 18 runs.
Wicket keeper Rizwan, who was impressive behind the stumps, batted well in a partnership of 38 runs for the fifth wicket with Asad Shafiq, before a smart piece of fielding from Sibley saw the latter run out for 29.
Stokes claimed the wicket of Rizwan trapping him leg before wicket for 27. Shadab Khan fell in a similar manner to Broad.
Stokes then claimed his second as he had tailender Shaheen caught fending at a short ball just before the close of play. Pakistan ended Day 3 at 137/8, with an overall lead of 244.
Shan Masood’s brilliant century, followed by some top class Pakistan bowling left England reeling and put the tourist in a commanding position at the end of Day 2 of the opening test at Manchester on Thursday. Continue reading “England vs Pakistan First Test Day 2 Match Report-2020”
Shan Masood (46)* along with Babar Azam (69)* led Pakistan to a solid position at 139/2 at the end of Day 1, when bad light forced an early close at Old Trafford.
Here are our talking points from Day 1.
Resilient Shan Masood
England is generally regarded as one of the toughest places for an opening batsman. Masood became the first overseas opener in nearly four years to face more than 100 balls in the first innings of a test in the country. He was an able foil to Babar Azam, and their partnership helped Pakistan recover from the early loses of the two Ali’s- Abid & Azhar.
Buttler’s errors behind the stumps
Masood was dogged but also had a little bit of help from Jos Butler who gave him a couple of reprieves. One was a drop catch behind the wicket and the other was a missed stumping of the bowling off Dom Bess. Many have been clamouring for the inclusion of Ben Foakes into the starting line up but Buttler’s ex factor with the bat appears him to be keeping him in the side.
Pakistan choose to bat first
Unlike the West Indies who opted to field after winning the toss in the previous series, Pakistan opted to take first guard here. Its perhaps too early to predict whether the decision will prove right or wrong, but the visitors will be fairly happy with the state of affairs at the end of Day 1.
Much of the talk about the Pakistan batting in the lead up to the series has resolved around one individual- Babar Azam, and he did not disappoint, with a dazzling array of strokes for a well compiled half century. Babar is one of those aesthetically pleasing batsman and Pakistan would be hoping that he can kick on tomorrow.
Pakistan after the end of Day 1- 139/2
Shan Masood (46)*, Babar Azam (69)*
Paul Stirling along with Andrew Balbirnie scored respective centuries, as Ireland stunned England by seven Wickets in the third and the final one dayer at Southampton on Tuesday. Continue reading “England vs Ireland Third ODI Southampton Match Report”
Out of 7 games played against England at Manchester, Pakistan’s only victory came way back in the year 2001, where they defeated the home side by 108 runs. Continue reading “Pakistan’s test record against England at Old Trafford”
The thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League has been finally confirmed, and it will be played from September 19 to November 10 in UAE.
The tournament which was supposed to take in March, got indefinitely postponed due to Covid 19. With the ICC T-20 World Cup getting postponed, BCCI got the required window to host IPL 2020.
The matches will be played at Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah respectively. The afternoon game will commence at 330 pm IST, while the evening once will start at 730 pm.
Here are the complete squads for IPL 2020:
Rohit Sharma (Captain), Quinton de Kock, Sherfane Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Mohsin Khan, Fabian Allen, Prince Balwant Rai Singh, Digvijay Deshmukh, Hardik Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ishan Kishan & Aditya Tare.
Chennai Super KingsRoyal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Gurkeerat Mann, Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa (as replacement of Kane Richardson), Dale Steyn, Isuru Udana, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Pavan Deshpande, Parthiv Patel, Joshua Philippe & Shahbaz Ahamad
David Warner(C), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jason Holder, Fabian Allen, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Sanjay Yadav, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Bavanaka Sandeep & Basil Thampi.
Australian all rounder Mitchell Marsh has been ruled out of the remainder of the IPL with an ankle injury he suffered against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening fixture. West Indies captain Jason Holder has been named as replacement.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Tim Seifert , Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, Varun Chakravarti, Tom Banton, Rahul Tripathi, Chris Green, Nikhil Naik, Pravin Tambe, M Siddharth
Kolkata Knight Riders have roped in USA fast bowler Ali Khan as replacement for Harry Gurney, thereby becoming the first American to play in the Indian Premier League.
Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul (C), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Sheldon Cottrell, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Arshdeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, M Ashwin, J Suchith, Harpreet Brar, Darshan Nalkande, Glenn Maxwell, James Neesham, Chris Jordan, Krishnappa Gowtham, Deepak Hooda, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, Nicholas Pooran & Prabhsimran Singh
Shreyas Iyer (c) Ajinkya Rahane, Pravin Dubey, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Keemo Paul, Prithvi Shaw, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Sandeep Lamichhane, Shikhar Dhawan, Alex Carey, Lalit Yadav, Daniel Sams, Marcus Stoinis, Mohit Sharma, Shimron Hetmyer & Tushar Deshpande
David Miller, Manan Vohra, Riyan Parag, Robin Uthappa, Shashank Singh, Steven Smith, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ben Stokes, Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, Tom Curran, Anuj Rawat, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Akash Singh, Andrew Tye, Aniruddha Joshi, Ankit Rajpoot, Jaydev Unadkat, Jofra Archer, Kartik Tyagi, Mayank Markande, Oshane Thomas, Rahul Tewatia & Varun Aaron
The Caribbean Premier League is all set to commence on August 18, 2020. The CPL will be taking place in Trinidad and Tobago. The matches will be played across two stadiums, namely The Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba and the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain. Continue reading “Caribbean Premier League 2020 Fixtures- CPL 2020 Schedule”
Stuart Broad’s fantastic 6/31 followed by a brilliant 90 from Rory Burns saw England take a firm grip on the third test at the end of Day 3 at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Resuming at an overnight score of 137/6, the pair of Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich managed to get past the follow on target before Broad provided the much needed breakthrough by trapping Holder leg before wicket for a well made 46. Continue reading “England vs West Indies Third Test Day 3 Match Report-2020”
Stuart Broad smashed a quickfire 62 off just 45 balls, as England posted a competitive 369 on Day 2 of the third and final Test against the West Indies in Manchester. Continue reading “England vs West Indies Third Test Day 2 Match Report-2020”
A brilliant unbeaten 136 run fifth-wicket stand between Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler gave England the upper hand as the home side ended first day of their series decider against West Indies at Old Trafford at 258/4.
England made a surprise selection by dropping batsman Zak Crawley and included both Jofra Archer and James Anderson in order to strengthen their bowling (given that Ben Stokes was unlikely to bowl), with left arm fast bowler Sam Curran unlucky to miss out despite impressing in the second test.
On the other hand, West Indies went with just two front line pacers and one all rounder pacer as they included spinner Rahkeem Cornwall in place of Alzarri Joseph. One might have thought Jason Holder would want to give his bowlers a rest after winning the toss following two taxing tests, but he surprised one and all by choosing to field first.
Workload (overs bowled) for West Indies & England fast bowlers heading into the third #ENGvWI test (* playing today)
WI- Roach* (80), Holder* (78), Gabriel* (69.5), Joseph (56.1)
Eng- Stokes* (52), Anderson* (40), Archer* (39), Broad* (38), Woakes* (37), Wood (34), Curran (28)
— thecricketblog (@thecricblogger) July 24, 2020
AB’s Eagles won the inaugural 3TC Solidarity Cup by beating Quinny’s Kites and KG’s Kingfishers at Supersport Park on Mandela Day.
Here are our talking points from the game.
1.Glenton Stuurman the find of the game
The ball of the day came from young pacer Glenton Stuurman, who sent Rassie van der Dussen’s stumps flying. Stuurman built up some good pace and proved difficult for the batsmen to get away. A player we definitely hope to see more of in the near future.
2.Dropped catches give De Villiers lifeline
De Villiers scored a fine 61 (24) on his return to cricket in the Republic, but was given a lifeline twice in his innings. He was dropped by keeper Heinrich Klaassen off the bowling of Tabraiz Shamsi on 1, and Thando Ntini then dropped a return catch when the Eagles captain was on 8. You don’t give a batsman like De Villiers one chance, much less two, and he made his opponents pay for the drops. Continue reading “Six Talking Points- Eagles vs Kites vs Kingfishers- 3TC Solidarity Cup 2020 Mandela Day”
After suffering a shocking defeat in the first test, England bounced back strongly in Manchester as they leveled the three match series 1-1 at Old Trafford on Monday.
Here are our talking points from the game
1.Masterclass from Ben Stokes
Be it with the bat, ball or the field, Ben Stokes was everywhere. This was one of the great all-round performances of all time from the Christchurch born star. He displayed his batting versatility with a dogged 176 (356) in the first innings and a quickfire 78 (57) as an opener in the second. Picked up the key wicket of Jermaine Blackwood for 55 just as the Jamaican and Shamarh Brooks seemed to have done enough to take the Windies to safety on the final day. Chased the ball all the way to the fence off his own bowling to prevent a boundary being scored.
This fine performance pushed him above Jason Holder in the latest rankings for all-rounders.
Here is a look at how prominent white players in the current South African cricket squad voiced their support for Lungi Ngidi and the Black Lives Matter movement.
Ngidi’s statement on BLM had attracted criticism from several former white Proteas- Rudi Steyn, Brian McMillian, Boeta Dippenaar and Pat Symcox among them.
On the eve of the 3TC Solidarity Cup, several of Ngidi’s current team mates came out in his support.
Dwaine Pretorius Instagram post on Black Lives Matter
Anrich Nortje tweet on BLM, supporting Lungi Ngidi
A fine 95 from Jermaine Blackwood, helped the West Indies stun hosts England by 4 wickets at the Ageas Oval and take a 1-0 lead in the three test series. Here are our talking pints from the game.
1. Windies continue proud record
The West Indies continued their proud record of having never lost a test while chasing 200 or less. With this triumph in Southampton, they have extended that streak to a whopping 61 games (55 wins, 6 draws). In an era where final innings chases have become trickier and trickier, it’s a fine record to have!
2. Yet another opening test defeat for England
England’s loss at the Rose Bowl now means they have lost the first test in each of their last five series. In some cases, like the South Africa tour last winter, they managed to bounce back but its an area where coach Chris Silverwood will be demanding improvement.
3. Majestic Blackwood
Chasing 200, the West Indies were in deep trouble at 27/3 as they struggled to cope with Jofra Archer’s fiery opening spell. They also lost opener John Campbell to a toe injury, effectively making it 27/4 when Blackwood walked in. However the Jamaican rose through the occasion and stitched together two valuable partnerships, first with Roston Chase and then with wicket keeper Shane Dowrich, to resurrect the visitors’ chase. Blackwood fell five short of what would have been a well deserved century but he had already put the Windies in the drivers’ seat at the time of his departure.
The 28-year-old thus also ensured that the stellar work of Jason Holder and Shannon Gabriel with the ball didn’t go waste.
West Indies skipper Jason Holder led from the front by snaring career best figures of 6/42, as England were skittled out for 204 runs on the second day of the opening test at Southampton on Thursday.
Resuming at their overnight score of 35/1, the pair of Joe Denly and Rory Burns played cautiously for the first half an hour before Gabriel handed the West Indies their first breakthrough of the morning. The pacer got a 90mph ball one to nip back into Denly and shatter his stumps, with the batsman having to depart for 18. In his next over, the 32-year-old Gabriel also removed Burns- the first of several decisions overturned on DRS on the day for the Windies, as England were reduced to 51/3.
Zak Crawley along with skipper Ben Stokes added 20 runs for the fourth wicket stand, before Holder picked up his first wicket of the day, trapping Crawley leg before wicket for 10.
Ollie Pope looked very good in his brief stay at the wicket, stroking two gorgeous fours before a peach from Holder saw him caught behind for 12 by keeper Shane Dowrich.
England skipper Stokes then counter attacked with Jose Buttler and the duo put on 67 runs for the sixth wicket stand- the only England partnership above 50 in the entire innings. However just as they seemed to be gaining the upper hand, Holder returned to wrest control back for the Windies. He first got rid of his counterpart Stokes (43) with a fuller delivery and followed it up with the wicket of Buttler for 35, with Dowrich taking a stunning one handed catch behind the wickets.
International cricket returned after a gap of nearly four months as England and West Indies squared off against each other in the first test at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday.
Here are our talking points from the day’s action.
1. Stuart Broad left out
Stuart Broad was left out of a home test for the first time in nearly 8 years as England opted for extra pace in the form of both Jofra Archer and Mark Wood.
Wood was impressive on England’s tour to South Africa in the winter and this selection is probably another indication that the selectors expect both him and Archer to play key roles in the next Ashes Down Under.
2. It wouldn’t be cricket in England without the rain! Continue reading “Five Talking Points & Analysis- England vs West Indies Day 1”
Australia women’s cricket team continued their dominance by registering an emphatic 85-run win over India to clinch the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup for a record fifth time in their history on Sunday.
India had entered the final after a semifinal wash out against England in Sydney, but crumbled under pressure against the hosts in front of a record 86,174 strong crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Here are our talking points from today’s game.
1. Dropped catches cost India dear.
Alyssa Healy was on 9 when she was given a reprieve by Shafali Verma in the very first over of the game. The opener took full advantage as she went on to score the fastest half-century in an ICC final, smashing 75 off just 39 balls. Her innings comprised of seven fours and five sixes, and by the time she was done, India’s shoulders had visibly drooped.
Healy’s partner Beth Mooney was also dropped early in her innings, with spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad guilty on that occasion. Mooney’s composed innings of 78 took Australia to 184 and ensured she walked away with the Player of the Series award.
2. Rare failure for Shafali Verma.
The teenager has been instrumental in India’s road to the final, but suffered a rare failure here, dismissed for just 2. For many Indian viewers it was a sense of deja vu- this felt very much like Sachin Tendulkar’s dismissal in the first over of the 2003 World Cup final by Glenn McGrath. Continue reading “Five Talking points from India Women vs Australia Women T-20 World Cup Final 2020”
Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have made a comeback to India’s 15 man ODI squad for the South Africa series that was announced earlier today. The trio had missed the recently concluded tour of New Zealand, which the visitors lost 3-0, due to injury.
This is the first Indian squad to be selected by the country’s new selection committee, headed by Sunil Joshi.
What changes have India made from the NZ ODI series for the South Africa games?
Rohit Sharma is injured- he has not fully recovered from the calf injury he suffered during the fifth T20I against New Zealand, but Shikhar Dhawan, as mentioned above, has returned. Mayank Agarwal, who replaced Sharma in NZ, is not part of the 15, with Shubman Gill included in the side.
Also missing out are Kedar Jadhav, Shivam Dube, Mohammed Shami and Shardul Thakur. Shami has been rested as a precautionary measure following his shoulder injury in the second test. Continue reading “India ODI Squad for South Africa Series March 2020- First by new Sunil Joshi selection committee”
A fine century from Heinrich Klaasen, the first of his ODI career, helped South Africa stun Australia in the first ODI in Paarl. The Proteas, thrashed in the T20 series, prevailed by 74 runs against Aaron Finch’s men at EuroLux Boland Park.
Here are our talking points from the game.
A maiden ODI century for Heinrich Klaasen: The Titans star has shown plenty of promise, but unfortunately not quite lived up to it after that knock vs India two years ago. However being dropped from South Africa’s World Cup squad seems to have given him a wake-up call, and he played a fine innings here at Boland Park.
Klaasen scored 123* from 114, the only top six batsman on either side to score at over a run a ball, and his 149 run partnership with David Miller was a Proteas record for the fifth wicket against Australia.
De Kock fails, but South Africa win: Since the retirement of AB de Villiers, South Africa’s batting has been fragile and appeared to be overtly dependent on Quinton de Kock. When he fires, they stand a chance of winning, but when he doesn’t, the Proteas crumble like a pack of cards, as it happened in the two sub 100 scores in the T20’s against Australia. Continue reading “Heinrich Klaasen’s first ODI century, ODI debuts for Janneman Malan & Kyle Verreynne on Leap Day & more- Talking Points from Proteas vs Australia Paarl 1st ODI”