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India vs Australia Melbourne Third ODI Match Report-2019

Former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni produced another chasing masterclass with his third consecutive half century as the visitors defeated Australia by 7 wickets in the third and final One-day International at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and registered their first ever bilateral series win Down Under.
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India vs Australia Melbourne Third ODI Match Preview January 18 2019 MCG

India will be eyeing their maiden bilateral one day series win on Australian soil when they take on the hosts in the third and final ODI at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.

The Men in Blue suffered a minor hiccup in the first ODI in Sydney but came back strongly to win the second one by 6 wickets in Adelaide, primarily thanks to fine contributions from skipper Virat Kohli, who notched up his 39th hundred, and veteran Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who scored his second consecutive 50+ score of the series. Continue reading “India vs Australia Melbourne Third ODI Match Preview January 18 2019 MCG”

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India’s Pace attack for 2019 World Cup- A look at India’s options for CWC 2019

With just under six months left to go for the World Cup, Team India will be looking to get their bowling combinations in place ahead of their tournament opener against South Africa at the Rose Bowl.

To begin with, let’s take a look at the pacers India took to the last World Cup. Their pace attack then comprised of Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami as their primary pacers, with Stuart Binny and Bhuvneshwar Kumar also providing options in the 15 man squad. Yadav, Sharma and Shami were India’s first choice trio in all bar one game against the UAE, which saw Kumar play ahead of the Moradabad pacer. Continue reading “India’s Pace attack for 2019 World Cup- A look at India’s options for CWC 2019”

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India vs Australia Adelaide Second ODI Match Report Adelaide January 15 2019

Virat Kohli scored a brilliant century, his 39th in ODI’s, as India defeated Australia by 6 wickets at Adelaide on Tuesday to set up a winner takes all clash in Melbourne later this week. Continue reading “India vs Australia Adelaide Second ODI Match Report Adelaide January 15 2019”

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India vs Australia Adelaide Second ODI Match Preview-2019

India after winning the test series against Australia, suffered an early jolt as they went down by 34 runs despite Rohit Sharma’s magnificent century in the first one dayer at Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday. Continue reading “India vs Australia Adelaide Second ODI Match Preview-2019”

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India vs Australia Sydney First ODI Match Report January 12 2019

Rohit Sharma’s classy knock of 133 runs went in vain as Australia drew first blood in the ODI series by defeating India by 34 runs at Sydney on Saturday. The visitors had won only two of their previous 16 ODI’s at this venue against Australia and their poor record continued as Jhye Richardson inspired the hosts to victory in front of 38,000 odd fans at the SCG. Continue reading “India vs Australia Sydney First ODI Match Report January 12 2019”

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Zubayr Hamza impressive on Proteas debut but South Africa squander advantage at Wanderers- Day 1 Report

Zubayr Hamza scored an assured 41 on test debut for South Africa but the hosts squandered their advantage in a frenetic last session that saw them lose 7 wickets for 33 runs after being 229/3 at one stage on the opening day of the third test at the Wanderers.

Stand in skipper Dean Elgar won the toss and opted to bat first. The Proteas made only one change, with Hamza coming in for suspended regular captain Faf du Plessis. Pakistan however made three of them, with Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf and Hasan Ali coming in for Fakhar Zaman, Yasir Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi.

Elgar was the first to go, edging an Abbas delivery to the keeper for just 5. His opening partner Aiden Markram, surprisingly dropped from the South Africa ODI squad against Pakistan, was impressive, hitting fours at will as Amla and he took control of the game. Just as it had been in Cape Town, Markram looked good for a century but fell at an inopportune moment. On 90, he attempted to flick an Ashraf delivery down the leg side, only for Sarfaraz Ahmed to take a good catch. Continue reading “Zubayr Hamza impressive on Proteas debut but South Africa squander advantage at Wanderers- Day 1 Report”

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India vs Australia First ODI Match Preview 2019- Hosts to play in retro kit

After a fine test series win, India will turn their attention to the 50 over format when they lock horns with Australia in the first one day international at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.

The two teams have played in 16 ODIs at the SCG, with Australia winning 13 of them and India two. Despite the visitors’ inferior record at the venue, it’s them, and not the hosts who will start favourites. India won the most recent ODI (in 2016) where they chased down a target of 331 runs with 2 balls to spare. Continue reading “India vs Australia First ODI Match Preview 2019- Hosts to play in retro kit”

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Australia’s Test Squad against Sri Lanka 2019- Will Pucovski Receives Maiden Test Call Up

Here is the 13 man roster announced by Australia’s selectors to do duty for the national team feature in the two test matches against Sri Lanka beginning January 24.

Stung by the poor performances of several players in the recent 2-1 loss to India (their first ever loss at home in the test format to the nation), the selectors have wielded the axe, with the likes of Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, his brother Mitchell, and Peter Handscomb all shown the door.

There is a maiden call up to the national squad for talented youngster Will Pucovski. The 20 year old has always been regarded as one for the future, despite his limited first class experience, but recently took a break from the game owing to mental health issues.

Joining Pucowski in the national squad are the Queensland pair of Joe Burns and Matt Renshaw. The bowling united has however remained unchanged, with Peter Siddle also retaining his spot in the squad.

The first of the two test matches will be played at Brisbane (Jan 24-28), with the other to be played in the Australian capital city of Canberra (Feb 1-5). Neither venue hosted a test during India’s tour Down Under. Continue reading “Australia’s Test Squad against Sri Lanka 2019- Will Pucovski Receives Maiden Test Call Up”

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India’s ODI Record at SCG against Australia- How many games have India won?

Here is Team India’s one day record against Australia at Sydney, where the two sides will square off against each other in the first of the three one day international to be played on 12 January.

India registered their first ever test series win over Australia earlier this week and will be looking to replicate their performance in the shorter format of the game. India have never won a bilateral ODI series in Australia (not counting a Tri Series win) in their history, and will certainly fancy their chances. Given the ODI form of both teams since the last World Cup, the visitors have a great chance at making another piece of history.

Out of the 16 games played so far between them in the New South Welsh capital, Australia have won 13, with one game producing no result and two going the way of the visitors. Continue reading “India’s ODI Record at SCG against Australia- How many games have India won?”

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India vs Australia Sydney Fourth Test Day 4- Match Report January 6 2019

Kuldeep Yadav bagged his second five-wicket haul in Test cricket as Australia were asked to follow on at home for the first time since 1988 on a rain hit fourth day in Sydney on Sunday.

Play only started after the lunch break with the home side resuming on 236 for 6, and it began badly for the Aussies as Pat Cummins was bowled by Mohammed Shami without adding to his overnight score. Continue reading “India vs Australia Sydney Fourth Test Day 4- Match Report January 6 2019”

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India vs Australia Sydney Fourth Test Day 3 Match Report January 5 2019

Spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja combined and claimed five wickets between them as India moved into a dominating position at the end of Day 3 of the fourth test at Sydney on Saturday. Continue reading “India vs Australia Sydney Fourth Test Day 3 Match Report January 5 2019”

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India vs Australia Sydney Fourth Test Day 2 Match Report-2019

Rishabh Pant became the first Indian wicket keeper to score a test century in Australia as the visitors took control of the fourth test at the end of Day 2 at the SCG.

Resuming at 303/4, the overnight pair of Hanuma Vihari and Cheteshwar Pujara added 26 more runs before Nathan Lyon got the break through for Australia. Vihari’s attempted sweep didn’t come off and the ball hit his glove, giving close-in fielder Marnus Labuschagne an easy catch.

Pujara and Pant stitched together an 89 run association for the sixth wicket before the Saurashtra batsman was dismissed just seven short of what would’ve been a magnificent double century. Lyon was again the wicket taker, taking a sharp catch off his own bowling. Continue reading “India vs Australia Sydney Fourth Test Day 2 Match Report-2019”

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India vs Australia Fourth Test Sydney Day 1 Match Report-2019

Cheteshwar Pujara scored a brilliant unbeaten 130 as India finished Day 1 of the fourth test at Sydney on a commanding score of 303/4.

India made 2 changes to the playing XI, bringing in Lokesh Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav in place of Rohit Sharma and the injured Ishant Sharma respectively, while the hosts dropped Mitchell Marsh and the out of form Aaron Finch and brought in Marnus Labuschagne and Peter Handscomb. Continue reading “India vs Australia Fourth Test Sydney Day 1 Match Report-2019”

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Proteas vs Pakistan 2019 Second Test Preview | South Africa look to make it 2-0 at Newlands

South Africa will be looking to wrap up the series at Newlands when they take on Pakistan in the second test on Thursday. The Proteas had some stressful moments to endure in the first test at Centurion, but prevailed thanks to Duanne Olivier’s 11 wicket haul and Hashim Amla’s half century in the second innings.

Pakistan had their chances in Pretoria- they allowed the Proteas tail to wag in the first innings (after the hosts had been 43/4 in reply to Pakistan’s 181 all out) and take a valuable 42 run lead and then went from 101/1 to 190 all out in the second.

In South Africa’s tricky fourth innings chase, Amla was dropped early in the innings and Elgar had a reprieve via the third umpire despite the on field umpires ruling Azhar Ali’s catch to be clean. Had both decisions gone Pakistan’s way, the Proteas would’ve been 16/3, but they did not, and the hosts eventually coasted to a six wicket victory.

Vernon Philander missed the first test due to injury but has recovered for the second, and is a certainty in the XI given his fabulous record at Newlands. With Faf du Plessis also confirming that Duanne Olivier would play in Cape Town, the Proteas selectors have a headache as to how to fit in Philander. The options before them would be to Continue reading “Proteas vs Pakistan 2019 Second Test Preview | South Africa look to make it 2-0 at Newlands”

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India vs Australia Fourth Test Sydney Match Preview-2018

Team India after an emphatic win at MCG, would be looking to create history for the first time when they square off against Australia in the fourth and final test at Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday. Continue reading “India vs Australia Fourth Test Sydney Match Preview-2018”

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India vs Australia Third Test Melbourne Day 5 Match Report-2018

India thrashed Australia by 137 runs to win the Boxing day test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and secure an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the four-match series on Sunday. Continue reading “India vs Australia Third Test Melbourne Day 5 Match Report-2018”

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India vs Australia Third Test Melbourne Day 4 Match Report-2018

Pat Cummins kept the Indian bowlers at bay with an unbeaten 61, as Australia managed to take the MCG test into the fifth day after finishing day 4 at 258/8.

Resuming at overnight score at 54/5, the Indian pair of Mayank Agarwal and Rishabh Pant started the proceedings solidly by adding 29 more runs, before the 27 year old opener was bowled by Cummins for a well made 42.

Ravindra Jadeja and Pant in quest for some quick runs were dismissed by Cummins and Hazlewood respectively and the tourists declared their second innings at 106 for eight, leaving the home side an improbable target of 399 runs to chase in the fourth innings.

Cummins was Australia’s best bowler as he finished with best figures of 6/27, while Josh Hazlewood bagged 2 wickets.

Chasing a target of 399 in the second innings, Australia started disastrously as they lost out of form opener Aaron Finch in the second over, caught at second slip by Virat Kohli off Jasprit Bumrah for just 3.

The hosts suffered yet another set back when Marcus Harris was dismissed for 13, getting an inside edge from left arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja that was snapped up by Agarwal.

Usman Khawaja looked good in his innings of 33, until he fell leg before wicket by Mohammed Shami after the lunch break to leave the home side in trouble at 63 for 3.

Shaun Marsh and Travis Head batted sensibly by adding 51 runs for the fourth wicket stand, before the former was dismissed LBW by Bumrah for a well made 44. It was perhaps not a decision that would’ve been given in the pre-DRS era, with the ball appearing to slide down leg to the naked eye, but Marais Erasmus raised his finger, and Marsh had to go after the review showed it was umpire’s call.

Marsh’s younger brother Mitchell was the next to fall, with an expansive cover drive off Jadeja proving to be his undoing, leaving the Aussies in wobble at 135 for 5.

Travis Head provided some resistance for a well made 34, before he chopped on- another dismissal which exemplified the poor technique for some of the home side’s batsmen.

Skipper Tim Paine made 26 before he edged Jadeja to Pant. Cummins and Mitchell Starc frustrated the Indian bowlers by adding 39 runs for the eight wicket before the latter was dismissed by Shami for 18 runs.

Cummins and Nathan Lyon then showed dogged resistance with the bat. India took the extra half an hour on offer, but the duo remained firm as Australia ended Day 4 at 258/8, leaving another 141 runs for an unlikely victory going into Day 5.

India at Stumps on Day 4 Second innings- 106/8 declared – Mayank Agarwal 42, Rishabh Pant 33. (Cummins 6/27, Hazlewood 2/22). Australia second innings 258/8- Pat Cummins 61* Shaun Marsh 44. ( Ravindra Jadeja 3/82, Jasprit Bumrah 2/53 and Mohammed Shami 2/71)

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India vs Australia Third Test Melbourne Day 3 Match Report December 28 2018

Jasprit Bumrah produced a magnificent spell with the ball and claimed 6 wickets as India dominated Day 3 of the third test at Melbourne on Friday. Continue reading “India vs Australia Third Test Melbourne Day 3 Match Report December 28 2018”

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India vs Australia Melbourne Third Test Day 2 Match Report December 27 2018

The MCG produced another day of attritional, dogged cricket as India and Australia fought to assert dominance on the second day of the third test in Melbourne. The hosts managed to declare at 443/7, and Australia managed to see through a few tricky late overs without losing a wicket.

Resuming overnight at 215/2, Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara continued from where they had left off on the first day, slowly accumulating runs as the visitors went through the first session cautiously. Continue reading “India vs Australia Melbourne Third Test Day 2 Match Report December 27 2018”

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India vs Australia Melbourne Third Test Day 1 Match Report December 26 2018

Aiming to bounce back from their second test loss, India finished Day 1 of the third one in Melbourne on 215/2. In front of a bumper 73,000 strong Boxing Day crowd at the MCG, debutant Mayank Agarwal laid a solid foundation upfront that was capitalised upon by the experienced duo of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli as Australia’s bowlers were made to toil throughout the day.

Having won the toss, India having opted to bat first, and as mentioned in our preview, made 3 changes to the side that had lost in Perth, with both out of form openers (KL Rahul & Murali Vijay) dropped and pacer Umesh Yadav making way for a specialist spinner in form of Ravindra Jadeja. The hosts made only one change, with Mitch Marsh brought in for Victorian Peter Handscomb, and the crowd made their feelings known by booing the all rounder when he came on to bowl later in the day. Continue reading “India vs Australia Melbourne Third Test Day 1 Match Report December 26 2018”

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Video Kerry O’Keefe racist commentary? Ranji Trophy comments & “Canteen Staff” Chef Kitchen Hand MCG Test 2018

A tongue in cheek comment or a case of casual racism? Commentator Kerry O’Keefe was heard on commentary mocking the standard of the Ranji Trophy, India’s premier domestic cricket tournament, saying that Mayank Agarwal, who made his debut today against Australia in Melbourne, had made his triple century against “Canteen Staff”, who had a “chef” and a “kitchen hand” for them.

It attracted a lot of criticism on social media. Check out O’Keefe’s commentary video below Continue reading “Video Kerry O’Keefe racist commentary? Ranji Trophy comments & “Canteen Staff” Chef Kitchen Hand MCG Test 2018″

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India vs Australia Melbourne Third Test Match Preview Boxing Day 2018

The best attended test of the year begins tomorrow as Australia and India square off at the MCG in the third test of their four match series. The first two games at Adelaide and Perth were very competitive, and with the series tantalisingly poised at 1-1, this has all the makings of a cracking test match.

India had drawn first blood in Adelaide but failed to capitalise on it in Perth. The visitors erred in picking an all pace attack- Australia’s solitary spinner Nathan Lyon was named Man of the Match for his performance at the Optus Stadium. It not only put extra pressure on their quicks but also lengthened their tail, and the difference in contributions between the lower order was one major reason for Australia triumphing in WA. The victory was also Tim Paine’s first as Australian captain. Continue reading “India vs Australia Melbourne Third Test Match Preview Boxing Day 2018”

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India roster for Australia ODI’s and NZ T20 series 2019- Shami back in ODI squad

India have today (December 24, 2018) named their ODI squad for the upcoming series in Australia and New Zealand as well as the T20 series against the Black Caps. The ODI squad features 16 players, and gives a pretty good idea of how their World Cup squad might be.

There is no place for test wicket keeper Rishabh Pant in both ODI squads, with veteran MS Dhoni set to return behind the stumps. Dinesh Karthik will provide wicket keeping cover in both squads. Left arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed gets another shot, while the ODI series also sees a return to the squad for Mohd Shami.

The differences between the ODI and T20 squads announced come in the form of two players- Pant and Krunal Pandya will play in the T20’s while Ambati Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja will only feature in the 50 over series.

The ODI squad named below is a 16 member one, while teams have to select a 15 man roster for the World Cup. Is it a toss up between Khaleel and Shami for the WC squad? Or will both go to England and Jadeja miss out?

The Indian selectors have also announced that youngster Pant will play for the A side against the England Lions after he returns from Australia. Continue reading “India roster for Australia ODI’s and NZ T20 series 2019- Shami back in ODI squad”

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Indian Women’s squad for New Zealand tour 2019- ODI’s & T20’s

Here are the list of Indian women players who are going to feature in the three ODIs and three T-20’s against New Zealand scheduled to begin on January 24.

This will be India’s first overseas tour after their T20 World Cup semifinal exit in the West Indies at the hands of England. It will also be WV Raman’s first assignment as head coach, with the former Tamil Nadu opener taking over the reigns from Ramesh Powar. Continue reading “Indian Women’s squad for New Zealand tour 2019- ODI’s & T20’s”

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Fastest Hundred in Women’s Big Bash League- WBBL 2018- Grace Harris v Melbourne Stars

Brisbane Heat opener Grace Harris scored the fastest ever century in the Women’s Big Bash League, as her side crushed Melbourne Stars by 10 wickets on Wednesday to register their second straight league victory.

The previous fastest in the WBBL had come from the bat of Sydney Sixers’ Ashleigh Gardner, who took just 47 deliveries to reach the landmark last year, also against the Stars.

The 25 year old Harris brought up her 100 in style with a magnificent six down the ground. Her innings of 101 came in just 42 deliveries and comprised of 13 fours and six sixes. Brisbane Heat reached their target of 138 runs in just 10.5 overs. Beth Mooney at the end had the best seats to Harris’ wonderful exhibition of shots, and remained unbeaten on 28 off 25 balls. Continue reading “Fastest Hundred in Women’s Big Bash League- WBBL 2018- Grace Harris v Melbourne Stars”