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Proteas batting record under Dale Benkenstein as coach- South Africa stats in tests & ODI’s

South Africa’s batting, over the last few years, has shown a remarkable decline. The Proteas have tended to depend on a lot on individuals- most notably AB De Villiers and Hashim Amla, but with the former now retired and the latter declining with age, South Africa’s batting doesn’t seem to be as strong as it was.

Dale Benkenstein took over as Proteas batting coach from Neil McKenzie late last year, and while it would be unfair to pin their batting woes on him alone, the stats don’t make for good reading. Is it poor coaching, or simply a decline in the quality of batsmen coming through the system? Continue reading “Proteas batting record under Dale Benkenstein as coach- South Africa stats in tests & ODI’s”

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Tom Curran | Somerset fans a “bunch of peasants” August 2018 Vitality T20 Blast

England bowler Tom Curran did not hold back in his criticism of Somerset’s fans following his Surrey side’s narrow defeat in their Vitality T20 Blast game at Taunton.

Curran called it the “worst crowd I’ve experienced” and “a bunch of peasants setting a terrible example”

Somerset won the game by 4 wickets. Surrey batting first scored 176/9 in their 20, which Somerset overhauled with five balls to spare thanks to half centuries from Peter Trego and Corey Anderson.

Curran individually had a decent game- 21 runs off 12 balls with the bat, and 2/32 from 4 overs with the ball. On the same day, his younger brother Sam was part of the England team that skittled out India for 107 at Lord’s, with the 20 year old bowling a peach of a delivery to dismiss opposition wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik. Continue reading “Tom Curran | Somerset fans a “bunch of peasants” August 2018 Vitality T20 Blast”

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India vs England Second Test Match Preview-2018

After suffering a defeat in the hands of England at Edgabston by 31 runs in the first test, the Indian team will be looking to bounce back when they take on the hosts in the second of the five match series at Lords on Thursday. Continue reading “India vs England Second Test Match Preview-2018”

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India Test Record at Lords- How many tests won & lost?

Here is the Indian cricket team’s record at Lords in tests, prior to the second test of their tour that begins in the English capital on August 9, 2018.

What is India’s record in tests at Lords?

Played 17- Won 2, Drawn 4, Lost 11 Continue reading “India Test Record at Lords- How many tests won & lost?”

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Ravichandran Ashwin county cricket record- Ashwin Worcestershire stats 2017 bowling

Here is how Ravichandran Ashwin performed for Worcestershire in the year 2017. He will be rejoining after the English tour for the same county later in 2018 Continue reading “Ravichandran Ashwin county cricket record- Ashwin Worcestershire stats 2017 bowling”

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Century on ODI debut- Reeza Hendricks for South Africa 2018

Reeza Hendricks scored a century on debut as South Africa took an unassailable 3-0 lead in their ODI series against Sri Lanka. With the stage moving from Dambulla to Pallekele, the Proteas decided to make one change, with the out of form Aiden Markram replaced by Lions batsman Hendricks.

Reeza Hendricks

Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Matthews won the toss and inserted the Proteas in on a good wicket, a decision that backfired badly for the hosts.

Quinton de Kock made only 2, but his opening partner Hashim Amla was in fine nick, and the veteran along with Hendricks took the score to 100 in the 16th over.

Sri Lanka got Amla and skipper Faf du Plessis in quick succession, but JP Duminy, who has been in fine form this season, stitched together a 78 run stand with Hendricks, who was dismissed by a beauty of a delivery from Lahiru Kumara after reaching his century.

Duminy however ensured that Hendricks’ dismissal did not affect South Africa’s momentum, and the Proteas plundered 114 runs in the final ten overs as Sri Lanka’s bowling fell apart at the death.

The Lankans were always going to be up against it, and although several of their batsmen got starts, nobody really pushed on. The seventh wicket partnership between Dhananjaya de Silva and Akila Dananjaya briefly raised hopes of a stunning upset, but once De Silva was caught behind by De Kock (an excellent review from stand in skipper QDK, who took over the reigns after Faf du Plessis injured his shoulder), those hopes faded, with the home side eventually bowled out for 285.

For most of their innings, Sri Lanka were ahead of South Africa’s score at the corresponding stage, but lack of wickets put paid to their aspirations.

The fourth ODI will again be held in Pallekelle (August 8)

South Africa (363/7) beat Sri Lanka 285 all out (MOTM Hendricks)

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Ishant Sharma county cricket record- Ishant Sussex stats 2018 bowling

Ishant Sharma produced a fantastic spell of fast bowling today in the third day of the second test against England at Edgbaston, taking 5/51 as the hosts were bowled out for 180. It reminded Indian fans of another stellar day that he had against the English back in 2014 at Lords.

However Ishant had a county cricket stint at Sussex this season and his stats have been fairly good.

Ishant Sharma first class stats for Sussex 2018

Games played: 4 (7 innings)
Wickets taken: 15
Bowling Average: 23.07
Economy Rate: 3.02

No five wicket hauls, and went wicketless in his only home game for Sussex, but picked up 5 at Edgbaston against Warwickshire and 7 against Kent in Canterbury.

List of Ishant’s FC county games for Sussex in 2018

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Dinesh Karthik speaking Tamil with Ravinchandran Ashwin on the field- 2018

Here is the video of Dinesh Karthik speaking in Tamil with Ravichandran Ashwin on the field during the ongoing first test match against England at Edgbaston Continue reading “Dinesh Karthik speaking Tamil with Ravinchandran Ashwin on the field- 2018”

Sri Lanka vs South Africa T-20 Match Report-2018

The Sri Lankan spinner Lakshan Sandakan bamboozled the Proteas batting line up with the figures off 3/19 in 4 overs, that helped his side beat the vistors by 3 wickets for their lowest total in the one off T-20 game at Colombo on 14 August. Continue reading “Sri Lanka vs South Africa T-20 Match Report-2018”