All round Phehlukwayo helps Proteas level series- South Africa v Pakistan second ODI report Durban crowd 11297

A fantastic all round performance from Andile Phehlukwayo helped South Africa level the series in Durban as they beat Pakistan by five wickets at Kingsmead. The Dolphins star first took 4/22 with the ball, his best ever bowling figures in LOI cricket and followed it with an unbeaten 69, also highest ever ODI score for the Proteas, as a KZN crowd of 11,297 saw the home side chase down 204 with eight overs to spare.

South Africa made two changes, dropping Dwaine Pretorius and Imran Tahir and bringing in Dane Paterson and Tabraiz Shamsi as they switched to a 6-1-4 from the 6-2-3 employed in Port Elizabeth. Like the Proteas, Pakistan also chose to bring in two new faces, with CT Blitz star Hussain Talat and young left arm quick Shaheen Shah Afridi replacing Imad Wasim and Usman Shinwari respectively. Continue reading “All round Phehlukwayo helps Proteas level series- South Africa v Pakistan second ODI report Durban crowd 11297”

India vs New Zealand Napier First ODI Match Preview January 23 2019

After securing a historic series win against Australia, India will turn their attention to New Zealand when they take on the Black Caps in the first of five one day internationals at McLean Park in Napier on Wednesday.

Withe just 6 months left for the mega event, the visitors are still in search of a perfect, balanced middle order combination. Ambati Rayudu looked completely out of sorts at No 4 spot in the first two games against the Aussies and was axed for the decider in Melbourne, where India appeared to field their best balanced squad, with Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar both playing vital roles in their win. Continue reading “India vs New Zealand Napier First ODI Match Preview January 23 2019”

South Africa v Pakistan Second ODI preview- Can Proteas level series in Durban?

South Africa will look to level the ODI series when they take on Pakistan in the second ODI at Kingsmead on Tuesday afternoon. The Proteas didn’t do much wrong in the first ODI in Port Elizabeth, but were comfortably beaten by the visitors, who extended their good run at the venue against the hosts.

Durban, like PE, is also on the coast, and is another venue where Pakistan fare quite well in the shorter formats of the game.

In PE, the Proteas gave debuts to Rassie van der Dussen and Duanne Olivier and went with a 6-2-3 split, playing two all rounders in the form of Dwaine Pretorius and Andile Phehlukwayo. Continue reading “South Africa v Pakistan Second ODI preview- Can Proteas level series in Durban?”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”

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”