England vs Pakistan Third Test Day 2 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”

England vs Pakistan Second Test Day 2 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”

New Proteas T20 Jersey 2020-2021 | South Africa T20 Kit 20-21 New Balance

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.

New South Africa T20 Jersey 2020 2021

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England vs Pakistan Second Test Day 1 Match Report-2020

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.

Eng v Pak Second Test Day 1 Score card

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.

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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.

Five Indian stars to watch in IPL 2020

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”

Talking Points & Analysis- England vs Pakistan 1st Test 2020 (Old Trafford Manchester)

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.

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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?