India vs New Zealand Mount Maunganui Second ODI Match Preview January 26 2019

After comfortably winning the first ODI in Napier, India will be looking to take a 2-0 lead in the five match series when they square off against New Zealand at Mount Maunganui. The fixture will be played on January 26 (India’s Republic Day), and the visitors have never won an ODI played on that date. Continue reading “India vs New Zealand Mount Maunganui Second ODI Match Preview January 26 2019”

India Women vs New Zealand Women Napier First ODI Match Report January 24 2019

Smriti Mandhana scored a brilliant century as the Indian women’s team thumped New Zealand women by nine wickets in the first One-day International at Napier on Thursday. India’s men had beaten the Black Caps at the same venue yesterday by eight wickets, and the women went one step better at McLean Park. Continue reading “India Women vs New Zealand Women Napier First ODI Match Report January 24 2019”

India vs New Zealand Napier First ODI Match Report-2019

Shikhar Dhawan notched up a brilliant unbeaten 75 as India defeated New Zealand comprehensively by 8 wickets in the first one day international in Napier on Wednesday.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, the Black Caps started poorly as they lost the opening pair of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro early, both falling to Mohammed Shami. Continue reading “India vs New Zealand Napier First ODI Match Report-2019”

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”