Five Talking points from India Women vs Australia Women T-20 World Cup Final 2020

Australia women’s cricket team continued their dominance by registering an emphatic 85-run win over India to clinch the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup for a record fifth time in their history on Sunday.

India had entered the final after a semifinal wash out against England in Sydney, but crumbled under pressure against the hosts in front of a record 86,174 strong crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Here are our talking points from today’s game.

1. Dropped catches cost India dear.

Alyssa Healy was on 9 when she was given a reprieve by Shafali Verma in the very first over of the game. The opener took full advantage as she went on to score the fastest half-century in an ICC final, smashing 75 off just 39 balls. Her innings comprised of seven fours and five sixes, and by the time she was done, India’s shoulders had visibly drooped.

Healy’s partner Beth Mooney was also dropped early in her innings, with spinner Rajeshwari Gayakwad guilty on that occasion. Mooney’s composed innings of 78 took Australia to 184 and ensured she walked away with the Player of the Series award.

2. Rare failure for Shafali Verma.

The teenager has been instrumental in India’s road to the final, but suffered a rare failure here, dismissed for just 2. For many Indian viewers it was a sense of deja vu- this felt very much like Sachin Tendulkar’s dismissal in the first over of the 2003 World Cup final by Glenn McGrath. Continue reading “Five Talking points from India Women vs Australia Women T-20 World Cup Final 2020”

England’s first T20 win in Durban, another thriller & more- Talking Points from Proteas vs England Kingsmead 2nd T20

England set up a thrilling finale to their T20 series against South Africa after beating the hosts in Durban. The clash at Kingsmead was similar to the opening one in East London, but it was Eoin Morgan’s men who held their nerve on this occasion and prevailed by two runs. This was England’s first ever T20 international win in Durban after having lost their two previous games at this venue to India and New Zealand during the 2007 World Cup.

Here are our talking points from the clash.

Redemption for Moeen Ali and Tom Curran: The villains of the first game at Buffalo Park ended up being the heroes at Kingsmead. Ali’s stunning 39 off 11 balls allowed England to cross 200 when it appeared that they would just about limp to 170, and Curran held his nerve by defending 3 from the final two balls.

Quinton de Kock excellent: Matching Ali shot for shot was South African skipper Quinton de Kock. Easily the most talented batsman in this Proteas lineup, the SA skipper smashed 65 off 22 to give his side a fine start. The rest of his team mates aren’t quite at his level batting wise, as was evident in the way they struggled after his departure, and it appears that captaincy is doing him no harm.

Should JJ Smuts be batting higher?: Smuts plays in this side because he is also a capable bowler, but wasn’t required to turn his arm over here. His 13 (12) was damaging to the Proteas cause in the middle of the innings and undid all the good work done by De Kock at the top. In his defence, Smuts is an opener and not a middle order batsman, but it appears that South Africa appear to be lacking in power hitters that can smash the ball from the word go. England have plenty of them, but the Proteas don’t.

Dwaine Pretorius nearly pulls it off: Pretorius’ control and change of pace allowed South Africa to choke England in the middle overs (he went 3-0-17-1 when nearly everyone else went for 10 an over), and he nearly pulled off a stunning chase with his 25 (13). It wasn’t quite to be for the Lions all-rounder, but this was an impressive all-round performance from him.

Proteas a batter short?: As mentioned above, South Africa need to re-assess the balance of their side. A player like Pite van Biljon or Marco Marais or even Wihan Lubbe could lend some much needed power hitting to this side. There’s de Kock, and at a lesser level David Miller, but the rest aren’t destructive batsmen- certainly not in the mold of Roy, Buttler, Ali and Bairstow.

Talking points from India vs New Zealand Third T20 Hamilton 2020

New Zealand again suffered Super Over heartbreak as India beat them in a thriller at Seddon Park on Wednesday. The win, India’s first in T-20’s in NZ outside Auckland, saw the visitors clinch the five match series 3-0.

Here are our talking points from the game.

1. New Zealand fluff their lines badly

New Zealand had two glorious chances to seal this game- once when they needed 2 to win of 4 balls in the last over of the game, and the other when they had 10 to defend of 2 balls in the Super Over. Unfortunately they fluffed their lines on both occasions and fell to a disappointing defeat. Adding insult to injury was the fact that Rohit Sharma, the batsman who hit two sixes in the Super Over, could have been dismissed earlier had the Black Caps not messed up a straightforward run out opportunity.

It was deja vu for the NZ fans after their World Cup final heartbreak last year.

2. Williamson knock goes in vain

Kane Williamson played a fine hand in Hamilton, almost single-handedly dragging his team to victory. His 95 (48) should have seen him on the winning side but for the Black Caps’ meltdown at the end. Williamson also managed to get runs off Jasprit Bumrah at the death- a feat that seemed well beyond the abilities of his team mates in Auckland. Continue reading “Talking points from India vs New Zealand Third T20 Hamilton 2020”

Talking Points from India vs New Zealand 2nd T20 Auckland January 26 2020

Lokesh Rahul continued his good form with the bat with yet another half century as India comfortably defeated New Zealand by seven wickets at Eden Park to go 2-0 up in the five game T20 series on Sunday.

Here are our talking points from the game.

1. Black Caps failed to capitalize on the start given by Guptill

Martin Guptill’s 20 ball 33 gave New Zealand a good start after they had won the toss and chosen to bat first. But the rest of the batsmen were unable to make use of the solid foundation he had laid upfront. New Zealand were 56 after 6.3 overs but only managed to crawl to 132/5 at the end of their allotted 20. Even worse, they managed only 22 runs of the last four overs- a figure that could have been even worse if not for Tim Seifert’s outrageous six over extra cover off the penultimate ball of the innings.

Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, both of who had struck at nearly 200 in the first T20, simply struggled to get bat on ball and scored 32 runs off 44 balls between them without managing even a single boundary.

2. Colin de Grandhomme fails again

He fell for a two ball duck in the first T-20, and Colin de Grandhomme again failed to impress at Eden Park. Promoted ahead of Ross Taylor, he scored 3 (5) before spooning a simple return catch to Ravindra Jadeja. De Grandhomme is the designated power hitter in the New Zealand middle order and his failures have not helped the Black Caps’ cause in this series.

3. Jadeja and Bumrah strangulate the Black Caps

Jadeja’s fine spell of 2/18 saw India choke the Black Caps in the middle stages of the innings while Jasprit Bumrah was again his usual miserly self at the death. Between them, the duo had combined figures of 3/40 in 8 overs and were the architects of India’s triumph. Continue reading “Talking Points from India vs New Zealand 2nd T20 Auckland January 26 2020”

Bumrah excellent, poor Indian fielding, great Guptill catch & more- Talking points from Black Caps vs India First T20 Auckland 2020

Fine half centuries from KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer helped India comfortably chase down a stiff target of 203 in their first T20 against New Zealand in Auckland. The visitors used the short straight boundaries at Eden Park to good effect as they coasted home with a full over to spare.

Here are our talking points from today’s T20I clash.

Bumrah excellent: On a pitch where over 400 runs were scored, Jasprit Bumrah was again excellent with miserly figures of 1/31 in his 4 overs. Those 31 runs included a misfield and an overthrow which cost 8 runs instead of the two they should originally have, which means his figures would’ve read 1/25. He conceded only two fours and on a day when his fellow pacers Shardul Thakur and Mohammad Shami were carted all around the park, his stellar spell was as important to India’s victory as Rahul and Iyer’s knocks.

Poor Indian fielding: Perhaps it was the jet lag, but India’s fielding was seriously off the pace today. Apart from the misfield and overthrow mentioned above, there were plenty of other lapses- the biggest of them being Yuzvendra Chahal’s dropped catch of Kane Williamson. The NZ skipper could’ve been caught in his 20’s, but poor positioning saw the ball sail over Chahal’s head for six. It didn’t cost them today, but it’s an area Virat Kohli will demand instant improvement in ahead of the second T20.

Great Guptill catch: The Black Caps mirrored India’s fielding- they had two shots at running KL Rahul out in the sixth over, but fluffed both, and Ish Sodhi then dropped a skier that would’ve seen the back of Kohli. However the catch that eventually sent the Indian skipper back to the pavillion was an absolute stunner from Martin Guptill- another great display of athleticism from the Black Caps star. Continue reading “Bumrah excellent, poor Indian fielding, great Guptill catch & more- Talking points from Black Caps vs India First T20 Auckland 2020”

India’s ODI & T-20 Squad for New Zealand Tour 2020- Prithvi Shaw receives maiden ODI call up

Here are the Indian squads for the upcoming T20 and one day series against New Zealand. Left handed batsman Shikhar Dhawan was originally named in both squads, but was ruled out due to a shoulder injury that he picked up during the third and the final ODI against Australia in Bengaluru

T-20 SquadOne Day SquadSouth Africa Squad
Virat Kohli (c)Virat Kohli (c)Quinton de Kock (c & wk)
Rohit SharmaRohit SharmaTemba Bavuma
KL RahulKL RahulFaf du Plessis
Shreyas IyerShreyas IyerRassie van der Dussen
Manish PandeyManish PandeyKyle Verreynne
Shikhar Dhawan Sanju SamsonShikhar Dhawan Prithvi ShawDavid Miller
Rishabh PantRishabh PantHeinrich Klassen
Shivam DubeShivam DubeJon-Jon Smuts
Washington SundarKedar JadhavAndile Phehlukwayo
Ravindra JadejaRavindra JadejaLutho Sipamla
Kuldeep YadavKuldeep YadavLungi Ngidi
Yuzvendra ChahalYuzvendra ChahalBeuran Hendricks
Jasprit BumrahJasprit BumrahAnrich Nortje
Mohammed ShamiMohammed ShamiGeorge Linde
Navdeep SainiNavdeep SainiKeshav Maharaj
Shardul ThakurShardul ThakurJanneman Malan
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India T20 Squad vs Sri Lanka 2020 & ODI Roster for Australia series Announced

After completing a 2-1 series win over the West Indies, India have today announced their squad for the upcoming T20 and ODI series at home against Sri Lanka and Australia respectively. The Islanders will play three T20’s against the Men in Blue on the 5th, 7th and 10th of January, with Guwahati, Indore and Pune being the venues. The three One Day internationals against Australia will take place at Mumbai, Rajkot and Bangalore (January 14, 17 and 19, 2020)

What changes have India made to the T20 squad that will take on Sri Lanka?

The original T20 squad named for the West Indies series had Shikhar Dhawan in it, but the southpaw withdrew due to injury and Sanju Samson was named as his replacement. Samson, who didn’t feature in any of the three T20’s (one of them was in his home town of Trivandrum), retains his spot, and Dhawan comes back in as a straight replacement for Rohit Sharma, who has been rested for this tour. The other three changes are in the bowling department where Mohammad Shami (rested), Deepak Chahar (injured) and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar (injured) make away for Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur and Jasprit Bumrah.

India T20 Squad vs Sri Lanka 2020

What changes have India made for their ODI squad for the Australia series? Continue reading “India T20 Squad vs Sri Lanka 2020 & ODI Roster for Australia series Announced”

Full List of 332 players- IPL auction shortlist 2020 (Indian, Overseas & Associate Players)

Here is the 332 player shortlist of the 2020 Indian Premier League auction. 971 players originally registered, and the list was trimmed down to 332, which have been released today. The auction will take place on December 19. The 332 players comprise of 186 Indians, 143 overseas/foreign players, and 3 associate nation players.

What is the breakup of the 143 foreign players participating at the IPL auction?

35 Australian players, 23 South African players, 22 England players, 19 West Indies players, 18 New Zealand Players, 14 Sri Lankan players, 7 Afghanistan players, 5 Bangladesh players.

Which associate players will be there at the 2020 Indian Premier League auction?

There are 3 Associate Players in the auction- Ali Khan (USA), Zahoor Khan (UAE) and George Munsey (Scotland)

How many South African players have registered for the 2020 IPL Auction?

There were 54 Proteas players who originally registered for the auction, and this figure was trimmed down to 23 in the 332 player shortlist. The 23 player names are

Chris Morris, Heinrich Klaasen, Dale Steyn, Colin Ingram, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Anrich Nortje, Janneman Malan, Beuran Hendricks, Aiden Markram, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Nandre Burger, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Abbott, David Wiese, Marchant de Lange, Cameron Delport, Wiaan Mulder, Jon Jon Smuts, Gerald Coetzee, Marco Marais and Corbin Bosch. Continue reading “Full List of 332 players- IPL auction shortlist 2020 (Indian, Overseas & Associate Players)”

Pollard knock in vain, Indian top order fires, Evin Lewis Injury & More- Five Talking points & Analysis- India vs West Indies Third T20 Mumbai December 2019

Kieron Pollard’s fine half century went in vain, as India defeated West Indies by 67 runs in the third and the final T20 International at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday. Pollard has played more games at the ground than any other Indian international bar Rohit Sharma, and his familiarity with the venue showed as he smashed six sixes and five fours in his 39 ball 68.

The visitors, fresh off a fine chase in Trivandrum, remained unchanged while India brought in Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav in place of Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal to strengthen their bowling. Pollard won the toss, and as he had done in the Kerala capital, opted to bowl first.

India's playing XI v West Indies 2019 Continue reading “Pollard knock in vain, Indian top order fires, Evin Lewis Injury & More- Five Talking points & Analysis- India vs West Indies Third T20 Mumbai December 2019”

Five Talking points & Analysis- India vs West Indies Second T20 Thiruvananthapuram December 2019

A fine half century from West Indies opener Lendl Simmons- his first in this format since the 2016 World Cup, saw the visitors defeat India by 8 wickets in the second T20 international at Trivandrum on Sunday.

Simmons’ 67, ably supported by quickfire knocks from Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer and Nicholas Pooran, saw the Windies comfortably overhaul the target of 171 with nine balls to spare. Continue reading “Five Talking points & Analysis- India vs West Indies Second T20 Thiruvananthapuram December 2019”