The BCCI on Sunday announced the schedule for the upcoming Indian Premier League 2021. The marquee event returns to India after a gap of two years.
The tournament will be held in Chennai, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Bengaluru and Kolkata respectively.
The IPL 2021 season will begin on April 9 with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai.
The afternoon matches will begin at 3:30 PM IST while the evening games will start at 7:30 PM. The playoffs and the final will take place at the newly built Narendra Modi Cricket stadium in Ahmedabad.
The VIVO IPL this year will be played behind closed doors during the initial stages.
Kieron Pollard became the third player after Herschelle Gibbs and Yuvraj Singh to score six sixes in an over.
The 33 year old Trinidadian scored a quickfire 38 off 11 balls against Sri lanka in the first T-20 international on Thursday. The West Indies rounder took on Akila Danajaya by smashing him for 36 runs in his third over.
The 27 year old right arm leg spinner spinner also took a hat-trick by dismissing Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran off successive deliveries.
The Windies skipper followed in the footsteps of former South African opener Gibbs who smashed Netherland’s Daan van Bunge for six consecutive sixes against the Netherlands in the 2007 World Cup and India’s Yuvraj Singh, who also achieved the feat in the 2007 T-20 World Cup against England.
Glenn Maxwell scored a blistering 70 as Australia defeated New Zealand by 64 runs in the third t-20 international at Wellington on Wednesday.
The Black Caps made one change with Mark Chapman replacing all-rounder Mitchell Santner, while the visitors handed debutant Riley Meredith his first game, with the Hurricanes pacer replacing Daniel Sams.
After being sent in by New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, Australian opener Matthew Wade was caught by Martin Guptill at slips off Trent Boult for 5.
Aaron Finch along with Josh Philippe added 83 runs for the second wicket, before the latter fell to Ish Sodhi for a quickfire 43.
Skipper Finch was then involved in yet another stand with Maxwell. The former looked good in his innings of 69, before being caught by Kyle Jamieson off Sodhi for a well made 69. Continue reading “Australia vs New Zealand Third T-20 Match Report 2021”
The selection committee announced the squads for India Women’s upcoming ODI and T20I series against South Africa Women starting on March 7 at Lucknow. Continue reading “India Women’s Squad for the ODI & T-20 Series against South Africa 2021-“
Devon Conway scored a brilliant unbeaten 99, as New New Zealand defeated Australia by 53 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the 5-match series on Monday.
After being asked to bat by Australian skipper Aaron Finch, New Zealand lost openers Martin Guptill and Tim Siefert to Daniel Sams and Jhye Richardson cheaply.
In the 4th over, Sams provided another crucial breakthrough by dismissing skipper Kane Williamson for 12 to leave the hosts were reeling at 19/3.
The pair of Conway and Glenn Phillips then resurrected the innings with a valuable 74 run stand for the fourth wicket, before the latter was caught at cover by Mitchell Marsh off the bowling of Marcus Stoinis for a breezy 30.
The 29 year old left Conway then added 47 runs for the fifth wicket with James Neesham before the Wellington all-rounder, bought by Mumbai Indians in the recent IPL auction, fell to Jhye Richardson for a quickfire 15 ball 26.
Johannesburg-born Conway remained unbeaten on 99 to take New Zealand to a competitive 184/5 at the end of their allotted 20 overs.
Continue reading “Australia vs New Zealand First T-20 Match Report 2021 9093 Attendance Hagley Oval Christchurch”
Migael Pretorius stole victory from the jaws of defeat for the VKB Knights as the Bloemfontein based outfit picked up their first win of the CSA T20 Challenge today (February 22, 2021)
When Grant Mokoena holded out to Tony de Zorzi off Ziyaad Abrahams in the last over, the batsmen crossed and it left Pretorius 16 to get off the final 3 balls. He hit two sixes in succession to bring the equation to 4 off 1. Abrahams then bowled a perfect yorker that Pretorius was unable to get a bat on, but unfortunately for the Cobras, it was adjudged to be a no-ball. Pretorius then hit a 4 off the final delivery despite the best efforts of a diving George Linde on the boundary to take the Knights home in stunning fashion.
Given the crazy sum Chris Morris went for (INR 16.25 crore/ ZAR 32.5m) in the IPL 2021 auction, Pretorius is another that scouts will be keeping an eye on closely. He also hit 38 off 23 in the previous game for the Knights, and a hard hitting fast bowling all-rounder is worth their gold in the T20 format.
Pretorius did have a bit of luck though- he was dropped by Imran Manack in the penultimate over bowled by Corbin Bosch. It was a tough chance, but one that effectively made the difference between defeat and victory for the Cobras.