Ravindra Jadeja’s quickfire unbeaten 44, combined with three wicket hauls from concussion substitute Yuzvendra Chahal and T. Natarajan as India defeated Australia by 11 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three match series on Friday.
Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja scored respective half centuries, as India registered their first win by defeating Australia by 13 runs in the third and the final one dayer in Canberra on Wednesday.
The Men in Blue dropped Mayank Agarwal, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Shami and Yuzvendra Chahal for T Natarajan, Shubman Gill, Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav, while Australia included Green, Abbott and Ashton Agar and dropped the injured David Warner, Pat Cummins and Starc respectively.
Steve Smith continued from where he had left off on Friday by scoring his second consecutive century of the series, as Australia defeated India by 51 runs in the second one day international at Sydney on Sunday.
Aaron Finch and Steve Smith scored fine hundreds as Australia comprehensively defeated India by 66 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match one-day series at Sydney on Friday.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, the duo of Finch and David Warner got Australia off to a fantastic start by adding 156 runs for the opening wicket, before Mohammed Shami provided the breakthrough by dismissing the latter, caught behind for a fine 69.
Finch and Steve Smith were involved in a 108 run stand for the second wicket, before the former fell to Jasprit Bumrah for a superb 114 from 124 balls.
Marcus Stoinis fell to Yuzvendra Chahal for a first ball duck.
Glenn Maxwell provided impetus by scoring a quickfire 45 off 19 balls, before being caught by Ravindra Jadeja at long on off Shami. His innings comprised of five fours and three sixes.
The former Australia skipper Smith scored a magnificent 105 runs off just 66 balls, as the home side ended up with a mammoth total of 374/6 at the end of their allotted 50 overs.
Here is the list of fastest ODI hundreds for Australia.
The record is currently held by Glenn Maxwell with James Faulkner and Steve Smith coming in at No 2 & 3 respectively as seen in the graphic below. Smith has hit a 62 ball 100 TWICE in Australia’s 2020/21 ODI series against India, both at Sydney (November 27, 2020 and November 29, 2020)
The Men in Blue will be wearing the new jersey for the upcoming three match ODI and T20I series in Australia.
Virat Kohli & Co. will be seen in a navy blue coloured kit instead of the traditional sky blue kits. The retro jersey is expected to be the one similar to the 1992 strip that team India wore during the World Cup.
MPL Sports will be BCCI’s new kit sponsors instead of Nike. Indian left-handed opening batsman opener Shikhar Dhawan was seen posing with the new kit. Continue reading “New India Cricket Jersey 2020-21- India Retro T-20 Kit for Australia Series (ODIs &T20Is)”
The BCCI on Monday announced the Indian squads for the Australia tour, (4 tests, 3 ODI’s and 3 T-20 internationals.) Continue reading “India squad for Australia Tour 2020- India T-20, ODI & Test Squad”
Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have made a comeback to India’s 15 man ODI squad for the South Africa series that was announced earlier today. The trio had missed the recently concluded tour of New Zealand, which the visitors lost 3-0, due to injury.
This is the first Indian squad to be selected by the country’s new selection committee, headed by Sunil Joshi.
What changes have India made from the NZ ODI series for the South Africa games?
Rohit Sharma is injured- he has not fully recovered from the calf injury he suffered during the fifth T20I against New Zealand, but Shikhar Dhawan, as mentioned above, has returned. Mayank Agarwal, who replaced Sharma in NZ, is not part of the 15, with Shubman Gill included in the side.
Also missing out are Kedar Jadhav, Shivam Dube, Mohammed Shami and Shardul Thakur. Shami has been rested as a precautionary measure following his shoulder injury in the second test. Continue reading “India ODI Squad for South Africa Series March 2020- First by new Sunil Joshi selection committee”
New Zealand continued their dominance at home as they thumped India by seven wickets in less than three days to complete a memorable series win at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Monday. The victory ensured a whitewash for the Black Caps across both ODI and test formats after they had been blanked 5-0 in the T-20’s.
Here are our talking points from the second test.
Uncharacteristically poor tour for Virat Kohli.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s woeful run with the bat continued as he was dismissed cheaply yet again in both innings here. In the test series, Kohli had scores of 2, 19, 3 & 14 respectively. He was dismissed leg before wicket twice here, with Tim Southee accounting for him in the first innings and Colin de Grandhomme claiming his scalp in the second.
Kohli’s tally for the series was only 38 runs- even tailender Mohammed Shami (44) scored more than him.
Kyle Jamieson’s handy runs down the order hurt India.
India’s bowlers roared back on the second morning, reducing the Black Caps to 153/7 shortly after lunch. However Kyle Jamieson again rescued the hosts by scoring 49 very handy runs to lift the home side to 235. He also claimed a five wicket haul in the first innings, including the key wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara and young Prithvi Shaw, both of whom had scored half centuries and were looking threatening for more.
Jamieson was also excellent at the Basin Reserve, and this has been a fine debut series in the longest format of the game for the lanky pacer. Continue reading “Talking points- Black Caps vs India Second Test Christchurch 2020”
New Zealand thumped India by 10 wickets in the first Test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. The victory was also a major milestone for the Black Caps- it marked the 100th test win in their history.
Here are our talking points from the first test.
1. New Zealand tailenders bat India out of the contest
Having been bowled out of 165 in the first innings, India themselves managed to reduce New Zealand to 225/7 early on Day 3. The visitors would have been hoping to get through the lower order to prevent the Black Caps from taking a sizeable lead. However the pair of Colin de Grandhomme and Kyle Jamieson had other ideas and effectively batted the Men in Blue out of the contest by adding 71 valuable runs for the 8th wicket.
To add insult to injury, No.11 Trent Boult also managed a quickfire 38 from just 24 balls and propelled New Zealand to a total of 348, thereby allowing the hosts to take a healthy (and ultimately match winning) lead of 183 runs in the first innings.
2. Rare failures for Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah
The two are probably India’s most valuable players but struggled in Wellington. Kohli had scores of 2 and 19 here, while Bumrah finished with figures of 26-5-88-1, both well below their usual standards. Even Cheteshwar Pujara, normally so reliable, batted for long periods and had starts, but couldn’t convert them into bigger scores. Continue reading “Talking points- India vs New Zealand First Test Wellington 2020”