Talking Points from India vs Bangladesh & New Zealand vs West Indies- WC Warm-ups

The fifth and final set of World Cup warm-up fixtures saw India take on Bangladesh in Cardiff and West Indies square off against New Zealand in Bristol. For both Bangladesh and West Indies, this was their first warm-up after their earlier clashes had been rained off. Here are our talking points from both fixtures. Continue reading “Talking Points from India vs Bangladesh & New Zealand vs West Indies- WC Warm-ups”

Five Talking Points from India vs New Zealand & Australia vs England- World Cup Warm-ups 2019

The second set of World Cup warm-up fixtures saw India square off against New Zealand at the Oval and England take on Australia at the Rose Bowl. Both World Cup favourites fell to defeats, and here are our talking points from both games.

Swing and seam remains a potential weakness for Team India

When India toured New Zealand earlier this year, they won the ODI series 4-1, but one game stood out for fans and pundits, and that was in Hamilton, when Trent Boult wrecked the Indian top order in helpful conditions to register New Zealand’s solitary win.

Today’s game at the Oval felt like a throwback to that fixture, with Boult again making use of the overcast conditions to dismiss Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul cheaply.

Given how games in the recent past in England have been, fans were expecting flat decks and scores of 350+, but the four warm-ups so far have given only one score of over 300. Maybe the ICC is doing their best to ensure a better contest between bat and ball?

India have only one game at the Oval, and that’s against defending champions Australia. If the conditions are similar, the likes of Mitch Starc, Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile could do damage similar to what Boult did. The Men in Blue will need to have a contingency plan for wickets that aid the opposition bowlers. Continue reading “Five Talking Points from India vs New Zealand & Australia vs England- World Cup Warm-ups 2019”

India vs New Zealand Hamilton Third T-20 Match Report-2019 February 10- NZ win 2-1

Colin Munro scored a brilliant 72 as New Zealand beat India by four runs in the third T20 International in Hamilton to win the three-match series 2-1 on Sunday. Continue reading “India vs New Zealand Hamilton Third T-20 Match Report-2019 February 10- NZ win 2-1”

India vs New Zealand Hamilton Third T-20 Match Preview-2019 February 10

After picking up their first ever T20 victory in New Zealand on Friday, India will be aiming to go one step further when they square off against the Black Caps in the series decider in Hamilton on Sunday. Continue reading “India vs New Zealand Hamilton Third T-20 Match Preview-2019 February 10”

India vs New Zealand Auckland Second T-20 Match Report-2019

Rohit Sharma scored a quickfire 50 and also became the leading scorer in T-20 International, as India comfortably defeated New Zealand by seven wickets in the second T20I at Eden Park, Auckland to level the three-match series 1-1 on Friday. Continue reading “India vs New Zealand Auckland Second T-20 Match Report-2019”

India vs New Zealand Auckland Second T-20 Match Preview 2019

After inflicting a record 80 run defeat on India, New Zealand will look to seal the series when the two sides meet in the second T20 in Auckland on Friday. Eden Park is expected to attract a crowd of over 40,000, the highest ever for a cricket game at the venue since the 2015 World Cup.

The Kiwis rode on the back of a fantastic 84 from wicket keeper batsman Tim Seifert to post a massive 219/6 in Wellington. Another similar performance from the Northern Districts star will do his World Cup chances no harm at all. Continue reading “India vs New Zealand Auckland Second T-20 Match Preview 2019”

India vs New Zealand Wellington Fifth ODI Match Report-2019 February 3

India’s much maligned middle order came to the fore at the Basin Reserve as the visitors defeated New Zealand by 35 runs in the fifth and final One Day International in Wellington. The Men in Blue were 18/4, but reached a competitive score thanks to a 90 from Ambati Rayudu and a ballistic 22 ball 45 from Hardik Pandya at the end. Continue reading “India vs New Zealand Wellington Fifth ODI Match Report-2019 February 3”

India vs New Zealand Wellington Fifth ODI Match Preview-2019 Wellington February 3

After a horror show in Hamilton, India will be looking to bounce back in the fifth and final ODI at the Basin Reserve when they meet the Black Caps on Sunday. Having won the first three ODI’s comfortably, an Indian side sans skipper Virat Kohli and veteran keeper MS Dhoni suffered a jolt in swinging conditions as they went down to New Zealand at Seddon Park Continue reading “India vs New Zealand Wellington Fifth ODI Match Preview-2019 Wellington February 3”

India vs New Zealand Hamilton Fourth ODI Match Report-2019 Seddon Park 31 January

A magical spell of swing bowling from Trent Boult saw New Zealand thrash India by 8 wickets in the fourth one day international on Thursday, thus helping the home side to register their first win of the series. Boult bowled his ten overs in one go upfront, and claimed 5/21 as he wrecked the Indian top and middle order in helpful conditions at Seddon Park. Continue reading “India vs New Zealand Hamilton Fourth ODI Match Report-2019 Seddon Park 31 January”

India vs New Zealand Hamilton 4th ODI Match Preview-2019

After sealing the series in the third one ODI at the Bay Oval, India will be looking display the same level of rutheless and go 4-0 up when they clash against New Zealand in Seddon Park on Thursday. Continue reading “India vs New Zealand Hamilton 4th ODI Match Preview-2019”