Wiaan Mulder called up to Proteas squad for 2019 Sri Lanka Tests

South Africa have called up all rounder Wiaan Mulder to their squad for the two test series against Sri Lanka at home later this month. The 20 year old is the only addition to the squad that convincingly beat Pakistan 3-0 at home.

Against Pakistan, South Africa fielded a 4 man attack in the form of Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada, Duanne Olivier and Keshav Maharaj in the opener at Centurion. Olivier, who only got into the XI because of Vernon Philander’s injury, effectively made himself undroppable with a 11fer at SuperSport Park. When Philander returned, they chose to go with an all pace attack in both Cape Town and Johannesburg, with Maharaj having to make way.

In the third test at the Wanderers, the Proteas were without skipper Faf du Plessis, which allowed Zubayr Hamza to make his debut. The Cobras batsman gave a decent account of himself on debut, and it could well be a shoot out between him and Theunis de Bruyn as to whom makes way when the captain comes back. Continue reading “Wiaan Mulder called up to Proteas squad for 2019 Sri Lanka Tests”

Australia’s Test Squad against Sri Lanka 2019- Will Pucovski Receives Maiden Test Call Up

Here is the 13 man roster announced by Australia’s selectors to do duty for the national team feature in the two test matches against Sri Lanka beginning January 24.

Stung by the poor performances of several players in the recent 2-1 loss to India (their first ever loss at home in the test format to the nation), the selectors have wielded the axe, with the likes of Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, his brother Mitchell, and Peter Handscomb all shown the door.

There is a maiden call up to the national squad for talented youngster Will Pucovski. The 20 year old has always been regarded as one for the future, despite his limited first class experience, but recently took a break from the game owing to mental health issues.

Joining Pucowski in the national squad are the Queensland pair of Joe Burns and Matt Renshaw. The bowling united has however remained unchanged, with Peter Siddle also retaining his spot in the squad.

The first of the two test matches will be played at Brisbane (Jan 24-28), with the other to be played in the Australian capital city of Canberra (Feb 1-5). Neither venue hosted a test during India’s tour Down Under. Continue reading “Australia’s Test Squad against Sri Lanka 2019- Will Pucovski Receives Maiden Test Call Up”

Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Third Asia Cup Match Report-2018

Afghanistan defeated Sri Lanka by 91 runs in the Group B match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Monday and with that, they knocked out five-time champions out of the Asia Cup. Continue reading “Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Third Asia Cup Match Report-2018”

Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup Third Match Preview-2018

Sri Lanka after suffering a humiliating loss by 137 runs in their opening fixture of the Asia cup against Bangladesh will be looking to bounce back strongly against Afghanistan and keep their Super four hopes alive in the third match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on September 17.

Both teams have faced each other twice in the ODIS, with the Lankans get the better of Afghanistan by winning 2-0.

However in the ICC World Cup 2015 at Dunedin, where the two teams faced each other, the Islanders were set a target of 232 runs by Afghans and chased it down comfortably with 4 wickets to spare.

The Lankan fielding in the first match was left a lot to be desired as they spilled 2 catches.

The only bright spot for them was the return of their ace bowler Lasith Malinga who on his come back game claimed 4 wickets.

Afghanistan will be brimming with confidence after their 2-1 ODI series win against the host Ireland.

Their batting in the one dayers has not been up to the mark as they have failed on an regular basis.

They would be banking on the experience of Mohammad Shahzbad and the leading run getter and wicket taker in the ODI’s Mohammad Nabi to come good.

Their skipper Asghar Afghan has pulled his team out from an precarious positions in the past.

Their spin twins, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rehman will be their main threat as they are likely to create an impact on slow tracks in the UAE.

List of Asia Cup Winners, Hosts & Runners Up- 1984 till date

Here are the list of Asia Cup winners from the year 1984 till date. The tournament, in its current form, is a biennial limited overs tournament (held every 2 years, alternating between the T20 and ODI formats). In the last edition (2016), it was played in the T20 format. Between 1984 and 2016, it was played exclusively as an ODI tournament.

1. Which team has won the Asia Cup the most number of times?

India has won the most number of Asia Cups. They have won 7 times- in the years 1984, 1988, 1990-91, 1995, 2010, 2016 (T-20) and 2018

2. How many times has the Asia Cup been held in the UAE?

The UAE have hosted the Asia Cup three times (1984, 1995 and the current 2018 edition). India won the tournament in both 1984 and 1995. Continue reading “List of Asia Cup Winners, Hosts & Runners Up- 1984 till date”