Thursday, February 23, 2017

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Australia vs Sri Lanka

On 19th February, Australian team faced against the visitor Sri Lankan team on the second T20I. Of 2016/17 season that match was T20I no. 597 which played at Simonds Stadium, South Geelong, Victoria.

On the Toss Sri Lankan Captain, WU Tharanga won the toss and invited the home team to bat. At the beginning of the match both the team knows that match will be a high scoring match. JA Richardson debuted in T20I for the Australian side.

Captain Finch and Klinger came to open for Australia. But Finch couldn’t manage to perform big as Australian team expects from him. MC Henriques showed his real T20 skill on that match. He scored 56 runs from the 37 balls with the stick rate of 151.35.

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At the end of the first innings, Australian team only manage 173 runs from 20 over.

Australia vs Sri Lanka

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But on the second innings, Sri Lanka replied well, especially Das Gunaratne who was unbeaten with 84 runs off 46 balls and won that match with the eight-wicket loss.

And that win helps Visitor Sri Lankan team to seal the T20I series Against Australian.

On the presentation party Australian Captain, Aron Finch said, “When you got an in batter in it is tough. That was one hell of an innings. I thought the way we bowled in the middle was outstanding. When you have a good player in good form, they hurt you. Sri Lanka played very well there. Take nothing away from them. We have been on the receiving end again. The series is gone. Hopefully, we can salvage something in Adelaide.”

With a big smile on the face, Sri Lankan captain, Tharanga said, “Angela’s was an amazing inning. Even in South Africa, he has done well. We lost too many wickets early, but Angela finished the game for us. Winning in Australia is a huge achievement. This is Asela’s first tour to Australia, and we are happy.”

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South Africa

Hamilton: On Sunday, South Africa faced against New Zealand in the 1st ODI match which played at Seddon Park, Hamilton. That Day/Night match was the ODI no. 3836 according to the ICC record.

South African Captain AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to the ball first. That was the first match of 5-match ODI series.

Due to bad weather condition on Hamilton that match was reduced to 34 over the match. So, both team fans are expecting some big score from the match. But New Zealand team only scored 207 runs with 6.08 runs per over.

Captain Williamson was the only batsman from New Zealand who scored above fifty (59 runs with 111.32 stick rate).

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From the South African side, the both opener (q de Kock and Hm Amla) made another strong partnership of 88 runs. Captain AB was unbeaten with 37 runs from 34 balls. At the end of the second innings, South Africa won the match by four wickets (with one ball remaining).

South Africa

On the five-match series, South Africa led by 1-0. Opener Q de Kock selected as for the “Player of the match” for his 69 runs off 64 balls on a slow and turning pitch.

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On the Presentation Party:

South African Captain AB de Villiers said, “We never expected it to turn like that in the evening here in Hamilton. I thought we adapted exceptionally well. I certainly learned a lesson today on looking at wickets. It was a good win… We had to fight for every run here.”

After AB speech, Avneet said, “My fellow Indians can stop giving references to Dhoni’s ways now. AB, not even half at his might has won it. He doesn’t need to emulate anyone. The guy has collected 20+ runs off Dale Steyn twice, and 21 runs off Nehra to win for his team in last overs. Hopefully, people give their doubts a rest.”

Andy Mac said, “Good on AB. He may have lost the World Cup: but here’s a good execution on getting a win. Partner did very well too after the mid-order collapse.”

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There are eight franchises chosen to reserve a total of 140 players including 44 overseas cricketers. Pakistan’s players will not be on the list of eight franchises, however; only two players have qualified as overseas, Pakistan-born Imran Tahir, who played for South Africa more than 15 years, and Yasir Arafat (England).

Here are the list of Capped and Uncapped players

The list of 351 players includes 125 capped, 226 uncapped and also 6 Associates with the full list.

125 capped players list – Sri Lanka 19, India 23, New Zealand 18, South Africa 10, West Indies 18, Australia 18, Bangladesh 6, England 8 and Afghanistan 5.

226 uncapped players list – Australian 12, Indian 203, South Africa 3, West Indies 3, UAE 1, England 1, Sir Lanka 2, and New Zealand 1.


List of the players retained

Kings XI Punjab – David Miller (South Africa), Manan Vohra, Axar Patel, Glenn Maxwell (Australia), Gurkeerat Mann, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Shaun Marsh (Australia), Wriddhiman Saha, Murali Vijay, Nikhil Naik, Mohit Sharma, Marcus Stoinis (Australia), KC Cariarpa, Armaan Jaffer, Pardeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, Hashim Amla (South Africa).

Kolkata Knight Riders – Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine (West Indies), Andre Russell (West Indies), Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh), Chris Lynn (Australia), Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Rajpoot.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore – Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers (South Africa), Chris Gayle (West Indies), Mitchell Starc (Australia), Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne (New Zealand), Sarfaraz Khan, S Aravind, Kedar Jadhav, Shane Watson (Australia), Stuart Binny, Samuel Badree (West Indies, Travis Head (Australia), Sachin Baby, Iqbal Abdulla, KL Rahul, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi (South Africa).

Delhi Daredevils – JP Duminy (South Africa), Mohammed Shami, Quinton de Kock (South Africa), Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Zaheer Khan, Sanju Samson, Chris Morris (South Africa), Carlos Brathwaite (West Indies), Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Chama Milind, Syed Ahmed, Pratyush Singh, Sam Billings (England).


Rising Pune Supergiants – MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin, Steven Smith (Australia), Faf du Plessis (South Africa), Mitchell Marsh (Australia), Ashok Dinda, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Ankit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Adam Zampa (Australia), Jaskaran Singh, Baba Aparajith, Deepak Chahar, Usman Khawaja (Australia).

Mumbai Indians – Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard (West Indies), Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons (West Indies), Vinay Kumar, Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan (New Zealand), Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, J Suchith, Hardik Pandya, Jos Buttler (England), Tim Southee (New Zealand).

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Sunrisers Hyderabad – Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshar Kumar, David Warner (Australia), Moises Henriques (Australia), Naman Ojha, Ricky Bhui, Kane Willamson (New Zealand), Siddarth Kaul, Bipul Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Cutting (Australia), Abhimanyu Singh, Mustafizur Rahman (Bangladesh), Barinder Sran, Deepak Hooda, Vijay Shankar.

Gujarat Lions – Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner (Australia), Brendon McCullum (New Zealand), Dwayne Bravo (West Indies), Aaron Finch (Australia), Dwayne Smith (West Indies), Dinesh Karthik, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Andrew Tye (Australia), Ishan Kishan, Pradeep Sangwan, Shivil Kaushik, Shadab Jakati.

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Sri Lanka vs Australia

On Friday, at Melbourne Cricket Ground Sri Lanka has played their 1st T20I match against Australia. On 17th February Night that was T20I no.2 and overall 596 of 2016/17.

On the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, Aron Finch appointed as the captain of the Australian team for the on-going T20I series against Sri Lanka. Due to Indian Tour of Australia, Australian team misses few legendary player named as Steve Smith, David Warner, Glen Maxwell and few pace bowler for the Sri Lankan T20I series.

Sri Lankan Captain WU Tharanga won the toss and elected to ball first.

On that matches, three new players are debuted on T20I matches. Two of them are from Australian, and another from Sri Lanka.

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On the first innings, Australia put 168 runs on the board with the loss of 6 wickets where Captain Finch shows his responsibility.


On reply, Sri Lankan team played well with good performance and won the match by five wickets in hand with zero balls remaining.

*Das Gunaratne from Sri Lankan team selected as a Man of the Match.

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In the Presentation ceremony:

Australian captain Aron Finch said when he asked about the match experience, “Credit to the Sri Lankans. They came out swinging and attacked the chase. When you have the power to hit down the ground and also scoop over the keeper, it is tough to bowl to. I thought Turner gave us a chance there, but unfortunately, it did not go our way. I thought we were a bit short. We lacked maybe a 15-plus over. There were a lot of positives too, and I am looking forward to Geelong.”

Then the winner team Captain said at the presentation ceremony party, “Thanks to the Sri Lankan supporters. We have beaten South Africa and Australia – one of the best teams in the world – and it is a good feeling. All the batters enjoyed the game. Fielding is the area where we have to improve. The bowlers, though, did well to keep them to 168.”

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The Indian Premier League season tenth will start from April 5th to May 21st. Many players will auction in Bangalore on February 20 at which 351 cricketers will be under the hammer.

In the auction, players will be sale 351, and 226 are from Indian. The list of 351 includes 122 capped and 223 uncapped 6 Associates players, a total of 76 players can be purchased for IPL.

The highest base price is seven players, who have with a top base price bracket of Rs 2 crore like Ben Stokes, Eoin Morgan, Angelo Mathews, Chris Woakes, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Johnson and Ishant Sharma.

Here are the list of the Franchises Spend

Kings Xi Punjab at Rs 23.35 crore, Delhi Daredevils at Rs 21.5 crore, Sunrisers Hyderabad at Rs 20.9 crore, Kolkata Knight Riders Rs 19.75 crore, Rising Pune Supergiants Rs 19.1 crore, Gujarat Lions Rs 14.35 crore, Royal Challengers Bangalore Rs 12.825 crore and Mumbai Indians Rs 11.555 crore.

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List of the Players released by the Six Franchises

Gujarat Lions – Paras Dogra, Sarabjit Ladda, Umang Sharma, Akshdeep Nath, Dale Steyn, Eklavya Dwivedi, Pravin Tambe, and Amit Mishra.

Kolkata Knight Riders – Morne Morkel, Brad Hogg, Jason Holder, Colin Munro, John Hastings, Jaydev Unadkat, R Sathish, Manan Sharma, and Shaun Tait.

RisingPune Supergiants – Kevin Pietersen, Ishant Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Thisara Perera, RP Singh, Scott Boland, Malolan Ashwin, Peter Handscomb, Saurabh Tiwary, Albie Morkel, and George Bailey.

Mumbai Indians – Corey Anderson, Marchant de Lange, Unmukt Chand, Akshay Wakhare, Nathu Singh, Kishore Kamath, Martin Guptill, and Jerome Taylor.

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Kings XI Punjab – Rishi Dhawan, Mitchell Johnson, Farhaan Behardien and Kyle Abbott.

Sunrisers Hyderabad – Karn Sharma, Ashish Reddy, Eoin Morgan, Trent Boult, T Suman, Aditya Tare.

Delhi Daredevils – Nathan Coulter-Nile, Imran Tahir, Joel Paris, Pawan Negi, Pawan Suyal, Akhil Herwadkar, Mahipal Lomror.

Royal Challengers Bangalore – Varun Aaron, Abu Nechim, David Wiese, Kane Richardson, Vikramjeet Malik, Praveen Dubey, Akshay Karnewar, Vikas Tokas, Parvez Rasool, Chris Jordan.

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Imran Tahir

On Friday South Africa played their only T20I against New Zealand. That match was T20I no. 595 of 2016/17 season. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and invite visitor team to bat.

NZ captain thought Auckland pitch would be helpful when they batted on second. But it happened in reverse when they come to bat in second innings.

On the first innings, South African opener HM Amla and Q de Kock came to open. But on the third over de Kock dismissed by Boult, on the other site Amla made his another T20 half-century with the help of F du Plessis partnership.

That was the only fifty from the South African site of that match. At the end of the innings, South Africa collect 185 runs with 9.25 run rate.

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That means the target for the New Zealand was 186. From the record of this group, that score was expected. However, New Zealand team couldn’t manage to chase this run. They all are got out on 107 runs.

Hasim AmlaSouth African leg spin bowler Imran Tahir selected as a Man Of The Match for his quick five wickets.

After winning last night match, South African batsman F du Plessis told the reporter, “He’s a big reason why we’ve had the success we have had in the last ten months.”

“He’s just become so consistent, and that’s a massive weapon. Even if teams do get off to a good start, you know the chances of him coming on and doing well is very high,” he added.

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On the presentation party:

The Man of the Match, Imran Tahir said, “It’s a very special feeling every wicket I take for South Africa like to celebrate. Stay with my plans; it’s a small ground, less margin for spinners.”

Kane Williamson said, “They played well in all departments. Frustrating from our perspective, we didn’t fire a shot. On this ground, you don’t know what a good score is. Rotating strike is hard on drop-in surfaces. Lacked in partnerships.”

South African Captain Faf du Plessis said, “Anything can happen in a one-off T20. I thought we played well. It’s nice coming back here. The last 6-7 months has been outstanding for us as a team.”

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Anil Kumble and Ashwin

World’s No.1 Test all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin recently made a record by taking fastest 250 wickets. Now his eyes to touch the Anil Kumble’s record which is 619 wickets in the Test match.

Ashwin said about his dedication to the country, “I have played a significant part in every single Indian victory ever since I started playing for the country. I am not saying it in a tone of arrogance or cockiness. That’s what I have strived hard to achieve. I want to be the decisive factor wherever I go. Once I become the best beggar in the city, I would want to be the best in the country and so forth. I am happy the way I am.”

On Thursday when Ashwin asked about his plan for the upcoming four-match Test series, he said, “I’m going to look at the series as a 20-day program. I will try to get through the 20 days. My injury concerns have been a bit of an issue. It was on the back of my mind in the last two series. Against New Zealand and England, I could perform only 60-70 percent of my potential.”

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“I’m trying to get better and put more strength on my body. Sports Hernia is something that can’t be managed easily. It’s been a big challenge for me. It takes a lot of time to warm up these days. For me, trying to phase out the 20 days is very important. I will get there in the most effective manner.”

Anil Kumble

Before the practice match, David Warner said that he had a different game plan for Ashwin.

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By following that topic, Ashwin replied, “Honestly, I don’t have any plans for him. Aussies are all fine players. Steve Smith is going to be the most important player for them. Test cricket is not like T20 or one-day where you come up with a single plan and succeed in executing it. You have to try and restore balance and intensity over a five-day period. Warner is a massive player, and he can change games around in a session.”

“But, he can’t come and play on the fourth day as he does on the first. I think we have got enough resolve to stop him. Test cricket is not just delivering one decisive blow on that particular day. It’s going to be a long-haul challenge and how well one starts is going to dictate the series,” he added.

Few year ago, Muttiah Muralitharan called as Don Bradman by Steve Waugh, and three days ago he gave that title to Ashwin. When he asked about for it, he replied, “In reality, that’s not something I am looking at. It’s a massive achievement to go anywhere near Murali’s tally of 800 wickets.”

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“If I get there, it would be like surpassing my human limit. I started playing Tests a bit late, and I have always fought against the odds. And, I don’t think I would want to extend one wicket more than what Anil Kumble (619) achieved. That’s a matter of honor,” he added.

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Gujarat Lions are excited to roar again; they made a dream debut last season. The Lions have roped in former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif as new assistant coach.

Kaif has made to the national team on the strength of his performances at Under-19 level and also the captain of the World Cup-winning in 2000.

The 36-year-old Indian former cricketer is going to work with teams head coach Brad Hodge. Kaif is very excited about his new job and said to TOI that he would help his team a vast experience.

“I have played with top players like Shane Warne, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Mahela Jayawardene and Virat Kohli and I am sure I will be able to help my team with my experience.”


The Chhattisgarh cricket team batsman said that having a young batsman like Keshav Bansal was a significant advantage for Gujarat. Kaif said, “The presence of Keshav would make a lot of difference to the dressing room atmosphere.”

Bansal came with the statement about Kaif; he said Kaif’s training would boost the side to perform better than the previous year.

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“Kaif has played a key role in many Indian victories. He has captained a couple of domestic teams for long and also played in the IPL for different sides over the years. Out team will certainly benefit from his presence in the dressing room,” said Bansal.


He added saying that “This year we are hoping to better our performance and Kaif’s role would be important.”

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“We had a goal when we came in as a team for two years. We would love to continue our association with BCCI. We will take a call when the time is right.”



Australia vs Sri Lanka

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On 19th February, Australian team faced against the visitor Sri Lankan team on the second T20I. Of 2016/17 season that match was T20I no....