Thursday, February 23, 2017

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In the Hyderabad Test, India recent best spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked his fastest 250 wickets in the ICC 250 wicket-taking list. During this test, Cheteshwar Pujara feels that Ashwin is one of the unpredictable ones for any batsman even when Ashwin holds his half of his best form.

“Pujara said that Ashwin is the toughest spinner when you, “thinks like a batsman.”

“Probably, Ashwin is the toughest spinner when it comes to any opposition team. The teams now plan on how they are going to face Ashwin. I would like to congratulate him for reaching 250 wickets. The kind of brain he has, he thinks as a batsman, what are his weaknesses and areas he needs to bowl. I think it’s his experience that makes him one of the strike bowlers in this team,” Indian Test first down batsman, Pujara said after stumps on day four of the one-off Test here.

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In the first innings, Ravi Ashwin could not perform well as Indian team expects from him. Ashwin only got two wickets for near about 100 runs.

Puajar and Ashwin


“Ashwin understands that there are situations where he has to bowl tightly. If you look at first innings, he tried his best. He bowled to a plan. There might be some occasions; he can’t get wickets. But that’s the best part of this Indian team. We bowl as a unit; we bowl in partnerships, most of the times. Ashwin is the one who takes wickets, and Jadeja plays the role of a holding batsman. Sometimes Ashwin has to play the role of holding the batsman, and he did that in the first innings.”

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Pujara also said that he expect from the third day onwards Hyderabad pitch will start turning which will make Ashwin to joy his fans mind.

“I think the ball has started turning now. The wicket is slightly on the slower side but it has opened up, and there should be more assistance for spinners tomorrow. We had expected the ball to turn from day three and it started turning little more from fourth compared to the third day. A lot of credit goes to the bowlers. It wasn’t an easy wicket where you can run through the sides. You needed a lot of patience. Bowlers had to work hard to get them out.”

Pujara expects that the last seven Bangladesh wickets will be taken in next couple of sessions.

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“We are hopeful that we will get those seven wickets as early as possible. They batted well in first innings, but it was difficult conditions for our bowlers, I don’t want to criticize our bowlers. We are hopeful we will get seven wickets in next couple of sessions.”   

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Pakistan Super League

Dubai International Cricket Stadium: On 12th February Lahore Qalandars played PCL’s (Pakistan Super League) 6th match against Peshawar Zalmi. That match was played at the Neutral venue which was one of the felted pitch ground of Dubai.

Peshawar Zalmi won the toss and invited Lahore Qalandars to bat.

For LQ JJ Roy and BB McCullum came to the opening spot. But they can’t satisfy their fans with the bat. On the first over McCullum got out of Asghar’s ball. Then on the second over JJ Roy got out.

After dismissal these two opening batsmen, all other batsmen couldn’t able to stand against Peshawar Zalmi’s bowling line-up. At the end of 10.2 over, all batsman are got out in just 59 runs.

That means the target for Peshawar Zalman was 60 runs from 20 over. In present day’s short format strategy that was not an expected one for any team.

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For that small target, PZ was also struggling to reach that score because of seven wickets fall within 51 runs.

Yasir Shah was selected for the Man of the Match for his quick four-wickets.

Pakistan Super League

Yasir Shah told at the time of the presentation ceremony, “McCullum told me, on these surfaces, spinners win matches. He gave me the confidence. I tried to attack and get wickets. We had to do that since we didn’t have too many runs on the board.”

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Peshawar Zalmi’s captain, Darren Sammy said at the presentation time, “After a bowling performance like that, we thought we’ll have a good day with bat and ball. We got ten wickets, so we knew they could, too. But happy to have got the win. We made a mess of a small total; I don’t think the coach would be too happy. Hope to put in a better batting performance. After the first game when we scored 190, everyone thought the wickets would be a belter. So far, it has helped seam and spin. When I won the toss, there was some moisture in the air. We exploited that. Hasan hit the Test lengths, so did all the bowlers I called upon. When they bowled, spinners did the job for them.”

Lahore Qalandars’s captain Brendon McCullum said, “No, it didn’t feel like a 59-60 kind of pitch. We wanted to keep attacking. Credit to the boys, they got stuck in defending such a low score. We’ve come together really well. The team spirit, camaraderie and an understanding of how we want to be playing is something you can’t fault. It was a good time to be out there and enjoy what was a tight game, but not necessarily the prettiest game to watch. It’s more of a mindset thing. You don’t anticipate when you get bowled out, but we were alive because of the positive mindset. You want to be aggressive and dictate play. Results at the end of the tournament will judge if we’re successful or not, but for now, I’m very happy.”

“Nice to get another win, momentum is in our favor,” says Eoin Morgan.

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“Bowlers were outstanding on a surface that offered little more than it did the other night. When you chase a small score, you look to go for it. But the wicket didn’t allow that. It was a little two-paced. I don’t think I had a rub of the green with my dismissal. Everybody makes mistakes, thankfully it didn’t cost us,” he added.

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Virat Kohli

On the on-going Test match against Bangladesh, the 28-years-old Indian captain Virat Kohli smashed 204 runs on the second day of the Test Match from just 246 balls with 82.89 stick rate and also made another above 200 run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane. That was noted as a world record.

Indian Captain said, “I don’t know, I think it is because of captaincy that you tend to go on more than what you usually would as a normal batsman. I think the room for complacency is no more present when you become captain. So, that has something to do with me playing long innings.”

Kohli said when he asked about his huger ness of run, “I have always wanted to play long innings, and my first seven or eight hundred were not even 120 plus scores. After that, I made a conscious effort to bat long and control my excitement or not be complacent at any stage.”

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The Delhi stylish boy said, “I worked on my fitness level over the years, and I feel I can go for longer periods now. I don’t get tired as much as I used to before. I don’t get satisfied when I get a Test hundred which used to be before because I used to give too much importance to Test cricket separately. Now I have started to treat it as any game of cricket, and I have to keep going on until the time the team needs to.”

Virat Kohli

Kohli replied when he asked about the consistency of his batting form, “It is not easy to do especially with the amount of cricket we play nowadays. It is more of a mental thing. I don’t necessarily focus too much on practice because sometimes you might not get to practice so much.”

“I think mentally you need to focus and think about what you are going to do in the game. Switching to different formats is the need of the hour in these days’ cricket. I certainly want to contribute in all three formats. That has always been the mindset, and I have to prepare in a certain way. It is more mental than going into the nets,” he added.

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After his double hundred on Hyderabad, Kohli said – that pitch is not so testing one like others.

Kohli said, “The wicket was very good to bat on, to be honest. It was not as testing wicket as other wickets that I scored double centuries on. I think the focus was only to follow my intent but at the same time be careful regarding choosing my shots. Luckily I struck a right balance in this particular innings, and it feels good to have a big score.”

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Indian team

On Friday, Match no. 11 India Women’s team beats Ireland women’s team by 125 runs.

On that match, Indian Women team own the toss and elected to bat first. Indian Captain Mitali Raj knows that her team was doing well in the batting session that’s why her target was to set a remarkable run on the board that can create pressure on opposite them.

Like the previous match Indian opener doing well and scored 174 partnership for the first wicket, where DB Sharma scored 89 runs from 128 balls and on the other side, MDT Kamini scores an unbeaten 113 run from 194 balls. At the last of the match, India put 250 runs on the board for two wickets after 50 over.

For the answer of that score, Ireland Women only scored 125 runs on the board where no Irish player could score over 50 runs.

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Like the batting department, Indian bowler couldn’t give any chance to attack them. From the Indian side, Shikha Pandey was brilliant takes two wickets early in the Iris innings. But she was taken off the field following an injury during her run up, that was a big blow for the during the match. On another side, Poonam Yadav was brilliant as she took a double-wicket maiden during her spell and ended with three wickets after the match. Ekta Bisht also got a couple of wickets.

From the Indian side, Shikha Pandey was brilliant. She takes two wickets early in the Iris innings. But she was taken off the field following an injury during her run up, that was a big blow the during the match. On another side, Poonam Yadav was brilliant as she took a double-wicket maiden during her first spell and ended with three wickets after the match. Ekta Bisht also got a couple of wickets.

Ekta Bisht also got a couple of wickets which helps India to win alot.

Indian team

One thing was clear that Indian Women Cricket team bowler cracked the pitch very well compare to the Iris women team bowler.

But after winning that match, it is also clear that India Women team qualify for the ICC Women World Cup 2017. That was big news for the whole India’s cricket fan. Because Indian Men’s team already qualify for ICC WC and World Championship but after yesterday’s match India Women team also qualify.

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For Kamini’s big ton, she selected as a Man of the Match.

In the Score Board:

India Women 251 for 2 in 50 overs (Deepti Sharma 89, Thirush Kamini 113*; Isobel Joyce 1 for 39, Kim Garth 1 for 38) beat Ireland Women 125 (Isobel Joyce 31, Gaby Lewis 33; Shikha Pandey 2 for 11, Ekta Bisht 2 for 15, Poonam Yadav 3 for 30) by 125 runs.

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South Africa

On Friday, South Africa played Fifth ODI match against Sri Lanka.

At the end of the series, the result comes out to Sri Lanka defeated by 5-0 with a clean sweep and claim to the top of the ICC ranking.

Before that series, India holds the top 1 position in ICC ODI ranking. But now South Africa claim to top and India get back to the second position of the list.

On the fifth match, Sri Lanka won the toss and invited South Africa to bat. On that occasion both SA opener, Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock smashed the Sri Lankan bowler on the power play and reached to the century where Q de Kock scored 109 from 111, and HM Amla scored 154 from 154 balls.

The South African captain said, “We follow the small processes and if you do that the rewards come your way.”

“I’m very proud of the way we performed. It’s an important year for us with the Champions Trophy and regaining the No.1 position is a step in the right direction,” he added.

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Hashim Amla

Sri Lanka recent ODI captain Upul Tharanga admitted, “It’s been a tough tour, right from the Test series (which South Africa won 3-0). It’s a very young team, and the players will learn a lot from this. The South African team played really good cricket.”

Sri Lankan captain Upul Tharanga said that both the SA opener are in good form since last few month. He also believes that Amla and de Cock’s big ton helps SA to reach 384 and also helps them to win by 88 runs over Sri Lanka.

For Amla’s big ton, he selected as a Man of the Match and Fab Du Plessis as the Man of the series.

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From the few month back India holds the number one position in the ICC ranking but that win of Sri Lanka over South Africa, helps South Africa to climb in the number one position.

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Azhar Ali

Former Pakistan captain Azhar Ali’s eye on World Cup 2019. As from the Pakistan cricket board news, Azhar Ali stepped down from captaincy and he is now ready to concentrate on his batting.

Azhar wants to transfer himself as a dominant batsman like Virat Kohli. The 31-year-old was in the serious condition with his bat during Australian tour. Ali said that it is very tough to manage both batting and team at the same time for him.

Former captain, Azhar Ali told AFP, “I want to focus more on batting,”

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“That’s why I also left the Test vice-captaincy as this is the right time to further improve my batting,” he added.

Actually after meeting with the PCB chairman Ali resign his captaincy.

sarfaraz Ahmed

In the last series against Australia, Azhar managed only 37 runs in the three ODI match, and he missed the last two match due to injury.

After giving Misbah’s place to Azhar Ali, he could not manage the Pakistan team as like Mishbah does.

Azhar Ali said, “I am honored to have led Pakistan. I tried my best, but results did not come,”

Azhar said that it is time to move to his batting career. He said that captaincy isn’t the right place for him. He could better if he played on the team as a batsman.

Pakistani selector understands well after Australian ODI series where Pakistan could not manage to win the series, and the captain himself scored only 37 runs in the three ODI match with the average of 12.33.

After he stepped down, 29-year-old Sarfraz Ahmed, who already lead the team for T20I will lead Pakistan team from the next ODI matches onwards.

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“It was like swimming against the tide which was not correct. I think this is not the right team to seek the captaincy or vice-captaincy.”

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Steve Smith

Australia will start their Indian tour from February 23rd onward. Captain Smith understand the pressure of India tour and how important it is for Australia Team.

In home condition, Indian team reacts as an unbeatable team. Since 2012-13 series, India has not lost a series. Last time England’s captain Alastair Cook defeat India in 2012, after that no foreign or any Asia team can’t defeat India in home condition.

In the last year, India defeats New Zealand and England like ten placed team.

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Since 2004, Australia could not manage any single Test match to win against India.

Australian captain Steve Smith said, “If you do well in India, this will give you massive credit. This tour can get you to the status of one of the all-time greats.”

“Yep, if I can have a big series, then we are well on the way to doing well in this series,” he added.

India vs AUstralia

“A win on this tour would be huge with the Ashes coming. If there is a tied series, that would be a huge tick for you! A huge tick. A lot of people have written us off. We aren’t really thinking of results. We just need to get our processes right.”

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“We must compete with showing signs of learning and finding ways to grind out tough situations. If we do these things we will have success, but in reality, it’s about following the process, and the results look after themselves,” Smith said.

Last time Australia played in the sub-continent against Sri Lanka and lost by 0-3.

The left-handed batsman said, “I have been a good player of spin. I have my plans that I stick to and understand what works and what doesn’t. I learned a bit from Sri Lanka. I just stick to my game plan under pressure. I can’t be content on little hundreds if I got there. It’s about scoring big ones,” Smith was quoted as saying in ‘The Sydney Morning Herald.’

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“I think you have to play the way you play and the rest looks after itself. I must use the crease well and change my guards to keep them (Indian bowlers) guessing. I must adapt to different periods of the game and win the big moments,” he added.

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Mithali Raj

Today Indian Women team will play their next match against Ireland to ensure their seat for the ICC women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017.

Indian Women’s captain, Mithali Raj is not taking any chance against Ireland because this win might give India to go to the super six stage.

The 34-year-old Mithali said, “We’ve not played Ireland in this format for a long time. We can’t take them lightly because we have seen that in both groups, teams are coming close to a total of 200, so we need to post more than that to be on the safe side.”

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“I want my batting line-up to fire like we did against Sri Lanka and continued to have our bowlers to be disciplined because wickets here are good to bat on and may not assist the spinners,” he added.

In the group A, India defeats Sri Lanka by 114 runs in the opening match and then defeat Thailand by nine wickets. On the other side, South Africa Lead on Group B after winning their first two matches.

Mithali Raj

There is a big battle between Bangladesh, Ireland, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to qualify for the ICC Championship Trophy and ICC women’s World Cup 2017.

But Indian captain is happy that his Teammates perform well especially Pace bowler Mansi Joshi and opener Devika Vaidya. In the match Opener, Vaidya scored 89 runs against Sri Lanka.

Mitali said about his teammates, “Mansi and Devika have done well, but we look forward to the Super Six stage because that’s the phase where we will be meeting good sides like South Africa and Pakistan. Those are the matches in which we will see how good they are, how they handle pressure.”

“It’s always important to have your bench solid for when we have injuries like with our strike bowler Jhulan Goswami and opener Smriti Mandhana in this tournament so that when we prepare for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, we have a strong squad. The World Cup is not a tournament where you can try anything. We have to try our combinations here,” he added.

As in the teammates, there are lots of fresher are admitted, but all of are performing well and learning very fast.

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It’s good to see that teams are not getting bundled out regularly for very low scores. This shows that they have really worked hard in the last few years. “Considering that teams like Zimbabwe and Papua New Guinea are first-timers in this tournament, playing 50-over games is a big task because you need temperament for that. The experience of playing teams like India, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be an experience for them, and I’m sure that by the next Qualifiers there will be remarkable improvement,” finally she said



Australia vs Sri Lanka

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