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Wridhiman Saha's catch

After losing the 1st Test match against Australia, Indian team came back in the second Test match. That match was the second Test of 4-match series against Australia which played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Bengaluru.

Luckily Captain Kohli won the toss and selected for the bat first. Before that match, captain Kohli told his fans that India will play better in the second Test compare to the previous one.

There are few changes in the Indian team, Murli Vijay, and Jayant Yadav was out, and Karun Nair and Avina Mukund replaced in their place.

The first innings was not so excellent for the team. In the 72nd over the whole team go to the pavilion on 189 runs. KL Rahul was the only batsman to score 50 runs. Rahul put 90 runs on the board of 205 balls.

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In the Australian bowling department, Nathan Lyon did really a god job for his team. He took eight wickets from hi 22.2 over where four over was the maiden.

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In reply, Australia scored 276 runs and led by 87 runs on 1st innings. Ravindra Jadeja took six wickets for India.

On the second innings, India knows they need a chase-able score. But team India only manages to score 274 runs in 97.2 over and gave Australia 188 run for their second innings.

But R Ashwin’s orthodox bowling with RA Jadeja, Australia team forced to bundled their 2nd innings in 112 runs.

The 269-wicket taken against showed his skill in the M Chinnaswamy Stadium by taking six wickets from just 12.4 overs.

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After finishing the match:

Australian captain, Steve Smith said, “Great Test match.”

“Certainly ebbed and flowed throughout. I am proud of the way the boys played it. The partnership between Rahane and Pujara hurt us. They played well. And we weren’t up for it today. It was quite hard to play. Bit up and down with the quick throughout the match, and that rough outside off. Quite difficult but Test match cricket is not supposed to be easy.”

“A wicket like that, always umpires have to make a lot of calls. Everyone makes mistakes. Not that I am saying they made any. Series is well and truly alive. Great two Tests. Plenty to play for when we go to Ranchi,” he added.India team

The winning captain, Virat Kohli said, “We wanted to bounce back and not show anyone but ourselves what we are made of. They showed the intent and the belief that we can win from any position. It was about taking responsibility. The way they showed heart and character, along with the crowd, is unbelievable. The moment they did not score big in the second innings, we knew we had a chance. We knew if we got anything over 150, we had a chance.”

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“After conceding the lead, Pujara and Rahane had a champion partnership. Two best Test batsmen we have got, so much character and technique and heart. Wriddhi’s knock, in the end, Ishant’s application that was a bonus. We would have liked anything over 200, we thought from 225 there was only one winner. The moment we got 187, we knew we needed in-out fields, we needed to finish it today. Can’t wait for Ranchi. We need to push that momentum further. The team is not going to look back now,” he added.

Opener KL Rahul said, “There is no better place for to perform like I did.” And then 6-wicket taker said, “I was trying to turn it too hard. One good thing I did was when wickets were not coming; I kept the runs down. We just spoke inside the dressing room to bowl some short spells and keep changing over. That is why we were rotating so we could attack through such short balls.”

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Parvez Rasool

Indian new International player, Parvez Rasool was very unhappy with Jammu and Kashmir cricket association. On Monday, angry Parvez Rasool said he would be forced by the Jammu and Kasmir to play for a different state.

Rassol said, “Yes, I am the pride of Jammu and Kashmir. Youngsters get inspired from me. But things have not improved over the years. A player has a time span of three to four years which can be termed as a make-or-break period. I am in national reckoning. If things don’t change, I may have to think about other options like playing for a different state.”

He is the first cricketer from their valley to play in the Indian national team.

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The 28-yerars-old said, “We lack facilities. We just have two wickets in entire Jammu and Kashmir – one in Jammu and another in Kashmir 300 kilometers apart. Players will obviously suffer. When I was included in Team India, I thought our problems would be over. Look at the environment in Kalyani. There are so many news here. Here you can enjoy cricket.”

Parvez Rasool

“But back home, infrastructure is almost nil. There’s talent. But nothing has changed. Worst things were happening. Hope the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators improves the conditions.”

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“Cricket must go on. There’s politics everywhere, but cricket does not suffer. There’s infrastructure, coaches, and facility. I’m thinking of quitting, but it’s at an early stage, and there’s nothing official as yet,” he added.

A few years back Rassol had offers from three states. But he rejected these offers for his state (Jammu and Kasmir). Now his home state forced him to for another state.

He said, “Non-cricketers are ruling the association without any knowledge of the game. If your team does well, your chances of representing India also improves. We have huge potential but our problems not helping the situation.”

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Former Australian cricketer and current selector Mark Waugh has said that Indian captain Virat Kohli is suffering from a “brain fade” However, his elder brother and also former captain Steve Waugh is confidently told that Kohli team will return harder at the Aussies.

Conversation on his Facebook page, elder Waugh did not agree that Kohli has been out of sorts. However, it made clear that Kohli will shortly be on the runs and prove that the fans are wrong.

The 51-years-old former Australian right-handed batsman Waugh explained that “Kohli seems to be a little out of sorts at the moment. It’s the first time he’s been under pressure for a while. Australia have had good plans to him as well (but) he’s been a little bit muddled in his thinking.”

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“That’s best shown by two of his dismissals where he let balls go against the spinners (against Steve O’Keefe in the second innings in Pune and against Nathan Lyon in the first innings in Bangalore).”

“That’s something he never would have done even in his junior cricket days. So far Australia have (contained him) very well … but I expect him to score runs later on (in the series).

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Former Aussies skipper Waugh said that the two sacks against Lyon and O’Keefe prove that the Indian captain Kohli isn’t at the top of his game presently. He feels that the pressure hopes from the home fans have received to Kohli.

waugh  He said “That means he’s not quite thinking 100 per cent, so Australia have got him a bit rattled at the moment. (A) home Test series, they’re expected to win it and right now (at stumps on day three) Australia are in front.”

“I think he’s feeling the pressure of 1.3 billion Indians, wanting him to score runs and thinking he’s going to every time.”

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Waugh believes that it won’t be long before Kohli is back in his part, “That was always going to be a key component of this Test series, how many runs Virat Kohli was going to score,” said Waugh.

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On Monday, Sri Lankan A team faced against England Lions at Welagedara Stadium, Kurunegala. That was the 3rd match of 5-match series between the team. That match was very important for both the team, especially for England team.

Because, before Kurunegala ODI match Sri Lankan A team already led the 5-match series by 2-0. Before starting the match, both team captains said at press conference that toss would be the key point for the match.

Luckily England Lions captain KK Jennings won the toss and elected to bat first.

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England Lions captain and BM Duckett came to open for England Lions. In the first 8.3 over they collect 50 runs as the partnership and in the next three over they both got out by Sri Lankan bowler.
England Lions tour of Sri Lanka

But finally, England Lions manage to score only 184 runs at the end of 40.2 over. DJ Bell-Drummond was the highest squarer in the first innings (51 runs for 67 run). That was a must win the game for England Lions, because if they lose that match, then series will be sealed by Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka A team bowled well against England Lions team. Especially GSNFG Jayasuriya took 5-wickets from his ten over.

For Sri Lanka, A team set the target of 185 runs. But Sri Lankan A team easily chase the run in the 37th over with the seven-wicket loss. 5-wicket taker was the highest squarer for Sri Lanka A. He scored 83 runs from 83 balls with 100.00 strike rate. Except for S Samarawickrama and GSNFG Jayasuriya, no other batsman manage to score 20 runs. And with the 3rd ODI match against England Lions, Sri Lanka A team seal the 5-match series by 3-0.

AM Fernando debuted for the Sri Lanka A team.

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West Indies international cricketer Darren Sammy said that the decision to tour to Pakistan was for a good reason. Many foreign players were pulled out when it was announced that the Pakistan Super League final match would be played in Lahore.

Sammy leads Peshawar Zalmi in the second edition of PSL in the final which held in Lahore. Many overseas players travelled to play like Chris Jordan, Marlon Samuels, David Malan, Morne van and Anamul Haque.

After leading his team to the title on Sunday, Sammy said “When you have not been in a place you always have your doubts. You get different views, different opinions. But I spoke to Javed [Afridi, the Peshawar team owner] and Shahid Afridi and they influenced my decision to come here.”

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“All the boys just made the decision that we are part of something that we are coming down here for a good cause. The fans here deserve to see their players playing as they haven’t seen it for quite a while. I am glad I came here.”

“I have enjoyed playing a cricket match [in Lahore], and I have even enjoyed being with the security guys as I have never seen something like this before so it was a good experience. It is hopefully a step in the right direction, where things could happen.”

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“What I can say is that being here felt like playing in St Lucia, playing in India or anywhere else in the world. And like I said at the toss, today I felt cricket was the winner.”

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This was the second major match which was played in Pakistan after the hit on Sir Lanka team in the year 2009 in Lahore. Many teams refused to tour to Pakistan with the FICA (Federation of International Cricketers Association).

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Sammy recognized that the winning trophy meant a lot to him, he said “To me it was more than just a game. It started with the draft. Lala [Afridi] made the big announcement that I would be the captain and one of our mottos was to bring back the smiles, so I felt tonight I brought a lot of smiles in Lahore and Peshawar.”

“It is an amazing day and this trophy means a lot.”

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Cheteswar Pujara

During last three Test innings Indian team struggling against Australia. In the last Test match, India lost by 333 runs that were not expected for the home India team. Even in the 1st innings of the 2nd Test match, whole India team was bundled out for 189 runs.

However, on Sunday Cheteshwar Pujara stated that there is “nothing wrong” with the batting line-up.

On Sunday, Pujara said after second day’s play, “Most important thing was we did not have a big partnership. We kept losing wickets. There is nothing wrong with the Indian batting line-up. We are known to play better against spinners, apart from last three innings. We will have a better game plan in the second innings. We are confident that we will do well.”

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He said India’s middle order batsman was not perfectly done their job. Captain Kohli’s dismissal was a shocking thing for India team.

Indian Team

“It was not easy for the fast bowlers as the oddball was staying low. They have put in a lot of hard work. Spinners did very well. You can see the run-rate, they were not able to score many runs. In a way, it was the victory for us. We bowled tight lines; even the lengths were very good. We bowled well and got six wickets, but they did not score many runs,” he said.

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“We enjoyed this particular season. Winning matches apart from losing a game. This team is strong, and I feel will come back in this particular Test match. We are still enjoying this game. The kind of success we had in the last year, and part of this year, we want to produce more good results and forget the last Test match. I am confident that we will come back in this Test match,” he added.

Pujara also said that India was looking to bowled out Australia within 300 runs.

“If we can get them out in another 30-40 odds runs, but you never know. We focus on bowling right line and length, and wickets will come for spinners and fast bowlers if we continue the way we have bowled. We will have some different plan tomorrow. We will obviously think about what we could have done better. Our bowlers have bowled every well. We would try to restrict them in another 30-40 runs,” he said.

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South Africa

South African Captain and his teammates were very happy after winning the ODI innings against New Zealand.

The South African team finished their targeted score in 33rd over. Before starting that match, both the team expects that the upcoming match will be a high voltage for both the team. But New Zealand batsman couldn’t manage to set a big score. The whole team was broken in 149 runs.

From South African bowling department, Rabada did well. He took three important wickets.

“Tonight was a great way to show everyone we can handle pressure, that we could cross the line in tight games, with tricky totals, and a really good bowling opposition who squeeze you very hard,” reflected de Villiers.

“All our batters showed a lot of positivity in their innings, which was great.”

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“In the past, we fell into traps of being conservative and being stuck in a bubble when the pressure is on, but [tonight] we hit ourselves out with great body language, and good skill, throughout the innings. It’s a great step in the right direction.”

South Africa

Captain AB said that he already had a big mindset before that series.

“I felt ready before this tour, but it was a really good test for us,” he said.

“I truly believe we are ready. It will be silly for me to say, ‘Yes we are going to win it.’ I believe that in my heart, but no-one is going to make silly statements like that. We are going [there] to win and I think we are ready, so if all things go well I think we will be there at the end of the tournament hopefully.”

“There’s a bit of emotion in us winning the series, especially chasing under pressure,” de Villiers said after sealing the series at the ground against New Zealand.

“We’ll definitely enjoy the victory. It obviously doesn’t make it right after we lost the semi. That will never change. But as we sit here now, we’ve just won a game against New Zealand in a final at Eden Park so it’s a great feeling. I think we’ve come a long way since that semi-final.”

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After winning the 2-2 matches in the 5-match ODI series, South Africa and New Zealand played a deciding match at Eden Park, Auckland on 4th March.

The visitor team captain AB de Villiers won the toss and decided to field first.

For New Zealand team, MJ Guptill and DG Brownline came to open. But previous match hero was unsuccessful to score even 50 runs. Again the same problem for the New Zealand team, the upper order batsman six batsmen couldn’t manage to score total 90 runs. As a result, New Zealand fell to 149 runs after 41.1 over. In the SA bowling department, Ramada took three wickets from 7.1 over.

In the second innings, South Africa easily chase the score in the 33rd over, where F du Plessis and DA Miller scored 51 and 45 respectively.

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With that win, South Africa won the 5-match ODI series.

South Africa

At the presentation Event:

The winning team captain said AB said, “We won quite a few tosses in the series, and it made it a little bit easier. It is not often that a series goes to 2-2, credit to New Zealand for making this a tough series. Great effort overall. I don’t think it was quick as it is normally here. It was quite slow and moved around a bit. They came back well; they are always a team that squeezes well.”

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“They put the pressure back on us, and it is always easy to go into a negative mindset in such a situation. But fantastic knocks from both Faf and David Miller. I’ll be up watching the Test series in the morning. I’ll miss the guys, but I look forward to spending some time with family before I go back to playing more cricket,” he added.

After losing the ODI series, Blackcaps captain said, “Credit to AB and the Proteas for outplaying us in the match. I think there were a lot of positives with the ball. I think what you need to do is put a score on the board that forces the opposition to take a few more risks. They bowled pretty well, they deserve everything they achieved tonight, but from our perspective, we will look to improve and come back hard.”

“We need to put in those complete performances and show the signs of improvement. This summer at home, particularly, we have played some series against some of the top oppositions in the world, and it has shown us where we need to improve. It has been a great summer, we are a little tough on ourselves, I guess, after today, but generally, there was some good parts both today and in the summer,” he added.

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“The day before the game was trying to get some rest to make sure I had the edge coming into the game. But we have seen how this wicket plays, and the management gave us some pointers about what to do, and we also got a few pointers from the T20 from a few days ago, and tonight we were able to execute our plans well. We are looking forward to the Tests; we have a few new guys coming in. Looking forward to taking out skills from One-Day cricket to Tests and doing well there,” said by 3-wicker holder.

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