Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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Shahid Afridi

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi thinks that national cricket team needs to perform best to beat South Africa in a day-night match in the Champions League 2017 at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

Pakistan defeats their opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 against India by a massive 124 runs on Sunday, 4 June.

Afridi wrote in his column for ICC, “More than the margin of defeat, the listless and abject surrender must be hurting the squad. But I’d like to stay positive and say that Pakistan has a great chance to turn things around. South Africa, in its opener against Sri Lanka, looked an extremely formidable side, possessing a strong batting line-up and firepower in its bowling.”

Shahid Afridi

Afridi wrote that their country needs to play free mind and positive match against South Africa. He also mentions that South Africa bowling is weaker than their batting.

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“Rabada and Tahir are top-ranked ODI bowlers but Pakistan must not allow them to impose their presence on the game. Pakistan batsmen need to free their minds and play with a positive mindset, which would allow them to go after the bowling while rotating the strike intelligently.”

Shahid Afridi

“The Pakistan batsmen seemed to have simply frozen against India and looked clueless in the face of mounting run-rate. The team will have to do much better against South Africa, which is a top-class fielding unit. The batsmen will have to commit fully to strike-rotation and will have to play only a small number of dot balls. If they are caught in two minds, the South African fielders will surely make life tougher for them.”

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Talking about Pakistan bowling, Afridi said, “In the years gone by, we used to worry about out batting and fielding, while the bowling department was what we used to rely on. Unfortunately, Pakistan has regressed in bowling and now all three departments of the game need to be worked on more than ever.”

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Eoin Morgan

England captain Eoin Morgan feels happy for his team performance against New Zealand that lined-up to the semi-final in the Champions Trophy 2017 on Tuesday.

After England win by 87 runs against New Zealand on Tuesday, Captain Morgan said at the post-match presentation. “We weren’t that pleased at the half-way stage, maybe 30 short of par. But it shows with the batting line-up we’ve got, upwards of 300 always leave you in with a shout.”

Speaking about their bowling performance, Morgan said that it was all about hitting the right areas and not being “too greedy.” “We hit the wicket hard, no value in full with the short straight boundaries. We weren’t too greedy, just hit the seam on a good length. It feels good to be in the semis but we are not satisfied. We want to fulfill our potential.”

Eoin Morgan

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was praise to the opposition side and said that they played very deep using lot of power. “They bat very deep with a lot of power, so restricting them wasn’t a bad effort. In all areas, England outplayed us today. Credit to the way they went about their business, especially with the ball in hand.”

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“We were trying to get momentum, and increasing that run-rate to chase down the total. it was a tough job, England used the dimensions of the ground well, the wind was a big factor, and the pitch was a bit two-faced,” said Williamson.

Eoin Morgan

England Right-arm fast-medium pace Jake Ball, who replaced Luke Ronchi, was awarded the Man-of-the-Match for his magic charm with the new ball.

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Ball said that rain helped and “juiced the pitch,” “The rain had juiced the pitch up so it was a matter of getting it in the right areas. You have to be prepared to go round the park now and again, and cherish the days when you come off the field with decent figures.”

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Kumar Sangakkara

Former Sri Lanka’s cricketer and captain Kumar Sangakkara wants his country cricket team to play with arrogance match against India in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 on Thursday 8th June at The Oval in London.

After losing their match against South Africa, Sir Lanka will have to play do or die situation against India. Former captain Sangakkara wrote in his column for the ICC, “I would personally like this young Sri Lanka side to walk out at The Oval and play with the arrogance and abandon of youth.”

“They should express their talent and play a really positive brand of cricket. If they are able to do this, then they have a chance of pulling off an upset, but it will not be easy an India team that so confident overwhelmed Pakistan on Sunday.”

Kumar Sangakkara

Skipper Upul Tharanga was suspended for two matches due to serious over-rate fault, and Angelo Mathews is also doubtful due to fitness issues, formerly said it’s not an ideal condition for Sri Lanka.

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Sangakkara said “If Angelo Mathews is deemed unavailable for this vital clash, it could severely hamper the team’s chances of winning against India. Even if Angelo is considered fit, the threat of slow over-rate will be a major concern. Having Tharanga suspended is a huge waste.”

Kumar Sangakkara

Talking about Tharanga’s ill-timed suspension, Sangakkara said: “With quite an experienced and senior bowling attack led by Lasith Malinga, a team constituting two spinners, it is unacceptable that Sri Lanka was over by 39 minutes.”

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He added, “Even though the captain is penalised more for such offences, it should be the responsibility of senior bowlers to push themselves to properly address and rectify the situation. The wicket-keeper and fielders also have to play their part with sustained urgency.”

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Steve Smith

As two matches were washed away due to rain, Australian skipper Steve Smith said that his side ready for their do or die match against hosts England on Saturday 10th in the Champions Trophy 2017.

Australia had to suffer frustration after rain spoiled on Monday’s showdown against Bangladesh. It has happened when rain spoiled out their first match against New Zealand.

Aussie captain Smith said after rain washed their second match against Bangladesh on Monday, “A little bit frustrating. The groundsmen perhaps could have shown a bit more urgency, being a big tournament, but I think they did the best job they could and the umpires said it was an 8.30 pm start, so you’ve got to do what they say.”

Steve Smith

The 28-year-old Aussie captain Smith added, “Of course, I didn’t want to go off, I was happy to keep batting through the rain.  But the umpires are there to make a decision and I think drinks was at the end of that over, which probably didn’t help.

“If the game had just carried on, perhaps they may have had a different opinion. But to be fair it was raining reasonably hard when we came off.”

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The match against Bangladesh, Australia were 83 for 1 while targeting 183 runs in 50 overs and required only four overs to be bowled to ensure they would take maximum points via the Duckworth-Lewis rule.

Steve Smith

Australia with two points from their two matches, Aussie will have to defeat the hosts England to reach the semi-finals on Saturday, 10th June at Edgbaston.

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Smith said “I think it makes the equation pretty simple for us. We have to beat England and then I think we’re through. I haven’t really read into anything else that’s happened. I guess we’ve just got to beat England. I think once they get out in the middle, things will just click into place, and yeah, hopefully we can play well in Birmingham.”

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India vs Pakistan

Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh changed the innings match against Pakistan on Sunday at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Yuvraj smashes with a “clinical” performance on their first opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

Yuvraj’s smash 53 off 32 helped India break free from a sluggish stage towards the back end of their innings. After the opening batsman’s like Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma presented their side failed to gear up.

As soon as when Yuvraj arrived he launched to lift Kohli confidence. Kohli said after the match win by 124 over Pakistan, “The way Yuvi batted, it was the game-changing innings, to be honest. That gave all of us the confidence to start striking the ball well.”

Talking about Yuvraj clinical performance, Kohli said “The way he batted was the way only he can strike the ball. Hitting low full-tosses fro fours and sixes, and even digging out yorkers for fours, was outstanding.”

After Yuvraj joined Kohli in the 37th over, Kohli was on 29 off 37 balls having just involved in the run-out of Rohit Sharma. “I think till 40, I was easing into the game, taking my ones and twos like I always do. I could not go for the big ones because it was tricky. We went off about four times.”

“And we came back in, and so as a player who likes to play the long innings till the end and usually plays like that for the team, it becomes very difficult to find momentum every time you come back and all you got to do is play yourself in again,” said Kohli.

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Kohli said about Yuvi performance against England, who struck 150 in the last ODI series. “When Yuvi came in, we didn’t go back out again. So, he started striking from the ball one and, as I said, that took pressure off me, and maybe I should have given him a strike.”

India vs Pakistan

He added, “That really deflated the opposition and that gave me a bit of time to settle in from the other end. When he got out, I took over. But I think his innings was a difference in the game.”

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Talking about Yuvi’s rubs off positively success, Kohli said “If he plays like that you know the team is always in a good space because you can really rely on him to come in and just play match-changing innings, more often than not. And he will end up doing it three out of five times. That’s why we back him at that spot.”

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Shahid Afridi

Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi said that captain Virat Kohli leading batting line-up will make them favourite for the high-octane tournament between India and Pakistan. The match will take place on June 4 in Birmingham.

Afridi wrote in his ICC column that “As a passionate Pakistan supporter, it’s natural that I would want my team to finish on the winning side against any team, and especially against India. However, recent history and the depth of the India squad give it a slight edge heading into the game.”

“Led by Virat Kohli, the Indians possess a formidable batting line-up that can flay any bowling attack on its day. Kohli’s credentials as a top-order batsman are known to all and he has played some memorable innings in the ODI format.”

Shahid Afridi

“I have vivid memories of his sublime century against us in the 2012 Asia Cup, while he was at his absolute best in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 clash at Adelaide, laying the foundation of an Indian win with a masterful hundred.”

Afridi added that bowling to skipper Kohli will be a challenge for their Team bowlers, “For me, bowling to Kohli was always a challenge and Pakistan bowlers would have to be on top of their game against him. They must try and attack, especially when he is new at the crease. If Pakistan dismisses Kohli cheaply, it will significantly increase its chances of restricting India to a low score.”

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“While Kohli is the backbone, India possesses considerable firepower around him. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni are all match-winners and capable of churning out exceptional performances.”

Shahid Afridi

Afridi, who hold record taking most wickets in T20 International cricket, said that he was happy to see Yuvraj (his old friend) in the field. “I am really pleased to see my old friend Yuvraj return to the international fold with renewed hunger and passion for the game.”

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“I wish him the very best and hope to see him play in his usual belligerent way. Yuvi is a treat to watch when in full flow and some of his shots leave you awestruck. I do hope though that he reserves his best for the game following the opener against Pakistan.”

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Steve Smith

Australia skipper Steve Smith expecting better attack performance from his team in the remainder of the Champions Trophy after an “ordinary” present in their no result match against New Zealand.

On Friday, the rain came when Australia’s rescue match was finally deserted. With Smith’s men 53 for 3 off nine overs in chase of revised win target of 235 in 33. Smith’s pace bowlers allowed New Zealand to get off to a flyer.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson led his team with exactly 100. Williamson’s team were 254 for three in the 40th over and on course for a total well in excess of 300 following a dashing 65 from opener Luke Ronchi.

Steve Smith

Josh Hazlewood damage with six for 52 but his figures could not disguise and also returns from Mitchell Starc without any wicket of 52 and Pat Cummins one for 67.

The 28-year-old Aussie skipper Smith said “I thought it was probably one of the worst bowling displays that we’ve put on for a very long time. We bowled both sides of wicket. We gave them a lot of freebies. And it was pretty ordinary, to be honest with you.”

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Starc’s, left-arm pacer who’s the first match after the second Test against India in March. Smith said that Starc spearhead will come good in their second match of the Champions Trophy tournament against Bangladesh.

Steve Smith

“Let’s hope it’s rust and let’s hope it’s gone. Because that was pretty ordinary. Credit to them they came out quite hard and played quite well up top and got their innings going. Kane timed his innings beautifully, played really well throughout the middle but we did not bowl well at all.”

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Smith said the weather has safe his side a damaging defeat, “We still had a lot of work to do and they’ve got a quality bowling attack as well, so we perhaps got away with one there. We certainly would have preferred to be in New Zealand’s position when we came off at the end.”

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Mathews

Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews is likely to miss the match against South Africa of the Champions Trophy 2017 due to a calf injury. The Sri Lanka Cricket announced on Wednesday, May 31st that Mathews complained of his calf pain and the management wouldn’t want to take a risk on Saturday match against South Africa.

Sri Lanka Cricket said in a release, “Mathews had complained of stiffness and pain, prompting the team management to conduct radiographic investigations, which revealed a strain on the muscle. He will engage in supervised recovery over the next few days but will most likely sit out the first group stage match.”

Mathews

If Mathews certainly does miss out that match over South Africa, it will be displayed with a huge blow for the island nation, who usually heavily dependent on the hardness he brings to the batting crease.

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After he sidelined from the international cricket since January due to a hamstring injury, Mathews marked in the Indian Premier League for Delhi Daredevils recently before joining his team for the mega event.

Mathews

Mathews immediately shot back to form with a trademark 95 against Australia but skipped his side’s next practice game against New Zealand.

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Opener Upul Tharanga, who will lead in Mathews’s absence in limited-overs cricket, is likely to take over the covering yet again on Saturday against South Africa in the Champions Trophy 2017.

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