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Tripura Team

On Friday, Tripura played their 4th match against Delhi in the Vijay Hazare Trophy at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. In the Group B, that was the 4th match for Delhi team in the Vijay Hazare Trophy-2017.

Before that match, Team Tripura already played three matches and led in the Group B with three consecutive wins against Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, and Himachal Pradesh.

For the both captains, the toss was very crucial. However, luckily Tripura’s Captain Yashpal Singh won the toss and invited the country Capital team (Delhi) to bat.

Tripura had a change in the list, Devnarayan Kumar debuted in Vijay Hazare Trophy.

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On the first innings: Shikhar Dhawan and Gautam Gambir came to open for Delhi’s innings and made a 59 runs partnership for the first wicket. In the 11th over, Dhawan’s got out by S. Majumder’s bowl. And in his next over Gautam caught at Sen Choudhury’s hand.

Rishab Pant

Then young Rishab Pant and DR Shorey dragged the innings to 216 runs for the 3rd wicket. But unfortunately, Captain Pant couldn’t manage to reach his first ton in the Vijay Hazare Trophy – 2017. But his 99 runs for 72 ball with Dhruv Shorey’s 74 runs and Milind’s unbeaten 72 runs helps Delhi team to reach 356 runs for five wickets. That clearly meant that Tripura’s bowler was not in their row.

On the second Innings: Tripura’s captain Yashpal Singh and both the opener knows that if they want to win this match, they need to play positive cricket from the first ball. But opener UU Bosh got out in the 9th over by P Suyal. After the 1st wicket Captain, Y Singh and BB Ghosh put 74 runs partnership on the board for the 2nd wicket.

Tripura Team

Though Captain Yashpal Singh scored unbeaten 115 run for 117 balls, but team Tripura unable to caught 356 run due to poor performance by the middle order batsmen.

With that loss of Tripura and Delhi team opens their account by 4 points in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2017.

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Indian skipper Virat Kohli said that shameful losing in the first Test in Pune would not affect their mind when they play their second Test against Australia in Bengaluru on Saturday.

The 28-year-old veteran skipper Kohli said that he was confident that his team would play well back in Bengaluru after losing their first Test in Pune.

On Friday, Kohli said at the pre-match press conference that “We have the belief that we can win this series. I can assure you that everyone is taking this as a massive challenge and everyone is raring to turn things around in this series and play the kind of cricket we all know that we can play and not take a backward step at any stage.”


India has won in West Indies and Srilanka also they beat New Zealand, South Africa, England and Bangladesh for six straight series wins. But in Pune was shocked losing their first Test which people was expecting that they will steamroll the visitors.

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Kohli said “Sometimes these defeats are necessary. It is very rare that the whole team fails to contribute…Pune was one of those days. Pune was a disappointment because of the way we played, not that we lost but the way we lost. When you don’t have enough intent and you lose the game, that’s when it hurts you.”


“The defeat gives you an opportunity to understand what are the things we need to work on. Sometimes when you win, you don’t focus on everything because somebody or the other steps up. That’s always a good sign. But we cannot take anything for granted at any stage. It was not a set back…these things are also important in your Test journey,” he added.

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He also said about young all-rounder player Jayant Yadav performance; he said “Jayant has been outstanding. He has been brilliant, very intelligent. All of us go through the grind. Pune wasn’t his best game, but I won’t judge as he has played too little. He knows how to turn things around and will get back into the zone.”

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India’s recent all format coach Anil Kumble didn’t take any question on Ajinkya Rahane. Though Rahane was not in his best form in the last Test match. But before that, he has some plenty innings in the last few years.

Even in the last Bangladesh series, he was successfully scored a single fifty. But all we know Pune’s pitch was not like normal one.

The 46-years-old said, “There is no question of dropping Rahane. He has scored well. He has been extremely successful for the last couple of years. There is no question about that. Regarding the team composition, we still haven’t discussed on that. All 16 are available. Yes, it is unfortunate that Karun Nair missed out after he scored the triple hundred but that’s the way the composition of the team has been that we look to play five bowlers and it was unfortunate he came in as a replacement.”

Kumble thinks that the reason behind the Pune’s loss was the pitch effect. But the Chinnaswamy Stadium will be different from it.

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Coach Kumble said at press conference, “It has always been a good batting surface. I am sure it will be a result wicket. We are hoping it will be a result wicket.”


“I don’t want to look back. As a coach, it is more important to look ahead. Yes, it was one of those games where things didn’t go our way, and you just need to move on. Another three Test matches are there in the series, and we are looking forward to that. We have had a fantastic home season. It is just one of those games where things didn’t go our way,” he said.

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“More importantly for me as a coach is to look ahead and that’s exactly what we have been doing as a team that what has happened is done and dusted. You can’t worry too much about that. Australia played well. We didn’t play well on that surface, and it was challenging, but we didn’t adapt and every game you need to adapt, and that’s exactly what we are looking forward to,” he added.

On the five bowl theory, former Indian captain said, “No. I don’t think so. It all depends on what we believe is the right combination to win a Test match. If we believe that four bowlers are enough or five bowlers are needed, which four bowlers or which five bowlers all that depends on what we look at and our aim is to win every game.”

“We beat Sri Lanka, England, West Indies and against quality sides. We have won from difficult situations. We have adapted to various conditions and also various situations, and that’s what we did not do in the last game, and that’s why the result didn’t go our way. We keep looking forward to this game so that we can start on a winning note,” he added.

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Australian former captain Michael Clarke thinks that India might be “tougher to beat in Bengaluru” not like as Pune performance where winning the toss worked superbly under the captaincy of Steve Smith’s.

The 35-year-old Aussies former captain Clarke said “India will be tougher for Australia to best in Bengaluru than in Pune. If India would’ve won the toss and batted in Pune, I don’t know if result would’ve been the same.”

Clarke said that the first innings score of 450 runs or more would set irrespective of who wins the toss. “In India, the first innings total is critical. If you get a good first innings score of 450 or more, it doesn’t matter who wins the toss. How you bat in the first innings that dictates the game. So getting more runs in the first innings should be the focus for both teams.”


Clarke expressed that Australia’s first innings with score 265 in Pune poor track were “very good score.” Clarke said “We have seen that in Pune, Australia made 265 which is a very good score on a tough wicket, India went on to make 105, so mainly the Test match was over after the first innings. Australia had a lead of 150 or more; it was always a tough task for India to chase in the second innings of a Test match.”

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Clarke feels that the wicket in Bengaluru might get worse in over, He said, “In sub-continent, it feels like the game is moving quite slowly over the first three days, so then the final two days when the wicket does deteriorate, the ball starts spinning more with inconsistent bounce and pace, then it starts troubling the batsmen.”


He feels that, if India need to win skipper Kohli and Co has to struggle like four players, “India need to combat four big players in the Australian team — (Steve) Smith, (David) Warner, (Mitchell) Starc and (Josh) Hazlewood. India now knows they have to be at their best to beat Australia,” he said.

India can’t present “butterfingered” like in Pune where Steve Smith was let off five times, “Hang on to your catches otherwise Smith will make hundred.”

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Clarke expresses the words of struggling under pressure, “Rahane is a terrific player, India will give him another opportunity. He’s earned that right. Ishant deserves to be in this team. He is a wonderful bowler, bowled really well against England,” said Clarke.

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Tripura’s captain Yashpal Singh has displayed their performances as a high voltage with two pace bowlers Ajoy Sarkar and Abhijit Sarkar against Himachal Pradesh. On 3rd March Friday, they will face next challenging team Delhi at Barabati Stadium in Cuttack.

Tripura’s two best pace bowler Abhijit Sarkar took (6 wickets off 31 runs) and Ajay Sarkar (4 wickets off 37 runs) which bowled well and also the top in rank who took full wickets in the match. They needed only two pacers to brush Himachal Pradesh.

Match against Delhi will be sufficiently pressured on skipper Yashpal Singh, who made 47 runs off 72 balls against Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday event.

While playing against Delhi, Tripura’s captain Yashpal Singh might allow his players NN Sen Chowdhary, Gurinder Singh, B B Das, A K Sarkar to change the shape of the match scoring great runs, while on fielding their pace bowler might perform well again.

In this season, Tripura is still unbeaten under the captaincy of Yashpal Singh. However, Friday’s match for Delhi will be the first match of Vijay Hazare Trophy 2017. Last season Tripura team could not perform well as their expectation.

Match against Himachal Pradesh, Abhijit was the hat-trick, the innings started with two wickets in first two balls and also in 11 over wickets off the second and third deliveries. With three wickets 11th over has ended.


On the other hand, Ajay Sarkar has taken a wicket and resulted in a crash losing five wickets without scoring runs on the board. A K Sarkar took six wickets of 31 in eight overs, while A Sarkar with four wickets for 37 in 7 overs.

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Tripura recovered from a shake when 54 for 4, when Nirupam Sen Chowdhary, who help Tripura to recover, came out for bat he scored 51 runs off 72 balls. Chowdhury added 41 runs for the fifth wicket with Yashpal Singh of 47 and followed by six-wicket partnership off 55 with Gurinder Singh 33. The match has ended scoring 206 runs all out in 49.5 overs in 212 mins at 4.13 runs per over.


Tripura squad – Yashpal Singh (captain), Singh, S K Patel (wicketkeeper),  A S Sarkar, B B Ghosh, Rana Datta, M P Debbarma, R A Dey, A K Sarkar, C K Paul, K K Acharjee, M B Mura Singh, N N Sen, N N Sen Choudhury, R D Banik, Gurinder Singh, A A Dey, S S Majumder, Saurabh Das, U U Bose, A P Saha, B B Roy, J R Banik, J B Bhattacharjee, S M Singha, D T Bhattacharjee, S C Das, Arjun Debnath, Devnarayan Kumar, B B Das.

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Delhi Squad – Himmat Singh, Rishabh Pant, Sarthak Ranjan, Tejas Baroka, Gautam Gambhir, Parvinder Awana, Unmukt Chand, Ashish Nehra, Milind, Nitish Rana, Pawan Negi, Sumit Narwal, Varun Sood, V Tokas, Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant Sharma, Aditya Kaushik, Dhruv Shorey, Mohit Sharma, Vaibhav Rawal, Navdeep Amarjeet Saini, Pulkit Narang, Pawan Suyal, Manan Sharma, Pradeep Sangwan, Kshitiz Sharma, Subodh Bhati, Mohit Ahlawat, Arjun Gupta, Kulwant Khejroliya.

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Martin Guptill

In the Fourth ODI match of New Zealand Vs South Africa, New Zealand won that match by seven (7) wickets. That was the do or die match for blackcaps. Before the last match, South Africa already led the 5-match series by 2-1.

After winning the toss by South African captain AB de Villiers, South Africa only manage 279 runs with eight wickets of fall.

From the opposite site, opener MJ Guptill responded well and made his career best run of unbeaten 180 runs for 138 balls. And at the end of the match, New Zealand won the match by seven wickets.

Now, 5-match series is level by 2-2. So, the Last match will be the deciding one for both home and visitor team.

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However, after his blasting ODI performance, Guptill unable to confirm his place in the Test squad.

Murtin Guptil

On Thursday, Hesson told the reporter, “The Test team is performing pretty well at the moment.”

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“Martin and I have talked about Test cricket a lot, and we certainly gave batting at the top of the order a decent crack. Certainly batting in the middle order is something we are keen to explore and he will do that first with Auckland,” he added.

That was a hearted thing for him. But the main reason is that the present New Zealand Test squad is very good without Martin Guptill.

“It’s something that Martin is keen to have a crack at and certainly something that we are keen for him to explore at first class level first,” Hesson told Radio of New Zealand.

“Hopefully get some success in that and then… there might be a (test) opportunity down the line.”

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Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has announced on Wednesday that he will leave as manager of Barcelona when his agreement expires at the end of the season.

He made a shocking announcement stepping down as manager following the team win 6-1 against Sporting Gijon in the Spanish League.

He has been continuously asked whether he would perform to the club further than current campaign however he refused to respond.

On Wednesday, Enrique said in post-match news conference “I need to rest. I won’t be the coach of Barcelona next season. It was a very difficult decision for me, very well-thought out.”

“The reason clearly had to do with the way of life I need to have in this profession, constantly having to find solutions, constantly trying to improve my team. That means very little time to rest, very little time to disconnect. After this season it will be good for me to get some rest.”


The decision of stepping down reports was first given to the player when they are in the locker room after the match at Camp Nou.

The 28-year-old Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic said that “He told us about the decision and we have to accept it. We want to finish the season with victories and enjoy what’s left of it.”

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Enrique said to the club during the pre-season, he was considering not to come back after his agreement expired at the end of this season. “I would like to thank the club for all the confidence that it had in me throughout my years here, both as a player and as a coach.”


Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said that Enrique had confirmed his decision to step down a few days ago. He said “We accept Luis Enrique’s decision. He has been a great coach. Now we have to finish the season the best possible way.”

“Luis Enrique has helped us succeed, and he can still help us. The players are motivated to make sure that happens.”

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Barcelona is still struggling to win three competitions, “There are three months left, and we are in a difficult situation, especially in one competition (the Champions League). But with the help of everyone – and if the stars align – we can turn things around (against Paris Saint-Germain on March 8). My dedication during the coming three months will be total.”

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Murali Vijay

In the last Test match against Australia, Indian Test opener Murali Vijay couldn’t take the trust flow of Captain Kohli. Now he said that Pune’s pitch wasn’t as expect.

Vijay expects the wickets at the Chinnaswamy Stadium to be a good one. On Wednesday, opener Murali Vijay differed with referee Chris Board. Chris Board gave a poor review about the Pune’s pitch.

Like the 1st innings, Indians batsman again failed to chess the Australian target and finally defeated that match by 333 runs. In the last few years performance, team India couldn’t expect it.

On Saturday Vijay told the reporter, “Pune wicket was not poor. It was a challenging wicket from ball one. As cricketers, we need to play on such wickets sometimes rather than playing on flat tracks. It is a good thing to play on wickets which test your character and technique.”

After the Pune’s testing pitch, Vijay and his team think about to return in the second Test match against Australia.
Murali Vijay

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“I go into the middle with an open mind and look to adapt according to the pitch conditions.”

Vijay said, “I personally thought bowlers did a great job (restricting Australia to 260 in the first innings). After conceding a big first innings lead, it was always going to be difficult. We did not play ourselves well.”

He believes that Steve Smith’s catch was the turning point for that match.

“Definitely, it (DRS usage) is not going our way. We got to take little more time I guess. We got to use those 15 seconds much better.”

“We had a chat about it, and we have been working on few of the areas where we could have done much better in the last Test match. We are looking forward to starting afresh and take all catches coming our way,” he said about the weakest point that the team needs to set before the second Test match.

“We had a chat about it, and we have been working on few of the areas where we could have done much better in the last Test match. We are looking forward to starting afresh and take all catches coming our way,” he said.

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