Indians dominate Sri Lanka again in lone T20, beats them By 7 wickets

Proving their consistency throughout, India concludes their tour with Sri Lanka on a high. The lone T-20 match that both the teams played saw India thrashing the Lankans ruthlessly by 7 wickets. Sri Lanka had set up a competitive score of 170-7 after losing the toss to India and batting first. However, they proved to be no match for the ‘Men in Blue’ who powered through the total with ease. Captain Virat Kohli scored a magnificent 82 while Manish Pandey kept company by making 52 runs. The two partnered 119 runs after losing both the openers quite early in the match.

While the match started on a dull note, with rains delaying the toss in Colombo. But the gloom did not last long, and thankfully for team India, the fireworks were on full display. India is gradually gearing up for the 2019 World Cup for 50 overs and experimenting with several young players before deciding on the final 11 that will play. With this, India has comprehensively beaten their opponents at all three formats in their land. After this, India faces a tough contest versus Australia when they begin playing against them on home ground. India would try to continue the same performance when they face the Kangaroos.

India thrash Sri Lanka in another one sided affair

For a day that was supposed to be remembered for a dominant Indian performance, it will instead be remembered for a bottle flinging Palekke crowd causing a 35-minute disruption. This was after the home side put up another mediocre performance giving an unassailable lead of 3-0 to the Indians in a 5 match series.

Earlier in the day, stand-in captain Chamara Kapugedera won the toss and chose to bat. Unlike in the previous two games where they also batted first and got off to a good start, this time around they were disastrous from the beginning. Jasprit Bumrah wreaked havoc picking up 5 wickets in 10 overs giving away just 27 runs also winning the Man of the Match award for the same. Bumrah is the leading wicket taker in this series, collecting 11 dismissals in the 3 games so far. No Sri Lankan batsman except Lahiru Thirimanne looked like any threat to the Indian bowlers which was the main reason that they ended up with 217 runs in their allotted 50 overs.

Chasing a relatively low target India initially lost their way stumbling to 61 for 4 in 15 overs. They needed the calm head of M.S.Dhoni to anchor the innings alongside Rohit Sharma who went on to score his 12th ODI century forming an unbeaten 157 run partnership to take India home. The small target proved to be tricky for the Indians, who lost wickets in pairs. With Malinga and Fernando accounting for Dhawan and Kohli respectively, new found sensation Akila Danajaya picked up Rahul and Jadhav of successive deliveries on either side of his two overs. The Sri Lankans failed to capitalize on it and ended up surrendering the series.

Both teams will now travel to The R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo for the rest of the series.(4th, 5th ODI & Only T20i)

India 218 for 4 (Rohit 124*, Dhoni 67*, Dananjaya 2-38) def.  Sri Lanka 217 for 9 (Thirimanne 80, Bumrah 5-27) by six wickets.


News Source- ESPN, Cricinfo

Boycott ICC, says Miandad

Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad has approached the PCB to playing blacklist matches against India in ICC occasions.

The thrice time coach of Pakistani team said it was futile asking India to play bilateral cricket. Therefore Pakistan should also boycott playing ICC events with India.

Times of India quoted him saying. “I think when we don’t play India in ICC events and the ICC suffers financial losses and their events lose significance and colour, only then we will be treated with respect and we will be heard on an equal level at any forum “.

According to Miandad, injustice is being done with them despite India and Pakistan being equal members of the ICC executive board. If ICC board cannot change India’s decision, then Pakistan too would be stubborn to participate in ICC.

The former captain felt that Pakistan Cricket Board will just waste money on compensation claims instead of directing that money for infrastructure.

Miandad said the Indians have exploited them as they went to India in 2012 to play limited over series as they earned millions and Pakistan Cricket got nothing. But now the country’s respect and pride should be given priority.

Sources: Times of India, The Hindu


Rahul Dravid to continue as coach for India A, U-19 teams 

Rahul Dravid will continue to coach the India A and U-19 teams for the next two years, according to a statement released by the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Friday, June 30. Under the recommendations of the Lodha committee, Dravid’s contract will run for 12 months, as opposed to the previous ten month contract he previously held, reported ESPN Cricinfo.

Due to conflict of interests, Dravid will not continue in his role as the mentor of Indian Premier League (IPL) team Delhi Daredevils, which was confirmed by the franchise in a statement.

The former India captain took charge of the two teams in 2015 and under his leadership, both teams have achieved outstanding results. The India A side won the triangular series against Australia and South Africa under his charge, and the U-19 team reached the World Cup final in Bangladesh in 2016, according to Times of India.

BCCI acting president CK Khanna said, “Over the last two years, Rahul Dravid has been instrumental in getting young talent into the mix who have proved their worth on the big stage. We are glad to continue his services for the next two years and are sure that this is a bright sign for Indian cricket which will see many more young talents coming up in the future.”

Sources: ESPN and Times Of India

India beat West Indies by 7 wickets in ICC Women’s World Cup

India rattled the West Indies on Thursday, June 29 and registered a seven-wicket win in their second game of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 at Taunton. According to Hindustan Times, India comfortably chased the 184-run target set by the West Indies, after having earlier restricted them to 183-5.

The match got off to a good start, with Indian skipper Mithali Raj winning the toss and opting to field against West Indies, reported NDTV Sports.

The Indian spinners and fielders played a tight game, managing to keep the Windies team slow at collecting runs and making sure that India got regular wickets. Hindustan Times reported that Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav and Harmanpreet Kaur took two wickets each.

Smriti Mandhana scored a century, valuable runs which went a long way towards helping India cruise to their superb win. This is her second ODI ton, reported NDTV Sports. The 20-year-old continued her fine run at the tournament, putting 105 runs on the boarding remaining unbeaten at the end of the match, reported The Indian Express. She also had ample support from skipper Mithali Raj, who helped put another 46 runs on the board. Mandhana also hit the winning runs, smashing a four to end the Indian innings at the end of 42.3 overs.

At 43, Hayley Matthews was the top-scorer for the Windies, while Afy Fletcher remained unbeaten at the end of the Windies innings at 36.






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Anil Kumble resigns as the Head Coach of Indian Cricket Team

Anil Kumble stepped down as the coach of the Indian cricket team on June 20, just days after India were beaten in the Champions Trophy final by Pakistan at The Oval.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirms that Anil Kumble has withdrawn his services as the post of the Head Coach for the Senior India Men’s team,” said the BCCI in a statement. The statement further said that Kumble was offered an extension to his tenure as Head Coach but he decided against the offer.

His resignation came as the Indian team was mid-flight to the Caribbean for a limited overs tour. He reportedly stayed back in London citing his commitment to an ICC meeting.

Kumble’s resignation has come after reported rifts between him and captain Virat Kohli. The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, appointed to select India’s Head Coach, held meetings with both to sort out their differences. It now seems that the meetings failed to find a middle ground.

It is widely perceived that during his meeting with the CAC, Kohli had conclusively said that his relationship with the coach had reached a dead end. The fall-out between Kumble and Kohli was apparent when the two of them were rarely seen interacting during the Champions Trophy.

Kumble’s one year stint with the Indian team has been highly successful with the team winning five Test Series, four of them at home, and eight one-day internationals.

Applicants for the next Indian Head Coach include Virender Sehwag, former Australian all-rounder Tom Moody, former Indian pacer Dodda Ganesh among others.

Soon after the announcement, Anil Kumble started trending on Twitter. Here are few reactions





News Source- Times of India, Hindustan Times


Dwayne Smith announces retirement from International Cricket

West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith announced his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday. The 33 year old announced his decision before the start of the second qualifying final against Karachi Kings in Sharjah in the ongoing Pakistan Super League.

The all-rounder played his maiden match on West Indies’ tour of South Africa 2003-04, beginning with the New Year’s Test in Cape Town in January 2004. He scored a century on debut – an unbeaten 105, which also turned out to be his only century in international cricket. He played his last international game against the United Arab Emirates in a One-Day International (ODI) in Napier during the ICC World Cup in March 2015.

Smith played 10 Tests in total, scoring a total of 320 runs with an average of 24.61. His last Test appearance was in March 2006 against New Zealand, in Napier. His career as a cricketer bloomed mainly under made ODI cricket. He made useful contributions with his medium-pace in the game. Having begun in the lower order, Smith was promoted to the top order, including as an opener, after 2014 and did better there. He played in 105 ODIs, tallying up to 1560 runs with a career-best of 97. Smith scored eight half-centuries with an average of 18.57. His 61 wickets in total boasts of a career-best of 5 for 45.

Smith has been popular on the T20 circuit and has played for franchises in the Caribbean Premier League, NatWest Blast in England, the Bangladesh Premier League, the Pakistan Super League and the Indian Premier League.

Sources: 1] ESPNCricinfo