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.
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Indian Women’s cricket team touches new heights

Indian women’s cricket team smashed Nepal during Women’s Asia Cup T20. Chasing a score of 121 for a win, Nepal now holds a record of being bowled out for just 21 runs in 16.3 overs, the lowest total in history to endure a crushing defeat.

Indian team belted the match with an electrifying 99- run win in the tournament that took place in Bangkok on Friday.Indian women in the allotted 20 overs scored 120 for a loss of 5 wickets with Shikha Pandey bagging the top score of 39 not out on 32 balls which was laced with five boundaries.

Team Captain Harmanpreet Kaur (14 not out) and Pandey together scored a total of 51 for the unbroken sixth wicket to reach the total of 121 at the Asian Institute of Technology Ground. Though, Indian team had already qualified for the finals before scoring the victory against Nepal so they rested some top players including Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj.

Indian Team’s winning margin of 99 is the third highest in terms of runs.India after winning all the five matches ended the league in the top position with 10 points, Sabbhineni Meghana and Anuja Patil scored two wickets each while Poonam Yadav was the most successful Indian bowler with figures of 3 for 9.

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Records tumble as Glenn Maxwell guides Australia to an 85 run win

Up until last week, the Sri Lankan cricket team held records of highest score in all three formats of the game. Today they only hold that record in tests. Glenn Maxwell returned from an inferior form to join the Australian squad for the two match T20I series against Sri Lanka at Pallekele.

Opening for the first time in T20I, Maxwell, often cricticised for his inconsistent form, looked in no trouble to contribute comprehensively for the Aussies. His previous best of 75 not out against South Africa at Johannesburg could only find place among the majority of mere notable innings. Right from the start, Maxwell showed perseverance accompanied by ebullience to perform. Scoring at a rapid rate, he reached his century in just 49 balls, eventually scoring 145 not out in 65 deliveries. The scorecard displayed his strike rate as 237.07, as result of 14 fours and 9 sixes. It was a kind of havoc that Sri Lanka would not have anticipated when they sent the visitors to bat first. The 27 year old struck the ball to parts of the ground scored the second highest score in T20I, 11 runs shy of his Aussie team-mate Aaron Finch.

Australia posted a total of 263 for the fall of 3 wickets, which is now credited as the highest T20I score by any team. In response, Sri Lanka only managed to get 178 in their 20 over innings, losing the match by 85 runs. This was Sri Lanka’s heaviest defeat in T20I, a record which the home team would not be delighted to know.

As the records were tumbling, most of the twitter enthusiasts took on to the social media website to express their jubilation of watching such an explosive innings by the Aussie. Here are some of the reactions:

  1. Virender Sehwag, recently distinguished for his witty and wise tweets said –

2. Cricket commentator and columnist, Harsha Bhogle with his expertise –

3. Former Australian and World Cup winner, Damien Martyn –

4. Former Sri Lankan legends have their say, though it would be difficult for them to watch their team getting smashed –

5. Maxwell’s team mate Aaron Finch, who holds the record for highest T20I score has his say –

The next match will be played on 9 September at Pallekele.

India lose T20 Series to West indies

With rain playing spoilsport, India lost the two-match T-20 series against West Indies after the second match on Sunday, August 28 was called off due to rain. In the match at Lauderhill, Florida, that began after a delay of 40 minutes initially, a wet outfield prevented India from chasing down a target of 144, having bundled out the Windies for 143 in 19.4 overs in a much improved performance. But the rain began as soon as India began their chase; India was at 15 for no loss when the torrential downpour forced play to come to a standstill and the covers were brought out. Play could not be resumed due to the lack of Super Soppers available.

Dhoni had earlier won the toss and elected to field first and bowlers Amit Mishra (3-24), who led the attack and got India its first wicket, Ravichandran Ashwin (2-11) and Jasprit Bumrah (2-26) played their role well in restricting West Indies to 143. The only strong figure in the Windies side was opener Johnson Charles who scored a 25-ball 43 before falling to leg spinner Amit Mishra. However, having secured a dramatic one-run victory in the thrilling first match of the series that was played at the same venue, West Indies won the series.

The loss will, however, not affect the ICC T20 rankings, with India still at the second position, ahead of West Indies.

Indian women’s WT20 squad announced

New Delhi: The Indian Women’s cricket team has decided to retain the whole squad for the World T20 which gave them their historic win in the T20I series against  Australia. The Women’s World Twenty20 which starts from March 15 onwards will now see India compete for the cup under the captaincy of  Mithali Raj.

The 15-member team led by Raj had made a historical mark after winning the first ever bilateral series against Australia in January. They won the three match series 2-1. They also made a record chase of 141 in Adelaide, which became their highest ever in the T20 series.

India has been put along with England, West Indies, Pakistan and Bangladesh in Group B for the Women’s World T20. Team India will kick-start the series with their first match against Bangladesh on 15 March in Bangalore.

The team: Jhulan Goswami, Smriti Mandhana, Veda Krishnamurthy, Harmanpreet Kaur, Shikha Pandey, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Sushma Verma, Poonam Yadav, VR Vanitha, Anuja Patil, Ekta Bisht, Thirushkamini MD, Deepti Sharma, Niranjana Nagarajan will be led by Mithali Raj.

Shami in; Bhuvi, Pandey out for Asia Cup and World T20

The BCCI announced the Indian squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup and the Asia Cup here on Friday. Pacer Mohammed Shami found a place in the squad while Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Manish Pandey were excluded.

Youngster Pawan Negi was a surprise pick to the team, while Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh retained faith from the selectors. Mohammed Shami returned to the team after a hamstring injury and will be playing for the team after the 2015 World Cup. The 15-member squad presented no major inclusions It seems after the Australia tour of the Indian team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni seems to have implemented his tactics in forming this team.

The Asia Cup is scheduled to be played between Febrauary 24 and March 6. India will be playing against host Bangladesh in the opening match at Mirpur. They will next face Pakistan(February 24), Sri Lanka(March 1) and the qualifiers(March 3).

The World T20 championship will commence from March 8, and India’s opening game is scheduled on March 15 against New Zealand at Nagpur’s VCA Stadium.

The full squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c) , Rohit Sharma, Shikar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja , Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Jasprit Bhumrah, Ashish Nehra, Pawan Negi, Mohd Shami

Sources:The Hindudailyexcelsior.com

 

Sachin wins Cricketer of the Generation; urges ICC to organize more Tests

Speaking at the ESPN cricinfo awards night after being voted ‘Cricketer of the Generation’ on Friday, master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has urged the ICC to organize more tests if the shine and glory of the format was to be retained. Sachin, who retired last year in November, was chosen ahead of spin-wiz Shane Warne and Protean legend Jacques Kallis.

Ahead of the T20 World Cup that is due to start on the 16th of this month, the little master said that the shortest version of the game was responsible for the Test matches to have become much more result-oriented with fewer matches ending in a stalemate. “If you see all across the world, most of the Test matches, they have results, very few Test matches are drawn games nowadays and that is due to introduction of T20 as well. It is complementing each other,” he said.

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Though banking, that the shortest version of the game, did promote the game and can be used to turn many more heads towards the grounds, but the five-day format is the ideal challenge that the cricketers are to deal with. “If you want more guys to follow cricket, T20 is an ideal format to introduce people to cricket. And then gradually go on to one-day cricket and Test cricket.”

“Test cricket is the ultimate challenge when it comes to picking up wickets or scoring runs. It is one format where bowlers are constantly trying to get you out. In Tests, you require planning, vision and execution. It doesn’t happen that much in T20 cricket. You can face three balls and get back to the pavilion as a hero. It doesn’t happen in any other format,” he said.