Australia show nerve to clinch the series 3-2

Australia show nerve to clinch the series 3-2

Australia looked all set for a historic win when Adam Zampa got Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja in the 29th over en route bowling a maiden, the result was all but obvious. India was left with Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to chase another 141 runs at more than run-a-ball. 

One more wicket and the Delhi crowd would have seen an early end to the game, which is not what the expectations were in the last ODI that Team India were playing ahead of the World Cup. The batting depth came to haunt India once again, and though Jadhav and Bhuvi narrowed down the target considerably, the chinks in the armor can in no way be ignored.

India were left with 59 runs to win in 30 deliveries, with both Jadhav and Bhuvi batting in their 40s. However, the fight had to end sooner than later, and the partnership was ended when the latter tried to clear the infield in the 46th over. It opened the gates for an Indian collapse and a rare series defeat for the Men in Blue.

At the other end, Jadhav who had to now go for everything perished in the next over, as he pulled Jhye Richardson to the fielder at fine leg. The rest of the batting unit failed to stick around, succumbing to 237 runs in reply to Australia’s 272. The win at Feroz Shah Kotla was Australia’s first after six series defeats, and it was India’s first defeat at home since 2015. Team India also managed to lose a home series to Australia for the first time since 2009.

Rohit, who got his 41st fifty in the game, tried his best but was hampered by the quick loss of wickets at the other end. Shikhar Dhawan played down the wrong line, while Virat Kohli found the edge while trying to play a hard stroke. Rishabh Pant, who was auditioning for a role, edged a Nathan Lyon delivery to first slip after attempting a forward defense. Vijay Shankar was out as he was looking to hit Adam Zampa off the park and Jadeja’s dismissal that closely followed the opener’s, stalled the Indian run-chase on a sluggish track.

Jadhav and Bhuvi then put up an audacious fight as they stitched 99 runs together in only 17.1 overs. The Australian innings was led by a fine Usman Khawaja knock, who scored his second ton in the series. With Aaron Finch looking scratchy, the impetus was on Khawaja who impressed with an array of shots and flicks that raced away to the boundary. After the Aussie skipper’s dismissal, Peter Handscomb combined with Khawaja to lay a fluent partnership together.

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The duo attacked from both ends and managed to dispel the threat of Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav. They were particularly harsh on Kedar Jadhav, who was taken off the attack after bowling just one over. However, Khawaja’s dismissal shifted the momentum in India’s favor as Australia collapsed from 175 for 1 to 182 for 4.

The middle order failed to get going for the visitors with India’s bowlers picking up wickets at regular intervals. Jadeja bagged a couple, while Mohammad Shami picked up 2 as well. Bhuvi scalped 3 and the only respite that the Australians had was when they scored 19 runs in the 48th over off Jasprit Bumrah, who had conceded only 14 runs in his first eight overs.

Though Australia had looked well set for a score of more than 300 after the first 25 overs, they kept their nerves and showed intent to become only the fifth side to win a 5-match series after being 0-2 down.

Brief Scores: Australia 272/9 in 50 overs (Usman Khawaja 100, Peter Handscomb 52; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3-48, Ravindra Jadeja 2-45) beat India 237 in 50 overs (Rohit Sharma 56, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 46; Adam Zampa 3-46, Pat Cummins 2-38) by 35 runs.

Steve Smith, David Warner to join Australia ODI squad in UAE

Steve Smith, David Warner to join Australia ODI squad in UAE

Steve Smith and David Warner are all set to return in the squad for their upcoming series against Pakistan in UAE. 

Both Smith and Warner were banned from international cricket for a year due to ball tampering case; which will end on March 28. That makes them eligible to be in the playing XI for the final two One Day international games on March 29 and 31 in the five-match series against Pakistan in UAE.

However, Australia Cricket Board has decided not to include them in the squad and asked them to return to their franchises in the Indian Premier League (IPL); which is scheduled to be started from March 23. Hence, both Smith and Warner will get nearly one week to train with their national teammates before they return to their respective IPL teams.

“After consultation with members of the National Selection Panel, Greg Chappell and Head Coach Justin Langer, Interim EGM Team Performance Belinda Clark, CA Medical Team and both players, it has been agreed Steve Smith and David Warner will not be available for selection for the final two matches of the series against Pakistan,” Trevor Hohns, the selection chairman said in a statement.

“While their bans will be finished on March 28, Steve and David have been working through rehabilitation from elbow surgery and it has been agreed the best pathway for them to return to play is in the Indian Premier League, a strong competition which features some of the world’s best players,” he further added.

However, both Smith and Warner had trained with NSW and their respective grade cricket clubs. They also practiced with their teammates Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood before playing in the Bangladesh Premier League, but unfortunately, they got injured there.

David Warner and Steve Smith’s return in the squad will certainly strengthen the Australian side and will boost the Kangaroo’s confidence before World Cup 2019.

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PCB Wants ICC To Take Action Against Indian Cricket Team

PCB Wants ICC To Take Action Against Indian Cricket Team

Indian cricketers sported camouflage military in solidarity with Indian soldiers killed last month in an attack in Pulwama by a Pakistan based militant group in the 3rd ODI against Australia. 

This didn’t go well with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sent a letter to International Cricket Council(ICC) asking them to take action against Indian cricket team for the same act.

What Happened

On 14th February, 40 Indian army men were killed in an attack caused by a militant group based in Pakistan.  Attack and counter-attacks were followed for the next few days in the border area. The tension is yet not complete over and demands for Indian cricket team boycotting the World Cup match against Pakistan are also making headlines.

The Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and senior member Mahendra Singh Dhoni came with the idea of wearing military caps to show respect to the martyrs. Virat Kohli also announced that all the players would donate their fees from the match to a national defense fund for the families of the soldiers died in the attack.

What Followed

The Chairman of PC Ehsan Mani told reporters that they had taken up the matter to ICC.

“We believe that cricket and sports should not be used for politics and we have said this very clearly. Their (India) credibility in the cricketing world has gone down very badly.”

Mani gave the example of Moeen Ali and Imran Tahir.  He reminded all how ICC earlier took action against England all-rounder Moeen Ali and South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir for breaching ICC clothing and equipment regulations to make political statements. Mani informed,

“The ICC had taken strong action against them and we have sought similar action against India,” he added. “The permission they took was for a different purpose but they acted differently.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) already announced that they had taken permission from the ICC. But it seems that the PCB isn’t ready to let go the matter so easily. According to the chairman,

“We have been in touch with ICC from day one, sent one letter already and another is being followed up in the next 12 hours. There should not be any ambiguity as we are taking this very strongly.”

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Turner helps Australia chase down record target

Turner helps Australia chase down record target

If the cricketing realm was still unsure of Ashton Turner’s skills as an international player, it was brought to the fore in the perfect manner during the fourth ODI between Australia and India. 

In a match where two players smashed tons and yet another two managed nineties, it was Turner’s decisive knock that was the most crucial as the Kangaroos chased down their highest target to win the game by 4 wickets. Turner ended with 84 off only 43 deliveries, an innings that was laced with five fours and six sixes.

Replacing the injured Marcus Stoinis, Turner walked in to bat after Australia were in a spot of bother. Despite Peter Hadscomb’s ton and Usman Khawaja’s 91, the pressure of chasing 359 was always going to be immense, but Turner ensured it was light work with some insane hitting. He attacked all of India’s frontline bowlers, sent the ball all across the stadium and helped his team draw level in the series.

The visitors had however gotten off to a poor start when Bhuvneshwar Kumar got the wicket of Aaron Finch in the very first over. Shaun Marsh was then sent back in quick succession by Jasprit Bumrah and Australia were reeling at 12 for 2. However, Handscomb and Khawaja got together to steady the ship.

The pair took their time by dealing in singles and twos and only hitting the bad balls to the ropes. However, the arrival of the fifth bowlers Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar allowed the batters to get set and the duo soon started coming into their own. Handscomb, in particular, was too harsh on Jadhav as he smashed him for 19 runs in the 33rd over, which helped him move into the 90s.

However, Khawaja was soon dismissed as Bumrah hit him with a wonderful bouncer. In arrived Glenn Maxwell, who hit two fours in the first five deliveries he faced. Handscomb at the other end brought up his first ODI hundred and with Maxi in fine form too, Australia would have fancied their chances.

However, soon, Maxwell was trapped LBW in front to hamper their progress but in walked in Turner, who was to pitch in with possible career-defining innings. Playing only his second game, the player kept his nerves and his calm to ensure a memorable win for the side.

The batter used his height to great advantage to nullify the threat of the spinners and brought his power to the fore when the pacers came in. Bhuvi was hit for 20 runs off his eight over as Australia needed only 42 to win off the last 30 deliveries. After being given a reprieve by Rishabh Pant when he was on 38, Turner was offered another chance when both Jadhav and Shikhar Dhawan dropped him in the 47th over. It summed up the story of the match.

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Earlier, after winning the toss and surprisingly batting, India got off to a fine start as both their openers came back to form. While Rohit Sharma was out for 95, Dhawan struck his 16th ODI ton that helped India post 358 for 9. Dhawan got into rhythm early, regularly hitting fours and finding gaps. He managed to strike at run a ball from the very start, which allowed Rohit to settle down and get a feel of the track.

The openers were in attacking mode after the early jitters, with the Delhi player attacking the bowlers and Rohit slowly coming into his own.

Even after his dismissal, the duo of KL Rahul and Dhawan ensured there was no drop in momentum, and their efforts helped India post a mammoth target. However, Turner’s carnage meant that the hosts were unable to get across the line.

Brief scores: India 358/9 in 50 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 143, Rohit Sharma 95; Pat Cummins 5-70) lost to Australia 359/6 in 47.5 overs (Peter Handscomb 117, Usman Khawaja 91, Ashton Turner 84*; Jasprit Bumrah 3-63) by four wickets.

MS Dhoni rested for the remaining ODIs against Australia

MS Dhoni rested for the remaining ODIs against Australia

India wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni will be rested for the last two One Day Internationals against Australia. Team’s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar confirmed the news at the post-match press conference on Friday (March 8). 

After winning the first two ODIs against Australia, India lost in the third game at Ranchi. There are two more games left and as the World Cup is around the corner, India will give the chance to Rishabh Pant as well in place of MS Dhoni who has been in the radar for quite some time.
“There will certainly be some changes (in the team XI) because Mahi (MS Dhoni) is not going to play the final two matches. He is taking rest,” Bangar said. “Also, Shami got hurt today in his leg so we will need to check whether he can be fit for day after (Mohali ODI). If he does not get fit then Bhuvneshwar Kumar could come in,” addes Sanjay Bangar
However, there is a chance of Bhuvneshwar Kumar to come in place of Mohammed Shami; who got hurt in his shin by a straight drive and was forced to left the field for some time. However, he returned to the field to finish his spell.
“Shami also had a hit on the leg. We have to see whether he’ll be fit for the game. If he’s not fit then Bhuvneshwar Kumar will play. Those decisions the captain and coach take it before the game,” said Sanjay Bangar. 
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli too said in the post-match presentation that India will change a couple of players in the playing XI for the next two matches.
“We will have a few changes in the next couple of games. We have to figure out what those changes are. But the idea is to go out there and win matches and take a lot of pride in winning games for the country. That mindset will not change. We will have a few new faces and they will have to make the most of their chances because there is a World Cup coming and everyone wants to be on that flight,” said Kohli after the third ODI.
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HawkEye Decision on Aaron Finch review raises questions

HawkEye Decision on Aaron Finch review raises questions

The question has been raised on the use of HawkEye which came into limelight during the review of Aaron Finch’s dismissal through leg before in the third One Day International game between India and Australia in Ranchi on Friday (March 8). 

The incident happened in the 32nd over of the first innings when Kuldeep Yadav was bowling. Finch tried to play at the on the leg side but failed to hit Kuldeep Yadav’s quick delivery and was trapped in front of the stumps. Australia captain took the review but it didn’t help him as he got dismissed after scoring a splendid 93 off 99. Meanwhile, the ball-tracking projection showed that the ball pitched on leg stump before hitting the stumps.

However, it was believed that it was a technical glitch as Kuldeep’s delivery had pitched on the middle stump. Aaron Finch would have been out even if the technical glitch didn’t happen.

The HawkEye technology shows the point where the ball pitches and also the point the impacts of the batsman’s pads manually. After that, the system generates the direction. However, in tomorrow’s game, the first plot point was not accurate, the direction which the system showed was not similar to how the ball actually proceeded.

Meanwhile, Aaron Finch smashed 93 off 99 balls and added a huge 193 runs for the first wicket with Usman Khawaja (104) to guide Australia to a 32-run win. Both the teams will face each other on March 9 in Mohali for the fourth encounter. India will try to win the game because the win will lead them to the series victory. On the other hand, Australia will try to keep their momentum on as well, to keep the hope of the five-match ODI series win.

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Indian Cricket Team Register 500th ODI Win

Indian Cricket Team Register 500th ODI Win

Indian cricket team clinched a close victory against Australia in the second ODI of the ongoing five-match series. 

The closely fought contest at VCA Stadium, Nagpur saw the men in blue defending 251 and giving the host a memorable win. India thus registered the 500th win in One Day Internationals and now stand only behind Australia in the list of most victories in the limited format.

India Cricket Team Behind Australia

Australians are currently leading the charts with 558 victories. Indian cricket team played their first ODI in 1974 and till now they have played a total of 963 matches. 500 of these matches were victories, 414 were losses while nine matches were tied. India played the most against Sri Lanka and they have a winning percentage of 61.56. Whereas the winning percentage against Australia is the worst at 38.83%, India won their 500th match against the Aussies.

With India at the second spot, Pakistan is standing at the third spot. The full list of total wins by eight test playing nations are shown below,

Australia 558
India 500
Pakistan 479
West Indies 390
Sri Lanka 379
South Africa 374
England 362
New Zealand 342

West Indies, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and England do not have huge gaps in between. If South Africa can manage to whitewash the Sri Lankans in their ongoing bilateral series, they easily reduce the gap. On the other hand, if England manages to perform well in the ICC World Cup England will also have a chance to come close to the South Africans.

India’s 500th ODI Win

Indian cricket team, batting first set a competitive target of 250. Credit goes to the 40th century of the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli (116) and a decent 46 by the new member, Vijay Shankar. Kohli and Shankar put up a partnership of 81 for the fourth wicket. This was 65th overall hundred by Kohli. In the process, he also became the fastest to 9000 runs as captain in international cricket. Chasing 251, the yellow army kept losing wickets at regular intervals. None of their batsmen could actually make any difference except Marcus Stoinis (2) and the chase was ended at 242 in 49.3 overs. Indian cricket team are leading the series 2-0 currently and will like to seal the series win on March 8 in Ranchi.

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Kohli, Vijay Shankar guide India to a comfortable win over Australia

Kohli, Vijay Shankar guide India to a comfortable win over Australia

Virat Kohli scored his 40th ODI century and Vijay Shankar’s all-round performance guide India to a convincing win over Australia in the final over of the second ODI at Nagpur. 

Australia won the toss and elected to field first. Put into bat, India openers – Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan failed to contribute much as Rohit Sharma went for a duck in the very over and Dhawan managed to score mere 21. Ambati Rayudu too got trapped before the stumps after scoring 18 and left India struggling at 75 for 3 in 17 overs.

Then Vijay Shankar walked into the field who was promoted to No. 5. He gave good support to the captain Virat Kohli. The duo added an 81-run stand off 71 deliveries which accelerateIndia’s inning a little bit. Shankar smashed a 41-ball 46, including five boundaries and a six before he getting dismissed.

His dismissal did slow down India’s scoring. After four overs, Adam Zampa struck twice off two deliveries as he picked up Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni and India reduced from 156 for 3 to 171 for 6.

However, Ravindra Jadeja tried to support Kohli for a 67 off 74 run-stand to take India past the 200-run mark. Kohli played with utmost patience and when he got settled down, it became difficult for the bowlers to get past him. However, Jadeja got dismissed in the 46th over for 21.

Kohli scored another ODI century, his 40th in the 44th over. After scoring 120-ball 116, he got dismissed by giving an easy catch to deep mid-wicket. Pat Cummins took a four-wicket haul as India were bowled out for 250.

Chasing 251, Australia openers Aaron Finch and Usman Khwaja got off to a flying start. Both the openers dominated the bowlers for the first 15 overs and added an 87-ball 83-run stand for the first wicket. However, the table turned after arriving on spinners.

Kuldeep Yadav trapped Finch before the stumps and break the partnership. Later Kedar Jadhav and Jadeja joined the party and the visitors soon reduced to 132 for 4. The accurate line and length troubled the visitors.

However, Peter Handscomb played a stable knock of 48 off 59 including four boundaries. His knock kept Australia in the run chase. But a splendid direct throw by Ravindra Jadeja from the backward point got him out. 

Later Stoinis and Alex Carey made another partnership and started becoming the hurdle for India. Meanwhile, Kuldeep struck again and picked up the wicket of Carey and broke the partnership.

In the 46th over, Bumrah struck twice and dismissed Nathan Coulter-Nile and Pat Cummins. In the last three overs, Australia required Twenty-one runs to win but Marcus Stoinis managed to score only one run in that over. Still, the hope was there as Stoinis was timing the ball well. 

Meanwhile, Stoinis completed his half-century in the penultimate over. Kohli handed the ball to Vijay Shankar in the last over when 11 runs were needed to win for the visitors. Vijay Shankar trapped Stoinis before the wicket on the very first delivery for 52 and two balls later, his yorker crashed Adam Zampa’s middle-stump. India held their nerve and won the game by 8 runs. With this win, they completed their 500th ODI win as well.

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40th ODI ton for Kohli; becomes the quickest to score 9000 international runs as captain

40th ODI ton for Kohli; becomes the quickest to score 9000 international runs as captain

India captain Virat Kohli scored his 40th ODI century on Tuesday in the ongoing second ODI against Australia at Nagpur. Along with this, he became the quickest to score 9000 International runs as a captain. 

Kohli reached this milestone in the ongoing second ODI against Australia at Nagpur. The way he is scoring runs, he sets the record every now and then. He made the run score so easy that anyone can’t imagine.

He took only 159 innings to reach the milestone while no other international captain has ever achieved that. The legend, Brian Lara is second in the list with 7000 runs in 164 innings.

Kohli has been in a stupendous form ever since he was named as the captain of India team. Be it in the test cricket or one day cricket, Kohli didn’t miss any opportunity to be in the limelight. However, Kohli has already crossed 10000 runs in One Day International cricket. He has more than 6600 Test runs in his name.

With this 40th ODI century, Virat Kohli became the second player after batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar to hit 40 ODI hundreds. Sachin Tendulkar is the first one in the ODI hundred list with 49 centuries.

However, Kohli recently surpassed Sachin Tendulkar to become the fastest player to score 10000 runs in One Day Internationals. The way he is playing now, there will be very few records left that he wouldn’t be able to achieve.

Kohli came in to bat in the very first over in the undergoing ODI against Australia at Nagpur as they lost their opener, Rohit Sharma, very cheaply. India lost another opener Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu in the quick succession. But Kohli was there at the other end to anchor the inning.

In the 44th over, he hit Coulter-Nile over backward point for a boundary and reached the feat where India managed to put up 250 runs and later won the game by 8 runs.

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Dhoni-Jadhav guide India to a convincing win over Australia

Dhoni-Jadhav guide India to a convincing win over Australia

An unbeaten 141-run partnership between MS Dhoni and Kedhar Jadhav for the fifth wicket guided India to the first ODI win against Australia by six wickets at Hyderabad on Saturday (March 2). 

Chasing 237, India started very badly as the opener Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed for a duck at the beginning of the second over by giving a simple catch to Glenn Maxwell at the point region. His dismissal brought the India captain Virat Kohli at the crease.

Kohli and Rohit Sharma then put up a 76-run partnership together. They shared eleven boundaries between them before Adam Zampa trapped him in front of the wicket for 44. Soon Rohit Sharma too joined him by giving a simple catch to Aaron Finch. Ambati Rayudu too couldn’t do well and departed soon.

However, their dismissals left India struggling in between. All the pressures fell upon MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav. With 138 still to win, both of them started building another partnership.

Both of them rotated strike whenever needed and didn’t go for any risky shots. Their plan worked well as they brought up a 50-run stand. After settling down in the middle, both of them were looking for big shots so that the run-rate stayed in control.

Meanwhile, Jadhav brought up his 5th ODI half-century and continued to hit boundaries with ease. Dhoni too brought up his 71st ODI half-century in the 48th over. Jadhav ended the over with a six and remained unbeaten an 81 and Dhoni finished the chase in the first two balls of the 49th over with two boundaries and remained unbeaten at 59.

Earlier, Australia elected to bat first after winning the toss. Australia got a big blow when their captain Aaron Finch went for a duck by Bumrah in the second over. However, Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis steadied the ship with an 87-run partnership. Khawaja top-scored with 50 off 76.

Kedar Jadhav, however, was able to break the partnership by picking up Stoinis for 37. Kuldeep then came in action. At first, he dismissed Khawaja soon after his sixth ODI fifty and then he picked up Peter Handscomb for 19 to put Australia in pressure.

Maxwell gave some threat to India but Virat Kohli’s plan to bring Shami back in the 36th over, paid off as Shami dismissed him for 40. Soon, Shami picked up Ashton Turner. However, a late 62-run partnership from Coulter-Nile (28) and Alex Carey (36*) took Australia to 236 by the end of the 50 overs.

Shami finished with impressive figures of 2-44 while Kuldeep Yadav (2-46) and Jasprit Bumrah (2-60) too picked up two wickets.

Both the teams will play their second One Day Internationals at Nagpur on Tuesday, March 5.

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