India vs Australia: 3 things that went wrong for India in the second T20I

After the loss of the first T20I game against Australia, India tried to bounce back in their second game at Chinnaswamy stadium, but the visitors’ had the last laugh. 

The stadium which is known for batsman’s ground, there India put up a huge total after they put into bat first. KL Rahul continued his formidable form and took the game where he left in the first match. He played some brilliant shots and helped India to cross fifty runs within the powerplay.

Then, it was Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni’s partnership which literally troubled the Australian bowlers. The duo played wonderfully and posted a decent competitive total of 190 on the board. While chasing, Australia lost two wickets very early to Sidharth Kaul and Vijay Shankar. Then Glenn Maxwell and Darcy Short came to their side’s rescue. Both added 73 runs and Maxwell eventually won the game for Australia with a stormy century.

Here are the three reasons which went wrong for India in the second T20I match:

Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant’s poor form

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Shikhar Dhawan was brought back into the squad for the final T20I after Rohit Sharma failed to capitalize in the first T20I. However, the decision was not fruitful as the left-hander looked struggling from the beginning of the series.

Dhawan got dismissed for 14 off 24 balls; which is rather rare in T20s. His slow pace innings stopped the momentum of India’s scoring and left other batsmen in pressure.

Dhawan was not only in the league. Another left-hander, Rishabh Pant too couldn’t do well. Pant came into bat after Dhawan’s dismissal but failed to utilize the chance and fell for 1. Though the wicketkeeper-batsman has a prolific season in the longest format of the game,  he has not done anything remarkable in ODIs and T20Is so far.

Maxwell played a wonderful inning there at Bengaluru. However, the result could’ve been different if Pant and Dhawan scored some more runs at a quicker pace for India.

Also Read: 2nd T20I – As it happened

India’s spinners fail in their plans

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Over the past few years, India’s bowling strength lies on spinner duo Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who are able to give crucial breakthroughs. The team is dependent on their spinner duo.

However, Yadav’s absence in the series somehow weakened India’s bowling. On the other hand, Chahal is considered one of the finest spinners around the world now but he too was unable to perform well. In the first game, it was 28/1 but the second one was too disappointing as he conceded 47 runs in his four overs spell without taking any wicket.

Maxwell has a special liking on the leg-spinner and he hit Chahal in that four-over spell. His tricks didn’t work in the match. Bowling wide of off stump or hitting the ball into the pads, Australia batsmen troubled India bowlers’ a lot.

Along with him, Krunal Pandya too had a forgettable series. The left-arm spinner ended up conceding 33 runs and failed to take any wickets in his four-over spell. Not only the spinners but also Jaspreet Bumrah; who was not able to pick a single wicket. Except for Vijay Shankar; who scalped 2 wickets.

However, this incident is not regular in Indian side so they won’t be thinking too much on this and they will surely aim to bounce back in the five-match ODI series.

Unable to stop Glenn Maxwell

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Glenn Maxwell, the hero of the first match, was simply outstanding at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday in the second T20I between India and Australia. He scored an unbeaten 113 with the strike rate of 205.45 and literally punished the Indian bowlers by hitting seven boundaries and 9 sixes all around the park.

There was hardly any delivery where he didn’t take any run. He beat the thinking of all the bowlers and none of the tricks did work while he was batting. Over the years, many have criticized his ability but the day his bat starts talking, you can only enjoy his game.

Though the question could have arrived on India’s game plan, taking the credit away from Maxwell would be wrong as it was one of his best innings in his career so far. He is blessed with the skill and technique. He has mesmerized everyone with the scintillating knock and at the same time punished the bowlers.

However, he is one of those players who has the ability to snatch the game away from their opponents single-handedly and it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the match was between India vs Glenn Maxwell where the pro stumped his authority by winning the match convincingly.

Both the team will play five-match ODI series, starting from March 2 in Hyderabad and Australia will surely try to keep their momentum on while India will try to bounce back!

Maxwell scores century to win the T20I series

Glenn Maxwell's century helps Australia to win the T20I series

Glenn Maxwell scored a brilliant 113* off 55 and helped Australia to win the second T20I as well as the series against India in Bangalore by seven runs. 

Put into bat, India got a slow start at the beginning. But KL Rahul soon changed the situation. He hit a boundary between point and cover region of Behrendorff in the third over. Then, Dhawan too joined in the league and hit a boundary and the runs started coming easily.

India soon reached to 39 by the end of the fifth over because of KL Rahul’s consecutive sixes off Richardson’s bowling. He did exactly the same in the next over to Pat Cummins’ deliveries. On the back of his heroics, India reached to 53 by the end of the powerplay.

However, this didn’t last long. Rahul got dismissed in eighth over when he was trying to steer a slower delivery over the third man but ended up giving a soft catch to Richardson off the bowling of Coulter-Nile. He scored 47 off 26. His dismissal brought Kohli on the crease. Dhawan too was struggling from the starting of his innings and dismissed for 14 off 24. Soon Rishabh Pant too followed him in the pavilion.

However, Kohli and Dhoni started to build a partnership. They started dealing with the boundaries and that eventually helped India to score 91 runs in the final six overs. Dhoni targeted Short’s bowling as he smashed 24 runs off just nine balls in total. At the other end, Kohli was hit three consecutive sixes off Coulter-Nile in the 16th over, through long-off and over deep midwicket respectively.

Adam Zampa tried to restrict the run flow in the 17th over and conceded just three runs. However, Dhoni took on Short for a boundary and two sixes in the 18th over, Kohli hit the seamers in the final two overs and guided India to put up 190 on board after 20 overs.

Chasing 191, Australia lost their opener Marcus Stoinis very cheaply off Siddarth Kaul. Stoinis bowled for 7 runs in the third over. In the very next over, Vijay Shankar dismissed Aaron Finch for 8 runs and Australia were reduced to 22/2.

But it was Glenn Maxwell and D’arcy Short’s partnership which did the main damage in India’s bowling line-up. Glenn Maxwell and D’arcy Short started to steady the ship and added 73 runs in seven overs before Short got dismissed in the 12th over by Vijay Shankar after scoring 40 off 28.

Peter Handscomb joined Maxwell in the middle and both of them again tried to steady the ship. However, Maxwell chose Krunal Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal for big hitting and hit back to back boundaries and over-boundaries. He reached his 50 in 32 balls and took only 18 balls to reach the century. He took a single in the first ball of the 19th over and completed his century.

Australia needed fourteen runs off the last two overs where Bumrah bowled the penultimate over. In the last over, Australia needed 9 runs to win and Kaul was handed over the responsibility but Maxwell continued his momentum on, hit a six and a boundary and finished the game in style within four balls.

Brief score:

India 190/4 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 72, MS Dhoni 40; Jason Behrendorff 1-17) lost to Australia 194/3 in 19.4 overs (Glenn Maxwell 113*, D’Arcy Short 40; Vijay Shankar 2-38) by seven wickets.

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India vs Australia: One change both the team might make for the 2nd T20I

India vs Australia: One change both the team might make for the 2nd T20I

After having won the first match of the two-match T20I series convincingly, Australia are all set to face India in India’s home soil. 

For the second time in this year, India started a T20I series with a nail-biting loss. Earlier, India lost by 80 runs against New Zealand in the first T20I of the three-match T20I series. Though India bounced back in the second T20I, New Zealand won the series comfortably.

However, India will try to bounce back in the second T20I against Australia at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. For the second T20I match, both the teams might make some changes in their playing XI.

Let’s have a look:

Siddharth Kaul in place of Umesh Yadav

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India had an overall dismal performance in the first T20I – be it batting or bowling. Apart from opener KL Rahul (50), captain Virat Kohli (24) and MS Dhoni (29*), no other batsmen were able to reach the double-digit and India managed to put up a mere total of 126 on board which is too less in this era of Twenty20s.

However, Indian bowlers tried their hearts out to restrict their opponents Australia. When 15 runs were needed in the last two overs, everyone knew that the match surely would go in Australia’s way as they were 111/5 and it’s not a hard task to score those runs in the last two overs.

But Jaspreet Bumrah changed the way of the game in the 19th over. He scalped Handscomb and Coulter-Nile in the last two balls and gave only two runs; which certainly meant that the visitors were needed 14 runs in the last over.

Umesh Yadav came in the last over but failed to control the run-flow. He made his return in the shortest format of the game after a long time. On the other hand, Siddarth Kaul has been in a good form for the last couple of years – be it IPL, India A or any other domestic matches.

He can support Bumrah pretty well with his accurate bowling which includes yorker. He has proved himself many times and he can certainly replace Umesh Yadav in the second T20I match against Australia.

Also Read: Talking points of the 1st T20I

Nathan Lyon might replace Jhye Richardson

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Australia started their two-match T20I series with a nail-biting win against India. Their bowlers did a mindblowing job by restricting their counterpart India within a below par. India could manage to score only 126 after their allotted overs.

After having won the toss, Australia elected to field first. Their in-form bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile laid the foundation for their win by taking a three-wicket haul. Jason Behrendorff handed over the first breakthrough to his team by taking Rohit Sharma for mere 5. However, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli made a 55-run partnership but Adam Zampa was successful to break that.

Their economical spells didn’t allow Indian batsmen to settle down. Along with Coulter-Nile’s 3 for 26, Pat Cummins’ 1 for 19, Jason Behrendorff’s 1 for 16 and Adam Zampa’s 1 for 22 were equally praiseworthy.

Jhye Richardson was the only bowler who was not economical at all. He gave the highest runs (31/0) among all the bowlers without taking any wickets. For the second T20I, team management might replace him with Nathan Lyon.

As Kane Richardson has been ruled out of the series due to injury and there is no news whether his replacement Andrew Tye will be available, Lyon is the only one who can replace Jhye Richardson. Though he is considered to be a Test match player, he has played nearly 100 International matches and has more than 350 scalps in his name. Although he has played only two Twenty20 matches so far, his ample experience can trouble the host.

AB de Villiers signs for Middlesex to play in the upcoming T20 Blast

AB de Villiers signs for Middlesex to play in the upcoming T20 BlastAB de Villiers signs for Middlesex to play in the upcoming T20 Blast

Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers has signed for Middlesex to play in the upcoming Twenty20 Blast. 

AB de Villiers will play his first English county cricket which will start from July. However, he has signed up for the first seven group matches but he will be available for the latter stages also.

The Twenty20 tournament is scheduled to start on 18 July where Middlesex will face Essex at Lord’s. It is expected that de Villiers might play in the opening match. The 35-year old retired from international cricket in May 2018. Since then, he has been taking part in T20 leagues all around the world, including the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), the Mzansi Super League, and the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Middlesex head coach Stuart Law has expressed his excitement about de Villiers’ arrival to the club. This will surely strengthen their batting line up. Moreover, his inclusion will help the youngsters as well.

“It’s exciting for all here at Middlesex to announce the arrival of AB de Villiers for the T20 Blast this season,” Law said. “It’s a great opportunity for some of our younger players to pick the brain of one of the best players to have graced the game of cricket and for the support staff to work with him as well.”

“I look forward to working with AB this season and can’t wait to watch one of my favourite modern day batsman up close and personal,” Law further added.

AB de Villiers too expressed that he has always wanted to play county cricket and playing at Lord’s is always special.

“I have always wanted to play county cricket,” De Villiers said. “Playing at Lord’s is always a wonderful privilege, and I’m looking forward to the match at Richmond, a beautiful ground in south-west London. That will be a great experience.”

One of the greatest batsmen of all time, AB de Villiers has played 272 T20 matches and amassed over 7000 runs at a strike rate of 148.85. He has played more than 400 International matches and has more than 20,000 runs in his name.

He has been in a great form in the ongoing PSL and recently concluded BPL. He scored a 40-ball 45* and a 29-ball 52* in his last two matches for Lahore Qalandars in the PSL. He smashed a quickfire 50-ball hundred in the BPL, earlier this year.

However, the South African batsman is the second renowned player to sign for the club after Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman; who will join the squad for the upcoming campaign.

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Despite a Bumrah special, Australia take series lead

Despite a Bumrah special, Australia take series lead

Nathan Coulter-Nile picked up three wickets and Glenn Maxwell scored a brilliant fifty as Australia clinched the first T20I of the two-match series at Visakhapatnam, despite a Bumrah blitzkrieg in the nineteenth over of the Indian innings. 

Coulter-Nile ensured that India’s fine start with the bat after Aaron Finch opted to chase was overturned as he picked up three quick wickets in the middle order to help India post a modest 126 for 7 on the board. KL Rahul, who was making his way into the international team after he was suspended for his unsavory comments on TV last month, got India off to a flying start but some fine bowling from the opponents ensured that the home team was unable to get a huge target on the board. However, Team India made the target look formidable as they stalled the run-flow in the middle overs, with Bumrah leading the way. With 14 runs to chase in the last over, Umesh Yadav was unable to bowl stump-to-stump as the Aussie tail-enders stole a narrow win off the last ball.

Chasing 127 runs to win, Australia got off to an iffy start, as the move to push Marcus Stoinis to open the innings back-fired. Bumrah then dismissed Finch and India were in the driver’s seat with two wickets in two balls. The Aussie skipper took a review but a seaming delivery that kept a tad bit too low and beat the inside edge before hitting him on his front leg ensured that he was sent back without further ado.

The in-form Maxwell, however, got Australia back into the game as he found the gaps consistently and took quick singles even though Bumrah at the other end was making run-scoring tough. The all-rounder made light work of Umesh’s overs, hitting him to the boundary regularly. Yuzvendra Chahal was introduced into the attack but was unable to disturb Maxwell as Australia finished the first six overs at a comfortable 41 for 2.

However, once the slower bowlers were brought on, the runs were kept at a check. Though Mayank Markande on debut was a tad expensive, Krunal Pandya at the other end did what was expected off him. Maxwell was dismissed by Chahal as he looked to break the shackles and his dismissal triggered a collapse, similar to what India had experienced in their innings.

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D’Arcy Short was run-out soon after and a miscommunication with Peter Handscomb. Pandya got the wicket of Ashton Turner with a quicker delivery to end the game with figures of 1 for 17. Mayank Markande was entrusted with the 18th over, and it was a gamble that paid off as the tweaker gave away only 5 runs to leave 16 runs to get off 12.

Up next, Bumrah ensured that things were looking up for India as he picked up two wickets in two balls to give hopes of a memorable win for Team India. He got Handscomb with a short ball and then bowled a fine yorker to Coulter-Nile to leave Umesh with 14 runs to defend in the twentieth.

However, Australia’s tail-enders played maturely and held their nerves to clinch a win that had looked improbable by the end.

Earlier, the Indian batting unit showed off their reliance on the top order again as Rahul hit a fine fifty to allow India to get to a comfortable start. Replacing Shikhar Dhawan at the top, the wicket-keeper provided India the impetus by playing dominantly even though Rohit Sharma had been dismissed cheaply. He staged 55 runs for the second wicket with Virat Kohli, who was also making a comeback, but just when it seemed that India would get to at least 150, the downfall began.

After Kohli was sent back, Rishabh Pant was run out by a brilliant piece of fielding by Jason Behrendorff. Coulter-Nile then strike twice in the 13th over – sending back Rahul and Dinesh Karthik – to leave Dhoni in charge of taking India over the line.

However, with his recent woes in the format, it was asking a little too much from Dhoni. He refused singles to shield the tail-enders but was unable to hit the balls out of the park when he was on strike. In the end, the singles he refused and India’s harakiri with the bat, along with Umesh’s ability to bowl accurately cost India dear.

Brief scores: India 126/7 on 20 overs (KL Rahul 50, MS Dhoni 29*; Nathan Coulter-Nile 3-26) lost to Australia 127/7 in 20 overs (Glenn Maxwell 56, D’Arcy Short 37; Jasprit Bumrah 3-16) by three wickets.

Hazratullah Zazai blitzkrieg ensures a series win for Afghanistan

Hazratullah Zazai blitzkrieg ensures a series win for Afghanistan

Hazratullah Zazai was the man of the moment as his sensational 62-ball 162 helped Afghanistan record the highest T20I total – 278 for 3 – in the second T20I against Ireland. 

Bogged down by the huge target that was led by Hazratullah Zazai, the Irish side lost the game by 84 runs and conceded the series as well. Though the ‘visitors’ started off on a high, the target was a little too much for the asking, as they eventually ended their innings on 194 or 6.

On a day of remarkable feats – Sri Lanka had earlier scripted history by becoming the first Asian Test team to win a series in South Africa – Zazai ensured that the statisticians were on overdrive as he struck the third fastest ton in the format. He hit a total of 16 sixes in his innings – yet another record – and set the second-highest T20I score after Aaron Finch’s 172. Things seemed to go in favor of the Afghanistan unit right from the very start as they won the toss and chose to bat first, and this decision was aptly proven right by an opening partnership of 236 runs in just 17.3 overs.

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The carnage by Zazai started in the third over itself as the Afghan batters took 15 runs off a Peter Chase over. The over gave the hosts the much-needed momentum and soon they had crossed 64 in the first six overs, with Zazai scoring 35 off 19 deliveries. He got his 50 six balls later and then decided to attack from thereon. He struck two sixes and a four off a Kevin O’Brien over and raced to 83 runs in just 35 deliveries. The 150-run stand was brought up in the 12th over itself and the pressure on the Irish side could be seen. Paul Stirling bowled three wides in a row and he was punished for the same, as Zazai struck three sixes in succession to get to his 100 in just 42 deliveries.

However, instead of stopping, he continued and soon Ghani got into the attack as well. He played a mature hand and held the innings together as his partner was teeing away every delivery that came his way. Ghani was ultimately dismissed in the 18th over, but the damage had been done by then.

With a huge target of 279 to chase down, Stirling came out all guns blazing and took the fight to the rivals. The Irish team managed to make more than 10 runs an over for the most part of the innings, but that too was not enough as they were left with 170 to chase in 60 deliveries.

The initial assault by the Irish team was a combined result of Stirling’s aggressive approach and Afghanistan’s ploy to hold back Rashid Khan. After Ireland had managed 69 in their first six overs, Rashid came into the attack to stall the momentum. He conceded just 6 in the first over and with Mujeeb Ur Rahman getting into the act as well, the writing was on the wall. The third T20I of the series is scheduled to be held on Sunday, and though Ireland are massively on the backfoot, they would hope to register a win and enter the ODIs with a bit of confidence.

Brief scores: Afghanistan 278/3 in 20 overs (Hazratullah Zazai 162*) beat Ireland 194/6 in 20 overs (Paul Stirling 91; Rashid Khan 4-25) by 84 runs.

India vs Australia: 3 player battles to look out for in the T20I series

India are all set to take on Australia for two Twenty20 Internationals and five One Day Internationals; starting from February 24. 

India had a rather successful tour to Australia later last year. They had played three T20Is, four Test matches, and three ODIs there. This time, Australia will play a limited-overs series which will comprise of two Twenty20 Internationals and five One Day Internationals.

These are the three player battles to look out for in the series.

Aaron Finch vs Jasprit Bumrah

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The top-order batsman didn’t have a great outing against India in their last encounter as he has struggled big time. However, he had a rather impressive season in the Big Bash League (BBL).

Whereas Jasprit Bumrah is all set to make his comeback after the break. He was not the part of the team in their ODI series against Australia and India’s tour to New Zealand. He will be playing for the first time since November 2018.

Finch was dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar four times in their series where he scored 26 runs in three One Day International matches and 55 runs in the Twenty20 Internationals. And, everyone knows what Jasprit Bumrah is capable of. Hene, Bumrah vs Finch battle early in the innings will be interesting to see.

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Glenn Maxwell vs Yuzvendra Chahal

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Another interesting players battle is going to have between Yuzvendra Chahal and Glenn Maxwell. Maxwell is a well-known player of spin who loves to play big shots as well as loves to use his feet. He can turn the table single-handedly on his day.

However, Chahal has a wonderful record against this Australia all-rounder. When Australia toured to India in 2017 for a limited over series, Chahal dismissed Maxwell three times in a row. He has dismissed Maxwell three times in T20Is as well. Along with these, Chahal picked up his wicket three times in the IPL also.

Meanwhile, Maxwell has been in a good form in the Big Bash League and will try to maintain that form. On the other hand, Chahal too will try to repeat his performance against Maxwell. However, Chahal is five wickets away to reach 50 T20I wickets and if he achieves the feat, he will become the second Indian spinner to do so.

Virat Kohli vs Jhye Richardson

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India captain Virat Kohli is one of the best batsmen in the world cricket right now. He has been in a red hot form for the last couple of years- be it limited overs or the longest format of the game. He helped his side to a series win at the SCG against Australia in November last year. 

The Indian skipper has scored 488 runs at an average of 61.00 against Australia. However, he was rested for the T20I series against New Zealand and all set to back in the circuit from the break.

Whereas, Australia’s new-found fast bowler Jhye Richardson has been pretty impressive so far in all the three formats of the game. He picked up Virat Kohli in the last ODI series against India in their home soil. He scalped the Indian captain, Kohli in all the three games. He has so far played 16 International matches where he picked up 16 wickets.

Thus, Virat Kohli vs Jhye Richardson is going to be one of the highlighted battles of the series.

India vs Australia 2019: Players to watch out for in the T20I series

India vs Australia 2019: Players to watch out for in the T20I series

India are all set to take on Australia for a two-match Twenty20 International series and five-match One Day International series, starting from February 24. 

Here are the five players who could make a difference for their respective sides in the scintillating battle.

Rishabh Pant

India vs Australia 2019: Players to watch out for in the T20I series
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The recipient of emerging player of the year 2018, Rishabh Pant is a great find for India in recent years. The Orange Cap holder in IPL 2018 by scoring 684 runs with a strike rate around 160, Pant earned his maiden Test cap last year.

After that, there’s no looking back. He scored a century in the last test during India’s tour of England, in Oval and also had a decent performance with the gloves behind the stumps in the series. He kept his form intact and scored 350 runs at an avg of 58.33 with a brilliant 159* in Sydney against Aussies in four-match test series. He has amassed 696 runs in 9 Test matches so far.

Though he did not get that much of chance to show his worth in the ODIs due to MS Dhoni’s presence, in T20I he has done wonders in recent times. His ability to score quick, as well as big, will help India in the middle-overs. This series will be crucial for him to be selected as a second wicket-keeper in the upcoming World Cup.

Also Read: 5 lesser known facts about Rishabh Pant

D’Arcy Short

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The star left-hand opener of Australia is back in business and will be looking to make the most of the Indian tour prior to the World Cup this year.

The 28-year old is coming from a wonderful Big Bash League 2019 where he scored a total of 637 runs in 14 matches for the Hobart Hurricanes this season. Along with this, Short also picked up 10 wickets and was awarded as the ‘Player of the Tournament’.

He was a part of the squad in their previous series against India but couldn’t showcase his talent. This time he will try to maintain his blistering form from the BBL. His inclusion will give extra strength in batting as well as in bowling for his side.

Marcus Stoinis

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Another player of Australia who could make a difference is none other than Marcus Stonis. One of the go-to all-rounders, Stoinis is a hard-hitting batsman, as well as, he has death over bowling skill. He has a batting average of 42.47 with a strike rate of 96 and also has a bowling economy of 6.06 in ODI which makes him an important player in the squad. In the shortest format of the game, he has a strike rate of 126.33 with the bat.

Stoinis had a great season in the recently concluded Big Bash League as he scored 533 runs at an average of 53.3 and took 14 wickets. He also guided his team Melbourne Stars to the finals.

He has been in a formidable form. Moreover, he has played in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and his experience and current form can pose a great threat to the opponents.

Kuldeep Yadav

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The one player who has the ability to turn the table single-handedly is Kuldeep Yadav. He has been in a tremendous form for the last couple of years. He has 77 scalps from 39 ODIs and 35 wickets from 18 T20Is so far.

Currently no. 2 among bowlers in the ICC T20I Ranking, Yadav has been an integral part of the squad for the last couple of years. He took two four-wicket hauls in the recently concluded series against New Zealand in ODI and picked up two wickets in the last T20I encounter against New Zealand. He has the ability to take wickets in the crucial times and can surely make a big difference in this series.

Jhye Richardson

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Jhye Richardson is another addition in the players’ list who will play an important role in the upcoming series. He came into limelight after his stunning spell of 4/26 against India in Sydney. He has picked up 13 wickets with an average of 29.46 from the 13 ODIs so far. He has also 9 wickets from 7 T20I matches in his name.

This is his first tour to sub-continent and this series will help him to grow as a bowler. This series will play a crucial role for him prior to the team selection of the upcoming World Cup.

This series will be interesting as Australia will try to take revenge for their loss in their home soil in the recently concluded series whereas India will try to continue their winning streak.

Chris Gayle hits the most sixes in international cricket

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Cricket is not just a game of sixes and fours, for we have seen players like Sachin Tendulkar, Mohammad Yousuf, Ricky Ponting, and Rahul Dravid bat with sheer class and technique and steal the game away from the opponents. 

However, the sport is known for accommodating multi-faceted stars, and players who can hit crucial sixes at will are important as well.

Players like Virender Sehwag and Sanath Jayasuriya instill fear in the rival camps even before they have stepped out on the field because they have the ability to take the game away in just a few overs. By brute force, these cricketers have ensured many memorable wins for their respective sides.

Recently, Chris Gayle became the cricketer with the most international sixes in his whirlwind knock of 135 against England. He beat Shahid Afridi’s record of 476 international sixes and is now perched at numero uno with 477 maximums.

Here are the 5 batsmen with most sixes across all formats in international cricket.

Chris Gayle

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The first player that comes to mind when we talk about six hitting abilities is West Indian great Chris Gayle. The Jamaican is one of the most brutal smashers of the ball, and there is hardly any bowler to can stop the Universal Boss when he is in full form.

Gayle’s still head position, his high backlift, and his core muscle help him power through, delighting spectators with his strokeplay and his belligerence. The player has announced his retirement from ODIs after the World Cup this year, and one hopes that he can accumulate more hits to the fence till then.

Shahid Afridi

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The Pakistani was one of the most clinical hitters of the ball in his heydays. His six-hitting abilities drew many spectators into the ground and he earned the nickname ‘Boom Boom Afridi’ due to his huge sixes in the death overs.

The Karachi star played some blinders down the order to helped Pakistan chase down some memorable targets. His powerful forearms that easily lofted balls overs deep-cover or mid-wicket made him a threat and his 476 sixes across formats is a testimony of how lethal he was.

Brendon McCullum

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McCullum was one of the most dangerous players for his country. His good hand-eye coordination and his footwork ensured that more often than not, he got New Zealand off to a tremendous start.

The dazzling player would charge down the track and relish in hitting the quicks for big sixes across the ground. He was a good puller and cutter of the ball, which ensured that he smashed some eye-pleasing strokes square of the wicket.

McCullum ended his international career with 398 sixes.

Sanath Jayasuriya

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One of the most dangerous openers in cricket, Jayasuriya was known for his six-hitting abilities at the top of the order. Blessed with great hand-eye coordination, the Sri Lankan could reduce the threat of the bowlers by dispatching them all across the ground with disdain.

He was a good player of the cut and pull shots, and used his muscular forearms to derive power. He made hitting sixes look so very easy, and made a name for himself as one of the most destructive players to have graced the field.

Jayasuriya ended with 352 international sixes.

MS Dhoni

Chris Gayle hits the most sixes in international cricket
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Though Dhoni’s six-hitting abilities have drastically reduced, on his day, he was the most dangerous player, especially in the death overs. He has single-handedly won India many tight games and his power ensured that no bowler heaved in relief till they had his back.

A bottom heavy player, Dhoni used the immense strength of his wrists to hit low and flat sixes. His bat swing was next to none and his knowledge of when to accelerate and take the game into the next-mode is what set Dhoni apart. The former Indian captain has 342 international sixes to his name and would hope to end his career with a few more.

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Pakistan Super League In Trouble As IMG Reliance Cancels Association


The fourth edition of Pakistan Super League is in trouble following the terror attack in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. 

After D-Sport, the official broadcaster of the Pakistan Super League suspended broadcast of the league, now it is time for IMG Reliance. On Sunday, IMG Reliance pulled out as the producers of Pakistan Super League. The decision was taken followed by the Pulwama terror attacks on Thursday.

The Backstory

On Thursday, at least 40 CRPF personnel died on Thursday in a terror attack in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. A suicide bomber rammed his Scorpio SUV laden with explosives into a CRPF bus. Jaish-e-Mohammad took responsibility for the attack and identified the bomber as a 20-year-old local resident from Pulwama district. The bus was part of a convoy of 78 vehicles with 2,547 CRPF personnel, moving from Jammu to Srinagar. According to the sources, most of them were returning from leave to join duty in Srinagar.

IMG Reliance was the official producer of Pakistan Super League, fourth edition. As a protest of the terror attack, the decision to withdraw their tie-up with the league. According to an IMG-Reliance official, a mail was sent to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) by Reliance officials, informing the decision.

PCB On IMG Decision

The official mail from IMG was addressed to Sohaib Sheikh, General Manager Marketing & Sales PCB and PSL, and Kamil Khan General Manager Marketing, Digital Media and Sports Production at Pakistan Cricket Board. IMG Reliance explained in the mail,

“Due to unfortunate events a couple of days back which resulted in the death of Indian soldiers, IMG Reliance is pulling out with immediate effects, from offering broadcast production services for PSL. The incident that occurred is deeply regrettable.”

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) later issued a statement on the current status of PSL broadcasting. They informed that PCB will name a new producer on soon.

“We have been informed by IMG Reliance that they will be unable to partner with us for the remaining HBL PSL 2019 and PCB has reserved all its rights. The PCB always had a contingency plan in place, and we are confident we will be in a position to announce the new partner on Monday after the completion of the formalities,” said PCB’s Managing Director Wasim Khan in the statement.

Pakistan Super League in Trouble

Earlier D-Sport, the official broadcaster of Pakistan Super League in India suspended the telecast. The decision from Reliance came just a few hours after D-Sport’s decision. IMG Reliance bagged the deal to produce and broadcast season 4 of the T20 league in January 2019. The Pakistan Super League began its fourth season in Dubai on February 14. IMG was the only producer of the league. This means PSL will go off air until PCB signs a new deal and brings in other alternative options. So with the current situation, it is important for the PCB to find out a new producer as soon as possible for the smooth functioning of the league.

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