IPL 2019: 4 most important players for Mumbai Indians

IPL 2019: 4 most important players for Mumbai Indians

As the Indian Premier League (IPL) is around the corner, everyone is expecting full of entertainment throughout the season. 

All the franchise have started preparing hard to give their best shot. Mumbai Indians are one of them. They are one of the most followed teams in India and last year they ended in the 5th position of the points table. This year, they will try to do better. Like every year, Mumbai Indian have a strong balanced team this year.

Right from the openers to middle order and bowling order – they are full of star-studded players like Rohit Sharma, Ben Cutting, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Jason Behendroff, Adam Milne etc.

Here are the 4 most important players who could play a crucial role for Mumbai Indians in this year’s IPL:

Rohit Sharma

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The captain of Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma is undoubtedly one of the most important parts of the team. He led the team three times to the final. He is one of the dangerous players who can give a flying start to his team as well as to help them in chasing.

He has scored 4493 runs so far and has 3 IPL titles in his name. However, his presence in the team always gives them extra strength. With IPL 2019 just 2 days away, it will be interesting to see how the team performs this year after last year’s embarrassing performance.

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Quinton de Kock

Quinton de Kock has been in a formidable form in the ODIs this year. He has scored 4 half-centuries and one century in the last 6 innings. Though Playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) last year in IPL, he couldn’t do well.

This ex-RCB player has the ability to damage the opponent. He can be a key player of Mumbai Indians (MI) in this season if he gets the chance in the playing XI.

Jasprit Bumrah

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Jasprit Bumrah is currently one of the best bowlers in the bowlers in the world. He is one of the best death bowlers in the limited overs cricket as well. His deadly yorkers trouble the batsman in every game. With his presence, Mumbai Indian’s pace attack is quite strong from the other teams.

Bumrah is captain’s go-to bowler. He has the ability to take wickets in the most crucial times. He has displayed his brilliance many times before and plays a key role in the team. He has the ability to turn the table single-handedly. However, this year’s IPL will play a big role as well prior to the mega event – the ICC World Cup.

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Mayank Markande

Apart from Rohit Sharma and Jaspreet Bumrah, the other player who will play a crucial role for the team is none other than Mayank Markande; who recently made his debut for India in the T20I games.

For him, it was the dream which started with Ambati Rayudu’s wicket at the Wankhede Stadium in the last year’s IPL season opener against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). After two overs, he picked up the wicket of MS Dhoni, the captain of CSK and finished his debut IPL match with a brilliant figure of 3/23 in four his overs spell.

He had scalped 15 wickets in 14 matches in the last season for Mumbai Indians. His impressive bowling made the owners retain him this year as well. The 21-year-old has done an incredible job for his state team Punjab in the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy as he finished the tournament as the highest wicket-taker of Punjab, with 29 wickets in six matches. He will try to continue his formidable form in the IPL as well.

Matthew Hayden backs Ambati Rayudu at no. 4 spot

Matthew Hayden backs Ambati Rayudu at no. 4 spot

Former Australia player Matthew Hayden has backed Ambati Rayudu at the no. 4 position in the Indian batting line up. 

India has been in search of a stable no. 4 batsman for quite some time now. Moreover, captain Virat Kohli too said that they are more or less sure about the team apart from one spot. He didn’t mention clearly which spot he was talking about but it’s an open secret now that India doesn’t have a stable batsman for the position. Moreover, coach Ravi Shastri also hinted that captain himself could be pushed to the fourth slot.

“As a side, combination wise, we are pretty sorted. Maximum one change, you’ll get to see in the World Cup. As a side, we’re balanced. Hardik Pandya will come back to the team. With him, there’s batting depth, and bowling option opens up. We know where we have to go as a combination. The XI is clear in our head. We just have to take better decisions in pressure situations to go far in the World Cup,” said captain Virat Kohli.

Over the years, India has tried many batsmen in that position. Ambati Rayudu, however, is the best choice among them. He has batted at the place in 14 innings and has scored a century and two fifties but didn’t get the chance to play in the last two ODIs against Australia.

Virat Kohli came in at four in the fourth ODI against Australia in Mohali while Rishabh Pant was promoted to that slot in the decider at Kotla but both the times’ result was not impressive.

While speaking to IANS, Mathew Hayden said that for him, Rayudu was the best choice for the slot.

“Rayudu is my man. I can’t believe India is even questioning that. For so long, he has been so good. I don’t know why they are questioning, maybe because you need to speak about something before the World Cup. I don’t see Rahul taking that slot as much as I admire him. His time will come and if anything he is more of a stand-by opener for me as opposed to the number four slot,” he explained.

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India vs England: Three talking points from the third T20I game

India vs England: Three talking points from the third T20I game

After having won the first two T20I games against India, England clinched a nail-biting 1-run win in the third and final game at Guwahati.  

From restricted England within a below par to Smriti Mandhana’s half-century and Kate Cross’ final over, the game saw plenty of things.

Here are the three talking points from the game

Clinical performance by India spinners

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Having won the toss and elected to bat first, England openers Danielle Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont gave a flying start. From hitting a huge maximum in the second over off Deepti Sharma to hitting back to back boundaries off Shikha Pandey in the very next over, both the batters started hitting all over the park. Their stormy innings helped them to put up 42 runs within the powerplay.

To stop the run flow, captain Smriti Mandhana brought back Anuja Patil in the 8th over; who was playing her first match in the series and conceded only three runs in her first over. The decision became fruitful as her second delivery picked up Danielle Wyatt. It was wide outside off, Wyatt tried to hit but landed in the short third man where Poonam Yadav was standing. The first breakthrough came for India in the form of her dismissal.

Next was Natalie Sciver; who got bowled by Poonam Yadav in the very next over. Sciver had a rather forgettable T20I series as she went for a six-ball duck. Anuja Patil struck again and picked up Beaumont in the next over and England were soon reduced to 54-3 after 10 overs.

From that onwards, England were never looked in control and wickets started falling at regular interval. Due to some brilliant spells from the spinners, England were restricted within 119-6 after 20 overs.

Smriti Mandhana’s blitzy half-century

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After having restricted England within a below-par total of 119, India too tried to get a flying start but opener Harleen Deol couldn’t stay long as she fell for 1 in the second over to Shrubsole. Her dismissal brought Jemimah Rodrigues in the crease. But her struggle continued as she scored mere 11 off 22.

However, Mandhana was there at the other end. After getting dismissed very early in the first two games, she played a captain’s knock in the third game. She has troubled every bowler by hitting boundaries. When Rodrigues got dismissed she was on 39 and India were 59-2. That time India needed a partnership to win the game.

Mandhana got the partner in the form of veteran Mithali Raj; who is best known for her ability to anchor the innings. Both started building a stable partnership. While Mandhana as a set batter, took the charge, Mithali supported her brilliantly. In the 11th over, Mandhana completed her ninth T20I half-century in 32 balls.

Both the batters were looking comfortable in the middle. But England were looking for a wicket so that India’s run-chase becomes slow. Laura Marsh was successful to break the partnership as she picked up dangerous Smriti Mandhana for 58. It was a flatter delivery around off and Mandhana was looking to hit towards third man but the ball went straight and took the inside edge and hit the stumps. Mandhana’s 39-ball 58 included 8 boundaries and a six.

When she got dismissed, India needed 33 runs to win in 7 overs. It was an easy job for India as the experienced Mithali Raj was at the crease and India had some other batters as well who were able to get past the line.

The final over

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It says that the penultimate over of an innings is more important than the final over. But here, the last over made all the difference. India needed 18 runs in last three over. Natalie Sciver came for the 18th over. Mithali Raj was on the strike, hit the boundary towards the third man on the first delivery and another on the fifth delivery towards point region. That took off the pressure off from the inexperienced Bharati Fulmali. Mithali Raj hit a boundary over the cover in the next over and India were needed only 3 runs in the final over.

To conceded mere 3 runs, England captain Heather Knight took the responsibility to Kate Cross; who didn’t get any wickets before in the game. Fulmali wasn’t able to rotate the strike on the first three deliveries. Kate Cross was so accurate in her line and length and Fulmali couldn’t handle the pressure.

She hit the fourth ball direct to the mid-off player and got dismissed for 5. Anuja Patil came in. It was not difficult for her as she is known as ‘T20 specialist’. But she missed the line and got stumped in the fifth ball. Shikha Pandey faced the final delivery and managed to score only one run and England claimed a scintillating 1-run win in the final encounter.

On the other end, Mithali Raj was standing helplessly. She was timing the ball well but didn’t get a chance to face a single ball in the last over. Kate Cross bowled an exceptional over and England managed to restrict within 118.

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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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India vs England: Three talking points from the second T20I

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England clinched the three-match T20I series by winning the second game by 5 wickets against India at Guwahati on March 7. 

England won the toss and elected to field first. Put into bat, India put up 23 runs in the first two overs and after that, the wickets started falling at a regular interval. Once again India’s batting collapsed in front of England’s bowling and they managed to put up mere 111 after 20 overs.

Chasing the mere 112, England too lost 5 wickets but Danielle Wyatt’s stable 64 guides England to a convincing win. With this win, England won the series as well by 2-0.

Here are the three talking points from the second encounter:

Katherine Brunt’s formidable form

Put into bat, India tried to score quickly within the powerplay where the opener Harleen Deol welcomed the bowler with a boundary. In the second over, captain Smriti Mandhana started with the six over mid-off and ended the over with another six over mid-on off Anya Shrubsole and put up 23 runs within 2 overs.

Till then everything was looking perfect. But Katherine Brunt had another plan. Captain Heather Knight gave the responsibility to her senior-most bowler Katherine Brunt. The first ball of the 3rd over was a dot ball while the second one was for a single. The trap was set for Mandhana in the third ball. Brunt gave a fuller length delivery and tempted Mandhana for a drive. But she failed to do so that produced outside edge and Amy Jones made no mistake as she took a well-judged low catch.

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Brunt came back for the fifth over where opener Harleen Deol hit a boundary in the second delivery towards backward point. Jemimah Rodrigues was on strike during the final ball of the over. She was standing deep in the crease and hoped to slog it across the line but played it down the wrong line and Brunt’s pace was too fast to handle. She was bowled for 2.

After that, wickets started falling at regular intervals. It was when the debutant Bharti Fulmali was looking confident and trying for big shots, Brunt cam for her final over. Brunt gave a slower delivery, Fulmali backed away to drive it wide of cover but failed to hit the bat and it smashed her stumps. The economical spells from the bowlers restricted India within a below per.

India’s dismal performance in batting

India is going through a transitional phase. They are currently looking out their best eleven in the T20s as the ICC World T20 2020 will be held in less than a year. After having lost in the semi-final of the ICC World T20 last year, India hasn’t won a single T20 game since then.

In New Zealand, only Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues were in form and scored most of the runs. Apart from them, no other batter was able to contribute in the middle and It is almost known by now that if you can dismiss Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues within the powerplay, then India will certainly be on backfoot.

The same thing is going on in the ongoing T20 series against England. Like the first T20, India had a dismal batting performance. After having lost Mandhana, Rodrigues and Harleen Deol within the powerplay, Mithali Raj and Deepti Sharma tried to steady the ship, added 35 runs but a decent throw dismissed Sharma for 18 and left India struggling at 69-4 after 13 overs.

However, to accelerate the score, Mithali tried to hit big but ended up giving a catch to Winfield at long-on. India was never into the game as they were not able to make a strong partnership and fall of wickets at regular interval ended there inning at 111/8 after 20 overs.

Danielle Wyatt and Lauren Winfield’s 47-run partnership

After having restricted India within 111 on board, England was all confident to secure their second win in the series. Openers Danielle Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont gave a flying start to their team and added 28 runs in 5 overs.

However, Radha Yadav handed over the first breakthrough to India. It was a full and quick delivery and Beaumont came down the track which skidded through bat and pad and ended up smashing the leg stump.

The next was Poonam Yadav who struck again in her first over as she picked up Jones for 5. Ekta Bisht too didn’t allow Sciver and Knight to become more dangerous and trapped both of them in the 9th and 11th over respectively before the stumps for 1 and 2.

England was soon reduced to 57-4 after 11 overs and the pressure fell upon Wyatt and Winfield to get past the winning line. They started building the partnership where Wyatt took the charge and Winfield supported her well. 

Both of them started timing the ball well and when they got settled down, it became difficult for the bowlers to dismiss them. Their steady partnership helped England to reach the 100-run mark in 17 overs. However, in the 18th over, Deepti Sharma broke the 47-run partnership when she picked up Winfield for 29 with a well-judged catch by Rodrigues.

By then, England was pretty much on the way of winning. Wyatt’s stable knock of 64 off 55 made the winning foundation for her team. England won the game by 5 wickets and took an unassailable lead of 2-0 in this three-match T20I series.

Both the team will play their final T20I match on March 9 in Guwahati, Assam.

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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India vs England: Three talking points from the first T20I

India vs England: Three talking points from the first T20I

After having clinched the three-match ODI series by 2-1 against England, India faced England in the first T20I at Guwahati where they lost by 41 runs. 

After having won the last ODI, England continued their good form in the 1st T20I match. From the first wicket partnership to restricting India within a below par, England were far better than India.

There was not only one point, but in every way, England dominated their counterpart – be it opener Tammy Beaumont’s blitzy half-century, captain Heather Knight’s quickfire 40 or bowlers’ economical spells.

With this convincing win, England took an unassailable lead of 1-0 in the three-match T20I series.

Let’s have a look at three talking points from the 1st T20I at Guwahati:

The opening partnership between Danielle Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont

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After having won in the toss, India elected to field. Put into bat, England managed only just 14 runs in the first three overs. But after that, it was all the batters’ show.

In the fourth over, both Danielle Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont started opening their arms, hit three boundaries to Deepti Sharma. The way Tammy Beaumont and Danielle Wyatt played the shots, were a treat to watch. They found the gaps with ease.

Their formidable form helped them to reach 50-run mark within seven overs. It became difficult for the India bowlers to get past them when both the batters got set at the crease. They both added 89-run together to provide a solid foundation for their team.

However, Shikha Pandey handed over the first breakthrough to India. Wyatt missed the back length delivery, nearly found the gap and hit over the cover. Mandhana did no mistake, moved to her right and grabbed a fantastic catch. She dismissed for 35 but till then she already did the damage in the bowling line up.

Heather Knight’s blitzy 40

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Put into bat, England openers Danielle Wyatt and Tammy Beaumont made a solid foundation of 89 runs. However, Wyatt dismissed for 35 and soon Natalie Sciver too joined her in the dugout after scoring mere 4.

At that time, captain Heather Knight came to her side’s rescue and tried to steady the ship with Tammy Beaumont. She looked comfortable right from the start of her innings. Along with Beaumont, she added a 59-run.

However, India tried to their best and restricted England to 124 for 2 in 17 overs. But one over changed the game in England’s favour. In the 18th over, Knight hit Arundhati Reddy for five consecutive fours which guided England to score 160 after 20 overs.

Economical bowling from the bowlers

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After having lost in the toss and put into bat, England had a good time with the bat. With the 89-run opening partnership and Heather Knight’s blitzy 40, they put up a decent competitive total of 160 on board.

In the second innings, it was on bowlers how they could perform and restrict India. However, they showed an impressive form. Like the last ODI, the veteran Katherine Brunt was the first one to give a breakthrough to her team as she picked up Harleen Deol for 8.

Though it was not a matter of tension, as the two best of the batters – Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues were on the crease. But it was Linsey Smith who left India into big trouble as she picked up the two big wickets of Mandhana and Rodrigues in her consecutive deliveries in the fourth over.

Two new batters – Mithali Raj and Veda Krishnamurthy were on the crease and before they could settle down properly, Mithali Raj got out by Kate Cross. Growing asking rate left no option except for big hitting and that led Mithali Raj’s dismissal in the 9th over. Veda Krishnamurthy was next to follow and India were reduced to 46-5 after the halfway mark.

Bowlers’ economical spell didn’t allow the batters to settle down on the crease for a long time. However, Deepti Sharma, Arundhati Reddy, and Shikha Pandey added 63 runs between them so that the chase went till the last over. But that was not enough for India to win and England claimed a thumping 41-run win over India.

The second T20I will be played at the same ground on Thursday, March 7.

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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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White Ferns player Katie Perkins dismissed in an unbelievable way

White Ferns player Katie Perkins dismissed in an unbelievable way

White Ferns’ cricketer Katie Perkins was dismissed in an unbelievable way in their match against Australia Governor-General’s XI. She was caught after the ball was hit her partner, Katey Martin’s bat which left everyone in shock. 

White Ferns have toured to Australia for their three-match ODI series where they were playing a game against Australia Governor-General’s XI on Thursday in Sydney. The shocking incident happened during the New Zealand innings.

Put into bat first, White Ferns put up a huge total of 323. Suzies Bates did welcome the bowler with a boundary and scored a 74-runs partnership with Lauren Down. However, Bates got dismissed to Faltum for 43. Maddy Green joined her immediately afterward and they reduced to 103 for 2. Her dismissal brought Martin on the crease. She, along with Down made a stable 163 runs partnership.


After completing her century which included 13 boundaries, Down got dismissed to McGrath. However, Martin scored 76 before she got out and they lost two wickets of Satterthwaite and Perkins in quick succession. Meanwhile, in the 45th over, the bizarre incident took place.

Perkins hit Heather Graham’s over-pitched delivery straight down the crease and it touched her partner Katey Martin at the non-striker’s end. Martin tried to get out of the way but the ball hit her bat and went up straight into the hands of the bowler who took an easy catch. The unimaginable way of dismissal left everyone in shock.

The commentators too were surprised. Fox Cricket commentator and former Australia cricketer Mel Jones compared that with a miracle.

“This looks like it could be an absolute miracle,” Jones added. “Have you ever seen anything like this?”

Former New Zealand born Australian cricketer Brendon Julian was equally surprised with the dismissal.


“Is that out? It looked out? I think that’s out,” added Julian.

Martin, however, anchored the innings till the end, smashed 72 runs and guided White Ferns to put up a decent competitive total of 323 for 7 in their 50 overs.

In reply, Australia Governor-General’s XI were bowled out for a mere total. Former Australia player and Governor-General’s captain Alex Blackwell scored 28 but couldn’t play long as she was dismissed by Hannah Rowe. Anna Peterson picked up 3 wickets for New Zealand and restricted their opponent within 157 with nearly 10 overs to spare and White Ferns won the game by 166 runs.

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