Eshani Shevde

Aug 132015
 

Match Report: South Africa vs Bangladesh. 2nd Twenty20. July 7, 2015.  Shere Bangla Stadium. Mirpur. Bangladesh. – See more at: http://www.sportpulse.net/content/south-africa-bangladesh-south-africa-s…

Match Report: Australia A vs South Africa A .Match 5. August 12, 2015. MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk). Chennai, India

Australia A comfortably secured a place in the A team tri-series final after securing a clinical win over South Africa A in Chennai. Mathew Wade’s 130 off 106 set up the Aussies to a 108 run victory over the Proteas. This means that despite playing three matches, South Africa A are not out the of woods yet. They need to score a bonus point win over India A in their next game to become the other finalists. With the win, Australia has maintained an unbeaten stand in the ongoing tri series.

Wade led the team after regular skipper Usman Khwaja was rested. And did he led from the front or what. He ‘tossed’ well choosing to bat and also batted like a champ coming in at number 3 in over number 1. Wade’s ton was the third in seven months for the 2015 calendar year. He opened his innings with a six (which happened to also be a free hit) followed by a four apiece on ball 2 and ball 3. That explosive start set the tone and pace of the inning to come. Wade scored 78 out of his 130 runs from fours and sixes. He hit 7 sixes and 9 fours. His innings left little value for the disciplined South Africa A bowling attack which had cleaned up the top five Australian batsmen. Chris Lynn (29) was the highest contributor among the top half. Because when Wade got his 50, Australia had 78 on the board.

Wade’s presence in the middle put Australia A firmly in charge; never allowing South Africa A to press in their advantage. The Proteas almost had him at 26 when he popped on to square leg but Beuran Hendricks could not hold on to it and that overstep changed their  game. Australia A posted 272 at the end of their innings.

While Wade anchored the innings for the Aussies, South Africa could not find that partnership or that single set batsman who would see them through. Dean Elgar (64) and Khaya Zondo (47) gave them some stability while the others struggled against the consistent pace of the Australian bowling attack. South Africa A had 5 single digit scores on their scoreboard. Nathan Coulter-Nile came up with a brilliant spell of 7-1-8-2- he took wickets off back to back deliveries and gave away only singles in his spell. He was on a hat-trick after having sent Cameron Delport and Theunis de Bryun packing.  Fortunately for South Africa A (and unfortunately for Australia) Dean Elgar’s edge fell short of the slip. After the new ball, South Africa A were reeling at 37/3. The spinners- Ashton Agar and Cameron Boyce- took charge as the ball got older. They picked up 3 wickets apiece which took South Africa A from 142 for 4 to 148 for 8. They wrapped up for 164.

The game ended up as batting practice for Wade as Australia A were already in the final. In South Africa’s defense, half their team is still recovering from the stomach bug that put them in a hospital a few days ago. The ones who took ill were their seasoned players and in their absence, the remaining folks were forced to pull through. They now play India A for a place in the final.

Score Card-  Australia A 272 (Wade 130, Tsotsobe 3-50) beat South Africa A 164 (Elgar 64, Agar 3-41, Coulter-Nile 2-8) by 108 runs

Man of the Match – Matthew Wade (Australia A)

Points– Australia A- 5   South Africa A- 0

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Oct 162014
 
Australia vs Pakistan- ICC explains the controversial Steven Smith catch

Following the controversy of Steven Smith’s catch that dismissed Fawad Alam in the ongoing Pakistan-Australia series in Abu Dhabi, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has decided to step in and explain. The ICC wants to clarify why the catch was adjudged as legal.  According to the MCC’s Law 41.8, Smith’s movement from slip to leg slip was unfair. But ICC decided to adapt (with minor changes) this law for international cricket (in consultation with MCC, of course) and allow the fielders a certain degree of movement at the umpire’s discretion. The finer points pertaining to this rule change are still being worked and reworked. Hence not many people outside of those working on it were/are aware of it.   

The incident in question occurred during the 3rd One Day International between Pakistan and Australia at the time of Pakistan’s chase of 231. After Australia’s Xavier Doherty bowled the ball and before Fawad Alam could attempt to play it, Smith had moved from first to the leg slip. When Alam played his shot, he was unaware of the fielding change behind his back and by the time the shot was complete, Smith was within range of taking an easy one down the leg side. At the time of taking the catch, Smith was next to the wicket keeper. All this happened within seconds and the umpires took some minutes to make the decision. On field umpires Richard Illingworth and Ahsan Raza consulted with the third umpire Nigel Llong and gave Alam out.

Under the MCC Law 41.7, ‘Any significant movement by any fielder after the ball comes into play, and before the ball reaches the striker, is unfair. In the event of such unfair movement, either umpire shall call and signal dead ball.’ Law 41.8 states, ‘For close fielders anything other than minor adjustments to stance or position in relation to the striker is significant.’ Under the MCC laws, Smith’s movement would have been declared unfair. Since ICC chose to relax those restrictions allowing significant movement for the fielder, the interpretation has become relative and subjective.

A statement released by the ICC reflects, “Given the recent trend of fielders moving in anticipation after a batsman had moved to play a shot, the ICC consulted with the MCC and advised the umpires to use the following interpretation: ‘As long as the movement of a close catching fielder is in response to the striker’s actions (the shot he/she is about to play or shaping to play), then movement is permitted before the ball reaches the striker. On the day, if umpires believe any form of significant movement is unfair (in an attempt to deceive the batsman), then the Law still applies.’ This interpretation was discussed during the Match Officials’ Workshop in Dubai in late September.”

This explains why the catch by Smith via the movement was not deemed illegal or unfair.

Content about laws adapted from ESPNCricinfo.com

Picture courtesy- www.indiancricketfans.com

Oct 152014
 
Bangladesh News- Sachin Tendulkar inaugurates new Dhaka Club

After gracing the weekend opening ceremony of Indian Super League, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar was in Dhaka soon after on Tuesday to inaugurate a Dhaka Premier league club. He was present for the logo unveiling ceremony of the Legends of Rupganj, owned by Luftar Rahman Badal. The Dhaka Preiemer League is the oldest professional cricket tournament to be played in Bangladesh. Famous names like Wasim Akram, Sanath Jayasuriya and Ajay Jadeja have played for various teams. Most recently Eoin Morgan and Ryan ten Doeschaete were a part of the wining Gazi Tank Cricketers The Legends of Rupganj was formerly known as Gazi Tank Cricketers and according to the Bangladesh Cricket Board, the team will have to play one season with its old name before the name change can be implemented. Along with Morgan, ten Doeschaete and Jacob Oram, Badal’s team has local favorites namely Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal. Badal belongs to Rupganj and has previously managed the Mohammedan and Victoria Sporting Clubs campaign- both of which went on to win the titles.  

Tendulkar was there to encourage the new initiative and offer words of support to Badal. He expressed delight at promoting local talent like Al Hasan and Tammin through the league platform which balances out the international talent with the local flavor. This, Tendulkar said, would encourage local youngsters to wield the willow. Tendulkar has some fond memories in Bangladesh- his highest test score of 248 was against Bangladesh and he got his coveted 100th hundred in international cricket during the 2012 Asia Cup which was held in Dhaka that year.

Picture courtsey- deccanchronicle

Sep 052014
 
Sri Lanka News: Matthews sweeps top honours as young guns make presence felt

The cricket award season visited Sri Lanka this week. At a glittering in ceremony held at Waters Edge, Battarmulla, the best players of the island nation were honored. Angelo Matthews walked away with top honors along with talisman Kumara Sangakkara and Lasith Malinga.

Capping a very successful cricketing year, captain Angelo Matthews was adjudged Cricketer of the Year. He also took home the Batsman of the Year as well as ODI All rounder of the Year; making the success even sweeter. He was not done yet as he was also to be the joint winner of the Test Batsman of the Year with team favorite Kumara Sangakkara.

The Test bowler honors were given to Rangana Herath for the third successive year. He has taken 60 wickets in 10 matches during the qualifying period. Sri Lanka’s pace talisman Lasith Malinga took home the ODI and T20 bowling awards; a testimony to his brilliant form this past year. He also captained Sri Lanka to victory in the World T20 in Bangladesh this year. Thisara Perera was the T20 all rounder and Kusal Perea was the T20 Batsman of the Year.

Niroshan Dickwella was adjudged SLC’s Emerging Player of the Year. He has had a successful debut on tests earlier this year where he made 2 stumpings and took 12 impressive catches. He also made 72 against South Africa on his debut. He also took home the award for Best Domestic Cricketer of the Year.

Angleo Matthews has had a stellar year. Key innings in key tournaments and 1292 test runs in 12 months is testimony to that. Matthews’ average was 92.28 in Tests and 53.61 in ODI’s. His 160 in the second test against England at Headingly changed the course of the game and his 23 ball 40 handed Sri Lanka he World T20 crown.

Kumara Sangakkara continued to rule the hearts and the votes of the Sri Lankans as he took home his fifth People’s Choice Award. He shared the honors for Test batting (for the fourth straight year) with Matthews. In the past year Sangakkara has scored 1502 runs. It included his career best figures of 319.

The women were not left behind either. Ex- Sri Lanka Captain Shashikala Siriwardene almost sweeped the awards as she walked home with the Bowling and All rounder awards. Chamari Atapattu took the Batting honors.

In first class cricket, Jehan Mubarak took home the Best Batsman Award. He had an exceptional season scoring 1165 runs at a staggering average of 105.90.  

Other Winners:

Lakshan Rangika -Best Bowler,

Jeevan Mendis- Best Allrounder.

Aug 232014
 
Scotland in Ireland 2014: Mooney returns to Irish national side

Irish seamer John Mooney will return to the Irish national side ahead of the home series against Scotland next month. Mooney had previously returned to Ireland half way through the West Indies series in Februray of this year due to a ‘stress related illiness.’ When he flew back home, Cricket Ireland had issued a statement stating that he had managed to deal with the illness on his own for an extended period. But  when his condition had deteriorated significantly enough to need immediate attention, Mooney returned to Dublin and took time off to heal. He returns for the three match ODI series which will be played in Malahide.

32-year-old Mooney has played 71 one days and has 35 wickets at an avergae of 29.60 in 48 internationals. He will have Kevin O Brien for his captain as Ed Joyce is unavailable for the series. Mooney and O Brien are among the four changes made in the squad which played Sri Lanka A in July. Spinner George Dockrell and rookie Max Sorensen have also been drafted to the side.

The first of the 3 ODI’s gets underway in Malahide near Dublin on Monday September 8, 2014.

 

Jul 232014
 
India in England (Day 4): Advantage India as Jadeja and Ishant keep hope alive.

3 years and 15 tests without an overseas win later, it seems time for India.  They ended day 4 strong s Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma salvaged the game for India. Enough to put them on course of a rare historic win at the Lords. Murali Vijay’ s (almost) century (95), Jadeja’s well-timed 68 and a burst of spirit by Bhuvneshwar Kumar at the tail ensured India finished on the top with a lead of 319 runs.  This was Kumar’s third consecutive fifty. In response England were 4 down for a 105 with Joe Root (14*) and Moeen Ali (15*) as night-watchmen.

Match Report. England vs India. Day 4. July 20, 2014. Lords, England

India resumed with a lead of 145. Vital but still not strong enough.  173 runs were added in 40 overs thanks to a splendid eighth wicket partnership between Jadeja (68) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (52). Sixty five of those runs were from the first eight overs post lunch with the new ball! India had 17 overs until the second new ball. In the 59 runs that they made, they lost captain Dhoni (a scratchy 19 off 86 balls) and Stuart Binny (0). England had a chance of capitalizing here and making the test match theirs. India had only 179 runs on the board with 6 wickets gone and any further runs would require a good batting display along with a steady partnership.  This was definitely game set match. But then Jadeja and Kumar came together to prove to be the nemesis for England. Vijay’s resistance had ended earlier in the day when Matt Prior caught him off Anderson’s bowling at 95. It was a six hour long innings.

Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad struggled for a breakthrough and finally started bowling short. But the Jadeja-Kumar pair was frustrating them no ends. Same was the story for Plunkett and it was finally Ben Stokes gave England the break. Jadeja misread Stokes and pulled a skier straight to Captain Cook who took an impressive catch on the run. India then folded rapidly after Jadeja went back. Moeen cleaned up the tail sending Mohammad Shami back for a nought and had Kumar caught at second slip.

England’s chase started on a tricky ground. It was partly aided by mysterious bowling choices by Dhoni. Too many changes were seen early on before Dhoni decided to go by full length seam bowling. In hindsight, that decision put India on the winning course. Not forgetting the spin bowling as well.  Sam Robson (7) fell to spin an lbw decision for Jadeja before tea. But it was pace which cost England three wickets for two runs in 19 balls. Gary Ballance (27) was caught behind off Shami followed by Ishant bowling Ian Bell soon afterwards. Captain Cook’s woes with the bat continued as he departed for a 22 which raised generous doubts and questions about his future- on the team and as captain. Moeen Ali had luck on his side as he saw through the last session and kept Joe Root company.

Scorecard

England 319 and 105 for 4 (Root 14*, Moeen 15*) need another 214 runs to beat India 295 and 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68, Bhuvneshwar 52)

Player of the day: Ravindra Jadeja (India)

Disappointment of the day: Alastair Cook (England) 

Jul 232014
 
India in England (Day3): Vijay and Bhuvi give India the upper hand.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar took a career best six for as England were bowled out for 319 in their first innings with a slim lead of 24 runs. And after that India struggled to get a lead comprehensive enough to put the pressure back on the Poms. Indian openers Murali Vijay (59*) and Shikhar Dhawan (21) salvaged India from a slow start to set the tone on which Cheteshwar Pujara capitalized to endure India’s lead bloomed to 145 runs at stumps on day 3 at the Lords.

Match Report: England vs India. 2nd Test. Day3. July 19. Lords, England

The day began with England looking to continue proceedings and work towards getting a decent lead after having survived yesterday.  Lead they did gain, however slim, thanks to a maiden half century by Liam Plunkett (55*) Despite being a night-watchman he showed a dominant presence for a lower order batsmen as he went about his business to put his team in a strong position. He helped add 100 runs in 19.5 overs when he established partnerships with Matt Prior (23) and Jimmy Anderson (19). His stand with Prior was broken by Mohammad Shami whose delivery was smacked straight to Shikhar Dhawan ay slip. Plunkett showed remarkable confidence and tenacity for a lower order batsman and played an innings laced with powerful stroke play. India’s patience was rewarded thanks to a superlative performance by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Kumar finished with figures 6-82 and became first Indian player to take five wickets in consecutive tests in England.

India came out to bat the second time with the pitch retaining pace but less swing, a weather forecast of rain and a chance to press for advantage after having won a crucial toss. The pitch was ideal for England’s success and they did get it; in intervals. Shikhar Dhawan made 31 off 45 before getting to being his usual self. His luck ran out immediately when he holed out a Ben Stokes’ delivery straight into Joe Root’s hands at gully. Murali Vijay took his time to settle into his groove- getting to 21 off 87 by tea. Cheteshwar Pujara, who came in after Dhawan, played his usual self in a composed innings of 43. By tea India had a lead of 60. The pitch failed to aid the English in any way as Anderson struggled to get a break through. Moen Ali was decent with an added bonus of a couple of wickets. Post tea India was shaken when Virat Kohli (0) and previous innings centurion Ajinkya Rahane (5) departed in quick succession. Plunkett provided both the breakthroughs as India stumbled .India had lost three for 19 runs, Vijay knew what he had to do. Survive and see the day through. Captain MS Dhoni was next on the crease and with the help of the then settled Vijay saw through the remaining 90 minutes of the game to take India to a lead of 145 at stumps. Vijay was unbeaten as 59 while Dhoni is on 25.

Scorecard

 India 295 and 169 for 4 (Vijay 59*) lead England 319 (Ballance 110, Plunkett 55*, Kumar 6-82) by 145 run

Player of the day: – Bhuvneshwar Kumar (India)

Disappointment of the day: – Alastair Cook (England)

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