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Australian ball-tampering: David Warner will not contest ban
April 5, 2018
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From ball-tampering to bans and tears: how Australia’s week evolved

Former Australia vice-captain David Warner has accepted his 12-month suspension for ball-tampering.

Warner and captain Steve Smith were given year-long Cricket Australia (CA) bans after the incident against South Africa, while batsman Cameron Bancroft received a nine-month sanction.

Smith and Bancroft said on Wednesday that they would not appeal.

“I have today let Cricket Australia know that I fully accept the sanctions imposed on me,” Warner, 31, said.

“I am truly sorry for my actions and will now do everything I can to be a better person, team-mate and role model.”

The Australian Cricketers’ Association had said CA should reconsider the “disproportionate” bans.

Confirming no hearings will now be needed, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said the penalties “were not imposed lightly”.

“The events of Cape Town have severely affected the game. It has also been humbling to be reminded of the passion all Australians have for our great game,” he said.

“We know the players will return to playing the game they love, and in doing so, we hope they rebuild their careers and regain the trust of fans.”

Smith, Warner and Bancroft were sent home from the tour after the third Test and apologised for their actions.

Head coach Darren Lehmann, who was cleared of any involvement in the incident, stepped down from his role after the final Test against South Africa on Tuesday.

Smith admitted the Aussie “leadership group” had devised a plan to tamper with the ball, and Cricket Australia’s investigation found Warner instructed Bancroft on how to carry it out.

Smith and Bancroft have also been banned from captaining Australia for at least the next two years, while Warner will not be considered for any team leadership positions in the future.

The ICC banned Smith for one game and fined him his entire match fee, while Bancroft was fined 75% of his match fee and given three demerit points.

Warner was not punished by the ICC.

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MS Dhoni Appreciates the Pitch Preparations at Eden Gardens
November 15, 2017
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Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni appreciated the pitch preparation ahead of the first Test match at Eden Gardens when he was in the city for a commercial shoot with another world cup winning captain Kapil Dev.

Dhoni had a look at 22-yard in the morning, despite the fact that he doesn’t feature in Test matches anymore.

Dhoni was spotted having a chat a with the pitch curator Sujan Mukherjee while checking the pitch that will host the first Test scheduled to start from November 16.

Dhoni and Kapil were seen spending the day bowling and batting as the hosts joined them. First, it was Kapil’s turn to roll over his arms to Dhoni and as the shoot went on as they reversed their role. It was an advertisement of 33 seconds, directed by a renowned Bengali director Arindam Sil.

Sil, who has done a lot of acting and directing, said that this was a lifetime experience for him. Sil felt that he is lucky enough to direct his debut advertisement with these legendary names.

“It’s the Mecca of Cricket and I had two World Cup-winning captains shooting for me. It’s the most memorable day in my life. They were the best of the captains. I felt nostalgic. I have watched them play from the same galleries here but to shoot with them now at the same venue is a lifetime experience,” Sil told reporters after the shoot.

Dhoni was also seen talking with the kids about the game in between his busy schedule. Terming the two world cup winning captain Dhoni, a natural actor, Sil stated:

“I didn’t require a retake from Dhoni; he was natural in front of the camera.”

Arindam Sil also expressed his gratitude towards the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President Sourav Ganguly for letting him shoot at Eden Gardens. Both the captains were joined in by Sourav Ganguly at the end of the shoot where they were seen talking to each other.The final part of the shoot is scheduled to take place in a studio before Dhoni takes off for Dubai where he will inaugurate the MS Dhoni Cricket Academy on November 11.

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India needs to win abroad to justify World No 1 ranking
October 26, 2017
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Yes. We have been all, of late singing praises for the Indian Test team for defeating all test teams and reigning in as World No 1. But one also needs to understand that all this season, we have been largely playing at home. Since Dhoni’s era, we have been literally unbeatable at home defeating even the biggest team: Australia 4-0. But this can largely attributed to the pitches they have been playing. No disrespect to the wins. There is no doubt that even playing on that surface needs skill and capability to outwit the team. But at the same time, home team gets the advantage of knowing the cons and pros of the pitch, which the opposite does not know. And our players very well know how to play and which bowlers to utilize. The real test will come when India goes abroad and plays in alien conditions. How the team adapts and outplays the home team shows the real capability of this team. Largely indians have been poor winning in abroad. Especially against strong teams like Australia, the indians have meekly surrendered and that’s just something indians cannot afford to repeat if it really wants to justify its World No 1 Ranking. According to me, i would only agree with India’s No 1 ranking only if it goes abroad and wins there convincingly. No 1 ranking is just not a number, its the power, invincibility that shows up in that number. And that’s something Australia in recent times and West Indies in older times have shown. Australia during its strong times, they were just invincible. Does not matter which country they played, which team they played against, they thrashed them. Same with west Indian who were more dominant than the australians. Home pitches, abroad pitches never mattered to them. From the whistle go, they destructed every single team.

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Indian womens cricket team won world cup final
July 22, 2017
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YEAH India Women won by 36 runs,SO FINALY INDIAN WON THE WORLD CUP FINAL.Its Proud for us because our womens are not less than me

.Proud for all of us and for India.what a good game played by our womens team. Well done you make feel us proud. 🙂

Enjoy everyone may god blessed you all in cricket future.wish every time you will do likes yesterdays wins.

.Proud for all of us and for India.what a good game played by our womens team. Well done you make feel us proud. :)This was India’s highest ever total against the Southern Stars and proved to be match-winning even as Alex Blackwell’s power-packed 90 took them to 245 in 40.1 overs.

The day belonged to Harmanpreet as her innings could well be termed as one which will be remembered for years to come. It drew comparisons with Kapil Dev’s historic 175 against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells during the 1983 campaign with members of the men’s team, including skipper Virat Kohli, showering accolades on her.

Harmanpreet’s third ODI century was embellished with 20 fours and as many as seven sixes.

It was also the second highest individual score in ODIs for India behind Deepti Sharma‘s unbeaten 188 against South Africa earlier this year.

With enough runs on the board, confident Indian seamers Goswami (2/35 in 8 overs) and Shikha Pandey (2/17 in 6 overs) came up with brilliant opening spells.

Opener Beth Mooney and skipper Meg Lanning were cleaned up by Pandey and Goswami respectively.

The Derby Ground proved to be a happy hunting one for Mithali Raj and her team as they won all five matches here.

It was out of the world power-hitting by the girl from Moga district in Punjab — something that has made her a stand-out player for India.

The milestone from 51 to 100 was reached in 26 balls while she raced to 150 from 101 in mere 17 balls. The sixes flew from her bat with monotonic regularity as the Aussie bowlers had no clue as to what hit them.

After a dry run during the better part of the league stage, India’s most sought after T20 cricketer stepped up just when it mattered the most.

What worked to Harmanpreet’s advantage was her experience of playing the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) for Sydney Thunders due to which her familiarity with the current Aussie attack was much more than any other player.

After a useful 60 against New Zealand in the virtual quarter-final, Harmanpreet upped the ante like never before.

She batted like as if there was no tomorrow as she repeatedly hit the troika of left-arm spinner Jess Jonasen (0/63 in 7 overs), off-break bowler Ashleigh Gardner (1/43 in 8 overs) and leg-spinner Kirsten Beans (1/49 in 8 overs) with utter disdain.

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Border- Gavaskar Trophy 4th Test Match ( 3rd and 4th Innings)
March 30, 2017
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Australia started their 2nd Innings in the 4th and final test match of Border Gavaskar trophy under trial by 32 runs with Matt R and David W and India started with B Kumar and U Yadav.

Australia started poorly as they lost their first 5 wickets at only team score of 92 runs in the form of David W, Matt R, S Smith, Peter H and S Marsh. Australia kept losing wickets at regular intervals in the game and in its 2nd Innings and was only able to make total of 137 runs at the loss of all 10 wickets in 53.5 over’s and top scores by Glen M who made 45 runs in 60 balls with 6 fours and 1 six and Aussie Wicket Keeper batsman M Wade who made 25 runs in 90 balls with 2 fours and 1 six.

By deducting the lead of 32 runs of India, Australia effectively made only 105 runs at the loss of all 10 wickets and this puts India very close to winning the Border Gavaskar trophy again from Australia after many years.

For India R Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers as he took 3 wickets by conceding only 24 runs in 18 over’s, R Aswin took 3 wickets by giving away 29 runs in his 13.5 over’s and U Yadav took 3 wickets by conceding 29 runs in his 10 over’s, B Kumar took 1 wicket by conceding 27 runs in his 7 over’s.

India was needed to score 106 runs in their 2nd Innings of the 4th and final test match to win the match and series as well. And looking at the form Indian team is in, its looks like a cake walk for Indian team.

India started very aggressively with K L Rahul and M Vijay and Australia with Josh H and Pat C.

India batted splendidly well to reach the target in only 23.5 over’s at the loss of only 2 wickets. India top scored with K L Rahul who made 51 runs in 76 balls with 9 fours and strike rate of 67 runs in 100 balls faced and A Rahane who made 38 runs in only 27 balls with 4 fours and 2 six at the great strike rate of 141 runs in 100 balls faced.

The Bottom line of the match was India won the match by 8 wickets in hand and series as well 2-1 and reclaim the prestigious Border Gavaskar Trophy from Australia and also took revenge from Australia as when last time India toured Australia in 2015, On that tour Aussies beat India 2-0 in 4 match test series.

Writers Analysis:  India bowled superbly well in their 2nd Innings and as they were hoping they were able to take 2 important wickets of Australia in the form of inform batsman David W and Aussie Skipper S Smith inside 32 runs lead got my India. Though the debutant K Yadav was unable to impress with his bowling in the 2nd Innings and not able to pick any of the wickets in 2nd Innings but still his bowling in the 1st Innings has impressed all and now he would surely be in reckoning for future matches to be played in India. He can expect his selection in the last 11 more often than not as his china man bowling is very rare and he will surely pick many more wickets for India. Also with Indian premier league coming up from 5th April, 2017, and kuldeep Y will play for Kolkata Knight Riders, he will surely impress more of the cricketing fraternity as well. India now has good pool of bowlers which they can try at any given time and can also prepare well for the upcoming champions trophy in june,2017 and world cup in 2019.

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Border- Gavaskar Trophy 4th Test Match ( 2nd Innings)
March 30, 2017
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Australia posted total of 300 runs in its 1st Innings and now it’s India’s turn to bat well and will try to take lead in the 4th Test match of Border Gavaskar Trophy against Australia. India batted well but lost wickets in heap in the middle of the day and was in threat of conceding lead again to Australia. But with the batting of W Saha and R Jadeja , India was able to post total of 332 runs in 118.1 over’s at the loss of all 10 wickets and got lead of 32 runs. Though lead of 32 runs is not enough but still it is helpful and will put Australia in pressure. For India R Jadeja top scored with 63 runs in 95 balls with 4 fours and 4 six and K L Rahul made 60 runs in 124 balls with 9 fours and 1 six. Other contributors were C Pujara who made 57 runs in 151 balls with 6 fours and Skipper A Rahane who made 46 runs in 104 balls with 7 fours and 1 six.

For Australia Nathan L was the pick of bowlers as he took 5 wickets by conceding 92 runs in his 34.1 overs and Pat C took 3 wickets by wasting 94 runs in his 30 over’s. Other remaining 2 wickets were shared between Josh H and S O Kefee. Nathan L bowled in very good areas and already many areas have been created by fast bowlers on the pitch which will help spin bowlers to take more spin out of the track.

Writers Analysis:  At one time it was looking that India will concede lead to Australia even after very good start by India but R Jadeja helped India in negating any lead to Australia and getting lead of 32 runs and with the pitch deteriorating these 32 runs are very crucial for both teams and Indian cricket team will try to took at least 1 wicket of Australia before they get pass this lead.

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Border- Gavaskar Trophy 4th Test Match ( 1st Innings)
March 30, 2017
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Australia won the toss and chooses to bat first in the 4th and final test match of the series which was played in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh. Australia started the Innings with Matt R and David W and India with B Kumar and U Yadav both pace bowlers.

On the 1st Ball of the Match karun N dropped a simple catch of David W, if he had managed to took that then it would have been a dream start of the Match for B Kumar and for India.

India managed to get the 1st wicket on the team score of 10 runs in the form of Matt R of the bowling of U Yadav. After his dismissal Aussie Skipper S Smith and David W batted very aggressively and in no time they were able to get pass 100 runs. Australia lost their 2nd wicket on the score of 144 runs in the form of David W on the bowling of K Yadav, so it was his first test wicket on making debut for Indian cricket Team. Australia does bat well in this Innings but they also kept losing wickets as well.

Australia was bowled out for score of 300 runs in 88.3 over’s and with top scores of Aussie Skipper S Smith who made 111 runs in 173 balls with 14 fours and Aussie Wicket keeper batsman M Wade who made 57 runs in 125 balls with 4 fours and 1 six and David W made 56 runs in 87 balls with 8 fours and 1 Six.

For India Debutant K Yadav was the pick of the bowlers as he picked 4 wickets by conceding 68 runs in 23 over’s and U Yadav pick 2 wickets by giving away 69 runs in 15 over’s. R Jadeja, R Ashwin and B Kumar took 1 wicket each and S O kefee was out Run out by Substitute fielder S Iyer.

Writers Analysis:  India bowled very well and it was K Yadav who put India back in the match as Aussie Skipper S Smith was batting very well and he was taking the game away from the reach if India.

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Border- Gavaskar Trophy 4th and Final Test Match ( Pre Start)
March 30, 2017
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Australia was able to draw the 3rd Test match of Border Gavaskar Trophy which was played between India and Australia. That means the 4th and final test will decide which team will win the series and winner will take all. The 4th Test mach was to be played in Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala, India from 25th to 29th March, 2017.

Indian team and 11 was looking like this in this 4th and Final test match: Ravindra Jadeja, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Murali Vijay, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav,Karun Nair, Kuldeep Yadav, Lokesh Rahul

Team News India:  Indian team was forced to make two unavoidable changes in the team. Indian Skipper Virat K was injured in the last match while fielding on the boundary, so he’s out of the team, so A Rahane will perform the on field captain duties and he makes way for another spin Bowler K Yadav who is china man means he bowls with left arm and spins the bowl with his wrists and I Sharma is also out of the team with injury and he is replaced by B Kumar who is a very nice swing bowler.

Australian team and 11 was looking this in this 4th and final test match:  Shaun Marsh, Matthew Wade (wk), David Warner, Steve O’Keefe, Steven Smith (c), Josh Hazlewood, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Matt Renshaw

Team news Australia: Australian was playing this match with no change and same team which played in the last test match, which was played in ranchi.

Writers Analysis:  This Match will be going to be crucial for both the teams as both teams will try to win this match and the series as well. Looking on the performance of the series, Both teams stand at 50-50 chance of winning this match as both have won 1 match each and one match ends in a draw. India has advantage of extra bowler in this match as they are playing with 5 bowlers after quite a long time.

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Border- Gavaskar Trophy 3rd Test Match ( Last Innings)
March 30, 2017
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Australia started their 2nd Innings and was in trial by 152 runs. Australia started with Matt R and David W and India with Spin combo of R Ashwin and R jadeja.

Australia started very poorly and lost its 1st wicket very early on the team score of 17 runs in 5.1 over’s in the form of David W on the bowling of R Jadeja and then Nathan l was sent as Night watchman to safeguard the other batsman as only 2-3 over’s remaining in the 4th day of the Match. Nathan L was out bowled by R Jadeja on the team score of 23 runs and that marks the end of the 4th day of the match as well.

On the 5th day Australia was in trouble as they were still under trial by 129 runs and with only 8 wickets in hand. In the 1st session of the 5th Day, India managed to take both the wickets of Matt R and Aussie Skipper S Smith Cheaply and Aussies were in trouble as they were reduced to only 63 runs at the loss of 4 wickets.

But destiny has something other in the store as both Peter H and S Marsh batted very defensively and safely to negate any more wickets to India and put Australia out of danger of losing this test match. India do managed to get the wicket S Marsh at the Aussie team score of 187 runs but at that time it was all too late and also wicket of Glen M on score of 190 runs but it was all too late.

Australia managed to score 204 runs in 100 over’s at the loss of 6 wickets and the Bottom line of the match is, match ends in a Draw and C pujara was the Man of the match for his great batting.

Writers Analysis:  India was closer to win this match but it was very great batting of Peter H and S Marsh who negate any more wickets to India and that has resulted in drawing this test match.

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Border- Gavaskar Trophy 3rd Test Match ( 3rd Innings)
March 30, 2017
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Australia posted total 451runs in its 1st Innings and this means India needs to bat very well so that they don’t concede any lead to Australia in this 3rd test Match.

India started with pair of K L Rahul and M Vijay and Australia with pace bowlers Pat C and Josh H.

India started very well and was off to a very nice start and did not lose any wicket till score of 90 runs. India lost its 1st wicket in the form of K L Rahul on team score of 91 runs in 31.2 over’s on the bowling of Pat C. After that India batted well but lost some wickets in hurry to put themselves in difficult situation at score of 328 runs and at the loss of 6 wickets and it was looking like that India will concede a Big lead to Australia but Indian wicket keeper Batsman W Saha and C Pujara batted defensively and so very well to negate any lead to Australia and was able to put total of 603 runs in 210 over’s at the loss of 9 wickets, so India declared their Innings at score of 603 and are now with lead of 152 runs which will surely prove handy. For India C Pujara Top scored with 202 runs in 525 balls with 21 fours and W Saha made 117 runs in 233 balls with 8 fours and 1 six and other contributors were M Vijay who made 82 runs in 183 balls with 10 fours and 1 six, K L Rahul with 67 runs in 102 balls with 9 fours and in the lower Middle order R jadeja made unbeaten 54 runs in 55 balls with 5 fours and 2 six at the strike rate of 98 runs in 100 balls faced.

For Australia Pat C was the pick of bowlers with 4 wickets by conceding 106 runs in his 39 over’s and S O Kefee who took 3 wickets by giving away 199 runs in 77 over’s. Other two wickets were taken by Josh H and Nathan L.

Writers Analysis:  India was down and in trouble but it’s the batting and adaptability of C Pujara and W Saha that put India back in the game and are now in winning condition as well. On the other hand Australia will surely be very disappointed that they let go the chance of bowling out India cheaply as at one Time it was looking like that India will concede a very big lead to Australia but India kept their nerves and were able to post a very Nice total of 603 runs and now have a big lead as well, Australia are in trial by 152 runs and now it’s their turn to feel the pressure as Pitch has started to deteriorate and will assist the spinners more and with 4 sessions left in the game, only 2 results are possible now. Either it will be a Draw test match or will be won by India, so India is no danger to lose this match and can put more and more pressure on Aussie batsmen to bowl them out and took lead of 2-0.

 

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