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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Border- Gavaskar Trophy 3rd Test Match ( 1st Innings)
March 30, 2017
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Australia won the toss and decided to bat first in the 3rd and crucial test mach of the Border Gavaskar Trophy.

Australia started the Innings with Matt R and David W and India started bowling with Pace Bowlers I Sharma and U Yadav. Australia started very aggressively and India kept dropping easy catches in the slip cotton. Australia batted superbly well in the 1st Innings of the match and post total of 451 runs in 137.3 over’s at the loss of 10 wickets with top scores of Aussie Skipper S Smith who made 178 runs in 361 balls with 17 fours and strike rate of 49 runs in 100 balls faced, Glen M on his comeback to Aussie team made 104 runs in 185 balls with 9 fours and 2 sixes at the strike rate of 56 runs in 100 balls faced. Other contributors were Matt R who made 44 runs in 69 balls with 7 fours and Aussie wicket keeper batsman M Wade who made 37 runs in 50 balls with 6 fours.

For India R Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers with 5 wickets by conceding 124 runs in his 49.3 over’s, U Yadav chipped in with 3 wickets by giving away only 106 runs in 31 over’s and R Ashwin took 1 wicket by conceding 114 runs in 34 over’s and Josh H was out Run out by the combo of K L Rahul and R Jadeja.

Writers Analysis:  At one time Australia was in trouble when it lost its 4 wickets at the team score of 140 runs but it’s the partnership of S Smith and Glen M that took Australia pass to a very good score. If India could have managed to get Glen M or even S Smith cheaply, that would have helped India a lot. This total was going to be very challenging for India’s team and they need to bat properly to avoid conceding any more lead to Australia in this crucial Test match.

Border- Gavaskar Trophy 3rd Test Match ( Pre Start)
March 30, 2017
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India managed to win the 2nd Test match of Border Gavaskar trophy by a Good margin to level the series 1-1 with 2 more games to play and with that win the series is now wide open and both teams have equal chance to win the series and take lead firstly by winning the 3rd Test Match.

The 3rd Test match of the Border Gavaskar trophy was played on JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi, India from 16th to 20th March.

This is how Australian team and 11 was looking like in this 3rd 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

And Indian team and 11 was looking like this in this Test match: Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Murali Vijay, Umesh Yadav, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul

Team News: Australian team hampered by some unavoidable changes in the team as their pace spare head M Stark is injured and was sent back to Australia and his replacement Pat C is  included in the team and M Marsh also got injured and sent back to Australia and on his place Glen M is included in the Lineup. For India, M Vijay is declared fit to play so he’s in playing 11 and A Mukund is out of the team.

Writers Analysis: India would be pleased to see M Stark out of the team as he alone can make India pay on a given day and Australia will surely miss his pace and his all around abilities with bat and in the field as well and Injury to M Marsh is also very terrible, it will give an opportunity to Glen M to prove his worth and make his way in the Aussie Team as well and also he can bowl a bit of slow off spin as well, so it will give Australia another spin bowling option.

Border- Gavaskar Trophy 2nd Test Match ( 4th Innings)
March 30, 2017
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Australia only needs to get 190 runs in their 2nd Innings to win this 2nd Test match and take lead of 2-0 lead in the series.

Australia started with David W and Matt R and India with Spin and fast combination of I Sharma and R Ashwin. Surprisingly India started well and took Aussies 1st wicket on the score of 22 runs in the form of Matt R on the bowling of I Sharma. After that Aussie Skipper batted well and played some very good shorts but other Aussie batsman were troubled by the Indian bowlers and mostly by R Ashwin.

Australia kept losing wickets at regular intervals in the 2nd Innings and was only able to make 112 runs in 35.4 and lost all their 10 wickets and game as well by 75 runs. India team was well delighted with their performance and why not they have bowled very well and this win has put India back in this series. For Australia Skipper S Smith Top scored with 28 runs in 48 balls with 3 fours and Peter H made 24 runs in 67 balls with 2 fours.

For India R Ashwin was the pick of the bowler and other bowlers chipped in as well, R Ashwin took 6 wickets by giving away only 41 runs in 12.4 over’s and U Yadav took 2 crucial wickets as well by conceding 30 runs in 9 over’s and other 2 wickets were shared between I Sharma and R Jadeja.

The Bottom line of the Test match was, India won the match by 75 runs and K L Rahul was the Man of the Match for his great batting in both Innings of the Match.

Writers Analysis:  India won the match by applying themselves properly in the 2nd and most crucial innings of the match. This win will help in boosting India’s morale for the rest of the series and now the other 2 remaining games will be worth watching as both teams will try to take lead in the 3rd Test match.

Border- Gavaskar Trophy 2nd Test Match ( 3rd Innings)
March 30, 2017
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India was behind by 85 runs as per the total scored by Australia in their 1st Innings of the match.

India needed to bat well in their 2nd innings to have any chance of winning this match and having any hopes of winning this series. India started with K L Rahul and A Mukund.

India started well but lost the wicket of A Mukund on the teams score of 39 runs in 10.4 over’s on the bowling of Josh H. India batted a bit better then 1st Innings and was able to make total of 274 runs in 97.1 over’s at the loss of all 10 wickets and with top scores of C Pujara who made 92 runs in 221 balls with 7 fours and strike rate of 42 runs in 100 balls faced, A Rahane made 52 runs in 134 balls with 4 fours and K L Rahul made 51 runs in 85 balls with 4 fours and strike rate of 60 runs in 100 balls.

This means Australia needs to get only 190 runs to win this 2nd Test match to get 2-0 lead in this 4 Match test series.

For Australia Josh H took 6 wickets by conceding only 67 runs in 24 over’s and S O Kefee took 2 wickets by giving away 36 runs in 21.1 over’s and M Stark took the remaining 2 wickets by only conceding 74 runs in 16 over’s.

Writers Analysis:  This batting performance of India and Bowling Performance of Australia put them in commanding position in this game and a golden chance for Aussies to won this match and take lead of 2-0 in this 4 match test series which will also means that the Border Gavaskar trophy will be with them even if India went to won the both remaining 2 test matches. For India, they need to bowl very well and took al catches and create more opportunities to take wickets and stop the flow of runs as well.