ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Big opportunity rather than a big game, says Bangladesh coach ahead of semi-final vs India Mashrafe Mortaza’s men are underdogs in their semi-final clash vs India © AFPBangladesh‘s Sri Lankan coach Chandika Hathurusingha wants his players to treat their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 semi-final against India as a “big opportunity to express themselves rather than a big match”. The mass hysteria associated with Bangladesh’s semi-final qualification is something that Hathurusingha is well aware of and that’s the reason his outsider’s (not being a Bangladeshi) perspective can work as a calming influence for his team amidst the unimaginable media frenzy. Full Cricket Scorecard, India vs Bangladesh, ICC Champions Trophy 2017, 2nd semi-final, Edgbaston “It’s not a very big game but a very big opportunity. If we take it like that, it would be good for us. Any cricketer thrives on these opportunities. That’s why sportsmen love these games. That’s my message to all cricketers — junior or senior. Grab this opportunity with both hands,” he said after Bangladesh’s practice session at the Edgbaston. Whenever there’s a match against India, for Bangladesh’s media as well as fans, it’s something more than cricket. Ask any Bangladeshi, and he/she would say Rohit Sharma being given not out in that 2015 World Cup quarter-final was a “smacks of conspiracy” because of India’s “hold in ICC”. Even today, a Bangladeshi scribe asked one of the weirdest questions, saying, “Coach what do you make of umpire Kumar Dharmasena’s presence among the match official, which was a clear insinuation but Hathurusingha calmly tried to douse the fire. ”No comments on umpires’ appointments. What happened in the past is past,” he said. Asked whether Bangladeshi players harbour a feeling of revenge, which was aggravated by those “Mauka Mauka” advertisements that gained eyeballs during the 2015 World Cup. ”There’s no feeling of revenge. It’s about playing a good game against a very good Indian team. A win would give us a lot of confidence. We are thinking about winning and giving our best,” insisted Hathurusingha. He said that they have chalked elaborate plans for all the Indian batsmen which may work on a day but the ‘Men In Blue’ are good enough to jeopardise on another day. Just like any seasoned coach would do, he played the “underdog card” time and again. If Bangladesh beat India, will it be a surprise or a shock, he concluded by saying, “Not many people gave us chance to reach even this far. But India is a good team, if we can beat them, it will be a very good achievement for us.” Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Big opportunity rather than a big game, says Bangladesh coach ahead of semi-final vs India appeared first on Janta Shakti.
Afghanistan vs West Indies 2017, 1st T20I, Preview: A battle beyond the spotlight West Indies have managed to win just two of the nine T20Is since ICC World T20 2016 © Getty Images & AFPThe last and the only time Afghanistan and West Indies played each other was back in 2016, at the ICC World T20, where Afghanistan managed a six-run victory over the much-complacent Caribbean side. That victory ended Afghanistan’s run in the tournament and the West Indies side turned the tables to win the World T20 in an astonishing manner. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Afghanistan vs West Indies 2017, 1st T20I at St. Kitts But, since then, both teams have had contrasting fortunes. Since that magical victory over England in Kolkata, West Indies have managed to win just two of the nine T20 Internationals (T20Is). On the other hand, the Afghans pulled a leaf out of thin air, winning 11 games in successive manner. Out of these 11, 10 came against Associate Member Nations, which includes the inaugural Desert T20 championship which was followed up with a series against Ireland in NOIDA. In this period, Afghanistan witnessed the rise of excellent game-changing players in their ranks; players who can bamboozle the opposition – leg-spinner Rashid Khan being the dynamic example followed by the all-rounder Mohammad Nabi. Both Rashid and Nabi rose to new heights earning a well-deserved chance in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. West Indies announce T20I squad against Afghanistan The only thing that went against the rising Afghans was the suspension of Mohammad Shehzad, as the wicketkeeper-batsman has been suspended from all cricket following a positive test for banned substance earlier this year. But despite this setback, Afghanistan cricket has not looked back, continuing its stride forward. As for the West Indies – the uncanny hosts – things have been very unnerving. Except for the title of World T20 Champions, nothing else has gone their way in any form of cricket. They do have a lethal T20I side, but that aspect has not clicked for the Carlos Brathwaite – remember the name’s side. If we look at West Indies’ record since their glory last year, they have won just two games out of nine internationals. Inconsistency, the tussle between the players and board has cost the Caribbean side big time giving away the glory in big chunks. But in this series against Afghanistan, The Brathwaite-led side will be optimistic of setting things right. A three-game series can serve as the right chance to regain some winning momentum and strengthen their team’s morale. Kieron Pollard, Lendl Simmons, Marlon Samuels, Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree have been included in the squad and this can definitely bolster their attack against the Afghans who are comparatively the second-strung side. But as mentioned before, the Afghanistan side has been riding on an excellent run and undermining their opposition can be a huge mistake by the hosts. Moreover, the Afghanistan side has already displayed a spirited performance in their warm-up game against the West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI. And it was none other than Rashid, who earned the Man of the Match award for his brilliant figures of 3 for 11. Although this series will be away from the limelight of the ongoing razzmatazz of ICC Champions Trophy 2017, both the teams will seek to get things sorted and earn some impulse to get going post the ICC event going on in England. Teams: West Indies: Carlos Brathwaite (c), Samuel Badree, Ronsford Beaton, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton (wk), Kesrick Williams. Afghanistan: Asghar Stanikzai (c), Amir Hamza, Dawlat Zadran, Fareed Ahmad, Gulbadin Naib, Javed Ahmadi, Karim Janat, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Noor Ali Zadran, Rashid Khan, Samiullah Shenwari, Shafiqullah Shafiq, Shapoor Zadran, Usman Ghani, Afsar Zazai, Naveen-ul-Haq, Sharafuddin Ashraf. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Afghanistan vs West Indies 2017, 1st T20I, Preview: A battle beyond the spotlight appeared first on Janta Shakti.
PHOTOS: ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Match 12 at Cardiff ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 8 Dickwella and Mathews added 78 for 4th wicket © Getty Images Pakistan rode on skipper Sarfraz Ahmed’s unconquered 61 off 79 balls to recover from a middle-order collapse and pull off a three-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in a virtual quarter-final Group B ICC Champions Trophy clash at Sophia Gardens here on Monday to qualify for the semifinals. Pakistan will now take on England in the first semi on Wednesday. The other last-four tie is between India and Bangladesh on Thursday. Chasing 237 for a triumph, fast bowler Mohammad Amir (28) showed great resolve to stitch together an unbeaten 75-run stand with Sarfraz for the eighth wicket to help his side win in a see-saw battle. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Match 12 At one point, Sri Lanka had their rivals on the mat at 162/7 but had poor fielding and dropped chances to blame for their loss. Pakistan, which chased the target in 44.5 overs, got off to a rollicking start riding young southpaw Fakhar Zaman’s quickfire 36-ball 50 before Nuwam Pradeep (3/60) put a spanner on his works by getting him out just when he was looking very good. The opening pair of Zaman and Azhar Ali stitched together a 74-run partnership. Ali’s dogged (34) came to a premature end also after Babar Azam (10) and Mohammad Hafeez (1) failed to contribute. Pakistan lost the middle order in a hurry with seasoned campaigner Shoaib Malik (11), Imad Wasim (4) and Fahim Ashraf (15) not lasting long. It was down to Sarfraz to lead from the front and the 30-year old made the most of two reprieves to steer Pakistan over the line along with important contribution from Amir. Sarfraz, whose innings was laced with five boundaries, was dropped twice by Thisara Perera and substitute Seekkuge Prasanna on 38 and 40 respectively, both times off Lasith Malinga’s bowling. Earlier, Pakistan pacers put up a stunning display to dismiss Sri Lanka for 236 runs in 49.2 overs. Fast bowlers Junaid Khan (3/40), Hasan Ali (3/43), Amir (2/53) and debutant Ashraf (2/37) ran through the deep Sri Lankan batting line-up which stood firm against favourites India the other day, giving Pakistan’s less equipped batting a 237-run target to chase down for victory. For Sri Lanka, Niroshan Dickwella (73) was the top-scorer who along with skipper Angelo Mathews (39) stitched together the highest partnership of the innings – 78 runs for the fourth wicket. Towards the end, Suranga Lakmal (26) and Asela Gunaratne (27) joined hands for a vital 46-run partnership for the eighth wicket which helped their side cross the 200-mark. At the start, Junaid sent back Danushka Gunathilaka (13) who gave Malik at mid-off an easy catch. Kusal Mendis (27) and Dickwella had set up a 56-run second-wicket stand when a Hasan Ali ripper went through the former’s defence as he was trying to whip the ball on the leg side. Debutant Ashraf further shaved off the Sri Lankans’ top order by bagging his first ODI scalp, sending Dinesh Chandimal back in the hut for a duck. Amir got his first wicket in the tournament as he removed Mathews (39) with a angling delivery that got a thin inside edge off the bat and onto the stumps. Dhananjaya De Silva (1) did not last long handing Junaid Khan his second wicket off a brilliant delivery as Sri Lanka had half their side down for just 162 in 33 overs. In the next over, Sarfraz took a brilliant catch diving to his right to dismiss the dangerous Dickwella off Amir’s bowling. Perera could manage just 1 as Junaid picked up his third wicket and Pakistan bowlers made the most of swing on offer to outfox the Sri Lankan batsmen. Lakmal and Gunaratne batted well towards the end to propel Sri Lanka to a decent total before removed the pair. Malinga remained not out on 9 as Ashraf got the better of Nuwan Pradeep (1). (With inputs from IANS) Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More PHOTOS: ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, Match 12 at Cardiff appeared first on Janta Shakti.
Mumbai Indians (MI), team review, IPL 2017: Rohit Sharma and co.’s waltz to glory This was Mumbai Indians (MI) third IPL title and Rohit Sharma’s 7th T20 title © BCCIThe ‘slow starters’ tag came to the fore in the 10th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 as well. Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) had walloped Mumbai Indians (MI) by 7 wickets in their first contest. That, however, is not a new phenomenon. In the past, despite experiencing defeats in the initial stage of the tournament, the resilient Mumbai went on to lift the title. IPL witnessed the same: Mumbai aced the last hurdle and that too for the record third time. They showed intent and maturity to encounter roughest of times. From defending champions, they had ended at No. 5 in 2016. They had exited with a win-loss ratio of 7:7 then. They, as a matter, of fact could not dish out right strategies. In addition, Hardik Pandya was nowhere close to his best. Parthiv Patel was not in his elements. There was no Lasith Malinga. There were no significant contributions from either Kieron Pollard or Jos Buttler. They even grieved the absence of Lendl Simmons midway. All went against Mumbai. However, this year, to simply put it, there was a different tale. Although Mumbai maintained the trend of losing against Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in the inaugural match, they ensured it was a fairytale end. While Gujarat Lions (GL) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were unfortunately hit by injuries in the initial stages, Mumbai kept their best foot forward since the beginning of the campaign. There was unity. There was confidence oozing in every teammate. There were calculative steps taken. Malinga was back, playing in the best of his fitness. They played well as a unit. Above all, they did not succumb to pressure. Another benefit for Mumbai was their new head coach in Mahela Jayawardene. The Gujarati factor Major chunk of the runs flowed from Parthiv’s willow this season. Unlike the previous one, none of the batsmen went past 400-run mark. He came of age with 395 runs at an average of 24.68 and strike rate of 134.81. He played a remarkable innings against RPS in Qualifier 2, on slow Wankhede pitch. Parthiv scored a resolute 52, albeit in a losing cause. Krunal has been an exceptional find for Mumbai. He not only got the runs with the bat but worked his magic with the ball. Ending the previous season at 237 runs, he continued the momentum and ended at 243 runs with a strike rate 135.75. He kept his best reserved for the playoffs. One of his remarkable performances came against RPS in the final with a fine knock of 38-ball 47. He also ended with 10 wickets at an economy rate of 6.82, despite missing a few games due to groin injury. Emergence of Nitish Rana Being selected for just 4 games in the previous season, Rana carved a niche for himself this time. The loss of Ambati Rayudu, one of Mumbai’s veterans, was a gain for Rana. Although his tally of runs (333) was similar to that of skipper Rohit Sharma in a fewer innings, he ended with a decent average of 30.27 and a strike rate of 126.13. Rana also shared most Man of the Match awards (2) along with Mitchell McClenaghan. Heroes amidst storm Mumbai weathered many storms in this edition. Most of their matches went down the wire, be it Bumrah’s astonishing death-bowling during the Super Over vs Gujarat Lions (GL) or Pollard’s blistering knock against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) after Samuel Badree’s hat-trick or Hardik’s last-over anxiety against KKR to seal the spot at the top of the points table. Well, the last match must still be fresh in your minds, thanks to Mitchell Johnson. Lethal bowling attack Apart from Bumrah, McClenaghan was also effective with the new ball. He had ended at No. 3 in the Purple Cap list last year with 17 wickets. This year, McClenaghan finished IPL 2017 at No. 4 with 19 scalps, just below his teammate Bumrah. The spinners, too, came good. Harbhajan’s resurgence in the initial phase was remarkable. He conceded less than 6 runs in the powerplay and has also picked crucial wickets. Filling his shoes well was the highest bid (INR 3.5 crores) of Mumbai this season, Karn. His best came against KKR, earning Man of the Match for figures of 4 for 16 in Eliminator. Surprisingly, all the three spinners — Harbhajan, Karn and Krunal —ended with an economy of well under 7. Player Mat Runs Wkts Ave Econ SR Karn Sharma 9 214 13 16.46 6.97 14.1 Krunal Pandya 13 273 10 27.3 6.82 24 Harbhajan Singh 11 266 8 33.25 6.48 30.7 Bench strength Mumbai threw a brainer when they played their final league match against KKR at Eden Gardens, with as many as six changes to the side. As Rohit mentioned during the toss, they wanted to test their bench strength. Where many feared it would backfire, Saurabh Tiwary, Vinay Kumar and the fit-again Rayudu proved quashed all the critics. Saurabh and Rayudu ended with fifties, while Vinay Kumar bagged 2 wickets off his 3 overs. Rohit Sharma leads from the front There was not even a single moment when Rohit was bashed (or trolled) for his captaincy by the cricket fanatics. Be it bringing Karn within the powerplay against KKR in the playoffs or backing his bowlers, Malinga and McClenaghan, despite being whacked by Glenn Maxwell and Hashim Amla of KXIP. He also took some calculative steps like moving Pollard ahead or picking Karn over Harbhajan or Johnson over McClenaghan. Being part of four IPL finals and winning three with his captaincy, Rohit enjoyed his spot as a captain. He also remains the only Indian player to be part of seven T20 titles. The lows Rohit Sharma, the batsman: Although he was selected for the upcoming Champions Trophy, Rohit could not fire on all cylinders with the bat. He had a torrid time against as many as five leg-spinners – Imran Tahir, Rashid Khan, Samuel Badree, Rahul Tewatia and Amit Mishra. Adding to the woes, he earned just three fifties to his name. A batsman, who amassed 489 runs at an average of 44.45 and strike rate of 132.88 last year off 14 matches as an opener, managed to end this one at 333 off 17 matches at a staggering average of 23.78 and strike rate of mere 121.97 as a middle-order batsman. The bright side, though, he remains at No. 3 as the leading run-scorer in IPL with 4,207 runs. Also Read Mumbai Indians (MI) in IPL 2017: Marks out of 10 for Rohit Sharma-led champions The missing Slinga factor: From 24 wickets in 2015 to 11 wickets in 2017, Mumbai were craving for a ‘Slinga’ innings. Malinga, who returned after one year layoff, had a difficult time to find the right length and variations. He has also leaked 50-plus runs on two successive occasions – one against GL and the other against KXIP. Although he was lauded for his bowling in the final for harassing Steven Smith with his yorkers, Malinga’s best this season was seen against Delhi Daredevils (DD) where he ended with 2 for 5. Malinga, who has assisted the youngster Bumrah, probably got overshadowed by his student this year. The giant leap RPS defeated Mumbai in three consecutive matches before the all-important final. An early nerve usually catches up on the teams, but surprisingly they could not find momentum even in their hunting ground Wankhede. The third time, it left a scar on Mumbai’s mind, losing in Qualifier 1 as well. However, when it was time to clinch the trophy, Mumbai gave it their all. An excellent comeback in the death over proved their supremacy. Leading run-scorers and wicket-takers Parthiv, Pollard, Rana, McClenaghan, Bumrah and Karn have particularly stood out for Mumbai, eventually finding their name in the Orange and Purple cap list. There is not much of a difference in comparison to last year, where Rohit was the only Mumbai batsmen in top 10. This time, Parthiv found his spot at No. 8. As for the bowlers, Bumrah and McClenaghan continued to rule within top 10 from last year, ending at No. 3 and 4 respectively. Top batsmen Player M Runs HS AVG SR 100s 50s Parthiv Patel 16 395 70 24.68 134.81 0 2 Kieron Pollard 17 385 70 29.61 139.49 0 3 Nitish Rana 13 333 62* 30.27 126.13 0 3 Rohit Sharma 17 333 67 23.78 121.97 0 3 Jos Buttler 10 272 77 27.2 153.67 0 1 Top bowlers Player M R W AVG ECON SR Jasprit Bumrah 16 440 20 22 7.41 17.8 Mitchell McClenaghan 14 507 19 26.68 9.38 17 Karn Sharma 9 214 13 16.46 6.97 14.1 Lasith Malinga 12 382 11 34.72 8.52 24.4 Krunal Pandya 13 273 10 27.3 6.82 24 Conclusion Their cabinet would be breathed a sigh after the humdinger at Hyderabad. However, sheer fortitude and performance as a unit were some aspects that made Mumbai superior in this thrilling 10th year of IPL. In the next edition, a different team may be dished out. Rohit, the crowd favourite, may not be seen representing Mumbai anymore. That said, the owners will bid money by abundance on him. In all, Mumbai’s rendezvous with fame will be remembered for years to come. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Mumbai Indians (MI), team review, IPL 2017: Rohit Sharma and co.’s waltz to glory appeared first on Janta Shakti.
Younis Khan rubbishes reports of taking up Afghanistan coaching job There have been media reports that the PCB wants Younis Khan to work with the national under-19 team and prepare them for the coming ICC Youth World Cup © AFPKarachi: Former Pakistan captain and batting stalwart Younis Khan has rejected reports that he is set to join the Afghanistan national team as coach after retiring from international cricket following the third Test against the West Indies. The Chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board Atif Mashal had stated on Thursday that Younis, 39, had agreed to coach the Afghanistan team. But Younis made it clear that he had not accepted any coaching offer from Afghanistan. “This was something that was discussed three years back and it has been revived again. But at present time I have not accepted any coaching offer. After I retire I will decide about my future assignments but presently coaching Afghanistan is not among them,” he said. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Pakistan vs West Indies 2017, 3rd Test at Dominica Relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan have not been very good in recent times and the Pakistan Cricket Board is also miffed with its Afghan counterpart for not agreeing to tour Pakistan. Mashal has cited the present security situation in Pakistan for refusing to send the Afghan team. Pakistan have not hosted any international Test side since 2009 when terrorists attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore. There have been media reports that the PCB wants Younis to work with the national under-19 team and prepare them for the coming ICC Youth World Cup. Shan Masood: Pakistan lucky to have Misbah-ul-Haq, Younis Khan in dressing room As of now, Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq and veteran batsmen Younis Khan are playing their final Test, as they look set to retire from the game following the conclusion of the third and final Test against hosts West Indies, at the Windsor Park in Roseau, Dominica. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Younis Khan rubbishes reports of taking up Afghanistan coaching job appeared first on Janta Shakti.
ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Virat Kohli – Post Match Press Conference, India vs South Africa, Match 11 Q. There have been plenty of times when India has out-batted the opposition and quite a few times recently when they have out-bowled them as well. But this is one of those rare occasions when pretty much the fielding has won the game for India, wouldn’t you say?VIRAT KOHLI: Yeah, could you say that. I mean, but the pressure was built by the bowlers, and that I think resulted in, you know, those breakthroughs that we got in the field. It’s important to grab those opportunities, as well. You know, thinking about how we wanted to improve our fielding, I think this was something that we required, this kind of a fielding performance. And before going out, we had a chat in the huddle that I want to see everyone’s intensity go up, and that a conscious effort we have to make individually in such a big game, you need to start well. And then bowlers were on the money and that actually helps the fielders get into better positions and attack the batsmen when they know the bowler is hitting the right spot regularly. Q. There was not much on the pitch there, but your bowlers still created something out of nothing, and also once you had them under the pump, like after the two run outs, you finished them off. Do you think that’s kind of becoming the feature of this team, like those two things, making things out of nothing and then finishing them off?VIRAT KOHLI: I think two games, we have done that really well. One game we had an off-day, which we have discussed before already. But yeah, this is something that we’ve spoken, as well; that when you have teams down for five or six for not many, you need to understand how to finish games off and close games off. Luckily we got their big strikers out early, and that really helps to close the innings off. Because in the end, if you get a 50, 60-run partnership, the opposition is still in the game and we didn’t want that to happen. So yeah, I mean, the bowlers stuck to their lines and got us the breakthroughs when we required and that really helps when you chase that kind of a total down, you can take your time because the bowlers have done such a good job. Q. Did you tell anything especially to Bumrah, because he had to open the attack with the new ball, which is not his regular job, recently. So what did you tell him?VIRAT KOHLI: Yeah, I mean, I’m sure he was looking forward to it. He’s an attacking bowler, and all I said was, you know, express yourself, go for wickets. If you want to york people with the new ball, do it. If you want to bounce people, do it. This is your opportunity. The new ball does quite a bit, and you can get us a couple of breakthroughs. His intention was to pick up wickets and that’s where we were able to create pressure from both ends. I mean, Bhuvi as you know, is always very consistent, but I think the way Bumrah bowled, as well, really tightened things from both ends. And then 30-odd runs in ten overs was an outstanding start for us, and then we could build on from there and get those important breakthroughs. Q. The bowlers, nearly 24 maiden overs bowled by the Indian bowling unit. Do you think that in a high-pressure match as a captain, this is the best you’ve seen from your bowlers, like against quality world No. 1 side, 24 maiden overs?VIRAT KOHLI: See, I don’t know the figures. I don’t know how many maiden overs or dot balls, but something that we spoke about, we executed that, and that always feels good as a team. You know, I’m really delighted for all the bowlers to have executed their plans well in such a big game. To be able to bowl like that against a batting line-up of their capability is something that already we can feel that confidence and that energy in the change room because of a bowling performance like this, and we surely would like to take that forward into the semis. Q. There was a competition going on between the fielders, the bowlers, even from the batters — their intensity we saw, the Indian team almost crushed South Africa. So the last match was it playing in the mind, that you have to compensate for that, also? And also a little bit on your conversation with Dhoni, I saw a lot of time you went there for field setting, chatting. How does that help you as a captain?VIRAT KOHLI: His input is obviously always very precise, very helpful at any stage of the game. As I said, even the last game we discussed about the part-timers and he’s the one who mentioned it, and then I thought, yeah, why not. Let’s give bowlers a break. They probably might be feeling the pressure and the part-timers have nothing to lose, so that actually slowed the game down, also. Today it was all about asking him whether to keep the slip in there long enough or what does he think of the fields and just taking assurance. Obviously you don’t want to feel isolated out there. Yes, you’re making decisions, but the inputs from such experienced players are priceless at any stage of the day. Yeah, the intensity was really good today. Something, as I said, we have spoken about already. We wanted to improve on it, and we got it. I mean, even with the bat the way Shikhar batted was really great to see. Obviously I had to hold one end and I’ve always done that job for the team. But to have him play his natural game, play free cricket, get boundaries regularly, that really eases the situation out for the whole team. So I’m glad he backed himself and played exactly the way he did in the last game. Yeah, it was — I can’t pinpoint any negatives from today honestly. It’s probably I would say our most complete game yet. Q. Did you think that this big game, it would be a mismatch? And in the semifinals, out of the four teams, three teams are from the subcontinent. Do you think that the subcontinental teams, due to the proliferation of limited-overs cricket that we play have become better ODI teams?VIRAT KOHLI: Your first question was what, mismatch? Q. Mismatch with South Africa.VIRAT KOHLI: In terms of what? Q. That South Africa did not turn up today, given such a big match.VIRAT KOHLI: Well, you know, in cricket you have days like this. I mean, I don’t want to say South Africa didn’t turn up. I think we played good cricket. Equally in the last game, we gave credit to Sri Lanka. I don’t want to take credit away from South Africa here. We played good cricket and that’s what happens. That’s why you play the sport. Someone has to win, someone has to loss. Unfortunately it was their day to lose today and it was ours in the last game. That’s how I see the sport. You don’t want to feel too good about what you’ve done. You have to respect the game and this game that we play. What was the second question? The subcontinent teams. I don’t know, maybe because of how much limited-overs cricket we play, I think the players are getting more experienced in difficult situations. And not to say that other teams are not playing well, but maybe some of the teams have really surprised the oppositions with the way they have batted and bowled in certain situations. And credit to all the teams that have made the semis so far. They have played some very good cricket to get there and could be anyone; could be teams from the subcontinent and could be England is there, as well, and they are dominating. It’s all about who can play better cricket in a short and competitive tournament like this, and the results are in front of you. Q. You’re absolutely right in that your team has completely dominated South African in all departments, batting, bowling, fielding and captaincy. But the South Africans have a history of mental frailty in big games. How much of a factor do you think that was today?VIRAT KOHLI: I don’t know. To me, their batsmen looked pretty confident. If you get two run outs pretty quickly, then the mindset totally changes. As a captain, you have to understand where the game is heading after that. We only wanted to go for wickets because we understood now they are probably hesitating in going for their shots, and we’ve got in attacking fielders, and we asked the bowlers to make them play difficult shots. So that paid off, we were able to close the game out, and it was really good for us. And as I said getting their big hitters early was a bonus. I think initially before AB got run out, he did really well and Faf and AB were rotating it really well. I think his run out could be the turning point, and David Miller’s; he’s a very dangerous player, as well. They can drag the team up to 260, 270 from any sort of situations. Yeah, I think those two run outs were the turning point today. Q. One character that defines this team, after you took charge – the ability to bounce back, especially after defeats. Is there any special message that you tell them post a defeat, because you come back with all guns blazing.VIRAT KOHLI: You have to be honest. You have to sometimes say things that hurt. That’s what I believe in. You have to lay it out in front of them that this is what we did wrong, including me, and we need to take it on the chin and accept it and prove it. That’s why we are chosen among millions of people to play at this level. You have to be good enough to do that for the country and you have to be good enough to bounce back, as well. You can’t do the same mistakes over and over again. So I think that sort of mindset is really helping all of us to come together as a unit and make things happen. It’s not about asking two, three players to do it. We are asking everyone to do it and everyone is responding really well. Until you have a team effort, you cannot win games, especially in conditions that you are not familiar with. Today was a team performance. Q. How difficult was it to bounce back on the same ground where you had suffered a reverse just two days ago, and that, too, if you had lost, you would have been out of the tournament? How difficult is it as a leader to completely change the mindset of the team for this crunch match?VIRAT KOHLI: As I said, you have to point out things that didn’t go well, but at the same time, you don’t want to be nagging them too much because they are professional cricketers, and I’ve played with a lot of these guys. You have to understand how to speak to them and how to communicate and discuss things with them. They are motivated enough to play at this level and perform. It’s just that those little things are something that needs a push every now and then and we embrace it as a team now. We want to put in that extra effort to make sure that in certain situations we apply pressure for long enough. For that, we train harder and for that we practice harder, and those things pay off in crunch situations. If you’re not fit enough and you’re not practised enough, then you tend to lose your way for five overs and the game goes away from you. Those small things are something that we are focusing on. Yeah, you know, for me, you look at every game as a game of cricket. But at times you understand the magnitude of what you are playing in, as well. As a captain, I would not say that I was totally calm or I had no issues at all. I mean, obviously you think of wanting to get the team across the line and I’m glad the boys turned up the way they did today. 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When Zaheer Khan trolled Yuvraj Singh Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh © AFPThe group stage’s final clash between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 made many fans and cricketers express their opinion during this intense match. One of them was former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan, who rarely opens up on social media but this time, he probably could not control himself and expressed his views from his official Twitter account. Zaheer wrote, ” 62 needed of 90 with 3 wkts in hand , very interesting to see how it finishes from here … #CT17 #SLvPAK” 62 needed of 90 with 3 wkts in hand , very interesting to see how it finishes from here … #CT17 #SLvPAK — zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) June 12, 2017 Zaheer’s former teammate and his good friend Yuvraj Singh replied to his tweet and tried to troll but it fired back to him by the Indian pacer. Yuvraj replied, “Oh tu bade tweet kar reha aj kal ki gal? (Since when did you started tweeting so often).” Reacting to this hilarious tweet from Yuvraj, Zaheer took a dig at Yuvraj’s poor fielding effort in Champions Trophy and gave him back by responding, “I am tweeting like you @YUVSTRONG12 but why are you fielding like me ??? Hahaha” Oh tu bade tweet kar reha aj kal ki gal ? — yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) June 12, 2017 I am tweeting like you @YUVSTRONG12 but why are you fielding like me ??? Hahaha https://t.co/FaPx75Kn8Q — zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) June 12, 2017 After that answer from Zaheer, there was no further response from Yuvraj as he seems to have taken the corner seat. However, Yuvraj is currently busy in the ongoing Champions Trophy tournament, while Zaheer is enjoying his off time and if grapevines are to be believed, he might join Indian team post this tournament as bowling consultant or coach. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More When Zaheer Khan trolled Yuvraj Singh appeared first on Janta Shakti.
Live Cricket Score, Afghanistan vs West Indies 2017, 1st T20I at St Kitts While Afghanistan will go flat out in securing that coveted Test status, West Indies have a point or two to prove to show © Getty Images & AFP (File Photo)Hello, good morning/afternoon! Welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates’ post for the first T20 International (T20I) of the 3-match series between West Indies and Afghanistan at Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts. This is Rohan Sawant, and I will be bringing you the live cricket scores and updates of the Group A contest. Though neither side has qualified for the Champions Trophy, this will be a keenly matched contest between two exciting sides. While Afghanistan will go flat out in securing that coveted Test status, West Indies have a point or two to prove to show that they retain some of their heritage from their golden past. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Afghanistan vs West Indies 2017, 1st T20I at St Kitts Afghanistan have had an excellent start to the tour, having beaten West Indies Board President’s XI at the same ground in a tour match. They did miss the explosive Mohammad Shahzad at the top, but Usman Ghani got them off to a solid start with a 33-ball 34. Though they were restricted to 115 for 9, Mohammad Nabi (4-0-20-2) and Rashid Khan (4-0-11-3) bowled brilliantly: the hosts could only crawl to 103 for 9. In fact, Amir Hamza Hotak and Karim Janat went for under 6 an over as well. AFG vs WI 2017, 1st T20I, Preview: A battle beyond the spotlight Though they do not have some of the stars of last year’s triumphant World T20, West Indies have always been a formidable side in the shortest format. In Sunil Narine and Samuel Badree they have probably the canniest spin attack in T20 cricket, while Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, and Kieron Pollard they have men with experience and firepower. All in all, we have a cracker in our hands. Squads: West Indies: Carlos Brathwaite (c), Chadwick Walton (wk), Evin Lewis, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, Jason Mohammed, Jerome Taylor, Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree, Ronsford Beaton, Rovman Powell, Kesrick Williams. Afghanistan: Asghar Stanikzai (c), Shafiqullah Shafiq (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Samiullah Shenwari, Javed Ahmadi, Amir Hamza Hotak, Dawlat Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Noor Ali Zadran, Shapoor Zadran, Fareed Ahmad, Gulbadin Naib, Karim Janat, Usman Ghani. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Afghanistan vs West Indies 2017, 1st T20I at St Kitts Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Live Cricket Score, Afghanistan vs West Indies 2017, 1st T20I at St Kitts appeared first on Janta Shakti.
ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Aamer knock sloppy Sri Lanka out, Pakistan to face England in semi-final Pakistan progress to the next round courtesy a nerve-wrecking victory over Sri Lanka © Getty ImagesThe last match of group stage in ICC Champions Trophy 2o17 between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was all to play for both teams. It was a must-win encounter with a semi-final berth at stake. Eventually, Pakistan prevailed in a cliffhanger by 3 wickets. In pursuit of 237, Pakistan were cruising only to falter in the mid-innings. They were led by a brilliant fightback posed by Mohammad Aamer and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, as Pakistan move to the next round of the tournament. Sri Lanka, however, were let down by a middle-order collapse and ordinary fielding. From Group B, India and Pakistan progress to the top 4 and will play Bangladesh and England respectively. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Match 12 Pakistan openers did not allow the Sri Lankan bowlers to settle. The pair of Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman started off on a blazing note. Zaman, playing his second match, continued from where he had left against South Africa. He was in a punishable mood against the veteran Lasith Malinga. Zaman waited for the slower ones, came hard against the deliveries offering width, and gave his all to belittle Malinga. Gaining confidence, he ensured the bad balls were sent to the ropes against Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep as well. Azhar, generally playing the waiting game, joined the party in the 8th over. He welcomed Thisara Perera by advancing down the track and smacked the ball to River Taff. Zaman followed suit and sent another one to the river in the very next over. This time the bowler facing the onslaught was Pradeep. The duo added a 50-run stand in 52 balls, whereas the left-hander slammed his maiden fifty in the 11th over. Nonetheless, Pradeep got rid of Zaman as he failed to connect a hook shot and was caught at fine leg. The Pakistani flags outnumbered the Sri Lankan Papare in the stands with the former well placed at 90 for 1 in 15 overs. However, Babar Azam’s dismissal changed the complexion of the game. His was a soft dismissal, trying to clip one towards leg-side only to be picked at mid-wicket. The pair of Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar never got going and led to another soft dismissal of the senior pro. Pradeep got his second scalp and the Islanders were back in the hunt. Just when a small partnership was brewing between Azhar and Shoaib Malik, Angelo Mathews resorted to Lakmal and the move paid dividends instantly. Extra pace did the trick for Azhar who tried to glide one towards third man and gave a catch in the slip cordon. Pakistan started their infamous self-destruction with Malik falling prey to a short ball for 11. He was set up by Malinga with a few yorkers followed by a short delivery. There was total chaos with risky singles as the innings started to fall apart. Imad Wasim came in at No. 7 to resurrect the innings with Sarfraz. While Sarfraz played in his usual crafty manner, Imad poked one outside off to give a regulation catch to the wicketkeeper. He departed for 4 as Pradeep struck for the third occasion. Debutant Fahim Ashraf came in, faced a barrage of short deliveries, got a start, but departed failing to cover his ground at the non-strikers’ end. It was a lazy effort from the newcomer as he departed for 15. The chase needed stability and was provided by Aamer and Sarfraz. The pair looked in no hurry and displayed proper cricketing shot. There was no aerial stroke and poor fielding helped their cause as well. Malinga’s final overs triggered two chances only to give vital reprieves to the opposition captain. While Perera dropped a sitter at mid-on, Seekkuge Prasanna messed a difficult chance. Amidst the hullabaloo, Sarfraz was solid in his defence and played some cracking shots to reach a vital half-century. Aamer was equally sensible as well. He played with a straight bat, exhibited patience, and was eager to see his side home. Sloppy fielding hurt the Sri Lankans and the writing was on the wall since then. The stubborn and unbeaten 75-run stand between the pair rescued the Men in Green from a precarious position and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. It was a slow short ball by Malinga as Sarfraz waited and guided it to third-man for a boundary to set up a riveting Pakistan-England semi-final at Cardiff on Wednesday. Earlier, Pakistan opted to bowl. Amidst a disciplined bowling effort, Sri Lankan openers looked in good touch. Nonetheless, Danuskha Gunathileke was dismissed for 13 to give Pakistan their first breakthrough. Kusal Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella started the repair work with a fifty-run stand to take the innings forward. A peach of a delivery from Hasan Ali rattled Mendis’ stumps for 27. Mathews and Dickwella played out the middle overs with purpose and kept Sri Lanka ahead. However, after Mathews’ fall, it was a one-way traffic for the fielding side. They were brought back in the game with a brilliant bowling display by Aamer and Junaid Khan. The pair pitched the ball in the right channel and bowled with threatening pace. From 161 for 3, they were reduced to 167 for 7. Nonetheless, Asela Gunaratne’s presence ensured Sri Lanka stretched the innings till the last over and posted 236. In the end, Sri Lanka fell short by 30 to 40 runs and erratic fielding. They remain defeated against Pakistan on England soil and will head back home. Brief scores: Sri Lanka 236 in 49.2 overs (Niroshan Dickwella 73, Kusal Mendis 27, Angelo Mathews 39, Asela Gunaratne 27; Hasan Ali 3 for 43, Junaid Khan 3 for 40, Mohammad Aamer 2 for 53) lose to Pakistan 237 for 7 in 44.5 overs (Fakhar Zaman 50, Azhar Ali 34, Sarfraz Ahmed 61*, Mohammad Aamer 28*; Nuwan Pradeep 3 for 60, Suranga Lakmal 1 for 48) by 3 wickets. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Match 12 Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Aamer knock sloppy Sri Lanka out, Pakistan to face England in semi-final appeared first on Janta Shakti.
DDCA skips BCCI captains’ conclave he DDCA was supposed to be represented by coach KP Bhaskar and captain Gautam Gambhir (above) © BCCINew Delhi: The Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) on Tuesday skipped the all-important captains’ conclave organised by the BCCI due to lack of coordination between the officials. The conclave is an annual affair, where the coaches and captains of all domestic sides come together to discuss the season that went by and also what improvements can be brought about in the coming season. The DDCA was supposed to be represented by coach KP Bhaskar and captain Gautam Gambhir. Gambhir was informed by the DDCA administrator Justice (Retd) Vikramjit Sen via email but his physical condition made it difficult for him to travel to Mumbai. DDCA defmamtion case: Delhi High Court issues notice to Arvind Kejriwal “Gautam has not been keeping well for past couple of days and hence excused himself from the conclave. He had received the mail around 2 pm yesterday,” a source close to Gambhir told PTI. In case of Bhaskar, he was first communicated that the meeting was in Delhi, only to be told later that it was being held in Mumbai. With Gambhir and Bhaskar unable to make it, assistant coach Amit Bhandari and limited overs captain Rishabh Pant could have gone since another skipper Unmukt Chand is in England playing club cricket. Ranji Trophy 2017-18: Captains favour Home-and-Away format “DDCA shouldn’t have gone unrepresented as we lost an opportunity to give our point of view on some pressing issues on domestic cricket. I don’t know why Rishabh or Bhandari, who are very much here, were not instructed to attend the conclave. The date was known since the last two weeks,” a senior DDCA official said. DDCA defamation case: Kirti Azad asked to appear in Delhi court The conclave saw the issue of neutral venues being discussed threadbare and it has been learnt that an overwhelming majority wants BCCI to revert back to ‘home and away’ system in Ranji Trophy. The payment structure of domestic players, an issue raised by Harbhajan Singh, was also discussed at the meeting, joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary confirmed reporters in Mumbai. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More DDCA skips BCCI captains’ conclave appeared first on Janta Shakti.