Pakistan vs West Indies 2017: Stuart Law fined for showing dissent in 3rd Test West Indies coach Stuart Law has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the final day’s play in the third Test against Pakistan in Dominica on Sunday. Law was found to have violated Article 2.1.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “showing dissent at an umpire’s decision during an international match”. In addition to the fine, one demerit point has been added to Law’s disciplinary record. The incident happened during the second session’s play when, following Shane Dowrich’s dismissal, Law visited the third umpire’s room, questioned the third umpire for confirming the on-field decision, before leaving the room while making an inappropriate comment. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: West Indies vs Pakistan 2017, 3rd Testat Dominica After the match, Law admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. As such, there was no need for a formal hearing. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: West Indies vs Pakistan 2017, 3rd Testat Dominica, Day 5 NOTES TO EDITORS: · Pursuant to Article 7.6 of the Code, if Law reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they will be converted into suspension points and the West Indies coach will be banned. · Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player or player support personnel. · All Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of a warning/reprimand and/or the imposition of a fine of up to 50 per cent of the applicable match fee, and up to two demerit points. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Pakistan vs West Indies 2017: Stuart Law fined for showing dissent in 3rd Test appeared first on Janta Shakti.
IPL 2017: Sunil Narine says Chris Lynn makes the opening job simpler Sunil Narine scored fastest fifty of IPL 2017 © BCCIHe may have started off as an experimental opener in this season, but Sunil Narine has suddenly become one of the big guns in the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batting line-up in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. On Sunday night, Narine teamed up with Chris Lynn to dismantle the struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) side. Chasing a tricky target of 159 to win, Narine and Lynn wreaked havoc on the RCB bowlers. They added a record 105 runs off a mere 36 balls, setting a new record in the IPL Powerplay overs. Narine recorded the joint-fastest half-century in IPL history, off a mere 15 balls. On the other hand, Lynn smacked a 22-ball 50. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: RCB vs KKR, Match 46 Talking about their partnership, Narine revealed in a video released by BCCI that he enjoys batting with the Lynn, who had missed several games in between for Kolkata Knight Riders: “Chris told me to stay simple, stay still and do not move too much. I think he could not have given me a better advice than that. Opening with Lynn… he makes it easier. You just have to try and get a single and give him back the strike but if you get going it is very good for the team and helps the team to get a big total.” Though Lynn had to several games after suffering a shoulder injury, Narine does not think feel his partner has lost with bat: “I think Lynn has full control on his ability and he has had a lot of success batting. He just continued from where he left off and never forgot how to bat.” On asked if Lynn has any mercy on the bowlers, Narine said, “I would not say he feels for the bowlers because at the end of the day because once you step on the field it becomes a competition. As a bowler [read batsman] you got to know what is going in a bowler’s mind, try for your best and hopefully it comes off on a day.” Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More IPL 2017: Sunil Narine says Chris Lynn makes the opening job simpler appeared first on Janta Shakti.
Australian players’ union threaten to boycott Bangladesh tour, The Ashes over Cricket Australia pay...
Australian players’ union threaten to boycott Bangladesh tour, The Ashes over Cricket Australia pay dispute CA chief executive James Sutherland demanded the Australian players accept the offer in a blunt email © Getty ImagesSydney: The players’ union called on Cricket Australia (CA) Sunday to mediate over intractable wage negotiations instead of threatening not to pay their stars. The governing body late last week threatened not to pay contracted players beyond June 30 unless the proposed remuneration overhaul was accepted. CA chief executive James Sutherland demanded the players accept the offer in a blunt email, as the impasse with the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA) looked no closer to resolution. The latest flare-up casts doubt on what team Australia could field after June 30, with a two-Test series scheduled in August in Bangladesh ahead of a home Ashes showdown with England later in the year. Sutherland warns AUS players to accept new CA terms or to forget payments The ACA’s chief executive Alistair Nicholson criticised CA’s “incoherence and aggression” in the negotiations. “Clearly, we are disappointed that CA are threatening the players,” Nicholson said in a statement. “It’s also a window into the nature of CA’s behaviour in these negotiations so far. There is incoherence and aggression in what we have experienced at the negotiating table from CA.” Nicholson said this was shown by CA’s attempts last week to offer some top players multi-year deals only to threaten them the following day. “However, despite these threats, the players affirm their offer to participate in independent mediation,” he added. “Quite simply, one side entered these negotiations in good faith with an intent to provide a win/win result, and the other is trying to remove player unity and drive a wedge in Australian cricket. The point lost on CA is that the players will not respond to threats, whilst broadcasters and sponsors need certainty.” Clarke: Warner, Smith to continue playing in IPL despite CA’s stand Nicholson said it was time for CA to sit down in mediation for the good of the game, instead of making unnecessary threats and creating uncertainty. He added that his organisation had been in touch with cricketers on Friday to brief them on the latest situation. Emerging Test batsman Peter Handscomb, on county duty in England, said all players should be treated equally. He raised fears long-form players could be lost to Twenty20 if the current financial model was not retained. “It’s about being a partner in the game. It’s huge for the players. We all feel we have a genuine role in growing cricket,” Handscomb told The Sunday Age newspaper. “We’re putting ourselves out there in public, playing and promoting the game all the time. The revenue-share model helps us feel that we’re really part of the successes or failures.” Australian cricketers offered multi-year contracts to forgo IPL in future Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins on Saturday tweeted on social media in response to the email: “Players are staying strong #fairshare”. Former Test paceman Mitchell Johnson added: “Players past & present will stay strong #fairshare.” Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Australian players’ union threaten to boycott Bangladesh tour, The Ashes over Cricket Australia pay dispute appeared first on Janta Shakti.
Pakistan vs West Indies 2017: Ahmad Shahzad to return home Lahore: The PCB on the request forwarded by the Team Management has allowed Ahmed Shehzad to return home from West Indies tour. Ahmed Shehzad had made a request to the team management to return home from the ongoing tour after his mother’s illness and birth of his first child. The opening batsman will now join the team in England. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Pakistan vs West Indies 2017: Ahmad Shahzad to return home appeared first on Janta Shakti.
Champions Trophy 2002: Bizarre rain-rule results in joint winners Sanath Jayasuriya (left) and Sourav Ganguly lift the trophy: for the only time in history Champions Trophy had joint champions © Getty ImagesSeptember 30, 2002. After knocking South Africa and Australia in the semi-finals, India and Sri Lanka met in what was scheduled to be a high-intensity finish to the tournament. Unfortunately, rain intervened. A result would still have been possible, but ICC’s existing rules meant that the title had to be shared despite 110.4 overs of cricket in the final. Abhishek Mukherjee looks back. Despite the success of the two previous editions, ICC decided to make two significant changes in the format of the tournament. First, they made it a 12-team tournament, splitting the teams into four groups. This meant that there would be a league stage. One team from each group would go through to the semi-final. While this sounds a major change, it was not as big: instead of one team qualifying out of two after every round (the way it used to be), it became one out of three. Of course, this meant a change of name of the tournament. It could not be called ICC Knockout anymore. They renamed it to Champions Trophy. The other change was more significant. The original idea behind the inception of the event was to organise an international tournament to ensure some action between the World Cups: it would raise money for ICC and would help generate funds and interest in the host nation. Accordingly, the first edition was played in Bangladesh. As discussed previously on these pages, the response had been unbelievable. Within two years Bangladesh had been granted Test status. The second edition in Kenya had not seen success as well, though not to the extent of the Bangladesh edition. It would perhaps have made sense to organise the third edition in another non-Test-playing nation. They chose Sri Lanka instead. Of course, Sri Lanka had done a remarkable job when they hosted the Under-19 World Cup two years ago. However, the issue lay elsewhere: was the tournament not supposed to generate interest in countries beyond the Test world? The ten Test-playing nations were all invited, as were Kenya, who had attained full ODI status. The 12th team was Netherlands, who had won a humdinger against Namibia in the 2001 ICC Trophy final against Namibia. Both Netherlands and Namibia had qualified for the 2003 World Cup, as had Canada, who had beaten Scotland in the third-place match. All matches were scheduled at Colombo. Premadasa were allotted the Pools 2 (India, England, and Zimbabwe) and 4 (Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Netherlands) matches, while SSC got Pools 1 (Australia, New Zealand, and Bangladesh) and 3 (South Africa, West Indies, and Kenya). The 15 matches were spread out over 18 days. [read-also]609208[/read-also] There were, as always, a glitch or two. For example, India’s participation in the tournament was uncertain till the last moment. ICC had objections with the sponsors of the Indian players. After all, the Global Cricket Corporation deal was worth $550 millions. BCCI intervened, acting as mediators: it was decided that BCCI would support the cricketers if the sponsors sued them for abiding by ICC’s terms — terms that collided with the logos they bore. If ICC still did not agree, BCCI proposed to send a second-string side as they waited for the World Cup. FICA voiced their support for the Indian cricketers, as did Australia, England (players of both sides faced the same issue), Pakistan, and West Indies “on a matter of principle”. India shortlisted 25 players to make sure they could send a second-string side if needed. New Zealand were not affected, but NZCC President Martin Snedden pointed out that they would lose more than 30% of the predicted income over the next five years unless the issue was resolved. However, they agreed, albeit not too happily. The West Indians joined the fray. With the tournament scheduled to begin on September 12, not a single player had signed the relevant contract till August 22. On August 24, ECB announced that the English cricketers did not sign the contracts either, like their Australian counterparts. Finally, on August 28, two days before the ICC deadline for submission of squads, the Indian cricketers let know that they were willing to concede for the duration of the Champions Trophy. There were, however, certain clauses: first, ICC would not hold rights for images of Indian cricketers (they were supposed to have the same till six months after the tournament); and second, cricketers were now eligible to advertise for their sponsors 17 days after the tournament (as per the agreement, it was 30 days before and after the tournament). However, all was not well. Till the next day — less than 24 hours before ICC’s deadline — BCCSL could not come to terms with the demands of the cricketers. That eventually materialised on the final day — despite the board not willing to pay the cricketers 30% of the revenue earned from the tournament. SACA probably took a risk by agreeing without the cricketers signing the contracts. The signatures eventually happened on September 4. Then Pakistan put a request for three last-minute (non-injury) changes in the squad. ICC agreed to one (Misbah-ul-Haq replaced Azhar Mahmood) but not three. This meant that Saeed Anwar and Imran Nazir stayed on, while Imran Farhat did not take the Lahore-Colombo flight despite being given a ticket. The tournament finally went underway despite the many problems. There was good news as well: for the first time on-field umpires were allowed to refer to the television umpire for LBWs, bat-pad catches, edges, and bump catches. The prize money for the winning side was $300,000 — in addition to $225,000 from the other matches. So not all was wrong. Pool 1 The 2001-02 VB Series (where Australia failed to make it to the final at home) had changed the fate of three countries: it established Stephen Fleming as one of the shrewdest, most inspiring captains in world cricket; it helped Shaun Pollock’s South Africa to erase the memories of match-fixing for good; and it put Steve Waugh’s position in jeopardy. The selectors dropped the Waugh twins from the ODI side, putting Ricky Ponting in charge. Mark’s Test career would end later that year as well, but let us not get into that. With Bangladesh nowhere close to what they are now, the only serious match of the group was expected to be between Australia and New Zealand. Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden caused mayhem at the top, Damien Martyn got 73, and Australia piled up 296 for 7. Then Glenn McGrath unleashed one of those spells. He conceded 8 off his first over. Then, at point, his figures read 6.2-1-30-5. At that stage New Zealand were 51 for 6. They soon became 82 for 9, and it took a 50-run, last-wicket stand (in 44 balls) between Kyle Mills and Shane Bond to provide some respectability. Bangladesh became 13 for 4 against Australia. Alok Kapali scored a brave 45, but in the end they got to only 129. Australia chased it down in 20.4 overs. New Zealand, already eliminated from the group, managed to score 244 for 9 in the last match. Mathew Sinclair, last-minute replacement for Craig McMillan (who had opted out citing security reasons), top-scored with 70. Bond then took 4 for 9 from his first 3 overs, and Bangladesh were bowled out for 77. Pool 2 Zimbabwean cricket was at its peak. Three years back they had beaten India and South Africa to reach the Super Sixes in the World Cup. A few months down the line they would make it to the top six again. Here, they reduced India to 87 for 5 in no time, all four wickets falling to Douglas Hondo. It was a bizarre-looking scorecard, since India were going at 6.53 an over after Virender Sehwag’s 36-ball 48. At this stage Mohammad Kaif joined Rahul Dravid. Kaif added 117 with Dravid (71) and an unbroken 84 with Anil Kumble. He remained unbeaten on a 112-ball 111, at that stage the highest ODI score by a No. 7 batsman. Incredibly, Kaif’s previous innings was the famous 87 not out that helped India seal the NatWest Trophy at Lord’s two months ago. Andy Flower swept and reverse-swept his way to 145, but got little support. Brother Grant got 33 and Guy Whittall 29, but that was it. At one stage Zimbabwe needed 88 from 66 balls, then 54 from 36, but they fell short by 14 runs in the end. Marcus Trescothick (115) and Nasser Hussain (75) added 141 to take England to 298 for 8 in the next match. There was little pressure, despite Hondo’s second four-wicket haul. Zimbabwe, having already bowled two overs less, succumbed to pressure. They were never in the hunt, and it was only Heath Streak’s unbeaten 50 that took them to 190 for 9. The stage was set up for the virtual quarter-final. Ashish Nehra got India off to the perfect start, removing Trescothick for 1 and Hussain for a duck. Then Nick Knight got a round fifty, and though there were cameos, the performance of the England innings came from Ian Blackwell. He added 104 in 90 balls with Alec Stewart and made a 68-ball 82; England finished on 269 for 7. No team had chased more than 244 at Premadasa till then, but then, the world had not seen another Sehwag either. He was dropped by Knight on 3, and there was no stopping him after that. The fifty took him 37 balls; the next fifty, another 39; and he eventually fell for a 104-ball 126. All Sourav Ganguly had to do in that 192-run stand was to rotate strike. VVS Laxman was run out soon, but Ganguly took flight after that. He was on an 80-ball 57 when Laxman had got out; his next 60 runs took 29 balls. Such was his dominance that Sachin Tendulkar managed only 9 in an unbroken 71-run stand. India whistled to the final with an 8-wicket win. Not only did they record the highest chase at Premadasa, they did it with 63 balls in hand. Pool 3 South Africa and West Indies, finalists of the first edition, clashed in the first match of the group. The first eight West Indians reached double-figures, but none of them made to fifty. As a result West Indies remained confined to 238 for 8. Having been docked an over, South Africa had only 49 overs to chase. The openers produced a study in contrast and probably deserve a mention. While Chris Gayle smashed 49 in 55 balls (38 of these runs came in boundaries), Shivnarine Chanderpaul took 98 balls for his 45. West Indies started well, reducing South Africa to 61 for 3. Then Jonty Rhodes took charge with a 70-ball 61, while Boeta Dippenaar — one of the finest (but seldom acknowledged) ODI batsmen to emerge from South Africa — gave him company with 53. They added 117. Then Carl Hooper removed both men in quick succession, leaving South Africa to score 60 from 60 balls. Mark Boucher got off the block soon, but Lance Klusener did not, and in the end they were left to score 13 off the last over. Also Read Champions Trophy 1998: South Africa win a knockout contest, Bangladesh conquer cricket Mervyn Dillon’s first ball was a low full-toss. Pollock calmly lofted it for six. He ran two, then holed out to Chanderpaul. The batsmen had crossed. Now Klusener ran two before hitting straight to Chanderpaul. South Africa had got 10 of those runs, but they had taken 5 balls for that. Worse, Nicky Boje, the man on strike, was yet to face a ball. But Dillon erred in line. The ball was outside leg-stump. Alan Dawson ran as soon as Dillon released the ball; not only was it a wide, they had also got that extra run. With the scores levelled, Dawson gave the last ball everything he had: a single would have sufficed, but the edge ran towards the fence. Dawson punched the air in ecstasy as Boje tore down the pitch, leaving Dillon in exasperation… Alan Dawson punches the air in ecstasy after his last-ball heroics; Nicky Boje is in the background © Getty ImagesEverything would have been an anticlimax after the match. Brian Lara, who had a near-miraculous outing in Sri Lanka the previous winter, had an iffy start. He suffered from cramps during the innings. He survived a caught-behind appeal on 32 (Asoka de Silva was the umpire). But he held on to smash 111 to take West Indies to 261 for 6. He had to be hospitalised immediately after the innings, and was diagnosed with hepatitis. Kenya, to their credit, refused to give in. They gave Steve Tikolo the platform he needed. He batted with purpose, innovating shots around the wicket. Unfortunately, he kept losing partners, and was finally yorked by Dillon for a 91-ball 93. Kenya lost by 29 runs. South Africa merely had to beat Kenya to qualify, which they did with ease. Herschelle Gibbs got 116, Graeme Smith 69, and Jacques Kallis 60 in a total of 316 for 5. Then they bowled out Kenya for 140. Of course, they did not manage to restrain Tikolo, who got 69 out of the total. Pool 4 With Sri Lanka in the group, Pool 4 was obviously the centre of attention of the first round. They played three fast bowlers against Pakistan in the tournament opener, who did half the job even before Muttiah Muralitharan came on. As has been the case in later years, Misbah played a lone hand with a well-crafted 47. Pakistan were bowled out for 200 after Inzamam-ul-Haq was ruled out of the match with an ankle injury. Then Sanath Jayasuriya (102*) launched an onslaught despite a shoulder niggle. Aravinda de Silva (66*) played the perfect support role. The match got over in the 37th over. However, the match was not without incidents. Shoaib Malik became the first to be given out leg-before by the third umpire (Rudi Koertzen). Yousuf Youhana slipped on the pitch and was run out: it looked so ridiculous that there were match-fixing suspicions. Thankfully, Youhana was declared innocent by the Anti-Corruption Unit. Shahid Afridi lost his temper over an appeal and went into an argument with Aravinda. And after the humiliating defeat, Pakistan recalled coach Mudassar Nazar. Sri Lanka got 292 for 6 in their second match. Netherlands were first reduced to 4 for 3; then Murali came on, took 4 for 15, and routed the hapless Dutch for 86. They did marginally better against Pakistan to reach 136. Pakistan reached home in the 17th over, Afridi butchering the Netherlands bowlers with 55 not out off 18 balls. All but three of these runs came in boundaries. Ten of the 12 league matches were one-sided, which did little for the sport. Unsurprisingly, 6 of these matches involved at least one of Bangladesh, Kenya, and Netherlands. In his column for The Indian Express, Ajit Wadekar wrote: “Holland, Kenya, and Bangladesh are not good enough to play ‘A’ teams. It is a sheer waste of time seeing them play against Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka or India … Maybe relegation and promotion can take place later within the groups. This is the only way the ICC can genuinely think of globalising the game.” Prophetic, indeed. Semi-finals The first semi-final ended in one of the most bizarre climaxes in the history of ODI cricket. India put up a decent 261 for 9, runs coming from Sehwag (59 in 58 balls), Dravid (49), and Yuvraj Singh (62) while Pollock took 3 for 43. Smith perished early to an acrobatic catch from Yuvraj, but Gibbs took charge, pulverising the Indian attack. He did not even seem to make an effort. His fifty came up without anyone noticing, as did his hundred. The asking rate came down steadily. Kallis made sure there was no mishap at the other end. At one stage South Africa needed 83 in 102 balls with 9 wickets in hand. Four quiet overs later it came down to 70 from 78. Then a small glimmer of hope came India’s way. Gibbs was already battling cramps. Smith was running for him. However, at this stage he could not carry on any longer and had to retire hurt for a 119-ball 116. But even then, the target was within reach, there were wickets in hand — and anyway, Gibbs would bat again if needed. Only two singles came off the next over. Then Rhodes swept the second ball of Harbhajan Singh’s over. The ball took the top edge and ballooned in the air; Yuvraj, at the peak of his youth, was manning short fine-leg; he flung himself to his right and came up with an outstanding catch with his wrong hand. Three balls later Kumble caught Boeta Dippenaar at deep square-leg. They needed 67 from 66 balls after the over. The tables had turned, albeit slightly. With 62 to score from 54 and the pitch getting slower and Kallis “apparently playing for a draw” (Wisden), Ganguly introduced Sehwag. And when Harbhajan bowled out his 10 overs, he brought back Kumble. The asking rate climbed. With 49 to score from 40 balls, Boucher went for a slog-sweep. Once again there was a top edge; this time Yuvraj ran behind Dravid (who was keeping wickets) to complete the catch. The stage was set an onslaught, but Klusener could not get his timing right (“he batted like a blind man teeing off”, reported Wisden). To make things worse, Kallis was mysteriously intent on blocking everything. Ganguly read the situation perfectly: when Kumble bowled out, he tossed the ball to Tendulkar, ensuring the South Africans never had the ball to come on to the bat. Not before the 49th over did he replace Tendulkar with Zaheer Khan. The target moved further and further away: 48 from 36; 42 from 30; 39 from 24; 30 from 18; 25 from 12; and finally, 21 from 6. There was a solitary boundary in the South African innings between the 33rd and the final over — a four by Kallis off Tendulkar in the 47th over. Then, as the last over began, it suddenly dawned upon Kallis that he had left it for too late. When Sehwag came around the wicket, he neatly slog-swept him for six, making everyone wonder why he had not attempted that earlier. He tried an encore, but could manage an edge that ricocheted off his body; Dravid collected an easy catch. Kallis had scored 97, but it had taken him 133 balls; and before that final six he had scored 41 from 54 balls, allowing the asking rate to go beyond reach. But then, there was Klusener, who was perfectly capable of getting 15 from 4 balls. Unfortunately, all he managed was two twos before falling off the last ball of the match. South Africa needed under 5 an over at one stage. They scored a mere 73 in the last 17 overs to lose the match meekly to justify the C-tag (the word that rhymed with ‘jokers’). There was nothing as spectacular about the second semi-final, where Sri Lanka put up one of their greatest shows in limited-overs cricket. They knew their spinners held the key against Australia, so they crammed their side with a handful: Murali, Kumar Dharmasena, and Upul Chandana, backed by Jayasuriya, Aravinda, and Russel Arnold. So confident were they of their strength that they did not have an issue with having Chaminda Vaas at seven. Gilchrist and Hayden raced to 42 in 5 overs. Then Jayasuriya decided that enough was enough, and replaced Pulasthi Gunaratne with Dharmasena, and then Vaas with Aravinda (but not Murali). Funny things began to happen at this stage. After being unable to force the pace, Gilchrist finally managed to get a single off the fourth ball. Hayden gave Aravinda the charge the next ball, missed the line, and was bowled. He was so far outside the crease that Kumar Sangakkara would have had ample time to stump him anyway. Gilchrist lofted the first ball of the next over. Atapattu took the skier at cover. Then desperation crept in. Australia were 48 after 6 overs; the next 5 overs yielded 8. Run outs were missed. They ran desperately for singles. But both Dharmasena and Aravinda bowled straight and slow, not allowing Ponting or Martyn to chance their arms. To make things worse for the Australians, Aravinda was even getting his off-breaks to turn. Murali must have licked his lips in anticipation. Jayasuriya replaced Dharmasena with Vaas, who trapped Ponting leg-before with his second ball. Darren Lehmann, getting desperate for a single, leg-glanced one and set off for an impossible single; Martyn sent him back, but Jayasuriya had already thrown the stumps down. Michael Bevan joined Martyn, but little happened. There were two consecutive maidens. Murali replaced Vaas; Dharmasena replaced Murali; but Aravinda, the good old man of Sri Lankan cricket, approaching the end of his glorious career, kept bowling unchanged: when he started his final over his figures read 9-2-9-1. Then the unthinkable happened: Aravinda conceded a four. Martyn slashed at one and edged it, but it was a four nevertheless. The joy did not last: two balls later Martyn pushed one towards mid-wicket and set off, but Arnold’s direct throw found him short. Aravinda finished with 10-2-16-1. Ignore the celebrations for a while. Note the three men who shaped Sri Lankan cricket over years. From left: Kumar Sangakkara, Aravinda de Silva, Sanath Jayasuriya © Getty ImagesBevan slog-swept Dharmasena in the next over; Arnold leapt up at mid-wicket and caught it both-handed. There was little resistance after that: Shane Watson top-edged Murali to fine-leg; Brett Lee made room to cut one, but Jayasuriya’s ball hurried on to hit timber; Murali spun one across the entirety of Warne, Sangakkara gathered it down leg, and dove to hit the stumps; and poor McGrath was bowled through the gate. Australia — reigning world champions — crashed to 162. Between them the five spinners returned figures of 39.4-3-105-8. With Jayasuriya, Atapattu, and Sangakkara all crossing forty, the 7-wicket victory was achieved in 40 overs. He took only one wicket, but there was little doubt that Aravinda would be named Man of the Match. “The wicket was too slow and turned too much for a one-day wicket,” complained Ponting at the post-match press conference. The two finals Following two sensational semi-finals, there was little doubt that a high-intensity final was on the cards. It indeed seemed so, after Sri Lanka accumulated 244 for 5, all their batsmen reaching double-figures. It was an imposing target, given that the pitch got slower with every passing over. India had drafted in Javagal Srinath for Nehra, who had split the webbing between his index- and middle-fingers. Unfortunately, Srinath did not look at his best: after all, he had little time to prepare when he was almost lifted out of Leicestershire. They must have rued the selection, more so because they already had Zaheer and Ajit Agarkar in the side and had left out Anil Kumble. The decision looked worse after Harbhajan picked up 3 for 27 and Sehwag bowled his 10 overs conceding 32 runs. Ganguly sent Dinesh Mongia to open, holding Tendulkar and himself back — presumably because the two of them could score runs against spin on a slow pitch better than anyone. Sehwag began well, smashing three fours off the second over, from Gunaratne. India were 14 after 2 overs. Then the skies opened, and no further play was possible. The day’s play had to be called off. Of course, there was a reserve day. However, as per the laws the match would not resume; the entire match would be replayed instead. This time Ganguly picked Kumble, leaving out Srinath. Zaheer caused a stir when Jayasuriya inside-edged the first ball of the match on to the stumps. It was the first time in 10 innings that Jayasuriya failed to cross 35. Aravinda, batting at four, took Agarkar for four fours in an over before top-edging a catch off Kumble. His last international innings on home soil was a 24-ball 27 — including 6 fours. Then the Indian spinners extended their stranglehold — to the extent that Sri Lanka crawled to 155 for 4 after 41 overs. Then they went for the big shots, losing wickets in the process. Mahela Jayawardene got a crucial 55. Vaas played a crucial cameo with 2 fours and 3 twos in 10 balls. And Arnold remained unbeaten on 56. The last 9 overs got Sri Lanka 67. Sri Lanka finished on 222 for 7. Mongia perished for a duck this time, but Sehwag kept the charge on. Tendulkar came at three. India reached 28 for 1 after 8 overs. Then Sehwag went after Dilhara Fernando, taking him for a four and a six from the first four balls. Then, amidst lightning and thunderstorm, it poured down again for the second time in 24 hours. Steve Bucknor and David Shepherd waded through the puddles, but in vain. There was no way there could have been a cricket match under those circumstances. The trophy and prize money had to be shared. The image of Steve Bucknor checking the conditions linger in one’s mind © Getty ImagesIronically, 52 overs of cricket were played on the first day. There were another 58.4 overs on the reserve day, amounting to a total of 110.4 overs — 64 balls more than a regular ODI. To think about it, replays are somewhat unfair as well. That became more evident in the 2003 World Cup final, when it suddenly rained during the early stages of the Indian innings after Australia had amassed 359 for 2. A replay would have killed all advantage Australia had secured. “It’s [a rematch] by far superior to anything else, including playing a game from where it finished the night before. That simply cannot work effectively,” ICC media spokesperson Brendan McClements told BBC. Some of the cricket fraternity did not support. Farokh Engineer, for example, was quite vocal: “I think it’s [a rematch] absolutely daft. It doesn’t make any sense … They should look at that rule straight away and change it. The obvious thing is to continue from where they left off.” “It was a disappointing, if fair result, with the two teams most adept on slow, turning pitches sharing the $300,000 prize,” pointed out Wisden. While that was true, there is no doubt that an event of such magnitude deserved a champion. Brief scores: First day: Sri Lanka 244 for 5 in 50 overs (Sanath Jayasuriya 74, Kumar Sangakkara 54; Harbhajan Singh 3 for 27) vs India 14 for no loss in 2 overs: match abandoned. Reserve day: Sri Lanka 222 for 7 in 50 overs (Mahela Jayawardene 76, Russel Arnold 56*; Zaheer Khan 3 for 44) vs India 38 for 1 in 8.4 overs: match abandoned. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Champions Trophy 2002: Bizarre rain-rule results in joint winners appeared first on Janta Shakti.
IPL 2017 Final: It has been fun working with MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming, says Steven Smith Steven Smith praises Rising Pune Supergiant’s (RPS’s) performance so far in IPL 2017 © BCCIWith one final hurdle to cross, Steven Smith-led Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) and two-time champions Mumbai Indians (MI) are set to clash in the epic title deciding grand finale of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday. Ahead of the final, the RPS skipper praised his team’s performance so far in the tournament, especially their coach Stephen Fleming and former skipper MS Dhoni, for the immense contribution to the side. Smith also praised the youngsters for the hard-fought contributions to the side, and wished them all the success for the final and their future endeavours. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) vs Mumbai Indians (MI), IPL 2017 Final at Hyderabad “It’s obviously been a pretty compact tournament this year. We had a couple of days break to relax and regroup after a good game against Mumbai [Indians] in Mumbai. Guys had a good training session tonight and we are ready to go tomorrow,” said Smith during the pre-match press conference on Saturday. “I had a lot of fun throughout this tournament. It has been a great ride. We played some good cricket obviously to be here in the final. It has been fun to work with Fleming and MS [Dhoni] as well. We tried to get the best out of the group we had, played some consistent cricket at the back end of this tournament, which is important heading into the business end. Great to play the way we have and make it to the big dance tomorrow, and hopefully we can put up a good show,” he added. RPS vs MI, IPL 2017 Final, preview and likely XIs: Hyderabad gears up for the Maratha war “Few guys are quite young and probably haven’t played, so there’s a sort of hard pressure in the final games. It can play into you favour sometimes, make you come out and play with your freedom and do the job. I thought Washington [Sundar] was fantastic the other night in Mumbai. For a 17-year old, to come out in the big stage, against some quality players, and to do what he did was something outstanding. Therefore, the young people have been a big part of our success so far, throughout this tournament and hopefully they can bring success again tomorrow night,” he concluded. IPL 2017: Communication between Dhoni, Smith outstanding, says Stephen Fleming Speaking on Dhoni’s contribution to the side, RPS coach Fleming said, “MS Dhoni has been very successful, probably one of the most successful players in the last decade. Another opportunity to play a final for him tomorrow and it is something he is up for and motivated. Good to see him playing some cameo roles. Although he is being criticised for not doing much, I think what you have to appreciate is that how good he was when he was doing it time and time again. He has been a good player for us, and has been in good form considering his leadership point of view. We hope he has a great final tomorrow.” Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More IPL 2017 Final: It has been fun working with MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming, says Steven Smith appeared first on Janta Shakti.
Virat Kohli as captain in Daniel Vettori’s all-time XI Daniel Vettori named Jacques Kallis as the 12th man of his team © Getty ImagesAfter James Franklin and Brendon McCullum, their countryman Daniel Vettori announced his all-time XI. It does not come as a surprise that Vettori’s team boasts of big names from international cricket, but it was intriguing that he included only one Kiwi in his side. Many a name must have come to your mind as you read this. All the same, Vettori went for Sir Richard Hadlee who is the most successful cricketer and one of the greatest cricketers to have played the sport. Coming to the captain of the team, Vettori appointed India’s Virat Kohli. Both have played together for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Indian Premier League (IPL), and Vettori is currently the coach of the team. Vettori has drafted Ricky Ponting and Rahul Dravid as the openers. Both players had captain for their respective countries. However, Ponting never opened in Tests but a few times in ODIs. Well, Vettori accepted the fact that he picked top six in no particular order. “I have picked the top six in no particular order, because they can bat anywhere.” Vettori added, “Ponting was one of the most destructive guys I have seen playing in any conditions. He was amazing. Dravid was the hardest batsman I have ever bowled to. His ability to pick up length was amazing.” Also Read Sachin Tendulkar only Indian in Brendon McCullum’s all-time XI Regarding Kohli as the captain, Vettori explained, “Some modern guys come in at three and four. Virat Kohli of cinnamon front, up close for a long time and nothing but impressed by the way he plays in the passion that he has for winning. I think I would provide the whole team. I meant that anyway, but it would be nice to have him in charge.” After top order, Vettori pick out a few more legendary names for middle order, such as AB de Villiers, Sachin Tendulkar and Kumar Sangakkara. Despite picking Sangakkara in the team, Vettori chose Adam Gilchrist as his wicketkeeper, at no. 7 batsman in the batting line-up. The bowling department starts with two great spinners of all time: Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan. “Obviously got two spinners in the team. Warne and Muralitharan, the two greatest of all time, so to see those guys in tandem would be amazing,” added Vettori. Also Read VIDEO: Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma and Harbhajan Singh in James Franklin’s All Time XI The pace bowling department consists of Glenn McGrath and the Kiwi legend Hadlee. Vettori made some interesting statement while naming them. “Glenn McGrath is one of my seamers. He was once again a guy that was so difficult to play against. Everything he did was about winning, and he let you know the whole time about it. Well, not my No. 11 but the guy selected 11 is the one guy I haven’t played against was Sir Richard Hadlee. And I think mainly because he is a New Zealand icon, and anyone from my generation or any generation from the nation thought he was the greatest.” Well, he picked Jacques Kallis as the 12th man, though he thinks would be unfair to keep Kallis out of the playing XI. Here’s Vettori’s all time XI: Daniel Vettori’s all-time XI: Ricky Ponting, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Sachin Tendulkar, Kumar Sangakkara, Adam Gilchrist (wk), Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan, Glenn McGrath, Richard Hadlee, Jacques Kallis (12th man). Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Virat Kohli as captain in Daniel Vettori’s all-time XI 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.
Dean Jones, Mohammad Yousuf to stand as witnesses for Sharjeel Khan in PSL spot-fixing row Dean Jones and Mohammad Yousuf © AFPKarachi: Suspended Pakistan batsman Sharjeel Khan‘s lawyer has revealed that Islamabad United’s coach Dean Jones and former Test cricketers Mohammad Yousuf and Sadiq Mohammad will be presented as `expert witnesses` on May 24 in front of the Anti-Corruption Tribunal probing the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing scandal. On the third day of the day-to-day hearing on Thursday, Sharjeel’s lawyer Shaigan Ijaz accused the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for making up a story and trying to back it up with witnesses. “PCB made up a story and is trying to back it up with witnesses. Board is being lenient with some players, while it is acting strictly against others,” the Express Tribune quoted Shaigan as saying. Meanwhile, PCB’s attorney Tafazzul Rizvi said that Sharjeel’s lawyer has full right to disagree with their witnesses, adding that the truth would reveal once the decision comes out. The Shaharyar Khan-led board presented International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-corruption Unit chief Ronnie Flanagan as witness who clarified that the world’s cricket governing body has nothing to do with the case. “This is PCB’s case to deal with. The case is being heard professionally and it shows that PCB wants to eliminate corruption from the game of cricket,” Flanagan said. On Wednesday, Sharjeel ‘s counsel said that his client had timely informed the relevant authority of the PCB about his meeting with a bookie. Earlier on March 6, a three-member tribunal was formed by the PCB to investigate the spot-fixing case allegedly involving Sharjeel and Khalid Latif. The duo was suspended by the PCB under its Anti-Corruption Code, as part of an ongoing investigation into an international syndicate which was believed to corrupt the second edition of the PSL. Both the cricketers, who play for Islamabad United franchise in the PSL, formally recorded their statements on February 18 before the anti-corruption unit of the cricket board. The British Police have arrested three suspects in connection with the case including Nasir Jamshed, who was released on bail. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Dean Jones, Mohammad Yousuf to stand as witnesses for Sharjeel Khan in PSL spot-fixing row appeared first on Janta Shakti.
IPL 2017: Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) bundle out Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) for just 73 in match 55 of IPL 10 Shardul Thakur celebrates the wicket of Kings XI Punjab captain Glenn Maxwell © BCCIRising Pune Supergiant (RPS) took on Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in a virtual knockout match in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 on the last double-header weekend. Kings XI Punjab’s luck continued to evade them as RPS won the toss and put the visitors into bat. It was a combination of horrible batting by Kings XI Punjab, brilliant fielding and smart bowling by trio of Jaydev Unadkat, Shardul Thakur and Daniel Christian that put RPS in a position of power in the match. Kings XI Punjab showed no resolute in the middle despite playing one extra batsmen, while Rising Pune Supergiant’ rose to the occasion and bundled out visitors for 73. If Rising Pune Supergiant win this match they will qualify for the IPL 10 Qualifier to go up against Mumbai Indians (MI). The chase now looks like a formality. Full Cricket Scorecard: Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), IPL 2017, Match 55 at Pune RPS got off to a excellent start nabbing Martin Guptill on the very first ball of the match. Unadkat who has been a revelation for RPS asked Guptill to play away from his body and the latter obliged. As expected Shaun Marsh came out at No.3 to partner Wriddhiman Saha. Saha meanwhile was lucky to be dropped in the Undakat’s second over by MS Dhoni. Marsh’s stay in the middle only lasted 13 balls before he lobed a dolly to his Australian teammate Steven Smith off Shardul Thakur for 10. Saha was joined by Eoin Morgan in only the 4th over, playing his fourth match for Kings XI Punjab this season. Morgan’s time in the middle was cut short by Unadkat who ran him out on the non-strikers end for 4. Rahul Tewatia strangely came out above skipper Glenn Maxwell at No.5. He too after hitting a boundary went back in the dressing room. Tewatia in an attempt to pull a short-ball managed to lob the ball to a flying Unadkat at short fine leg. Maxwell came out in the middle and went back to the pavilion after facing just 3 balls. Maxwell went after a wide delivery and gave a simple flick straight into the hands of Ajinkya Rahane off Thakur; his second in the over. After a few wicket less overs, the first over after strategic timeout by Christian induced Saha to a false shot. Playing away from his body, Saha got a thick edge to Dhoni for a 17-ball 13. Akshar Patel after playing a steady hand of 22, handed Dhoni a very easy catch off a nothing shot against Christian. This was also Dhoni’s 100 dismissal in IPL. Swapnail Singh followed suit and was caught behind. The ball rebounded off Christian’s palms and Dhoni made no mistake. KXIP continued to give wickets away with Ishant Sharma throwing away his wicket to Adam Zampa for 1. Zampa concluded the KXIP innings getting Mohit Sharma for a 12-ball 6 that saw visitors finish on 73. This is also the lowest total for KXIP in IPL beating their previous best of 88 versus Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Brief scores: Kings XI Punjab 73 all out in 15.5 overs (Akshar Patel 22, Wriddhiman Saha 13; Shardul Thakur 3 for 19) vs Rising Pune Supergiant Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More IPL 2017: Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) bundle out Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) for just 73 in match 55 of IPL 10 appeared first on Janta Shakti.