ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Prize Money details announced The upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales from 1-18 June carries a total prize money of $4.5 million with the winner of the eight-team tournament taking home a cheque of $2.2 million, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced on Sunday. The eighth edition of the tournament sees an increase of $500,000 in prize money from the 2013 edition, which too was played at the three venues being used this time – Cardiff Wales Stadium, Edgbaston and The Oval. The runner-up of the tournament will get a cheque of $1.1 million, while the other two semifinalists will earn $450,000 each. Teams finishing third in each group will take home $90,000 each, while the teams finishing last in each group will get $60,000 each. ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Tickets sold out for eight matches Meanwhile, the ICC has also announced the schedule of media conferences that will take place in the lead up to the tournament. Two-time former champions Australia will get the ball rolling when Steve Smith will hold his presser inside the Lord’s Museum on Wednesday, 24 May, at 12h30. On the following day, also in London but at The Grange Hotel (8-14 Cooper’s Row), defending champion India, Sri Lanka and New Zealand captains will hold their media conferences at 13h00, 13h45 and 15h00 respectively. Prior to the three pressers but at the same location at 11h30, Chairman of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit, Sir Ronnie Flanagan, will address the media. Champions Trophy 2017: Kingfisher named official lager partner Pakistan and Bangladesh captains will hold their pre-tournament media conferences at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Friday, 26 May, at 13h00 and 14h00 respectively. The ICC has also confirmed the schedule of mixed zone activities post the warm-up matches. Each team, except England and South Africa, which will be busy in their bilateral series, will attend mixed zone in which they are expected to put up, at least, four players each who will only take questions that are related to the tournament. The same format will be repeated during the tournament proper. Afridi confident of Pakistan bowlers challenging Indian batsmen in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 At Edgbaston, the mixed zone will take place in concourse, between Gates E2 and E3, while at The Oval, the mixed zone will take place on concourse between the player entrance and venue exit gates. Although NRH camera operators are not allowed inside the venue on match days, the ICC will make an exception for pre-event mixed zone only so that the TV news channels can cover the mixed zone. The TV camera operators are advised to assemble outside Gate E3 at Edgbaston and outside Alec Stewart Gate at The Oval 30 minutes before the end of the matches so that they can be escorted to the mixed zone area. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Prize Money details announced appeared first on Janta Shakti.
England vs South Africa 2017, 1st T20I at Southampton, preview and likely XI: Proteas seek resurgence after Champions Trophy humiliation Both teams would look to bury the failures and aim for a fresh start © Getty ImagesWith curtains down on ICC Champions Trophy 2017, hosts England would shift their focus back on the visiting South Africans, as they meet again in the first of the three-match T20I series, at The Rose Bowl in Southampton, on Wednesday. South Africa had a poor run in the tournament, managing to win a mere match in the group stage. England, however, advanced to the semi-final, only to be humiliated against Pakistan. Nevertheless, both teams would look to bury the failures and aim for a fresh start. Especially, with T20 being a different ball game, it is certainly going to be an interesting contest between both sides. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs South Africa 2017, 1st T20I at Southampton Star-studded England England boasts of a star-studded side. Openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales are the perfect fit. Although Roy has been struggling with his form of late, T20 being a different ball game could make things different for him. Nevertheless, in case he is dropped, debutant Dawid Malan could be a top choice. At No. 3, skipper Eoin Morgan himself has been in a staggering form. At No. 4, Jonny Bairstow gives a perfect start to the middle-order, followed by wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler. At No. 6, Chris Jordan and his all-round abilities makes him the perfect man to fit the spot, while Sam Billings could end the middle-order perfectly. However, if England opt for an extra spinner, Liam Dawson could make the cut for Billings. The lower order certainly starts with leg-spinner Adil Rashid, followed by pacers Liam Plunkett, David Willey and Mark Wood. Apart from the above players, there are plenty other debutants in the side. However, it is highly unlikely Morgan would give all a chance at one go. Morgan has his eyes on youngsters ahead of ENG’s T20I opener vs SA England’s likely XI: Jason Roy/Dawid Malan, Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan (c), Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Jordan, Sam Billings (wk), Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, David Willey, Mark Wood Mighty South Africans Just like England, when it comes to South Africa, they are no different either and indeed have a star-studded side for themselves. The opening slot goes to Reeza Hendricks, followed by skipper AB de Villiers. Surely, the absence of regular openers Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla will be immensely felt. At No.3, wicketkeeper-batsman Mangaliso Mosehle is most likely to make the cut. The middle-order would most certainly start with David Miller, followed by Chris Morris, while Farhaan Behardien and Morne Morkel should take charge of the No. 6 and No. 8 spots. In addition, JJ Smuts could challenge either of the sixth and eighth spot in the middle order. The lower-order starts with leg-spinner Imran Tahir, followed by Wayne Parnell, as the order should end with Andile Phehlukwayo and Dwaine Pretorius. However, the likes of Dane Paterson and Tabraiz Shamsi could challenge the bottom two spots of the line-up. AB to lead in T20I series vs ENG in Faf’s absence South Africa’s likely XI: Reeza Hendricks, AB de Villiers (c), Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), David Miller, Bhris Morris, Farhaan Behardien/JJ Smits, Morne Morkel/JJ Smuts, Imran Tahir, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo/Dane Paterson/Tabraiz Shamsi, Dwaine Pretorius/Dane Paterson/Tabraiz Shamsi. With the match being held at Southampton, The Rose Bowl track usually tends to be on the slower side, and the side winning the toss would look to bowl first. However, batting first would not be a bad choice either as the ground is known for decent defending totals. Therefore, both the teams would look forward to a balanced or a slightly bowling dominated playing XI, as an interesting encounter is on the cards. England pick 5 uncapped players for T20I series against South Africa Squads: England: Eoin Morgan (c), Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings (wk), Jos Buttler (wk), Mason Crane, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Jason Roy, Craig Overton, Liam Plunkett, David Willey, Mark Wood. South Africa: AB de Villiers (c), Farhaan Behardien, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, Mangaliso Mosehle (wk), Chris Morris, Dane Paterson, JJ Smuts, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Imran Tahir, Dwaine Pretorius, Morne Morkel, JJ Smuts. Time: 18:30 local | 17:30 GMT | 23:00 IST Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More England vs South Africa 2017, 1st T20I at Southampton, preview and likely XI: Proteas seek resurgence after Champions Trophy humiliation appeared first on Janta Shakti.
Desperate to win ICC Champions Trophy 2017, says AB de Villiers Despite having played in ICC events many times, South Africa have choked at crucial stages © Getty ImagesSouth Africa One-Day International (ODI) skipper AB de Villiers said he is desperate to win the ICC Champions Trophy and that the Proteas are a very good team this time. South Africa will take part in a three-match Royal London ODI Series against England starting at Headingley next Wednesday. Taking a break from Test cricket, the explosive right-hander who played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the ongoing Indian Premier League, had an elbow operation last autumn but returned for South Africa’s white-ball matches in New Zealand earlier this year. “I haven’t won one of these trophies in my career, so I’m pretty desperate to win one, and we’ll do anything we can to get out on top.,” De Villiers was quoted as saying by www.ecb.co.uk. “We know these tournaments are very competitive – there are eight teams that want to win it and can win it. But we do think we’ve got a very good squad here. I’ve got a good feeling about this one,” he added. “It’s a very nice way for us to warm up and get ready for a big one-day tournament,” de Villiers said after the Proteas had their first practice in Hove. “But first things first, we want to win the series against England, a team that’s been playing very good one-day cricket in their own country. They’ve done really well to come back from the 2015 World Cup. They’re obviously a very talented bunch, and they’ve earned a lot of respect. “They will be one of the favourites for the Champions Trophy definitely, but quite a few teams stand out – India won the last Champions Trophy, and the Aussies are always a team to look out for,” he added. “I started the IPL very well and felt in good touch throughout the tournament, but we never got going as a team as a whole,” he said. “It was a poor IPL for us, but that’s long gone now. I’m very excited to be back with the South Africa team. I had a good net session this morning – I faced Imran Tahir, and he’s certainly stepped up his game a bit. “I’m feeling fresh, feeling 100%, and looking forward to playing this series and then the tournament,” he added. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Desperate to win ICC Champions Trophy 2017, says AB de Villiers 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.
Virat Kohli 2nd most followed Indian on Facebook after Narendra Modi Virat Kohli has added one more feather to his cap as he has become the second most followed Indian on Facebook with over 35 million followers to his name © AFPNew Delhi: Despite the ongoing controversy surrounding Anil Kumble’s exit from the post of the Indian cricket team’s head coach, swashbuckling skipper Virat Kohli‘s popularity continues to grow. The 28-year-old has added one more feather to his cap as he has become the second most followed Indian on Facebook with over 35 million followers to his name. Kohli, who is currently leading the Indian team in West Indies for the limited-overs series, is now just behind Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has 42.2 million Facebook followers. He, however, is the most popular celebrity on Facebook in the country, surpassing Bollywood superstar Salman Khan by more than 6, 00,000 followers to surge to top of the list. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs West Indies 2017 — 2nd ODI at Port of Spain Besides, the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) skipper also has 16 million followers on Twitter and 14 million on Instagram to become the most famous cricketer of all times around the world. After replacing Mahendra Singh Dhoni as skipper, Kohli guided India to Test series wins against New Zealand, England and Australia before leading RCB in the tenth season of the Indian Premier League (ISL). Meanwhile, former BCCI chief Anurag Thakur feels that Kohli is being “unreasonably targetted” for Anil Kumble’s resignation as India’s chief cricket coach. Kumble stepped down at the end of the Champions Trophy earlier this month after acknowledging a rift with skipper Kohli, who has refused to divulge just what led to the fallout. BCCI should come clean about Virat Kohli-Anil Kumble spat, says Anurag Thakur “Virat is being unreasonably targetted, I think this discussion should stop. Virat has the ability to take Indian cricket to new heights in the next 10 years. This is not the first time that a cricketer is being targetted. In the past too, captains and former captains have been targeted,” Thakur told PTI. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Virat Kohli 2nd most followed Indian on Facebook after Narendra Modi appeared first on Janta Shakti.
India vs West Indies, 1st ODI: Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane snitch record stand before rain abandons match © AFPLeaving off-field controversies behind, India commenced their 5 One-Day International (ODI) series against West Indies. The first ODI was being played at one of India’s happy hunting ground in West Indies, i.e. Port of Spain, Trinidad. West Indies put India to bat on a slow and two-paced wicket. It was the opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane who took charge and got the side off to a flier, adding 132 runs for the opening wicket. Sadly for India, rains followed them from England to the Caribbean Islands ensuring no further play after 39 overs with the score reading 199 for 3 . As a result, the was called off with long rain interruptions and unfit ground conditions. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs West Indies, 1st ODI Rahane and Dhawan, especially the former, took some time to get their eye in and move on. Dhawan, riding on his impeccable ODI form off late, continued to make merry. The pair got going and crossed the 50-run mark in 10th over. This was also the 5th consecutive 50-run stand between Dhawan and Rahane. The pair also became the third opening pair for India to cross the 100-run stand in West Indies (eventually surpassing the 123 run stand between Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in 2013). Rahane gained confidence and slammed his 17th ODI half-century in 67 balls. Following suit, Dhawan registered his 20th fifty in 71-deliveries. To add to the records, this was also the first instance of both Indian openers scoring fifties in West Indies. However, against the run of play, Rahane departed for 62 after Alzarri Joseph deceived him with a slower ball. He was early into the shot and managed to give Holder an easy catch at mid on. His wicket saw Virat Kohli join Dhawan in the middle. The pair added 36 runs in as many balls before Dhawan (87) was trapped leg before by Devendra Bishoo. Dhawan did challenge the decision but DRS had the last laugh. He eventually made 87 off 92 balls. Yuvraj Singh came at No. 4. On the score of 2, Yuvraj became the first Indian player to 500 ODI runs in West Indies. Nonetheless, the southpaw had a short stay in the middle, falling for 4 off 10 deliveries. With MS Dhoni’s arrival, even rain decided to make its presence felt and play was halted with India 189 for 3. After a gap of 45 minutes, game resumed for an over before another rain interruption. India, by then, had piled up 199 for 3 with Dhoni (9*) and Kohli unbeaten on 32. Incessant rain meant play being called off. For India, Kuldeep Yadav made his ODI debut. Kuleep become only the second left-arm chainman from Asia, after Sri Lanka’s Lakshan Sandakan, and the first chinaman bowler from India to don the natioanl jersey in ODIs. Both sides will now take on each other on June 25, Sunday, at the same venue in Queen’s Park Oval. Brief scores: India 199 for 3 in 39.2 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 87; Ajinkya Rahane 62, Virat Kohli 32*; Devendra Bishoo 1 for 39 ) vs West Indies. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs West Indies, 1st ODI Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More India vs West Indies, 1st ODI: Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane snitch record stand before rain abandons match appeared first on Janta Shakti.
England vs South Africa 3rd T20I, Free Live Cricket Streaming Links: Watch ENG vs SA online streaming on Hotstar Tom Curran in his debut game for England picked 3-wickets © Getty ImagesWith all to play for South Africa and England, both teams will clash in the third and final T20I of the 3-match series, which is currently tied 1-1. The live cricket streaming of the third T20I match will be available in India on Hotstar, while the live telecast of the match will be available on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD. In United Kingdom (UK), the live streaming will be available on Sky Sports Watch, along with the live telecast on Sky Sports 2. In South Africa, the live streaming will be available on SuperSport Live Video, along with the live telecast on SuperSport. Full cricket scorecard: England vs South Africa, 3rd T20I The third T20I will be played at Sophia Gardens that saw England lose out on an ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final spot to Pakistan over a week ago. South Africa made quite a comeback in the 2nd T20I at Taunton to level the series after trailing 1-0. It saw a spirited South African side under AB de Villiers rise to the occasion, while England uncharacteristically choked out. For South Africa it was Chris Morris and Dane Paterson who rose to the occasion restricting England to 171 in 20 overs. England would have felt gutted after being from 125 for 2 in 14 overs to 171 for 6 in 20. The first T20I was won by England by 9 wickets courtesy Jonny Bairstow’s explosive 60. Post the T20I, both sides will meet in a 4-Test series starting from July 6 at Lord’s. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More England vs South Africa 3rd T20I, Free Live Cricket Streaming Links: Watch ENG vs SA online streaming on Hotstar appeared first on Janta Shakti.
IPL 2017: We have to pull up our socks in playoffs says Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Gautam Gambhir Gambhir was unable to lead his side from front with the bat at their own den © BCCIMumbai Indians (MI) defeated Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 9 wickets in match 54 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017. Riding on impressive fifties from Saurabh Tiwary (52) and Man of the Match Ambati Rayudu (63), MI posted a challenging total of 173. In their chase, KKR were halted at 164 as Tim Southee, Hardik Pandya and Vinay Kumar took 2 wickets each. With this victory, MI have retained their top position in the qualifier sitting atop the IPL 2017 points table whereas KKR despite losing, too have qualified for the playoffs and will be playing the eliminator. Full Cricket Scorecard: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Mumbai Indians (MI), IPL 2017, Match 54 KKR in their run-chase started off on a bad note as opener Sunil Narine walked back to the dugout without opening his account. But in spite of this, Chris Lynn (26) and Gautam Gambhir (21) tried stabilising the innings but failed to convert their starts in big ones. Manish Pandey (33), Yusuf Pathan (20), Colin de Grandhomme (29) and Kuldeep Yadav (16) failed to convert their starts losing their way and the game. Talking in the post-match presentation ceremony, Gambhir criticised his team’s batting efforts. “It was a very chaseable total. If we had batted sensibly we would have chased it down, but there were some irresponsible shots. Had someone batted till the end, we could have chased it down. I thought we were trying to chase it down in 10-12 overs,” he said. Gambhir was also quick to praise his bowlers for restricting a strong MI side to 173. “The way bowlers bowled, it was a good effort to restrict them (Mumbai) to 173. On this kind of wicket where the ball was getting wet, it was unbelievable. We were one batter short so we had to take the responsibility.” KKR have finished at No. 3 position in the points table having played all their group stage games. Had they won this game, the two-time IPL champions would have topped the points table sealing their place for the qualifier. But instead they will be playing the first eliminator against the winner from Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). “We have to pull up our socks. If we bat like this, it does not matter whether we are in the play-offs or not. If we have to win the tournament we will have to bat sensibly. We cannot do anything now, we will have to see how other teams go from here,” Gambhir added. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More IPL 2017: We have to pull up our socks in playoffs says Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper Gautam Gambhir appeared first on Janta Shakti.
Team India will get new head coach before Sri Lanka tour, says Rajeev Shukla Rajeev Shukla © AFPNew Delhi: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) senior official Rajeev Shukla on Wednesday assured that the Indian cricket team will have a new head coach before next month’s tour to Sri Lanka as Anil Kumble stepped down from the post in the wake of his alleged differences with captain Virat Kohli on Tuesday. Shukla revealed that the BCCI tried their level best to resolve the issue between Kumble and Kohli, but no outcome could be found out and therefore, the former cricketer decided to move on. “BCCI has tried its best to resolve the issue. The acting secretary, CEO had a discussion with Kumble and Kohli. They consulted the chairman of the COA also. They tried to resolve the whole issue, but ultimately no outcome could be found out. Finally, Kumble decided to move on and he has decided not to continue with the West Indies tour,” the Indian Premier League ( IPL) chairman told reporters. “Earlier, the decision was taken that Kumble will continue till the Sri Lanka tour. But he has decided to not go on with the West Indies tour. BCCI wishes him all the best for his future career. Meanwhile, the BCCI has decided to search for the coach. Before Sri Lankan tour, we will find out the best coach for Team India,” he added. The BCCI has now deputed its general manager Dr M.V. Sridhar to supervise the team management for the West Indies tour. Meanwhile, Sanjay Bangar, and R Sridhar, will continue to remain the Batting Coach and the Fielding Coach, respectively. Shukla further informed that the captain would not have a say on the appointment of new coach. “When the coach is selected, captain has not got any role in that. The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) has been constituted and they will be recommending the names. After that, BCCI will decide who should be the coach,” he said. Earlier, Kumble informed that skipper Virat Kohli had reservations about his work ‘style’ and his extension as the head coach, which prompted him to resign. In a strongly worded letter, Kumble took to Twitter to reveal the reason behind his surprising decision. Kumble said that although the BCCI had, several times, attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between him and the captain, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and therefore, he had decided to move on. However, Kohli, before India’s opening encounter at the Champions Trophy against Pakistan rejected the reports of him having rift with the head coach, saying they were mere speculations which have been created by the people. Kumble was appointed coach in June 2016 for a one-year term by the CAC and was instantly successful. Under him, India won Test series against West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia. And he was being considered the front-runner for an extension till the 2019 World Cup, with Team India having won almost every series under him in the past one year. It was reported that the three-member CAC, comprising of former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman who are tasked to find the new coach for the Indian cricket team, was willing to retain the legendary leg-spinner for the post. The BCCI has already invited applications for the position. While Dodda Ganesh, Lalchand Rajput, Richard Pybus and Tom Moody had submitted applications for the post of head coach, former Indian opener Virender Sehwag forwarded a two-line cover letter to the management. Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More Team India will get new head coach before Sri Lanka tour, says Rajeev Shukla appeared first on Janta Shakti.
LIVE Cricket Score, England vs South Africa 2017, 2nd T20I at Taunton: SA win by 3 runs England came up with a commendable performance in the opening T20I at Southampton, drubbing South Africa convincingly by nine wickets © Getty ImagesGood Evening, Goeienaand! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog session of the second of the three-match Twenty20 International (t20I) series between hosts England and visitors South Africa at the County Ground in Taunton on Friday. I am Ayush Gupta, and I will be bringing to you all the live updates from this tie. England came up with a commendable performance in the opening T20I at Southampton, drubbing South Africa convincingly by nine wickets and draw first blood in the series. They will be looking forward to continue with the same winning momentum and seal the series with a win here. As for South Africa, they are certainly not a team to back down so easily and a great fightback could well be on the cards as they look to stay alive in the series. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs South Africa 2017, 2nd T20I at Taunton Speaking of the opening T20I, South Africa managed to post only 142 for 3 in their stipulated 20 overs, courtesy AB de Villiers’ unbeaten 65, along with Farhaan Behardien’s unbeaten 64.England bowlers David Willey and Mark Wood gave South Africa a scare in the opening five overs, reducing them to 3 wickets. For England, they were off to a steady start during the chase, with openers Alex Hales and Jason Roy putting up a quick 45 in their stand. However, it was Jonny Bairstow, whose unbeaten 60 paved the way for England to complete the chase. ENG vs SA 2017, 2nd T20I at Taunton, preview and likely XI With the match being held at The Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton, the pitch would be interesting to see how it behaves. Usually, it is a batting paradise. This would also be the first T20I at this venue. England have played just an ODI at this venue on June 11, 1983, which was the opening international match at this venue off the three ODI matches, against Sri Lanka, where they won by 47 runs. Although the venue is an active T20 venue for county club Somerset, which has produced greats like Marcus Trescothick, it would be interesting to see how things go in the first ever T20I tie at this venue. South Africa coach Russell Domingo to fly back home post mother’s accident Squads: England: Eoin Morgan (c), Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings (wk), Jos Buttler (wk), Mason Crane, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Jason Roy, Craig Overton, Liam Plunkett, David Willey, Mark Wood. South Africa: AB de Villiers (c), Farhaan Behardien, Reeza Hendricks, David Miller, MangalisoMosehle (wk), Chris Morris, Dane Paterson, JJ Smuts, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Imran Tahir, Dwaine Pretorius, Morne Morkel, JJ Smuts. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs South Africa 2017, 2nd T20I at Taunton Read More || However, JANTASHAKTI.COM does not confirm this news, I have taken this news from this link ! Read More LIVE Cricket Score, England vs South Africa 2017, 2nd T20I at Taunton: SA win by 3 runs appeared first on Janta Shakti.