Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Top 10 ICC Test Ranked Bowler

Ravichandran Ashwin, the 29 year old off spinner and all rounder from India gained the top spot in ICC test bowling rankings with his match winning five wicket haul against West Indies in the recently concluded test match at Antigua. This is also his first five wicket haul outside Asia which also fetched him man of the match award in the first match of four test series in India’s tour to West Indies, 2016. His 113 run innings with bat in the same match also strengthened his position as an all rounder in the ICC Test all rounder rankings. Ashwin is at top of the table also in the ICC test all rounder rankings followed by Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) and Stuart Broad (England).

Ravinda Jadeja is also in the top 10 list of ICC test bowler rankings. He is at 6th position behind Pakistan’s Yasir Shah. Ashwin leads the table followed by James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Dale Steyn, Yasir Shah, Ravindra Jadeja, Trent Boult, Josh Hazlewood, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander.

Top 10 ICC Test Ranked Bowlers:
  • 1. Ravichandran Ashwin (India)
  • 2. James Anderson (England)
  • 3. Stuart Broad (England)
  • 4. Dale Steyn (South Africa)
  • 5. Yasir Shah (Pakistan)
  • 6. Ravindra Jadeja (India)
  • 7. Trent Boult (New Zealand)
  • 8. Josh Hazlewood (Australia)
  • 9. Morne Morkel (South Africa)
  • 10. Vernon Philander (South Africa)

Ashwin and Kohli gives India a thumping victory in first test against the West Indies

The Indian camp is all smiles winning their first match in the four test match series against the West Indies. This win is special as it is the first match that India played after Anil Kumble signing into the role of Indian cricket team’s head coach and recording their biggest test match win outside Asia. India defeated the West Indies by a huge margin of an Innings and 92 runs and leads the 4 test match series in the India tour of West Indies 2016 with 1-0.

The match was played in Antigua in hot and humid conditions which one would expect in the Caribbean. Going in to the match with five bowlers, India won the toss and elected to bat first. India scored a total of (566/8 dec in 161.5 overs) in their first innings with captain Kohli scoring a double century, Ashwin scoring a century, half centuries from Shikhar Dhawan, Amit Mishra and some useful contribution from Wriddhiman Saha. Kraigg Brathwaite and Davendra Bishoo were the pick of the bowlers for the West Indies having got 3 scalps each to their name and Shannon Gabriel got 2 wickets with some promising pace troubling the Indian batsmen.

West Indies having a huge score to get started off steadily but the plan of playing five bowlers by Kohli’s team worked well for India as they haven’t allowed the West Indian batsmen to build any partnerships and getting wickets at regularly. They weren’t many notable performances by the West Indies with the bat in their first innings except Kraigg Brathwaite and Shane Dowrich getting 50+ scores. Jason Holder and Roston Chase were the other two batsmen contributing to the team’s score of (243/10 in 90.2 overs). For India, its their pacers Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami who got 4 wickets each to their name where the latter did well in his comeback match after being out of the team with an injury. Amit Mishra, the leg spinner looked handy getting two West Indian wickets and also scoring a half century with the bat in the first innings.

Trailing by 323 runs, West Indies started their follow-on second innings but lost two quick wickets. Rajendra Chandrika and Marlon Samuels got a partnership going before falling to Ashwin who later on went to get his first five-fer outside Asia. Devendra Bishoo and Carlos Brathwaite in the tail awaited the win for India for quite some time hanging in at the crease but its once again Ashwin who got break through to the team handing over India their first even biggest win outside Asia. R Ashwin was handed the man of the match award for his century 113(253) and 7 wickets to his name.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

West Indies Squad for Test Series against India - 2016

West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced a twelve member squad for the four test match series against India starting on July 21, 2016. Jason Holder will be leading the team with Kraigg Brathwaite as vice captain of the team. Roston Chase will be the only debutant player for West Indies in the 12-member squad. This West indies team is packed with full of all-rounders in the names of Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Carlos Brathwaite, Roston Chase and Jason holder which gives the team depth in batting and more bowling options to deal with batting strong Indian team. However, the bowling unit looks a bit inexperienced but playing at home might give an edge to attack the Indian batsmen.

Squad:

  • Jason Holder(c)
  • Kraigg Brathwaite
  • Shane Dowrich (Wk)
  • Marlon Samuels
  • Jermaine Blackwood
  • Devendra Bishoo
  • Rajendra Chandrika
  • Carlos Brathwaite
  • Darren Bravo
  • Roston Chase
  • Leon Johnson
  • Shannon Gabriel

WIth both the teams announcing their respective squads we can expect an interesting contest between India and West Indies as both the teams got a lot of young and fresh faces.



Thursday, May 26, 2016

Sunrisers hyderabad (SRH) won the eliminator match against Kolkata Knight Riders

Sunrisers hyderabad (SRH) won the eliminator match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 22 runs to lock horns with Gujarat Lions (GL) in the second qualifier match at Feroz shah Kotla stadium in Delhi on 27th May, 2016.

After winning the toss KKR invited SRH to bat first. Shikar Dhawan started well with a couple of boundaries but lost his wicket to Morkel. Gambir bringing in Yusuf Pathan earlier than expected to bowl a few overs created pressure but Warner and Henriques continued with a decent partnership of 59 runs and departed in successive deliveries to Kuldeep Yadav. with Yuvraj Singh coming into the crease and playing a handy knock of 44 and camoes from Deepak Hooda and Bipul Sharma helped SRH to post a total of 162 runs in 20 overs.

KKR started the chase with Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir opening the batting. Uthappa lost his wicket for 11 runs, then Gambhir and Colin munro added 38 runs for the second wicket and KKR started losing in periodic intervals. It is then the young guns Suryakumar Yadav and Manish Pandey who kept the scoreboard ticking but couldn't stand tall before some exceptional death bowling of SRH by Mustafizur Rahman and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar. Moises Henriques was named man of the match for all round performance with the bat and ball and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar was handed over the purple as he is now the leading wicket taker in the tournament with 21 wickets followed by Shane Watson of RCB with 20 wickets.

Sunrisers hyderabad (SRH) VS Kolkata Knight Riders

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

RCB Win the First Qualifier match and enter finals of IPL 2016

Royal Challengers Banglore have reached the finals of IPL 2016 by winning the first qualifier match against Gujarat Lions at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru and are only one step away from grabbing their first ever IPL trophy.

AB Devilliers, with a cool composure contributed 79 runs of 47 balls leading RCB on its way to the finals. Iqbal Abdulla and Stuart Binny also came in with handy contributions supporting AB to complete the run chase. Gujarat Lions who are playing their first IPL play offs started well with Dawal Kulkarni's and fetched 4 wickets collapsing RCB's top order including the in form batsman Virat Kohli. But it was AB who held his nerve and build his innings steadily and helped his team cross the line and chase 158 runs with 10 balls left.

Earlier in the first innings Iqbal Abdulla got two big wickets of Gujarat Lions in the form of Brendon McCullum and Aaron Finch in the second over. Suresh Raina fell for Shane Watson in the fourth over. It is Dwayne Smith and Dinesh Karthik who heloed Gujarat Lions to post a total of 158 in their 20 overs.

So, RCB wil play their finals at home ground with huge support from fans roaring RCB's chants. Its gonna be a electrifing atmosphere and everything is perfect for RCB to grab their first ever title. Meanwhile we have two more matches to go, to know who will be joining them in the finals on Sunday.

IPL T20 2016 Playoffs Format

Fours teams have entered the IPL 2016 playoffs in which the new franchise - Gujarat Lions (GL) lead by Suresh Raina have made it to the top of the table followed by Virat Kohli's lead Royal Challengers Banglore (RCB), Sunrises Hyderabad (SRH) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

Now, lets have a look into the format of the play offs.

3 matches (Two qulaifiers and one eliminator) to be played between 4 teams to reach the finals:

1st match (Qualifier #1):

Its a qualifier match which means the team that wins this match wil be given a berth in the finals and the loser will still be having a chance to get in to the finals by playing.
The team stationed at 1st and 2nd positions in the points table by the end of league matches will be playing the first qualifier match and winner of this match will go through to the finals.

2nd match (Eliminator):

The eliminator match is to be played between the third and fourth positioned teams in the points table. The winner of this match will play the qulaifier match #2 with the loser of qualifier #1. However, the loser of the eliminator match will be elimiated.

3rd match (Qualifier #2):

The Qualifier #2 will be played between the winning team of 2nd match and loser of 1st match in the play offs. The winner of this match will clash with winners of qualifier #1 in the finals.

To simply it, the teams ending at top 2 in the points table of league matches will have two chances to get in to the finals whereas teams ending up in 3rd and 4th placews will have to win two matches to reach the finals.