Thursday, August 25, 2016

West Indies Squad for T20 series against India 2016 in USA

West Indies, the current T20 world champions will take on India in the T20I series in USA. Coming out of a disappointed test series against the same opposition at home, the Caribbeans will look to gain back their confidence in this series. The West Indian Cricket Board announced the 13 member squad which will be lead by Carlos Brathwaite and replaced by Daren Sammy who is even not listed in the squad for the series.

The West Indies squad for T20 series is as follows:
1. CHRIS GAYLE
2. EVIN LEWIS
3. LENDL SIMMONS
4. MARLON SAMUELS
5. JASON HOLDER
6. KIERON POLLARD
7. CARLOS BRATHWAITE
8. SAMUEL BADREE
9. DWAYNE BRAVO
10. JOHNSON CHARLES
11. SUNIL NARINE
12. ANDRE FLETCHER
13. ANDRE RUSSELL


Indian Squad for T20 series against West Indies 2016

India and West Indies after the recently concluded test series in the Caribbean will now move to the United States of America for a two match T20 series starting on August 27, 2016. A 14-member squad was selected for India in the series which will be lead by the limited overs captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and significantly 12 members were from the same squad who were in the test series in the Caribbean. It is though a bit surprising that T20 specialist player, Suresh Raina was left out from the squad.

The 14 member Indian squad comprises of:
1. KL RAHUL
2. ROHIT SHARMA
3. AJINKYA RAHANE
4. SHIKHAR DHAWAN
5. VIRAT KOHLI
6. STUART BINNY
7. RAVICHANDRAN ASHWIN
8. RAVINDRA JADEJA
9. MS DHONI
10. AMIT MISHRA
11. BHUVANESHWAR KUMAR
12. JASPRIT BUMRAH
13. UMESH YADAV
14. MOHAMMED SHAMI


Australia gain confidence after winning their first ODI against Sri Lanka

Australia who lost to Sri Lanka 0-3 in the recently concluded three test match series came back strongly to answer critics by winning their first ODI against Sri Lanka at Colombo with three wickets. Australia opted to bowl first after winning the toss. Sri Lanka posted a score of 227 for the loss of 7 wickets in 50 overs after being invited by Australia to bat first. Kusal Mendis scored 67 runs of 95 balls and Dinesh Chandimal got 80 runs of 116 balls giving the Lankans a hope to defend after the distractive work from Australian pacers - Mitchell Starc (3-32)and James Faulkner (4-38).

With a target of 228 runs to be scored in 50 runs, the Australians started slowly and steadily towards reaching the target. The Lankan bowling haven’t seemed to be much disastrous as it had been in the test series as the Kangaroos won the match with 3 wickets in 47.5 overs.
With 4 more matches left in the series, it is still unpredictable as to which team will win and is rather interesting contest as both the sides got young and talented players.

Pakistan claims no.1 ICC test rank for the first time in latest rankings

With the final match ending in a draw between India and West Indies, Pakistan climbed up the table leading India by two points to take the world no.1 rank for the first time in the latest ICC test rankings. India being no.1 in the last week and were to win the 4th test match in Trinidad to continue staying at the top spot couldn’t get to win it as rain and wet outfield shattered the Indian hopes and helped Pakistan to replace India with 112 rankings points leaving India behind at no. 2 with 110 points in the ICC test rankings. Following India is Australia, England at no.3, 4 respectively with 108 points.

ICC Test Rankings:
1. Pakistan
2. India
3. Australia
4. England
5. New Zealand
6. Sri Lanka
7. South Africa
8. West Indies
9. Bangladesh
10. Zimbabwe

Schedule for India vs West Indies T20I series 2016 in the United States

India and West Indies are all set to play a two match T20I series in Florida, USA on 27, 28th August, 2016. ICC permitted both the teams to play in the United States hoping to develop the beautiful game of cricket in the USA. India who lost the semi-finals of ICC T20 World Cup 2016 to West Indies will look to change the script this time and grab the series. On the other hand, the Caribbeans after losing the recent test series against India, will look to move forward and come out of the recent test series loss at home. It will be pretty exciting contest thought between both the teams as each of them got some amazing talent and experience when it comes to this format of the game. The squads for both the teams were recently announced in which two surprise players Suresh Raina from India and Darren Sammy from West Indies were left behind.

Check below for the two match T20I series 2016 between India and West Indies.

27th August, 2016 – 10AM ET, 2PM GMT, 7:30PM IST (Saturday)
28th August, 2016 – 10AM ET, 2PM GMT, 7:30PM IST (Sunday)

India win the test series with 2-0 in West Indies

It has been a boring test for both the Indians and West Indies at Trinidad waiting for the rain to stop, outfield to get dried and play to be possible right from the first day post lunch of the match. With only one session of play in the test match as a result of pouring rain and ever wet outfield, the match has been resulted in draw and India won the test series 2-0. Currently no.1 ranked all-rounder & no.2 bowler in test matches, Ravichandran Ashwin was handed over the man of the series, this being his sixth overall in test matches.

Winning the toss and electing to bat first, the West Indies posted a score of 62 runs for the loss of two wickets in the 1st session on Day 1 of the 4th test match before it started to rain. Everybody was in a hope of starting the match anytime but rain and wet outfield played spoil sport not allowing even one ball to be bowled in spite of bright sunshine and many effort from the ground staff to make play possbile. Finally, the match ended in a draw, disappointing all the fans of both the countries and the outcome brought advantage to Pakistan as they move ahead of India to occupy the no.1 test rank for the first time.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

India moves to no.1 rank in latest ICC Test rankings but threatens to loss it to Pakistan if loss or draw against West Indies in the final Test

India, after their series win 2-0 against the West Indies with still one match to play and Sri Lanka’s series win against Australia 3-0 in the recently concluded test series helped India to move to no.1 place in ICC test rankings with 112 rating points. Australia lost 10 points with the series loss against the Lankans dropped to third position with 108 rating points. Pakistan who won leveled the series 2-2 recently against England climbed to 2nd place with 111 points while the latter settled at 4th position with 108 rating points. However there are chances for Pakistan to reach the top spot in the rankings if India loses or draws its final test match against the Caribbean’s in the 4th and final test match that is going to start on 18th, August, 2016. If India loses the match it will drop down to 4th position with 108 rating points, whereas a draw will help them settle with 110 points at second position behind Pakistan. So, the final between India and West Indies would be interesting to see as it looks like virtual fight between the arch rivals India & Pakistan where India losing or drawing the match seems like losing its top spot to Pakistan in ICC Test rankings.

ICC latest Test Cricket team Rankings:
1. India
2. Pakistan
3. Australia
4. England
5. New Zealand
6. Sri Lanka
7. South Africa
8. West Indies
9. Bangladesh
10. Zimbabwe

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Inspiring Fighting spirit from middle & lower orders help West Indies draw second test against India

The second match of the four match test series in India tour of West Indies ended in a draw as a result of some inspirational and mesmerizing fighting spirit from the Caribbean middle and lower order batsmen especially Roston Chase who scored 137 of 269 balls. We can say that this innings that he has played will be the innings of his life as it helped pull back this match from the Indians which almost looked impossible when the West Indies were 48/4. Jermaine Blackwood, Shane Dorwich and Jason Holder who also added 50+ scores to their names played very crucial roles to draw this match.

West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first but could manage to get only 196 runs on the board for the loss of 10 wickets in 52.3 overs with only Jermaine Blackwood managing to score 50+ out of all the West Indies batsmen. R Ashwin who won the man of the match award in the first test for his all round performance with both bat got his second five-fer of the series and restricted the West Indies to 196 runs.

India started their innings with Shikhar Dhawan and Lokesh Rahul who has come in for injured Murali Vijay. Lokesh Rahul scored 158 runs of 303 balls while Ajinkya Rahane scored 108 of 237 balls leading towards a score of500/9 in 171.1 overs. Roston Chase who batted amazing in the second innings got five wickets in the first innings and became a hero saving the match with his brilliant batting in the second innings.

Trailing by 304 runs, the West Indians started to bat in the second innings and lost 4 early wickets just for 48 runs. It was then, the heroics from the West Indian batsmen, Roston Chase followed by the lower order batsmen came into life which in result ended the match as a draw.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

ICC latest Rankings for top 10 Test Batsmen 2016

ICC (International Cricket Council) announces latest rankings for test batsmen of the world in which Australian ODI and test formats captain, Steve Smith tops the table with a batting average of 60.19 followed by Joe Root (56.16) and Kane Williamson (49.23). However, we can see the Australian batsmen domination with 3 Australians making it to top 10, the other two being Adam Voges and David Warner at no. 6 & 7. Joe Root, the second in top 10 also has his team mate Alastair Cook at no.9 in the top 10 test ranking batsmen. Kane Williamson is the only New Zealander in the top 10 followed by two South Africans, Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers at 4th and 5th spots. Only two Asian batsmen Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan from Pakistan could make places in the top 10 list at positions 8 and 10 respectively.

ICC Rankings for top 10 Test Batsmen:
1. Steven Smith (Australia)
2. Joe Root (England)
3. Kane Williamson (New Zealand)
4. Hashim Amla (South Africa)
5. AB de Villiers (South Africa)
6. Adam Voges (Australia)
7. David Warner (Australia)
8. Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan)
9. Alastair Cook (England)
10. Younis Khan (Pakistan)

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.