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Cricket Highlights, 07 Dec: BAN vs IND (2nd ODI)


BAN vs IND (2nd ODI) – Highlights

India and Bangladesh met in the 2nd match of the three-match ODI series yesterday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Batting first in that match, Bangladesh set a huge target. But India could not reach the target as the scheduled 50 overs ended. As a result, they had to leave the field after losing the series. On the other hand, Bangladesh is dreaming of whitewashing India in the series itself. Besides, Mehidy Hasan Miraz won the man of the match title again due to his excellent batting and good bowling.

Luck once again helped Bangladesh in this very important match at Mirpur Stadium. Captain Liton Das won the toss and decided to bat. The Indian bowlers cornered them when they came to bat, they lost 6 wickets at 69 runs. It was not even 19 overs then. There was darkness in the sky of Bangladesh. It was impossible to turn around from this place. Maybe no one could think. But Mahmudullah Riyad and Mehidy Hasan Miraz thought. This couple showed the team the way of light after overcoming the darkness. Standing in the rubble, Bangladesh got a challenging collection of 271 runs for 7 wickets in their fighting pair.

Enamul Haque Bijoy opened with Liton. They started well. But that good did not last long. Bijoy who scored 11 runs off 9 balls and 2 boundaries wasted his second life. He left the field after falling into the LBW trap. After Enamul Haque, Liton Das was also shown the way to the dressing room by Mohammad Siraj. The Bangladesh captain got bowled by this Indian pacer (7 off 23 balls).

In the 12th over of the innings, Umran Malik stormed the pace with the ball in hand. Shakib Al Hasan had to get a lot of speed to handle him. The world’s best all-rounder was defeated several times in one over. However, Shakib did not get out even though he gave the over a maiden. Nazmul Hossain came to bat after one over and Umran did not delay picking up the wicket. The left-handed batsman scored 21 runs in 3 boundaries off 35 balls. After that, Shakib could not last long. The innings of this experienced batsman stopped at 8 runs from 20 balls.

After that, Washington Sundar picked up a pair of wickets in one over. Mushfiq and Afif. 12 runs came from Mushfiqur’s bat in 2 boundaries off 24 balls, and Afif Hossain (0). 6 wickets lost at 69 runs. Big shame was waiting for Bangladesh. However, the experienced Mahmudullah Riyad and the hero of the previous match, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, saved the team with an incredible fighting standing.

Miraz scored his first career century. He scored 100 runs off 83 balls with 8 fours and 4 sixes. Mahmudullah’s half-century was the 27th of his ODI career. Scored 77 runs off 96 balls with the help of 7 fours. They made a pair of 148 runs on 165 balls for the seventh wicket. Besides, Nasum Ahmed was unbeaten on 18 runs.

Washington Sundar was the most successful Indian bowler. He took 3 wickets for 37 runs. Umran Malik and Mohammad Siraj took two wickets each.

Indians were on the back foot from the start to respond. Ebadot Hossain bowled Virat Kohli. He scored 5 runs off 6 balls. Shikhar Dhawan also got out after scoring 8 runs off 10 balls. After 39 runs, Washington Sundar (11), and Lokesh Rahul (14) also got out. Shreyas Iyer and Axar Patel took the lead when the Indians were reeling at the loss of 4 wickets for 65 runs. They made an impeccable pair of 107 runs. 

At this time, Mehidy Hasan Miraz again played the role of the savior. Shreyas Iyer got caught out. His innings of 82 runs off 102 balls ended with the team’s 172 runs. After that, Axar Patel was also dismissed by Ebadot Hossain. He scored 56 runs off 56 balls.

After that, Shardul Thakur scored 7 runs and Deepak Chahar got out after scoring 11 runs. At this time, Rohit Sharma entered the field. He started his stormy batting. A 28-ball half-century testifies to that. He batted the entire T20. But he could not beat the team as the over ended. Besides, Mohammad Siraj got out after playing 12 balls for 2 runs. In the end, they stopped at 266 runs with 19 runs extra.

Ebadot Hossain took 3 wickets, Mehidy Hasan Miraz took 2 wickets, and Shakib Al Hasan took 2 wickets. Mostafizur Rahman and Mahmudullah Riyad took 1 wicket each.

BAN vs IND Scoreboard

India – 266/9 (50.0)

Bangladesh – 271/7 (50.0)

Result – Bangladesh won by 5 runs

Player of the match – Mehidy Hasan Miraz


BAN vs IND Playing XIs

BAN Litton Das (c), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Anamul Haque, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Afif Hossain, Ebadot Hossain, Nasum Ahmed , Mustafizur Rahman
IND Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul (wk), Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Washington Sundar, Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Deepak Chahar, Umran Malik

Cricket Highlights, 05 Dec: PAK vs ENG (1st Test)

ক্রিকেট হাইলাইটস, ০৫ ডিসেম্বর: পাকিস্তান বনাম ইংল্যান্ড (১ম টেস্ট)

PAK vs ENG (1st Test)

After India, New Zealand, and South Africa, this time the host of the current Pakistan-England has been taken down by England’s ‘Bazball’ strategy. After 17 years, Babar Azam’s team lost by 74 runs in the first match of the three-Test series played against the English at home.

Chasing a target of 343 runs in Rawalpindi on Monday (December 5), Pakistan needed 263 runs on the last day. The hosts, who lost 2 wickets the previous day and scored 80 runs, dreamed of winning, but in the end, their innings were stopped at 268 runs by the bowling cannon of the English bowlers. Ollie Robinson and James Anderson took 4 wickets each. Besides, Jack Leach and Ben Stokes got 1 wicket each.

Both sides fought evenly for about five days. However, against England’s ‘Bazball’, Pakistan’s traditional fight could not survive in the end. England has started playing in this strategy since last May after appointing former New Zealand cricketer Brendon McCullum as their head coach. Where the team will bat fearlessly in ODI style and get quick runs against the traditional character of Test matches batting slowly.

McCullum and England are also successful with that strategy. They started this strategy against New Zealand at Lord’s in June. The English are also successful in the series. They whitewashed the Kiwis in the three-match series. Then, they beat India in the only Test in July. They defeated South Africa 2-1.

This time Pakistan was defeated by their strategy in early December. Winning the toss and Batting first in Rawalpindi, England collected 657 runs in just 101 overs. Where the run rate has surpassed the ODI version as well. English batter Harry Brook scored 153 off 116 balls, Zak Crawley scored 122 off 111 balls, Ben Duckett scored 107 off 110 balls and Ollie Pope scored 108 off 104 balls. Looking at the ball handling compared to their runs, it would be hard to believe it was a Test match.

Spinner Zahid Mahmood took the highest number of 4 wickets for Pakistan at an economy rate above seven. Apart from this, Naseem Shah took 3 wickets, Mohammad Ali 2, and Haris Rauf took 1 wicket.

In response to this huge target set by England, Pakistan continued to bat traditionally. The Men in Green managed to score 579 runs in 155.3 overs. Pakistan captain Babar Azam scored 136 off 168 balls, Imam-ul-Haq scored 121 off 207 balls and Abdullah Shafique scored 114 off 203 balls. Spinner Will Jacks scalped the maximum number of 6 wickets for the English side. Apart from this, Jack Leach took 2 wickets, and Ollie Robinson and James Anderson took 1 wicket each.

Till that time, the fight between the two teams has been almost consistent. But in the second innings, the English challenged Pakistan by collecting 264 runs in just 35.5 overs. Keeping wickets on hand is more complex than scoring 343 runs in a day and a half. In the end, the hosts managed to score 268 runs in 96.3 overs but could not keep their wickets safe. And after 17 years, England started the series with a victory over Pakistan in Pakistan.

In the 2nd innings, Harry Brook scored the highest of 87 off 65 balls for the visitors. Besides, Joe Root scored 73 off 69 balls and Zak Crawley scored 50 off 48 balls. Mohammad Ali, Naseem Shah, and Zahid Mahmood took 2 wickets each and Agha Salman picked up 1 wicket for the Men in Green. Batsman Saud Shakeel top-scored with 76 off 159 balls in the 2nd innings for the hosts before caving defeat.

English pacer Ollie Robinson was adjudged the player of the match after taking a total of 5 wickets including 1 in the first innings and 4 in the second innings. On next December 09 (Friday), these two teams will meet in the 2nd match of the series at Multan Cricket Stadium.

PAK vs ENG Scoreboard

England (1st Innings) – 657/10 (101.0)

Pakistan (1st Innings) – 579/10 (155.3)

England (2nd Innings) – 264/7 D (35.5)

Pakistan (2nd Innings) – 268/10 (96.3)

Result – England won by 74 runs

Player of the match – Ollie Robinson

Cricket Highlights, 05 Dec: PAK vs ENG (1st Test)

PAK vs ENG Playing XI

PAK Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Abdullah Shafique, Azhar Ali, Saud Shakeel, Agha Salman, Imam-ul-Haq, Naseem Shah, Mohammad Ali, Haris Rauf, and Zahid Mahmood.
ENG Ben Stokes (c), Ollie Pope (wk), Zak Crawley, Joe Root, Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, Liam Livingstone, Jack Leach, Will Jacks, Ollie Robinson, and James Anderson.

Cricket Highlights, 04 Dec: BAN vs IND (1st ODI)

ক্রিকেট হাইলাইটস, ০৪ ডিসেম্বর: বাংলাদেশ বনাম ভারত (১ম ওডিআই)

BAN vs IND (1st ODI) – Highlights

India and Bangladesh met in the 1st match of the three-match ODI series yesterday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. In that match, India went down to bat first and fell under the attack of the Bangladeshi bowlers. But before that, they set some kind of target. Bangladesh won that match after chasing that goal by a small margin. Along with that, they took a step towards winning the series. On the other hand, India had to leave the field with a loss. Besides, Mehidy Hasan Miraz won the man of the match title due to his excellent batting and good bowling.

Liton Das is leading the Bangladesh team in this series as Tamim Iqbal was ruled out due to injury. Luck helped him in the first match. The fielding decision was taken by winning the toss. On the other hand, while going to bat first Shikhar Dhawan missed the line and did a reverse sweep, then the ball hit the bat and simultaneously hit the stumps. Then the bell fell. This Indian opener Dhawan took the path of the dressing room by scoring only 7 runs. Mehidy Hasan Miraj took the first wicket after 23 runs.

Then two victims fell in one over. That too was the two pillars of Indian batting Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Captain Liton Das brought the world’s best all-rounder into the attack in the eleventh over of the innings. Shakib bowled Rohit (27 off 31) in the second ball. After one ball Shakib took another one. This time, however, Liton’s contribution should be more. Liton took an incredible catch by jumping like a hawk at extra cover. Which Kohli (9) couldn’t believe.

In the last ball of the 20th over, while pulling Ebadot’s short delivery, Iyer (24) threw the ball straight into the sky. That easy catch was taken by the wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim. Losing 4 wickets for 92 runs, Lokesh Rahul and Sundar were pulling India at that time. They added 60 runs for the team in 75 balls. Finally, Shakib broke the pair by sending Sundar (19) back to the dressing room.

Then Ebadot struck in the next over. Shakib helped him. Shahbaz’s (0) got caught at the cover with great skill. In the next over, Shakib bowled back Shardul Thakur (2).

After two balls in that over, Shakib trapped Chahar in LBW and completed the Fifer. Losing 8 wickets for 156 runs, Lokesh Rahul was India’s last hope. He was also caught in the trap of Ebadot’s short ball. Rahul’s innings of 73 run off 70 balls had 5 boundaries and 4 sixes. In the end, they scored 186 runs losing 10 wickets with 14 runs extra.

Shakib took 5 wickets at the cost of 36 runs. Ebadot took 4 wickets for 47 runs. Mehidy Hasan Miraj also took 1 wicket.

Chasing the target of 187 runs, Nazmul Hossain Shanto gave away his wicket on the first ball. Then Anamul Haque Bijay departed after scoring 14 runs. After losing 2 wickets for 26 runs, Captain Liton Das and senior cricketer Shakib Al Hasan held on well to save the Bangladesh team’s disaster. They also made a pair of 48 runs; but while playing well, Captain Liton Das was suddenly given a wicket. He scored 41 runs off 63 balls.

After that, Shakib and Mushfiqur paired together. But the pair could not last for long, Shakib was dismissed for 29 off 38 balls. Mushfiqur Rahim was bowled out after playing 45 balls for 18 runs. Before that, Mahmudullah Riyad was out. He scored 14 runs off 35 balls.

The 7th wicket also falls within 134 runs. Afif Hossain got out with 6 runs off 12 balls. Ebadot Hossain and Hasan Mahmud were out for 136 runs. Miraz and Mustafiz wrote fairy tales after that. Miraz’s innings of 38 runs off 39 balls were more valuable than a century. Because he and Mostafizur Rahman helped to win the match at the end. On the other hand, Mustafizur Rahman was unbeaten on 10 runs. In the end, they won by 1 wicket.

Mohammad Siraj took 3 wickets for India. Kuldeep Sen and Washington Sundar took 2 wickets each. Besides, Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar took 1 wicket each.

BAN vs IND Scoreboard

India – 186/10 (41.2)

Bangladesh – 187/9 (46.0)

Result – Bangladesh won by 1 wicket

Player of the match – Mehidy Hasan Miraz

Cricket Highlights, 04 Dec: BAN vs IND (1st ODI)

BAN vs IND Playing XIs

BAN Litton Das (c), Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Anamul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Afif Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Hasan Mahmud, and Ebadot Hossain.
IND Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar, Virat Kohli, Shahbaz Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Siraj, and Kuldeep Sen.

Cricket Highlights, 30 Nov: AUS vs WI (1st Test)

ক্রিকেট হাইলাইটস, ৩০ নভেম্বর: অস্ট্রেলিয়া বনাম ওয়েস্ট ইন্ডিজ (১ম টেস্ট) 

AUS vs WI (1st Test) – Highlights

The 2-match Test series between Australia and the West Indies began on Wednesday, November 30 at the Perth Stadium in Australia. In the 1st match of that series, Australia made a huge run, thanks to a pair of double centuries in the first innings. After that, West Indies went down to bat in the 1st innings, and before playing 100 overs they were wrapped up by the Aussie bowlers. Then Australia came to bat in the 2nd innings, and they declared after batting for some time. But in the 2nd innings, West Indies lost all wickets again. As a result, they left the field with a huge run margin and a loss. On the other hand, Australia took a step towards winning the series by winning the 1st match. Apart from this, Marnus Labuschagne won the Man of the Match title by scoring a double century.

After winning the toss and batting on the first day of the Test, the hosts collected 293 runs after losing 2 wickets. Marnus Labuschagne was unbeaten on 154 runs. Steven Smith was batting on 59 runs. Before that, however, Australia was in some danger when David Warner returned to the dressing room for just 5 runs. But Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne overcame that danger to lay the foundation for a big score. The two made a partnership of 142 runs. Usman Khawaja was dismissed for 65 runs after playing 149 balls. It had 5 boundaries and 1 six. 

After that Marnus Labuschagne and Steven Smith stuck to the wicket like glue with the bat. They made a huge pair of 251 runs. In the meantime, Labuschagne scored a double century. When Labuchen got out after the team scored 402 runs, 204 runs were adorning his name. 

Then Steven Smith formed a pair with Travis Head. They made a huge pair of 196 runs. On the other hand, Captain Pat Cummins was waiting for the innings announcement. For this, he was waiting for Smith’s double and head’s century. Steven Smith completed the double century, but only 99 runs were made by Travis Head. After playing 95 balls, he got out for 99 runs. He did not get the century for 1 run.

Smith scored his 29th career Test century. It was his fourth double-century innings. Aussie captain Pat Cummins announced the innings with 598 runs for 4 wickets after Smith’s double century.

In response, West Indies scored 283 runs in 98.2 overs, losing 10 wickets. Kraigg Brathwaite (64) scored the most runs for them. Tagenarine Chanderpaul scored 51 runs, Jermaine Blackwood scored 36 runs, and Shamarh Brooks scored 33 runs. Besides, no one else could score such a run. At the end of their 1st innings, they were on the trail of 315 runs.

After coming down to bat in the 2nd innings, losing 2 wickets after playing 37 overs and scoring 182 runs, the Australian captain announced the innings again. Marnus Labuchen scored the most runs for them in that innings. He scored 104 runs off 110 balls with 13 fours and 2 sixes. Besides, David Warner scored 48 runs.

At the end, the target for West Indies stood at 497 runs. In reply they could score 333 runs in 110.5 overs losing 10 wickets. As a result, they have to leave the field with a huge loss of 164 runs. Captain Kraigg Brathwaite scored the most runs for them in that innings. He scored 110 runs off 188 balls. Besides Chanderpaul 45, Roston Chase 55, and Alzarri Joseph scored 43 runs.

The most successful bowlers for Australia were Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins.

AUS vs WI Scoreboard

Australia (1st innings)594/4 d (152.4) 

West Indies (1st innings)283/10 (98.2)

Australia (2nd innings)182/2 d (37.0)

West Indies (2nd innings)333/10 (110.5)

Result – Australia won by 164 runs

Player of the match – Marnus Labuschagne 

Cricket Highlights, 30 Nov: AUS vs WI (1st Test)

AUS vs WI Playing XIs

AUS Pat Cummins (c), Alex Carey (wk), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood
WI Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Joshua Da Silva (wk), Nkrumah Bonner, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Jason Holder, Kyle Mayers, Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Shamarh Brooks, Jayden Seales

Cricket Highlights, 30 Nov: SL vs AFG (3rd ODI)

Cricket Highlights, 30 Nov: SL vs AFG (3rd ODI)

SL vs AFG (3rd ODI) – Highlights

Sri Lanka needed 68 runs off the last 36 balls. However, Charith Asalanka was hopeful to get that desired amount of runs. Along with Dunith Wellalage, he offered Sri Lanka an essential victory in the World Cup Super League.

Asalanka’s unbeaten innings of 83 off 72 balls and Wellalage’s 21-ball 31 runs helped Sri Lanka reach the target of 314 runs set by Afghanistan with 2 balls to spare. Ibrahim Zadran’s record 162 runs innings, and Rashid Khan’s excellent bowling of 4 wickets for 37 runs has got faded with this. The 3-match ODI series has been drawn 1-1.

Kusal Mendis and Pathum Nissanka’s opening partnership of 101 runs gave Sri Lanka a solid foundation. Nissanka scored 35 runs off 55 balls, but Mendis scored 67 runs off just 61 balls. However, the Lankans lost De Silva (5) after the departure of Mendis and Nissanka by 15 runs. After Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi brought the Afghans back into the match.

Asalanka did the first task of rebuilding the hosts with Dinesh Chandimal in a pair of 48 runs from 48 balls. Nabi broke the pair by returning Chandimal who scored 33 runs off 32 balls. Asalanka then scored 79 runs off 68 balls with Dasun Shanaka. Rashid bowled Shanaka, who scored 43 runs off 44 balls, and gave the Afghans a breakthrough again. The leg-spinner took his fourth wicket in the next over, sending Wanindu Hasaranga (2) back.

In the very next over, Asalanka attacked Mujeeb Ur Rahman, he smashed 2 sixes. Rashid was brought back into the attack by Afghan captain Hashmatullah in the 47th over, and Rashid gave only 3 runs in that over. Sri Lanka needed 37 runs off the last 18 balls. Dunith Wellalage hit a four off the last ball of the 48th over, 29 was needed off 12 balls for the hosts then.

Wellalage hit three fours in the 49th over off Gulbadin Naib. He hit Fazalhaq Farooqi for a six off the first ball of the last over and ended the match with a six off the fourth ball. Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets with 2 balls left in the innings. Apart from Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi took 2 wickets for Afghanistan.

Earlier, Afghanistan had a bad start in batting after winning the toss. They lost 3 wickets for 57 runs. Rahmanullah Gurbaz (5) pulled Kasun Rajitha’s ball on the stumps in the third over, and Rahmat Shah (22) became Rajitha’s second victim in the 12th over. A little later, captain Hashmatullah Shahidi (4) was LBW by Dhananjaya de Silva.

Then Ibrahim Zadran and Najibullah Zadran made a great pair of 154 runs. This is Afghanistan’s highest by any wicket against Sri Lanka, and the fourth-highest against any team also. In the 38th over, Wanindu Hasaranga sent back Najibullah, who scored 77 runs off 76 balls. Ibrahim, however, got out in the last ball of the innings.

Ibrahim scored fifty off 64 balls, it took 100 balls to score a century. This is his third century in his 8-match career. Ibrahim needed only 32 balls to make his next fifty. He played a magnificent innings of 162 off 138 balls, with 15 fours and 4 sixes, before being caught off the last ball. This is the highest innings by any Afghan batsman in ODIs.

In the end, Afghanistan collected a big score of 313 runs, losing 8 wickets in the allotted 50 overs. Kasun Rajitha took the highest number of 3 wickets in Sri Lanka’s win. Besides, Wanindu Hasaranga took 2 wickets, and Dhananjaya de Silva and Asitha Fernando took 1 wicket each.

Charith Asalanka was adjudged Player of the Match for playing his match-winning innings. Ibrahim Zadran was adjudged Player of the Series for scoring brilliant two centuries in this series.

SL vs AFG Scoreboard

Afghanistan – 313/8 (50.0)

Sri Lanka – 314/6 (49.4)

Result – Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets

Player of the match – Charith Asalanka

Player of the series – Ibrahim Zadran

Cricket Highlights, 30 Nov: SL vs AFG (3rd ODI)

SL vs AFG Playing XIs

SL Dasun Shanaka (c), Kusal Mendis (wk), Pathum Nissanka, Dinesh Chandimal, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dunith Wellalage, Asitha Fernando, Maheesh Theekshana, and Kasun Rajitha.
AFG Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Rahmat Shah, Najibullah Zadran, Ibrahim Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Gulbadin Naib, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, and Noor Ahmad.

Cricket Highlights, 25 Nov: SL vs AFG (1st ODI)

Cricket Highlights, 25 Nov: SL vs AFG (1st ODI)

SL vs AFG (1st ODI) – Highlights

In the 1st match of the three-match series, the visiting Afghanistan secured a big win by 60 runs against the hosts Sri Lanka. After winning the toss and batting first, the visitors got a big collection of 294 runs after losing 8 wickets in the scheduled 50 overs courtesy of Ibrahim Zadran’s century. In reply, the Lankans’ innings stopped at 234 runs in 38 overs.

As a result, Afghanistan won by 60 runs in Pallekele and took a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series. This is Afghanistan’s second ODI win against Sri Lanka, the last one came in 2018.

After going down to chase the target, the fight got intense between Wanindu Hasaranga and Afghanistan. When Hasaranga came in at number seven for Sri Lanka, the hosts lost the fifth wicket and their score was 137 in the 24th over. Hasaranga then played a devastating innings of 66 off 46 balls, which included 10 fours and 2 sixes.

However, none of the other batsmen on the team could give him worthy company on the wicket. Hasaranga became Fazalhaq Farooqi’s fourth victim in the last ball of the 38th over as Sri Lanka was stopped at 234 runs. Before Hasaranga, opener Pathum Nissanka was Sri Lanka’s hope. Farooqi’s delivery bowled him as well, before that he scored 85 runs from 83 balls with the help of 10 boundaries.

Sri Lanka’s highest partnership in the first five wickets was 47 off 54 balls, which was made by Nissanka and captain Dasun Shanaka for the fifth wicket. Nissanka and Hasaranga added 31 runs for the sixth wicket. After Nissanka’s 85 and Hasaranga’s 66 runs, Dhananjaya de Silva and captain Shanaka’s innings of 16 runs were the third-highest in the Sri Lankan innings.

Two Afghan pacers Farooqi and Gulbadin Naib did the main damage to the hosts. Sri Lanka lost 7 wickets to score 83 runs in 17 overs assembled by these two. Another pacer Yamin Ahmadzai was a little scratchy, but he too took the wickets of Kusal Mendis (1) and Maheesh Theekshana (3) with 46 runs in 6 overs. Besides, spinner Rashid Khan took 1 wicket.

Before winning the toss, Afghanistan’s two openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran got off to a good start. These two made a pair of 84 runs. Gurbaz returned to the dressing room after scoring 53 runs from 55 balls in the 15th over. Rahmat Shah and Ibrahim added 118 runs to the scoreboard for the second wicket. Rahmat (52) returned to the pavilion after scoring his fifty.

Ibrahim scored 50 off 62 balls, he needed 116 balls to score a century. This is his second century in a career of 6 matches. He scored 106 off 120 balls, hitting 11 fours before being caught by Hasaranga off Theekshana. Najibullah Zadran raised a storm on the field after Ibrahim left. Coming down at number four, he scored 42 runs off 25 balls with 5 fours and 1 six. 

Afghanistan lost 4 wickets in the last 2 overs. The visitors lost 2 wickets to get 5 runs in the last over. If that didn’t happen, they could have crossed 300. However, there was no problem for the visiting Afghanistan to get a big win. All-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga took the highest number of 2 wickets for Sri Lanka. Apart from this, Kasun Rajitha, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara, and Dhananjaya Lakshan got 1 wicket each.

Afghan opener Ibrahim Zadran was selected as the player of the match after playing a remarkable innings of 106 runs. Tomorrow, Sri Lanka will face Afghanistan in the 2nd match of the series at the same venue at the same time in a bid to save the series.

SL vs AFG Scoreboard

Afghanistan – 294/8 (50.0)

Sri Lanka234/10 (38.0)

Result – Afghanistan won by 60 runs

Player of the match – Ibrahim Zadran


SL vs AFG Playing XIs

SL Dasun Shanaka (c), Kusal Mendis (wk), Pathum Nissanka, Dinesh Chandimal, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana, and Kasun Rajitha.
AFG Hashmatullah Shahidi (c), Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Gulbadin Naib, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Rahmat Shah, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Yamin Ahmadzai, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Cricket Highlights, 25 Nov: NZ vs IND (1st ODI)

NZ vs IND (1st ODI) – Highlights

India and New Zealand met in the first of three ODIs at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand on Friday. Batting first in that match, India set a huge target after playing the scheduled 50 overs. But chasing that target, New Zealand reached the target before the end of the scheduled over. As a result, they took a step towards winning the series by winning the 1st match. On the other hand, Tom Latham won the man of the match title by batting brilliantly in that match.

India won the rain-interrupted T20 series. But after the start of the ODI series, India had to lose to New Zealand despite scoring 300 plus runs in the first match.

Shikhar Dhawan’s team lost to Kane Williamson’s team by 7 wickets in the first match. Batting first, India scored 306 runs. Half-centuries were scored by Captain Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, and Shreyas Iyer.

Still, India could not win the match. India had to lose mainly because of the failure of the bowlers. With 17 balls remaining, New Zealand took the winning run with 7 wickets in hand. Tom Latham scores a brilliant century. Kane Williams also went close to a century. The Kiwis took a 1-0 lead in the series.

The two Indian openers took the rope of the match with their brilliant batting from the beginning. Although India won the toss and chose to bat, Dhawan was in the power from the start. Dhawan scored 72 runs from 77 balls with the help of 13 fours. Shubman scored 50 runs off 65 balls. He also hit 1 four and 3 sixes. Together they made a pair of 124 runs. Shreyas also put up runs at number three.

Earlier, when the two Indian openers returned quickly, the responsibility of taking the Indian innings forward was on the shoulders of Shreyas and Rishabh Pant. Shreyas did his duty but Pant failed. He was bowled out after making 15 runs off 23 balls with the help of 2 fours. Suryakumar returned to the dressing room in that over. He hit four on the first ball. In the next ball, he did not get a run. Then Suryakumar was caught in the slip on the third ball and returned to the dressing room.

Pant and Suryakumar did not get runs but Sanju Samson scored 36 runs from 38 balls with the help of 4 fours. He and Shreyas rescued India, who were under pressure after losing successive wickets. They made a pair of 94 runs. Washington Sunder remained unbeaten with 37 runs off 16 balls in the last over. His innings of 37 runs had 3 fours and 3 sixes. It is doubtful whether India would have crossed the 300-run mark without him. Shreyas was at the crease till the last over. He scored 80 runs with the help of 4 fours and 4 sixes before being dismissed by Southee. In the end, India scored 306 runs with 11 runs extra in 50 overs.

Southee and Ferguson took 3 wickets each for New Zealand. Adam Milne took 1 wicket. Southee got a wicket but gave 73 runs in 10 overs. Ferguson gave 59 runs.

Set to bat with a target of 307 runs, the two Kiwi openers Finn Allen (22) and Devon Conway (24) were dismissed early. Daryl Mitchell scored 11 runs. Losing three wickets for 88 runs, India failed to break New Zealand who was under some pressure. Because Williamson and Latham then took the match out easily.

Williamson and Tom Latham put on a partnership of 221 runs. Latham remained unbeaten on 145 runs. He played 104 balls to score 145 runs, with 19 fours and 5 sixes. Williamson did not get a hundred for just 6 runs. He remains unbeaten on 94 runs. He scored this run off 98 balls with 7 fours and 1 six.

Umran Malik made his debut for India and took 2 wickets. Shardul Thakur also got a wicket. But none of the others got a wicket.

NZ vs IND Scoreboard 

New Zealand309/3 (47.1) 

India306/7 (50.0)

Result – New Zealand won by 7 wickets

Player of the match – Tom Latham 


NZ vs IND Playing XIs

NZ Kane Williamson (c), Tom Latham (wk), Devon Conway, Finn Allen, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Adam Milne, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson
IND Shikhar Dhawan (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Shubman Gill, Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Washington Sundar, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik, Yuzvendra Chahal

Cricket Highlights, 22 Nov: AUS vs ENG (3rd ODI)

AUS vs ENG (3rd ODI) – Highlights

Eight days after winning the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Melbourne, revisiting England played an ODI match against hosts Australia at the same venue. They had already lost the 3-match ODI series by losing in Adelaide and Sydney. But this time when they came to play at Melbourne, they lost by a record margin.

Australia scored 355 runs in 48 overs with twin centuries from Travis Head and David Warner, England’s target was 364 runs in the D/L system. But chasing the target, Jos Buttler’s team was bowled out for just 142 runs. As a result, the Aussies won by 221 runs in the D/L method.

This is England’s biggest margin of defeat in their history regarding runs, although Australia has five more wins by larger margins.

England captain Buttler, who was rested in the previous match, won the toss and came down to the field first. Batting on the MCG wicket was not easy in the beginning. But there, Head and Warner continued to frustrate the English bowlers. Both scored 64 runs in the first powerplay. England could not stop these two quickly.

Head completed his fifty in 55 balls, Warner needed 53 balls. In the 27th over, Head completed his century in just 91 balls by playing a cut shot off Chris Woakes for four. Warner, however, had to wait until the 37th over, hitting Olly Stone for a four between mid-off and extra cover to bring up his century off 97-ball.

Before Warner’s century, his opening partnership with Head brought up 250 runs for the Aussies. Head and Warner are now only the second duos in ODI history to score 250 runs. This feat was achieved by India’s Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly earlier.

Warner finally stopped in the 39th over when he was caught by David Willey at deep midwicket while trying to pick up Stone. Warner scored 106 runs in 102 balls with 8 fours and 2 sixes. His partnership with Head was 269 runs. This is the highest partnership for any wicket in ODIs at the MCG, and second highest against England for any wicket.

It looked like Head would get a double century even if Warner returned to the dressing room. But after 3 balls, he was also bowled by Stone. Head played an amazing innings of 152 runs off 130 balls, with 16 fours and 4 sixes. In the end, Steven Smith’s 16 off 21, Mitchell Marsh’s 16 off 30, and Alex Carey’s unbeaten 6 off 12-run cameo innings helped Australia to collect a huge score of 355 runs.

After that, the rain stopped the match. As a result, the game came down to 48 overs. Olly Stone took England’s highest number of 4 wickets with 85 runs in 10 overs. Besides, Liam Dawson took the remaining 1 wicket.

England never got momentum in the run chase. Phil Salt was knocked out earlier due to a concussion, and Dawid Malan (2) came to open with Jason Roy. However, the duo could not stay for even 3 overs. James Vince (22) and Roy (33) put on 42 runs for the second wicket partnership, but England lost wickets at regular intervals after that.

In the beginning, after Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa struck England hard. The leg-spinner came in for the first time in the 22nd over. In his next over, he sent off 2 balls in succession to Buttler (1) and Woakes. In his next over, he took the wicket of Moeen Ali (18), who came in as a replacement for Salt. After that, Sam Curran (12) and Dawson (18) were sent back by the delivery of Sean Abbott and Mitchell Marsh, and Zampa took Stone’s (4) wicket.

Along with that, the visitors’ innings stopped after scoring 142 runs in 31.4 overs. Adam Zampa scalped the maximum number of 4 wickets for Australia. Apart from this, Pat Cummins and Sean Abbott snapped up 2 wickets, while Mitchell Marsh and Josh Hazlewood took 1 wicket each.

AUS vs ENG Scoreboard

Australia – 355/5 (48.0)

England – 142/10 (31.4)

Result – Australia won by 221 runs (D/L method – Revised target 364)

Player of the match – Travis Head

Player of the series – David Warner

Cricket Highlights, 22 Nov: AUS vs ENG (3rd ODI)

AUS vs ENG Playing XIs

AUS Pat Cummins (c), Alex Carey (wk), David Warner, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Marcus Stoinis, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Sean Abbott, Adam Zampa, and Josh Hazlewood.
ENG Jos Buttler (c & wk), Jason Roy, James Vince, Dawid Malan, Sam Billings, Chris Woakes, Liam Dawson, Sam Curran, David Willey, Moeen Ali, Olly Stone, and Philip Salt.

Cricket Highlights, 22 Nov: NZ vs IND (3rd T20I)


NZ vs IND (3rd T20I) – Highlights

India and New Zealand met in the final match of the three-match T20 series at McLean Park, Napier, New Zealand on Tuesday. Batting first in that match, New Zealand folded before playing the scheduled 20 overs. They also set a rough target. But chasing that goal, the game was interrupted due to rain. As a result, the match was tied by DLS system. Mohammad Siraj won the Man of the Match title by bowling brilliantly in that match and Suryakumar Yadav won the Man of the Series title with his brilliant batting in the 2nd match.

After winning the toss and batting first, Finn Allen was trapped in LBW off Arshdeep Singh in the second over, he scored 3 runs from 4 balls. New Zealand also lost Mark Chapman in the power-play (12 runs from 12 balls), although the total was 46 runs. New Zealand was then given the lead by the third-wicket partnership of Devon Conway and Glenn Phillips, who added 86 runs off 63 balls. However, both returned with a gap of 6 balls.

Mohammed Siraj caught out Glenn Phillips after scoring 54 runs off 33 balls. His innings of 54 runs had 5 fours and 3 sixes. In the next over, Conway, who scored 59 off 49 balls, was caught by Ishan Kishan at deep midwicket off Arshdeep. He also hit 5 fours and 2 sixes.

New Zealand’s innings then collapsed. The hosts lost the last 6 wickets to score 30 runs. Siraj struck twice in the 18th over – Mitchell Santner (1) returned to the pavilion after James Neesham (0). Darryl Mitchell (10) and Ish Sodhi (0) returned off two consecutive balls in the next over by Arshdeep, and Adam Milne (0) was run out with a hat trick off Arshdeep.

New Zealand’s innings ended 2 balls early when Harshal Patel bowled New Zealand Captain Tim Southee (6). One-four came in the last 16 balls, losing 6 wickets and New Zealand scored only 13 runs. In the end, they scored 160 runs with 10 runs extra. 

Mohammad Siraj and Arshdeep Singh took 4 wickets each for India, although Mohammad Siraj was frugal. Besides, Harshal Patel took 1 wicket.

Their last T20 against New Zealand ended in a DLS tie after the rain stopped India’s batting in the 2nd innings. In Napier, India went into bat with a target of 161 runs and scored 75 runs after losing 4 wickets at the end of 9 overs. At that time India’s ‘par’ score in the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern system was 75, meaning that to win, the score had to be more than 75 runs.

Then the rain subsided but the game could not start, resulting in a tie. After the first match was washed out by rain, India won the second, resulting in Hardik Pandya’s side winning the series by 1-0. This is the second time in history that a T20 international has been tied using the DLS system. The first time it happened was in Gibraltar and Malta, last year. However, there are three such incidents in ODIs.

In the run chase, however, India was under pressure early on. Kishan (10) was caught off the last ball of the second over at deep square leg. Southee sent Rishabh Pant (11) and Shreyas Iyer (0) to the sack with two consecutive balls in the third over, standing in front of a hat-trick for the second consecutive match. However, the ball was wide.

It was Pandya who then counter-attacked. However, Suryakumar Yadav started the fourth over by hitting Milne for a four, and Pandya hit two more fours in that over. In the next over, the Indian skipper attacked New Zealand skipper Southee, with six followed by a four. In the last over of the powerplay, Suryakumar, who scored a century in the previous match, hit Lockie Ferguson for a six with great use of his wrist, India made 58 runs in 6 overs.

After that, Sodhi broke the 22-ball 39-run partnership in the next over by sending Suryakumar back to the bench. After that wicket, Mitchell Santner, who came at the other end with Sodhi, slowed India’s run rate a bit, 17 runs came in the next 3 overs after the Powerplay. The Rain came at the end of the ninth over, due to which the game could not start.

NZ vs IND Scoreboard 

New Zealand160/10 (19.4) 

India75/4 (9.0)

Result – Match tied (Teams score level on DLS method)

Player of the match – Mohammed Siraj 

Player of the series – Suryakumar Yadav 

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NZ vs IND Playing XIs

NZ Tim Southee (c), Devon Conway (wk), Mark Chapman, Finn Allen, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, James Neesham, Adam Milne, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson
IND Hardik Pandya (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal

Cricket Highlights, 20 Nov: NZ vs IND (2nd T20I)

ক্রিকেট হাইলাইটস, ২০ নভেম্বর: নিউজিল্যান্ড বনাম ভারত (২য় টি২০)

NZ vs IND (2nd T20I) – Highlights

India and New Zealand met in the 2nd T20I of the three-match series at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, New Zealand on Sunday. Batting first in the rain-soaked match, India set a huge target with Suryakumar Yadav’s century. But chasing that target, New Zealand folded before the allotted 20 overs were over. As a result, they left with a loss. On the other hand, after the first match was abandoned due to rain, India took a step towards winning the series by winning the second match. Besides, Suryakumar Yadav won the Man of the Match title by batting brilliantly for them.  

40 hat-tricks and 104 centuries in international T20 have been recorded until now. So the 41st hat trick and 105th century are something special. This is the first international T20 match with a hat-trick and century in the same match, that too in the same innings. Suryakumar Yadav scored a century and Tim Southee took a hat-trick in the first innings of the second T20I between New Zealand and India.

In this exciting match, New Zealand won the toss and chose to bowl first and sent off the India to bat. Batting first, India scored 36 runs in the opening pair of Ishan Kishan and Rishabh Pant. Pant scored only 6 runs from 13 balls. Kishan scored 36 runs off 31 balls. He also hit 5 fours and 1 six. After that, it was all Suryakumar show in India’s innings. With Rohit Sharma-Kohli rested for this series, the spotlight was all on him. And the stage was set to showcase his great batting style. So he took the second century of his career in just 49 balls. Suryakumar contributed 111 runs out of 191 runs of India’s innings. The rest scored 80 runs together.

In the end, Surya remained unbeaten scoring 111 runs off 51 balls. He played this innings with 11 fours and 7 sixes. Besides, Shreyas Iyer scored 13 runs, Hardik Pandya scored 13 runs, Deepak Hooda 0, Washington Sundar 0, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar scored 1 run. In the end, they scored 191 runs with 11 runs extra.

After the century, it was Tim Southee’s hat trick. Coming to bowl in the 20th over, Southee returned Hardik Pandya with the third ball. At the very next ball, he sent Deepak Hooda to the dressing room. Washington Sundar was caught out on the fifth ball of the over. Besides, Lockie Ferguson took 2 wickets for New Zealand and Ish Sodhi took 1 wicket.

In reply, Bhuvneshwar Kumar sent back Finn Allen on the second ball of the innings. After that, New Zealand’s innings could not stand straight. Captain Kane Williamson played the team’s highest innings of 61 runs off 52 balls. Besides, Devon Conway scored 25 runs. Three of the Kiwis’ batsmen returned before opening the run-book. New Zealand was all bowled out for just 126 runs in 18.5 overs. India won the match by a huge margin of 65 runs. 

After dropping the first of the 3-match series, India won this match and took a 1-0 lead. The last match of the series is therefore now a series-saving match for New Zealand.

For India, Deepak Hooda took 4 wickets with just 10 runs in 2.4 overs. Besides, Yuzvendra Chahal and Mohammad Siraj took 2 wickets each. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Washington Sundar took 1 wicket each.

NZ vs IND Scoreboard

New Zealand126/10 (18.5) 

India191/6 (20.0)

Result – India won by 65 runs 

Player of the match – Suryakumar Yadav 

Cricket Highlights, 20 Nov: NZ vs IND (2nd T20I)

NZ vs IND Playing XIs

NZ Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway (wk), Glenn Phillips, Finn Allen, James Neesham, Daryl Mitchell, Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson
IND Hardik Pandya (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal