India loses second World Cup Final in last 3 years

India loses second World Cup Final in last 3 years

On 21st February, Indian women’s cricket team defeated Australian women’s cricket team in first match of T-20 world cup and now, after 16 days Australia defeated India in final match of the T-20 world cup.
India was kept on chase after Australia won the toss, Australia started strong by scoring 49 runs during powerplay and reached at 91 runs in first ten overs.
Australia lost their first wicket in eleventh over at 115 runs and second after five overs to 154 for 2.
From here, India came back in the match as they took three wickets in just fifteen balls and Australia completed their first innings at 184/4.

India lost their first wicket on third ball of the first over of second innings and lost second wicket before end of second over to 8/2 and after end of powerplay, India were on 32 runs, sixteen runs behind Australia’s powerplay score but the difference here, was that India lost four wickets to Australia’s score of 48 for no loss of first innings. While the time, India reached tenth over, India was finally back on track by having a stable 30 run partnership between Richa Ghosh and Deepti Sharma till next over, when Aussie player Nicole Carry got out Sharma and it ended India’s last notable partnership of the match as after that India lost four wickets in just 18 balls and went from 88/6 to 99 all out in no time.

Australia became back to world champion after 2014 and just like their ODI world cup record with six wins and now, after today’s final, Australia have five T-20 world cup’s wins to their name to a total of 11 world cup wins.
And India on the other side, had their best T-20 world cup finish by reaching the final here, at Melbourne and got back to back runner’s -up finish from both world cups, first in 2017 (ODI), second in 2020 (T-20) and are still looking for their first world cup victory.


March 08, 2020 in Cricket

Gujarat fails to fend off Saurashtra

Gujarat fails to fend off Saurashtra

Saurashtra reaches to Ranji Trophy final after getting Gujarat all out on Day 5.
Gujarat started poor by losing four wickets in 63 runs and on 23rd over, new batsmen Chirag Gandhi came into the crease to support skipper Parthiv Patel who was at 33 and both played well and survived till lunch with a 43 run partnership, session one went to host for taking four wickets and Gujarat scored a good amount of runs (98) but also lost four wickets in progression.

It looked like, Gujarat was finally back on track for the win as the pair of Parthiv and Chirag survived for another 26 overs and at 3:26 IST Gujarat went to tee break so, post-lunch session went to visitors for scoring 101 runs without losing a wicket.
Both teams shared first-two session, first going to Saurashtra and second to Gujarat, now in last session, Gujarat needed only 120 runs with both batters on the field set, with Parthiv on 88 and Chirag on 82 and instead playing safe against Jaydev Unadkat who was going to ball the first over after tee, Gujarat did the opposite as both batsmen scored boundaries against Unadkat to 13 runs in six balls.

And in the next over Chirag and Parthiv seemed to be very-quite by scoring just two runs in 65th over and in 66th over skipper Unadkat came in to ball and in his second ball, Parthiv Patel edged his bat and gave away a catch on 93 runs so, finally skipper removed skipper and the partnership between Parthiv and Chirag was finally broken after 158 runs and in the very next ball Axar Patel got caught and bowled by the same man.
Dharmendrasinh Jadeja got out Roosh Kalaria on 67th over and last set batsman Chirag Gandhi was caught out by skipper to 226-9 for Gujarat and last two tail enders - Chintan Gaja and Arzan Nagwaswalla resisted for 4 overs until, Unadkat bowled 72nd over where he got out Nagwaswalla and Saurashtra won the match by 92 runs.

Moment of the Day:

Jaydev Unadkat (Photo Credit: Sports Star).

Saurashtra getting four wickets from four overs (66, 67, 68, 69) in post-tee break session and Unadkat getting both set batsmen Parthiv and Chirag out within four overs.
So, final session goes to Saurashtra for taking 5 wickets and Gujarat had a bizarre last session where they lost five wickets in 28 runs and went from 205-5 to 234 all out.

Final Score of Day 5:
Gujarat 2nd Innings: 234 All Out (Best Scores: Parthiv Patel 93 and Chirag Jani 96).
Man of the Match: Arpit Vasavada for scoring a match saving century for Saurashtra on day 4.

Saurashtra and Bengal will play Ranji Trophy Final on 9th March at Saurashtra’s home ground in Rajkot.


March 04, 2020 in Cricket

Arpit Vasavada pulls Saurashtra out of Death Bed

Arpit Vasavada pulls Saurashtra out of Death Bed

In 1st Semi-Final of Ranji Trophy, Saurashtra faced off Gujarat at Saurashtra’s fortress in SCA stadium and on day 4 Saurashtra made a huge comeback.

It all started on leap day of the year when, Parthiv Patel won the toss and put Saurashtra to bat and tried to capitalize on a green track but failed miserably due to Saurashtra’s strong opening and middle order line-up which formed strong partnerships like:

1. Harvik Desai and Kishan Parmer’s opening partnership of 62.
2. Harvik Desai and Avi Barrot – 40 Run.
3. Vishvaraj Jadeja and Sheldon Jackson – 60.
4. Jackson and Chirag Jani – 94.
So, Saurashtra’s finished strong at 304 runs (Sheldon Jackson 103), despite the tough pitch conditions.
Two Failures:
When Gujarat came to bat, they failed capitalized just like their bowling and Gujarat lost three wickets in just 37 runs including wickets of both openers in just 2 runs by Jaydev Unadkat and subsequently Gujarat were all out on an average score of 252 on a bowling friendly pitch.
During second innings of Saurashtra, visitors removed the thing which hurt them the most – ‘partnerships’, while Saurashtra lost 5 wickets in just 15 runs which included two ducks from both openers and including Jackson’s golden duck, suddenly Saurashtra’s all careful preparation was thrown out of the window, with just 67 run lead over the visitors.
Game Changing Move:

Chetan Sakariya (Photo Credit: Sports Star).

Now, host team did the unthinkable by sending a night watchmen Chetan Sakariya to 3rd down instead of first innings centurion Jackson and boy he did well, as he exceeded his expectations and scored a fighting 45 from 118 balls, this lad can bat for long hours as he formed a stable partnership of 90 runs with Arpit Vasavada.
Saurashtra lost its sixth wicket of Sakariya at 105 runs, 17 overs before lunch.

Chirag Jani (Photo Credit: Cric Global).

Chirag Jani came to bat at six under with Saurashtra crossing 100 run mark and leading by 157 runs and Vasavada at 49 not out, thanks to Jani’s resistance against tough Gujarat bowlers as Jani played more than 140 balls for his 51 runs and he was equally supported by amazing Vasavada who scored a fantastic century in a Ranji Trophy semi-final and Saurashtra got their second century partnership of the match between Jani and Vasavada for 109 runs (first century partnership between Jani and Jackson for 103 runs).
After crossing 200 runs, Saurashtra lost back to back wickets of Jani on 214-7 and Prerak Mankind on 222-8 but this time, host had the ball in their court by not only crossing 200 runs but also having lead of 274 over the visitors.
Saurashtra’s final prominent partnership was of 41 runs between Dharmendrasinh Jadeja and Arpit Vasavada for 9th wicket and Vasavada got out on 139 which was Saurashtra’s tenth wicket to finish at 274 and setting up a target of 326 for Gujarat.
Gujarat played only 9 overs till stumps and in it Priyank Panchal couldn’t stand for one ball as he got his second duck of the match through Saurashtra’s captain Jaydev Unadkat and at end of day four, Gujarat are on 7 for 1 with 320 runs remaining to chase for final day on 5th March.
Final Score of Day 4:
Saurashtra: 2nd Innings:
Gujarat:  2nd Innings score: 7-1.

Stumps Day 4.


March 04, 2020 in Cricket

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