West Indies draws with India at 322 runs

West Indies draws with India at 322 runs

India won the toss elected to bat first and that decision was seen right as India notched up huge total of 322 with Captain Virat Kohli getting yet another century against West Indies in home and securing 10,000 odi runs in 205 innings.
India lost its both wicket within 40 runs as both the openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan got out so, India needed a strong partnership to stable the run rate and Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu took up the challenge  and got an amazing partnership until the score reached at 179 when Ashley Nurse broke the partnership of 139 runs but after that wickets fell in quick succession till 307 when the 6th and final wicket of Ravindra Jadeja fell in the 48th over but thanks Skipper Kohli who got 157 with his double half century coming in the final over and for West Indies in bowling all four out five bowlers bowled a minimum of nine overs with only the skipper Jason Holder bowling a mere of 6 overs and giving away 50 runs, zero wicket and the highest economy over other bowlers with an economy of 8.33.
When West Indies came to batting they had known that they need to score the same amount of runs which they scored in the last match but the difference this time was that Indies had to chase instead of scoring.
The openers got a ok partnership of 36 runs after Mohammed Shami took the wicket of Kieran Powell at 18 runs but the Caribbean’s could not manage more than 29 runs as the magical Kuldeep Yadav snatched two wickets in two overs both bowled and the victims were Chandrapaul Hemraj and Marlon Samuels.
After 3 wickets the away team needed something different and come-back and they got both as Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope got 143 run partnership and distinct as Hope was continuously rotating strikes and on the other hand Hetmyer was striking boundaries at every over during the spinners drought but the nervous ninety’s struck him badly as got out at 94 before going for six but mistimed it completely.
Thereafter wickets fell in regular successions and match reached till the last ball when Windies needed 5 of 1 but Hetmyer missed the six and struck a four which tied the match.

For India in Bowling Spinners were yet again successful as Kuldeep Yadav secured three wickets and  is the second highest wicket taker at 3 in the series after Yuzvendra Chahal at 4.
The spinners have performed well by getting 9 wickets out of 15 and the pacers have captured 5 wickets out of 15 with the best pacer being Shami at 3 wickets and in third odi we might see the return of Bhuvneshwar Kumar who has not played for India for a long time.

Third Odi will be played at Pune on 27th October.

October 25, 2018

Bangladesh wins Odi series against West Indies

Bangladesh wins Odi series against West Indies

Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first on a batting pitch and Bangladesh took full advantage of the decision posing a total of 303 but score was not easy as it looks as Bangladesh lost their first wicket of Anamul Haque at 32 and later wicket of Shakib al Hassaan at 102 runs but what saved Bangladesh from not getting a small score were partnerships like between Shakib and Tamim Iqbal and other coming between Masrafe Mortaza and Mahmudulla and in individual tally they got one hundred from Tamim Iqbal and one half century of Mahmudullah.

West Indies had big job in their hands to job to stop Bangladesh to win the series decider, West Indies started strongly by notching up three fifty run partnership in first three wicket as first wicket felled on 53 runs, second coming on 52 runs and the third partnership of 67 runs was the best partnership of the match which was between Shai Hope and young 21 year old Shimron Hetmyer but West Indies slowed didn’t slowed down after the wicket of Hetmyer and Kieran Powell who both got out in space of ten runs as the mighty West Indies kept chasing the Bangladeshis till the 49th over when the Caribbean team needed 34 from 12 and they scored six singles in 49th over and which made them need 28 run to win in the last over but they lost the match on the third last ball after hitting six in the first ball of last over and even Rovman Powell second Odi fifty which was a fighting 74 not out could not help West Indies to save the series, and the other two fifties for West Indies were from Chris Gayle, Shai Hope and this is Bangladesh’s first win outside Asia after 2009 (where they defeated the same team 3-0)

Bangladesh now can lift their heads up after a series of defeats against Afaganistan, Sri Lanka, and India in the Nidhas Trophy final and the recent whitewash against West Indies in test series where they got an all-time lowest score of 43 but now its redemption time for Bangladesh as the come-backed with fury by winning the Series decider amazingly and thanks to Tamim as always and Shakib Al Hassan and the inspiring captain Masrafe Mortaza who never gave hope on his teammates and the they delivered according to Skipper’s expectation. Tamim Iqbal won the player of the match and Series which is one of many.

Now, Bangladesh’s needs to kit up for their next challenge which is a three T20 match series and the first match will be in Caribbean Islands but the reaming two matches will be held in United States of America in Florida’s Central Broward Regional Park Stadium and the last match played in this stadium was India against West Indies which was last ball thriller won by West Indies through DJ Bravos last ball wicket of MS Dhoni, can’t wait for this cracker of series.

July 29, 2018

Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore on the 14th match of Vivo IPL 2018

Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore on the 14th match of Vivo IPL 2018

Mumbai Indians felt the heat of Bangalore after striking back to back wickets on the first and second ball resulting dismissals of Surya Kumar Yadev and Ishan Kishan respectively through Umesh Yadev but Rohit Sharma and company managed to comeback as the host put down a total of 213/6.

RCB had the upper hand after falling of early wickets but failed to capitalize the as the Caribbean Earl Lewis stepped up to the challenge with a blistering 63 of 42 balls through 6 fours and 5 sixes including a massive dancing down the wicket six towards long on and following the support of Hitman (Rohit Sharma) who smashed boundaries all around the park through his unique style of stand and deliver and got a personal score of 94 which is the current highest score of this year’s IPL season but fell shy of 6 runs which he could have hit on the last ball of the 1st innings.

RCB had a mountain to climb so, a quick start was done by the openers but later on the first wicket felled on 40 and the victim was Quinton de kock and the hearts RCB fans got broke when they lost A.B de Villiers on the following wicket by Mitchell McClenaghm and after that RCB continued to fumble as RCB lost wickets in quick succession with some small sparks in between from Mandeep Singh and Chris Woakes, only resulting a loss for RCB with just the skipper scoring a fighting 91* going in vain.

So, the talking points from the match were partnership between Lewis and Rohit's partnership of 108 runs which RCB failed to find, new Orange Cap and Purple Cap holders Virat Kohli and Mayank Markande respectively, falling of wickets on first two balls and another interesting fact was the change of batting position of both the skippers as Rohit made a surprising move by coming out at bat at 4 followed by Virat opening the innings for RCB.

This match was the first win for MI who were sitting alone on the bottom of the table with zero wins out of three are now at sixth place in the table by pushing Bangalore and Delhi after winning this match by a big margin of 46 runs,
final score – MI 216/6, RCB 168/8.

April 17, 2018 - By Dhruv Trivedi

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