CRICKET: India V England 2nd Test Day One review.

by ASHLEY WILBY

Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara steered India into a commanding position against England on day one of the second test in Visakathaptnam.

The host’s captain Kohli and Pujara added a brilliant 226 for the third wicket with ruthless efficiency to see their side close on 317-4.

England took the momentum from the last test in Rajkot and started the day aggressively taking two early wickets leaving their opponents 22-2.

The addition of England pace ace Jimmy Anderson for Chris Woakes worked effectively as he had Murali Vijay edging to gully for 20 runs.

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Anderson marked his return with crucial England wickets. (Image Credit: cricbuzz.com)

Stuart Broad took the first wicket of the day removing KL Rahul for a duck on the opening batsmans return from injury.

Kohli (151*) and Pujara (119) took advantage of winning an important toss and also benefited from some wayward off spin bowling from the tourist’s.

The freshly introduced Jimmy Anderson was the pick of the England bowlers taking 3-44 on his first test since August after recovering from a shoulder injury.

Anderson also removed Pujara after he loosely nicked one to Jonny Bairstow, but the number three had already inflicted his share of the damage scoring his fourth century against England with a composed and controlled innings.

Virat Kohli finished the day unbeaten on 151 not out after his controlled despatching of the England bowling attack.

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Kohli remains at the crease ahead of day 2. (Image Credit: Indianexpress.com)

The 28 year old’s performance showed his determination to change his poor average of 13.8 in his previous tour against England in 2014.

Jimmy Anderson took his final wicket of the day removing Ajinkya Rahane for 23 near the close of play to give England a slight glimmer of hope ahead of day two.

Cricket: Late surge of wickets help West Indies end day one of third test still in with a shout against Pakistan.

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Pakistan v West Indies, 3rd Test Day One

Pakistan were denied the chance to stamp their authority on day one of the third and final test match against West Indies in Sharjah.

Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo and fast bowler Shannon Gabriel shared seven wickets between them as the hosts closed on 255-8.

Misbah-ul-Haq started his record 49th Test as Pakistan captain — bettering Imran Khan’s feat of 48 Tests as captain, and after winning the toss, put his side in to bat first.

They were cruising along nicely at 230-4, thanks to some solid batting displays by Sami Aslam (72), Misbah (53), Younis Khan (51) and Sarfraz Ahmed (51).

All four reached half centuries with Aslam top scoring with 72. The 20-year old hit seven fours and a six in his 172-ball knock.

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Sami Aslam hit 72 off 172 deliveries in what was a decent knock. (image credit: cricbuzz.com)

Misbah was lucky to survive for as long as he did however, as a close LBW decision. Umpire Paul Rieffel declared the incident not out, only for TV replays to show a possible edge off the bat.

Despite the strong start, Pakistan lost four late wickets, scoring just 18 runs in that time, with Bishoo registering figures of 4-74 and Gabriel 3-58.

The late flurry of wickets might have damaged the host’s chances of whitewashing West Indies 3-0 after winning the first Test by 56 runs in Dubai and the second by 133 runs in Abu Dhabi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cricket: Indian cricketers sport their mothers’ name on the back of their shirts

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Indian players wore the names of their mothers’ on the back of their shirts during a game that saw them crush New Zealand to win the decisive ODI in Visakhapatnam by 190 runs.

Those who watched the match may have wondered why MS Dhoni walked out to the toss with ‘Devaki’ printed on the back of his shirt.

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In a special tribute to women across the globe, The BCCI have joined forces with broadcasters Star Plus in a new movement called Nayi Soch. The campaign aims to appreciate the contribution of women while questioning the conventional medians that hold them back.

Speaking to Ravi Shastri at the toss, the Indian skipper explained the reasons behind the movement.

“It’s an initiative to appreciate the contribution of the mums, so for me it was always about how emotionally connected I was to my mum.

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“We often don’t appreciate it in the same way we have to, I mean, we talk about soldiers and get patriotic before 26th January (Republic Day) and 15th August (Independence Day).

“What’s important is to get up every day and thank them for what they have been doing and in the same way, we need appreciate the contribution of our mothers.”

India will now host England in the first of five test matches on November 9th looking to continue their impressive form.

Cricket: Recap of how Bangladesh defeated England for first time in test cricket.

by ASHLEY WILBY

Bangladesh have beaten England in Dhaka by 108 runs in just under three days to cement their most famous test match victory. Here is how each day unfolded.

Day One

Spin dominated on day one of the second test as Bangladesh collapse to 220 in Dhaka on a day seeing thirteen wickets.

Tamim Iqbal and Mominul were in control with Bangladesh, taking a commanding position going into the start of the afternoon session on 171-1.

However in the space of twenty two overs and forty nine runs the hosts lost their remaining nine wickets.

Iqbal stood tall for a session and a half scoring his eighth International Test century with three of those coming against the tourists, but the opener was soon trapped LBW by Moeen Ali for 104.

Iqbal would be one of five wickets for Moeen Ali, as the spinner and Ben Stokes bowled inspiring spells to tear through the host’s middle order in no time.

Alastair Cook and Joe Root especially starred in the field with some excellent close in slip catching off the spinners.

However, Bangladesh garnered the momentum at the close of play with England’s age old failings coming into play, three quick wickets from the host’s spinners left the tourist’s 50-3 at the close of play.

Cook, Ben Duckett and Gary Ballance all faced the brunt of the Bangladesh spinners with the new ball leaving England’s middle order once again with the job of salvaging a respectable total.

Day Two:

England struck with the final ball on day two in Dhaka to leave the game right in the balance setting up an enthralling conclusion.

The 19 year old Mehedi finished what he started on the close of play last night taking another six wickets overall, leaving the tourist’s struggling on 144-8.

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Mehedi was man of the match deservedly. (Image Credit: telegraph.co.uk)

Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid battled together to make a respectable 99 partnership, giving England an unlikely lead of 24 as they finished on 244 all out.

Although the host’s took the advantage in their second innings, regaining the initiative through Imran Kayes unbeaten 59 and Mohammed Mahmudulluh’s 47.

With Bangladesh set to go into day three in control, Mahmudullah was bowled with the final ball of play by debutant Zafar Ansari for 47, giving the debut man his second wicket after removing Iqbal earlier in the day for 40.

The host’s closed on 152-3, a lead of 128 after another ten wickets fell in the day’s play.

England certainly face a battle to prevent the host’s from their most famous test match victory.

Bangladesh’s only test match victories since 2000 have come against Zimbabwe and West Indies.

Day Three

It took until just after tea for England’s collapse to be complete as the tourist’s lost ten wickets for just 64 runs, falling to a disappointing 164 all out.

Ben Duckett and Alastair Cook steered England to the best possible start at 100-0 chasing the host’s 273 to win the series 2-0

The 19 year old Mehedi Hasan starred once again as his spin terrorised England on a deteriorating pitch, the young man left with his third 6 wickets in one innings of the series (6-77).

The more experienced Shakib Al- Hasan provided solid back up at the other end with figures of 4-49.

The host’s 108 run victory on the final test ties the test series 1-1, Bangladesh’s only ever test match victories since 2000 have come against Zimbabwe and the West Indies.

England certainly made the chase hard work for themselves as they dropped four catches before dismissing the host’s for 296 at the start of the day.

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Captain Alastair Cook has a lot to ponder on ahead of tour of India. (Image Credit: indianexpress.com)

England needed their highest ever successful run chase in Asia, the openers made that more than possible with their impressive start, but within just 22.5 overs after tea England lost all ten wickets prompting mass celebrations from the host’s.

Mushfiqur was full of praise for his side and the young Mehedi:

“It is a great moment for Bangladesh cricket. The boys showed their character at 100/0 and we did really well to come back. Coach fired into us at tea!”

“We knew that Mehedi was going to shine but we didn’t know it was going to be like this.”

Mehedi certainly staked his claim for man of the series with 19 wickets in the series, the fourth highest wickets total after two test matches.

England travel back with a little less respectable record of the third biggest collapse from 100-0 in test match history.

Cricket: Hameed keen to impress on potential International test debut

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Haseeb Hameed has been on an incredible journey in the last two years. In 2014 the youngster was playing his trade for the Lancashire Seconds and is now on the verge of representing England in test cricket.

The opening-batsman has already impressed in the warm up game in Bangladesh with an unbeaten 50 and looks likely to be included in the final test match.

The 19-year-old enjoyed an impressive breakthrough for Lancashire in the Specsavers County Championship over the summer scoring 1,129 runs including four hundreds – two of which came in the same match against champions Durham at a strike rate of almost 54.

In 2012, Hameed joined Lancashire’s Academy and Scholarship programme and graduated with a professional contract in 2015. An outstanding 2014 season with the Lancashire Seconds and England Uner-19s saw him finish with scores of 92, 112, 97, 97 and 125 in six innings.

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Hameed has been in good nick recently with the bat. (Image Credit: manchestereveningnews.co.uk)

At the end of the 2015 season, Lancashire decided to not renew opener Paul Horton a new contract, paving the way for Hameed to break into the first-team.

On his first class debut for Lancashire he made a hard fought 28 off 119 balls in a 76 run-stand with Karl Brown against Glamorgan. It may not have been a dream debut but he was already showing glimpses of his patience, work ethic and composure that would soon get him noticed by the selectors.

His next innings was one that displayed true character – a six hour, match-saving 91 against Surrey confirmed Lancashire’s promotion back to Division One of the County Championship.

If Hameed does play for England, he will become the first Lancashire opener in 21 years to play for the Three Lions.

The final test match takes place in Dhaka on Friday with England already 1-0 up and looking to complete a whitewash.

England prove doubters wrong by making it through to the semi-finals of the ICC WT20.

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England are still alive in the World Twenty20 World Cup after they held their nerve to beat Sri Lanka, and qualify for the semi-finals of the tournament. Proving once again they are serious contenders for the title.

The Three Lions were led by Jos Buttler’s explosive 66* from just 37 deliveries. His innings along with Jason Roy’s 41 set the Lankans a target of 172 in a must win encounter.

The bowlers replied brilliantly with Chris Jordan and David Willey proving a constant threat as they reduced their opponents to 15 for four after just three overs. Led by Angelo Mathews, the Lankans put up a valiant fight but fell 10 runs short to ensure England a place in the last four.

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Jos Buttler was key in England’s victory over Sri Lanka. (Image Credit: http://www.independent.co.uk)

Eoin Morgan will be worried from the performance of both Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, who went for 63 runs between them in four overs. But on the day his spinners failed to capitalise, the pace bowlers responded brilliantly in what will give the captain a fair amount of confidence heading into the semi-finals.

It’s been a dramatic World Cup for England after they were down and out thanks to Chris Gayle’s explosives during their opening match of the tournament. The result left them with a mountain to climb with many questioning England’s chances of progressing.

However, they responded with a performance worthy of champions, as they chased down a record breaking 230 against South Africa. Jason Roy got England off to a flyer before Joe Root took the game away from the Proteas with a well-orchestrated 83 from 44 balls. Once he perished with still 11 required, Moeen Ali held his nerve to guide England to a narrow two-wicket win that put them firmly back in the competition.

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Joe Root smashed South Africa about before being dismissed for 83. (Image Credit: http://www.indianexpress.com)

Boosted from their heroics against the Proteas, England faced a challenging encounter against Afghanistan. Reeling at 85 for seven with a possible upset on the cards, David Willey joined Moeen Ali in the middle as the pair added 53 runs from the final five overs. This left Afghanistan with a target of 143 that proved to be 15 runs too many as England notched up their second successive win.

They now play New Zealand on Wednesday at New Delhi in a bid to reach their second World T20 final, having beaten the Australians to the title in 2010. The Kiwis have been the most consistent team in the tournament winning all four of their group games and will be favourites heading into the match.

Moeen Ali- The making of the ‘beard that’s feared’.

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Moeen Ali has been enjoying himself out in India as England keep their World Twenty20 hopes alive but what makes “the beard that is feared” a vital asset to the national team?

He was always destined for success from a young age. Signed by Warwickshire at 15, he set the standard by hitting a cracking century on his first-class debut against Cambridge MCCU and against Nottinghamshire but was dropped for the following game on both occasions.

After a bright start to his career, Moeen captained the England U19 team to the semi-finals of the 2006 World Cup. He kept his growing reputation intact by smashing a 56-ball century in a game against Sri Lanka that ensured he came back on a high.

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Ali celebrating his half century against Australia. (Image Credit: http://www.telegraph.co.uk)

Following his lack of opportunities at Warwickshire, he left for local rivals Worcestershire at the end of 2006 and was a vital part of the team that won the Pro-40 title in 2007. His breathtaking century against Northants came off 46 balls and was the second fastest List A century in a match involving two first-class county sides.

Boosted by such confidence he tried to combat a tendency to knick off and went through a period of batting like Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Unfortunately, it was never meant to be as left balls that went on to hit his off stump instead.

In 2010 he made 1,270 runs at an average of 47.01 and in 2013, 1,375 runs at 62.50 that won him the Professional Cricketer’s Association’s most valuable player award as he improved his batting with increased discipline outside off stump. While his batting spoke for itself, his handy off-spin was gaining momentum as he picked up 33 wickets at 20.00 in 2012 and 28 at 33.71 the following year.

These performances earned him a maiden England call-up for the ODI series in the West Indies at the start of 2014 and the World T20 in Bangladesh the following month.

A Test call-up was always on the cards for him after putting in consistent performances on the county circuit. Predominantly a batsman who can bowl, Moeen was drafted into the squad after the shocking retirement of Graeme Swann.

However, it was his batting that stood out during his early Test career. He hit an unbeaten hundred in his second Test against Sri Lanka as England went within two balls of saving the series.

It was a completely different story for Moeen in his next series as England hosted India. He benefited from a conversation with former Sri Lankan off-spinner Kumar Dharmasena, who provided technical advice as to how to achieve extra pace without losing any flight. This brief encounter proved to be vital as Moeen had an unforgettable series, finishing with 19 wickets and enhanced his growing reputation.

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Ali against Scotland back in 2014. (Image Credit:www.mirror.co.uk)

Although his batting form failed to match his bowling performances in Test cricket, he took his chance when promoted to the top of the order in the ODI side. The gamble paid off as he hit the third fastest century by an English player in Colombo ending the year as a regular in all formats.

Away from the playing field, Moeen has been a role-model for fellow British Asians – a part of society that county cricket has not always encouraged as it might have done.

Moeen is England’s highest wicket taker at the ongoing World Cup as well as the most economical. Having been taken to the cleaners by Chris Gayle in the opening game, he held his nerve to hit the winning runs against South Africa as England live to fight another day.

They now face Afghanistan on Wednesday and must guard against complacency against cricket’s brightest associate nation.