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After a dramatic tie in the last game, West Indies and Pakistan will now lock horns in the penultimate match of the 5 match ODI series, tomorrow. This 4th ODI will also be hosted at Gros Islet in Saint Lucia.
Pakistan were a better side for 97 overs of the previous game, but they panicked in the last three overs to allow West Indies tail to secure a tie, even when the Windies required 39 off the last 3 overs.
Jason Holder, not known for his batting in the international arena, showed his great batting skills, as he smoked 14 out of the last 15 runs required off the last over.
Pakistan need to learn that an over catious approach at the start of the innings, has been putting a lot of burden on the batsmen in the last 15 overs. A Wahab Riaz and Umar Akmal onslaught at the end is not likely to happen in all the matches, so they need to build momentum from the start, tomorrow.
After being overpowered by Sri Lanka in their last match, India now face a daunting task of overcoming the energetic West Indies, tomorrow. The action of the tri-series now moves to Port of Spain, Trinidad.
Indian bowlers had no clue as Sri Lankan openers took charge in the last game, after a patient start. And then, the Indian batsmen struggled to get going on the slow surface of West Indies. They need to show tomorrow that they are capable of scoring in all conditions otherwise their confidence will nosedive.
The new inclusion, Shami Ahmed was below par and questions have been raised to drop the new ball wicket taker, Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He is likely to slot straight back in place of Ahmed tomorrow, to provide some stability to one of weak bowling attacks in ODI cricket.
Virat Kohli has not been in the greatest of touch, and even Shikhar Dhawan is struggling to get going on these different wickets. It can be argued that Kohli has an added captaincy pressure, but Dhawan needs to play a big innings to lift the tempo of the trickling side, tomorrow.
Pakistan will tour the West Indies for a limited-overs series in July and the schedule has been released.
On Thursday, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has released the schedule of Pakistan tour in July. The five ODI and two T20 matches in that tour will be held in St. Vincent and Grenadines, St. Lucia, and Guyana.
The first two matches of the five-match ODI series will be held in Guyana on July 14 and 16. The rest three matches will be played on July 19, 21, and 24 in St. Lucia.
Both the T20 matches will be played in St. Vincentâ€™s Arnos Vale Cricket Ground on July 27 and 28 respectively. Before the beginning of the ODI series, the visiting team will play a 50-over warm-up match against TBC in Guyana on July 11.
A tri-series will be held in West Indies from June 28 to July 11. Apart from the host country, other two teams participating in the tournament are India and Sri Lanka. All the matches will be played in Jamaica and Trinidad.
Sri Lanka was supposed to play a full tour in West Indies. However, the tri-series will substitute for their limited-overs leg of the full Caribbean tour. It has been rescheduled in this way so that the players from both Sri Lanka and West Indies can take part in the Indian Premiere League (IPL).
Sri Lanka was supposed to play two Tests, three one-day matches, and two T20s in the West Indies in accordance with the original FTP schedule. However, in order to give chance to the players to participate in the IPL from April 3 to May 26, the two Test matches have been moved to a later date and the two T20 matches have been done away with.
There will be total seven matches in this tri-series. There will be a single final match and before that, every team will face the other for two times. Next year, Pakistan and Zimbabwe will also visit the West Indies. Apart from a world tournament, this will be the first time when four Test-playing teams will make the Caribbean tour in the same year.
West Indies take on South Africa in their Champions Trophy 2013 game on Friday.
After being outclassed by India, in their 2nd fixture of the tournament, West Indies now look for a must win against the resurgent South Africa, who took advantage of a dismal Pakistani batting lineup, and kept their Champions Trophy hopes alive, with a big win over them.
This 9th matchup of the ICC Champions Trophy will be played at Cardiff, tomorrow.
West Indies started off very well in their last game, but lost the plot in the middle phase of the innings, and even a late surge from Darren Sammy wasnâ€™t enough against the long and talented batting lineup of India.
South Africa boast a somewhat similarly strong batting lineup, and West Indies bowlers need to come up with a special performance tomorrow, otherwise they will go back home.
Kemar Roach and Sunil Narine remain the key bowlers for West Indies in tomorrowâ€™s game; especially Narineâ€™s unorthodox style is very likely to trouble African batsmen.
After losing their previous game, the Royal Challengers Bangalore will now host a crucial match, which is very important for their place in the playoffs, against the Chennai Super Kings, tomorrow. This 70th fixture will be played at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore.
After being thrashed by the Kings XI Punjab in their last game, even after making 174 runs, the Royal Challengers move into the next match, with a lot of pressure. Although, Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli were very good with the bat, poor bowling and superb hitting meant the Kings XI chased down the target in 18.1 overs.
Zaheer Khanâ€™s return has been welcomed by Royal Challengers, and it will help the team to be more effective as a bowling unit, however, other bowlers should also take some responsibility and learn from the mistakes they did in their last match.
The batting is still their main weapon, and the trio of AB De Villiers, Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli will be the key for their matchup against the Super Kings tomorrow. The trio needs to deliver in the very important game tomorrow; otherwise it might mean that Royal Challengers do not make it to the playoffs.
Big Bash League is set for the second Sydney derby this season, albeit with much less hype surrounding this one. Thunder will play Sixers on Sunday with the two sides having only disappointing thus far in the season.
Thunder have lost all their five matches while Sixers' only win came against Thunder in their first match.
Having won the Champions League to double the BBL title last year, Sixers had high expectations to do well this year as well. They started off on the right note but fell away terribly after that. In their last outing, against Hobart Hurricanes, the team was beaten in the final over though it was not as close as it looked.
A middle-order collapse has become a regular feature that upsets the team's rhythm and only Brad Haddin and Steve Smith have impressed with the bat regularly. The bowlers too have not put on any fireworks display and the lack of match winning spells has been a cause of concern.
Big Bash League serves its first double-header on Sunday as two matches are scheduled to be played. The first match will see a desperate run for points with both Sydney Thunder and Hobart Hurricanes hoping to resurrect their derailed campaign.
Melbourne Renegades outclassed Hobart Hurricanes in the last match in what was a disappointing day in the field for the losing side. Being dismissed for 102 left no chance for them to be in the game and the bowlers could not stop the opponents from achieving the target in 14 overs.
George Bailey, the captain, had no clear answers for the several questions posed at him but did suggest to his players that time is running out for them. Ricky Ponting top scored in the last match with 25 but the overall batting effort has been a disappointment. Only one half-century has been scored in the three matches so far. Scott Styirs and Owais Shah, the experienced names on their side, will need to deliver the goods.
Sydney Thunder have had similar worries in their campaign as they are struggling this season as well. Despite having Chris Gayle and Azhar Mahmood in their team, the sort of impact expected of these players has been absent.
Adelaide Strikers take on Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League encounter to be played on Thursday.
With non favorable results in the last matches, both teams are eager to resurrect their act and get the campaign back on track.
In an amazing development, all matches played thus far have gone in the favor of sides batting second. With the first dozen matches set to be completed tomorrow, the league organizers would be hoping for something out of the blue to pull the crowds' dwindling interest back. As two sides with problems of their own come head to head, it could possibly be just the twist of events.
With two points from two matches, Adelaide Strikers are fifth on the points table. They won their first match but could not achieve the same result in the meeting against Brisbane Heat. Sydney Thunder have met the same fate in both their matches and are still looking for their first win.
Strikers posted 185 in their last match but shockingly enough could not defend it. Captain Johan Botha shuffled his bowlers around but could not succeed in penetrating through. There are still some positives for the team going into the match. Callum Ferguson and Kieron Pollard's form would be pleasing for the team management as the duo totaled 100 runs between them in the last game.
The excitement builds with close finishes and controversial incidents in the Big Bash League and the fans will be expecting more of it when Sydney Thunder collide with Melbourne Renegades on Friday. This will be the teams' second match and will be played in Sydney.
Following their win in the opening match against Melbourne Stars, the Renegades are second on the points table. On the other hand, Sydney Thunder were beaten by city rivals Sixers and are currently languishing second from bottom. A win for Renegades will see them top the group for now while Thunder will be left playing catching up too early in the season.
Renegades raced to an eight-wicket win with ten balls to spare in what turned out to be an easy win in the end. The credit for the victory went to Aaron Finch, the captain, who played a whirlwind knock of 111 from 65 balls with the help of 12 fours and four sixes. The expectations will be high once again, specially with Faf du Plessis having come into the limelight recently. du Plessis was also named South African T20 skipper yesterday and will look to get his form going before returning for national duty.
West Indies have been dealt a severe blow that leaves behind wounds that will take time to heal. What was expected to be a walk in the park turned out to be an embarrassment as the visitors lost the ODI series to Bangladesh. The teams meet for the final time on the tour in a one-off T20.
The match seems to have far more significance than it would have otherwise had. West Indies would be keen to avoid any further slip ups, specially in a format that they are world champions of. In what was seen as the new beginning of a new chapter in West Indies cricket came to an abrupt reality check.
Bangladeshis are currently busy celebrating the triumph that sent the entire country into raptures. But the players are focused on finishing the year on a positive note with one more win. Mushfiqur Rahim, the skipper, knows that his team would be expected to win on Monday and is pushing his players to show the same courage and grit in the game.
In terms of the team, the hosts are likely to include big hitting Zia ur Rehman in their line up. There are doubts over fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza's fitness.
West Indies would have preferred to have fresh in their minds the memories of the T20 triumph two months ago. But it will the bitter memories of the ODI series loss that will be circling their heads.
The West Indies batsmen once again struggled against the Bangladeshâ€™s spinners. And, the result was a massive defeat by 160 runs, which was also Bangladeshâ€™s biggest win in ODI internationals.
Bangladesh put up a good total on the scoreboard with a century and a half-century from Anamul Haque and the skipper Mushfiqur Rahim respectively. After that, the spinners, especially Abdur Razzak and Sohag Gazi, defended the total with superb bowling. Both the spinners took 3 wickets each and bowled out the visitors at 132 runs.
Darren Sammy elected to field first expecting to utilize the moisture on the wicket. His decision appeared to be right as Tamim Iqbal and Naeem Islam went back to the pavilion within 21 runs.
However, Sammy was run out of his luck after that. Mushfiq and opener Anamul rescued Bangladesh by putting a Himalayan 174-run partnership on the scoreboard. During this partnership, the visitors could not put minimum pressure on the batsmen lest taking any wicket. They came back to the match for a while when Rampaul dismissed Mushfiq and Nassir within a short period. However, Anamul, another newcomer Mominul, and the two huge sixes from Mashrafe Mortaza at the end of the innings helped Bangladesh to put 292 runs on the scoreboard. Rampaul took 5 wickets for 49 runs.
When faced with an opposition like Bangladesh, teams are often faced with the challenge of staying focused on their job. West Indies, unfortunately for them, were found wanting as the hosts went one up in the five-match ODI series. The second one-dayer will be played on Sunday in Khulna.
After a relatively successful couple of months for West Indies cricket in which they lifted the World T20 trophy as well as the test series against Bangladesh, they were served a rude yet fitting reality check as their batting collapsed under somewhat testing conditions requiring a display of patience. The outcome was especially more shocking after the ruthless win in the warm up fixture.
To rebound, the team will not only need to improve its batting efforts but also the bowlers need to get in shape after being taken to cleaners. Once again, Marlon Samuels and Chris Gayle will be the key men for captain Darren Sammy while spinner Sunil Narine will be hoping to work his magic similar to the exploits of his counterparts.
Bangladesh might be celebrating their win but they do not have much time to do so. After narrowly missing out on the Asia Cup title, Bangladesh ensured they crossed the winning line this time, culminating in a seven-wicket win with more than nine overs to spare.
The West Indies coach Ottis Gibson hoped to build on the success of his side in 2012 by grabbing a spot in the top five of the ICC Test rankings in the next one year. West Indies is currently holding the 7th position, ahead of New Zealand and Bangladesh. The team will play a two-match away Test series against Bangladesh starting from November 13.
Among the last three Test series, West Indies lost in two and came victorious in one. At first, they lost by a 2-0 margin against Australia and then lost against England at the same margin in away series. However, they showed sheer dominance over New Zealand in their last Test series at home. They also emerged victorious in the limited-over matches. They were able to bring their good form in the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka and to hold the title.
Before the departure of the team to Bangladesh, Gibson expressed satisfaction over the teamâ€™s solid performance in 2012 and hoped to end the year on a winning note. He also expressed his hope to enter among the top five positions in the Test rankings over the next 12 months.
Australia were as best prepared as they could have been for their attempt to win the World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka, but their extensive preparations fell apart when the pressure was on.
Pakistan had used the recent series in the UAE against Australia to prepare a plan to defeat the same opposition, and the West Indies improved on these match tactics during the one sided semi-final. Although the Australians had put in some strong performances in the early stages of the competition, there was a feeling that their batting remained woefully thin of sufficient talent, once you looked beyond the top three in the order, Shane Watson, David Warner and Michael Hussey
While Watson and Warner were smashing the opposition bowlers into submission, when chasing less than challenging targets, the Australians seemed a highly competitive side, and one which might have been considered to have an outstanding chance of lifting the trophy. But as the pitches at the Premadasa Stadium became lower and slower, and their opponents adapted to the Australians game plan, so errors crept into their game, both mental and physical.
The abject collapse of the Aussies challenge was made even more surprising, as they had been so thoroughly prepared, and were undoubtedly selected with the sole purpose of winning the tournament, there was no developmental nature about this squad, as personified by the selection of Brad Hogg who has already passed his fortieth birthday.
Early impressive displays against Ireland, the West Indies, India and South Africa, who were all compressively beaten may well have hampered the side as much as helped it. Such were the margins of their victories, that while the top order was getting lots of match practice, the other batsmen were left kicking their heals in the dugout. The Australians also took early wickets, which allowed their bowlers to dominate the latter stages of their opponents innings. Therefore, when the matches became tighter, the Australians were found wanting.