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On Wednesday, Sri Lanka will play the final match of the five-match ODI series against South Africa. The team management has brought four changes to the squad for that match. The management named two uncapped players and recalled Kusal Perera and Dimuth Karunaratne for the last ODI.
By winning the Sunday’s match, Sri Lanka has already sealed the series. So, the selectors have turned their focus on giving chances to emerging players. In fact, the selector’s panel has made it their priority this year. For this reason, two players have been dropped and three seniors have been given rest.
Apart from Perera, the other three players – left-arm seamer Vimukthi Perera, allrounder and left-arm spinner Chaturanga de Silva, and left-hand opener Karunaratne – were new additions to the team.
All these three players have recently traveled to West Indies with the Sri Lanka A team. All of them, especially Karunaratne, showed good performances in the tour.
In the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe, India took clear lead by winning the first three matches. With a good batting performance from Virat Kohli and wonderful bowling from Amit Mishra, India won the third match of the series by 7 wickets.
Mishra set the Zimbabwe batsmen in whirl with his leg-spin, taking 4 for 47. Mohammad Shami supported him well by taking 2 for 25. Their combined attack stopped Zimbabwe’s journey at 183.
On the other hand, Kohli’s unbeaten 68 off 88 balls helped the visitors to pass the target in 35.3 overs. However, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, and Shikhar Dhawan also contributed in the chase.
Zimbabwe had a shaky start as Vinay Kumar and Shami dismissed both of their openers – in-form Vusi Sibanda and Sikandar Raza. After that, Brendan Taylor and Hamilton Masakadza settled down by making a partnership with a good scoring rate.
Australia will visit India in October and play a single T20 match and an ODI series consisting of seven matches.
The series will be started with the only T20 match in Rajkot on October 10. The ODI matches will be started on October 13 and ended on November 2. All the ODIs will be day-night matches.
The one-day matches will be played in different venues including Pune, Jaipur, Mohali, Ranchi, Cuttack, Nagpur, and Bangalore. With the opening ODI match, the new Pune stadium will make its ODI debut.
This year, this will be the second India tour of Australia. They first toured in March to play a four-match Test series, which they lost by 4-0. In October-November 2009, they played a seven-match one-day series in India, which they won by 2-4.
In October 2010, Australia played their last bilateral one-day series in India. India won that three-match series by 1-0. They won the single match in Visakhapatnam while two other matches were washed out by rain.
After registering their first victory on a long tour of England, Pakistan will now face Scotland in the 2nd and final match of the ODI series at Edinburgh. As was expected, their bowling rescued them in the end, after they were not up to the mark in their batting.
Scotland looked very competitive while Pakistan were batting, and they made run scoring difficult for Pakistan, even in the middle phase, where Pakistani batsmen are the most comfortable. They just lost their way in the end, when Misbah-ul-Haq and tail enders accumulated very important runs.
Rob Taylor and Majid Haq were the pick of the bowlers, as both were pretty economical. Majid Haq grabbed 3 wickets as well. The two bowled 3 maidens in between them, and that was a great achievement against a Test playing nation.
The batting let them down, but for a while Kyle Koetzer and Josh Davey looked in good touch, however it was short-lived, and then none of the batsmen could even reach 20. They need to improve their batting, if they want to have any chance of troubling Pakistan tomorrow.
Bangladesh left-hand opener Tamim Iqbal has been ruled out of the remaining ODIs of the series against Sri Lanka. The opener picked up a hairline fracture on his right thumb while trying to stop a ball during fielding in the first match.
Earlier in the match, he scored a wonderful century, which was his first one in the limited-overs matches in the last three years.
During the seventh over of Sri Lanka’s innings, Tamim tried to stop a powerful shot taken by Sri Lanka opener Kushal Perera. After that, he immediately started wriggling his hand and then, left the field with the physio of the team. He was taken to the hospital straight away where fracture was revealed after performing scans on the hurt finger.
Tamim later said that such kind of fracture normally took approximately 4 to 6 weeks to be healed. He said that he could give further updates on the injury after going to Dhaka a day after the next day. He was supposed to have an MRI in Dhaka. However, the opener was sure that his finger had a fracture.
An injury in the back knocked Faf du Plessis out of the remaining two ODI matches against Pakistan along with the first four weeks of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Quinton de Kock came in the squad as a replacement of du Plessis, who has to take rest for at least six weeks.
The team manager of South Africa Mohammed Moosajee said that low back pain had been causing trouble to Faf over the past while. He also said that the condition of Faf, who has been diagnosed with bony inflammation in the lumbar spine, had been deteriorated over the past two weeks so much so that they had to give him immediate rest and provide hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a treatment.
After the second Twenty20 in Centurion, du Plessis revealed the injured condition of his back that did not let him to bowl in that match. He also said that the doctors advised him not to bowl until his recovery from the pain.
Since his condition did not get better, he had to be sidelined for six weeks. Du Plessis is definitely going to miss the first nine matches for his team Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. If his rehabilitation process goes as planned, he will be able to participate in seven matches for his franchise along with any knockout contests.
Comes in as a cover for the injured duo of Mohammad Irfan and Umar Gul.
Pakistan called up their left-arm pacer Sohail Tanvir in the ODI squad as a backup of their two fast bowlers Umar Gul and Mohammed Irfan.
Tanvir has currently been playing in South Africa’s domestic Twenty20 tournament for the franchise Lions. If Pakistan includes him in the final squad, he will have to juggle his partaking in the event.
On Sunday, the fast bowler talked with the PAK management during the team’s third ODI against SA at the Wanderers. At the post match conference, skipper Misbah-ul-Haq said that the team had discussed with Tanvir about this matter and had been considering using him as the cover for Gul and Irfan.
Left-arm spinner Herath to rest for the first couple of ODIs
Sri Lanka has given rest to their left-arm spinner Rangana Herath for the first two ODI matches against Bangladesh.
The series, which is consisted of three matches, will be started from March 23. Mahela Jayawardene will also be a spectator in the series as he has suffering from a fracture in his left hand’s middle finger.
According to a press release published by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), opener Tillakaratne Dilshan got a call in the 16-man squad on the condition of ‘being fit’. Sanath Jayasuriya, the chief selector, said that Dilshan’s inclusion was dependent on his recovery from a quadriceps injury. However, the opener’s chance of playing in the ODIs is bright, as he showed no sign of discomfort while bowling in the second Test against Bangladesh.
The Bangladesh selectors have been compelled to make four changes in the ODI squad against Sri Lanka due to the injuries of several players.
As a result, some players, who were not in the primary plan, now had chance to make an entry to the main squad for the ODI series against Sri Lanka.
The selectors have called up Mohammad Ashraful, Abul Hasan, Nazmul Hossain, and Mosharraf Hossain to take the places of injured Naeem Islam, Shafiul Islam, and Mashrafe Mortaza while off-spinner Elias Sunny has been dropped.
Naeem and Mashrafe could not recover from the injuries that they had picked up during the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). On the other hand, Shafiur picked a side-strain at the pre-tour camp earlier this month.
Mashrafe had a blow on his heel in the BPL final, which made him to suffer while landing during delivery stride. Naeem picked the injury by stepping on the ball while fielding in a BPL match. He deteriorated the injury condition by playing a few more matches. Shafiul was injured while playing a match in the domestic league in his hometown Bogra.
Nazmul and Abul were the direct replacements of Shafiul and Mashrafe. Nazmul last played ODI match in Asia Cup 2012. For the last two years, he has been in and out of the team. He is senior to the other returned bowler Abul, who has played just 2 ODIs. The other fast bowling option in the team is Rubel Hossain.
England's win in the third and final game of the one-day leg of their tour, clinched a first ODI series win in New Zealand since 1992.
The hosts never recovered from the opening ten overs of their own innings, in which they managed to score just 18 runs against Finn and Anderson. And on a hard, flat surface, they were eventually bowled out for a total that was way below par.
That they had any sort of total to defend at all, was due to skipper, Brendon McCullum, who scored his third half-century of the series. However, the rest of the New Zealand side never at any stage got to grips with England's disciplined attack.
After winning the toss and deciding to bowl first, England captain, Alastair Cook, couldn't have asked for any more from his bowlers. On a tiny ground, with short boundaries, a huge score was expected, but the opening ten overs stifled the whole of the New Zealand effort.
New Zealand claimed first blood in the three match ODI series against England, by claiming a three wickets victory in Hamilton.
England captain, Alastair Cook was bowled through the gate by left-arm seamer, Mitchell McClenaghan in just the fourth over of the innings, but Ian Bell played in a typically attractive and belligerent fashion, and scored a 25th ODI half century from just 67 balls, reaching his 50 with a straight driven six. His stand with Trott produced 84 runs in 20 overs.
Trott, whose last innings was before Christmas, batted circumspectly to start with, and hit just two boundaries from the first 66 balls he faced, but then proceeded to strike another three in his next eight deliveries, which took him to his 19th ODI fifty.
England had set a solid platform, but important overs had slipped away, and by the time Eoin Morgan arrived at the crease, batting at number five, almost 39 overs had been bowled, with the run rate below five.
Dinesh Chandimal has been given the reins of the T20I team.
Mathews will become the Test and ODI captaincy of Sri Lanka, taking over from Mahela Jayawardene for their upcoming home Test series against Bangladesh.
Apart from leading the side in the Twenty20 format, Dinesh Chandimal will be in the role of Mathew’s deputy in both the formats. Lasith Malinga will be the deputy of Chandimal. All the appointments will be effective for the next 11 months.
It was almost decided that Mathews would take over Jayawardene after the latter’s resignation from captaincy at the end of Australia tour.
The two-Test series will be started from March 8. The selectors have included a lot of fresh faces into the 20-man Test squad apart from making some surprising drops. Wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene, opener Tharanga Paranavitana, and batsman Thilan Samaraweera were dropped while all of them were in the Australia tour.
On the other hand, off-spinner Ajantha Mendis made his Test comeback. He last donned Test Jersey for Sri Lanka against England in May 2011.
The West Indies coach, Ottis Gibson, wanted his side to use their success in the Twenty20 cricket to climb the ranking in ODI cricket.
West Indies is now hanging at the no. 7 position in the ODI ranking. Gibson wanted an upward move after their series against Australia.
West Indies started their Australia tour on Tuesday at Canberra with a practice match against Prime Minister’s XI. Gibson will be in charge of the series including five ODIs and one Twenty20. It will be their first Twenty20 against a major team since their grabbing the title of Twenty20 World Cup in October 2012.
Gibson said that they were proud of what they had achieved in the tournament but that had not put any extra pressure on the team. He just hoped that their achievement would induce more people to come and watch their games. He put emphasis on improving ODI performance so that the team could place it among the other top ranking teams in the world.
Ramnaresh Sarwan made his way back to the West Indies team after a long time. Gibson welcomed this inclusion and described it as a ‘good mix’ of new and seasoned players. Before coming to Australia, West Indian players took preparation with the Caribbean Twenty20. Gibson appreciated it as all the players had chances to work on their game.
Just a couple of weeks ago India were reeling from defeat in the first ODI at Rajkot, in familiar conditions that would normal see them prevail against any opposition.
This defeat coming on the back of a Test series defeat at home to England before Christmas, and a home ODI series to heir neighbours and fiercest rivals, Pakistan. India apparent invincibility at home in ODI matches was under severe threat.
In Rajkot, England openers, Alastair Cook and Ian Bell had exuded total control over the Indian bowlers as they put on 158, a record opening partnership for England against India. However, how quickly things were turned around, as in the second match, the whole England team mustered only 158 between them.
In the third match of the series, they couldn't even manage that total, being dismissed for just 155, and they began to look more like their predecessors, who had suffered 5-0 whitewashes on their two previous ODI tours.
Suddenly, excuses are being offered to justify their poor performances, the main one being that it is an inexperienced England side, playing in the most challenging of conditions. However, in truth, the biggest problem the side has, is with the top of the order, and this is where the team is packed with its most experienced players.
After the dismal performance at the Gabba when they could muster just 74 all out, Australia were hoping for a better performance at the SCG from their front line batsmen. They may have given a better effort than the one at the Gabba, but their shortcomings against the swinging ball were once again apparent.
Michael Clarke won the toss and decided to bat despite the overcast conditions at the SCG, and once more the swing bowling of Nuwan Kulasekara and a typical fast spell from Lasith Malinga proved too much for the Australian batsmen to cope with. While Rangana Herath provided tight back up with his slow left-arm spin.
Kulasekara finished with 3 for 30, giving him 10 wickets in the series so far, at less than 13 runs each, and Australia's problems against the fast medium swing bowling, will not have gone un-noticed by England's players and their management, with back to back Ashes series starting later in the year.
Australia needed to win the match to retain a chance of taking the series, and named an unchanged side, despite the humiliation at the Gabba. However, only David Warner ever looked at home, and remained calm when once more his side's batting was falling apart around him. His strokes contained a precision and power that his team mates have lacked for the last two matches.