Tuesday, 7 November 2017

India vs New Zealand - 3rd T20I Cricket

07 Nov 2017

India vs New Zealand - 3rd T20I Cricket at Thiruvananthapuram

Chahal, Bumrah help India edge eight-over shootout

India vs New Zealand
67/5 (8) 61/6 (8)
India won by 6 runs
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Just over a week ago, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jasprit Bumrah were India's bowling heroes in a gripping, high-scoring ODI series decider in Kanpur. On Tuesday they combined to deny New Zealand once again, this time in an eight-overs-a-side dogfight on a damp, grippy surface in a rain-shortened maiden international game at the Greenfield Stadium.

Sent in to bat, India struggled to force the pace against square turn from Mitchell Santner and canny changes of pace from Tim Southee and Trent Boult. Virat Kohli got off to a bright start, clattering Ish Sodhi for four and six off his first two balls, but holed out on 13, and the rest of the batsmen couldn't quite find their timing on a difficult surface.

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Saturday, 4 November 2017

India vs New Zealand - 2nd T20I Cricket

04 Nov 2017

India vs New Zealand - 2nd T20I Cricket at Rajkot

New Zealand level series with Munro's blistering 109*

New Zealand vs India
196/2 (20) 156/7 (20)
New Zealand won by 40 runs
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Considering he is struggling to hit the big shots straight away and suggesting it is easier for newer players to adapt to the shortest format, Ajit Agarkar says India should look for other options besides MS Dhoni

Colin Munro scorched his way to a 54-ball hundred - his second in T20Is this year - to break India and force the series into a decider in Thiruvananthapuram. He made excellent use of four chances to launch New Zealand to 196 for 2 after they had opted to bat and though Virat Kohli made a vintage 65 in response, the rapidly rising scoreboard pressure was just too much to overcome.

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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

India vs New Zealand - 1st T20I Cricket

01 Nov 2017

India vs New Zealand - 1st T20I Cricket at Delhi

Rohit, Dhawan break both records and New Zealand

India vs New Zealand
202/3 (20) 149/8 (20)
India won by 53 runs
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In American football, a fumble - when a player doesn't catch or control the ball cleanly - results in loss of possession and significant momentum. A team on the charge then has to guard the opponent's offense. Cricket's equivalent is a drop catch. New Zealand spilled three catches of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Each of them then went on the offense to carry India to 202, a total they defended by 53 runs to register their first T20I win against New Zealand. The loss took away the No. 1 ranking from Kane Williamson and his men with Pakistan rising to occupy the top spot.

Dhawan was dropped by Mitchell Santner at cover point for 8 in the second over, and Rohit by Tim Southee at long-off on 16. Both batsmen found their hitting rhythm right after their reprieves, and finished with 80 apiece. Together they added 158, the highest opening partnership for India in T20Is.

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Sunday, 29 October 2017

India vs New Zealand - 3rd ODI Cricket

29 Oct 2017

India vs New Zealand - 3rd ODI Cricket at Kanpur

Bumrah, Kohli, Rohit keep India's streak going

India vs New Zealand
337/6 (50) 331/7 (50)
India won by 6 runs
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Elation, after a seventh straight bilateral ODI series win, for India. Heartbreak for a New Zealand side that has been among the best prepared and most tenacious limited-overs teams to visit the country in recent years. Why is this only a three-match series?

New Zealand came to Kanpur with a poor record in ODI deciders in India. In each of their three previous attempts, their batting had let them down: they fell short of 200 in both 1995 and 1999 and, on this day last year, imploded to 79 all out.

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

India vs New Zealand - 2nd ODI Cricket

25 Oct 2017

India vs New Zealand - 2nd ODI Cricket at Pune

Bhuvneshwar's three-for helps India level series

New Zealand vs India
230/9 (50) 232/4 (46)
India won by 6 wickets
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New Zealand won the first ODI at the Wankhede Stadium courtesy their preparedness against India's spinners, and the success of a key tactical move - swapping the batting positions of Colin Munro and Tom Latham. Three days later, following a trip down the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, India turned the tables with their own counter-tactics, on a pitch with just enough grass on it to allow their fast bowlers to bowl a traditional good length.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar finished with three wickets and Jasprit Bumrah with two, the pair conceding only 83 in their 20 overs as New Zealand set India a target of 231 to level the series. The chase proved straightforward, with Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik scoring half-centuries to lead India home with four overs remaining.

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Sunday, 22 October 2017

India vs New Zealand - 1st ODI Cricket

22 Oct 2017

India vs New Zealand - 1st ODI Cricket at Mumbai

Latham, Taylor trump Kohli's century as NZ go 1-0 up

India vs New Zealand
280/8 (50) 284/4 (49)
New Zealand won by 6 wickets
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Virat Kohli, in his 200th ODI, sought to play the perfect innings on a slow pitch and in sapping heat. He got lucky when he took the calculated risk, he was also dropped on 29, but that was fortune earned and he went on to score his 31st hundred.

New Zealand took more risks collectively, opened with almost a pinch hitter, but enjoyed less luck than Kohli. Yet, Kohli was let down by his team-mates, 37 being the next best score to his 121, whereas all New Zealand batsmen contributed - Ross Taylor and Tom Latham added 200 - as they chased down 281, only their third win when batting second against India in India.

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Friday, 13 October 2017

India vs Australia - 3rd T20I Cricket

13 Oct 2017

India vs Australia - 3rd T20I Cricket at Hyderabad

Hyderabad T20I called off, India-Australia series tied

Australia vs India
- -
Match abandoned
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The deciding T20I between Australia and India in Hyderabad was abandoned as a result of a wet outfield. Over two weeks of heavy rain leading up to the match meant the ground had taken in a lot of water. And even though there was at least two hours of clear weather before the first ball was due, the groundstaff were unable to make good enough progress for the game to begin.

In fact, when the umpires went out for their inspection they found that some patches of turf were so soggy that large divots were created when they dug their heels in. It was reported that the pitch, the square and even the bowler's run-ups were relatively fine but certain areas beyond the 30-yard circle were unsafe. As a result, play was called off at approximately 8.30 pm and the series ended with a 1-1 scoreline.

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

India vs Australia - 2nd T20I Cricket

10 Oct 2017

India vs Australia - 2nd T20I Cricket at Guwahati

Behrendorff helps Australia end losing streak against India

India vs Australia
118/10 (20) 122/2 (15.3)
Australia won by 8 wickets
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Like governments, Jason Behrendorff lured India with freebies up front before taxing them with four top-order wickets, a spell of play India never recovered from. Adam Zampa, who has not had the best of times on this trip, had his own back with two big middle-overs wickets to make sure Australia finally snapped their seven-match losing streak in T20Is against India. On a tacky pitch, with spin, seam and early swing on offer, India's batting seemed to fail to reassess what a good total was and fell 22 short of the 140-mark that might well have made for a tight chase.

The way the match started, though, you might have thought of a score much higher than 140. The first ball was a gentle full toss that Rohit Sharma caressed to the point boundary; the third was a long half-volley that was crashed straight of mid-off. Then came the swing against the angle from left-arm over. Like Mohammad Amir has done previously, Behrendorff trapped Rohit in front with the fourth ball. The late swing two balls later was slightly less perfect, but the inside edge lobbed off Virat Kohli's pad for a return catch. Behrendorff had knocked over two of the most destructive limited-overs batsmen in the world in his first over.

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Saturday, 7 October 2017

India vs Australia - 1st T20I Cricket

07 Oct 2017

India vs Australia - 1st T20I Cricket at Ranchi

Kuldeep, Bumrah sparkle as India go 1-0 up

Australia vs India
118/8 (18.4) 49/1 (5.3/6)
India won by 9 wickets (D/L method)
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Australia's batsmen had a dire time coping with a slow and low surface at the JSCA International Stadium and never recovered from the early muddle, eventually conceding the first T20I by nine wickets to India. Rain came down after Australia had limped to 118 for 8 in 18.4 overs, and by the time it subsided, India's chase had been shortened to six overs. They mowed down the 48-run target with minimal fuss despite the loss of Rohit Sharma.

It was a pitch that had everything a batsman does not desire to see in a T20 game - variable bounce, lack of pace, grip, turn, and early on some movement in the air.

Kuldeep, Bumrah sparkle as India go 1-0 up (espncricinfo): Read More >>
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Sunday, 1 October 2017

India vs Australia - 5th ODI Cricket

01 Oct 2017

India vs Australia - 5th ODI Cricket at Nagpur

Spinners, Bumrah give India their No. 1 ranking back

Australia vs India
242/9 (50) 243/3 (42.5)
India won by 7 wickets
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India took back their No. 1 ODI ranking by shackling Australia after yet another good start and then chasing down the possibly tricky 243 with apparent ease. India won the series 4-1 - a reversal of the scoreline in the ODIs in Australia early last year - with just one century from their batsmen, that too in the last innings by Rohit Sharma, but a third successive hundred-run opening partnership between Rohit and Ajinkya Rahane.

India won the final match on the dry and slow Nagpur track through spin. India's spinners pulled back a bolted horse, conceding 134 for 4 in 30 overs between them; Australia's Adam Zampa released all the pressure exerted by the quicks with the new ball, conceding 48 in six insipid overs before getting Rohit out with a long hop when the match was over for all practical purposes.

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