And if you take it in an individual context too, the Kohli vs Anderson contest offered restricted view in this four-match series. Until India's first innings in the fourth Test, Kohli has faced 52 balls from Anderson and scored 11 runs without getting dismissed and in that 37 balls were bowled to him in the first Test at Chennai. Kohli has faced fewer deliveries from Anderson only in that traumatic 2014 away series - 50 balls for 19 runs and was jettisoned 4 times. Against Anderson in 2012, Kohli negated 81 balls (made 23 runs), 112 balls in 2016 (home, made 69 runs) and 270 balls (and made 114 runs) in 2018 (away). The difference in 2021 is that Kohli never lasted long enough to have a duel with Anderson apart from those two innings at the MA Chidambaram Stadium and it is not entirely Anderson's doing either. The series offered a microcosm of the travails of Kohli since that double hundred against Bangladesh in late 2019. The Indian captain has not scored an international hundred … [Read more...] about India vs England: Can Virat Kohli duck under the lean patch soon?
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NEW ZEALAND V AUSTRALIA, 2021 by Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Share Tweet Finch scored a game-changing 79 © Getty There were question marks over Aaron Finch's spot in the Australian XI ahead of this series. The calls only grew louder after Australia went down 2-0 with Finch's form also declining further. But by the end of the fourth game of the series, all those doubts can truly be laid to rest as the Australian skipper came up with a masterful innings once again to help his side claw their way back. Finch was the only batsman to score big on Friday (March 5) in a low-scoring match as his unbeaten half-century helped Australia level the series 2-2. Finch stands tall Was he flawless? Definitely not. Was he effective? Absolutely. Australia needed someone to stick around and the skipper put his hand up. He was struggling for timing throughout. Some of the boundaries he had hit weren't even crisp but he got the job … [Read more...] about Ruthless Australia force series decider
ENGLAND'S TOUR OF INDIA, 2021 by Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Share Tweet Pant scored his third Test century, and first at home. © BCCI Here at the bare stats - India 294 for 7 and lead by 89. Rishabh Pant made 101 and had plenty of support from Washinton Sundar (60 not out) as the pair made 113 for the seventh wicket. A glance at the scorecard will make you feel India dominated the second day in Ahmedabad. That, however, wasn't the case. India had complete control of proceedings only in the third session and spent the first two trying to find answers to the challenges thrown at them by James Anderson, Ben Stokes and Jack Leach. There were plenty of mini-battles that could have swung the game decisively. Leach against Cheteshwar Pujara, Stokes against Rohit Sharma, Anderson against Ajinkya Rahane were some of the sub-plots of the day that you won't find in the scorecard. India started the day on 24 for 1 and were … [Read more...] about Pant’s maiden home century sets up India’s lead
Finch's 79 not out off 55 balls helped lay the foundations for a 50-run triumph, with Australia posting 156-6 in Wellington before bowling out the Black Caps for just 106. It means the series is now level at 2-2, with Australia having come from two down, and will be settled in the final match on Sunday (March 7). 1 49343 Tim Southee was furious after Finch was given not out on umpire's call following an lbw review in the first over, with his reaction resulting in a formal reprimand for a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct. Tim Southee reprimanded for showing dissent at umpire's decision The fast bowler might have been even more angry had he known the damage Finch would go on to do, the skipper accounting for over half of his side's total to become his country's leading scorer in the format on 2,310 runs. Finch smashed four sixes off the final over, that explosive spell alone giving him more runs than any of his team-mates, with Marcus Stoinis' 19 the next-best … [Read more...] about New Zealand vs Australia, 4th T20I: Finch-inspired visitors set up series decider
Rishabh Pant stole the show once again with some breathtakingly audacious strokeplay on the second day of the fourth Test at Motera on Friday. Pant reverse swept James Anderson to pick a boundary and that perfectly summed up the young wicketkeeper-batsman’s whirwind knock. The swashbuckling wicket-keeper batsman single-handedly put India in command on the second day of the fourth Test against England with his third century in Test cricket. Having started cautiously, Pant took the English bowlers to the cleaners in the final session to take the game away from the visitors and put the hosts in the driver’s seat. At stumps, India’s score read 294/7 with Washington Sundar (60) and Axar Patel (11) at the crease — leading the visitors by 89 runs in the first innings. India scored 141 runs in 32 overs in the final session of the second day. With wickets tumbling around him, Pant took 82 balls to reach his first fifty runs. But the next 50 came off just 33 balls as he decided to send the … [Read more...] about India vs England 4th Test Day 2: Rishabh Pant’s Century After Top Order Failure Keeps Hosts on Top