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
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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
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?
Pant came to the crease when India were in some trouble at 80 for 4 and soon the home side was at 121 for 5 after the dismissal of Rohit Sharma. But the young wicket-keeper batsman played some daring shots, including a reverse scoop off James Anderson, en route his third Test hundred that took India to 294 for 7 at close. India now lead England by a healthy 89 runs. Pant and Washington Sundar shared a 113-run stand for the seventh wicket to take the match further away from England. Pant said his game is based upon reacting to the ball. "Sometimes you have to respect the bowler, and the ball, and if you get a bad ball then look for a single or more. I just see the ball and react to it, that's the USP of my cricket," Pant told Star Sports, the host broadcaster. Pant said the reverse sweep that he played off Anderson was pre-meditated. "The reverse-sweep, you have to premeditate it, but when things are going your way and most of the time I get the licence to go for my shots, after … [Read more...] about India vs England, 4th Test: New ‘Adam Gilchrist’ Rishabh Pant reveals the USP of his batting
England produced a stirring fightback with the ball on day two of the fourth Test in Ahmedabad before their stretched attack tired significantly late on in the face of some destructive batting from Rishabh Pant, who brought up a 115-ball ton with a six. Pant's scintillating century came as part of a crucial 113-run partnership with Washington Sundar (60no) which helped lift India to 294-7 by stumps, and a lead of 89. The home side had earlier been reduced to 146-6 midway through the afternoon session, a Herculean effort with the ball from Ben Stokes (2-73), in particular, giving hope to England perhaps even earning a slender first-innings lead. Fourth Test scorecard: India vs England Day Two in Ahmedabad - as it happened Stokes found some steep bounce to dismiss Virat Kohli for a duck in the morning and later returned to trap Rohit Sharma (49) lbw with a sharp inswinging delivery - just rewards for a tireless, back-breaking effort in which the all-rounder got … [Read more...] about India vs England: Rishabh Pant’s sparkling century answers Ben Stokes-led fightback from visitors