Semifinalists in 2018 and winners before that, West Indies have embarked on quite the downslide with a losing streak of nine matches leading into the T20 World Cup. Admittedly, all of these losses have come against strong opposition - India (5), Australia (3) and England (1). Their performances preceding this rut, wherein they blanked Ireland 3-0 and shared the series 1-1 with Pakistan, might be a more accurate reflection of the middling side they are, although they might get better with the return of star player Deandra Dottin - the joint-leading wicket-taker in both previous editions - who missed eight months (the entire 0-9 streak) after shoulder surgery. … [Read more...] about WT20 World Cup Group B: Time for South Africa to soar?
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As for Australia, they haven't played T20I cricket in two and a half months. However, they have won their last two home series so comprehensively, it's rather difficult not to picture them holding the T20 World Cup at the 'G at the end of the year. Five wins in six games (one of them, a no result), with the victory margins reading: 134 runs, 9 wickets, 7 wickets, 7 wickets and 10 wickets. Aaron Finch and David Warner have been difficult to get past, so the South African crowds, and the players would be ill-advised to get in the ear of a player who scores a has been dismissed once in his last six outings in T20Is (for 267 runs, including a hundred). As for the bowling, there's Mitchell Starc at the death, Pat Cummins with the new ball, and Adam Zampa in the middle. It's a World Cup year, and Australia really are going for the kill. After all, they have a legacy to live upto: "Make the World Cup a no-contest." It may take the Aussies a while to get into their groove, but their T20I form … [Read more...] about South Africa, Australia, and a ‘peri-peri’ contest like no other
Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt), Babar Azam (vice-capt), Abid Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Ahmed Shehzad, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Muhammad Aamir, Muhammad Hasnain, Muhammad Nawaz, Muhammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Umar Akmal, Usman Shinwari and Wahab Riaz. … [Read more...] about Pakistan Include Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad Among 20 Probables For Uncertain Sri Lanka Series
Wellington, February 20: India will face New Zealand in the first Test here at the Basin Reserve from Friday. It will be a tough test for Virat Kohli and his bunch against the Kiwis, always a strong force at home. The home side will also be buoyed by the fact that they swept India away in the ODI series 3-0 recently. … [Read more...] about India vs New Zealand, 1st Test: India probable XI for the Wellington match
Previous Bangladesh Under-19 World Cuppers have often been rushed into international cricket. So it's no surprise that Parvez Hossain Emon, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Akbar Ali, Shoriful Islam, Shahadat Hossain and Tanzid Hasan, fresh out of winning a big tournament, were given a chance to face a Test team. Akbar's heroics in the final against India, Mahmudul's match-winning hundred in the semi-final against New Zealand, and Shoriful's aggression, and the fact that the senior team has been going through a rut must have led to the decision. It's a fair one too. In the game in question, Shahadat's three wickets made him the most successful bowler from his team, while Tanzid hit 125 not out in 99 balls, the highest score of the Bangladeshis' innings. … [Read more...] about Bangladesh must make sure its world champions don’t lose their way