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CPL 2021: Hemraj ton sinks Barbados



Guyana Amazon Warriors thumped Barbados Royals by a whopping nine wickets in the 16th game of the Caribbean Premier League 2021 to take home another win.

Hemraj stuns Royals

Nicholas Pooran’s men first restricted the Royals to a low total of 130/10.

It took the Warriors only 14.2 overs to complete the run chase, courtesy a brilliant century by Guyana’s Chandrapaul Hemraj.

The 28-year-old crunched the ball all around the park to turn the run chase into a piece of cake.

After Brandon King departed for a 17-ball 19, Hemraj continued to accelerate his innings.

His 105 is among one of the best centuries in the CPL.

Hemraj was on 99* when he sent the ball into the stands for six off Nyeem Young’s second ball of his last over, achieving double delight of registering a ton and taking his team over the line.

Not to forget Pakistan’s batting veteran Shoaib Malik who kept on playing dot balls to make sure that his partner on the other end reaches the milestone.

Tahir gets three scalps

Imran Tahir picked three wickets for 34 to register his best bowling figures in this year’s CPL campaign.

The experienced spinner dismissed Royals opener Johnson Charles, in-form Smit Patel and Glenn Philips.

The South African superstar has notched nine wickets for the Warriors in the six matches he has played so far.

His contribution in every game has been hard to ignore.

The likes of Tahir and Romario Shepherd are proving to be an elite duo for the Pooran’s unit.

Azam Khan shows signs of brilliance

Azam Khan has been making waves in the Pakistan Super League for a while, but the CPL fans are yet to see him in red-hot form yet.

The youngster showed his strength for his 28-run knock, but couldn’t get going for long.

The Pakistan batsman needs to pick up his form to make an impact that Barbados Royals have been lacking this season.

Guyana Amazon Warriors 136 for 1 (Hemraj 105*) beat Barbados Royals 130 all out (Khan 28, Tahir 3-34) by nine wickets.

Kings end Patriots’ win streak

St Lucia Kings seem to be the nemesis for Dwayne Bravo’s St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.

The Kings have won their second game in a row, against the Patriots.

Patriots collapse in no time

A rare batting collapsed from the Royals gave control to the Kings early on.

St Lucia Kings then reached the 119-run target in 15.4 overs to make it 2-0 against the table toppers.

Faf du Plessis, who scored a brilliant ton in the last game, led his team from the front in this clash.

His tactics were spot on with the ball that helped the Kings’ pace cartel bundle out Bravo’s unit for only 118.

With a below-par total, the Pats were never in the game.

Fabian Allen was the sole warrior for the losing side for his patient knock of 34 before Kesrick Williams dismissed him.

Chase shines with the bat, again

Roston Chase is the man with the gold bat at the moment for du Plessis.

The West Indies’ all-rounder bagged another Man of the Match award for his team.

His 51* made the chase easier for the Kings.

Du Plessis’s side are now just two points behind the Pats on the table.

St Lucia Kings 121 for 4 (Chase 51*, Allen 2-30) beat St Kitts & Nevis Patriots 118 (Allen 34, Thomas 28, Royal 3-20, Samit 2-15, Williams 2-32) by six wickets.

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No mercy from India! Jasprit Bumrah set to return for final Test against England in Dharamsala




Jasprit Bumrah

Team India have pocked the five-match Test series against England with a five-wicket win in the fourth match. With a 3-1 lead in the series, they will head into the final Test in Dharamsala as a confident unit. While it is crucial for Ben Stokes and Co. to leave the touring nation on a positive note, the home side is likely to experiment with their playing XI for the low-key fixture.

According to reports, the Indian cricket management is considering resting a few players for the final Test due to the workload. India were without some key players due to withdrawal and injuries throughout the series. However, the youngsters stepped up and gave the desired result, gaining the confidence of the management.

Meanwhile, the Men in Blue are not going to make it easy for the visitors when the two teams clash at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium from March 7. As per Cricbuzz, elite pacer and the team’s vice-captain Jasprit Bumrah is set to be recalled. This shows that India will go hard in the upcoming match and aim to settle the series 4-1.

Bumrah was rested for the fourth Test in Ranchi as he played three matches on a trot. The 30-year-old has been carefully managed by management since his return from a back injury last year after a nearly year-long absence. He made his comeback in the T20I series against Ireland and after that, he played only in crucial fixtures like the Asia Cup, ODI World Cup, and Test matches. With the 2024 T20 World Cup also around the corner, it will be important for the team to manage Bumrah’s workload.

KL Rahul doubtful for Dharamsala Test 

KL Rahul, who was deemed 90% fit before the third Test in Rajkot, has not fully recovered and is unlikely to play in the final match. Rahul suffered a quadriceps strain in the series opener and missed the next two matches. The report states that the Karnataka cricketer has been sent overseas for treatment.

It remains to be seen whether the under-fire Rajat Patidar will get another chance to prove his mettle in Rahul’s absence. Patidar looked promising in the first innings of the Hyderabad Test, but then lost his rhythm and suffered a series of low scores, including two ducks.

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‘Ye toh Mohammad Kaif 2.0 nikla’ – Fans react as Brendon McCullum accepts series defeat against India and claim themselves to be better than they were in 2022




Brendon McCullum has reacted to England’s performance in the ongoing series against India. The visiting side are currently trailing 1-3 in the series after the conclusion of the 4th Test in Ranchi. With the fifth Test set to happen in Dharamshala, England have lost the series by all means. They do have a chance to end the series on a high note by winning the last Test.

After the loss against India in the 4th Test, McCullum was in the press conference. He claimed that they are a better side than they were 18 months ago. Brendon acknowledged the fact that they lost the series against India and could not win in the Ashes. He felt that given the way England is playing, there is a good chance of them doing special things in the next 18 months in Test cricket.

“We’ve lost this series and we didn’t win the Ashes, but we’re a better cricket team than we were 18 months ago and we’ve got an opportunity in the next 18 months to do some pretty special shitz. I’m fizzing for it, to be honest,” said McCullum as he was hopeful of a bright future for England in Tests. It is true that England were not as competitive under Joe Root as they are under Ben Stokes.

Improved competitiveness of England

While Root’s tenure was good before the pandemic, the team struggled under his captaincy. 2021 and early 2020 were the years when England was demoralised. They lost in India 1-3 and trailed 1-2 at home against the same opponent. For the first time in over 20 years, NZ beat England in Tests in their own backyard. In 2022, England lost the Ashes 0-4 away from home.

They also lost to the West Indies 0-1 which acted as a final nail in the coffin of Root’s leadership. However, things have changed drastically under Stokes and McCullum. They won the series against New Zealand at home and clean-swept Pakistan in their own backyard. They drew the Ashes 2-2 and drew the series against NZ 1-1 before losing the series against India.

Here’s how the fans reacted to the statement of Brendon McCullum –


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WATCH: IShowSpeed reacts to Virat Kohli becoming father for 2nd time





IShowSpeed took to his YouTube channel and reacted to Virat Kohli becoming the father for the 2nd time in his life. The popular YouTuber is known to be a fan of Virat in cricket. He claimed that the Indian batter got twins. In the video which has gone viral on the internet, Speed was seen reacting to the announcement of the star couple. He was visibly excited about seeing the good news.

Speed claimed that Akaay and Vamika are twins. The fan of the Indian batter claimed that the son of Virat should have been named as ‘Virat Kohli Jr’. He went on to add that Akaay could become a young GOAT. Seeing the announcement video, the popular YouTuber claimed that he would still call Akaay as ‘Virat Kohli Jr’.

Watch the viral video of Speed here –


He got twins!! Virat Kohli got twins!! Vamika and Akaay! Akaay about to be a young GOAT. He should have been named to Virat Kohli Jr, I’m still going to call him Kohli Jr bro,” said I Show Speed in his video. The fans are in bits after seeing the video of the YouTuber and said that he is too funny. The way Speed calls Virat was mocked by the fans on social media.

The family of Virat Kohli

Virat has a big family. While his father died when he was playing a Ranji Trophy game in the 2000s, he has a brother and mother. In 2017, Virat married Anushka which became a sensation. The star couple has been the talk of the town since then. In 2021, Virat and Anushka were blessed with their first child. The duo named her as ‘Vamika‘.

Earlier this year, Virat took a leave during the series against England. The fans were not sure of the reason behind the move of the batter that he even could not attend the Ram Mandir inaugural ceremony. Earlier this month, the fans got to know that the couple became the parents for the 2nd time. Anushka and Virat posted a joint statement where they declared to be parents and announced ‘Akaay’ to the world.

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