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ICC T20: Easy win for Kiwis, India knocked out

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The Black caps registered a semi-final spot after their 4th consecutive victory.

New Zealand beat Afghanistan by 8 wickets, but they knocked out both Afghanistan and India.

They have played brilliantly in this tournament, and they made a very strong comeback after their first match defeat against Pakistan.

New Zealand qualified for yet another ICC tournament final.

They played and almost won the ICC ODI world cup, they won the ICC test championship, and now they have qualified for the 2021 world cup Semi-finals.

Will they be able to win this one?

May be time will tell.

Afghanistan’s worst Power play

Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat first, but that didn’t prove to be a good decision at all.

Williamson used his bowlers very cleverly in the Power play as they know how much dangerous this Afghan side is especially in the power plays.

Southee and Boult bowled brilliantly in the start once again followed by Milne.

All the three picked up 1 wicket each and destroyed the Afghanistan’s top order batting.

Afghanistan scored just 23 runs with the loss of 3 wickets in the Power play.

This was the worst Power play score for Afghanistan in this tournament

Najibullah’s fighting 73 runs

Afghan batters didn’t look comfortable against the Kiwi bowlers and even after the end of Power play, they continued to lose wickets.

But in the middle overs Najibullah Zadran played some good shots, and he tried his best to recover the innings and put a good total on the board.

He first made a 37 runs partnership with Gulbadin Naib and then a solid 59-runs stand with the skipper M.Nabi.

Najibullah played a superb innings of 73 runs off 48 balls(6 fours and 3 sixes).

This was also the highest score by an Afghan player in the T20 World Cup.

Afghanistan stated their innings very badly, they played better and recovered things a bit in the middle, but they failed to score quick runs in the death overs.

Like the batting Power play, this was their worst death overs score for Afghanistan in this tournament.

New Zealand’s comfortable chase

The Kiwis got a very quick start as they scored 45 runs with lost of just 1 wicket and that was of Daryl Mitchell.

But Afghan bowlers recovered well after the Power play and bowled good lines and lengths.

Both Rashid and Mujeeb tried their best to pick up wickets, and they got 1 wicket each from their spells.

Conway-Williamson Stand

Williamson and Devon Conway had a good partnership to ensure their team’s victory.

Williamson again played a cool innings in a run chase condition.

He picked the ones and twos regularly to put pressure on the opposition side.

Williamson and Conway’s 68 runs partnership off 56 balls gave their team a victory by 8 wickets.

This 11 ball win of New Zealand over Afghanistan means that now both India and Afghanistan will pack their bags and leave to their homes.

SCORECARD

Afghanistan 20 overs. 124-8New Zealand 18.1 overs 125-2
  
Najibullah          73 (48)Williamson          40 (42)
Naib                    15 (18)Conway               36 (32)
Nabi                    14 (20)Guptill                 28 (23)
  
Boult                   3-17Rashid             1-27
Southee              2-24Mujeeb           1-31
  
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MS Dhoni almost tried to ‘spoil’ Sachin Tendulkar’s significant milestone; Shocked? Check out how

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Sachin Tendulkar & MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni is one of India’s most loved cricketers, thanks to his heroics as a wicketkeeper batter and captain over the years. The former India skipper has had the privilege of witnessing milestones created by his teammates from up close many times. Remember Dhoni at the non-striker’s end when Yuvraj Singh hit six sixes in an over against England’s Stuart Broad in the 2007 World Cup to score the fastest T20 half-century?

He was also at the other end when the legendary Sachin Tendulkar achieved a significant milestone in his 24-year cricket career. India vs South Africa, second ODI of the three-match series at Gwalior on 24 February 2010. Opting to bat first, the home team dominated right from the start despite losing Virender Sehwag in the fourth over.

India were 392/3 in 49.2 overs and Tendulkar was at the striker’s end with four balls remaining. The anticipation and excitement of the fans was not to see the team score break the barrier of 400 runs, but the Master Blaster was on 199. Yes, you read that right! He was on the verge of reaching a seemingly impossible milestone.

Finally, the moment came when Tendulkar hit the ball for a single. History was made at the Gwalior International Cricket Stadium. The batting maestro added yet another feather in his cap as he became the first player on the planet to score 200 in men’s ODIs.

MSD made Indian fans’ heart rate higher 

But now you might be thinking how Dhoni has played an antagonist role here. Believe it or not, Tendulkar was almost denied the opportunity to score a double century, not by his opposition, but by his own teammate. It was none other than the then captain of the team, who was standing at the non-striker’s end – ‘Captain Cool’ MSD.

When Tendulkar moved to 199, there were 14 balls left in India’s innings. But he never got a strike in the next 10 balls as Dhoni went berserk in an attempt to increase the team score. He scored 25 runs off those 10 balls, but he played with the patience of fans and his teammate at the other end. But with four balls left in the innings, Dhoni managed to give the strike to Tendulkar and the world witnessed the great man achieve the impossible.

Tendulkar remained unbeaten on 200 off 147 balls and Dhoni made a 35-ball 68 not out to take team total to 401/3. In reply, South Africa were bowled out for 248 runs and India won by 153 runs to clinch the series 2-0 with one game to spare.

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

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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

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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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