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ENGvPAK 5ODI series

England won the 5th-Match ODI series 4-0

Pakistan Lost 4th- ODI match to England

Pakistan lost another high scoring game to England in ongoing 5 match ODI series. This England vs Pakistan series is more of a World Cup preparation for both the teams. After the first ODI was abandoned due to rain at THE OVAL (London). Rest has been a complete struggle for the visitors where they have played and lost 4 High scoring matches on the trot.

England has Won the 5-ODI match series with a convincing 4-0 lead with also winning the final 5th-ODI match held at Leeds. All Matches were high scoring matches with 350 runs on average scored in each game. Pakistani batting was rather competitive during all three ODIs. Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul Haq and Babar Azam score centuries and Asif Ali also chipped in with consecutive 50s. Captain Sarfraz also coming back into touch after a long time, scored 97 runs when he was run out in a funny way courtesy Jos Buttler’s acrobatics with his leg. However, it was Pakistan Team’s bowling which led them down on these flat pitches. Pakistani bowling is fairly more use to play on flat pitches in UAE however to everyone’s surprise Pakistani Bowlers were below power in all three matches. Ordinary bowling was further led down by poor ground fielding regardless of some young legs in the side, the fielding was a stress for the visitors in all three matches.

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Not only the side looks low on confidence but also the worries of right bowling combination for the world cup is a headache now for the head coach Micky Arthur. Muhammad Amir will join the stumbling bowling lineup in World Cup 2019, However, with his out of form poor run in the past series this year, people are skeptical of any quick improvements.

On the other hand, this series was not only a huge confidence booster for the England side moreover they managed to test all players on the bench for the coming World Cup Squad. Players like TOM CURRAN, JOE DENLY, and JOFRA ARCHER showed promise and performed very well making it ever so difficult for the England selectors to pick and drop players for the World Cup Squad.


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Amir and Asif are back

Muhammad Amir and Asif Ali are Back for WorldCup 2019

Muhammad Amir and Asif Ali who were left out of Pakistan’s World Cup squad initially are now called back into the side as confirmed by the PCB’s selection committee headed by Inzimam-ul-Haq.

Previously Both Players were dropped because of their poor run in ODI format this year but were given one last chance in the PAKISTAN vs ENGLAND ODI series. The recent announcement from Chairman selection committee can after Asif Ali made full use of this opportunity and scored consecutive 50’s in 2nd and 3rd ODIs against England. All matches have been high scoring matches where a striker like Asif Ali can be more than handy in the late order to boost strike rate.

On the contrary, Muhammad Amir who is currently medically ill amid chicken pox is included in the side due to the poor run of Pakistani fast bowlers against England where they have conceded more than 350 runs consistently and none of the top 4 bowlers have shown any significant performance for the side.

Wasim Akram and other former cricketers including Ramiz Raja also spoke about the Amir’s case and why he should be in Pakistan’s World Cup Campaign 2019. With recent poor performances by Faheem Ashraf and untested New inclusion of Abid Ali had made ways for Amir and Asif. Both players are set to get into the WC squad replacing Faheem Ashraf and Abid Ali for WC 2019.

We can only hope that Amir can get his mojo back in the coming major event and perform for Pakistan just as he did in the ICC Champions trophy. Whereas Asif is already back in form and he just needs to continue his form into the world cup 2019. Still, there are a couple of matches against England left in the series where Asif needs can take his recent confidence to uplift his performance in the coming games.

TOP 5 Batsmen in cricket

ICC TOP 5 ODI BATSMEN

In modern-day Cricket, where batsmen rule the game, each team depends on some of their world class batsmen who are capable of doing something out of the box. Batting is important in today’s cricket as like eating and drinking are important in our lives. Setting up a huge total to chase on, and put the other team under pressure is key to win nowadays. A strong and resilient batting line also helps in chasing huge totals set by other teams. As the world cup is almost here, each and everyone especially the cricket analysts set their hawk eyes on different team combination and the number of lethal bowlers and batsmen each lineup contain. The International Cricket Council (ICC) declares the list of some top rank batsmen on account of their recent performances and the form they carry on from the past. The list of top 5 ICC ranked batsmen are:

RANK PLAYER NAME COUNTRY RATINGS
01 Virat Kohli India 890
02 Rohit Sharma India 839
03 Ross Taylor New Zealand 830
04 Quinton De Kock South Africa 803
05 Francois Du Plessis South Africa 801

VIRAT KOHLI (INDIA):

Virat Kohli, the Indian “Run Machine” also known as chase machine among his fans. Virat made his ODI debut in August 2008 soon after he led his under19 team to become under19 world champions, wearing ODI shirt no 18.  The entire cricketing world considers Virat Kohli as the best batsman of the world right now. His batting average and his consistent performance say it all from his side. He also had twice the man of the tournament awards in ICC T20 world cups (2014 and 2016). Board of Control for Cricket in India also gave him a crucial role of captaincy in this all-important world cup 2019 edition. His ODI batting average is 59.58

ROHIT SHARMA (IND):

Rohit Sharma, an Indian opening batsman who is generally known as Hitman among his fans, made his ODI debut in June 2007, wearing ODI shirt no 45. He struggled a lot in his early career but in 2013 he scored two consecutive centuries against West Indies and after then he plays as an opening batsman for the Indian side and performs consistently. He also scored centuries in all three formats of cricket. He also scored 264 which is the highest individual score by any batsmen. He is also the vice-captain of the Indian side in the limited overs game. His ODI batting average is 47.4

ROSS TAYLOR (NZ):

Ross Taylor, a veteran New Zealander batsman who batted at no. 03 or no. 04 spot as per requirements of his team, generally known by his nickname Rosco, made his ODI debut in March 2006, wearing ODI shirt no 03. He is the most experienced batsman in the New Zealand side and also the leading ODI century maker for New Zealand after scoring his 17th century. He leads his team from the front on so many occasions where his team needs him the most. He always shows hunger towards scoring runs for his side and his this attitude made him a difficult batsman to bowl. His ODI batting average is 48.3

QUINTON DE KOCK (SA):

Quinton De Kock, A South African left handed wicket keeper batsman who is so talented wicketkeeper as well, generally known as de Kock or “Quinny” by his fans, made his ODI debut in January 2013, wearing ODI shirt no 12. He is so talented and confident young guy in the South African batting line up who opens from his side or sometimes play down the order as per the requirement of his team and the situation. He scores 3 consecutive centuries in 3 consecutive innings. He batted fearlessly and play shots all around the ground. His ODI batting average is 45.96

FRANCOIS DU PLESSIS (SA):

Francois Du Plessis, a Veteran South African batsman, generally known as Faf Du Plessis, made his ODI debut in January 2011 wearing ODI shirt no 18. He is also the captain of the South African side. His calm and sometimes aggressive batting disturb any sort of bowling line. He is so electrifying in the field and also brings so much energy in his side by his attitude and through his captaincy. Under his captaincy and the lethal combination, South Africa had from the past few years, this team is among the favorites of World Cup 2019 edition. He is among one of those batsmen who are technically sound and every class bowler feels little hesitate to bowl against him. His ODI batting average is 46.54

In the upcoming mega event of ODI World Cup 2019, all these top ranked batsmen play a key role for their respective sides to lead their teams in the making of history. The game of cricket is totally by chance and if there is the day of any particular player, then this player surely plays a one-man army show for his team. But apart from all these top ranked batsmen, there are also few hidden talents that also have capabilities to perform out of the box for their teams. Now it’s all up to the world cup and let’s see who will perform best and be the part of history-making.

Mitchell Starc Aussie Bowler

Starc to add some spark! Mitchell Starc is Back

Mitchell Starc who is the front-line attack bowler for Australian team was out nursing a pectoral injury for the past three months. Starc is now back in the team playing in the ongoing 3 practice match series for World Cup 2019 against New Zealand.  Series between Australia vs New Zealand is now leveled 1-1 after New Zealand won the second ODI comfortably by 7 wickets and 16 balls to spare. Starc once again proved to be the cornerstone of the Aussie pace attack, apart from Starc Aussie bowling attack looked one rather dimensional and shaky as the World Cup candidate Kane Richardson was again not amongst the wickets finishing with 52-0 in his 10 overs. Whereas the SA Abbott was the most expensive of the lot giving away 57 in 7.2 overs. Nathan Lyon the spinner called in for World Cup 2019 squad was also wicketless. However, Mitchell Starc was the only standout performer with 2 quick wickets in his short 5 over spell giving away just 14 runs. In Batting Steve Smith also shined with his unbeaten 89* runs innings showing positive signs for the upcoming mega event.

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Mitchel Starc Bowling Stats:

29 years of age Mitchell Starc has been phenomenal since his debut in 2010. He has very good numbers especially in the shorter formats of the game. In ODI’s he has been the go-to man for his captain under pressure situations. Here are Mitchel Starc’s career stats.

Cricket Format Matches Wickets Economy Average
Test 2011- 51 211 3.39 28.2
ODI 2010- 75 145 4.95 21.4
T20I 2012- 23 31 6.76 19.1
T20 2009- 86 128 7.14 17.5

Starc Bringing Balance to the Australian Bowling Lineup

At first Australians had Mitchell Johnson and then came Mitchell Starc, Johnson was known for his raw pace while the Starc brought more seam control to the Aussie bowling lineup, though fast enough Starc has a remarkable control especially in case of white ball and he has been nailing the job for a good decade now for team Australia with his bowling. He has been the star of several tournaments for Australia however his amazing performance ICC World Cup 2015 remains the highlight of his career where he was also given the Player of the Tournament award. Looks like Starc is back just in time to raise the hopes of Aussie fans as Australian team needed him badly. The Aussie attack was looking extremely one dimensional and some time out of sorts against good opponents on good decks. With Starc’s experience and expertise, this is to change now and Australia will now move into the ICC World Cup 2019 with a very well-balanced side.

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steve smith and david warner

STEVE SMITH AND DAVID WARNER “THE FALLEN ARE BACK FOR WORLD CUP 2019”

SMITH and WARNER THE POWER DUO!

Steve Smith and David Warner, the two Heavyweights of the Australian cricket team, are very well known amongst the entire cricket world by their fearless yet flawless batting style and by their aggressive nature of play. Both star players of Aussie side flourished in the past several years leading their side from the front. Smith and Warner played some historic knocks for their side. But as they say “Controversies follow the stardom”. Last year, David Warner and Steve Smith were also surrounded by controversies and were caught wanting in an indecent controversy which took everyone by surprise. It eventually led both of them out of the cricket. Recently, on 29th-March, both the Star players ban was lifted and their banishment came to an end which paved their way into the Aussie WC 2019 squad.

THE “SANDPAPER GATE” CONTROVERSY:

WHAT WENT WRONG FOR SMITH AND WARNER

Last year in March 2018, the Australian cricket team was in South Africa, during the third test match of the series when the Australian side was in serious trouble, Steve Smith gave the ball to the Bancroft which was then tampered with the sandpaper, caught by the television cameras. afterward, Cricket Australia had to tackle the matter, which they did with a strict approach, and after accepting their mistake, all three players including Warner and Smith were banned for a year from international and from domestic cricket as well. Bancroft did that act on instructions of both senior player so Cricket Australia minimize his banned and allow him to play domestic cricket in December last year. Steve Smith and David Warner finished their punishment later this March-29th and were free to play international cricket from March 2019 onwards. After this scandal, the Australian coach stepped down from his role and Justin Langer took over the office. In a very emotional presser, Smith apologized to his fans and promised Aussie board and his nation not to repeat this at any cost. The entire scandal is known as “Sandpaper Gate” scandal.

CONSEQUENCES OF THE CONTROVERSY:

Before the events of Sandpaper Gate, Steve Smith and David Warner were the Aussie Captain and Vice-captain of their side respectively. After the scandal both the players were instantly removed from their respective positions, which was the major and most prominent loss of the Australian side. Afterward, the team was then led by Tim Paine, who was new to the Job and fairly inexperienced than Steve Smith.

Australian team’s performance was degraded and going downhill continuously, when finally, AUS vs IND win in Perth came as a relief for Captain Tim Paine. Later they lost quite a few on the trot and in short, the Qantas was ever the same after the demise of Smith and warner.

COME BACK OF THE LETHAL DUO:

The suspension ended in March 2019, both Smith and Warner were instantly playing cricket afterward, both were selected for the IPL season 12. Smith was part of IPL team Rajasthan Royals (RR) whereas Warner got his ticket into SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH). Both Players had an awesome IPL season 12 so far and performed with magical figures for RR and SRH this IPL 2019.

Player Season Mat Runs HS Ave SR 100 50 4s 6s
David Warner IPL 2019 12 692 100* 69.2 143.86 1 8 57 21
Steve Smith IPL 2019 12 319 73* 39.87 116 0 3 30 4


Keeping in view their splendid form they were naturally inducted into the Aussie side though with some resistance from within the board they finally managed to get into the Aussie World Cup 2019 Squad. Because of the lethal combination of these two and some good experience in their bag. Inclusion of Smith and warner into the Australian Team has put the Australian side once again amongst the favorites for the WC 2019.

Come back of 32 years old David Warner and 29 years old Steve Smith gives much-needed strength to the Australian batting lineup, which has always been up to the mark previously but was suffering in recent times. David Warner, a world-class opener with aggressive nature, hits the ball hard, capable of hitting big shots, ultimately benefits Australian side with his strike force in the upcoming mega event. Warner’s presence in the top order is enough to disturb any bowling attack on a given day. Having a player like David Warner with an average of 43.4 is certainly a blessing for any team.

Steve Smith, the young and aggressive captain but a very calm and resistant batsman who is known for his calm and steady batting style. He always had a role at one down position to bring the stability and balance to the Batting lineup by playing anchor innings, which helps the coming batsmen to strike easily and play freely. During the suspension years, this position was a point of worry for the Selectors But now the tables have turned and the vacancy is filled with the Master class of Smith. With just days remaining in ICC World Cup 2019, it’s the perfect magic serum for team Australia.

Inclusion of Steve Smith and David Warner in the World Cup squad will have a huge impact on the Aussie campaign. Let’s see what do they bring to the side as usually most of us don’t get a second chance but when we do, we have to make it count! 

Avengers Endgame

IPL 2019 AVENGERS ENDGAME IS HERE!

INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE 2019 (VIVO IPLt20 2019)

Indian premier league, in the undisputed king of all cricket Leagues and it is one of the biggest T20 league across the globe where players from all over the world take part and make it successful. As IPL editions progress, more and juicier clashes between the teams come up and make this event more eye-catching and more successful than ever.

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WE ARE IN THE ENDGAME NOW!

As we all know the Indian premier league is in its full swing and the mega event has just stepped into the playoffs now. The top four teams of the edition CSK, MI, SUN and DC are playing against each other to make into the finals and lift the marvelous IPL trophy.

This Edition of VIVO IPLt20 12 2019 was packed with crazy ups and downs all the way and juvenilized the fans throughout the season to the playoffs now. Four best teams (Chennai, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Delhi) made it to the qualifiers. Yet again the major upset was the Royal Challengers Bangalore RCB, under the captaincy of Virat Kohli finishing last in the IPL Points table yet again. It was a major led down for the franchise as they lost all 6 matches upfront making their chances of reaching playoffs very slim.

THE IPL TOP FOUR AVENGERS ASSEMBLE.

The point table is headed by MI (Mumbai Indians), Played 14 matches, Won 9, Lost 5, with 18 points and a net run rate of +0.421, followed by CSK (Chennai Super Kings) at second position, Played 14 matches, Won 9, Lost 5, with 18 points and a net run rate of +0.131. DC (Delhi Capitals) is at third position, played 14 matches, won 9 matches, lost 5, with 18 points and a net run rate of +0.044. SRH (Sun Risers Hyderabad) is at spot 4, played 14 matches, won 6, lost 8, with 12 points and a net run rate of +0.577.

The point table shows how pivotal this IPL competition was between the four where the top 3 teams of IPL ended up with equal 18 points, positioned on the basis of net run rate. This shows the intensity of competition among all the teams.

PLAYOFFS! WHO IS PLAYING WHO?

FIRST MATCH (QUALIFIER 01): CSK vs MI

The first match of playoffs or the big Qualifier 01 was between CSK vs MI and it means the winner of this qualifier directly make it to the VIVO IPL2019 FINALS, which is MI (Mumbai Indian) now as they have beaten CSK to get into the FINALS. And the loser of the qualifier (CSK) still has a second chance to play against the winner of eliminator 01 to take a spot in the finals.

Qualifier 01 was between MI vs CSK, which was won by Mumbai Indians (MI) quite comfortably by 6 wickets with 9 balls to spare. The loser of Qualifier 01 MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super King has a chance to play against the winner of eliminator 01 scheduled on 08-May-2019 between Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Capitals. (SUN vs DC)

MUMBAI MADE IT TO THE IPL 2019 FINAL

Mumbai Indians is among the most successful teams of the league. Mumbai Indians are the three-time winners of IPL. And this time in qualifier 01 Mumbai Indians made it directly into the finals.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is by far the most successful team of the IPL. They hold the winning record with Mumbai Indians of 3 times. The defending champions are the only team of IPL who made it into the playoffs every time they played an IPL edition. Due to some terrible reasons, CSK was suspended for two years. Despite those 2 years, CSK always made into the final four and they have won the IPL trophy three times. yes, that’s right three times and they still have a chance to take another one home.

2nd MATCH (ELIMINATOR 01): SRH vs DC

2nd match of playoff or the eliminator 01 is between the teams at spot 3rd and 4th. Winner of this Eliminator 01 Play against the loser of Qualifier 01 (Chennai Super Kings), while the loser of Eliminator will go home! Eliminator 01 is between Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Capitals, which will be an interesting match for sure. This is the golden chance for both the teams to make a strong impact on the league by winning the league from here.

Sunrisers Hyderabad is led by talented New Zealander Kane Williamson and the inform SRH has a great chance to make it through and win this IPL 2019 to repeat the history once more.

Delhi Capitals is led by young cricketer Shreyas Iyer captaining the Delhi capitals in this all-important IPL 2019 playoffs. Will he be able to surprise everyone? Only time will tell.

3rd MATCH (ELIMINATOR 02): CSK vs TBC

The Biggest Match before the Finals on 10th-May-2019

The 3rd match of playoffs or Eliminator 02 is between the winner of Eliminator 01 and Mahender Singh Dhoni’s Chennai Super King (CSK). Surely this playoff has the great entertainment IPL edition ever had. CSK has a great edge over both teams of Eliminator 01, in terms of experience and performance as well. But we all know that cricket is by chance game, but for sure it will be the best cricket game to watch it.

THE BIG VIVO IPL 2019 FINAL MATCH 12th-May-2019

The 4th match of the Playoff or the great Finale will be held on 12th-May-2019 between the winner of Eliminator 02 and Winners of Qualifier 01 (Mumbai Indians). Mumbai Indians are sitting strong in the finals with few days to spare and prepare for the Big game while others still in the hunt for a spot in the finals. Will MUMBAI INDIANS win this IPL Trophy or someone from CSK, DC or SRH will top them to lift the IPL trophy? We have to wait till 12th-May-2019 to be sure of that. But some very masala packed cricket is heading our way in coming 4 days. Stay tuned.

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THE FINAL: PSL | PZ v QG

Peshawar Zalmi (PZ) and Quetta Gladiators (QG) Face each other in the all-important Final match of the HBL PSL fourth edition.
Quetta has been the top team in this edition whereas Peshawar is also playing its 3rd final in PSL. Both the teams are unarguably the strongest two from this edition with 7 wins out of their 10 league matches. Peshawar Zalmi mainly relies on its pace attack to dismantle the opposition where was on the contrary Quetta Gladiators bank on their spinners with the consistent Muhammad Nawaz as the ace spinner.

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Last Match Results with most recent written first.

Quetta Gladiators QG ->WWLWW
Peshawar Zalmi PZ —–>WLWWW

In Last five matches both teams have faced only one defeat only however it is important to know that in this PSL season Head to Head matches between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators, QG has won all three. Though the final match has its own pressure and QG has a grim past of choking during crucial (winner takes all) moments and Peshawar Zalmi, on the other hand, is all pumped up under the leadership of their spirited captain Daren Sammy who has shown some good hard hitting form in the last couple of matches.

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Australia vs Pakistan, Aus wins series 5-0

Pakistan WhiteWashed by Australia in the UAE. (PAK vs AUS)

Finch’s Australian team keeps on surprising with their jubilant performances against teams like India and now Pakistan on their Home Grounds. Australia wins the series in UAE and defeated Pakistan by 5-0.

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Looks like Pakistan Cricket team was totally clueless in this last crucial series just before the ICC World Cup 2019 and tried pretty much everything from regularly changing Playing XI to changing Captains however nothing seemed to work for them and a disappointing Whitewash was served by Australia to the Men in Green. One can say Pakistan tried a little too many newcomers during this series depicting their lack of seriousness to win the series. It obviously looked like they had no intentions of putting in their best Playing 11 or even put in their A game to win the series. Australia, on the other hand, were very clinical in their performances and players who performed in the previous series continued their good form in this series as well as they were already coming victorious and full of confidence from their Last successful tour of India, winning the series (INDIA vs AUSTRALIA) and beating India by 3-2.

Once again the Play was slow and old school from Pakistani Cricket team and the collapses were regular and frequent. Last Matches captain IMAD WASEEM also could not do anything about it and Pakistan eventually faced a sad end to the dead rubber series for them.

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Ashwin Mankads buttler but WHY?

THE BIG CONTROVERSY! Ravichandran Ashwin “Mankad” Buttler but WHY?

Jos Buttler was “Mankad” during yesterdays IPL Match between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab. R Ashwin stopped during his runup seeing Buttler advancing from the non-striker’s crease. He stopped and took the bails appealing to the umpires and was later given OUT!

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The decision was referred to the third umpires and at the end of it, Buttler was given out as per the Game Rules. Certainly, Jos Buttler was not so happy about it when he was given out in such fashion. this also sparked controversy amongst the fans and game Gurus on the legitimacy of the appeal and the ethical side of this whole event. many think that it was against the spirit of the game and Ravi Ashwin had no intention of delivering the ball and hence the ball should be dead. Many former Cricket Players came out and expressed their views on this crazy controversy. Most of the international Cricket stars criticized Ravichandran Ashwin his actions and role in the proceedings. Share Warne has expressed that He is “Disappointed in R Ashwin as a Captain & as a Person”
Eion Morgan Also expressed similar thoughts that it was probably not the right thing to do on Ashwin’s end. None the less what’s done is done but one thing is for sure it didn’t set a good example to the youngsters getting to know the spirit of the game. There is a reason why Cricket is called “Gentlemen’s Game”. However, it is entirely up to the fans to decide. express your views in the comments and tell us if it was the right thing to do.

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