Showing posts from July, 2016

Preview - 1st Test - WI vs IND.

The last time India played a test match was some seven and a half months ago. The last venue (New Delhi) that they played in is some 13,000+ km away from Antigua. Such has been the change in time. India won the test series 1-0 during their last tour to the island nation in 2011. With a total of four test matches being played this time, the team under the new coach, Anil Kumble, would be looking for series a win with a larger margin. On the other hand, West Indies would want to replicate their performance from the shortest format. It is easier said than done. But this would be the main motive of the home team. They have it in them to dominate the ancestral format of the game. It is just a matter of time. Cheteshwar Pujara will hold the key for India. West Indies will once again send Rajendra Chandrika to open alongside Kraigg Brathwaite. The former has slowly and steadily established himself at the top of the order for West Indies. Unlike before, he would want a partner who

Review - The Investec Series - 1st Test.

Before the onset of this series, who would have thought that Pakistan would beat England within four days? Yes. The above said has happened. Pakistan has become the first Asian team to defeat England at Lord's for the fourth time. The happenings of the match were nothing less than a screenplay. Having won the toss on Day 1, Misbah-ul-Haq elected to bat first. After losing Shan Masood and Mohammad Hafeez before lunch and Azhar Ali and Younis Khan after it, the 42-year old captain stitched a 148-run partnership with Asad Shafiq. Shafiq got out for a well-made 73 but Misbah continued with the fow of runs. He scored his 10th century in test cricket before stumps on the first day itself. As good as it was, the feat was celebrated in the most apt way possible. However, he failed to stick to his guns on the second day and Pakistan was bundled out for 339. Chris Woakes did not let England miss James Anderson as he picked-up a career best six-for. A total of 339 was not a mammoth one

Review - ENG vs SL - One-off T20I.

Prior to the onset of this tour, Sri Lanka would have been banking on their glorious tour of England in 2014. They did the unexpected in 2014 but failed to do the expected this time around. Their recent loss in the one-off T20I meant that the visitors will end the tour without a sole win across formats. Jos Buttler enjoyed his role at the top of the order. Angelo Mathews, Sri Lankan captain, won the toss and decided to bat first in Southampton. Kusal Mendis, Nuwan Pradeep and Malinda Bandara were handed debuts. On the contrary, England included Liam Dawson and Tymal Mills as debutants. Sri Lanka once again sent Kusal Perera and Danushka Gunathilaka to face the new ball. Chris Jordan started the proceedings for England. The first change bowler in Liam Plunkett was brought in as soon as in the third over. The change immediately worked for Eoin Morgan as Perera's mistimed pull went straight into the hands of Mills as short fine-leg. Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendia once again repa