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Monday, February 1, 2016

Virat Kohli No.1 batsman in ICC's T20I rankings, replaces Aaron Finch

After a dream tour of Australia, Virat Kohli stormed to the top of the ICC rankings for batsmen in Twenty20 Internationals .

The Indian star replaced Australian T20 skipper Aaron Finch after amassing 199 runs from three matches with scores of 90*, 59* and 50 in the T20I series where India defeated the Aussies 3-0. Kohli was named man-of-the-series for his efforts.

Kohli was in top form right through India's three-week tour of Australia and smashed 381 runs in the five-match ODI series against Australia. Consequently, he held on to his No.2 spot in the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen.

Kohli now has 892 points while Finch has 868. England's Alex Hales is third with 795 points.
India's Suresh Raina moved up three places to 13th, while opener Rohit Sharma also moved up four places to 16th, after their impressive form in the series. Yuvraj Singh claimed the 20th position.

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, who scored an unbeaten 124 in the third T20 against India, moved up five places to 12th.
 Australia's left-handed opener David Warner dropped six spots to 18th.

West Indies spinner Sunil Narine, who is currently banned by the ICC due to an illegal bowling action, retained top spot in the bowling rankings with 773 points, ahead of fellow Windies slow bowler Samuel Badree (751). India's off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was third with 692 points. Left-armer spinner Ravindra Jadeja was 18th.

India had a miserable time in Ausrtralia, leading up to Canberra, losing four successive ODIs. However, the tables turned in Sydney last Saturday when Manish Pandey's maiden international hundred helped India claim a face-saving win. With new reinforcements, India regained momentum and whitewashed Australia in the T20 series in front of paced stands in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney.

By the end of the series, India moved to No. in the ICC rankings for teams in T20 Internationals. They also occupy the top spot in the Test rankings and are placed second the ICC's ODI rankings. 

India knocks West Indies off the perch, in top T20I form ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016

·        Man of the Series Kohli retains number-one position in MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for T20I Batsmen

Virat Kohli No.1 batsman in ICC's T20I rankings, replaces Aaron Finch

·         Sharma rises a spot for career-best ranking, Watson and Raina move up the charts too

India batsman Virat Kohli's excellent run of form in the just-concluded series against Australia has allowed him to hold on to the status of world's number-one ranked Twenty20 International batsman in the latest MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for T20I Batsmen, which were released today.

Kohli was the leading run-scorer in the series with 199 runs, including a top score of 90. The India Test captain was undoubtedly one of the players who shaped India's series win, allowing it to replace the West Indies as the top-ranked T20I side in the latest MRF Tyres ICC T20I Championship table.

Also making an impact was Rohit Sharma, who scored 143 runs in the series, including two half-centuries. As a result, he has moved up one place to 17th, while Suresh Raina, who scored a match-winning 49 not out in Sydney, has gained two places and is now in 13th position.

Australia's opener Aaron Finch has retained his second position in the batsmen's rankings, while Shane Watson, who captained in the Sydney T20I and scored an unbeaten 124, has vaulted places to 11th.  He is now just 13 points away from returning into the top 10, his best ranking, of course, was number-one which he achieved in 2012.

In the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for T20I Bowlers, India's Ravindra Jadeja has returned to the table in 18th position, while Watson has stormed up 11 places to 25th spot.

Watson has claimed the number-one spot in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for T20I All-rounders, while moving ahead of Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh and Pakistan's Shahid Afridi.

The  MRF Tyres ICC T20I Championship table now has India in the top position, while Australia has dropped six places to eighth. India now leads second-ranked West Indies by two points. A lot of T20I cricket needs to be played before the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 starts in Nagpur on 8 March, which will certainly have an impact on the championship table.

ICC T20I TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP (as on 1 February, after the conclusion of Australia – India series)

RANK TEAM             POINTS

1          India                120
2          West Indies      118
3          Sri Lanka         118
4          England           117
5          New Zealand   116
6          South Africa    115
7          Pakistan           113
8          Australia          110
9          Afghanistan     80
10        Scotland           66
11        Bangladesh      64
12        Hong Kong      62
13        Netherlands     61
14        Zimbabwe        54
15        Ireland             42

(Developed by David Kendix)

ICC T20I Player Rankings (as on 1 February, after India Australia series)

Batsmen (top 10)

Rank      (+/-)        Player             Team           Pts        Average  S/Rate   Highest Ranking
   1           ( - )          Virat Kohli            Ind          892        50.62      137         897 v Eng at Edgbaston 2014
   2           (RE)        Aaron Finch          Aus         868        41.61      151         892 v Ban at Mirpur 2014
   3           (-1)          Alex Hales            Eng         795        34.71      136         866 v Ind at Edgbaston 2014
   4           (-1)          F du Plessis            SA           758        39.28      135         843 v Ban at Mirpur 2015
   5           (-1)          Martin Guptill       NZ          741        34.70      130         793 v SA at Hamilton 2012
   6           (-1)          K Williamson        NZ          733        36.69      128         737 v Pak at Hamilton 2016
   7           (-1)          C Gayle               WI            703        35.15      143         831 v Aus at Colombo (RPS) 2012
   8           (-1)          H Masakadza      Zim         699!       31.42      120         699 v Ban at Khulna 2016
   9           (-1)          M Shahzad           Afg         681!       30.86      136         681 v Zim at Sharjah 2016
  10         (-1)          Kusal Perera         SL           678*      27.09      133         751 v SA at Chittagong 2014

Other selected rankings

Rank     (+/-)       Player                Team       Pts         Avge     S/Rate    HS Rating
11          (+5)         Shane Watson      Aus         665        28.58     146         832 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2012
13          (+2)         Suresh Raina        Ind          660        33.53     136         776 v Eng at Kolkata 2011
17          (+1)         Rohit Sharma       Ind          641!       34.82     129         641 v Aus at St Kitts 2016
  18         (-7)          David Warner       Aus         623          28.72    139         826 v WI at St Lucia 2010
  19         (-2)          Umar Akmal        Pak         606          26.89    124         709 v Zim at Harare 2011
  20         (RE)        Yuvraj Singh        Ind          589          31.70    144         793 v SA at St Lucia 2010
Bowlers (top 10)

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         Avge      HS Rating
   1           ( - )          Sunil Narine          WI          773         17.75     817 v Pak at St. Vincent 2013
   2           ( - )          R Ashwin               Ind          692         26.45     717 v SA at Mirpur 2014
   3           ( - )          Shahid Afridi        Pak         672         23.90     814 v SL at Colombo (RPS) 2009
   4           ( - )          S Senanayake      SL           671*      17.45     712 v Eng at The Oval 2014
   5           ( - )          Graeme Cremer   Zim         669!       16.59     669 v Ban at Khulna 2016
   6           (+1)         Lasith Malinga     SL           657         21.02     684 v WI at Colombo (RPS) 2015
   7           (+1)         M McClenaghan NZ          643!       25.80     643 v Pak at Wellington 2016
   8           (+1)         Imran Tahir          SA           641*      15.77     675 v WI at Johannesburg 2015
   9           (+1)         Dawlat Zadran     Afg         636!       18.83     636 v Zim at Sharjah 2016
  10         (+1)         N Kulasekara       SL           628         23.43     676 v Aus at Melbourne 2013

Other selected rankings

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         Avge      HS Rating
  12         (-6)          Mitchell Starc       Aus         620        19.53     702 v Pak at Dubai 2014
  18         (RE)        Ravindra Jadeja  Ind          575        32.78     579 v Aus at Melbourne 2016
  19         (-5)          Pat Cummins       Aus         574*      18.80     610 v Eng at Cardiff 2015
  25         (+11)      Shane Watson      Aus         546         25.28     671 v Pak at Colombo (RPS) 2012
All-rounders (top five)

Rank     (+/-)       Player                  Team     Pts         HS Rating

   1           (+2)         Shane Watson      Aus         363        557 v SA at Colombo (RPS) 2012
   2           (-1)          Shakib Al Hasan Ban        349        408 v Pak at Mirpur 2015
   3           (-1)          Shahid Afridi        Pak         330        413 v NZ at Dubai 2009
   4           ( - )          M Hafeez              Pak         303        441 v SL at Dubai 2013
   5           ( - )          A Mathews           SL           289!       289 v NZ at New Plymouth 2016

Thursday, January 28, 2016

India looks stronger but Australia plans for a comeback revenge : Melbourne T20

Melbourne: High on confidence after winning the first Twenty20 International, India will look to press home the advantage and seal off the three-match series when they take on Australia in the second T20I here on Friday.
Having won the first of the three-T20I series by 37 runs to take a 1-0 lead, India find themselves ahead of the hosts for the first time on this tour, a position of confidence that they didn’t enjoy for the duration of the ODI series.
The ‘Men in Blue’ would be keen to close the series out early, so that they get a chance to experiment in the last match in Sydney.
However, that will be an after-thought at best, if at all. Right now, the Indian team management would want to keep this turn in fortunes going.
Winning the last ODI in Sydney provided some relief to the beleaguered travellers, and then the win in the previous match in Adelaide has given their last week on tour some impetus.
Hitting the right balance for the playing eleven has been the concern for the Indian team. They tried doing so earlier in the series, bringing in Gurkeerat Mann and Rishi Dhawan, and leaving out the additional spinner.
Two spinners in the team hadn’t provided captain MS Dhoni the control he needed in the middle overs, and though that change in selection didn’t bring about the desired results, the youngsters impressed enough to stay on for the T20Is.
Perhaps it provided the basis for the management to understand where their strength lies, and thus, when Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina joined the ranks for T20Is, there was no hesitancy in picking them for the Adelaide game straightaway.
Picking the duo allowed Dhoni the freedom to choose his bowling attack as per both experience and requirements, devoid of the baggage of the ODI series.
Ravichandran Ashwin duly returned to the side, and along with Ravindra Jadeja, gave a precursor of things to come in the sub-continent in the next two months.
And with Jasprit Bumrah impressing on debut, it gave the management further confidence to draft in Hardik Pandya as well, banking on extra overs that Yuvraj-Raina could bowl if need be.

Thus, it will take a major upheaval in their plans, or even a freak injury in the build-up to tomorrow’s game for India to break away from this combination.
With their bowling problems looking sorted at the moment, the batting order picks itself, given that Ajinkya Rahane is not yet back to full fitness.
The Mumbai batsman only took light throw downs in the nets near the end of the session. Thus, Dhoni would not be able to fit him in the eleven immediately.
The skipper had happily accepted a problem of plenty post the Adelaide win, but failed to specify just how he intended to sort this one. Given that he is expected to go in with the same eleven, the onus thus lies on Yuvraj and Raina to make sure he doesn’t need to.
Raina looked rusty in his 34-ball 41-run knock at the Adelaide Oval, and it was only Virat Kohli’s efforts that didn’t allow pressure to shift back to the Indian batting in the last 10 overs.
Raina did well enough to play a supporting role, but more is expected of the current Indian middle order.
Dhoni usually follows a left-right combination in his batting line-up during T20Is, and if Raina got a chance in the previous game, he could entertain thoughts of sending Yuvraj ahead this time around, if the match situation allows.
It is imperative for the Punjab all-rounder to get some proper game-time under his belt, never mind fielding for 20 overs (and bowling one of them) in the previous match.
This is the take-away India will be hoping for, in the backdrop of aiming for an early series win.

Meanwhile, Australia are under pressure, perhaps for the first time this summer. They have engaged with New Zealand and West Indies prior to this series, in different formats, but won against them without breaking any sweat.
Even the ODIs seemed like a walk in the park for them, despite the close finishes in a couple matches.
As compared to Tests and ODIs though, there is strangeness towards T20s when it comes to the Australian side, almost as if this is a burden for them.
Perhaps these bilateral contests do not excite them enough, and as such they are not able to zero down on the best combinations and suffer in World T20s as a result.
For a team that is constantly on top of the charts in the five-day format, and has won five ODI World Cups, this could be one of the few plausible reasons for their poor T20I record.
And once again, their attention is diverted towards the tour of New Zealand post this contest, and the World T20 comes about only as an after-thought.
Australia will certainly be boosted by the availability of Glenn Maxwell, but skipper Aaron Finch has bigger problems in his hands.
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Chris Lynn, James Faulkner, Matthew Wade, Nathan Lyon, Cameron Boyce, Travis Head, John Hastings, Scott Boland, Kane Richardson, Andrew Tye, Shaun Tait, Shane Watson.
India: MS Dhoni (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Gurkeerat Mann, Rishi Dhawan, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra, Umesh Yadav, Ajinkya Rahane.
Match timing: 2.08 PM Indian Time.

Monday, January 25, 2016

#AUSvIND T20 Trivia - All you need to know: Australia v India T20s

What is it?

Fierce rivals Australia and India will meet in three Twenty20 Internationals, starting on Tuesday, January 26 at Adelaide Oval. Games will also be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (January 29) and Sydney Cricket Ground (January 31).
Not only will some of the world's best male players be in action, the matches are double-headers also featuring the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars taking on the India women's team.
Who's playing?

Australia's selectors have included the 'Wild Thing' Shaun Tait and uncapped paceman Andrew Tye in a 17-man squad for the three T20Is, while Australia's Test off-spinner Nathan Lyon also gets the chance for his first T20 international cap in an enlarged squad picked to allow coaching staff and selectors to take a closer look at the stars of the KFC Big Bash League with an eye to picking a squad for the World T20 tournament.
Glenn Maxwell has been ruled out of the first match due to a hamstring injury but is expected to return for Friday's second match.
India have been forced to make two changes for the T20 leg of their tour of Australia, with Ajinkya Rahane and Bhuvneshwar Kumar both suffering hand injuries.
Rahane split the webbing in his right hand during the fourth Victoria Bitter ODI in Canberra on Wednesday, with allrounder Gurkeerat Singh Mann named as cover for the T20 series, but the batsman will stay with the squad and is still a chance to play during the series. Bhuvneshwar has flown home with a hairline fracture in his left thumb and his place has been taken by allrounder Rishi Dhawan.
Australia squad: Aaron Finch (c), David Warner, Steve Smith, Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, James Faulkner, John Hastings, Shaun Marsh, Cameron Boyce, Nathan Lyon, Chris Lynn, Travis Head, Kane Richardson, Andrew Tye, Scott Boland, Shaun Tait
India squad: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane (Gurkeerat Singh Mann to act as cover), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (c), Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Rishi Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Ashish Nehra

What's the fixture?


Tuesday 26 January 2016

Australia v India Twenty20 Series 2016

Adelaide Oval19:38AustraliavIndia

Australia Women v India Women Twenty20 Series 2016

Adelaide Oval Australia WomenvIndia Women

Friday 29 January 2016

Australia v India Twenty20 Series 2016

Melbourne Cricket Ground19:38AustraliavIndia

Australia Women v India Women Twenty20 Series 2016

Melbourne Cricket Ground14:30Australia WomenvIndia Women

Sunday 31 January 2016

Australia v India Twenty20 Series 2016

Sydney Cricket Ground19:15AustraliavIndia

Australia Women v India Women Twenty20 Series 2016

Sydney Cricket Ground14:30Australia WomenvIndia Women
What's the head-to-head record? 

Australia and India have met nine times in T20I, with India winning five to Australia's four.
The last time they met was in Dhaka during the 2014 World T20, a match India won by 73 runs.
What's the form like?

Twenty20 Internationals have been a rare commodity for Australia of late. They played just one in 2015, suffering a five-run defeat to England. 
India's most recent T20 series resulted in a 2-0 defeat on home soil to South Africa last October.
Australia however will be buoyed by their 4-1 win in the Victoria Bitter ODIs, in a series that was dominated by the batsmen.  
How about the Southern Stars? What do I need to know?

The world's No.1 women's team will meet India in three T20s, which will help the Southern Stars prepare for their bid to win a fourth (yes, fourth!) Women's World T20 in a row.
Australia's squad features superstars Meg Lanning, Ellyse Perry and Alyssa Healy, alongside young guns including 17-year-old Lauren Cheatle. India's captain Mithali Raj is ranked in the top 10 batters in the world, while quick Jhulan Goswamy is the world's best ODI bowler.
Last time the teams met, in India in 2012, Australia won 3-0, but India claimed a 2-0 series win on Australian soil in 2009.
Southern Stars squad: Meg Lanning (c), Alex Blackwell, Lauren Cheatle, Sarah Coyte, Rene Farrell, Holly Ferling, Grace Harris, Alyssa Healy, Jess Jonassen, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Megan Schutt, Naomi Stalenberg 
India squad: Mithali Raj (c), Jhulan Goswamy, Smriti Mandhana, MD Thirushkamini, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Shikha Pandey, Niranjana Nagarajan, Sushma Verma, Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, VR Vanitha, Anuja Patil, Deepti Sharma

Cricket Australia

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Kane's maiden Fifer and India's spectacular collapse - Aussies thrash 'duck' Dhoni's India for the fourth consecutive time

Paceman Kane Richardson claimed his maiden five-wicket haul to script India’s spectacular collapse and bowl Australia to a 25-run victory in the high-scoring fourth One-day international on Wednesday.

Three batsmen struck centuries in the 671-run match between the world’s top two one-day teams but it was Richardson’s (5-68) incisive bowling that clinched the contest, while also earning him the man-of-the-match award.

Chasing 349 for victory, India were cruising at 277 for one before losing their last nine wickets for 46 runs to succumb to their fourth successive defeat in the five-match series.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan (126) and Virat Kohli (106) featured in a 212-run stand for the visitors before the wheels came off India’s chase at Canberra’s Manuka Oval.

Dhawan registered his ninth ODI century and Kohli scored his second consecutive hundred but India lost three wickets in 11 balls for the addition of one run that derailed them.

For them, in-form Ajinkya Rahane came out to bat despite a split webbing of his fingers, but could score only two as India were all out for 323 in the final over.

India captain MS Dhoni took the burden of responsibility for a traumatic defeat, admitting it was his wicket so soon on the heels of Dhawan’s departure that changed the complexion of the match.

“I think it was my wicket because that specifically is my role in the team from that kind of position to make sure we finish off the game well,” Dhoni said. “So my wicket really was the turning point at that point of time, we lost quite a few there but it was my wicket because according to the role and responsibility that everybody has, that specifically is my role.

“That’s what pressure does to you. A few of them have not played much international cricket, so at times it seems when you’re batting in the middle playing that big shot is the right thing to do, but slowly and with more games under your belt you realise that’s a time you have to carry on some kind of a partnership, and once you get used to the pace and bounce of the wicket then you can play the big shots.

“Hopefully they will learn out of this, it’s the first few games they’ve played and maybe it’s the first time in their career that they were under some kind of pressure. Hopefully they’re learning,” Dhoni said.

Earlier, Aaron Finch struck his seventh hundred in a blistering opening partnership of 187 with David Warner to power Australia to 348 for eight wickets.

Finch smashed a run-a-ball 107 while Warner fell on 93 from 92 deliveries as the hosts continued to make merry against India’s toothless bowling attack after opting to bat first.

Australia had chased down each Indian target to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series and the tourists’ battered bowlers did little better after finally getting the chance to bowl first.

Warner, who missed the last two matches due to the birth of his second child, started off with a maiden against Umesh Yadav but soon hit his stride with three fours in an over against seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Yadav also conceded three boundaries in the next over against the diminutive left-hander as Australia raced to 50 in the seventh over.

Finch was equally destructive and a fierce straight drive from the right-hander off fast bowler Ishant Sharma (4-77) hit umpire Richard Kettleborough on the shin, forcing the official off the field.

Finch mistimed a pull to be dismissed eight overs after Warner had played Ishant on to his stumps.

Australia captain Steven Smith (51) and all-rounders Mitchell Marsh (33) and Glenn Maxwell (41) chipped in with some quick runs. Sydney hosts the fifth and final one-dayer on Saturday.

Australia wins 4th ODI by 25 runs, leads India 4-0

Kane Richardson took five wickets, including four in his last four overs, as Australia held on to beat India by 25 runs on Wednesday and extend its lead to 4-0 with one match remaining in the limited-overs international series.

Aaron Finch made 107 and David Warner returned from paternity leave to score 93 as Australia posted a total of 348-8 after winning the toss and batting.
India was coasting at 277-1 in reply in the 38th over but lost its last nine wickets for 46 runs, with Richardson taking 4-16 in a match-turning spell and returning 5-68 for the innings.

Shikhar Dhawan scored 126 and Virat Kohli added 106, the pair sharing a 212-run partnership for the second wicket and seemingly setting India on course for a victory, until the dramatic late collapse ended with the visitors all out for 323 in 49.2 overs.
The pattern of the series changed slightly on Wednesday; India batted first in each of the first three matches and lost.

Finch reached his seventh ODI century from 97 balls. It was his first against India and his second at Manuka Oval in the Australian capital.
Warner was the main aggressor in a blazing beginning by the Australian openers who rushed to 40-0 after five overs.
Warner was out in the 30th over when he chopped a ball from Ishant Sharma onto his middle stump.

Finch was out when Australia was 221-2 in the 38th over after he and Mitchell Marsh had added only 34 runs in 8.4 overs. The opener reached 100 with a single from his 97th delivery, two years after his first century at Manuka Oval against South Africa.

Finch was finally caught off Umesh Yadav, skying a pull shot to Ishant Sharma at mid-on.
Finch's power-hitting claimed one notable casualty. In the 17th over, his straight drive hit English umpire Richard Kettleborough on the right leg and Kettleborough was forced to retire from the match. He was replaced by Australia's Paul Wilson.
Steve Smith hit the ball powerfully from the outset and reached his 50 from 27 balls.
The Australians lost 5-37 to lose momentum before Glenn Maxwell hit 41 from 20 balls with six fours and a six, falling to the last ball of the innings.

The fifth match will be played in Sydney on Saturday.

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