Showing posts with label One day series. Show all posts
Showing posts with label One day series. Show all posts

Monday, January 25, 2016

Badly injured McClenaghan to undergo surgery

Mitchell McClenaghan is expected to miss the remainder of the one-day series (ODI) against Pakistan after suffering an eye injury during the Black Caps' win in Wellington.


McClenaghan suffered a hairline fracture just above his left eye from a bouncer that went through the gap in his helmet during the final over of New Zealand's innings.
It rules him out of the second ODI in Napier on Thursday, and the third and final match in Auckland on Sunday, as he is scheduled to undergo minor cosmetic surgery in Auckland on Friday.
McClenaghan was batting on 31 from 17 deliveries when the penultimate ball of the innings - from Anwar Ali - squeezed between the peak of his helmet and its grille to strike him flush on the left eye.
He did not bowl in Pakistan's innings, spending most of it in hospital instead. He received stitches on his left eyebrow, but was well enough to tweet an update on his condition and congratulations to his team mates following their victory. "Thanks for all the concerns. Everything is as good as it can be just a few broken bones. Great win for the boys!"
A Black Caps spokesman confirmed that McClenaghan will undergo minor surgery on his eye socket on Friday.
McClenaghan is the fourth New Zealand player to be unavailable for Thursday's game, with Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum and Tim Southee also out through injury.

Youngster Nicholls inspires Black Caps to Pakistan by 70 runs

A solid 82 by Henry Nicholls followed by a ninth-wicket batting blitz carried New Zealand to a convincing 70-run victory in the opening one-day international against Pakistan in Wellington on Monday.

In reply to New Zealand's 280-8, Pakistan were skittled out for 210 with four overs remaining.
Nicholls apart, New Zealand's recognised run-makers struggled against a fired-up Pakistan attack, with the other six batsmen in the top seven contributing just 47 in total.
The hosts were in a perilous position at 99-6 before Mitchell Santner joined Nicholls in a 79-run stand for the seventh wicket.
Matt Henry and Mitchell McClenaghan then added 73 off 33 balls in a closing onslaught to ensure a target which eventually proved too much for Pakistan.

The tourists were bowled out for 210 after 46 overs as they chased New Zealand's 280 for eight.
Trent Boult took four wickets for 40 runs, including the final scalp of giant pace man Mohammad Irfan, who he bowled for a duck.


All-rounder Grant Elliott chimed in with three for 43 as the hosts got by without McLenaghan.

Mitchell McClenaghan is forced from the field injured during the ODI against Pakistan at the Basin Reserve,


 Copyright Photo.: Grant Down / www.photosport.nz
Mitchell McClenaghan is forced from the field injured during the ODI against Pakistan at the Basin Reserve
Photo: Photosport

The Black Caps made a stunning recovery after losing the toss and being sent in to bat.
They were 99 for six after 22 overs and one ball, before batsman Henry Nicholls made 82 in a crucial 79-run partnership for the seventh wicket with all-rounder Mitchell Santner, who struck 48.

Bowler Matt Henry then chimed in with an unbeaten 48, while Boult hit a four off the only delivery he faced, right at the end of their innings.
Both opening batsmen Martin Guptill and Tom Latham fell inside three deliveries early on for 11.
Then the captain Kane Williamson and all-rounder Grant Elliott were bowled, also within three balls, for 10 and a duck respectively.

Corey Anderson was caught for 10 soon after, followed by wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi for just five to have the hosts 99 for six after 21 overs and one ball.
But Nicholls stuck around with Santner and their fortunes turned. Nicholls was named man of the match afterwards.
Henry Nicholls bats during the 1st ODI cricket match between the New Zealand Black Caps and Pakistan at the Basin Reserve.

Henry Nicholls was named man of the match
It wasn't clear until the toss whether Colin Munro or Latham would come into the top order in place of the injured Ross Taylor for the Black Caps.

Taylor suffered a left-side strain during the Black Caps' T20 win over Pakistan in Wellington on Friday.

In the end, Latham came in to open with Nicholls first drop. There was no room for Munro.
The second of the three one day matches is in Napier on Thursday.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Struggling Dhoni offers to quit India ODI captaincy


Once hailed as the 'Best Finisher' and 'Captain Cool' India's wicket keeping captain Dhoni could step down down in favour of India's Test Skipper Virat Kohli after 4th consecutive defeat to Australia.
Indian cricketing hero MS Dhoni has foreshadowed he may repeat his Test captaincy abdication in the one-day format following back-to-back defeats to Australia.
Already retired from Tests, Dhoni came under severe criticism after 4 back to back defeats at the hands of World Champions Australia.
He has come under more flak from the critics, media and fans after scoring a 3 ball duck and spoilt a good opportunity to post a win, after Kohli and Dhawan posting a double century partnership for the 2nd wicket.
Dhoni himself  has taken the burden of responsibility for a traumatic defeat at Manuka Oval, admitting it was his wicket so soon on the heels of Shikhar 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."

Dhoni, who is 35 years old, said he was willing to step down from the captaincy if India's selectors deemed that to be in the best interests of the team.
"Yes, if it is a justifiable thing that if you remove me and the Indian cricket will start doing really well, and if I am the reason for all the bad that is happening to Indian cricket, definitely I would love to step away and play as a player," Dhoni said after the defeat.
"Ultimately you want India to win. It doesn't matter who is the captain.
"I know this question was coming. I know the media really loves me."
If the wicketkeeper-batsman was to step aside, it would open the door for Virat Kohli to take over the reins in all formats. Dhoni retired from Test cricket in 2014 December, midway through the Commonwealth Bank Series against Australia, ending a 90-Test career as India’s most successful captain and handing the leadership to aggressive middle-order batsman Kohli.
Dhoni took over the ODI leadership from Rahul Dravid after the country's surprise exit at the group stage of the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.
Under his leadership, India won the 2011 World Cup on home soil, while he has also skippered the team to a Twenty20 World Cup and the Champions Trophy and, with the Test team, lead India to the top of the world rankings.
"I was never really in line to become a captain. It was a job or responsibility for me. I have taken that responsibility. If they want to take it away, I am happy to give it away," Dhoni added.
"What is more important is to play for the country and contribute to the team and try to keep the dressing room atmosphere good.
"So that whenever youngsters are coming in, they can come and perform. That will be the ultimate achievement for me.
"Indian cricket had been used to players coming in toned, ready for international cricket. Now it has changed. You have to grind it through. You can't win every series you play."
The 5th and final ODI will be held on Janury 23, again at the SCG. 
India who is already trailing 4-0 will struggle to stop Australia from posting a white wash.
If India loses again, that would be their 400th One Day International defeat.

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.

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