Showing posts with label T20 Series. Show all posts
Showing posts with label T20 Series. Show all posts

Friday, January 22, 2016

New Zealand vs Pakistan, 3rd T20I - Crucial Series Decider at Wellington

New Zealand and Pakistan wrap up their Twenty20 series today  and there is still all to play for in the third and final fixture.
Pakistan took the opening game by 16 runs in Auckland, only for their hosts to hit back with a resounding 10-wicket win in Hamilton.
Now they square off in a decider in Wellington, the same venue that will also host the first of three one-day internationals between the nations that follows on from the T20 fixtures.
 Date: Friday, Jan. 22, 2016
Time: 7 p.m. local (6 a.m. GMT)
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand

Who knows what to expect at the Westpac Stadium.
New Zealand were bowled out for 155 in pursuit of a target of 172 in the series opener, but they responded by successfully chasing down 169 in the second match with 14 balls to spare.
Openers Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson shared an unbroken stand of 171—a new record in the shortest format at international level—as the Kiwis stayed alive with an emphatic triumph at Eden Park.
However, there is a bigger picture to the game than just the outcome of the series.
The ICC World Twenty20 looms large on the horizon. The tournament takes place in India in March, and there is a battle to make the Black Caps' squad.
Mitchell McClenaghan has boosted his hopes of selection, with the left-arm paceman having picked up combined figures of two for 45 from eight overs.
With Corey Anderson now able to bowl again after overcoming a back injury, the home side have plenty of options despite the absence of Tim Southee.
Southee won't feature at all against Pakistan, though New Zealand coach Mike Hesson is hopeful the seamer will recover from a foot injury in time to play in the home Test series against Australia, perESPN Cricinfo.
Pakistan's concerns over their seamers have nothing to do with health.
Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir and Umar Gul are all fit for the tourists, but they all have economy rates in excess of nine runs per over in the series.
Shahid Afridi's side have won only one of their last five T20 games. Another defeat would hardly be ideal preparation ahead of a global tournament, even if they will feel more at home in Indian conditions.
But, defeat in the last match should not lead to a state of panic. Per statistician Shiva Jayaraman of ESPN Cricinfo, it was only the second time Pakistan have failed to defend a total of 150 or more.
Team management must decide whether to pick an unchanged XI for the third match in a row. After only 18 runs in two knocks, SohaibMaqsood's place may be under threat for the game at a ground known as "The Cake Tin."

Key Players
New Zealand
Here is a list of Williamson's last four knocks in T20 cricket: 53, 32 not out, 70 and 72 not out.
New Zealand's skipper—who has formed an excellent opening partnership with Guptill—is now a consistent performer in all formats, but his team would like him to produce another significant knock to help them seal the series.

While Mohammad Amir's comeback has taken a lot of the headlines,Gul has also made his return to action for Pakistan on the tour of New Zealand.
Gul—who played just two matches for his country in all formats during 2015—has picked up two wickets, but he has also leaked plenty of runs. He was once regarded as one of the best white-ball bowlers in the world, yet he needs to recapture his old form before the Twenty20 World Cup.

New Zealand
Kane Williamson (capt), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, LukeRonchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Todd Astle.

Shahid Afridi (capt), Aamer Yamin, Ahmed ShehzadAnwar Ali, IftikharAhmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad RizwanSaad NasimSarfraz Ahmed (wk), Shoaib Malik,Sohaib MaqsoodUmar AkmalUmar GulWahab Riaz.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Experimental Bangladesh look to seal series - Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2016, 3rd T20I at Khulna

Hosts Bangladesh take on visitors Zimbabwe in the third of the four-match Twenty20 International (T20I) at the Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna today.

Bangladesh bring 3 new comers for last two T20s

 Bangladesh, who won the opening couple of contests at this very venue convincingly, would look to make it three in a row and win the series, thus taking an unassailable 3-0 lead. However Zimbabwe, on the other hand, who have been on the receiving end, will aim for a turnaround and win this tie to stay alive in the series and head for a series leveling contest in the fourth and final T20I a couple of days later.

Considering the performance in the previous game, Bangladesh had a decent outing with the bat, with a couple of batsmen in the form of Soumya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman, who scored above 40 and finished on 43 each, while Rahman remained unbeaten on the score. Other batsmen too contributed decently, with three of them scoring above 20.

Zimbabwe batsmen, on the other hand, struggled with the bat, with skipper Hamilton Masakadza being the top scorer with a score of 30, while opener Vusi Sibanda and Malcolm Waller scored 21 and 29, respectively. The rest of the batsmen folded up for single figures. Mushfiqur Rahim replaced by Taskin Ahmed for remaining Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe T20Is

In the bowling attack, Zimbabwe had a tough outing once again as three bowlers in the form of Taurai Muzarabani, Wellington Masakadza and Graeme Cremer claimed a wicket each, while for Bangladesh, most of the bowlers contributed decently, with Sabbir Rahman claiming three for 11 in just 2.1 overs.

Thus, going by the performance of the last game and with the game being held in the same venue, it is most likely to remain a balanced wicket and the teams too would move in with a balanced side. Therefore, Bangladesh would definitely go in with an unchanged side. However, a change in the form of Mahmudullah could be possible, for his poor form with the bat and could well be replaced by Arafat Sunny. Mushfiqur Rahim, who would be missing the tie owing to injury has been replaced by Taskin Ahmed and would be interesting to see if he gets the nod ahead of the game. Sabbir Rahman’s all-round show helps Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 42 runs in 2nd T20I

While Zimbabwe, on the other hand, could possibly make few changes in the form of Sean Williams, Peter Moor and Neville Madziva, and could well be replaced by Chamu Chibhabha, Tendai Chisoro or Luke Jongwe. Overall, it definitely promises to be a thrilling tie, with both the teams going for the kill.


Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Al-Amin Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes, Shuvagata Hom, Arafat Sunny, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahman (wk), Mustafizur Rahman, Nurul Hasan, Abu Hider.

Zimbabwe: Tendai Chisoro, Luke Jongwe, Elton Chigumbura (c), Hamilton Masakadza, Peter Moor, Taurai Muzarabani, Sikandar Raza, Malcolm Waller, Chamu Chibhabha, Graeme Cremer, Neville Madziva, Wellington Masakadza, Richmond Mutumbami (wk), Vusi Sibanda, Brian Vitori, Sean Williams.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Bangladesh bring 3 new comers for last two T20s

Youngster Mosaddek Hossain, seamer-allrounder Muktar Ali and paceman Mohammad Shahid 
received their maiden call-ups in the Tigers' Twenty20 side Sunday when the Bangladesh Cricket Board announced the 14-man squad for the third and fourth T20 internationals against Zimbabwe.

Pace sensation Mustafizur Rahman, fellow pace bowler Al Amin Hossain and all-rounder Shuvagata Hom had to make way for the trio as the Bangladesh team management continued its recent trend of experimenting ahead of the Asia Cup T20 and the ICC World T20.
Keeping in mind the Tigers' busy schedule, the think tank decided to rest Mustafizur, along with Al Amin, who both shone in the first two T20Is against the Zimbabweans.
Shuvagata though was unable to shine in the first two matches and was eventually replaced in the squad by Mosaddek, who was rewarded for his recent run of form in the domestic circuit.
Alongside Mosaddek, Muktar also made his way into the squad courtesy his performances in domestic cricket of late. The Rajshahi cricketer continues his recent progress having proved his mettle while playing for the Bangladesh A side recently.
Shahid on the other hand must have seen his call-up coming after featuring for Sylhet Super Stars in the third edition of the Bangladesh Premier League T20.
Bangladesh will take on Zimbabwe in the third and fourth T20Is this Wednesday and Friday respectively at Khulna's Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium.
Hamstrung Mushfiq replaced by Taskin
Fast bowler Taskin Ahmed was also included in the squad in place of stumper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, who incurred a hamstring injury during the second T20I against Zimbabwe Sunday.
National team physiotherapist Bayjedul Islam said, "Mushfiq has strained his right hamstring while batting. He will undergo a scan in Dhaka [today]. Usually it takes two-three weeks to recover from such an injury. However, we will be able to assess his condition better after receiving the scan report."
Mashrafe bin Mortaza (captain), Shakib al Hasan (vice-captain), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Mahmudullah, Arafat Sunny, Qazi Nurul Hasan, Mohammad Shahid, Abu Haider Rony, Mosaddek Hossain, Muktar Ali

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