Connect with us

Cricket

Siddhesh Veer sets up India’s win; Pakistan’s quicks rout Scotland

Published

on


India Under-19s 297 for 4 (Jaiswal 59, Garg 56, Jurel 52*, Veer 44*) beat Sri Lanka Under-19s 207 all out (Dananjaya 50, Rasantha 49, Veer 2-34) by 90 runs
Scorecard

Siddhesh Veer was India’s main man as they kicked off their title defence with a resounding victory over Sri Lanka in Bloemfontein. The 18-year old allrounder carved out 44 unbeaten runs at a strike-rate of 163 and then came back to pick up two wickets while conceding less than run-a-ball. Thanks to his efforts, India made the most of a platform set by half-centuries by Yashasvi Jaiswal, Priyam Garg and Dhruv Jurel. Without Veer’s six fours and a six, they wouldn’t have got 88 runs in the last 10 overs to finish on an imposing 297 for 4.

That pace of scoring is not always seen at Under-19 level and those extra runs proved crucial against a Sri Lankan batting unit that was up for the chase, at least in the early stages. Captain Nipun Dananjaya scored a fifty of his own but the asking rate just kept climbing. By the 30th over, it was up past 8, and India used the resulting pressure extremely well, picking up the last seven wickets for the cost of only 48 runs. Sri Lanka crashed from 148 for 3 to 207 all out.

Pakistan Under-19s 77 for 3 (Irfan 38*, Naylor 1-12) beat Scotland Under-19s 75 (Uzzair 20, Wasim 5-12, Tahir 3-23, Afridi 2-32) by seven wickets
Scorecard

It was all rather one-sided in Potchefstroom as Pakistan steamrolled Scotland to get their Under-19 World Cup Group C campaign off to a rousing start.

Medium-pacers Tahir Hussain, Mohammad Wasim and Abbas Afridi first shared all ten wickets between them to bowl Scotland out for 75, and Irfan Khan then led the way in a straightforward chase, the target coming up in just 11.4 overs with seven wickets in hand.

Angus Guy, the Scotland captain, won the toss and opted to bat, but was bowled by Tahir off the second ball of the innings for a duck, his opening partner Ben Davidson suffering the same fate two balls later to leave the scoreboard reading 1 for 2 after four balls. Tomas Mackintosh got going, but became Tahir’s third victim when he was caught behind for an 18-ball 17.

Once Tahir was done, Wasim – who came into Pakistan’s squad as Naseem Shah’s replacement – and Afridi took over. Apart from Mackintosh, Uzzair Shah was the only other batsman to get to double-digits as Wasim returned 5 for 12 in 75 overs, to go with Tahir’s 3 for 23 and Afridi’s 2 for 32. The Scotland innings lasted just 23.5 overs.

The reply didn’t start well for the 2004 and 2006 champions, as openers Haider Ali and Muhammad Shehzad were dismissed with just four runs on the board. That was as good as it got for Scotland, though, as captain Rohail Nazir and Irfan scored quickly in a 47-run third-wicket stand and, after Rohail was sent back for a 23-ball 27, Irfan took Pakistan home in the company of Qasim Akram, finishing unbeaten on 38 off 37 balls.

Pakistan next play Zimbabwe on January 22, while Scotland take on Bangladesh a day before.



Source link

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Cricket

Oshane Thomas escapes serious injury after motor accident

Published

on


West Indies fast bowler Oshane Thomas has escaped serious injury after being involved in a motor accident in Jamaica late Sunday.

According to a statement by West Indies Players’ Association, he was involved in a two-vehicle collision and was taken to a hospital. Jamaica Observer quoted Thomas’ agent, Mark Neita, saying he was “at home resting” after he was discharged following treatment and scans.

“The West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) extends best wishes to West Indies and Jamaica fast-bowler Oshane Thomas who was involved in a motor vehicle accident on Sunday, February 16 in Jamaica,” an official statement said.

“Thomas was reportedly involved in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 2000 near Old Harbour in St. Catherine and was taken to hospital. WIPA’s executive and staff would like to extend our sympathies to Oshane. We wish for him a speedy and full recovery.”

Thomas, who turned 23 on Tuesday and last played for West Indies in an ODI against Ireland last month, was left out of the squad for the tour of Sri Lanka. He has played 20 ODIs and 10 T20Is, picking up 27 and nine wickets respectively in the formats.



Source link

Continue Reading

Cricket

James Pattinson ruled out of day-night clash against England Lions

Published

on


James Pattinson‘s pace and fire will be missing from Australia A’s day-night match against the England Lions at the MCG from Saturday due to a back complaint, after he pulled up sore from bowling in cub cricket.

The Queensland pace bowler Mark Steketee has been called in to replace Pattinson, while Cricket Australia medical and fitness staff deliberate over whether Pattinson will require scans on his troublesome back.

In a worrying sign for Pattinson following his long and arduous return from radical back surgery in New Zealand to take his place on the 2019 Ashes tour alongside Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc, he complained of back and hip soreness following club games for Dandenong.

In the round 13 Victoria Premier Grade match between Dandenong and Monash Tigers on February 8 and 9, Pattinson claimed 2 for 48 from 18 overs. He was then selected for the following round’s game between Dandenong and Melbourne, which was abandoned without Pattinson either batting or bowling.

In addition to Steketee, the NSW swing bowler Harry Conway has also been added to the Australia A squad. Michael Neser, Jackson Bird and the wristspinner Mitchell Swepson are the other members of the bowling attack.

The likes of Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Nic Maddinson, Kurtis Patterson, Marcus Stoinis and the Australia A captain Moises Henriques will be among those jostling for potential batting positions in the Australian Test squad to travel to Bangladesh later this year, while also putting down a marker against an England Lions squad that is gaining experience ahead of the next Ashes series in Australia in 2021-22.



Source link

Continue Reading

Cricket

England tour ‘a great dress rehearsal’ for reception in South Africa – Justin Langer

Published

on


Australia coach Justin Langer has hailed Steve Smith and David Warner‘s “brilliant reintegration” into the national team, and suggested that last year’s tour to England had been a “great dress rehearsal” ahead of his side’s return to South Africa for the first time since the Newlands scandal in March 2018.

Langer replaced Darren Lehmann as coach in May 2018 at a time of uncertainty, with Cricket Australia seeking to improve the game’s image and the national team’s culture amid the fall-out from ‘Sandpapergate’, and he has spoken at length about the way his side play the game throughout his tenure.

ALSO READ: Newlands scandal born of leadership gulf – Ponting

“It was obviously a very hard tour last time,” Langer said. “It gave us a great opportunity to reassess where we are in Australian cricket. We talk about making Australians proud of us again and earning respect – not only from the Australia public and past players, but also across the world.

“The guys are in a really good place. They’ve worked hard. We had a tough tour in England, but the way the guys have come together, played great cricket – they’ve been great ambassadors for Australian cricket on and off the field, and we are really excited to be back here. We love playing cricket in South Africa.”

Neither Smith nor Warner has played in South Africa since their year-long bans following their involvement in the Newlands scandal, but both have been successful on the pitch. Smith won the Compton-Miller medal after scoring 774 runs in four Ashes Tests, 333 more than any other batsman on either side, while Warner was awarded the Allan Border medal after his imperious form throughout the home summer.

“David [Warner] loves that banter coming from the crowd. It gets him into the game”

Aaron Finch

And Langer suggested that the process of reintegration, which began with a series of meetings in the UAE before the 2019 IPL, helped both players slot back into the side seamlessly, despite their prolonged absence.

“There was a brilliant reintegration back into the team, before they came back into the team 12 months ago or whatever it was – eight months ago,” he said. “There was a lot of really good work done there, and we’ve had a great dress rehearsal for South Africa from England.

“[That] was a tough tour for those two guys and I was really proud of the way they let their bats do the talking and again, [they have been] great ambassadors off the field. So hopefully they’ll be looking forward to getting back here and playing great cricket as well.”

Aaron Finch, Smith’s replacement as white-ball captain, said that he has “leant on them quite a bit” during his time in charge of the limited-overs set-up, and said that it was “a powerful statement to the group” to have the pair back in the side.

“I’ve been someone who has leant on them quite a bit for advice, especially out in the field,” Finch said. “These are guys that have played so much international cricket and led in international cricket. You would be stupid not to use that resource at various times.

“They’ve been really supportive of me, and I think having good personal relationships with them… you build up a respect for each other. They’ve been nothing but supportive and helpful of every decision we’ve made as captain and coach, and to have these guys on board is such a powerful statement to the group.”

ALSO READ: Smith, Warner won’t be ‘fazed one bit’ by crowds – Hazlewood

Finch also suggested that Warner in particular would use any hostility or barracking from the South African fans as motivation to score runs, as appeared to have been the case during the World Cup in England.

“South African fans are very passionate,” Finch said. “Regardless of whether you’re playing in Australia or over here or even in ICC tournaments, the crowd are very vocal.

“Our guys are expecting that and David loves that banter coming from the crowd. It gets him into the game. Regardless of what I think, the crowd are going to act however they please – I don’t think it’s going to make much difference to us. We are going to play cricket with a smile on our face, and represent Australia very proudly.”



Source link

Continue Reading

Trending