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NZ vs Ban 2020-21 – 3rd ODI




Bangladesh captain deeply disappointed with team’s poor performance in New Zealand

After taking a step forward with the bat in Christchurch, Bangladesh took quite a few steps back in Wellington, resulting in the 164-run defeat in the third ODI. The visitors were bowled out for 154 in 42.4 overs but they had abandoned the 319-run chase as early as the eighth over.

In a damaging phase of play, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mohammad Mithun added just 22 runs in the eleven overs that followed Bangladesh’s third wicket in the seventh over. By the time both batsmen departed the crease, the required run-rate had ballooned to ten per over, essentially killing the game. Mahmudullah’s unbeaten 76 salvaged some respectability to the visitors’ score but not their overall performance.

They had started well with Taskin Ahmed’s accurate opening spell of seven overs, and Rubel Hossain, playing for the first time in the series, taking two wickets. But in between, Rahim and Mustafizur Rahman dropped sitters and even though they didn’t count for much as both Henry Nicholls and Ross Taylor fell in the same over, it was clear that Bangladesh couldn’t get their basics right again.

Their catching and ground fielding had been poor in both Christchurch and Wellington and while their batsmen recovered in the second game, they were back to old habits in the third one. The bowlers impressed in parts, but captain Tamim Iqbal still had to rely on Soumya Sarkar’s eight overs.

If Bangladesh are to make something of this 3-0 defeat, the process started at the press conference. Iqbal was blunt in his assessment, warning the team to take stock of their situation in order to perform better in the near future.

“I thought the first and the last game, we were nowhere close to them (New Zealand),” Tamim said. “I thought they played exceptionally well. We are a much better team but if we continue to play like this, we are going nowhere. We understand that it is a different condition than back home, but we have to improve a lot to compete with them.

“If you take out the second game, we never looked to be competing with them, which is very disappointing. I said before the series that I had high hopes. I thought we definitely had a chance. We did get a chance in the second game but overall, it was a disappointing series for us. We didn’t play well.”

When asked whether the Bangladesh players showed heart in the middle, Iqbal said that it shouldn’t even be a question when they are playing for the country. “When you are representing your country, wearing the badge and the flag colour, I think this question shouldn’t come up. I think everyone wants to do well, but there’s a process to do that.”

Iqbal, whose patient 78 set the stage for a total of 271 in Christchurch, said that the team should have followed the same plan in Wellington to ride out the new ball with minimum damage. He believed it would have helped Bangladesh take New Zealand deeper into the game, thus giving them a chance.

“We had way too many soft dismissals today. You know the new ball will do something in New Zealand. You just have to hang in tight. The perfect example was the last game.

“We only scored 25 or 26 in the first ten overs but we cashed in, in the next 20 overs. Surfaces in New Zealand can be difficult to bat at the start but it gets better as the game progresses. We didn’t allow ourselves the chance to bat deep,” he said.

Iqbal said that it is up to the players to improve their overseas performances, and not just rely on the coaches. Bangladesh have a tricky period coming up in the next three years with two T20 World Cups, as well as trying to automatically qualify for the 50-over World Cup in 2023.

Iqbal said that they have to take every match seriously regardless of whether it is in difficult conditions or a dead rubber, as every ODI now counts in the Super League format for qualification.

“You can have the best coaches in the world, but the players need to understand what to do and what not to do. We are not consistent in overseas conditions as a team and as individual players. We have to find a way to fix it.

“I personally didn’t come to New Zealand for improvement. We came to win games. This is no longer just a bilateral series. This is a points-based system. You win, you get points and makes your life easier for qualification,” Iqbal said.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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Recent Match Report – Kent vs WORCS Group 2 2021




Munsey century in vain as Kent have victory ripped from grasp by seventh-wicket stand

Worcestershire 323 for 7 (Leach 88, Haynes 77) beat Kent 322 for 7 (Munsey 108, Finch 84) by three wickets

Captain Joe Leach and Ed Barnard powered Worcestershire Rapids to a dramatic three-wicket victory with a record-breaking seventh-wicket stand against Kent Spitfires at New Road.

George Munsey
‘s maiden List A century had enabled Kent to set a demanding 324 target and he and Harry Finch‘s partnership of 184 was a Kent List A record for any wicket against Worcestershire.
But Rapids opener Jack Haynes laid the foundations with a fine 77 and he received good support from Tom Fell before Leach’s late assault alongside excellent support from Barnard.

Leach and Barnard came together at 184 for 6 in the 34th over and their stand of 134 in 15.2 overs was a new Worcestershire record for the seventh wicket in all List A cricket.

Leach put the Spitfires into bat on a hybrid pitch and the move initially paid off.

Spitfires captain Ollie Robinson (13) was caught at cover off Charlie Morris and Heino Khun (19) was run out by Jake Libby’s direct hit from mid on.

Tawanda Muyeye (22) played back to spinner Josh Baker and was bowled but Scotland international Munsey and Harry Finch seized command for Kent.

Finch was initially the more aggressive and reached his half century from 63 balls – 12 less than Munsey.

Munsey, who had scored 96 against Durham in the opening One-Day Cup game, gradually upped the tempo and required only another 33 balls in moving fifty to three figures.

Adam Finch broke the stand when he trapped his namesake lbw for 84 from 79 deliveries with one six and 10 fours working to leg.

Munsey’s superb knock came to end on 108 and he also went lbw attempting a reverse sweep against Ed Barnard. His 113 balls innings contained two sixes and 14 fours.

Darren Stevens hit a quickfire 23 and late order runs from Milnes and Marcus O’Riordan lifted the final total past 300.

When Worcestershire launched their reply, Haynes drove Stevens for two boundaries and Dell collected three fours in a Milnes over.

Dell, on 20, was caught at cover off Stevens but new batsman Fell and Haynes prospered.

Fell reeled off a succession of impressive strokes and Haynes also looked in good touch although he had one left off on 23 to Henry Finch off Matt Quinn.

He completed a 51 ball fifty and Haynes followed him to his half century from the next delivery, the 61st he had faced.

The second wicket pair added 94 when Fell was caught behind off Grant Stewart for 57 with two sixes and six fours.

Jake Libby, on 17, fell to a smart catch at backward point off Matt Quinn and Haynes top edged a catch to backward square leg off James Logan who played for Worcestershire Seconds earlier this season.

Gareth Roderick and debutant Jacques Banton fell cheaply but then came the heroics from Leach and Barnard who finished unbeaten on 39 from 46 balls.

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India in England 2021 – Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav to join India Test squad in England




They have been picked as replacements for the injured trio of Shubman Gill, Avesh Khan and Washington Sundar

Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav are set to join the India Test squad in England for the five-match Pataudi Trophy. It is learned that both Shaw and Yadav, who are currently playing the T20I series in Sri Lanka, were chosen by the selectors after the Indian team management sought replacements for the injured trio of Shubman Gill, Avesh Khan and Washington Sundar.

It could not be confirmed when Shaw and Yadav will link up with the squad in England or if they would be available for the final two matches of the T20I series in Sri Lanka which ends on July 29.

While Gill and Sundar were part of the 20-member India squad announced in May for the World Test Championship final and the England series, Khan was part of the four standbys. All three players have sustained injuries serious enough that they have been ruled out of the five-Test series starting on August 4. The BCCI is yet to offer any details on the matter but Gill has already returned to India after being troubled by shin splints in his left leg post the WTC final in June. Avesh fractured his left thumb on the first day of the warm-up game that the Indians played this week against a County Select XI in Durham. Sundar, who along with Avesh had played for the County XI, but did not bowl, is learned to have picked up a finger injury.

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Recent Match Report – Glamorgan vs Northants Group 1 2021




Strong display with bat and ball drives impressive 59-run victory

Glamorgan 295 for 6 (Rutherford 86) beat Northamptonshire 236 (Taylor 65|) by 59 runs

Veteran seame Michael Hogan and promising young all-rounder Joe Cooke took three wickets apiece to knock the stuffing out of a strong Northamptonshire line-up as Glamorgan claimed their second Royal London Cup victory by 59 runs.

Hogan turned in a hostile opening spell to claim two early scalps while Cooke, 24, followed up three wickets on List A debut against Warwickshire on Thursday by removing Northamptonshire’s middle order and hit an unbeaten 33 with the bat.

Earlier an assured 86 from New Zealand international Hamish Rutherford provided the bedrock for Glamorgan, before some brutal hitting from Cooke and Tom Cullen pushed them to an imposing 295 for 6.

Despite 65 from Tom Taylor, the target proved beyond Northamptonshire’s reach in their opening game of the tournament.

Rutherford shared a 68-run opening stand with Nick Selman who offered a simple caught and bowled chance to teenage debutant, left-arm wrist-spinner Freddie Heldreich. The youngster picked up a second when he got one through Steven Reingold’s forward defensive and hit the top of off-stump.

Rutherford combined a mixture of sweetly timed sweeps and cuts with some crunching boundaries and found an ally in skipper Kiran Carlson. The pair took the attack to the spinners, before Ben Sanderson removed both in quick succession.

First Carlson top edged a bouncer straight to Heldreich at fine leg. Then just when Rutherford looked set for a century, he chopped on to his stumps. When Billy Root hooked a short ball from Tom Taylor to a diving Charlie Thurston at deep square leg, Glamorgan had lost had lost three wickets for 23 runs in 5.2 overs.

Cullen broke the shackles with three boundaries off Heldreich before Callum Taylor hit namesake Tom over his head for six. After a stand of 60 in 10 overs, Taylor had a big swing at Taylor and was bowled.

Glamorgan needed a big finish and Cullen and Cooke obliged by taking the attack to experienced seamers Sanderson and Wayne Parnell.

The pair pummelled Sanderson for 23 in one over as the last five yielded 66 runs. Cooke hit Sanderson for a huge straight six into the pavilion and Cullen hit another maximum over long-on before running three to bring up his half-century off just 40 balls.

Hogan struck in the first over of the chase, drawing the edge from Emilio Gay and later bowling Rob Keogh. It was not all brute force from 40-year-old Hogan though who used conditions to beat the bat repeatedly.

Lukas Carey claimed the third wicket after an early mauling at the hands of Ricardo Vasconcelos, before the Northamptonshire skipper edged behind to leave the hosts 49 for three.

Curran and Saif Zaib looked to relieve the pressure, scoring three quick boundaries against rookie duo spinner Steven Reingold and seamer Andrew Gorvin, but the pair, with just one List A appearance behind them, started to exert control, backed up well in the field.

Curran kept busy with a run-a-ball half-century, after starting his account with two straight boundaries. He and Zaib added 65 before Northamptonshire lost three wickets for 18 in four overs.

Curran skied a delivery from Cooke which was comfortably caught by the keeper. Then Hogan returned to pick up Thurston who chipped to mid-on before Zaib pulled Cooke to square leg. Despite some aggression from Tom Taylor, a jubilant Cooke bowled Wayne Parnell to end hopes of a late recovery. Northamptonshire were eventually all out for 236 with 5.4 overs remaining.

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