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NZ vs Ban 2020-21 2nd T20I – DLS drama

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The revised target was communicated well after Bangladesh began their reply to New Zealand’s 173/5 in 17.5 overs

The match officials had to stop play for five minutes soon after Bangladesh began their chase in the second T20I in Napier on Tuesday, as there was no clarity on Bangladesh’s target till that point. New Zealand had been forced off the field by rain after batting 17.5 overs, in which they had scored 173 for 5. It seemed that Bangladesh batted the first nine balls of their innings with the knowledge that their target in 16 overs was 148. Except, they were chasing 170. Which, in reality, should have been 171.

Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo and manager Sabbir Khan were spotted in the match referee’s room at the start of the second over. Jeff Crowe, the match referee, and fourth umpire Shaun Haig were involved in a discussion. Following the conversations, the target was revised to 170.

Earlier, New Zealand’s official handle @blackcaps had tweeted the target was 148 in 16 overs. The ICC’s website also had the same target on its scorecard. The reason for the confusion, possibly, was that the target had been calculated based on the New Zealand innings lasting all 20 overs. It is not yet certain if the Bangladesh team, too, was given this target, but the confusion and animated discussions suggested that.

The game resumed, but it might well be that even 170 wasn’t the right figure. Based on the DLS version 4.0 released last October, the target should actually have been 171, with 170 the par score for Bangladesh.

More to follow…

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84





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Sri Lanka vs India 2021

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‘We’re a young team. We haven’t won much recently, and we’re trying to do our best to play together for our country’

After a stretch of losses, Sri Lanka had an ODI victory in their grasp, but let it slip. For a team low on confidence, it had to have been devastating. Batter Charith Asalanka, who had top-scored for Sri Lanka with 65, described what it was like to see the opposition’s eighth-wicket partnership take the game away.

“We’re all emotional – the team and coaches are all emotional,” he said. “We’re a young team. We haven’t won much recently, and we’re trying to do our best to play together for our country. Everyone tried hard and took it to the final over, but unfortunately we couldn’t win.”

This ended up being Sri Lanka’s ninth loss in 10 completed matches in 2021, but at the 40th over Sri Lanka seemed certain to win it. India still needed 67 runs off 60 balls at that stage, with two batters who have not had a lot of time at the crease recently. Sri Lanka had also saved two overs from Wanindu Hasaranga, and three from Dushmantha Chameera – their two best bowlers – for the last 10 overs. And yet were unable to break the stand between Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who took India to the target.

“What we talked about in the 40th over was to push the game deep,” Asalanka said. “We wanted to increase their required rate. But they were successful because they didn’t lose any wickets. They had a plan to play Wanindu out defensively and get runs off everyone else, and it worked. If they’d tried to get runs off Wanindu, then maybe they would have lost. I guess the other bowlers have to talk and figure out how to get a wicket in that situation.”

Sri Lanka were also sloppy with their ground fielding, conceding at least five boundaries that could have been stopped by outfielders. Asalanka noted this as an area to work on.

“We did make some mistakes in the field, and we gave away more than 10 runs in the field. We need to fix that. Nos. 8 and 9 also scored runs, so we have to figure out how to stop that as well.”

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf



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Covid could threaten Cricket Australia’s hopes of full domestic season

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All competitions have been scheduled in full with the Sheffield Shield due to start late September

Cricket Australia hopes to play all its domestic competitions in full during the 2020-21 summer, including one of the earliest starts to the Sheffield Shield, although plans could be threatened by Covid-19.

The Sheffield Shield and Marsh One-Day Cup will return to their full length – 31 and 22 matches respectively – after being trimmed last season due to the pandemic. The Women’s National Cricket League (WNCL) will again consist of 29 matches.

Last season the WBBL and the first group of Sheffield Shield matches were held in hubs in Sydney and Adelaide respectively, but CA’s head of cricket operations Peter Roach said that would be a last resort this season with concerns over player welfare at the forefront of minds.

“We do know last year we successfully extended a little into April so there’s opportunities before we default to having to play in a hub,” he told ESPNcricinfo. “What we are conscious of is that it does have a negative effect on our players and staff. It’s a long season and one of the learnings from last year was that come the end of BBL that the appetite for a lot of cricket was challenged.”



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Women’s Hundred 2021 – team previews

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Birmingham Phoenix

Coach: Ben Sawyer

Captain: Amy Jones

Overseas players: Shafali Verma (India), Erin Burns, Katie Mack (both Australia)

Significantly weakened by withdrawals of Ellyse Perry, Sophie Devine and Ashleigh Gardner but the signing of Shafali Verma is perhaps the most exciting of the whole competition, on the back of her top-order pyrotechnics against England. Exciting young seam-bowling attack with Central Sparks’ new-ball combination, Issy Wong and Emily Arlott – likely to open the bowling together, while Kirstie Gordon has a point to prove after losing her England central contract.

Verdict: Verma can win them games on her own but will need support from the middle order.

Possible XI: Shafali Verma, Katie Mack, Amy Jones (capt/wk), Erin Burns, Georgia Elwiss, Evelyn Jones, Marie Kelly, Ria Fackrell/Abtaha Maqsood, Issy Wong, Emily Arlott, Kirstie Gordon

London Spirit

Coach: Trevor Griffin

Captain: Heather Knight

Overseas players: Deandra Dottin (West Indies), Deepti Sharma (India), Chloe Tryon (South Africa)

The Knight-Griffin combination that has enjoyed success in both the KSL and the WBBL takes on the Hundred, with a strong top order that should see them score consistent runs throughout. Their bowling attack is a little lighter, with Freya Davies the spearhead, but Knight and overseas players Deepti Sharma and Chloe Tryon offer useful spin options, particularly on slower surfaces, while Charlie Dean is the leading wicket-taker in this season’s Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.

Verdict: Strong squad which should be eyeing a top-three finish, especially if the batting line-up clicks.

Possible XI: Tammy Beaumont, Deandra Dottin, Heather Knight (capt), Deepti Sharma, Chloe Tryon, Naomi Dattani, Amara Carr (wk), Grace Scrivens/Dani Gibson, Charlie Dean, Freya Davies, Sophie Munro

Manchester Originals

Coach: Paul Shaw

Captain: Kate Cross

Overseas players: Harmanpreet Kaur (India), Mignon du Preez, Lizelle Lee (both South Africa)

Emma Lamb is the in-form allrounder in the country, leading both the runs and wickets charts in the early rounds of the Charlotte Edwards Cup, and could form a powerful opening partnership with Lizelle Lee, while Harmanpreet Kaur and Mignon du Preez add quality to the middle order. The spin attack of Sophie Ecclestone, Alex Hartley and Hannah Jones is strong but Kate Cross carries a heavy burden in the seam department.

Verdict: Emirates Old Trafford’s spinning pitches and big boundaries should boost their chances.

Possible XI: Lizelle Lee, Emma Lamb, Harmanpreet Kaur, Mignon du Preez, Georgie Boyce, Cordelia Griffith, Ellie Threlkeld (wk), Sophie Ecclestone, Kate Cross (capt), Alex Hartley, Hannah Jones

Northern Superchargers

Coach: Dani Hazell

Captain: Lauren Winfield-Hill

Overseas players: Laura Kimmince (Australia), Laura Wolvaardt (South Africa), Jemimah Rodrigues (India)

Strong, deep batting line-up but bowling attack looks light on paper and will need either plenty of runs to play with or an unheralded domestic player to step up. Tough calls to make over batting order: should the silky Laura Wolvaardt open or continue at No. 4, where she has batted for South Africa, and will the specialist finisher Laura Kimmince face enough balls to make an impact?

Verdict: Batting strength offset by bowling attack’s lack of international quality.

Possible XI: Lauren Winfield-Hill (capt), Laura Wolvaardt, Jemimah Rodrigues, Holly Armitage/Sterre Kalis, Laura Kimmince, Alice Davidson-Richards, Beth Langston, Bess Heath (wk), Linsey Smith, Phoebe Graham, Katie Levick

Oval Invincibles

Coach: Jon Batty

Captain: TBC

Overseas players: Shabnim Ismail, Marizanne Kapp, Dane van Niekerk (all South Africa)

Different squad composition to the majority of the tournament, with all three overseas players – all South Africans – offering bowling options. Lacking a star-name England player but Tash Farrant, Mady Villiers and Fran Wilson are all regular squad members and Georgia Adams is pressing for inclusion. New-ball attack of Farrant’s left-arm swing and Shabnim Ismail’s genuine pace should be potent.

Verdict: Competitive squad that can challenge for a top-three finish, especially if South African core performs.

Possible XI: Georgia Adams, Sarah Bryce (wk), Marizanne Kapp, Dane van Niekerk, Fran Wilson, Alice Capsey, Grace Gibbs, Mady Villiers, Tash Farrant, Shabnim Ismail, Dani Gregory

Southern Brave

Coach: Charlotte Edwards

Captain: TBC

Overseas players: Stafanie Taylor (West Indies), Smriti Mandhana (India), Amanda-Jade Wellington (Australia)

Destructive opening combination between Smriti Mandhana and Danni Wyatt, and head coach Charlotte Edwards was particularly pleased to secure Sophia Dunkley‘s services before her England breakthrough this summer. Versatile seam attack with Lauren Bell’s height, Anya Shrubsole’s swing and Tara Norris’ left-arm angle while Amanda-Jade Wellington’s legbreaks and Charlotte and Stafanie Taylor’s darts are all useful spin options.

Verdict: Top three should be the minimum expectation.

Possible XI: Smriti Mandhana, Danni Wyatt, Stafanie Taylor, Sophia Dunkley, Maia Bouchier, Carla Rudd (wk), Anya Shrubsole, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Tara Norris, Charlotte Taylor/Fi Morris, Lauren Bell

Trent Rockets

Coach: Salliann Beams

Captain: Nat Sciver

Overseas players: Rachel Priest (New Zealand), Sammy-Jo Johnson, Heather Graham (both Australia)

Ellyse Villani, Annabel Sutherland and Sophie Molineux’s withdrawals have hit the Rockets hard: veteran keeper-batter Rachel Priest starred in the KSL for Western Storm but Sammy-Jo Johnson and Heather Graham have a single Australia cap between them. But with three of England’s best T20 players in Nat Sciver, Katherine Brunt and Sarah Glenn, they have more than enough talent to overcome those losses and compete for a top-three spot. Expect a fluid batting line-up, with Glenn an option as a pinch-hitting opener.

Verdict: Remarkable batting depth and all-round quality of England stars means they should be in contention.

Possible XI: Rachel Priest (wk), Nat Sciver (capt), Michaela Kirk, Heather Graham, Sammy-Jo Johnson, Katherine Brunt, Abi Freeborn, Sarah Glenn, Kathryn Bryce, Teresa Graves, Lucy Higham

Welsh Fire

Coach: Mark O’Leary

Captain: TBC

Overseas players: Hayley Matthews (West Indies), Piepa Cleary, Georgia Redmayne (both Australia)

Perhaps the weakest squad in the competition on paper but with enough talent to cause a few upsets: Georgia Redmayne had a dominant 50-over season in Australia, Hayley Matthews comes into the competition on the back of an ODI hundred, and Sophie Luff and Bryony Smith have been dominant in domestic cricket. Sarah Taylor‘s return adds intrigue while Piepa Clearly will lead the seam attack with Katie George’s injury meaning she has played as a specialist batter for most of the summer.

Verdict: Bowling attack lacks international quality of other sides, while batting isn’t strong enough to compensate.

Possible XI: Georgia Redmayne, Bryony Smith, Hayley Matthews, Sophie Luff, Sarah Taylor (wk), Katie George, Georgia Hennessy, Piepa Cleary, Lissy Macleod, Alex Griffiths, Nicole Harvey

Matt Roller is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @mroller98



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