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Recent Match Report – RCB vs Capitals 22nd Match 2021

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The winner of the match will move to the top of the IPL 2021 points table

Toss Delhi Capitals opt to bowl vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Rishabh Pant, the Delhi Capitals captain, asked Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore to bat first in Ahmedabad in a clash where the winner moves to the top of the IPL 2021 points table. Pant said that the prospect of dew later in the evening was why he chose to bowl first.

The Capitals made one change, forced by the absence of R Ashwin, who left the tournament to be with his family due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis in India. Ishant Sharma, the right-arm quick, will make his first appearance of the season in Ashwin’s place, having missed IPL 2020 due to injury as well.

Kohli said that the Royal Challengers would’ve liked to bowl first too, and expected “dew to be a big factor” tonight. His side made two changes, with Rajat Patidar coming in at No. 3 for fast bowler Navdeep Saini while Daniel Christian was replaced by Daniel Sams. Left-arm seam-bowling allrounder Sams was traded to the Royal Challengers from his opponents, the Capitals, ahead of this season. His availability for the Royal Challengers was then delayed after testing positive for Covid-19.

Delhi Capitals: 1 Shikhar Dhawan, 2 Prithvi Shaw, 3 Steven Smith, 4 Rishabh Pant (capt & wk), 5 Marcus Stoinis, 6 Shimron Hetmyer, 7 Axar Patel, 8 Kagiso Rabada, 9 Avesh Khan, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Amit Mishra

Royal Challengers Bangalore: 1 Virat Kohli (capt), 2 Devdutt Padikkal, 3 Rajat Patidar 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 AB de Villiers (wk), 6 Washington Sundar, 7 Daniel Sams, 8 Kyle Jamieson, 9 Harshal Patel, 10 Mohammed Siraj, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal

Sreshth Shah is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @sreshthx



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Recent Match Report – Sussx 2nd XI vs Surr 2nd XI 2021

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England fast bowler bowls 11 overs without luck, as he tests his elbow after injury issues

Jofra Archer produced a cautious but increasingly rhythmic day’s work on his return to bowling after his recent injury issues, as Surrey’s reserves resisted his advances on a rain-affected second day of their 2nd XI County Championship clash with Sussex at Hove.

By the close, Surrey had eased along to 215 for 3 in reply to Sussex’s 487, with Ryan Patel’s unbeaten 94 providing the backbone of their innings. Patel added 115 for the third wicket with Laurie Evans, who made 46, and a further unbeaten stand of 53 with Nico Reifer (32), and has a chance to press on to his hundred on day three after being dropped at slip in the penultimate over.

As for Archer, he returned figures of 0 for 32 in 11 overs, spread across two spells of six and five overs respectively, as he shelved any quest for pyrotechnics and set about road-testing his troublesome right elbow, with the first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s now just under a month away.

His introduction came in a 25-minute burst with the new ball before lunch, after Surrey’s spinner Dan Moriarty had picked off Sussex’s last three wickets for the hard-earned figures of 4 for 122 in 38.3 overs.

The home side’s mainstay was the 19-year-old Oliver Carter, who was last man out for a fine 160 – the first score of note of his professional career, and one which showcased an unflappable temperament and an excellent straight-lined technique, as he added a further 50 runs to his overnight 110.

When his turn finally came, Archer might have picked up a wicket straightaway, as Surrey’s 19-year-old opener Ben Geddes – perhaps a little daunted by the reputation steaming in towards him – flinched his first ball airily off the pads and into a gap on the leg side. But he was more confidently forward for the remainder of an exploratory over, before picking off a brace of boundaries as Archer twice overpitched to ease along to 9 not out at the break.

It was left to Will Sheffield, Sussex’s young left-arm seamer, to upstage his senior partner in the wickets column, although he won’t be encouraging too many of his friends and family to seek out his efforts on the ECB live stream. His first ball after lunch was a pie to end all pies – a hip-high full toss, swinging invitingly down the leg side, but Geddes – with his guard down – could only look on in horror as he clipped the offering straight into the pocket of square leg.

Sheffield’s second was an improvement but hardly a jaffa – an inviting outswinging half-volley that Will Jacks cuffed on the up to short cover. At which point Archer, commandeering a plumb position at first slip in his “Sharks” woolly hat, must have assumed it was not to be his day.

Sure enough, Archer’s fortunes in his eighth over – the second of his new spell, after a 90-minute rain delay – rather summed things up. His first delivery, short and sitting up outside off, was clattered through mid-on by Patel to bring up the fifty stand. Two balls later, with Patel on 42, third slip couldn’t cling on to his right as Archer jammed the splice with one of his sharpest deliveries of the day.

And before the over was out, he’d given away five penalty runs too, as the keeper allowed himself to be nutmegged by a length ball outside off, which then rolled into short leg’s helmet, perched behind him.

And that was broadly the end of that as far as Archer’s day was concerned. Joe Pocklington entered the attack with his left-arm spin, as did Luke Benkenstein – son of Durham’s Championship-winning captain Dale – whom Reifer launched over deep midwicket shortly before Patel’s late let-off. There will be stiffer tests ahead for Archer, but at least he’s back on the park.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo. @miller_cricket



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IPL 2021 – Suspected corruptors identified on two separate days during IPL 2021 at Delhi’s Kotla

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Two people were arrested with fake accreditations; on a different day, one man came in the garb of a cleaner

Potential corruptors were spotted at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on different days of the IPL 2021 season, including during the May 2 match between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad, BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) chief Shabir Hussein Shekhadam Khandwawala told PTI. Two people with fake IPL accreditations were arrested by the Delhi Police on the day of that Royals-Sunrisers match.

In another incident – on a different match day, at the same venue – one man “in the garb of a cleaner” fled after ACU officials had caught him having a telephone conversation. He is currently being traced by Delhi police after the ACU managed to retrieved two mobile phones from him.



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Kathryn Bryce to lead Scotland women in T20I series against Ireland women

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This will be the first international action for both sides since the Covid-19 pandemic

Scotland women will face neighbors Ireland women in a four-match T20I series, in what will be their first international action for both sides since the Covid-19 pandemic hit. The series will run from May 23 to May 27, with Stormont set to stage all four games. The last time Scotland and Ireland were in action was at the T20 World Cup qualifier in 2019, with both teams missing out the main event.

This will be Scotland’s first assignment under new coach Mark Coles, who had replaced Steve Knox.

Cricket Scotland and Cricket Ireland have been working together to get this series underway for a while. More recently, their attempt to hold the series in Spain earlier this March didn’t come to pass because of Covid-19 travel restrictions.

“I want to thank Cricket Ireland High Performance Director Richard Holdsworth and all of his team for the effort that they have put into making this series possible,”  Gus Mackay, the Cricket Scotland CEO, said in a media release. “Our women’s side have a crucial year ahead of them and being able to play competitive international cricket in preparation for that is absolutely essential. I’m grateful to everyone involved for making this happen and looking forward to seeing both teams out on the pitch in Belfast.”

Scotland’s 14-member squad will be led by Kathryn Bryce, with her younger sister Sarah appointed vice-captain. The Bryce sisters had displayed strong form in the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy in 2020. Sarah was the second-highest scorer in the tournament while Kathryn was the second-highest wicket-taker.

The uncapped pair of Ikra Farooq and Alisa Lister could potentially make their international debuts. Hannah Rainey, though, is unavailable for the upcoming series.

Squad: Kathryn Bryce (captain), Sarah Bryce (vice-captain), Becky Glen, Lorna Jack, Abbi Aitken-Drummond, Ikra Farooq, Abtaha Maqsood, Samantha Haggo Katie Mcgill, Priyanaz Chatterji, Ailsa Lister, Katherine Fraser, Ellen Watson, Megan McColl.



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