Opener’s 82 guides Hampshire but visitors hit back between showers
Hampshire 223 for 7 (Holland 82) vs Leicestershire
Ed Barnes grabbed three wickets as Leicestershire kept Hampshire’s powerful batting line-up in check on a day punctuated by rain delays at the Ageas Bowl.
After only 26.2 overs were possible on the opening day, 56 were lost on day two following a three-and-a-half hour break after lunch – the second of two rain delays – as the hosts closed on 223 for 7. In bitterly cold and windy conditions – more akin to midwinter than mid-May – it was to the credit of the Leicestershire seam attack that they managed to pick up six wickets over the course of the day.
Alex Evans, who had Ian Holland dropped by Rishi Patel for 12 on Wednesday, looked to have made an early breakthrough when he bowled Tom Alsop off an inside edge only for umpire Martin Saggers to rule it a no-ball. But the 20-year-old redeemed himself in his very next over when he squared Alsop up with a full-length delivery and skipper Colin Ackermann took the catch at slip to dismiss the left-hander for 25.
Sam Northeast, then fell for 2 to a superb ball from Chris Wright who found a way through the former Kent captain’s defence and clipped the top of his off stump.
Holland, who has been in fine form this season, passed 50 for fifth time in 11 innings and looked well on course for his third century of the campaign when he stroked three boundaries from a Gavin Griffiths over before lunch. But the opener’s stylish knock came to an end on 82 when he played all around a straight ball from Barnes and was trapped on the pad just before rain took the players off for the first time.
Play resumed over an hour later and Barnes should have grabbed the key wicket of James Vince, who scored 231 when the sides last met in April, but Patel put down yet another catch at gully when the Hampshire skipper was on 19. But his blushes were spared when Barnes deceived Vince with a slower ball that thumped the England batsman’s front pad and umpire Nigel Llong raised the finger to send him on his way for 32.
With pitchside advertising hoardings being blown to the ground and Leicestershire wicketkeeper Harry Swindells finding himself scampering across the outfield to retrieve his helmet as it tumbled towards the boundary rope there seemed little hope of play resuming when rain started to fall.
However, thanks to the hard work of the Hampshire ground staff, play got underway again at 6pm with the hosts losing Liam Dawson for 19 and then Lewis McManus for 15 with Barnes and Evans taking the wickets.
Recent Match Report – Sri Lanka vs India 1st ODI 2021
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Toss Sri Lanka chose to bat vs India
Both teams also have a legspinner (Yuzvendra Chahal for India, Wanindu Hasaranga for Sri Lanka), and a left-arm wristspinner (Kuldeep Yadav and Lakshan Sandakan). Sri Lanka’s frontline seam attack comprises Dushmantha Chameera, Isuru Udana, and Chamika Karunaratne, while India have picked Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar, with Hardik Pandya in support.
The weather is not expected to interrupt the match.
Sri Lanka: 1 Avishka Fernando, 2 Minod Bhanuka (wk), 3 Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 4 Dhananjaya de Silva, 5 Charith Asalanka, 6 Dasun Shanaka (capt), 7 Wanindu Hasaranga, 8 Chamika Karunaratne, 9 Isuru Udana, 10 Lakshan Sandakan, 11 Dushmantha Chameera
India: 1 Shikhar Dhawan (capt), 2 Prithvi Shaw, 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Manish Pandey, 5 Ishan Kishan (wk), 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Deepak Chahar, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal
Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf
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Ryan Burl and Timycen Maruma ruled out due to injuries; Bangladesh unchanged
Zimbabwe choose to bat vs Bangladesh
Taylor’s decision was based on the fact that he didn’t want to give his young players the pressure of chasing a total.
The hosts have also pushed Regis Chakabva up to No. 3 after he made a half-century in the first ODI.
Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal (capt), 2 Liton Das (wk), 3 Shakib Al Hasan, 4 Mohammad Mithun, 5 Mosaddek Hossain, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Afif Hossain, 8 Mehidy Hasan Miraz, 9 Mohammad Saifuddin, 10 Taskin Ahmed, 11 Shoriful Islam
Zimbabwe: 1 Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, 2 Tadiwanashe Marumani, 3 Regis Chakabva (wk), 4 Brendan Taylor (capt), 5 Dion Myers, 6 Sikandar Raza, 7 Wesley Madhevere, 8 Luke Jongwe, 9 Blessing Muzarabani, 10 Tendai Chatara, 11 Richard Ngarava
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84
Eng vs Pak 1st T20I
The pair speak about trust, communication, and their telepathic understanding between the wickets
Before Rizwan, Azam was part of a long-standing partnership with Fakhar Zaman, with whom he opened 19 times and added 489 runs at an average of 25.73 and a run rate of 7.99, with a highest stand of 72. Since they began opening together, both Azam and Rizwan have enjoyed tremendous returns in T20Is: Rizwan is Pakistan’s highest T20I run-getter this year, with 593 runs at an average of 98.83 and a strike rate of 142.89, with Azam has scored 439 runs at 39.90 and 135.07.
Their 150-run stand on Saturday set Pakistan up for their highest T20I total ever – 232 for 6 – and eventually a 31-run win in the first T20I against England, a stunning reversal of fortunes following a 3-0 ODI series defeat against a second-string home team. Having just put on the second-highest partnership for any wicket by a Pakistan pair, both Rizwan and Azam shared their insights in a PCB video.
“We discussed while going in that we would have a look at the pitch, how it behaved, and at what pace the ball would come [onto the bat],” Azam said. “We took one or two overs [to get our eye in], and I began to charge, because my shots were coming off nicely, but Rizwan bhai, I thought, was struggling for a few balls, so I was conscious of not adding any extra pressure on him. We spoke about having to score 10 an over, 8 an over, because it would be easier for the incoming batsmen if we put on a good, long partnership.”
Rizwan then chipped in with his impressions of the partnership’s strengths. “The key thing about our partnership is that whenever one of us looks to start power-hitting, we go and ask our partner. So we get the confidence that the non-striker has backed our instinct, and I know that the captain (Azam) has given me his inputs, or vice-versa, on whether this is the time for power-hitting or it isn’t, and that eases the situation for both of us.”
One of the metrics of trust between the two is Rizwan’s record of run-outs – which he insists was a major issue for him earlier in his career. “I’ve been run-out 8 or 10 times earlier on, but my understanding with him is really good – his calling is much better than mine.”
For the record, Rizwan was run-out six times in 64 innings in all international cricket until the end of 2020. This year, he’s not been run out even once in 24 innings.
Azam says the pair doesn’t even need to call while running between the wickets.
“We have a belief in each other, that whenever [the ball] goes in the gap, we can run two,” Azam said. “Sometimes we don’t even call, and start running with just a signal from the eyes.”
Saturday’s partnership didn’t get off to the most fluent of starts, with both batters enduring early troubles against David Willey before settling in to score 49 in the powerplay. It took until the 12th over for Pakistan to hit their first six, but that triggered an avalanche, with the innings eventually going on to contain 12 sixes, equalling Pakistan’s previous highest six-count, against Bangladesh in 2007.
“Willey was getting swing early on and our plan was to play him carefully, but we picked up a few boundaries after the second over, and that gave us confidence and momentum,” Azam said. “Our plan after that was to keep going at 10 an over regardless of anything, whether that meant me taking a chance or Rizwan.”
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