South East Stars stutter to below-par total in face of Vipers’ spin threat
Southern Vipers 138 for 3 (Wyatt 64*) beat South East Stars 137 (Taylor 4-21) by seven wickets
Wyatt scored 64 not out, with international team-mate Georgia Elwiss notching 45, as Vipers maintained their 100% RHF Trophy record – which now stretches to nine wins across two seasons.
The Stars were stuck in and found themselves on the end of Taylor immediately, her first three overs returning an incredible 3 for 1.
It was the movement away from the bat which accounted for Alice Davidson-Richards, who prodded to Georgia Adams at first slip. Sophia Dunkley, on the back of a sublime unbeaten 104 against Sunrisers, only lasted two balls before she nicked behind, and Taylor then found Alice Capsey slashing to Charlie Dean at point to leave the Stars slumped on 24 for 3.
Bryony Smith and Grace Gibbs rebuilt with a 41-run stand, with the former smashing 41 off 38 to continue her early season form. They both fell as they were bowled, the former while going back to Dean and the latter by a Wyatt half-tracker.
Aylish Cranstone scored 31 but was stumped off Wyatt, before the England allrounder had Rhianna Southby caught top-edging to fine leg and Kirstie White skied Adams to midwicket.
Taylor returned to pick up Tash Farrant mistiming to mid-on, before Dean completed the spin-bowling masterclass by pinning Danielle Gregory. In total the Vipers’ spin bowlers took 10 for 73, with Taylor’s four-for joined by Wyatt’s 3 for 19, Dean’s 2 for 22 and Adams’ 1 for 11.
England fast bowler Freya Davies temporarily ended the spin dominance when Adams wafted outside her off stump to first slip. Maia Bouchier followed as she worked Smith to Dunkley midwicket – but Wyatt remained risk-averse as she embarked on an 87-run stand with Elwiss.
Dunkley, following her duck, continued her poor day as she put down Elwiss and Wyatt in consecutive deliveries at deep midwicket.
Wyatt continued to a 71-ball fifty, her 26th in List A cricket, but it was Elwiss who accelerated towards the winning post with 45 from 43. In trying to win the match in one big blow Elwiss offered a simple catch to mid-off, before Dean did crash the winning runs soon after, with 128 balls to spare.
Recent Match Report – Kings vs Zalmi 24th Match 2020/21-2021
Peshawar’s bowlers restricted Karachi Kings to their lowest ever PSL total before Zazai made short work of it
Peshawar Zalmi 109 for 4 (Hazratullah Zazai 63, Imad Wasim 2-2) beat Karachi Kings 108 for 9 (Abbas Afridi 27*, Abrar 3-14, Wahab 3-34, Gul 2-13) by six wickets
Only Islamabad United have gunned down a target quicker, and even their ten-over chase against Quetta Gladiators earlier this week looked like it would be eclipsed comfortably. In the end, three late wickets slowed things down slightly, but it still meant Zalmi had coasted to the target with nine overs to spare. Karachi Kings’ poor run since the resumption of the league continues, but the damage this defeat will inflict might reflect just as heavily in the minds as it will in the run-rate column.
Zazai’s devastating debut
Zazai is set to become a T20 franchise darling over the years, but even so, the contempt with which he lay waste to experienced, wily Kings bowlers in his first PSL game was a sight to behold. Once Kamran Akmal was dismissed in the second over, Zazai decided he wouldn’t let it scupper plans to wrap up the game in a hurry, and Amir was the unfortunate recipient at the end of his first offensive.
The first six was a shade streaky, a top edge over third man, but there was nothing chancy about the three boundaries that followed in an over that leaked 21. It was followed up by an over from the other Aamer Yamin – which proved even costlier, two sixes and two fours from the Afghan seeing him hurtle along to a blitzkrieg half-century. The timing and power were both astonishing, a fearsome 97-metre swipe over square leg perhaps the shot of the night. The 50 would come in just 17 balls – a joint record – and by then, the match had long been over as a contest.
Abrar haunts his old franchise
When legspinner Abrar was first introduced to the PSL by Karachi Kings in 2017, he looked a proper mystery spin bowler, one who might go on to become a valuable asset for his franchise. Opportunities were hard to come by and he was let go after a couple of seasons, but making his debut for Peshawar Zalmi, he showed his old side what they missed. Coming in when Imad Wasim’s side were already hobbling after a difficult first ten overs, he kept the Kings on a leash in his first over, allowing just two runs.
The 22-year old burst to life in the one that followed, though. He broke the budding partnership with a carrom ball Najibullah Zadran ended up holing out to long-off, before one that drifted back in put paid to Yamin’s brief stint at the crease. With Wahab deciding to bowl him out consecutively, he would sign off by deceiving Waqas Maqsood with a googly, two balls after the batsman had smashed him for six. He would end his day with figures of 4-0-14-3, and they didn’t flatter him in the slightest.
Where they stand
Karachi Kings were top when the league resumed, but slipped to fifth, outside the qualification spots. Peshawar Zalmi moved up to 10 points alongside Lahore Qalandars, and into second place.
Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000
Recent Match Report – Essex vs Sussex South Group 2021
Skipper slams 75 from 44 to help make short work of small chase
Sussex 130 for 3 (Wright 75) beat Essex 128 for 8 (Garton 3-31) by seven wickets
The Blast’s all-time leading run-scorer missed the opening two rounds after splitting the webbing in his hand while practising fielding on the eve of the competition. But he made up for lost time by bringing up his fifty in 33 deliveries as Sussex chased down Essex’s below-par 128 for eight with 36 balls to spare.
Wright looked at home right from the start, with boundaries from his second and third deliveries – two of eight fours.
Opening partner Phil Salt earned a life when he bludgeoned a full toss to mid-on, only to earn a reprieve for the umpire to judge the ball to have been above waist-height, much to Simon Harmer’s chagrin. Salt was run out for 13, after putting on 54 with Wright before Travis Head added 60 together with the skipper.
Wright continued to his 26th Blast half-century, going past 8000 T20 career runs, with a pair of straight sixes and another over cow corner. He departed with six still needed but Delray Rawlins clattered the winning runs over long-off soon after.
Wright’s day had started perfectly as he won the toss and stuck the hosts in – although Will Buttleman struck successive sixes in the fourth over. On a used hybrid pitch, scoring proved difficult for Essex with only Buttleman, Michael Pepper and Jimmy Neesham’s strike rates topping 100, for those who reached double figures.
The strain on scoring was exemplified by the last over of the Powerplay, which saw just one run, as Paul Walter struggled to lay a bat on Chris Jordan – the run rate throughout the innings hovering just below seven an over.
To add to the Eagles’ woes, wickets were a regular occurrence. Tom Westley and Buttleman fell in the Powerplay – the former picking out deep midwicket off George Garton and the latter slapping a Tymal Mills slower ball to cover.
Walter was stumped, Ryan ten Doeschate clubbed old pal Ravi Bopara to long off, Pepper – having scored 38 off 25 balls – drilled to extra cover, Harmer miscued to midwicket, Jack Plom skied to mid-off and Neesham was comprehensively bowled.
Garton ended up with 3 for 31, with Mills, Jordan and Bopara all going at under a run-a-ball.
Eng vs Ind Women’s Test
“Maybe in the coming years it might also lead to a World Test Championship [for women]. You never know.”
“I feel this Test match and even the pink-ball Test, which is in Australia in the coming months, it’s just the beginning of having a three-format bilateral series,” Raj, India’s Test and ODI captain, said on the eve of the one-off Test against England in Bristol. “It probably opens up the channel to have another format added in a bilateral series and that will clearly help the overall standard of women’s cricket.
“Also, the players – I mean, you ask any modern-day cricketer, they still want to play the longer format because they eventually know that the format tests the skill of a player.”
The last time India played two or more Tests in a year was in 2014, which was also the last time they appeared in the format. The Bristol Test, which marks their return to red-ball cricket after a break of 2401 days, carries four points for a win under the multi-format system for the tour, which also includes three ODIs and three T20Is.
A draw will fetch the teams two points apiece and one point will be awarded for a no-result. Wins in the white-ball games will be worth two points each. The Ashes, which has been the only occasion that has involved Test matches in women’s cricket since 2014, follows the same grading system.
“It’s good to have the Test match in a series,” Raj said. ‘We [already] had the one-dayers and the T20Is. Maybe in the coming years it might also lead to a World Test Championship [for women]. You never know. This is just the beginning. I hope we continue to have bilateral series where all three formats are there.”
The announcement of both the Test against England and the pink-ball game against Australia, scheduled for September-October, was an unexpected development in Indian women’s cricket. On the international circuit, the ODI World Cup and the Commonwealth Games, to be played in the T20 format, both scheduled for next year, and the 2023 T20 World Cup remain the focal points of India’s long-term preparations. In domestic cricket, no red-ball tournaments for women’s cricketers have been held in India since the 2017-2018 season.
“There were a few sessions that we tried to have in the whites so that the girls don’t get [intimidated] when they walk into the ground tomorrow because for most of them it’s their first time getting into the ground in the whites,” Raj said. “That is one thing [Powar] tried to get into the sessions. There were four-five sessions where we trained together as a team in the whites, so we get a feel of it in the nets sessions and it doesn’t feel alien for the girls when they get onto the ground.
“He also got the seniors to speak to the other players who are less experienced about the format about the last time we played a Test match, so there was a lot of communication with Jhulan talking to the fast bowlers and I’m talking to the batters. So, I think when you have this communication going, it sort of gets the team get collectively prepared for the Test match.”
“In terms of marketing the sport, I think it is great to have a Test match live on television because clearly, a lot of people will follow, now with the pandemic [on] and there’s partial restrictions everywhere [because of lockdowns], so a lot of people will be watching the game,” she said. “As far as the players are concerned, it is equally important [to play well in this Test match]. Seven years back, the scenario was very different for women’s cricket.
“Having said that, that team never really thought whether the match is [covered] live or not; it never really crosses a players mind as long as we get in there and we put forward our best performance. Whether it is covered live or not, that’s [not] the players’ lookout. We are there to get there and give our best standard, and if it’s covered live, nothing like it because that’s how the sport will grow being viable.”
Annesha Ghosh is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @ghosh_annesha
Recent Match Report – Kings vs Zalmi 24th Match 2020/21-2021
Dr. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif says watching Kansas City Chiefs kept him ‘grounded’ while working pandemic front line
Man Utd star Paul Pogba could face punishment for potential COVID breach after France win
Motivated Cam Newton unfazed by New England Patriots’ decision to draft quarterback Mac Jones, ‘the right pick in my opinion’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's 2 Man Utd transfer dilemmas come to light during France vs Germany
Australia vs Jordan, Socceroos news, football, 2021, Trent Sainsbury, scores, results, video
Recent Match Report – Essex vs Sussex South Group 2021
Cincinnati Bengals’ Joe Burrow still on track for Week 1, hopes to reach ‘100%’ before training camp
Protester nearly crashes into fans in scary near miss before France vs Germany
Washington Nationals put Max Scherzer on IL with groin injury
NFL7 days ago
Saints’ Jameis Winston, Taysom Hill supporting each other but focused on winning job as QB competition looms
Soccer2 days ago
Liverpool's fatal transfer error that will make things difficult for Jurgen Klopp
NFL6 days ago
From Robert Saleh to DeMeco Ryans: What will the 49ers’ defense look like? – San Francisco 49ers Blog
Soccer4 days ago
Sky Sports presenter Jim White announces departure after 23 years 'with a heavy heart'
NFL7 hours ago
Minnesota Vikings bring back DT Sheldon Richardson
NBA6 days ago
LeBron, Kobe and other Lakers legends to wear multiple jersey numbers
NFL2 days ago
Stephon Gilmore’s contract status in spotlight at New England Patriots camp – New England Patriots Blog
Cricket5 days ago
IU vs LQ, PSL 2021 – Rashid Khan on cameo