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Recent Match Report – Hurricanes W vs Heat Wmn 18th Match 2021/22

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Jess Jonassen became the second bowler to take 100 wickets in the WBBL

Brisbane Heat 2 for 138 (Harris 57*, Hinkley 49*) beat Hobart Hurricanes 8 for 132 (Johnston 47, Jonassen 3-14, Sippel 3-25)

Brisbane Heat went top of the still early WBBL table with a thumping eight-wicket victory over Hobart Hurricanes led by a fine new-ball spell by the recall Courtney Sippeland a half-century from Grace Harris.

Hurricanes had an added concern when Rachel Priest, who had been cleaned up first ball of the match by a beauty from Sippel, injured her hand keeping early in the chase when trying to take a quick delivery from Tayla Vlaeminck and had to leave the field with Richa Ghosh taking the gloves.

After Sippel had removed Priest with a sharp inswinger, and Mignon du Preez in the first over, Nicola Carey fell to a stunning catch by Laura Kimmince at backward point. Jess Jonassen, who became the second bowler to take 100 WBBL wickets, then began what would be a terrific spell by removing Sasha Moloney to leave Hurricanes 4 for 15 in the fourth over.

The first three powerplays of the double-header day, previously involving Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder, would finish reading: 2 for 18, 4 for 13 and 4 for 33

That Hurricanes got as far as 132 was notable. Ruth Johnston anchored the fightback with 47 before Molly Strano hit 33 off 24 balls.

Heat made a strong start to the chase as Harris and Georgia Redmayne added 52 in seven overs but Carey gave Hurricanes some hope when she struck twice in four deliveries.

However, the rest of the innings was marshaled superbly by Harris and Mikayla Hinkley with the pair not letting the asking rate get ahead of them. A 14-run over in the 16th sealed the game and in the 19th Hinkley ended it with a six



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IPL 2022 – KL Rahul becomes joint-highest-paid player in IPL as Lucknow dish out INR 17 cr for him

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The new franchise will pay him INR 17 cr – the same as Virat Kohli at Royal Challengers Bangalore

KL Rahul has been signed by the Lucknow IPL franchise for INR 17 crore, making him the joint-highest-paid player in the IPL across seasons along with Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Virat Kohli. Sanjiv Goenka, who heads the RP Sanjiv Goenka Group (RPSG) that owns the Lucknow franchise, confirmed as much on a Star Sports show on Friday night.
Goenka also confirmed that Australia allrounder Marcus Stoinis had been signed for INR 9.2 crore and uncapped legspinner Ravi Bishnoi for INR 4 crore.
ESPNcricinfo had earlier reported that these three players had been drafted by Lucknow – one of two new franchises at the IPL along with Ahmedabad – ahead of the 2022 auction.

Talking to Star Sports, Goenka said: “We are confident that these three picks will propel our team, lay the foundation of our team, for not only season 2022 but seasons beyond.

“There were multiple things [we were looking for]. We were looking not only in building a team for 1-2 seasons like we did with Pune, but to lay the foundation for a team that can compete for many many years. We were also looking at players who have more than one facet, not a singular-dimension player.

“KL is not only an outstanding batter but also a great wicketkeeper. Marcus is a great finisher, a good bowler and a phenomenal fielder. Ravi brings a unique dimension to the spin department and is an exceptional fielder. We want players to be here for 3-4-5-6-7-8 years. KL is in the batting department, Marcus is an allrounder, Ravi is a bowler so we tried to cover all three departments.”

Goenka also confirmed that Rahul will captain Lucknow. “Yes KL will be the captain. I have been very impressed with, not only his batting and wicketkeeping, but also his leadership skills. He is evolving, growing, maturing as a leader. He is somebody I would’ve wanted to lead the team and I do believe that given the right atmosphere, environment, he will emerge as a remarkable leader.”

Lucknow will be able to top up the rest of their squad at the mega IPL auction that is set to take place in Bengaluru on February 12 and 13.

Previously, the RPSG group had been associated with the IPL via the Rising Pune Supergiant(s) franchise that, along with Gujarat Lions, was brought in to replace the suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in 2016 and 2017 in the aftermath of the 2013 spot-fixing incidents.

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Recent Match Report – Dhaka vs Tigers 2nd Match 2021/22

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Tamim Iqbal’s 50, and Dhaka’s total of 183 for 6, proved insufficient

Khulna Tigers 186 for 5 (Talukdar 61, Ebadot 2-27) beat Minister Group Dhaka 183 for 6 (Tamim 50, Shahzad 42, Rabbi 3-45) by five wickets

How the match played out

Khulna Tigers romped to their 184-run target against Minister Group Dhaka, winning by five wickets to round off an action-packed opening day in BPL 2022. This was their third 180-plus successful chase in tournament history, having done it twice during the 2019-20 season.
Dhaka had posted 183 for 6 in 20 overs, a formidable total especially considering the capricious Dhaka pitch. Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Shahzad gave them a fast start, adding 69 in 8.1 overs before Mahmudullah hit the big shots in the end.
Khulna, too, responded brilliantly. Rony Talukdar top-scored with 61, but it was his 72-run second-wicket stand with Andre Fletcher that fired up Khulna’s chase. Later, Thisara Perera and Mahedi Hasan took them home with an over to spare, adding 33 runs in 2.3 overs.

Big hit

Fletcher made 45 off 23 balls with seven fours and two sixes. He struck 22 runs off Rubel Hossain, hitting him for four fours and a six in the fourth over. Talukdar played the anchor role, making 61 off 42 with seven fours and a six.

For Dhaka, Tamim hit 50 off 42 balls, while Shahzad blasted 42 off 27 with eight fours. Their innings got a final flourish from Mahmudullah, who struck three sixes and two fours in his 20-ball 39.

Big miss

Dhaka’s bowling came unstuck, with Rubel, Isuru Udana and Russell going for 121 runs in their combined 11 overs. Earlier, with the bat, Russell had made only seven runs, which played a part in them not being able to reach 200.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84



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Under-19 World Cup – BCCI sends five reserve players to bolster Covid-hit Indian squad in the Caribbean

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Uday Saharan, Rishith Reddy, Ansh Gosai, Abishek Porel and Pushpendra Singh Rathore called up

The BCCI is sending five players to the Under-19 World Cup in the West indies as back-up following a Covid-19 outbreak in the Indian camp, with five players of the original squad in the Caribbean testing positive for the virus this week.

While Saharan, Reddy, Gosai and Rathore were all part of the travelling reserves announced by the BCCI before the World Cup, they did not travel to the Caribbean with the main squad. Porel, who was initially not part of the reserves, has made the cut in the place of Amrit Raj Upadhyay.

Left-arm spinner Upadhyay was originally picked among the reserves, but has been pipped by Porel, and the reason, ESPNcricinfo understands, is that he is a wicketkeeper. Aaradhya, the second keeper in the main squad, is currently in isolation, leaving the squad with only Dinesh Bana to wear the big gloves.

Saharan is a batter from Rajasthan, who hit 102 in the tri-series competition played between two India Under-19 sides and Bangladesh Under-19 late last year. Reddy is a right-arm seamer from Hyderabad who picked up 5 for 53 against Bangladesh Under-19s in the same tournament. Saurashtra’s Gosai is a right-handed batter known for his innovative shot-making, and Rajasthan’s Rathore is a batting allrounder.

Once the five reserves reach the Caribbean, they will have to serve a mandatory quarantine period before joining the team. They are currently not part of the main squad; the tournament’s event technical committee will have to approve them before they can play in the competition.

It’s possible that the committee will allow them only as temporary Covid-19 replacements, which comes with the caveat that they must exit the squad once the affected players return after recovery. If the BCCI so wants, these players can apply to be permanent additions to the squad, but that is usually done to replace injured players.

Although the five Covid-infected players are currently in isolation, they are expected to be available for India’s quarter-final game, which likely be played on January 29. However, if their recovery takes longer or more players return positive tests or suffer injuries, the team management can dip into their reserves at short notice.

India, who became the first team in the competition to qualify for the quarter-finals, have their knockout fixture scheduled in another country, Antigua and Barbuda. This means the players who are currently in Trinidad and Tobago will have to return negative tests before they can fly out.

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



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