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Recent Match Report – South Aust vs West Aust 5th Match 2021/22

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Redbacks lost Brendan Doggett to a suspect side strain but Nathan McAndrew bagged five

South Australia 128 and 0 for 68 trail Western Australia 299 (Cartwright 78, Green 61, McAndrew 5-84) by 103 runs

Cameron Green struck a timely half-century to put Western Australia in the box seat of their Sheffield Shield clash with South Australia at the WACA Ground.

In reply to SA’s paltry first-innings total of 128, WA were dismissed for 299 late on day two, giving them a sizeable first-innings lead of 171.

Green and Cameron Bancroft combined for a 101-run stand on a green deck to guide WA out of early trouble, before Hilton Cartwright and Josh Philippe powered home the advantage.
The Redbacks lost pace bowler Brendan Doggett to a suspected side strain early in the day, but Nathan McAndrew picked up the slack to finish with 5 for 84, ripping through WA’s tail. David Grant was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 76.

South Australia made a strong start to their second innings through Jake Weatherald and Henry Hunt by reaching 0 for 68 at stumps, reducing WA’s lead to 103.

Bancroft was the first wicket to fall on Thursday when he edged Grant behind. Green looked ominous during a knock that featured seven fours and a six. But he fell shortly after Bancroft’s dismissal when he skied an attempted pull shot off Grant.

Green started the domestic season with a classy 106 against South Australia. But his next five knocks in Shield and one-day cricket returned scores of 2, 5, 7, 13 and 9 in what marked a rare form slump for the 22-year-old.

His half-century on Thursday was welcome news for both WA and Australia’s national selectors, who view Green as a vital part of the Ashes puzzle.

At 5 for 250, WA looked set to tear the game wide open. But Cartwright’s dismissal lbw to Grant sparked a collapse of 5 for 49 to give the Redbacks some hope.



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IPL 2022 – Lucknow Super Giants unveiled as new name for IPL franchise

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The RP Sanjiv Goenka group had earlier called the Pune franchise they acquired for two years Rising Pune Supergiants

Lucknow Super Giants. That is the team name unveiled on Monday by the new IPL franchise bought by the RP Sanjiv Goenka group, a diversified Indian business group, for a record sum of INR 7090 crore (USD 940 million approx.) in October last year.
Last week Sanjiv Goenka, the owner of Lucknow Super Giants, announced that KL Rahul would be the captain of the new franchise. The Lucknow Super Giants bought Rahul for INR 17 crore (USD 2.28 million approx.), the joint-highest fee paid to a player in IPL.

This is not the RP Sanjiv Goenka group’s first tryst with IPL team ownership, or indeed with the team name. They had acquired a franchise in Pune for IPL 2016 and 2017 – when two new franchises temporarily replaced the suspended Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals. They had then called their franchise the Rising Pune Super Giants, later changing the name in 2017 to Rising Pune Supergiant.

Goenka said the name for the Lucknow franchise had been finalised based on a crowd-sourced campaign.

The Lucknow Super Giants also acquired Australian allrounder Marcus Stoinis and Ravi Bishnoi, the uncapped Indian legspinner. While Stonis will be paid INR 9.2 crore (USD 1.24 million approx.), a sum of 10 crore will be deducted from the franchise’s overall auction purse as per the IPL rules. Bishnoi meanwhile will be paid INR 4 crore (USD 0.54 million approx.), which was the baseline price set by the IPL for uncapped Indian players. The franchise will consequently have a purse of INR 59 crore at the two-day auction, which is scheduled in Bengaluru between February 12 and 13.
Alongside Lucknow, the other new IPL franchise was bought by global private equity giants CVC Capital, and will be based in Ahmedabad. The three players they bought ahead of the mega auction were Hardik Pandya and Rashid Khan for INR 15 crore (USD 2.02 million approx.), and Shubman Gill for INR 8 crore (USD 1.07 million approx.). As per the auction rules, the Ahmedabad franchise’s purse will be lighter by INR 38 crore – with the actual amount paid to Rashid and Gill subtracted since it stands higher than the slabs set by the IPL of INR 11 crore and INR 7 crore when three capped players are retained by a franchise. Ahmedabad will thus go in with INR 52 crore to spend in the auction.

Nagraj Gollapudi is news editor at ESPNcricinfo



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County news – James Neesham signs for Northamptonshire for Blast campaign

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New Zealand allrounder expected to feature in full campaign in 2022 season

James Neesham, the New Zealand allrounder, has agreed to join Northamptonshire for their T20 Blast campaign.

Neesham, whose heroics in the 2019 World Cup final at Lord’s were instrumental in that contest’s thrilling finish, gained a measure of revenge over England in the T20 World Cup in the UAE in November, where his 27 from 11 balls helped to eliminate Eoin Morgan’s men in the semi-final. However, New Zealand went on to lose the final against Australia.

In 181 T20 fixtures – 38 of which have come for his country – Neesham has made 2,360 runs at a strike-rate of 136.81, and taken 158 wickets. He has previously featured for Derbyshire, Essex and Kent in county cricket, and last season turned out for Welsh Fire in the inaugural season of the Hundred.

“I’m excited to get going with Northamptonshire in 2022,” Neesham said. “The club has a fantastic history in the Blast and I hope that we can recreate those successes from 2013 and 2016.”

Josh Cobb, Northamptonshire’s captain, played alongside Neesham last season, and is excited about the prospect of linking up with him again.

“Having spent time with him at the Welsh Fire in The Hundred last year I know what he can bring to us.” Cobb said.

“He’s a three-dimensional cricketer with genuine power and a high strike rate in the middle order, but it was his character that stood out to me. He’s someone who wants to win and is very selfless, he’s a real team-first kind of player.

“I’m looking forward to having him here as a leader, to pass on his experience and help drive us to be better.”

Assuming New Zealand’s international schedule remains clear, Neesham should be available for the duration of the Blast campaign in May, June and July – with the final at Edgbaston this year following closely on from the group stages to ensure that overseas players can take part. He will also be on hand for County Championship action in June.

“The opportunity to possibly play some first-class cricket for the county in Division One is also an exciting challenge.” Neesham said. “I look forward to linking up with everyone at Wantage Road soon.”



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Recent Match Report – Barishal vs Dhaka 5th Match 2021/22

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Shakib Al Hasan becomes the fifth bowler to take 400 wickets in T20 cricket

Minister Group Dhaka 130 for 6 (Mahmudullah 47, Russell 31*, Shafiul 2-20) beat Fortune Barishal 129 for 8 (Gayle 36, Russell 2-27, Udana 2-29) by four wickets

How the match played out
Andre Russell was in his element, following up figures of 2 for 27 with an unbeaten 31 off 15 balls, as Minister Group Dhaka beat Fortune Barishal by four wickets in Mirpur. This was Dhaka’s first win in three matches in BPL 2022 and Russell’s first major contribution this season.
Chasing 130, Dhaka were in early trouble at 10 for 4 in the third over. Left-arm quick Shafiqul Islam bowled Tamim Iqbal in the first over of their chase before Alzarri Joseph dismissed both Mohammad Naim and Jahurul Islam in the second over. When Shafiqul bowled Mohammad Shahzad in the next over, Dhaka were tottering.
Mahmudullah and Shuvagata Hom then steadied things with a 69-run fifth-wicket stand before Russell did what he does best: close out games with his big hits. Shakib Al Hasan, however, gave Barishal a reason to celebrate: he became only the fifth bowler to take 400 T20 wickets.

Earlier, Barishal had slipped to 23 for 3 in the powerplay, when they lost Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shykat Ali and Towhid Hridoy. The experienced pair of Shakib (23) and Chris Gayle (36) then added a semblance of respectability to their innings. But neither could convert it into a bigger knock, which left Barishal at 94 for 6 in the 16th over. Dwayne Bravo’s unbeaten 26-ball 33 then dragged the side to 129 for 8.

All six of Dhaka’s bowlers were among the wickets, with Isuru Udana and Russell taking two each. Meanwhile, Rubel Hossain, Hom and Hasan Murad all bowled economical spells.

Big hit
Russell’s big blows – a four and a six clobbered through square-leg off Joseph – gave Dhaka a huge sigh of relief. It ensured Dhaka were in touch with the asking rate before Russell rushed them to victory with a six and a brace of fours off Taijul Islam in the 17th over.

Dhaka captain Mahmudullah provided Russell great support at the other end, scoring a run-a-ball 47. He struck three fours and a six before he became Shakib’s 400th victim in T20 cricket.

Barishal made a decent fist of their defence, thanks to Shafiqul who bowled with good pace and a bit of movement with the new ball. He was well-supported by Joseph before Russell lined up his West Indies team-mate.

Big miss
Tamim missed out for the first time in three matches, getting out for a second-ball duck in this game. Dhaka’s top four managed only single-digit scores of 0,5,4,0. It could be an alarming sign for Naim and Jahurul who are yet to make a sizeable contribution this season.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84



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