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Recent Match Report – Bangladesh vs Australia 34th Match, Group 1 2021/22

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Australia’s 82-ball win is the biggest T20I victory between two full-member teams in terms of balls remaining

Australia 78 for 2 (Finch 40) beat Bangladesh 73 all out (Zampa 5-19, Hazlewood 2-8, Starc 2-21) by eight wickets

A five-wicket haul from Adam Zampa bowled Bangladesh out for 73, and Australia’s batters then razed down the target in 7.4 overs to not only earn two points but also gain a massive NRR boost that now sees them leapfrog past South Africa into second place. To go past South Africa on the points table, Australia needed to reach 74 in 8.1 overs, but backed by Aaron Finch’s 20-ball 40, they did so three balls earlier.

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WBBL 2021 – Jess Jonassen pushes Georgia Redmayne’s Australia case

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The Brisbane Heat keeper-batter has had another impressive season

Jess Jonassen believes her Brisbane Heat team-mate Georgia Redmayne should be in the Australia side after another prolific WBBL campaign where she has excelled in front and behind the stumps.

Redmayne, who has yet to be capped at international level, made 436 runs at 36.33 in the regular season while claiming a tournament-leading 17 dismissals with the gloves to help Heat into the finals where they will face Adelaide Strikers in the Eliminator on Wednesday.

She was part of the Australia squad for the multi-format series against India earlier in the season but could not break into the XI even when Rachael Haynes was ruled out with injury. She will again be pushing hard for inclusion when the selectors pick an Ashes squad in January.

“Being a fellow Queenslander, she should be in that side,” Jonassen said. “She was part of the series against India and my opinion she is probably the form keeper-batter in the competition at this stage. It’s no surprise to anyone in the Brisbane Heat set-up with the amount of work she has put in.”

Her leg-side stumping to remove Ella Hayward against Melbourne Renegades was one of the standout moments of the competition. Redmayne credited the work she had done with former England keeper Sarah Taylor while with Welsh Fire in the Hundred with Taylor noting her excitement at the piece of work on Twitter.

“I was at mid-off and it was incredible. She’s tidied up a few of those balls down the leg side and that stumping was probably one of the quickest I’ve seen,” Jonassen said. “It’s really exciting for us that she’s producing the level of cricket that we know she’s capable of and it’s no surprise.”

Heat and Strikers will have to take the long route if they want to claim the WBBL title. The winner of their match faces Melbourne Renegades in the Challenger final on Thursday to decide who takes on Perth Scorchers at Optus Stadium on Wednesday. Of the four sides still in contention only the Heat are previous winners.

Jonassen had no qualms about facing Strikers on their own patch despite finishing above them in the table. Renegades, who finished second, nominated Adelaide as their preferred venue for the Challenger final with border restrictions meaning Melbourne wasn’t an option.

“It’s probably a good thing for us that we will be playing against the Strikers,” Jonassen said. “There will be a really good atmosphere. Sometimes you can use that to your advantage if you are the away side and use it to fuel the drive to come out on top.

With South Australia’s borders opening to Victoria on Tuesday it means friends and family of players from the state should be able to travel for the Challenger.

“Not being able to get to Victoria wasn’t ideal but with the borders opening, get some family over here and it will feel like home I think,” Renegades captain Sophie Molineux said. “A lot of us haven’t been home for a long time so just being able to see parents, sisters, brothers, partners, it’s a bit of a motivator for us. Will be really cool over the next few days to reengage with them and hopefully have them at the ground.”

Andrew McGlashan is a deputy editor at ESPNcricinfo



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Recent Match Report – Sri Lanka vs West Indies 1st Test 2021/22

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Gabriel, Chase and Warrican pick up wickets in the morning session on the second day

Lunch Sri Lanka 341 for 6 (Karunaratne 147, de Silva 61, Chandimal 33*, Lakmal 6*, Chase 3-60, Gabriel 2-58) vs West Indies

West Indies pulled themselves back into the match on the second morning, dismissing the overnight Sri Lankan pair inside the first hour, before making a late strike to make it three wickets before lunch.

Dimuth Karunaratne and Dhananjaya de Silva had begun the day on 267 for 3, with a shot at perhaps doubling that score on day two. But as they had fielded a short batting line-up for this game, West Indies can now dream of keeping the hosts to a manageable first-innings total. Suranga Lakmal, the first of the tailenders, faced 13 balls before lunch. The visitors conceded only 74 runs in the session.
Sri Lanka began the day watchfully, with overnight centurion Karunaratne facing out a maiden from Jason Holder to start, before offspinner Rahkeem Cornwall produced a tight early spell also. Dhananjaya, who began the morning on 56, seemed the more assured of the pair, but was the first to be dismissed, in freak fashion. In Shannon Gabriel‘s first over of the day, de Silva stood tall to defend, but was slightly late on the shot, and the ball bounced near his feet and looked to be headed on to the stumps. de Silva looked back and swiped twice, trying to swat the ball away from danger. The second of these swipes caught the top of leg stump, however, and he was out hit-wicket, having added just five to his overnight score.
Karunaratne, meanwhile, seemed to be working himself back slowly into the day, but was undone by an outstanding piece of wicketkeeping from Joshua Da Silva. The batter was lured forward by a floated Roston Chase delivery, which he tried to prod to the offside. He missed, and Da Silva whipped off the bails while Karunaratne’s back foot lingered on the popping crease. He was out for 147, having added 14 to his overnight score.
Dinesh Chandimal struggled against Gabriel’s short-of-a-length induckers early on, but got himself moving against the spinners, and was soon sweeping, cutting, and driving with a little more confidence. He built a 35-run stand with the more reticent Ramesh Mendis, who was eventually caught behind when Jomel Warrican got a ball to bite outside the off stump, taking the batter’s edge. He was out for 13 off 49.

Chase, who had taken two wickets early in the evening session on day one, has the best figures for West Indies so far – his 3 for 60 coming from 23 overs.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf



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Recent Match Report – Sri Lanka vs West Indies 1st Test 2021/22

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On a surface that is expected to dry out and take turn by day three, Sri Lanka’s 267 for 3 represents a substantial advantage

Sri Lanka 267 for 3 (Karunaratne 132*, de Silva 56*, Nisaanka 56) vs West Indies

Dimuth Karunaratne hunkered down in the difficult first session, scored more confidently in the afternoon, and then pressed home Sri Lanka’s advantage in the evening, to go to stumps at 132 off 265 balls in his first Test since May. Pathum Nissanka and Dhananjaya de Silva also made contrasting fifties, to help their captain bookend the day with big stands. On a surface that is expected to dry out and take turn by day three, Sri Lanka’s 267 for 3 represents a substantial advantage for the hosts.
West Indies will rue a number of close and missed chances, none greater than the dropped catch off Karunaratne when he was on 14. Rahkeem Cornwall, who perhaps put Karunaratne through his greatest test of the innings with his first spell, got a ball to take the outside edge as the batter attempted to open the face. It flew just wide of the wicketkeeper’s gloves, and at a catchable height to the right of slip. Jermaine Blackwood could not get two hands to the ball, though, and grassed it.
Offspin was West Indies’ most effective weapon on day one, with Roston Chase removing Oshada Fernando and Angelo Mathews, both for 3, after tea. Their best bowler, however, was Jason Holder, who delivered eight maiden overs in his total of 14, and troubled Mathews so consistently that it prompted the batter to take a fatal risk against Chase.

Shannon Gabriel, who was controversially preferred over Kemar Roach for this Test, was the other bowler to take a wicket, when he had Nissanka chase a wide delivery, and nick off to first slip roughly midway through the middle session. Gabriel was expensive, though, leaking 56 runs from his 12 overs. Both frontline spinners – Cornwall and left-armer Jomel Warrican – also delivered good spells, particularly in the morning, when the pitch had a little bite.

Karunaratne struggled in the early overs, as you might expect from a batter who has barely played any competitive cricket over the past six months. He played and missed against Gabriel and Holder, and was pinned down by Cornwall, who used the crease to vary his angle to the left-hander from around the wicket. With the benefit of that dropped catch, though, Karunaratne survived, and began to build. He went to lunch on 32 off 75 balls, and raised the tempo after the break – the conditions having settled somewhat. He used his feet to drive the spinners through mid-off, and sometimes shuffled across to either lap or glance them through fine leg – his two most productive regions. The seamers he largely hit square of the wicket, often employing his favoured flick.

Karunaratne got to fifty soon after lunch, and had a second mild slice of fortune soon after, when he hit one low in the air through the legs of bowler Cornwall, who was not quick enough to get down to the possible catch. But the remainder of his innings was largely fuss-free. He used the depth of the crease to punish spinners who pitched too short, and although his first attempt at a reverse sweep had prompted a big lbw appeal, he got better with that shot through the course of the day. Karunaratne did get stuck in the nineties for 29 balls, but that was largely the doing of Holder’s impeccable line and length. The hundred, which came off 212 deliveries, was the 13th of his career, and his fourth this year – his previous four innings having brought 66, 118, 244 and 75. Earlier in 2021, he’d also hit a second-innings hundred at The Wanderers.

Karunaratne’s most fruitful stand of the day was with Nissanka, who hit 56 off 140 balls. The pair made 139 together, which is a Sri Lankan record for the first wicket against West Indies. Although Karunaratne was reticent through the first session, Nissanka had been even more so, having been promoted to the top of the innings due to the elected absence of Lahiru Thirimanne.

Late in the day, after West Indies’ dry bowling had brought them two wickets, de Silva came in at No. 5 and livened up the place, as he often does. He creamed his fourth ball behind point for four, came down the track against the spinners and hit them aerially down the ground, swept effectively, square drove, and reached his ninth Test fifty off the 62nd ball he faced.

West Indies took the second new ball late in the day, but could not make a breakthrough before bad light stopped play two overs short of what would have constituted a full day.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf



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