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Recent Match Report – South Africa vs England 39th Match, Group 1 2021/22

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England lost Jason Roy to injury, and ended up falling short by just 10 runs

South Africa 189 for 2 (van der Dussen 94*, Markram 52*) beat England 179 for 8 (Moeen 37, Malan 33, Rabada 3-48) by 10 runs

An unbroken century stand between Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram handed England their first defeat of the T20 World Cup but it was not enough to put South Africa through to the semi-finals.
Van der Dussen provided the brains with his 94 not out from 60 deliveries and Markram the brawn with 52 from 25 to propel their side to 189 for 2. But South Africa needed to restrict England to 131 or fewer in their run chase to leapfrog Australia into the semi-finals on NRR. England topped the group, despite their 10-run defeat, which followed the dramatic loss of Jason Roy to a calf injury in the fifth over of their innings.
Moeen Ali came in when Roy retired hurt and top-scored for England with 37 from 27 deliveries. He shared a 51-run partnership with Dawid Malan, who was England’s next-best scorer with 33. But a late flurry of wickets – including a hat-trick to Kagiso Rabada in the final over – meant they fell short of their target. The sight of Roy on crutches at the conclusion of the match provided greater concern for England heading into the knockout stages.

Rassie rises to the top

Moeen made early inroads for England when Reeza Hendricks, having been stymied at 2 off eight balls, attempted a release shot, the ball beating his attempted slog sweep to clatter into middle and leg stump in the third over of the match. Quinton de Kock, who came in with 35 runs from three innings in the tournament, reached 34 before he was caught by Roy off Adil Rashid.

Van der Dussen’s innings was South Africa’s highest individual score in a men’s T20 World Cup. He unleashed a four and a six off consecutive balls from Chris Woakes in the sixth over to bump up his side’s powerplay score to 40 for 1, the best against England in the tournament.

He survived two England appeals to the DRS, the first an ambitious attempt to have a not-out decision for caught behind off Rashid overturned when he was on 27. That was followed by a much closer appeal for lbw to Chris Jordan, with ball-tracking showing impact on off stump but the batter was a long way forward and across and he prevailed on umpire’s call. Adding insult for England, van der Dussen struck the next ball for four to bring up his fifty stand with de Kock. In all, van der Dussen struck six sixes and five fours in an excellent knock to lead a resolute South Africa innings.

Markram muscle

Markram, muscled the England bowlers around during the closing stages of South Africa’s innings to complement van der Dussen’s knock. With two overs remaining, he had 35 off 18 balls and he stretched that to 52 from 25 by the end, as he helped himself to nine runs from the penultimate over, bowled by Mark Wood, who conceded 13 off the over and 47 runs for no wicket from his four in his first match of the tournament. Markram’s fourth six of the match came off the final over, an attempted yorker by Jordan which Markram dispatched over long-off to bring up his half-century. Jordan went for 36 off his four overs. Chris Woakes also came in for some van der Dussen – Markram punishment, conceding 21 off his final over, the 16th of the innings, to finish with no wicket for 43 runs.

Roy drama

Roy pulled up alarmingly just a couple of steps into a run after being called through by Jos Buttler on the first ball of the fifth over. He hobbled to safety and then lay prone on the pitch for some time, clearly in agony. As he was helped from the field, Roy was unable to put any weight on his left leg and, having made 20 off 15 balls he retired hurt. Roy was to be sent for scans with England medical staff to make an assessment of his condition after that.

Moeen came in at No. 3 and struck two sixes en route to his score, his second – a massive off Tabraiz Shamsi over long-on the highlight of England’s innings until Liam Livingstone smashed a 112m effort over deep midwicket for his fist of three sixes in a row off Rabada.

Rabada hat-trick

Rabada had come in for some punishment at the hands of the England batters, with 0-45 from his first three overs. But he returned in the final over of the match to all but end England’s hopes of victory with a hat-trick off the first three balls. Needing 14 runs, England lost Woakes for seven, caught by Anrich Nortje running round at deep midwicket, then Eoin Morgan, their captain, who picked out Keshav Maharaj at deep backward square. When Jordan was caught by David Miller at long-off, Rabada had his three from three. England managed just one run off each of the remaining three balls, via Rashid and Wood as Rabada finished with 3 for 48 and South Africa ended with a bittersweet 10-run victory

Valkerie Baynes is a general editor at ESPNcricinfo



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Women’s World Cup Qualifier – Sri Lanka-West Indies match called off, Covid-19 fears likely reason

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The other two matches scheduled for Saturday – Thailand vs USA and Pakistan vs Zimbabwe – have taken place as scheduled

The Women’s World Cup Qualifier match between Sri Lanka and West Indies in Harare has been called off over what is understood to be Covid-19 fears in the region. It is also understood that the tournament itself could also be postponed – though the other two games on the day, Thailand vs USA and Pakistan vs Zimbabwe, went ahead on schedule – but that a decision is yet to be taken.

“The match has been cancelled, probably due to the Covid situation in the African countries,” Ashley de Silva, the Sri Lanka Cricket CEO, told ESPNcricinfo. “All the teams are still in Zimbabwe, and the ICC is having internal discussions as to how to move forward. We’ll wait for their direction.”

Sri Lanka have already had positive cases of Covid-19 in their squad since reaching Zimbabwe, the last of which was detected prior to their match against Netherlands on Tuesday. That match did go ahead with Sri Lanka winning a rain-affected fixture by 34 runs.
However, the situation in Zimbabwe and other southern African countries is believed to have worsened in recent days. The new Covid-19 variant, named Omicron, has been called “of concern” by the World Health Organization. It was first detected in South Africa earlier this week.

This has resulted in several European nations and the USA announcing travel restrictions to the region. The Sri Lankan government, too, has announced travel restrictions to six southern African countries, including Zimbabwe.



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WI in Pak – West Indies rest Jason Holder, Andre Russell, Shimron Hetmyer among others, name new-look white-ball squads

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Greaves, Brooks, Motie, Smith and Drakes earn maiden call-ups as West Indies rest several senior players

A CWI statement confirmed that while Holder missed out because of “workload management”, Fabian Allen and Obed McCoy are out because of injuries, and Lewis, Hetmyer, Russell and Lendl Simmons were unavailable because of personal reasons.

Left-arm spinner Motie was a travelling reserve for the recent T20 World Cup in the UAE, while quick bowlers Drakes and Smith, who played two T20Is for West Indies in 2018, were net bowlers on that tour.

Lead selector Roger Harper said in the statement that the new players had been selected on the back of their performances in the Super50 Cup and the CPL T20 tournament.

“There are a number of talented newcomers in each format that will have the opportunity to show what they are capable of at the international level,” Harper said. “Justin Greaves is a very talented player, had a good CG Insurance Super50 tournament and performed well in the President’s XI match against Ireland in 2020.

“Odean Smith really grabbed our attention in the last CPL. His pace was never in question, however, he has added greater control and has displayed the ability to be a wicket-taker.

“Shamarh Brooks batted well in the CG Insurance Super50 Cup and followed that up with good performances in the CPL. He will lend greater depth to the batting line-up.

“Gudakesh Motie has been rewarded for his outstanding performance in the CG Insurance Super50, followed up by his showing in the CPL.

“Dominic Drakes has the potential to be an outstanding all-rounder as he displayed during the last CPL.”

The three ODIs are a part of the World Cup Super League. For the 2023 men’s ODI World Cup, nine qualifiers, excluding hosts India, would be determined by the rankings based on the 13-team league, featuring 12 Full Members and Netherlands, with each team playing eight ODI series – four home and four away. West Indies currently lie in the eighth position and have the opportunity to overtake Pakistan and get to No. 7. Harper said “these ODIs are very important to us and are being treated as such”.

ODI squad: Kieron Pollard (capt), Shai Hope (vice-capt), Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Roston Chase, Justin Greaves, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Gudakesh Motie, Anderson Phillip, Nicholas Pooran, Raymon Reifer, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Hayden Walsh Jr
T20I squad: Kieron Pollard (capt), Nicholas Pooran (vice-capt), Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Dominic Drakes, Shai Hope, Akeal Hosein, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Gudakesh Motie, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr



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Recent Match Report – Bangladesh vs Pakistan 1st Test 2021/22

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Mehidy Hasan Miraz the only Bangladesh batter to make a mark on the second morning, with a 68-ball 38

Lunch Bangladesh 330 (Liton 114, Mushfiqur 91, Hasan 5-51) v Pakistan

Hasan Ali completed his sixth five-wicket haul in Test cricket as Bangladesh were bowled out for 330 at lunch on the second day of the Chattogram Test. Hasan knocked over the overnight centurion Liton Das and debutant Yasir Ali in an impressive first spell, before cleaning up the tail with two wickets off consecutive deliveries, those of Abu Jayed and Ebadot Hossain.
Hasan finished with figures of 5 for 51, while Faheem Ashraf and Shaheen Shah Afridi also took one wicket each as Bangladesh couldn’t replicate the sheen of their batting performance on the first day. Only Mehidy Hasan Miraz offered a bit of entertainment with his unbeaten 38, which included six fours. But the rest simply couldn’t take advantage of the strong overnight position.

Liton was the first to go – after a wasted review – in the second over of the day, when Hasan beat his forward prod with a delivery that slanted into his pads. It was Liton’s maiden Test hundred, which included 11 fours and a six in in 233 balls.

Yasir, the debutant, showed good judgment for 18 balls before Hasan blew away his off stump with a fine delivery that cut between his bat and pad. Perhaps Yasir was a touch too late bringing down his bat but the movement probably didn’t allow him that time.

Mushfiqur Rahim, who was unbeaten overnight on 82, was the next to go when Ashraf had him caught behind for 91. His 225-ball innings included 11 fours.

Brought back for a second spell, Hasan then removed Jayed and Ebadot in consecutive deliveries. He will be on a hat-trick when Bangladesh resume their second innings.

The first day belonged to the home side after they turned things around from a precarious 49 for 4 in the first session. Pakistan blew away the top four, starting with Afridi getting one to rear into Saif Hassan, who could only fend it to short-leg. Shadman Islam survived two clear-cut chances before being lbw to Hasan. Captain Mominul Haque and Najmul Hossain Shanto fell in the space of two overs, leaving Bangladesh with the possibility of an embarrassing collapse.

But Mushfiqur and Liton battled a tough 40 minutes in the first session, before thriving in the second. They consolidated in the final couple of hours, when Liton battled cramps to reach his Test century. Mushfiqur, however, led the partnership, particularly after tea when he kept the scoreboard ticking despite being on the cautious side.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84



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