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Ironed and Fired – Irish crushed in Afghanistan! (Photos courtesy of Cric Info and ECB Cricket)

On many other days, 194-6 would be a winning score and certainly one of the higher scores in T20I history. However, the chaos and carnage caused just over an hour before will remain in the record books for a long time!! Fans of bowling look away now!

278-3 – Highest Team Total

236 – Highest T20I Partnership

16 – Most sixes in individual innings

162NO – Second highest individual T20I score

42 balls – Third fastest men’s T20I ton

Take a bow Harzratullah Zazai! 162 from just 62 deliveries with 16 sixes and 11 fours. Take a lie down Irish bowlers and fielders! Zazai has been mentioned by other bloggers as one to watch htpp://www.sillypointcricket.com. and the fans certainly didn’t take their eye of him. 16 sixes and 11 fours at a strike rate of 261.3 has definitely boosted his stats.

In just his 5th T20I Match, Zazai has shown that he will be a cornerstone to Afghanistan’s future success with the bat and the upcoming World Cup could be the place to promote his name around the world.

This doesn’t make good reading for Ireland with 8.75 being the most economical. 8 bowlers were used in a run fest that Ireland just watched the ball sail into the crowd! Credit to the bowlers for giving it their all throughout the 20 overs.

Rashid Khan then showed Ireland and the rest of his team mates how to bowl taking 4-25. I’m pretty sure he was bowling on a different surface to everyone else …

Paul Sterling’s 91 from 50 was Ireland’s highest T20I individual score and his partnership with Kevin O’Brien of 126 was Ireland’s highest opening partnership. So Ireland still broke records in a record breaking loss!

What a crazy game and roll on Game 3 of this Twenty20 International Series!

Short Leg boldly predicts that Paul Sterling will make a ton and Usman Ghani will make another 50+ plus score. As for Zazai, he could make a 100 or a first ball duck- who knows?

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Big Bash 08 Roundup!

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Following the recent article on the conclusion of the Big Bash (link below), Short Leg returns to the topic of the Aussie T20 league to hand out various awards and reflect and roundup the action that happened during our winter. 

Big Bash 08 Season

Batter of the Season: D’Arcy Short 637 runs @ 53.08 (Hobart Hurricanes) 50s: 6 HS: 96NO SR: 140.62

Bowler of the Season: Kane Richardson 24 wickets @ 17.71 (Melbourne Renegades) BB: 3-22 E: 7.75

Young Batter of the Season: Josh Philippe 304 runs @ 30.40 (Sydney Sixers) 50s: 2 HS: 86 SR: 158.33

Young Bowler of the Season: Rashid Khan 19 @ 18.11 (Adelaide Strikers) BB: 3-19 E: 6.14

Young Gun of the Season: Max Bryant 335 runs @ 27.92 (Brisbane Heat) 50s: 1 HS: 71NO SR: 150.22

All Rounder of the Season: Dan Christian 254 runs @ 31.75 + 15 wickets @ 23.13 (Melbourne Renegades) / Chris Green 8 wickets @ 31.88 + 172 runs @ 43 (Sydney Thunder) 

Comeback Player of the Season: Steve O’Keefe 21 wickets @ 17.52 (Sydney Sixers) BB: 3-19 E: 6.57

Unsung Player of the Season: Sam Harper 341 runs @ 22.73 (Melbourne Renegades) 50s: 1 HS: 56 SR: 139.75

Overseas Player of the Season: Tom Curran 20 wickets @ 19.85 + 185 runs @ 30.83 (Sydney Sixers)

Match of the Season: Sydney Thunder 4-182 beat Perth Scorchers 4-181 96 from Shaun Marsh and 113NO by Callum Ferguson

https://www.bigbash.com.au/match-results

Performance of the Season: Brisbane Heat’s opening duo of Ben Cutting and Max Bryant whacking 158 for the loss of 0 wickets to crush the Melbourne Stars inside 10 overs.

Underperformers of the Season: Perth Scorchers and the Adelaide Strikers

Catch of the Season: The award goes to Nathan Coulter Nile (Perth Scorchers vs Adelaide Strikers) and Josh Philippe (Sydney Sixers vs Sydney Thunder)

https://www.bigbash.com.au/video/bbl08-top-ten-catches/2019-02-13

Wicket of the Season: Qais Ahmed to Marcus Stoinis 

https://www.bigbash.com.au/video/qais-ahmad-spell-hobart-hurricanes-melbourne-stars-big-bash-blundstone-arena-video-highlights/2019-02-14

Shot of the Season: Glenn Maxwell six off the bowling of Clive Rose.

https://www.bigbash.com.au/video/bbl-big-bash-league-biggest-sixes-chris-lynn-glenn-maxwell-shane-watson-aaron-finch/2019-02-13

Fan Catch / Attempt of the Season: Actions speak louder than words!

https://www.republicworld.com/sports-news/cricket-news/must-watch-fan-almost-completes-the-greatest-catch-in-sporting-history-in-big-bash-league

Player Interaction/Banter of the Season: Melbourne Renegades Tim Ludeman channels his inner Richie Benaud and Tony Greig !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcTaJUhr5uU

Short Leg’s Team of the Season

1- D’Arcy Short

2- Matthew Wade

3- Marcus Stoinis

4- Callum Ferguson 

5- Ashton Turner

6- Jonathan Wells

7- Dan Christian

8- Rashid Khan

9- Kane Richardson

10- Josh Lalor

11- Steve O’Keefe 

Thank you for reading and enjoying the second part to the BBL roundup of Season 8 down in Australia. Stay tuned for more Cricket content including the outcome of the 3rd Global Test Championship between England and West Indies as well as the tales of the Cricket Captain 2018 journey with Australia against Pakistan! Until next time.

 

 

 

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Big Bash 08 Season

 

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Another BBL season over and what a year it was! Blazing sixes, smashing wickets, remarkable fielding and some sensational catches plus stories, BBL 08 was right up there. It cured our winter blues and reignited our Australian spirit for cricket after a chaotic year of cricket. It was our filling between a Test match series in West Indies and Sri Lanka! As per each year, there were some stand out players and others that flopped in the hot Aussie conditions as Short Leg will inform you on all the interesting stats from the Big Bash!

https://www.bigbash.com.au/stats

Top Run Scorers 

D’Arcy Short 637 (Hobart Hurricanes) Matthew Wade 592 (Hobart Hurricanes) Marcus Stoinis 533 (Melbourne Stars) Callum Ferguson 442 (Sydney Thunder) Daniel Hughes 399 (Sydney Sixers) Chris Lynn 385 (Brisbane Heat) Ashton Turner 378 (Perth Scorchers) Ben McDermott 376 (Hobart Hurricanes) George Bailey 363 (Hobart Hurricanes) Jono Wells 359 (Adelaide Strikers)

Top Wicket Takers

Kane Richardson 24 (Melbourne Renegades) Sean Abbott 22 (Sydney Sixers) Steve O’Keefe 21 (Sydney Sixers) Josh Lalor 20 (Brisbane Heat) Tom Curran 20 (Sydney Sixers) Rashid Khan 19 (Adelaide Strikers) Jofra Archer 18 (Hobart Hurricanes) James Faulkner 18 (Hobart Hurricanes) Andrew Tye 17 (Perth Scorchers) Riley Meredith 16 (Hobart Hurricanes)

Wicket Keeper Dismissals

Josh Philippe 12 (Sydney Sixers) Alex Carey 11 (Adelaide Strikers) Matthew Wade 10 (Hobart Hurricanes) Sam Harper 8 (Melbourne Renegades) Peter Handscomb 6 (Melbourne Stars) Jimmy Peirson 6 (Brisbane Heat) Seb Gotch 6 (Melbourne Stars) Cameron Bancroft 5 (Perth Scorchers) Jay Lenton 3 ( Sydney Thunder) Baxter Holt 3 (Sydney Thunder)

Catches win Matches

Melbourne Renegades = 69 ; 18 dropped Melbourne Stars = 65 ; 18 dropped Sydney Thunder = 60 ; 14 dropped Adelaide Strikers = 60 ; 15 dropped Brisbane Heat = 58 ; 17 dropped Perth Scorchers = 53 ; 17 dropped Sydney Sixers = 53 ; 14 dropped Hobart Hurricanes = 47 ; 12 dropped

Season in Numbers

2 Hundreds were scored in BBL 08 and both were from Sydney Thunder (Callum Ferguson 113 NO vs Perth Scorchers + Shane Watson 100 vs Brisbane Heat)

3 Melbourne Renegades players made a fifty in their season winning campaign

6.04 was the best economy rate achieved this year by Brisbane Heat and Afghanistan mystery teen spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman

11.17 was the worst economy rate achieved this year by Sydney Thunder bowler Nathan McAndrew, who only featured in 4 matches. 

524 was the amount of sixes hit with top run scorer D’Arcy Short notching up 22 just ahead of Chris Lynn and Matthew Wade on 21.

1344 fours were scored with D’Arcy Short leading the way again with 65, 16 ahead of the second highest of Marcus Stoinis

460 catches were taken throughout the competition however there was 125 catches dropped.

22 was the amount of players used by the victorious Melbourne Renegades

74 balls were faced by allrounder Simon Milenko (Hobart Hurricanes) who played in each game.

games the Hobart Hurricanes went unchanged before Jake Doran replaced Alex Doolan for their Melbourne Stars regular round robin match.

191 fours were hit by the Sydney Sixers whilst also taking third best 88 wickets.

166.07 was the highest Strike Rate scored by the flamboyant Adelaide Strikers leg spinner and power hitter Rashid Khan.

Finally, 120 was the top Highest Opening Partnership between D’Arcy Short and Matthew Wade of the Hobart Hurricanes.

It was a ripper of a season down in Australia who now have the conclusion of the 4 day  Sheffield Shield with 4 rounds left before the season closing Final. Following this BBL post, there will be a Team of the Season round up as well as Short Leg handing out a variety of awards including Fan Catch (or Attempt of the Year). Thanks for the continued support and I look forward to posting more cricket content soon…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Who to Watch: IPL 2019 Special! – Indian Players Part 2

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Kolkata Knight Riders 2019 Team courtesy of kkr.in

Chaitanya Bishnoi (Chennai Super Kings)

The 24 year old left arm allrounder has had a whirlwind career including making his First Class debut for Durham and has yet to progress into the CSK side and make his mark on the domestic T20 competition. A left arm orthodox bowler is more known for his gritty first class batting display in challenging times with crucial half centuries in the Vijay – Haraze Trophy over the past two years. He has made 15 First class fifties, 5 List A fifties and 1 T20 fifty but is missing that valuable century with a high score of 65. His record with the ball is also adequate but not spectacular and with the depth of CSK spinners (Ravi Jadeja, Imran Tahir, Mitchell Santner and Kedav Jadav) he will struggle to find a place in the side. However, Bishnoi is an experienced domestic player who deserves a chance in this campaign to see if he is up to it. 

Abhishek Sharma (Sunrisers Hyderabad)

A talented 18 year old who has already had some IPL experience looks set for some time at the crease with ball and bat. Another left handed allrounder who bowls some handy left arm leg spin to compliment his main batting ability. Having only played 7 First Class matches, Sharma has scored 326 runs with a high score of 94 with two fifties, but his List A record has an average of only 16. But, IPL 2018 showcased his potential as in 2 innings he scored 63 at a strike rate of 190.90 for Delhi including a masterstroke of an innings of 46NO. His debut match for First Class was 2017 and his rise through the ranks could help his chance of featuring as he plays alongside Rashid Khan, David Warner and Kane Williamson in an experienced line up. 

Siddhesh Lad (Mumbai Indians)

At 26 years of age, Lad is one of the older and more experienced players that I have selected and he has had a long but infrequent career in the IPL. Having signed on for Mumbai Indians in 2015, the steady batsmen has featured only four times throughout the editions. He has made his name though in the First Class level as he brought up his 3000th run in November and completed the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 as Mumbai’s leading run scorer with 652 runs in 7 matches. Lad has 8 centuries and 22 half centuries at the first class level but his one day skills are equal if not better. In List A cricket, he averages 46.45 with 4 centuries and 3 half centuries whilst in T20’s he goes at a strike rate of 120.51. Known as a steady batsman, Lad provides a handy off spin option with his record in T20’s impressive with 7 @ 27. He is currently featuring for India A against the England Lions and if he continues his form, he could be a crucial player for the Indians. 

Nikhil Naik (Kolkata Knight Riders)

Naik is a newer player who has featured sparingly in Indian competitions and formats across all levels however his promise has got him a contract at KKR. The 24 year old has played 2 IPL matches for the Kings XI Punjab but failed to impress there and up until this year, he hadn’t played a First Class match. An occasional wicketkeeper but his batting is him main strength with over 1000 runs scored across List A (640) and T20 (562) formats all together. With high scores of 78 and 70NO in List A and T20 cricket, Naik has performed admirably with a 30+ average. His ability to keep could see him feature more often this edition with only Dinesh Kartik the other recognised keeper. If Naik gets a chance, I hope to see him do well as his stats say he could be a fantastic player. 

That is the conclusion of the IPL 2019 Indian players preview with an Overseas preview soon to be on the site which will analyse the choices from the 8 franchises. There will be plenty more content on this site and I am very grateful and thankful to those that have supported, helped, liked, commented and viewed as it has been instrumental in the continuation of this site. 

अलविदा और आशा है कि आप जल्द ही वापस देख (goodbye and hope to see you soon)