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Cricket Captain 2018: A Ripper of a Match – Pakistan Australia T20I Final

Final Result

555 runs scored, 10 wickets and a dropped catch. The Pakistan – Australia T20I Final had it all!

Final: Pakistan vs Australia

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Australia reverted back to their more favoured XI for the T20I final with Ashton Agar dropped in place of the towering fast bowler Billy Stanlake. 

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Zaman had previously shown signs in this Tri Series of making a huge score and backed up his destructive record with a blistering start against Short and Faulkner. He continued his onslaught leaving Farhan away from the strike which payed for his downfall as Finch took the catch at short cover from leggie Zampa for 8. Sohail joined Zaman and took a similar attack to the Australian bowlers, down on confidence from their two recent defeats. 

Final Fahkar Zaman batting

Each bowler that came on was hammered from good and bad balls with Zaman targeting more obscurer areas than Sohail with intricate shots mixed along with the big slog. Sohail power housed his way to 50 taking no prisoners and his 69 was filled with boundaries. The crowd certainly saw some outstanding T20 batting! Pakistan were looking set for a mammoth score with 182 on the board but Australia weren’t down and out and sparked a collapse of 4 wickets for just 7 runs. Sohail’s aggression was halted by Faulkner with his leg cutter deceiving him before trapping young batsman Talat in front for a second ball duck. Faulkner soon had his third with Hafeez departing first ball behind to Carey as Pakistan looked to be overly attacking with each batsman that came. 

Final James Faulkner bowling

3 in four balls for the left arm seamer restricted Pakistan from a potentially record breaking score.

Zaman reached his century with his 4th maximum before Richardson found his edge for a memorable century propelling Pakistan well ahead of the game. At 5-189, Australia had certainly restricted Pakistan but a 38 run partnership from just two overs swung the momentum back to the hosts as Ahmed 19 from 7 and Shadab Khan 20 from 8 showed glimpses of the early big hitting demonstrated by Zaman. 227-6 was a huge and very defendable score and gave Pakistan the upper hand with confidence and momentum on their side.

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Australia were well aware that it would be a remarkable and memorable chase if they achieved it and seemed to have that belief and intent from the word go. Finch and Short quickly climbed into Amir and Hasan Ali in a destructive start punishing each length whilst running well between the wickets and keeping the pressure on the Pakistan fielding side. Usman Khan Shinwari had barely featured for the Pakistan T20I side before but bowled an incredible maiden in the midst of the carnage created by the opening duo. However, the duo were undeterred and duly attacked leg spinner Shadab Khan and seamer Ashraf and took advantage of some wayward bowling. Both reached their 50 before departing with in the space of three balls. 

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Finch left first for 58 trapped in front by Shadab Khan and then Short went for 58 likewise LBW to Khan. Finch gets the top run scorer thanks to his superior strike rate, striking at 232. At 118-2, Australia still needed 100+ runs with 10 or so overs to go and their task was made harder when Lynn succumbed to Khan’s googly. Travis Head looked impressive with two boundaries but was out for a brisk 14 leaving us 143-4 with chances slimming. 

Final Shadab Khan bowling

Cricket is a game where the game is not over until its over and with Maxwell and Carey at the crease, the game was still up for grabs. Capitalising on the bowling would be crucial and both were forced into aggression but their shots were effortless. Maxwell played a typical Glenn Maxwell innings of fire, power and sixes whilst Carey chipped in when Maxwell would miss out and the partnership was flowing perfectly. 

Final Glenn Maxwell batting

With 20 needed off the last two overs, Pakistan’s hopes has faded when Maxwell bulldozed 14 off the over leaving Mohammed Amir’s bowling figures at 4-0-49-0 (very similar to Faheem Ashraf 4-0-65-1). Carey topped off the job with 3 balls to spare smashing Hasan Ali into the crowd sparking wild (the minority Aussies fans) and crazy scenes as the Australians had completed an all time great chase!

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In a T20I tournament which ebbed and flowed, the Final summed up the action throughout the course of the week with wickets changing momentum but one batter was always one innings away from inflicting a defeat. Despite the disappointing losses after qualifying through to the Final, we made a great impression of ourselves in foreign conditions. 

James Faulkner, Jhye Richardson and Adam Zampa led the charge with the ball whilst each batsman made a crucial knock throughout the course of the five matches all contributing to our final victory. Without some of our star players, we have performed incredibly well since the start of my tenure and long may it continue. Next, we tour Pakistan in October in a two match Test Series with a break for any players overseas in England to make an impression before the Test squad is announced. Thanks for the continued and overwhelming support.

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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)

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Cricket Captain 2018: Disappointing Defeats – T20I Series Round Robin

Game 3: Pakistan vs Australia 

Game 3 result

With the table hotting up, approaching the final two round robin matches, Australia encountered Pakistan in the UAE looking to qualify automatically for the final.

Game 3 Pak batting scorecard

Pakistan began the innings with the same intent they showed at the end of their innings in the first game courtesy of a Sarfraz 61 as Zaman and Farhan took the mantle dispatching Short and Faulkner early on. Jhye Richardson has been the find of the season so far for Australia (in for Stanlake) and he delivered breaking a promising partnership with Farhan (22) sent back to the pavilion. Sohail had struggled adjusting to three in his first two matches and Richardson exploited that at 2-60 with his second LBW victim outside the powerplay.

Zaman’s scoring rate had stagnated from his early hitting with Farhan and Sohail falling and in an attempt to kickstart his innings and take spin out of the attack, he succumbed to the left arm spin of Agar for a brisk 34. Talat and Hafeez impressed against Zampa and Agar as the experienced head of Hafeez dispatched boundaries quickly. Zampa in particular bowled accurately and tightly for his 4-0-28-0 keeping the Pakistan side under control. With the 50 partnership up, the 7th bowling option of off spinner Maxwell made the breakthrough bowling Talat (31).

Game 3 Mohamad Hafeez batting

The dangerous Ahmed (14) showed glimpses of his imperious ball striking from game 1 with two glorious boundaries but the fast Richardson took his third of the night decimating the leg stump. Another wicket fell with Nawaz (5) finding the gloves of Carey off to expensive Tye. Wickets at intervals had decreased the set batsmen scoring rate and Hafeez departed at 7-161 for 39 LBW to Faulkner from 26 with a leg side filled wagon wheel. Faulkner dismissed Shadab Khan for 4 as another leg before wicket in a strong comeback from Australia at the end of the innings with tight and economical bowling as Pakistan ended on 163-8 which was above par but they were certainly hoping for more on the board. 

Game 3 Jhye Richardson bowling

Jhye Richardson impressed with the ball with fast economical bowling taking 3 scalps for 19 runs in his first game of the series. 

Game 3 Aus batting scorecard

Pakistan knew the danger of a Finch and Short partnership blossoming and after some early treatment of Amir, the rejuvenated Hasan Ali dismissed Short for 14 who has been starting to look out of sorts from his beginning of the ODIs with a rest required soon. Carey had had a real Jekyll and Hyde series with a first ball duck in the first game and then an explosive 25 from 10 and Hasan Ali, who dismissed Carey in the first game, did the same on his first ball. The introduction of leg spin from Shadab Khan provided Pakistan with increasing momentum as set batsmen Finch (17) looked to take the attack but Sarfraz took a neat stumping. 

Lynn and Head continued Australia’s fearless run scoring rate with the run rate least of the tourists problems as Amir and Ashraf felt the heat of the boundaries whizzing past. Lynn looked in the zone to make a big knock but Amir’s relentless pressure finally succeeded with Lynn (19) nicking behind and falling into a well executed trap. Ashraf backed up Amir’s wicket with the crucial wicket of Head (9) as Australia were wobbling at 5-61. 

Game 3 James Faulkner batting

Maxwell and Faulkner played dissimilar roles with Faulkner the aggressor against the enthusiastic Pakistan attack. Maxwell’s conserved innings was over as he left for 5 LBW to Ashraf for his second. Faulkner’s aggressive style was bringing Australia faint hope but his 22 from 12 was “all she wrote” with Khan grabbing his second wicket leaving the Aussies 7-90. Agar was back in the hut for 2 as the young leggie took his third in an exciting spell of spin bowling. Zampa and Richardson used the long handle in an intent for boundary or bust and Zampa’s entertaining 13 from 5 was ended by Nawaz. Tye is not known for his big hitting but he delivered two lusty blows before Richardson curtailed the innings at 128 at a losing cause of 35 runs. 

A disappointing batting innings where we never applied ourselves to the chase and batted with too much recklessness and not enough rotation of strike. A top order collapse was detrimental with no one stepping up to provide that winning knock. Nevertheless, we still play Zimbabwe with a spot in the final virtually guaranteed. 

Game 3 Shadab Khan bowling

Expensive from the young leg spinner but a crucial spell with 3 important wickets in Pakistan’s tight victory.

Table after Game 3

Game 4: Zimbabwe vs Australia

Game 4 result

With Zimbabwe out of contention for the final, Australia will play Pakistan in the final but first was the chance for Zimbabwe to get some points and Australia to rest and rotate their squad around. 

Game 4 Zim batting scorecard

Solomon Mire starred against the Aussies in game 2 and started well against left arm spinner Short but fell soon after to Faulkner caught behind to returning keeper Matt Wade. Richardson picked up where he left off from the Pakistan game and ripped the middle stump of Zhuwao (5). Malcolm Waller made his T20I debut in this dead rubber and showed small glimpses of talent but Stanlake’s superior bounce found an edge flying to Finch at slip who took a smart catch. Zimbabwe were in trouble at 3-35 as Ryan Burl walked to the crease with memories of his entertaining knock fresh in both teams minds. Masakadza had witnessed the fall of the wickets at the non strikers end but wasn’t fazed with the task of setting a competitive score. Burl played second fiddle but Australia struck again with the inexperienced Dwarshuis catching Masakadza edge for 34.

Game 4 Ryan Burl batting

Burl immediately took the mantle and put the Australian bowlers off their usual lines and lengths. His sweeping and innovation was the cornerstone for his innings alongside some genuine power hitting strokes. Dwarshuis was likened to by Burl with his length and pace targeted consistently alongside Moor who played the second fiddle role. Burl passed 50 at a strike rate of 200 and continued in that way before Dwarshuis had the last laugh trapping him in front for a match winning 58. 

Moor couldn’t take the mantle from Burl and departed to Faulkner before Chisoro was comprehensively bowled by Stanlake for 4. Mavuta and Masakadza added 14 in the last over to get the Zimbabwe side up to 156 which was a good score epically coming from Burl after their early struggle. 

Game 4 James Faulkner bowling

2 wickets for James Faulkner who has been a revelation since his long awaited return to the Australian setup. 

Game 4 Aus batting scorecard

Despite calls for Short to be rested, he wasn’t and he opened with Finch against Kyle Jarvis but Finch lasted 3 balls before his leg stump was obliterated. Matt Wade hit a 100m maximum to kickstart a sign of form but an unfortunate piece of calling between the wickets with Hobart Hurricanes team mate Short left Wade out for 8. A fantastic opening spell from Jarvis and Mpofu set the standard for Zimbabwe and Mavuta’s tighter bowling restricted Short and his slow innings for 8 was over leaving the Aussies 3-35 just like their opponents. 

Head and Lynn had had successful partnerships together and began developing another as momentarily Zimbabwe were on the back foot. Head dealt with the big maximums whilst Lynn hammered boundaries mainly off the spin bowlers as Australia were well above the required rate but needed to maintain their partnership. 

Game 4 Chris Lynn batting

Travis Head smashed 29 from just 9 deliveries before Mavuta took an important wicket with an extra hint of swing as the dangerous 40 run partnership was over. Jordan Silk had a chance to impress Australian selectors with an innings keeping him around the side but was out for a golden duck to Chisoro. From then Lynn was struggling to find the boundary and his innings was at an end when Wellington Masakadza bowled a googly which Lynn played all around. Faulkner couldn’t repeat his heroics from England all those years ago and departed for 10 from 10 leaving Australia down and out at 7-94. 

Agar and Jhye Richardson joined together and took the boundary route in an unlikely chase with two huge sixes from the WA pair in the second biggest stand of the innings. Agar departed for an almost run a ball 15 to Masakadza with 37 required off four overs. Dwarshuis batted like he was in a test match leaving and blocking whilst Richardson pummelled the attack around the park in a 28 NO off 23. Dwarshuis was out for 2 off 12 before Zimbabwe closed the match with a narrow 17 run victory. 

Game 4 Wellington Masakadza bowling

The slow left armer impressed in the dead rubber taking 2-21

Table after Round Robin end

The result though doesn’t change the standings as Pakistan qualify top to play Australia in the Tri Series final which has so far shown the promise and excitement a T20 series between nations can cause. Maybe there will be more tournaments and series like this in the future…Be sure to find out the result of the T20I final to see whether Australia can lift their first trophy under Jamie Hamilton. 

 

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Who to Watch : IPL 2019 Special Part 1: Indian players!

With the Big Bash coming to its end soon and International cricket back with a bang (not for England) and one day formats, Short Leg looks at the next franchise league in the lucrative Indian Premier League 2019. Photos from @cricbuzz with Kolkata’s team missing so Short Leg will select players without the image of team. ( 1 from each squad – part 2 will have the other 4 teams.)

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Prithvi Shaw (Delhi Capitals)

Shaw shot his way to prominence when he was just 14 after scoring 546 from 330 balls in a Harris Shield match for his school Rizvi Springfield. That innings contained 85 fours and five sixes – and since then has risen dramatically through the Indian ranks all the way to the Test squad at the age of 19. In those two test matches, he hammered a debut century and became the youngest Indian since Sachin Tendulkar to score a Test century. Shaw plays in an attacking style with fearless ball striking with his maiden Test century the third fastest 100 on debut in history. Despite missing out of the recent Australian Test series through injury, Shaw remains an integral part of the squad at such a young age. He featured 9 times in IPL 2018 for Delhi scoring 245 runs at a strike rate of 153.13 with a highest score of 65. Opening for Delhi was successful and his confidence from his performances for the national side as well as his domestic sides explain the reasons he is compared to Tendulkar and is expected to shine in IPL 2019.

Varun Chakravarthy (Kings XI Punjab)

The 27 year old mystery spinner has got his chance in the IPL 2019 season to kickstart his domestic and possible international aspirations. Making his List A debut in 2018 for Tamil Nadu in the Vijay Hazare – Trophy, he performed consistently well becoming leading wicket taker for the competition with 22 in 9 matches. His bamboozling action and spin, predominately bowling leg spin but constantly fooling batsman, made him sought for around the IPL. Last year he got experience and featured as a net bowler for the Chennai Super Kings as well as the Kolkata Knight Riders and coach Carl Crowe was quoted saying, “The millionaire Varun.” Sold to the Kings XI at a massive 8.4 Crore, his chances of playing will be at a restricted rate with spinners Shadab Khan, Ravindra Ashwin and Mujeeb Ur Rahman ahead in the pecking order but his potential should get him a shot.

Shivam Dube (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Dube is a 25 year old all round package bowling right arm medium fast (mid 130s) and batting powerfully as a left hander in the middle order. Like Chakravarthy, Dube’s name didn’t get around in the youth system as he took a 5 year break before returning at 21. He also played in the 2018 Vijay Hazare and shined with his array of variations at a fantastic economical rate of 4.53 with 13 wickets – striking at over 135 in strike rate with the bat as well. His most impressive outing was in the Ranji Trophy where he has scored 454 runs and 21 wickets with two centuries and two five wicket hauls. His all round ability will be under scrutiny but the experience he will gain from playing with AB de Villers, Virat Kohli, Colin De Grandhomme and co will be invaluable in his quest for a spot. 

Manan Vohra (Rajasthan Royals)

Vohra was labelled early on in his career by Yuvraj Singh as an outstanding talent which has yet to been utilized and proven to its best potential. Making his IPL debut in 2013, he played an eye catching 43 for the Kings XI Punjab and from there has had an indifferent career after moving onto to RBC and now the Royals. He is an experienced campaigner of IPL cricket, playing 49 matches at an average of 23.53 with a high score of 95 in the IPL 2017 for the Punjab side. After joining RBC in 2018, he featured very little as the team had a wealth of opening batters and when his chance came, he failed to make a good enough impression. The Royals have made significant changes to their side and Vohra will be aiming to replace D’Arcy Short (not retained) at the top of the order in a year where he will play for Lindfield in the Sussex Cricket League following the conclusion of the IPL. 

The IPL 2019 is set to be another fascinating  domestic competition to cure our winter blues and kickstart our summer excitement. One Indian player from the Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders and the Chennai Super Kings will feature in Part 2 which you can see alongside many other topics on this site very soon. 

अलविदा (Goodbye in Indian)