Indian Premier League IPL 2018 Highlights, RR vs CSK: Buttler’s hammering knock powers Rajasthan to 4 wicket victory

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rajasthan Royals lock horns with high-flying Chennai Super Kings at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur in the Indian Premier League 2018. The Ajinkya Rahane-led RR are struggling to pick their form with majority of their players going through a poor patch of form, whereas MS Dhoni-led CSK are hitting the correct chords at the right time.RR will be looking to revive some form and winning all of their games to make a solid play-off contentions, while CSK need just two wins for that.Interesting Fact: Raina vs RR: Raina has scored the most runs against RR than any other player – 517 runs from 18 innings.Highlights: # Buttler – Mab of the Match: Especially in the IPL, haven’t quite hit my straps. Tonight to get my side home, it’s always special to be not out in the end. As we’ve seen, the wicket plays really well in the first six. Just trying to capitalize on that. Couldn’t quite get it away, had quite a bit of luck. Dwayne Bravo is one of the best in the world, but you always get the feeling that it’s about two hits. Relatively big ground here too, so can take twos. Special to perform with my family here. We’ve kept ourselves in the competition.# Rahane – RR captain: As I always mention, this format is always about giving your best everyday. Buttler’s consistent batting at the top is magnificent. KG’s knock was crucial. I was nervous, but sometimes you have to control your emotions as a captain and we all had a feeling that Buttler will take us through. The way he handled the spinners was too good. He’s learning a lot, spending time with the experienced players and Warnie. Would like to thank Rajasthan Royals and Rajasthan government for supporting this initiative with cancer patients.# Dhoni – CSK captain: I think it is the bowling. We had to bowl one particular length and the bowlers were instructed on what they need to bowl and where they need to bowl. That back of the length was a difficult one to hit. We at least got hit 4-5 boundaries off full length. What really happens is once you are told what to bowl, you need to be bowling to that area. They need to commit and execute. It is not the planning but the execution that goes haywire. That was a par score or a par plus score. I think the bowlers let us down to some extent# Rajasthan Royals win by 4 wickets and its all on Jos Buttler’s powerful knock! Splendid innings!!# 19.5 Overs: Buttler and Archer ran for two and made it easily.# After 16 Overs, RR are 131/4# 14.3 Overs: FOUR! Stuart Binny slaps the ball towards  backwards point! RR 121/4# 12.4 Overs: OUT! Straight to the fielder..Chopra c Dwayne Bravo b SN Thakur 8(6) RR 109/4# 11.5 Overs: FOUR! First boundary for the debutant Prashant Chopra! RR 104/3# 11.2 Overs: OUT! Run out! Samson is way short there, complete mess between the two..Samson run out (Raina/Dwayne Bravo) 21(22) RR 99/3# After 11 Overs RR are 99/2# After 9 Overs RR 85/2# After 8 Overs RR are 78/2# 6.4 Overs: FOUR! Buttler is continuing his natural game. RR 66/2# 4.4 Overs: OUT! Rahane walks back and the slip there worked for Jadeja..Rahane c Raina b Jadeja 4(3) RR 53/2# 3.6 Overs: OUT! Cleaned bowled! Stokes is angry on himself. Stokes b Harbhajan 11(7) RR 48/1# 3.5 Overs: SIX! Whacked away by Stokes. RR 48/0# 3.4 Overs: FOUR! Inside edge and the ball races to the boundary line. RR 42/0# After 3 Overs, RR are 33/0# After 2 overs, RR are 27/0# Rajasthan Royals need 177 runs to win! Could be a tricky chase given the state of the pitch.# After 20 overs CSK are 176/4# After 15 Overs CSK are 127/3# 11.3 Overs: OUT! Watson goes back to the hut..Watson c Buttler b Jofra Archer 39(31)  CSK 105/2# 9.3 Overs: SIX! Watson with his favourite pull shot! Whacked away..CSK 87/1# 8.3 Overs: SIX! Typical Raina shot over mid wicket. CSK 77/1# 8.1 Overs: SIX! Raina goes big!!! CSK 70/1# After 6 Overs CSK are 55/1# 4.4 Overs: FOUR! Raina smacks its clears the 30 yard circle easily. CSK 48/1# After 4 overs CSK are 41/1# 3.3 Overs: FOUR! Raina finds the gap perfectly. CSK 38/1# 3.2 Overs: FOUR! Pure timing by Raina. CSK 34/1# After 3 Overs CSK are 30/1# 2.3 Overs: FOUR! Slashed away by Raina. CSK 29/1# 2.2 Overs: FOUR! Beautifully played by Raina. CSK 23/1# 2.1 Overs: OUT! Bowled ’em! Archer strikes on his first ball! Rayudu b Jofra Archer 12(9) CSK  19/1# After 2 Overs CSK are 19/0# Rayudu and Watson are at the crease to open it for CSK! # Rahane: It is for all the people in Rajasthan to go out there and get a health check up every six months. It is a great position and we have to win four out of four. We know CSK is a good team and it is all about giving our best.# Dhoni: We will bat first. We had a high committee meeting and the coach said we should bat first.# Chennai Super Kings have won the toss and have opted to bat# PITCH REPORT: “I believe both teams will look to spin to win it. There are cracks on the pitch and no grass at all. The surface will get slower as the match goes on. The captain will look to bat first and then use the spinners along with the long boundaries. 160 should be a par score,” says Michael Clarke.CSK Probable XI: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Dhruv Shorey, MS Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, David Willey, Harbhajan Singh, Lungi Ngidi, Shardul ThakurRR Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Mahipal Lomror, Stuart Binny/Rahul Tripathi, K Gowtham, Ish Sodhi, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Anureet Singh/Dhawal Kulkarni last_img read more


Hockey News Hockey Asian Champions Trophy: India beat Japan, set up final clash with Pakistan

first_imgNew Delhi: India overcame a spirited resistance from Japan by winning the semi-final clash 2-1 against Japan in the Men’s Hockey Asian Champions Trophy clash in Muscat on Saturday. With this win, India will now play Pakistan for the fourth consecutive time in the final of the tournament.India had thrashed Japan, the Asian Games gold medal winners, 9-0 in the league stages but they had to face some stiff resistance. Goals from Gurjant Singh (19′), Chinglensana (44′) and Dilpreet Singh (55′) boosted India but Japan were kept in the hunt with goals from Hirotaka Wakaru (22′) and Hirotaka Zendana (56′).Read More | US President Donald Trump turns down India’s Republic Day invitation: ReportsThe Indian team missed some chances to extend their advantage and they had to face some tough moments in the final five minutes of the contest. However, India held on and they reached the final.On the other hand, Pakistan had to face some tough moments against Malaysia. In regulation time, both sides ended up tied 4-4 and it took a penalty shoot-out to decide the result. Malaysia, who had defeated India in the Asian Games semi-final through a thrilling sudden death shoot-out, could not repeat their heroics this time and they lost the match 1-3 on penalties.India dominantThe Indian team have been dominant in this tournament, winning four out of five encounters with their only draw coming against Malaysia. In the league encounter against Pakistan, they won 3-1 thanks to goals from Manpreet Singh, Mandeep Singh, Dilpreet Singh.Read More | NASA’s Parker Solar Probe moves towards Sun; sends view of Earth homeIndia and Pakistan have contested all finals of the Asian Champions Trophy hockey tournament, with India holding a 2-1 advantage. Pakistan won the 2012 and 2013 editions while India emerged victorious in the first edition in 2011 and in 2016.The match will take place at 10:40 PM IST, right after the third place encounter between Japan and Malaysia. For all the Latest Sports News News, Hockey News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more


Football News Paul Pogba does not want to leave Manchester United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

first_img Mancheester: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he has been assured by star midfielder Paul Pogba that the Frenchman does not want to leave Manchester United despite mounting speculation over a switch to Real Madrid. United midfielder Pogba last week described Madrid, managed by France great Zinedine Zidane, as a “dream club for every player” while on international duty. Fuel was then poured on the fire ahead of Madrid’s game at the weekend when the Real boss admitted that Pogba would be welcome at the Bernabeu if and when he decides to call time on his United career. Zidane is expected to have a big transfer budget this summer to shake things up. Real crashed out of the Champions League to Ajax at the last-16 stage and trail Barcelona by 12 points in La Liga. Solskjaer was only appointed permanent manager at Old Trafford last week but the future of United’s most high-profile player is once again in the spotlight. Madrid have a track record of taking some of United’s star names, with both David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo swapping Old Trafford for the Bernabeu, but Solskjaer said he is not worried by the Pogba situation.  “It doesn’t really concern me because my thought of action was to sit down and speak to Paul,” he said on Monday. “I have had my chat with Paul and we’re fine. He is going to do his utmost here because he knows I am very fond of him as a player and as a person. He is important for us here, so there are no issues. He is happy here.” Wolves test Solskjaer’s immediate priority is United’s trip to Wolves on Tuesday for their rearranged Premier League game. They have a big chance to put pressure on their rivals for a top-four spot by picking up a win at Molineux but know it will not be easy after Wolves knocked them out of the FA Cup last month.Saturday’s 2-1 win at home to Watford moved United level on points with Tottenham and they would go third, at least temporarily, with another victory. United languished 11 points off the top-four spots when Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho in December and the Norwegian is delighted that his team are now in control of their own destiny. He has set a target of five wins from their remaining seven games and does not feel his players are going to ease up, despite a sub-par performance against Watford. “I don’t think I need to remind the players about their standards dropping,” he said. “They know themselves. They want to be in the Champions League and they want to perform as well as they possibly can. Maybe they didn’t believe in it themselves in November or December but we are in with a chance. Everyone knows that if we do our jobs and get 15 points over the last seven games, we will be in the Champions League next year. It’s the final stretch, so it’s not a time to change. We need the same mindset as we have had. It’s a question of going into games thinking that we are going to win. Against Watford we did not get going until 15 or 20 minutes into the match but I am not worried because we have so many nice games to look forward to between now and the end of the season.” highlights Manchester United are gunning for a top-four spot in the Premier League.Victory against Wolves will move them to third temporarily.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed full-time manager last month. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more


ICC World Cup Bangladesh create history just before ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

first_imghighlights Bangladesh defeated West Indies in the league games of the tri-series.This was Bangladesh’s first multi-nation tournament win.Bangladesh lost to India in the quarterfinal of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: In their 30-plus years as a cricketing nation, Bangladesh has seen plenty of lows and some highs. However, in the last five years under the captaincy of Mashrafe Mortaza and due to the contributions of players like Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh has become a dangerous side capable of beating any nation on their given day. In the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, they entered the knockouts for the first time while they also secured bilateral ODI wins against India, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, just before the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Bangladesh created history and gave their tournament preparations a big shot in the arm as they defeated the West Indies in the tri-series final and secured their first multi-nation trophy.Bangladesh had played consistent cricket in the tournament which also included Ireland. They had beaten the West Indies in the two league games and also defeated Ireland to top the group. In the final, Bangladesh chose to bowl in overcast conditions but it seemed Mortaza misread the conditions as the West Indies got off to a blazing start. Shai Hope blasted three fours in one over bowled by Saifuddin while Sunil Ambris took the attack to Mustafizur Rahman by hammering three fours in his first over. Hope notched up yet another fifty and raised the 100-run opening stand. Ambris also scored a fifty and the opening partnership was assuming dangerous proportions. After Hope launched Mehidy Hasan for a six, the rain came and after a two-hour interruption, the game was reduced to 24-overs-per-side. The rain-break seemed to have swung the momentum towards Bangladesh as they bowled brilliantly in the final four overs and conceded just 21 runs as West Indies ended on 152/1.Bangladesh’s target was a revised 210 in 24 overs according to the DLS method. Soumya Sarkar started off like a train by hammering three fours in two overs. West Indies did themselves no favours by dropping Tamim Iqbal on 1 and Sarkar made them pay, blasting two fours and a six off Kemar Roach. Sarkar continued to flay West Indies by walloping Shannon Gabriel for a four and a six as Bangladesh notched up the fifty in just five overs.However, West Indies fought back with Gabriel getting rid of Tamim for 18 and Sabbir Rahman for 0. Sarkar notched up his fifty off just 27 balls and continued to punish the West Indies bowlers as he scored at a strike-rate of over 200. Mushfiqur Rahim gave him good company but when Sarkar departed for 66 off 41 balls and Rahim for an attacking 36, Bangladesh was still some distance away.Mosaddek Hossain, though, had other ideas and he changed the course of the match comprehensively. After settling into a solid stand with Mahmudullah, Mosaddek blasted three sixes and a four in the 22nd over bowled by Fabian Allen as he registered a fifty off just 20 balls, the third fastest by a Bangladesh batsman in ODIs. Mahmudullah sealed the deal with a boundary. With this win, Bangladesh has shown the world that they are ready to compete in this World Cup.last_img read more


ICC World Cup ICC picks team of tournament; Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni miss out

first_img New Delhi : India skipper Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah on Monday retained their number position in the ICC batsmen and bowlers’ rankings, respectively, following the conclusion of the World Cup. India had lost to New Zealand in the semifinals of the World Cup.Players from England and New Zealand, champions and runners-up, have moved up rankings after featuring in an exhilarating final at Lord’s here on Sunday.The latest rankings update, which takes into account performances from the semifinals and the final, sees players from either side reach personal bests during the last two stages.Player of the tournament Kane Williamson reached a career-high 799 points after the semifinal against India, in which he scored an important knock of 67.He ended the tournament at 796 points, gaining two points from his two matches, while his compatriot Ross Taylor has ended the tournament in fifth place, having reached a career-best 841 rating points earlier in the tournament.England all-rounder Ben Stokes has ended the tournament at a career-best 694 points, gaining five places and moving into the top 20 and to within two places of his career best of 18th two years ago. Jason Roy’s 85 from 65 balls in the semi-final win over Australia has helped him into the top 10 for the first time.Another notable gainer in the rankings for batsmen is Ravindra Jadeja, whose valiant knock of 77 against New Zealand has lifted him 24 places to 108th position. The Australia pair of captain Steve Smith and wicketkeeper have gained two places each to reach 29th and 32nd positions, respectively.In the rankings for bowlers, Chris Woakes’s efforts of three for 20 in the semifinal and three for 37 in the final have lifted him to a career-best 676 points and seventh place, just behind the sixth position he reached in April 2017.Joffra Archer has continued his steady climb, reaching the top 30 for the first time in his career, after finishing with 20 wickets in the World Cup.New Zealand seam bowler Matt Henry’s consistency has taken him back into the world’s top 10 as he took three wickets in the semifinals and one in the final.His previous best was fourth position in 2016.Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan continues to lead the list of all-rounders but second-placed Stokes has reached a career-best 319 points.In the team Rankings, England have increased their lead over India to three points after their maiden World Cup triumph. A five-member committee comprising former cricketers and currently commentators Ian Bishop, Ian Smith and Isha Guha, ICC General Manager – Cricket Geoff Allardice and journalist Lawrence Booth picked the XI.World Cup 2019 – ICC’s Team of the Tournament: Jason Roy, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson (C), Joe Root, Shakib Al Hasan, Ben Stokes, Alex Carey (wicket-keeper), Mitchell Starc, Jofra Archer, Lockie Ferguson, Jasprit BumrahHere’s the Tweet:(With Inputs: PTI) For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. England upstaged New Zealand to finish as 2019 World Cup winner.Kane Williamson was awarded as the player of the tournament. Ben Stokes was awarded as the man-of-the-match. center_img highlightslast_img read more


Cricket News Life After Dhoni: Prasad backs young Pant for all three formats

first_imgMumbai: Retirement is solely Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s prerogative but chairman of selectors MSK Prasad on Sunday clearly stated that young Rishabh Pant will be “groomed” as India’s first choice keeper across formats in the coming days. Dhoni has not announced his retirement from international cricket amid widespread speculations but has made himself unavailable for the next two months as he will be serving his regiment in the territorial army.Without divulging much on two-time World Cup winning captain’s future plans, Prasad said that a legend like Dhoni knows when to retire but the future course of Indian cricket will be charted by the selectors.“Retirement is purely individual (decision). A legendary cricketer like Dhoni, he knows when to retire. What is the future course of action, that is in the hands of the selection committee. I don’t think we need to discuss anything more on it. First of all he is not available. Second, we have already started grooming youngsters,” Prasad said at the media conference.The former India Test keeper wants Pant to get as many opportunities as he gets ready to fill in the big shoes of Dhoni in the coming days.  “He (Dhoni) is unavailable for the series. He has expressed his unavailability. Having said that we had a certain roadmap and plans till the World Cup. Post World Cup, we have laid down a few more plans and we thought of giving as many opportunities as possible to Rishabh Pant and and to see, he is groomed. That is our plan right now and we did discuss this with him (Dhoni),” said Prasad.Pant was already the number one choice in Tests and now with uncertainty over Dhoni’s future, he has become the preferred choice in all three formats.The 21-year-old is a powerhouse of talent but at times, his shot selection in crucial moments have been questioned including in India’s World Cup semfinal loss to New Zealand.However, Prasad praised Pant for his innings of 32 against the Black Caps after India lost three wickets for five runs chasing 240.   “He played well. Especially in those conditions, he batted really well,” he added. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more


Football News Neymar, FC Barcelona Contract Dispute Set To go To Court After Talks Collapse

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Barcelona: Lawyers for Brazilian footballer Neymar and Spanish champions Barcelona failed Friday in their bid to avert a multi-million-dollar court battle over a tangled contact dispute. “It is going to court,” Barcelona lawyer Josep Vives told journalists outside the court after the closed-door reconciliation talks had collapsed. A court official told journalists that the hearing which is open to the public would begin later on Friday. The case revolves around a decision by Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer, to quit Barcelona in 2017 and join Paris Saint-Germain in a stunning coup for the French club. The move angered the Spanish giants who filed a complaint for breach of contract against the 27-year-old superstar who had pledged loyalty to Barcelona by signing a new deal just one year earlier.Neymar arrived in Barcelona Thursday ahead of the hearing which was set for 10:00 am (0800 GMT) Friday but lawyers confined later he was not at court. Neymar’s shock transfer to PSG for a world record 222 million euros (USD 250 million at the time) came less than a year after he signed a contract that would have kept him at the Spanish club until 2021. As well as filing a lawsuit, Barcelona refused to pay him 26 million euros, which were part of his contract renewal bonus. The young Brazilian quickly hit back with a lawsuit demanding payment of the bonus in full. ‘The taxman watching’ Although the full sum of the bonus has never been clear, Neymar received an initial payout and was to have received the rest in instalments over the course of his new contract. The Spanish club is demanding he return the part of the loyalty bonus already received as well as 8.5 million euros plus interest in compensation for breach of contract. Neymar promptly filed a countersuit demanding payment of the 26 million euros with interest. According to El Mundo daily, the case is being closely watched by the Spanish tax authorities who are keen to know whether Neymar, who was a tax resident in 2017, paid his dues on both the bonus and his transfer to PSG.Also Read | Neymar skips friendly, Paris Saint-Germain lose to Inter Milan on penaltiesBack in March, Neymar’s public relations agency, NR Sports, admitted the tax authorities had requested documents but insisted the player was not the subject of a new tax investigation in Spain. The young striker has been beset by legal problems since his arrival in Europe in 2013 following his move to the Catalan club from Brazil’s Santos. Barca valued the transfer at 57.1 million euros but Spanish prosecutors believe the amount paid was at least 83.3 million, trigging a string of legal cases in both countries, some of which remain unresolved.Also Read | Neymar ‘rape’ case: Rio de Janeiro police wants footballer to testifyAnd since transferring to PSG, things have not been any easier. In the last few months, the superstar who has a huge social media following, found himself facing a rape allegation, which was dropped in August, and an assault charge for hitting a fan after PSG’s shock defeat in April’s French Cup final.last_img read more


Cricket News Rishabh Pant Fluffs Stumping In Controversial Fashion In India Vs Bangladesh Rajkot T20I

first_imgNew Delhi: Rishabh Pant has been under the scanner for the long time over his keeping and batting in Twenty20 Internationals. During the Delhi match, he misjudged the DRS and took a wrong one which helped Bangladesh beat India for the first time in Twenty20 Internationals. In the Rajkot match, things got even worse for Pant and in bizarre circumstances. Bangladesh were inserted into bat and the openers, Mohammad Naim and Liton Das started aggressively. In the seventh over of the innings, there was controversy and in once again involved Pant.Yuzvendra Chahal was the bowler and he lured Liton out of the crease with a brilliant legbreak that spun away outside off. Pant collected the ball and whipped the bails off to effect an easy stumping. However, umpire Shamshuddin had other ideas as he went to the third umpire. Replays showed that when Pant collected the ball, his glove was marginally just ahead of the stumps on collection. Under the rules, if a keeper collects the ball in front of the stumps, the batsman is not out and the ball is declared a no-ball. The third umpire overturned the decision and Liton made Chahal pay with two consecutive boundaries. The batsman went on to survive a dropped catch as he top-edged Washington Sundar to square leg where Rohit dropped the catch. However, Pant redeemed himself in grand style as Liton was run-out by the Delhi keeper. The batsman played down the wrong line to a googly and was hit on the back pad, Pant appealed but Liton did not know where the ball was and set off for the run. The batsman was sent back and Pant, alert to the situation, ran forward, turned and scored a direct hit. The ball just hit the leg stump and India got the breakthrough.There was another moment of tension in the field when Chahal got rid of Soumya Sarkar. The third umpire once again checked and Pant was on the borderline when he was affecting the stumping. However, the third umpire pressed the wrong button and the signal was not out. However, it was immediately changed to OUT and Pant heaved a huge sigh of relief. It was perhaps not the ideal way to effect his first stumping in the format.Also Read | Rohit Achieves Special Century In Rajkot Twenty20 Vs BangladeshIn the Delhi match, Pant was heavily criticised for his DRS misjudgment with skipper Rohit Sharma defending the youngster, stating that he needed more time to understand the system. With his unfortunate mistake in Rajkot, the pressure will grow on Pant but only a good performance with the bat will only boost his confidence. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more


What’s wrong with the Amazon Warriors?

first_imgAsks Stephan SookramFROM being one of the most competitive teams in the last few editions of the Caribbean Premier League, the Guyana Amazon Warriors have surely fallen from grace. But what are the possible factors that have turned the revered Warriors into household kitchen cats?Misfiring MartinOne key factor could be the misfiring of Martin Guptill, whose average in the tournament is just over 21 runs per match, nothing close to his international average of just under 34. He has had a high score of 33 against the Tallawahs here in Guyana but it was as painful as watching paint dry. He has looked out of his element in the Caribbean and not at all comfortable.His strike rests at an even 100 with his overall strike rate being 126.76. He has hit a total of 8 fours and 4 Sixes so far in the 2017 edition of the tournament.But probably the most important factor is his win/loss ratio at the helm of the Guyana based franchise, losing five and winning one. There have also been repeated remarks by the commentary team about his fitness. Some have speculated that he may be playing with an injury, having seen the way he sometimes chases down the ball.Amazon Warriors Head Coach Roger HarperRole playThe absence of a decent finisher remains something that they must think about, moving forward as they face an almost impossible task of qualifying for the playoffs. The obvious absence of Chris Lynn who was in daunting form heading into the tournament cannot be overstated, but they are yet to find a replacement for the hard hitting Australian. There has not been that confidence in the middle order that is needed after the openers depart and the hole that remains, a hole once filled by men like James Franklyn and Mohammed Hafeez.Superman JasonQuite clearly, the Warriors remain reliant on Jason Mohammed with the bat. He has been their leading scorer thus far with 186 runs from six matches with an average of 37.2. But outside of him, there has been no one else putting up their hand to lead the challenge. Credit must go to Gajanand Singh for trying on occasions and he has put in more than one useful cameo, but the feeling remains that once Mohammed departs then the Warriors are now war-less.Lack of ExperienceSay what you will, the Warriors definitely lack the experience they once boasted in recent years. Both Denesh Ramdin and Sunil Narine have returned to the Trinidad Franchise and while GAW has been blessed with Ryad Emritt and Versammy Permaul, they are a bit lost for experience as Caribbean batsmen.In recent times, they have been boosted by men like Hafeez, Tillakaratne Dilshan and to some extent Ramdin but there is again the feeling that there are not enough ‘old heads’ to plan the attack. Sure Guptill can be considered one of the more seasoned players there but after him then who?Babar Azam has only started his international career last year and while there is youth within him, the inexperience still shines through in some of his shot selectionRoger and Co.Whether we want to admit It or not, the bulk of the blame has to be placed solely at the feet of the management team of the Warriors; yes, Roger and Co. What they have been doing during the practice sessions clearly is not translating into match day performances for the batsmen. Again, apart from Mohammed and Singh, the remaining lot has not exuded the confidence of a team desirous of capturing their first CPL title and one can only speculate what is being said to them behind closed doors. But the head coach and his assistant, Esaun Crandon, must bring something new to the table to ensure a complete turn-around in the batting.What would be interesting to see in the coming days is what changes are being made to the team (if any) and their ability to overcome different challenges. Credit, however, must go to the bowling department which has basically done what it needs to do to ensure decent totals.last_img read more


Windies selectors call up Miller and Emrit for New Zealand duties

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – The West Indies selectors have called up the veteran pair of Nikita Miller and Rayad Emrit for the limited overs tour of New Zealand later this month, in a surprise move that has handed both players new leases on their international careers.The 35-year-old Miller was yesterday named in a 15-man squad for three-match One-Day International series while Emrit, 36, was included in a 14-man unit for the three-match Twenty20 series.Left-arm spinner Miller has taken an astonishing 23 wickets for Jamaica Scorpions in his only two games of the ongoing Regional first class season, after missing the first three fixtures while recuperating from surgery.He topped the bowling charts last season with 58 scalps but picked up just nine at just over 3-1/2 runs an over in the Regional Super50 earlier this year.Jamaican Miller played the last of his 46 ODIs during the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand but chief selector Courtney Browne said his experience would prove valuable especially as West Indies geared up for the all-important 2019 World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe next year.“Miller has played ODI cricket previously. Along with his vast experience in our domestic competitions, we felt that he is the right fit to form a part of our ODI bowling unit at this time,” Browne said.“With the World Cup qualifiers fast approaching, we felt that this is not the right time to introduce an inexperienced slow bowler.”Emrit, meanwhile, has not tasted international cricket since he played a pair of ODIs 10 years ago in India, but has reinvented himself as a dependable lower order batsman and steady seamer in the T20 version of the game.He was outstanding for Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League this year, snatching 15 wickets at seven runs per over to follow up on his haul of 16 scalps the previous year.Browne said the Trinidadian had been rewarded for his consistency and would be an asset to the T20 squad.“The selection of Emrit is to fill one of the all-rounder roles. He has always been on the fringes of selection and now gets his opportunity,” Browne explained.“He is a whole-hearted player, and has been a consistent performer in our domestic competitions and so the opportunity has now presented itself for him to join our T20I squad.”Emrit is one of three changes to the T20 squad with leg-spinner Samuel Badree available after missing the one-off game against England last September and Andre Fletcher coming in for Evin Lewis who is unavailable due to personal reasons.Miller’s inclusion is also one of three changes to the one-day side with Test speedster Shannon Gabriel and uncapped pacer Ronsford Beaton also called up.Of the side that toured England last September, pacers Jerome Taylor and Miguel Cummins, along with leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, have been dropped.Browne said the one-day series would be a critical one for the Windies, as the only international series before the World Cup qualifiers.“This series against New Zealand and our CWI Regional Super50 Cup next year are the only chances we will have for preparation prior to the World Cup qualifiers, which are scheduled to be played next March in Zimbabwe,” he noted.“So these matches will be used to help us identify the players that will play during the qualifiers, and this is why we have also taken the opportunity to introduce Ronsford Beaton.“Though he is more known for his pace and variations in T20I cricket, we believe he can add value within our ODI bowling unit.”West Indies face New Zealand in three ODIs and three T20Is from December 20 to January 3.SQUADS:ODI – Jason Holder (captain), Jason Mohammed (vice-captain), Sunil Ambris, Ronsford Beaton, Shannon Gabriel, Chris Gayle, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Nikita Miller, Ashley Nurse, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Kesrick WilliamsT20I – Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Ronsford Beaton, Rayad Emrit, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams.last_img read more