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SA vs India, 2nd ODI: Pant, Rahul score half-centuries as visitors post 287/6

Paarl [South Africa] (ANI): Rishabh Pant scored a career best 85 and skipper KL Rahul scored 55 as visitors set 288-run target for hosts here at Boland Park, Paarl on Friday.
KL Rahul won the toss and chose to bat first and he along with experienced opener Shikhar Dhawan gave India a quick start with the southpaw being the more aggressive of the two. The opening duo of Rahul and Dhawan took India past the 50-run mark in the ninth over. Skipper Rahul got a life when he was on 8 as he was dropped by Janneman Malan at the gully of Lungi Ngidi’s batting. Spin was introduced by South African Temba Bavuma as early as eighth over by bringing Aiden Markram in the attack. In his third over Markram gave Proteas the breakthrough dismissing opener Shikhar Dhawan for 29 who played a slog sleep and caught in the deep mid-wicket by Sisanda Magala. Dhawan-Rahul had put on 63 runs for the opening wicket.
In the next over Team India was dealt with another blow as Virat Kohli was dismissed without troubling the scorers as Keshav Maharaj dismissed him to a soft dismissal caught by captain Temba Bavuma towards the off-side for a five-ball duck.
After Kohli’s dismissal Rishabh Pant joined skipper KL Rahul in the middle. Pant and Rahul soon were involved in a terrible mix-up and Rahul could have been run out but the South Africans made a mess of it giving India a relief as they could have been three wickets down.
After that the Rahul-Pant duo did not look back started scoring runs at a brisk pace by hitting boundaries as well as rotating strikes and taking India to triple figure mark in the 20th over. The duo struck a 50-run partnership in quick time and Rishabh Pant outscored his captain.
The hosts desperately needed a breakthrough and Bavuma introduced left arm spinner Tabraiz Shamsi into the attack but Pant welcomed him with consecutive boundaries of his first two balls. Shamsi gave away 14 runs in his very first over and Rishabh Pant notched up his fourth ODI half-century.
At the score of 46 Rahul got yet another life as he was dropped in the point by Markram of Andile Phehlukwayo’s bowling. In the 27th over India reached the 150-run mark and the Rahul-Pant duo notched up a century partnership. KL Rahul too notched up his tenth ODI half-century.
Pant kept on hitting the boundaries to keep the scoreboard moving and in process went past his highest ODI score of 78. The115-run partnership was broken as KL Rahul became the first ODI victim of medium pacer Sisanda Magala caught in the mid-wicket of Rassie van der Dussen. Rahul scored a 79-ball 55.
In the very next over left arm spinner Shamsi was once again introduced into the attack and he got the wicket of dangerous Pant who was caught in the long on by Adien Markram for his career best 85 of 71 balls hitting 10 fours and two sixes.
Venkatesh Iyer and Shreyas Iyer then came in and took India’s total beyond the 200-run mark. Shamsi got his second wicket dismissing Shreyas leg before wicket for 11 with India losing half of its side for 207 in the 37th over of the match.
Shardul Thakur joined Venkatesh after the fall of Shreyas’ wicket and the duo steadies India’s ship but the 32-run partnership was broken as Andile Phehlukwayo dismissed Venkatesh who was brilliantly stumped by wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock for 22.
Thakur kept on scoring boundaries to keep India’s scoreboard moving and also take the total beyond 250-run mark. Ravichandran Ashwin and Thakur batted well to take India’s total to 287/6 in 50 overs. Thakur-Ashwin put on 48-run partnership for the seventh wicket.
Brief scores: India 287/6 (Rishabh Pant 85, KL Rahul 55; Tabraiz Shamsi 2/57, Sisanda Magala 1/) vs SA. (Image source: Instagram)

Virat as leader made everyone believe that we can do special things: KL Rahul

Paarl [South Africa] (ANI): India’s stand-in ODI skipper KL Rahul on Tuesday said that Virat Kohli had an amazing quality as a leader and he was able to get the best out of everybody and keep them motivated.
Rahul’s comments come days after Kohli announced his decision to stand down as India’s Test captain. “I think under Virat, Team India has done phenomenal things. We have won series outside India which hadn’t been done before. He has done a lot of things right and he has set a standard for all of us and Team India. It would be important for us to build on that as a group. We obviously know what it takes to be a champion team. Obviously, every series is a different opportunity and every one of us is excited to play here in South Africa,” said Rahul during a virtual press conference.
“When it comes to leadership, Virat had this amazing ability to get the best out of everybody, he pushed everybody and made us believe that we can do special things. That is something I have learnt from him and hopefully, I can do that with the team as well,” he added.
Kohli holds the record for most Test appearances as India Test captain (68) and he also holds the record for most Test wins by an Indian captain (40). Only Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting, and Steve Waugh have won more matches than Kohli as captain in Test cricket.
“Look, I am not someone who has a lot of plans and I do not really have targets. I take it one game at a time and that is how I play my cricket as a player. That’s how I like to lead the team as well. We have had great captains like MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli. They have shown us the way, under Virat, we have done exceptional things as a white-ball team so the pattern is already set,” said Rahul.
“It is important for us to build on it and keep getting better as a team. We have shown over the years that we are a team that is hungry to do well and keep getting better. We have had an honest chat on where we need to improve as individuals and as a team. For me, as a leader, it will be about supporting the guys and keeping them in a mindset where they are excited about doing good things for the team,” he added.
Last year, Kohli had stepped down as the T20I captain and then he was removed as the ODI skipper after the selectors wanted to have just one captain for the white-ball formats.
India and South Africa will lock horns in a three-match ODI series, with the first match set to be played on Wednesday in Paarl. (Image source: Instagram)

ICC Test Rankings: Bumrah enters top ten, Kohli drops to ninth

Dubai [UAE]: India opening batter KL Rahul has made a huge gain of 18 slots to reach 31st position among batters in the ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings after his Player of the Match effort in Centurion that helped India defeat South Africa by 113 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami are other Indians to move up the rankings. Bumrah is up to three spots to ninth after finishing with five wickets in the match while Shami’s eight wickets, including a five-for in the first innings, see him move up two places to 17th. Rahul, whose best in the format is in the eighth position that he attained in November 2017, struck 123 in the first innings and was associated in an important 117-run opening partnership with Mayank Agrawal (60) as India became the first Asian team to win a Test match at the venue while gaining important points in the WTC points table.
India skipper Virat Kohli has dropped two slots and he is now in the ninth spot in the rankings. Rohit Sharma is static at the fifth spot in the Test rankings.
Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has held onto his second spot in the Test bowling rankings.
Agarwal has gained one place for his contribution while Ajinkya Rahane is up two places to 25th in the latest update that is carried out on Wednesdays and includes all matches that are completed by Tuesday each week.
For South Africa, captain and opener Dean Elgar have progressed two spots to 14th after a fighting 77 in the second innings while Temba Bavuma is up 16 places to 39th for his scores of 52 and 35 not out.
Kagiso Rabada, who grabbed seven scalps, has advanced one place to sixth position while his fellow fast bowler Lungi Ngidi has gained 16 slots and is 30th on the list after finishing with eight wickets in the match. Debutant left-arm fast bowler Marco Jensen entered the rankings in 97th position.

Bumrah as vice-captain is surprising to me: Former selector Sarandeep Singh

New Delhi [India]: KL Rahul was appointed as India’s stand-in ODI captain for the 3-match ODI series against South Africa starting January 18 by selectors in the absence of newly appointed white-ball captain Rohit Sharma. Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah was made KL Rahul’s deputy and that has surprised the former India cricketer and selector Sarandeep Singh. “KL Rahul will lead Team India in the blue jersey. I have full faith in KL Rahul but Jasprit Bumrah as vice-captain is surprising to me because a fast bowler names as vice-captain is quite different as he field on the boundary and it’s tough for him to come from the boundary and take part in meetings on the ground after every ball or over,” said Sarandeep Singh while speaking to ANI.
The current Chairman of Selectors Chetan Sharma requested media to end whatever has been speculated between Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly and selectors for the sake of Indian cricket as there was a lot of confusion when Virat Kohli said that he was not told in the last one and a half hours that he was being removed as ODI captain as while resigning from T20I captaincy before the T20 World Cup he wanted to captain India in ODIs till the 2023 World Cup. All these indicated that there was no clear conversation between Virat and selectors leading to so much ambiguity.
“Virat Kohli and selectors issue has to be resolved by the board at the earliest as it is going on for too long now and this is high time in my opinion to close the matter.” said former India selector Sarandeep Singh to ANI.
In the absence of white-ball skipper Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul will have the honour of representing India for the first time. The Indian selectors want to groom KL Rahul as a leader for the future.

Dravid has brought lot of calm and balance in dressing room, says KL Rahul

Centurion [South Africa]: Indian opening batter KL Rahul on Thursday said head coach Rahul Dravid has brought a lot of balance within the side and players want to learn as much as they can from the former skipper.
KL Rahul, who scored a century in the first Test against South Africa, said Dravid had made the visitors work hard in the nets before the game. “You want to sit with a great player like Rahul Dravid, you want to learn as much as possible from him for so many years,” Rahul said in the post-match press conference after the win in the first Test.
“You talk about the art of batting, we are very lucky to have a guy like him in the dressing room, he has brought a lot of calm and balance in the dressing room. He focuses more preparation, he has made us work hard in the training and in the nets,” he added.
India clinched their first Test match in Centurion as they defeated South Africa by 113 runs on the final day of the game on Thursday.
“It’s a super super special year for Team India. The kind of achievements that we have gotten this year has been truly special and I think it will go down as one of the greatest years in Indian cricket history, especially Test cricket,” said Rahul.
“The victory is a result of hard work and discipline. We have worked really hard as a team for a few years, and we are slowly starting to see results. Yes, the dressing room atmosphere is amazing at the moment. It is a great Test victory,” he added.
The Indian opener termed the win over South Africa as complete team performance.
“No Asian team has come here and won in Centurion and kind of work we have put in, in the last two weeks leading up to this Test match,” said Rahul.
“We worked really hard as a team and we had a lot of fun at training and at practice.
To go out there in the first game of the series and put up a performance like that which is a complete team performance, gives us a lot of confidence,” he added.
India and South Africa will next lock horns in the second Test in Johannesburg from Monday.

SA vs Ind, 1st Test: KL Rahul’s unbeaten ton helps visitors dominate (Stumps, Day 1)

Centurion [South Africa]: KL Rahul’s unbeaten century helped Team India reach a dominating position on the opening day of the first Test of the three-match series against South Africa here at the SuperSport Park, Centurion on Sunday.
At Stumps on Day 1, India’s score read 272/3 with KL Rahul (122*) and Ajinkya Rahane (40*)unbeaten at the crease. For South Africa, Lungi Ngidi was the pick of the bowlers as he scalped three wickets, including Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Resuming their third session at 157/2, the duo of Virat and Rahul played steady innings and kept on scoring runs from both ends. Unfortunately, Virat failed to leave a mark in the match as he got dismissed on 35 by Ngidi, with Men in Blue’s score read 199/3.
It was later Rahane, who joined Rahul and brought some momentum in the game. Their partnership kept the scoreboard moving for India.
Earlier, Ngidi had dismissed Mayank Agarwal on 60 and Cheteshwar Pujara for a golden duck. During the first session, the hosts’ bowlers failed to make early inroads as they barely produced a chance in the first session. They bowled all kinds of lengths in the first session but none had any impact on visitors’ openers. Apart from Kagiso Rabada, no other bowler threatened the opening partnership of India.
With a 50-plus opening partnership, this was India’s first fifty-plus opening stand in SA since December 2010 (Sehwag and Gambhir). Visitors’ had no 50-plus opening partnership in any of the Tests on their last two tours of South Africa.
India have never won a Test series in South Africa and Kohli would look to create history on the Proteas turf.
Brief Scores: India 272/3 (KL Rahul 122*, Mayank Agarwal 60; Lungi Ngidi 3-45) vs South Africa.

‘Tadap’ Screening: Athiya Shetty, KL Rahul Pose Together For Family Picture

‘Tadap’ screening turned out to be a family affair after the Shetty family posed for the cameras with their better halves on the red carpet.

From Sunil Shetty posing with wife Mana to his son and ‘Tadap’ lead actor Ahan posing with his long-time girlfriend Tania Shroff, the paparazzi captured it all! But what caught everyone’s attention at the screening was Sunil’s daughter-actor Athiya Shetty making her first official appearance as a couple with cricketer KL Rahul. The lovebirds posed for a group picture with the family on the red carpet.

For the special night, Athiya chose to go with an all-black outfit. She looked alluring in a black blazer and pants combo with a matching corset. On the other hand, Rahul chose to wear a beige colour suit that he teamed up with a black t-shirt, thereby complimenting Athiya for the special appearance.

Ahan wore a basic black jacket teamed up with a black tie and a white shirt. His ladylove Tania opted for a pink corset top and paired it up with black denim.

Sunil looked dapper as always in a grey suit paired with a white shirt and white sneakers. His wife, on the other hand, opted for a royal blue dress.

Meanwhile, ‘Tadap’, which also features Tara Sutaria will hit the theatres on December 3. The film is directed by Milan Luthra, written by Rajat Arora and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala.

IPL 2022: Dhoni, Kohli, Rohit among those retained; Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul released

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India]: All the existing Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises on Tuesday revealed the list of their retained players ahead of the mega auction of the upcoming season.
MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, and Glenn Maxwell are among some of the big names that the existing franchises have decided to retain for IPL 2022. The players retained by eight IPL teams are:
Chennai Super Kings: Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Moeen Ali, Ruturaj Gaikwad
Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer
SunRisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad, Umran Malik
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Siraj
Delhi Capitals: Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Axar Patel, Anrich Nortje
Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal
Punjab Kings: Mayank Agarwal, Arshdeep Singh
Meanwhile, the two new Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises — Lucknow and Ahmedabad have a budget of Rs 33 crore to pick three players who go back into the pool before the mega auction begins.
The rules for the existing franchises who decided to retain players were, they will be debited Rs 16 crore for the first player, Rs 12 crore for the second player, Rs 8 crore for the third player, and Rs 6 crore for the fourth player and the total deduction will be 42 crore.
For the eight franchises, rules were that they cannot retain more than three Indians (capped/uncapped). They cannot retain more than two overseas players and not more than two uncapped Indian players.
For the two new franchises — Lucknow and Ahmedabad — they cannot pick more than two Indian players (capped/uncapped). They cannot pick more than one overseas player and more than one Indian uncapped player.
In the mail sent by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to all the franchises, which had been accessed by ANI, the rules were formally conveyed and the salary purse for all the teams was set at Rs 90 crore.
The amount is an increase from the IPL 2021 auction as then the purse was Rs 85 crore. The eight existing franchises (CSK, KKR, RCB, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings, and SunRisers Hyderabad) were allowed to retain up to four players.
The BCCI had set the retention window for the eight older franchises from November 1-30, and the window for Lucknow and Ahmedabad is from December 1-25.

Ind vs NZ, 2nd T20I: Really happy that we could restrict New Zealand for 150 odd, says KL Rahul

Ranchi (Jharkhand) [India]: Indian opener KL Rahul expressed happiness after his side defeated New Zealand by seven wickets to claim the series the three-match series on Friday.
KL Rahul (65) and Rohit Sharma (55) starred with the bat as India chased down the target of 154 to defeat New Zealand by seven wickets in the second T20I of the three-match series here at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi on Friday. “I think we did really by pulling the game back after the first 6 overs, the bowlers had a discussion midway and decided maybe change of pace will work and they have to be brave with the ball and bluff the batsman a couple of times,” said KL Rahul in a post-match presentation.
“Wicket was really good and the ball was soaking wet, so it was hard for the bowlers to bowl as well and initially it didn’t grip as much as we thought it would and we played around with the field and really happy that we could restrict New Zealand for 150 odd after the kind of start they got,” he added.
Coming to the match, chasing 154, India got off to an excellent start as openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul put on 50 runs in just 6.4 overs, claiming their fifth consecutive T20I partnership. Both the batters thrashed the Kiwi bowlers at every side, as Rahul brought up his fourth half-century during the game.
However, New Zealand bowlers got a sigh of relief when Rahul was sent back by the skipper Tim Southee in the 14th over. Rohit continued the carnage and also brought up his half-century.
But, Southee strikes back again and dismissed Rohit and Surya Kumar Yadav in the 16th over.
The Kiwi skipper’s wonderful spell came a little late, as Rishabh Pant smashed two sixes in two deliveries and brought India home with 16 balls in spare. The Men in Blue has now claimed the three-match series by a 2-0 lead.
Earlier, opting to bowl, the Indian bowlers led by debutant Harshal Patel (2/25) put on a brilliant display as the hosts restricted New Zealand to just 153/6.

Rohit-Rahul help hosts claim series

Ranchi (Jharkhand) [India]: KL Rahul (65) and Rohit Sharma (55) starred with the bat as India chased down the target of 154 to defeat New Zealand by seven wickets in the second T20I of the three-match series here at the JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi on Friday.
Chasing 154, India got off to an excellent start as openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul put on 50 runs in just 6.4 overs, claiming their fifth consecutive T20I partnership. Both the batters thrashed the Kiwi bowlers at every side, as Rahul brought up his fourth half-century during the game. However, New Zealand bowlers got a sigh of relief when Rahul was sent back by the skipper Tim Southee in the 14th over. Rohit continued the carnage and also brought up his half-century.
But, Southee strikes back again and dismissed Rohit and Surya Kumar Yadav in the 16th over.
The Kiwi skipper’s wonderful spell came a little late, as Rishabh Pant smashed two sixes in two deliveries and brought India home with 16 balls in spare. The Men in Blue has now claimed the three-match series by a 2-0 lead.
Earlier, opting to bowl, the Indian bowlers led by debutant Harshal Patel (2/25) put on a brilliant display as the hosts restricted New Zealand to just 153/6.
The trio of Harshal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar kept the Kiwi batters under check as the visitors managed to score just 15 runs from the last three overs.
This came after Axar Patel and R Ashwin had put the brakes on the attacking display by the New Zealand batters.
Brief Scores: New Zealand 153/6 (Glenn Phillips 34, Martin Guptill 31; Harshal Patel 2/25, Ravichandran Ashwin 1/19) vs India 155/3 (KL Rahul 65, Rohit Sharma 55; Tim Southee 3/16).

T20 WC: Interesting to see what happens in NZ-Afghanistan match : Kohli

Dubai [UAE] : India skipper Virat Kohli said the side is “striving” to replicate the dominating performances again in the ongoing T20 World Cup.
Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja starred with the ball before KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma firing knocks helped India defeat Scotland by eight wickets in the Group 2 match of Super 12 stage here at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday. “A dominating performance, something that we were striving to do again. Now it will be interesting to see what happens on 7th (November). Don’t want to say a lot about today’s performance, we know what we can do,” said Kohli after the win.
“Also tells you how important the toss can be at this venue. We wanted to get them under 110-120 max, that was the mindset we went in with. The bowlers were excellent, and then KL and Rohit did really well,” he added.
India needed to chase 86 runs in 7.1 overs to better their net-run rate from Afghanistan but the Kohli-led side did the needful in 6.3 overs.
“We spoke about the 8-10 over bracket before the start, didn’t want to really go too hard because if you lose wickets, then an extra 20 balls could cost. We thought that if they play naturally, runs will come quickly,” said Kohli.
Chasing 86, India got off to a firing start as the openers registered the fastest team fifty of the ongoing tournament.
The Indian skipper pointed out that the players were playing with great intensity in warm-up games.
“If you look at our practice games, we have been actually batting like this only. Just a couple of aberrations happened, where we just couldn’t got those two successive good overs,” said Kohli.
“Teams bowled well too, and created pressure on us. But we were just two overs of good batting. Jadeja bowled really well, also Shami was quite good. My family is here – that is enough (birthday) celebration for me,” he signed off.
With this win, India moved to the third spot with four points in Group 2.

India openers register fastest team fifty of T20 WC 2021

Dubai [UAE] : Team India on Friday registered the fastest team fifty of the ongoing ICC men’s T20 World Cup.
The Men in Blue achieved the feat against Scotland in the Group 2 match of Super 12 stage of the ongoing ICC men’s T20 World Cup here at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Chasing 86, India reached the 50 run mark in just four overs and registered an eight wickets win.
India needed to chase the target in 7.1 overs to better their net-run rate from Afghanistan but the Virat Kohli-led side did the needful in 6.3 overs. Rahul and Rohit kept smashing boundaries as India raced to 70 in the five overs.
However, Bradley Wheal removed Rohit on 30 but India kept inching closer to a thumping win.
In the end, India chased down the target in just 6.3 overs, minutes after losing the wicket of Rahul.
Earlier, put in to bat first, Scotland got off to a bad start as they lost two wickets inside the powerplay. The side never really recovered as India starred with the bowl as Scotland were restricted to 85/10 in the Group 2 match.
For Scotland, George Munsey and Michael Leask played the innings of 24 and 21 as no batter of their side crossed the 30-run mark.

Jasprit Bumrah becomes India’s leading wicket-taker in men’s T20Is

Dubai [UAE] : Pacer Jasprit Bumrah on Friday became India’s leading wicket-taker in men’s T20Is as he surpassed spinner Yuzvendra Chahal’s tally.
Bumrah achieved the feat in the ongoing match against Scotland in ICC men’s T20 World Cup here at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday. Bumrah dismissed Mark Watt to wrap up Scotland innings in the 18th over and went past Chahal’s tally of 63 wickets.
Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is third in the list with 55 wickets under his belt as Bumrah tops the chart with 64 scalps for India.


Bumrah also has most maiden overs in men’s T20Is. The India pacer has bowled 8 maiden overs while former Sri Lanka bowler Nuwan Kulasekara has six maidens.
Coming to the match, India starred with the bowl as Scotland were restricted to 85/10 in the Group 2 match. Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja were the picks of the bowlers as they scalped three wickets each for India.
For Scotland, George Munsey and Michael Leask played the innings of 24 and 21 as no batter of their side crossed the 30-run mark.

T20 WC: KL Rahul interacts with Scotland players after game

Dubai [UAE] : Star India opener KL Rahul on Friday interacted with Scotland players after the team’s thumping win in the Group 2 match of Super 12 stage of the ongoing ICC men’s T20 World Cup here at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja starred with the ball before KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma’s firing knocks helped India defeat Scotland by eight wickets. Moments after hitting a 19-ball 50 to take India home against Scotland, Rahul spent time speaking to some of the Scotland players as he shared his experience of playing at the top level against some of the best in the business.
Coming back to the game, Chasing 86, India got off to a firing start as the openers registered the fastest team fifty of the ongoing tournament.
India needed to chase 86 runs in 7.1 overs to better their net-run rate from Afghanistan but the Kohli-led side did the needful in 6.3 overs.
“We spoke about the 8-10 over bracket before the start, didn’t want to really go too hard because if you lose wickets, then an extra 20 balls could cost. We thought that if they play naturally, runs will come quickly,” said Kohli after the win.
Having registered a thumping win, Kohli and boys will now be keeping an eye on New Zealand vs Afghanistan match on Sunday.
“A dominating performance, something that we were striving to do again. Now it will be interesting to see what happens on 7th (November). Don’t want to say a lot about today’s performance, we know what we can do,” said Kohli after the win.
“Also tells you how important the toss can be at this venue. We wanted to get them under 110-120 max, that was the mindset we went in with. The bowlers were excellent, and then KL and Rohit did really well,” he added. 

Ind vs NZ, T20Is: Rahul likely to lead, fans to return

Dubai [UAE] : The performance of the Indian cricket team in the T20 World Cup has been anything but satisfactory so far and keeping in mind the fatigue of the players due to the bubble life, some senior players will be rested for the T20I series against New Zealand. And it is likely that KL Rahul could don the captain’s hat. A source in the know confirmed that Rahul is the front runner for the job. “The seniors would need a breather and it is no secret that Rahul is an integral part of the team’s T20 structure. He is almost certain to lead,” the source said. Interestingly, fans will return to the stadium for the series, but with an eye on the COVID-19 protocols.
“Yes, we will have fans coming in, but it won’t be full capacity. We will work closely with the local authorities and plan the way forward,” a BCCI official said.
Coming back to resting seniors for the T20I series, Jasprit Bumrah did throw light on the fatigue factor after the loss against the Kiwis on Sunday.
“Sometimes you need a break. You miss your family sometimes. You’ve been on the road for six months. So all of that sometimes play on the back of your mind. But when you’re on the field, you don’t think of all those things. You don’t control a lot of things, how the scheduling goes on or what tournament is played when.
“So obviously staying in a bubble and staying away from your family for such a long period of time does play a role on the player’s mind as well. But they also tried their best to make us feel comfortable. But this is the time which we’re living in right now. It’s a difficult time. There’s a pandemic going on. So we try to adapt. But sometimes bubble fatigue, mental fatigue also creeps in, that you’re doing the same thing again and again and again. So it is the way it is, and you can’t control a lot of it here,” he said.
New Zealand will play a T20I series and then follow it up with two Test matches. The T20Is will be played on November 17 in Jaipur, November 19 in Ranchi and November 21 in Kolkata. The two Tests will be played in Kanpur (November 25-29) and Mumbai (December 3-7).

T20 WC: Hope to mirror what Shaheen did the other night against India, says Boult

Dubai [UAE] : New Zealand pacer Trent Boult on Saturday said that he is looking forward to replicating what Shaheen Shah Afridi did against India with his left-arm pace.
India and New Zealand will lock horns against each other in the Super 12 stages of the World Cup on Sunday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Both sides will enter the contest after suffering a loss against Pakistan. Shaheen Shah Afridi wreaked havoc against India as he dismissed Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul at the top before returning to dismiss skipper Virat Kohli. Boult would be looking to replicate the same against India as the left-arm pace has traditionally caused troubles for the Indian top-order.
“I suppose it depends on when I get the ball, I am not sure what the plan is with what overs certain bowlers are bowling. The way Shaheen bowled against India was amazing, but yeah India has quality batters, early wickets are the focus for us but we need to be nice and accurate of where we are trying to put the ball. Hopefully, it swings around a little bit and I can mirror what Shaheen did the other night,” said Boult while replying to an ANI query during a virtual pre-match press conference.


“Boys are pretty upbeat, excited about the chance of taking on India tomorrow night. Not the best start for us against Pakistan who obviously played some pretty good cricket. Boys are excited and we are looking forward to the challenge that India brings,” said the left-arm pacer.
“Whatever we do first, we need to do it well. India brings a lot of challenges, they are a quality side. But with the ball, we just need to be clear in our options on how to shut these people down and obviously give them a bigger chase as possible if we bat first. We look forward to taking it on,” he added.
Giving a fitness update on Martin Guptill, Boult said: “He is pretty good, he trained fully yesterday. He is definitely a big piece of the puzzle for us at the top of the innings. He is good to go.”
Most of the games this World Cup have been won by the team chasing and dew has consistently played a big role.
“It is a good question and it is hard to understand how much dew is going to come in tomorrow. From the one game we have experienced, there was not much of it. You just have to take your time to have a grip on the ball and you need to try to be accurate. It is going to be an exciting game and hopefully, some good cricket is played,” said Boult.

ICC T20I Rankings: Kohli drops one spot to fifth, Rahul slips to eighth

South Africa batter Aiden Markram and Pakistan opener Mohammad Rizwan have attained career-best positions in the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings after their fine starts to the Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.

Dubai [UAE] : Markram, who struck 40 and 51 not out against Australia and the West Indies, respectively, has gained eight slots to reach the third position, only behind Dawid Malan and Babar Azam. His previous best was ninth place last month and he now averages nearly 40 with a strike rate of 147.29 in his career. Rizwan is up to the fourth place, two better than the sixth he reached in July, following up his 79 not out against India with a score of 33 in their second match against New Zealand on Tuesday.
India skipper Virat Kohli has dropped down to the fifth spot while KL Rahul has also slipped to the eighth position in the rankings.
Afghanistan’s Rahmanullah Gurbaz has risen nine places to a career-best 12th position after notching up 46 against Scotland while Bangladesh opener Mohammad Naim has moved up 11 places to a career-best 13th position after his 52-ball 62 against Sri Lanka.
Namibia captain Gerhard Erasmus is up to joint-37th position after helping his side into the Super 12s.
The top nine names in the bowlers’ list are all slow bowlers with Bangladesh spinner Mahedi Hasan’s consistent economical bowling lifting him nine places to a career-best 12th position.
Pakistan fast bowler Shaheen Afridi, who starred in their memorable 10-wicket win over India with a haul of three for 31, is up 11 places to 12th position, just two off his career-best. Harris Rauf, whose four for 22 against New Zealand helped them register a second consecutive win, has gained 34 slots to reach a career-best 17th position.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh star Shakib Al Hasan has regained the top spot among all-rounders after a fine start to the World Cup.

T20 WC: Ashwin, Rahul and Rohit standout performers as India defeat Australia in warm-up

Dubai [UAE]: Ravichandran Ashwin, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma were the standout performers as India defeated Australia by eight wickets in the warm-up match of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup here at the ICC Academy Ground on Wednesday.
While Ashwin took two wickets, Rahul and Rohit played knocks of 39 and 60 respectively as India chased down the target of 153 quite comfortably. Suryakumar Yadav also chipped in with an innings of 38 runs. Chasing 153, India got off to a steady start as openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma put together 42 runs inside the first six overs. Both batters stitched together an opening stand of 68 runs and it finally ended in the 10th over as Ashton Agar had Rahul (39) caught at the hands of David Warner.
Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav did not let the asking rate creep up, and the duo kept on registering boundaries at regular intervals, keeping India ahead. Both batters ensured that India does not suffer from more hiccups, and with the side 26-run away from the target, Rohit decided to retire hurt after playing a knock of 60.
In the end, India registered a comfortable victory with Suryakumar (38) and Hardik Pandya (14) remaining unbeaten at the crease.
Earlier, Steve Smith and Marcus Stoinis played knocks of 57 and 41 respectively as Australia posted a total of 152/5. Opting to bat first, Australia got off to the worst start possible as David Warner (1), Aaron Finch (8) and Mitchell Marsh (0) lost their wickets cheaply. Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed Warner and Marsh while Ravindra Jadeja sent Finch back to the pavilion, reducing Australia to 11/3 in the fourth over.
Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith then got together at the crease and the duo revived the innings for Australia. Both batters put on 61 runs for the fourth wicket, but as soon as Australia started gaining an upper hand, Rahul Chahar dismissed Maxwell (37) in the 12th over, reducing Australia to 72/4.
Marcus Stoinis then joined Smith in the middle and the duo accelerated the innings for Australia. Smith went on to bring up his half-century in the 17th over of the innings. In the final two overs, 21 more runs were scored and as a result, Australia posted a total of more than the 150-run mark.
Brief Scores: Australia 152/5 (Steve Smith 57, Marcus Stoinis 41; Ravichandran Ashwin 2-8) vs India 153/2 (Rohit Sharma 60, KL Rahul 39; Ashton Agar 1-14).

T20 WC: Kishan, Rahul star as India defeat England in warm-up fixture

Ishan Kishan and KL Rahul played knocks of 70 and 51 respectively as India chased down 189 to defeat England by seven wickets in the warm-up match of the ongoing T20 World Cup here at the ICC Academy Ground on Monday.

Dubai [UAE] : Chasing 189, India got off to an excellent start as opening batters KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan put on 59 runs inside the first six overs. Rahul continued with his form and he brought up his half-century in the 9th over of the innings. However, Rahul (51) lost his wicket to Mark Wood immediately after reaching the landmark and this brought an end to the 82-run opening stand. Rahul’s wicket did not slow the run-rate down for India as Kishan kept on going on his merry way and he brought up his fifty off just 36 balls in the 12th over of the innings. However in the 13th over, Liam Livingstone got the better of Virat Kohli (11), ending the 43-run second-wicket stand, reducing India to 125/2.
Kishan eventually retired hurt after playing a knock of 70 runs and this brought Suryakumar Yadav to the middle with Indian still needing 39 runs for the win. However, he did not manage to stay at the crease for a long haul as he departed after scoring just 8.
In the end, Rishabh Pant (29*) and Hardik Pandya (12*) took India over the line by seven wickets with six balls to spare.
Earlier, Jonny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone played knocks of 49 and 30 respectively as England posted a total of 188/5. Sent into bat, England got off to a quickfire start as opening batters Jason Roy and Jos Buttler put on 36 runs inside the first four overs, but the introduction of Mohammed Shami paid dividend straight away as he clean bowled Buttler (18) in the fourth over of the innings. Shami then next removed Roy (17) in the sixth over and after the end of the powerplay overs, England’s score read 51/2.
Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow put on 30 runs for the third wicket, but as soon as the duo started to gain an upper hand, Rahul Chahar provided the breakthrough as he dismissed Malan (18), reducing England to 77/3 in the 10th over. Liam Livingstone then joined Bairstow in the middle and the duo started accelerating the innings for England.
Livingstone and Bairstow stitched together a fourth-wicket partnership of 52 runs, but Shami once again stood up for India as he bowled a perfect yorker to send Livingstone back to the pavilion. In the final few overs, Bairstow and Moeen Ali added some crucial runs to take England’s score past the 180-run mark. Moeen Ali played a useful unbeaten knock of 43 runs.
Brief Scores: England 188/5 (Jonny Bairstow 49, Moeen Ali 43*; Mohammed Shami 3-40) vs India 192/3 (Ishan Kishan 70, KL Rahul 51; Liam Livingstone 1-10).

T20 WC: Difficult to look beyond KL Rahul as opener, I’ll bat at No.3, says Kohli

Dubai [UAE] : India skipper Virat Kohli on Monday said that now it is difficult to look beyond KL Rahul as opening batter alongside Rohit Sharma.
Kohli had opened alongside Rohit Sharma in India’s fifth and final T20I against England earlier this year, but the skipper has now confirmed that it will be indeed Rohit and Rahul who will open the batting for the Men in Blue. “Things were different before IPL, now it’s difficult to look beyond KL Rahul. He’s been solid upfront. I will be batting at 3. That’s the only thing I can say for now,” said Kohli during toss ahead of the warm-up fixture against England.
India won the toss and opted to bowl first against England in the warm-up match of the ongoing T20 World Cup on Monday.
India will play Australia in the next warm-up game on Wednesday before opening their T20 World Cup against Pakistan on October 24.
On the other hand, England will play against New Zealand in their next warm-up match on Wednesday.
In Group 2, India will then face New Zealand and Afghanistan, the emerging force in T20 cricket, plus the winners of Group B and runners-up from Group A. (ANI)

T20 World Cup: Brett Lee backs India to reach final

Former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee has backed India to reach the finals of ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

Melbourne [Australia], October 14 : The legendary pacer, however, wants Australia to win the World Cup and considers that it is the best chance for the Aaron Finch-led side to clinch the coveted trophy. “I’ve backed KL Rahul to get the most runs in the competition. I think KL Rahul coming off a great IPL, he’s the pillar that the guys can build around him because it takes the pressure off Kohli if Rahul is scoring runs. It allows Kohli to just play his natural game,” Foxsports.com.au quoted Lee as saying.
“And obviously with Kohli and the captaincy, it’s probably his last crack at it so he’ll want to go out on a high. India would definitely be one of top picks and could definitely win this thing.
“I’m very patriotic, I want Australia to win and I think they can, but India definitely will be in the final and I think Australia has their best chance,” he added.
India will face Pakistan in their opening game of the T20 World Cup 2021 at the Dubai International Stadium on October 24.
India, champions in the inaugural edition played in South Africa in 2007 and finalists in 2014, will also have Afghanistan, New Zealand, and two qualifiers from Round 1 to contend with in Group 2.
The ICC T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman will get underway from October 17, with the final to be played in Dubai on November 14. (

IPL 2021: Skipper Rahul hits unbeaten 98 as Punjab keep playoff hopes alive with win over CSK

Dubai [UAE]: Skipper KL Rahul led from the front as Punjab Kings (PBKS) kept their playoff hopes alive after defeating Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 6 wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 encounter here at the Dubai International Stadium on Thursday.
Rahul played a captain’s knock of 98* as PBKS chased the target of 135 in just 13 overs. With this emphatic win, PBKS improved their net run-rate, and now has a chance of making the top four. They need a big favour from RR though in the evening game, but the hope remains. Only two other batters reached the double-figure mark for PBKS as Shardul Thakur scalped three wickets for Chennai and Deepak Chahar returned with one.
Earlier put into bat first, a resilient knock from opener Faf du Plessis helped Chennai Super Kings (CSK) post a defendable score of 134/6 in their allotted twenty overs. du Plessis played the most crucial innings of 76 for CSK, as only three other batters reached the double-figure mark for the three-time champions. For Punjab, Arshdeep Singh and Chris Jordan scalped two wickets each while Ravi Bishnoi and Mohammad Shami returned with one apiece.
Chasing the target of 135, PBKS had a mixed start as the team gathered 51 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in the first six overs. Shardul Thakur removed opener Mayank Agarwal and Sarfaraz Khan in the 5th over of the innings.
PBKS skipper Rahul got to his 27th IPL fifty off just 25 balls in the 8th over of the innings. Deepak Chahar removed Shahrukh Khan in the very next over. Shardul Thakur struck again for Chennai in the 13th over, however, there was no stopping Rahul as he continued his carnage and took the team home.
Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings 134/6 (Faf du Plessis 76, Ravindra Jadeja 15*; Arshdeep Singh 2-35, Chris Jordan 2-20) vs Punjab Kings 139/4 (KL Rahul 98*, Aiden Markram 13; Shardul Thakur 3-28)

IPL 2021: KL Rahul’s fifty, Shahrukh’s cameo fire Punjab Kings to victory over KKR

KL Rahul smashed a gutsy fifty while Sharukh Khan slammed 22 off 9 balls as Punjab Kings defeated Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by five wickets in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter here at the Dubai International Stadium on Friday.

Dubai [UAE], October 1 : Punjab Kings needed 24 runs in the last three overs and Rahul and Shahrukh Khan helped the side register a win over KKR despite a wobble in the last over. The Eoin Morgan-led side had come back into the game but Rahul’s calm and composed knock helped Punjab Kings to walk away with two points.
Chasing 166, Punjab Kings got off to a good start as openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal scored 46 in the first six overs.
Varun Chakravarthy drew the first blood. when he dismissed Mayank for 40 in the ninth over with Punjab Kings having scored 70 runs.
Chakravarthy then dismissed Nicholas Pooran for 12 in the 11th over to put Punjab Kings on backfoot. Aiden Markram and Rahul then stitched a 45-run stand however the South African batsman only scored 12 runs.
Punjab Kings needed 57 runs from the last six overs and Rahul started the charge as he completed his fifty. Meanwhile, Sunil Narine removed Markram in the 16th over while Shivam Mavi dismissed Deepak Hooda in the 17th.
However, Rahul then along with Shahrukh Khan took Punjab Kings over the line with three balls to spare. Rahul was dismissed in the last over but Punjab Kings won the game courtesy, Shahrukh’s six.
Earlier, a fine bowling performance from Punjab Kings in the second half restricted KKR to 165/7. Venkatesh Iyer and Rahul Tripathi were dealing in boundaries and were on course to put on a mammoth total before Ravi Bishnoi and Arshdeep Singh staged a comeback for Punjab Kings.
Brief Scores: KKR 165/7 (Venkatesh Iyer 67, Rahul Tripathi 34; Arshdeep Singh 3-32) vs Punjab Kings 168/5 (KL Rahul 67, Mayank Agarwal 40; Varun Chakaravarthy 2-34)

ICC T20I Rankings: Kohli rises to fourth, Rahul retains sixth spot

Dubai [UAE], September 15 : South Africa wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock has advanced four places to reach a career-best eighth position in the ICC Men’s T20I Player Rankings after some fine performances in the series against Sri Lanka, which his side won 3-0.
The left-hander topped the series aggregate with 153 runs, which included an unbeaten 59 off 46 deliveries in the final match in Colombo that his side won by 10 wickets. This is the first time that he is in the top 10 of the T20I rankings but has had career-high rankings of third in ODIs and sixth in Tests. India skipper Virat Kohli has risen to the fourth spot while KL Rahul has held on to his sixth slot.
Aiden Markram is another South Africa batter to progress, up 12 places to 11th position while Bjorn Fortuin (up 103 places to 43rd) and Anrich Nortje (up 29 places to 71st) have made rapid progress in the bowlers’ list.
Sri Lanka’s Kusal Perera has advanced 10 places to 38th after scoring 69 runs in two innings in the latest weekly update that also includes the last two matches of the Bangladesh-New Zealand series.
Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman has moved up two places to eighth after finishing with eight wickets in the series while Nasum Ahmed (up 25 places to 15th) and Mehedi Hasan (up four places to 20th) have also made notable progress. However, Shakib Al Hasan has conceded the top spot for all-rounders to Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi.
New Zealand’s Tom Latham has advanced 22 places to 44th after his 50 not out in the final match and Finn Allen has moved up 23 places to 66th with 41 in the same match.
In the ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings for batters, William Porterfield of Ireland has moved up seven places to 66th, Craig Ervine of Zimbabwe is up five places to 72nd and Jaskaran Malhotra of the United States, who struck sixes in an over from Papua New Guinea’s Gaudi Toka in an ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League 2 match, has rocketed 169 places to 132nd.
In the bowlers’ list, the Ireland pair of Andy McBrine (up seven places to 27th) and Simi Singh (up 11 places to 38th), Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane (up 19 places to 91st) and Charles Amini of Papua New Guinea (up 11 places to 96th) are among those to advance.

Eng vs Ind, 4th Test: KL Rahul fined for ‘showing dissent at Umpire’s decision’

London [UK], September 5 : India opener KL Rahul has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day of the fourth Test against England at The Oval.
“Rahul was found to have breached Article 2.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to ‘showing dissent at an Umpire’s decision during an International Match’,” ICC said in a statement. ICC further said that one demerit point has been added to the disciplinary record of Rahul, for whom it was the first offence in a 24-month period.
The incident occurred in the 34th over of India’s second innings on Saturday, when Rahul showed dissent on being adjudged caught behind the wicket following a DRS review.
“Rahul admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Chris Broad of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees and ratified by the ICC Cricket Operations department as per the COVID-19 interim playing regulations. There was no need for a formal hearing,” ICC said.
On-field umpires Richard Illingworth and Alex Wharf, third umpire Michael Gough and fourth official Mike Burns levelled the charges.
“Level 1 breaches carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points,” ICC said.
Meanwhile, in the match, Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara’s 153-run stand for the second wicket enabled India to get in a dominant position on Day 3 of the ongoing fourth Test.
At stumps, India’s score read 270/3 — a lead of 171 runs with seven wickets in the bag in the second essay. For the visitors, Virat Kohli (22*) and Ravindra Jadeja (9*) are at the crease.

Eng vs Ind, 4th Test: Rahul falls but Rohit, Pujara help visitors take lead

London [UK]: KL Rahul might have lost his wicket to James Anderson, but Rohit Sharma and Cheteshwar Pujara ensured India did not fall behind in the opening session of the third day of the ongoing fourth Test against England here at the Kennington Oval on Saturday.
At lunch, India’s score read 108/1 — a lead of 9 runs with nine wickets in the bag in the second essay. For the visitors, Rohit (47) and Pujara (14) are at the crease. Resuming at 43/0, Rahul and Rohit were looking rock solid and the duo saw out the first hour with both of them looking set for a big one. However, against the run of play, Rahul (46) lost his wicket to Anderson in the 34th over and the 83-run opening stand came to an end.
Anderson thought that Rahul was caught behind, but the on-field umpire did not think so. England opted for a review and the replays clearly indicated that there was a huge spike and (46) Rahul had to depart.
Pujara then joined Rohit in the middle and both batters saw out probing spells of English bowlers and India entered the lunch interval with nine wickets in hand.
On Friday, India had bowled out England for 290 and as a result, conceded a lead of 99 runs. For England, Ollie Pope and Chris Woakes registered half-centuries.
Brief Scores: India 191 and 108/1 (Rohit Sharma 47*, KL Rahul 46, James Anderson 1-28); England 290.

Eng vs Ind, 4th Test: Rohit, Rahul firm as visitors trail by 56 at stumps on Day 2

London [UK]: Indian openers started strong in their second innings after the England team was bowled out for 290 in the third session on Day 2 in the fourth Test at the Kennington Oval on Friday.
At stumps, India’s second innings score read 43/0 — trailing by 56 runs with all wickets in the bag. Rohit Sharma (20) and KL Rahul (22) were steady for visitors as they mixed caution with aggression to make sure India doesn’t lose any wickets on the second day. The second day proved to be another terrific day of cricket as England recovered very well from being 62/5. The middle and lower middle-order batsmen stitched some useful partnerships to help England bounce back from that situation.
Initially, it was the partnership between Bairstow and Pope that steadied the ship, and then it were the contributions from Pope and Woakes that helped England stretch that lead closer to the 100-run mark.
Thakur took the all-important wicket of Pope after which Jadeja bowled Ollie. Pope went back pavilion after scoring a gritty 81. Woakes then stepped up and scored a quick 50 before getting run out.
Brief Scores: India 191 and 43/0 (Rohit Sharma 20, KL Rahul 22; Anderson 0-13); England 290

If someone engages in verbals with one of our players, other 10 get pumped up, says KL Rahul

London [UK], August 17 : India opening batsman KL Rahul has said that if the opposition chooses to engage in verbals with his side, then they very well know how to give it back.
India and England provided an intense spectacle on day five as players from both sides engaged in verbals and in the end, it was Kohli’s team who emerged triumphant in an engaging match. “Look, personally, it shows how badly both teams want to win. When both teams go at each other, it shows how badly both teams want to win and that is how Test cricket is played. We as a team are never shy to say a word or two, if someone goes at one of our players and the rest of 10 guys get pumped, that is the kind of team we are,” said Rahul during a virtual press conference.
“If you go after one of our guys, you are going after the whole team. That is why bowlers were really keen to go out there. This is what people come to watch and this highly speaks about how badly each team wants to win. We are looking forward to the next three games, both teams are going to come hard,” he added.
Earlier, India skipper Virat Kohli had said that the constant verbals between his side and England in the second Test gave extra motivation to his boys to finish the game off.
“But this one, to get a result in 60 overs, when we all thought let’s just have a crack at what we have in front of us… It’s quite special and especially when someone like Siraj is playing for the first time at Lord’s and bowling the way he did, it was outstanding. As I said, what happened on the field )really charged us up and gave us that extra motivation to finish the game off,” said Kohli.
At the start of the day, England looked like the favourites to win the match. But Bumrah and Shami showed class with the bat, and then an epic bowling performance sealed the deal for the visitors. England battled hard, but their top order failures led to their downfall with the team being steamrolled for just 120 in the second innings, handing visitors a win by 151 runs

Eng vs Ind: All-round Bumrah and Siraj steal show at Lord’s as visitors take 1-0 lead

London [UK]: If Jasprit Bumrah stole the show with bat and ball (3/33 and 34*), Mohammed Siraj (4/32) wasn’t ready to miss the opportunity to shine at the Home of Cricket as India registered a 151-run win over England in the second Test at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on Monday to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
It all started with the mind-blowing 89-run 9th wicket partnership between Mohammed Shami (56*) and Bumrah that set the game up and swung the momentum right in India’s favour from a position wherein the hosts were looking favourites to take the game. Once the Indian team declared the innings, the morale of the team was sky-high and it was visible from the moment they stepped onto the field in the second session on Monday. Bumrah struck in the very first over in England’s second innings to send back Rory Burns and that was the beginning of what turned out to be one of the best shows of fast bowling from the Indian team in recent times. To pick 10 wickets with all of them going to pacers on a wicket that was taking turn showed the kind of dominance that the Indian fast bowlers displayed.
While Siraj and Bumrah were the leaders, Ishant Sharma (2/13) and Shami (1/13) cannot be ignored for putting in the right support. It would have been an icing on the cake if Siraj had managed to take a hat-trick at the Lord’s, but he just missed out after picking two off two deliveries.
Having lost 4 wickets in the second session, England’s score read 67/4 after 22 overs at the tea interval, still needing to bat 38 overs in the final session to save the match. Jos Buttler (25) did try to fight a battle after skipper Joe Root departed for 33, but it wasn’t to be on Monday. Ollie Robinson (9* off 35 balls) did try to hang on with Buttler, but with Siraj sending back the dangerous English wicket-keeper batsman, it was all about keeping calm for the Indian bowlers and fielders.
Brief Scores: India 364 and 286/8; England 391 and 120 (Joe Root 33, Jos Buttler 25; Mohammed Siraj 4-32).

Eng vs Ind, 2nd Test: Unruly crowd at Lord’s throw champagne corks at KL Rahul

London [UK], August 14 : As India and England continue to fight it out in the ongoing second Test at the Lord’s Cricket Ground, there was some bad crowd behaviour on show as some unruly fans decided to throw champagne corks at India cricketer KL Rahul on Saturday.
The incident happened in the 69th over of the innings when Rahul was fielding at third man. Skipper Virat Kohli also intervened and he was seen gesturing towards the opening batsman to know more about the incident. An over later, the TV visuals showed that many champagne corks were thrown inside the playing field, and the Indian players were visibly left frustrated. Coming to the game, England skipper Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow showed remarkable skill and determination to frustrate the Indian bowling attack in the opening session of Day 3.
At the lunch break, England’s score read 216/3, still trailing the visitors by 148 runs. Root (89*) and Bairstow (51*) are currently unbeaten at the crease. The first session saw 97 runs being scored from 28 overs and the hosts did not lose even a single wicket in the morning session.
Resuming at 119/3, England skipper Root brought up his half-century in just the second over of the day. Root along with Bairstow saw out the first hour rather easily and it was the Indian bowlers who were put under a bit of pressure by the duo.
In the first innings, India was bundled out for 364 and KL Rahul (129) was the top scorer for the visitors. For England, James Anderson took a five-wicket haul and this was the pacer’s 31st fifer in the longest format.

Eng vs Ind: Pujara, Rahane can make a comeback, they are playing in tough conditions, says Rahul

London [UK], August 14 : India opening batsman KL Rahul has come out in support of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane who are going through a lean patch in the ongoing Test series against England.
While Pujara scored 9 runs, Rahane got out after scoring one in the first innings of the second Test against England. “Pujara and Ajinkya are fabulous players and have done the job for India many times we were in trouble. They are world-class and I’m sure they are hungry to go out and score some runs,” Rahul said in a virtual press conference after the end of the second day’s play.
“They are experienced players so they know how to come out of a couple of innings they haven’t scored runs,” said Rahul.
“You have also to realise they are playing in tough conditions. In English conditions batting is always going to be challenging, you are going to get good balls. You can’t go out there and score runs in every innings, but if you get a start you make it count,” he added.
Rahul hit a classy ton on Thursday but England pacer Ollie Robinson removed the Indian opener on the second ball of the second day on Friday.
Rahul on Thursday received a rousing welcome when he walked back to the dressing room at the Lord’s Cricket Ground after scoring a brilliant century on the opening day.
“Every time to walk out to pitch playing for your country you want to do well and give the team a good start opening the batting,” said Rahul.
“It was special once I step out of the ground and like you said once you see your name on your honours board, you feel a sense of achievement, feel a sense of pride,” he further said.
“Every Test 100 is very very special, especially after coming back to Test squad. If at Lord’s it becomes a lot more special,” he added.
Talking about playing in the longest format of the game, Rahul said, “Challenges are there in every format and we as players know what are the challenges and what we need to do to deal with them. But sometimes you perform, sometimes not because when you go in the middle the pressure is slightly different. The situation of the game is slightly different.”
“Yes, one-day cricket is different because after 2 or 3 overs the ball stops swinging, even in green top it will swing for 5-10 overs but it’s completely different in Test cricket,” he said.
“It’s all about being disciplined and waiting for the loose balls and just trying to be as patient as you can and keep discipline in shot selection,” he added.
England skipper Joe Root is batting steadily on 48* as hosts went to stumps at 119/3.
Earlier in the day, India were bowled out for 364 after the visitors scored 88 runs and lost seven wickets on Friday.

Getting dropped from Test cricket was disappointing, it did hurt but had nobody to blame: KL Rahul

London [UK], August 14 : India opening batsman KL Rahul has said he was disappointed to be dropped from the Test team two years back, but he had nobody to blame as his performances were below-par.
Rahul hit a classy ton on Thursday in the ongoing Lord’s Test against England but pacer Ollie Robinson removed the Indian opener off the second ball on the second day on the game on Friday. “It is very special. Not because it was a 100 at Lord’s. That adds to the joy and excitement, I have been away from Test cricket for a couple of years now. I have grown up wanting to be a Test cricketer and playing the longest format. The generation where I grew in, my father loves Test cricket and my coaches always wanted me to do well in the format,” Rahul told Rohit Sharma in a video posted on bcci.tv.
“Test cricket is very close to my heart. Getting dropped from Test cricket was disappointing, it did hurt but I had nobody to blame. I just waited for my opportunity, the way it came to me, I think it was meant to be. I just enjoyed my batting, getting a 100 at Lord’s makes it more special,” he added.
Talking about what has changed in his process while batting in the longest format, Rahul said: “Before I got dropped, I played in different conditions and there were a lot of takeaways. I felt my mind was very cluttered, I had two shots for every ball, I was always thinking runs, runs and runs.”
“This time I am just looking to play the ball and not go searching for runs. It is a conscious effort for me, the processes remain the same. I am glad it has helped me. I do not carry the baggage, but you need that hurt because that will push you the extra mile,” he added.
While praising Rahul’s knock, Rohit said: “It is something I have never seen before, that level of composure and that level of calmness and that kind of reassurance when you are batting especially in these type of conditions. You have certainly brought something in your game.”
Rahul on Thursday received a rousing welcome when he walked back to the dressing room after scoring a brilliant century on the opening day.
England skipper Joe Root is batting steadily on 48* as hosts went to stumps at 119/3. Earlier in the day, India was bowled out for 364 after the visitors scored 88 runs and lost seven wickets on Friday.

Rahul, Rohit help visitors take honours on Day 1

London [UK]: KL Rahul’s unbeaten ton and Rohit Sharma’s gutsy 83-knock helped India take the upper hand against England on the opening day of the ongoing second Test here at the Lord’s Cricket Ground on Thursday.
At stumps, India’s score reads 276/3 with Rahul (127*) and Ajinkya Rahane (1*) currently unbeaten at the crease. Earlier, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli had also played knocks of 83 and 42 respectively to put the hosts onto the back foot. Resuming the final session at 157/2, Kohli and Rahul mixed caution with aggression and they kept on moving the scoreboard, piling on the pressure on the hosts. Rahul brought up his century in the 78th over of the innings and he along with the skipper kept the hosts at bay.
England’s hopes of taking a wicket relied heavily on the new ball, and in the fifth over with the new ball, the hosts struck as Ollie Robinson removed Kohli (42), bringing an end to the 117-run stand for the third wicket. In the end, Rahul and Rahane ensured that India does not lose more wickets before the close of play on an opening day.
Earlier, Rohit was not able to get to the three-figure mark as he was sent back to the pavilion by England pacer James Anderson. At the tea break, India’s score read 157/2. After the lunch break, Rohit and Rahul continued from where they left and brought up the 100-run opening stand in the 33rd over of the innings. Rohit was the aggressor of the two and was marching ahead to another century in the longest format.
However, he was not able to register a century as he was sent back to the pavilion by James Anderson in the 44th over and this brought an end to the 126-run opening partnership. Rohit got out after scoring 83 runs. This brought Cheteshwar Pujara (9) to the middle and he once again failed to get going and was dismissed by Anderson. In the end, Kohli and Rahul ensured that India entered the tea break with eight wickets in hand.
Earlier, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul brought out their A-game to the middle as the visitors went into the lunch break without losing a single wicket. At the lunch break, India’s score read 46/0 with Rohit (35*) and Rahul (10*) unbeaten at the crease. The first session saw few interruptions due to rain and only 18.4 overs were bowled in the session.
Earlier, Joe Root-led England won the toss and opted to bowl and the home team skipper made no bones about the fact that he wanted to make use of the overcast conditions to put pressure on India. But Rohit and Rahul ensured India has a solid foundation.
Brief Scores: India 276/3 (KL Rahul 127*, Rohit Sharma 83, James Anderson 2-52) vs England.

England vs India, 1st Test: Rahul, Jadeja shine as visitors dominate rain-curtailed day

Nottingham [UK]: Having survived a tricky short session, England ended day three of the opening Test against India on 25/0 after KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja hit the fifties to put India in the driver’s seat on Friday.
Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley scored 11* and 9* runs respectively before persistent rain forced the play to be called off in Nottingham. England is still trailing by 70 runs in their second innings. India was bowled out for 278 in the first innings after the last wicket added 33 runs. Ollie Robinson picked five, while James Anderson bagged four wickets respectively.
For India, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja hit the fifties and bowlers added some crucial runs as visitors took the lead of 95 runs in the first innings
Resuming the day, India suffered a jolt as the side lost Pant in the 50th over. Rahul and Jadeja then stitched an unbeaten 46-run stand before players went to the Lunch.
During the innings, Jadeja went past 2000 Test runs with a glorious boundary.
In the second session, Anderson removed Rahul to leapfrog Anil Kumble in the wicket-takers list in the longest format of the game.
Anderson also removed Shardul Thakur soon after Rahul’s dismissal to put India on the back foot.
Meanwhile, Jadeja completed his half-century and before he could get into the groove, Stuart Broad dismissed the left-handed batsman.
The Indian all-rounder added some crucial runs before getting out as the visitors extended their lead over 50.
Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah did frustrate the English bowlers but Ollie Robinson castled the former in the first over with the new ball to reduce India to 245/9. In the end, the visitors were bowled out for 278.
Brief Scores: England 183 all out and 25/0 (Rory Burns 11*, Dominic Sibley 9* ) vs India 278/10

KL Rahul holds Indian fort but England end day two on top

Nottingham [UK]: England ended day two of the first Test against India as the momentum shifted towards the hosts after staging a comeback in the second session on Thursday.
India is 125/4 with KL Rahul (57*) and Rishabh Pant (7*) at the crease and the visitors are trailing by 58 runs in the first innings before an early stump was called due to rain. In the third session, only one ball was bowled as the rain returned to play the spoilsport.
In the second session, India had suffered a collapse as the visitors lost three quick wickets. Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane all went cheaply as James Anderson dismissed the India skipper for a golden duck.
In the first session, India had scored 97/1 with KL Rahul unbeaten on 48 at the crease.
Rohit Sharma once again was not able to capitalise on a good start as India lost a wicket against England in the first session on Day two.
Resuming the day at 21/0, India openers Rohit and Rahul played cautiously and the duo saw off the first hour without a single hiccup. Both batsmen were looking set to make the English bowlers toil on the park.
The duo mixed caution with aggression and they were about to see out the first session, but Rohit (36) went for a hook shot off the bowling of Ollie Robinson and ended up giving a simple catch to Sam Curran.
Brief Scores: England 183 all out; India 125/4 (KL Rahul 57*, Rohit Sharma 36, James Anderson 2-15)

Eng vs Ind, 1st Test: Root wins toss and opts to bat, Rahul playing as opener

Nottingham [UK], August 4 : Joe Root-led England won the toss and opted to bat against India in the first Test of the five-match series here at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.
India and England will be locking horns in five Tests, and this series marks the start of the second World Test Championship (WTC) cycle. England captain Joe Root said: “We’re going to bat first. It looks like a reasonable wicket, with a little bit of movement. If we get off to a good start in the first hour, we could capitalize. Always exciting to play a big series like this. And hopefully, we could perform really well. Jonny Bairstow comes back, Sam Curran comes in as well. It has been so long since we last played. Jack Leach unfortunately misses out; a very tough decision. As you progress as a Test player, there comes the responsibility and there is an opportunity for the guys to take what Ben Stokes has left in his absence.”
Shubman Gill is ruled out of the series due to an injury and on Monday, Mayank Agarwal was ruled out of the first Test due to a concussion, as a result, KL Rahul has now been drafted in as an opener.
India had last won a Test series in England in 2007 under the leadership of Rahul Dravid and after that, the Indian boys have struggled to get past the Three Lions at their own backyard.
India playing XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj.
England playing XI: Dominic Sibley, Rory Burns, Zak Crawley, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Dan Lawrence, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Ollie Robinson

Leave Cheteshwar Pujara alone, it’s for individuals to figure drawbacks in their game: Virat Kohli

The captain said that players at this level are aware of their responsibilities and undue criticism doesn’t bother them, least of all Pujara.

London : India captain Virat Kohali wants critics of Cheteswar Pujara’s batting to leave him alone as he strongly believes that it is up to individuals to figure out the “drawbacks” in their game.

Pujara is India’s second-highest Test run-getter in the current team after skipper Kohli with 6000 plus runs (6267) in 86 matches but has often been accused of playing an ultra-defensive game which increases pressure on batsmen who follow.

Asked about Pujara baiters, Kohli did come to his dependable No 3’s defence albeit with a rider.

“It’s been going on for a while and I honestly feel a player of his calibre and experience should be left alone and it should be absolutely with the individual to figure out what are the drawbacks in his game,” Kohli said on the eve of the first Test against England starting Wednesday.

The captain said that players at this level are aware of their responsibilities and undue criticism doesn’t bother them, least of all Pujara.

“Similarly with me or any other player in this team, we are very aware of the things we need to do for the benefit of the team. I can from outside say criticism is unnecessary but I know for a fact that Pujara doesn’t care and criticism is as relevant as you want it to be.

“People can say what they want to say on the outside and those are just words at the end of the day. If you feel they mean no value to you, you just carry on, walking on your path.”

While he predictably didn’t divulge the playing XI and whetherKL Rahul or Hanuma Vihari will open the innings, he did say that Shardul Thakur has the potential to become an all-rounder across formats.

“Yes, he can definitely be created (into an all-rounder). He already is a multi-dimensional cricketer and it’s all about him getting more and more confidence… someone like him brings a lot of balance to the Test team or for that matter any format of the game.

“Hardik has done that so far in the past and he is getting back on track to bowling regularly. These kind of cricketers help the team in massive massive way and Shardul is a huge prospect for us.

“Someone who will be very important not just this series but moving forward as well,” the skipper said of the Mumbai seamer, who picked up seven wickets and a half-century in the Brisbane Test against Australia earlier this year.

Compared to 2018, when the team lost 1-4 due to a couple of bad sessions, the skipper feels that they are “much better prepared” this time around with two months in England helping them to acclimatise with changes in the weather pattern.

“The players, who were inexperienced in 2018 are now more experienced. Yes, there will be failures but we will have enough players to raise their hands up and be counted in pressure situations.”

The key learning from the last series is understanding the art of damage control.

“Understanding how to control damage when things are not going your way. Test cricket is all about going through situations and then capitalising when things turn your way.

“It is because you won’t have all sessions going your way so when things do not favour you as a team, that’s an area we want to keep improving. The Test matches where we have done that, we have ended up winning.

“It all boils down to execution in those difficult moments.”

One question that certainly didn’t amuse him was how he would tackle the wily old James Anderson.

Asked if he has any special plans for Anderson and also on bettering his personal record of the 2018 series, the answer was a terse “No”. 

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