World No 1 India defeated Australia by 6 wickets in the third and deciding T20I in Hyderabad. Virat Kohli scored 63 while Suryakumar Yadav hit 69 as India chased down a 187-run target on the penultimate ball of the game. India was tottering at 30 for 2 at one stage but the Kohli-Suryakumar duo added 104 runs for the third wicket to keep the side in the hunt. After the wicket of Suryakumar, Kohli took the charge but he also fell in the last over before Hardik Pandya could give the finishing touch. India needed four runs to win off the final two balls when Hardik hit a boundary to cap off the game.
Earlier, Tim David played a 54-run knock and Cameron Green smashed a 21-ball 52 as Australia posted 186 for 7 in 20 overs. Lanky Axar Patel once again starred with the ball picking 3 for 33 in his four overs.
Indian Skipper Rohit Sharma blazed away to an unbeaten 46 as India registered a series-levelling six-wicket win over Australia in the second T20I here on Friday. Chasing Australia a total of 91, Rohit scored 46 off 20 balls which included four boundaries and as many sixes to take India over the line with four balls to spare in the rain-affected game.
Earlier, Matthew Wade smacked an unbeaten 20-ball 43 to fire Australia to a challenging 90 for five. Wade hit four boundaries and three towering sixes -- all in the final over off Harshal Patel (0/32) -- while skipper Aaron Finch hit 31 off 15 after wet outfield due to overnight rain reduced the match to an 8 overs-a-side contest.
Brief Score: Australia: 90 for 5 (Matthew Wade 43 not out, Aaron Finch 31; Axar Patel 2/13). India: 92 for 4 in 7.2 overs (Rohit 46*; Adam Zampa 3/16).
The Supreme Court allowed the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) plea in connection with the amendments proposed to its constitution to relax the cooling-off period requirement.
The cooling-off period for office bearers will kick in after two consecutive terms at either the BCCI or at the state association level. The office bearers can now have a maximum of 12 years at one go: two three-year terms at the state association level and two three-year terms at the BCCI, and after this, the cooling-off will be applicable.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the BCCI, submitted before a bench of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and Hima Kohli that clause 6 as approved by the top court indicates that a person who has competed one term at the state cricket association level followed by one term at the BCCI would have to undergo a three-year cooling off period.
Therefore, the cooling-off period would come into effect after only one term at the BCCI. During the hearing, Mehta had submitted before the bench that three years is a very short time period to prove leadership qualities to take the sport forward, and urged this provision, in the existing constitution, be modified to reflect that it comes into effect after an office-bearer has completed two consecutive terms.
The top court noted submissions from senior advocate Maninder Singh, amicus curiae in the matter, that there was no justification in confining the cooling-off period to the President and Secretary, and it should extend to all office-bearers at the BCCI.
Accepting the proposed amendments to the constitution by the BCCI, the top court noted that it is of the view that this would not dilute the spirit and object of the cooling-off period if implemented after an individual has completed two terms at either BCCI or state association level.
The BCCI sought to amend its constitution concerning the tenure of its office bearers including its President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah by doing away with the mandatory cooling-off period between tenures of office bearers across state cricket associations and the BCCI.
The top court had accepted reforms in the BCCI recommended by Justice R.M. Lodha-led committee.
Premium pace spearheads Jasprit Bumrah and death overs specialist Harshal Patel were back as the national selection committee didn't spring any surprise in the 15-man India squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia starting October 16. India will play their first match against Pakistan at the MCG on October 23.
Bumrah, who was suffering from a back injury and Harshal, who had a side strain, had done an intense rehabilitation programme at the National Cricket Academy and the BCCI medical team has deemed them fit for the marquee series. The two players, who missed out on a World Cup berth were pacer Avesh Khan and leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi, who was pipped by senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
Bishnoi was fantastic against Pakistan in the Super 4s game of the Asia Cup where he had outshone senior wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal but Chahal was an automatic choice but Bishnoi's fight was always for the third spinner's slot with veteran Ravichandran Ashwin.
Obviously, two leg-spinners wouldn't have added variations but Ashwin's presence on big Australian grounds and his ability to take the ball away from the left-handers got precedence. Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka (likely Qualifier in India's group) all have a couple of left-handers in the top five and if Ashwin is played, he can exploit that advantage.
For World Cup: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.
Standby players - Mohd. Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar.
Dasun Shanaka-led Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 23 runs in the final of 2022 Asia Cup T20 tournament which was played at Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.
Pakistan were bowled out for 147 runs in 20 overs in reply to 171-run target. The win on Sunday was Sri Lanka’s sixth triumph in Asia Cup history.
Earlier, Pakistan pacers started with a bang before Bhanuka Rajapaksa's brilliant 71 not out took Sri Lanka to a challenging 170 for 6. It was a good toss to win for Babar Azam until Rajapaksa's calculated assault at the death saw 50 runs being scored off last 4 overs.
Aggressive Sri Lanka defeated India by 6 wickets in the Super 4 match. Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Captain Dasun Shanaka kept Sri Lanka ahead in the hunt towards the end to take them through. Earlier, Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin brought India back in the game. While Chahal has claimed three wickets to open up the match. This happened after the opening partnership between Kusal Mendis and Pathum Nissanka kept India at bay for a long.
India posted 173 for 8 on the board, thanks to Rohit Sharma's 72-run knockoff 41 balls. Rohit Sharma's blazing fifty laid a solid platform for India but the side failed to make the most of it as Sri Lanka chipped in with wickets at regular intervals after the departure of the Indian skipper. Rohit Sharma first raced to his 28th T20I fifty in only 32 balls and then ran amok to tear apart the Sri Lankan bowlers before the latter bounced back in unison. Dilshan Madushanka claimed three wickets, while Chamika Karunaratne and Dasun Shanaka claimed two wickets apiece. Sri Lanka captain Shanaka had won the toss and opted to bowl first in the Super 4 tie of the ongoing Asia Cup.
Redeemed Hardik Pandya showed nerves of steel to steer India to a thrilling five-wicket win over Pakistan in an Asia Cup Group A match at the Dubai International Stadium. Chasing a target of 148, Hardik hit three boundaries and a six in the last two overs to take India home with two balls to spare. Pandya remained unbeaten on 33, while both Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja played knocks of 35 each to give India a decent platform. Earlier, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya starred with the ball as India bowled out Pakistan for 147 in the Asia Cup clash in Dubai. Bhuvneshwar picked four for 26, while Hardik also returned with figures of three for 25 after India invited Pakistan to bat at the Dubai International Stadium. The Indian pacers targetted Pakistan batters with short balls. Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave India the perfect start by picking up the big wicket of Babar Azam. Avesh Khan then removed the dangerous Fakhar Zaman within the powerplay to put Rohit Sharma's team in a great position. Bhuvneshwar and Hardik cleaned up the Pakistan tail. Rizwan top-score with a fine 43, before Shahnawaz Dahani and Haris Rauf took Pakistan to a respectable total.
Brief scores: Pakistan 147 all out in 19.5 overs (Mohammad Rizwan 43, Iftikhar Ahmed 28; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4-26, Hardik Pandya 3-24) lost to India 148-5 in 19.4 overs (Virat Kohli 35, Ravindra Jadeja 35; Mohammad Nawaz 3-33, Naseem Shah 2-27) by five wickets
India is ready to settle scores with Pakistan in the marquee Asia Cup match today, while Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have been the two pillars of India's white-ball team for the past decade but having received a rude jolt at this very venue 10 months back during the T20 World Cup, the duo exactly know where it stands and what it need to do to turn the tables.
Rohit will be eagar to test his ultra aggressive batting template against the Asian giants, for Kohli it will be the perfect platform to return to form after enduring a tough phase in the last few years. There would be a bigger picture also and that is to set the core combination for the T20 World Cup in Australia in order by the end of this tournament.
With no bilateral contests between the cross-border neighbours for 10 years now and nothing on the anvil in near future, the geo-political tension does always make for a heady build-up. But the lack of regular games mean that Indo-Pak rivalries are rather held between unfamiliar foes rather than familiar ones.
One can't plan a lot against an opposition whom a team plays once or twice a year, while one has to expect the unexpected. The last meeting India played Pakistan, they didn't have any idea how much Shaheen Shah Afridi had improved. The result was a 10-wicket defeat.
A lot was said after Afridi's two-over opening spell send jitters in the Indian camp during the last T20 World Cup opener and India's erstwhile team management did cop a lot of flak for its archaic batting approach in shortest format of the game. Questions were raised whether the sameness in the top-order with three right-handers make it easy for a good left-arm paceman to set the alarm bells ringing.
For today, there will be no Afridi to bend it back into the top three India right-handers but the fact remains that despite all the experimentations done by coach Rahul Dravid, the top-order remains exactly the same after that debacle in Dubai.
Rishabh Pant-Rohit pair showed a lot of promise with its gung-ho approach and Suryakumar Yadav at the top looked menacing with his all-round strokes. Deepak Hooda, although against Ireland, was audacious as an opener but with Kohli and KL Rahul available, it will be experience that will get first preference going into a high-profile game.
In the new set-up, KL Rahul is coming back up after a surgery and COVD-19 related lay-off. He hasn't played a single international T20 game in 2022. In case of Kohli, the number stands at four with a half-century against a sub-par West Indies attack. Rohit, in the interim, has played some attractive little knocks but more importantly has tweaked his batting philosophy as per the needs of the team.
"It's great to see the new approach of Indian team, started after the last World Cup, following the words of captain by everyone, we are hoping to continue this," vice-captain Rahul said on Friday during a media interaction.
A lot, however, will depend on how the trio of Suryakumar, Pant and Hardik Pandya perform between overs 10 and 20. The trio with its explosive strength can perhaps take the Afridi-less Pakistan attack to cleaners with designated finisher Dinesh Karthik likely to sit out.
Babar Azam is very different from some of the Pakistani greats who have led the national team over the years. A player, who is as much about method as he is about talent, Babar has brought a calmness that has worked more often than not in the past couple of years since he took charge.
Along with Mohammed Rizwan, he forms a formidable combination at the top but both have respective strike-rates of less than 130.
It worked wonders when they chased a modest total in Dubai last year but will it work when they bat first.
While Fakhar Zaman at No. 3 also lends solidity, the rest of the batters haven't shown enough consistency. The likes of flamboyant Asif Ali, Khushdil Shah, Haider Ali are good players but have little to show at the international level in terms of regular runs.
The match will test young Arshdeep's skills but more so his temperament in trying circumstances. Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya's presence does add to the balance but the bone of contention will be if Rohit and interim head coach VVS Laxman opt for extra spinner Ravichandran Ashwin or Ravi Bishnoi at the expense of tearaway quick Avesh Khan, who could be profligate and deadly at the same time.
This match promises to be a close contest than the last one.
Tokyo Olympics javelin throw champion Neeraj Chopra, who clinched the historic silver medal at the 2022 World Athletics Championships, is elated from his performance and thanked everyone for the support, adding that the challenging final was a good learning experience for him.
With his best throw of 88.13m, Neeraj won silver and ended India's 19-year-long wait for a medal at the World Athletics Championships. This was India's second medal at the World Championships and the first podium finish since Anju Bobby George won a bronze medal in long jump at Paris in 2003.
"I'm feeling really great today to have won a silver medal for the country. Next year again, we have the World Championships and the aim will be to do better there. A big thanks to SAI, the federation and the government who have supported us and given us a foreign coach and sent us abroad for training. I hope in every sport, we keep getting support and we make more progress," said Neeraj after his World Championships heroics.
The 24-year old Indian, who made the cut for the Oregon 2022 men's javelin throw final courtesy an 88.39m mark in the qualification, made a disappointing start with a foul.
Needing to shatter his personal best and the national record of 89.94m, set at the Stockholm Diamond League last month, for a shot at gold, Neeraj posted 82.39m and 86.37m with his second and third attempts, respectively. However, he was still short of a medal position after the third series of throws.
"In the first three throws, I did not feel good. My warm-up was not good. I felt something in my groin during the throw but I think it is OK," the Indian ace said.
The star athlete also mentioned that the windy conditions were challenging and he learnt from it.
"Conditions were not great, there was a lot of wind. But I felt that I would get a good throw. It was a good experience today. Also to throw with such wind, I learned something from this," he said.
Chopra finally climbed up into the top three with an 88.13m fourth attempt which saw him leapfrog the Czech Republic's Jakub Vadlejch and Germany's Julian Weber into the silver medal position. The Tokyo Olympics champion fouled his fifth and sixth attempts but had done enough to win India its maiden silver medal at the World Championships.
"After the fourth throw I felt discomfort in my thigh. (His thigh was strapped). After the fourth throw I could not throw as much effort as I would have liked. I will know if I am ok in the morning," Chopra said about his fitness.
Talking about the 90m mark and his arch-rival Anderson Peters from Grenada, who won the gold with his best effort of 90.54m the final at the Hayward Field, the Indian said his opponent put in a lot of effort.
"90 metres throw is not easy, Peters put in a lot of effort. I keep saying every athlete has his day. Every competition is different for every athlete. We should not compare athletes," he said.
They need to play to the left arm (pace bowling) a little bit better. History tells you that Shaheen Shah Afridi blew them away one evening in Dubai, Mohammad Amir blew them away one afternoon at the Oval in a final, and Reece Topley has blown them away here (at Old Trafford)," where former England captain Nasser Hussain's words during the ODI series decider match on Sunday.
Hussain's words came after India's star-studded top order of captain Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli fell to left-arm pacers for the second time in as many matches during the ODI series in England. It again highlighted that India's top-order batters facing trouble and getting out to left-arm pace bowlers has been a perennial problem, which doesn't look like going away anytime soon.
Mustafizur Rahman at Bangladesh in 2015. Mohammad Amir at the 2017 Champions Trophy final in 2017 at The Oval. Jason Behrendorff in a T20I match at Guwahati in 2017. Trent Boult in 2017 and the ODI World Cup semi-final in 2019. Shaheen Shah Afridi in Dubai in 2021 T20 World Cup. Now, Reece Topley has joined his name in the list of left-hand pacers troubling the Indian top-order in white-ball cricket.
At Lord's, with England finding some nip off the pitch, Topley ran through the Indian top-order. With his tall frame of six feet and seven inches, he got some bounce as well and got a full ball on the middle stump to nip back in from over the wicket and sneaked past the inner edge to rap Rohit on his back pad in front of stumps.
Topley's persistence fetched him another scalp when he strangled Shikhar Dhawan down the leg with a short ball. From the other end, David Willey was accurate and was rewarded for the same when he bowled a length ball wide of off-stump and had Virat Kohli chasing it away from the body, only to nick behind.
At Old Trafford, it was Topley again who was causing issues to India's top order. He enticed Dhawan to go for a drive away from his body, which the left-hander couldn't keep it down and gave a low catch to a backward point. Rohit was undone by a full delivery going across, which he nicked to slip. Kohli was also given the full and across the ball from Topley, but he had committed to coming forward and gave an edge behind.
If one goes by the overall record in ODIs, then the struggle of India's top three becomes more apparent. In ODIs, Sharma has been dismissed by left-arm pacers on 28 occasions and averages 50.46 with a strike rate of 54.4. Dhawan averages 37.5 against left-arm pace with a strike rate of 96 and has been dismissed 26 times. Kohli has been dismissed 30 times by left-arm pacers and averages 47.67 with a strike rate of 97.5.
In general, batters find it hard to face a left-arm fast bowler. One of the reasons could be that the number of left-arm pace bowlers is rare in international cricket. Also, in helpful conditions where there is movement or bounce available, especially when coming from over the wicket, they tend to be unplayable occasionally.
Another basis could be the lack of quality left-arm fast bowlers in the current Indian setup. After the retirement of Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan and Ashish Nehra, India have tried many left-arm pacers like Barinder Sran, Khaleel Ahmed, Jaydev Unadkat, T Natarajan and more recently, youngster Arshdeep Singh (who is currently down with a right abdominal strain). The IPL 2022 also threw in new, promising names like Mohsin Khan, Yash Dayal and Mukesh Choudhary.
But the lack of habit of facing left-arm quicks ever since the troika of Zaheer, Pathan and Nehra retired is slowly causing problems for Indian batters, especially the top-order, as they don't have a quality left-arm fast bowler who can swing the ball both ways and extract bounce to face in the nets. Not facing a left-arm pacer regularly in nets means that the Indian top-order batters find it difficult to adjust their stance and movement at the crease when an actual match happens.
So, how do the Indian top-order batters solve their left-arm pace problem? The solution to it lies in a masterclass video done by England's talismanic batter Joe Root, which is available on Youtube, on how he would make adjustments to counter left-arm fast bowlers coming from an over-the-wicket angle.
"Generally, I would stand on middle stump, trying to keep it quiet neutral, opening up both sides of the wicket. Maybe to a left-armer, my back foot goes slightly further across. My left foot will open up slightly and I try and just align my shoulder with where the ball is coming from."
"I want the bat to come down dead straight and follow it back down the path it came. Early on in my innings, I would try and make sure that widish mid-off is where you really want to hit it to give yourself the best chance."
Root's masterclass could be a good tutorial for the Indian top-order to tackle the left-arm fast bowlers in white-ball cricket. In numerous previous occasions, India's top-order meltdown to left-arm pacers has cost them crucial matches, especially in the ICC tournaments. Hopefully, Indian top-order batters will fix this chink in their armour ahead of two crucial white-ball World Cups coming in the next 16 months.
India pacer Jasprit Bumrah's career-best 6/19 in the first One-day International against England at The Kennington Oval saw him break quite a few records, with the most notable being usurping spinner Kuldeep Yadav's 6/25 against England in Nottingham in 2018.
Bumrah's sensational performance helped India bowl out England for a paltry 110 in 25.2 overs after winning the toss and opting to bowl first in bowling-friendly conditions. The 28-year-old became the first India pace bowler to take six wickets in an ODI in England.
Bumrah's magical bowling followed by a solid unbeaten opening stand between Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan led India to a crushing 10-wicket win over England and take 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Bumrah also registered the third-best figures by an Indian bowler in ODIs, now only behind Stuart Binny (6/4) and Anil Kumble (6/12). He joined the elite list of 10 Indian bowlers to have picked six wickets in an innings in ODIs, according to ICC.
India made the best use of the conditions by opting to bowl first and Bumrah drew first blood in the second over with a double-wicket maiden claiming Jason Roy and Joe Root for a duck.
He then dismissed the dangerous Jonny Bairstow and scalped Liam Livingstone with a peach of a delivery. And then he cleaned up the tail to finish with magical figures of 7.2-3-19-6.
England were bowled out for 110, their lowest total in the 50-over format against India. Four of England's top six went back without troubling the scorers. Led by Bumrah, the Indian pace attack was on fire, with Mohammed Shami picking up three wickets and Prasidh Krishna claiming the remaining one.