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West Indies vs Sri Lanka: Kieron Pollard smacks six sixes in an over against Akila Dananjaya in the first T20I

Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard. (Photo Source: Fan Code)

West Indies and Sri Lanka took on each other in the first T20I on March 3. On a tricky wicket at Coolidge Cricket Ground, Antigua, hosts won the toss and elected to field first. Opener Niroshan Dickwella played an important knock of 29-ball 33 runs to keep Sri Lanka in a good position. Pathum Nissanka’s 34-ball 39-run knock also helped Sri Lanka in putting up a total of 131 runs in 20 overs.

Coming to the chase, Caribbean openers Evin Lewis and Lendl Simmons gave them an explosive with a 52-run opening partnership. The comeback man Chris Gayle couldn’t do much as he went out for a golden duck. Akila Dananjaya was the wrecker-in-chief with a hat-trick. He picked Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, and Nicholas Pooran in three consecutive deliveries.

However, what highlighted the whole match is Kieron Pollard’s six sixes in an over. Pollard, who came to bat at No. 5, handled the proceedings in style. In the sixth over that was bowled by Dananjaya, Pollard recreated Yuvraj Singh‘s act. He became the second batsman in T20I cricket to achieve this rare feat.

Here’s how it happened:

Ball 1: Pollard sends Dananjaya for a six over long-on. He was quick to pick the length ball to smack it for a maximum.

Ball 2: Dananjaya tries this very full but Pollard, who is very strong in this very area, lofts it straight onto the sightscreen.

Ball 3: This was fired too full and Pollard was prompt enough to put this over long-off.

Ball 4: This goes over deep mid-wicket. Pollard quickly spots the wrong-un and was quick enough to send it for a maximum.

Ball 5: Dananjaya, this time, tries leg-break and Pollard puts it over long-on.

Ball 6: Dananjaya puts this one on the pads, but Pollard knows where to smack this as he smashes it over mid-wicket and bows down in style.

Watch the video here:

It was a roller-coaster ride for the Sri Lankan spinner as he managed to pick a hat-trick in the same game but the joy was shortened when Pollard smacked him for six sixes in an over. West Indies went on to win the match in just 13.1 overs by 4 wickets. Kieron Pollard was awarded the player of the match for his explosive batting.

Cricketing Trends on Social Media today

KL Rahul
KL Rahul. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The cricketing trends on social media revolved around a number of events. KL Rahul, the Indian right-handed batsman, posted a picture where he can be seen, having fun with his dog. Rahul will be leading the Punjab Kings in the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Rahul has also been an integral part of the national team, especially in ODI and T20I cricket. Umesh Yadav posted a picture where he can be seen, practising his heart out before the fourth and final Test against England, starting March 4 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

Umesh wasn’t a part of the squad and was roped in as a replacement for Shardul Thakur, who’s currently playing in the ongoing edition of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Dale Steyn, the veteran South Africa fast bowler, lauded Hasan Ali for his performances in the 2021 Pakistan Super League (PSL). The veteran Steyn is currently plying his trade for the Quetta Gladiators even as speedster Hasan is playing for the Shadab Khan-led Islamabad United.

Yuvraj Singh, the former Indian cricketer, urged his fans to take care of mother nature on World Wildlife Day. Umar Gul, the retired Pakistan speedster, wished the legendary Inzamam-ul-Haq on birthday. Lisa Sthalekar was excited to see Riley Meredith in the third T20I against New Zealand. Meredith picked up two wickets in the game.

1. KL Rahul enjoying with his dog

2. Umesh Yadav ready for the fourth and final Test against England

3. Hasan Ali thanks Dale Steyn for all the kind words

4. Yuvraj Singh urges his fans to protect mother nature

5. Lisa Sthalekar ready for some travelling

6. Carlos Brathwaite ready for Multan Sultans’ match against Lahore Qalandars

7. Rikki Clarke wishes Jade Dernbach on birthday

8. Umar Gul wishes Inzamam-ul-Haq on birthday

9. Manoj Tiwary has a strong message

10. Sachin Tendulkar wishes Shankar Mahadevan on birthday

11. Lisa Sthalekar excited to see Riley Meredith bowl

12. Azhar Ali wishes Inzamam-ul-Haq on birthday

13. Shikhar Dhawan striking a pose on World Wildlife Day

14. Vinod Kambli asks his fans to make a prediction

15. Aakash Chopra believes in having the ‘attitude of gratitude’

Top Stories: Things that made news in the cricket world today

Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

‘IPL gave us a platform to express ourselves’ – Ajinkya Rahane on Dale Steyn’s comments

  • Ajinkya Rahane, the vice-captain of India’s Test team, stated that the Indian Premier League (IPL) gives the players a platform to express themselves.
  • Rahane, apart from responding to Steyn’s opinion, is focussed on India’s fourth Test against England.
  • (Read more about the story)

IPL 2021: Aakash Chopra picks six probable standout players ahead of the tournament

  • Aakash Chopra picked six players whose recent performances should excite their IPL franchises.
  • Speaking about the same, Chopra reckoned that Devdutt’s red-hot form is an absolute delight for RCB.
  • (Read more about the story)

Dale Steyn clears air on ‘other leagues more rewarding than IPL’ comment

  • Steyn decided to skip IPL 2021 and was part of it in the earlier seasons.
  • In the latest turn of events, he has come up with a tweet that stated that IPL has been a great part of his career, and his words didn’t intend to disrespect or insult anyone.
  • (Read more about the story)

My current favourite T20 player is Nicholas Pooran: Steve Smith

  • Australia’s veteran batsman Steve Smith is currently playing his trade for New South Wales in the ongoing 2021 edition of Australia’s Domestic One-Day Cup tournament.
  • Smith isn’t a part of Australia’s squad for the ongoing five-match T20I series against New Zealand.
  • (Read more about the story)

Sanjay Manjrekar recalls an unfortunate incident when Geoffrey Boycott chose Anil Kumble’s performance over him

  • Former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has revealed a story about Geoffrey Boycott that has not been heard about.
  • That was the norm of ODI cricket back in the day. He revealed that commentators are assigned the job of picking the man of the match.
  • (Read more about the story)

India vs England: Rahul Tewatia fails to clear the fitness test ahead of T20I series

  • However, things have not been going smooth for him lately, as he failed to clear the fitness.
  • A source stated that players are given one more chance if they don’t meet the expectations in 1st attempt.
  • (Read more about the story)

PSL 2021, Match 12: Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators – Milestones for Faheem Ashraf, Sarfaraz Ahmed’s feat and more stats

Paul Stirling
Islamabad United’s Paul Stirling. (Photo by ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Islamabad United registered their third victory of this season of Pakistan Super League as they defeated Quetta Gladiators by 6 wickets. Quetta faced their fourth consecutive loss of this season. As has been the trend, the Islamabad team elected to bowl first after winning the toss. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed hit a brilliant fifty for Quetta in the first innings scoring 54 runs off 41 balls. He hit 4 sixes and 3 fours in his innings. Quetta posted 156/7 at the end of 20 overs in their innings.

Islamabad United looked very comfortable in their chase with their opener Paul Stirling hitting an explosive half-century. Stirling smashed 56 runs off 33 balls with the help of 8 fours and 2 sixes. Wicketkeeper Rohail Nazir too had an important contribution scoring 34 runs off 28 balls. Islamabad chased the total in 17 overs winning the match by 6 wickets.

Let’s look at important stats and numbers after the end of the twelfth match of PSL 2021:

Milestones for Faheem Ashraf

3/11Faheem Ashraf performed wonderfully with the ball picking 3 wickets in his 4 over spell by giving away only 11 runs. This is the joint-second most economical 4 over spell by a bowler in PSL history.

50 – Faheem Ashraf became the fourth bowler to complete 50 wickets in PSL. Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali and Mohammad Amir are the other three bowlers who have achieved this milestone.


Sarfaraz Ahmed’s feat

4 – Sarfaraz Ahmed hit 4 consecutive sixes in an over against Iftikhar Ahmed during his fiery knock. He is the fourth player to do so in league history so far.

1000Sarfaraz Ahmed also completed his 1000 runs in PSL during his innings. He is the eighth player to reach this mark. The wicketkeeper-batsman has scored 1050 runs in 56 matches at a strike rate of 128.67.


Terrible start for Quetta Gladiators

4 – Quetta Gladiators have now lost 4 starting matches in a row this season. This is the worst ever start for them in the league among all seasons.


Chasing trend continues

12 – For the 12th match in a row, a team chasing won the match this season. The teams have elected to bowl first in all these 12 matches.


Bad day for Mohammad Nawaz

13.66 – Mohammad Nawaz conceded 41 runs in his 3 overs at an economy rate of 13.66. This is the worst economy for a bowler in an innings in this season of PSL with a minimum of 3 overs bowled.

West Indies vs Sri Lanka, 2021: 1st T20I – Statistical Preview

Nicholas Pooran
Nicholas Pooran. (Photo Source: Twitter)

West Indies and Sri Lanka are set to meet in the first T20I of the three-match series to be played in Antigua. Sri Lanka will also take part in ODI and Test series on this to West Indies. Both teams will take to the field to sharpen their preparations ahead of the T20 World Cup to be held in India later this year.

Sri Lanka will miss the services of their captain Dasun Shanaka in the first T20Is as he faced visa-related issues. They will be led by Angelo Mathews as of now. West Indies side will be captained by their regular captain Kieron Pollard in the series.

Let’s look at important stats and numbers ahead of the first T20I between Sri Lanka and West Indies:

Head to Head: Both teams have faced 11 times till now in the shortest format of the game. Among these, Sri Lanka have got the better of West Indies 6 times while they have lost in the remaining matches.


4 – In the last 4 T20Is played between both teams, West Indies have won all the matches. Sri Lanka would hope to break their losing streak in this series.


105 – Chris Gayle has smashed 105 sixes in T20I format till now, which is the most by any player from West Indies. He needs 3 more sixes to go past Colin Munro and reach the fourth spot in terms of most T20I sixes hit overall.


20Chris Gayle will be playing an international match after almost 2 years. With him taking the field in the first T20I, his career span in international cricket will stretch over 20 years. He along with Shoaib Malik are the only two current cricketers to have such a long career span.


934 – Ewin Lewis has so far scored 934 runs in T20 Internationals. He needs 66 more runs to complete 1000 T20I runs and become the sixth player from West Indies to achieve the milestone.


27 – Chris Gayle has bagged 27 ducks in T20 cricket and is at joint second spot currently. If he gets out without scoring one more time, he will reach the joint top spot among players with most ducks in T20s. Dwayne Smith has the most ducks (28) in T20 cricket.


8Fidel Edwards has returned to the West Indies side after over 8 years. If he gets a chance in the first T20I, he will make a unique record. Among cricketers from Test-playing nations, this will be the third-longest gap between two appearances in an International match. Liam Plunkett and Joe Denly are at the top two spots in this regard.

PSL 2021, Match 15 – LAH vs ISL: Fan2Play Fantasy Cricket Tips, Prediction, Playing XI and Pitch Report

Match Details

The 15th Match of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 season will be played between Lahore Qalandars and Islamabad United at the National Stadium in Karachi.

This match will start at 7:30 PM IST (7 PM local time). It will be telecasted on Sony Sports Network and can be streamed live on Sony LIV.

Preview

We are at a stage in the league everything is happening. But, in the middle of this, a contest between the two teams who have been quite good in the league is going to be a good match-up for the fans who are watching. Currently, Islamabad United is holding the third position while Lahore Qalandars are sitting tight on the fourth position. Both the teams have won three of their four matches so far in the league.

Given the contests which the PSL 2021 has provided, this match will also witness some quality battles within the main battle. Both the teams have been good while chasing in this tournament, so it will be interesting to watch them go against each other. Lahore is coming into this match after beating Karachi Kings, while Islamabad is coming into this match with a win on their back against Quetta Gladiators.

Probable Playing XIs

Lahore Qalandars

Fakhar Zaman, Zeeshan Ashraf, Joe Denly, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohail Akhtar (c), Ben Dunk (wk), Samit Patel, David Wiese, Shaheen Afridi, Ahmed Daniyal, Haris Rauf

Islamabad United

Paul Stirling, Alex Hales, Shadab Khan (c), Iftikhar Ahmed, Rohail Nazir (wk), Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Muhammad Musa

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Captaincy Picks

Mohammad Hafeez (Lahore Qalandars)

Lahore Qalandars’ middle order has looked solid in this tournament mainly because of the exploits of Mohammad Hafeez. He has used his experience to good effect and the Qalandars are benefiting from it. He has scored 181 runs in the four innings which he has played in the tournament. His strike rate has been really good, standing at 176 after four innings.

Alex Hales (Islamabad United)

The opening batsman from England is one of the best T20 players in the world currently. In the last few months, he has been quite aggressive with the bat in the powerplay, which benefitted Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League and a similar strategy is helping Islamabad United. He is yet to score a 50+ score in the tournament, but he has still managed 139 runs with a strike rate of 171.

Fan2Play Fantasy Cricket Tips

2-Player Team

Alex Hales, Mohammad Hafeez (C)

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3-Player Team

Fakhar Zaman, Paul Stirling, Shaheen Afridi (C)

4-Player Team

David Wiese, Faheem Ashraf (C), Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali

11-Player Team

Ben Dunk, Zeeshan Ashraf, Paul Stirling, Alex Hales (VC), Fakhar Zaman, David Wiese, Mohammad Hafeez (C), Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi.

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‘It will be lovely if you ask us this question on an England, New Zealand or Australia tour’ – Virat Kohli on ongoing pitch debate

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: RANDY BROOKS/AFP via Getty Images)

India will lock horns against England in the last Test of the four-match series at Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad on March 4. This is a crucial game for India as they need a victory or draw to book a berth for themselves in the final of the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship

alongside New Zealand.

On the eve of the highly-anticipated Test match, Indian skipper Virat Kohli appeared before the press where he gave his views regarding India’s Playing XI, the infamous pitch debate and the formidable bench strength of India. However, Kohli refrained himself from giving away too much information regarding the hosts team-combination for the final Test.

When asked about the potential Playing XI, the 32-year-old reckoned that the hosts aren’t looking forward to making many changes in their winning line-up from the last Test. However, they will be forced to find a replacement for Jasprit Bumrah as it is learned that the ace pacer has demanded some time-off to prepare for his marriage.

“We will have a look at the pitch again tomorrow. We have a certain set idea of what we want to go with. Bumrah is obviously not available. So, we just have to see what we want to go in with. There won’t be many changes to the last eleven that played. Most probably a similar kind of combination,” Virat Kohli said during the press conference.

The Test series between India and England has been constantly making headlines mainly due to the pitches that are curated to benefit the Men in Blue. Many former players including Michael Vaughan, Steve Waugh and Inzamam-Ul-Haq have slammed India for making unsuitable pitches and using the home advantage to the extreme.

We have guys who are hungry and ready to play: Virat Kohli

Opining on the same, Virat Kohli gave a stern reply saying, “It will be lovely if you ask us this question on an England, New Zealand or Australia tour. Not when you’ve seen two turning pitches in India. That question is irrelevant for me at this point.”

The Indian skipper believes that losing Jasprit Bumrah ahead of the fourth Test isn’t a big issue for India as they have many players who are looking forward to getting a single opportunity to prove their mettle. Virat also provided a fitness update on the players saying that there are no health concerns for the team and everyone is fit.

“Jasprit didn’t play the Test match that we won in Chennai. That shows you our bench strength. Having him obviously is a big boost for us. Having said that, our bench strength is very very strong at the moment. We have guys who are hungry and ready to play. There are no health concerns; everyone is fit and fine here,” Virat Kohli signed off.

Twitter Reactions: Zimbabwe stun Afghanistan inside two days to script a 10-wicket win in Abu Dhabi

Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Zimbabwe’s return to Test cricket proved to be better than what some would have expected. Interestingly, much to the disappointment of true cricket fans, the Test match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi ended in two days. On day two, Zimbabwe’s bowling unit continued their dominance by bowling out Afghanistan twice in two days.

The day started with Zimbabwe on 133 for 5, with a mere two-run lead. Captain Sean Williams, who was batting overnight after reaching his fifty, continued his innings and notched up his third Test century. His partnership with wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva of 75 runs for the seventh wicket, turned out to be a turning point in the match. Chakabva’s 44 from 71 balls had attacking strokes which put Afghanistan’s bowling on the back foot.

Afghanistan struck early in the day, dismissing Ryan Burl, but the pair of Chakabva-Williams made sure Zimbabwe took a substantial lead in the first innings. After Chakabva got out, the skipper batted with the tail and helped his side reach 250. Williams was finally dismissed for 105. Amir Hamza ended with his career-best figures of 6 for 75, but a lead of 119 runs was always going to be critical.

Seamers and captain Sean Williams help Zimbabwe down Afghanistan

Zimbabwe pacers were at it once again on day two. After getting eight wickets between them in the first innings, the trio of Blessing Muzarabani, Victor Nyauchi and Donald Tiripano managed eight more among each other on a pitch, which generally doesn’t provide a lot of assistance to the seamers. Afghanistan had a really bad start, losing half of their side for a score of 21 and were staring at an innings defeat.

However, opener Ibrahim Zadran showed tremendous class, hanging in there for a long time, something which his teammates would want to do when they come out for the second test. At 81 for 7, Afghanistan had built their innings a little bit. A partnership between Ibrahim and Hamza helped Afghanistan to ensure that Zimbabwe would have to bat again.

However, Zadran’s 76 could help Afghanistan reach only 135 runs, leaving Zimbabwe with 17 runs to register a historic win. The openers finished the chase in 20 balls, to script a 10-wicket win. The two teams will once again come against each other, when they play the second Test from March 10.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

‘There is no issue with skill or headspace’ – Virat Kohli on Kuldeep Yadav’s exclusion from Playing XI

Virat Kohli and Kuldeep Yadav
Virat Kohli and Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)

India’s ace spinner Kuldeep Yadav can be considered as one of the most unlucky cricketers of recent times. Despite finding a place in the Indian squad for almost all the tours, the spinner has found it extremely hard to break into the playing XI. After a long wait of almost two years, Kuldeep finally made a comeback for India in the longest format of the game as he was a part of India’s playing XI for the second Test against England in Chennai.

However, the left-arm leg-spinner bowled just a bit more than 12 overs in the Test and was replaced by Washington Sundar in the third Test. This move by the Indian team raised a lot of eyebrows but the Indian skipper Virat Kohli clarified that Kuldeep’s exclusion from the Playing XI has nothing to do with his skillset or headspace. Kohli asserted that the 26-year-old was not in the Playing XI due to the team combination.

“There is no issue with skill or headspace. His (Kuldeep Yadav’s) game is absolutely precise. He is bowling better than he has ever bowled before. Combinations, we need to make sure we cover all facets of the game and have our strongest talented squad on the park,” Virat Kohli said during the press conference on the eve of the fourth Test.

When Jadeja is playing, Kuldeep comes into the picture: Virat Kohli

India’s celebrated all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja had sustained a thumb injury during the third Test of the four-match Border Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia and hasn’t featured in a single match since then. Axar Patel came as a replacement for Jadeja in the Test series against England and has performed exceptionally well thus far.

Virat Kohli believes that Kuldeep would have definitely played the Test matches if Jadeja was included in the Playing XI as the all-rounder comes handy with the bat for the Men in Blue and has proved his mettle as an all-rounder for many number of times in the past.

“See when Jadeja is playing, Kuldeep comes into the picture because of Jadeja’s experience with the bat and the number of times he has done the job for the team. Kuldeep is a very skillful bowler and will always be in consideration for whatever games we have in front of us,” Virat Kohli concluded.

IND vs ENG 4th Test: Fan2Play Fantasy Cricket Tips, Prediction, Playing XI and Pitch Report

Match Details

The 4th and final Test of India and England’s four-match series will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad from 4th March 2021.

This match will start at 9:30 PM IST It will be telecasted on Sony Sports Network and can be streamed live on Disney+Hotstar.

Preview

After a shocking defeat in the first Test at Chennai, India has won two on the bounce and is entering into the final clash of the four-match series with a lead of 2-1. In the much-anticipated pink-ball Test at Ahmedabad last week, a dominant home side secured a victory in merely five sessions, as the game was wrapped inside two days. If Rohit Sharma’s form in the last two Tests has been a delight for India in the batting department, Axar Patel and Ravi Ashwin have been not behind with the ball.

Despite England playing their veteran duo of Stuart Broad and James Anderson in tandem, the result, quite expectedly, did not go their way on a track they entirely misjudged. The 10-wicket loss in the last fixture has ruled England out of the contention for the World Test Championship final, although they still hold the position to deny India a spot, should they manage to win the final Test. Meanwhile, all that India needs to secure the final berth against New Zealand is to avoid a loss.

Probable Playing XIs

India

Predicted XI: Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav/Mohammad Siraj

England

Predicted XI: Zak Crawley, Dom Sibley, Joe Root (C), Jonny Bairstow, Ben Foakes (WK), Ben Stokes, Ollie Pope, Dom Bess, Jack Leach, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad

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Captaincy picks

Rohit Sharma

After a host of questions raised against his name in the longer format, Rohit Sharma has responded to his critics in some style. A dashing 161-run knock at Chennai followed by a brilliant half-century (66 from 96) has put Sharma second on the list of highest run-scorers in the series thus far: 296 at 59.20.

Joe Root

After a marathon 218-run knock at Chepauk, Joe Root’s scores in the series have been 40, 6, 33, 17, and 19. His scores indicate that he has failed to convert the starts into something substantial and has been dismissed soon after getting himself in. Although after two crushing defeats, expect him to come in good stead before the teams enter into the shorter format.

Fan2Play Fantasy Cricket Tips

2-Player Team

Joe Root, Rohit Sharma (C)

3-Player Team

Axar Patel, Jack Leach, Ravi Ashwin (C)

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4-Player Team

Ben Stokes, Joe Root (C), Rishabh Pant, Virat Kohli

11-Player Team

Rishabh Pant, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Joe Root, Virat Kohli (VC), Ben Stokes, Axar Patel, Ravi Ashwin (C), Jofra Archer, Ishant Sharma, Jack Leach

Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.