Hardik getting closer to playing but MI won't rush him back: Bond
Abu Dhabi, Sep 24 (Cricket News) Star all-rounder Hardik Pandya is "close to playing" but Mumbai Indians won't rush him back as the franchise is also keeping in mind the needs of the Indian team while managing his workload, MI bowling coach Shane Bond said.
Pandya, who has hardly bowled ever since returning to action after a back surgery last year, missed his second successive IPL game in the UAE leg but Bond asserted that the Baroda player was training well and hopefully will make a mark in the business end of the tournament.
"Look, Hardik is training well, like Rohit. He is getting closer to playing. We are obviously balancing the needs of our team with the needs of Team India as well," Bond said at the post-match press conference when asked about Hardik's status.
Mumbai Indians suffered a seven-wicket loss to Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday in their IPL game. It was after their 20-run loss to Chennai Super Kings in the first game after resumption.
"The one thing that this franchise does very well is look after its players with an eye on not only to try and win this competition but also on the T20 World Cup that's following on," said the former New Zealand speedster.
"We are hopeful that Hardik will be back for the next match. As I said, he has trained today and trained pretty well by all counts." Mumbai head coach Mahela Jayawardene had earlier said that Hardik was kept out of the IPL game against Chennai Super Kings as a precautionary measure as he had a little niggle.
Bond backed the team management's decision to not play Hardik in the first two matches.
"We are obviously desperate to put him back out on the field. But like anything you have to balance everything up, you have to also consider what the player wants," he said.
"There's also no point rushing him back to get injured to miss the rest of the tournament when we may have a chance to win it.
"I think we are doing the right thing and hopeful (that) we will get him back shortly and he'll have an impact on the back-end of the tournament and get us into the playoffs and hopefully win the tournament from there." On Thursday, Mumbai Indians were restricted to sub-par 155 and Bond said that the defending champions were well short of the score.
"I think it was a 175-180 kind of wicket and we were well short of the score. And KKR bowled beautifully, bowled disciplined and then came out and really put us under pressure with the bat and dominated the game and they really deserved to win," said the 46-year-old.
Bond conceded that his team was completely outplayed by the Eoin Morgan-led KKR.
"Today, they played well. You have to give them credit. They were positive, put us under pressure. We bowled some balls that by our standards weren't good enough," he said.
"You can say that they put pressure on us and we weren’t good enough to respond. Look, we have won four of the last six tournaments on the back of some brilliant bowling performances.
"We will improve, I am sure, over the next coming outings. I am not concerned about that. We were just outplayed today but expect a lot better from us in our next game."
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Kolkata Knight Riders defeat Mumbai Indians for the first time since 2019 to enter the top 4
(Cricket news) KKR defeated MI for only the 7th time in IPL history. This allowed KKR to overtake MI in the points table to enter the top 4. Eoin Morgan won the toss and put MI into bat. Mumbai had a brilliant start with Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock firing on all cylinders. Prasidh Krishna and Sunil Narine got rid of the openers and the wickets started tumbling. Lockie Ferguson bowled a brilliant last over to restrict MI to 155. Apart from the openers, Kieron Pollard was the only batsman that looked good before he was run out.
KKR chased the target of 156 in just over 15 overs. Venkatesh Iyer continued his great form as he scored 53 of just 30 balls. Rahul Tripathi anchored the chase scoring 74 off 42 deliveries. Jasprit Bumrah's 3 wickets went in vain as every MI bowler including him leaked way too many runs. It was not Mumbai's day as luck massively favoured KKR. Trent Boult and Rahul Chahar were uncharacteristically smacked all over the park.
Kolkata have started the 2nd phase in grand fashion and look very likely to make it to the playoffs. Their next game is against Chennai Super Kings on 26th September. Things are not looking good for Mumbai with two very lackluster performances. Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan have failed to make an impact in these two games. MI needs them back in form in order to qualify for the playoffs. Hardik Pandya's absence is clearly felt and the sooner he gets fit the better it will be for Mumbai Indians. Their next game is against RCB on 26th September.
In the last two games, superstars have been our bowlers: Morgan
Abu Dhabi, Sep 24 (Cricket News) Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan has hailed his bowlers as "superstars" of the team, saying their "outstanding" performance in the last two IPL games has allowed the openers to play with freedom.
KKR bowlers had bundled out Royal Challengers Bangalore for a meagre 92 in their first game since IPL resumption and on Thursday restricted a marauding Mumbai Indian line-up to just 155.
Rookie Venkatesh Iyer (53) also left many in awe of his talent as he smashed a 27-ball 41 in the first game and then hit his maiden IPL fifty on Thursday to help KKR tame MI by seven wickets and enter the top-four in the points table.
"I don't think it's one player that's changed the outlook of the team. I think in the last two games, the superstars in our side have been the bowlers, they have been outstanding on really good wickets to bat on here at Abu Dhabi," Morgan said at the post-match media conference.
"And I think that allowed our opening pair in (of) Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer to go out and play their natural game." Morgan lavished praise on the lanky south-paw Iyer for his "imposing" innings at the top of the order.
"I think Venkatesh played an innings today that would match a guy who's played possibly 50 IPL games. The freedom in which he has played with has really ... it was quite imposing as a batsman at the top of the order to be able to do that and today was no different," he said.
"He's continued on his form from the first day. So, I don't think it's one player, I think it's collectively, I think it is set up by our bowling line-up which was magnificent again." Morgan also lauded the bowlers for executing the plans "unbelievably well".
"I don't think it's a massive gamble, I think there is a lot of preparation and strategy that go into the decisions that are made on the field," he said.
"Obviously, when you are on the field, you need to adjust to what’s happening with the pitch and conditions here at Abu Dhabi. And I think we had good games both with strategy and planning because the bowlers have executed unbelievably well.
"They have been in fine form, they have managed to do that and make the rest of our preparation look really good." Morgan also singled out the contribution of the spinners, who have been able to show their "high-quality" skills despite not getting much help from the wickets.
"I think, the quality of our spin bowlers means that they can bowl in conditions that aren't friendly to spin bowling and I don't particularly think that Abu Dhabi is, yes, the boundaries are bigger, but the two games that we have played, the ball hasn't turned pretty much at all...
"So far, they haven't played a massive part, it is just the high-quality that they are producing." Morgan was also pleased to see his team play an "aggressive brand of cricket" that he alongwith KKR head coach Brendon McCullum have been advocating.
"It is extremely pleasing. We want the best for everybody in the changing room and the aggressive cricket that we have shown in the last two games, is exactly what suits the talented guys in our changing room," he said.
"I know some of them might feel alien to take risk after risk after risk, but that is exactly what we want them to do. They are a seriously talented batting and bowling line-up and we want them to continue to get better." KKR are next up against Chennai Super Kings on September 26 here.
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KKR fined for slow-over rate against Mumbai Indians
Abu Dhabi, Sep 24 (Cricket News) Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan and his team-mates have been fined for the side's slow-over rate during their seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League match here.
According to an official statement, Morgan has been fined Rs 24 lakh while rest of his team members in the playing XI were each fined lesser of either Rs 6 lakh or 25 percent of their individual match fee.
"The Kolkata Knight Riders have been fined after they maintained a slow over rate during their IPL 2021 match against Mumbai Indians at the Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi on September 23," read a statement issued by the IPL.
"As it was the team’s second offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over rate offences, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan was fined Rs 24 lakhs.
"The rest of the members of the playing XI were each fined lesser of either Rs 6 lakhs or 25 percent of their individual match fee." KKR produced a clinical performance for the second successive game since IPL's resumption to tame the mighty Mumbai Indians by seven wickets, riding on fluent fifties from Rahul Tripathi (74 not out) and rookie Venkatesh Iyer (53).
The win also saw the two-time former champions enter the top-four in the points table on Thursday. KKR will next play Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings here on September 26.
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Mumbai Indians look to bounce back against Kolkata Knight Riders on Match 34
(Cricket news) Mumbai Indians take on Kolkata Knight Riders in an attempt to get back to winning ways after their loss to CSK in the 1st game of phase 2. Kolkata Knight Riders had an amazing start in the phase 2 after a comfortable win against RCB. Eoin Morgan and co. will be looking to continue on the same path.
Mumbai Indians missed Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya in the last game. The pair is deemed fit and available for selection. Their replacements in the side Saurabh Tiwari and Anmolpreet Singh were two of MI's highest scorers in the last game. It'll be interesting to see if they are dropped after.
KKR on the other hand looked like a very balanced side in the first game. Venkatesh Iyer should keep his place in the side after his fine knock against RCB. The only other change could be Sakib Al Hasan coming in place of Sunil Narine to strengthen their batting and bring a little variation to their bowling line-up with a left arm spinner.
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Head to Head: MI 22 - KKR 6, KKR have always struggled against MI, even during the time when KKR used to be unbeatable they would always struggle against MI.
Pitch & Weather Report: The Sheikh Zayed Stadium is mostly a batting friendly surface so it may assist the batsman again. The temperature is expected to be 34 degrees with 67% humidity and no chances of rain as of now. The hot and humid conditions might play a key role for the spinners.
- Rohit Sharma is 18 runs away from becoming the first batsman to score 1000 runs against a team in IPL. He has won four Player of the Match awards in MI-KKR contests - the most by any player, followed by three each for Sachin Tendulkar and Hardik Pandya.
- While MI haven't won their season opener since 2013, they have come storming back into form in their second match of a season in the five of the last six seasons - four of those wins coming against KKR.
- Shubman Gill is set to play his 50th IPL game.
- Andre Russell has faced more balls from Jasprit Bumrah than from any other bowler in the IPL, and the Mumbai talisman has come out of that head-to-head with a magnificent record: only 51 runs conceded in 40 balls, and three wickets.
MI eye improved batting effort against rejuvenated KKR
Abu Dhabi, Sep 22 (Cricket News) Defending champions Mumbai Indians would look for inspiration from skipper Rohit Sharma, who is set to return to action, when they take on a rejuvenated Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League match here on Thursday.
Mumbai were without the services of Rohit and star all-rounder Hardik Pandya in their 20-run defeat to Chennai Super Kings on Sunday as both were rested as a precautionary measure due to having niggles. However, head coach Mahela Jayawardene has said Rohit should be fit and available for selection for the match against KKR.
KKR, on the other hand, have registered a dominating nine-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in their opening game of the second leg of the league.
Mumbai, who are currently placed fourth in the table with eight points, began their second leg campaign in a typical slow manner but with only half the tournament left to play, the defending champions need to win to stay in the top half of the league table.
Rohit, who has been in fine touch of late, will be expected to continue in the same vein and help his side make amends of the inept batting performance against CSK. Apart from Saurabh Tewary, who hit an unbeaten half century, none of the other batsmen were able to capitalize on their starts against CSK, failing to chase down 156.
On the other hand, the comprehensive win would have boosted KKR’s confidence. Having struggled in the first leg, KKR looked a completely different unit, in the manner in which they defeated RCB.
The Eoin Morgan-led side, placed sixth in the points table, fired on all cylinders with mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy and star all-rounder Andre Russell wreaking havoc with the ball before openers Shubman Gill and debutant Venkatesh Iyer chased down the 93-run target with 10 overs to spare.
Skipper Morgan had said that KKR would be dangerous opponents with nothing to lose in the second leg and the team certainly looked menacing against RCB. They will hope to continue playing in a similar aggressive fashion and win the title just like 2014 edition when they notched nine victories in a row.
They will also hold the edge over their rivals having already experienced the conditions at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium against RCB.
The Teams (from): Kolkata Knight Riders: Eoin Morgan (captain), Dinesh Karthik, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Karun Nair, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathy, Shubman Gill, Harbhajan Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Pawan Negi, M Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Dube, Tim Southee, Vaibhav Arora, Varun Chakravarthy, Andre Russel, Ben Cutting, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Sheldon Jackson, Tim Seifert.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain) Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Neesham, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Marco Jansen, Yudhvir Singh, Adam Milne, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult.
Match starts at 7:30PM IST.
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Iyer's aggressive knock signifies the aggressive brand of cricket KKR want to play: Morgan
Abu Dhabi, Sep 21 (Cricket News) Lavishing praise on debutant Venkatesh Iyer, skipper Eoin Morgan said the Madhya Pradesh batsman's unbeaten knock against Royal Challengers Bangalore signified the "aggressive" brand of cricket Kolkata Knight Riders aspire to play.
After bowling out RCB for a paltry 92, openers Iyer (41 not out) and Shubhman Gill (48) helped KKR cruise to a nine-wicket win with 10 overs to spare.
“I think Venky, the way he came in and played, was outstanding. Certainly, the brand of cricket we want to play. We have a lot of talent within our group," Morgan said at the post-match press conference.
"Playing the Brendon McCullum (way), that’s the aggressive nature in which we want to play.
"Although he was very aggressive, he managed to play with drastic control throughout the innings and his opening partnership with Shubman Gill was beautiful to watch,” he added.
Swashbuckling all-rounder Andre Russell came in at number three and asked whether this would often be the case, Morgan said, “No, I think it is open to interpretation.” “I think, given the way that we played today and the position that we found ourselves in and the run-chase we had an opportunity to really affect our run-rate position, hence Russ (Russell) going up the order,” he explained.
Despite the big-win, Morgan conceded that it was a challenge for his side to make the last four, as they are currently on the fifth spot with six points from eight games.
“There is no doubt that it is going to be a challenge, but our main aim is turn up and try and play cricket like we have done today. I think if we do that, we give ourselves the best chance of progressing,” said the England limited overs skipper.
“It is something that the franchise has done before and gone on to win the championship, so we take confidence from that but more so from our performance with the ball and the bat and in the field today.
"Moving forward, if we continue to play in that manner, it makes us a dangerous side,” Morgan signed off.
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Gill, Rana are about to shock the world: KKR chief mentor Hussey
Abu Dhabi, Sep 19 (Cricket news) The opening pair of Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana may not have fired in the first leg of IPL but Kolkata Knight Riders chief mentor David Hussey believes the duo can "shock the world" with their batting in the second phase of the tournament beginning here on Sunday.
While Gill scored just 132 runs, Rana managed 201 runs in the first seven games for KKR in this year's IPL, which was postponed in April following multiple COVID-19 cases inside the bio-bubble in India.
However, Hussey pinned his hopes on the duo, calling them the 'next generation of Indian players'.
"They both are quality players, they are determined to do very well for the team and for themselves and they have a taste of international cricket now," Hussey told ESPNcricinfo.
"I think they are about to shock the world that they are the next generation of Indian players, not just for one or two series but for perhaps a decade, so if they get going look out for them in the IPL." Hussey also backed skipper Eoin Morgan to come good in the second leg after a lacklustre performance in the first phase.
"As a captain, he is going to lead from the front. We need some big performances from him. His is probably the hardest position to play in the middle order. He comes in either in deep trouble or coming in with 3-4 balls to go when top orders have done realy well," he said.
"He also has to lead on the field, get the fields correct, take wickets and also gamble a few times...Eoin will be a little disappointed with the last seven games, but knowing well that he is going to be prepared really well, I back him to be dominant in the next 7 games not only with the bat but captaincy as well." The road ahead, however, is extremely difficult for KKR as the team is languishing at the seventh position on the points table.
However, Hussey believes his team can script a turnaround.
"All we have to do is win this ... We have done it before and so we can do it again... I feel we have the squad to do it also. You qualify for the finals and whole competition starts again," he said.
In the 2014 edition, KKR had won nine matches in a row to claim the title.
Hussey said coach Brendon McCullum is determined to prove a point this time.
"Brendon has been phenomenal, been very consistent, whether we are winning or losing. He has been a consistent person, this time there is a bit of determination in Brendon, he really wants to show that this squad can go a long way in the tournament." KKR will face Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
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IPL: Kolkata Knight Riders meet Royal Challengers Bangalore in match 31 of the season
(Cricket news) KKR meet RCB at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, in what is a must win match for KKR. RCB on the other hand will be looking to continue their first phase form and hopefully go on run to win their maiden IPL trophy. Brendon McCullum's side lost five matches in the first phase as this unwanted break will act as a blessing in disguise for KKR, now that the players and coaches had time to reflect on the early tournament failures, the only option for them is to start winning all the matches if they stand a chance to qualify for the playoffs.
RCB on the other hand will have a lot of new faces in the camp as Adam Zampa, Finn Allen, Kane Richardson and Daniel Sams all opted out of the tournament. RCB have recruited the world no 2 T20 bowler Wanindu Hasaranga who can be their x factor heading into the tournament, the slow pitches along with playing at these venues not long back will certainly assist RCB. One area that RCB needs to improve is its death bowling if they are to challenge for the title, after the Chennai leg the RCB bowlers have leaked 12.10 runs per over and picked up only 5 wickets in the death overs. Purple cap holder Harshal Patel and Kyle Jamieson will have a lot of responsibility to tighten things up.
KKR need their foreigners to perform to their potential if they stand any chance of qualification. They have lost their star player Pat Cummins who had figures of 3/24 when they last faced each other in the first phase of the tournament, KKR management have replaced Cummins with Tim Southee who shares a close relationship with Brendon McCullum. The West Indies duo of Sunil Narine and Dre Russ hold the key to success if they are to find a result against this in form Bangalore team, Narine holds a good head to head record against AB de Villiers as he has been dismissed 3 times in 53 balls conceding only 64 runs.
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Head to head: KKR 14 - 13 RCB. The last time these two sides met, RCB scored 204 runs and won that match pretty comfortably by 38 runs.
Pitch & Weather Report: The Sheikh Zayed Stadium is mostly a batting friendly surface so it may assist the batsman again. The temperature is expected to be 34 degrees with 67% humidity and no chances of rain as of now. The hot and humid conditions might play a key role for the spinners.
- Both Russell and Narine have strike rates of over 200 against RCB
- De Villiers has now struck three consecutive fifties against KKR
- Kohli is set to make his 200th appearance for RCB
- Kohli is also 71 runs shy of scoring 10,000 runs in T20’s
Probable XI for KKR:
1 Nitish Rana, 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Rahul Tripathi, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 6 Andre Russell, 7 Sunil Narine, 8 Lockie Ferguson, 9 Kamlesh Nagarkoti/Shivam Mavi, 10 Varun Chakravarthy, 11 Prasidh Krishna
Probable XI for RCB:
1 Virat Kohli (capt), 2 Devdutt Padikkal, 3 Rajat Patidar, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 AB de Villiers (wk), 6 Shahbaz Ahmed, 7 Kyle Jamieson, 8 Wanindu Hasaranga, 9 Harshal Patel, 10 Mohammed Siraj, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal
KKR is now dangerous side with nothing to lose, says Morgan
Abu Dhabi, Sep 19 (Cricket News) Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan on Sunday said they will be "dangerous" opponents in the second leg of the IPL since they have nothing to lose.
The two-time champions endured an underwhelming first half, losing five of their seven matches and are languishing at the seventh spot.
The skipper feels the team now controls its own fortunes going ahead.
"We need to just look at it in one way -- we absolutely control everything from here, there is no looking behind," Morgan said during a virtual press conference ahead of their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
"We need to find a way of getting results and everyone in the team, fans know that that can make for very exciting watching because it makes us a very dangerous side with nothing to lose." Morgan hopes the break would fare well for KKR, who were struggling to find their feet during the first phase of the tournament "I'm delighted that we are back. Given the position we found ourselves in the beginning of the tournament and result not going our way, a little bit of a break would have hopefully helped us.
"We have certainly re-grouped here in Abu Dhabi, the guys are looking very hungry and fit, determined to make things right." KKR have roped in senior New Zealand seamer Tim Southee as a replacement for Australia's Pat Cummins, who has opted out of the second leg.
"Tim Southee is fine international cricketer who has been there for a very very long time, huge amount of experience and he has also played in the IPL. He has fitted in nicely and will hopefully contribute to the squad going forward." KKR missed out on a play-off spot last season owing to an inferior net run rate but the skipper feels conditions in UAE suit his side.
"We fell short of qualifying for the playoffs last time, I felt that we were playing some really good cricket and peaking at the right time, small margins hurt us, not going ahead on net run rate but we feel pretty much at home here in Abu Dhabi," he said.
"The conditions here suit us and we are also going to have fans around as well." Talking about the youngsters in the team including Shubhman Gill, Morgan said, "They have played a lot and are developing really well. They always look in great form and look good on the eye, hopefully they can get back into the rhythm of things."
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IPL: Can Kolkata Knight Riders do the impossible and qualify for the playoffs?
(Cricket news) KKR haven't really hit the ground running this first half of the season, too many inconstient performances has led the team down and now require a herculean effort to qualify for the playoffs. The Knights basically have to win 6 out of their 7 matches to stand any chances to make it to the playoffs in the second half of the season. The two time champions will be without their primer fast bowler Pat Cummins who opted out of the IPL to focus on the T20 World Cup and Ashes. KKR have played 7 matches and have won 2 and lost 5 as they lie 7th in the table
One thing KKR have shown this season is that they were giving consistent runs at specific roles, last year apart from Shubman Gill, no one had a fixed batting position in the team. Although this season they have stuck with Gill-Rana-Tripathi combination in the top order followed by Morgan-Russell-Karthik trio but the issue is that they looked good individually but as a eleven they haven't clicked in unison. They have had games where the top order performs but the middle order fails and vice versa. Cummins was arguably their best player in the Indian leg, picking up 9 wickets and scoring valuable runs in the lower order but him pulling out will serve as a massive jolt to the franchise. They have replaced Cummins with New Zealand T20 captain Tim Southee.
The problem with the first half of the season was that the team didn’t click on both fronts, either some matches their batting was good or bowling was bad. The main Achilles heel for this team is the inability to strike at regular intervals as in the last season KKR picked up the fewest wickets, a trend which continued this season as well. Their pacers have struggled to pick up wickets in the powerplay (3 wickets in 7 innings during the powerplay) this has hampered the spinners in the middle overs as the batsman usually used to get settled in.
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The only positive heading into the tournament is the form of Russell and Narine as they both had a good CPL. The added benefit of Varun Chakravarthy getting selected for the T20 World Cup should act as a catalyst to perform better and showcase his talent to the Indian fans. Last season, Chakravarthy finished the season with 17 wickets as the slow turning pitches as well as his variations helped baamboozle the batsmans. KKR need a miraculous performance as their coach Bredon McCullum stated that they were “paralysed by the fear of failure” during the first half of the season as the second half of the season they need to rectify their mistakes as well as play fearless cricket as they have nothing to lose. KKR take on RCB on 20th September
Probable XI for the game:
1 Shubman Gill, 2 Nitish Rana, 3 Rahul Tripathi, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 6 Andre Russell, 7 Sunil Narine, 8 Prasidh Krishna, 9 Shivam Mavi, 10 Lockie Ferguson, 11 Varun Chakravarthy
KKR's Morgan, McCullum excited about playing in front of fans
Dubai, Sep 16 (Cricket News) Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan is excited at the prospect of fans returning to the stadiums after the lifting of the coronavirus-enforced restrictions and cheering them on when the IPL-14 resumes in the UAE on Sunday.
The IPL, which was suspended midway into the 14th season of the league in May owing to multiple COVID-19 cases in its bio-bubble, will restart in the UAE on Sunday.
On Wednesday, it was announced that fans will be allowed to watch the matches in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah in limited numbers, keeping in mind the COVID protocols and the UAE government regulations.
"Incredibly excited to have fans back at the IPL this year. It's been too long to hear that roar of the KKR fans at Eden Gardens. Unfortunately, it's not at home but I cannot wait to hear it here in the UAE," Morgan was quoted as saying by the KKR website.
The England limited overs skipper was speaking on the sidelines of a training session.
Head coach Brendon McCullum too welcomed the move and believed that support from fans will spur them on as they seek a play-offs berth.
"That's actually fantastic. We were talking about it whether the fans would be back. Now that we know they're going to be, it's fantastic. Hopefully all of the stadiums will be jam-packed with KKR fans.
"We can certainly use their support. We have got a big task in front of us and we will certainly rally when we get the support of our fans. So, hopefully we get plenty of it in the UAE." Batsman Rahul Tripathi also was excited over fans coming in for IPL matches for the first time since COVID-19 pandemic struck the world.
"We have missed them (fans) a lot during this period. It's always fun when somebody is there in the stands to cheer for you. I must say welcome back to the fans." The two-time IPL champions are placed seventh in the points table with four points from seven matches.
KKR will start their second leg of the campaign against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi on September 20.
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If I ever play Tests fine, but don't mind being T20 nomad: Royals' Liam Livingstone
New Delhi, Sep 16 (Cricket News) Rajasthan Royals' English batsman Liam Livingstone aspires for a successful Test career but he doesn't mind being a T20 "nomad" either and would prefer to spend his time building his white-ball brand instead of losing sleep over whether he can make it big in the longest format.
The 28-year-old, one of the most sought after T20 freelancers in world cricket, having played in the Big Bash League, and the Pakistan Super League, is now expected to shoulder the batting burden of Rajasthan Royals along with Sanju Samson during the Indian Premier League which resumes this Sunday in the UAE.
Unlike a lot of cricketers, who would try to give politically correct answers on questions with regards to Test cricket, Livingstone has no hesitation in straight-talk. He has not yet made his Test debut.
"Yes absolutely (on being a T20 nomad). In world of cricket, you now have two routes. If you can't make it as a red ball cricketer, you still can travel the world and be part of a lot of franchise competitions," Livingstone told PTI in an interview.
Coming into the IPL after some smashing performances in 'The Hundred' for Birmingham Phoenix, Livingstone aspires to create a brand and fan base of his own playing the shortest format.
"Hopefully in the next few years, I can travel the world and play in franchise league cricket. The best part is to come back again and again for the same franchises, create a fan base of yours and also create friendships that last a lifetime.
"Hopefully, I can do that in franchise cricket for years," said the man, who got international limelight after recently scoring a 42-ball hundred against Pakistan in a T20 international game in Nottingham.
There have been some superb white ball players like David Warner and even before him Virender Sehwag, who made waves in the shorter formats and then had a quality career in Test cricket.
Livingstone doesn't believe in taking the IPL route as wearing the England whites is not on his radar when asked about the Ashes.
"I have a really big IPL coming up and then the T20 World Cup. Test cricket is not something that I am thinking about and in the next couple of months, my aim is to win IPL and the T20 World Cup and see what happens from there.
"I certainly won't be playing IPL to push my case in Test cricket. Things like that take care of themselves and whatever will be, will be," he said.
Livingstone has had a middling first-class career for Lancashire with 62 appearances and an average of 38 plus with seven hundreds.
"I really enjoy red ball cricket and I play as much as I can when I am back home," he said.
But at the same time he agreed that paucity of time is an issue as he is on the road during T20 leagues.
"I haven't had as much opportunity as I would have liked and I still have the dreams of playing Test cricket but with our schedule these days, there isn't too much time to play red ball cricket which is a shame.
"My strength has become white ball cricket and in these days, you stick to your strength. Hopefully, one day I will fulfil my dream of playing Test cricket." "I withdrew from bubble life as I wasn't fresh last time" ================================= Livingstone had withdrawn during the first phase of the tournament in India when he complained of bubble fatigue and left home from his Mumbai team base.
He feels way more fresh this time around.
"Last time was very different as we were stuck in a hotel room in Mumbai and I was already five to six months away from home during the winters. This is different as I have spent a lot of time over at home during the last few months and it was nice to get refreshed," he explained.
"I feel a lot more fresher than what I did last time. Also, in Dubai, we have got a little more outdoor space and guess we can do a little bit more getting out than what we could have done in the middle of Mumbai.
"So last time, I made the right decision and so I do feel a lot more fresher this time." 10 of us would have great preparations for the World T20 ===================================== There will be 10 World T20-bound England cricketers in the IPL including skipper Eoin Morgan and that will be a great advantage going into the showpiece.
"There is no better preparation than playing matches on the pitches on which you will be playing World T20 and I guess that's the nice part of it.
"We have a lot of our guys coming on to play competitive cricket leading up to the World Cup and there will be 10 of us who will be here," he said.
"...Hopefully, I can perform for Royals and take the team to the play-offs," added Livingstone about his franchise which is fifth on the table with six points from seven games.
"My fearlessness has lot to do with England's transformation" ===================================== Livingstone, who has so far hit an astounding 234 sixes in only 149 T20 games, feels that England's change of approach in white-ball cricket also helped when he was shaping himself up for the big league.
"I think my game changed really in last one year and English cricket's white ball philosophy transformed around 2016. So yeah, the change in their philosophy also helped me to be fearless and it's really nice to have that environment around us.
"That's why we have got so many good white ball cricketers. So I am happy to get that freedom to go out there and perform." "No extra pressure to perform but would love to carry my 'Hundred' form' ============================================= Livingstone is happy that his white-ball exploits are being talked about.
"I don't think there is any pressure and it has been nice to put in performances that have made people start talking about me. It's been nice to put up some match-winning performances for England and Birmingham in The Hundred." He wants to replicate that for the Royals and follow it up for England in the T20 World Cup.
"I think you want that sort of form when you come into an IPL and World Cup. Hopefully I can carry that on in the IPL." RR have a great set-up even without Stokes, Archer and Buttler ======================================= Rajasthan Royals will be surely missing Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler but Livingstone has faith in the team's other players.
"We have got a very good core of overseas players. Whatever be the make of the team, I still believe that we have got real quality to go through and there is young home (India) talent, which gives squad a nice look."
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St Kiits & Nevis win maiden CPL title, beat Saint Lucia in last ball thriller
Basseterre (St Kitts & Nevis), Sep 16 (Cricket news) Hosts St Kitts and Nevis Patriots eked out a three-wicket win over Saint Lucia Kings in a last-ball thriller to claim their maiden Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) title at Warner Park here.
Saint Lucia Kings won the toss and chose to bat, as they did in their semi-final match.
Despite losing wickets at key stages of the game, Saint Lucia posted a decent 159 for seven riding on Roston Chase and Rahkeem Cornwall's 43 each.
In what was a dramatic final, the Patriots managed to successfully chase their target with Dominic Drakes turning out to be the hero with the bat, scoring 48 off 24 balls and securing a remarkable victory in the last ball of the match.
Saint Lucia Kings started their innings with the loss of captain Andre Fletcher and Mark Deyal in the Powerplay.
Cornwall got the innings back on track with some power hitting but the Patriots utilised spin to great effect -- Fabian Allen, Jon-Russ Jaggesar and Fawad Ahmed working in unison to pick up three wickets in the middle overs and leave the Kings in a spot of bother.
Chase then anchored the innings and a late burst from Keemo Paul (39 off 21), which saw him hit three consecutive sixes in an over, took the Kings to a challenging total.
It was a dream start for the Kings with the ball as the dangerous Chris Gayle was bowled by a Chase delivery, and not long after, Evin Lewis was caught out, with Chase being the fielder.
Joshua da Silva and Sherfane Rutherford began to rebuild, but quick wickets, including that of captain Dwayne Bravo, saw the Patriots slip to 95 for five.
But it was not to be as Drakes recorded his highest ever score, firing six boundaries to take the Patriots over the line in dramatic fashion.
Brief Scores: St Kitts and Nevis Patriots 160/7 (Drakes 48 not out, Da Silva 37; Riaz 2/36, Chase 1/17) beat Saint Lucia Kings 159/7 (Cornwall 43, Chase 43; Naseem 2/26, Fawad 2/32) by three wickets.
Also read: David Wiese stars as Saint Lucia Kings to face St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the final of CPL
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There were times when we were paralysed by fear: KKR coach McCullum
Dubai, Sep 14 (Cricket news) Kolkata Knight Riders head coach Brendon McCullum says they were "paralysed a little bit by fear" when coronavirus struck the first half of the IPL in India.
It was KKR spinner Varun Chakravarthy and seamer Sandeep Warrier, who first tested positive for COVID-19 in May in the middle of the League, which was eventually postponed.
The Purple and Gold brigade led by England white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan had an underwhelming first half. They are languishing at the seventh spot but McCullum is hopeful for a strong showing when action resumes from September 19 in the UAE.
"In regards to the tournament which is upcoming (second half of the IPL phase), we can end it right. We can take the game on and we're in a situation where we need things to go our way," McCullum was quoted as saying by the KKR website.
"We need to hit the ground running, challenge one another privately, support one another publicly and try and get the best out of one another in the next 4-5 weeks. Who knows where we can go with this.
"There were sometimes throughout the season when I just felt we were being paralysed a little bit by fear," he added.
The virus had wreaked havoc in India at that time, claiming thousands of lives.
The 39-year-old former New Zealand skipper, who started his IPL journey as a player with KKR, is hopeful the team will be able to get rid of the angst that had been built in the first phase of the league.
"I wasn't able to free the guys up enough to understand that and that's sort of a challenge for me. But it is also a good challenge for the guys as well that they need to push the envelope of their own thinking as well.
"Hopefully we will be able to strip away a bit of the angst which had built up in the first part of the season, just go out there and try and enjoy ourselves."That's the ambition that I have got for the franchise and hence why I am unapologetic and unrelenting in my belief that we need to play a braver style of play," he said.
Talking about his coaching style, McCullum said, "When we left India (after IPL was called off due to Covid), I think everyone understood me as a coach on how I want our team to play." "I am unapologetic about that as well because my job is to try and build something at KKR that is going to last far longer than I am going to last for the franchise," McCullum added.
KKR will open their second-phase campaign against Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore on September 20 in Abu Dhabi.
Also read: Unfortunate we ended up in IPL early, hopefully we can maintain strong, bio-secure environment: Virat Kohli
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England name preliminary squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup
(Cricket news) Chris Silverwood, England Men’s Cricket team’s head coach has named his 15 player preliminary squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 which will be held in the UAE and Oman.
England preliminary ICC Men's T20 World Cup Squad
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) Captain, Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Tymal Mills (Sussex), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), David Willey (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).
Tom Curran (Surrey), Liam Dawson (Hampshire), James Vince (Hampshire).
Tymal Mills is set to make a return to the England team for the first time since February 2017 after impressing at the Vitality T20 Blast. His skills at The Hundred also helped Southern Brave lift the inaugural trophy.
Ben Stokes continues to take an indefinite break from cricket and is excluded from the 15 player squad. England have until 10th October to finalize the players ahead of the tournament.
England Men's Head Coach, Chris Silverwood, said: "We are excited about the prospect of challenging to win the ICC T20 World Cup. I believe we have selected a squad that covers all bases and has the depth to be successful in what is expected to be a very competitive tournament featuring the best players in the world.
"Tymal Mills deserves his inclusion and has demonstrated over the past couple of years, but particularly this summer that he has all the skills to succeed at this level. His exceptional pace is a standout, and the way he has spearheaded Sussex and Southern Brave's respective attacks in the short-form game has shown that he relishes the pressures of the big stage. He will add variety to our bowling unit, and we can't wait to see him play in a major international tournament."
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 – England’s Group Fixtures:
England v West Indies, Saturday 23 October 2021, Dubai (6.00pm GST / 3.00pm BST)
England v Qualifier (B2), Wednesday 27 October 2021, Abu Dhabi (2.00pm GST / 11.00am BST)
England v Australia, Saturday 30 October 2021, Dubai (6.00pm GST / 3.00pm BST)
England v Qualifier (A1), Monday 1 November 2021, Sharjah (6.00pm GST / 2.00pm GMT)
England v South Africa, Saturday 6 November 2021, Sharjah (6.00pm GST / 2.00pm GMT)
First semi-final, Wednesday 10 November, Abu Dhabi (6.00pm GST / 2.00pm GMT)
Second semi-final, Thursday 11 November, Dubai (6.00pm GST / 2.00pm GMT)
Final, Sunday 14 November, Dubai (6.00pm GST / 2.00pm GMT)
Also read: Another member of India's support staff tests positive, team cancels practice
Karthik confident of KKR qualification for IPL Play-offs
Abu Dhabi, Sep 7 (Cricket news): It will be a herculean task for them but Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Dinesh Karthik is confident that his side can win six out of their remaining seven matches and qualify for the IPL playoffs.
The two-time former champions did not have a great run in the first phase of IPL 2021 as they could manage just wins from seven matches.
They are languishing at the bottom half of the table as the IPL is set to resume in the UAE in a few days from now.
"We want to win six out of seven matches (to qualify). It's as simple as that. As a team that's what we'll be looking to do. Take one game at a time but try and win six out of seven matches," Karthik told KKR website.
The Eoin Morgan-led side will resume their IPL 2021 campaign against Royal Challengers Bangalore on September 20.
The 2020 edition of IPL saw KKR lose out on a last-four berth owing to a not-so-healthy Net Run Rate.
"Last year when we were in UAE, we missed it (qualifying for playoffs) by a whisker. We won as many matches as the last team had won but still just missed it by a whisker. Two years on the trot, we have been fifth on the table. That's something that still gnaws at me," Karthik said.
Karthik, who is back with KKR after a successful stint as a commentator in the UK, insisted that the team would focus on the positives and cotinue to play aggressive cricket.
"KKR is known to play very positive and aggressive cricket. I want that to come through in the second half. I still think the team spirit is good. We're positive and we've a coach who's always infusing positivity into us," he said.
Also read: Buttler, Leach return to England squad for final Test
News source: PTI
Rishabh Pant set to remain Delhi Capitals captain for last part of IPL
New Delhi, Sep 3 (Cricket news): The Delhi Capitals management has more or less decided to persist with star wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant as the captain of the franchise for the remainder of the Indian Premier League starting on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates.
Pant was appointed captain of the Capitals at the start of the season after regular skipper Shreyas Iyer, under whom the team reached finals for the first time in the last edition, was out due to a horrific shoulder dislocation that required a surgery.
A senior BCCI source, who is privy to developments in the IPL franchises, informed PTI that an announcement is a mere formality as the dashing keeper-batsman is the first choice for the franchise.
"Last week, the host broadcasters (Star Sports), with the help of IPL management, shot a few promos for the season. It was shot in the gap between the third and fourth Test (against England) with IPL captains currently present in England. Virat Kohli (RCB), Rohit Sharma (MI), KL Rahul (Punjab Kings) were there and so was Rishabh Pant (DC)," the source informed.
"Unless the BCCI-IPL management is aware of any other name of captain for DC franchise, the promos wouldn't have been shot. Therefore whether DC announces it now or after a few days, Pant is likely to lead the DC for the remaining matches in the season." It couldn't be independently ascertained whether England white ball captain Eoin Morgan was also present for the shoot as he is the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders.
It will be interesting to see what kind of equation Pant and Iyer will have as captain ad senior player in this Delhi set-up.
For Pant, this IPL will also be a vehicle to return back to form after what has been a nightmare of an English summer with the willow. A good IPL is just the kind of boost that Pant will need going into the T20 World Cup to be held in the same country.
For Iyer, the processes that he set in place as captain and became a recipe for DC's amazing turnaround will motivate to produce a stellar show.
The Capitals are currently leading the table with 12 points from eight games, followed by CSK in second place with 10 points and RCB in third due to inferior net run-rate.
Mumbai Indians are currently at fourth with eight points.Also read: Resumption of IPL in UAE will stand Rajasthan Royals in good stead: Rawat
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Ireland defeat Zimbabwe by 40 runs courtesy of Paul Stirling ton
MAGHERAMASON –(Cricket news) Paul Stirling has achieved pretty much everything in an Ireland shirt, and he checked a box with his maiden T20I hundred, the knock helped Ireland reach a match-winning total in the third game against Zimbabwe.
The hard-hitting opener has 18 fifties in the T20I format but no tons. It was 19th time lucky, with Stirling finishing on 115 not out off just 75 balls hitting eight boundaries and eight maximums in the process.
His unparalleled contribution to Irish cricket was also highlighted by his elevation in the all-time men’s T20I run charts. Having started the day in the ninth position, he surpassed Australia’s David Warner and Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik during his innings. He rose to seventh place, with England captain Eoin Morgan, 17 runs ahead, next in his sights.
Stirling took his time to get set and assess the conditions before shifting gears in scintillating style. Though he opened his account with a slog-swept six from his fourth ball, he was fine with waiting for his moment, playing out a maiden off Richard Ngarava as he dominated the strike early on. It wasn't until the fourth over when his partner Kevin O’Brien finally faced a ball.
The 37-year-old came into the game in fine form, having hit 60 in Ireland’s series-levelling win in the second T20I, and he looked determined to continue, pulling Tendai Chatara for six off his third ball. The veteran added another six off the pull in the next over, and the pair looked set for a formidable partnership, but O’Brien was dismissed after being caught at mid-off attempting a big shot from the 2nd last ball of the powerplay, putting a bump on Ireland’s effort to set a defendable total.
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A pair of Stirling boundaries in the very next over swung some momentum back in Ireland's favour, but he and captain Andrew Balbirnie were happy to set a platform. After 11 overs the pair were scoring at a strike rate of 100, with Ireland’s run rate just under six. What followed was simply outstanding.
Stirling bringing up fifty with a lofted drive off Burl seemed to signal a change in approach. He swept Wellington Masakadza fine for four before Balbirnie slog-swept for six, with a pair of fours from the skipper off Luke Jongwe in the next over keeping the runs flowing. Stirling then went straight down the ground, with a checked follow-through still sending the ball way back over the sight screen.
Balbirnie picked out the man on the deep point rope, departing for 31, but by now there was no stopping Stirling. Shane Getkate started quickly, striking his third and fourth balls for four, but in general, he was content to hand strike to Stirling and watch the carnage unfold from the non-striker’s end.
Even with two overs to go, it was open to debate whether Stirling would have time to reach three figures. But so brilliantly did he pace his innings that he careered past the landmark in the penultimate over, ending with a flourish. The 19th over was plundered for 25 runs, Stirling striking two sixes and two fours, interspersed with a pair of wides, and reaching three figures with an ambled single to deep square leg. He celebrated in trademark understated style, with a gentle rise of the bat and the helmet staying in place. There was work still to be done, and he finished the innings with 10 runs off the last two balls.
In all, 66 runs had been taken off the last four overs. Stirling’s hundred - the third by an Ireland player in T20Is after Kevin O’Brien’s hundred against Hong Kong in 2019 and Gaby Lewis’ century against Germany at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Europe Region Qualifier last week - was the second-longest in the format by any player, one ball behind Aaron Finch’s 76-ball 172, also against Zimbabwe in 2018.
A disciplined bowling performance meant Zimbabwe never came close to chasing down the target. Stirling was given the new ball, but travelled for 14 as Wessley Madhevere struck him for three consecutive boundaries, but Mark Adair, one of three changes to the side, struck with his second delivery, Balbirnie claiming the catch at mid-off. Josh Little, another player recalled, also struck in his first over, and similarly, a miscue finding the hands of Balbirnie close in on the off-side.
The required rate remained just out of reach of the tourists, though they battled gamely. Their struggles are perhaps best shown by the fact that no partnership lasted longer than three overs. Ben White, bowling stump to stump, struck twice through the middle, Regis Chakabva dismissed lbw and Milton Shumba bowled after missing a slog-sweep. The others in the middle order fell to Shane Getkate, with Dion Myers holing out to O’Brien at long-on and Craig Ervine, Zimbabwe’s captain, seventh to fall, bowled leg stump.
Adair and Little cleaned up the tail, the former ending with three wickets and the latter with two, and the final wicket coming via a run-out. Stirling was named Player of the Match, with victory secured by 40 runs.
The two sides meet again at the same venue tomorrow at 3 pm for the fourth match of the series, with Ireland leading 2-1.
Ireland Men v Zimbabwe Men, 3rd T20I DafaNews Cup, Bready, 1 September 2021
Ireland 178-2 (20 overs; P Stirling 115*, A Balbirnie 31; R Burl 1-30)
Zimbabwe 138 (18.2 overs; C Ervine 33; M Adair 3-11, J Little 2-18)
Ireland won by 40 runs (Ireland lead series 2-1)
We are gathering momentum nicely, says Morgan ahead of T20 World Cup
London, Aug 20 (Cricket news): England captain Eoin Morgan says his team is "gathering momentum nicely" as the last edition's runners-up hope to improve on their showing in the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Moved out of India due to the threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the mega event will be held in the UAE and Oman from October 17 to November 14.
Morgan, whose team won the last edition of the tournament in 2016, has stressed on the importance of continuing to play in the manner they have in the last two years.
"I think our biggest strength is the consistency with which we've performed at over the last two years.
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"I think in T20 cricket because the game can change quite quickly and there's a huge group of talented teams within our group, I think every game is important to us," said Morgan during a chat with the ICC on Friday.
The 34-year-old skipper feels adapting to the conditions in the UAE, where England have not played a T20 International since 2015, will be one of the key factors for them in the tournament.
"I think we're gathering momentum nicely, and the important side to that from our perspective is that we're continuously trying to get better and learn as we go on, simply because the tournament is held away from home. We're really looking forward to it." In 2016, England finished runners-up as Carlos Brathwaite smashed four consecutive sixes off Ben Stokes in a dramatic last over of the final to take the West Indies to a title triumph.
"The evolution of T20 cricket and the role it's played in our great game is hugely significant for the development of the game and the popularity of the game. It's huge. It's been a long time coming. We haven't had one since 2016," said Morgan.
South Africa and Australia join England and the West Indies in Group 1 of the Super 12s along with the two yet-to-be-determined qualifiers from Round 1 for this year's men's T20 World Cup.
England will open their campaign in the 2021 edition of the tournament against the West Indies in Abu Dhabi on October 23.
News source: PTI
England announce squad for T20I series against Pakistan
England had to feature a completely new squad in the ODI’s against Pakistan due to Covid 19 outbreak in the English camp. Even with an inexperienced squad, the World Champions managed to whitewash Pakistan.
As per the latest cricket news, Captain Morgan and 8 other players have returned to the English squad for the Vitality T20I series against Pakistan. All the players and staff have tested negative ahead of the series.
Chris Silverwood is on a break and in his absence, England legend Paul Collingwood will oversee the team as head coach. The Vitality T20 international series will kick start on Friday 16th July at Trent Bridge.
England Men’s IT20 Squad:
Eoin Morgan (Captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Tom Banton, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Lewis Gregory, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Matt Parkinson, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey.
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England men’s Head Coach, Chris Silverwood, said:“The Royal London Series success against Pakistan showcased the exciting depth of talent we have developed in men’s white-ball cricket.
“We have selected a T20 squad that sees the return of many of our most experienced players after their period of isolation.
“Additionally, we have rewarded some of the players involved in the 50-over series win with selection which allows us to manage multi-format players as we prepare for the much-anticipated Test series against India.
“I would like to express my thanks to Ben Stokes and the players for their efforts over the last week, and the counties for their support in getting this series on.”
Cricketer Kohli retains 5th spot, Rahul climbs to 6th in ICC T20I rankings
Dubai, Jul 5 (Cricket news) Indian skipper Virat Kohli retained his fifth position while wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul gained one spot to be in sixth place in the latest ICC T20I rankings.
With 762 points, Kohli is behind England's David Malan (888 points), Australia white-ball skipper Aaron Finch (830), Pakistan captain Babar Azam (828) and New Zealand opener Devon Conway (774).
Rahul, who has 743 points, and Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell have climbed a rung each to be placed sixth and seventh respectively.
Rahul and Kohli are the only two Indians to feature in the top-10 among batsmen. No Indian features in the top-10 among bowlers and all-rounders in the latest T20I rankings.
In the ODI rankings, Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma remained in the top five, occupying the second and third spots respectively, behind Azam.
Indian pace ace Japrit Bumrah, the lone bowler from the country in the top 10, dropped a spot to sixth place, while Ravindra Jadeja remained in the ninth position in the all-rounders' list.
England all-rounder Chris Woakes reached a career-best third position among bowlers after a fine show against Sri Lanka in the three-match ICC Men's ricket World Cup Super League series.
Woakes, who grabbed six wickets in two matches, including a haul of four for 18 in the first ODI, has advanced four slots in the list led by New Zealand's Trent Boult with Bangladesh's Mehidy Hasan Miraz in second place.
Woakes' previous best was fourth position attained in September last year. He is also up one place to third among all-rounders after overtaking team-mate, Ben Stokes.
Other England fast bowlers David Willey and Tom Curran, too, have gained in the latest men's weekly rankings update.
Willey has moved up 13 places to 37th position after a 'Player of the Series' effort of nine wickets that included a haul of four for 64 in the second match, while Curran's four wickets in two matches saw him advance 20 places to 68th position.
England's 2-0 series win, which helped them to the top of the CWC Super League Standings also sees Test captain Joe Root move up two places to 13th position with a series-topping aggregate of 147 runs and white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan inching up from 26th to 25th.
For Sri Lanka, captain Kusal Perera is up one place to 41st after scoring 82 runs in the series, while Dhananjaya de Silva has gained 10 slots to reach 74th position.
In the men's T20I rankings, South Africa's Quinton e Kock has advanced nine places to 13th after aggregating 255 runs in their five-match series against the West Indies.
Aiden Markram is up 23 places to 19th position while George Linde (up 30 places to 43rd) and Lungi Ngidi (up 25 places to 56th) are among the bowlers to gain after their 3-2 win.
For the West Indies, Evin Lewis is up one place to ninth position after finishing with 178 runs. Nicholas Pooran has gained 20 places to reach 87th position while Shimron Hetmyer is up 15 places to 99th.
All-rounder Dwayne Bravo has moved from 95th to 44th among bowlers after finishing with 10 wickets in the series while Obed McKoy has moved up 65 places to 53rd with nine wickets.
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News source: PTI
England cricketer Eoin Morgan insists historic tweets 'taken out of context', says 'Sir' is a sign of admiration
London, Jun 23 Dismissing accusations of racism against him, England's World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan said the historical tweets, allegedly mocking Indians, were "taken out of context".
The English cricket system was shaken earlier this month after pacer Ollie Robinson was suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for his racist and sexist tweets dating back to 2012-13.
Soon after, posts, in which Morgan and wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler used the word 'sir' to mock the Indians, started doing the rounds on social media.
"I don't really reflect on it a lot," Morgan told reporters ahead of England's white-ball series against Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Wednesday.
"If I call somebody 'sir' on social media, or anywhere around the world, it's a sign of admiration and respect.
"If that's taken out of context there's nothing I can control or do about it. So I haven't actually looked into it," he added.
In light of the events, the ECB had promised "relevant and appropriate action", saying each case will be considered on an individual basis.
Screenshots of a message by Buttler in which he says "I always reply sir no1 else like me like you like me" had been shared on Twitter.
In another post which was also circulating on social media, Morgan includes Buttler in a message which says, "Sir you're my favourite batsman." They were allegedly joined by KKR head coach Brendon McCullum in this conversation.
Buttler and Morgan both feature in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with the former playing for the Rajasthan Royals and the latter leading the Kolkata Knight Riders. News source: PTI
George Garton named in England’s ODI Squad against Sri Lanka
Chris Silverwood, the England Men’s Head has picked a 16 player squad for The Royal London ODI Series against Sri Lanka commencing at Emirates Riverside, Durham on Tuesday 29 June 2021.
England ODI Squad
Eoin Morgan (Captain)Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, George Garton, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
George Garton, a fast bowler from Sussex is selected in the squad for the first time. Having been a key player of Sussex in white-ball cricket over the past few years and been a member of the England system through the Lions since 2016, the left-arm pacer will be looking to make the most of this opportunity in the Royal London Series.
England Men’s Head Coach, Chris Silverwood, said: “We have been monitoring the progress of George Garton for quite some time. He has been a significant part of Sussex’s bowling unit in white-ball cricket for an extended period. His ability to bowl quick with his point of difference being a left-armer certainly gives us options in this series, and he deserves his chance at this level.
“This ODI series is important as we continue to build momentum ahead of the 2023 World Cup. Despite some injuries, the squad I have selected is strong and gives us depth across all departments. We are looking forward to competing and putting on a show for the fans.
“Several players are not available for selection due to injury. Jofra Archer (right elbow), Saqib Mahmood (abdominal) and Reece Topley (side strain) are all missing, but continue to make excellent progress from their respective injuries.
“We are pleased that Ben Stokes is returning to action with Durham this weekend after recovering from a fractured finger. If everything goes to plan, I hope he could be available for selection for the Vitality IT20 series against Pakistan next month.
“Unfortunately, following the second Test at Edgbaston against New Zealand, Olly Stone has been diagnosed with a stress fracture of his lower back and will miss the rest of the summer with the injury. It is a great shame as Olly was showing real promise with the ball and would have been part of our selection plans for this series.”
The Royal London ODI Series
1st ODI: England v Sri Lanka, Tuesday 29 June 2021, Emirates Riverside, Durham (11.00am BST)
2nd ODI: England v Sri Lanka, Thursday 1 July 2021, Kia Oval, London (1.00pm BST)
3rd ODI: England v Sri Lanka, Sunday 4 July 2021, County Ground, Bristol (11.00am BST)
England cricket squad announced for IT20 series against Sri Lank
Chris Silverwood, the England Men’s Head Coach has picked a 16-member squad for The Vitality IT20 Series against Sri Lanka commencing from Wednesday, 23 June 2021 at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
England IT20 Squad
Eoin Morgan (Captain)
All-rounder Chris Woakes received a call up in the squad for the first time since 2015. His last international game in this format was against Pakistan in November 2015, while seamer David Willey last competed at this stage in May 2019 .
Spinner Liam Dawson, who last represented England in an IT20 in February 2018 in New Zealand, is one of three specialist spinners picked.
Players like all-rounder Ben Stokes (fractured finger), seamer Jofra Archer (right elbow) and Surrey’s Reece Topley (side strain) were not considered for selection due to their current injuries.
England Men’s Head Coach, Chris Silverwood, said: “With the T20 World Cup only a few months away, this summer is about perfecting our team and continue to progress on the field. We want to approach every series with an influx of players aiming to win every match and giving us the best preparation as we get closer to the tournament.
“With several high-profile players missing through injury, it allows me to look at some of our experienced players who have not featured at this level for some time. The likes of Chris Woakes and David Willey are very experienced cricketers, and to have them both in the mix is exciting and shows the depth of squad we have available.
“I want our team to play an attacking form of the game. I hope we can continue to excite the England fans with our approach.”
The Vitality IT20 Series
1st IT20: England v Sri Lanka, Wednesday 23 June 2021, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (6.30pm BST)
2nd IT20: England v Sri Lanka, Thursday 24 June 2021, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (6.30pm BST)
3rd IT20: England v Sri Lanka, Saturday 26 June 2021, Ageas Bowl, Southampton (2.30pm BST)
Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja working with Cricket Australia to ensure more South Asian representation in Australian cricket
Melbourne, Jun 4 Batsman Usman Khawaja is working with Cricket Australia to ensure more South Asian representation in his adopted country's cricketing ecosystem, about a decade after becoming the first Muslim to wear the baggy green following a brush with racism.
When he made his international debut at the SCG, his home ground, in an Ashes Test in 2011, the top-order batter became the first Muslim and the first player of Pakistani descent to represent Australia.
Khawaja has often spoken about the challenges he has faced in his quest to play top-level cricket in Australia.
"It is a lot better now," Khawaja was quoted as saying in ESPNCricinfo.
"I see a lot more cricketers coming up through state levels in Australia in particular that are from subcontinent backgrounds, which we really did not see when I came up, even when I played.
"I was playing domestic cricket and I was the only subcontinent player there. At the moment there's only probably myself and a few others." The 34-year-old Khawaja, who has scored close to 3000 runs in 44 Tests and more than 1500 runs in 40 ODIs for an average of over 40 in both formats, cited England team as an example of diversity that Australia can take a cue from.
The ODI team is led by an Irish Eoin Morgan, lead pacer Jofra Archer is from Barbados while Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid are British Asians of Pakistani descent. Ben Stokes is a New Zealander by birth.
"We're still a long way to go and I look at the England team and see the diversity they've had for a long time. They are an older nation than us, but I can see that diversity and think that's probably where Australia need to reach.
"We have definitely got better from when I was younger, but it's a generational shift too." Khawaja, who was born in Islamabad, moved to Australia with his family when he was five.
"When I started being more involved in cricket, people with subcontinent heritage in Australia came up to me and said, 'we're so happy to see you at the top. Seeing someone like you, we feel we've got a part in the Australian team, and we support the Australian team. We didn't do it before, and we do it now'," said Khawaja. New source PTI
Cricket board BCCI to officially lock in IPL window; Ranji compensation could be discussed
New Delhi, May 28 The BCCI will lock in a three-week window between September 15 and October 15 for the resumption of the currently-suspended IPL in the UAE, when it holds a Special General Meeting (SGM) virtually on Saturday.
The agenda of the meeting is "discussing on the upcoming cricket season in the view of pandemic prevailing in India".
The wider scope of the agenda permits the members to also discuss the ICC T20 World Cup and the much-delayed compensation package for domestic cricketers for the cancelled last Ranji Trophy season.
BCCI also wants to host the T20 World Cup in India and during the June 1 ICC Board meet, it would ask the global body to wait on the COVID-19 situation here before any call is taken.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly is expected to chair Saturday's meeting from Mumbai. The IPL is expected to restart between September 18 and 20 and end on October 10 with three venues in the UAE, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah hosting the matches.
"Obviously, the main issue would be the IPL schedule. We are expecting 10 double-headers and seven single headers apart from four play-off games (2 qualifiers, one eliminator) including the final. The resumption game and final will be held on weekends," a senior BCCI official told PTI on the eve of the meeting.
It is expected that a lot of deliberations will also happen on how to procure the services of the overseas players and other logistical aspects including bubble-to bubble transfer.
"England Cricket Board director of cricket Ashley Giles has already said that England players won't be allowed to play IPL as they would follow the international commitments ahead of ICC T20 World Cup.
"Hopefully, the president and secretary would tell us how the situation of English players will be handled," a franchise official, who would be tracking the developments, told PTI.
The likes of Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes (if fit), Jofra Archer (if fit), Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali are all first team players for their franchises and getting their replacements won't be easy.
The Indian team's commitments in England end on September 14 with the last day of the final Test in Manchester and it would directly fly to Dubai aboard a charter flight after the series ends.
Only Hanuma Vihari and Abhimanyu Easwaran are expected to go home as they don't have IPL contracts for the time being.
World T20 status
The BCCI, for the time being, will not give up on hosting the T20 World Cup in India but with a third wave of COVID-19 predicted during that time of the year, the chances of the global event being shifted to the UAE are high.
There is a possibility that pitches would tire out but then a full IPL in UAE would have meant 60 games.
So even if World T20 is held, during the final phase of IPL, the ICC could ask the Emirates Cricket Board and the BCCI to at least hand over two of the three grounds for the global event.
One ground would be used for the business end of the tournament.
"If we are not able to hold an eight team IPL in India during September and October, how come we will have foolproof arrangement for a 16-team T20 World Cup in India with nine cities?" a Board official asked.
"The bubble breach in IPL happened only when air travel started. I guess it will take another month or two before we can conclude what's happening," he said.
New Zealand and SA white ball series cancelled
India were supposed to play six white-ball games against South Africa and New Zealand as a pre cursor to the T20 World Cup but with IPL set to be slotted in the September-October window, the series is not expected to be held at that time of the year.
Also, New Zealand are set to play two Tests in India after the T20 World Cup in November and it remains to be seen how the dates of the event are adjusted in order to accommodate the Test series.
Ranji Trophy compensation
Close to 700 senior domestic cricketers (men) have suffered after the cancellation of the Ranji Trophy last season due to the pandemic.
While BCCI had agreed to a compensation package in January last year but the formula to distribute the package is yet to be worked out.
"Only 73 uncapped domestic cricketers currently have IPL contracts. Playing Vijay Hazare and Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy (Rs 35k per match) can't make up for the financial losses that these players suffered," a state unit official said.
"I guess the most feasible solution would be to hand over a lump sum compensation package to the state units and they would accordingly distribute among their players as per their roster from previous season,' the senior official said. New source PTI
If England's best players stand together, they will play IPL: Pietersen on ECB no
London, May 12 Kevin Pietersen believes that England's cricket board will relent if country's top players unanimously decide to participate in the currently-suspended Indian Premier League in case it resumes in September this year.
ECB's Director of Cricket Ashley Giles has indicated that their centrally contracted cricketers might not be available for the IPL as they have international commitments which they need to honour.
Almost half of the IPL franchises have top English cricketers with national captain Eoin Morgan leading Kolkata Knight Riders and the likes of Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes playing for Rajasthan Royals. Add to it, Jonny Bairstow who plays for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
"It's going to be interesting to watch how the ECB handle this issue around not allowing it's best players to play IPL if it's rescheduled," Pietersen tweeted.
The IPL was suspended on May 4 due to multiple COVID-19 cases in uts bio-bubble.
During his playing days, Pietersen was the only sought after England player in the IPL. The controversial former batsman feels that things have changed from his playing days as top players now understand the value of IPL.
"When I went up against ENG, I was alone. This time, it's all their best branded players! If they stand together, they'll play IPL." News Source : PTI
Majority of England cricketers reach home from COVID-hit IPL
London, May 5 Eight of the 11 England players who were part of the now-postponed Indian Premier League, including Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow, returned home on Wednesday.
The organisers were forced to postpone the popular league on Tuesday after at least four Indian players tested positive for coronavirus.
Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali and Jason Roy are also back in the UK, according to Sky Sports.
The arrival of England skipper Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan and Chris Jordan from India is expected within the next 48 hours.
With India put on the travel "red list" by the UK in the wake of the raging pandemic there, the cricketers will have to quarantine in a government-approved facility for 10 days.
The IPL has assured all overseas players a safe passage back home. With Australian government banning travel from India until at least May 15, its cricketers are set to fly to Maldives or Sri Lanka before they are allowed back home. News Source : PTI
Players want loyalty in selection but disappointing they aren't aggressive: KKR coach McCullum
Ahmedabad, Apr 30 A livid Kolkata Knight Riders coach Brendon McCullum came down heavily on his team's top-order batsmen for not showing enough "intent and aggression" in the ongoing IPL after demanding "loyalty" from him during team selection.
McCullum didn't name anyone but rising India superstar Shubman Gill is among those who have looked completely out of sorts. As an opener in all seven games, he has scored only 132 runs at an average of less than 19 and strike-rate of below 120.
"It's very, very disappointing. I think as a player, you ask to be given freedom and confidence and loyalty when it comes to selection, to go out there and take the game on and try and be aggressive... and to try and make things happen for your team," McCullum said at the post-match conference after the team slumped to its fifth defeat against the Delhi Capitals.
"That's the style of play which both myself and the captain (Eoin Morgan) have asked of our players. But unfortunately we're not quite getting that. We're certainly not getting it in the abundance that we need," McCullum said after another below par batting effort.
A target of 154 was cakewalk for DC as as Prithvi Shaw smashed six boundaries in the opening over from Shivam Mavi. His 82 off 41 balls sealed the issue.
"What we saw from Prithvi Shaw tonight was the perfect template of how we want to play. You're not always going to be able to hit every ball for four or six, but you can have the intent to do so, particularly when you're given a free licence.
"It's very difficult if you don't play shots to score runs, and unfortunately tonight we didn't play enough shots. It's become a bit of a theme," McCullum's statement was crystal clear as he was talking about Gill and fellow opener Nitish Rana.
Rana also has scored only 201 runs at a sub-par strike-rate of 122.56 and McCullum indicated that a change is on the cards.
"A saying that I've used throughout my career is that 'If you can't change a man, change the man.' So we'll probably have to make some changes and try and bring in some fresh personnel who will hopefully take the game on a bit more." What has irritated McCullum is that on slow surfaces, Powerplay overs become way more important as it becomes harder to up the ante during middle and back-end overs.
"Look, on a slow surface you've really got to maximise the new ball and the fielding restrictions. One thing we have to get our heads around is that in T20 cricket, you've got to part from the old-school mentality of trying to find a boundary and then get a one.
"If you get a boundary, then look for another, and then look for another one. If you're able to do that, then the opposition bowler is under an immense amount of pressure and normally what happens then is they don't execute," the former Kiwi captain elaborated what he wanted from Gill and Rana.
"It's incredibly disappointing because I've asked time and time again for us to be more aggressive and more expressive and take the game on, and we continue to not do it. So we're going to have to make some changes for sure." News Source : PTI
IPL Match 25: Prithvi 'Show' powers DC to an impressive 7 wicket Victory over KKR
Delhi Capitals rattled the Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 wickets to climb to the second spot on the points table, courtesy of Prithvi Shaw's power packed half century at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Thursday.
DC skipper Rishabh Pant had asked Morgan's men to bat first at the Motera Strip. KKR opener Shubnam Gill finally found his form back after a string of failures in previous games. Gill scored 43 off 38 deliveries while fellow opener Nitish Rana (15 off 12) Rahul Tripathi (19 off 17), and Dinesh Karthik (14 off 10) failed to capitalise on their starts and fuel the KKR scoring rate. Birthday Boy Andre Russel then chipped in from the middle order for KKR and launched the Axar Patel and Avesh Khan spear headed bowling unit to the fences, with his firely 45 runs off 27 balls that helped the Knights post a fighting 154/6 in 20 overs.
Capitals, who were going to miss out on the services of their seasoned spinner Amit Mishra owing to a shoulder injury, did a fine job restricting an impressive KKR batting line up to a small total. Lalit Yadav who came in as Mishra's replacement didn't fail to impress as he claimed 2/13 in his 3 overs to help his side restrict the Morgan led team to a manageable total.
It was a Prithvi Shaw show after that as the opener gave DC a swashbuckling start by slamming 6 boundaries off Shivam Mavi in the opening over. Prithvi became the only second batsman to hit six fours in an over after Ajinkya Rahane in the IPL. He along with his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan launched a full fledged attack on the KKR bowling unit in the powerplay. Shaw's sensational knock saw him hitting the fastest century of the season with the explosive opener only requiring 18 balls to register his fifty.
Starting brilliantly with six fours in the opening over and then hitting a quickfire 18-ball half-century, Shaw led DC to a clinical victory with his 41-ball 82. Besides, Dhawan with his 46 off 47 balls anchored yet another chase as the duo slammed 132 runs in the opening partnership. For KKR, Pat Cummins was once again impressive with the ball by claiming all the 3 wickets that fell from DC conceding only 24 runs in his 4 over spell. DC chased the target in 16.3 overs finishing the chase with the score of 156/3.
Virat Kohli remains static at 5th place in T20 list, Rizwan enters top-10
Dubai, Apr 28 India captain Virat Kohli and senior opener KL Rahul maintained their fifth and seventh places respectively in the latest ICC's ranking for T20 batsmen.
Pakistan's Mohammed Rozwan made an entry into top-10.
The 28-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman’s unbeaten knocks of 82 and 91 in the first and third matches have helped him gain five slots to reach 10th position, overtaking the likes of England captain Eoin Morgan and India opener Rohit Sharma.
Rizwan is the second-highest ranked Pakistan batsman in the list, only behind captain Babar Azam, who is now in third place.
The list is still topped by England's Dawid Malan with 892 points while Aaron Finch is placed second with 830 points.
However India has no representation in the top-10 of either bowlers or all-rounder's list.
In the list of Test batsmen, Kohli is again placed fifth while Rohit Sharma is tied seventh at the moment.
Kane Williamson is still holding the pole position among Test batsmen while Pat Cummins (908) has a significant (48 points) lead at the top among bowlers over India's Ravichandran Ashwin (850).
Among Test all-rounders, Ravindra Jadeja is placed third with Ashwin a notch below. The list is topped By Jason Holder.
Earlier, India captain Kohli had lost his top rank in ODI charts to his Pakistani counterpart Babar Azam. News Source : PTI
KKR's floundering batting faces strong DC test
Ahmedabad, Apr 28 Kolkata Knight Riders' floundering batting will be put to test once again as they look to build a winning momentum against a star-studded Delhi Capitals in their Indian Premier League match here on Thursday.
KKR's batting woes emanate right from the top with the highly talented Shubman Gill continuing his poor run -- 89 runs from six outings.
While their bowling, especially the 'master-apprentice' spin duo of Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy, have done an excellent job in restricting the oppositions, KKR's top-order batting has hurt them the most.
Chasing an easy 124 against Punjab Kings in their last match, KKR's top-order cut a sorry figure to be at 17 for 3 inside three overs before skipper Eoin Morgan led from the front to snap their four-match losing streak.
Against a DC batting line-up boasting tournament's leading run getter Shikhar Dhawan (265 runs), Prithvi Shaw, Steve Smith and the dangerous Rishabh Pant, KKR can't afford any more slip-up if they want to continue their ascent in the IPL points table.
First-up, Morgan will have to fix the Gill conundrum. With scores of 15, 33, 21, 0, 11 and 9, the opener has failed to impress, extending his poor run of form from the England Test series.
It would not be a bad ploy to drop Gill down the order and bring back Narine to open with Rahul Tripathi, something that was suggested by the legendary Sunil Gavaskar.
The top-order reshuffle may be the way forward as the likes of Morgan, Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik looked to have found their mojo in the middle.
Thursday's clash will see a mini battle between the Caribbean duo of Russell and Shimron Hetmyer who will be anxious to do well after the Capitals suffered an agonising one-run defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore here on Tuesday.
Chasing 172 for a win, the Capitals were struggling at 92 for 4 but Hetmyer upped the ante in company of his captain and another left-hander Pant as the duo smashed explosive half-centuries but only to go down in a last-ball thriller.
Russell too looked in his elements when he smashed Chennai Super Kings bowlers all around the park in his 22-ball 54 but only in a losing cause. It remains to be seen who among the Caribbean duo wins the battle on Thursday.
After Ravichandran Ashwin's pulling out, the Capitals' bowling got a boost from Ishant Sharma who cleaned up the in-form Devdutt Padikkal with a peach of a delivery en route to a tidy 1/26.
KKR batting will be put to test against the likes of Ishant, Kagiso Rabada and young gun Avesh Khan, while the spin duo of Amit Mishra and Axar Patel will also look to make an impact.
The Teams (From): Delhi Capitals: Rishabh Pant (c/w), Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Woakes, Shams Mulani, Amit Mishra, Lalit Yadav, Pravin Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Avesh Khan, Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Meriwala, M Siddarth, Tom Curran, Sam Billings and Aniruddha Joshi.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Tim Seifert, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Harbhajan Singh, Karun Nair, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer and Pawan Negi.
Match starts at 7.30pm IST. News Source : PTI
IPL Match 21 - Morgan leads KKR to a clinical 5 wicket win over PBKS
Kolkata Knight Riders returned to winning ways after suffering four consecutive defeats as they triumphed the Punjab Kings by five-wickets at Narendra Modi Stadium on Monday.
Chasing a below par target of 124, KKR were off to a poor start as they lost both their openers Shubman Gill (9) and Nitish Rana (0) cheaply inside the first two overs. Sunil Narine who walked in at No.3 also fell shortly after without opening his account as the Knights languished at 17/3.
Captain Eoin Morgan along with Rahul Tripathi then took charge of steadying the innings for KKR as the duo shared a 66 run partnership for the fourth wicket. However, Deepak Hooda ended Tripathi's innings on 41.
Morgan played a captain's knock hitting 47 off 40 balls and stayed until the end to ensure 2 crucial points for his side. The Knights achieved the target in the 17th over with 5 wickets in hand to register their second win of the season.
Earlier, the KKR spin tank of Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy along with fast bowler Prasidh Krishna put up an impressive show with the ball to keep Punjab's scoring rate under check and restrict them to a modest total of 123/9.
PBKS were off to a decent start steadily building their innings. However, Pat Cummins dismissed Rahul in the final over of the Power Play as the PBKS captain walked back to the pavilion for 19. Chris Gayle perished on a duck shortly followed by the dismissal of Deepak Hooda on 1, leaving the Kings struggling at 42/3.
Mayank Agarwal however, tried to take charge of the proceedings and contributed with his valuable 31 off 34 balls. Agarwal fell prey to Narine while attempting a pull at the deep mid-wicket.
Moises Henriques (2) and Shahrukh Khan (13) also put up poor shows. Nicholas Pooran then stayed in the middle for some time hitting 19 off 19 balls. Chris Jordan surged at the end to add a crucial 30 off 18 balls to help the Kings breach the 100-run mark. Jordan slammed three sixes to guide his side to a fighting total on the board.
For KKR, Narine claimed two wickets conceding 22 runs and Chakravarthy took 1/24. Prasidh Krishna had a great outing with the figures of 3/30 as he dismissed Hooda, Shahrukh and Jordan. Pat Cummins (2/31) and Shivam Mavi (1/13) also put up impressive shows.
Hopefully, it's start of something for us: Morgan
Premier League, Bundesliga have set templates for sports to continue amid lockdown: Morgan
Ahmedabad, Apr 27 England and Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan is pained to see the surge of COVID-19 cases in India but indicated the ongoing IPL could still go on as Bundesliga and Premier League have set the perfect "templates" for sports to continue amid lockdown.
Returning to India in less than six months after the 2020 edition was staged in UAE amid the pandemic, IPL found itself in the grip of a second wave of COVID-19 with few Australian players and India's Ravichandran Ashwin exiting the event.
With India's health crisis system crumbling, several states have clamped stringent restrictions, including night curfews and lockdowns.
"Certainly in the UK last year we went through severe lockdown for a prolonged periods of time, and it looked for a long time cricket wasn't going to be played," Morgan said in a virtual press conference after KKR beat Punjab Kings by five wickets on Monday.
"I think when we first came out of the lockdown, I remember the first sport being on TV was probably in New Zealand and in Australia. It was the Rugby Union's league and then slowly, the Bundesliga started and the Premier League started.
"And that almost displayed that you can play while the country is almost in full lockdown. So, certainly, there's a template to make that happen, it has happened. But also, as long as it doesn't disturb what's happening in the public eye." Sending out his message to fight the pandemic together, Morgan said: "...we fight this together, no matter where in the world you are, and so things like social distancing, going out wearing masks, and just generally trying to stay as safe as you can, are very important messages to portray." His KKR teammate and Aussie world number one Test bowler Pat Cummins has showed the way by donating USD 50,000 to PM Cares to "purchase oxygen supplies for India's hospitals".
While many of his compatriots left the country in fear of the pandemic, Cummins was the first cricketer in this year's IPL to publicly announce such a contribution on Twitter as he also urged his fellow players to chip in.
"We are constantly talking about this situation that's unfolding outside of our bubble. It's not nice to be honest, watching from afar, certainly considering how lucky we are to be in a bubble and not be affected by it very much," Morgan said.
"We obviously lend our support and heartfelt attitude to everybody who is ill or going through tough times." Playing their first match in Ahmedabad this season, KKR snapped their four-match losing streak with a five-wicket win over Punjab Kings to jump up to fifth place from bottom of the table. News source: PTI
Captain Morgan, bowlers beat Monday blues to get past Punjab Kings
Ahmedabad, Apr 26 Skipper Eoin Morgan brought in a sense of calm after early jitters as Kolkata Knight Riders didn't let a brilliant bowling performance go in vain during their easy five-wicket victory over Punjab Kings in an IPL encounter on Monday.
After the bowlers put up a splendid show to restrict Punjab Kings to 123 for 9, KKR scored the runs in 16.4 overs with skipper Morgan remaining unbeaten on 47 off 40 balls.
For KKR, it was a collective bowling performance with Prasidh Krishna (3/30), Pat Cummins (2/31) and Sunil Narine (2/22) choked Punjab after the young Shivam Mavi (1/13) bowled an astounding 15 dot balls in his four over spell.
KKR has now ended their four-match losing streak and are placed fifth with four points from six games. Punjab Kings slipped a notch behind and are now at sixth place.
Chasing the paltry target on a dew-laden Motera, KKR found themselves in familiar territory as they lost top-three for 17 runs inside three overs.
But Morgan (4x4, 2x6) showed perfect intent to seize control with Rahul Tripathi in a 66-run partnership off 48 balls as KKR sealed the issue in 16.4 overs to return to winning ways.
Morgan pulled Shami over square to get off the mark with a maximum and there was no looking back.
He along with Tripathi used their feet and kept charging the Punjab bowlers as they just needed 48 runs in the final-10.
Tripathi could not finish it after an impressive 32-ball 41 as there was a bit of a blip with Andre Russell departing in addition of 15 runs but Morgan and Dinesh Karthik ensured that there's no further damage to cruise home with 20 balls to spare.
Earlier, Rana got out for a golden duck in the first over, gifting his wicket to Moises Henriques, chipping a wide full toss straight to Shahrukh Khan at cover.
Then the Indian cricket's blue-eyed boy, Gill, continued his woeful run after showing some glimpses of his class, trapped by Mohammed Shami.
Ravi Bishnoi then produced a spectacular diving catch, sprinting about 30 metres to dismiss Sunil Narine for a duck.
Earlier, youngster Mavi started it all, tying things down with the new ball, bowling 15 dot balls in his four overs on the trot, before Cummins and Prasidh tightened the noose sharing five wickets between them at the death.
The pace troika removed the top three KL Rahul (19), Chris Gayle (0) and Deepak Hooda (1) in space of 12 balls for six runs to leave PBKS in a disarray in the first 10 overs.
On a pitch, where the ball stayed low and gripped a bit, the Punjab batsmen failed to apply themselves with Sunil Narine (2/22) and Varun Chakravarthy (1/24) further denting their progress during the middle overs as well as back-end.
Prasidh had the best figures as he ended Chris Jordan's 18-ball 30 cameo which took the total past the 120-run mark.
Mavi capped a fine opening spell of four overs dismissing Chris Gayle for a golden duck with the 'Universe Boss' taking a bottom edge.
Bowling with the new ball, the youngster was superb in the Powerplay, conceding just nine runs from his three overs, never allowing the two star Punjab openers, Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul, to express themselves.
The pressure was evident on Rahul when he perished after trying to break free against Cummins in the final over of Powerplay.
The dangerous Deepak Hooda (1) got out courtesy a stunning low catch by Eoin Morgan as Punjab had a terrible start losing three wickets in 12 balls for six runs.
Amid ruins, opener Mayank Agarwal scored a painstaking 31 off 34 balls which also halted the team's momentum.
At that point, Morgan used Narine to great effect as the Trinidadian dismissed Agarwal and Moises Henriques in successive overs to push them behind further. News Source : PTI
KKR opt to bowl against Punjab Kings
IPL Match 18: Marvellous Morris guides RR to a 6 wicket win against KKR
Chris Morris starred for the second time this season for his side to show the world why Rajasthan Royals didn't hesitate to spend a whopper on him at the IPL auctions earlier this year and powered the Royals to thrash Kolkata Knight Riders by 6 wickets at the Wankhede stadium on Saturday.
Chasing a below par target of 134 runs at the Mumbai strip, Rajasthan walked into the field with a new opening combination of Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal. However, the Royals did not get an ideal start as Butter fell prey to Varun Chakravarthy in the 4th over after scoring just 5 off 7. Jaiswal did look in great touch as he scored 22 runs off 17 balls with 5 boundaries, but the youngster couldn't convert his start into a big score and got out to Shivam Mavi, who came in the side replacing Kamlesh Nagarkoti, in the fifth over.
RR captain Sanju Samson truly led from the front with his responsible inning to ensure two crucial points for his struggling side. He received good support from the other end by David Miller that guided RR to the finish line in the 19th over. Sanju Samson scored 42 off 41 balls without taking many chances and remained till the end to clinch this crucial win for the Royals. Miller scored 24 off 23 with 4 fours. Shivam Dube's 22 runs off 18 balls featuring 2 fours and a six also accounted for a significant contribution as the Royals sealed the victory by 6 wickets with 7 balls left.
Earlier RR had won the toss and invited KKR to bat first. KKR were off to a slow start as their openers despite taking their time at the crease couldn't score big. Shubnam Gill was the first to fall after getting run out by Jos Buttler, scoring 11 runs off 19 balls. Nitish Rana fell prey to Chetan Sakariya as he scored 22 of 25 balls. RR bowlers put up a disciplined show restricting the KKR scoring rate. Rahul Tripathi was the top scorer for his side with his 36 runs off 22 balls that featured 1 four and 2 sixes, followed by Dinesh Karthik who scored 25 runs off 24 balls. Suniel Narine ( 6 off 7 ) skipper Eoin Morgan (0) Andre Russell (9 off 7) all put up disappointing shows. Chris Morris finished his four over spell with the figures of 4/23 that included the crucial wickets of Morgan, Karthik, Russell along with Pat Cummins, who, as evident from his batting against CSK is also capable of inflicting serious damages to the opposition bowlers. RR bowlers thus restricted them to 133/9 in 20 overs in a game where both the teams were desperate for victories to pump life in their derailed IPL campaigns.
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ECB confirms selection restructuring as Chris Silverwood announced selection in charge
According to a press release by The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), it has announced on Tuesday a restructure of its selection system for men's international teams.
A part of the restructure will include the dissolving of the role of National Selector, currently held by Ed Smith. Smith will leave the ECB at the end of the month. Since his appointment in 2018, England has enjoyed success across all formats, including victory at ICC 50-Over Men's World Cup in 2019 along with currently being ranked at 1st, 1st and 4th across the three formats.
This new structure, derived By Ashley Giles, Managing Director, England Men's Cricket, will hand clear accountability to the England Men's Head Coach, Chris Silverwood, who will be entrusted with the overall responsibility for future team selections from this point.
The Head Coach and the respective Test and limited overs Skippers, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan, will continue to work together on picking the final playing XI.
Backing this system will be a resource provided with intelligence from performance analysis, talent ID, scouting, medical and sports science.
There will be additional input from the England Men's Performance Director, Mo Bobat and James Taylor, who will have his job profile changed from England Selector to Head Scout. Coaches associated with the men's international teams will all feed into this process.
Ashley Giles, Managing Director, England Men's Cricket, said: "I would like to personally thank Ed for his contribution to the England men's teams over the past three years. Ed's input has helped deliver successes for all our England Teams, and he has worked with commitment and professionalism throughout his time as National Selector. I wish him well in his future endeavours.
"The current process of selecting England teams has been in place for over 120 years. Even though this system has its merits, with advances in technology and a greater information gathering resource at our disposal than ever before, the restructure is in the best interests of helping England men's teams be successful.
"The new structure also makes lines of accountability much clearer, with Chris Silverwood, as Head Coach, taking ultimate responsibility for picking England senior men's squads."
Ed Smith, said: "It has been a huge privilege to work with great people trying to help England cricket and I am excited about watching England's continued development.
"I've been very lucky to work with James Taylor, and I'm delighted that he will remain part of the new structure. My thanks to the dedicated team of scouts and to all the coaches, data analysts, medics and members of the ECB Pathway, who are available every day of the year at all hours to help England's decision-makers.
"England's two captains, Joe and Eoin, have already completed remarkable achievements in an England shirt. England has two men dedicated to playing cricket in a way that makes the country proud. The role of National Selector has been enjoyable and rewarding, and that is significantly due to my interaction with all of the England players.
"At such a high point for England cricket, I wish Ashley Giles, the coaches and all support staff good fortune over the coming months. I know how hard Ashley and his team work for England cricket. In particular, I'd like to wish Chris Silverwood good luck and every success going forward.”
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AB de Villiers and Maxwell power RCB to a 38 run victory against KKR
Royal Challengers Bangalore gave a perfect start to the first double header of the season with their explosive batting that helped them defeat arch rivals Kolkata Knight Riders by 38 runs on Sunday at Chennai.
Chasing a mammoth target of 204, KKR were off to an aggressive start but kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Shubman Gill (21 off 8) Rahul Tripathi ( 25 off 19) and captain Eoin Morgan (29 off 23) got off to a good start but couldn't convert them into big figures. After Morgan fell prey to Harshal Patel, KKR required 91 off 38 balls. Shakib couldn't clear the fences, but Russell muscled Yuzvendra Chahal 6, 4, 4, 4 in the 17th over to pose a threat to RCB's intentions. However the required run rate was still around 20. The 19th over bowled by Mohammed Siraj featured some immaculate yorkers that denied Russsell even of singles.
With 43 required off the last over, RCB's Harshal Patel only sparred 5 runs to end his day of 2/17. Russell smashed 31 off 20 deliveries in his fight back but that couldn't suffice as the Knights fell short of 38 runs to hand RCB their third win on the trot. Jamieson finished with 3 for 41.
Earlier the RCB won the toss and chose to bat first. Skipper Virat Kohli got out cheaply on 5 in the second over bowled by Varun Chakravarthy, attempting to drive only to be caught at the covers by Rahul Tripathi. Chakravarthy then dismissed Rajat Patidar after four balls.
Maxwell took his time to settle down as he hit 7 off his first 7, but soon shifted gears. Maxwell took Shakib's over for 17 runs to take RCB's power play score to 45/2. Maxwell continued his 'big show' as he picked 5 more fours and a six in the next five overs. By the time Padikkal made his way back to the pavilion after his 28-ball 25 in the 12th over, Maxwell had smashed 60 off 34 deliveries.
Then walked in the great man, AB de Villiers. After some quick singles and doubles, he unleashed his assault with successive fours in the 15th over, followed by consecutive boundaries. Post Maxwell's dismissal, when RCB still had 18 balls in hand at the score of 148, ABD launched Russell for a maximum and two fours. AB reached his half century in 27 balls hitting Harbhajan for a six in the 19th over.
Saving his best for the last, de Villiers added another 21 runs off Russell in the 20th over and with Kyle Jamieson joining the party with his 11 from 4, RCB put up 56 in their final three overs, ending their innings on 204/4 with de Villiers scoring an unbeaten 76 off 34.
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IPL 2021 - Rahul Chahar scripts a stunning comeback as MI beat KKR by 10 runs
Mumbai Indians registered their first win of the season thanks to Rahul Chahar's brilliant bowling and Suryakumar Yadav's amazing half-century to beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 10 runs at the MA Chidambaram stadium on Tuesday.
Asked to bat first by KKR skipper Eoin Morgan, MI got off to a shaky start as spinner Varun Chakravarthy dismissed MI opener Quinton de Kock (2) cheaply before Suryakumar Yadav and skipper Rohit Sharma steadied the proceedings for MI.
Sharma and Yadav posted a 76-run stand for the second wicket. Yadav smashed a quickfire 56 off 36 balls bedecked with 7 fours and 2 sixes. Sharma scored 43 off 32 balls. After the duo's dismissal, MI suffered a rare batting collapse as the reigning champions were all out for 152.
Russell produced an unbelievable spell for KKR and cliched a five-wicket haul in just 2 overs to head back in the dressing room with the figures of 5/15 in his 2 overs. He dismissed the dangerous duo of Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya among others and took three wickets in the final over itself to reach his fifer.
In response KKR got off to a flying start due to an impressive partnership of 72 runs from openers Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana. Rana continued his good form in the tournament and put up a promising knock of 57 off 47 featuring 6 fours and 2 sixes. Gill added 33 off 24 balls.
KKR lost wickets at quick intervals after Gill's departure as Rahul Tripathi (5), Captain Eoin Morgan and Shakib Al Hasan (9) were all sent back to pavilion cheaply. Just when it appeared like KKR were taking the game away from MI, Chahar's magical spell brought the five time Champions back in the game to defeat KKR in a game that they dominated for almost 35 overs.
It was a stellar comeback by MI as Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult's death over expertise once again pulled them out of danger. With 19 runs required from the final two overs, Bumrah and Boult spared just 4 runs each in the 19th and 20 overs to take MI home and record their first win in the tournament.
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IPL 2021 - Rana and Rahul rumble as KKR beat SRH by 10 runs
The Kolkata Knight Riders beat the SunRisers Hyderabad by 10 runs in the third game of IPL 2021 on Sunday at MA Chidambaram Stadium. The KKR side led by Eoin Morgan displayed an all round show to win their opening game of the season. With this victory, Kolkata clinched a hat trick of wins against Hyderabad owing to SRH's two defeats in the last season of the IPL.
Having asked to bat first by the SRH Captain David Warner, KKR were off to a flying start thanks to the opening pair of Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana. The openers made a 53 run stand for the first wicket.
Further on both Rana and Rahul Tripathi smashed half centuries as former's brilliant 80 off 56 balls studded with 9 fours and 4 sixes and the latter's 53 off 29 coupled with Dinesh Karthik's cameo of quick fire 22 off 9 at the end powered Kolkata to a formidable total of 187/6 by the end of their 20 overs.
For SRH, Rashid Khan again proved to be their key bowler, taking 2 crucial wickets of Gill (15 off 13) and the explosive Andre Russell (5 off 5). Mohammad Nabi took two important scalps as well in the form Rana and KKR Skipper Eoin Morgan (2 of 3).
In reply, Sunrisers Hyderabad put up a disappointing start as both their openers David Warner and Wriddhiman Saha were dismissed in the first three overs itself as SRH struggled on 10/2 .However, Jonny Bairstow and Manish Pandey displayed great resilience as the duo kept SRH's hopes alive with a half-century each. Jonny Bairstow scored 55 runs off 40 balls, while Manish Pandey smashed a brilliant 61 runs off 44 balls. However, the efforts were not enough for the Sunrisers Hyderabad as they fell short of 10 runs requiring 22 runs in the final over ending their turn on 177/5.
Prasidh Krishna claimed 2 crucial wickets of SRH captain David Warner (3 off 4) and Nabi (14 off 11) finishing his spell at 2/35. Pacer Pat Cummins (1/30) took the wicket of Jonny Bairstow. Andre Russel finished with the figures of 1/32 in his 3 overs featuring the wicket of V. Shankar (11 off 7).