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Test in balance as New Zealand lower order fight to get a good lead

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The 1 st Test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand is continuing its way to end up as a typical Galle Test in spin a friendly pitch.
But this time Sri Lanka seems to be in the unlucky side as they were not able to get a good lead after New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat first.
Nevertheless Sri Lanka was able to get a marginal lead of 18 runs and it could have been still enough to get on to the top of the game.
But late order flourishes from New Zealand lower order has been able to extend the lead upto 177 runs which is quite a target to achieve in 4 th innings in typical Galle pitch.Also the inning is not yet finished as they have 3 more wickets in hand which could atleast get them around a lead of 220 plus.
BJ Watling was the player of the second inning for New Zealand with his great batting effort along with the lower order and he is unbeaten at 63 runs.
But still anything below 250 is still achievable here in 4 th and 5 th day and inorder to that Sri Lanka has to stop throwi…

West Indies name 13 members Test Squad for the India series

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After a not very good World Cup and a tough T20 series against India,Windies have announced their Squad for the test series with some new faces hoping for a major turn around.

One of the most interesting faces coming into the team is 26 year old Rahkeem Cornwall who has been performing so well in domestic cricket in recent times.

Rahkeem is well known for his all round ability with above 24 average in batting and an average of 23.90 in bowling in 55 first class matches.

Rest of the major highlights include  retaining of Keemo Paul who has been taken as an injury replacement for injured Jason holder earlir.

Team is assigned to be led by Holder and 13 member squad is as follows;

Jason Holder (c), Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rakheem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach

This series is going to be a major tournament for both the teams as this is going to be the first series for both …

Sri Lanka name 22 members Probable Test Squad for New Zealand Challenge

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Irrespective of the few bad years Sri Lanka has been having a good momentum after the World Cup as they were able to completely outclass Bangladesh Team in 3 ODI matches played at home after finishing 6 th at the World Cup.
Although they struggled in limited over matches Sri Lanka always had a very good momentum in the Test matches irrespective of  all the team changes and injury issues.
But now they are going to face a completely different challenge as they are going to start up ICC Test Championship with 2 match Test series against the strong New Zealand side.
After getting an historic Test win against South Africa in South Africa, Sri Lanka has sticked with their core players who performed well in that series but has added some new faces to increase the depth of the side.
Main star additons for the Squad has been former captains Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews who were out of the South African series and both of these players have been a very important part of wins Sri Lanka g…

ICC World Cup 2019:Match in balance as Australia finishes at 223

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Another day another low scoring thriller on our way as Australia just managed to get 223 runs on the board after loosing all their wickets.
Australian batsmen never got their momentum in this inning except for the Super Man Steve Smith .Australia were struggling at 14 for 3 wickets at one stage and Steve Smith did a great job with his 85 runs to get Australia over 220 in a pitch which had some assistance for bowlers.
Smith was the highest scorer and Alex Carey and Mitch Starc helped him with 46 and 29 runs respectively.
England bowlers did an amazing job as Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid took 3 wickets each.
This score do not look like a big score on board,but with the trend so far we are expecting another thriller as England have not able to chase down any score so far in the World Cup and they will have a massive pressure going into the match with lots of home crowd expectations as it is the Semi Final.
We are waiting for another special inning and hope you will join with us after th…

ICC World Cup 2019:New Zealand beat India to get into another Final

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It was a great game of cricket as New Zealand beat India in the first semi final of the Cricket Worldcup here at Manchester.
It all started yesterday with New Zealand winning the toss and batting first in slightly a tricky pitch.But with credit to Williamson and Taylor they managed to get into a par score of 239.
But it was still a par score in the pitch,but with amazing bowling from Henry and Boult India were restricted to 5 for 3 wickets at one stage.
After being for 92 for 6 wickets at one stage Jadeja and Ms Dhoni did brillianty to build up 116 runs partnership.But Ferguson had the last laugh as India were bowled out for just 221 runs.
It was a remarkable game of cricket and hope you all will join with us Tommorow with the second Semi Final .Cheers!!

ICC World Cup 2019:India going with upper hand into the second day of rain delayed Semi Final

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Changes in the history of Cricket World Cup keep getting updated as Rain has become the unappreciated man of the Tournament throughout the series.
After League matches getting washed out ,we are now running into 2 day semi finals as no play was possible yesterday after 46.1 overs.
India was surely the strongest on the board when the rain get going as New Zealand never got the momentum required for a Semi final yesterday.They struggled from the begining and was almost going with a run rate of just 3-4 runs per over in the middle stage.
However they started accelerating after the drinks break at the end of 33 rd over and however managed to get to 211 after 46.1 overs.
They have got only 2 specialist Batsmen remaining in the form of Ross Taylor who is on 67 and Tom Latham who is on 3 with All-rounder Mitch Santner to come.
Kane Williamson and Taylor are the highest scorers upto now and both have got 67 runs upto now.
All the Indian bowlers were brilliant yesterday and each 5 of them got…

ICC World Cup 2019:Semi Final 1:Playing XI and match preview

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Finally we are here in the Semi Finals after over a month of League stage matches as Black Caps are ready to take on Men in Blue in the first one of the two semi finals.
India had a consistent run throughout the series as they only lost one match against England.In the other side New Zealand started really well in league matches and lost all their last few matches.
Clearly and Surely India is having the upper mindset going into the match but given the day and conditions New Zealand is strong enough to beat India at any day.
Indian batting order looked bit weak for us given that they had only 6 specialist batsmen upfront.But addition of Jadeja gave them that much needed cushion going into the Semis.We are hoping that he will stick with the side today if they do not surprise us.
In New Zealand perspective,Ferguson is expected to come back into the team instead of Tim Southee.
Expected team for today's game is as follows;
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1.Rohit Sharma 2.KL Rahul 3.Virat Kohli (c) 4.Rishabh P…