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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;
INDIA
1.Rohit Sharma 2.KL Rahul 3.Virat Kohli (c) 4.Rishabh P…

ICC World Cup 2019:Semi Final arrangements changed as India and South Africa get wins on Super Saturday

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You should have given a chance to India to win the last match against Sri Lanka but not surely South Africans to beat mighty Australia.
But South Africans being able to win by 10 runs against Australia has completely changed the semi final arrangements as India has become the table toppers after it.
With that win India will now take on the New Zealand team who is really struggling to find any momentum at the latter part of the tournament and Australia will take on English team.
First Semi final will be played on 9 th Tuesday at Manchester featuring India and New Zealand and second Semi Final will be played on 11 th Tuesday featuring Australia and England at Edgbaston.
This different arrangement at the last moment will surely give a different perspective to the tournamet and we will look forward for the most exciting week of International Cricket.

ICC World Cup 2019:SL vs IND:Sri Lanka sets a challenging score with a classy batting effort

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It was a great game upto now as it is well balanced here at Leeds.Looking at the score board 264 runs on the board might not look dangerous to strong Indian batting line up.But taking into consider that the pitch has got slower and slower throughout the game,it would surely be a chase to be achieved.
Indian team started really well as usual and was able to get Sri Lankan Top heavy batting order into some concirn as they were 54 for 4 wickets at one stage.But talent of Angelo Mathews who got together with Thirimanne and De Silva took them over to 264,which can be a very good score in this pitch.
Highest scorer for Sri Lanka was Angelo Mathews who scored 113 runs off 128 balls.Lahiru Thirimanne supported him well with 53 runs.
Bumrah was the best bowler for India as usual as he took 3 wickets for 37 runs in his 10 overs.
This chase look worthy to watch and hope you won't miss a single ball from here now as India need 265 to win from 300 balls in a slow pitch.Watch Live Score of the…

ICC World Cup 2019:Sri Lanka vs India:Battle of Asian giants

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Two teams who came up with completetly different reputations into the World Cup are going to lock their horns here at Leeds.
India came up with the expectation of winning the Worldcup and now have sealed a place in semis.In other side Sri Lankan ODI team came up after probably the worst 4 years of their cricket history after the retirement of their senior players.
But this World Cup has become a turning point to the Lankan lions as they have been able to seal the 6 th posistion in the table by beating England,West Indies and Afghanistan and with additional two washed out games.
If not for rain Lankans could have surely give an amazing fight for the Top 4 to join with them.Indian team is in the form of their life but the 7-4 combination with only 7 proper batsmen has add some weakness to the batting line up compared to the other teams with long middle order.
But Rohit Sharma and Virat Kholi has been able to hold the innings together for now.But MS Dhoni not being able to be effective …

ICC World Cup 2019:Analysis on final battle for the last 2 semi final spots

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The new format for the Cricket World Cup 2019 has created a lots of excitement for the final week despite of the washed out games as almost 7 teams were in the contest for the semi finals as final week came on.
But unfortunately Sri Lanka and Bangladesh had to get away from the contest although they have played brilliant cricket throughout the tournament.If not for 2 washed out games Sri Lanka had and one washed out game Bangladesh had,things could have been different as both the teams looked well on course for semi finals in the tournament.
Australia and India has already sealed their semi final spots and now the contest is between England ,Pakistan and New Zealand for the final 2 spots.
Talking about the game today,it is a must win for the England team as they are having 10 points under their name.Win today can surely seal their position at number 3 for the World Cup spot.But still they can qulify eventhough they loose the match if Pakistan loose to Bangladesh.
In Pakistans point o…

ICC World Cup 2019:New Zealand fight back after Pakistan's Star performance with the ball

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A must win for Pakistan team here at Edgbaston is leading into one of the best battles in the World Cup after New Zealand being able to recover from 83 for 5 wickets to 237 for 6 wickets here in a bowler friendly pitch.
It all started with the amazing bowling performances from Shaheen Afridi and ever reliable Amir as New Zealand lost their top 5 wickets for just 83 runs and surely gave  a mini heart attack for others competing for the semi final spot.
But eventually they were able to recover from the tragedy as Neesham and Grandhomme was able to give an amazing fight back.
Jimmy Neesham was the highest scorer for New Zealand as he scored unbeaten 97 runs.Grandhomme was able to get 64 runs on the board.
Highest wicket taker for Pakistan was Shaheen who took 3 wickets for 28 runs.Amir and Shadab took 1 wicket each.
This score of 237 look highly competitive on this pitch but not unchasable for strong Pakistan batting line up.
Watch whether Pakistan will be able to chase this down and ke…

ICC World Cup 2019:Pakistan vs South Africa match preview

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Two teams which were expected to get into semis at the beigining of the tournament and who could not get any where near to their true potential throughout the World Cup are going to face each other in our Super Sunday here at London.
Both teams have only managed to get one win in the tournament and ranked at 8 th and 9 th positions of the tournament points table.Any team who are going to loose this match will get kicked out from the tournament and winning team can hope for a outside chance to get into semis.
With top 3 teams New Zealand,Australia and India looking like having a one step on Semis and with England,Sri Lanka and Bangladesh playing very good cricket to out class others,both Pakistan and South Africa will have to be on top of their game here after.
Sunny day is expected in London and pitch looks like having some kind of supportive conditions for the quality bowlers of the both teams.High responsibility will be on the hands of batsmen and any team which bat well has the ab…

ICC World Cup 2019:England vs Afghanistan match preview and playing XI

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Two teams who had completely different World Cups are set to lock their horns here at Manchester.Except for the unexpected defeat against Pakistan,England almost had the perfect World Cup coming upto now unless for little injury concirns.
On the other side Afghanistan came up to the World Cup with the same reputation as Sri Lanka,Windies and Bangladesh with their strong bowling attack and with the fact that they have beaten some good teams in recent times.But they were not even able to give a good fight in the matches they have played so far compared to other teams who have won atleast one match.
But still nothing impossible here in the Worldcup and if Pakistan can ,why not Afghanistan make an upset here.In the practise matches Afghanistan came to play with England after beating Pakistan and got beaten very comfortably by the tournament favourites.
England team is expected to try James Vince at the top in place of injured Jason Roy and Afghanistan is expected to play with extended ba…

ICC World Cup 2019:India vs Australia match preview and playing XI

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It is a day of tough competition as two of the major tournament favourites take on each other here at Oval.
Talking about the two teams,both are coming up with winning momentum behind them as Australia has won both matches they played upto now and India has won the only match they played against South Africa.
Few months ago we would have said India is the clear favourite here.But after Australia won the ODI series in India and as they also defeated Pakistan by 5-0 margin in last 3 months,we can assure that Aussies are not going to let India dominate them.
Oval is a good ground to bat on and average 1 st inning score here is 249,but anyone batting first should atleast look for a score of 290 as we reckon to have some edge over the opposition.
Possible playing XI for both team as per our suggestions is as follows:
AUSTRALIA
1.David Warner 2.Aaron Finch (c) 3.Usman Khawaja 4.Steven Smith 5.Marcus Stoinis 6.Glenn Maxwell 7.Alex Carey (wk) 8.Nathan Coulter-Nile 9.Pat Cummins 10.Mitchell S…

ICC World Cup 2019:Sri Lanka vs Pakistan preview and playing XI

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Week ago both Pakistan and Sri Lanka was starving to get atleast one win in the table after loosing almost 10 plus consecutive matches.But just after 2 matches into the World Cup,these 2 asian giants have been able to get their names on the points table as they always do in big ICC Tournaments.
Both teams are coming into the game with winning momentum and you can never write them off whe it comes to Winning a World Cup.
Pakistan came back to the tournament with their great batting performance and Sri Lanka came back with their great Pace attack lead by Malinga and Nuwan Pradeep.
Going into the match Sri Lanka will be revealed as this pitch looks better for batting compared to the green pitches they got previously.
Average score here is better here in 1 st inning as it is 243 and second inning average is just 216.It indicates batting first and giving some score board pressure to opponent is not a bad decision at all.
Rain is expected and it can be a shortened game as it was between Sr…

ICC World Cup 2019::Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan :Pre Match Analysis and playing XI

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It is a day of finding the winning momentum here at Cardiff as Sri Lanka take on Afghanistan.Both teams played very badly in the first match they played and both are starving for a win in the World Cup.
Although Sri Lankan batting line up has got some depth on the paper,their performance against New Zealand completely destroyed every expectation of Sri Lankan fans who had a belief on them.
On other side Afghanistan was poor too in both departments and surely must be desperate to get a win and make their country proud.
Going into the day weather forecast do not look good at all and definetly some interruptions are expected during the match.
Pitch is expected to have some help for the pace bowlers and we are expecting a low scoring game here as the average 1 st inning score here is low as 224.
Anyone batting first must look for a score around 270 here and as we think it will be enough for a good game.
Expected playing XI for both teams are as follows:
SRI LANKA
1.Dimuth Karunaratne (c) …

ICC World Cup 2019:Pakistan set a historic chase to comeback

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Unpredictable Pakistan they said!very well said!It was a great performance by Pakistan with the bat after putting into bat first in a very good pitch here at Trent Bridge.
It all started with England winning the toss and deciding to bowl first,Being put into bat first Pakistan openers got into a great start with 82 runs partnership.
All the batsmen continued the good start given by openers as they were able to end up at 348 runs for 8 wickets.Highest scorer for Pakistan was Mohammad Hafeez who scored 84 .Babar Azam and Sarfraz Ahmed scored well played half centuries as well.
Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali took 2 wickets each for Pakistan.With these magnificent batting effort Pakistan has set the highest chase to be acheived to this strong batting line up .
You can watch whether England will be able to chase this down after the break on our Live Score Box.

ICC World Cup 2019:Pakistan vs England:Pre Match Analysis and playing XI

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It is all set for the 5 th day of the World Cup as Champions Trophy winners Pakistan is ready to take on England who had edge over them in recent past.
Both teams come into the match with completely contrasting experiences in 1 st match and England is considered as the favourite coming into the match.
But still anything can happen as Pakistan always has that unpredictability in their game and has got the potential to beat any team on their day.
Match is set to be played at Trent Bridge and is expected to be a good one for batsmen.Average 1 st inning score here is 249 ,but 350 has also been chased in recent past.
There will be some help for the bowlers early in the morning and anyone who win the toss is expected to bowl.
Probable playing XI for the match is as follows:
PAKISTAN
1.Imam-ul-Haq 2.Fakhar Zaman 3.Babar Azam 4.Haris Sohail 5.Sarfaraz Ahmed 6.Mohammad Hafeez 7.Imad Wasim 8.Shadab Khan 9.Hasan Ali 10.Wahab Riaz 11.Mohammad Amir
ENGLAND
1.Jason Roy 2.Jonny Bairstow 3.Joe Root …

ICC World Cup 2019:Bangladesh set a huge score in their World Cup Opener

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Super Sunday was exciting upto now as we all expected as Bangladesh started their World Cup Campaign in a remarkable fashion.
It all started with South African captain winning the toss and choosing to bowl first.Being put into bat first Bangladesh started really well with 60 runs opening partnership.But lost 2 quick wickets of both openers.
Then experienced batting from Shakib and Rahim almost took the game away from South Africa with good finishing touch from the rest and ended up at 330 at the end of 50 overs.
Highest scorer for Bangladesh was ever reliable Rahim who scored 78 and Shakib added on 75.
South African bowlers were almost clueless but Tahir,Morris and Phehlukwayo managed to take 2 wickets each.
Target of 331 looks like a mountain to climb for South Africa who does not have a very good record in World Cup tournaments with handling pressure.But still disciplined and aggresive batting effort may help them to have a hope on this in a good batting pitch.
You can watch whethe…

ICC World Cup 2019:Sri Lanka vs New Zealand:Pre match analysis and Playing Xi

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It is all set for the first Weekend of the World Cup campaign as Sri Lanka is ready to take on New Zealand here at Cardiff.
New look Sri Lankan team might be starting as the weak team but certainly they look very strong on paper with good depth in batting.In other side Black Caps will have a huge pressure to start well here as one of the tournament favourites.
Average 1 st inning score at Cardiff is 227 and highest chased score is 304 runs.Pitch will have certain help for the bowlers early in the morning and might look helpful for the spin bowlers in evening.
Expected playing XI for the both teams is as follows;
SRI LANKA
1.Dimuth Karunarathne 2.Lahiru Thirimanne 3.Kusal Mendis 4.Angelo Mathews 5.Dhananjaya De Silva 6.Kusal Perera 7.Thisara Perera 8.Isuru Udana 9.Jeewan Mendis 10.Lasith Malinga 11.Nuwan Pradeep
NEW ZEALAND
1.M.Guptill 2.T.Latham 3.K.Williamson 4.C.Munro 5.R.Taylor 6.J.Neesham 7.Grandhomme 8.M.Santner 9..T.Southee 10.T.Boult
11.L.Ferguson

ICC World Cup 2019:Pak vs WI:Pakistan get bowled out for 105 runs

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It is the time for the innings break in our second encounter of ICC World Cup 2019 as Pakistan Team get bowled out for just just 105 runs.
Earlier in the day Windies won the toss and decided to bowl first in cloudy conditions  here at Trent Bridge.As planned in bowling friendly conditions,Windies managed to get early wickets and add on some pressure to Top heavy Pakistan batting line up.
It was too much for Pakistan as they could not cope with the wonderful bowling and got bowled out for 105 runs by facing just 21.4 overs.
Oshane Thomas was the highest wicket taker for Windies as he took  4 wickets for 27 runs.Holder and Russell took 3 wickets and 2 wickets each.
Windies now need 106 runs to win in their 50 overs and already set to start the chase to get their first point on the table.
You can now watch the Windies second inning on our Live Score Box.

ICC worldcup 2019 :Classy England outclass South African line Up

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It was a very good day at office for English boys as they succesfully got  over the first hurdle of their World Cup run by beating South Africa by a huge score of  104 runs.
It all started with South Africa winning the toss and deciding to bowl first.England were able to add a good score of 311 runs on the board by loosing 8 wickets and that score was not out of reach for South Africans.
But as usual in ICC events,South Africa messed up and was only able to get a score of 207 on the board.Jofra Archer who was the ex factor as we mentioned earlier took 3 wickets for just 27 runs and handed over a great victory for the boys in blue.
Player of the match was Ben Stokes for his 89 runs contribution,wonderful catch near the boundary and 2 wickets for just 12 runs.
It was a great start for the tournament and we all hope you all enjoyed our live coverage.We will come up with Live coverage of Pakistan vs Windies on usual time . Good bye from all of us for now!

ICC World Cup 2019 ENG vs SAF:Powerful South African Pace Attack limit Strong England line up for 311

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It is that time of the year that we were eagerly waiting for and ICC 50 overs worldcup finally started with a bang as South Africa take on hosts England here at Oval.
South Africa won the toss and decided to bowl first on a pitch we thought that had some assistance to bowlers early on.
It was not a great start with all the expectations to English team as they lost their 1 st wicket for just 1 run.But decent fifties from Roy,Root and Morgan built some momentum to the inning.
Most importantly 89 from Ben Stokes lead England to a respectable score of  311 for  8 wickets.Lungi Ngidi was the highest wicket taker for South Africa as he took 3 wickets for 66 runs in his 10 overs.
This score looks good on the board but still England could hv get around 340 plus if not for a good bowling effort by South Africans in a good pitch.As per the sitiuation at the break South Africans might have the chance of getting their first points on the table.
But still with ex factor of Archer ,England can def…

Sri Lanka vs Scotland Pre Match Analysis

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Sri Lankan World Cup Squad is ready to take on Scotland in their own back yard giving scotland a rare chance of quality International experience.
It is not only  an Oppurtunity for Scotland,but also a great experience for Sri Lankan limited over side to test their squad for the final time and to get some winning momentum back.
However Lankans will miss the service of  probably the World's best Death overs bowler Lasith Malinga as he is rested after a very succesful IPL season.
But this would give a good oppurtunity to Udana,Lakmal and Pradeep to get used to the conditions in typical English Conditions.
Expected Sri Lankan line up for the Today's match is as follows;
1.Dimuth Karunarathne 2.Lahiru Thirimanne/Thisara Perera 3.Kusal Perera 4.Angelo Mathews 5.Kusal Mendis 6.Dhananjaya De Silva 7.Milinda Siriwardena 8.Isuru Udana 9.Jeewan Mendis 10.Suranga Lakmal 11.Nuwan Pradeep
As per the News SL Head coach has proposed an idea of testing Thisara as an opener,but if he is not ch…

2 nd ODI Pakistan vs England:Pre Match analysis

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It was a wash out in Oval as Pakistan took on England in the 1 st ODI.But conditions have become much better going into the second ODI in Southampton as Pakistan look forward to find some form before Worldcup.
With around 3 weeks for the World cup both teams are highly looking forward  to test their players with a full ODI series without interruptions.
Although it is hard to make assumptions about the pitch,it looks promising for batting .But with rain around and cloud forecast in morning,whoever batting 1 st might look forward to bowl first.
For England Jason Roy and Moeen Ali is expected to come for the second ODI and for Pakistan Shoaib Malik is expected to comeback to the second ODI.
Expected line up for the both teams are as follows:
PAKISTAN
1.I.Ul-Haq 2.F.Zaman 3.B.Azam 4.Sohail 5.S.Ahmed 6.S.Malik 7.I.Wasim 8.F.Ashraf 9.Hasan Ali 10.M.Amir 11.S.Afridi
ENGLAND
1.J.Bairstow 2.J.Vince 3.J.Root 4.E.Morgan 5.B.Stokes 6..J.Buttler 7.M.Ali 8.C.Woakes 9.A.Rashid 10.L.Plunkett 11.J.Arch…

Pre Match Analysis as Table toppers Delhi Capitals take on Chennai Super Kings

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Day has arrived for the clash between probably the best two teams in the tournment upto now to take on each other before the Play offs.
CSK came up with set of well experienced players into the tournament  and showed their maturity from the start of the tournament.In opposite Delhi Capitals started their tournament as probably the youngest and most inexperienced team of the tournament ,but was able to show up their young spirit and top the table at the end of 12 matches
Going into the day we have two uncertainities as Captain Cool MS Dhoni has not still come to his full fitness and did not show up in practises yesterday.As per the Coaches ,the final decision will be taken on him before the match.
Other one is weather report does not look really good tonight and expected some interruption if the predictions go right.
Lots of changes are not expected from both the line ups.But with arrival of Faf and Jadeja into the team,Murali Vijay and Bravo could be left for todays match based on th…

Security levels tightened as Bangladesh get ready to tour Ireland and England

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BCB has decided to provide VVIP security for Bangladesh national ODI team who is getting prepared to ICC ODI worldcup which is scheduled to start soon.
Decision has been made after the tragic shooting incident at Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch in which Bangladesh's players narrowly escaped.
As per the news Seven Officials will travel with Bangladesh team to ensure that the required  security cover would be in place.
Bangladesh Cricket team is set to take on West Indies and Ireland in a Tri Nations series before the World Cup which will be Starting on 5th of May in Ireland.
After the series they will arrive in England for a residential Preperatory Camp at Leicestershire  to get used to the English Conditions before the World Cup.

Pakistan get a comprehensive win in Practise Match

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It was a very good day for Pakistan ODI team yesterday after their series lost to Australia at home as they were able to get a comprehensive day out against Kent in their practise match.
Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat first in a good pitch and were able to add on a huge score of 358 runs on the board in their 50 overs by loosing only 7 wickets.Imad Wasim was the star performer in batting as he was able to score unbeaten 117 runs in just 78 balls.
In reply Kent was only able to add on 258 runs by loosing all their 10 wickets,giving Pakistan team a big win by a margin of 100 runs.Alex Blake was the highest scorer for Kent as he scored 89 runs off just 48 balls.
Yasir Shah was the highest wicket taker but was expensive as he got 3 wickets for 90 runs.Faheem Ashraf,Hasan Ali and Fakhar Zaman took 2 wickets each for Pakistan.
Full match summary is as follows:
PAKISTAN                                         358-7(50 overs)
I.Wasim        117*                            I.Qayyum    …

Review and analysis on Sri Lankan Squad for the World Cup-Positives and Negatives

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Sri Lanka finally released their 15 men Squad for the World Cup and only 3 players were different from the line up we expected as they have opted Avishka Fernando in place of Bhanuka Rajapaksha,Milinda Siriwardena instead of Akila Dananjaya and Nuwan Pradeep as the 4 th Pacer in the Squad.
Although there are lots of criticism about the selection,we do think the Squad looks pretty balance except for one or 2 players.
Dimuth being the captain ,he is likely to open up with Thirimanne who had a great run in Provincial Tournament.In this regard We see Avishka as a injury replacement and We do not expect him to be in the First XI as he averages 14.20 in ODI s and he was a failure in South Africa series as well as in Provincial Tournament.
At number 3 position we expect Kusal Janith as both Sri Lankan Openers are steady and slow Batsmen he could be used to score few quick runs if Openers can get a good start.
Angelo is probably the best Sri Lankan Batsman and most experienced and he is our …

Sri Lankan Squad for ICC World Cup 2019

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Sri Lankan Limited over cricket team did not have a very good time in the middle after the retirement of their Legends Sangakkara,Mahela and T.M.Dilshan.Not only in the middle but also in selection they did have lots of confusion with trying out so many new players and changing the Captains.
After analysing recent performance in International matches and the Super Provincial Tournament we have come Up with the most Likely 15 member Squad to play in the Tournament.
Opening Combination for the Lankans have been quite a problem as Tharanga,Dickwella and Avishka were not able to get the required start and with recent success and Form Dimuth Karunarathne and Lahiru Thirimanne is set to get the responsibility of opening in the Worldcup to add stability to the team which has been loosing early wickets in the power play.
Talking about the middle order line up as pure batsman or batting all rounders Kusal Perera,Kusal Mendis,Bhanuka Rajapaksha ,Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya De Silva is likely…

Dale Steyn ready for a comeback in IPL

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Experienced South African Fast Bowler Dale Steyn is set to comeback to IPL after missing Two seasons.He has been signed by Royal Challengers Bangalore as a replacement to the injured Nathan Coulter-Nile .
Dale Steyn was unsold in the IPL auction after he missed two continous seasons due to injury problems.He finally played in IPL for Gujarat Lions way back in 2016.
RCB is having a tough and very unususal season as they have lost all 6 games upto now and still not able to make their mark in the points table.
Dale Steyn will surely will have a big responsibility on his shoulders as undoubtedly RCB is currently having the weakest bowling line up in the tournament.
But as per the news he will only be available after April 16 th and he will miss the next two games against Mumbai and Kings XI punjab.

5 th ODI Preview :Pakistan and Australia set to have their final preperations for World Cup

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It is All set for a very important  ODI between Australia and Pakistan as Australia look for 5-0 White wash in the series and also Pakistan is ready to prepare themselves for the world cup for the final time.

Australia coming up with a magnificent sereis win against India ,Pakistan squad named for the series was always not strong enough as they rested some experienced players.

But both teams had their moments in their series as except for Australia's dominant show Pakistan also managed to find some new faces into the worldcup as they mentioned their main aim is to test their bench strength for the World Cup.

But tommorow's game will be a big challenge for them as a crushing defeat before World Cup will not help their mind set and momentum going into world cup.

Probable playing XI for the final ODI is as follows:

PAKISTAN

1.Imam ul Haq
2.Abid Ali
3.Haris Sohail
4.Mohammad Rizwan (wk)
5.Saad Ali
6.Umar Akmal
7.Imad Wasim (c)
8.Junaid Khan
9.Usman Shinwari
10.Mohammad Amir
11.Ya…

IPL 2019 Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals:Pre Match Analysis and possible playing XI

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It is all set for newly made Franchise Delhi Capitals to take on Mumbai Indians tonight .Delhi Capitals come up with new face in Openers as Shikhar Dhawan is set to play his first game for Delhi Team tonight.
Delhi Team consist of  Young Indian Core and with new Coaching Panel of combination of both Ponting's and Ganguly's ideas they are expected to make a turn around this time.
In other side MI was highly excited with the comeback of the Best Death Bowler in T20 cricket Lasith Malinga.But due to World cup preperations in Sri Lanka he will miss first few games of the series.Their batting department look rock solid with arrival of Quinton De Kock into the team and plenty of all rounders in the team they look as a team to beat for.
Probable playing XI selected by teamdfacto.com is as follows:
DELHI CAPITALS
1.Shikhar Dhawan 2.Prithvi Shaw 3.Shreyas Iyer (C) 4. Colin Ingram 5.Rishabh Pant (WK) 6.Hanuma Vihari 7.Axar Patel 8.Kagiso Rabada 9.Amit Mishra 10.Sandeep Lamichhane 11 Tr…

IPL 2019:CSK VS RCB:Possible playing xi and pre match analysis

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Festive Season for the cricket fans begin as it is all set to start one of the most entertaining cricket Leagues in the world tonight.
Starting off the campaign we are ready to see a very exciting clash as former Champions Chennai Super Kings take on one of the most popular teams of the IPL Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Both teams have add on some new players into the team but Chennai Super Kings who had some criticism last year as an old age team has sticked on to their core players who gave them a very succesful season last year.
In other side RCB has strenghtened their middle order but still Bowling department has got some issues in them.
Possible playing XI slected by teamdfacto.com is as follows:
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
1.Parthiv Patel (WK) 2.Virat Kohli(Captain) 3.AB de Villiers 4.Shimron Hetmyer 5.Moeen Ali 6.Shivam Dube 7.Washington Sundar 8.Umesh Yadav 9.Yuzvendra Chahal 10.Tim Southee 11.Navdeep Saini
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
1.Shane Watson 2.Faf du Plessis 3.Suresh Raina 4.A…

It is always nice to be able to comeback-Richardson speak about their preperation for the Pakistan series

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Kane Richardson had a tough time recently and had to stay from the Australian side  in their limited over series in which they were able to beat India at their home comfortably.
He was included in the T20 side which was touring India and missed out the series due to a side injury which he picked while preparing for the 1 st T20I.But he has been able to recover from the injury and is eagerly waiting to join the Australian Team in ODI series against Pakistan .
'' I thought I was done for the season ,So it is always nice to get a positive and be able to comeback and play some sort of cricket'' Richardson express his ideas in Dubai.
Australia is set to play 5 match ODI series in Pakistan and Richardson is hopeful that Australia will continue their winning momentum in their final preperations for the World Cup.
He additionaly said that all the players are set to welcome Warner and Smith Duo back after their Ban which is set to end on 29th March.

Team suggestion for the Worldcup-Sri Lankan Fan view

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It's the debate between experience and inexperience. Especially in a world cup tournament we cannot trust a new look team. Yes, the players may be talented, but the benefit of the doubt should go with the experience. The below team as I mentioned, they have been playing without Mahela and Sanga since 2015. Eventhough they failed in recent months they have the world cup experience. So, these are not alien conditions for those players. This is the best squad Sri Lanka is having at the moment. Every game is pretty important in a world cup tournament. Sri Lanka gotta utilize these players and gotta get the maximum. Furthermore, In a world cup tournament all the teams are coming with some pressure. The team who can absorb and do the handling part are gonna win the match. Finally, Sri Lanka cannot be underestimated anyhow. Their performances in ICC events are impeccable. Sri Lanka must forget the negatives what had happened in the past and gotta come up with the positives to win the WO…

3 rd ODI Sri Lanka vs South Africa Preview:Playing XI for the match

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South Africans were able to show up with a very good performance in both ODI matches after a very poor show in the Test series.
But still being bowled out for 250 runs,it was more of a Lankan's poor batting show that helped South Africans get an easy win in the second ODI and South Africa can't surely be happy about their batting performance with World Cup coming up.
In Sri Lanka's point of view it was more over nothing performance by them so far in the series and Lankan's will surely have to strengthen their batting line up by removing half players like Thisara perera from top 7 and by putting up new opening pair to get them a good start.
As we expect the possible playing XI for Lankan's can be as follows;
1.Avishka Fernando 2.Upul Tharanga 3.Kusal Janith 4.Oshada Fernando 5.Kusal Mendis 6.Dananjaya De Silva 7.Kamindu Mendis 8.Thisara Perera 9.Isuru Udana 10.Akila Dananjaya 11.Lasith Malinga
Sri Lanka strictly need 7 proper Batsmen in the side and Thisara and Isu…