Australia pulled off a sensational six-run victory over inexperienced Pakistan in the fourth one-day international on Friday as centuries by debutant Abid Ali and Mohammad Rizwan went in vain.
Ali hit 112 off 119 balls and Rizwan smashed 104 off 102 deliveries before Australia came back to restrict Pakistan to 271-8 and pick up its fourth straight win in the five-match series.
Ali and Rizwan shared a third-wicket stand of 144 but once leg spinner Adam Zampa broke it, Australian seamers Nathan Coulter-Nile (3-53) and Marcus Stoinis (2-20) held back Pakistan's chase.
Earlier, Glenn Maxwell got two chances before getting run out on 98, lifting Australia to 277-7 after Pakistan stand-in captain Imad Wasim won the toss and elected to field.
Usman Khawaja scored a gritty 62 to become the leading ODI scorer in 2019, and Alex Carey hit his maiden one-day half century before falling off the last delivery for 55.
"I thought our composure with the ball was really good," Australian captain Aaron Finch said.
"We knew how slow the wicket was, we knew if we could get some new batters in, it would be tough. Credit to our boys, though Abid and Rizwan getting hundreds were great knocks."
Australia looked on the back foot for the first time in the series when Ali and Rizwan put up Pakistan's best ever third-wicket stand against Australia.
Ali, 31, had been long waiting to get his chance in international cricket after scoring heavily in the domestic game the past two seasons.
He was included on Friday at the last minute after Imam-ul-Haq couldn't recover from flu.
Ali hit nine fours in his hundred, which could earn him a spot in World Cup squad after he joined Salim Elahi and Imam in scoring centuries on their ODI debuts for Pakistan.
But Zampa struck finally when Ali holed out at long on and that ignited Pakistan's middle-order collapse.
Umar Akmal (7), Saad Ali (7) and Wasim (1) all fell while going for extravagant shots against seamers.
Rizwan, who hit nine fours and a six, raised his second hundred of the series in the penultimate over before falling to Stoinis, leaving Pakistan needing 17 off the final six balls.
"They bowled beautifully," said Wasim, who led Pakistan after captain Shoaib Malik was ruled out due to bruised ribs before the match.
"We were lacking the power hitting ... some of the shots were not on in that situation. But if you're not learning after playing so much cricket, you can't do anything."
Maxwell and Carey propelled Australia with their 134-run sixth wicket stand after spinners Wasim (2-56) and Yasir Shah (2-57) had reduced the visitors to 140-5 in the 29th over.
Maxwell was dropped by wicketkeeper Rizwan on 10 and then was called back on 76 after Usman Shinwari had him clean bowled off a no-ball.
Both batsmen went in the last over with Maxwell falling short and Carey being caught in the deep.
Royal Challengers Bangalore spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was hit for three consecutive sixes by Yuvraj Singh. Chahal stated that he felt like Stuart Broad after Yuvi went after him. He was referring to Yuvraj Singh's six sixes against Broad in the 2007 T20 World Cup.
Broad gave an epic reply to Chahal's comment. "Hope he feels like me in 10 years’ time with 437 Test wickets," he commented.
Earlier, Chahal, who was taken for plenty by Yuvraj, dismissed the left hand batsman in the same over. "After Yuvraj hit me for three sixes, I felt like Stuart Broad. He is a legendary batsman and I knew I had to back myself. It was a smaller ground and to be hit for boundaries is fine. I knew I had to come up with my best deliveries and so I was bowling the wide googlies," he said.
Virat Kohli, who was furious with on-field umpire for not spotting Lasith Malinga’s no-ball during the IPL match against Mumbai Indians, has moved on from the incident.
After his team’s match with Mumbai Indians on Thursday, he shared a video on his social media pages which shows Yuzvendra Chahal, AB de Villiers and Kohli shaking a leg and then breaking into laughter.
"Whatever happens laughter is the best medicine," he wrote. However, the video was deleted after two hours.
Earlier, Kohli spoke in detail about the howler committed by umpire during the match between RCB and MI.
“We playing at the IPL level and not playing club cricket. The umpires should have had their eyes open. That is a ridiculous call at the last ball. If it is a game of margins, I don’t know what is happening. They should have been more sharp and careful out there. When they were 145 for 7, we should have done better. The last few overs were brutal for us,” Kohli had said after the post-match presser.
Kane Williamson didn't play in Sunrisers Hyderabad's opening match of the Indian Premier League against Kolkata Knight Riders after he failed to recover from a shoulder injury he had sustained during the second Test against Bangladesh. However, he did play in the second match against Rajasthan Royals after recovering from his injury.
Ahead of the match, a video featuring Kane Williamson's dance moves had went viral on social media. He was seen enjoying and he even showed his cool dancing style.
Williamson was the Orange Cap holder in the last edition of the Indian Premier League. It was his batting and captaincy that led Sunrisers Hyderabad to finale of the league. However, they lost to Chennai Super Kings in the most important match of the season in 2018.
In the middle of an immersive Indian Premier League (IPL), as Australia try to bury year old humiliation, from their own quarters finally come more vociferous concerns that have been voiced all year round by cricket fraternities across the globe.
There was a rather rushed feeling to the manner in which Cricket Australia handled the subject matter of the sandpaper-gate in the immediate aftermath of the revelations in the course of the Cape Town Test. While some called the yearlong bans on Steven Smith and David Warner harsh, there was an even greater worry that the problem had been hushed away too quickly without being adequately dealt with.
What was of greater consternation then and is now being expressed by former Australian legends including Mark Taylor, Ian Healy and the outspoken Ian Chappell is that although Smith had claimed at the time that this was the only time when he suffered a lapse in judgement as a captain and the only ever time that such malpractice had been committed, there seemed reasonable doubt that this was done in the know-how of more than the people punished and also, plausible that this was only the one time they were caught in the act and that perhaps it had been going on for some time.
The wrath on the Australian cricket team has been relentless for much of the year from the rest of the cricket world. However, for their own to speak out in such blatant fashion, albeit a year after the closed investigation that looked into the one match, tells that as much Cricket Australia and the Australian cricket team would like to bury the fiasco and move forward, there are skeletons in the closet that are refusing to go away.
At a time when there is such harsh debate about an incident of ‘mankad’ing and the subsequent vilification of Ravichandran Ashwin, it seems quite extraordinary that the subject of ball tampering, as relevant as the damaging spot fixing that brought the dark of the game to light in the IPL should be allowed to go almost unquestioned, not debated, not even raised as a matter of public awareness. This subjective handling of issues that bring the integrity of the game into disrepute is probably the biggest worrisome matter of the entire scenario.
The fact that has been raised by some esteemed voices within the sport should at least confirm that this issue cannot simply be buried to rear its ugly head at an inopportune time.
Just mention Berbice 1983 and the eyes of the middle aged cricket fan with sparkle with delight. March 29 of that year not only saw India register their most significant victory in ODIs till then but it is also seen as a precursor to the gloriously memorable day three months later at Lord’s.
In early 1983 Test cricket was still very much the ``in’’ thing in Indian cricket. ODIs had not yet caught the fancy of the average Indian cricket follower and the players themselves had yet to come to terms with the intricacies of the limited overs game. This was underlined by results. If one ignored the victory over East Africa in the 1975 World Cup and the three wins over Sri Lanka in 1982 India had won just seven ODIs against Australia, England, New Zealand and Pakistan against 26 losses when they arrived in the West Indies to play five Tests and three ODIs.
West Indies had won the World Cup both in 1975 and 1979 and were the No 1 team by a long way. And it was no surprise when they won the first ODI by 52 runs. But to all round amazement India pulled off a 27-run win in the second ODI at Berbice to draw level. The remarkable victory – the first over the world champions – not only raised the interest level of the Indian cricket fan in ODIs but also lifted the morale of the Indians with the World Cup just months away.
Sunil Gavaskar not known for his exploits in the limited overs game set the ball rolling with a rollicking 90 off 117 balls with eight fours treating the pace quartet of Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding, Andy Roberts and Winston Davis in cavaliar fashion. Skipper Kapil Dev promoted himself and gave the scoring rate a further impetus by smashing 72 off just 38 balls with seven fours and three sixes.
India were able to post a competitive total of 282 for five in 47 overs but against a West Indian batting line-up that started with Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes and continued with Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd, Fauod Bacchus, Larry Gomes and Jeff Dujon there was no guarantee that it was a winning total. However, the bowlers now backed up the batsmen admirably. Kapil Dev, Balwinder Sandhu and Madanlal took one wicket each to have the West Indies reeling at 62 for three. Despite half centuries by Richards, Bacchus and Dujon the home team were restricted to 255 for nine off 47 overs. Kapil, Sandhu and Madanlal took two wickets each while Ravi Shastri finished with three and arguably the greatest upset in ODIs till then was accomplished.
Thirty six years later the victory has lost none of its lustre and as a breakthrough triumph it remains unchallenged. And every Indian cricket fan is aware of what happened three months later at Lord’s. The genesis of the World Cup triumph is generally tracked to the events at Berbice.
Sanju Samson, who plays for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, scored first century of this year’s IPL.
Playing against Sunrisers Hyderabad, the right hand batsman completed his second century of IPL career in just 54 balls.
The visitors had lost Jos Buttler pretty early in the innings but Sanju Samson and Ajinkya Rahane rescued their innings.
Rajasthan Royals scored 198 runs from the allotted 20 overs with Samson scoring an unbeaten 102 while Rahane accumulated 70 runs.
Samson’s innings was laced with ten fours and four sixes.
Yusuf Pathan, who celebrated his sixth wedding anniversary on Wednesday with wife Afreen Khan, hosted Sunrisers Hyderabad teammates and staff members for dinner. Yusuf also shared a picture with his wife and wrote: “Happy Anniversary my Love”.
His teammates also shared images on social networking sites to thank their teammate for the hospitality. Bowler Sandeep Sharma wrote: “Happy anniversary Yusuf Pathan bhai. Thank you for the lovely dinner.”
Afghanistan allrounder Rashid Khan wrote: “Happy Anniversary @iamyusufpathan bhai . Thanks for the delicious dinner absolutely love it ♥️. Missed you @IrfanPathan bhai”
SRH lost their opening game of the season against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens.
Royal Challengers Bangalore spinner Yuzvendra Chahal felt like Stuart Broad when he was hit for three consecutive sixes by Yuvraj Singh in the IPL match against Mumbai Indians.
He blasted Chahal for three sixes in the 14th over of the match but Chahal had the last laugh when he dismissed Yuvraj Singh off the fourth delivery.
“When he (Yuvraj) hit three sixes, I felt like Stuart Broad,” said Chahal. “You know he is a legend batsman and I backed myself. I had to bowl a bit up, might be a chance to get him out because it is a smaller ground. So that time, I thought of bowling my best delivery and he got sixes. That you cannot help and hence I bowled a wider googly,” he told reporters in post-match session.
Krunal Pandya has heaped praise on his Mumbai Indians teammate Jasprit Bumrah after the latter bowled exceptionally well in last night's win over Royal Challengers Bangalore. Bumrah picked up three wickets in four overs and was declared Man of the Match.
"It was a great game. We were in-out throughout the second innings. The way Bumrah bowled, he is a legend. The way he's giving consistent performances whether he is playing for India or Mumbai Indians; he is outstanding," he said.
Bumrah was ecstatic to deliver in the winning cause."You go ball by ball and you try to control the controllables. You try to back yourself in the situation," the man-of-the-match winner said in the presentation ceremony.
"You don't go too far behind, I was just focusing on my plan and trying to back my strengths. I always try to back myself in any situation and execute the plan to perfection. I have always taken care of my body," added the pacer.
Virat Kohli has stated that he made a mistake by trying to go after Jasprit Bumrah against Mumbai Indians at the M Chinnaswamy stadium. Bumrah dismissed Virat Kohli for 46 runs which derailed RCB's chase a bit before AB de Villiers played an aggressive knock to take his team close to the target.
However, he couldn't complete the task and the home team lost the game by 6 runs in the end. Bumrah was awarded Man of the Match award for his three wickets.
"I got out at a wrong point of time. I mean Jassi is a top-class bowler. A bit of a mistake from me to take him on at that stage. Mumbai is lucky to have him. And also Malinga. And if Jassi is in good form, it is good for India.
"When they were 147 for 7, we should have done better. The last few overs were brutal for us. A few more strikes apart from AB could have done the job for us. We need to be smarter at death bowling. Sure the guys will take a lot of learnings from the game. I think the way they bowled, we can learn from their game. The onus is always on each and every member of the team," said Virat Kohli at the post-match presentation.
The last night game between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians was marred by a major controversy. With RCB needing 17 runs in the final over, stage was set for AB de Villiers to unleash his strokes. Malinga was hit for a massive six on the first ball by Shivam Dube. However, veteran regained his composure and bowled brilliantly conceding just four singles in the following four deliveries.
The equation came down to 7 runs with just one ball left. Malinga delivered a perfect yorker and Dube was not able to connect it well, resulting in another defeat for Virat Kohli-led team. Soon after the match, replays showed that Malinga had overstepped on the last ball of the innings but on-field umpire S Ravi completely missed the call.
This was enough to upset Virat Kohli, who lambasted the umpiring standard in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. “We playing at the IPL level and not playing club cricket. The umpires should have had