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Glenn Maxwell reveals how he nullified world's best bowler

Harshit Anand Updated: 28 February, 2019, 4:30 PM IST


Glenn Maxwell wants to bat higher up the order in ODIs. He made a series-winning 113 at number four for Australia in the Bengaluru T20I. He took just 55 deliveries for his 113 and smashed seven fours and nine sixes. His knock helped Australia cross the line with ease.

Maxwell bats at number seven in ODIs but would love to get promoted in the five-match ODI series against Australia, starting in Hyderabad on March 2.

He revealed how he countered the Bumrah threat. Bumrah had the wood over Maxwell in T20Is. “I was always trying to attack him. We needed 44 off the last four overs and he came back on. I suppose it was a key over. If that only went for four or five, suddenly you need 13 an over. And it only takes six good yorkers from him to push that up to 18-19. That can be quite difficult to get in the last two overs, or the two other overs.

“So I was just hoping he missed a couple of times and wanted to pounce on that. He’s done me a fair few times in T20 cricket to his credit. I have sort of changed my approach to him a little bit. Been able to wait for a ball that’s slightly off and capitalise on that.

“I was able to get him for two boundaries in that over, and keep the run rate in check and I was able to target Siddarth next over and then we only needed 14 off 12 balls,” said Maxwell.

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Shocked and Dazed: South Africa

Sreelata S Yellamrazu Updated: 28 February, 2019, 3:12 PM IST


Even as the Test cricket season draws to a close, South Africa had expected they would be raising a toast to their home Test series successes as a boost to their World Cup preparations. However, the stunning defeat to Sri Lanka has now firmly placed doubts in their mind not only about the World Cup but also, about their Test future.

Sri Lanka were expected to be easy game. There was not to be much resistance from the team that was coming to South Africa after being routed in Australia and New Zealand and before that at home by England. South Africa, with one eye on the ICC Cricket World Cup coming up in June in England, did not think they would have someone nipping at their feet.

Instead Durban proved to be at first, a nagging passage of play with the last wicket partnership for Sri Lanka delaying what seemed like the inevitable. With nearly eighty runs to get and a disastrous season behind them off and on the field, Sri Lanka were a ticking bomb, or so the cricket world, including South Africa thought. But South Africa’s fierce pace attack was treated confusingly at times, with reverence and then indifference. The plan worked. Sri Lanka pulled off the unthinkable.

With just the two Test series, South Africa found themselves in an unusual scenario: win the Test in Port Elizabeth, draw the series. Their best case scenario. Could the seemingly buried Sri Lankan team do it twice in a row? Turned out, they could. And it has left South Africa in a fix. They now not only have to bolster their World Cup preparations for England but also, square off against questions they may not have immediate answers for, even if the examination is still a fair way away in September when they play their next Test series against India.

The series against Sri Lanka exposed what South Africa had been trying to cover and assuage for themselves. Under Ottis Gibson, the current coach, South Africa reverted to their age old tactics of pace only, no spin. Keshav Maharaj became an irregular fixture as the faster pitches proved an awkward proposition to South Africa’s own batsmen who struggled, Hashim Amla included as the barren of Test centurions shows. Dean Elgar admitted as much previously about compromises having to be made about batsmen contending with pitches that were prepared to undermine the opposition strengths. Modest batting totals were laudably defended by a formidable pace attack even as it changed faces depending on injury status.

What South Africa did not see coming was their careful, safe, almost defensive plans unraveling against an unexpected, till-then-beleaguered opponent. Armed with safe results, South Africa could have headed into the World Cup believing they were fine just as long they crossed the line. The bar was set low. The bar was subsequently breached and how!

Now age is being brought out onto the table. Hashim Amla is thirty-six, Faf du Plessis thirty-four. Those knocking on the door are far too embryonic to take on India or such is the contention. The balance has been skewed far too low in the absence of recent retirees such as Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers. The bowlers can only do so much and under restrictive plans for a one trick pony.

Coach Ottis Gibson must now first contend with taking the team to the ICC Cricket World Cup to England in June without appearing to look light on experience. His tenure is up in July shortly thereafter and it will be interesting to see how South Africa approach what has been by the captain’s own admission ‘a huge dent’ to their confidence going forward. How much of this upset applecart has eaten into South Africa’s fragile build up to the World Cup remains to be seen. But the real test (pun intended) awaits them thereafter as well.

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Matches that were the perfect advertisement for the respective formats

Partab Ramchand Updated: 28 February, 2019, 3:02 PM IST


Two matches were played on Wednesday thousands of miles apart which were the perfect advertisement for the respective formats. Both were high scoring games but they were well contested providing a thrilling finish complete with some fine performances and what more can the cricket fan ask for?

At Bangalore a Glenn Maxwell Masterclass overshadowed the Virat Kohli – MS Dhoni show to steer Australia to a seven wicket win over India with two balls to spare in a T-20 international. At St George’s in an even more enthralling contest England defeated West Indies by 29 runs in an ODI. Not unexpectedly batsmen dominated both the games and the ODI in fact saw all sorts of records being set up with 46 sixes being hit and three batsmen getting hundreds. Chris Gayle in the process became the second West Indian after Brian Lara to get past the 10,000 run mark. But it was not a game only for batsmen; Adil Rashid saw to that with a five wicket haul including four wickets in five balls to give the match a dramatic denouement.

India would have felt that with 190 they had enough on the board. But then with Maxwell around virtually no total is safe and that is precisely what happened with the limited over specialist hammering an unbeaten 113 off just 55 balls with nine sixes and seven fours. After losing a low scoring game narrowly in the first T-20 India this time went down again in a last over finish but in a high scoring match. Last time they went down because of a middle order collapse and an unduly long tail. This time they plugged that loophole by strengthening the batting but in the process the bowling became weaker leading to the defeat. The right balance between batting and bowling has to be found for India to win matches but then of course this is easier said than done.

At St George’s England taking a 2-1 lead in the five match series again showed why they are regarded as early favourites for the World Cup. But the contest has also underlined the fact that West Indies are on the way back. With the talismanic Gayle back in the ranks they are a much more confident side. It certainly does not seem like a contest between the No 1 ranked team and the No 9 ranked team and one man has made a major difference. Gayle has shown that sometimes one charismatic individual can inspire his team to achieve greater heights.

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Watch: "Apne captain ko sledge karega, chal.." Kohli reacts in an epic way to Bumrah

Harshit Anand Updated: 28 February, 2019, 2:58 PM IST


As we are getting closer to the 2019 IPL, different ads have started coming out to create excitement around the much awaited and anticipated league. After Rishabh Pant got a brilliant response from Dhoni, now Jasprit Bumrah has got an epic response from Indian skipper Virat Kohli.

Responding to Bumrah's warning, Kohli said, "Cheeku bhayia! Apne captain ko sledge karega, chal...aakhir seekh hi gaya tu..bas apne Cheeku bhaiya se koi udhari expect mat karna." (You will sledge your captain now, good that you have also learnt how to sledge now but don't expect any favours from your Cheeku bhaiya)

The 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League starts on March 23 and Virat kohli's RCB will face Rohit Sharma-led, Mumbai on March 28 in a blockbuster encounter.

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See: Hardik Pandya's 'Now & Then Picture' will give you LIFE GOALS

Harshit Anand Updated: 28 February, 2019, 12:38 PM IST


India all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who is out of action due to injury shared a ‘then and now’ picture with brother Krunal Pandya. It is amazing how much the Pandya brothers have progressed with time in life. They didn't have it easy but after a lot of struggles, they both have managed to represent India, which is a big achievement indeed.

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His family was once rich but then they lost everything. Hardik Pandya had revealed during Breakfast with Champions that, "I always had this thing in my mind (wondering) how can I succeed in life. Because we used to be really rich, from a well to do family. And from having that, to struggling for Rs 10 - it was disappointing for me...because I had money when I was small so I never thought that when I'm older I'd have to struggle so much.

"No one knows that we've struggled for 3 years for every penny. Even saving Rs 5-10 was a big trouble for us. I still remember before the IPL, we had won the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy and got Rs 70,000 each. Me and Krunal said to ourselves that at least we'll get by for a while."

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Watch: Dhoni gives a befitting response to Pant's warning video, proves who's the boss

Harshit Anand Updated: 28 February, 2019, 12:27 PM IST


Ahead of the upcoming Indian Premier League, in a bid to create buzz around the cash-rich tourney, popular players are making videos in which they are seen giving warning and challenging opposition players. Talented youngsters like Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant have fired shots and challenged the two biggies of Indian cricket- Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni.

Rishabh Pant, who plays for Delhi franchise in the lucrative league had challenged Dhoni by saying, "Mahi bhai na guru ke samaan hain. Agar Mahi bhai nahi hote na, pata nahi mai wicketkeeper-batsman hota, nahi hota [Mahi bhai is like a teacher. If Mahi bhai wouldn't have been there, I don't know if I would have been a wicketkeeper-batsman].

Lekin is baari unki team pe main aisa barsoonga ki captain cool, cool nahi rahenge [But this time, I will rain down at his team so hard that captain cool won't remain cool].

Mahi bhai tayyar rehna, game dikhane aa raha hoon." [Mahi bhai be ready, I'm coming to show you the game].

Dhoni has come up with a brilliant response to troll Pant. See the video here:

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Saha has a heart-warming message for Wing Commander Abhinandan

Harshit Anand Updated: 28 February, 2019, 12:13 PM IST


Indian wicket-keeper batsman, Wriddhiman Saha made a brilliant century in Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy against Arunachal Pradesh. He made a 62-ball 129 and dedicated his century to Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was caught by Pakistan yesterday when MiG 21 jet landed across the LoC.

The 34 years old, Saha tweeted, “Thank You everyone for your wishes for my today’s knock. This innings is very special to me and I dedicate this inning to India’s brave son AIF Wing Commander Abhinandan. I pray that he returns to India, safe. Jai Hind.”

Saha has been sidelined with multiple injuries for close to 10 months. He has now made a return to competitive cricket. Saha was India's first-choice wicketkeeper in Tests before a shoulder injury and a broken thumb hampered his 2017-18 season.

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Jos Buttler not close to the Universe Boss: Chris Gayle

Harshit Anand Updated: 28 February, 2019, 11:52 AM IST


Chris Gayle, who outscored Jos Buttler in a high-scoring fourth ODI in Grenada said that the Englishman is still not close to the "Universe Boss". Gayle hammered 162 runs off 97 deliveries with the help of 11 fours and 14 Sixes. Jos Buttler had made a 77-ball 150 with 13 fours and 12 sixes. England won the fourth ODI by 29 runs to take a lead of 2-1 in the five-match ODI series.

Gayle applauded Buttler and said, “He is superb, one of the best strikers in world cricket today.”

“He is playing all around the world and showcasing his talent. We can see he is a game-winner, a game-changer and every team needs a player like that to win games. He took the game away from us,” added the veteran Windies batsman.

But then came Gayle’s witty one-liner, which stole the show: “He’s not close to the Universe Boss – but he is a youngster and will get there eventually!”

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Rahul opens up on his hard times post the Koffee with Karan controversy

Harshit Anand Updated: 28 February, 2019, 11:27 AM IST


Indian opener, KL Rahul has made a great comeback to the Indian side after getting embroiled in Koffee with Karan controversy and enduring a poor run of form prior to the talk show controversy. Rahul made 50 runs off 36 deliveries in the first T20I while he smacked 47 runs off 26 balls in the second and final T20I in Bengaluru.

After the second T20I, Rahul opened on his hard times. The talented opener said, “It was a hard time no doubt. I mean, as a player, as a person, everyone has to go through difficult times and it was my time to go through that and I like I said it gave me time to reflect on my game, on myself. I have always been someone who takes things as it comes."

Rahul also revealed that he has become more humble now. “It has humbled me a little bit and you know, I respect the opportunity that I have gotten to play for the country. The dream of every kid is to play for the country and I am no different. Just to value where I am, just to keep making opportunities count and put my head down and keep working on my cricket,” he said.

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Universe Boss shatters record books with his sublime knock against England

AP Updated: 28 February, 2019, 10:22 AM IST


Gayle is one of a handful of players who would not shirk from chasing 419 and the 39-year-old Jamaican picked up Buttler's baton with a ton of his own.

He teed off immediately, clattering Chris Woakes for five sixes in nine balls.

Stokes then gave up two fours and two sixes from his first four balls. Things did not get any better in a ragged four-over spell that contained full tosses, wides and even an accidental beamer.

Wood was fighting a lone resistance, removing John Campbell and Shai Hope with the new ball and returning in his second spell to add Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer in the same over.

But Gayle ticked off a shopping list of targets — 50 up in 32 balls, a 10,000th one-day run and then his hundred in 55 balls — but was fatigued by the time Stokes took his stumps on 162.

He became the second West Indies player to score 10,000 runs in One-day internationals after Brian Lara. Gayle also became the first player to hit 500 international sixes.

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Jos Buttler's ton inspires England to thrilling win

AP Updated: 28 February, 2019, 10:13 AM IST


Jos Buttler and Chris Gayle went toe-to-toe with two titanic centuries as England defeated the West Indies by 29 runs Wednesday in a scintillating fourth one-day international.

Buttler made career-best 150 in 77 balls, blazing his last hundred runs in just 31 deliveries as England posted what looked like a mountainous total of 418-6. But Gayle set up a tense finale by smashing 162, before England held on to take a 2-1 series lead.

"I think it just shows there are going to be unbelievable days of cricket and when someone like Chris Gayle's in the opposition you can lose those games," Buttler said. "We were put under great pressure and I thought the guys did well to stand up to it."

A late salvo from Carlos Brathwaite and Ashley Nurse left the hosts needing 32 from 18 balls to make the second largest chase in ODI history but Adil Rashid wiped out the last four wickets in the 48th over to bowl them out for 389.

Despite the leg-spinner's late intervention, Gayle and Buttler were the day's headline acts, hitting 26 sixes and 24 boundaries between them in a furious display of power-hitting.

England ultimately had the stronger supporting cast, as Eoin Morgan made a 103 of his own during a 204-run stand with Buttler.

England's innings was the highest ever on Caribbean soil and sits third on their all-time list, thanks in part to 154 runs from the final 10 overs.

Buttler and Morgan came together at 165-3, with Joe Root having fallen cheaply, and heaped on another 204 runs together in less than 21 overs.

Gayle is one of a handful of players who would not shirk from chasing 419 and the 39-year-old Jamaican picked up Buttler's baton with a ton of his own.

He teed off immediately, clattering Chris Woakes for five sixes in nine balls.

Stokes then gave up two fours and two sixes from his first four balls. Things did not get any better in a ragged four-over spell that contained full tosses, wides and even an accidental beamer.

Wood was fighting a lone resistance, removing John Campbell and Shai Hope with the new ball and returning in his second spell to add Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer in the same over.

But Gayle ticked off a shopping list of targets — 50 up in 32 balls, a 10,000th one-day run and then his hundred in 55 balls — but was fatigued by the time Stokes took his stumps on 162.

The final equation left the West Indies seeking 95 from the last 10 overs, with Brathwaite and Nurse surpassing low expectations in a boundary-strewn cameo that threatened to add one final twist to a day full of entertainment.

They were on the cusp of something special when Rashid kept his composure, tempting both into mis-hits that were held by Morgan and Liam Plunkett. He polished off Devendra Bishoo and Oshane Thomas in a hurry, providing a swift end to a superb battle.

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Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni complete fifty career sixes in T20 Internationals

Staff Writer Updated: 27 February, 2019, 9:26 PM IST


Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni completed their 50 sixes in T20 internationals during India's second and final match against Australia. The Indian skipper scored 20th fifty of his T20I career and added 100 runs for the fourth wicket with Dhoni. India scored 190 runs in 20 overs with Kohli remaining unbeaten on 72 while Dhoni accumulated 40 off 23 balls.

Earlier, Australia won the toss and elected to bowl first. Rohit Sharma was rested from the team while Umesh Yadav was dropped after his ordinary performance in the first T20 international. Virat Kohli, who was rested for the last two ODIs and T20 series against New Zealand, had scored 24 in the first match. MS Dhoni was slammed for his slow approach as he managed 29 not out off 37 balls.

Australia won the game by 3 wickets in the end.

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Twitter salutes MS Dhoni for his brisk knock in the second T20 international

Staff Writer Updated: 27 February, 2019, 9:10 PM IST


Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni combined together to take Men in Blue to 190 runs from the allotted 20 overs. The Indian skipper scored an unbeaten 72 off 38 balls while MS Dhoni amassed 40 off 23 balls as they stitched together a 100-run partnership within eight overs. Earlier, KL Rahul scored a magnificent 47 to give India a lighting start despite Shikhar Dhawan’s below par show from the other end.

Cricket fanatics were mighty impressed with the former Indian skipper batted after his uncharacteristic knock in the first T20, which India lost by 3 wickets. Dhoni was lambasted by critics for his slow batting despite facing a lot of balls.

Here’s how fans reacted:

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Watch: Hardik Pandya's latest gym video is setting fitness goals

Harshit Anand Updated: 27 February, 2019, 5:41 PM IST


India all-rounder Hardik Pandya hit the gym and how. The dashing youngster is sweating it hard in an attempt to get himself fit in time for the IPL. He has been ruled out of the entire India-Australia limited-overs series. He is out of action due to lower back stiffness. The Baroda player will undergo strength and conditioning training at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. A similar injury had ruled him out of the Asia Cup, last year, as well.

He made his India comeback in Down Under but the Koffee with Karan controversy got him suspended from the team. It was lifted after some time though and he returned in the third ODI against the Black Caps.

Take a look at Pandya's workout video:

Pandya has played 45 ODIs and averages 29.24 with the bat and has a strike-rate of 116.59. He has also taken 44 wickets.

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Watch: Bhajji's Strange Request to Yuvi Will Make You Go LOL

Harshit Anand Updated: 27 February, 2019, 5:10 PM IST


The Punjabi boys and Indian cricketers, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh are currently enjoying themselves in Switzerland. Both Harbhajan and Yuvraj are great buddies. They are considered to be the biggest pranksters in the Indian dressing room and often charm everyone with their candidness and sense of humor.

In a recent video, the duo was spotted walking in the snow when Bhajji made a weird request to Yuvraj Singh. Take a look at what exactly happened in this video:

Both Yuvraj and Harbhajan are yet to retire from international cricket. But they are not currently considered for the senior Indian team due to their poor form. They will be part of the IPL though. Yuvraj Singh will play for Mumbai Indians while Bhajji will feature in Chennai Super Kings side.

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