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  • 9:51 PM IST

    Jos Buttler‘s stunning 50-ball century took England to 373 for three against Pakistan in the second one-day international at Southampton on Saturday. Buttler’s 110 not out featured nine sixes, including a straight drive off Hasan Ali that took him to three figures.

  • 9:51 PM IST

    Andrew Balbirnie struck his fourth ODI century to propel Ireland to a commendable 327 for 5 against the West Indies in the fourth game of the tri-series in Dublin. Balbirnie shared a 146-run partnership with Paul Stirling to set the platform and later added another 84 with Kevin O’Brien which launched Ireland in the death.

  • 6:34 PM IST

    Having played just four matches this IPL season, Colin Munro admits it is frustrating to not feature in the Playing XI regularly. With scores of 40, 3, 14 and 27, Munro found the going tough and says that keeping a positive frame of mind and always looking to help the youngsters in the team is a must when you are an overseas professional playing in the IPL.

  • 5:01 PM IST
    Eyebrows were raised when no Australian player was named in the three squads for the Women’s T20 Challenge on April 25. It came to the fore that Cricket Australia (CA) had refused to release the women players to build pressure on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to postpone an ODI series between the men’s team in 2020. However, CA now wants to talk it out with the Indian board during the IPL final in Hyderabad.

    Speaking to IANS, a BCCI functionary said that officials from Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa will be there during the final and there was no reason not to engage in talks if the Australian board wants to clear the issue.

    “As far as I am aware, officials from these two boards will be there and if the situation does demand and if the moment is opportune, there is no reason why BCCI executives will not have a word with Cricket Australia officials if they want to talk about the matter,” the functionary said.
  • 4:40 PM IST
    Rishabh Pant often cops flak for not being able to take his team past the finishing line but Delhi Capitals scouting head Pravin Amre feels the criticism is uncalled for.

    “I saw Rishabh three years ago (when he joined Delhi) and when I see him now, I feel a lot of good has happened to him. He has got that x-factor and he can win games singlehandedly on his day,” Amre, a former India batsman, said.

    “If you are talking about his finishing skills, he himself is aware (that he needs to finish games more often). When you are a match winner you have to take on the opposition in this format. You can’t play safe cricket, you have to take risks. With these type of players, you really have to mould them properly. You can’t tinker with their natural game. They play on instincts.”
  • 4:24 PM IST
    Big Bash League (BBL) has introduced a contracting rule change allowing the clubs to sign up to six overseas players across a season.

    Previously, BBL clubs could hand contracts to up to four overseas players during the course of a season which has now been extended to six.

    The change however won’t affect the current ruling of fielding two foreign cricketers in the playing XI and in the 18-man roster.
  • 3:29 PM IST
    Summing up Delhi Capitals‘ performance this season, skipper Shreyas Iyer said every player took initiative and responsibility.

    “There are a lot of positives to talk about. At the start of the season with half of us youngsters in the team (but) Ricky, Sourav Ganguly came in and gave their views regarding how we would be going this season. Everyone was really enthusiastic to take forward from there on.

    “The way we started…right from the Mumbai game, Rishabh (Pant) started with a great knock and from there on every individual took responsibility. In the league phase we did amazing. Last season was really disappointing for us and the way we came out this year, everybody took that initiative and responsibility till this game,” Iyer said at the post match press conference.

    “Off the field also, we have gelled as a team and now it’s time to grow from here on. I am really proud of the way we played this season. We’ve got a lot more to come next season,” he added.
  • 2:43 PM IST
    Faf du Plessis may have been in excellent form throughout the Indian Premier League (IPL) season but his opening stands with Shane Watson were dwindling in recent games due to the dry run that the latter has been experiencing.

    However, the pair broke the rut on Friday, putting up 81 runs as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) successfully chased down a target of 148 set by Delhi Capitals (DC) to reach a record eighth final in 10 years.

    “We spoke about it before the game – didn’t have the best run in the last 5-6 games,” said man of the match Du Plessis in the post-match presentation ceremony. “We have a lot of confidence as a team to win a lot of big games – so we draw confidence from that. We also know the strength of ours is getting those partnerships – even if we go 3-4 overs without runs, we have a great lower and middle order to bring us back.

    “Watto (Watson) thanked me already for scoring quickly at the beginning before he got set. Hopefully we can both get them off the meat in the final right from the word go.”

  • 2:16 PM IST
    Even as the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) ignored the proposals of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) office bearers with regards to guidelines for filing conflict complaints, BCCI Ombudsman and Ethics Officer DK Jain has independently laid down a procedure similar to the one deliberated by BCCI officials.

    In the guidelines, accessed by IANS, Jain has said that it has become absolutely necessary to provide a framework so that genuine issues are not swept under the carpet. This after a recent rise in mails from all and sundry pulling up former cricketers on alleged conflict issues.
  • 12:55 PM IST
    His age notwithstanding, Harbhajan Singh has shown what bowling with confidence can do, feels former Australia pace ace Brett Lee.

    “He exactly knows where to bowl for certain batsmen. His bowling was outstanding, he got some beautiful shape on the ball again. I love the revolutions of the ball.That tells us that he has good control on the ball. He is bowling with confidence,” Lee said.
  • 11:17 AM IST
    James Vince hopes to capitalise on the banishing of Alex Hales over claims of drug use and force his way into England‘s World Cup plans.

    “If he was here I don’t think I’d be here now,” Vince said of Hales. “I’m not going to say too much on his situation but it has given me an opportunity. It’s great to be back among the lads and I want to push my case to get into that World Cup squad.”
  • 9:44 AM IST
    Australia‘s cricketers were headed Saturday to the battlefields of Gallipoli for inspiration to kick off a gruelling four-month tour taking in the defence of their World Cup crown and an Ashes series.

    The team, led by Justin Langer, flew out of Australia late Friday for a multi-day stop in Turkey before arriving in England for three warm-up games ahead of their opening World Cup clash on June 1.

    “Where we are right now, on the way to England for a long campaign representing our country, hopefully it will be a real catalyst for gelling together and success,” Langer said about visiting the World War I site.

    Australia and New Zealand lost more than 10,000 men in 1915 when British and French troops landed on the Gallipoli peninsula in the Dardanelles Strait in Germany-allied Ottoman Turkey.
  • 9:43 AM IST
    Rahmat Shah hit 113 while Hashmatullah Shahidi and Mohammad Shahzad made half-centuries as Afghanistan defeated Scotland by two runs in a rain-hit ODI on Friday.

    Scotland made 325 for seven from their 50 overs with Calum MacLeod hitting 100 and captain Kyle Coetzer supporting him with 79.

    Afghanistan reached 269 for three with 31 balls remaining when rain forced the players off the field and they were eventually declared the winners on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method. The result handed Afghanistan a 1-0 win in the two-match ODI series.
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