Parthiv Patel Comeback in Mohali Test against England
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Parthiv Patel comes as the only replacement for Wriddhiman Saha for the time being. Parthiv Patel's comeback in Mohali Test against England fell into place given Saha's injury. Well played Parthiv; all praise to the southpaw for not throwing the opportunity that came his way after an eight-year of exile from Test cricket! He scored 42 and 54-ball 67 not out in the last game to power India an emphatic 8-wicket win at Mohali. Parthiv Patel's runs in third Test against England ensured India an early finish on day four.
Though it was all-rounders' show at Mohali, Parthiv also didn't perform less well. He was just phenomenal, particularly in the second innings. The comeback-man contributed his bit in India's mission to get an unassailable 2-0 lead. Before hitting a roaring 54-ball 67*, Parthiv scored a gritty 42 in the first innings, thereby helping India stamp an easy win. If Saha recovers from injury, Parthig may have to go back to Ranji Trophy. But, he would not get disappointed at all. Parthiv Patel's runs in third Test against England has proved that he is the No. 2 wicket-keeper India has at the moment.
Will Parthiv Patel be retained for the fourth Test against England at Mumbai?
- A couple of surprising inclusions came as the prime reasons to India's fiasco in the first Test. Most of you, who witnessed desperate collapse of Indian batting line-up in Cape Town in both innings each, would agree the fact. Neither the world's best fast-bowling attack nor the helping Newlands track was the reason as to why India scattered chasing away a mere of 209-run target. It was all because of wrong decision making particularly during selection. The aftermaths of the opening game make changes in India's probable XI for the second Test inevitable. When on an away tour, Ajinkya Rahane has to be in the final XI even if he is not in good form. He is sure to play SA Vs India second Test in Centurion. But at whose cost is yet to be seen. Should Rohit Sharma vacate a slot for Rahane in the middle-order? Or should Ashwin be out for Rahane? Choices are available but with a dilemma. Rahane's overseas record Rahane's overseas record cannot be overlooked. Not making him play in the first Test was India's biggest mistake. He is certainly one who fancies playing away. On African land, he averages 69.66. Other than this, he has been fruitful in Australia as well with an average of 57.00. His batting average in West Indies is 121.50 while in New Zealand he revels in an average of 54.00. Opening dilemma in SA Vs India second Test Opening pair, too, needs some alteration as you can't make KL Rahul brace the bench strength. Dhawan is undergoing good form, but all that he did with bat in the last one year or two was in favorable home conditions. Needless to say, the same goes with Rohit Sharma. Rather than batting around Murali Vijay, Dhawan looked in a hurry in the first Test. You can't bat arbitrarily like you do in home conditions. The southpaw opener needs to understand this. Is it too late for him to figure out his technical batting flaws? Yes it is if Rahul comes in for Dhawan. KL Rahul is likely to open Indian innings with Murali Vijay in the second Test in Centurion. India's probable XI for the second Test:Virat Kohli (c), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma/R Ashwin, Hardik Pandya, Wriddhiman Saha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma/Jasprit Bhumrah. Should Rahane and KL Rahul be in the playing XI for the second Test?
- South Africa Vs India first Test 2018: Cape Town is all set to witness the real thriller between two of the world's best Test nations. South Africa and India will contend each other in the cricketing arena for the first Test on January 5. Both the battalions have ammunitions on a par. If Africa flaunts on their deadly pace attack, India isn't sell short. This is, indeed, the best fast bowling combination India has ever had. Likes of Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar in the Test squad give Indian bowling some extra edge. Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami, on the other hand, have experience to bowl on bouncy African tracks. Umesh Yadav can also not be underrated on this tour. Each of these five pacers has their own strengths: Bhuvneshwar and Shami master swinging the ball both ways; Ishant can produce extra bounce; Umesh has the pace; and Bumrah boasts on his precise line and length. The pace department is ready to take up the challenge. Bhuvneshwa Kumar, the swing master, arguably second to none in the world will be the key pacer in South Africa Vs India first Test 2018. Another pacer in focus will be the Jaspreet Bumrah, who after getting immense success in shorter formats is set to make his Test debut. Let's now have an insight into the batting, which has been India's strength for decades now. The first name that comes in mind is Cheteshwar Pujara, who has a stunning track record overseas. The other batsmen need to bat around him, contributing the best they can with bat. Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan will be the first choice as opening pair in South Africa Vs India first Test 2018. They as ever will have the responsibilities to give India a fine start. The middle order will adequately rest on Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma. Wriddhiman Saha and Ravichandran Ashwin, who have delivered the promise several times before in crunch situations, can also be confided in the lower-middle order with bat. There is no question about the fact that this Indian batting line-up outranks South Africa's, but then a lot will depend on how they tackle the new ball. Indians are wary of the threat the pace trio of Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel can pose on their home soil. This time around Indians have reasons for optimism because they have a combatant battalion loaded with more experience. India's playing for SA first Test could be as: Virat Kohli (c), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane/Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma/Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah. Will India begin South Africa tour on a winning note?
- India Vs Sri Lanka 2nd T20, match preview: Lanka moves to Indore for the second T20 and again as the underdogs striving to find form and gain momentum that don't come overnight. A winning start to the series must have given India a boost to add to Lanka's misery. Although the majority of spectators will be taking the series as a one-sided affair from here on now, what will keep the thrill up in the second game is Lanka's quest to fight back. Can they? When figuring out their last performance, a win for them resides outstation. Yes, it does until something magical happens. With problems aplenty, another series defeat looms large around the visitors. Lanka will be disappointed the way they played in the first T20. Their pacers did get the early advantage winning the toss in Cuttack, but couldn't quite hold on the momentum. A fifty from KL Rahul wasn't enough to post a competitive total, but Pandey and Dhoni's late strike made it so. Although competitive, 180 is not a target to scare off in contests where dew plays its part more than bowlers. What went wrong with Lanka was again an unpromising batting display. They were never in the chase. Things went bad to worse with each wicket falling and credit to Yuzvendra Chahal the way he bowled. Each of his four overs produced him a wicket, thus breaking Lanka's backbone. Chahal and Kuldeep's jugglery in middle made it a one-sided affair. The spin duo shared a combined figure of 6 wickets conceding just 41 runs in 8 overs. Pandya, too, tried his hands at ball and pocketed 3 wickets to wrap the opponents. After a massive 93-run win, the hosts will be eyeing an early wrap-up to the series in India Vs Sri Lanka 2nd T20 at Holkar Cricket Stadium. As it's a series to test India's best strength, a few changes can be seen in India's probable XI for the second T20 against Lanka. Those in focus will be Deepak Hooda and Mohammed Siraj. Hooda can replace Dinesh Kartik and Siraj can be seen as Unadkat's replacement. Not much is expected to change in the batting line-up. India's probable XI for second T20 against Lanka: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, MS Dhoni, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj. Will India get an unassailable lead or will Lanka fight back to level the score in the second T20?
- India Vs Sri Lanka first T20, match preview: A series win both in Tests and ODIs each is certainly not enough to satiate India's hunger to win there is still a lot to their ploy. The men in blue now would like to wrap the things winning the T20 series, which is scheduled to begin in Cuttack on December 20. Lankans, on the other hand, will be eyeing a winning start to their limited-over campaign like they got in the just-concluded ODI series. When the two teams gather to contest for the first match in Cuttack, the disrespectful flashbacks of the crowds' hullabaloo at the venue during India Vs South Africa's T20 in August this year will get a revival. If you remember, the crowd couldn't stomach their team's sorry performance that led Africa to an invincible 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Their frustration reached the extent that the crowd started throwing projectiles, including water bottles onto the ground. As those unruly memories still somewhere remain afloat in our mind, we won't like to witness the same. If their middle-order had contributed to converting a solid start (160 for 2 in the 3rd ODI) into a massive total, they could have recorded their first ever series win in India. Well what's done is done. Rather than looking back on how the tour so far has passed by for them, Lanka will now be looking forward to bidding a respectful farewell from India with at least T20 series win. Hardly do they stand any chance to win India Vs Sri Lanka first T20; it would require them something magical out of their bag. Lanka has been on constant decline on this Indian tour. They bounced back too at times, but not when it really mattered. Nonetheless an approach to never quit could still lead Lanka to what they had meant business ahead of this nightmarish tour. The visitors have got more than just one reason to their apathy, turning hapless to helpless and getting average to below average. There seems a sense of disunity in this Lankan squad as they haven't yet played like a unit. A few out of them have given notable performances time to time, but in pieces. That's where India far outweighs Lanka on the winning quantum. India's playing XI for the first T20 against SL could be as: Rohit Sharma(c), Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj/Jaydev Unadkat. Does Sri Lanka stand any chance to win the 1st T20 in Cuttack?
- India Vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI, match preview: Optimistic Lanka waylays to script history in Visakhapatnam where the series decider will be played on December 17. Although it appears to be an uphill task for the islanders, dream of winning a series against India in India for the first time could spur them do something magical. If they really want to make their dream come true, it would take them more than just a good performance it has to be their day like it was in Dharamsala where they recorded an unpredictable 7-wicket victory with 29 overs to spare. On the back of a couple of wonderful performances, Lanka has removed the tag of underdog that they came up with on this Indian tour. Now ahead of India Vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI, they will have the burden of expectations on their shoulders. And this is what can put them under pressure in the decider. The series is level 1-1 now and both teams will be eyeing to convert it into a series win. You would hardly be doubtful of India's potential to do it as their hunger to win seems endless the way they are playing. While the visitors were hoping another stellar ahead of the second game in Mohali, India as expected rebounded from the setback. Despite a nightmarish start to the series, India was never under suspicion to bounce back. Although without their regular skipper Kohl, the well met up with the expectations on the strength of Rohit Sharma's astounding 208-run knock. Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer, too, contributed with bat scoring 68 and 88 respectively. India's playing XI for the 3rd ODI against Lanka can hardly see any change in the top and middle order. Ajinkya Rahane could again miss a spot in the playing eleven. As the series is level 1-1 now, there is no room to make experiments with the pace department. Bumrah and Buvneshwar will be the first choice to shoulder the pace attack. Hardik is likely to play the role of the third pacer. However, the captain can be a bit experimental choosing second spinner alongside Yuzvendra Chahal. Top-order is not a problem for India. However, what can prick them is the susceptible middle-order, which got brutally exposed in the opener of the series. MS Dhoni is well used to handling the daunting situations in the lower-middle order. In the bowling department, a lot will rest on the pace duo of Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah. Yuzvendra Chahal and whosoever is paired with him as the second spinner will be shouldered the responsibility to keep a tight rein on the Lankan batsmen in the middle overs. And India's spin attack is capable enough to deliver the promise, particularly at home. India's playing XI for the 3rd ODI against Lanka could be as: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal. Can Sri Lanka create history in the decider winning a series in India for the first time?
- India Vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI, match review: Just two days to go for the ODI action. The teams are set to lock horns in a three-match bilateral series, which will begin in Dharamsala and end in Visakhapatnam. Having managed a convincing draw in the last Test at Feroz Shah Kotla, Lanka will be armed for their next assignment. India, on the other hand, will be working on what they have learnt from the Test series Lanka's overreliance on Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal. So, the biggest challenge for India would be to keep a tight rein on these two batsmen, who can turn the tables on the strength of their batting. If you think Sri Lanka is not a side to reckon with, you must be having flashes of their lately whitewash to Pakistan in your memories. Although not favorite in the ODI series as well, Lanka is supposed to give some fight to the hosts. Can they? Much will rest on Mathews and Chandimal, the axle of Lankan batting line-up. Indian squad for Lanka ODI series has been announced. Rohit Sharma will be captaining the side. India would be eyeing to keep the winning momentum up even without Virat Kohli, who has been rested for the entire series. Not just as a captain but also as a batsman, Kohli has been at the core of India's resounding success across formats over the years. Even though a plenty of strong batting options are there in the line-up, finding Kohli's befitting replacement would be a threat India needs to address. India Vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI will be a testimony of how Rohit fares as captain. The 32-year Dinesh Kartik is yet to prove his comeback in the national side although runs have flowed from his bat in the domestic cricket. He is doing well with his domestic assignments, and so has caught selectors' eyes again. Ajinkya Rahane, who had been out of the ODI squad for months, is back now and will be seeking his lost form. Apparently as seen earlier on several occasions, Hardik Pandya and Manish Pandey can change the course of the game if look in good touch with bat. MS Dhoni will be juggling with gloves behind the wickets and also be holding the helm of the lower-middle order. Indian squad for Lanka ODI series: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Kartik, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Azar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Jasprit Bumrah. Who will win India Vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI?
- India will take on Sri Lanka in the ODI series, starting from December 10, under a new captain Rohit Sharma. Virat Kohli has been given a well-deserved rest considering his extra workload and a long grueling stint, which accesses 100 international matches across formats since January 2015. In the above-mentioned period, Kohli has played 113 matches without a rest. India's limited-over Vice-captain Rohit Sharma comes out to be the first choice as Kohli's replacement in ODI team against SL as long as he is fit. No wonder, he has taken over the captaincy and is set to deliver the promise in the upcoming ODI series. Virat Kohli, however, will captain the side in the third Test of the ongoing series. The new captain of Indian ODI team, who is Rohit Sharma, will have the responsibility to keep the team's winning momentum up. He will lead the side in 50-over games. Let's wait and watch how Rohit Sharma fares as Kohli's replacement in ODI team against SL. Over the years, the BCCI selection committee has employed the rotation policy to manage to workload on players. And Kohli is also not undisturbed of it even though he is working well with his role both as captain and as batsman. Now after Kohli's withdrawal, the responsibilities directly fall on the new captain of Indian ODI team. The selection committee has also made some major changes to the ODI squad, recalling 27-year-old pacer Shradul Thakur and Hardik Pandya, who was rested for the whole Test series. Ashwin and Jadeja have been ruled out of the ODI squad yet again. The Indian squad for the upcoming ODI series against Sri Lanka is: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Kartik, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Azar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Jasprit Bumrah. Will Rohit Sharma keep the winning momentum up in Kohli's absence?
- India Vs Sri Lanka 3rd Test: Buoyant India is ready to ride on the winning momentum. While Lanka lacks belief and intent, India looks too powerful to be tackled by this opposition. The second Test that saw Lanka conceding an innings and 239-run defeat portrays their abjection ahead of the final Test in Delhi. Their batsmen are not playing to their ability, nor are their bowlers looking in good touch. India, on the other hand, is rejoicing an all-round performance from the players. The way their top-middle-order is batting and bowlers are firing, India looks to end the series on a 2-0 score line. Sri Lanka's chaos with bat Experienced and inexperienced alike, batsmen are failing to produce runs the middle and those who get a start also don't capitalize it. Why? There is a need to do more with temperament, application and of course the mindset, which is crucial when facing the world's No. 1 Test side. But, rather trusting their abilities, Lankans are justifying their failure with excuses. They need to come out of the shell and score the opportunities. Batting becomes easy once you pass 30-40 minutes of tough situations with new ball and also after fall of a wicket. The visitors need to understand this. The senior players like Mathews and Chandimal are supposed to take the initiative in India Vs Sri Lanka 3rd Test. These two if score can inspire the others in the line-up to contribute with bat. So, in the batting, much is likely to rest on Anjelo Mathew and Dinesh Chandimal. Lanka faces a big blow as their veteran spinner Rangana Herath has been ruled out of the third Test due to sore back. To fill the void of Herath, Lanka has added the leg spinner Jefrey Vandersay to the squad. Vandersay has been chosen over the left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara, who was the first choice to replace Herath. Vandersay has played 11 ODIs and seven T20Is for the national side and will make his Test debut in India vs Sri Lanka third Test in Delhi. On the other side, India squad for the third Test against Lanka welcomes the comeback of opener Shikhar Dhawan who missed out the second game for some personal reasons. India squad for the third Test against Lanka: Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, R Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar. Will team India end Lanka Test series on a 2-0 scoreline?
- India Vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test, match preview: In their pursuit to get a 1-0 lead, Team India will come down to Nagpur on 24th November for the second Test against Sri Lanka. Kohli's brigade will be missing their star opener Shikhar Dhawan, who scored precious 94 runs in the second innings of the first Test. Another man to opt out of the Nagpur Test is Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who starred with ball picking up eight wickets at Eden Garden. The void of Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar doesn't really seem to be a serious concern for Kohli given the fact that India has a strong bench-strength. Murali Vijay is set to be slotted as Dhawan's replacement. Ishant Sharma, who didn't get a chance to play the first game, can be seen opening the Indian bowling in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar in Nagpur. The Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar, who is yet to make his debut, has got a maiden call-up in the Test squad. Even though the selectors have called Shankar as Bhuvneshwar's replacement, it would be a surprise if he finds a spot in the playing XI. As India is preparing for their overseas tour, probably the one to South Africa lined-up next in January 2018, the team is supposed to go with three front-line pacers in India Vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test. If this is exactly what the case is, Ishant Sharma reasonably fits in Bhuvneshwar's place. Irrespective of whoever comes in, Indian squad for second Test against Sri Lanka will undergo major changes. The first two days of the first Test were marred by heavy rain causing Indian batting line-up enough dents to constrain them at a mere 172 runs in 59.3 overs. Lanka, in reply, got a massive lead of 122 runs, but failed to repeat the same bowling feat as India went past 350 runs in their second innings. On the final day, the dramatic three hours served plenty of entertainment on viewer's plate. Lanka had to survive less than a session and half in a 231-run chase, and they haltingly managed to eke out a dramatic draw despite slumping 75 for 7. A few more overs and India would have won, but the bad light had played spoilsports. Lanka would be pleased managing to draw the Kolkata Test. Thanks to bad light that came as Lanka's savior and caused an early finish on the final day. In the second Test starting from Nov 24, Lankans are wary of the threat India can pose. They will be heavily relying on Lakmal and Rangana Herath in the bowling department. However, in batting, Thirimanne, Chandimal and Mathews will be in the key role. They will have the responsibilities to take Lanka out of the crunch situations. Indian squad for second Test against Sri Lanka: Virat Kohli (c), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar. Will India get 1-0 lead winning Nagpur Test against Sri Lanka?
- India will be without Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the second Test against Sri Lanka, commencing on Nov 21 in Nagpur. The two spearheads, one with bat and the other with ball, requisitioned for leave citing some personal reasons. While Dhawan will remain available for selection for the 3rd Test, Bhuvneshwar will miss the remainder of the series following his marriage on Nov 23rd. No other pacer seems to fill the void of the swing master Bhuvneshwar given the form he is undergoing and the way he is bowling at present. However, in a bid to find Bhuvneshwar Kumar's replacement for Nagpur Test, the BCCI selection committee has called the Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar in the Test squad. The 26-year-old Shankar made his way to the national Test squad at the back of his stunning 72-run knock against South Africa A. His contribution with bat helped his team clinch the tri-series. Also, recently he batted well in a couple of one-day games against NZ A. The uncapped all-rounder made his presence feel in the Ranji Trophy wherein he scored a century for Tamil Nadu against Odisha and picked 4 wickets against Mumbai in another game. Vijay Shankar in the Test squad, if becomes a part of the playing XI, might be seen batting in the middle-order and also contributing with ball as and when required. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was honored with man-of-the-match award in the drawn 1st Test against Sri Lanka at Eden Garden for his 8 wickets. Dhawan, on the other hand, scored a brisk 94 in the second innings helping India go past the 122-run lead. Murali Vijay, who was seen bracing India's bench strength in the first Test, comes in as the first choice to replace Shikhar Dhawan in the opening slot. Ishant Sharma is likely to be picked as Bhuvneshwar Kumar's replacement for Nagpur Test. The revised Indian squad for the second Test is as: KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Vijay Shankar. Who is likely to replace Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar in Nagpur Test?
- India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will be eyeing yet another record in the upcoming Test series against Lanka, commencing on Nov 16 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Ashwin's wickets in Ind Vs SL Test series 2017 will be must to watch for as he can break Dennis Lillee's record of fastest 300 wickets in Test. The spin magician has done wonders in his resounding Test career, bagging tons of records to his name. Although his record list is endless, the most recent feat that he achieved was to get fastest 250 wickets in Test. With that feat, he surpassed veteran Austrian pacer Dennis Lillee's record. While Lillee reached 250 wkts in 48 matches, Ashwin took just 45 matches to breach the milestone. Ashwin is now close to one more record, even bigger and even greater indeed. He has pocketed 292 wickets in 52 matches at a stunning average of 25.26. If the 31-year old spinner picks up 8 more wickets in the upcoming Ind Vs SL Test series, he will become the man to get fastest 300 wickets in Test. 8 wickets in three Tests, and that too in familiar home conditions aren't something he would toil for. Not to surprise if he achieves the feat in the opener of the three-match series. Now everyone will be having an eye on Ashwin's wickets in Ind Vs SL Test series 2017. Dennis Lillee presently holds the record of fastest 300 wickets in Tests. Since Ashwin has bagged 292 wickets in 52 matches, one stellar performance featuring just 8 wkts will make him surpass Lillee's record. Ashwin will be hungry ahead of the series and if we go by the history, his hunger has produced him bagful of wickets. Can R Ashwin surpass Dennis Lillee's record of fastest 300 wickets in Test?
- India Vs Sri Lanka 1st Test, match preview: Even though India is hot favorite against Sri Lanka in the three-match Test series commencing from Nov 16 in Kolkata, the history of Test cricket has been full of unexpected results seldom favoring the overlooked opponents like Lankans at present are. This, however, has not been the case since 2015 in any bilateral series across formats. The two sides have met twice in the interim and both times in the island. Lanka desperately fell by the wayside on both occasions managing just one win in 6 matches. The most recent series-defeat that came 0-3 across all formats, starting from Tests and ending with T20s with three ODIs in between, must have disturbed Lanka's aplomb and morale against India. The mighty hosts are coming off a dominant home season followed by a complete clean sweep over Sri Lanka this year in their own den. Eight consecutive series wins bear witness India's Test dominance. Now on a nine-series winning streak, India can achieve the feat with utmost ease given Lanka's terrible Test record in India. So, the hosts are all the way capable of starting the series with a win. One good thing that Lanka would be happy about before facing rampaging India is their recent 2-0 win against Pakistan in the two-match Test series. But, what's worth keeping in mind is India is a different opposition. There is no denying the fact that Lanka is underdog in India Vs Sri Lanka 1st Test. India know this well, but won't be mistaken taking the visitors lightly. Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul are back to brace the Indian Test squad. This batting line-up seems to be unstoppable for Lankan bowlers, particularly in familiar home conditions. Moreover, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will lead India's pace attack. R Ashwin and R Jadeja will be hungry for wickets as they are playing a match after 4 months. The choice of openers will be an issue to be addressed by India. India faces the dilemma of who will open the innings along with Murali Vijay, who has been India's most reliable and consistent batsman both at home and away from home. India's playing XI for India Vs Sri Lanka first Test could be as Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav. Who is your favorite in India Vs Sri Lanka first Test?
- Ind vs NZ 3rd T20, match preview and prediction:Irrespective of how it has been so far, the series now comes to an interesting turn where there is no room for error for both teams either.While India was confident of finishing the things and taking a hike in their international T20 ranking earlier, the hosts sneaked into the series-decider winning Rajkot by 40 runs. The series is 1-1 level now andit's once again good to see the final match. The city ofThiruvananthapuram along with Kohli-Williamson's men is all set for a nip and tuck affair on Tuesday. Going a bit experimental and seeking some extra cushion in the bowling, India went with five bowlers in the first two matches. The formula did work in Delhi, but was seemed to set against it.We still believe that 5 bowlers is the way India should go in Thiruvananthapuram as well. On this Indian tour, New Zealand has seen some of their batsmen coming out of the middle and contributing to the team's win when it mattered most. With Munro exploding and Guptil coming back to form for the first time after 5 games, New Zealand has got extra reasons to make merry inInd vs NZ 3rd T20, the series-decider. Santner and Sodhi were excellent in the last game not giving Indians the room to free their arms. They, too, marked the signs of their form along with Trent Boult who picked up 4 wickets. Their bowling is back to fire now and that's an issue to concern for India. India, I guess, will again come strongerin the third game at Greenfield the way they did in the ODI series earlier. They are more used to the conditions than the hosts. Yes, top-order will again need to take the responsibility as India can't rely much on their middle-order. Two out of three top-order batsmen will have to do the job. Bumrah and Bhuveshwar have been doing well are supposed to continue their stellar in the third game as well. India has a good spin combination too. And if spinners make it count as always, New Zealand must strive to win the game.Indian playing XI for the 3rdT20 against NZ could be as Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Manish Padey/Dinesh Kartik, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni, Kuleep Yadav, Yujvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Siraj. And what comes out to be as the bad news from Thiruvananthapuram is that the city has experienced unusual rainfall over the past three days. The rain is not seasonal though, it might putInd vs NZ 3rd T20in jeopardy. Who will win India Vs New Zealand T20 series 2017?
- Not as aggressive as Rohit from the other end is, Shikhar Dhawan, the southpaw Indian opener with a career T20 strike rate of 119, played a match winning knock in front of his home crowd to thrash New Zealand in the first T20. He scored 80 off just 52 deliveries at a strike rate of near 154. Along with Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan is jointly leading the table as the highest run scorer in Ind vs NZ T20 series. While Rohit Sharma was seeking his rhythm in the initial overs, Shikhar began his innings on a rather brutal note. 46-0 from the first six overs was a collective effort from both the openers, but Dhawan had amassed his individual 30 by the time. Dhawan accepted all the loose delivery gladly to convert them into boundaries. It was his dismal batting display that took India to 80 in the halfway stage. Dhawan's power hitting continued to release pressure from Rohit Sharma, who started rather steadily on that particular day. Shikhar Dhawan has been undergoing purple patch for months now. A 52-ball 80 at Kotla is a clear testimony of it. Dhawan hit 10 boundaries and 2 towering sixes in his innings to pile up 80 runs. Not just that, the left-handed took 37 balls to slam his 3rd T20 half-century. It was his best T20 knock ever. Shikhar Dhawan's runs in Ind vs NZ T20 series, which as of now have reached 80 after one match, can get him the player of the series too. When it comes to predicting the highest run scorer in Ind vs NZ T20 series, both Indian openers Rohit and Shikhar are in the race now with 80 runs each to their names. The duo amassed 158 for the first wicket giving India a good start in the first match. While Rohit Sharma slammed a 54-ball 80, Shikhar Dhawan played 52 balls to reach his individual 80. Now, everyone will be having an eye on Shikhar Dhawan's runs in Ind vs NZ T20 series. Will he hit some more half-centuries in the remainder of series? Will he become the highest run scorer? If yes, it won't really be a surprise. Who will become the highest run scorer in India Vs New Zealand T20 series 2017?
- Ind Vs NZ 2nd T20, match preview: The caravan now moves to Rajkot for second of the three-match T20 series. The Kotla victory that came by 53 runs was special in many respects as it ended India's winless T20 streak against NZ and handed Ashish Nehra a winning farewell in front of his home crowd. A complete all-round performance, which saw India's opening pair at its brutal best, got India off to a winning start. The men-in-blue now eye series win in Rajkot. The Black Caps, who had an off day in Delhi, will be keen to fight back in the second T20. They come up with a strong batting line-up, which features the likes of Guptil, Williamson, Munro, Latham, Grandhomme and Nicholls. Remarkably, all their players from the batting lot barring Martik Guptil are in good form. Kane Williamson, who made his presence feel only in the 3rd ODI on this tour, is also not looking in good touch. The spin duo of Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi can come influential if the track at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium turns out to be spin-friendly. Trent Boult, the most expensive of all regular bowlers in the first T20, would be seeking his line and length if gets beaten with the new ball. Tim Southee, who heavily relies on his slow deliveries, is a quality death-over bowler. The pace duo will have the responsibility to collapse India's in-form top order in Ind Vs NZ 2nd T20. If they do the job, India will toil to win the match Despite winning the first match, Virat Kohli has a lot to churn about in the bowling combination. If India goes with five regular bowlers, Mohammed Siraj will automatically come in as the third regular pacer along with Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar. However if three pacers are not on Kohli's bucket list, Kuldeep Yadav can join the spin duo of Chahal and Axar. India seems to refrain from changes in the batting department as the current lot of batsmen is good enough to handle NZ's bowling attack. India's playing XI for second T20 against NZ could be as Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Shreyas Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav. Will India clinch T20 series as well winning the Rajkot game?