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Gayle, Roach help West Indies level the series at 1-1

The West Indians levelled the 3-match series at 1-1 in some style as they raced to a 10-wicket win over New Zealand on day 5 of the second test at Port-of-Spain, thus ending their win-less streak of since they beat the same opposition last year. Chris Gayle provided some late fireworks as he remained unbeaten on 80 from 46 balls as West Indies made light work of their target of 95.

New Zealand batsmen BJ Watling and Mark Craig walked out to bat in the morning session of the fifth and final day, in a bid to try and extend their resistance from the last day. The duo lasted 27.3 overs on day 5 to prevent the West Indies from registering an innings win as they took New Zealand into the lead. Rain interrupted play for a while but that did not hamper the concentration of the two batsmen as they further frustrated the West Indies with both bringing up their half centuries.


Plunkett, Broad bundle Sri Lanka out for 257

Alastair Cook was a happy captain after his bowlers justified his decision to bowl first by bundling the Sri Lankans out for 257 in the first innings on day 1 of the final test match at Headingley. Sangakkara managed a top score of 79 for the visitors as Liam Plunkett finished with a 5-wicket haul for the hosts. Stuart Broad also picked up a hat-trick as he finished with figures of 3 for 46. In reply, the English openers Alastair Cook and Sam Robson took England safely through to stumps at 36-0.

The Sri Lankans made two changes to their side from the game at Lord’s. Seamer Dhammika Prasad came into the side to replace the out of from Nuwan Kulasekera while the visitors were forced to bring in Dinesh Chandimal to take over the keeping role in place of the injured Prasanna Jayawardene. England on the other hand stuck to their same playing Xl from the previous test match.


West Indies on the verge of a win at stumps on Day 4

The West Indies are on the brink of a test win and a series leveller at 1-1 as they reduced New Zealand to 257-8 at stumps on day 4. The Kiwis have two wickets in hand with just 18 runs on the board as their second innings lead and the hosts would be looking to wipe out the tail and knock off those runs, come the 5th day.

There was a delayed start to the day’s play as the pitch near the footmarks area seemed to be withering slightly. However, the problem was soon solved and 15 minutes later the Kiwi batsmen, Williamson and Latham, who were unbeaten from last night, began proceedings for New Zealand. West Indies got their first of the 9 remaining wickets as spinner Sulieman Benn had Latham caught for 36 in only the 8th over of the morning, thus ending a 75-run stand. Williamson then brought up his half century before Kemar Roach, who produced one of his finest spells of disciplined bowling, had him caught behind for 52, leaving New Zealand at 108-3.


Indian batsmen flounder again before rain prematurely ends series

The third and final ODI between India and Bangladesh ended in an early washout after the rain came down in buckets in Dhaka and refused to relent, thus allowing India to wrap up the series 2-0. There was enough time before the weather intervened for the Indian batsmen to put on yet another shabby performance as they struggled to 119-9 in 34.2 overs after the Bangladeshi pacers ripped through the Indian top order before the spinners too played their role in limiting their visitors.

Earlier in the day, stand-in skipper Suresh Raina won the toss and surprisingly elected to bat first. The Indians went in with an extra specialist batsmen as they gave Manoj Tiwary a game, but it made little difference as the Bangladeshi bowlers once again feasted on a beauty of a deck for the medium pacers.


India bat first in 3rd ODI against Bangladesh

India’s stand-in captain Suresh Raina won the toss for the first time this series and elected to bat first in the 3rd ODI against Bangladesh on a rather cloudy day in Dhaka. With the series winner already decided, India would love to complete a 3-0 whitewash over the hosts. However, Bangladesh, who had a quite disturbing defeat in the 2nd ODI, will look to take some consolation from this series with a win.

With lots still to play for, India made two changes to their side as they brought Vinay Kumar in for Umesh Yadav and replaced Amit Mishra with specialist batsman Manoj Tiwary. Bangladesh on the other hand made just the one change, bringing in all-rounder Sohag Gazi in place of Ziaur Rahman. India went in with six specialist batsmen to really try out their batting strength in this series one last time.


Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Mithun Ali, Mushfiqur Rahim (c & wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Sohag Gazi, Mashrafe Mortaza, Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain

India: R Uthappa, A Rahane, C Pujara, A Rayudu, S Raina(c), M Tiwary, W Saha (wk), S Binny, A Patel, M Sharma, U Yadav

England v Sri Lanka: 2nd Test, Preview

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The first test at Lord’s was easily a summation of five beautiful days of cricket and one roller-coaster ride to the finish. The Sri Lankans snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat as Nuwan Pradeep became a national hero back home, even though he managed to edge the ball just short of the hungry English slip cordon. Five days of action-packed cricket and it all came down to one wicket in the very last over of the encounter. The test match at Lord’s painted a beautiful picture, and now it’s time for Headingley to frame it.

England and Sri Lanka head north to chilly Headingley, Leeds for the second and final test match with the series still amazingly square at 0-0. England almost had the Sri Lankans with their backs to the wall at Lord’s and will look to seal things at Headingley with an even better performance. The Sri Lankans have pretty much a stiff task on their hands, with injuries plaguing their side as they look to settle down and play their best in new conditions up north that are beyond their comfort zone, so as to win their first test series in England.


Bangladesh vs India: 3rd ODI Preview

After that rather bizarre game of cricket in the second one-dayer, and with the series winner already decided, both sides go into the third and final ODI in Dhaka with a lot still to play for. India will look to whitewash the hosts 3-0 while Bangladesh look for some consolation after their rather astonishing batting collapse as they failed to chase down a mere target of 105 in 41 overs in the second ODI.

While both sides will be pleased with their bowling exploits from last game, they would be hoping their batsmen put up a better show in the third game. The second ODI saw India and Bangladesh post a total of just 163 runs from two innings, making it the lowest ever aggregate in ODI history as India won by a comfortable 47 runs.


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