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South African bowlers 'shocked' by Eden Park's short boundaries

South African bowlers will have to be creative in the way they adapt to the Eden Park field dimensions in the one-off T20 International against New Zealand on Friday. The multi-purpose venue, which houses straight boundaries of between 45 – 55m, will pose a unique challenge to the bowlers, all of whom - except for Imran Tahir - will be making their debuts at the ground.

Proteas fast bowler, Chris Morris, says the attack will have to plan accordingly to counter the boundary dimensions and conditions, with weather forecasts predicting some rain on Friday evening.


India beat Pakistan in Final to retain wenty20 World Cup for the Blind

A spirited fielding performance coupled with some excellent batting by Prakash Jayaramaiah helped India thrash Pakistan by nine wickets in the final of the cricket Twenty20 World Cup for Blind at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore and retain the title.

Opting to bat first, Pakistan made 197/8, with Badar Munnir blasting 57 off 37 balls. He was well supported by Muhammad Jamil, who made 24. In reply, India rallied around Prakash and Ajay (43) to chase down the target with 2.2 overs to spare. Prakash was unbeaten on 99, hitting 15 boundaries during his quickfire 60-ball knock.


Chris Lynn ruled out of T20 series with Bangladesh

Australia's middle-order batsman Chris Lynn was on Thursday ruled out of the national squad for the upcoming three-match Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka, starting February 17.

The 26-year-old aggravated a bulging disc in his neck and was replaced by Ben Dunk for the three-match series.


Lasith Malinga recalled to Sri Lankan T20 squad after 1 year absence

Sri Lanka's fast bowler Lasith Malinga was on Thursday included in the national squad for the upcoming three-match Twenty20 International series in Australia, starting February 17.

The veteran pacer, who was ruled out of team with a knee injury, last played a game in February 2016 at the Asia Cup against the United Arab Emirates in Bangladesh.


Michael Clarke to Coach Prime Minister's XI for Sri Lanka clash

Former skipper Michael Clarke is "thrilled" to debut as a coach when he takes the mantle of the Prime Minister's XI that will take on Sri Lanka in a warm-up T20 cricket match at the Manuka Oval here on February 15.

The 35-year-old Clarke, who retired from international cricket after the 2015 Ashes in England, will mentor a side led by captain Adam Voges that includes veteran George Bailey, opener Joe Burns, paceman James Pattinson and a host of the brightest young talent in the country.


Chahal jumps 92 spots in latest ICC T20 Rankings

England’s Joe Root and India wrist-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal have made impressive gains in the latest ICC T20I Player Rankings, which were released on Thursday following the three-match series which concluded in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

Root finished as the leading run-scorer in the series with 126 runs for which he has been rewarded with a jump of two places that has put him in fifth position.


Virat Kohli: "Chahal has a lot of skill and he has the character as well"

Heaping praise on leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, whose six wickets helped India clinch the third and final T20 International against England by 75 runs, India skipper Virat Kohli on Wednesday said he has a "lot of faith" in the youngster's abilities.

Chahal returned with figures of 6/25, to trigger England's collapse which saw eight wickets going down for eight runs as the visitors' innings folded for a meagre 127 in response to India's mammoth 202/6.


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