November 10, 2014
The cricket continues to come thick and fast so we will do our best to keep you up to date. Couloured clothing all over the world as most sides are looking to get some much need practice ahead of the World Cup in Australia.
India vs Sri Lanka
We are 3 matches into the series, and India have wrapped things up by clinching a 3-0 series win against the side filling in for the West Indies who pulled out in much controversial fashion. India’s stand-in captain Virat Kohli has stated he wants to be ruthless and win all 5 games, with his team in this form, who would bet against it.
Shikhar Dhawan has been the outstanding performer racking up 283 runs from just three innings.
Also its worth touching on something that doesn’t usually make the headline. Yes, India’s pace attack! Umesh Yadav has really impressed picking up 8 wickets causing problems for all Sri Lanka’s top order. He has bowled with genuine pace and control and has not allowed Sri Lanka to get off to flying starts which they made their name for nearly 20 years ago in the 1996 World Cup. India will be hoping Yaday can continue this for in Australia on what should be surfaces that will suit his new ball bowling.
Australia vs South Africa
Downunder, the South Africans are trying some young faces and they started the tour brightly with a win in the first match thanks to a great knock from new boy Rilee Roussauw (78). However, there was no more joy as Australia came back strong in the final two matches to win the series. There were good performances from James Faulkner who picked up 6 wickets in the last two T20i’s. Also an incredibly well rounded knock from Cameron White to steer the ship home in the latter stages with a solid 41 from 31 balls.
It was good to see young Pat Cummins comeback to the Australian side. At the age of just 21 he has only bright things ahead of him if he can put his injury woes behind him. He did more than stake his claim for a spot in the longer formats with good pace and skills.
Injury news for the South Africans means that Captain JP Duminy will play no further part in the ODI’s as he has an old injury recurring with his knees that needs to be rested. AB Devilliers will Captain the side going into the first ODI on Friday at the WACA in Perth.
Pakistan vs New Zealand
New Zealand travel to the UAE to face the in-form Pakistani’s in a tour including 3 test matches, 2 T20I’S and 5 ODI’s. Pakistan will be looking to repeat a similar performance to their last Test series against the Kiwi’s bigger brother Australia. They have started in fabulous fashion by putting an impressive total together in the first innings of the 1st test with a massive 566-3 dec. In this outstanding effort every batter got themselves 87 runs or more, no one failed. Top scorer was Shehzad with 176 before he hit wicket following a nasty bouncer from Corey Anderson. Hafeez looked comfortable up top chipping in with 96. He was assisted by Ali (87) and a pair of centuries by Misbah (102*) & Younus (100*).
The kiwis dropped some sitters to assist theses knocks but the day was still very much Pakistan’s. New Zealand finished up on 15-0 with a lot to do. Pakistan will be hoping their spinners get the ball turning to cause havoc tomorrow morning.