Rain washes out Day 2 of South Africa vs India at Centurion
Heavy rain blocked India’s control over the series-opening Boxing Day Test against South Africa in Centurion on Monday. Day 2 was called off without a ball being bowled. Few inspections took place and then the play was called off before tea as the weather conditions in Centurion got worse.
Better weather is being forecasted for Day 3 and 4 of the first Test match, but India need to quicken their innings in order to have a 1-0 lead in the series. The match umpires will be trying to cover up for the lost time as much as possible in the next two days. Noteworthy that all 90 overs were bowled on Day 1 of the Test.
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India had been in a dominant position on the first day. thanks to KL Rahul’s hundred and crucial knocks from Mayank Agarwal (60), Virat Kohli (35), and Ajinkya Rahane who is unbeaten at 40.
Brief score at Stumps day 1 – India : 272/3 (KL Rahul 122*, Mayank Agarwal 60, Ajinkya Rahane 40*,Lungi Ngidi 3/45) against South Africa
England Collapse again as Australia close day 2 for visitors at 31/4
Australia end the second day of the Boxing Day Test as the pilot. The play was delayed due to rain yesterday, and also started half an hour late due to a Covid scare this morning. England got a few early breakthroughs in the first session but Marcus Harris and the Australian lower middle order added some crucial runs to the Australian scoreboard, managing a lead of 82 runs.
Mitchell Starc got two wickets in two balls, and was a real threat to the England batters. Boland was quite impressive as he added two wickets to his tally, that too in a single over and the visitors were reduced to 31/4. England still trail by 51 runs, and from here they need a special miraculous kind of a partnership to come back in the contest, where Australia aim an undefeatable 3-0.
Brief Score at Stumps day 2 – England: First innings: 185 (Root 50; Cummins 3-36, Lyon 3-36) and Second innings: 31/4(Root 12*; Boland 2/1) trail Australia: First Innings 267/10 (Marcus Harris 76, David Warner 38; Anderson 4/33) by 124 runs
The players’ draft for the 2022 edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) took place on Monday, December 27 at the Radisson Blu Water Garden in Dhaka. After the last year’s edition was scrapped off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) got things together this year and is set to host the tournament from January 21 to February 18.
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The Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka, the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram and the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium are the three venues that will host the matches in the tournament. 36 games will be played in the group stage of the BPL followed by the playoffs and the final.
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KL Rahul to lead ODI team in Rohit’s Absence
India’s current Test vice-captain KL Rahul who is at a dream run with the bat in absence of Rohit Sharma, he was first appointed as Virat Kohli’s deputy in the Test cricket and now as per the sources he will lead India in upcoming ODIs.
Rohit Sharma was ruled out of the Test series due to a hamstring injury and it seems he can’t get fit in time for the upcoming ODIs . KL Rahul is maintaining great rhythm with his bat and got all the spotlight and all the attention after scoring a ton on the first day of the first Test at Centurion.
“It is truly special, every hundred really takes something out of you and gives you joy. There are so many emotions you go through when you score a hundred. You bat for 6-7 hours, those are the kind of innings that stand out and as players, we really cherish these. This is what is expected out of me. Once I got off to a good start, I started enjoying my batting and I did not think too far ahead,” Rahul said in a video posted by BCCI.