Fifties from Shreyas Iyer and Wriddhiman Saha set NZ 284 target
Struggle of Indian skipper, Ajinkya Rahane continues on Day 4 of the first test. India was in big trouble losing 5 wickets with just 51 runs on the board, it was seeming that New Zealand want to wrap up things early but the first innings centurion for India, Shreyas Iyer once again came to rescue. Shreyas Iyer scored 65 runs before falling to Tim Southee.
Ravi Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha, and Axar Patel’s contributions with the bat made sure India have an upper hand over the visitors. The Indian Wicket Keeper, Wriddhiman Saha also scored a half-century and remained not out with Axar Patel standing tough on the other end until the India decided to declare their second innings on 234. New Zealand started their 2nd innings with a 284 runs target, and lost an early wicket of Will Young, who couldn’t last until the end of Day 4 in front of Ravi Ashwin’s bowling.
Brief scores: India: First Innings 345 (Shreyas Iyer 105; Tim Southee 5-69) Second Innings 234/7 Dec (Shreyas Iyer 65, Wriddhiman Saha 61*; Kyle Jamieson 3/40) lead New Zealand: First Innings 296/10 (Tom Latham 95; Axar Patel 5/62) Second Innings 4/1(Tom Latham 2*,R. Ashwin 1/3) by 280 runs.
Shaheen Afridi brings Pakistan back in the contest, after Taijul puts Bangladesh on top
Pakistan bowlers gave early blows to have an upper hand on the hosts at stumps on Day 3, with the Bangladesh team ahead by 83 runs. Earlier in the day, Taijul completed his five-for and then grabbed two more wickets taking his tally to 7, putting a stop to Pakistan innings on 286 runs. Brilliant bowling performance ensured Bangladesh had a lead of 44 runs.
Pakistan opener Abid Ali scored a deserving ton but Bangladesh bowlers reversed the cards with a flurry of wickets on Day 3. The Pakistan middle-order was not as strong as their top order. Pakistan’s batting collapsed with the wickets of Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fawad Alam, and Mohammad Rizwan in quick succession as Bangladesh bowlers succeeded in stopping their rhythm after Pakistan getting a good start from their fellow openers Abid and Abdullah Shafique.
Brief Scores: Bangladesh: First Innings 330/10 (Liton Das 114, Mushfiquir Rahim 91; Hasan Ali 5-51) Second Innings 39/4(Mushfiquir Rahim 12*; Shaheen Afridi(3/6)) lead Pakistan 286/10 (Abid Ali 133, A. Shafique 52; Taijul Islam 7/116) by 83 runs.
Hardik Pandya has requested selectors not to consider him for squad selection
Hardik Pandya is working on his fitness and has requested the Indian selectors not to consider him for selection for some time being. Pandya is looking forward to returning as a permanent bowling optione in limited overs and test cricket too.
The 28-year old built a reputation of a good bowling all-round option for India and made his way to the test team. But due to injury concerns, he was not seen in whites since 2018 and continued his poor form. Hardik Pandya was part of the India’s tour of Australia in 2020 but only as an all-rounder who could only bat.
It is now clear Pandya is not available for selection, for India’s tour to South Africa. In his absence, the youngster Venkatesh Iyer can get the opportunity as an all-rounder in the team. Some reports hint that Pandya is unlikely to be retained by his long-term IPL Franchise, Mumbai Indians.
Abu Dhabi T10 League Match Results – November 28
Team Abu Dhabi vs The Chennai Braves
The Chennai Braves 107/6 in 10 overs (Mohammad Shahzad 53; Liam Livingdtone 3-17) lost to Team Abu Dhabi 113/3 in 7 overs (Philip Salt 63; Mark Deyal 2/16) by 7 wickets with 18 balls to spare. Player of the Match: Philip Salt.
Deccan Gladiators vs Northern Warriors
Deccan Gladiators 134/5 in 10 overs (Tom Moores 39; Oshane Thomas 3-20) beat Northern Warriors 115/4 in 10 overs (Ross Whitley 26*; Wahab Riaz 1-13) by 19 runs. Player of the Match: Wahab Riaz.
Bangla Tigers vs Delhi Bulls
Delhi Bulls 100/7 in 10 overs (Eoin Morgan 35; Mohammad Amir 2-13) beat Bangla Tigers 88/9 in 10 overs (Faf du Plessis 26; Dominic Drakes 4-9) by 12 runs. Player of the Match: Dominic Drakes.