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CPL 2021 | Finally, a victory for Barbados as they thrash Warriors by 45 runs

Barbados Royals were able to break their three-match losing streak as they defeated Guyana Amazon Warriors by 45 runs to lodge their second win of the campaign in their seventh match, With this victory, they were also able to end their three-match losing streak and it has now kept them alive in the race to the Semi-Finals. 

For the first time in the league, the Barbados batters looked in real good touch as the team posted 185 in their 20 overs and put Guyana under pressure right from the beginning of the match. Kyle Mayers who was brought back into the playing XI was given an opportunity to open the innings and he made full use of it adding 42 runs for the first wicket in only four overs. Out of the 42, 36 were scored by him before being caught by Odean Smith off the bowling of Romario Shepherd.

Charles then took upon the responsibility to keep the run rate going as he scored a 21 ball 41 before passing n the baton to Glenn Phillips who made 44 of 31 balls. In the ed few lusty blows from captain Jason Holder meant that the team was able to cross the 180 mark. 

Shepherd picked three wickets for the Warriors while Gudakesh Motie returned with figures of 2-33. 

The confidence shown by Riyas in batting was taken to the field in bowling too as they bowled out Guyana for 140 without letting any of the big guns settle down. Mohammad Hafeez and Odean Smith looked like the only two batters making any difference. However with Hafeez’s dismissal in the 10th over, it looked all over. Smith top-scored with 43 runs and was the last batter to be dismissed. 

For the Royals, Nyeem Young was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-24 while jake Lintott and Raymon Reifer picked one wicket each. Mayers for his early onslaught was adjudged Man of the Match.  

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CPL 2021 | SKNP vs JT: Patriots look to get back in form against struggling Jamaica

Jamaica Tallawahs face St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in St Kitts on Wednesday (September 8, 2021). Both the sides are coming into this game after suffering a defeat in their last previous matches. The Patriots might have lost a couple of matches in the tournament but they are still sitting at the helm of the points table with five wins under their belt from seven matches. Jamaica on the other side have lost four out of the six games that they have played so far. Both the sides faced some struggle with their batting line up after the batters failed to leave a mark. The Tallawahs were bundled out for 92 while chasing 168 in 20 overs against the Trinbago Knight Riders. Ali Khan ripped though the Jamaica batting line up and never let the batsmen take an upper hand during the chase. The Patriots on the other side failed to put a big total on the board against Saint Lucia Kings and were bowled out for 118. Though, the side did get a couple of early wickets including the scalp of Faf du Plessis who had thoroughly dominated the Patriots in the earlier fixture and in fact notched up a ton but didn’t capitalise on the start they got and stood at the losing end eventually. Roston Chase chipped in with a valuable half-century to anchor the Kings to a win. The last time the two sides met each other, Patriots etched a win by 6 wickets while 167, sparing more than two overs. Well, the teams would now be looking to turn the fortunes for themselves. Match Details Match: St Kitts and Nevis Patriots vs Jamaica Tallawahs, Match 21, CPL 2021 Date and TIme: 8 September 2021, 07:30 PM IST Venue: Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts Telecast: Star Sports Network Pitch Report The track in St Kitts might have something on offer for the bowlers in the initial phase of the game. The batters would have to get their eye and give a steady start before accelerating. So, if you win the toss, elect to bat first and put up a good total on the board. Probable XI SKNP: Evin Lewis, Devon Thomas (wicket-keeper), Chris Gayle (C), Asif Ali, Sherfane Rutherford, Andre McCarthy, Fabian Allen, Dominic Drakes, Naseem Shah, Paul van Meekeren, Fawad Ahmed Jamaica Tallawahs: Jason Mohammed, Kennar Lewis, Haider Ali, Syed Wasim, Rovman Powell (c), Andre Russell, Shamarh Brooks, Carlos Brathwaite, Migael Pretorius, Chris Green, Veerasammy Permaul Fantasy XI D Thomas, C Gayle (VC), K Lewis, E Lewis, S Rutherford, F Allen, A Russell (C), C Brathwaite, F Ahmed, M Pretorius, P van Meekeren


India to announce T20 World Cup 2021 squad today, here’s how it may look

The T20 World Cup 2021 is less than 40 days away now and all the boards are about to announce their squad. Keeping with the 30-day deadline, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would be announcing the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup 2021 by Wednesday, 08 September evening. OneCricket decided to break down the probable squad for the readers. And here’s how the Indian squad could look like and why Squad Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (Vice Capt), KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Yuzvendara Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Varun Chakravarthy, Mohammad Shami Reserves Bhuvneshwar Kumar, T Natarajan and Shikhar Dhawan Openers The Indian team would look to go with its two best and most experienced batters in Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma as openers as it tried and tested the formula in the T20I series against England and moreover skipper Kohli and management want to go with it. The middle-order Next comes the remaining batters and since Suryakumar Yadav proved his adaptability by batting brilliantly in Sro Lanka, he makes the curt. Shreyas Iyer has recovered from his injury and considering his form on spinning tracks for UAE, it was only justified that he was given a chance. KL Rahul is in great knock and could be used at number four as an alternate to Iyer. Wicket-Keepers Ishan Kishan and Rishabh pant are the wicket keepers as it is necessary to have two wicket keepers going into a World Cup level. Moreover, Sanju Samson wasn’t able to convert his chances in Sri Lanka and thus it would be easier for selectors to make the decision. All-rounders Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja walk into the team straight away as proven all-around talents and especially on spin-friendly wickets the two can give a massive boost to the squad. With Washington Sundar getting injured, it was imperative that India could afford to go with only two pure all-rounders. Bowlers With two genuine all-rounders, two wicket-keeper batsmen and five pure batsmen in the squad, only six bowlers could be chosen and thus the six being divided equally among pacers and spinners could be an idea that the Indian team would like to implement. Hence Yuzvendar Chahal, Deepak Chahar and Varun Chakravarthy look like the three spinners making the cut. Among the fast bowlers, it would be a tough fight between Mohammad Shami and Bhuveneshwar Kumar, however, Shami seems to be edging it at the moment due to Bhuvi’s poor returns in Sri Lanka. Reserves Due to the Covid-19 still in prevalence, the International Cricket Council has allowed all teams to carry at max three reserves. T Natarajan would be the first one to make it to the reserves list. If he shows great form and fitness in IPL can be drafted in the squad because his fitness at the moment is under doubt. Since Bhuvneshwar could not make it to the main squad, it would be only fair that he was at least kept in reserves. Although Shardul Thakur can give a tough fight to him even for this place. Lastly, courtesy of his experience, Shikhar Dhawan makes a case for himself.


SL vs SA | Debutant Maheesh Theekshana, Chameera’s all-round show help Sri Lanka win ODI series

It was a splendid show of spin bowling by Sri Lanka as they not only defended 203 but bowled out their opposition South Africa for their second-lowest ODI total- 125 to win the third and final ODI of the three-match series by a whopping 78 runs and thereby lift the series 2-1. With this win, not only did Sri Lanka end a series win drought dating back to their last four series and March 2020, but also moved to fifth place in the ICC ODI Super League, the qualifying tournament for the 2023 ODI World Cup. Prior to the start of the series, they were not even in the top 10 of the table. Debutante Maheesh Theekshana was the hero with the ball for Sri Lanka, picking four crucial wickets which helped them build pressure and eventually win the game. The 21-year-old took a wicket with his very first ball in international cricket, becoming only the fourth Sri Lankan to do so after he got South African opener Janneman Malan caught in the slip by Dhananjaya de Silva. Soon, the right arm off-spinner or right arm all sorts as the commentators called him because of his ability to ball carrom ball as well as a top spinner, was all over the Proteas bowling lineup, getting the dangerman Heinrich Klaasen out to almost nip all chances of even a shy at the victory of for the visitors. Theekshana then came back once again to pick up the last two wickets in Kagiso Rabada and opposition captain Keshav Maharaj to send South Africa packing as well to bag the best figures for a Sri Lankan spinner on debut. He ended the match with figures of 4-37. The previous best for a Sri Lankan spinner was 3-15 by Wanindu Hasaranga on his debut against Zimbabwe in 2017. Dushmantha Chameera who scored a brilliant 29 off 39 balls to get Sri Lanka to 203 in the first innings started brilliantly with the ball as well, removing Aiden Markram and Rassie van der Dussen to pave the way for the spinners. Earlier in the day, having won the toss, Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka decided to bat first. The decision was not at all validated by his batters as the team fell down to 121-6 in the 26th over itself. Had it not been for a patient Charith Asalanka who scored 47 and build up crucial partnerships with Chamika Karunaratne and Chameera, Sri Lanka might have been struggling to get past even 150. Maharaj picked up three wickets for the Proteas as their spinners bowled 40 off the 50 overs. In the end, they got to 203 courtesy 14 extras and some sensible batting by the tailenders who did not throw their wickets away. The two teams will now face each other in a three-match T20I series starting September 10 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.


Shikhar Dhawan and wife Aesha Mukherjee part ways after eight years of marriage

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan’s wife Aesha Mukherjee announced that she is getting a divorce from her husband and that it felt very scary being divorced the second time in her life. The couple tied knots eight years ago and have a son together, named Zoravar. In her lengthy Instagram post, Aesha wrote, “I THOUGHT DIVORCE WAS A DIRTY WORD UNTIL I BECAME A 2 TIME DIVORCEE.” “Funny how words can have such powerful meanings and associations. I experienced this first-hand as a divorcee. The first time I went through a divorce I was soooooooo fu@kn scared. I felt like I had failed and I was doing something so wrong at that time “I felt as if I had let everyone down and even felt selfish. I felt that I was letting my parents down, I felt that I was letting my children down and even to some extent I felt as if I was letting God down. Divorce was such a dirty word,” she added before going on to describe how tough her life is going to become as she would go once again through the mental trauma of failure in marriage “So now imagine, I have to go through it a second time. Woooahhhhhh. That is terrifying. Being divorced once before already, felt like I had more at stake the second time round. I had more to prove. So when my second marriage broke down it was really scary. All the feelings I felt when I went through it the first time came flooding in. Fear, failure and disappointment x 100. What does this mean for me? How does this define me and my relationship to marriage?" wrote the 46 years old. While there has been no confirmation from Dhawan, who recently led Team India in Sri Lanka and is currently in UAE to compete in the Indian Premier League, there hasn’t been any denial of the news by him or his family either. Aesha, a Melbourne based boxer, has two daughters from her previous marriage and is 11 years older than Dhawan.