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CPL 2021 | Roston Chase, Jeavor Royal help St Lucia make it 2-0 against table topper Patriots

Roston Chase is turning out to be the find of the tournament as far as the Caribbean Premier League 2021 is concerned. The batting all-rounder, mostly known for his brilliant drives in the longest format has remodelled and redefined himself in the shortest format as he led his team, St Lucia Kings, to yet another victory over the table-toppers St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. 

Though Chase scored an unbeaten 51 off 38 balls to take the Kings home, talented spin bowler Jeavor Royal deserves equal credit for bundling out the Patriots for only 118. Royal picked up three crucial wickets of dangerman Evin Lewis and dangerous-looking Asif Ali. 

The Kings’ chase wasn’t ideal as they lost Andre Fletcher on the very first ball to Fabian Allen. Last match centurion and Kings’ skipper Faf du Plessis then partnered with Keron Cottoy and the two could only put up 33 runs before du Plessis was removed by Allen once again. 

It was then that Chase entered the chase and partnering first with Cottoy and then with Samit Patel and Tim David made sure that the Kings reached the target with 26 balls left to improve their net run rate, which had already received a boost after the men in blue had beaten Patriots by 100 runs in their previous encounter on Saturday, September 04. 

With this win, the Kings completed a 2-0 sweep against the patriots in CPL 2021 and till now they are the only team to have defeated the Patriots in this year’s league. 

Earlier in the morning,  Patriots, who were led by stand-in skipper Chris Gayle in Dwayne Bravo’s absence chose to bat after winning the toss. Their decision however wasn’t backed up by their batters as they lost three wickets including those of Gayle and Lewis in the first five overs itself when the score hadn’t even reached 30 runs. When Sherfane Rutherford got run out in the 10th over with the team’s score 59-5, it became clear that the Patriots weren’t really going to score big. 

Apart from Fabian Allen, no other battery was able to get going as the Patriots got all out for 118 in the 20th over. Allen made 34 off 32 balls. For Kings, apart from Royal’s three wickets, Wahab Riaz and Samit Patel picked two wickets as well.

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CPL 2021 | Trinbago return to winning ways with comfortable victory over Tallawahs

Courtesy of a brilliant 70 off just 45 balls from experienced opener Lendl Simmons, the Trinbago Knight Riders chased down comfortably an easy target of 145 set up by the Jamaica Tallawahs to return back to winning ways after three losses from five games. With this win, the Knight Riders registered their third two-pointer on the table and have moved on to third position behind leaders St Kitts and Nevis Patriots and St Lucia Kings, who have tasted three wins in their last four matches. Along with Simmons, Colin Munro played a good hand as well scoring run a ball 34 and partnering Simmons to a crucial 102 runs stand after the early fall of Sunil Narine. The two batters however got our before the match was won and skipper Kieron Pollard along with experienced Darren Bravo finished the game. Imad Wasim was the most successful Tallawahs bowler who picked up two wickets for 19 runs. Earlier in the evening, Knight Riders put Jamaica to bat first after winning the toss. The decision paid for the Pollard led team as they dismantled the Tallawahs top order, pulling them down to 15-5 at the end of the first powerplay, making it the worst power play by a batting side in this year’s CPL. Imad Wasim and Carlos Brathwaite lead the recovery and thanks to their 83 run partnership off 63 balls and some late flourish by Andre Russell, the men in green and yellow were able to reach 144. Brathwaite top-scored for the Tallawahs with 58 from 40 balls. For Trinbago, Akeal Hossein and Ravi Rampaul picked two wickets each.


ENG vs IND | 4th Test, Day 4: Shardul- Pant, Hameed-Burns set up a likely rollercoaster finish

The fourth Test of the series between England and India being played at the Oval is nicely poised at the end of the fourth day’s play with both the hosts, who need 291 runs and the tourists, who are in pursuit of 10 wickets, going into the final day to get 2-1 up in the series. The Test match is not giving up on giving excitement and thrill to the true fans of the format as all the four days that have been completed have not left a clear winner. The script remained the same on the fourth day and all the four results such as an Indian win, an England win, a draw or a tie are possible and none of those results will be possible without keen contests between the players on both sides. England’s comeback India started the day with 171 runs ahead in the game and a very good looking Virat Kohli at the crease, who was unbeaten with some signature drives through the off side towards’s the end of the third day’s play. India were significantly ahead in the game but both the game and the series have re-established one of the cliches of the game that one wicket brings two and hence England were not out of the reckoning yet. The narrative was validated once again as Chris Woakes found movement off an otherwise docile pitch to find Ravindra Jadeja in front of the stumps and then a totally messed up Ajinkya Rahane’s problems were compounded with a nip backer. Two quick wickets put things in perspective for both sides but the presence of Kohli, who added some more classical drives in his scorecard was a massive thorn in England’s flesh. Rishabh Pant, who has not had a great run in the series was intelligent enough to not take the game to the opposition and rather opted to wear them down. However, when Moeen Ali found the outside edge of Kohli’s bat while the Indian skipper, the game threatened to slip out of India’s grasp. However, staying true to its nature so far, just when the game started to drift away from India and in favour of England, Shardul Thakur and Pant stitched a valiant 100-run partnership to take India beyond the comfortable level of England batsmen. ‘Lord’ Shardul blesses India, again When Moeen got the better of Kohli with a delivery that kept on going straight after pitching and asking the right-hander to lunge forward, Joe Root would have hoped he will be better against Shardul as well. Remember, he was the man who came in between India folding out below 15 runs or eventually getting to 191 in the first innings and he was eager to prove those runs were not fluke albeit it came in a pretty uncharacteristic manner compared to a typical Test innings. He was cautious to not attack Moeen mindlessly but the off-spinner’s eagerness to purchase help from the surface and subsequent flight allowed him leeway through the offside. An Inside-out shot through cover got him going and he never looked back since to take India past the 300-run mark in lead. As his eyes got in and he started feeling more and more confident, England went to their main men in James Anderson and Ollie Robinson, but Shardul had a perfect mixture of defence and aggression to thwart them. He was severe against anything pitched in his half and imposed himself with shots that would make Kohli proud. He could not go beyond the score of 60 but his onslaught has had a telling effect on the England bowling attack and captain as they were lacklustre in the field once again to wait for the batsmen to make mistakes instead of buying wickets. Indian tail wagging Before the start of the series against England, the capitulation of the Indian tailenders as they are called in general was a big issue for the tourists. Their bowlers used to struggle to wipe the oppositions’ tail while the same bowlers used to struggle with the bat and there was enough talk that suggested that the work was on to improve on that aspect of the team The work behind the scenes are appearing to be giving dividends as their efforts with the bat have emboldened India in two out of the four Tests of the series against England. On the fourth day at the Oval as well, all of the last three batsmen such as Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj batted with discipline and a positive approach. They longer appeared to be a walking wicket as was the scene a few months back and it has added another dimension to the team while the think tank does not have to worry about playing with a “long tail”. Burns, Hameed apply speed breaker to India’s ambitions When India folded with a lead of 368 runs and some 32 overs remaining to be played on the fourth day, Kohli would have backed his bowlers to take at least two, if not more wickets with him at the end. However, they could not succeed in reaching their target as both Haseeb Hameed and Rory Burns applied themselves with pure discipline and a clear mind on a pitch that is still refusing to offer assistance to bowlers irrespective of their kind. Left-arm spinner Jadeja struggled for rhythm in the initial phase of his spell but came back with his known accuracy to ask some tough questions of the Englihs openers. Indian pacers were guilty of not asking the openers to play enough with the new ball and they would be disappointed at that aspect of the game. However, with the scoreboard reading 77/0 at the stumps on the penultimate day and the pitch offering very little assistance to bowlers, England should believe in their ability to at least save the game. Looking ahead to the final day India need all of England 10 wickets on the final day while the hosts are requiring to either bat 90 overs to travel to Manchester with the series levelled at 1-1 or 291 runs to go2-1 up in the series. The Indian team management led by Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri takes pride and reiterates every now and then that the Indian bowlers are good enough to take the “pitch out of the equation” and they won’t find any better opportunities to vindicate their leadership than winning a game on this pitch at the Oval. For England, a lot will depend on the first four batsmen in the lineup. Hameed and Burns have looked not too uncomfortable, even against the left-arm spin of Jadeja while the fluency of Dawid Malan and the red-hot form of skipper Root will dictate the terms of the hosts’ tactics on the final day. Like it has been across the last four days of the Tests, the first session of the day will be quite crucial. India will be desperate to breakthrough as early as possible and if the trend of “one brings two” continues to hold true on the final day, England will be tested both mentally and technically. The pitch will play a massive role in how the teams will base their tactics and if there will be assistance for bowlers, India would be the firm favourites to win the game.


BAN vs NZ | 3rd T2OI: Ajaz Patel gives hosts taste of their own medicine to keep series alive

New Zealand batsmen have not been able to find a way around Bangladesh spinners to come at the top of the game but they also had quality spinners in their rank to stage a comeback in the five-match series. They unleashed their spin duo of Ajaz Patel and Cole McConchie to stop the hosts from getting an unassailable lead in the series. Chasing a target of 126 runs, which have been proven to be stiff to get on pitches in the country, Bangladesh were blown away at 77 runs after a decent start against the new ball. Ajaz Patel was their tormentor in chief by picking a four-wicket haul while the off-spinner McConchie provided excellent support with a three-wicket haul. The right-armer started the rough ride for the hosts and Patel made life terrible for them with the big wickets of Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah to not allow them a breathing space in the middle order. In the end, there was no one to rescue the hosts and the spin twins shared seven wickets between them to leave Bangladesh on the mat and helped the Blackcaps win the first game of the series. Earlier, the Blackcaps too did not have a great start in the first innings with the bat as Fin Allen was done in by Mustafizur, who had not had a great game in the second game of the series. Then, the partnership between Rachin Ravindra and Will Young stabilised New Zealand. However, before they could take the game away from the hosts, Mohammad Saifuddin struck twice and halted their momentum in the middle phase of the game. With half of the side back to the pavilion and a series loss in sight at the halfway stage of the game, Henry Nicholls and Tom Blundell batted with a risk-free approach to take the tourists to a respectable total. The win by New Zealand has opened up the series in a cracking way and has also asked some questions of the Bangladesh batting group, whose failures were getting brushed under the carpet with the domination of opposition batsmen by the spinners so far in the series.