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Live Cricket Score, New Zealand vs Pakistan, 1…

Catch all the live action of the first T20I between New Zealand and Pakistan in Wellington through our commentary.

Squads:

New Zealand (From): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson©, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Anaru Kitchen, Glenn Phillips(w), Tom Bruce, Mitchell Santner, Ben Wheeler, Seth Rance, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee

Pakistan (From): Fakhar Zaman, Umar Amin, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Aamer Yamin, Rumman Raees, Mohammad Amir

Watch | Virender Sehwag Speaks Exclusively to …

New Delhi: Legendary India cricketer and Kings XI Punjab team director Virender Sehwag spoke exclusively to Cricketnext ahead of the much-anticipated Indian Premier League Players’ auction, which is all set to take place on January 27, 28 in Bengaluru.

Sehwag spoke about various topics ranging from ‘who will be the highest paid player’, ‘who will be the best buy’, ‘how to use right to match card’ and on other things as well. Listen in to this exclusive chat with the ‘Sultan of Multan’.

England superstars Ben Stokes and Joe Root will be amongst the 16 marquee players up for grabs during the the IPL Players’ Auction, which is set to take place in Bengaluru on January 27 and 28. Current Indian superstars like R Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane have also opted for the highest base price in the auction.

The IPL 2018 Player Auction list sees 16 marquee players from India and overseas, headlining the big pool of 578 players, that will go under the hammer. With 18 players retained, 182 slots are up for grabs.

With INR 2 crore as the highest reserve price, 36 players, including 13 Indians, have opted for the top bracket. Marquee Players R Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Christopher Gayle, Ben Stokes, Kane Williamson, Glenn Maxwell, Joe Root, Mitchell Starc, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Shakib Hasan – each priced at INR 2 crore – will set the tone as an intense battle is set to follow.

Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Yuzvendra Chahal and Karn Sharma have also set their base price at INR 2 crore and will hope to attract high bids as the eight franchises look to build their teams for the upcoming seasons.

A total of 62 capped Indians and 298 uncapped Indian cricketers will vie for the available slots with 182 capped overseas cricketers, 34 uncapped overseas players and 2 cricketers from Associate Nations.

Sachin Tendulkar Lauds Team India for Winning …

New Delhi: Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has lauded Team India for lifting their second Blind World Cup title on Saturday. India edged Pakistan by two wickets to successfully defend their title and become only the second team to win two world cups in the history of the game.

Sachin took to social media to laud the efforts of the team and his post read: “Jahan chah wahan raah… As they rightly say, Determination will get you through everything. A big salute to our entire team. Hearty congratulations on winning the #BlindCricketWorldCup. #TeamIndia”

Pakistan posted a commanding score of 308/8 in the designated 40 overs, after India won the toss and opted to bowl first. Riding on fifty from Badar Munir and Riasat Khan’s 48, Pakistan crossed the 300-run mark in the championship clash. Pakistan skipper Nisar Ali also chipped in with a handy 47.

However, the daunting target was made to look small as India chased down the target in the penultimate over of the innings, with two wickets left in their kitty as well.

Sunil Ramesh was the star of the day for India as he slammed a superb 93 to take the ‘Men In Blue’ over the line. Ramesh led the run chase as India overhauled the target with eight balls to spare to retain the trophy that they had won in 2014 after beating the same opponents at Cape Town, South Africa.

India struggled in the final stages of their run chase as Pakistan claimed three successive wickets to gain an upper hand over their arch-rivals. However, a wide delivery rolled on to the boundary and the pendulum swung back in India’s favour.

India had earlier beaten Pakistan on January 13 in the group stage as well, while the defending champions had thumped Bangladesh by seven wickets in the semi-final.

Live Cricket Score, Australia vs England, 3rd …

Catch all the live action of the third T20I between Australia and England at SCG through our live blog.

Preview:

The Steve Smith led Australian cricket team must beat England in the third ODI in Sydney on Sunday to keep the five match series alive. Post the Ashes drubbing of the visitors, this is an unexpected situation for the Aussies. Smith is all set to unleash the trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins on the English for the next ODI for the first time since the fifth Ashes Test. Hazlewood given a rest in Melbourne before he fell ill in Brisbane, while Cummins who played the first ODI, was left out at Gabba. At the SCG, both Hazlewood and Cummins are expected to join Starc as they look to inflict some damage on the English batting, just like the recently concluded Test series. Starc who has played the first two games of the series which England leads 2-0, wants to play all the five games even though he recently had heel injury that kept him out of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

“I’m alright,” Starc said. “Still three more ODIs to go and I’m planning to be available for all three. “So we’ll see how we go and just keep managing things and play it by ear and the medical staff and the selectors will be on the same page.” From the first two games Starc has a return of six wickets but admits that his transition from red ball to the white ball hasn’t been as fast as he would have liked it. “I haven’t played too much white ball cricket for a little while with a few injuries,” said Starc. “It’s taken me a little bit longer than I would have liked with the new ball. As a senior player I’ve got to step up.” “If Hazlewood and Cummins come back on Sunday it’s important that we start well against the aggressive English line-up.”

In the 50 over format, Australia have not been in the best of form recently and have won only one of their last 10 games, but the left arm pacer believes it’s all about playing your part. “I think we’ve got the right formula, we’ve just got to get that performance together where we’ve been off with the start of our bowling innings, we haven’t put a full batting innings together, he said. “We’ve definitely got the personnel and the talent to do it, just that execution part with this group at the moment.” “We’ve got a chance to do that on Sunday and will try to come back into the series and win it 3-2.” Wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who missed yesterday’s four-wicket loss in Brisbane, had a hit today is likely to resume his place in the line-up, with Gabba debutant Alex Carey to make way.

Australia Squad: Steven Smith ©, Alex Carey (wk), David Warner, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Cameron White, Mitchell Starc, Andrew Tye, Jhye Richardson, Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa, Tim Paine

England Squad: Eoin Morgan ©, Jos Buttler (wk), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood, Tom Curran, David Willey

IPL Auction: 16 Marquee Players Up for Grabs I…

New Delhi: England superstars Ben Stokes and Joe Root will be amongst the 16 marquee players up for grabs during the the upcoming IPL Players’ Auction, which is set to take place in Bengaluru on January 27 and 28. Current Indian superstars like R Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane have also opted for the highest base price in the auction.

The IPL 2018 Player Auction list sees 16 marquee players from India and overseas, headlining the big pool of 578 players, that will go under the hammer. With 18 players retained, 182 slots are up for grabs.

With INR 2 crore as the highest reserve price, 36 players, including 13 Indians, have opted for the top bracket. Marquee Players R Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Christopher Gayle, Ben Stokes, Kane Williamson, Glenn Maxwell, Joe Root, Mitchell Starc, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Shakib Hasan – each priced at INR 2 crore – will set the tone as an intense battle is set to follow.

Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Yuzvendra Chahal and Karn Sharma have also set their base price at INR 2 crore and will hope to attract high bids as the eight franchises look to build their teams for the upcoming seasons.

A total of 62 capped Indians and 298 uncapped Indian cricketers will vie for the available slots with 182 capped overseas cricketers, 34 uncapped overseas players and 2 cricketers from Associate Nations.

“A lot of strategizing and number-crunching is involved before a cricketer is picked at the IPL Player Auction. The dynamic nature of the auction makes it unpredictable and exciting,” IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla said in a release.

“The eight franchises have given us an indication of what their core would be with their Player Retentions and IPL 2018 Player Auction will be an important step towards the creation of a successful team. The marquee list is full of star players, but I am also looking forward to the uncapped Indian players who have proved their mettle in the earlier editions of the IPL and are sure to attract high bids,” he added.

Blind Cricket World Cup: India Beat Pakistan b…

New Delhi: India created history as they beat Pakistan by two wickets to lift their second Blind Cricket World Cup title, in Sharjah on Saturday. This is India’s second championship and they join Pakistan as the only two teams to have won two Blind World Cup titles.

Pakistan posted a commanding score of 308/8 in the designated 40 overs, after India won the toss and opted to bowl first. Riding on fifty from Badar Munir and Riasat Khan’s 48, Pakistan crossed the 300-run mark in the championship clash. Pakistan skipper Nisar Ali also chipped in with a handy 47.

However, the daunting target was made to look small as India chased down the target in the penultimate over of the innings, with two wickets left in their kitty as well.

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Joe Root & Co on the Brink of History in Third…

New Delhi: After getting dismantled by the hosts in the recently-concluded Ashes series, England find themselves of the cusp of history in the five-match ODI series against Australia. The visitors have taken 2-0 lead after beating Steve Smith’s troops comprehensively in the first two matches in Brisbane and Melbourne, by four and five wickets respectively.

While Eoin Morgan is England’s skipper in the limited-overs format of the game, Test skipper Joe Root has finally come good with the bat after failing in the Ashes. Root smashed 46* in the second ODI and batted with the middle-order and tail to take the visitors home.

And if Root can manage to guide England to victory in the third ODI as well — which is scheduled to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday — the visitors will take an unassailable lead in the series. Incidentally, this will be Root’s 100th ODI and he will become only the 21st Englishman to do so.

If England do come out victorious in this match, it will be their first bilateral series victory over Australia in Australia, in a series consisting of more than one match. The visitors will create history as they have never won a bilateral ODI series — consisting of multiple matches — against Australia Down Under.

However, the visitors will have their work cut out if they want to win this clash as past record suggest that Australia hold the upper hand over their rivals at this venue. Australia have won each of the past 4 ODIs between the two nations at the SCG.

2015: AUS won by 3 wickets

2014: AUS won by 7 wickets

2011: AUS won by 2 wickets (Jan)

2011: AUS WON by 4 wickets (Feb)

Moreover, Australia have lost just one of their last eight completed bilateral ODIs at the SCG. That loss was against India in 2016, when a 123-run opening stand between Rohit & Dhawan laid the platform for a mammoth chase of 331, which Manish Pandey completed with a masterful 104*, to give India victory with 2 balls to spare.

However, England will take heart from the fact that their winning rate at the SCG is better that any other ground in Australia. In the 21 ODIs that they have played at this venue, England have won 10 matches and lost 11.

But if England are to create history Down Under, they will have to tackle the fearsome pace trio of Australia as it is being reported that Steve Smith is all set to unleash the likes of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins on the visitors for the next ODI.

At the SCG, both Hazlewood and Cummins are expected to join Starc as they look to inflict some damage on the English batting, just like the recently concluded Test series. Starc who has played the first two games of the series which England leads 2-0, wants to play all the five games even though he recently had heel injury that kept him out of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

“I’m alright. Still three more ODIs to go and I’m planning to be available for all three. So we’ll see how we go and just keep managing things and play it by ear and the medical staff and the selectors will be on the same page,” Starc was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia website.

South Africa vs India: Shardul, Saini Called i…

New Delhi: The Indian team management have decided to call in Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Thakur to help the batsmen during the net sessions, as Virat Kohli and his troops weren’t happy with the bowlers that South Africa were providing over the first two Tests.

The visitors are leaving no stones unturned to finish the series on a high after losing in Cape Town and Centurion by massive margins. Speaking to CricketNext, a source in the team management said the idea was to get a strong session in the nets going into the game and the preparation wasn’t enough against the net bowlers that the hosts were providing.

“Yes, we did send back the four bowlers we had with us when we arrived in South Africa before the first Test. But the point is that we realised that the net bowlers being provided were not really up to the mark and having someone like Saini or Thakur would be really nice. Also, Saini couldn’t come then because he was busy with the Ranji Trophy final. But having him around could be a good idea ahead of the third Test. As for Thakur, he will be anyway there in the limited-overs series so just having him jump the bus a few days in advance. The boys really want to finish the Test series on a high as they have done well in patches but failed to fire collectively,” he said.

Earlier, ahead of the first Test, Cricketnext also broke the news that Basil Thampi, Avesh Khan, Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini will be the four pacers who will assist the Indian batsmen in training in the ‘Rainbow Nation’. However, the quartet were sent back even before the first day of the Cape Town Test and now, in a bizarre turn of events, Saini and Shardul have been called up again.

The third and the final Test of the three match series will be played at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, starting January 24. The hosts have already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series and the visitors will hope to pull one back against the in-form South African line-up.

Australia Set to Unleash Pace Trio on England …

The Steve Smith led Australian cricket team must beat England in the third ODI in Sydney on Sunday to keep the five match series alive. Post the Ashes drubbing of the visitors, this is an unexpected situation for the Aussies. Smith is all set to unleash the trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins on the English for the next ODI for the first time since the fifth Ashes Test.

Hazlewood given a rest in Melbourne before he fell ill in Brisbane, while Cummins who played the first ODI, was left out at Gabba.

At the SCG, both Hazlewood and Cummins are expected to join Starc as they look to inflict some damage on the English batting, just like the recently concluded Test series.

Starc who has played the first two games of the series which England leads 2-0, wants to play all the five games even though he recently had heel injury that kept him out of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

“I’m alright,” Starc said. “Still three more ODIs to go and I’m planning to be available for all three.

“So we’ll see how we go and just keep managing things and play it by ear and the medical staff and the selectors will be on the same page.”

From the first two games Starc has a return of six wickets but admits that his transition from red ball to the white ball hasn’t been as fast as he would have liked it.

“I haven’t played too much white ball cricket for a little while with a few injuries,” said Starc. “It’s taken me a little bit longer than I would have liked with the new ball. As a senior player I’ve got to step up.”

“If Hazlewood and Cummins come back on Sunday it’s important that we start well against the aggressive English line-up.”

In the 50 over format, Australia have not been in the best of form recently and have won only one of their last 10 games, but the left arm pacer believes it’s all about playing your part.

“I think we’ve got the right formula, we’ve just got to get that performance together where we’ve been off with the start of our bowling innings, we haven’t put a full batting innings together, he said.

“We’ve definitely got the personnel and the talent to do it, just that execution part with this group at the moment.”

“We’ve got a chance to do that on Sunday and will try to come back into the series and win it 3-2.”

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who missed yesterday’s four-wicket loss in Brisbane, had a hit today is likely to resume his place in the line-up, with Gabba debutant Alex Carey to make way.

Four Former Ranji Trophy Players in USA Squad …

More than half of the cricket squad of USA are players of Indian origin, while four of them have previously played the Ranji Trophy, reported the Indian Express.

Mumbai’s Saurabh Netravalkar, Punjab’s Sunny Sohal, Hyderabad’s Ibrahim Khaleel and Gujarat’s Timil Patel are all part of the USA team of 14 that will take part in the West Indies Regional Super50 tournament beginning January 31.

After the change in rules by the ICC last year, a team can now have two players from any country in their playing eleven as long as they have been residents of the country for at least three years.

The Punjab man, Sohal, in 2007 was part of the India U-19 squad along with current Indian captain Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey and the all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. Thata apart, Sohal also won the IPL in 2009 with the Deccan Chargers, who are now defunct.

According to reports, Sohal had quit cricket after being a victim of politics in Punjab cricket after which he moved to the USA.

“One day, at a nets session with Punjab team, I couldn’t stand the politics there and decided enough is enough. I just took my bag and returned home,” said Sohal.

Saurabh Netravalkar turned out for the Mumbai Ranji team in the 2014 season, but questions around job security forced him to move to the USA, where he thought his cricket career was over. Netravalkar, a software engineer has even designed a cricket app.

“I never thought I will play cricket again but after coming to US, I got to know there was cricket in my college. There was a West Indian coach, who saw me bowl and asked whether I played decent cricket. Then he recommended me to different clubs here,” Netravalkar said.

“So what if I couldn’t play for India, atleast I will represent USA team,” Sohal said. “There is no job for a cricketer in India. Each player has to experience different kind of politics and it starts from district cricket itself. I played in IPL but still couldn’t represent Punjab. But I think god has something else planned for me.”