India vs Australia: Kohli returns to take charge, Rahul included in both teams as Karthik is dropped from ODIs

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the Indian squads for T20I and ODI series against Australia respectively on Friday. Skipper Virat Kohli returns after being rested for the final two ODIs and T20I series against New Zealand. Lokesh Rahul has also found a place in the respective squads after missing out on the New Zealand tour due to off-field infractions. Rahul fought his way back after a couple of good innings for India A against England Lions in the two unofficial Tests, which concluded hours…

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Guptill hits century as New Zealand outclasses Bangladesh by 8 wickets

Earlier, Trent Boult and Matt Henry cut through the Bangladesh top order, taking advantage as the ball swung and seamed early to leave the tourists 42-4, then 94-6.

Martin Guptill carried his bat for 117 as New Zealand eased to an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh on Wednesday in the first of three one-day internationals. Bangladesh was bowled out for 232 in 48.5 overs after batting first on winning the toss. New Zealand surpassed that total at 233-2 with 33 balls to spare. Guptill locked in his place in the New Zealand squad for the World Cup in England later this year with a confident, match-winning century from 116 balls which included eight boundaries and four sixes. While his…

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India Fall Just Short in Big Chase as New Zealand Clinch Series.

India lost the final Twenty20 International of the three-match series against New Zealand on Sunday (February 10) by 4 runs, ending the tour with a 1-2 series loss. Chasing 213 to win, India could only muster 208 as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. A 63-run partnership between Dinesh Karthik (33*) and Krunal Pandya (26*) almost did the job for the visitors but it wasn’t enough in the end. Needing 16 to win in the final over of the match, Karthik started with a double before playing out two…

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India vs New Zealand: Rohit Sharma on verge of creating world record in T20Is

 Rohit Sharma on verge of creating world record in T20Is

Rohit Sharma scripted history by becoming the top run-getter in T20Is with a brilliant half century earlier in the series and the India stand-in skipper has a chance to add more accolades to his name when he takes the field during the final T20I encounter against New Zealand in Hamilton on Sunday. Rohit Sharma (102) needs two sixes to surpass New Zealand’s Martin Guptill and West Indies batsman Chris Gayle (both with 103 sixes) to become the batsman with the most number of sixes in T20Is. During the ODI series against…

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Krunal, Rohit power visitors to series-levelling win in Auckland

Mahendra Singh Dhoni watched from the 22 yards distance as his heir apparent Rishabh Pant showed spunk in a tricky situation, guiding India to a comfortable seven-wicket victory against New Zealand in the second T20 International here Friday. The chase was set up by skipper Rohit Sharma (50 off 29 balls) in company of Shikhar Dhawan (30, 31 balls) with a 79-run stand after Krunal Pandya got three wickets to restrict the hosts to 158/8. With whirlwind fifty, Rohit also became the top run-getter in the format, surpassing Martin Guptill.…

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Rohit Sharma & Co slump to 80-run loss in first T20I

A below-par India slumped to their worst ever defeat in T20 Internationals as New Zealand outclassed the visitors in all departments to win the first match of the series by a comprehensive 80-run margin on Wednesday. Batting first, unheralded keeper-batsman Tim Seifert took the Indian bowling apart blasting 84 off 43 balls as New Zealand posted a commanding 219 for six. With the crack opening pair of skipper Rohit Sharma (1) and Shikhar Dhawan (29) departing within the Powerplay overs, the chase became a difficult one and India were all…

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Martin Guptill ruled out of T20I series against India

Martin Guptill ruled out of T20I series against India

WELLINGTON: Martin Guptill was Monday ruled out of the New Zealand side for the Twenty20 series against India after failing to recover from a back injury. Coach Gary Stead said Guptill failed a fitness test but he remained hopeful the big-hitting opener would recover in time for the one-day international series against Bangladesh starting next week. “Unfortunately Martin hasn’t recovered in time for this Twenty20 series which is very condensed with three games over five days,” Stead said. “It’s a shame as he’s obviously a big part of our white-ball…

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India Seizes Kiwi One Day Series 4-1, Crush New Zealand By 35 Runs.

India outclassed New Zealand by 35 runs in the fifth and final One Day International at the Westpac Stadium to clinch the five-match series 4-1 on Sunday. Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal claimed three wickets as India bundled out New Zealand for 217 in 44.1 overs. James Neesham top-scored for the hosts with 44 runs off 32 balls. Earlier, Ambati Rayudu anchored Indian innings after early blows to help the visitors post 252, after opting to bat, in Wellington. India had won the three consecutive ODIs in Napier and Mount Maunganui, while…

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‘India need not worry about quality players’ – Chief selector MSK Prasad lauds team’s bench strength

‘India need not worry about quality players’ - Chief selector MSK Prasad lauds team’s bench strength

The beauty of the current Indian team is its bench strength. While credit goes to the skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri for giving youngsters a go, chief selector MSK Prasad also deserves credit. Injuries to even senior players don’t affect the performance of the team and Prasad said that India’s domestic circuit is right up their with the best and that has helped the selectors unearth young talents on a regular basis. “I love watching as many matches as possible in domestic cricket because that’s where the future of Indian…

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India-Australia opening T20I shifted from Bangalore to Vizag due to security concerns

File image of India skipper Virat Kohli (right) and Australia T20I skipper Aaron Finch

The opening T20I between India and Australia in the upcoming five-match series will no longer be held in Bangalore. As per latest developments, Visakhapatnam will host the opening T20I on February 24 and Bangalore will host the second T20I on February 27. The move was orchestrated by the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) as the Police Commissioner in the city will be unable to guarantee the required security support because of the Aero India Show — a major international event — and the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on…

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