Bangladesh build on first-innings lead after spinners strangle Australia

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Bangladesh were 45-1 at stumps in their second innings after they bowled out Australia for 217 on day two of the opening Test in Dhaka on Monday.

Tamim Iqbal was on 30 with nightwatchman Taijul Islam (0) after Ashton Agar dismissed Soumya Sarkar for 15.

Earlier, spinners Shakib Al Hasan (5-68) and Mehedi Hasan (3-62) helped Bangladesh claim a 43-run first innings lead.

Matt Renshaw top-scored with 45 and Agar hit an unbeaten 41.

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Jasprit Bumrah's maiden five-wicket haul and the other talking points from India's win over Sri Lanka

Ashish Peter 28/08/2017
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Maiden five-wicket haul for India's Jasprit Bumrah

After finally showing some fighting spirit in the previous match at Pallekele, Sri Lanka displayed some again on Sunday in the third ODI of the five-match series at Kandy.

Once again, it wasn’t enough to make a significant dent on the in-form men of Virat Kohli as the visitors romped home to a six-wicket win to take an unassailable 3-0 lead after being set a modest target of 218 by the islanders.

Chamara Kapugedera had become the latest Sri Lankan ODI captain after regular skipper Upul Tharanga was given a two-match ban for his side’s slow over rate in Dambulla.

The stand-in skipper had the rub of the luck in the toss and chose to bat first on a Kandy pitch which offered some assistance to seamers and spinners alike.

While the crowd trouble towards the end was not a pretty sight, we take a look at the three key talking points on another frustrating day for the hosts.

Jasprit Bumrah captures his maiden five-for

Bumrah had been outstanding in Pallekele where he garnered four wickets in an impressive display of subtle variations in pace. He continued in the same vein on Sunday as he wrecked havoc in his first spell, accounting for both Sri Lankan openers.

He first had Niroshan Dickwella with a searing yorker on leg-stump which wrapped the batsman on the pads. The Indian pacer’s vociferous appeal was denied by the umpire but a confident Bumrah had no hesitation in asking Kohli to opt for the review.

His instincts turned out to be right and off went Dickwella. The 23-year-old seamer then had Kusal Mendis edging to a beautiful out-swinger as Rohit Sharma at second-slip pulled off an outstanding diving catch.

Siriwardana's stumps are shattered by Bumrah.

Siriwardana’s stumps are shattered by Bumrah.

The death-overs specialist returned in the fag-end to remove the dangerous looking Lahiru Thirimanne with a clever slower-delivery after the batsman had made a valuable 80.

The youngster then sent the stumps of Akila Dananjaya and Milinda Siriwardana flying with his deadly accuracy to claim his first ever five-wicket haul in ODI’s and becoming only the first Indian to do so in the last three years as he finished with brilliant figures of 5-27.

Akila Dananjaya bamboozles the Indians again

After the young Sri Lankan spinner’s destruction of the Indian batting-order in Pallekele, Kohli had remarked that they were a bit surprised by the variations in Danajaya’s kitty, especially the googly.

The Indian skipper had added that they would study the unknown youngster more in detail and be much better prepared for Sunday’s clash.

It turns out that the Indians still have a lot to study about the 23-year-old spinner. After losing opener Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Kohli cheaply, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma had slowly started to re-take the initiative with a solid-looking partnership.

However, Dananjaya put the brakes on the Indians as Rahul could only swat a long-hop from the spinner straight into the hands of Thirimanne at deep midwicket. While Rahul had gifted his wicket to a poor delivery, there was no doubt about the quality of Dananjaya’s dismissal of Kedar Jadhav in his very next over.

Dananjaya had Jadhav dismissed twice in as many matches.

Dananjaya had Jadhav dismissed twice in as many matches.

Jhadav was trapped on the pads trying to sweep a leg-break from the Sri Lankan to be dismissed by the same bowler twice in succession. From 2-61, all of a sudden India were reduced to 4-61, handing the initiative to the islanders.

Frustrated crowd turns ugly in farcical end

With India just eight runs away from victory, some of the Sri Lankan supporters had had enough of the team’s woeful performance in recent times and let emotions get the better of them.

Plastic bottles were thrown in abundance into the field from a couple of stands. When the situation did not resolve, the umpires stopped play and took both sets of players off the field.

It was a scene reminiscent of India’s loss to the islanders in the 1996 World Cup though it was the hosts’ turn this time to face the wrath of the angry crowd.

In the end, play was interrupted by over half an hour before the umpires bought both set of players back to the field. After the protests in front of the Sri Lankan team bus in Dambulla, the crowd disruption on Sunday will not be a happy sight for a Sri Lanka struggling with transitional issues.

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T20 Global League: Alex Hales and Fakhar Zaman among the picks in player draft

Ashish Peter 27/08/2017
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England's Alex Hales was picked up by Stellenbosch Monarchs.

The first ever player draft for South Africa’s inaugural T20 Global League got underway on Sunday in Cape Town. The T20 Global League is Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) answer to the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Big Bash T20 competitions.

Eight franchisees have been spread out across South Africa after a tedious process in which over 150 applications were received. CSA unveiled the owners which include five Indians in an event in London on 19 June.

Each franchisee had been assigned two marquee players ahead of the auction – one South African international while the other a global star.

A total of 116 players had thrown their hat into the ring for the draft held on Sunday. The marquee players had been drafted to their respective teams on Saturday while Sunday saw eight rounds of the players draft. Below are how the teams have stacked up so far after the player draft.

Benoni Zalmi

Owner: Javed Afridi

Home ground: Willowmoore Park

Coach: Graeme Smith

South African marquee player: Quinton de Kock

International marquee player: Jason Roy (England)

Squad so far: Albie Morkel, Wahab Riaz, Umar Akmal, Lungi Ndidi, David Wiese, Eddie Leie, Pite van Biljon, Leus du Plooy.

International Marquee: Jason Roy

International Marquee: Jason Roy

Bloem City Blazers

Owner: Sushil Kumar

Home ground: Mangaung Oval

Coach: Phil Simmons

South African marquee player: David Miller

International marquee player: Keiron Pollard

Squad so far: Dane Peterson, Chris Jordan, Dwayne Smith, Shaun von Burg, Aaron Phangiso, Morne Van Wyk, Beuran Hendricks, Theunis de Bruyn

International Marquee: Keiron Pollard

International Marquee: Keiron Pollard

Cape Town Knight Riders

Owner: Shahrukh Khan

Home ground: Newlands

Coach: Jacques Kallis

South African marquee player: JP Duminy

International marquee player: Chris Gayle

Squad so far: Dale Steyn, Adil Rashid, Tom Curran, Rassie van der Dussen, James Vince, Dwaine Pretorius, Jason Smith, Rudi Second

International Marquee: Chris Gayle

International Marquee: Chris Gayle

Durban Qalanders

Owner: Fawad Rana

Home ground: Kingsmead Oval

Coach: Paddy Upton

South African marquee player: Hashim Amla

International marquee player: Eoin Morgan

Squad so far: Chris Morris, Sam Billings, Mitchell McClenaghan, Bjorn Fortuin, Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Junior Dala, Qaasim Adams

International Marquee: Eoin Morgan

International Marquee: Eoin Morgan

Joburg Giants

Owner: GMR Group

Home ground: Wanderers

Coach: S Sriram

South African marquee player: Kagiso Rabada

International marquee player: Brendon McCullum

Squad so far: Colin Ingram, Vernon Philander, Andile Phehlukwayo, Chris Jonker, Temba Bavuma, Patrick Kruger, Yasir Shah, Nicholas Pooran

International Marquee: Brendon McCullum

International Marquee: Brendon McCullum

Nelson Mandela Bay Stars

Owner: Ajay Sethi

Home ground: St. George’s Park

Coach: Mark Boucher

South African marquee player: Imran Tahir

International marquee player: Kevin Pietersen

Squad so far: JJ Smuts, Aiden Markram, Anwar Ali, Heinrich Klassen, Junaid Khan, Dawid Malan,Sisanga Magala, Heino Kuhn

International Marquee: Kevin Pietersen

International Marquee: Kevin Pietersen

Pretoria Mavericks

Owner: Osman Osman

Home ground: SuperSport Park

Coach: Russell Domingo

South African marquee player: AB de Villiers

International marquee player: Dwayne Bravo

Squad so far: Morne Morkel, Farhaan Behardien, Dane Vilas, Robbie Frylinck, Keshav Maharaj, Johan Botha, Vaughn van Jaarsveld

International Marquee: Dwayne Bravo

International Marquee: Dwayne Bravo

Stellenbosch Monarchs

Owner: Cricket South Africa

Home ground: Boland Park

Coach: Stepehen Fleming

South African marquee player: Faf du Plessis

International marquee player: Lasith Malinga

Squad so far: Alex Hales, Tabaiz Shamsi, Wayne Parnell, Imad Wasim, Henry Davids, Mangaliso Moshele, Willem Mulder, Justin Ontong

International Marquee: Lasith Malinga

International Marquee: Lasith Malinga

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