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9:45 pm – Jos Buttler ready to move down the order
England’s in-form batsman Jos Buttler said he is willing to bat lower in the order to help his team-mates after India spinner Kuldeep Yadav ripped through the line-up on Tuesday.
“Whether that’s me opening forever, I don’t know…I’d hope to retain the flexibility,” Buttler said
Full story here.
8:40 pm – Bangladesh shot out for 43
West Indies pacer Kemar Roach picked up five wickets for just eight runs in the Antigua Test as Bangladesh were bowled out for just 43 – their lowest in history.
Bangladesh batsmen struggled to put bat to ball on a green-top in Antigua and were bowled out inside 20 overs on Day One.
For more, click here.
8:00 pm – KL Rahul can’t be dropped
India batsman KL Rahul has all but cemented his place in the limited overs team after his brilliant century in the first T20 against England.
Rahul is the most in-form batsman in the Indian team at the moment and the management must make the most of his purple patch.
That and other things learned from India’s win in Manchester.
5:30pm – Australia close in on Pakistan in latest T20I rankings
Pakistan’s crushing nine-wicket loss to Australia in the T20 tri-series has cost them two rating points in the latest team rankings released by the ICC on Wednesday. Sarfraz Ahmed’s men still remain the top ranked team in the T20 format with 129 points although Australia have narrowed the gap to just three points with their big win.
Click here for the full story on where the top sides stand currently in T20I cricket.
3:30pm – Pakistan seal place in T20 tri-series final with win over Zimbabwe
At Harare, Pakistan have completed a seven-wicket win with five deliveries to spare. The win means Pakistan will meet Australia in the final of the tournament on Sunday while the hosts’ hopes have been vanquished. Fakhar Zaman and Hussain Talat starred in the chase of 163 with knocks of 47 and 44 respectively.
To read Sport360’s talking points from Pakistan’s win, click here.
2:30pm – Ambati Rayudu still dreaming of India comeback
Ambati Rayudu’s dreams of a recall to the India ODI side seemed to have been fulfilled after he was picked in the squad for the tour of England. However, a failure to clear the Yo-Yo test put paid to his comeback hopes with Suresh Raina replacing him in the India side.
Despite that failure, Rayudu is still hoping to make a comeback into the Indian side. Read what the Chennai Super Kings batsman had to say in the full story here.
1:30pm – Zimbabwe set Pakistan a target of 163 runs in T20 tri-series clash
Zimbabwe’s innings at the Harare Sports Club has drawn to a close with the hosts posting 162-4 on the board. Opener Solomon Mire was the hero for the hosts with a sensational knock of 94 which is the highest by by Zimbabwe batsman in the format. Pakistan will need to get 163 runs if they want to book a place in the final of the tournament.
The visitors will begin their innings shortly. Keep following the latest ball-by-ball updates from this clash here.
12:40pm – David Warner set for captaincy role
David Warner might have been barred for a lifetime from all leadership positions by Cricket Australia but that has not stopped Global T20 Canada outfit Winnipeg Hawks who are set to appoint the left-hander as their captain. Warner is set to replace Dwayne Bravo in the role after the West Indies all-rounder pulled out of the tournament.
Read more on this breaking story by clicking here.
11:30am – Pakistan bowl first in T20 tri-series clash against Zimbabwe
At Harare, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has won the toss and elected to bowl first in the T20 clash against hosts Zimbabwe. Pakistan will seal a place in the final of the tournament should they win and they have made a couple of changes to the side that tasted a nine-wicket loss to Australia. Mohammad Amir is one of the players who comes in with Usman Khan making way for the pace spearhead.
Follow the latest ball-by-ball updates from this T20 clash by clicking here.
10:30am – Pakistan look to seal place in final of the T20 tri-series
Pakistan will lock horns with hosts Zimbabwe for the second time in the T20 tri-series at Harare on Wednesday. Both sides come into the game on the back of crushing losses to Australia. While the hosts need to win at all costs to keep their hopes of making the final alive, Pakistan could seal their place in the summit clash with a victory on Wednesday.
For Pakistan team news ahead of the T20 clash, click here.
The total is the sixth lowest in the history of Test cricket. The lowest score is 26 made by New Zealand against England in the 1955 Auckland Test. South Africa have been bowled out twice for 30, once for 35 and again for 36. New Zealand, Australia and India have all be dismissed for 42 in Tests with Bangladesh’s total of 43 the sixth lowest total in Tests and 10th in the overall table.
Bangladesh were skittled for 43 before lunch on the opening day at North Sound. The score is the lowest innings in 44 years in Tests.
Lowest Test totals since 2000...— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 4, 2018
43 - by Bangladesh v WI today
45 - by New Zealand v SAf 2013
47 - by West Indies v Eng 2004
47 - by Australia v SAf 2011
49 - by Pakistan v SAf 2013#WIvBan
Roach wreaked havoc with his opening burst, removing key men Mushfiqur Rahim, Tigers captain Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah in the space of four devastating deliveries.
Only opener Liton Das provided any sort of ballast and his 25 meant he was the only one to reach double figures as Bangladesh were put out of their misery in 18.4 overs.
Miguel Cummins chipped in with three wickets before Windies captain Jason Holder took the final two scalps as the tourists were left in complete disarray.
After starting brightly with the bat, Eoin Morgan’s men were caught in a web of spin before being restricted to 159-8 in their 20 overs. In reply, India were simply too good with KL Rahul’s unbeaten ton ensuring a comfortable victory for the visitors.
Here, we look at the three things learned from India’s big win at Old Trafford.
CAN’T DROP KL RAHUL
The transformation in Rahul’s batting in the past few months has been nothing short of brilliant. The right-hander was on fire in IPL 2018 where he scored 659 runs at an average of nearly 55 and a strike-rate of over 158.
That form saw him recalled into India’s limited-overs setup but Rahul had to wait his turn after not being picked in the playing XI for the first T20 against Ireland. He was brought in for the second T20 and has not looked back since with splendid knocks of 70 and 101 not out.
His T20I average is now a staggering 55.91 after 17 matches and in this form, Rahul has to be permanent name in the teamsheet for India’s T20 and ODI clashes. Everything about his batting screams confidence at the moment and India would do well to cash in on his purple patch.
INDIA ARE NO AUSTRALIA
Former England skipper Nasser Hussain was chastening in his criticism of the hosts after their loss on Tuesday. Lambasting Morgan’s men for their sorry display, the 50-year-old said that England’s true test will be how they fare against the Indians rather than a ‘second string’ Australia side.
The Englishman might well be right with the current Indian side looking like the biggest challengers for the hosts when they stage the World Cup at home next year.
With an impressive batting line-up, bolstered by the in-form Rahul, and their array of wrist-spinners Virat Kohli‘s men will be a tough nut to crack for England despite their 6-0 dismantling of the Aussies across limited-overs formats the last month.
Whoever wins the battle should be seen as the early favourites for the World Cup next year.
WRIST-SPIN IS INDIA’S TRUMP CARD
On Tuesday, they handled Chahal fairly comfortably but were completely undone by Kuldeep’s devastating spell of 5-24. The youngster, playing against England for the first time, became the first left-arm wrist-spinner to claim five wickets in the T20I format. England batsmen had no idea how to handle his variations, especially the wrong one.
His five scalps – Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root – are as big they come in international cricket. His dismissals of Bairstow and Root in particular were outstanding with both failing to pick Kuldeep’s googly.
With his performance on Tuesday, the challenge has been thrown to England’s batsmen. How they handle of the wrist-spinners will be the defining battle of both the T20 and ODI series. Round one has gone to Kuldeep and Co but can England hit back? We will find out soon enough.