Bangladesh shot out for 43 in Antigua Test as West Indies quick Kemar Roach picks up five

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Kemar Roach picked up 5-8 against Bangladesh.

West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach finished with outstanding figures of 5-8 as Bangladesh were bowled out for 43 before lunch of the Antigua Test on Wednesday.

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.

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.

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KL Rahul can't be dropped anymore and other things learned from India's win over England in first T20

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KL Rahul's incredible form keeps getting better and better.

India started their tour of England in devastating fashion with a thumping eight-wicket win over the hosts in the first T20 at Manchester on Tuesday.

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.

KL Rahul needs to be a permanent fixture in India's setup.

KL Rahul needs to be a permanent fixture in India’s setup.

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.

Morgan and his men have their task cut out against India.

Morgan and his men have their task cut out against India.

WRIST-SPIN IS INDIA’S TRUMP CARD

Before the start of the series, much of the talk centered around how England’s batsmen will have to tackle India’s wrist-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.

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.

England had no clue against Kuldeep.

England looked clueless against Kuldeep.

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Solomon Mire's stunning innings goes in vain and other takeaways as Pakistan march into T20 tri-series final

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Solomon Mire was on fire against Pakistan on Wednesday.

Pakistan booked their place in the final of the T20 tri-series with a seven-wicket win over hosts Zimbabwe at Harare on Wednesday.

The Men in Green elected to field first after skipper Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and managed to restrict Zimbabwe to 162-4 in their 20 overs. In reply, Pakistan looked to be comfortable for the most part of the chase and got home ultimately with five balls to spare.

The win means Pakistan and Australia have assured themselves of a place in Sunday’s final though the two sides still have to meet in the final round-robin clash.

Here, we take a look at the key talking points from Pakistan’s win.

MIRE FALLS AGNONISINGLY SHORT OF TON

After Zimbabwe’s two defeats prior to Wednesday’s clash, Solomon Mire had spoken about the need for his side to apply themselves better. That is exactly what the Zimbabwe opener did as he took the attack to Pakistan’s bowlers.

The right-hander was watchful but belligerent when he needed to be as he found the boundaries at regular intervals with some crisp shot-making.

The 28-year-old was on course to slam a maiden T20I ton by a Zimbabwe batsman before he was cruelly dismissed on 94 by part-timer Hussain Talat in the penultimate over.

However, his 94-run knock is the highest score by a Zimbabwe batsman in T20 Internationals, beating the previous best of 93 by skipper Hamilton Masakadza.

Solomon Mire was in breathtaking touch on Wednesday.

Solomon Mire was in breathtaking touch on Wednesday.

AMIR GETS SOLID WORKOUT ON RETURN

Pakistan pace spearhead Mohammad Amir was back in the side after sitting out of the opening two matches of the tournament. The 26-year-old replaced Usman Khan in the line-up and found his rhythm straight away with a probing first over.

While Mire gave Zimbabwe’s innings some momentum, Amir was able to keep things tight at his end. The Pakistan pacer deservedly got his name in the wicket-taking column with his final over after having the well-set Tarisai Musakanda caught at long-on.

The left-arm quick’s solid workout with figures of 1-25 on Wednesday augurs well for Pakistan before they take on Australia in the final of the tournament.

Amir was into his match rhythm straight away.

Amir was into his match rhythm straight away.

HUSSAIN TALAT FINDS FORM

While Amir’s workout was a big positive from Pakistan’s win, they had another reason to celebrate with young Hussain Talat finding some form with the bat. After using his part-time bowling to good effect by dismissing Mire, Talat finally went past the 20-run mark for the first time in five T20I innings as he set up Pakistan’s chase beautifully.

Looking to play with positive intent from the very first ball, the left-hander looked fluent as he kept the runs ticking at pace.

He led Pakistan’s chase following the departure of Fakhar Zaman and looked set for a well deserved half-century before he was dismissed by Chris Mpofu for a 35-ball 44 in the 18th over of the innings.

Talat played himself back into form with his 44-run knock.

Talat played himself back into form with his 44-run knock.

SHOAIB MALIK FINISHES THE JOB FOR PAKISTAN

When Talat fell in the 18th over, Pakistan still required 25 runs in 16 balls. However, those slim hopes were quickly dashed when Shoaib Malik strode in and immediately got to work.

The veteran Pakistan batsman started off his innings with two boundaries and a double to firmly bring the match back in Pakistan’s favour.

Malik had recently become the first player in history to complete a century of T20I appearances and he showed all his experience to steer Pakistan home along with Sarfraz. His unbeaten cameo of 12 (6) was just the catalyst the visitors needed in a tricky situation at the death.

Shoaib Malik eased Pakistan's nerves with a quick-fire cameo.

Shoaib Malik eased Pakistan’s nerves with a quick-fire cameo.

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