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6:30pm – England’s confidence is fully intact, says Chris Jordan
The England bowler says they still have a lot of confidence in themselves as they look to bounce back from their defeat to India on Friday. Read more on that story here.
3.45pm – Pakistan hold on to world No1 ranking with commanding 45 run victory over Australia
Australia were never in the hunt to haul in world No1 Pakistan’s impressive total of 194 for 7 in the T20I in Harare on Thursday, with the world No2 Ozzies reaching just 149 for 7 off their 20 overs.
The only batsmen to shine for the Aussies was wicket-keeper Alex Carey with a face-saving 37 from 24 balls. Record century-maker on Tuesday, Aaron Finch, went for just 16 while fellow opener Darcy Short struggled to 28 off a glacial 34 balls.
Best with the ball for Pakistan was Shaheen Afridi who took the wickets of Finch, Short and the dangerous Glenn Maxwell for 37 off his four overs.
3.05pm – Jos Buttler’s batting position dilemma ahead of India T20 clash
England face a tough task whether to stick with Jos Buttler in the opening role or bring him down the batting order for England’s T20 clash against India on Friday. It’s a must-win game for the hosts after their loss on Tuesday and will also have to deal with keeping Kuldeep Yadav quiet. Read more with our talking points article here.
2.11pm – Australia face tough chase in Harare
Some big hitting off the last two overs, accumulating 35 runs, has helped Pakistan set a challenging target of 195 for Australia to chase in the Tri-Series today in Harare.
Top scorer for Pakistan as they amassed 194 for 7 from their 20 overs was Fakhar Zaman, who knocked up a blistering 73 off just 42 balls at the top of the innings. Asif Ali also contributed a quick fire 35 off just 18 balls at the death.
Best with the ball for Australia were Andrew Tye who took 35 for 3 from his four overs and Jhye Richardson who too 43 for 2 from his full complement.
12:32 pm – Zaman on fire in Harare
The T20 world No.1 ranking is on the line in Harare today as world No.1 Pakistan take on world No.2 Australia.
Australia won the toss and opted to bowl first, with Pakistan getting off to a blistering start to race to 70 for 1 off just 7.5 overs. Fakhar Zaman is 43 off just 25 balls while Hussain Talat is 23 from 21.
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As the hosts prepare to battle back in Cardiff and keep the series alive on Friday evening, Jordan spelled out that they remain optimistic.
Tuesday’s trouncing at Old Trafford was a reality check after England’s six-game white-ball ‘whitewash’ of a depleted Australia last month.
But asked if there is any less belief in Eoin Morgan’s squad, Jordan said: “No, I don’t think so at all.
“We’ve been on a high in white-ball cricket for a while now – and one game, one defeat, shouldn’t change our confidence whatsoever.
“You still want to be on the front foot, still want to play positive cricket.”
KL Rahul hit a century while England had no answer to the left-arm wrist-spin of Kuldeep Yadav, who took three of his five wickets in four balls – including Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root for golden ducks, both stumped off googlies.
Jordan, who also fell first ball later in the innings, added: “The better team beat us on the day.
“It was a good spell from Kuldeep Yadav, first of all, and then a very good innings from KL Rahul.
“They thoroughly deserved the win, but we’ll be looking to bounce back come tomorrow.”
There was consolation for the hosts in Manchester – where they had something to celebrate anyway within minutes of their own defeat, thanks to England’s nervy progress to the quarter-finals of the football World Cup with an unaccustomed penalty shoot-out success against Colombia.
Video footage soon emerged of the cricketers cheering in their dressing-room after the last spot-kick.
Jordan said: “It was a great atmosphere. Everyone was together.
“It was bitter-sweet really, because obviously we lost the game.
“But to see the guys out there in Russia move on to the next stage, it was a good feeling.”
Morgan’s team will be able to watch Saturday’s quarter-final against Sweden in its entirety at their leisure, from their Bristol hotel between the second and third matches of this series.
“You saw (us) celebrating,” added Jordan.
“Everyone is well into it, the whole nation is well into it – so let’s keep it going.
“It’s coming home … it is coming home!”
Dubai Mammoths had a tour to remember after winning four of their six games in the UK.
Dubai Mammoths, also known as Sindhi Club, was led by Shiva Pagarani and tested themselves against English opposition on their week-long visit.
Ranjeet Chavan, Vijendra Rana, Navin Punjabi Jawed Siddiqui, Sadiq Saboowala, Sangit Gopinath, Mukesh Patel and Deepak Odhrani were among the standout players in their games against Hinckley CC, Luton Indians CC, Wavertree CC, Liverpool Select X and Leicester Seniors.
With Dubai Mammoths playing a lot of T20 cricket in the UAE, the matches in England provided a different challenge when it came to 35 and 40 overs cricket.
“Coming from this part of the world where the short formats are very famous, in the UK, we were playing games for 35 and 40 overs,” said Pagarani.
“We faced a lot of difficulty in the first couple of overs because our mindset is T20 cricket. We lost the first match because we lost a lot of early wickets. Ahead of the second match, I briefed the team in depth to stand there for seven or eight overs because partnership is very important in these big formats. We made sure each pair gave a good partnership of around 20 to 50 runs and once we got that, that was how we started achieving the victories.”
After touring the UK for their sixth consecutive year, Dubai Mammoths plan to make the trip twice a year in May and August from 2019.
Dubai Mammoths 213 for 9 in 40 overs (Sadiq Saboowala 50, Jawed Siddiqui 50, Ranjeet Chavan 30; Intu Khan 3-25) Leicester Seniors 196 (Intu Khan 81, Deepak Odhrani 41, Phil 23; Vijendra Rana 3-18, Navin Punjabi 2-40).
Luton CC 166 (Suleiman Mohammed 32, Subhash Karawadra 32, Abdul Mohammed 24, Devang Shah 22; Vijendra Rana 3-5, Navin Punjabi 3-26) Dubai Mammoths 167 (Jawed Siddiqui 31, Sangit 29, Ranjeet Chavan 25; Lucky Singh 3-22, Mayur Odedra 3-25).
Hinckley Town 211 for 9 in 35 overs (Janak Valand 80, Sunil Raheja 46, Deepak Odhrani 31 n.o., Asad Pathan 22; Shiva Pagarani 3-30, Mukesh Patel 3-34) Dubai Mammoths 176 (Navin Punjabi 31 n.o., Ranjeet Chavan 29, Rajesh Thadani 26, Vijemdra Rana 22).
Kenton CC 176 for 6 in 25 overs (Birch 50, Manzoor 27, Rowe 25, Hallam 21; Vijendra Rana 3-30, Sujit Salian 2-28) Dubai Mammoths 108 (Sadiq Saboowala 24; Chamberlain 5-27).
Dubai Mammoths 239 for 7 in 35 overs (Ranjeet Chavan 55, Sunil Raheja 45, Navin Punjabi 36, Jawed Siddiqui 37; Tony White 2-26, Sam Edkins 2-47) Prescott & Odyssey 198 for 7 (Mathew Jackson 57, George Reader 26, Carl Oughterson 24, Deepak Odhrani 24; Rajesh Thadani 4-31).
Dubai Mammoths 199 for 9 in 31 overs (Sangit Gopinath 72, Shiva Pagarani 39, Jawed Siddiqui 24; Sam Edkins 3-29, Harry 3-26) Wavetree CC 123 all out in 22.5 overs (Mukesh 4-20, Vijendra Rana 2-3, Lucky Abbas 2-31).