UAE vs USA LIVE: USA set to play historic first-ever T20I

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UAE team. Image: Emirates Cricket Board/Twitter.

The UAE host the USA on Friday at the ICC Academy in Dubai in a match that will be the USA’s first-ever T20I.

The two-match series kick-starts the preparations for the T20 World Cup qualifiers for both teams, with the UAE and US set to play in regional qualifying tournaments later this year in a bid to reach the final qualifying tournament in the UAE that begins in October.

For the USA, former West Indies Test batsman Xavier Marshall has been recalled to his adopted country’s T20 squad after being left out for the previous three squads at the end of last year.

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India vs Australia LIVE: Dhawan smashes century as India set Australia stiff target of 359

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Shikhar Dhawan returned to form with a superb ton.

Shikhar Dhawan’s 16th ODI century led India to a stiff total of 358/9 in the fourth ODI against Australia at Mohali.

Dhawan brought up his ton off 97 balls while sharing a 193-run opening stand with Rohit Sharma, who was out for 95. Despite the disappointment of Sharma missing out on a century of his own, India will welcome the return to form of both their openers after a lean patch, with Dhawan finishing on 143 off 115.

The duo went past the partnership of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag to become the second-most prolific opening pair for India, while their 15th century stand takes them to within one of Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist for second-most 100-run partnerships by an opening pair.

KL Rahul, making a comeback to the side having last played an ODI last September, came ahead of skipper Virat Kohli, but could only manage 26 off 31 in a stop-start innings, while Kohli, batting in the unfamiliar position of 4, suffered a rare failure.

Cameos for Rishabh Pant, in for the rested MS Dhoni, and Vijay Shankar, helped India set a target of 359, though they may wonder if they could have managed a bigger score, with 400 looking on at one stage. Nonetheless, Australia face a tough task to level the series heading into the fifth match in New Delhi.

India made four changes to the XI that fell short of wrapping up the ODI series against Australia on Friday, as Kohli won the toss and elected to bat.

India, who are 2-1 up in the five-match series having lost on Friday, also reshuffled their bowling attack, bringing in leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal for left-armer Ravindra Jadeja and swapping seamer Mohammad Shami, who suffered a minor knock in the last match, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Australia were also forced into a change thanks to a hand injury for Marcus Stoinis, bringing in Ashton Turner in his stead. Stoinis’ absence weakened the pace attack, and thus off-spinner Nathan Lyon was dropped to accommodate Jason Behrendoff.

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Kane Williamson closes in on Virat Kohli for No 1 spot in Test batting rankings

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Kane Williamson is closing in on top spot in the Test batting rankings.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson could overtake Virat Kohli at the top of the ICC Test batting rankings by the end of the Kiwis’ home series against Bangladesh after his double century in the first Test.

The knock, which earned Williamson the man-of-the-match award, took the Blackcaps skipper up to 915 ranking points, within seven of Kohli – whose next Test assignment isn’t until July.

Williamson was briefly the No 1 batsman in 2015. His ranking points tally is also the highest ever by a New Zealand player, with Richard Hadlee, who once hit 909 in the bowling rankings, the only other player from the country to cross 900.

New Zealand won the first Test against Bangladesh by an innings and 35 thanks to a stunning batting performance, as they declared on 715/6 – their highest-ever Test score. Alongside Williamson’s unbeaten 200, openers Jeet Raval and Tom Latham also scored centuries and Henry Nicholls added a half-century.

Latham’s innings took him to the brink of the top 10 in the batting rankings as the 26-year-old moved up to No 11, with Raval rising to No 33.

In the bowling department, Neil Wagner could soon join Trent Boult and Tim Southee in the top 10, after his seven-wicket haul, which included a first-innings five-for, took him to 11th in the rankings.

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