Deepak Chahar confirmed to replace injured Jasprit Bumrah for India's T20 series against England

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Chahar has earned a maiden India call up. Image - IPL/Twitter.

India have called up Deepak Chahar and Krunal Pandya into their squad for the Twenty20 international series against England in place of the injured Jasprit Bumrah and Washington Sundar.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also confirmed that left-arm spinner Axar Patel has been brought in as Washington’s replacement for the three-match ODI series which will be played after three T20s. The T20 series begins on Tuesday in Manchester.

On Sunday, the BCCI released a statement that Bumrah will miss the three-match T20I series after suffering a fractured left thumb against Ireland.
There had been reports late on Saturday that Chahar would replace the injured pacer after a fine IPL campaign for champions Chennai Super Kings.
The Rajasthan pacer had been a revelation with new ball for MS Dhoni’s men. The 25-year-old claimed 10 wickets in 12 matches in the IPL this year.
He has been touring England with the India ‘A’ side so far and has picked up 13 wickets in six List A games so far on the tour.
Sundar suffered his  ankle injury before the start of the T20 series against Ireland after injuring himself during a game of football before the first game.
“Sundar suffered an injury to his right ankle during Indian team’s training session at the Malahide Cricket Club, Dublin on June 26, 2018. He subsequently underwent scans and was seen by a specialist. The BCCI Medical Team will continue to monitor his progress,” said BCCI in its media release.

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Pakistan's Shoaib Malik becomes third batsman in T20I history to register 2000 runs

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Malik attained the feat in the T20I tri-series opener against Zimbabwe.

Shoaib Malik wrote himself into history books during the T20I tri-series opener between Zimbabwe and Pakistan at Harare on Sunday.

The Pakistan veteran became only the third batsman in history to register 2, 000 runs in the T20I format and the first from his country. The New Zealand duo of Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill are the only previous batsmen to have attained the feat.

Malik reached the landmark during his unbeaten cameo of 37 runs which came off just 24 deliveries in Pakistan’s victory. The batsman has been in great form in the format for some time now and he was on song once again at the Harare Sports Club on Sunday.

The right-hander struck one six and two boundaries during his 24-ball stay at the crease as he and Asif Ali provided some much needed lusty blows towards the death overs for Pakistan.

The duo collected 61 runs from the last five overs as Pakistan posted a daunting total of 182-4 after being asked to bat first by Zimbabwe skipper Hamilton Masakazda.

Malik’s 2,026 runs in T20I cricket have come from 99 matches at an average of 31.65 and a strike-rate of over 122. In his last 25 innings for Pakistan in the format, the 36-year-old has scored 771 runs at an average of over 70 and a strike-rate greater than 151.

His explosive hitting in the death overs has been a hallmark of Pakistan’s climb to the No1 ranking in the T20 format. His excellent form has coincided with Pakistan’s run of 11 victories in their last 12 matches coming into the tri-series.

Though he is ranked 30th in the latest ICC rankings for T20I batsman, it won’t be a surprise to see Malik make a huge jump when the rankings are next updated after his fine showing in the two preceding T20Is against Scotland.

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Asif Ali's late show and other takeaways from Pakistan's 74-run win over Zimbabwe in T20 tri-series opener

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Asif Ali provided some late fireworks to Pakistan's innings.

Pakistan romped to a thumping 74-run win over hosts Zimbabwe in the T20I tri-series opener at Harare on Sunday.

The visitors put on 182-4 on the board after batting first before their quality bowling attack bundled out the hosts for just 108 runs inside 18 overs.

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

FAKHAR ZAMAN ENTERTAINS WITH SECOND T20 FIFTY

After losing Mohammad Hafeez early in the innings, Pakistan failed to really get a move on in the first 10 overs with Hussain Talat and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed too falling cheaply.

Thankfully for the visitors, Fakhar Zaman was in his elements despite others around his struggling for timing. The left-handed dasher was his usual attacking self as he sought to pounce on any width on offer by the Zimbabwe bowlers. Finding boundaries with regularity, Fakhar brought up his second T20I half-century off just 33 balls.

His attacking innings of 61 (40) included three boundaries and as many sixes.

Fakhar Zaman was in his elements.

Fakhar Zaman was in his elements.

ASIF ALI AND SHOAIB MALIK PROVIDE LATE FIREWORKS

Despite Fakhar’s attacking half-century, Pakistan had failed to really up the ante on a two-paced pitch. That was until Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali provided some late fireworks in the death overs. The two-right handers muscled the ball to all parts of the ground as 61 runs came in the final five overs.

Asif in particular looked extremely fluent in his unbeaten cameo of 41 runs which came off just 21 deliveries with the help of four massive sixes. His arrival at the crease allowed Pakistan to break the shackles completely as runs started to flow at a quick rate.

The experienced Malik was not too far behind with an unbeaten 24-ball 37 which included two boundaries and a six. The veteran also became only the third batsman overall and first man from Pakistan to complete 2,000 runs in T20I cricket.

PAKISTAN BOWLERS TOO GOOD FOR HOSTS

A chase of 183 on a two-paced wicket against a formidable Pakistan bowling attack was always going to be a daunting one for the hosts. That proved to be the case with Mohammad Nawaz and Hasan Ali doing a terrific job with the new ball during the powerplay.

The former struck in the very first over of Zimbabwe’s chase by trapping Chamu Chibhabha plumb in front of the wickets. The latter then got the big scalp of the Zimbabwe skipper after being struck for a huge six. Once Nawaz removed Solomon Mire in the 10th over, the battle was very much lost for Zimbabwe.

Ali, Nawaz, Usman Khan and Hafeez chipped in with two wickets each ultimately as Zimbabwe’s batsmen struggled to cope with the quality in Pakistan’s attack.

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