First ODI between West Indies and India called off due to rain

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The first ODI was washed off due to rain.

The first ODI between West Indies and India at Guyana on Thursday was ultimately called off without a result after a spate of rain interruptions throughout the day.

India had handed a start to young Shreyas Iyer in the middle-order while veteran Chris Gayle returned to the fold for Windies as the two teams began the three-match ODI series.

Windies managed to reach 54-1 in 13 overs amidst several rain delays after being made to bat first by India skipper Virat Kohli. Gayle was the sole batsman to be dismissed before officials ultimately called off the match with Kuldeep Yadav picking up the Jamaican’s wicket.

The two teams had recently met in a T201 series where India managed to blank the hosts by 3-0. The second ODI between the two sides is slated to take place at Port of Spain on Sunday.

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Ashfaq Ahmed helps UAE complete 4-0 T20 series clean sweep over Netherlands

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UAE team. Image: Netherlands Cricket.

An all-round showing from Ashfaq Ahmed helped the UAE crush Netherlands by seven wickets in the fourth and final T20I between the two sides at The Hague.

Ashfaq Ahmed’s 75-run knock helped the visitors chase down a target of 151 with two balls to spare and in effect inflict a 4-0 whitewash over the Netherlands.

Netherlands skipper Pieter Seelar won the toss and elected to bat first but his men were restricted to 150-6 in their 20 overs after some disciplined bowling by the UAE.

Sultan Ahmed was the pick of the UAE bowlers with the left-arm spinner picking up the wickets of Max O’Dowd and Scott Edwards during his four-over spell. Ashfaq Ahmed was excellent with the ball as well with his off-spin fetching the wicket of the dangerous Stephan Myburgh.

Qadeer Ali leaked 50 runs in his four overs but none of the Netherlands batsmen were able to convert their starts under some tight bowling by the remaining UAE bowlers.

In reply, UAE lost opener Zawar Farid early but Ashfaq Ahmed and Ghulam Shabber took control of the run chase in brilliant style to scrip a comprehensive win for the visitors in the end.

The duo put on a 110-run stand for the second wicket which effectively sealed the game before Ashfaq’s 53-ball stay at the crease was ended by Vivian Kingma. It was the second fifty in a row for the opening batsman who had scored 56 in the previous T20I.

Muhammad Usman was dismissed cheaply shortly after but wicketkeeper batsman Ghulam Shabber remained unbeaten with a fine 57 to guide the side home in the final over.

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South Africa great Hashim Amla announces retirement from international cricket

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Hashim Amla has called time on his South Africa career.

Veteran South Africa opener Hashim Amla has announced his retirement from all formats of international cricket at the age of 36.

The opening batsman will continue to be available for domestic selection and South Africa’s Mzansi Super League.

“Firstly, all glory and thanks to the Almighty for granting me this Proteas journey which has been nothing but a joy and privilege. I learnt many lessons during this incredible ride, made many friends and most importantly shared in the love of a brotherhood called Proteafire,” Amla said in a statement.

“I would like to thank my parents for their prayers, love and support, it is their shadow over me that enabled me to play for years under the Protea sun. Also, My family, friends and agent, my team mates and every member of the support staff throughout this incredible journey. A heartfelt thank you to every one of you!

“The fans for energising me when times were tough, and for celebrating with me when we succeeded together. Siyabonga South Africa! And, of course, a very special thanks to the President and the Board at Cricket South Africa – not forgetting the Chief Executive, Thabang Moroe, and his administrative team.”

The right-handed batsman retires after a nearly 15-year international career in which he went on to make 124 Test, 181 ODI and 44 T20I appearances for the Proteas.

With 8,133 ODI runs to his name, Amla finishes his career as South Africa’s third highest run-scorer in the format and is only behind Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers.

In Test cricket, he is only behind Kallis when it comes to Proteas batsmen with 9,282 runs to his name scored with the help of 28 tons. He is also the only South African triple centurion in the format and it came in the form of an unbeaten 311 against England at the Oval in 2012.

He also managed to establish himself as the No1 Test batsman in the world for a period in 2013.

Amla’s retirement comes just on the heels of veteran South Africa pacer Dale Steyn calling time on his Test career.

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