Zimbabwe won the toss yesterday and took the bold decision to bat first in Perth. After a good start, the innings started collapsing and Pakistan was given a target of only 131 to win. Shaheen Shah Afridi has not been in the form since recovering from injury, after two matches he is looking for the first wicket. Babar Azam and Rizwan wanted to play a little bit, but could neither score nor survive. The match got stuck and in the end Pakistan were one run behind the target.
Earlier, thanks to the excellent performances of Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya, India beat Pakistan on the last ball. That innings of Virat will be remembered for a long time, he made almost impossible possible. By the way, it is better that Virat is now in dream form, and he has also given India a second win by hitting a second consecutive half-century against the Netherlands. Rohit Sharma’s bat has also scored runs in the second match, although Rohit’s innings was not impeccable, he also got life.
Now another win against South Africa will seal India’s semi-final berth. Ignoring the thrill of upheaval in the World Cup, then the discussion is only about Virat. His two sixes made the seemingly impossible victory against Pakistan possible. India’s opening win over Pakistan has acted as an ointment on the defeat suffered last year. Shaheen Shah Afridi, due to which India had to be out of the UAE, did not work this time. The excitement of the Indo-Pak match speaks to everyone’s head. This is the reason why Kohli’s innings in a packed Melbourne stadium with a capacity of one lakh 20 thousand spectators became memorable forever. Especially against Pakistan, Virat’s innings cannot be compared with the rest.
Kohli’s unbeaten 82 had everything one would expect from a batsman. The thrill was that Mohammad Nawaz’s last over was like do or kill for India. Runs were needed at an average of about three runs per ball. Two wickets of India also fell in this over, but in the end Team India won. Virat’s coming in tremendous form for India is a good sign, anyway, in Australia, Virat’s bat speaks jammed.
There is not much mention of young Arshdeep’s bowling due to Kohli, who broke the backbone of Pakistan’s batting by taking three wickets. Arshdeep was bowling as if he was taking revenge for the catch missed in the Asia Cup. Young Arshdeep was under no pressure even on a huge stage like the World Cup, and the performance of a young India pacer was mind-blowing. By the way, the performance so far has not allowed the lack of Bumrah and Jadeja to be felt. The fast trio of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh showed a great game.
Captain Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav also made up for the failure of the first match by scoring half-centuries against the Netherlands in Sydney yesterday. But Lokesh Rahul is disappointing again and has not been able to run in both the matches so far. India is close to reaching the semi-finals from its group. Two days later, when the Indian team will land against South Africa in Perth, the excitement will again go up. India had defeated South Africa in the T20 series only last month. Anyway, in the current situation, India’s morale is on seventh heaven.
South Africa’s team is in a bit of trouble. They had to lose one point in the first match due to rain. But by winning by a huge margin against Bangladesh yesterday, it has signaled India to be alert.
On the other hand, BCCI has announced great news for Indian women cricketers. Now like men, women cricketers will also get the same match fee. Indian women cricketers will now get Rs 15 lakh for Tests, Rs 6 lakh for ODIs and Rs 3 lakh for T20 like men. India has now become the second country after New Zealand to pay women cricketers at par with men.
Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara has also been signed by Sussex County for 2023. Pujara had scored more than a thousand runs for Sussex this year, including three double centuries. He also captained the team in the Royal London Cup of ODIs.
The franchise, which is preparing for next year’s IPL, has started preparations from now. Different teams have called many budding bowlers in the trials. In such a situation, some new faces can be seen in the next season. Meanwhile, in the five possible cities that have been selected for the IPL’s short auction in November, one name is also from Turkey’s Istanbul.
Jemima Rodriguez is yet to open her account in the ongoing Women’s Big Bash League in Australia. He has got a chance in only two matches so far, in which he batted only in one, but got out for zero. Tomorrow, when Melbourne Stars take on Melbourne Renegades, it remains to be seen whether Jemima gets a chance.
And finally domestic cricket.
Vidarbha won the Under-19 Vinoo Mankad ODI tournament for the second time. Vidarbha team led by Mohammad Faiz defeated Punjab by 32 runs in the final. A total of 19 centuries were scored in this tournament this time. Arshin Kulkarni scored the highest 399 runs, while Prateek Tiwari took 16 wickets.
After the end of the group stage of Senior Women’s T20 and Mushtaq Ali Trophy, now there will be knockout matches. In the pre-quarterfinals of Women’s T20, Madhya Pradesh will face Tamil Nadu, Bengal will face Jharkhand and Tripura will face Himachal Pradesh. Railways, Rajasthan, Vidarbha, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh have already reached the quarter finals. After the matches so far, Rajasthan captain Jessia Akhtar is on the top with 271 runs, while the only century has also come out of his bat.
In the pre-quarterfinals of Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20, Punjab will face Haryana, Vidarbha will face Chhattisgarh and Kerala will face Saurashtra on 30th. Karnataka, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Bengal and Maharashtra have already confirmed their place in the last eight. So far, Delhi’s Yash Dhul is at the forefront of batting with 324 runs and Nitish Rana 307 runs. Siddharth Kaul of Punjab is in the first place with 16 wickets in bowling.
Another BCCI competition, the Women’s Under-19 T20 Challenger Trophy, will begin in Goa from November 1. In this four teams – India A, B, C and D will play on a round robin league basis. The final will be played on November 7. These teams will be captained by Soumya Tiwari of Madhya Pradesh, Shweta Sherawat of Delhi, Nikki Prasad of Karnataka and Nazla SMC of Kerala.
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