India vs New Zealand: The Women In Blue Playing Tough Game

India women against New Zealand women may have won their ODI series by 2-1 but the tremendous loss they suffered in the previous match would be something that they would be looking to cover up with a strong play in the T20I series. Indian team was wrapped- up all for 149 and New Zealand chased the target with eight wickets and more than 20 overs to spare.

However, Mithali Raj and co. were impressive in the preceding matches, winning by nine wickets in the first and eight wickets in the second. Smriti Mandhana has been in stellar form as she scored 105 in the first match and followed that up with an unbeaten 90 in the second.

When is India vs New Zealand 1st T20I?

The 1st T20I between India and New Zealand will take place on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

Where is India vs New Zealand 1st T20I?

The 1st T20I between India and New Zealand will be played at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand.

Which channels will broadcast India vs New Zealand 1st T20I? 

The 1st T20I between India and New Zealand will be broadcast on Star Sports 1 and all its regional and HD platforms.

What time does India vs New Zealand 1st T20I begin?

India vs New Zealand 1st T20I will begin at 8:30 AM IST. The toss will take place at 8:30 AM IST.

Sunil Gavaskar Predicts Dhoni- Less Batting Order For Three-Match T20I Series

India is soon to face a three- match series against New Zealand starting on February 6 at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington. Ahead of the series, former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar when asked to predict his batting lineup up till No.7 missed MS Dhoni’s name prior to the suggestion of former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson that the veteran can be given rest in the series.

After a dismal 2018 where Dhoni recorded his worst numbers in ODIs in his 12-year-long career, he burst into the frame with three back-to-back fifties against Australia in 2019. He scored 51, 55 and 87 in the three-match series against Australia to not just earn the Man of the Series award, but also shrug off all questions regarding his World Cup spot. He followed it up with an unbeaten and a gritty 48 in the second ODI against New Zealand. He amassed a total of 242 runs in the five innings in this year recording an astronomical average of 121 which includes three fifties. However, Gavaskar, in conversation with Star Sports, missed out Dhoni’s name in a bid to give him rest before the Australia series kicks off.

Sunil Gavaskar’s batting lineup for T20I series: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya.

Mike Hesson then explained that the T20I series gives a “huge opportunity for Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik to solve those World Cup decisions. We know MS Dhoni is going to be part of World Cup.”

At the end of the discussion, Gavaskar also revealed his prediction for the three-match T20I series – 2-1.

The Men in Blue have played a total of nine T20I games against the Blackcaps winning only two matches. And India managed to win their only T20I series in New Zealand under the captaincy of Dhoni in their 2008/2009 tour recording a whitewash in the two-match contest.

India vs Australia Day 1 Updates

Thick outside edge as Virat Kohli chases a ball aimed at the 10th stump. Tim Paine with a dive as he fails to hold on to the ball. Indian skipper gets a reprieve before reaching his half-century. How costly could that prove to be to the Australians?

That was our Live coverage of the first day’s play of the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Mayank Agarwal got off to a flying start on his Test debut while Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli put 92 runs on board for the third wicket. The MCG wicket failed to provide the bowlers with the sort of help that they enjoyed in Perth, although the second new ball did give some movement late on. Virat Kohli almost fell victim of a delivery from Mitchell Starc but Tim Paine fumbled behind the stumps to give the Indian skipper a lifeline.

Some movement form Mitchell Starc as the ball goes through the gap between the bat and the pad but somehow fails to hit the stumps. The Indian skipper looked bamboozled as to how he missed the ball but is relieved to have survived. Just 5 overs remain in the game today.

Just a matter of few runs before Virat Kohli races on to another half-century. The Indian skipper truly is a ‘run machine’ who refuses to stop scoring runs, no matter where and which team he is playing against.

Short deliveries being used more often by the Australian pacers. The partnership between Kohli and Pujara is no 69 runs from 145 balls. Both batsmen have bagged 4 boundaries each so far as the challenging phase for the hosts continues.

The second new ball will be due in the next 5 overs. Pat Cummins, who has removed both the Indian batsmen so far, would look to get something out from the new ball and break this all-important partnership between Kohli and Pujara.

No help from the surface and it is affecting the players’ line and length too. While the pacers are trying various lengths to unsettle the batsmen, spinner Lyon seems to be struggling a bit when trying to hit the right mark too.

That’s a half-century for Cheteshwar Pujara, his second this series. Virat Kohli, meanwhile, survives a close LBW call off a Nathan Lyon delivery.

Rohit Sharma’s Mesmerizing Game at ODI

Rohit Sharma slammed his 21st one-day international century on Monday with a clamour to move within one century of former India captain Sourav Ganguly;s record of 22 ODI tons.

Mumbai born Rohit, playing his first international match at the iconic Brabourne Stadium, played with his trademark elegance and launched his full array of shots to reach the three-figure mark in the 33rd over of the innings.

This is the Indian limited overs vice-captain’s second century of the series and second against the West Indies. He continues to be fourth on the overall list of Indians with ODI centuries to their name. Sachin Tendulkar (49), Virat Kohli (38) and Sourav Ganguly (22) are those who are still ahead of Rohit.

This is the 9th time Rohit has gone past the century mark in one-dayers in India and his extended purple patch in the format has seen him now register his fifth century of the year.

7 State BCCI’s Association Demanded Action Against Rahul Johri

A total of seven state associations of the BCCI have written to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) seeking a stern action against #MeToo- sexual harassment accused board’s CEO Rahul Johri.

Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Gujarat, Saurashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka have written to CoA members Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji, asking for the steps taken by the Supreme Court-appointed administrators in probing allegations against Johri and his response to the CoA after being served a show-cause notice last week.

“We are writing this because we are distressed at the developments in the BCCI and because of the fact that very serious allegations of rape or those of an act as heinous if not more, have emerged against the Chief Executive Officer of the BCCI,” the state associations wrote.

“The CoA had been prompt to seek an explanation from him and had granted him a period of one week to respond. It has subsequently been reported in the media that the CEO has replied to the show cause notice issued to him. However, there has been no confirmation of the same by the CoA or the office bearers. We would like to know about the role of the office bearers in this process since we are not aware of the same.”

“The members say it is crucial that the procedure for handling an extremely sensitive matter such as this must necessarily inspire trust and confidence in the stakeholders, especially the public at large.

“However, in the instant matter, this does not appear to be so. This is largely because at the outset, it has not been made clear as to which provisions of the BCCI’s Rules and Regulations have been invoked to initiate the procedure in the given facts and circumstances. The process that is being followed in this case has also not been communicated to anyone. It is also important for us to know who all are assisting the CoA and the office bearers in this matter,” the letters add.

The state associations also contend that CoA’s handling of the allegations, which surfaced on October 13, have not been consistent with their stance on other previous issues. In March, when Mohammed Shami’s wife accused the fast bowler of domestic violence, the India cricketer’s name was instantly withheld from the list of central contract awardees in anticipation of a potential backlash. The letter also alluded to the immediate suspension of an Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association official after a sting operation divulged him taking bribes in exchange for selection to teams. He was subsequently cleared by the panel.

The state associations of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu also informed the CoA that Johri stands banned from their premises until his name is cleared by an independent panel (constituted hours after these mails).

All Rounder Keshav Jadhav Ostracized from ODI

The all-rounder wizard of Indian cricket team received the shock of life when he was confided in the fact that he has been held aloof from the ongoing ODI following his hamstring injury in the final of the Asia Cup last month.

His awestruck drill in readiness for Deodhar Trophy game at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday (October 25) morning was soothing enough to see.

However, the day turned sour for the all-rounder when he was apprised that he wasn’t part of the squad announced for the last three ODIs against West Indies. The team was announced in the afternoon when he was fielding.

Expressing surprise over his omission, he said, “I need to see why they didn’t pick me. I have cleared all tests and that’s why I played the match today. I am match fit. Unless you clear all the tests, you shouldn’t be picked for any matches and since I was fit the selectors asked me to play the Deodhar game. If I am not in the Indian team, I’ll focus on playing Ranji Trophy.”

While Jadhav was asked to join the India ‘A’ team as late as Wednesday evening, the Indian team was picked at around midnight the same day. The selectors couldn’t have picked Jadhav without testing him out in a match. Ostensibly he has played a game, he could even be drafted in for the fourth ODI.

Interestingly, the confusion should have been avoided when the selectors called up Jadhav on Wednesday. None of the three selectors present at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Thursday even spoke to him before the start of the game.

Over the last few weeks, national selectors have been battling insinuations of a lack of communication from players who have been ignored for national duty. However, chairman of selectors MSK Prasad clarified that his team had to keep in mind Jadhav’s frequent breakdowns.

This was the second time in six months that Jadhav has picked up a hamstring injury. He missed the almost the entire IPL 2018 after suffering an injury in the tournament opener. He suffered a similar injury while batting in the Asia Cup. He had cleared all his fitness tests at the NCA in Bengaluru before he was flown to Delhi for the Deodhar Trophy game.

While Prasad remained noncommittal about when Jadhav could make a comeback, he added that Jadhav remained an integral part of the plans for the World Cup. “He will come back to the team. There is no doubt about his ability. I will have a word with him and convey how we plan to manage him,” he said.

Jadhav, on his part, expressed his disappointment at getting injured frequently. “It’s very important to be honest with physios and trainers. Whatever your body tells you, you should convey it to the physios. You can’t hide things. I expect the same honesty from their side,” he claimed.

“You can’t afford to be cautious when you come back. As long as people at the NCA clear you, you shouldn’t have any doubt. Once I get a clearance from NCA, I don’t hold back.”

Lasith Malinga Back on the Ground

Thisara Perera will call the shots in a very different looking Sri Lankan side for the one-off Twenty20 International against England, to be played on Saturday, 27 October.

There are a host of changes from the squad that took part in the one-off fixture in August when South Africa were over, a low-scoring match that Sri Lanka won by three wickets at Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium.

Angelo Mathews, the captain then, is out, as are Upul Tharanga, Lahiru Kumara, Binura Fernando and Shehan Jayasuriya, though Jayasuriya has been named among the four stand-bys for the 15-member party.In their place, the players who have been drafted in are wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella, ambidextrous spinner Kamindu Mendis, and fast bowlers Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep and Lasith Malinga.

Malinga, eight wickets behind Shahid Afridi’s 98 at the top of the list of most wicket-takers in T20I cricket, hasn’t played a T20I since September 2017, and now gets a chance to add to his impressive tally.

The game will be played at the end of the five-match one-day international series between the two sides – England lead 3-0 after four games – and will be followed by three Test matches.

Squad: Thisara Perera (c), Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Kamindu Mendis, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Dishmantha Chameera, Akila Dananjaya, Kasun Rajitha, Nuwan Pradeep, Lakshan Sandakan.

Steve Waugh Admires Virat Kohli’s Technique; Says He Is The Best Batsman In The World

Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh says “big occasion player” Virat Kohli has the best batting technique among the current cricketers in the world.

Waugh said Kohli has shown all the traits of a great batsman. “He (Kohli) has got the game to survive anywhere, I think he’s got the best technique of anyone in world cricket.

Waugh also drew a comparison of Kohli with legends such as Brian Lara and Vivian Richards.

“He (Kohli) has got the game to survive anywhere, I think he’s got the best technique of anyone in world cricket,” Waugh said.

“He and AB de Villiers have got the best techniques, and AB de Villiers is not playing Test cricket so that makes him (Kohli) the stand-out player.

“And he likes the big occasion like (Brian) Lara and Tendulkar and (Viv) Richards and Javed Miandad and all the great batsmen. They want the big occasion and that brings out the best in their cricket,” he added.

Kohli has scored 5754 runs in 67 Tests at an average of 54.28. He also amassed 9779 runs in 211 ODIs at 58.2 and 2102 runs at 48.8 in 62 T20Is.

Kohli blasted 149 and 51 runs in the first and second innings against England in the opening Test to become the seventh India batsman and the first since Sachin Tendulkar (in June 2011) to top the ICC rankings for Test batsmen.

India v/s Ireland: Schedule, date, time in IST, teams and where to watch T20I series.

The Indian cricket team is all set to start a new season. They are already in England to face the number one ODI side in the world. But before that they have to face Ireland in a two-match T20 series.

Both the matches will start by 8:30pm(IST).

Here are the two squads for India v/s Ireland:

India T20I Squad: Virat Kohli(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav

Ireland T20I Squad: Gary Wilson(c), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, George Dockrell, Joshua Little, Andy McBrine, Kevin O Brien, William Porterfield, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson

India v/s Ireland: Where to watch

Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has acquired the exclusive media rights to telecast the 2018 India Tour of Ireland. The matches will be broadcast at 8:30 PM IST with English commentary on SONY SIX and SONY SIX HD and Hindi commentary on SONY TEN 3 and SONY TEN 3 HD.&nbsp.