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England ride on their luck to emerge as cricket’s new World champions

Photo: ICC World Cup 2019, Twitter

By A Special Correpondent in Lord’s (London)

Even the best writers of suspense thrillers would probably have hesitated to inject such unbelievable twists in the the space of two overs that enabled England to emerge as the Cricket World Cup champions at the Lord’s cricket ground on Sunday.

England, hosting the premier limited-overs event for the fifth time, finally succeeded in inscribing their name on the trophy, but the victory in the cliff-hanger came by virtue of having struck more boundaries. That too, with twists of fate that seemed terribly harsh on the New Zealanders.

Four overthrows in the final – when the ball deflected off diving batsman Ben Stokes –kept England in the hunt during their 50-over innings that ended with the scores level and the last batsman being run out on the very last delivery.

This set up a Super Over, was to both teams made 15 runs each, but England was adjudged winners on basis of having struck more boundaries in the regulation 50 overs.

Batting first after winning the toss on a green track under heavy weather conditions, New Zealand posted a modest 241 for the loss of eight wickets. The Black Caps would have rued the fact that they could not score much during the last few overs, where a single run, in the end, made the vital difference.

Chasing a victory target of 242, England recovered from a top-order slump through a 110-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Stokes (84 not out) and Jos Buttler (59). Eventually, England needed 14 runs from the last four deliveries.

Top scorer Stokes, who was later adjudged the final’s Man-of-the-Match, swung the third ball of the last over from Trent Boult for a six over mid-wicket. Now, the target was eight runs from three balls.

The on-side shot by Stokes off the next delivery went to mid-wicket, from where a flash throw was sent toward the wicketkeeper. The ball got slightly deflected off the diving Stokes and the change of direction sent it to the fence. It counted for five runs. New Zealand could have been excused for feeling crest-fallen as England now just needed three runs from the last two balls.

This is where New Zealand’s team showed its mettle and fighting spirit. Playing with composure, the New Zealand fielders twice thwarted England’s efforts for a second run, leading to two batsmen being run out and just one run conceded from each delivery. England, all out for 241, now had to go out to bat again in the Super Over.

Stokes and Butler managed to score 15 runs off six deliveries from Boult, including two hits to the fence.

In reply, New Zealand’s James Neesham made 13 runs off five balls. Add one from a wide ball and Martin Guptill was left to score two runs off the last delivery. A couple of runs proved elusive. Going back for the second run, his desperate dive could not beat the accurate throw from the on-side and Guptill was run out for one.

New Zealand had fallen one short of the winning target and merely leveled the score with England – who had the comfort of hitting more boundaries.

The tournament rules gave England the World Cup, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was surely not satisfied with the reward of the most outstanding player of the tournament – and the Black Caps were surely applauded as the most sporting team, but will go home without the World Cup.

England became the sixth country to win the World Cup on their fourth appearance in the final. The earlier winners were Australia (five-time champions), the West Indies and India (twice each), Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

In the final analysis, it was the four overthrows coming off the deflection from a diving Stokes on the third-last delivery of the match that brought England back into the hunt and denied New Zealand.

Cricket awaits a new World champion

Photo: ICC World Cup 2019.

By A Special Correspondent in London

A new World Cup champion team will be crowned at the Lord’s cricket ground in London on Sunday evening. The two finalists – hosts England and New Zealand – have both appeared in the title encounters in the past, but had to be satisfied with the tag of being second-best against the dominant rivals.

This will be the second successive appearance in the title showdown for New Zealand, who were humbled by hosts Australia in the 2015 final at Melbourne, while England has made their fourth entry into the final.

Hosts England tipped to be the fancied side owning to their dominant show in the past three matches – including the decimation of defending champions Australia – are playing the 50-over World Cup’s final after a gap of 27 years.

England last played in the final in 1992 when Australia and New Zealand played joint hosts for the World Cup but fell in the last hurdle against Pakistan.

England’s thumping entry into the final – after being on the verge of elimination following the loss to Pakistan and Sri Lanka – has sparked a cricket frenzy in the host nation. With the two fancied teams in Australia and India faltering in the semi-finals, the hosts fancy their chances of prevailing against New Zealand, whom they outplayed by 119 runs in their preliminary league encounter just 10 days ago.

But England should ignore the threat posed by New Zealand only at their peril.

The manner in which New Zealand defended a modest score against India in the semi-finals underscores their determination to be counted. The news media and TV commentators were going gung-ho about the prospects of the other three teams ahead of the semi-finals, a polite comment by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson almost went unnoticed.

“We have as much chance of winning as the other teams (in the semi-finals),” said Williamson, which ought to have been taken seriously by the Indian team management. The Indian batsmen soon realized the relevance of this defiant comment from a side that was not being given many chances until the game commenced.

The reunion of the opening pair of Jason Rao and Johny Biarstove has brought about the transformation for England. Can the tidy New Zealand bowling stop England’s run-flowing machine?

ICC World Cup – South Asia’s Mid-term Report

Indian team touches down in the UK. Photo: @iamVKohli

By A Special Correspondent in London

Pakistan’s captain Sarfraz Ahmed could never have imagined that one televised yawn during the Cricket World Cup game against India would become such a big issue back home. With memes trending on Twitter, he became the subject of banter and ridicule in equal measure. The Pakistan captain had to endure the agony, even wondering if he had committed sin and if his entire international cricket career would be judged on basis on that split second image beamed during the live telecast of the crux sub-continental contest.

Come the next outing against South Africa and Pakistan’s victory has not just changed the mood of the team’s cricket fans. Sarfraz hopes it also takes the spotlight away from him.

A promising victory over fancied hosts England notwithstanding, Pakistan were staring at elimination from the semi-final race after losses against twice champions West Indies and India, but it was the huge loss to sub-continental rivals India that had elicited terse comments from the Pakistani fans.

Pakistan seemed down and on way to elimination from semi-final contention before a 49-run victory over South Africa – riding on Haris Sohail’s blazing knock of 89 from 69 deliveries – turned the tide.

Pakistan is now sensing a chance of making the semi-finals if they win all their remaining three matches – against New Zealand, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh.

India continues to be among the three top contenders, a semi-final window for three other Asian teams was opened by Sri Lanka’s shock win over England. Hosts England was among the pre-tournament favorites, but now need to raise their game a great deal to stay in contention. England will have to raise their game a notch or two against five-time champions Australia and twice winners India in their upcoming outings.

Besides Pakistan, other Asian teams Sri Lanka and Bangladesh too are sensing a chance of making it to the semi-finals – which underscores the sub-continent’s status in international cricket.

Sri Lanka has forthcoming outings against South Africa, the West Indies, and India. After the victory over Bangladesh on Monday, Bangladesh needs to produce outstanding performances against India and Pakistan to aspire for their first World Cup semi-final appearance.

Undefeated India cannot afford to be complacent as they will come up against the West Indies – who have sparkled to disappoint in some of their key outings – followed by the encounter against England. India’s last two outings are scheduled against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, but Virat Kohli’s team is expected to seal their semi-final slot before these fixtures come up.

Hopefully, they would benefit from the wake-up call that India got in the close win over bottom-placed Afghanistan.

With Afghanistan having pushed India close in their contest at Southampton on Saturday, all Asian teams have had their moments to cherish.

Photos courtesy: @iamVKohli

There are valuable lessons to take into next match against Pakistan: Aaron Finch (Hear audio report)

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 9 June: Australian has lost their first match of the World Cup after going down to India by 36 runs at The Oval.

A century to Shikhar Dhawan (117) and 82 to Virat Kohli helped India to 5/352 off their fifty overs, a total which proved enough to hold off Australia.

Steve Smith (69), David Warner (56) and Alex Carey (55 not-out) did their best to chase down the total but three wickets each to Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah ended Australia’s innings on 316. Full Scorecard:


Speaking after the match Captain, Aaron Finch, said there are valuable lessons to take into Australia’s next match against Pakistan.


Australia play Pakistan at the County Ground Taunton on Wednesday.

#CmonAussie #CWC19

Australian Men’s World Cup Squad:
Aaron Finch (c) (Victoria)
Usman Khawaja (Queensland)
David Warner (New South Wales)
Steve Smith (New South Wales)
Shaun Marsh (Western Australia)
Glenn Maxwell (Victoria)
Marcus Stoinis (Western Australia)
Alex Carey (vc) (South Australia)
Pat Cummins (vc) (New South Wales)
Mitchell Starc (New South Wales)
Kane Richardson (South Australia)
Nathan Coulter-Nile (Western Australia)
Jason Behrendorff (Western Australia)
Nathan Lyon (New South Wales)
Adam Zampa (South Australia)

Australia’s World Cup Fixture:
Match 1 – June 1
Afghanistan v Australia
Bristol Country Ground, Bristol
1:30pm (Local Time)

Match 2 – June 6
Australia v West Indies
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
10:30am (Local Time)

Match 3 – June 9
India v Australia
The Oval, London
10:30am (Local Time)

Match 4 – June 12
Australia v Pakistan
County Ground Taunton, Taunton
10:30am (Local Time)

Match 5 – June 15
Sri Lanka v Australia
The Oval, London
10:30am (Local Time)

Match 6 – June 20
Australia v Bangladesh
Trent Bridge, Nottingham
10:30am (Local Time)

Match 7 – June 25
England v Australia
Lord’s, London
10:30am (Local Time)

Match 8 – June 29
New Zealand v Australia
Lord’s, London
1:30pm (Local Time)

Match 9 – July 6
Australia v South Africa
Old Trafford, Manchester
1:30pm (Local Time)

Semi Finals – July 9 and 11

World Cup Final – July 14

Photo: Cricket Australia

Anil Kumble enters ICC Hall of Fame

Anil Kumble, the former India captain and one of the most versatile wrist-spinners to ever play the game, and Betty Wilson, one of the greatest women’s cricketers of all-time, were inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 match between India and South Africa at the MCG on 22 February.

Kumble, with 619 Test wickets, is the third highest wicket-taker in Test cricket after Muttiah Muralidaran (800) and Shane Warne (708), while his 337 wickets in ODIs ranks him in ninth position on the all-time list of most successful bowlers in that format. Kumble captained India in 14 Tests between 2007 and 2008, winning three and losing five.

In the 138-year history of Test cricket during which 2,156 Tests have been played to date, Kumble is one of only two bowlers after England’s Jim Laker to have taken all 10 wickets in an innings. He achieved this feat against traditional rival Pakistan in New Delhi in February 1999.

Kumble made his Test debut in 1990 in Manchester and his final appearance was in New Delhi in October-November 2008. During his career, Kumble played 132 Tests and 271 One-Day Internationals. Apart from his 619 Test and 337 ODI wickets, Kumble also scored 2,506 runs in Tests and 938 runs in ODIs.


Betty Wilson, a former Australia batter, played 11 Tests between 1947 and 1958 in which she scored 862 runs at average of 57.4 and took 68 wickets at 11.8 per wicket.

On her debut against New Zealand at the age of 26 in 1948, she scored 90 and took four for 37 and six for 28. In her second Test, she scored 111 against England, becoming the first Australia woman to score a Test century against England, and took nine more wickets. Against England in 1957-58, she became the first cricketer, male or female, to score a century and take 10 wickets in a Test.

Wilson passed away on 22 January 2010, aged 88.

Kumble and Wilson were formally inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame during the innings break in the India versus South Africa match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday 22 February. ICC Director and Chairman of Cricket Australia, Mr Wally Edwards, presented Kumble with his commemorative cap, while Wilson’s commemorative cap was received by her nephew, Ken Wilson, from ICC Chief Executive David Richardson.

Beforehand on Saturday, 21 February at 1100 at the Yarra Room, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Kumble attended a media conference and will take questions about his career.

Reacting to the news about his induction into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, a modest Kumble said: “It’s an honour to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Indeed, it will be a great moment of pride to receive it during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. I deem it as a great privilege to join the list of great cricketing luminaries.”

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson congratulated Kumble on his induction. “Anil was an outstanding international cricketer, a very well-respected opponent, a great statesman for his country and a role model for millions of aspiring cricketers. He played hard but within the spirit of the game. His performance and record speak volumes for his tenacity, commitment, endurance and service to the game.”

Mr Richardson said of Betty Wilson: “History shows that Betty was an inspiring cricketer, one of the pioneers of women’s cricket and immensely respected because she always put cricket first. Had her debut not been delayed by World War II, I am sure she would have scored lot more runs and taken many more wickets.”

Kumble, who is now the Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee, is the fourth India cricketer to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame after fellow former captains Bishen Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar were inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009.

Overall, Kumble and Wilson are the 77th and 78th inductees while two more former icons of the game will be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, details of which will be announced in due course.

The process for the selection of players into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame started last year when the ICC Chairman invited all the living ICC Cricket Hall of Famers to send their nominations. The ICC Nominations Committee reduced the long-list to 10 men’s and three women’s cricketers. The short-list was then sent to the Voting Academy, which included representatives of all the 10 Full Members, media representatives from all the 10 Full Members, Associate & Affiliate Member, women’s cricket and FICA representatives as well as living ICC Hall of Famers. The ICC collated the nominations and forwarded the ballot papers to the auditors who provided the final results.

*ICC Cricket Hall of Fame – initial inductees (55)

Sydney Barnes, Bishan Bedi, Alec Bedser, Richie Benaud, Allan Border, Ian Botham, Geoffrey Boycott, Donald Bradman, Greg Chappell, Ian Chappell, Denis Compton, Colin Cowdrey, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Lance Gibbs, Graham Gooch, David Gower, WG Grace, Tom Graveney, Gordon Greenidge, Richard Hadlee, Walter Hammond, Neil Harvey, George Headley, Jack Hobbs, Michael Holding, Leonard Hutton, Rohan Kanhai, Imran Khan, Alan Knott, Jim Laker, Harold Larwood, Dennis Lillee, Ray Lindwall, Clive Lloyd, Hanif Mohammad, Rodney Marsh, Malcolm Marshall, Peter May, Javed Miandad, Keith Miller, Bill O’Reilly, Graeme Pollock, Wilfred Rhodes, Barry Richards, Vivian Richards, Andy Roberts, Garfield Sobers, Brian Statham, Fred Trueman, Derek Underwood, Clyde Walcott, Everton Weekes, Frank Woolley, Frank Worrell

2009-10 Inductees
Herbert Sutcliffe, Steve Waugh, Wasim Akram, Victor Trumper and Clarrie Grimmett

2010-11 Inductees
Rachael Heyhoe-Flint, Ken Barrington, Courtney Walsh and Joel Garner

2011-12 Inductees
Belinda Clark, Frederick Spofforth, Curtly Ambrose and Alan Davidson

2012-13 Inductees
Enid Bakewell, Brian Lara, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne

2013-14 Inductees
Adam Gilchrist, Debbie Hockley, Bob Simpson and Waqar Younis

2014-15 Inductees
Anil Kumble and Betty Wilson. Two more to be announced in due course

-ICC Media Zone