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Yadav spins India to superb opening-day triumph over world champions Australia

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By SAT Sports News Desk/ICC Media

SYDNEY, 21 February: Poonam Yadav’s leg-spinning masterclass saw India complete an unlikely turnaround to open the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 in style with a pulsating victory over Australia.

India captain Harmanpreet Kaur said, “We believed in our team, we have very good spinners who can always turn the game for us.
“We were discussing between innings, sometimes when a team gets partnerships you can get one wicket and turn the game for you.
“Poonam did a great job for us, credit goes to our bowlers – they trusted themselves and won the game for us.
“Poonam is a very good T20 bowler, she always bowls for the team and it’s not easy to play, she is a little slower in the air. When you have to hit her, you have to show patience and very good skill.
“We used her when we needed a wicket and she did a great job.”

The defending champions looked to be cruising in their chase of 133 but four wickets for six runs from Yadav saw the game flip on its head at the Sydney Showground.
Alyssa Healy had returned to form with a timely 51 but her teammates struggled around her, Ashleigh Gardner (34) the only other batter into double figures.
Shafali Verma’s opening burst had set India on their way with the bat while Deepti Sharma’s career-best 49 not out steered them to 132 for four, a total that eventually proved defendable.
Healy failed to reach double figures in her previous six innings but started positively at the Showground, a plethora of boundaries lighting up her innings.
The openers put 32 on for the first wicket but Beth Mooney fell for six at the end of the Powerplay, caught at backward point off Shikha Pandey (three for 14), while captain Meg Lanning was caught behind off Rajeshwari Gayakwad.
A full toss thumped over deep midwicket took Healy to 50 but the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2018 top-scorer fell next ball when offering a return catch for Yadav’s first wicket.
The spinner has the most wickets for India in women’s T20Is and showed exactly why in her next over, deceiving Rachael Haynes with a googly to be stumped by Tanya Bhatia.
Ellyse Perry was bowled without scoring – nine years since her previous first-ball dismissal – and Yadav was inches from a hat-trick when Bhatia dropped an edge from Jess Jonassen.
But she wasn’t to be denied her fourth scalp with Jonassen getting a fine edge when attempting to sweep, Bhatia atoning for her error with the catch.
Gardner struck a superb six down the ground off Gayakwad to keep Australia fighting but partner Annabel Sutherland was the seventh wicket to fall when Pandey had her stumped, brilliant work from Bhatia completing the job.
Delissa Kimmince was then run out while Gardner and Megan Schutt fell in the last over, Australia all out for 115 to lose by 17 runs.
Sharma’s unbeaten 49 earlier helped India battle their way to 132 after their star batters fell within the first seven overs.
Verma started in outstanding fashion with 29 from just 15 balls, with four boundaries in one Schutt over the highlight of a stunning opening to the tournament.

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A magnificent loft over mid-on for six saw Molly Strano – drafted into the XV at the expense of injured Tayla Vlaeminck – under pressure as India raced to 40 without loss in four overs.
Smriti Mandhana’s supporting role ended when trapped lbw by Jonassen (two for 24) and from there Australia forced their way back into the match.
Verma miscued a pull to mid-on off Perry while Harmanpreet Kaur was out in the next over, stumped off Jonassen after the ball ricocheted off ealy’s knee.
India needed to rebuild thereon with Sharma and Jemimah Rodrigues (26) tasked with taking the innings deep, though Australia ensured the boundaries dried up.
Indeed there were just three in the last 16 overs of the innings though Sharma and Rodrigues kept the scoreboard ticking the singles, while the former swept herself into the 40s with boundaries off Jonassen.
Rodrigues eventually fell lbw to Kimmince while Schutt finished wicketless for the first time in 24 T20I innings, a record dating back to October 2018.
It seemed at halfway that the lack of boundaries would prove key but India had other ideas, reducing the hosts from 67 for two to 115 all out to complete a remarkable start to the Women’s T20 World Cup.
Australia batter Alyssa Healy said, “We didn’t chase as smart as we have in the past. Full credit to Poonam, she bowled quite cleverly tonight.
“We prepare really well, she bowled that first over as a regulation leg-spinner and then slowed it up, so we probably didn’t adapt to that well enough.
“We just didn’t play her very well and lost our way in the middle. You’re not going to chase down a total too many times if only two batters get out of double figures.
“We couldn’t build a partnership, and that’s probably where we fell away.
“Most of the wickets that fell were batters playing across the line, so we’ll have a look at that and adapt to conditions a bit better.”

Scores in brief

India beat Australia by 17 runs, Sydney Showground
India 132-4, 20 overs (Deepti Sharma 49 not out, Shafali Verma 29; Jess Jonassen 2-24)
Australia 115 all out, 19.5 overs (Alyssa Healy 51; Poonam Yadav 4-19, Shikha Pandey 3-14)

Source: ICC Media Zone

India’s Shikha Pandey insists India go for the jugular to extend Healy’s slump

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India’s Shikha Pandey wants her side to bowl aggressive lengths to Australia’s ailing top-order and hunt early wickets in their ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 opener.

The 30-year-old has been India’s go-to seamer since the 2018 Women’s T20 World Cup and often the only frontline pace option, with Harmanpreet Kaur regularly using spin for 13 or 14 overs.

Pandey revealed India’s strategy will be to bowl wicket-taking lengths in the powerplay as the only way of stopping the flow of runs in the early stages.

“As an opening bowler, I’m obviously thinking about the early breakthroughs and that doesn’t change,” said Pandey, India’s fifth-highest T20I wicket-taker.

“In the first six, we are trying to take wickets and then it’s about containing the batters before coming back and bowling the best you can in the death overs.

“I would say 150 is now a par score in a T20 game, so the first six overs batters actually get a lot of freedom and try to hit as many runs as possible.

“You just have to stay in the moment and change your lengths according to the wicket and the conditions.”

Pandey’s new-ball partner is invariably a slow bowler, typically leg-spinner Poonam Yadav or off-spinning all-rounder Deepti Sharma.

Whichever Indian takes the new ball in Friday’s opener at Sydney Showground, they’ll hope to extend Alyssa Healy’s run of single-digit scores in her last six T20 matches across tri-series and warm-ups.

But Australia keeps on coming, as South Africa found out on Tuesday when dismissing Healy, Beth Mooney, Ashleigh Gardner and Ellyse Perry in the powerplay wasn’t enough to defend 147.

Pandey, who made her T20I debut in 2014, went wicketless in the final three matches of the tri-series against Australia and India before taking one for 18 and striking an unbeaten 24 in warm-up victory over West Indies.

The Goa native admits she’s had to adjust her stock length to Australia conditions but won’t be afraid to mix it up, including with the use of slower deliveries.

“In the tri-series, I was not getting the kind of in-swing that I ideally want,” she said.

“I actually had to change my lengths, I was trying to bowl the hard length and in-between mixing it up because if you aren’t going to be bowling to your strengths sometimes it becomes easier to hit.

“We also try to get slower balls going and to do that you have to get into a rhythm first. No-one comes and bowls a slower ball first up, so it’s when you’ve got going that you try those changeups.

“Our fast-bowling coach for the tri-series helped us a lot in terms of assessing the batters’ mindset and it’s about a combination of everything. I’d say mixing it up is the mantra right now.”

Source: ICC Media Zone

Kohli sheds limelight as Indian fans cheer success

By SAT Sports Desk

Sydney:  As India continued its march towards a series win over Australia on day 3 of the SCG test between India and Australia, the Indian supporters celebrated the heroes of the Indian team in the test. The latest chant from the Bharat Army was “Anhone ko hone karde, hone ko anhone, Jaddu-uu, Kulde-eep, Vi-haaa-riii” (Jadeja, Kuldeep, Vihari made the impossible possible). Jadeja and Kuldeep are considered India’s spinning weapons on the traditional SCG pitch which normally takes the spin on or after day 3 of the test match. Their bowling will be crucial for India to win this game as they have to take 20 wickets on a flat pitch not offering the seamer much. 

Middle-order batsman, Vihari made an important 42 runs in the first innings of this test batting at number 6 before being given out on review. At the MCG test, he soaked up valuable time as the makeshift opener to take the shine of the new ball. Other important contributions have come from Pujara with 3 centuries as the leading run scorer for India and Rishabh Pant with his 155 not out in the SCG test.

He has also made valuable 30 odd scores throughout the test series, to become India’s second highest scorer after Pujara and also has shown incredible energy behind the stumps in his wicketkeeper role. He had a verbal duel with Australian skipper at the MCG test, in which Tim Paine famously invited him to babysit his kids and later Paine’s wife posted a photo of Pant with their kids on Twitter and comments – “Best Babysitter”.

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India’s captain Virat Kohli has had a quiet series comparatively, with the highlight being his century in the Perth test which was a losing cause for India. Not that he would be complaining! His teammates have performed and have India on the verge of a historic test series win in Australia. The media has been fascinated with Kohli and the way he has captained the Indian team. There were also high expectations from his batting given he made 4 centuries on India’s last tour to Australia.

The Aussie team may have planned to keep Kohli quiet as a tactic to keep the Indian team on the back foot, reminiscent of the days when Tendulkar was playing in the team and taking his wicket early assured an Indian loss more often than not. Kohli’s team has proven itself to be much more resilient and balanced. Virat himself has grown as a captain through the course of the series to be calmer and less emotional on the ground than at the start.

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Also seen in the stands of SCG was Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary, the Indian cricket teams unofficial mascot. He is present at most of the games India plays and has the Indian flag with the words “Miss you Tendulkar” painted on his upper body. He was a crowd favorite and at one point,  a queue formed with fans looking to take selfies with him. He obliged and did not refuse anyone.

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India on track for first series victory on Aussie soil

By SAT Sports Desk

Sydney: India is in the box seat after day 2 of the final test of the 4 match series at the SCG thanks to a classy 193 by Pujara and an impactful 159* by the 21 year old Indian keeper, Rishabh Pant. Ravindra Jadeja also contributed with a timely 81 missing out on a century, his dismissal leading to India declaring their 1st Innings at 622/7 and sending in Australia to bat for testing 10 overs before the close of play. The Australian bowlers had no answer to Pujara’s patience and were eventually broken down by the 204 run partnership by Pant & Jadeja. Nathan Lyon was the leading wicket taker with 4 wickets on a day where Australia even bowled batsmen Khawaja and Head to break the final partnership.   missu_tend   The key difference  between the Indian first innings at the last test at the MCG and this test, has been the higher run rate of the, 3.71 which lead India to cross 600. This compared to a run rate of 2.61 in Melbourne. It has been a good toss to win for India in both the games and the batsman have exposed Australia’s fast bowling after long days in the field with the mercury 30 degrees and above. Shane Warne on fox cricket has been critical of the bowling with the harshest comments reserved for Mitchelle Starc and his performance. Australian captain Tim Paine in the post match confirmed Starc has “just been low on confidence”.

The only blemish by India on day 2 was a dropped catch by keeper Rishabh Pant with Khawaja on 0, who came out to bat in the opening slot in this test. With the pitch conjunctive to batting and a hot day predicted on Day 3 in Sydney, Australia will be looking to keep India on the field as long as possible and put up a positive batting display. They will have to tackle India’s two spinners, Jadeja & Kuldeep Yadav who will likely do majority of the bowling with fast bowlers Shami and Bumrah coming in for short bursts with the temperature expected to reach 38 degrees.

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India has ended day 1 of the 4th test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on 4/303, paving the way for its first series victory on Australia soil. The day belonged to opener Mayank Agarwal who made 77 runs and Chetshwar Pujara who ended the day not out on 130, much to the delight of the Indian fans who again turned out in big numbers. The noisiest section of the ground was occupied by the Bharat Army which kept the drums beating and the volume high, cheering every run and milestone. The loudest cheer was reserved for Pujara’s 100 as echos of Pu-ja-ra were heard throughout the ground. bharat_army With India leading the series at 2-1, Kohli would be looking at bat throughout day 2 using the MCG victory as a template and effectively take Australian victory out of the equation. India need to draw or win the SCG test to ensure their first and historic test series victory on Australian soil.

Cricket Australia lowers entry-level ticket prices for international cricket

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By SAT Sports Desk

Melbourne, 26 April: A new streamlined ticketing program after last year’s ticket review by the Cricket Australia entry level tickets for all international cricket matches is no more than $30 for adults, $10 for children and $65 for families. More than three-quarters of all seats are to be sold at lower prices than last year and more than 50 percent of all tickets will be available for $50 or less, says a Cricket Australia media release.

As part of a continuing commitment to put fans first Cricket Australia is making Test and one-day matches more affordable next season. Ticket prices for venues throughout Australia can be accessed at www.cricket.com.au/pricing.

Sydney fans will experience a significant $20 saving on adult general reserve tickets for Test and one-day matches while Perth fans will have the same benefit for one-day games.

Fans in Melbourne and Brisbane will save $10 on general admission tickets for Tests, and $5 for one-day matches while the saving in Adelaide is $5 for Tests and one-day matches, with a $5 savings for Tests in Perth.

Fans in Hobart are able to continue to enjoy same-level prices from last season when Cricket Australia reduced pricing in the state.

There are also reductions across Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum tickets at most venues, with more than three quarters of all seats to be sold at lower prices than last season. Children can continue to attend Twenty20 internationals free of charge.

Cricket Australia CEO, James Sutherland said that Cricket Australia had listened to the fans.

“It was clear from an extensive review that more fans wanted the opportunity to see our biggest stars in action,” Mr. Sutherland said.

“Record numbers of fans have been attending elite cricket matches in Australia during recent seasons and we want to make Test and one-day cricket even more accessible.

“This gives the opportunity for more fans to experience firsthand the skills and talent of Australia’s best cricketers across all six states and the ACT.

“At Cricket Australia our aim is to put fans first and we are living by that mantra.

“Fans around the country will benefit during another summer of high-quality international cricket.”

“Tickets to the 2016-17 international summer of cricket will go on sale from the 31 May 2016. Fans are encouraged to sign up to the Australian Cricket Family at www.cricket.com.au/acf before Sunday 22 May 2016. Membership is free,” says the media release.

- SAT News Service.