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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.

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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

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”.


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.


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.


India favorites for T-20 World Cup: Shane Watson

Photo: SAT/NN

From Neeraj Nanda

Sydney, 31 January: Australian Captain Shane Watson was speaking after his side’s seven-wicket loss to India at the Sydney Cricket Ground in the final Twenty20 International of the KFC Series, a result that gave India a clean sweep of all the three matches against Australia on Sunday night.

Shane said Australia will take the positives from the loss and had no doubt India wearing the tag of favorite for the ICC World Twenty20 in March to be held in India.

Shane made an unbeaten 124 out of his side’s 5-197 but India chased down the score, winning with a four off the last ball to finish on 3-200 with 52 to Rohit Sharma, 50 for player of the series Virat Kohli and an unbeaten 49 from Suresh Raina.

Raina who hit the winning boundary on the last ball of the match said, “Australia has no need to panic despite the series loss coming so close to the ICC World Twenty20.”

And added he won’t be blaming the loss on debutant wicketkeeper Cameron Bancroft, who missed a tough stumping chance to dismiss Raina before he had started scoring.

Australia’s next action is on Wednesday when it plays the first One-Day International of three on the Qantas Tour of New Zealand, with two Tests to follow.

- SAT News Service

Spat with Mitchell fires Kohli: Says, I have no respect for those who do not respect me

Photo: SN/SAT

By SAT Sports Desk

Melbourne, 28 December: The heat at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) today got a bit more heated with Indian batsman Virat Kohli and Australian bowler Mitchell Johnson in a heated exchange after Kohli was hit by a ball thrown by Mitchell after attempting to run him out and he fell down on the ground.

Kohli, who scored 169 today to bring India back into the game, later said in the post game media conference said, “The way the ball was coming, I was very angry and I was hit with the ball.”

“Some are there who do not respect me. I have no respect for them. I don’t care what they think”, he said.

He also said, “I am prepared for any type of bowling and not worried about the pace and bounce.”

When asked about the chat he had with Mitchell Johnson on the field, Kohli said,” I don’t mind a chat on the field.”

“I like playing against Australia because it’s very hard for them to stay calm,” he said.

“I don’t mind. I will give it on the field. It really excites me and brings the best out in me.

“They don’t seem to be learning the lesson.”

“It’s all about correcting one’s mistakes and one needs to keep learning”, when asked about him getting out in the last over of the day.

At the end of the third day India scored 462/8 in 126.2 overs in reply to Australia’s first innings score of 530. Virat Kohli scored 169 and Ajankiya Rahane 147. India trails Australia by 68 runs and will resume batting on Day 4 with two wickets in hand.
- SAT News Service