Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 3 Report: Australia In Command Of Second Test After Mitchell Starc Wrecks Pakistan


Spearhead Mitchell Starc led the Australian pace attack with three wickets Monday to put the visitors in the driving seat on day three of the second Test against Pakistan in Karachi. The lanky left-armer used reverse swing to devastating effect, taking 3-29 as Pakistan were bundled out for a paltry 148 in reply to Australia’s mammoth first innings of 556-9 declared. Despite a big 408-run lead, Australia did not enforce the follow-on and at close were 81-1 in their second innings to take their lead to 489 with nine wickets intact.

Opener Usman Khawaja was unbeaten on 35 and Marnus Labuschagne 37 after David Warner fell to Hasan Ali for seven.

Australia have two full days to enforce a big win and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series on their first tour of Pakistan for 24 years.

Pakistan’s collapse in 53 overs was in complete contrast to Australia, who stayed out for 189 overs, plundering runs at ease.

Starc, who went wicketless in the drawn first Test in Rawalpindi last week, had Azhar Ali (14), Fawad Alam (nought) and Sajid Khan (five) out as Pakistan lost six wickets in the space of 62 runs after being 38-1 at lunch.

Debutant leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson finished with 2-32 including the wicket of Azam, who miscued a drive and was caught at long-off.

It all went wrong in the first over after lunch when Haq — who scored twin centuries in the opening Test — fell to a rash shot, lofting spinner Nathan Lyon to skipper Pat Cummins at mid-on.

Starc then had Azhar caught in the slips and next ball trapped Alam with a sharp in-dipping yorker. He almost had a hat-trick when Mohammad Rizwan was beaten neck and crop, but didn’t edge.

Rizwan didn’t last long, however, as he edged Cummins for wicketkeeper Alex Carey to take a simple catch on six, and next over Cameron Green trapped Faheem Ashraf leg before for four.

Starc then had Sajid caught behind, taking 3-24 in 10 incisive overs as wickets fell in a cluster, in contrast to Australia’s run-spree on a low bounce National Cricket Stadium pitch.

Earlier, opener Abdullah Shafique was run out for 13 as Pakistan faltered at the start.

Shafique, who hit a brilliant unbeaten century in Rawalpindi, had made 13 of Pakistan’s 26-run opening stand when he failed to beat Swepson’s direct throw from point after being called for a sharp single.

Australia had resumed the third day on 505-8 as Cummins opted to bat on.

Pakistan struck with the second ball of the day when fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi had Starc caught at cover by Azhar without adding to his overnight 28.

But that was all the success they had as Cummins, who finished on 34 not out, added a brisk 51 for the ninth wicket with Swepson (15) before declaring.


All-rounder Ashraf was the pick of the attack with his 2-55 from 21 overs, while off-spinner Sajid Khan took 2-167 from 57 overs.

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India vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test Report: Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Iyer Shine As India Complete 2-0 Series Sweep vs SL


A bowling attack led by Jasprit Bumrah helped India thrash Sri Lanka by 238 runs inside three days at Bangalore’s pink ball Test to sweep the series 2-0 on Monday. Chasing 447 for victory, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 208 in the second session after skipper Dimuth Karunaratne’s valiant 107, on a pitch that turned from day one. Fast bowler Bumrah ended Karunaratne’s spell and got one more to take his match tally to eight wickets while spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took four over the day.

Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant scored 67 and 50 in India’s 303-9 declared on day two to play key roles in an emphatic victory that left the hosts unbeaten in all three of their home day-night Tests.

India also won the opening Test in three days and this win gives new all-format captain Rohit Sharma a winning start to his Test leadership.

Left-handed Karunaratne made a second wicket stand of 97 before Ashwin broke through for the stumping of the captain’s overnight partner Kusal Mendis, who recorded his 12th Test half-century.

Karunaratne though went on to wage a lone battle and raised his century — the sole hundred for a Sri Lankan batsman in this Test series — with a boundary off Bumrah.

India, who gained crucial Test championship points in the whitewash, remained dominant from day one after Iyer hit 92 and lifted the team from a precarious 86-4 to 252 all out.

Bumrah then returned figures of 5-24 for his maiden five-wicket haul at home to dismiss Sri Lanka for 109.

The series will be remembered as marking Virat Kohli’s 100th Test in the opening game in Mohali, though the star batsman scored just 45, 23 and 13 in the three Indian innings.

The former captain twice fell lbw in this Test to take his average down to below 50 for the first time since 2017, but the crowd at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium gave him a rousing reception.

Sri Lankan quick Suranga Lakmal took one wicket in his last Test and finished his career with 171 scalps in 70 five-day matches since his 2010 debut.

Lakmal scored one before being bowled by Bumrah, who joined India’s team in a rush to farewell the 35-year-old veteran.

The tourists, who lost the opening Test by an innings and 222 runs, suffered a total whitewash after they lost the preceding Twenty20 series 3-0.


Players from India and across the world will now assemble for the Indian Premier League, which begins March 26.

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Recent Match Report – India vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test 2021/22



R Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah shared seven between them to wrap up a dominant series sweep

India 252 (Iyer 92, Jayawickrama 3-81, Embuldeniya 3-94) and 303 for 9 dec. (Iyer 67, Pant 50, Jayawickrama 4-78) beat Sri Lanka 109 (Mathews 43, Bumrah 5-24) and 208 (Karunaratne 107, Mendis 54, Ashwin 4-55, Bumrah 3-23) by 238 runs

For 173 balls, Dimuth Karunaratne defied India. In constructing a fine 14th Test century, he showed his team-mates hitting your way out of trouble wasn’t the only way to succeed on a tough Bengaluru track that offered sharp turn and variable bounce. Then he got a pearl from Jasprit Bumrah that breached his defences.

Even someone as well set as he was couldn’t quite judge the extent of late inward movement on that full delivery, and that was that for Sri Lanka. In the face of a relentless attack, the others proved to be sitting ducks as their high-risk, high-returns strategy fell flat. India wrapped up an emphatic 2-0 series win inside two sessions on the third day at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. The series lasted all of six days, with Sri Lanka’s 208 all out in their final innings being their highest total of the lot.

The innings promised a lot more, especially after Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis started the day positively. While Mendis’s positivity wasn’t much of a surprise, Karunaratne tried to take a leaf out of Shreyas Iyer’s book early in the day, repeatedly stepping out to negate Jadeja from the rough. In the very first over, he also attempted an uncharacteristic reverse sweep. This wasn’t the stonewaller Karunaratne, who has methodically constructed knocks to be the highest run-getter among openers since 2018. This was Karunaratne trying to throw the oppositions spinners off their settings in the face of a challenging surface.

This approach rubbed off on Mendis too, as he stepped out and took Ashwin on at the other end. The first eight overs of the day produced 42, and suddenly India were searching for answers. In this period, what worked for Sri Lanka was their clarity in committing themselves fully forward or going right back to play the ball. The odd ball scooting low or jumping from the rough didn’t seem to bother them much. Mendis raised his 12th half-century off just 57 balls.

Full report to follow…

Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo


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Recent Match Report – Jharkhand vs Nagaland Preliminary quarter final 2021/22



Shahbaz Nadeem scored 177 before also striking with the ball, as Nagaland ended day three 750 runs behind

Nagaland 130 for 4 (Bist 46*, Mundhe 39, Nadeem 1-17) trail Jharkhand 880 (Nadeem 177, Shukla 85*, Lemtur 4-179) by 750 runs

After two days of resolute batting, Jharkhand continued to pile the misery on a hapless Nagaland attack, finally folding for a massive 880 on the third day in Kolkata. Shahbaz Nadeem, who was on 123 overnight, finished on 177, while No. 11 Rahul Shukla remained unbeaten on 85, as the final-wicket stand yielded 191.

While it was almost surprising to see Jharkhand continue to bat after they had ended day two at 769, Nadeem and Shukla’s intentions of getting quick runs was clear after a quiet first six overs of the day. Nadeem cracked three consecutive fours off Chopise Hopongkyu, and Shukla wasn’t to be left behind either. He quickly found boundaries off Raja Swarnkar before launching Shirkant Mundhe for six to get to his second first-class fifty.

The partnership was past hundred by that time, and the pair resumed their attack after the drinks break, with Shukla smashing another four sixes – he hit six in total – as Nagaland ended up bowling more than 200 overs.

Their reply with the bat wasn’t convincing either. Ashish Kumar cleaned up opener Sedezhalie Rupero for 8 in the fifth over of Nagaland’s innings before Shukla joined the action on the field by running Rupero’s partner Yugandhar Singh out for 9. Anukul Roy soon after had the captain Rongsen Jonathan caught for another single-digit score, as Nagaland stood at 43 for 3 at one stage.

There was a brief fight with a 56-run fourth-wicket partnership between Mundhe and Chetan Bist, but Nadeem hit back with the ball after earlier frustrating Nagaland with the bat. He had Mundhe caught for 39, as the next man in Hokaito Zhimomi was forced to retire hurt on 5 for what seemed like a hand injury, meaning Nagaland were effectively five down.

They ended the day a massive 750 runs behind, and with two full days of the game remaining, stare at a huge defeat unless something miraculous happens to rescue them.

Himanshu Agrawal is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo


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Women’s World Cup Points Table: South Africa Go 2nd After Win Over England


After registering a three-wicket win in their third match against England at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, the South African women’s cricket team climbed to second spot in the points table in the ongoing ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup. The top spot is held by Australia, who have a better net-run-rate while India were pushed one place down to the third place. An all-round performance from South Africa helped them beat defending champions England, who have lost all three matches they have played so far.

Here’s a look at the updated ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 Points Table:

1. Australia (P3 W3 L0: Points 6; NRR +1.62)

2. South Africa (P3 W3 L0: Points 6; NRR +0.28)

3. India (P3 W2 L1: Points 4; NRR +1.33)

4. New Zealand (P4 W2 L2: Points 4; NRR -0.25)

5. West Indies (P3 W2 L1: Points 4; NRR -0.96)

6. Bangladesh (P3 W1 L2: Points 2; NRR -0.47)

7. England (P3 W0 L3: Points 0; NRR -0.15)

8. Pakistan (P4 W0 L4; Points 0; NRR -0.99)

South Africa Women won the toss and opted to bowl, a decision which was proven right by their bowlers. Except opener Tammy Beaumont (62 runs off 97 balls) and Amy Ellen Jones (53 runs off 74 balls), no other batter could put up a fight against an inspired South African bowling line-up.

Marizanne Kapp took a superb five-wicket haul to rattle England.

In reply, Laura Wolvaardt scored a splendid half-century to help the team chase down the 236-run target with four balls to spare.


In the other match played between Bangladesh and Pakistan at the Seddon Park in Hamilton, the former registered their first win of the tournament as they defeated Pakistan by nine runs.

Bangladesh, currently, stand sixth in the points table while England and Pakistan take the seventh and eighth spot respectively.

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India vs Sri Lanka 2022, 2nd Test Live Score Updates: India Aim To Restrict Sri Lanka And Clinch Series


IND vs SL Test Score Updates: India got their first wicket in the ninth over.© AFP

India vs Sri Lanka 2022 2nd Test Day 3 Ind vs SL Test Live Score Updates: Team India will be looking to claim the remaining nine Sri Lankan wickets and grab a well-deserved victory on Day 3 of the second Test in Bengaluru. The Indian bowlers ended Day 2 on a high with the all-important wicket of Lahiru Thirimanne, who was dismissed by Bumrah for a duck. Earlier on the second day, the Indian batters lower down the order contributed significantly to help the team go past the 300-run mark and set a challenging total for the visitors to chase. (LIVE SCORECARD)

India Playing XI: Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma (c), Hanuma Vihari, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

Sri Lanka Playing XI: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Embuldeniya, Vishwa Fernando, Praveen Jayawickram

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    Hello and welcome everyone to the Live Blog of the second test match between India and Sri Lanka being played at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru

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    Hello and welcome to our Live coverage of day 3 of the ongoing second Test between India and Sri Lanka from the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. India will look to skittle out the visitors as early as possible as they aim to take the two-match series. Jasprit Bumrah had struck in the final session of Day 2 to remove Lahiru Thirimanne for a duck. Sri Lanka will resume play at 28 for one, still needing 419 runs to win.

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European Cricket: Commentators In Splits As Non-Striker Sets Off For A Run Even Before Ball Is Even Bowled. Watch


The non-striker backed up quite far and started to run even before the ball was bowled.© Twitter

In the world of cricket, the tussle to steal a quick run can bring in all sorts of possibilities into play. Run-out, overthrows, a great effort in the field and much more. Each run helps in rotating the strike and keeps the scoreboard ticking. But there are times when trying to get to the end can lead to hilarious circumstances. A similar occurrence took place during a European Cricket match that had everyone in splits. In a video shared on Twitter, the batter at the non-striker’s end starts sprinting for a run, but he forgets to take into account a very important aspect — the ball was yet to be bowled.

This highly improbable act was on display as the batter left his crease and covered almost three-fourth of the pitch before realising that the bowler didn’t release the ball.

Interestingly, the bowler chose not to remove the bails or ‘Mankad’ the non-striker as he put in a superb ‘spirit of cricket’ gesture to give him another life.

The bowler was quick to complain and point this out to the umpire who in turn cautioned the non-striker for this incident.

The ‘mankading’ of a batter has been in the news off late. Recently, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Laws sub-committee made certain amendments to the ‘mankading’ law and put it in the category of a ‘run-out.’


The amended law states:

Law 41.16 – running out the non-striker – has been moved from Law 41 (Unfair play) to Law 38 (Runout). The wording of the Law remains the same.

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Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 3 Live Score Updates: Australia Aim To Continue Batting Dominance


PAK vs AUS: Pakistan will aim to bundle out the Australian team quickly on Day 3.© AFP

Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 3 Live Score Updates: The Australian cricket team will aim to continue the good work done by the batters on Day 2 of the second Test which put them in a commanding position of 505/8 at Stumps. Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith laid down a perfect platform for their team to build upon as the middle-order also consolidated with important contributions. As far as the home team is concerned, the bowlers, especially the spinner will look to bundle out the Aussies and give their tired legs a rest. Sajid Khan and Nauman Ali have already bowled 99 overs combined in the first innings of the Test so far. (LIVE SCORECARD)

Pakistan Playing XI:Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (c), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Nauman Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Sajid Khan

Australia Playing XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Swepson

Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test, Day 3 Live Score Updates From National Stadium In Karachi​

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Indian Premier League: “No Cricketer In World Will Try To Fill…,” Says Faf Du Plessis On Royal Challengers Bangalore Great


Faf du Plessis will lead RCB in IPL 2022.© Twitter

IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) newly-appointed captain Faf du Plessis said “no cricketer in the world” can “fill in” AB de Villiers’ shoes. RCB will be without the services of de Villiers in IPL 2022 as legendary South African cricketer announced his retirement from all forms of the game last year in November just ahead of the IPL retention.

“It’s huge shoes to fill in. There is no cricketer in the world that will try to fill in AB’s shoes. Those shoes are too big. I’ve got big feet but they’re never going to match AB’s feat. I wouldn’t even try, he’s an absolute great of the game,” du Plessis said of his former South African teammate.

Alongside the overwhelming 20,014 international runs in his repertoire, De Villiers also boasts of records of fastest fifty, century and 150 in ODIs.

He also managed to rack up 4522 runs from 157 matches that he has played for RCB at an astonishing average and an electrifying strike rate.

“He mentioned throughout his career that it’d be nice if I could join him yet RCB so the timing is obviously not great now that he has decided to retire and also retired three years ago in International cricket.

“Unfortunately, we won’t be playing together. But it’s nice that one friend replaces another. And there’s something nice to that story,” he added.

Du Plessis is set to lead an RCB side which has the likes of Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood.


RCB are set to open their account against Punjab Kings on March 27.

(With PTI inputs)

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Watch: Two Jaw-Dropping Catches Taken In New Zealand vs Australia Women’s World Cup Match


Women’s World Cup: Maddy Green took a spectacular catch in NZW vs AUSW clash.© ICC/Twitter

Australia registered a comprehensive 141-run win over arch-rivals New Zealand at the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in Wellington on Sunday. In a dominant performance, the record six-time world champions defended 269/8 as they bowled their opponents out for just 128 at Basin Reserve. There were two spectacular catches taken during the game, which caught the attention of cricket fans. The first was by New Zealand’s Maddy Green, who ran to her left from long on and took an acrobatic catch to dismiss Australia’s Ellyse Perry off the bowling of Lea Tahuhu.

Watch Maddy Green’s catch here:

Later in the game, New Zealand’s Amelia Kerr edged a Darcie Brown delivery towards the slip cordon.

Australia’s Beth Mooney dived to her right to take a low, one-handed catch.

Watch Beth Mooney’s catch below:

Meanwhile, there were strong contributions from nearly every member of Meg Lanning’s powerful side, with Perry (68) and Tahlia McGrath (57) scoring valuable half-centuries and the returning Ashleigh Gardner (48* from just 18 balls) adding the finishing touches on a late Australian flurry with the bat.

But it was with the ball that the Australians really shone, as teenager Brown (3/22) ripped through the New Zealand top-order and Amanda-Jade Wellington (2/34) and Gardner (2/15) put the polish on an impressive team performance.

The result sees Australia regain their place at the top of tournament standings with three wins from as many matches, while New Zealand drop to fourth and remain in a battle to reach the semi-finals.


Brief scores: Australia 269/8 (Ellyse Perry 68, Tahlia McGrath 57; Lea Tahuhu 3-53) vs New Zealand 128/10 (Amy Satterthwaite 44, Lea Tahuhu 23; Darcie Brown 3-22).

(With ANI inputs)

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