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ODI series: Kiwis demolish Green Shirts!

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DUNEDIN: Green shirts collapsed in the third match of the ODI series here today scoring 74 runs/28 overs against Kiwis’ 258.

Those four Pakistani players who managed to make it to doubles included Sarfraz Ahmad Captain (14), Faheem Ashraf (10), Mohammad Amir (14) and Rumman Raees (16).

Other characters of this dismal performance were Fakhar Zaman (2), Babar Azam(8), Shoaib Malik (3) and Hasan Ali (1). Azhar Ali, Muhammad Hafeez and Shadab Khan did not score even a single run.

From New Zealand side the star contributors were Kane Williamson who made 73 (off 101 deliveries)  Ross Taylor scored 52 (off 64 balls).

The Kiwis were sent to pavilion by the fierce bowling of Rumman Raees (3 for 51), Hasan Ali (three for 59) and Shadab Khan (2 for 51).

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Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by nine wickets in one-day match

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BULAWAYO (Zimbabwe): Pakistan sealed a series win after strolling to a nine-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the third one-day international on Wednesday.
Pakistan seamer Faheem Ashraf took a career-best five for 22 as the hosts were skittled for just 67. Opener Fakhar Zaman then hit an undefeated 43 as Pakistan needed just 10 over to seal the victory and take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-game series.

Relevant pieces published earlier: 

i) Pakistan opener Imam ul Haq scored his second international hundred as Pakistan reached 308 for 7 in the opening ODI against Zimbabwe at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. Imam reached a career-best 128, while Fakhar Zaman continued his good run of form with 60 and debutant Asif Ali cracked a rapid 46 in the middle order to boost Pakistan’s total. Pakistan started slowly with the bat, Zimbabwe putting them in under grey, wintery skies. With the new ball nipping around, Imam played and missed at several deliveries and was lucky to survive an edge off fast bowler Blessing Muzarabani, the ball dropping just in front of second slip. He did enough to survive, however, and with Fakhar scoring fluently Pakistan put on an opening stand of 113 in under 25 overs. Fakhar eventually hit a return catch to debutant offspinner Liam Roche, but Imam shifted through the gears to bring up a 109-ball hundred in the 37th over. Zimbabwe’s bowlers struck back at the death, picking up regular wickets to stall Pakistan’s charge. Tendai Chatara and Donald Tiripano picked up two apiece, as Pakistan lost five wickets in the last 10 overs. Asif Ali struck two sixes and four fours to ensure Pakistan passed 300 to set a challenging total. (Published on 14th July 2018) 

ii)  Pakistan knocked Zimbabwe out of the Twenty20 tri-series in Harare in a closely-fought encounter on Wednesday, beating the hosts by seven wickets with five deliveries to spare. Captain Sarfraz Ahmed saw his side home with an unbeaten 38, meaning that Zimbabwean allrounder Solomon Mire’s efforts earlier in the game went in vain. Mire struck 94, the highest score by a Zimbabwean in a Twenty20 international, but Zimbabwe’s 162 for 4 was not enough to overcome the world’s top-ranked T20I side. Pakistan’s chase was given a rapid start by the openers. Haris Sohail and Fakhar Zaman took 56 from the Powerplay, but Sohail holed out soon afterward. When Zaman skied Mire to depart for 47, Pakistan needed more than eight runs an over from the last eight overs, but Ahmed’s innings of calm precision kept them up with the asking rate. Executing his attacking strokes perfectly, Ahmed found the gaps and the boundaries whenever they were needed. He displayed a particularly deft touch with his late cut, taking boundaries off left-arm spinners Tendai Chisoro and Wellington Masakadza with the stroke. (Published on 4th July 2018) 

 

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Willey and Rashid strike as England hold India to 256-8 in 3rd ODI

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LEEDS (UK): David Willey and Adil Rashid took three wickets apiece on their Yorkshire home ground as England held India to 256 for eight in the third and deciding one-day international at Headingley today.
Left-arm quick Willey took three for 40 in his nine overs and leg-spinner Rashid three for 49 in his maximum 10.
Rashid’s haul included two wickets for two runs in six balls as he dismissed both India captain Virat Kohli, who top-scored with 71 and Suresh Raina in the 31st over.
MS Dhoni, criticised for slow scoring during England’s 86-run win at Lord’s on Saturday that leveled the three-match series at 1-1, made 42 off 66 balls.
But when he was out, caught behind after being squared up by Willey, it meant India had to play out the final 4.1 overs of their innings without a recognized batsman at the crease.
It was not until the penultimate over that India hit their first sixes of the innings, with tailender Shardul Thakur twice pulling Ben Stokes high over square leg.
Thakur made a valuable 22 not out off 13 balls and together with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (21) – another of the three changes to India’s side at Lord’s – added 35 before his fellow paceman holed out off Willey’s final ball of the innings.
After England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss, India initially found runs hard to come against accurate bowling from Mark Wood (one for 30 in 10) and Willey, who were given some early assistance by overhead cloud cover.
It took the normally fluent Sharma, who scored a superb century during India’s eight-wicket win in the series-opener at Trent Bridge, 18 balls to score two runs.
His Headingley innings ended when, with a rare attacking shot, he flicked Willey off his pads to Wood at deep square leg.
But the introduction of fast bowler Liam Plunkett, one of five Yorkshire players in England’s XI, helped India break the shackles.
Shikhar Dhawan struck three fours in as many balls of Plunkett s the bowler’s first two overs cost an expensive 21 runs.
England then missed a chance to dismiss Kohli when the India captain, on 23, edged a drive against off-spinner Moeen Ali only for wicket-keeper Jos Buttler to drop a difficult catch.
But England did break a stand of 71 in 12 overs thanks to excellent work by Ben Stokes.
Kohli whipped Ali wide of Stokes at midwicket and set off for a single before raising his hand in warning to Dhawan, who was well down the pitch.
Dhawan turned back but, stretching out, could not beat Stokes’s direct hit and was run out for 44.
Dinesh Karthik preferred to KL Rahul for this match, then made 21 from 22 balls before he was bowled between bat and pad by Rashid going for a booming drive.
Kohli pressed on, however, completing a 55-ball fifty including six fours before Rashid struck twice in quick succession as India’s 156 for three was transformed into 158 for five.
Kohli’s innings ended when he was bowled by a superb leg-break from Rashid that pitched on leg stump and hit off.
A disbelieving Kohli walked off and Suresh Raina (one) then turned Rashid low to Rashid’s Yorkshire team-mate Joe Root at leg slip.

 

 

 

 

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England beat India by 86 runs in 2nd ODI

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LONDON: England beat India by 86 runs in the second one-day international at Lord’s on Saturday. India, set 323 to win, lost early wickets and were eventually dismissed for 236 when Yuzvendra Chahal holed out off the very last ball of their 50 overs.
Victory saw England, top of the ODI rankings to India’s second, level the three-match series at 1-1 ahead of Tuesday’s finale at Headingley
Joe Root’s 113 and fifties from England one-day captain Eoin Morgan (53) and David Willey (50 not out) helped take the hosts to a competitive 322 for seven after they won the toss.
England fast bowler Liam Plunkett then led the attack with four for 46 in his maximum 10 overs.
Left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who had tormented England with six wickets for 25 in India’s eight-wicket win in the first ODI at Trent Bridge on Thursday, took three for 68 at Lord’s.

Brief scores
England 322-7, 50 overs (J Root 113, E Morgan 53, D Willey 50 no; Kuldeep Yadav 3-68)
India 236, 50 overs (L Plunkett 4-46)

Result: England won by 86 runs
Series: Three-match series level at 1-1

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