England’s road to the Champions Trophy 2017

England continue their preparations for the 2017 Champions Trophy with a three-match ODI series with West Indies in the Caribbean Islands starting on the third of March. They don’t have any Test Matches scheduled in this period and are going to play 8 ODIs from here on before the start of Champions Trophy. England is going into the series after a 1-2 loss against India. The visitors though have won three of their last five ODI series. After this three-match ODI series, they face off against Ireland, and end their campaign with a three-match series against South Africa before travel home for the Champions Trophy. Number of matches scheduled for teams going into the2017 Champions Trophy On the other hand, West Indies haven’t qualified for the Champions Trophy and have a lot less riding on this series compared to England. The hosts have not won an ODI series since 2014 against Bangladesh, so the World T20 Champions would be looking to get back into winning ways. England has made two changes to their squad which traveled that to India. David Willey has been left out of the squad due to injury while Jake Ball has been replaced by the young

IND v ENG – 2nd T20 – INSIGHTS

England Pacers keeping it tight in PP Knowing well that the Indian batsmen are good off the front foot and through the offside, the English pacers came out with a plan. The plan was straightforward, the Indian pacers bowled just short of length, aimed at the body of the Indian batsmen. The idea of cramping the Indians worked, they were not able to get away in the PP overs. Eng Pacers v Indian Openers in PP KL Rahul v England Spinners Dawson and Rashid bowled fuller than Moeen Ali, whose flatter trajectory and shorter length was able to keep the Indian batsmen under check. KL Rahul was able to get to the pitch of the ball against Rashid and Dawson and so was able to score boundaries against them. On the other hand, Moeen Ali pulled his length back and did not concede a boundary in his whole spell. Slower ones working for England in the Death Once again it was Tymal Mills and Chris Jordan who bowled four overs in the death. They read the pitch well and used the slower deliveries well. England conceded only 36 runs in the last 5 overs and only two boundaries were scored

IND v ENG – 3rd ODI – Review

Kedhar Jadav scored another 50+ score in double quick time to take India to the threshold of victory, but the hosts fell a hit short of England’s target, conceding their first game on this tour and winning the ODI series 2-1. Many whispers hinted at the last over finish England lost against the eventual World T20 Champions West Indies. It looked finished when Chris Woakes, having 16 runs to defend, conceded a six and four of the first two balls in the over, but the right-arm pacer magically conjured up four dot balls including the prized wicket of Jadhav to punish the right-hander for leaving it till the last over. The pair of Jadhav and Pandya got India that close from an unlikely position. It was a valiant effort from the both of them, an effort that underlined Jadhav’s skill of not giving away too many dot balls and Pandya’s  ability to stick around the when the team needs him. The English bowlers though were guilty of playing to Jadhav’s strength which is to play from the crease, the pacers later in the innings bowled fuller to him attempting to stem the flow of runs. Chris Woakes bowled two full

IND v ENG – 3rd ODI – Insights

Perfect execution by Indian pacers up front Knowing that the English openers, Roy and Billings, are strong on the leg side, the Indian pacers were smart enough to bowl predominantly in the outside-off line channel, making full use of the movement on offer in the pitch. By bowling in that channel, they removed the flick and pull-shot out of the equation. By the end of the 10th over they just conceded 43, but they were unable to pick a wicket, which could be attributed to England’s circumspect batting. Jadeja’s Bunny – Jason Roy If it was Alastair Cook who was Jadeja’s bunny in the test series, it is Jason Roy in ODIs. The left-arm orthodox bowler has now dismissed Roy three out of three times this series. His dismissal in this game was a throwback to his wicket in the 2nd ODI, the right-hand batsman went on the backfoot and tried to cut a length ball, missing it completely. Having been dismissed six out of nine time against SLAO in ODIs, Roy would look to improve his numbers against the orthodox bowlers. Full and wide to Kohli The best possible time to take the wicket of Kohli is when he

IND v ENG – 2nd ODI – Review

India – 381/6 (50 Overs) England – 366/8 (50 Overs)  India won by 15 runs England’s inability to get breakthroughs in the middle overs was yet again the difference between the two teams as the visitors end up 15 short of India’s target of 382. The English bowlers again were able to pin India down but just like the last game one partnership undid all their hard work.  The pacers reduced India 25/3 by the fifth over of the innings, Woakes clinching three wickets, including the prized wicket of Kohli. Woakes finished his new ball spell with figures of 14/3 in five overs, a spell which contained 25 dot balls and three maiden overs in a row. By the end of the power play, it looked like a good toss to win for England who elected to field first with dew influencing Captain Morgan’s decision. The third wicket brought in former Indian captain Dhoni to the crease. While walking into bat before the fifth over in ODIs Dhoni averages 86.2 which underlines his ability to stay calm in times of pressure. Along with Yuvraj Singh, Dhoni shared a record partnership of 256 for the 4th wicket, the second highest fourth wicket

IND v ENG – 2nd ODI – Insights

The Calm before the Storm Walking in within the first five overs, a cool head like Dhoni was what India required. His approach in the first forty balls did not indicate that India would finally be able to make a 381 at the end of 50 overs. His ability to play in himself and then unleash the big strokes is important for India considering Dhoni would be batting at #5. Dhoni innings builder – 2nd ODI – Ind v Eng England’s Middle Phase Struggle England found it difficult to control the Dhoni-Yuvraj partnership. The pair were able to rotate the strike constantly and were able to maintain the run-rate at a run-a-ball. India conceded runs in the middle phase, leaking runs at a rate of 6.8 rpo, but they were somehow able to pick four wickets in the phase unlike England. The visitors really miss a spinner who can pick wickets in the middle-overs, maybe Liam Dawson would get a game in the last ODI. England Bowling – Phase wise – 2nd ODI Ind v Eng India’s Discipline with the New Ball The Indian fast bowlers constantly maintained their line outside-off stump, tempting the England batsman. They were strict not to

Has India found their #6?

Adaptability | It was 60/4 when Kedar came into bat in the 12th over, adapted himself to play the long innings and put up a partnership with the skipper to chase down a target of 351. India’s new #6|Since his ODI debut in 2014, he has scored 2 centuries from his 7 innings at #6 to become the first Indian batsman to score 2 centuries at #6. Quickest at #6 | Jadhav has become the fastest player to score 2 centuries at #6 in just 7 innings. There were instances where India chased down a total of 350 but the innings of Kedar is something special in terms of handling pressure after losing wickets in quick succesions during the start. It involved the calculative approach from Jadhav to get those singles from good deliveries and at the same time dispatched the lose balls to boundaries. Batting at #6 and scoring centuries at this position is not such an easy task but Jadhav has already scored two centuries in this short span of time. He has crossed the 50 run mark only twice in his 9 innings and on both occassions he went on to score a century. No. of Centuries

The English Stallion – Joe Root

Friendly Conditions | Root has an average of 57.9 in Asia, best amongst any English batsman who has scored 500+ ODI runs in the subcontinent. Poor Conversion| Even though Root has had a good time batting in the subcontinent, he has been able to convert only one of his six 50+ scores in 100s, which continued in Pune as well. Consistency | Since his debut in 2013, Root has managed 600+ runs every year, started this year with a knock of 78 from his only innings. Joe Root batting year wise – in ODIs If Kohli is India’s key batsman for India, Joe Root would be his English counterpart. Root in 2016 has had an equally exciting year as Kohli. Last year, would go down as Root’s best year in ODI cricket, he averaged 61.2 in 14 innings in 2016 and continuing his run in 2017. Since his debut he has played at #4, but after the 2015 World Cup he was promoted up the order to #3. Root now averages just above 50 batting at #4, an improvement from his average of 41.4 batting at two down. Best Average for an England batsman in sub-continent – in ODIs (min

Cricket-21’s T20 Team of the Year

In 2016 alone, there were over 700 T20s played all over the world with the emergence of new leagues like Pakistan Super League. The inaugural edition of the PSL saw Misbah-ul-Haq-led Islamabad United being crowned champions. In the Big Bash, the Hussey brothers took on each other in the final with Mike Hussey leading the underdogs Sydney Thunder to an unlikely victory against Melbourne Stars. In the international circuit, it was once against West Indies who were crowned champions for the second time in World T20, beating England in the final. After the World T20, cricket fans saw Warner winning the maiden IPL trophy for Sunrises Hyderabad. In England, it was the Northants who came out on top as T20 champions. The other leagues around the saw did garner attention from the cricketing fraternity. The Dhaka Dynamites won the Bangladesh Premier League and the Titans won the CSA T20 challenge. Cricket-21based on the T20 performance of players this year, puts together the a T20 playing XI of the year. T20 Team of the year 2016 Cricket-21 T20 Team of the Year Bench #1 & #2 – David Warner and Virat Kohli The Indian – Australian opening pair of Virat Kohli

Ind v Eng – Fifth Test – Day 5 Review

Day 1 – England 284/4 (90 Overs) Day 2 – England 1st Inns 477/10 (157.2 Overs) – Added 193/6 in 67.2 Overs to the overnight score India 1st Inns – 60/0 (20 Overs) – Trail by 417 runs Day 3 – India 1st Inns 391/4 (108 Overs) – Added 331/4 in 88 Overs to the overnight score Day 4 – India 1st Inns 759/7d (190.4) – Added 368/3 in 82.4 Overs to the overnight score – India took a lead of 282 runs England 2nd Inns 12/0 (5 Overs) – Trail by 270 runs Day 5 – England 2nd Inns 207/10 (88 Overs) –Added 195/10 in 83 Overs to the overnight score – India won by an innings and 75 runs Day five started off with England trailing by 270 runs with all their wickets in hand. India was the only team with a realistic chance to win and going up 4-0 in the series, otherwise the game would’ve ended in a draw. Despite the pitch being batting friendly, England batsmen still had to go through the challenges posed by the Indian spin twins. The first session belonged to England, as they scored 85 runs with no damage being done after Kohli used