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Afghanistan undermine Bangladesh comprehensively

June 5, 2018

Mohammad Isam, in ESPNcricinfo, 3 June 2018, with title as “Shenwari and spinners topple Bangladesh”

Afghanistan 167 for 8 (Shahzad 40, Shenwari 36, Mahmudullah 2-1) beat Bangladesh 122 (Liton 30, Mahmudullah 29, Rashid 3-13, Zadran 3-40) by 45 runs

Mohamed Nabi   Rashid Khan

Afghanistan began their historic tour of India with a dominant performance against Bangladesh, crushing them by 45 runs in the first T20 in Dehradun. The clinical display went along expected lines as their big-hitters Mohammad Shahzad, Samiullah Shenwari and Shafiqullah got them to competitive 167 for 8 in 20 overs. That set it up for the usual suspects – Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman – to do their thing and dismantle Bangladesh, as they were bowled out for 122 in 19 overs.

Having broken the back of the chase, Rashid snaffled an excellent catch – diving to his left and grabbing Abu Jayed’s slap overhead with both hands – giving Afghanistan a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. It was a complete performance from Afghanistan, characterised by a clinical bowling performance that didn’t give Bangladesh any chance of chasing down the total. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Pitch Doctoring at Galle? Al-Jazeera Allegations –Three Reports

May 27, 2018

ONE: from ESPNcricinfo staff, 26 May 2019 … with highlighting emphasis added by The Editor, Cricketique

Sri Lanka Cricket will cooperate fully with the ICC in its investigations into allegations of pitch-fixing in two Test matches in the past, and potentially one later this year against England.

The board’s response came after TV news channel Al Jazeera claimed that a person involved in preparing the pitches in Galle for the Tests against India in 2017 and Australia in 2016 had tailored the surfaces according to instructions from a person involved in betting. The report also alleged that the Galle pitch for the Test against England later this year would also be made to order for betting.

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Jeevan Mendis’ Come-back Trial: No Surprise

February 17, 2018

Bipin Dani

Mumbai, Feb 16: Jeevan Mendis’ coach at Tamil Union was “not surprised” with his sensational comeback.  The 35-year-old leg break bowler, playing his 17th T-20 match after a gap of more than four and half years, took the wicket with his very first ball against Bangladesh at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka. Not only that, his first three deliveries yielded two wickets.  “We knew about his talent and were “not at all surprised” with his bowling”, Kapila Weerasinghe, his coach at the Tamil Union said exclusively. 

Sri Lanka’s Jeevan Mendis bowls against Bangladesh during the first Twenty20 international cricket match in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

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Move IN Wrist-Spinner! Move INTO the T20 Format

February 15, 2018

Why are legspinners so successful in the shorter formats?
There are plenty of factors that go in favour of legspinners in shorter formats.

They have the ability to take the ball away, off the surface, from both left- and right-hand batsmen without bending the elbow or the rules. Read the rest of this entry ?