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Here's the match report of the second Investec Test match between India and England.
The first Investec Test between India and England eventually ended in a stalemate due to a great show of resistance shown by both teams. Team India recorded an impressive score of 457 in the first innings thanks to Murali Vijay’s brilliant century of 146. India looked like they were going to get England out cheaply but an astonishing 198-run partnership between Joe Root and Jimmy Anderson changed the course of the match.
India recorded a morale boosting win in the second practice match of their long English campaign scheduled till the first week of September. Dhoni’s men chased down 142 runs in the second innings to beat Derbyshire by 5 wickets in the 3-day tour game and are all set for the 5-match Test Series against Alastair Cook’s side.
Despite a sound strategy, RCB’s IPL7 will be remembered for failure to translate strategy into the effective on-the-field execution necessary to take our team into the play-offs. There were high levels of confidence and great expectations of the newly constituted RCB team following IPL auction 2014. Media, cricket commentators and fans alike were generally very positive about the strategy of retaining a small core of potentially match-winning players – Kohli, Gayle and de Villiers – and improving the balance within the team by bolstering bowling (Starc, Aaron and Dinda) and acquiring a good finisher (Morkel). The appointments of a new head coach (Dan Vettori) as well as new batting and fielding coach (Trent Woodhill) and bowling coach (Allan Donald) were also well received.
Just days after fellow RCB teammates Virat Kohli and Vijay Zol won top honours at the CEAT cricket awards, RCB stalwart AB de Villiers was adjudged the South African Cricketer of the Year last night. De Villiers pipped new South African Test captain Hashim Amla, Dale Steyn, JP Duminy and Quinton de Kock for the award.
RCB captain Virat Kohli was adjudged the CEAT International Cricketer of the Year in the 17th CEAT cricket awards. While he scored a healthy 359 runs for RCB in the just concluded IPL, Kohli has also been in tremendous touch in the international circuit over the last few years. The premier Indian batsman had previously won the prestigious award in the 2011-12 season.
RCB's IPL 7 season ends with 8 wicket defeat to CSK at M Chinnaswamy
Rajasthan Royals were taken home by 5 wickets thanks to exceptional late hitting from Steve Smith & James Faulkner who combined to overcome Yuvraj’s all-round heroics for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s big guns failed to fire as they lost to Kings XI Punjab by 32 runs at the Chinnaswamy stadium.
RCB won the toss and decided to field first trusting their star-studded batting order to chase in front of the home crowd in their first game at the M Chinnaswamy this season. RCB made two changes to their line up from the previous game with Nic Maddinson’s replacement Rilee Rossouw coming in for Albie Morkel and Yogesh Takawale making way for Harshal Patel.
The Royal Challengers had a disappointing day at Abu Dhabi, posting just 70 on their debut at the ground and losing the game against the Rajasthan Royals by 6 wickets.
Virat Kohli won his third toss and decided to chase against KKR in Sharjah. Mitchell Starc backed his decision, bowling an absolute peach of a delivery to dismiss the Kolkata skipper for his third duck in a row. Albie Morkel then picked up the in-form Manish Pandey. Kallis and Chris Lynn then had to ensure the team did not lose any more wickets without hitting over the top managed to reach the score of 42 at the end of the 6th over.
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah Time: 8 PM IST
Venue: DSC Cricket Stadium, Dubai Time: 4 PM IST
The highly anticipated match between RCB and DD kicked off with Virat Kohli and stand in skipper Dinesh Karthik coming out for the toss. On winning the toss, RCB elected to field first, with the surprises being the exclusion of Chris Gayle and the inclusion of uncapped leggie, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Team India continued their unbeaten run at the World T20, recording their fourth consecutive victory after thumping Australia by 73 runs at Mirpur on Sunday.
Team India became the first entrants into the 2014 ICC World T20 semi-finals, with a comprehensive 8-wicket win over Bangladesh in their third group game at Mirpur on Friday.
With a 0-8 record in World Cup matches against India, the odds were clearly against Pakistan, and they made no further amends to it in their opening World T20 clash on Friday at Mirpur.
Sri Lanka kick started their World Twenty20 campaign in Bangladesh, beating familiar rivals India by 5 runs in the warm-up game on Monday at Mirpur.
Team India ended their Asia Cup campaign with an 8-wicket victory over Afghanistan at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on Wednesday.
We witnessed the Gaylestorm, we saw the AB innovation and we loved the Kohli aggression. As we now await the seventh IPL season with much anticipation, RCB is all set to experience the magic of three P's – Power, Passion and of course, the Players!
On Sunday, Eden Park witnessed one of the most thrilling finishes to a Test match in the history of New Zealand cricket as the hosts sealed a 40-run win against a fighting Indian side in the 1st Test.
New Zealand steamrolled India in the 5-match ODI series, signaling world cricket that they aren't a side to be overlooked in the shorter format. But it won't be a cakewalk to beat India in Tests, they must know. MS Dhoni and his men put up much of a fight in the Test series against South Africa, which only means the Kiwis can ill-afford to take the visitors lightly.
Only twice has a team managed to win a 5-match series after being 2-0 down in the history of ODI cricket. On Saturday, India would be hoping to become the third such team as they take on New Zealand at Auckland.
New Zealand sealed a 15-run victory against India in the 2nd ODI at Hamilton on Wednesday, pushing the visitors off the World No.1 ranking.
After suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of hosts New Zealand in the 1st ODI at Napier, Team India will be looking to amend their batting woes as they go into the 2nd ODI at Hamilton on Wednesday.