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Sri Lanka vs England, 2nd Test Preview: England Look To Sweep Sri Lanka As India Await | Cricket News

Joe Root's England will look to sweep Sri Lanka in the second and final Test, starting on Friday, as they prepare to face an India side buoyed by their sensational victory in Australia. England, who resumed a tour that was halted in March by the coronavirus pandemic, won the first Test in Galle by seven wickets and start a four-Test series in India on February 5. India are riding high after Tuesday's stunning win in Brisbane, which snapped Australia's 32-year unbeaten streak at the Gabba and clinched the series 2-1. "If we can go into that series with a 2-0 win it would do us a world of good for our confidence," said England coach Chris Silverwood."...
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Bangladesh vs West Indies: Shakib Al Hasan Stars In Comeback Match As Bangladesh Down West Indies | Cricket News

Shakib Al Hasan claimed four wickets for eight runs in his international comeback to set up an easy six-wicket victory for Bangladesh over West Indies in the first one-day international in Dhaka on Wednesday. Debutant pacer Hasan Mahmud also impressed with the ball, picking up 3-28 as the hosts bowled out the weakened tourists for 122 before racing to 125-4 in 33.5 overs. Skipper Tamim Iqbal top-scored with 44 off 69 while all-rounder Shakib played his part with the bat, hitting 19. Left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein took 3-26 to give the home batsmen some trouble but his effort was not enough to defend the visitors' meagre total.Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahm...
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ICC’s Twist To “Spiderman” Lyrics After Rishabh Pant’s Gabba Heroics | Cricket News

AUS vs IND: Rishabh Pant is always an entertaining character behind the stumps.© AFP Rishabh Pant has been making headlines since Tuesday after his brilliant unbeaten knock of 89 saw India through to a historic win against Australia at the Gabba, sealing the Test series 2-1. However, it's not just his ability with the bat or his wicketkeeping skills that Pant is known for. A day before he took the Australian ...
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Lasith Malinga Retires From Franchise Cricket | Cricket News

Lasith Malinga represented Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.© BCCI/IPL Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga has retired from franchise cricket, his Indian Premier League side Mumbai Indians announced on Wednesday. Malinga, who is known for his dangerous yorkers, informed Mumbai Indians of his decision earlier this month, the IPL franchise said in a statement. Malinga said that he had made up his mi...
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IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals Trade Harshal Patel, Daniel Sams To Royal Challengers Bangalore | Cricket News

Ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Wednesday announced that Daniel Sams and Harshal Patel will be joining their squad. Sams and Patel were a part of the Delhi Capitals squad, but after a successful trade, the duo would be seen in red for RCB. RCB decided to retain 12 members of their IPL 2020 squad and the likes of Aaron Finch and Moeen Ali have been released from the squad. The likes of Virat Kohli, Ab de Villiers and Yuzvendra Chahal will be seen for RCB this season. Key performers of last season like Devdutt Padikkal and Mohammed Siraj have also been retained. Australia limited-overs skipper...
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No Threat To Captaincy But Virat Kohli To Be Among “Equals” In The Dressing Room | Cricket News

First things first. There is no imminent threat to Virat Kohli's captaincy in any format and neither is the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) even remotely thinking on those lines. But that's the news part of the story. When it comes to views, there are many -- some are quite open about the theory of split captaincy and some are speaking about it in hushed tones. Ajinkya Rahane's calm demeanour in India's biggest overseas series win has opened up a debate but to disappoint the fans of the Test vice-captain, there is little chance of a permanent anointment for him in the immediate future. However, there could be a paradigm shift in how the...
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IPL 2021: Who Was Retained And Which Players Were Released Ahead Of Auction | Cricket News

The Indian Premier League franchises announced their retentions ahead of the mini-auction in February before the 2021 season. There were some big players released as Rajasthan Royals bid farewell to captain Steve Smith, with Sanju Samson set to lead the team in the upcoming edition. Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell, Lasith Malinga and Chris Morris were among some of the other big names let go of by their respective teams. Defending champions Mumbai Indians released seven players while retaining a majority of their core that helped them win in 2020, while last year's finalists Delhi Capitals let go of five players. Here is a look at how the squads look lik...
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IPL 2021 Players Retention: Players, Fans React As Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Others Are Released | Cricket News

With the deadline for player retentions ahead of IPL 2021 auctions ending on Wednesday, teams did their chopping and changing to lighten their purse ahead of the February auction. Some big-ticket players were released while most teams retained their core group of players. Glenn Maxwell (Kings XI Punjab), Steve Smith (Rajasthan Royals), Lasith Malinga (Mumbai Indians), Harbhajan Singh (Chennai Super Kings) and Aaron Finch (Royal Challengers Bangalore) were some of the big names to miss out. Sanju Samson was named captain of Rajasthan Royals. "The plan was keep the core of the team," said KXIP's head coach Anil Kumble "The plan was to retain the ...
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Steve Smith Released By Rajasthan Royals Ahead Of IPL 2021 Auctions | Cricket News

Steve Smith has been released by Rajasthan Royals ahead of IPL 2021 auctions.© AFP Rajasthan Royals have released former captain Steve Smith ahead of IPL 2021 auctions, the franchise confirmed in a tweet on Wednesday. Smith led the side in IPL 2020 where the Royals finished at the bottom of the points table. "Forever a Royal...Some special memories Smudge," wrote Rajasthan Royals in a tweet. The last day for ...
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Rajasthan Royals Need A New Leader In IPL 2021, Says Former India Cricketer Aakash Chopra | Cricket News

Ahead of the player retentions before Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, former India batsman Aakash Chopra said Rajasthan Royals should enter the tournament under the leadership of a new skipper. Australian batting mainstay Steve Smith led the Royals in last year's IPL. The Rajasthan based side had a topsy-turvy ride in the showpiece event. The Royals were looking good after England's star all-rounder Ben Stokes made a return, but still finished the league at the bottom of the table. Chopra feels a new captain should be on the priority list of the Royals as the team has failed to deliver. The former batsman also listed out a few names which the side ...