Australia had set a target of 589 runs for Pakistan. Pak had a bad start with their first innings but Babar Azam and Yasir Shah lead the team to 302/10. Azam scored 97 runs at a strike rate of 73.48 hitting 11 fours while Shah scored 113 runs at a strike rate of 53.05 hitting 13 fours.
Mitchell Starc took 6 wickets ceding 66 runs and Pat Cummins took 3 with an economy of 3.66.
Australia called for a follow on and Pak now stands at 30-3 in 16.5 overs.
Hazlewood took 2 wickets and Starc took one. Pakistan is at a trail by 248 runs.
BCCI president and former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly were asked if former skipper M.S. Dhoni will be playing the upcoming T-20 world cup or not. This is what he said, “Please ask Dhoni.”
Dhoni has been away from the game since India’s disappointing loss at the world cup 2019 semifinals against New Zealand. Recently he was asked about retirement to which he replied that it is better not to question him till January 2020.
A lot of speculations have been made on the cricketer’s future in the sport. He is a person who has led the Indian team to two ICC titles. Recently chief selector M.K.S Prasad commented that the selectors had moved past Dhoni. Any plans of retirement have been denied by the cricketer till January and recently he was seen practising along with Jharkhand’s under-23 team in Ranchi. This has indicated that he might be preparing for a comeback.
Sourav Ganguly had also said, “champions don’t finish quickly.” in Dhoni’s context when he took over as the president of BCCI.
Australian cricketer Steve Smith has achieved a new milestone in his cricketing career. He surpassed 7000 run mark in his test career. This achievement is a special one because he has beaten legendary Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli.
Fastest to 7000 Test runs (innings): 126* – Steve Smith (AUS) 131 – Walter Hammond (ENG) 134 – Virender Sehwag (IND) 136 – Sachin Tendulkar (IND) 138 – Garry Sobers (WI)/Kumar Sangakkara (SL)/Virat Kohli (IND)
Smith is currently the number one test batsman with Virat Kohli following him at the second position. Smith had a great year in test cricket post his return from the ban after the scandalous ‘sandpaper gate’ incident in 2018.
Adelaide saw one of the finest games of cricket today. Pakistan cricket team had a really hard time owing to the Australian openers. David Warner had a fantastic day as he hit 335* runs in 418 balls.
The knock included 39 fours and 1 six at a massive strike rate of 80.14. Along with him Marnus Labuschagne hit 162 runs in 238 balls at a strike rate of 68.07. Labuschagne got out at the hands of Shaheen Afridi.
Pakistan’s batting line up succumbed to the pressure. They stand at 96-6 in 35 overs. Mitchell Stark took 5 wickets ceding just 22 runs. Pakistan is at a trail of 493 runs.
With the T-20 world cup coming up next year, India will be looking forward to the home series against West Indies in December. The series will start on December 6th. It will comprise of three T-20 matches and three one day internationals.
There will be certain things that will grab attention:
Rishabh Pant’s form
Rishabh Pant who has been going through a bad form since six months now will be the centre of attention as the batsman is yet to prove himself as a dependable player despite the number of chances that he has been given. He has been criticized a lot and his selection in the squad has raised a lot many questions. Let us see how the batsman tackles with everything and hope that he is able to perform in the upcoming matches.
Sanju Samson’s inclusion in playing eleven
With skipper Virat Kohli returning from rest in this series, it will be interesting to see how he places Sanju Samson in the team. The Kerela boy has done very well for himself and has been included in the squad as a replacement for Shikhar Dhawan, who won’t be playing the series owing to his injured knee. Samson who was a part of the squad against Bangladesh was not included in the playing eleven. He surely needs an ample amount of opportunities which have been given to Pant in order to make a place for himself.
If Rahul gets to open or not
K.L. Rahul has shown a good form in Syed Mushqat Ali trophy, hitting two half-centuries in five games. With Kohli batting at number three, it will be interesting to see if he opens the innings along with Rohit or not. Samson who is a replacement for Dhawan might not get to open at first.
Shreyas Iyer at number-4
Shreyas Iyer seems to be the perfect solution for India’s troubles at the middle-order. Iyer has done a fantastic job whenever he has been given a chance. His last match against Bangladesh was just the proof that was required of this excellence. He smashed 62 runs in 33 balls when the top order and Rishabh Pant failed to perform.