Hamish Rutherford 106* Headlines New Zealand A’s Day After India A Declare on 467/8






Hamish Rutherford 106* Headlines New Zealand A's Day After India A Declare on 467/8







Useful lower order runs from all-rounders Vijay Shankar and K Gotham helped India A declare on a strong 467/8 in the first four-day match against New Zealand A at the Bay Oval in Tauranga on Saturday (November 17).In reply, New Zealand A finished the second day comfortably placed on 176/1 in 55 overs with opener Hamish Rutherford smashing an unbeaten century to remain 106*. He had Tim Seifert for company on 13.

Resuming on 340/5 Parthiv Patel, who is part of the India Test squad set to tour Australia, added 15 more to his overnight score of 79 before falling to pacer Blair Tickner for 94. Shankar and Gowtham then carried on the good work forging an 89-run stand for the seventh wicket in quick time. While Shankar scored a dominant 62 which included six fours, Gowtham smashed five fours and two sixes in his 57.

Both batsmen fell in quick succession post which the India A captain Ajinkya Rahane declared the innings. For New Zealand A Tickner was the most successful bowler returning 4/80 in 22.1 overs.

The Indian A new-ball bowling pair Deepak Chahar and Mohammed Siraj failed to make much of an impression, with the latter going at over five runs per over. Right-arm pacer Navdeep Saini too went at four runs per over as both New Zealand openers Rutherford and Will Young flourished.

Gowtham and Shankar were then at it with the ball as well and managed to put a lid on the scoring. Off-spinner Gowtham picked up the only wicket to fall trapping Young one shy of a 50 breaking the opening run stand on 121.

Rutherford, however, went on in his merry ways and soon brought up his century off 155 deliveries. Gowtham was the lone bowler for India to do any damage as he finished with 1/33 in 6 overs.

Brief Score: India A 467/8 declared (P Patel 94, H Vihari 86, P Shaw 62; Blair Tickner 4/80) lead New Zealand A 176/1 (H Rutherford 106, W Young 49) by 291 runs

First Published: November 17, 2018, 11:43 AM IST



Indian Players in Good Spirits as Team Departs For Tour of Australia

PTI | Updated: November 16, 2018, 7:29 PM IST






Indian Players in Good Spirits as Team Departs For Tour of Australia

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Mumbai: Eyeing a maiden Test series win Down Under, the Indian cricket team left for Australia on Friday for a grueling tour, which will see them play four matches in whites, three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals.Various members of the team took to Twitter to share their feelings ahead of their departure with chinaman Kuldeep Yadav terming it an “exciting challenge”.

”Exciting challenges ahead. Off to Australia with the boys #TeamIndia,” tweeted Kuldeep, who posted a picture with his teammates comprising young wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant, Rohit Sharma and others.

Pacer Jasprit Bumrah tweeted his picture and wrote, “Off we go! #Australia #Travelbound”.

“Taking off to head down under,” wrote Krunal Pandya on the micro blogging site as he posted snaps with team mates.

Here’s how other members of the Indian team marked their departure ahead of the all important tour.

At the pre-departure press conference on Thursday, captain Virat Kohli emphasised on the need for the batsmen to step up.

Head coach Ravi Shastri categorically said that there won’t be any chopping and changing in the ODI team from now with just 13 games remaining before the World Cup.

Experts and former players are seeing this tour as India’s best bet to defeat Australia in Tests as the hosts will be without their two key batsman, Steve Smith and David Warner, who are facing a year long ban for their involvement in the ball tampering scandal in South Africa.

First Published: November 16, 2018, 6:19 PM IST



Team India Departs For Gruelling Tour With “Happy Faces”

The Indian cricket team left on Friday for the gruelling tour of Australia, where the Virat Kohli-led side will play three T20Is, four Tests and three ODIs, starting from November 21. India last toured Australia in 2015-16, having lost the five-match ODI series 1-4 and won the three-match T20I series 3-0. India’s celebrated clean sweep win against the Aussies had come under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. With no Dhoni in Team India this time, it will be interesting to see how Kohli manages the men-in-blue. However, there isn’t any stress visible on the faces of the Indian players. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared some pictures of those “happy faces”. “Happy faces and gamer boys before the team’s departure to Australia #TeamIndia,” the BCCI captioned the images on Twitter.

Along with the happy faces of Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Shikhar Dhawan and Jasprit Bumrah, some of the players were seen busy playing a video game.

India vice-captain Rohit, who recently led India to a clean sweep victory against the West Indies at home, shared a picture with his bowlers Yuzvendra Chahal and Khaleel Ahmed. “Gangs here and we are ready to jet,” he wrote on Twitter.

Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav expressed his “excitement” for the lengthy tour, saying: “Exciting challenges ahead. Off to Australia with the boys.”

Pacer Jasprit Bumrah and all-rounder Krunal Pandya, who made his international debut in the recently-concluded series against the West Indies, also joined in.

The first T20I will be played at The Gabba, Brisbane, on November 1. Captain Kohli, at the pre-departure conference on Thursday, asked for an improved batting show from his batsmen.

“Our focus will be more on how batsmen will bat together on this tour. The bowlers are in a great space. After a long time, we have a bowling attack where we feel that we can pick up twenty wickets every time,” Kohli said.

“We definitely have made decent progress but there is still a lot of room for improvement,” he added.

Indian women’s football team enters Olympic Qualifiers 2nd round for first time

By: PTI | Yangon |

Published: November 13, 2018 11:22:27 pm





The Indian women’s team advanced to the second round after finishing second in Group C with four points from three matches, behind table-toppers Myanmar. (Source: Twitter/IndianFootball) 

The Indian women’s football team on Tuesday qualified for the Olympic Qualifiers second round for the first time, despite going down to hosts Myanmar 1-2 in a hard-fought clash here. The Indian women’s team advanced to the second round after finishing second in Group C with four points from three matches, behind table toppers Myanmar.

The second round of the Olympic Qualifiers will be played in April next year. The first half of the match at the Thuwunna Stadium was an exciting affair, with both sides finding the back of the net once. The Indian team, who went into the match with the same starting lineup from their 7-1 win against Bangladesh, was jolted after conceding a goal in just the third minute.

A cross from the right flank caused havoc in the Indian penalty area and the ball fell to Myanmar’s Win Theingi Tun, whose shot deflected off an Indian defender and rolled into the net past custodian Aditi Chauhan.

HOT DEALS

However, much to their credit, the Indian women responded immediately and pushed forward for the equaliser. Bala Devi, who scored four in the previous game, found space to shoot from a range but she lost her footing at the last moment in the eighth minute.

The next chance also fell to India’s way six minutes later after Sanju charged down the left flank to collect a long-range pass from Kamala Devi and came up with a curling first-time shot. However, the Myanmar keeper was alert and made the save while conceding a corner.

The hosts, who drew their last match against Nepal, looked to catch the Indians out on the counter and created two chances in quick succession. In the 19th minute, Myanmar hit the Indian crossbar with a long-range effort that rebounded back into play.

India continued their pursuit of the equaliser and were rewarded in the 23rd minute as Grace Dangmei broke free down the right. She was fouled just on the edge of the penalty box. From the resulting free-kick, 19-year-old Ratanbala Devi unleashed a sizzling shot right into the top corner of the net, leaving the goalie with no chance. Bala, playing as a playmaker, looked dangerous every time she received the ball.

The second half was also an absorbing affair, with India creating the first chance as Bala Devi’s cross-cum-shot from the left flank kissed the top of the crossbar before going out of play. After that, the home side put continuous pressure on the Indian goal but the defence stood tall in response.

In the 50th minute, Aditi showed her alertness as she dived swiftly to collect a low cross from the right and nine minutes later, produced the save of the match as she dived sharply to her left to keep out a header that seemed to be heading into the top corner of the net.

Bala had another shot saved by the Myanmar keeper but it was Aditi who was India’s best player of the second half as she pulled off a number of saves, most notably in the 73rd minute as she flung to her left to palm away a low shot from the edge of the box.

The Indian resistance, however, was broken with just seven minutes to play as Nge Nge Htwe placed her shot low into the corner of the net after a quick break from the hosts. India pressed for the equaliser till the final whistle and looked to have found one through a header from a corner but the effort, deep into injury time, was cleared off the line by the home side defenders.

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‘Naive to Think Every Team Can Play Like India’






'Naive to Think Every Team Can Play Like India' - Aaron Finch

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Australia’s disastrous ODI form in recent months has led to skipper Aaron Finch and coach Justin Langer looking towards sides like India and England to script a comeback for the World Champions ahead of the 2019 World Cup which is close to six months away now.Finch said it was crucial for the team to find the right balance rather than looking at just one formula for success.

”You look at the way India play, they’re generally quite conservative in that first 10 and then really solid through that middle 30 overs where they rotate the strike, they lose minimal wickets and then load up at the back end,” Finch was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

“I don’t think it’s all about going head-on and smacking it all out attack the way that England play, but I think if you can mix and match and find what best fits your batting seven. I think it’d be naïve and ignorant to think every team can play like that or every team can play like India.

There’s two totally different ways to go about it but they’ve both been ultra-successful in the last couple of years,” he added.

The Australia captain knows the task he has in hand and further said that his squad is a bit one-dimensional right now.

“I think that if you look at our line-up on paper at the moment you’d say that it’s a fairly one-dimensional side in terms of attack versus workers of the ball and your traditional batsmen,” said Finch.

“Not to disrespect any of the players by any stretch of the imagination but it’s probably that way. And we haven’t got it right for a while and that does expose you in the middle-order at times when you come up on some different wickets or a really good attack who get on top of you early,” he added.

Finch added that it is something the team management will think about before their next assignment, which comes against India in two-months time.

“We have to either adapt our game plan a little bit around the way the side is structured at best, or we slightly change our personnel to fit a style we think we can win,” he said.

“That’s something that will come out over the next couple of months when we sit down and dig into it and find a way to get back on top of the world.

“We’ve got a bit over two months even until the next one-day games against India so that will be a really good opportunity to sit down and reassess and really start mapping out that process of how I think, JL thinks and the leaders think that we can be the most successful in this format,” he added.




First Published: November 13, 2018, 7:39 PM IST