Domestic

News

2014 Deodhar Trophy QF: CZ vs EZ

Naman Ojha takes Central Zone into semis

Unbeaten on 65, Naman Ohja played a determined knock to beat East Zone by two wickets and take Central Zone in to the semi-final of the BCCI Prof D B Deodhar Trophy. Chasing 195, Central Zone lost wickets at regular intervals as East Zone put up a fight to defend the total.

However, Ojha’s timely knock helped his team advance to the next stage of the zonal one-day tournament.

Opting to bat first, East Zone had garnered 30 runs by the time Parvez Aziz departed hitting the ball back to Anureet Singh on the last ball of the sixth over. The pacer, who has been in form throughout the season, once again gave his team an early first breakthrough. 20 runs later, a mix up between Ishant Jaggi and Shreevats Goswami gave EZ their second scalp. The indecision between the batsmen after Jaggi slipped resulted in the opener getting run out at the non-striker’s end. The East Zone innings witnessed a few close ‘yes-no’ calls between their batsmen while looking to put runs on the board.

While Goswami looked to hold the innings together, wickets continued to fall at regular intervals for the Laxmi Ratan Shukla-led side. Four overs later, Manoj Tiwary nicked a quicker one from Umesh Yadav to the wicketkeeper, and a bit later, Piyush Chawla accounted for Saurabh Tiwary.

 The middle-order bat took the aerial route, but succeeded only in finding Jalaj Saxena at deep mid-wicket. Goswami’s resistance was broken when Saxena bowled him out, leaving his team on 102 for five. Kumar Deobrat joined his captain in the middle, but their partnership was ended by Karn Sharma, who removed Shukla.

With the team on 170 and 10 overs left in the innings captain, Chawla came back into the attack and claimed the remaining four wickets in four overs to wrap up the East Zone innings and finish with a five-wicker haul. Shahbaz Nadeem departed top-edging the leg-spinner to Shalabh Shrivastava. In his next over, Rahul Shukla walked back after edging the ball to the wicketkeeper. Ashoke Dinda was the next to depart, while Deobrat was caught by Chawla off his own bowling to end the EZ innings for 194 with 22 balls still remaining.

Opening the batting with Faiz Fazal, Saxena was the first to cut loose after a circumspect start. The experienced opener struck Abu Nechim Ahmed for two boundaries and hit Dinda for two more in the next. Fazal, however, departed for four by edging Abu Nechim to the wicketkeeper. Shrivastava, who replaced him, got off the mark with a well-placed boundary through the slip region. But in his next over, the pacer had the better off Saxena, who looked in sublime touch. With the team on 45 for two, Naman Ojha took guard opposite Shrivastava as CZ worked to overcome the target.

35 runs later, Shrivastava returned for 31, dismissed by Rahul Shukla. And in the next over, skipper Laxmi Shukla bowled Mahesh Rawat and Akshdeep Nath to reduce Central Zone to 81 for four to keep the match precariously poised. Chawla and Ojha then added 43, before Abu Nechim sent back the CZ captain for 24.

While Ojha continued to anchor the innings, Karn Sharma was sent back by Dinda for 22, who removed Anureet Singh for zero. With CZ still 23 runs short of the target, Ishwar Pandey joined Ojha in the middle. The middle-order batsman, who had gone past his half-century, needed support from the other end to take his team across the line. And with Pandey, he helped his team to the target with seven overs to spare.

News

Preview: World T20 – India vs West Indies

IPL familiarity promises intense battle between crack T20 teams

What

Match 17 of the ICC World Twenty20, 2014

When

Sunday, March 23, (13:30 GMT | 19:30 Local | 19:00 IST)

Where

Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

The Teams

India

The win over Pakistan was something India needed desperately after a series of disappointments in the last few months. The comprehensive nature of the win should act as a further morale booster for the team. MS Dhoni and his men will need all the positivity they can conjure up in their next match, against the defending champions. West Indies’ major representation in the IPL makes their players highly familiar with their Indian counterparts’ games and the subcontinent conditions.

India’s team composition is unlikely to go many changes. Besides the logic of retaining the winning combination, the fact that they’re playing at the same venue, will also come into consideration. The absence of dew in Mirpur in Friday’s game might induce Dhoni to stick with the three-pronged spin attack.

Since most of the batsmen look in good touch, Dhoni might give Yuvraj Singh another game despite the lack of runs from his bat.
West Indies

The defending champions have begun their Bangladesh sojourn well by defeating England and Sri Lanka in the warm-up matches. The men from Caribbean had two perfect games with rather huge margins of victory. All the usual suspects – Chris Gayle, Dwayne Smith, Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo – are in good nick, making West Indies one of the strongest teams in the tournament.

While there is little to ponder over the batting, it will be interesting to see West Indies’ bowling combination. They played their second warm-up, against Sri Lanka in Mirpur, where Sunil Narine picked up four wickets. If they decide to play three spinners, Krishmar Santokie (who picked 3 for 24 against England) and Samuel Badree could join Narine. In that case, Dwayne Bravo might play the second pacer to Ravi Rampaul. If they decide to play two spinners, either of Sheldon Cottrell or Andre Russell could get a game.

Key Players

India


India’s win over Pakistan was set up by the spinners and they will continue to be crucial to the team’s fortunes in the rest of the tournament.

With Ashwin’s off-spinners and carom ball, Mishra’s leggies and googlies and contributions from the part-time slow left-armers, Dhoni has incredible variety at his disposal in the spin-friendly conditions of Bangladesh.

West Indies

While there is little doubt over Sunil Narine’s effectiveness in T20 cricket, his various IPL encounters with the Indian batsmen will make this contest further interesting. If West Indies borrow Pakistan’s strategy of putting an off-spinner upfront against Shikhar Dhawan, the battle will be intense and so will the contest between him and the spin-relishing Indian batsmen like Virat, Raina and Dhoni.

Statistics

Result summary in Twenty20 Internationals

Mts

Won

Lost

NR

Win%

India

47

27

19

1

57.45

West Indies

58

28

29

1

48.28


 India-West Indies in Twenty20 Internationals

Date

Venue

Batted 1st

Batted 2nd

Result

12-06-2009

Lord's

Ind 153-7

WI 156-3

West Indies won by 7 wickets

09-05-2010

Bridgetown

WI 169-6

Ind 155-9

West Indies won by 14 runs

04-06-2011

Port-of-Spain

Ind 159-6

WI 143-5

India won by 16 runs


Note:
West Indies have beaten India in both the matches in World T20.

Last 5 matches (Most recent listed first)

India: W W W L L

West Indies: L W W W L

Captaincy records

Mts

Won

Lost

NR

Win%

MS Dhoni

43

23

19

1

53.49

Darren Sammy

28

16

11

1

57.14


 Trivia

The last time Chris Gayle batted against India in a Twenty20 International he made 98 off 66 balls with five fours and seven sixes.

Yuvraj Singh has hit more sixes (59) than fours (53) in Twenty20 Internationals.

Amit Mishra is three short of completing 150 wickets in Twenty20 cricket.

Squads

India: MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Amit Mishra, Stuart Binny, Mohit Sharma, Varun Aaron, Ravindra Jadeja.

West Indies: Darren Sammy, Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Sheldon Cottrell, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Krishmar Santokie, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith.