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Australia Vs Bangladesh: 2nd Test

Australia Vs Bangladesh: 2nd Test


BAN 253/6 (90 Ovs)

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Stumps, Day 1: Attritional Test cricket. Both sides keeping things conventional and tight all through the day. But Bangladesh take the pole position at the end of it all. We could’ve been in for a deviation from the script when Sabbir fell to a moment of extravaganza, but Nasir Hossain ganged up with his skipper to ensure that there were no further surprises. It started off well for the Aussies, with three wickets inside the first session – but couldn’t quite keep the foot on the gas. Lyon starred with yet another fifer, and Cummins bowled his heart out. Sadly, the rest couldn’t quite back them up. Nevertheless, the match looks well poised for another super day lined up tomorrow. Do join us then and hope that the clouds don’t.

89.6
Lyon to Rahim, no run
89.5
Lyon to Rahim, no run
Round the wicket now for the final two deliveries
89.4
Lyon to Rahim, no run, on middle, adopts the line with an opened up front leg. The bat’s response doesn’t change though
Three balls to see out the day. A day that would go into the team’s kitty who succeeds in these three balls
89.3
Lyon to Rahim, no run, now a sniff of the leather too as he indulges in killing a few more
89.2
Lyon to Rahim, no run, quickly sliding behind, staying up tall, showing the full bat face and dropping it right under his eyeline
89.1
Lyon to Rahim, no run, shuffles, inside the line, blocked out
Nathan Lyon [27.0-5-77-5] is back into the attack

88.6
Agar to Nasir Hossain, FOUR, 250 up now. A tired, given up delivery. Floated up with all the width for Nasir to cash in, and he does it with interest.
88.5
Agar to Rahim, 1 run, continues milking the singles. This time behind square with his tickle
88.4
Agar to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, some turn. Off the outside edge on the defence playing for the angle to run past the man at slip
88.3
Agar to Nasir Hossain, no run, bat-pad, with all the inseparable glue to defend
88.2
Agar to Rahim, 1 run, doesn’t control the drift. Down leg and Rahim quickly lines up to sweep it very fine
88.1
Agar to Rahim, no run, allows Rahim to rock back, and he does it to punch it into the off-side

87.6
O’Keefe to Nasir Hossain, no run, a wrist roll on it to turn it to mid-wicket
87.5
O’Keefe to Nasir Hossain, FOUR, takes silly point with the power. Finds him hopping around as he spanks the overcooked delivery with all the flight in it as well. The extra cover fence wearing the brunt yet again. All that after racing down the track
87.4
O’Keefe to Nasir Hossain, no run, reintroduces it back into the turf. Takes it right at the point of contact and nails it further down
87.3
O’Keefe to Nasir Hossain, no run, a nice full bat flow in a punish to extra cover
87.2
O’Keefe to Rahim, 1 run, too straight now. Rather defensive lines these. Turned away around the corner
87.1
O’Keefe to Rahim, FOUR, a delight. A half volley and Rahim is quick in getting his front leg out of the way, staying low and drilling it, in some version of an inside-out slap

86.6
Agar to Nasir Hossain, no run
86.5
Agar to Nasir Hossain, no run
86.4
Agar to Nasir Hossain, no run, a yorker of sorts. Hossain walking forward does himself no favours with it. Jammed out in the end
86.3
Agar to Nasir Hossain, no run, quicker through on the sticks. Blunted back
86.2
Agar to Nasir Hossain, no run, toe-rise straight closed bat and a knock to mid-on
86.1
Agar to Nasir Hossain, no run, airy as it dips on off. Forward and blocked
Ashton Agar [15.0-5-39-1] is back into the attack

85.6
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, a mini shuffle, with a punch, on-sided
85.5
O’Keefe to Nasir Hossain, 3 runs, flows through the bat swing now. Quite an overpitch outside off with the width as well for Hossain to free his hands. And he does it in creaming a cover drive
85.4
O’Keefe to Nasir Hossain, no run, checks his drive through the line, chipping it to mid-off eventually
85.3
O’Keefe to Nasir Hossain, no run, gets SOK to field off his own bowling, polite-driving it back
A silly point jumps in
Nimit says: What is the par score on this track? — 300-320 will be a par score.
85.2
O’Keefe to Nasir Hossain, no run, 80.1kph, continues the toss up. More of the defences
85.1
O’Keefe to Nasir Hossain, no run, drawn out on the drive, stays low in a push to mid-off
Steve O’Keefe [18.0-0-58-0] is back into the attack
Five overs to go. Cummins in all likelihood has bowled out..he’s run out of energy rather. SOK comes back in. Can he make Chittagong even half a Pune?

84.6
Pat Cummins to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, lays into the drive. Holds the pose as well as he caresses it through the covers
84.5
Pat Cummins to Nasir Hossain, no run, a push-drive, checked past the bowler to mid-on
Pat Cummins is struggling here. Struggling in his followthrough, struggling to get back to his mark. And he still manages to bowl over 135 clicks. Sapping conditions these
84.4
Pat Cummins to Nasir Hossain, no run, 136.9kph, pushed through fuller. Nasir stays solidly behind it in defence
84.3
Pat Cummins to Rahim, 1 run, 136.7kph, slanter on the hips. Glanced down to keep fine leg busy
84.2
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, high backlift, high elbows and a punch to short cover. Cummins meanwhile is stuck to his tight length deliveries
84.1
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, 133.5kph, hits the good length spot in the probing channel. A shuffling leave

83.6
Lyon to Nasir Hossain, no run, ripping in, perhaps off the footmarks outside off. A crouched tuck to square leg
83.5
Lyon to Nasir Hossain, FOUR, puts it away. Gets the width again, this time enough of it. Sits up too. And the power in the cut was always there. Wide of cover and into the fence
83.4
Lyon to Nasir Hossain, no run, an angry cut. Not quite the width but enough muscle on it. Finds point
83.3
Lyon to Rahim, 1 run, an ungainly pull. Decides to walk down, and realizes the length was just not there. Crouches and showcases an awkward half-pull
83.2
Lyon to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, turn, enticing him to nudge. Gets just that. Off the inside half of the bat through mid-wicket
83.1
Lyon to Rahim, 1 run, with the spin and along the ground in a whip to long-on

82.6
Pat Cummins to Rahim, 1 run, the softest of hands. Drops it wide of mid-wicket with a wrist roll
Kashid says: Can leg spin do something special for Aussies in the shape of their captain?? — Not right now. The regular bowlers are doing the job.
82.5
Pat Cummins to Nasir Hossain, 1 run, an airborne jump inside the line in glancing it to fine leg
82.4
Pat Cummins to Nasir Hossain, no run, 139.7kph, drags the length back. On the tummy for Hossain to settle in a back footed defence
82.3
Pat Cummins to Nasir Hossain, no run, 134.6kph, sticking the bat mid-way to intercept one that was tailing in on middle
82.2
Pat Cummins to Nasir Hossain, no run, 134.2kph, stays low off a length as it nips back in on off. Bunted out
82.1
Pat Cummins to Rahim, 1 run, sliding in on leg. A tickle on the glance getting it down to fine leg

81.6
Lyon to Nasir Hossain, no run
81.5
Lyon to Nasir Hossain, no run, oh my. He’s putting up a show here. Has a new ball too, one that has some fizz and this one has more than enough.
81.4
Lyon to Nasir Hossain, no run, shortened in length again, allows Hossain to punch it back with a glide deep inside the crease
81.3
Lyon to Nasir Hossain, no run, an on-punch. High elbows and all to knock it to mid-on
Nasir Hossain, right handed bat, comes to the crease
81.2
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, out Stumped!! Falls over. Very, very ugly. Where did this come from. Wade meanwhile has started his celebrations. And it is a long hop that Lyon is hoping for to get his fifer. Here’s how it started – Sabbir takes it on his ego to smash the half tracker into its rightful place. Swivels, flashes the pull, misses all ends up. Falls over too. Wade, intercepts the sharp spin down leg, collects and just when Rahman’s back leg was falling over, whips the bails off. Fell over twice, couldn’t survive the second fall. The front leg was lined up with the line of the crease – Alas! Sabbir Rahman st Wade b Lyon 66(113) [4s-6 6s-1]
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, THAT’S OUT!! Stumped!!
81.1
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, no run, walks down, trusts the turn, or the lack of it rather in easing it to mid-on
Nathan Lyon [25.0-4-70-4] is back into the attack
The familiar old pair to share the second new ball as well. Some things never change..quite what experience gives you

80.6
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, 134.9kph, returns and ends with a full sucker punch. The bat comes mid-way to drive it out to mid-off
80.5
Pat Cummins to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, back to the fifth stump lines. A square punch follows
Nakul Babumoshai says: Good to see so much depth in Bangladesh’s batting. — They still have Nasir Hossain
80.4
Pat Cummins to Sabbir Rahman, byes, FOUR, slips out. Loses his radar darting it way down leg. The angle keeps getting bigger by the second and there is nothing Wade can do with it either
80.3
Pat Cummins to Sabbir Rahman, no run, 134kph, well down on pace. A gentle floater, very un-Cummins, outside off. Left alone
80.2
Pat Cummins to Sabbir Rahman, no run, shouting out loud in appeal. And the worst possible time to consider having to go for a review – only a couple of balls old. Was a full inswinging delivery, does Rahman in for pace and movement as he falls over in looking to flick it away. Thick inside edge onto the pad
80.1
Pat Cummins to Sabbir Rahman, no run, tight lined good length start. Just the hint of movement getting it back in. Stays behind in defence
Pat Cummins [14.0-4-27-0] is back into the attack
So, the new ball on display. Ump Gould shows it to all parts of the ground. Cummins, who else, to get the first bite. A couple of slips in..

79.6
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run
79.5
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, lets the ball get close, waits on it in a downward smother
79.4
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, trusts the line to be wide enough to start, doesn’t bother interering
79.3
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, plunges the front leg further, the bat continues to remain dead
79.2
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, strings it just outside off. Well at the source to cut it off
79.1
O’Keefe to Rahim, 2 runs, a nice eye-pleasing caress, leaning in, swinging through the line and everything that goes with the territory. What’s more it is Mushy’s 18th Test half-century. And the 100 of the stand too

78.6
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, 133.7kph, ends with a wide floater. Too wide to interest Sabbir
78.5
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, 125.4kph, fullish on middle, veers in from the wide of the crease angle as well. Drilled away to mid-off
78.4
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, 127.1kph, plonks the front leg across to cover the off-pole. And indulges in a defence
78.3
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, a flashy drive. Another carrot dangled asking for a drive. Sabbir cannot resist any longer. Chases, throws the bat out, connects with nothing
78.2
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, the military medium lines. Top of off and Sabbir is quickly behind it to see it out
Aniruddh Singh Rathore says: Bangladesh should not get complacent even after crossing 300, I say “put your heads down, toil hard, grind the opposition down with a daunting first innings total, blow their spirits away and then make the kill”. But let us get to 300 first.
78.1
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, quite wide, off a good length. Ignored

77.6
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, searches for the turn, with the bat hung away from the body. There’s none of it. A chunk on the inside edge onto the boot
77.5
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, opens up his defence in a squeezy-push
77.4
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, skips down, and keeps walking over to the other wnd with a straight push
77.3
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, no run, a lunge, a reach out, a smother
77.2
O’Keefe to Rahim, 1 run, takes on the sweep. Hardly in control of it as he looks to drag it from well outside off. Top-edges it in the process but well short of fine leg
77.1
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, 79kph, all the air on it as it dips in on middle. A wristy close faced tuck

Time for drinks. Excellent partnership this for Bangladesh. It has helped them recover from a precarious 117/5. Sabbir has had his nervy moments, but has settled in nicely. Rahim, on the other hand, has looked solid. Australia need to break this stand to restore back the advantage.

76.6
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, low full toss close to off, Sabbir squeezes the drive to extra cover
76.5
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, fullish and on off, Sabbir drives it gun-barrel straight, Cartwright dives to his right in his followthrough and deflects it to mid-on, might have saved a few there
76.4
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, dibbly-dobbly delivery outside off, Sabbir lifts his bat and lets it go
76.3
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, back of a length on off, Rahman blocks off the back foot
Chetan says: “Must say that Bangladesh cricket has grown multiple folds in recent year or two. The whole attitude and their field presence has a huge difference from what it was in the past.”
76.2
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, 2 runs, too casual from Sabbir. Sees the space outside off and throws his hands at that, sliced over backward point and picks up a couple. He’s living dangerously against Cartwright
76.1
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, fuller and just outside off, Sabbir plays the textbook off-drive to mid-off

75.6
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, very slow and O’Keefe extracts awkward bounce once again, Rahim does well to play it with loose hands. The ball strikes the sticker on the bat and goes to ground quickly
75.5
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, tossed up just outside off, Rahim taps it towards point and wants a single, sent back
Ravindra says: “Will Aussies go for New ball when its due – three spinners in the side.” — They’d jump at it. This ball has surely lost its fizz
75.4
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, drifting onto leg-stump, Sabbir kneels and sweeps to deep backward square leg
75.3
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, no run, more bite on this one and Sabbir handled it well with the bat on top of the ball
75.2
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, no run, another big stride forward to negate the flighted delivery
75.1
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, no run, looped up close to off, Sabbir lunges forward to smother

74.6
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, five dots is all it took to induce a false shot from Sabbir. Full delivery and with his feet nowhere he decides to drive, slices it off the outer half to extra cover
Ankita says: “Test cricket is a game of sessions, and if you need to win it you have to dominate as many as you can. That’s what is missing in the current Australian team as they are easily losing the control over game. Failed to build pressure after taking wickets..!!!” — To be fair this Bangladesh side are no pushovers
74.5
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, Cartwright has managed to keep it tight in this over, another length delivery that is defended into the off-side
74.4
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, speared into the blockhole, Sabbir jams it out to backward point
74.3
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, good length ball in and around off, Sabbir presses it to short cover
74.2
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, on a length close to off, Sabbir offers a watertight forward defence
74.1
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, very full and almost in the yorker length, squeezed out to extra cover

73.6
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, slower and on off, Rahim is forward and defending
73.5
O’Keefe to Rahim, FOUR, fabulous shot! Flighted delivery close to off, Rahim stays on leg-stump and opens himself up to carve the drive inside out, played all along the ground through extra cover
73.4
O’Keefe to Rahim, FOUR, Rahim has been good with his shot selection. Tossed up delivery around off, he kneels down and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket, couple of bounces and over the rope
73.3
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, bit of extra bounce, Rahim is surprised as he jerks his bottom hand away from the bat handle
73.2
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, sliding on with the arm, Rahim blocks it down the surface
73.1
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, floaty full delivery and Rahim almost squeezes the drive to extra cover

72.6
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, FOUR, elegance! Overpitched outside off, Sabbir strides forward with a bent back knee and then unleashes the cover-drive through extra cover. The balance, position and placement – perfect
72.5
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, low full toss and Sabbir is generous enough to push it gently to mid-off
72.4
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, an encore of the previous delivery, Cartwright lands it in the same area and gets the same response from Sabbir
72.3
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, good length ball close to off, Sabbir presses forward and defends with his head right over the ball
72.2
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, on a length outside off, Sabbir drives on the rise and the ball was in the air. Warner collected it on the bounce
72.1
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, no run, gentle back of a length delivery outside off, Sabbir punches softly to short cover
Romel says: “This rebuilding job would be vital in the context of the game.”
Hilton Cartwright [1.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack

71.6
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run
71.5
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, excellent running. Sabbir comes down the track and works it to mid-on, he had a lead and continued running. The throw was to Rahim’s end and he too had made it in
71.4
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, no run, slides on with the arm, Sabbir smothers it with a stride forward
Vaibhav says: “How much is the good score on this pitch? 225?” — Certainly not. It hasn’t developed any demons as of now. Something around 325 should be Bangladesh’s aim
71.3
O’Keefe to Rahim, 1 run, lobbed up on off, Rahim drives inside out along the ground to long-off
71.2
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, slower and around off, Rahim ensures that he blocks with the bat close to the body
71.1
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, flighted delivery outside off, Rahim push-drives to extra cover

70.6
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, 2 runs, Cummins is back on the field and any question regarding his fitness should be put to rest with this effort. Sabbir lofts it inside out over extra cover. Cummins from long-off runs to his left, dives across and keeps the ball in play. His feet touch the ad cushions
70.5
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, drifting in and Sabbir tucks it to the right of short leg
70.4
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, fired in full on the stumps, pushed cautiously back to the bowler
70.3
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, once more Sabbir backed away but Agar followed him, defended off the back foot
70.2
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, tad short and around off, Sabbir makes a bit of room and cuts to backward point
70.1
Agar to Rahim, 1 run, tossed up on a fullish length, Rahim drives to long-off

69.6
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, no run, tossed up on off, Sabbir offers a dead-bat in defence
M Raja Venkata says: “Why didn’t Smith try himself to bowl rather than going with Maxwell?” — Australia already have a two bowlers taking the ball away from right handers. Smith is another one of them. Maxwell provides something different
69.5
O’Keefe to Rahim, 1 run, nice floaty delivery and Rahim eases it down to long-off
69.4
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, uses his feet and gets a bit too close to the ball, squeezed out to mid-on
69.3
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, no run, flighted around off, Sabbir defends to silly point
69.2
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, no run, chops the cut to extra cover
69.1
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, 2 runs, looped up outside off, on a driveable length and Sabbir obliges, bends the back knee and places it wide of short extra cover, long-off gets across to tidy up

68.6
Agar to Rahim, no run
68.5
Agar to Rahim, no run, quicker and close to off, Rahim gets behind the line and knocks it to the off-side
68.4
Agar to Rahim, no run, plays within himself as he defends the flatter delivery
68.3
Agar to Rahim, no run, short and outside off, a long hop, Rahim triggers forward and back before unleashing the cut shot, picks out Warner at extra cover. Should have put that away
68.2
Agar to Rahim, no run, slower through the air and the length was short, Rahim stays back and bunts it out
68.1
Agar to Rahim, no run, too full and outside off, Rahim drives to short extra cover

67.6
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, no run, slower and around off, Sabbir blocks off the front foot
67.5
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, no run, flighted delivery on a fullish length, Sabbir drills the drive right into silly point’s shin
67.4
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, 2 runs, fifty for Sabbir. The crowd find their voice and appreciate an important knock. Came in with his side in trouble and has added a crucial partnership. Raises the bat and soaks in the applause. Sliding down leg, Sabbir nurdles it square on the leg-side and hares back for the second
67.3
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, no run, dead-batted into the leg-side
67.2
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, 2 runs, sloppy from Maxwell. Sabbir push-drives it to short extra cover. Maxwell fires a wayward throw which Wade had no chance of collecting, the ball runs away to fine leg
67.1
O’Keefe to Sabbir Rahman, no run, lots of revs on this one, Sabbir blocks off the splice of the bat
Steve O’Keefe [11.0-0-35-0] is back into the attack
Short leg moves to silly point

66.6
Agar to Rahim, no run, once more trusting his hand-eye coordination to keep the flighted delivery out
66.5
Agar to Rahim, no run, Rahim is half-forward to smother the tossed up delivery
66.4
Agar to Rahim, no run, defended from the crease
66.3
Agar to Rahim, 2 runs, in the air and lands safely. Rahim goes to his favourite shot – the sweep. The height of Agar extracts more bounce and the top-edge flies over the square leg umpire. Lands yards away from the deep backward square fielder
66.2
Agar to Rahim, no run, teased up around off, Rahim negotiates with a front foot press
No injury for Cummins, that’s good news for Australia. Just a heat stroke which is being taken care of.
66.1
Agar to Rahim, no run, floaty delivery on off, Rahim is content with a forward block

65.6
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, FOUR, lovely shot! Sabbir picked the right delivery to play the sweep, his judgement of length was perfect and the roll of the wrist kept the ball along the ground – bisecting the two fielders in the deep
65.5
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, no run, tossed up on off, Rahman negates with the bat and pad close to each other
65.4
Lyon to Rahim, 1 run, dipping in front of Rahim, who clips it with the turn to deep mid-wicket
Back over the wicket
65.3
Lyon to Rahim, no run, flat and on off, Rahim camps back and turns it to short leg
65.2
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, quicker and around off, Sabbir sinks low and paddles it to long leg
65.1
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, 2 runs, uses the angle Lyon is bowling from and steers it past slip, adds two more to his tally. Opened the bat face at the last instant did Sabbir and played it close to his body

64.6
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, very full and on the stumps, Sabbir eases it down to long-off
64.5
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, floated up outside off, Sabbir whips the drive ala Kohli to extra cover
64.4
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, slower through the air and Rahman defends with his head right on top of the ball
64.3
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, pushed off the front foot and Agar dives to his left to save a run
64.2
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, drifting across and Rahman has his bat and pad close together to defend
64.1
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, FOUR, shouts of “catch” from the Australians, but Sabbir got it just over the short extra cover fielder. Danced down and wasn’t to the pitch, still went through with the inside out loft and evaded the leaping fielder

63.6
Lyon to Rahim, no run, tossed up outside off, Rahim takes a step out and bunts it in front of cover
63.5
Lyon to Rahim, no run, and again. Rahim uses the depth of the crease to keep Lyon out
63.4
Lyon to Rahim, no run, flighted delivery on off, blocked from the crease
63.3
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, teased up outside off, Sabbir was shaping to play the drive on the drive, aborts at the last second and pushes it wide of mid-off. The ball held up on the surface
63.2
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, no run, slows it up and Sabbir carefully taps it into the off-side
63.1
Lyon to Rahim, 1 run, continues from round the wicket, fraction short and Rahim is on one knee to play the sweep/pull to deep mid-wicket. He was undone a bit by the bounce

62.6
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, very full and Sabbir almost falls over on the flick shot, the inside edge hits the pad and rolls to the right of Agar
62.5
Agar to Rahim, 1 run, flatter and close to off, Rahim opens the bat face on the point of impact and sends it wide of point
62.4
Agar to Rahim, no run, shortens the length and gets bit more bounce, Rahim rides it and knocks it to backward point
62.3
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, jumps out of the crease and eases the drive to long-off
62.2
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, 2 runs, too straight, Sabbir leans across and tickles it fine for a couple
62.1
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, drifting across off, Sabbir plonks his front foot forward to block

61.6
Lyon to Rahim, no run
61.5
Lyon to Rahim, no run, flatter and on off, Rahim hangs back and just about brings his bat down. Not a length to stay back and that got Rahim into a tangle, handled it well in the end
61.4
Lyon to Rahim, no run, tossed up outside off, Rahim lunges forward to negate any turn on offer
61.3
Lyon to Rahim, 2 runs, flighted on a fullish length and Rahim brings out the broom, swept to deep square leg
61.2
Lyon to Rahim, no run, angles across off and Rahim has it covered with a front foot block
61.1
Lyon to Rahim, no run, starts from round the wicket, Rahim watches it closely before turning it to short mid-wicket
Nathan Lyon [22.0-4-58-4] is back into the attack

60.6
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, 2 runs, to third man
60.5
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run
60.4
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, FOUR, this time he gets to the pitch of the ball, goes through with the loft and connects well to clear the mid-on fielder. Sabbir starts off from where he had left
60.3
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, Wade and Smith are interested in an LBW shout. Agar is not though. He reckons that it was sliding down. Sabbir comes down the track and is struck on the pad first, the bat then hits the ball and it rolls to the off-side. He was not a far way down and hence the appeal. They had a lengthy discussion and decide against the review
60.2
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, a quickened up accurate one on middle. Hurries into a defence
60.1
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, sliding a touch straight. Turned away in front of square

And we’re back live. One final session to see off what has been an interesting day. Not a dull moment mind you. Pat Cummins hasn’t come out after the break – let’s hope his luck with injuries isn’t back. Bird is on for him. Here we go..

Tea, Day 1: Another gruelling session of Test cricket. Australia will be the happier of the two sides. Lyon sent back Mominul early in the session to go past Jason Gillespie’s 259 Test wickets, then Ashton Agar induced a false shot from the in-form Shakib to hand the advantage to Australia. Bangladesh will hope that their skipper can continue to hold fort along with Sabbir Rahman, who has been a bit fidgety in his stay. The last session should be as intriguing as the first two. So, don’t go anywhere.. Back soon..

59.6
Cartwright to Rahim, no run, a whippy drive, flicked out to mid-on. Off you disperse..tea it is
59.5
Cartwright to Rahim, no run, on the stumps, off a good length. Quickly covered to tap it to one of the mid-wickets
59.4
Cartwright to Rahim, FOUR, add some more. Overcooked outside off and Mushfiqur stalks it unleashing his long levers as he drills it away through the covers
59.3
Cartwright to Rahim, no run, a walking drive, knocking it back past the bowler to a cleaning up straight mid-off
A couple of mid-wickets come in
59.2
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, too straight now. Clipped wide of mid-wicket
59.1
Cartwright to Sabbir Rahman, FOUR, never the ideal start. A heap of goodies all packaged in this full toss. Rahman leans in, eats into it with the meatiest of creamings through the covers
Hilton Cartwright, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Should be the final over before the break. And as the norm goes, a new bowler comes in to spring up a surprise. Cartwright it is..with the keeper up to the stumps. Gets a fly slip

58.6
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, 129kph, staying low as it cuts back in off a good length. Mushy gets into a crouch in digging it away
58.5
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, 139kph, the usual. Rahim is on the back foot, waiting for the ball to get on close, drops it right at his feet with the straightest of blades
58.4
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, 137.7kph, pitches it up looking for the reverse. Nothing much to write home about for now. All too easy for a squeezing defence in the end
58.3
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, 140.7kph, closing in on off, makes Rahim play. And he does with a push to cover
58.2
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, 138kph, the good length spot in that channel around the fifth stump. An extravagant leave
58.1
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, cutting in on the hips. The glance comes to his rescue

57.5
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run
57.4
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run
57.3
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, a hint of rip. Too full to be expecting a surprise. Right at the pitch of it with the head falling over in defence
57.2
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, down leg. Goes for the sweep. Misses with the ball sneaking under
57.1
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, draws him forward with the loop on middle. Has to pick the ball up himself with Sabbir uninterested in taking it on

56.6
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, 141.2kph, the top-of-off stuff is back. Shuffles and kills it down
56.5
Pat Cummins to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, 116kph, another slower one. Takes an eternity in getting to Sabbir, who stays committed on his airy flick. Loses his shape, loses his timing as he chips it uppishly to deep square leg on the bounce
56.4
Pat Cummins to Sabbir Rahman, no run, 121.6kph, the slower variation. Off-cutters it on off. Spotted and knocked back
56.3
Pat Cummins to Rahim, 1 run, balances himself as he falls over in a flick in front of square. Dragging it from the line of off to start off with
56.2
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, 141.3kph, back to setting him up with the yorker. Misses it by a couple of inches making the adjustment all the more easier
56.1
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, walks in on the defence, right into the line and down the track in popping it back to the bowler

55.6
Agar to Rahim, 1 run, ends with a leg-drifter. Works it through square leg
55.5
Agar to Rahim, no run, now a cobra. Surprise, surprise. Takes off a length, gets Rahim airborne as he punches it out in the end
55.4
Agar to Rahim, no run, beats the bat. Finds the pad. But the appeal doesn’t hold good. Doesn’t quite come back a long way as Rahim looks to play for the turn. Yup, sliding down
55.3
Agar to Rahim, no run, a wide of the crease, low arm dart coming in. Smashed down
55.2
Agar to Rahim, no run, does himself no favours walking down the track. Yorks himself in the process. Jammed out on the drive eventually
55.1
Agar to Rahim, 2 runs, too straight. Helped on its way with a tickle around the corner
Rajat Maheshwari says: Will there be any change in team rankings if Bangladesh whitewashes Australia??? — Yes. Australia will drop to six, while Bangladesh’s position will depend on England-Windies outcome.
Ashton Agar [7.0-3-16-1] is back into the attack
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54.6
Pat Cummins to Sabbir Rahman, 2 runs, hangs back, lets the ball get close and frees his arms in a steery-drive. Gives sweeper a chase to his left to bag a couple
54.5
Pat Cummins to Sabbir Rahman, no run, 144.1kph, on a back of a length cutting in on the tummy. An angle-batted nudge to leg
54.4
Pat Cummins to Sabbir Rahman, no run, 140.4kph, goes yorker. Jammed out. This is some setting up. What’s coming? A short one?
54.3
Pat Cummins to Sabbir Rahman, no run, 137kph, late nip going in through the air. Could well be first hints of reverse. Pushed back
54.2
Pat Cummins to Sabbir Rahman, no run, 136.2kph, pitches it up a touch. A beautiful off-drive, on the up going through the line. Mid-off found to perfection
54.1
Pat Cummins to Sabbir Rahman, no run, bang on the money first up. Top of off at decent clicks. A blunt follows
Pat Cummins [11.0-3-23-0] is back into the attack
A 54-over old ball and Cummins is back looking for some reverse. A wide slip for him

53.6
Lyon to Rahim, no run, opens up his defence, in the form of the bat to guide it to point
53.5
Lyon to Rahim, no run, a drift on middle. Straightens to put the head on it in defence
53.4
Lyon to Rahim, 2 runs, the latest of dabs. Chopped down to third man
53.3
Lyon to Rahim, no run, he ain’t shedding his defences. A shuffle across and behind in the same motion before that
53.2
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, some cheek. Laps it away ramping it down to fine leg
53.1
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, no run, teases him with a wide carrot dangle. Rejects the bait with a push into the turf

52.6
Agar to Rahim, no run, bat next to pad. Guess why
52.5
Agar to Rahim, no run, low on the bat with the quicker one scooting along. All after Rahim settles into a defence
52.4
Agar to Rahim, no run, keeps cover-point busy this time with the steery-defence finding him
52.3
Agar to Rahim, no run, a lot straighter. Confident this time in defence
52.2
Agar to Rahim, no run, a neither here nor there length. Rahim decides it is to be handled from behind. Jams it into his pads in the end
52.1
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, a loop up outside off, asking for a drive. Gets a delightful one after the feet take him running to the pitch of it

51.6
Lyon to Rahim, no run, much fuller, leaning out to squeeze the defence
51.5
Lyon to Rahim, no run, plays around with the angle, taking it away and turning it back in at the very last moment. Read off the pitch in a square punch
Switches sides – round the wicket now
51.4
Lyon to Rahim, no run, a drifter away. A pushy-drive follows
51.3
Lyon to Rahim, no run, forward, restores some calm with the block
51.2
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, now the sweep. The crowds are egging him on. There’s protection behind square
51.1
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, SIX, charges down and compulsively takes it on with a full bat swing. With long-on in position. Hardly the middle of the bat either. But such is the power, and we are in the pre-October 1st area. Flies over

50.6
Agar to Rahim, no run, darted down leg. Slides on with the arm too in evading the glance
50.5
Agar to Rahim, no run, soft hands, opened up bat face and a guide in defence
50.4
Agar to Rahim, no run, a trigger taking him across. Sticks the bat down, vertically in defence
50.3
Agar to Rahim, no run, on middle, rather full to allow a keep out off the front foot
50.2
Agar to Rahim, no run, the quick one. Nice variations on display here. Skids onto the back foot defence
50.1
Agar to Rahim, no run, stalks the line with the front foot, the bat follows to drive it into the off-side

49.6
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, no run, a tad wider, the response doesn’t change
49.5
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, no run, a longer stride, all to blunt out the fizz, into the turf
49.4
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, no run, back to tossing it up, Rahman is back to the bat-pad stuck stuff
49.3
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, FOUR, dishes width. And a drag down with that too. Rahman walks across, cashes in and throws his bat at it to crash it through sweeper
49.2
Lyon to Rahim, 1 run, half a pull, half a sweep. Stays up on a knee to flat bat it behind square
49.1
Lyon to Rahim, no run, 91.9kph, a forward press and then balances himself on his back leg to show the maker’s name in defence

48.6
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, plays out a maiden. Courtesy another forward smother
48.5
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, darts it in closer to off, gives it a sniff in his block
48.4
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, ditches his earlier intention to go in with a drive settles behind the line in defence
48.3
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, a whippy slap. Inside-out, along the ground in hammering it to extra cover
48.2
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, runs down, takes it on a full toss and drills the toe end back to Agar
48.1
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, full, dipping in on the feet. Squeezes it out

47.6
Lyon to Rahim, no run, nimble feet, going behind this time. All in presenting the full face of the bat as he steers it square
47.5
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, 1 run, a violent sweep. Just not full enough to be bringing out the broom for these. Top-edges eventually but wide of a squarish fine leg. Helped by Renshaw out there losing sight of the ball as well
47.4
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, no run, 90.3kph, keeps giving it the air, counters the turn coming in with the bat and pad stuck to negate
47.3
Lyon to Sabbir Rahman, no run, draws him forward with the float, dealt with an opened up forward defence
47.2
Lyon to Rahim, 1 run, leans out, head on ball to drag-flick it from outside the line of off to mid-wicket
47.1
Lyon to Rahim, 2 runs, waits, and waits some more. Lets the ball get parallel to his eyeline as he dabs it behind gully
Nathan Lyon [18.0-4-39-4] is back into the attack

46.6
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, no run, quickens in on off. Opens up his defence for a square punch
46.5
Agar to Sabbir Rahman, 2 runs, a freebie on the pads first up. Wrists it around the corner to pocket his first runs. Courtesy a brace
Sabbir Rahman, right handed bat, comes to the crease
46.4
Agar to Shakib, out Caught by Wade!! There’s the feather. A fat feather. And Wade has surely put his bad keeping days from Dhaka well behind him. With the shortness of the earlier delivery playing on his mind, Shakib decides to go onto the back foot yet again and punch one out. Realizes the length isn’t there, still stays lazy with the feet just not moving. Jabs the bat out away from the body too to compound the misery. A kiss on the outside edge does him in. A massive, massive blow. Shakib c Wade b Agar 24(52) [4s-3]
Agar to Shakib, THAT’S OUT!! Caught!!
46.3
Agar to Shakib, FOUR, a long hop. Rank. Gives him the width as well for a rock back and then a flay through sweeper. Too easy
46.2
Agar to Shakib, no run, a quick-slider on off. Goes on with the arm as Hasan waits deep inside the crease in a punch to cover
46.1
Agar to Rahim, 1 run, a safe soft handed tuck, thanks to the leg-stump line. Gets it wide of the man at short leg
Ashton Agar [3.0-1-8-0] is back into the attack
Drinks are on the field now. Another hour that Australia will be happy with. They got the wicket of Mominul early in the session and have also been tight with their bowling. The spinners are doing bulk of the work, especially Lyon who has accounted for all four wickets. This partnership will be crucial from both sides point of view.

45.6
Maxwell to Shakib, no run, flighted on off, Shakib blocks off the front foot
45.5
Maxwell to Shakib, no run, flatter and on off, Shakib knocks it to short cover
45.4
Maxwell to Shakib, no run, quicker and on the stumps, Shakib brings his bat down at the last moment and chops it to backward point
45.3
Maxwell to Shakib, no run, stays low but it was slow in the air and Shakib had time to adjust, bunted to the off-side
45.2
Maxwell to Shakib, 2 runs, fraction short and outside off, Shakib slashes the cut past backward point and Warner once again in action, hunts it down and keeps it to a brace
45.1
Maxwell to Shakib, no run, tossed up close to off, Shakib is well forward to keep that out

44.6
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, flighted around off, Rahim leans forward to smother the spin
44.5
O’Keefe to Shakib, byes, 1 run, turning down leg and Shakib does not meet with the glance, Wade does not glove and Rahim races across
44.4
O’Keefe to Shakib, no run, slower and gently turned into the on-side
44.3
O’Keefe to Shakib, no run, takes a step out and works it to mid-wicket
44.2
O’Keefe to Rahim, 1 run, flatter and on the stumps, Rahim gets inside the line and tucks it to the left of the square leg umpire
44.1
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, tossed up on off, Rahim defends off the inner portion of the blade
Short leg has moved to silly point

43.6
Maxwell to Shakib, no run, delays his cut shot and places it behind square. Warner swoops down on the ball
43.5
Maxwell to Shakib, no run, flatter and just outside off, Shakib knocks it to backward point
43.4
Maxwell to Rahim, 1 run, uses the smidgen of turn on offer to nurdle it to fine leg
43.3
Maxwell to Rahim, no run, attacks the stumps and Rahim drops it near his feet with soft hands
43.2
Maxwell to Rahim, no run, shortens the length and Rahim directs it to backward point with an open bat face
43.1
Maxwell to Shakib, 1 run, teased up outside off, Shakib strides forward and pushes it past cover

42.6
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, tossed up around off, Rahim prods across and defends to the off-side
42.5
O’Keefe to Rahim, 2 runs, overpitches the flighted delivery and Rahim drives him through extra cover. A very quick Warner keeps it to a double
42.4
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, floated up outside off, Rahim pushes it to extra cover and yells a loud no for the single. Warner was the fielder and he was on the ball like a flash
42.3
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, very slow and Rahim had plenty of time to turn it to short mid-wicket
42.2
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, flatter and on the stumps, Rahim is back in the crease to block
42.1
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, tossed up on off, Rahim lunges forward to negate the turn

41.6
Maxwell to Shakib, no run
41.5
Maxwell to Rahim, 1 run, to mid on
41.4
Maxwell to Shakib, 1 run, throws it up outside off, Shakib drives to the man sweeping on the off-side
41.3
Maxwell to Shakib, no run, touch quicker and on off, Shakib stays in the crease and bunts it out
41.2
Maxwell to Shakib, no run, flighted on a fullush length, Shakib eases it to mid-on
41.1
Maxwell to Shakib, no run, tossed up on off, Shakib pushes it back to the bowler
Glenn Maxwell, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Surprising! Lyon was in the middle of a good spell and Smith has decided to take him off. On comes Maxwell. Smith has changed his bowlers a lot and used them in small spells. Something to do with humid conditions..

40.6
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, slider and Rahim should have been forward to that, instead hangs back and brings his bat down just in the nick of time
Shuvo Habib says: “Test cricket is not only about scoring runs it’s about winning sessions. Soumya needs to learn it..”
40.5
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, quicker and on off, Rahim pushes it firmly to short cover
40.4
O’Keefe to Shakib, 1 run, wristed to long-on
40.3
O’Keefe to Rahim, 1 run, slight turn and that is the first one all morning. O’Keefe slows it up considerably and Rahim is stuck on the back foot, he played it with soft hands and hence the outside edge did not carry to Smith at slip, rolled past him
40.2
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, drifting in with the angle, Rahim turns it to short leg
40.1
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, floaty delivery outside off, Rahim pushes it to extra cover and sends Shakib on the single

39.6
Lyon to Rahim, 1 run, not all that short and hence no timing on the pull shot, Rahim was quick to rock back but since the length wasn’t there, he mistimed the pull to deep mid-wicket
39.5
Lyon to Rahim, no run, and again Rahim is on the back foot to play Lyon
Raja says: “Why Maxwell hasn’t been used yet? He bowls well to Left-handers and Aus need Shakib’s wicket quickly.” — Well they have three regular spinners. Plus Lyon doesn’t look like he wants a break
39.4
Lyon to Shakib, 1 run, guided with an open bat face to the right of point
39.3
Lyon to Shakib, no run, oh! That was close. Lyon knows it and has his hands on his head. The slider once more causing problems, Shakib is on the back foot to defend, the drift catches the inside edge and the ball goes past the stumps. Handscomb reacts quickly, moves to his left to stop the single
39.2
Lyon to Shakib, no run, bit more air on this one and Shakib negates it with a big stride forward
39.1
Lyon to Shakib, no run, hangs back to a slider and tucks it to the right of short leg

38.6
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, tossed up on off, Rahim smothers it with a stride forward
38.5
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, skids through the surface, Rahim is late in bringing his bat down and the inside edge escapes past leg-stump. Went through his legs and was very close to kissing the stumps
38.4
O’Keefe to Rahim, 2 runs, flatter, shorter and around off, Rahim stands tall and punches it past extra cover. Lyon keeps it to a brace
38.3
O’Keefe to Shakib, 1 run, Shakib uses his wrists and works it from outside off to long-on
38.2
O’Keefe to Rahim, 1 run, short and down leg, Rahim helps it along the way with a pull to long leg
38.1
O’Keefe to Shakib, 1 run, pushed across the left-hander, Shakib waits and back cuts it late behind point. The fielder dives to save a few

37.6
Lyon to Rahim, no run, slower and around off, Rahim crouches low and keeps it out
37.5
Lyon to Rahim, no run, quicker and around off, Rahim dabs it with an open blade to backward point
37.4
Lyon to Shakib, 1 run, looped up outside off, Shakib eases it to deepish mid-off
37.3
Lyon to Shakib, no run, flighted on off, Shakib pushes it towards short cover
37.2
Lyon to Shakib, no run, bit more bounce and Lyon hits the sticker on the bat as Shakib presses forward to defend
37.1
Lyon to Shakib, no run, flatter and on off, Shakib drops it to the off-side and looks for a single, Rahim is not interested

36.6
O’Keefe to Rahim, FOUR, overcooks the flighted delivery and lands it in the half volley zone, Rahim drills the drive through extra cover. He went hard at it and the weight was on the back foot. Warner gave up on the chase quite quickly
36.5
O’Keefe to Rahim, no run, flighted on the stumps, Rahim defends with the bat in front of the pad
36.4
O’Keefe to Shakib, 1 run, good batting. Shakib lunged forward and blocked it with soft hands in front of short cover. He had a look at Rahim and off went the pair, beat the throw with ease and stole the run
36.3
O’Keefe to Shakib, no run, shortens the length and Shakib knocks it towards point
36.2
O’Keefe to Shakib, no run, drifted across the left-hander, Shakib leans forward to defend
36.1
O’Keefe to Shakib, no run, round the wicket and tossed up, Shakib turns it past short leg. No chance of a single
Steve O’Keefe [6.0-0-20-0] is back into the attack

35.6
Lyon to Rahim, no run, and again. This time with a more open bat face and hence the ball rolls to point
35.5
Lyon to Rahim, no run, Rahim prefers to handle Lyon off the back foot, camps back to block
35.4
Lyon to Shakib, 1 run, flatter and around off, Shakib opens the bat face and taps it wide of point
35.3
Lyon to Shakib, no run, flighted just outside off, Shakib eases it off the front foot to cover
35.2
Lyon to Shakib, no run, shortens the length and Shakib goes back to knock it to point
35.1
Lyon to Shakib, no run, tossed up on off, Shakib pushes to the left of Lyon

Vasu says: “Is 2-0 considered as a whitewash?” — Oh yes. 1-0 in a one-match series is a whitewash too
34.6
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, much better. Similar kind of delivery to the previous one, Rahim is right behind the line of the ball with the bat close to the body, blocked back down the wicket
34.5
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, back of a length with a bit of inward movement, Rahim leaves his bat hanging away from the body and the inside edge hits his pad and dribbles to the off-side
34.4
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, good length ball on off, Rahim defends to short cover
34.3
Pat Cummins to Rahim, no run, fuller and on off, Rahim push-drives it back to Cummins, who has a go with a throw. Pings Rahim on the pad and has his hand up quickly to apologise. The ball deflects to backward square and Shakib wanted a run, but his partner sends him back
34.2
Pat Cummins to Shakib, 1 run, back of a length and sliding on, Shakib tucks it to fine leg
34.1
Pat Cummins to Shakib, no run, short of length in and around off, Shakib stands tall and drops it in front of cover
Mushfiqur Rahim, right handed bat, comes to the crease

33.6
Lyon to Mominul, out Lbw!! Fourth for Lyon. Fourth LBW in the innings. 260th wicket for Lyon, goes past Jason Gillespie in Australia’s leading wicket-takers list, he is number 7 now. Mominul has a quick word with Shakib before making the walk back to the pavilion. It was nicely set-up by the offie, tossed up a few and now slipped in the quicker arm-ball, it skidded off the surface and Mominul was caught in the crease, beaten for pace and struck right in front of the stumps. Doesn’t get easier than that for the umpire. Umpire Llong obliged once more. Lyon chipping away at the wickets. Mominul lbw b Lyon 31(67) [4s-2]
Lyon to Mominul, THAT’S OUT!! Lbw!!
33.5
Lyon to Mominul, no run, flighted on off, Mominul plunges forward and blocks
33.4
Lyon to Mominul, FOUR, bad delivery from Lyon, but it was nicely played by Mominul. Short and wide outside off, Mominul had to counter the bounce, he did that by rolling his wrist and then cut it in front of square, past extra cover for a boundary
33.3
Lyon to Mominul, no run, quicker and on the stumps, Mominul is neither forward nor back as he knocks it to mid-on
33.2
Lyon to Mominul, no run, smidgen short in length and Mominul camps back to turn it to backward square
33.1
Lyon to Mominul, no run, looped up on off, Mominul leans forward and defends with soft hands

32.6
Pat Cummins to Shakib, no run, this one straightens a tad, Shakib waits for the ball to do its bit before blunting it into the off-side
Shubham Yadav says: “Lyon has been a great find for Australia , he has been hitting the right areas consistently and been the pick of bowlers in the subcontinent, out-shadowing likes of Ashwin, Jadeja, Shakib, Hearth at times.” — He’s perhaps been the best Australia have ever had in Asian conditions
32.5
Pat Cummins to Shakib, no run, Cummins keeps it there and thereabouts, Shakib hangs back to keep it out
32.4
Pat Cummins to Shakib, no run, back of a length around off, Shakib goes on his toes and knocks it towards gully
32.3
Pat Cummins to Shakib, no run, full and angled in from round the wicket, Shakib presents a straight bat on the on-drive and it needed a diving save from O’Keefe at mid-on to stop that
32.2
Pat Cummins to Shakib, no run, Shakib is right behind the back of a length delivery. Blocked to short cover
Mangesh D says: Was it really a good decision to play only one fast bowler? — So far it has worked
32.1
Pat Cummins to Shakib, no run, short of length around off, Shakib opens the bat face on the dab to gully

31.6
Lyon to Mominul, no run, now finds the same fielder with a back foot punch
31.5
Lyon to Mominul, 2 runs, floated up outside off, Mominul delays the drive to place it square on the off-side. The extra cover fielder does the cleaning up job
31.4
Lyon to Mominul, no run, drifting onto the pads and Mominul whips it to backward square, straight to Cummins
31.3
Lyon to Mominul, no run, flatter in trajectory and Mominul is hurried into his back foot block
31.2
Lyon to Mominul, no run, attacking the stumps is Lyon, Mominul prods forward and defends to short leg
31.1
Lyon to Mominul, no run, slower and on the stumps, turned gently to the left of short leg

30.6
Pat Cummins to Shakib, FOUR, Shakib will be aggressive. Anything in his half and he will go after it. Cummins offered width on this occasion, Shakib went down on one knee and slapped it uppishly through extra cover. No half measures
30.5
Pat Cummins to Shakib, no run, back of a length around off, Shakib offers the full face of the bat to defend
30.4
Pat Cummins to Shakib, FOUR, Shakib is off and running. Tad overpitched and Shakib goes through the line, a small stride forward to drive it on up straight of mid-off. Warner dives to his left in vain
30.3
Pat Cummins to Mominul, 1 run, “first run in 19 deliveries for Bangladesh,” informs Brian Murgatroyd on air. Fuller and outside off, Mominul bunts it with soft hands wide of mid-off
30.2
Pat Cummins to Mominul, no run, good length ball on off, Mominul prefers to block it off the back foot
30.1
Pat Cummins to Mominul, no run, starts the spell with a yorker around off, Mominul brings his bat down to jam it out
Pat Cummins [8.0-2-13-0] is back into the attack
Pace from the other end. Round the wicket comes Cummins. Two slips and a gully to assist him

29.6

Lyon to Shakib, no run, straight roller on middle, Shakib crouches forward and defends off the inner portion to short leg

29.5

Lyon to Shakib, no run, tossed up outside off, a firm forward push from Shakib to cover

Back again.. Australia could not have asked for a better session after Bangladesh decided to bat. Spin might have picked three wickets, but the ball has barely spun for Lyon and Co., all the wickets came off straighter ones. However, Bangladesh’s cream of batting starts now with Shakib and Australia have to stay focused. Out walk the players. Lyon to complete his over. Shakib the new batsman. And off we roll..

 

And lunch it is. On a track and a day that couldn’t have been better for batting, Bangladesh have managed to get themselves in a pickle. It looked pretty much a joy to bat on over the last half of the session, but once again it was the stroke of lunch that brought about the nervy-faulty defences. Nathan Lyon, not only opened the bowling on the first day of a Test – getting an 79-year old record to himself – he asked all the right questions from time to time and reaped
29.4
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, out Lbw!! That’ll spice up the lunch. Add an entire bottle of flavour. Precisely what playing for lunch does to you as a batsman..and Sarkar falls to being overly circumspect. Thinks long and hard in a conversation with his partner on the review, mind you there were a couple of noises. Certainly not the bat given Sarkar’s doubts in the first place. The front pad and then the back pad as the ball straightens on and goes past the inside edge on the tentative forward defence resulting in him playing down the wrong line. Only one way post that. Soumya Sarkar lbw b Lyon 33(81) [4s-2 6s-1]
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, THAT’S OUT!! Lbw!!
29.3
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, on the toes, squeezed out with a twitch of the wrists
29.2
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, short enough to take it off the back foot, straight batted out in the end
29.1
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, drawn forward, knocked down

28.6
Agar to Mominul, no run, an appeal. An enquiry rather. Jams it to short leg, who seems interested. The umpire isn’t. Neither is Smith. Never an edge on it
28.5
Agar to Mominul, no run, on the shorter side again. Dealt with a lot more control this time. In a block of course
28.4
Agar to Mominul, no run, an airy wrist, looking to force it with the bottom hand. All the luck coming to his rescue as the ball doesn’t roll back onto his stumps..just past
28.3
Agar to Mominul, no run, turning back in from middle. Tucked out
Smith now summons Agar for a long chat. Some of his pre-batsman-conversion advice being passed one perhaps. A slip and a leg-slip in..
28.2
Agar to Mominul, no run, shuffling well across, adjusts to the lck of bounce in a low bunt out
28.1
Agar to Mominul, no run, 96.4kph, a soft hand to nudge it around. Just past the pitch

27.6
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, a flat one to end. 93.9kph. Calm in seeing it out
27.5
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, back to the treks inside the crease. Back to the punches to cover
27.4
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, skips behind the line for a change, knocks it back
27.3
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, rocks back, waits for the ball to get close, in a punchy steer
27.2
Lyon to Mominul, 1 run, the inward edge yet again, this time rolls past the stumps to go behind square to allow a quick one
27.1
Lyon to Mominul, no run, drawn forward, not close enough to the pitch of it. Inside-edges the defence eventually

26.6
Agar to Soumya Sarkar, no run
26.5
Agar to Mominul, 3 runs, to sweeper cover
26.4
Agar to Mominul, 2 runs, slipping down leg, spinning further down. A fierce sweep, fine and the fielder running to the fence does well to pull it back in
26.3
Agar to Mominul, no run, 96kph, the pulled back length allows Haque to continue to deal with it off the back foot. All in a soft hand, once again to short leg
26.2
Agar to Mominul, no run, the softest of nudges, dropping it onto the pitch and then to short leg
26.1
Agar to Mominul, no run, gentle toss up on off. 93.2kph. Harly threatening. The defence is always on

25.6
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, wider to start from Lyon, looking for all the drift that there is. Gets enough to dip it on off as Sarkar is forward in a block
25.5
Lyon to Mominul, 1 run, sweeps, full-blooded, avoids short leg’s hands and feet for a change
25.4
Lyon to Mominul, no run, now behind, just not short enough to start off with. Does well to stay low and keep the bat mid-way
25.3
Lyon to Mominul, no run, lunges a longer stride out. The defences continue to remain textbook worthy
25.2
Lyon to Mominul, no run, a hint of inward drift. The lack of spin on it as well to go away. Countered off the inside half, all conventionally though off the front leg
25.1
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, through the line, full faced to a deepish mid-off

24.6
Agar to Mominul, 2 runs, plants the front leg down, swoops the back leg across and whips the cover drive. Ahh, those wrists
24.5
Agar to Mominul, no run, goes flatter. 95.1kph on off. Adjusts with a push back
24.4
Agar to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, too close for comfort with the feet use in getting down. Squeezes it out in the end to long-on
24.3
Agar to Soumya Sarkar, no run, closes the bat face, way too early in a glance. Ends up blunting it onto his own pads in the end
24.2
Agar to Soumya Sarkar, no run, slows it up through the air. Takes it in fuller as well. The stoopy defence follows
24.1
Agar to Soumya Sarkar, no run, 82.9kph, spinning back in from wide outside off. An open faced dab behind point
Timothy says: Mominul is justifying his inclusion. The Bangladeshi fans were right. Sometimes wisdom of common people is better than experts! — Bit early to call it justified.
Ashton Agar, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack

23.6
Lyon to Mominul, 2 runs, arches away, sticks the bat out on a jab, guides it through gully to pocket a brace
23.5
Lyon to Mominul, no run, a tad shortened. Allows Haque to adjust in a straight bat
23.4
Lyon to Mominul, no run, behind the line this time, the feet move a bit thankfully. Drops it down eventually
23.3
Lyon to Mominul, no run, the off-skid again. And Haque emulates his partner. Decides to go behind, find himself in a tangle and poke it out
23.2
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, slipping down leg now. Releases the pressure, releases the strike with a glance around the corner
23.1
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, a quick slider. Sarkar stays lazy, refusing to move his feet, deals with it off the back foot when he ideally should have been on its head. Stabs it out..just about
Nathan Lyon [9.0-3-23-2] is back into the attack

22.6
Pat Cummins to Mominul, no run, 140.5kph, ends with a tease outside off. Fullish, asking for a drive, gets an ignore
22.5
Pat Cummins to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, another short one. Without the venom the earlier one had. Rolls his wrists on the pull behind square
22.4
Pat Cummins to Mominul, 1 run, now the sucker delivery. Fullish on the pads, nicely anticipated to clip it away in front of square
22.3
Pat Cummins to Mominul, no run, a brute of a bouncer. Perfect plan, executed to further perfection. Quicker, half way down the track and hurrying onto Haque’s nose. Surprisingly he takes it on as well, eyes looking elsewhere and the bat up on the fend. Off the badge to balloon to short of mid-wicket
22.2
Pat Cummins to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, overcooked. A one-kneed drive to sweeper. Elegance personified
22.1
Pat Cummins to Soumya Sarkar, no run, wobbly seam, going across off a good length. Dabs away from his body to point

21.6
O’Keefe to Mominul, no run
21.5
O’Keefe to Mominul, no run,
21.4
O’Keefe to Mominul, no run, lunging forward, all in getting back to his blocking mode
21.3
O’Keefe to Mominul, 2 runs, chopped away
Mohan says: Cartwright is a medium pacer???? — Yes.
21.2
O’Keefe to Mominul, no run, now forward. Draws him out with the dip, beats the edge this time. The foot though stays grounded for the stumping appeal to not hold ground
21.1
O’Keefe to Mominul, 2 runs, a wafty poke. Toys around with the angle going across. Goes deep, looks to dab it away. Outside-edges in return with the ball refusing to spin back in. Past slip

20.6
Pat Cummins to Mominul, 1 run, a nice crunch. An equally loud tap as he lays into the drive. All timing as he places it wide of cover
20.5
Pat Cummins to Mominul, no run, 138.3kph, back to the fullish length on off. Solidly behind is Haque in defence
20.4
Pat Cummins to Mominul, no run, 140kph, cross seamed. But down the wrong line. Off a deflection of the pad past the glance, finds a diving Wade
20.3
Pat Cummins to Mominul, no run, 144.5kph, lines up across the stumps, treats the slanter with a leave
20.2
Pat Cummins to Mominul, no run, a shuffle, tall behind with the bat hung down in defence
20.1
Pat Cummins to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, on a length just outside off, knocks the circumspect defence past the bowler to pinch a quick one

19.6
O’Keefe to Mominul, FOUR, to deep mid wicket
19.5
O’Keefe to Mominul, no run, stays beside the line, low as always in a slap to cover
19.4
O’Keefe to Mominul, no run, drifting in with the breeze blowing across. Loses his shape on the drive with the ball finding the inside half of the driving bat as he keeps it out
19.3
O’Keefe to Mominul, no run, forward, in a smother down
19.2
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, 80kph, with the turn this time, once again stooping forward to the pitch of it. Long-on it is
19.1
O’Keefe to Mominul, 1 run, all the toss up. Feet use from Haque as well, nimble rather, getting to the pitch of it as he drills it down to long-on
Steve O’Keefe [4.0-0-10-0] is back into the attack

18.6
Pat Cummins to Soumya Sarkar, 2 runs, 143.4kph, cramps him up with the angle getting big on him as Sarkar shapes up for the open-faced punch. Does well to adjust and intercept the cover gap
18.5
Pat Cummins to Soumya Sarkar, no run, nipping away at 133.7kph, ends up on off. Firmly behind it, bat close to pad
18.4
Pat Cummins to Soumya Sarkar, no run, 136.5kph, goes for the ribs. Sarkar takes him on with a pull. All the swivel in it too. Spanked out to square leg
18.3
Pat Cummins to Soumya Sarkar, no run, 136kph, top-of-off stuff now. Sarkar is in a trance of blocks
18.2
Pat Cummins to Soumya Sarkar, 2 runs, an airy chip. Looks to flick, checks his shot as the ball sticks in on the surface. Lobs over mid-wicket fortunately
18.1
Pat Cummins to Soumya Sarkar, no run, pounds a back of a length as he angles it in from wide of the crease. Bunted out
Pat Cummins [5.0-2-4-0] is back into the attack
Back to pace. In the only form that it is available. Round the wicket to start off with and a couple of slips lurking around too..

17.6
Lyon to Mominul, no run, all very textbookish. A long stride, bat stuck to the pad and a smother
17.5
Lyon to Mominul, no run, 94kph, even quicker, a lot fuller though. Allows Haque to ditch his cuts for a forward block
17.4
Lyon to Mominul, no run, opens up the punch, all off the back foot as Lyon continues to dart them in. Steered to point
17.3
Lyon to Mominul, no run, goes flatter. Slanting in on off. 91.9kph. Punched the skidder off the back foot
17.2
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, back to his sweeping ways. Nailed to backward square leg
17.1
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, drags the length back. Spills it onto the pads as well. A swivelling pull doesn’t connect

16.6
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, another pad-liner. Glanced away to the man at 45 behind square
16.5
O’Keefe to Mominul, 1 run, a sweep onto backward short leg’s forearm. Is fortunate the pop up goes where no one is
16.4
O’Keefe to Mominul, no run, short mid-wicket this time. With another one of his checked-flicks
16.3
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, a polite clip, using all the turn that there is to take it through mid-wicket
16.2
O’Keefe to Mominul, 1 run, quickly on a knee. To pile on the poor line way down leg to start off with. A disdainful broom behind square
16.1
O’Keefe to Mominul, no run, tossed up from wide of the crease. A forward block follows

15.6
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, SIX, some aggression. Emphatic rather. Starts with a dance, intercepts it right at the pitch of it, and then unleashes a mighty bat swing. Downtown
15.5
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, straightening off middle, takes it off the pads as he tucks it out
15.4
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, a wide tease again. And Sarkar cannot resist. Flays and slices it to point
15.3
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, keeps the hands soft, deep inside the crease and a drop down
15.2
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR, so very Kohli. Those wrists come into use, getting the width and the toss up to take it on as he flashes a whippy-drive through the covers
15.1
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, a hint of air on off. Bat-pad stuck, right forward, head on it and nailed down

14.6
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, a lot more deliacte. Waits for the line to get close, before flicking it behind square
14.5
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, no run, sinks on the sweep. Finds short leg in the firing line. On the shin. Ouch!
14.4
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, no run, behind the line, full faced and blocked out
14.3
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, no run, a whip, once again getting to the pitch of the delivery in taking it to short leg
14.2
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, no run, wow! A top take from Wade. The pitch-sleeper. Refuses to get up, scoots low and Sarkar somehow manages to crouch and throw his bat on the cut. There was a noise as well. Yup, bat hitting ground
14.1
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, no run, a skip down, using the feet to get to the pitch of the delivery as he wrists it away to mid-wicket

13.6
Lyon to Mominul, no run, a plonking block, failing to counter for the drift. Keeps coming in, takes the inside edge and flies behind short leg
13.5
Lyon to Mominul, no run, a trek backwards with the bat hung down looking for a straight batted defence. Under-edges it to the keeper. All on the bounce
Mominul Haque, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Time for drinks. It has been Australia’s hour. They got rid of the in-form Tamim Iqbal and followed it up with the wicket of Kayes. Lyon has been top class today, given the new ball in the first innings of a Test match for the first time. They would look to keep picking wickets at regular intervals. Bangladesh have plenty of batting, but will need a partnership to set them up for a big score..
13.4
Lyon to Kayes, out Lbw!! An excellent review by Australia. Not sure who convinced Smith there as Lyon thought there was an inside and gestured the same to his skipper. But Smith still decided to go for the review and got it spot on. Another failure for Kayes. He is running out of opportunities. Second wicket for Lyon and giving him the new ball is already paying dividends for Australia. With the ball not turning, it is the straighter one that is bringing him wickets. The slider which goes on with the arm, Kayes kneels to sweep and gets into a bit of a tangle, misses and is struck on the front pad. The impact was in front of off-stump and ball-tracking showed it to be hitting middle. Kayes lbw b Lyon 4(11)
Lyon to Kayes, THAT’S OUT!! Lbw!!
Australia review for LBW. There was a long discussion between Lyon and Smith before they challenged Llong’s decision. Fair delivery. UltraEdge does not spot any bat. Ball-tracking coming up: Pitching – Outside off, Impact – In-Line. Wickets – Hitting. OUT!
13.3
Lyon to Kayes, no run, short in length and Kayes stays on leg-stump to defend it into the off-side
13.2
Lyon to Kayes, no run, quicker and on the stumps, Kayes knocks it to mid-wicket
13.1
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, drifting on with the angle, nurdled to backward square leg

12.6
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, jumps out of the crease to mow O’Keefe over mid-wicket, is beaten by the length and the inside edge ricochets off the pad to deep square leg
12.5
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, no run, dragged back length and Sarkar tucks it towards short leg
12.4
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, no run, defended off the front foot
12.3
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, no run, flighted outside leg, Sarkar kneels to sweep and the under edge almost deflects onto the stumps. Wade got his pads across to stop that
12.2
O’Keefe to Kayes, 1 run, sliding across, Kayes brings his bat in front to keep it out, the ball squirts off the outside edge to short third man
Backward short leg added
12.1
O’Keefe to Kayes, no run, flattish and around off, Kayes hangs back and defends

11.6
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, slider outside off, Sarkar makes a late decision to play that, chopped to backward point
11.5
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, pushed it through on a fullish length, Sarkar drives without much conviction to Lyon
11.4
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, better from Lyon. Tosses it up and draws Sarkar into a forward block
11.3
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, the length is short and that allows Sarkar to camp back and defend
11.2
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, quicker and on off, Sarkar goes back and across to block
11.1
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, slower and on the stumps, patted to the left of short leg

10.6
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, bit of hesitation, but the pair complete the single with ease. Tossed up on the stumps, Sarkar crouches low and works it backward of square. Handscomb gives chase and can’t prevent the single
10.5
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, no run, flighted delivery on the stumps, Sarkar lunges forward to defend
10.4
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, no run, blocked off the front foot
10.3
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, no run, turned to short leg
10.2
O’Keefe to Kayes, 1 run, in the air and past Handscomb. Slows it up considerably, Kayes was early into the flick and lobs it to the right of short leg, Handscomb stretched his hand but the ball was well away from him
10.1
O’Keefe to Soumya Sarkar, 1 run, round the wicket and drifting onto the pads, tucked past short leg
Steve O’Keefe, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack

9.6
Lyon to Kayes, no run, flatter and on off, Kayes stays back and knocks it to cover
9.5
Lyon to Kayes, no run, short of length around off, Kayes goes on his toes to defend that
9.4
Lyon to Kayes, 2 runs, short and plenty of bounce for Lyon. Rises around the chest level, Kayes gets into an awkward position as he attempts the pull, splices it wide of mid-wicket and collects a brace
9.3
Lyon to Kayes, no run, nice loop on the off-break and Kayes blocks it with an open blade to point
9.2
Lyon to Kayes, no run, tossed up on off, Kayes is forward and defending
Imrul Kayes, left handed bat, comes to the crease
9.1
Lyon to Tamim, out Lbw!! There’s the breakthrough Australia wanted badly. The dropped catch does not cost them much. Umpire Llong had his finger up in a flash and Tamim also knew he was gone, started walking immediately. The slider from Lyon, Tamim has the habit of plonking his front foot across before the ball is bowled, he commits that mistake and plays down the wrong line. The ball beats the inside edge and strikes him in front of middle. Ball-tracking shows it to be hitting leg-stump. Tamim lbw b Lyon 9(34)
Lyon to Tamim, THAT’S OUT!! Lbw!!

8.6
Pat Cummins to Soumya Sarkar, no run, back of a length just outside off, Sarkar leaves his bat hanging away from the body and is beaten on the outside edge. That might be the last over for Cummins in this spell
8.5
Pat Cummins to Tamim, 1 run, drifts on the hips and Tamim whips it down to fine leg
8.4
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, on a length outside off, left alone
8.3
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, short and wide outside off, Tamim’s eyes lit up on seeing the width, he does not bother to move his feet as he has a wild slash at that. Luckily for him the ball misses the outside edge
8.2
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, good length ball close to off, Tamim is well forward to defend
8.1
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, short of length on off, Tamim taps it with soft hands into the off-side and searches for a non-existent single

7.6
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, stays a touch low, but since the length was short, Sarkar was able to adjust and knock it to cover
7.5
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, flatter and on off, Sarkar forces it off the back foot to a deepish cover-point
7.4
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, slower and the line remains the same, Sarkar drops it near his feet
7.3
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, flighted on off, Sarkar blocks with the bat and pad close together
7.2
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, floats it up outside off, Sarkar lunges forward and defends to point
7.1
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, tad quicker and on off, Sarkar has his bat in front to keep it out

6.6
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, bouncer to end the over, Tamim ducks and evades it comfortably
6.5
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, on a length and close to off, Tamim opens the bat face to direct it to gully
6.4
Pat Cummins to Tamim, 2 runs, strays too straight and is picked up, on middle and leg, Tamim tucks it backward of square and collects a brace
6.3
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, lifter from Cummins, gets it to rise on Tamim, who sways away from the line of the delivery. Wade jumps up to glove that. Nice heat from the fast bowler
6.2
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, good length ball on the stumps, Tamim clips it towards square leg
6.1
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, dropped! Maxwell the culprit. Steven Smith immediately kicks the surface. This might be a costly miss. Short of length on off, Tamim is squared up by the swing, hangs his bat in front and the outside edge flies to third slip. Maxwell goes with two hands and was a bit casual in his approach, the ball pops out rightaway. A regulation catch which Maxwell would have taken on most days

5.6
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, flighted and bit more bounce, the ball hits the splice as Sarkar lunges forward to defend. Still no turn on offer for Lyon. All balls have gone straight and none have misbehaved
5.5
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, tossed up on off, Sarkar offers a dead-bat in defence
5.4
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, touch slower and on off, blocked off the front foot
5.3
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, quicker and attacking the stumps, since the length was fuller, Sarkar was forward to defend
5.2
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, flatter and on off, Sarkar jams it onto the pad and the ball rolls to the off-side
5.1
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, fraction short in length, Sarkar turns it past short leg, the duo decide against the single

4.6
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, pegs away in the channel around off, Tamim plays inside the line and lets it pass
4.5
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, on a length and outside off, Tamim hides his bat behind the pad as he lets it go
4.4
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, superb bowling from Cummins. He is mixing his length up nicely and Tamim is clearly struggling. Short of length in the corridor around off, Tamim pokes and is beaten past the outside edge
4.3
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, fullish and on the stumps, Tamim maintains a low base and turns it to square leg
4.2
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, nasty! Australians appeal for a catch, but umpire Gould shakes his head. Sharp short delivery and Tamim took his eyes off the ball, left his gloves hanging up and luckily for him the ball missed it, struck him on the shoulder and lobbed to Maxwell at third slip. That will hurt
4.1
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, fuller and outside off, Tamim presses forward to drive. Mistimes to mid-off. He was rushed for pace and hence the timing was off

3.6
Lyon to Tamim, 1 run, flatter and drifting onto the legs, tucked to deep square leg
3.5
Lyon to Tamim, no run, shout for LBW. But there were too many things going against it. Tamim steps out of the crease and is deceived by the dragged length, blocks it with the pad. The impact might have been outside off and he was too far down the wicket
3.4
Lyon to Tamim, 2 runs, flighted around off, Tamim leans forward and uses soft hands to block, the outside edge rolls behind square. Warner makes an acrobatic dive, but the ball evades him, two more
3.3
Lyon to Tamim, no run, tossed up on off, Tamim plunges forward and defends down the wicket
3.2
Lyon to Tamim, no run, uses his feet and is not to the pitch of the delivery, uses his pad as a second line of defence
3.1
Lyon to Tamim, 2 runs, inside edge and through the vacant leg slip region, Tamim prods across and tries to cover for the spin, the ball slides on take the edge, flew away to fine leg and the batsmen scamper back for a second

2.6
Pat Cummins to Soumya Sarkar, no run, short of length on off, defended off the back foot to point
2.5
Pat Cummins to Soumya Sarkar, no run, now beats Sarkar. Back of a length and just outside off, there is a hint of swing that is forcing the batsman to make mistakes. Sarkar hangs his bat out and is beaten on the outside edge
2.4
Pat Cummins to Tamim, 1 run, Tamim is off the mark. Good length ball on middle, Tamim closes the bat face to flick it through the on-side, the leading edge rolls through cover and Warner from mid-off tidies up
2.3
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, angled well outside off, Tamim has his bat tucked with him as he sees it through
2.2
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, back of a length outside off, Tamim hoists his bat up and lets it go
Tamim stops Cummins just before his load-up. There was someone walking near the sightscreen. Umpire Gould telling them to move now. Still trying to sort it out. Meanwhile, Cummins catches his breath. Ready to resume..
2.1
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, Cummins is hitting a good spot. Short of length in the channel around off, Tamim does not have to play that, but he goes searching for the ball and is beaten on the outside edge

1.6
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, once more the length is short enough for Sarkar to camp back to and see it out
1.5
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR, edged and through Wade. Tough chance. Flattish and the length was short, Sarkar goes back to force it through the off-side, the inside edge nutmegs Wade and runs away to the boundary
1.4
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, shout for LBW and Lyon himself signalled it was sliding down leg. The quicker delivery that hurries across the surface, Sarkar is beaten on the inside edge and is rapped on the pads. The angle was taking it down leg
1.3
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, slower and on off, Sarkar leans forward and defends with a straight bat
1.2
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, skids on and Sarkar is up to the task, well forward to block it out
1.1
Lyon to Soumya Sarkar, no run, round the wicket and the new cherry slides across, Sarkar has his stumps covered and shoulders arms
Nathan Lyon, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Lyon to share the new ball

0.6
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, on a length slanted outside off, Tamim keeps his bat inside the line and lets it pass
0.5
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, off the outside edge, but the ball bounced before going to Maxwell at third slip. Low full toss outside off, Tamim jams his bat down and the ball grazes the edge, bounces on the surface and then goes to Maxwell’s right. He dives and makes a good save
0.4
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, good length ball angled across the left-hander, Tamim is not interested in playing that – left alone
0.3
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, full and on the stumps, Tamim stays low and flicks it to square leg
0.2
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, jaffa! Top knut from Cummins. Back of a length delivery lands on off and the late away movement leaves Tamim bemused, he was on the back foot to defend, the ball whizzes past the outside edge
0.1
Pat Cummins to Tamim, no run, very full delivery outside off, Tamim has a good sighter and decides to ignore

England Vs West Indies: Second Test

England Vs West Indies: Second Test


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6:44pm
West Indies win by five wickets!
Hope tucks a couple off his hip, they run two and the West Indies balcony erupts. What a triumph.

6:43pm
OVER 92: WI 320/5 (S Hope 116*) target 322
A wicket for Moeen, but too little too late for England. Five overs remaining.

6:42pm
WICKET! Blackwood st Bairstow b Moeen 41
Blackwood looks to finish it off with one shot… and he’s dropped!!!! It was an ugly shot to Stokes at cow corner, who would have put his house on holding onto what is an utter dolly of a catch. But he shells it. Blackwood then, hilariously, takes his helmet off, charges down the track and attempts to launch Moeen into another stratosphere, only to miss the ball entirely and Bairstow whips the bails off. No bother, he’s done his job. FOW 320/5

6:38pm
OVER 91: WI 316/4 (S Hope 114* Blackwood 40*) target 322
Woakes returns in place of Broad. Not sure Blackwood will be treating him with too much respect… nope. Huge swing and a miss. And another huge swing and a miss. Then a horrible wide that barely lands on the strip, before Blackwood pushes a single. Six overs remaining.

6:32pm
OVER 90: WI 312/4 (S Hope 113* Blackwood 37*) target 322
Moeen carries on, blowing on his hands to keep them warm in the gloom. Hope nudges a couple and that’s all for this over. Seven overs remaining.

6:30pm
OVER 89: WI 310/4 (S Hope 111* Blackwood 37*) target 322
“I can’t think of a more astonishing victory,” says Michael Atherton, of West Indies’ imminent triumph here. And Michael Holding agrees. From the plunging lows of the first Test, it has been a quite superb turnaround by the tourists.

Blackwood continues to move all over his crease to Broad and succeeds in upper-cutting him over the slip cordon for four. Broad fires in a yorker next ball, it thuds into Blackwood’s pads and rolls away to the fine-leg boundary, only for the umpire to somehow (and totally incorrectly) rule the batsman had not attempted to play a shot. Dead ball is the call. No bother – Blackwood simply follows up by stepping back and upper-cutting over third man again for six! Eight overs remaining.

6:24pm
OVER 88: WI 298/4 (S Hope 111* Blackwood 25*) target 322
A bit of spin there for Moeen… but the ball turns past Hope’s leg stump, missing everything as it goes and rolls away for four byes. Six runs off the over. Nine overs remaining.

6:21pm
OVER 87: WI 292/4 (S Hope 110* Blackwood 24*) target 322
Broad continues and there are plenty of conversations going on between bowler/fielders out there. England are more than happy to slow things down and Broad puts Hope on his backside with a brutal bouncer directed straight at the batsman’s throat. Just three singles off the over, but the tourists don’t need any more than that. It’s all pointing at a West Indies victory now. 10 overs remaining.

6:14pm
OVER 86: WI 289/4 (S Hope 108* Blackwood 23*) target 322
An interesting move here from Root as he takes Anderson out of the attack and gives the ball to Moeen. What on earth will Blackwood do now? Well, to the surprise of no one at all, he attempts to hit the very first ball into another county and only succeeds in edging it short of third man. Hope then tries to get in on the act, misses the ball completely and Bairstow whips the bails off. The third umpire is asked to adjudicate on the stumping but… Hope’s foot never moved. 11 overs remaining.

6:10pm
OVER 84: WI 287/4 (S Hope 107* Blackwood 22*) target 322
Blackwood is at it again, freeing his arms and toeing the ball to third man for a single. I’m not too sure how to bowl/attack Blackwood here because the ball could go anywhere. That single brings Hope back on strike and Cook drops him!!!! Hope had a big slash at it and the ball went quickly to the former skipper, but he should really have held on. And that’s his second dropped catch of the day. How costly will that be? 12 overs remaining.

6:05pm
OVER 83: WI 284/4 (S Hope 106* Blackwood 20*) target 322
West Indies in pole position now and Hope has played a stunning innings to put them there. Anderson gives him some width outside off and Hope drives nicely through the covers for four. He’s finding some swing with this new ball but the batsmen are untroubled. 13 overs remaining.

6:01pm
OVER 82: WI 278/4 (S Hope 100* Blackwood 20*) target 322
Unsurprisingly, a refreshed Broad will share the second new ball with Anderson and we are now into the final hour (England must bowl a minimum of 15 overs, although it is highly unlikely they will bowl any more than that unless the game situation changes greatly). An inside edge and a scampered single means a century for Shai Hope, who becomes the first batsman in history to hit a ton in both innings in a first class match at Headingley. Wonderfully well batted. A cracking innings. 14 overs remaining.

5:50pm
OVER 81: WI 275/4 (S Hope 99* Blackwood 17*) target 322
The new ball has been taken, which means Anderson is back and the crowd are urging him on as he runs in. It’s gloomy out there but the floodlights are on and time is not an issue – it’s all a matter of overs that must be bowled tonight.

“This is unbelievable cricket,” says David Gower, and he’s correct. Blackwood steps away to leg and wallops Anderson straight back over his head for six! That is a monster shot and it forces Root to put a long-on and long-off in place… in his first over with the new ball. Blackwood doesn’t care one bit though and attempts the same thing, only to skew it short of the man on the boundary and live to fight another day. 15 overs remaining.

5:46pm
OVER 80: WI 266/4 (S Hope 97* Blackwood 11*) target 322
Woakes continues with what will surely be the final over with this old ball. Just the three singles from the first five balls… before Blackwood shows that I was totally incorrect with my final comment in the last over by marmalising Woakes for four over mid-on. He’s certainly not going to go quietly. 16 overs remaining.

5:41pm
OVER 79: WI 259/4 (S Hope 95* Blackwood 6*) target 322
Moeen hits Hope on the front pad and appeals. Umpire says not out, but England decide to challenge the decision because their reviews will be reset after 80 overs. The verdict is… not out.

5:37pm
OVER 78: WI 256/4 (S Hope 93* Blackwood 5*) target 322
It looks as though Blackwood has been given free rein from the management in this innings. First up he steps down the track and flat-bats it baseball-style, albeit without any timing whatsoever. A* for intent. E for execution. Judging by the rest of the over, it looks as though he’s losing his head a bit here. Twice he loses balance by attempting to smash Woakes out of the park and totally missing the ball. 18 overs remaining.

5:33pm
OVER 77: WI 255/4 (S Hope 92* Blackwood 5*) target 322
A double bowling change sees Moeen return to the attack. Hope thick outside-edges an attempted heave to pick up three down to the third-man boundary, which brings Blackwood on strike and he is not a man to die wondering what might have been. The new man throws the kitchen sink at the ball to pick up an ugly four through cow corner. Half an hour of Blackwood on the offensive could win this match for the tourists. 19 overs remaining.

5:29pm
OVER 76: WI 246/4 (S Hope 88* Blackwood 0*) target 322
That wicket has resurrected this contest again. Woakes is hiding the ball as he runs in, while tempting new man Blackwood outside off stump. He misses with one slash, before resisting for the rest of the over. Wicket maiden. 20 overs remaining.

5:25pm
WICKET! Chase c Crane (sub) b Woakes 30
A change arrives as Woakes is given his chance with this old ball… AND WHAT AN IMPACT. Mason Crane, that is a wonderful catch young man. Chase decides to step down the track to Woakes’ first ball, looks to loft him over mid-on, but Crane (on as a sub fielder), sprints to his left and catches the ball at full stretch over his head. Cracking stuff. FOW 246/4

5:21pm
OVER 75: WI 246/3 (S Hope 88* Chase 30*) target 322
This is tiring work for the two leaders of the England seam attack as Anderson continues. The Sky Sports WinViz (whatever that might be) has the draw at more than 50 per cent, with England’s chance of victory down to a measly one per cent. Just a single from the over. 21 overs remaining.

5:17pm
OVER 74: WI 245/3 (S Hope 88* Chase 29*) target 322
So the new ball is imminent, but Broad and Anderson are continuing to slog their guts out with the old one at the moment. And Broad might just boil over right… about… now. The reason is that Stokes has just had a wild shy at the stumps that then rolled all the way to the boundary for four overthrows. Still the runs keep coming. 22 overs remaining.

5:14pm
OVER 73: WI 240/3 (S Hope 88* Chase 24*) target 322
Hi folks. Alan Tyers has done the hard slog and I’m here for the glory of a West Indies victory… possibly.

Oh wowser – it’s all happening. First of all Anderson finds Chase’s outside edge, only for the ball to fly between keeper and slip for four.

5:06pm
OVER 72: WI 235/3 (S Hope 88* Chase 19*) target 322
They have just made Sir Ian Botham, off all people, apologise for bad language picked up by the microphone. “Sorry if you heard anyone expressing their emotions there,” he growls passive-aggressively. Well, just aggressively. Anyway. Broad is bowling. After two balls of the over, he has a moan about the run up and gets the groundstaff on.

5:03pm
OVER 71: WI 232/3 (S Hope 87* Chase 17*) target 322
Anderson. Splice-splitter! Hope needs a new bat. This one seems to have run out of runs, aside from anything else: he has been stuck in the 70s for a year and a day. Seems to do the trick. He carves the ball through backward point for four. And now tucks the ball to fine leg for another four. He is on to 87. New bat has done the trick.

4:53pm
OVER 70: WI 224/3 (S Hope 79* Chase 17*) target 322
England review when Broad hits Hope on the pads.

I would be amazed if this is given out.

4:51pm
OVER 69: WI 219/3 (S Hope 78* Chase 17*) target 322
And a third maiden! Anderson to Chase. No quarter asked for. Accurate. Jars the splice. Chase solid, determined. Crowd small but passionate. 11 overs until the new ball. West Indies want to see off Broad and Anderson. But how long can Root keep using them, if he also needs to save them for the new pill?

4:50pm
OVER 68: WI 219/3 (S Hope 78* Chase 17*) target 322
Broad. Accurate, tight, backed up by his fielders. This is a maiden as well.

A new type of question for the West Indies batsmen. I would guess they’d be thinking “if we can stay in we can probably score at a decent enough rate”. On paper at least, there are plenty of overs. But a few maidens, does the pressure mount?

Tremendous stuff at Headingley.

4:44pm
OVER 67: WI 219/3 (S Hope 78* Chase 17*) target 322
Anderson definitely getting that ball to tail in now. Chase, gamely forward, a tall man, nullifying it in this maiden.

4:40pm
OVER 66: WI 219/3 (S Hope 78* Chase 17*) target 322
No cracks in the pitch, and little or no turn for Moeen. He’s still a threat with that straight-onner though! This has shaved the edge of Hope’s bat. Wow. That was so close to the outside edge.

4:36pm
OVER 65: WI 214/3 (S Hope 77* Chase 13*) target 322
Anderson. Single to each man. Roston Chase has dominated this nascent partnership thus far. Anderson has got his reverse swing going and nearly does for Hope with one that jags in late.

4:35pm
OVER 64: WI 212/3 (S Hope 76* Chase 12*) target 322
Chase goes hard and is not going home just yet as he throws the hands at a wide one from Mo.. Four to third man.

4:33pm
OVER 63: WI 206/3 (S Hope 75* Chase 7*) target 322
Anderson. Suggestions of late movement. What’s interesting now, I think, is how the pressure shifts. England were the ones really feeling it in the afternoon session. But with the finish line in sight, how do the West Indies handle the pressure? How does a team that rarely wins deal with the chance of a victory?

4:26pm
OVER 62: WI 204/3 (S Hope 74* Chase 6*) target 322
Moeen with a terrible ball – a no ball full toss, spanked for four ie five.

4:20pm
We’re back
An exciting finish awaits! All results in play, as they say.

4:05pm
TEA: West Indies 199/3 (S Hope 74* Chase 2*) off 61 overs. Target 322
123 runs needed, seven wickets remaining. 35 overs remaining. Lights on. Game on.

4:02pm
OVER 61: WI 199/3 (S Hope 74* Chase 2*) target 322
Chase, having made a rod for his own back, manages to endure Anderson for an over. Jimmy measuring him up for the LBW, and the lazy, slow arc of Chase’s bat as he drives at the inswinger here suggests that the cap fits. Anyway. That’s tea.

3:56pm
OVER 60: WI 198/3 (S Hope 74* Chase 1*) target 322
Roston Chase comes in and survives two balls. I think most people thought that would be tea, but the umpires allow England another. I wonder if Roston Chase would have taken a single off the last ball of the over had he known?

3:54pm
WICKET! Brathwaite c Stokes b Ali 95
Such a shame! Bad luck, sir. I don’t know if thoughts of tea, or thoughts of a century, or thoughts of being stuck on 95* over tea played their part. But either way, Moeen gave him the tempter outside off, Brathwaite had a huge booming drive at the ball, he was playing just inside the line of it, maybe expecting turn that didn’t come, maybe he didn’t pick the right line… But whatever it was, it’s a big edge, it’s a smart catch from Stokes at slip. FOW 197/3

3:52pm
OVER 59: WI 197/2 (Brathwaite 95* S Hope 74*) target 322
Anderson gets a bit of lift from a length, some vague wobble, rather than inswing.

3:47pm
OVER 58: WI 195/2 (Brathwaite 92* S Hope 74*) target 322
Moeen continues. One to Hope. Brathwaite solid.

3:44pm
OVER 57: WI 194/2 (Brathwaite 92* S Hope 74*) target 322
Anderson, switches to the Football Stand End. Brathwaite tucks him for two. Then a one. Nervous nineties now. Will that have any bearing? Meanwhile, England continue to kvetch about the ball. Umpires unmoved.

3:39pm
OVER 56: WI 190/2 (Brathwaite 89* S Hope 74*) target 322
Moeen flicks the back pad of Hope, but this was too high. Easy four to fine leg – there is no leg slip – all Hope had to do was get a bit of a tickle on it.

Tea is delayed until 3.55pm.

3:36pm
Just one over for Jimmy…
… Moeen is coming back.

West Indies are now odds-on favourites.

3:36pm
OVER 55: WI 185/2 (Brathwaite 88* S Hope 70*) target 322
Stokes giving his all for the cause, hard and heavy stuff, mixing his lengths up well. Not exactly threatening a wicket but doing a job. Excellent, thumping on drive from Brathwaite for four.

3:34pm
OVER 54: WI 180/2 (Brathwaite 83* S Hope 70*) target 322
Two key things in this over: Anderson does not swing the ball. Broad dives, bravely but perhaps not wisely, to stop a ball and does himself a mischief in the shoulder. Seems to be okay.

3:27pm
OVER 53: WI 178/2 (Brathwaite 83* S Hope 68*) target 322
The floodlights are noticeably on now. Stokes bangs it in. Brathwaite goes for a pull, doesn’t really play this very well, hurried, flaps it. Stokes is pumped, Brathwaite’s pumped. Slashed to third man for two. England are huffing and puffing. Stokes + Woakes have between them bowled 12 overs for 50 and not caused too much alarm.

What they need is their classiest bowler to make this about the head not the heart, and here comes James Anderson for a new spell.

3:23pm
OVER 52: WI 170/2 (Brathwaite 76* S Hope 67*) target 322
Broad whistles the ball past the outside edge of Brathwaite’s bat. Woof. No review, and rightly so, again.

3:15pm
OVER 51: WI 169/2 (Brathwaite 75* S Hope 67*) target 322

3:09pm
OVER 50: WI 168/2 (Brathwaite 74* S Hope 67*) target 322
The fans, who have all been kettled into one or two areas of the stand, are starting to make some noise as they try to inspire Broad. It seems to be working, there’s just a leetle extra bit of hot sauce in this over from Stu. Hope very positive, exaggerated even, as he gets forward to block. Good over, well played, it’s a maiden.

3:06pm
OVER 49: WI 168/2 (Brathwaite 74* S Hope 67*) target 322
Stokes. Four off the over. England unable to exert any pressure at the moment. If this pair are still together at tea… They currently need 154

3:03pm
OVER 48: WI 164/2 (Brathwaite 72* S Hope 66*) target 322
Hope likes to get forward, and he is doing a grand job of that in this Broad over.

3:01pm
OVER 47: WI 163/2 (Brathwaite 71* S Hope 66*) target 322
Stokes gets Hope driving and missing. Hope dibbles the ball to third man for four. Scoring at a good clip: 69 since lunch. 49 overs left in the day and they are going along at a fraction under 3.5….

2:53pm
OVER 46: WI 155/2 (Brathwaite 70* S Hope 59*) target 322
Brathwaite knocks the ball to Anderson’s left at mid on. Jimmy has a choice of diving and stopping a boundary, or swooping and trying to throw down the stumps. He gambles… but fails to gather! That is four. Broad loses his line, and that’s another four. The hundred partnership is up, and England have plenty to talk about over drinks.

Talking of talking, the umpire has a word with Broad, who kicked the turf in frustration at the end of the over.

2:51pm
OVER 45: WI 147/2 (Brathwaite 62* S Hope 59*) target 322
Moeen has been so-so for a while, but this is just actively rubbish, this over. A variety of short, wide and short and wide balls, cheap runs for Hope and that’s a soft 11 runs off the over.

2:44pm
OVER 44: WI 136/2 (Brathwaite 59* S Hope 51*) target 322
Hope pulls Broad away and, if I may be allowed a pun, the West Indies now dare to hope. Shai Hope has scored a really excellent fifty here.

That said, Broad is lurking, quiet at the moment but with the threat of danger, like a simmering Glaswegian in-law glaring at you from across the bar at a family wedding.

2:43pm
OVER 43: WI 132/2 (Brathwaite 59* S Hope 47*) target 322
Hope beaten on the outside edge by that delivery Moeen has really improved of late.

2:41pm
OVER 42: WI 129/2 (Brathwaite 59* S Hope 44*) target 322
Broad getting variable bounce in this over, both kinds as well. This ball keeps low, an inside edge saves KB from an LB. This one pings from nowhere and gives Hope an nasty nip on the hand.

2:32pm
OVER 41: WI 128/2 (Brathwaite 59* S Hope 43*) target 322
That’s a maiden from Ali. This pair doing a grand job, partnership worth 75. England will be telling themselves that one wicket might well bring, er, eight.

2:27pm
OVER 40: WI 128/2 (Brathwaite 59* S Hope 43*) target 322
Broad replaces Woakes. Chris, it pains me to say, looked rather ordinaire. Broad gets one ball to move late, which is something. Are we into “England need a wicket” territory yet? I think we might be.

2:21pm
OVER 38: WI 126/2 (Brathwaite 58* S Hope 42*)
Woakes, full. Hope, accomplished clip for four. But this is a good comeback from Chris! Venomous lifter, stings him on the glove. Did well to keep that down. On a livelier pitch, that was a wicket.

2:16pm
OVER 36: WI 119/2 (Brathwaite 58* S Hope 35*)
Brathwaite starting to look commanding. Woakes causing no worries. England asking about the ball being out of shape. It ain’t.

2:11pm
OVER 35: WI 115/2 (Brathwaite 54* S Hope 35*)
Moeen Ali bowls.

Jimmy Anderson is at short mid on, and he’s in the Wide Awake Club [©Big Wrong] as he reacts quickly to a driven ball, flicking it on to the non-striker’s stumps. Fortunately for West Indies, Shai Hope has done what his brother Kyle Hope did not, he’s alert to the danger and he gets back in time. Phew!

2:06pm
OVER 34: WI 114/2 (Brathwaite 53* S Hope 35*)
Woakes is not looking a threat. He’s bowling full, fair play, but he’s not getting any movement and it’s at a friendly pace. Hope pings him for a two and four, looking comfortable.

2:01pm
OVER 33: WI 106/2 (Brathwaite 52* S Hope 28*)
Hope with two flamboyant strokes well outside off, legit drive behind square for four, then a thick edge for four. Nine runs off the Anderson over.

1:59pm
OVER 32: WI 97/2 (Brathwaite 52* S Hope 19*)
Woakesy’s pace is not what it has sometimes (before injury?) been. He tries two short balls here, one to each man, both sit up nice and friendly likes, and each man pulls him for three. Brathwaite’s shot takes him to a gritty, if slightly fortunate, half century. Well batted.

1:52pm
OVER 31: WI 91/2 (Brathwaite 49* S Hope 16*)
Anderson, with three slips, a gully, and a man at short mid on for the mis-hit drive, gets to work on Hope. The batsman, trying to shovel him through leg, is squared up and beaten all ends up by a ball that moves away. Very next delivery, either down to bravery or foolishness, he tries the exact same shot and nails it through the legside for four.

1:48pm
OVER 30: WI 87/2 (Brathwaite 49* S Hope 12*)
Blameless start from all parties. Woakes hitting his line and length, Shai Hope leaving and lining the ball up well. Blameless start from NEARLY all parties, I should say: the ball has misbehaved here, keeping low.

1:41pm
The players are back out
Chris Woakes has the ball.

1:15pm
Mike Atherton on England asking the umpire to make the decision on that catch
“Disappointing from England. Even if Westley did not know, Stokes did. He saw it.”

1:12pm
LUNCH: West Indies 86/2 (Brathwaite 49* S Hope 11*) 29 overs, chasing 322
West Indies battled hard this morning. Anderson and Broad were a really tough prospect. There was a rotten bit of luck for the tourists when Kyle Hope was run out backing up.

12:59pm
OVER 27: WI 85/2 (Brathwaite 49* S Hope 10*)
Moeen is getting some turn but these gus are playing him pretty well, all told.

12:55pm
OVER 26: WI 84/2 (Brathwaite 48* S Hope 10*)
Chris Woakes with a good ball, Shai Hope trapped on the crease and hit on the pads. Umpire S Ravi fancies this is going down leg, calls not out, and is correct to do so. England, whose use (or rather, non-use) of the review has been exemplary so far today, choose not to ask the third umpire. An attractive back-foot drive from Shai Hope gives him four.

12:49pm
OVER 25: WI 80/2 (Brathwaite 48* S Hope 6*)
Brathwaite, who has been under pressure but has remained positive, slogs Moeen for four.

12:48pm
OVER 24: WI 73/2 (Brathwaite 43* S Hope 4*)
Titanic eight-over spell from Broad. Nicest man in cricket Chris Woakes comes on, keeps the pressure right on there as he swings the first one past the outside edge of S Hope’s bat. Bit of legside stuff later in the over though.

12:39pm
OVER 23: WI 70/2 (Brathwaite 43* S Hope 3*)
Off his seventh ball, Hope is off the mark. A nice drive for three into the covers off Mo.

12:39pm
OVER 22: WI 67/2 (Brathwaite 43* S Hope 0*)
Broad continues his dissection of Brathwaite, he’s beating his edge repeatedly. But Brathwaite hanging in there. Overpitches though here, and Brathwaite drives him for four! Batted.

12:32pm
OVER 21: WI 61/2 (Brathwaite 37* S Hope 0*)
A Moeen maiden. He is getting significant turn.

12:31pm
OVER 20: WI 61/2 (Brathwaite 37* S Hope 0*)
Brathwaite, having unwittingly caused the demise of one Hope, is joined by A New Hope. But Shai can watch from the “safety” of the non-striker’s end for a bit as Brathwaite tries to deal with a tail-up Stuart Broad. Thick edge! Four. Another thick edge! Another four. Broad is all over Brathwaite here.

12:22pm
WICKET! K Hope run out 0
Oh that is an absolute bison of a way to go. Poor old Kyle Hope. He is at the non-striker’s end, Brathwaite wellies the ball back at the bowler Broad, who drops a regulation caught and bowled. SB gets two hands on it, cannot hold on, but the ball is hit hard enough that its momentum keeps it going and it crashes into the non-striker’s stumps. Kyle Hope is run out by a street and, well, that’s just a sickener for the lad. FOW 53/2

12:19pm
OVER 19: WI 53/1 (Brathwaite 29* K Hope 0*)
Hope gets the pulse racing when he plays back to Moeen’s quicker, flatter ball… but he gets the bat down.

12:18pm
OVER 18: WI 52/1 (Brathwaite 28* K Hope 0*)
Broad (and Anderson) really putting some mustard on it this morning, this one absolutely pings off a length from Stuart and climbs past the Brathwaite edge. Kraiggggg faces five, takes a single off the last.

And that will give him first look at Moeen Ali, who is to bowl the next over.

12:09pm
OVER 17: WI 49/1 (Brathwaite 25* K Hope 0*)
Brathwaite edges the ball. It goes to third slip, Westley the man who grabs it. Has it bounced? Westley is non-plussed, not really claming it. Stokes next to him looks also unsure. The umpires are going to have to sort this one out. They decide it has bounced before going into Westley’s hands, and the TV evidence is clear. Not out. (It was a ‘soft signal’ not out on the field, too.)

12:05pm
OVER 16: WI 46/1 (Brathwaite 22*)
That off the last ball of the over. Who knows if the verbals with Anderson played a part in Powell’s loose shot?

12:01pm
WICKET! Powell c Stokes b Broad 23
Broad the triumphant bowler, and you have to sat that it has been coming. Full ball, Powell pushes hard at it, he’s not really moved his feet. Loose. Flies waist-high to Stokes at fourth slip, he does the rest. FOW 46/1

12:00pm
OVER 15: WI 43/0 (Powell 23* Brathwaite 19*)
Anderson finds Powell’s edge, it flies wide of slips for four. At the end of the over, the batsman and bowler exchange a few words, and there’s a bit of macho posturing, coming quite close to each other. Ump steps in.

Gower on the arbitrary-seeming sudden attention on swearing. “You should not have a rule just handed down like that, it’s like a rule handed down by Brussels”

11:54am
OVER 14: WI 39/0 (Powell 19* Brathwaite 19*)
Broad seams it past Powell’s edge. Now Powell drives, square of the wicket, flamboyant and on the up! West Indies opener rolling back the years there. Lovely stuff. Crunching four. Single to cover, and now a couple to Brathwaite complete a productive over for the tourists. Nasser Hussain notes the pleasing symmetry of the fact that both batsmen have 19 from 42 balls.

11:48am
OVER 13: WI 32/0 (Powell 14* Brathwaite 17*)
Brathwaite really under the pump here. Anderson has the scalpel out. Thick edge flies wide of fourth slip – there is no gully, incidentally. Now Anderson hits him on the pads with a ball that moves late, but this is going to miss off stump and England are again correct not to review. Beaten later in the over again, by a ball that keeps low.

11:45am
OVER 12: WI 28/0 (Powell 14* Brathwaite 13*)
Two nice shots in this over, one per batter. Broad overpitches, smartly driven by Brathwaite for four down the ground. And now Powell drills the ball through mid on for four as well. G’wan West Indies.

11:42am
OVER 11: WI 19/0 (Powell 10* Brathwaite 8*)
You don’t get many freebies from Anderson, so it’s gather ye rosebuds while ye may* for Powell as he tucks this legside ball away for four.

Let’s see if we cannot get some more up-to-date references into the blog as the day goes on, mm? 1648 to start us off with.

* [Robert Herrick, 1648]

11:36am
OVER 10: WI 15/0 (Powell 6* Brathwaite 8*)
Broad is all over Brathwaite here, he’s jagging the ball off the seam and, at time of writing, he looks a class above the West Indies opening bat. And here he is with a perfect delivery, quick and on Broad’s perfect length, it does just enough. Edged. Cook! Has dropped it. It came quick, but it was at a nice height and very much in Cook’s wheelhouse at first slip. A surprising drop, England’s fourth of the game. I believe that makes 11 for the match in total?

11:31am
OVER 9: WI 11/0 (Powell 6* Brathwaite 4*)
Some searching stuff from Anderson but also a few down the legside. For a split second there it looked like Powell had auto-asphyxiated himself into a legside strange. But not. He has survived this maiden over.

11:25am
OVER 8: WI 11/0 (Powell 6* Brathwaite 4*)
Broad to Powell. Edge first ball! Four through the slips. He is squared up second ball but squirts a single. Broad was a bit leg-sidey earlier in the match but this is classy stuff: perfect channel, nibble, one ball keeps low. Tough exam. Brathwaite survives.

11:20am
OVER 7: WI 6/0 (Powell 1* Brathwaite 4*)
A leg bye gets Powell down the other end. Four slips await, but it’s the ball in to the right-handed Brathwaite that is the first moment of note on day five. It comes back in and raps him on the pad as he tries to shovel away to the legside. Height the saviour, England do not review. Now he beats him outside off. This is a spicy over from Anderson, he gets the ball to climb sharply off a length. Brathwaite does well/is a bit lucky to survive the over.

11:14am
Right then!
The England players emerge, the skies are leaden, the West Indies are chasing 322. So far, they’ve got 5/0.

West Indies resume on 5/0 (Powell 1* Brathewaite 4*) off 6 overs

Powell is the man on strike, and one JM Anderson is the man with the ball in his hand.

10:50am
Scyld Berry on yesterday’s play
Moeen Ali owed England, after dropping a sitter in West Indies’ first innings, and he repaid as handsomely as he cover-drove. Moeen’s 84 off only 93 balls enabled England to set a target of 322, which on a wearing pitch would be very challenging for a team used to winning, never mind losing.

Moeen took the bubble that is West Indian self-belief and, with the rapier he wields, burst it long before it could become a balloon. When he came in, England were only 143 runs ahead. When he lofted to long-on, England were out of sight, like an escaped prisoner from Armley jail down the road.

10:41am
Sir Ian Botham’s pitch report
Sir Ian says that it’s turning off the pitch, there are some cracks. “Jimmy will be delighted, he has got cloud cover. And Moeen will have a big part to play.”

10:36am
The first thing to tell you is that there is a delayed start at Headingley. 11.15am kick off. Wet outfield.

10:33am
Good morning
Tyers here. Day five of the Test match, the closest Test we have had for a while.

ICC 2017: New Zealand Vs Bangladesh Live

ICC 2017: New Zealand Vs Bangladesh Live


If England beat Australia then the winner between New Zealand and Bangladesh will go through. But if Australia win, then the two Ashes rivals will progress to the semi-finals.

Both Bangladesh and New Zealand had lost to hosts England while their match against Australia was abandoned due to rain.

LIVE UPDATES:

0023 hrs IST: That’s it from us for tonight. Thank you all very much for joining us!

2259 hrs IST: And that’s a wrap! Centuries from Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Mahmudullah steered Bangladesh to an amazing victory that seemed improbable after they were 33/4 at one point. Now all eyes will be on the England vs. Australia game.

2257 hrs IST: CENTURY FOR MAHMUDULLAH! He brings it up with a four.

2253 hrs IST: WICKET! Shakib is cleaned up by Trent Boult, bringing the curtains down on what was a very fine innings. Job all but done for Bangladesh now.

2251 hrs IST: BACK-TO-BACK FOURS! Shakib wants to finish off the innings in style, it seems. 9 runs needed off 22 balls.

2249 hrs IST: CENTURY FOR SHAKIB! What an amazing knock from the experienced all-rounder. Bangladesh need 17 runs off 24 balls to win.

2244 hrs IST: 26 needed off 30 balls. The game is slipping away from the Blackcaps.

2243 hrs IST: FOUR! Shakib with an excellent hit in the long off area. New Zealand have all but given up at this point.

2240 hrs IST: Only 34 needed in 36 balls. Pretty doable at this point for the Tigers, whose fight back through Shakib and Mahmudullah has been excellent.

2237 hrs IST: FOUR! Mahmudullah places it over the keeper’s head. Excellent batting.

2235 hrs IST: Bangladesh need 41 runs from 42 balls.

2233 hrs IST: FOUR! Shakib creams one through the off side field.

2227 hrs IST: Bangladesh need 51 off 48 balls to win.

22:25 hrs IST: Bangladesh are 130/4 after 28 overs.

22:24 hrs IST: FOUR! Santner’s ball misses everything and it’s four byes. Not that Bangladesh will complain.

20:22 hrs IST: Bangladesh are 120/4 after 27 overs.

22:20 hrs IST: FOUR! Mahmudullah creams Milne through the long on area for a boundary.

22:17 hrs IST: Another good over from Santner, who concedes just two runs. Bangladesh are 111/4 after 26 overs.

22:14 hrs IST: Bangladesh are now 109/4 with half the overs done.

22:12 hrs IST: FOUR! Shakib gets closer to his 50 with another fine shot in the midwicket area that goes to the boundary.

22:10 hrs IST: Bangladesh 104/4 after 24 overs.

22:05 hrs IST: FOUR! Mahmudullah pulls Anderson over fine leg.

22:04 hrs IST: Another tight over from Santner, with only 4 runs coming from it. Bangladesh are 94/4 after 22 overs.

22:00 hrs IST: Decent first over for Corey Anderson; just 5 off it. Bangladesh are 90/4 after 21 overs.

21:57 hrs IST: Good first over for Santner; only 3 off it. Bangladesh are 85/4 after 20 overs.

21:54 hrs IST: Good over for Bangladesh; can they build on this and put up a fight? They are now 82/4 after 19 overs.

21:52 hrs IST: FOUR! Mahmudullah follows that up with a four, putting serious pressure on the bowler.

21:51 hrs IST: SIX! The first maximum of Bangladesh’s innings comes courtesy of Mahmudullah, who charges down and smashes Neesham.

21:49 hrs IST: FOUR! Once again it’s Shakib, waging a lone battle for the Tigers at this point. Bangladesh are 69/4 after 18 overs.

21:45 hrs IST: Tidy over from Neesham.Bangladesh are 63/4 after 17 overs.

21:42 hrs IST: After the 16th over, Bangladesh are 59/4.

21:40 hrs IST!: FOUR! Shakib is looking to get a move on here, now smashing Milne on the leg side.

21:37 hrs IST: FOUR! Shakib ends Neesham’s first over by smashing him for a boundary. Bangladesh are 53/4 after 15 overs.

21:30 hrs IST: Good second over from Milner, just three runs off it. Bangladesh are 47/4 after 14 overs.

21:26 hrs IST: FOUR! Mahmudullah now dispatches Southee to the fence. Bangladesh are 44/4 after 13 overs.

21:23 hrs IST: FOUR! Shakib al Hasan with his first boundary of the game, off Tim Southee’s bowling.

21:21 hrs IST: Bangladesh are now 35/4, and in major trouble.

21:18 hrs IST: WICKET! This was a perfect response by Milne, who cleans up Mushfiqur with a brilliant delivery. Bangladesh are 33/4.

21:17 hrs SIST: FOUR! Mushfiqur hits Adam Milne down the ground for a welcome boundary.

21:15 hrs IST: Bangladesh are 29/3 after 11 overs.

21:07 hrs IST: FOUR! Rahim edges one to slip but is dropped by Taylor and the ball runs away to the boundary.

21:06 hrs IST: Southee is now halfway through his overs. Bangladesh are 20/3 after 9 overs.

21:01 hrs IST: This is clinical bowling from New Zealand’s lead pacers. Bangladesh are 18/3 after 8 overs.

20:57 hrs IST: Yet another good over from Tim Southee, who is having an excellent game. Bangladesh are 15/3 after 7 overs.

2053 hrs IST: Bangladesh are 14/3 after 6 overs.

2048 hrs IST: Wicket-maiden for Tim Southee. Bangladesh are 12/3.

20:45 hrs IST: WICKET! Southee strikes again, this time getting Soumya Sarkar lbw. Bangladesh are 12/3.

20:42 hrs IST: Another excellent over from Trent Boult. Bangladesh are 12/2 after 4 overs.

20:40 hrs IST: New Zealand are bowling well here, looking to attack and take wickets. It’s their best hope of winning this game.

20:32 hrs IST: WICKET! Southee strikes again! Sabbir is caught behind trying to play a beautiful ball outside off stump. Bangladesh are 10/2.

2030 hrs IST: Trent Boult’s first over is a good one, giving just 1 run. Bangladesh are 9/1 after 2 overs.

2025 hrs IST: After an eventful 1st over, Bangladesh are 8/1.

2024 hrs IST: FOUR AGAIN! This time Sabbir plays Southee through the offside field. This has been an action-packed first over.

2024 hrs IST: FOUR! Southee straying down the leg side and Sabbir flicks him off the pad for four.

2023 hrs IST: Sabbir Rehman comes to the crease for the Tigers.

2020 hrs IST: WICKET! Southee traps Tamim Iqbal for a duck. This is just the start NZ needed.

2019 hrs IST: Welcome to the coverage of the 2nd innings. Tim Southee will open the innings for NZ.

19:49 hrs IST: That’s all for now. Join us in a few minutes for the start of the second innings!

19:48 hrs IST: After looking likely to register a target of 300+ comfortably, a middle order collapse means they end the first innings with 265/8.

19:43 hrs IST: With one over to go, NZ are 257/8.

19:42 hrs IST: FOUR! Tim Southee with a boundary, although Bangladesh probably won’t mind that too much.

19:38 hrs IST: WICKET! Mustafizur bowls a superb yorker that goes through Adam Milne’s legs and sends the middle stump flying. NZ are 252/8 after 48.3 overs.

19:35 hrs IST: Bangladesh are keeping it tight towards the end of the innings. Rubel’s over yields 3 runs, and NZ are 250/7 after 48 overs.

19:30 hrs IST: Mortaza ends his spell with another decent over. NZ are 247/7 after 47 overs.

19:28 hrs IST: At this point, even 270 would be a decent target for NZ to set, given their best batters are back in the dressing room.

19:24 hrs IST: WICKET! Neesham charges down the ground but misses the ball completely, leaving himself open to an easy stumping. This is Mosaddek’s 3rd wicket of the match; definitely a game changing spell from him.

19:21 hrs IST: Another tidy over from Mashrafe Mortaza. NZ are 235/6 after 45 overs.

19:17 hrs IST: NZ are 231/6 after 44 overs.

19:12 hrs IST: ANOTHER WICKET! This time it’s the dangerous Corey Anderson who departs for a golden duck. New Zealand are in deep trouble here.

19:10 hrs IST: WICKET! Broom top edges one off Mosaddek’s bowling and Tamim makes no mistake with the catch. NZ are 228/5 after 43.1 overs.

19:08 hrs IST: After 43 overs, NZ are 228/4.
19:07 hrs IST: FOUR AGAIN! This time Neesham plays him down the ground. Is this the final flourish NZ need to get to 300?

19:06 hrs IST: FOUR! Neesham hooks Roubel hard for a much-needed boundary.

19:04 hrs IST: Mosaddek, bowling his first over of the game, starts well. NZ are 216/4 after 42 overs.

19:01 hrs IST: NZ are 211/4 after 41 overs. Anything below 300 will be a welcome sight for Bangladesh.

19:00 hrs IST: FOUR! Good ball from Rubel takes Neesham’s outside edge and goes to the boundary.

18:56 hrs IST: Tidy over from Mustafizur, only 2 runs from it. NZ are 203/4 after 40 overs.

18:52 hrs IST: At the end of the 39th over, NZ are 201/4.

18:50 hrs IST: James Neesham is the new man in for the Blackcaps.

18:48 hrs IST: WICKET! Ross Taylor attempts a slog behind the wicket off Taskin but gives a simple catch to Mustafizur. NZ are 201/4.

18:45 hrs IST: Mustafizur’s 7th over yields 5 runs. NZ are 197/3 after 38 overs.

18:41 hrs IST: After the 37th over, NZ are 192/3.

18:40 hrs IST: FOUR! Taylor now follows suit with a lofted shot down the ground.

18:38 hrs IST: FOUR! Neil Broom is looking to up the ante and hits Taskin for a boundary through the off side.

18:36 hrs IST: Mustafizur’s 6th over goes for only 3 runs. NZ are 181/3 after 36 overs.

18:33 hrs IST: Another tidy over from Taskin. NZ are 178/2 after 35 overs.

18:30 hrs IST: 50 for Taylor! He gets the 37th fifty of his career. He now needs to be around for the last 10 or so overs.

18:29 hrs IST: Shakib’s final over goes for 8. NZ 173/2 after 34 overs.

18:21 hrs IST: Tidy over from Mortaza. Just two runs off it. NZ 166/3 after 33 overs.

18:18 hrs IST: Decent over from Shakib. Seven runs off it. NZ are 164/3 after 32 overs.

18:14 hrs IST: FOUR! Neil Broom, the new man to the crease, gets off the mark with a superb straight drive. NZ are 157/3 after 31 overs.

18:10 hrs IST: WICKET! A bit of confusion left Kane Williamson stranded in the middle of the pitch and Mosaddek’s throw to Shakib Al Hasan gets rid of the skipper. NZ are 152/3 after 30 overs.

18:08 hrs IST: FOUR! Shakib with a rare bad ball pitched outside leg, and Taylor swivels and hits him for a four to bring him closer to a half-century of his own.

18:07 hrs IST: Bangladesh need a wicket, and soon. Mashrafe’s 6th over is a good one and yields only the one run. NZ are 148/2 after 29 overs.

18:02 hrs IST: Given how he’s bowled, surely it’s only a matter of time before Shakib gets a wicket? Another good over for him sees NZ end the 28th over at 147/2.

18:00 hrs IST: New Zealand’s strategy seems to be to hit the bad balls to the boundary, rotate the strike and also conserve wickets to go hard in the final 10 overs. They are 144/2 after 27 overs.

17:56 hrs IST: Shakib, who short of getting a wicket has been solid, bowls another good over. NZ are 138/2 after 26 overs.

17:53 hrs IST: NZ are 134/2 after 25 overs.

17:52 hrs IST: FOUR! Taylor smacks Rubel through the leg side. He will no doubt be looking to get a big score of his own.

17:51 hrs IST: 50 for Kane Williamson! The skipper brings up his half century with a single off Rubel. Can he kick on and make another big score today?

17:47 hrs IST: Shakib’s 5th over goes for only 4 runs. NZ are 126/2 after 24 overs.

17:45 hrs IST: New Zealand end the 23rd over at 122/2.

17:43 hrs IST: FOUR! Williamson drives Mustafizur down the ground to inch closer to his 31st half-century in ODI cricket.

17:42 hrs IST: Shakib continues to keep things tight, giving only 4 runs. NZ are 116/2 after 22 overs.

17:39 hrs IST: Mustafizur pulls things back with an over that only yielded 3 runs. NZ are 112/2 after 21 overs.

17:36 hrs IST: NZ are 109/2 after 20 overs.

17:33 hrs IST: Mustafzur goes for another expensive over; his current economy rate is 8.33. NZ are 105/2 after 19 overs.

17:29 hrs IST: FOUR! Williamson drives Mustafizur through the off side for a boundary. New Zealand are looking to get going once again.

17:28 hrs IST: An expensive over from Shakib which saw him get hit for a boundary by Ross Taylor. NZ are 99/2 after 18 overs.

17:25 hrs IST: Rubel’s 4th over yields only 4 runs. NZ are 91/2 after 17 overs.

17:21 hrs IST: Shakib’s firs over goes for 6 runs. NZ are 87/2 after 16 overs.

17:17 hr IST: Shakib Al Hasan is into the attack.

17:14 hrs IST: Rubel Hossain with another good over. Having gotten just a run off it, NZ are 80/2 after the end of the second powerplay.

17:09 hrs IST: FOUR AGAIN! Ross Taylor ends the 14th over with an exquisite straight drive. NZ are now 79/2.

17:08 hrs IST: FOUR! Ross Taylor gets off the mark with a well-driven shot that goes for 4.

17:04 hrs IST: New Zealand are 70/2 at the end of the 13th over.

17:02 hrs IST: Ross Taylor joins his skipper in the middle.

17:00 hrs IST: WICKET! The dangerous Martin Guptill is given out lbw. Excellent ball from Rubel. NZ are now 69/2.

16:59 hrs IST: FOUR! You knew that would come eventually. Williamson with a well-timed shot through the leg side and he finally ends Bangladesh’s short spell of tight bowling.

16:57 hrs IST: Taskin Ahmed follows it up with another over that yields just one run. NZ are 62/1 after 12 overs.

16:52 hrs IST: Good first over from Rubel. NZ are 61/1 after 11 overs.

16:49 hrs IST: Rubel Hossain to bowl his first over.

16:48 hrs IST: The end of the 10th over sees New Zealand at 60/1.

16:46 hrs IST: FOUR! Kane Williamson is no mood to stop the runs flowing. He hits Taskin for his second four of the game so far.

16:44 hrs IST: Another good over sees NZ steady at 54/1 after 9 overs.

16:40 hrs IST: NZ are 48/1 after 8 overs.

16:35 hrs IST: Kane Williamson is the new man in.

16:34 hrs IST: WICKET! Guptill tries to slog Taskin on the leg side but is caught by Mustafizur at wide mid-on. NZ 46/1 after 7.1 overs.

16:32 hrs IST: Another good over for New Zealand. They are 46/0 after 7 overs.

16:29 hrs IST: FOUR! Short and wide from Mortaza and Guptill rightfully punishes him with a strong shot through the off side.

16:28 hrs IST: New Zealand are 38/0 with 6 overs played.

16:26 hrs IST: FOUR! It’s that man again; Martin Guptill didn’t take long to attack Taskin Ahmed, who’s bowling his first over. The opener looks like he means business today.

16:24 hrs IST: Mortaza’s 3rd over yields 11 runs. New Zealand are getting a move on here, and are 31/0 after 5 overs.

16:19 hrs IST: Guptill is done waiting, and promptly hits Mortaza for a six and a four off consecutive balls.

16:17 hrs IST: FOUR! Mustafizur’s second over – which was going ell – ends with another boundary from Martin Guptill’s bat. NZ are 20/0 after 4 overs.

16:14 hrs IST: Maiden over from Mortaza, who is bowling quite well so far. NZ are 12/0 after 3 overs.

16:10 hrs IST: New Zealand are clearly here to play some attacking cricket, and it showed in the way Guptill went after Mustafizur. New Zealand are 12/0 after 2 overs.

16:07 hrs IST: ANOTHER FOUR! More of the same from Mustafizur, who is bowling too far outside the off stump. Guptill duly punished him.

16:06 hrs IST: FOUR! Mustafizur starts with a wide-ish delivery and Guptill promptly dispatches him to the boundary.

16:05 hrs IST: Good first over for Mortaza, only one from it. NZ are 1/0 after the first over.

16:01 hrs IST: And we’re underway at Cardiff.

15:59 hrs IST: Luke Ronchi and Martin Guptill will open the batting for New Zealand. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza will take the new ball.

15:49 hrs IST: Here’s something Bangladesh fans will love to see – in their only previous appearance at this venue, they beat Australia by five wickets back in 2005.

15:44 hrs IST: Stat attack – New Zealand and Bangladesh have met before in the Champions Trophy, with the Black Caps recording a 167-run win during the 2002 edition of the competition. Will history repeat itself today?

15:38 hrs IST: Bangladesh XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman.

15:35 hrs IST: New Zealand XI: Martin Guptill, Luke Ronchi(w), Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Neil Broom, James Neesham, Corey Anderson, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.

15:32 hrs IST: New Zealand win toss, choose to bat first.

15:21 hrs IST: Good news. We’ll have the toss in 10 minutes. Play begins at 1600 hrs with no overs lost.

ICC 2017: India Vs Sri Lanka Live

ICC 2017: India Vs Sri Lanka Live


India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni(wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah

Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews(c), Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep

LIVE UPDATES:

22:50 hrs IST: And that’s it. Sri Lanka beat India by 7 wickets to keep their hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive. What a knock from Mathews! Remains unbeaten on 52.

22:45 hrs IST: Umesh to bowl the penultimate over.

22:44 hrs IST: Five runs off Bumrah’s final over. Sri Lanka need 8 off 12.

22:40 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar finishes with the figures of 1/54. Sri Lanka need 13 off 18.

22:37 hrs IST: FOUR! Short and wide from Bhuvneshwar and Mathews hits it past the backward point region. It’s all too easy for SL now.

22:35 hrs IST: Dot to finish off from Bumrah, but the damage has already been done. Sri Lanka need 21 off 24.

22:33 hrs IST: SIX! Length delivery from Bumrah, outside off, Gunaratne sweeps it over square leg for a maximum.

22:31 hrs IST: FOUR! Another boundary for Gunaratne. India under pressure now. They need quick wickets or else it’s SL’s game. Sri Lanka need 32 off 30.

22:29 hrs IST: FOUR! Touch short from Bhuvneshwar and Gunaratne pulls it to long leg boundary. We have a humdinger!

22:26 hrs IST: Sri Lanka need 43 off 36. Mathews 36*, Gunaratne 7*

22:22 hrs IST: Perera has gone off the field. Asela Gunaratne is the new man at the crease.

22:19 hrs IST: Seems like Kusal Perera has a hamstring issue. SL would hope he stays till the end.

22:14 hrs IST: Another 10-run over Sri Lanka. Two boundaries for Mathews. SL need 57 off 48.

22:11 hrs IST: FOUR! Half-volley from Umesh, Mathews gives himself room and hits it in the air in the gap between mid-off and cover.

22:07 hrs IST: FOUR! Much-needed boundary for Sri Lanka. Perera hits it to deep mid-wicket to move into 40s. Sri Lanka require 67 off 54.

22:04 hrs IST: Costly over from Umesh. Ten runs off it. Sri Lanka need 75 off 60.

21:59 hrs IST: And Bumrah continues the good work. Sri Lanka need 85 off 66.

21:55 hrs IST: Good over from Umesh. Just five runs off it. Sri Lanka require 90 off 72.

21:52 hrs IST: Here’s Umesh Yadav again.

21:50 hrs IST: FOUR! Overpitched from Hardik, Perera dances down the track and lofts it over mid-off. Sri Lanka need 95 off 78.

21:47 hrs IST: Sri Lanka need 106 off 84. With seven wicket hands, this shouldn’t be that tricky.

DO YOU KNOW – Sri Lanka have suffered a total of four run-outs in the tournament so far.

21:40 hrs IST: Stupendous over from Hardik. Just three runs off it. Sri Lanka require 116 off 90.

21:36 hrs IST: Seven runs off Jadeja’s fifth. Sri Lanka need 119 off 96. Perera 14*, Mathews 1*

21:33 hrs IST: Mathews at No. 5. He holds the key for SL here.

21:31 hrs IST: WICKET! Brilliant piece of fielding from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Dangerous Mendis goes for 89(93). India well and truly back in the game.

21:27 hrs IST: Bhuvi comes back into the attack. Sri Lanka need 128 off 108.

21:24 hrs IST: Shouldn’t be a difficult chase for Sri Lanka given the fact they’ve wickets in hand. 131 off 112, very much gettable.

21:21 hrs IST: Decent over from Kohli but India need wickets. Sri Lanka are 184/2 after 30 overs.

21:18 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are 179/2 after 29 overs. Mendis 80*, Kusal Perera 2*

21:14 hrs IST: WICKET! Umesh Yadav, you beauty! Gunathilaka run out 76 (72). We have a game on our hands.

21:10 hrs IST: And the Indian captain brings himself into the attack.

21:09 hrs IST: Tidy over from Kedar Jadhav. Just four runs off it. Sri Lanka are 162/1 after 27 overs.

21:06 hrs IST: Three boundaries in a row from Kusal. Sri Lanka are 158/1 after 26 overs. Gunathilaka 71*, Mendis 67*

21:03 hrs IST: FOUR! Length delivery from Hardik and Kusal smacks it straight over the bowler’s head.

21:00 hrs IST: Both Gunathilaka and Mendis haven’t allowed the Indian bowlers to settle. Game on at The Oval!

20:56 hrs IST: Jadeja proving to be too expensive. Excellent display of strokeplay from both Gunathilaka and Mendis. Sri Lanka are 141/1 after 24 overs.

20:52 hrs IST: SIX! Flatter delivery from Jadeja, Kusal comes down the track and hits it well over the deep mid-wicket boundary. 10th ODI fifty for him!

DO YOU KNOW – Sri Lanka have had eight century partnerships for second wicket since the ICC World Cup 2015.

20:44 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are 113/1 after 21 overs. Gunathilaka 57*, Mendis 40*

20:40 hrs IST: FOUR! Touch short from Jadeja, Kusal goes back and hits it to deep mid-wicket boundary. Sri Lanka are 108/1 after 20 overs.

20:37 hrs IST: India still favourites but Sri Lanka have been great so far.

20:35 hrs IST: SIX! Length ball from Hardik, Gunathilaka gets into position and hammers into the deep mid-wicket stands. Brings up his fifty.

DO YOU KNOW – Shikhar Dhawan is the fastest Indian (77) and third quickest to 10 ODI centuries after Quinton de Kock (55 inns) and Hashim Amla (57).

20:32 hrs IST: Just three runs off Jadeja’s first. Sri Lanka are 90/1 after 18 overs.

20:29 hrs IST: Ravindra Jadeja comes in as the third change.

20:27 hrs IST: Expensive over from Hardik. Eleven runs off it. Sri Lanka are 87/1 after 17 overs.

20:23 hrs IST: FOUR! Half-volley from Bumrah and Gunathilaka hits it well past the non-striker. Moves to 37. Sri Lanka are 76/1 after 16 overs.

20:20 hrs IST: Maiden over from Hardik. India need more of these. Sri Lanka are 70/1 after 15 overs.

20:16 hrs IST: Gunathilaka, Mendis have stabilised Sri Lanka’s chase. The duo need to keep going.

20:12 hrs IST: Good start from Hardik. Sri Lanka are 62/1 after 13 overs.

DO YOU KNOW – Sri Lanka have won 13 matches in the history of the ICC Champions Trophy, the equal second most of any team in the competition’s history second only to India (16).

20:09 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya now

20:08 hrs IST: Dot ball to finish off. Sri lanka are 59/1 after 12 overs.

20:06 hrs IST: FOUR! Short and wide from Bumrah and Kusal hits it well through cover point for his third boundary.

20:04 hrs IST: Bumrah comes into the attack.

20:03 hrs IST: Sri Lanka begin the 2nd powerplay well. They are 53/1 after 11 overs.

20:02 hrs IST: FOUR! Mendis top edges a Bhuvneshwar bouncer and it skies it, but it reaches the boundary. They all count.

19:59 hrs IST: After Umesh’s over yields 6 runs, Sri Lanka are now 44/1 after 10 overs.

19:57 hrs IST: FOUR! Gunathilaka has seemingly taken a liking to Umesh, smashing him for another boundary.

19:56 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are now 38-1 after 9 overs.

19:54 hrs IST: FOUR! Mendis gets an outside edge off Bhuvneshwar and it goes past first slip and into the boundary.

19:51 hrs IST: A good over for Sri Lanka. They are now 34/1 after 8 overs.

19:50 hrs IST: FOUR! Gunathilaka now drives through the off-side for a wonderful four. Umesh under pressure for the first time.

19:48 hrs IST: SIX! Umesh Yadav looks for a bouncer but gets creamed for a six by Gunathilaka.

19:43 hrs IST: Umesh with another good over, conceding only 2 runs off it. Sri Lanka are 17/1 after 6 overs.

19:38 hrs IST: WICKET! Bhuvneshwar strikes. A top edge from Dickwella is gleefully caught by Jadeja. Sri Lanka are 15/1after 5 overs.

19:33 hrs IST: Umesh continues to ramp up the pressure with another good over. Sri Lanka are 11/0 after 4 overs.

19:29 hrs IST: Another good over from Bhuvneshwar. Sri Lanka are 7/0 after 3 overs.

19:25 hrs IST: Great start from Umesh. No margin for error. Sri Lanka are 3/0 after 2 overs.

19:23 hrs IST: Umesh Yadav comes into the attack.

19:21 hrs IST: Tidy start from Bhuvneshwar. Sri Lanka are 2/0 after first over. Dickwella 2*, Gunathilaka 0*

19:19 hrs IST: Dickwella to take strike. Bhuvneshwar to bowl the first over.

19:18 hrs IST: Welcome back!

18:48 hrs IST: That’s it. Fifteen runs off the final over. India finish on 321/6. Kedar Jadhav remains unbeaten on 25 (off just 13 balls). We’ll be back in a short while.

18:44 hrs IST: Thisara Perera to bowl the last six balls.

18:43 hrs IST: Boundary for Dhoni. Gets to 63. Malinga ends with figures of 2/70. India are 306/5 after 49 overs.

18:41 hrs IST: So far so good from Malinga. Just three runs off the first 3 balls.

18:39 hrs IST: Malinga to bowl the penultimate over.

18:38 hrs IST: SIX! Full-toss from Thisara and Dhoni launches it into the deep mid-wicket stands. India are 297/5 after 48 overs.

18:36 hrs IST: Single and that’s fifty for Dhoni. His 62nd in ODIs and 17th vs Sri Lanka. Cometh the hour, cometh the champion!

18:33 hrs IST: Nuwan Pradeep finishes with the figures of 10-0-73-1. India are 289/5 after 47 overs.

18:29 hrs IST: WICKET! Hardik Pandya c Kusal Perera b Lakmal 9(5)

18:27 hrs IST: SIX! Full-toss from Lakmal, towards leg, Hardik smacks it over mid-wicket for a maximum.

18:24 hrs IST: India are 270/4 after 45 overs. Dhoni 45*, Hardik 3*

18:21 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya comes in at No. 6

18:20 hrs IST: WICKET! That’s the end of a splendid innings from Dhawan. Goes for 125(128). Second wicket for Malinga.

18:17 hrs IST: Single for Dhawan. Moves to 125. India are 261/3 after 44 overs.

18:14 hrs IST: FOUR! Full-toss from Lakmal, outside off, Dhoni comes forward and powers it to deep extra cover boundary.

18:10 hrs IST: Decent over from Malinga in context of the game. Eight runs off it. India are 251/3 after 43 overs.

18:06 hrs IST: Dhoni misses a gentle loosener. India are 243/3 after 42 overs.

18:05 hrs IST: FOUR! Juicy full-toss from Pradeep and Dhoni creams it through mid-wicket for his third boundary.

18:03 hrs IST: SIX! Short delivery from Pradeep, Dhawan moves a bit and flicks it over fine leg for a maximum.

18:01 hrs IST: Nine runs off the over. Lakmal proving to be expensive today. India are 227/3 after 41 overs.

17:58 hrs IST: FOUR! Full and wide from Lakmal and Dhawan hits it straight to long-off.

DO YOU KNOW – This is Dhawan’s fifth century in ICC ODI tournaments in 15 innings.

17:54 hrs IST: FOUR! That’s hundred for Dhawan, 10th in ODIs. Magnificent innings from the southpaw!

17:52 hrs IST: FOUR! Pradeep misses the length and Dhoni is quick to punish it in the gap between deep mid-wicket and deep square leg.

17:49 hrs IST: India are 207/3 after 39 overs. Dhawan 97*, Dhoni 16*

17:45 hrs IST: Single for Dhoni and 200 up for India. How much more they can get in the last 12 overs?

17:42 hrs IST: Dot ball to finish off. India are 197/3 after 37 overs.

17:40 hrs IST: FOUR! Too short from Gunathilaka, Dhoni rocks back and hits it in the gap between fine leg and square leg.

17:38 hrs IST: Another tidy over from Gunaratne. Just three runs from it. India are 191/3 after 36 overs.

17:34 hrs IST: SIX! Short and wide from Lakmal and Dhoni cuts it away over third man for a maximum. India are 188/3 after 35 overs.

17:31 hrs IST: Suranga Lakmal now

17:30 hrs IST: Stupendous over from Gunaratne. Only one run and the all-important wicket of Yuvi. India are 179/3 after 34 overs.

17:26 hrs IST: WICKET! Yuvraj b Gunaratne 7(18). Just the wicket Sri Lanka wanted.

17:23 hrs IST: Asela Gunaratne comes into the attack for the first time.

DO YOU KNOW – India have won 10 of their last 13 ODI matches; claiming victory in four of their last five.

17:17 hrs IST: Good over from Thisara. Just four runs off it. India are 174/2 after 32 overs.

17:13 hrs IST: India are 170/2 after 31 overs. Dhawan 80*, Yuvraj 3*

17:09 hrs IST: Meanwhile, Rohan Bopanna has won the French Open mixed doubles title to clinch his maiden Grand Slam. Proud moment!

17:05 hrs IST: FOUR! Too much width on offer from Gunathilaka and Dhawan hits it well past the fielder at cover.

17:03 hrs IST: Two boundaries in a row for Dhawan. He’s started to accelerate now. India are 160/2 after 28 overs.

17:00 hrs IST: FOUR! Overpitched delivery from Malinga and Dhawan smacks it in the gap between mid-off and cover. India are 148/2 after 27 overs.

16:57 hrs IST: FOUR! Shortish delivery from Malinga and Dhawan pulls it away through mid-wicket.

16:55 hrs IST: Yuvraj Singh at No.4. India need a partnership here

16:53 hrs IST: WICKET! And once again, the Indian captain is caught outside off. Pradeep gets his first. India are 139/2 after 25.5 ovs

16:49 hrs IST: Virat Kohli is in at No. 3, and is up against an opposition he loves the most.

16:47 hrs IST: WICKET! And Malinga gets rid of his Mumbai Indians skipper. Another impressive knock from Rohit. Looked set to get a hundred.

16:44 hrs IST: FOUR! Fifty for Dhawan, 19th in ODIs. Magnificent show from both Indian openers! Sri Lankan bowlers have looked clueless.

16:42 hrs IST: Steady drizzle at The Oval. Umbrellas are out.

16:38 hrs IST: Single off the last ball for Dhawan. Moves to 45. India are 124/0 after 23 overs.

16:36 hrs IST: FOUR! Length ball from Malinga, Rohit stays in the crease and punches it in the gap between mid-off and cover. Effortless!

16:32 hrs IST: Have to admit the mood in the Indian camp is a lot different now when it comes to big tournaments.

16:30 hrs IST: India are 114/0 after 21 overs. Rohit 65*, Dhawan 42*

16:27 hrs IST: SIX! Rohit picks the length early and pulls it hard over square leg for a maximum. India are 107/0 after 20 overs.

16:24 hrs IST: SIX! And that’s fifty for Rohit, his 31st in ODIs. What a player! Consecutive 50+ scores for India’s ‘Hit-Man’.

STAT ATTACK – India and Sri Lanka have met three times (excluding this match) in the Champions Trophy but two of them ended as no results. India won the remaining

16:21 hrs IST: Fifteen runs in the last three overs. India are 89/0 after 18 overs.

16:18 hrs IST: It’s getting a bit dark at The Oval. Clearly, it’s advantage India even if it rains. They are yet to lose a wicket.

16:14 hrs IST: Six 50+ opening stands between Dhawan and Rohit in the ICC Champions Trophy, the most by any pair in the tournament.

16:11 hrs IST: FOUR! Poor delivery from Gunathilaka. Straying down leg and Rohit helps it to fine-leg boundary. Gets into 40s.

16:06 hrs IST: India are 74/0 after 15 overs. Dhawan 36*, Rohit 32*

16:03 hrs IST: Some spin now. Gunathilaka it is.

DO YOU KNOW – Upul Tharanga boasts a batting average of 53.85 at the ICC Champions Trophy, the best of any Sri Lankan player who has batted in more than five innings at the tournament.

16:00 hrs IST: Double off the last delivery for Rohit. India are 63/0 after 13 overs.

15:58 hrs IST: So far in his career, Thisara has taken the most number of wickets against Pakistan in ODIs (32 in 22 games)

15:56 hrs IST: Thisara Perera now

15:55 hrs IST: Dot ball. Eight runs off the over. India are 59/0 after 12 overs.

15:53 hrs IST: FIVE WIDES! Banged in short from Pradeep and it goes way over the batsman and Dickwella.

15:50 hrs IST: Only five runs in the last two overs. India are 51/0 after 11 overs.

DO YOU KNOW – India have won each of their last seven ICC Champions Trophy fixtures. Only once in the history of the tournament has any team won more games in succession (Australia, 8).

15:45 hrs IST: Just two runs off Pradeep’s second over. India are 48/0 after 10 overs. Dhawan 28*, Rohit 20*

15:41 hrs IST: FOUR! Rohit Sharma and elegance go hand in hand. Short and wide from Lakmal and the Indian opener cracks it through point. India are 46/0 after 9 overs.

15:39 hrs IST: BOUNDARY! Touch short from Lakmal, Rohit gets into position early and pulls it over square leg for one bounce four.

15:36 hrs IST: Good start from Pradeep. India are 36/0 after 8 overs.

15:34 hrs IST: India’s running between the wickets has been magnificent so far. Sharp singles and they all count at the end of the game.

15:32 hrs IST: Here comes the first change in bowling – Nuwan Pradeep. The seamer bowled pretty well against South Africa.

15:31 hrs IST: Single off the last ball for Dhawan. India are 32/0 after 7 overs.

DO YOU KNOW – Shikhar Dhawan averages 62.5 against Sri Lanka in ODIs, his highest against any team.

15:28 hrs IST: Costly over from Lakmal. Ten runs off it. India are 27/0 after 6 overs. Dhawan 20*, Rohit 7*

15:25 hrs IST: Consecutive boundaries from Dhawan. Looks in top form!

15:22 hrs IST: FOUR! Overpitched from Malinga and Dhawan creams it through covers to move into double figures. India are 17/0 after 5 overs.

15:18 hrs IST: Excellent back-to-back overs from Sri Lanka. This time, it’s a maiden from Lakmal. India are 12/0 after 4 overs.

15:16 hrs IST: Angelo Mathews now has a packed off-side field for Dhawan, considering the fact the southpaw is extremely brilliant there!

15:14 hrs IST: Tidy over from Malinga. Just two runs off it. India are 12/0 after 3 overs.

15:10 hrs IST: Dot ball to finish off from Lakmal. India are 10/0 after 2 overs.

15:08 hrs IST: FOUR! Poor delivery from Lakmal, short and wide, Dhawan goes on back foot and cuts it through point for his first boundary.

15:07 hrs IST: Suranga Lakmal comes into the attack.

15:05 hrs IST: Still a decent start from Malinga. India are 4/0 after first over.

DO YOU KNOW – Sri Lanka have managed only one win from nine games so far in 2017.

15:01 hrs IST: FOUR! What a way to start the innings! Short and wide from Malinga and Rohit times it well through point.

15:00 hrs IST: It’s time for live action. As expected, Dhawan and Rohit to open for the Men in Blue. Malinga to start the proceedings for Sri Lanka.

14:55 hrs IST: Out come the players for the national anthems.

DO YOU KNOW – Sri Lanka are without a win in their last five ODIs played in Europe (T1, L4), last grabbing a win on the continent in June 2016 against Ireland.

14:41 hrs IST: India captain Virat Kohli, on his part, said: “Probably same (bowl first). We’re not too worried. Conditions will stay the same throughout. Maybe for the next one, we’ll look to do something different. Bringing some good momentum into the game. Teams are going to play one spinner, Ashwin understands the dynamics and he’s a professional.”

14:38 hrs IST: After winning the toss, Mathews said, “Overcast morning, we’ll take first use of the wicket. Three changes, Tharanga, Kapugedara and Seekkuge out. Myself and Danuska and Thisara Perera come back. Good to be back. Batters let us down last game, we bowled and fielded pretty well. Pressure on, we’ll enjoy ourselves.”

14:36 hrs IST: Angelo Mathews is back from his injury break and Sri Lanka desperately need him. However, his fitness will only allow him to bat and not bowl.

14:33 hrs IST:Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has won the toss and opted to bowl.

14:29 hrs IST: We are moments away from the toss.

14:28 hrs IST: This will be the 150th ODI between the two sides. India have won 83 times, Sri Lanka 54, one match has ended as a tie and there have been 11 no results

14:24 hrs IST: This will be the first India vs Sri Lanka ODI since November 2014

14:15 hrs IST: The tournament has regularly been interrupted by rain but so far, it is a clear morning sky in London.

14:10 hrs IST: The dressing rooms are all set for the players for the big match between two Asian neighbours.

14:06 hrs IST: And look who is here! What tips do you think Kumar Sangakkara is giving to the Sri Lanka captain?

14:03 hrs IST: If India win, they’ll all but qualify for the semifinals. On the other hand, this is a must-win game for Sri Lanka who lost their opening game to South Africa.

14:00 hrs IST: A warm welcome to HT’s live coverage of ICC Champions Trophy Group B encounter between India – Sri Lanka.

 

ICC 2017: Pakistan Vs South Africa

ICC 2017: Pakistan Vs South Africa


Chasing 220, Babar Azam held firm as he kept Pakistan afloat in the game after Morne Morkel picked up three wickets. However, rain stopped play in Edgbaston with Pakistan on 119/3. Sarfraz Ahmed’s team are 19 runs ahead on the DLS score. Follow live cricket score and live updates of Pakistan vs South Africa here.

12:14 hrs IST: The players are coming off the field. The rain is a bit too heavy. Pakistan are 19 runs ahead of the DLS score. If no play is possible, Pakistan will be declared the winners.

12:10 hrs IST: More umbrellas are coming up. The rain has intensified slightly. It won’t be too long before the players come off. Meanwhile, Babar Azam ends the over in style by digging out a yorker from Rabada to the long on fence.Pakistan need 101 to win.

12:04 hrs IST: In the air but just over. Babar Azam uppercuts over backward point and he finds the boundary again. Earlier, Shoaib Malik strikes two more boundaries off Rabada as he gets off to a flier.

11:59 hrs IST: Two consecutive fours by Malik off Rabada and Pakistan cross 100. They are on course, rain or no rain. This could be massive.

11:58 hrs IST: At this stage, the DLS par score is 92 after 24 overs. So, Pakistan are still ahead. If they lose a wicket now, the DLS score will increase.

11:57 hrs IST: Morne Morkel’s figures read 6-1-19-3. What a bowling performance from the giraffe.

11:53 hrs IST: WICKET! That is a massive wicket and the game is even again. Short ball that climbs up awkwardly, Hafeez top-edges the pull and Imran Tahir takes the catch at fine leg. Mohammad Hafeez c Imran Thir b Morne Morkel 26 (53), Pakistan 93/3.

11:50 hrs IST: Parnell continues to leak runs as Babar Azam cuts a short ball to the deep backward point fence. Pakistan are nearing 100.

11:45 hrs IST: Magnificent shot from Hafeez. He dances down the track and hammers Tahir over deep mid wicket for a big six. This will hurt South Africa.

11:42 hrs IST: The ground-staff are getting ready. There is rain on the horizon. The forecast predicted some rain for an hour today. However, the entire match might not be called off.

11:39 hrs IST: The 20 overs which are needed to constitute a result are up. Pakistan are 76/2. If players go off now and the rain does not allow any more play, Pakistan will win the match.

11:37 hrs IST: Drama out there! Tahir floats a flat legbreak and Azam tries to defend, the ball hits the pad first and then the bat, umpire S Ravi gives it not out and South Africa review, the ball was going over the stumps.

11:34 hrs IST: Azam finds the boundary off the last ball of the 19th over and Pakistan are 72/2, ahead of the DLS score. If they play out one more over and rain intervenes, then Pakistan are closer to victory.

11:29 hrs IST: Only one run in the over. Pakistan are 62/2 after 18 overs. If rain comes at the end of 20 overs, then Pakistan have to be 70/2 at that period. Currently, they are eight short.

11:26 hrs IST: Another tight over from Morris. South Africa will want one more wicket before the rain arrives and put Pakistan under immense pressure. Hafeez and Azam are just hanging in there. After 17 overs, Pakistan are 61/2.

11:20 hrs IST: Only four overs remain to constitute a result. Pakistan need 10 runs to get to the DLS target in case rain stops play after the 20th over.

11:16 hrs IST: Imran Tahir is warming up. Pakistan need to hold their nerve in the next couple of overs. The sky is getting darker and greyer.

11:11 hrs IST: Six overs to go. The drizzle persists but it is not heavy enough for the players to leave the field. South Africa need 15 more to be 70/2 at the 20-over mark, according to the DLS method.

11:09 hrs IST: There is a light drizzle at the moment in Edgbaston. The Duckworth-Lewis par score at this stage is 70/2 after 20 overs.

11:04 hrs IST: Hafeez breaks the shackles with a boundary. Short delivery and the ‘Professor’ aims for the cut but gets an edge that goes away to the third man fence. The team fifty is also up.

11:00 hrs IST: First run after 20 balls. The pressure is totally on Pakistan. With their batting line-up thin on experience, it is advantage South Africa.

10:58 hrs IST: Pakistan have not scored a run for the last 19 balls. This is taking caution to the next level.

10:54 hrs IST: Two maidens in a row. After the wickets of Azhar and Zaman, Pakistan have shut down shop it seems. After 10 overs, they are 42/2.

10:48 hrs IST: After the wickets of Azhar and Zaman, Pakistan have slowed down. Now, the fans will be praying for some rain before the 20 overs are up.

10:43 hrs IST: WICKET! Poor shot. Short and wide outside off, Azhar Ali attempts the ramp shot but gets a top edge that is taken at third man by Imran Tahir, who tumbles for good pressure. Azhar Ali c Imran Tahir b Morne Morkel 9 (22).

10:40 hrs IST: WICKET! South Africa breakthrough. Morne Morkel bowls a good length off-cutter that bounces a bit more, Zaman pokes at it and the edge is taken at first slip by Hashim Amla. Fakhar Zaman c Amla b Morne Morkel 31 (23).

10:34 hrs IST: Zaman has raced to 30 and Pakistan have made a solid start. This is something that one might not have expected considering the performance against India.

10:30 hrs IST: This is great batting from Zaman. He slams two consecutive boundaries off Kagiso Rabada as Pakistan reach 32/0 in just five overs. More of this and Pakistan could cause a major upset.

10:26 hrs IST: This is a strong start for Pakistan in this chase. Fakhar Zaman has looked in great touch. After four overs, Pakistan are 23/0. On the last ball of the fourth over, Fakhar wanted a second and was sent back. Had Quinton de Kock scored a direct hit at the bowler’s end, the batsman was a goner.

10:23 hrs IST: Oh dear, this is not looking good for South Africa. AB de Villiers is clutching his hamstring and he is struggling a bit. Meanwhile, Zaman helps himself to two consecutive fours off Parnell

 

10:21 hrs IST: Another great shot from Zaman. Slightly full from Rabada outside off, the left-hander leans foward and caresses the drive to the long off fence. Pakistan 12/0 after three overs.

10:20 hrs IST: Clang! Oh boy, that is nasty from Rabada. He gets this short ball to zip through and Zaman goes for the pull but gets hit on the helmet. The batsman is alright though.

10:18 hrs IST: The umbrellas are coming out and there is rain in the air. Well, when it is Edgbaston, what more can you expect? There is a thick grey cover overhead.

10:15 hrs IST: Great start to Fakhar Zaman’s international career. Short and wide ball from Wayne Parnell, he cuts it to the deep backward point fence. Next ball, Parnell beats the outside edge with a delivery that bounces a tad more.

10:14 hrs IST: Decent first over from Rabada. On and around off stump and a bit of swing. Pakistan are 2/0 in the first over.

10:10 hrs IST: We are out for the chase. Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman, the debutant, have come out to open. Kagiso Rabada will open the bowling.

9:44 hrs IST: Miller wallops a drive and finds the boundary at deep extra cover. South Africa have ended on 219/8 and this gives them immense hope after being reduced to 118/6. Pakistan have an uphill task on their hand under lights, considering the potency of the South African attack.

9:36 hrs IST: This is the over that South Africa needed. Rabada finds the edge and the ball goes away to the third man fence. 14 runs in the 49th over but Rabada perishes thanks to a great catch from Hasan Ali. The batsman miscued the sliced drive and Hasan takes the catch at deep cover.

9:33 hrs IST: WHAM! That is a great hit from Miller. His third six. Full ball and on off stump, Miller gets underneath the delivery and slams it over long off for his third six. South Africa have crossed 200.

9:31 hrs IST: Two overs to go and South Africa are 197/7. Can they get to 220? That will be a good total on this deck.

9:28 hrs IST: First boundary in nine overs. Can you believe it? A rare bad ball and Kagiso Rabada pulls it to the deep mid wicket fence for a boundary. South Africa near 200.

9:27 hrs IST: Another excellent over from Junaid in the death overs. Seven overs are up in the death and not a single boundary has been hit. This is sensational bowling.

9:22 hrs IST: Still no boundaries in the death. Junaid and Amir have bowled brilliantly. This will be some feat if they do not concede any boundaries in the death overs.

9:18 hrs IST: Another great over from Junaid. Just four runs in the over. So far, Pakistan have conceded just 19 runs in just four overs of the death.

9:13 hrs IST: No boundaries hit in three overs of the death so far. Junaid and Amir are nailing the yorkers at will and not giving South Africa much leeway.

9:08 hrs IST: Review by Junaid Khan for an LBW. That has to be the worst review in this tournament so far. Rabada digs out the yorker and the bowler thinks it has hit him on the boot, Sarfraz takes the review but replays show it is coming right out of the middle of the bat. Groan!

9:06 hrs IST: Miller punches a full ball to mid off and takes a quick single to notch up his 10th fifty. This has been a splendid knock but South Africa will be hoping that he carries on.

FIFTY! @DavidMillerSA12 gets the first half-century of the South Africa innings, and it’s his 10th in ODIs! #PAKvSA #CT17 pic.twitter.com/jlzUfYCWg0

— ICC (@ICC) June 7, 2017
9:05 hrs IST: WICKET! Junaid finally gets his man. Full ball on off stump, Morris mistimes the lofted shot and he holes out to long on. Moment he hit that shot, Morris knew he was a goner.
Junaid Khan clean bowled Chris Morris but he was denied as he had overstepped. (REUTERS)
9:01 hrs IST: Superb bowling from Amir in the death. Four yorkers and as a result, just three runs in the over. South Africa 163/6 in 42 overs.

8:57 hrs IST: Not a good start for Pakistan in the death overs. Had they got Miller and Morris, they would have restricted them to under 200. Now, they are facing the prospect of a Miller onslaught in the coming overs.

8:53 hrs IST: Morris is clean bowled by Junaid Khan but once again, he survives. The bowler has overstepped. This is proving to be fatal for Pakistan.

🚫 Not what Junaid wanted to turn around and see! #PAKvSA #CT17 pic.twitter.com/qFxqpd96g9

— ICC (@ICC) June 7, 2017
8:50 hrs IST: OUT! Miller has been given LBW by umpire Richard Ilingworth. However, the left-hander reviews it and the replays show that it is missing leg stump. Lucky escape for South Africa.
Chris Morris shared a crucial stand with David Miller for the seventh wicket. (REUTERS)
8:43 hrs IST: Morris brings up the team 150 with a slog sweep of Shadab Khan. This partnership will worry Pakistan.

8:40 hrs IST: Good ball from Amir. He angles this short ball across outside off and it leaps up from the deck, Morris taps at it and the edge rolls down to third man.

8:36 hrs IST: It looks like the plan for South Africa will be to hang in until the 40th over and then go all out for a target of over 200.

8:29 hrs IST: Miller is nearing a fifty but he needs support from the other end. With 15 overs left, South Africa would be hoping to bat out the full innings.

8:22 hrs IST: Another over ticks by and South Africa hang in. Pakistan are going for the kill. After 34 overs, South Africa are 128/6.
Hasan Ali picked up three wickets as Pakistan were on top against South Africa. (REUTERS)
8:19 hrs IST: A total in excess of 200 is must for South Africa. Under lights in Birmigham, Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel, along with Wayne Parnell, could wreck havoc. The Proteas pace attack, Phew!

8:15 hrs IST: Another tight over from Shadab Khan. Pakistan need to finish the job quickly and bowl South Africa out for under 200.

8:10 hrs IST: No hat-trick for Hasan Ali. Miller and Chris Morris, who has evolved into a finisher in the recent past, now have a massive job on hand. South Africa have to get past 200 to make this a contest.

8:05 hrs IST: WICKET! Two in two for Hasan Ali. He stays round the wicket and gets this good length delivery to straighten on off stump, Wayne Parnell plays down the wrong line and his off stump is knocked out. Wayne Parnell b Hasan Ali 0 (1).
Hasan Ali picked up two wickets in one over to leave South Africa in tatters in Edgbaston. (AP)
8:02 hrs IST: WICKET! Hasan Ali comes round the wicket and bowls a full delivery outside off, Duminy goes for the drive and the edge is taken at widish second slip. JP Duminy c Babar Azam b Hasan Ali 8 (14).

7:56 hrs IST: Miller ends the over in style as he launches Hafeez over long on for his second six. Hafeez ends his spell with figures of 10-0-51-1.

7:55 hrs IST: Shahid Afridi has tweeted that Pakistan have started off well, but has stressed on the fact that they need to sustain this great start.

Great start Pakistan, outstanding bowling form Imad, Hafeez and Hassan. Pakistan must sustain momentum and look to dismiss SA under 200.

— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) June 7, 2017
7:50 hrs IST: Miller breaks the shackles with a big six off Hafeez by lofting the bowler over the fence at long on. SA need to counter-attack here.

7:46 hrs IST: Duminy and Miller have a big job in hand as far as rebuilding the innings is concerned. A total in excess of 270 will be big on this wicket. After 25 overs, South Africa are 97/4

7:37 hrs IST: WICKET! Dragged on. Good length ball outside off stump, du Plessis plays away from the body and gets an inside edge back on to the stumps.
Faf du Plessis and David Miller steadied the ship for South Africa. (AFP)
7:34 hrs IST: First boundary after eight overs as du Plessis paddle sweeps a flighted ball from Hafeez to fine leg for a boundary. South Africa are 90/3 after 22 overs

7:32 hrs IST: Miller and du Plessis have got a partnership going but South Africa will have to build this stand for the next 10-12 overs if they are aiming for a big score.

7:29 hrs IST: Pakistan fans will want to see this replay over and over again. Here is the moment when AB de Villiers fell for a golden duck for the first tiem in his career.
7:27 hrs IST: South Africa have not hit a single boundary for over six overs now. The run-rate is under four and Pakistan are applying the pressure well here.
AB de Villiers fell for a duck for the sixth time in ICC events. (REUTERS)
7:20 hrs IST: Hafeez’s spell reads 5-0-19-1. Imad, on the other hand, has great figures of 6-0-13-2. The more interesting stat is that out of seven ODI ducks for AB de Villiers, he has six in ICC events.

7:17 hrs IST: Huge onus on Faf du Plessis and David Miller. South Africa bat deep but this will be a real tester on a wicket that is giving the spinners some help

7:09 hrs IST: WICKET! OMG! This is massive. AB de Villiers falls for a golden duck for the first time in his ODI career. Short and wide ball from Imad and de Villiers slaps it straight to point. AB de Villiers c Hafeez b Imad Wasim 0 (1).
Mohammad Hafeez got the wicket of Quinton de Kock for 33 (REUTERS)
7:03 hrs IST: WICKET! Quinton de Kock attempts the sweep but Hafeez gets the tossed up delivery to straighten on middle and leg stump and he is trapped in front. Quinton de Kock LBW Mohammad Hafeez 33 (49).

7:00 hrs IST: De Kock continues to bat steadily. He will be the key along with du Plessis if South Africa are to do well in the middle overs.

6:55 hrs IST: Considering the fact that there is a left-hander operating, it makes sense to bowl Hafeez as he has a good record against left-handed batsmen.

6:52 hrs IST: The team 50 is up for South Africa in 11 overs. It looks like they will be facing trial by spin in this match.

6:48 hrs IST: Spinners on from both ends. Mohammad Hafeez, who surprisingly did not bowl in the game against India, comes into the attack now while Imad is putting in a good show so far.

6:39 hrs IST: WICKET! Imad Wasim strikes. He gets the flatter delivery to straighten and Amla is trapped on the back foot as he looks to play across the line, is out LBW.
Quinton de Kock held firm for South Africa (AFP)
6:30 hrs IST: This has been a great start for Pakistan. The run-rate is just over four. However, South Africa are not too perturbed. Amla pulls a short ball to find the boundary and South Africa move to 30/0 in seven overs.

6:28 hrs IST: Pakistan are a lot sharper in the field today. They have stopped some boundaries but South Africa have made steady progress to 25/0 after six overs.

6:25 hrs IST: Junaid and Amir are hitting the right areas on a consistent basis. They have not allowed South Africa to get off to a flier in the powerplay overs. The key will be to sustain it.

6:21 hrs IST: Amir is troubling Amla with a bit of swing and peppering him with the bouncer. This is a good ploy.

6:17 hrs IST: Edged but safe! De Kock stabs at a length delivery outside off and the edge flies to the third man boundary. Streaky but they count. South Africa 14/0 after 4 overs.

6:15 hrs IST: OUCH! De Kock gets hit in the box. Junaid gets this length delivery to zip back in and the batsman gets an inside edge but it hits him flush in the middle.
Junaid Khan and Mohammad Amir started off steadily for Pakistan in the game against South Africa. (AP)
6:14 hrs IST: Another good over from Amir. Amla gets an inside edge and the ball just misses the stump. South Africa will have to survive this testing period from both left-arm pacers.
Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan got Pakistan off to a great start. (AP)
6:09 hrs IST: Play and a miss from Amla as he looks to cut a short and wide ball. Junaid start well as South Africa are 7/0 after two overs. The weather is sunny and this pitch should be good for batting now. Under lights, it will be a different proposition.

6:06 hrs IST: Junaid Khan will open the bowling from the other end. He was sorely missed in the clash against India.

6:04 hrs IST: De Kock finds the gap nicely. Amir provides a bit of width and the left-hander cracks it past the gap at point for three runs. Steady start as South Africa end the first over on 4/0.

5:59 hrs IST: Right, the national anthems are done. Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla will open the batting and Mohammad Amir will start proceedings. By the way, the South Africa jersey looks a bit like the Brazilian Selecao today, more of yellow and less of green. Maybe because Pakistan have the same shade of green.

Not a bad opening pair! 👌#PAKvSA #CT17 pic.twitter.com/V1ybPhnKnG

— ICC (@ICC) June 7, 2017
5:51 hrs IST: The last ICC encounter between Pakistan and South Africa was in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup in Auckland and Pakistan survived an AB de Villiers blitz to win by 29 runs in a rain-affected match.

5:42 hrs IST: The scenario in Group B is simple. If South Africa win and India win their game tomorrow against Sri Lanka, both teams will qualify for the semi-final. However, a Pakistan win will throw the whole group wide open.

5:36 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs of both the teams

Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Hasan Ali

South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(w), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers(c), David Miller, Jean-Paul Duminy, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir

5:32 hrs IST: South Africa have won the toss and chose to bat. Pakistan have included Junaid Khan in addition to Fakhar Zaman.

5:26 hrs IST: Shoaib Malik has presented the ODI cap to Fakhar Zaman and he will make his debut. The 27-year-old has played three T20Is.

Congratulations to Fakhar Zaman, who received his cap and will make his ODI debut for 🇵🇰 today! #PAKvSA #CT17 pic.twitter.com/FSL7xFY7dF

— ICC (@ICC) June 7, 2017
5:17 hrs IST: The last encounter between South Africa and Pakistan in the 2013 Champions Trophy was also a day-night affair and South Africa won the contest by 67 runs.

5:09 pm: South Africa have a good record at Edgbaston, Birmingham. South Africa have secured wins in both their previous Champions Trophy games at Edgbaston (Pakistan in 2013, Bangladesh in 2004).

5:04 pm: There won’t be a clash of jersey colours today. Both Pakistan and South Africa traditionally wear green. but the Proteas will be playing in their yellow kit today.

🇿🇦 will be playing in their yellow kit today! #PAKvSA #CT17 pic.twitter.com/Zq2pJs7ex7

— ICC (@ICC) June 7, 2017
4:53 pm: Here’s a piece of trivia for you: On this day in 1975, the first ICC Cricket World Cup began! England won the first match against India at Lord’s and West Indies became the first champions.
Clive Lloyd was the West Indies skipper when they won the first cricket World Cup. The ICC Champions Trophy started as the Mini World Cup in 1998 in Dhaka. (ICC)
4:30 pm: Exactly 60 minutes to toss and the South Africans were the first to arrive at Edgbaston. Pakistan have won three of their last four ODIs against South Africa, this coming on the back of just one victory in their previous seven encounters.

3:41 pm: Shahid Afridi is playing role from behind the scenes. The mercurial former captain is now a columnist for ICC and has been egging on Sarfraz Ahmed’s team through his writings.

“Pakistan will have to turn things around really fast after its forgettable performance against India. More than the margin of defeat, the listless and abject surrender must be hurting the squad,” wrote Afridi.

Our age old problems with strike rotation and poor death bowling hurt us badly in the game

— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) June 4, 2017
“Pakistan batsmen need to free their minds and play with a positive mindset, which would allow them to go after the bowling while rotating the strike intelligently,” Afridi added.

3:35 pm: Who is Rumman Raees? Raees has never featured in a one-day international for Pakistan but made his debut for the national side in the Twenty20 format against West Indies last year.

The 25-year-old Karachi-based bowler was the third-highest wicket-taker in the second edition of the Pakistan Super League earlier this year. He has also racked up an impressive tally of 64 wickets in 42 matches in List A cricket at an economy rate of 4.77.

3:25 pm: Will left-arm seamer Rumman Raees, the man who replaced Wahab Riaz, play vs South Africa today?

3:23 pm: Pakistan is surely missing their senior players. The absence of Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan, the Akmal brothers and more importantly, Misbah-ul-Haq has robbed Pakistan cricket team of their composure during difficult times.

3:15 pm: Who is the best ODI batsman in the world? Here’s the history of ODI cricket batting chart.

2:47 pm: Riaz suffered an ankle injury during Pakistan’s defeat to arch-rivals India in their Group B clash on Sunday. The 31-year-old left the field in the 46th over of India’s innings and scans confirmed he had suffered a deltoid ligament complex injury.

2:44 pm: Nothing has gone right for Pakistan in this edition of the ICC Champions Trophy. Wahab Riaz, their veteran pacer, is out of the tournament after an injury during the India match on Sunday.

2:24 pm: Pakistan fans, as emotional as ever, are buoying their players ahead of the big game at Edgbaston today. (Read)

On current form, South Africa look good to score their second straight win in group B and seal a semifinal spot. South Africa coasted to a comfortable win against Sri Lanka to start their ICC Champions Trophy campaign.
But there’s no reason why Pakistan can’t lift their game.
Pakistan did that the previous time the two sides met — at the World Cup 2015 in Auckland when the bowlers delivered a brilliant win.

Pakistan’s followers would be hoping that their side can produce an encore. A victory here will not only keep the side alive, but also make Group B so much more interesting.
THE CONDITIONS

This, unfortunately, isn’t looking too promising, as has been the case over the last few days. There is possibility of rain on Wednesday evening, which could mar the second half of the game. The match starts at 6 PM IST.

The previous two games in Birmingham were also affected by rain, with one of them, Australia v New Zealand, ending without a result.

It’s also the second and last day-night game of the tournament; the first day-night game, Australia v Bangladesh on Monday, was ended prematurely by inclement weather and ended four overs shy of Australia scoring an easy win.

But if rain does stay away, the pitch should produce some runs. In the two games here, New Zealand made 291 in 45 overs and India 319 in 48, but a used pitch could also bring in spinners.
THE MATCH-UP

Mohammad Amir v Hashim Amla

If Pakistan is to have a chance in the game, it has to get past this man, Hashim Amla. He makes runs without fuss, dismantling the opposition with class and elegance. He is in great form as well – as he almost always is – beginning the tournament with a record 25th ODI century.

(With ICC inputs)

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9:01 hrs IST: Superb bowling from Amir in the death. Four yorkers and as a result, just three runs in the over. South Africa 163/6 in 42 overs.

8:57 hrs IST: Not a good start for Pakistan in the death overs. Had they got Miller and Morris, they would have restricted them to under 200. Now, they are facing the prospect of a Miller onslaught in the coming overs.

8:53 hrs IST: Morris is clean bowled by Junaid Khan but once again, he survives. The bowler has overstepped. This is proving to be fatal for Pakistan.

8:43 hrs IST: Morris brings up the team 150 with a slog sweep of Shadab Khan. This partnership will worry Pakistan.

8:40 hrs IST: Good ball from Amir. He angles this short ball across outside off and it leaps up from the deck, Morris taps at it and the edge rolls down to third man.

8:36 hrs IST: It looks like the plan for South Africa will be to hang in until the 40th over and then go all out for a target of over 200.

8:29 hrs IST: Miller is nearing a fifty but he needs support from the other end. With 15 overs left, South Africa would be hoping to bat out the full innings.

8:22 hrs IST: Another over ticks by and South Africa hang in. Pakistan are going for the kill. After 34 overs, South Africa are 128/6.

8:19 hrs IST: A total in excess of 200 is must for South Africa. Under lights in Birmigham, Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel, along with Wayne Parnell, could wreck havoc. The Proteas pace attack, Phew!

8:15 hrs IST: Another tight over from Shadab Khan. Pakistan need to finish the job quickly and bowl South Africa out for under 200.

8:10 hrs IST: No hat-trick for Hasan Ali. Miller and Chris Morris, who has evolved into a finisher in the recent past, now have a massive job on hand. South Africa have to get past 200 to make this a contest.

8:05 hrs IST: WICKET! Two in two for Hasan Ali. He stays round the wicket and gets this good length delivery to straighten on off stump, Wayne Parnell plays down the wrong line and his off stump is knocked out. Wayne Parnell b Hasan Ali 0 (1).

8:02 hrs IST: WICKET! Hasan Ali comes round the wicket and bowls a full delivery outside off, Duminy goes for the drive and the edge is taken at widish second slip. JP Duminy c Babar Azam b Hasan Ali 8 (14).

7:56 hrs IST: Miller ends the over in style as he launches Hafeez over long on for his second six. Hafeez ends his spell with figures of 10-0-51-1.

7:55 hrs IST: Shahid Afridi has tweeted that Pakistan have started off well, but has stressed on the fact that they need to sustain this great start.

7:50 hrs IST: Miller breaks the shackles with a big six off Hafeez by lofting the bowler over the fence at long on. SA need to counter-attack here.

7:46 hrs IST: Duminy and Miller have a big job in hand as far as rebuilding the innings is concerned. A total in excess of 270 will be big on this wicket. After 25 overs, South Africa are 97/4

7:37 hrs IST: WICKET! Dragged on. Good length ball outside off stump, du Plessis plays away from the body and gets an inside edge back on to the stumps.

7:34 hrs IST: First boundary after eight overs as du Plessis paddle sweeps a flighted ball from Hafeez to fine leg for a boundary. South Africa are 90/3 after 22 overs

7:32 hrs IST: Miller and du Plessis have got a partnership going but South Africa will have to build this stand for the next 10-12 overs if they are aiming for a big score.

7:29 hrs IST: Pakistan fans will want to see this replay over and over again. Here is the moment when AB de Villiers fell for a golden duck for the first tiem in his career.

7:20 hrs IST: Hafeez’s spell reads 5-0-19-1. Imad, on the other hand, has great figures of 6-0-13-2. The more interesting stat is that out of seven ODI ducks for AB de Villiers, he has six in ICC events.

7:17 hrs IST: Huge onus on Faf du Plessis and David Miller. South Africa bat deep but this will be a real tester on a wicket that is giving the spinners some help

7:09 hrs IST: WICKET! OMG! This is massive. AB de Villiers falls for a golden duck for the first time in his ODI career. Short and wide ball from Imad and de Villiers slaps it straight to point. AB de Villiers c Hafeez b Imad Wasim 0 (1).

7:03 hrs IST: WICKET! Quinton de Kock attempts the sweep but Hafeez gets the tossed up delivery to straighten on middle and leg stump and he is trapped in front. Quinton de Kock LBW Mohammad Hafeez 33 (49).

7:00 hrs IST: De Kock continues to bat steadily. He will be the key along with du Plessis if South Africa are to do well in the middle overs.

6:55 hrs IST: Considering the fact that there is a left-hander operating, it makes sense to bowl Hafeez as he has a good record against left-handed batsmen.

6:52 hrs IST: The team 50 is up for South Africa in 11 overs. It looks like they will be facing trial by spin in this match.

6:48 hrs IST: Spinners on from both ends. Mohammad Hafeez, who surprisingly did not bowl in the game against India, comes into the attack now while Imad is putting in a good show so far.

6:39 hrs IST: WICKET! Imad Wasim strikes. He gets the flatter delivery to straighten and Amla is trapped on the back foot as he looks to play across the line, is out LBW.

6:30 hrs IST: This has been a great start for Pakistan. The run-rate is just over four. However, South Africa are not too perturbed. Amla pulls a short ball to find the boundary and South Africa move to 30/0 in seven overs.

6:28 hrs IST: Pakistan are a lot sharper in the field today. They have stopped some boundaries but South Africa have made steady progress to 25/0 after six overs.

6:25 hrs IST: Junaid and Amir are hitting the right areas on a consistent basis. They have not allowed South Africa to get off to a flier in the powerplay overs. The key will be to sustain it.

6:21 hrs IST: Amir is troubling Amla with a bit of swing and peppering him with the bouncer. This is a good ploy.

6:17 hrs IST: Edged but safe! De Kock stabs at a length delivery outside off and the edge flies to the third man boundary. Streaky but they count. South Africa 14/0 after 4 overs.

6:15 hrs IST: OUCH! De Kock gets hit in the box. Junaid gets this length delivery to zip back in and the batsman gets an inside edge but it hits him flush in the middle.

6:14 hrs IST: Another good over from Amir. Amla gets an inside edge and the ball just misses the stump. South Africa will have to survive this testing period from both left-arm pacers.

6:09 hrs IST: Play and a miss from Amla as he looks to cut a short and wide ball. Junaid start well as South Africa are 7/0 after two overs. The weather is sunny and this pitch should be good for batting now. Under lights, it will be a different proposition.

6:06 hrs IST: Junaid Khan will open the bowling from the other end. He was sorely missed in the clash against India.

6:04 hrs IST: De Kock finds the gap nicely. Amir provides a bit of width and the left-hander cracks it past the gap at point for three runs. Steady start as South Africa end the first over on 4/0.

5:59 hrs IST: Right, the national anthems are done. Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla will open the batting and Mohammad Amir will start proceedings. By the way, the South Africa jersey looks a bit like the Brazilian Selecao today, more of yellow and less of green. Maybe because Pakistan have the same shade of green.

5:51 hrs IST: The last ICC encounter between Pakistan and South Africa was in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup in Auckland and Pakistan survived an AB de Villiers blitz to win by 29 runs in a rain-affected match.

5:42 hrs IST: The scenario in Group B is simple. If South Africa win and India win their game tomorrow against Sri Lanka, both teams will qualify for the semi-final. However, a Pakistan win will throw the whole group wide open.

5:36 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs of both the teams

Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Hasan Ali

South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock(w), Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers(c), David Miller, Jean-Paul Duminy, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Imran Tahir

5:32 hrs IST: South Africa have won the toss and chose to bat. Pakistan have included Junaid Khan in addition to Fakhar Zaman.

5:26 hrs IST: Shoaib Malik has presented the ODI cap to Fakhar Zaman and he will make his debut. The 27-year-old has played three T20Is.

5:17 hrs IST: The last encounter between South Africa and Pakistan in the 2013 Champions Trophy was also a day-night affair and South Africa won the contest by 67 runs.

5:09 pm: South Africa have a good record at Edgbaston, Birmingham. South Africa have secured wins in both their previous Champions Trophy games at Edgbaston (Pakistan in 2013, Bangladesh in 2004).

5:04 pm: There won’t be a clash of jersey colours today. Both Pakistan and South Africa traditionally wear green. but the Proteas will be playing in their yellow kit today.

4:30 pm: Exactly 60 minutes to toss and the South Africans were the first to arrive at Edgbaston. Pakistan have won three of their last four ODIs against South Africa, this coming on the back of just one victory in their previous seven encounters.

3:41 pm: Shahid Afridi is playing role from behind the scenes. The mercurial former captain is now a columnist for ICC and has been egging on Sarfraz Ahmed’s team through his writings.

3:35 pm: Who is Rumman Raees? Raees has never featured in a one-day international for Pakistan but made his debut for the national side in the Twenty20 format against West Indies last year.

The 25-year-old Karachi-based bowler was the third-highest wicket-taker in the second edition of the Pakistan Super League earlier this year. He has also racked up an impressive tally of 64 wickets in 42 matches in List A cricket at an economy rate of 4.77.

3:25 pm: Will left-arm seamer Rumman Raees, the man who replaced Wahab Riaz, play vs South Africa today?

3:23 pm: Pakistan is surely missing their senior players. The absence of Shahid Afridi, Younis Khan, the Akmal brothers and more importantly, Misbah-ul-Haq has robbed Pakistan cricket team of their composure during difficult times.

3:15 pm: Who is the best ODI batsman in the world? Here’s the history of ODI cricket batting chart.

2:47 pm: Riaz suffered an ankle injury during Pakistan’s defeat to arch-rivals India in their Group B clash on Sunday. The 31-year-old left the field in the 46th over of India’s innings and scans confirmed he had suffered a deltoid ligament complex injury.

2:44 pm: Nothing has gone right for Pakistan in this edition of the ICC Champions Trophy. Wahab Riaz, their veteran pacer, is out of the tournament after an injury during the India match on Sunday.

2:24 pm: Pakistan fans, as emotional as ever, are buoying their players ahead of the big game at Edgbaston today. (Read)

On current form, South Africa look good to score their second straight win in group B and seal a semifinal spot. South Africa coasted to a comfortable win against Sri Lanka to start their ICC Champions Trophy campaign.

ICC 2017: England Vs New Zealand Live Updates

ICC 2017: England Vs New Zealand Live Updates


There is a lot at stake for both England and New Zealand at Cardiff today England will put their one foot in the semifinals with a second successive win while New Zealand will aim for two full points after rain denied them a crack at Australia and the two teams settled for a point each in a game that produced no-result.

LIVE UPDATES:

11:11 pm IST: OUT! Liam Plunkett takes his third wicket as Adam Milne is caught for 10. NZ 223/9

11:10 pm IST: New Zealand need 88 runs to win from 6 overs.

11:07 pm IST: Couple of boundaries for the Kiwis. NZ 220/8

11:04 pm IST: That’s the end of Corey Anderson as he is caught in the deep for 10. NZ 211/8

11:01 pm IST: A win today will take England to four points. New Zealand, on the other hand, will have to depend on other results for their possible qualification to the semi-finals.

10:56 pm IST: OUT! Mitchell Santner was completely fooled by Adil Rashid as he was stumped for 1. NZ 205/7

10:52 pm IST: Brilliant drive from Corey Anderson and it’s a boundary! NZ 202/6

10:50 pm IST: England are just four wickets away from securing their semifinal berth. NZ 198/6

10:47 pm IST: New Zealand need 115 runs to win off 66 balls.

10:41 pm IST: OUT! Another wicket goes down as Adil Rashid traps Neil Broom LBW for 11. NZ 194/6

10:35 pm IST: OUT! Jimmy Neesham goes for the big one but is caught in the deep off Liam Plunkett. NZ 191/5

10:27 pm IST: Neesham picks an over-pitched delivery outside off, and deposits it sweetly over the leg-side, for a one-bounce four inches inside the rope. NZ 178/4

10:21 pm IST: 34 overs gone. New Zealand are 171 for the loss of four wickets.

10:18 pm IST: OUT! A horrible shot by Ross Taylor as he departs for 39. ENG 168/4

10:13 pm IST: New Zealand need 148 to win from 17.3 overs.

10:06 pm IST: Neil Broom is the new batsman for New Zealand. NZ 158/3

10:02 pm IST: OUT! Huge wicket for England as Kane Williamson is castled for 87. NZ 158/3

9:59 pm IST: 30 overs gone. New Zealand are 158/2 (Kane Williamson 85*)

9:50 pm IST: 150 comes up for New Zealand in the 28th over.

9:47 pm IST: 27 overs gone. New Zealand are 147 for 2 wickets (Kane Williamson 80*)

9:42 pm IST: Ross Taylor (27*) also joins the party with a four through mid-wicket. NZ 139/2

9:38 pm IST: Kane Williamson pulls it for a four! Can he guide NZ to victory? NZ 130/2

9:35 pm IST: Consecutive 50-plus scores for Kane Williamson in ODIs v England: 93, 118, 90, 50, 50*.

9:32 pm IST: Williamson is picking up pace after his fifty with another boundary. NZ 118/2

9:30 pm IST: This was Kane Williamson’s consecutive fifty against England. NZ 112/2

9:28 pm IST: Easy pickings for Kane Williamson as he slams his fourth boundary. NZ 107/2

9:25 pm IST: DLS has the Kiwis 22 runs behind after 20 overs. NZ 101/2

9:21 pm IST: Kane Williamson brings up his half century in 66 deliveries. NZ 95/2

9:18 pm IST: Kane Williamson (47*) is inching towards his fifty. NZ 91/2

9:14 pm IST: 19 overs gone. New Zealand are 88/2

9:12 pm IST: An extremely weird boundary for Williamson. NZ 84/2

9:10 pm IST: Kane Williamson (36 off 57) is playing a very slow innings and he needs to accelerate if New Zealand wants to chase this total. NZ 80/2

9:08 pm IST: At the end of 17 overs, New Zealand are 73/2

9:05 pm IST: The asking rate is slowly creeping up for New Zealand

9:00 pm IST: After 15 overs New Zealand are 64/2

8:58 pm IST: Players have resumed the game

8:55 pm IST: And it is drinks break

8:52 pm IST: That must have been a hard hit on the side of the helmet for Kane Williamson. That was a lethal delivery from Liam Plunkett.

8:50 pm IST: Ben Stokes has struck for England. Ross Taylor has joined Kane Williamson at the crease

8:48 pm IST: After 14 overs, New Zealand are 64/2

8:45 pm IST: Martin Guptill is OUT! That is a big blow for New Zealand

8:43 pm IST: It has been a very slow innings from New Zealand so far

8:40 pm IST: And it is 12 overs with New Zealand at 47/1 with Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill at the crease

8:35 pm IST: How Jake Ball celebrated the fall of the first wicket

8:30 pm IST: This partnership between Guptill and Williamson is developing well. If they stay on, New Zealand will have a good chance today

8:25 pm IST: 10 overs gone. New Zealand are 40 for the loss of one wicket.

8:20 pm IST: Martin Guptill is dealing in boundaries right now as he gets his thrid one of the innings. NZ 35/1

8:16 pm IST: Another boundary for Guptill as he blasts the ball through the cover region. NZ 22/1

8:13 pm IST: A boundary for Martin Guptill! NZ 17/1

8:02 pm IST: 4 overs gone. New Zealand are 8/1

7:57 pm IST: Good start by the England pacers as they are making the most of the condition. NZ 4/1

7:52 pm IST: Kane Williamson is the new batsman for New Zealand. NZ 1/1

7:50 pm IST: OUT! Jake Ball castles Luke Ronchi for a duck! NZ 1/1

7:47 pm IST: First run of the innings! NZ 1/0

7:45 pm IST: Martin Guptill and Luke Ronchi to open for New Zealand. Jake Ball to bowl the first over.

7:42 pm IST: Play to resume at 3.15 pm local time.

7:33 pm IST: The match between Australia and Bangladesh was also washed out last night. Will this match suffer the same fate?

7:30 pm IST: It’s raining quite hard and the match is delayed due to wet outfield.

7:11 pm IST: There were forecasts of showers later in the day and that will be one big worry for the hosts after posting this mammoth score.

7:01 pm IST: England have posted 300+ totals eleven times in ODIs out of the last 13 innings when they have batted first.

6:59 pm IST: Another brilliant catch by Trent Boult as the England innings comes to an end on 310.

6:56 pm IST: OUT! Mark Wood also departs as Tim Southee picks up his first wicket. ENG 310/9

6:55 pm IST: OUT! Liam Plunkett goes for the big one but is caught in the deep by Tim Southee. ENG 309/8

6:53 pm IST: Fifty-plus scores for Buttler at a strike rate of 100 or more, out of the 18 times he has topped 50 in ODIs. ENG 306/7

6:51 pm IST: A massive six from Liam Plunkett brings up the 300 for England. ENG 300/7

6:47 pm IST: 14th ODI fifty for Jos Buttler. ENG 291/7

6:44 pm IST: Jos Buttler is playing an extremely important innings for England. ENG 285/7

6:40 pm IST: A mammoth six for Jos Buttler who moves on to 46*. ENG 278/7

6:36 pm IST: A slower one from Southee and Jos Buttler gets a much-needed boundary. ENG 267/7

6:29 pm IST: OUT! Mitchell Santner claims his first wicket as he dismisses Adil Rashid for 12. ENG 260/7

6:25 pm IST: 250 comes up for England in 43 overs. ENG 251/6

6:22 pm IST: New Zealand are currently behind on the required over rate. ENG 250/6

6:15 pm IST: OUT! Trent Boult pulls off a good catch as Moeen Ali departs for 12. ENG 230/6

6:13 pm IST: Spoke too soon as Moeen Ali slams it for a six! ENG 230/5

6:12 pm IST: Both batsmen are struggling to find boundaries for England. ENG 221/5

6:09 pm IST: The win-loss head-to-head in the last ten ODIs between England and New Zealand. In ODI world tournaments, though, NZ have won 6 of the last 7

6:02 pm IST: OUT! Ben Stokes falls agonisingly close to his fifty as he is dismissed by Trent Boult. ENG 210/5

5:58 pm IST: 37 overs gone. England are 209 for the loss of 4 wickets.

5:54 pm IST: Ben Stokes moves within inches of his half century. ENG 203/4

5:51 pm IST: 200 comes up for England in the 36th over. ENG 201/4

5:49 pm IST: 35 overs gone. England are 198 for the loss of 4 wickets.

5:43 pm IST: OUT! Corey Anderson strikes again as Joe Root is castled for 64. ENG 188/4

5:39 pm IST: Ben Stokes is looking quite good and it seems that the all-rounders can become the third half-centurion of this innings. ENG 181/3

5:35 pm IST: 32 overs gone. England are 177 for the loss of three wickets.

5:32 pm IST: Wide from Jimmy Neesham and Ben Stokes was on it in a flash as he guides it through the extra-cover boundary. ENG 173/3

5:29 pm IST: New Zealand have fought back well after the initial onslaught. ENG 168/3

5:24 pm IST: 30 overs gone. England are 166 for the loss of 3 wickets.

5:21 pm IST: A close call for Ben Stokes, but the all-rounder was able to reach his crease in time. ENG 162/3

5:18 pm IST: Another decent over for England sees them end the 29th over at 162/3.

5:14 pm IST: England are 156/3 after 28 overs.

5:12 pm IST: Stokes now hits Boult down the ground for four. Eng 154/3.

5:09 pm IST: Ben Stokes pummels Corey Anderson for a six over mid-wicket. Eng 150/3 after 27 overs.

5:03 pm IST: Fifty for Joe Root! ENG 139/3

5:01 pm IST: After an eventful 25th over, England are 135/3.

4:58 pm IST: Corey Anderson snaps up the dangerous Eoin Morgan in his first over. England are 134/3.

4:54 pm IST: Eoin Morgan dispatches Trent Boult to the leg-side boundary. England re 133/2.

4:50 pm IST: England are 126/2 after 26 overs.

4:45 pm IST: New man Eoin Morgan showing some intent, smashing Trent Boult for a boundary. England are 123/2.

4:43 pm IST: Hales is bowled by Milne. England are 119/2.

4:38 pm IST: Hales brings up his 10th ODI half century. England are 111/1.

4:30 pm IST: 100 comes up for England in the 19th over. ENG 103/1

4:25 pm IST: FOUR! Another boundary for Joe Root as he moves into the 30s. ENG 97/1

4:22 pm IST: Second six for Joe Root as he slams it over long-off! ENG 91/1

4:19 pm IST: This has been a disappointing show by the Kiwi bowlers who looked quite formidable against Australia last time. ENG 84/1

4:09 pm IST: 15 overs gone. England are 78 for the loss of one wicket.

4:04 pm IST: A quicker one from Santner and Hales makes no mistake in hitting his first six of the game. ENG 71/1

4:02 pm IST: Alex Hales plays it straight back and the ball was inches away from Santner’s reach. ENG 65/1

3:59 pm IST: Alex Hales is few runs away from his second half century of this tournament. ENG 63/1

3:56 pm IST: Mitchell Santner is introduced into the attack. ENG 58/1

3:53 pm IST: 11 overs gone. England are 56/1 with Alex Hales playing on 36*

3:47 pm IST: Alex Hales is looking quite comfortable even after losing his opening partner. ENG 46/1

3:43 pm IST: 9 overs gone. England are 41 for the loss of one wicket.

3:39 pm IST: OUT! First wicket for New Zealand as Adam Milne castles Jason Roy for 13. ENG 37/1

3:36 pm IST: Jason Roy was quiet for some now and he has also joined the party. A brilliant boundary through long-off. ENG 37/0

3:32 pm IST: The umpires have called a halt to proceedings to observe a national minute’s silence for the victims of the London attack on Saturday.

3:30 pm IST: It has been a near perfect show from Alex Hales till now as he moves to 23* with another boundary. ENG 31/0

3:29 pm IST: New Zealand have won 41 and England 36 in previous 83 one day internationals between the two teams. Two matches ended in a tie while four matches were abandoned due to weather.

3:25 pm IST: 6 overs gone. England are 25 for no loss.

3:20 pm IST: England can guarantee their semis berth if they win this match. For New Zealand, a loss can mean elimination. ENG 23/0

3:15 pm IST: Short one from Trent Boult and Hales hooks it for a six. ENG 22/0

3:10 pm IST: A good start for England as both Jason Roy and Alex Hales look in fine touch. ENG 12/0

3:06 pm IST: Alex Hales also gets his first boundary of the match. ENG 8/0

3:04 pm IST: Wide from Tim Southee and Jason Roy just caresses it to the boundary! ENG 4/0

3:02 pm IST: Alex Hales had a brilliant outing against Bangladesh in their first match. Can he repeat it against the Kiwis?

3:00 pm IST: Good movement from the very first ball. ENG 0/0

2:59 pm IST: Tim Southee to start the bowling for New Zealand.

02:55 pm IST: Both these teams have faced each other twice in ICC Champions Trophy history. New Zealand won by four wickets in the 2009 edition, while England prevailed by 10 runs in 2013.

02:45 pm IST: This is the 84th meeting between England and New Zealand. The Kiwis hold the advantage in their head-to-head, winning 41 games, compared to England’s 36 wins.

2:30 pm IST: New Zealand have won the toss and opted to field. Yet again, there is no Tom Latham in the Kiwis’ line-up today.

2:21 pm IST: The scene at the Cardiff Wales Stadium on match eve was not pleasant. Neither team could have an outdoors training session, with heavy rain confining them indoors throughout. The silver lining to those clouds is that the forecast for Tuesday is better. But the famously fickle English weather could still have a say in how this match ends.

2:09 PM IST: Both England and New Zealand are coming into the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 on the back of series wins, though England beating South Africa will admittedly give it greater confidence than New Zealand got out of beating Bangladesh and Ireland – though admittedly without most of its ODI core.

The last time these two sides met in a 50-over International Cricket Council event, New Zealand inflicted a humiliating eight-wicket defeat upon England in Wellington during the 2015 World Cup.

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