It’s first test match and Bangladesh will be ready to face Sri-Lanka at Galle. And we should remember that Bangladesh side has improved a lot in last few years with some talented players have joined the side.
Sri-Lanka will be having new Captain Rangana Herath as Angelo Mathews is injured. Gunaratne and Dickwella has been included in the test squad due to their recent performances but Kusal Perera and Kaushal Silva could not make it due to their poor form. Malinda Pushpakumara added to the squad and is very good bowler (spin) but he will play or not the question remains as their are many bowlers who are more experienced than him like Dilruwan Perera and Lakshan Sandakan.
Sri Lanka squad: Rangana Herath (capt), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Dimuth Karunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Upul Tharanga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis, Asela Gunaratne, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Pradeep, Vikum Sanjaya, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Malinda Pushpakumara.
Probable 11: Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Dimuth Karunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Asela Gunaratne, Upul Tharanga, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara
Mustafizur Rahman is up and fit as he struggled during test series against India due to injuries and bowling attach will be more powerful with Shakib, Mehedi Hasan, Taskin and Rubel. Its a subcontinent pitch and it supports spin so match would be interesting and both the teams are sort of equal with Sri Lanka leading lil bit due to Herath. But Bangladesh has Strong bowling lineup as well… Phewww… I hope it gets as interesting as India Aussie match. Liton Das will be the wicket keeper for Bangladesh as Mushfiqur Rahim has given up the WK and will be playing as specialist batsman. Imrul Kayes is out due to injury but he may be available for 2nd test though it is not sure as injury is not so series. Choice to be made between Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman.
Bangladesh squad: Mushfiqur Rahim (Captain), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Mehedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mosaddek Hossain, Kamrul Islam Rabbi, Subashis Roy, Rubel Hossain.
Probable 11: Liton Das (wk), Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Mominul Haque, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Mehedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam
Once again its Morgan who has proved from his performance why he is very important. As a replacement Billings has been keen to prove his mettle and busy in doing it but he has to do more than just a half century to cement his place in the playing 11. Apart from Morgan, Stokes made 55 runs and Ali made unbeaten 31 runs. Woakes and Plunkett took 4-4 wickets to wrap up the WI sides. But WI did left an imprint with Jason Mohammed and Carter’s performance. Gabriel and Nurse took 2-2 wickets.
Both the teams would likely to go unchanged but in WI Rovman Powell might might get a chance to feature and he should as he is really a talent.
Buttler was a disappointment in the first match and it has been a while we have not seen his bat speaking and this could be the match or it may happen that Bairstow gets a chance to perform.
England Probable 11: Buttler (wk), Roy, Billings, Root, Morgan, Stokes, Ali, Plunkett, Woakes, Finn, Rashid.
WI Probable 11: Hope (wk), K. Brathwaite, Lewis, Carter, J Mohammed, K. Powell, Holder, C. Brathwaite, Nurse, Bishoo, Gabriel.
Possible Lineup: Hope/Buttler (wk), Root, Roy/Billings, Morgan, Carter, Mohammed, Stokes, Woakes, Plunkett, Gabriel, Nurse.
One can opt for C. Brathwaite inplace of Nurse
K. Brathwaite can replace Mohammed/Carter though he has performed in first match but K. Brathwaite by experience or Average is much much better than both of them even.
Peshawar Zalmi rode its way to final after winning an Eliminator against Karachi Kings and once again it is against Quetta Gladiators who always have had upper hand.
Quetta Gladitors key foreign players will not be with the team due to security concerns. So, now they are more or less on their own because without Pieterson, Mills and Rossouw its going to be Tough, really Tough..!!! Now the foreign players who will be featuring in the squad Bangladesh’s Anamul Haque, South Africa’s Morne van Wyk, Zimbabwe’s Elton Chigumbura and Sean Ervine, and West Indies’ Rayad Emrit
For Peshawar Zalmi, Shahid Afridi will not be taking part in finals due to finger injury, Sammy, Samuels,Jordon and Malan will be with the team to Lahore. Samit Patel, has not been given an NOC by his county Nottinghamshire, and will not travel to Lahore.
Finally for Peshawar, Kamran Akmal’s blasting century, Samuels unbeaten 37 runs in just 22 balls, Jordon and Riaz 3-3 wickets have made tough for the Quetta even more.
Peshawar Probable 11: Akmal(wk), Malan, Samuels, Sammy, Hafeez, Jordon, Riaz, Hasan Ali, M. Asghar, Khushdil Shah, Sohaib Maqsood
It will be a challenge and surprise to get the 11 for Quetta Gladiators.
Quetta Probable 11: Sarfraz (wk), A. Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Anamal Haque, Chigumbura/Ervine, Saad Nasim, Anwae Ali, M. Nawaz, Hasan Khan, Zulfiqar Babar, Rayad Emrit.
Possible Lineup: Akmal/Sarfraz (wk), Malan, Samuels, Shehzad, Shafiz, Hafeez, Nawaz, Anwar Ali, Jordon, Riaz, Babar.
Rayad Emrit will be replacing the Mills but we can not risk to take him.
Out of Anamul Haque, Wyk, Chigumbura and Ervine, only 3 will feature and yes for the first time in PSL.
Wyk is in form as he has recently hit a century in MODC/SA League, Chigumbara have not featured in international cricket from a while.
Sean Ervine and Anamul Haque has performed quite decently in domestic or county cricket.
It’s a decider match between Southern Stars and White Ferns. Australia showed brilliant all round performance in the last match. B. Mooney in form made 57, while Lanning and Blackwell built the innings made the score too easy to chase. Blackwell being the top scorer made a come back after century with a half century and sent a strong message. Wellington and Farrell took 3-2 wickets but Perry who got injured in between could not come to bat and took only 1 wicket. And picture is still not clear if she will play in decider or not but as per news coming out she will probably play as she is the most imp play in the team.
In New Zealand, as expected the Satterthwaite performed and made being the top scorer of the match could not save New Zealand from loss. Martin and Perry did show some intent but could not stay longer. Kerr being the highest wicket taker who took 4 wickets and surprised everyone specially Australian and she is just 16.
Australia Probable 11: Healy(wk), Bolton, Mooney, Lanning, Villani, Blackwell, Jonassen, Gardner, Ellyse Perry, Wellington, Farrel
New Zealand Probable 11: Priest (wk), Bates, Satterthwaite, Martin, Perkins,Liz Perry, Peterson, Bermingham, Tahuhu, Kerr, Huddleston
Possible Lineup 1: Priest (wk), Bates, Satterthwaite, Ellyse Perry, Lanning, Perkins, Mooney, Huddleston, Kerr, Wellington, Farrell
Possible Lineup 2: Healy(wk), Bates, Satterthwaite, Ellyse Perry, Blackwell, Mooney, Martin, Tahuhu, Kerr, Wellington, Farrell
Ireland won 1st match by 85 runs with a brilliant knock by Porterfield. It’s been a while he was struggling with his form and this is the best way to find a form. Ireland put a score of 270 runs with some quick runs by Brien Brother and in response UAE got out on just 185 runs. Dockrell from Ireland took 3 wickets supported by Chase and Mcbrine who took 2-2 wickets. ED Joyce expected to play in 2nd match and may replace Balbirnie
Zahoor Khan was the best performer from UAE, he picked up 6 wickets, Rohan Mustafa who showed all rounder performance picked up 1 wicket and made 43 runs and Mohammad Naveed started really well with bowling and took early two wickets of Ireland. The most talented and experienced player of UAE Shaiman Anwar did not perform but he could return to his form on Saturday where UAE will be needing his experience to win the match to equal the three match series with 1-1. Raza and Haider went very expensive in their spells with no success. Lots of will be expected from Anwar, Raza and Usman who failed to perform in the 1st match. M Qasim may get a chance to play who is expected to replace Rameez Shahzad
Ireland Probable 11: Porterfield, Stirling, Balbirnie, Naill O’Brien (wk), Kevin O’Brien, Wilson, Thompson, Mcbrine, Dockrell, Young, Chase
UAE Probable 11: Mustafa, M. Naveed, Mufti, S. Anwar, R. Shahzad, M. Usman, G. Shabber (wk), Ahmed Raza, Amjad, Javed, Zahoor Khan, Imran Haider.
Possible Lineup: Naill O’Brien (wk), Anwar, Porterfield, Stirling, Mustafa, Kevin O’Brien, Naveed, Zahoor, Dockrell, Thompson, Raza.
VC: Kevin O’Brien/Anwar
After a disastrous loss in 1st Test, India is moving to fight yes fight in 2nd test with more vigor and hope Kohli and team is prepared.
Australia announced unchanged team. India may make some changes Karun Nair or Bhuvi may replace Ishant but uncertainty remains as there is no conformity on it. Kohli has already praised Jayant Yadav so he is unlikely to be axed. Rahane will remain in the team and the only half century scorer in 1st Test KL Rahul will open with Murli Vijay. As it it KL Rahul’s home ground so lots of expectation from him and he has even worked harder in the nets as well.
Pitch is dry but good for batting as usual Bangalore pitch. At start it will support pacers but lately spinners will surely come into picture.
India Probable 11: Saha (wk), Kohli, Rahul, Murli, Pujara, Rahane, Jayant, Ashwim, Jadeja, Ishant, Umesh.
Australia Probable 11: Wade (wk), Renshaw, Warner, Smith, S. Marsh, M. Marsh, O’Keefe, Starc, Hazlewood, Lyon.
Possible Lineup: Wade(wk), Kohli, Pujara, Rahul/Renshaw, Smith, Ashwin, O’Keefe, Jadeja, Starc, Hazlewood, Umesh
Rahane/Murli/Shaun Marsh can replace Jadeja
Hazlewood can be replaced with Lyon
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It’s the 5th one day international match and a decider after a thrilling innings by Martin Guptill in the last match. Final match is in Auckland, Eden Park and pitch seems to be supporting the spinners but its a true wicket at the start it will surely support pacers.
Andile Phehlukway injured in the last match but he is fit and can replace Morris who did not perform as expected in last two matches and may be Tabraiz Shamsi get a chance to play. David Miller and JP Duminy could not help to built innings which put undue pressure on first four batsmen. Finally in the series we saw runs coming out of Faf’s bat and this match may be the big one for him as he hasn’t yet performed. ABD superb as always but its finals and one man can not win.
With Guptill superb 180, Taylor made 66 runs and once again he showed why he is one of the best. Jeetan Patel threw a twist to the match by taking 2 wickets and Eden Park’s pitch surely going to support his bowling, Santner and Neesham as usual contributed with the ball by taking 1 wicket each. Southee was very expensive in last few matches though he has been taking wicket in every match in the series.Ferguson may get a chance to replace either Patel or Southee
NZ Probable 11: Ronchi (wk), Guptill, Taylor, Williamson, Brownlie, Santner, Neesham, Grandhomme, Boult, Jeetan Patel, Southee
SA Probable 11: Kock (wk), Amla, Faf, ABD, Duminy, Miller, Tahir, Morris/Phehlukway, Pretorius, Rabada, Parnell,
Possible Lineup 1: Kock(wk), Faf, Williamson, Abd, Guptill, Pretorius, Santner, Boult, Tahir, Rabada, Patel
Amla and Taylor can be replaced with Faf and Williamson
Possible Lineup 2: Kock(wk), Amla, Taylor, Abd, Guptill, Pretorius/Parnell, Santner, Boult, Tahir, Rabada, Patel
It’s an Eliminator match and winner will find their way to the Final of PSL Season 2. Quetta Gladiators has already qualified for the finals and the clash for the champion is on Sunday. This season seems to be the replica of 1st season Gladiators defeating Zalmi last season and in this season as well. Zalmi would like to create a new history here.
Dawid Malan and M. Hafeez had some really good time in last match which bring them back to the form and the win for their team as well. Shahid Afridi was on fire with his bat and but could not do well in the whole season with the ball. Kamran Akmal has score two half centuries and he has to stay their for a while to get the game going. Samuels is struggling with his form and form for such a good player should not be a challenge to find. Wahab Riaz was the pick of the bowler and took 3 wickets and that too Major One. Iftikhar Ahmed might get a chance to play in place of Haris Sohail and also in last match with Karachi Kings Iftikhar Ahmed picked up two wickets as well. Chris Jordan did not contribute either with a ball or bat. Samit Patel might get a chance in place of Samuels or Jordan as he is an All-rounder.
Babar Azam opened the innings for Karachi Kings and for a while wait and watch game was going on till the Gayle’s wicket fell and sooner Azam’s. None of the player from Karachi made an impact in batting but it was Karachi’s day. M. Amir is back and with him Imad Wasim, Usama Mir took 3-3-3 wickets.
Peshawar Zalmi Probable 11: K. Akmal (wk), Malan, Hafeez, Samuels, Afridi, Sohail/Iftikhar, Sammy, Jordon, Wahab Riaz, M. Asghar, Hasan Ali
Karachi Kings Probably 11: Sangakkara (wk), Azam, Gayle, S. Malik, Bopara, Pollard, Imad Wasim, Usman Khan, Usama Mir, M. Amir, Sohail Khan
Possible Lineup 1: Sanga (wk), Samuels, Azam, Malan, Malik, Hafeez, Imad, Amir, Mir, Riaz, Hasan Ali/Jordon
Possible Lineup 2: Akmal (wk), Gayle, Azam, Pollar, Malan, Malik ,Hafeez, Sammy, Amir, Mir, Riaz
One can opt for bowler also in place of Pollard in team 2
England has reached West Indies and 3 match one day series is going to start on Friday on Caribbean wickets and pitch will help the bowlers at the start.
Alex Hales most likely won’t be a part of 1st match due to Knee Injury and his place will be taken by Sam Billings, who is going to open with man in for Jason Roy. Jake Ball is injured so Tom Curran got a call to be his replacement but he is unlikely to feature in 1st Match.
England Probable 11: Jos Buttler (wk), Joe Root, Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunket, Steven Finn
Keiran Powell is back in West Indies almost after three years. Rovman Powell, might be upcoming star in West Indies and comparison has already started with Andre Russell. Jason Holder will be holding the baton for West Indies. K. Brathwaite will be opening the innings with Evin Lewis. Shane Dowrich and Cummins are not part of this tour.
West Indies Probable 11: Shai Hope(wk), Evin lewis, Kraigg Brathwaite, Keiran Powell, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Devendra Bishoo, Shannon Gabriel, Rovman Powell, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse
Possible Lineup 1: Buttler (wk), Jason Mohammed, Roy, Root, Evin Lewis, Stokes, Holder, Carlos Brathwaite/Rovman Powell, Woakes, Rashid, Gabriel
Possible Lineup 2: Hope (wk), Jason Mohammed, Roy, Root, Morgan, Stokes, Holder, Moeen Ali, Woakes, Rashid, Gabriel