Green Team Home Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:37:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Green Team 32 32 120283898 Match 22, Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:34:48 +0000 Kings XI Punjab emerged winners by four runs as the embattled Delhi Daredevils’ woeful run of form in the Indian Premier League continued despite a change in venue and personnel on Monday at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

A heavily-rejigged Daredevils team produced a much-improved bowling performance to restrict Punjab to 143/8 but then imploded in their own batting, coming up four runs short.

Shreyas Iyer tried his best with 57 off 45 balls, but that was not enough, as the trio of Ankit Rajpoot, Andrew Tye and Mujeeb Ur Rahman picked up two wickets apiece to derail the Daredevils’ chase.

The hosts were off to a brisk start with the highly-talented Prithvi Shaw eking out a few boundaries, including one fine shot through point.

But, while going for one shot too many, the youngster lost his wicket to pacer Rajpoot, who then also claimed the big fish Glenn Maxwell for 12. The Daredevils’ chase seemed to be floundering when skipper Gautam Gambhir, looking woefully out of form, got a leading edge to make the long walk back to the dugout after making just four runs.

Daredevils were 48/3 at the end of the six Powerplay overs, and Punjab could sniff another victory after making their way back into the match.

The onus was on the in-form Rishabh Pant and Iyer, both coming off smashing half-centuries, but 17-year-old spinner Mujeeb had other ideas as he struck with his very first ball, his carrom ball making its way through the gap between Pant’s bat and pad.

Daredevils struggled to break the shackles and the situation became worse when Dan Christian was run out by a brilliant throw from the deep by Mayank Agarwal.

The home team needed 43 runs in the last four overs and, to everyone’s surprise, it was Rahul Tewatia who brought the equation down to 28 off 18 after he gleefully smashed Barinder Sran’s over-pitched offering straight over the bowler’s head, picking 17 runs in total.

Tye dismissed Tewatia (24 off 21 balls) as the equation reduced to 21 needed off the last two overs. Liam Plunkett came and went back for a golden duck, leaving Daredevils with an arduous task of scoring 17 in six balls. Delhi failed to do so despite Iyer whacking Mujeeb for a straight six and a four.

This is how the table looks after tonight’s match. Delhi, oh dear, Delhi! Anyone putting any money on them still making the playoffs?

Earlier, opting to field after winning the toss, Daredevils quickly snuffed out the wicket of Aaron Finch through Avesh Khan.

Entering the game as a beleaguered unit, the bottom-placed Daredevils made as many as five changes, including handing out IPL debuts to Plunkett and the young Prithvi Shaw.

And what a debut it turned out to be for Plunkett, who returned terrific figures of 3/17 in his full quota of four overs. Trent Boult an Khan took two wickets apiece.

The move to make many changes worked as the hosts managed to keep the in-form Punjab to a modest total. The rampaging Chris Gayle was forced to sit out the game due to a sore back and his absence was certainly felt by Kings XI.

Man of the Match: Ankit Rajpoot

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Amir’s departure for tour of Ireland and England has been delayed Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:18:23 +0000 Fast bowler Mohammad Amir’s departure for the Pakistan cricket team’s tour of Ireland and Britain has been delayed due to a problem in obtaining his visa.

“Amir could not travel with the team,” Pakistan Cricket Board spokesman Amjad Bhatti confirmed to The Associated Press. “There’s some procedural issue which I hope will be resolved by Wednesday.”

Bhatti could not elaborate what exactly the issue was, but he was optimistic that Amir will get his visa within two days.

Local media reported Amir had already applied for a longer term spouse visa because his wife is a British national and that could lead to him getting a British passport.

This is not the first time that Amir has had a delay in obtaining a visa.

During Pakistan team’s last tour of England two years ago he faced a similar problem before the PCP sought help from the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Amir was banned for five years in 2010 for his involvement in spot-fixing and also served a brief stint in jail in England for the same offence.

The 2010 series was marred in controversy, most infamously the spot-fixing scandal which culminated in international suspensions for Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and then captain Salman Butt.

Pakistan will play one Test match against Ireland in Dublin before travelling to England for a two-Test series. The tour will end in June with two Twenty20s against Scotland.

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PCB announced schedule for series against South Africa Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:32:00 +0000 Pakistan will tour South Africa for three Test matches, five ODIs and three T20 internationals from December 2018 to February 2019, Cricket South Africa announced on Monday.

Pakistan, who will be visiting South Africa for the first time since 2013/14, will play the prime holiday season Tests in December and January, with Centurion awarded the Test starting on December 26 and Cape Town the traditional New Year Test starting on January 3. The third Test will be in Johannesburg from January 11.

Pakistan will also play five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals.

South Africa will then face Sri Lanka in Tests in Durban and Port Elizabeth in February, to be followed by five ODIs and three T20Is.

Prior to this, Zimbabwe will tour South Africa in September this year, with three ODIs and three T20Is at some of South Africa´s smaller cricket venues.

Cricket South Africa acting chief executive Thabang Moroe said that the scheduled 13 one-day internationals during the season would enable the national team to fine-tune their preparations for the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England.

South Africa vs Pakistan fixtures;

Tour match:

Dec 19-21: SA Invitation XI vs Pakistan, Benoni


Dec 26-30: South Africa vs Pakistan 1st Test, Centurion

Jan 3-7: South Africa vs Pakistan 2nd Test, Cape Town

Jan 11-15: South Africa vs Pakistan 3rd Test, Johannesburg


Jan 19: South Africa vs Pakistan, 1st ODI, Port Elizabeth

Jan 22: South Africa vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI, Durban

Jan 25: South Africa vs Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Centurion

Jan 27: South Africa vs Pakistan 4th ODI, Johannesburg

Jan 30: South Africa vs Pakistan, 5th ODI, Cape Town


Feb 1: South Africa vs Pakistan, 1st T20I, Cape Town

Feb 3: South Africa vs Pakistan, 2nd T20I, Johannesburg

Feb 6: South Africa vs Pakistan, 3rd T20I, Centurion

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Match 20, Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings Sun, 22 Apr 2018 17:31:26 +0000 Chennai Super Kings 182-3 (Ambati Rayudu 79, Suresh Raina 54*, MS Dhoni 25*, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1-22) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 178-6 (Kane Williamson 84, Yusuf Pathan 45, Deepak Chahar 3-15) by 4 runs.

The Super Kings have topped the table with that narrow four-run win. This match ebbed and flowed from the start. Looked like they were heading towards a sub-150 finish after making just 27 in the Powerplay and 54 in the first 10 overs. But Rayudu and Raina revived the innings with a century stand before Dhoni boosted the total past 180 with a sizzling cameo.

Then, Chahar strangulated Sunrisers with three quick wickets. And, when Williamson tried to almost single-handedly get the win for SRH, Bravo removed him and kept his calm in the last over to clinch the win. Unlike CSK’s other wins, this was due to a team effort than an individual brilliance.

he win was the Chennai Super Kings’ fourth of the season and helped them climb to the top of the standings. Given the opportunity of setting a target at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad, CSK recovered from a slow start to post 182-3 riding on half-centuries from Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina.

Deepak Chaharthen landed three blows in the first five overs to derail the host’s run-chase at the very beginning. Kane Williamson then produced one of his best IPL innings, and a late innings blitz by Yusuf Pathan brought life back into the contest, before Dwayne Bravo, who had 19 to defend off the final over & six to defend off the final ball, bowled the perfect yorker to deny the hosts.

The CSK openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis (who replaced an ill Imran Tahir) could not find the boundary until the 20th ball of the innings when the former pulled a short delivery from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and deposited it into the stands. The very next delivery the Australian didn’t pick the slower delivery, played too early, and holed out to the short midwicket fielder. du Plessis lost balance while attempting a sweep shot to be stumped.

CSK 32-2 after 7.1 overs. Then the rescue act, staged by Rayudu and Raina, who stitched together a century partnership over a period of 9.3 overs. MS Dhoni gave the innings the flourish CSK needed at the end, scoring 25 from 12 balls, which included 3 fours and a six. CSK, who were 27-1 in the powerplay, added 93 in the middle overs, and a further 62 in the final five to finish at 182-3.

Very few would have given the Sunrisers a chance to chase down 183 after being 22-3, more so without Shikhar Dhawan in their line-up. But Williamson wasn’t ready to surrender, and played a fantastic innings of 84 – made from 51 balls and studded with 5 fours and as many sixes. Opening the innings, the SRH captain cut and pulled well, and on one instance hit Ravindra Jadeja for an inside-out six. In the fifteenth over, he singled out Karn Sharma and hit him for three sixes.

Yusuf Pathan came out to bat in the eleventh over, by which time the required rate had nearly reached 12. He too started slowly, not scoring a boundary until he had faced 14 balls. Then he unleashed, hitting three sixes and a four and collecting 23 off the next six balls he faced. He collected another six at the start of the nineteenth over, and SRH were very much in business.

But the dismissals of Williamson and Yusuf (45 from 27 balls) in the space of five deliveries once again swung the momentum in favour of the visitors. Dwayne Bravo had six to defend off the final ball of the match, and Rashid Khan could only score one off the perfect yorker.

Man of the Match: Ambati Rayudu, for his 37-ball 79, which contained 9 fours & 4 sixes.

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Schon Group might sell Multan Sultans Sun, 22 Apr 2018 14:41:43 +0000 The 6th Team in the Pakistan Super League, the Multan Sultans, was bought by the Schon Group.

One of the richest families of Pakistan, Schon Group bought the newly added Multan team in Pakistan Super League after successful bid at Pakistan Cricket Board. The Schon Group will be paying a hefty $41.6 million in a period of 8 years for this contract. This acquisition, of $5.2 million per year, turns out to be the biggest one in the history of Pakistan Super League.

Before Multan purchase, of all the PSL teams, Karachi Kings was deemed the biggest sale. It was acquired by Ary Group for $2.6 million per year for a contract spanning a decade.

There was a NAB inquiry against Owners of Pakistan Super League franchise Multan Sultans / Schon Properties and they were alleged to be involved in financial scam of RS1.245 Billion.

Schon Group was on NAB’s radar as they were involved in Loan Default (Unable to repay the loans/debt to the terms agreed to in the promissory note or in other words they are gone bankrupt). Inquiry was on final stages then and now it can outcome in huge losses for Schon group.
Now, There are rumors that Schon Group went bankrupt and might sell Multan Sultans.

Schon Group who owned most expensive Team of PSL 2018 might leave and sell MULTAN SULTANS as they went bankrupt. According to NAB Multan Sultans / Schon Properties owners are involved in financial scam of RS1.245 Billion.

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Bangladesh police arrests cricketer with methamphetamine Sun, 22 Apr 2018 13:57:46 +0000 A Bangladeshi female cricketer could be jailed for life after being caught with 14,000 methamphetamine pills, police said Sunday.

Nazreen Khan Mukta, who plays first-grade cricket in the Dhaka Premier League, was returning from a match in the southeastern city of Cox’s Bazar when police stopped and searched the team bus at Chittagong.

“During our search, we caught her with 14,000 yaba pills she had kept in packets,” local police chief Pronob Chowdhury told AFP, using the local name for tablets of methamphetamine mixed with caffeine.

Chowdhury said the Ansar VDP star would be charged with drug trafficking, an offence that can carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Cox’s Bazar borders Myanmar’s conflict-plagued Rakhine state, where authorities say methamphetamine labs produce tens of millions of yaba pills that are shipped to Bangladesh.

Officials this month said drug traffickers had been more active since August, when nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar began pouring into Bangladesh.

Gangs have been using the Rohingya refugees as mules and hiding drugs in fishing boats used for ferrying the persecuted Muslims to safety.

Authorities said last month that nine million yaba pills were seized in less than three months as the refugee influx reached its peak. Nearly two million were discovered in a single haul.

Dhaka has been planning to introduce the death penalty for yaba trafficking to try to curb the drug’s popularity and use.

Bangladesh in 2017 seized more than 40 million pills, double the previous year’s haul.

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Match 19. Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:45:29 +0000 Delhi Daredevils 174-5 (Shreyas Iyer 52, Rishabh Pant 85, Yuzvendra Chahal 2-22) lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore 176-4 in 18.0 Overs (Virat Kohli 30, AB de Villiers 90*) by 6 wickets.

Explosive batsman AB de villiers enthralled the crowd with a whirlwind unbeaten 39-ball 90 to power Royal Challengers Bangalore to a convincing six-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils in their IPL fixture at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on Saturday.

It rained fours and sixes as de villiers produced a vintage innings and singled-handedly chased down the 175-run target with two overs to spare to bring RCB’s campaign back on track.

The former South African skipper smashed 10 fours and five sixes in his unconquered innings. He shared 63 runs with captain Virat Kohli (30), before adding another 56 runs with Corey Anderson (15) to take the game away from Delhi Daredevils, who suffered their fourth loss in five matches.

Earlier, young batsmen Rishab Pant and Shreyas Iyer cracked twin half-centuries as Delhi Daredevils recovered from a slow start to post a respectable 174/5 after being asked to take the first strike by RCB.

Pant (85) anchored the DD innings as he shared a 75-run stand in 8.1 overs with Iyer (52 off 31 balls) and then forged a 65-run partnership with Rahul Tewatia (13 not out). His 48-ball innings was laced with six boundaries and seven sixes.

For RCB, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (2/22) claimed two wickets, while Umesh Yadav (1/27), Washington Sundar (1/31) and Corey Anderson (1/10) took one wicket each.

Man of the Match: AB de Villiers, for his match-winning 90 not out, which contained 10 fours & 5 sixes.

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Match 18, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:28:53 +0000 Kolkata Knight Riders 191-7 (Chris Lynn 74, Dinesh Karthik 43, Andrew Tye 2-30) lost to Kings XI Punjab 126-1 in 11.1 overs (Chris Gayle 62*, KL Rahul 60) by 9 wickets (DLS Method)

Chris Gayle continued to grow in company of KL Rahul as Kings XI Punjab outclassed Kolkata Knight Riders by nine wickets in a rain-hit IPL encounter on Saturday. While Kolkata scored 191/7 in 20 overs, KXIP had a revised target of 125 in 13 overs after rain halted play for 95 minutes.

Kings XI Punjab bulldozed their way to the top of VIVO IPL 2018 standings after they defeated the hosts Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens in Match 18. KXIP, in pursuit of 192, were given a blazing start by their openers KL Rahul and Chris Gayle. But rain interrupted proceedings, and when play resumed after more than an hour and a half, the visitors were given a revised target of 125 in 13 overs.

Rahul and Gayle continued from where they had left off before the skies opened up; upon resumption, they added 20 runs in quick time before Rahul was dismissed for 60.

Gayle completed the job in the company of Mayank Agarwal, striking Tom Curran for a six over long on to take his team over the line. KXIP won by 9 wickets, with 1.5 overs remaining to be bowled.

A target of 192 would test most teams, not KXIP, who made lightwork of the chase. Rahul hit the first two balls of the chase for boundaries – first through fine-leg and the next one a square-drive, and KXIP were on their way. In the following over Rahul meted out the same treatment to Andre Russell, whose first two balls were dispatched to the boundary, before Gayle joined in and drove one through point.

The pair were unforgiving on almost all the KKR bowlers, and collected boundaries at regular intervals; the pair brought up the 50 of the innings in 3.4 overs, and extended their association to 116.

Earlier in the evening, Chris Lynn found his groove as he smashed 74 off 41 balls en route to his maiden half-century in this IPL to lift KKR to a challenging 191/7. Lynn stitched two crucial fifty-plus partnerships in the middle – first 72 runs from 41 balls with Robin Uthappa (34) and then 62 off 34 balls with captain Dinesh Karthik (43) – to help KKR overcome a shaky start after they were sent in to bat by Ravichandran Ashwin. At 146/3 in 15 overs KKR looked to go beyond the psychological 200 runs’ barrier but KXIP pegged back conceding just 11 runs in the last two overs.

Man of the Match: KL Rahul, for his 27-ball 60.

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Watch how Trent Boult took catch of the season to dispatch Virat Kohli Sat, 21 Apr 2018 18:07:26 +0000 Trent Boult took the catch of the season during the RCB-DD match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Saturday.

Off the last ball of the 11th over, RCB captain Virat Kohli hit what was a full toss from Harshal Patel off his pads and it appeared it will sail over Boult at backward square leg.

But Boult timed his jump perfectly and fell down facing the boundary rope after taking a swirl in the air. He was just inches away from touching the rope. The catch was reviewed and it was considered legit. Kohli had to go after scoring 30.

“Trent Bout, what are you doing? That is the best catch we have ever seen in the IPL!”

Those the words of Isa Guha after New Zealand seamer Boult pulled off a quite staggering one-handed boundary catch in Delhi Daredevils’ fixture at Royals Challengers Bangalore – one which removed Virat Kohli no less

Here’s the Video:

Is the Boult catch the best ever in the history of the Vivo IPL?

Earlier in the match, Delhi’s Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer put on a batting masterclass and overcame the worst batting Powerplay performance by any team in IPL 2018.

Pant joined Iyer in the sixth over after Bangalore’s Yuzvendra Chahal removed Jason Roy to leave Delhi struggling at 23/2 in 5.4 overs. The visitors at the Chinnaswamy Stadium finished the Powerplay overs on 28/2, this season’s worst performance in the first six overs.

Gautam Gambhir and Roy had a miserable outing on what turned out a very slow wicket in Bangalore. But both Pant and Iyer played like champions and helped Delhi to reach a competitive total of 174/5.

Both added 75 runs off 49 balls to bail Delhi out of an embarrassing position. Iyer scored his 50 off 29 balls — first this season and seventh overall — and hit four fours and three sixes in the process.

After Iyer got out for 52, Pant took total control of the Delhi innings and soon reached his fifty in 34 balls — first this season and fourth overall. The 20-year-old went berserk after that in the death overs. Delhi scored 71 runs in the last five overs and 50 of those came off Pant’s bat. He and Rahul Tewatia added 65 off just 25 balls.

Pant eventually got out off the fourth ball of the last over for 85 off 48 balls. He hit six fours and seven sixes.

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WATCH: Hasan Ali performs signature celebration on Wagah border Sat, 21 Apr 2018 14:41:25 +0000 Pakistan cricket team visited the Wagah border at the conclusion of their training camp on Saturday to witness the flag-lowering ceremony conducted daily at the historic venue.

Medium pacer Hasan Ali, arguably one of the most entertaining cricketers in the world, couldn’t resist showing off his famous trademark style and thrilled the guards with his explosive wicket-celebrating gesture.

Here’s the VIDEO:

To loud chants of ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ and ‘Jeevey Jeevey Pakistan’ from the on-lookers, the 24-year old carried out his unique moves – often dubbed as the ‘generator’ celebration by his delighted fans.

The team, according to captain Sarfraz Ahmed, made the trip in order to freshen up and get some extra boost ahead of their departure to England on Sunday.

All-format captain Sarfraz Ahmed made the call while addressing a press conference on the last day of the training camp at Gaddafi Stadium on Saturday.

Pakistani Cricketer’s at Wagah border.

He said the sole purpose to visit the Pakistan-India border was to get some energy and boost.

“Boys will raise slogans and enjoy some time there; I am sure this exercise would help them to increase the morale level for upcoming crucial Test series against England,” Sarfraz explained.


Pakistan will take on Ireland in a lone Test on May 11, before playing a two-Test series against England on May 24 and June 1.

The training camp for the final 16-member squad picked for the England and Ireland tours concluded at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore on Saturda

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