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India’s only match at Headingley in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup will come against Sri Lanka. Till date, the Men in Blue have played nine ODIs at Headingley, winning three and losing six.
On that note, let us take a look at some of the key ODI stats featuring the Indian team at Headingley.
324/6 against England in 2007 is the highest total by an Indian team at this ground.
158 all out against England in 1996 is the lowest total by an Indian team at this ground.
186 runs scored by Sunil Gavaskar is the highest number of runs scored by an Indian player at this ground.
87 scored by Ravindra Jadeja against England in 2014 is the highest individual score by an Indian player at this ground.
15 half-centuries have been scored by Indian players at this ground.
2 half-centuries scored by Sunil Gavaskar is the highest number of half-centuries scored by an Indian player at this ground.
5 wickets taken by Madan Lal is the highest number of wickets taken by an Indian player at this ground.
3/15 by Madan Lal against East Africa in 1975 is the best bowling performance by an Indian player at this ground.
8 dismissals by MS Dhoni is the highest number of dismissals by an Indian wicket-keeper at this ground.
6 dismissals by MS Dhoni against England in 2007 is the highest number of dismissals by an Indian wicket-keeper in an innings at this ground.
3 catches taken by Bishan Singh Bedi is the highest number of catches taken by an Indian player at this ground.
3 catches taken by Bishan Singh Bedi against England in 1974 is the highest number of catches taken by an Indian player in an innings at this ground.
The league stage of the 2019 edition of T20 Mumbai came to an end and all the four semi-finalists were decided. But, things didn’t go down simply as Eagle Thane Strikers chased 150 in just 11.2 overs to move to the second place in Group A and gave themselves some hope for a semi-final spot.
Playing for a chance to keep their hopes alive, Strikers won the toss in the first game of the day against NaMo Bandra Blasters and thanks to their bowlers, Strikers restricted Shreyas Iyer and co. for just 148/7 in 20 overs. The Strikers needed to chase the total down in less than 12 overs to stand a chance to qualify for the semis. Unfortunately, the Strikers, in the absence of Sarfaraz Khan, got to a worst possible start as Karsh Kothari dismissed opener Jaideep Pardeshi in the first over.
Skipper Aditya Tare and Alpesh Ramjani steadied the ship and put on 49 in five overs before Ramjani was dismissed for 29 leaving Rakesh Prabhu to join Tare in the middle. That’s when the game started tilting towards Strikers as Rakesh and Tare sent all the bowlers on a leather hunt. Both the batsmen reached their respective fifties and by the time Tare got out for 50 off 27 balls, Strikers needed nine runs in just seven balls to give themselves a chance to make it to the semis. Rakesh safely took his team home in the next three balls and remained unbeaten 21-ball 64 with the help of one four and eight sixes.
Brief scores: NaMo Baroda Blasters 148/7 in 20 overs (Shirdeep Mangela 42, Sujit Nayak 26*, Kruthik Hanagavadi) lost to Eagle Thane Strikers 150/2 in 11.2 overs (Rakesh Prabhu 64*, Aditya Tare 50, Aditya Dhumal 2/29) by seven wickets.
Unfortunately, Strikers’ hopes were dashed in the next four hours as Aakash Tigers MWS won the last league game against Shivaji Park Lions by seven wickets to finish second on Group A and make it to the semis.
Put into bat, Shivaji Park Lions, without their regular skipper Siddesh Lad, hardly got going as they managed to crawl their way to 127/6 in 20 overs, largely thanks to Nikhil Patil’s 25-ball 37. For the Tigers, Salman Khan finished with 2/36 while Dhawal Kulkarni, Shams Mulani and Arjun Tendulkar ended up with a wicket apiece.
Chasing 128 to win, Tigers lost Arjun Tendulkar, Siddarth Akre and D Subramanian and were reduced to 42/3 in 7.3 overs. Veteran Bhavin Thakkar kept things moving with an unbeaten 49-ball 65 while Shams Mulani scored a fluent 40 off 32 balls and took their team home safely.
Brief scores: Shivaji Park Lions 127/6 in 20 overs (Nikhil Patil 37, Salman Khan 2/36, Shams Mulani 1/10) lost to Aakash Tigers MWS 131/3 in 17.3 overs (Bhavin Thakkar 65*, Shams Mulani 40*) by seven wickets.
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India will be opening their 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup campaign against South Africa at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground. They will also play their match against Afghanistan at the same venue. In the past, the Indian Team has played three ODIs at this ground winning one and losing two. It will also be the first time that India plays a World Cup match on this ground.
On that note, let us now take a look at some of the key ODI stats of the Indian Team at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground.
290/4 against Kenya in 2004 is the highest total by an Indian team at this ground.
184 all out against England in 2007 is the lowest total by an Indian team at this ground.
108 runs scored by Rahul Dravid is the most number of runs scored by an Indian player at this ground.
90 scored by Sourav Ganguly against Kenya in 2004 is the highest individual score by an Indian player at this ground.
3 half-centuries have been recorded by Indian players at this ground. These have been scored by Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, and Ajinkya Rahane.
3 wickets taken by Harbhajan Singh is the most number of wickets taken by an Indian player at this ground.
3/33 by Harbhajan Singh against Kenya in 2004 is the best bowling performance by an Indian player at this ground.
3 dismissals by Dinesh Karthik is the most number of dismissals by an Indian wicket-keeper at this ground.
3 dismissals by Dinesh Karthik against Kenya in 2004 is the most number of dismissals by an Indian wicket-keeper in an innings at this ground.
2 catches taken by Virat Kohli and Sourav Ganguly each is the most number of catches taken by an Indian player at this ground.
2 catches taken by Sourav Ganguly against Kenya in 2004 and by Virat Kohli against England in 2011 is the most number of catches taken by an Indian player in an innings at this ground.
Aaron Finch insisted that David Warner and Steve Smith’s return into the national side after serving a year-long ban has lifted the team’s spirit and that Australia were in an excellent space going into the World Cup.
Speaking at the pre-tournament captains’ press conference on Thursday (May 23), Finch said that he expected a bit of hostility from the English fans towards Smith and Warner but was confident of the duo doing well at the quadrennial event.
“Since Warner and Smith have come back into the set-up they have been fantastic and contributed so much. The morale has been unbelievable,” said the 32-year-old. “Once it gets underway, particularly against England, and further on for the Ashes, the crowd will play a part but that is expected everywhere in the world.
“We have plans in place for that, and their (Warner and Smith’s) squad input and output in terms of the runs they have been making has been fantastic.”
Australia start the tournament as defending champions but according to Finch, India and England were the two sides are favourites to take the title home.
“England have been in great form and along with India are probably the stand out performers. So England in home conditions are definitely the favourites,“ Finch said. “It is important to have some guys that have that World Cup experience, so to have six players in our squad who have been part of a winning World Cup is great.
“This is a different tournament but it will be a great one.”
After a tumultuous year, Australia found a second wind to their game just ahead of the World Cup defeating India on their home soil 3-2. They then whitewashed Pakistan in UAE and head into the marquee event brimming with renewed energy.
Finch admitted the series win against India was huge and gave the side the much-needed belief.
“The belief we got from that series was huge, you hang in there and you can turn anything around,” Finch said. “You have to keep hanging in there and believe when you get to the big moments that you can create something.
“As a team we are really excited, we have been together since May 2 and tried not to put all our energy into the preparation. You cannot win it before it has started.
“So we are trying to make sure we are fresh, but we are excited. There will definitely be nerves about but that is natural. We cannot wait and I wish it started tomorrow.”
Williamson Not Concerned About Potential Ring Rust
New Zealand captain isn’t worried about not having enough game time going into World Cup and said that the IPL as well as a few practice matches back home have kept the side in good stead.
“The nature of having a tournament on the other side of the world meant we didn’t have our domestic competitions going on or any ODI series in our own country,” Williamson explained. “That’s just the nature of the beast but we had plenty of players involved with the IPL and some warm-ups in Australia, which was very beneficial.
“The international game is evolving and ever-changing – you’re playing all over the world at different times, so you’re just trying to prepare mentally as well as you can.”
Four years ago, New Zealand made it all the way to the World Cup final before falling short against a rampant Australian unit. Of the eleven that played the 2015 final, Williamson, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Matt Henry and Trent Boult are all in the squad again this time around and the captain was confident his side had the pedigree to go all the way.
“We have a few guys who were in last World Cup so have some experience, but there are lots of new players also, which is good,“ Williamson said.
“There has been a lot of talk around rankings, favourites and underdogs. But all the teams are balanced – on the day anything can happen, which should mean some very exciting cricket.
“We want to be playing our brand and style of cricket as well as we can, so that’s our focus for the next six or seven weeks.”