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India tipped for 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Victory

Overlapping the months of October and November this year, the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is a tournament that promises to have cricket fans on the edge of their seats. In March this year, two of the favourites met when England toured India, although the visiting side was quite literally bowled over by their hosts.

Despite a positive start for England winning the first match by 8 wickets, India rallied to win the second by 7 wickets. After another solid performance earned victory for England by 8 wickets in the third encounter, India once again levelled the series winning the fourth match by 8 runs.

Then came the moment when everything fell apart for the England T20 side. In the fifth and final match of the series, India put on a display of absolute superiority, crushing the visitors by 36 runs. Indeed, such was the margin of victory, the 224/2 score achieved by India was their fourth highest T20 score of all time.

Given that superb match victory and the overall series win, bookmakers are now tipping India as 9/4 cricket betting favourites to win the T20 World Cup. After licking their wounds and pondering what they must do to improve, England have now been handed 4/1 odds to win the tournament, although they will need to raise their game significantly.

England selectors will need to ponder their team selections very carefully, even if certain players are guaranteed to form part of the T20 World Cup squad. Dawid Malan remains top of the ICC T20I Batting Rankings, following the latest ratings updates at the start of April. However, only one other player features inside the top ten of any other categories.

Adil Rashid has climbed up to fourth position in the ICC T20I Bowling Rankings, based on the consistency of his performances. Meanwhile, the ICC T20I All-Rounder Rankings feature Ben Stokes way down in eleventh position. England still remains top of the ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings, with a rating of 277 from 22 matches.

By comparison and with the recent series for India factored into the calculations, India has moved up to second position in the latest ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings, earning a rating of 272 from 25 matches. Insofar as individual players, several Indian players have made significant leaps up the ICC rankings.

Virat Kohli holds fifth spot in the ICC T20I Batting Rankings, while Lokesh Rahul features in seventh position. That said, breaking the resolve of rival batsmen is clearly an area which needs improving for the India T20 team. Washington Sundar is their highest ranked player, 13th in the ICC T20I Bowling Rankings, mostly based on his performance against England.

Rather than outstanding individual contributions, even with a quality pool of talented players to choose from, the key for India against England was overall team performance. Able to produce consistently solid results whoever takes to the field, this is why India will undoubtedly be the team to beat at the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

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What does Ben Stokes’ injury mean for the Rajasthan Royals?

One game into the 2021 season and things are already looking bleak for the Rajasthan Royals. Not only are they without first-choice fast bowler Jofra Archer for at least the first four games of the season, but they are also now going to be without one of the world’s best T20 players in the form of Ben Stokes.

2021 was already looking like a tough season for the Royals. Betway already had the Royals as the favourites for the wooden spoon at 21.00, and now this injury to Ben Stokes suffered during the opening game of the season against the Punjab Kings, puts further pressure on the Royals.

No luck for the Royals

After finishing the 2020 season at the bottom of the table, the Royals must have come into the 2021 season with renewed hope, with Archer and Stokes two of the leading lights in international T20 cricket.

With Archer already out for the opening four games, recuperating from an old injury, a lot of hope was placed on the shoulders of Stokes. 

After starting the game well, Stokes had bowled the eighth over of the Kings’ innings and was expected to come back to bowl at the death, however, an injury sustained in the tenth over meant he was not seen again with the ball as the Kings amassed 221 for 6 in their 20 overs.

He did come out to open the batting for the Royals, however, he only lasted three balls before top-edging a pull back to bowler Mohanned Shami to be out for a duck. It was unclear whether the injury was providing significant hindrance to Stokes, however, his early dismissal meant that it would not be put to the test.

The injury to Stokes, a broken finger on his left hand, was inflicted whilst taking a superb catch, running in from the boundary to catch Kings’ talisman Chris Gayle – a crucial wicket for the Royals with Gayle making 40 runs off just 28 deliveries.

The Kings went on to win the game by four runs.

Talisman Stokes to stay on

It’s no secret that Stokes loves to play in the IPL and he has been one of the shining stars since its inception. It is perhaps no surprise then, that he has elected to stay on with the Royals for the rest of the season to provide “support and inputs off the field’ as he looks to stay involved in the IPL 2021 season.

In the same week as Stokes suffered his injury, he was also named Wisden’s leading cricketer in the world for the second year in a row. He scored more Test runs than any other batsman in 2020, with 641 in seven matches, while also taking 19 wickets.

Whilst his presence in the changing room has been welcomed by the Royals and their owners, there is no doubt they would much rather see the world’s best cricketer out on the field as they try to avoid the wooden spoon for the second consecutive year.

What now for the Royals?

Without either Stokes or Archer, the overseas options for the Royals are limited. Both Jos Buttler and Chris Morris are first-choice picks, and for the other two slots, they have to choose from among Liam Livingstone, David Miller, Mustafizur Rahman and Andrew Tye. Rahman played in the first match and Livingstone – who can bat in the top order and turn his arm over for part-time off-spin – could be the most likely to fill in for Stokes.

Will Stokes be fit for England?

This summer is a huge one for England. They are scheduled to play a two-Test series against New Zealand, starting at Lord’s on June 2, just four days after the IPL final. Following the two-Test series with New Zealand, England is then due to face India in a five-Test series before heading to the T20 World Cup in India. They then head down under to Australia for the Ashes at the end of 2021.

It is understood that the ECB is working with the Royals to monitor Stokes’ fitness between now and the opening Test against New Zealand, however, it is unclear at this stage whether he will be fit to line up in that series or whether he will have to wait until the Test series against India before he will be able to represent the Three Lions in 2021.

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Should England Select James Anderson for the 2021/22 Ashes Series?

Ahead of the 2021/22 Ashes series, every cricket fan has their own predictions on who will be included. One popular possibility is, of course, James Anderson. Based on his record alone, his inclusion should be something of a no-brainer. However, with an action-packed schedule awaiting the 32-time Ashes winners over the coming months, form and fitness will likely determine who’s lining up for England in Australia on November 22nd. But will the selectors opt for Anderson?​

Anderson’s Record Raises Questions 

​While nobody can deny the Englishman’s ability, Anderson’s overseas form is perhaps the only weakness to his game. On home soil, the Burnley-born right-hander is undoubtedly one of the finest seamers in cricket. Outside of England, however, he’s struggled to replicate his success at home venues. 

​According to figures from HowStat, in 842 matches in England, the 38-year-old has taken 384 wickets. Away, on the other hand, his record sits at 222 in 592 games. While still impressive, there are drastic differences in his average and bowling strike rate. The same data platform states that, at home, Anderson’s average is 23.84, and his strike rate is 50.23. Overseas, meanwhile, those figures rise to 31.40 and 65.96, respectively.  ​

​Regarding Australia specifically, Anderson has often performed well Down Under. As per ESPN Cricinfo, the 38-year-old averages 29.3 against Australia, which is below his total overseas average. Not only that, but as of 2017, Anderson performed best when facing Justin Langer’s team. At that time, he’d taken 87 wickets against the Baggy Greens, which was five more than against the second-highest team, India.​

Good to Leave Behind? 

​Regarded as an all-time great, Anderson cemented his legacy as an icon of the modern game after becoming England’s leading wicket-taker. Along with proudly holding that status, he’s also the first fast bowler in the sport’s history to reach 600 Test wickets. Given his record, it’s somewhat baffling that his inclusion for the 2021/22 Ashes series is in question. Anderson himself has stated his desire to play in the tournament, but Peter Siddle believes that Stuart Broad should get the nod ahead of the 38-year-old.  ​

​Currently, England’s pace bowling attack is formidable, with Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, and Mark Wood also available for selection. Siddle states that his preference to select Broad over Anderson relates to the pitch conditions, with the Burnley-born right-hander historically struggling to get the ball swinging

Talking about his progression, Anderson declared that he’s better now than he was eight years ago. That, combined with his experience, makes him a valuable asset to England, and he could be the key to success at the highly-anticipated competition. As of February 2nd, England are 11/4 in cricket betting to win the 2021/22 Ashes series, but only time will tell if Anderson plays a leading role in their pursuit of glory.​

If Selected, Anderson Can Hurt Australia  

Recently, Australia lost to a second-string Indian side on home soil. As such, their confidence won’t be at an all-time high. Should their dip in form continue into the Ashes, Anderson has the ability to punish them further. The Baggy Greens’ top order has struggled for consistency of late, and if the 38-year-old is selected and can ask questions of them in the opening overs, then England may reap the reward of his inclusion.


International Cricket Results that Shocked the World

Cricket brings up a myriad of feelings for the viewer. From pure love for the game to sheer happiness and hope their chosen team will win. But that’s not all. There are also events every so often in cricket’s sports events history that surprise the world and turn the league table on its head.

Numerous games reign supreme in people’s memories for their shock value throughout cricket history. Where in one moment, the fate of a particular cricket match appears concrete. And the next, the underdog steps up to take the spotlight.

Anything, from a spirited pep talk from the coach, a weakness that’s been spotted in the opposition, or a surge in willpower can all work in favour of changing the course of cricket tournaments and subsequently the outcome of cricket bets on those matches. To relive some incredible cricket events in history, see below.

Kenya VS West Indies: 1996 World Cup

Score: Kenya 166 beat West Indies 93 by 73 runs

On 29th February 1996, Kenya reigned victorious against two-time world cup winners, the West indies. The novice Kenyan cricket team unexpectedly knocked the world champions out of the park, with an impressive 73 runs throughout the league, leaving the West Indies bewildered.

The West Indies’ were expected to secure a victory against Kenya based on their renowned bowling attack. But, the batting, despite the team having world champions cricketers on their side, left much to be desired.

In turn, the team lost any hope of winning the game, and Kenya’s cricket team succeeded.

Kenya VS Sri-Lanka: 2003 ICC World Cup

Score: Kenya 210 for 9 in 50 overs beat Sri Lanka 157 in 45 overs by 53 runs.

In 1996, Kenya’s VS West Indies wasn’t the only time in history; Kenya had shown they were a wildcard to keep watch over.

In 2003, New Zealand was supposed to visit Nairobi to play Kenya. However, the team decided to forfeit the points due to security concerns. Instead, Sri Lanka journeyed to Kenya’s cricket ground at the Gymkhana Club Ground.

As with the West Indies batting, Sri Lanka’s line-up also failed to combat Kenya’s bowlers, especially Collins Obuya.

During the game, Kenya took full advantage of playing on home territory, as they succeeded against Sri Lanka. This was Kenya’s most significant victory since their match against the West Indies in 1996.

Ireland VS England: 2011 Cricket World Cup

Score: Ireland 329-7 beat England 327-8 by three wickets

In Bangalore in 2011, Ireland had a brilliant triumph over England.

The event featured one of Bangalore’s Stadium’s thrilling encounters in cricket history. Ireland had the fastest run chase witnessed at the World Cup from Kevin O’ Brien.

Player of the match Kevin managed fifty in nine and turned the game around with a perfect batting display, which resulted in 13 fours and six sixes. Plus, a partnership with Alex Cusack of 162, hitting 113 off 63 balls.

England captain Andrew Strauss dropped on 91, and O’Brien succeeded the fastest century off 50 balls. Reportedly 16 less than the record set by Matthew Hayden, Australia’s opener, in the previous tournament.

Ireland winning against England was a shock for all and displayed a joyful match that Cricket players and fans alike would never forget.

Canada VS Bangladesh: Cricket World Cup 2003

Score: Bangladesh lost with 120 to Canada, which had 180 by 60 runs.

On 10th February 2003, Canadian Cricket supporters were bowled over by Canada’s unexpected triumph over Bangladesh. The Occasion marked Canada’s first ODI since 79 and first-ever World Cup Win.

To begin with, anyone watching the game would have ultimately expected Bangladesh to win against the newcomers. As Bangladesh bowled out the Canadians for 180 off 49.1 overs and Ian Billcliff achieved a top batting score of 42.

However, Austin Codrington, the Canadian Spinner, had other ideas for the match as he finished by taking 5 for 27. In turn, Canada annihilated the test playing nation. In total, 120 runs bowled Bangladesh out, and Canada won.

Sri Lanka VS India: 1979 World Cup

Score: Sri Lanka 238 for 6 in 60 overs beat India 191 in 54.1 overs by 47 runs.

India was one of the biggest cricketing nations. Sri Lanka at the time were only associate members of ICC, and this was their second world cup.

Despite Sri Lanka’s limited appearances in the international arena, the team always distinguished themselves with their spirited and determined performance on the field.

The team won against India as they merged an excellent batting line up with quick, strategic bowling. Subsequently, India fell to Group B’s bottom after also losing against New Zealand and the West Indies in previous matches.

By surveying the history of cricket, it’s easy to see anything can happen. And so, we shouldn’t always be so quick to put our eggs in the basket or our bets on teams that everyone assumes will win.

The examples above show impressive victories from cricket teams across the world. And that no expert cricket team should ever be so complacent to expect that minnows and underdogs can’t change the ranks.


Player Profile: Brett Lee

Former cricket player Brett Lee is an Australian cricketing icon known as one of the game’s quickest ever bowlers and a nightmare for opposition batsmen.

In what was the golden-age of Australian cricket, Lee stood as a tall pillar in what was the county’s greatest ever bowling lineup. Lee joined Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath as an Australian attacking onslaught during the early 2000’s.

Making his Test debut in 1999 vs India, Lee’s international career was off to a flyer, taking his maiden wicket in his first over for Australia, dismissing Sadagoppan Ramesh. Lee also managed to take the scalp of Indian great Rahul Dravid and ended his first innings with a five-wicket haul of 5/47 from 17 overs.

Lee quickly became a resounding fan favourite in rapid time, taking 13 wickets in his opening two test matches for an absurd average of 14.15.

The paceman went on to win the Donald Bradman Young Layer of the Year Award for Australia, capping off a brilliant beginning to a long, illustrious career.

The boy from Wollongong had soon become a world-renowned bowler, both with the new and old ball, and quickly made a name for middle as the most feared attacker in the game.

Lee transitioned fittingly into the One Day format and won Player of the Series in back to back years between 2003 and 2005, a period where he won A World Cup and was a member of the ICC’s ODI Team of the Year.

Lee was one of Cricket’s star to benefit the biggest from the introduction of the T20 format, with his menacing attack with the ball and ability to quickly add runs to the tail making him one of the game’s best.

It seemed each time Lee was able to adjust to a new format or tactic, it would soon compliment his ability elsewhere, with a stunning individual display in Edgbaston during the 2005 Ashes Test almost taking his country to what would have been an astonishing victory.

Lee won his first and only Allan Border Medal in 2008, a year that saw him collect 57 wickets and six five-wicket hauls across 117 innings in Test matches alone. He also added another 24 wickets across the One Day and T20 formats.

Lee’s resilience was unparalleled with in the game. The paceman struggled to find his place in Australia’s Ashes Test side of 2009 as part of the English Summer tour after coming back from injury.

After missing out on the series, Lee was selected in Australia’s ODI side and was soon back to his ruthless best, taking the most wickets for his country with 12 and added a five-wicket haul – becoming the first player to take two 5WI at Lords in ODI’s.

Unfortunately, patterns persisted with Lee being sidelined due to injury and eventually making miraculous returns to the ODI and T20 squads and thriving in the One-Day formats as his place in the Test side faded.

Lee’s focus on the newer formats prolonged his successful career in the game, becoming the second fastest Australian to tale 100 ODI wickets and was the first ever player to take a hat-trick in a Twenty20 International match.

Domestically, Lee was a prominent figure across the globe, starting his career as a young starlet for New South Wales before stints with Kings XI Punjab, Wellington, Kolkata Knight Riders, Sydney Sizers and Otago.

Lee announced his retirement from Test cricket in 2010, ending his career with 310 wickets across 76 tests, sitting fourth highest for Australian wicket takers behind Warne, McGrath and Dennis Lillee.

After 221 ODIs and 25 T20Is, Lee called time on his International career as tied McGrath on 380 ODI wickets, the highest by any Australian.

Lee continued his career shortly with a number of domestic clubs and soon moved into a media role as an analyst and game caller.

The spiky-haired youngster from the ‘Gong will forever be known as one of the greatest cricketers Australia has ever seen and one of the world’s best bowlers in the history of cricket.

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The emerging talent that can be crucial as England look to make 2021 a year to remember

English cricket is in a very healthy position right now and there will be a real hope that they can make 2021 a memorable year.​

They kick things off with a challenging tour to India in the next few months. That’s followed by a T20 World Cup, as well as a trip down under to take on Australia as they look to win the Ashes back, so it really should be exciting.​

A quick look at the latest cricket betting odds shows they are 11/4 to win the little urn and among the favourites for the T20 World Cup. So, it’s possible that it could be a period that is remembered forever in English cricket, if they can be successful on both fronts.​

Whilst there’s nothing wrong with dreaming, the reality is that it’s going to be a huge test for the players. Even though most of the squad for those fixtures already picks itself, there is still time for those on the fringes to force their way in. Plus, injuries and form can play a part over the coming months.

One man who is sure to have a significant role, though, both next year and for potentially the next decade or so, is Sam Curran.​

Of course, the 22-year-old has already made a name for himself in the game and he was the most expensive English player to play in the IPL, which highlights how high his reputation is across the globe. However, it’s important to remember that he is still a young player but even that’s exciting as he has the potential to improve.​

Ben Stokes has carried England somewhat over the years and there would always be a concern that, if he dropped out of the team, there’s no genuine alternative.​

And, whilst we don’t want to put extra pressure on Curran, he certainly has the qualities to become a talisman for the country if Stokes is absent. Pleasingly, that appears to be a role the Surrey man is relishing as he has already revealed that he sees the World Cup winner as an inspiration.​

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For the fans, the most exciting option would be getting the two all-rounders in the team together and that will be a prospect that frightens the opposition. Curran has proven with both bat and ball that he can deliver on the biggest stage and the upcoming events are a great setting to showcase his talents further.​

With the ferocious pace of Joffra Archer leading the bowling attack, backed up by the reliable Stuart Broad, England are always dangerous. Then, they boast accomplished batsmen and captains in Joe Root and Eoin Morgan in both formats of the game, with further quality in all positions. ​

But, the likes of Stokes and Curran just bring that something special to the team, as they’re capable of pulling off that match-winning shot or taking a crucial wicket.​

The world already knows about Stokes’ talents and in truth they already know what Curran can do. However, he may be able to elevate himself to the next level by helping England to victories in what is a massive 2021.

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Elite Cricket Players Discuss Changes in the Game

Quinton de Kock is a professional South African cricketer who took some break following the lockdown.

He believes that before the start of the tournament, he will be entirely ready to get back in the game. De Kock adds that there is sufficient time for him to resume his normal swing of things. However, it will be more challenging to prepare for the unfamiliar circumstances impacting the matches.

Moving the tournament from UAE to India implies a fundamental change in the nature of the competition. Whereas organizers proceed to work towards filling the stands to nearly fifty percent capacity, some matches may be played indoors. International cricket players must start getting used to playing in the presence of smaller crowds for the foreseeable future. This will be highly evident in the IPL this year since the exciting atmosphere often associated with Indian cricket game will be lacking.

Quinton de Kock notes that everyone will miss the feeling that comes with this atmosphere. Typically, the professional cricketer notes that each game is fully packed. However, de Kock stated that the presence or absence of a crowd does not bother him. Though the player believes he can do without the feeling of being in the stadium, he admits to missing the experience.

Rabada, another cricket player from South Africa, agreed that despite the sterilized setup, the quality of the game would be at an all-time high. He further remarked that it was interesting seeing the global cricket in England. The cricketer believes that at the end of the day, you like cricket due to the skill regardless of the crowds. Being a professional player, Rabada focuses on his skills, which ought to be entertaining people.

Whether the crowd is present or not, the players will be relishing the opportunity to prove their superiority over the others. Every cricketer will show their full potential since they are passionate about what they do. Rabada remarked that they are yet to know if the hype surrounding the game will be the same. Nonetheless, from a competitive standpoint, Rabada is convinced that everything will remain the same.

He believes that the flow of these competitive juices will be crucial, especially in the competition. Only the most courageous players will run into a bowl alongside the biggest stars in India, such as MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, with the wild crowd against you. Luckily, Rabada is the sort of player who relishes such competitions. Rabada mentioned that playing against players such as Dhoni and Kohli in front of incredible crowds is a precious moment.

It is difficult to explain as both parties want to prove a point to each other. Watching the way the crowd supports those cricketers offers an opportunity that you cannot undervalue. It is exciting, and your adrenaline kicks in and keeps you going. A-list sportspeople can find their inspiration from different things. It is unsurprising that de Kock takes on a different perspective. Whereas Rabada is famous for being an emotional cricket player, his captain likes to keep out the noise to concentrate on the task at hand.

Rabada says he sees them just like any other person. He acknowledged that they are big players in India. However, Rabada believes they all own a badge and are focused on the same goal. It is only logical that someone who has taken such responsibility in the field has figured out how to ease the pressure. Having always merged the duties of a crucial batsman with putting on the gloves as a wicket-keeper, Kagiso Rabada has, in the recent past, taken over as the white-ball captain of South Africa. Balancing those two disciplines for South Africa and Mumbai, together with his latest leadership position, can be viewed as a challenging prospect. Rabada has never found this to be a challenge. He has been batting and keeping his entire life and, in the process, found himself managing all these tasks. This time it’s no different as he has not been requested to bowl. If Rabada became the South African’s Test captain, then that would be challenging.

It would have presented him with a significant amount of responsibilities. However, he is perfectly content as a white-ball captain. Rabada has done this before during the Under-19 level. Following the most extended break from their careers, professional cricketers are immediately positioned for a swift change from no games to lots of them. Consequently, it can be those with that sort of adaptability and even temperament that do exceptionally well.

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Sunrisers claim first win of the season with 15 run victory over Delhi Capitals

Hyderabad (162/4) have handed the Capitals (147/7) their first loss of the IPL season in the same match the Sunrisers claim their first victory, with the home side winning by 15 runs.

Hyderabad were sent into bat after Delhi won the toss, with opening pair David Warner and Jonny Bairstow combining for a 77-run first-wicket partnership.

The Australian went for 45 runs off 33 deliveries, hitting five boundaries until he was dismissed in the 10th over after edging a reverse sweep attempt behind to Capitals keeper Rishabh Pant off leg-spinner Amit Mishra. First drop Manish Pandey managed just three runs before a top edge shot to Kagiso Rabada gave Mishra his second wicket, welcoming Kane Williamson to the crease.

Williamson and Bairstow put together a 52-run partnership until the 18th over, with the Englishman being dismissed for 53 runs from 48 balls. Williamson continued to look deadly for the Sunrisers, knocking 41 from 26 deliveries. The New Zealand captain was dismissed with two balls to spare in his side’s innings.

Abdul Samad and Abhishek Sharma ended the innings not out, scoring 12 (7) and 1 (1) respectively. Rabada and Mishra were the only two wicket-takers for Delhi, with the batting side ending the 20 overs on 162/4. The South African went for 21 runs off his four overs, while Mishra went for 35 for his spell.

Anrich Nortje and Ishant Sharma proved to be costly for Delhi, with the South African ending a four over spell with 40 runs next to his name. Sharma opened the bowling and ended the innings with 26 runs from his three overs. Australian Marcus Stoinis and all-rounder Axar Patel went for 22/0 and 14/0 respectively. 

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As the change of innings came, the Capitals were going to need a strong start to their chase as Hyderabad planned to transition their confident batting display into an attacking onslaught with the ball in-hand.

Unfortunately for Delhi, their opening partnership failed to last the opening over as batsman Prithvi Shaw was dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar for just two runs from five balls. Shaw edged a passing delivery behind to Bairstow, giving the Sunrisers an early victory.

First drop Shreyas Iyer joined Shikhar Dharwan at the crease, with the partnership adding 40 runs until the eighth over. Iyer was soon dismissed off a menacing Rashid Khan delivery, with the batsman being caught by Abdul Samad for 17 runs.

Dhawan continued his onslaught alongside Pant, before the Indian opener was caught behind, giving Khan his second wicket of the game. Dhawan left the pitch with 34 runs from 31 deliveries.

Incoming batsman Shimron Hetmyer and Pant looked comfortable together at the crease, adding 42 runs before the West Indies striker was caught by Manish Pandey off a Kumar delivery. The Capitals sat at 104/4 off 15.1 overs, needing 59 from from their final 29 deliveries. Australian all-rounder Stoinis joined Pant at the crease, only for the keeper to go out in the next over.

Pant was caught by Priyam Garg for 28 runs to give Khan a third wicket of his spell, leaving Stoinis and Patel at the crease needing 36 runs from 20 deliveries. The Australian was soon the next piece to fall, ending his stint with just 11 runs as Delhi continued their chase with two overs to spare.

Patel failed to take advantage of the Sunrisers’ attack, while tail-ender Rabada quickly moved to 15 from 7 deliveries. Patel was dismissed with three balls to go, bringing Nortje to the crease. The Capitals required 25 from the final three deliveries, and the victory was sown up for Hyderabad.

The Capitals ended 7 wickets for 147, 15 runs short of their target, handing the Sunrisers their first win of the campaign, with Rashid Khan winning Man of the Match honours for his three wicket spell, conceding just 14 runs from four overs.

Kumar added two wickets of his own, bowling 25/2 off four overs, while Khaleel Ahmed (43/1) and Thangarau Natarajan (25/1) also had a hand in the dismissals. Sharma ended his four wicket spell with 34 runs against his name without taking a wicket.

Hyderabad moved to a 1-2 record in sixth while Delhi sit in second with a 2-1 start. The Sunrisers will look ahead to their clash against Chennai Super Kings in a couple of days time, while Delhi will host Kolkata Knight Riders on the weekend.


Top 4 contenders for the Orange Cap in IPL 2020

The 13th and 2020 edition of IPL is all set to commence from September 19 this year. The event is scheduled to be take place in United Arab Emirates where the pitches closely resemble the kinds that are prepared in India. A good number of batsmen taking part in the league would be looking forward to put their firepower on display.

We took stock of all the batsmen expected to join the action and have attempted shortlisting four possible contenders for the Orange Cap in the upcoming tournament. It’s worth noting that each one of these players is not just a huge favourite in the real sports betting world, but in the virtual sports betting markets too. Below are our picks:

Virat Kohli

The captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore had a fairly average IPL 2019 irrespective of scoring a 100. Looking back, he actually found his touch only towards the end of that event, and by that time RCB was pushed far below many teams in the table. However, Virat Kohli continues to be a force to reckon with in all three formats of the game. He still holds the record for scoring maximum number of runs, 973 to be precise (in IPL 2016) in any single IPL. Kohli is very capable of repeating that performance and would be itching to go after the bowlers. Therefore, he is definitely a strong contender for Orange Cap in IPL 2020.

Rohit Sharma

Just like Kohli, Sharma too had an average IPL 2019 with the bat. In fact, he never really came across as being present at the crease. But he was completely on the money when it came to the captainship responsibilities, something that was good enough to land Mumbai Indians their 4th IPL title. Unlike Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma has never managed to win the Orange Cap in IPL. In fact, the only batsman in Mumbai Indians who has ever won an Orange Cap is none other than Sachin Tendulkar. Rohit would be looking forward to correct that anomaly and also win another IPL title for Mumbai in the process.

David Warner

IPL’s Orange Cap and David Warner are no strangers to each other! In fact, the Australian has won it thrice, more than any other player in the history of the tournament – in 2019, 2017 and 2015, having scored 692 runs, 641 runs and 562 runs respectively. Chris Gayle comes close second with two Orange Caps. Warner, who is also the captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad has been in excellent nick and would be very keen on winning it the fourth time too.

KL Rahul

Ever since he joined Kings XI Punjab, KL Rahul has become a completely different player. He will be captaining the Punjab side in IPL 2020 and would be eager to lead from the front in the batting department. The talented batsman has the mental strength to handle the pressure of being their captain as well as premier batsman, and would be hoping to help them win their maiden IPL title in UAE. An Orange Cap would undoubtedly be the perfect icing on the cake!


Who are the Best Wicketkeeper Batsmen in Test Cricket?

The primary job of a wicketkeeper is to provide a safe pair of hands behind the wicket, but if they can also contribute a lot of runs with the bat, it can be a huge bonus for a team.​

Adam Gilchrist saved so many innings when he arrived at the crease in the middle order for Australia in the 90s and 00s, while Alec Stewart had a very good batting average for England.​

Here is a look at some of the best wicketkeeper batsmen in Test cricket today.​

Jos Buttler (England)

​Jos Buttler is one of the most explosive batsmen in all formats of the game. If he didn’t keep wicket for England, he would be in the team as a specialist batsman. It is a huge bonus then for them that he is able to field as their wicket-keeper, a role he has grown into.​

Buttler has 17 half-centuries for England in Test cricket. He is able to provide quick runs for his team if required to do so.​

Although his form has not been great in 2020, he is a very dangerous batsman, as he showed against India in 2018 when he scored 106 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.​

Buttler will be hoping he can play a big part in helping regain the Ashes Down Under in 2021. England are 11/4 in the cricket betting for the 2021/22 Ashes series so they need their best players to step up in what is going to be a tough challenge for them.​

Tim Paine (Australia)

​Australia have had a lot of success over the last couple of years in Test cricket and a large amount of credit has to go to their captain, Tim Paine. The 35-year-old wicketkeeping batsman has not only done a great job of leading the team, he has been very consistent with the gloves and bat.​

Although he is not as explosive as Gilchrist, Paine has proved to be a big asset for Australia in the middle order. The Aussie skipper has so often been able to steady the ship for his side when needed.​

His best score so far in Test cricket is 92, which came against India in Mohali in the First Test of that overseas series in 2010.​

Rishabh Pant (India)

​The youngest player on this list is India’s Rishabh Pant. The 22-year-old is one of the most exciting young stars in world cricket.​

Pant took over the wicketkeeping role from MS Dhoni so he has had big gloves to fill, but he has got off to a fantastic start.​

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In the series against West Indies in 2019, Pant became the fastest wicket-keeper to pick up 50 dismissals in Test cricket, beating the previous record set by his predecessor, Dhoni.​

Pant’s batting average is currently 44.35 which says a lot about his form with the bat. If he continues on the projection he is going, he has a great chance of becoming the undisputed number one wicket-keeper batsman in world cricket over the next couple of years.​

All three of the above batsmen will be in contention for being named in the ICC Test team of the year at the end of 2020.