Toss Chennai Super Kings opted to bat against Sunrisers Hyderabad
For the first time since 2010, Chennai Super Kings are being captained by someone other than MS Dhoni, who took part in a pre-match football warm-up ahead of the game but was rested from this match after pulling up with back spasms in Super Kings’ last game.
Suresh Raina took up the leadership role in his absence, and Sam Billings will keep wickets for Super Kings, who came into this game on a winning streak, but with a couple of injury worries in their ranks. Harbhajan Singh, suffering from a stiff neck, did not travel to Kolkata for their last game, though Dhoni’s absence could be the trickier proposition for them. Mitchell Santner also missed out today, with Karn Sharma replacing him.
David Warner had put Sunrisers Hyderabad’s stunning collapse in their last game down to a lack of experience in the batting order, and to that end, Sunrisers have brought back the experienced head of Yusuf Pathan to their middle order. There was no space for Abhishek Sharma, with left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem also returning to the playing XI.
Stuck at the lower end of the points table after a string of defeats, Sunrisers will hope the changes will spark a change in their fortunes against a team they don’t have a particularly good record against, having lost the last eight games they have played against Super Kings.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 1 David Warner, 2 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Vijay Shankar, 5 Deepak Hooda, 6 Yusuf Pathan, 7 Shahbaz Nadeem, 8 Rashid Khan, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Sandeep Sharma, 11 Khaleel Ahmed
Chennai Super Kings: 1 Shane Watson, 2 Faf du Plessis, 3 Suresh Raina (capt), 4 Ambati Rayudu, 5 Sam Billings (wk), 6 Kedar Jadhav, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Karn Sharma, 9 Deepak Chahar, 10 Shardul Thakur, 11 Imran Tahir
Eoin Morgan’s brutal 148 demolishes Afghanistan | Cricket
England 397 for 6 (Morgan 148, Bairstow 90, Naib 3-68) beat Afghanistan 247 for 8 (Shahidi 76, Archer 3-52) by 150 runs
That England decimated another attack, posted a massive total and batted their opponents out of the game is only surprising to someone who hasn’t followed Eoin Morgan‘s side over the past four years. But even for avid enthusiasts of the 50-over game, the brutality of Tuesday’s assault, led by the England captain himself, was so gruesome one might have been forgiven for wanting to look away by the end of the first innings. England blitzed their way to 397, 198 scored in the final 15, 148 smashed by Morgan in 16 overs he was at the crease. Afghanistan were reduced to batting out the overs, which, admirably though they did so, still meant they came up short by 150 runs in the end.
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The records tumbled off the page far easier than they rolled off the tongue: most sixes by an ODI player for Morgan (17) – most sixes by an ODI team (25), highest score for England at a World Cup (397), most expensive bowling figures at a World Cup for Rashid Khan (9-0-110-0) and the most sixes conceded by an individual bowler (Rashid Khan with 11). Morgan took the attack to Afghanistan almost as soon as he walked in to bat; the platform had been set in the first 30 overs by Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root, and the only thing they lacked was the impetus required to push a 300-score into something far more daunting.
Fair to say that was achieved, then. With Morgan hitting just about every fourth ball of his innings for six – 17 were deposited over the rope in 71 balls – Afghanistan were up against a man who had prepared for an innings like this by nursing for four years. Rashid Khan, who Gulbadin Naib had held back for this stage of the innings, had the heaviest punishment inflicted upon him, seeing the ball fly to the fence no fewer than 11 times. He conceded 74 in his last four overs, and 110 overall, with Afghanistan paying the price of failing to take early wickets. With the Morgan given the freedom of Old Trafford in the final 20, carnage was always possible.
Prior to the bloodbath, however, England had been curiously sedate, as if wary of finding themselves turned over on a day they couldn’t quite field their best eleven. Jason Roy had been ruled out with a hamstring injury, and (ridiculous as it sounds now) Morgan’s availability wasn’t quite a guarantee, still not fully recovered from the back injury that had kept him from batting against West Indies.
The first Powerplay saw England score 46 runs – the lowest since the 2015 World Cup – with Mujeeb ur Rehman keeping things tight at one end and Dawlat Zadran removing James Vince after the batsman had played a characteristically charming cameo.
Bairstow and Root, who ended up with an anonymous 88 in the larger context, began to push through the gears, but it still wasn’t the no-consequences cricket England have championed in the past four years. They were holding something back, you sensed, but when Morgan walked in after Bairstow fell 10 runs short of his hundred, the hosts were finally free.
What could Gulbadin Naib know of the beast he unleashed when he overstepped second ball of the 32nd over. It seemed like just another sloppy error – it wasn’t like Afghanistan hadn’t made plenty of those in the field anyway. Catches had been put down, ones had been allowed to turn into twos and balls had been dived over. But that no-ball meant Morgan would have a free-hit off the eighth ball he faced – he had scored just one off seven till then. He clubbed it over cow corner for six, and then treated every ball that followed as if it were a free-hit.
This may be Afghanistan’s heaviest defeat in the tournament, but there was much to admire about how they went about their innings. Fully aware they wouldn’t chase it down, they opted not to address the target at all, instead putting together a fine ODI innings in its own right, the type they’ve lacked in the tournament thus far. It’s been a competition marked by unrest, infighting, accusations and recriminations, but this is the Afghanistan fans were hoping would turn up all tournament. It was more representative of the Afghanistan of 2019; what we’ve seen much too often at this World Cup thus far is the lazy, uninformed caricature.
Naib, surprisingly opening the batting alongside Noor Ali Zadran, strung together a breezy little innings of 37 that meant, somewhat amusingly, that Afghanistan had outscored England in the first Powerplay. While these were small victories, they’d be the biggest Afghanistan were likely to enjoy; England’s bowlers are much too good to allow the type of carnage that was required for Afghanistan to get anywhere near what England had posted.
Hashmatullah Shahidi, as is his wont, took charge of the middle overs, preventing things from falling apart while building partnerships with Rahmat Shah and Asghar Afghan, the occasional acceleration giving off the impression they would tee off from time to time, but never quite managing to do so. Jofra Archer and Mark Wood kept Afghanistan on their toes with express pace, and a couple of damaged helmets had the scars to prove it. Ultimately, however, the scarring belonged to the bowlers who had fronted up to an England captain in the sort of form most cricketers are happy to find themselves in once in a lifetime.
That they ended up with 247, the highest score by an Afghanistan side at a World Cup, will be scant consolation as their tournament begins to draw to a close. England’s, on the other hand, may only just have begun.
Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000
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Marcus Stoinis on course for recall as Australia brace for Bangladesh threat
Marcus Stoinis could return to the Australian team for Thursday’s group game against Bangladesh after a side strain forced him to miss two matches. The allrounder bowled and batted during training at Trent Bridge and, while Justin Langer said Stoinis wasn’t certain to play in the next match, he has allayed initial fears he could be ruled out for the remainder of the tournament.
“Not definitely, he’s a chance,” said Langer, when asked about the likelihood of Stoinis’ imminent return. “It looked like he moved really well batting.
“We’ve been monitoring him. He’s an elite athlete, he’s an elite professional. He’s done everything possible to get himself fit. He wouldn’t give up the opportunity for anything, would he? He’s determined so it doesn’t surprise me with where he’s at now. It’s a credit to him, it’s a credit to the medical staff that are getting him up. So hopefully he can have a real impact on the tournament.”
Stoinis’ absence forced Australia to tinker with the balance of the side for their game against Pakistan and Sri Lanka and, while they won both games, the bowling depth was challenged, with Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith and even Aaron Finch chiming in.
“We’ve played really well with another balance,” said Langer. “We played in India and Dubai with two spinners. I’m really confident with whatever balance we go in. it’s actually really exciting.”
“We said at the start of the tour that we’ve got lots of options, very adaptable and that’s our strength not our weakness. I get the sense some people think that’s our weakness. I actually think it’s our strength that we can play according to our opposition, we can play accordingly to grounds, we can play according to managing players.”
“That’s a strength, not a weakness.”
Nathan Coulter-Nile is fully fit and available for Thursday’s match after missing the Sri Lanka game due to back tightness.
“With his history and his back, and he is getting a bit tight in his back. he played three games [in seven days] and I don’t think he has done that for a long time. He’s fit and he’s certainly fit to play the next game.”
Adam Zampa sat out Australia’s last two matches while Nathan Lyon has yet to play in the World Cup but Langer was comfortable with the decision to rely on part-timers rather than playing specialist spinners if conditions and the balance of the side favoured such an approach.
“That was more brought upon us because ‘Stoin’ became injured,” said Langer. “What was more exciting was how the two quicks took wickets in the middle overs. We know in one-day cricket you’ve got to take wickets in the middle overs. There’s not many wickets falling up front in this tournament. And the way our quicks pulled it back in the middle overs against Pakistan and Sri Lanka was brilliant.
“That’s something for us to think about as well in these conditions. It’s been pace that’s dominated the tournament. Over the last few years it’s been spin that’s dominated one-day cricket. That might change – it’s been wet, it’s been overcast, the wickets get a bit drier. This one looks dry. That’s been the trend so far and it’s worked really well.
“It might change when we get to Old Trafford for example. We might look at playing two spinners if it’s a dry wicket. It’s good to have those options.”
But before thoughts can turn to Manchester there is the considerable task of facing Bangladesh, who travelled to Nottingham on Tuesday, fresh from an emphatic win over West Indies in Taunton. Shakib Al Hasan comes into this match in outrageous form: he has two centuries and two half-centuries in four innings in the tournament so far, in addition to taking five wickets.
“Well, we’ve got our plans against him, but he’s playing well,” said Langer. “I think he is the No.1 allrounder in the world, it’s no surprise. He’s a very good cricketer. But we’ll be prepared for him.”
Shakib and Bangladesh provide an intriguing challenge for Australia. They have not toured Australia for a bilateral series since 2008, which has been something of a sore point for Bangladesh cricket. At a time when Bangladesh have improved immensely as a one-day side, many of their players are still relatively unknown to the Australians, unlike most other teams in this World Cup.
“We haven’t played against them and when we do play against them they are usually in their conditions,” said Langer. “We’ve watched them closely, we’ve researched them closely. It’s a really important game for us in the scheme of the competition. They all are, but this one in particular, the way it’s starting to open up a little bit on the table. We’ll be well prepared and all our boys know that.”
Recent Match Report – Yorkshire vs Warwickshire, County Championship Division One, 1st Innings
Warwickshire 192 for 5 (Sibley 60) trail Yorkshire 259 (Patterson 60, Hannon-Dalby 5-76, Miles 4-44) by 67 runs
There are times when cricket is defined by tumbling stumps, frenzied tension and the arcs of Eoin Morgan’s sixes. And there are those days when maiden overs, skilful leaves and the patience of saints are more than enough. These three sessions at York were notable for the latter and they offered almost perfect satisfaction to the spectators sitting under the wonderful white poplars on the far side of the ground, even as most of them yearned for the fall of visiting wickets. They will not forget this day at Clifton Park and neither will Rob Yates, a 19-year-old Warwickshire batsman who fell one short of a maiden fifty after over three hours in which his every stroke proclaimed a determination not to yield.
Yet just as the evening crowd were ready to applaud the first major achievement of Yates’ career, his moment was stolen by a cricketer 16 years his senior whose value to Yorkshire appears to increase with every match he plays. In the morning session Steve Patterson‘s 60 had helped his side post 259, which most thought a competitive score on a pitch offering bounce and carry. Yet deep in the evening session it seemed that Yates and Dom Sibley‘s 101-run stand for the second Warwickshire wicket would erode that advantage much as water wears down stone. But Patterson is also a patient man.
Yorkshire’s captain brought himself back for his third spell of the day at the City End. In his fourth over he bowled Sibley off the inside edge for 60 when the opener played an ungainly defensive shot outside the off stump. Six overs later the left-handed Yates pushed at a ball slanted across him and was caught at slip by Tom Kohler-Cadmore. Adam Hose survived his first ball before immediately playing around an in-ducker and falling leg before. By the close Matt Lamb had perished in the slips off David Willey, thus completing the loss of four wickets for 27 runs in ten overs. The day ended with Warwickshire on 192 for 5, the new ball due early in the morning and both sides hoping tomorrow’s weather forecast is wide of the mark.
Yet if our cricket ended with Yorkshire’s cricketers suddenly buoyed by the fall of wickets, its heart had been dominated by the stand between Sibley and Yates, two young batsmen in a top order suddenly devoid of seniority. Indeed, many familiar figures at Edgbaston – Jonathan Trott, Keith Barker, Boyd Rankin – are suddenly absent and a Bears top order lacking Ian Bell is like a plate of eggs royale without salmon. The old solidities, the old pedigree are missing and in this context the batting of Yates and Sibley assumes fresh significance.
Their partnership blunted Yorkshire’s attack and it even quietened the 380 corporate hospitality guests, although almost nothing could silence the stentorian auctioneer during the intervals, when he boomed out like Brian Blessed addressing the partially hearing.
Sibley’s innings was replete with the defiance Edgbaston supporters have come to expect. The opener’s nine championship innings before today had yielded 426 runs including two centuries and his powerful flourishes though the leg side were also par for his course. Yates’ effort, by contrast, turned fresh earth. The 19-year-old had managed only 90 runs in seven visits prior to this match and his innings today offered encouragement even as it ended in disappointment. Yet Yates still needed the luck that fortifies any young cricketer. Most notably this came in the form of the straightforward chance dropped by Adam Lyth off Patterson when he had only a single to his name.
Thus reprieved he went on to cut Willey over the slips and cover-drive Jordan Thompson for fours, but the quality of Yates’ batting consisted more in the good balls he defended or simply let go. To watch his mid-afternoon duel with James Logan, Yorkshire’s 21-year-old left-arm spinner, was to see two young cricketers at important stages of their development. And you may be assured most of the crowd realised it.
For if the cricket at Clifton Park might be dismissed as slow in this 17-sixes-a-pop era, it prompted no discontent among the thousands on the ground for whom such contests are custom-built delight. They had enjoyed the morning’s play, too, when for nearly 90 minutes Patterson and Logan had batted with the prudence of Yorkshiremen squirrelling a few quid away in their building society accounts. Regular accretion was preferable to risky punts.
This was no boisterous, end-of-term thrash but a considered alliance between batsmen who trusted each other during their 48-run stand for the ninth wicket. Only three boundaries had been struck, none of them in front of the wicket before Patterson lost his off stump when trying to cut Oliver Hannon-Dalby. He had made 60, which was only his fourth first-class fifty, but he had batted like a skipper who knew the value of his runs and a bowler who would have to defend the total he was compiling. And deep in the evening Patterson was doing precisely that.
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