India Women have won all their 4 matches © IANSIn the match No. 18 of ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017, India will face South Africa. The match is scheduled to be played at the Grace Road, Leicester. The streaming will be available on Hotstar, while the live telecast of the match will be available on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD. India are currently at No. 2 in the points table, winning all their four matches while South Africa are at the fifth position of the points table, winning two of their four. South Africa lost to England in their last game, while India defeated Sri Lanka in their previous game. READ: ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, Points Table, Team Standings & Match Results India, on their way so far, defeated England, West Indies, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to pull off a flawless run so far. They have been exceptional with bat, ball as well as on the field. In their previous match, they defended a par score of 232 for 8 against Sri Lanka, courtesy Jhulan Goswami and Poonam Yadav. On the other hand, South Africa were handed a 68-run defeat by England in their previous match. Chasing a mammoth total of 373 for 5 put up by England, three half-centuries from Laura Woolvardt, Lizelle Lee and Dane van Niekark could only take South Africa to 305 for 9 in their 50 overs.
de Kock registers second fastest fifty at Lords © Getty ImagesQuinton de Kock scored the second fastest fifty at the iconic Lord’s. Coming at 244 for 6, launching an onslaught was the only alternative de Kock had and he punished the English bowlers. It all began when de Kock romped three consecutive boundaries off Stuart Broad: he followed a whip past mid-wicket with two delightful square-drives. However, he had more appetite for quick runs, especially against Broad, producing an encore of three boundaries. With only 3 wickets before his team would fold, de Kock sensed urgency and shimmed down twice, off Moeen Ali, for two more boundaries. All the same, James Anderson had him caught at backward-point for 51. South Africa went for lunch with 135 runs more to clear deficit, with 3 wickets remaining. Temba Bavuma scored his seventh fifty but could not add many to his overnight score. Moeen Ali made Bavuma his third scalp, taking his overall tally to 101 wickets. In fact, it was the night watchman Kagiso Rabada who provided resistance. He drove, walloped, heaved, shimmied down, flicked and whatnot to leave the Englishmen flummoxed, scoring 27 off 55. He became Liam Dawson’s first scalp, edging one in a quest to guide it past the first-slip. At the crease are Vernon Philander and Keshav Maharaj, the duo who had added 72 for the eight wicket at Perth against Australia. With the track losing its zing and the ball coming onto the bat neatly, they should not face difficulty emulating what they had done Down Under. Philander is unbeaten on 21, scoring 2 boundaries.With the new ball taken right after the 80th over, it has already started to lose it shine. England would look to wrap up the innings, before the South African tail inflict more pain. Brief scores England 458 all-out (Joe Root 190, Moeen Ali 87; Morne Morkel 4 for 115) lead South Africa 323 for 8 (Dean Elgar 54, Temba Bavuma 59, Quinton de Kock 51; Moeen Ali 3 for 39, James Anderson 2 for 44) by 135 runs. Full scorecard
Although he belongs to the other part of the nation, Liverpool Football Club’s Adam Lallana made full use of the post football season break as he travelled all the way to London. No, he did not do so to join some other football club in London like the big giants Arsenal, Chelsea or Tottenham Hotspur, but to enjoy some cricketing action. Yes, and why not! He is an English-born footballer, and cricket being his national game, it was quite obvious for him. However, it was not just to watch the match, as he also gave a surprise visit to England‘s new Test skipper Joe Root, and also met all-rounder Moeen Ali in the process. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs South Africa 2017, 1st Test at Lord’s It all happened on Thursday, on Day 1 of the first of the three-Test series between England and South Africa at Lord’s, after the day’s play. He went inside the pavilion without a jacket and tie, which is against the rules of Lord’s, while he met Moeen along with Liam Dawson as well. Later, he also met Root, who was the star of the day, scoring a century on his debut innings as the England skipper. He also clicked some pictures along with the players. He scored 184* but @root66 still had time to tap up @officialAL20 for a move to Sheffield United… pic.twitter.com/GvN6rCGror — England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 6, 2017 3 gun footballers! great to see and meet @officiallallana at the test today! @daws128 A post shared by Moeen Ali (@moali) on Jul 6, 2017 at 12:39pm PDT Nevertheless, Lallan was not charged by the officials at the Lord’s for violating the dress code conducts. According to an MCC spokesman, “The picture was taken five feet into the building and he didn’t go further, so not an issue.” The dress code regulations of the MCC is given below: Gentlemen shall wear lounge suits or tailored jacket and trousers, shirt, tie or cravat and formal shoes with socks. Gentlemen will not be admitted to the Pavilion, including the Pavilion Concourse, unless, on entrance, their dress conforms to this Regulation. Religious, traditional or national dress, or service uniform, is permitted. The following items of clothing are unacceptable: • Any form of casual shoe; such as beach-style flip-flops, trainers, espadrilles, plimsolls or any shoe with a rubber-style toe-cap.• Sandals and shoes worn without socks.• Denim jeans and other denim clothing.• Combat- or cargo-style trousers.• Zip-up jackets or anoraks (without a tailored jacket).• Pullovers or cardigans (unless worn under a tailored jacket).• Fleeces and body-warmers (unless worn under a tailored jacket).• T-shirts or singlets.• Torn, ripped or unclean clothing.• Shorts.• Tracksuits.• Garments in military camouflage colours.
New Zealand Women are at No. 4 in the points table © Getty ImagesPakistan Women will take on New Zealand Women in match No. 17 of ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2017. The match is scheduled to be played at the County Ground, Taunton. Viewers in New Zealand can watch streaming of this match on fanpass.co.nz. In Pakistan, the match would be shown on PTV and Ten Sports, while the streaming will be available on Sony LIV. New Zealand Women are currently at No. 4 in the points table with two victories from their four matches, while Pakistan Women are at No. 7 in the points table and have not been able to win any match so far in the tournament. READ: ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, Points Table, Team Standings & Match Results Pakistan Women, in their last match, were handed a 159-run defeat by the table-toppers Australia Women. Chasing a target of 290, Pakistan were bundled for 131, where 7 batters posted single-digit scores. Only skipper Sana Mir showed some defense, scoring 45 runs. New Zealand, on the other hand, are coming from an easy 8-wicket victory against West Indies. They first restricted their opponents at 150 in 43 overs and then chased it down in 18.2 overs. Rachel Priest and Suzie Bates were at their best with the bat, while Lea Tahuhu and Leigh Kasperek’s 3-fors were elemental in that victory.
Kagiso Rabada (Image courtesy: AFP)Former South African skipper Graeme Smith strongly criticised the suspension of fast bowler Kagiso Rabada from the second Test. Rabada earned a demerit point for swearing at English all-rounder Ben Stokes after dismissing him on Day One of the Lord’s Test. He was already in the bad books for a shove on Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella in January. The ICC’s code of conduct sees Rabada being banned from the Trent Bridge Test. ALSO READ: Kagiso Rabada suspended for 2nd Test at Trent Bridge “It’s ridiculous. No-one wrote about it, no-one spoke about it. It was only because it was on the stump mic that it’s become a thing,” said Smith to ESPNCricinfo. Rabada was heard uttering “f*** off” to Stokes. Smith does not think the the issue was serious enough to earn the South African bowler another demerit point. Speaking to Test Match Special, Smith added, “It could have been handled better. I don’t think it was aimed at Ben Stokes. I just think it was out of frustration. If it wasn’t picked up by the stump mics he wouldn’t have been done.” Former England skipper Michael Vaughan also criticised the ICC’s. Expressing his disgust, he tweeted, “Rababa Suspended for 1 match for a couple of Words ….. Give me a break … what about the continuous slow over rates @icc !????????” Rabada has quickly emerged as South Africa’s spearhead in absence of Dale Steyn and has already claimed a 3-for in the ongoing Test. He also contributed with a crucial 27 in the first innings that gave South African innings some normalcy. He is expected to play a crucial role in the second innings as well.
CoA member Vinod Rai (left) and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri (Image courtesy: AFP)Mumbai: The BCCI committee on Lodha Reforms today included demarcation of functions performed by honorary office-bearers and paid professionals to the list of reservations it has about the implementation of the Supreme Court order. The other three points are ‘One State One Vote’, Cooling off period of three years after every tenure and also doing away with ‘Cooling off period’ for Apex Council members (as and when Lodha Reforms are implemented). ALSO READ: Anurag Thakur: Manohar personally dictated a portion of my affidavit However, it was bad luck for ‘Special Invitee’ Niranjan Shah, whose demand for inclusion of the age cap of 70 years, didn’t figure in the four-point reservations. Also Jatin Paranjpe and Gagan Khoda’s chances of re-entry into the selection committee look dim as the five-member panel also does not figure in the priority list. However, the most notable point was the demand for segregation between office-bearers and paid professionals. The role of an honorary secretary, which currently Amitabh Chaudhary is performing, is at times directly clashing with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Rahul Johri. “We have been able to reduce our reservations from seven to four points. One of the points is the dynamics involving powers and functions between office-bearers and professionals. That needs a review. That’s the view of special committee,” Chaudhary told reporters without elaborating further. In earlier regimes, the president, secretary and treasurer wielded a lot of power being executive functionaries with the supreme authority in decision making — both administrative and financial. However, the Lodha reforms have suggested a lot of power being rested with the CEO. Johri, in fact, had once convened a selection committee meeting at the behest of the Committee of Administrators (COA), something that didn’t go down well with the former Jharkhand top cop. While Chaudhary has been convening meetings after that but there was lot of tension in the BCCI as it is the secretary, who has been the convenor of selection committee meetings. On COA’s insistence, Johri has also been a part of a core group that dealt with the Anil Kumble-Virat Kohli controversy leading to former stepping down from his post. On One State One Vote, Chaudhary said: “The special committee humbly considered all aspects of it and thought that the order putting into effect ‘One State One Vote’ may be reconsidered with a view that the present members of the BCCI continue to remain members at the same time enroll new members from the new members following due procedure so that’s our present prayer to the SC.”
Lizelle Lee missed her 2nd ODI 100 by 8 runs © Getty ImagesMithali Raj after winning her fourth consecutive toss in a row invited South Africa to bat in their ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 tie. Regarded as a batters paradise in the tournament so far, Grace Road Ground in Leicester found two familiar opponents clash once again in Match No.18. After a lull in the initial overs, it was Lizelle Lee storm that hit the Indian side to surrender. Lizelle’s attacking batting ensured that Mithali and her girls were caught off guard and were seen searching for ideas. It took a bit of luck and some tight bowling by the likes of Poonam Yadav, Shikha Pandey and Harmanpreet Kaur restricted South African side to 273 for 9. It was a rare failure for Laura Wolvaardt in this match after Shikha Pandey cleaned her up for 1 courtesy an in-swinging thunderbolt that rocked her off stump. Trisha Chetty along with Lizelle Lee consolidated and paid their respects to some tight bowling early on. Just as things were looking bleak for South Africa, Lizelle tore into the Indian attack, smacking Shikha and Jhulan Goswami for plenty. Her onslaught saw Mithali bring in Ekta Bisht even before the end of Powerplay. That too did not stop Lizelle as she pounded Ekta for 16 in her second over; to make things worse Trisha from the other end too started an assault on Poonam Yadav. Lizelle brought up her 12th ODI fifty in just 44 balls, inclusive of 5 fours and 4 sixes. Soon, after some tight overs, Trisha trying to break away the shackles ended up handing Jhulan a simple catch at mid off against Ekta. This also brought an end to the 91-run stand for the 2nd wicket. Her brought Mignon du Preez in the middle, with Lizelle going great guns. Lizelle continued to blast the likes of Ekta and Deepti Sharma for fours and sixes at will. He seventh six brought up 50th six in Women’s ODI as well, second after West Indies’ deandra Dottin. Lizelle was unlucky to be given leg before on the score of 92 (65) against Harmanpreet Kaur’s optimistic yet forceful appeal. Her innings included 10 fours and 7 sixes. Marizanne Kapp joined Mignon in the middle. The pair added 26 runs before Poonam Yadav outfoxed Mignon. Deceived in the air, she danced down the wicket only find herself stumped by Sushma Verma for 22. Skipper Dane van Niekerk came out at No.5. Harmanpreet brought Marizanne’s 30-ball stay in the middle to an end cleaning her up for 19. Sune Luus was lucky to be dropped on 0 by Sushma on her second ball. She along with Dane got South Africa score past the 200-run mark. Sune trying to hit her out of the park perished handing Jhulan Goswami her first wicket. A length ball on offer by Jhulan, Sune tried to whack the ball over the off side could only manage the fielder for a 31-ball 16. New batswomen, Chloe Tyron, on the other hand complimented her skipper quite well. She did not hesitate to use the long handle in the death overs. Dane reached her fifty in 61 balls; fifth overall. Dane became Shikha’ third wicket trying to sweep her for a boundary. She ended up making a 57 runs off 66 ball. Ekta Bisht picked her second wicket, nabbing Shabnim Ismail for 5. A boundary in the last over by Ayabonga Khaka saw South Africa get past the 270 runs mark setting India a target of 274 to win. Brief Scores: South Africa Women 273 for 9 (Lizelle Lee 92, Dane van Niekerk 57; Shikha Pandey 3 for 40 ) vs India Women
Craig Ervine scored a match-winning 69 not out © AFPDespite a world-record opening stand, hosts Sri Lanka lost the fourth One-Day International (ODI) to Zimbabwe at Hambantota on Saturday. It was Craig Ervine’s unbeaten 69 off 55 that kept the visitors in hunt for an overseas win, as the five-match series is now tied 2-2. Winning the toss, Sri Lanka elected to bat first. Openers Niroshan Dickwella and Danushka Gunathilaka replicated their effort in the third ODI, putting up the first consecutive 200-plus partnership in the history of ODI cricket. However, the team eventually lost a few wickets in quick succession to settle for 300 for 6 at the end of their 50 overs. In a rain-affected match, Zimbabwe chased the revised target of 219 in 29.2 overs, with 4 wickets and 10 balls still in hand. Full cricket scorecard, Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe, 4th ODI Dickwella and Gunathilaka provided Sri Lanka with a perfect start, putting up over 200 runs in 35 overs. Dickwella scored the second century of his career, becoming the eighth Sri Lanka batsman to have scored consecutive ODI centuries. Gunathilaka, however, failed to replicate the same, throwing his wicket to Malcolm Waller for 87. Waller gave his side the first breakthrough. His partner Dickwella departed soon after, scoring a commendable 116. Skipper Angelo Mathews and Upul Tharanga accelerated the scoring rate post that; Tharanga hit the first six of the day and Mathews soon took the cue from him, following up with another. But Tharanga could not continue for long, getting bowled by a Sikandar Raza delivery for 22. Sri Lanka lost 3 wickets in 8 deliveries at this point, with Asela Gunaratne departing for 1 and Kusal Mendis following him for a golden duck. Mathews went on to score 42 till he was dismissed off the last delivery of the innings. Zimbabwe gave away too many runs and lives to the hosts’ batsmen. There were multiple dropped catches and misfieldings while the Sri Lankan batsmen were equally efficient in running between the wickets. Though both Malcolm Waller and Chris Mpofu picked up 2 wickets each, the former was the one to peer through the Sri Lankan defense, which restricted the hosts to 300. Chasing the target, Hamilton Masakadza looked in a brilliant touch, as he displayed some elegant shots. However, his stint was cut short by Sri Lanka’s new find Wanidu Hasaranga. Though losing Masakadza for 28 in a 301-run chase was not a good start, Zimbabwe revived, courtesy Solomon Mire and Tarisai Musakanda’s knocks. Mire added 43 off 30 while Musakanda’s pacey 23-ball 30 was a handy contribution. However, it was Ervine’s knock post the interruption due to rain that made all the difference. While wickets kept falling at the other end, Ervine kept dealing in boundaries, hitting as many as 8 of them, to take his side to victory. Hasaranga was the most successful of the Sri Lanka bowlers, picking up a 3-for. But his efforts went in vain as Zimbabwe won the match comfortably. Brief scores: Sri Lanka 300 for 6 in 50 overs (Niroshan Dickwella 116, Danushka Gunathilaka 87, Angelo Mathews 42; Chris Mpofu 2 for 61, Malcolm Waller 2 for 44) lost to Zimbabwe 219 for 6 in 29.2 overs (Solomon Mire 43, Tarisai Musakanda30,Craig Ervine 69*; Wanindu Hasaranga 3 for 40) by 4 wickets (D/L method)
Dinesh Chandimal (Image courtesy: AFP)Upset with axing of Dinesh Chandimal, former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga has taken a dig at current panel of team selectors. The panel, that includes legendary Sanath Jayasuriya in it, dropped the talented right-handed batsman from the first two Zimbabwe One-Day Internationals (ODIs) after he struggled to score consistently in the past few matches. Ranataunga, reminding Jayasuriya of his early struggle to score, expressed his disappointment over the matter and also blamed the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) selectors for destroying Chandimal’s promising career. Chandimal, who had a great 2016, disappointed one and all with only three half-centuries in 2017. ALSO READ: Arjuna Ranatunga unhappy with Sri Lanka’s over-dependency on spin “I am bitterly disappointed with what these people have done with Chandimal. They have destroyed him. I am surprised that Sanath Jayasuriya being a selector, he has forgotten his past. It took Sanath more than 40 games to score his first half-century. He was never comfortable earlier on in his career. The team management and the selectors faced lot of pressure those days, but we backed him as we knew that he was our future,” Ranatunga was quoted as saying by The Island. “Look at what he ended up with. I am sad that Sanath is not doing the same with younger players. Dinesh Chandimal is a naturally gifted player and you don’t find talents like him in the country. He is a rare talent and I am pretty certain he is the future. “He is going to win you lot of matches. He was our best batsman last year averaging 59 and at the age of 27 has done wonderfully well having already scored four ODI hundreds. So what more do you want?” he added.