Kuldeep Yadav adds new weapon to his armoury: Fast and lethal

first_imgFacing a chinaman is a nightmare for the batsmen anyway but when the bowler adds more variations, the task becomes even more difficult.Kuldeep Yadav has over the years perfected the art of bowling in limited-overs cricket by adding the doosra and flipper to his armoury. But the 23-year-old isn’t going to rest just there and wants to add more variations in his bowling.Which is exactly what he has done now by adding the cross-seam quicker ball in his bowling arsenal.The Kanpur-born left-arm leggie was seen bowling a couple of those deliveries at the West Indies batsmen during the first T20I at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.India vs West Indies 1st T20I: Report | Highlights | PhotosThe deliveries did take the batsmen by surprise, who were finding him difficult to pick anyway during the first innings.Interestingly, Kuldeep revealed that this new ball is still a work in progress for him. “It’s the ball I’m working on (faster one). Just bowl it to contain runs as well,” Kuldeep said after the game.The chinaman had finished the five-match ODI series against the Windies as the highest wicket-taker with 9 scalps and he just carried on with that form in the T20I as well, picking up 3 for 13 in four overs to break the backbone of the West Indies batting lineup.Read – Krunal Pandya wanted to bowl to Kieron Pollard and got him out: Rohit SharmaKuldeep and all-rounder Krunal Pandya spun a web around the West Indies batsmen in a joint spell of eight overs to restrict them to a paltry 109 for 8 in 20 overs after India opted to bowl first.advertisementThe Windies were reduced to 34/3 in seven overs when Pandya — who had misfielded in only the second ball of the innings — was brought in.The elder brother of injured Hardik got rid of comeback man Kieron Pollard and gave away just 15 runs while senior pro Kuldeep scalped three wickets leaking 13 runs.After 15 overs, the tourists had managed just 63 runs, losing 7 wickets.Fabien Allen top-scored for the Windies with a counter-attacking 27 off 20 balls (4×4) while Keemo Paul remained unbeaten on 15 along with Khari Pierre (9 not out).West Indies crossed the 100-run mark riding a big 19th over which fetched 16 runs off Umesh Yadav (1/36).Jasprit Bumrah (1/27) and debutant Khaleel Ahmed (1/16) also got a wicket apiece.Also read – Krunal Pandya, Khaleel Ahmed make T20I debuts in KolkataIndia then rode on a composed 31 not from Dinesh Karthik and Krunal’s quickfire knock to chase down the target with 13 balls to spare.”Very important to take wickets. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t. But that’s my aim. The first wicket (of Bravo) was the one I cherished,” Kuldeep said after picking up the man-of-the-match award.The bowling performance also saw Kuldeep become the fastest Indian bowler to complete 100 wickets in T20 cricket. He achieved the feat in his 75th match at an average of 19.75 with two five-wicket hauls.last_img read more

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Women’s Ashes moved to Nine’s main channel after strong ratings

first_imgShare via Email “To have this whole series covered in that way is great to be part of as a player,” Haynes said after her starring role in Australia’s 75-run victory at Coffs Harbour on Thursday. “I think we’ve seen players really step up as well.“I don’t think you’ve seen the best from both sides just yet but I think there’s lots of momentum now, particularly for our group and hopefully we can carry that on.”The multi-format series comprises three ODIs, a four-day Test match and three T20s and is decided by a weighted points system. Another Australian victory on Sunday would give the hosts a 6-0 points lead, with just a further two required from the remainder of the series to retain the Ashes. Topics Was this helpful? 9 November, North Sydney – match drawn, points shared Share on Twitter Show Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Twenty20 matches (two points for a win) Share on Pinterest Channel Nine has shifted Sunday’s third one-day international in the Women’s Ashes series from its offshoot, 9Gem, to the main channel, a decision the Australia captain, Rachael Haynes, labelled “awesome”.The promotion comes after a strong start to the series for Australia, both in terms of results and television audiences. Haynes’ side have won the first two ODIs to take a 4-0 points lead over England. The first match – a thriller that went down to the final over in Brisbane – was broadcast on 9Gem and attracted a national average audience of 235,775, with a peak of 424,872. A Channel Nine spokesperson confirmed those figures were considerably higher than usual programming on 9Gem in those time slots, and good enough to switch the third ODI, and the final Twenty20 match, to be played at Canberra’s Maunka Oval next month, to the main channel. Read more Messy Ashes TV deal could be missed chance for women’s game Four-day Test match (four points for the win) 17 November, North Sydney19 November, Canberra21 November, Canberra Share on Facebook 22 October, Brisbane – Australia won by two wickets 26 October, Coffs Harbour – Australia won by 75 runs (DLS method)29 October, Coffs Harbour – England won by 20 runs Share on Messengercenter_img Quick guide Women’s Ashes points system Women’s cricket Women’s Ashes Australia women’s cricket team England women’s cricket team Support The Guardian Kate O’Halloran Cricket news Australia sport Share on LinkedIn Hide One-day internationals (two points for a win) Thank you for your feedback. “We’re very grateful to the Nine Network for their support in moving Sunday’s match to Channel Nine,” Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said. “The support of the Australian women’s cricket team for the Ashes has been phenomenal and we very much want to provide as many opportunities as we can to ensure we keep pushing the fantastic story of this squad and their performances.”However, the potential series decider – the historic day-night Test starting on 9 November at North Sydney Oval – remains unavailable to television viewers. The four-day showpiece event will be broadcast only via a Cricket Australia live stream. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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