In today’s cricket news, learn more about the thrilling game between Pakistan and England. Liam Dawson’s valiant efforts were in vain as Pakistan prevailed in a nail-biting thriller by three runs to tie the T20 series. Meanwhile, despite outstanding performances from Cameron Green and Tim David on Monday, India came out on top in the third and deciding Twenty20 match against Australia. They won with one ball to spare. Lastly, Shishir Hattangadi, who played for Mumbai in the past and was the captain of the team, thinks that the day will soon come in domestic cricket for players to choose which format they want to play.
Pakistan Level T20 Series Despite Liam Dawson’s Heroics
Now this series has it all. Emotional return, century for the Pakistan captain, breakthrough innings by a young Englishman, and a thrilling finish gave a joyous sell-out crowd the result they craved.
Pity those who left after Liam Dawson hit 24 off Mohammad Hasnain’s 18th over to put England within 9 runs of victory with 12 balls left and 3 wickets.
Dawson hit one six and four fours in one over off Hasnain, more than he had in 10 T20s in six years for England. Everyone was shocked, said coach Matthew Mott.
Goatacre, the archetypal understated county pro, was having his moment, batting like Jos Buttler to put England on the cusp of an unlikely victory after they had slumped to 113 for six chasing 167 to win.
Dawson smashed Haris Rauf’s first ball for four, but with the target down to five off 10, he tried to repeat the shot and lobbed a catch to midwicket, exposing the tailenders to Rauf’s pace.
Rauf bowled Olly Stone first ball and speared a 97mph yorker at Reece Topley, who missed it but leg-byed. He was at bat for Mohammad Wasim’s final over. England tried to pinch a first ball, with Adil Rashid just returning to his end.
Topley hit the next one better, but Shan Masood ran in from mid-on. Topley dove in vain as Pakistan won by 3 runs with 4 balls left to level the series.
Dawson’s teammates consoled him, patting him on the back and embracing him as he looked distraught. His ten minutes summed up cricket’s cruelty.
“Great cricket game. The crowd was electric, England captain Moeen Ali said. Daws batted well and had a good game. I’m happy for him, but I’m sad we didn’t win. We should have won needing nine off two overs with three wickets left, but pressure happens.”
Pakistan’s batting was stifled by England’s accuracy and lack of ambition from the top three. The stadium DJ had to work hard to rile up the crowd after Pakistan won the toss on a pitch where they scored 200 without losing a wicket.
Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan became the first pair to pass 2,000 runs in T20 cricket. They put on 52 in the first six overs and looked in top form.
But it was a false start; the boundaries dried up and timing got harder. Babar was caught at midwicket off Dawson with 97 on the board, a good launchpad.
This was a chance for Pakistan to show some fluidity and send in a middle-order batsman, but Masood came out at No 3.
Masood needs time to find his touch and lacks the gears to punish teams. Masood was dropped on 3 by Alex Hales at long on, but it helped England because he ate balls when Rizwan needed a partner to take the initiative.
Masood and Rizwan scored 52 off 40 balls with only 3 boundaries. Rashid allowed one boundary in four overs, a six by Rizwan.
Pakistan scored only four fours and a six between overs 8 and 18, and the crowd cheered when Masood was leg before to end the pain. Asif Ali hit two sixes in the final over to prove he should have batted earlier.
After six overs, England was 29 for 3 after a poor powerplay.
Harry Brook rebuilt first with Ben Duckett, putting on 43 in 32 balls, and then with Moeen, who lofted Mohammad Nawaz over long on as England took 19 off the 10th over. At halfway, England had 82 runs but was four down to Pakistan.
Moeen was bowled trying to hit Nawaz to leg and Brook was caught at fine leg as the match turned.
Willey was bowled middle stump for 11 off 10, but Dawson kept batting. England needed 33 in the 18th over, so Dawson lofted the first ball over long off. The next ball was late cut for four and a no-ball; the free hit went over midwicket.
Then he hit a slow long hop for four and a full toss through midwicket for six. Hasnain conceded one off the final two balls, but Dawson struck and fans left the National Stadium stunned.
Then came Rauf, a final-over thriller that evened the series at 2-2 heading to Lahore. After a week in Karachi, Islamabad has a lot to live up to.
India’s One-ball Knockout of Australia in T20
India won the third and deciding Twenty20 against Australia on Monday with one ball left (AEST).
Unbeaten Hardik Pandya hit the winning boundary in the final over to win by six wickets.
India lost both openers — Rohit Sharma (17) and KL Rahul (1) — early in their chase of Australia’s 186-7.
Kohli fell in the last over with India five runs short.
Earlier, Yadav hit 50 in 29 balls before falling to Josh Hazlewood for 69 in 36.
Yadav hit 5 sixes and 5 fours in his match-winning innings.
India’s Rohit Sharma won the toss and put the visitors in.
Tim David and Cameron Green hit fifties to lead Australia.
Rookie opener Green hit 21-ball 52 with 7 fours and 3 sixes to put the hosts on the defensive.
Green got little support from the top-order as Axar Patel, India’s best bowler in the series, chipped away.
Patel finished with 3-33, including Aaron Finch (7), Josh Inglis (24) and Matthew Wade (1).
India’s most impressive bowler in all three games was also player-of-the-series.
The hosts looked set to restrict Australia to a below-par score until Tim David dismantled the Indian pacers.
Harshal Patel, who finished with 1-18 in two overs, dismissed David after he hit 54 off 27 balls with four sixes and two boundaries.
Green’s three wicketless overs for 14 runs were Australia’s best.
Leg-spinner Adam Zampa, who impressed in the last match, leaked 44 runs in four wicketless overs.
Daniel Sams took two wickets for 33 runs, while Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood gave up 80 runs.
After the match, Finch said Green “is a super young player and has shown his class.”
It was a good show. To play three games against a world-class side was great for this team, Finch said.
The series comes before Australia’s T20 World Cup next month. Indian captain said the “biggest positive” was different players stepping up with the ball and bat.
“When you sit back and watch all that happening, you feel good,” Sharma said.
Players Will Soon Choose Domestic Formats-Hattangadi
In cricket’s fast-changing landscape, international players are considering white ball over the longer format. Former Mumbai captain Shishir Hattangadi believes domestic players will choose their formats soon.
“Cricket is at a point where every format will have a place. Young cricketers with different skill sets will be able to excel in a particular format. Over time, players will choose the format they excel in or are most accustomed to, Hattangadi said Saturday at Sportstar West Sports Conclave.
You’ll have a shorter and a longer version. And talented players will choose this is my journey, while others will choose the longer version. Hattangadi, a former cricketer and administrator, said each player will decide for himself whether to play white-ball or red-ball.
This journey is crucial because different kids will play these two formats with different skill sets.
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After seeing what a cricketer goes through, Hattangadi believes coaches must help players choose their preferred format.
“Coaches must mentor and advise kids on where their real skills lie.” It’s up to the players to realize that coaches mean well and know what works for them, said the former cricketer.
If money is a motivator, IPL will be the Pied Piper and everyone will follow. But you may need to analyze your core strengths. You don’t want to miss out on the longer format in pursuit of the shorter format, where you may not be as talented.
So, Hattangadi believes a player must be pragmatic, but also know what the real skills are.
After two years, BCCI will have a domestic season. “For some players, it’s a dress rehearsal for the IPL, so they’ll play white ball and avoid red ball. For some, it will be a question of survival if they don’t play the IPL, Hattangadi said.
“I lose a lot of players,” he said. Once they’re done with the white ball format, they may say I’m not fit for the red ball, and that’s a reality we must accept in today’s times…”
Summary of today’s Cricket/Sport News
Overall, the series between England and Pakistan has it all. An emotional return, a hundred by the Pakistan captain, a breakthrough performance by a young Englishman, and a thrilling finish that went Pakistan’s way to give a happy, sold-out crowd the result they wanted. In this game, Liam Dawson hit 24 off Mohammad Hasnain’s 18th over to put England nine runs from victory with 12 balls left and three wickets. This heroic act was in vain because Pakistan still won with a three-run thriller to level the T20 series.
On the other hand, India beat Australia in the third and decisive Twenty20 with one ball remaining on Monday. Hardik Pandya, undefeated on 25, hit the winning boundary in the final over. Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav stabilized India’s chase after Australia reached 186-7.Yadav hit five sixes and five fours in his player-of-the-match winning innings.
Finally, several international players are thinking about choosing white ball cricket over the longer format because cricket is always changing. Shishir Hattangadi, the former captain of Mumbai, thinks that players will soon be able to choose their own formats in domestic cricket. Hattangadi also feels coaches must help cricketers choose their favourite format after seeing what they go through.