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Rashid, Buttler take England to victory despite Gayle fireworks

ST. GEORGE S (AFP) – Adil Rashid snared four wickets in five balls as England resisted a determined West Indies effort to claim a 29-run victory in a high-scoring fourth One-Day International at the National Stadium in Grenada on Wednesday.
Responding to the tourists mammoth total of 418 for six, the highest ever in an ODI in the Caribbean, the home side were set on course by a rampaging 162 off 97 balls by veteran opener Chris Gayle.They remained in the hunt until the 48th over when leg-spinner Rashid, who had taken a fearful hammering in his first four overs, broke an 88-run seventh-wicket partnership between Carlos Brathwaite and Ashley Nurse.He then scythed through the tail — taking the last three wickets in the next four balls — to finish with figures of five for 85 off his allotted ten overs.
Despite Rashid finishing as the match-winner with the last five wickets of the innings, it was fast bowler Mark Wood who prevented the home side from running away with the game as he completed his ten-over spell with excellent figures of four for 60 on a pitch tailormade for batting.West Indies total of 389 was their highest-ever in ODIs but it will be of little consolation given the final capitulation which saw the last four wickets falling at the same score to leave England with an unbeatable 2-1 lead going into the final fixture of the five-match series on Saturday in St Lucia.
Persistent rain prevented a ball being bowled in the scheduled third match, also in Grenada, on Monday.Setting a target for the first time in the series after West Indies captain Jason Holder won the toss, England underscored the reputation acquired by their batting line-up since the disappointments of the 2015 World Cup in racing to what looked an unassailable total.
Jos Buttler led the way with a rampaging innings of 150 off just 77 balls with 12 sixes and 13 fours while his captain, Eoin Morgan, suffered only by comparison to the wicketkeeper-batsman s astonishing innings as he reached 103 off 88 deliveries with six sixes and eight fours decorating his innings.Their fourth-wicket partnership of 204 came in less than 21 overs and followed an excellent comeback innings of 82 by Alex Hales at the top of the order.
Having been selected to bat in the middle-order for the abandoned third match, he replaced the injured Jason Roy as opener and made full use of the opportunity in ideal batting conditions, putting on exactly 100 with Jonny Bairstow for the first wicket.Just a week after the West Indies posted a new record tally of 23 sixes for an ODI innings, England surpassed that number by one, Buttler thrashing Brathwaite for another huge hit over deep midwicket before the big all-rounder bowled him with the next delivery in the final over of the innings.
England bludgeoned 154 runs off the final ten overs with Buttler accounting for 105 of those in a withering display of power-hitting.Gayle s effort in response, which included 14 sixes and 11 fours, was remarkable given the 39-year-old left-hander s relative lack of mobility.Supported by 61 from Darren Bravo in a 176-run third-wicket partnership, the former captain looked in the mood to take the home side to a sensational victory until he was bowled heaving at Ben Stokes in the 35th over.When Holder departed at 301 for six, West Indies chances appeared extinguished.
However Brathwaite, who registered a maiden ODI fifty, and Nurse (43) kept up with the required rate in an entertaining stand.It appeared to be a huge gamble for Morgan to persist with Rashid against the two big-hitters but his faith in the spinner paid rich dividends, Nurse miscuing a swing at the bowler at the start of his final over to trigger the final slide.

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‘Anybody can beat anybody’: Test upsets keep Black Caps wary

HAMILTON (AFP) – New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said Wednesday recent Test upsets mean “anybody can beat anybody” and the world number two ranked side can have no room for complacency against minnows Bangladesh.
The Black Caps made history this week when they were elevated to second in the ICC Test team rankings for the first time following South Africa’s shock 2-0 defeat at home to Sri Lanka, the only time an Asian team has won a series in South Africa.It came hot on the heels of the eighth-ranked West Indies also enjoying a stunning result at home by winning a Test series against England for the first time since 2009.Sri Lanka over in South Africa was a fantastic effort, said Williamson when naming his team for the opening match of a three-match Test series against Bangladesh which begins in Hamilton on Thursday.
It’s so hard to beat a side like South Africa anywhere, let alone in their backyard, but anybody can beat anybody.Ninth-ranked Bangladesh, who have enjoyed home Test wins against England and Australia in recent years, say Sri Lanka’s victory in South Africa stands as a beacon for them.What Sri Lanka did was remarkable, said Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes.When the boys look at those results it definitely will be an inspiration for them and I will use it in the team talk.
If we play anything like we can do, we will surprise the New Zealanders.New Zealand dominated Sri Lanka before Christmas, leaving Williamson to suggest it was best to shut the rankings out of the conversation.It’s all about winning the series, as in every series that is sort of the goal you take into it, he said.As we’ve seen, the rankings are sometimes in your control and sometimes outside your control so it’s a very difficult thing to focus on.We know if we are playing good cricket day in and day out then perhaps those things will lean your way.New Zealand have made one change from the side that played their last Test, a victory over Sri Lanka two months ago by 423 runs, with Todd Astle coming in for Ajaz Patel.The Seddon Park wicket is usually regarded as a good batting strip but Williamson said it looks a little different this year and he was undecided on what he would do should he win the toss.

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Rookie pacer Musa aiming to be the next big thing from PSL

Sharjah: With his three wickets on his debut for Islamabad United against a formidable Peshawar Zalmi, rookie fast bowler Mohammad Musa has heralded his arrival and could be the next big thing in Pakistan cricket.

The 18-year-old from Islamabad dismissed Kamran Akmal for his first wicket before accounting for England’s regular Dawid Malan and finally double World Twenty20 winning West Indies captain Darren Sammy.I can’t describe my feelings, said the unassuming lad from Islamabad.I was encouraged by my captain (Mohammad Sami), coaching staff and all the players, so those were great moments.Before the PSL, I knew that this is the platform to break into international cricket and I will do my best to come into the reckoning for the Pakistan cricket team, vowed Musa, who was picked in Islamabad United late last year.The HBL PSL has that quality of throwing talent. Already there are names which can be quoted as the emerging stars from Hasan Ali to Shadab Khan, from Shaheen Shah Afridi to Faheem Ashraf and from Fakhar Zaman to Hassan Khan.
Musa had already played for Pakistan in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand last year. He grabbed seven wickets in five matches, notable among them was his four for 67 against India in the semi-final, which led to praises from India coach and one of the greatest batsmen Rahul Dravid.
Musa made his first-class debut for Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited last year. Under an astute captain in Misbah-ul-Haq, Musa grabbed four wickets in the match (three for 39 and one for 74) against a formidable WAPDA.
His first wicket was former Pakistan captain Salman Butt.Misbah bhai encouraged me a lot and then Waqar Younis (director at Islamabad United) liked me and told me that I will be in Islamabad United team for the HBL PSL 4 and that pumped me up, recalls Musa.Musa is from a middle-class family, who has seen their first kid aiming it big in cricket.They just watch cricket and pray for me to become a big star for Pakistan.

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Richards desires to watch more matches in Pakistan

SHARJAH: Perhaps the biggest catch in the history of the HBL PSL tournament was by Quetta Gladiators, who brought West Indian great Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards as the motivator, says a PCB release.
Richards believes the fight Pakistan cricket has had to do since international cricket was suspended at home in 2009 will get over with more and more matches in the country and before the cricket-mad people.
What I think is quite encouraging is that I saw the West Indies women’s team toured Pakistan, said Richards of the West Indies’ Eves touring Karachi for a three T20I series against Pakistan women.Before that, the West Indies men’s team came (in March last year).
Some of the PSL matches were taken to Pakistan and, to me, that had more volume and the more I think that’s done, the better. I think it would be for Pakistan cricket.
Since March 2009, Pakistan have hosted Zimbabwe, an ICC World XI, Sri Lanka and the West Indies (men’s and women’s teams). The final of the PSL in March 2017 was played in Lahore, while three matches were held in 2018, including the final in Karachi.In the fourth edition, eight matches are scheduled for Pakistan.Richards, adored in the cricketing world in general and in Caribbean in particular for his bashing of the bowlers at will, feels there is no substitute of playing before your own people.
To be honest, no one wants to be playing in exile all their lives, said Richards referring to Pakistan playing at the neutral venues of United Arab Emirates.Every team wants to be playing in front of their home fans and getting the support from the home crowds and that, to me, is always essential.Richards reckons PSL is one of the top leagues, for its ability to throw more and more talented players every year.It’s been great, remarked Richards, who played 121 Tests and 187 One-Day Internationals during his glorious career including two World Cup triumphs in 1975 and 1979.
To me it (PSL) is one of the most important T20 tournaments that is played and why I say this is that the players that come to play in this tournament are some of the best players in my opinion and that makes it one of the biggest events.Richards praised the fast bowling talent that comes to the fore from every edition of the PSL since its inception in 2016.Ever since my arrival here, I have seen the potential in terms of, not just basically the magnificent batsmen that the PSLs have produced, but what I know for sure, especially in the fast bowling department.Some of the fast bowlers could be loaned out to many teams around the world and that makes the PSL and good tournament, a talent producing factory.
This tournament is particularly good in finding some of these young talented players and that serves the purpose of a league.Richards singled out former Quetta spinner Hassan Khan as a player for the future.
There are so many young individuals but I could only speak for the young players who are from the Gladiators. Mohammad Nawaz is one.
Then Hassan Khan, I like his energy and especially when he hit the winning runs in one of the matches last year.He is not with us anymore but I always liked his attitude, his energy and particularly at this young age, said Richards of Hassan who is now playing for Lahore Qalandars in PSL 4.
When the master blaster of the past sits in the dug-out of the Gladiators, the players get induced to fight till the last ball, a trait the Antiguan great had in him to the core.Richards believes the fight Pakistan cricket has had to do since international cricket was suspended at home in 2009 will get over with more and more matches in the country and before the cricket-mad people.“What I think is quite encouraging is that I saw the West Indies women’s team toured Pakistan,” said Richards of the West Indies’ Eves touring Karachi for a three T20I series against Pakistan women.“Before that, the West Indies men’s team came (in March last year).
Some of the PSL matches were taken to Pakistan and, to me, that had more volume and the more I think that’s done, the better. I think it would be for Pakistan cricket.”Since March 2009, Pakistan have hosted Zimbabwe, an ICC World XI, Sri Lanka and the West Indies (men’s and women’s teams). The final of the PSL in March 2017 was played in Lahore, while three matches were held in 2018, including the final in Karachi.
In the fourth edition, eight matches are scheduled for Pakistan.Richards, adored in the cricketing world in general and in Caribbean in particular for his bashing of the bowlers at will, feels there is no substitute of playing before your own people.“To be honest, no one wants to be playing in exile all their lives,” said Richards referring to Pakistan playing at the neutral venues of United Arab Emirates.“Every team wants to be playing in front of their home fans and getting the support from the home crowds and that, to me, is always essential.”Richards reckons PSL is one of the top leagues, for its ability to throw more and more talented players every year.“It’s been great,” remarked Richards, who played 121 Tests and 187 One-Day Internationals during his glorious career including two World Cup triumphs in 1975 and 1979.
“To me it (PSL) is one of the most important T20 tournaments that is played and why I say this is that the players that come to play in this tournament are some of the best players in my opinion and that makes it one of the biggest events.”Richards praised the fast bowling talent that comes to the fore from every edition of the PSL since its inception in 2016.“Ever since my arrival here, I have seen the potential in terms of, not just basically the magnificent batsmen that the PSLs have produced, but what I know for sure, especially in the fast bowling department.“Some of the fast bowlers could be loaned out to many teams around the world and that makes the PSL and good tournament, a talent producing factory.“This tournament is particularly good in finding some of these young talented players and that serves the purpose of a league.”Richards singled out former Quetta spinner Hassan Khan as a player for the future.“There are so many young individuals but I could only speak for the young players who are from the Gladiators. Mohammad Nawaz is one.
Then Hassan Khan, I like his energy and especially when he hit the winning runs in one of the matches last year.“He is not with us anymore but I always liked his attitude, his energy and particularly at this young age,” said Richards of Hassan who is now playing for Lahore Qalandars in PSL 4.

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FIRST ONE-DAYER: England post record chase to beat West Indies

BRIDGETOWN, : Contrasting centuries by Jason Roy and Joe Root paced England to a comfortable six-wicket victory over the West Indies with their record One-Day International run chase in a high-scoring opening game of a five-match series in set what looked a daunting target after Chris Gayle’s 24th ODI hundred anchored the home side to 360-8, Roy blazed 123 off 85 balls at the top of the order while Root cruised to a comparatively sedate 102 off 97 deliveries to take help the tourists reach their target with eight balls to spare.
In achieving the highest-ever ODI run chase in the Caribbean and the third-highest overall, England underlined their status as the top-ranked team in this format of the game and will be brimful of batting confidence heading into the second match at the same venue on Friday.Fresh from a hundred in the lone warm-up match at the weekend, Roy was at his most ruthless against the hosts who missed key fast bowler Kemar Roach.The man of the series’ with 18 wickets as the West Indies surprised England 2-1 to reclaim the Wisden Trophy in the preceding Test duel, Roach has been ruled out of the entire ODI series due to early signs of what could develop into a stress fracture of the lower back.Roy set the pace in racing to a hundred off just 65 balls the fastest-ever in ODIs in the Caribbean and dominated an opening stand of 91 with Jonny Bairstow.
He maintained the charge through a 114-run second-wicket partnership with Root and by the time he fell in the 27th over to leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, England were well on course.Root, the Test captain who finally came good with a hundred in the last innings of the three-match series in St Lucia just over a week earlier, also got to three figures against the University of the West Indies Vice-Chancellor’s XI last Sunday and tapped into that rich vein of form once more.He put on 116 for the third wicket in 16 overs with Eoin Morgan and although the ODI skipper departed to fast bowler Oshane Thomas with victory in sight, there would be no serious alarms for England on the way to victory, although Root fell with the scores level attempting the winning hit off West Indies captain Jason Holder.I was particularly happy with the calm way we went about all aspects of this match, Morgan said.
Our bowlers did very well at the end of the West Indies innings when it looked as if they would get up to 380, and when we batted, you really can’t look past that start we got. It made the job so much easier.Earlier, Gayle lit up the Kensington Oval with another display of power-hitting.Playing his first ODI since the home series against Bangladesh last July and having announced that the upcoming World Cup will be his international farewell in the format, the big-hitting left-hander signalled his intentions for a lengthy grand finale with an innings of 135 off 129 balls with 12 sixes and three fours.His tally of maximums dominated an innings in which 23 sixes were struck, a new record for an ODI innings.Despite conceding 34 runs off his final two overs, leg-spinner Rashid played an important role together with Stokes in limiting the West Indies progress over the final 15 overs.
Stokes returned the best figures of three for 37, including the important wicket of Gayle in the 47th over, dragging a full-length delivery onto his stumps.Rashid claimed three for 74, making important breakthroughs at the other end when the West Indies needed to press on the accelerator.England paid dearly for Roy dropping Gayle at point off seamer Liam Plunkett when the former West Indies captain was on just nine.We made life very difficult for ourselves, and especially our bowlers, by missing too many chances, said Holder.

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