Rahul and Rahane spearhead win after Aussie collapse

by Roger Persaud Recreation and Sports
Rahul and Rahane spearhead win after Aussie collapse KL Rahul registered his sixth fifty of the series and skipper Ajinkya Rahane smashed two sixes and four boundaries after Australia had collapsed in their second innings for 137, leading India to an eight-wicket series-clinching win in the fourth test at the picturesque HPCA stadium in Dharamshala. This victory sealed a season sweep of test series beating New Zealand England, Bangladesh and now Australia placing them comfortably on top of the test rankings and ...
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Cricket in the USA ?

by Roger Persaud Recreation and Sports
                            Cricket in the USA? Most Americans have heard of cricket, but are much more familiar with the insect that chirps. Folks might be surprised how close cricket came to being America’s national pastime. The name of the game originated in Anglo/Saxon France from “Cryce” which is loosely translated to mean “Hit ball with stick”. The game itself took form in the late 1600s in Southern England.and became England’s national ...
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Ashwin and Jadeja spin India to victory in 2nd test

by Roger Persaud Recreation and Sports
Ashwin and Jadeja spin India to victory in 2nd test Ravi Ashwin snared six wickets in the second innings after his teammate Ravindra Jadeja accomplished a similar feat in the first innings to beat Australia by 75 runs late on day four in the second test in Bangalore. The match started with another spinner setting records, Nathan Lyon grabbed an incredible 8/50  in the first innings setting a new best record for a spinner against India he also has three seven-wicket and ...
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Root and Woakes hold on to pull off series clinching win

by Roger Persaud Recreation and Sports
Root and Woakes hold on to pull off series-clinching win Joe Root and Chris Woakes fashioned an undefeated 102 run partnership to stem a middle order collapse and seal the three-match series with their second ODI victory in as many matches at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. West Indies had their chances but never took advantage of the situations presented. Batting first after winning the toss the home side lost Evin Lewis early, in the third over he tried to turn ...
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England takes first ODI in Antigua

by Roger Persaud Recreation and Sports
England takes first ODI in Antigua England skipper Eoin Morgan fashioned his 11th ODI century leading his team to 45 run victory against the West Indies in the first One-Day International at the Sir Vivian Richards ground in beautiful Antigua. Bowling first after winning the toss the boys from the Caribbean made early inroads when Shannon Gabriel trapped the in-form JJ Roy leg before and two overs later uprooted the middle and off stump of the prolific Joe Root before the visitors ...
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Australia demolish India by 333 runs in less than three days

by Roger Persaud Recreation and Sports
                      Australia demolish India by 333 runs in less than three days Left arm orthodox spinner Stephen O’Keefe produced a man of the match winning performance grabbing 12/74 as India suffered an ignominious defeat losing by 333 runs in under three days in the first test at the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium in Gahunje. After dominating England 4-0 in their five test series and doing the same to Bangladesh in their  one ...
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Chahal and Raina lead India tour sweep with blowout in final T20

by Roger Persaud Recreation and Sports
Chahal and Raina lead India tour sweep with blowout victory in T20 final Yuzvendra Chahal and Suresh Raina led India to impose a crushing 75 run win in the final T20 at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore. After winning the test series 4-0 and the ODI series 2-1 India went into the final match of the tour tied 1-1 in the T20 series. India demonstrated how difficult it is to compete with them on their home turf. The proceedings did not start ...
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Bumrah and Nehra bowl India to victory in 2nd ODI NZ upset OZ

by Roger Persaud Recreation and Sports
Bumrah and Nehra bowl India to victory in 2nd T20 Jasprit Bumrah produced a gem of a final over, taking two wickets while restricting England to one run and a bye in the final over and Ashish Nehra grabbed three to complete an improbable nerve-wracking five-run win for India to level the three-game series in the second T20 at Nagpur. Batting first India got a decent start from skipper Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, Kohli seemed to have the English bowling tactic figured ...
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England win 1st T20

by Roger Persaud Recreation and Sports
England takes 1st T20 Moeen Ali grabbed two crucial wickets in four economical overs and solid batting from skipper Eoin Morgan and Joe Root allowed England continued their winning ways as they cruised to a seven-wicket victory in the first T20 at Kanpur. Batting first on a reasonably good pitch skipper Virat Kohli opening with KL Rahul had a decent start scoring 34 in four and a half overs, then Chris Jordan delivered a short ball that beat Rahul for pace as ...
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England find success at Eden Gardens NZ acheive clean sweep

by Roger Persaud Recreation and Sports
England find success winning 3rd ODI at Eden Gardens Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes contributed excellent all-around performances enabling England to register their first win of the series in the third ODI at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. After losing the test series 4-0 and conceding the first two games of the three-game ODI series the visitors rebounded by posting an imposing 321 then held their collective nerve to defend their lowest total of the series. Batting first England got a solid start of ...
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Shakib strikes late to even things out on day 2 SA domination continues

by Roger Persaud Recreation and Sports
Shakib strikes late to even things out on Day two Shakib Al Hasan grabbed three wickets late in the day to reduce New Zealand to 260/7 trailing by 29 bringing Bangladesh even with New Zealand on day two of the second test at Christchurch. The visitors rallied to compile 289 all out mainly due to Soumya Sarkar’s 86, Shakib’s 59 and Nuri Hasan’s 47. Sarkar was a bit fortunate in this his best test innings. Playing in his fourth test the 23-year-old ...
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A blast from the past from Yuvraj and Dhoni powers India to thrilling victory

by Roger Persaud Recreation and Sports
A blast from the past from Yuvraj and Dhoni powers India to thrilling victory Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni combined for an amazing 256 run fifth wicket partnership that was the cornerstone of the massive  381 built by the hosts. England led by skipper Eoin Morgan and JJ Roy put up a gallant fight but fell short by fifteen runs in the second ODI in Cuttack. Yuvraj justified his recall with the best of his fourteen ODI centuries, an even 150 scored ...
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Kohli and Jadhav fashion tons to propel India to victory in Pune

by Roger Persaud Recreation and Sports
Kohli and Jadhav tons propel India to victory in run feast at Pune Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav both fashioned spectacular centuries to power India to a three-wicket victory as they audaciously chased the 350 run total posted by England in the first One-Day International at Pune. Batting first the visitors seemed to have things well in control even though they lost Alex Hales when he was runout in the seventh over by JJ Bumrah with the score on 39. JJ Roy and ...
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Pakistan crumble to defeat in Melbourne SL falls in Port Elizabeth

by Roger Persaud Recreation and Sports
Pakistan crumble to defeat in Melbourne SL falls in Port Elizabeth Despite having the match curtailed by almost 150 overs because of rain or bad light and a superb double century from Azhar Ali. The same team that was ranked number one in tests earlier this year crumbled to an ignominious innings and 18 run defeat on the final day of the Boxing day test match in Melbourne. Pakistan’s indifferent play started when they were fielding. The bowling became inconsistent and the ...
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Batsmen and rain big story in Melbourne Boxing day test match

by Roger Persaud Recreation and Sports
Batsmen and rain the big story in Melbourne Boxing Day test match Despite interruptions for rain and dreary morning conditions, the batsmen are prospering. First Pakistan posted 443/9 declared then Australia fashioned a strong reply of 278/2 at the end of the third day of the Boxing Day test match at the MCG in Melbourne. Azhar Ali became the first Pakistan batsman to score two double centuries in a calendar year as he carried his bat with a superb unbeaten 205 decorated ...
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Jadeja's seven sinks England in fifth test

by Roger Persaud Recreation and Sports
Jadeja seven-wicket haul sinks England into the fifth test After a great start from skipper Alastair Cook and Keaton Jennings who built a 103 run opening stand and the game seemed to be heading for a tame draw. England collapsed late in the day for 207 giving India an innings and 75 run victory on the final day of the fifth test in Chennai. Cook fell to Jadeja for the sixth time in the series one short of his fifty caught by ...
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Australia off strong Pakistan challenge with 39 run win

by Roger Persaud Recreation and Sports
Australia stave off strong Pakistan challenge with 39 run win Asad Shafiq led the Pakistan tail in an incredible fight from 220/6 to 450 all out as they came within 39 runs of pulling off the most improbable victory in the history of test cricket early on day five of the first test at the Gabba in Brisbane. Mohammad Amir scored 48 in a 92 run partnership, Wahab Riaz with 30 featured in a 66 run stand and not to be out ...
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Australia on the verge of victory as Pakistan fight for survival

by Roger Persaud Recreation and Sports
Australia on the verge of victory as Pakistan fight for survival Azhar Ali, Younis Khan Asad Shafiq, and Mohammad Amir all contributed to putting up a gallant fight as the visiting team struggled to survive ending day four of the first test match at the Gabba in Brisbane on 382/8. Ali and Khan added 91 before Mitchell Starc’s bodyline strategy paid off as the batsman tried to get out of the way and gloved a simple catch to Matt Wade behind the ...
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Australia continue to dominate first test

by Roger Persaud Recreation and Sports
Australia continue to dominate first test A 54 run partnership for the ninth wicket followed by a 21 run last wicket stand did not prevent Pakistan being dismissed for less than 150. With a lead of 287, Australia decided not to enforce the follow-on, instead racking up 202/5 in 39 overs. The visitors in reply are 70/2 needing 420 to win at the end of day three in the first test at the Gabba in Brisbane. Sarfraz Ahmed top scored in the ...
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India solid in reply to England's 477

by Roger Persaud Recreation and Sports
India solid in reply to England’s 477 Debutante Liam Dawson scored an unbeaten 66 and combined with Adil Rashid to provide a 108 run eighth wicket partnership which enabled England to post a formidable 477 all out. India in reply are 60 without loss at the end of the second day of the fifth test match in Chennai. Continuing from their overnight score of 284/4 the visitors soon lost  Ben Stokes, Joe Butler, and Moeen Ali. Ali played an excellent knock stroking thirteen ...
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