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West Indies wins one, draws 2nd test against Sri Lanka
June 18, 2018
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West Indies won the first test match convincingly but struggled against Sri Lanka in the 2nd test match which ended today. In the second test, after 3 days, the West Indies seemed like they were on their way to winning and go up 2-0.  However, day 4 belonged to the Sri Lankans who ultimately made it seem like they could draw the match OR even win it… Early this morning, the last (5th) day, however, the West Indies dismissed Sri Lanka’s last two batsmen, leaving the West Indies 296 runs to win in approximately 90 overs.  West Indies lost wickets early but hung on to a draw after losing 5 wickets.

With the 3rd and final test coming up, West Indies can finally win a test series after a long long time by drawing or winning.

What will they do?

West Indies wins only 2 matches of 9 in England

In the West Indies tour of England ending today (September 29, 2017), the West Indies

  1. lost the test series 1-2
  2. won the only T20 international
  3. lost the 5 match ODI 0-4, with one match rained out.  England basically scored at 7 – 8 runs per game in almost every match, something unheard of.  Even when the West Indies scored 359-5 in the 4th ODI, they still lost under the D/L method after giving up many runs to Moeen Ali late before rain ended play.

The negatives (weaknesses) for the West Indies were where England was strong.

  1. Batting was inconsistent
  2. Bowling was TERRIBLE

But there was Hope (Shai Hope particularly, not his brother).

The positives are

  1. Shai Hope, in particular, looked good in parts of the Test matches. Chase showed some grit also.
  2. About 4 players, including Gayle and Samuels, were brought in to play the T20 and all 5 ODIs and, at times, West Indies looked like they could make it a series.

What do you think?

Ireland and Afghanistan now both Test cricket nations

In an unprecedented move, the  International Cricket Council (ICC) have upgraded both Afghanistan and Ireland to “Test Cricket status”, up from next level of “Associate nations”, joining the other ten (10) full test playing nations of

  1. England – 1877
  2. Australia – 1877
  3. South Africa – 1889 (12 years later)
  4. West Indies – 1928 (39 years later)
  5. New Zealand – 1930 (2 years later)
  6. India – 1932 ( 2 years later)
  7. Pakistan – 1952 (20 years later)
  8. Sri Lanka – 1982 (30 years later)
  9. Zimbabwe – 1992 (10 years later)
  10. Bangladesh – 2000 (8 years later)

This marked the first time since cricket competition began with England and Australia in 1877 that 2 teams have been voted in together.  \

Ireland has beaten 3 test teams (Pakistan, England, and West Indies) in prior World Cups. Afghanistan was able to win an ODI (One Day International) match just about 2 weeks ago over the West Indies, in a drawn series.

Congrats to Ireland and Afghanistan.

 

Pakistan cricket team demolishes India in Champions League

In a surprising performance, it was Pakistan defeating India to win the 2017 Champions league trophy. The fact that Pakistan defeated their heated rivals was not the biggest surprise. It was the way in which they won, by 180  runs!  Pakistan scored 338-4 which was a huge total.  India, in reply, were skittled out for a paltry 158 runs after just over 30 overs.

But, for India, it was better than the West Indies who didn’t even qualify for the event, with Bangladesh making the semi-finals of that event.  Pakistan barely qualified in fact.  They thrashed the West Indies up and down in recent tours to move up the ranks and qualify for the 8-team Champions League competition, only to shock the talented Indian team, Indians, and the world.

Congrats to both teams for making the finals and to Pakistan for the impressive victory.