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Editor’s Pick (PKL): Bengal - Patna

Bengal Warriors - Squad strength: 18 (16 Indian, 2 Overseas) Defenders –  Young Chang Ko, Ameares Mondal, Sandeep Malik, Surjeet Singh, Virender  Singh, Rahul Kumar, Shashank Wankhede
Raiders – Jang Kun Lee, Maninder Singh, Deepak Narwal, Vinod Kumar, Virender Wazir Singh, Kuldeep, Anil Kumar All Rounders –  Bhupender Singh, Shrikant Tewthia, Ran Singh, Ravindra Kumavat, Vikash Patna Pirates - Squad strength: 18 (16 Indian, 2 Overseas)
Defenders –  Vishal Mane, Sachin Shingade, Jaideep, Manish Kumar, Satish, Sandeep, Virender Singh
Raiders – Vijay, Monu Goyat, Pardeep Narwal, Md. Zakir Hossain, Vikas Jaglan, Vinod Kumar, Vishnu Uthaman, Jawahar All Rounders –  Mohammad Maghsoudlou, Parveen Birwal, Arvind Kumar
War among equals. Bengal Warriors and Patna Pirates of Zone B, both stand at 27 points each second only to UP Yoddha who has 30 points to their credit. Only the top three teams of each zone make it to the next level. While there are many many more matches coming up, it is prudent to kee…

Editor's Pick (KPL): Hubli Tigers - Belagavi Panthers

Karnataka Premier League 2017
IPL. TNPL. Now we have the Karnataka Premier League on our app. This T20 league established by the Karnataka State Cricket Association hopped onto the bandwagon way back in 2009. Based on the same model as the IPL, the KPL have had five seasons so far. The sixth season begins on September 1st in Bangalore. There are seven teams who will be competing for the trophy - Belagavi Panthers, Bijapur Bulls, Mysuru Warriors, Bellary Tuskers, Namma Shivamogga, Hubli Tigers and Bengaluru Blasters. The thing about these players is that they are all new to us. While with TNPL, there were a few players we were familiar with, KPL seems to be different here. Let’s get to know them well during this tournament. I shall do my best to give you as much details about them in the upcoming blogs.
There has been a rain of matches recently. Will KPL add to the fun? Time will tell. Let’s get cracking on the first match of the sixth season of KPL 2017 - Hubli Tigers versus Belagavi P…

Editor’s Pick (ODI): India - Sri Lanka IV

The men in blue are on a roll. They have won all the matches that they have played in Sri Lanka so far. And it annoyed the Sri Lankan fans at the stadium so much that they started throwing things onto the field. Now, we have also done that in the past. Remember the 1996 World Cup match in India. Semi-Finals. Both teams had a really really fantastic lineup. Remember the days of the Jaysuriyas and Ranatungas. That was the team that could hit a century in less than ten overs. And India, having just defeated Pakistan, were the obvious favourites. With a target of a fairly low 252, India could have made it. But wickets tumbled. And Kolkata could not handle it. Threw a tantrum (among other things) onto the field. The match was awarded to Sri Lanka. And now, amidst Sri Lanka’s embarrassing defeat streak, the Sri Lankan selectors have thrown in the towel. All of them. Including Jayasuriya. They feel the need for fresh blood to pick players. Tests 1st Test – India 600 & 240-3d beat Sri Lank…

Editor’s Pick (CPL): Jamaica Tallawahs - St Kitts and Nevis Patriots

Jamaica Tallawahs Squad Mohammad Sami, Kumar Sangakkara (c & wk), Lendl Simmons, Mahmudullah, Jonathan Foo, Krishmar Santokie, Garey Mathurin, Trevon Griffith, Kennar Lewis, Imad Wasim, Glenn Phillips, Odean Smith, Gidron Pope, Andre McCarthy, Kesrick Williams, Jon-Russ Jaggesar, Rovman Powell St Kitts and Nevis Patriots Squad Chris Gayle, Mohammad Hafeez, Ben Hilfenhaus, Samuel Badree, Devon Thomas, Mohammad Nabi, Carlos Brathwaite, Jonathan Carter, Chris Morris, Evin Lewis, Nikhil Dutta, Sheldon Cottrell, Fabian Allen, Brandon King, Tabraiz Shamsi, Alzarri Joseph, Hasan Ali, Shamarh Brooks, Jeremiah Louis
Venue: Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica The match in question is between teams standing second with eleven points and third with ten points; Patriots in the lead. There is a stark difference in the net run rate that is likely to matter towards the end.

Bowlers Tabraiz Shamsi Samuel Badree KOK Williams Mohammad Sami Batsmen Chris Gayle Lendl Simmons Evin Lewis Andre McCarthy All-Rounde…

Editor’s Pick (PKL) : Mumbai - Haryana

Zone A Match - U Mumbai meets Haryana Steelers. Three teams from each zone will qualify. And Mumbai are no where near top three. Time to get to the top isn’t it? And stay there. Its ironic that currently, in both zones, two places are tied at the third place. Will it be a close finish? Today’s match
U Mumba - Squad strength: 18 (15 Indian, 3 Overseas) Defenders – Joginder Narwal, Surender Singh, D. Suresh Kumar, Deepak Yadav, N. Renjith Raiders – Kashiling Adake, Nitin Madane, Shabeer Bappu, Anup Kumar, Darshan, Shrikant Jadhav, Mohan Raman G All Rounders – Dong Ju Hong, Hadi Oshtorak, Kuldeep Singh, Yong Joo Ok, Shiv Om, E Subash Haryana Steelers - Squad strength: 22 (20 Indian, 2 Overseas) Defenders – Mohit Chhillar, Neeraj Kumar, Vikash, Surender Nada, Mahender Singh Dhaka, Jeeva Gopal, Rakesh S. Kumar, Neeral Kumar, Babu M, Raju Lal Choudhary Raiders – Sonu Narwal, Khomsan Thongkham, Deepak Kumar, Surjeet Singh, Prashant K Rai, Deepak Dahiya, Wazir Singh, Vikash Khandola, Ashish Chhokar …

Editor’s Pick (CPL) : Barbados Tridents vs Guyana Amazon Warriors

With six and four points on the table respectively, the Amazon Warriors take on the Tridents on 30th August. With the eliminator and qualifier very close, the teams have to make sure that they make the cut. Else, they can say goodbye to the tournament right about now. We, on the other hand, can continue picking our lineups for the app. Here’s my lineup Bowlers Akeal Hosein Steven Jacobs Wayne Parmell S Tanvir Rashid Khan Batsmen Gajanand Singh Dwayne Smith Kane Williamson Kieron Pollard All-Rounder Shoaib Malik Wicket-Keeper N Pooran
The two qualifiers are being played on September 5th and 7th. The eliminator, on September 6th. The grand finale takes place on September 9th at Trinidad.
Are you ready? Indu
P.S. Please note that the above-expressed opinions are purely the Editor’s. We do not take responsibility, nor can we guarantee the performance of the players. All the best !!!

Editor’s Pick (PKL)

The first match - UP - Bengaluru

UP Yoddha - Squad strength: 18 (16 Indian, 2 Overseas) Defenders – Jeeva Kumar, Hadi Tajik, Nitesh Kumar, Gurvinder Singh, Santosh BS, Rohit Kumar, Sanoj Kumar Raiders – Rishank Devadiga, Sulieman Kabir, Nitin Tomar, Surendra Singh, Mahesh Goud, Ajvender Singh, Gulveer Singh All Rounders – Rajesh Narwal, Pankaj, Sunil, Sagar B Krishna Bengaluru Bulls - Squad strength: 18 (16 Indian, 2 Overseas) Defenders –  Ravinder Pahal, Sachin Kumar, Navjot Singh, Pradeep Narwal, Kuldeep Singh, Mahender Singh Raiders – Rohit Kumar, Ajay Kumar, Sumit Singh, Harish Naik, Sinotharan Kanesharajah, Gurvinder Singh, Rohit, Sunil Jaipal All Rounders – Sanjay Shrestha, Ashish Kumar, Ankit Sangwan, Amit, Preetam Chhillar

My Lineup AR: Pankaj DF: Ravinder Pahal , Mahender Singh RA: Ajay Kumar, Nitin Tomar, Rishank Devadiga, Rohit Kumar

The points of some players go right through the roof. Nitin Tomar with a score of 654 and Rohit Kumar with 1018. I have seen Rohit Kumar play. He is r…

Badminton – Not as easy as it may seem

Not just India, but the world is now sitting up and taking notice of the Indian Women who dominated the World Badminton Championship last night. They seem to have put the BAD in Badminton by showing what they are made of.  Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu let their racket talk and played with their hearts. That is what brings them on top. The hard work and passion spoke volumes. If you watched the matches, you will see that the game is not as easy as it seems.
The finals that took place between PV Sindhu and her Jap Opponent, Nozomi Okuhara was a summit clash and will be remembered for a long time. The two women have met many times before and both are brilliant at the game. At Rio 2016, Sindhu beat her. It was a fine match then and it was a fine match last night. The long long rallies tested the stamina and endurance of the women to no end. The marathon match lasted one hour and fifty minutes. Sindu even ‘won’ a yellow card that made twitter birds erupt in all directions. Some even calling th…

Editor’s Pick ( PKL)

Zone B match - Bengal meets Bengaluru. The Warriors and the Bulls. Wonder what the logic behind the name was. Oh well. These two teams are neck-to-neck with 22 points each. Bengaluru has played nine matches as opposed only 7 of Bengal. Which puts bengal at a better place in comparison. Bengal Warriors - Squad strength: 18 (16 Indian, 2 Overseas) Defenders –  Young Chang Ko, Ameares Mondal, Sandeep Malik, Surjeet Singh, Virender  Singh, Rahul Kumar, Shashank Wankhede Raiders – Jang Kun Lee, Maninder Singh, Deepak Narwal, Vinod Kumar, Virender Wazir Singh, Kuldeep, Anil Kumar All Rounders –  Bhupender Singh, Shrikant Tewthia, Ran Singh, Ravindra Kumavat, Vikash Bengaluru Bulls - Squad strength: 18 (16 Indian, 2 Overseas) Defenders –  Ravinder Pahal, Sachin Kumar, Navjot Singh, Pradeep Narwal, Kuldeep Singh, Mahender Singh Raiders – Rohit Kumar, Ajay Kumar, Sumit Singh, Harish Naik, Sinotharan Kanesharajah, Gurvinder Singh, Rohit, Sunil Jaipal All Rounders – Sanjay Shrestha, Ashish Kumar, Ankit…