Skip to main content

Editor's Pick (ODI): India - South Africa

Well, after a wonderful winning streak we took a break and lost the fourth ODI match. It is a point to be noted that South Africa wore pink in order to raise awareness about breast cancer. Interestingly they have never lost a match in pink. And that streak they continued in their match against India in Johannesburg. And of course D&L.

So what happened at the 4th ODI? Duckworth and Lewis. (with a touch of pink). When India came in to bat, it looked like a beautiful day. For India at least. Shikhar Dhawan hunted like no body’s business. His 109 from 105 deliveries along with Captain’s 75 and Dhoni’s 42 took the score to a very good 289. With a couple of good partnerships, South Africa found it hard to restrain the total. The ECO rate of the South African bowlers did not fall below 5. It was a dull day for the home team. And then this dull day became the silver lining they wanted. Bad lighting. Interrupted play. Duckworth and Lewis. And good contribution by all the batsmen. The match was reduced to 28 overs. Target - 202. South Africa won by 5 wickets.

Heinrich Klaasen won the man of the match. His 43 off 27 deliveries. Wonder why. If anything, D&L helped their victory. Played key role. It is alright to award man of the match to a player who is not part of the winning team, yes? What do you think?

By the way, South Africa was fined for slow over rate. However, if they commit another minor over-rate breach in an ODI within a 12-month period with Markram as captain, he will face a suspension.

Moving on to the fifth ODI. Chahal had a rough day. His ECO rate was 12.35. Possibly the worst in his recent past. The rest of the bowlers too took it bad. They need to shake it off and win the match tomorrow. Big day. The men in blue are on the verge of creating history. It is time.

Despite the fact that India lost the match, I do not think there will be any change in the playing XI. Wonder if Axar Patel expects to be in. The South African squad - Imran Tahir might get the nod. No changes in the batting lineup in my opinion.

Players that need to work on their performance - Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Hashim Amla, Miller, and Markram.
The must have and reliable players include Kohli, Dhawan, Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav,
De Villiers, and Andile Phehlukwayo.

Key Players
Batsmen
AB de Villiers
David Miller
Shikhar Dhawan
Virat Kohli
Dhoni

Bowlers
K Rabada
B Kumar
Kuldeep Yadav
Y Chahal

Keep your lineup coming. This is cricket. Anything can happen. Listen to our podcast for more views.
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 !!!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Peshawar Zalmi vs Multan Sultans - Post Match Blog.

The bigger they are, the harder they fall. Ain't it true. Newcomers Sultans thrash Peshawar Zalmi by 7 wickets in PSL 2018 opener sending shockwaves through the league. Being a defending champion did take a toll on Peshawar Zalmi. Not easy walking into a tournament with everyone looking at you assuming you will win. When the Sultans came in to bat, they had an early upset when they lost the opener for a duck. With a target of 152, it took the experienced Kumara Sangakkara to set the ship on course towards the target. He was calm and composed as he has been throughout his international career. Singles and doubles. And planned boundaries. By the time he was out, caught behind, the team was fairly stable. Shoaib Malik’s captain knock along with Kieron Pollard finished the match in style. Earlier in the day, Peshawar Zalmi came in to bat. Apart from Mohammad Hafeez’s 59, with twenty-something runs from Dwayne Smith and Darren Sammy; the rest of the batsmen barely contri

Fan Data Analytics: Key to drive sports company growth

Over the last several years, the buzz word in business and IT circles has been "big-data" and analytics. Many many articles and write-ups talk about them so I won't go into the details. You could get enough to last a lifetime with just the first few results of a Google search of these terms. But do you really know how it applies, specifically to a sports company? For long, sports franchises have been one of the biggest users of analytics. Before this was a buzz word, coaches and managers have relied up numbers and finding patterns in them to drive on-field performance. Indeed, the major leagues of the world have relied on performance analytics for everything from scouting for talent to calling the action on the field of play. But that never transcended to the off-field, more mundane but equally important task of managing the sports business. As more and more options come up vying for the fan's attention - live events, travel, other sports, TV, the Internet - the

IPL 2014 - Mumbai Indians team analysis

The Mumbai Indians have always been the high-flying team of IPL.  They had the big buys in almost every year of IPL and kept a very high profile.  And over the last couple of years, they have started matching their performance with their profile – with wins in IPL 2013 and Champions League in 2011 and 2013.  Let us see how their team looks this year. Rohit Sharma, Mike Hussey, Ambati Rayudu and Apporv Wankhade are the pure play batsmen in the team. Corey Anderson, Keiron Pollard, Shreyas Gopal and Jalaj Saxena are the all rounders. CM Gautam, Ben Dunk, Sushant Marathe and Aditya Tare are the wicket keepers. Lasith Malinga, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Jasprit Bumrah, Josh Hazlewood, Marchant de Lange, Krishmar Santokie & Puwan Suyal are the bowlers.  The bowling looks pretty good with Malinga, Zaheer, Bajji and Ojha.   The batting is strong at the top – with Rohit Sharma and Mike Hussey, but looks weak beyond those two.   The power in the team comes from