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IND vs NZ: India beat New Zealand by six wickets in 2nd T20 match, level series

Indian spinners revelled on a turning track before the batters made heavy weather of a small target to register a scrappy series levelling win over New Zealand in the second T20 International here on Sunday. The trio of Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar and Kuldeep Yadav impressed on a helping surface to limit a self-destructing New Zealand to 99 for eight, their lowest total against India in the shortest format. It should have been a straight-forward run chase but the top-order comprising Ishan Kishan (19 off 32), Shubman Gill (11 off 9) and Rahul Tripathi (13 off 18) had a tough time again in spin-friendly conditions. In the end, Hardik Pandya (15 not out off 20) and Suryakumar Yadav (26 not out off 31) took the team over the line with a ball to spare and six wickets in hand. The series decider will be played in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. With the likes of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli not playing T20s since the World Cup last year, opportunities have been presented to the younger players who are yet to make them count. Kishan has gone off the boil since his double hundred in Bangladesh while Gill has not been able to carry on his scintillating ODI form into T20s. The stylish right-hander fell while trying to pull a spinner for the second game in a row but was surprised by the amount of turn. Tripathi, who is getting to play at number three in Kohli's absence, was unable to take the attack to the New Zealand spinners. The Indians felt the pressure and that was evident with the run out of Washington Sundar, who sacrificed his wicket to ensure Surya's stay in the middle. Since the asking rate was never an issue, India could afford to stutter in the chase. A four after 45 balls, coming from Hardik's bat in the 19th over, released a lot of pressure before the skipper completed the job alongside Surya who hit the winning four. Also Read: U19 Women's T20 WC: Superb bowling, fielding help India bowl out England for 68 Earlier, Hardik decided to employ spinners from both ends in the powerplay after opening the bowling himself. Wrist spinners Kuldeep (1/17) and Chahal (1/4), playing in a T20 together after a while, extracted a lot out of the Lucknow surface while finger spinner Washington (1/17) produced another tidy spell. Chahal was left licking his lips after the first ball of his opening spell. It was a ripper that pitched on leg stump before beating the outside edge of Finn Allen's bat. The opener perished two balls later trying to reverse sweep with the ball thudding into his back leg before crashing on to the stumps. The in-form Devon Conway too fell to a reverse sweep as the ball kissed his gloves on way to wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan. New Zealand were soon reduced to 35 for three in seventh over when the dangerous Glenn Phillips missed a straight ball from Deepak Hooda in his attempt to reverse sweep the part time off-spinner. Daryl Mitchell got a beauty from Kuldeep that came back in sharply to shatter the stumps. New Zealand bat deep but none of their batters were able to apply themselves on a testing pitch. Pacer Arshdeep Singh, who has been guilty of bowling too many no balls lately and Shivam Mavi, were only used in the death overs. Arshdeep did well to take wickets in his two tough overs and conceded only eight runs. Hardik ended with figures of one for 25 in four overs. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

29 January,2023 10:32 PM IST | Lucknow | PTI
S Sehrawat and P Chopra

U19 Women's T20 WC: Superb bowling, fielding help India bowl out England for 68

A superb bowling performance coupled with some outstanding fielding efforts helped India bowl out England for just 68 runs in the final of the inaugural ICC U19 Women's T20 World Cup at JB Marks Oval on Sunday. On a pitch that was used in the semifinals on Friday, fast bowler Titas Sadhu, off-spinner Archana Devi and leg-spinner Parshavi Chopra were accurate in their line, and length and found enough help to the pick two wickets each. Captain Shafali Verma, the left-arm spinners Mannat Kashyap and Sonam Yadav took a scalp each in a dominating bowling performance by India. The fielding, despite a few blips, was athletic with some exceptional catches taken as England never got going with the bat. Titas made a breakthrough on the fourth ball of the innings by having Liberty Heap mistime the heave and give her a simple return catch. Apart from Titas and Archana keeping things tight, India were also sharp with their ground fielding. Niamh Holland moved across to sweep Archana through the square leg in the fourth over and was helped by Hrishita Basu parrying the ball over the boundary rope. But on the very next ball, Niamh walked across in a bid to scoop. Instead, Archana found some turn and bounce outside off to crash into the stumps. On the last ball of the over, Archana gave some width and flight to entice captain Grace Scrivens in dancing down the pitch and loft over long-off. The left-handed batter fell into the trap and was caught by Gongadi Trisha running in from long-off and making the dive to complete the catch. India could have got their fourth wicket in the Power-play if keeper Richa Ghosh hadn't dropped a regulation catch offered by Ryana Macdonald Gay on nought, coming off Titas in the fifth over. But the right-arm fast-bowler bounced back in the seventh over by castling Seren Smale with an inswinger. While all England batters perished after struggling, Ryana began to hit boundaries against spinners by dancing down the pitch to loft twice while using her crease to hit a delicate late cut. But England continued to sink as Parshavi trapped Charis Pavely lbw on the stroke of drinks break at the half-way mark. In the 12th over, Parshavi struck again as Ryana looked to loft over off-side, but Archana dived full length in the air to take a one-handed stunner. Two overs later, Soumya Tiwari produced a sharp direct hit from cover to run-out Josephine Groves at the non-striker's end. Shafali entered the wicket-taker's column in the 15th over by enticing Hannah Baker to reach out to a delivery outside off-stump and was stumped quickly by Richa. Alexa Stonehouse's 25-ball stay at the crease ended in the 17th over when she chipped straight to cover off Mannat. Sonam ended England's innings on the first ball of the 18th over by taking a return catch off Sophia Smale's tame chip. Also Read: Australian Open: Djokovic downs Tsitsipas to win 10th Melbourne title Brief scores: England 68 all out in 17.1 overs (Ryana Macdonald-Gay 19, Titas Sadhu 2-6, Parshavi Chopra 2-13) against India This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

29 January,2023 07:22 PM IST | England | IANS
New Zealand's batter Daryl Mitchell plays a shot during the first T20 cricket match against India in Ranchi, Friday. File Pic/ PTI

IND vs NZ: New Zealand opt to bat against India in second T20I

New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat against India in the second T20 here on Sunday. India replaced Umran Malik with Yuzvendra Chahal in the playing eleven while New Zealand named an unchanged team. Earlier, Opener Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell struck half-centuries to guide New Zealand to a comfortable 21-run win in the first T20I of the three-match series on Friday. Conway made a 35-ball 52, while Mitchell smashed a 30-ball unbeaten 59. For India, Washington Sundar (2/22) scalped two wickets, while Kuldeep Yadav (1/20), Shivam Mavi (1/19) and Arshdeep Singh (1/51) accounted for one batter each. Washington later came up with his maiden half-century in T20Is, scoring 50 off 28 balls and in-form batter Suryakumar Yadav scored a 34-ball 47 but it was not enough. Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner chocked India in the middle overs, giving away just 11 runs in his four overs and dismissing two batters. Also Read: Australian Open: Djokovic downs Tsitsipas to win 10th Melbourne title Teams: India: Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan (wk), Rahul Tripathi, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya (c), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner (c), Ish Sodhi, Jacob Duffy, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

29 January,2023 06:51 PM IST | Lucknow | PTI
Skipper Ajinkya Rahane after Mumbai’s draw v Maharashtra on Friday. Pic/Ashish Raje

MCA to review Mumbai’s Ranji ouster in emergent meeting

Mumbai’s ouster in the league stage of the Ranji Trophy on Friday has prompted the Mumbai Cricket Association’s Apex Council to review the Ajinkya Rahane-led team’s performance in their next emergent meeting. The 41-time champions claimed 24 points from seven games in Elite Group ‘B’, in which they won three, lost two and drew two matches. Mumbai’s must-win game against Maharashtra ended in a draw at the Brabourne Stadium on Friday. MCA secretary Ajinkya Naik “We [MCA] were definitely expecting a championship [win] from our Mumbai team. We will review our performances across all age group teams including the Ranji team in our upcoming emergent meeting and try to find out where we can work things positively,” MCA secretary Ajinkya Naik told Sunday mid-day. Mumbai last won the national championship in 2015-16 under Aditya Tare. They were coached then by Chandrakant Pandit. Rahane, who scored two centuries, emerged Mumbai’s top-scorer with 634 runs in the tournament. Opener Prithvi Shaw, who made a comeback to India’s T20 squad, had 595 runs under his belt, while Sarfaraz Khan, who missed the crucial game against Maharashtra due to viral fever, amassed 556 runs. Also Read: Ajinkya Rahane: No one bigger than team Spin bowling all-rounder Tanush Kotian, who came up with a brave 93 against Maharashtra despite six stitches on his hand, totalled 303 runs, averaging 101 apart from 20 scalps with his off-spin.  Left-arm spinner Shams Mulani was consistent with 46 wickets, while pacers Tushar Deshpande and Mohit Avasthi claimed 23 and 21 respectively.

29 January,2023 08:08 AM IST | Mumbai | Subodh Mayure
India’s Washington Sundar wears a dejected look during the first T20I against New Zealand at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi on Friday. Pic/PTI

Washington Sundar: We’ll have to be patient

It is obvious that the Test Championship final in England in June and the ICC (50 overs) World Cup to be held in India later this year have taken priority for the Indian team and thus the T20Is have taken a backseat. This has given the selectors and team management an opportunity to try out emerging players under a young captain Hardik Pandya in the ongoing series against New Zealand. With plenty of young, inexperienced players in the XI there are bound to be setbacks, like the Indian team suffered in the 1st T20I in Ranchi on Friday.  No doubt, the team had their moments, but due to inexperience, the young players fumbled in their lines and allowed New Zealand to walk away with the match despite a fighting knock by Washington Sunder.  Death bowling, a concern There are a few things that the team management will need to sort out when the Men in Blue take on the Kiwis in the 2nd T20I here at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium today. The areas of concern are death bowling and batting upfront. The bowlers, especially Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik leaked runs which helped the Black Caps to put up a strong total and while chasing, the Indian top three could not fire, which left the later batsmen too much to do. There are not too many options on the bench for head coach Rahul Dravid and Pandya to play with. At the most, they can think of bringing in pace bowler Mukesh Kumar for Malik and Prithvi Shaw for batter Rahul Tripathi.  But the bottom line is that the young team have to raise their game in order to keep the series alive till the last game in Ahmedabad on February 1. Also Read: It was just one-off game: Washington Sundar on loss to NZ in T20I opener Enough firepower in the XI There is no doubt that the inexperienced Indian team, without top draws Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, have enough gumption to fight it out like Sundar showed with his superb knock. He was confident of the team emerging stronger by learning from their mistakes. “The team management is very calm and patient, keen as long as we are learning from all the mistakes. That’s an amazing quality. Going forward, we will be a very, very strong side,” he said after India lost at Ranchi.  Defending the poor performance of some players, he said: “It’s a game where anything can happen. We will have to be patient. At the end of the day, it’s a sport where both teams cannot win and all 22 players cannot perform. All of them have done well to get to this stage.”        On Arshdeep Singh’s performance, he said: ”Arsh has taken so many wickets—for India and in the IPL. We are also human beings. When the competition is very high, and the opposition is of the highest quality, such things can happen,” Washington said in support of his teammate. ‘Malik’s an X-factor’ He also went on to defend young paceman Malik. “The way he [Malik] bowled against Sri Lanka and New Zealand [in ODIs] that’s why we all know he’s here... He’s an X-factor, someone who bowls above 150 [kmph] consistently and that’s a rare quality.” It needs to be seen if Dravid and Pandya will ring in a couple of changes or give the players who misfired another chance to prove their mettle.

29 January,2023 08:06 AM IST | Lucknow | Santosh Suri
India’s Shafali Verma addresses the media. Pic/Getty Images

Shafali Verma hopeful of leading India to first women’s ICC title

Batting sensation Shafali Verma will chase history when she leads India against England in the first-ever ICC U-19 Women’s T20 World Cup final here on Sunday. The Indian women’s cricket team have never won a World Cup at any level and the young batter, who has been part of two World Cups and one Commonwealth Games final with the senior team, will look to bring the elusive title home. Shafali does not want to let go of the opportunity this time. “Haan bahut finals khela hai [Yes, I’ve played a lot of finals and seen it all],” Shafali, who turned 19 on Saturday, said on the eve of the final. “It’s all past and that cannot be recreated. We are determined to bring the World Cup this time and are trying to improve day by day,” she added. “It’s about going out there and enjoying the game. I’ve told the teammates ‘don’t stress, just give your 100 per cent.” India suffered one defeat in the Super Six league stage where they lost to Australia.  “We had nervous moments and couldn’t sleep, thinking about whether we could make the final or not... But we have learnt from the mistakes and here we are.” India will be up against a strong England side that topped its Super Six group by winning all the four matches. Also Read: Shweta Sehrawat’s 61*, Parshavi Chopra’s 3-20 take India to U-19 WC final

29 January,2023 07:49 AM IST | Potchefstroom | PTI
Lucknow's Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium. PIC/AFP

Cricket fans in for a Lucknowi treat

When India take on New Zealand in the second T20I in Lucknow on Sunday, the serene Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium will host its tenth men’s international fixture. Surprisingly, fans in the city will witness the Men in Blue in action only for the fourth time. After the stadium was approved as Afghansitan’s adopted home ground in 2019, they played three T20Is, three ODIs and a solitary Test against the West Indies here. Also read: Maharashtra captain Ankit Bawne wants BCCI to rethink Ranji points system The first international match at this venue was when West Indies toured here on November 6, 2018. To the fan's disappointment, regular skipper Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni were rested for that T20I series. However, Rohit Sharma, standing in for Kohli, made up for it by producing a scintillating 111 not out off just 61 balls, his fourth T20I hundred. KL Rahul, batting at No. 4, landed some lusty blows to take India to a strong total of 195-2. West Indies, without their T20 superstars like Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Dwayne Bravo, were just too timid in their batting innings. They limped to 124-9, losing by 71 runs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel Ahmed and Kuldeep Yadav, all chipped in with a couple of wickets. India’s second fixture scheduled at this venue was a one-day international against South Africa on March 15, 2020. Unfortunately, the match was called off due to Covid-19 and the whole country went into lockdown a couple of weeks later. Fans in Lucknow had to wait for three and a half years to see India in action again. Sri Lanka faced Rohit & Co in a T20I on February 24, 2020. Opener Ishan Kishan blasted his way to 89 off 56 balls. He was well supported by Shreyas Iyer who upped the ante in the end, scoring a 28-ball 57. Sri Lanka never really got going in the second innings, falling 62 runs short of the target of 200. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2-9. Fortunately, the action returned to the city in the same year. This time it was an ODI against South Africa on October 6. South Africa were full-strength but India fielded a second-stringed side led by Shikhar Dhawan with the main team in Australia preparing for the T20 World Cup. South Africa were on the back foot at 71-3 and then 110-4. However, Heinrich Klaasen (74 off 65 balls) and David Miller (75 off 63 balls) forged a 139-run stand to take the Proteas to a competitive 249-4. India were in dire straits at 51-4 before Shreyas Iyer’s counter-attacking 50 off 37 balls gave them some respite. After that, it just became a Sanju Samson show. He scored an unbeaten 63-ball 86 but couldn’t take India over the line, getting little strike in the death overs. India fell short by just nine runs. Strangely, despite being the capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow has never been the centre of cricket in the state. 90-km away from the capital, Kanpur’s Green Park stadium boasts a much richer history, having hosted 49 international games including 23 Tests, 15 ODIs and one T20I. But, that is likely to change in the upcoming years. Along with the international fixtures, IPL franchise Lucknow Super Giants are also slated to play their home games at the Ekana stadium. With Lucknow also getting a franchise in the Women’s Premier League, the city is likely to become one of the major cricketing hubs in the country

28 January,2023 06:10 PM IST | Mumbai | Priyansh Goel
Maharashtra skipper Anit Bawne at Brabourne recently Pic/Ashish Raje

Maharashtra captain Ankit Bawne wants BCCI to rethink Ranji points system

Maharashtra captain Ankit Bawne was disappointed after their last Elite Group ‘B’ Ranji Trophy game against Mumbai, which ended in a draw at the Brabourne Stadium on Friday. After seven games, Maharashtra secured 26 points without losing a game, but were placed third in the group. Saurashtra, who won three and lost two matches, got 26 points to enter the knockout stage as they won with bonus points. In a similar case, Andhra Pradesh too got knockout qualification with 26 points with four wins and two losses.   Hence Bawne, 30, who has scored 7,341 runs in 110 first-class games, wants the BCCI to think about points system again. “Honestly, I think the BCCI has to look at the point system. If a bonus point is so crucial then people will start making pitches where games will get over in two days. I think if there is a tie in the points, then we should look at head-to-head. Whoever has won should proceed. This is my view about it. “I think in this match, we have seen that it [first innings tied] has happened only for the tenth time. It was great to be part of this game. We tried our best. We did well in bowling; I did my best as a captain. [Mumbai’s] Prasad Pawar and Tanush Kotian’s partnership was very important. But again, you participate in these tournaments to reach the knockouts. You have the dream to win the Ranji Trophy. Sadly, we couldn’t qualify despite not losing a single match; feeling a little hurt as the team were playing in good spirit. The players were performing well,” Bawne said on Friday.    Bawne also expressed his disappointment over the team's performance against Assam and Hyderabad. He remarked: “I am very disappointed that we couldn't get an outright win against Assam. The match got over in the first innings when other teams were winning outright against them, but we could only take the first innings lead. Even against Hyderabad we missed a bonus point narrowly. We have learned the true value of every run and every point in this game. But I am disappointed with these two games because Saurashtra and Andhra have qualified after losing two matches outright. We, on the other hand, didn't lose a single match.”

28 January,2023 02:59 PM IST | Mumbai | Subodh Mayure
Indian batters Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya during the first T20 cricket match.Pic/PTI

Time for Ishan, Hooda to fire as captain Pandya faces must-win situation

India will have to raise their game a few notches as the Hardik Pandya-led side faces a must-win situation to level the three-match T20I series against New Zealand, here on Sunday. India were caught in a spin web on the Ranchi pitch and lost the opener by 21 runs on Friday. The loss also highlighted India's bowling profligacy, especially by the pace duo of Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik. If tearaway pacer Malik conceded 16 runs in one over, Arshdeep leaked 27 runs in the last over, which put pressure on the India batters while chasing. That expensive over from the young left-arm quick was the turning point as he was smashed for three sixes and a boundary. India's batters were off to an inauspicious start with the top-three managing just 15 runs. The hosts ended up scoring 155/9, which would have been a par score to defend on the wicket, as indicated by Washington Sundar after the match. "150 would've been par and we would've been very happy with it," the India all-rounder said. Also read: Feels good when team captain backs you: Shubman Gill after win against Sri Lanka in 1st ODI Skipper Pandya, however, is unlikely to bring in uncapped pace bowler Mukesh Kumar for the second T20I and will probably back Arshdeep to bounce back. Kishan, Hooda under scrutiny ========================= While Shubman Gill, who has been in red-hot form in the ODIs, has played just four T20Is and is still learning the nuances of the shortest format, the big concern will be the two key batters -- Ishan Kishan and Deepak Hooda. Occupying the opening spot, Kishan is nowhere near the ominous form he showed while slamming a record-breaking ODI double-century against Bangladesh last December. Since then, Ishan's scores in the last seven innings in both ODIs and T20Is read 37, 2, 1, 5, 8 n.o., 17 and 4. If one just considers the T20Is, it's been a while since he last scored a fifty -- against South Africa on June 14, 2022. Hooda, too, hasn't enjoyed much success as a lower middle-order batter and averages just 17.88 in the last 13 innings, with the highest being the unbeaten 41 against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede. His innings of 10 runs from 10 balls at No. 7 on Friday lacked impact and the rotation of strike also came under scrutiny, especially when the New Zealand spinners were bowling. While India are unlikely to try out newcomer Jitesh Sharma in the role of wicketkeeper-batter in the middle-order on Sunday, time is certainly running out for Hooda and Kishan. Despite the loss on Friday, there was a huge positive for India in Washington Sundar, who not only bowled a tidy four overs of spin to take two wickets, but also emerged India's topscorer with a 28-ball 50 batting at No. 6. With No.1-ranked T20I batter Suryakumar Yadav in terrific form, India would need someone at the top of the order to raise their game and do some big hitting, given that the Ekana Stadium here has big boundaries. The Kiwis, on the other hand, would look for another victory to secure a memorable series win in India. They will once again rely heavily on their in-form duo of Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell. Teams (from) India: Hardik Pandya (c), Suryakumar Yadav (vc), Ishan Kishan (wk), Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, Deepak Hooda, Rahul Tripathi, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik, Shivam Mavi and Mukesh Kumar. New Zealand: Mitchell Santner (c), Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Glenn Phillips, Dane Cleaver (wk), Mark Chapman, Michael Bracewell, Daryl Mitchell, Michael Rippon, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Jacob Duffy, Henry Shipley and Ben Lister. Match starts: 7pm.  This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

28 January,2023 02:54 PM IST | Lucknow | PTI
Indian batter Washington Sundar plays a shot during the first T20 cricket match.Pic/PTI

It was just one-off game: Washington Sundar on loss to NZ in T20I opener

India all-rounder Washington Sundar termed their loss to New Zealand in the opening T20I here as a "one-off" defeat and backed the hosts to bounce back in the three-match series. Chasing an competitive 177, India's top-three, including in-form Shubman Gill (7) were dismissed for just 15 runs inside 19 balls, making the task difficult for the remaining batters with the home team settling for 155 for 9, handing New Zealand a 21-run win, their first victory of the tour on Friday night. New Zealand were swept 0-3 in the preceding ODI series by India before the new-look home side under Hardik Pandya took over for the T20 leg. "I think it was just a one-off game," said Washington, who scored a quickfire 28-ball 50, besides returning with tidy figures of 2/22. "I don't think that just because it was spinning so much, we have to address anything. Just that one-off game. Had we got off to a flier or a better start, things would've been much different. Obviously, it did spin, and you will see such wickets here and there. Also read: Feels good when team captain backs you: Shubman Gill after win against Sri Lanka in 1st ODI "...people over here and players in our team have played on such wickets in the IPL and even in the Indian team. So, just that one-off game where certain things didn't go our way," he added.Will you stop going to a restaurant, if you don't get your favourite biryani?************************************************************But his responses seemed "unconvincing" for a journalist, who went on to probe further and asked whether they should "change" their top order. This time, the youngster was at his wittiest best. "Do you really think a change is needed? If you don't get your favourite biryani in one of the restaurants, you will never go to that restaurant?" "All of them have made so many runs. It's just one day. It happens to anyone -- even New Zealand collapsed in Raipur (108 all out in 34.3 overs in the second ODI)," Washington said. "It did not mean they had to change their top order. It's a game where anything can happen. We will have to be patient. At the end of the day, it's a sport where both teams cannot win and all 22 players cannot perform. All of them have done well to get to this stage." The 23-year-old backed left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh, who registered poor figures of 4-0-51-1 and young pace sensation Umran Malik, who conceded 16 runs in the only over he bowled during New Zealand's innings. "He (Arshdeep) has taken so many wickets -- for India and in the IPL. We are also human beings, we also want to play the sport. When the competition is very high, and the opposition is of the highest quality such things can happen," Washington said in support of his teammate. "The way he (Malik) bowled against Sri Lanka and New Zealand (in ODIs) that's why we all know he's here. He's an X-factor, someone who bowls above 150 consistently and that's a rare quality." Washington went on to hail the team management under head coach Rahul Dravid. "...also with this management, they are very calm and patient, keen as long as we are learning from all the mistakes, that's an amazing quality. Going forward, we will be a very very strong side," he said. He also praised Kiwi all-rounder Daryl Mitchell for his unbeaten 59 off 30 balls, which eventually made the difference. "Obviously, Daryl's innings was very crucial for them. Around 150 would be par, we would have been very happy with that. But he made the difference by actually getting a half-century for himself," he concluded. The second T20I will be played in Lucknow on Sunday. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

28 January,2023 12:13 PM IST | Ranchi | PTI
NZ’s Daryl Mitchell en-route his 30-ball 59 v India. Pics/PTI

Ind vs NZ 1st T20: Death-overs blitz propels Kiwis to 176-6 in Ranchi

Left-handed batter Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell produced commanding half-centuries as New Zealand posted a challenging 176 for six against India in the opening T20 International here on Friday. At the time of going to press, India were 33-3 after five overs. Opener Conway, who had scored 138 in the third ODI in Indore, continued his purple patch with a 35-ball 52 after opening the innings, while Daryl Mitchell smashed a 30-ball unbeaten 59, which included a last-over thrashing of Arshdeep Singh for 27 runs. Devon Conway Opting to bowl, Indian bowlers struggled to get their line and length at the start, allowing New Zealand to get off to a good start. Finn Allen (35) looked in good touch as he smashed Hardik Pandya for successive boundaries, while a juicy half volley from Arshdeep was hit straight to the boundary. Conway also punished the left-arm pacer for a widish ball as New Zealand put up 23 in two overs. Washington Sundar, however, got a lot of purchase from the wicket and soon saw the back of Allen and Mark Chapman (0) in the space of five deliveries to reduce New Zealand to 43 for 2. Conway, however, kept it going with two fours and a six off Umran Malik, who bled 16 runs in his only over. Kuldeep then struck with a googly as Glenn Phillips went for a slog, only to be holed out by Surya at deep midwicket. Daryl Mitchell then joined Conway and, after surviving two video referrels for a caught behind and an LBW. Brief scoresNZ 176-6 in 20 overs (D Mitchell 59*, D Conway 52; W Sundar 2-22) v India 33-3 in five overs (scores incomplete)

28 January,2023 10:42 AM IST | Ranchi | PTI
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