India and Australia are currently involved in a three-match ODI series. Although India are playing at home, the Aussies dominated them in the first match. So, here are the top three things that we learned from Australia’s win over India in the first ODI:
1) Wonderful Warner
David Warner smashed yet another ODI century in this match. His partnership with Aaron Finch was extremely good, making sure that the Aussies chased down the target with ease. Warner has one of the best century conversion rates in ODI history, and he proved his abilities once again. He will be hoping to continue this form.
2) Fantastic Finch
Warner’s partner Finch also smashed a century of his own. In recent years, Finch has become a tremendous ODI player. He managed to smash the Indian bowlers all over the park. At no point did he seem uncomfortable on the pitch. Aaron Finch could play a key role for the Aussies during this series.
3) Clever Cummins
The Indian batting line-up simply did not get going in this match. This was mostly due to the superb bowling of Pat Cummins. Cummins is among the finest bowlers of this generation, and he proved it once again. He managed to contain the Indian batsmen superbly. He could be a major threat for India in the upcoming matches.
To sum up, this match showed that India could be beaten at home. Nevertheless, they will be looking to bounce back shortly. The batters will need to perform much better than they did, although the bowling also needs to improve. If India can bounce back, it could make for a compelling series.
After the first T20I was washed out by rain, the second T20I became even more important for both teams. India managed to win the match comprehensively, as Sri Lanka surrendered a good position in the match. So, here are the top three things that we learned from India’s T20I win over Sri Lanka:
1) Superb Saini
Navdeep Saini proved to be the key player for India in this match. He bowled fast and was extremely accurate as well. He managed to get his yorkers right, and the Sri Lankan batsmen had no answer. He also managed to touch speeds up to 147 kmph, which is fantastic for him. India will expect a lot from him going forward.
2) Wonderful Virat
Virat Kohli played well with the bat. He managed to spend time on the wicket and made the target look very easy. He also finished the match with a six, sealing a good win for his side. 2020 could be an important year for Virat, as he will be leading his team in the T20 World Cup. He will hope to continue this form in that tournament later this year.
3) Weak Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka did not have a bad start with the bat. Their openers showed good intent, and they were in a decent position after the first 9 overs. However, it was a completely different story after that. The middle-order could not capitalise, and their weaknesses were exposed again. They managed to post just 142, which India chased down easily.
To sum up, this match showed how dominant India could be at home. They chased down the target with ease, and they’ll be hoping to continue this form in the upcoming matches. Virat would accept nothing less.
New Zealand came into the test series against Australia expecting that they may be able to challenge the hosts on their own turf. This is because New Zealand are ranked higher than the Aussies. So, here are the top three things that we learned from Australia’s Test series win over New Zealand:
1) Superb Starc
Mitchell Starc has had a superb season for Australia. He was terrific in the ODI World Cup and has now carried that form into the test series. The New Zealand batsmen were unable to cope with the pace and swing offered by Starc. He managed to trouble them on a consistent basis, leading his team’s bowling attack.
2) Kane Struggle
Kane Williamson is one of the best batsmen in the world. He has the ability to dominate any bowling attack. However, in this series, he has been relatively quiet with the bat in hand. He has not managed to dominate the bowling as he can. He has been particularly vulnerable against James Pattinson, which is not a good sign for New Zealand.
3) Labuschagne Magic
Marnus Labuschagne has continued his fine form with the bat. He managed to punish the Kiwi bowlers. He has now reached a career-high test ranking of number 4 in the world. While Steve Smith had a relatively quiet series, Labuschagne has made sure that his team scores a high total every time they walk out to bat.
To sum up, this series has not been as closely fought as everyone expected it to be. The Aussies have been in prime form, and have managed to seal the series by winning the first two tests. New Zealand will be hoping to get a consolation win in the final test.
After the first test had ended in a draw, Pakistan had to win the second one to take the series. They were struggling for the first two days but managed to turn it around. So, here are the top three things that we learned from Pakistan’s test series win over Sri Lanka:
1) Superb Shaheen
Shaheen Afridi has emerged as a reliable test bowler in this series. He managed to trouble the Lankan batsmen and proved himself again. Shaheen is still a teenager – and this means that he still has the ability to improve himself. He has the chance to become one of the best bowlers in the world in the coming years.
2) Amazing Ali
16-year old Abid Ali is breaking records left, right, and centre. He had previously scored a century on his ODI debut. During this series, he scored a ton on his Test debut as well. This shows his ability with the bat. Ali could prove to be a reliable solution for Pakistan’s ongoing batting woes. He could become a focal point for them.
3) Weak Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka will be really disappointed by their performance in the second innings of the second test. They had a handsome lead after the first innings and could have gone on to win the match and the series. However, their bowlers failed to build on the first innings and let Pakistan back into the game by conceding 555 in the second innings.
To sum up, this match showed that Pakistan have the ability to bounce back from any situation. They were well behind after the first innings but still managed to take the match and the series comfortably. Well done to them!
The West Indies managed to stun India in the first ODI. They chased down 288 to beat India at their own turf. So, here are the top three things that we learned from the West Indies’ win over India in the First ODI:
1) Superb Shimron
Shimron Hetmyer has always been a player with huge potential. However, he has not always performed up to expectations. He had a poor IPL last time and was also inconsistent in the World Cup. But in this match he showed his true potential. His innings of 139 led his team to a stunning win over India.
2) India Struggle
India struggled with the bat in hand. Although they posted 287 in the end, they were never quite in control. Plus, considering the manner in which Hetmyer batted, there were not too many demons in the pitch. Indian batsmen will have to improve their performance over the rest of this series if they want to compete.
3) Poor Dube
Shivam Dube did not impress with the ball in hand. He was too easy to put away and struggled with his line and length. India are trying to groom Dube as a replacement for the injured Pandya, but the experiment is not going too well. Dube really needs to improve as a bowler if he wants to cement his place.
To sum up, this match showed that the Indians are beatable at home. The West Indies have been in good form in the ODIs, and they will be hoping to continue this form over the remaining matches. This could be a very closely-fought series!
Australia have hammered Pakistan in their two-test series. The Aussies completely dominated the Pakistanis, winning both tests by an innings. So, here are the top three things that we learned from Australia’s test series win over Pakistan:
1) Superb Starc
Mitchell Starc proved to be too much for the Pakistan batsmen. His control over line and length was matched by his pace. The Pakistani batsmen had to answers. He looked like taking a wicket every time he came in to bowl. Apart from Babar Azam, nobody really managed to even be competitive against his bowling.
2) Excellent Lyon
Nathan Lyon continued to take wickets throughout the series. He is one of the most underrated bowlers in the world. Australian pitches are not the most helpful for spinners. However, Lyon has always proved to be a handful. In this series, he managed to outfox the Pakistani batsmen, playing a crucial role for the Aussies.
3) Pakistan Struggle
Pakistani bowlers had a really poor series. They just did not have the answers against the Aussie batsmen. In both the tests, Australia managed to put up more than 500 on the board. The Pakistani attack is touted to be one of the best in the world. However, the attack really appeared to be toothless in Australia.
To sum up, this series showed that Australia are still very hard to beat at home. On the other hand, Pakistan continue to be very sloppy away from home. Australia now face the challenge of defeating New Zealand, in what could prove to be a close series.
New Zealand have won their test series against England 1-0. The kiwis won the first match by an innings, while the second test ended in a draw. So, here are the top three things that we learned from New Zealand’s test series win over England:
1) Wonderful Wagner
Neil Wagner had a superb series with the ball. He managed to pick up five-wicket hauls, he was consistent with his length and managed to trouble the English batsmen. He has proven to be especially potent in the second innings of test matches. He will be hoping to continue this form in Australia.
2) Watling Magic
BJ Watling had a superb series as well. He managed to deflate the English bowlers in the first test. His double century was one of the highlights of the series. This year has been extremely good for Watling, who has proved that he is one of the top wicketkeeper-batsmen in the world. He will be a threat to any side.
3) Unlucky Archer
Jofra Archer had a tough series with the ball. He must realise that test cricket is not easy at all. Archer needs to be much more patient with the ball in hand. At the same time, he was also quite unlucky in this series. He was not backed up by his fielders, especially by Joe Denly, who will remember his drop for a long, long time.
To sum up, this series showed why New Zealand is ranked number two in the world. The kiwis outplayed the Englishmen and won the series quite comfortably. England will need to regroup before their tour of South Africa.
India have hammered Bangladesh in their two-test series. The hosts were extremely clinical and managed to win both matches comprehensively. So, here are the top three things that we learned from India’s test series win over Bangladesh:
1) Amazing Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal was simply outstanding for India in this series, and he showed his class once again. He managed to give India another good start and set up the platform for the hosts. He has looked in superb form, and he will be hoping to continue this in the next few series. He looks like a superb prospect for his country.
2) Superb Shami
Although Ishant Sharma won the man of the series award, it was Mohammad Shami who got the more important wickets for India. He bowled with superb pace and managed to trouble the Bangladeshi batsmen with his pace. He will be hoping to continue his superb form in the coming matches.
3) Poor Mahmudullah
In the absence of Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh wanted Mahmudullah to step up his game with both bat and ball. However, he proved to be a major disappointment for his team. He simply did not do enough for his team. Once again, it proved that Bangladesh is highly reliant on its superstars like Tamim and Shakib.
To sum up, this series showed us that India are by far the best test team at the moment. They have been extremely consistent, and totally deserve their place at the top of the World Test Championship.
Afghanistan have proved once again that they cannot be taken lightly. They had just lost the ODI series to the Windies 3-0. They had also lost the first T20I. However, they managed to bounce back and win the T20I series 2-1. So, here are the top three things that we learned from the T20I series between Afghanistan and the Windies:
1) Rashid Magic
The Afghan fightback was led by Rashid Khan. Time and again, he has proved to be the saviour for his team. Especially in the deciding match, he managed to control the flow of runs when his team needed it the most. Rashid has continued to improve as a cricketer, and he surely has a long and prolific career ahead of him.
2) Gritty Gurbaz
Afghanistan have found a gem of a cricketer in Rahmanullah Gurbaz. The young wicketkeeper had a superb series. He was agile behind the stumps, and also made some important contributions with the bat. Although his other more prolific team-mates will take the applause, Gurbaz has certainly proved his worth.
3) Poor Pollard
Keiron Pollard was poor with the bat in this series. He did not take responsibility for his team. Even though he was made the captain, he did not justify this tag. He should have led his team out of the tricky situations that they were in. Especially in the third T20I, he had the chance to take his team to a win, but he threw it away.
To sum up, this series showed us that these two teams are very closely matched. The way that Afghanistan bounced back, they will be extremely upbeat. The Windies will be deflated and will hope to recover soon.
Bangladesh had won the first game, India had won the second. It all came down to the decider. In the final match of the series, India managed to hold their nerve and win the series. So, here are the top three things that we learned from the T20I series between India and Bangladesh:
1) Chahar Charisma
What more can be said about Deepak Chahar? He was simply outstanding in the final T20I. He was not only named as the player of the match, but he also walked away with the player of the series award. His figures of 6 for 7 in the last match were the best ever bowling figures in a men’s T20I. Hats off to this young man.
2) Superb Shreyas
Shreyas Iyer had a good series. He played a crucial role in the final T20I. It appears that Iyer could be the solution to India’s issues at number four. He managed to dig in and played some superb shots in the final game. His partnership with KL Rahul proved to be extremely important for India. He will be hoping to continue this form.
3) Bangladesh Collapse
There were four occasions in the final T20I when Bangladesh lost two wickets in two balls. This showed that their batting lineup failed to apply themselves. The target set by India was not out of their reach. But throughout the series, the Bangladeshi batsmen have not played to their true potential.
To sum up, this series was a closely-fought affair. India would not have expected Bangladesh to play so well and take a series lead after the first match. However, India managed to bounce back in style. They will be looking forward to the test series now.