The Indians had whitewashed the Kiwis in the T20I series. On the back of this result, nobody really gave the hosts a chance in the ODIs. However, New Zealand managed to shock everyone by whitewashing India in the ODI series. So, here are the top three things that we learned from New Zealand’s ODI series win over India:
1) Tremendous Taylor
Ross Taylor is now considered to be a veteran cricketer. Despite his age, he proved once again that he is still a force to be reckoned with. He was superb with the bat throughout the series, leading his team to a 3-0 whitewash. Taylor could also prove to be extremely dangerous in the upcoming T20 World Cup.
2) Tight Bowling
The New Zealand bowlers were superb during the series. A prime example of this is the way they were able to keep Virat Kohli quiet in the series. With Rohit Sharma also missing due to an injury, India’s batters simply did not have the answer to the superb bowling of the Kiwis. Kane Williamson will be proud of his boys.
3) Weak India
India’s performance in the field was simply not up to the mark. They managed to leak a lot of runs due to their poor fielding. At the same time, their bowling was also not too impressive. The biggest indicator of this was the fact that Jasprit Bumrah went wicketless in the series. India really need to improve their bowling in ODIs.
To sum up, New Zealand managed to turn things around fairly quickly. They were able to beat India comprehensively in this series, indicating that they are still a force in the ODIs. India will need to look at their bowling and come back stronger.
The test series between South Africa and England was dominated by the away side. England managed to win the series despite losing the first game. The ODI series has also begun well for South Africa. So, here are the top three things that we learned from South Africa’s ODI win over England:
1) Dashing De Kock
Quinton De Kock is the new ODI captain for South Africa. He showed his importance with the bat in this match. He smashed a quickfire century for his side, making sure that they chased down the target with ease. It has been a great start for the new captain, and he will be hoping to continue this in the next few matches.
2) Tremendous Temba
Temba Bavuma was making a comeback to the side after a long time. He has been a victim of too much media pressure in recent weeks. However, he came out strong in this match. Although he missed out on a century by just two runs, he showed his class with the bat. South Africa need him to continue this form.
3) Weak England
England’s bowling attack looked pretty toothless in this game. They were unable to restrict De Kock and Bavuma. Tom Curran and Chris Woakes simply did not take enough wickets in the match. It was a similar story for Parkinson, who was unable to control the flow of runs. England need to perform much better with the ball.
To sum up, South Africa showed that they have the ability to challenge any side in the world. They have just beaten the ODI world champions with ease. The South Africans will be hoping to continue this form and win the series.
India had never won a T20I series in New Zealand up until now. However, in the current five-match series, they have managed to show remarkable consistency to win the first three matches. So, here are the top three things that we learned from India’s T20I series win over New Zealand:
1) Superb Rohit
Rohit Sharma has been simply superb for India in the series till now. He played a crucial role for his side in the third T20I played yesterday. After the match had ended in a tie, India needed 10 off the last 2 balls of the super over. In such a complex situation, Rohit managed to hit two sixes to win the game for his side.
2) Sublime Kane
Kane Williamson has not been too consistent with the bat in recent series. However, he has managed to change this in the current series. He played superbly in the third T20I, scoring a quick-fire 95 for his side. New Zealand will be hoping that their captain can continue this form in the upcoming matches.
3) Unlucky Southee
Tim Southee continues to be extremely unlucky in super overs. He has not managed to bowl his team to a win in a super over for a long time. This happened again in the last match, as Rohit managed to smash two sixes off the bowling of Southee. He will be hoping to bounce back in the remaining two matches.
To sum up, India have managed to win their first series in New Zealand on the basis of their strong batting. Their top-order looks in great form, and they will now be looking to complete a whitewash over the Kiwis.
India and Australia have just completed a hard-fought three-match ODI series. Although Australia won the first match, India managed to bounce back and win the series. So, here are the top three things that we learned from India’s ODI series win over Australia:
1) Superb Rohit
Rohit Sharma had a superb 2019, and he has begun 2020 in the same form. He smashed a century against Australia in the third match, making sure that his team went over the line. He is looking unstoppable at the moment, although New Zealand will be a real test of his batting abilities. Let’s hope he lives up to the expectations of Indian fans.
2) Sublime Kohli
What more can be said about Virat Kohli? He continued his superb record in ODI chases and is only behind MS Dhoni in terms of his record in the second innings of ODIs. He had a superb partnership with Rohit Sharma in the decider, making sure that India won the game. He also played a good hand in the second match of the series.
3) Smith Battle
Although Steve Smith managed to score an ODI century after a long time, the feelings are bittersweet for him. His team lost the series despite having won the first game comprehensively. In the final ODI, Smith gave it his all, but he simply could not accelerate enough at the end. The Aussies really needed a bigger total in the game.
To sum up, this series was a really intense one, as both teams gave it their all. It was not a long series, but the intensity compensated for the length. India are now off to New Zealand, while the Australians are going back to play in the Big Bash.
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.