Hello and welcome to the daily round-up of all the major stories happening in the cricketing world today.
First up is David Warner getting reinstated as SRH captain followed by KKR's Pravin Tambe being officially barred from participating in IPL 2020. Indian women's team clinched a last-ball thriller to enter semi-finals of T20 WC while Dilip Vengsarkar questioned Cheteshwar Pujara's ability to rotate strike. And lastly, Australia thump South Africa in the decider to clinch T20I series.
Here is a look at all those stories in detail.
#1 David Warner reinstated as SRH captain
Australian opener and 2016 IPL-winning captain with Sunrisers Hyderabad, David Warner was once again reinstated as captain of the franchise. Indian bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar was announced as Warner's deputy for the coming IPL season beginning March 29.
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Warner, who won the orange cap in 2015, 2017 and 2019, is fourth on the list of top run-getters in the history of IPL cricket, behind only to Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, and Rohit Sharma.
"I'm thrilled to be given the captaincy for this coming IPL 2020... I'm extremely grateful to be given the opportunity to lead the team once again."
"I'd like to thank Kane and Bhuvi for the way you guys led throughout the last couple of years, you guys did an outstanding job. And I'll be leaning on you guys for the support and your insight to the game as well. And to the management thank you once again for giving me this opportunity. And I'll try my very, very best to lifting that IPL Trophy this year."
#2 Pravin Tambe barred from participating in IPL 2020
KKR's INR 20 lakh buy in December auction last year, Pravin Tambe was barred by the IPL council from participation in this year's competition. 48-year-old Tambe participated in a T10 league in Sharjah in 2018 and according to the BCCI rules, an Indian player can participate in any T20 or T10 tournament conducted by another board only after his retirement.
Brijesh Patel, IPL chairman stated Tambe's participation in a foreign league was unacceptable and if he was allowed to play in IPL 2020, then the rules for other players will also have to be changed accordingly.
“He (Tambe) won't be allowed to play IPL... He (Tambe) won’t be allowed otherwise we have to allow everyone... The board only allows players to play in one day, three day, four day and county cricket and each player has to seek BCCI and respective state association’s no-objection certificate.”
Your passion and love for the sport is quite inspirational, Pravin Tambe 🙌— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) December 20, 2019
Kolkata is all pumped-up to have you in the 23-Knight 💪 squad 💜#KKR #IPL2020 #KorboLorboJeetbo #IPLAuction2020 pic.twitter.com/r5zkuDcteY
Full article: IPL 2020: KKR's Pravin Tambe barred from participating
#3 India clinch last-ball thriller to enter semi-finals
The Indian women's team beat New Zealand by three runs to qualify for the semi-finals after making it three in three in the ongoing Women's T20 WC in Australia. After hammering Australia and Bangladesh in the first two matches, the Indian team rallied behind teenager Shafali Verma and Radha Yadav to edge past a tense finish.
16-year-old Shafali Verma stroked her way to an enthralling knock of 46 runs that included three sixes. Chasing a target of 134, the white ferns lost their way after a promising start, losing wickets at regular intervals. Amelia Kerr gave India a scare as she took the match into the last over with 9 needed off two balls. However, despite hitting a boundary she failed to capitalize on the last ball as New Zealand lost by three runs.
India: 133-8 (20 overs)
Shafali Verma 46(34), Taniya Bhatia 23(25); Amelia Kerr 2/21
New Zealand: 130-6 (20 overs)
Amelia Kerr 34*(19), Maddy Green 24(23); Shikha Pandey 1/21
I was happy with the performance and wanted to give a good start at the powerplay. I waited for the loose balls which is my strength and it paid off today. I practised a lot with the boys and I want to thank my dad and all the boys at the practice who helped me train well in batting.
#4 Vengsarkar questions Pujara's ability to rotate strike
Former chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar came down heavily on Indian middle-order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, questioning his ability to rotate the strike and keep the scoreboard ticking. India suffered a humiliating 10-wicket loss in the first Test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.
Vengsarkar criticised Pujara for not taking singles regularly despite scoring bulk of the runs. He stated that due to less rotation of the strike, the non-striker was stranded for long spells at the other end and resulting in a fall of wicket while trying to up the scoring rate.
“He (Pujara) has scored a lot of runs, but he has to be able to rotate the strike, otherwise his batting partner will be in trouble as he will lose the rhythm being stranded at the other end for long periods."
“We allowed the game to get away after having New Zealand at 225/7 by bowling short. The New Zealand, Australia or England batsmen are not going to get out on our short bowling. They are used to it. Their lower order got the runs and took the score to 348.”
#5 Australia thumped South Africa in decider to clinch T20I series.
Australia won the three-match T20I series against South Africa by beating them in the title decider by 97 runs in thrid and final game played at Newlands in Cape Town. Mitchell Starc rocked the Proteas batting line-up in their chase of 194 runs, by taking three crucial wickets to bowl them out for 96 runs.
Earlier, Quinton de Kock's decision to put the Aussies into bat first proved wrong as the opening pair of David Warner and Aaron Finch added 120 runs for the opening wicket. Steven Smith proved to a thorn for the Proteas once again as he played a crucial cameo to take the Aussie score past the 190-run mark.
Australia: 193-5 (20 overs)
David Warner 57(37), Aaron Finch 55(37); Tabraiz Shamsi 1/25
South Africa: 96 all-out (15.3 overs)
Rassie van der Dussen 24(19), Heinrich Klassen 22(18); Mitchell Starc 3/23
It's a very good morning! Our Aussie men have claimed the T20I series on the Qantas Tour of South Africa, winning the decider in Cape Town by 97 runs! 🇦🇺🏆👏— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) February 26, 2020
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I think it has been a pretty good job from all the bowlers and it is something we want to keep building on. Quinton is a key player and we saw that in the previous game; he's a nice one to get early and get stuck into their middle order. We were all hoping for Agar to get another hat-trick. The spinners have been excellent; we have been doing a good job and there are players waiting in the wings as well. We have a bit of time for the World Cup, a few T20s in New Zealand and we have time to build on it. A 100-run stand for the opening wicket and a few other positives are there for us to build on.
Wickets in the powerplay is key, it goes a long way if you keep your wickets in hand in winning the game. Yes, it is a very settled side. Huge credit to all the boys, Ashton in my mind was the Man of the Series. And with Adam Zampa, the way they've controlled the middle overs has been amazing. They spin it both ways and challenge both edges and they are a difficult proposition.