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SK News Point - Live Cricket News - 20th January 2016

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Updated: 20 January 2017 17:32 IST - Published: 20 January 2017 10:09 IST
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Alex Hales in doubt for third ODI

Star England opener Alex Hales is in doubt for the third and final ODI between India and England, set to be held at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata on 22nd January. He is scheduled for an X-ray as soon as he arrives in Kolkata, and was seen wearing a sling around his arm as he made his way to the airport.

Hales injured his hand while attempting a catch during the second ODI in which England fell short by 15 runs. In case he doesn't manage to recover in time, Sam Billings might get a look-in. 

With their second win in as many matches, the Indian team, under captain Virat Kohli clinched the series. They had won the first ODI at Pune by 3 wickets. 

The two teams are scheduled to play a three T20I series after the ODIs conclude.
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Harmanpreet Kaur shines with 37-ball 64*Indian player

Harmanpreet  Kaur almost single-handedly took Sydney Thunder Women to win over Perth Scorchers Women in a Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) game. Kaur blasted six sixes and a four in her knock of 64* which came off just 37 balls. With the Thunder Women losing wickets regularly, Kaur, in the end, had too much to do on her own.Chasing 150, Sydney Thunder Women required 31 off the last two overs. Kaur hit two sixes and collected 17 runs from the penultimate over. 

Thunder Women eventually finished on 145/6 and fell short by 4 runs. The 27-year-old Kaur, who is the first Indian player to have a contract in the WBBL, has had a season to remember. This remarkable knock adds to her list of strong performances in the WBBL. The Indian player has had her share of controversies as well. 

Kaur was reprimanded for alleged breach of conduct during a WBBL game against Hobart Hurricanes. Kaur had accepted the sanction and no hearing was required..
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Angelo Mathews to lead Sri Lanka until the 2019 World Cup

Sri Lanka Cricket have appointed Angelo Mathews as their captain until the 2019 World Cup, as they feel that the 29-year-old is still the right man for the job, despite his side having suffered a 3-0 whitewash at the hands of South Africa in the Test series.

"Mathews too, must understand this responsibility and should work to rebuild the team. We hope that the South African pitches for the T20I and ODI series will be more familiar to our players."

"The truth is that we were not capable of facing the pace and bounce. We have to find a solution to this. We are quite satisfied with coach Graham Ford's service. Instead of pointing fingers at people, we have to re-unite to get the team on a winning path," Thilanga Sumathipala, the President of Sri Lanka Cricket said.

Sri Lankan legend and present Chairman of the selection committee Sanath Jayasuriya refused to blame Mathews for the loss, stating that he was at present dealing with a young unit, who would need more time to develop.

"This is not a time to blame and destroy Mathews' captaincy. This is a time when we have to strengthen Mathews. As a former captain I know how these allegations can badly affect Mathews' morale, especially during a series. We have to support Mathews, correct our faults and face the T20I and ODI series' with confidence," he said.