The Indian women’s team on Thursday cruised to a comfortable six wicket victory over West Indies in the first of the three-match One-Day International series at Vijaywada riding on impressive performances from spin twins Rajeswari Gayakwad and Ekta Bist. The tweakers accounted for 7 of the 10 West Indies wickets in turn bowling out the visitors for an unimpressive 131 in 42.4 overs. Rajeswari bagged figures of 4/21 while her partner in crime Bist returned with 3/14 from her 8 overs. While chasing India were in more than a spot of bother at 36/4 before Veda Krishnamurthy and captain Mithali Raj came to their rescue. Veda smashed a 70-ball 52, Mithali was patient and amassed 46 off 91 deliveries. The duo took their team across the line in just 39.1 overs. They added 97runs for the fifth wicket and while Mithali smacked four boundaries, Veda hit two sixes and four hits to the fence en route to his 52.
Former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist has said the current team needs to work hard on finding the big moments during a match in order to have an upper hand over their opposition.
"Australia need to identify moments in the game, where they need to work hard and not let the opponent back in. That’s what all the good teams do in any nation. Australia can take confidence from the fact that they are good enough to compete with all their opponents and they are doing that, but then they are losing the big moments," he was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.
Gilchrist also mentioned that the Aussies must not be panicking following their defeat in the first Test against the South Africans, instead look at the shortcomings in that game and work on it
Australian coach Darren Lehmann has confirmed that fast-bowler Mitchell Starc will play in the second Test against South Africa despite the risk of him worsening his injury. Lehmann, who was addressing the media on Thursday said that Starc was bowling pretty well in the nets and was raring to go.
Talking about the team selection he said, "We make the final call at the end when we're selecting them, but obviously we take all the info into account for that."
"We've just got to make sure we do the best we can. We just try to pick the best side each and every time," he added.
Former Australian and South African cricketer Kepler Wessels has lashed out at the Australian players following their humiliating defeat against the South Africans in the first Test at Perth. "They lacked quality, passion and the fighting spirit associated with Australian teams of the past," Wessels was quoted as saying by Supersport website.
Wessels went on to accuse the Aussies for the over-dependence on David Warner and Steven Smith. "Their batting line-up has a frail look about it. If Warner or Smith don't score heavily, the Aussies are in trouble," he said.
The former cricketer didn't spare Smith as he went on to say that the Aussie captain wasn't impressive enough in the first Test. The Supersport quoted him as saying, "Captain Steve Smith, in particular, is under the pump. His captaincy in this test match was unimpressive."
England fast bowler James Anderson has bowled in the nets for the first time in England's tour to India. He was seen bowling to Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes in the nets ahead of the start of day 2 of the first Test. This comes after his statement last night in which he said that he is hoping to be declared match fit ahead of their next Test against India in Vizag. The pacer didn't get to play the first Test in Rajkot as he is recovering from a shoulder injury.
"I had a good week at Loughborough last week, bowling to get some overs under my belt. Hopefully I can keep that going this week and get some miles into my legs to make sure I'm as fit as I can be and maybe be fit for the second Test," Anderson was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
The second Test is scheduled to start from the 17th of November in Vizag.
The West Indies cricket board has finally granted No Objection Certificate (NOC) to all-rounder Kieron Pollrad thus allowing him to participate in BBL and South Africa T20 Bash. Earlier it was reported that the board was unwilling to let its players participate in domestic T20 tournaments abroad. However, CEO of West Indies national board took to his Twitter account on Tuesday to state that the all-rounder was granted a NOC.
According to an earlier report on ESPNCricinfo, in an email addressed to Pollard, the board had communicated that it would charge 20% of the contract fee for granting the NOC, that allows participation of its registered cricketers in these overseas leagues.