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SK News Point - Live Cricket News - 22nd October, 2016

Updated: 22 October 2016 18:44 IST - Published: 22 October 2016 09:50 IST
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Quinton de Kock slams ton in the day-night warm up match

South African cricket team started their warm up for the Test series against Australia by playing a 2-day Test match against the Cricket Australia XI. The South Africans ended the first day's play of the day-night match with 415 runs on the board. Quinton de Kock smashed a century against an inexperienced bowling line-up while JP Duminy fell for 97.

Batting at No.8, de Kock wasted no time to settle down and struck 16 fours and three sixes on his way to 122 from 103 balls, before he retired.

It took some getting used to out there with the pink ball but the wicket was quite nice so it made life a bit easier," de Kock was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo. "It was a new experience and quite nice to be part of it."

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John Hastings rules out of NZ ODI series


Fast bowler John Hastings is facing a layoff lasting between 4 and 6 weeks after suffering a broken finger during a team fielding drill. As such, he will not feature in the ODI series against New Zealand in December.

Hastings, who has been one of his country's best seamers in limited overs cricket in recent times, is not taking part in the one-day competition for Victoria, and has been ruled out of next week's Sheffield Shield clash as well.

"John suffered an injury to his left-index finger during catching practice at training yesterday," news.com.au quoted Bushrangers' sports medicine manager Nick Adcock as saying.

"After meeting with a finger surgeon this morning, the finger has been confirmed broken and will sideline John for between four and six weeks," he added.

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Steve Waugh says he does not have any sympathy for Australian players complaining of workload


Australian cricket legend, Steve Waugh says he does not have sympathy for his country’s cricketers who are complaining about hectic workload yet managing time to play in the cash rich Indian Premier League (IPL). 

Concerns about the workload were raised soon after it was noticed that Australia play India in a Test next February, a day after featuring in an Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka in Adelaide.

Waugh, who featured in 168 Test matches for Australia from 1985-2004 also pointed to the fact that the current batch of Australian cricketers are playing a lot less domestic cricket. 

"There can't be (too much cricket) because they choose to play in the Indian Premier League," he told Fairfax on Friday. "There can't be too much cricket because they keep playing more. I looked at the schedules and I think they compared myself and Steve Smith and the previous captains on workload and we're playing the same amount of days. 

"They don't play any (Sheffield) Shield cricket or club cricket - we used to play all that as well," he said. "Their's is probably more intense, more international cricket, but days played, we played as much and travelled as much and these days the hotels are better than when I first started playing.






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England strike early on Day 3


Bangladesh, who started the day from the overnight score of 221/5, have had a disappointing morning. Shakib al Hasan lost his wicket in a moment of madness, trying to give Moeen Ali the charge on the second ball of the day. He was caught stumped yards out. This was Jonny Bairstow's third international stumping, all of which have come off Moeen Ali's bowling.

Sabbir Rahman, who copped one ball on the grille of his helmet, drawing some concern from bowler Ben Stokes, was the lone Bangladeshi warrior. With Sabbir's departure, the rest of the team crumbled as well, conceding a 45-run lead.

Ben Stokes picked up the last three wickets and was the most impressive bowler of the morning.

Incidentally, there have been 15 reviews asked for already in this Test match.


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Gautam Gambhir falls cheaply again, Delhi looking down barrel


In what will be a massive blow to Delhi veteran Gautam Gambhir's hopes of making it to the India Test team for the upcoming England series, his return to the Ranji Trophy action ended horribly. Having scored 2 in the first innings, he followed it up with the same score in the second innings. Moreover, his side is set to collapse to a huge innings defeat, following an early morning collapse on Day 3.

Karnataka had replied to Delhi first innings total of 90 with a score of 414, and so a massive effort would be required from the Delhi batsmen on the last two days of the match, on Saturday and Sunday. Sitting at the top of the table, and with the likes of Gambhir, Unmukt Chand and Rishabh Pant in their ranks, if the match could be overturned, this looked like as ideal as the circumstances could get.

However, Delhi suffered a horror start at the Eden on Saturday morning. Gambhir fell on the first ball of the fifth over, poking to second slip - Abhimanyu Mithun his vanquisher. Mithun struck again on the very next ball, bowling out Dhruv Shorey.

Pant, for his part, got off the mark with a six. The prodigously talented teenager soon got out though, being pulled into a drive and edging to first slip.

Unmukt Chand (25) is still in the middle, but Delhi are trailing by 253 runs and chances of saving this match are increasingly appearing bleak.



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Confusion over IPL bid process


Owing to the current deadlock in which BCCI find themselves with the Supreme Court, there is some confusion as to how the media rights for the IPL will be handed out. Originally scheduled to be held on Tuesday, there is a distinct possibility that the auction among potential bidders will be indefinitely postponed, till there is more clarity on the position of the BCCI.

The bidders are also in a fix, their queries directed towards the BCCI regarding whether the Tuesday auction is on have gone unanswered. The reason for this is that BCCI has been directed to pass all commercial deals through the Lodha Panel.

“We will participate and then we will realise that the Lodha Committee or Supreme Court stayed the whole process. It would be unfair on us because we will have disclosed the amount and strategy,” said a potential bidder to Mirror.