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SK News Point-Live Cricket News-24th October 2016

Updated: 24 October 2016 20:30 IST - Published: 24 October 2016 09:28 IST
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Virat Kohli took the game away from us, says Jimmy Neesham

India defeated New Zealand in the third ODI in Mohali on Sunday, thanks to some brilliant batting performances from Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The skipper and deputy put on 151-run stand between them in the team's chase.

New Zealand all-rounder said that the team bowled according to the plans but they were undone by some quality batting by two of the most dangerous batsman in the world cricket at the moment. He went on to praise Kohli for notching up a brilliant ton. 

He said that it was difficult to contain Kohli once the right-hander passed the century mark. "I think if we had managed to get a wicket between the 40th over and the 45th over, we would be right in the game. But the way Virat batted, he took it away from us in the end," he was quoted as saying in Cricbuzz.

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Mushfiqur Rahim proud of his team's efforts

England defeated the Bangladeshi in the first of the 2-match Test series in Chittagong on Monday by 22 runs. The game went down as one the interesting Test matches of this year, as the momentum was shifting constantly. 

Bangladeshi captain Mushfiqur Rahim said that he was proud of the effort that his players despite the lack of considerable amount of Test matches played by the team. Sometimes, you have a distinctive feeling after losing a game," captain Mushfiqur Rahim said in the post-match press conference. "We tried what we could. Nobody expected Bangladesh to play in this manner. So we had to prove that we could do something. We could show our character to a side like England. They have a lot of experienced players. I wouldn't use the word frustrating but I would call it a learning experience," he was quoted as saying in Cricbuzz.

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David Warner's 'vow of silence' has hurt Australia in Tests, says Mitchell Johnson

Former Australian cricketer Mitchell Johnson has said that the David Warner's negligence towards sledging lately has hurt the Australian Test side.

Johnson, in his autobiography, "Resilient," said the Australian side now lacked players capable of distracting the opposition through verbal warfare.

"David Warner had taken a vow of silence or something. He'd copped a lot of criticism for his scraps on the field, including from the chief executive at Cricket Australia and the ICC. It wasn't a great thing for the rest of us," he was quoted as saying in The Sydney Morning Herald. 

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Rangana Herath named as the captain of Sri Lankan team for the 2-match Test series against Zimbabwe

Sri Lankan off-spinner Rangana Herath has been named as the captain for the two-match Test series against Zimbabwe. The news came in after Angelo Mathews aggravated a calf injury during the team's training session on Sunday.

Earlier, Dinesh Chandimal was ruled out of the Test series due to a surgery on his thumb. 

While a replacement for Angelo Mathews is yet to be named by the Sri Lankan selectors, Herath is all set to become the 13th Test captain of Sri Lanka in Zimbabwe.

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England win the first Test against Bangladesh 

The England cricket team won the first Test of the 2-match Test series against Bangladesh in Chittagong on Monday. The visitors won the thrilling contest by 22 runs. 

Batting first the England team were restricted to a total of 293 runs, thanks to debutant Mehedi Hasan's five-wicket haul. The Bangladeshis were then wrapped up for 248 runs by the England bowlers. Alastair Cook's men the posted 240 in the second innings leaving the Bangladesh cricket team to chase 286 for a win. 

However, the Bangladeshi batsman weren't able to sustain the bowling attack of England and fell 22 runs short of victory on day 5 of the first Test.

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South Africa's practice match against Cricket Australia XI ends in a draw

The South Africans kick started their tour of Australia with a draw in the 2-day day-night match against the Cricket Australia XI. The Proteas played their first match with the pink ball in order to prepare for the day-night Test match against the Australians that is scheduled to start on 24th November in Adelaide.

Batting first, the South Africans posted a huge score of 415 for the loss of 5 wickets with Quinton de Kock scoring a ton. The CA XI couldn't resist the South African bowling unit as they fell for just 103 runs. The South African batsman came out to bat in the second innings and ended the second day at 181 runs with Riley Rossouw  notching up a quick fire 77. 

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Saqlain Mushtaq set to travel to India as spin consultant for England cricket team

Former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq will be travelling along with the England cricket team in their tour of India. He will be handed the role of spin consultant for the Test and the ODI series.

England cricket board's head of communication, Danny Reuben was quoted by the Times of India as saying, "He is not with the England team in Bangladesh. Saqlain is due to be with us for preparation period and for the first Test match. He will also be there for preparations and for the first ODI in India. The plan is for the first Test and ODI only."

Saqlain has previously worked as spin consultant with New Zealand, West Indies and Bangladesh.