Bangladesh vs England: Adil Rashid and Jake Ball trigger dramatic collapse as England winEngland has beaten Bangladesh in the first one-day international at Dhaka by 21 runs.Bangladesh, in pursuit of England's 309, were well on course with Imrul Kayes and Shakib Al Hasan at the crease and the scoreboard reading 271. That was when Jake Ball struck to dismiss Shakib. At 5/271 and Kayes still at the crease, the hosts were still in the game. However, Bangladesh were to lose their next 5 wickets for a mere 17 runs as their innings folded for 288. Jake Ball picked up 5/51 on a memorable debut while Adil Rashid returned figures of 4/49. The win handed the tourists a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Earlier English all-rounder Ben Stokes hit 8 fours and 4 sixes en route to a splendid 101. Skipper Jos Butler provided the much-needed impetus towards the end for England with a trademark innings of 63 from 38 deliveries. His innings was studded with 3 boundaries and 4 hits over the fence.The second one-day international will be played at Dhaka on October 9.
Ben Stokes hits maiden ODI hundred, Duckett scores fifty on debutPowered by Ben Stokes' maiden limited-overs century, England reached 308 in the stipulated 50 overs against Bangladesh. Ben Duckett, making his debut, compiled 60, while Buttler chipped in with a 63 to take the visitors past 300. For Bangladesh, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shafiul Islam and Shakib Al Hasan took two wickets each.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson claimed that he is fit and ready to lead his team in the third and final Test against India in Indore.
The Kiwi batsman missed the second Test at Kolkata due to a viral illness. New Zealand went on to lose that Test match by 178 under the stand-in captain Ross Taylor.
Speaking at a press conference, Williamson said that his health was getting better lately.
"It's getting better each day and I certainly feel healthy now. I suppose it just the aftermath of a virus at this stage, and getting the energy levels back up," he said.
The Kiwi captain also said that he will be available for Saturday's Test match."I am certainly very hopeful of playing tomorrow," he said.
The Supreme Court of India has barred the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from releasing funds to any state associations. This means that until the BCCI passes a resolution to accept the Lodha committee reforms, the state associations cannot use the money which they have received from the board.The final verdict will be released on October 17th.
The biopic of Indian limited-overs skipper MS Dhoni has garnered a sum of 94.13 crores during its opening week at the Box office. The movie, which released last Friday, found praise come its way, particularly for the performance of lead actor Sushant Singh Rajput, who essayed the role of the World Cup winning skipper.The collections are inclusive of not just the Hindi version, but also the regional languages.
Indian cricketers Irfan Pathan and Parthiv Patel have come out to support BCCI's decision to not play cricket with Pakistan.
The players expressed their solidarity with the nation and the Indian army and feel that it is not the ideal time to have cricketing affairs with Pakistan.
“For me country comes first, we must support whatever the Government decides in such situations," Pathan said.
Indian wicket-keeper batsman, Parthiv Patel also backed the board's decision. He said that, “BCCI president has clearly said that there is no question of cricket with Pakistan. So, we support it and also our government’s stand.”
Indo-Pak relations have taken a turn for the worse in recent times since the Uri attack by militants and the subsequent surgical strike carried out by Indian Army along the Line of Control.
The revamp in traditional format of the game received another boost-up on Friday. The Pakistan cricket team will be playing its first day-night warm up match against a Cricket Australia XI in Queensland from 8th to 10th of December 2016.
The Pakistan team, which is currently in the United Arab Emirates preparing for the Test series against West Indies, will be looking at this opportunity to know the conditions better before facing Steven Smith's men at Brisbane's Gabba stadium from the 15th to 19th of December.
The warm up match will be played at Cazalys Stadium in Cairns.
Cricket Australia head of operations Sean Cary said Cairns was an ideal venue to host the tour match. He said, "The lighting at Cazalys Stadium is very good and the overall playing conditions are first-class."
"The pitch has had a very good reputation and we are confident it will provide a competitive environment," he said.
As many as 18 state associations have expressed their inability to host matches for the tournament following Lodha and Supreme Court's crackdown over funds. The Supreme Court is likely to give its final verdict on the case today. You can read more on the same here.
Amidst all the controversies surrounding the day-night Test matches, England has come out in support of the latest version of the Tests. England are all set to host their first ever day-night Test match in August next year.
Edgbaston cricket ground will witness the historic day-night Test, when England play against the West Indies in Birmingham in August 2017.
The England Cricket Board chief executive, Tom Harrison said in a board statement that, "We are excited by the prospect of staging our first ever day-night Test match."
"It's a great opportunity to attract more fans to the game and see how staging Test cricket in the afternoon and evening fits with working patterns and modern lifestyles, whilst maintaining the deep tradition of Test match cricket," he said.
England will become only the third nation to host a day-night Test, following Australia and Pakistan, who are due to play against West Indies later this month.
The southpaw made his return to the ODI side after being included for the series against New Zealand later this month. Raina is making a return to the ODI team after almost an year, having last played against South Africa in October 2015. You can go through the full team here.
India's limited-overs captain will spend time with the Jharkhand team ahead of their Ranji season. Speaking to media, the 35-year old said that he won't be participating in the tournament as a player, but will be around to help the set of youngsters during the season. He will also lead India against the visiting Blackcaps in the ODI series later this month.Read more here.