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India slip to number 4 in ICC rankings

  • New Zealand’s narrow win over Australia in the first ODI of the Chappell-Hadlee series had pushed them to number 3 spot in the ICC ODI rankings.
  • India have slipped to number 4 despite their recent series win against England.
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New Zealand v Australia, 1st ODI – Kiwis draw first blood


  • Marcus Stoinis fighting unbeaten 146 off 117 balls went in vain as Australia lost to New Zealand by 6 runs in the first ODI of the Chappell-Hadlee series.
  • New Zealand had posted 286 in their 50 overs and Australia fell short in the last over by 6 runs.
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Eoin Morgan rues poor umpiring cost England the game

  • English skipper Eoin Morgan has cited poor umpiring decisions to be the reason for England’s defeat in the second T20I against India.
  • Needing 8 off the last over, Joe Root was given lbw by umpire Shamshuddin despite a clear inside edge.
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Ashish Nehra lauds Jasprit Bumrah

  • Following a sensational spell of death bowling, Jasprit Bumrah has drawn praises from senior team mate Ashish Nehra. Nehra lauded the mental toughness of Bumrah for keeping his calm under crunch situation.
  • Bumrah successfully defended 8 runs of the final over in the 2nd T20I against England.
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Sourav Ganguly heaps praises on Ashish Nehra

  • Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly was all praise for veteran pacer Ashish Nehra. He commended the efforts of Nehra in the 2nd T20I against England.
  • Nehra was the pick of the bowlers with 3/28 in his 4 overs.
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R Ashwin awestruck with Nasser Hussain’s commentary

  • Team India spinner R Ashwin was full of praises for the commentary skills of former English skipper Nasser Hussain.
  • Ashwin recently cited that the way Nasser Hussain puts his insights of the game in the commetary box is amazing.
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Sri Lanka cricket to investigate on alleged match fixing issue in domestic league

  • A statement released by the Sri Lanka Cricket Board said that they will investigate an alleged match-fixing incident in the Domestic Premier B Division.
  • Two clubs namely the Kalutara Physical Training Culture Circle and Panadura Sports Club have allegedly fixed a 3-day match last week.
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Uncertainty looms over Matthew Wade selection for second ODI

  • Australia’s stand-in skipper Matthew Wade is doubtful for the second ODI between Australia and New Zealand at Napier following a sore back, an injury that prevented him from playing the first ODI itself at Eden Park, Auckland.
  • Moreover, this development could witness Aaron Finch captain the side yet again.
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Supreme Court appoints new BCCI Chief

  • Supreme Court of India today (January 30) hearing the BCCI v Lodha committee case appointed former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) Vinod Rai as the head of the BCCI.
  • It also appointed three administrators in Ramachandra Guha, Diana Edulji, and Vikram Limaye to help Rai in governing the board.
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Justin Langer believes Johnson will be the first pick if he makes a comeback

  • After successfully coaching the Perth Scorchers to an emphatic BBL win, coach Justin Langer believes that if pacer Mitchell Johnson makes a comeback, he will be the first choice bowler for the national side.
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Murali Vijay named as replacement for Dinesh Karthik in Syed Mushtaq Ali

  • The Tamil Nadu team faced a major setback as their star batsman Dinesh Karthik was ruled out of the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament.
  • Murali Vijay has been named as his replacement.
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Matt Renshaw takes help from Matthew Hayden

  • Australian opener Matt Renshaw has seeked help from former Australian opener Matthew Hayden ahead of the India tour.
  • Hayden was one of the most prolific run getters in the subcontinent during his playing days.
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Afridi believes Sarfaraz Ahmed has the ability to lead Pakistan

  • Pakistan veteran cricketer Shahid Afridi believes wicket keeper batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed is more than capable of leading Pakistan in all three formats of the game.
  • Sarfaraz is currently the T20I skipper of Pakistan team.
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RPS, GL show interest in roping in Ben Stokes

  • English all-rounder Ben Stokes has caught the attention of the newcomers of the IPL – Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiants.
  • Both teams have shown interest in buying him at the auctions.
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Imrul Kayes doubtful for India Test

  • Bangladesh opener Imrul Kayes might not fully recover from his injury for the India Test.
  • Kayes had suffered a muscle tear during the first Test against New Zealand recently.
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