In a time of trends, Class had an upper hand.

India vs Bangladesh: The contest had to be all the way India’s and it was. India started off as favourites and they ended up being the finalist. The batting debacle for one and accomplishment for another. The snapshot review of the match;

  • Winning toss and fielding first, India had a perfect start reducing their Asian counterpart for 31/2. But from there on, it was the famous pair of Tamim (70)and Rahim (61) that made the matters good for the Tigers. After some hicups, it was the off-timer Jadhav that picked Tamim and after that, the procession started. GettyImages-696203836
  • The scenes could have been worse for Bangla had there been no dropped chances and of course over-stepping. Pandaya had a bad outing today but Kedhar Jadhav (2/22) made up for him. Bumrah(10-039-2) was again brilliant with the ball, especially in the last overs and because of them, India pulled back things within control to end the innings on 264/7.
  • 265 was never going to trouble Indians on the flat surface against not so experienced attack and yes, that was the difference between both the sides: Experience. Sabbir Rahman came in at number 3 when the score was 1/1 and innings needed consolidation. Instead he started blazing his guns, taking chances without settling and consequently,  found himself ruing on 19. GettyImages-696279462
  • After losing the tournament’s highest scorer Dhawan(46) cheaply, Kohli(96) and Rohit (123)flooded the stadium with some quality batting. It was an exquisite display of class and brilliance as Rohit and Kohli both brought India home. The win has set up a final clash with arch rival Pakistan. Ring a bell ? 2007 T20 World Cup. That will be 10th Final appearance of Indian team in ICC events.

BAN- 264/7(50)

IND- 265/1 (40.1)

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The Unpredictable Win !

England vs Pakistan: The clash between Undefeated and Unpredictable. And miraculously so, the unpredictable defeated the invincible. Pakistan played with their hearts out and as they say,” Luck favours the brave”. Pakistan came on top and emerged victorious in this clash. The snapshot review of the match:

  • England started good, but after losing Root for 46 in 28th over, they lost the plot completely. Losing 4 big wickets in the middle overs for just 34 and last four for 30 negated the 80/1 foundation.GettyImages-695872478
  • Pakistani bowlers were supreme with ball. Hasan Ali (MOM- 10-35-3), helped England in the losing cause. Other bowlers Junaid and debutant Raees also picked up 2 wickets a piece.
  • Pakistani fielding, a rather sad sight in this tournament, rose to the occasion and lifted up themselves to show what has been a classic display on feild. The catch of Moen Ali or the run out of Rashid, showed the effort the boys had put in.
  • Pakistani batting, their Achilles heal, calibrated as a unit and with the power packed innings of Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57), made sure that England had no fighting back. Their 118 for opening wicket is highest for Pakistan in CT history. The powerful bowling attack looked feeble as the Asian side scripted a wonderful win in Cardiff. GettyImages-695931098
  • This win of Pakistan is only the fourth ICC ODI tournament semi final win. Pakistan will meet the winners of India and Bangladesh cash, another classic encounter.

ENG: 211/10(49.5)

PAK: 215/2(37.1)

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Riding the African Safari

India Vs South Africa: In the pre tournament Article,”Building up of Champion”, it was mentioned that South Africa needn’t fight opposition, it has to fight itself and quite indeed. India didn’t defeat Africa, they defeated themselves. Chokers huh ! The snapshot review of the match:

  • Winning toss and Putting Africa into bat, the decision by Kohli came into doubt when Proteas posted 75-0 in 15 overs. lack of another pacer was quite evident but then the newest addition, Ashwin picked Amla.

  • After that the lone survivor De Kock also fell for 53. After that the run outs of Devilliers and Miller broke the aspirations of Africa and they lost rest 8 wickets for 51 posting a feeble 191. The Indian feilding was worth mentioning and it kept building on pressure.BUm

  • Bumrah (MOM) 8-0-28-2 and Bhuvi 7.3-0-23-2 while every other bowlers took wicket a piece. Three run outs will definitely pose questions on African’s ability to run between Wickets.

  • Indian bowlers had done their job, it was time for Batsman and they didn’t disappoint. Dhawan (78) and Kohli(76) made sure there was no late resurgence from Africa. Dhawan has now 6 50+ scores in 8 innings. Joint Indian highest. He has also broken Sachin’s record of fastest 1000 runs in CT. vkk

  • The win has knocked out Africa out while in all probability, has set up an Indian clash with Bangladesh in Semis. With this win, India continued its dominance over South Africa in Champions Trophy winning all 4 games. For make the equations different, the winning team of today (Pakistan Vs Srilanka), has to win by 270+ runs.

SA: 191/10(44.3)
Ind : 193/2(38)
India won by 8 wickets.

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The Transfer Conundrum: Part 1

Who would have thought a few years back that a team will spend 200 million in the first month itself? But then Again who would have guessed Paul Pogba could go for 100 million, that he did last year.

The transfer market has boomed for the premier league clubs over the past 2 years and a lot of it has been because of the amount of money the premier league has generated and the clubs that have generated through TV rights and prize money.

After the whooping transfer season that was last year, everyone in the world was looking forward to this transfer season. And well it is off to a flourishing start.

The forerunner of the lot has been Pep from Manchester City. Already on the verge of spending 180 million for 4 players; EdersonMoraes for 40 mn; Benjamin Mendy for 39.8 million; Bernardo Silva for 43 million; and an almost confirmed 60mn signing of Alexis Sanchez at the doorstep, city has broken the market already with high profile signings and extravagant spending.

United on the other hand hasn’t been that busy yet, but with 2 high profile signings on the corner of Alvaro Morata, Victor Lindelof on the move to the English club. Meanwhile, West Brom have lined up Everton midfielder James McCarthy as a replacement for ex-captain Darren Fletcher. 634T712oRfiAtwmVYWbI_9f1SktL1RKC7RSgKYXTl_skysports-victor-lindelof-sweden-football_3975512

In other news, Chelsea have offered €50m for Juventus full-back Alex Sandro, according to Gazzetta dello Sport. However, the report suggests the Serie A champions rejected the offer and have said they have no intention to sell the Brazilian

Arsenal and Arsene proved to be wise yet again as they bag Sead Kolasinac the Bosnian left back from Schalke for a free transfer, enhancing the left wing back position in their 3-4-3 formation. Also saving the funds to make a supposed 100 mn bid for Kylian Mbappe. Monaco already has rejected a 83mn deal that arsenal had offered, but now they are planning to break their club record to prepare the highest ever bid.

Among other news, Chelsea has confirmed the signing of TiemoueBakayoko for 35 million, showing the doors to the not favored Diego Costa.

If rumors are to be believed, RB Leipzig play-maker Emil Forsberg has gathered news suggesting he will move to AC Milan by revealing playing in the Champions League isn’t a necessity for him. The former Liverpool transfer target is the latest name to be linked with Milan, who are undergoing a transformation this summer

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Barcelona has been back to market to get a stable right back with Arsenal’s Bellerin being the first choice. Also they have been pushing hard for the almost impossible Verratti bid. Barcelona midfield is in shambles and needs quick and quality restructuring.

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Australia (Ban)g out !

Australia Vs England: 2003 World Cup, Kenya qualifies for Semis. 2017 Champions Trophy, Bangladesh qualifies for Semis: A better love story, isn’t it? Well, Australia had just one task in hand, to not lose and they ended up doing that, badly indeed. Snapshot review of the match:

  • Australian innings can be divided into two parts. First 42 over and the second, last 8. 239-4 at 42.2, a platform for big total was set. And then Australia pulled a mess. Losing 7 wickets for 15 runs, more like India’s 7/11 show (remember?)

  • Mark Wood and Rashid did the maximum of damage and in this quest, Wood registered best bowling figures by an English bowler in CT history. Rashid’s 4/41 is the best by an English Spinner in CT history. Remarkable feet, indeed.Adil-Rashid

  • This match was just like a copy of previous match. Initially New Zealand hitting but Bangladesh pulling back things and then while batting, being reduced for 31/4. England too was reduced to 35/3. But then Morgan and stokes Stitched a partnership of 159 runs: highest 4th wicket partnership in CT to bring Barmy Army on winning ways.

  • England was ahead of the Duckworth Lewis Stern par score by 40 runs when rain interuppted the play and prolonged interuption handed England a handsome win by 40 runs.

  • Eoin Morgan looks like to be in subprime form scoring 14th 50+ score against Australia, highest by an English batsman in history. Stokes got a double – 1000 runs and 50 wickets. Indeed he is made for more.Ben-Stokes-1

  • The win means that Bangladesh has qualified along with England to the semis. The two other teams will be decided in next two matches.

Aus: 277/9(50)
Eng: 240/4(40.2)
England won by 40 runs (DLS)

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Magical Turnaround

Bangladesh Vs New Zealand: Bangladesh is known for big upsets and man, they did it again. We were hardly over the two big upsets, Pakistan and Srilankan win, but Bangladesh’s win was greatest of all, ousting Kiwis. The snapshot review of the match :

  • New Zealand was in the match for first 12 overs in either innings. While batting, they were at 69/1 but found themselves reeling at 252/8. 265 was never enough, they knew.Bangladesh

  • Williamson(57), the highest run getter of the tournament, was again fluent with the bat. Ross Taylor also supported quite brilliantly (63) . Neil Broom and Martin Guptill also contributed but all of these wasn’t enough.

  • Come batting for Bangladesh and goes batting for Bangladesh. 33/4 and all the holes were shattered. But not for their greatest player ever: Shakib Al Hasan(114) and upcoming star Mahmudullah(102). They both stitched a partnership of 224 runs, highest from Bangladesh ever to seal, what can be called one of their greatest win ever .Shakib

  • In 2005, Bangladesh defeated Australia and now they have ousted New Zealand. What was game changing for Tigers was their death bowling. The loss has knocked out New Zealand and Bangladesh’s hope of going ahead depend on Australia – England’s match result.

NZ- 265/8(50)
BAN- 268/5(47.2)
Bangladesh won by 5 wickets.

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Gone with the Rain !!!

South Africa Vs Pakistan: 1992 Cricket World Cup- First semifinal- 22 needed off 1 ball. Ring a bell? South Africa and Rain has always been at arm’s length and specifically in major ICC tournaments. Nevertheless, Junaids Yorkers and Hasan swingers and Imad and Hafeez’s turners have made one thing possible, a win for Pakistan after 8 years in Champions Trophy. Presenting you the snapshot:
– The start was very ordinary by African. Just like building a foundation for bigger score. The difference was created when spinners came into attack.

  • Wickets at regular intervals, ensuing ABD’s first golden duck, saw Proteas reeling at 118/6. Morris and Miller and then Rabada made sure Africa had a challenging total.

  • Hasan was brilliant with the ball. 8-1-24-3 were his figures. Junaid and Imad also picked up two each. A special mention about Pak’s feilding which was at par, very much.SAvPAK6

  • Pakistan knew the challenge wasn’t easy against African bowlers. Also rain was a consideration which later proved favourable for them. Shoaib Mallik’s intelligent batting kept Pak above the DLS rate.

  • Morne Morkel was simply brilliant with ball. 7-1-18-3. Had any other bowlers supported him, the matters would have been different. Rabada and Parnell were pretty expensive.2

  • A win for Pakistan means that the group has now opened up. All the remaining matches has became very interesting unlike group A. Off the record, rain has been a constant source of disturbance and once again it has stole a nail bitting match.

SA: 219/8(50)
PAK: 119/3(27)
Pak won by 19 runs -DLS

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