The SunRisers Hyderabad spent a whopping 4.8 crore rupees on Trent Boult on Monday at the IPL auction in Bangalore. Boult unaffected by his price tag, showed the world that his priorities had not changed.
Boult first attempted to angle the ball into the right-hander’s pads by pitching on about leg stump, only to learn there was movement in the air, despite the blue skies. That first one would swing way down the leg side, but his next two balls made clinical use of the conditions. Both deliveries straightened late and lavishly, and caught Calum Macleod and Hamish Gardiner playing down the wrong line, to collect two golden ducks. He was well complemented by the Corey Anderson and New Zealand cricket’s most loyal servant Dan Vettori, who took two wickets and three wickets respectively, to wrap up the Scotland Innings for 142 runs in less than 36.2 overs.
A target of 143 was never going to test New Zealand, but they made the chase unnecessarily interesting with their recklessness. Of the seven wickets they lost, only that of Grant Elliott wasn’t thrown away. Three batsmen were caught on the fence, two gave their wickets away minutes after being dropped, and even Kane Williamson – the solid, reliable Kane Williamson – couldn’t resist an ugly heave across the line.
At the end of the day, despite a scare at Dunedin, the Kiwis were victorious in their battle against the minnow associates. They are now 2 for 2, but will have to bat much better against their next opponents, England who’ll pose a threat to the Islanders in Wellington on Friday.
Meanwhile in Wellington, ahead of the game against the hosts on Friday, the England team got at traditional Maori welcome by the Kiwi locals before heading to the Basin Reserve for a grilling practice session on Tuesday.
Canberra’s streets calm despite the WC at home
Canberra’s streets are so quiet even during the day, you wonder when you might next spot some life around, forget coming to know that there is a World Cup in town. That will change next afternoon, when Bangladesh take on Afghanistan in both teams’ tournament opener. Like all the four major South Asian teams, Bangladesh have plenty of support in Australia, particularly around Sydney, from where a lot of fans are expected to make the drive to Canberra.
The Afghanistan fast bowlers are tall and quick. The usually short Bangladesh batsmen will have to handle the extra bounce and be wary these quickies. They need a good start to the tournament as they would not want to lose to Afghanistan again, after their loss to them in the Asia Cup last year. The Bangladeshis would ideally want a pick up a win, with all three departments performing on Wednesday as they have not played an international match in two months, barring the Warm-Up matches. They know how hard it is going to be for them to beat two of Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Australia and England, which is why they cannot afford another slip-up against Afghanistan.
Manuka Oval is known to be full of runs. Just last month, England collected 364 and 391 in two practice one-dayers before the tri-series here. In the second one, the opposition replied with 331.
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