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4 players MS Dhoni-led CSK might target in the upcoming auction

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  • The Super Kings will look to make the best combination in the upcoming auction.

  • The auction of IPL 2021 will occur in the third week of February in Chennai.

The mini-auction of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 will take place in Chennai on Thursday (February 18). Just like every season, It’s going to be an event where a mix of uncapped and experienced players will go under the hammer.

Earlier this week, all the eight franchises had announced their list of released players. As many as 55 players were released including some big names of the fascinating sport. All the eight teams will work hard to pick some top players.

Three-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had released the likes of Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, Murali Vijay and Kedar Jadhav and they will try to explore all options in order to make a good combination.

CSK had a dreadful IPL 2020 season in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where they failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in their IPL history.

The Super Kings still have spots left for one overseas and six Indians, and it will be interesting to see what combination CSK shall choose for the 2021 edition.

Let’s have a look at four players CSK might target in the upcoming auctions:

1.) Glenn Maxwell

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Glenn Maxwell had a terrible IPL 2020, where he failed to score even one six while playing for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Despite consistent poor performances in the previous season, the KXIP management kept backing him for his splendid experience in the shortest format. However, the Australian couldn’t deliver in a single match. As a result, KXIP decided to release him ahead of the IPL 2021 auction.

In 13 matches, Maxwell could only score 108 runs at a miserable average of 15.42 and scalped three wickets in total. But as soon as he went back to Australia and wore the colourful jersey against India in the limited-overs series, Maxi surprised everyone. The right-handed batsman smashed 167 runs in three ODIs – at a strike-rate of 194.18.

After the series against India, Maxi shined with the willow in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21. The Victorian amassed 379 runs from 14 games at a strike-rate of 143.56 with three half-centuries. CSK needs a batting all-rounder down the order who could score quick runs and bowl few overs in the middle and Maxwell is a perfect choice for this role.

2.) Dawid Malan

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Not only CSK, quite a few other teams might try for Dawid Malan in the upcoming auction process. . The T20 specialist has never been part of IPL but has scored plenty of runs in other T20 leagues.

The left-handed batsman is currently the No.1 ranked batsman in T20I rankings, and he can boost any team’s middle-order.

The English cricketer has so far played 19 T20Is and scored 855 runs in with a spectacular average of 53.43.

3.) Siddhesh Lad

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Siddhesh Lad is a pretty popular name in the domestic circuit. The top-order batsman is known for his steady temperament, Siddhesh Lad and ability to take on the bowlers from the word go. Lad, who emerged as Mumbai’s ‘crisis man’ at first-class level, has played only one IPL match so far.

Back in April 2019, Lad opened the batting alongside Quinton de Kock in a match against KXIP at Wankhede Stadium. But he could not leave his impact in the game after Mohammed Shami cleaned him up for 15 runs. Since then he hasn’t played any other IPL match.

Ahead of the 2021 auctions, MI released the right-handed batsman from the squad. Lad has overall played 48 T20s, scoring 730 runs at a strike-rate of 121 with three half-centuries. He has also taken 18 wickets with his off-spin bowling. Considering his all-round ability, Lad can be picked by CSK in the 2021 auction.

4.) Krishnappa Gowtham

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A Street-cricket smartness and ability to turn the game on its head, Krishnappa Gowtham is a supremely talented player. Gowtham, who hails from Karnataka, is a top-quality off-spinner and explosive lower-order batsman.

The Bangalore-born has so far appeared in 24 IPL matches, where he has picked up 13 wickets at an impressive strike-rate of 31.38 with 2/12 being his best.

With 186 runs from 19 innings, Gowtham has shown that he can bat and add some crucial runs down the order. He last played for KXIP in IPL 2020 against MI. The right-armer scalped one wicket in 4 overs. Ahead of the 2021 auctions, the Mohali-based franchise released him.

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EngVsPak- England defeated Pakistan by three wickets

Pakistan has struggled with their batting, putting up scores of 141 and 195 as they were outplayed in the first two ODIs.

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James Vince scored a hundred and Lewis Gregory contributed 77 as England defeated Pakistan by three wickets to complete a clean sweep of the three-match ODI series.

Vince raced to 102 off 95 deliveries and Gregory struck his 77 of 69 balls as hosts England, chasing Pakistan’s challenging score of 331 for seven wickets, reached 332 for seven with two overs to spare.

Opener Phil Salt scored 37 while skipper Ben Stokes added 32 as England held their nerves to register a comfortable win in third and final ODI.

Earlier, skipper Babar Azam struck a career-best 158 (139-ball) and helped Pakistan’s batting finally came good in this series.

Opener Imam-ul-Haq scored 56 and Mohammad Rizwan 74 as Pakistan posted 331 for nine wickets in their allotted 50 overs.

Playing against a makeshift England squad, after the originally selected player went into isolation after three players tested positive for COVID-19, Pakistan has struggled with their batting, putting up scores of 141 and 195 as they were outplayed in the first two ODIs.

Babar came in after Fakhar Zaman was out early for 6, caught by Zak Crawley off Saqib Mahmood. He raised 92 runs for the third wicket with opener Imam-ul-Haq and then put together a partnership of 179 with Rizwan.
However, they suffered a collapse soon after Rizwan was out, caught by wicketkeeper Simpson off seamer Brydon Carse, with the score 292/3. Only one of the remaining seven batsman managed to reach double digits.

But Babar kept blasting runs from the other end and was the eighth batsman out with the score 328 in the 50th over.

He struck 14 boundaries and four sixes during his innings.
Carse was the best England bowler on display as he claimed five wickets for 61 in his 10 overs.

Brief scores: Pakistan 331/9 in 50 overs (Imam-ul-Haq 56, Babar Azam 158, M Rizwan 74; Brydon Carse 5/61).

England 332/7 in 48 overs (Phil Salt 37, James Vince 102, Ben Stokes 32, Lewis Gregory 77; Haris Rauf 4/65).

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Corona hit – India-Lanka ODI matches were postponed for four days

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India’s tour of Sri Lanka has hit a roadblock after two Covid-19 positive cases in the home team’s camp delayed the start of the ODI series by at least four days, and canceled due to more cases. The possibility has been left open. Sri Lankan batting coach Grant Flower and the team’s performance analyst Shirantha Niroshna have both tested positive and the entire team that arrived from England this week has been put in isolation.

Though both the boards have not made any official statement yet, it seems that all the six matches will be played within a period of 10-11 days if there is no scope for any more positive cases. There are also concerns that the series could be called off if more positive cases emerge in the Sri Lankan camp. This means that the Indian team, which has already spent 12 days in Sri Lanka, will have to return home without playing a single match.

The tentative dates for the ODIs have been set as July 17, 19 and 21. The report states that the T20 Internationals will be played on July 24, 25 and 27. However, neither Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) nor the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has given any confirmation regarding the dates.

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Indonesia lacks oxygen, seeks help as virus cases rise

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Just two months ago, Indonesia came forward to India’s aid with thousands of tanks of oxygen. Today, the Southeast Asian country is running out of oxygen as it grapples with a devastating wave of coronavirus cases and the government is seeking emergency supplies from other countries, including Singapore and China.

Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, the government minister in charge of Indonesia’s pandemic response, said a shipment of more than 1,000 oxygen cylinders, concentrators, ventilators and other health equipment arrived from Singapore on Friday, followed by another 1,000 ventilators from Australia.

In addition, Pandjaitan said, Indonesia plans to purchase 36,000 tons of oxygen and 10,000 concentrators — equipment that generates oxygen — from neighboring Singapore. He said he was in contact with China and other possible oxygen sources. The US and the United Arab Emirates have also offered help.

Overall, Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populous country, has reported more than 2.4 million infections and 63,760 deaths from COVID-19. Those figures are widely believed to be a huge undercount due to low testing and poor tracing measures. On Thursday, Indonesia reported nearly 39,000 confirmed cases, its biggest single-day jump.

Indonesia’s hospitals have been flooded, with increasing numbers of sick people in isolation at home or waiting to receive emergency care. In Indonesia’s most populous island, Java, hospitals began setting up temporary intensive care units in mid-June. Many patients are waiting for several days to get admitted. Oxygen tanks rolled on the sidewalks for the lucky few, while others were told they’d have to find their own.

The city’s deputy mayor Yaya Mulyana said emergency rooms at a public hospital in Bandung city were closed earlier this week amid panic buying over rising infections in the West Java provincial capital.

“The panicked people bought oxygen tanks, though they didn’t need them yet,” said Muliana. “This has exhausted the supply of oxygen.”

At a hospital in Yogyakarta in central Java, 63 COVID-19 patients died in one day – 33 of them during its central liquid oxygen supply, although the hospital switched to using oxygen cylinders was, spokesman Banu Harmawan said.

When a brutal outbreak ravaged the country, Indonesia donated 3,400 oxygen cylinders and concentrators to India. As its own cases rose, Jakarta scrapped plans to send another 2,000 oxygen concentrators to India in late June. The daily requirement of oxygen has reached 1,928 tonnes per day. According to government data, the total available production capacity of the country is 2,262 tonnes per day.

“I asked for 100% oxygen first for medical purposes, which means all industrial allocation should be shifted to medical,” said Panjaitan, a minister in the government. “We are racing against time, we have to act fast.”

Noting the rapid spread of the highly contagious delta variant, he warned that Indonesia could face a worst-case scenario with 50,000 cases a day. The next two weeks will be crucial, he said.

The industry ministry responded by issuing a decree that all oxygen supplies be sent to hospitals packed with coronavirus patients and asked industry players to cooperate.

Oxygen is used to make many products including textiles, plastics and vehicles. Oil refineries, chemical makers and steel makers also use it. But industry leaders are clamoring to support government efforts to maximize supplies for hospitals.

The government has redirected oxygen supplies from industrial plants at Morowali in Central Sulawesi, Balikpapan on the island of Borneo, and Belawan and Batam on the island of Sumatra, Pandjaitan said. Small oxygen industries have also been directed to produce pharmaceutical oxygen.

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