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4 Teams that can bid for Marnus Labuschagne in IPL 2021 auction



4 Teams that can bid for Marnus Labuschagne in IPL 2021 auction

The players’ auction of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 is set to begin on Thursday (February 18) in Chennai. All the teams have completed the process of releasing and retaining players. Many big names were shown the exit door while several quality players have been kept in the squad.

Like every season, some players shall attract the attention of many franchises, and one of such talent is aspiring Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne. The South African-born Aussie cricketer has never played in the IPL.

Ahead of the upcoming auction, Labuschagne has registered his name in the players’ list at a base price of INR 1 crore. He can be an excellent option for teams looking for a solid top-order batter who could make game-changing partnerships in the middle.

In the recently concluded Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21, Labuschagne played only six matches and amassed 176 runs with 49 being his best score. Further, the 26-year-old also displayed magic with the ball. He finished the tournament with 10 wickets with 3/46 being his best figure.

Let’s have a look at four teams who can target Marnus in the upcoming auction:

1.) Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals (RR) did not have a good outing in the 2020 edition of the cash-rich league. They lost eight matches and finished at the bottom in the points table. Ahead of the auction, Royals made a big move by releasing Steve Smith from the squad.

In the absence of Smith, Royals need a quality batsman for the top-order and Labuschagne could be a worthy option. He is currently in a red-hot form, and with the presence of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and David Miller, Labuschagne will boost the batting order of RR.

2.) Kings XI Punjab

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) did impress in IPL 2020 at United Arab Emirates (UAE) especially in the batting department. The likes of KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Chris Gayle performed exceptionally well and dominated the charts.

KXIP missed a quality all-rounder in the previous season. They gave several opportunities to Glenn Maxwell, but the Aussie power-striker failed to leave his impression. Now that KXIP have released Maxwell from the squad, it’s a decent time to rope in someone like Labuschagne who can bat in the middle and bowl some overs in the middle as well.

3.) Royal Challengers Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) invested a heavy amount in both Chris Morris and Aaron Finch in the IPL 2020. However, both the players did not perform up to the desired mark. Although RCB finished as the fourth-best team last year, they could’ve gone far if these players contributed enough.

Nevertheless, now RCB have released both the individuals and they have a total of three overseas spots left for the upcoming season. Considering the batting order of RCB, Labuschagne can fit either at the top order or even in the middle-order.

Labuschagne is not a power-hitter but his art of rotating strikes and constantly earning boundaries at regular intervals will surely help the Virat Kohli-led side in the IPL 2021.

4.) Delhi Capitals

Delhi Capitals (DC) had a phenomenal outing in the IPL 2020. They reached the finals and ended the tournament as runners-up. The strong Indian core and a pretty balanced overseas group helped DC beat all the odds and dominate other teams.

Ahead of the mini-auction, DC have released overseas players such as Keemo Paul, Sandeep Lamichhane, Alex Carey, Jason Roy. They now have three spots remaining for foreign cricketers and considering the current group, Labuschagne could perfectly find his place in the outfit.

With his all-round abilities, Labuschagne can come in the side as an alternate to Marcus Stoinis, who had performed pretty well in IPL 2020. The Queensland cricketer is also a spectacular fielder and DC can take that advantage as well.

4 Teams that can bid for Marnus Labuschagne in IPL 2021 auction


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.





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




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

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




Indonesia lacks oxygen, seeks help as virus cases rise

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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