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Mumbai coach Amit Pagnis tenders resignation after team crashes out of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy



Mumbai coach Amit Pagnis tenders resignation after team crashes out


Was appointed to the role in December; remains to be seen if MCA will accept his resignation

Mumbai coach Amit Pagnis, who had been appointed in the role just over a month ago for the 2020-21 season, has sent in his resignation after the side’s dismal performance in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Mumbai were in Group E along with Haryana, Delhi, Kerala, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh, and finished at the bottom of the group table with only one win from five games. They crashed out of the knockouts race after losing their first four games in a row.

ESPNcricinfo understands Pagnis sent his resignation to the MCA on Wednesday, a day after their last league game, and wrote that his decision to step down was due to the team’s poor performance. He also highlighted in the email that “lack of preparation amidst the pandemic has been a major setback. The team barely got any time to prepare and practise together as a team.”

Pagnis’ contract is until March 31, 2021, and it remains to be seen if his resignation will be accepted by the MCA or if he will be asked to remain coach as the BCCI tries to organise at least one more domestic tournament – the 50-over Vijay Hazare Trophy or a curtailed Ranji Trophy – before the domestic season comes to an end.

Mumbai had a number of collapses in their T20 campaign, stuttering to 52 for 5 in their 76-run loss to Delhi, 56 for 6 in the eight-wicket thrashing by Haryana, and 42 for 6 before being bowled out for 94 against Puducherry. Against Kerala they racked up 196 for 7 but they were unable to defend the total as Kerala opener Mohammed Azharuddeen smashed an unbeaten 137 off 54 balls to help chase down the total in the 16th over.

On paper Mumbai had a strong squad led by Suryakumar Yadav and Aditya Tare the vice-captain, while the bowling attack was spearheaded by Dhawal Kulkarni. Yadav managed only 75 runs from five innings, and the experienced duo of Tare and Siddhesh Lad scored only 56 and 27 runs respectively from four innings each. The younger lot – Shivam Dube (161), Sarfaraz Khan (115) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (103) – were the main run-getters, helping Mumbai to a strong total against Kerala and the five-wicket win in the last league game, chasing down 155 with more than an over to spare against Andhra Pradesh.

In the bowling department, Kulkarni went wicketless in his four games, Tushar Deshpande conceded 13.57 runs per over in two games and left-arm spinner Shams Mulani took four wickets but leaked 11.27 runs per over in the three matches he played. The most impressive performances in the bowling attack too were from youngsters Dube (three wickets with 7.50 economy rate) and left-arm spinner Atharva Ankolekar (three wickets with an economy rate of 5) who made his Mumbai debut this season.

Pagnis was appointed mid-December and the squad was asked to assemble on December 29 at the Wankhede Stadium, which gave them 13 days before their first game on January 11 against Delhi. The other teams in the group arrived in Mumbai later and were allowed to train only after three rounds of Covid-19 tests on January 2, 4 and 6. Mumbai were the only team in the group to play all their matches on home grounds – the Wankhede Stadium and Bandra Kurla Complex.

Vishal Dikshit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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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.





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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