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Recent Match Report – South Africa vs Pakistan 1st Test 2020/21



Recent Match Report - South Africa vs Pakistan 1st Test


South Africa scored only 47 runs in the afternoon session at the loss of Dean Elgar’s wicket

Lunch South Africa 220 and 84 for 1 (Markram 34*, van der Dussen 17*, Shah 1-22) trail Pakistan 378 (Alam 109, Ashraf 64, Azaher 51, Rabada 3-70, Maharaj 3-90) by 74 runs

If the morning session was a bit liberal in terms of the scoring rate, the middle session spent all its time overcompensating. Two hours of grinding cricket later, the sides remained locked into the same situation they found themselves in at lunch, with Pakistan still on top while South Africa continue to cling to hope.

The visitors lost only the wicket of Dean Elgar – and possibly his involvement in the second Test if X-rays on his hand reveal the worst – but managed just 47 runs in a session that at one juncture saw them manage just four across eight overs.

Yasir Shah carried the greatest threat to the batsmen all session, and might at times feel he could have had more than just the one wicket if the Rassie van der Dussen and Dean Elgar hadn’t shut up shop against him. He found turn from the rough from around the wicket, but with lbw taken out of the equation, Aiden Markram and van der Dussen were content to pad him away. If it were to be converted into a game of patience, South Africa don’t appear like losing it.

But while Shah was responsible for Elgar’s wicket, it came only after a rearing delivery from Shaheen Shah Afridi had crunched him on the little finger that required extended treatment from the physio. It looked at one stage he might come off temporarily, but Shah – and a brilliant catch from Rizwan -ensured it was permanent. Elgar tried to sweep and the ball scooped up off the glove, with Rizwan completing a diving catch that ended up with him on the pitch.

South Africa had begun day three just as despondently as they had capped a dismal second day, allowing Pakistan’s tail to not so much wag as hop, skip and jump all the way to a potentially decisive lead. A 55-run partnership for the tenth wicket drove a stake deeper through the heart of South Africa’s chances in this Test as Pakistan wrapped up with 378, bloating the lead to 158 and ensuring South Africa would have to fight hard just to make Pakistan bat again in this Test.

Shah’s innings may have looked casual what with the ever-present smile on his face and the caution he threw to the wind along the way, but this was no laughing matter for the visitors. After Pakistan began the day eight wickets down and 88 ahead, South Africa knew every run they added would tilt the odds further against them. They started off well enough when Kagiso Rabada knocking out Hasan Ali’s middle stump in the second over of the day to reach to become the third-fastest to 200 Test wickets.

But there was little time to celebrate, especially as Nauman Ali and Shah decided they still fancied a bat. The former crunched Rabada for four the first ball the South African bowled. Soon after, Shah drove him through the covers before perfectly placing a square cut for another boundary in one over. Pakistan brought up 350, and the 150-run lead when Shah danced down the ground to deposit Keshav Maharaj over long-on for six.

The left-arm spinner did finally snare Nauman but not before the lead had stretched to 158, and South Africa were given an hour to negotiate before lunch. The one thing they might draw comfort from is Elgar and Markram managed it better than Pakistan had dealt with the last hour on the first day, neutralising the new ball in the hands of Afridi and Hasan.

Markram might have been walking off when trapped in front by Afridi but was saved when the review found the ball had pitched outside leg. He withstood a Pakistan review for lbw a few overs later, one that replays showed was missing the leg stump. These, however, were just a couple of small wins for a South African side that needs plenty of big ones to keep their head above water.

Danyal Rasool is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. @Danny61000

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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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