India will want a big score from Dhawan on Tuesday

The opener has got off to starts in both matches so far but has not kicked on to get a big score. With the Test series looming large, a big score on Tuesday could help him settle down before the bigger test which awaits him next month.


Dhawan is among the more criticised players in the Indian setup for his inconsistency in batting, but in the last year he has been one of the better players at the top of the order in white-ball cricket and if he can play the same way as he did in some of those matches on Tuesday, then he would have surely put India in a position of strength in the deciding fixture.

Pandya will want to give Kohli a few wickets and runs with the bat on Tuesday

With just under a year to go for the World Cup, if there is one player whose development in this period will be monitored closely, that will be Hardik Pandya.For a lengthy period, India were seeking desperately for a player who could give the captain a few overs with the ball and play useful cameos with the bat down the order. They tried Stuart Binny, did not work out. They went with Rishi Dhawan, no success there as well.With Pandya, they seem to want to put in some time and faith and for that sake, it will be vital that he repays them on both accounts in the upcoming series.He could start that with a good performance on Tuesday.

Runs from Rahul's bat will be vital for India

The right-hander who began the tour in the best possible manner with a hundred at Old Trafford in the first T20I will want to play similarly impactful innings on Tuesday.There has been a lot of talk of him and how he merits a place in the team and Kohli has understood that and has backed him to the hilt, even sacrificing the Number 3 position in the shortest format of the game.
He has played at Number 4 in the two ODIs so far and if he can develop some amount of consistency, then he can make that position his own and get rid of the one big headache that has faced Kohli and the management.He could begin the road to that with a notable performance on Tuesday.

Chahal will want to put in a match-winning performance on Tuesday

While the large part of the focus in the series so far has been on Kuldeep Yadav and the manner in which he has gone about bamboozling England, his spin partner Yuzvendra Chahal has gone a bit under the radar.
Chahal may not have picked up a truckload of wickets as has been the case with Kuldeep but has kept it tight in both games to complement Kuldeep well. What Virat Kohli will want from him in the third game is wickets and that would mean that England will find themselves in deeper trouble with spin at both ends.

The decider on Tuesday presents him with an opportunity to do that.

Yadav will need to be at his best on Tuesday

The opening spell with the ball often dictates the course of an innings and Umesh Yadav, unlike in the T20Is, has not been able to do that with the new ball. England have found themselves at a good position in both matches at the 10-over mark and it has come down to the spinners to bring India back into the game each time.

To be slightly fair to him, there hasn't been too much swing on offer for the quicker bowlers, but what Yadav did well in the T20Is was to keep stump-to-stump, not give too much room to the batsman and let them play the expansive stroke that would lead to their downfall.
This series is a bit of a comeback of sorts in white-ball cricket for Yadav, who has not played as much of it as he would have liked and while he did show that he could bowl with more control in the T20Is, he hasn't been able to replicate and show the consistency in line and length that is desired from him.

Maybe on Tuesday he can do that and help India secure the series.

No more flat Aussie pitches: McGrath

Cricket legend Glenn McGrath has called on curators to provide Australia's gun pacemen some form of assistance this summer, fearing another round of flat pitches.Docile decks have been a regular concern for members of the fast bowlers' cartel - past and present - in recent years.Ryan Harris suggested in 2015 that flat pitches in Brisbane and Perth played a part in Mitchell Johnson's decision to retire, while Mitchell Starc has also previously hit out at the lack of home-ground advantage on offer in Australia.The issue could prove decisive when India arrive for a four-Test series later this year, boasting a star-studded XI capable of posting mammoth totals in batsman-friendly conditions. Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood all loom as match-winners if fit, but their potency could be nullified somewhat by flat pitches.India's most recent Test tour of Australia, in 2014, finished with the hosts prevailing 2-0 after dull draws in Melbourne and Sydney. Virat Kohli scored four hundreds during that series, during which Steve Smith also excelled in record-breaking fashion."The bowling attack we have with the three quicks and Nathan Lyon, it could really put some pressure on their boys," McGrath told reporters at a Channel Seven function in Sydney.

Glenn Maxwell explains handshake snub after T20 final

Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has explained his actions following his snubbing of Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed after Australia’s defeat in the T20 tri-series final in Zimbabwe.Maxwell was accused of poor sportsmanship on social media, after footage emerged showing him ignoring the outstretched hand of Sarfraz following the match.Taking to Twitter, Maxwell says he can understand why people had that impression. “In regards to the incident shown post match, it appears unsportsmanlike, and certainly not the way I play the game,” Maxwell tweeted.“It was a genuine oversight on my behalf and I’m currently looking for Sarfraz in the hotel to shake his hand and congratulate him and his team for their series win.”Maxwell and Sarfraz are believed to have exchanged words during Pakistan’s successful run chase, which at one point saw Sarfraz and Fakhar Zaman take 21 runs off a Maxwell over.

Kenya made history last week in a T20 against Rwanda

WORLD record status won’t be handed to a mammoth T20 total smashed by Kenya due to a technicality which is set to be wiped in six months’ time.Kenya scored a would-be world record total of 6-270 against Rwanda last week in a World T20 qualifying match in Kigali, surpassing the highest ever of 263, set by Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2013 and equalled by Australia in 2016.But despite the historic innings, Kenya won’t be recognised as having the highest total hit in either a domestic or international T20, Cricket Networkreported.The International Cricket Council (ICC) currently grants ‘T20 International’ status to matches played between a select 18 teams - not including Kenya and Rwanda.That number is set to increase to 104 after the ICC announced in April that all matches between its member countries will carry the T20I tag.But the rule doesn’t come into effect for men’s games until the start of 2019, leaving Kenya’s record total in the dark, the publication reported.The match between Kenya and Rwanda also wasn’t granted the status of ‘T20’, which is one step below ‘T20I’.Kenya’s innings involved 20 sixes and saw each of their four opening batsmen make half-centuries, albeit no tons.Top scorer was shared by Alex Obanda and Collins Obuya who made 63 runs off 22 and 25 balls respectively.Rwanda were unable to come close to the massive total, only posting 8-147 in reply.

Dan Christian has taken England’s T20 Vitality Blast by storm this season

Daniel Christian has taken England’s T20 Vitality Blast by storm this season with an astounding display of power-hitting for Nottinghamshire Outlaws.The 35-year-old currently sits second in the league’s run tally after blasting a 37-ball, unbeaten century in his side’s win against Northamptonshire last week.He backed up the match-winning performance against Leicestershire on the weekend with another 47 runs off 29 balls - taking his season tally to 163 at 81.50.Christian’s 113 not out against Northamptonshire is also this season’s current highest score.He is being outscored in the league only by English batsman Ben Duckett, who has 194 runs at 64.66.While Christian has been Australia’s standout performer so far in the Vitality Blast, South Australian Callum Ferguson has also made a solid start to the T20 campaign.

Hilton Cartwright has made 89 runs for Middlesex off 71 balls

The Western Australian allrounder has a top score of 38 and is averaging 44.50, courtesy of an unbeaten 27 in his side’s second match against Essex.Victorian Michael Klinger rounds out the notable Australian batting performances in the early stages of the Vitality Blast.The 38-year-old has opened the batting twice for Gloucestershire, including in his side’s win against Cartwright’s Middlesex on the weekend.Klinger plodded his way to 58 runs off 49 deliveries before he was bowled by West Indies’ Dwayne Bravo.Klinger made 21 runs off 22 balls in his first innings of the competition, leaving him with a total of 79 at 39.50.

James Faulkner has taken a wicket in each of his three outings for Lancashire

Australia’s best bowler of the tournament has been 28-year-old James Faulkner, who has taken a wicket in each of his three outings for Lancashire.The Tasmanian has played an important role in Lancashire’s attack, bowling 11 overs across two wins and a loss.He has figures of 3-88 at 29.33, with an economy rate of 8.00 and best figures of 1-18.Faulkner is the only Australian to have taken three or more wickets so far in the tournament.

D'Arcy Short replaces Nic Maddinson; Sahibzada Farhan to debut for Pakistan

Australia have won the toss and have opted to bat

Pakistan (Playing XI): Fakhar Zaman, Sahibzada Farhan, Hussain Talat, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi. Australia (Playing XI): Aaron Finch(c), D Arcy Short, Alex Carey(w), Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Jack Wildermuth, Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake.

David Warner comes up with an emotional message after failing very badly

Even David Warner seemed to be disappointed with his performances. He is undergoing a lean patch is in career and is determined to do well. Warner is working hard in the nets and is taking the hard strides to improve upon his fitness. He was also seen practising right-handed batting to bring in more dimensions to his game. But, he has failed to replicate the work he has put in on the field. After bagging a duck off the first ball against Edmonton Royals in the recent Global T20 Canada game, David Warner came up with an emotional post on Instagram. He mentioned that one has to remember how far he has come when things don’t go your way. Warner wants to embrace the challenges on hand and wrote ‘Life is a beauty’ in one of his hashtags. ‘When things are just not going your way. Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come. “Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.” Love it. #challenges#lifesabeauty #bringiton,’ Warner wrote in his post. It would be interesting to see if the Winnipeg Hawks proceed to the ‘Round 2’ of the league.

David Warner registered a golden duck against Edmonton Royals in the GT20 Canada league

1.1 over for Irfan to Warner, out Caught by Afridi!! Warner and his form! Seems they've broken up off late. A short delivery on leg, Warner could have put this anywhere in the field but he picks out the fielder at short fine to perfection. Helps it on its way and Afridi didn't have to move an inch. Another failure for the Aussie in this tournament. Warner c Afridi b Irfan 0(1)

Steven Smith's gutsy knock against CWI B team went in vain

So 128 is all it will be. But given how seriously Steven Smith has struggled with the wicket, with the ball misbehaving, this looks pretty decent. But the Windies 'B' bowlers need to be credited, they read the pitch perfectly, dug in the shorter stuff, took pace off the ball. If only they could have taken their catches as well, or controlled the extras they've let out. Given how some of the best strokemakers in the world with Toronto have struggled, it is going to be a tricky ask for the Bs to keep their winning momentum going. And they'll need to capitalize on the new ball for that. Back shortly with the chase.

Finch the key against Pakistan's fearsome attack

A live ball-by-ball coverage of the tri-series final in Harare. Having thrashed Australia in the the dress rehearsal for the title clash, Pakistan have preserved their No. 1 T20I ranking. Having lost 6-0 in the limited-overs games in England, Australia, on the other hand, are searching for a new dawn. "Finch said that they are saving their best for last but on the contrary, their slope is going downward in this tri-series where they won both the matches comfortably in the first round while they struggled in both the games in the second round. Also, since their statements never came true during the England tour, its now best to only speak with their performance !!" On the eve of the title clash, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said that Islamabad United's Sahibzada Farhan is set to make his international debut in place of Haris Sohail. Farhan, a 22-year old opening batsman, has an impressive List A record, averaging over 52. He also played for Islamabad United in the PSL this season, but was somewhat underwhelming, scoring 91 runs in five innings.

Glenn Maxwell joins an Aussie record during his knock today

2 – Number of century partnerships between Travis Head and Glenn Maxwell in the T20I cricket. The pair added 109 runs for the 2nd wicket during the 2016 Pallekele T20I against Sri Lanka. They are only the 3rd Australian pair with multiple century stands in this format. David Warner and Shane Watson had three century partnerships between them while Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden had two 100-run stands. 5 – Glenn Maxwell now involved in as many as five century stands in T20I cricket which are the joint most for an Australian. David Warner, Shane Watson and Aaron Finch also involved in five century partnerships in T20Is.

The partnership between Head and Maxwell was pivotal

The collapse: What looked like being a comfortable win was anything but as Australia lost three quick wickets and the run rate required slowly increased. Maxwell was quickly followed back to the pavilion by Nic Maddinson and Head, bringing the equation to seven required from the final over with new batsmen Marcus Stoinis and Ashton Agar at the crease. Two wides to start the over (one of them questionable) eased the pressure slightly, but the equation was still 2 from 2 when Stoinis faced up to the penultimate delivery. And he held his nerve, a firm swipe to the square-leg boundary securing the win and preventing what would have been an almighty upset.

Glenn Maxwell steps up in a dead rubber against Zimbabwe

The match-winning stand: For the second straight day, Australia's openers failed to make anything of note but today's difference was the middle order stood up when needed. Travis Head (48 from 42 balls) and Glenn Maxwell (56 from 38) combined for a century partnership that steered Australia away from trouble after they'd been 2-26 early on. Maxwell cleared the rope five times to bring the victory target within reach, but his dismissal led to some late drama ...

Glenn Maxwell departs after scoring 56 off 38 balls which includes 5 sixes

The local support: It's not often you travel to a foreign country and have louder support than the hosts, but that was exactly the case for Australia today thanks to the kids from the Hatcliffe Extension. Two days after the Australian players visited their township, the children of the school returned the favour and attended the match with 'Australia' placards and sent "Maxwell, Maxwell" chants echoing around the Harare Sports Club.

Solomon Mire starred again for the home side

King Solomon: Solomon Mire once again top scored for Zimbabwe for the third time in four matches in this series. As a team, Zimbabwe have scored 550 runs this week and of those 212 belong to Mire, who has played a lone hand with the bat at the top of the order. He posted 63 from 52 balls here as he anchored the innings and was aggressive when the opportunity arose, showcased by a mammoth six over mid-wicket from Andrew Tye, who again impressed by picking up three late wickets. An Australian citizen, Mire has been a shining light in a winless Zimbabwe outfit and matched it with the world’s best throughout this week.

Wildermuth is given maiden international T20 cap

The debutant: After missing selection in Australia's first three matches, Jack Wildermuth replaced D’Arcy Short in the XI and had an eventful start to his debut match. He dropped a catch on the third ball of the first over but made up for it by claiming a replica opportunity six overs later, diving forward nicely in the deep. He took the ball in the middle overs before Aaron Finch surprisingly asked him to bowl the final over, with the right-armer giving up 16 runs from his two overs and taking his first international wicket from the final ball of the innings.

Fakhar Zaman leading Pakistan all the way in this triangular series

Fakhar Zaman (Man of the Match): "Probably my best innings. We were not getting good starts with the bat, so today we tried and got it. We were expecting more bouncers and we were ready. Our bowling was very good." Sarfraz: "The pitch was not easy to bat on, so credit to Fakhar Zaman for the way he played. It's not easy to play on the rise. Credit to our bowlers as well. Asif Ali is a great addition to our team. The way Shaheen, and the others too, bowled was very good."

A thumping victory for Pakistan over Australia

Pakistan had a good outing with the bat and they started off very well with the ball too. Australia weren't allowed to break free in the powerplay and they could never get going eventually. Shaheen got one to jag back into Finch to surprise him. Short ate too many deliveries and put pressure on the rest of the batsmen. The four Pakistani pacers were very good and Shadab was obviously pretty tough to handle with his variations. Australia have missed a chance to become No. 1 in T20Is. An undefeated series would have put them on top.

KL Rahul scored a international century after two years gap

17.6 over for Willey to Rahul, 1 run, oh yes. And KL will do a dab to the dressing room. He joins Rohit Sharma on that elusive list - becoming the only two Indians with two T20I centuries. And unless there's an apocalypse, this should end up in a win for him. Does it with a flat-batted heave into deep square leg, and he doesn't even bother with the second. He'd rather celebrate.