The Sunrisers didn’t have the best of seasons last year, though they managed to qualify for the playoffs. The team was captained by Bhuvneshwar Kumar as well as Kane Williamson. The same was for the reason that Williamson, also the skipper of the New Zealand team, came into the tournament with an injury that he developed in the home series against Bangladesh.In the round-robin stage, they managed to win six out of their 14 matches and
made their way through to the next round. KKR and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) also ended with 12 points, but the Sunrisers had a superior Net Run Rate. However, their journey finished in the Eliminator.Delhi Capitals (DC), led by Shreyas Iyer, beat them by two wickets in Visakhapatnam to pull the curtains down on their campaign. David Warner and Jonny Bairstow played exceptionally for them but had to leave the team in May in order to prepare themselves for the 2019 World Cup.
Steve Smith followed his two centuries in Edgbaston with a 92 at Lord's and has now overtaken Kane Williamson in the ICC Test Rankings for batsmen. Smith is now trailing the top-ranked Virat Kohli by only nine points. On the other hand, Joe Root has dropped three places to the ninth position following a string of low scores in the ongoing Ashes.Sri Lanka
skipper Dimuth Karunaratne, who stroked a century and bagged the Player of the Match award against New Zealand in Galle, has jumped four places to No 8 in the batsman's rankings. Niroshan Dickwella and Angelo Mathews - both of whom scored fifties in the first innings - too have seen a significant jump in the position on the table, now placed at 14 and 33 respectively.
Steve Smith, who followed up his twin tons at Edgbaston with a 92 at Lord’s in the second Ashes Test, has reclaimed the No.2 spot in MRF Tyres ICC Test Rankings for Batsmen. Jofra Archer, meanwhile, has debuted at No.83 on the bowlers’ ranking. Smith’s 92 in the
second Ashes Test at Lord’s took his runs tally to 378 in three innings at an impressive average of 126. Despite being banned for a year, he is only nine points behind table-topper Virat Kohli.
In the meantime, a section of the crowd booed even when Steve Smith was putting on a show at the Home of Cricket. Same was the case even in the opening game when banners of Smith, crying, were put up. But Smith remained oblivious of the criticism and brickbats and he kept weaving his magic on the cricket field.The booing and the crowd’s rough behaviour towards Smith haven’t gone down well with Michael Vaughan by any stretch of
the imagination. Vaughan literally pleaded the English crowd to show some appreciation for the former Australian captain, especially when he is showing ‘skill, courage and discipline’.The former English skipper took to Twitter and wrote, “I get the pantomime of @stevesmith49 arrival to the crease and the booing but please stop booing once he plays with great skill, courage and incredible discipline !!! he deserves a standing ovation for that innings …#Ashes #Lords,”
Steve Smith rates the 144 he compiled against a dominant England attack in challenging Edgbaston conditions in Thursday's Ashes opener as among the best Test tons he's scored. And he revealed it arrived six months after he reached his lowest ebb – the time he spent convalescing from elbow surgery during which he questioned whether he wanted to
continue pursuing cricket as a career. Smith had sustained ligament damage to his right elbow soon after arriving in Dhaka to take part in the Bangladesh Premier League T20 competition last January. Initially, he feared he might need to undergo a full reconstruction of the damaged joint which would have significantly curtailed his preparation for this year's World Cup and the subsequent Ashes campaign.
Quite simply, he said he fell out of love with cricket.It wasn't until his recovery from elbow surgery that Smith decided on a reconciliation, and it's fair to say there was a degree of romance in his innings today.There was nothing flashy in his approach early, there really
couldn't afford to be.Australia was in all sorts of trouble at 8/122.The tourists needed a steady hand and in Smith and Peter Siddle (44) they found two.Just as Smith was displaying a certain calmness at the crease, a degree of panic was slowly creeping into the England supporters, in particular the Barmy Army.
Ashes 2019 got underway at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Thursday and Australian captain Tim Paine won the toss and elected to bat in the first Test. David Warner, along with his opening partner Cameron Bancroft, were welcomed with an exceptional opening spell from James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Both the opening bowlers did not give easy run-scoring
opportunities to the Australian pair and Stuart Broad eventually got past the defence of David Warner and trapped him in front of the wickets to send the left-hander back for just two runs.As David Warner was walking off the field, the English crowd gave him a send-off by showing him sandpapers.
Lyon, along with India’s Ravichandran Ashwin, is two of the world’s leading finger spinners at the moment and the Aussie gave Ashwin a huge compliment ahead of the Ashes about how he plans to learn from the latter. Lyon, 31, has 343 Test wickets at the moment as against Ashwin’s 342 though the former has played 21 matches more than the Indian (86 to 65).Ashwin, who hasn’t played for India since the early part of the Test series versus
Australia last year, will be donning India cap later this month when Virat Kohli’s men face the West Indies in a two-Test series. Lyon had excelled in that Australia-India series with over 20 scalps in four games.“I have watched a lot of footage of Ravi Ashwin actually, bowling over here last year and in the tours that he has been here, how effective he has been. In my eyes he is one of the offies going around. I can definitely learn from watching how he goes about it here in England,” Lyon was quoted by Mumbai Mirror as saying in an interview.
English fans ridicule Steve Smith: Smith joined Usman Khawaja, who was also making a comeback after recovering from the hamstring injury, in the middle. Amidst his stint on the pitch, Smith also faced the wrath of the crowd present at the venue. Three fans on the stands wore Smith’s mask. In them, Smith was seen shedding tears, something which rolls the clock back to his press conference after the tampering incident.During the media
interaction, Smith broke down, admitting his mistake. His father was behind him, consoling his son. It was a massive moment for Smith, who is regarded as one of the best batters doing the rounds in world cricket. Warner also had to face in different behaviour from the crowd.After the southpaw was dismissed cheaply, the England fans brought out Sandpaper and displayed. The Ashes is known to produce some high-voltage moments and it has started in an intensified manner. For Smith and Warner, it may not be the first them when they have to face the crowd in the series.
A poor run of form evoked veterans of the game like Gautam Gambhir and VVS Laxman to place KL Rahul above a struggling Shikhar Dhawan ahead of the fourth ODI against Australia in Mohali on Sunday. A huge question mark was raised over Dhawan's form and subsequently his place in the World Cup squad. He averaged well below 30 in 2019 where he failed to convert the only two fifties (scored in New Zealand series). But shrugging of his poor run of form at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Dhawan not just scored his 16th ODI century, but registered his career-best score of 143. Shikhar had
recorded only two fifty-plus scores, amid six single-digits and two ducks in his last 17 innings. And in 2019, he amassed only 265 runs in 11 innings (before 4th ODI vs Australia)at an average of 26.50. In fact, his dismal form has prevented the formidable Indian opening pair to score even a single fifty-plus partnership in the last six ODIs. But a different Dhawan had taken to the field on Sunday. He timed his favourite cover drives sweetly and played the angled-in length deliveries with caution to not repeat his previous mistakes on a tailor-made flat track. Dhawan was the aggressor in the opening stand alongside Rohit as the right-hander allowed his partner to flourish and play freely. Hence, Dhawan reached his maiden triple-figure mark since September 2018 (vs Pakistan in Asia Cup) by lacing 12 boundaries and one six.