Kraigg Brathwaite makes ton for hosts

Fri, Apr 24, '15


Windies v England

England were frustrated by Kraigg Brathwaite's composed century as West Indies had the better of the fourth day of the second Test in Grenada.
His 101 not out took the home side to 202-2, a lead of 37.
Earlier, England moved their overnight 373-6 to 464 all out, with Joe Root ending unbeaten on 182.
On a pitch that remains lifeless, a draw seems the most likely result, lengthening England's wait for a first overseas win since 2012.
A young man's game
At 24 years and 115 days, Joe Root is the second youngest Englishman to reach 2,000 Test runs, after Alastair Cook, who was 23 and 79 days.
Kraigg Brathwaite, at 22 years and 144 days, is the third youngest West Indian to reach four Test centuries, after George Headley and Gary Sobers.

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Sunil Narine's Action Reported Again

Fri, Apr 24, '15


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New Delhi: Defending Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Kolkata Knight Riders' spinner Sunil Narine has been reported yet again for a suspect bowling action for their April 22 match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Visakhapatnam.

Narine was reported for suspect illegal action by on-field umpires Richard Illingworth and Vineet Kulkarni.
"A suspected illegal bowling action report has been filed by the match officials on certain deliveries bowled by Sunil Narine," Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur said in a statement Friday.

West Indian Narine though is eligible to continue bowling in the IPL.

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Matters Cricket: Shrivnarine Chanderpaul, and my twitching sons

Fri, Apr 24, '15



A pleasant Test-match Friday to you all.

Two days ago, one Mr. Roger Sawh - a law student in Canada, paid tribute to his country-man - veteran West Indies middle-order batsman, Mr. Shrivnarine Chanderpaul. That tribute, kindled some fond memories of my own.

"Do not go," I advised my two sons, during the third nPower Test match at Old Trafford back in June 2007. Shrivnarine Chanderpaul was twitching more than usual, before close of play the evening, just like how one Gordon Greenidge, would begin to limp. Both idiosyncrasies, are never good omens, for opposing bowlers. But, my two sons too, were twitching as well - to go down to London. And, they did. Duly, 'the crab' completed yet another Test hundred, the following morning. And on their return, my two disobedient sons, were raked over the coals.

These days, the tide beneath the little left-hander, is beginning to ebb. And the Selector-in-Chief - his fellow country-man, might now want to send him a pontoon. Not throw him overboard. Because, the little man has served West Indies cricket well. He now deserves asylum. But he, like many of us, doesn't have eyes in the back of his head. And so, he's oblivious to the stage manager's beckoning - "come-come-come."   
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Root hundred puts England in charge

Thu, Apr 23, '15


Windies v England

A sixth Test hundred from Joe Root helped England to a position of increasing dominance in Grenada, as they wore down West Indies during an extended day in the field. Almost 50 overs were lost from the match over the first two days but with cloud cover and swinging conditions replaced by unbroken sunshine and a flat, if slow, surface, England were approaching a position from where they could bat once and then push for victory.

England's old guard had set the tone at the start of the day, then left it to two of the youth corps to press home their advantage. Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott both recorded fifties during a century opening stand - England's first since 2013 - and although Cook fell short of reaching three figures himself, another strong showing from Root and Gary Ballance in the middle order helped England to a 74-run lead at the close.

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Benched Gayle learns a week’s a long time in T20

Thu, Apr 23, '15


Chris Gayle

“I was surprised when Chris (Gayle) was not playing, but Virat (Kohli) is a guy who always thinks positively for the team. The other guy, (Rilee) Rossouw, has played many good knocks for South Africa. But still I would say they didn’t start well in the first six overs. The credit for that goes to Ashish Nehra, he bowled in good areas.”

That was Suresh Raina, speaking immediately after he had played the starring hand in Chennai Super Kings swatting Royal Challengers Bangalore aside for a 27-run victory at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday (April 22).

Raina had made 62 off 32, Nehra had taken 4 for 10 in four overs and Bangalore had slumped to a third straight loss to be at the bottom of Pepsi IPL 2015. But none of that was quite as puzzling as the absence of Chris Gayle from the playing XI.

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