The spinners ran riot on both sides, but Kyle Mayers was brutal off the seamers to give the Barbados Tridents a total that proved well out of reach of a misfiring Jamaica Tallawahs batting lineup that badly missed the injured Andre Russell.

Jamaica Tallawahs captain, Rovman Powell, was very disappointed that his team failed to chase down a paltry 118 set by the Guyana Amazon Warriors in their Hero Caribbean Premier League outing on Saturday but said there were positives.

After bowling out the Warriors in 19.1 overs, the Tallawahs were pegged back by the combination of brilliant bowling from the Warriors and their own failure to adjust to a pitch where the ball was sticking.

“We knew the wicket was quite tough to bat on. We felt we were 10-15 short but we have a special bowling line-up,” said Warriors captain Chris Green.

That 10-15 runs short never mattered as an all-round bowling performance where Green ended with 2-10 from three overs, Imran Tahir, 1-26, Ashmead Nedd, 1-10, Naveen-ul-Haq, 1-22, Keemo Paul, 1-33, and Chandrapaul Hemraj, 1-3 from one over, were enough to restrict the Tallawahs to 107-7.

“I am very, very disappointed but that's the nature of the game,” said Powell.

“I think both teams batted poorly, and we really need to improve our batting,” he said.

 “The positive was Russell coming to the party.”

Though disappointed, Powell was pleased to see the work of his spinners, saying he was impressed.

“Impressed with Mujeeb [Ur Rahmann] and Sandeep [Lamichhane],” he said. The two ended with figures of 3-18 and 2-8 respectively.

A last-ditch effort at using his supreme power to hit the Jamaica Tallawahs to a win ultimately failed for Andre Russell, who was left unbeaten on 52 while his side crashed to their second defeat of this Hero Caribbean Premier League at the hands of the Guyana Amazon Warriors.

St Lucia Zouks captain Daren Sammy says that while his team doesn’t have the ‘superstars’ os some other teams in the 2020 edition of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), his team is dangerous.

A powerful start and a late acceleration saw St Lucia Zouks overcome a middle-overs slump to post the highest total of Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) so far, and with the off-spinners again excellent, proved too tough an ask for a St Kitts & Nevis Patriots team who’ve now played three, lost three.

A fine all-round bowling display saw Trinbago Knight Riders win the battle of the unbeaten teams and go to the top of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) table. Glenn Phillips was the only standout for the Jamaica Tallawahs as the power-hitters struggled for fluency, and Sunil Narine’s second consecutive 50 did the bulk of the work even as the Knight Riders took their time about the chase.

Afghanistan allrounder Mohammad Nabi needs to perform a little differently if he is to avoid the interviews he doesn’t like.

Fans and the SportsMax Zone were not in agreement with a panel of experts, who made a decision on its picks for SportsMax’s Ultimate XI T20 bowlers today.

The panel on the set of the Zone, made up of former West Indies fast bowler and cricket commentator Ian Bishop, cricket umpire Chris Taylor, and statistician Zaheer Clarke, along with Tom Moody and Vernon Singer (offset), have picked Sunil Narine, Rashid Khan and Lasith Malinga as their three bowlers.

The Afghan Rashid, the Sri Lankan Malinga and the West Indian Narine, were picked from a group of six that included India’s Jasprit Bumrah, South Africa’s Dale Steyn, and Australia’s Mitchell Starc.

Jasprit’s exclusion is where the bone of contention lies.

According to the SportsMax Zone, while Malinga and Narine are shoo-ins, Rashid was not.

In Rashid’s stead, the Zone has picked Jasprit.

In coming up with SportsMax’s Ultimate XI T20, there is a three-way split in the decision-making process with the panel’s picks accounting for 40% of votes, while the Zone has 25, and fans who vote online have a 35% stake in who makes the team.

Fans, so far, have agreed with the SprotsMax Zone’s take on the three best bowlers the T20 game has ever seen, also picking Jasprit to go alongside Narine and Malinga.

There is still an opportunity for the fans to change their minds, but at the moment, they are joining the zone in beating back the opinions of the expert panel.

So far, the panel has picked Chris Gayle and David Warner as its openers, Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and AB de Villiers as its middle order to go along with Rashid, Narine and Malinga as its bowlers.

Tomorrow the panel will go about whittling down what are termed impact players in a bid to come up with its version of an Ultimate XI.

The Zone has differed in small ways to date, picking Rohit Sharma to go along with Gayle as well as picking Jasprit over Rashid.

Fans have stuck even closer to the panel to date. As far as openers and the middle order are concerned they are in complete agreement but have veered away with the bowling choices, choosing the same way as the Zone.

But the voting isn’t finished and fans, called fanalysts, can vote by clicking here or going to SportsMax.tv and just clicking on the Ultimate XI tab at the top of the screen.

SportsMax.tv has also built a list of profiles where Fanalysts can go to have a look at the careers of the players who have made the SportsMax Ultimate XI shortlist just in case you want to learn a little more about them before making your choice. To take a look at those players click here.

There is no place in the final XI set of SportsMax Ultimate XI T20 bowlers for a man who, at one time or another, was the world’s foremost T20 bowler after a panel of experts had to make tough choices to reduce a shortlist of the best in the format of all time.

A panel made up of cricket umpire Chris Taylor, former Australian cricketer and commentator Tom Moody, and regional commentator Vernon Springer, today on the SportsMax Zone, had to bring a not-so-short shortlist of 17 bowlers down to six for final discussion tomorrow where another panel will pick three for SportsMax’s Ultimate XI T20 team.

Samuel Badree will not be part of that discussion.

The team is picked through a combination of voting among fans, the panel, and the SportsMax Zone’s team.

Fans vote online, with their collective decision amounting to 35% of the vote, while the Zone team’s votes amount to 25%. The panel has the lion’s share of the percentage with their vote counting for 40%.

Today, the panel had to decide among a group made up of Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga and Ajantha Mendis; Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Sohail Tanvir and Wahab Riaz; Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan; Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan; West Indies’ Sunil Narine, Badree, and Dwayne Bravo; South Africa’s Imran Tahir and Dale Steyn; India’s Jasprit Bumrah; along with Australia’s Dirk Nannes and Mitchell Starc, who would remain in the discussion for a second evening.

From that list, Afridi, Shakib, Umar, Saeed, Ajantha, Imran, Sohail, Badree, Nannes, Wahab, and Bravo, were all cut.

In the case of Bravo, the panel felt the all-rounder would be better suited as one of the Impact Players, a discussion that is to come down the line.

Badree, on the other hand, was seen as limited and not offering as much flexibility as would Rashid or Narine.

According to the panel, Taylor in particular, Badree is at his best when opening the bowling, while Narine and Rashid are useful throughout an innings.

The SportsMax Zone, in response, found no fault with the eventual six the panel came up with. The Zone and panel will discuss the merits and flaws of Malinga, Rashid, Narine, Steyn, Jasprit, and Starc before coming up with a final three.

While fans, call fanalysts, have not yet made up their mind on the three bowlers who would make up their Ultimate XI, there has been a trend that suggests their six for final discussion.

According to fans, Malinga, Narine, Jasprit, Rashid, Bravo, and Nannes would be the six they would have under consideration tomorrow.

Fanalysts can vote by clicking here or going to SportsMax.tv and just clicking on the Ultimate XI tab at the top of the screen.

SportsMax.tv has also built a list of profiles where Fanalysts can go to have a look at the careers of the players who have made the SportsMax Ultimate XI shortlist just in case you want to learn a little more about them before making your choice. To take a look at those players click here.

Teams in this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League have voiced annoyance with a decision that seems to have given a slight advantage to the Trinbago Knight Riders ahead of the competition’s start on August 18.

The grievance appears to have been caused because local players from the TKR did not join the bio-secure bubble at the Hylton Hotel, continuing to train.

The first teams allowed to train were announced on Tuesday with the St Lucia Zouks and the Knight Riders getting the go ahead. According to a release from the CPL, local players had gone through the mandatory testing process and would this week enter the bubble.

“Everyone should have been part of the bubble from the first day to “guarantee” that the health and safety of all stakeholders is not “compromised”, read a social media post from Zouks skipper Daren Sammy.

"How can everybody else be in a bubble no access to training or practice games while others on the outside in a COVID infected area be training and playing practice games. Then allowed to join the bubble without self-isolation," read another from the Zouks skipper.

According to reports, defending champions, Barbados Tridents have also not taken kindly to the difference being shown to the local TKR players and asked why it was that all players from the franchise were not asked to enter the bubble and undergo the mandatory weeklong quarantine everybody else did.

But according to Michael Hall, operations director of the CPL, it was necessary to take precautions to ensure local players entering the bubble were not a threat to the environment’s bio-security.

West Indies allrounder Fabian Allen will take no part in this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after missing his flight from Jamaica to Barbados.

Players, staff and officials, were required to arrive in Trinidad and Tobago two weeks ahead of the CPL’s August 18 start.

A number of chartered flights were arranged for the trips, including one from Jamaica to Barbados on Monday. Allen, who was to have competed for the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, was to have been on that flight but missed it courtesy of a mix-up in flight times as per his agent.

"Unfortunately there was some confusion with his understanding of the flight details and he missed the flight," said Allen's agent in an interview with ESPNcricinfo.

"We explored all possibilities, but due to the pandemic and travel restrictions in Trinidad, the charter flight on Monday was the only way he could enter the country."

Allen has been a mainstay in the Patriots team since 2017.

Yuvraj Singh, like many of the greats, was a man ahead of his time. He was showing the world the fine art of attacking with almost reckless abandon but doing so with a kind of consistency that defies logic.

An elegant stroke maker, Yuvraj was an instant hit in One-Day Internationals, counterattacking some of the greatest bowling attacks in the world with much success.

What was more, Yuvraj seemed to relish the big occasion, saving his best efforts for the not just the big teams, but for the moments that count against those teams.

Yuvraj and a young Mahendra Singh Dhoni, over the few years following the former’s 2000 debut, set about making India’s middle-order something to be feared. The duo helping to chase down some of the biggest totals in ODI cricket.

Then came the advent of the T20 game in 2007. Yuvraj’s transition was instant.

He went to the inaugural World T20 and to date, there are very few to have matched his strokeplay during that tournament.

Yuvraj would become the first Indian to hit six sixes in an over on his way to winning the inaugural tournament.

Yuvraj’s career suffered later on after a battle with cancer made his appearances few and far in between. He never recovered the form he had shown earlier in his career but every now and then, there was a masterpiece.

 

Career Statistics (2003-2019)

Full name: Yuvraj Singh

Born: December 12, 1981 (38), Chandigarh

Major teams: India, Asia XI, Delhi Daredevils, India A, Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians, Pune Warriors, Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Toronto Nationals, Yorkshire

Playing role: Middle-order batsman

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Slow left-arm orthodox

 

T20I Career – India

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs    HS    Ave      BF      SR         100    50     4s     6s   

58       51      9      1177    77*   28.02    863    136.38      0       8      77     74   

 

T20 Career

Mat   Inns    NO    Runs     HS    Ave      BF       SR        100     50      4s     6s    

231    216     27     4857      83    25.69    3772    128.76     0       27     386    261       

 

Career Highlights

  • Amassed 1177 T20I runs in 58 matches at 28.02
  • Most T20I runs off an over (36)
  • Equal most runs off one over in any format (36)
  • Fastest T20I fifty (12 balls)
  • 4857 T20 runs at 25.69

West Indies opener Evin Lewis just missed out on a place in the final six of SportsMax’s Ultimate XI T20 Edition earlier today.

SportsMax, ahead of the start of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), has been taking a look at what an all-time T20 team would look like.

In doing so, as the sports broadcasting powerhouse has done with its Ultimate XI Football, Test and ODI cricket teams, the SportsMax Zone has enlisted the help of a panel of experts, as well as a voting public to help with the decision-making.

Fans, called Fanalysts have a 30% weighted vote on who makes SportsMax’s Ultimate XI T20 team, with the SportsMax Zone having another 30% of the vote. The panel of experts’ vote will count for 40% of the overall votes.

Fanlysts can vote by clicking here or going to SportsMax.tv and just clicking on the Ultimate XI tab at the top of the screen.

SportsMax.tv has also built a list of profiles where Fanalysts can go to have a look at the careers of the players who have made the SportsMax Ultimate XI shortlist just in case you want to learn a little more about the players before making your choice. To take a look at those players click here.

Today, a panel of Kerry Scott, former cricketer, Chris Taylor, cricket umpire, commentator and expert, along with Sachin Ramsubhag, cricket commentator, had the unenviable task of whittling down a list of 13 potential openers to a final six for discussion on Friday, where a final pairing will be picked.

The 13 shortlisted for all-time best T20 openers were Indians, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan; New Zealanders, Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum; Australians, Aaron Finch, David Warner, and Shane Watson; South African, Quinton de Kock; Sri Lankan, Tillakaratne Dilshan, as well as West Indians, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, and Lendl Simmons.

The team were certain there were places for Sharma, Finch, Warner, Gayle, and McCullum.

However, difficulty arose when it came time to choose one from Lewis, Guptill and Rahul.

Guptill was the first to go with Scott and Ramsubhag overruling Taylor to go with Rahul over Lewis.

Meaning the final six for discussion are Gayle, Sharma, Rahul, Finch, Warner, and McCullum.  

One of New Zealand’s most consistent big hitters, Colin Munro is also much sought-after in all the T20 Leagues around the world.

But Munro wasn’t always a mainstay in the New Zealand team and had been in and out of the limited overs setup from his debut in 2012 until 2015 when he was the heaviest scorer in the Georgie Pie Super Smash. In the tournament, Munro would smash 366 runs at a strike rate of 175.

From then on, Munro was a fixture in the New Zealand top order, locking down the number three spot at the 2016 T20 World Cup.

A year later, Munro became just the fourth player to score multiple T20I centuries after Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum, and Evin Lewis.

Munro, with three T20I centuries, stands on his own as an opener in the shortest format of the game.

He also topped the batting charts in the Hero Caribbean Premier League back in 2018 with a mammoth 567 runs for the eventual champions, the Trinbago Knight Riders. No player has ever scored more in a season. Munro has been a mainstay with the Trinbago Knight Riders since 2016 and has been retained for the Knight Riders for the 2020 season which begins in a few days.

 

Career Statistics (2010-present)

Full name: Colin Munro

Born: March 11, 1987 (33), Durban

Major teams: New Zealand, Auckland, Balkh Legends, Brampton Wolves, Delhi Capitals, Delhi Daredevils, Hampshire, Islamabad United, Karachi Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, New Zealand A, New Zealand Under-19s, New Zealand XI, North Island, North West Dragons, Sydney Sixers, Trinbago Knight Riders, Worcestershire, Worcestershire 2nd XI

Playing role: Opening batsman

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium-fast

 

T20I Career – New Zealand

Mat   Inns   NO     Runs    HS     Ave     BF      SR       100    50     4s     6s    

65       62      7      1724     109*  31.34   1102  156.44     3      11    132    107        

T20 Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs     HS     Ave      BF       SR       100    50    4s     6s   

262    246    29     6308      109*  29.06    4359   144.71    4      37    524    341       

 

Career Highlights

  • 1724 T20I runs at an average of 31.34
  • 1st player to score three centuries in T20I cricket.
  • New Zealand Men's T20 Player of the Year 2019
  • 3rd fastest T20I fifty of all time (14 balls)
  • 3rd most T20I sixes (107)
  • 4th best strike rate in T20Is (156.44)
  • 6308 T20 runs at 29.06

Wahab Riaz’s arrival in all formats of the game was signalled by a One-Day International spell in the semi-finals of the ICC World Cup.

Bowling against an Australian top order inclusive of Shane Watson and Michael Clarke, Wahab delivered at real pace, his 150 km/h bouncers and yorkers getting the batsmen in trouble.

“One of the fastest spells I have seen in a long tim,” said Clarke after the 2015 World Cup game.

Wahab’s pace and wicket-taking ability has made him a hit in the T20 leagues around the world. He was a platinum selection for Peshawar Zalmi in the Pakistan Super League, leading the team in number of wickets for the last few years. He has also had stints in the Afghanistan Premier League, the Global T20 Canada, the Mzansi Super League and in the Bangladesh Premier League.

 

Career Statistics (2008-present)

Full name: Wahab Riaz

Born: June 28, 1985 (35), Lahore, Punjab

Major teams: Pakistan, Barbados Tridents, Brampton Wolves, Cape Town Blitz, Central Punjab (Pakistan), City Nazim XI, Comilla Victorians, Derbyshire, Dhaka Dynamites, Dhaka Platoon, Essex, Essex 2nd XI, Hyderabad (Pakistan), Hyderabad Hawks, Hyderabad Region, Imtiaz Ahmed's XI, Kandahar Knights, Karachi Kings, Karachi Port Trust, Kent, Kowloon Cantons, Lahore, Lahore Eagles, Lahore Lions, Lahore Ravi, Lahore Region Whites, Lahore Shalimar, National Bank of Pakistan, North West Frontier Province-Baluchistan, Northern Warriors, Pakistan A, Pakistan All Star XI, Pakistan Blues, Pakistan Chief Ministers XI, Pakistan Cricket Academy, Pakistan Cricket Board Patron's XI, Pakistan Greens, Pakistan Under-17s, Pakistan Under-19s, Peshawar Zalmi, Punjab (Pakistan), Punjab Badshahs, Rangpur Riders, Surrey, Water and Power Development Authority

Playing role: Bowler

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Left-arm fast

 

T20I Career – Pakistan

Mat   Inns   Balls   Runs   Wkts   BBI     BBM     Ave    Econ    SR     4w    5w    10w

31       30     609     813       30     3/18    3/18     27.10   8.00   20.3     0        0       0

T20 Career

Mat   Inns    Balls    Runs    Wkts    BBI   BBM     Ave     Econ    SR     4w    5w    10w

252    248     5347     6379     296     5/8     5/8      21.55    7.15   18.0     0        2      0

 

Career Highlights

  • 9th most wickets in T20 cricket (296)
  • 296 T20 wickets at 21.55
  • 30 T20I wickets from 31 matches at 27.10
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