Cricket was at its prime during the last week as the fans witnessed some mind-blogging clashes in the gentlemen game. Blitzes were largely seen in the shortest format of the game where several top-cricketing powerhouses locked horns and treated their fans with some commendable performances. The week gone by saw Australia locking horns with Sri Lanka in two T20Is and with Pakistan in one clash. Bangladesh Tour of India also went underway and two T20I matches were played between England and New Zealand in the days gone by. So, fans witnessed a lot of thrilling clashes in the past week and below we will be focusing on five of the best performances from these games. BAN Beat IND By 7 Wickets | India Vs Bangladesh, Highlights And Cricket Score 1st T20I Match.
Talking about the matches played down under, Australia whitewashed Sri Lanka 3-0 while the first game against Pakistan was washed off. The England vs New Zealand series is perfectly poised at 1-1 after the first two matches. While Bangladesh scripted history by beating India for the first time in a T20I match. Along with that, many nail-biting encounters were also witnessed in the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers 2019. These clashes were also affected by some brilliant knocks and several fantastic spells. Focusing on the topic, here are five of the best performances in the cricket field from the last seven days. Bangladesh Script History by Beating India 1st Time in a T20I match, End 8–0 Losing Streak Against Men in Blue in Shortest Format of Cricket.
David Warner - 60 Against Sri Lanka
After a poor outing in Ashes 2019, David Warner made an impeccable comeback in the shortest format of the game. Following a splendid century in the opening clash, the southpaw came good in the second game in Melbourne too. On a pitch where the Lankans got bundled out for mere 117 runs, the 33-year old scored runs with ease and played a blistering knock. The veteran notched an unbeaten half-century and handed the hosts a nine-wicket victory.
James Vince- 59 Against New Zealand
The right-handed batsman played impeccably in the opening T20I between England and New Zealand. While Chasing 154 in Christchurch, Vince came into bat after opener Dawid Malan perished early. However, the 28-year old didn’t put a foot wrong and tackled the Kiwi bowlers brilliantly. The batsman smashed the likes of Tim Southee and Ish Sodhi to register a tremendous century. The effort helped the visitors to register a seven-wicket victory and take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Mitchell Santner – 3/25 Against New Zealand
In the second T20I of the series, Santner bowled a splendid spell and helped the Blackcaps to square the series 1-1. Batting first, the Kiwis piled up 176 runs and the Wellington pitch seemed to be batting-friendly. However, the left-arm spinner took the ball and the dented the opposition’s batsmen. Along with chipping in with regular wickets, Santner also dried up the flow of runs and ensured his side’s victory. As a result, England were bundled out for 155 runs and lost the match by 21 runs.
Babar Azam- 59 Against Australia
In his very first assignment as the Pakistani skipper, Babar Azam played a gem of an innings and smashed the Australian bowlers in their own backyard. Batting first In the first T20I at Sydney, Azam opened the batting for the Men in Green and seemed like a man on a mission. Despite losing regular wickets, the youngster didn’t put his guards down and valiantly tackled the likes of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. The captain scored an unbeaten fifty and guided his side to 107 runs in the first innings. However, the match was washed off due to rain.
Mushfiqur Rahim- 60 Against India
In the absence of veterans like Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim rose to the occasion and handed the Bangla Tigers a maiden T20I victory against India. While Chasing 149 in a tricky Delhi wicket, the wicket-keeper batsman came to bat at number four and paced his innings to perfection. The 32-year old joined forces with Soumya Sarkar and put the visitors on the driver’s seat. Sarkar got dismissed for 39, however, Rahim didn’t lose his focus and registered an unbeaten half-century to guide his side to a seven-wicket victory.
These performances speak volumes of the quality of cricket being played in the last week. The cricket extravaganza will be continued in the upcoming days too as matches are left to be played in the series mentioned above. Along with trying to register victories, the teams are also focusing on identifying their best XI and building a strong squad for the ICC World T20 2020. And with the sort of clashes, the fans are witnessing, one can expect a great contest in Australia next year.