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  1. SHARJAH: Multan Sultans won the toss and elected to field in their match against Islamabad United tonight. Skipper Malik confirmed that his team has made two changes in their squad as Junaid Khan and Hardus Viljoen have been rested; Ross Whiteley and Umar Gul are in. Meanwhile, United has also made two changes as Alex Hales and Imad Butt have come in for the respective places of Steven Finn and Zafar Gohar Islamabad XI: AD Hales, L Ronchi, JP Duminy, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Misbah-ul-Haq, SR Patel, Shadab Khan, Amad Butt, Mohammad Sami. Multan XI: KC Sangakkara, Ahmed Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood, Shoaib Malik, KA Pollard, Saif Badar, RA Whiteley, Sohail Tanvir, Imran Tahir, Mohammad Irfan, Umar Gul. Islamabad are in red-hot form, with five wins in seven matches so far. Their victory streak began from a dramatic win against Lahore Qalandars in Super Over thriller, after which the Reds defeated Karachi Kings, Lahore (again) and Peshawar Zalmi to secure 10 points and joint-top position with Quetta Gladiators on the points table. Misbah's side has been further boosted by the inclusion of England batsmen Alex Hales and Sam Billings, who joined the squad in UAE following the end of the series in New Zealand. Multan, however, look shaky at fourth spot. After a flying start to their PSL campaign, the team has been languishing and needs to win tonight to consolidate their place in the top four.
  2. Vitori, a 28-year-old left-arm fast bowler, was reported by the match officials following his side´s match against Nepal on Sunday DUBAI: Zimbabwe´s Brian Vitori was suspended on Thursday after the ICC adjudged that the fast bowler uses an illegal action, just months after resuming his career. Vitori, a 28-year-old left-arm fast bowler, was reported by the match officials following his side´s match against Nepal on Sunday. An ICC panel then studied video of his action in Tuesday´s match against Afghanistan which Zimbabwe won by two runs with Vitori taking their last wicket. He must now undergo an assessment of his bowling action at an ICC-approved testing centre. Vitori has been suspended before over his action, in January 2016, but was allowed to resume international cricket in June of that year after assessors passed his action as legal. But in December 2016 he was banned again, this time for 12 months, and was only reinstated in January this year. Zimbabwe will replace Vitori with Richard Ngarava, a left-arm fast bowler and lower-order batsman for the 2019 World Cup qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe next month.
  3. From a country feared for its fast bowlers, a young boy has emerged with a bowling action uncannily similar to swing legend Wasim Akram From a country known and feared for its fast bowlers who just keep on coming, a young boy has emerged with a bowling action uncannily similar to Pakistani swing legend Wasim Akram. The former fast bowler recently shared a video from a Twitter user of an unknown kid bowling with an identical action and swinging the cricket ball in the backyard. ?Where is this boy??? We have serious talent flowing through the veins of our nation and no platform for these kids to be discovered. It?s time we do something about it #TheFutureOfCricketIsWithOurYouth,? Akram tweeted. The video quickly went viral on social media, as people marvelled at the boy?s ability to swing the ball so accurately and hit the stumps at such a prodigious age. It even prompted Wasim Akram?s wife Shaniera Akram to comment, ?Another Wasim Akram maybe?? Akram is currently the director of cricket operations for the Multan Sultans franchise in the Pakistan Super League.
  4. When Bhuvneshwar Kumar notched up a five-for in the first T20I between India and South Africa, the Indian pacer attracted plaudits from every corner of the country. But, his gain soon became the loss for one of his teammates off the field. Lauding Bhuvi for his effort, Yuzvendra Chahal's tweet became the subject of immense criticism for his choice of words. Good win and an amazing spell from @BhuviOfficial welcome to the club bro. Let's keep the wins coming ð®ð³#INDvsSA pic.twitter.com/PK5GhL7QT4 — Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) February 18, 2018 Taking to Twitter, Chahal tweeted: "Good win and an amazing spell from @BhuviOfficial welcome to the club bro. Let's keep the wins coming". But, as it turned out, Chahal welcoming Bhuvi to the club didn't really go down well with the Indian cricket fans. The twitterverse reminded Chahal that he is a junior to someone as experienced as Bhuvi and welcoming him to the club sounded a bit arrogant on his part. What do you mean by welcome to the club..he is a senior player to you.and he has given some excellent bowling performances in past too.. — rahul deb (@hardcorerahul) February 18, 2018 If his tweet made him the butt of all jokes, Chahal's exploits in the second T20I at Centurion further added to his woes. A cricketer whose rapid rise saw him become one of India's premier spinners, Chahal was brutally hammered before being taken to the cleaners by the breathtaking batting display of South Africa's Heinrich Klaasen. Defending a total of 189 runs, India needed their bowling unit to be clinical against the Proteas. And, there is little doubt that Chahal's quota of four overs was going to be crucial for the visitors. But, contrary to popular perception, the 27-year-old didn't just stutter, but his failure to deliver with the ball eventually decided the fate of the game in favour of the opposition. © BCCL Coming into the attack in the seventh over, Chahal conceded 12 runs in his very first over as the Proteas managed to keep up with the par score. In his second over, Klaasen smashed two towering sixes to ensure Chahal leaked 16 runs. But, it was Chahal's third over that made him witness his worst nightmare. With three sixes and a four, Chahal's economy went for a toss as he conceded 23 runs. Though, Jaydev Unadkat dismissed Klaasen in the 14th over, but it didn't stop Chahal from conceding more runs. The Indian spinner was once again hammered around the park in his final over where he gave away 14 runs. At the end of his four-over spell, Chahal had leaked 64 runs - most by an Indian bowler in a T20I - at an economy rate of 16 after conceding two fours and seven sixes. © BCCL In the process, Chahal also became the first Indian bowler to concede seven sixes in a T20I. The other four bowlers who notched up the infamous feat include Stuart Broad, Xavier Doherty, Barry McCarthy (Ireland) and Andrew Tye. For India, the previous highest was six sixes by Ravindra Jadeja against Australia in the 2010 World T20. Out of the seven sixes, Chahal conceded five against Klaasen who scored 41 runs off 12 balls he faced from the Indian spinner. It is also the most number of runs any batsman has scored off an Indian bowler in a T20I. "#Chahal, Dude! Open Up The Door. I Promise I Won't Do Anything" - Virat Kohli ð¬ðð #SAvIND #INDvsSA #INDvSA #SAvsIND Yuzvendra Chahal #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/zbBArGETfs — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) February 21, 2018 In Chahal's defence, the wet ball surely played an important role before cutting a sorry figure for him. For a wrist spinner, the grip becomes all the more important as there are more chances of the wet ball slipping out of the hand. It also tends to skid off the surface making it easier for batsmen to score. But, these are the kind of things young cricketers like Chahal need to learn - especially if India intend to challenge their opponents in a bid to win the 2019 World Cup.
  5. Gone were the days when the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja reigned supreme as India's premier spin duo. The present-day scenario shows the two experienced campaigners restricted to the longest format, with young guns like Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav emerging as the first-choice spinners in limited-overs cricket. Bowling in tandem, Chahal and Yadav have done a commendable job in picking up crucial wickets and slowing down the run-rate in middle overs for India. Their exploits in the first ODI against South Africa, where Chahal took two wickets and Yadav claimed three scalps, once again proved pivotal as India romped to a six-wicket win. Reuters Even in the ongoing 2nd ODI at Centurion, India's young spin duo accounted for eight South African wickets amongst them. But, while Yadav and Chahal have been effective in their application, another spinner - who might not be as conventional as them - has been quietly doing the job for his side. Kedar Jadhav, known for his batting prowess, has been a key contributor for India with the ball. Jadhav's unorthodox bowling action can be hard to decipher, helping him run through his overs during crucial phases of a match. In the first ODI, while Chahal and Yadav ran away with all the plaudits, Jadhav once again played his part with a three-over spell, conceding 18 runs. Rolled my arm over in our win against South Africa yesterday! I love bowling in the middle overs. Great spells from @yuzi_chahal & @imkuldeep18! And excellent knocks from @imVkohli and @ajinkyarahane88 to go 1-0 up.. Good start to the series! #SAvIND #TeamIndia #BleedBlue pic.twitter.com/SOoynLswXC — IamKedar (@JadhavKedar) 2 February 2018 Following their win, Jadhav took to Twitter and highlighted his love for bowling in the middle overs. "Rolled my arm over in our win against South Africa yesterday! I love bowling in the middle overs. Great spells from @yuzi_chahal & @imkuldeep18! And excellent knocks from @imVkohli and @ajinkyarahane88 to go 1-0 up.. Good start to the series! #SAvIND #TeamIndia #BleedBlue." he tweeted. Rolled your arm under not over Kedar bhaiyaaaa ð let's keep this momentum going #BleedBlue #SAvsIndia — Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) 2 February 2018 Soon after Jadhav's tweet, Chahal fired in a quick reply before leaving everyone in spilts. "Rolled your arm under not over Kedar bhaiyaaaa. let's keep this momentum going #BleedBlue #SAvsIndia," Chahal tweeted. And, it wasn't hard to imagine what happened next. When I saw it on the TV, I had a small Qn. I do have the same Qn now. Kedar, WHAT IS THAT? — Jose Puliampatta (@JosePuliampatta) 2 February 2018 Is that legal or are you #chucking? #ICC #Cricket #law #spinners — zeus star (@Zeushope) 2 February 2018 Ur bowling style is quite fantastic @JadhavKedar bhai.. Just lie on knee and roll ur golden arm so low and nearer to the umpire.. Lovely to watch.. ððð» Congo for victory.. — Nishant Shekhar ð®ð³ (@iamnishant_ns) 2 February 2018 Bhai Kamaal ho tum... — Sumit Kumarð (@sumit_nirav) 2 February 2018 pic.twitter.com/mFKIC0uxrF — Tabrez (@its_tabrez_) 2 February 2018 Theesra!ð¤ #Variations #INDvSA #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/l5OfIAkv3x — Maximus of Hispania ð (@Apple__Jaq) 2 February 2018 ðð Below sea levelð — Madhurið¬ (@MadhuriBorse1) 2 February 2018
  6. If cricket is a religion in India, then Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar has arguably earned the status of a demigod for his on-field exploits during his playing days. With his masterful batting and calm demeanour, Tendulkar carried the hopes of a billion fans every time he walked out in the middle with his iconic 'MRF' willow. We celebrated his hundreds with him and also felt devastated when he wasdismissed. So much so, that when he decided to call it a day in international cricket, an entire nation was overwhelmed by a state of mourning. An icon, a god and a great ambassador of the game walked into the shadows. © BCCL There's no doubt that the name 'Tendulkar' will always remind us all of the greatest batting talent to have graced the game. But, the rapid rise of his young son Arjun has Indian cricket fans excited as they await the return of Tendulkar - a southaw this time. At the tender age of 18, Arjun is already turning heads with his impeccable bowling skills. The left-arm seamer impressed everyone with a five-for in the Cooch Behar Trophy Under-19 match between Mumbai and Madhya Pradesh recently. © BCCL Following a noticeable first-innings lead by Mumbai, Arjun ran through the Madhya Pradesh top-order in the second innings with a brilliant bowling display. He sent opposition's top four batsmen back into the hut before dismissing Madhya Pradesh's No. 9 to complete his five-wicket haul. Though he couldn't secure a win for his side as the game ended in a closely-contested draw, Arjun's bowling prowess was just too hard to notice. Unlike his father, who made a name by destroying opposition bowlers with his artistry with the willow, Arjun is a southpaw who is making waves for his bowling. Rising rapidly through the ranks, Arjun was roped in by Team India to help Virat Kohli & Co. to familiarize with the left-arm pace of Trent Boult ahead of their first ODI against New Zealand at the Wankhede stadium. He was seen troubling the likes of Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane and Kedar Jadhav in Team India's net session. Sachin Tendulkar's son, Arjun, is one of the net bowlers for India women today. Bowling t Veda here. #WWC17 @ESPNcricinfo pic.twitter.com/M37es7GINf — Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) July 22, 2017 It wasn't the first time when Arjun had helped his seniors in practice sessions. He had also aided the Indian women's team with his bowling in the nets at the iconic Lord's before their ICC Women's World Cup final against England. © Reuters In July this year, England witnessed an injury scare ahead of the first Test against South Africa after Jonny Bairstow suffered an unexpected knock on his foot. The England batsman was hit by a yorker off Arjun's delivery during a net session at Lord's. Bairstow limped out of the nets after playing just one delivery from the youngster. Ever since proving his mettle in Mumbai's famed Inter-schools Harris Shield, Arjun has been the subject of immense criticism and scrutiny with the media keeping a close watch on the youngster. As noticed in other cases, a precocious talent cannot bloom naturally like other kids without the burden of a famous surname. Whether he's on the field or off it, Arjun has already been the victim of high and unfair expectations. Neither those who expect another Sachin Tendulkar in Arjun, nor those venting their anger at him because they couldn't at his father, will do any good. But, Arjun has not allowed those things affect him or his game - a trait he picked up from his father. © BCCL While cricket has seen quite a few sons falling quickly by the wayside because the pressure of expectations of having to play a game with a famous surname in which the father had excelled, Arjun's hardwork and dedication has already made him an exception in his own capacity. His continuous efforts to hone his skills and learn from the best has given the Indian cricket fans a rare opportunity to witness the return of Tendulkar back on the field, only this time as a bowler who is destined to carry the legacy of his famous father.
  7. Mohammad Hafeez - File Photo The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday said that the bowling action of Mohammad Hafeez was found to be illegal through an independent assessment. The off-spinner has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect. According to the assessment, the majority of Hafeez?s deliveries had exceeded the 15 degree level of tolerance which is permitted under regulations. The international suspension imposed on Hafeez will be applicable and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction in accordance with Article 11.1 of the ICC Illegal Bowling Regulations. However, he will be permitted to bowl in domestic cricket with the consent of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) according to Article 11.5 of the Regulations. Mohammad Hafeez underwent an assessment on November 1 in England after his bowling action was reported during the third One-Day International against Sri Lanka on October 18. Hafeez can apply for a re-assessment after modifying his bowling action in accordance with clause 4.5 of the Regulations.
  8. Muhammad Hafeez - File Photo LAHORE: Pakistan all-rounder Muhammad Hafeez has left for England where he will have his bowling action examined. On October 19, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that Hafeez had been reported for a suspect bowling action during the third ODI against Sri Lanka. According to the spokesman of ICC, the match officials? report, which was handed over to the Pakistan team management, cited concerns about the legality of the 37-year-old?s bowling action. Prior to his departure, Hafeez expressed confidence that his bowling action would be cleared. According to Hafeez, he had not changed his bowling action and he had been cleared by the ICC before. Hafeez was first suspended from bowling in December 2014. He was allowed to resume bowling in April 2015 after an independent reassessment of his bowling tests found his action to be legal. He was suspended for a second time after an independent assessment revealed that he had employed an illegal bowling action after being reported in the Galle Test v Pakistan in June 2015. This was his second suspension within 24 months of the initial suspension in December 2014, he was suspended from bowling in international cricket for 12 months from July 2015. On November 17, 2016, the bowler underwent a reassessment of his action at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane and was allowed to resume bowling after his action was found to be legal. This current report on his action, according to ICC, will be considered to be the first report and the procedure outlined in clause 4.1 of the ICC Illegal Bowling Regulations shall now apply.
  9. Hardik Pandya, Indian cricket's next big superstar got a massive endorsement from one of cricket's finest commentator and analyst, Australian Ian Chappell. “Hardik Pandya is potentially the fast-bowling all-rounder India have craved since Kapil Dev retired,” Chappell said in an article for espncricinfo. © Twitter “Pandya is a huge hit with the fans and was partly responsible for India dominating Australia in the recent ODI series. However, his biggest influence on the team could come in the Test arena. A player like Pandya, who has the ability to bat in the top six and also produce deliveries clocked at 140kph, gives a Test side the flexibility that leads to success under all conditions. It affords India the opportunity to field a balanced attack of five bowlers no matter what the conditions,” he further added. Chappell's comments came after Australia was humbled 4-1 by India in the recently concluded ODI series. The T20 series was drawn as the last game was abandoned due to rain. One of the many positives for India over the past few months has been Hardik's ability to come up the batting order and take the bowling attack to the fences. He has been instrumental in India's plans to play with five bowlers and that has lent skipper Virat Kohli some room to try out different combinations without sacrificing a lot of resources. © Twitter India is currently building a healthy squad of 15-20 players who will be a part of the long-list for the 2019 World Cup. Pandya will definitely be one of the major prospects for the Indian team; however, he will have to prove his worth in hostile conditions away from home in order to cement his place. Chappell reiterated the need for players like Pandya to turn up and perform in hostile conditions in order to be successful at the international level. “The other challenge Pandya will face - especially in Australia - is the needling high-profile players receive from the crowds. This can have the effect of being either an inspiration or an imposition, and the way Pandya handles the intense barracking will contribute to either his success or failure,” Chappell said. Comparing Pandya to Kapil Dev is a big compliment for the youngster and only time will tell whether he can really justify that comparison. In that sense, it will be interesting to see how he performs in conditions away from home.
  10. In 2012, when Bhuvneshwar made his debut for India, few would have backed him to cement his place in the national side. He bowled at a medium pace, was loopy in his swing and briskly hit the deck - all of which brought with them limitations. If your swing is not sharp enough, it isn't much good and if you aren't scary, then the hit-the-deck straight-line method is probably not going to be productive either. Those were the things critics were heard saying initially. But, Bhuvneshwar wasn't affected. In fact, each of those concerns raised by cricket pundits have eventually been pivotal in the rise of the Meerut cricketer over the years. And, in the last couple of years, the right-arm seamer has emerged as Virat Kohli's go-to bowler, laying claim to being India's most reliable limited-overs bowler. © BCCL While he continues to reach new milestones in his career, Bhuvneshwar has also decided to begin his innings in personal life. The 27-year-old got engaged to Nupur Nagar in a ceremony comprised of close friends and families in Greater Noida. Speaking to the Times of India, Bhuvneshwar's father Kiran Pal Singh revealed: "Our families have known each other for a while now, par yeh Bhuvneshwar ki pasand thi. Ussne humein bataya and we were happy. The girl is educated and sweet and the family is very nice too. We are now trying to see when we can have the wedding. Bhuvi is busy with back-to-back series in the coming months but as soon as we find a 10-day window, we will make arrangements”. © Twitter/@circleofcricket He also said that several Indian players could be a part of the wedding. “As soon as the dates are finalised, we will book a venue here in Meerut. But if logistics don't allow that, we will look for some place in Delhi too. Dekhiye, shaadi koi roz-roz toh hoti nahi. This is a special occasion and we want everyone to be there. So we will extend our invitation to all of Bhuvneshwar's teammates from the Indian team. I hope all of them can make it too,” he added. While celebrations seem to be in full flow for the two families, the news of Bhuvneshwar's engagement came as no surprise to the fans, especially after the Indian cricketer had revealed the identity of his better-half on Instagram. Dinner date ð full pic soon ð A post shared by Bhuvneshwar Kumar (@imbhuvi) on May 10, 2017 at 10:32pm PDT Five months ago, the Indian speedster surprised his fans when he posted a cropped photo of himself from a dinner date. With everyone left wondering who his dinner date was, Bhuvneshwar had promised to share the 'full picture' soon. Here's the better half of the picture @nupurnagar ðð A post shared by Bhuvneshwar Kumar (@imbhuvi) on Oct 3, 2017 at 5:13am PDT And, after teasing his fans all this while, Bhuvi has finally shared the complete photograph and also revealed the identity of the woman alongside him in the picture. Taking to Instagram, Bhuvi wrote: "Here's the better half of the picture @nupurnagar”. While we wish Bhuvneshwar on his engagement, let's hope that the lady luck shines on him and his team when they lock horns with the wounded-Australian brigade in the three-match T20I series slated to begin from 7 October in Ranchi.
  11. Dinesh Chandimal plays a shot, Pakistan v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Abu Dhabi, September 29, 2017/Tom Dulat/Stringer Skipper Dinesh Chandimal scored a sure-footed hundred to keep Sri Lanka?s resistance strong in the face of Pakistan?s bowling in the opening session on the second day of the first Test at Abu Dhabi on Friday. Pacer Hasan Ali dismissed Dickwella for 83 earlier to finally end a longstanding fourth-wicket partnership, as Sri Lanka batsmen continued to frustrate Pakistan bowling on another slow day of play. Sri Lanka were 295-5 after Dickwella departed, as Pakistan looked to make use of some green patches to build pressure, without much result. Hasan Ali in action during the Test Opener Dimuth Karunaratne fell seven runs short of a deserved century as he anchored Sri Lanka´s fightback on the opening day of the Test on Thursday. The left-hander was run out for 93 but helped his team recover from a precarious 61-3 to reach 227-4 at close after Sri Lanka won the toss and batted on a greenish Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch. Karunaratne added an invaluable 100-run partnership with skipper Dinesh Chandimal, as Pakistan failed to break through with the second new ball. Chandimal was given leg before to Yasir Shah on 42, a decision which was overturned on review. Shah returned figures of 2-59 at the end of day?s play but didn´t get much turn from the pitch while seamer Hasan Ali took 1-58. Yasir Shah becomes fastest spinner to reach 150 Test wickets Yasir is the joint-second fastest bowler to reach 150 Test wickets along with Waqar Younis Yasir Shah matched fellow countryman Waqar Younis as the joint second fastest to 150 wickets -- both achieving the milestone in their 27th Test. Australia´s Sydney Barnes holds the record after reaching the landmark in just 24 Tests. The Test is Pakistan´s first since the retirement of legendary batsman Younis Khan and their most successful Test skipper, Misbah-ul-Haq. Pakistan handed a Test cap to batsman Haris Sohail, while Sri Lanka went into the game with three spinners and two seamers.
  12. James Anderson surpasses India´s Ravindra Jadeja to reclaim top ranking LONDON: England seamer James Anderson has reclaimed his number one ranking in test matches after his career-best seven for 42 sealed a 2-1 series victory against West Indies on Saturday. The 35-year-old, who became the first English bowler, and only sixth ever, to reach 500 test wickets on Friday, moved above India´s Ravindra Jadeja. He is the oldest bowler to top the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings since Muttiah Muralitharan in 2009. Anderson took nine wickets in the series-deciding third test at Lord´s which England won by nine wickets. Ben Stokes, who produced a masterful spell of swing bowling to take six wickets in West Indies first innings before a vital 60 with the bat in a low-scoring game, replaced team mate Moeen Ali in fourth spot on the all-rounder´s rankings. Australia captain Steve Smith tops the batting rankings. West Indies batsman Shai Hope, the top scorer in the series including two superb hundreds at Headingley, moved up 11 spots in the batting rankings to 30th.
  13. Eranga's bowling action has been found to be legal by ICC The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday confirmed that the bowling action of Sri Lanka?s Shaminda Eranga has been found to be legal, and the player can now resume bowling in international cricket. Eranga underwent a re-assessment of his bowling action at the ICC accredited testing centre in Chennai. The assessment concluded that the amount of elbow extension in his standard deliveries was within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC regulations for the review of bowlers reported with suspected illegal bowling actions. The umpires are still at liberty to report Eranga in future if they believe he is displaying a suspect action or that he is not reproducing the action that has been declared legal during this assessment. To assist the umpires in this respect, they have been provided with images and video footage of the bowler?s legal bowling action. The fast bowler was initially reported after the second Test against England at Chester-le-Street on May 31 last year and was suspended following an independent assessment which found his bowling action to be illegal.
  14. Unless you were living under a rock or just crawled out from a mystical cave, where the Internet is still a farfetched dream, then you'd know there are only two things that are popular in India right now. First is Cricket and the second is memes. And what happens when the two meet and become one? Together they break the internet and off late our Police departments seem to be taking a fancy to this particular notion. While, we struggle with those 140 characters to get more likes and retweets, cops are slaying it on the social media with their spot on sarcasm. Earlier, we have seen Mumbai and Bengaluru Police show off their social media skills by putting memes to good use. From ‘Games of Thrones' to ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S', none were spared when it came to explaining the importance of road safety. This time around it was the Jaipur traffic police, who left netizens in splits with their witty and hilarious response. © Reuters Using the picture of cricketer Jasprit Bumrah, the Jaipur traffic police tried to explain how crossing the line can become a costly affair for all. To be honest, after this meme we don't think we can see Bumrah's bowling in the same light again. We have to give it to the genius who came up with the idea of connecting Bumrah delivering a no ball in the ICC Champion's trophy final to a Zebra crossing. More than the picture, it was the caption that bowled us over. लाल बत्ती पर गाड़ी ज़ेबरा क्रॉसिंग से पीछें रखें।पैदल यात्रियों की सुरक्षा का ध्यान रखें । pic.twitter.com/pT4axf3K1I — Traffic Police JPR (@traffic_jpr) June 20, 2017 The folks on Twitter were visibly impressed by the cleverness of the Jaipur Traffic police, and lauded them for using such innovative ways to spread awareness about road safety. However, there was one smart a** who could not stop himself from noticing the irony. So he took this opportunity to pull the cops' legs for not following the rules themselves. Guess the city (10 marks) pic.twitter.com/tenlt6frDy — gab.ai/villageidiot (@ViIlageldiot) June 20, 2017 Maybe next time, the cops can work a little more sincerely towards following the rules they preach. However, as far as the tweet is concerned, it is hilarious AF and possibly one of the best and most witty tweets so far.
  15. Kane Williamson takes a run during Australia-NZ match on June 2, 2017/AFP BIRMINGHAM: New Zealand were bowled out for 291 by Australia in their Group A Champions Trophy one-day international match at Edgbaston on Friday. Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain top-scored with exactly 100 after winning the toss in a match reduced by rain to 46 overs per side. But his run out sparked a collapse that saw New Zealand lose their last seven wickets for 37 runs in 35 balls. Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood took a one-day international best six for 52. This was both sides´ first match of a tournament featuring the world´s top eight ODI teams. Josh Hazlewood celebrates Martin Guptill's wicket/AFP In the past six months alone, the two countries have played two Chappell-Hadlee series: both the sides won at theirs home. Last time they met at Edgbaston was in Champions Trophy 2013, in a match that was washed out. Australia and New Zealand have clashed in four (completed) Champions Trophy matches, all of which have been won by two-time champions Australia. New Zealand beat Australia in a thrilling pool match in Auckland at the 2015 World Cup only to lose to their trans-Tasman rivals in the final in Melbourne. Australia not playing ?big four' Steve Smith/Getty Images Skipper Steve Smith decided not to field all their ?big four? of fast bowlers in their Champions Trophy opener against New Zealand. John Hastings -- who has plenty of English county experience -- was chosen over paceman James Pattinson. "I don´t think we´ll end up going with the four big quicks," Australia captain Smith had told reporters at Edgbaston on Thursday. "He´s [Hastings] a little bit slower than the others and hits the seam and has some good skills throughout the middle as well." Left-arm fast bowler Starc, arguably the world´s leading ´yorker´ bowler, has recovered from a foot injury that cut short his tour of India. Australia boast one of the most powerful top orders in ODI cricket, with captain Smith and opener David Warner outstanding batsmen in all formats. ?Cut-throat? Kane Williamson/AFP Friday´s encounter at Edgbaston ground features several survivors, with New Zealand captain Kane Williamson the star turn in a top order that also includes Martin Guptill. Blackcaps pacemen Tim Southee and Trent Boult are proven performers in England, but Southee said ahead of the tournament: "We know the conditions, but you can´t rely on that." New Zealand beat Australia 2-0 in a home ODI series earlier this year and Williamson said Thursday: "We have played each other a lot, and we are fairly familiar with each other but teams are always trying to do (things) slightly different. "For us it´s trying to attack it as best we can. You come into these one-off clashes, they are very different, perhaps just being involved in a series." Squads Australia New Zealand With additional input from AFP