Watch : Michael Bracewell’s Spectacular Delivery Helps New Zealand Secure Second Test Victory Against Sri Lanka

Michael Bracewell's Spectacular Delivery

In a spectacular display of spin bowling, Michael Bracewell turned the tide for New Zealand in their second Test against Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Monday, March 20. The game was forced into single-end coverage due to gusty winds, creating an ideal scenario for Bracewell to shine.

Bracewell’s incredible performance occurred during the 121st over of Sri Lanka’s second innings when he was bowling to Prabhat Jayasuriya. His delivery on the off-stump drifted outside the tram line, leaving everyone stunned. Bracewell took advantage of the windy conditions and got a huge turn on offer that contributed to Sri Lanka’s downfall.

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According to, Wellington, where the match was held, is the windiest city in the world. On Monday, the wind speed was between 40 and 65 kmph, which made it a difficult day for cricket.

New Zealand’s innings in the second Test was defined by the heroics of Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls. Both batsmen scored double centuries, with the former scoring an incredible 215 runs. The hosts declared at 580/4 in 123 overs, with Kasun Rajitha taking two wickets for Sri Lanka. Dhananjaya de Silva and Prabath Jayasuriya also took one wicket apiece.

Sri Lanka struggled in response, being bundled out for 164 in 66.5 overs. Bracewell and Matt Henry each picked up three wickets, with Tim Southee, Doug Bracewell, and Blair Tickner taking one apiece. Sri Lanka’s captain Chamika Karunaratne was the top scorer for his team, with 89 runs off 188 balls, including nine fours.

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After being forced to follow on, Sri Lanka’s batting effort in their second innings was better, scoring 358 in 142 overs. However, New Zealand’s bowlers remained impressive, with Southee and Tickner taking three wickets each, while Bracewell took two. Henry and Doug Bracewell also contributed with one wicket each. Dhananjaya de Silva was the top scorer for Sri Lanka with 98 runs off 105 balls, while Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, and Dinesh Chandimal hit half-centuries each.

With this victory, New Zealand completed a 2-0 whitewash against Sri Lanka, with Bracewell’s exceptional performance being a key factor in the team’s success. The windy conditions in Wellington made it a challenging game, but New Zealand adapted well and emerged victorious.

Watch Video : Virat Kohli’s Hilarious Chitchat with Teammates Goes Viral on Social Media

Virat Kohli’s Hilarious Chitchat with Teammates

Indian cricket team captain, Virat Kohli, is not just known for his impressive skills on the field, but also for his constant verbal chitchats with his teammates to keep them motivated. During the morning session of Day 5 of the fourth test between India and Australia, Virat Kohli had a hilarious conversation with his teammates that was caught on stump mic and went viral on social media.

With Team India looking to finish the test series against Australia on a high note, the Men in Blue secured a healthy first innings lead of 91 runs in the fourth test at Ahmedabad. On Day 5 of the test match, the Indian team was trying to dismiss the Australian side quickly in the second innings. After Ravichandran Ashwin got rid of Aussie spinner Matthew Kuhnemann, Virat Kohli was heard saying, “Dus minute dur hai, plane mein pehle hi baith jaunga. Hein? Plane main udaunga aaj,” while fielding at slips.

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Virat Kohli had earlier slammed 186 runs off 386 balls on Day 4 of the fourth test, allowing Team India to get a convincing lead against Australia in the first innings. This was his first test ton after more than three years, which must have been a relief for him.

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Despite Kohli’s heroics, the test match is heading towards a draw, as the Aussies have made a positive start on the final day of the match. While the Indian team did get rid of Kuhnemann quickly, the pair of Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne settled themselves well on the flat Ahmedabad wicket.

The Men in Blue have already qualified for the World Test Championship final after New Zealand defeated Sri Lanka by 2 wickets in Christchurch. While it looks difficult for them to seal a victory in the fourth test, the Indian team will be looking to finish the series on a high note with a draw or win.

Watch : New Zealand’s Nail-Biting Victory Against Sri Lanka Secures India’s Spot in the ICC WTC Final

New Zealand's Nail-Biting Victory Against Sri Lanka

The cricket world was buzzing with excitement as New Zealand faced Sri Lanka in a crucial match at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. With both India and Sri Lanka vying for a spot in the World Test Championship final, this match was a must-win for both sides.

In a nail-biting thriller, New Zealand emerged victorious by 2 wickets, thanks to a heroic ton by star batter Kane Williamson on the final day. The win not only secured New Zealand’s spot in the WTC final but also helped India reach the final.

Here’s how it all went down:

Rain played a spoil-sport on Day 5, wiping out 37 overs of play. With the match seemingly headed towards a draw, New Zealand had different plans. Williamson and his team kept fighting and set their sights on a victory.

Needing 257 runs off 53 overs on the final day, New Zealand faced an uphill task. But Williamson’s gritty performance kept his team in the game. With three wickets in hand, the Kiwis needed 8 runs off the last over to win.

The drama reached its peak as Williamson and Matt Henry scored two singles off the first two deliveries of the last over. On the third delivery, Williamson tried to sneak a couple of runs but Henry got run out as he failed to reach his crease.

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With New Zealand needing 1 run off the last ball, Fernando bowled a bouncer on middle and leg. Williamson attempted a hook shot but missed, and the ball went to the wicketkeeper. The batters, however, ran for a bye, and Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella threw the ball, missing the target.

Fernando collected the ball and aimed at the non-striker end, where Williamson was making a desperate dive to complete the single. The bowler’s throw struck the stumps, and the on-field umpire went upstairs. The TV replay showed that Williamson had made it inside the crease by the narrowest of margins, securing a thrilling victory for his side.

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The defeat in the first test has ended Sri Lanka’s hopes of qualifying for the WTC 2023 final. Australia and India have already secured their spot in the final, and with New Zealand’s victory, India has also booked its place in the final.

Watch : Virat Kohli Mocks Umpire Nitin Menon After Denying India an LBW

Virat Kohli Mocks Umpire Nitin Menon

The fourth Test between India and Australia was heading towards a draw on the final day, as Australia batted in their second innings. While Australian opener Travis Head was batting in the crease, an appeal was made for leg before. Indian bowlers had struggled to get wickets, and the two batsmen, Head and Marnus Labuschagne, had made sure that they did not lose any early wickets in the first session.

However, the Indian team was hopeful when veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin almost trapped Head while he was batting on 41 runs. Indian captain Rohit Sharma took a chance and went upstairs for the review. Luckily for the batter, the ball was not completely hitting the stumps, and he was saved.

But in the 14th over of the second innings, an incident happened that made former Indian captain Virat Kohli furious. Nitin Menon, who was umpiring at that moment, gave a “not out” decision, as the ball was not properly hitting the stumps, and in such cases, the on-field umpire’s decision is considered the final call.

This decision made Kohli mock the umpire, saying “Mai Hota toh Out Deta” on the field. This sentence means “If I was batting, he would have given me out.” It was clear that Kohli didn’t like Menon, and he voiced his frustration on the field.

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Australia was on the verge of playing out a draw in Ahmedabad, and the Indian team was looking totally frustrated in Narendra Modi Stadium as the Aussie batters were looking solid in the middle. The pitch was favoring the batters, and the bowlers were barely getting any assistance from the surface.

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Travis Head, who had opened the innings with Matt Kuhneman on the previous day, reached the 90-run mark on the final day. He went for a big drive against Axar Patel but got out in the process as his inside edge crashed onto the stumps. On the other hand, his partner Marnus Labuschagne was not looking in any mood to play any rash shots.

Australia easily drew the test match, and India won the series 2-1.

The incident on the field between Kohli and Menon is not the first time that Kohli has become a victim of Menon’s wrong decisions. In the past, Menon’s umpiring has caused frustration for Kohli, who is known for his passion and intensity on the field.

Kohli’s frustration with Menon is not unique to him. In cricket, umpires’ decisions can often be the subject of controversy and debate. Fans and players alike can become emotional and express their views on the field, as seen in this case.

Watch : Furious Virat Kohli Shouts at KS Bharat for Denying Easy Single During IND vs AUS Test Match

Virat Kohli Stare

The Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad is currently hosting the final Test match between India and Australia. The four-match Test series has been a thrilling affair, with both teams displaying remarkable cricketing skills. As the fourth day’s play is underway, India is batting on a score of 400 with five wickets in hand, in response to Australia’s first innings total of 480.

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The match has been dominated by the batsmen from both teams, taking advantage of the ideal batting conditions in Ahmedabad. With almost five play sessions remaining, it will be interesting to see if any team tries to force a result.

Indian opener Shubman Gill expressed his satisfaction after scoring a century on Day 3, saying, “It feels great to score a hundred here. This is my IPL home ground, and I am glad to get some runs here. The pitch was pretty good to bat on. They (Australia) were not attacking that much. We are (currently) three down for almost 300. We would look to get a big score on day 4. Who knows the wicket might help our bowlers on day 5.”

Furious Virat Kohli Shouts at KS Bharat for Denying Easy Single

However, during Sunday’s first session, non-striker KS Bharat denied an easy single after Virat Kohli pushed a ball to the mid-wicket region. Kohli appeared furious with Bharat after the error, and the incident could have resulted in either player’s dismissal. Fortunately, Kohli returned safely to the crease, avoiding a possible run-out.

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Kohli went on to complete his hundred, and he is still unbeaten, playing a vital role in India’s quest to take the lead in the first innings. The Indian skipper’s last Test century was in 2019, and he would now want to convert this into a double hundred.

Watch : Ravindra Jadeja’s Instincts Lead to Another Disastrous DRS Call by Rohit Sharma in IND vs AUS Match

Ravindra Jadeja's Instincts Lead to Another Disastrous DRS

The fourth test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy between India and Australia witnessed yet another disastrous DRS call by Team India, as Ravindra Jadeja convinced skipper Rohit Sharma to make a horrible decision against Usman Khawaja, the Australian opening batter.

The Indian bowling lineup failed to make much of an impact on the flat Ahmedabad pitch, and Khawaja took advantage of the situation by playing a heroic knock of 180 runs, batting for five sessions, making things really tough for the Indian team.

Even the spin trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel were made to toil hard as Khawaja didn’t give them any chance to dismiss him. Team India eventually went on to make a shocking DRS call against the left-handed batter, hoping to get rid of him.

On the 128th over of the Australian innings, Khawaja pushed an outside off delivery bowled by Jadeja using his pads as he didn’t offer any shot. The left-arm spinner instinctively made a huge appeal, but the on-field umpire gave it not out, after which he convinced skipper Rohit Sharma to call for DRS.

Unfortunately, it was a terrible decision as the ball was missing the off-stump by a mile. This was not the first time that Rohit lost DRS trusting Jadeja’s instincts, as he had made the same mistake a couple of times during the third test in Indore.

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Khawaja’s knock provided the foundation that the Australian team was looking for. His massive partnership with all-rounder Cameron Green for the fifth wicket put the Aussie side in the driver’s seat as they posted a huge total of 480 before getting bowled out. Green too played a crucial knock of 114 runs.

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After getting rid of Khawaja and Green, Team India couldn’t quickly wipe out the Australian tail as Nathan Lyon scored 34 and Todd Murphy scored 41. While the other Indian bowlers didn’t look threatening to the Aussie batters, it was Ravichandran Ashwin who kept on taking wickets at regular intervals.

Ashwin finished with the figures of 6 for 91 on the Ahmedabad pitch, which had no help for the spinners as the Men in Blue had to bowl 167.2 overs to dismiss the Australian batting lineup.

Former Indian Wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel Calls for Change in DRS Rules After Steve Smith’s Clever Tactics

Parthiv Patel Calls for Change in DRS Rules After Steve Smith

Australian skipper Steve Smith’s tactics during the third test for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Indore were not only praised for his captaincy skills but also scrutinized for exploiting a loophole in the Decision Review System (DRS) rule. Former Indian wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel has now called for changes in the DRS rules after Smith took advantage of the loophole, leading to the Australian side saving their DRS reviews.

Steve Smith discovered that each time a stumping appeal was made, it was immediately sent upstairs by the on-field umpire and the third umpire checked for an outside edge as well. This loophole helps the fielding side and saves them from losing a review on potential caught-behind dismissals. Australian wicketkeeper Alex Carey made sure to remove the bails after which Steve Smith made a loud appeal for stumping, convincing the on-field umpire to go upstairs for the review.

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Steve Smith exploited the loophole in the rule quite effectively and even got success twice including the wicket of Ravichandran Ashwin in the first innings. While the Australian side managed to save their DRS reviews using this tactic, it didn’t go well with many experts including Parthiv Patel who urged for a change in DRS rules.

“The on-field umpire should avoid going to the third umpire if he is sure that it’s not out when there is an appeal for a stumping,” Parthiv Patel said on Cricbuzz. “The ideal solution is that the TV umpire should only review the stumping if the appeal is made only for a stumping. A caught-behind should not be checked unless the fielding captain opts for a review,” he further added.

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Steve Smith’s leadership was applauded on most occasions as he kept the Indian team under constant pressure, but his DRS tactics received backlash from experts. In the third test, Team India were bowled out for just 163 runs in the second innings as Nathan Lyon took an eight-wicket haul. The Australian batters comfortably chased down the target of 76 in the second innings on Day 3 in Indore with 9 wickets in hand.

As cricket evolves, rules need to be adapted and refined to ensure the game is played fairly. With Parthiv Patel’s suggestion of the TV umpire only reviewing stumping appeals, the DRS rule could potentially be more effective in ensuring fair play.

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