Destruction XI: David Warner, Matthew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist (Wicket Keeper and Captain), Shane Watson, Michael Hussey, Glenn Maxwell, Andrew Symonds, Mitchell Starc, Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris
Cricket Australia and ASICS have today unveiled their new-look men’s and women’s uniforms for the 2017-18 international season. Australia stars David Warner,
Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Lyon, Peter Handscomb and Josh Hazlewood were all on hand in Sydney to show off the new strips, which they’ll be wearing when Australia take on England across all three formats this summer – starting with the Magellan Ashes from November 23.
The return of former captain Brendan Taylor and Kyle Jarvis are the highlights of the Zimbabwe's new-look squad, announced on Tuesday, for the two-Test series against the visiting Windies side, starting Saturday.
Pakistan's young sensation Babar Azam raced to his seventh ODI century in just his 33rd innings, making him the quickest to the mark. He got there eight innings quicker than, who scored it in his 41st innings. Among Pakistan batsmen, the quickest was Zaheer Abbas in 42 innings.
The century in the second ODI was Azam's fifth successive one in the UAE. He's the first ever player to score five consecutive centuries in a country. He had hit three in three games against West Indies last year before this series. The previous record holder in this case was AB de Villiers with four tons in a row in India. Among Pakistan players, Zaheer Abbas and Saeed Anwar had scored three successive tons in the UAE. Azam's five tons are now the second-most by any player in the UAE, trailing the seven scored by Anwar and Sachin Tendulkar
Is there a better bowling unit than Pakistan when the surface aids them? Tough one to call. The wicket was two-paced and the ball was hardly coming on to the bat and the spin troika of Hafeez, Shadab and Malik made Sri Lanka submit meekly. The combined bowling figures read: 23-1-88-5. Dickwella and Mendis fell early to the pacers.
Tharanga and Thirimanne defied proceedings with a dodgy stand, once that was broken the floodgates opened and the slide turned into a procession. The Sri Lankan skipper kept his side in the game with a scratchy hundred and 76-run 8th wicket stand but ran out of partners. At the end, he remained unbeaten and in the process became the first Sri Lankan opener to carry his bat in an ODI.
So Sri Lanka from having to chase a molehill have a mini-mountain ahead of them. On a sluggish track, against Pakistan's stronger suite, they have quite some task.
In a compartive world, their situation is much better when compared to the one in the last game. Okay, here we go..just the one wide slip
Pakistan will have to pinch themselves to believe what they've achieved towards the end of the innings. At one stage - with wickets tumbling at 101/6 - a total of 180 looked too far beyond reach,
but Babar Azam and Shadab Khan put together a possible game-changing partnership for the 7th wicket. They added 109 runs (highest 7th wicket stand in ODIs for Pakistan against Sri Lanka) between them while achieving their personal milestones and have given their bowlers a total to bowl at. Looks more than decent on this two-paced pitch. We'll know more when Sri Lanka come on to bat.