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Top Sports News of the day - 30 Dec 2020


Cricket | India tour of Australia

  • Australia vs India - Four-Tests series is tied as of now with 1 win by each team
  • For Australian players, it is a good break to visit family and enjoy the New Year, after losing the last test to India
  • With Rohit Sharma joining the Indian team, the team must be self-confident and excited for the third test
  • Ravichandran Ashwin now holds the world record to dismiss the maximum number of left-hand batsmen in Test Cricket (192 wickets). Ashwin has surpassed Muttiah Muralitharan record of 191 wickets
  • Batsman David Warner, Debutant batsman Will Pucovski and Fast bowler Sean Abbott will join the playing squad of the Australian team for the third test. Joe Burns has been left out due to poor performance
  • The third test will begin on Thursday, 07 January 2021, at Sydney Cricket Ground. It is expected that the Sydney pitch will be spinner friendly
  • On a separate note - According to a media company 'Checkbrand', Skipper Virat Kohli has the highest brand value amongst Indian cricketers, based on high social media engagement


Cricket | Big Bash League (BBL) 10

  • Hobart Hurricanes beat Brisbane Heat by 1 (one) run in a thriller match today
  • Hobart Hurricanes scored 150 (all-out) in 19.4 overs and managed to restrict Brisbane Heat to 149/8 in 20 overs
  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman of Brisbane Heat was declared as the Match of the match for taking 5 wickets for 15 runs, in 4 overs
  • The highest scorer for Hobart Hurricanes was Dawid Malan who scored 39 runs in 32 balls, for Brisbane Heat it was James Bazley who scored 49 runs in 31 balls
  • The highest wicket-takers for Hobart Hurricanes was Riley Meredith who took 3 wickets for 21 runs and for Brisbane Heat it was obviously Mujeeb Ur Rahman
  • Sydney Strikers leads the table with 16 points (4 wins in 5 matches) followed by Sydney Thunder with 15 points (4 wins in 5 matches)
  • The twenty-first BBL 10 match will be played on Thursday, 31 December 2020 between Adelaide Strikers and Perth Scorchers


Cricket | Sri Lanka tour of South Africa

  • In the Two-Tests series, South Africa took a lead by winning by an innings and 45 runs against Sri Lanka
  • South Africa will replace their medium-fast bowler Migael Pretorius (due to injury) with the left-arm seamer Beuran Hendricks.
  • The Second Test will begin from 03 January 2021, at Wanderers Stadium


Cricket | Pakistan tour of New Zealand

  • New Zealand vs Pakistan || Test 1, Day 5 update || New Zealand won by 101 runs taking a lead in the two-tests series
  • Summary - Pakistan won the toss and decided to bowl
  • New Zealand scored 431 in the first inning and Pakistan in reply scored only 239
  • New Zealand took a lead of 192 runs in the first inning and declared the second inning at 180 for the loss of 5 wickets
  • Pakistan got a target of 373 to win the test match
  • At the end of Day 4, Pakistan was batting at 71 for the loss of 3 wickets
  • On Day 5, Pakistan got out at 271, thereby losing the test to New Zealand
  • Kane Williamson (New Zealand) was declared Man of the match for scoring 129 runs in the first inning and 21 in the second inning
  • The Second Test will start from 03 January 2021 at Hagley Oval


Cricket | S Sreesanth entry back to Domestic Cricket

  • Fast bowler S Sreesanth was banned for life on charges of betting-fixing in 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL)
  • Sreesanth moved a petition of High court and Supreme Court against the ban and got the result in his favor
  • Accordingly, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) reduced the ban period to seven years, which ended in September 2020
  • Sreesanth also participated in Big Boss for giving clarification/cleaning-up his image in front of the audience
  • Now, he has been picked in the Kerala squad for the T20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, which will begin on 10 January 2021
  • Welcome back Sreesanth!


Cricket | West Indies tour of Bangladesh

  • West Indies was scheduled to play three ODIs and two Tests in Bangladesh in January-February 2021
  • However, due to Covid 19 (and for personal reasons), twelve West Indies players (including Test captain Jason Holder) has declined to visit Bangladesh
  • Now, Kraigg Brathwaite will lead the Test team and Jason Mohammed will be the caption of the ODI team
  • Best wishes to West Indies Team A, B, or C for their matches with Bangladesh!


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