Morgan content to let fans yell what they want at Aussies

AP Updated: 25 June, 2019, 10:42 AM IST

Steve Smith and David Warner did the crime and did the time, and England captain Eoin Morgan understands if cricket fans aren't willing to forgive them.

Smith and Warner have been booed, jeered, and abused by fans during the Cricket World Cup in England and Wales, in their first official international games since returning from 12-month bans imposed in the wake of a ball-tampering scandal.

It got so bad at one stage that India captain Virat Kohli, during their match at the Oval this month, stepped away from the crease to ask India fans to give Smith a break while he was fielding on the boundary.

Morgan said he won't be asking fans to leave Smith and Warner alone on Tuesday when England and Australia meet at Lord's, the spiritual home of cricket.

"You don't know how sports fans are going to react. I think they are entitled to have their own view," Morgan said Monday. "Just because punishment was handed out and the two guys served their punishment doesn't mean they are going to be accepted back into the cricket community straight away with open arms. It will take time."

Smith, Warner, and teammate Cameron Bancroft were caught in a ball-tampering plot in March last year during a test match against South Africa in Cape Town. Public outrage prompted Cricket Australia to impose the harshest-ever sanctions for such a breach: Smith and Warner were suspended for 12 months from any first-class cricket, and barred from leadership positions.

Smith, the top-ranked batsman in test cricket before his ban, was booed even when he scored a century in a warmup win against England in Southampton. That may have been what prodded Australia coach Justin Langer to urge World Cup crowds to go easy on the batsmen because they were "human" and "paid a big price."

Langer did add, though, that Smith and Warner were thick-skinned and were prepared for hostile receptions.

That's been proven, so far. The players have drawn inspiration from the fans' abuse they have been accustomed to for years, and been major contributors to Australia's 5-1 win-loss record. Warner is near the top of tournament run-scoring list with two centuries, and Smith is averaging 41.

"It hasn't affected our boys one bit, I can honestly say," Australia captain Aaron Finch said. "If anything, it's given them a bit more motivation."

Finch believed the verbal abuse doesn't make a difference.

"As a player, you don't tend to hear a hell of a lot of stuff from the fans. You hear noise at times, but you don't hear specifics. So I'm sure that's the last thing on Steve or Davey's mind when they are walking out to bat. If a handful of people or a whole stadium are booing them, it doesn't make any difference to how hard they watch the ball or how hard they doubt themselves or anything like that. It's a bit of white noise."

Still, England opener Jonny Bairstow regarded Langer's plea as a double standard.

When asked to comment, Morgan declined. Pressed on the subject, Morgan said he believed the nature of the England-Australia rivalry changes year by year as new players replace old ones, and old grudges aren't worth holding.

"Every team is different. Year on year, particularly when we play against Australia, it's a different set of circumstances," he said. "I believe that was a long time ago under a different regime."

He added he wasn't thinking about what reception Smith and Warner might receive at Lord's, or whether a bad reception for them might help England in the World Cup, and in the Ashes test series that follows.

"I think fans and supporters up and down the country will have different reactions, as they will around the world," he said.

"Sport is beautiful in many ways because it attracts people from far and wide. I think people can get carried away with sort of home support and away support. I think throughout the tournament, everybody has had support at the ground, if not more so than the home team. So it will probably be the same instance tomorrow."

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IPL 2020, DC vs SRH: Dream11 team prediction, probable XI and predicted winner

CT Contributor Updated: 28 September, 2020, 12:53 AM IST

Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad will meet each will other in match number 11 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 season. Delhi have been in good touch with both bat and ball. They have registered two successive wins so far. Meanwhile, SRH have faltered on both occasions and need to open their account.

Delhi Capitals

It remains to be seen whether R Ashwin comes into the starting XI after missing the previous match with a shoulder injury. DC won't rush him in and also, Amit Mishra did well in his absence. Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje have impressed for DC. Also to mention, left-arm spinner Axar Patel has been terrific. The likes of Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant hold the key with the bat for DC. Shaw won the man of the match award in the last game against CSK and his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan too played some good strokes. Iyer and Pant are finally gaining momentum but Shimron Hetmyer will have to work hard to score runs against SRH. Marcus Stoinis has been a welcome addition to the side.

Sunrisers Hyderabad

For SRH, they will hope to make a change or two and get some desired balance. SRH are too dependent on their front three batsmen and there is that lack of steel in the middle order, The bowling has lacked teeth overall and skipper David Warner will be concerned. A lot depends on how he steps up. While Manish Pandey showed his class in the last game, opening pair of Warner and Bairstow has failed to get going. A lot depends on these two. Wriddhiman Saha was off colour and his slow innings didn’t help the cause against KKR. Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma and Mohammed Nabi have a task of scoring in the death overs. The likes of Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed and T Natarajan need a reasonable good total to trouble rivals.

RR vs KXIP, Dream11 team prediction

Batsmen: Jonny Bairstow, David Warner (vc), Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer

Wicket-keeper: Rishabh Pant

All-rounders: Marcus Stoinis (c), Axar Patel

Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Rashid Khan, T Natarajan

Rationale behind the Dream11 team

We have gone for a powerful batting line-up. Bairstow and Warner get the backing at the top. Manish Pandey has been pivotal at number three for SRH and he gets the nod. Iyer and Pant add more cushion in this fantasy Dream11 side.

Aussie international Marcus Stoinis leads this side and is backed by Axar Patel. These two are the prime all-rounders. Rabada and Nortje make it to the side for their consistency. Rashid Khan and T Natarajan are the other two bowlers in the ranks.

Probable starting XI

DC - Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (c), Shimron Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan

SRH - David Warner (c), Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Mohammed Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan

Match prediction

DC are the in-form team and are the favourites to win this match.

Head-to-head record

In 15 meetings between the two teams, SRH have won to Delhi's six.

Live telecast and streaming details

Date - September 29

Time - 7.30 PM IST

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Live - Star Sports

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IPL 2020 Game 9 Review: 3 factors that cost KXIP the match against RR

Renin Wilben Albert Updated: 28 September, 2020, 12:39 AM IST

Rajasthan Royals pulled off an incredible chase, the highest ever in the IPL, in match number nine of the 2020 edition at the historic Sharjah cricket stadium on what turned out to be a Super Sunday. In a second consecutive game at the venue that saw both teams scoring 200 or more, Rajasthan seemed dead and buried at one point. However, some incredible hitting from Sanju Samson and Rahul Tewatia, in particular, towards the end saw them knock off the 84 runs needed to win in the last five overs.

Earlier, Kings XI Punjab posted a massive 223 for 2 on the board, built around Mayank Agarwal’s splendid 106 from 50 balls, and his 183-run stand with skipper KL Rahul, who contributed 69 from 54. They seemed headed to register their second win of the tournament when they were hit by the Tewatia-Samson storm. As Punjab try to recover from the shock, we analyse three reasons KXIP ended up on the losing side.

1.KXIP taking it too easy

As mentioned earlier, with five overs left in the game, KXIP were well in command of the contest. In hindsight of what transpired, one wonders if Punjab got a bit complacent. Although Glenn Maxwell had conceded only eight in his first two overs, the decision to give him a third proved catastrophic. His part-time off-break was too easy for Samson to handle, who smashed him for three sixes in an over. The target was still way out of RR’s reach, but Samson’s blast gave them hope.

The horrific 18th over bowled by Sheldon Cottrell was really what completely swung the match in RR’s favour. With an improbable 51 needed off 18, Cottrell allowed Tewatia to swing his bat around, bowling some very friendly deliveries. By the time Cottrell could gather himself, he had been smacked for five sixes, four of them in a row. Cottrell sprayed the ball all over and was meted out with the harshest of punishment. For an international bowler to be treated with such disdain was a matter of disbelief.

Tewatia’s brutal assault gave RR the confidence to go after the experienced Mohammed Shami as well, and Jofra Archer’s consecutive sixes in the penultimate over well and truly put Rajasthan on top.

2.Allowing Smith and Samson to tee off

KXIP would have been high on confidence after posting a massive 223 for 2 on the board. However, they still needed to start well with the ball. That wasn’t to be the case though as Steve Smith and Samson ensured Rajasthan actually kept up with the required run rate in the first 10 overs. Both Samson and Smith were allowed to flex their arms as Cottrell, Shami, Jimmy Neesham and the young Ravi Bishnoi kept conceding boundaries at regular intervals. Although Smith was dismissed for 50 off only 27 balls, against the run of play at the end of the 9th over, the scoreboard read 100 for 2, which meant the chase was very much on.

3.Punjab not posting 250

This must sound a bit harsh, but in the wake of what transpired, KXIP, perhaps, missed out on a few crucial runs towards the end of their innings. At the end of 12 overs, Punjab had raced to 138 without losing a wicket. They could have gone after every ball from that point. However, despite there being two set batsmen at the crease, the 16th over bowled by Ankit Rajpoot went for only six runs. This was followed by Agarwal’s dismissal in the next over bowled by Tom Curran, which went for only seven. The 18th over bowled by Rajpoot saw the dismissal of Rahul and only nine runs. These three death overs proved game-changing in the end equation.

IPL 2020: RR vs KXIP triggers a meme fest on Twitter

Vedant Yadav Updated: 28 September, 2020, 12:21 AM IST

As expected, Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab took part in a high scoring game at Sharjah, as both teams struggled with the ball, in what was a fairly batting-friendly pitch.

KXIP were put on to bat by RR, who would have rued over their decision if their batting line-up had failed.

Mayank Agarwal smashed his maiden IPL ton and was equally complimented by skipper KL Rahul, who had smashed the ton in KXIP's win over RCB on Thursday.

Their giant 183-run stand for the opening wicket helped KXIP put on a huge total of 223/3.

In their reply, RR were even more ruthless as they chased down the target with 3 balls to spare, despite losing more wickets than their opponents.

Despite losing Jos Buttler quite early into their run chase, skipper Steve Smith, Sanju Samson and surprisingly, Rahul Tewatia, rose to the occasion and saved the day for RR.

Following on from his 74 against CSK in RR's opening match, Samson put on another match-winning knock, scoring 85 from 42 deliveries. Smith did well for his 50 but it was Tewatia, who helped RR cross the finishing line.

He smashed 7 sixes, including 5 from Sheldon Cottrell's over.

After the match, Twitter had its meltdown as fans shared hilarious memes on teh micro-blogging site. Let's take a look at some of these reactions:

Ratings of KXIP and RR players based on their performance in the ninth match

Renin Wilben Albert Updated: 27 September, 2020, 11:51 PM IST

Rajasthan Royals pulled off the highest successful chase in IPL history in the most sensational fashion. Needing 84 runs to win from the last five overs, they eventually cruised home with three balls to spare courtesy some unbelievable power hitting. Cricket Today analyses the performance of players from both sides.

Rajasthan Royals

Rahul Tewatia (9/10)

Was surprisingly promoted in the batting order. Went from 17 off 23 to 53 from 31 in what was an incredible turnaround, hitting five sixes in a Sheldon Cottrell over. Made up for conceding 19 in his only over.

Sanju Samson (8/10)

Carried on from where he left off in the previous game. Featured in a brutal partnership with skipper Steve Smith to keep Rajasthan in the hunt in the big chase. Made an incredible 85 from only 42 balls.

Steve Smith (7/10)

Hit a brilliant 50 off only 27 balls by taking the attack into the opposition camp. But, was dismissed when the team needed him to carry on in the massive chase.

Jofra Archer (6/10)

Got off to a poor start, being hit for three consecutive fours by KL Rahul. Did not recover, and was hammered for 46 in his four, including 18 in the 20th. But, hit two crucial sixes in the penultimate over bowled by Mohammed Shami.

Tom Curran (5/10)

Tried a lot of variations, but most did not work. Got the breakthrough for Rajasthan, if we can call it so, dismissing Mayank Agarwal for 106 in the 17th over. Couldn’t stop the flow of runs though finishing with 1 for 44. Hit the winning boundary.

Ankit Rajpoot (4/10)

Struggled against the attacking opening duo of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. Gave away 24 runs in his first two overs. Came back reasonably well to dismiss KL Rahul and finish with 1 for 39.

Shreyas Gopal (3/10)

Usually effective, the leggie was caught in the midst of a brutal assault by Mayank Agarwal. Conceded as many as 44 in his four overs.

Jaydev Unadkat (3/10)

Never looked like taking a wicket. Just seemed to be going through the motions. Finished with figures of 3 for 30.

Robin Uthappa (2/10)

Was dismissed for 9 in a tense chase.

Jos Buttler (1/10)

Made just 4 in his first game of the season before being brilliantly caught by Sarfaraz Khan at square leg off Sheldon Cottrell.

Riyan Parag (0/10)

Fell without scoring to Murugan Ashwin.

Kings XI Punjab

Mayank Agarwal (9/10)

Played a sensational innings, completely toying with the RR attack. Be it pace or spin, nothing could trouble him. Spanked 10 fours and as many as seven sixes in his knock of 106 that came off only 50 balls.

Lokesh Rahul (8/10)

Played the perfect foil to Mayank Agarwal in a spectacular opening stand of 183. Scored 69 from 54 before perishing in an effort to clear the field.

Nicholas Pooran (7/10)

Ensured KXIP finished on a high with a blazing cameo of 25 from 8 balls with three sixes, including two off Jofra Archer in the 20th over.

Ravi Bishnoi (6/10)

Was put under pressure by some good batting from Steve Smith and Sanju Samson. Managed to finish with decent figures of 0 for 34.

James Neesham (5/10)

Went for 40 in his four, but got the big wicket of Steve Smith with a smart leg cutter that the RR captain could only hit as far as deep cover.

Murugan Ashwin (4/10)

Dismissed Riyan Parag with the match out of Punjab’s grasp.

Glenn Maxwell (3/10)

Made an unbeaten 13 from 9 balls with a couple of boundaries. With the ball, having conceded only eight in his first two was slammed for 21 in his third by Sanju Samson, which began RR’s turnaround.

Mohammed Shami (3/10)

Got the massive wicket of Sanju Samson in his second spell with a bouncer that Samson could only glove behind the wickets. But conceded three sixes in the 19th over with the game on the line.

Sheldon Cottrell (1/10)

Dismissed the dangerous Jos Buttler cheaply, but was taken for five sixes in the 18th over by the unpredictable Rahul Tewatia, which completely swung the match RR’s way.

Karun Nair: No rating (did not bat)

Sarfaraz Khan: No rating (did not bat)

RCB vs MI, Match 10: 5 must-pick players for Dream11 Fantasy

Vedant Yadav Updated: 27 September, 2020, 11:46 PM IST

It's the battle of the big guns as Virat Kohli squares off against his Team India deputy, Rohit Sharma, in of the most awaited clashes of the IPL 2020.

Virat-led RCB will take on Rohit-led MI at the Dubai International Stadium, with both teams experiencing similar starts to their season, as far as the points table's concerned.

Both teams have an equally balanced squad with players of the highest calibre and can turn the game on its head.

Here are the 5 must-pick players for your Dream11 Fantasy team:

1. Rohit Sharma

When you're name is Rohit Sharma, you just don't need an introduction. Rohit, who is popularly known as the Hitman, is one of the most feared batsmen around the globe. An excellent timer off the ball, Rohit returned to form last time out as he targeted the KKR bowlers with sheer ease and inspired MI's first win of the season.

2. Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli hasn't had the best of starts to the IPL campaign as he has failed with the bat in the both of RCB's games, so far. As a result, he has been under the radar but one cannot ignore the qualities that he posses as a batsman. Virat is probably the most decisive player when he's in his full swing.

AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers, just like Virat, didn't have the best of the outings last time out, despite his impressive half-century in RCB opening game of the season against SRH. Traditionally, De Villiers has done well against Mumbai and he'll b hoping to continue that form against the record champions.

The veteran South African batsman, however, has looked sharp so far and would want to go big, this time around.

4. Rahul Chahar

After enjoying a breakthrough season with MI last season, Rahul Chahar has started IPL 2020 with a couple of economical performances. The youngster has bagged three-wicket, so far, in the tournament and did well against RCB, last season.

Spinners are expected to get a lot of help from the Dubai track and Chahar will look to exploit the conditions and hopefully get those valuable points for the fantasy faithful.

5. Trent Boult

It's been so far, so good in IPL 2020 for Trent Boult, who hasn't kept a foot wrong in the tournament. He has been difficult to bat against and has chipped in with economical figures in both the games and has also bagged a pair of wickets in both the outings.

With those inswingers, Boult is expected to cause a lot of problems to the right-handers. He makes a sensible choice for the Dream11 fantasy team.