Cricket Wrap: BCCI backs down on Dravid, Zaheer appointments; Sikandar Raza puts Zimbabwe in control & more
17 July 2017
- Four days after Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid were named to assist new coach Ravi Shastri by the Cricket advisory committee of BCCI, the board made a U-turn on the decision. Reports claim that the duo was forced on Shastri by the BCCI and the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Advisors said the ruling body had overstepped its powers. Reports also claim that Shastri seems to have managed to convince the Committee of Advisors to take Bharat Arun on board as bowling coach.
- Sikandar Raza played brilliantly to score an unbeaten 97 run knock to put Zimbabwe in the driving seat on the third day of the only test match against Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa stadium. The visitors scored 252-6 in their second innings at the close of the play with an overall lead of 262 runs. The visitors were reduced to 59-5 at one stage after a luminous spell by Rangana Herath who took 4 wickets by oozing 85 runs. Raza and Peter Moor, who scored 40, launched a fight back with 86 runs stand for the sixth wicket.
- The Proteas declared their innings at 343 for 9 after half-centuries from Hashim Amla, Dean Elgar and Faf du Plessis. England managed to survive 4 overs, two each from Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander before stumps. Playing ahead of 205 runs lead on day 2, the visitors played some fascinating cricket in the first session, as Amla and Elgar reached their half centuries. The hosts had the chances of getting both of them out early. Amla was lucky enough to stay in crease even after he nicked a ball in the slip and Elgar was on 55 when a tough chance to Anderson at gully was put down.
By NewsX Bureau | First Published : 17 July 2017 , 4:24 PM