India vs Australia And ENG vs SA: South Africa

India vs Australia: Check today’s T20 match live score, scorecard, ball by ball commentary, and highlights of the match between England and South Africa.

India tour of Australia, 2020-21

Eoin Morgan, the skipper of England, says that the wicket was good and South Africa played really well. Says that the batters did well to stretch the game till the end. Adds that defending low score was their biggest challenge and they did well against Sri Lanka. Tells that they have dealt with a lot of injuries but they have a lot of talented players coming in. Says he is happy to finish top of the group and they will embrace going further in the competition.

India Vs Australia

They had 189 on the board, but South Africa had the number 131 in their mind. They would have wanted early wickets in the Powerplay and would have wanted to concede a few runs but the latter did not happen for them. England got a good start and it got tougher and tougher. Tabraiz Shamsi did take a couple of wickets in the middle overs but by then, it was quite clear that they would not make it to the semi-finals. They would have wanted to finish with a win but some brilliant hitting by Liam Livingstone kept them on their toes. It looked like he would take the game away from them but Liam Livingstone’s departure in the penultimate over and Kagiso Rabada’s hat-trick sealed the deal for them.

Cricket Australia Confirms Indian Players Were Subjected To Racial Abuse At Sydney Cricket Ground

Cricket Australia on Wednesday confirmed that the members of the Indian cricket team were subjected to racial abuse during the third Test in Sydney.

Mohammed Siraj had complained of racial abuse from a section of the SCG crowd.

Cricket Australia on Wednesday confirmed that the members of the Indian cricket team were subjected to racial abuse during the third Test in Sydney. The Indian team had lodged an official complaint after the crowd at the SCG racially abused pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj over the second and third days of the Sydney Test. Siraj had to face the brunt of unruly crowds even after the complaint. Sean Carroll, CA’s Head of Integrity and Security, on Wednesday, provided an update on the investigation into crowd behavior during the Sydney Test.

“Cricket Australia has submitted its report into crowd behaviour at the SCG during the third Test against India to the International Cricket Council,” a statement from Cricket Australia read.

“CA confirms that members of the Indian cricket team were subjected to racial abuse. CA’s own investigation into the matter remains open, with CCTV footage, ticketing data, and interviews with spectators still being analyzed in an attempt to locate those responsibly. Spectators who are found to have breached CA’s Anti-Harassment Code face lengthy bans, further sanctions, and referral to NSW Police.

“CA’s investigation concluded that the spectators filmed and/or photographed by media in the Brewongle Stand concourse at the conclusion of the 86th over on day three of the Test did not engage in racist behaviour.”

“As stated at the time of the incident, CA has a zero tolerance policy towards discriminatory behaviour in all forms and, as hosts of the Border-Gavaskar series, apologises to the Indian men’s cricket team,” the statement further read.

CA is awaiting confirmation from NSW Police that it has completed its investigation into the matter and will not offer further comment until it is received, it added.

After arriving in India, Siraj revealed that the umpires at the SCG told India skipper Ajinkya Rahane that the team can walk off the park, but the side did not wish to do that.

“Australian crowd started abusing me, it made me mentally strong. Not letting it hamper my performance was my prime concern. My job was to inform that I was being abused, I told the entire matter to captain Rahane. Umpires told us that you can walk off the field and leave the game but Ajju bhai told the umpire that we will not leave, we respect the game,” Siraj told reporters at a press conference in Hyderabad on January 21.

Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin showed grit and determination on the fifth day of the third Test to deny Australia a win at SCG.

India then defeated Australia by three wickets against all odds in the final Test of the series at The Gabba last week to take the series 2-1.

The last time a visiting team came out triumphant from the Brisbane Cricket Ground was back in November 1988 when the mighty West Indian outfit under the leadership of Viv Richards thrashed Allan Border’s team by 9 wickets.

India’s historic win has also ensured they toppled Australia in the ICC Test Team Rankings to claim the second spot.

Live Match Commentary

Rassie van der Dussen is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH. He says that they knew they had to get a good score on the board. Mentions that it was a good performance at the end of the day and they defeated a strong side. Adds that it has been tough for him as the three venues are totally different and every pitch has its own challenges. Informs that as a batting unit, teams that have adapted quickly have been the most successful. Tells that they asked too much from their bowlers to get them into the semis.

England had a pretty big target to chase down here. They started quite well but losing Jason Roy early to an injury was a big blow. But, Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali made sure that they had a good start. The first target for them was to cross the 87-run mark and make sure that they got to the semi-finals and they crossed that hurdle with ease. Then, they crossed the 131-run mark to get their arch-rivals, Australia, to the semi-finals too. What was left now was to get to 190 and stay unbeaten in the Super 12s. Liam Livingstone joined Dawid Malan in the middle after the departure of Moeen Ali and the stage was set for these two batters to take them home. Malan fell but Livingstone kept going and even Eoin Morgan hit a few nice blows. But losing quick wickets in the last couple of overs put them short of the target by 10 runs.

It was termed the ‘Group of Death’ and it has seen the end of the road for Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and even the defending champions, West Indies. England and Australia will go through to the semi-finals and they have deserved it. South Africa would be quite gutted though. They bounced back really well after losing their clash with Australia, but too much was needed from them in this match to get to the semi-finals. This game shows the importance of maintaining a good NRR in such competitions from the very beginning. But, we were treated to a brilliant game to end the matches of Group 1. Just to add, Jason Roy was seen limping when the teams shook hands and that is not a good sign for this English side moving forward.

Right then! We have our two semi-finalists from Group 1 and it has been a treat to cover this group. Pakistan have qualified from Group 2 and one more place is up for grabs there. That will be decided over the next 3 games of that group. On Sunday, 7th November, we have two clashes. First, Afghanistan will take on New Zealand in an extremely important game. That will begin at 2 pm Local (10 am GMT) and later, Pakistan will play Scotland at 6 pm Local (2 pm GMT). See you there. Till then, take care and goodbye.

Temba Bavuma, the skipper of South Africa, says that the team played really well and gave it their all with bat and all. Adds that at the start of the tournament, they were more focused on winning the games than on NRR. Mentions that they have a lot of to be proud of as they played quite well. Says that they have to build on the momentum and the confidence that they got from this World Cup.

 

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