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Surrey 231 for 9 (Borthwick 79, Bailey 4-54, Onions 3-45 ) trail Lancashire 439 for 9 dec (Clark 78, Mennie 68*, Bailey 66, Chanderpaul 65, Croft 62, Virdi 4-80, Dernbach 3-93) by 208 runs
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The One-Test Club might be thought a rather melancholy society. You have had recognition but not much. The cap-badge is still bright and the sweater doesn’t need washing. For whatever reason, a single look has been enough. It may be even worse if you are picked to play in a losing side. Scott Borthwick was selected for the last Test of the 2013-4 Ashes series, a dubious honour roughly comparable to a German soldier being asked to help out at Stalingrad in January 1943. He took four wickets and made five runs.

Since that dalliance with fame Borthwick has moved from Durham to Surrey and has remained one of the more stylish batsmen in the English game. On what was effectively the second day of this match he made a composed 79 off 137 balls, cutting and driving the majority of his ten boundaries with considerable elegance.

And it looked as though Borthwick’s innings would help Surrey get a comfortable draw out of this game until Tom Bailey, whose devotion to an off-stump line had earlier removed Rory Burns and Dean Elgar, took the new ball and added Ollie Pope and Jade Dernbach to his bag. Those wickets were just part of a dramatic final hour or so which saw Surrey lose five wickets for 29 runs in 14.1 overs. They left Lancashire needing 11 wickets in a day if they are to secure a remarkable win.

Borthwick, of course, would have liked to add another century to the three he has already scored against Lancashire, a county who are probably his favourite opponents. That he did not do so was thanks to a good length ball bowled by his former team mate, Graham Onions, who tempted his old mucker into a drive and saw the ball fly off the edge to Alex Davies.

But that dismissal was only the day’s second internecine mini-drama. With the tenth delivery of the innings the Gateshead-born Onions had plucked out the leg stump of the Novocastrian Mark Stoneman when the Surrey opener was attempting a somewhat limp push. One might think this is hardly the way one Geordie should treat another, especially a former Durham team-mate.

No matter, what Onions, Borthwick and Stoneman shared for a decade is far greater than whatever will divide them for a summer or two.

The merit of Lancashire’s bowling late in the day was reinforced by the fact that this was still a very sound second-day wicket. The quality of the pitch was displayed when Joe Mennie and Tom Bailey extended their overnight partnership to 118, thus setting a new ninth-wicket record for matches between these counties, The stand was only ended when Bailey was caught at deep midwicket off Amar Virdi for a career-best 66.

The saddest piece of news coming out of Emirates Old Trafford over the weekend was that Simon Kerrigan has decided to put his playing career on hold and will now concentrate on coaching. Kerrigan won his one cap when he played for England against Australia at the Oval in 2013. He was savaged by Shane Watson. Yet whatever the future holds for him, Kerrigan can take comfort from the barely disputable truth that in 2011 his left-arm bowling did as much as anything to bring Lancashire the title. Such memories should warm him.

In a rhapsody to a great English fast bowler, Neville Cardus once suggested that cricketers like Tom Richardson should never know old age. “Every springtime should find them reborn, like the green world they live in,” he wrote.

In that he will be joined by the many spectators who were at Aigburth in 2011 and whose cheers lifted the roof off the old place when Kerrigan took nine wickets in one afternoon against Hampshire. Distant summers, different springs.

Paul Edwards is a freelance cricket writer. He has written for the Times, ESPNcricinfo, Wisden, Southport Visiter and other publications


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KXIP vs SRH – IPL 2020

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After a spectacular collapse in which Sunrisers Hyderabad went from needing 27 runs from 24 balls with seven wickets in hand to losing by 12 runs against Kings XI Punjab, David Warner said his batsmen had been “complacent” in the middle overs.

The Sunrisers bowlers had restricted Kings XI to 126 for 7 on a slow, turning pitch in Dubai, and Warner himself provided a fast start in the chase, smashing 35 off 20. When he was the first wicket to fall after the powerplay, the Sunrisers needed 71 runs from 83 balls. But a middle-overs strangle meant they were eventually bowled out for 114 in 19.5 overs.

“In regards to our batting, obviously very disappointed,” Warner said at the post-match press conference. “We didn’t get the job done. We were probably a bit complacent in the middle. We didn’t take the game on enough like we did the previous game (their victory against the Rajasthan Royals). I think we probably just felt that we were just going to get the runs easily, and then we sort of let the balls get ahead of the runs. That’s what happens in a game of cricket, if you give your opposition a sniff it can get taken away from you very fast.”

Warner felt the batsmen should have assessed the conditions better and looked to play sensibly, especially with the required rate below six.

He was fulsome in his praise for the bowlers, however, having pulled Kings XI back from their own brisk start.

“I think our bowlers did an incredible job to bowl them out [restrict them] for under 130,” Warner said. “I felt that they did an exceptional job through the middle period to take wickets and to use the pitch to their advantage. I think in previous games we probably didn’t do that as well as we would have liked [with the ball], and today was a special day for them.”

Warner himself adopted a changed approach while batting. In IPL 2020 so far, he had played more of an anchor role for the Sunrisers, averaging 37.22 before this game but at a strike rate of 124.07, well below his career strike rate. However, on Saturday he went hard at the bowling from the start, judging that it was the best time to score runs on this pitch.

“Yeah, I was going back to my old-school days,” he said with a hint of a smile. “I was opening my front leg and just taking on the powerplay, something I haven’t done for a long time. It’s one of those things, where I felt that the best part of the powerplay was to try and go after it, go after their main bowler who swings the ball and is a very good bowler – [Mohammed] Shami. So I just tried to apply a little bit of pressure. And yeah, it’s fair to say that I’ve probably been quite reserved the last few years, so it was nice to open the front leg and show that I’ve still got that.”

The Sunrisers have eight points with only three games in hand – and those are against the three teams currently at the top of the table: the Delhi Capitals, the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Mumbai Indians. They will not only have to win those for a realistic shot at making the playoffs, but will also probably depend on net run rate to go through.

“I would like to think that the team will do that, definitely,” Warner said. “We’ve got three challenging games coming up, one here and two in Sharjah. If you want to win the tournament, you’ve got to beat the top three teams and that’s what we face in our next assignment.”



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Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2020, Fantasy Pick, team predictions

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Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Dubai

Pro Tip: The pitches have slowed down, and the scores are becoming lower. So pick a lot of bowling options.

Our XI: AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Sam Curran, Chris Morris, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Imran Tahir

Substitutes: Shane Watson, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini

Player availability: All players are available for selection.

NOTE: We might not always be able to tip you off about late injury (or other relevant) updates, so please finalise your team after the toss.

Captain: Virat Kohli

Kohli’s strike rate (127.57) has been on the lower side but he has been consistent. His last seven outings have fetched 347 runs, including two fifties. That he bats at No. 3 gives him a great chance to bat plenty of deliveries. His highest score in the tournament (90*) came against the Super Kings in the previous fixture.

Vice-captain: Chris Morris

Morris has picked up nine wickets in five games so far. His economy this season is a fantastic 5.00 and his strike rate is 13.3. Even when he doesn’t pick up too many wickets, he bowls economically and contributes on the field.

Hot Picks

AB de Villiers: He has been in stunning form, having scored two match-winning fifties in his last three innings. Three out of his four half-centuries have come in Dubai. In Dwayne Bravo’s absence, the Super Kings could struggle at the death, a passage where de Villiers has a mind-blowing strike rate of 243.47 among all batsmen who have faced 100-plus balls in that phase.

Imran Tahir: Tahir finally got a game after sitting out for ten games. He had an amazing CPL 2020, finishing as the third-highest wicket taker. Tahir was the Purple Cap winner last season and against the Royal Challengers last season, he picked up four wickets for 40 runs in eight overs.

Sam Curran: Curran has been a standout player for the Super Kings this season. He has scored 173 runs at a healthy strike rate of 136.22, playing at various positions. He has scored some quick runs in every position he has played in as well. With the ball, he is the joint-highest wicket taker for the team with ten scalps, at an economy of 8.50.

Differential Picks

Washington Sundar: Sundar, if used in the powerplay, is a serious threat for the opposition. He has picked up three wickets in this period at an economy of 5.23. Given that the Super Kings have tended to start slowly, he could come in immediately. He picked up 2 for 16 in the first game between the two teams this season.

Devdutt Padikkal: He has consistently given the Royal Challengers decent starts and has made three half-centuries. He is quickly catching up with Kohli’s aggregate this season – he’s currently on 321 runs at a strike rate of 124.41.

Alternate Scenarios

  • The Super Kings will look to test their bench yet again so wait for the toss before you choose your XI.

  • Faf du Plessis could be rested for Watson. If Watson plays, bring him in for Dhoni.

  • Given the Super Kings’ series of low scores batting first, if they bat first again, consider making Morris your captain and Chahal your vice-captain.



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IPL 2020 points table – Update before the RCB vs CSK match

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Royal Challengers Bangalore – Played 10, Points 14

Remaining matches: vs Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi Capitals

Chennai Super Kings – Played 11, Points 6

Remaining matches: vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, v Kolkata Knight Riders, v Kings XI Punjab

The Royal Challengers Bangalore have the opportunity to go to the top of the points table if they beat Chennai Super Kings on Sunday. A win would take them to 16 points, two ahead of the Delhi Capitals with both teams having played 11 matches. They will also be ahead of Mumbai Indians, and remain that way unless Mumbai win the second game of the day, when they take on the Rajasthan Royals.

Two results in past week have worked to bridge the net run rate gap that the Royal Challengers have with the Capitals: while the Royal Challengers beat the Kolkata Knight Riders by a big margin, the Knight Riders in turn beat the Capitals, again, by a big margin. If the Royal Challengers now beat the Super Kings comfortably, they can narrow the gap even further and put themselves in a good position for a top-two finish.

The Royal Challengers have matches remaining against the other top teams, Mumbai and the Capitals, and the Sunrisers Hyderabad, and therefore picking up two points against the badly out-of-form Super Kings will be significant for them.

As for the Super Kings, for all practical purposes, they are out of the race for the playoffs. They can reach at most 12 points, but will need a lot of results to go their way and also overcome a massive net run-rate difference to then progress. However, the Super Kings can spoil the Royal Challengers’ plans and create fresh opportunities for others in the points table with a victory.



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