Tuesday, September 21, 2021



Just three days after the T20 World Cup Final, India will begin their T20I series against New Zealand at home, followed by two Tests against the incumbent World Test Champions.   

India's international home season for 2021-2022 will kick off with a three-match T20I series against New Zealand on November 17 in Jaipur. This series will mark the start of a new era, following Virat Kohli's decision to relinquish T20I captaincy post the World Cup, that ends on November 14th.

It will be followed by two Test matches against the current World Test champions in Kanpur and Mumbai. This will be New Zealand's first Test tour of India since 2016, when they lost 3-0.

India will play another two Test matches against Sri Lanka later in the season , in Bengaluru (March 1-5) and in Mohali ( March 9-13 ) . It will be followed by a three-match T20I series across Mohali , Dharmasala and Lucknow.

Between the visits by New Zealand (in November- December ) and Srilanka (in February -March), India will travel to South Africa a full tour (December 17 - January 26) and then return home to host the West Indies for three ODIs and three T20Is, starting February 6.

The seven-month international home season ends with a five match T20I series against South Africa which will be played on the back of the Indian Premier League  and serve as a  preparation for the T20 World Cup later in the year in Australia.

"The 2021-22 home season holds a lot of promise, and Team India will play in all major centres of India," said BCCI secretary Jay Shah. "Vaccination has ensured that the pandemic curve is beginning to flatten, and I am very optimistic that we will have the fans back for the home season.

"Our season will comprise four Tests, which are part of the WTC cycle, three ODIs and 14 T20Is between November to June 2022," he said.

New Zealand tour of India :

                Match                                  Date                                      Venue

               1st T20I                         Nov 17, 2021                                  Jaipur

               2nd T20I                         Nov 19, 2021                                Ranchi

                3rd T20I                         Nov 21, 2021                                Kolkata

                1st Test                       Nov 25-29, 2021                               Kanpur

                2nd Test                          Dec 3-7, 2021                              Mumbai    

West Indies tour of India:

                Match                                  Date                                        Venue

            1st ODI                                Feb 6, 2022                             Ahmedabad

            2nd ODI                               Feb 9, 2022                                    Jaipur

            3rd ODI                                Feb 12,2022                                  Kolkata

            1st T20I                                Feb 15, 2022                                Cuttack

            2nd T20I                              Feb 18, 2022                                    Vizag

            3rd T20I                              Feb 20, 2022                            Trivendrum                   

Srilanka Tour of India :

            Match                                    From                                        Venue

            1st Test                            Feb 25-Mar 1, 2022                     Bengaluru
            2nd Test                            March 5-9, 2022                            Mohali
            1st  T20I                            March 13,2022                              Mohali
            2nd T20I                            March 15,2022                        Dharmashala
            3rd T20I                            March 18, 2022                            Lucknow

South Africa tour of India :

            Match                                    From                                        Venue

           1st T20I                               Jun 9, 2022                                 Chennai
           2nd T20I                              Jun 12, 2022                              Bengaluru
           3rd T20I                              Jun 14, 2022                                Nagpur
           4th T20I                              Jun 17, 2022                                 Rajkot
           5th T20I                              Jun 19, 2022                                 Delhi            

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 Andre Russell and Varun Chakravarthy led KKR's clinical performance with the ball, cricket buzz.   

Royal Challengers Bangalore were let down by a forgettable batting performance to falter completely in their first match back in IPL 2021. Kohli expected the pitch to slow down with time but his batsmen struggled too, to find their way out of a middle-overs choke, and folded for just 92. In response, KKR flew with the opening stand between Shubman Gill and debutant Venkatesh Iyer, and finished a nine wicket win in just the 10th over to jump up from seventh spot of fifth.

Didn't Virat Kohli win the toss? 

He did, but his batsman couldn't back that decision up. The procession started with him, when he played down the wrong line against Prasidh Krishna's inducker and took back the one review  with him in just the second over. Srikar Bharat , playing in his first IPL game , had the chance to settle in while the field restrictions were still in place, but couldn't get going against Sunil Narine's unpredictable turn and Lockie Ferguson's pace. Devdutt Padikkal himself found it tough to play fluently through the line as the ball was doing a bit early on, and ended u nicking one behind to Dinesh Karthik off Ferguson. RCB, thus, limped to 41 for 2 in 6 overs.

41/2 in 6 overs doesn't sound too shabby in tough conditions. What happened next?

CSK had found a way out of early wreckage in Dubai against MI a day before , but RCB just couldn't escape the middle-overs choke. Russell found a bit of extra pace and bounce to surprise both Bharat and Glenn Maxwell. Narine particularly frustrated the Australian, who attempted several variations of his sweep and reverse-hits but connected with none. The humidity perhaps added to Maxwell's annoyance, as he seemed restless between overs. It didnt help RCB that Bharat too was tied down at the other end.

Russell ended his misery in the ninth over, before producing an incredible , angled-in leg stump yorker that was too good even for AB de Villiers to face first up. The South African was swept off his feet by the delivery before it pegged back his leg stump. RCB went from 41/2 in 6 overs to 54/4 in 10 overs, the fate of their side now in the hands of a struggling Maxwell.

Varun Chakravarthy ensured there was no such heroic plotline for the Australian. Maxwell, still looking for his big release moment, looked to target Chakravarthy but was thoroughly beaten by the flight and dip to get bowled , for a 17-ball 10. Debutant Wanindu Hasaranga was beaten on the inside edge on the first ball to get trapped leg before, leaving RCB six down in 12 overs. Sachin Baby became his third victim soon in a Chakravarthy spell of 3 for 13, involving 15 dot balls.

Such was the listlessness of RCB's batting that at one stage they went 54 deliveries without a boundary between 5.1 and 14.3 overs. Ferguson and Russell returned to finish off the innings on just 92- this is RCB's fifth lowest IPL total.

No Second-half twists?


KKR in fact found a new opening option in the tall left-hander Venkatesh Iyer, who made it to the team on the back of impressive hitting in the warm-up games for KKR. Iyer and Shubman Gill showed from early on that KKR were chasing that NRR bump that would take them from their lowly seventh spot up closer to the top-half. The onset of dew made matters worse for kohli and his bowlers, and debutant Iyer even gave Kyle Jamieson the charge with a lot of ease. The pair hit eight fours and six to take KKR to 56/0 in the Powerplay, putting them within touching distance of a massive win.

Yuzvendra Chahal broke the stand when KKR were just 10 short of their target , and Andre Russell walked out to swiftly wrap up the chase. But he had to contend with the role of a happy spectator as Iyer smashed chahal for three boundaries to finish unbeaten on 41 off 27 and take his side over the line.

Brief Score Card :   Royal Challengers Bangalore scored 92 runs  in 19 overs ( Devdutt Padikkal 22, Varun Chakravarthy 3-13, Andre Russell 3-9) lost to Kolkata Knight Riders) 

                            Kolkata Knight Riders chased down 94/1 runs in 10 overs. (Shubman Gill 48 runs , Venkatesh Iyer 41* , Chahal - 23/1 )

What next for the teams ?

RCB have three days  to regain composure and then head North to Sharjah , where they take on CSK on Friday (September 24). KKR stay put in Abu Dhabi and have a two-day break before facing Mumbai Indians on Thursday (September 23). cricket buzz live  

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