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Cricket Highlights, 4 Mar: IND vs ENG (4th Test-Day 1), WI vs SL (1st T20I)

Starter of the T20I series between Sri Lanka and West Indies and the first day of the final Test between India and England rolled on the field yesterday. Let’s have a glimpse over the exciting moments from them.

IND vs ENG (4th Test – Day 1)

India and England are facing each other in the fourth Test of the series from Thursday morning, March 4 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. England captain Joe Root decided to bat after winning the toss and sent India to bowl. Indian spinner Axar Patel picked up two English openers while the team total was 15 runs. The English batsmen were still lost in the spin of Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel on the day. These two spinners took 7 of the 10 wickets of England. In the end, Ben Stokes tried but did not succeed. This batsman played an important inning for the team in this critical moment. He returned to the pavilion with 55 runs off 121 balls hitting 6 fours and 2 sixes. 

In the end, the visitors were able to score 205 runs after losing all the wickets by the courtesy of Daniel Lawrence’s innings of 46 runs off 74 balls. Axar Patel (4-68, 26 overs), Ravichandran Ashwin (3-47, 19.5 overs), Washington Sundar (1-14, 7 overs), and Mohammad Siraj (2-45, 14 overs) took wickets for India. Coming down to bat in their first innings, Indian opener Shubman Gill lost his wicket in the first over after falling into the lbw trap off James Anderson. After losing a wicket in 12 overs, the hosts finished the first day’s play with 24 runs. Today, Rohit Sharma(6*) and Cheteshwar Pujara(15*) will start the second day’s play.

England (1st Innings) 205/10 (75.5)
India (1st Innings) 24/1 (12.0)

WI vs SL (1st T20I)

West Indies and Sri Lanka confronted each other in a thrilling match at the Coolidge Cricket Ground (Antigua) in the 1st T20 match of the series on Thursday night, March 4. West Indies won by 4 wickets against their opponent, Sri Lanka. Coming to bat first after losing the toss, Sri Lanka got off to a good start. They lost 2 wickets in 10 overs and scored 71 runs. But in the last 10 overs, they lost 7 wickets in the aggressive bowling of the Caribbean bowlers and managed to score only 60 runs. As a result, the visitors were able to score 131 runs losing 9 wickets. The highest wicket-taker for West Indies was Obed McCoy (2-25, 4 overs). 

The West Indies batsmen were in a rush from the start to chase the run. Opener Evin Lewis hit 3 sixes in the first over of Angelo Mathews. After scoring 48 runs in 3 overs, Dananjaya came to bowl in the 4th over and picked up Lewis (28 runs off 10 balls), Chris Gayle, and Nicholas Pooran in the second, third, and fourth deliveries of that over and scored a hat-trick. In his second over, Dananjaya became the third Sri Lankan bowler to pick up a hat-trick in T20Is. Lasith Malinga alone has two hat-tricks, another one is Thisara Perara. 

But the attraction of the match still remained to be seen. Kieron Pollard became the second cricketer in the International Twenty20 to hit 6 sixes off 6 balls in the third over of Dananjaya. The batsman returned to the pavilion scoring 38 runs off 11 balls. In the end, West Indies reached the harbor of the victory losing 6 wickets with 41 balls to spare. Akila Dananjaya and Wanindu Hasaranga took 3 wickets each for Sri Lanka. Earlier in the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup, Yuvraj smashed 6 sixes in an over bowled by England fast bowler, Stuart Broad. This is the first match in professional cricket where 6 sixes were also seen with a hat-trick.

Sri Lanka 131/9 (20.0)
West Indies 134/6 (13.1)
Result – West Indies won by 4 wickets
Player of the Match – Kieron Pollard

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