It’s been a while but here’s a brand spanking new audiocast. Not much prep went in to this but I thought that the Commonwealth Games merited a mention. What a great opportunity it could be to help provide more exposure to Associate nations and cricket in general.
Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz (Again!) and Imran Khan all get a mention in today’s International Duck Watch. The Pakistan quartet faced a grand total of seventeen deliveries between them as the tourists collapsed from 131-0 to 230 all out in the second Test against New Zealand. The result sealed a 2-0 series victory for the hosts.
Like Pakistan, England also find themselves 2-0 down though they still have two Tests in which to restore parity. Ha!
Having survived last night, nightwatchman Gareth Batty fell for nought and fellow spinner Adil Rashid soon joined him. Indian opener Murali Vijay also failed to get off the mark as the hosts (Patel 67 not out) knocked off the runs for the loss of two wickets. A special mention to nineteen-year-old Haseeb Hameed (59 not out) who despite a tour ending finger injury managed to outscore all but one other batsman (Joe Root 78) in England’s second innings.
India’s Amit Mishra is our sole inductee into the International Duck Watch Hall of Fame today. The Nightwatchman (Or not as it turned out!) was dismissed second ball by England’s Zafar Ansari in the first Test in Rajkot. The hosts finished the day on 319-4 still 218 runs behind England’s first innings total of 537. Murali Vijay (126) and Cheteshwar Pujara (124) led the way for India making it five centuries in the match so far.