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Asia Cup 2023 final: Bowlers help India create history in ODI cricket as Sri Lanka shot out for 50 – India TV News

Indian team bowled out Sri Lanka for a paltry score of 50
Image Source : AP Indian team bowled out Sri Lanka for a paltry score of 50 in the Asia Cup final

Indian bowlers, pacers rather, ran riot in the Asia Cup 2023 final saving their best for the last, as Mohammed Siraj, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah combined to bowl out Sri Lanka for a paltry score of 50 on Sunday, September 17 in Colombo. Mohammed Siraj record third-best bowling figures by an Indian in ODI cricket, taking 6/13 while Hardik finished the formalities to take three wickets in the end as Sri Lankan batters didn’t have any clue of what the Indian fast bowlers were bowling.

50 is the lowest team total recorded against India in ODI cricket as Sri Lanka surpassed Bangladesh’s 58. 50 iss also the lowest team score in Asia Cup (ODIs) history as Sri Lanka surpassed Bangladesh’s 87 against Pakistan in the 2000 edition. 

For Sri Lanka, 50 is the second lowest team score as they were able to avoid humiliation surpassing their lowest of 43 against South Africa in Paaril, 2012.

Lowest ODI totals for Sri Lanka

43 vs South Africa (Paarl, 2012)

50 vs India (Colombo RPS, 2023)
55 vs West Indies (Sharjah, 1986)
67 vs England (Manchester, 2014)
73 vs India (Trivandrum, 2023)

Lowest team totals against India in ODI cricket

50 – Sri Lanka (Colombo, 2023)
58 – Bangladesh (Mirpur, 2014)
65 – Zimbabwe (Harare, 2005)
73 – Sri Lanka (Thiruvananthapuram, 2023)
76 – Bangladesh (Dhaka, 2003)

Lowest team totals in ODI Asia Cup history

50 – Sri Lanka vs India (Colombo, 2023)
87 – Bangladesh vs Pakistan (Dhaka, 2000)
94 – Bangladesh vs Pakistan (Moratuwa, 1986)
96 – Sri Lanka vs India (Sharjah, 1984)
99 – Bangladesh vs India (Chattogram, 1988)

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When The ‘Death Of Democracy’ Overshadowed Cricket At 2003 World Cup – Barron’s

Henry Olonga, by his own admission, was never the greatest cricketer to play the game but the Zimbabwean fast bowler left an indelible mark on the Cricket World Cup of 2003.

That was the year that he and teammate Andy Flower hit the front pages with their simple “Death of Democracy” protest against the authoritarian government of Robert Mugabe, spelling the end of both of their international playing careers.

At the previous edition in 1999, Olonga wrote himself a different chapter on the field when he took three Indian wickets in one over to secure a wholly unexpected three-run win in Leicester.

The protest, however, was a different fox altogether.

“I had nothing to gain,” Olonga told AFP in a Zoom interview from his home in Adelaide.

“I had a decent lifestyle, I was paid well, I had some money stashed away, I had bought a house in Zimbabwe, a plot of land, I had a fiancee. Life was good.

“But I felt a deep urge to do what we did because I believed in the cause. I still do.”

On the morning of Zimbabwe’s opening match against Namibia, February 10, 2003, at the Harare Sports Club, Olonga and his white teammate Flower released a statement to the press saying they would be wearing a black armband for the duration of the World Cup.

“In doing so, we are mourning the death of democracy in our beloved Zimbabwe,” it read. “We are making a silent plea to those responsible to stop the abuse of human rights in Zimbabwe. We pray our small action may help to restore sanity and dignity to our nation.”

It was an immensely brave thing to do in a country that was ruled by the iron fist of Mugabe who had been in power since 1980 and would retain it until he was removed and replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa.

As the soldiers took up post around the boundary with their AK47s, the foreign press lapped it up with many proclaiming Flower and Olonga as heroes.

Locally, however, it was met with mixed reactions, especially by other black Zimbabweans, something that still rankles with Olonga.

“There’s a sense of disappointment that our message wasn’t really something that was possibly attainable,” says Olonga.

“We didn’t change anything. We didn’t transform the nation into this democratic fair country that we envisaged.

“I look back on the black armband and the very people that we were trying to help, the subjugated, oppressed and downtrodden, these were the very people who turned against me. I felt vilified by my own people.

“There’s much talk of Stockholm syndrome, loving the abuser. That has made no sense to me.”

Partly because of England’s refusal to play in Harare, Zimbabwe qualified for the Super 8 part of the 2003 World Cup.

Olonga’s final act on an international cricket field was having Kennedy Otieno leg before as Kenya romped to a seven-wicket win in Bloemfontein.

By then, Olonga was effectively on the run. His fiancee called it off and Olonga was charged with treason. He and Flower both left for England.

Unlike Flower, who played for Essex before going on to coach England to Ashes success in Australia, it was the end of Olonga’s cricket career, aged 27.

He had taken 68 wickets in 30 Tests at an average of just under 40 and played 50 one-day internationals.

“I was quite a mediocre player but I was amazing on a couple of occasions,” he says remembering that spell against India in 1999.

“And I was injury-prone so I had maybe three or four years left, no more.

“So I don’t feel there was a tremendous loss in leaving the game. I don’t look back with any form of regret on leaving when I did.

“At least I left the game with a bit of dignity.”

Olonga struggled in England, not able to get a professional contract and bouncing bits of commentary, but he met physical education teacher Tara Read. They married, had children and then moved to Australia.

In the 20 years since the armband protest Olonga has yet to return to Zimbabwe where the sport has often struggled.

Zimbabwe failed to qualify for the 2023 World Cup which gets underway in India next week.

“The simple answer is I haven’t felt safe,” he says when asked why.

“Twenty years on I don’t know if safety is a concern. It may not be. Many people have returned, Andy Flower has returned… It hasn’t appealed to me.”

Olonga is now a proud Australian citizen, to the point where he supported them during the recent Ashes series against England, and works as a singer – he appeared on the local version of ‘The Voice’ – and public speaker.

The 2003 protest is largely forgotten now by a world that has other, more pressing issues against which to rail. For Olonga, though, no matter how distant, that chapter will always be there.

“It’s something I can’t get away from. I don’t try to get away from it,” he says ruefully.

“But when I first started public speaking I’d spend about 20 minutes on it, now I just hint at it.

“For me it’s been in the blink of an eye but it’s a long time ago. Two decades. Life moves on, the sport has moved on.”


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Harry Tector admits World Cup will be ‘hard to watch’ after Ireland’s … – PlanetSport

Ireland would have booked their spot in India had they beaten Bangladesh in all three ODIs in the final assignment of the World Cup Super League qualifying tournament, but they lost the series 2-0 in May.

A separate qualifying tournament for those who finished outside the World Cup Super League’s top eight was held in Zimbabwe the following month but Ireland disappointingly limped out at the group stage.

Tector, who registered two 50-plus scores in four matches in Bulawayo in June, has moved on from the disappointment but having to watch the World Cup, starting next month, from home will prove difficult.

“It’s going to be hard to watch at times but I think I’ve dealt with the fact we’ll not be there,” he said.

“It will be bitterly disappointing to not be there but we didn’t deserve to be there – we didn’t win enough games in the Super League and then we didn’t play well in Zimbabwe. We had our chances.

“It will be a tough watch but it will be a great tournament. I’m looking forward to seeing who comes out on top.”

Tector averages an impressive 50.06 from 39 ODIs, while he is set for his 40th appearance in the format in the last game of England’s summer schedule, with Ireland bidding to rebound from their weekend loss.

England went 1-0 up in the series – after last week’s washout at Headingley – with a 48-run win at Trent Bridge, where Tector made 39 before a bottom edge off leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed flew high into the air and Will Jacks took an excellent catch running back from mid-off.

“I probably would have backed myself trying to hit that for six but it just came off the toe of the bat and went a bit high in the air. It was a good catch in the end,” Tector added.

“It was disappointing to get in then get out but that’s the nature of cricket.

“The challenge I set myself is how can I put in match-winning performances? Averaging 50 is great but it’s not the be all and end all.

“I’m just trying to get better as a cricketer and put in match-winning performances for Ireland.”

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Kumar Dharmasena, Nitin Menon To Be Umpires In Cricket World Cup 2023 Opener. Check Full List Of Match Officials – ABP Live

On Monday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Nitin Menon will do the on-field duties for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 season opener between England and New Zealand, which is slated to take place on October 5 in Ahmedabad.

“Kumar Dharmasena and Nitin Menon will be the on-field umpires for the opening match of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 between England and New Zealand,” said a statement from ICC.

The opening clash between England and New Zealand, will see a repeat of the thrilling final four years ago where Dharmasena and Menon will be assisted by TV umpire Paul Wilson, fourth umpire Shahid Saikat and match referee Javagal Srinath. This is the first time that Menon will be standing in his first ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup match. Shahid will also become the first from Bangladesh to do the umpiring duties in the competition.

Alongside Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus and Richard Kettleborough will also be returning, after serving in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup finals in the past, in 2019 and 2015, respectively. ICC also confirmed the match referees as the likes of Jeff Crowe, Andy Pycroft, Richie Richardson, and Javagal Srinath are set to grace the event.

The World Cup 2023 is slated to take place in India from October 5. The Indian team will start their campaign by playing against Australia on October 8.

Full list of match officials for ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023:

Umpires: Chris Brown (New Zealand), Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka), Marais Erasmus (South Africa), Christopher Gaffaney (New Zealand), Michael Gough (England), Adrian Holdstock (South Africa), Richard Illingworth (England), Richard Kettleborough (England), Nitin Menon (India), Ahsan Raza (Pakistan), Paul Reiffel (Australia), Sharfuddoula Ibne Shahid (Bangladesh), Rodney Tucker (Australia), Alex Wharf (England), Joel Wilson (West Indies) and Paul Wilson (Australia).

Match Referees: Jeff Crowe (New Zealand), Andy Pycroft (Zimbabwe), Richie Richardson (West Indies) and Javagal Srinath (India).

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