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Match Report: Sri Lanka pull up an epic heist to stun India at Oval
Sri Lankan batting line up displayed the same set of skills which Indian batting line up has been known for long time to stun Indian team and fans at Oval on Thursday. They might have started tournament as underdogs, but the ease with which they chased the target was nothing short of a confident champion team and it mirrored their batting dominance of late 90s and early 2000s.
Sri Lanka won the toss and invited India to bat first. India fielded an unchanged XI and started with same strategy which they have been employing last few years in ODIs successfully. Pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan started slowly confidently to reach 138 in 25th over before Rohit Sharma was caught at long leg by Parera on the score of 78. Match was going according to their plans - putting up a solid start and going berserk at the end and they didn't fail in executing it despite losing Kohli for 0 and Yuvraj by 34th over.
Shikhar Dhawan proved yet again that he is a valuable asset when it comes to big tournaments. He scored his 5th century in ICC tournaments - 3 in Champions Trophy and 2 in World Cups and provided Indian team much needed acceleration in middle overs.
MS Dhoni continued his decade long form again against Sri Lankans and hit some powerful shots to reach his fifty in quick time. Some of his shots were captured by ICF admin @Rajiv from the stands and can be seen in videos below.

Sri Lanka had a nervy start with Dickwella being sent back early by Bhuvneswar Kumar. However Kusal Mendis and Gunathilaka displayed a wide array of strokes in their 159 runs partnership which set the tone of the chase. They not only managed to hit boundaries consistently, but were extremely good in turning strikes overs during middle overs which was crucial in ensuring that pressure was always on Indian bowlers. 
Sri Lankan team recieved some jitters with two quick run outs in span of 5 overs, however Mathews and Parera ensured that they were always on track before Parera pulled hamstring wih 50 runs left to chase. Gunaratne provided necessary big hits for them to cruise to the total with 8 balls to spare.
This win will provide much needed boost to young line up of Sri Lanka which has shown their brilliance and ability to chase few months back against Australia. With this win, all 4 teams are tied with 2 points in Group B with India at the top on the basis of run rate.
India has lot to ponder in their bowling department. What would worry them is not their inability to defend score of 320, rather the fact that their bowlers managed to pick only 1 wicket during Sri Lankan inning. They were rendered ineffective completely during middle overs leaving desperate Kohli to try Jadhav and himself as bowling options. They would be looking for more wicket taking options in their next match which is virtual quarter final. This could pave way for Shami and Ashwin in the team as Jadeja and Yadav struggled to create an impact in this match. Bumrah's form is another worry for team India and they would look to bounce back from this defeat. Batting would most likely remain same as indicated by Kohli's statement where he felt that India had enough runs on the board.
Sri Lanka would like to repeat their superb batting performance against Pakistan which is another virtual quarter final for group B. Champions trophy is at interesting junction and should increase interest among fans after rain dampening multiple matches. 

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The BCCI’s image as the dominant global cricketing body, despite  off field matters remains undiminished.  Therefore it came as no surprise that there was intense competition in gaining a spot as the main sponsors of the Indian cricket team to tap into the vast following of the county's leading sport commands in the worlds fastest growing economy.
 Earlier this year, OPPO Mobiles India pvt ltd (OPPO) outbid VIVO and bagged the rights as the main sponsor of  team India. This came at a cost of a whopping INR 1079.29 Cr for a 5 year association. It includes a minimum of 34 series/ICC tournaments (222 bilateral games and 32 ICC tournament matches). This makes the approximate cost per match  rise to an all-time high of INR 4.21 Cr, nearly doubling the previous amount paid by Star for a similar sponsorship.
  OPPO now joins renowned local and global firms such as PayTm, PepsiCo and Hyundai among others as team India sponsors. They are known for their aggressive marketing and  plan to attract younger viewers who are deeply passionate of Indian cricket. The company has stated that their selfie specific  camera phones are aimed at  the youth more than any other demographic.
Mr. Rahul Johri, CEO of BCCI, expressed his joy in BCCI being associated with OPPO. He said  that the scale of the sponsorship bids were a testimony to the strength of Indian cricket. Mr.Sky Li, President of OPPO India, feels cricket in India is not just a sport, it's a way of life akin to culture or religion. Li said, "We hope that we can co-operate with the cricket team, which will also help our brand value in the future”
OPPO launched the new team India jersey at a glamorous ceremony in Mumbai earlier this month. Two members of  staff represented the ICF community at this event. ICF and OPPO share the same desire of taking the cricketing experience for Indian fans to a whole new interactive level. We hope that this association with OPPO continues for a prolonged period.
Team ICF wishes  BCCI and OPPO the very best.We hope that this partnership  will allow Indian cricket to propel itself into an even more glorious future.
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The Board of Cricket for Cricket in India(BCCI) has decided to conduct Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 from April 5th to May 21st. The proposed dates are subject to change if Lodha committee thinks about any other reservations. The dates are confirmed and IPL 10 Schedule is released bu the Officials on February 15th. There is one-week gap in the final test match played between India and Australia which would complete on March 29th. Also, there would hardly 10 days gap between the Vivo IPL finals and ICC Champions Trophy 2017 which is scheduled to commence from June 1st in England.
In a recently concluded meeting at Delhi, IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla confirmed the dates and would send the proposal to Lodha Committee for its approval. He mentioned unlike earlier edition in which Rising Pune Super Giants(RSPG) was forced to play in another venue, Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) would make sure all IPL franchises would be playing home match at their local venue.
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According to IPL norms, Defending Champions Sun Risers Hyderabad(SRH) will be hosting the opening and final match of IPL 10 season. The IPL Auctions 2017  i.e upcoming season will be conducted on February 20th at Bangalore. IPL fixtures for the upcoming season would be decided in the meeting to be held in early February. The 9th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) was played between April 9th and May 29th. Then Defending champions Mumbai Indians(MI), hosted the opening match and final at Wankhede Stadium. IPL 2017 Match Timings would remain the same as earlier edition played between 8.00 P.M and 12.00 A.M. When double header matches are played in a day, the timings would be 4.00 P.M IST to 8.00 P.M IST and 8.00 P.M IST to 12.00 A.M IST.
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Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad Wankhede, Mumbai Eden Gardens, Kolkata Green Park, Kanpur Vivo IPL 10 Fixtures – IPL 2017 Schedule
M. No Date Details Venue Timings 1 April 5 Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Rajiv Gandhi intl. Cricket Stadium, Hyd 8:00 PM 2 April 6 Rising Pune Supergiants vs Mumbai Indians Maharashtra Cricket Association’s International Stadium, Pune 8:00 PM 3 April 7 Gujarat Lions vs Kolkata Knight Riders Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot 8:00 PM 4 April 8 Kings XI Punjab vs Rising Pune Supergiants Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore 4:00 PM 5 April 8 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi DareDevils M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru 8:00PM 6 April  9 Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Gujarat Lions Rajiv Gandhi intl. Cricket Stadium, Hyd 4:00PM 7 April 9 Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 8:00 PM 8 April 10 Kings XI Punjab  vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore 8:00 PM 9 April 11 Rising Pune Supergiants  vs Delhi Daredevils Maharashtra Cricket Association’s International Stadium, Pune 8:00 PM 10 April 12 Mumbai Indians  vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 8:00 PM 11 April 13 Kolkata Knight Riders  vs Kings XI Punjab Eden Gardens, Kolkata 8:00 PM 12 April 14 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru 4:00PM 13 April 14 Gujarat Lions vs Rising Pune Supergiants Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot 8:00 PM 14 April 15 Kolkata Knight Riders  vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Eden Gardens, Kolkata 4:00PM 15 April 15 Delhi Daredevils  vs Kings XI Punjab Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 8:00 PM 16 April 16 Mumbai Indians vs Gujarat Lions Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 4:00PM 17 April 16 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rising Pune Supergiants M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru 8:00 PM 18 April 17 Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi 8:00 PM 19 April 17 Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab Rajiv Gandhi intl. Cricket Stadium, Hyd 8:00 PM 20 April 18 Gujarat Lions  vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot 8:00 PM 21 April 19 Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi daredevils Rajiv Gandhi intl. Cricket Stadium, Hyd 8:00 PM 22 April 20 Kings XI Punjab  vs Mumbai Indians Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore 8:00 PM 23 April 21 Kolkata Knight Riders vs GL Eden gardens, Kolkata 8:00 PM 24 April 22 Delhi Daredevils  vs Mumbai Indians Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi 4:00PM 25 April 22 Rising Pune Supergiants  vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Maharashtra Cricket Association’s International Stadium, Pune 8:00 PM 26 April 23 Gujarat Lions vs Kings XI Punjab Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot 4:00PM 27 April 23 KKR vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Eden gardens , Kolkata 8:00 PM 28 April 24 Mumbai Indians vs Rising Pune Supergiants Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 8:00 PM 29 April 25 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs SRH M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru 8:00 PM 30 April 26 Rising Pune Supergiants vs  Kolkata Knight Riders Maharashtra Cricket Association’s International Stadium, Pune 8:00 PM 31 April 27 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Lions M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru 8:00 PM 32 April 28 KKR vs Delhi Daredevils Eden gardens, kolkata 4:00PM 33 April 28 Kings XI Punjab  vs Sunrisers Hyderabad IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali 8:00 PM 34 April 29 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rising Pune Supergiants Maharashtra Cricket Association’s International Stadium, Pune 4:00PM 35 April 29 Gujarat Lions  vs Mumbai Indians Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot 8:00 PM 36 April 30 Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali 4:00PM 37 April 30 Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders Rajiv Gandhi intl. Cricket Stadium, Hyd 8:00 PM 38 May 1 Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 4:00PM 39 May 1 Rising Pune Supergiants vs Gujarat Lions Maharashtra Cricket Association’s International Stadium, Pune 8:00 PM 40 May 2 Delhi Daredevils vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi 8:00 PM 41 May 3 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rising Pune Supergiants Eden Gardens, Kolkata 8:00 PM 42 May 4 Delhi Daredevils vs Gujarat Lions Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi 8:00 PM 43 May 5 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru 8:00 PM 44 May 6 Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rising Pune Supergiants Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad 4:00PM 45 May 6 Mumbai Indians vs Delhi daredevils Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 8:00 PM 46 May 7 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru 4:00PM 47 May 7 Kings XI Punjab vs Gujarat Lions IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali 8:00 PM 48 May 8 Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians Rajiv Gandhi intl. Cricket Stadium, Hyd 8:00 PM 49 May 9 Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali 8:00 PM 50 May 10 Gujarat Lions  vs Delhi Daredevils Green Park, Kanpur 8:00 PM 51 May 11 KKR vs Mumbai Indians Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai 8:00 PM 52 May 12 Gujarat Lions Rising Pune Supergiants Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi 8:00 PM 53 May 13 Gujarat Lions  vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Green Park, kanpur 4:00PM 54 May 13 Kolkata Knight Riders  vs Mumbai Indians Eden Gardens, Kolkata 8:00 PM 55 May 14 Rising Pune Supergiants  vs Kings XI Punjab Maharashtra Cricket Association’s International Stadium, Pune 8:00 PM 56 May 15 Delhi Daredevils  vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Delhi 8:00 PM IPL 2017 Playoffs Schedule
May 16 Qualifier 1 TBA 8:00 PM May 17 Eliminator TBA 8:00 PM May 19 Qualifier 2 TBA 8:00 PM May 21 Final Rajiv Gandhi Intl. Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad 8:00 PM In Conclusion, complete Fixtures of IPL 10 is updated after the official announcement by the board.
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Growing up in the 70s and 80s, it wasn't too easy being an Indian fan.  While we had our superstars, and our moments of greatness, we simply seemed incapable of consistently dominating everyone we faced.  Especially bad were our struggles in LOI cricket, which demanded aggression, athleticism and agility that very few of our guys had in abundance.  And then came the 90s, most of which I missed.  Again, but for a few shining stars, we didn't have the firepower to strike fear in the hearts of our opponents, especially the boorish, aggressive, dominating Australians.  
Fast forward to today and it is exceedingly heartening to see how complete Indian cricket actually is.  Some of it has to do with other teams not being as good as they were, but there is no denying that we are fighting-fit unit.  Just take these past several months.  We have played consistently good cricket across formats - dominating the Windies, demolishing the Kiwis and putting the Poms in their place.  We have specialist teams for each format, and have multiple guys who are the best in the world in their roles.  We are aggressive and - for the most part - fit and athletic.  We also don't take crap or back off from other teams' aggression.  But, most of all, we seem to have incredible bench strength - there is a talented group of newer guys who seamlessly slide into the roles of injured seniors - plug and play.  No Shami?  No problem.  Plug Bhuvi in.  No Ashwin and Jaddu?  No problem.  Yuz to the rescue.  No Rohit Sharma?  Whatever.  Let's put in the guy who can score a triple hundred.  Saha is hurt?  Bring in Parthiv - yeah, his keeping is suspect, but boy did he bat us into good positions when needed!  Need all-rounders?  Ashwin in tests, Pandya in LOIs.  Need older guys to step in and carry the load - Yuvi and Raina are doing it.  We don't depend on 1 or 2 super stars, but each guy stands up and performs when his number is called.  And don't forget Kedar Jadhav who is just getting started, and Rishabh Pant who hasn't even had a go yet :-)!!  
This team also seems to be genuinely having fun.  I know, I know, it's easy to have fun while you're winning.  But it's also easy to win when you're having fun, and the synergism between enjoyment and winning is truly showing.  No one seems insecure; the guys seem to know that, although the competition for each position is hot, they will be given a fair run before being replaced.  There is an air of confidence.
Two things struck me the most:  (1) the genuine team-spirit that Dhoni and Kohli displayed during the ODIs and T20s.  While some here were complaining about Kohli just being a rubber-stamp guy etc., it simply didn't seem that way to me.  It appeared that MSD was genuinely helping out with the field, especially when VK was away from the action because he placed himself at crucial long-off/long-on spots, and that VK was genuinely seeking advice from MSD.  (2) VK's true leadership in deflecting praise away from himself for successful tactical moves, and the true joy he seems to derive from the individual success of each person on the team!
This is in complete contrast to my early days as a fan, when it was always egos clashing:  Gavaskar vs. Kapil Dev, Kapil Dev vs. Prabhakar, and of course Azharuddin vs. integrity.  I am thoroughly enjoying watching this Indian team play together - as a unit, for the common purpose of winning - koi hum se jeet na paave chale chalo chale chalo!!

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How successful has Amir been when compared to his hype many years ago? Hype based on one sole season in England? Amir had one amazing season no doubt, but he is not the first one to do great on swinging English pitches, players like RP Singh did the same
Amir was always treated as a special, special talent and he did show great glimpses of it. Even in the T20 Asia cup, we saw what he could do on swinging pitches. PCB went out of the way to help him after the spot fixing scandal, tried to rehabilitate him, brought him back immediately to the national team.  He always gets the new ball and is the leader of Pak pace attack
Do the numbers match up to the hype? Lets take a look
Amir's average currently stands at 32.49. Since his comeback, he has been averaging 38.26
Country played against, Amir averages over 35 against every single country except England (27.67) and Australia (32.3) The Australia average includes 2 matches played in the same English conditions where he averaged 22.2. In Australia he averages over 40
Career summary Grouping Span Mat Runs HS Bat Av 100 Wkts BBI Bowl Av 5 Ct St Ave Diff   v Australia 2009-2016 6 171 48 19.00 0 24 5/79 32.33 1 0 0 -13.33 v England 2010-2016 8 174 39* 14.50 0 31 6/84 27.67 2 0 0 -13.17 v New Zealand 2009-2016 5 115 26 11.50 0 14 3/43 36.14 0 0 0 -24.64 v Sri Lanka 2009-2009 3 37 22* 12.33 0 6 3/38 43.50 0 0 0 -31.16 v West Indies 2016-2016 2 29 20 9.66 0 6 3/63 38.50 0 1 0 -28.83  
Amir has played in Australia, New Zealand, England, UAE and Sri Lanka. He averages over 35 in each of those countries except England and averages over 40 in both Australia and Sri Lanka while averaging over 38 in UAE
in Australia 2009-2016 4 147 48 24.50 0 13 5/79 40.84 1 0 0 -16.34 in England 2010-2016 10 198 39* 13.20 0 42 6/84 26.26 2 0 0 -13.06 in New Zealand 2009-2016 5 115 26 11.50 0 14 3/43 36.14 0 0 0 -24.64 in Sri Lanka 2009-2009 3 37 22* 12.33 0 6 3/38 43.50 0 0 0 -31.16 in U.A.E. 2016-2016 2 29 20 9.66 0 6 3/63 38.50 0 1 0 -28.83  
Year wise, even before his ban, Amir averaged 41 in 7 matches in 2009. 2010 is the only year he excelled because of one English season in amazing swinging conditions. Here is the season wise average breakup
2009 season - average 43.5
2009/10 season - average 41.9
2010 season - average 19.8
2016 season - average 42.4
2016/17 season - average 35.5
The 2010 season average seems more and more like an anomaly as time goes by. I think he still looks impressive and beats the bat. But most of his effectiveness comes from the new ball swing. His yorker and short ball seems non-existent and he has lost his in-dipper. He clocks some speed on the speed gun yet looks innocuous. Even the excuse of the 5 year delay doesn't seem to hold water considering his record before his ban outside of England. Do remember that in the period since his comeback he has played in some helpful pitches in England and New Zealand too. 
How long will talent give him a free pass considering PCB fought tooth and nail to get him back in the team? Seeing Pakistan's seam bowling options I am sure Amir might still be best for the team. However, those who saw a promising fast bowler emerge and were following his progress with interest might be disappointed with his performance so far. 

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