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Cricket: Windies Fighting Valiantly; Can they save the test at Manchester?

Toss, Day 1, Day 2:

Winning the toss and electing to field has now become a ritual for Jason Holder. This time, on 17th of July, 2020 Jason Holder had all the reason to do. A gloomy weather, late start, seaming conditions should have been a tremendous boost for the west-indies bowlers. Well, almost 4 months of no cricket, not much match practice, victory in bag from the first test of the series, first deposit in the test championship account all these much have tired the sore legs of Windies speedsters after a stupendous display of fast bowling in the first test at Ageas Bowl.

He After a not so great start and 3 down, World Cup 2019 hero joined hands with emerging Sibley to show great courage against a disciplined attack. Both Stokes and Sibley took the approach to mentally attack the windies attack. Result, determined hundred from Sibley followed by a free flowing century from Stokes as they continued their strides into the second day very deep.

While there was great display for disciplined batting from the English batters, the persistent and focused Roston Chase went through for yet another 5 wicket haul before new Dad Joe Root told his folks enough of milking the runs as the scoreboard read 469/9.

Stars of First Innings : Stokes and Sibley

Finally it was time to take some rest for the windies bowlers, but not for Alzari Joseph, as he came into face the completely new English attack from the last match. Alzari Joseph was in the middle courtesy Sam Curran’s rippah to send back John Campbell through DRS. West Indies winded up Day with 32 on the board already one down.

NEW DAY; Another Rainy Day:

Someone in the Windies dressing room should have prayed God for some showers of blessings to save the test match. Yes, the prayer was answered, halting the play for the whole day without any ball bowled. That should have shattered few pieces of hope for England to win the series.

Rainy Rainy Day

Perfect Summer Day in Manchester:

After a lull day for the cricket fans across the globe, cricket was back today on a bright summer morning in Manchestar, with Windies hoping to save the match.

Lunch and Tea belongs to Windies:

Cameo from Alzarri Joseph (32), stylish looking Shai Hope’s drives and not giving much margin for the bowlers Slim Kraigg Bhrathwaite’s barvery summed by First session of Westindies’ session. Clearly the English bowlers had to toil. Hundred Runs scored with the Night Watchman back in the pavilion.

Bhrathwaite driving Bess

Loosing Shai Hope early in the second session didn’t affect Bhrathwaite’s concentration at all with Brooks breaking rythm of English bowlers. By the tea time Bhrathwaite had gone for a well made 75, with Brooks still in the middle. Scorecard reading 227/4 Windies looked pretty safe in getting past the follow on mark of 270.

Oh Oh Oh, They are back, new ball, wickets tumbling:

Hot tea should have hyped the spirits of English bowlers as they ripped through the middle order with Windies reeling at 252/7 with Stuart Broad showing his experience. Two ducks, one from the hero of First Test (Black wood) and a hopping Dowrich.

Wickets Tumble, England Celebrate

Can the windies get past the magical number 270?

And it is 260/8, Captain Holder bites the dust and is back in the hut. More drama. Tense and Tight

Will Windies bat again on Day 4?

More to come on Day 5. Stay Tuned.

Milton E

Rescue of a Pigeon

To my loved ones’

How often do we feel the satisfaction of helping others?

Daily? Other than servicemen and women not all commoners feel the privilege of helping others daily

In a world of chaos and hatred, it is important spread love as much as we can.

I had one such privilege today to spread love by helping a pigeon out of a water tub today

It was a bright and sunny day today, the usually full tub was half empty with water today at the next door. I was strolling along the wall that separated my house with my neighbour’s. And I could hear a stutter on the other side of the wall.

As I peeked over to check what the sound was, I saw a beautiful white dove drenched in the tub of water struggling to get out. I jumped the wall, gently took the dove out. Man, the dove was shivering.

With the water increasing the weight on the dove’s feather, it could hardly walk. I put the fully wet dove in a small plastic tray with holes for it to rest and dry off the water.

It took more than an hour for the water to drain off and the dove was now walking inside the tray still unable to fly. And I decided to keep the dove under the tray overnight, fed the dove.

The dove had a full night’s rest and early next morning, I went to the plastic tray to check the dove. There is was white as snow, pure as love, with fright in eyes.

As soon as I took the tray off, it was a sight to behold. The dove flew away ecstatically with it feather up and sat on a white little pillar.

Rescued white dove in a white pillar

That made my day. Even the small gestures we do to help others will give enormous mental peace. And that mental peace better felt than told.

I had the happiness of saving and rescuing a pigeon. And I am sure we come across a lot of people in our day to day life, if not all I urge all my fellow citizens to do what you can to help others and make a difference in our and their lives

Thanks for reading the never posted letter from your Milton E

IPL 2020 Match 34 :Can CSK jump the DC Hurdle?

Last time the two teams faced off, DC had a beaming result:

It was the 7th match of Dream 11 IPL 2020, Delhi capitals beautifully defended their score of 175 against the CSK who were struggling to get their combinations right back then.

Positives for DC from their previous encounter with CSK were, only one bowler had a economy rate more than 6.5 which is exceptional in a T20 game. Losing only 3 wickets while batting showed the class of their batting. The DC bowlers managed to keep CSK in check during the powerplay picking 2 wickets and giving away only 34 runs which is fanta-bulous.

Whereas CSK had more worries to handle than the positives from their previous encounter with DC. Openers falling cheaply, middle order seemingly too weak to go for the big shots. Not even a single bowler with economy under 6.75 well these were must fix worries for CSK.

Head to Head:

CSK enjoy a healthy lead of 15 to 7 against DC, but mind you DC in this season is extremely good, has a great team balance.

2019 was a successful tenure for CSK versus DC with CSK winning all there clashes and DC have never won more than one match against CSK in a single season.

Match 34 – CSK itching to get back to winning ways and to enter the top 4.

Placed in 2nd position is points table DC are facing the 6th placed CSK in this mouth watering clash and it is Sharjah ‘s time to host. Not gonna be a run feast I guess with the Sharjah pitch slowing considerably now.

Team:

Chennai will most likely play the same team after their convincing win against SRH.

DC will look to bring in Rishab Pant and hope Shreyas doesn’t miss out. Ajinkya Rahane and Carey might make way for Rishab and Hetmeyer, provided Pant is Fit.

Altogether an exiting match on the cards.

Milton E

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