'Not trying to find a quick fix' – Fleming on CSK's search for ideal combination

Form – or the lack thereof – and the unavailability of key players have left Chennai Super Kings searching for their ideal team combination, eight games into the season. This is the assessment of CSK head coach Stephen Fleming after they had suffered their first defeat at home, against Lucknow Super Giants, on Tuesday. CSK had left out Rachin Ravindra to bring back Daryl Mitchell and pair up captain Ruturaj…

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Stoinis 'absolutely fine' with not getting a CA contract, still keen to play for Australia

Marcus Stoinis has no qualms about missing out on a Cricket Australia contract for 2024-25 but is still keen to continue playing for Australia beyond the T20 World Cup after making a stunning statement century for Lucknow Super Giants in a victory over Chennai Super Kings in the IPL on Tuesday. Stoinis has not spoken since missing out on a CA contract for the 2024-25 but there is some nuance…

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Hayley Matthews' 141 completes ODI series sweep for West Indies

West Indies 278 for 6 (Matthews 141, Sandhu 3-54) beat Pakistan 190 all out (Muneeba 38, Alleyne 2-10, Matthews 2-26) by 88 runs Hayley Matthews smacked 141 to follow up her unbeaten 140 in the series opener to take an inspired West Indies to a crushing win in the 3rd ODI. The victory sealed a clean sweep over Pakistan. She powered West Indies to 278 as Pakistan’s bowlers struggled for…

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Marcus Stoinis silences Chepauk with hundred in record chase

Lucknow Super Giants 213 for 4 (Stoinis 124*) beat Chennai Super Kings 210 for 4 (Gaikwad 108*, Dube 66) by six wickets and three balls remaining “Fortress Chepauk,” proclaimed a huge banner in CSK colours in the stands. By the end of the contest, though, Lucknow Super Giants had breached it to hand Chennai Super Kings their first defeat at home this season. It was their second loss against LSG…

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Gaikwad: 'Dew took our spinners out of the game'

After Lucknow Super Giants pulled off the highest successful IPL chase at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, the Chennai Super Kings captain Ruturaj Gaikwad said that excess dew took the home team’s spinners out of the game. Even though Ravindra Jadeja and Moeen Ali conceded only 37 runs in four overs, both spinners delivered only half their quota of overs in their unsuccessful defense of 210. LSG eventually cruised to victory…

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Rashid: 'Things change quickly… we have the mindset of champions'

Adil Rashid believes that England have “the mindset of champions” heading into June’s T20 World Cup, and has said they have drawn a line under their failure to defend their 50-over crown in India late last year. Rashid was ever-present at last year’s World Cup in which England won only three of their nine group-stage games, two of which came after their elimination had been confirmed. The tournament marked the…

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Rocky Flintoff, 16, hits maiden century for Lancashire 2nd XI

Rocky Flintoff, the 16-year-old son of former England allrounder Andrew, has scored his maiden century for Lancashire’s 2nd XI, reaching three figures against Warwickshire at Edgbaston after a 39-run partnership with his older brother Corey. Flintoff only made his second-team debut earlier this month, two days after his 16th birthday, but scored an unbeaten 50 against Durham at Emirates Old Trafford last week, and brought up a 151-ball hundred on…

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Titans in need of batting boost against hot-and-cold Capitals

Match Details Delhi Capitals (eighth) vs Gujarat Titans (sixth)New Delhi, 1930 IST (1400 GMT) Big picture – Axar, Kuldeep vs Rashid, Noor There’s only so much wriggle room in the mid-table, with Delhi Capitals and Gujarat Titans desperately needing winning momentum in the second half of the league phase. The Capitals have swung from sublime to ridiculous. They have four of the best powerplay performances by a bowling team this…

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Shakib likely to make T20I return against Zimbabwe

Shakib Al Hasan could play in Bangladesh’s T20I series against Zimbabwe next month, according to chief selector Gazi Ashraf Hossain. He might also feature in a couple of Dhaka Premier League matches as part of his return to white-ball cricket “We have communicated with him [Shakib],” Ashraf said. “He is expected to arrive in Dhaka at the end of this month. He will possibly play one or two DPL matches….

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Xavier Bartlett confirmed for Vitality Blast stint with Kent

Xavier Bartlett will join Kent for the Vitality Blast weeks after Cricket Australia blocked the fast bowler from playing for them in the County Championship. Bartlett was originally signed for Kent’s first five Championship games, but CA denied him a No Objection Certificate on the eve of the season, a week after handing the 25-year-old a central contract. It was the first national deal Bartlett had earned after a breakthrough…

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