Here’s a roundup of the news that has made headlines in the cricket world over the past few days.
IPL set for restart, no clash with India Tests
England’s five-Test series with India is set to go ahead as scheduled this summer, despite reports earlier this week the BCCI had enquired about moving the fifth match in order to restart the postponed IPL. According to reports from sections of the Indian media, the IPL is set to resume in the United Arab Emirates in September, adding to a hectic schedule for several international teams.
A total of 31 IPL matches remain in this year’s edition of the tournament, which was indefinitely postponed earlier this month after multiple cases of COVID-19 inside the tournament’s bio-security bubble. According to the Times of India, the remainder of IPL 2021 will feature 10 double-header matches in a three-week window ending in early October. It has been reported that the IPL could resume on September 19 with the final taking place on October 10.
If this pans out, the final Test between India and England, slated to end on September 14, will not clash with the IPL. However, an October finish would clash with the T20 World Cup window, which could also be played in the UAE.
Bangladesh’s first ODI series win over SL
Mushfiqur Rahim scored a match-winning century to set up Bangladesh’s 103-run DLS win over touring Sri Lanka in Mirpur, a result which put the hosts up 2-0 in the best-of-three contest. This made it Bangladesh’s first bilateral ODI series win over Sri Lanka ever.
Two days after he top-scored with 64 in Bangladesh’s 33-run win in the series opener, Mushfiqur continued his good form to score 125 off 27 balls – his eighth ODI hundred – to set up a total of 246 in a rain-interrupted innings. Sri Lanka were set a DLS-adjusted target of 245 from 40 overs when play resumed and managed 141/9 to lose by 103 runs.
Bangladesh veteran Mushfiqur revived his team from 74/4 with a partnership of 87 with Mahmudullah (41) and then added 48 for the eighth wicket with Mohammad Saifuddin (11) after the innings had slumped to 184/7. In their chase, Sri Lanka were dented by Mehidy Hasan (3/28) and Mustafizur Rahman (3/16) in a rain-marred innings.