What happened in Cricket on October 20, 2023? – Check here

Pakistan faced their second consecutive defeat in the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 while Australia registered their second back-to-back win after losing their opening two fixtures. Team India released an update on all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s injury ahead of their CWC 2023 match against New Zealand. On the other hand, Indian Premier League giants Mumbai Indians reunite the trio of Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, and Lasith Malinga for the IPL 2024.

Today’s match preview:

ODI World Cup 2023: Netherlands vs Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka are the only team in the ongoing World Cup that have not won a single game after playing three matches. The Netherlands, on the other hand, produced one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history by defeating South Africa in their last match. The Dutch side will be high on confidence when they face Sri Lanka at the Ekana Sports Stadium in Lucknow on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. IST.

ODI World Cup 2023: England vs South Africa

Saturday will be a doubleheader as defending champions England will square off against South Africa at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, which will be the first match in the CWC 2023 at this venue. Both England and South Africa are coming off an upset at the hands of Afghanistan and the Netherlands respectively. The Three Lions and the Proteas will look to bounce back to the winning ways when they face each other on Saturday at 02:00 p.m. IST.

WBBL 2023-24: Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars

The reigning WBBL champions, Adelaide Strikers are scheduled to kick off their 2023-24 campaign against Melbourne Stars on Saturday. The fourth match of the WBBL 2023-24 between Strikers and Stars will be played at the Karen Rolton Oval in Adelaide at 01:40 p.m. IST. Australia all-rounder Tahila McGrath will lead Adelaide while Australia skipper Meg Lanning is the captain of Melbourne Stars.

Major cricket events that happened on October 20:

David Warner and Mitch Marsh’s fireworks ensure Australia’s 62-run win over Pakistan

An all-round team effort helped Australia register their second consecutive win after defeating Pakistan by 62 runs. The win also helped the Australians overcome the poor start with two convincing performances. Batting first, the Kangaroos launched an aggressive batting effort with Mitchell Marsh and David Warner firing all cylinders. Despite a few short partnerships, Pakistan struggled after Babar Azam’s wicket and fell apart in the final ten overs.

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Jofra Archer joins England squad as reserve player for CWC 2023; video surfaces

On Thursday, October 20, Jofra Archer, one of the premier fast bowlers in world cricket, joined the England squad as a reserve player in Mumbai, ahead of their must-win clash against South Africa in the ODI World Cup 2023. The 28-year-old was spotted putting in the work at the Wankhede Stadium, doing some sprints on his own, away from the main group of English players.

CWC 2023: Hardik Pandya to miss game against New Zealand in Dharamsala

Team India vice-captain Hardik Pandya sustained an injury to his left ankle while fielding on his own bowling during India’s match against Bangladesh at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. The all-rounder was taken for scans and is advised to rest. He will be under the constant supervision of the BCCI Medical Team. He will not be taking the flight to Dharamsala with the team on 20th October and will now join the team directly in Lucknow where India play England.

IPL 2024: Mumbai Indians announce Lasith Malinga as bowling coach

Mumbai Indians have announced Lasith Malinga as bowling coach. The legend of Wankhede will join the Mumbai Indians coaching team led by Mark Boucher, and his former teammate, Kieron Pollard, forging a strong partnership in the dugout. Lasith Malinga extends his involvement within the #OneFamily with MI as his third team – Bowling coach for MI New York in Major League Cricket and MI Cape Town in SA20.

Mohammed Azharuddin terms HCA corruption allegations against him ‘false’ and ‘motivated’

The Hyderabad police filed an FIR against former Indian skipper Mohammed Azharuddin over allegations of misappropriation of funds from the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA). Apart from Azharuddin, some former office bearers also had the case filed against them at the Uppal Police Station in Hyderabad, police said on Thursday. However, the 60-year-old former cricketer and current politician turned down the allegations against him by terming them ‘false’ and ‘motivated allegations’ on X.

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