PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
Prithvi Shaw, the promising opener, returned to action after serving an eight-month suspension for a doping violation with a bang. The aggressive opener cracked 63 runs from 39 deliveries as Mumbai clinched a comfortable 83-run victory over Assam in the T20 Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy game. Mumbai piled up 206 for 5 after being asked to bat, while Assam could muster only 123 for 8. Assam's bowling didn't pose the greatest challenge, hitting six fours and three sixes in his knock. Shaw will now need to build on a successful start to his comeback to challenge for a spot in the Indian team again. In his absence, Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal have established themselves as unquestionably the first-choice openers in the Test team. Mumbai are perched on the top of the points table in Group D with 24 points after playing all their seven games and will progress to the Super League.
Bhuvneshwar has slipped from being a three-format India player to one who is looked at primarily for limited-overs cricket due to injuries. Before the T20I series against Bangladesh, chief selector MSK Prasad had said, "Bhuvneshwar Kumar might come in the next series." Bhuvneshwar took some strides towards an international comeback, making a steady if understated return to competitive cricket. He played his second match in three days for Uttar Pradesh. His comeback game was against Manipur on November 15, where he took none for 13 in three overs. Against Kerala in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday, he bowled his full quota of four overs and took 1 for 23. Kerala made 119 for 8 in 20 overs, before Uttar Pradesh, set a revised target of 44 in seven overs, ended up on 42 for 4, losing by one run. That result had significant ramifications for who ended up qualifying.
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