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Dale Steyn, Chris Lynn To Have Highest Base Price For IPL 2020 Auction

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 auction is slated to take place on December 19 in Kolkata. 971 players from across the globe are expected to go under the hammer during the IPL 2020 auction. Ahead of the IPL 2020 auction, quite a few players were traded while some were retained by their respective franchises. However, the IPL 2020 auction, will  be a final chance for all the franchises to evaluate their shortcomings and complete the side. Here's a look at the base prices of a few marquee players who can add firepower to any franchise. 

Robin Uthappa, who was surprisingly released by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for the upcoming edition, has kept his base price at Rs. 1.5 crore, according to a report in espncricinfo.com. It also makes Uthappa the Indian player with the highest base price for IPL 2020 auction. Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson, Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Chris Woakes and David Willey have also kept the same base price for the IPL 2020 auction. 

Twenty20 (T20) specialist Chris Lynn, injury-prone but effective fast bowler Dale Steyn, top ranked Test bowler Pat Cummins and premier all-rounder Glenn Maxwell have all kept their base price at Rs. 2 crore. Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazlewood and Angelo Mathews are the other players who have the same base price.

Australia speedster Mitchell Starc, meanwhile, has opted out of the upcoming auction.  

Nepal's Anjali Chand Scripts History, Claims Best T20I Bowling Figures

Nepal brushed aside the Maldives in the first match of the South Asian Games women's cricket competition on Monday. Maldives captain Zoona Mariyam won the toss and opted to bat but the decision backfired as the Maldives were bundled out for just 17 runs. Anjali Chand, who came into bowl in the seventh over, took six wickets in the game to help Nepal wrap up the game in the first over. Anjali Chand bowled two maiden overs and bagged six wickets without conceding a single run off her bowling to register the best bowling figures in any Twenty20 International (T20I) game.

Anjali struck in her first over as she sent back the Maldives skipper for a duck and two deliveries later, the 24-year-old out foxed Latsha Haleemath to pick up her second wicket.

Shaffaa Saleem, who came in to bat at number eight, failed to open her account as Anjali managed to get past her defence.

Eashal Ibrahim, Kinaanath Ismail and Shamma Ali also lost their wickets without troubling the scorers.

Chasing a below-par total of 17, Kajal Shrestha hit two boundaries in the first over as Nepal finished the match in just five deliveries.

Previously, Mas Elysa of Maldives had held the record with figures of 6 for three against China in 2019.

In men's cricket, Deepak Chahar of India holds the record for best bowling figures in a T20I. The fast bowler had picked up six wickets for seven runs against Bangladesh last month.

Pakistan To Host Sri Lanka, Their First Test Series At Home In More Than 10 Years

Pakistan will host Sri Lanka at home for a two-Test series in December, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Thursday. The two Test matches will be part of the World Test Championship. The series opener will be played at the Pindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi from December 11-15, while Karachi's National Stadium will host the second Test from December 19-23. The series is significant development for the Pakistani cricket lovers as they will be hosting their first Test series at home in more than 10 years.

Since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus, Pakistan have played most of their matches in their adopted home ground in the United Arab Emirates.

"Originally, Sri Lanka were scheduled to play Tests in October and then return in December for white-ball cricket, but the matches were swapped to provide them the opportunity to assess the situation before deciding on the Test venues," the media said.

"This is a fabulous news for Pakistan cricket and its reputation of being as safe and secure as any other country in the world. We are thankful to Sri Lanka Cricket for agreeing to send their team for the longer version of the game, which will contribute significantly in the PCB's efforts and drive for regular resumption of international cricket, and help in its endeavours of attracting new audiences and younger generation," said Zakir Khan, PCB Director (International Cricket).

"We are pleased to confirm our return visit to Pakistan as, based on our earlier visit, we are comfortable and convinced conditions are suitable and conducive for Test cricket," said Ashley de Silva, chief executive of Sri Lanka Cricket.

Sri Lanka had visited Pakistan for a limited-overs series, comprising three One-day Internationals and as many Twenty20 Internationals from September 27-October 9.

Shubman Gill Breaks Virat Kohli's Decade-Old Record In Deodhar Trophy Final

Shubman Gill, who is captaining India C in the Deodhar Trophy, broke Virat Kohli's 10-year old record as he led his side in the final of the domestic tournament. Shubman Gill, 20-year-old, became the youngest-known captain to lead a side in the finals of Deodhar Trophy. India skipper, Virat Kohli, had captained North Zone in the final back in the 2009-10 season at the age of 21. Though it was a special occasion for the youngster, Gill could not contribute much with the bat in the summit clash against India B as he edged one straight to Yashasvi Jaiswal off Mohammed Siraj's bowling in the second over.

Virat Kohli's state mate Unmukt Chand is third on the list as he was the captain at the age of 22 when he led India B in the final of Deodhar Trophy in 2015.

In 2009, Virat Kohli led his side to a comfortable victory as North Zone defeated West Zone to clinch the coveted trophy.

Shubman Gill started the tournament with an impressive knock of 143 against India A on Friday but could only manage a couple of runs in his next two outings in the domestic tournament.

In the match, Kedar Jadhav and Yashasvi Jaiswal scored fifties to help India B post 283 for seven on the board. Chasing 284 for the win, India C lost five wickets inside 18 overs and needed 167 runs in 24 hours at the time of writing.

Virat Kohli Enforces Follow-On For 8th Time To Become Most Successful Indian Test Captain

Virat Kohli reached another distinction as India captain when he enforced a follow-on for a record eighth time during the third Test against South Africa in Ranchi on Monday. India bowled out South Africa for a paltry 162 runs to take a lead of 335 runs on the third day of the Test at JSCA International Stadium Complex. India captain Virat Kohli enforced the follow-on for the eighth time in his career as Test captain, surpassing Mohammad Azharuddin's mark of seven.

MS Dhoni enforced a follow-on five times in his career, while Sourav Ganguly did it four times in his Test captaincy.

India have already clinched the three-match Test series 2-0 with the help of victories in Vizag and Pune. The number one-ranked Test team is now aiming for a whitewash against the visiting South Africans in Ranchi.

This is India's record 11th Test series triumph at home.

Playing his 51st Test match as captain, Virat Kohli couldn't impress much with the willow in the third Test and lost his wicket for 12 runs.

However, new Test opener Rohit Sharma continued the brilliant run at the top of the order and smashed his maiden Test double hundred.

Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane scored a causative century as India declared their first innings on 497/9.

Following the impressive batting display, Indian bowlers took the charge and resumed dominating South Africa in Ranchi.

Umesh Yadav led the bowling attack with three wickets, while Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem and Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with two wickets each as India wrapped up South Africa for 162.

In South Africa's second innings, Shami emerged as the wrecker-in-chief with three wickets, all inside the first seven overs.

Umesh struck twice, while spinners Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin claimed a wicket each to reduce South Africa to 132/8, trailing India by 203 runs, at stumps.

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