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Suryakumar Yadav’s century not enough to lift India to series sweep

The Indian cricket team has had a good T20 series against England. They won the first two games before the English squad clicked in the third game of the series, scoring 215 in their 20 overs. The Indian response did not start well but was held together by a wonderful innings by Suryakumar Yadav.

The Indian middle-order batsman was incredible scoring 117 off 55 balls. This is the second-highest score by an Indian batsman in T20 history. He hit 14 boundaries and cleared the rope six times. He went from 50 to 100 in just 16 deliveries. It was an innings of smart power-hitting which ended when he holed out in the deep in the second last over.

India’s hopes of winning ended with his dismissal such was the way that he played. The mainstays of the England innings were Dawid Malan who compiled a well-made 77 off 39 deliveries and Liam Livingstone who made 43 off 29 deliveries. Harry Brook and Chris Jordan both had important cameos at the end of the innings.

Did India’s run chase answer the Virat Kohli question?

A score of 215 is always going to be tough to chase but Trent Bridge has some really small boundaries.  The chase did not start out well though with India losing three wickets for only 31 runs.

Virat Kohli, potentially playing for his career, came out looking to show that he could play with the required pace needed to stay in the team. He played two glorious shots, including a six, over long-on, which was the shot of the game. However, India needed more from their star as 11 from six deliveries was not going to get them to 216.

Now that Kohli has failed again with the bat, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will need to decide what to do with the former captain. They have five games coming up against the West Indies prior to the World Cup in October.

5 Storylines to Watch for the Return of the Premier League

It has been three months since the last match was played and even the most loyal of Premier League fans may have forgotten some of the main plot points of this season. Here are the top five reasons to watch the remaining fixtures of the 2019-2020 season.

5 Storylines to Watch When the Premier League Returns

1. Does the season finish?

While the first three weeks of action between clubs have been announced, there is no guarantee all 92 lingering matches will be played. Every indication is the players, owners and the fans desire a season completed with no asterisks. The first three weeks of action have been all but guaranteed, with dates, times, and venues all announced. After that, everything will have to be played by ear.

If players, managers, and training staff remain healthy the Premier League should wrap up without issue. It’s unknown the status of the remaining fixtures if there is a secondary spike in cases in the UK or worse infections happen to members of clubs. The worst-case scenarios must be playing out in everyone’s heads. Let’s hope this becomes a very under the radar story-line, one forgotten after a couple of weeks.

2. Liverpool Finally Receives Their Trophy

Despite nearly two full years of dominance, Liverpool still has one goal to check off their nearly immaculate squad resume. During the 2018-2019 campaign, they accrued 97 points suffering only one defeat to the eventual victors, Manchester City. Since that time Liverpool has shockingly upped its form, winning all but two games in this year’s elongated season. Their lead in the table is an awe-inspiring 25 points. For reference, Aston Villa is sitting in 19th place with 25 points total. In 29 matches Liverpool has allowed only 21 goals, thanks in large part to Virgil van Dijk’s presence and the native Brazilian Allison’s 10 clean sheets.

3. Who is the Last Team to Escape Relegation?

In most years with a runaway champion, the next most competitive race is the fight at the bottom. West Ham, Watford, and Bournemouth all sit at 27 points and are tied for the final relegation spot with Aston Villa and Brighton just above or below that mark. All teams will have to play with the utmost form to secure their position in next season’s premiership. Most matches will be featuring top-half opponents. Brighton has the inside track to escape, with only a minus eight-goal differential despite only winning six of their 29 matches.

4. Who Wins the EA Player of the Season?

The Premier League’s version of the MVP award is hotly contested this year. Scoring, as always, is valued very highly in England’s top football division. Jaimie Vardy, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sergio Agüero, and Mohamed Salah round out the most likely strikers to win based on total goals scored. If the voters are split between the deep field of worthy forwards, it’s very likely a Liverpool player snatches up the award right under their noses. Virgil van Dijk is the most likely of the Reds to win from a dark horse position.

5. Can Sheffield United Qualify for the Champions League

Sheffield United has been playing professional football since 1892. They have only been in the Premier League for a total of four seasons, including this year. The Blades returned to the Premier League for the first time since 2007; eager to change their fortunes. Sheffield had unbelievable momentum before COVID forced lock-downs, winning three of their last four matches and drawing the other.

Their team has no true superstar, no player has more than five goals. They are captained by the veteran forward Billy Sharp, featuring a stout defense only allowing 25 goals. That’s less than a handful more than top squad Liverpool. The anchor of the Blades is keeper Dean Henderson. On loan from Manchester United, the 23-year-old is tied for second in the league with 10 clean sheets.

Sheffield is five points from the club’s first-ever Champions League appearance and only two away from the Europa League consolation prize. If Sheffield has any hope of securing international competition, Christopher John Wilder will have to manage the club through a difficult last 11 matches. Seven of the remaining fixtures are against opponents in the top half of the table.