New Delhi: The ICC Women’s World T20 encounter between West Indies and Sri Lanka saw the hosts thrash the Lankans by 83 runs to enter the semi-final of the tournament. An aggressive 62 from Hayley Matthews, followed by aggressive knocks of 49 and 41 from Deandra Dottin and Stefanie Taylor helped the Windies reach 187/5 and Sri Lanka proved to be no match, losing the match by a heavy margin with Matthews taking three wickets. The result also helped England enter the last four, having earlier defeated South Africa with Anya Shrubsole taking a hat-trick. However, during the Sri Lanka innings, an instance occurred which propelled women’s cricket into the elite league in the sport.Read More | ICC Women’s World T20: West Indies, England enter semi-finalOn the fifth ball of the fourth innings of the Sri Lankan chase, medium pacer Shakera Selman bowled the one millionth recorded delivery in women’s cricket. The action was equally eventful, with the batter Kavisha Dilhari getting a leading edge back to the bowler. Selman tried to collect it, but she could not hold on to the catch. However, she attempted a run-out at the striker’s end but failed in that as well.Read More | Avoid confrontation with Virat Kohli: Du Plessis advices AustraliaThus, Selman etched her name in the history books and she joins a select list of players who have entered the million club either with the bat or with the ball in men’s cricket.Millionth ball and run in men’s cricketTest cricket originated in 1877 and the first match was between Australia and England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. About 109 years later, in the Wankhede Test between India and Australia in 1986, Allan Border, who captained the Aussies, hammered pace bowler Raju Kulkarni to the boundary to bring up one million runs in Test cricket.Read More | Bravo says BCCI ‘offered to pay’ WI during India 2014 tour pull-outODIs were also not left behind. In 2006, during the DLF Cup match encounter between Australia and India at Kuala Lumpur on September 22, left-hander Dinesh Mongia scored a streaky boundary off pacer Stuart Clark as he became the batsman to hit the millionth run in ODIs.When it comes to bowlers in Test cricket, they have also entered the million club. During the Test match in Trent Bridge between Australia and England in 2015, Ben Stokes was bowling the 16th over to David Warner. Warner punched the second ball to the long on fence but Stokes had his moment in history, becoming the bowler who bowled the one millionth legal delivery in Tests.It was a match to forget for Australia as they were bowled out for 60 thanks to a spell of 8/15 by Stuart Broad. Australia lost the match by an innings and 78 runs as they lost the Ashes series 2-3. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
In part, their promotion is reward for their success with England’s junior sides â€“ Solanke scored for England Under-21s last week â€“ but, ahead of next year’s World Cup finals, Southgate is clearly looking to new talent to counter decades of failure by the country’s senior sides.“We have to see how the game progresses but we won’t have any inhibitions about putting them on the pitch,” said Southgate. “We want players who have good international pedigree to have their pathway.“If I had to pick the squad tomorrow, I know who it would be, but that can change in six months because of form and players emerging. I’m open-minded.”England’s junior sides have prospered internationally with the Under-17s and Under-20s both winning World Cups this year and the Under-18s and Under-21s also producing standout performances.But Southgate will be wary of expecting too much, too soon from his young stars and may choose not to use his latest recruits against a Brazil side he was quick to praise.“Brazil are well down the road in knowing their best team, they have some outstanding individuals and an immense physical presence,” he said.“They’ve annihilated everyone in the South American qualification which is the hardest way to the finals, so it will be a big test.“You always want to test yourselves against the best. Germany are a well-oiled machine, you know where they’re going to be. Brazil have fantastic individuals and that’s harder to prepare for.”Asked what he most appreciated about the 0-0 draw with Germany, which proved more exciting than the scoreline suggests, Southgate said the “fearlessness” and highlighted the performance of Chelsea loanee Loftus-Cheek.“He’s obviously taken a lot from the game. He found it a great experience. He was learning throughout it,” said Southgate.“It’s incredible – he’s had so few 90-minute appearances in the league and we put him in but he did well and we believe in him. Sometimes the first game is easier then you have to carry it on.”Southgate added that Tottenham’s Eric Dier will again captain the side.“For me as a coach, he’s good when you want to have discussions about solving tactical problems on the pitch. He’s somebody who’s upbringing at Lisbon was different from some young players,” he said.Against him will be Neymar, who Southgate singled out to be an obvious threat. “He is one of the best players in the world. Is he worth Â£200 million? If there was to be someone worth that – it’d be him.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram England Manager Gareth Southgate has said he is prepared to offer more young players the chance to stake a claim for a World Cup place in today’s friendly against Brazil at Wembley Stadium.Midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek and goalkeeper Jordan Pickford received rave reviews after making their first England starts against Germany last Friday.Tammy Abraham, Jack Cork and Joe Gomez also made their debuts and Southgate has added Manchester City goalkeeper Angus Gunn, Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook and Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke to his squad for Brazil.