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A Full Month of Cricket in March

After we saw some great cricket games in February, the action is set to carry on in March, with some exciting matches lined up across the planet.

England Team on Tour in India

The recent third test between India and England proved to be highly controversial. The condition of the pitch in Ahmedabad generated a huge amount of controversy as India bowled out the visitors for 112 and 81 before claiming a 10-wicket victory in just two days.

The fourth and final test of the series is due to run from March 4-8 at the Narendra Modi Stadium. India is leading 2-1 after three matches of this round of the ICC World Test Championship series.

Later in the month, India will host England for five T20Is matches, also in Ahmedabad. Finally, three ICC Cricket World Super League series matches will be played in Pune from the 23rd of the month onwards. These last games are to be played behind closed doors, while the others are to have limited attendance by spectators.

The Narendra Modi Stadium

The Narendra Modi Stadium. Photo courtesy of RIDHVAN SHARMA/Wikipedia.org.

Australia Team on Tour in New Zealand

The T20I series between these fierce rivals is currently sitting at 2-0 in favor of New Zealand. However, there are still three matches left to play. The next of them comes on the 3rd of the month in Wellington.

March 5 sees the fourth game of the series take place behind closed doors, also in Wellington. This match was scheduled for Auckland but has been moved at the last minute after the biggest city in the country was locked down by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern following the detection of coronavirus cases.

COVID-19 has been delaying many sports events around the globe, not only cricket but also soccer, NFL and basketball. The current NBA calendar is pretty delayed, with some of the best TwinSpires Edge NBA players seeing their matches postponed due to an outbreak of the pandemic.

Anyway, March 7 is the date of the final game in this T20l series, and it will be played at Mount Maunganui, Tauranga. However, there are still some doubts about whether it will go-ahead. If the pandemic causes the country to move onto the next level of alert then all sporting events in New Zealand will be cancelled.

The Bangladesh Team on Tour in New Zealand

Another team hoping that the health situation is kept under control in New Zealand is Bangladesh. They have already arrived in the country for a series of games in the next month. Their first game is set to be the one-day international in Dunedin on March 20. The following week will see the next couple of ODI’s, held in Christchurch and Wellington.

After this, there are three T20I’s to look forward to. The first of them is to be played in Hamilton on March 28. After this, the teams head to Napier for a game on March 30. The final event on this tour is another T20I on Auckland on April 1.

The dates for these games have already been pushed back a week due to Covid issues, with the Bangladesh team having to quarantine upon arrival here. As for the T20I series, it will be played as a set of double-headers, alongside the women’s team from New Zealand taking on their Australian counterparts.

The Sri Lanka Team on Tour in West Indies

The T20 world champions will be hosting the Sri Lanka team in a series of T20I games, followed by one-day internationals and test matches.

It all starts in Antigua, with the first T20I game on March 3, closely followed by another couple in the same venue. After that, the action moves to North Sound, for the three ODI’s from March 10 onwards.

The series will also end in North Sound, with the test matches due to be played here from March 21 onwards. There are two tests planned, making up part of the 2019–21 ICC World Test Championship.

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