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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Sachin Tendulkar of legend of cricket!

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Sachin Tendulkar : Living legend of cricket! Sachin Tendulkar, the one of the most successful batsman in the world of cricket with lots of world records in his kitty has recently made the new record of making highest run in an ODI.
He broke the record of Pakistani batsman Saeed Anwaw (194) by hitting two centuries and remained unbeaten in the second ODI against SA.

Anwar in his reaction over Sachin’s achievement said,”If any person deserved to do better than me it was Tendulkar. I am happy for him, there are no real regrets.”

“Come on Sachin my friend get your 200. World record to please! You deserve it… Nervous for my good friend Sachin everything crossed for you mate… Glad I’m not bowling to him today ha ha ha,” Shane Warne tweets as he nears the double-century.

“Better than Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting, the other two great players of my era. Better than Sir Viv Richards, Sunil Gavaskar and Allan Border. And I would even say better than Sir Don Bradman himself,” reacted Nasser Hussain.

Other players like Anil Kumble,Charles Coventry ,VVS Laxman, Aamer Sohail,Michael Clarke Kumar Sangakkara,Javed Miandad and many more also have applauded Sachin for his achievement.

Sachin Tendulkar of legend of cricket!

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Sachin Tendulkar : Living legend of cricket! Sachin Tendulkar, the one of the most successful batsman in the world of cricket with lots of world records in his kitty has recently made the new record of making highest run in an ODI.
He broke the record of Pakistani batsman Saeed Anwaw (194) by hitting two centuries and remained unbeaten in the second ODI against SA.

Anwar in his reaction over Sachin’s achievement said,”If any person deserved to do better than me it was Tendulkar. I am happy for him, there are no real regrets.”

“Come on Sachin my friend get your 200. World record to please! You deserve it… Nervous for my good friend Sachin everything crossed for you mate… Glad I’m not bowling to him today ha ha ha,” Shane Warne tweets as he nears the double-century.

“Better than Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting, the other two great players of my era. Better than Sir Viv Richards, Sunil Gavaskar and Allan Border. And I would even say better than Sir Don Bradman himself,” reacted Nasser Hussain.

Other players like Anil Kumble,Charles Coventry ,VVS Laxman, Aamer Sohail,Michael Clarke Kumar Sangakkara,Javed Miandad and many more also have applauded Sachin for his achievement.

Cricket-India v South Africa third ODI scoreboard

Scoreboard after South Africa's innings
in the third and final one-day international against India at
the Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad, India, on Saturday.

South Africa won the toss.

South Africa innings
L. Bosman c Jadeja b Pathan 68
H. Amla c Vijay b Jadeja 87
J. Kallis not out 104
AB de Villiers not out 102
Extras (lb 2 nb 2) 4
Total (for two wkts; 50 overs) 365

Fall of wickets: 1-113 , 2-192

Did not bat:
H. Gibbs,
M. Boucher,
J. Botha,
R. van derMerwe,
D. Steyn,
M. Morkel,
L. Tsotsobe.

Bowling:
Sreesanth 9-0-83-0 (nb 1),
Tyagi 8-0-59-0 (nb 1),
Mithun 8-0-63-0,
Jadeja 10-0-53-1,
Pathan 10-0-66-1,
Kohli 2-0-11-0,
Sharma 3-0-28-0.

India:
M. Vijay, D. Karthik, V. Kohli, R. Sharma, MS Dhoni,
S. Raina, Y. Pathan, R. Jadeja, A. Mithun, S. Sreesanth, S.
Tyagi.

Cricket-India v South Africa third ODI scoreboard

Scoreboard after South Africa's innings
in the third and final one-day international against India at
the Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad, India, on Saturday.

South Africa won the toss.

South Africa innings
L. Bosman c Jadeja b Pathan 68
H. Amla c Vijay b Jadeja 87
J. Kallis not out 104
AB de Villiers not out 102
Extras (lb 2 nb 2) 4
Total (for two wkts; 50 overs) 365

Fall of wickets: 1-113 , 2-192

Did not bat:
H. Gibbs,
M. Boucher,
J. Botha,
R. van derMerwe,
D. Steyn,
M. Morkel,
L. Tsotsobe.

Bowling:
Sreesanth 9-0-83-0 (nb 1),
Tyagi 8-0-59-0 (nb 1),
Mithun 8-0-63-0,
Jadeja 10-0-53-1,
Pathan 10-0-66-1,
Kohli 2-0-11-0,
Sharma 3-0-28-0.

India:
M. Vijay, D. Karthik, V. Kohli, R. Sharma, MS Dhoni,
S. Raina, Y. Pathan, R. Jadeja, A. Mithun, S. Sreesanth, S.
Tyagi.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bangladesh Beated by England XI seven wickets

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England completed a second win over a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI, with fifties from captain Alastair Cook and Matt Prior seeing the tourists home.

The recalled Ryan Sidebottom and Tim Bresnan took two wickets apiece, as did spinner James Tredwell, as the hosts made 151-8 from their 37 overs.

England reached their target with 7.4 overs left in the rain-shortened match.

Cook retired on 52 and Prior scored 64 not out, but there was another failure for Kevin Pietersen, who made only six.

Cook's 51-ball innings contained eight fours and a slog-swept six, but Prior's knock was perhaps a more significant one, with Craig Kieswetter being handed the wicketkeeping gloves for the first time.

Kieswetter hit 143 on his full England debut against the same side on Tuesday meaning Prior was under pressure to provide a reminder of his own batting talents, and he did just that, hitting nine fours from 56 deliveries.

Eoin Morgan fell for nine after being bowled by Mahmudul Hasan reverse-sweeping, but Luke Wright ensured there would be no collapse, ending with 20 not out from 16 balls.

Earlier, Sidebottom and Bresnan opened the bowling for England and soon set about dismantling the BCB top order.

First Bresnan had Siddique caught by Tredwell with only 14 on the board, then Sidebottom claimed the scalp of Test cap Shahriar Nafees, held by Pietersen for eight.

Aftab Ahmed (12) came to the crease swinging, hitting a four and a six before Bresnan had him caught behind by Kieswetter.

Imtiaz Hossain lasted just two balls before being trapped leg before by Sidebottom as the BCB limped to 36-4, before Raqibul Hasan was caught behind for 19 off the bowling of Liam Plunkett.

Kent off-spinner Tredwell dismissed Mahmudul for 15 and cleaned up Mashrafe Mortaza for a duck, before Tanveer Haider and Alauddin Babu put on a game partnership of 55 for the eighth wicket.

Ajmal Shahzad ended the fun, having Haider caught by Cook for a sensible 35, but Babu persevered, his 43 not out taking just 52 balls and including five boundaries.

Bangladesh Beated by England XI seven wickets

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England completed a second win over a Bangladesh Cricket Board XI, with fifties from captain Alastair Cook and Matt Prior seeing the tourists home.

The recalled Ryan Sidebottom and Tim Bresnan took two wickets apiece, as did spinner James Tredwell, as the hosts made 151-8 from their 37 overs.

England reached their target with 7.4 overs left in the rain-shortened match.

Cook retired on 52 and Prior scored 64 not out, but there was another failure for Kevin Pietersen, who made only six.

Cook's 51-ball innings contained eight fours and a slog-swept six, but Prior's knock was perhaps a more significant one, with Craig Kieswetter being handed the wicketkeeping gloves for the first time.

Kieswetter hit 143 on his full England debut against the same side on Tuesday meaning Prior was under pressure to provide a reminder of his own batting talents, and he did just that, hitting nine fours from 56 deliveries.

Eoin Morgan fell for nine after being bowled by Mahmudul Hasan reverse-sweeping, but Luke Wright ensured there would be no collapse, ending with 20 not out from 16 balls.

Earlier, Sidebottom and Bresnan opened the bowling for England and soon set about dismantling the BCB top order.

First Bresnan had Siddique caught by Tredwell with only 14 on the board, then Sidebottom claimed the scalp of Test cap Shahriar Nafees, held by Pietersen for eight.

Aftab Ahmed (12) came to the crease swinging, hitting a four and a six before Bresnan had him caught behind by Kieswetter.

Imtiaz Hossain lasted just two balls before being trapped leg before by Sidebottom as the BCB limped to 36-4, before Raqibul Hasan was caught behind for 19 off the bowling of Liam Plunkett.

Kent off-spinner Tredwell dismissed Mahmudul for 15 and cleaned up Mashrafe Mortaza for a duck, before Tanveer Haider and Alauddin Babu put on a game partnership of 55 for the eighth wicket.

Ajmal Shahzad ended the fun, having Haider caught by Cook for a sensible 35, but Babu persevered, his 43 not out taking just 52 balls and including five boundaries.

In India Cricket, a killer whale

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India is still celebrating the country's most loved batsman Sachin Tendulkar
's date with history. The master blaster scored a mighty 200* at Gwalior on Feb 24 to become the only man in history to scale the height of 200 runs in a International ODI.
Lurking underneath this great historical event for India, is a dingy underbelly of the plight of other sports in the country.

The pitch on which Sachin won himself a page in the history was actually a Hockey stadium, set up to honour Captain Roop Singh, an Olympic hockey gold medalist.

However, due to the increasing and rather overpowering popularity of cricket and fueled by the cricket love-lobby nurtured by the scions of Gwalior, the stadium was turned into a Cricket stadium in 1980s.

It was on this turf that the lady luck smiled on Sachin Tendulkar and he rode into record books. When asked to whom he owed his success, master blaster said he dedicated his feat to the country.

But it would have been more appropriate and probably more impactful if Sachin Tendulkar had chosen to dedicate his achievement to Captain Roop Singh as a gesture to promote other forms of sports in India.

Additionally, if the cricketing demi-god had just uttered the word 'hockey', it would have helped the upcoming Hockey World Cup gather some attention, excitement and fervour from the cricket-crazy country, which is blissfully ignorant of the international sporting event the country is hosting.

Sadly, the event is only getting attention from the sponsors such as Hero Honda, which has produced two or three ads featuring stars including Sachin's collegue Sehwag, urging the country to watch and support the national game.
In 1972, Devakanth Baruva a celebrated Sycophant surrounded by the Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared ‘Indira is India, India is Indira’. That is an all time fun feature for those who don't belong to non-congress (I) clan in India. Interestingly, it was during those years the world used to relate India to Hockey; Hockey to India.

Over the years, cricket has managed to slowly nudge aside other Indian sports to hog the limelight all by itself. It has now come to a condition where, cricket has swallowed every other branch of sports in India, like the killer whale of Florida.

In India Cricket, a killer whale

http://blog.taragana.com/sports/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/sachin-tendulkar.jpg
India is still celebrating the country's most loved batsman Sachin Tendulkar
's date with history. The master blaster scored a mighty 200* at Gwalior on Feb 24 to become the only man in history to scale the height of 200 runs in a International ODI.
Lurking underneath this great historical event for India, is a dingy underbelly of the plight of other sports in the country.

The pitch on which Sachin won himself a page in the history was actually a Hockey stadium, set up to honour Captain Roop Singh, an Olympic hockey gold medalist.

However, due to the increasing and rather overpowering popularity of cricket and fueled by the cricket love-lobby nurtured by the scions of Gwalior, the stadium was turned into a Cricket stadium in 1980s.

It was on this turf that the lady luck smiled on Sachin Tendulkar and he rode into record books. When asked to whom he owed his success, master blaster said he dedicated his feat to the country.

But it would have been more appropriate and probably more impactful if Sachin Tendulkar had chosen to dedicate his achievement to Captain Roop Singh as a gesture to promote other forms of sports in India.

Additionally, if the cricketing demi-god had just uttered the word 'hockey', it would have helped the upcoming Hockey World Cup gather some attention, excitement and fervour from the cricket-crazy country, which is blissfully ignorant of the international sporting event the country is hosting.

Sadly, the event is only getting attention from the sponsors such as Hero Honda, which has produced two or three ads featuring stars including Sachin's collegue Sehwag, urging the country to watch and support the national game.
In 1972, Devakanth Baruva a celebrated Sycophant surrounded by the Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared ‘Indira is India, India is Indira’. That is an all time fun feature for those who don't belong to non-congress (I) clan in India. Interestingly, it was during those years the world used to relate India to Hockey; Hockey to India.

Over the years, cricket has managed to slowly nudge aside other Indian sports to hog the limelight all by itself. It has now come to a condition where, cricket has swallowed every other branch of sports in India, like the killer whale of Florida.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sachin Tendulkar do it How does ?

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How does Sachin Tendulkar do it? How does a 36-year-old cricketer stay at the top of the game for 20 years? How does he retain this incredible hunger for achievement after scoring more than 30,000 runs in the long (Test) and shorter (50 over) versions of the game?

Cricket fans are asking these questions again after Tendulkar created history by firing the first double century in one-day internationals.

It was an unbelievable innings of brutal finesse - he smacked 25 fours and three sixes and batted just 147 balls to score 200. He simply toyed with South Africa's formidable bowlers.

"Take a bow master!", "You little champion!", gasped the commentators as Tendulkar walked back to the pavilion and the crowds went delirious.

"If anybody is deserving of this feat, it is Tendulkar and nobody else," gushed another commentator, and then ran out of words.

You are indeed lost for words trying to explain the genius, elegance and sheer power of one of the greatest cricketers ever born, but more so after his breathtaking display at Gwalior on Wednesday.

I think the best tribute to Tendulkar's genius came from former cricketer and present day guru of cricket writing Peter Roebuck.

"Viv Richards could terrorise an attack with pitiless brutality, Lara could dissect bowlers with surgical and magical strokes, Tendulkar can take an attack apart with towering simplicity. From the start he had an uncanny way of executing his strokes perfectly. Tendulkar was born to bat," he once wrote.

Tendulkar is India's biggest icon and proudest possession - I remember the rising crescendo of noise when he walked up to receive an award in a stadium filled to the brim in Mumbai two years ago. There were other cricket and Bollywood stars being feted that evening. Nobody could match the reception that Tendulkar got.

If you want to know how difficult it has been for Tendulkar to become the greatest cricketer India has ever had, listen to Roebuck again:

"The runs, the majesty, the thrills, do not capture his achievement. Reflect upon his circumstances and then marvel at his feat. Here is a man obliged to put on disguises so that he can move around the streets, a fellow able to drive his cars only in the dead of night for fear of creating a commotion, a father forced to take his family to Iceland on holiday, a person whose entire adult life has been lived in the eye of a storm."

It has been an incredible journey for this magician of cricket. And he is still pulling off new tricks and hitting fresh milestones. How does he do it?

Sachin Tendulkar do it How does ?

http://www.topnews.in/sports/files/Sachin-Tendulkar1.jpg
How does Sachin Tendulkar do it? How does a 36-year-old cricketer stay at the top of the game for 20 years? How does he retain this incredible hunger for achievement after scoring more than 30,000 runs in the long (Test) and shorter (50 over) versions of the game?

Cricket fans are asking these questions again after Tendulkar created history by firing the first double century in one-day internationals.

It was an unbelievable innings of brutal finesse - he smacked 25 fours and three sixes and batted just 147 balls to score 200. He simply toyed with South Africa's formidable bowlers.

"Take a bow master!", "You little champion!", gasped the commentators as Tendulkar walked back to the pavilion and the crowds went delirious.

"If anybody is deserving of this feat, it is Tendulkar and nobody else," gushed another commentator, and then ran out of words.

You are indeed lost for words trying to explain the genius, elegance and sheer power of one of the greatest cricketers ever born, but more so after his breathtaking display at Gwalior on Wednesday.

I think the best tribute to Tendulkar's genius came from former cricketer and present day guru of cricket writing Peter Roebuck.

"Viv Richards could terrorise an attack with pitiless brutality, Lara could dissect bowlers with surgical and magical strokes, Tendulkar can take an attack apart with towering simplicity. From the start he had an uncanny way of executing his strokes perfectly. Tendulkar was born to bat," he once wrote.

Tendulkar is India's biggest icon and proudest possession - I remember the rising crescendo of noise when he walked up to receive an award in a stadium filled to the brim in Mumbai two years ago. There were other cricket and Bollywood stars being feted that evening. Nobody could match the reception that Tendulkar got.

If you want to know how difficult it has been for Tendulkar to become the greatest cricketer India has ever had, listen to Roebuck again:

"The runs, the majesty, the thrills, do not capture his achievement. Reflect upon his circumstances and then marvel at his feat. Here is a man obliged to put on disguises so that he can move around the streets, a fellow able to drive his cars only in the dead of night for fear of creating a commotion, a father forced to take his family to Iceland on holiday, a person whose entire adult life has been lived in the eye of a storm."

It has been an incredible journey for this magician of cricket. And he is still pulling off new tricks and hitting fresh milestones. How does he do it?

'IPL as an opportunity to create new brands in market'

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Sundar Raman, CEO, IPL shares his thoughts on thIndian Premier League and the road ahead How would you assess IPL’s progress as a platform — from Season 1 to Season 3?

I see IPL as one more opportunity to create new brands in the market . In 2008, nine new brands were launched – IPL plus the eight teams. IPL third edition is another interesting year. Year one saw support and following generated in India. In South Africa last year, we opened up an opportunity in the international markets not only for IPL but also for the franchisees. This year, there’s a certain amount of expectation as the event’s coming back home and we will add two new franchisees.

What’s the valuation of IPL as a brand property?

We don’t count our success merely in terms of valuation on paper. The way we like to look at it is whether we have been able to get more fans into the game? If I have to measure Indian cricket then I will first look at the performance of the Indian cricket team. Next, I will see if the game is attracting the next generation of followers? Is grass-root cricket healthy? Then there’s the whole issue of improving the stadium experience by working on accessibility , better infrastructure and services. At the end, a viable eco system has to be created.

Q. So how has IPL Central created a mutually beneficial eco system?

One, the unpredictability of the game is the novelty. Any team can win in the event. And it’s a departure from other leagues like the English Premier League where only the top four teams are always in the contention to win the tournament. We have established and created constraints like salary caps and cap on expenditure by franchisees. So a team can’t buy all the available talent by virtue of deep and never-ending pockets. So I can’t say who’s the favourite in the system and that ensures viewers’ interest across 60 matches

Q. What are the grounds you have covered so far to increase the appeal of IPL not only for the viewers but also the brands who associate with the event?

Take the Youtube deal. It has the potential to change the rules of broadcasting and broadcasting rights in the time to come. Tomorrow , content will be accessed through various platforms like mobile and internet. What we have done with the Youtube deal is that it’s a dis-continuous model which could possibly change the landscape. The possibilities are endless; for example one can create his own archive and own commentary. There are significant learnings we expect to derive out of this deal. Then take the licensing deals like official watch deal with Bandalier or licensing the IPL brand name for the IPL Cafe to deliver the experience . We are looking at a licensing deal for 4-5 years and we will be announcing the deal soon. We want to tell franchisees that your trademark is a big property. Licensing has the opportunity to cater to a pan national model which can be activated at an IPL level or team level. For us, it’s akin to building a revenue stream which is a tap today, but will be a waterfall tomorrow.

Q. The biggest worry for any brand is over exposure which leads to declining interests. How will you ensure there’s no such risks to IPL as a brand property?

The basic difference between brands and IPL is that it caters to consumers and fans respectively. Sure, IPL is a brand and there’s a big opportunity, but we are content, we are cricket and it’s a sport at the end of the day. We are multi-dimensional and people see us as a multifaceted brand. At the end, it’s a huge strategy diagram, which will start to take shape when the time is right. The end objective is to deliver a good product that’s cricket.

Source :Indiatimes

'IPL as an opportunity to create new brands in market'

http://starbozz.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/ipl.jpg
Sundar Raman, CEO, IPL shares his thoughts on thIndian Premier League and the road ahead How would you assess IPL’s progress as a platform — from Season 1 to Season 3?

I see IPL as one more opportunity to create new brands in the market . In 2008, nine new brands were launched – IPL plus the eight teams. IPL third edition is another interesting year. Year one saw support and following generated in India. In South Africa last year, we opened up an opportunity in the international markets not only for IPL but also for the franchisees. This year, there’s a certain amount of expectation as the event’s coming back home and we will add two new franchisees.

What’s the valuation of IPL as a brand property?

We don’t count our success merely in terms of valuation on paper. The way we like to look at it is whether we have been able to get more fans into the game? If I have to measure Indian cricket then I will first look at the performance of the Indian cricket team. Next, I will see if the game is attracting the next generation of followers? Is grass-root cricket healthy? Then there’s the whole issue of improving the stadium experience by working on accessibility , better infrastructure and services. At the end, a viable eco system has to be created.

Q. So how has IPL Central created a mutually beneficial eco system?

One, the unpredictability of the game is the novelty. Any team can win in the event. And it’s a departure from other leagues like the English Premier League where only the top four teams are always in the contention to win the tournament. We have established and created constraints like salary caps and cap on expenditure by franchisees. So a team can’t buy all the available talent by virtue of deep and never-ending pockets. So I can’t say who’s the favourite in the system and that ensures viewers’ interest across 60 matches

Q. What are the grounds you have covered so far to increase the appeal of IPL not only for the viewers but also the brands who associate with the event?

Take the Youtube deal. It has the potential to change the rules of broadcasting and broadcasting rights in the time to come. Tomorrow , content will be accessed through various platforms like mobile and internet. What we have done with the Youtube deal is that it’s a dis-continuous model which could possibly change the landscape. The possibilities are endless; for example one can create his own archive and own commentary. There are significant learnings we expect to derive out of this deal. Then take the licensing deals like official watch deal with Bandalier or licensing the IPL brand name for the IPL Cafe to deliver the experience . We are looking at a licensing deal for 4-5 years and we will be announcing the deal soon. We want to tell franchisees that your trademark is a big property. Licensing has the opportunity to cater to a pan national model which can be activated at an IPL level or team level. For us, it’s akin to building a revenue stream which is a tap today, but will be a waterfall tomorrow.

Q. The biggest worry for any brand is over exposure which leads to declining interests. How will you ensure there’s no such risks to IPL as a brand property?

The basic difference between brands and IPL is that it caters to consumers and fans respectively. Sure, IPL is a brand and there’s a big opportunity, but we are content, we are cricket and it’s a sport at the end of the day. We are multi-dimensional and people see us as a multifaceted brand. At the end, it’s a huge strategy diagram, which will start to take shape when the time is right. The end objective is to deliver a good product that’s cricket.

Source :Indiatimes

Sachin Tendulkar becomes first batsman to score 200 in an ODI

Sachin Tendulkar becomes first batsman to score 200 in an ODI
Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar added another feather to his cap when he became the first batsman to cross the 200-run mark in an one-day international at Captain Roop Singh Stadium in Gwalior on Wednesday.

Tendulkar achieved the unique landmark when he run a single off Langeveldt against South Africa in the second one-dayer of the ongoing three-match series.

Scorecard | Match in Pics

Sachin's 200 came off 147 balls, which include 25 fours and 3 sixes.

The master surpassed the previous highest individual score made by Pakistan's Saeed Anwar (194 against India in 1997) and Charles Coventry of Zimbabwe (194 not out against Bangladesh in 1999).

Tendulkar started his innings aggressively and made a quick-fire 37-ball fifty before finally completing his century in 90 balls. Sachin extended his lead for the record of most number of centuries to 17 as Ricky Ponting lies in the second place with 29 centuries.

Tendulkar continued his record breaking form as he had slammed his 46th Test ton in the final match of the longer version of the game against the Proteas earlier.

After losing Virender Sehwag (9) early in the innings, Tendulkar put on 194-run partnership with Dinesh Karthik (79 off 85 balls), who slammed his fourth ODI fifty, against South Africa.

Earlier, India skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat against South Africa in the second One-dayer of the three match series.

Virender Sehwag, who was doubtful for the second ODI, is fit to play in Gwalior as Dhoni kept the same squad. On the other hand Proteas have made three changes. Jean-Paul Duminy, Roelof van der Merwe and Hashim Amla have made it to the playing eleven.

After escaping with a narrow win in Jaipur, India would aim to plug their bowling loopholes and seal the three-match series to retain the number two spot in ICC rankings when they take on South Africa in the second ODI on Wednesday.

History favours the hosts at this venue since out of nine matches they have played here, seven have resulted in victory for India.

India: MS Dhoni (captain), SR Tendulkar, V Sehwag, V Kohli, SK Raina, YK Pathan, KD Karthik, RA Jadeja, P Kumar, A Nehra, S Sreesanth

South Africa: JH Kallis (captain), HM Amla, HH Gibbs, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, AN Petersen, MV Boucher†, RE van der Merwe, WD Parnell, DW Steyn, CK Langeveldt.

Sachin Tendulkar becomes first batsman to score 200 in an ODI

Sachin Tendulkar becomes first batsman to score 200 in an ODI
Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar added another feather to his cap when he became the first batsman to cross the 200-run mark in an one-day international at Captain Roop Singh Stadium in Gwalior on Wednesday.

Tendulkar achieved the unique landmark when he run a single off Langeveldt against South Africa in the second one-dayer of the ongoing three-match series.

Scorecard | Match in Pics

Sachin's 200 came off 147 balls, which include 25 fours and 3 sixes.

The master surpassed the previous highest individual score made by Pakistan's Saeed Anwar (194 against India in 1997) and Charles Coventry of Zimbabwe (194 not out against Bangladesh in 1999).

Tendulkar started his innings aggressively and made a quick-fire 37-ball fifty before finally completing his century in 90 balls. Sachin extended his lead for the record of most number of centuries to 17 as Ricky Ponting lies in the second place with 29 centuries.

Tendulkar continued his record breaking form as he had slammed his 46th Test ton in the final match of the longer version of the game against the Proteas earlier.

After losing Virender Sehwag (9) early in the innings, Tendulkar put on 194-run partnership with Dinesh Karthik (79 off 85 balls), who slammed his fourth ODI fifty, against South Africa.

Earlier, India skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat against South Africa in the second One-dayer of the three match series.

Virender Sehwag, who was doubtful for the second ODI, is fit to play in Gwalior as Dhoni kept the same squad. On the other hand Proteas have made three changes. Jean-Paul Duminy, Roelof van der Merwe and Hashim Amla have made it to the playing eleven.

After escaping with a narrow win in Jaipur, India would aim to plug their bowling loopholes and seal the three-match series to retain the number two spot in ICC rankings when they take on South Africa in the second ODI on Wednesday.

History favours the hosts at this venue since out of nine matches they have played here, seven have resulted in victory for India.

India: MS Dhoni (captain), SR Tendulkar, V Sehwag, V Kohli, SK Raina, YK Pathan, KD Karthik, RA Jadeja, P Kumar, A Nehra, S Sreesanth

South Africa: JH Kallis (captain), HM Amla, HH Gibbs, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, AN Petersen, MV Boucher†, RE van der Merwe, WD Parnell, DW Steyn, CK Langeveldt.

World's highest ODI scorer Sachin Tendulkar

World's highest ODI scorer Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar slammed his 46th ODI century leading India to a strong 200 run-mark in the second ODI against South Africa in Gwalior. Tendulkar reached the mark in 90 balls with 13 fours.
It was a poor start for India as Virender Sehwag departed after scoring mere nine runs.
Earlier, Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat. India have retained the same side that won the opening one-dayer by a run in Jaipur.
Trailing 0-1 in the series, South Africa have made three changes in their bid to level the series.
Hashim Amla, JP Duminy and Roelof van der Merwe have been included in place of Loots Bosman, Albie Morkel and Johan Botha.
Teams:
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, S Sreesanth
South Africa: Jacques Kallis (c), Hashim Amla, Herschelle Gibbs, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Alviro Petersen, Mark Boucher, Roelof van der Merwe, Wayne Parnell, Dale Steyn, Charl Langeveldt.

World's highest ODI scorer Sachin Tendulkar

World's highest ODI scorer Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar slammed his 46th ODI century leading India to a strong 200 run-mark in the second ODI against South Africa in Gwalior. Tendulkar reached the mark in 90 balls with 13 fours.
It was a poor start for India as Virender Sehwag departed after scoring mere nine runs.
Earlier, Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat. India have retained the same side that won the opening one-dayer by a run in Jaipur.
Trailing 0-1 in the series, South Africa have made three changes in their bid to level the series.
Hashim Amla, JP Duminy and Roelof van der Merwe have been included in place of Loots Bosman, Albie Morkel and Johan Botha.
Teams:
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c), Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, S Sreesanth
South Africa: Jacques Kallis (c), Hashim Amla, Herschelle Gibbs, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Alviro Petersen, Mark Boucher, Roelof van der Merwe, Wayne Parnell, Dale Steyn, Charl Langeveldt.

World Record Sachin Tendulkar Crosses 200 runs

World Record Sachin Tendulkar Crosses 200 runs
Highest One Day Score Sachin Tendulkar Crosses 200 runs broke the record and other record in sachin's history.

World Record Sachin Tendulkar Crosses 200 runs

World Record Sachin Tendulkar Crosses 200 runs
Highest One Day Score Sachin Tendulkar Crosses 200 runs broke the record and other record in sachin's history.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Pak vs Eng 2nd T20 Live Cricket Score Streaming

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Pakistan have won the toss and elected to field in the second T20 match at Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium.

Shahid Afridi who was out due to a two match ban is back into the side but will not be captain the side today.

Ajmal Shahzad has been included in the England side in place of injured Sidebottom.

Match is scheduled to start at 14:00 GMT, 19:30 IST and will be telecast live on Ten Sports. Live Cricket score and commentary is available on 24cricket.com.

England (Playing XI): Joe Denly, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood(c), Eoin Morgan, Luke Wright, Matt Prior(w), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Ajmal Shahzad, Graeme Swann

Pakistan (Playing XI): Imran Nazir, Imran Farhat, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik(c), Fawad Alam, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Sarfraz Ahmed(w), Umar Gul, Yasir Arafat, Saeed Ajmal

Pak vs Eng 2nd T20 Live Cricket Score Streaming

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Pakistan have won the toss and elected to field in the second T20 match at Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium.

Shahid Afridi who was out due to a two match ban is back into the side but will not be captain the side today.

Ajmal Shahzad has been included in the England side in place of injured Sidebottom.

Match is scheduled to start at 14:00 GMT, 19:30 IST and will be telecast live on Ten Sports. Live Cricket score and commentary is available on 24cricket.com.

England (Playing XI): Joe Denly, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood(c), Eoin Morgan, Luke Wright, Matt Prior(w), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Ajmal Shahzad, Graeme Swann

Pakistan (Playing XI): Imran Nazir, Imran Farhat, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik(c), Fawad Alam, Shahid Afridi, Abdul Razzaq, Sarfraz Ahmed(w), Umar Gul, Yasir Arafat, Saeed Ajmal

Kevin Pietersen happy to play second fiddle to Eoin Morgan in comfortable victory

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Kevin Pietersen was due to book in for a coaching session with Duncan Fletcher after this game, but the phone conversation between the two of them must have been brief. After enduring the longest barren spell of his career during the recent tour to South Africa, Pietersen had asked Fletcher to observe him on television and offer ideas as to where he had been going wrong.

As it turned out, he played one of his best innings for England for some time, joining forces with Eoin Morgan in an unbroken stand of 122, a record Twenty20 partnership for England, leading their side to a target of 130 with nine balls to spare. So often the showstopper himself, Pietersen played a composed, restrained role in rescuing England from 18 for three, while Morgan finished with a flourish, hooking Umar Gul into the stands for the winning runs.

The victory was followed by a marathon prize-giving ceremony in which the multitude of sponsored accolades included the Head & Shoulders Master Blaster award. With his unbeaten 67 from 51 balls, Morgan pipped his senior partner to this prize, which is perhaps just as well as Pietersen is sponsored by Brylcreem. He finished with 43 from as many balls, with three fours, just short of reaching fifty in international cricket for only the second time since the first Ashes Test last July. In between, he has had a long, hard battle for fitness and form and yesterday’s innings was a small step in the right direction.

“It was an important innings for him,” Paul Collingwood, the England captain, said. “He used his head, we were in a sticky situation. It was unlike a KP innings, but it was an important one.”
While Pietersen was experiencing the first plateau in his career graph in South Africa, Morgan was advancing his reputation as a one-day batsman. His inventiveness, clean striking and clever placement were again in evidence, confirming his prowess in this form of the game. He also took time to acclimatise to a two-paced pitch before freeing his arms to hit two sixes and seven fours, making the victory look comfortable in the end.

It had not looked so straightforward when Morgan came to the crease. Joe Denly and Jonathan Trott, England’s fifteenth opening partnership in their 24 Twenty20 internationals, both fell cheaply within the first three overs, Denly chipping a drive to mid-wicket and Trott chopping on to his stumps.

Collingwood was then run out attempting an optimistic second run to deep mid-wicket and Pakistan’s total of 129 for eight was beginning to look a little more imposing. But Pietersen restored a sense of calm, crisply driving Gul back over his head for the first of his three fours, then settling in to complete the job.

While Pakistan are unable to play international cricket in their own country, the Dubai International Stadium is becoming a second home for them. The soil for the square has been imported from Pakistan, although their batsmen did not exactly look at home after winning the toss.

They struggled against the short ball, especially from Stuart Broad, who had Imran Nazir caught at deep mid-wicket from a mistimed hook, while Fawad Alam edged a pull behind. Shoaib Malik, the captain, was Pakistan’s top scorer with 33 from 26 balls before he drove Graeme Swann to mid-wicket. Pakistan missed the explosive Shahid Afridi, who returns from his suspension for ball-biting in the second match of the series today.

Pietersen played his part in the field, too, swooping at mid-off to run out Imran Farhat with a direct hit at the non-striker’s end. This was part of a slick performance in the field from England, which helped to inflict only a seventh defeat in 29 Twenty20 internationals for Pakistan. “Our fielding was exceptional and our bowling was brilliant today,” Collingwood said. “That was a pretty exciting win.”

• Lalit Modi, the IPL commissioner, last night denied a claim by South Africa that they will host the second Champions League Twenty20 tournament from September 10 to 26.

Kevin Pietersen happy to play second fiddle to Eoin Morgan in comfortable victory

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Kevin Pietersen was due to book in for a coaching session with Duncan Fletcher after this game, but the phone conversation between the two of them must have been brief. After enduring the longest barren spell of his career during the recent tour to South Africa, Pietersen had asked Fletcher to observe him on television and offer ideas as to where he had been going wrong.

As it turned out, he played one of his best innings for England for some time, joining forces with Eoin Morgan in an unbroken stand of 122, a record Twenty20 partnership for England, leading their side to a target of 130 with nine balls to spare. So often the showstopper himself, Pietersen played a composed, restrained role in rescuing England from 18 for three, while Morgan finished with a flourish, hooking Umar Gul into the stands for the winning runs.

The victory was followed by a marathon prize-giving ceremony in which the multitude of sponsored accolades included the Head & Shoulders Master Blaster award. With his unbeaten 67 from 51 balls, Morgan pipped his senior partner to this prize, which is perhaps just as well as Pietersen is sponsored by Brylcreem. He finished with 43 from as many balls, with three fours, just short of reaching fifty in international cricket for only the second time since the first Ashes Test last July. In between, he has had a long, hard battle for fitness and form and yesterday’s innings was a small step in the right direction.

“It was an important innings for him,” Paul Collingwood, the England captain, said. “He used his head, we were in a sticky situation. It was unlike a KP innings, but it was an important one.”
While Pietersen was experiencing the first plateau in his career graph in South Africa, Morgan was advancing his reputation as a one-day batsman. His inventiveness, clean striking and clever placement were again in evidence, confirming his prowess in this form of the game. He also took time to acclimatise to a two-paced pitch before freeing his arms to hit two sixes and seven fours, making the victory look comfortable in the end.

It had not looked so straightforward when Morgan came to the crease. Joe Denly and Jonathan Trott, England’s fifteenth opening partnership in their 24 Twenty20 internationals, both fell cheaply within the first three overs, Denly chipping a drive to mid-wicket and Trott chopping on to his stumps.

Collingwood was then run out attempting an optimistic second run to deep mid-wicket and Pakistan’s total of 129 for eight was beginning to look a little more imposing. But Pietersen restored a sense of calm, crisply driving Gul back over his head for the first of his three fours, then settling in to complete the job.

While Pakistan are unable to play international cricket in their own country, the Dubai International Stadium is becoming a second home for them. The soil for the square has been imported from Pakistan, although their batsmen did not exactly look at home after winning the toss.

They struggled against the short ball, especially from Stuart Broad, who had Imran Nazir caught at deep mid-wicket from a mistimed hook, while Fawad Alam edged a pull behind. Shoaib Malik, the captain, was Pakistan’s top scorer with 33 from 26 balls before he drove Graeme Swann to mid-wicket. Pakistan missed the explosive Shahid Afridi, who returns from his suspension for ball-biting in the second match of the series today.

Pietersen played his part in the field, too, swooping at mid-off to run out Imran Farhat with a direct hit at the non-striker’s end. This was part of a slick performance in the field from England, which helped to inflict only a seventh defeat in 29 Twenty20 internationals for Pakistan. “Our fielding was exceptional and our bowling was brilliant today,” Collingwood said. “That was a pretty exciting win.”

• Lalit Modi, the IPL commissioner, last night denied a claim by South Africa that they will host the second Champions League Twenty20 tournament from September 10 to 26.

NZ relay IPL security fears

The New Zealand Cricket Players' Association would like the Indian Premier League series starting next month moved to another country to avoid the risk of a terrorist attack, chief executive Heath Mills said on Thursday.


He said the players had been concerned about security for several months and had engaged an independent security consultant whose report was due next week.

Meanwhile, Mills said the series could be moved very quickly and easily to another country.

The Asia Times online newspaper said it had received a message Monday from Ilyas Kashmiri, chief of the militant Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami, warning international players against visiting India

Kashmiri's outfit is said to be an operational arm of the al-Qaeda.

The message specifically warned athletes not to attend the Hockey World Cup, starting on February 28, the IPL cricket series from March 13 to April 25 and the Commonwealth Games in October.

India's Home Minister P Chidambaram said Wednesday adequate security would be provided to all visiting players.

But Hockey New Zealand has ordered its team, which was scheduled to fly from Perth, Australia, where it is preparing, to New Delhi on Monday, to stay put until further notice.

Chief executive Hillary Poole said she will decide if the team goes to India after a security meeting there on Friday.

Five members of New Zealand's shooting team are already in New Delhi for this week's Commonwealth Games championship and the Shooting Federation said they were safe and happy to be there.

NZ relay IPL security fears

The New Zealand Cricket Players' Association would like the Indian Premier League series starting next month moved to another country to avoid the risk of a terrorist attack, chief executive Heath Mills said on Thursday.


He said the players had been concerned about security for several months and had engaged an independent security consultant whose report was due next week.

Meanwhile, Mills said the series could be moved very quickly and easily to another country.

The Asia Times online newspaper said it had received a message Monday from Ilyas Kashmiri, chief of the militant Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami, warning international players against visiting India

Kashmiri's outfit is said to be an operational arm of the al-Qaeda.

The message specifically warned athletes not to attend the Hockey World Cup, starting on February 28, the IPL cricket series from March 13 to April 25 and the Commonwealth Games in October.

India's Home Minister P Chidambaram said Wednesday adequate security would be provided to all visiting players.

But Hockey New Zealand has ordered its team, which was scheduled to fly from Perth, Australia, where it is preparing, to New Delhi on Monday, to stay put until further notice.

Chief executive Hillary Poole said she will decide if the team goes to India after a security meeting there on Friday.

Five members of New Zealand's shooting team are already in New Delhi for this week's Commonwealth Games championship and the Shooting Federation said they were safe and happy to be there.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Martin Guptill revives New Zealand after Bangladesh strike early

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Brendon McCullum helped a New Zealand fightback from a shaky 66 for three on the first day at Hamilton. Photograph: William West/AFP

Half-centuries from Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum in the middle order rescued New Zealand on the opening day of their one-off Test against Bangladesh in Hamilton.

Guptill, who reached his best Test score of 80 not out, showed plenty of composure after entering with New Zealand struggling at 66 for three.

Although it took the right-hander a little time to settle once he did he showed his usual positive intent, hitting 11 fours in his 146 balls.

More importantly for New Zealand he formed key partnerships with Ross Taylor, Daniel Vettori and McCullum to help them reach 258 for five when play was called off for bad light at 7.40pm.

McCullum, in his 50th Test, scored his 16th fifty to finish the day unbeaten on 58.

The seamer Rubel Hossain was Bangladesh's best man with the ball, taking three for 86 in 16 overs. Shafiul Islam and the spinner Shakib Al Hasan took a wicket each. Their spearhead, Shahadat Hossain, had a disappointing day, going for 74 runs off 13.1 overs.

The start at Seddon Park was delayed by an hour because of wet conditions and, after winning the toss and inserting New Zealand, Bangladesh enjoyed a good first session as they made inroads into the top order to have them 73 for three at lunch.

Tim McIntosh was first to go, making seven before he was caught in the slips by Imrul Kayes off Shafiul, and BJ Watling followed shortly afterwards when Rubel also found an edge and Junaid Siddique took the catch in the slips.

Peter Ingram looked assured on his Test debut as he struck five boundaries, including two off Rubel's opening deliveries, and a six. But the seamer ended Ingram's promising innings when he fired in a short ball and the 31-year-old's attempted pull flew in the air to Shahadat at mid-on.

That brought Guptill to the crease and in the afternoon session he and Taylor kick-started New Zealand's recovery. Guptill endured a couple of nervous moments early on, one when he survived a referral by the Bangladesh captain Shakib for a caught-behind which was not given, the replay showing the batsman had hit his pad and not the ball.

Guptill had not added to his total when Shafiul then dropped a difficult caught-and-bowled. Taylor, who never looked totally comfortable against Rubel, departed shortly afterwards, edging to the wicketkeeper.

Vettori survived a big leg-before shout the very next ball – which was again unsuccessfully referred by Shakib. But the New Zealand captain failed to make the most of his good fortune. He had scored only 10 when the Bangladesh captain got his man, his opposite number charging down the wicket only to see the ball go past and hit his off-stump.

Guptill, who brought up his half-century late in the afternoon session, and McCullum, continued New Zealand's fightback and by tea they had reached 212 for five. After the interval there was enough time for the wicketkeeper-batsman to reach his fifty before they were offered the light for the first time and took it.

When play resumed after a short delay only 11 deliveries were bowled, for an additional eight runs, before the players departed for a second and final time.

Martin Guptill revives New Zealand after Bangladesh strike early

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Brendon McCullum helped a New Zealand fightback from a shaky 66 for three on the first day at Hamilton. Photograph: William West/AFP

Half-centuries from Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum in the middle order rescued New Zealand on the opening day of their one-off Test against Bangladesh in Hamilton.

Guptill, who reached his best Test score of 80 not out, showed plenty of composure after entering with New Zealand struggling at 66 for three.

Although it took the right-hander a little time to settle once he did he showed his usual positive intent, hitting 11 fours in his 146 balls.

More importantly for New Zealand he formed key partnerships with Ross Taylor, Daniel Vettori and McCullum to help them reach 258 for five when play was called off for bad light at 7.40pm.

McCullum, in his 50th Test, scored his 16th fifty to finish the day unbeaten on 58.

The seamer Rubel Hossain was Bangladesh's best man with the ball, taking three for 86 in 16 overs. Shafiul Islam and the spinner Shakib Al Hasan took a wicket each. Their spearhead, Shahadat Hossain, had a disappointing day, going for 74 runs off 13.1 overs.

The start at Seddon Park was delayed by an hour because of wet conditions and, after winning the toss and inserting New Zealand, Bangladesh enjoyed a good first session as they made inroads into the top order to have them 73 for three at lunch.

Tim McIntosh was first to go, making seven before he was caught in the slips by Imrul Kayes off Shafiul, and BJ Watling followed shortly afterwards when Rubel also found an edge and Junaid Siddique took the catch in the slips.

Peter Ingram looked assured on his Test debut as he struck five boundaries, including two off Rubel's opening deliveries, and a six. But the seamer ended Ingram's promising innings when he fired in a short ball and the 31-year-old's attempted pull flew in the air to Shahadat at mid-on.

That brought Guptill to the crease and in the afternoon session he and Taylor kick-started New Zealand's recovery. Guptill endured a couple of nervous moments early on, one when he survived a referral by the Bangladesh captain Shakib for a caught-behind which was not given, the replay showing the batsman had hit his pad and not the ball.

Guptill had not added to his total when Shafiul then dropped a difficult caught-and-bowled. Taylor, who never looked totally comfortable against Rubel, departed shortly afterwards, edging to the wicketkeeper.

Vettori survived a big leg-before shout the very next ball – which was again unsuccessfully referred by Shakib. But the New Zealand captain failed to make the most of his good fortune. He had scored only 10 when the Bangladesh captain got his man, his opposite number charging down the wicket only to see the ball go past and hit his off-stump.

Guptill, who brought up his half-century late in the afternoon session, and McCullum, continued New Zealand's fightback and by tea they had reached 212 for five. After the interval there was enough time for the wicketkeeper-batsman to reach his fifty before they were offered the light for the first time and took it.

When play resumed after a short delay only 11 deliveries were bowled, for an additional eight runs, before the players departed for a second and final time.

Weather stalls India's victory quest

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India's quest for a series-levelling victory in the second Test against South Africa here at the Eden Gardens was hindered by the weather gods on Wednesday.

Overnight rain ensured play started no sooner than 10.30 a.m. on the fourth day. And an hour and 35 minutes after a delayed lunch, at 1.45 p.m. to be precise, the persistent gloom further darkened, forcing the players off the field. A steady, shimmering drizzle then held up play.
Truncated play

The murkiness lightened, allowing a restart at 3.20 p.m. It lasted one over. The 34.1 overs that were possible featured riveting cricket. India, seeking to protect both a proud home record and its No. 1 ranking, managed to extract Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis — a significant achievement, for they are South Africa's best at batting time.

India also dismissed Alviro Petersen, who, after making a century in his first Test innings, looked in fine touch in the second. India, however, couldn't shift Hashim Amla (49 batting). Amla has batted one ball short of 120 overs in the series thus far, relinquishing his wicket just once. M.S. Dhoni's bowlers must find a way past this batting bulwark early on Thursday to improve their chances of pressing for a win.
Forecast encouraging

India will be encouraged that Thursday's forecast is better than Wednesday's. If the Met Office mandarins are to be believed, the fifth day of the Test will be partly cloudy; the likelihood of rain is only 10 per cent. For the record, they got Wednesday's forecast — scattered thundershowers and a 40 per cent chance of rain — right.

India's bowlers have, in theory, 98 overs to take seven South African wickets on the fifth day, with play scheduled to start at 8.45 a.m.

The evidence of the first four days suggests however that it's an optimistic assessment. The Indians will have to factor for fewer overs to play with, all the time ensuring that desperation doesn't get the better of them — easier said than done.
Consistency needed

India's bowlers will also have to be more consistent than they were on Wednesday. There was some very good punctuated by some very ordinary. Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh took the new ball. It was a curious decision, but not one without precedent. Dhoni has thrown the new ball to his off-spinner in the past.

Harbhajan enjoyed the extra bounce of the harder ball, and once skilfully drifted a delivery past Petersen, the ball guided in its journey by the seam.

Although Zaheer forced Petersen to edge just past a diving V.V.S. Laxman at second slip and in another over troubled Smith, he couldn't manage the breakthrough in two short spells. Dhoni shuffled his bowlers around, making four changes before Amit Mishra struck with his first ball.

Smith played around a leg-break that ticked all the boxes for the leg-before decision: it may have pitched just outside the off-stump, but it turned to strike the left-hander in line; crucially it turned just enough — Mishra's incredible sidespin on the ball sometimes costs him for the ball does too much, but in this case, perhaps because the ball being only 12-overs old hadn't gripped nearly as much as an older ball, the turn was just sufficient.
Superb leg-break

Mishra later defeated Jacques Kallis with a terrific leg-break — certainly among the best of its kind that can be spun into existence. All series Mishra has wrapped South Africa right-handers around ripping leg-breaks without gaining the edge. On this occasion Kallis — who was in supreme touch (a pull and an on-drive as good any in the match) — managed to nick it.

This delivery is why Mishra needs to be persisted with: he is capable of defeating great batsmen in defence thanks to what he does both in the air with drift and dip, and off the surface with turn and — to a lesser extent — bounce.

In between, Harbhajan Singh, consistently India's best bowler on Wednesday, had Petersen caught at forward short-leg with an off-break that turned and jumped to elude the bat's middle.
Amla gets a reprieve

Harbhajan then nearly conquered Amla. The batsman glanced an off-break to backward short-leg where M. Vijay, who had lifted early from his crouch, couldn't get back down in time to complete the catch. Amla was on 10 then.

But the weather gods had the final say, allowing only 151 minutes of play. Dhoni might profitably consider including a propitiating ceremony among his tasks before Thursday morning.

SCOREBOARD

South Africa — 1st innings: 296

India — 1st innings: 643 for six decl.

South Africa — 2nd innings: G. Smith lbw b Mishra 20 (33b, 2x4), A. Petersen c Badrinath b Harbhajan 21 (51b, 2x4), H. Amla (batting) 49 (80b, 7x4), J. Kallis c Dhoni b Mishra 20 (47b, 3x4), A. Prince (batting) 0 (4b); Extras (nb-5): 5. Total (for three wkts. in 35 overs): 115.

Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Smith), 2-54 (Petersen), 3-111 (Kallis).

India bowling: Zaheer 6-0-32-0, Harbhajan 13-3-31-1, Ishant 8-1-36-0, Mishra 7-3-15-2, Sehwag 1-0-1-0.

Weather stalls India's victory quest

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India's quest for a series-levelling victory in the second Test against South Africa here at the Eden Gardens was hindered by the weather gods on Wednesday.

Overnight rain ensured play started no sooner than 10.30 a.m. on the fourth day. And an hour and 35 minutes after a delayed lunch, at 1.45 p.m. to be precise, the persistent gloom further darkened, forcing the players off the field. A steady, shimmering drizzle then held up play.
Truncated play

The murkiness lightened, allowing a restart at 3.20 p.m. It lasted one over. The 34.1 overs that were possible featured riveting cricket. India, seeking to protect both a proud home record and its No. 1 ranking, managed to extract Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis — a significant achievement, for they are South Africa's best at batting time.

India also dismissed Alviro Petersen, who, after making a century in his first Test innings, looked in fine touch in the second. India, however, couldn't shift Hashim Amla (49 batting). Amla has batted one ball short of 120 overs in the series thus far, relinquishing his wicket just once. M.S. Dhoni's bowlers must find a way past this batting bulwark early on Thursday to improve their chances of pressing for a win.
Forecast encouraging

India will be encouraged that Thursday's forecast is better than Wednesday's. If the Met Office mandarins are to be believed, the fifth day of the Test will be partly cloudy; the likelihood of rain is only 10 per cent. For the record, they got Wednesday's forecast — scattered thundershowers and a 40 per cent chance of rain — right.

India's bowlers have, in theory, 98 overs to take seven South African wickets on the fifth day, with play scheduled to start at 8.45 a.m.

The evidence of the first four days suggests however that it's an optimistic assessment. The Indians will have to factor for fewer overs to play with, all the time ensuring that desperation doesn't get the better of them — easier said than done.
Consistency needed

India's bowlers will also have to be more consistent than they were on Wednesday. There was some very good punctuated by some very ordinary. Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh took the new ball. It was a curious decision, but not one without precedent. Dhoni has thrown the new ball to his off-spinner in the past.

Harbhajan enjoyed the extra bounce of the harder ball, and once skilfully drifted a delivery past Petersen, the ball guided in its journey by the seam.

Although Zaheer forced Petersen to edge just past a diving V.V.S. Laxman at second slip and in another over troubled Smith, he couldn't manage the breakthrough in two short spells. Dhoni shuffled his bowlers around, making four changes before Amit Mishra struck with his first ball.

Smith played around a leg-break that ticked all the boxes for the leg-before decision: it may have pitched just outside the off-stump, but it turned to strike the left-hander in line; crucially it turned just enough — Mishra's incredible sidespin on the ball sometimes costs him for the ball does too much, but in this case, perhaps because the ball being only 12-overs old hadn't gripped nearly as much as an older ball, the turn was just sufficient.
Superb leg-break

Mishra later defeated Jacques Kallis with a terrific leg-break — certainly among the best of its kind that can be spun into existence. All series Mishra has wrapped South Africa right-handers around ripping leg-breaks without gaining the edge. On this occasion Kallis — who was in supreme touch (a pull and an on-drive as good any in the match) — managed to nick it.

This delivery is why Mishra needs to be persisted with: he is capable of defeating great batsmen in defence thanks to what he does both in the air with drift and dip, and off the surface with turn and — to a lesser extent — bounce.

In between, Harbhajan Singh, consistently India's best bowler on Wednesday, had Petersen caught at forward short-leg with an off-break that turned and jumped to elude the bat's middle.
Amla gets a reprieve

Harbhajan then nearly conquered Amla. The batsman glanced an off-break to backward short-leg where M. Vijay, who had lifted early from his crouch, couldn't get back down in time to complete the catch. Amla was on 10 then.

But the weather gods had the final say, allowing only 151 minutes of play. Dhoni might profitably consider including a propitiating ceremony among his tasks before Thursday morning.

SCOREBOARD

South Africa — 1st innings: 296

India — 1st innings: 643 for six decl.

South Africa — 2nd innings: G. Smith lbw b Mishra 20 (33b, 2x4), A. Petersen c Badrinath b Harbhajan 21 (51b, 2x4), H. Amla (batting) 49 (80b, 7x4), J. Kallis c Dhoni b Mishra 20 (47b, 3x4), A. Prince (batting) 0 (4b); Extras (nb-5): 5. Total (for three wkts. in 35 overs): 115.

Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Smith), 2-54 (Petersen), 3-111 (Kallis).

India bowling: Zaheer 6-0-32-0, Harbhajan 13-3-31-1, Ishant 8-1-36-0, Mishra 7-3-15-2, Sehwag 1-0-1-0.

Gillespie:Christian will make Twenty20 popular among Oz indigenous communities

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Melbourne, Feb 18(ANI): Former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie reckons that allrounder Dan Christian's emergence as Australia's next Twenty20 specialist can make cricket famous among the indigenous communities of the country.
Christian, who has been called into the Twenty20 squad to face West Indies in Hobart and Sydney, is poised to become just the second player of Aboriginal heritage to represent Australia.


Christian's favourite format is Twenty20 and Gillespie believes it's a preference shared by a majority of young indigenous sportspersons.

"Cricket Australia sees that footy is so popular in indigenous communities. They don't need a lot of equipment, they get the footy out and they are away playing a game," The Daily Telegraph quoted Gillespie, as saying.

"Twenty20 is a shorter form of the game and keeps people interested," he added.

Gillispie further said that having a new poster boy for Twenty20 like Christian will make the job of selling cricket much easier.

"We see it already that Twenty20 is bringing new audiences into cricket and new players emerge from Twenty20. I know Matty Hayden is really pushing hard to help indigenous cricket and Twenty20 cricket is a fantastic stepping stone," Gillispie said.

"It is great for the indigenous community that we have a young player like Dan who has come through the ranks and worked hard and got performances on the board. I just think it is fantastic for the Aboriginal community. Everyone will be so proud of him making the Australian squad,"

Gillespie:Christian will make Twenty20 popular among Oz indigenous communities

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Melbourne, Feb 18(ANI): Former Australian fast bowler Jason Gillespie reckons that allrounder Dan Christian's emergence as Australia's next Twenty20 specialist can make cricket famous among the indigenous communities of the country.
Christian, who has been called into the Twenty20 squad to face West Indies in Hobart and Sydney, is poised to become just the second player of Aboriginal heritage to represent Australia.


Christian's favourite format is Twenty20 and Gillespie believes it's a preference shared by a majority of young indigenous sportspersons.

"Cricket Australia sees that footy is so popular in indigenous communities. They don't need a lot of equipment, they get the footy out and they are away playing a game," The Daily Telegraph quoted Gillespie, as saying.

"Twenty20 is a shorter form of the game and keeps people interested," he added.

Gillispie further said that having a new poster boy for Twenty20 like Christian will make the job of selling cricket much easier.

"We see it already that Twenty20 is bringing new audiences into cricket and new players emerge from Twenty20. I know Matty Hayden is really pushing hard to help indigenous cricket and Twenty20 cricket is a fantastic stepping stone," Gillispie said.

"It is great for the indigenous community that we have a young player like Dan who has come through the ranks and worked hard and got performances on the board. I just think it is fantastic for the Aboriginal community. Everyone will be so proud of him making the Australian squad,"

ECB stands firm over Champions League fixture clash

England and Wales Cricket Board will ignore a deadline of Friday to decide on county participation at this year's Champions League and will instead hope that lobbying in Dubai next month will resolve a clash with the championship season.

Lalit Modi, the chairman of the Champions League governing council, has invited two teams from England to compete in the tournament, which will be held between Sept 10-22, when the County Championship and the ECB 40 League will be reaching their climaxes.

So far the ECB has refused to alter the county schedule to allow the finalists of this year's Twenty20 Cup to play in the $6.5million Champions League.

Modi wants an answer on Friday from the ECB in order to find alternative teams if the counties are unavailable.

"We want the counties to participate and sent invitations to David Collier [ECB chief executive] on Monday. We hope they can make new arrangements and be available for the Champions League," Modi said

The ECB is refusing to blink first. A spokesman said that Giles Clarke, the board chairman, would speak to his counterparts in India at a meeting in Dubai.

England are hoping to convince the Indian and Australian boards to rearrange the India-Australia one-day series in October that has forced the Champions League to be held during the English season.

"It has been decided the best way forward is for the chairmen of the boards to discuss this at a meeting in Dubai. We have received a telephone message from Mr Modi but no formal invitation has been sent through."

Sources in India have indicated there is little chance of the board changing the Australia one-day series, leaving the counties to contemplate missing the Champions League.

Modi yesterday confirmed that the two new Indian Premier League franchises would be sold on March 8 with 12 cities in India candidates to host teams.

Speculation earlier this week linked Manchester City's Abu Dhabi owners with a bid but that was dismissed yesterday by the gulf state's cricket association.

"We will not make a bid," said Dilawar Mani, chief executive of the Abu Dhabi Cricket Association. "We have not had any proposal and we have not seen a document. We are not going to recommend anything to the royal family unless we have studied every detail to see if it makes sense."

ECB stands firm over Champions League fixture clash

England and Wales Cricket Board will ignore a deadline of Friday to decide on county participation at this year's Champions League and will instead hope that lobbying in Dubai next month will resolve a clash with the championship season.

Lalit Modi, the chairman of the Champions League governing council, has invited two teams from England to compete in the tournament, which will be held between Sept 10-22, when the County Championship and the ECB 40 League will be reaching their climaxes.

So far the ECB has refused to alter the county schedule to allow the finalists of this year's Twenty20 Cup to play in the $6.5million Champions League.

Modi wants an answer on Friday from the ECB in order to find alternative teams if the counties are unavailable.

"We want the counties to participate and sent invitations to David Collier [ECB chief executive] on Monday. We hope they can make new arrangements and be available for the Champions League," Modi said

The ECB is refusing to blink first. A spokesman said that Giles Clarke, the board chairman, would speak to his counterparts in India at a meeting in Dubai.

England are hoping to convince the Indian and Australian boards to rearrange the India-Australia one-day series in October that has forced the Champions League to be held during the English season.

"It has been decided the best way forward is for the chairmen of the boards to discuss this at a meeting in Dubai. We have received a telephone message from Mr Modi but no formal invitation has been sent through."

Sources in India have indicated there is little chance of the board changing the Australia one-day series, leaving the counties to contemplate missing the Champions League.

Modi yesterday confirmed that the two new Indian Premier League franchises would be sold on March 8 with 12 cities in India candidates to host teams.

Speculation earlier this week linked Manchester City's Abu Dhabi owners with a bid but that was dismissed yesterday by the gulf state's cricket association.

"We will not make a bid," said Dilawar Mani, chief executive of the Abu Dhabi Cricket Association. "We have not had any proposal and we have not seen a document. We are not going to recommend anything to the royal family unless we have studied every detail to see if it makes sense."

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Ind vs SA 2nd test day 3 live cricket scores and Streaming, highlights

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Watch Live streaming and Live scores of the 3rd days play of 2nd cricket test match between India vs south Africa (IND vs SA) which will be played at Kolkata from February 14-18, 2010.

Match start time 0915 (0345 GMT).

The Sehwag storm struck South Africa with full force on the 2nd day has he scored his 13th 150+ score, while Tendulkar scored another century. Both added 249 runs for the 3rd wicket but, once the two fell SA struck back with three quick wickets to retrieve some of the momentum in the match.

VVS Laxman is unbeaten on 9 runs and Amit Mishra on 1. Bad light stopped play.

Today, on the 3rd day reportedly the weather in Kolkata is pretty gloomy as there have been light showers around the city. The light isn’t so hot either.

Read more: http://www.panasianbiz.com/cricket/ind-vs-sa-2nd-test-day-3-live-cricket-scores-and-streaming-highlights/#ixzz0fiL1JaGu

Ind vs SA 2nd test day 3 live cricket scores and Streaming, highlights

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Watch Live streaming and Live scores of the 3rd days play of 2nd cricket test match between India vs south Africa (IND vs SA) which will be played at Kolkata from February 14-18, 2010.

Match start time 0915 (0345 GMT).

The Sehwag storm struck South Africa with full force on the 2nd day has he scored his 13th 150+ score, while Tendulkar scored another century. Both added 249 runs for the 3rd wicket but, once the two fell SA struck back with three quick wickets to retrieve some of the momentum in the match.

VVS Laxman is unbeaten on 9 runs and Amit Mishra on 1. Bad light stopped play.

Today, on the 3rd day reportedly the weather in Kolkata is pretty gloomy as there have been light showers around the city. The light isn’t so hot either.

Read more: http://www.panasianbiz.com/cricket/ind-vs-sa-2nd-test-day-3-live-cricket-scores-and-streaming-highlights/#ixzz0fiL1JaGu

Mindless entertainment or security threat?

Khalid Latif was tackled by a spectator during the fifth one-day  international between Australia and Pakistan. (Getty Images: Robert  Cianflone)
A sporting spectator, often fuelled by the sponsor's product, hops the fence and decides to try for an Andy Warhol moment by taking to the sporting arena.

Cricket has often been a venue for such mindless pieces of entertainment.

It was at Lord's in 1975 that Michael Angelow, a British navy cook, captured headlines with his streak across the hallowed turf which culminated in him hurdling the stumps.

Legendary BBC commentator referred to the said gentleman as a 'freaker'.

From that point, we had a rapid explosion of alcohol-fuelled exhibitionists plying their "trade".

For a while in the 1980s you were lucky to escape a match in Australia without someone dropping their togs and going for a run on the wild side.

One way chosen to combat the practice was for television networks to refuse to show the intruder in an attempt to lessen his "exposure" to the wider world and hence limit the impact of his or her potential moment in the sun.

The audience at home hears the hoots and jeers from the crowd but it was left to their imagination as to what the fuss was about.

Some would argue it is harmless, yet still largely unacceptable behaviour, and is a natural by-product brought about by a combination of alcohol, sun and peer pressure.

But an incident in Hamburg on 30 April 1993 made many sit up and take notice.

Sitting at courtside during a change of ends during a quarter-final match, the women's world number one tennis player, Monica Seles was stabbed in the back.

The immediate speculation was that the incident was politically motivated given Seles' Serbian roots and the climate at the time in Yugoslavia.

The true motivation for the attack however soon came to light.

The perpetrator, 38-year-old East German Gunter Pasche actually wielded the ten-inch blade and knifed Seles because he idolised Steffi Graf and he wanted to see her regain the number one ranking.

Not surprisingly, given the fame of the target and the ease with which the attack was carried out, sporting administrators globally began looking at ways of beefing up security.

Mindless entertainment or security threat?

Khalid Latif was tackled by a spectator during the fifth one-day  international between Australia and Pakistan. (Getty Images: Robert  Cianflone)
A sporting spectator, often fuelled by the sponsor's product, hops the fence and decides to try for an Andy Warhol moment by taking to the sporting arena.

Cricket has often been a venue for such mindless pieces of entertainment.

It was at Lord's in 1975 that Michael Angelow, a British navy cook, captured headlines with his streak across the hallowed turf which culminated in him hurdling the stumps.

Legendary BBC commentator referred to the said gentleman as a 'freaker'.

From that point, we had a rapid explosion of alcohol-fuelled exhibitionists plying their "trade".

For a while in the 1980s you were lucky to escape a match in Australia without someone dropping their togs and going for a run on the wild side.

One way chosen to combat the practice was for television networks to refuse to show the intruder in an attempt to lessen his "exposure" to the wider world and hence limit the impact of his or her potential moment in the sun.

The audience at home hears the hoots and jeers from the crowd but it was left to their imagination as to what the fuss was about.

Some would argue it is harmless, yet still largely unacceptable behaviour, and is a natural by-product brought about by a combination of alcohol, sun and peer pressure.

But an incident in Hamburg on 30 April 1993 made many sit up and take notice.

Sitting at courtside during a change of ends during a quarter-final match, the women's world number one tennis player, Monica Seles was stabbed in the back.

The immediate speculation was that the incident was politically motivated given Seles' Serbian roots and the climate at the time in Yugoslavia.

The true motivation for the attack however soon came to light.

The perpetrator, 38-year-old East German Gunter Pasche actually wielded the ten-inch blade and knifed Seles because he idolised Steffi Graf and he wanted to see her regain the number one ranking.

Not surprisingly, given the fame of the target and the ease with which the attack was carried out, sporting administrators globally began looking at ways of beefing up security.