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Friday, January 27, 2012

India Vs Australia: 4th Test Day4 Highlights

Start of Play on Day 4 : Australia who are batting again only to give a good break for their bowlers will most possibly declare their second innings leaving India with a 500 plus target. Even though the Aussies are at 50 for 3, the overall lead is already a massive one at 382 runs. The pitch has also started to carry down because of the hot climate. Yesterday evening saw R Ashwin getting plenty of bite for his off breaks. There was sharp turn and bounce for him because of the footmarks created by Zaheer Khan, The odd ball is also stay low at the Adelaide Oval. The important factor for the Aussies is going to be quashing swing.
Well the Aussies will resume Day 4 with Ricky Ponting on 1* and Michael Clarke on 9*. The hosts could possibly aim to declare their innings with about 30 minutes to go before Lunch.

Morning Session Highlights: Australia went on in their second innings past the lunch break on Day 4 pleasing their lead to 486 runs. At Lunch, Australia have moved to 154 for 5 in 43 overs with Ricky Ponting on 57* batting with Brad Haddin (1*).
Australia lost two wickets in the morning session while collecting 104 runs in 29 overs. Skipper Michael Clarke (37 from 43 balls with 4 fours) departed in the 29th over when he was implausibly given caught behind in an attempted square drive on the up off Umesh Yadav. Ishant Sharma struck in the 39th over by cornering Michael Hussey (10) lbw with a delivery that swung back around middle.

Australia declaration: Australia declared its second innings just 12 minutes after the lunch break after taking their lead to 499 runs. That leaves India with a target of 500 from a possible 146 overs. Ricky Ponting continued unbeaten on 60 from 96 balls with 5 fours while Brad Haddin got to 11* at the time of declaration with Australia at 167 for 5 in 46 overs.

Afternoon Session Highlights: India have already lost its openers in the 24 overs that were bowled at them by Tea on Day 4. A well set Virender Sehwag having endured on many occasions playing flashy shots off the pacers got dismissed in a disgusting fashion just 15 minutes before Tea. India is now left with Rahul Dravid on 19* (from 58 balls) with Sachin Tendulkar (7* from 15 balls) to come up with a huge business to set up India for a draw, For now the two will have to bat out the 32 overs left in the final session.
India’s first casualty came in the 5th over itself when Gautam Gambhir (3) edging a good away swinger from Ryan Harris to the pitching wicket keeper. Gambhir had to play at that length delivery from Harris which he did with a half step forward but that left him late to take a nice nick to the keeper.
After Gambhir’ early fall, Virender Sehwag got a lovely partnership going with Rahul Dravid and fired away to a 36-ball half century! However in the 20th over, Virender Sehwag (62 from 53 balls with 12 fours) fling his wicket away getting out to a lollipop from Nathan Lyon! For the second time in the match, Sehwag got out to a full toss. In this innings Sehwag stepped out and looked to heave the high full toss over mid wicket but only to get a terrible leading edge which hit up to Ponting at covers. The bowler Nathan Lyon was discomfited that he had got a wicket with even such a poor delivery!

Final Session Highlights: Australia find themselves just four wickets away from winning the Adelaide Test tomorrow and complete a 4-0 whitewash over India! The fag end of the day’s play saw the wickets of Laxman and Kohli going down to put India in a fast forward mode towards an predictable defeat tomorrow.
The last session saw an early wicket of Rahul Dravid who for once didn’t get bowled in this series! In the 29th over Dravid went from first to last with a free flowing drive to a pitched up delivery from Ryan Harris outside off but only to edge the late outswinger to Hussey at gully. Dravid ended the Series with another unsatisfactory score of 25 having struggled for 71 balls. In the 32nd over, out of nowhere, Sachin Tendulkar gifted his wicket to Nathan Lyon! In a domestic attempted forward defense, Sachin Tendulkar got a weak inside edge onto the pad which flew straight to short leg to what was a slow well flighted turning and bouncing off break from Nathan Lyon.

India’s downslide was arrested by VVS Laxman and Virat Kohli for some time. Laxman was really lucky in his stay after him runaway from a close lbw to Peter Siddle and then was put down at second slip by Ricky Ponting. Towards the fag end of the day’s play, Laxman departed in what could be his last innings for India! It wasn't a special delivery from Lyon and Laxman went back and played a wristy flick across the line, didn't care to keep it along the ground and gently gave catching practice to short mid wicket! Laxman made only 35 (from 88 balls with 4 fours) and could either retire or get dropped after this disastrous tour.

In the final ball of the penultimate over before the close of play, first innings centurion Virat Kohli in a anxious effort to retain strike in the final over ran himself out! Kohli didn’t realize that it was the duty of the night watchman Ishant Sharma to see through the last over. It was a back foot flick from Virat Kohli (22 from 62 balls with 2 fours) straight to Ben Hilfenhaus at wide mid wicket who ran him out with a nice wristy flick at the bowling end stumps. India closes the fourth day’s play at 166 for 6 in 56 overs with no batting left. Only Wicket Keeper Wriddhiman Saha and the four bowlers are there for India but only too delay the expected defeat tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

India Vs Australia: 4th Test Day2 Highlights

The visitor team India achieved 61 for two at the close of play on the second day, still need a more 344 runs just to make Australia bat again as they look to refuse the home team a 4-0 series sweep up.
Gautam Gambhir (30 not out) and Sachin Tendulkar (12no) will be looking to expend as much of Thursday as possible out in the middle after the Indians lost temporary captain Virender Sehwag (18) and Rahul Dravid (1) in the post-tea session.

India's reply started well sufficient when Gambhir helped himself to a juicy wide, full toss loosener from Ryan Harris the first ball of the innings, which the left-handed opener send off for four through point.
Sehwag survive an early chance on five when he clipped a Ben Hilfenhaus delivery off his pads to a extensive Ed Cowan, who dropped a quick chance at mid-wicket.

The strutting opener thrashes Harris for a couple of trademark off-side boundaries, but he was unable to cash in on his earlier good luck.
Peter Siddle was bring in to the attack after just four overs and struck gold immediately when, with his first ball - a low full toss - he courage a jumping, one-handed return catch off the leading edge of Sehwag's bat.
Sehwag slog off for a run-a-ball 18, giving him a unsatisfactory series total of 136 runs at 19.42.

The following over, the similarly out-of-form Dravid was sent packing for one after being bowled by Hilfenhaus, the ball draw away off Dravid's right elbow.
Remarkably, it was the sixth time in seven spell in the middle that 'The Wall' had had his fort troubled.

Overall Dravid has been bowled nine times in his past 11 Test innings.
When Tendulkar walked out to the crease, he was managing to pay for what has become a expected standing ovation.

The 38-year-old was mostly wide awake in the final hour, scoring just one run off his last 28 balls and looking firm to continue the reappearance mission along with Gambhir.

Earlier, Australia skipper Clarke declared the home side's innings stopped shortly after tea following Harris' pulled six which raised the 600.
Harris (35no) supported Brad Haddin (42no) in an steady 71-run stand for the eighth wicket, after Ponting (221) and Clarke (210) complete the real fireworks.

The present captain and former skipper joined services before lunch on day one and were unbeaten for more than three sessions to apparently rip the contest right out of India's grip.

Ponting's was his sixth double ton, while Clarke - who was bowled by Umesh Yadav three balls after lunch - became the first Test captain and third player in Test history, after Sir Donald Bradman and Wally Hammond, to register a triple century and a double ton in the same series as his amazing run of form continued.

Earlier to this series, Clarke's highest Test score was 168, against New Zealand in Wellington.

It was also the first time since 1965 that there had been two double centuries in the same innings for Australia.

Ponting and Clarke took full advantage of the batsman-friendly situation, their 386-run partnership the highest in all Tests at Adelaide Oval and the best ever in Australia-India encounter.

While the pitch remains a good one to bat on for now, the Australians' more potent bowling and intent in the field means there will be fewer easy runs on offer for India as they seek to avoid the follow-on and the ignominy of an eighth successive away Test defeat.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

India Vs Australia: 4th Test Day1 Highlights

Till Lunch Break Highlights: Australia are on the backfoot at 98 for 3 in 29 overs at lunch on Day 1. After Zaheer Khan trapped David Warner cheaply in the 7th over, off spinner R Ashwin came up with two wickets that of Shaun Marsh and Ed Cowan. Ricky Ponting on 43* is batting along with Skipper Michael Clarke who is new at the crease.

The Aussies were off to a good start but were pegged back by the early introduction of Ashwin in the 4th over. Zaheer Khan provided the early breakthrough for India when he had the dangerous David Warner (8 from 23 balls) playing back to a good length in swinger to trap him plumb in front of middle and leg in the 7th over. Ashwin in the 10th over provided the second Aussie wicket when he went through the gate of Shaun Marsh (3) from round the sticks tossing it up outside off and getting it to straighten to hit the off stump after drifting in.

The hosts seemed to be settling down after the twin blow with Ponting joining Cowan. However, minutes before the lunch break, Ashwin in his second spell struck again luring Ed Cowan (30 from 63 balls with 3 fours) into a false drive with a well tossed up off break in the 26th over. Cowan's uppish drive was brilliantly caught by a forward diving Laxman at short extra covers.

Tea Break Highlights: Australia conquered India absolutely in the post lunch session with both Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke taking their partnership to 130 runs for the endless 4th wicket stand. The hosts went to Tea at 214 for 3 in 58 overs. Ricky Ponting is closing in on a century, and is batting on 91 from 145 balls with 10 fours. Michael Clarke who took Ashwin for three fours in an over is looking good on 71 from 105 balls with a dozen fours. 

There was not a single wicket lost by the Aussies after lunch while gather 116 runs in 29 overs. India hardly looked good to create any wicket taking chance though the ball did start to reverse swing. There was a landmark achieved during the afternoon session with Ricky Ponting becoming the third player following Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid to cross 13000 Test runs.

Final Session Highlights:  Riding on victorious centuries from Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke, Australia closed the first day play at a strong 335 for 3 in 90 overs. The two batsmen were in total control and like in the afternoon session, the ball hardly beat the bat. Of course there was the odd edge created which either did not take or flew safely in the gaps as India couldn’t afford to have many fielders after the stumps.

It was a smooth back to back session for Team India as they were left wicket less. Australia composed 121 more runs in 32 over’s. Ricky Ponting helped himself to a 41st Test century and continued unbeaten on 137 from 254 balls with 13 fours. Michael Clarke remained unbeaten on 140 from just 188 balls with 19 fours and a six. This is Michael Clarke's 19th Test century. India did take the second new ball in the 86th over but that hasn't done anything major so far.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Pakistan v England, First Test – DAY 2 Highlights

Mini Score Card :
England 1st Innings 192 all out (72.3overs)
Matt Prior 70*(154) G Swann 34(65)
S Ajmal 7/55 M Hafeez 1/5

Pakistan 1st innings 288/7 (104.3 overs)
M Hafeez 88(164) T Umar 58(113)
J Anderson 2/57 S Broad 2/72

Pakistan manages 288/7 at stumps. England had collapsed for just 192 runs in their first innings on the opening day, and the hosts had wash off 42 runs for no loss at stumps.  A combined attempt from England's bowlers today saw Pakistan's scoring rate dip significantly after the first session as the Pakistanis control just 246 runs in the entire day on what looked like a very flat wicket.

Pakistan started the day very brilliantly as Mohammed Hafeez (88) and Taufeeq Umar(58) looked at ease against the English bowlers, putting up 114 runs for the opening wicket. England scratch their way back into the match with two fabulous strikes from Stuart Broad before lunch, including the one of the well set Taufeeq Umar. He dismissed Taufeeq with a peach of a delivery that pitched on and hit off stump from round the wicket. Azhar Ali, Pakistan's No.3, was also dismissed a few overs later politeness another beauty from the leggy fast bowler, one that just moved enough off the seam from outside to catch the outside edge. Pakistan went into lunch still in a sturdy situation, consideration that opening stand, at a 138/2.

Opener Hafeez and former captain Younus Khan started confidently after lunch as they took the hit to the spinner Greame Swann early in his spell and got Pakistan close to the English total. Just as the pair was looking all set to take the game away from England, Hafeez suffer a tumble in awareness as he mistake the length from Swann and fell plumb in front while trying the sweep. Pakistan Captain Misbah ul Haq then added 26 runs for the 4th wicket at a slow pace before the hosts were shake yet again just before Tea. Younus Khan (37) was trapped LBW by a Jonathan Trott’s delivery that nipped back prodigiously off the seam. Asad Shafiq and Misbah then saw through an concerned 20 minute time before Tea taking the team's total on to 213/4.

The ending session of the day saw England drag things back quite strongly with the second new ball, picking up 3 wickets for just 75 runs in 32 overs. James Anderson came into his own after the new ball was taken, maintaining 2 important wickets to nail the Pakistanis back.

Asad Shafiq (16) was the first victim with the second new ball as he nicked a lovely out swinger from Anderson through to Matt Prior, who pulled off a tremendous one handed take in front of first slip.  The fall of that wicket saw the Pakistan Captain Misbah Ul Haq pull down the shutters rather chillingly as he offered a dead bat to most of the following deliveries. This proved to damaging for Pakistan as Misbah was dismissed after adding a crucial 52 runs for the 6th wicket with Adnan Akmal (24*) just before the close of play, adjudged LBW courtesy the DRS after stuffing up to an off break from Swann. Jimmy Anderson then delivered the last blow for the day on what turned out to be the last ball of the day, castling Abdur Rehman's stumps with a perfect in swinger to the southpaw.

Hence after a day filled with abrasion and strength of mind from both sides, England got them back into the game with some closely controlled bowling on a flat floor while Pakistan too made some slow but steady growth, having gone 96 runs ahead with 3 wickets still remain. Considering the positive batting conditions, England would be hoping to wipe up the tail quickly on the third morning and put up a better presentation with the bat in their second essay, especially against the clever Saeed Ajmal.

Gambhir: We Let the Country Down

After an upsetting series crush against Australia, opener Gautam Gambhir said that the team has let the nation down.

“We have let the entire country down, and I will be the first one to agree to it. There is a reaction happening back home and we are ready to admit it. We have given the opportunity to people to criticize us. We haven't played good cricket and not lived up to the potential, known for the batting unit we have," Gambhir said.

"We have let the ordinary man down who expects us to execute and I accept it. We need to rotate it around as rapidly as possible," he said.

Gambhir said India would need to win matches out of the country time after time to rise back to the number one spot. "I am not someone who would be uncertain to take the job. I will be the first one to accept it. If you want to be the number one, you have to execute well and start winning overseas, whether England, South Africa or Australia," he said.

The left-handed opener said the team will be happier to win the series than sit and watch personal milestones like Sachin Tendulkar’s hundredth 100.

"What makes us happy is winning the series, not Sachin's 100th hundred. If Sachin gets his hundred and we don't win, it isn't enjoyable. It's all about winning the series rather than any individual performance."

Virender Sehwag will captain India in the Adelaide Test in the nonappearance of regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has been handed a one Test ban for slow over rate during the third Test at Perth. "He will be aggressive. But I have always believed a captain is as good as the team. There has been no great captain. It's not the captain who makes the difference.

“It's the eleven on the field who make a difference. It's not Dhoni, a person who takes the responsibility if the whole team hasn't performed. It would be the similar with Sehwag. It's the team that has to achieve, not just him.”

Gambhir also said openers alone couldn’t be blamed for India’s defeat in the Tests. “Openers do help if they consult the new ball. It helps the rest of the batting. But they can't be blamed alone. I've already said I accept to have failed. But it's the entire batting unit, which has to take the blame.”

Gambhir also opined that the Indian team was talented of reversing the trend. “There's a lot of cricket left in this series. If we do well in Adelaide and take the momentum forward, we could make the difference in T20s and one-dayers. Hopefully, we can carry the smiles back on the faces of the people," he said.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sri Lanka fall down to 43 all out lose against South Africa

Sri Lanka were bowled out for 43, their lowest score in one-day internationals (ODIs) as South Africa claimed a massive 258-run win in the first Sunfoil ODI at Boland Park in Paarl on Wednesday.
South Africa -  301-8 off 50 overs (Hashim Amla 112, J. Kallis
72, AB de Villiers 52; L. Malinga 5-53)

Sri Lanka - 43 off 20.1overs (M. Morkel 4-10)           

Yuvraj Singh: Fit and Ready for One Day Series Against Australia

Yuvraj Singh declare he is looking forward to the upcoming limited-overs series in Australia after improving from a non-malignant tumour in his left lung.

"I have recovered nicely. I have been instruction for the last three weeks here at the National Cricket Academy. Really looking ahead to the limited-overs series in Australia," Yuvraj
He said "I am feeling good, both bodily and mentally. There are a couple of T20s before the triangular series starts. That will give me sufficient batting practice. Cant stay to get back on the cricket field,"
Yuvraj played with the illness all through the World Cup last year, unconscious of it. It was during the Indian Premier League that he realised that something was wrong after his circumstance got poorer. The medical tests exposed he had a golf ball-sized tumour in his left lung. However, he preferred to hide it from the public. It only came to light when he pulled out of the ODI series against England at home late last year.
"It was shocking for me and my family. specially, my mother who went through a really bad time. I was coughing all the time," he said. "Breathing was also not normal. I thought I would never play for India again. Later, it came into my head that forget about playing for India again, I might not live long."
But Yuvraj has now returned to full fitness and is rearing to go.
The 30-year-old, who has established himself in the limited-overs format, is yet to be a everlasting fixture in the Test team, leading to many surprised his Test identification. But Yuvraj is determined to prove his critics wrong.
"I have been in and out of the Test side for the last two years. I have already scored three Test tons, all against good bowling attacks," he said. " So I dont agree with people who question my Test credentials. Yes, I want to play a few more Tests because of all the three formats, its the most challengin."
Yuvraj also dismissed the statement that the youth in the Indian team dont care much about Test cricket. "Its wrong to say that. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have long been trying to stick their place in the Test team. Suresh Raina has also played a couple of Tests. Everyone ideals Test cricket," he said.
However, he confessed that the dazzle of the IPL has blinded many growing cricketers in the country.
"Yes, I agree that for the growing cricketers, the IPL has become more important, which is not good. Instead of the IPL, they should play in the domestic cricket and from there move onto Test cricket. IPL should not be their main concern," he said.
India will play two T20s against Australia on February 1 and 3. That will be followed by an ODI triangular series involving Sri Lanka. The Indian team for both T20Is and ODIs will be announced on January 15.
Yuvi also said he hopes India's fab-four would fire in the third Test in Perth starting Friday.
"If India has to do well guys like Viru (Virender Sehwag), Sachin (Tendulkar), Rahul (Dravid) and (VVS) Laxman all have to fire together, get good partnerships going and I am sure they will bounce back in the next Test match," he said.

Dravid and Sehwag: Australian Media Reports Rubbish, No Rift in Team

Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid rubbished reports of internal strife among Indian players and any rift between vice-captain and captain  Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

"When teams start losing then these kind of things come, but there is nothing true in that. We are playing as a team and we are fine," says Sehwag
"I can't talk about anything else because there are rules, but you asked me about this and I can say it is garbage. We are as a unit and we are moving on for the next Test," he added

Sehwag has been at the heart of rumours of a broken dressing room after India's defeat to Australia in the first two Tests.
Earlier, in the day when Dravid spoke to media people, he also termed the reports as unsubstantiated.

"When you do poorly, unexpectedly everything is seen as wrong with the team. There is no reality (in Sehwag vs Dhoni reports) to those matters. As I said, the strength of the team is really good," said Dravid

There's been criticism all around with the go-karting session of Indians drawing extreme response from Indian media and Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has added his bit by stating that the Indians are mentally the most fragile team in international circuit.

"One of the good things about travelling abroad is you are in a bit of a protect. You don't measure what's happening back home. There's a logic of disappoint with the results so far, we would certainly like to do better but the spirit of the team is very good," he said.

Dravid also appear calm about Haddin's comments.

"We haven't concerned (with Haddin comments) really. There are five days of important cricket to be concerned about and there is no time about anything else to be sincere.

"You don't need anyone's comment to inspire yourself. We are not even worried" he added.

Friday, January 6, 2012

South Afric Beat Srilanka in Third Test

Cape Town, Jan 6 (IANS) South Africa beaten Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in the third and final cricket Test here for their first home series win since 2008.

Following on, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 342 on day four, setting South Africa a small two-run target. Alviro Petersen (1 not out) and Graeme Smith (0 not out) finished the ritual in the first over bowled by Dhammika Prasad.

The visitors could deal with only 239 in the first innings following South Africa's huge score of 580.

South Africa won the first Test at Centurion while Sri Lanka levelled the series at Durban.

Schedule of IPL 5 Starts from April 4th

Defending champions Chennai Super Kings take on Mumbai Indian] in the first match of the fifth version of the Indian Premier League, at Chennai's M A Chidambaram stadium, on April 4.

The cash-rich Twenty20 tournament will have nine franchisee teams play 76 matches across 12 spots in the run-up to the final on May 27.

The league period of the 54-day event contains 72 matches, with each team playing the other eight in a home-and-away format.

The play-offs will be managed by Bangalore and Chennai, the two finalists of the previous edition.

While Bangalore will host Qualifier 1 [the table topper from the league stage versus the second team (1 vs 2)] and the Eliminator [between the third and fourth-placed teams (3 vs 4)] on May 22 and 23 respectively, Chennai will be the venue for Qualifier 2 [loser of Qualifier 1 vs winner of Eliminator] on May 25.

The city will also host the final on May 27.

The new stadium in Pune, subject to completion, will make its debut as an IPL venue, by staging all eight 'home' games of Pune Warriors India. Dharamsala, Cuttack and Vizag will host two games each.

Kochi Tuskers Kerala , which made its debut in 2011, will not figure in the fifth season as the franchise was terminated by the BCCI last September for breaching its terms of agreement.

 The schedule :

Apr 4: Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians

Apr 5: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils

Apr 6: Mumbai Indians vs Pune Warriors India

Apr 6: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab

Apr 7: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils

Apr 7: Deccan Chargers vs Chennai Super Kings

Apr 8: Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Apr 8: Pune Warriors India vs Kings XI Punjab

Apr 9: Deccan Chargers vs Mumbai Indians

Apr 10: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Apr 10: Delhi Daredevils Chennai Super Kings

Apr 11: Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals

Apr 12: Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Apr 12: Kings XI Punjab vs Pune Warriors India

Apr 13: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals

Apr 14: Delhi Daredevils vs Deccan Chargers

Apr 14: Pune Warriors India vs Chennai Super Kings

Apr 15: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab

 Apr 15: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals

Apr 16: Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils

Apr 17: Rajasthan Royals vs Deccan Chargers

 Apr 17: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Pune Warriors India

Apr 18: Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Apr 19: Deccan Chargers vs Delhi Daredevils

Apr 19: Chennai Super Kings vs Pune Warriors India

Apr 20: Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Apr 21: Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals

Apr 21: Delhi Daredevils vs Pune Warriors India.

Apr 22: Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab

Apr 22: Deccan Chargers vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Apr 23: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Apr 24: Pune Warriors India vs Delhi Daredevils

Apr 24: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Deccan Chargers

Apr 25: Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians

Apr 25: :Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings

Apr 26: Pune Warriors vs India Deccan Chargers

Apr 27: Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians

Apr 28: Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab

Apr 28: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Apr 29: Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals

Apr 29: Mumbai Indians vs Deccan Chargers

Apr 30: Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders

May 1: Deccan Chargers vs Pune Warriors India

May 1: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils

May 2: Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab

May 3: Pune Warriors vs India Mumbai Indians

May 4: Chennai Super Kings vs Deccan Chargers

May 5: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Pune Warriors India

May 5: Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals

May 6: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings

May 6: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Deccan Chargers

May 7: Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders

May 8: Pune Warriors India vs Rajasthan Royals

May 8: Deccan Chargers vs Kings XI Punjab

May 9: Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

May 10: Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings

May 11: Pune Warriors India vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

May 12: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians

May 12: Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils.

May 13: Rajasthan Royals vs Pune Warriors India

May 13: Kings XI Punjab vs Deccan Chargers

May 14: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians

May 14: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings

May 15: Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab

May 16: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders

May 17: Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings

May 17: Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

May 18: Deccan Chargers vs Rajasthan Royals

May 19: Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils

May 19: Pune Warriors India vs Kolkata Knight Riders

May 20: Deccan Chargers vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

May 20: Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians


May 22: Qualifier 1 First Placed Team vs Second Placed Team

May 23: Elminator Third Placed Team vs Fourth Placed Team

May 25: Qualifier 2 Winner of Eliminator vs Loser of Qualifier1

May 27: Final Winner of Qualifier 1 vs Winner of Qualifier 2.

Gavaskar slams Indian Team For Not Practicing

Former Indian Team captain Sunil Gavaskar on Friday came down hard on Indian cricketers, who had missed practice sessions at the time of the ongoing Test series against Australia, saying they have not gone there for "sightseeing and tour but to play cricket".

Gavaskar was imperative of some of the Indian players' "mindset" towards practice, which he said was one of the factors for the teams embarrassing failures in the first two Tests of the four-match series.

"Christmas is big in Australia and it's acceptable for Australian players getting off after first Test. But what were our players doing? Why were not they carrying out practice? Have they went there for sightseeing or play cricket?" asked a flabergasted Gavaskar.

"The first Test finished on the fourth day and it's OK they took off on the fifth day but why don't they do practice after that. I don't know what is the approach of the players. While on trip they should practice, practice and practice to have in right frame of mind to be very competitive. Why noone is asking questions? These questions should be asked," he added.

Australia took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series after whipping India by an innings and 68 runs in Sydney on Friday. The visitors had previously lost the series opener in Melbourne by a huge 122 runs.

He also comment about Sachin's 100th ton and said "I would recommend the media not to talk about a single word on his 100th ton. But he should have played against West Indies in ODI series. He could have scored his 100th ton and could have gone to Australia without this thrill," .

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sachin Tendulkar: Not Thinking About the Landmark

Millions across the world have been waiting for his historic 100th century but Sachin Tendulkar says that he would prefer to just enjoy the game without thinking much about the hype surrounding the landmark.

"Well, it is easier said than done. It is just a number.

But yes, I mean, there has been lot of hype around that and I want to enjoy cricket and I think that is important," Tendulkar told a channel in an interview.

"In the series, certainly focus would be on enjoying cricket and winning," the iconic batsman said.

Tendulkar scored his 99th century in Nagpur versus South Africa in March last year during the World Cup.

Incidentally, his last Test hundred was also against the Proteas at Cape Town in January, last year.

India is currently closed in a four-Test series against Australia with the second match heavily moved in favour of the hosts after the second day's play here.

Asked how he works on for a match, Tendulkar said his preparations start much before the game.

"I just pack my bags on the eve of the match. For me, the planning starts may be a week before the game, if there is not much time between the matches, then you similarly need to switch off and switch on before the game. So it will depend on the time I have before a game," he said.
Tendulkar has broken the majority of records in international cricket but the champion batsman said from the time he picked up his cricket bat, it has been a wonderful quest and his love for the game also is still the same.

"I don't remember picking up a cricket bat the first time. I must have been 4 or 5 years old, like just any other child in India", Tendulkar said.

"It is fun to pick up a bat and hit the ball as hard as possible and that passion and love for cricket expanded as time went by and it has been a great journey and still madly in love with the sport."

Asked about his first experience of playing international cricket, Tendulkar said: "It was quite an experience to remember. Well, I got out after scoring 15 runs and thought, probably, I was not good enough to play at this level and I was just hoping that I get another opportunity."

He has been playing international cricket for the last two decades and Tendulkar said the most defining moment in time of his life was the phase when he first read his name in the newspapers after his performance in school-level cricket.

"When I saw that, it changed everything. The first hundred that I scored changed everything and I would say that phase was the most defining moment of my life."

Guptill Favors Test Cricket Over Twenty20

New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill has decided to play county cricket in England preferably of the Twenty20 matches in the Indian Premier League.

Guptill thinks that Test cricket will always remain his priority and he wants to play first class cricket so that he can boost which would eventually advantage him in the upcoming Test series for New Zealand.

"My main concern is still test cricket and playing first-class cricket over the winter is the best idea to develop that. We have a lot of tests coming up and doing well for New Zealand in test cricket is my main purpose," said Guptill.

This selection from Guptill will definitely impress the cricketing gurus, reports.

His demand in the Indian Premier League is anticipated to rise after his innings of 120 not out of 60 balls for his team Auckland Aces against the Canterbury Rangiora's at Mainpower Oval yesterday.

If Guptill can keep winning HRV Cup games for his Aces side, they could well qualify for the lucrative Twenty20 Champions League again and Guptill can show his hitting capabilities there.

India vs Australia - 2nd test Day2 - Highlights

India vs Australia 2nd test has been embarrassing for India. Clarke and Ponting have damaged Indian bowling with questionable batting display.

Australia seems to be on top and every batsman is producing runs, in fact hundreds after the loss of the first three wickets that fell in quick succession yesterday. Ponting made a hundred after a long distance and so he proves that he is not a lost case, Clarke is nearing his double hundred and Michael Hussey seems to be well established at the crease by now.

 And the Indian bowlers are being treated as school kids bowling at international stalwarts. Zaheer Khan was the only one who put some pressure by scalping three wickets in the first few overs in the beginning of Australian inning. But now he is trying everything to take more wickets. He is trying over and round the wickets so usually that it seems laughable.

Umesh Yadav who took some wickets in the first match, has been looking like a toothless tiger with no answer to the all round batting functionality of the Australian batsmen.

I am surprised how Australians are playing. They look like the same old powerful team of 90’s and 2000’s. Their bowling is best and their batting seems to have great detail. How many teams can believe of making such a great comeback after losing three wickets so early?

Ponting was very powerful throughout the inning. He was so self confident that it appeared that he had returned his run making strategy. And that was true. Ponting’s 134 runs was pleasure to watch. He is a master batsman and there is no question about it.

Australian captain and Ponting successor Michael Clarke has already completed his double century. He has scored 209 runs in just 289 balls and has hit 25 fours. His was a very powerful inning and the Australian lead over India is more than India’s total score. The lead has gone up to a healthy 215 runs and it looks that Australians are looking at a score where they may not be needed to bat again.

Australian bowlers on the other hand were very outstanding. Pattinson, Hilfenhaus and Siddle all were great during the inning. Pattisnon had taken four wickets while Hilfenhaus and Siddle shared three wickets each.

I am also very amazed as to how poorly Indian spinners have carried out in the match so far. Ashwin has failed to throw any surprises and their fat has been similar to Indian pace attack.

Virat Kohli be Censured for Middle-Fingure Gesture?

Virat Kohli, the Indian middle order batsman, could face possible disciplinary action after a middle-finger gesture to a section of the Sydney Cricket Ground crowd while in the second day's play.

Kohli was captured pics of raising his middle finger as India fought to contain Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke during the series of their 288-run partnership, the highest fourth-wicket partnership ever created against India in Test cricket.

As per Level 1 of the ICC's Code of Conduct, a player spotted guilty of "using language or a body language that is obscene, bad or insulting" can be penalized up to 50 % of their match fee. The topic has not yet been spoken of by the on-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Ian Gould or the match referee Ranjan Madugalle, but if it is pointed out the 23-year-old Kohli could be censured.

A similar happening was seen in the English Premier League when Liverpool's Luis Suarez was restricted for a match after indecently gesturing at a section of Fulham's fans.

Last month, Kohli had been penalized for showing dissent at an umpire's decision at the time of the third ODI against West Indies in Ahmedabad. He had stood his ground for a significant time after being given out lbw, and later pleaded guilty to a Level 1 offence while agreeing to the proposed sanction from the match referee David Boon.

On the other hand, Kohli in his twitter account wrote, "I agree cricketers don't have to retaliate. What when the crowd says the worst things about your mother and sister. The worst I've heard."

England batsman Kevin Pietersen replied to his tweet, "ha ha ha ha ha!!! Welcome to Australia buddy!!"

If Kohli is identified guilty, he could face a minimum penalty of having half of his match fee docked or a maximum penalty of a one-Test suspension.

However, so far the on-field umpires have not raised the issue with the match referee Ranjan Madugalle.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

South Africa Vs Sri lanka 3rd Test - Day1 - Highlights

Jacques Kallis and Alviro Petersen both struck centuries as South Africa penalized the Sri Lankan bowling approach on the first day of the third and final Test at Newlands on Tuesday.

Kallis hit his 41st Test century and Peterson his second as South Africa ended the day perfectly placed at 347 for three after being posted in to bat. Kallis, playing in his 150th Test match (the sixth player to achieve the feat), was unbeaten on 159 at stumps, his 215-ball innings including of 21 boundaries and a maximum. It was a victorious return to form for the 36-year-old, playing on his home town ground after making the first 'pair' of his career during South Africa's defeat in the second Test in Durban.

With the series tied at 1-1, Sri Lankan captain Tillekeratne Dilshan gambled by sending South Africa in. Hopes that a green-tinged pitch would help his fast bowlers were soon shown to be wrongly recognized, while early morning cloud soon cleared on what became an perfect day for batting.

Fast bowler Dhammika Prasad, swapping the injured Dilhara Fernando, had early success for Sri Lanka, dismissing South African captain Graeme Smith for 16 with his first ball of the match and following up with the wicket of Hashim Amla also for 16.

But Petersen, making his first look of the series, played an assured innings as he and Kallis took command during a record South African third wicket partnership against Sri Lanka, one that gave the home team 205 runs.

The Sri Lankans hardly ever looked likely to take a wicket and they lost their allocation of reviews when umpire Richard Kettleborough twice gave Kallis not out when Chanaka Welegedera appealed for leg before wicket decisions. On both occasions the umpire was shown to be right.

Only one wicket fell in the final session when Chanaka Welegedera had Petersen caught by Dilshan.

However, Kallis and AB De Villiers (45) ensured the visitor's pleasure was shortlived with an unbeaten 86-run stand for the fourth wicket.

McGrath: Pattinson would be Australian Great

Melbourne Pleased by new pace sensation James Pattinson, former Australian perfect Glenn McGrath today said that the youngster has all the qualities of becoming a remarkable in future.

Pattinson has produced a brilliant begin to his career by taking 20 wickets from three Tests already and he bowled Australia to victory twice.

Against India too he has made a superb start by taking six wickets in the Melbourne Test, which his side won by a extensive margin of 122 runs.

“I think he has all the features to be a great fast bowler,” McGrath said while promoting the Pink Test in honour of the McGrath Foundation's fight against breast cancer.

“He's tall, strong, he hits good areas, bowls good pace and he has a good bit of aggression there,” McGrath said.

The fast bowling legend also liked the manner in which senior pace duo of Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus bowled.

“Ashes veterans Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus were also bowling with a new lease of life,” McGrath was quoted as saying by 'Sydney Morning Herald'.

Salman is ambassador of CCL

Sohail Khan is the very pleased owner of a cricketing team and he has high hopes from his players. Called the Mumbai Heroes, Sohail’s team is a team of ‘good-looking’ boys from Bollywood, who are looking to make their tag in the Celebrity Cricket League (CCL). However, Salman, who is known for his Midas touch won’t be able to play cricket for the team.

On being asked if the audience can assume Salman to play a match in this season, Sohail quickly said, “His filming schedule and surgery last year have not allowed him from playing, but he may play in the next season of CCL. He is the star player and ambassador of our team.”

“The second season of the well known Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) guarantees to be more competitive, more glamorous and more action packed than ever. The ‘good-looking’ boys from Mumbai will be in Sharjah for the season’s first match on January 13 as they join a host of celebrities for some action-packed cricketing,” indicates the actor.

India v Australia - 2nd Test - Day 1 - Highlights

The first day of the second test match among Australia and India at the SCG on Tuesday was extensively took over by the Australian Team who destroyed the aging Indian batting side for within 200 on a good batting wicket, before wriggling their way out of a difficult situation and ending up on 116/3 just 75 runs short of the Indian total. India, having opted to bat first, could not see through the early freshness in the wicket and so lost wickets in groups to end on a small 191 all out. MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar made 57 and 41 respectively, the only major contributions in the Indian innings. Australia's reply was in tatters at 37/3 just before the experienced Michael Clarke (47*) and Ponting (44*) resurrected the innings and put the team in control in the 2nd test.

Not surprisingly, the pitch had a good wholesome addressing of grass to support the hosts' quick bowlers. India's captain MS Dhoni won an important toss on a fantastic day in Sydney and opted to bat first. Both captains, revealed faith in the players that took part in the first test at the MCG and opted to keep the same playing XIs for this game which meant fresh batsmen Virat Kohli and Shaun Marsh got yet another chance to prove their mettle at this stage.

After opting to bat first, India got off to a terrible start with opener Gautam Gambhir terminated for naught off the 3rd ball of the match, caught at 1st slip, looking to play around a ball seaming away, off the bowling of James Pattinson. Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag then saved fort for about 40 mins in rather streaky and circumspect fashion before Dravid (5) played a straight ball way away from his body and in the process lobbing a straight forward catch to Ed Cowan at short-leg.

Sehwag (30) was completely out of sorts too, playing and missing on numerous occasions. He was given a chance by Ricky Ponting, who dropped a sitter at 2nd slip off a healthy outside edge found by Ben Hilfenhaus. James Pattinson insured up a superb performance at the MCG with one more fine spell in this test match bothering all the batsmen at the crease. He was rewarded for the second time in the day as he found the outside edge of Sehwag's bat and this time it was safely pouched by Brad Haddin behind the wicket.

The agony was piled on further, as India's Mr. Consistent against Australia, VVS Laxman (2) departed for yet another low score nicking a half volley from Pattinson straight to Shaun Marsh at third slip.

Sachin Tendulkar was yet again India's best batsman by a distance on the first morning, looking at efficiency right from the start. He carried on from where he left off at the MCG as he drove and defended confidently both of the front and back foot. Young Virat Kohli, coming in at 6, looked confident as he was unbeaten on 12 during his brief stay in the first session. India spidered to a embarrassing 72/4 at Lunch on Day 1 with 4 well known bastmen back in the hutch on a good looking pitch.

Tendulkar and Kohli looked solid after lunch, and for the first time in the day batted with some confidence and poise. The pair added 24 runs after tea before Kohli fell to a peach of a delivery from Peter Siddle after a well made 23.

India's captain MS Dhoni coming in at 7 added some useful runs with Tendulkar at a rapid rate. Sachin was looking very good and unperturbed at the crease until he dragged on a pretty innocent looking half volley from Pattinson on to his middle stump after having made 41. Ravi Ashwin then came in at no.8 and like in the previous match looked rather assured at the crease. He combined with Dhoni to keep the Australians at fresh and keep the scoreboard moving. The final recognised pair added 54 runs before Ashwin (20) perished in the last over before tea, giving Hilfenhaus a well earned wicket after being caught by Clarke at 1st slip. Hilfenhaus then with his tail up, knocked Zaheer Khan over for a golden duck with a aggresive short ball and had India reeling on 178/8 at tea.

With two wickets remaining in the bag, India's skipper MS Dhoni decided to use the long handle and get India near to the 200 mark. He was rather effective in his method as he brought up his fifty in good style, hitting Peter Siddle for two brilliant boundaries off the back foot. Ishant Sharma, known for his dogged opposition, couldn't make a handy contribution this time close to as he was surprised by a intense bouncer from Hilfenhaus and fended it straight to Cowan at short-leg. Dhoni's optimistic method did fetch India a few runs yet the Aussies finished the innings off from the other end with Siddle getting Umesh Yadav caught behind, putting at a fine length delivery also for naught. India thys folded up for a 191 runs, 15 mins into the last session after a shambolic batting effort on a good pitch.

Australia's reply to India's whole of 191 was rocked earlier by pace ace Zaheer Khan, who dismissed David Warner (8) in the very first over of the innings. There was a rare bit of good luck to the dismissal with Warner's outside edge likely to 2nd slip where Laxman parried the catch to an warn Tendulkar standing next to him. Zaheer hit again with the first ball of the very next over choosing the outside edge of Shaun Marsh (0) with Laxman holding on this time.

Ed Cowan and Ricky Ponting added 31 crucial runs before Cowan was trapped in front by a Zaheer delivery darting in. Cowan was Zaheer's third victim of the innings, all three being left handers. Australian captain Michael Clarke then came in at No.5 with Australia in trouble at 38/3 and over an hour of play left on day 1.

The captain ex-captain duo of Ponting and Clarke got charge under what appeared as if fantastic batting conditions at the fag end of the day. They scored at an excellent rate of over 4.5 runs per over getting the attack to the Indian bowlers. Clarke in particular, looked in great touch and batted with great intent from the outset and transferred the pressure back onto the bowlers. Ponting looked secure at the opposite end too, seeking to score of every option presented. The set got Australia securely past the 100-run mark in just the 24th over and both batsmen looked in little difficulty as they were closing in on the Indian total. The introduction of spin too didn't seem to affect the nicely set pair as they saw their side through to the end of the day without further loss and were eventually just 75 shy of the Indian first innings score.

Owing to a baffling collapse on what looked like an amazing batting wicket, the Indian team have likely conceded the match to the Australians, who looked in total manage right from the morning session. With Clarke and Ponting looking rather menacing, the Indians will be hoping for some divine inspiration to steer them away from what again looks like a Day 4 defeat. The Australians on the other hand could look to get a big first innings lead and bat India outside the game, and in the method set the base to go 2-0 up in the series.