Ready For The Cup That Counts…

All the test playing nations have finished their final preparatory tours before ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. ICC World Cup is going to be held in India, Srilanka and Bangladesh from 19th of this month. The time for assessment of best available final eleven and most suitable combinations is finally over. More


India eventually gave up…

Indians were hoping for the weather to save them from a humiliating defeat but it wasn’t the case. Unexpectedly it was clear on the morning of 5th and final day of first test.

India was left with only two wickets and 30 more runs were required to avoid innings defeat…..


It is not over yet for India…

After the powerful performance of South African batting line up, Indians were hoping to get a good start from their openers  Sehwag and Ghambir. Both didn’t disappoint their fans by sharing an opening stand of 137 runs…. More

South Africa In Complete Control….

Run machine Hashim Amla and Kallis Shared another big partnership to increase the problems of Dhoni’s eleven. Both shared an unbeaten partnership of 200 runs at stumps of 2nd day of 1st test.

India started their innings from overnight score of 136 and it took only….


Mighty Batting Demolished…

All fears about Indian batting in South Africa found to be true, when Styne and Morkel destroyed Indian batting picking 3 and 4 wickets consecutively during the rain affected first day of first test at Centurion.

Start of the match was delayed due to rain. When play started Indians found themselves in deep trouble right from the beginning. Firstly, Dhoni lost yet another toss and South Africa put them into bat.

World best bowling attack bowled at perfect line and length giving nothing right away from the beginning. Smith’s captaincy experience payed off, he put a 3rd man in the catching position for Sehwag and Sehwag was found guilty of playing uppish drive straight down to his throat in very 3rd over of the innings and Amla, the fielder, didn’t make any mistake.

After that Indian wickets started falling like leaves in autumn. Soon after Ghambir and Dravid also lost their wickets and left India on 27-3. “Little Master” Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman tried to bring some stability before Steyn cleaned Laxman with a nice delivery, Raina didn’t last long facing only 3 balls before been dismissed by Kallis.  Tendular showed his brilliance with the bat but wasn’t able to capitalize on the start losing his wicket after scoring 36 runs.

At that time India were 29 short of 100, stunned at 71-6. batting sensation Harbhajan Singh joined Captain Dhoni, shared a crucial stand of 39. Bhajji was a victim of Boucher’s brilliance who underarmed a throw between his legs into the wicket and Harbhajan was found short of his crease.

So, India’s misery continued. ‘Batting leach’  Ishant Sharma didn’t stick with the wicket for too long and Sreesanth also went soon after both for ducks.

Debutant Jaidev Unadkat joined Dhoni when India was struggling at 116-9. He supported his captain before light interrupted play again. Their partnership has already yielded 20 runs.

So, at stumps India scored 136 for losing 9 wickets and rain shortened 1st day play to only 38.1 overs.

Player Of The Day: Without any doubt it was Morne Morkel who ran through Indian top order picking up 4 important wickets at an impressive economy rate of 1.64 in 12 overs.

Flop Of The Day: Virender Sehwag, so much was expected from him but he threw his wicket away in 3rd over.

Moment Of The Day: Boucher’s brilliant acrobatic stuff who ran out dismissed Harbhajan when his was playing his shots and yielding important runs.

India VS Pakistan…

India Sealed The Series…..

All important 3rd ODI between India and New Zealand was played at Vadodara. It was indeed a bed of roses for India to seal the five match series 3-0.

Indian Captain again won the toss and once again invited New Zealanders  to bat first.  Then, the same stories began again. Openers did not last long, even middle order failed miserably and New Zealand was 7 down for just 106 on a batting paradise.

N McCullum  and J Franklin put up some fight and showed good resistance before Ashwin removed McCullum for his well made 43. New Zealand was able to score just 224 of their 50 overs which was never going to be enough on such a flat surface.

Indian innings started with no real drama. Captain Gambhir and M. Vijay made sure that India may not loss its way. Gambhir again leaded from the front scoring superbly through all parts of the ground at very good pace.

Gambhir scored his second consecutive hundred from just 88 balls and lead from the front. In their reply, India lost only one wicket that is of Vijay who was run out. No kiwi bowler was able to pick up a wicket.

With this win, India have taken an unbeatable lead of 3-0 in five ODIs series.

Next match will be played at Bangalore on 7th December. Will India be able to clean sweep the series or New Zealand will provide their fans something to cheer about, we will just have to wait and see.

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