If there was a batsman who could heavily be relied upon after Rahul Dravid, it was Gautam Gambhir. He cannot hit far but can stay long. He delivered what was required after the fall of the trio power- Sehwag, Dilshan and AB.
BALANCED START FOR KXIP:
The start got both some runs and Delhiites got breakthroughs. Dirk Nannes and Farveez Mahroof kept troubling the Punjabi guys. The stadium was roaring and with banners saying ” Mind says Delhi but Heart says Punjab”. From the starting itself the Daredevils had a edge over the Kings. Mahroof got a doubler in the last over of the powerplay when Skipper Sangakkara and Yuvraj could not capitalize from their starts but had a long hop to the hut. Next ball, Jayawardene had a golden duck and a long walk back to the dug out.
REBUILDING THE INNINGS:
With, 4 Kings back in the hut and not even fifty up on the board, it was the duty of Ravi Singh Bopara and Irafan Pathan to do the Rebuilding the score. They went on to do so, with a cautious approach and had over a fifty partnership. The team had a hundred in the 13th over. So, above 160 looked easy until the blunder Irfan Pathan did got stumped. Wickets started tumbling for the Punjabi fellows. There was nothing that Bopara could do but he too got out. But, Sreesanth didn’t leave it off, he started to slog every ball. At the end of 20 overs, KXIP managed 142 runs.
UNEXPECTED DISASTER FOR DD:
Everyone would have thought it would be an easy going for the fiery Daredevils with Explosive Sehwag at the top. But, Sreesanth did not let it happen. For Delhi’s horror, both big bucks Sehwag and Dilshan were back in the hut in the same over. Now, it was the responsibility of Gambhir and AB de Villers to rebuild the innings.
GAMBHIR LEADS THE TEAM FROM THE FRONT:
Gambhir, the skipper of DD was scoring with a cautious intent in one side. On the other end, AB was struggling and for DD’s and his luck he fell short of the crease and was run out. Gambhir would have told the same to Dinesh Karthik who came in fall of AB, just be calm and don’t get out. Karthik gave a good support to Gambhir but soon when Yusuf Abdulla was introduced, he struck his first wicket of IPL removing Karthik.
Gambhir had lost another partner in the process. Soon, Mithun Manhas came in to support Gambhir who scored his fifty and led the team to a hundred. Mitts too was striking the ball well and reduced the pressure from Gauti’s shoulders. The fifty partnership was on between Gauti and Mitts. At last, with one ball remaining Gautam Gambhir led the team to a tight victory. Match was pure cliff hanger.
PREVIEW: Kings XI Punjab
Comparing the glamour factor, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) is one of the best teams in the IPL with the bubbly Preity Zinta as its co-owner along with Ness Wadia. With Yuvraj, Sangakara and Jayawardene in the batting line up and bowlers like Brett Lee, Irfan Pathan and Sreesanth, aggression is the other name of the team. Team had to be disappointed in the 1st season as it failed to move beyond the semifinal level.
In 2009, when the IPL moved to South Africa, the power packed side faltered before the semifinal stage. The failure can be attributed to the absence of the pace spearhead Brett Lee. Yuvraj Singh was also not consistent though he got 2 hat-tricks in the IPL 2. The only find for the team was Yusuf Abdullah, whom the team bought again this year.
Luke Pomersbach and Nuwan Kulasekara were bought ahead of the 2010 auction while they picked former India batsman Mohammed Kaif who is expected to recreate the magic with Yuvraj Singh in the Punjab side under new captain Kumar Sangakkara.
Yuvraj Singh: When he is on song, there is no sight as majestic in the cricketing world. He will be keen to perform and score good amount of runs as it will be the 1st tournament after his recovery from injury. The man with records like fastest 50 in T20 interntionals, 6 sixes in an over in ODIs, will be the most dangerous man for the opponents.
Kumara Sangakara: Probably, he is one of the best in his field when it comes to technique. He will try to prove his mettle after being appointed as the captain of the side. Adding to his unparallel batting techniques, he is a great player to have in the side for his work behind the stumps.
Mahela Jayawardene: The middle order batsman of the Sri Lankan side will be the anchor of the KXIP middle order. His skills to play elegant shots make it tough for the opponent bowlers to get him out. His precision in shot selection and placement is beyond comparison.
Irfan Pathan: As IPL returns to India, Irfan will be more lethal than the last edition. Irfan has got impressive records in the Indian conditions. His swing can put even the best batsmen in trouble. His pinch hitting abilities makes him the perfect bowling allrounder for the team.
Yusuf Abdulla: 27 year old medium pacer from South Africa impressed all with his bowling in the IPL 2. The team bought him back this year when his 1 year contract ended. His strength is to vary the pace and the angle of deliveries. Opponent batsmen must be aware!
SQUAD: AB Barath, K Goel, DPMD Jayawardene, M Kaif, RS Bopara, S Marsh, Y Singh, TM Srivastava, K Sangakara, MS Bisla, I Pathan, J Hopes, RS Sodhi, Bipul Sharma, B Lee, PP Chawla, RR Powar, L Ablish, SJ Srivastava, S Sreesanth, VS Malik, Y Abdulla, Amanpreet Singh
Even though India lost Yesterday’s match, no one from the Indian side was sad. Thats because there was no Normal players in the team.
DK, VIjay, Kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Yusuf, Raina, Jadeja, Sree, Tyagi and Mithun were yesterday’s 11 on the field.
No Sach, Viru, Gauti, Yuvi, Bhajji, Ashish, Praveen and Zak.
So it was a real test for the newbies and other players to cement their places in the team for the World Cup next year.
With major players missing out, the bench strength was tested and it really proved to be weak.
The bowling department struggled especially the newbies Tyagi and Mithun went wicket less. Sree too did not bowl like the senior in the bowling department.
India should test out different opening pairs if the trio of Gambhir, Sehwag and Sachin misses out. Yes, the openers also were tested it proved a failure. Vijay did not capitalize on his start, DK perished soon.
The boys in the middle order were too tested as the openers were back in the hut soon. Rohit and Virat put on a good partnership but did not make it into centuries.
There was a controversy on Rohit’s selection because of his poor run. But, he made an effort to cement his place but was not successful enough. When he was about to make a fifty, he try some cheeky shots to lose his wicket.
Even Yusuf Pathan was not a big hit in the tournament. One benefit of him is that he can hit far and his strike rate is more than 80. But the problem is he cannot stay for longer time.
When he is good touch hitting sixes and fours or had the right start, he tries to hit more and more runs, then gets out.
So, backup for the team is very weak. The same method should be followed for the upcoming Sri Lanka series in August and more lads should be sent to the Island.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India, after seeing the shameful performance by the Indian team in the first test which ended today, have made three major changes to the Squad for the second test match which is starting on 14th, just a 4 day gap.
Wriddhiman Saha, the Bengal keeper who played a cameo role of 36 runs has been replaced one of the most experienced wicket keeper of India, Dinesh Karthik.
The Tamil Nadu Skipper was dropped and Saha was surprisingly selected ahead of him. But now again Karthik is recalled. Everything happening is strange!
The Veteran batsman, VVS Laxman though has not recovered from his injury so he is not picked up. Rohit Sharma was a selected as a cover for Laxman, had suffered a ankle injury just before the start of first test is been replaced by the One Day batsman, Suresh Raina.
The Seamers Sudeep Tyagi and Abhimanyu Mithun have been axed from the side.
S Sreesanth who had suffered an hamstring during the Bangla tour has recovered from his injury and he has been included in the side for the Kotla test.
SQUAD FOR EDEN TEST:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt)
Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan
I have found strange decisions made by the selectors:
- Selection of Dinesh Karthik-
First of all why was Saha selected.?
As a backup for Dhoni ahead of Karthik. No one thought he would get a chance. But luckily he got. Now, he was selected as a backup and as a debutant, he did what he could do.
Now why is Karthik selected?
Saha should have been given another chance. If you would drop him, then why did you pick him? Its stupid selection.
- Abhimanyu Mithun dropped-
First of all, why was he selected?
The selectors say that youngsters need a opportunity and so on. But it is sure that he won’t get a chance. Then why did they pick him?
Even Tyagi was simply picked! Ok, I accept he was a backup.
Ok. Now, Instead of Mithun a batsman could be selected.
- Selection of Raina
Even though, Raina is a kind of experienced played, it is not great to debut a batsman in a important series.
So, there is likes of Wasim Jaffer. He is a great test class batsman. He has loads of talent and he has represented the Indian side.
So, its totally a kind of OK selection!
Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh and S Sreesanth who are nursing from their injuries have been ruled out the first test against South Africa starting on Feb 6th in Nagpur’s VCA.
Even VVS Laxman who was ruled out of the second test match against Bangladesh with a wrist injury has been included in the side as he has been cured.
But, Tamil Nadu Skipper Dinesh Karthik has been removed from the side.
While, S Badrinath has been given a chance in the side with his Ranji teammate Murali Vijay who has cemented his place as the main backs are missing out. Badri among the top six batsman in the squad will surely have a test debut.
It is surprising that Sudeep Tyagi, Abhimanyu Mithun and Wridhiman Saha have been included in the side.
Tyagi is doing well in the domestic circuit and grabbed his opportunity with both hands when he was given a chance in the One Day team.
Newbie Abhimanyu Mithun has been in excellent form in the Ranjis for Karnataka as Mithun was the leading wicket taker in the Ranji Trophy, claiming 47 at 23.23
THE SQUAD FOR THE FIRST TEST
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain and wicket-keeper), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir
Murali Vijay, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, S. Badrinath, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan
Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Sudeep Tyagi, Pragyan Ojha, Abhimanyu Mithun, Wridhiman Saha
BOARD PRESIDENT’S XI SQUAD
Rohit Sharma (captain), Abhinav Mukund, Parthiv Patel (wicket-keeper), Ajinkya Rahane,
Manish Pandey, Cheteshwar Pujara, Abhishek Nayar, Piyush Chawla, R. Ashwin, Vinay Kumar, Abhimanyu Mithun, Shikhar Dhawan, Umesh Yadav, Manpreet Gony.
The first match is set to be played in Nagpur on 6th. SO Watch out for it.
Yes, First it was the Sri Lankans to suffer many blows when they toured India and Bangladesh. Many important players were ruled out.
Out of the 16 players who toured Bangladesh for test series, 4 of the are ruled out with injures. Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj Singh were ruled out during the match forcing India to play with 9 players and 2 substitutes.
VVS Laxman injured his hand while fielding on Day four of the first test match. Laxman’ dropped two catches of Shahriar Nafees bowled by Zaheer Khan.
The Indian team administrative manager told that “He( Laxman) has 10 stitches and will return back home. He won’t have any replacement.”
He also said that pacer S Sreesanth who was limping had a hamstring and soon will be assessed in a couple of days.
He also quoted that Dhoni and Harbhajan who were out of the first test are ready to play the second test game on Sunday.
Dhoni who suffered from a back spasm and Harbhajan from a stiff neck have been nursed and are now fit to play.
As it was predicted and expected, both Indians and Lankans thrashed The hosts Bangladeshis beating them 4 nil. Now to eye balls are turned towards the Final of the Triangular series to be held tomorrow in Mirpur.
This finale will mark the 121st match between India and Sri Lanka which will be the highest between two teams. The previous best was between Australia and West Indies playing 121 matches.
The Lankans surely will be aiming to defeat India as a revenge for their loss in the ODI series in December.So the final tomorrow will be a thriller with both team on heavy competition to pose the cameras with the cup.
With starting the year in a losing note, Dhoni and co got back to winning ways with the rest of the league matches. They will surely look to win the math to win the series and close in to the ranking of the No.1 ODI team Australia.
With Virender Sehwag back in the team, it would add a huge boast to the opening. And with Gambhir back in splendid form it adds to the strength of the batting.
With Virat Kohli scoring 273 runs in four matches, is in great form batting at No.3. While the rest Dhoni, Yuvraj, Jadeja and Raina are too in good touch, it would be with the opening partnership of Sehwag and Gambhir.
Fielding and Bowling surely has improved since the teams last met in India. Bowling in last 2 matches was superb. But the worry for Dhoni is depth bowling.
India conceded over 90 runs in last 10 overs in the last matches. But with the return of Bhajji and Zak it surely will be controlled.
India surely are the favorites for this match.
The Lankans were let down with the loss to India in the last match. But surely now, they might be aiming to win the cup.
With Dilshan and Tharanga in sublime form it looks that they will provide a good start. The middle order with Mahela’s inclusion means power. They have the capability to do anything.
Sangakkara, Mahela, Samaraweera Kandamby, Perera and in superb form hitting cameos in all the matches they have played.
Bowling in the start and in the death overs had been a concern for both teams when they met each other in Indian pitch. The Indian bowlers had been inconsistent in first 2 games as they were unable to restrict The Islanders and the Hosts.
Newbie Sudeep Tyagi has performed excellently in both games he has played. With Zaheer’s return to the team, it looks like Tyagi will be out. But they may put out Sreesanth as he has been too expensive.
On the Lankan side it is even more worse, apart from Welegedara’s 5 Wicket haul in the 1st match no bowler has been consistent. Even with the likes of experienced bowlers Nuwan Kulasekara and Thilan Thushara in the team, they have been too expensive and not picked up many wickets.
So the pressure is on Thisara Perera and Suraj Randiv who were the pick of the bowlers to perform well.
TOSS IS THE BOSS
Toss obviously in this series has been one go, Whoever it is win the toss and choose to field first.
India: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Sreesanth/Sudeep Tyagi.
Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (capt./wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Thilina Kandamby, Thissara Perera, Suraj Randiv, Nuwan Kulasekara, Thilan Thushara/ Suranga Lakmal , Chanaka Welegedara.
After Sreesanth it is Paddy Upton. Yes he is suffering from Swine flu. He is India’s metal conditioning coach.
He is the second member from the Indian cricket team to fall victim to HN with pacer S Sreesanth being the first one.
Meanwhile Sreesanth was tested possitve for the flu and was admitted to Fortis Hospital and now he is discharged.
Even Gambhir and two other persons were tested but the result negative.
After the Swine flu attacking the Indian camp, there is relief after tension. Sreesanth is recovering from Swine flu. Much to the relief of the Indian camp the swab tests of opener Gautam Gambhir, team manager Mayank Parekh and video analyst Dhananjay, have returned negative for swine flu.
The Chief Doctor of Fortis Hospital said that there is no need to test the whole squad. Only those who have symptoms should be tested. He also said Sreesanth was fine.His condition is improving, but he will remain admitted until he recovers fully.