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The Royal Battle to Unforgettable Glory

Border Gavaskar Trophy 2010, perhaps  the most awaited test series of the year… for it was the clash of two world class teams, Numero Uno test team India and the second best test team Australia. Read the rest of this entry

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Ajantha Mendis: No more a mystery

Ajantha Mendis came into the World of International Cricket as unpredictable and mysterious spinner. His off breaks, googlies and flippers bewildered all the Batsmen. He became the most successful bowler in his starting periods of his career. Read the rest of this entry

The Smiling Assassin- End of an era

So an era in Sri Lankan cricket finally comes to an end. Correction! An era in International test cricket finally comes to an end.

Muttiah Muralitharan. A name which sent a severe chill down the spine of the best batsmen around the globe finally calls it quits. He has been quite a name to reckon with throughout his august career. Read the rest of this entry

Asia Cup to be held next month

Asian Cricket Council announced the schedule of the Micromax Asia Cup 2010 which is to be held in Sri Lanka involving the four Asian teams- Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. Seven ODIs will be played between June 15th and June 24th in Dambulla, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka is the defending champions of the Asia Cup as they defeated India in 2008 at Karachi. This year will have three reserve days.

SCHEDULE

Asia Cup Schedule and Fixtures 2010:

S.NO. DAY
DATE
TIME TEAMS VENUE
1 Tuesday
June 15, 2010
2:30 PM (IST)
14:30 local, 09:00 GMT
Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Dambulla
2 Wednesday
June 16, 2010
2:30 PM (IST)
14:30 local, 09:00 GMT
Bangladesh vs India Dambulla
3 Thursday
June 17, 2010
2:30 PM (IST)
14:30 local, 09:00 GMT
Reserve Day
4 Friday
June 18, 2010
2:30 PM (IST)
14:30 local, 09:00 GMT
Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh Dambulla
5 Saturday
June 19, 2010
2:30 PM (IST)
14:30 local, 09:00 GMT
India vs Pakistan Dambulla
6 Sunday
June 20, 2010
2:30 PM (IST)
14:30 local, 09:00 GMT
Reserve Day Dambulla
7 Monday
June 21, 2010
2:30 PM (IST)
14:30 local, 09:00 GMT
Bangladesh vs Pakistan Dambulla
8 Tuesday
June 22, 2010
2:30 PM (IST)
14:30 local, 09:00 GMT
Sri Lanka vs India Dambulla
9 Wednesday
June 23, 2010
2:30 PM (IST)
14:30 local, 09:00 GMT
Reserve Day Dambulla
10 Thursday
June 24, 2010
2:30 PM (IST)
14:30 local, 09:00 GMT
Final Dambulla

West Indies T20 Squad

The West Indies Cricket Board has made hell of surprises in  the T20 World Cup squad. The yougies, Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo and Lendl Simmons who played a major role in domestic T20 tournaments for WI have not been chosen.

But, Veterans Shiv Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Jerome Taylor made a comeback to the West Indies team.

Andre Fletcher who with his poor run has not been dropped from the squad. He will open along with the long stand Opener Chris Gayle. He will also be a reserve keeper for Dinesh Ramdin.

The Chief of the selectors said:-

Wavell Hinds has been recalled and he brings a wealth of experience. He is a knowledgeable cricketer and we believe can make a good contribution in the middle-order as well.

The strength is in the all-round ability of the team. Overall, we have a balanced side with good all-round strength. We want to prepare well, because good preparation leads to good results

We have Chris Gayle at the top of the order and he can be a match-winner. It is also good to have our experienced players in the middle-order – Shiv Chanderpaul and Ramnaresh Sarwan – and this gives us strength in the batting.

We are confident our players will deliver on the home stage. If we play as a unit we have a very good chance of winning the ICC T20 World Tournament

SQUAD:-

Chris Gayle (Captain), Sulieman Benn, Dwayne Bravo, Shiv Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Andre Fletcher, Wavell Hinds, Nikita Miller, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Darren Sammy, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Jerome Taylor

Zimbabwe confirms India, Sri Lanka tri series

Yet another tour for India facing the Neighbors- The Lankans. They have played the most number of games each other in the past 3 years. But, this time they will have a change as it is in Zimbabwe.

Yes, the Zimbabwe Cricket Board has confirmed the tri-series with India and Sri Lanka.

The Lankans, Indians and Zimbabweans with play from May 29th to June 9th, with the first three games played at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo and the next four including the final at Harare Sports Club in Harare.

And, its not only the One Dayers, but India will face the Men in Red for 2 Twenty-20 games on June 12th and 13th in Harare.

Its a jam packed Schedule for the Indians, now IPL, then after 4 days gap, T20 World Cup in West Indies, then more to come.

Date Fixture Venue
28 May 2010 Zimbabwe v India (ODI) Queens Sports Club
30 May 2010 India v Sri Lanka (ODI) Queens Sports Club
1 June 2010 Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka (ODI) Queens Sports Club
3 June 2010 Zimbabwe v India (ODI) Harare Sports Club
5 June 2010 India v Sri Lanka (ODI) Harare Sports Club
7 June 2010 Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka (ODI) Harare Sports Club
9 June 2010 Final (ODI) Harare Sports Club
12 June 2010 Zimbabwe v India (1st T20I) Harare Sports Club
13 June 2010 Zimbabwe v India (2nd T20I) Harare Sports Club

Virender Sehwag is now Padma Shri Sehwag!

Yes, Explosive Indian opener Virender Sehwag will receive the Padma Shri annual award tomorrow of his excellence in cricket.

Sehwag, rightly is been awarded for the Padma Shri for his explosive batting last year. He is the only Indian cricketer to achieve this feat this year.

Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal are among the six sports persons who were selected for the Padma Shri awards today.

Apart from the trio, country’s only Formula One driver Narain Karthikeyan, hockey player Ignace Tirkey and cricket coach Ramakant Achrekar – whose notable pupils include Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli – were also selected for the award.

In today’s post match press conference Sachin Tendulkar quoted this:

“He truly deserves it”

Defending Champs knocked out of U-19 WC

Its been a unlucky show for the Indians when they defend any cup. Yes, Dhoni and Co couldn’t defend their T20 world cup title in England getting thrashed out in the Quarter Finals.

It has been the same story in the Under 19 World Cup in the New Zealand this Summer.

The defending champs, India got off to a superb start in this tournament beating Afghanistan and almost beating England.

This team is no where compared to Kohli’s brave hearts who deserved and won the cup in Malaysia.Kohli’s team was all the way in 2008 like Dhoni’s T20 eleven.

But,eh…the match with the arch rivals Pakistan was a great down to the wire game where the Greens knocked India out and clinched victory.

With overnight rain in the Lincoln cricket ground, the 50 over game was drastically reduced to a 23 over making it almost a T20 game, but neither of both teams change gears. Both the neighbors played is as same as a 50 over game.

The Indians managed just 114 runs giving away 9 wickets in the process. In reply the Pakis managed the total with just 3 balls to spare. Hats off to some great contributions.

Indian bowling was out of words, i mean excellent in the first 10 overs. It looked to me that they will win the World Cup with this superb bowling attack.

The Pakistanis were 16 with the collapse of three wickets until Ahsan Ali brought them back into the match with a 45-ball 30 before being run-out by Jaydev Unadkat.

Wickets tumbled at regular intervals but Pakistan kept themselves in the hunt with some brisk scoring.

Rameez Aziz (28) and Hammad Azam (21 not out) turned out to be the heroes for Pakistan as they found the boundaries and sixes when it mattered the most.

Most of the match, the run rate was below 6 run a over so it looked a cake walk after the Pakistani boys settled.

Indeed it is an important win for Pakistan which takes them to the Semi Finals against the West Indians.

The system of quarter finals was like a knock out cup. You lose a match by just a ball or a valuable run, you’re out of this tournament. Thats it!

This system looks interesting especially to squeeze a world cup in short time. But it won’t benefit teams.

Middle order help India to put on 279

Winning the toss The Lankans choose to field as usual with a low batting team. The Indians started off good but Welegedara bowled Gambhir out for 8 runs to make him take the huge walk early. Kohli too didn’t look in fine touch as he too was caught behind with a beautiful going away delivery by Welegedara.

Meanwhile Sehwag thrashed 9 fours to end up his innings in a cheeky fashion when Chanaka Welegedara swinged one away from him. Trouble time started when it was 71-3 as middle order was exposed and had no backup. But Dhoni and Yuvraj put on a 99 run partnership chipping singles here and there and scoring some boundaries.

Dhoni ended the partnership when he knocked one to the Keeper with the away ball of Thisira Perera. Yuvraj kept on going for six more overs but soon fell to Perera for 74 runs.

After his dismissal it looked that even 250 was impossible but the likes of Raina and Jadeja made it easy as both put on cameos of 35 and 39 each. Wickets tumbled after Raina’s wicket when they took the Batting powerplay.

Harbhajan got out in a laughing fashion, but Jadeja tried to keep the pace and at last India ended up for 279.

The target for Lankans is 280. It might be tough because there is no Dilshan and Jayawardane.


With Ashraful’s 75, The Banglas power to 260 in 50 overs

This Idea cup started of with a fantastic batting performance of The Banglas in Shere–Bangla stadium in Mirpur,Dhaka. The Lankan skipper Kumar Ssangakkara started off the series by winning the toss and chosing to bowl first.

He opening pair looked in a good touch today as Tamim Iqbal and his other partner Kayes. But Kayes soon fell to end the partnership of 65 runs with Kulasekara’s wicket.

As soon as Mohd Ashraful came in and started getting in touch soon a wicket fell in the other end. Then wickets started tumbling as the both “Al-Hasan” i.e skipper Shakib and Raqib got out cheply to the young boy Suranga Lakmal.

It was a good chance for the wicket keeper Mushfiq Rahim to score runs and give partner to Ashraf. But with a good cameo he ended his innings of 35 with the spin of Lakmal.

Mahmudullah too got a good chance and he too gave a good stand with Ashraf. He too ended his innings for 45 with the same spin of Suraj Randiv.

Now it was the time to start thrashing as batting powerplay was already on.

Ashraful attempted it but failed and was dismissed  for 75 in the 49th over. As closing in to the 50th over it was to to aim for 250 with Naeem Islam and Abdur Rassak on the 22 yard.

It was- unexpected in the 50th over. It was 240 for 7 and the beautiful bowler Lakmal was introduced. The 1st ball itself was thrashed for a four by Islam.

He scored 2 awesome sixes in the next 2 balls and on the 4th ball mis-attempted it but came back for 2 runs. Next ball was a single and the last ball was run for again a couple to comfortably end their innings for 260. Fantastic enuf but low target set for the Lankans for whom 414 was too was not enough.

Lets see if Banglas came turn it over.

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