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Knight Riders- The new Avatar!

After three humiliating IPL seasons Shahrukh Khan left no stone unturned for KKR team selections this year. He did his best in bagging the best performers around. This team of KKR is 100 percent new, fresh,better and formidable comparing the previous seasons. However the team has taken a tough decision by leaving Sourav Dada aside, who was their icon Cricketer in the last 3 seasons, even though his performances were not up to the mark.  Read the rest of this entry

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ICC World Cup 2011

With less than a year to go for the World Cup, India prepares to host the World Cup in a superb fashion. There are renovations seen in many stadiums. Here are the schedules:-

Date and Time Match Weather
2011
Sat Feb 19 1st match – India v Bangladesh
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
N/A
2011
Sun Feb 20 3rd match – Sri Lanka v Canada
Hambantota International Cricket Stadium
N/A
Sun Feb 20 2nd match – Kenya v New Zealand
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
N/A
Mon Feb 21 4th match – Australia v Zimbabwe
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
N/A
Tue Feb 22 5th match – England v Netherlands
Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur
N/A
Wed Feb 23 6th match – Kenya v Pakistan
Hambantota International Cricket Stadium
N/A
Thu Feb 24 7th match – South Africa v West Indies
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
N/A
Fri Feb 25 9th match – Bangladesh v Ireland
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
N/A
Fri Feb 25 8th match – Australia v New Zealand
Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur
N/A
Sat Feb 26 10th match – Pakistan v Sri Lanka
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
N/A
Sun Feb 27 11th match – India v England
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
N/A
Mon Feb 28 12th match – Netherlands v West Indies
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
N/A
Mon Feb 28 13th match – Canada v Zimbabwe
Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur
N/A
Tue Mar 1 14th match – Kenya v Sri Lanka
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
N/A
Wed Mar 2 15th match – England v Ireland
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
N/A
Thu Mar 3 17th match – Canada v Pakistan
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
N/A
Thu Mar 3 16th match – Netherlands v South Africa
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
N/A
Fri Mar 4 19th match – Bangladesh v West Indies
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
N/A
Fri Mar 4 18th match – New Zealand v Zimbabwe
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
N/A
Sat Mar 5 20th match – Australia v Sri Lanka
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
N/A
Sun Mar 6 21st match – India v Ireland
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
N/A
Sun Mar 6 22nd match – England v South Africa
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
N/A
Mon Mar 7 23rd match – Canada v Kenya
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
N/A
Tue Mar 8 24th match – New Zealand v Pakistan
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
N/A
Wed Mar 9 25th match – India v Netherlands
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
N/A
Thu Mar 10 26th match – Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
N/A
Fri Mar 11 28th match – Bangladesh v England
Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
N/A
Fri Mar 11 27th match – Ireland v West Indies
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
N/A
Sat Mar 12 29th match – India v South Africa
Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur
N/A
Sun Mar 13 30th match – Canada v New Zealand
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
N/A
Sun Mar 13 31st match – Australia v Kenya
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
N/A
Mon Mar 14 33rd match – Bangladesh v Netherlands
Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
N/A
Mon Mar 14 32nd match – Pakistan v Zimbabwe
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
N/A
Tue Mar 15 34th match – Ireland v South Africa
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
N/A
Wed Mar 16 35th match – Australia v Canada
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
N/A
Thu Mar 17 36th match – England v West Indies
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
N/A
Fri Mar 18 37th match – New Zealand v Sri Lanka
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
N/A
Fri Mar 18 38th match – Ireland v Netherlands
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
N/A
Sat Mar 19 40th match – Bangladesh v South Africa
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
N/A
Sat Mar 19 39th match – Australia v Pakistan
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
N/A
Sun Mar 20 41st match – Kenya v Zimbabwe
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
N/A
Sun Mar 20 42nd match – India v West Indies
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
N/A
Wed Mar 23 Quarter Final – TBC v TBC
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
N/A
Thu Mar 24 Quarter Final – TBC v TBC
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
N/A
Fri Mar 25 Quarter Final – TBC v TBC
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur
N/A
Sat Mar 26 Quarter Final – TBC v TBC
Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad
N/A
Tue Mar 29 Semi Final – TBC v TBC
R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
N/A
Wed Mar 30 Semi Final – TBC v TBC
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
N/A
Sat Apr 2 Final – TBC v TBC
Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
N/A

For a must win match Lanka pose India 316 as the target

With India winning 21, it was a must win match for The Islanders so they came in with many changes and high spirit. It was a different start as Dilshan and Tharanga kept quiet until the 6th over. In the 9th over, Dilshan pulled Nehra’s bouncer which was brilliantly caught by Virat Kohli.

As Dilshan departed for only 9, Ishant Sharma was introduced. The flow of boundaries started when Jayasuriya and Tharanga scored 20 runs of Ishant’s 1st over. Jayasuriya was in fine knock but it ended when Zaheer Khan struck him for 15 of 15 balls.

The Captain himself came in to bat today at No.4. Tharanga and Sanga were scoring runs in a brisk pace not allowing the bowlers to settle. It was a fine batting from both as Tharanga scored 100 and Sangakkara with a 50. But the 126 run parnership ended when The Lankan Skipper tried to attempt a cheeky shot but deceived but the spin of Harbhajan and stumped by Karthik for 60 runs.

The Experience Mahela came in as Kumar departed. Runs were coming very good in both ends. As they put on a 36 run partnership, The batting powerplay was chosen and Zaheer Khan was introduced. But in his first ball he struck the Tharanga’s timber and made him to depart for 118.

This time as Tharanga departed there was a surprise in wait for the Indians when Thisara Perera was sent in. No one thought he would play so well. But he blistered fours and six as he went on to score 31 of 14 and was caught out bowled by Nehra with a beautiflu catch in sqaure leg by Jadeja.

Jayawardane too was run out with a athletic performance by Nehra for a direct hit. Then with interruptions of light failure match started and Lanka managed to score 316 for the loss of 6 wickets.

The most shameful part for Indian cricket as the lights went of in the middle. This happened in IPL too. Its real shame which wasted 1520 minutes.

No sale of tickets for Kolkata ODI

After about 34 months The “Mecca of Cricket” or commonly called the Eden Gardens got to host an ODI in its jam packed stadium. Everybody in Kolkata would expect to go and watch it. But unfortunately for the spectators in the stadium there is no tickets. I’m not joking its true.

The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) could incur a loss of up to Rs.2.5 crore from gate sales as there will not be any single priced ticket during the fourth ODI tomorrow.

“Our collection from the gate sales could have gone up to Rs.2.5 crore had there been a full house. And normally, we get full house in ODIs at the Eden. Moreover, with Eden getting an ODI after more than 34 months, the spectator interest would have been at its peak,” said a CAB source.

The coliseum of cricket last hosted an ODI between the islanders i.e the Lankans and The Men in Blue on Feb 8,2007 but unfortunately the match was washed out. It then hosted an India-Pakistan test in Nov 2007.

The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) could incur a loss of up to Rs.2.5 crore from gate sales as there will not be a single priced ticket

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during the fourth India-Sri Lanka One-dayer at the Eden Gardens on Dec 24.

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