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No Referral System for Indo- Aus Series

We saw a lot of Wrong Decisions in the Match between India and Sri Lanka recently due to which India lost the game. So, we blame the Umpires for wrong decisions. But, it was available the Tri Series and because India did not want it, it was not used. So somehow India paid the price for not accepting the URDS system. Read the rest of this entry

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Silva back, Welegedara, Kandamby left out of tri series

The Sri Lankan Selectors selected the Lankan squad for the tri series involving India and New Zealand starting August 10th in Lanka. Left hand Seamer Chanaka Welegedara and Batsman Thilina Kandamby have been left out for the Series. They are replaced by Pacer Dilhara Fernando and Batsman Chamara Silva. Read the rest of this entry

Chigumbura to captain as Utseya resigns

After the sudden resignation of Prosper Utseya, Zimbabwe Cricket Board has named all rounder Elton Chigumbura as their next captain.

Just after the Zimbabwe team returned from the T20 World Cup in West Indies, Prosper Utseya handed over his resignation letter to the Board.

Prosper Utseya said:-It has been a privilege for me to captain Zimbabwe for the past four years.

It has been an experience that has been fraught with many emotions, though I am glad to say that, overall, I have enjoyed the experience immensely and would not have wished for it to be otherwise.

I remain committed to the cause of the team and Zimbabwe Cricket. That commitment is something every international sportsman has. It is more so for those who, like me, have had the honour to lead their national sides.

Utseya captained the team from May 2006, for nearly four years which includes 67 One-Day Internationals and all of the 10 Twenty20 International. He is the economical spinner who will be retained in the team.

Elton Chigumbura being Captain said:- I am humbled by the confidence that the cricket committee and the ZC Board has shown in me to select me for this role.

It is a privilege to lead a team that I have been growing and playing with all these years and I look forward to the challenge.

Zimbabwe squad:

Elton Chigumbura (c), Tatenda Taibu (wk), Brendan Taylor, Prosper Utseya, Chamu Chibhabha, Andy Blignaut, Charles Coventry, Graeme Cremer, Craig Ervine, Greg Lamb, Hamilton Masakadza, Chris Mpofu, Ray Price, Ed Rainsford, Vusi Sibanda

Dishan to captain Lanka in tri-series

COLOMBO: Like India, Sri Lanka too have rested some big names. TM Dilshan has given yet another opportunity to lead the Sri Lankan side for the tri-series in Zimbabwe which involves India, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka.

Some big names including Captain Kumar Sangakkara, Opener Mahela Jayawardane, Lasith Malinga and Veteran Sanath Jayasuriya have not been picked up for the tournament.

Muttiah Muralidharan, the best bowler ever for Sri Lanka missed out of the T20 World Cup earlier because of a groin injury has not been picked as he is not fully recovered.

All rounder, Angelo Mathews has been given the responsibility to depute Dilshan as Vice Captain.

Newbie Lahiru Thirimanne, who played two ODIs and uncapped Jeewan Mendis are a part of the 15 member squad.

Dilhara Fernando has been given a chance for Lasith Malinga along with opener Upul Tharanga and middle order batsman Chamara Silva who were out of T20 World cup.

The Tri- nation tournament kicks starts from May 28th in Bulawayo.

Sri Lanka squad: Tillakaratne Dilshan (capt), Angelo Mathews (vice-capt), Upul Tharanga, Thilan Samaraweera, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Chamara Kapugedera, Suraj Randiv, Nuwan Kulasekara, Thilan Thushara, Ajantha Mendis, Jeevan Mendis, Dilhara Fernando, Chamara Silva, Thissira Perera

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

India loose the Thriller

It once looked that India are the favorites, me too told that but now it is wrong. Sri Lanka dominated the match. India struggled, were under pressure, injury concern.etc.

All started off when Sangakkara won the toss and choose to bowl. As usual he selected this because of the due factor. But in the third ball of the Indian inning, Gambhir fell for a duck clean bowled by Kulasekara.

They like a row of cycle, wickets started tumbling, Kohli and Yuvraj went to the hut soon, especially Yuvraj went back to a hut with a golden duck.

Mr. Cool Skipper, Dhoni too couldn’t manage to score runs as too fell for 14 in the superb opening spell of Kulasekara.

Now, a sure partnership was needed to keep the hopes alive. Yes, Raina and Jadeja put on a needed partnership of 106 runs. But after the Drinks break in the 34th over, Dilshan struck on the pars of Jadeja.

Even with the departure of Jadeja, Raina went on to score a hundred. But, unfortunately when they to the Powerplay, wickets tumbled and India managed on 245.

The Lankan innings was expected with a high opening partnership but in 1st over Nehra struck Tharanga.

After this, they started scoring fours and also took singles. Wickets fell in their batting. But they went on to score 246 and take the cup back home.

This time, even though the Indian bowling was good, they couldn’t restrict them.

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.

Schedule

Jan 4
14:00 IST
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
1st ODI
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka
Jan 5
14:00 IST
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
2nd ODI
India v Sri Lanka
Jan 7
14:00 IST
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
3rd ODI
Bangladesh v India
Jan 8
14:00 IST
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
4th ODI
Bangladesh v Sri Lanka
Jan 10
14:00 IST
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
5th ODI
India v Sri Lanka
Jan 11
14:00 IST
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
6th ODI
Bangladesh v India
Jan 13
14:00 IST
Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
Final
T.B.C. v T.B.C.
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