March 21, 2009

India Win – One Down, Two To Go

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What a spectacular sight for the Indian fans around the world? We have been showcased with a truely professional show by the Indian team. Right from Day One, they’ve been on top of the New Zealand team and never let them bounce back to change the balance of the game. The seamers took the advantage on the First day sending six Kiwi batsmen into the pavilion in the first session itself. Thanks to Zak and Ishant Sharma. The duo seem to enjoy each others’ company. The hosts had no way of getting back from there on.

Daniel Vettori and Jesse Ryder played superb century knocks, but it didn’t seem enough as they managed only 279. Indians then sent the Kiwis on a leather hunt. There was contributions form everyone. Sachin was at his best hitting almost every delivery out of the middle of his bat. He got company from almost everyone. Rahul Dravid also looked comfortable and scored a half century. He deserved a century for his sheer class. But none the less, the job had been done.

It was a great sight to watch Sachin play his straight drives and the back-foot punches with such ease. Except for the delivery that got him, he never made one mistake. He, I think, has missed the opportunity of scoring a double hundred for the second time in this series, the first being during the ODI series. Zaheer Khan chipped in with a 51* and that took India past the 500 runs mark.

Even during the second innings, the bowlers were up to the mark. They did everything right and took wickets at regular intervals without letting the Kiwis build a partnership. Harbhajan produced his best spell away from home picking up six wickets that left the Kiwis gasping. They had no answer to the turbanator. For the first time ever, I found Munaf Patel impressive. Even he chipped in with couple of wickets. More than the wickets, it was his discipline and consistent pace that impressed me the most. India was set a target of 39 which they scored off in no time. The game came to a close in under four days and thats impressive. We have outclassed them in every department of the game.

Dhoni magic still seems to be working and it is a very good sign. With almost every batsmen in the top 6 looking in good shape, the Kiwis have a lot of work to do.We will see a lot more changes in the Kiwi line up for the second test and if the weather permits, we should have a good contest on the cards. We can expect another run feast during the next test mainly because of the form that the batsmen form both the teams (mostly Indians) are showcasing.

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March 9, 2009

When The Batsmen Ruled, The Sixes Rained!!!

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Christchurch did see an amazing display of Batsmanship. The crowd couldn’t have asked for more. The climate, for once, was amazing and it was something that all of us had been waiting for. MSD again won the toss and decided to bat first. Sehwag fell early without being able to make the most of the splendid wicket. The ground looked small and I felt that Indians won’t score so much after Sehwag departed.

Gambhir walked in and he didn’t look his usual self. He looked very scratchy and he was not even able to put the bad balls through the gap. He looked completely out of touch. I was not surprised to see him get out to such a weak shot. Then came the turn in the tide. Tendulkar joined hands with Yuvraj Singh and the duo just did everything right. They kept clobbering runs of every over at an alarming rate.

Yuvraj made the best use of the small dimensions and kept clearing the rope every now and then. The duo were particularly deadly during the third power play during which they managed to score 78 runs off 5 overs!!! But Yuvraj fell 13 runs short of the century. By then the damage was done and the platform was set for a big score. Later Dhoni took over from Yuvraj and joined hands with the Little Master.

Tendulkar reached his first centuryin New ZealandĀ  at almost run a ball and then completely changed gears. He went from strength to strength and he looked like the vintage Tendulkar. He was set to score a 200, but then he got injured and retired after an amazing knock of 163*. Raina then came in and smashed a 18 ball 38 to ensure that the scoring rate didn’t fall.

In the last two overs, the Kiwis came back and ensured to keep India under 400. Clearly they missed Daniel Vettori and it showed. New Zealand also started off briskly and Jesse Ryder and Brendon McCullum seemed to take the game away from the Indians. Both scored at more than run a ball and Ryder was ruthless. He smashed his ton off just 71 balls. The duop put on 164 for the first wicket. After that they collapsed to 217/7. The tailenders then took the game alarmingly close. Kyle Mills scored a 50 in about 25 odd balls to put them back on track. But his dismissal opened the gates again.

The Kiwis were caught 53 runs short of the target. Clearly Brendon McCullum had a tough day as the Captain. A total of 31 sixes were scored in the game ( India – 18, New Zealand – 13 ) which is the new record. The total runs scored in the game stands second only to the 400+ chase that South Africa made against Australia. Many more records also tumbled in due course. Tendulkar was adjudged the Man Of The Match.

September 11, 2008

ICC Awards 2008 Round Up

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West Indian Batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul bagged the ICC Player Of The Year. With this award, he is the fifth player to receive this prestigious award. He out did the other contenders in Greame Smith, Dale Steyn and Mahela Jayawardene.

South African Dale Steyn was awarded with the Test Player Of The Year. He was in a phenomenal form last year where he became the fastest to 50 test wickets. India’s ODI skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, was awarded the ICC ODI Player Of The Year. Even he has been in good touch steering his team home on many occations.

His deputy, Yuvraj Singh bagged the inaugral ICC T20 Player Of The Year for the six sixes that he hit in the T20 World Cup. The newest Spin Sensation, Ajantha Mendis ran away with the Emerging Player Of The Year Award for his splendid performance against the Indians. The Australian Umpire, Simon Taufel, got his fifth award as the Umpire Of The Year after being voted by all the Captains of the 10 member nations and the 8 match referees.

Sri Lanka received the award for Spirit Of Cricket for the second consecutive time for they have managed to behave very well on the field. English Skipper, Charlotte Edwards won the Women’s Player Of The Year after steering her team to a 4-0 win over the Indians. The ICC Test and ODI twelve have been announced and here is the list.

ICC Test Team of the Year : Greame Smith (SA, capt), Virender Sehwag (Ind), Mahela Jayawardene (SL), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (WI), Kevin Pietersen (Eng), Jacques Kallis (SA), Kumar Sangakkara (SL, wk), Brett Lee (Aus), Ryan Sidebottom (Eng), Dale Steyn (SA), Muttiah Muralitharan (SL). 12th man: Stuart Clark (Aus).

ICC ODI Team of the Year : Hershelle Gibbs (SA), Sachin Tendulkar (Ind), Ricky Ponting (Aus, capt), Younis Khan (Pak), Andrew Symonds (Aus), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Ind, wk), Farveez Maharoof (SL), Daniel Vettori (NZ), Brett Lee (Aus), Mitchell Johnson (Aus), Nathan Bracken (Aus). 12th man: Salman Butt (Pak)

May 26, 2008

A Complete Test Match Which England Clinches

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We have seen everything during this test match, early wickets, a cameo innings, a strong fightback and winning after coming from behind. What else can you ask for as a fan rather than watching a see-sawing test match. I’d be happy had I been one of the spectators at the stadium. It has been one cracker of a test match.

The first innings saw the New Zealand top-order collapse. The ship was then steadied by an amazing counter-attacking century from Ross Taylor. It was one of the best innings that I’ve ever come across. That helped New Zealand put up a decent 381 after the shaky start. Then came New Zealand’s turn again with the ball. Daniel Vettori proved his weight in gold and picked up a “five for” to dismiss England for a paltry 202. Everyone must have put their money on New Zealand by then. New Zealand lead by 179.

Thats when things started to change. New Zealand were bowled over by Monty Panesar and his romance with Manchester seemed to continue. He brought back England right into the game when everything seemed out of reach for them. He picked up six crucial wickets that saw New Zealand tumble from 50/2 to 114 all out. England had to chase down 294 in their last innings.

Andrew Strauss then delivered what was expected from him. He scored his ton that saw England completely overhaul New Zealand. This is the fifth best “coming from back” victory after conceding an innings lead in the first innings. He played so very fluently. By the time he was dismissed, the job was almost done. The others did the rest. I’d take any result other than a draw in this match. England finally won by 6 wickets to take a 1- 0 lead in the series. Lots of work for New Zealand to do.

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May 24, 2008

Ross Taylor Ton Puts New Zealand In A Comfortable Position

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Ross Taylor played a remarkable innings to ensure that his side were in a comfortable position. He coped up well with the English bowlers bowling bouncers and his authority was something that should have been noted. It was a kind of counter-attacking innings. He displayed a wide range of shots and never looked troubled at all. This is second test century and he put on a note-worthy partnership with Kyle Mills who scored 57.

Earlier in the match, Jacob Oram and Daniel Vettori gave away their wickets when it was important for them to score runs. Daniel Flynn was retired hurt when he was hit by an Anderson bouncer and this meant that the black caps were a batsman short. At the end if the innigs, Ross Taylor remained unbeaten on 154. What a treat it has been from him?

Its game on after a decent total of 381 put on by New Zealand. Who knows, a couple of quick wickets can have England in trouble.

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