January 17, 2008

Masterclass By The Masters

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:21 am by techtwist

India won the toss on a lovely,sunny day and Kumble,with full trust on his Batsmen,elects to bat.Sehwag started the proceedings with a boundary of the very first over of the game bowled by Brett Lee.Soon the new Indian opening pair of Sehwag and Jaffer had put up the best stand for the series of 57 before Sehwag fell to Johnson.Then walked in Rahul Dravid at his usual number 3 position.Soon after Jaffer also got out fishing one outside his off stump off the bowling off Brett Lee.

Sachin Tendulkar walked into the ground with a standing ovation by the crowd at the WACA.What followed was a thorough masterclass of brilliant batting.Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid adopted their own ways to tackle the bounce and both of their techniques proved to be quite handy.

Dravid was dropped on 11 by Michael Clarke.Tendulkar had full control on his upper cuts while Dravid,at the other end,was at his best taking his own time and milking the bowlers later.None of the Australian bowlers had any clue of where to bowl to these two Batsmen as they were very good on both sides of the wickets and equally adjusted to the bounce of the WACA demon.

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Tendulkar reached his 50 with a upper cut which he played so deliberately.Soon after,even Dravid caught up with Tendulkar and posted his 50.Both seemed set for a big one before Tendulkar was done in by a Brett Lee delivery caught in front of the wicket.Replays suggested that the ball would have missed the stumps by quite a distance but the umpire can be forgiven for he gave some pretty good decisions too.Tendulkar walked off in complete disbelief.

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Even after Tendulkar fell and wickets kept tumbling at the other end,Dravid looked calm and composed and kept scoring runs at will.Dravid put on another 64 with Laxman before he lost his calm when on 93 and played a rather uncharacteristic shot off Andrew Symonds.He looked in complete dismay as he walked off the field.Both of them deserved a century.

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Soon the Indians lost way and ended the day on 297/6.They could have scored another 40-50 runs had Tendulkar and Dravid carried on.They never looked like getting out.But whatever happened is a matter of the past.Yet both showed who they were and yet again Tendulkar stamped his authority at WACA proving time and again that he is good on any sort of wicket.His statistics is pretty good at WACA and let us hope that we outplay the Australians from here on.

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January 15, 2008

The WACA Warfield

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Finally there has been a proper direction given to the Melbourne mishap.Both Captains have finally agreed to certain terms and conditions and also have scrapped the catching agreement.Both Anil Kumble and Ricky Ponting were seen in a good mood at a conference and rather looked quite confident of nothing short than a wonderful on-field battle at Perth.

With Harbhajan’s hearing being postponed to post-series stage even he can concentrate with the job on hand.So did the Indians backed off their charges against Brad Hogg.So the relationship between the teams seem to be quite good off the field.

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Shaun Tait will get his first opportunity for the series to have a go at the Indian Batsmen.He would like to prove a point here at the pacy WACA.The pitch here seems to be getting back to its hayday best offering enough assistance to the quicks.With Hayden being injured due to a pulled hamstring,the Australians have roped in the local boy Chris Rogers as the other specialist opener.Having known the wicket quite well the onus is on him to perform.

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As far as the Indians are concerned the think tank has a tough task ahead of the Perth contest.With all the four openers – Virender Sehwag,Wasim Jaffer,Dinesh Karthick and Rahul Dravid – being among runs its a problem of plenty now.I see Virender Sehwag being roped in for the out of form Yuvraj Singh and Dravid back to where he belongs.

Now the stadium at perth boasts of hosting all the three forms of the game within a span of three months – A ODI against the Sri Lankans,A T20 against the New Zealand black caps and now the Test against the Indians.With quite a few changes in both the teams and with Gilchrist expressing the Aussie desire for the seventeenth one on a trot,it promises to be a contest of a lifetime as only Sachin Tendulkar remains the sole person to have played a test at WACA.Some of the others have played a ODI here where they were thoroughly outplayed during the last two contests here.

PS: Picture Courtesy : Cricinfo

January 8, 2008

The Sydney Shocker

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:21 am by techtwist

Its been quite sometime since I came up with a post as I was caught up with some work.But then I had a reason to get back to posting after having witnessed what happened in Sydney.Check out the NEWS channels for more details and also for a source of inspiration.

The match was surely to be a cracker as everyone was quite sure of an Indian comeback of some sorts after loosing the first match in the fashion that they shouldn’t have.Indeed they succeeded in making a comeback sending the Australian Batsmen packing.But Ricky Ponting was given not out off Ganguly’s bowling when he had clearly edged a ball to Dhoni.He was on 17 then and went on to score 55 before another dubious decision did him.Luckily it was not one of those hay days for Mr.Punter.

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Then it was Symonds turn to get an outside edge off the unlucky rookie Ishanth Sharma again caught by Dhoni.He was on 30 then and went on to make 162*.On the course of his innings he had few more decisions like a couple of stumping appeals that went in his favour though he was clearly done.But again he was let off the hook.From a commanding position on 134/6 the Indians were made to let the Aussies off the hook to a respectable total of 463.What followed was that Hogg,Lee and Johnson , all weilding their willow with the confidence that Symonds was at the other end.

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This issue didn’t stop here.Then came the ball of the match by Bret Lee when he picked up Jaffer with a beautiful away swinging yorker.Later the television replays suggested that it was a no-ball that went un-noticed and hence forth Jaffer’s poor run continued.This was followed by the most wonderful phase of the game.The game was swinging between the two teams.After Jaffer’s dismissal Laxman produced a sensational innings which showed his authority over the Aussie bowling.Dravid game him a good support and both put on 175 for the second wicket.The Aussies soon had both of them in the pavilion and it was Tendulkar and Ganguly with a note-worthy stand.Again the aussies came back hard with the wickets of Ganguly,Yuvraj,Dhoni and Kumble falling quickly.Tendulkar was running out of partners until he found one in Harbhajan Singh.Indians were placed on a tricky 345/7 when Harbhajan walked in.

Then on both took off and Tendulkar went on to make his century showing everyone what he is capable of.Harbhajan too didn’t disappoint and made a controlled 63 in the company of the Little Master.Thats when the Harbhajan-Symonds incident had supposed to have occured.Indians fenally ended with a good 69 run lead.Australians replied with a century from Hayden and again the debacle continued.It was now Mr.Cricket given not out when on 45 who went on to make 145*.The Aussies finished up with a lead of 332.

The Indians had an achievable target of 333 in 70 odd overs.Things never seemed right for the Indians with a close lbw decision going against Laxman and Tendulkar inside edging Stuart Clark.Then Ganguly came in and went after the Aussie bowling and was playing beautifully ably suported by Dravid at the other end.Things seemed to get back to normal until again disaster struck in the form of Dravid and Ganguly being given out though they weren’t out clearly.This turned out to be really decisive as Dravid was just finding his lost form and was startting to open up withGanguly going out with all guns blazing at the other end.Indians,at this point,needed just 230 with 44 overs at their disposal.

Soon after Yuvraj’s poor show with the willow continued even infront of his Lady Love who was present their.Dhoni and kumble started the recovery and then Dhoni was finally dismissed.Soon after Michael Clarke was introduced and the Indians collapsed like a pack of cards with one more close decicion against R.P.Singh.Kumble was stranded at the other end watching the proceedings helplessly though he battled with a gritty 45 off 111 balls.He was in total disarray when he walked off the field and also when he addressed the media.

One thing that I don’t understand is why don’t umpires make use of the technology properly?in this case even the Third Umpire gave a dubious decision.In all the umpiring standards were really poor and it is a much painful feeling that it was one of the top rated umpires who was the centre of attraction.Mr.Bucknor boasts of a 96% record,the most by anyone at this juncture.The point being that his 4% wrong decisions have been mostly against India.Even the match refree and the other two umpires have done a poor job during this match.

Andrew Symonds was declared the Man-Of-the-Match award for his figures of 162*,61 and 3-51.Instead it should have been the officials who should have got the award for their figures of 170+* and 100+* with the bat in both the innings and a tally of 7 Indian wickets in both the innings together which saved the Australians from the defeat.

Clearly the Indians were playing only with the playing 11 and the Australians with 17 players and to go with it the Indians had to overcome the Officials making it 21.No quetions who would have won when a team of 11 take on a team of 21.The Australians never really deserved a victory but the Indians did.To add to this insult harbhajan has been penalised for supposedly to have called Symonds a monkey.Even in that case their never seems to be enough proof and the decision has gone in the favour of the Australians again.

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December 20, 2007

India Vs Victoria – Day 1 Review

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20th December,2007 :

Indians had mixed fortunes on Day 1 of their 3-Day warm up game against the Victorian state team.The match had a delayed start due to the heavy downpour at Melbourne.It started with Indians winning the toss and electing to bat.They did not have a good start losing Jaffer and Laxman early.Jaffer was out for naughtwhile Laxman managed just 1 run in the 5 balls that he faced.

But the notable point for the Indians was Rahul Dravid opened the batting for them with Jaffer.He looked quite confident doing the job which he sdmitted later during the press conference.

Jaffer was out pulling a ball from outside his off-stump while Laxman was quite unlucky getting out caught behind while trying to play a leg glance.Then walked in Tendulkar who looked quite relaxed and confident during his short stay at the wicket though being a doubtful starter for the game.He was bowled out when he managed only an inside edge while trying to play a back foot cover drive.

Then Ganguly entered and partnered Dravid till the end of the day.Ganguly looked in sublime form stroking the ball perfectly and scoring a half century.Dravid,on the otherhand,was at his defencive best.Both of them are busy reconstructing the Indian innings with a unbeaten 72 runs stand.Indians ended the day on 110/3 in 38 overs off which only 5 overs were bowled by the spinner.

But today’s wrecker-in-chief was the 6 feet 6 tall,left arm quicky,Allan Wise(3 for 22).He took all the three Indian wickets that fell.He bowled a dodgy line-n-length that troubled the Indians.All we can say is that the Indians had a mixed day at the office today.But they should be quite happy with Dravid feeling good about opening the innigs which means that Yuvraj can be roped in and hence Sehwag will be left out atleast for the first two tests.