January 27, 2010

India Clean Up Bangladesh

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Finally, the champs played like one and went on to win the two-match series 2-0. India beat Bangladesh convincingly by 10 wickets to ensure that they kept their number one position intact. The new ball bowlers did the trick for the Indians and restricted Bangladesh for 233 in their first essay. The score they finally reached was largely because of yet another brilliant performance by Mahmudullah Riyadh who has been in tremendous nick. He scored an unbeated 96 and batted wonderfully with the tail enders.

The Indians started off briskly as usual and both the openers scored their fifty. Sehwag was the first to be dismissed and then walked in Dravid. Gambhir missed reaching the elusive record of 6 centuries in 6 matches when he was dismissed for 68. I felt that he deserved a century for the kind of consistency he showed. Then it was the Tendulkar-Dravid show and both dominated the bowlers mercilessly. Dravid was hit on the head off a Shahdat bouncer and was declared retired hurt when on 111. Tendulkar made 143 and then Dhoni chipped in with a well made 89. Indians eventually reached 544/8 and ended their innings as Yuvraj Singh was out with a torn ligament.

Bangladeshis made it a point to apply themselves and play and Tamim Iqbal scored a wonderful 151. He was well supported by Junaine Siddique (55) and Shahdat Hossain (40). They were comfortably placed at 228/3 at the end of Day 3 and trailing India by just 83 runs. But Day 4 had a different story altogether. Zaheer Khan riped through their bating line-up and ended with figures of 87/7 in the innings and the match tally of 10 wickets. Bangladesh set India a total of 2 for victory and then the Indians won the match when they ran 2 byes off the bowling of Shakib. The Bangladeshi have themselves to blame for as they imploded to defeat.

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January 17, 2010

Bangladesh On Top

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Yes, you read it right. Bangladesh are on top on Day One of the Idea Cup Test series. After Sehwag’s comment that their team was an ordinary test team, they’ve really pulled up their socks and bounced back strongly. India were 8 for 213 at the end of days play. No one would’ve expected this specially with the way the Indians started. They were 63 for no loss at lunch after a delayed start. Sehwag and Gambhir played some shots though the ball wasn’t coming onto the bat. Earlier Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and put India into bat. The moisture made the conditions tough for the batsmen.

After a steady start, Indians faltered badly and lost wickets with not much runs on board. It wasn’t hostile bowling from the Bangladeshi bowlers, but rather some lose cricket by the Indians. Sehwag fell to a lose stroke when he pushed at a ball whcih didn’t come to him as fast as he expected. Gambhir chased a wide delivery outside the off stump the very next over. Dravid was bowled by a late out-swinging full length ball. Laxman was rather unfortunate when he mishit the ball and it rolled to the keeper and was stumped. Yuvraj Singh holed out at mid on off a full toss. Dinesh Karthik played a drive even before he was set and was caught at gully.

Tendulkar waged a lone battle and the tail gave him some sort of support. The Indians didn’t apply themselves and have only themselves to blame. Shakib and Shahadat Hossain were the pick of the bowlers, picking up four a piece. Whatever said and done is over. The Indians have to put their head down from here on and look to play positively. Indians will probably look for as many more as possible and then the bowlers should take the responsibility to keep them in the hunt. Absense of Harbhajan Singh doesn’t help India’s cause. But it is a good chance for the likes of Amit Mishra and Ishant Sharma to make their presence felt. As Tendulkar said, there is still a ┬álong way to go and a lot of cricket left. Sehwag and his men have to play their best game on the field to prove a point to the minnows.

P.S. : Pics Courtesy – Cricinfo

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.

December 21, 2008

The Wall Never Cracks

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Rahul Dravid has once again proved that he is too good to be neglected. He displayed amazing temperament and with the talks of him batting down the order to overcome his poor form, he surely would have wanted to prove everyone wrong. Mahendra Singh Dhoni again did the right thing by sending Rahul Dravid at his usual number three position with the overhead conditions likely to support the pacers and also Virender Sehwag falling early. Yet another good call by the Indian Captain.

Rahul Dravid was thus given a chance to prove that he can still bat his way out of bad form in the conditions suitable for the bowlers. He has been India’s most successful number three batsman for quite sometime now and he also became the first batsman to cross the 8,000 runs mark batting at number three while he completed his 26th century of his stunning career. Clearly it was celebration time for his fans and for himself as he admitted that he was relived of the pressure of not scoring for sometime now.

I was expecting him to break the jinx at Chennai itself, but the, none the less I’m happy he has finally done it. We can expect Dravid to score heavily again specially after the efforts that he must have put in to get out of this lean patch. The final word – “The Wall Never Cracks”.

December 16, 2008

India Rewrites Record – Tendulkar Dedicates 41st Ton

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After the Sehwag blitz yesterday which seemed to be the turning point of the game, it was upto the other batsmen to take the team to the shore and voila, they did it. India have gone 1-0 in the series. In due course, the Indians chased down their highest target at home. India were set a target of 387.

The day was full of entertainment. Though India got off with an inauspicious start losing Rahul dravid early, everything fell in place. V.V.S. Laxman looked in ominous touch during his short stay and looked good for more. But it finally boiled down to Sachin and Yuvraj. Both played the game that they were good at. Both attacked and defended giving the bowler the merit.

Andrew Flintoff was the only bowler who looked like picking up a wicket everytime that he came to bowl. The duo saw him off comfortably and then turned the tide. Both kept rotating strike and kept the scoreboard ticking. The Chennai crowd cheered almost every single run that was scored. Sachin Tendulkar finally achieved something that he wanted to do for quite sometime now. He has always wanted to hit the winning runs along with a century to go with it.

When questioned, Yuvraj Singh said that even his dream of winning a test match for India along with Tendulkar had come true. Both supported each other equally. The shots that Sachin unleashed were tremendous. His paddle sweeps were very effective on this crumbling wicket. He dedicated his forty first ton to all the people who are undergoing some hard times after the Mumbai attacks.

Fittingly, Virender Sehwag was declared the Man-Of-The-Match for his scintillating effort in the second innings that set up the game for the Indians. Both, Andrew Strauss’ and Paul Collingwood’s efforts were completely eclipsed. It was quite a relief for the Chennai crowd to get a complete game with a result. They were outstanding.

I was also there at the ground and I clicked a few pics and recorded a few videos during the course of the game. I’ll soon post the link here. Do check it out. All are candid shots and it will tell you how well everything was organised. The security provided was outstanding. The six-wicket victory will give India an edge when the game goes to Mohali where they recently beat Australia by 320 runs this October. Good chances for India to get to the Number Two spot in the rankings.

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