January 17, 2010

Bangladesh On Top

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:59 pm by techtwist

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

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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.

Picture Courtesy : http://www.cricinfo.com

December 21, 2007

India Vs Victoria – Day 2 Review

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , at 1:58 pm by techtwist

22 December,2007 :

It was not a pretty sight for anyone today.As usual there was heavy downpour and the match had a delayed start.Not much happened during the day during which only 10 overs were bowled.Ganguly added another 8 runs to his overnight tally of 51* and was finally caught off the bowling of Wise who seems to be having a good time against the Indian Batsmen.

Even Dravid just managed only 5 runs to his overnight tally of 33*.Yuvraj was 6* when play was finally called off due to further rain.Probably we’ll get to see our bowlers in action tomorrow as we might declare our innings pretty soon.