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The Champions – West Indies

In Cricket, Sports, World cup on October 8, 2012 at 12:13 am

It was a long wait… Longer than one could have waited… The last time West indies team had any cup under their belt was the World cup of cricket for consecutive years… But after that followed barren patch which continued for long 28 years. By this time the world saw emergence of super cricketers from the carribeans but they could not bring the cup.

This day the world celebrates in their victory over mighty Sri Lankans.

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T20 matches is and will always be known for batting prowess but today in the finals of World T 20, 2012, it was bowlers delight. In  Semifinals Gayle Force caught Aussies off guard but the same could not work in front of lanka. They had their strategy for Gayle-Pollard duo. But this time Samuel did good for the team and the same team which posted highest total of the tournament could score meagre 140s. Sri Lankans had already defeated them in league matches where caribbeans had scored 129. So this time was not difficult as Mahela would have supposed, But Darren had altogether different ball game this time. His bowler armoury was also in full force and they wrapped the Lankans for 101 in less than 20 overs.

Gangnam stylists West Indies roused memories of a more natural time as they sank Sri Lanka by 36 runs in a battle between islands to win the ICC World Twenty20 – their first world title in over three decades. Darren Sammy’s side of booty-shaking league mercenaries pulled off a massive upset at the R. Premadasa on Sunday night as a shell-shocked home crowd watched its vaunted batting line-up come unmoored against inspired West Indian bowling and fielding. Lanka lost their last nine wickets for 53 runs as the chase ended in the 19th over. 

Samuel was adjudged man of the match for his fearless approach in the first innings when wickets continued to faal as pack of cards around him.  He scored 78 of 56 balls.

Aussie Shane Watson was adjudged man of the Series.

Standing Umpire Simon Taufel saw his last match as the umpire.

Full Score card (Courtesy Yahoo Cricket)

In another T20 World Cup for women’s team.. Australia defeated England.

Finally, Bollywood Super Hunk, Salman Khan hosted first episode of Season 6 of Bigg Boss.

Ind Vs Nz

In Cricket, Pictures, Sports, World cup on September 12, 2012 at 12:04 am

 

Count down has begun. The much celebrated the newest and craziest format of cricket – T20. The mahakumbh of T20 The world cup is to begin in just 2 weeks time. Ahead of that India has very limited number of games for the practice and experiments MSD has to do away with.

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However, Today, another T20 game between India and Newsland was a last ball finish. Thanks to MSD and team. news land was certainly better team today. The thing Indians are cheering even after the defeat is that ‘Yuvraj-backbone of Indian T20 team is back’.

Lets not get into details of whys? and hows? But one mentality I have seen is they intend to create pressure and let things loose till the end and get it hasten when the deadline arrives- procastinate Is this the mentality of people in general. The way msd took 6-7 dots, certainly cost us the game. No grudges against mccullam and franklin who played wonderfully for NZ

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Bangladesh makes it to final of Asia Cup

In Writing on March 20, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Continuing their supreme form, unlike India,  Bangladesh beat Srilanka in  one of the league matches to qualify for the finals. Bangladesh, despite loosing early wickets, showed patience and perseverance. Sakib played some furious shots to come up with brilliant 56 runs 46 balls studded with 7 boundaries. Sakib was adjudged Man of match. In first innings Sri lanka played mediocre to put a target of 233 which was later reduced to 212 a/c to D/L method. 

Now Bangladesh will play against Pakistan in finals.

Waiting for Ton !

In Cricket, Sports, Writing on January 15, 2012 at 2:01 am
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The hundred ton is still a dream for crores of Indian fans. It’s not that he legend doesn’t want another record in his name but fate gave him another miss this time. The first inning was disaster for each batsmen in the Indian side. But the second inning was disaster for sachin ramesh tendulkar. The way he was judged Leg before wicket has again raised doubt on the decision-making of the umpires.  However the dubious decisions have long been chasing Sachin in particular. There have been several occasion when he has faced similar situation and like a gentleman he had gladly accepted the wrong decisions.

The question  “man versus machine” has come again on the forefront. TV replay clearly showed that the ball was leaving leg stump but the umpire thought otherwise. Sachin was clearly aggrieved with the decision but the gentleman, he is, left the field accepting the decision of the umpire.

Use of technology and the decision-making in the game of cricket has been a long pending issue. The innovative use of technology had been greatly welcome in T-20 matches. lets See how long does it takes to be adopted in Classical cricket.

Indian team as usual has been performing badly at foreign pitches. Alas this time “The Wall” & the ‘Very very Special” has been lax this time. The new test caps like Virat kohli has been disappointing.  This 3rd test match between India & Australia is tilted in Aussies favour until unless any miracle happens.

 

Well done Bangladesh !

In Cricket, World cup on March 11, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Two tweets, that completely describe the England-Bangladesh match.

Mpumelelo Mbangwa tweets, “Well done Bangladesh! Just walked into the lounge to see the winning runs…who would have thought this after the 54 all out.”

 

Castrol rating of Bangladesh

 

Harsha Bhogle tweets, “well done bangladesh.you showed the strength to overcome “that” day.i feared you might crumble under weight of expectations.you didn’t.”

Michael Vaughan corrects his tweet, “Still wear your helmet lads.. To hide yourself from anyone seeing you..”

Castrol rating of England

Whatever the stats say for the Zimbabwe former cricketer turned commentator but the words are apt for BD. Nobody would have thought BD would come back with BANG!…Boom! After 54 all-out, even English team would have termed them as One day wonder. It would have definitely made them complacent. Foe they played like they have already won the match against BD. English team finally paid price for their complacency.

The English team is tumbling down the hole. Their performance in this edition of World Cup has been better against good teams, as they defeated South Africa and almost defeated India. But their worst performances came against so-called weak teams. 3 wickets loss against Ireland, and 2 wickets loss against Bangladesh. In both these circumstances, English bowlers failed to contain rival batsmen. As Ireland went up to pile up 300 runs to chase England’s 327 and today Bangladesh after having suffered 54 all out in earlier match, came back well. It was Bangla tail that wagged in the end and wagged to finish the game in style.

English team have to do exceptionally well from here to keep their hope alive. While Bangladesh team, as Harsha tweeted, have overcome their fear of ‘that day‘. They have done extremely well today and need few more push ups to cross the barrier.

best of luck !!!

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