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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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The first Upset of World Cup 2011

In Cricket, World cup on March 2, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Upset of Cricket world cup 2011

Games at Bangalore are now a part of expecting something Unexpected. First a TIE, first of the edition and now an Upset, another first of the Edition. And sadly both involved English Team. 🙂 While the last match played between India and England was quite painful, Today it was awesomeness all around. With English Team being the surprised lot.   😛

Whoaaaa ! what a thrilling match. What India could not achieve so-called minnows – Ireland did it. What a fight back. Kudos to you team… I take a bow.

England put up a huge total against Ireland, just like India 😐 , a total of 327. Sadly none of their batsmen could score a century but again it was a team effort. 4 of them scored half century and Trott fell prey to nervous nineties. Tremendous bowling by Irish bowlers, especially Mooney.

Never would have Brits dreamt about such an innings from Irish team. Once down for 111 for 5, to muster a win needs lots of courage. And Kelvin came after English Bowling and not only scored the fastest century ever of the World Cup 🙂 but also staged an Upset – the first of this edition. Strauss was clearly unhappy about bowling and fielding (not unlike Dhoni) but the real showman of the day was Kelvin O’Brien. Kelvin’s star-studded inning of 113 of just 63 balls (a strike rate of 179.37 OMG) with 13 boundaries and 6 sixes harassed all English bowlers. Alex Cusack and Mooney again played another good innings with bat and the result is an unexpected UPSET.   🙂 🙂 🙂

Morally England wins the game

In Cricket, Sports, Uncategorized, World cup on February 27, 2011 at 11:55 pm

India Vs England

Mahendra Singh Dhoni…

Captain of Indian Cricket Team. Batsman wicket keeper. He has some highest scores to his credit. ODI début in 2004 against Bangladesh.

That’s his profile says.

India played against England today in Bangalore. India scored 338 runs before being bowled out in 49.5 overs. Thanks to Sachin, Gautam and Yuvraj for shaping up the innings. And special thanks to Sehwaag for the wonderful start. Sachin completed his 97th century overall, and 47th in ODI format.

However things turned ugly when Sachin got out and Dhoni came to bat. Generally he is a hard hitter of the ball in any formats of the game, but off late he has forgotten how to hit sixes. Despite the fact, he still ranks in top 5 ODI batsman, I doubt the uncanny ability of the ranking methodology. Any way coming to the point, MSD came at no 5, which in no way was schedule. It was time for either Virat Kohli or Yusuf Pathan. But here comes MSD (eff off). And the result was, we fell short of some 10-15 runs. Later when Pathan and Kohli came, they didn’t have time to get set. They started off the hook and fell prey to tactics of English Bowlers.

England played extremely well. Andrew Strauss was phenomenal with his knock of 158 runs of 145 balls studded with 18 boundaries and a lone six. Ian Bell supported him well throughout the innings. Indian bowlers were mere spectators to the onslaught. Munaf struck well in the beginning and Zaheer’s wonderful spell brought India back into the game. But it was too late. English tail-enders finally wagged and England TIED the score.

It was the fourth instance in the world cup history and first time in this edition, where match was tied.

Who is at fault? Everyone knows. It need not be told. But one thing to say, This TIED match is gonna cost us. And MSD, cricket fans will remember your treachery.

Technically this match is tied, but morally India lost to England.

signing off…

A major Upset

In Cricket, World cup on February 22, 2011 at 11:36 pm

 

The murderer

Today England Played against Netherlands. It was the game that could have created another history in the World Cup Cricket. A history of major upsets.

England played a lesser known team Netherlands. But none the less peremptorily, Netherlands played beautifully to score a massive 292 runs in stipulated 50 over match. Thanks to Ryan Ten Doeschate. He shone for Holland both in batting and bowling department.  With Century on one hand and 2 precious English wickets on the other. His patience is worthy of admiration. A truly deserved Man of Match.

Cricket World Cup media

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One of the top class teams of cricket world, England had to toil hard to make those 292 runs. Andrew Strauss’s effort was commendable but he fell an easy prey to the powers of folly. Finally Collingwood and Ravi Bopara made it to the end. However, Bowlers again failed badly. Bowlers, save Broad and Swann, gave easy run to Netherlands’ batsmen.

Next England is playing India on 27th Feb at Bangalore. Lets hope that the next match is breath-taking. May the best Side Win !

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