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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.

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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.

India’s World Cup saga

In Cricket, Pictures, Sports, World cup on April 2, 2011 at 11:59 pm

What a feeling. I had goose bumps when I saw them crying. Finally  WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS.

India had to win this match. It was the best gift entire nation could have given to the Maestro for his probably 😉 last world cup.

I had been criticizing the team and its performances especially bowling in this entire tournament. But the boys rose to every occasion. Bowling in the last three matches Indian team played were off course better than what had been in the rest of tournament. Srilankan team played equally well in the tournament, it was a bad day for them. But what finally counts is the cup.

And we are the CHAMPIONS.

INDIA won the cricket World Cup 2011

We are the CHAMPIONS

What a Match!

In Crazy4, Cricket, Sports, World cup on February 26, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Pakistan Vs SriLanka

Pakistan lived up to its reputation.

Two Asian tigers fighting and the result was a nail-biting finish. Neither of the teams gave up at any point of time. The Premdasa Stadium at Colombo was thrilled with the match proceedings, off course not the way it ended. But the Pakistani bowling machines snatched victory out of Sri Lankan strong batting lineup. And with this, Sri Lanka lost their first WC match at home.

A tremendous batting effort by Younus khan and Misbah and well done bowling by Captain himself. He scalped four Sri lankan batsmen to be at the top of bowling figures for this edition of World cup. Sohaib Akhtar looks in form and has delivered quite good with 4.2 economy and 2 crucial wickets. Finally, today I agree to the fact that Shahid Afridi can bowl 😉 . He was adjudged man of the match.

SriLanka need to introspect, why were they beaten? Two main batting mainstay of Lankan team, Jayawardena and Samarweera were out for paltry scores. I guess that made the difference. No I’m not denying credit to Pak expresses, never. They deserve a pat. Sri lanka could not get that start for which they are known for. Pakistani bowling machines performed their job splendidly. They never made any pair to stick longer, wickets fell at regular interval, when it was needed the most. The famous cuddle (I remember it was Indian team who started it all under Ganguly) could not help Srilankans to fall prey to Pakistani bowlers.

Any way, if I had to rate todays Pakistan performance viz a viz India’s performance against BD. I would rate Pakistani all round performance better than that of India.

For now…Tomorrow is a big match. India playing against England. Stay tuned…

 

Pakistan Vs SriLanka

Image via Yahoo cricket

Here’s a surprise that popped up while I submit my Todays Post. enjoy!

 

Cricket World Cup 2011

In Cricket, Sports, World cup on February 16, 2011 at 11:54 pm

India not unlike its subcontinent sibling Pakistan, Bangladesh and Srilanka is a cricket frenzy nation. The cricket fever is gaining momentum as the D-day is nearing. Media is ripe with all kinds of speculations, anything related to cricket and it’s the buzz of the town.
It was the third day for warm up matches and teams are showcasing their batting and bowling prowess. Today’s match between India and South Africa was awesome delight. India scored 360 runs in 50 over. But the important thing was the batting of Virat kohli and Raina and the most important thing was the coming form of MSD -Indian captain. He stole the show with not out century in less than 70 balls. Indian fans had been waiting for this moment from him since long. And it was good that it came up at the right time.
World cup starts from 19th Feb and then it will be hell of a party…. Stay tuned to Star cricket…
good night
ciao

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