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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

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Sleep tight!!!

In Cricket, scribblings, Sports on March 29, 2011 at 11:58 pm

The World awaits for this moment – the clash of Titans. Barely is there any other worthwhile matches like Indo-Pak match (save for Ashes). For the love and hatred that exist between the two neighbours, it’s the cricket which is next to the fight at border for the citizenry of India and Pakistan. Even God is busy watching the titans’ firepower.

In this tournament, both teams have shown their stamina and power. India after few hiccups turned punters on the flight back to Australia. While Pakistan has proved time and against in this series that despite loosing their pace bowlers, they still can give a tough fight to any teams . And here they both are for once in a time affair match. However, going by the statistics, India has always overpowered Pakistan in world cup matches. But this time, it is different. India is suffering from lack of strike bowlers and their ability to lose wickets in short intervals can cost them dear. Pakistan has done extremely well in their bowling department.

And when the two lions have are due for Semifinal clash, God has its own plan. It’s raining cats and dogs in Mohali tonight. Media has gone crazy, as if it’s not a torrential rain but some terrorist attack.

People in both the countries shall have sleepless nights. Early morning many atheist shall pray for the first time for their country to win (as if it were some  confrontation at border).

That’s Mohali cricket ground for you.

Image via Wikipedia

My advice to the fellow countrymen and our neighbors, “Sleep tight for the post match session shall be full of tension.”

Good Night

C ya all

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 !!!

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.   🙂 🙂 🙂

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!

 

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