Thursday, November 7, 2013

Rohit Sharma's 106 put India in a strong position in the 1st day of the 1st Test against West Indies at Eden Garden

The man who helped India to clinch the India Vs Australia ODI series with his double centuries at Bangalore has shown that he is also a very good test match player. 

Here we are talking about Rohit Sharma (106*) who had a dream debut, bringing up a brilliant hundred when the team really needed it on the second day of the first Test against West Indies at Kolkata.

Giving him able company is all rounder R Ashwin (70*), who stitched together a partnership of 151 runs for the seventh wicket to rescue India after the famed Indian batting line-up collapsed on the second day of the Kolkata Test.

Sharma seems to be stepping into the shoes of VVS Laxman, batting valiantly with the tail on his debut and holding the innings together. Though he got his century off an edge that went past the slip cordon, Rohit has been in fine touch through the day, playing an innings worthy of a true Test batsman.

India now stand at 307/6 after 91 overs, with a first innings lead of 73 runs. India went into lunch with a rather shaky 120/5 after Shane Shillingford wreaked havoc with a sensational four-wicket haul that included the ultimate prize of Sachin Tendulkar.

Shillingford (4/114) was impressive as he troubled the Indians with his accurate line and length but Tendulkar was very unlucky to be adjudged leg before by umpire Nigel Llong. He undoubtedly beat the retiring-legend with a 'doosra' but the ball hit Tendulkar high on the back thigh and the TV replays suggested that the ball would have gone over the stumps.

Tendulkar (10) looked in good touch as he hit two magnificent boundaries before umpire cut short his stay at the crease. As he walked back, Tendulkar got a standing ovation from the crowd at Eden Gardens. Tendulkar's arrival, the crowd had cheered lustily as soon as Murali Vijay (26) was stumped by Ramdin off Shillingford, who completed his 50 Test scalps on Thursday.

It looked odd but not surprising that the fans cheered fall of wicket as it brought the iconic batsman at the crease. India could have been in more deep trouble had Denesh Ramdin not dropped Dhoni off Darren Sammy when the batsman was on individual score of 12.

Dhoni (42) and Rohit Sharma tried to steady the boat before the skipper nicked one to the skipper off Tino Best's bowling just after the ball was changed in the 51st over. Earlier, West Indian debutant Sheldon Cottrell too opened his account when Cheteshwar Pujara (17) attempted to hit a rising delivery over wicketkeeper's head but managed a thin edge, enough to pack him off.

Source : Hindustan Times

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

A must read for all real Sachin Tendulkar's Fan

Ignored & humiliated by the BCCI and the Cricket Association of Bengal, Akash Lal, one of the two surviving selectors who had selected Sachin Tendulkar for his inaugural tour to Pakistan in 1989, slammed the BCCI for ignoring his role by not giving him a ticket to Eden Gardens for Sachin Tendulkar's penultimate Test.

"I am sad, upset, disturbed and felt insulted. Is this the way to treat someone who had played a crucial role in shaping Sachin's cricket career? BCCI  & CAB have forgotten me completely. I hope they haven't forgotten Gundappa Vishawanth (the other surviving member of the selection committee)," Akash Lal, a former Ranji player & commentator, told Headlines Today in an exclusive interview today.

"I think the BCCI knows more about cement than cricket. BCCI officials are either builders, politicians or advocates. They have nothing to do with cricket. I had asked CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya 4 days back if they could in a good gesture provide the two surviving members tickets for Sachin's last two matches. Dalmiya ignored me and said call me in 3 days, we will see if we have anything left. Now even if they decide to give me tickets for Eden or Wankhede, I will think twice  whether to go or not," Akash Lal added.

Source : India Today

Saturday, November 2, 2013

India Vs Australia final ODI at Bangalore - Batsmen won the series

The Nation writes, "the way the India-Australia one-day series played, concluded and won by India on Saturday, it was ridiculously hilarious." Yes, really it is. Indian batsman Rohit Sharma’s record-breaking 209 helped India to put up a their first bilateral ODI series win at home against Australia as they crushed the visitors by 57 runs in the seventh one-day international.

Throughout the series it was the batsmen who won matches for their teams and same thing happened yesterday as well when Rohit Sharma brought the victory for the Indian team. With this win Indian team won the series.

Rohit became the third entrant to the club of 200 plus runs in a match after Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, and he hit 16 sixes - a world record - during a ransacking of Australia in the deciding match of a series that bowlers on both sides will be glad to leave behind. Incredibly, Australia lost because they were out of wickets and not time.

India hit 19 sixes in a ground having 60 metre boundaries as they racked up 383; Australia replied with 326, the ninth time in 11 innings that a team passed 300 this series. And though they lost by a sizeable margin in the end, they did not lose the six-hitting contest. Australia’s 19 blows over the Chinnaswamy Stadium’s tiny boundaries helped smash the record for the most sixes in a one-day international. India and New Zealand had hit 31 in Christchurch in 2009; India and Australia hit a numbing 38 today. Vinay Kumar’s 1 for 102 in nine overs were the worst figures by an Indian in an ODI; two Australians were close to owning the record for the quickest 50 by an Australian, and James Faulkner’s 57-ball 100 was his country’s fastest century. It was hard to make sense of it all.

James Faulkner (116), Glenn Maxwell (60) and Shane Watson (49) kept the visitors hope alive with some power-hitting but they came short of the huge target. Australia were bundled out for 326 in 45.1 overs. Faulkner in the process broke the Mathew Hayden’s record of 66-ball century as he raced to his maiden ton off just 57 balls.

Spinners Ravichandran Ashwin (2-51), Ravindra Jadeja (3-73) and pacer Mohammed Shami (3-52) were the pick of the Indian bowlers as they shared eight Australian wickets among them. There were raining sixes in the match with as many as 38 maximums hit in the game, including 16 sixes by Rohit alone - an ODI record. Faulkner kept Aussies hopes alive till the end with some fiery shots as he added quick 115-run stand for the ninth wicket with Clint McKay.

Faulkner raced to his maiden ODI hundred off just 57 balls - fastest by an Australian batsman - as he hoick five sixes and eleven boundaries. Chasing a massive 384-run target, Australia lost wickets at regular intervals. Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Shane Watson, who was blazing all guns, to virtually end Australia’s chance in the match. Watson smacked six sixes and two boundaries in his quick-fire 22-ball 49 and added rapid 67 runs with James Faulkner for the seventh wicket.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

West Indies tour of India - WI 333 for 4 against Uttar Pradesh on 1st Day

West Indies player Chanderpaul yesterday scored an unbeaten 91 as he paired with fellow teammate Narsingh Deonarine to make a joint partnership of unbeaten 170-run here at the Jadavpur University campus. With this the West Indies side scored a handsome 333 runs for four wickets on first day of their match against Uttar Pradesh by Thursday.
 The West Indies player Chanderpaul will complete his 150 Tests in the upcoming two series against India, while Indian legend Sachin will complete his 200th Test during the same series.
Chanderpaul (91 batting) fired up late with some delectable stroke-play after making a sedate start. Deonarine (83 batting) was the more expressive among the two initially and played some good shots to thwart the Uttar Pradesh attack. The two shared four sixes and hit 19 boundaries to score at a brisk rate of 4.57 in the 31.1 overs they spent together. However, their fierce batting hero Chirs Gayle could not fire yesterday too much as he got out early with just 18 runs with a ball from UP player Imtiaz Ahmed.
Chanderpaul and Deonarine, both of whom are looking in great form completely adjusting to the Indian climate are set for big scores when West Indies resumes its first innings on Friday.
Kieran Powell (64) and Darren Bravo (61) got down to control the damage after the early departure of Gayle and set up a 112-run partnership. The two played sensibly and showed good temperament to break free of the Uttar Pradesh bowling attack, which mixed pace and a good amount spin spearheaded by its captain Piyush Chawla.
“Hopefully, our batsmen can capitalise on whatever starts we get and remain at the top of our game. At the end of the day, we don’t need to make one match excuse or anything like that. We try our best and make best use of it,” said Darren Bravo about his team’s expectation from the one-off practice match.
West Indies’ hopes of getting a feel of the conditions on a tour that came virtually as an impingement in its calendar, was somewhat fulfilled as it won the toss and had a good round of batting exercise.
Uttar Pradesh, which was given a break in the opening round of Ranji Trophy fixtures, packed three former India campaigners, giving the visitor a good simulation of the opposition it could expect when taking on the Indian team.
The visitor’s approach reflected its avowed interest in cementing the rebuilding process of the team started some time ago. The West Indies batting aimed at gaining solidity as it focused on getting some good partnerships going.
The scores: West Indies: Chris Gayle b Ahmed 18, Kieran Powell b Alam 64, Darren Bravo b R.P. Singh 61, Marlon Samuels c Khan b Ahmed 12, Shivnarine Chanderpaul (batting) 91, Narsingh Deonarine (batting) 83, Extras (lb-4) 4; Total (for four wkts. in 79 overs) 333.
Fall of wickets: 1-33, 2-145, 3-149, 4-163.
Uttar Pradesh bowling: Rudra Pratap Singh 14-2-46-1, Ankit Rajpoot 6.3-1-29-0, Imtiaz Ahmed 16-4-68-2, Piyush Chawla 19-2-91-0, Prashant Gupta 7.3-0-38-0, Arish Alam 16-2-57-1.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Rubel Hossain's 6 for 26 helped Bangladesh to crush New Zealand in 1st ODI at Mirpur

Rubel Hossain claimed six wickets including a hat-trick as Bangladesh crushed New Zealand by 43 runs Tuesday in the first one-day international, leading 1-0 in the three-match series.

Rubel finished with 6-26, helping the hosts to dismiss New Zealand for 162 runs after the visitors were set a revised target of 206 runs in 33 overs in the rain-hit match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.

New Zealand were 82-3 in 20 overs, replying to Bangladesh's 265 all out, when rain halted the game for nearly two hours.

Needing 124 off 78 balls on resumption, Corey Anderson hit some lusty blows before Rubel turned the table with his hat-trick.

Rubel bowled Anderson, who scored 46 off 31 balls including three fours and fours sixes, before taking the wicket of Brendan McCullum and James Neesham to complete the hat-trick in his third over.

New Zealand skipper McCullum was caught by substitute fielder Shamsur Rahman while Neesham flicked a catch to wicketkeeperMushfiqur Rahim on the leg side as Rubel became the third Bangladeshi to claim a hat-trick in a one-day international (ODI).

Rubel took the wicket of Ross Taylor before rain later added Nathan McCullum and Grant Elliot(71) to his tally, equalling the record of Mashrafe Mortaza for the best ever ODI bowling for Bangladesh.

Mashrafe, who claimed 6-26 against Kenya at Nairobi in 2006, took the catch of Elliot, the last man out for New Zealand.

The visitors conceded a defeat as Kane Williamson was unable to bat for a thumb injury.

Bangladesh 265/10 (49.5 ov)
New Zealand 162/9 (29.5 ov)
Bangladesh beat New Zealand by 43 runs (D/L method)
Match Ended
New Zealand RR 5.43
Last 5 ovs 38/3 RR 7.86
Bangladesh RR 5.31
Refresh ScorecardODI CAREER
Grant Elliott71776292.214698611532.86
Corey Anderson463134148.392764638
Rubel Hossain5.502664.73201141554/255.57
Sohag Gazi603616.0021519124/294.16
Current over0011WPrevious over41W461
Recent partnership: 13 runs, 1.2 overs, RR: 9.75 (Elliott 12, McClenaghan 1)
Last wicket fallen: Grant Elliott c Mashrafe Mortaza b Rubel Hossain 71 (77b 6x4 2x6) SR: 92.21at 162/9 (29.5 ov); Partnership: 13 runs (Elliott 12, McClenaghan 1), 1.2 overs, RR: 9.75

India vs, Australia, 6th ODI at Nagpur - Can India win this match?

Handicapped by the poor form of some of their key bowlers, India will be under intense pressure as they go into the do-or-die sixth cricket one-dayer against an upbeat Australia on Wednesday, fully aware that any slip-up at this stage could cost them the series.

The visitors are sitting pretty with a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series after the successive wash-outs of the fourth and fifth games of the long series at Ranchi and Cuttack on October 23 and 26.

The onus is on India, whose under-performing players, need to pull up their socks and fire in unison to upset the apple cart of the Australians who came here with the record of winning two seven-game series in the past.

The hosts have no option but to win the remaing two matches to clinch the series and any lapses in tomorrow`s game could turn out to be disastrous for the team.

"From our point of view this is the game we want to win. We don`t want to save it for the last game on Sunday (at Bangalore). We want to wrap up with this game. Obviously from their (India`s) point of view they need to win to stay alive and from that point pretty crucial for them," said Australian left arm spinner Xavier Doherty in the run-up to the crucial match at the stadium.

Among the batsmen, Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are the top-scorers for the hosts, with the former consistently brilliant and the captain playing that superb innings at Mohali to help the team recover and post a challenging 300-plus total that was chased successfully by the visitors.

The worry for India is the middle order given the way Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh struggled against the pace and bounce extracted by Mitchell Johnson in Mohali.

The 31-year-old Queenslander produced a scintillating show in the last game that was not washed out in the series and he will come hard at these two batsmen again in the all-lefties` battle.

The wicket at the Jamtha stadium may not be as conducive for Johnson`s type of bowling, but he and the other speedsters have certainly exposed some chinks with their short-ball attack in the Indian batting line up.

Raina and Yuvraj many not have done much in the series so far but are capable of coming up with a scintillating show at some stage of the competition and the hosts would welcome such a display in this do-or-die game.

Doherty expected some turn from the wicket after the run-fest in this series of tall scores.

"I expected some spinning wickets as we got in the Test series here (earlier this year). Probably the last game it rained (in Ranchi) or it might have been spinning a bit. Looks like this wicket will spin a bit and spinners will play a bit more of a role," he said ahead of the clash.

From India`s point of view, some extra turn would be very welcome especially for the struggling R Ashwin whose economy rate has gone for a toss in the batting-friendly conditions.

He has also continued to use his strange ploy of coming round the wicket and bowling `carrom` balls to the right-handers.

Ashwin, who grabbed 29 wickets in the four-Test series against the visitors in February-March, has taken some heavy punishment from the in-form Australian duo of opener Aaron Finch and skipper George Bailey.
The tall Tamil Nadu off spinner needs to get his act together to lend good support to the accurate left-arm spin of Ravindra Jadeja. The other option in front of the team is to bring in leggie Amit Mishra who is yet to play a game.

To add to India `s bowling woes, Ishant Sharma has not looked like stemming the flow of runs after the way he was hammered for 30 in the `death` over at Mohali, but his replacement Mohammed Shami impressed in the rained-off game at Ranchi.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar too has not looked good enough so far and gave way to Jaydev Unadkat in the Ranchi match which was abandoned when rains came during India`s run-chase.

Shami, Unadkat and R Vinay Kumar, who too has been expensive, formed the new ball combination in Ranchi.

It remains to be seen whether Ishant will be given another chance to rectify his poor display in the series as he had a long stint at the nets with Ashwin yesterday.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Indian cricket team retains 1st position in ODI ranking

India has managed to retain its number one spot in the Reliance ICC ODI rankings after the last two 50-over games in the seven-match home series against Australia were washed out.
Australia leads the series 2-1 with the final two matches to be played in Nagpur and Bangalore on Wednesday and Saturday, respectively.
Australia needs to win the series 6-1 or better to dislodge India from the top and reclaim the number one spot, which it last held in July 2012.
If Australia manages to win the final two ODIs, it will rise to 119 ratings points while India will finish on 120 ratings points.
In sharp contrast, if India wins both matches, it will finish on 123 ratings points while Australia will slide to 114 ratings points — only three ahead of second-placed England and third-ranked Sri Lanka, according to an ICC statement.
Among other teams, Pakistan has an opportunity to gain a place in the rankings if it wins its upcoming five-match series against South Africa by 3-2 or better.
Pakistan is currently sitting in sixth position, four ratings points behind South Africa. However, if Pakistan wins the series 3-2, the two sides will swap places, with the Asian side moving into fifth position on 103 ratings points and the Proteas dropping to sixth spot on 102 ratings points.
Conversely, South Africa will move to 107 ratings points if it wins the series 4-1 and will narrow the gap with England and Sri Lanka to just four ratings points. That gap will be trimmed to just one rating point if South Africa sweeps the series.