Tuesday, June 23, 2009

SWINE FLU HITS WEST INDIES,FIRST ODI CANCELLED

After the dreadful exit from T20 world cup,india was hoping to win the west indies tour to regain their supremacy .But to india's misfortune ,H1N1 swine flu has attacked the west indies. The high alert has been called on for indian players since it is contagious...so the BCCI has annouced that the first odi against west indies and india ,which supposed to be on 26.6.2009 has been cancelled.further reports about the tournament has not been revealed ..indian's are keeping their fingers crossed for the further proceedings of the tournament...

Monday, June 22, 2009

AFRIDI UNDERGOES DOPE TEST


The pakistan cricket team arrived at england without undergoing dope test which is a must for all the teams before entering an international tournament.now that they have come and won the cup doubts are starting to raise..afridi's extra ordinary performance with bat and ball in the semi-finals and finals have raised doubts in the mind of officials and have conducted dope test on him...the reports are yet to come..IS there a twist in the tale??..will afridi join asif and akhtar ??..it will be answered once the results are out..

Sunday, June 21, 2009

PAKISTAN-CHAMPIONS OF T20 WORLD CUP




Pakistan won the T20 world cup ,after sri lanka won the toss,Sangakkara choose to bat.sri Lanka got off a bad with X-factor Dilshan goes for a duck. wickets fell periodically and there was no big partnership.Sangakkara played the captain’s knock and made 64 from 52 balls ,Pakistani bowlers out smarted the sri lankan batsmen and restricted the total to 138/6 in 20 overs ,Abdul razzaq picked up 3 crucial wicket’s for Pakistan
Pakistan started off with a first wicket 50 runs partnership.Afridi who top scored for Pakistan made 54 from 40 balls which guided for Pakistan victory. the magic of mendis and murali was missing.pakistan made a easy win with a loss of only two wickets.Afridi was awarded man of the match for his excellent show under pressure.Even though they missed the first T20 world cup , they have proved their supremacy in twenty twenty.


Tillakaratne Dilshan was awarded the man of the series



ASIAN SHOWDOWN AT LORDS


Pakistan and srilanka face off today in the finals of the T20 world cup at lords which promises to be a nailbiter with lots of puzzles in it...Will misbah repeat the most dreaded shot???will dilshan deliver for one last time??...these questions will be answered once theses teams get underway at lords...both teams have some "mystery" in their lineup..pakistan have always been an unpredictable side..they have the uncanny knack of delivering when unexpected..srilanka on the other hand thrives on dilshan and the three "M"..pakistan seem to be a better side as they have very good batting depth and a bunch of excellent T20 bowlers..pakistan are determined to do it for woolmer..afridi is the trump card and if he clicks then it is going to be pakistan......lets hope it will be a repeat of last years final in terms of entertainment...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

INDIA SQUAD FOR WEST INDIES TOUR

The 16 member squad for the tour of west indies has been announced...Master blaster sachin tendulkar and zaheer khan are left out of the squad due to injury..sachin picked up an injury during new zealand tour while zaheer got injured in the ipl..the young suresh raina also misses out due to an hairline fracture in his right thumb..the young lad from mumbai abhishek nayar and the experienced aashish nehra get a look in after their impressive performances in the IPL-2..Dinesh karthik too regains his spot in the team...

SQUAD: MS Dhoni (capt/wk), Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Yusuf Pathan, Murali Vijay, S Badrinath, RP Singh, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Abhishek Nayar, Ashish Nehra, Ravindra Jadeja, Dinesh Karthik.

WORLD'S FASTEST CLAPPER

Kent french is the world's fastest clapper..he holds the guinness record for most claps in a minute.he made 721 claps per minute with an average 12 claps per second..he has an amazing agility combined with unique style..he can make 14 claps per second but on the longer run he average falls to 12-13 claps per second..the hand speed is amazing that its movement can be caught clearly with the help of slow motion cameras.. video

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

CAN SOUTH AFRICA OVERCOME THE CHOKER'S TAG??



The super eights are over and we are now into the business end of the tournament..The most balanced side in the event south africa will be eager to get rid of their choker's tag..they have a long history failing to deliver in the knock out stages of an ICC event and succumb under pressure situations..graeme smith and his boys are all set to overcome this as they have the best team in the tournament which has a perfect mix of hard hitters and consolidators..but will they all perform under pressure against an unpredictable pakistan side??..lets watch out who handles pressure better on the 18th of june when the two teams meet at nottingham...

Monday, June 15, 2009

ENGLAND "BOUNCE OUT" INDIA






England tactically beat india in their match at lord's which was exposed by the west indies......It was almost like playing in india as english fans were out numbered by the indians and the englishmen were boo'ed on their home country at the mecca of cricket..after put into bat by dhoni england lost luke wright early but pieterson ensured no more damage was caused as he and bopara build the innings..ravindra jadeja bowled with maturity and kept them under check by picking up pieterson,bopara at crucial times......but ishant was poor as he leaked too many runs which meant england reached a defendable 153 in 20 overs..THE indians made a shocking start as rohit and raina were tactically bounced out by sidebottom..the middle overs were too dry that jadeja and gambhir struggled to maintain the pace...once they went yuvraj arrived and started smashing from the first ball...but a brilliant stumping by foster ,probably the biggest of his carrer ended yuvrajs knock and narrowed indias chances..dhoni and yusuf pathan played brilliantly and took it very close but they left themselves too much to do in the final over..it was heart breaking as a fan to see your team getting knocked out before the semis ,when they were the favourites to win..

Thursday, June 11, 2009

SOUTH AFRICA'S ROAD TO SEMI'S



South africa made a comfortable win against the host..after winning toss ,england choose to bat ,bopara and luke wright opened the innings ,but bopara fell victim for steyn's slow ball,wickets started falling in regular intervals....spinners prove to be a headache for english batsman,who kept the run rate very low....van der merwe and parnell's tight bowling restricted england to make a total of 111...then south africa who had a chase a wobble total ,got off a good start ,it was the day for kalli's ,who hammered the ball in all the sides of the field,gibbs gave him a right partnership and they made 70 runs on the board...english bowlers couldn't restrict flow runs as kalli's was in great form.. their partnership paved way for the south africa's comfortable win....kalli's was awarded the man of the match for his splendid 57 from 49 balls...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

JAYASURYA AND DILSHAN MAUL THE WINDIES


Jayasurya and Dilshan were in murderous mood yesterday in their match against the windies which was anyway a dead rubber in the context of the tournament...west indies started without gayle,who was nursing a knee injury and were led by denesh ramdin...after winning the toss he put srilanka to bat... the only success he had in the match was winning the toss...their bowlers were blasted to every part of the ground by jayasurya and dilshan who recorded the highest opening partnership in the tournament....Lendl simmons was the only bowler who kept the batsmen under check and took almost all the wickets that fell..edwards had an off day as he leaked too many runs...srilanka eventually finished at 192 for 5...
West indies had a tough ask as the required rate was 9.8 at the start...the openers made a decent start....introduction of spin slowed the scoring rate and a resulted in a few wickets...bravo and sarwan batted well but the asking rate was to high...in the end sarwan and pollard hit some lusty blows but found themselve shoprt by 15 runs...jayasurya was declared man of the match for his 81 off 47 balls..

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

SEHWAG OUT OF T20 WORLD CUP



Virender Sehwag has been ruled out of the t20 world cup after failing to recover from his shoulder injury..but there is a speculation whether it is the injury or the rift with the captain that has ruled him out...BCCI made the announcement in a press conference.when asked to dhoni about the reason for his exclusion dhoni was reluctant to answer..earlier in the week dhoni brought the whole team to the press conference to show the teams unity..but this issue has again raised doubts on relationship between dhoni and viru...it is a big blow for team india as sehwag is a match winner any day...the replacement for him is named as Dinesh Karthik...not a good news to hear..

AUSTRALIA AND BANGLADESH SHOWN THE EXIT DOOR

It was a day of upsets as australia and bangladesh were knocked out of the tournament...the first match was ireland vs bangladesh...bangladesh batting first got of to a good start but kept losing wickets at regular intervals...the innings never got going as trent johnston with clever variations troubled the tigers...however a breezy knock by mortaza saw them to a respectable total of 137/8.....ireland started of their chase very cautiously but neil o'brien once got his eye in played some glorious shots and targetted the short boundary...he eventually got out when they still needed a 77 in 10 overs...but the oher o'brien carried on the innings left by his brother..with some intelligent hitting he saw the irish thru and it meant bangladesh were handed a heart break.....

Neil o'brien with the man of the match award

















The second match was a do or die match for aussies....after put into bat by the lankans they got off to a horrible start as warner left early in the first over...ponting looked good until mendis came to bowl...the aussies found mendis too hot to handle and kept losing wickets...malinga also picked up wickets with his yorkers and slower ones...then some hitting from dave hussey,johnson and lee in the slog overs saw them to a fighting total of 159...srilanka opened with dilshan and jayasurya...but jayasurya left early and the pressure was on....dilshan's stroke filled fifty and sangakkara's crafty half century ensured that australia were knocked out...

A visibly dejected ponting in the dug out

Monday, June 8, 2009

PAKISTAN FACE A TRICKY SITUATION


Last years runner up pakistan are now in spot of bother as they get ready for their do or die match against the dutch..their poor show against england not only makes this one a must win match but also makes the net run rate a very crucial factor...if pakistan had to reach the super eight they have to beat the dutch by a margin of 30 odd runs..their top order is not performing to their potential and execution of plans is very poor...the captain has shown huge faith in afridi by saying that "t20 is fun game and its all about entertaining...and i hope afridi gets a hundred in the next game"...what ever said is history...can they come together and put a great show to make it to the super eights??..keep your fingers crossed....

Sunday, June 7, 2009

SOUTH AFRICA TOO GOOD FOR THE SCOTS







After the opening match where england lost to minnows holland...there was a sense of expectation for more such upsets....but south africa cleared all such doubts by stamping scotland in their opening game ....south africa were put into bat and they accepted it gleefully as their batsmen made merry of the poor scott bowlers..smith and kallis opened the innings...the pair added 87 runs for the first wicket...gibbs came at three and was scratchy as it was unusual position for him to bat...de villiers who started cautipusly then smashed it to all parts scoring at a rapid pace ....with albie and duminy giving useful contributions from the other end the proteas got to 213 in their 20 overs...it was too much for scotland as they lost a flurry of wickets in the opening four overs..steyn and parnell bowled with pace and movement...then botha was tight in his line and chipped in with a few wickets...and eventually scotland were all out for 81...the south africans have made a rollicking start and are one of hte favourites to win the cup...
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