Showing posts with label Cricket News. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cricket News. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

IPL auction see MS Dhoni picked up by Pune, Raina by Rajkot

IPL auctions took place today and Mahendra Singh Dhoni was bought by Pune and Suresh Raina went to Rajkot two of the new IPL franchisee in the Indian Premier League.

Ravindra Jadeja too was picked up by Rajkot. James Faulkner, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo are also with Rajkot team.

Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, Ravichandran Ashwin and Faf du Plessis are with Pune Team.Ashok Dinda and Manoj Tiwary also with Pune.

As Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals got relegated due to allegations of corruption, fixing and mismanagement, it was banned from IPL for two years, hence as such all the players are available again for auction.

Experts believe that Pune will benefit from MS Dhoni's experience as he has lot to offer for the new Franchisee.

Players were picked by a draft system. Both the teams spend 39 crore each.

Suresh Raina has to his credit 132 Matches in IPL,  scoring 3699 runs  with a strike rate of 140.


Saturday, December 27, 2014

India at a crucial stage in the first innings on Day 3 in the third test at MCG

India are at a crucial stage with 108 runs on the board at the loss of Shikhar Dhawan's wicket in their response to Australia's 530 runs on the second day of play.

Earlier Australia scored at a brisk pace resuming their first innings on day 2 with Brad Haddin nullifying the India tactic of bowling short to the batsman. Haddin hooked, pulled and lofted the clueless Indian pace attack in the morning to notch first fifty in the series.

Indian batsman tried hard and bowled short to Haddin in order to scalp the batsman's wicket, noting his uneasy stance in playing the short ball. But to the surprise of Indian bowlers, Haddin opened up his stance by freeing his front leg which gave him ample opportunity to score runs at will, until he himself committed an unforced error and edged a ball while trying to leave it to the keeper, in a similar fashion Indian Skipper MS Dhoni got out in the previous test.

India did not attack Aussie Skipper Steve Smith as much as they bowled short to Haddin, and that proved costly for the team, as Smith held up the Australian lower middle order together and stitched crucial partnerships with Ryan Harris too.

Ryan Harris played a good role and proved again that Australian lower order is the better off scoring runs than the Indian lower order as the bowlers struggled once again to get wickets.

Captain Smith and Harris built a 106 run partnership as Australia scorecard read 482 for 6 at that stage. As soon as Harris fell for 75 playing across to Ashwin, Australia stepped up to score quick runs as Smith went after the bowlers before the side got bowled out for mammoth 530 runs on the board with Skipper the last man out for a fabulous 192.

India started their first innings with confidence as both the openers survived probing line by the Aussie bowlers. Until Dhawan got out to a menacing Harris delivery which the batsman tried to play to the third man, instead edging it to the slips. Harris is a dark horse in the Australia bowling line up, he can swing the ball both ways and his seam is deceiving to say the least and often gives Australia crucial break through.

India are up against a good bowling attack and complacency will prove costly for the India as there isn't much depth in the Indian batting order as the Aussie side has. India are prone to batting collapses and often play contrary to their potential and provide opposition the chance to come back in to the game. 

Where as Australia seldom made this mistake in the series. So far they've accepted every chance the tourists provided them.

If India are to stay in the series, batters need to present something special on day 3 to the Aussie bowling attack including the off-spin of playing Nathan Lyon. Other wise it will be remembered as a tour when the team didn't played to it's full potential, despite some good players in the team.


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Pak/SA 2013 UAE Test: South Africa succumbs to Pakistan's bowling attack

Pakistan did well both with the bat and ball in winning the first Test against South Africa at the Abu Dhabi, in UAE.

The hosts used the conditions of the pitch well in restricting South Africa in the first innings. Hashim Amla together with JP Duminy put up a 95 run partnership for the fifth wicket in the first innings total of 249.

Pakistani bowlers completely dominated the South Africa batting line up with some good bowling.

Pakistan in the first innings dominated with the bat with a big century from opening batsman Khurram.

Pakistan won the series in UAE against England in 2012 with similar tactics. 

Abdur Rehman, the spinner, is missing from the Pakistani bowling line up, who along with Saeed Ajmal bowled Pakistan to victory in the series against England.

South Africa going down without giving a fight shows the way in which Pakistan dominated the match.

South Africa should now focus to think slightly different in match tactics and team composition.


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Live Updates:India/Australia 2013 ODI match evenly poised after Aussie score 304/8 in the first innings

Australia have done well in reaching 300 plus total on not so fast a pitch, main contributions from Bailey(85) and Finch(72) with good supporting knocks from Hughes and Maxwell.

If the Australia take a couple of early wickets, then Aussie's have a very good chance of going one up in a long seven match series.

It is a power packed Indian batting line up with Yuvraj Singh returning to the side after good outings, scoring match winning knocks.

It remains to be seen how the Australian bowling lineup comprising of Mckay, Jhonson, Faulkner, Doherty and Watson will show up in this match.

Australia in the recent past is being tested in both the departments. But anything could happen in a one day game of Cricket, all that counts is the performance on a single day.

India has the home advantage on it's side with a huge crowd support that could unsettle the best of oppositions.

Match is evenly poised.

Live Updates:

Pitch seems to be little bit on the slower side, Mckay is holding up with some tight bowling, the first few overs are good from the Australian opening bowlers.

Indian batsmen should win singles to keep the score board ticking.

Some tight opening spell from the Aussie bowlers pays off with the wicket of Dhawan.

Both the opener's of the Indian side back into the pavillion.

Virat Kohli, the vital cog in Indian batting line up looks comfortable at the crease, rotating the strike pretty well.

Half way down the match India is marching ahead towards victory.

Inform Yuvraj Singh is out.Couple of wickets down India is put under pressure by Australia.

From a winning position half way through the innings, India is staring at the defeat in the first ODI against Australia.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Australia in a good position on Day 1 of the Bangalore Test 2008

Australia ends day one of the first Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore in a strong position. Ricky Ponting scored his first Test Century on the Indian soil leading the way in the Australian batting scorecard. Australia ended the day with 254/4 with Michael Clarke bowled out in the last over of the day's play by Zaheer Khan caught in front of the wicket.

In the morning Australia won the Toss and elected to bat first on a good batting wicket and Mathew Hayden was out third ball of the innings edging out to Zaheer Khan. Ricky Ponting and Simon Katich build on the innings from there on for a 166 run partnership for the second wicket, with Katich scoring a good fifty before getting out.

Day two again will be easier to bat on, with Mike Hussey well set on 46 and White, Watson and Haddin still to bat, there is lot of work cut out for the Indian bowlers. The track is very good indeed for batting and it will start turning when the cracks open up as the wicket gets weary. I personally feel the wicket looks too good to be a turner as we might expect so as to produce a result, in all probability if the Indian first innings matches the Australian total in the first innings then we might be heading for a draw.

Had India won the toss it would have put Australia bat last in the Test and would have been interesting to see Australia bat against the turners, that's what the Indian think tank might have wished for. It would still not have made much difference considering the nature of the pitch which has very less to offer for the bowlers and the Australia having a good eye in the Indian conditions would have been equally capable to play out the Indian spin.

Day two of the first Test should see Australia consolidate on the overnight score, Indian bowlers if had their way and run into the Australian tail-enders quickly then match would come alive, let's hope for a good competitive Cricket on day 2 at Chinnaswamy stadium, Bangalore.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Cricket News

Meanwhile Krishnamachari Srikkanth has been appointed as the new chariman of the national Cricket Selection committe succeeding Dilip Vengsarkar who finishes his stint as the national selector. The new selection panel comprising four other national selectors are Yashpal Sharma, Raja Venkat, Surendra Bhave, Narendra Hirwani and N Srinivasan.

Shashank Manohar has been selected as the new BCCI President( Board of Control for Cricket in India) succeeding Mr Sharad Pawar who is also the Union Minister in the Central Government of India and also the ICC ( International Cricket Council ) Vice President, the body responsible for the International affairs of Cricket in the world.

The new hierarchy in the BCCI also announced the national selection committee of selectors headed by Srikkanth will be on a national contract of 4 years which will be reviewed annually and the first such contract said to be paid by BCCI. The other notable transfer is Niranjan Shah who was the secretary and now has been appointed as IPL ( Indian Premier League ) the twenty overs a side cricket tournament played in India annually, the Cricket version of club football, a latest in the development of the game. More such tournaments are being scheduled to take place, with the latest Champions Trophy 20 20 version scheduled in December involving top Test Playing nations such as Australia, England, South Africa, Pakistan etc.,

All together Cricket has three versions which has International Recognition.
1. Test match Cricket ( Played over five days with two innings a side )
2. One Day Cricket ( 50 Overs a side, an Over comprises of six deliveries )
3. Twenty Twenty Cricket ( 3 hour, 20 overs a side format )

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Andrew Symonds is back playing Cricket

It is good to see Andrews Symonds back into the thick of things. Symonds has made up for his mistakes and is now again looking to build up from where he left. I think Cricket Australia might now take a relook at his inclusion on the crucial tour to India, I don't think CA should lose anytime in picking up the hard hitting all-rounder, Symonds had his ups and downs and this sometimes has affected team morale. But for now Cricket should be his first priority and total commitment to the team. Mike Hussey always considered Symonds an important member of the team and it was difficult for him to see Symonds not getting selected for the tour. Symonds is a huge attraction in the sub-continent and definitely the crowds will love to see an Australian team including Symonds calling the shots on the field. Game lovers would hope CA will react to his latest comments, after all it was an issue with the team and the board and not with the ICC.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Michael Atherton on Latest Cricket happenings

Former England captain Mike Atherton has described the current crop of world cricketers, especially the Australians, as the most narrow-minded for boycotting the Champions Trophy in Pakistan.

"When it comes to touring Pakistan, no team have been more narrow-minded than Australia, who, at the same time as showing unconditional love for India and the marketing opportunities it allows. They have not toured Pakistan since 1998. Bombs in Jaipur and London carry a more lucrative blast," Atherton wrote in his column for UK news web site Times Online.

The Champions Trophy was due to be held in Pakistan this month. It was postponed until October 2009 after Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa and West Indies told the ICC they were not prepared to send a team.

Atherton was unfazed by the postponement of the Champions Trophy, but was concerned by the new-found power cricketers had over fixtures.

"Make no mistake, despite the red flag being waved by the administrators, this tournament was postponed because the players from South Africa, New Zealand, England and Australia didn't fancy going. They didn't want to go to Pakistan and no amount of persuasion on behalf of the hosts and no amount of armor-plated security was going to change that," he writes.

Atherton was concerned the mindset of cricketers from outside the Asian bloc could lead to Pakistan becoming a relative cricketing pariah.

He said it was up to the players to ensure that didn't happen, particularly given "impotence of the ICC and the incompetence of many of the national governing bodies".

Source : ANI

Clearly the administrators are clueless how to keep things going on, Cricket is the latest sufferer in this case. Australian board once even put up a tough posture, but that could not help change the mindset of Australia's Cricketers who earlier boycotted World Cup Matches in Sri Lanka along with West Indies and other teams.