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IPL 2: DD vs CSK : Match 9 Review April 24, 2009

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de-velliers-delhi-daredevilsIf there was a match that could be called the match of the tournament, It was this one. Delhi Daredevils playing Chennai Super Kings. The Chennai Super Kings are already termed hot favorites to win this season, while the Delhi Daredevils have been hinted as the side that could spell a few problems along CSK’s road. The match promised to be a big one and thanks to the weather that stayed clear, The spectators witnessed a Spectacle. 350 plus runs were scored in the match, AB develliers became the first man to score a hundred this season as Delhi edged past Super Kings by just 10 runs. (more…)

IPL 2: CSK vs MI : Match 1 Review April 20, 2009

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ms-sachinThe condition were different and demanded a completely different and orthodox batting style. If it was trashing all the way in the first match of IPL 2008, It was cautious and old fashioned shots that helped Mumbai Indians win the first match of IPL 2009. Mumbai Indians managed a good 19 run win over last time runner’s up, The Chennai Super Kings.

If it was the pacers from the CSK who bolwed well in the middle of the innings, it was spin twins Sanath Jayasuriya and Harbhajan Singh who won the match. The sun was shining and Capetown was ready to host the first match of the IPl in what was expected to be a carnival like atmosphere. (more…)

Test Cricket: Wisden Test XI for 2008 April 9, 2009

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If the world wasn’t surprised by India making inroads into the test arena, The latest announcement of the Wisden test XI brings in more surprises. Five Indians make it to the list of 11 test cricketers in the WISDEN TEST XI FOR 2008. When i read the news story in the news papers this morning, I was happy to see the inclusion of five Indians but had to raise a few eyebrows about the selection of few other players. Taking a look at the team for the second time makes me realize that the selection is based on the batting order in which they line up. Each one of them has been the best in the world throughout the year 2008 for their respective teams.. Read on as we discuss the team and the players.. (more…)

India in NewZealand: Dhoni Speaks : Team India celebrates the test series win April 8, 2009

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“Of course it is a bit disappointing not to win this Test,” captain MS Dhoni said. India’s disappointment was evident at not winning the Test, despite a charismatic spell of legspin bowling from Sachin Tendulkar, who combined really well with Harbhajan Singh. Harbhajan, with 16 wickets, ended as the highest wicket-taker in the series. The smiles on the faces of the seniors said it all, “I have come here 3 times and I’m happy we finally won” said Rahul Dravid. (more…)

India in NewZealand: 3rd Test : Review April 7, 2009

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41 years after a Indian side won a test series in New Zealand, Dhoni and his men have successfully put records on their back and have rewritten history by winning the current series against New Zealand 1-0. It could easily have been 2-0 if the last session wouldn’t have been washed out by rain. No more a few drops of rain, it’s certainly become a drizzle. The umpires signaled the groundsmen to get into their job and the players start walking off. Vettori walked off the field with a sigh of relief on his face as the Indian players looked reluctantly at the sky. (more…)

IPL 2: Team Preview :Chennai Super Kings April 5, 2009

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A team built around Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings now have a player by the name of Andrew Flintoff taking higher salary than the captain himself. Team Chennai Super Kings lost their only match of the tournament to end runners up in the inaugural season of the tournament. Mahendra Singh Dhoni who has already proven to be the best captain around the world, will be aiming for one better performance from the players to have his hands around the IPL trophy this year. (more…)

India in NewZealand: 2nd Test Preview March 25, 2009

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India lead the three match Test Series 1-0, and would be looking to seal-the-deal in the second test match to help give the big stars some rest and give chances to players like Rohit Sharma and Praveen Kumar. India should retain the same winning combination while Newzealand will have to make some changes to their squad to give India a fight.Injured players Daniel Flynn and Iain O’Brien have been retained in the New Zealand squad for the second Test against India starting on March 26 in Napier. (more…)