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IPL 2: CSK vs RCB : Match 5 review April 21, 2009

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csk-mathew-hayden20 April 2009, Port elizabeth, South Africa:Mathew Hayden, The Big New South Wales batsman, also ex-Australian cricketer stepped up to prove his buy for the Chennai Super Kings. In an innings of 65 off 43 balls Hayden murdered the Bangalore Royal challenger bowlers to take CSK to their first victory of the season, almost winning the match single handedly. His power hitting ensured that CSK reached a scre well out of the reach of the opposition as Muralitharan spinned a web around the RCB batsman to seal the deal for the Chennai Super Kings. In an almost one sided affair, Match 5 brought in some entertainment for the crowd. (more…)

ICC ODI Rankings – Australia fall to three, India becomes second April 16, 2009

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number-oneEver since October 2002, India raised to the second spot in the ICC one day rankings for the first time. This however does not come from team India’s performance in the recent past, It’s the downfall of the new-look Australian side losing to South Africa in the current series. India now stand in the second spot with 122 points. The 1-3 scoreline so far has pushed Australia to third place after being at the helm for 52 successive weeks while, the Proteas grabbed top spot having won seven out of nine ODIs played against Australia this year, with 127 points. (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…)

India in NewZealand: 3rd Test : Team News April 2, 2009

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Faced with a must-win situation to level the series and salvage pride, New Zealand captain Daniel vettori will be hopeful of a better performance from the side after losing momentum in the middle of the second test match at Napier. For India, Dhoni has been slated to be part of the team, however this decision still hangs in balance after the team management announced that the final decision will only be taken on the first morning of the match. For New Zealand, Injured Daniel Flynn returns, Tim Southee has also been recalled. (more…)

India in NewZealand: 3rd Test : India welcomed by cold and wet weather April 2, 2009

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Indians arrived at wellington with a indispensable lead of 1-0 and when they reached the ground, Basin Reserve, two days before the test, there was a chill in the air and the skies overcast. The Temperature was at 10 degrees Celsius and the winds blowing at around 30 kmph, 30 % of what Harbhajan bowls. The match hangs in the balance between weather and conditions more than how the teams line up. If there were tough conditions to play cricket on any where around the world, it’s here at Basin reserve, Wellington, New Zealand in the month of April with the winter just starting to set in. (more…)

IPL 2: Moves back to India : Breaking News April 1, 2009

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It’s breaking News, Sources close to the Deccan Chronicle an Indian news paper, have revealed that the IPL Season 2 will be moved back to India. Take a look at the complete story as in the news papers this morning..

” Sources in Deccan Chargers, the team owned by the publishers of Deccan Chronicle and The Asian Age, said the decision will be made public in the next 36 hours after some loose ends are tied up. The schedule, from April 18 to May 24, will be more or less retained in India, the sources said.” More Reports follow… read on.. (more…)

IPL 2: Rajasthan Royals to play 2 practice maches against the Cobras April 1, 2009

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Rajasthan RoyalsSome of the teams taking part in the IPL have started practice. Mumbai Indians wanting to make a mark this time had started practice in South Africa well before the news of IPL 2 being held in South Africa broke. Rajasthan Royals, the reigning champions will be looking for another dominating performance this season as they take on Bangalore Royal Challengers in the second game of the tournament. For full match Schedule visit: IPL 2: schedule (more…)

India in NewZealand: 2nd Test Review : Gambhir, Laxman score tons as India bat out a draw March 30, 2009

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30 March 2009: India maintain the lead of 1-0 in the three match test series against New Zealand after they drew the second test match at Napier today. Gautam Gambhir played a match saving inning of137 off 436 balls after a dismall batting performance by the Indian batsman in their first innigs. Daniel vettori would be proud of his men for taking the match so far, at one point looking favorites to win the match. (more…)

India in NewZealand: 2nd test, Day 2 review : Ryder gets a double ton March 27, 2009

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Indian chances of claiming their 100th test win, and re-writing the history by winning the series in New zealand look slim as the second day of the second test at Napier was completely dominated by the home team. The Indian bowlers looked all over the place on their pitch map to right hand and left hand batsman. Harbhajan Singh who got six wickets in the 2nd inning of the first test match was seen helpless without turn. Daniel vettori and the New zealand batsman capitalized on the opportunity as they set a massive score of 619/9 declared.

The Indian team never looked organized in the field, The day however didn’t present many opportunities India’s way. It was all a New Zealand and more so a Ryder show. Ryder brought up another 100 run partnership with James Franklin scoring majority of runs in boundaries. Franklin was soon run-out. Ryder played the ball into the covers and out they went, Yuvraj singh with a clean pick up and throw, with Dinesh karthick taking off the bails dismissed Franklin run out to a good 55 off 122 balls. It was the only way Indian’s looked like picking wickets.

Ryder and McCullum stitched together another quick 50 run partnership to take the score past what looked like an improbable 450 mark. Ryder hardly broke any sweat as he brought on his 200 but soon got careless as he was out bowled to a full Zaheer Khan delivery. The ball was bowled outside off , Ryder tried to smash it covers ended up played on much to the delight of Zaheer khan who got his important third wicket. A classic knock from Ryder came to an end with NZ at 477/6.

Vettori joined MCCullum at the crease, India should have capitalized on the opportunity with 2 relatively new batsmen at crease. However it was a day where the bat dominated the ball, Both MCCullum and Vettori brought up their fifties at relatively fast speed to bring up another 100 run partnership. The duo added 138 runs in total to take New zealand past 600 but Vettori lost his stumps to Ishant Sharma who bowled a full length in swinger which took the inside edge of the bat played back on to the stumps. McCullum brought up his hundred and lost his wicket soon trying to up the anti. he was out caught by Sachin Tendulkar at deep point trying to play a short pitched deliver over the 66m boundary on the offside for six. Ishant taking his third of the inning.

Jeetan patel and Ian OBrein could add only one run when patel was out caught in the deep by Ishant Sharma off a Harbhajan Singh delivery. A consolation wicket for Bhajji who looked out of form throughout the inning. Newzealand declared the inning just before tea at 619/9 with a session and three days to play.

India’s only hope at this time was to start well and hope one of their openers got a big hundred. Sehwag started off in blistering fashion smacking a six and 5 fours before he was out trying under edging the ball to the hands of wicket keeper McCullum off Vettori for a quickfire 34 off 25. Rahul Dravid joined Gambhir at the crease with India at 48/1. The duo batted out 8 more overs before Gambhir tried to smash Jeetan patel over the boundary six only ending up in the hands of Daniel Vettori at mid-on. He was out for 16.

To everybody’s surprise, in-walked Ishant Sharma as night watchman with well over 10 overs remaining in the day. He could only lst 5 overs with Dravid taking majority off the strike. Ishant lost his wicket out lbw to a arm ball from Captain dan Vettori forcing Sachin to come out to the middle to face the last few overs. India played out the remaining overs to end the say at 79/3 with sachin on 0 and Dravid on 21.

It was yet another superb day at the office for the Kiwis as they extended their total to a massive one thanks to the double ton by Ryder and a handsome hundred by McCullum with good contribution from the skipper Dan himself. India continued to disappoint with the ball and when put in to bat, they simply didn’t know what to do. Their approach would raise a few eyebrows, ofcourse you can’t bend Virender Sehwag’s style but Gautam Gambhir kicked his wicket away to push his side into deeper trouble. The night-watchman trick didn’t work good and now India are three down staring at a cliffy task. New Zealand are in a strong position and are dictating terms to the visitors at the moment. Third day’s play should be another interesting affair. Even drawing this contest would take a lot of doing. There’s still quite a few big names in the batting line-up of the Indians but the task ahead is no smaller. The Indians will really have to bat out of their skins to ensure a draw.


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