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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…)

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Australia in South Africa: Botha may face further trouble April 16, 2009

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johan-botha-actionBotha may face further trouble after he was reported for false action by the ICC. Botha was cleared to have an abduction angle well below the limit set by the ICC. News reports suggest that a meeting between the ICC and the leading biochemists could mean the change of rules following his chucking allegations. Bruce Elliott, the University of Western Australia professor who last examined Botha’s action in 2006, said a bowler’s elbow flexion would no longer be assessed by taking an average reading over several overs, but rather on a one-strike-and-you’re-out basis. (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…)

IPL 2: A carnival the world has never seen April 16, 2009

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ipl_logoIndian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi promised on Wednesday a non-stop carnival atmosphere at this year’s tournament in South Africa. At one point in time, The tournament stood chances off being scraped off for this year due to clashes between polls in India and the IPL dates. Modi took a quick decision and moved the tournament to South Africa much to the joy of Indian fans who now only have to wait two more days before the tournaments Kicks off on Saturday, April the 18th.

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Australia in South Africa: 4th ODI Review : Gibbs powers SA to a series win April 15, 2009

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April 13 2009: After the No.1 spot in ICC ODI Rankings changed hands through the series, South Africa have made sure that they finish in the same position thanks to Herschelle Gibbs 21 ODI century that helped them win the 4th ODI and the series 3-1 to Australia at Port Elizabeth. His 110 came almost off a run a ball after having battled the first few overs in partnership with Smith. Australi who perished in the name of Van De Merwe never looked like being in the game. (more…)

Australia in South Africa: 4th ODI: Preview April 13, 2009

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There’s not much that Australia would want to change in their side after they lost the 3rd ODI against South Africa. They didn’t do badly in the last game, All they now have to do is bowl a decent line and bat a little longer. Fergusson has been doing the mop-up job after the top order keeps falling. Only two more matches and what has been a fascinating summer that has been played between the two sides will come to an end.South Africa lead the series 2-1 and one more victory will seal it for them. Australia on the other hand will be looking to to finish 2-2 at the end of this game which could help a fitting finale at the wanderes. Not many would have forgotten, but for the record, SA and Australia, at the same ground, three years ago, rewrote one day international history.. The 438 run match from which South Africa came out champions.. (more…)

Australia in South Africa: 3rd One Day: Review April 10, 2009

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South Africa powered to yet another victory after they beat the touring Australians by 25 runs in the third match of the five match one day series. South Africa now lead the series 2-1. Earlier South Africa won the toss and elected to bat first on what looked like a slow and dry wicket. Australian quickies made a good start as they restricted Smith and Gibbs from scoring big runs. The first South African wicket came at the expense of Smith in the 7th over caught behind to Johnson. South Africa were 28-1 in 6.2 overs. (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…)

Australia in South Africa: 2nd One Day: Review April 7, 2009

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April 5, 2009 Sunday: Open-ing bowlers Dale Steyn and Wayne Parnell produced devastating performances as South Africa bounced back with a convincing seven-wicket victory in the second one-day international against Australia at Centurion Park here on Sunday. Australia were bowled out for 131 after their top order batsmen were blown away by Steyn and the teenager Parnell. South Africa needed just 26.2 overs to level the five-match series after being beaten by 141 runs in the opening clash in Durban on Friday. (more…)

Australia in South Africa: 1st One Day: Preview April 3, 2009

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South Africa will try to retain their first spot in the ICC ODI Rankings by winning the 5 match one day series against Australia starting today. Australia conceded their first spot to South Africa after they lost both the one day and the test series in the host series prior to this tour. Australia came out strong in the test series and regained the first spot in the rankings for Test’s. It just seems that every time these two teams go head to head, the No. 1 Ranking is always up for grabs. (more…)