Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Not so far the best - Pakistan

Pakistan had not been the best in  recent past, losing both the ODI's and  tests against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka and their bad run continues in their make shift home UAE. Australia's tour to the UAE has been a good start, they had won all the three ODI'S against Pakistan. This tour saw, Zulfiqar Babar, 35, making his debut. 

The Mighty Aussies looked comfortable. Pakistan looked belligerent with their pace attack, still they could have included Aizaz Cheema to their pace attack who had a good CLT-20 for Lahore Lions. Hafeez getting injured provided further setback for Pakistan, who missed the ODI's and the t-20. Having had a good CLT-20 Shoaib Mailk's inclusion needs to be overlooked, a solid middle order player who could provide resistance to Pakistan's batting line up that had been facing a collapse. Younis Khan's exclusion a vital decision by the selectors. With the World cup ahead, Shoaib Malik and Younis Khan's experience might help winning games for Pakistan 

This tour so far for Pakistan, Umar Akmal and Sarfraz Ahmed were under the spotlights. Misbah had been struggling all through this year, never had a good run unlike 2013, being Pakistan's highest run getter. The captaincy remains a question mark for Pakistan, Mishbah or Shahid Afridi. Unlike India, opening had been a worry for Pakistan. Ahmed Shehzad need to score runs on a consistent basis for Pakistan with just a 50 in this odi series as an opener. While his partner Sarfraz Ahmed would remain the right choice as an opener. With the World cup ahead, Pakistan would hope to sort out all their issues and would try bringing back Saeed Ajmal.

The Aussies, started off this tour with a t-20 win. Warner looked in great touch coming back to the side, scoring a half century. Aussies never looked like they missed their usual captain Micheal Clarke. Steven Smith, who embarked as Australia's key test player, notched up his maiden ODI ton against Pakistan in the first ODI. Batting at No.3, he scored a breezy 101 taking Australia to 255 and visitors winning a game by good margin. A captaincy material and a successor to Michael Clarke in the future, Steven Smith. Sean Abott makes his debut as well with the wicket of Shahid Afridi on his debut game and more to come from him, hoping to see him play for Australia in lot more games to come. Bailey looks like a complete leader. But, when it comes to scoring runs, he remains on the back seat, his  poor form with the bat would always remain sceptical for the selectors. Maxwell, another big name played a gentle knock in the second ODI scoring 76. Maxwell this series, though had not scored much, remained Australia's wicket taking bowler along side Nathan Llyon and Mitchell Johnson. The third and the final odi was the talk of all social media websites, when Australia turned tables for one run win. A match to remember, when Maxwell bowled a double wicket maiden in the last over of the game, Pakistan need just 2 runs from 6 balls and they failed to score chasing 231.

Monday, October 6, 2014

CLT-20 2014! To be Remembered

Congratulations CSK, the title winners for the 2014 champions league. They were almost knocked out of the champions league and that six from Bradley hogg against Lahore Lions made CSK qualify for the Semis. The every year CLT-20 had always something to be remembered, be that catches or brilliant knocks or economical bowling. While the tournament had just come to an end  this year, there had been almost five bowlers who were under the scanner for illegal bowling action reported by the on field umpires. Sunil Narine and SuryaKumar Yadav of KKR, Prenelan Subrayen of Dolphins, Adnan Rasool and Mohammed Hafeez of Lahore Lions. Sunil Narine's ban from playing the clt-20 final was a shocker.

Apart all these, some brilliant batting that troubled the bowlers and economical bowling performances that had troubled the batsmen and I have picked some of my favorites this year CLT-20.

Starting, Batsmen first.

Kane Williamson - Northern Knights Vs Cape Cobras

The first group match for the Knights at the CLT-20 and certainly a match to remember. Anton Devcich and Kane Williamson put on a match winning 140 for the first wicket. KaneWilliamson 101* of 49 balls, all class. The right handed Kane Williamson had been all his best for ODI's and test matches and was a bit shocked to see him play this way in the T-20's.

Aiden Blizzard - Hobart Hurricanes Vs Cape Cobras

He never had a great IPL, yet, he is turning the heat on for his big bash team, Hobart Hurricanes. Blizzard scores unbeaten 78 of 48 balls to win the game for Hurricanes, this would have went either way for Hurricanes as they need to score big in slog overs. Blizzard keeps his cool and finishes the game for his side. He was one among the consistent players who scored runs and was in terrific form

Suresh Raina - CSK Vs Dolhins

 He is considered as Prince and the Pride of the champion team Chennai Super Kings. Irrespective of which ever team you like/follow, you just cannot skip this guy's game and he had been one of those players who had been very consistent in this format of the game. This game against Dolphins, Raina hammered a 43 ball 90. Rained 6's at B'lore  chinnaswamy and would have been wonderful if he went on to score a century.

Cameron Delport - Dolphins Vs CSK

 Chasing a huge total, 242 on the board by CSK and you can expect this. A brave knock that went for a short period of time. Cameron Delport blasted a 9 ball 34 at strike rate of 377. CSK was well in danger until this man got out. A slower ball from Mohit Sharma that castled away. Well played Delport. He came, he hit, he got out.

SuryaKumar Yadav - KKR Vs Perth

 He had done that earlier in the IPL for KKR. He has grown as a finisher and this innings of 19 ball 43 against Perth was another innings, that showed KKR could bat deep despite the top order failing to score big in the chase. Keeping his cool, SuryaKumar Yadav finishes off the game with two balls to spare. Hope to see him soon wearing the Indian jersey!

Jonathan Carter - Barbados Tridents Vs Cape Cobras

A heroic innings 111* of 68 balls, while rest of the batsmen from his team fail to score runs. At one stage, Barbados had been struggling to score runs against the cape cobras and this guy  stands up and Smashes the second century of this tournament and certainly deserves an applause. A match that went down the wire, a super over finish. Cape Cobras won the game and Carter was in distraught and certainly needed to be consoled by the opposition for his brilliant batting.

Umar Akmal - Lahore Lions Vs Dolhins

In and out of the national squad, Umar Akaml took this opportunity to get back his form and earned him a man of the match. A quick fire 73 of 45 balls that included 5 four's and equal amount of six's. A crunch game and the innings that won the game for the Lions from Lahore. Hope to see this young lad playing for Pakistan again. Always an exiting feature.

Robert Frylinck - Dolphins Vs Lahore Lions

A game to lose despite some power hitting down the order by Frylinck. The Dolphins batsman had nothing to lose and was on a brutal hitting spree. He smashed 27 ball 63 with 6 six's and 4 four's at a strike rate of 233. An Exiting Protean all rounder.

Adam Voges -  Perth Scorchers Vs KKR
A Captain's knock on a losing cause, sounds a bit hard. This was one of those fine innings by the Aussie for Perth. A Valiant knock against the team that had been ruining their opposition with spin bowling. It was a known fact, Aussies struggle a bit to face spin and this knock of 71 from 52 balls came in quick time, facing spinners most of the time.

Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni - CSK Vs Perth Scorchers

They added some punch to CSK's innings which was far behind the par score. Jadeja's unbeaten 28 ball 44 and MSD's Blitzkrieg 16 ball 35 towards the end of the game took CSK to 155 from a struggling 5/79 and winning the game from no where.

Virender Sehwan,  Manan Vohra - Kings XI Vs Northern Knights

2014, IPL. Kings XI has been doing the talking, and no doubt they have qualified for the Champions league t-20. This game against the Northern Knights, Sehwag scores 37 ball 52 and the young Manan Vohra (32 ball 65) who was dominating through out his innings scores at a massive strike rate of 203. An opening partnership of over 100 runs and you expect some fire power down the order from David killer Miller, 18 ball 40 from the Protean and Kings easily score over 200 against the Knights and win the game.

Manish Pandey, Robin Uthappa - KKR vs Dolphins

They had been the 2014 IPL champions for the second time. They batted like a champion this game too. Unbeaten partnership of 153 in just 15 overs between these two and that took the game away from Dolhins. Uthappa scores 85 of 55 and Manish taking the aggressor role scores 76 of 45. Both have been good throughout the tournament and hope to see their good run in future games.

Mitchell Marsh - Perth Scorchers Vs Lahore Lions

Mitchell Marsh starts and finishes off Perth's CLT-20 journey in style. 2 balls 12 runs, he hits couple of 6's and wins the game for Perth Scorchers against Dolphins in their first game. Again, he not only wins the game for his side and this win against the Lahore Lions make CSK qualify for the Semi finals. Marsh's brutal cameo down the order along with Bradley Hogg helps Perth win their last game of this CLT-20.  Marsh's 38 ball 63 stands one of the best innings under pressure this clt-20. Take a bow Mitch Marsh.

The Bowlers!!

It's hard to expect a bowler to be economical in this format of the game. But, still some bowlers managed to bowl a spell that saw them  pick wickets and economical as well! some of them.

Sunil Narine - KKR Vs Lahore Lions 

 Familiar name and a champion bowler of this shorter format of the game. The bowler who could trouble most of the best batsmen and this CLT-20 he was in trouble indeed, for his Illegal action. This game against the Lahore Lions, Narine picked up 3 wickets for just 9 runs in his 4 overs, how often do we see a bowler bowling like this? He needs to come back soon!

Ben Hilfenhaus - Hobart Hurricanes Vs Northern Knights
Easily, Australia's one of the consistent bowlers with not much aggression and his body language suggests he is such a calm bowler and this match against the Northern Knights, the Aussie picked up 3 for 14 in his 4 overs, economical best for a t-20 game in the Indian soil that earned him a man of the match. Well Bowled Hilfi.

Kuldeep Yadav - KKR vs Perth Scorchers

This young lad had been selected for Home game against the West Indies. probably he is one of those rare china man india had ever got. The game against Perth, he spun the web and picked up 3/24 in his 4. Usually, when the leg spinners were targeted so often in this format of the game, he is a rare talent. He was the player of the match too.

Ravichandran Ashwin - CSK vs Perth Scorchers

He has not been the best so far in this clt-20, but this game looked like Ashwin found his rhythm back. Three wickets for 20 runs in his 4 overs, defending a modest total of 155 on the board. Ashwin had not been so lethal as he used to be earlier, his carrom ball gets picked so easily and his pause delivery had not been probing the batsmen much these days. Hoping to see him coming back soon.

Karanveer Singh - Kings XI vs Northern Knights

This young Indian lad is a promising bowler with a surprising leg break googly. Following Narine's 9/3 this would be easily the next best. 3.2 overs and 15/4. He looked ecstatic throughout the match and with no doubts he was the player of the match, with Northern Knights clearly struggled to face his bowling. But, Vohra went picking up the man of the match award.

Xavier Doherthy - Hobart Hurricanes Vs Barbados Tridents

He is so unlucky to be out of the current Aussie squad touring the UAE. He is the best bowler for Australia in this format and he just proved in the game against Barbados picking up 4/27 and declared man of the match. Hoping to see him play for Australia soon.

Anureet Singh - Kings XI Vs Cape Cobras

Anureet Singh, picked up his personal best 12/3 against the Cape Cobras. Kings had missed their premier swing bowler Sandeep Sharma. But, Anureet has never let them down and was a decent performer. The same match, Akshar Patel too shared 3 wickets for 15 runs and was adjudged man of the match.

The Big Semi Finals and the Very Big Finals!!

Semi Finals 1 : KKR Vs Hobart Hurricanes : Jacques Kallis

Despite Shoaib Malik's unbeaten 66 for Hobart Hurricanes, Kallis scored an unbeaten 54 and saw Kolkata reaching the finals of the CLT-20 for the first time. Kallis who had quit all forms of Intl cricket earlier this year, had been running on a lean patch as far as KKR was concerned. Right on the money, Kallis played a genuine match winning innings with a cool headed nature that fetched him a man of the match.

Semi Finals 2 : CSK vs Kings XI : Dwayne Bravo
Bravo, the no doubt X factor for CSK, being Injured and missed almost every match of this year's IPL scored a massive 67 of 39 balls. Faf (46) and Bravo played the crucial role against Kings 11, that almost took the game away from Kings 11. One could always expect big hitting from the Caribbean on a big occasion. He can make you dance with his batting skills too, he hit those to the space! BRAVO!!

The Final : CSK vs KKR : Suresh Raina, Pawan Negi

You call him a prince, you call him a hero, or you call him "Chinna Thala" all refers to a name Suresh Raina, he bats so easy in this format of the game. A hundred in a t-20 is always special, a 100 in a t-20 final is Very Special and he had made the final so special by hitting a fabulous and a phenomenal 100. Chasing KKR's 180, thanks to their Captain Gambhir's mighty knock of 80, just went in vein in front of Raina's big hitting. The final had everything, a huge score on the board. Raina's 100 and Dhoni's helicopter finish! well done and well played.

Pawan Negi :

If Raina's 100 was much sparkling, Pawan Negi's 5 for set up the win for CSK earlier. The 19th over saw as many as slaps he picked up against the current IPL champion KKR who were marching ahead for their first ever CLT-20 title. Pawan Negi's 5/22 on a good batting track at Chinnaswamy needs a good round of whistles! than the applause!

Blast from the Past!! Andy Russel Vs CSK, The Game 1, CSK Vs KKR.

How can I forget to mention this awe struck moment when Andy Russel just took the game away from CSK single handedly! The very first group game between the IPL champions, Andy Russel struck a 25 ball 58. You call that colossal! The innings included 5 six's and 4 four's at a strike rate of 232.

Ok!! We're done! This writing had gone just a bit longer than the expected, lots of performances. An exiting tournament comes to an end!!

Pic courtesy :  cricinfo!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

first try for a video blog!


Always wanted to try a video blog on cricket and he is my genuine first try! sorry for the poor audio and video quality! :) This is all about the Northern Knights.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Been Long time!! When Facebook and Twitter ruined me!

From India's Eng tour to Champions League!

Looked like I had forgotten the art of writing posts here in my own blog! I had made this blog exclusively for cricket alone and I always dreamed of writing a post when ever a match or a series concludes. I had even planned to write a post on India's tour of England, I wanted to put every match on that tour together and write a huge post! England Tales! Yes, I had even decided on the topic to be written.

Nothing happened, yes, I mean it, nothing ever happened. All  I managed to write a small post from my facebook account and tweeted for 140 characters. If at all I had written a blog post on England's fabulous victory against India in the 5 test match series, I never wanted to write anything wrong about Dhoni's men. I knew this has been the transition phase for team India in tests. No sachin, No Dravid, No Laxman and No Kumble. In spite of all this, India managed to win at the Lords, Bhuvi was considered as the new hero and he had found a reputation in him and he was excellent all through the series. I never wanted to mention about India's loss in rest of the test matches. Virat Kohli would be just him and not Sachin Tendulkar and Pujara would be himself and it would be too harsh to compare him with Rahul Dravid, just a series they had failed to get runs. Gambhir made a come back and he was just back to the pavilion in quick time and he never came back strongly, a funny thought, no this was the fact. Dhoni needs some appreciation for bringing back Gautam gambhir in the top slot since he had no other options and Dhawan was failing. Murali Vijay Looked solid enough to face 300 balls and a run out changed his game for rest of the test series. Varun Aaron had pace and it was too late to bring him as a spear head, agreed Ishant's 7 wicket haul at the Lords made every one feel wow, and the next game he was out and injured. England's fear of facing the short ball was over and they sensed their win and India never made a come back. Dhoni finally did find the art of scoring runs in away test series, he was gutsy to face the swinging deliveries and yea Dhoni did face the new ball. Rahane the little wonder had taken a lot of lessons from Rahul Dravid and he was the only technically sounded batsmen. Inclusion of Stuart Binny wasn't justified.  Rohit Sharma did score couple of centuries against West Indies and that was a known tale, rewind South Africa series. Okay, Ashwin should have played majority of matches and he had a better technique than most of the current test batsmen in India. Okay, Stopping here! we're done! :)

ODI's brought back the smiles on the Indian faces. No, Rephrasing. Raina brought back the smiles on Indian faces and he was all pumped up. He came, he scored runs, took catches, wickets everything possible and won man of the series and Virat Kohli was still struggling to get on the double figures and Anderson managed to pick his bunny as many times as he can. Zak-Smith and Anderson-Kohli. India looked a better side and Cook never looked to win the ODI series despite scoring well in later part of the test series and his captaincy raised eye brows for the World Cup 2015. Rohit Sharma has broken his hand and Murali Vijay had to replace and he never played the 50 over game here. Rahane's 100 and Dhawan's unbeaten 97 were unforgettable, they had teared apart the England bowling attack. Dhoni's consistency at the ODI's a known thing and not forgetting, India even lost the ODI's in 2011 at England.

The T-20, a much different side for England, new leader. Almost the same side for India. Morgan had literally set up the game for England and a come back for England in the shorter format. Virat looked in touch, Scored a half century and that never helped India winning this game.

What else? Most of the Players are off to the Champions League and MI, the defending champions are out of the league. Northern Knights looks impressive, Kane Williamson the player to watch out for along with Trent Boult. The pink colored Knights never mind missing the big hitting Corey Anderson, he opted playing for Mi and  Mi never had an idea to play him! just found a seat at the dug out!

So as Barbados, the winners of the Caribbean Premier League under Pollard's captaincy and Pollard never looked playing for his home team despite the team had qualified for the main draw!

Southern Express looked promising and failed to win a single game and Lahore Lions had got the visa to play in the main draw! well done Hafeez, the professor.

KKR-CSK, the opener, Dhoni's 101m six set up the score for CSK. KKR never looked chasing. Nehra was on a hattrick! Oh yes, I was alive when this happened. Andy Russel stepped in and he changed the course of the game. He had been so successful coming down the order for Jamaica in the CPL and had to repeat the same for KKR. He came, he hit and got out and KKR still had the super cool Tendo at the other end. A player of such caliber, Tendo needs to be playing for Netherlands. He deserves one. A win from No where to KKR when Piyush Chawla scored the winning runs.

Bailey's team against Bailey! Looks interesting, yes the Hobart Hurricanes led by Bailey in Big bash league was up against the most successful IPL team, the Kings 11 and Bailey Preferred Kings 11 over Hobart. Not a very good start for Sehwag, a first ball duck, Maxwell's cameo, Thisara Perera's first outing for Kings 11 saw the IPL runner's up winning the game under the much needed guidance of Bailey.

Ok! done done done!! Blog has been Updated. Yay!! Happy Blogging me, happy blogging all!! :) Bye!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

World T-20 2014 - Performances to be Remembered!

They had last won a world cup in 1996. Since then, Sri Lanka had been a regular runner up in most of the ICC tournaments and finally won the world t-20 in 2014 beating India at Bangladesh, that was a long wait for them. Sangakkara and Mahela's last t-20 performance for Sri Lanka had a perfect end.

A memorable t-20 this year! Memorable matches and memorable T-20 performances! A look at those!

Toss won and we elect to Bat first!

Stephan Myburgh : Netherlands Vs  Ireland 

Colassal would be the right word to describe. The qualifier match and Netherlands needed to chase  190 in just 14 overs to qualify for the Super 10

The world never knew this guy until he played a brilliant knock against the Ireland. The dutch man went on to score a match winning 23 ball 63, the innings included 7 huge six's and 4 4's, at the strike rate of 273.

Netherlands achieved the target under 14 overs and were in the super 10. Much thanks to this guy for the entertainment. This remains as the best innings so far this world t-20.

Alex Hales : England Vs Sri Lanka 

An Innings that over shadowed Mahela's 89. Alex Hales won the match single handedly for England.

Considered, top rated T-20 Batsman. Alex Hales, the lone century scorer in the 2014 world t-20 at Bangladesh. This wonderful innings came during a chase against the Sri Lankans. Needing 190 win, England had lost Lumb and Moeen Ali for no score. Alex Hales started to build the innings from 0/2 along with Morgan.

An unbeaten 116 from 64 balls under pressure at a strike rate of 181, a champion stuff indeed and that is why he is rated as the top T-20 batsman all over the world. The score of 116 remains the top score by an individual, this world t-20.
An Innings to remember for Hales.

 Umar Akmal : Pakistan Vs Australia 

Umar Akmal, goes Brutal Vs Australia. This is not for the first time.The younger Akmal scored a massive 94 off 54 balls at the strike rate of 174. The innings that almost won the game for Pakistan against Australia.

The same game, Maxwell was equally brutal against the Pakistani bowlers while chasing. This was considered as one of the best matches of the tournament. Aussies were likely to pull off a thriller, went down to Pakistan scoring 175. The only Match Umar Akmal scored for Pakistan

JP Duminy : South Africa Vs New Zealand : 

He is there when ever his team is in trouble. The classic left handed batsman had always helped South Africa recover after early troubles.

 An Unbeaten 86 of 43 balls at a strike rate of 200, won the match for South Africa against New Zealand. Duminy was in top form and a top t-20 Innings from a top class South African Batsman.

 Darren Sammy : West Indies Vs Australia 

You just cannot miss the Carribbean Flavor from a t-20 competition. The Gangnam dance would always be there to perform post match.Sammy's back from the death Innings that won the game for West Indies from no where.

Sammy has been the best leader in this t-20, this innings of 13 ball 34 with a strike rate of 261 won a thriller for West Indies.

Years to come, this would be remembered every time. Faulkner's embarrassing moment in his life.

AB de Villiers : South Africa Vs England 

Known as 360 degree player and this match saw Ab's classy stroke making all over the ground. He had the responsibility of leading his team since faf had to sit out. The master batsmen scored unbeaten 28 ball 69 at a strike rate of 246 in a crunch game against England. Proteas just won the game by 3 runs, Yet, those two points were so Vital for them to qualify for the semi finals.

A Knock under pressure. Ab had not been in a great touch, this match witnessed Ab's wonderful shot selection technique and class. 

Dwayne Bravo : West Indies Vs Pakistan

A breath taking quarter final match. Pakistan had almost nailed their spot in the semi finals with their bowling performance. West Indies had just hardly scored 80 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in 15 overs. The remaining 5 overs, belonged to the West Indies and Thanks to Dwayne Bravo's 26 ball 46, he stroked at a rate of 171 almost, he along with Sammy had scored 82 runs in the last 5 overs

Even Saeed Ajmal was not spared, 24 runs came off his final over and That was the moment Pakistan started feeling the pressure. From 5/81 to 6/166 and the rest was History. West Indies had won the game and were one of the Semi Finalist. "Gangnam Prevails"

Virat Kohli : India Vs South Africa

India wins 80% of the games when ever they chase and this guy is the reason behind that. A genuine match winner for India. He knows how to construct an innings in a pressure game. A semi final, India faces South Africa. Batting first Proteas post a healthy score of 172.

A good start by India, yet, the openers were back soon. Virat Kohli batted like a lone champion. Much support came from Rohit, Rahane and Raina. Prodigious effort, Virat Kohli, 72 from 44 balls strike rate of 163. A game to remember.

Kumar Sangakkara : Sri Lanka Vs India 

He had saved his best for the finals. Sangakkara has not been in a great form this tournament and happens to be his last t-20 match for Sri Lanka. Sangakkara was at his very best during the finals against India, an unbeaten 52 from 35 balls at a strike rate of 148, won them the title, The world t-20 champions for 2014.

Though Virat Kohli scored 77 of 58 balls, Kumar Sangakkara's knock fetched him the man of the match in the finals. A moment to remember for Sangakkara, he had contributed the maximum, a win for his nation. A moment to remember for one of the Greatest ever Batsman from Sri Lanka.

Bowling :

Ahsan Malik : Netherlands Vs South Africa 

A five wicket haul against South Africa. The bowler picked 5/19 in his 4 overs with econ under 5. Sadly, the match was won by South Africans, as Tahir Picked 4/21, Proteas won the game by just 6 runs.

Not many bowlers had picked a 5 wicket haul in this world t-20 Tournament and Ahsan Malik was one of them and emerged as a leading wicket takers this tournament in Bangladesh.

Dale Steyn : South Africa Vs New Zealand 

 The Steyn Gun was not at his very best until this happened. A game against New Zealand, the furious South African bowler picked up 4/17 in a close game. Ross Taylor's 62 was not enough to win the game for Kiwis.

Needing 7 runs off 6 balls, Kiwis just managed to score 4 runs. what a final over. No wonder he is the best bowler in all the three formats of the game. Steyn was unstoppable in the last over even after been hit for a 4 by Nathan McCullum.

A Ripper, this game is turned to be! Take a bow Dale Steyn. 

Samuel Badree : West Indies Vs Bangladesh

A tournament that favored spinners a lot, this West Indian Leg Spinner was not a exception and was hard to pick. He proved to be lethal and one of the most economical bowlers in the world t-20

Samuel Badree's 4 for 15, the best by a West Indian bowler in World T20. He was a game changer when ever he came into bowl.

Ravi Ashwin : India Vs Australia :

He had been India's front line bowler this tournament, a leading wicket taker in the world t-20. Most of his wickets came, when ever he bowled his lethal Carrom Ball.

Against Australia, the spinner picked up 4/11 in 3.2 overs he bowled and Aussies were bowled out for a score below 100

One of the best bowling performances this t-20 world cup had seen. Ashwin had been economical and picked up wickets almost every match.

Logan Van Beek : Netherlands Vs England 

 He was instrumental in England's shambolic defeat against Netherlands. England were all out for just 88 runs chasing 133 and Van Beek Picked up three wickets for 9 runs in the two overs he bowled.

Netherlands signed off from the world t-20 in style, their Last match against England would be much remembered. A surprise spell from Van Beek.

Hope to see more from the Netherlands in future. They had been amazing.

Rangana Herath : Sri Lanka Vs New Zealand

A dream spell, Rangana Herath. New Zealand had no clue what so ever, they were bowled out for just 60 runs and Sri Lanka were in the semi finals, defending a low score, 119. 

Herath picked up a five wicket hual giving away just 3 runs. The figures would be remembered for much longer time, 3.3 - 3 - 5

A wonderful tournament to be remembered! An exiting tournament comes to an end!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Farewell Graeme Smith - Captain Marvellous

The Gigantic South African captain with high class performing attitude. Stood tall when his team needed him, The Biff people fondly call him, Graeme Smith. The classie left handed batsmen represented South Africa's u-19 along with Jonathan Trott and went on to be a super star and later to Captain the side. Graeme Smith arrived as an international cricket in the summer of 2003, when he scored two double-centuries in England, a knock would be remembered by most of us. Today, for what is, the record speaks, considered as fourth Innings hero he has really made south Africa a proud nation of Cricket.

He made South Africa the best team in the world, they stood apart. The dream would have been to win a world cup, eventually that did not happen for Smith. He was Unlucky when it comes to world cup. But they had the No.1 tag the best team, but one tag that kept coming along with them, the chokers! Smith would have not liked it.

Who would have ever thought, South Africa would ever chase a total over 400 in ODI? This man made that happen, a fine day at Johannesburg march 2006. Smith's 55 ball 90 as a opener set up the chase for South Africa. The best day for ODI cricket. Not to forget Gibbs's 175.

Smith Saw his team growing. Under his captaincy, he had best players., Kallis, Amla, Boucher etc. The best captain marshalled his best troop.

Presence is like an X-factor, hard to explain, but Smith had this immense presence when he was leading from the front. Monstrous confidence radiated through him. Somehow he comforted the leaders of South African cricket and they completely forgot their history as a conservative cricket nation, and Smith bustled his way through.

 Right after this, he got the tag "The bravest man in world cricket". Sydney, 2009,Smith Walked in at no.11 to save a test match, he played despite his broken hand and 8.2 overs to survive. The whole Sydney cheered when Smith was out to bat. They had great respect for Smith.

Smith did it all after starting as the youngest captain in his nation's history and then becoming the longest serving.He won twice in Australia, the test series that would remain for ever in cricketing memories.

Smith was the only South African batsmen to register two double centuries in a test series. 259 and 273 both against England in 2003, he was the only one to post four double 100's in a winning cause in tests, two against Bangladesh,one each against Pakistan and England. A true champion in all ways, he had a wonderful average of 79.33 in five test series in 2003, 714 runs is what he scored and the only South African captain to manage 700 runs in a test series. In the year 2008, Smith managed 1656 runs at an average of 72 in 15 tests that included six 100's and six 50's. Smith had his own legacy, his figures were so gigantic as his looks.

 Smith had led South Africa for over 4000 days, Yes, the longest! and he had been every one's favorite. Since the age of 10 Smith had been saying he wanted to captain his country and he has put forward his goals and he had accomplished them. Smith is not an angry man, he knows what he needs and he has done everything for what the team needs and handled those quite brilliantly. He knew he was struggling against Australia at home, at 33, not the right age to quit. He took the decision to quit all forms of International cricket.The 4th innings hero, Bye Bye Smith!

Friday, February 21, 2014

It's Renovation time! for my Blog and Team India!

Been long time, Yea, and lot of cricket been played! and lots being spoken

India losing at SA, India losing at NZ, ex cricketers and experts take on Dhoni's defensive strategy on test cricket! Duncan Fletcher's silence! Virat Kohli's career best ODI and Test Ratings and Much more on Indian cricket! 

It's time for Renovation, Dhoni is still building a proper test team!

McCullum's record test score of 300, beating Martin Crowe's 299! History at Wellington!

U-19 world cup's, Lime Light on! Vijay Zol! Kuldeep, the leggie who had been brilliant and a hat-trick in a world cup match and Much spoken talent from the IPL, Sanju Samson! Deepak Hooda and Much more talents!

Ranji Winners, Irani Cup winners Karnataka 2014. Well done Vinay and Co!

Aussie Tour of South Africa, Mitchell Johnson's furious 12 for! he has taken at least 49 apporx wickets since his come back in 6 test matches he had played! The real pace machine! First test Aussie win in style!

SL tour to bangladesh! Sanga's triple century, last ball finishes to the T-20 between them! SL take test and T-20 series wins!

IPL's huge money on Cricketers! Yuvi, Corey, Neesham, McCullum for CSK! Yuvi for RCB, KKR's new bowling Line up! Delhi's new Army, MVJ goes to delhi and much more happened at the IPL auctions this time. MI leaving out Mitch! not a good option for them! Punjab's exiting new line up of players and SRH looks awesome with Aussie opening pair, Finch and Warner! Karan Saharma for 3.7 Crores! woo! Huge!

 Dhoni Out of Asia Cup due to an Injury! Kohli to lead!

  DK would be the replacement! Will be the new young team! Lead by Kohli! looking forward! Hopefully Dhoni should be fit for the t-20 world cup!

Timeless cricket had missed so so much of cricket! TC will be back soon!

 Till then! ... Renovation time for TC!! TimeLess Cricket!

Monday, January 20, 2014

India Lose Series Opener!

Before the start of Kiwi series. New Zealand, a confident side, They had won the test series and the T-20 against West Indies and had levelled the odi series against them. India had lost the ODI series and test series against the South Africans. Corey Anderson had scored the fastest odi century, Luke Ronchi, Ryder and Ross Tayler were in great form.

For India, The openers were not doing what was expected from them and they were struggling for runs. Dhawan/Rohit Sharma were not good as they  use to bat on Indian pitches. Much was depend on Virat Kohli and the Captain Msd to take the Indian innings forward.

The same scenario happened yesterday, India has a good batting side, every one says. Yes, we do, But how well we have been doing outside India recently? Having won the toss and decided to field at Napier, Bhuvi bowled so well, 10 overs 38/1.

Shami was moving the ball and picked up 4/55. Death bowling once again proved a problem for India. Corey Anderson and Luke Ronchi teared apart the Indian bowling in the end overs. Ashwin went wicketless and Jadeja managed to pick one at an economy over 6 runs. Ishant Sharma gave away 72 runs for the 9 overs he bowled.

Virat Kohli had scored 18 centuries over all and 12 had come during the chase and India won 11 out of 12 times when ever he scored a century during the chase. His 18th odi hundred was out from India's winning ways. India had lost the match despite Virat's majestic 123 of 111 balls. Virat and Dhoni looked set, and India was cursing towards the victory, a short ball from McClenaghan to Dhoni and the keeper had to dive to make his ground and catch taken, Dhoni out for 40. Kiwis needed exactly the wicket of either MSD or Virat Kohli and soon McClenaghan dismissed kohli, full toss outside off, straight forward catch to Ryder. Ryder had earlier dropped Kohli on 94. Back to back wickets for McClenaghan and NZ were right back into the game.

Earlier, Rohit Sharma had played 23 balls for the 3 runs he scored and Dhawan looked set before he was dismissed for 32. Raina pulled one and caught at deep fine leg. Rahane, played so well in South Africa out for 7. The middle order is depend on Dhoni and the top order would depend on Kohli. Even if they are getting runs, India needs one or two batsmen to fire. Rahanae is certainly the guy India would look for and Raina had been given lot of chances and seen as the future no.4 for the 2015 world cup.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Urn Is back to Australia! - Well Played!

After 2007, Clarke led Australia had won the ashes and the urn has come back to Australia. A wonderful leader, a lovely team and the whole awesome support staff. Australia were brilliant in the field, Steve Rixon had to be a happy support staff. Every win means a lot to Darren Lehmann, all over it was an emotional moment for the Australian Cricket team and their fans. They had faced a lot of criticism in the past.

This was a memorable test for both the talented captains. 100th test for Alastair cook and Micheal Clarke.

The third test, played at Perth, the track known for its pace and the bounce. Australia already 2-0 up in the series just needed a win and the urn belonged to them. Australia won the toss and decided to bat first. Not a great start, Chris Rogers was run out and a wicket so early. With no big contributions from Watson and Clarke. Much was expected from the Australian captain who was playing his 100th test, but had to lose his wicket to swann for 24. Warner anchored the innings until he made 60 and edged straight down to backward point, Swann picked up his second wicket of the Innings. Australia four down for 129. England certainly looked confident and was pumped up as they had a good start to the test match. Things changed when the Young SPD Smith took off the England attack along with Haddin after losing Bailey for just 7 runs. Haddin and Smith put on a 124 run partnership for the 6th wicket. The 6th wicket partnership proved vital for the host as they progressed steadily. England had their long-awaited breakthrough when Haddin mistimed one to mid wicket and spooned it to Anderson after making 55, he had almost saved Australia. SPD on the other end was amazing to watch and scored his second test ton and first at home. Smith's 111 and Johnson's 39, some contributions form the lower order took Australia to 385. Broad picked up 3 wickets, couple of wickets for Swann and Anderson and One each for Stokes and Bresnan.

Cook had been struggling for runs at the top, this innings he went on to score 72. Carberry and Cook had a good opening partnership that lacked in rest of the innings. When Cook Just looked so comfortable and was heading towards a century, he cut one to the point and a fine low catch to Warner,The England captain had rather thrown it away after a lot of hard work. Pietersen, Ian Bell and Joe Root, all went out cheaply. None had a 50 plus score except their captain Cook. They were bundled for 251. Harris and Siddle picked up 3 each, two from Johnson and one each from Watson and Lyon summed up Aussie Bowling.

Great start by the Aussie openers in the second innings, after the host got the lead over 100 runs. All they needed was a strong start and the openers added 157, the best opening partnership so far this Ashes season. Warner went on to score his second 100 of the Ashes,Watson was on fire and scored his fourth test ton of his career. England had no clue, the lead for the third time in this series went beyond 500 when Bailey hammered Anderson for 28 runs equaling Lara's record off Robin Peterson. That over from Anderson,  4 6 2 4 6 6! and there came the declaration from the captain. Aussie declared for 369/6 and England needed 504 to win.

Another 500+ total England had to chase. 


First ball of the Second Innings and England chasing a huge total again, what more you can expect from the aussies? Cook gone the first ball he faced. Cook played a little inside the line, hoping the bounce would save him but it was a terrific ball from Harris. Repair work from Carberry and Joe root, nothing worked, Carberry gone caught at crease by Watson.
Day-4 of Waca track had developed lot of cracks and certainly a difficult pitch to bat on. Stokes and Bell were holding the innings together, before Bell got out for 60, This time the England middle order looked good with KP scoring 45, Bell 60, they all lacked that temperament showed by Ben Stokes. End of Day-4, Stokes had scored a fluent half century and handled the Aussie pacers well. He and Prior were the only hope for England when the day 5 started. Aussie bowlers tried hard to break the partnership. Johnson broke that stand and Proir had to go, an acrobatic effort from Haddin behind the stumps. Stokes was still there, Scored his maiden ton and the first English batsman this series to score a 100 and that was a great effort, applauded by every Aussie men. 120 is what Stokes scored and lost his wicket, Bresnan and Swann gone for 12 and 4 respectively. Broad with his broken foot came into bat and faced 7 lethal deliveries and Andrson was the last man to be dismissed. A straightforward catch to Bailey and fittingly it was Mitchell Johnson finishing off things for Australia. England all out. 353 ( Johnson 4/78, Lyon 3/70, one each from siddle, Harris and Watson)

 Australia has done it, they are winning it after 2007. Clarke's captaincy they had won it again in 2013. well played Australia.

It was a complete dominance. Looking at the scores england had to chase, 561 at Gabba, 531 at Adelaide and 504 at Perth.

Man of the match went to SPD Smith for his wonderful century in the first Innings that saved Australia.

Two more to go, I am hoping for a 5-0 win. Good Luck! Go Aussie!