Saturday, October 26, 2013

India VS Australia 5th ODI at Cuttack was called off

The fifth ODI between India and Australia was called off without a single ball being bowled after a formal inspection by the umpires on Saturday morning.
Umpires Nigel Llong, S. Ravi and C. Shamsuddin inspected the ground at 11 am, as there was some sunshine after five days of incessant rains but with the outfield still soggy and damp patches at several places, the duo officially abandoned the match.
“After inspection umpires in their report submitted that the outfield is not fit for play and no play is possible,” Orissa Cricket Association secretary Asirbad Behera said.

Winning the series has now become more difficult for India who have to win both the remaining matches in Nagpur (October 30) and Bangalore (November 2).

Friday, October 25, 2013

India VS Australia, 5th ODI at Cuttack - Another washout in making

The fifth one-day encounter between India and Australia almost stands cancelled in view of torrential rains which have rendered the Barabati ground unplayable.

However, if the match is actually called off, the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) would not suffer any financial loss because the it has insured the match for Rs 20 crore.

OCA secretary Ashirbad Behera told The Telegraph that the association had deposited a premium of Rs 7 lakh with the insurance companies for protection against financial loss, owing to cancellation of the match due to bad weather, natural disasters, terrorism-related incidents and injury to spectators.

“We will get Rs 6 crore if the game is completely washed out. The spectators have been insured for Rs 7 crore in case of any unfortunate event and the remaining amount covers stadium property. If the match is cancelled, we will be able to retrieve at least Rs 6 crore,” he said.

Behera said though they were hoping that the match is played, it was highly unlikely. “It has been overcast the entire day. The ground is completely waterlogged and the chances of it drying up are extremely remote. The pitch is safe but the outfield is so wet and slippery that it may cause injury to the fielders. The umpires and match referee, after making the ritual inspection tomorrow afternoon, will take the final decision,” said Behera.

The OCA has decided to refund the entire ticket money to the spectators if a single ball is not bowled. “It is a win-win situation for the OCA. If the match is played, it will get money from the tickets and advertisements. If it is called off, it will get the insurance money,” said an official of an insurance company.

Behera said the entry gates would be opened for the spectators at 11.30am tomorrow. If the match is cancelled, people can expect to get refund of their ticket money from November 8 to 15 between 10am and 5pm at the three ticket counters at Barabati Stadium. Those who have booked tickets online need not go to the counters. They will have their money sent directly to their accounts.

Source : The Telegraph

Pakistan VS South Africa, 2nd Test 3rd Day, Dubai - Latest Scorecard

The Pakistani team fighting to save the second Test here at Dubai against the South African team were two for two at lunch on the third day after South Africa piled up 517 in their first innings in Dubai on Friday. Pakistan trail by 416 runs after conceding a huge 418-run lead in the first innings.

They lost opener Shan Masood off the fourth ball for nought to paceman Dale Steyn and in the next over Khurram Manzoor was out for his second duck of the match. Azhar Ali was unbeaten on two.

South Africa lost AB de Villiers for 164 andGraeme Smith on 234 after they put on a record 338-run partnsership. For Pakistan off-spinnerSaeed Ajmal finished with 6-151.

Pakistan leads the two-match series 1-0 after winning last week's first Test in Abu Dhabi by seven wickets.
The latest scorecard of the series is as follows.

Pakistan 99/10 (36.4 ov) & 2/2 (1.5 ov)
South Africa 517/10 (163.1 ov)
Pakistan trail by 416 runs with 8 wickets remaining
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Pakistan RR 1.09
This session 59/8, 31.0 ov
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Azhar Ali
Dale Steyn
* Vernon Philander
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Current partnership: 2 runs, 1.1 overs, RR: 1.82 (Ali 2, Manzoor 0)
Last wicket fallen: Khurram Manzoor c Jacques Kallis b Vernon Philander 0 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
at 2/2 (1.5 ov); Partnership: 2 runs (Ali 2, Manzoor 0), 1.1 overs, RR: 1.82

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Life still there for Ishant Sharma after death over

Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma has been retained for the remaining four ODIs as the BCCI tweeted an unchanged squad for the ongoing series against Australia after India lost two of the first three matches. Ishant Sharma was not included in the 4th ODI that was abandoned in the middle way being played at Ranchi.
Ishant finished with figures of 1 for 63 from eight overs in the third ODI after conceding 30 runs in an over which turned the match in Australia's favour. In the first two ODIs too, his economy rate was eight and 7.77 runs per over respectively. India's pace attack, particularly in the death overs, has been a cause of concern for a while now and captain MS Dhoni admitted after the third ODI that the death bowling had become a "headache".
Apart from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has kept his economy rate under six in all three matches so far, the two other pacers India have bowled with - Ishant and Vinay Kumar - have been unimpressive as India conceded more than 300 in all three ODIs.
The other pace options in the squad are Mohammed Shami and Jaydev Unadkat, who have not been given a chance in the series yet. Unadkat and Shami were among the top three wicket-takers in the five-match ODI series against Zimbabwe in August as they finished with eight and six wickets, respectively, behind Amit Mishra, who hasn't played in the ongoing series yet, who took 18 wickets.

India vs Australia, 4th ODI at Ranchi on 23rd Oct 2013 - Update

India have won the toss and elected to bowl first in their 4th encounter with the Australian team here at Jharkhand Cricket Association in Ranchi. The match will be played on day and night schedule.  

There have been some changes in the Indian team structure and now Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma have been replaced with Jaydev Unadkat and Mohammad Shami.

India were cruising along nicely in the second ODI when Ishant Sharma bowled the 48th over that became his and skipper MS Dhoni’s nightmare. James Faulkner took the Delhi pacer to cleaners and smacked him for 30 runs effectively snatching victory from the jaws of defeat for Australia. For the third consecutive time, Indian bowlers conceded 300-plus runs leaving their all-powerful batting line-up to chase a difficult target in two of the three games. 

At his home ground today, Dhoni would like to leave the bowling disaster of the past three games behind and start on a fresh note after a break of three days. The Indian squad remains unchanged although a change in the final playing XI is expected. Australia will take field brimming with confidence after taking a lead of 2-1 in the seven-match ODI series. 

Indian Team for Ranchi Match : Mahendra Singh Dhoni (c & wk), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, R Vinay Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Amit Mishra, Mohammad Shami and Jaydev Unadkat.

Australia Team for Ranchi Match: George Bailey (c), Phillip Hughes, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Adam Voges, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin (wk), James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Callum Ferguson and Moises Henriques.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

India VS Australia, 4th ODI at Ranchi - The Australian openers also do matter a lot

India will face Australia today for the 4th ODI here at JSCA International Stadium, Ranchi and the series being tilted against Indian with 1-2 results, Indian side will definitely make attempt to level the score. But it might prove difficult for the Indian side, when Australia is full of confidence gained from its previous win, most recently from the Mohali match.

Indian side lost to Australia for 4 wickets in Mohali during their 3rd ODI of the ongoing seven match series.  It’s not just about the wicket and the familiar conditions, the support expected from the stands should be powerful enough to lift the home team’s spirit and intimidate the opposition. 

In the four matches so far, Australia have in front of some loud crowds, but Ranchi might still stun them as George Bailey and Co will get an idea of MS Dhoni’s aura when he leads his team out at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium on Wednesday.

When Phil Huges was practising on Tuesday at the JSCA International Stadium against a local left-arm spinner, he could handle the ball so magnificently that it seems that the Australian side are full of confidence to face the slow wicket of Ranchi. Similarly, Hughes's opening partner Aaron Finch, in another net, was in a marauding mood, lofting both pacers and spinners with ease.

Although in the last few days Indian bowlers have been criticised for their lack of performance, but it is not only the mistake of the Indian bowlers that has contributed to the debacle of the Indian side. But some credit ought to go to the Australian opening duo for putting the Indian seamers under pressure and setting up the foundations of their team's big totals.

Hughes and Finch paired up for the first time as openers in Southampton two months ago. They only put on 13 runs in that game, but Australia decided to stick to the same combination for the series against India. Statistics suggest it was a wise move. In the first match at Pune they put on 110 with Finch scoring 72 (79) and Hughes 47 (53). In Jaipur, they put on 74, with Finch scoring 50 (53) and Hughes 83 (103). The third ODI in Mohali saw them blunt the new ball and add 68 runs. They clearly like batting with each other.

At Ranchi, however, a different challenge may lie ahead of them. In the first three matches, MS Dhoni decided to open the bowling with medium pacers from both ends in order to make full use of the two new balls on lifeless pitches. The surface that will be used for Wednesday's fourth ODI is likely to be a little different. It looks brown and will, according to local groundsman S B Singh, have "some assistance for the spinners".

The BCCI's curator Ashish Bhowmick begged to differ and said that the strip would be "ideal for stroke-play with even bounce and good carry".

With the faster bowlers leaking runs freely, Dhoni might use Ravichandran Ashwin up front tomorrow. The off spinner is not at his best at the moment but he has the ability to bowl with the new ball and has opened the bowling for India before. Hughes became Ashwin's bunny during the four-match Test series in India earlier this year. He struggled against Graeme Swann during the Ashes and subsequently lost his place in the side.

Hughes has handled the spinners well so far in this series. The seamers, however, have made his job easier by allowing him to get his eye in before facing Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Hughes says that the length the Indian pacers, especially Ishant Sharma, have been bowling has "helped" him. But it will be interesting to see how he counters spin on a surface that might offer some turn.

Finch plays the role of the aggressor in the partnership. He enjoys going after the bowling, which is his natural style. But it needs to be seen if he sticks to his plan of taking the attack to the opposition if a spinner comes on first up.
Australia have consistently produced top-class openers who hunted in pairs. Geoff Marsh and 

David Boon formed a formidable combination in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Mark Taylor and Mark Waugh followed in their heels. And then there were Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist, arguably the most fearsome and destructive opening combination limited-overs cricket has ever seen.

But this is a transitional phase in Australian cricket when they've been looking for consistency through the order. They've tried Shane Watson, Shaun Marsh and even Matthew Wade as openers. If Hughes and Finch can keep the momentum going, India will be under real pressure in Dhoni's hometown. The long-term effect: it will help Australia solve a major problem.

Monday, October 21, 2013

West Indies coach Ottis Gibson planning to foil Tendulkar's Farewell

Ottis Gibson, the West Indies cricket team coach has articulated buoyancy stating that his players can beat the Indian team led by skipper M S Dhoni's at their own den when they tour India November 2013. He stated that his side is far more experienced than the last time when they had toured India and they should be able to give a much better performance this time around.
"We are not saying we cannot beat India, but we know it is going to be tough. The last time we went to India, we had a couple of inexperienced guys but we put up a good show. So hopefully this time with a bit more experience, we can go one better and win the series. There is no reason why we can't," said Gibson.
The WI team is almost out of Test match since the last one year and hence the team is training hard in a fitness and medical camp here to ensure players stay fit as they will be on the road for a long time. 
West Indies will play two Tests and three ODIs during their tour of India, commencing with the first Test from November 6-10 in Kolkata. The second Test -- Sachin Tendulkar's farewell match -- will be played in Mumbai from November 14-18.
Following their India tour, West Indies will be in New Zealand for three Tests, five ODIs and two T20 Internationals. "Things have been going well; the doctors haven't reported anything untoward to me as yet, so fingers crossed that everybody is fit to get on the plane," the coach said.
Gibson noted that the series against India will finally settle the question of where the West Indies stand as far as Test cricket is concerned. "We have played great in Test cricket, having won the last six, but people have been poking fun at the opposition. This one in India gives us the opportunity to see where we are as a Test side," he said.
"India are playing some very good One-Day cricket at the moment; they have not played Tests in a long time either, so it gives us an opportunity to go out there and test ourselves," said Gibson. The West Indies played their last Test series in November last year when they defeated Bangladesh and their other victories were against New Zealand in a home series in August last year.
Asked about the reports that he could be leaving the West Indies to take up the post of the head coach at Glamorgan in England, Gibson said he had not been in contact with anybody in that English county side. "I suppose when you are doing a good job, every job that comes along is yours. But there is no truth in the rumour. I have not been in contact with anybody from Glamorgan. It is the club that I played for in England, but I have had absolutely no contact with them. I have just signed a new contract with the WICB and I am very happy with where we are," said Gibson.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sohag Gazi wants to repeat Chittagong feat again at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka in 2nd Test Match

Bangladesh cricket’s new sensation spinner Sohag Gazi who scored a century along with a historical hat-trick in the last match at Chittagong against New Zealand is the first cricketer to do so in history.  Sohag has already acquired a larger status in the cricket world for his excellent performance. Now the cricketer himself is full of confidence from his previous performance and wants to repeat his Chittagong feat again in order to help Bangladesh a rare series win against New Zealand this week.

Gazi, who has played seven Tests in his fledgling career, returns on Monday to the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka -- scene of his outstanding nine-wicket debut against West Indies last year -- for the second and final Test of the series. The off-spinner, who has since emerged as a bright all-round prospect, scored an unbeaten 101 in the first Test against New Zealand before taking 6-77 in the tourists' second innings including a hat-trick.

Sohag Gazi said that "In the second match my aim will be to keep this streak," and "I don't know if I will break a record again or not, but I am thinking about taking a five-for again.” He continues "Actually, there is nothing different to do. The manner in which I bowled in the last match, I will try to bowl in a similar way. I will work on the little mistakes that I made in the previous game."

Gazi is hopeful that the wicket at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka will offer some assistance to the Bangladesh spinners after they were frustrated by a flat batting pitch in Chittagong for long periods. In the  1st test match New Zealand scored 469 in their first innings before Bangladesh amassed 501, only the third time the hosts have passed the 500-run mark in their history.

New Zealand batsman Peter Fulton also said that the pitch at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium could favour the spinners. "It looks very dry, not a lot of grass on it. It is similar to the Chittagong game, preparing it to be low and slow," he said. "The wicket may turn more than it did in Chittagong. We are preparing for every scenario."

The Test series will be followed by three one-day Internationals and a Twenty20 International.

Team Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Mohammad Mahmudullah, Anamul Haque, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Naeem Islam, Sohag Gazi, Rubel Hossain, Mominul Haque, Marshall Ayub, Robiul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain.

Team New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (capt), Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Dean Brownlie, BJ Watling, Tom Latham, Corey Anderson, Doug Bracewell, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Mark Gillespie, Ish Sodhi, Bruce Martin.