Saturday, November 2, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The sixth ODI between India and Australia here at Nagpur became history as in one match as many as there were four centuries. While Australian Watson and Bailey made centuries to bring the visitor’s score to 350 runs, then it was the time for the Indian boys to pay it back in same coin. It was Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan whose 100s went towards a winning cause as they helped India win by 6 wickets and level the series 2-2.
Rain washing out two matches in the series meant that the series that was seen as a fight for the No1 ODI ranking ended with India managing to cling on to the top spot as Australia would be unable to win the series 6-1.
Shane Watson scored 102 as George Bailey hammered 156 off 114 balls to power Australia to 350. The run chase for India seemed identical to the Rajasthan huge score chase as the Indian batsmen came good yet again.
Virat Kohli added to his great record as he has scored 11 centuries while chasing and India has won all 11 matches. The Delhi lad was handed the man of the match cheque for his blistering performance by Indian boxing Olympic bronze medallist Mary Kom.
Kohli added the record of becoming the first batsman to hit five or more consecutive 50s twice in ODIs to his laurels which helped him lead India one step away from a series win.
Rohit Sharma scored a handy 79 as MS Dhoni chipped in towards the end with a clinical 25 not out.
All eyes will be on the seventh and final ODI in Bangalore with the series squared as India look like they are back with a bang in the series.
Posted by Tutu420 at 4:37 PM
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
India will face Australia for their next ODI match here at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium on Wednesday and after the previous two matches at Ranchi and Cuttack being cancelled due to bad weather conditions, today it seems the rain God is in the side of the cricket fans.
Australian team were seen practising in the stadium ahead of their potentially decisive match against India, who are leading the current seven match series with a 2-1 results. A win in one of the remaining two matches will mean the Aussies’ record in bilateral series in India will remain flattering.
This is Australia’s third seven-match ODI series in India. The men-in-yellow were successful on the previous two tours, wrapping up the series with a win in the sixth ODI. Looking at the current situation, it may not be completely impossible for the visitors to turn their third seven match series against India into a hat-trick performance.
Despite the visitors being ranked second in the world, many expected India to place daylight between itself and the opposition by the end of the series.
With batsmen enjoying greater benefits from the rule changes in ODI cricket, such optimism sprung from the perception that India’s batting prowess would be enough to outplay the Aussies. A grain of truth could certainly be extracted from that claim but it failed to take into account the Indian bowlers’ inability to back the batting performance.
Australia lowest total in this series has been 295, and another big score seems likely at the VCA Stadium. In the six ODIs played here, teams batting first have scored less than 292 only once.
However, four of those fixtures were won by sides chasing a total.
On the positive side for India, it defeated Australia in the first ever 50-over game held here in 2009. India, though, has lost its last two matches at this venue since.
Ahead of the match, Bailey suggested that Australia would field an unchanged team as continuity has helped his side to excel. After introducing Mohammad Shami and Jaydev Unadkat at the expense of Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in Ranchi, it seems Dhoni will persist with the same eleven as well.
Shami’s opening spell in the fourth ODI would have eased the skipper’s worries a little as he got the ball to move at considerable pace.
However, with the rest of the bowlers yet to contribute significantly, the batsmen may once again have to bear the burden.
India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt.), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, R. Vinay Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Jaydev Unadkat, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra and Ambati Rayudu.
Australia: George Bailey (capt.), Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Adam Voges, Glenn Maxwell, Phillip Hughes, Brad Haddin, James Faulkner, Mitchell Johnson, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Callum Ferguson and Moises Henriques.
Umpires: Nigel Llong and S. Ravi;
Third umpire: Vineet Kulkarni.
Match referee: Andrew Pycroft.
Posted by Tutu420 at 7:36 PM
Monday, October 28, 2013
U. Pradesh vs West Indians at Kolkata
Oct 31-Nov 2, 2013 (09:00 local | 03:30 GMT | 12:30 JST)
1st Test: India v West Indies at Kolkata
Nov 6-10, 2013 (09:00 local | 03:30 GMT | 12:30 JST)
2nd Test: India v West Indies at Mumbai
Nov 14-18, 2013 (09:30 local | 04:00 GMT | 13:00 JST)
4. 1st ODI: India v West Indies at Kochi
Nov 21, 2013
5. 2nd ODI: India v West Indies at Visakhapatnam
Nov 24, 2013
Posted by Tutu420 at 10:56 PM
The West Indies cricket team, led by Darren Sammy, arrived here on Monday to play a warm-up match against the Uttar Pradesh Ranji Trophy side and a Test match against India at the Eden Gardens.
The 15-member squad arrived in two batches in the evening ahead of the first match of the tour, which starts at the Jadavpur University second campus complex on Thursday.
The first Test gets underway at the Eden Gardens on November 6. West Indies will play two Tests and three ODIs.
According to the schedule provided by the local host Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), the visitors will be resting on Tuesday before starting practice on Wednesday.
The practice session has been pushed back by a day in a bid to allow the venue dry up sufficiently before the match. The city witnessed one of the heaviest spells of rain of the season barely a couple of days back.
Posted by Tutu420 at 8:41 PM