August 17, 2010

India won the match against Srilanka by 6 wickets

Today Srilanka and India played their second match of the tri-series at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Rangiri. Srilanka won the toss and elected to bat first.

Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan opened the batting innings for the Srilankan team. Upul Tharanga got out in the very first delivery of their batting innings. Praveen Kumar took the wicket and it was an awesome start for the Indians which gave a real boost to the teams bowling. After the fall their first wicket, things started to worsen as they were loosing wickets in regular interval and their run rate dropping drastically. Tillakaratne Dilshan some how managed to stay for long period and scored 45 runs before returning to the pavilion. Suraj Randiv and Nuwan Kulasekara contributed some runs to the team which helped in increasing the team's total. They both scored 43 runs and 22 runs respectively. By 46.1 over, Srilanka lost all its 10 wickets and scored a total score of 170 runs. Pragyan Ojha took 3 wickets, Praveen Kumar, Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja took 2 wickets each. Praveen Kumar was very economical bowler for the day as his economy rate was just 2.5 runs per over.

India needed 171 runs from 50 overs with 10 wickets in hand. First wicket fell when India's total reached 30 runs. It was Dinesh Karthik who gave a simple and straight catch to Nuwan Kulasekara. Later, India lost one more wicket when its score was just 31 and again one more wicket fell when India it reached 32. At this point of time, India was facing a very critical situation as their previous match where they got all out for 88 runs against the New Zealand. That same thing started to repeat. But Virender Sehwag made a change where he stayed till the end of the match and helped the team to come out of this situation. He scored a magnificent unbeaten 99 runs and finished the match with a grand style. India, by 34.3 over chased its target successfully by scoring a total of 171 runs with the loss of 4 wickets. India won the match by 6 wickets. Angelo Mathews and Dilhara Fernando took 2 wickets each.

Now, all the three teams have won a match out of 2 matches played.

August 13, 2010

Champions League Twenty20

South African star ace batsman Jacques Kallis will be playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the upcoming Champions League Twenty20. He will not be playing for the Warriors and it will be a huge loss that team. Similarly Ross Taylor and Cameron White will be playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. As Cameron White is playing for RCB, David Hussey will be leading the Bushrangers team in place of Cameron White.

Andrew Flintoff will not be playing for Chennai Super Kings as he has undergone 2 knee operations in past 12 months. He will not be available for this year's Champions League Twenty20. Muttiah Muralitharan, Thilan Thushara, Doug Bollinger, Albie Morkel, Michael Hussey, Mr. Mongoose i.e, Mathew Hayden are the foreign players who are included in the CSK team for this season.

10 teams will be participating in the Champions League Twenty20 which will include some great players like Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar, Kieron Pollard, Muttiah Muralitharan, Mike Hussey, Ross Taylor, Mathew Hayden, Shaun Tait, Jayawardene and so on. This September month is loaded with full action as the Champions League Twenty20 will be played.

August 12, 2010

Todays updates on Cricket

Kiwis will be playing against the Srilankans on Friday. Kiwis made a remarkable victory against the Indians on Tuesday. India could score only 88 runs which was the lowest total ever scored against the New Zealand team. After such a great victory, Ross Taylor is pretty confident about his team in winning their second match which will be played against the Srilankans. Srilankans are also equally strong as they have very good bowling line up and a good batting line up.

Munaf Patel is returning back to the Indian team. After a year, he is playing in the team. He was added into the team as Indian bowling department has become very weak as some of the good bowlers like Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Sreesanth are suffering from injuries. Let us see what he will do to his team in the upcoming match. Next match will be played against the Srilankans on Sunday.

August 10, 2010

New Zealand thrash India by 200 runs

Tirangular series between India, Srilanka and New Zealand started today. Opening match was played between India and New Zealand at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Rangiri, Srilanka. New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first.

New Zealand gave a poor start as they lost 3 wickets when its total was just 28 runs. Later my favorite, Ross Taylor and Scott Styris partnered up well and played for 31.4 overs scoring a magnificent 190 runs partnership. Ross Taylor and Scott Styris scored a brilliant 95 and 89 runs respectively. After this partnership break, India managed to remove remaining 6 wickets successfully. By 48.5 overs, New Zealand scored a total of 288 runs and lost all its 10 wickets. Ashish Nehra and Praveen Kumar took 4 and 3 wickets respectively.

India needed 289 runs in 50 overs to win the opening match of the series. India gave a brilliant start and looked well till it lost its first wicket at the end of the seventh over. It was Virender Sehwag who departed scoring 19 runs from 23 deliveries. After this fall, things started to worsen for India as the wickets fell in regular interval. By 29.3 overs, India lost all its 10 wickets and managed to score only 88 runs in total. This was the lowest total scored by India against the New Zealand.

New Zealand won the match by 200 runs, which is a very huge margin. Ross Taylor played very well with the bat and in the field as well. He took 4 catches and captained very well. Man of the match was Ross Taylor for his awesome performance.

August 9, 2010

Second test match: England vs Pakistan

Pakistan and England played their second test match at Edgbaston, Birmingham, England. Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first.

Imran Farhat and Salman Butt opened the batting innings for the Pakistan. At the last delivery of the 8th over, Pakistan lost it first wicket. It was Imran Farhat who was caught by Matt Prior, he departed without scoring a run. Pakistan lost its first wicket when its total score reached 8. Salman Butt followed Imran Farhat when Pakistan 1 more run to its total. It was really a poor start from the Pakistatotal nis. No one stayed for longer time as the wickets kept on falling regularly. Pakistan managed to score a of 72 runs only which was worst and lowest total in test cricket.

England opened its first batting innings pretty good. Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen scored their half centuries which helped England to put up a good total and lead the Pakistanis by a good margin. England scored a total of 251 runs thereby leading Pakistan by 179 runs before loosing all its 10 wickets.

In the second innings, Pakistan's top order batsmen failed to score a good score. But there was one good partnership which helped them to put up a decent total. it was between Saeed Ajmal and Zulqarnain Haider who partnered to add 115 runs. Haider scored 88 runs and Ajmal scored 50 runs respectively. Pakistan lost its 10 wickets after scoring 296 runs in its second innings. Pakistan were leading England by 117 runs only.

This total is a cake walk for England as their team was performing extremely well in recent matches. Alastair Cook got out when England's total was 7. After this fall, Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott partnered well and chased the score successfully. They both scored unbeaten 53 runs respectively. By 36.3 overs, England scored 118 runs with the loss of a wicket and won the match.

England are leading the series by 2-0. Man of the match award went to Graeme Swann.

August 6, 2010

Third Test match day 3: India vs Srilanka

In yesterday's play, Srilanka had lost 2 wickets scoring 39 runs in total. Openers for the team were got out. Today, Srilanka saw a very bad start as it lost 6 more wickets when their total reached 125 on board. Later there was a 9th wicket partnership which lasted for 38.4 overs. This partnership was between Thilan Samaraweera and Ajantha Mendis and each scored 83 runs and 78 runs respectively. It was an 118 runs partnership which a sigh of relief to the team. Finally India managed to take all the 10 wickets of the Srilankan team in the second innings. Srilanka landed up scoring 267 runs on board.

India needed 257 runs to win the match and to draw the series. But India lost 3 wickets in the quick succession where it managed to put up a total of only 53 runs for the day. After the loss of the third wicket, Ishant Sharma came in to bat for the fourth wicket partnering the Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar. At the end of the fourth day's play, Sachin Tendulkar and Ishant Sharma remained unbeaten scoring 11 and 2 runs respectively. One more day is remaining for the Indians to finish the game. Still India need 204 runs to win the match and to level the series by 1-1. But already it has lost 3 top order batsmen, So let's hope for the best that they will somehow manage to score the target and win the match.

Third Test match day 2: India vs Srilanka

Hi friends, i will be giving updates on the second of the third test match which is being played between India and Srilanka. At the start of the yesterday's play, Virender Sehwag completed his century. Sachin Tendulkar scored only 1 run in yesterday's play and got out in Lasith Malinga's delivery. Virender Sehwag also dismissed early, he departed scoring 109 runs. VVS Laxman and Suresh Raina helped the team to move closer to the target set by the Srilankan. Laxman got out after scoring 56 runs and Suresh Raina got out scoring 62 runs. After this break, India soon lost all its remaining 6 wickets and finished its innings. India had put up a total of 436 runs in first innings thereby leading Srilankans by 11 runs.

Srilanka opened its second innings with their openers Tharanga Paranavitana and Tillakaratne Dilshan. They both opened well but things changed when Virender Sehwag was brought into the attack. They both got out in his delivery and departed in the 9.5 over and 12 over respectively. Later Kumar Sangakkara and Suraj Randiv started to play. The play for the day was called off and Srilanka landed up scoring 45 runs in total and lost 2 wickets in the second innings. Let's wait n watch what happens to the remaining 8 wickets in today's play.

August 5, 2010

Third Test match: India vs Srilanka

Yesterday, the third and the final test match of the series between India and Srilanka started. Srilanka won the toss and elected to bat first.

Srilanka lost its first wicket in the last delivery of the fourth over. It was Tharanga Paranavitana who got out scoring only 8 runs. After the first break of the partnership, Srilanka came back with a strong reply by having 4 good partnerships which resulted in setting up a good total against the visitors. After the fall of 5th wicket, Srilanka started to loose wicket in quick intervals. Finally they ended up their batting innings by setting up a total of 425 runs loosing all 10 wickets. 

India needed 426 runs to take the lead. India opened its batting innings with the openers Murali Vijay and Virender Sehwag. Murali Vijay did not last long, he got out scoring only 14 runs. Then came the WALL "Rahul Dravid" to bat at number 3. He did not help India this time also as he got out by getting LBW in the Angelo Mathews over. He departed scoring only 23 runs. Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar came in to bat accompanying Virender Sehwag. Both played well to put up a partnership of 88 runs and played till the end of the day. Second day's play was called off, Virender Sehwag was unbeaten scoring 97 runs and Sachin Tendulkar stayed unbeaten scoring 40 runs. India's total is 180 runs for loss of 2 wickets.

August 3, 2010

Final Test match: India vs Srilanka

Today, India and Srilanka will be playing their final test cricket match of the series. Srilanka is leading the series by 2-0. They won the first test match and second test match was drawn. Spin legend Muttiah Muralidaran took his 800th wicket to set the new test cricket record and finally got retired from the test cricket. In the second test match Lasith Malinga was ruled out due to knee injury. From India, Gautam Gambhir did not play due to the injury.

The final test match will be played at P Sara Oval, Colombo. This match will be more important to the Indians because they have already lost a match. Srilankans look very comfortable after winning the first match. Even if this match ends in draw, Srilankans will win the series for sure. So, India has to win this test match to level the series. India has not won a test series in Srilanka since 1993.

Lasith Malinga is making his comeback in this test match which gives another boost to the Srilankan team. But on Indian side, Gautam Gambhir has already been ruled out. Now, spin wizard Harbhajan Singh will not be playing due to calf injury. This adds another negative impact in the team. Whatever it might be, the play is on. India has to win the match to level the series which is gonna be a tough one according to me.

August 1, 2010

Test match highlights between Pakistan and England

Pakistan is playing a test match against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England. England won the toss and elected to bat first. On the first day of the play, England opened its first batting innings with a good start where there was some good partnerships which helped England to put up a good total. The biggest partnership was between Paul Collingwood and Eoin Morgan which was 205 runs. After the break of this partnership, England lost all its remaining 5 wickets in quick succession. England had put up a total score of 354 runs and lost all its 10 wickets. Eoin Morgan scored a beautiful 130 runs which helped the England a lot to put up this good total. Mohammad Asif took 5 wickets and Mohammad Aamer took 3 wickets.

Pakistan opened its first batting innings with the openers Imran Farhat and Salman Butt. First wicket to loose was Salman Butt where he gave a easy catch to Matt Prior and he departed scoring only 1 run. This was a bad start for the Pakistan team which turned the entire innings. Pakistan soon lost 6 wickets with a total score of 47 runs on board. After this Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Aamer put up a partnership of 48 runs. Shoaib Malik and Aamer got out when Pakistan total was 105 and 108 runs. Later on, Umar Gul came in to bat where he remained unbeaten till the end of the Pakistan's first batting innings. He scored a magnificent 65 runs from just 46 deliveries which included 8 fours and 4 sixes. This magnificent performance helped Pakistan to come out of the Follow on. Pakistan by 54 overs, lost all its 10 wickets putting up a total of 182 runs. England was leading Pakistan by 172 runs.

In the second batting innings, England lost its first wicket in the very first over itself. It was Andrew Strauss who departed without scoring a run. England soon started to loose wickets with very less runs adding up in the score. Matt Prior came into bat at 5 down where he stayed till the end of the England's innings and remained unbeaten. He gave a good partnership with Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad and Steven Finn which helped England to put up a very good total. Matt Prior was unbeaten scoring 102 runs. England declared its second batting innings with after putting up a total score of 262 runs with one wicket remaining. Last wicket resulted in a unbeaten 489 runs. Umar Gul took 3 wickets in this innings.

Pakistan needed 435 runs in total to win the match. Currently Day 3 session 3 has been completed and the play for the day has been called off. Pakistan in between 3.1 over to 4.1 over lost 3 important wickets. This was again a poor start from them as they have lost 3 top order batsmen. Right not Pakistan has scored a total of 15/3. Pakistan needs 420 runs to win the match with 7 wickets remaining and 2 days left. 

Stuart Board and James Anderson are bowling brilliantly. Lets see what they will do in tomorrows play. See you all with some more updates on tomorrows play :-)