Sunday, November 25, 2007

Portlets and Google Gadgets is happy to announce the launch of its Google Gadget. See the sample on the right hand side of this page. Click here to add the Google gadget to your Google Home page (iGoogle). This way, you can follow the latest scores from the cricketing world any time you go to The gadget auto-refreshes (you don't have to hit refresh time and again) so that you'll always know the latest scores.

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sehwag and Robin miss the opportunity, India fail to win the series convincingly

India won the toss and elected to field on the final match of the series. India went with some new players to evaluate and experiment the budding talent - P Kumar and Rohit Sharma. Indians thought of using the morning conditions to their advantage, however Pakistan's opening pair waived off the initial swing and bounce to give themselves a good start. Sreesanth got the control of his bowling after some wides and runs. He picked up the top 3 batsman and put India back in the game - 77 for 3 after 17 overs. This brought the arrival of in form batsms Yousif and Pak's captain Sohaib Malik. They played a brillant knocks to take the game away for Indians and help Pak cross 300 mark for the second time on this series. Middle order bowlers could not break the huge partnership of Yousif and Malik. Quick fire of runs by Pak tailenders also helped to reach a hugh target. Sreesanth was the only bowler to finish of the innings with good figures.

India had a shaky start by losing Gambhir quickly and also losing Sachin when he was looking dangerous. Sachin made a quick thirty but that was not enough to take India to a good start. Robin and Shewag did lose a wonderful opportunity to cement their position in team, they played ordinarily and did not help the cause of India innings. Yuvraj and Rohit Sharma the new kid in the block played sensibily, but there innings only took India closer to the target. However, the Irfan Pathan showed some character, which few of the top order batsman can learn, to score 44 useful runs. India's tendency is give more responsibilities to tail enders to see match through, since you might have observed that many close matches have been won by tailenders. But this time around they could take us through to the finish line. Man of the match went to Shoiab Malik and Man of the series went to the well deserved India player Yuvray Singh. India won the series but failed to sweep it.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Clinching the series is something special...

Pakistan entered this match under pressure, since it was a do or die match for them inorder to defend against India in this series. Pak started off their day with some luck in their favour, they won the important toss and elected to bat. The Pak had new opening pair for this season, it was Salmaan Butt and Shoiab Malik. This new pair did not last for more than 2 ball, as Salmaan Butt was trapped in front of the wicket before he could get a feel of the ball. However Pak recovered a bit with a good partnership before the captain was bowled by a beauty of a delivery. This was followed by good show of cricket by Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf. They played quite amazing knock to take Pak to a respectable and defendable score of 255, off course with as usual valuable runs from Misbah-ul-haq.

India start was shaky with loss of Saurav and Gambir to put India at 48 for 2. But the suprise performance was from Sehwag along with Sachin. Sachin failed to get past the nervous 90s for the 6th time this year, which is a record of some sorts in world cricket. Even though Sachin and Sehwag lost their wicket within a short span leaving other Indian batsman to score 100 odd run, the captain and vice captian took this responsibility with incredible style and ease. Dhoni finished off the match with a straight six off Salmaan Butt to clinch the series for the India. This is India's ODI series win against Pak after 24 long years. India team must be celebrating to their heart's content a well deserved win. The last match of series remains a formality, but India should not lose the momentum it has gained, so that it can carry this forward to the test matches and hopefully the rest of the season.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Kanpur's Diwali Gift...

Kanpur was rewarded a treat of Indo-Pak match, it has been 2 years since a cricket match was held here.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl hoping to use the good bowling conditions to restrict India to a moderate total. Pakistan's bowling plans was misaligned by some good looking strokes of
Sachin and Saurav. But this was only after Saurav got a life in the first over when his catch was dropped by the keeper. Saurav looked shaky due to lack of foot work and inability to offer the right defensive stokes to some of Shoaib and Umar's swinging deliveries. Luck favored the opening pair and India took advantage of the misfielding. India lost the Sachin to unorthodox bowling style of Sohail Tanvir and this was quickly followed by Saurav. The Kanpur wicket was not offering the batsmen to play their natural strokes due to dual bounce and pace. This resulted in frustrated moments to batsmen like Gambir, who was not able to get value for his stroke play. India were rotating their strike well during the middle overs and kept their wicket intact. This gave a nice platform for set Yuvraj and Dhoni to take some risks and accelerate the scoring rate. Dhoni and Yuvraj hit big sixers to take India to good defendable score of 294/6 at the end of 50 overs. Highlighting point of Pakistan's bowling was Sohail economical and wicket taking bowling.

Pakistan to counter the asking rate of around 5.88, they send in the hard hitting Afridi and their stylist batsman Salmaan Butt. The gamble with Afridi only paid off for couple of overs and he was sent to the pavilion by a beautiful in swinging delivery of Irfan Pathan. This started the consolidation period for Pakistan, but they kept on loosing wickets, RP Singh deceiving in form Younis Khan a gem of a delivery to remove his off stump. Salmaan Butt played his best innings of this season by scoring century without receiving any support from his team mates at the other end of the crease. India applied pressure using the pace and spin attach. The surprise performer in the spin department was Yuvraj with his off cutters helped India keep Pakistan at bay. At one point Pak need 100 run with 10 overs remaining, this where Pakistan failed to raise the tempo of the game. Dhoni faired decent as a captain, but still has long way to go w.r.t to field placings and learning the tricks of the trade. With this win India lead the series 2-1 against Pak. With 2 games remaining to go this series is open anyone's grab. The man of the match went rightly to Yuvraj for his matching winning knock of 77 and crucial bowling performance.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

A Diwali gift to true cricket lovers...

The series is alive with Pakistan winning the 2nd ODI in Punjab. Cricket lovers were treated to a wonderful game on the occasion of Diwali festival, even though the result was a slight dampener for some of the India fans. But most Indians would also agree that this win by Pakistan revives the excitement for the remaining games in this series. Closer the games better the entertainment.

India won the toss and elected to bat as most would expect, with great start by Sachin and Gautham Gambir even after early loss of Saurav at 3rd ball of the day. Quick and long partnership of Sachin & Gautham took to India good position. Sachin missing his hundred by 1 run again (99). Is it got to do something with the 9 number jersey causing him to get out in the 90s? Well certainly India and Sachin wouldn't mind this as long as India wins the match. India also lost Gambir quickly after Sachin. Yuvraj and Sehwag tried to stabilize the boat from some good bowling of Pak especially Umar and Akhtar. India kept on losing wickets regularly and never capitilized fully the start provided by Sachin and Gautham. India were at one point 260-6 at end of 40 overs, if Indians had done some decent batting they could have crossed 350. But India lost the momentum late in the innings and with some good gusty batting from Harbajan result in India crossing 300 and final reach a competent score of 320 on a very good batting pitch with only 4 regular bowlers to defend this total.

Pakistan fielders were sluggish on the field with lots of miss fields and extra balls of around 6 overs. Pakistan starting with lots of confidence and bang with scoring 10 runs in the first over. Pakistan lost early wicket of Akmal, but Pak were able to make 80 odd runs on the board from first 15 overs. India pulled back Pak's scoring rate with some good tight bowling during the 3rd power play. India noticeably looked containing Pak rather than trying to take wickets, in other words India was defensive rather than being offensive with aggression. India might have missed the aggressive body language from the likes of Sreesanth. However for if you were watching the match during 20th over, you might have felt that India were at control. Yes they were in control, however not aggressive even after a big score on the board. Younis Khan played a sensible game of not panicking, while on other hand realizing with his experience that game is not won by random shots but with planning and sensible cricket. Misbha joined the party with good knock of 49, although getting dismissed playing is favorite and familiar shot of trying to play the back paddle. This partnership brought the life back in Pak's innings and the match. Younis Khan's effort paid of with bringing Pak close to a victory and in the end Afridi playing the neat finisher with good strokes and with help of some bad bowling and field placings. It was a very close finish with Pak having the upper hand at the end and won the match with 1 ball to spare. Man of the match went to the well deserved, planned and crafted innings of Younis Khan. As ever Indo Pak series is alive and kicking :)

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Good partnerships help India win

The excitment of Indo Pak match was evident in the grounds of Guwahati Cricket Stadium. The ground was filled with cricket lovers and passionate spectators. Everyone knows that this series will be closely fought and it will fought with aggregation and strategy. India went with more batsmen than bowlers, with good mixture of youth and experience. Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat on the slow pitch, hoping to a score unreachable by Indians. The start was good with 40 runs in quick time. However the Pakistan did not have a large partnership all through their inings. But lack of good bowling in the death overs, helped Pakistan reach a decent total of 239. If you analyze Indian bowling over previous ODIs you will quickly realize that Indians have conceded lots of run during the slog overs. This is one of the areas where Indians should be focusing on in the coming games. Over all a very good effort by our bowlers and the keeper for 3 good dismissals. On the Pak side Younis Khan played a anchor role to help Pak reach a defendable score on a slow pitch.

India start was good even after losing 10dulkar early to Shohib Akthar. Gautham Gambir and Saurav played a neat innings to help Indians hold their fort against Pak pace bowling. Indians had better partnership than Paks, this is something which made a big difference and eventually helped Indian's win. Even though we had 4-5 opening pairs in the team, we managed to have a good batting order. Quick thinking by Dhoni on promoting him before Yuvraj was a good move to keep left and right combinations going on, there by making bowling difficult to Pak. Dhoni and Yuvraj played a brilliant knock to see off the danger period. Robin hit the winning shot to enable India win over Pak by 5 wickets. Man of the match went to Dhoni for a captain's innings and good wicket keeping. Pakistan has some areas they should work on like the better bowling and partnership. We will definitely see better resistance from Pak and thereby a good treat to cricket lovers.