Thursday, December 29, 2011

Australia add quick Ryan Harris to squad for India test

Australia brought Ryan Harris in his squad for the second test against India on Friday, adding a fourth pace option one day after Bowling his way to victory in their opening match against the tourists.

The subject to injuries Harris joins James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus at the 12-man for the second game of the four-test series, which begins on Tuesday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Pattinson, playing in only his third test, edged Siddle and Hilfenhaus to man of the match honours in Melbourne after all three played key roles with bat and ball in 122-run victory.

All four playing on the SCG would be a statement is a land that has traditionally favoured spin bowling, but Captain Michael Clarke said on Thursday that omit Nathan Lyon can be a bet that the hosts were prepared to take.

Leveled all rounder Dan Christian and Mitchell Starc were included in a 13-man squad for the first test but made way for 32-year-old Harris, who has been struggling with a hip injury.

"I've seen Ryan bowl in networks over the past few days and it looks pretty good," Captain Michael Clarke said on Thursday.

"That is probably one of the bonuses we have at the moment, our offense is bowling really well and we have guys like Ryan about the amendment and not very far from being fully fit. I think it's a good problem to have. "

When fully fit, Harris is a formidable bowler and would be a welcome addition to the trio that has plenty of pace and movement off the pitch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

While Australia's bowling attack looked rude health the MCG, the batting line-up again showed a weakness that became very familiar this year.

The higher order remained intact, despite some disappointing performances, perhaps because opening batsman and all rounder Shane Watson was not yet available for selection.

Watson, player of the year Australia for the past two seasons, suffered an injury in South Africa last month and lost the series against New Zealand and the Boxing Day test.

"Shane was not fully recovered from calf injury right and is therefore unavailable for the Sydney test," team physiotherapist Alex Kountouris team said in a statement.

"He will continue his rehabilitation and hope to be available for one of the remaining matches."

Australia, who never lost a test series against India at home, also play matches in Perth and Adelaide after the Sydney test.

Cast-Michael Clarke (Captain), David Warner, Ed Cowan, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Mike Hussey, Brad Haddin, Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus, Ryan Harris, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon.

Iconic Moments: India vs Australia in Tests

In December opening batsman 13Australia Bill Brown became the first test batsman to run out for backing up too far at the end of the non-striker. Indian Vinoo Mankad made the polyvalent run-out, and the mode of dismissal came to be known as ' mankaded '. This happened only six times more in international cricket.

Mankad had dismissed Brown in this way previously in a tour game too, but had offered the batter a warning. In the test match, was not offered no such courtesy. The incident caused a small controversy. The Aussie media named Mankad unsporting Act. Others, such as Australia Captain Don Bradman said that mankad was within his rights to do so.

Australia took the series 4-0 with Bradman making 715 runs. One of the highlights of India about the tour was 116 of Vijay Hazare in day 3 and day 4 at 145.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Test of Australia rookies against Indian greats

Australia may have a three inexperienced hitters, but they are in order before opening Boxing Day test against India, Australian vice-captain Brad Haddin said on Sunday.

Australia's top three in the batting order-David Warner, Ed Cowan and Shaun Marsh-has only five tests between them in one of the strangest combinations of Australia in more than three decades.

Warner played only two test matches, but comes to the Melbourne Cricket Ground with a last start undefeated 123 against New Zealand, while the three-test Marsh crunched out 99 52 domestic Twenty20 balls in just a few days ago.

Rookie Cowan won the selection with the strength of its 109 to XI of a President against India this week along with three centuries of first class this season.

While the Australian team is in transition, top five hitters of India — Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, juggling Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman — have a combined score of 610 tests.

In the first of four tests for the border-Gavaskar trophy is the experience of India against the inexperienced potential of Australia.

Wicketkeeper Haddin, who will be an important member of the Australian batting lineup at number seven, said it was time for the home team to get up and face the Indian challenge.

"You talk about our first three inexperienced, I think we have a lot in the first three," Haddin told reporters on Sunday.

"And if we're going to do any good in this series will be from one to seven with the bat. We run.

"We make sure we have our heads games and ready to go".

Coach Mickey Arthur has organized a camp hitters this week and Haddin said that the meeting of three days was the clear mind of batsmen.

"Freeing his head, having no other thoughts in your head, but only playing cricket," said Haddin.
"You'll see over the next five days if it has all paid off."

Australia also are assuming enormous quantities of big game experience with the ball for India, with two of the four frontline bowlers, James Pattinson and offspinner Nathan Lyon, in its first year of Test Cricket.

"We chose an 11 that we are confident to rip through this Indian side," said Haddin.

"They have some great players and I know that especially our bowlers are eager to have a crack at them".

Pattinson, 21, took only 14 wickets in his two tests against New Zealand, while the Lyon has 22 wickets of his seven tests in 24.59.

Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman indicated that they will after Lyon dent their confidence.

"We're just hoping that we can score some runs off him, try to put pressure on him," Captain MS Dhoni India said.

"The kind of experience that we have, that really help us in implementing our plans".

Australian Captain Michael Clarke said Lyon will have to be managed carefully throughout the series, but he considers it as a potential weapon against a team that are traditionally adept at playing spin bowling.

"We have to make sure we Bowl Nathan at the right times, define the fields of law to give him a little protection, and then attack when it is time to attack," said Clarke.

Tendulkar could mark his 100th century in tests and one day internationals during the four-test series.

It has been anchored in 99 hundreds since March and Dhoni said Tendulkar was leaving aside the speculation and pressure connected to his impending execution.

Dhoni "He is someone who keeps really simple," he said. "He will get it at some point in time, is this series or the next series.

"I think there's any additional pressure on him.

"Hundreds of hundreds of international cricket, is something really great. All cricket, around the world, people actually are going to cherish the moment when he gets his hundredth done. "

Dhoni and Clarke have made politically correct statements

Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Michae Clarke left the mind games for his teammates and his followers of camp. The two made statements politically correct before Boxing Day test.

If Dhoni scrupulously maintained that he is worried about his team's strengths and weaknesses than worrying about opponents, Clarke is a little closer to say that he has the ammo to take 20 wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to win the first test.

The two tried to not harm the other side and have demonstrated the spirit of Yuletide before the first ball of the series is scrolled. Both captains have vowed to be competitive and fight on the field without spoiling the spirit of the game.
Clarke said his side would be aggressive without exceeding the limits while Dhoni reciprocated by saying his side would play tough cricket but avoid the bad blood between the two teams that almost destroyed the midway tour four years ago.

Thus, there is some understanding on the rules of the game, now the Cricket merits and demerits. By all accounts, India look far superior on paper. Everyone seems to agree that this team India is perhaps the strongest and the wonders of breath even if ever Australians sent an eleven such weaker.

No contemporary cricket test team can boast of four exceptionally qualified and men celebrated as Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sehwag V.V.S. Laxman, juggling and Zaheer Khan, not to mention Dhoni, easily the most Captain unfazed. Who is responsible for half of the side.

Take openers Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, among them have 11,571 runs on 136 tests, the former having two triple centuries in his 22 and the bed the latter in its nine. On the other hand, Australian openers David Warner and Ed Cowan have two tests.
Warner has come a long way from a batter twenty20 explosives to a dreaded player, having held the bat test in just his second test. More importantly, Sehwag can win a game on their own and Australians are expecting his teammate of Delhi Daredevils Warner would do it for them.

The statistics of Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman can unnerve any attack and all three have phenomenal record in Australia, no matter who may not have done very well at the MCG. The three are on their last visit and they know that there's nothing like winning the series for the first time below. The three have said loud and clear that they should be judged as they still are, not as they are old.

Australians are tired of waiting for Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey bat as the Indian trio and win matches. The two faithful with more than 17,000 cumulative runs are on borrowed time. One more failure and your time is up.

The Australians have already started rebuilding the team, bringing in left-handed Cowan on 29 for his test debut. A protégé of the late Peter Roebuck, born in New South Wales went to the Cranbrook school in Sydney, where he came under the wings of the former captain of Somerset, who taught English and was a coach of cricket there. He moved to Tasmania three years ago and began scoring heavily this season, a coincidence, from the day that Roebuck died. He hit four hundreds in four games, including one against the Indians in Canberra and forced their way into the test eleven.

If the batting is a problem for Australia, India's concern is bowling. Australians are heavily depending on the raw pace of James Pattinson and the swing of Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus. They feel a little green in field can encourage the pace men to extract bounce and movement, forgetting fit Zaheer and Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav can exploit the conditions as well as Australians. Ravichandran Ashwin of high, slender, too, can use the jump with his action.

The Indians are playing the same four pitches played on 2007-08 and they know what is on offer at the MCG, Sydney Cricket Ground, WACA in Perth and Adelaide Oval.

Don't forget, India won in Perth and if the arbitration had been exempt from errors would have won the series 2-1 rather than the opposite. Come to think about it, in 2003-04, the leaders five hitters Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman scored big hundreds and had been a little more daring could have won this series, too. They can do it again, this time more aggressively.

By ticking the boxes, the Indians can feel well in many respects, but that will count only if they click as a team.

Resuming bilateral ties will take time: Ashraf

Speaking about bilateral relations with India, Ashraf said it will take time to revive Cricket ties between the two countries.

"I was not able to fulfill my Indian counterpart (N Srinivasan) at the meeting of ACC in Singapore."But I look forward to meeting you at the next meeting of the ICC to have a positive dialogue, said Ashraf.

The head of the PCB also said that the Council does not favour appointing a Deputy with the national team as this could lead to "divisions" within the side.

"The appointment of Deputy Commander could lead to divisions within the team and won't be good. The team is doing well under the captaincy of Misbah-ul-Haq, then let him go by while he can, "Ashraf was quoted as saying by The News.

His comments came after being asked why the Board was not grooming anyone as Deputy Commander future Misbah as was not getting any younger.

Ashraf credited Misbah to lead the team well and inspiring them to a good performance in recent series. The PCB has not designated a Deputy Commander for the last series against Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Ashraf also made it clear that he would revise the financial benefits given to players when its central contracts expire this year.

"I will consider the matter and decide on central contracts it with my team to see what we can do for the improvement of the players," he added.

Pakistani players receive central contracts currently in three different categories.

Categories are a monthly salary of 250,000 Pakistani rupees, that in the second division begins 175,000, while players in category c are paid 100,000 per month.

The basic monthly salaries are not part of match fees, grants and prizes won by the players.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Best chance for India to win in Australia?

The winter is getting colder and the typical Indian cricket season has finally set in. Ranji matches around the country are in progress. Some new names have come, are showing some early signs of crossing their expiration dates. The archetypal taste of cricket arrived (although there is no such thing for the present generation, is for veterans to feel).

Amidst this scenario, the preparation for the long-awaited tour of India, Australia has also started. It's been almost three years since India embarked on probably the most difficult of all the tours - the troubled 2008 tour Down Under.

Everything was there to make the show memorable. It was marked by loss of confidence by the captain host, threatens to withdraw from the tour for tourists in the field sledding, off-field allegations and accusations.

India has a tremendous fighting qualities against a team that was still the superior strength in world cricket. Not only in cricket ground, but elsewhere as well as the behavior of the Indian team was professional. The then Indian captain Anil Kumble's handling 'Sydneygate' is an example.

Things really changed since then. Australia are not as strong as they used to be. Ponting is no longer in charge of business in Australia. A new captain took over. Once the team was undefeated, now Australia has lost the aura, the never-say-die attitude, courage and brutality that were previously known. Some years ago, the Australian pace attack used to group conflicts to embarrassingly low scores. Now they get shot out to 47!

The series of 2008 marked the fall of Australian cricket and the beginning of a new era for Indian cricket.

For India, there is Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh who tormented the Aussies at their peak. Dhoni has now grown in strength as captain, leading the team to the top in tests and ODIs. Although England took the No. 1 tag of India, Dhoni & Co. once again began to march to the top with a series win against the side beating the West Indies tour.

There is hardly any doubt that the Australian test side is the weakest since the early nineties. The stars are aging out of shape, new talent did nothing to cement his place in the team. The bowling has no talent like McGrath and Warne.

Pat Cummings may have set fire to a cricket ground in their series opener against South Africa, but the bowling attack is very immature and insipid. The more experienced Mitchell Johnson is finding it difficult to bowl consistently well in the tests. Peter Siddle and Ryan Harris has the talent to match the aura of their illustrious predecessors.

Having searched frantically for a quality spinner Warne after retirement for nearly four years, Australia has finally off-spinner Nathan Lyon. His impressive career took off in Sri Lanka a couple of months ago. No doubt he has talent and can be one of the best in the business. But succeeding against a touring Indian team will be very difficult. Sachin, Sehwag, Laxman, Dravid, Gambhir - everyone has a PhD in facing spin bowling.

Australia batting line-up is also the weakest in 20 years. Run, somehow escaped star batsmen Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey. Batting wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin is not generating any confidence. No one knows why Phil Hughes is on the team. He is ill-equipped to deal with pace and bounce, a horrendous draw-back of an opener. The new faces in the team-Khwaja Usman, Shaun Marsh has talent. But it is still early for both.

With a strong batting line-up that has names like the highest and second highest scorers in the world runs in Tests - Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, India's batting is very strong. The opening pair of Sehwag and Gambhir is one of the best all the time. Laxman lazy elegance is hard to match and he is probably the most attractive batsmen the game has ever seen. Virat Kohli has done enough during his international career emerging that we can call it the next big star of Indian cricket. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane are waiting in the wings for their chance of success in testing. Under Dhoni, India has the best wicketkeeper batsman and the best captain.

The only concern for India is bowling. India with Zaheer Khan is a completely different outfit in India Zaheer less. Zak has to be fully able to assume the responsibility of being the leader of the inexperienced attack. With him on the team, he has a lot of load off Ishant Sharma, who is still struggling to gain a considerable number of wickets. Umesh Yadav looks good on the test he played against windier. Aaron Varun had also done well on the track Wankhede lifeless. Both have the kind of pace that can trouble the best batsmen. But a game is not enough to judge. It's anyone's guess how they adjust to the conditions Down Under.

It is same for the two spinners in the team. They rolled well they played in three tests. And in terms of performances that are currently the best spinners in India. But questions remain ... they can meet the pace-friendly Perth and bands Gabba?

Overall, it is the best chance for India to win its first series of tests-ever Down Under.

Confident Misbah ready for England

Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq, said on Friday his team flying high can beat England - around the world test of leadership - when they meet next year, believing that his side is unstoppable in its present form.

Pakistan returned home on Friday after two Twenty20s routing Bangladesh in three one-day international and two tests, ending the year with five wins and without losing a test series, both in five-day matches and limited overs.

They now take on England over three tests, four days and three games in a Twenty20 United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a series starting next month.

Misbah said that England will be a real test for his side, who are now fifth in the ranking test.

"The series against England is important and very difficult," Misbah told reporters.

"England is the world's best team, but in the form of the current test, we can beat any team to keep fit and coordination that has shown this year."

Since taking over as Test captain in 2010 after a scandal at the site of fixation, which resulted in prison sentences for players Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif, Misbah lead Pakistan in 13 Tests.

Misbah, who led Pakistan to six wins, six draws and one defeat, said his team must improve to beat England.

"Despite achieving some good results still need to overcome some of the mistakes we made and the management and the players are determined to overcome them because England will be very difficult," said Misbah.

"Our goals were on tour Bangladesh to maintain consistency in our performance, to overcome some of the mistakes and improve our rankings and we can," said Misbah.

Pakistan also beat the highest ranked Sri Lanka 1-0 in Tests and 4-1 in one day in the UAE in October-November.

Misbah said his team has gel in relation to last year.

"The best part about this team is that we have a good coordination between the seniors and juniors, the team is helping the players and each and every player performs his duty and that will help us against England," said Misbah.

Pakistan will once again rely on the interim coach Mohsin Khan after failing to find a permanent replacement for Waqar Younis who resigned in September citing health problems.

"Now, win over Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are part of the story," said Khan. "We have to start again against England and need to raise our game, because the next opponents are very strong and classified a number of the world."

The first test between Pakistan and England begins in Dubai on January 17

Ishant, Zaheer still not match fit: Akram

Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has raised concerns about Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma fitness, insisting the two Indian pacers did not happen enough in preparation for the test series against Australia, from December 26.

"Until and unless you bowl 15-20 overs in a training match and make the networks strict, you are not able to get in a round of testing. I'm not sure if Ishant and Zaheer have done it in the warm-up games "Akram said.

With the Indian camp to keep the updates in fitness Zaheer and Ishant in secret, Akram said that the conditions in Melbourne will reveal cracks in the Indian arsenal on Day 1 itself.

"Who is carrying an injury or niggles is surely going to be exposed at MCG. The wickets are difficult and very demanding outfield. Then everybody has to be in peak form. The news of the Indian camp does not seem very convincing at this stage, "said Akram a site.

The state of fitness of its two main pacers is set to leave the captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni a worried man before the first Test in Melbourne, according to Akram who will comment on the team Down Under.

While Ishant has rolled a little more than nine overs games in five days of practice, Zaheer has bowled a total of 15 (10 + 5) over two innings, not enough according to Akram.

"Wickets MCG are so difficult that they will take a toll on your body's joints, especially in the back, groin and ankle. You can not afford to get into a game's opening test series, with 90 percent fitness . "

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was sincerely hoping for lady luck to smile at him when he walks with his Australian counterpart Michael Clarke for the draw on the opening day of the first cricket Test here on December 26.

Toss will be vital to the outcome of the series premiere, Cameron Hodgkins, the curator of the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday promised a lively opening session on 26 December with a drop-in step which will offer considerable amount of grass.

"I'm waiting for a product similar to what we have been producing for the Sheffield Shield games which is something that is quite challenging for the first 30 overs or so and then flattens out a bit," said Hodgkins.

"I do not want to start a Test match without making it a contest. I hope there will be a bit of grass there, but do not overdo.

"There's obviously going to be some general conditions that I think there will be some movement through the air," he added.

Hodgkins has thus brought alive the nightmare of last year, when they were sent from Australia to hit the MCG by England captain Andrew Strauss and were driven to 98 in just 42.5 overs. By stumps, England were 157 for no loss and the way to beat the test and then to ensure the series 3-0.

Dhoni does not boast a great record bid in which he called correctly only 14 times out of 34 tests as captain of India.

To add to his woes, the draw was favorable Dhoni only once in the last five tests.

But Dhoni could take heart from the fact that his colleague, Michael Clarke record is even worse when it comes to the spin of the coin.

Clarke has won only two out of eight trials play that has spearheaded so far.

The draw also has major significance for both teams as the forecasters predicted conditions cloudy with chance of light rain on the opening day of the Melbourne Test.

Hodgkins also claimed the wicket could be drier and encourage more pace and bounce.

"This will be a little drier than it was in early last year. Fortunately, there will be a bit more bounce and carry," he said.

Interestingly, Hodgkins expected to have rejected the step variable as the game continues.

"It would be" up and down "field."

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Warne, world T20 stars clamour to Big Bash

The Big League Bash flashy explosions off on Friday with some of the biggest stars in Twenty20 international cricket alongside Australian legend Shane Warne in order to attract a new younger audience.

Cricket Australia is looking to create a world-class T20 tournament in much the same mold as the Indian Premier League with eight city-based teams and an emphasis on energy and fast-paced atmosphere.

The Big Bash has attracted some of the greats of the T20: Pakistan Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq, West Indians Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, South African Herschell Gibbs, England Paul Collingwood and Owais Shah.

Legspinning great Warne, now 42, is back to play again for the Melbourne star after appearing to end his stellar career in the IPL in May.

The former Test stars Matthew Hayden and Stuart MacGill were attracted to the shorter form of the game, alongside David Warner T20 contemporaries, Shane Watson and Brett Lee

The eight city franchises - Strikers Adelaide, Brisbane heat, hurricanes, Hobart, Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Star, Scorchers Perth, Sydney and Sydney Sixers Thunder - have filled their quota of two players abroad.

Cricket Australia are looking to explore new markets sponsorship with games averaged 20,000 fans.

"It's fantastic for Australian cricket to have a city-based cricket franchise," said Warne, who burned his right hand bowling this week in an accident of bacon cooking, but expects to play against Sydney Thunder in the MCG on Saturday.

"Investigating what Cricket Australia is trying to achieve. - I think we have the opportunity in Australia to have a world-class Twenty20 tournament"

BBL Chief Mike McKenna said: "We're trying to sell this type of game to a new audience and our goal is really to create new heroes."

"Playing on the period of Christmas and New Year also ensures that there will be high quality cricket in each Australian capital during the game? S peak times of the year.

"Fans will have many opportunities to see some of the stars of the game closely."

The Big Bash runs from December 16 to January 28 last, the same day as the scheduled fifth day of Test cricket in Australia last Wednesday and with India in Adelaide.

The traditional four-day Sheffield Shield competition has been marginalized by the Big Bash in February.

India's youngest cricketer

At the age of six and a half years, Musheer Khan, a student of Anjuman Islam High School in Mumbai became India's youngest cricketer when he took part in inter-school cricket.

Musheer debuted for his school against Shailendra Education Society this week for the Giles Shield Under-14 inter-school tournament. The left-arm spinner had an impressive first match. He picked up six wickets for just 11 runs, that helped his team inflict and innings defeat on the opposition.

Musheer is the younger brother of Sarfaraz Khan who made the headlines two years ago when he went past Sachin Tendulkar's score of 326 not out in the Harris Shield tournament at the age of 12.

India hammered in the warm-up game, Ishant fitness concerns

India's bowlers took a hammer and paceman Ishant Sharma failed to complete six overs as a Ishant Sharma could only bowl 5.3 overs before leaving the field President's XI rattled up 398 for six declared on the first day of the opening match of the tourists in Australia on Thursday.

India won the toss and chose to bowl first in the game two days tour in Manuka Oval, one of two warm-up matches they will play in Australia's capital before the first of four Tests starts on December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Tourists said they wanted to use the game to give his relatively inexperienced bowlers plenty of practice in Australian conditions.

Opener Wes Robinson hit 143, but South Australia's Tom Cooper, who played for the Netherlands in one day international, which improved with a brutal unbeaten 182 off 194 balls with 24 fours and three sixes. The pair shared a partnership of 226.

Right-arm paceman Umesh Yadav, who impressed in his first Test series against West Indies last month, was the choice of the Indian bowlers, taking three wickets at a cost of 39 runs.

Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha was the most expensive, with two goals for the 149 to make your personal fight with off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for a test site is not good.

President's XI declared when Dean Solway was caught behind off the average pace of Ranganath Vinay Kumar for five after 86 overs to open stubs.

The side of India, which has a strong batting line-up with Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, have the same number of overs, requiring 399 for victory on Friday.

Sharma rolled on the first, but made a couple of trips outside the camp before leaving for the half-way through his Good Friday. A team spokesman said he had not suffered an injury.

India, which has never won a test series in Australia, playing a game of three days a President XI against more experienced on the field even begin the following Monday. (Reporting by Nick Mulvenney in Sydney, editing by Peter Rutherford)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Pollard special not enough for West Indies

India completed a fantastic year, as much at home one day international-are concerned with another victory over West Indies in an ODI upside down on a hot day in Chennai, to make the score 4-1 in the series.

The focus is usually dead rubbers in auditions for fringe players larger roles, and many took center stage at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Manoj Tiwary said his case for a permanent place in an increasingly competitive Indian middle order with his century in a single day and Kieron Pollard played his best innings international unable to complete a Herculean task after the order from top West Indies " made their home for families of representation-cards.

These two were the headliners but there were significant contributions from other players for the demolition of a place. Andre Russell showed why he should be an automatic choice of the West Indies, legspinner Rahul Sharma displayed great precision and a cool head in only his second international match Irfan Pathan and caused much excitement with its famous inswingers with the new ball.
India were missing the four biggest stars in the ODI batting, but that has not stopped its next generation, led by Tiwary and Virat Kohli, piling on 267 for 6 in a low and slow lane. Then West Indies batting "floundered against an attack which had, at most, a player who would make the first choice of India XI.
Irfan Lendl Simmons shook off the first ball, and added the wicket of Kieran Powell soon after. Abhimanyu Mithun, one of the selected fast bowlers ahead of Irfan for the test series in Australia, also had two goals with the new ball. When Denesh Ramdin LBW was tried in more than 16, the game seemed over as West Indies slipped to 78 for 5.

Pollard thought otherwise. The slow surface in Chennai is not suitable for Pollard explosive style of batting, but that did not stop to pet some effort sixes down the ground. The shot that he put some power behind it, in more than 16, not only cleared the rope, but the stands as well, landing on the roof longer in the future. There were very few SLOGS innings in his entire, practically all of its six were hit with a straight bat.

Accompany him on an attempted revival was Russell, who has shown their ability to hit multiple times. It corresponds Pollard course-for-stroke in a stand full of border 89 races for the sixth wicket. Flair Caribbean can be an old cliche, but there was plenty of it in batting Russell, especially for a film of six over midwicket off Rahul Sharma. He hastened to his 50 off just 37 balls, surpassing even Pollard, although he managed two of wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel delays.
It was a bit athletic fielding that broke the partnership that threatened to take the game away from India. Gautam Gambhir Pollard took a dab to short third man and scored a direct hit to run out Russell, who led the race to the flag. Sammy failed again, but that has not stopped believing Pollard.

He farmed the strike and sprinkled on six nonchalant stranger that was easily the longest innings of his international career. His wait for an international first hundred seemed set to be extended when he hit for Kohli Rahul Sharma in the film when in 99, but Kohli shelled the simple chance. With only the final wicket remaining, a flurry of boundaries followed by Pollard before a mis-hit ended the game, he stuck out Ajinkya Rahane to long-off to leave West Indies 34 runs small.
If this was a special innings Pollard, was an important step from previous Tiwary. It was the first opportunity to Tiwary in the series, and it came with a battery-up Kemar Roach in a hat-trick, three balls for the game. It was only his sixth game for almost four years in India, spread over four different series. He had never done a hundred inmates, even in one dayers, and his previous highest score was 24 internationals.

He was greeted by a sharp bouncer Roach, but grew more secure as the innings progressed. A pair of eye-catching off-drives eased their nerves at the beginning, before you start picking off a lot of leg-side boundaries off the spinners. He signed the first innings through a 83-run stand with Gambhir, whose 31 was a mixture of sharp singles and running in panic.
That does not prove a setback for India, however, as Virat Kohli gave another example of its ease growing internationally. He worked free individual risk off seven of his first eight deliveries, and opened once he got used to the pace and bounce track. Kohli and Tiwary put 43 runs on a period of five more from the 27th over. It was not even the Powerplay and should be part of the "boring" middle overs with the field spread.

Tiwary had cramps at the end of your entry, and retired soon after reaching his century. Kohli became the highest ODI run getter in one year and marched towards his century a fifth day of the year, but spooned a catch to long-off at 80.

The final phase of the Indian innings showed how difficult it is a surface that was to mark on. Only three boundaries were hit in the last ten overs, as Sunil Narine proved difficult to read, and Anthony Martin and Marlon Samuels does not offer any freebies. The damage had been done, however, and despite the best efforts of Pollard, West Indies could not reduce the margin of defeat in the series, which was far fiercer than the 4-1 score suggests.

Pollard ton in vain as India win by 34 runs

Kieron Pollard century crushed his maiden international one day, but could not prevent West Indies lost by 34 runs in the fifth and final match in Chennai. A victory means that India won the five match series 4-1.

Pollard is not always going to hit a century and finished on the losing side, but that's exactly what happened on Sunday as his 10 sixes and 119 were in vain. He was the last man in his attempt to clear the long-off boundary where Ajinkya Rahane took a smart catch off the bowling is Suresh Raina. Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of Indian bowlers as he finished with figures of 3 for 62.

Needing 268 to win, the visitors had a worst possible start for comeback man Irfan Pathan and Abhimanyu Mithun away the first four races with only 36 on the board. Jadeja then removed Denesh Ramdin with the score at 78-5, but ALLROUNDER Pollard and Andre Russell (53) launched a furious counter-attack by adding 89 in just 79 deliveries. Russell saw the terrible mess short of his crease to run out.

Jadeja struck again to close the captain Darren Sammy (3). As wickets continued to fall, Pollard kept the scorecard ticking with some lusty blows as he reached his century. He finally left for the 119 as the curtains came down on the West Indies innings last in this series.

Earlier, Manoj Tiwary's maiden ODI India saw one hundred to a solid score of 267 for 6. In a slow lane, West Indies were guilty of letting slip the game after a fantastic start that saw Kemar Roach to reduce India to a second, as Tiwary guided the hosts to a highly competitive total.

West Indies made the perfect start when Roach removed Rahane and Parthiv Patel for the first ball duck in the first over of the match, but a 83 run partnership between Gautam Gambhir, (31) and Tiwary put India back on track. Tiwary then set about taking the game away from the opposition as he plowed through his fifty-second in partnership with the 117-run Virat Kohli.

Although Tiwary was forced to limp off a single afternoon he gave the cramps that had dogged him in the latter part of his innings, Kohli was 80 of 85 balls before finally choosing long-on. The final overs were not as profitable as India would have liked - which scored just 53 runs in the last 10.

The hosts rested Virender Sehwag, handing the captaincy to Gambhir. Ravichandran Ashwin fell from the XI and Rahane and Irfan, returning to international cricket after an absence of two years. The windier, in turn, rested and Ravi Rampaul Danza Hyatt. Martin replaced Anthony Rampaul, while Jason Mohammed was given a debut.,0#|-company-formation-|-business-registration-|-business-register|-company-formation-|-business-registration-|-business-register/

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Sehwag wins series for India with record 219

It took almost four decades for a batsman to score the first double century in one day international cricket, but less than two years for the second. Virender Sehwag, the batsman most touted to Sachin Tendulkar's record for highest individual ODI score to break, not just break - it is broken and the bar so high that it is difficult for anyone to imagine, apart from Sehwag himself, raising higher.

Unlike in Gwalior Tendulkar, Sehwag was not much time as he drove to 200 in Indore. He was there in the 44th over and had 219 from 149 balls by the time he was fired in the 47th. And in one of cricket's strange coincidences, were both ODI centuries scored twice in the same Indian state - Madhya Pradesh - at locations less than 500 km apart.

Sehwag led India to 418 for performances in May, their highest ODI total, and sealed victory in the five-match series against West Indies. It was an innings of Sehwag feature of the approach to saving. He hit his second ball for four and just unstoppable. He took too many risks, surviving two run-out chances and are two catches, but thundered on, ensuring India's run rate remained above the 15th over after seven. Sehwag is the only out-of-character moment came in the 20th over when he ducked to avoid running out. Sehwag never dive. It was a sign that he was determined to stay the course. He went to 50 from 41 balls, to 100 from 69 balls, to 150 from 112 and 200 of the past 140. The record was broken with a devastating cut that speed to the reverse-point line, and he celebrated with an aggressive fist pump before breaking into a smile.

For this game, and after each of the previous three, Sehwag had admitted that the top order failures, he has contributed to, was the reason India had struggled in their pursuits. Sehwag had a duck in the previous match in Ahmedabad, where India lost, but led by example today.

India did two things different about the Holkar Cricket Stadium. They chose to bat first in the series and also opened with their strongest combination, Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, Parthiv Patel, pushing down the order. The result of these decisions was an opening partnership of 176 that started smoothly, start, and gathered the momentum of a run before it was finally beaten train ended, inevitably, by a run-out.

A strong crowd, the trend of resurging turnout at the Home ODIS and they cheered the first line in the second over when Sehwag's first ball is tapped Ravi Rampaul for four to one welcome that he would give a number of other West Indian bowlers. Sehwag looked dangerous from the start. Gambhir not. After making only three from 15 balls, Gambhir finally the latitude he needed Kemar Roach and cut to the point boundary.

Both batsmen could have been dismissed on 20, though. Sehwag had given up hope of making his ground, but Kieron Pollard missed the stumps of points, and Andre Russell dropped Gambhir in his follow through. Gambhir began sending, and often cut off by the drive side, go on field players' heads and placing great riders of the border. Seven of his nine fours were in this region. India ended the mandatory Powerplay at 63 for 0.

The field scattered after that, but it did not matter. Sehwag and Gambhir scored 45 runs between overs 11 and 15. This passage began with the hoisting of the first ball Sehwag off spinner Sunil Narine of the over long-on boundary. He first launched in Darren Sammy's have an extra cover. This passage ended with Sehwag hammering Narine again, this time in the stands over deep midwicket.

The field came to the bowling Powerplay and Gambhir Roach immediately cut by point, and then dabbed a few of his half century from 51 balls. The smash-and-dab combo was a feature of the partnership. Sehwag to his hundred with a bright cut, shot in the air, brushing the fingertips of leaping fielder at point to speed up the border. The next ball, he ran out Gambhir, a direct hit from Samuels. Visibly angry with himself, Sehwag continued to punish West Indies.

When he hit fours, Sehwag prefers to square of the wicket, flicking the eye and he received numerous deliveries on the pads, and opening the face to pepper the backward-point boundary. When he was six, he was usually right, focusing on the arc between midwicket and long-on. He hit 25 fours and seven sixes in all. At 170, in the 38th over, Sehwag scooped Rampaul to cover, where Sammy had a dolly, leaving the bowler's desperate.

The rest of the innings was a blurring of boundaries and landmarks. Suresh Raina got to his fifty off 42 balls. India reached 300 in 39.1 overs. Sehwag broke his personal best - 175 against Bangladesh in the World Cup - with a flick of the square leg boundary. He passed 8000 ODI runs with a chip on the fielder at short fine leg. That shot took him from 191 to 195, and soon he was to cut Russell to India to send in the recording. When Sehwag was dismissed - Pollard loft to the substitute carrier Anthony Martin at long off - most of the West Indian fielders came from near and far to shake his hand.

Sehwag not out to get to the field - the only blemish on his performance - and looked out the dressing room as West Indies top-order batsmen crashed and burned amidst a flurry of shots. Debutant spinner India's Rahul Sharma legs beaten with the last ball of each of his first three overs in international cricket, to bowl Marlon Samuels, Danza Hyatt and Pollard leave West Indies reeling at 100 for 5.

Rahul, the teams in India since the house ODIS against England, but remained on the bench, bowled a variety of supplies. He sent legbreaks, googlies topspin and partners at different speeds, but it was a quicker delivery that brought him success.

Samuels tried to get a quick Topspinner cut, but the bottom-side on his stumps. Hyatt then stepped out of the fold, but was yorked by fast legbreak. The ball thrown outside leg stump and spun between the pads of the batsman to bowl to him. Pollard was the next to go, swinging over the line and missing a Topspinner that cut stump.

After losing more wickets, West Indies decided to bat out time instead of playing shots, and the match ended in stark contrast to how it started - meekly. Denesh Ramdin, however, was 96, his best score and the highest by a West Indies wicketkeeper in ODIS. His 64-run with No. 11 Sunil Narine just kept India in the field longer than they wanted.|-company-formation-|-business-registration-|-business-register|-company-formation-|-business-registration-|-business-register/

Monday, December 5, 2011

3rd ODI: West Indies win a 16-run thriller against India

Western side Indies kept in existence in the five coordinate ODI line against Native american native indian with a enjoyable 16-run win here on Friday.

Defending a challenging total of 261 on a slow toss at Motrera, Ravi Rampaul was the designer of a significant Native american native indian fall at the top. Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir were ignored of straight supply to stone India's begin.

The other operator in Parthiv Patel made full use of home conditions and hit 39 before going down to Marlon Samuels. Virat Kohli too could not build on a begin and dropped to Sunil Narine for 20.

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West Indies beat India by 16 runs

West Indies defeated India by 16 runs in the third cricket one-dayer to stay afloat in the five-match series on Monday.
Chasing West Indies' score of 260, India fell short by 16 runs despite some heroics from Rohit Sharma, Ashwin and Mithun. West Indies won the match and still the hosts lead the series by 2-1 in the five match ODI series.
Earlier, the West Indian captain Darren Sammy and all-rounder Andre Russell smashed the Indian bowlers in the last five overs to guide West Indies to a challenging score of 260 for five in the third one-dayer here on Monday.
Russell made an unbeaten 40 off only 18 balls with 4 fours and two sixes while Sammy, smashed an unbeaten 41 off 17 deliveries laced with five fours and two sixes.
The Indian bowlers were taken to cleaners in the final five overs, which yielded a whopping 73 runs as India now require to score their runs at an asking rate of 5.21 per over in order to clinch the series.
Their unbroken sixth-wicket stand produced 79 runs in only 34 balls and it lifted the visitors from 181 for five in the 45th over to well past the 250-run mark.
Earlier, Marlon Samuels found some form going his way to score a half-century but the West Indies put up yet another disappointing batting display to be struggling before the double act by Russell and Sammy.
After a slow start, Samuels, who too had flopped in the first two games, kick-started the innings with a well-made 58 although he took 93 balls in the process. He hit five fours and a six but Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed him to put the brakes on the West Indies scoring rate in the middle overs.
The lower-order, in which Denesh Ramdin (38) and Kieron Pollard (29) did their bit, struggled, to a large extent, against the slow bowlers.
After the fall of Ramdin and Pollard in the space of four balls, it was left to Russell and his captain skipper Sammy to accelerate the run-rate as they waded into the off-colour new ball bowlers Umesh Yadav and Abhimanyu Mithun and scored runs at a fast clip to provide their team with a very challenging score.
But for their brisk stand, the final tally would have looked much below par against the formidable Indian batting line-up.
The most impressive bowlers for India were medium pacer R Vinay Kumar who grabbed 2 for 39, while Ashwin, had to be content with one wicket although he came back strongly after being punished in the last match.
Mithun, who had a decent first spell saw his figures go for a toss after he gave away 23 runs in his seventh and last over while Umesh Yadav also gave away 75 runs in nine overs.
West Indies, going into the game in a must-win situation after being down 0-2 in the rubber, were off to a very slow start besides losing an early wicket, that of opener Lendl Simmons to be seven for one after 5 overs.
Simmons was dismissed in the second over with only 2 on board by Vinay Kumar who had the batsman edging low to ‘keeper Parthiv Patel.
On field umpires Tony Hill and Sudhir Asnani referred to third umpire Vineet Kulkarni adjudged the batsman out after viewing the replays. Hyatt and Marlon Samuels, dismissed in single figures in the first two games, got together and were stringing together an important partnership when the former needlessly touched a ball going down the leg-side from the unimpressive Abhimanyu Mithun to ‘keeper Patel and was caught.
Mithun, who had been preferred to Australia-bound Varun Aaron after the latter’s expensive stint in the second game at Vishakapatnam, bowled short and wide initially in his first spell of 6 overs.
He was punished a bit by Samuels who lofted the Bangalore bowler straight and over the covers for successive fours in the bowler’s first over to give the much-needed kick-start to the sluggish scoring rate.
The dismissal of Hyatt brought in left hander Darren Bravo together with Samuels who looked in good touch and the duo raised the 50 of the innings in the 17th over.
Bravo off-drove Mithun for a handsome four before Samuels turned his attention on Umesh Yadav, in his second spell, and struck the Vidarbha pacer for two fours and a six, a disdainful front-footed loft over the straight field.
Bravo, on 14 in a total of 80, should have been sent back when he was stranded short of his ground after responding to a call for a run by striker Samuels but bowler Ashwin, was guilty of throwing the ball wide from behind the stumps after gathering it.
The duo went on to raise the 50 of the partnership in 69 balls for the third-wicket when the visitors suffered a setback with Bravo retiring hurt on 26 in a team score of 97 to cut short the blooming 55-run stand.
Runs came in a trickle with off-spinner Ashwin, who had conceded 74 runs in 10 overs in the Vizag game, bowled well this time. Backing him up at the other end, in turns were left-arm slow bowler Ravindra Jadeja and part-time off-break bowler Suresh Raina.
Samuels reached his 50 in 78 balls with a single after the team’s hundred came in the 27th over.
The visitors took the batting Powerplay after 33 overs at 121 for 2 but to their dismay lost the well-set Samuels to the first over of this period from Ashwin. The batsman, having scored his 22nd half-century, tried to drive the bowler coming round the wicket, missed connecting and was bowled off-stump.
Samuels’ 58 contained 5 hits to the fence and one over it and came off 93 balls but his dismissal came at the wrong time as two new batsmen were to negotiate the batting Powerplay. With the spinners keeping it tight, only 19 runs came off it and at the end of the 38th over West Indies were in a none-too-happy 140 for 3.
Pollard and Ramdin, who made a plucky 38 in 52 balls with three fours, stitched a partnership of 55 runs in 61 balls that was snapped by Yadav who leaked two fours in his seventh over, the 44th of the innings, before having the latter caught brilliantly by a leaping Patel behind the stumps.
Another superb running catch by Jadeja, who sprinted 25 yards to his left at long off before completing it and then falling full stretch inside the boundary line, sent back Pollard four balls later when he lofted Vinay Kumar.
Then came the partnership between Sammy and Russell, who made mincemeat of Yadav and Mithun, to lift the Windies to a very competitive score.
Brief Scores:
West Indies: 260 for five in 50 overs (Marlon Samuels 58, Darren Sammy 41 not out, Andre Russell 40 not out; R Vinay Kumar 2/39).
India: 244 all out in 46.5 overs (Rohit Sharma 95, Parthiv Patel 39; Ravi Rampaul 4/57, Sunil Narine 2/34).

No Sachin for last two West Indies ODIs

Sachin Tendulkar will not be in India's ODI squad for the last two matches of the series against the visiting West Indies team, sources told CNN-IBN on Monday.
Tendulkar, who last played in an ODI in the final of the World Cup on April 2, 2011, will instead depart early for Australia with a few other members of the Test squad on Thursday.
Reports during the weekend had indicated that Tendulkar may play in the ODIs in Indore and Chennai on December 8 and 11 respectively after being rested for the first three matches of the series that India leads 2-0, with the third match to be played on Monday in Ahmedabad.
The Kris Srikkanth-led selection panel will meet on Monday to pick the squad for the last two ODIs against the West Indies besides choosing a replacement for the injured pacer Praveen Kumar for the upcoming Tests against Australia.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Australia crush New Zealand after James Pattinson triple-wicket maiden

James Pattinson had a triple-wicket maiden to make it a debut to remember as Australia crushed New Zealand in the first Test at the Gabba.
The 21 year-old younger brother of one-cap England paceman Darren Pattinson earned man-of-the-match honours for his match-winning spell with the ball.
He reduced New Zealand to 28 for five with an irresistible spell of pace bowling, setting up Australia for a nine-wicket win.
New Zealand managed to scrape together 150 all out in their second innings, but Australia swiftly chased down the 19 runs they required for victory, for the loss of Phil Hughes.
Martin Guptill started the day by smashing the first ball from Peter Siddle down the ground for four, but that would be the last of New Zealand's early forward progress.

Pattinson was thrown the ball to open from the Stanley Street End and was immediately into the rhythm that yielded him one for one from four overs on the third day.
His second ball was a steep riser, zeroing in at Guptill's ribs, and the tall right-hander could only fend the ball to Usman Khawaja at short leg.
Kane Williamson was completely beaten by his first ball, but was not lucky enough to miss the next, instead edging a full outswinger low to Ricky Ponting at second slip.
Kiwi skipper Ross Taylor was the next to feel the pain, driving at his first ball and nicking to Brad Haddin to deliver Pattinson his third wicket of the over.
"To get Ross Taylor first ball was a big wicket for me and something I'll cherish the rest of my life," Pattinson said at the presentation ceremony.
Having dismissed Brendon McCullum late on day three, Pattinson all of a sudden had four for one from five overs.
He could not make it a hat-trick but went close with a delivery which whistled past Jesse Ryder's off stump.
"I got it nice and full but it just wasn't on target," Pattinson said.
The Kiwis saw out three overs without losing another, and Ryder even had a pair of boundaries to get the scoreboard moving, but then Pattinson chipped in again in his third over, nicking out nightwatchman Doug Bracewell to take his figures to five for seven.
It was the last of his wickets, but the spell was crucial.
Now Pattinson plans more of the same in the second Test in Hobart, which starts on Friday.
"I've had some success down in Hobart and I'm feeling really good at the moment so hopefully it continues down there," he said.
New Zealand had been 121 for seven at lunch and managed another 29 to avoid an innings defeat. Chris Martin was the last man to fall, holing out to Mitchell Starc for his 31st career duck.
Nathan Lyon chipped in with three for 19 to help roll the Black Caps tail, taking his match figures to seven for 85.
Australian opener Hughes was the only batsman to fall in the run chase, caught by Martin Guptill at gully off the bowling of Martin after he had been dropped by Brendon McCullum from the previous delivery.
David Warner, with 12 not out, creamed his first delivery between gully and point for four and then finished things up with well-struck boundaries from the first two balls of the third over.
While Pattinson landed the heavy blows, it was an accumulation of punches that brought Australia an unassailable 1-0 lead heading into the final leg of the two-game series.
Australia's first innings of 427 was the product of exceptional batting from the experienced middle order, with skipper Michael Clarke notching a team-best 139 and under-pressure veterans Ricky Ponting (78) and Brad Haddin (80) chipping in handily.
"Nice start to the summer," said Clarke.
"I'm really happy, it was a great performance today, and James Pattinson was outstanding.
"Our whole performance throughout this Test match was spot-on."
For the Kiwis, only Daniel Vettori and Dean Brownlie will head to Hobart with their heads held high, having put on a record 158-run sixth-wicket stand to lead New Zealand to 295 in the first dig. Their 52 runs for the eighth wicket in the second innings was another team-high.
Captain Taylor felt the Test was heading for a fifth day until Pattinson's devastating spell.
"We came here with high hopes and thought if we batted a day we could stay in the match," Taylor said.
"But the way James bowled put us on the back foot.
"The top six have got to put their hands up. There were some soft dismissals out there.
"We're pretty disappointed with that performance.
"We need to step up in the next match and put up a lot better performance than we did today.
"There were a lot of things we didn't do well."

James Pattinson guides Australia to victory in first Test

Australia crushed New Zealand by nine wickets to win the first Check before tea on the fourth day at the Gabba on Sunday.

The Australians, led by debut paceman James Pattinson, dismissed the Black Caps for 150 in their second innings before David Warner hit the winning runs to give the home side a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series.

Pattinson was the destroyer, taking the first wickets to fall in the New Zealand innings, including wickets in balls, to have the Kiwis tottering at 28 for.

They done with for 27 while Dean Brownlie was New Zealand's top scorer with 42.

Australia remained unbeaten at the Gabba since 1988 and the Kiwis are still looking for their first win in Australia since 1985.

The second Check begins in Hobart on Friday.

Match scores: New Zealand 295 and 150; Australia 427 and 19 for one.

This is the best innings I have played: Punit Bisht

Vineet Ramakrishnan & Feroz Khan 

With Delhi taking on Baroda in the Ranji Trophy fixture at the Ferozshah Kotla, all eyes were on fast bowlers â�� Irfan Pathan and Ashish Nehra. One time regulars in the Indian squad, both are now eying a chance to book a place for the upcoming Australian tour. 

And they did not disappoint. Ashish Nehra, playing the Ranji season after years, grabbed six wickets to help restrict Baroda for 318 on Day two and Irfan Pathan answered back with a seven wicket haul. But the star of the match was neither Pathan nor Nehra, but Delhiâ��s 25-year elderly diminutive wicket keeper batsmen Punit Bisht who scored a amazing 223 not out to give Delhi a decisive lead. 

At finish of Day three, Baroda were looking down the barrel with 81 for four. At stumps, as Punit Bisht spoke to a small group of scribes, describing his double century as the best knock of his career so far. 

Punit�s earlier highest in first class cricket was 156 that came years back. Punit said that playing with the tail is hard and the No.7 position is a crucial. He said, �No.6 and No.7 is always a crucial position and everytime you do well in that position with the tailenders, it counts every time.�

â��This is the best hundred I have scoredâ��, said an elated Bisht. Delhi were reeling at 74 for five at Day two when Bisht walked in at No. 7 and along with captain Mithun Manhas and the tail compiled a gritty 223 off 290 deliveries which included 30 fours and sixes. â��Delhi havenâ��t had the best of seasons so far and this knock was definitely a needful for the team,â�� he further added. 

â��Irfan Pathan was the only actual threat and there were no issues dealing with the remainder of the bowling attackâ��, he further added. 

Pathan who completed with 7/114 with an economy of over four was also happy together with his performance. He said â��I am feeling at the top of my game at the moment. I can feel that my rhythm is coming back and I am concentrating on bowling well.â�� 

This was Pathan�s third 5-for in as plenty of matches this season. He currently has 19 wickets in his kitty.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

India, West Indies arrive in Ahmedabad

Both Indian and West Indies teams arrived here today to play the third ODI at Sardar Vallabhai Patel Motera stadium on December five.

"Both the Indian and West Indies teams arrived by a chartered flight here this evening to play the third ODI in Ahmedabad," spokesperson for Gujarat Cricket Association Jagat Patel said.

"The teams are scheduled to hold practice sessions tomorrow," they said.

India leads the five-match series 2-0, after winning the opening ODI by wicket in Cuttack, and second on Friday at Vishakapatnam by wickets.

South Africa cricketers condemn Sri Lanka salary delay

South Africa's cricketers have lent their support to the Sri Lanka players, who have not been paid their salaries for eight months, saying it was a credit to the Sri Lanka team that they had kept going but the issue needed to be resolved soon.

South Africa are set to host Sri Lanka for Tests & ODIs, but Graeme Smith & AB de Villiers, the Check & ODI captain respectively, selected to speak out against the Sri Lankan board, who have withheld their players' salaries due to a extreme financial crunch.

Sri Lanka Cricket is waiting on payments of around US$ four.3 million from the ICC for co-hosting the World Cup, but that will only arrive after the ICC complete their audit & the ICC have said it is SLC's responsibility to pay their players. "In this age of professionalism in cricket this type of thing ought to not be happening," de Villiers said. "It's a credit to the players that they have kept playing for their country since March despite all of this. They hope it gets sorted out soon."

"We require to show our support for Tillakaratne Dilshan & our fellow professional cricketers from Sri Lanka on this issue," Smith said in a South African Cricketers' Association (SACA) release. "It is far from ideal that the Sri Lankan team is about to start a hard Check series & ODI series here in South Africa without having been paid any of their remuneration for the last eight months."

The Sri Lankan Cricketers' Association (SLCA) has contacted the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA) to seek assistance on what can be done to make positive the players are paid, & SACA's chief-executive Tony Irish said they hoped for positive progress before Sri Lanka started their tour game against South Africa A on December 9. "It's difficult to understand how a board which has co-hosted the ICC Cricket World Cup can find itself in such a desperate financial situation that it cannot pay its national team of fully contracted professionals for months on end", Irish said. "We know that the players association in Sri Lanka is doing what it can to sort this out for the players & they hope for some positive progress before the first match of the tour starts against."

SLC has been in a financial crisis following the construction of new stadiums in Hambantota & Pallekele, & the renovation of the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo for the World Cup.

Meanwhile, the stadiums were handed over to the military earlier this month because the board was struggling to maintain them. The World Cup had left SLC in debt to the tune of $23 million & the board had to ask for a grant from the Sri Lanka government.

Upali Dharmadasa, the chairman of SLC's interim committee, was critical of the earlier administration for spending expansively on those stadiums. They had said they was hopeful the players would be paid soon as they understood that the ICC audit had been done & SLC would get the remainder of the World Cup payment due to them.