Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Live Score Card of 4th ODI Match India vs New Zealand at Hamilton!

Young guns of India are eyeing for the victory tomorrow to clinch the series:
India is on the verge of winning the first ever series in New Zealand. They were humorously defeated in their last visit during 2002-03. But this time a bunch of fresh blood along with the exxperience of the likes of Sachin and Zaheer Khan has come down to New Zealnd to take them down on their home soil. And now they are just another win away from winning the much awaited series. The flags of India might fly high tomorrow when India will register a win in New Zealand. With 2-0 up in the series and with so many batsmen coming back to form is a good sight for the Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. And he would like to capitalize in this situation and win the series for India.
The match tomorrow is scheduled at the Dabbon park, Hamilton. This is the most lucky ground for the home team. They have lost only one game out of 11 played here. The only game they lost were in 2001 and since then lot of things have changed in New Zealand cricket. The last time the home team played here, Jesse Ryder and Brendon McCullum put up a 160 plus stand for the first wicket at a rate of 9 per over. So Indian team has to be careful for the openers particularly. And they have to be defencive for the batsmen like Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill too. Indian bolwling by far has been at its best. As was said before about the pitches in New Zealand, they are till now far cry. May be the Indian bowling line up has forced them to prepare the pitch like this.
Indian batting is going strong. All the batsmen are looking in good nick. Unfortunately Gautam Gambhir has missed out in last three game but he would like to put up a good show tomorrow. Sachin Tendulkar will be missing the fourth match due to injury which is said to be not serious. But he will be given rest as a precaution for the upcoming test series. Then it might be a good time test some new faces too. Overall, Indians have stepped up on the gas paddle to clinch the series here at New Zealand.


Monday, March 9, 2009

Live score card of 2nd Test Match between South Africa and Australia at Durban!

The moral of the visiting team has reached its peak and now there is no backing up for the visiting Aussie team. Firstly the put up a huge total on the board with the help of the new comer Huges batting with a heart of a lion. And then the disciplined bowlers of Australia dismissed the South African team only for 138 runs with J.P. Duminy scoring the bulk of the runs. All the Aussie bowlers bowled a good line and length maintaining a good speed and that showed them the success.

Resuming the over night score of 130, the whole South African team was bundled out for merely 138 runs. The over batsman J.P. Duminy was unbeaten for 73 when the whole side was packed within 138 runs. This was serious wound for the South Africans. Previously once against India and once against Pakistan, they were bundled out like this with 9 players out for single digit run. Other than Duminy, the second highest scorer was the extra(23)and then Jack Kallis. Among the bowlers, Jhonson bowled brilliantly with 3/37 and also the new face MacDonald with 3/25. Siddle finished up the remaining talis in just 2 consecutive balls. He will be going for the hat-trick ball in the second innings.

In reply, the visitors were not so confident. They lost Simon Katich very early. The angling ball from Kallis found the tumbling hands of Paul Harris at gully area. At the lunch break the visitors were 305 runs ahead with a first innings lead of 214. But after the lunch, Ricky Ponting started playing his shots and they were placed at a very comfortable with 185/1 in the second innings. Literally, the south Africans are played of the game. They have to do something heroic to save this match.


Sunday, March 8, 2009

Live score card of 5th Test Match between England and West Indies at Port of Spain!

There were runs all over the place to be taken and the English pair took the opportunity with full effect, On a placid batting track of Port of Spain, English batsmen put up a total of 546 for the loss of 6 wickets when they declared their innings. All the tactics of Chris Gayle went in vain as the bowlers could not follow the lead. They were very much way-ward. They basically did nothing but hoped for the batsmen to commit a mistake. After last day’s firely spell of Fiddle Edwards, there was actually no effort from the bowling side to win the match for them.
Resuming on a overnight score of 268/4, the English batsmen took the attack to the opposition. They never allowed the bowlers to take control over the match.

In Fact the pitch had nothing that the bowlers could have used for themselves. Lionel Baker and leg-spinner Ryan Hinds hardly put any pressure on the batsmen. It was the batsman who committed mistakes and gave their wickets away. Paul Collingwood scored a fantastic century and put up a partnership of 218 with the wicket keeper batsman Matt Prior who scored sublime 131 unbeaten at the end of the innings. Baker was the best bowler for the Windies with 2/77.

When the Windies came to bat, it was all different scenario for the English. They tried hard to put pressure on the batsmen and sneak in some quick wickets to grab the handle of the match. But unfortunately, they were unable to do that as long as Chris Gayle was there. His good stroke-play helped him to reach 49 unbeaten at the end of day 2. The home team was on 92 for the loss of Devon Smith. The only wicket was taken by Monty Panesar.


Saturday, March 7, 2009

Live Score Card of 3rd ODI Match India vs New Zealand at Christchurch!

The matches at Christchurch seems to have developed a new format of breaking some previous records. The Indians team which was hardly seen to have scored in their last tour to New Zealand are pouring runs at a rate of nots. And at the same time the home team is suffering severe punoshment from the Indian batsman regularly. When India was put on to bat after winning the toss, skipper McCullum might not have thought that the master himself will unleash the beast in him on to his team. The home team got rid of the dangerous Virendra Sehwag very quickly. But the whole thing went into vain with the bowlers faultering in line as well as in length.

Sachin and Yuvraj Singh put on a huge third wicket partnership that put India in track after two quick wickets had fall early in the innings. They put the partnership in very quick time. With Yuvraj making the ball to fly all around the park, it was delight for the Indian dressing room. Sachin was never to left out at any moment. He brought his 43rd ODI century here at the Christchurch. But for some reason, he left the ground just 5 overs before the innings ended. He was there on 163 runs with the 200 mark beconing him. But he took the wiser descision and took off. Dhoni also chipped in with a quick fifty and some late fire from Suresh Raina’s blade helped the Indian score to reach 392 at the end of 50 overs. Kyle Mills was the pick of the bowlers with 2 wickets in his tally.
New Zealand started their innings on a very high note.

Two openers Jesse Ryder and Brendon McCullum was instrumental to pick the bad balls and send them to the boundaries. The put on a formidable platform for the remaining batsmen to explore the situation and to help the home team towards victory. But once Brendon got run out and Ryder was fooled by Harbhajan’s spin, it was all Indian story. India took 8 wickets for merely 100 runs leaving New Zealand with no option to win the match from there. Some good sensible batting along with worst case Indian fielding helped the Kiwis score to reach 334. Harbhajan was the pick of the bowlers with 2/56 in his 10 overs. Sachin Tendulkar was declared the man of the match.

The third Match of the India in New Zealand ODI Series is scheduled in between India and New Zealand today at AMI Stadium, Christchurch, on 08 March 2009 day & night 50-over match!


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Live Score Card of 2nd ODI Match India vs New Zealand at Wellington!

The Second ODI is scheduled to be organized at Wellington. The one important thing about this ground is that it is far too slow than usual. That can be quite a problem for the visiting Indian team. Almost all the batsmen in the team likes the ball to come on the bat. And there the Kiwis bowlers can sneak in some of the dangerous Indian wickets. Virendra Sehwag missed his well deserved century at Napier.

He would not like to make the same here. And moreover he would be eagering to get to his hundred here at New Zealand. Yuvraj and Raina are also in good form. Dhoni might have shifted his way of thinking or it might be the team strategy to use Dhoni as an innings builder. But what ever may it be, he is good at all the tasks.

On the other hand, New Zealand is mostly dependent on the opener’s injury. Brendon McCullum had a thumb injury and it could be too tough on the inexperienced Kiwis batting lineup. The bowlers are accurate and has a good speed but they are lacking strategy against the batsman and therefore they are hammered. Vettori will be keen to get his men back in form after moral boosting 2- 0 victory in the T20 series. Overall its going to be a cracker of a match tomorrow.


Monday, March 2, 2009

Live Score Card of 1st ODI Match India vs New Zealand at Napier!

New Zealand hold the key in the first match of ODI series:
Indians have been brought to the ground by the Kiwis team in the T20 games. India was considered one of the most daring teams in the world of slam-bang format because of the domestic seasons of IPL and ICL. But New Zealand showed how the game should be taken in a proper way. New Zealand showed how persistency can fruitful. The bowlers bowled a good stamp to stamp line giving a less room for all the Indian batsman. Now just before the start of the ODI between these two cricketing nations, Indian coach must feeling some kind of pressure as well as Dhoni with his form in batting.




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