Wednesday, December 05, 2007
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Thursday, October 04, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
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Saturday, September 29, 2007
India Team for the Bangalore One-Day:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Zaheer Khan, Sreesanth, R P Singh, Ramesh Powar, Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan, Gautam Gambhir
Adam Gilchrist (captain), Matthew Hayden, Brad Hogg, Brad Hodge, Haddin, Hopes, Andrew Symonds, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Michael Clark, Stuart Clark
(5 surnames in the Australia team start with the letter H. Is that a record?)
Starting with this India-Australia match, the new ICC rules for One-day Internationals come into effect:
- If a bowler bowls a front foot no-ball, the following delivery will be deemed a free hit and the batsman cannot be dismissed by the bowler from that delivery. He can only be run out. ( the T20 free hit rule has been imported into ODI cricket)
- Additional fielder during the 2nd and 3rd powerplays.
This i think is the really sensible one:
- Mandatory change of ball after the 35th over. Not a new ball, but a clean used one.
- Proportionate reduction in powerplay overs (of the 2 kinds) if the innings is shortened.
It will also be interesting to see if the T20 kind of cricket has any immediate effects on the original slam-bang cricket. Captains couldn't have ignored the fact that it is quite possible to score 170-200 runs in 20 overs. The traditional 'good average' of 6 at the end of the powerplay overs may be questioned sooner than later. I have a feeling 400s would be far more frequent than they have been in the past!!!
Friday, September 28, 2007
Then we heard about the disappearance of one of the long-bearded Pakistani cricketers to the dismay of the ICC - Mohammad Yousuf, the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year was finally found preaching in the northern terrains of Pakistan. He missed the ICC Awards function in South Africa just before the start of the Twenty20 World Cup. So far, not too bad.
Then we heard Shoaib Malik speak at the post-match presentation ceremony after the final of the just concluded T20 Cup. "I want to thank all the Muslims, all over the world", uttered the Pakistani captain. Was Malik the captain of the Pakistan cricket team or a Islamic XI? Surely Irfan Pathan, the man of the match in the final and the son of an Indian muezzin would not have been too amused. What was Shoaib Malik trying to achieve?
And now, Shahid Afridi, who doesn't have too long a beard has made the shocking decision to skip the Test series against South Africa because he instead wants to fast during the holy month of Ramadan. "I asked the Pakistan board to allow me to skip the two Tests against South Africa because it would be difficult to fast and play in Ramadan," says the player of the tournament of the World Twenty20.
Where is Pakistan cricket headed to? Have they forgotten that a perfectly clean-shaven Imran Khan who didn't care to thank either God or the Muslims all over the world after every match had brought them the World Cup and not the oh so pious Inzamam-ul-Haq?
Cricket players pray so that they perform well for their country and their team succeeds... when their prayers start jeopardizing the fortunes of their own team, I don't think even God would approve very much.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Here's the full schedule of Australia's tour comprising 7 one-day internationals and 1 Twenty20 encounter.
|India vs Australia 1st ODI||29 September||2:30 pm IST (d/n)||Bangalore|
|2nd One-Day||2 October||9:00 am||Kochi|
|3rd ODI||5 October||9:00 am||Hyderabad|
|4th ODI||9 October||9:00 am||Chandigarh|
|5th ODI||11 October||9:00 am||Vadodara|
|6th ODI||14 October||9:00 am||Nagpur|
|7th One-dayer||17 October||2:30 pm (d/n)||Mumbai|
|Only Twenty20 India vs Australia||20 October||7:00 pm(d/n)||Mumbai|
* The ODI at Mumbai is live from the Wankhede Stadium and the T20 match will be held at the Brabourne Stadium.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
"Its l like watching an Angelina Jolie sex scene" - Uncle Rod similizes Yuvi's power hitting
This ain't a pure cricket blog, but she writes the cutest posts on cricket: Dravid Resigns at Pri's World
"I title my post Dravid Resigns and yet every other word in my post ends with a kar, you know like Gavaskar, Vengsarkar etc. "
Visit Brian Carpenter's Different Shades of Green for the best/most elegant header image amongst all the cricket blogs in the world. Like everyone else in England, he too seems to be mch troubled with Mr. Yuvraj Singh and is trying to find succour in county cricket!!
Saturday, September 22, 2007
In case of No result in the Semi Final – the team with the most wins in both the Group stage and Super Eight Series matches shall be placed in the higher position.So Pakistan will go through to the semi-final in case the semi-final is abandoned. (NZ has a total of 3 wins so far but Pakistan has 4)
If still equal the team with the higher net run rate in all matches (in both Group stage and Super Eight Series matches) shall proceed to the Final.
If following the net run rate calculation above there are teams which are still equal, then the team with the higher number of wickets taken per balls bowled in all matches (in both Group and Super Eight Series matches) in which results are achieved, shall proceed to the Final.
If still equal, the finalist shall be determined by drawing lots.
1. Willow.TV: You can catch the live cricket webcasts here through the Dish Network and Nimbus Sports. Features available: Live Streaming, On Demand Replays and Highlights of the India-Australia matches, Interactive Highlights and Mobile Commentary.
The site is also providing live streaming facility for the Sri Lanka – England Series. Plus English and Lanka fans get to avail of the benefits of on-demand highlights, on-demand replays, interactive highlights and mobile commentary.
South Africa begins its tour to Pakistan on Oct 1 with the first test at Karachi. The South Africa-Pakistan series comprises 2 tests and 5 one-dayers. This series is also available live at Willow.
For more details and package rates, check with their website.
2. Action8Cricket through LiveSportsOnline.Info is claiming :
Environment / Easy user Pannel
1. Best Service
2. 1Tb LAN Card Streaming.
3. Easy to Use member Area.
4. Live Media Player Streaming.
Features available: Live Cricket Scores, Audio Streaming and Live Streaming Video
Now while Willow might be the best option, it is not available in all countries ( available in North America and UK for sure but I am not sure if you can catch live streaming cricket on Willow if you are in Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, Kuwait and quite a few other places with large Indian populations who may be keen to watch their team live.)
You can also check out IndianPad ( I couldn’t understand the site one bit but you can check out if you are really desperate), DesiKotha and DaruChini.
Most of the better sites are regular now. So for more details on sites for watching the India-Australia series live or the Pakistan-South Africa one, you can check out the previous 2 posts I had done on the same topic.
Live Cricket Streaming Videos and Highlights for the India - England Series
Live Streaming Cricket Videos, Sopcasts and Highlight package for the Twenty20 Cup
Friday, September 21, 2007
All you need to do is type Cricket in your Google search box and there it is on the very top - live cricket scores. Cricinfo definitely takes more time to upload than Google and even then you don't get it on the home page; you need to click at least once more. A smart Google way to wean away some traffic away from the cricket sites to itself.
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The technical name for tennis elbow is "lateral epicondylitis". This term indicates an inflammation that occurs near a small point or projection of the upper arm bone (humerus) just above the elbow joint on the outer side of the arm.
Posted by Amit Bajaj at 1:40 am
Thursday, September 20, 2007
|Team||Matches Played||Won||Lost||Points||Net Run Rate|
Yesterday's 18 runs victory over England, powered by Yuvi's 6-6-6-6-6-6 has made India's task much simpler now. To ensure a spot in the Twenty20 World Cup semi-final, Dhoni and his men need not bother about the net run rate now - a simple win over South Africa will do.
Let's look at the various possible scenarios in this group.
1. If South Africa wins, India will be knocked out. NZ & SA go through to the semis.
2. If India wins, India go through to the semi, for sure. But New Zealand and South Africa's fortunes will be a function of the margin of India's victory.
- If South Africa lose by about 30 runs, they will be out.
- If India chases, they will need to win with about 3 overs to spare to give New Zealand a spot in the semis.
(approx calculations: please allow a small margin for error, i am no mathematician :) )
For now, it's time to start gazing at the TV screen as i hope Sri Lanka will knock Australia out of the Twenty20 World Cup.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
" Sometimes you look up at the scoreboard and you see you have gone for just 15 off two overs, it's just a matter of knowing you've hit the spot. And I've been pretty happy. "
- Bret Lee, after the Australia-Bangladesh match yesterday.
" The trouble is, Twenty20 doesn't seem like cricket to me. It appears to be not so much a speeded-up, watered down version of cricket, a sort of cricket-lite for dummies who are incapable of comprehending the complexities and subtleties of the greatest game in the world, but an utter impostor. It has whittled away at cricket's essence; it has snuffed out its soul; it is unrecognisable as the game i adore. "
- Soumya Bhattacharya in the Hindustan Times
Posted by Amit Bajaj at 3:41 pm
|16 Sep||E||India vs New Zealand||Johannesburg||0800|
|16 Sep||F||Australia vs Bangladesh||Capetown||1200|
|16 Sep||E||South Africa vs England||Capetown||1600|
|17 Sep||F||Pakistan vs Sri Lanka||Johannesburg||1600|
|18 Sep||E||England vs New Zealand||Durban||0800|
|18 Sep||F||Australia vs Pakistan||Johannesburg||1200|
|18 Sep||F||Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka||Johannesburg||1600|
|19 Sep||E||South Africa vs New Zealand||Durban||1200|
|19 Sep||E||India vs England||Durban||1600|
|20 Sep||F||Australia vs Sri Lanka||Capetown||0800|
|20 Sep||F||Bangladesh vs Pakistan||Capetown||1200|
|20 Sep||E||India vs South Africa||Durban||1600|
For Indian viewers: The morning match (0800 GMT as in chart above) starts about 1:30 pm IST in the afternoon, the 1200 match starts about 5:30 pm in the evening and the day's last match at 9:30 pm Indian Standard Time.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
The previous rule was that 'once play was stopped due to rain, resumption could only happen when the rain came to a complete stop'. That stringency has now been relaxed, thankfully as India may realize later tonight.
Law 3.9 - Suspension of play for adverse conditions of ground, weather or light
Laws 3.8 and 3.9 shall apply subject to the following:
3.5.1 If conditions during a rain stoppage improve and the rain is reduced to drizzle, the umpires must consider if they would have suspended play in the first place under similar conditions. If both on-field umpires agree that the current drizzle would not have caused a stoppage, then play shall resume immediately. In these circumstances the provisions of Laws 3.9 (b) (i) and 3.9 (c) (i) shall not apply.
Zimbabwe have done it indeed - they have just pulled off the most sensational upset beating Australia in their first match of the Twenty20 world cup 2007.
Austrlia may be in a real tight spot now - the other team in the pool is England and it won't be a big surprise if Australia are sent back home early!!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
|Pool A||Pool B||Pool C||Pool D||Group Seeding|
|West Indies||England||Sri Lanka||India||2|
( The last column only indicates the seedings within the group)
Whether South Africa finish 1st or 2nd in the group, they will be called A1 for the purpose of Super Eight. West Indies will similary be called A2 irrespective of their group standing at the end of the first round. However if there is an upset and Bangladesh qualifies instead of South Africa, Bangladesh will be A1. Similary if Bangladesh qualifies instead of West Indies they will be called A2.
(Unlike the ODI World Cup, the points from the first round will not be carried forward to the Super Eight stage)
This round will comprise 2 groups, E & F. Group E will comprise A1, B2, C1 & D2. Group F will comprise A2, B1, C2 & D1.
Each team will play against the other teams in its group only. ( 3 matches each) In the semi-finals, the team which finishes first in Group E will play the runner-up of the Group F and vice-versa.
Other interesting posts:
Sunday, September 09, 2007
For televised matches the Home Board may provide a slightly larger cylindrical stump to accommodate the stump camera. When the larger stump is used, all three stumps must be exactly the same size.
The following shall apply in addition to Law 19.3.
If an unauthorized person enters the playing arena and handles the ball, the umpire at the bowler’s end shall be the sole judge of whether the boundary allowance should be scored or the ball be treated as still in play or called dead ball if a batsman is liable to be out as a result of the unauthorized person handling the ball.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Hi! I always a felt little envious of other bloggers who knew and understood HTML more than me - always wondering how they so easily
cross out things and just have a little more fun than I had. Further Blogger.com always troubled me with the formatting part, often driving me nuts over small little things. So i decided to take the plunge and here i am - all improved!!
Now I've learnt to make tables and little cells and to celebrate this latest acquisition of knowledge here's my plan to show it off. I'm going to do another post on the "Twenty20 World Cup Schedule" and to add a bit of twist, this comes with my set of predictions. This format should be easier for readers to grasp; am doing it for the First Round now and will add the second round later. So here i go...
|Match||Venue||Date||Match Start Time (GMT)||My Result Prediction|
|West Indies vs South Africa||Johannesburg||September 11||1600||West Indies|
|Kenya vs NewZealand||Durban||September 12||0800||NewZealand|
|Pakistan vs Scotland||Durban||September 12||1200||Pakistan|
|Australia vs Zimbabwe||Capetown||September 12||1600||Australia|
|Bangladesh vs West Indies||Johannesburg||September 13||0800||West Indies|
|England vs Zimbabwe||Capetown||September 13||1200||England|
|India vs Scotland||Durban||September 13||1600||India|
|Kenya vs Sri Lanka||Johannesburg||September 14||0800||Sri Lanka|
|Australia vs England||Capetown||September 14||1200||England|
|India vs Pakistan||Durban||September 14||1600||India|
|NewZealand vs Sri Lanka||Johannesburg||September 15||1200||Sri Lanka|
|South Africa vs Bangladesh||Capetown||September 15||1600||South Africa|
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Of course, things would have never got that close without the strong foundation provided by the opening pair of Sachin Tendulkar-Saurav Ganguly. Today's was their 20th hundred run partnership - the 150 runs put up by the duo insured India against the quick loss of wickets which happened once Sachin fell. Both the veterans were batting at their best with Tendulkar especially being in sublime touch. The little master's suprising recent run of failures to get into the triple figure mark has only meant him touching another record - Sachin is now tied with Inzamam at 84 fifties, the highest in ODI cricket.
( Green: Day, Date
Teams : Time : Venue )
Tuesday, September 11th 2007
South Africa v West Indies : 1800 : Johannesburg
Wednesday, September 12th 2007
New Zealand v Kenya : 1000 : Durban
Pakistan v Scotland: 1400 : Durban
Australia v Zimbabwe: 1800 : Cape Town
Thursday, September 13th 2007
West Indies v Bangladesh : 1000 : Johannesburg
Zimbabwe v England : 1400 : Cape Town
India v Scotland : 1800 : Durban
Friday, September 14th 2007
Sri Lanka v Kenya : 1000 : Johannesburg
Australia v England : 1400 : Cape Town
India v Pakistan : 1800 : Durban
Saturday, September 15th 2007
Sri Lanka v New Zealand : 1400 : Johannesburg
South Africa v Bangladesh : 1800 : Cape Town
Sunday, September 16th 2007
Winner Group C v Runner Up Group D : 1000 : Johannesburg
Winner Group B v Runner Up Group A : 1400 : Cape Town
Winner Group A v Runner Up Group B : 1800 : Cape Town
Monday, September 17th 2007
Winner Group D v Runner Up Group C : 1800 : Johannesburg
Tuesday, September 18th 2007
Winner Group C v Runner Up Group B : 1000 : Durban
Winner Group B v Winner Group D : 1400 : Johannesburg
Runner Up Group A v Runner Up Group C : 1800 : Johannesburg
Wednesday, September 19th 2007
Winner Group A v Winner Group C : 1400 : Durban
Runner Up Group B v Runner Up Group D : 1800 : Durban
Thursday, September 20th 2007
Winner Group B v Runner Up Group C : 1000 : Cape Town
Runner Up Group A v Winner Group D : 1400 : Cape Town
Winner Group A v Runner Up Group D : 1800 : Durban
Saturday, September 22nd 2007
E2 v F1 : 1400 : Cape Town
E1 v F2 : 1800 : Durban
Monday, September 24th 2007
Final : TBA : Johannesburg
Monday, September 03, 2007
Before we go into the discussion on sites where you can watch live cricket, let me give you the caution:
With the ICC not sanctioning any official sites for live webcasting of cricket matches, this is largely an unorganized sector. Some of them may be ‘illegal’ and please be careful while paying for the sites. Do some cross-checking if possible. Also please see if you won’t get into legal trouble depending on your country of residence.
The Desikotha Network: This appears to be a Bangladesh site with the byline “Voice of the Bangladesh People”. So those of you who understand Hindi please don’t get ideas because of the word ‘kotha’ in the name. Kotha in Bangla simply means a ‘tale’ or ‘story’.
This guys claim to have beamed the ODI World Cup action live here and are planning to repeat it for the Twenty20 World Cup. The plan here is to have 2 sopcast channels for the cricket action – one sopcast for the low bandwith users and the other a high quality sopcast.
Is it paid? Yes and no. If you want it for free you will have to actively participate in their forums, else you can pay and watch.
Package Charges: 12 $ / 24 $ for the entire duration (26 games)
Willow.TV : They are currently obsessed with the India-England series and there is absolutely no mention of the Twenty20 Cup. But this is one place you should check out before anything else. Of all the places I checked this one is the one which looked ‘non-shoddy’. WillowTV also provides features on-demand cricket highlights and on-demand replays.
Daru Chini: Another place where I could see words like ‘cricket sopcast’ and ‘live cricket’. Nothing concrete but you could check it out. Especially if you are in an area where you don’t get WillowTV
Action8Cricket: Figure it out for yourself, but as you can see it is a dedicated cricket site.
For highlights of Twenty20 World Cup matches (and video recordings) please check with the same sites listed here and on the main live streaming cricket post.
This blog is in no way connected with any of the above mentioned sites. This article is just meant to be a guide to cricket fans who live in US, Canada or other places where they are not able to watch cricket live on their TV. We shall in no way be responsible for any monetary or non-monetary losses that may result out of your choosing to use the services of this sites.
Live Streaming Cricket and Highlights of the India-Australia Series
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Saturday, September 01, 2007
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