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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Dilshan gets into a fight with Kolkata journalist

On the eve of the 4th one day, two Lankan cricketers - Jayasurya and Dilshan were seen at a nightclub in Kolkata and were accompanied by a young woman friend. When a photogrpaher-journalist from the Telegraph clicked a few pictures of the Lankan duo, Dilshan lost his cool and picked up a fight - Click here to read the full story of How Dilshan lost his cool and a picture of the Lankan cricketers with their lady friend at the night club.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Live Cricket Blog

Match: India vs Sri Lanka 2nd One Day at Nagpur

India won the toss and elected to bat first.

Score: 27/2, ( Sehwag and Gambhir out, Tendulkar and Virat Kohli at the crease)

Match: Australia vs West Indies

Australia lose another wicket. Injured captain Ponting is forced to come to bat. Live Score: 127/7

Australia don't enforce follow-on. Lose quick wickets in their 2nd innings - 125/6, Lead now 333 runs

Match: England vs South Africa

Strauss falls early. England 112/2 in reply to South Africa's score of 418.

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Is the Umpire Decision Review System any good?

There are two important test series going on, one each in Australia and South Africa. Both the Australia vs West Indies and the England vs South Africa Test Matches are using the ICC's new Umpire Decision Review System wherein players can appeal against the decision of the on field umpire's decision if they think that the decision has been correct. The Umpire Decision Review System or UDRS as it is being called has raised a huge debate in the cricketing circles, with more cricket players and experts seeming to be against this new tool. Read this piece on my new blog - 'Butjazz' on Why the ICC's Umpire Decision Review System is very good, and the way to go forward.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

India vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI at Rajkot | Live Blog

Live Score from Rajkot: 145/0
India have reached a score of 145 without loss and are currently going at a rate of over 8 runs per over. Sehwag is on 76 off 52 balls and Tendulkar ain't too far behind. The form and mood that Sehwag is in, I don't rule out a first ever ODI double century. A little premature that may be, but then I am a cricket fan...

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Our new Cricket Blog

We have an exciting new address for our cricket blog... You can click on the link below to check out the new set-up where the excitement will be enhanced... frequent posts, regular match reviews and reports, fixtures and schedules of upcoming cricket matches and tours, live cricket scores, tips on batting and betting and much more.. as usual we will discuss all forms of the game - our favourite will still remain the Tests but one day and Twenty20 action will be covered with no less zest. Your suggestions and comments are most welcome.
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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

250 for 4 ducks - Unique Cricket Record

Cricket has a way of coming up with new and interesting records all the time. In the first of the three match one day series against New Zealand being played today at Abu Dhabi, Pakistan lost its first two wickets even before the score card got ticking for them. Opener Salman Butt and skipper Younis Khan were both dismissed by Shane Bond, one wicket apiece in each one of his first two overs. Two more Pakistani batsmen fell for ducks, making it a total of 4 ducks for the innings. In spite of that, Pakistan went on to score 287 runs and in the process became the first team in the world to cross 250 runs in an ODI in spite of 4 ducks!!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Good Enough England win the Ashes

"When we are bad, we are very bad but when we are good, we are good enough".
England captain Andrew Strauss aptly summed up in the post-match interview at the Oval how England won the Ashes despite Australia scoring more centuries and taking more wickets in the series. Twice his team was good enough to win the match, once they were good enough to hold on to a draw and in the fourth test when they were bad, they were really bad!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Rahul Dravid makes an ODI comeback

When Rahul Dravid's name was announced in the list of probables a couple of months back for the Champions Trophy, it almost made it certain that he would make it to the final squad. Were the selectors not to be serious about considering him for the final India Team they wouldn't have bothered to take this risk - or as some critics may say, take this backward step. Now that Dravid has indeed been selected for both the ODI squads - the Champions Trophy as well as the Champions Trophy, I would like to congratulate the selectors for making a wise decision.
For many years now, India's selectors have made too much of a fuss over the age of a cricketer, and the selectors always seem to have been worried about getting the team right for the next World Cup rather than for the immediate requirement, as if all the cricket that is played in the four years between two World Cups doesn't matter, and they are all practise matches leading up to the championship. I can understand a few new guys being blooded six to seven months before the World Cup and that too if it appears that the team is facing a certain weakness in or more departments. But dropping players who should be sure selections to make way for risky newcomers doesn't make any sense. Over time, some players drop form, get injured or need rest for some or the other reason and new players automatically make it - organically. Those who show promise will continue to be fielded and some of them will eventually become regulars. The not so good will fade out. This is a natural process, and unless there is an emergency requirement, I don't see much reason or merit in forcing something. Rarely has this strategy paid dividends in this past. Let's hope that Dravid's inclusion will set a right precedent for the selectors of the future. That the selections to represent India will be on the basis of merit and merit alone. If someone is 40, and still good, great!

Saturday, June 06, 2009

T20 World Cup starts with a big upset

When the inaugural match of the 2nd ICC T20 World Cup began today, bookies were giving odds of 1 to 20 on the Netherlands - meaning if you put 100$ on the dutch and they win, you stand to win 2000$!!! The odds further improved as the England openers piled up the runs and crossed the 80 mark without losing a single wicket at the end of 10 overs. Who would have ever thought of then that the match was about to see a historic upset? But such is the nature of Twenty20 cricket.
England scored a very healthy 162 runs off their allotted 20 overs and when the Netherlands began their chase they lost a couple of early wickets, and it looked like the match was headed in only one direction. But slowly and steadily the runs came, and it was not long before England began to get a little jittery. Rain and Duckworth-Lewis only added to the drama on the first day of the T20 World Cup at Lord's. In spite of the dutch heroics, if the Englishmen had held onto their nerves and avoided even 20% of the many silly errors they committed, they could have saved themselves the blushes. But that was not to be, and England now find themselves in an unexpected do-or-die situation in their next match against Pakistan.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Which teams will reach the IPL Semi Finals?

So which four teams will finally make it to the semi-finals of the IPL 2009? Delhi is the only very obvious name having already scored 18 points. With a 99.99% confidence one could also say that the Chennai Super Kings are in. Even if Chennai lose their last match to the King's XI Punjab, they will be at 15 points. Out of Bangalore, Deccan and Punjab only two teams can score 16 points. If Rajasthan defeat the Kolkata Knight Riders they will be tied with Chennai on 15 points but there is such a wide chasm in the Net Run Rate (NRR) of the two teams that it will require a super miracle for Rajasthan to overtake Chennai.

So two spots gone - Delhi and Chennai. What about the remaining two? I have created a case by case table. Click here to see the table. There are 12 possible scenarios as of now. Amongst these 12 scenarios, Punjab and Bangalore each feature 6 times. So both these teams have a 50% probability of reaching the IPL 2009 semi finals. Deccan Chargers feature 8 times, thanks to an advantage they have because of their net run rate. That means the Hyderabad team have a 67% probability of making it to the semi-finals. And no, don't count Shane Warne out as yet - Rajasthan feature 4 times which means they have a one in three chance of reaching the IPL semi-finals.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Deccan Chargers vs Rajasthan Royals Match Preview

IPL Season 2 Match No.40 : Deccan Chargers vs Rajasthan Royals
Day, Date and Venue: Monday, 11th May, De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley
Team Positions so far:
Deccan Chargers: Played 9, Won 5, Lost 4, Points 10, Net Run Rate: +0.125, Position: 4th
Rajasthan Royals: Played 10, Won 5, Lost 4, No Result 1, Points 11, Net Run Rate: -0.114, Position: 3rd

The Rajasthan Royals are the biggest surprise package of the Indian Premier League. They were dismissed as too weak a team at the start of IPL 2008 and they ended up as champions. After a couple of early losses in the IPL 2009 season, the expert were back to their old whinings: A team is only as good as its captain et cetera, et cetera. Not when Shane Warne is the captain - and to understand this simple fact you don't need to be an expert. You just need to read up a little bit of history, recent past or older, whichever you prefer. Whoever was worried about the Mongols before Chengiz Khan arrived on the scene? Who was afraid of the full-strength Deccan Chargers before another man took charge of a weakened Deccan Chargers?
A captain who was the weakest link in his team's batting line-up stood up with resolve one fine morning in Brisbane, and changed for ever the way India played cricket in Australia. History is replete with several examples where men of strength and character have not just stood up themselves, but raised the morale and stock of an entire lot, in trying and the most difficult of circumstances. The IPL is nothing really, by way of comparison. Yet, the basic principles remain the same. Warnie is just smart enough to understand that, and doing his job well.
Cricket is quite unlike many a other sport in many ways. For one, it is a physical sport yet the mental aspect is as important as the physical. The scope for decisions is wide, and every decision you take can be crucial. If you win the toss, do you bat first or second? Should you play an extra spinner? Does this batsman warrant an extra slip? 3rd slip or 4th? And these are only very few examples. Even in a Twenty20 game, a captain would have to take no less than a 100 decisions! And in close games, which is more the rule than the exception in IPL, even the smallest decisions count. If Brendon Mc Cullum had employed a slip in the match today against Delhi, a 4th wicket would have fallen in the 12th over. Who knows how things would have turned out from there on? Delhi never lost a 4th wicket and went on to win the match comfortably.
Shane Warne is not god, may be he too may not have used a slip if he were in the place of the beleagured Kiwi. But what he assures you of is that he will take more decisions correct than most other guys around. He can think, and that is not such a commonly found characteristic amongst sportspersmen. And that's what makes him a very good captain. Most of these guys who are telling you on your television screens that a captain is only as good as his team are former sportsmen, and I have already pointed out a characteristic they lack.
Shane Warne is what makes tomorrow's contest against the Deccan Chargers interesting. Else, on paper you can safely see the chasm between the two teams and decide the result beforehand. But ask the bookies, and they will tell you what the odds are. Unlike the experts on TV, the bookies don't get a fixed check at the end of the tournament. That's why the betting odds on Will Hill are always a better indicator of the future than predictions of former cricketers.
Current Odds on William Hill:
Deccan Chargers: 10/11, Rajasthan Royals: 10/11, Now go have a look at the teams!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Rahul Dravid equals Maximum Catches Record of Mark Waugh

The first wicket has fallen in the India vs New Zealand Test Series. Test debutant fell early - the bowler was Zaheer Khan, and when Rahul Dravid took a beauty of a catch in the slips, his tally of catches in test cricket swelled to 108. He has now equalled the world record for the maximum number of catchs in test matches and is now tied with Australia's Mark Waugh.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Allan Stanford charged of fraud in US

T20 Cricket Tycoon and Texan Billionaire Allen Stanford is in the midst of another controversy. Barely had the murmur over his "lap sitting with Matt Prior's wife and other English Cricketers' WAGs" subsided, here's the big one.
Reports coming in say that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the United States are investigating a fraud case against Allen Stanford which could be of massive proportions. It is being alleged by the SEC that Stanford and his crony of close friends may have lied making false promises and manipulating historical data to cheat potential investors.
The English Cricket Board which has already taken a lot of flak for its dealing with Allen Stanford has been quick to distance itself from the billionaire, saying it is suspending any further negotiations with Stanford pending the results of the investigation.
It's almost crazy now the amount of off-field controversy that the game of cricket seems to keep getting shrouded in.
Click here for our previous story and image on the controversy over Allen Stanford and the Lap of Matt Prior's Wife.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Shilpa Shetty buys stake in Rajasthan Royal (IPL)

Get ready for some exciting off-field juice from Jaipur this IPL summer. When a certain Shane Warne is the captain, and a sizzling hot Shilpa Shetty the owner you can sure expect some news, can't you?
The Bollywood actress has picked up a 12% stake in the Indian Premier League team Rajasthan Royals which won the inaugural IPL championship in 2008. Details of the deal are not yet known - it may be a cash + brand ambassadorship deal .

Thursday, January 22, 2009

India vs Sri Lanka | Live Cricket Streaming Schedule | 5 ODIs & 1 T20 match

We will soon update this post to include the Live Cricket Streaming Schedule of the India - Sri Lanka Series 2009.
Here's the full schedule of India's hurriedly arranged brief cricket tour of Sri Lanka in January - February 2009. The India vs Sri Lanka series consists of 5 one day matches and 1 T20 game. Of course, the BCCI has not asked for any tests.
1st ODI: India vs Sri Lanka
Wednesday, 28th January - Dambulla
2nd ODI:
Friday, 30th January - Dambulla
3rd ODI:
Monday, 2nd February - Colombo
4th ODI:
Thursday, 5th February - Colombo
5th ODI:
Sunday, 8th February - Colombo
Only T20 Match: India vs Sri Lanka
Tuesday, 10th February - Colombo
You are welcome to share your Live Cricket Streaming Links for the India vs Sri Lanka Series. While leaving the links in the comments area please add more details about the quality of the stream, whether it's free or paid and the package rates.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka | Schedule | One Days

1st ODI : 20th January, Karachi (Day Night Game)
2nd ODI: 21st January, Karachi (Day Night Game)
3rd ODI: 24th January, Lahore (Day Night Game)

Live Telecast of the Cricket Matches will start at 0700 hrs GMT for the Karachi matches and 0630 hrs for the Lahore Match. You can watch the cricket live on Ten Sports.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Gaming goes big in NCR

Academy of Animation and Gaming (AAG) which currently has a student base of 400+ students is situated at Noida and Gurgaon. AAG is a pioneer in the field of education related to animation and gaming, running courses like BSc.in Animation in collaboration with Toonskool, Karnataka thereby awarding a UGC recognized degree from Karnataka State Open University.Another Degree offered is BA (Hons.) in animation with the final year being conducted at University of Teesside, UK, our partner university; one of the ten best universities in the world in animation & gaming. Apart from these various courses like diploma in animation, course in game art and game programming and design is also being conducted by then .Details about the institute can be found on the website www.aag.edu.in.

With the objective of popularizing the activity animation and gaming amongst the Indian youth AAG is organizing a gaming competition, SPLITFIRE in their own premisesAcademy of Animation & Gaming (AAG), B-10, Sector 2, NOIDA, from 9th-11th Jan, 2009. The event would be inaugurated on 9th January, 2009 at 10.30 am by Mr.Sandeep Aurora, Director Sales & Marketing, North & East, INTEL. Guest of honour would be Mr. Manvendra Shukul, CEO, Lakshya Digital, the Institutes placement partner and India's biggest game art company.

Over 1400 students are expected to take part apart in the event. If you are interested in participating, you can refer to the company website or contact Mr Arindam Bhattacharyya at 9312600283

Friday, January 02, 2009

Sydney, Christchurch, Chittagong

The first international cricket matches of 2009 go live tomorrow morning. Six of the Test playing nations will be in action tomorrow, and the next five days promise a lot of excitement and change.

Traditionally the New Year Test in Sydney starts on the 2nd Jan. Traditionally Australia begin as favourites. Not so tomorrow - the test is starting a day late, and underdogs Australia will go into the match trying to avoid an embarrasing first-ever whitewash at home. South Africa will be raring to make it 3-0 and climb to the top of the ICC Test Ratings.

Normally Bangladesh fans would expect only so much from their test team. Normally Bangladesh fans wouldn't expect their team to fold for under 200 while chasing the mammoth targets set by the opposite team. Not so tomorrow - Ashraful's men may have lost the last test, but they have inspired hope. Forget the result - few teams score over 400 runs in the 4th innings; Bangladesh scored 413 in the fourth innings of the last test! The bar has been raised like never before - Sri Lanka can be expected to come at the home team harder than before, but Bangladesh look like they can do the impossible now. Actually, it doesn't look impossible any more - and that's what makes the Chittagong test important.

The 3rd game is a less interesting one-day affair between two teams which have been stuck in the middle of the international cricket peckings for over a decade now. But it's a match of cricket - can that ever be too dull?!