Cricket News From Around the World..
It’s difficult to keep posting Cricket with so many matches being played around the world at the same time. Last night it was West Indies who beat England by 21 runs to level the current one day series 1-1 with 3 matches left to be played. South Africa beat Australia by an innings when the visitors were bowled out. Australia however got their hands around the trophy clinching the series 2-1. Earlier, India won their first test match in 33 years to beat NewZealand in less than 4 days of what was a Indian dominated match most of the time. Time constraint and the need to write 3 different posts for three matches as reviews is quite a task. So here we go..
Harbhajan’s 6-for leads India to a victory
India finished the first test match on a high thanks to a good bowling performance from Harbhajan ‘ The tubunator’ Singh. He picked 6 wickets in NewZealand’s second innings of 279. Earlier India won the toss and elected to field first on what looked like a good pitch for bowling with a lot of green grass left un-rolled. Captain Daniel vettori suggested that he would have chosen to bat anyhow as he believed in posting a big total in the first inning to keep the visitors under pressure. Indian bowlers won the first session for India as they picked up as many as 6 for the score of 60. Zaheer, Munaf and Ishant bowled some good overs to clinch 2 wickets each.
Ryder and Vettori scored a world record partnership for seventh wicket as the Captain MS Dhoni failed to get the field placing right allowing the batsman to pick boundaries off genuine edges. Indian bowlers struggled to pick wickets as both batsman scored centuries to lead NewZealand to a respectable total of 279. India started off well as Sehwag and Gambhir scored some brisk boundaries. It looked as if India were to traumatize the NZ attack just like in the one day series. It took one good fielding effort to dismiss the in-form Virender Sehwag out run out to an non-existent second run. Dravid showed his class with the bat as he and Gambhir took India past the 100 run mark. Wickets fell in quick succession, The crowd cheered the master blaster, Sachin Tendulkar on to the field who would be thanking all his well wishers for the prayers as Daniel Flynn dropped a skyer with Sachin just on 15. Sachin later went on to score a brilliant 160. The Indian tail wagged as Zaheer brought up his 4th fifty, his first on NZ soil to take India past the 400 run mark. India ended the inning on 520.
The Indian Seamers bowled well as Zaheer picked up McIntosh to a controversial decision when he was caught behind in the third ball of the inning by Sachin at slip. Sachin walked off with a sore finger with replays clearly indicating the ball bouncing in front of Sachin before the catch was claimed. NZ batsman stuck for a while before India got their second break through in the form of Guptill out caught a mid-off to a simple catch to Sehwag. Guptill scored 48 of NZ 61/2 before he left the crease. Kyle mills who was sent to defend the rest of the remaining overs of the third day was out off the last ball of the final over of the day to Munaf Patel out LBW.. India then cleaned up the rest of the NZ batting and thanks to some good hitting by McCullum, NZ finished 38 runs ahead bowled out for 279.
Indian openers Gambhir and Dravid finished the match in 5 overs and India won their first test match after 33 years on NZ soil. Sachin Tendulkar was awarded the man of the match for his 250 ball 160. Dhoni thanked all his team mates for the effort and hoped for a better performance in the next match. The Indian team is now inching closer to the top spot in the world rankings for test matches.
In other News:
- WI beat the touring England side by 21 runs in the second match of the 5 match ODI series to level the series at 1-1.
- SA beat Aus and regained their pride as the hosts won the last match of the three match test series. Australia will meet Sa in 2 T20 Internationals before the 5 match one day series begins.
A lot of people have been complaining about too much cricket making it to my blog. Thanks to them, I have a confusion to conquer. I was thinking about creating another blog, this time on blogger specially for sports. With the IPL season about to begin a new blog would not be a bad idea, the confusion however is about having enough time to make the switch and worries about losing readership. Will make an announcement soon. Till them keep reading and try commenting 😛