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Thursday 13 April 2017

CT17 - Intel Is"Innovation Partner" For The Tournament

#ChampionsTrophy #Cricket #ODI

The International Cricket Council (#ICC) has signed up #Intel as its "innovation partner" for the upcoming 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.

The governing body is set to "collaborate with Intel to transform the cricket experience for fans, and help coaches and players improve performance".

Further details are set to emerge in the coming weeks surrounding the "specific innovations" that the two organisations will deploy at the tournament.

"This is an exciting announcement for the ICC as we continue to focus on innovation and technology to enhance both the game and the experience of the fan," said ICC chief executive, David Richardson.

"The innovations we're working with Intel on for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 are like nothing we've seen in the sport before and I'm delighted to welcome them to the ICC family."

The ICC Champions Trophy is scheduled from June 1 to 18 in #England and #Wales. Matches at the competition are to be played at The #Oval in London, Sophia Gardens in #Cardiff and #Edgbaston in #Birmingham.

"#Cricket is the world's second most popular #Sport and as the official innovation partner of the #ICC Champions Trophy, we are excited to integrate Intel technology in this tournament," said James Carwana, general manager of the Intel Sports Group.

"We will be deploying a range of #Technology at the event as part of the our ongoing effort to bring a new level of #Data #Analytics to sports and to revolutionize how #Athletes #Train, #Coaches teach, scouts evaluate #Talent, and #Fans enjoy sports."

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Sunday 9 April 2017

ICC CT17: 68000 Tickets For All Matches Go On Sale

#ChampionsTrophy 2017 #England #Wales

International #Cricket #Fans still have the chance to be a part of this summer's much-anticipated #ICC Champions Trophy in England and Wales in June as 34,000 tickets for all 15 matches are set to go on sale on Wednesday.

Fans who entered the ballot last September, but were unsuccessful in their application, have access to a priority window 24 hours ahead of general sale, to ensure as many new fans as possible have the opportunity to purchase tickets and attend this summer's event. 

An additional 34,000 tickets, including those selected for resale, will then be available from 12 pm Britain Standard Time on Wednesday. Demand for the 50-over event, which starts with hosts England against Bangladesh at The Oval on 1 June, has already surpassed sales at this point for Champions Trophy 2013.

The tickets for all matches – including popular fixtures India v Pakistan, England v Australia and the final – will be released on general sale to eager fans following handbacks from #Tournament #Stakeholders that includes #Sponsors, #ICC family and #Travel providers.

Fans also have the opportunity to #Sell any #Tickets they have purchased and no longer require through the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 resale service. So far, over 1,000 tickets have been posted on the website and will be available for other fans to buy. It is a safe and secure process which ensures that tickets are sold at face value to fellow fans.

Additional tickets have been made available for the five matches at #Edgbaston due to a temporary stand that will be installed ahead of the tournament. The extra 800 seats will boost the capacity of the #UK's biggest cricket venue outside of #London to help meet the high demand for matches.

Following the highly successful application and ballot process in September, when 417,000 people applied for tickets across 60 countries, tickets for the remaining games which had unsold seats have been on general sale with the final allocations now in the process of being released.

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Wednesday 1 March 2017

ICC CT17 - 5 Interesting Aspects To Look Out For As Countdown Begins

#ICC #Cricket #ChampionsTrophy 2017 #CT17

Starting June 1, 2017, the top eight One-Day International sides in the world will come and clash for the #ICC #Champions #Trophy 2017 in #England and #Wales. The opening match will pit #England, the host, against #Bangladesh at The #Oval in #London, which is one of three venues that will be used for the tournament.

The Final of this tournament is scheduled on June 18 (with a reserve day in place), when the finalists face off at The #Oval. #Edgbaston and #Cardiff will be the other two venues to share the responsibility of staging the 15-match tournament.

1- Every Match Becomes Crucial: The eight teams will be divided into two groups of four; each will play the three other sides in their respective group once in a bid to make it to the semi-finals. The short and intense nature of the tournament makes it such that there will be high stakes on the outcome of every match with every match absolutely crucial.

2 -Truckload of runs: Going by the trend in the recent #bilateral series between #India and #England, the modern #ODI game continues to be conducive to heavy run-scoring and fans can expect much of the same at the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. 

3 - Next Gen: Several exciting #Young #Players can be expected to make their global 50-over tournament debuts. In the bowling department, Bangladesh's #MustafizurRahman, South Africa's #KagisoRabada, India's #JaspritBumrah and Australia's #AdamZampa are some of the names to keep an eye out for. 

Among batsmen, India's #KedarJadhav, Pakistan's #BabarAzam, England's #SamBillings and #JasonRoy fit the bill, while #MitchellSantner from New Zealand and #MarcusStoinis from Australia are among the more promising all-rounders yet to feature in a marquee 50-over tournament.

4 - Open nature of tournament: This looks like it could be the most competitive ICC Champions Trophy of all time with little to choose between all eight sides. Pakistan — ranked No. 8 — recently won an ODI against No. 1 ranked Australia on their home-soil in a further indication that no game can be taken for granted. 

Across the board, teams have adopted a more aggressive, fearless approach towards the 50-over game, which has helped bring down the chasm between the teams. On account of the sharp and uncompromising format of the tournament coupled with the qualitative similarity of teams, the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 can be expected to deliver intense competition.

5 - Bangladesh Returns to Champions Trophy: The Bangladesh #Tigers haven't qualified for the ICC Champions Trophy since the 2006 edition. Much has changed for the team in the last two years. Its defeat of England to make it to the knockouts of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 deserves special mention. It then went on a winning spree in the format defeating Pakistan, India and South Africa in successive ODI series at home. It is ranked No. 7 — one above Pakistan — and kept #WestIndies out of the competition. It is yet to prove its credentials overseas, and this tournament presents it with the ideal opportunity.
Whatever happens, it's going to be a memorable tournament, roll on June 1st 2017.

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Monday 12 January 2015

Aus v South Africa (Semifinal, Birmingham, World Cup 1999)

Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham

Arguably the greatest one dayer of all time. There have been many classics over the years but for sheer drama, importance of the game and world cup stage, this game stands out from the rest.

The great rivals of the 1990s clashed in this high voltage drama on the back of another classic in their last league match in the same tournament. Needing to win at all cost to stay alive in the tournament #SteveWaugh single handedly won that game for the Aussies against SA. That game had the famous altercation between him and #HerschelleGibbs when the later dropped his catch. Steve's words "Son, you just dropped the world cup" are part of cricketing folklore! We've covered that game on this blog as well.

Back to the semi-final. South Africa the clear favorites on form and domination displayed throughout the tournament. On a lively wicket, #HansieCronje, the SA captain, won the toss and elected to field. Vindicating his decision, #ShaunPollock got #MarkWaugh to nick behind in the first over. 3 for 1.

#RickyPonting and #AdamGilchrist steadied the ship for a while before #AllanDonald broke through the top order to reduce the Aussies to 68 for 4 in 17 overs. Australia in trouble.

This brought the two battle veterans to the crease (Steve Waugh and #MichaelBevan). Both, not the classically elegant stroke makers, saw the need of the hour to perfection. Slowly but steadily they pushed the score towards a decent total. Steve completed his fifty and Australia braced past 150 around the 36th over. 

Enter Shaun Pollock. First Steve Waugh. In the same over, #TomMoody. Superb over. 2 wickets. Australia reeling again at 158 for 6.

Shane Warne in company of Michael Bevan carried on gainly to cross the psychological 200 run mark in the 46th over. They now had a great launch pad to cut loose and post a decent total on board. But, everytime Australia seemed to pull away, the #Proteas seemed to claw back. Pollock had Warne caught at mid on with superb slower delivery. Then Donald produced to absolute beauties to knock back #PaulReiffel and #DamienFleming's stumps off consecutive deliveries. Australia were rocked from  207 for 6 to 207 for 9. None for 3 in two overs!

It was left to Bevan to strike some late blows to get them to 213 before he was out caught behind to hand Pollock and much deserved 5-for. Donald was superb for his 4 wickets. Brilliant performance from South Africa to restrict Australia to that score. Going by their form and battting strength, it looked like a cake walk. Or was it? With the Aussies, you never relax as the SA were about to find out.

High on confidence and chasing a really modest total, SA openers #GaryKirsten and #HerschelleGibbs started in cautious fashion to ensure no quick wickets were lost to Aussie pacers. In 12 overs, 48 for no loss. Great start .. and target looks pretty easy.

Anyone heard of someone called #ShaneWarne? What a magician he is with the ball in hand. Steve Waugh brought him on and boy did he strike? First Gibbs bowled round the legs .. a peach of a delivery. Then Kirsten, trying to sweep from outside off misses the line and bowled through the gates. In walks captain #HansieCronje, promoted to up the ante and throw Australia off guard. 

However with Warne in such hot form and tasted blood, he pounced on Cronje too. He had his edge behind to slips for 0. A decision that still rings controversy. The ball had clearly clipped Cronje's shoe toes. No where near the bat but the umpire thought otherwise and gave it out. Cronje is most unhappy.

From 48 for 0, suddenly SA were 53 for 3 and the game in balance. #DarrylCullinan, already struggling against Warne was run out needlessly reducing them to 61 for 4. Australia on top now. But the game was such that everytime a team pulled away, the other came back strongly. SA did too. Through #JacquesKallis and #JontyRhodes doing the same job as Waugh-Bevan partnership had done earlier in the day. Mixing caution (Kallis) with some aggression (Rhodes), both not only steadied the ship but also laid a great foundation to push SA to victory.

After 40 overs and around 140+ on board, SA were clear favorites? or there was another twist in the tale? There was! Jonthy literally threw his wicket away pulling a Reiffel delivery to deep square leg where Bevan gleefully accepted it. Even steven yet again!!

Another surprise move. Pollock promoted ahead of #LanceKluesner! (Remember Klusener was the butcher finisher in this world cup killing all teams with his power hitting in the end game to clinch vitory for SA almost every time). The move almost paid off. Pollock launched Warne into the stands for a huge six, followed with a boundary. At the other end, Warne claimed Kallis for a well made 53 leaving around 40 odd for his teammates to get.

In walks the crusader Klusener wielding his heavy bat and ready to throw his bat around to take away another victory. However, in haste, Pollocak gifted his wicket to Fleming. Match back on even keel. SA 183 for 7. In comes #MarkBoucher. #GlennMcgrath keeps him check and Kluesner away from strike. In a rush of blood, Boucher loses his head and cleaned up by Mcgrath. 196 for 8. 

18 runs to win from 10 balls. Australia need two tail-end wickets. Its that close and anyones game.

To add to SA's woes, #SteveElworthy is run out in the 49th over trying to keep Kluesner on strike. 

16 from 8 balls.

The next delivery from Mcgrath is smashed by Kluesner towards long on where Paul Reiffel completely messes it up. First he drops the catch, then in all that mess-up, he parries the bowl over the fence for a 6. Wow !! Kluesner steals a run on the last ball to keep strike.

9 from 6 balls.

Steve Waugh throws the ball to Damien Fleming, his trusted death bowler.
Facing him is red hot Kluesner who's ready to finish the game.

First ball. Crunnccch.... the bowl zooms long on for a four. Mark Waugh has no chance to stop it.
Second ball. Swoooooosh ... the bowl creams through extra cover. Another boundary. No fielder moves an inch. No need to. Thats perfection.

1 from 4 balls with Kluesner on strike.
Game over you'd say. But, never discount an Aussie side. That day watching these tense moments with my mother (from whom I inherited this passion for sports) and she said, "This is Australia, just one wicket to go son. I am backing them". I was obviously rooting for SA.

Third ball. All fielders brought in ofcourse to stop the single. Kluesner mistimes it to mid on. Crazily, his non striker #AllanDonald had backed out too far. #DarrenLehmann back flicked his throw at the non-stikers end. The ball passes the stumps by inches and Donald is stranded out of his crease. Oooohs and Aaaahhs all around. Hands on heads for Aussies who certainly may have thought, this is not their day! Discussion between Donald and Kluesner to take it easy.

1 from 3 balls. Still pretty easy with Kluesner on strike.
The commentators on air #BillLawry (Australia) and #MikeProcter (SA) kept going at each other in jest and tension seemed to be getting to them as well.

Fleming delivers a good yorker, Kluesner doesnt connect well and ball rolls straight down the pitch where mid-on intercepts. Kluesner is already way down the pitch to complete the run. Donald seems clueless as there is no communication whatsover. He starts when Kluesner is almost at his end. The flick from mid-on misses the non-stiker stumps. Fleming sees Donald way out of his ground and rolls the ball to Gilchrist. He cooly collects and whips off the stumps, Donald way out of his crease!!

Scores tied. Match tied.
The Aussies celebrate because they qualify for the final (owing to their win against SA in the group stage). Kluesner walks back a dejected man. What a choke for SA. They seem to be hold that tag even till date especially with World Cups.

Cronje is distraught. Waugh is excited. 
Cronje keeps claiming that he was not out. In response, another of Steve Waugh's now famous responses "Yes Hansie you are out. Read the newspaper tomorrow"

What an amazing game. No team deserved to lose (or win either) and it did end a tie.
But Aussies walked away with all the accolades. SA had all the wounds to carry.
My mom was over the moon .. as if she was an Aussie! 

MOM: Shane Warne

Watch some of the terrific highlights of this game here: