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Friday 15 January 2016

Australia Lead 2-0 After Two Facile 300+ Runchases, Rohit Tons in Vain

2nd #ODI at #GABBA, #Brisbane
15th Jan 2016

#Australia cruise to another facile win against spineless #India in the second ODI at #GABBA, Brisbane, Australia today.

First, the Indian batsmen faltered late in their batting innings when 330 looked pretty easy, to end up on 308 in their 50 overs. Some good death bowling by Faulkner and Hastings too.

In reply, none of the Australian batsmen were troubled by this lacklustre bowling attack. Finch, Shaun Marsh, Bailey scored fifties while Smith chipped in with 46 and Maxwell 34. 

Easy win yet again for Australia, (lead 2-0 in 5 match series) and that should be worrying Dhoni really. His bowlers arent able to defend 300+ scores and not even able to make a match of out it!

Rohit should be the most disappointed man. Both his hundreds have gone in vain. In hindsight, his run-out could have been the turning point in this game. What do you think? (with him around 330 was a big possibility).

What happens next?
We move to #MCG on 17th Jan for the 3rd ODI, and supposedly this is India's chance to come back (do they have a choice?) with pitch that might suit their spinners?

Perhaps bat second? Not sure. I can guarantee .. if India was chasing in these first two games they would have floundered under the relentless Aussie attack. Its not about the quality of bowling (Australia are considerably weaker without their heavyweights), its about the mental fortitude which India is lacking big time.

Lets see what happens. For now, they sit down and lick their wounds.

India - 308 for 8, 50 overs
Australia - 309 for 3, 49 overs

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Sunday 1 March 2015

CWC 2015 LIVE - Pak Scrape Through Against Zim

#CWC #Cricket #LIVE #Score

Pakistan have scraped through a win against Zimbabwe at the #Gabba.
Chasing 235 set by Pak, Zimbabwe were bowled out for 215 in the last over.
Late heroics from Chigumbura couldn't prevent the inevitable.

Mohamad Irfan and Wahab Riaz, the top bowlers for Pak, scalped 4 wickets each.

Man of the Match: #WahabRiaz (50 and 4 wickets)

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CWC 2015 LIVE - Irfan And Riaz Put Pakistan On Top v Zim

#Pak v #Zim, #GABBA, #Brisbane
1st Mar 2015

#MohamadIrfan and #WahabRiaz have run through the Zimbabwe middle order and put Pakistan on top of their game v Zimbabwe.

Defending a modest target of 235, the seamers took advantage of the Gabba bounce under lights and choked the Zimbabwe batsmen in submission. #HamiltonMasakadza will also have to blame himself for playing a ridiculous shoot off Irfan to get himself out at a critical juncture in the game.

#LIVE #Cricket #Score: Zim 186 for 8 in 44 overs
Need another 50 runs in 36 balls. Looks close but the number of wickets down will put a lot of pressure on them. #EltonChigumbura and #DavidPanganyara at the crease. If they can string a partnership, the game can go down to the wire.

As it stands, Pak on top

CWC 2015 LIVE - Pak Score 235 For 7 v Zim

#Pak v #Zim, #GABBA, #Brisbane
1st March 2015

Owing to a very solid and patient 73 by #skipper #MisbahUlHaq and a rapid fire 54 by #WahabRiaz, Pakistan have scored a somewhat respectable 235 for 7 in their 50 overs. #UmarAkmal's 33 provided good support in building that score. 

The Zimbabwe bowling and fielding were disciplined unlike their previous games where they went for plenty in the last few overs. Although they dropped a few chances at the end stages, they will be pretty happy with their overall performance to restrict Pak to that score. Chatara and Williams being their key wicket bowlers.

Will they chase it? Will all depend on their opening batsmen and how Pak bowlers defend that score!

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CWC 2015 LIVE - Pak Losing Way v Zim

#Pakistan v #Zimbabwe, #GABBA, #Brisbane
1st Mar 2015

Pakistan are losing way setting up a total against Zimbabwe.
It seemed as if #MisbahUlHaq and #UmarAkmal had steadied things for them in the middle after a horrendous start.

However, #SeanWilliams produced two beauties to bowl #UmarAkmal and #ShahidAfridi in one over to tilt the scales back in Zimbabwe's favour.

#LIVE #Cricket #Score - Pak 141 for 5 in 37 overs

Misbah and Sohaib Maqsood at the crease.

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CWC 2015 LIVE - Bad Start For Pak Again v Zim

#Pak v #Zim, #GABBA, #Brisbane
1st Mar 2015

Whats happening here??

Pakistan are off to a bad start yet again, this time against Zimbabwe
They are 4 for 2 in 3 overs.

#NasirJamshid caught at square leg for 0
#AhmedShehzad caught behind for 0

Can #MisbahUlHaq inspire them and turn things around for them, like #ImranKhan did for them in 1992? Remains to be seen... Currently, he is in the middle trying to bring things back on track!

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Wednesday 25 February 2015

CWC 2015 - Ireland Beat UAE - Thriller At GABBA

#Ireland v #UAE, #GABBA, #Brisbane
25th Feb 2015

In a Pool B match of the #minnows (well Ireleand arent certainly minnows anymore based on their recent performances), Ireland defeated UAE in a thrilling finish at the GABBA today.

Set to chase 279, the Irish stuttered and stumbled all along before cross the finish line as winners. #GaryWilsom and #KevinObrien were stars of that run chase after they were reduced to 97 for 4 at one stage and UAE seemed to have gained hopes of a win. Cusack and Dockrell kept their heads in the tense dying moments of the game to seal a well deserved win for the team in green over the Arab country.

Earlier, UAE, put into bat by Ireland (a decision that surprised many but probably a move to chase the score quickly and up their net run rate in the Pool standings), started even worse being reduced to 131 for 6 around 35 over mark. It was then that young #ShaimanAnwar took over and showed his class and quality of batting. He stroked a majestic 106 (the first UAE batsman to do so). In company of #AmjadJaved (a good 42), he catapulted the score to a very respectable and fightable 278 for 9 in their alloted 50 overs.

The overall quality of Ireland showed in this evenly matched contest as they won all key moments in the game leaving UAE licking their wounds. UAE can be proud of their performance though.

Man of the Match: #GaryWilson

So what does this Ireland mean for the group positions?
Well, its made the picture really exciting now..

India - 2 games - 4 points
West Indies - 3 games - 4 points
Ireland - 2 games - 4 points
South Africa - 2 games - 2 points
Zimbabwe - 3 games - 2 points
UAE - 3 games - 0 points
Pakistan - 2 games - 0 points

Ireland at three is a huge danger signal for #Pakistan. They really need to pull up their socks and start winning some games quickly. They are yet to play #SouthAfrica as well. Ireland's game against Pakistan will gain a lot of importance for defining final standings in this Pool.

Saturday 21 February 2015

CWC 2015 - Aus v Ban - Washout in Pool A

#Australia v #Bangladesh, #Woolongabba (#GABBA), #Brisbane
21st Feb 2015

Australia's fears have come true. 
They were praying for a full match (atleast a 20 over reduced game) against #minnows Bangladesh to take full points and most importantly much needed #match #practice for their #bench players. However #rain #gods didn't relent and the match was #abandoned without a #ball being bowled.

Both teams take a point each from the game.

Bangladesh smiling long :)

They now have to challenge and beat one of the other biggies in the group and dream for a #quarterfinal spot in tournament! (Looking at the way #England are playing and #SriLanka not in good touch either ... they can really look to spring a surprise in Pool A.

Pool A looks exciting now

#NewZealand - 3 matches - 6 points
#Australia - 2 matches - 3 points
#Bangladesh - 2 matches - 3 points
#England - 2 matches - 0 points (to be fair to them - they have run into the two top contenders (NZ and Aus) for this year's world cup in their first two games itself!)
#SriLanka - 1 match - 0 points

Another upset or a washout can dramatically alter scenario in this Pool now.

The #Aus and #NZ game at #Auckland in few days time gains crucial importance for leaderboard position in the Pool.

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CWC 2015 LIVE - Aus v Ban Match Delayed Due To Rain

#Australia v #Bangladesh, #GABBA, #Brisbane
21st Feb 2015

Bad news from the GABBA.
There is a #raindelay in this match.
Match may start in a while and we'll keep you posted.

If the match does get washed away, Bangladesh will be the happiest lot.
They will steal one point from Australia and make Pool A very interesting !

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