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Friday 20 March 2015

CWC15 - Tale of Two Controversial Decisions Against Bangladesh?

#India vs #Bangladesh
19th Mar 2015

Although India comfortably defeated Bangladesh in their quarterfinal knockout match in the end, they were in a big spot of bother when they were batting. Bangladesh were pumped up through some hostile bowling by Rubel Hossain and guile of Shakib Al Hasan. The runs had tried up, wickets were falling and the match was on a knife's edge. Brilliantly poised for a close finish, Bangla tigers even contemplating a huge upset!

Suresh Raina had just joined Rohit Sharma with the score at 115 for 3 in the 28th over.
Another wicket at that time would have meant India in deep trouble with Dhoni, lower middle order and tail to come (not tested really in this cup so far)

In the 34th over, Mashrafe rapped Raina on his pads. A huge appeal not upheld by umpire Ian Gould. The Bangla skipper immediately going in for a REVIEW. Technology can be cruel with its precision. From the naked eye the decision looked absolutely plumb. But, haweye suugested the ball pitched a couple of millimetres outside the line. Obviously, that had to be given not out (although the ball hit him in life of the stumps and going on to crash into off stump). Umpire Gould's decision stayed and big relief for Raina and India. Mashrafe was visibly displeased by that decision

Raina was on 10 then. He went on to score 65 in 57 balls and pulled the momentum back towards India in the batting powerplay.

The second incident happened in the 40th over. Rubel Hossain brought into the attack to thwart the rampaging Sharma-Raina pair bowled a low full toss that Rohit tried to play on the leg straight into the hands of deep square leg fielder. Rohit was 91 then and India 201 for 3 trying to explode. A wicket there would have meant new batsman and restrict their run scoring. Out of nowhere umpire Aleem Dar raised his arm from square leg to signal no-ball (for a full toss over waist). NO BALL .. no wicket, extra run .. cruel for the bowler. Very very marginal decision that.

Rohit Sharma went on to score 137 and take the match away from Bangladesh.

If you sum up runs scored by both batsmen after they got lives, they add up to 101 runs which was a massive setback for Bangla. Even one of them had gone their way, they could have made a match of this!   

Apart from those two, India outplayed them to book their berth in the semifinals against winner of the Australia vs Pakistan game at Adelaide tomorrow.

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CWC15 - Brave Bangla Tigers Bow Out Heads Held High

#India vs #Bangladesh
19th Mar 2015

They came, fought like warriors, threw everything they had but laid just failed to conquer the frontier. This is the best way to describe the Bangladesh cricket team today in their quarterfinal match vs India at the G (MCG). 

Upto 32 overs into the Indian innings (second drinks break when India was batting), they were in it and contemplating a major upset in the #CWC15. They were incisive in their bowling, sharp in field and high on intensity rocking the superstar India batting lineup.

But, the overall skill, experience and cricketing ability allowed India to step up when it mattered to thwart the Bangla tigers in their path. 

Chasing a massive 302, the Bangladesh batsmen could garner only 193 all out in 45 overs. The tried but the task was too much and the team they faced upto is rampaging like ab an avalanche through this world cup devouring teams along the way!

To highlights of the game
- Rohit Sharma's "come-of-age" century
- Suresh Raina's game changing cameo of 65 in the batting powerplay, 
 - Rubel Hossain's hostile bowling spell 
 - Shakib's beautiful spin shackles against quality spin players, 
 - Umesh Yadav's 4 wickets with swing and bounce, S
 - Shami's wickets of short pitched deliveries
 - Dhoni's catching behind the stumps
 - Dhawan;s catch to dismiss Mahmudullah
 - Jadeja's rapid fire 25, amazing fielding and 2 wickets

All in all, a good day's play where India proved to be too tough an opponent for Bangladesh.
They can therefore leave the tournament, heads held really high!
India: 302 for 6 (50 overs)
Bangladesh, 193 all out (45 overs)

Man of the Match: Rohit Sharma

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Thursday 19 March 2015

CWC15 LIVE - Quick Wickets Dent Bangladesh Chase vs India

#India vs #Bangladesh
19th Mar 2015

After a quick fire run a ball 25, #TamimIqbal edged one to Dhoni off #UmeshYadav.
Dhoni, not sure, asked umpires to check with the third umpire who confirmed it was a clean catch.

The very next ball, a stunning piece of fielding led to a run out.
#SowmyaSarkar the new batsman pushed one towards gully and moved ahead a bit to check if the ball passed the gully. #ImrulKayes however steamed in from the non stiker's end. The ball was blocked by #RavindraJadeja, picked and threw it to the bowler. Umesh Yadav made great adjustment to go back to his bowler's mark, pick the throw and dislodge the bails. Wondeful piece of fielding.

Suddenly, 33 for 2.

The best Bangladesh pair of this #CWC15 at the crease now
#Mahmudullah and #Sarkar. They need to rebuild.

Bangladesh: 46 for 2, 11 overs

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CWC15 LIVE - Rohit Sharma Century Drives India vs Bangladesh

#India vs #Bangladesh
19th Mar 2015

What an innings under pressure!
Struggling with personal form and India in a tricky position after 30 overs makes this knock even more special. #RohitSharma has produced a beauty of an innings vs Bangladesh in their quarterfinal clash at the #MCG.

Rohit couldnt have played this better.
Attacked upfront, then consolidated when wickets started falling, steadied the scoreline and then unleashed towards the backend of the innings.

137 off 123 runs
Take a bow Rohit.. well played! 

India: 302 for 6, 50 overs
Rohit Sharma - 137
Suresh Raina - 65
Taskin Ahmed - 3 wickets

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CWC15 LIVE - Powerplay Tilts Scales In India's Favor Vs Bangladesh

#India vs #Bangladesh
19th Mar 2015

India upped the run scoring rate as soon as #batting #powerplay was applicable between 36 - 40 overs. Suresh Raina smashed Shakib over long on for a big six while Rohit stole boundaries off Taskin and Rubel to push the scoring rate. 

Rubel had Rohit caught off a marginal waist high no-ball, very very close this !!
50 runs from the Powerplay has shifted the balance India's way.

Bangladesh have done brilliantly thus far. They now need to keep their heads and intensity ON.

India: 205 for 3 for 40 overs
Suresh Raina: 54*
Rohit Sharma: 96*

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CWC15 LIVE - Game Evenly Poised At Second Drinks Break

#India vs #Bangladesh
19th Mar 2015

If the first drinks break belonged to India (70 for no loss after 16 overs), the second one definitely belongs to Bangladesh (132 for 3, 31 overs)

#RubelHossain, #ShakibAlHasan and #TaskinAhmed changed fortunes for Bangladesh in that second session with great lines, pace, bounce and overall intensity. India batsmen suddenly got bogged down and started losing way completely. 

India: 132 for 3 (31 overs)

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CWC15 LIVE - Quick Wickets Bring Bangladesh Right Back vs India

#India vs #Bangladesh
19th Mar 2015

The drinks break has done the trick for Bangladesh.
They have struck two quick blows to get right back in the game.

First, #ShakibAlHasan foxed #ShikharDhawan in the air and #Mushfiqur completed a smart stumping.

In the very next over, a fiesty duel ensued between #RubelHossain and #ViratKohli. Some word exchanges later he pushed one outside the off luring Kohli to go for a cover drive and whoa! edge ... caught behind. The celebrations were amazing. A a great send off to Kohli too!!

Bangladesh pumped up.. 
Match on an even keel yet again. 
Its all happening at the MCG.

India: 86 for 2, 20 overs
Rohit Sharma: 43*
Ajinkya Rahane - 3*

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CWC15 LIVE - India Openers Off To A Good Start - 72 For No Loss

#India vs #Bangladesh
19th Mar 2015

India openers #RohitSharma and #ShikharDhawan have started cautiously but steadily against the Bangladesh attack.

After attacking the Bangladesh skipper all over the park, the other seamers and spinners have pulled it back a bit. Surprisingly, the spinners have done well and tied the batsmen down.

Dhawan and Sharma trying to consolidate before changing gears.
Bangladesh need to stay in the game and not allow the Indians to get away.

India: 72 for No loss, 16 overs
Rohit Sharma: 33*
Shikhar Dhawan: 28*

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CWC15 LIVE - India Win Toss Bat First v Bangladesh

#India vs #Bangladesh
19th Mar 2015

Indian skipper #MSDhoni won the toss and had no hesitation deciding to bat first on a belter of a #MCG pitch. The warm afternoon and swirling winds will help India batsmen to settle down and pile up a huge score.

An unchanged India team! Dhoni going by the cliche - Dont tinker around a winning combination.
Skipper #MashrafeMortaza back in the Bangladesh side.

Let the game of the Asians begin...

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Wednesday 18 March 2015

CWC15 - Battle Of Asian Tigers - Ind vs Ban

#India vs #Bangladesh
19th Mar 2015

The Bangladesh cubs have grown into tigers and they are challenging the established kings of the jungle. That's the best way to describe this contest when Bangladesh takes on India in the second quarterfinal at the MCG.

This is India's game to win, and this is where Bangladesh can take full advantage of being the underdogs. When you have nothing to lose, you can do no wrong. They should not forget this and go all out against the big brother. Memories of the 2007 world cup match will be fresh on their minds when they stunned the Indians in West Indies and dispatched them home in the league stage then.

India on the other hand are playing dream cricket. They are probably the only team in this tournament that have looked convincing and comprehensive in all their wins so far. Their bowling, the weakest of their armoury, has struck a wonderful rhythm. Back that up with stunning fielding and powerpacked batting, they are the team to beat at this #CWC15.

Bangladesh rely heavily on #TamimIqbal (short of runs and out of form), #ShakibAlHasan (good with the ball so far) and #MushfiqurRahim (always dependable) in their batting department but the revelation at this world cup has been #Mahmudullah. He has played stunning cricket. His back to back centuries vs England and New Zealand indicate his skills, temperament and ability to battle the bigger teams. #SowmyaSarkar is doing well too.

Bowling remains their biggest concern. Apart from #MashrafeMortaza and to some extent #RubelHossain, they seem to have an inexperienced bowling attack that India will look to exploit.

India's batting at the top has been iffy to say the least in last game vs Zim. They have persisted with #RohitSharma in the opening slot (just like SA have put faith in QuintonDeKock). He would like to come to the party tomorrow ala deKock who stroked a wonderful 78* vs Sri Lanka at the SCG.

Lower middle order seems to be a problem area too. #RavindraJadeja, #RaviAshwin and #MohamadShami haven't had much practice batting and not tested by lethal bowling units.

All in all, a mouth watering contest on the cards at the MCG.
Expect a full house and amazing atmosphere at the ground.

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Friday 27 February 2015

CWC 2015 - SL Demolish Bangladesh To Regain Form

#SriLanka v #Bangaladesh, #MCG
26th Feb 2015

Touted as the #AsianBattle between the Lions and Tigers, the match did not live up to its expectations. SL clearly the better side and won the match comfortably by 92 runs.

#TilakratneDilshan and #KumarSangakarra stroked beautiful centuries to muster a mammoth 332 for 1 in their 50 overs. Dilshan being the more dominant partner of the two. All bowlers taken to the cleaners by these two outstanding batsmen.

The Banglas were never in the run chase really.
#TamimIqbal was bowled in the first over and they never really looked like being in the game after that. Some late order hitting by #ShakibAlHasan, #MushfiqurRahim and #SabbirRahman only delayed the inevitable for a while. #LasithMalinga came back to form with 3 wickets. Lakmal and Dilshan plucking 2 each.

An all round performance from Dilshan earned him the man of the match award.
Well done!

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Thursday 26 February 2015

CWC 2015 - Lions v Tigers - Crucial Tie in Pool A

#SriLanka v #Bangladesh, #MCG
26th Feb 2015

In a very critical match, the two #Asian teams will battle it out at the legendary #MCG in Pool A.
The game has gained significance on account of Bangladesh stealing a point off #Australia in their abandoned match at the #GABBA few days ago. As a result, they are sitting undefeated in the pool with 3 points from 2 games.

Sri Lanka on the other hand have loads of problems to worry about. They were run over by the #Kiwis in the tournament opener and run very close by minnows #Afghanistan in their second game. They have 2 points from 2 games and look dodgy overall. Their batting hasnt clicked overall, bowling remains a worry and fielding isnt electric anyway.

Bangladesh on the other hand will feel buoyed by that Gabba result and will look to upset the Asian Lions to make Pool A very interesting. Bangladesh can progress to the next round at the expense of either Sri Lanka or #England.

All eyes on #MCG.

Players to watch

Sri Lanka
 - Angelo Matthews
 - Kumar Sangakarra
 - Mahela Jayawardene
 - Lasith Malinga
 - Nuwan Kulasekhara

 - Shakib Ul Hasan
 - Mashrafe Murtaza
 - Mushfiqur Rahim
 - Tamim Iqbal
 - Mahmudullah

Sunday 22 February 2015

CWC 2015 LIVE - India Steamroll South Africa at MCG

#India v #SouthAfrica , #MCG
22nd Feb 2015

India beat South Africa by 130 runs at the MCG.
Huge win considering this was the biggest game in the pool and expected to go down the wire.


India 307 for 7
#ShikharDhawan - 137
#AjinkyaRahane - 79
#ViratKohli - 46

#MorneMorkel - 2 wickets
#DaleSteyn - 1 wicket
#ABDevilliers - 2 direct hit runouts

South Africa 177 all out
#FafduPlessis - 55
#ABdevilliers - 28

#RavichandranAshwin - 3 wickets
#RavindraJadeja - 2 wickets
#MohitSharma - 2 wickets

Man of the Match: #ShikharDhawan

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CWC 2015 LIVE - Ind v SA - AB Devilliers Run Out

#India v #SouthAfrica , #MCG
22nd Feb 2015

#ABDevilliers is brilliantly run out by #MohitSharma
It was definitely an error of judgment from #ABD and trusted himself to beat the throw from the deep. MSD was his usual self whipping the bails off in a flash. Match nicely poised at 133-3 after 28 overs. 
#DavidMiller has joined #FafDuPlessis at the crease...
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CWC 2015 LIVE - Ind v SA - Drinks - SA - 63 For 2

#India v #SouthAfrica , #MCG
22nd Feb 2015

South Africa have made a cautious start in their run chase of 307

#QuintonDeKock and #HashimAmla lost their wickets playing rather loose shots.
The Indian bowlers have bowled with discipline and control.

SA need a push on now....
#ABDevilliers and #FafDuPlessis at the crease!

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CWC 2015 LIVE - Ind v SA - India Score 307 For 7

#Ind v #SA, #CWC15 at #MCG
22nd Feb 2015

India have huffed-puffed their way to 307 for 7 in their allotted 50 overs.

After #ShikharDhawan's scintillating 137, #AjinkyaRahane's gem of 79 and #ViratKohli's watchful 46, India would have expected more in the end.

However, once again the later middle order wasn't able to provide impetus and the innings kind of imploded but overall a good score for SA to chase.

#DaleSteyn and #MorneMorkel pulled the match back towards the end, but #WayneParnell got the biggest tap and went for plenty. Surprisingly, the SA spinners #ImranTahir and #JPDuminy did remarkably well throughout.

All set for the big chase in some time...

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CWC 2015 LIVE - Ind v SA - Superb Century by Dhawan

#India v #SouthAfrica , #MCG
22nd Feb 2015

Shikhar Dhawan completes his superb century against SA.
Once again mixing caution and aggression .. he's been absolutely stunning in this innings.
He spent some nervous time on 99 but eventually got there in style!
Well done man!!

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CWC 2015 LIVE - India Off To A Cautious Start

#India v #SouthAfrica , #MCG, #LIVE #Score
22nd Feb 2015

India have made a cautious start to their innings against SA.
After 20 Overs, they are 83 for 1.

Looks like their strategy is to hold wickets and make a late charge.
Considering their batting woes over the last few months, this seems to their strategy for the World Cup.

#ShikharDhawan - not out 55
#ViratKohli - not out 26

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Thursday 19 February 2015

CWC 2015 - India v South Africa At The MCG on 22nd Feb 2015

‪#‎Ind‬ v ‪#‎Pak‬ done and dusted, India now take on ‪#‎SouthAfrica‬ in another scorcher of a league match on 22nd Feb 2015. 

Another #SuperSunday in the offing for #cricket fans! ‪#‎CWC2015‬ ‪#‎India‬ v ‪#‎SA‬ (‪#‎Proteas‬) at the ‪#‎MCG‬
India are down 0-3 in head to head ties against #SA in ‪#‎CWC‬ tournaments.

Is this their
 ‪#‎Mauka‬ to set the equation straight?
1992 - lost by 8 wickets
1999 - lost by 4 wickets
2011 - lost by 2 wickets
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