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Wednesday 25 March 2015

CWC15 - Elliott Heroics Pull Off Dramatic Win For NZ vs SA

#NewZealand vs #SouthAfrica
24th Mar 2015

#GrantElliott couldn't have chosen a better day to demonstrate why he was picked up in the New Zealand squad for #CWC15. At 36, he was already on the wane when a surprise call up to the Kiwi squad had raised everyone's eyebrows and questions. Well ... all those questions were answered today.

When he walked in to bat NZ had just lost #MartinGuptill to a needless runout and SA sniffed half a chance to stage a comeback. Shortly after, #RossTaylor edged one behind off #JPDuminy to put further pressure on the Kiwi middle order. frankly they werent tested enough in the competition thus far. This was different though. World Cup semi final, a highly pumped SA super bowling attack made life very tough out there.

#CoreyAnderson joined him and together they set out task to rebuild the innings and buidl solid platfrom for a late dash at the target. They did it beautifully mixing caution with aggression to keep within touching distance. Their century partnership laid a solid foundation for the Kiwis to move ahead in the game.

As things got tense, Anderson holed out to square leg, #LukeRonchi holed out to midwicket, Elliott runout was missed, his skier was spilled on the deep square leg fence... thats it .. he may have felt. This was his day and he made most of it. 

In the end, with 5 in 2 balls, he planted #DaleSteyn over the long on boundary to complete an exhilarating, thrilling and ever-so-close win. New Zealand qualified for the finals (for the first time in 10 attempts) where they await either India or Australia (2nd Semifinal, SCG on 26th Mar 2015)

Extraordinary scenes of jubilation and sorrow.
SA gutted, NZ overjoyed .. 

SA: 281 for 5, 43 overs
NZ: 299 for 6, 42.5 overs (target revised to 297 - D/L system)

Man of the Match: #GrantElliott

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Tuesday 24 March 2015

CWC15 LIVE - NZ v SA - Quick Wickets Push Semifinal On The Edge

#NewZealand vs #SouthAfrica
24th Mar 2015

A couple of quick wickets has pushed this game on the edge.

#CoreyAnderson's skied one from Morkel where #FafDuPlessis hung onto a steepler of a chance.

#LukeRonchi then pulled one down mid wicket's throat to make things very interesting.

#GrantElliot, the mainstay of the NZ batting almost ran himself out but for a miss from the wicketkeeper to collect the ball.

Wow, this is a cliff hanger!
A game worthy of being a World Cup Semifinal... 

NZ: 24 runs to win in 14 balls
274 for 6

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CWC15 - Anderson Runout Missed By ABD, Match Swings NZ Way

#NewZealand vs #SouthAfrica
24th Mar 2015

The match on a knife's edge, both teams looking for the one opportunity to push forward and it comes South Africa's way.

What are #GrantElliot and #CoreyAnderson doing?
Have they not seen they horrendous Guptill-Taylor mixup?
And they try to repeat that and almost succeed!
Well, they failed in that attempt helped by SA skipper #ABdeVilliers.

A straight forward throw from David Miller with Anderson miles out his crease.
AB covered the stumps well, but in a rush of blood broke the stumps with his hands, ball on the ground. He could have also picked up the stump and ball in one hand but his momentum carried him forward and enabled to Anderson to jog back into his crease (he had given up...)

What an opportunity missed! 
Will they get another one? 
Its getting closer and tighter.. 
At the moment, its New Zealand's game to win or lose.

NA 219 for 4, 34 overs
Need another 79 runs from 54 balls

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CWC15 LIVE - Is Guptill Runout The Game Changer? SA Back With Purpose

#NewZealand vs #SouthAfrica
24th Mar 2015

How do you define self destruction?
Watch this piece from #MartinGuptill and #RossTaylor running between wickets.
Yes, No, No, Yes, Go .... OUT ..... Martin Guptill run out by over 2 metres!

Shoddy running and big miscommunication leads to an easy wicket for South Africa. Just when both of them had steadied the ship and looking to steady platform for the final push, this happened.

Ross Taylor, pushed this to point, called for a run, stopped. Then Guptill called and stopped. Finally, they decided to go for the run but too late. #HashimAmla swooped on the ball and passed onto #deKock who whipped the bails with Guptill miles out.

Amazing reactions
 - Ross Taylor distraught at the other end and under immense pressure to take his team through.
 - Tahir ecstatic
 - SA team swoop into a huddle and they are back big time in this game!

NZ: 148 for 3, 21 overs 

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CWC15 LIVE - NZ Ahead At The First Drinks Break In Chase Of 298

#NewZealand vs #SouthAfrica
24th Mar 2015

Inspite of losing #BrendonMcCullum and #KaneWilliamson in quick succession, the #Kiwis are ahead in this semifinal match vs South Africa.

McCullum's stunning 59 from 26 balls set the tone for the runchase.
But #MorneMorkel struck twice to dismiss both the skipper and his deputy to pull things back.

Double centurion from previous game #MartinGuptill and #RossTaylor are at the crease and steadying things for New Zealand.

A fascinating mid and end game in the offing.
Don't go anywhere! 

NZ: (Chasing a revised D/L target of 298) 102 for 2 in 12 overs.

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CWC15 LIVE - Blazing Kiwi Start Evens The Contest vs SA

#NewZealand vs #SouthAfrica
24th Mar 2015

The start to a stiff run chase couldn't have been better!
#BrendonMcCullum has come out with a purpose and boy! has he started well?

He's just completed his 50 in 22 balls.
Just the kind of start needed to get that chase going...

He has torn into the world's premier fast bowler #DaleSteyn.
The 5th over bowled by him has gone for

#ABDevilliers needs to look at options.
How about #ImranTahir? or #JPDuminy?
Need to change the pace and speed of this game.
Currently, the Kiwis are using all the bowlers' pace. Need to slow it down... 

SA: 281 for 5 (43 overs)
NZ: 71 for 0 (6 overs, Target: 298)

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Wednesday 18 March 2015

CWC15 - Duminy Hattrick Sinks Lanka

#SriLanka vs #SouthAfrica
18th Mar 2015

#JPDuminy was the weakest bowler in this SA lineup.
Sri Lanka would have looked to launch into him to propel their score.
Instead he has done the unthinkable .... by claiming a #hattrick with is right handed off spin bowling.

Sri Lanka were pegged back by the relentless pace attack of SA followed by a superb spell from #ImranTahir. But, it was Duminy who provided the spell of a life time to claim his hattrick.

His hattrick scalps
#AngeloMathews - c. DuPlessis at short mid wicket
#Kulasekhara - c. deKock behind the stumps
#Kaushal - lbw

Amazing scenes at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

SA all over Sri Lanka.
Game over ... well almost .. unless the #weather or #SriLanka spinners can repeat the dose back to the SA batsmen.

127 for 9, 36.2 overs (match stopped due to rain)

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CWC15 LIVE - SA Strike First, SL Openers Back In The Hut

#SriLanka vs #SouthAfrica
18th Mar 2015

South Africa have started with purpose and really unleashed their seamers at Sri Lanka.
Steyn, Abbott and Morkel are getting their swing, pace, bounce absolutely right to unsettle the Lnakan batsmen.

They have been rewarded for their disciplined bowling.
#KusalPerera, a surprise opener sent in to whack the bowl around, was trying to hit too hard against an attack very potent and lethal. #KyleAbbott got him to edge one behind for 3.

#Dilshan who was tied down for 10 balls without scoring, had to get himself away. He chose a steaming #DaleStryn to attack. Bad choice. Steyn got him to edge to second slip where DuPlessis took a wonderful catch.

At 4 for 2 in 4 overs, Sri Lankans were really pegged back.

#KumarSangakarra, who's batting like a dream in this #CWC15 and #LahiruThirimanna are at the crease now. Thirimanna has opened up and hit a few boundaries to up that scoring rate.

Its pretty intense out there. 
This is certainly the best quarterfinal in terms of a contest and intensity.
Both teams equally matched and its about who seizes the moments?

Sri Lanka: 42 for 2, 12 overs
Sangakarra - 5*
Thirimanna - 29*

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Saturday 7 March 2015

CWC 2015 LIVE - Who Will Take The Initiative - SA vs Pak

#SA v #Pak, #Auckland

The match is on the edge.
Pak batting, SA bowling

#LIVE #Score
Pak - 165 for 4 in 34 overs

16 overs to go.
How many can Pakistan get? How much do they need to threaten that powerful SA batting?
Will SA keep them under 250?
Will #Misbah and #UmarAkmal fire now? or will #Steyn and #Morkel stifle them into submission.

Interesting one hour or so... #Batting #Powerplay coming up soon!

Whatever the situation, Pak has to win this game to harbour QF qualification at #CWC15.
Can feel the tension and nervousness around!

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CWC 2015 LIVE - Sarfaraz Stunner Ends In A Runout v SA

#Pak v #SA
7th Mar 2015

#Sarfaraz has produced a gem in his #CWC15 debut!
Brought in place of the struggling Jamshid, asked to open the innings facing #Steyn gun and company and what does he do? Produce an absolute gem of a knock.

The confidence with which he strode on to the pitch facing the first ball of Steyn was a sight in itself. He walked down the pitch indicating his confidence and aggressive intent.

He infused life into a depressed dressing room and gave the team a very encouraging start, their best in the #CWC15 so far!

When the spinners came on, he decided to take control and went after them.
He especially took to #JPDuminy in one over carting him for 3 sixes over mid wicket. Suddenly, Pak were on the charge and Sarfaraz in complete control.

#ABDevilliers visibly rattled.

As luck would have it, the only way he could get out happened.
Eager to get to his fifty, he went for a suicidal second run against this super fit SA fielding side. #DavidMiller's super throw from the deep beat his dive, #deKock removing the bails.

End of a superb innings (reminded of #Inzamam's sensational knock in the 1992 world cup against NZ).

Pak need to consolidate again. 
#MisbahUlHaq and #YounisKhan at the crease.

#LIVE #Cricket #Score
Pak - 129 for 2, 26 overs

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CWC 2015 LIVE - Catch of the Tournament? Dale Steyn You Beauty

#SouthAfrica v #Pakistan
7th Mar 2015

#DaleSteyn has produced the catch of the tournament.
What a stunning catch out of nowhere....

Pakistan were off to a steady start through #AhmedShehzad and #Sarfaraz.
Both had blunted out the morning swing and the SA seamers weren't able to induce any breakthroughs. They were certainly concerned.

Then out of nowhere this happened.
#KyleAbbott got Shehzad to flick one in the air over #midwicket
Everyone thought it had clearly flown over the fielder for a #boundary.
Steyn patrolling the area swooped in and produced a stunning one handed dive.
Absolute stunner .... SA players swooped on him like footballers celebrate a goal.

Absolute beauty .. sight to behold.

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CWC 2015 LIVE - SA Win Toss - Pak To Bat

#SouthAfrica v #Pakistan, #EdenPark, #Auckland
7th Mar 2015

South Africa have won the toss and inserted Pakistan into bat.
This is the same pitch where the #Aus v #NewZealand classic unfolded last week. The morning swing conditions seems to have influenced that decision.
Also, teams chasing here do better than ones batting first.

This could be a blessing in disguise for Pakistan because they are particularly not good at chasing.
One positive change they've made. #Sarfaraz, the specialist #wicketkeeper, has been brought in place of #Jamshid. He will open the batting innings. Going by his reputation, this could be a positive move.

Game started

#Cricket #Live #Score
Pakistan: 20 for 0, 6.2 overs.
#Sarfaraz -10*
#Shehzad - 8*

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Friday 27 February 2015

CWC 2015 LIVE - Windies Lose Steam Chasing Massive 408 v SA

#SA v #WI, #LIVE at the #SCG
27th Feb 2015

Stunned and Blown away by a batting masterclass from ABcD of cricket (#ABDevilliers), Windies have floundered miserably in their run chase of 408.

#KyleAbbott removed their biggest threat #ChrisGayle in his first over, crashing his middle stumps.
The celebrations by SA after that wicket just showed how much that meant to them.

He then induced #Marlon Samuels to hit one down DeKock's throat for nought.

#MorneMorkel had #JamesCarter caught by #ABD for 10 (can you keep AB out the game for long?)

#ImranTahir, then induced a double breakthrough, claiming #DwayneSmith for 31 and trapping #LendlSimmons for nought.

West Indies 63 for 5.
#DeneshRamdin and #DarrenSammy at the crease.
End doesn't seem far away.

Windies left to lick their wounds.  

As it stands (assuming a SA victory),
Pool B - 4 teams at 4 points each now. This is getting exciting. 

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Sunday 22 February 2015

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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