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Sunday 22 May 2016

IPL 2016 - Yusuf Powers KKR To Playoffs Thumping SRH


#KKR needing a MUST WIN match to progress toward #IPL2016 playoffs, played out of their skin to defeat (an already qualified) #SRH by 22 runs at #EdenGardens. On a tacky wicket that offered spin and bounce, they first posted a very competitive 171 (20 runs above par) and then their spinners strangled the SRH batsmen restricting them to 149 for 8.

Yusuf Pathan was undoubtedly the star of the show with his stoic innings. His role (as explained by #Gambhir in the match presentation) has been changed from brisk finisher to cool finisher. He takes his time, builds his innings and then explodes towards the end to guide his team through. He has done that a few times this season and this augurs well for #KKR as they head to the playoffs.

For #SRH, there are warning bells at the business end of the season. Their bowling (undoubtedly their better strength) looked jaded throughout, although they pulled it back in the last five overs. #Mustafizir is looking good, #Bhuvaneshwar and co. looked just OK and that's the area they need to watch out for. Batting remains a worry. Too much dependence on #Warner although #Dhawan did play a good knock today. Consistency seems to be lacking. #KaneWilliamson cannot explode but plays the holding game well. #Yuvraj has been on-off .. so bit of worry for #SRH and they need to really tighten up.

For #KKR, their #Spinners are coming good especially #SunilNarine who finished a fine spell today (3 for 26, his best this season so far). Others in #Piyush, #Yusuf playing their part well. Big loss in #Russell having to retire due to injury but all in all, they look in shape as they move to the qualifiers.

Man of the Match:
Yusuf Pathan

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Thursday 19 March 2015

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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Tuesday 10 March 2015

CWC 2015 LIVE - India Outclass Ireland - Remain Unbeaten in Pool B

#India v #Ireland, #SeddonPark, #Hamilton

The Ireland batsmen scored 259 all out batting first on a beautiful afternoon after winning the toss.
A good score for an associate nation against a giant ICC member. Having said that, they would have been disappointed scoring atleast 40 runs short given the stage they were placed at the end of 40th over. 206 for 3.

Once #RaviAshwin induced a top edge from Balbirnie, it was all downhill for Ireland as they wrapped up for 259 all out in 49 overs.

If Ireland were to challenge this mighty Indian batting lineup, they had to be special with the ball and fielding. Dropping #ShikharDhawan on 5 (#JohnMooney a caught-n-bowled chance) and then again on 11 (dropped at point) didnt help their matters as he waded into their dibbly attack immediately.

The opening pair of Dhawan and #RohitSharma took full control of the proceedings and dominated the military medium bowling easily. They put on a 174 run opening stand in 23.2 overs before Rohit was clean bowled by #StuartThompson for a well made 64. These runs were crucial for his confidence moving into key stage of this #CWC15.

Dhawan continued to build his innings and completed his second century of the world cup. Just when he was about to explode, Thompson got him to sky one over cover where #Portrfield took a fine catch.

#ViratKohli (44*) and #AjinkyaRahane (33*) then finished off the remaining runs in a hurry through some lusty hitting and aggressive display. This India inning sent out a clear statement to other heavyweights in the competition. The fluency and clinical efficiency shown by team India to dispatch Ireland will send strong signals about their claims to retain the world crown.

Ireland - 259 all out, 49 overs
India - 260 for 2, 36.5 overs 

Man of the Match: #ShikharDhawan
Why does it have to be a batsman? I'd certainly liked to see #RaviAshwin winning that prize!

Sunday 22 February 2015

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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Sunday 15 February 2015

CWC 2015 - Ind Beats Pak At Adelaide - Champions For India

Champions of #India's Historic win against #Pakistan at #Adelaide #CWC 2015

#Shikhar Dhawan​ - set the foundation with a un-Dhawan like innings - risk free and lot of patience. My man of the match really.

#Virat Kohli​ - got back into form and took to the Pak bowlers with usual disdain and touch of arrogance. Did most of the two chances he got.

#Suresh Raina​ - capitalized brilliantly on a solid platform and took the game away from Pak with his power hitting

#MS Dhoni​ - marshalled his troops well in this crunch game and on back of a some poor cricket over last three months. Press, media and supporters, including me, were gunning for his throat. His personal form is still a worry but this CWC needs Dhoni more as India captain than batsman.

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