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Aussie lose series!

Yes! Australia lost the ODI series to South Africa. THey lost the fourth ODI by 61 runs, losing the series 3-1! This is SA’s third consecutive series win over Australia – proving once and for all whose the better amongst the two! SA are now back on to their deserving no. 1 in ODI rankings!

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Hussey to miss IPL!

Michael Hussey has opted out of the five games he was to remain available for the Chennai Superkings (i.e. MY TEAM!)

He has cited his poor form and need to recharge his batteries with a break as the reasons! However, he will be available for selection if Superkings make it to the final and semifinal…

My take: I think it will be not be that a major thing. I mean he was crucial to the team last year but given his current form and confidence he is doing both the team and himself a world of good!

Hussey scored just 3 in what will be ultimately a humiliating defeat for the Aussies in the second one day against SA. Aus was bowled out for 131 (after 6-40 at one stage). As I press this, SA look well on their way at 87/2 in 17 odd overs

Scorecard on cricinfo

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India looking for series win

with a 531 run lead after day 3 and 5 wickets in hand, with main batsman (Bhajji and ZK!)still to come, India are looking all set to taking the match and the series with it! Yippee!

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Sports update: Cricket and F-1

Sunday was a ideal day for a sports fan like me. The all important fourth day of the India Vs NZ 2nd test in the morning followed by Formula 1 opening race!

First things first- Cricket: India finally drew the test!!! Thanks to a 642 minute enduring century from the surprisingly patient Gambhir! The innings that saved the test and hopefully which would enable us to win the series. Such was the patience that he did not score a single run (while on 83) for almost 12 overs! VVS showed us real class in his boundaries studded century (25 fours in his 125*) and so did Yuvi in his half century (54 off 63, 10 fours). And the patience game was ably supported by the Wall, Dravid (62) and Sachin (64). The partnership between Dravid and Gambhir (133 in 63 overs) is the best defensive batting display I have seen in a very long time. Who would have thought that India could have batted 6+ sessions to save the test match! A commendable feat indeed.

Formula 1: What a dramatic start to the season! It could not have been filled with more twists! Brawn GP scored a 1-2, the only third time in racing history by a debut team. Hamilton coming third after starting last on the grid. Actually Trulli was third but was dropped down later after a penalty for improper rear wing. That meant that the FORCE INDIA cars came in 9th and 11th! And if positions are further cut following the diffuser controversy, FI will get precious points!Ferrari continued their tradition of not scoring any points in the opening race. And feel sad for Vettel and Kubica. Two of the better drivers who should have got points but for their recklessness! And Kubica was not even on KERS!

Aditya writes about qualifying and the actual race in detail. I am thinking of writing more on rear diffusers and KERS soon…

And I am definitely not impressed by the current scoring pattern 😦

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India struggle in 2nd test

Well, 3 days are over and India are already following on. In response to mammoth 619 by NZ, INdia managed just 305. And worse, we lost Sehwag in the second innnigs too! Things looking bad already – its upto the famed batting to come out of the hole they have dug themselves. And Indian bowling again missed the knockout punches after reducing NZ 23-3 in first innings… a trend I am getting familiar with

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INDIA WIN FIRST TEST!!!

In another display of pure awesomeness, the Indian cricket team won the first test. Winning a test after a whopping 33yrs in NZ, team India look all set to win the three match series!

Harbhajan took 6 wickets to restrict NZ to 279 (again! wonder how many times that has happened?!). This left India with 39 to win which was chased down bya blazing Gambhir (30*, 6x4s) and surprisingly Dravid! (was hoping to see Sehwag actually). Tendulkar was man of the match for his 160. He donated the money to the Tiger conservation fund – a real nice gesture one must appreciate. Dhoni gave a classic post match interview in which he stated the importance of team contribution, finding the right length, taking the aggressive decision of bowling first. Overall a clean n professional performance – outclassing NZ in all respects. A well deserved win!

Final scoreboard

The next one in Napier also promises to be a batting delight… hopefully India will win that too…

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Day 2: India still in control!

India ended the second day at 278-4 with Tendulkar and Yuvraj at the crease. A Steady response i would say. India were a bit down on the run rate. But this can be duly appreciated to Vettori’s tactics and a pretty disciplined performance from the bowlers.

The morning started on a horrific note with sehwag (24) run out on a direct hit about 50 yards away. It was a risky run, had it not been a direct hit he would have made it. Some would call it foolish, some aggressive I would chose the term impatient. But thats that. The Indian batting too lacked the flair it usually has with all batsmen – Gambhir (72), Dravid (66), Laxman (30) and Tendulkar (70*) playing steady and dodgy innings. Some chances were gone begging including a dropped catch of Tendulkar. Gambhir had some luck as a 50-50 LBW decision went in his favour when he was on 6. Laxman was a victim of the second new ball. Martin took 2 wickets while O Brien castled Dravid with a brilliant delivery – hit nothing but the top of off-stump. Text book perfect!

But overall, Indian ship seems on course albeit a bit slow. The strategy should be to play out tomorrow entire day and make about 280+ and give NZ the bat on day 4 morning.

Scorecard

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