Showing posts with label ODI. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ODI. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Australia wins 4th ODI by 25 runs, leads India 4-0

Kane Richardson took five wickets, including four in his last four overs, as Australia held on to beat India by 25 runs on Wednesday and extend its lead to 4-0 with one match remaining in the limited-overs international series.

Aaron Finch made 107 and David Warner returned from paternity leave to score 93 as Australia posted a total of 348-8 after winning the toss and batting.
India was coasting at 277-1 in reply in the 38th over but lost its last nine wickets for 46 runs, with Richardson taking 4-16 in a match-turning spell and returning 5-68 for the innings.

Shikhar Dhawan scored 126 and Virat Kohli added 106, the pair sharing a 212-run partnership for the second wicket and seemingly setting India on course for a victory, until the dramatic late collapse ended with the visitors all out for 323 in 49.2 overs.
The pattern of the series changed slightly on Wednesday; India batted first in each of the first three matches and lost.

Finch reached his seventh ODI century from 97 balls. It was his first against India and his second at Manuka Oval in the Australian capital.
Warner was the main aggressor in a blazing beginning by the Australian openers who rushed to 40-0 after five overs.
Warner was out in the 30th over when he chopped a ball from Ishant Sharma onto his middle stump.

Finch was out when Australia was 221-2 in the 38th over after he and Mitchell Marsh had added only 34 runs in 8.4 overs. The opener reached 100 with a single from his 97th delivery, two years after his first century at Manuka Oval against South Africa.

Finch was finally caught off Umesh Yadav, skying a pull shot to Ishant Sharma at mid-on.
Finch's power-hitting claimed one notable casualty. In the 17th over, his straight drive hit English umpire Richard Kettleborough on the right leg and Kettleborough was forced to retire from the match. He was replaced by Australia's Paul Wilson.
Steve Smith hit the ball powerfully from the outset and reached his 50 from 27 balls.
The Australians lost 5-37 to lose momentum before Glenn Maxwell hit 41 from 20 balls with six fours and a six, falling to the last ball of the innings.

The fifth match will be played in Sydney on Saturday.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Dhoni denies Indian batsmen are selfish

India captain MS Dhoni rejects claims that his batsmen have been 'milestone driven' in the ODI series against Australia

Have India's batsmen been guilty of putting self above team in the ongoing ODI series? MS Dhoni rejects the idea outright but Glenn Maxwell feels it is no secret that "some people are milestone driven". Dhoni lamented his side's sloppy fielding and inconsistent bowling after they suffered a three-wicket loss at the MCG on Sunday night.
However, pundits have also been critical of the side's supposedly sluggish batting in the series.

India have posted totals of 3-309, 8-308 and 6-295, but many feel they could have all been bigger totals if the tourists had attacked more in the middle overs.

Dhoni became defensive when asked if the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma had batted selfishly while approaching tons. "No, certainly not. I don't think so," Dhoni said.
"Don't ask me to elaborate, the statistics are with you."

Maxwell was more forthright when asked about the approach of some of India's batsmen when three figures beckoned.

"They were probably just making sure they got to a milestone. Some people are milestone driven, some people aren't," he said.
"If you're milestone driven and it means that much to you, then go for it. "But it's not been something that's really driven me too much. Each to their own." Maxwell added it would be wrong to criticise India after a much-improved performance with bat and ball in Melbourne.

"They played really well today. I thought everything clicked for them on a pretty difficult wicket," he said. Dhoni was frustrated to have already lost the five-match series and put the heat on his pacemen after losses in Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne.
 "There will be conflict of interest if I start reviewing my performance ... as the skipper," he said.

"You have to see that more than the series win - what really is happening. "What are the segments where we are lacking and where we can improve as a team because it is not about the leader. "It's the fast bowlers, how at times they give away those easy boundaries and that in turn puts a lot of pressure."

Dhoni suggested a "lack of concentration" was behind some terrible fielding errors that proved decisive in the tight MCG contest. "When your best fielders make mistakes you can't blame it on fielding practice," he said.

Monday, January 18, 2016

One captain for all 3 formats - Sri Lanka to adpot soon

Once again the national cricket team will adopt the one captain policy instead of one captain for the Test and ODIs and a separate captain for the T-20 segments. In all possibility this change would happen before the Lankan team tours India for a short three T-20 match series from February 6 to 16.

A spokesman for SLC told the Sunday Times "Yes, we have taken a decision on these lines, but, still we have not got the executive committee sanction for it. " The spokesman said "We do not see any special reason that we should have a separate captain for the T-20 segment. If the national captain is good enough to lead the other two segments why shouldn't he captain the T-20 team also?"
In February 2014, when Angelo Mathews was named to succeed Mahela Jayawardena in his second coming as the national captain, Dinesh Chandimal was named the captain of the T-20 segment. However just prior to the T-20 World Cup that was played in Sri Lanka in Bangladesh in 2014, Chandimal who faced a sudden slump in his batting form was dropped and fast bowler Lasith Malinga was named as stop-gap captain.
In the last T-20 series which Sri Lanka lost to New Zealand 2-0 Chandimal was named as captain after Malinga was out of the series through injury. Meanwhile the much flaunted Zonal Tournament would be stillborn barring the Zonal T-20 tournament which already is in the pipeline.
At the end of the Premier League 3 day tournament, the Super league which was to be played for the duration of only three days would be extended for four days, thus shelving the zonal tournament.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Cricket's conqueror Sachin Tendulkar

For the third time in less than a year, Sachin Tendulkar came within striking distance of an ODI double hundred at Gwalior. He reached his hundred in the 28th Over off 90 deliveries, and took a further 57 to reach 200. It could have been better - his last 10 runs took him 10 balls, but even so, he made 200 not out in 147 balls out of a possible 300 available to the team. This was the ultimate demonstration of the logic that the best player in the side should have the chance to play the full 50 overs.

Tendulkar has passed 150 in an ODI game 5 times now - 186 v New Zealand, 152 v Namibia, 163 v New Zealand, 175 v Australia and now 200 v South Africa. He has made 93 international hundreds, and going by the landscape of International Cricket today, we are living in special times - what with Mutthiah Muralitharan and Sachin Tendulkar both on the anvil of unbelievable international milestones - 800 Test wickets and 50 Test hundreds respectively.

Tendulkar's career has seen a revival tremendous revival since the 2007 World Cup. He has made 2779 Test runs in 31 Tests with 12 centuries, at 59.12, while in ODIs he has made 2751 runs in 57 games at 51.2. He has reached at least 50 in 23 out of 54 Test innings, while in ODIs the figure is 21 times in 54 innings. He has made two centuries and a ninety in grand finals, and now, has made an ODI double hundred. Nobody has made more Test hundreds than Tendulkar since the 2007 World Cup (even though many have played more games), and only Mahela Jayawardene has made more Test runs. Only MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh have made more ODI runs than Tendulkar in this period (even though he has played only 58 games to 92 and 84 by Dhoni and Yuvraj respectively) and only Gautam Gambhir and Ricky Ponting (6 each) have made more ODI centuries. For a player whose career went into seemingly terminal decline between the 2003 and 2007 World Cups, this has been an astonishing revival. Tendulkar has remained largely injury free in this period and has flourished thanks in no small part to a very healthy team environment - first under Rahul Dravid, then Anil Kumble and now M S Dhoni.

This was an innings, in style and in essence that Tendulkar could not have played in an earlier phase of his career. There was a Laraesque flourish to some of his strokeplay, as well as a Richardsesque brutality. The bowler's line and length was what he - Sachin Tendulkar, decided it was. He pierced the off-side ring at will, hit the straight boundary with great ease, and when it came to making a choice between cover and mid-wicket, it seemed to depend only on his mood.

The ODI 200 could have been reached in many ways. It could have been reached by a brutally powerful slogger having the day of his life, or it could have been achieved in desperation - by say Herschelle Gibbs had he made 25 more runs (the way he was playing it would have taken him merely 5 or 6 strokes). Instead it was somewhat fitting that it was achieved with a degree of certainty, by a man who has gotten close more often and more frequently than any other player in history. The milestone has well and truly been achieved - in the sense, that not only has Tendulkar done it, he has done it in a way which makes it possible to imagine that it could happen again. For it was an innings in which all the parts came together - it was perfectly paced and it made full use of the rules - 33 runs in the batting powerplay. This was no freak occurence. This was just around the corner, especially if you consider the man's form in the last 12 months. He retired hurt on 163 at the end of the 45th over at Christchurch, and was out for 175 off the first ball of the 48th over at Hyderabad.

It was a question of when and not if. That has now been answered. But just consider how terribly toothless the fast bowlers were. This attack included the world's best fast bowler today - Dale Steyn, who has a Test record which is superior to any bowler in Test Match history with around 200 Test wickets or more (Barnes excepted). We don't even talk about bowlers being taken to pieces nowadays. That is a given.

There will come a time when less worthy batsmen reach these milestones. What does that say about these batting-centric rules?

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