Kolkata Knight Riders showed more character than perhaps the first two seasons put together to survive early blows by oldies Chaminda Vaas and Adam Gilchrist at the start of each innings. First Angelo Mathews and Owais Shah added 130 runs from 31 for 4 to put up a fighting total. Their effort was going in vain with Gilchrist rushing towards the target, but all the bowlers pulled their game up to take regular wickets and allow Deccan Chargers only 51 runs in the last nine overs. Kolkata scored 58 in their last four. Live score here and more update please visit here
Friday, March 12, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Sensible batting by the Bangladesh middle order - led by Mohammad Ashraful's workmanlike fifty - aided a recovery after a top-order collapse, to help the hosts post 260 for 7. The openers had given Bangladesh the momentum to pile on a challenging score before they hit the self-destruct button to hand the initiative over to Sri Lanka. But from thereon, Bangladesh slowly but surely swam to safety through dogged resistance to give their bowlers something to bowl at on a decent strip for batting.
The bulk of the fireworks were reserved for the slog overs, when the batting Powerplay was taken, before a frenetic final over which leaked 20 runs. Ashraful's 75 was significant mainly because it kept the Sri Lankans at bay, helped the innings last the entire 50 overs and with wickets in hand, Naeem Islam had the freedom to smack it around and take the score past 250.
An opening stand of 65 between Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes set the platform for that kind of score but the script changed a little before the middle order redressed the balance. A familiar weakness returned to haunt them - the inability to sustain their concentration for long periods. The result was a passage of play gifted to the Sri Lankans, during which four wickets fell for nine runs.
The half-century opening stand was only their 28th in 212 games. The slide began when Imrul Kayes - who attempted several on-side whips during his stint - fetched a short delivery from Nuwan Kulasekara from off stump and top edged to Thilan Samaraweera running forward from fine leg. At the other end, Tamim batted like he was in control of his instincts but perished to an irresponsible shot, advancing to Tillakaratne Dilshan and miscuing the loft to mid-off. Article by Cricinfo
An attritional first two sessions gave way to an explosive finale as first Mohammad Yousuf and later Umar Akmal helped propel Pakistan to an imposing 204-run first innings lead. Their frenetic efforts capitalised on the 109-run opening stand of Imran Farhat and Salman Butt as Pakistan advanced to 9 for 331 at stumps, having displayed greater discipline and match-awareness than their Australian counterparts the previous day.
The tourists endured a testing opening to the second day in gloomy, seaming conditions, but brightened in line with the weather over the course of the afternoon. Yousuf provided an immediate lift to procedings by adding 27 runs in the space of 28 deliveries in the period leading to tea, while Akmal made his skipper look relatively pedestrian by striking five boundaries from his first seven deliveries faced en route to a 48-ball innings of 49.
That Yousuf and Akmal fell short of half-centuries was due partly to Pakistan's penchant for attacking strokeplay in the final session and partly to the persistence of the Australian bowlers. Having been provided little to work with by their batsmen, Australia's attack stuck to their task admirably and were rewarded with seven final-session wickets, many caught in the deep as Pakistan sought quick runs. Article by Cricinfo
Morne Morkel once again extracted England's linchpin, Andrew Strauss, before Dale Steyn burst back to form with two wickets in three balls including Kevin Pietersen for a duck, as South Africa responded to the loss of their last four wickets in 17 balls by claiming three massive wickets in reply, to leave England tottering on 63 for 3 by lunch on the second day at Newlands.
In a breathless morning session, ball dominated bat to an extravagant extent despite clear blue skies overhead, leaving England indebted to the calm obduracy of their Durban centurion, Alastair Cook, who once again left with great discipline outside off stump to instil a measure of order to a crazy wicket-strewn session. By lunch he was unbeaten on 27 from 57 balls, with Paul Collingwood digging in alongside him on 14. Article by Cricinfo
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
The 2-1 scoreline is not unexpected given the way India have pushed Sri Lanka to the brink in all but one game - a Twenty20 - played in the limited-overs leg of the tour. But now, with the home team missing two match-winners, a hurting Sri Lanka have a realistic chance of leveling the series.
This will be the first time since MS Dhoni's debut in 2004 that India play an ODI without him and Yuvraj Singh. Dhoni has often said that missing Yuvraj is a big blow, so how India cope with the loss of their captain and best batsman in ODIs in addition to Yuvraj will be crucial.
But there is always fear - especially among bowlers - of another injury around the corner. Three of them have shouldered the burden of carrying their respective attacks: for the hosts, the experienced duo of Harbhajan Singh (187.2 overs bowled so far) and comeback man Zaheer Khan (131) are in need of breaks. On the other hand, Sri Lanka thrust the rookie Chanaka Welegedara (126 overs) into the forefront on his first major series and he will be longing for a breather at the business end of a testing tour. This is the start of another busy season for India and there isn't much time to think ahead. Wrapping up the series in Kolkata will allow India to rest weary players ahead of the Bangladesh tour starting January 4. Sri Lanka also feature in the tri-series that kicks off that tour but, needing to win both their remaining matches in India, cannot afford the luxury of rotation.
The pitch, one that's expected to play slow and low in the latter half, will favour India's spinners who found rhythm and confidence in Cuttack. Chilly temperatures, the dew factor and a slow-paced track mean that the bowlers will need to produce another special performance. With bitter cold and early morning fog expected to have a telling impact in Delhi, the venue for the fifth match, India will be keen to wrap up the series here. Article by Cricinfo