Saturday, July 5, 2008

India to Play Sri Lanka In the Finals on Sunday

Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men are ready to take charge on the Sri Lankans at the Asia Cup final to be played in Karachi on Sunday 6 July. The confidence of the team is very high specially after Dhoni himself applauded the team's effort especially the openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. We hope that India team continues to spread its spark and wins the final in style.

Pakistan Thrashes Bangladesh in Asia Cup Last Meet

Pakistan thrashed the Bangladesh team in the Asia Cup to earn some respect in the eyes of the cricket fans. Both the teams had already been eliminated from the tournament and the match had nothing to loose for either sides except for respect. Brief Scores : Bangladesh 115 all out (38.2 overs). Iqbal 26, Kapali 17 : Rauf 3/24, Ajmal 2/19. Pakistan 116/0 (19.4 overs). Salman Butt 56 n.o., Jamshed 52 n.o.

Aussies Demolish West Indies in the 4th ODI

Australia staged a late innings fightback to seal a one-run victory and a 4-0 one-day series lead against the West Indies on Friday. The West Indies appeared to be cruising towards a victory target of 283 before Brett Lee and Nathan Bracken claimed a combined two for five in the 48th and 49th overs to put on the brakes. That left the unheralded duo of Darren Sammy and Dinesh Ramdin needing eight runs from Shane Watson's final over but they could manage just six and finished on 281 for six.
Opener Chris Gayle blasted four sixes and six boundaries in his 92 and he was supported by Ramnaresh Sarwan (63), with whom he shared a 137-run second wicket partnership, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (53).
Michael Hussey's sublime diving catch to dismiss debutant Shawn Findlay in the 48th over wrested much of the momentum back Australia's way.
When Chanderpaul fell to Bracken with the last ball of the 48th over, a target that had appeared attainable suddenly appeared distant.
A century partnership between Andrew Symonds and debutant David Hussey had guided Australia to a competitive total.
Symonds (87) and Hussey (50) added 127 runs in their fourth wicket stand.
Michael Clarke captained Australia for the first time in one-day international cricket after Ricky Ponting was sent home with a wrist injury. Source

Friday, July 4, 2008

Pakistan Ruled Out of the Asia Cup

After their victory in the triangular series held in Bangladesh, Pakistan team failed to qualify in the finals of Asia cup. India on Thursday night shattered Pakistan's hopes of reaching the Asia Cup final when they crushed defending champions Sri Lanka in a Super Four game by six wickets at the National Stadium. Despite of their good batting peformance they were led down by the bowlers. They had set a target of 309 runs to India which they achieved easily with 19 balls to spare.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

India Beat Sri Lanka in Asia Cup

After not so commendable fielding, team India finally managed to chase the target set by the Sri Lankans with 19 balls to spare. India won comprehensively by 6 wickets to reserve its place in the final of the Asia Cup. Thanks to the fireworks in the start of the innings that helped the tempo going. Brief Scores : Sri Lanka ; Kapugedra 75, Jayawardene 50, Silva 50, Jayasuria 43. Ishant 2/55, R. P. Singh 1/44. India ; Gambhir 68, Dhoni 67, Raina 54, Sehwag 42. Muralitharan 2/44, Kulasekara 1/71. Man of the Match : Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

India Lose To Pakistan in Asia Cup

Though India clicked off to a great start with the first wicket partnership of 88 runs and a solid partnership between Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rohit Sharma, India couldn't managed to win the game as Pakistan won convincingly by 8 wickets.
Brief Scores : India - 308/7 (50 overs). Dhoni 76, Rohit Sharma 58. Anjum 3/51, Rauf 2/66. Pakistan - 309/2 (45.2 overs). Younis 123 n.o., Misbah 70 n.o. Chawla 1/53.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Mahela Jayawardene On The Asia Cup

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene today said he has no complaints with the tight Asia Cup schedule as it was not a new thing in international cricket.
"I think in international cricket one has to be used to play such a tough schedule. Our players are fit and have been working hard and preparing for this tournament.
In fact it was much tougher conditions in Lahore, it is much better in Karachi," Jayawardene said.