Saturday, August 16, 2008

Yuvraj Singh Shines In The Warm Up One Day Match Against Sri Lanka XI

India vice captain, Yuvraj Singh who played a scintillating knock of 172 said that, facing Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis will not be easy and India will have to do very well to win the upcoming one-dayers against the Sri Lanka team. On his injured back Yuvi said " Better now, so hopefully i'll be fully fit before the first match. I didn't have any problems running, after scoring 25-30, the body was getting fatigued, which was nothing unusual for a batsman batting at that position.
Brief Scores : India 342/5 (50 overs), Sri Lanka XI 250/6 (50 overs)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Patriotic Dhoni Gets Emotional

A proud player to lead his country, India ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni recalled how he would attend the Independence Day function at his school every year.
"That is a moment (of freedom) which we should enjoy. In reality we realise what its importance was. We should remember those who contributed (for India's Independence)." said Dhoni.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Mahela Jayawardene On Working Harder

Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene today said his team have gained in confidence after winning the Test series and would make sure that they did the right things in the ODIs against India as well. "We are very confident about the way we are playing. We are developing a young group of players to take over and senior guys are doing a great job. We just need to be working hard. Just make sure that we do all the things right". Jayawardene had not given much thought to the role of Ajantha Mendis against India because winning was important not an individual of a team.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Mahendra Singh Dhoni Respects The Seniors

India ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who gave the Test series a miss but is returning to lead the team in the shorter version of the game said that experienced players should be more accountable than other members of the team in the Tests. " You cannot ask a Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, V.V.S. Laxman or Anil Kumble to prove their credentials", said Dhoni. The player from Jharkhand refused there was a need of separate sets of cricketers for Tests and the 50-50 or Twenty 20 matches. "Not at all. A player can be good in ODIs and Tests and T20 as well. Look at Virender Sehwag or Gautam Gambhir."

Monday, August 11, 2008

India v Sri Lanka 3rd Test, Day 4

What a contrast ? The day began with Chandigarh da munda Abhinav Bindra's golden shot in Beijing and thousands of miles away ended with a big defeat for Team India at Colombo. Despite of their poor performance Team India is not willing to accept the fact that the Sri Lankan bowlers were a bit difficult to play. Kumble is one of the team members who still denies the fact that the man of the series Ajantha Mendis was a mystery Spinner.
Brief Scores : India 1st innings 249. SL 1st innings 396. India 2nd innings 268. SL 2nd innings 123/2.

England v South Africa 4th Test, Day 5

Kevin Peiterson celebrated his first Test as England captain with a consolation 6-wicket victory over South Africa in the fourth and final Test at The Oval. Andrew Flintoff hot the winning runs with a straight six as he and Paul Collingwood steered the home side to victory.
Brief Scores : SA 1st innings 194, England 1st innings 316, SA 2nd innings 318, England 2nd innings 198/4. Cook 67, Strauss 58. Bowling Ntini 2/55, Harris 2/56.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

India v Sri Lanka 3rd Test, Day 3

India were desperately struggling to save the series deciding third and final Test at 161 for 5 just managing to wipe out the deficit in their second innings against Sri Lanka on the third day.With half of their batsmen back in the pavilion, Indians managed only a 14-run lead.
Brief Scores : India 1st innings 249, SL 1st innings 396 all out (134.2 overs) Sangakkara 144, P. Jayawardene 49. Bowling Harbhajan 3/104, Zaheer 3/105. India 2nd innings 161/5 (45 overs) Dravid 46 n.o., Sehwag 34. Bowling Mendis 2/39, Prasad 2/46.

England v South Africa 4th Test, Day 4

A.B. De Villiers scored 97 to give South Africa an outside chance of winning the fourth and the final Test between England and South Africa at the Oval. England faced eight balls without adding a run or losing a wicket before rain brought the day to a premature close. After attacking most of the match Pieterson deployed a defensive field for De Villiers.
Brief Scores : SA 1st innings 194, Eng 1st innings 316, SA 2nd innings 318 all out (99.2 overs) De Villiers 97, Amla 76. Bowling Broad 3/44, Panesar 2/37.