Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Dubai Sports City to host ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier

Dubai Sports City to host ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier
Dubai Sports City is to host the International Cricket Council’s World Twenty20 Qualifier in February, it has been announced.

Dubai International Cricket Stadium, which is part of the $5bn Dubai Sports City development, will now host 11 out of 17 qualifying matches in the UAE, including six group stage matches, four Super Four matches, and the series event final.

The ICC WT20 Qualifier involves two groups of four teams with Ireland, Scotland, Afghanistan and the USA making up Group A while Kenya, the Netherlands, Canada and the UAE will make up Group B.

The winners from both groups will qualify for a place in the ICC World Twenty20 to be staged in Barbados, Guyana and St. Lucia in the West Indies in April and May.

The Dubai International Cricket Stadium opened in April 2009 and the ICC Global Cricket Academy is part of Dubai Sports City’s Academies Campus, which is due to open in the first quarter of 2010.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Dhoni receives ICC Test Championship mace

Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was awarded the Test Championship mace from International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat, after leading his team to the pinnacle of ICC Test rankings.

India jumped from third in the rankings to displace South Africa at the top by clinching a 2-0 series victory over Sri Lanka.

Australia and South Africa have previously been the number one since the inception of the rankings in 2001.

"Well, it's proud moment as I said. It's not something that you achieve in 15 days' time, or couple of months' time. You have to play consistently well over a period of time to be the number one ranked team in the world. So that's why I feel it's a very special achievement for team India," Dhoni told reporters here on Sunday.

He also expressed confidence that his team would be able to hold on to the number one position for long and would be playing four test matches next year.

"I think there are quite a few other test matches that are getting proposed so I don't think we'll be short of test matches. Of course, at the same time, we have to see what time we have got, because FTPs (Future Tours Programme) are scheduled well in advance, and if you don't have a tournament, and if you try to fix a test series in between two series, it gets really tough on players so we should abide by whatever has been fixed. But at the same time, I think we have quite a few test matches coming. I am also not 100 percent sure about it but I think we'll play more than four," he said.

The Indian team is scheduled to play only two Tests -- against Bangladesh in January - over the next 11 months. A proposal is now being considered to include two Tests during South Africa's tour of the country in February.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Tendulkar Guides India To Comfortable Cuttack Victory

India 242-3 (Tendulkar 96no, Sehwag 46) beat Sri Lanka 239 (Tharanga 73, Jadeja 4-32) by seven wickets.

India moved into a 2-1 series lead over Sri Lanka after a majestic innings from Sachin Tendulkar steered them to a comfortable seven-wicket win in the third One-Day International in Cuttack.

Sri Lanka failed to capitalise on an excellent start as they were bowled out for 239 and Tendulkar was unbeaten on 96 as India reached their victory target in 42.4 overs.

Yuvraj Singh returned from injury as Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat first and belligerent innings of 73 from Upul Tharanga and 41 from Tillakaratne Dilshan appeared to be setting the stage for another score of at least 300, but India hit back, left-arm spinner Ravi Jadeja picking up figures of four for 32.

Dilshan's charge was ended when he edged a pull shot to be caught by Dinesh Karthik off Ashish Nehra and Sri Lanka paid the penalty for loading their side with bowlers as they collapsed from 165 for two to be all out in 44.2 overs.

Jadeja returned the best figures by an Indian spinner at the ground by dismissing Tharanga, who faced 81 balls, Chamara Kapugedera (15), Nuwan Kulasekara (10) and Ajantha Mendis (6).

Kumar Sangakkara made a stylish 46 but there was precious little from the rest of the batting as the Indians recovered from a poor start to take control of the game, Ishant Sharma and Ashish Nehra both returning two wickets.

Yuvraj, who missed the first two matches due to a hand injury, replaces Virat Kohli in the Indian line-up which shows two other changes from the last match in Nagpur.

Banned Mahendra Singh Dhoni is replaced behind the stumps by Karthik and as captain by Virender Sehwag while Praveen Kumar is left out in favour of Sharma.

Kulasekara returns for Sri Lanka at the expense of Suranga Lakmal while the absence of Angelo Mathews through injury means the tourists have opted to load their team with bowlers, Lasith Malinga returning.

Malinga was the last man to fall when he was bowled attempting an expansive drive off Nehra having made 13.

Sehwag then matched and surpassed Dilshan by smashing 46 in 28 balls to get India's run-chase off to an exciting start, the captain hitting nine fours before cutting Chanaka Welagedara into the hands of Dilshan, who clung on at the second attempt at gulley.

Tendulkar then added 72 with Gautam Gambhir, who made 32, for the second wicket as the runs continued to flow easily and it took a superb return catch by off-spinner Suraj Randiv to get rid of Gambhir and although Yuvraj Singh edged Welagedara to Sangakkara for 23, Tendulkar's progerss was unstoppable.

He unleashed a number of trademark cover drives and wristy flicks through the leg-side to assert his dominance on a flagging Sri Lankan attack and keep India in complete control.

Karthik hurried India towards victory with an unbeaten 36 in 32 balls, including the winning runs, a flick for four on the leg-side that beat Sangakkara that not only denied Sri Lanka the win, but also denied Tendulkar a century - for the first time in ODIs, he finished the match unbeaten in the 90s.

Welagedara was again the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers and he finished with two for 35 while Randiv's economical spell saw him finish with one for 33 but of concern to Sri Lanka was the lack of either control or penetration from Kulasekara, Malinga and Mendis, who between them conceded 169 runs in 26.4 overs for no wickets.

The fourth match of five is in Kolkata on 24th December.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Ind vs SL 3rd ODI live

Ind vs SL 3rd ODI live at Cuttack will start at 2:30pm today. Currently both team are equal in the series and having 1 point each. The major fact about today’s game will be the absence of India Captain MS Dhoni, who is banned for two matches due to slow over rate in previous ODI.

In SL team Angelo Mathews will be missing who helped Sri Lanka to win 2nd ODI due to his injured leg. Thissara Perera will replace him in 3rd Ind vs SL ODI. Yuvraj can join the squad by replacing Virat Kohli as he seems fit and can make middle order strong in the absence of MS Dhoni.

The major issue for India is still the fielding. The figure become twice in the previous match of loosing catches. Dinesh Kartik is going to replace MS Dhoni. There are also some chances of changes in bowling and Ishant can replace Praveen Kumar.

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India Team: V. Sehwag (captain), S. Tendulkar, G. Gambhir, Y. Singh/V. Kohli, S. Raina, D. Karthik (wicket keeper), .R. Jadeja, H. Singh, Z. Khan, I. Sharma, A. Nehra.

Sri Lanka Team: U. Tharanga, T. Dilshan, K. Sangakkara (captain & wicket keeper), M. Jayawardene, T. Kandamby, S. Jayasuriya, S. Randiv, N. Kulasekara/S. Lakmal, A. Mendis, C. Welegedara, L. Malinga.

India vs Sri Lanka 2rd ODI live cricket score can be seen in the right side bar of our website. Neo Cricket and DD National (Doordarshan) channel will show live match on TV in India. Willow Tv and CricketNirvana will provide paid live cricket stream of India vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI today.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Ind vs Sl 2nd ODI cricket live score, latest updates

Team India has a good record at the Nagpur stadium against Sri Lanka, with India having played 12 ODIs here and winning 6 of them. Latest news, updates is that Yuvraj won't be playing today. Check out for Cricket live score.

India Vs Srilanka 2nd ODI will be played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur, after the match was shifted from Vizag due to the Telangana issue in Andhra Pradesh. The Ind vs Sl 2nd ODI will start at 2:30pm IST and the match can be seen live on Neo Channel and DD National (Doordarshan). Cricket Nirvana and Willow TV will show the online live cricket streaming of the 2nd ODI between India and Sri Lanka.

The men in blue, Team India won the 1st ODI against Sri Lanka in Rajkot by just 3 runs. With India already winning the 1st ODI and taking a 1-0 lead in the 5 ODI match series, Sri Lanka would very much want to bounce back strongly and thus level the series 1-1.

The Nagpur pitch is the same pitch where the Sri Lanka scored over 200 runs in the 1st T20 runs, which they won by 29 runs. However, Sri Lanka would be under pressure as they won’t be having Muttiah Murlidharan and Dilhara Fernando in the playing eleven, because of injury. Sangakkara would be hoping that his good form with the bat continues and would even want Dilshan and Jayasuriya to give them a solid start.

Yuvraj Singh would also be not playing in the 2nd ODI as he is down with flu. However, Sehwag has been declared fit and would be playing in today’s match. MS Dhoni who is in a good form, would again want Sehwag and Tendulkar to fire at the top.

Team India has a good record at the Nagpur stadium against Sri Lanka, with India having played 12 ODIs here and winning 6 of them. On the other hand the Sri Lankan’s have played 3 matches and have faced defeat in all of them.

The toss would be crucial in the 2nd odi between Ind and Sl as it’s a day night affair and the dew factor would come into play in the second half of the cricket match. However, one need not be surprised if the captain winning the toss, opts to field first.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

ICC Confirms 2011 World Cup Groupings

ICC Confirms 2011 World Cup Groupings
The International Cricket Council (ICC) Board members have finalised the groups for the 2011 World Cup, which will be held in Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.

The 14-team tournament sees the competing nations split into two groups - reigning champions Australia are joined in Group A by Pakistan, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, Canada and Kenya with Group B comprising India, South Africa, England, the West Indies, Bangladesh, Ireland and the Netherlands. The top four sides from each group will then progress to a straight knockout stage of quarter-finals, semi-finals and then the final.

On the final day of their two-day board meeting in Johannesburg, the board also approved the schedule for the 2010 ICC Under-19 World Cup, which was recently shifted from Kenya to New Zealand and a working group was set up to analyse other sport and entertainment products in order to continue to enhance and improve the promotion of cricket.

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat will chair this group which will include representatives from each Full Member country.

Day one of the meeting saw Principal Advisor IS Bindra encourage Full Members to play competitive cricket in developing countries, notably the USA and China and a draft proposal of a new Future Tours Programme was approved in principle.

A new and enhanced ICC Code of Conduct, Anti-Corruption and Anti-Racism was unanimously approved on day one.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Katich, Watson, Hussey Keep Australia In Charge

Australia 339-3 (Katich 99, Watson 89, Hussey 81no) v West Indies.

Half-centuries from Simon Katich, Shane Watson and Michael Hussey enabled Australia to have the better of the opening day of the third and final Test against the West Indies in Perth.

Katich fell one short of a century, Watson made 89 and Hussey was unbeaten on 81 as they closed on an imposing score of 339 for three.

However, that was tempered by the loss of Ricky Ponting, who had to retire hurt on 23 having been hit on the arm by fast bowler Kemar Roach and the cheap dismissal of Michael Clarke, for 11.

Katich and Watson put on 132 for the first wicket but both would fall within sight of centuries, Katich out for 99 for the second time in his Test career when he was caught by Roach off Sulieman Benn, after Roach had Watson caught by Denesh Ramdin.

Clarke was caught by Chris Gayle off Narsingh Deonarine, who replaces the injured Shivnarine Chanderpaul in the side. Adrian Barath also misses out with Travis Dowlin back in the side and Gavin Tonge making his debut in place of Darren Sammy.

Clinton McKay makes his debut, replacing Peter Siddle, for Australia, who lead the series 1-0.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sri Lanka Fined For Slow Over-Rate In Second T20

SriLankaSri Lanka have been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the second and final Twenty20 International against India in Mohali.

Kumar Sangakkara's men were beaten by six wickets in the match, after Virender Sehwag (64) and Yuvraj Singh (60 not out) helped India draw the series.

As captain, Sangakkara was fined 40 percent of his match fee because his side were deemed to be two overs short of their target and the rest of his players were fined 20 percent.

“Kumar was kept informed throughout the match by the on-field umpires of where his team was with its over-rate. Under the revised code of conduct, Sri Lanka was very close to being three overs behind and charged for a Serious Over Rate Offence which would have resulted in its captain being suspended in the next two ODIs," match referee Jeff Crowe confirmed.

The two sides now meet in the first of five One-Day International on 15th December in Rajkot and the second match, on 18th December, has been moved from Visakapatnam to Nagpur due to security issues.

Friday, December 11, 2009

England's Batsmen Find Form In East London

England's Batsmen Find Form In East LondonEngland's batsmen used their penultimate match-day before the Test series against South Africa by scoring useful runs in East London against a South African Invitational XI.

Andrew Strauss (100), Alastair Cook (52) and Jonathan Trott (50) all retired before Kevin Pietersen was dismissed for 71 as England reached stumps on day one of the two-day game on 317 for five.

Strauss and Cook added 101 for the first wicket before Cook, who scored 81 in the first match against the same opposition, retired at lunch and Strauss went on to reach three figures before returning to the dressing room.

Trott overcame a slow start to reach 50 in 135 balls before he too stepped down but Pietersen, who had already reached his half-century, continued, and his 71 came in 101 deliveries with 12 fours before he was caught.

Ian Bell made just eight before he was the only other England batsman to be genuinely dismissed which left Matthew Prior, who made 19, and Luke Wright, who hit one, to reach stumps with England five down.

The first of four Tests against South Africa begins on 16th December at Centurion Park and the match is being seen as a final chance for fast bowlers James Anderson and Ryan Sidebottom to prove their fitness after suffering with knee and side injuries respectively.

Graham Onions, Mark Davies and Paul Collingwood sit the game out as Wright, Anderson and Sidebottom play.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Sangakkara Leads Sri Lanka To Twenty20 Victory

Sangakkara Leads Sri Lanka To Twenty20 VictorySri Lanka 215-5 (Sangakkara 78) beat India 186-9 (Gambhir 55, Jayasuriya 2-19) by 29 runs.

Kumar Sangakkara thumped 78 in 37 balls as Sri Lanka charged to a 29-run win over India in the opening Twenty20 International in Nagpur.

Sangakkara's brilliant innings helped his side score 215 for five before India hit 186 for nine in reply, Gautam Gambhir top scoring with 55 before their innings fell away dramatically.

The ICC may rate India as the world's best Test team but the way in which Sri Lanka played suggested that they don't rate their Twenty20 attack too much and India conceded more runs than they had ever done before which was no more than they deserved given a truly appalling fielding display.

Onlookers can be forgiven for losing count of the chances put down and sloppy misfields that gave Sri Lanka extra runs but Sangakkara was in outstanding touch, hitting 11 fours and two sixes and he was backed up by innings of 47 in 20 balls from Chamara Kapugedera and 34 in 33 balls from Tillakaratne Dilshan.

Both Dilshan and Jayasuriya (26) were dropped early on before debutant Ashok Dinda had the latter caught, but only just, at third man by Ishant Sharma, who was responsible for putting down Dilshan, having at least five attempts at a caught and bowled that was grassed.

Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene (9) were bowled by Rohit Sharma and Yusuf Pathan respectively and after Sangakkara pulled out all the strokes with brutal drives, powerful reverse sweeps and some delicate touches, he was run out from the final ball of the innings.

India got off to a wonderful start with Virender Sehwag thumping 26 in 14 balls and the fluent Gambhir 55 in just 26 deliveries, bringing up his 50 in 19 balls, the second quickest in history.

However, after he was bowled by Angelo Mathews with the score on 93, India went into freefall, losing five wickets in 22 balls and whereas India were a shambles in the field, Sri Lanka were assured, taking the chances that mattered as Mahendra Singh Dhoni (9), Yuvraj Singh (6), Rohit Sharma (3), Yusuf Pathan (0) and Suresh Raina (21) swiftly joined Gambhir and Sehwag in the pavilion.

Some lusty blows from Dinda (19) and Ashish Nehra (22) never seriously threatened to get India back into the game but they might have done had they performed better in the field. Sanath Jayasuriya and Mathews both returned two wickets.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Gayle Hold the day in single hand

Chris Gayle
West Indies captain Chris Gayle's first test hundred against Australia gave his team a 296-run lead with a day remaining in the second test.

No team has made more than 239 in the fourth innings to win an Adelaide test and if Gayle doesn't declare overnight, Australia might need to beat the all-time record of 315.

The West Indies finished at 8 for 284 with Gayle, who batted throughout the day, on 155 and Ravi Rampaul yet to score after Sulieman Benn skied a catch in the final over off Mitchell Johnson.

A draw remains the most likely result, especially with the possibility of some final-day showers, but Gayle at least significantly slashed the odds of West Indies going 2-0 down with one match to play, reports Cricinfo.

Following Australia's innings victory inside three days in Brisbane, Gayle and the team management kept their players in the dressing rooms for a long discussion, during which they resolved that the same result could not be allowed to happen again.

Dwayne Bravo, Brendan Nash, Benn and Kemar Roach have all stood up in Adelaide and on the fourth day it was the captain's turn to lead from the front. A late challenge from Johnson, who snared Bravo and Denesh Ramdin in one over on the way to 4 for 85, couldn't mask the fact that for most of the day Australia's bowling lacked bite. West Indies could have accelerated quicker in the final session to increase the pressure on the hosts but they remain in a strong position thanks to their captain.

It was an innings of uncharacteristic restraint from Gayle, who for most of the day resisted his urges to hit over the top, and instead scored most of his boundaries along the ground with well-timed straight drives or clips through the leg-side. Australia tried to tempt him early in the day with Marcus North and Nathan Hauritz bowling an outside off-stump line but he was happy to leave.

His century came from 179 deliveries and it prompted a display of clear emotion from the usually poker-faced Gayle, who beamed towards the dressing rooms and swung his bat in joy, having never before passed 71 against Australia.

Team India on top in test

Tem India
It has been a 77 years long stay. Indian cricket team, under the leadership of captain MS Dhoni, reached a historic achievement when it secured 124 points in ICC Test rankings to attain at the top spot. India defeated Sri Lanka on the home soil by an innings and 24 runs, thereby confirm the 3-match Test series win with 2-0. It was the second consecutive innings defeat of the Sri Lanka. Now, South Africa has been consigning to the second place. Surely it was the combined team efforts, as commented by skipper Dhoni did the magic. It was the excellent contribution of all departments of the game- the batsmen, the bowlers and the fielders, which saw the defeat of the Lankans. Sehwag's super performance has merited him with `Man of the Match' and the `Man of the Series' award. Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakara put the defeat due to the shortcomings of their bowlers. Brabourne stadium saw Test cricket returning to it after 36 years where the fans had turned up in great numbers to cheer for the team.

Now, the real defy lies with the Indian boys to sustain the top honor. Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar has termed the side under MS Dhoni to be the best one. It is the combined efforts of the players which has made India proud to be on the number one spot in the Test matches.

Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar expressed his delight at India becoming the No. 1 Test team in the world. It's not just the team and the support staff, you also have to give it to the selection board, who often get criticized, to the cricket board, which has backed the team, which has backed the support staff and the selection committee,".

Friday, December 04, 2009

India in good position in Mumbai Test

MS Dhoni
India took control of the third and final test match against Sri Lanka in Mumbai, with a record-breaking score of 726/9. In reply to Sri Lanka's first innings total of 393, India declared at 726/9, which is its highest score in test cricket. Sehwag was the top scorer with 293, while Dhoni remained unbeaten on 100.

India took a massive 333-run over Sri Lanka in the first innings and all set to press for a win in Mumbai. From here, India cannot lose the match. If they win this test, that will propel them to the No. 1 spot in the ICC Test Rankings.

Earlier, Virender Sehwag missed a milestone by a whisker. He was out for 293 and lost the golden opportunity to become the first cricketer in test history to score three triple hundreds. Sachin Tendulkar too fell short of completing his 13,000 runs in test cricket. He made 53. Laxman scored 62.

For Sri Lanka, Muttiah Muralitharan took 4 wickets, while Rangana Herath took 3 wickets. Sri Lanka were 11/0 at stumps on Day 3. It would be interesting to see whether the Sri Lankan batsmen can withstand the pressure and save this test match.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

India Lead the Mumbai test Sehwag leads the day

Virender Sehwag smashed the second fastest double century in Test cricket and Rahul Dravid completed a fifty as India dominated with the bat on Day 2, in the third and final Test against Sri Lanka, at the Brabourne stadium, in Mumbai, on Thursday.

Sehwag celebrated the return of Test cricket to the Cricket Club of India (CCI) after nearly 37 years with an unbeaten 284 off 239 deliveries, batting nearly six hours and hitting as many as 40 boundaries and seven sixes.

At the other end, Dravid also looked quite comfortable as he finished unbeaten on 62 from 121 deliveries (five boundaries), the two batsmen having already added 222 runs in 224 deliveries for the second wicket.

India went past their own record for most runs in a day, as they finished Day 2 on a mammoth 443 for 1 in 79 overs, a lead of 50 runs, after Sri Lanka were dismissed for 393 in their innings. India's previous best score in a day's play was 419, which they put up in the previous Test in Kanpur.

The day belonged to Sehwag as he registered his sixth double century in Test cricket and his second double against Sri Lanka after the 201 not out he made in Galle last year.

Sehwag single-handedly dominated proceedings on the second day and was involved in two successive double century partnerships for the first and second wickets.

Murali Vijay, playing in only his second Test, played a fluent innings of 87 from 121 deliveries, having hit ten boundaries and a six, before he was dismissed leg before wicket by Rangana Herath.

The Tamil Nadu opener played a vital role in helping India get off to a blazing start as he added 221 runs for the opening wicket with Sehwag.

Earlier, Angelo Mathews fell agonizingly short of a maiden Test century when he was run-out for 99. Resuming on their overnight score of 366 for eight, Sri Lanka lasted 26 minutes on the second day, adding 27 runs before losing their last two wickets in 34 deliveries.

All-rounder Mathews was the first wicket to fall on the second day as he attempted a tight second run to complete his century, but Sachin Tendulkar caught him short with a brilliant throw from deep square leg.

Mathews stroked a breezy 99 from 131 deliveries, having hit 15 boundaries, before his dismissal reduced the visitors to 379 for nine in the 93rd over.

Pragyan Ojha finished off the innings when he trapped Chanaka Welegedara leg before wicket for eight. Harbhajan Singh finished as the most successful bowler for India, with figures of four for 112 in 32 overs, while Ojha claimed three for 101 in 23.4 overs.

On Day 1, Tillakaratne Dilshan smashed 109 from 160 deliveries, inclusive of ten boundaries and two sixes, his second century of the series to give the visitors a fine start.

India lead the three-match series 1-0 following their victory in the second Test at Kanpur by an innings and 144 runs. The first Test in Ahmedabad had ended in a high scoring draw.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

India make their task fine in day 1 of Mumbai test

Sri Lanka finished Day 1 of the third and final test match in Mumbai at 366/8. Tillakaratne Dilshan led from the front and was wrongly given out on 109. Paranavitana and Prasanna Jayawardene made 53 and 43 respectively. Angelo Mathews is batting on 86. For India, Harbhajan Singh took 4 wickets.

The Sri Lankan batsmen played positive cricket throughout the day and scored at an average of above 4 runs per over. Indian fast bowlers were not so effective, while Harbhajan was the pick of the bowlers today. He took four wickets. Pragyan Ojha took 2 wickets.

Sri Lanka would like to score at least 425-450 and put pressure on the Indian batsmen on a turning wicket. Muralitharan and Herath have the abilities to run through the Indian batting order, while Gautam Gambhir's absence may hurt India badly.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

India Ready for the Mubai test and to maintain the 1st place in the test ranking

Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid
Indian winning skipper M S Dhoni says that the players will go all out for the series win against Sri Lanka in the 3rd Test. A win against Sri Lanka in Mumbai will do the ruse and it all sets up perfectly with the Brabourne playing hosts. It's a rare prospect for India to hold onto the No 1 position in Mumbai.

After winning the first Test they jumped to the number 1 mark in Test rankings and will become the clear No 1 with 124 points. South Africa will be in the second spot and Australia will overtake Sri Lanka to the 3rd spot.

A draw will also guarantee the top spot separated only by a minor difference from South Africa.

However, if India loses to Sri Lanka in the 3rd and final Test it will be back to square one and India will slip back to the 3rd position with 119 points behind South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Meanwhile, all eyes will be on Sreesanth following his planetary performance in the Kanpur Test but there was a minor injury scare while the Indian team was practicing in Mumbai ahead of the final Test. Sreesanth injured his little finger of his right hand and was immediately attended to and MS Dhoni has made clear that Sreesanth will be available for the final test in Mubai.

In the meantime, his successful comeback has inspired his Kings XI teammate Irfan Pathan who is also eyeing a comeback to the national fold.

Expectations on Murali

Sri Lanka are backing Muttiah Muralitharan to return to form in the third and final test against India starting on Wednesday, the master spinner's last overseas test.

The world record holder for test and one-day international wickets will retire from the Test cricket next year but the Sri Lankans are hoping he can help them record their first test win on Indian soil to square the series 1-1.

The 37-year-old had a rough time in the first two matches, picking up five wickets at a cost of 396 runs on unhelpful pitches.

"Murali is still the lead of our attack and we back him 100 percent to turn it around and win the match for us," Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara told reporters on Tuesday.

"He's still our best spinner and he still might be the best spinner in the world. When you have that quality in the side you have to back that quality, that ability."

Leg-spinner Ajantha Mendis will miss out as Sri Lanka opt for a more balanced attack after playing three specialist spinners in the second-test defeat in Kanpur.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Indian, SL players spend time with Deprived children

It crooked out to be a memorable evening for needy children from ‘Make A Wish Foundation’ as they got to spend few fun moments with members of the Indian and Sri Lankan team on Monday.

The juncture was a fun fair at the G D Somani School in south Mumbai here organized by the Yuvraj Singh Foundation.

Zaheer Khan, S Sreesanth, left arm spinner Pragan Ojha and stylish middle order batsman Yuvraj were present from the Indian side; the Sri Lankans were represented by Captain Kumar Sangakara and Mahela Jayawardene.

The children, many of them distress with life bullying diseases, had to wait for over two hours from the scheduled time but the cricketers made up for the delay by handing them gifts of their choice, besides taking stills with them.

“It’s a great opportunity to make a few wishes of these kids possible,” Yuvraj said on the occasion.

Friday, November 27, 2009

India's 1st Test victory in 1952 Century Victory in 2009 1952 victory in Madras(Chennai)2009 Victory in Kanpur put India on top of the table

Winning moment of 100th test match
India attains their biggest victory in opposition to Sri Lanka and in the process confirms their 100th Test win on the fourth day of the second Test in Kanpur. India's previous best against their neighbors was a victory by an innings and 119 runs in 1994 and they well again that with easy win today. Thilan Samaraweera resisted the inevitable with an assured fifty but it was always just a matter of time before India swathed up the match.

The only question at the start of the day was how long Sri Lanka would delay defeat. They batted positively, adding 149 runs in the first session, but India kept taking wickets at regular intervals. Samaraweera was involved in two fighting partnerships with Prasanna Jayawardene and Ajantha Mendis, which not only proved that the pitch wasn't bad for batting but also showed the top order in poor light.

India's only concern was Zaheer Khan's no-ball problems but he started the day by send away Angelo Mathews in his first over. Mathews had hit three consecutive fours, which included a pull, and Zaheer placed a man at deep square-leg and tested Mathews with more bouncers. The first was fended off in an ungainly manner and the next was top-edged to backward point where Rahul Dravid took a grabbing catch.

Samaraweera continued to stitch together a 61-run partnership with Prasanna who, much like in the first innings, grateful to mislead. He was looking good with his cuts and sweeps but was cleaned up by an off break from round the stumps from Harbhajan Singh. It glides away and broke back in but Prasanna left a big bat-pad gap and was bowled. Muttiah Muralitharan indulged himself with a typical hit-and-giggle knock filled with slog sweeps but fell, going for yet another big hit.

Samaraweera, who then added 73 runs with a determined Ajantha Mendis to frustrate India, was rarely troubled during his stay, the highlight of which was a whippy on-drive to a delivery on off and middle stump from Sreesanth. He rarely looked hurried, tackled the spinners and seemers and unfurled several pleasing on drives. The series now moves to Mumbai for the third Test that starts on December 2.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

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It was one of the greatest days of leading the side for MS Dhoni as his team almost dominated the Sri Lankan.

Sri Lanka were left staring at one of their most crushing defeats of recent times, hoping for a miracle as their scorecard at the end of the third day’s play read a dismal 57/4, trailing by 356 runs.

Sreesanth was emitting toxin all over again in the islanders’ second innings as he claimed opener Tillakaratne Dilshan early-on. Harbhajan too wasted no time in getting into the center of the action, getting the wicket of Captain Kumar Sangakara.

Virender Sehwag, the man with the good spin, came well and scalped Tharanga Paranavitana at a score of twenty runs, giving India its second breakthrough of the innings. It would have been sweeter if Dravid had not dropped Jayawardene yet again, but the outfit would look to amend such issues at the continuation of play tomorrow.

However, the fielding drifts was made-up for, with Yuvraj Singh being lightning fast to run Mahela Jayawardene out of his crease. The top order yet again futile to make for Sri Lanka, that too on the same 3rd day of the Kanpur test.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Dravid make India to pass 600 run mark

Rahul Dravid
India piled up 642 in their first innings of the second Test at Kanpur and has Sri Lanka battling hard at 66 for 1 at Stumps on Day 2. The visitors had lost Tillakaratne Dilshan in the very first ball of their innings when he played a flick shot too early off Zaheer Khan to get caught off a leading edge. Paranavitana (30) and Sangakkara (30) have gone past some nervous moments against pace and spin to see the day through for Lanka who had to bat for 24 overs before stumps.

Overnight batsman Rahul Dravid went onto score 144 (from 226 balls with 15 fours and a six) before getting run out at the non-striker’s end for no fault of his. His overnight partner Sachin Tendulkar was the first to depart on the second day after failing in an attemt to loft Ajantha Mendis over mid off. It was in the same over that Tendulkar had taken the bowler for a straight six over his head. Sachin fell having scored 40 from 91 balls. VVS Laxman and Yuvraj Singh helped themselves to score 60s to put on a century stand for the fifth wicket.

India was charging towards the 700-run mark but were bowled out for less than 650 itself with left arm spinner Rangana Herath producing some late magic. Herath produced a couple of sensational deliveries that came back with the arm instead of turning away from the right hander. Skipper MS Dhoni and Harbhajan were the victims of those deliveries as they got bowled through the bat pad gap. Herath wrapped up the Indian innings with a five-wicket haul.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Virender Sehwag Expectations for the win in Kanpur test

Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir
Virender Sehwag smack a reverberating century at the placid Green Park Stadium pitch here and promptly predicted a score upwards of 700 for the home side. "Once we have 700 or 800 on the board, we can put them under strain and go for a win," said Sehwag, who struck 131 and was coupled in an important 233-run stand with opening partner Gautam Gambhir, the second double-century stand between the two at the venue.

"I think the pitch will help spinners later on in the match and I am optimistic we can bag the 20 wickets needed for a win. We have done that long-ago, against Australia in Mohali last year, and we can do it again," said Sehwag. "As of now, this pitch looks as good for batting as Motera, but it is slightly slower and the ball skids on a little. I think we have done a good job of capitalizing batting on the first day as it may not be so easy batting on it towards the end," he added.

Sehwag said the opening pair's plan of seeing off the early overs had paid rich dividends. "I got an early chance but I decided to leave balls outside the off stump from then on. I knew it was a matter of seeing off some overs and was confident of knocking the spinners around for some runs, though we were not targeting any bowler as such," said the opener, who was all extol for Gambhir. "Gautam is in superb form and I told him early on to concentrate and get a fourth consecutive century in Tests and go on to set some kind of record. He once hit centuries in five consecutive Ranji Trophy matches, so he is used to this kind of run," reminded Sehwag.

Sehwag said he was not concerned at missing a 150-plus score after passing that figure in each of his previous 10 Test centuries. "I don't repent playing that shot against to the spin of Muralitharan. And 131 is not a small score," he said.

Monday, November 23, 2009

India Ready for the Test inKanpur

Dhoni Sachin
Their batting inconsistency and bowling frailties laid bare in the yard-earned draw in Ahmedabad, India go into the second Test against Sri Lanka on Tuesday hoping not to repeat the follies again.

The famed Indian batting line-up both embarrassed and redeemed itself in the Ahmedabad shirtfront, where it collapsed like a house of cards in the first innings and then rose from its ruins in the second to salvage a draw from the jaws of a seemingly imminent defeat.

But to expect such resurgence everyday would be to invite trouble and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men would do well to learn the lessons from their Ahmedabad escapade and mend their way.

Source: CNN

Friday, November 20, 2009

Sachin Saves the India In the last day of the 1st test against Sri Lanka

Sachin Tendulkar was unbeaten on exactly 100 and passed 30,000 international runs as India batted out for a draw in the opening Test against Sri Lanka in Ahmedabad on Friday.

Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir, who made 114, helped India to 412 for four wickets when the match was called off on the fifth day.

The home side had faced a massive 334 runs deficit on first innings and were in danger of losing a Test to the Sri Lankans for the first time on home soil.

Batting maestro Tendulkar reached the new record landmark, he is the leading run-getter iin Test and one--day internationals, when he reached 35 soon after lunch, turning Chanaka Welegedara to square-leg for a routine single.

He was on his way to his 43rd Test century, but the result was still in doubt when Gambhir departed.

But Tendulkar compiled an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 137 with VVS Laxman, who finished unbeaten on 51.

It completed a high-scoring Test in which 1,598 runs were scored with just 21 wickets falling.

Sri Lanka placed their hopes on Test world record holder Muttiah Muralitharan but he was wicketless in the second innings despite bowling 38 overs.

Gambhir was making his third century in successive Tests, but once again it was Tendulkar who stole the headlines as the 36-year-old continues to add more runs to his massive tally.

The second Test of the three-Test series starts in Kanpur on Tuesday.

In other cricket news, the first one-day international between South Africa and England in Johannesburg was called off due to heavy rain at the Wanderers.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Highlights of Day 4 in Ahmedabad test

Gautam Gambhir
Statistical highlights on fourth day of the first cricket Test between India and Sri lanka here today.

  • Mahela Jayawardene has created history by becoming the only player to share world records for three different stands - 624 for the third wicket with Kumar Sangakkara against South Africa at Colombo SSC in 2006; 437 for the fourth wicket with Thilan Samaraweera against Pakistan at Karachi in 2009 and 351 for the sixth wicket with Prasanna Jayawardene against India at Ahmedabad in November 2009.

  • Four Indian bowlers have conceded 100 runs or more in an innings - Amit Mishra, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma - the third instance for India against Sri Lanka.

  • Harbhajan has produced his worst bowling performance (48.4-4-189-2) in terms of runs gien, eclipsing the 53.3-6-185-2 against Sri Lanka at Colombo, SSC in 2001.

  • Mahela Jayawardene`s 275 is his second best – his career-best being 374 against South Africa at Colombo, SSC in July 2006. He is the ninth player (and the first Sri Lankan) to amass 9000 runs in Tests, taking 178 innings to reach the landmark, which is the fourth fastest, next to Rahul Dravid (176), Brian Lara (177) and Ricky Ponting (177).

  • Mahela Jayawardene`s innings is the highest individual by a visiting batsman in India, eclipsing Pakistan`s Younis Khan`s 267 for Pakistan at Bangalore in March 2005.

  • Mahela (1436) is the leading run-getter in India-Sri Lanka Tests, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar`s run-aggregate of 1412.

  • Sri Lanka have registered their highest overseas total, obliterating their 713 for three wickets declared against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo in 2004. The said total is the highest by a visiting team in India.

  • The first visiting team to register a total of 700 is Sri Lanka, surpassing the 652 for seven wickets declared by England at Chennai in 1984-85.

  • Gautam Gambhir has registered his 11th fifty in Tests - his fourth against Sri Lanka.
  • Gambhir (74 not out) has posted his highest innings at Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, eclipsing the 30 against Sri Lanka in December 2005.

  • Amit Mishra, for the first time, has conceded 200 runs in a Test innings. He became the fourth bowler to concede 200 runs or more in an innings against Sri Lanka, joining India`s Rajesh Chauhan (276 at Colombo RPS in 1997-98), Anil Kumble (223 at Colombo RPS in 1997-98) and South Africa`s Nicky Boje (221 at Colombo, SSC in 2006).

  • For the third time in an away Test, three batsmen have recorded hundreds in the same innings for Sri Lanka – the first two instances being vs Zimbabwe at Bulawayo in 2003-04 and vs Pakistan at Lahore in 2008-09.

  • Amit Mishra`s unbeaten 12 is his highest score against Sri Lanka - his career-best being 23 against England at Mohali in December 2008.

  • Rahul Dravid (177 & 38) has taken his run-aggregate at Motera to 666 at an average of 60.54 in six Tests, which is a new record at this venue. His tally includes two centuries and one fifty.

  • Virender Sehwag`s 51 off 67 balls is his 19th fifty in Tests, his second against Sri Lanka. The said innings is his first fifty at Motera, surpassing the 29 against New Zealand in 2003-04.

  • Sri Lanka (760 for seven wickets declared) have registered their second highest - the highest being 952 for six wickets declared against India at Colombo RPS in 1997.

  • Prasanna Jayawardene and Mahela have shared a sixth-wicket world record with their 351-run partnership, surpassing the 346 between Jack Fingleton and Don Bradman for Australia against England at Melbourne in 1936-37.

  • Mahela Jayawardene`s outstanding innings is now the highest at Sardar Patel Stdium, Motera, eclipsing Rahul Dravid`s 222 against New Zealand in 2003-04.

  • Mahela`s innings of 275 is his best overseas innings, beating the 240 against Pakistan at Karachi in February this year. The said knock is his best against India, obliterating the 242 against India at Colombo, SSC in 1998-99.

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2009

    Sri Lanka Still Moving in a Good Position

    Mahela Jayawardene
    Sri Lanka were 591 for five wickets at the close on the third day of the first test on Wednesday in reply to India's first-innings 426.

    Scores: Sri Lanka 591 for five in 160 overs (T. Dilshan 112, M. Jayawardene 204 not out, T. Samaraweera 70, P. Jayawardene 84 not out); India 426 in 104.5 overs (R. Dravid 177, M. Dhoni 110; C. Welegedara 4-87, M. Muralitharan 3-97).

    Tuesday, November 17, 2009

    Sri Lanka Rules the day 2 in the firts test against India

    Tillakaratne Dilshan celebrates his 10th Test century
    The Sri Lankan cricket side took on the Indian cricket team yet again today, in the second day of the first test. It bowed out to be a great day for Sri Lanka, as they appeared to rule all the three sessions.

    They handled to bowl out India in the first hour of the day, before there was a superb bang from Dilshan, who was his natural aggressive self. He scored his runs at a fast rate, to register the highest score by a Sri Lankan in Inida.

    But then India controlled to fight their way back, with Zaheer getting purge of Sangakara and Dilshan in quick succession. But Mahela and Samaraweera made a good finish with a 81-run partnership for the 4th wicket, the day ends with the score of 275 for 3.

    Monday, November 16, 2009

    Dravid Completes his 11000 Runs in his Test history

    Rahul Dravid on Monday became the second Indian to complete 11,000 Test runs when he took a single to take his individual score to 177 (not out) in opposition to Sri Lanka on Day 1 of the first Test in Ahmedabad.

    The hosts, who were stumbled at 32 for four wickets at the start, ended the day at 389 for six.

    Yuvraj was the first one to reach the half-century and was out at 68.

    The partnership between Yuvraj and Dravid was 125 runs. Later, Dhoni joined Dravid and took India out of troubled waters. Dhoni made 110 before getting out. On the other end, Rahul Dravid kept his cool and completed 11,000 runs. At the close of the day, he was at 177 while night watchman Harbhajan was at 2 runs.

    Friday, November 13, 2009

    India vs Sri Lanka Full Schedule

    India Vs Sri Lanka series
    With India losing the India Vs Australia 2009 series 4-2, India would very badly want to bounce back strongly in the India Vs Srilanka 2009 series which starts on November 16, Friday. Sri Lanka team has arrived in India on Sunday, November 8 and will play 3 test matches, 5 ODIs and two twenty20 matches against India.

    Sri Lankan Captain Kumar Sangakkara would want to win the first ever test series in India and Indian Skipper MS Dhoni would want to keep the record of not losing a test series in India intact.

    The schedule of India Sri Lanka series 2009:

    Mon Nov 16 - Fri Nov 20
    09:30 local, 1st Test - India v Sri Lanka
    Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad

    Tue Nov 24 - Sat Nov 28
    09:30 local, 2nd Test - India v Sri Lanka
    Green Park, Kanpur

    Wed Dec 2 - Sun Dec 6
    09:30 local, 3rd Test - India v Sri Lanka
    Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai

    Wed Dec 9
    20:00 local, GMT
    1st T20I - India v Sri Lanka
    Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur

    Sat Dec 12
    20:00 local: 2nd T20I - India v Sri Lanka
    Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh

    Tue Dec 15
    09:00 local : 1st ODI - India v Sri Lanka
    Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground, Rajkot

    Fri Dec 18
    14:30 local :2nd ODI - India v Sri Lanka
    Andhra Cricket Association-Visakhapatnam District Cricket Association Stadium, Visakhapatnam

    Mon Dec 21
    14:30 local: 3rd ODI - India v Sri Lanka
    Barabati Stadium, Cuttack

    Thu Dec 24
    14:30 local: 4th ODI - India v Sri Lanka
    Eden Gardens, Kolkata

    Sun Dec 27
    14:30 local : 5th ODI - India v Sri Lanka
    Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

    Thursday, November 12, 2009

    Vettori back on top of rankings in bowlers Rank table

    Daniel Vettori
    Daniel Vettori has regained the No.1 spot in the ODI bowling rankings after leading New Zealand to a 2-1 series win against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi. Vettori jumps back to the top-spot he lost in March this year by replacing team-mate Kyle Mills, who slips four places.

    There are three spinners in an unlikely top-five that includes Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh captain, second and Ray Price, the Zimbabwe spinner, jumping three places to third. Both have enjoyed recent success with Price taking six wickets in the recently concluded 2-0 defeat in South Africa.

    MS Dhoni retains his No.1 batting ranking with Michael Hussey strengthening his second spot after both enjoyed a successful ODI series. Dhoni contributed 285 runs in his team's 4-2 loss, while Hussey was the most successful batsman with 313 runs.

    Brendon McCullum, the explosive New Zealand opener, enters the top 20 batsmen for the first time, climbing 16 places to claim the 16th spot.

    Wednesday, November 11, 2009

    Yousuf take the Captain responsiblity for Pakistan team for Test series against New Zealand

    Pakistan on Wednesday appointed Mohammad Yousuf as captain for the Test tour of New Zealand after Younus Khan asked for a rest following the one-day series defeat against the same country.

    "Yes, Younus has asked for a rest so we have appointed Yousuf as captain for the three-Test tour," Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ijaz Butt told AFP, adding,"it has nothing to do with the defeat against New Zealand."

    Pakistan lost the three-match series 2-1 after a narrow seven-run defeat in the final match on Monday.

    Following the one-day series defeat, Pakistani media reported that Younus had lost the confidence of his fellow players, who wanted him to be replaced.

    Pakistan will fly from here on Sunday to play three Tests in New Zealand. The first Test starts in Dunedin on November 25.

    Butt said he had no objection to Younus asking for rest.

    "We did appoint Younus captain until the 2011 World Cup, subject to his performance and fitness, but we have no objection to him asking for a rest, and I don't think it's a turmoil in Pakistan cricket," said Butt.

    The 31-year-old Younus replaced Shoaib Malik following Pakistan's defeat in a home one-day series against Sri Lanka in January.

    But despite leading Pakistan to the World Twenty20 title, Younus' tenure was full of turmoil and controversies.

    Younus was forced to offer his resignation over unproven allegations of match fixing after Pakistan lost to New Zealand in the semi-final of the Champions Trophy held in South Africa last month.

    His resignation was rejected by the PCB.

    Under Younus, Pakistan drew a two-Test home series against Sri Lanka in February-March, the second match being abandoned after the visiting team's bus was attacked by terrorists in Lahore.

    Pakistan then lost a one-day series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates and then went down in three-Test and five one-day matches on the tour of Sri Lanka.

    Before the latest defeat against New Zealand, former players, including ex-captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, demanded Younus be sacked as one-day captain.

    As a player, Younus also fared poorly, scoring 0, 19 and three in the latest series against New Zealand.

    The 35-year-old Yousuf, who was not made captain after Inzamam retired in 2007 because of his involvement in religious activities in the moderate rule of Pervez Musharraf, has previously led Pakistan in three Tests and four one-day matches.

    Younus said he has no personal grudge against anyone.

    "I have taken this decision after giving it serious thoughts, since I am not in the best of form I need rest and there is no personal grudge against anyone, that's for sure," Younus told AFP.

    "I want to tell my fans that I am not finished, I will come back. My country comes first, more than my family and more than my self."

    Pakistan's chief selector Iqbal Qasim told AFP a replacement player may be announced soon.

    Tuesday, November 10, 2009

    Zaheer, Sreesanth, got back in the line up for Test Series against Sri Lanka

    The 15-man Indian team for the three-Test series in opposition to Sri Lanka opening November 16 was announced in Mumbai on Tuesday.

    The selection panels, headed by K Srikkanth summon up fast bowlers Zaheer Khan and S. Sreesanth to share the bowling responsibilities, while Ashish Nehra has again sidelined despite his consistent performance in the ongoing seven game ODI series against Australia.

    Khan, who played his last Test match against New Zealand in Wellington in April, has recovered from his shoulder injury and proved his match fitness in a Ranji Trophy match last week.

    Meanwhile, the batting order has been retained with Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, VVS Laxman and MS Dhoni.

    The selectors have also recalled Tamil Nadu batsmen M Vijay and S Badrinath, left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha and leg spinner Amit Mishra.

    The first Test will be played at Ahmedabad from November 16-20, the second at Kanpur from November 24-28 and the third at Mumbai from December 2-6.

    MS Dhoni (Captain/wicket keeper), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, M Vijay, S Badrinath, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Sreesanth, Pragyan Ojha, Amit Mishra. (ANI)

    Monday, November 09, 2009

    ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Schedule

    Date and Time Match

    Sat Feb 19
    1st match - India v Bangladesh

    Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

    Sun Feb 20
    3rd match - Sri Lanka v Canada (Hambantota)

    Venue TBC

    Sun Feb 20
    2nd match - Kenya v New Zealand

    MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

    Mon Feb 21
    4th match - Australia v Zimbabwe

    Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad

    Tue Feb 22
    5th match - England v Netherlands

    Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur

    Wed Feb 23
    6th match - Kenya v Pakistan (Hambantota)

    Venue TBC

    Thu Feb 24
    7th match - South Africa v West Indies

    Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

    Fri Feb 25
    9th match - Bangladesh v Ireland

    Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

    Fri Feb 25
    8th match - Australia v New Zealand

    Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur

    Sat Feb 26
    10th match - Pakistan v Sri Lanka (Colombo)

    Venue TBC

    Sun Feb 27
    11th match - India v England

    Eden Gardens, Kolkata

    Mon Feb 28
    12th match - Netherlands v West Indies

    Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

    Mon Feb 28
    13th match - Canada v Zimbabwe

    Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur

    Tue Mar 1
    14th match - Kenya v Sri Lanka (Colombo)

    Venue TBC

    Wed Mar 2
    15th match - England v Ireland

    M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

    Thu Mar 3
    17th match - Canada v Pakistan (Colombo)

    Venue TBC

    Thu Mar 3
    16th match - Netherlands v South Africa

    Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh

    Fri Mar 4
    19th match - Bangladesh v West Indies

    Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

    Fri Mar 4
    18th match - New Zealand v Zimbabwe

    Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad

    Sat Mar 5
    20th match - Australia v Sri Lanka (Colombo)

    Venue TBC

    Sun Mar 6
    21st match - India v Ireland

    M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

    Sun Mar 6
    22nd match - England v South Africa

    MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

    Mon Mar 7
    23rd match - Canada v Kenya

    Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

    Tue Mar 8
    24th match - New Zealand v Pakistan (Pallekele)

    Venue TBC

    Wed Mar 9
    25th match - India v Netherlands

    Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

    Thu Mar 10
    26th match - Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe (Pallekele)

    Venue TBC

    Fri Mar 11
    28th match - Bangladesh v England

    Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

    Fri Mar 11
    27th match - Ireland v West Indies

    Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh

    Sat Mar 12
    29th match - India v South Africa

    Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground, Nagpur

    Sun Mar 13
    30th match - Canada v New Zealand

    Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

    Sun Mar 13
    31st match - Australia v Kenya

    M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

    Mon Mar 14
    33rd match - Bangladesh v Netherlands

    Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

    Mon Mar 14
    32nd match - Pakistan v Zimbabwe (Pallekele)

    Venue TBC

    Tue Mar 15
    34th match - Ireland v South Africa

    Eden Gardens, Kolkata

    Wed Mar 16
    35th match - Australia v Canada

    M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

    Thu Mar 17
    36th match - England v West Indies

    MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

    Fri Mar 18
    37th match - New Zealand v Sri Lanka

    Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

    Fri Mar 18
    38th match - Ireland v Netherlands

    Eden Gardens, Kolkata

    Sat Mar 19
    40th match - Bangladesh v South Africa

    Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

    Sat Mar 19
    39th match - Australia v Pakistan (Colombo)

    Venue TBC

    Sun Mar 20
    41st match - Kenya v Zimbabwe

    Eden Gardens, Kolkata

    Sun Mar 20
    42nd match - India v West Indies

    MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai

    Wed Mar 23
    Quarter Final - TBC v TBC

    Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

    Thu Mar 24
    Quarter Final - TBC v TBC (Colombo)

    Venue TBC

    Fri Mar 25
    Quarter Final - TBC v TBC

    Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

    Sat Mar 26
    Quarter Final - TBC v TBC

    Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad

    Tue Mar 29
    Semi Final - TBC v TBC (Colombo)

    Venue TBC

    Wed Mar 30
    Semi Final - TBC v TBC

    Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh

    Sat Apr 2
    Final - TBC v TBC

    Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

    Saturday, November 07, 2009

    Dhoni and his Mens are looking for a win on Sunday match in Guwahati in the & match series against Australia

    The frustration of the three-run loss in Hyderabad behind them, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today said his team is focused on making a fresh start in the must-win sixth cricket one-dayer in opposition to Australia tomorrow in Guwahati.

    "It was hurting and disappointing. But we have left everything in the dressing room. We have two more matches to go and that's what count now. Whatever has happened has happened.

    You cannot change much about it. It's important to focus on what lies ahead and stay fresh mentally," Dhoni said at the pre-match press meeting.

    India trails the seven-match series 2-3 after the loss in Hyderabad. Asked about the team's plan, Dhoni said the hosts would rely on a good batting effort and an improved fielding display.

    "Strategy is to get off a good start and then capitalize on it and dictate terms on the opposition side.

    Thursday, November 05, 2009

    India Drop the Win in The Edege of the match in 5th ODI against Australia in Hyderabad

    Australia held on for a thrilling victory over India in the fifth one-day international Thursday despite a heroic 175 from Sachin Tendulkar.

    India seemed to be heading towards the second-highest run-chase in ODI history but Tendulkar's dismissal, off his 143rd delivery, prompted a collapse that ultimately left it three runs short of victory.

    India is now 3-2 behind in the seven-match series.

    Earlier an outstanding 145-run opening partnership between Shane Watson (93) and Shaun Marsh (112) led Australia to an imposing total of 350-4 in 50 overs.

    Little Master Sachin passed ove 17000 runs in ODI Cricket

    India's Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman ever to surpass 17,000 runs in one-day internationals during the fifth match against Australia here on Thursday.

    Tendulkar, 36, achieved the landmark when he reached seven runs with a three off paceman Ben Hilfenhaus past square-leg in his 435th one-day international.

    The batsman already holds the records for most runs in Tests (12,773) and one-day cricket (17,168). He has also scored most Test hundreds (42) and one-day hundreds (45).

    Wednesday, November 04, 2009

    India Will Come back in 5th ODI against Australia said Dhoni

    Indian cricket skipper MS Dhoni has said the players were determined to bounce back with a win on Thursday in the ongoing ODI series in opposition to Australia.

    "We need a good start tomorrow. The wicket looks good," Dhoni said on Wednesday ahead of the fifth ODI between the two countries.

    Dhoni said he was pleased with the performance of youngsters in the team. He also felt that the spinners were lending a big help. "The spinners are doing the job for us against Australia. I am happy that Harbhajan is back in form," he said.

    The Indian captain also informed that Gautam Gambhir had been declared fit for Thursday's match.

    India and Australia have won two matches each in the seven-match series.