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Oct 29, 2009

Dhoni Stars India's 99-run victory over Australia

A quickfire century by Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni set up India's 99-run victory over Australia on Wednesday as the home team leveled the one-day series 1-1.

MS Dhoni hit 124 runs off just 107 balls, putting on 119 for the 4th wicket partnership with Gautam Gambhir (76) and 136 for the 5th wicket with Suresh Raina (62) to push India to 354 /7 after they lost the toss in the day-night game.

Mahendra Singh DhoniAfter India amassed their highest ODI total against Australia, pacer Praveen Kumar took two early wickets including Captain Ricky Ponting for 12, to help India bowl out the visitors for 255 in 48.3 overs.

Michael Hussey (53) scored his 2nd consecutive half-century for Australia but young left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja took 3 for 35 to trigger a middle-order fall down and fast bowler Ishant Sharma claimed 2 for 37.

"We lost Sachin Tendulkar early but Virender Sehwag (40) and Gambhir gave us the start we needed," said Dhoni referring to a second-wicket partnership of 46.

"They set the platform for me and I was able to play my own innings," he said at the prize-giving service.

Gambhir struck his 2nd consecutive half-century as he and MS Dhoni turned the heat on an Australia attack weakened by the absence of injured pair Brett Lee and James Hopes.

Gambhir was run out by a direct hit at the bowler end after being sent back by Dhoni but the Captain and Raina tear into the bowling, smashing 108 runs in the final 10 overs.

Dhoni cracked 9 fours and 3 sixes and reached his fifth one-day international century with a straight six off medium-pacer Shane Watson before falling in the final over to Mitchell Johnson (3-75).

India v Australia 2nd ODIPraveen Kumar then clean bowled Australia opener Tim Paine for (8) before Sharma forced Watson (19) to edge to Tendulkar at the 1st slip with his 1st delivery.

Ponting was trapped lbw in the 11th over before Hussey bogus useful partnerships with Cameron White (23) and Adam Voges (36).

Jadeja, though, dismissed Mike Hussey, Shaun Marsh (21) and Voges to end Australia's chances.

"Full credit to India, they outplayed us in every aspect of the game tonight," said Ponting.

"It was always going to be a hard run-chase."

The 3rd game of the 7 match ODI series will be in New Delhi on Saturday.

Man of the match : MS Dhoni

Oct 27, 2009

Zimbabwe in Bangladesh 2009 Schedule

DateMatch DetailsTime (GMT)Venue
Oct 27Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, 1st ODI
Zim win by 5 wickets
Oct 29Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, 2nd ODI
Ban won by 7 wickets
Oct 31Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI
Ban won by 4 wickets
Nov 3Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, 4th ODI
Ban won by 6 wickets
Nov 5Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, 5th ODI
Ban won by 1 wickets
* - Day Night Match

Bangladesh won the ODI Series 4-1

Oct 26, 2009

Hopes ruled out, Lee and Johnson are doubtful for the 2nd ODI

Australian all-rounder James Hopes will miss the 2nd ODI against India, while the pace pair of Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson are doubtful for the 2nd ODI.

The first ODI at Vododara took a toll on the Australian team with James Hopes suffering a right hamstring strain, Brett Lee complaining of right elbow soreness and Mitchell Johnson complaining of a left ankle problem.

James Hopes"James Hopes, Lee and Johnson all undergo scans in Baroda this morning," Australian team physiotherapist Kevin Sims said.

"James has suffered a negligible right hamstring strain. He will therefore be unavailable for the next game however is expected to be available for the later games of this Hero Honda series."

"Brett Lee has a mild right elbow strain and will continue to be treated and assessed prior to the next game," he said.

"Mitchell Johnson suffered an inversion strain of his left ankle," Sims added after Johnson was forced from the field to have action during the game.

"He will now receive treatment and as with Brett, it will depend on how he responds to treatment over the next two days before a decision is made on his availability for the second game of the series," Sims mentioned.

Australia won the 1st match of the 7-ODI series in India

Praveen Kumar and Harbhajan Singh's batting heroics took India agonisingly close to a sensational win before the hosts slumped to a 4 runs defeat against Australia in the 1st match of the 7-ODI series.

AustraliaAt 201 for seven in their pursuit of a 293-run victory target, India seemed heading for a comprehensive defeat before Praveen (40 not out) and Harbhajan (49) came up with a defiant 84-run stand off 57 balls for the eighth wicket that nearly took them home.

Much to the disappointment of the crowd, India eventually managed 288 for eight, put together by cameos from Gautam Gambhir (68), Virat Kohli (30), MS Dhoni (34), Praveen Kumar and Harbhajan.

Earlier, Ricky Ponting (74) led from the front and was amply supported by Mike Hussey (73), Tim Paine (50) and Cameron White (51) as the visitors rattled up 292 for eight after opting to bat first on a featherbed track.

Harbhajan SinghFaced with the daunting task of scoring at 5.86 per over, the star-studded Indian line-up came a cropper against some disciplined bowling and tight fielding to be left struggling at 201 for seven with the last 10 overs remaining.

Harbhajan and Praveen brought down the target to 30 from the last 15 balls and then nine from the last six.

But once Harbhajan departed off the second ball of the final over from Peter Siddle, India lost the momentum and Australia stopped the hosts four runs short of their total.

Oct 13, 2009

Sri Lanka in India Tour 2009 Schedule

The Sri Lankan cricket team will start for Mumbai on November 8 to play a full series against India featuring three Test, two T20 International and five ODIs matches.

According to the journey of the 51-day tour announced by the Lankan cricket board.

DateMatch DetailsVenue

Nov 11-13Sri Lanka Vs Board President's XI, practice match- Abandoned
Nov 16-20India Vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test
Match Drawn
Nov 24-28India Vs Sri Lanka, 2nd Test
Ind won by an innings and 144 runs
Dec 2-6India Vs Sri Lanka, 3rd Test
Ind won by an innings and 24 runs
India won the Test Series 2-0
Man of the Match & Series : Virender Sehwag
Dec 9India Vs Sri Lanka, 1st T20
SL won by 29 runs
Mohali (D/N)
Dec 12India Vs Sri Lanka, 2nd T20
Ind won by 6 wickets
Nagpur (D/N)
Series is drawn 1-1
Man of the Series : Kumara Sangakkara
Dec 15India Vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI
Ind won by 3 runs
Dec 18India Vs Sri Lanka, 2nd ODINagpur (D/N)
Dec 21India Vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODICuttack (D/N)
Dec 24India Vs Sri Lanka, 4th ODIKolkata (D/N)
Dec 27India Vs Sri Lanka, 5th ODIDelhi

Oct 8, 2009

ICC announced World Cup 2011 Groups

India and Pakistan are in opposite groups and so are Australia and South Africa according the Team groupings for the World Cup 2011 released by the ICC.

The ICC held a board meeting at Johannesburg where they declared the groups for the World Cup 2011.

Group AGroup B

PakistanSouth Africa
New ZealandEngland
Sri LankaWest Indies

Oct 6, 2009

England in South Africa Tour 2009 Schedule

DateMatch DetailsTimeVenue

November 2009
13 -Fri
South Africa v England, 1st T20i
Eng won by 1 runs
The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
15 -Sun
South Africa v England, 2nd T20i
SA won by 84 runs
SuperSport Park, Centurion
20 -Fri
South Africa v England, 1st ODI
Match abandoned
The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
22 -Sun
South Africa v England, 2nd ODI
Eng won by 7 wickets
SuperSport Park, Centurion
27 -Fri
South Africa v England, 3rd ODI
SA won by 112 runs
Newlands, Cape Town
29 -Sun
South Africa v England, 4th ODI
Eng won by 7 wickets
St Georges Park, Port Elizabeth
December 2009
04 -Fri
South Africa v England, 5th ODI
Match abandoned
Kingsmead, Durban
16 - 20
South Africa v England, 1st Test
Match Drawn
SuperSport Park, Centurion
26 - 30
South Africa v England, 2nd Test
Eng won by an innings & 98 runs
Kingsmead, Durban
January 2010
03 - 07
South Africa v England, 3rd Test
Match Drawn
Newlands, Cape Town
14 - 18
South Africa v England, 4th Test
The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Australia won the ICC Champions Trtophy 2009

The Kangaroo’s made history again! Defending Champion Australia beat New Zealand in the final to win the ICC Champions Trophy 2009. Australia won the ICC Champions Trtophy 2008 too. The Aussies bounced back with a bang to reach the No. 1 of the ICC ODI Rankings, with their outstanding performance in Champions Trophy 2009. Shane Watson got a brilliant century in the final.

ICC Champions Trophy 2009Australia started the final as the favorite against the Kiwis, who missed their skipper Daniel Vettori because of an injury. New Zealand won the toss and selected to bat first. But Australian bowlers did not give them a chance to settle down.

New Zealand get just 200/9 in 50 overs. Guptill was the top scorer with 40, while Broom made 37. Franklin contributes 33. For Australia, Hauritz took 3 wickets. Brett Lee took 2 wickets.

Chasing a winning target of 201, Australia lost RickyPonting and Paine for just two runs on board. New Zealand began to smell victory, as Australia are 6/2 at one stage. However, Shane Watson and White changed the way of the game with a partnership of 128. White ended 62.

Australia reached 206/2 in 45.2 overs. Shane Watson hit his 4th ODI hundred and second successive century and remained unbeaten on 105. For New Zealand, Kyle Mills took 3 wickets. Australia became the only team to win ICC Champions Trophy twice.

Ricky Ponting won the "Golden Bat" award for scoring 288 runs in the tournament. South African bowler Wayne Parnell, who took 11 wickets in the tournament, got the "Golden Ball" award. For the first time, all members of winning team get a Champions Jacket each.
Man of the Match: Shane Watson Man of the Tournament: Ricky Ponting

Oct 2, 2009

ICC Awards 2009 has been announced

Australian Faster Mitchell Johnson has bagged the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after being named the ICC Cricketer of the Year, it was announced here on Thursday.

Mitchell JohnsonMitchell Johnson getting 80 wickets in 17 Tests, the highest by any Test bowler in the year 2009.

Indian Opening batsman Gautam Gambhir won the Test Player of the Year award, warding off competition from Johnson, Sri Lankan batsman Thilan Samaraweera and Andrew Strauss.

Indian Wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni pipped compatriots Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag, and Chanderpaul to bag the One-Day Player of the Year award.

Gautam GambhirSri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan won the T20 International Performance of the Year award for his unbeaten 96 off 57 balls against the West Indies in the semi-final at the T20 World Championships 2009 in England.

Australian paceman Peter Siddle declared Emerging Player of the Year award.

New Zealand won the Spirit of Cricket award, presented to the team which, in the attitude of the ICC umpires and match referees and the 10 full member captains, has best performed itself on the field within the spirit of the game.

The awards were based on performances between Aug 13, 2008 and Aug 24, 2009.

Mahendra Singh DhoniThe selection panel was lead by West Indies legend Clive Lloyd, with former cricketers Anil Kumble of India, Bob Taylor of England, Pakistan's Mudassar Nazar and New Zealand Stephen Fleming being the other members.

The list of winners:

Cricketer of the Year: Mitchell Johnson

Test Player of the Year: Gautam Gambhir

ODI Player of the Year: MS Dhoni

Women's Cricketer of the Year: Claire Taylor

Emerging Player of the Year: Peter Siddle

Associate and Affiliate Player of the Year: William Porterfield

Twenty20 International Performance of the Year: Tillakaratne Dilshan

Spirit of Cricket: New Zealand

Umpire of the Year: Aleem Dar

World Test Team of the Year:

Gautam Gambhir India
Andrew Strauss England
AB de Villiers South Africa
Sachin Tendulkar India,
Thilan Samaraweera Sri Lanka,
Michael Clarke Australia,
MS Dhoni (capt & wk), India,
Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh,
Mitchell Johnson Australia,
Stuart Broad England,
Dale Steyn South Africa.

12th Man: Harbhajan Singh India

World ODI Team of the Year:

Virender Sehwag India
Chris Gayle West Indies
Kevin Pietersen England,
Tillakaratne Dilshan Sri Lanka,
Yuvraj Singh India,
Martin Guptill New Zealand,
MS Dhoni (captain, WK) India,
Andrew Flintoff England,
Nuwan Kulasekara Sri Lanka,
Ajantha Mendis Sri Lanka,
Umar Gul Pakistan

12th man: Thilan Thushara Sri Lanka