El Clasico – Is it so?

Not Solely Responsible.

Nov 30, Real Madrid Vs Barcelona, La Liga
El clasico! that is what it is called the La liga match between the arch rivals Barcelona Vs Real madrid every season, but i doubt it after seeing this match.Touted the most anticipated match of the La liga season as both the teams were at a near deadlock for the top spot. But, i did not live upto it’s expectation. Real Madrid with all it’s international superstars and Barca with all it’s Spanish super stars the match line up seemed closely like world Vs Spain. The very start of the match was the start of all that is going to follow. The first goal was scored with the clock just @ 9 min’s by Xavi and thats it barca was the superior side throughout the match with the score line @ half time being 2:0 with Real seemed like getting in the groove but in the later half the Barcelona steam rolled their rivals scoring another three and finished the match with the score line @ 5:0. the match was not that a dead rubber as the score line suggests the match was painted yellow with an astounding collection of 11 yellow cards with joint effort by both the teams and like rubbing salt in wound Sergio Ramos was sent of in the finishing minute of the match.The celebrated C.Ronaldo could do nothing but dribble the ball. The other celebrated star Messi was firce in attack as he broke the defence of Real many a times. Mourinho stated in his statement that it was the worst defeat of his career
Now,”Barcelona leads the Standings and looking good for one more successive La Liga title”

Roger That. for Nadal

Nov 29,Barclays ATP World Tour Finals
You cannot find a better end to the ATP season with World no.1 Nadal and No.2 Federer in the finals a full crowd and a three setter. The first set was done away by federer with his trademark Flamboyant style of tennis but Nadal was one fierce bull to give it away he won the second set with his own style of fierce tennis as many expected the match entered to the third round and everyone around the world was eager for a nail biting thriller of a third set but unfortunately, it never happened, as Federer steamrolled Nadal taking out the bull by it’s horn with a clear domination of the world no.1 taking the set 6-1.Roger was it his best throughout the tournament and Nadal was having hiccups here and their but the finale was in liking of any tennis fan in the world but it did not end up as thrilling as expected. But,Still it was great tennis and Federer thoroughly deserved the victory.
the final scoreline is Nadal-federer 3-6,6-3,1-6
Nadal finishes the year as World No.1
and Federer signs off the year Year in style.
Let’s Hope”We get more of this rivalry in the following years to come”

The match is stuck

1st test,Australia Vs England,Brisbane,Day5
The final and the supposed to be thrilling final day is actually heading towards a tame draw. With the Oz bowlers finding no magic and losing all the referrals could not even produce one another wicket. Cook and trott are having a good time in the middle with cook scoring a double ton and still growing ,Trott scoring yet another ton this year both reaching 5th and 4th places in the year long top run scorer’s list. Ponting is embarrassing himself with fraudulent appeals and he better stop them to gain some kind of respect.The match is a sure shot draw and England have gained their respect and at last stopped the practice of bad starts for Ashes at least for this series.@ 9:10 IST the score is 503/1 with a lead of282 runs with 9 wickets in hand.
“Barmy Army is pretty much loud today”

Late Surge By Kiwi’s does not dampen India

Guwahati 1st odi,India Vs New zealand
It isn’t the most awaited Odi series or one of the closely contested series or does not have any impact on rankings or Big players playing but still it is an series involving India which is one of the strongest team in the world and NZ coming to the series with 4 consecutive loses against Bangladesh.Whoever the captain of India , losing the toss is almost inevitable,but India was put into bat by Taylor and the Indian openers immediately made Taylor to regret his decision. Vijay was it his best but his inexperience cost his wicket then came the Hero of the Day Virat Kohli .It was a well constructed innings with controlled aggression,his innings did not have too many boundaries but a lot of singles & doubles.After his fall then came the downfall, The other batsmen fell like domino’s with a light dazzle from Yusuf Pathan.Then came Nz to start it’s innings and the Bench strength of India showed it’s prowess with Nehra, ashwin and sreesanth firing at right time with part timer yuvraj performing above par. The performance of Yuvraj was exceptional as he performed with both bat and ball.then Indian bowlers ran through the Nz batting order until Nathan McCullum and Kyle mills springed surprise and nearly took the game away from India but Sreesanth came back and took 2 wickets of 2 balls to finish the match in style.India overall out played Nz in all departments.
“The six saved by Guptill needs a special mention here”

England dominates the day

1st test,Australia Vs England,Brisbane,Day4
If England was chasing Leather yesterday it was the turn of thew Aussies today .The Aussie bowlers bowled 86 overs today having bagged only one wicket of Strauss . The Day completely belonged to the English with Strauss and Cook scored centuries and trott later joining the party and raising a fifty of his own. The likes of 1st innings star siddle,hilfenhaus& johnson did nothing special and at any point did not trouble the batsmen at all.Now , the most interesting match had turned on his head on inching towards a draw with the sizable lead of the Aussies was made to look easy and England now has a healthy lead with 9 wickets at it’s disposal.The day was finally halted yet again by bad light . After the 4th days play England are @ 309/1 with a lead of 88 runs

Openers stand firm for England

1st test,Australia Vs England,Brisbane,Day4
The England’s answer to Aussie domination on day3 was very well given by the openers of England.The Gabba pitch seems very good for batting and Strauss & Cook are making merry in the middle . Cook, the less dominant of the two partners scoring his 2nd fifty of the match with a score of 51 @ Lunch and strauss powering himself with a 71 @ lunch .England went for Lunch with the score @ 131/0 reducing the lead to 91.The Aussie bowlers could not find length or rhythm today . Hilfenhaus and siddle who were good yesterday in the brief last session of play did very less today to trouble the England batsmen.The only chance of the day was given by strauss which was miserably dropped by Johnson.Further,Johnson considered the spearhead of the Ausies has nothing in the wickets column yet,part timer north is used more.seems like, Ponting wants to use the rough outside the off stump for the left handers.At this juncture, match seems to taking it’s way towards a Draw.
Let’s hope”Strauss scores his century and make the match interesting”
Aussies look down on the field

It’s Curtains Down in Guangzhou – Asian games

Asian games,Guangzhou,final day
Alas, The Asiad did came to an end in China and all eyes were eagerly waiting to get bemused and they did not get disappointed.All the sporting formalities were over and all the thousands of medals of different colors were given away but that does not do it for a games meet.It is all about pride and achievement. The Chinese who were upsetting all the nations in the games with their unimaginable performance gulping down gold after gold in almost all the competitions. Every nation had it’s own moments in the games and all was set to get over with the much awaited closing ceremony.As China had already set benchmark’s with it’s own kind of opening and closing ceremony’s in Beijing and Guangzhou ,China had the burden to match those feats and boy! they did not fail anybody. It was a spectacle to remember and an unforgettable closing ceremony and the the baton was passed onto S.Korea to carry forward the next installment of games and S.Korea came with a rousing cultural performance to celebrate the responsibility given to them. For India, Vijendar was the flag bearer and the proud Indian contingent walked with pride.
Lin Dan the shuttler from China was awarded the MVP of the games .
Let’s Hope”S.Korea carry forward the games in the same grand manner and India to improve further “

EPL today – Berbatov Sizzles for Man.United

The EPL on Saturday was raining goals .
Wolves struggling at the bottom trounced sunderland with a 3-2 victory reviving hopes of avoiding relegation.
Glamorous Man.city struggled against Stoke who held Man.city for a draw with 1-1.Man C’s hopes of topping Chelsea got a beating.
Bottom table clash between fulham and Birmingham was an not so interesting draw with 1-1 .both the sides were too much defensive to improve their chances.
The Bolton’s fine run was halted with a draw against an impressive Blackpool with 2-2. Bolton hold on to it’s top of the table place
Everton was sidelined by West.brom who are already struggling in the bottom in an event marred match with a scoreline of 4-1 and a couple of red cards.
Battle of the relegation between west Ham. and Wigan were west Ham hammered the wigan with 3-1.
The Gunners raised their position to top 2 by beating Aston Villa with a 4-2 scoreline.
Finally the Match of the day,Manchester United moved to the top of the table in style by beating Blackburn Rovers with Dimitri Berbatov scoring a hat trick finishing with 5 goals and Man.United winning by a emphatic margin of 7-1. Chelsea’s work is cut out tomorrow.

Finn Finish the Aussies

1st test,Australia Vs England,Brisbane,Day3
It’s over, The commanding batting performance of Aussies is over thanks to the tall and young steven finn who cleaned up the tail. The Aussie resistance was all but over as soon as Haddin left ,soon Hussey depated, then left of the lower batting order came and went. Xavier Doherty scored his first runs in internation cricket. The Aussies were finally cleaned up for 481with a lead of 220 with Steven Finn finishing with figures of 6/125 in his first ever Ashes innings.The pitch is slowly cracking up and Ponting had a busy walk to all parts of the pitch and seems like found something. Hilfenhaus starts the bowling for Oz and the very first ball of the innings was full of drama as the ball came in and there was a huge shout for Lbw ,Aleem Dar nodded affirmative and the decision was referred and Aussies now are one down for referral ,Strauss survives. Siddle from the other end is also causing troubles and it seems Aussies would be celebrating soon.@12.35 IST england are 13/0 trailing by 208 runs.
Let’s Hope” England finishes the day without losing a wicket”
Aussies are buzzing like Bee in the field

One way traffic in Gabba

1st test,Australia Vs England,Brisbane,Day3
The English is on a leather hunt today . Nothing has gone right for the English catches falling short, Lbw’s decisions not given,given decisions reverted thanks to UDRS.The score does not actually reflect the performance of English bowlers , they really did bowl well but luck was all smiles for the Aussies.After a 300 partnership both Haddin and Hussey departed just now with Hussey failing a Double ton . Swann at last picks up a wicket and Finn removes Hussey. But , all credits reserved for both the Aussie batsmen who scored fantastic centuries. The Aussies executed the plan very well they were in and showed controlled aggression, they were leaving the good balls sending others to the boundaries ,taking quick singles and doubles and kept the score board ticking. Now, the Aussies have a lead of over 200 and definitely have the match in their clutches . If England has to overcome a loss they have to perform above their capabilities . as of now I suppose Aussies would not have much of a work in the second innings of batting . @ 11.20 the Aussies are 462/7 with a lead of 202 runs
Let’s hope”England produces a hero in somebody and produce a thrilling draw”
Swann pumps his fists towards the Barmy Army(is it too late????)