HurraH ! India lost

A Late take off

India Vs West Indies,4th ODI

13-june-2011,

The tournament that nobody wanted and still staying the same way had at-last had a change in momentum and even though it was an very late momentum swing but still it is welcome. The west indies actually took a long time(3 matches) to realize that it was a second string side that was touring them and not the same team that lifted the trophy. and when they found it out India were already planning to play their 3rd string side. India already being wrapped up the series fielded some changes in their bowling armory and continued with their 2nd string batting line up(missing- shewag,sachin,gambhir,yuvi,dhoni). Raina after adding a feather to his cap by grasping his maiden series win  won the toss yet again and with all the cliche’s happening around fielded again and restricted Windies to less than 250(actually 249) but with a little twiat of India ending up on the losing note this time around as sharma could not repeat his heroics again

The Windies once again had a poor start to the match batting first losing two quick wickets but opener simmons stayed a little longer this time saving his pride  and there was another guy who was saving his pride and he is the tall and humungous Pollard after a failed IPL and a poor two matches played the savior role with an un pollard innings scoring 70 with less than a 100 strike rate.These heroics helped Windies score 249 their highest for this season  setting a target of 250 in a turning pitch which was later claimed by martin as his backyard.

Then came the Indian openers and parthiv was as usual fluent and failed to convert his start and Tiwary was like a guy who came straight out of a horror movie poking outside off regularly and eventually got out(he would have been happy i think!). then the collapse started yet again as the previous match . parthiv returned back and much expected Badri also came back and kohli could do nothing after a decent time in the middle, rohit failed after a very promising start failing against martin , raina continued his poor form in foreign lands, Y.pathan went back faster than his shots used to be,Ashwin showed some prowess with the bat but could do very less considering the loss of wickets, praveen did not waste much energy and mishra and ishanth were formalities . martin spun it good as he took 4 wickets with kohli,rohit,and raina among his scalps . In the end India was bundled out in the 39th over for 146 and for the very first time Windies looked like a home team.

At-last Windies were showing class in the series and that is a good sign for the upcoming test series for the record India lost it’s very first match after the magical world cup finishing a 7 match streak. Martin who was adjudged the MoM was highly modest in his speech in which he told he never knows the word “Lose”. Man, he a west indian in the Sammy era don’t he knows that viv and clive have already retired and walsh and ambrose are writing columns and he sure has to come back to earth and play the next match.

For the very first time i’ve felt relieved that India lost. But still, gutted we should have done a white wash.

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Somewhere in the other world Windies Win

I am for the taking(wickets)...

Pakistan in West Indies Test Series

1st Test, Providence Stadium, Guyana

When the most of the cricketing world has forgot about Test Cricket after a carnival CWC 2011 and an ongoing IPL T20 extravaganza and when two of the most disturbed cricketing teams which are in the headlines for all the wrong reasons for quite a while play together in that  format and who is to be blamed for such a low key tournament.

Still, Whatever may be the reason and whoever may be playing . They are playing cricket and that too international level and the game never ceases to surprise and only the spirit of cricket can help a series like this one to get some attention and oh boy! it really did. For the first 3 days of the match i would bet much of the cricket followers would not even have heard about a test match that is being played in Guyana and after 3days when the game entered the 4th day i would again bet all of those who ignored got into the groove to know the result. This match is one for people who suggest big scores alone could draw attention. This match would be etched in history with almost half of the dismissals in the match are LBW’s and sammy would take credit for five out of it and do remember that sammy did it all by his own in this match ,capturing a total of 7 wickets out of which 5 were LBW’s and two disturbed the wood work. For, Pakistan saeed Ajmal got the breakthrough’s with a total of 11 victims falling for his variety of spin.

In this match totally dominated by bowlers another bowler sizzled not only with the ball but also with his bat providing a gladiatorial resistance , Bishoo the tiny dynamite seems to be a runaway success for Windies who are in search for a matured spinner and they seemed to have found the answer. Windies who were struggling in the ODI’s before restoring some pride continued their winning form in the test beating Pak’s with a 40 run margin which is supposedly a huge margin considering the scenario of the match where only a total 716 runs were scored  over 4 innings that to for the fall of 40 wickets with a match high score of 52 by the ever sensible Misbah-ul-haq.

Sammy was correctly adjudged the MoM for his match winning performance in the 4th innings.Sammy finished with figures of  7/45 in 29 overs for  the match.

Still Not many would worry about the next test……