Zaheer Removes Openers in a Dark And Overcast Day

Definitely Not So bright!

Day 1,India Vs England, 1st Test, Lord’s

The 2000th test has already commenced in the mecca of cricket,the two top teams have already locked their horn’s in this going to be long series and the men in brightly striped ties are in their seats with their hands clapping for almost every small achievement . This is Lord’s for you , it is far more like watching sachin , it’s all history if he plays,gets out, scores 10,20,30,40,50,….100,….200,…300….400?. whatever happens in lord’s is history and the cricket history writers could also buy up a house near it as they can do their work easily and quiet closely to their home.The Indians with their strong side back is looking to strong for any team’s liking  English are also looking like a team which cannot be taken lightly .

The toss of the 2000th was on air and Dhoni had the right to call it and he called it right too , India won the toss and decided to bowl first in  a day of overcast conditions and darkness . India’s bowling was spearheaded by the wily Zaheer after a brief rest from the Caribbean tour and immediately with not more than 10 overs was being bowled and England @ just 19 ,India had the first laugh with Zaheer removing Cook with the ball that didn’t swing disappointingly for cook going for just 12 . The bowling supported by heavy swing and famous Lord’s slop helping Ishant & praveen with the extra bit of pace they need and Trott & strauss were having a torrid time in the middle but they saw it through and strauss when he was seemingly moving towards momentum was caught in the deep by ishant again from Zaheer for 22 with the scoreboard @ 62 . Now, KP joined trott in the middle and KP had one hell of a time in the middle with ball swinging both ways but the poor slip catching gave Kp some air to breath and Trott on the other end had no worries and he was playing as fluidly as he can as though the ball is doing nothing. Trott was a treat to watch and if  only praveen and ishant made more use of their advantages after zaheer left halfway suffering a niggle(a big scare actually for India) Trott could have been troubled atleast KP could have been the England stay @ 127/2  as the nature turned it lights off too take a nap and poured a little shower to allow the players to do the same. that was stumps for the day as England seemed to be in control of the conditions with Trott scoring the first 50 of the series.

Hope day 2 is much brighter and much dry and much to the Indian hopes Zak should be back.

The Great English Summer Gets Underway.

That's Clean!

India Vs England  Test Series,

The greener of the greens , the heat-less summer , the cleanest of clothes, and mildest of crowd celebrations and nonetheless gallons of beer and no no it isn’t the Wimbledon(No beer in Wimbledon!) , It is the Test series between India and England. It is one such series which still withholds the tradition of 5 tests and this is being regarded the first intense tour for the New crowned One day champions after their triumph. India still clutching to it’s No.1 spot in tests like an adamant baby and the English who are much more determined to put an end to India’s non-losing streak of 10 consecutive test series . It actually is much more respite to Indian cricket fans as this is the kind of tour they are waiting to feast on after the much boring (one has to accept!) Windies tour(I was too bored to blog it out) and after all the Indians get to have the matches telecast at a time when they won’t sleep or won’t get fired turning up for work late after a very late night slow cricket. This series actually does not have any kind of fire down it’s belly to ignite the series or any kind of enmity between the teams that would brighten up the series ,but still  this series of 5 going to be grueling tests would attract more eye-balls than a exhibition match of Manchester united.

The results of the matches are to be too keenly watched by experts, fans, test enthusiasts and especially the men behind the camera’s. There isn’t too much of controversies surrounding the series as much as the gayle fiasco did for Windies tour but the good news is the Indians are back with their best team and except for Sehwag there is no big worries to the already strong batting ordered with it’s heavily armored middle order comprising of The maestro, The Wall & The ever Stylist  VVS. A.Mukund who had an decent run in difficult of pitches in Caribbean would get another shot to open with Gambhir in Sehwag’s absence , Raina’s dominant comeback in the windies tour and also in the recently concluded practice match adds more strength to the armory.  The bowling which is always touted as India’s Weak link  especially  their fast bowling department has proved much more in the carribean tour and Ishanth with his dangerous pace and short one’s along with his current form looks as dangerous as a Indian Fast bowler ever have been . Bhajji is at his usual best and munaf with his sharpened art of spining as A. Roberts would say forms a deadly quartet and  OOOoooops! forgot to remind that zak is back  Yes, zaheer the bowling attack this time would ne lead by the wily and cunning Zaheer khan . Strauss would have already started his prayers.

Meanwhile, The English Batting is also as strong as it can be with all their Top four Batsmen in top form. Cook & Strauss form a deadly opening pair with each of scoring centuries at will these days with Ian bell , Trott followed by Kevin peiterson (K.P)and Eoin Morgan combine to  form a devastating middle order , all these batsmen have numbers to support their claim. K.P is supposed to look for runs as he is the only small weak link in the English batting armory but that is what is dangerous for India as he can come to form at any time that too in a series of 5 tests. The bowling of England was not their weak link ever and it is not this time again , Anderson considered as one of the prime swing bowlers of present times in the lines of steyn and zaheer will lead the attack for England and swann the wily fox will be ready to spin his web of disaster for India but Everybody knows the history of Spin against India , Broad the new T20 captain has too much to prove after the shabby show the previous series , tremlett or bresnan will always be there for providing the extra hand in crisis situations.

Overall, This is a mouth watering series in waiting and too many one -to- one are on their way to heat it up along the way. This series , i will not say will be going down in history as a great one, but it will prove the might of test cricket and why it is rated above all forms of Cricket.

Again OOOOooopps… Sachin’s 100th International is waiting to come this series and supposedly to everybody’s liking the next match itself.

Note: MSD is yet to lose a series as captain.

Rain And Clarke plays savior roles

Pumped Up! Sure he his.

I just cannot wait for tomorrow. what a final day we have in cards but First today, England finally declared and the Aussies started their innings with responsibility with watson scoring yet another half century and departing soon after it.Ponting failed miserably and he’s going to be the bait for the media big fishes this time for sure ,Then the ever confident but out of form Clarke stepped up and Hussey stepped up the ante and we saw some aggressive cricket from both of them and they looked good to save the match with Rain and bad light gaining spot light once again. Then the session restored and the cricket continued and the Partnership grew and when it reached 104 then came poster boy KP with the ball and guess what! he took a wicket and it was the wicket of the good looking Clarke caught @ 80 and Aussie’s @ the end of the day were 238/4 still trailing by 137 runs with 6 wickets in hand and Hussey @ the crease

Let’s Hope “rain does not attend the match tomorrow and have a nail biting finish”


Trouble Ahead of Oz – Swann Spins it!

It is called sending them to all parts of the ground

2nd test,Australia Vs England,Adelaide,Day4

The 4th day, at last has some heat in the air as the match is heating up for a finish as England declared their innings @ 620/5 leading by 375 with KP signing off @ 227

The start of the day was as expected the English came with a fire or get fired attitude and they improved their lead and declared. Then came the Aussies into bat and they had a promising opening stand with katich seemingly having a niggle and could not run good between the wickets and @ lunch the scoreboard read 78/0. Swann was already in good rhythm and was hitting rough frequently and the much deserved wicket for swann di come as katich departed and soon enough the ever willy ponting left soon(will he be in the next match line up now?).

The ‘PUP’ clarke looks confident and ever in form watson seems to be providing some form of resistence to Englands quest towards leading the Ashes 1-0. @9.13 IST the score is 120/2 trailing by 225

Here’s Watson scoring yet another 50,Then Drinks

Now,KP hit’s Double Ton – Worries continue for Oz

2nd test,Australia Vs England,Adelaide,Day3

England,England,England all the way.This match could be heading for a result and the result would be a English ‘s victory or a draw courtesy the rain god.

Today, the Aussies faced yet another leather hunt with another batsmen dominating the bowling. Cook left early today and Kp came to the fore with another partnership along with collingwood who had a good time in the middle and guess what! Kp who did not have a century under his belt for 18 months scored a century and converted it as a double ton to Barmy Army’s delight . Collingwood departed and bell joined Kp to keep Oz bowlers @ bay . For,the Aussies Harris was the pick of the bowlers ,Doherty was clueless and definitely not in the fray for the next match .

For,Aussie’s delight at last came some hope in the form of Rain and it is their only hope to save the match now. I suppose England now will declare their innings after some explosive innings from their lower middle order and give their bowlers some time to clean up the Aussie and take lead in the series.@ the end of the day Eng are 551/4 leading by 306 runs as rain halted the day

Guess who’s ‘Cook’ing in Adelaide – KP joins the party

Yes, That's the way pavilion is for England &" It is blocked"

2nd test,Australia Vs England,Adelaide,Day2

Today, Ponting & his men could not find any way forward . The bowlers returned to the dressing room with nothing to show in their wicket column . The Barmy Army has all the reasons to act wild and go haywire with all their batsmen making merry in the center.

The Adelaide wicket was touted to be Batsmen friendly but eyebrows were raised after Aussies batting display but cook & company proved everybody wrong and used the Adelaide wicket to full use . Cook and trott put upon a solid partnership after Strauss exiting too early and both of them were looking good for a hundred before trott’s dismissal for 78 . But, that did not deter the lineup of the English and Peiterson also joined the party to create havoc for the Aussies .he was on a song building an unbeaten partnership of 141 with cook scoring 85 nad looking good for a well deserved century and cook who got to his second consecutive century with 136 is looking strong for a 2nd double ton in a row. still more batting line up to come and Aussie bowling seems does not have any fuel in their tank and England looks to be on top for a test victory this match

Let’s hope”Aussies find some kind of momentum”

It’s Day 2 of Problems for Oz

Waiting for the second leap!

2nd test,Australia Vs England,Adelaide,Day2

Today, The start of the day could not be as good with Bollinger striking early in the very first over of the day but sadly for the Oz that was the only piece of joy they had until this time of the day .

Strauss @ the start of the day would be quite embarrassed about his dismissal .He was trying to let the ball but it came back and cleaned him up and bollinger was hoped to continue the rhythm but did not happen.

Then joined the troubling partners of the previous match Trott and Cook who are yet to be removed from the previous match and beleive me they both are looking too good for yet another centuries and after the first over wicket when the scoreboard read 3/1 the partnership of cook and trott is now worth 153 with each scoring 70 and 66 respectively and @ 9:35 IST England are 166/1 trailing by 78 runs and raring to go.

Barmy Army is having a feast over here in Adelaide.

Nightmare 1st day For Oz

2nd test,Australia Vs England,Adelaide,Day1

Today,was not the day for Australia and England was all smiles in a day of disastrous batting collapse courtesy James Anderson. Australia failed in a batting paradise.Ponting did not win any accolades for his innings but won a golden duck out of his innings and what happened next is the usual story of the new Australia cricket ,Top order fails,middle order stumbles , hussey and lower middle order to the rescue and Ponting having a rough chat with opposition player’s .

The story for the day is short anderson’s early spell spelled the disaster of the top order watson and Hussey helped restore pride but watson soon left and haddin and hussey again put up a good stand to save the Aussies but hussey fell short of a well deserved century and haddin batlled along with the poor tail which failed to wag and haddin was the last pin to fall and England started the innings and Ponting had a verbal war with his counterpart Strauss as they returning to the pavilion . Anderson finished with figures of 4/51 and great news for Barmy Army is Swann seems like regaining form finishing with 2/70 including Hussey’s prized wicket.The scoreboard @ the end of day 1 read Aus-245 ,Eng-1/0 trailing by 244 runs.

Ponting sure is unhappy

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