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.

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New Cub on the block makes CSK proud

Here I come........

18 May 2011 ,IPL – 64th match

Chennai Super Kings v Kochi Tuskers Kerala

Chennai Super Kings in Chennai and  whoever may be the opponent leave them bewildered and leaves them gasping for breath as they sweep past them to mark their victory. This is the scenario from the very first game when CSK sneaked past KKR. CSK who are now sitting atop the points table comfortably and are very much promised for one of the top 2 spots unless anything different happening  on the final day of the league matches.

MSD and Parthiv(A former CSK) walked for the Toss which eventually was won by MSD and who without any hesitation chose to bat on a pitch which looked slow and two paced. Huss and Vijay walked onto the crease and as usual started slowly and when RP returned bowl the 3rd over vijay was in his usual mood slapping three straight fours until RP delivered a perfect yorker on the off stump which made vijay clueless and later stumpless . Then Raina came and gave his former teammate behind the stumps a welcome gift and parthiv rejected it much to the wrath of Sreesanth ,Then raina released his wrath in Sree’s next over scoring 16 runs in 3 balls before holing out the next delivery to mid on. Then the ever resilient Badri came and gave hodge some charge before holing  out to RP in deep (yesterday’s offer for KTK : give boundaries get a wicket free). Then much to the surprise when everybody was expecting the wicket keeper batsmen to arrive at the crease he arrive but his name was different he was called as W.Saha who was taking care of the deep boundries as fielder in quite a few matches now and for the very first time this IPL came to face a delivery. Huss could not get a move on and Saha was very new to the crease and CSK’s score looked stand still for some overs before saha upped the ante by sweeping jaddu for a six and huss who was struggling gave up his wicket and stepped in Dhoni and he along with saha started increasing the run flow but dhoni nicked one to his counterpart and walked off  then Albie came to infuse fire power but much to his like ball did not bounce much and saha carried on hitting at least a boundary of every over and an much needed six . they scored 21 runs of the last 2 overs with saha missing out on a well deserved 50 with CSK finishing at 152/5 setting up a reasonable total to fight it out.

KTK’s chase is on missing mahela this time around Parthiv opened with Mccullum and Ashwin opening the bowling this time. ashwin started up miserly  and bollinger continued the same way and the stand in skipper parthiv gave his wicket the softest of ways and Mccullum tried everything dancing down the track, sweeping, steeping back, walking down the pitch but he could not get a move on particularly against ashwin who bowled  3 overs in his first spell. G.rao(V.rao’s) brother started to get a move on against jakathi before falling to bravo’s famous slower one.Mccullum and hodge rotated the strike and scoring the necessary boundary often and KTK for the very first time started to inflict pressure on CSK before jakathi made a copmeback cleaning up Mccullum. Then hodge realised it is already too late to get a move on and skied one towards Vijay who while  holding on to the regulation catch was too complacent and dropped the catch making him look like an amateur on the field. Hodge later gave a final burst in the penultimate over from bravo’s and Vijay would have had a stinky stomach . Later Bollinger came onto finish the match with his trade mark last over and CSK yet again won @ home. KTK finished at 141/5  falling 11 runs short. The little known Saha was adjudged the MoM.

The story of CSK seems very simple in this tournament , They do not win by huge margins but they still win it by a considerable margin, they are to lose then, there should be rain or valthaty kind of innings  on the ranks. They can now boast about having the best NRR in the tournament and they are the only team to qualify for the play off’s 4th time straight and they are the most consistent team of the tournament at home. To their credit yesterday’s MoM to saha was their seventh player this season to win the award in 9 matches with Huss winning it thrice (!Badri hasn’t won it yet!). They now have nearly 7 accomplished match winners.

Remember! Finals is in Chennai too….