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South Africa cruise to victory
SOUTH Africa have scored one of their greatest cricketing triumphs, overpowering Australia by six wickets after an unbeaten century from AB De Villiers. So, for South Africa, AB is the man of the game.
ps. South Africa have never won a Test series in Australia and haven't claimed a series victory over Australia since 1969-70.
In Fox Australia it was reportend like this:
"A FIGHTING knock of 39 not out from wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has put Australia back in control against South Africa after a see-sawing day three of the first Test."
ps. still looking ofr proper surce to whatch the cricket game from internet.. jason tv does not always show the image.. wonder why
Australia slighly dominated todays test in Perth. South Africa played well but the true dominant in the game was Australias Mitchell Johnson. He took seven wickets today. Good effort from one man.
ps. if you are interested to read more about this young (born 1981) talent, there is a good site on queenslands cricket clubs pages:
Australia started batting, and the score is for Australia 375. For South Africa it is 151/3 (44.0 ov). South Africa trail by 224 runs with 7 wickets
ps. I think South Africa is going to lose...
14.2 overs left for today and Villiers and Kallis are jsut not scoring enought.
South Africa is trailing with 165 runs and Kallis and Villers have scored 100 runs in 31.3 overs,, and there is left only 13.4. So unless South Africa pulls off the "Indians" - trick, they have lost.
THE baggy green cap worn by Sir Donald Bradman in his final Test for Australia from the 1948 Invincibles Ashes Tour of England passed in at auction without a single bid.
The coveted cap was expected to sell in Melbourne on Monday night for $600,000 to $750,000, with early expectations it could even fetch as much as $1 million. Apparently the cap was sold at a price between 400 000-420 000 australian dollars.
Wow, this test macth will remain fine memories in my life forever, created historic win and one of the greatest victory by Inidan team athome after the worst times ever facing by the nation due to terror attacks, little cheer to the Indian people esp. Mumbaikars, as our little master devoted this victory and his ton to the Indian people esp. Mumbaikars. One good thing for Indian test squad is that, yuvaraj came solid with his innings by making 85 and obviously little master Sachin made one of the best innings according to me, more patience, under pressure, elegant and more balanced innings. One will never forgot the innings by Shewag and Gautam, shewag play natural and outrageous play whether it is Test or ODI, its great innings. I think we should appreciate the England squad for coming bakc to India for playing test macthes for its solidarity towards India. England euqally played good and dominant cricket until 4th day but final day is something outstanding by Indian cricket team, great batting display. England will look for consolation win in the 2nd test on 19th Dec 2008 after loosing ODI's and One test match. lets see how the second test goes, India would definitely look to sweep the test series at mohali.
Tomorrow is the Final day for Ind v Eng 1st Test match in Chennai, until 3 days, England players dominated the game, after taking the lead in first innings and set a target of 387 to India. Until tea break, everyone thought England would win the test match comfortably with providing tough target to India but after tea break (4th day) India played the second inng's score 131/1, it seems the game took big turn due to the outrageous start by Sehwag's batting ( i just love Viru batting, he is amazing, excellent show, and simply superb), now England had to think little mroe serious to win this test match on the final day. Still many things can happen on the final day, the match is on balance but still England are still favorites on the patchy wicket, spinners will be key esp. Swann. But India had lot of batting to come, they have the chance to win this test match, if they can score 90 +90 runs in two sessions even though they loose couple of wickets then target can be achieved (it is not so easy to bat on final day esp to face spinners with huge turn on the wicket).
England's bowlers proved that it doesn't matter how many thousands of runs a top order has, each innings is a new one and all batsmen are human. A fine combined effort from the five-man attack reduced India to 155 for 6 in reply to their 316 on the second day in Chennai. Graeme Swann grabbed the spotlight with two wickets in his first over in Test cricket and three strikes in the final hour - one apiece for Monty Panesar, Andrew Flintoff and Steve Harmison - allowed England to cement unexpected control.
The pitch has already played a part in this fascinating contest and chasing in the fourth innings isn't going to be easy. There was help for Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra, but also for England's spin pair as Swann and Panesar matched them. After stumbling to 37 for 3, courtesy Swann's two in four balls before tea, India partially recovered through Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. But their dismissals in consecutive overs after the break stunned the crowd into silence.
Flintoff produced another of the chest-thumping spells for which he has become famous. With his first ball back he had Tendulkar caught and bowled and then got under the skin of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh. There is a belief that Yuvraj doesn't have the same taste for Tests as he does for one-dayers and the roughing-up worked: in the penultimate over of the day he drove at Harmison, edging to Flintoff at second slip.
This Test looked like it might never go ahead, and some still argue it's too soon to be playing cricket, but in the end the opening day produced a fascinating start to the short series. Despite a fine century from Andrew Strauss, a brace of wickets apiece for Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan reduced England to 229 for 5 at the close although the surface is threatening to break up later in the game.
Against the odds England controlled the first two sessions and were 164 for 1 at tea after an opening stand of 118. However, India hit back strongly, led by another outstanding display of reverse swing from Zaheer. He removed Ian Bell with the second ball after tea and bounced-out a scratchy and skittish Kevin Pietersen. Andrew Flintoff did well to survive his early trial by spin and swing, and faces a huge role on the second day with nightwatchman James Anderson for company.
AUSTRALIAN fast bowler Mitchell Johnson has warned South Africa that the home side's pace attack will also be fast and dangerous on the bouncy WACA ground wicket in next week's first Test.
Johnson, who has been in brilliant form with 50 wickets in 2008 including 14 at 11 in the recent 2-0 whitewash of New Zealand, says the tourists shouldn't get too carried away with their own pace attack of Dale Steyn (60 wickets this year), Morne Morkel (37) and Makhaya Ntini (46).
Tour Match v Western Australia at Perth - Dec 11, 2008
Match scheduled to begin at 12:00 local time (03:00 GMT)
Tour Match v Western Australia at Perth - Dec 12-13, 2008 (10:30 local, 01:30 GMT)
1st Test v Australia at Perth - Dec 17-21, 2008 (11:30 local, 02:30 GMT)
2nd Test v Australia at Melbourne - Dec 26-30, 2008 (11:00 local, 00:00 GMT)
3rd Test v Australia at Sydney - Jan 3-7, 2009 (11:00 local, 00:00 GMT)
THE hottest thing in world cricket is pace sensation Dale Steyn and South Africa coach Mickey Arthur says the young quick set to take on Australia has "unbelievable potential".
The 25-year-old right-armer - who is yet to play a Test against Australia - can bowl outswingers at 150km/h and tops the 2008 wicket-taking list with 60 scalps in 11 Tests.
Critics have already attacked Steyn, saying he's yet to prove himself against Australia.
Arthur says the first Test at the bouncy WACA pitch in Perth will give the Australian public the chance to see just how Steyn has been able to claim 136 wickets at 22.67 in 27 matches.
ECB set to confirm India Test series will go ahead
• England's security inspection in Chennai is completed
• Team expected to fly to India at end of week via Abu Dhabi
The England and Wales Cricket Board expects to confirm within hours that the Test series of India will go ahead after the completion of a security inspection in Chennai. The ECB remains confident despite the febrile atmosphere surrounding the tour that the bulk of the squad will accept the security report that a tour of India remains legitimate and will decide to travel.
Reg Dickason, the ECB's security adviser, completed today what appeared to have been a satisfactory inspection of the Chidambaran Stadium, the new venue for the first Test on December 11. He told Press Trust of India: "We had some security concerns and these have been addressed." Dickason now flies on to Mohali, venue for the second Test, and a similar outcome is expected within 48 hours.
In the sport of cricket, a batsman reaches his century when he scores 100 or more runs in the innings. The term is also included in "century partnership" which occurs when two batsmen add 100 runs to the team total when they are batting together.
The first century in Test cricket was scored by Charles Bannerman. Playing in the first ever Test between Australia and England, (Melbourne Cricket Ground, March 15-19, 1877) Bannerman scored 165 retired hurt.
AUSTRALIA'S Mike Hussey averages 203 in his four Test matches at Adelaide Oval so it's no surprise he loves the place.
But the feeling is hardly mutual from the New Zealanders who collapsed on Saturday morning, losing 4-8 to be bowled out for 270 then watching Australia take control of the second Test.
Captain Ricky Ponting stroked a masterful 79 and Hussey is unbeaten on 69 with Australia to resume on Sunday on 3-241.
Now, this is a cricket blog and not political blog. But I want say that I hope from the bottom of my heart that this conflict will come to an end as soon as possible. And most of all, I wish streng and courage for all of you who have relatives and family in these dangerous situations.
Thats right, the score in game played in adelaide oval is 6/262. It is the first inning and Brendon McCullum and Daniel Vettori are batting. Aaron Redmond, Jamie How, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Peter Fulton and Daniel Flynn being bowled out.
At the same time in India, the british cricket team is figuring out what to do. This is from Guardian: The fate of England's Test tour to India lies in the hands of the players themselves, according to their captain, Kevin Pietersen, as the team prepares to fly home from the country in the wake of the terrorist atrocities that have rocked Mumbai over the past two days."
Have a good week end and try to whatch some cricket.
Fifth ODI: The series is out of reach but can England regain some pride in India? I dont think so. But what is the result?
I got to go work,,, so the result will be here later on.
ps. For those who are following things in Australia you propably already know that symonds did not do anything wrong.
Ricky Ponting and Andrew Symonds at the Cricket Australia press conference (picture abowe)
Jeetan Patel replaces Kyle Mills
The offspinner Jeetan Patel will join New Zealand's squad for the second Test starting in Adelaide on Friday. Patel has been named to replace the fast bowler Kyle Mills, who missed out on a spot at the Gabba and will be released so he can play in the State Championship for Auckland this week.
"I was really disappointed not to play here, especially as the conditions up here and the humidity really suit my style of swing bowling," Mills said. "I will go home to get a bit of cricket because if I stayed here and did not play at Adelaide it would have meant three weeks without a game. While I haven't played here I have been working hard in the nets but getting a few games for Auckland will help me get and maintain some rhythm."
in picture abowe Jeetan Patel and Daniel Vettori
The reason England keep losing in India
-- and this is how it goes in guardian --
It doesn't take a genius to work out why Peter Moores's side have been beaten again - India are just a much better one-day team
England have not won a live one-day-international in India in just shy of seven years. Since then, they have played a seven-match series in 2004-05, in which India won the first four games; a Champions Trophy match later that year, which India won; and the current seven-match series in which, as you know, India have again won the first four games.
I think I'm beginning to see a pattern.
so there you go..
ps. in image abowe India's Yuvraj Singh celebrates one of his two centuries in the ongoing ODI series with England
So it is Symonds again in trouble. But what do you think is this serious or does it have any affect on cricket? Sometimes these kind of player are good for the team because of their team spirit building abilityes. Well here is an article from fox sport news from Australia.
Andrew Symonds's Test career in the balance after alleged bar-room brawl
November 24, 2008
TROUBLE-plagued cricketer Andrew Symonds says he was the victim of an overzealous fan following reports he was involved in a pub fight at a Brisbane hotel at the weekend.
Management of Brisbane's popular Normanby Hotel went into bat for the Queensland all-rounder as Cricket Australia launched its own investigations into the incident.
"It's been reported I was involved in a pub fight on Sunday night. I would just like to take the opportunity to clarify this report," said Symonds in a statement released through Queensland Cricket.
"A member of the public acted unreasonably towards me while I was with friends at which time I took steps to remove myself from the situation.
Shah shines after monsoon but India mop up series
This is a headline from the guardian.. and heres the rest of it... enjoy
The first depression over Bangalore was caused by the north-east monsoon; the second by Owais Shah. But both proved short-lived as neither the rain nor the defiant hitting of Shah that followed it was enough to save England. India took an unassailable 4-0 lead in the seven-match series to take the Hero Honda Cup. England were just left with that familiar sinking feeling.
India will fly to Bhubaneswar today for the first of three dead rubbers talking of experimentation. England will head north fearing a whitewash. A rain-affected finale under the lights at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here offered them an escape clause but only Shah, with 72 from 48 balls, looked likely to accept it.
"India have played some fantastic cricket," said England's captain, Kevin Pietersen. "But we have to keep the series competitive. We are being paid to win games of cricket. We need to get our heads up."
have a nice monday
So, good morning guys and hope you are enjoying the winter weather. I thought sendin something off the main topic which is establishin a real club in Oulu. I would like to write few words about spin bowling, but since I dont know anything about it, let the professionals do the talking. Heres two spin bowlers from Sri Lanka that really know their game.
and Ajantha Mendis
Have good you tube moment
pss. did you know that there are seven test cricket grounds in Sri Lanka (according to cricinfo.com). In India there are 20, in Australia 9 and in England there are 9 (same source)
Once again we survived the working week.
As I mentioned in my earlier post this week, we have many options on how fast and on what intensity we get involved in the national level cricket. But one thing which I think we all can agree is that everyone who wants to play can play. So there should be multiple levels of cricket teams and games that we play here in Oulu. After all, it wont be long when we can teatch cricket in schools for the kids. Think about that also.
But for now... It is week end so let us enjoy our wel earned time with family and friends,, and maybe some cricket literature also. And to get your brains in the week end mode I am giving you an idea. In Australia they used to play cricket everyhere,, it was called backyard cricket. Have you ever thought of palying cricket here in Finland on ice? If not ,,, look at this you tube video from estonia:
ps. there is partial nudity in the you tube videoi so it might not be suitable for youngsters
As I promised to tell about the prosess of becoming a team, here it is.
I made first contact with the national cricket assosiation in Finland couple of months ago and we are in the prosess of finding options for the club. These options involve of how and what kind of club establish in Oulu.
As you propably know, the other national level clubs are in Helsinki, Tampere, Turku and Vaasa. So we are to be the most northern club in Finland (at least at the moment). The distance from Oulu to Helsinki is about 8 hours ride in bus. So I am interested to hear and read your opinion of do we wish to partisipate in competition level and when?
What comes to the actual timetable: If we would like to start palying now, we would need a indoor place. To apply for these premesis is not difficult, but they are very popular. We might not be able to get a indoor place in the middle of the season, for this winter anymore, but for the year 2009-2010 it should be possible.
This means that the first games will be playen on summer 2009, outdoors.
About the equipment. For the team we need some basic equipment in the begginning. Also for the equipment arrangements I am still analysing our options. Also the idea of getting us a sponsor is important.
So, all in all. I need to dig deeper into the cricket acticity in Finland(there are certain customs in finnish cricket scene already and eventually we need to adopt some of those rules).
Eventually, when I have all the necessary facts, I could give you a presentation.
I hope this gives you some kind of idea where things are.
Before I write you about the prosess of becoming a real club, I would like to share something with. This one of the things that got me inspired in cricket. The waca (western Australia cricket assosiation) field in Pert Australia. It is a beutiful ground and there is also a museum integrated in the facilities. You can go for a guided tour on the field. Needless to say, the guides are former criceters or great fans of the game.
So enjoys the links and lets be careful otu there,,, once again it is a slippery weather.
http://www.indiaquiz.net/cricket.html (indian quiz)
http://www.howstat.com/cricket/Quiz/Quiz.asp (for Ozzies)
ps. if you have good recriational links for cricket please send them in
pss. thank you for all the feedback so far
(feel free to)... jump in and throw some ideas of how to get started in this cricket related blog. I am very open to any ideas related in developing this site, or cricket possibilities in oulu, in terms of promoting the grassroot level cricket in Oulu.
All the ideas will be published on this site.
ps. if you have any friends who are into cricket and like to develop this site, please let them know.
pss. as you can see we are just getting started, but form mailing list you can send me mail on firstname.lastname@example.org