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Taylor Bunged Pakistan’s Progress……Kiwis Mortified Green Shirts March 10, 2011

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Pool (A) Match 24:

Pakistan Vs Newzealand:

Pallekelle (08/03/2011):

How to approach this politely? Ian Chappell was pretty polite. “If his batting was as good as Don Bradman’s,” he said on air, “he couldn’t score enough runs to make up for what he costs them with his keeping.

Afridi boys finally found themselves in hot water against a less but proficient opponents, having decided to bat first the kiwis lost McCullum early whose stumps was dislodged by mighty Rawalpindi Express, Jamie how batted for some time ,tried to settle his nerves, but he was unable to find rhythm  after 29 balls he was ruled out lbw to a good delivery off Umar Gul. The biggest climax of the match occurred in 14th over of Shoaib, when he delivers a wicket taking delivery to Taylor, Shoaib has Ross pushing at a one that held its line, and the healthy edge goes ever so slowly to Kamran who is in good position to take it, gets gloves on it, and clangs it, Shoaib can’t do anything about it, he looks hysterical, Taylor and Guptill added some 50 odds for the third wicket, Martin Guptill contributed 57 to scorecard providing Newzealand a solid pedestal. Some little but consolidated contributions from Styris 29 and Nathan McCullum 19 helped Newzealand’s cause and raises its total to 210/6 in 46 overs. This is the time when every one had expected Newzealand to post a maximum of 250 total at this venue but fortune favors the brave, that’s what assisted Ross Taylor with his outstanding blows he had dispatched the bowlers particularly Razzaq and Akhtar in all corners of the ground ,it was worth watching, a total controlled colossal hitting with all hits going way behind the boundary ,biggest six of the tournament was also hit by Taylor ,Jacob Oram also chipped in with 3 sixes adding 25 to his name ,Newzealand ended their innings at 302/7 in 50 overs ,Pakistani bowlers conceded 92 runs in last fours overs which became a world record of giving maximum runs in last 4 overs of the innings by any team in an ODI.Umar Gul was the pick of the bowlers with 3/32 in his complete 10 overs. Pakistan have to chase their highest ever total to win a world cup match ,the openers from which many have expected to perform well in WC 11’ haven’t come up to expectations yet & they have revived their same performance ,Pakistan started her innings in a clumsy manner ,at one stage they were 23/4 in just 8 overs .Misbah and Umar Akmal tried to stabilize the innings ,their efforts ended in vain ,some smart hits from Afridi showed Pakistan might change the scenario through skipper’s Century but he hesitated to stay on the wicket ,Newzealand lost vettori early in Pakistan innings but Pakistan didn’t materialize this tragedy ,Razzaq was the only 50 plus scorer ,he contributed 62 while Umar Akmal 38 and Umar Gul 34* were the other dominant scorers. Newzealand winded up the proceedings in 42th over ,Pakistan ended up with 192 all out ,Tim southee with 3/25 in 8 overs was the pick of the bowlers while Ross Taylor was acknowledged Man of the Match Award for his Match-Winning innings of 131 with 7 sixes and 8 fours. Pakistan had again paid for Kamran Akmal’s blunder.


England Stumbled after gaining Control …..Kevin done for Ireland…first Upset of WC 2011 March 4, 2011

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Pool (B) Match 15:

England Vs Ireland:

Bangalore 02/03/2011:

No one has ever expected things would have tainted in a stunning manner, but after all it is Cricket which proves the avowal that every thing is possible. England after managing 3 points in their first 2 outings, glancing to demolish Ireland that assists them lead Pool B, after winning the coin toss, Strauss opted to bat first, again openers Strauss & Pietersen granted England a good first wicket start, they added 91 .Soon the openers perished but then Ian Bell & Jonathan Trott batted for a vital period of time, provided a 150 run partnership for the 3rd wicket. Bell scored 81 with 1 six & 6 fours while Trott was the principal scorer with 91 runs. England in their complete 50 overs ended with 327/7, Johnston with 2/58 was the pick of the bowlers. Ireland have already once surpass a big team (Pakistan) in world cup 2007, many have anticipated identical result from them, but they have a big target to chase today, Irish got an early blow when their skipper Portsfield departed for 0 off the very first ball of their innings, at this stage Stirling ,Ed Joyce & Niall O brien all three played little cameo’s of 32,32 & 29 but after their departure England gazed sound enough to wipe things off soon as in the 25th over Ireland were 111/5 ,but Kevin O Brien & Cusack Provided them a 150 run stand for the sixth wicket in which Kevin O Brein Played an innings of his career ,he pounded the bowlers to all park ,as he managed to score the fastest ever world cup Century by any batsman in the world ,for just 50 balls with 13 fours & 6 massive Sixes ,he was well supported by Mooney with 33* innings while Johnston ended the innings & won the game for Ireland ,they chased the 328 run Target in 49.1 overs ,Kevin O Brein for his outstanding Innings was acknowledged with MOM award this is also the highest run chase by any team in a world cup game, how ever Graeme Swann was the pick of English bowlers with 3/47 in his 10. Ireland with this victory looked much confident in their games to come; beyond doubt they are a very proficient line-up & they can astonish any team.



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Pool (A) Match 10:

Pakistan Vs Srilanka:

Hambantota 26/02/2011:

The 1992 Champions & Winner of the 2009 T-20 World cup Pakistan, the green-shirts have to survive in an imperative encounter against Srilanka the host & the hot favorites of this World cup, Srilankan side have rested Mendis & Malinga for this game while Pakistani’s done the same thing with fate of Wahab Riaz the upcoming All-rounder & Saeed Ajmal, After winning the toss Skipper Shahid Khan Afridi have decided to go first, Shehzad & Hafeez started their innings but Shehzad departed early ,when score was 28 ,Hafeez was joined by Kamran Akmal who appeared unwavering in playing a Match-winning knock for his side. When Score reached 79 Hafeez was dismissed on 32 after hitting 4 fours & a massive Six, through a dithering run out, when both batsman’s moved to one end of the wicket, Akmal played a fine innings of 39 but the Foundation was laid by 2 most senior batsmans Younis Khan & Vice Captain Misbah ul Haq they batted together & boosted Pakistan’s total by providing a century stand for the 4th Wicket. Misbah with 6 boundaries remained unbeaten for 83 while Younis scored 72; Afridi chipped in with 16 Pakistan ended their innings for 277/7. Tharanga & Dilshan provided Lanka a very good start for the first wicket as they added 76 runs, when Hafeez picked Tharanga for 33, Sangakkara joined Dilshan but at this stage a brilliant spell was bowled by Shoaib Akhtar getting rid of Jayawardena off a splendid delivery that comes in & got his middle stump away, while Afridi on the other hand grab 2 wickets quickly terrifying Srilanka in deep & further  trouble, Chamara Silva hook to one end but his half century wasn’t proved  enough to lift the run rate ,some late contributions in the innings by Mathews & Kulasekara disturbed the bowlers but in the end Pakistan was able to win the game by 11 runs ,Shahid Afridi was the pick of the bowlers with 4/34 in 10 overs & was acknowledged the Man of the Match award.



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Pool (A) Match 17:

Pakistan Vs Canada

Colombo 03/03/2011:

When you are steaming through your way & you are stuck in some weird situation, in an odd game against lesser opponents, what you call it?? Lesser Side Played Well, our team didn’t work out on the plan or simply it was not your day? Same happened with fate of Pakistan today in an exciting game of cricket, who was going through some terrific World cup match results but suddenly Canadian attack surprised their batting line-up & only 2 little cameo’s were the only  prominent figures of Scorecard ,After winning the toss ,Afridi decided to bat first on a good wicket .Chouhan ,Osinde ,Gordon  & Rizwan Cheema bowled upright spells & limited Pakistani batting Card  under 4 runs per over when Kamran Akmal departed ,a ghastly total of 67 was on the board with 4 batsman’s back in the hut. At this stage Misbah Ul Haq the leading run scorer for Pakistan in WC 11’ alongside with Umar Akmal hang about for some time in the crease which was adequate for Umar Akmal to open his arms & hit the first six of the match, this 73 run partnership has stabilizes the innings with a little pinch hitting from skipper Afridi as expected was the only glamour exhibited in batting by Pakistan today.  Pakistan has to preserve a modest 184 run total, Canada started things very inaudibly .In the 4th Over on Umar Gul’s delivery after a laud appeal for LBW, after Harper has turned the decision down Pakistan was compelled to take their first UDRS & the decision goes in Pakistan’s favor, same happened when afridi’s ball hit baqai on middle stump, it looks plumb but turned down again by Harper once again UDRS assisted in turning it Pakistan’s way. In 15th over when Canada was 44/3 it sound as if Pakistan will windup the proceedings but Surkari & Hansra added a fifty joint venture to their tally. When Canada reached 96/3 in 31 overs, Pressure started to built on Pakistani fieldsman & bowlers, a big six was hit by Surkari when he came down the track to Hafeez over the head of Deep Long off, finally the breakthrough the most awaited one for Pakistan’s Point of view was provided by Saeed Ajmal of a superb delivery pitched on the middle & leg, again the UDRS was exploited by Pakistan as originally Umpire favors the batsman. Surkari was ruled out lbw by Ajmal for 27 was the game’s turning point ,Afridi brought himself back into the attach & this was the time Pakistani’s are praying for he bowled a superb second spell  in which he delivered 4 overs for just 9 runs & grabbed 4 important wickets ,a chance of Hat-trick was also created but he didn’t cope with it ,Pakistan restricted the Canadians to 138 runs ,some slangs  were also exchanged between Umar Gul ,Ahmed Shahzad & balaji Rao late in the innings which were a part of the game ,a spectacular effort put up by Canada & certainly its an indication for Pakistan to learn from their mistakes ,they have 3 games to conduct experiments before it will be a Do or Die situation arises in quarter Final. Afridi with 5/23 was the pick of the bowlers & rightly so, was acknowledged with Man of the Match award.



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Pool (B) Match 13:

West Indies Vs Netherlands:

Delhi 28/02/2011:

West Indies after having taught a good lesson by Proteas in their foremost outing staring to grab Netherland side to get not only a prevail but also some increment in their Net Run Rate, Netherlands won the toss & unexpectedly chosen to field first on a wicket that have a little support for the seamers at the start but will definitely behave like the odd Indian tracks that have enough support for a batsman to score good quick runs. Smith & Gayle provided West indies a century First-Wicket Partnership that has boosted their confidence ,after Smith’s departure for a very notable 53 Bravo joins Gayle & added a good 30 to the scoreboard before he was caught out ,Gayle played a brilliant innings of 83 ,while Ramnaresh Sarwan & pollard also materialize the poor bowling attack of Netherland & dispatched the bowlers to all corners of the field , a total of 9 sixes was hit by the West Indian giants in which Pollards’ 4 blows tops the list. Setting up a target of 330 runs in 50 overs, West Indies sounds pleased that they will clinch this game easily; Seelar was the pick of the bowlers with 3/47 in his 10 overs. Netherlands Started their innings in a dramatic manner & wickets started to wobble around time after time, at one stage they were 56/6 in 19 overs. Cooper tried his level best to stabilize the collapsing foundation by scoring a sound fifty & he was well supported by Mudassar bukhari with 24, Roach managed 6 wickets & finished the innings by picking up a HAT-TRICK, the first of the world cup & he becomes the fifth bowler who has achieved this milestone in a World cup Match. For his outstanding bowling Roach has been acknowledged with the Man of the Match award.



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Pool (B) Match 11:

England Vs India:

Bangalore 27/02/2011:

India having won the toss chosen to bat on a stiff batting Bangalore wicket, glanced supportive for the batsman’s, conversely James Anderson had produced three terrific deliveries all of them have distressed Virender Sehwag & he almost got fortunate to survive on all occasions, enduring the dangerous first over Indian Openers batted firmly for 7 overs till Sehwag departed.Gautam Ghambir the most consistent batsman for India for years has joined Tendulkar , the little Master blaster & both of them added a century  stand for the second wicket before Gambhir was deceived of a sharp spinner from Graeme Swann when he was on 51, later Tendulkar was accompanied by Yuvraj Singh the massive hitter, Tendulkar scored his 48th ODI Century ,he got out of a full length delivery by Anderson ,looked to play over the extra cover but managed an outside edge to  extra cover. Later Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yusuf Pathan & Virat Kohli with Indian Tail added some runs to settled India to a mammoth total of 338 all out in 50th over, Tim Bresnon was the pick of the bowlers with 5/47 in his ten overs. England has chased a huge target against Netherlands in their first outing; the situation demanded the same Strategy from England to execute with temperament & composure. Andrew Strauss & Kevin Pietersen provided them with an excellent opening stand of 60, Pietersen departed for 31, trott joined Strauss but didn’t look striking today, England have maintained a healthy run-rate right from the first ball ,as Strauss & Ian Bell have managed to build the foundation of the innings when Trott departed for 16 & they got a partnership of more than 150 runs between them as England reached 282/2 in 42 overs , during the course of their stand Bell was once proved lucky when his lbw decision ruled out in his favor, also India have dropped 2 catches. At this stage it seems as if England would easily grab this game, but Strauss opted to take the batting power play although he & bell were managing 8-9 runs per over easily, Zaheer Khan was introduced again into the attack who got 2 off 2 balls, first Bell was dismissed & on the very next ball Strauss was Leg before wicket ,Collingwood and  Prior came to the crease ,the required rate reach 9 in an over for the very first time ,Collingwood came down the track to hit Zaheer towards Mid-Wicket region missed the line of the ball & Zaheer knocks his off stump out ,on the very next over Harbhajan got prior caught by Raina looking to clear him deceives in his flight. India have almost accomplished conquest from the jaws of defeat ,but Yardy ,Bresnon & Swann showed some obstinate resilience against  Indian tardy attack ,England required 14 off the last over with  Swann on strike ,in this over a big six to Patel was hit by Ajmal shahzad ,making England hopes alive again ,2 runs needed off the last ball ,swann managed to steal a single ,it was indeed a cracker, an enthusiastic game, Cricket at its best ,a match that has every thing in it ,Strauss was awarded the Man of the match award ,both teams got one point.



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Pool (A) Match 02:

NZ Vs Kenya:

20th Feb 2011 (Chennai):

New Zealand played to Kenya at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai was the 2nd match of this World Cup, a lot of neutral fans were expecting an early upset in the tournament. Kenya who has previously beaten West Indies in 1996 edition of World Cup, when they successfully defended a meager total of 166 and bowled out West Indies for just 93, later in 2003 World Cup, they upset the mighty Lankans and went out to play the Semi-Final. The match started with Kenya winning the toss and elected to bat, New Zealand opened their bowling with Tim Southee and their off spinner Nathan McCullum, similar tactics were employed by them during 1992 World cup, when they used to open with Deepak Patel. Kenya started very slowly and were at one time 40 for one in 12 overs, later they were crumbled by some really good bowling by young duo of Hamish Bennett and Tim Southee who managed 4 and 3 wickets respectively, later  Oram joined in and finished up the job by taking 3 wickets  for 2 runs with Kenya only managing 69 runs with 3 ducks and top score of 16 not out by the middle order Rakep Patel, New Zealand in reply requiring only 70 runs from 300 deliveries needed only 48 deliveries to complete the chase, both the openers enjoyed their little stay of 37 mints striking above run a ball with Guptill scoring 39 runs and McCullum 26 runs. NewZealand winning the match by 10 wickets with 252 balls to spares which is  their most comprehensive win and 3rd best for all teams in the World Cup

For New Zealand it was an emphatic start to their World Cup campaign. For Kenya, things can only get better from here, but after this match ICC really needs to look into the matter whether Associate nations deserve to play in World Cup or not?


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