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  • International Cricket - 2011

    Plenty of cricket to come, with the Wolrd Cup in February-March.

  • #2
    South Africa v India - Tests

    The 'battle' for the top of the Test cricket ladder, with India preparing well by having no practice games for the Tests. Expected that India would lose all 3 Tests, allowing South Africa to be on equal points with them.

    1st Test (Centurion): India lost by an innings, being rolled for 136 (Morkel 5/20) by the SA pacers, then pounded (4/620) by the SA bats, but Tendulkar led a fightback (with his 50th Test ton) and they were just 25 runs short of forcing SA to bat again.
    2nd Test (Durban): India struggled to 205 (Steyn 6/50), but surprised by rolling SA for 136 (Harbhajan 4/10, with return from injury Zaheer Khan 3/36), India struggled against the pacers again (228), but 303 was 87 too many for SA.
    3rd Test (Cape Town): deciding Test, SA made 362 (Kallis 161, Sreesanth 5/112), India struggling to parity with 364 (Tendulkar 146, Steyn 5/75); SA replied with 341 (Kallis 109* - his 40th Test ton beating Punter, Harbhajan 7/120), but India considered 340 on the last day too much, and settled for a draw.

    Kallis scored 3 tons (hs: 201* in 1st, matching pair in 3rd) and averaged 166, Amla (1 ton 1 50, and his 50th Test) averaged 50, Prince (hs: 47) and deVilliers (1 ton) averaged in 40s, new opener Petersen (a 77) averaged 34; capt Smith & keeper Boucher struggled (one 50 each) averaging in the high 20s. Steyn was the standout paceman (21 wkts at 17, bb: 6/50, 2 5wi), with support from Morne Morkel (15 wkts at 24, bb: 5/20); Kallis (with injury problems) and left armer Tsotobe (7 wkts) averaged in the 40s, slow left arm Harris averaged 64 (and passed 100 wkts). Boucher took 14 catches to reach 499!

    Tendulkar moved to 177 Tests, his 50th & 51st tons, passed 14500 runs and averaged 81; Gambhir had 2 Tests with injury for 3 50s (hs: 93) and averaged 60; Laxman & Dhoni each had a 90 to average in the 30s; Sehwag (with an ongoing injury) could only manage one 50, Dravid a high of 43 (but passed 12000 runs) - both averaged in 20s; Harbhajan passed 2000 runs (to go with his near 400 wkts), Vijay had one Test to average 14, Pujara played the last two Tests (hs: 19) and averaged 10 - after replacing Raina (hs: 5, av: 3 - found out by the short ball). Zaheer Khan played the last 2 Tests (returning from injury: 10 wkts, bb: 3/36) and Harbhajan Singh (15 wkts, bb: 7/120) averaged in the 20s; Sreesanth (9 wkts) and Ishant Sharma (7 wkts) averaged in the 40s, debutant left arm medium Unadkat could only manage 0/101. Pujara took 6 catches in his 2 Tests, whereas Dhoni managed 13 behind the stumps. Dravid took a single catch, his 200th field catch - increasing his Test record.

    The drawn series ensured India kept a large lead (128 pts to SA's 117), and will visit Windies and the seam friendly England after the World Cup, before hosting England and then touring Australia. South Africa will host Australia in September, then Sri Lanka, then travel to New Zealand. England are now 3rd on 115, Sri Lanka 109 and Australia still at 5th on 107.
    Last edited by gimctas; 26-01-2011, 02:59 PM.

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    • #3
      New Zealand v Pakistan - Tests

      With the ongoing saga that is Pakistani cricket, the Kiwis were fancied to have a home series win. But the Pakistanis, under latest capt Misbah ulHaq, showed they can be a difficult proposition.
      1st Test (Hamilton): NZ struggled to 275 (with four 50s, but nothing larger - Tanvir Ahmed 4/63, Abdur Rehman 3/51), Pakistan responded with 367 (three 50s, youngster Asad Shafiq 83, Arnel 4/95, Martin 3/86); then the Kiwis collapsed for 110 (Umar Gul 3/28, Wahab Riaz 3/38, Abdur Rehman 3/24), leaving Pakistan only 21 for a 10 wkt win.
      2nd Test (Wellington): Kiwis got to 356 (Taylor 78, new keeper Young 57, Vettori 110, Umar Gul 4/87, Tanvir Ahmed 3/93), Pakistan went past to 378 (four 50s, capt Misbah ulHaq 99, Martin 4/91, Vettori 4/100); Kiwis made 293 (three 50s - 120 opening stand by Guptill & McCullum, Umar Gul 4/61, Abdur Rehman 3/119), Pakistan required 274, but after some early wkts, settled for a draw at 5/226 (Younis Khan 81, Misbah ulHaq 70).
      Vettori announced he will give up the captaincy after the World Cup.

      Guptill, the now opener only Brendon McCullum, and Taylor made two 50s each and averaged around 40; Southee hit a 50 to average over 30; Vettori scored the only ton of the series - but only averaged 28; debutant keeper Young and youngster Williamson each hit a 50 to average in the 20s; all rounder Franklin played the last Test (hs: 33, av: 19.5); Ryder disappointed averaging 9, and opener McIntosh lasted 1 Test (av: 4 - worse than Martin!). Martin (9 wkts at 27) ended on 199 wkts; Vettori (6 wkts) averaged 34; Southee & Arnel averaged 40. Keeper Young got 3 catches.

      Capt Misbah ulHaq made three 50s (hs: 99, av: 115); Younis Khan provided stability with two 50s (av: 59), opener Taufeeq Umar (2 50s, av: 45); youngster Asad Shafiq (an 83), keeper Adnan Akmal (a 44) and youngster Azhar Ali (a 67) averaged in the low 30s, opener Mohammad Hafeez struggled (av: 14). Umar Gul dominated the bowling (13 wkts at 20, bb: 4/61); slow left armer Abdur Rehman (11 wkts), right arm pacer Tanvir Ahmed (8 wkts) and support offie Mohammad Hafeez averaged in the 20s; left arm pacer youngster Wahab Riaz averaged 42. Keeper brother Adnan Akmal took 11 catches & 1 stumping.

      So Pakistan retained its 6th position on the Test ladder, with the Kiwis behind the Windies at 8th. Kiwis head to Australia in November, host SA, then travel to the Windies. Pakistan should be travelling to the Windies after the World Cup, then 'hosting' Sri Lanka, and travelling to Bangladesh.
      Last edited by gimctas; 25-01-2011, 06:49 PM.

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      • #4
        South Africa v India - ODIs

        South Africa were expected to win the series, but had to fight hard against an injury depleted side - Gambhir, Sehwag & Praveen Kumar sent home, as was Tendulkar with a hamstring after two ODIs. Kallis was missing on the Proteas side.
        1st (Durban): easy win to SA - deVilliers (76) & Duminy (73) setting up 9/289, Indians collapsing for 154 (Kohli 54, Tsotsobe 4/31)
        2nd (Joburg): Indians scraped a 1 run win, out for 190 (Yuvraj 53, Tsotsobe 4/24), South Africans cruising at 3/120, then collpased (Smith 77, Munaf Patel 4/29)
        3rd (Cape Town): India scraped a 2 wkt win (to lead 2-1), after SA dismissed for 220 (Duminy 52, debutant duPlessis 60, Khan 3/43), India slumped to 5/93, then Yusuf (59) led the charge, Morkel 3/28
        4th (Port Elizabeth): SA got as D/L win, scored 7/265 (Amla 64, Duminy 71*, Yuvraj 3/34), rain in the 32nd over, then set in - 48 runs behind par (Kohli 87*)
        5th (Centurion): Rain in 42nd over, SA ended with 9/250 (Amla 116*, vanWyk 56, Min Patel 3/50), Indians bowled out 33 runs short, with Yusuf (105, 70 b, 8 4s 8 6s), going for the win at the end, Morkel 4/52.
        3-2 to Proteas.

        Amla was a rock opening (1 ton, 2 50s), with Duminy scoring 3 50s - to both average in 60s. Capt Smith and vanWyk (bat and backup keeper) had single 50s to average in 30s; allrounder duPlessis and ODI keeper deVilliers had single 50s to average in 20s; Miller (dropped for World Cup) averaged 18 (in 2 ODIs), while Ingram (selected for World Cup) averagede 13 (in 3 ODIs, before making way for vanWyk). Morne Morkel (12 wkts) & Steyn (8 wkts) went at 3.7 per over; left arm pacer Tsotsobe (13 wkts) and offie Botha went at 4 per over; left arm pacer Parnell (1 wkt in 3 ODIs) and backup offie Duminy went at 5.5; slow left armer Peterson went at 6, and leggie duPlessis got 3 overs for 26 runs. deVilliers took 6 catches and 1 stumping.

        Yusuf Pathan hit out (1 ton, 1 50, strike rate: 134.95) and Kohli (2 50s) averaged around 50; Raina and ex-keeper (now opener) Parthiv Patel averaged 20s; the rest struggled in the teens - Yuvraj Singh (1 50), Tendulkar (2 ODIs before a hamstring), Dhoni (a 38). Rohit Sharma struggled (av: 9.8, and missed the World Cup) and opener Vijay averaged 6 from 3 ODIs (replaced by Patel). Harbhajan (4 wkts) and Zaheer Khan (9 wkts) went at 4 runs per o ver, as did most of the part-time spinners - offie Yusuf Pathan & Rohit Sharma, slow left armer Yuvraj Singh, with leggie Chawla getting the last ODI (0/32 from 7 overs); pacer Min Patel (11 wkts) and part-time offie Raina went at 5 an over; left arm pacer Nehra leaked at 6.69. Dhoni took 4 catches and 2 stumpings.

        Bring on the World Cup - both these sides are in Group B, with England.
        Last edited by gimctas; 26-01-2011, 02:31 PM.

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        • #5
          South Africa v India - ODI Batting Powerplays

          1st ODI: Durban
          South Africa (overs 28-32): 0/45 (3/148, deVilliers 39, Duminy 35, well established), Patel 0/8 (deVilliers a 4), Khan 0/11 (Duminy a 4) & 0/6, Harbhajan 0/6 (deVilliers a 4), Nehra 0/14 (deVilliers - 3 consecutive 4s)
          [i]India[/i (overs 30-34)]: 3/23 (5/126, Kohli 53, Raina 17, back from the brink?), Steyn 1/2 (Kohli c midwkt) & 0/7 (Raina a 4), Parnell 1/5 (Harbhajan bowled, 2 wides) & 0/4 (1 wide), Tsotsobe 1/5 (Raina a 4, then caught at pt, 1 wide)

          2nd ODI: Johannesburg
          India (overs 42-46): 4/14 (4/169, Dhoni 36, Raina 11), Tsotsobe 1/0 (Raina lbw 1st ball, wkt mdn) & 1/3 (Dhoni bowled 1st ball), Steyn 0/3 & 1/5 (Khan slogged to 3rd man, Sharma a 4), Morkel 1/3 (Harbhajan top edge to midwkt)
          South Africa (overs 32-36): 3/20 (4/145, Smith 75, Miller 17), Raina 0/7 (Miller a 4), Patel 1/4 (bowled Smith 1st ball) & 0/2, Khan 1/5 (Miller a 4, then top edged to sq leg) & 1/2 (Botha lbw)

          3rd ODI: Cape Town
          South Africa (overs 45-49): 4/25 (4/194, duPlessis 55, Duminy 51, well established), Patel 1/7 (duPlessis - a 4, then to cover) & 0/5 & 1/3 (Raina c midwkt), Khan 2/6 (Duminy bowled, Parnell a 4, then run out) & 0/4
          India (overs 43-47): 1/27 (7/189, Harbhajan 4, Khan 6), Parnell 0/3 & 0/8 (Harbhajan a 6), Tsotsobe 0/3 & 1/5 (Khan a 4, then to midoff), Morkel 0/8 (Harbhajan a 6)

          4th ODI: Port Elizabeth
          South Africa (overs 46-50): 1/45 (6/220, Duminy 45, Peterson 18), Patel 0/6 & 0/12 (last over, Duminy a 6, a bye), Khan 0/12 (Duminy a 4, Peterson a 4) & 0/6, Harbhajan 1/9 (Peterson a 4, then run out
          India: rained out, before taken

          5th ODI: Centurion
          South Africa (overs 42-44): 1/20 (3/218, Amla 105, Duminy 30, well established), Khan 0/8 (a wide), then rain, so 4 overs lost, Patel 1/7 (Duminy a 4, then c&b, Khan 0/5 - only 3 overs. after the 10 & 5.
          India (overs 35-38): 1/34 (8/197, Pathan 85, Khan 11 - too late?), Tsotsobe 0/21 (Pathan: (1)6.464) & 0/7 (38th: Khan a 4), Morkel 1/2 (Pathan hit striaght up), Steyn 0/4 (Khan a 4) - 4 overs, after the 9 & 5

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          • #6
            New Zealand v Pakistan - ODIs

            1st (Wellington): Southee & Bennett ran thru Pakistan for 124 (only Misbah made 50); Guptill & Ryder made short work of the chase (in 17.2 overs), Shoaib Akhtar was all over the place.
            2nd (Queenstown): didn't make itv past 4.2 overs
            3rd (Christchurch): Hafeez led the way with a ton, bighitting support from Umar Akmal & Shahid Afridi got them to 293, Bennett & Mills suffered; Kiwis tried to chase, with Styris & Williamson looking good - but too far, Umar Gul & Afridi kept it tight.
            4th (Napier): Kiwis relied on lower order for big hitting (Franklin, B.McCullum, N.McCullum), Tanvir & Umar Gul slaughtered, Razzaq very economical, Afridi economical; newbie Ahmed Shehzad started well, Younis Khan & Misbah ulHaq led the chase to go 2-1, Southee slaughtered, Bennett, Vettori & Styris economical
            5th (Hamilton): a maiden ton to opener Ahmed Shehzad, with some big hitting at the end, to get to 9/268, Bennett expensive, Mills & N.McCullum economical; Guptill led the charge, with support from Taylor, but collapsed at the end, Akhtar, Gul & Hafeez were economical - Pakistan took the series 3-1.
            6th (Auckland): Ryder led the way with a big hitting ton, lower order support from Styris & N.McCullum - to get to 7/311, Tanvir slaughtered again, Akhtar & Afridi looked good; Razzaq very economical; Kamran Akmal led the chase, support from Afridi and Tanvir - but not enough, Mills & Styris kept it tight.

            But Pakistan ended 3-2 (1 No result), so Shahid Afridi kept the captaincy for the World Cup. Kiwis had toggled between Vettori and Taylor, depending on Dan injuries.

            Neil McCullum had two quickfire 50s, Ryder scored the only ton (& a 50) to both average over 50, at strikerates over 100; opener Guptill also averaged over 50 (with a 65); Styris averaged 40 (with a 58*); Franklin & Taylor averaged in hte high 20s (with a 50 each), youngster Williamson also averaging 28.5 (with a 42); Brendon McCullum struggled as an opener (av: 17.5), How disappointed (av: 16), and Oram didn't fire (av: 13.5). Vettori was the most economical (rpo: 4.12, 2 wkts in 3 games); Mills & Oram went at just under 5 an over (5 wkts apiece); offie McCullum could only get 1 wkt and Styris (5 wkts) went at 5 an over. Southee went at 5.49 (7 wkts, bb: 5/33 in opening ODI), newbie pacer Hamish Bennett (11 wkts) went at 5.58, Franklin got 3 wkts (rpo: 5.6), debutant slow left armer Woodcock couldn't get a wkt (rpo: 5.61) in his 2 ODIs. Brendon McCullum managed 9 catches.

            Misbah ulHaq managed two 50s and averaged 67; youngster Ahmed Shehzad scored his maiden ton (av: 47, sr: 103), opener Mohammad Hafeez scored the other ton, capt Shahid Afridi struck hard for one 50 (sr: 137, hs: 65) and both averaged over 30; Kamran Akmal only averaged 28 with an 89; bats Younis Khan (hs: 42), Umar Akmal (hs: 44) and Asad Shafiq (hs: 26) disappointed in the high teens/low 20s; allrounder Abdul Razzaq never got going (av: 9.5). Abdul Razzaq was the most economical (3 wkts, rpo: 3.96); spiners Mohammad Hafeez & Shahid Afridi (4 wkts each) went at just under 5 an over; pacers Umar Gul (4 wkts) and Wahab Riaz (8 wkts) went in the low 5s; injury returnee Shoaib Akhtar struggled (2 wkts, rpo: 6.15, just 3 ODIs) and Sohail Tanvir got slaughtered at 7 an over (4 wkts). Kamran Akmal could only manage 4 catches.
            Last edited by gimctas; 16-02-2011, 02:32 PM.

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            • #7
              New Zealand v Pakistan - ODI Batting Powerplays

              1st ODI: Wellington
              Pakistan (overs 35-39): 1/18 (9/106, Misbah ulHaq 34), Oram 0/7 (Misbah a 6) & 0/2, Southee 0/9 (Misbah two 4s + wide) & 1/0 (Misbah bowled) -just 3.3 overs!
              New Zealand (overs 16-20): 0/24 (1/108, Guptill 36, Taylor 10), Afridi 0/3, Rehman 0/10 (Taylor a 4 and 6), Afridi 0/4 (from 2 balls) - only 2.2 overs!

              2nd ODI: Queenstown - rained out - didn't make it past 4.2 overs.

              3rd ODI: Christchurch
              Pakistan (overs 43-47): 1/72 (4/184, Hafeez 100, Umar Akmal 23), Southee 0/11 (Hafeez 2 4s) & 0/9 (Umar Akmal a 4) & 0/13 (Afridi 1(1)64.1), Mills 1/17 (Hafeez 6, then hit to midwkt, Umar Akmal went 6 & 4), Oram 0/22 (Afridi: 2626(nb)41)
              New Zealand (overs 41-45): 2/35 (6/187, Oram 2, Woodcock 3), Tanvir 0/4 & 1/8 (Woodcock 4, Oram c backward sq leg, wide) & 0/3 (run out missed by Kamran), Afridi 0/13 (Oram a 6), Umar Gul 1/7 (Mills a 4, Woodcock bowled)

              4th ODI: Napier
              New Zealand (41-45 overs): 1/48 (6/187, Franklin 54, N.McCullum 9), Umar Gul 0/8 (Franklin a 4), Wahab Riaz 0/8 (N.McCullum a 4, wide, noball) & 0/13 (N.McCullum two 4s, legbye, 3 wides), Shahid Afridi 1/6 (Franklin to deep backward sq) & 0/4.
              Pakistan (overs 43-47): 3/45 (4/194, Misbah ulHaq 64, Umar Akmal 10), Vettori 2/7 (Umar Akmal 1st ball to extra cover, Afridi 4 - then lbw), Southee 0/17 (Razzaq a 6, Misbah 2 4s) & 0/5, Bennett 0/9 (misbah a 4) & 1/7 (Razzaq a 4, then a high ball catch)

              5th ODI: Hamilton
              Pakistan (overs 44-48):2/39 (5/223, Umar Akmal 12, Shahid Afridi 11), Oram 0/8 (1 wide) & 1/5 (Afridi catch to longon) & 0/5 (2 byes), Mills 0/12 (Afridi 4, Umar Akmal 4, near run out) & 1/9 (Razzaq to boundary, Umar Akmal a 4)
              New Zealand (overs 41-45): 3/44 (5/176, Taylor 60, Franklin 11), Wahab Riaz 0/13 (noball, Taylor 4, wide) & 1/6 (bowled Franklin, 2 wides) & 0/12 (N.McCullum 6, wide, legbye), Afridi 1/4 (Taylor lbw), Umar Gul 1/9 (Oram 2 4s, then cuahgt on boundary)

              6th ODI: Auckland
              New Zealand (overs 46-50): 2/72 (5/239, Styris 30, N.McCullum 23), Umar Gul 0/12 (Styris 4, N.McCullum 6) & 0/14 (leg bye, N.McCullum: 2 4s, 1 nb), Afridi 0/13 (N.McCullum 2 4s), Tanvir 0/19 (Styris: 461, N.McCullum: 44.), Hafeez 2/14 (Styris 4, N.McCullum 6 then to longon, run out)
              Pakistan (overs 42-46): 3/19 (7/235, Afridi 29, Tanvir 29), Southee 1/6 (Afridi 4, then Tanvir run out) & 0/2, Bennett 1/11 (Afridi - 4, 6, then to deep midoff) & 1/0 (Gul 1st ball) - just 3.1 overs

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              • #8
                Sri Lanka v West Indies - ODIs

                The delayed ODI series (due to rain), was finally held and:
                1st (Colombo SSC): Windies got to 5/245 in the 50 overs, with maiden ton from Barath, and a 75 from Sarwan - returning from injury; with Malinga grabbing 3 wkts. Then the rain came!
                2nd (Colombo SSC): Windies got to 203 in 50 overs, with 39s from the Bravo bros, Malinga taking another 3 wkts. Lankans started the chase, but rain came at the 15 overs mark - lost 3 overs, Lankans continued for a D/L win - ton from opener Tharanga and 48* from Mahela Jayawardene.
                3rd (Colombo SSC): Lankans got to 9/277 from 50 overs, led by capt sangakkara 75 and Mahela's 44, Benn back and snapping up 4/38. Gayle went 1st ball, Darren Bravo (79) and Sarwan (51) get them back on track, but only Baugh (49) was scoring at the end, 4 wkts to mystery Mendia and 3 to pacer Perera.
                With the World Cup venues under ICC control, the teams had to do with another venue. Sri Lanka finished the prelude with 2-0 win.

                Opener Tharanga scored a ton (av: 140), Jayawardene two 40s (av: 90), Sangakkara a 75 (av: 47.5), Dilshan managed to average 20, Kapugedera 17, Samaraweera got one hit for 4. allrounder Mathews one hit for 36*. Kulasekera went at 3.85 /over; Perera (3 wkts), Malinga (6 wkts), Murali (2 wkts), Fernando (2 wkts) and Herath (2 wkts) at upto 4.5 an over; mystery mendis took 4 wkts, but went at 5 an over; Mathwes & Dilshan couldn't take a wkt, at over 5 an over. Sangakkara managed 2 catches.

                Keeper Baugh had two innings, a 49 and averaged 77; Sarwan scored two 50s, Darren Bravo one 50, Barath a ton - to all average in the 40s; Dwayne Bravo managed a 39 and averaged 35; Chanderpaul averaged 16, Gayle averaged 10, Pollard only 4. Roach & Gayle couldn't take a awkt, but went at under 4 an over; Benn played one ODI (4/38, rpo: 3.8); Sammy & Miller were wicketless and going in the 5s; Dwayne Bravo managed 3 wkts and Rampual 2 wkts - also going in the 5s; Pollard sent just 3 overs down - rpo: 6. Baugh managed 3 catches & a stumping.
                Last edited by gimctas; 17-02-2011, 03:00 PM.

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                • #9
                  Sri Lanka v West Indies - ODI Batting Powerplays

                  1st ODI: Colombo SSC
                  West Indies (overs 44-48): 3/27 (2/206, Barath 112, Sarwan 75), Malinga 2/2 (Sarwan c midon, Barath c longon) & 1/3 (Pollard bowled) & 0/5, Murali 0/5, Kulasekera 0/12 (Sammy 4 & 6)

                  2nd ODI: Colombo SSC
                  West Indies (overs 45-49): 3/16 (6/179, Baugh 20, Sammy 1), Malinga 0/4 & 0/1 & 1/3 (Rampaul bowled), Murali 2/4 (2 wides, Sammy run out, Miller bowled) & 0/4
                  Sri Lanka: presumably taken at some time (perhaps only 4 overs?). If only 4 overs, then may not have been needed (as match finished in 43rd of 47 overs).

                  3rd ODI: Colombo SSC
                  Sri Lanka (overs 38-42): 2/39 (2/177, Sangakkara 60, M.Jayawardene 37), Rampaul 1/10 (Jayawardene 4, then top edge to short fine-leg) & 0/14 (wide, Sangakkara 2 4s), Benn 0/4 & 1/2 (bowled Sangakkara), Sammy 0/9 (wide)
                  West Indies (overs 46-50 - only 4 overs): 3/20 (7/231, Baugh 38, Miller 11), Fernando 0/4 & 0/7 (legbye, Benn 4), Mendis 1/3 (Miller c to short 3rd man) & 2/6 (Baugh 4, Baugh c short fine leg, Benn c short 3rd man)
                  Last edited by gimctas; 17-02-2011, 03:27 PM.

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                  • #10
                    India appoint Fletcher as coach

                    India have replaced Gary Kirsten with Duncan Fletcher (another African).
                    Now there are two Zimbabweans coaching top Test sides - the two Fs - Flower & Fletcher.

                    But ... he is unlikely to take up his position for the West Indies tour.

                    CricInfo: http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/story/512770.html

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by gimctas View Post
                      India have replaced Gary Kirsten with Duncan Fletcher (another African).
                      Now there are two Zimbabweans coaching top Test sides - the two Fs - Flower & Fletcher.

                      But ... he is unlikely to take up his position for the West Indies tour.

                      CricInfo: http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/story/512770.html
                      Key to being a successful Coach for Team India other than imparting his talent and inputs, Duncan Fletcher must keep himself away from the media.

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                      • #12
                        England go for three captains

                        Andrew Strauss has given up the ODI captaincy, to concentrate on Tests.
                        Paul Collingwood stuggles with injury (and age?) as Twenty20 captain.

                        Alastair Cook has been appointed the ODI captain - and he couldn't even make the ODI side for Australia or the World Cup (even after over 700 runs in the Ashes Tests).

                        Stuart Broad has been appointed Twenty20 captain - and he kept getting injured during the Ashes and World Cup campaigns. Is 4 overs a game his limit at the moment?

                        CricInfo: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/story/513742.html

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                        • #13
                          Pakistan in West Indies - ODIs

                          Shahid Afridi continued with the captaincy (after initially intending to rest) and won the first 2 ODIs easily (by 8 and 7 wkts), scraped thru on the 3rd (by 3 wkts) (therby winning the series), then lost the 4th (by 1 run, after 2 breaks) and the 5th (by 10 wkts (after collapsing to Rampaul, Sammy & Bravo). On his return to Pakistan, he had a go at coach Waqar Younis - will he captain again? Windies started by dropping Gayle (who flew off to IPL), Chanderpaul & Sarwan.

                          West Indies struggled with the bat, only a returning Lendl Simmons (with 4 50s, av: 69) and Darren Bravo (with one 50, av 36) averaged over 30, newbie opener Kirk Edwards had a 40* (av: 22), but the rest couldn't get past 29 - Sarwan returned for the last 2 ODIs (one bat of 28), capt Sammy & keeper Baugh averaged 25, returning (from bookie dealing suspension) Samuels and Dwayne Bravo averaged in the high teens, opener Devon Smith lasted 3 ODIs (av: 11). New leggie Bishoo took 11 wkts (rpo: 4.1), supported by pacer Rampaul (8 wkts, last 3 ODIs, bb: 4/32, rpo: 3.9), debutant (2nd) leggie Anthony Martin didn't get a wkt (but in 2 ODIs, only went at 3 per over), Sammy took all his wkts 93) in the last ODI (rpo: 4.3), Dwayne Bravo & Roach went at 5 an over, Andre Russell lasted 2 ODIs going at 6.55. Baugh took 2 c & 2 st in 4 ODIs, Simmons filling in for the 3rd ODI (2 c).

                          Capt Misbah ulHaq kept batting thru (2 50s, 3 not outs, av: 92), opener Mohammad Hafeez (1 ton, 2 50s) and Asad Shafiq (2 50s) averaged over 50, Umar Akmal came in late in order (hs: 30, but av: 35), 19 yo opener Ahmed Shehzad hit a ton (to av: 27); debutant all rounder Hammad Azam (hs: 36) averaged 18, keeper Mohammad Salman averaged 11, capt Shahid Afridi struggled (av: 9) and 20 yo debutant Usman Salahuddin only averaged 6.5. Offies Saeed Ajmal & (part-time) Mohammad Hafeez (6 wkts apiece) went at under 4 an over, capt Shahid Afridi at 4 an over, 21 yo debutant left arm pace Junaid Khan at 4.78 per over; debutant allrounder Hammad Azam at 5.6, and left arm pacer Wahab Riaz (7 wkts) at 5.7 an over; aging debutant Tanvir Ahmed (32 yo, rpo: 7.5) played the 4th ODI (and ended injured). 29 yo keeper Mohammad Salman took 2 c 1 st, and kept Adnan Akmal out of the Test team.

                          Batting Powerplay:

                          1st ODI - St Lucia
                          WI (overs 43-47): 2/33
                          Pak: match over before used

                          2nd ODI - St Lucia
                          WI (overs 43-47): 2/14
                          Pak (overs 46-50 - only 3 overs used): 1/31

                          3rd ODI - Barbados - 45 overs apiece due to rain
                          WI (overs 41-44): 3/10
                          Pak (overs 38-41 - only 3.1 overs used): 0/24

                          4th ODI - Barbados
                          Pak (overs 41-45): 2/45
                          WI: rain finished match before used

                          5th ODI - Guyana
                          Pak (overs 40-44 - only 2.2 overs used): 1/11
                          WI: match over before used
                          Last edited by gimctas; 14-05-2011, 03:56 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Longevity

                            I have just read a report that "Johann" Strauss,Englands current captain says he thinks he has "A lot of years ahead of him to captain England"
                            I hope he isn't going to try to emulate Wilfred Rhodes,who last played for England when he was 52 years old.

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                            • #15
                              Pakistan in West Indies - Tests

                              Two Tests - shared 1-1 between the host and the visitors.
                              1st Test: low scoring game, with offie Saeed Ajmal taking 11 wkts, leggie Bishoo taking 4 in his debut innings, then Sammy & Rampaul going thru the Pakistanis to end the match.
                              2nd Test: Pakistan got to 272 with three 50s, Windies struggled to 223 with a returning Samuels 50, but Pakistan set 427 with tons from opener Taufeeq Umar and capt Misbah ulHaq, but the Windies couldn't keep the spinners out.

                              West Indies:
                              Batting average over 50: Chanderpaul (with a 36* and shoulder injury missing the 2nd)
                              Batting average over 30: Samuels (50 on his return from mixing with a bookie)
                              Batting average in 20s: Darren Bravo (one 50), opener Simmons (a 49)
                              Batting average in teens: Sammy (hs: 41), Sarwan, Nash
                              Batting disasters: keeper Baugh, debutant opener Braithwaite, opener Devon Smith
                              Bowling average under 20: Sammy (10 wkts, bb: 5/29)
                              Bowling average under 30: Rampaul (11 wkts)
                              Bowling average over 30: debutant leggie Bishoo (9 wkts, bb: 4/68), Roach (just 4 wkts)
                              Keeper: Baugh (8 catches)

                              Pakistan:
                              Batting average over 50: pacer Tanvir Ahmed (a 57), capt Misbah ulHaq (1 ton 1 50)
                              Batting average over 30: Umar Akmal (one 50), opener Taufeeq Umar (a ton), Azhar Ali (two 50s)
                              Batting average in lower teens: newbie Asad Shafiq, opener Mohammad Hafeez
                              Batting disasters: keeper Mohammad Salman
                              Bowling average under 20: offies Mohammad Hafeez (6 wkts) and Saeed Ajmal (17 wkts, bb: 6/42), pacer Tanvir Ahmed (2 wkts in the last Test)
                              Bowling average under 30: slow left armer Abdur Rehman (9 wkts, av: 21.77)
                              Bowling average over 30: left arm pacer Wahab Riaz (4 wkts), Umar Gul (0 wkts, dropped for 2nd Test)
                              Keeper: debutant Mohammad Salman (2 catches, 1 stumping)

                              Windies take on India, Pakistan moved to a ODI series v Ireland!

                              Decision Review System:

                              1st Test:
                              WI 1st Inns:
                              WI 1 (33.3): Darren Bravo struck on pads by Wahab, hit anle, going on to hit legstump
                              Pak 1 (46.3): Sarwan struck on pads by Gul, not offering shot, missing off
                              Pak 2 (54.1): Sarwan, possible edge to keeper off Rehman, but with no Snicko or HotSpot, decision reversed - umpire Hill (NZ)
                              WI 2 (61.4): Baugh hit on pads by Ajmal, pitched middle, hitting middle (so why a need for referral?), reviews exhausted
                              Pak 1st Inns:
                              WI 1 (7.4): Taufeeq Umar appeal for caught behind off Rampaul, no solid evidence of a snick
                              Pak 1 (22.2): Taufeeq Umar lbw Sammy, front of middle & off, clipping leg
                              WI 2 (27.6): Asad Shafiq hit on pads by Bishoo, landed on leg, hitting leg, decision reversed - umpire Bowden (NZ)
                              Pak 2 (35.1): Mohammad Salman lbw Bishoo, landed off, hitting top of off, reviews exhausted
                              WI 2 (58.5): Saeed Ajmal hit on pads by Rampaul, hit in front of off, taking leg, decision reversed - umpire Hill (NZ)
                              WI 2nd Inns:
                              WI 1 (11.5): Roach lbw Ajmal, hit on knee roll, hitting leg
                              Pak 1 (26.2): Baugh hit on pads by Gul, struck just outside off
                              WI 2 (36.6): Sammy lbw Rehman, no inside edge, hitting near top of middle, reviews exhausted
                              Pak 2 (49.6): Bishoo hit on pads by Ajmal, hit outside off, reviews exhausted
                              Pak 2nd Inns:
                              WI 1 (2.2): Mohammad Hafeez hit on pads by Roach, hit high, but Hawkeye says hitting middle & leg, decision reversed - umpire Bowden (NZ)
                              WI 1 (24.5): Misbah ulHaq hit on pads by Rampaul, struck outside off
                              Pak 1 (56.3): Misbah ulHaq lbw Sammy, hitting over knee roll, but taking top of middle
                              Pak 2 (68.6): Umar Gul lbw Sammy, above knee roll, but hitting leg, reviews exhausted

                              2nd Test:
                              Pak 1st Inns:
                              WI 1 (108.3): Tanvir Ahmed hit on pads by Rampaul, going over leg
                              Pak 1 (109.5): Tanvir Ahmed lbw Bishoo, taking middle - end of innings
                              WI 1st Inns:
                              Pak 1 (12.6): Darren Bravo hit on pad by Ajmal, pitched outside leg
                              WI 1 (37.2): Baugh lbw Rehman, hitting top of middle
                              Pak 2nd Inns:
                              WI 1 (44.4): Azhar Ali hit on pads by Nash (left arm spin), missing leg
                              WI 2nd Inns:
                              Pak 1 (19.4): Sarwan hit on pads by Rehman, hitting top of off, decision reversed - umpire Bowden (NZ)
                              WI 1 (48.3): Darren Bravo lbw Wahab, clipping leg - decision holds
                              Pak 1 (62.2): Baugh hit on pads by Rehman, hit pad or elbow?, clipping top of middle - decision holds
                              Pak 2 (66.5): Baugh hit on pads by Rehman, hitting off, decision reversed - umpire deSilva (SL)

                              Reviews: 26, Reversed: 6
                              Last edited by gimctas; 10-06-2011, 03:09 PM.

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