Saturday, 22 June 2013

England vs India: Key head-to-head battles in Champions Trophy final

With the national game embroiled in corruption allegations and veteran stars missing from the squad, India arrived at the Champions Trophy as the world's top-ranked ODI team but with few expecting their triumph.

But to everyone's surprise, India's revamped outfit has beaten all odds to dominate the seven cricket giants in the tournament. Forget about beating a few good teams, India's form can be judged from the fact that Dhoni's brigade is yet to lose a match in this year's Champions Trophy.    

Heading into the Sunday's final, Team India have thrashed all their opponents with disdain to record their four-match winning streak in the tournament. The Indian bowlers have come to relish the variably new conditions, while the opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has emerged from the shadows to become the star batsman in the tournament.

Despite the lack of veteran stars including Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar, the new Indian outfit has turned out to be far better than the experienced sides in the tournament.

After whipping Sri Lanka in the semifinal, Indian seamer Ishant Sharma said: "If we can bowl to our field and play to our strengths, we will do well against any team. We have not been under pressure in this tournament so far and we really don't know where our real weaknesses lie."

While Team India has been playing in the backdrop of the spot-fixing scandal involving players and officials in the IPL, England have looked at their Champions Trophy campaign as a mere taster ahead of their official business against their arch-rivals Australia in the Ashes.

But having said that, England will be more than desperate to win their first world 50-over event this Sunday. Alastair Cook's men have lost the finals of both the World Cup and the Champions Trophy over the past two decades. If England are to break the 50-over tournament drought, they will need a more than brilliant bowling spell from James Anderson and Co.

MS Dhoni's men have thrived on the opening stands from Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan throughout the tournament. Dhawan has been on a dream run with 332 runs in four matches to lead the list of highest run-scorers in the tournament so far. Also, the likes of Dinesh Karthik and Virat Kohli have been responsible and more than capable of striking big whenever required.

On the other hand, England have dearly missed Kevin Pietersen in the middle. The likes of Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott have looked promising but are yet to come good to bolster the team's batting. The emergence of Joe Root in the middle order is undoubtedly a boon for England as his capabilities top handle the spinners well might come in handy in the final.

Making full use of the home conditions, England bowlers have been able to extract more movement from the ball than any other team in the tournament. But, the Indian bowling attack is not far behind either.

With Bhuvneshwar Kumar using the new ball to his full potential, India have looked threatening early on against their opposition throughout the tournament. In the middle overs, India have found a lethal weapon in the all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja - who has been more than efficient than the premier spinner R Ashwin.

While England might feel more comfortable being at home, India have all the firepower to beat their enemy in their own backyard.

Road to finals(teams):

India: The MS Dhoni brigade kicked off their Champions Trophy campaign with a bang after defeating South Africa in the highest-scoring game of the tournament. This was followed by Team India's three-match winning streak after triumphs over West Indies and their arch-rivals Pakistan in the group stage. The semifinals draw ensured India's meeting with Sri Lanka that resulted in the eight-wicket victory for Dhoni's men.

England: Alastair Cook's men couldn't have started their Champions Trophy campaign any better, as they thrashed their arch-rivals Australia in the opening game of the tournament. But, the hosts lost their way to Sri Lanka before thrashing New Zealand in their last game of the tournament's group stage. In the semifinals, England rarely got any competition from South Africa as the hosts booked their finals berth with a seven-wicket win over the Proteas.

Key head-to-head battles to watch out for:

Shikhar Dhawan vs James Anderson: The southpaw from Delhi has been on a dream run in the Champions Trophy this year. The left-hander has scored 332 runs in four matches to lead the list of highest run-scorers in the tournament so far. But, he will be up against a crafty bowler who has got the better of best in the business with his vicious swing and clever variations. Anderson has been the bowling spearhead for England with 10 wickets in four matches to become the second-highest wicket-taker in the tournament so far.

Alastair Cook vs Bhuvneshwar Kumar: The wily bowler from Uttar Pradesh has been busy cementing his place ever since Zaheer Khan's injury left a void in the bowling department for India. His ability to swing the ball both ways earned him six wickets in four matches to lead India's bowling attack in the tournament. While England look steady with their skipper coming good for the team in the tournament so far. With over 150 runs in the tournament, Cook brings in vast experience and recently found his form for England.

Ishant Sharma vs Ian Bell: England have looked threatening throughout the group stage with Ian Bell firing all guns early in the batting order. The right-hander has slammed 141 runs in four matches with a match-winning knock of 91 runs in their opening match against Australia. On the other hand, Ishant Sharma has witnessed an above average Champions Trophy so far. He bowled well against West Indies, Pakistan and recently against Sri Lanka to record eight wickets in the four matches he played for India. His ability to move the ball both ways makes him a serious threat for Bell and other England batsmen.

Joe Root vs Ravindra Jadeja: In what appears to be one of the most exciting battles in the upcoming final, England's wonderkid Joe Root will be up against Sir Ravindra Jadeja's golden arm. England have excelled with the services of Joe Root in the middle order with his consistency in batting and ability to play spin comfortably. His knock of 48 runs against South Africa in the semifinal showcases his ability to deliver on big occasions. But, his batting heroics await a big test against Jadeja who has been India's most successful bowler with 10 wickets in four matches in the tournament.

Suresh Raina vs Steven Finn: Raina's nightmare against short balls has been viral for quite some time now. Majority of the teams have used the short ball tactic to get rid of the left-hander in the tournament leaving Raina sweating it out in the prolonged practice sessions. But his biggest test in the final would be against England's 6'7" bean-pole Steven Finn. Pinging the ball down from the clouds, Finn has the heady blend of pace and trampolining bounce to rattle the best players in the business. Though it'll be tough against the likes of Finn, Raina will have to overcome his fear of short balls to make it big in the final.

Friday, 21 June 2013

Murray's potential path to Wimbledon glory

Andy Murray will face Germany’s Benjamin Becker on Monday in the first round of the 2013 Wimbledon tournament, and should he come through the tie, he could set-up an all-British second round clash with James Ward.

The British number two takes on Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan, and victory would see the 26-year-old meet Murray for the first time at Wimbledon in what would really attract the attentions of the home crowd early on in the tournament.

Should Murray progress to the third round, he can expect to meet 32nd seed Tommy Robredo, and a fourth round clash with fourteenth seed Janko Tipsarevic could await Murray if he progresses.

Then things get really serious as he should come up against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, having beaten the Frenchman just last week on his way to the Aegon Championship title.

If all goes according to plan, Murray will face either third seed Roger Federer in the semi-final, or the French Open winner Rafael Nadal.

And finally, should Murray go all the way, he is likely to meet world number one Novak Djokovic on Sunday July 7, as he seeks to claim his first Grand Slam on home soil having already claimed the US Open last year.

Andy Murray’s potential route to Wimbledon glory:

First round: v Benjamin Becker (Ger)

Second round: v James Ward (GBR) or Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)

Third round: v Tommy Robredo (ESP) [32]

Fourth round: v Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) [14]

Quarter-final: v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [6]

Semi-final: v Roger Federer (SUI) [3] or Rafael Nadal (ESP) [5]

Final: v Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1]

Sri Lanka's Kumar Dharmasena and Tucker to stand in final

Kumar Dharmasena Sri Lanka and Australia Rod Tucker will officiate the Champions Trophy final between England and India at Edgbaston on Sunday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced Friday in a statement.

Dharmasena, ICC umpire of the year for 2012, and Tucker were also in the middle seven-wicket victory in the semifinals of England over South Africa at The Oval on Wednesday.

As in that game, which will be backed up in Birmingham by Bruce Oxenford Australia in its role as arbiter of television.

But while former India fast bowler Javagal Srinath was the referee of the match at the Oval, the fact India are now in the final kept him out of contention for the job this weekend, led work the former Sri Lankan Ranjan Madugalle international.

England will be bidding for his first major title of a Sunday with India, who beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the second semifinal on Thursday in Cardiff, looking to add the Champions Trophy World Cup 2011 winning at home against the Lanka in the final in Mumbai.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

2013 ICC Champions Trophy Live Score: New Zealand vs England

ENGLAND innings:

Over 18 || Score 100/5 

James Franklin was the next batsman to be dismissed as after scoring a boundary off Bopara, he hit one straight to Morgan at backward point in the 14th over. Corey Anderson spanked a massive six off Tredwell and while Williamson is batting wonderfully at 44, the Black Caps need to accelerate as they now need 70 runs from 36 balls.
JEC Franklin c Morgan b Bopara 6 (6b)

Over 12 || Score 50/4 

Ravi Bopara got rid of the danger man Brendon McCullum as he pulled a short delivery that went straight to deep square leg where Joe Root dived to his front to take a good low catch. 18 runs came in the last four overs and the Kiwis now need 120 runs from the next 12 overs. James Franklin joins Williamson at the crease.

BB McCullum c Root b Bopara 8 (17b)

Over 8 || Score 32/3 

Veteran Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor was dismissed by Tim Bresnan as he missed the line of the ball and was hit on the pads. Taylor immediately reviewed the decision, as he didn’t get any bat on it and the ball was hitting the bails. Nathan McCullum joins Kane Williamson at the crease. 18 runs came in the last four overs.

LRPL Taylor lbw b Bresnan 3 (6b)

Over 4 || Score 14/2 

English bowlers contained runs in the first four overs as Kiwi openers had a tough time scoring boundaries. Luke Ronchi was struggling to connect with the ball and his scratchy innings finally came to an end when he top edged a short ball from Anderson that went straight to Trott at third man. Kane Williamson came to the crease and Anderson struck again in the fourth over as Martin Guptill got an edge to an inswinger that knocked his stumps. Poor start by New Zealand, Ross Taylor is the new man in.

MJ Guptill b Anderson 9 (12b)

L Ronchi c Trott b Anderson 2 (12b)

Over 23.3 || Score 169/10 

Jos Buttler was the next man to be dismissed as after hitting a boundary at square leg off Kyle Mills, he failed to clear Nathan McCullum at long-off who took another catch. In the penultimate over bowled by McClenaghan, Bopara too perished as he hooked a short ball straight to Williamson at square leg. Bresnan was run-out of the last ball of the penultimate over as he tried to steal a second run. Mills took his third wicket of the innings as Stuart Broad hit a short ball straight to Nathan McCullum who held on to another catch. The England innings came to an end when Tredwell worked the first ball he faced straight to third man where McClenaghan took an easy catch.

England collapsed in the last four overs. At the end of the 20th over, they were 143/5 and they lost the remaining five wickets in the last four overs for just 26 runs.

JC Tredwell c McClenaghan b Mills 0 (1b)

SCJ Broad c NL McCullum b Mills 0 (2b)

TT Bresnan run out 4 (3b)

RS Bopara c Williamson b McClenaghan 9 (11b)

JC Buttler c NL McCullum b Mills 14 (9b)

Over 20 || Score 143/5 

After dropping Cook on three occasions, Nathan McCullum finally held onto a catch off his own bowling as the England skipper departed after playing a handy knock of 64 runs. Morgan was the next batsman to be dismissed as he failed to execute a sweep shot and was struck on the pads. Ravi Bopara and Jos Buttler are the two new batsmen at the crease. 37 runs scored in the last four overs.

EJG Morgan lbw b Vettori 15 (15b)

AN Cook c & b NL McCullum 64 (47b)

Over 16 || Score 106/3 

Root was dismissed by McClenaghan for a well played 38 as he mistimed a pull shot that landed into Ronchi’s gloves for a comfortable catch. Earlier Alastair Cook got another life after he was once again dropped by Nathan McCullum at midwicket off James Franklin again. It was the last ball of the 13th over from which Cook and Root had scored 12 runs off the first five balls. 29 runs scored in the last four overs.

JE Root c Ronchi b McClenaghan 38 (40b)

Over 12 || Score 77/2 

Root smashed the first Six of the innings off Daniel Vettori as he swept him over deep square leg for half a dozen. Both Cook and Root accelerated the innings by scoring a boundary each in the eleventh over bowled by Nathan McCullum. Root was given out lbw off Vettori’s bowling after which he reviewed the decision and it went in his favour as the hawk eye showed he got a faint edge to the ball. 29 runs scored in the last five overs.

Alastair Cook 26* (23b) Joe Root 31* (35b)

Over 8 || Score 48/2 

England have been slow in the last four overs as they scored just 19 runs. Cook got a life when he pulled the first delivery from James Franklin and was dropped by Nathan McCullum at midwicket as the ball went quickly at him. England have managed to slow down the pace of the innings in the last five overs.

Over 4 || Score 29/2 

England openers got off to a good start as they added 16 runs in the first two overs. Ian Bell got a life when he mistimed a ball from Kyle Mills and was dropped by James Franklin who ran back from mid-off, got under the ball, but spilled it at the last moment. McClenaghan struck off the first ball of his second over as Bell made some room for himself and spanked the ball through covers but it went straight to Brendon McCullum at short cover who took a blinder as it came extremely quick at him. Mills dismissed Trott in his second over as the right-hander flicked a half-volley straight to Nathan McCullum at short midwicket. Joe Root is the new man at the crease and he needs to stitch a partnership with Cook after losing two early wickets.

IJL Trott c NL McCullum b Mills 8 (6b)

IR Bell c BB McCullum b McClenaghan 10 (8b)

Update: The covers are off and the play will resume. Both the sides will now play 24 overs each with the first powerplay being 5 overs and the second 2 overs.

Rain update: Unfortunately folks it is raining in Cardiff. The covers are on. Match has been delayed.

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TOSS: New Zealand have won the toss and will bowl first.

Stunned by an inspired Sri Lanka in their last game, hosts England find themselves in a spot of bother when they take on New Zealand in a must-win Group A match of the ICC Champions Trophy here on Sunday.

England, one of the strong contenders for the trophy, had themselves to blame as their strong bowling attack failed to defend an imposing 293 for seven against Sri Lanka.

The English bowling attack, termed as second best in the competition after Pakistan, came a cropper against Sri Lanka the other day as Kumar Sangakkara hit an unbeaten century to ensure an emphatic seven wicket win for the island nation with 17 balls to spare.

New Zealand: Luke Ronchi(w), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, James Franklin, Brendon McCullum(c), Daniel Vettori, Nathan McCullum, Corey Anderson, Kyle Mills, Mitchell McClenaghan

England: Alastair Cook(c), Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler(w), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, James Tredwell, James Anderson 

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Pakistan vs india Live Cricket Score, ICC Champions Trophy 2013 match: India win toss, elect to field

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to field against Pakistan in the 10th match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 in Edgbaston on Saturday.

India has kept the same side that played in the previous two games in Group B. Pakistan Asad Shafiq brought instead of Imran Farhat.

Although the game is a dead rubber as India have already sealed their place in the semifinals, while Pakistan is out of the tournament, however, a lot of pride would be at stake when the two archrivals face to face .

India went into the match on the back of two comprehensive victories against South Africa and West Indies, while Pakistan would be low on confidence after two consecutive losses.

However, as Dhoni said at the press conference before the match, Pakistan can be a dangerous team when they have nothing to lose and play fearless cricket.

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India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (c week), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav

Pakistan: Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Amin, Misbah-ul-Haq (c), Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal (wk), Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson's paternity duties might make him miss a Test in India tour

Versatile Shane Watson could be a test match tour of Australia in Miss India in February-March this year, due to the expected birth of her child over the period.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that likely to return to Australia when his wife Lee Furlong Watson is delivering the baby. It is Australia's national selectors in a dilemma. Pace bowler with Ben Hilfenhaus injury

Watson and Furlong expecting their first child in March. Australia plays its first test tour of India on February 22 and March 16 party ends four.

With Michael Hussey announced his retirement for Test cricket, Australia wants Furlong deals in the interval between tests, so in the middle order. Unaffected

In 2011, Ricky Ponting also had the second-Test tour to Sri Lanka missed the birth of his second child.

Meanwhile Hilfenhaus was retired from Hobart Hurricanes team, while recovering from a hand injury further.

David Warner: 'Joe Root attack' shows batter must grow

However, this latest incident shows they saw fall for the Champions Trophy match against New Zealand to England batsman Joe Root alleged attack in a bar you have to change your life.
Anyone who has followed Warner race, see the story of a talented hitter - An explosive players like English compatriot Kevin Pietersen or Adam Gilchrist, who is a bowler can destroy confidence and turn a game in an hour - but that is often controversial.

Just last month it was £ 3700 from Cricket Australia was colorful language to reporters after his image appeared on Twitter fined for wrongly connected line in a story of corruption in the Indian Premier League.
A child rear blocks with a strong personality who is open minded like people to talk and always has an opinion. It is popular with his teammates and respected in the locker room. He has this vibrant and dark side of his personality.
But it is now 26 and off the field, that has to change. He can be belligerent and has not handled the pressure of international cricket and I could have done. This is your last chance. He has to be more in control of themselves and grow or lose his place in the squad.
Warner had a tough childhood, grew up in housing commission accommodation Matraville in Sydney grade cricket and played for the Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club for 10 years.
His family supported him throughout his career, and his parents, Howard and Lorraine Warner, the cafeteria club career, while brother Steve is also a strong hitter there.

His talent is not in doubt, but his reputation of explosives hit more has worked against him at times.
I'm on the committee of the eastern suburbs "and saw him destroy players during their teenage years. Less than 16 levels, scores did phenomenal and he did not stop. At 20
His arrival in the game was over limited-overs cricket game instead of first class, and it took a year to get his place in the side of New South Wales Sheffield Shield. He played limited overs cricket for Australia before he had made a first-class appearance for the side of the state.
He had the chance in a Twenty20 game and broke a South African attack including Dale Steyn at the MCG, scoring 89 From that time had come and it was a white ball blaster. Unfortunately for Warner, a reputation that you can not get rid of.
He has played 19 test matches, but I did not expect it at this level. No one was sure if his game was good enough in the longer form, but we were all stupid enough to believe that they would succeed.

However, our opinions elsewhere were divided and has to show how much time was more than a Tonker, someone erased the border at will.
And unfortunately, his attempt to change his style is exactly where things go wrong, with seven single figure scores in his last nine innings while playing in the IPL for the Delhi Daredevils and international day of Australia.
He will not play as David Warner: shaken confidence will think about the game too.
Warner pride hurts after this latest incident was also field - and rightly so. I hope he thinks he let his teammates down.
I want to hear all the facts, but it was certainly a rap on the knuckles and told to change their behavior.
Four players were not going to make the tour of India for his work and give a presentation to the rest of the squad and this seems sunk a much more serious crime.
What highlights once again the lack of discipline in Australia's team, something we've seen since the departure of Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey.

The incident happened in India became very awkward. It was a great shame, Cricket Australia seemed a laughingstock and suggested that the government had lost the confidence of the players.
Coach Mickey Arthur and captain Michael Clarke have to meet, and respect for everyone and make everyone is playing as a team. They all have a responsibility to do everything possible and help, but some of the guys have lost the plot so far.
As for what this does to the potential for Australia against England and won the ashes, nothing changes. Australia possibilities were not good before and not well now.
But in this respect is the Clarke's back injury a major concern that the behavior Warner.
I would not expect people who follow the game closely in Australia think we will win the Ashes - a lot of people are resigned to the fact that you can not - but it is a point of view that a test or two sneak could.
I would not say we have not won, but not much faith in this Australian team. Training can not score runs consistently.
A focused and as Warner would definitely increase your chances.