India complete T20 series whitewash against Australia

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Team India win T20

Team India completed a magnificent run chase (India 200/3 against Aus 197/5), the second highest by any team against Australia in T20s, to win the final game by seven wickets at the Sydney Cricket Ground Sunday. India won the T20 series 3-0 and are now at the top of T20 ranking.

Batting first, Australia put up a daunting total of 197/5 in 20 overs anchored by Shane Watson’s 124 in just 71 balls. India needed more than an ordinary good start to get to the total and Rohit Sharma (52 off 38 balls) and Shikhar Dhawan (26 off 9 balls) gave the visitors the momentum that was needed right at the start of the inning. India charged to 45 runs in the first 3 overs of their inning.

Virat Kohli’s half century in 36 balls set the stage for the finish but Team India still needed a match winning effort from someone in the middle order. And Suresh Raina who is known for his power ranking in T20s delivered that part. Raina’s 49 not out off 25 balls included some clever cricket shots and a boundary of the last ball of the match.

Yuvraj Singh got his first chance to bat in the series and produced 15 runs off 12 balls in a pressure situation and mind you he is returning to international cricket after nearly two years. Yuvraj struggled initially but pulled himself up hitting a six and a four in the first two balls of the last over in which India needed 17 to win. After that it was up to Suresh Raina to finish the task and he did it in style with a boundary in the last ball of the match.

Virat Kohli was adjudged the Man of the Series for his consistent batting performance.

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India defeat South Africa by 35 runs after Virat Kohli scores 138

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Virat Kohli century

India defeated South Africa by 35 runs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai to level the One Day International (ODI) series 2-2. Virat Kohli delivered the match winning performance he is known for at a time when Team India needed it most. It was a must win game for the Men in Blue if they had to stay in the series and Virat’s magnificent 138 helped India put a formidable total of 299 for 8 on a slow pitch that seemed to assist bowlers.

Kohli’s ton and partnerships

Kohli got good support from Ajinkya Rahane (45) and Suresh Raina (53) after India lost both its openers early (India were 35 for 2 at one stage). It resulted in two crucial partnerships between Kohli and Rahane (104 runs) and Kohli and Raina (127 runs). India were headed for an even bigger total in excess of 300 but were squeezed towards the end as South African seamers claimed 4 for 29 in the final five overs.

South Africa chase

AB de Villiers led South Africa’s chase and scored a century but Indian spinners made sure that the visitors remained short of their target of 300 runs. In the end, India won the match by 35 runs setting the stage for the decider at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on October 25.

India’s spin troika of Harbhajan Singh (2 for 50), Axar Patel (1 for 40) and Amit Mishra (1 for 55) used the slow conditions to their benefit. Pace bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 3 wickets including the crucial one of SA skipper AB de Villiers.

AB de Villiers innings

The Proteas captain was in no mood to give in as he hit the ball all round the wicket playing some innovative reverse sweep shots. His 112 came of just 107 balls with 10 boundaries and 2 sixes laced to it. It was only after de Villiers fell while playing a flat batted shot that skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his team could heave a sigh of relief.

India’s batting order

The match also settled doubts, if any, about the Indian batting order especially the No 3 and No 5 positions.  This time Dhoni did not promote himself above struggling Suresh Raina who scored back to back ducks in the last two matches. This gave the southpaw time at the crease and he delivered with a half century. Kohli too showed that he is most comfortable when batting at his usual Number 3 position.

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Mumbai Indians are IPL champions

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Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians have won the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League somewhat in the same fashion as their victory in the 2013 edition of the IPL. It was the same ground – Kolkata’s Eden Gardens, the same opposition – Chennai Super Kings (CSK) that Mumbai Indians triumphed over. What was different and historical is the remarkable turnaround that the Rohit Sharma led side managed to achieve after their dismal start to the tournament, losing their first five matches and being at the bottom of the points table for the first two weeks of this edition of the IPL.

MS Dhoni won the toss and decided to field first but the decision did not pay off as Rohit Sharma and Lendl Simmons launched an onslaught forcing the Chennai Super Kings into submission. Parthiv Patel was run out early by Faf du Plessis’ brilliant fielding but after Rohit Sharma walked in there was no stopping the Mumbai Indians.

Rohit Sharma scored 50 off 26 balls while Simmons’ 68 came of 45 deliveries as Mumbai Indians put up a total of 202/5 in 20 overs. Kieron Pollard continued his consistent batting performance and added 36 of just 18 balls he faced getting good support from Ambati Rayudu (36 of 24 balls).

With a big target of 203, Chennai Super Kings needed to fire right from the beginning and the lack of depth in batting in the CSK camp was evident. Dwayne Smith did reach half century but a strike rate of little over run a ball was not enough for CSK. Suresh Raina too could manage just 28 of 19 balls while MS Dhoni was bowled by Lasith Malinga for 18.

In the end, Chennai Super Kings just managed to reach 161 runs for the loss 8 wickets in their chase in the #IPLFinal. Mumbai Indians owner Nita Ambani was all praise for the team.

 

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Mumbai Indians reach IPL 8 final

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Harbhajan

MUMBAI: Mumbai Indians have become the first team to reach the finals of the Indian Premier League 2015 after defeating Chennai Super Kings by 25 runs at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday night. It was a day when Mumbai Indians did almost everything right – from winning the toss and putting up a decent score of 187 to bowling well and fielding tight.

At first, Lendl Simmons (65 runs off 51 balls) and Parthiv Patel (35 runs off 25 balls) gave a steady start to the Mumbai inning. Then Kieron Pollard displayed some spectacular power play and scored 41 off just 17 balls to take his team’s total to 187 for six wickets in 20 overs. He was later adjudged the Man of the Match.

Mumbai Indians bowlers led by Harbhajan Singh and Lasith Malinga then kept the Super Kings batsmen in check taking wickets at regular intervals. However, it was the 11th over bowled by off spinner Harbhajan Singh that turned out to be decisive.

Harbhajan took two consecutive wickets of Suresh Raina and CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and it turned the table in MI’s favour at a time when the Super Kings were steadying their inning. Dhoni later attributed the defeat to a below par batting performance by the middle order.

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said at the post match ceremony that he could not have asked for anything more and praised the team for its consistent performance. Mumbai have won eight of the last nine matches that they have played.

Chennai Super Kings have a second chance to make it to the finals as they will now play the winning team of Qualifier 2 (Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Rajasthan Royals) on May 22.

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IPL 8: Mumbai Indians at second spot after beating SRH by nine wickets

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Mumbai Indians registered a convincing nine wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday night to clinch the second position in the IPL 2015 points table. The Rohit Sharma led side have thus also advanced to the play offs stage in the ongoing Indian Premier League.

Mumbai Indians are now ahead of third-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and just below Chennai Super Kings in the points table. This is no small feat given the fact that Mumbai lost their first four matches of this eighth edition of the IPL.

On Sunday, Sunrisers were never into the game after captain David Warner won the toss and decided to bat first at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Mumbai bowlers put up a clinical performance to bowl out the Sunrisers for a paltry 113 runs.

Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga struck right in the first over of the match, getting rid of the dangerous Shikhar Dhawan – one of Sunrisers’ batting mainstays. And then Mitchell McClenaghan got rid of skipper David Warner in his first over.

With their two lead batsmen back into the pavilion, SRH gave in to the pressure and lost wickets at regular intervals. They were able to add just 113 runs to the scoreboard. Mumbai pacers Lasith Malinga (4/17) and McClenaghan (3/16) were phenomenal in their bowling performances.

With bowlers having done their task, Mumbai Indians openers Lendl Simmons (48) and Parthiv Patel (51 not out) showed some good temperament in reaching the target of 114. Simmons got out just after ensuring that his team was close enough to the total and then skipper Rohit Sharma walked in and finished the proceedings.

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Virat Kohli takes India to World T20 final

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DHAKA (BANGLADESH): India beat South Africa by 6 wickets in the semi-final of the World T20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Bangladesh, making the final of the tournament an all sub-continental affair.
Team India plays Sri Lanka in the final of the T20 tournament on April 6.

Harsha Bhogle asked Virat Kohli at the post match interaction how he does this all the time. And that in a way summed up what could have happened in the match. Batting first, South Africa scored 172 runs. Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane gave a steady start but it was Viral Kohli and his splendid batting that guided India past the total of 172 runs without much to worry about. He scored 72 runs from 44 deliveries hitting 5 fours and 2 sixes.

South Africa had some quality bowlers like Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel but they could not stop Indian batsmen from scoring runs.

“Virat is a splendid World Class player and a quality team like India deserves to be in the final,” South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said at the end of the match.

Virat Kohli has made the highest runs for India since 2012 in matches that India have won. Harsha Bhogle asked MS Dhoni if it was intentional to let Kohli score the winning runs and the Indian captain nodded in agreement. The background was this: Suresh Raina got out in the second last over of the match and Dhoni came in and was on strike for the last ball when the score was tied. He defended it without any intention of running for a single. This was to allow Virat to come back on strike in the last over and score the winning runs.

Virat Kohli hit a boundary of the first ball of the last over taking India past South Africa’s total of 172 runs.

“Virat has been very consistent and not many players have such consistency. Youngsters should learn from him,” MS Dhoni said in praise of the Indian vice-captain.

India now play Sri Lanka in the final and one cannot ignore the comparisons being made with the 2011 World cup final in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.

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MS Dhoni out of Asia Cup, Virat Kohli new captain

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MS DhoniMUMBAI: India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been ruled out of the upcoming Asia Cup, to be played in Bangladesh, in February-March. Dhoni sustained a Grade 1 left side-strain injury during the second Test match against New Zealand. Flamboyant batsman Virat Kohli will lead India in the tournament.

The Indian team returned home today after its dismal tour of New Zealand. The Men in Blue failed to win a single match in New Zealand.

Dhoni, whose captaincy has been a subject of intense criticism following India’s 0-1 defeat in the two-match Test series in New Zealand, will be undergoing rehabilitation for ten days.

The Selection Committee has picked Tamil Nadu’s wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Kartik as his replacement in the Indian squad. Criticism of MS Dhoni has grown louder with back to back series defeat in foreign tours. Many former players have been mulling replacing Dhoni as the captain of the Test squad

Dhoni captains Indian cricket team in all three formats of the game. His inability to take risks and play on the defensive has earned him criticism from senior players. Some also feel that captaining India in all three formats is putting too much of pressure on him and replacing Dhoni as captain of Tests will ease the burden from the captain Cool.

Who should replace Dhoni

While Virat Kohli’s performance easily puts him above the others as a claimant for the skipper’s shoes, Cheteshwar Pujara is being looked at as another option. Pujara just plays in Tests and will have enough time to think of only that format, some experts feel.

Review of Duncan Fletcher

Fingers are also being pointed towards Team India coach Duncan Fletcher who took up the mantle from South Africa’s Gary Kirsten when India were at the height after the 2011 World Cup victory. Many feel it is he who should be sacked and a new coach should be appointed.

 

India squad for Asia Cup: 

Virat Kohli (Captain)

Shikhar Dhawan

Rohit Sharma

Cheteshwar Pujara

Ambati Rayudu

Ajinkya Rahane

Ravindra Jadeja

Dinesh Kartik (Wicketkeeper)

R Ashwin

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Mohammed Shami

Varun Aaron

Stuart Binny

Amit Mishra

Ishwar Pandey

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Yuvraj dropped from New Zealand tour, Varun Aaron back

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Yuvraj Singh left out of NZ tour

Yuvraj Singh left out of NZ tour

MUMBAI: Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has been dropped from the One-Day International squad that will be touring New Zealand. Yuvraj showed poor form in South Africa which is the reason for his axing.

The BCCI, that announced the squad in Mumbai today, has given a chance to newcomers Ishwar Pandey and Stuart Binny. Fast bowler Varun Aaron who is fit again has been included in the team instead of Mohit Sharma who also failed to impress in South Africa. Pragyan Ojha has been left out from the Test squad.

Yuvraj has been in poor form since his comeback in the series against Australia in October. He did not perform in the home series against the West Indies or in the ODI series in South Africa. Therefore it was expected that he would be dropped.

Haryana pace bowler Mohit Sharma who has been expensive in South Africa has also faced the music and has been left out of the team.

Madhya Pradesh fast bowler Ishwar Pandey has received his maiden call for the Test as well as One Day squad presumably because of his showing in the Ranji trophy.

All-rounder Stuart Binny plays for Karnataka in the Ranji. He is the son of BCCI selector and former Indian all-rounder Roger Binny.

India will have pacers Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishwar Pandey and Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the Tests and spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. The batting department will be the same as that in South Africa.

Test team includes:

MS Dhoni (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravindra Jadeja, Zaheer Khan, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha, Ishwar Pandey

 

  • Debut: Ishwar Pandey
  • Left Out: Pragyan Ojha

 ODI Team

MS Dhoni (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Ishwar Pandey, Stuart Binny, Varun Aaron

 

  • In: Ishwar Pandey, Stuart Binny, Varun Aaron
  • Left Out: Yuvraj Singh, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav

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South Africa thrash lackluster India by 141 runs in first ODI

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India Vs South Africa

JOHANNESBURG: Having won consecutive cricket series at home and earned the World No 1 ranking in ODIs, Team India may have least expected the hammering they received at the hands of South Africa in the first One-Day International in Jonnesburg on Thursday. The Men in Blue were not  only completely outplayed in all three departments by the hosts but were also shown what awaits them in the next three and half weeks in South Africa. India lost the ODI by 141 runs and were outplayed in all the three departments of the game – batting, bowling and fielding.

MS Dhoni summed up the performance as bad at the post match press conference. But the match actually betrayed a lacklustre Indian side vulnerable to pace and bounce.

South Africa taught their Indian counterparts plenty of lessons. While their batsmen made full use of the inexperienced Indian attack, posting a mammoth 358 for 4 in 50 overs, their bowlers displayed fine skills of swing bowling, defeating the Indian batsmen’s bat on numerous occasions.

Hosts South Africa produced a clinical all-round performance as they crushed India by 141 runs runs in the first one day international taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

This is the second biggest margin of victory by the South Africans against India in the ODIs played between the two teams.

After hammering the Indian bowlers into submission with a massive score of 358 for four, the five-pronged South African pace attack came out all guns blazing to bowl out the visitors for 217 in 41 overs. It was thorough professional performance by South Africa as Indians were outplayed in all departments.

 

Here’s the scorecard:


South Africa innings 
(50 overs maximum)

R

M

B

4s

6s

SR

HM Amla b Mohammed Shami

65

117

88

5

1

73.86

Q de Kock c & b Kohli

135

171

121

18

3

111.57

JH Kallis c Jadeja b Mohammed Shami

10

16

14

2

0

71.42

AB de Villiers* b Mohammed Shami

77

71

47

6

4

163.82

JP Duminy not out

59

37

29

2

5

203.44

DA Miller not out

5

3

2

1

0

250.00

Extras (lb 2, w 4, nb 1)

7

Total (4 wickets; 50 overs; 209 mins)

358

(7.16 runs per over)

 

Bowling

O

M

R

W

Econ

MM Sharma

10

0

82

0

8.20

(1nb)

B Kumar

9

0

68

0

7.55

(2w)

Mohammed Shami

10

1

68

3

6.80

(2w)

R Ashwin

10

0

58

0

5.80

RA Jadeja

8

0

58

0

7.25

SK Raina

1

0

7

0

7.00

V Kohli

2

0

15

1

7.50

 

India innings (target: 359 runs from 50 overs)

R

M

B

4s

6s

SR

RG Sharma run out (Miller)

18

69

43

2

0

41.86

S Dhawan c †de Kock b Morkel

12

19

13

3

0

92.30

V Kohli c Kallis b McLaren

31

41

35

5

0

88.57

Yuvraj Singh b McLaren

0

2

2

0

0

0.00

SK Raina run out (Steyn/†de Kock)

14

39

20

2

0

70.00

MS Dhoni*† b Steyn

65

125

71

8

1

91.54

RA Jadeja b Kallis

29

36

30

6

0

96.66

R Ashwin c †de Kock b McLaren

19

23

19

4

0

100.00

B Kumar c Kallis b Steyn

0

8

4

0

0

0.00

MM Sharma not out

0

23

5

0

0

0.00

Mohammed Shami c & b Steyn

0

3

4

0

0

0.00

Extras (b 4, lb 1, w 24)

29

Total (all out; 41 overs; 198 mins)

217

(5.29 runs per over)

 

 

Bowling

O

M

R

W

Econ

DW Steyn

8

3

25

3

3.12

(2w)

LL Tsotsobe

9

0

52

0

5.77

(1w)

M Morkel

8

1

29

1

3.62

R McLaren

8

0

49

3

6.12

(8w)

WD Parnell

5

0

37

0

7.40

(6w)

JH Kallis

3

0

20

1

6.66

(3w)

 

 

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