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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#SelfieWithDaughter: Sachin Tendulkar, Shikhar Dhawan join Modi’s campaign

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Sachin TendulkarSachin Tendulkar and Shikhar Dhawan have also joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much publicised campaign #SelfieWithDaughter on social networking site Facebook. The little master has posted his picture with his daughter Sara Tendulkar. He captioned it, “Selfie with my daughter Sara ?#?BetiBachao?”.

Shikhar Dhawan too posted pictures of himself with his two daughters Rhea and Aliyah. He wrote, “Daddy’s girls” with the pictures.

It seems the cricketers have taken Modi’s campaign of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Yojana’ quite seriously along with the rest of the world. Cricketer Parthiv Patel is also among the cricketers who have joined the bandwagon.

The campaign has become an online hit as the #SelfieWithDaughter is trending for last few days. The initiative has garnered support from all over the globe with parents posting pictures with their daughters.

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Virat Kohli first Indian to hit 100 against Pakistan in World Cup, India 300/7

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Virat Kohli became the first Indian batsman to hit a century against Pakistan in a World Cup game as India scored 300 runs in their first encounter at Adelaide Oval. Suresh Raina scored valuable 74 runs off 56 balls after a fumble between Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan cost the latter his wicket.

India was headed towards an even bigger total and there was a time when it was expected to score over 325 runs. However Pakistan made a terrific comeback in the match and after the loss of Virat Kohli, Pakistani fast bowlers managed to keep the run rate in check. Sohail Khan and Wahab Riaz showed some excellent bowling skills and picked up quick wickets in the last 5 overs. Indian batsmen could score just 27 runs in the last 5 overs and lost 5 wickets.

Indian captain MS Dhoni tried to accelerate the batting but could not do much. Sohail Khan bowled some great deliveries and spearheaded the Pakistani attack towards the end.

Ravindra Jadeja was sent ahead of Ajinkya Rahane to spruce up the run rate but Wahab Riaz showed some excellent bowling skills and bowled Jadeja for just 3 runs.

Dhoni was next to go. The skipper scored 18 off 13 balls.

Rahane could not open his account and was deceived by a slow delivery from Sohail Khan when he tried to hit it over the covers.

In the end, Indian team managed to reach the total of 300 runs.

“I am happy with the way we batted and 300 on the score board is a psychological advantage,” Virat Kohli told Rameez Raja said after the Indian inning.

But will 300 be enough on a good batting track and with rather weak Indian bowling attack?

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Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan steady India: IndvsPak

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Half centuries by Team India vice captain Virat Kohli and opener Shikhar Dhawan took India to 132 for 1 in 25 overs at the Adelaide Oval. The highly anticipated match between the arch-rivals is being watched by a mighty crowd. Tickets of the match were sold out within minutes of going on sale months ago.

India has never lost to Pakistan in the World Cup and are keen to keep the record while Pakistan will be looking to break the jinx.

Earlier, Indian skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat first to grab the opportunity to put pressure on Pakistan. India has a strong batting line up and Pakistani bowlers will have some work at hand to keep the likes of Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina and Ajinkya Rahane calm.

India lost opener Rohit Sharma early for 15 when the team’s total was 34 in 7.3 overs. India are playing the game with two spinners – left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja and offspinner R Ashwin.

Virat Kohli now looks in good form connecting the ball really well after he was slow at the start of his inning. Shikhar Dhawan is giving him good company with some well-timed strokes.

The last updated score is 163/2 in 29.5 overs. Shikhar Dhawan was run out for 73 after a misjudgement. Dhawan wanted a single but Kohli sent him back. Dhawan dived to reach his crease but Shehzad’s direct throw is too quick.

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David Warner and Varun Aaron involved in on-field sledging, Virat cools tempers

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David Warner Varun Dhawan spot

Fiery Australian batsman David Warner was involved in a heated exchange of words with Indian fast bowler Varun Aaron at the ongoing First Test at the Adelaide Oval in Australia.

Varun Aaron bowled Warner on 66 and the dismissal had triggered wild celebrations at the Indian camp led by the fast bowler. But when the umpire checked for a no-ball, video replays showed Varun had overstepped. It was Warner’s turn then to reply to the bowler. Shikhar Dhawan stepped in from mid-on asking Warner to mind his words. Warner was on the other hand joined by Shane Watson who has had a spat with Dhawan in the past too. So the two – Shikhar Dhawan and Shane Watson – exchanged some heated words in the middle of the ground.

The tempers restored ‘normalcy’ of the usual India-Australia encounters that has otherwise so far been missing in the first Test between the two countries. It was Indian skipper Virat Kohli who stepped in to calm things down. Warner listened calmly to Virat Kohli and then the game went on as usual.

David Warner went on to score a century, his second straight hundred in the Test match. Australia were 290 for 5 at stumps n their second inning on Day 4 of the first Test.

 

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India defeated by Sri Lanka by two wickets in Asia Cup

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Kumar Sangakkara

 

FATULLAH (BANGLADESH): Sri Lanka defeated Virat Kohli-led Team India by two wickets in a nerve-wracking match at Fatullah in Bangladesh Friday. Sri Lanka were guided by a century by Kumar Sangakkara after the Lankans tied India down to 264.

India were playing without their regular strong middle-order in the absence of Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina and the match was a litmus test for the side. Ajantha Mendis who was part of the three member spin attack for the Sri Lankans took four wickets and helped his team restrict India to a total of 264.

On the Indian side, Virat Kohli (48) and Shikhar Dhawan (94) played responsible innings but found little support from other team members. No one else scored above 22 runs.

The Indian bowlers found it difficult to stop the Lankans especially with the dew factor going against them. Virat Kohli did not blame the bowlers after the match and said “I think the bowlers did a good job, there was a lot of dew in the end.” The Indian skipper gave credit to the bowlers for dragging the match till the last over.

Sri Lanka on the other did not have an easy day and the match was evenly poised during most of their innings. But Kumar Sangakkara kept his nerves and scored a match-winning century. He said at the end of the match that the dew factor helped him.

Where India tottered apart from their batting was in the field. Kumar Sangakkara did give a chance or two but the Indian fielders did not grab it and in the end faced defeat. Among the Indian bowlers, Ravindra Jadeja was the most impressive picking up three wickets for just 30 runs in his spell of 10 overs. Ravichandran Ashwin picked up two wickets and completed his 100 ODI wickets.

Mohammed Shami gave some trouble to the Sri Lankans but he was way too expensive for the three wickets that he took giving away 81 runs in his 10 overs. In the end, it turned out to be Sri Lanka’s day starting with their winning the toss and making the right decision to field first.

 

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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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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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MS Dhoni captain of ICC ODI team of the year, Kohli misses out

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Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been selected in the ICC Test as well as ODI team of the year besides being named the captain of the ICC ODI team of the year. Virat Kohli, who has made a mark by scoring consistently in ODIs however could not make the cut.

Even ICC Chief Executive David Richardson acknowledged that the shining Indian cricketer has been unlucky to have not been selected in the ICC ODI team of the year. He believed that Kohli will make it to the team next year.

England’s James Anderson, South Africa’s Hashim Amla and Australia’s Michael Clarke have been nominated for top honours at this year’s International Cricket Council awards.

ICC’s Chief Executive David Richardson said today after announcing the ICC’s Test and ODI teams of 2013: “Kohli is one of the players who should consider himself unlucky not to get selected, especially in the ODI team of the year. In these awards it’s more a case of who gets left out rather than who gets in. There’s tremendous competition for places.”

Anderson, Amla and Clarke have been shortlisted for both the cricketer of the year and the Test player of the year awards.

Others shortlisted for the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for cricketer of the year are England skipper Alastair Cook, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka.

In the category of Test player of the year, the other nominees are South African fast bowler Dale Steyn and the Indian duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Cheteshwar Pujara.

The short-lists in 10 award categories were drawn up by an independent 32-person committee comprising former players and representatives from the media, match referees and umpires.

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