Tuesday, December 27, 2011

T&T win over Chennai Super Kings

Defending champions Chennai Super Kings are virtually out of contention for the semifinals, as they lost the crucial Champions League Twenty20 Group A clash by 12 runs, to Trinidad and Tobago yesterday.

Chasing a modest target of 124, all Chennai could manage was just 111 for six,  as the wicket at M A Chidambaram stadium, Chennai was unconducive for batting.

Sunil Narine of T & T, bowled exceptionally well, claiming three wickets and giving away just eight runs in his four overs. Coming into the cruch game, Chennai did well in the first half by restricting the rivals to a paltry 123 for eight.  The target could have been even less had they not conceded 49 runs in the last five overs.

T&T scored those 49 runs, largely due to a splendid innings from Kevon Cooper, who hit a 10-ball 28 (three sixes and a four). Opener William Perkins (34) top scored for the T and T, while Adrian Barath (23) also played a useful knock.

Australian paceman Doug Bollinger (3/30) and spinner Shadab Jakati (2/18) bowled well for Chennai in the first half.

Chennai have already lost two of the three matches played.

Dwayne Bravo was the top scorer for Chennai with his unbeaten 32.

Now if the Chennai Super Kings are to make it to the semifinals, they need to win their last match against New South Wales Blues on Tuesdayand expect favourable results from the other matches.

This was T and T’s first win of the tourney and they too stand a chance to qualify for the semifinals as they take on Cape Cobras in
their last group outing on Tuesday.

India Inches Closer To A Clean Sweep

Aided by Varun Aaron’s [3/24] followed by some splendid innings of Virat Kohli [86 not out] and Suresh Raina’s [80] and the 131-run fourth wicket partnership between the two, team India won the fourth one day international against England, at Wankhede stadium yesterday and are now leading 4-0 in the series.  India won the match by six wickets with 59 balls to spare.

The Wankhede stadium, Mumbai saw some fine bowling by the Indians due to which the England team was all out for 220 runs in 46.1 overs.  For
England who have already lost the series and are playing to salvage some pride, the top scorers were Tim Bresnan [45 runs from 45 balls, 6boundaries] and Kevin Pieterson [41]; Jonathan Trott contributed 39 runs.

Other than Aaron who was making his debut for India, Ashwin too took three wickets conceding 38 runs.  In reply, India’s start was not so good but they came back into the game and achieved the target in just 40.1 overs losing just four wickets.  Virat Kohli was the top-scorer with 86 runs from 99 balls and also struck the winning boundary.  On other hand Raina scored 80 runs from 62 balls with the help of 12 boundaries.  The highest wicket takers of the match (three each) Varun Aaron and Steven Finn got all the wickets by clean bowling out the batsmen.

Despite the low target, India didn’t get a good start and lost three wickets by the time the score was 46 runs.  Finn bowled out Parthiv Patel [8] in the sixth over and struck the first blow to India.  After him Gautam Gambhir too followed suit after scoring just one run. Ajinkya Rahane was the third Indian wicket to fall when the score was close to 50 runs.  Rahane faced 37 deliveries, scored 20 runs, was caught behind by wicket keeper Kieswetter off the bowling of Stuart Meeker.  After the fall of these three, the in-form Rohit Kohli partnered with Suresh Raina to take India closer to the target.  Both played with restraint in the beginning and scored their 50s.  Kohli needed 52 deliveries for his half century while Raina took 50.

After scoring his 50, Suresh Raina changed gears and became his explosive self, scoring 30 runs in the next 12 deliveries.  Finn was the one to scalp Raina, who was clean bowled by him with a yorker. Captain Dhoni who replaced Raina ensured that no further wicket fell and team India sailed comfortably to victory.  Dhoni scored 15 runs from 18 deliveries with the help of a four and a six.

Sania Loses In Second Round – French Open Super Series Badminton

India’s ace shuttler Saina Nehwal has lost her second round match against China’s Jurui Lee in straight sets on Thursday in Paris. Thursday was a bad day for India.  India’s Ajay Jairam lost his match in men’s singles while Commong Wealth Games’ gold medallists Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa lost their second round doubles matches too.  With these losses India’s campaign in this tournament comes to an end.

Fourth seeded Saina lost her match in 48 minutes in straight sets 18-21, 29-30.  This is the second time in two weeks that Saina has lost her second round match and has been eliminated from the finals. Saina had won her first round match in just 29 minutes against Jee Yao, 21-14, 21-19.  Having been eliminated in the second round of the Denmark Open last week Saina was hopeful of a better performance here.

India’s Jairam had defeated compatriot Guruvar.M.V.Saidutt in the first round and had booked his berth in the second round.  In the second round Jairam had lost his match to the sixth seeded China’s Jin Chen in 46 minutes by 19-21, 14-21 and was thus eliminated from the tournament.  In the women’s competition India’s Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa have lost their second round matches to Korea’s Jung Iun Ha and Ming Jung Kim in just 27 minutes by 13-21, 12-21.


Nadal Sails Into The Second Round Of The Japan Open

Top-seeded Spaniard, Rafael Nadal won his first round match against Go Soeda of Japan 6-3, 6-2 today, to make it to the second round of the Japan Open tennis tournament at Tokyo.  In the match at Ariake Colosseum, Nadal’s victory came in an hour and 30 minutes.  Nadal wrapped the first set with a perfect lob and won the second set even more easily.  The 10-time Grand Slam champion, will now play Milos Raonic of Canada in the second round.  Raonic won his first round match against Japanese wild card Yuichi Sugita 6-7 (4), 6-3, 7-6 (1) to advance into the second round

n another first round match, third-seeded David Ferrer of Spain won against Kei Nishikori of Japan 6-4, 6-3.  The fifth-ranked Ferrer
saved two break points in the final game of the second set, before converting his first match point.  He also saved two break points at
2-2 in the second set, before clinching the next game with a crosscourt forehand winner.

Ivan Dodig of Croatia won his first round match against eighth-seeded Juan Monaco of Argentina 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (1) in 2 hours and 42 minutes. He will take on David Nalbandian of Argentina, after the 2002 Wimbledon finalist, got the better of Lukas Rosol of the Czech
Republic 6-1, 6-1.

Alex Bogomolov Jr. of the United States won his first round match against Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 6-4, 6-4 to make it to the second round of the tournament.

Second-seeded Andy Murray of Britain is scheduled to meet Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in a first-round match tomorrow.

Death at age 74 of Vasant Ranjane Face Bowler in Cricket

Vasant Ranjane, had been a former India medium-pacer, has died at the age of 74 in Pune. Ranjane 1958 and 1964 and played seven Tests for India between state and first-class cricket from 1956 to 1971 represented the railway. “He [Ranjane] had been ill from some time and was admitted to Ruby Hall Clinic, where he died,” said Surendra Bhave former Maharashtra opener. Ranjane 1956-57 a successful debut in the first class, when the Saurashtra against Maharashtra for 36 to 35 and took 4 to 9.

He made ​​two years after the first Test against West Indies, but in 1961-62, when England visited India did not play each other. Ranjane as a fitter worked for Indian Railways in 1994 and has been retired. Chandu Borde, who played Ranjane first class and Test cricket as a bowler with the excellent line and length were all missing. “We played for the club, he played for vilas CC and Maharashtra,” Borde said. “He [Ranjane] a very good bowler, the best fast bowler in the country has produced.

Vasant Ranjane’s line and length was impressive, he is always there on the spot. It would upset all the top batsmen with his bowling. Sunil Gavaskar has paid tribute to Ranjane. “My poignant sympathies are with his family.

Sehwag Became a Superstar of Ad World

After hitting a massive double century the day before yesterday in Indore, Virender Sehwag demands have rapidly increased in the advertising world also. His wonderful and outstanding innings at Indore results in making him a superstar in the ad world also.

Sehwag told to the media about it that his mobile is flooded with more than 800 messages after that inning and he currently do not known how many of such messages were from the corporate market or from advertisers. His managers, Professional Management Groups which is also known as PMG told that many advertisers want to sign him and Sehwag will be going to have a shot with many brands before leaving Australia on December 12th.

PMG also told to the media that “Sehwag’s interest level among advertisers has grown rapidly and he has given a perfect answer from his bat to the detractors who uses to say that now he can’t get more runs in One Day Internationals.”

PMG CEO told that Sehwag will be going to sing around 4 to 5 deals of around Rs 10 crore a year with an estimated annual fess per deal of around 2 crore to Rs 2.5 crore of every brand name for which he will be going to work. He will work with the top brands like Adidas, Karbonn Mobiles, Hero Moto Corporation as well as Royal Challengers and with such brands he will work for a very long time.

As per the Karbonn Mobile Company, Sehwag’s promotion of their brand names and his appeal to huge mass helpful in increasing their brand recall value also. This is really amazing news for such brand names and shocking news for other branded company who emerges as a competitor of such companies today. Well! Let us see that will Sehwag accept another brand’s deals apart from it in future or not.

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Chanderpaul century drives West Indies

Shivnarine Chanderpaul brought all his experience into play as he notched up an unbeaten 111 to steer West Indies to 256 for five and share the honours with India on day one of the first cricket Test here today.

At stumps on the first day of the three—match Test series, wicketkeeper—batsman Carlton Baugh was giving Chanderpaul company on 19 off 45 deliveries. The duo have so far added 56 runs for the sixth wicket in 13.4 overs.

Opting to bat, West Indies’ innings revolved around Chanderpaul’s unbeaten knock, for which he faced 167 deliveries and spent 236 minutes on a Ferozshah Kotla track where Indian spinners Pragyan Ojha and debutant Ravichandran Aswhin threatened to run through the visiting side’s top—order. India’s new spin—twins shared the five wickets between them.

Ojha finished with creditable figures of three for 58 in 29 overs while Ashwin had two for 79 in 25.

It was Chanderpaul’s seventh Test century against India and 24th overall. Only Garfield Sobers and Vivian Richards (both 8 centuries each) have scored more centuries against India.

In West Indies’ last tour of this country way back in 2002, Chanderpaul, one of the only two members from the current squad along with Marlon Samuels to feature in that series, had smashed a staggering three centuries in four Test matches.

That the 38—year—old left—hander’s special liking for the Indian attack could be gauged from the fact that he has scored nearly 2000 runs with seven centuries and 10 fifties. And, at a staggering average of over 70.

Chanderpaul got to the century when he swept Ojha behind square for a single in the 83rd over. He had faced 144 balls and spent 195 minutes to reach the landmark.

Chanderpaul found an able ally in opener Kraigg Brathwaite, with whom he added 108 runs for the fourth wicket to frustrate the Indian bowlers, especially in the session before tea.

Brathwaite struck 63 off 212 balls before India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni pulled off a smart stumping off Ojha to bring an end to his hard—fought innings.

The 18—year—old Brathwaite’s dogged resistance, during which he found the fence four times, was very crucial from the West Indies’ point of view as Ojha and Ashwin were beginning to pose problems for the batsmen.

After Ojha’s double blow in the first session, which saw him remove opener Kieran Powell and Kirk Edwards, Ashwin bowled Darren Bravo right after the lunch break to put the visitors under pressure.

But Brathwaite, along with Chanderpaul, stitched together a handy 87—partnership for the fourth wicket to steady the West Indian ship.

Even as Brathwaite got his runs with nudges and steers through the third—man region, Chanderpaul looked intent on attacking the bowlers, especially the spinners, against whom he was not afraid to go down the wicket.

While milking the Indian bowlers, he used the soft hands, the canny deflections too were often seen, and he also played the typical horizontal bat shots pulling the bowlers with utter disdain.

After dispatching Umesh Yadav, the second debutant in the Indian team, for two sweetly—timed boundaries, Chanderpaul took Ashwin to the task, cutting him through point for another four.

Moments later, the veteran of 135 Tests with more than 9500 runs, used his feet against Ashwin to loft the offie over his head for the maximum.

After the tea break, he meted out a similar treatment to Ojha who was hoicked over the long—on boundary. Brathwaite, meanwhile, got to his fifty, his second in this form of the game, with a push to mid—on. Chanderpaul followed suit soon after, to bring up his 57th half—century in Tests.

The tide, however, seemed to have tide in India’s favour in the post—lunch session when Ojha and Ashwin both got a wicket apiece, of Brathwaite and Samuels respectively, who was done in by the Dhoni—Ashwin combo, which gave the skipper his 200th dismissal, the first Indian glovesman to achieve such a feat.

Baugh along with Chanderpaul then kept the Indians at bay till stumps were drawn for the day. While the morning session proved to be fruitful for the spinners, especially Ojha, the scenario changed after lunch. But two wickets in the final session meant India didn’t allow West Indies to run away with a huge total.

While there was turn in the wicket, it was too slow to create problems for the batsmen. Even as Ojha and Ashwin shouldered the bulk of the responsibility, bowling 20 overs each, Dhoni also tried Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh.

Earlier, in the first session, Ojha had struck twice as India enjoyed the upper hand leaving the visitors at 69 for two at lunch.

After Sammy had won the toss, left—arm spinner Ojha, playing Test cricket after almost a year since New Zealand’s tour of India, had Powell trapped in front with big turning delivery in his second over, and the innings’ 12th.

Ojha then had Edwards, on a high after slamming a century and a fifty in his last Test, against Bangladesh, caught and bowled with a one that stopped at the batsman. The right—hander pressed forward, looking for the drive but was a touch early into the shot.

The spinner, in the process, made amends for dropping a sitter off his own bowling, the batsmen being Powell, in his first over, with the scoreboard reading 25 for no loss.

The goof—up, however, didn’t matter much as Powell could not add a run to the total. Ojha had figures two for 14 from 10 overs at lunch.

On a pitch that hardly offered any sort of assistance to the quick bowlers, both Ishant Sharma and debutant Yadav, who was preferred over Varun Aaron, struggled to create an impression.

While Ishant bowled within himself, conceding 18 runs in his first spell of seven overs, Yadav was guilty of not pitching the ball up to the batsman.

It was therefore no surprise when Dhoni replaced Yadav with Ojha in the 10th over. The Hyderabad bowler immediately made an impression, luring the batsmen to go for drives, and at same time extracting sharp turn from a Feroz Shah Kotla wicket, which seems have to something for the spinners.

It didn’t take long before Aswhin was handed the ball, in the 15th over, replacing pace spearhead Sharma. Gautam Gambhir was substituted by Virat Kohli after he was hit on his elbow while fielding at forward short—leg, and that could be a cause for concern for the hosts.


West Indies 1st innings:

Kraigg Brathwaite st Dhoni b Ojha 63

Kieran Powell lbw b Ojha 14

Kirk Edwards c and b Ojha 15

Darren Bravo b Ashwin 12

S Chanderpaul batting 111

M Samuels c Dhoni b Ashwin 15

C Baugh batting 19

Extras (B—4, LB—2, NB—1) 7

Total (For 5 wickets in 91 overs) 256

Fall of wickets: 1—25, 2—45, 3—72, 4—180, 5—200

Bowling: I Sharma 18—4—58—0, U Yadav 16—5—48—0, P Ojha 29—8—58—3, R Ashwin 25—3—79—2, V Sehwag 2—0—5—0, Yuvraj Singh 1—0—2—0.

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Warne to turn out for Big Bash

Spin legend Shane Warne will turn out for Melbourne Stars in the upcoming Big Bash League, giving a huge boost to the Cricket Australia (CA)-organised Twenty20 competition.

Warne, 42, who retired from competitive cricket after this year's Indian Premier League, is now set to make a comeback that will see him return to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, where he took his 700th Test wicket during the Boxing Day Test in 2006. Warne, however, has not played top-flight international cricket for Australia since helping his country to a clean sweep of the Ashes in January, 2007.

His presence amounts to a massive boon for the Stars and CA.

Sri Lanka gains upper hand

Sri Lanka removed Pakistan's openers early to gain the upper hand on the second day of the third and final cricket Test at Sharjah stadium here on Friday.

Sri Lanka, seeking a series-levelling win after losing the second Test by nine wickets in Dubai, removed Mohammad Hafeez (six) and Taufiq Umar (19) as Pakistan closed on 35 for two in reply to Lanka's first innings total of 413. The first Test in Abu Dhabi ended in a draw.

Pakistan looked shaky from the start as Hafeez was dismissed in the fifth over of the innings, edging an outgoing delivery from left-arm paceman Chanaka Welegedara to slip for Mahela Jayawardene to take a simple catch.

Left-arm spinner Rangana then struck in his third over, inducing Umar to come out of the crease and had him stumped by wicketkeeper Kaushal Silva, much to the disappointment of a holiday crowd of near 8,000 made up of Pakistan expats.

At close, Azhar was unbeaten on 10 and Younis Khan yet to get off the mark, as Pakistan still trails by 378 runs.

Earlier, Saeed Ajmal led Pakistan's fight-back, claiming four wickets, after Sri Lanka, well placed at 300 for the loss of three, lost five wickets in the space of 59 runs.

Sangakkara, who also crossed 9,000 Test runs during the innings, showed pleasure at helping the team. “My job is to keep scoring runs and every Test is a new challenge.”


Sri Lanka — 1st innings: T. Paranavitana c Younis b Gul 4, T. Dilshan c Younis b Ajmal 92, K. Sangakkara c Younis b Ajmal 144, M. Jayawardene lbw b Junaid 39, A. Mathews c Akmal b Rehman 17, K. Silva c Ali b Ajmal 39, K. Kulasekara lbw b Ajmal 15, S. Randiv lbw b Gul 1, D. Prasad c Akmal b Junaid 17, R. Herath (not out) 34, C. Welegedara b Gul 0; Extras (lb-5, nb-6): 11; Total (in 153.3 overs): 413.

Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-177, 3-261, 4-300, 5-304, 6-330, 7-331, 8-359, 9-413.

Pakistan bowling: Gul 29.3-10-76-3, junaid 27-4-94-2, Ajmal 51-4-132-4, Rehman 45-14-103-1, Hafeez 1-0-3-0.

Pakistan — 1st innings: M. Hafeez c Jayawardene b Welegedara 6, T. Umar st Silva b Herath 19, A. Ali (batting) 10, Younis (batting) 0; Total (for two wkts in 20 overs): 35.

Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-35.

Sri Lanka bowling: Welegedara 5-1-11-1, Prasad 4-0-9-0, Kulasekara 3-0-14-0, Herath 5-4-1-1, Randiv 3-3-0-0.

Ganguly to appear for Bengal in Ranji match against Gujarat

Retired India skipper Sourav Ganguly would look to revive the glorious past of Bengal when they begin their Ranji Trophy Super League campaign at home against Gujarat on Thursday.

Known to be the face of East Zone, Bengal's record at the Ranji Trophy has been pathetic in the last few seasons.

The two-time Ranji winners reached the final way back in 2006-07 under coach Paras Mhambrey, but after his exit that coincided with a few in-form players' exodus to the rebel Indian Cricket League, Bengal lost in transition.

There had been experiment with coaches (Bharat Arun, Mohinder Amarnath) and captains alike at the top, but Bengal struggled to hit a purple patch at the highest level of domestic cricket, something that has been tormenting the cricket bosses of this zone.

Last season was no different. Bengal finished a disappointing sixth in their group with 12 points from seven matches that saw them concede a first innings lead to lowly Assam.

Winning the domestic Twenty20 tournament for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy was the only solace for Bengal who have set a high goal under coach and former India left-hander WV Raman this time.

Inconsistency in batting had been Bengal's main let-down and the hosts will look to start well against the Parthiv Patel-led side.

Ganguly contributed little to Bengal's cause in his two match appearances, scoring just 20 runs and it remains to be seen how the state benefits from the 39-year-old retired India batsman, even as his inspirational presence is sure to motivate Manoj Tiwary and Co in the dressing room.

The former India skipper, who is now busy with commentary assignments, has assured the Bengal selectors that he would be available for the entire season, something that would also give match practice to the Pune Warriors cricketer before the Indian Premier League tournament.

Skipper Tiwary will once again be the most vital cog in their wheel with better international exposure.

Promising wicketkeeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha will be the one to watch out for, while all-rounder and former skipper Laxmi Ratan Shukla, who hit a 250 last season, will form Bengal's batting mainstay along with Ganguly.

Bengal are likely to open with Arindam Das and Parthasarathi Bhattacharya, who is likely to be handed a Ranji debut.

Ranadeb Bose and Ashok Dinda will spearhead the pace attack, while off-spinner Saurashish Lahiri and leggie Iresh Saxena will form the core of spin attack.

Tiwary said, "We have to focus on the process first because that's the key to get results. Our aim will be on clinching three points first."

Bengal have been clubbed with Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Baroda in group B and with four home matches out of six, the team would look to notch up maximum in their backyard.

With the Eden track that was termed 'ugly' by India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni a bit on the slower side, Tiwary said a tinge of grass would have bound the wicket.

"Pitch as usual on the slower side, but a tinge of grass may bind the wicket. Home advantage is with us since we know the track better," Tiwary said.

Bengal will also have a psychological edge of getting three points against the same team in their last season's meeting.

Gujarat finished ahead of Bengal in last Ranji season and they would look to tread ways with caution before capitalising on the situation.

"The pitch is similar to the one used during the ODI here. It seems a bit slow. Still we do hope it will get better tomorrow morning," Parthiv said.

"All that we must ensure is playing good, consistent cricket for all four days. We have quite a few fresh faces in the side. Hope they come good."

He further added that they would be watchful of Ganguly's presence in the opponents' camp.

"With Ganguly featuring in this game, it will be a good experience though he is in the opposition camp. We may go in with two spinners but a final decision will be taken in the morning," said Parthiv.


Bengal: Manoj Tiwary (c), Wriddhiman Saha (vc & wk), Sourav Ganguly, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Arindam Das, Rohan Banerjee, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Arindam Ghosh, Partha Sarathi Bhattacharjee, Ranadeb Bose, Ashok Dinda, Mohammad Sami Ahmed, Saurashish Lahiri, Iresh Saxena, Writam Porel, Anirban Gupta.

Gujarat: Parthiv Patel (c), Niraj Patel, Bhavik Thakar, Priyank Panchal, Rajdeep Darbar (wk), Amit Singh, Ishwar Chaudhary, Rikin Chauhan, Salil Yadav, Rujul Bhatt, Sunny Patel, Prathmesh Parmar, Mehul Patel, Jayesh Makla, Faizal Dudhat.

3 Pakistan Cricket Players and Agent Get Prison Terms in Fixing Case

 The judge in London’s monthlong cricket corruption trial imposed prison sentences Thursday on the four men involved, including a 30-month jail term for Salman Butt, the captain of Pakistan’s national team.

The longest term, 32 months, went to Mazhar Majeed, the agent for the three players sentenced. Butt’s teammate Mohammad Asif drew a one-year sentence, and another teammate, Mohammad Amir, received six months. Amir, 19, is to serve his time in a institution for young offenders.

The judge, Jeremy Cooke, who admonished the men for “the insidious effect of your actions on the international game,” said that if they behaved they would be released under supervision halfway through their sentences. He ordered the players to pay compensation toward the cost of their prosecution, with the highest sum, about $49,600, imposed on Butt.

The scene in Southwark Crown Court, close to the Thames in South London, was tense. Butt, 27, and Asif, 28, appeared stunned as the judge read out the sentences. Afterward, security guards led the men to their cells. The lawyer for Amir said his client planned to appeal.

The trial, which rocked the cricket world, centered on a sting operation conducted by the now-defunct News of the World newspaper during Pakistan’s tour of England in summer 2010. It followed years of suspicions that powerful gambling syndicates based on the Indian subcontinent were bribing players to fix parts of high-profile matches, or even to throw them entirely.

The case hinged on a secretly recorded meeting at a London hotel at which Majeed took £150,000 in marked notes, or about $240,000, from a reporter posing as an agent for the syndicates. The three players were found guilty of a scam that involved bowling three so-called no balls — foul deliveries — at predetermined points in a test match between Pakistan and England at Lord’s, the London ground that is the spiritual home of cricket.

Majeed also boasted at the meeting that he could fix matches involving Pakistan outright in return for about $1.6 million.

Much of the concern has focused on Pakistan’s national team, but a special corruption unit of the International Cricket Council, the Dubai-based governing body of the world game, has been investigating the possibility that other teams have been involved in similar scandals.

Cricket experts have said corruption has the capacity to destroy the game unless policing is expanded, perhaps to the extent of posting officials from the unit, which includes former police officers, at all top international matches.

Amir, 18 at the time of the match, entered a guilty plea to the corruption charges early in the trial, a fact that was sealed on Cooke’s orders until the trial’s resolution. At sentencing, Cooke, addressing Amir through an Urdu interpreter, said that in determining his punishment he had taken into account Amir’s age, his vulnerability to pressure from the older players and his plea. “It took courage,” he said, to plead guilty, according to a BBC account. “You come from a village background where life is hard.”

Earlier this year, the players were barred from all forms of cricket for five years by the International Cricket Council, which had conducted its own inquiry. Cooke said he took that into account in passing sentence, but some powerful figures in the game have said publicly that the punishment, especially in Butt’s case, should be reviewed in light of the evidence at the trial and extended to expulsion for life.

Cooke scolded Butt at the hearing, saying he deserved the heaviest sentence of the three players because the evidence showed that he was “the orchestrator of this thing.” Cooke also said Butt had done “a terrible thing” in corrupting Amir, who was regarded by many as a natural successor to the legendary fast bowlers in Pakistan’s past.

In 1992, Pakistan won the sport’s World Cup, and it has continued to be an international power. For many of the nation’s 170 million people, cricket has been a source of pride in a society plagued by a history of military coups and political corruption. Pakistan has also been accused by the United States of conniving with the Taliban in mounting suicide bombings.

Inevitably, cricket fans will compare the penalties imposed on Butt with the fate of Hanse Cronje, the former South African captain who until now had been the most prominent player caught in a corruption scandal.

In 2001, after a lengthy inquiry in South Africa into match-fixing between South Africa and India, Cronje was barred from the sport for life. He died the next year, at 32, in a plane crash in Johannesburg. Two other South African players were suspended for six months but later resumed their international careers.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

India canter to another comprehensive win

England's weakness against spin cost them for the third time in the series as they unravelled from a strong position to post an underwhelming total on a slow turning pitch in Mumbai. Their fast bowlers struck three early blows but Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina motored to a 131-run stand at close to seven an over, showcasing the difference between the sides and sparking another needless bout of words in the middle as England's frustration overflowed.

It was England's own batsmen who had let down their ragged bowlers down when they caved in against spin in the afternoon. R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja took 5 for 79 in 20 overs between them after Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen had built on England's quickest start of the series.

Vinay Kumar broke the 73-run stand between Trott and an uncharacteristically subdued Pietersen, then Jadeja and Ashwin worked their way through a clueless England middle order, striking three times in six overs. Tim Bresnan took the score past 200 with a run-a-ball 45, but England were dismissed with 23 deliveries remaining when fast bowler Varun Aaron bowled Bresnan to finish with three wickets on debut.

Disciplined pace bowling led by the impressive Steven Finn kept England in with an outside chance at the start of the chase. Kohli and Raina kept the runs coming, though, not allowing the score of 46 for 3 to tie them down in a partnership that steadily at first, and then emphatically, pushed England out of the match, making a 5-0 whitewash ever more likely.

Finn and Bresnan had started with testing spells that kept the India openers quiet. The first five overs produced only 17 runs, leading Parthiv Patel to whip across the line and lose his stumps to Finn. Finn struck again in his next over when Gautam Gambhir inside-edged onto his stumps. His opening spell of 5-0-10-2 was followed by a sharp burst from debutant Stuart Meaker that induced Ajinkya Rahane into a poke outside off stump only for wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter to take a leaping one-handed blinder.

Scott Borthwick, the young legspinner surprisingly chosen ahead of Grame Swann, bowled with heart, but it was unfair to expect him to have the same effect that the experienced Swann could have managed. Kohli and Raina continued almost unbothered, picking off the singles easily and finding the boundaries with crisp shots. The duo's approach was in sharp contrast to England's tottering line-up.

Despite India being three down at the start of the bowling Powerplay, Raina took the chance and chipped Meaker just over mid-off for a boundary. His innings grew into a blur of scythes through extra cover and swings down the ground before Finn bowled him after a missed slog during a heated over. Raina had surged to 80 by then and with Kohli easing into elegant drives and cuts, India were runaway winners with almost ten overs remaining.

England's fate had virtually been sealed when their middle order tried to sweep and slog-sweep their way out of trouble. Pietersen was one of three batsmen to fall on the shots, though the substitute fielder Manoj Tiwary was responsible for sending him back with a diving catch after running across from deep midwicket.

Ravi Bopara missed one from Jadeja to be caught in front and Jonny Bairstow's disappointing series continued when he was bowled by a ripper that pitched on leg and turned to hit off stump. Samit Patel and Bresnan tried to salvage something from 145 for 6 but Patel slog-swept Ashwin straight to deep midwicket in another disappointing batting Powerplay for England.

Aaron, who had consistently hovered above 140kph on debut, came back to run through the lower order, hitting the stumps three times, the last of which straightened past Bresnan's outside edge to clip the top of off, with England well short of a challenging total on a turning pitch without Swann.

Things hadn't looked as gloomy for England when Pietersen and Trott accumulated solidly in a steady partnership that helped them recover after Alastair Cook and Kieswetter departed off successive deliveries. Though Pietersen went hard at deliveries and mistimed his strokes at times, Trott kept the runs flowing, cutting Jadeja three times to the deep point boundary. Trott welcomed Vinay's second spell with a cracking drive that beat the cover sweeper easily but was dismissed two deliveries later. Pietersen continued to find the field and the India spinners soon got on top decisively, yet again.

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Monday, August 8, 2011

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Double celebration for Manchester football fans

Football is like passion and people go all crazy about this great game, this game creates interests in one and all. People admire their favorite football player. But this time Manchester will have double celebration and go all crazy because of two reasons first being United secured their 19th league crown and City won the FA Cup final therefore right football is something which making everyone celebrate their heart out.

It is a game of excitement, obsession and divine. People go crazy about football and players, they worship players like god. To secure the championship, the team only needed one point against Blackburn Rovers with a game to spare – and achieved it with a 1-1 result at Ewood Park.

Whenever, there is any football match, people schedule their daily work according to the time schedule of the game. They love to see their favorite players scoring goals and making their country proud. You must have noticed that United’s league triumph sees the club surpass bitter rivals Liverpool as the winner of the most English league titles.

The Merseyside giants held an 18-7 advantage over United when they claimed their last league title in 1990. But 12 titles under Sir Alex Ferguson has seen United take an outright lead after his team’s 2009 Premier League success drew the teams level at 18-18. Football fans stick to their TV sets from the beginning to the end of the game. Everything comes to standstill when any football match is being played.

Sachin Tendulkar for the maximum civilian Humour

The Union home ministry is learnt to have sanctioned and promoted to the Office of Prime Minister a proposal to comprise sport in the Bharat Ratna group, and directorial progression that can terminate in the selection of Sachin Tendulkar for the maximum civilian humour. The honor has been awarded for outstanding service towards progression of art, literature and science, and in recognition of public service of the highest order till now.

The sports minister Ajay Maken has sent a note to the home ministry suggesting the addition of sport in the list. P. Chidambaram this week promoted the letter to the Office with of Prime Minister. Neither Maken nor Chidambaram has named Tendulkar other than the timing of the note of sports minister those days after World Cup India victory makes the association clear.

The Telegraph columnist Ashok Mitra had cautioned that handing the award to Tendulkar might open the floodgates for fans to insist the similar honor. Bharat Ratna proposals are made by the Prime Minister, Vice-President and the leader of the Opposition, and the President makes the preference. It is a quandary the authorities could countenance any day now to make a decision whether to consider on the like scale the great nation-builders at one finish and the enormously successful, immensely rich expert persons at the other.

The Telegraph had said in a leading article that the authorities should not get accepted away by popular response and confers the Bharat Ratna on Tendulkar. The most imperative article on March 4, 2010, had asked if sport calculated as a grave an adequate amount of sphere of achievement.

West Indies test match with India

In the test match which was played against West Indies On Wednesday has got the top position as the Indian cricket team has won the match by the typical and snatched 100 runs which was gained by rahul dravid. It also includes the contribution of ishant Sharma he is the new baler and Praveen Kumar. They all performed very well. In this dravid has made 112 runs in 32nd test century of his.

He was only the last man He was the last man who was send away as the Indians were bowled out for 252 in their second innings on the third day at Sabina Park. And it is also setting the hosts 326 for success. Sharma and Kumar have reached 131 for three in their second innings at stumps. In very next over Sharma has Next over, Sharma destined Ramnaresh Sarwan to one more disappointment when the modish right-hander border was a loose, flat-footed drive, and was caught at channel for a second of the ball duck.

All The Indian bowlers were continued to look into away for the remnants of the day but the only Darren Bravo who was not out on 30 and his associate left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul who was not out on 24 were resisted confidently and  putting on 51 continuous for the fourth wicket. Sammy has ended with four for 52 from 27 over, and Bishoo was confined four for 65 from 24.5 over. Before the lunch team India had lost two of its wickets.