‘Ravichandran Ashwin’


AUSTRALIA VS INDIA, 10th Match, CB Series- Australia squeeze 87 runs win over out of form India

Australia proved once again why they are ranked no. 1 in the ICC One Day rankings by successfully defending a modest target of 253 and confirming their berth in the best of three finals. And for team India, this third straight defeat has left them in an afflicting position. They now need to beat Sri Lanka with a bonus point in their next game which looks highly unlikely considering Sri Lanka’s current form. The islanders have not lost a single game in their last four matches. Even if India manages to achieve this feat, they will have to sit at the mercy of Australians who have to beat Sri Lanka in their final outing to make a place for India in the finals. The 87 runs loss was set up amid high drama that continued till late in the evening. Australia found their fourth captain of the season in Shane Watson and like all of his predecessors; he too led his team to victory. Australia looked good for a big score at 201-4 in 39 over’s but Indian bowlers made their way back to break …………..

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INDIA VS SRI LANKA, 8th Match- Same target, same result. India loose by 51 runs

Nuwan Kulasekara

India were left with the same target to chase as in their last match but their top order crumbled under pressure again and they abandoned their chase about five over’s before and ended up losing the game by 51 runs. But full credit should be given to Sri Lanka, who came up with a spirited performance and laid a big trap to catch India. Skipper Mahela Jayawardene led from the front and set the foundation with a solid 95 runs partnership with Tilakaratne Dilshan. Lahiru Thirimanne and Angelo Mathews chipped in well and ensured Indians had a tough target to chase down in the night. Nuwan Kulasekara and Thisara Perera then clipped off India’s ………….

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INDIA VS SRI LANKA, Match 5, CB Series- India and Sri Lanka settle for a tie

MS Shone - India settle for a draw

Just like previous two games, this one too went into the final over. Indian Captain MS Dhoni was again caught in the line of fire but this time he failed to pull out a rabbit out of his hat. But the ice-cool captain did no harm to his reputation and did his best to ensure that India doesn’t end up on the losing side. Chasing a moderate 236, India were cruising at 178-4 in 40 over’s with 59 to win from 60 balls. Chasing Sri Lanka’s 236 India panicked in their last ten over’s and lost ………………………

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AUSTRALIA VS INDIA: Match 3, CB Series- India pull off a final over thriller

India’s World Cup winning combinations, Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni came together again to help India register their first win against a Michael Clarke led team in a last over thriller at the Adelaide Oval. Michael Clarke’s Australia put up a challenging 270 runs target for India to chase thanks to David Hussey’s 72(76) and Debutant Peter Forrest’s 66(83). Indian chase was built on a solid 52 runs partnership for the first wicket but it was Gautam Gambhir who steadied the innings and carried forward India’s brave chase. Gambhir’s 111 ball 92 runs vigil came to an end in the 35th over but Indian skipper MS Dhoni took over the baton swiftly and kept India drifting towards the victory target. India were 239-4 in 46 over’, and needed only 31 more from 24 balls when the visitors panicked and Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja fell in quick succession. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was seen gasping for breath and struggling between wickets, was clearly not at best of his health. But that didn’t let bother his determination as he managed to squeeze in singles and doubles even as the required rate kept mounting. The Ice-cool Dhoni launched over Clint McKay for his first boundary, a gigantic six to bring down the victory to just six runs. He was almost out the next ball, but thanks to an alert square-leg umpire, it was to be a no-ball and India got home with two balls to spare and with 4 wickets intact.

The flat Adelaide track was better than the Perth one, but India made good use of the conditions to reduce Australia to 81-3. Michael Hussey made way for Peter Forrest and Ricky Ponting had to open the innings as Matthew Wade was pushed down the order at no.7. Peter Forrest and David Hussey stitched a wonderful 98 runs partnership to help Australia reach a healthy total. Umesh Yadav was India’s best bowler for the day. He picked two wickets in ten over’s and conceded 49 runs. Vinay Kumar also took two wickets but pace spearhead Zaheer Khan could take only one wicket. India got their best start of the tour, they were 52-0 in nine over’s at one stage. But Australia slowly made their way back into the game as they removed dangerous Sehwag and troubled Virat Kohli, who is by far India’s best batsman on the tour. Rohit Sharma made good use of opportunity given to him but he fell on 33. Suresh Raina played an aggressive role, hitting 3 fours and one six in his 38 off 30. But as Australia would have thought they have done enough to trouble India, a silent Gambhir was painstakingly working on and kept the scoreboard tickling. He made 92 runs from 111 balls and his departure in the 35th over opened up doors for Australia. MS Dhoni looked short of energy but he stuck at the crease to ……………

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INDIAN : REPORT CARD

As the Tour progressed, The Indian team got weaker and weaker. After the First Test in which they failed to chase down a relatively moderate target, they looked simply out of form. Bowling suddenly looked quite clueless as Australian batsman scored runs at their will. India’s big three Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman looked more like the small three’s. R Ashwin has more batting average than Dravid and Laxman. Virat Kohli emerged from the ……..

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AUSTRALIA VS INDIA: 4TH Test, Day 2- Australia pile up 604 runs in first innings

Australia seemed to be in a good mood to head for a whitewash as they as they piled up a colossal 604 runs in their first innings and came back in the field to take two crucial wickets to clip off India’s wings on the second day of the final Test match. Australia were propelled by solid double centuries from Captain Michael Clarke and veteran batsman Ricky Ponting before they finally declaring their innings to test India’s nerves for 21 over’s in the evening before the close of play.

Resuming on the overnight score of 335-3, Australia made full use of the excellent pitch conditions and negotiated the first session without losing any wicket and adding 134 runs. By lunch the Kangaroos were at 469-3 and Michael Clarke had completed his double century and became third player in the history to score a triple and double century in the……………

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AUSTRALIA VS INDIA: 4TH Test, Day 1- Australia continue their domination

Australia continued their domination over the out of form Indian cricket team as they piled up 335 runs at the loss of three wickets at the close of first of the final Test match. India, who had already lost the series, came into this match with a chance to regain some lost pride before the upcoming ODI triseries in Australia. Australian Captain Michael Clarke won the toss and promptly decided to bat first at the Adelaide Oval. India was without their regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was banned for one Test match after his team ended short of two over’s in the last match. Virender Sehwag was leading a demoralized Indian Team who is still fresh from back to back Innings defeats ………

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