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BHARAT RATNA’ SACHIN

November 19th, 2013 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   1 Comment »

‘Sachin Tendulkar does not stay away from records and on Saturday, while he played the 200th Test in his illustrious career, the Prime Ministers’ Office announced that he has been awarded ‘BHARAT RATNA’. He became the first sports-person to receive this award, which is the highest civilian honour.

Dhoni handed him a cap which had “200th Test” stitched on it while the whole Indian team wore a shirt which had “Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar 200th Test” embossed on it.

Guard of honour

Guard of honour

Spectators at Wankhade Stadium gave a standing ovation when Sachin came out to bat on Friday and his team-mates gave him a guard of honour. He walked towards the pitch with his heavy bat which had a grip coloured in the Indian National Flag.

 

The Little Master scored 74 runs in this final Test match. (more…)

INDIA’S DEBACLE AT T20 WC

May 13th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

India bowed out of the ICC T20 World Cup Championship with a five-wicket defeat by Sri Lanka in the match held in the Caribbean on Tuesday. Team India had lost all of their matches in the Super eight fight and stand last in the  list. On paper, Team India looks one of the best in the world, but when it comes to ground reality, they have fizzled out in their application to the assigned task. 

What happened there is hard to pin point, but if we do a collective soul searching, it was a combined responsibility of the selection committee in the first place and the team management on the ground in the second place. 

With hats off to Krish Srikaant for his splended contribution to Indian Cricket, he should have infused young legs into the 15 players selected for the World Cup. Anyone, who can do a Gayle or a Pollard on the pitch from India was Robin Uthappa, and he did not find a place in the playing XI.  (more…)

K.K.R BT DECCAN CHARGERS

March 13th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

In the inaugural match of the IPL-3, Kolkatta Knight Riders beat Deccan Chargers by 11 runs at the Dr. D.Y.Patil Stadium at Mumbai. Adam Gilchrist won the toss and elected to field first and this decision was initially thought to be courageous as he had a good batting line-up and could have batted first but perhaps fielded first keeping the dew-factor in mind.

Chaminda Vaas bowled exceptionally well and took 2 KKR wickets in just 4 balls of his first over and the score card for KKR batting looked pathetic at 0-2. They had lost their first 4 wickets in quick succcesion and at that time it appeared that they would not reach even 100 runs.  (more…)

PAKISTAN – SRI LANKA T20 MATCH

August 13th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

PAKISTAN IN TURMOIL

The one-off T20 match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan was played at Premdasa Stadium, Colombo on Wednesday.

Younis Khan did not play the  T20 match as he had resigned from T20 Cricket after winning the T20 world cup for Pakistan in England in June.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat.  Shahid Afridi, on his debut as Pakistan;s T20 captain, slammed 50 runs of  37 balls and Imran Nazir chipped in with 40 runs off 28 balls. These two were ably supported by  Umar Akmal who contributed useful 30 runs to bring the Pakistan total to  172 for 5 in the allotted 20 overs. (more…)

SRI LANKA vs PAKISTAN – 4th ODI

August 8th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

Umar Akmal slammed an unbeaten 102 off 72 balls and Pakistan won the fourth ODI  by 146 runs on Friday to record their first victory over Sri Lanka.

Umar’s maiden international century was ably supported by Younus Khan  (89) as  Pakistan scored 321-5 after they elected to bat in the day-night match at the Premadasa stadium.

Younus and Umar came together to the crease when Pakistan’s score was 130 for four and shared between them a match winning partnership of 176 runs. (more…)

SRI LANKA vs PAKISTAN – 3rd ODI

August 3rd, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

Mahela Jayawardene hit his first one-day century in two years as Sri Lanka thumped Pakistan by six wickets on Monday to grab a winning 3-0 lead in the five-match ODI series.

The former captain made 123 and shared an opening stand of 202 with Upul Tharanga (76)  Sri Lanka cruised past Pakistan’s huge total of 288-8 in the 47th over. They won the match by six wickets.

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field. first.  Put into bat, Pakistan made good use of the pitch and Kamran Akmal made 45 during a 71-run stand for the second wicket with skipper Younus Khan (44) after opener Nasir Jamshed  was caught by Samaraveera off Thusara for 1 run in the second over. (more…)

SRI LANKA vs PAKISTAN – 2nd ODI

August 2nd, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   1 Comment »

Chamara Kapugedera scored 67 and shared an unbeaten 95-run partnership with Thilan Samaraweera to guide Sri Lanka to a six-wicket win in the second limited-over match against Pakistan at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, Rangiri

Sri Lanka won the toss and had invited Pakistan to bat first.

Seam bowler Nuwan Kulasekera struck first ball of the match when he had opener Jamshed caught at slip by Jayawardene. (more…)

SRI LANKA vs PAKISTAN – IST ODI

July 30th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

Pakistan captain Younus Khan won the toss and elected to field at the Rangiri International Stadium.

Sri Lanka recovered from an initial top-order failure and managed to post a fighting total of  232-9 in the first one-day international against Pakistan at Dambulla on Thursday.

 All-rounder Angelo Mathews (43) led the late surge, with the last four Sri Lankan wickets adding 101 valuable runs before the 50 overs ran out. (more…)

ENGLAND VS AUSTRALIA – ASHES TEST SERIES – SECOND TEST

July 20th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

ENGLAND BEAT AUTRALIA AFTER 75 YEARS

In his final act at the home of cricket, Andrew Flintoff, who has announced his retirement after the series, broke England’s 75-year Lord’s curse with his first five-wicket haul. Flintoff, who bowled unchanged for ten overs from the Pavilion End took  three of the five Australian wickets to fall on Monday

The victory was England’s first in a Test against Australia at Lord’s in 75 years and they beat Australia by 115 runs. (more…)

ICC T20 FINAL – Pakistan vs SriLanka

June 21st, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

BULLETS IN LAHORE – DEFEAT AT LORDS

Pakistan won the ICC world Twenty20 tournament in an exciting finish at a packed Lord’s Stadium when Sri Lanka’s total of 138-6 was overhauled by them with eight balls remaining. It was a great day for Pakistan.

Mohammed Aamir’s first over, which was a wicket maiden, gave the required impetus to Pakistan to look forward to the smell of victory.

Batting first, Srri Lanka made a dismal start and at one stage were 70 for 6, but  some positive running between the wickets from Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews saw nine runs come off a Saeed Ajmal over and then Gul was slammed for 14 in an over. (more…)