Posts Tagged ‘Yuvraj Singh’

INDIA ENTER SEMIS

March 25th, 2011 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

Ricky Ponting won the toss at Motera, Ahmedabad in the quarter final  of the World Cup 2011 and elected to bat on Thursday. Ponting silenced his critics with a swash-buckling century made with grit and determination. In reply to his century Sachin made a half century and in the process completed his 18000 runs in Cricket, but it was Yuvraj Singh who ultimately matttered the most so far as the outcome of the match was concerned.

Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh

Despite Ponting’s century, Australia were able to score 260 runs only. R.Ashwin Harbhajan Singh did not give anything away to the opposition and Zahir Khan stuck at will.

For Indian batting, Tendulkar had made the base by his half-century required for the rest of the team to stand on but it was Yuvraj alone who stole the show. With his single handed determination India managaed to eliminate the Aussies in the quarter final. India has now  been set up with a spine-chilling encounter with Pakistan in the semi-final.

India was heading into the jaws of defeat upto the 40th over but by then Yuvraj had ensured the turn-around of things for the Indians. Suresh Raina gave him ample suppport and in the 41st over Bret Lee was bludgeoned to the fences for 14 runs. (more…)

INDIA BEAT NETHERLANDS

March 9th, 2011 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

Netherlands won the toss and elected to bat at the Feroz Shah Kotla Grounds,Delhi on Wednesday in their Gp B encounter against India. Their openers started very well and the Indian attack looked very feeble in front of their batting. They lost their first wicket after posting half a century on board, which is their highest opening wicket partnership, and were 86 for 2 at the  half-way stage.

Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh

India defeated Netherlands at the Feroz Shah Kotla with more than 14 overs to spare though the margin of victory couldn’t mask a lacklustre performance from the home side. The Indian bowling was just about tidy against some dour Netherlands batting, and their bunch of big hitters came unstuck for a while against the left-arm spin of Pieter Seelaar in a low-intensity match.

In the Netherlands batting, there were a couple of avoidable run-outs as well, but the dismissal that was most embarrassing for Netherlands was Alexei Kervesee’s; he swiped a long hop from Chawla, expertly picking out Harbhajan Singh at deep midwicket.

Sachin Tendulkar became the first man to reach 2000 World Cup runs with a hat-trick of boundaries in the fifth over, and Virender Sehwag backing that with three more fours in the sixth. (more…)

INDIA BEAT IRELAND- WC-2011

March 6th, 2011 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

M.S.Dhoni won the toss and asked Ireland to bat first at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium,  Bangalore on Sunday in their encounter in the World Cup 2011.  Dhoni was proved right by Zahir Khan who took two early wickets, clean bowling Paul Sterling for a duck and got the edge of Ed Joyce for Dhoni to do the rest. The score card read a dismal 9 for 2 after 4 overs.

Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh

Earlier  Ireland  has successfully  chased  327 against England and this could also have prompted Dhoni’s decision to bowl first instead of setting a target.

Munaf Patel and Zaheer Khan were bowling in tandem and Dhoni’s decision of  removing Munaf Patel at that moment and asking Yusaf Pathan to bowl with the almost new ball was very surprising.

Part-time spinner Yuvraj Singh grabbed a five-wicket haul as India restricted Ireland to 207 in their Group B encounter when he rattled the Irish batting with his slow left arm bowling.

Ireland skipper William Porterfield contributed with 75 runs while Niall O’Brien, who played second fiddle to his captain in the 113-run stand, also scored 46. (more…)

INDIA SWEEP ODI SERIES

December 10th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

Gautam Gambhir lost the toss and New Zealand opted to bat first at the M.A.Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on Friday. The Indian bowlers did a magnificient job and bundled out New Zealand for a paltry 103 runs in 27 overs and Parthiv Patel rubbed salt to the  New Zealand wounds by hitting up a half century simultaneously knocking the doors of the selection Commitee reminding them for a place in the World Cup squad. 

Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh

India  have thus white-washed New Zealand in the five match ODI series 5-0. India’s pacers got little swing in the air but that was sufficient for Praveen Kumar and Ashish Nehra to do the initial damage. Bowling stumps to stumps Praveen Kumar managed to send down an out-swinger to get an edge from Martin Guptill. 

New Zealand lost Brendom McCullum also very quickly and at a stage were 14 for the loss of 2 wickets. He was declared out lbw to Nehra who brought one inwards from the off stump on to his pads. 

Ross Taylor also edged the ball with his glove from Ashish Nehra for Parthiv Patel to do the rest. Ashish Nehra got two wickets for 34 runs and Praveen Kumar bagged 1 wicket for 20 runs.  (more…)

IPL-3 : PUNJAB BEAT DELHI

April 11th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

A brilliant bowling and fielding performance from Kings XI Punjab bundled out Delhi Daredevils  for 111 runs. Delhi Daredevils won the toss and elected to bat against Kings XI Punjab at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground, Delhi on Sunday. Punjab began their bowling attack with Ramesh Powar, a spinner, and Delhi spinners virtually spun Delhi out of the ground.

Kings XI Punjab lost wickets at regular intervals with Sehwag being caught by Sodhi off the bowling of Irfan Pathan and then the slide began. A worthwhile contribution to the score came from Gautam Gambhir who scored 26 runs and was run out.

Gambhir was called for a non-existant run by Warner and was sent back without enough time for him to reach the crease. Warner was also run out for 6 and the other batsman to contribute to the score was Dinesh Karthik, who had made 17 runs. (more…)

KXIP BT CSK IN SUPER OVER

March 22nd, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

Kings XI Punjab made a sensational fightback before clinching a dramatic victory over Chennai Super Kings via one-over eliminator in an I.P. L. match at the M.A.Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. Chennai SuperKings won the toss and elected to field first on Sunday. Kings XI Punjab did not score well to the expectations of the viewers and were apparently in dire straits right from the word go. Muttiah Muralitharan bowled exceptionally well and took three important wickets resulting in another meagre total from Kings XI Punjab.

Irfan Pathan, promoted to open the innings, and Yuvraj Singh would have felt that the entire teams burden rests on them alone. They were not supported by any other batsman from their team. Irfan scored 39 but Ravi Bopara made a quick exit after scoring 1 run. Other contributors for Kings XI Punjab score were Yuvraj 43, Sangakara 15 and Mohammed Kaif 14 runs. (more…)

INDIA LEVEL T20 SERIES WITH LANKA

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

Electing to bat, the Lankans lost Tillakaratne Dilshan (1) early with Ishant Sharma producing a delivery to knock down his leg stump and the crowd went into raptures.

Ishant managed to pick up 2 wickets for 42 runs and Yuvraj managed to bag 3 for 23. India once again put up an extremely sloppy fielding display to allow Sri Lanka to post a mammoth 206 for seven in the second and last Twenty 20 international here on Saturday. (more…)

INDIA – SRI LANKA FIRST TEST

November 16th, 2009 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   1 Comment »

India won the toss and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni opted to bat at the commencement of the first test match being played at Ahmedabad. But only after a half an hour into the proceedings, Indian players tails were no where to be seen – forget wagging. They were 32 for 4. Three wickets fell to the speedster Chanka Walegeda and all the three batsmen misjudged the in-swing deliveries and were clean bowled. The sound of the timber rattling time and again was nerve wrecking. At that moment it appeared that India had already lost the test match in the first hour itself. (more…)