Aus Vs India, 7th ODI CB series 08

17 02 2008

Cricket discussion with Kapsii, who’s a lil’ bit like ‘Daniel-in-the-lion’s-den’ here – an Indian fan in what’s predominantly an ‘Australian-cricket-site’. He does ok tho’… 😉 Kapsii normally writes over at ‘People and things that annoy me‘.

Well, guess its too late to have a live discussion, with match over and Australia winning comprehensively. But there is always a scope for post match discussions… 🙂

India had Australia (almost) . As an Indian fan it does disappoint me to add this “ALMOST” every time. What went wrong? Australia were 112/6 but how did they get to 203?

Australia as a team have that “Never Say Die” spirit so if as an opponent team, you do have them looking down the barrel, one should never take the foot off them… one should never take the pressure off. I was baffled when Yuvraj came on to bowl. India were playing 5 specialist bowlers, why did Yuvraj have to bowl?

When Hogg was at the crease I expected a seamer to bowl in tandem with Harbhajan Singh. Seamer would have had the capability to take wickets, while had they played out the seamer, they would have had to attack Harbhajan which would have again increased his chances of getting the wicket.

That is one thing I do miss in Indian team, the lack of confidence (as it seems) to go for the killer punch. For the Indian batting, I could not see much of it hence no comments.

For Australia, Micheal Clarke batted well, had he stayed there till the end, the target would have been much steeper. With the absence of Lee, still the bowling held together. Bracken looked good. But from what I hear, Hopes did a fine job too.

What do you guys think?

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Australia v India, CB Series, 4th ODI, Melbourne

10 02 2008

Start the game already… I have been repeating this phrase since the last two hours… I am starved to see a good game of cricket…

Well, in this 4th ODI, weather looks good & seems like the weather gods heard our prayers…

Australia have won the toss & decided to bat first… they also have made two changes, Haddin & Stuart Clark in for Hogg & Hopes. That does make them one specialist bowler short.

With India’s performance record in MCG, inexperienced team and again a lack of 5th bowler… Australia are the favorites… but this being cricket I would keep my money in my pocket.

While we wait for the match to start, I do hope every one saw the Lasith Malinga run out the other night… horror!!!!!!!!!!! thats what it was…

Australia? Havvagoodone…

26 01 2008

Today’s Australia Day…

Australia Day

Australia Day today – 26th of January.

Have a good one Aussies all over the world…

Kicking Balls: Grand Final to be Cats vs Port!

24 09 2007

Kicking BallsSo the Grand Final’s decided post the weekend’s matches… two very different games with the Cats just getting (clawing?) home against the Pies, and the Roos getting drummed out of a game again.

Geelong 13.14.92
Collingwood 13.9.87
And what a game this was. The lead changed hands so many times, I sat & watched the game with a Collingwood supporter, so my ears are still ringing! Ye gods, but the Pies certainly have been entertaining this finals series, and they can hold their heads high as they exit stage left. They matched well with the Cats, chasing hard, defending well. Alan Didak was in particular very good, as was Travis Cloke. Read the rest of this entry »

Kicking Balls: AFL Finals Week 3 – Do or Die

21 09 2007

Kicking BallsThis week, I’ll be doing the preview for Kicking Balls as iscdaws is currently trying to catch up on sleep after the birth of his daughter. Congratulations go out to John & his newly grown family…

This weekend, the Collingwood Magpies take on the Geelong Cats, and the Kangaroos take on the Port Adelaide Power.

Collingwood vs Geelong
The first game is on Friday night – Collingwood versus Geelong, at the MCG.
This should be an absolute ripper of a game… but nothing I’ve seen thus far indicates that the Magpies can match it with the Cats. Geelong’s been the class unit all year long – only losing 4 games for the year, and not once has been beaten by more than 20 points. In the second half of the season, they’ve lost once: to Port Adelaide by 5 points in round 21. Add to this, they have had a week’s rest. Read the rest of this entry »

Kicking Balls: Hawks gone, Eagles dusted

18 09 2007

Kicking Balls

AFL Finals Week 2- Review

Well, what a sensational weekend of football, and to back it up one of the worst kept secrets in the sport has come to fruition with Chris Judd announcing his decision to return to Victoria.

West Coast vs Collingwood
The Magpies fight on, and Eagles fans will wonder how, for the 3rd week in a row, they let a handy lead be eroded so meekly. Collingwood win again…The Pies at times looked overwhelmed by West Coasts second string on-ballers, with Priddis and Cox dominant… but every time the Eagles looked to have the game in control Collingwood fought their way back into the contest. Josh Fraser didn’t take the field for Collingwood, whilst Eagles fans may wish Ash Hansen never did – as his premature comeback ended the only way it could: with him playing 10 minutes before re-injuring his hamstring. Read the rest of this entry »

The Big Three still look… big (Rugby World Cup updates)

17 09 2007

New Zealand, South Africa & Australia are performing as expected, and nothing seen has changed any predictions of the All Blacks, Springboks & Wallabies making the semis of the Rugby World Cup in France.

France defeated Namibia 87-10

Viva le Francais!But finally a Northern Hemisphere team has looked like a team that’s come here to play. France’s defeat of Namibia at a hefty total of 87-10 puts the Irish performance in dire perspective. Ireland managed eke out a win against Namibia 32-17.
But they haven’t been alone.
Thus far we’ve had England only just managing to put away the US 28-10 then getting a thrashing to the tune of 36-0 from South Africa.
Wales struggled against Canada, then was soundly beaten by Australia – despite a home ground advantage & quite a few dubious decisions in their favour.
Ireland had to be licking their lips post France’s opening day loss to Argentina, but their performance against the two ‘minnow’ teams in Namibia & Georgia has been anything but encouraging. Verily, they were damn lucky to walk away with a win against a courageous Georgia.

France looked well under-done against Argentina, but this win against Namibia exhibits just a little of what was expected from the Northern powers, but up to this point, has not been forthcoming.

A good win, but only what was expected. Read the rest of this entry »