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  • Virender Sehwag 219 (149 balls) vs West ...
    by anccricket on December 13, 2011 at 4:07 AM
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    When Sachin Tendulkar conquered the Mount 200 - the equivalent of scaling Mount Everest for a batsman in ODI cricket - a little over 21 months ago, experts called it a once-in-a-lifetime-achievement. They were wrong! Virender Sehwag, who has often spoken about Tendulkar being his role model, and imitated his shot-making early in his career, smashed a one-day record 219 to help India amass a record 418 for five - their highest total in ODIs - during the fourth ODI against the West Indies on Thursday. Sehwag became only the second player to score a double century in ODIs, making it an exclusive Indian club. Although Sehwag failed to remain unbeaten like his hero, when he was eventually dismissed in the 47th over, he had surpassed Tendulkar's highest individual score by 19 runs. No wonder then when the blazing innings finally came to an end ? with Sehwag mistiming his attempt to clear the field off Kieron Pollard to offer substitute Anthony Martin a regulation catch yards inside the long-off fence ? instead of heading towards the bowler or the fielder for celebrating the wicket, every West Indies player ran to the India skipper to congratulate him. After all, most of the 149 balls he faced were hit as hard as Sehwag usually does. While 25 of those raced to the fence all around the park, seven cleared the boundary rope. Sehwag, who perhaps came to Indore in a desperate need for a big score after three successive failures, with the tour of Australia looming large, would thank rival number Darren Sammy no end. Not just because the West Indies captain didn't shake Sehwag's hands after losing his seventh successive toss in India, since that would have egged on Sehwag to punish the Windies bowlers but for giving him a life when he was on 170. Making most of the dropped chance In the 38th over, when Sehwag mistimed his lofted stroke over mid-off, off Ravi Rampaul, in a bid to cross his highest individual score of 175 coming into the match with a six. Sehwag could connect the ball only with the lower portion of the bat and the ball went straight into the air. Sammy ran a few yards backwards and had set himself up nicely to accept the catch. But that wasn't to be. As it has happened with the Windies captain time and again during the series, the ball bounced into his palms and lobbed out. Sehwag thanked his counterpart by pointing his bat to Sammy, grinning broadly as the 28,000 fans packed into the Holkar Stadium heaved a sigh of relief. The moment that was keenly awaited by fans in the cricket world came off the third ball of the 44th over when Sehwag cut Andre Russell for a boundary through point. The entire stadium burst into a roar. Not only did he cross his fifty and his century with boundaries, he also crossed the landmark in the same manner. In a coincidence, both ODI double centuries have been scored in Madhya Pradesh, Tendulkar having notched the feat in Gwalior against South Africa.

  • MI vs RCB Champions League 2011 Finals H...
    by anccricket on October 13, 2011 at 4:20 AM
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    Mumbai Indians won the third edition of Champions League Twenty20 on the back of a spirited bowling performance led by Captain Harbhajan Singh as the franchise got the taste of success for the first time in 4 years and their first piece of silverware. With a modest total of 139 to defend, that too against a RCB line-up that had chased down above 200 twice before coming into the final was an improbable task but with the likes of talismanic Malinga, mercurial Pollard and the charismatic Harbhajan Singh in the ranks, the Bangalore challenge was squashed by the Indians at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai. Without their big guns in the squad, the depleted and wounded Mumbai franchise was in the news for all the wrong reasons at the start yet they scrapped past the league stages with few low scoring and heart stopping affairs to reach the finals against the formidable RCB which was powered by Gayle force and brute Kohli aggression. For Mumbai Indians, Harbhajan led from the front and took the Man of the Match award with an impressive tally of three wickets with a run rate under six. He was ably supported by the young Yazuvendra Chahal who kept the pressure on from one end finishing off with 3-0-9-2 with an economy of 3.00. Even big man Keiron Pollard did his bit with the ball even though he failed with the bat in the entire series. James Franklin once again proved to be the man of the moment for Mumbai as the lanky New Zealander came up with another crucial knock with the bat scoring a very vital 41, the top score for the entire match. Royal Challengers Bangalore were definitely the favourites going into the second innings to chase down a modest total of 139. The RCB bowling came to the fore in the decider with the likes of Nannes and Vettori coming up with stellar performances to restrict the Mumbai batsmen. Sreenath Arvind who is in the Indians squad which would be squaring off against England again had a bad day at the office going for more than 8 runs per over. Raju Bhatkal was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets. In batting, Dilshan top scored with 27 as the star performers Gayle and Virat Kohli failed to deliver in the decider. The slow pitch of MA Chidambaram Stadium had something for the bowlers as well as the batsmen and the Mumbai spinners utilized the conditions and extracted maximum out of the pitch to choke the Royal Challengers Bangalore batsmen during the run chase. Even RCB bowlers enjoyed the slowness of the pitch with Vettori taking full advantage. He had Pollard and Bhajji out in the 16th over to give RCB the advantage. But, Lasith Malinga who was adjudged the Man of the Series came good with the bat as well pushing the Mumbai total past 130. The batting of Royal challengers had predominantly revolved around the top four and once Bhajji scalped the wickets of Gayle and Kohli who were clearly struggling to come to terms with the pitch, the match tilted in Mumbai?s favour. The young Indian players forgot the basics and went for glory shots when the need of the hour was to take singles, doubles and rotate the strike. Mayank Aggarwal, Arun Karthik, Sourabh Tiwari and even the veteran M Kaif crumbled under pressure and went for big shots. From here on it was matter of chipping away the wickets which was done in the usual fashion by Malinga.

  • Mumbai Indians vs Somerset, 2nd Semifina...
    by anccricket on October 13, 2011 at 4:12 AM
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    Mumbai Indians held their nerves in crucial moments to eke out a narrow 10-run victory over Somerset in the second semifinal of the Champions League twenty20 on Saturday and set up a summit clash with Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday. Lasith Malinga snapped four wickets and Aiden Blizzard cracked a 39-ball 54 but it was James Franklin's two-wicket burst at the 19th over which set up the win for Mumbai Indians in the nail-biting semifinal. Needing 22 off last 12 balls, Franklin picked up the wickets of Jos Butler (19) and Craig Kieswetter (62) ? to turn the game in Mumbai's favour. Malinga then completed the proceeding by taking two wickets in the last over. Chasing 161 to win, Kieswetter cracked seven fours and one six and stitched a crucial 83-run partnership off 63 balls with James Hildreth (39) to keep Somerset in the runchase but Franklin's 19th over put paid to their hopes. Defending 160, Mumbai Indians pacer Lasith Malinga rattled Somerset with his pacy yorkers as he first removed opener Peter Trego for a naught and then cleaned up Roelef van der Merwe to straight away derail Somerset's runchase. However, Kieswetter and Hildreth joined hands and steadied the ship, reaching 67 in the first 10 overs. Hildreth then brought up the hundred in the 14th over with a boundary off Harbhajan. But Harbhajan was quick to hit back as he cleaned up Hildreth in the very next ball to end the partnership and keep Mumbai's hopes alive. However, Kieswetter was unfazed and brought up his fifty with a single in the 16th over, before amassing 16 runs with the help of a six and a four off Abu Nechim in the 17th over along with Jos Butler to keep Somerset in the hunt. Needing 29 off 18 balls, Somerset scored seven runs, including a four off Malinga, in the 18th over to bring the calculation to 22 off 12 balls. However, things completely changed after that as Franklin dismissed both the set batsmen -- Butler and Kieswetter ? to turn the game on its head in favour of Mumbai. Earlier, opener Blizzard cracked a half-century to help Mumbai Indians post a challenging 160 for five at the slow MA Chidambaram Stadium track. Blizzard cracked five fours and three sixes and stitched 19, 43 and 24 runs respectively, with Sarul Kanwar (2), Ambati Rayudu (19) and Franklin (6) respectively to lay the foundation after Harbhajan elected to bat. Blizzard, however, didn't get much support from the middle-order and if it had not been for the late charge by Suryakumar Yadav (23 not out) and Rajagopal Sathish (25 not out), Mumbai would have ended with a much low score. After a watchful start, Mumbai reached 76 for two in the first 10 overs. Blizzard then changed gears and brought up his fifty in style, blasting Murali Kartik for a six over mid-wicket in the 11th over. However, Merwe trapped Franklin plumb in front of the wicket in the next over, while Murali cleaned up the 27-year-old Blizzard in the 13th over as all of a sudden Mumbai were reduced to 92 for four. Big-hitting West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard then joined hands with Yadav, who was drafted into the side in place of Andrew Symonds, and brought up Mumbai's hundred with a six over deep midwicket off van der Merwe. Pollard repeated his feat against Peter Trego, dispatching him over deep midwicket in the 16th over before Alfonso Thomas destroyed his timbers to once again push Mumbai on the backfoot. Yadav and Sathish, however, produced the much-needed late onslaught and amassed 43 runs off just 22 balls to take Mumbai across the 150-mark and post a challenging total at the slow MA Chidambaram Stadium track. For Somerset, skipper Thomas, Steve Kirby, Adam Dibble, Murali Kartik and van der Merwe -- all chipped in with a wicket each.

  • 1st semifinal RCB vs NSW Highlights : No...
    by anccricket on October 13, 2011 at 4:07 AM
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    Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated New South Wales Blues by six wickets to storm into the final of the Champions League Twenty20 cricket tournament here today. Brief Scores: New South Wales Blues: 203 for two in 20 overs (David Warner 123 not out, Daniel Smith 62; Tillakaratne Dilshan 1/10) Royal Challengers Bangalore: 204 for four in 18.3 overs (Cheis Gayle 92, Virat Kohli 84 not out; Pat Cummins 4/45).

  • Somerset vs Kolkata Knkight Riders Full ...
    by anccricket on September 22, 2011 at 6:49 AM
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    Somerset defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 11 runs in a tight game in Hyderabad but both the teams qualified for the main draw of Nokia Champions League T20.

  • Ruhunu vs Leicestershire Foxes Full Matc...
    by anccricket on September 22, 2011 at 6:42 AM
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    Ruhunu Elevens beat Leicestershire Foxes by four runs in their final qualifier in the Nokia Champions League T20 in Hyderabad. Leicestershire needed a win after Tuesday's heavy 51-run defeat at the hands of Trinidad & Tobago to have any chance of making the group stages of the lucrative competition.

  • Somerset vs Auckland Aces Full Match Hig...
    by anccricket on September 22, 2011 at 6:36 AM
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    Somerset opened their Champions League Twenty20 qualification campaign with a dramatic final-ball victory over the Auckland Aces.

  • Trinidad and Tobago vs Leicestershire Fo...
    by anccricket on September 22, 2011 at 6:34 AM
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    Trinidad and Tobago entered the main draw of NCL T20 after handing Leicestershire Foxes a thumping 51-run defeat in the qualifiers in Hyderabad.

  • Kolkata Knight Riders vs Auckland Acers...
    by anccricket on September 21, 2011 at 8:17 AM
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    Kolkata Knight Riders vs Auckland Acers : Kolkata Knight Riders edged out Champions League debutants Auckland Aces, successfully defending 121 in the sides' first qualifier. Kolkata ran away with 72 for 0 in the first nine overs before the tenacious Auckland side pulled the game back, conceding just 49 runs in the remaining 11.

  • Trinidad & Tobago vs Ruhunu Champions L...
    by anccricket on September 21, 2011 at 8:10 AM
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    Trinidad & Tobago added to their list of happy memories in Hyderabad by taking a big stride towards qualifying for the main draw of the Champions League Twenty20 2011 with a hard-fought win over Ruhunu.

  • England vs India Day 3, 2nd Test highli...
    by anccricket on August 1, 2011 at 3:20 AM
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    England's attacking batting shattered all Indian hopes of a comeback in the series. The hosts scored 417 runs on Day 3 of the Trent Bridge Test and ended the Day 374 runs ahead. Ian Bell was the main contributor with 159.

  • England vs India, Day 2, 2nd Test Highli...
    by anccricket on August 1, 2011 at 3:19 AM
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    India vs England highlights 2nd test : India threatened to take the game away from England before Stuart Broad struck with career best figures of 6 for 46 which included his first ever hat-trick. Earlier Rahul Dravid (117) along with Laxman (54) and Yuvraj (62) helped India take a useful lead of 67 runs in a low scoring game on Day2 of the 2nd Test.

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