India Vs Sri Lanka – India chases 320 – Stable Start !

 India Vs Sri Lanka Commonwealth Series -Cruical Match!

10th over –

Sachin Tendulkar out in the 10th over of the match , after Sehwag. India stands 97 for 2 now in 10 overs . Sachin was given Leg- Before on Malinga’s bowl. Mission Impossible Continues with Gambhir and Virat Kohli on the crease!

12 th over –

105 for 2

Much rests on Kohli and Gambhir , in the match , after Sachin and Sehwag gave a bold start to India , though not that satisfactory. Indian Cricket Fans can hope for Miracles, a little now!

13th over-

108 for 2

14th over-

113 for 2

15th over-

118 for 2

Testing time for every Indian player who can bat, particularly for the future players including Gambhir and Kohli.

16th over-

127 for 2 -Kohli hits a 4 in the last ball

17th over-

134 for 2

18th over-

143 for 2

run out chance for Kohli but safe!

2nd bowl of the over Kohli hits a 4 . 50 runs partnership between Kohli and Gambhir.

19th over-

153 for 2

Kohli hits a 6 in the 2nd bowl of the over

20th over-

67 of 58 deliveries till the last over between Kohli and Gambhir

160 for 2

21st over-

India needs 121 runs in another 20 overs to win with bonus point . Can they make it happen ?

167 for 2

22nd over-

Kulasekara brought into attack.

172 for 2

23rd over-

Gambhir reaches his 50

176 for 2

25th over-

Kohli reaches 50 in the 24th over

190 for 2

26th over-

Mathews brought into attack.

run out appeal against Kohli but safe.

193 for 2 in 25.2 overs

196  for 2

27th over –

26.5 India 198 for 2  

199 for 2

28th over-

27.3 Run Out Gambhir

Sri Lanka takes bowling power play. Mathews to bowl.

India completes 200 runs in 27.2 overs

Raina is in.

Kohli hits a 4.

208 for 3

29th over-

Raina hits ball high up in the air towards the on side but thankfully was safe.

215   for 3

30th over-

Malinga comes to bowl

1st bowl and Kohli hits a 4

4th bowl and this time Raina hits a 4

last ball of the over goes for a wide down the leg side

the last ball fetches another leg-by 4

15 runs of the over

230 for 3

31st over

91 in 60 balls to win by bonus points . Can India do it ?

Kulasekara bowling

Raina hits a 4 of the 1st bowl

lbw appeal on the 2nd bowl but denied by umpire

3rd bowl-wide

3rd bowlKohli  hits a 4 on the 3rd bowl after wide

4th bowl Kohli hits another 4

5th bowl Kohli hits 3rd 4

last bowl no runs

18 runs from the over

248 for 3

32nd over

Perera bowling

250 comes from the 1st bowl,

2nd and  bowl dot with Raina facing.

3rd  4th and 5th bowl 1 run each.

last bowl and Kohli hits a 4.

257 for 3

33rd over-

Malinga back in attack.

1st bowl- 1 run by Raina India takes Batting Power play

2nd bowl-1 run by Kohli

3rd bowl-Raina hits a 4.

4th bowl-1 run by Raina

5th bowl-1 run by Kohli

6th bowl-dot bowl Raina

265 for 3

34th over-

Perera bowls

1st bowl -2 runs by Kohli currently on 96 runs.

wide bowl down leg.

2nd bowl-dot bowl

3rd bowl-1 run by Kohli

4th bowl-3 runs

5th bowl-1 run

6th bowl-6 hit by Raina

14 runs of the over

279 for 3

35th over

1st bowl 2 runs Kohli gets his 100 in 106 balls

2nd ball Kohli hits a 6

3rd ball hit for 4 by Kohli

4th ball hits another 4, Kohli

5th ball – Kohli hits 4 once again

6th bowl Kohli hits one more 4

24 runs in the over

Malinga 86 of 7 overs

303 runs for 3

36th over-

Mathews bowling

1st bowl- 2 runs

2nd bowl- 3 runs

3rd bowl-1 run by Kohli

4th bowl-1 run by Raina

5th bowl- 1 run

6th ball dot.

311 for 3

37th over-

11 runs out of 24 balls to make bonus point win possible

1st ball – 2 runs

2nd ball-1 run

3rd ball- 4 runs hit by Kohli

4th ball – 4 runs hit

India wins ! Gets the bonus point win and keeps hopes alive to reach finals, if Sri Lanka loses to Australia.

India Vs Sri Lanka – 28th February 2012-Lanka scores massive 320!

Team India, Up Against Mission Impossible !

India needs 321 in 40 overs to maintain chances in Commonwealth Finals

The horrible performance of Team India continues with Sri Lanka scoring huge 320 in 50 overs bowled by India. The lead bowler Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Yadav , almost every bowler seemed helpless in front of Dilshan and Sangakara.

The worrying part being, this match is the only probable chance for India to get through finals , seems purely bleak now. In order to gain a place back in finals India not only has to chase 320 within 40 overs but also has to pray that Sri Lanka looses the upcoming match with Australia. If India would not be in finals due to Sri Lanka winning over Australia , is a different ball game but at least the crucial match should have been played more intensely than what it has turned out to be , in the first half, with Indian bowlers giving up in front of Sri Lanka. Only miracles can make India score 320 in 40 overs as the top-order, top-class batsmen have been regularly disappointing. Be it Sehwag, who is more interested in keeping his dare-devil image intact by hitting the oddest ball in the first few overs or the Master Blaster, who somehow never managed to shut-up the critics so far, in the series. Gautam Gambhir being a little consistent is not promising always and Raina and Sharma have been disastrous since the very beginning of the series. Ravindra Jadeja is also not that promising and captain Dhoni alone cannot score the huge score when mostly he keeps busy blaming either his teammates or the opposition for losses. Not much can be expected out of the bats of Ashwin,Praveen Kumar, Zaheer and Yadav.

No matter what the outcome of the match would be but if India has to win , it has to be in style and well within 40 overs which is very close to impossible given the mindset of Team India which holds the badge of World-Cup Champion. All they have shown so far as world champions, is ego and attitude but the game has drowned since the World-Cup. Never did our Team India, dominate the World Cricket, like once the Australians did for a decade and it is merely a badge of World – Champions which is keeping fans hope for their Team India.

Within few hours the facts would be in hand for Indian supporters and all we would be left with is either a hope that India reaches Commonwealth finals or a hope that India would make a come back in upcoming Asia Cup(if India gets out of the tournament).  Hope for a better tournament ahead-Is that not what we have been doing since ages ? Cricket considered a religion in itself  makes the  ‘ Top Cricket 11 ‘ , millionaires and celebrities and in return what the cricket fans get is mostly disappointment. Better is the India Hockey team, which may not have more than 10 percent of country support and yet managed to qualify for Olympics, after 8 years.