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Friday, April 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Lord!

A Very Happy 36th Birthday to GOD!!! *worship*

 

 

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Thank you for the pleasure and entertainment your cricket has given us over the last 20 years (and please don't stop anytime soon)!

 

REY!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Sachiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin Sachiin........

Who the Fuck says his time is over?? Come and kiss my ass.

HE WAS, HE IS, AND HE WILL ALWAYS REMAIN THE GOD!!!

What a knock that was.. Winning shot with a boundary to bring his yet another century!!!!!!!

I love you, you are the master. THE GOD!

REY!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Uthappa Saves The Day...

The best one-day matches are decided in tight finishes and, when the life of a series hangs in that balance, it makes the tension that much more real. Led by a magnificent 94 from Sachin Tendulkar and an icy-cool unbeaten 47 from Robin Uthappa, India hunted down the target of 316 with two balls to spare. England fought hard and never let go but the price India paid for playing only four bowlers was compensated - if only just - by the decision to play seven batsmen.

The last few overs were dramatic, and none more than the final one. Uthappa, playing in his first match of the series and batting in the unfamiliar role of the finisher, found himself facing Stuart Broad, England's best bowler of the day, with ten runs needed to keep his team in the series. The first ball yielded a hard-run two but Broad fired the next in the blockhole; Uthappa could only dig it out to straight to the bowler, who comfortably ran out Zaheer Khan, who had backed up too far.

The next ball was another full ball, aimed at the middle stump. Uthappa, though, was outside the off-stump by the time the ball got to him and deftly helped it over the short fine-leg. The fielder was pushed back and in came long off. This time Uthappa was down the wicket and the ball went screaming past mid off. Through these two high-quality and calculated strokes, one young man had out-thought the other. It was a nerveless innings when the run chase had threatened to go horribly wrong.

India began their pursuit with their heaviest artillery, Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, firing in unison. Ganguly set thetone,putting James Anderson away through his favourite point region. Tendulkar Sachin at His BEST!! then responded with a flick off Stuart Broad that flew off the bat and it was game on. There was decisiveness to the calling as the pair pinched quick singles. While they still traded largely in boundaries, there was no hesitancy in the running between wickets, a refreshing trend after the last few games.

Tendulkar picked off Anderson for three consecutive boundaries - an off-drive, a flick through square-leg and a repeat of the earlier stroke - in the 8th over, and Ganguly was keen not to be left out. Off the next over he came breezily down the pitch to Stuart Broad and carved him over cover. There was an exchange of words as Broad clearly wasn't enjoying bowling to two highly skilled one-day batsmen on an unhelpful pitch. All this did was spur Ganguly on further, and another trip down the pitch sent the ball several rows back in the stands behind long-on.

The Indian fifty - hardly maniacal - came off 49 balls, and soon enough Tendulkar brought up his 83rd half-century. The next Indian fifty came even sooner, off 37 balls, and suddenly the target of 316 appeared manageable.

With Tendulkar sweeping past short fine-leg when the man was in the circle, and hitting inside-out through cover when the field changed, there was little the bowlers could do. Needing to score at more than six-an-over for the 50-over span, it needed runs from both ends, and Ganguly matched Tendulkar in volume and entertainment. He even unfurled the pull, timing and placing the ball perfectly, one bounce and over the ropes.

What made India's progress particularly pleasing was the fact that barely a serious appeal had passed in the course of the partnership. Then, against the run of play Ganguly fell, on 53, when he made room and tried to hit over the off side. He just failed to clear Kevin Pietersen at cover and India lost their first wicket on exactly 150. Broad, who had bowled with purpose amid the run-glut, finally had reward for his toil.

 Then came a passage of play that Indian fans are familiar with. One wicket was followed by another as Tendulkar, cramping and struggling on, hit Monty Panesar inside-out, much like Ganguly, and was caught by Collingwood. Tendulkar had fallen in the nineties for the fourth time on this tour, and soon after the complexion of the game changed.

Dravid fell to a soft dismissal; Yuvraj Singh hit a couple of pleasing shots but checked a drive and popped a catch back to Dimitri Mascarenhas; Gautam Gambhir threatened to consolidate but threw his wicket away at 47. When he fell, India had 234 on the board and still needed 83 from 58 balls. Then Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Uthappa shepherded India through a passage where the required rate rocketed over 10.

The two kept their cool, and despite some  intelligent bowling from Broad, the runs came. Uthappa scooped one over short fine-leg, pulled off the front foot, and a couple of edges either side of the wicketkeeper put India within touching distance of the target. Still, with 23 needed from the last two overs, and the bowlers sacrificing their wickets, it came right down to the wire with 10 needed from the last over. Then Uthappa, with 47 from only 33 balls, went from being a passenger to a hero.

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REY!