World T20 semi final Aus v Pak

Michael Hussey left Pakistan shell-shocked with a stupendous display of hitting to complete a miraculous chase which, at one stage, seemed to be well beyond Australia’s reach. After a partnership with Cameron White, he took charge in a thrilling counter-attack, combining power with placement to bring down the required rate with each passing over, and with 17 needed off the 20th, launched Saeed Ajmal for three sixes and a four off consecutive deliveries to set up a final with England. Read more of this post

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India beat Pakistan by 5 runs to win ICC World Twenty20

India 157/5 (20/20 ov) Gambhir 75, Rohit Sharma 30*; Pakistan 152 (19.3/20 ov) RP Singh 3/26, Irfan 3/16
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Graham Ford nominated as India’s cricket coach

Graham Ford has been nominated as the next Indian cricket coach. He was had taken over from Bob Woolmer as the coach of the South African team from 1999 to 2002, guiding them to 8 Test series wins out of 11 (only loss against the Aussies) . Update: Ford has decided to stay back at Kent and not take up the assignment

Parsi cricketers

The India v West Indies 1st & 2nd Test, 1961/62 had four parsi’s in the XI : Nari Contractor (c), Polly Umrigar, Rusi Surti, Farokh Engineer (wk) !

Parsi cricketers

The India v West Indies 1st/ 2nd Test, 1961/62 had four Parsi’s in the team Nari Contractor (c), Polly Umrigar, Rusi Surti, Farokh Engineer (wk) !

Rest of the World cricket XI

Based on World Cup performances this would be my RoW XI to face Australia :
ST Jayasuriya (SL), GC Smith (SA), JH Kallis (SA), KP Pietersen (Eng), KC Sangakkara (SL), A Flintoff (Eng), SB Styris (NZ), DL Vettori (NZ), M Muralitharan (SL), SL Malinga (SL), SE Bond (NZ)

Pigeon flys into the annals of cricket

Glen McGrath will be ranked as one of the greatest bowlers ever playing 124 Tests, 563 wickets @ 21.64; 250 ODIs, 381 wickets @ 22.02.  Won the player of the tournament at the World Cup 2007.

Ricky Ponting thanks coach for success

Ricky Ponting: “It’s not easy to make a very good team still strive to better itself and while a fair credit is due to players, much of it should go to John Buchanan. He has really pushed us into trying to better ourselves and that would be one of his long-standing legacy.”

Buchanan has been the coach at the time when Australia have dominated world cricket. Click here to hear an earlier interview

Australia win World Cup cricket

Final: Australia won by 53 runs (D/L method). Australia 281/4 (38/38 ov); Sri Lanka 215/8 (36/36 ov)

Man of the Match : Adam Gilchrist, Man of the Series Glen McGrath

Semi-Final: Australia won by 7 wickets (111 balls remaining). South Africa 149 (43.5 ov); Australia 153/3 (31.3 ov)
Semi-Final: Sri Lanka won by 81 runs. Sri Lanka 289/5 (50 ov); New Zealand 208 (41.4 ov)

Cricket World Cup week 5

Apr 21 England won by 1 wicket (with 1 ball remaining). West Indies 300 (49.5 ov); England 301/9 (49.5 ov)
Apr 20 Australia won by 215 runs. Australia 348/6 (50 ov); New Zealand 133 (25.5 ov)
Apr 19 West Indies won by 99 runs. West Indies 230/5 (50 ov); Bangladesh 131 (43.5 ov)
Apr 18 Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 240 balls remaining). Ireland 77 (27.4 ov); Sri Lanka 81/2 (10 ov)
Apr 17 South Africa won by 9 wickets (with 184 balls remaining). England 154 (48 ov); South Africa 157/1 (19.2 ov)
Apr 16 Australia won by 7 wickets (with 44 balls remaining). Sri Lanka 226 (49.4 ov); Australia 232/3 (42.4 ov)
Apr 15 Ireland won by 74 runs. Ireland 243/7 (50 ov); Bangladesh 169 (41.2 ov)