Skip to main content

Editor’s Pick (ODI): India - Australia

There will always be those cynics who go “India winning in India. Home ground. What’s the big deal?” Well for starters - India Beat Sri Lanka IN Sri Lanka. This team is actually doing well. And secondly, they are playing Australia. So don’t take away the hard work and credit away from the Men In Blue please.

India won the second ODI. It’s a nice habit I tell you. Winning. I like. India Beat Australia by 50 runs. Is there any part of that sentence that does not give you goosebumps? You do not need flashy words like India Thrash the Aussies or Deafening defeat and thumping victory. A simple sentence will do the trick just the same, thank you very much. Virat Kohli walked away with the man of the match award with his brilliant 92 off 107 deliveries.  He would have loved a century. Us too. Rahane gave him company with an equally good score rate and added 55 to the board. Australia saw India’s 252 but could add only 202.
The Aussies needed a partnership and bad. That could have made a difference. Ask Stoinis. His 62 along with Captain’s 59 did not amount to much in the end.

India lead the series now 2-0. The third ODI takes place at Indore. India hit the highest score of the stadium (415) against West Indies. That’s the good part. The part when you have to worry - It is raining cats and dogs there. The curator of the pitch is very worried. He said the team of 80 odd people are working to ensure that if there is no rain, there will be play. In a country that does not see much rain, it almost hurts to ask for the sun. But for the sake of cricket …. Oh well.

The buzz around the game is high. India has never lost a match there. This stadium brings a queue of two km to buy tickets. The tickets for the third ODI were sold out in a few hours. Let’s take a look at our lineup

Batsmen
Virat Kohli
Ajinkya Rahane
Steve Smith
Bowlers
KW Richardson
Y Chahal
B Kumar
Nathan Coulter-Nile
Pat Cummins
All-Rounder
Kedar Jadhav
Hardik Pandya
Wicket-Keeper
Dhoni

Again. All this, only if it does not rain
Indu

P.S. Please note that the above-expressed opinions are purely the Editor’s. We do not take responsibility, nor can we guarantee the performance of the players. All the best !!!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Editor's Pick (t20): India - South Africa

Whoever said ‘don’t make a habit out of it’ was not referring to winning. I do love writing ‘India won’ blogs and it is a pleasure to make a habit out of it as well. The Indian cricket team is most definitely making sure that the habit sticks. We are more than just on a roll in South Africa. We have found what clicks for us and we are making use of it. The best part is that almost all the players are performing. So we are actually open to experimenting and bringing in fresh faces. This way, not only do all the boys get the taste of playing, team South Africa is unable to get used to any one player long enough to figure out the style and a way to defeat it. Way to go Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli. Talking about team selection. How is your selection going? Are you also listening to our audio podcast and getting that added advantage?
Let's get back to the matches. We lost the test matches. But we have won the ODI series in a landslide way. And are one up in the T20 series. We are repla…

Editor’s Pick(CPL): Trinbago Knight Riders vs Barbados Tridents

The previous match, Trinbago Knight Riders vs Guyana Amazon Warriors, saw the Knight Riders win by seven wickets. Played at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad, Chasing a target of 158, TKR scored 162 in 19 overs. Colin Munro, their highest scorer, hit 70 runs. It was a fairly one-sided match with TKR staying on top for most parts.
The Knight Riders are right on top of the table, with three wins and one loss from four matches played. Their run rate of +1.680 will matter, for sure. DLS has been applied in this tournament and can be applied again. Barbados Tridents come second on the table with two wins from three matches. They earlier beat St Lucas Stars by 21 runs (DLS Method). This will be a close match, considering that both teams are in good form.
Barbados Tridents (From): Dwayne Smith, Kane Williamson, Shoaib Malik, Kieron Pollard(c), Nicholas Pooran(w), Christopher Barnwell, Akeal Hosein, Wayne Parnell, Imran Khan, Ravi Rampaul, Wahab Riaz, Raymon Reifer, Damion Jacobs…

TNPL - A Brief Rundown

Based on the stupendously successful Indian Premier League is the Tamil Nadu Premier League. This Indian T20 cricket league has been established by the Tamil Nadu State Cricket Association to bring out more and more Natarajans and Washingtons who otherwise do not get a chance to showcase their skill and talent in the world of Cricket. The inaugural edition of the TNPL took place in 2016 and received unexpected and unprecedented success and love. There was a brilliant batch of young men who came forward and made an event out of the first season of TNPL.

Venues 

India Cements Ground, Thirunelveli
NPR College Ground, Dindigul 
MA Chitambaram Stadium, Chennai 


Changes
The purpose of every organization is to make it bigger and better. TNPL is no exception. At the inaugural TNPL 2016, there were the traditional two semifinals and one final. This year will see a format similar to IPL. The finalists are decided by two qualifiers along with one eliminator. This format has proven to be more exciting.…