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Sachin Tendulkar got out on 23 while playing for Mumbai Indians in their first IPL match against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Mumbai Indians were chasing a target of 157 runs and Tendulkar came to open the innings as usual. However, his opening partner in this match was a new one. He came to open with Ricky Ponting.
Both these legends started steadily. As the target was not a huge one, they took a few deliveries to assess how the pitch was playing. After the third over mark, they started going for the big shots.
Ponting was the one who started taking risks first. He came down the track against Dan Christian and hit him for a flat six over midwicket.
Tendulkar was quiet until the spinners came into attack. As soon as Muttiah Muralitharan was given the ball, Tendulkar changed gears. He welcomed Murali with a couple of lofted shots, one over bowler’s head and one over midwicket.
In the next over, it was Vinay Kumar’s turn. He bowled a back of a length ball and Tendulkar made room and lofted it over mid off for a four.
The master blaster had got set and he was threatening to take the game away from the home side. But, he got out in an unfortunate way.
He played a delivery towards short fine leg. The ball went straight to the fielder and there was no run there. But, Tendulkar tried to take a quick single. Ponting said ‘no’ loudly and sent Tendulkar back. But, Tendulkar had come too far out of his crease. He tried to go back, but, the throw was very good. The wicket keeper gathered it and took off the bails in a hurry.
It was a close call and the TV umpire saw it from different frames. He took a long time and then, finally gave his decision in the favour of the bowling team.
Mumbai Indians eventually got defeated by 2 runs in the match.
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The captain of the Indian Cricket team, MS Dhoni, has admitted that his team was under pressure while chasing down the target of 133 runs in the fourth innings in the Mohali test match.
India eventually managed to pull off the win with 15 balls still to be bowled.
It was Dhoni himself who secured India’s victory by hitting three back to back fours.
Talking to the reporters in the post match press conference, Dhoni said, “We were one batsman short and our lower order batsmen were not in the best of forms. So, we were definitely a bit pressurized while chasing down that total.”
“It got very tight towards the end. I didn’t want to take any risk. So, I played out a few overs cautiously.”
“It was a great performance by the spinners on the fifth day. The wicket was not a rank turner and not many balls were turning sharply. It was important to bowl accurately on that sort of wicket which our spinners did and thus, got wickets.”
“The inclusion of Jadeja in the test team has certainly made a lot of difference. With the ball, he has been quite outstanding in the series so far.”
“Also, we shouldn’t forget the contribution of fast bowlers in this match. Bhuvneshwar was superb with the new ball in the second innings and the three wickets that he got in the last session of the fourth day pushed Australia behind.”
When asked about the fitness of Shikhar Dhawan, Dhoni said, “He has injured his knuckles quite badly and he is not likely to get fit before the fourth test match. So, there is a good possibility that we will have a new opening pair in the fourth test match.”
The fourth test match of the series will start from 22nd of March.
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Ravi Bopara will play for Dolphins in the upcoming domestic T20 tournament in South Africa. The chief executive officer of KwaZulu Natal Cricket Union (KZNCU), Jesse Chellan, gave this information to the reporters yesterday.
However, the English all rounder might have to miss a few starting matches as he is currently in Bangladesh playing for Chittagong Kings in the BPL and he will be able to join Dolphins only after the end of his commitments with the Kings.
The domestic T20 competition in South Africa will begin on 15th of February and will finish on 7th of April.
Bopara had featured for Dolphins in the 2010-11 season as well and had performed brilliantly for them in the 40-overs tournament. He had scored 336 runs with an average of 42. He had also taken 15 wickets with an average of almost 21.
When asked if he is excited about playing for Dolphins again, Bopara said, “Yes, I am pretty excited about it. I had enjoyed a lot when I played for them a couple of years ago. The standard of cricket in South Africa is really high. The pitches over there are also of high quality. So, it will be another enjoyable experience for me.”
“My performance was really well when I had featured for Dolphins last time around. Hopefully, I would again have a great tournament.”
Bopara is currently not playing for the England team in any format of the game. Last time that he had played for England was against Sri Lanka in World T20 Championship in September last year.
Bopara’s recent form hasn’t been that good. In the BPL, he has played 7 matches for Chittagong Kings so far, but, he has managed to score just 101 runs.
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The wicketkeeper batsman of the England Cricket team, Jonny Bairstow, will not be able to participate in the ODI series against India because of family problems. The series is going to start from 11th of January next year.
Bairstow was also a part of the test and T20 squads of England for the tour of India. He had been included in the playing XI in the second test match, but, he wasn’t able to do well and he had to make way for Ian Bell in the third match.
In the opening match of the T20 series, Bairstow was not given playing opportunity. He was expected to be included in the playing XI for the second match. But, unfortunately, before the match, he had to fly back to England due to family problems.
The 21 years old Yorkshire batsman, Joe Root, has replaced Bairstow in the ODI squad. Root had made his test debut in the recently played test series against India and in his very first test match; he scored a brilliant half century.
Since, Jonathan Trott is not in the England team for the ODI series against India. So, there is a good possibility that Root would get the chance to make his debut in ODI cricket in the upcoming series.
Talking to the reporters, the chief selector of the England cricket team, Geoff Miller said, “Jonny Bairstow would miss the upcoming ODI series against India because of a family illness. On his place, Joe Root has been included in the squad. He is a great young talent and in the test series, he showed that he is capable of handling the pressure at this level. So, we have decided to give him a go. Hopefully, he would stand up to our expectations and would do well in the ODIs as well.”
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