Tuesday, 6 June 2017

India Bags A Clinical 124 Run Win Over Pakistan in CT 2017

India won against Pakistan by 124 Runs in Champions Trophy 2017
     The all-round ace performance rewarded team India a clinical 124-run victory in the rain-hit match – India Vs Pakistan’s opener of Champions Trophy 2017. Well, it was not something that happened for the first time. Earlier too on several occasions, India had done the feat.

Rohit and Dhawan Add 136 Runs for Ist Wicket Partnership
     India had all their trumps in place, from Rohit-Dhawan’s steady initiation to Kohli’s well-calculated knock, and Yuvrajs’ brilliance to Pandya’s last-over blitz. After a placid start, India was once aiming to reach near 290 in the match, reduced to 48 overs due to rain. But, thanks to Yuvraj Singh, who accelerated the pace in the middle overs and made the challenge even more daunting for the rivals to overcome.

Yuvraj and Kohli Add 97 Runs for 3rd Wicket
      Batting cautiously, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan gave a resounding start piling up 136 runs for the opening partnership. After Dhawan departed at 68, Virat Kohli came in to bat. He, too, got a slow start, but switched the gear in the death overs. He combined with Yuvraj Shingh to wallop 72 runs in the last four overs eventually leading his team to a mammoth 319-run target. Rohit Sharma was unlucky to suffer a run-out at individual 91. Kohli hit 81 off 68 balls, and Yuvraj Singh slammed a quick-fire half-century. And Pandya’s 6-ball 20 was worth gold to finish Indian innings.

Hardik Pandya Hits 20 Runs on just 6 Balls against Pakistan
       The rain horned in the game for the third time, and the target was revised to 289 in 41 overs for Pakistan. They made the matter tougher for themselves showing some poor applications in the batting. Needing 7.5 runs per over, Pakistani batsmen couldn’t quite bat at the required run-rate. The wickets kept falling at regular interval and the run-rate kept mounting with each passing over.

Kohli And Jadeja Celebrates Azhar Ali Wkt in India Vs Pakistan 
       Birmingham, on Sunday, witnessed an overwhelmingly one-sided affair wherein India crushed Pakistan by 124 runs in ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Pakistan opted to bowl first considering the fact that pitch had a bit of dryness. As it was overcast as well, Pakistan was hopeful of damaging India’s top-order in the initial overs. One mistake Sarfraz Ahmed did was to introduce Imad Wasim (spinner) in the very second over. And this is when he missed out the chance to pick early wickets.

Bhuvi and Kohli Celebrates Ahmed Shahzad Wkt in CT 2017
      When batting, Pakistan got a decent to the chase. They were 47 without a loss in the 8 over. But, fall of wickets thereafter in quick succession pushed them out of the rivalry. They had three of their top-order batsmen in pavilion at 91. By then the required rate had climbed to nearly 10 an over. The rest of the batsmen couldn’t quite handle the pressure and succumbed to a 124-run defeat.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Mumbai Bags Their 3rd IPL Title Beating Pune In The Last-Over Thriller

Rohit Sharma With VIVO IPL 2017 Trophy
        MI Vs RPS, IPL 2017 final: Mumbai scripted history winning their third IPL title in the last-over thriller against Pune. Smith’s bowlers couldn’t have done better than restricting Mumbai to 128. But, batsmen wrote their fate. Bring Rahane (44) and Smith (51), no other batsmen could come promising. It was bowlers’ show in IPL 2017 final. Unadkat, Zampa and Christian collectively spelled the magic in the first innings, but Johnson and Bumrah overshadowed their stellar molding a win out of hard-to-defend target.

Mitchell Johnson Got 3 Wkts in IPL 2017 Final
        The death-over fumble ended Pune’s quest for their maiden IPL title inch from the finish line. Despite getting a worriless start to the chase, they couldn’t quite handle the pressure in the last over. Pune needed 11 of 6 balls with Steven Smith batting at 51. A boundary on the very first ball of the last over made the comeback almost nearly impossible for Mitchell Johson. But, he hunted Manoj Tiwari and Steven Smith on two consecutive deliveries eventually helping Mumbai grab their third IPL title.

Steve Smith after Losing IPL 2017 Final
        Had the ball – which smith lofted over sweeper cover – beaten the fielder, RPS could have walked home worthy as the first-time winner in IPL 2017. But, nothing of that sort actually happened to RPS’ chaos. The shot was needed to bring the equation down to 3 from 3. Smith did accordingly, but failure of execution cost them their costliest ever defeat in Hyderabad last night.

Mumbai Indians Players with IPL 2017 Trophy
        The title win is special for Mumbai in all respects. Their decimating bowling coupled with fantastic fielding earned them the deserving title win in Hyderabad last night. The chase seemed like a walk in the park by the time Rahane and Smith were batting. They didn’t let the run rate go over 7, but slow-paced batting in the death overs caused them the defeat.