Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Men in Blue Sure of Gaining an Unassailable 2-0 Lead in Cuttack

Team India is Ready for the next Battle against England at Cuttack
      India VS England second ODI, Cuttack: While visitors are planning to level the series 1-1 in the second ODI, Virat & Co looks confidant enough to show their ruthless streak. Chasing the target – no matter how big – is like a walk in the park for team India. India is now the only team in the world to have knocked off 350-plus thrice, and no wonder Kohli has been the backbone with his magical century one after the other in each one of those chases. So, chase is not going to be a threat to India’s win in the second ODI. However, what all can halt their winning streak is their bowling on the batting-friendly track of Cuttack.

Kedar Jadhav is ready for India vs England Second ODI at Cuttack
     The hosts are 1-0 up in the series, but then they need a bit more improvement as their first win was the result of sensational betting effort from the fifth-wicket pairing of Kohli and Kedar Jadhav. India’s top-order batsmen, who look no less precious than the real gems on paper, came out to be good for nothing in the opener at Pune. Everyone barring Kohli and Jadhav succumbed to the growing pressure of the chase.

Yuvraj Singh in India vs England Second ODI Cuttack
     Shikhar Dhawan, who had the responsibility to give India a head start, looked rusty. KL Rahul, the man to set up new criterions on how to open the batting with a rather rapid pace could add just 8 to India’s incredible chase. Comeback man Yuvraj Singh was looking fluent, but couldn’t capitalize on the good start he got. MS Dhoni too buckled under the growing pressure of the mammoth target. However, one notable thing that most of you must concede is the top-order wickets came out of poor shots rather than good deliveries. So, Indian batsmen need to be a bit more careful, thoughtful and mindful in the second battle against England.

England Cricket Team Celebrating Wicket in India vs England ODI
     Albeit England Cricket Team got a good start to their defense with four early strikes, their inability to pick wickets at crucial moments came as a serious drawback. Potentially, the conditions will be a lot different in Cuttack where India VS England second ODI is scheduled to be played. And if England doesn’t find a way out here as well, the going will get tougher and the series will be over for them. The batting is again likely to be center staged, as showcased in Pune where the visitors managed to score 350 without even giving their clinical best. On a batting-friendly track in Cuttack, runs must rain from both sides, but how the bowlers put a bold face on the batsmen would be the key factor.

Monday, 16 January 2017

India Script Record Run-Chase Beating England in Ist ODI at Pune

Hardik Pandya and R Ashwin Finish the Match with Six in Ind vs Eng Ist ODI at Pune
   It was a fairytale win to chase away 351 against England in the first ODI at Pune. Bouncing back from 63/4, in a quest to pull off 351, was just unbelievable. Thanks to all-rounder Kedar Jadhav who gave a 200-run stand for the fifth wicket with skipper Virat Kohli. While Kohli smashed a majestic 122, Jadhav remained center staged for his 76-ball 120. It was perhaps for the first time when someone in the middle emerged brutally to overshadow Kohli’s swashbuckling hundred.

Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav Add 200 Runs in 150 Balls for 5th Wicket
    With an incredible 3-wicket win over star-studded England, Virat Kohli began a new era on an emphatic note on Sunday, January, 15, 2017. Kedar Jadhav conjured up his career-best 120 after India’s experienced top-order failed to set up the platform for the near impossible target.

David Willey out Dhawan and Rahul in  Ind vs Eng Ist Odi, Pune
    Disappointing, openers went down market with KL Rahul piling 8 and Shikhar Dhawan scoring just 1. Yuvraj Singh who was supposed to mark his comeback with a glittery performance lost his wicket at 15, while India was suffering 56 for 3 at the moment. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the former Indian captain, couldn’t also contribute much in the chase. In a bid to escalate the run rate, which at the moment was going far below the required rate, Dhoni caught the fielder at mid-on attempting to pull despite not being in position. India was four down at 63 in 12 overs needing something special to come out in the middle. And yes, Jadjav took the charge to steer India to the fourth highest yet successful run-chase.

Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav hits Ton in Ind vs Eng Ist ODI at Pune
   India had almost conceded the defeat before Virat Kohli and Jadhav scripted a comeback to the viewers’ spectacle. Jadhav gave his brutal best stacking up 120 off just 76 balls. It was more like a typical T20 innings. A leg cramp towards the end costs India Jadhav’s loss. But, till then the foundation for win was almost led by the young man. After the fall of Kohli and Jadhav’s wickets, India needed 60 from last 10 overs. All-rounder Hardi Pandya made sure Kohli-Jadhav’s good work wouldn’t go waste. He made a responsible unbeaten 40 to help India reach the finish line.