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Cricket News 2005
- December 2005 - Pakistan, India and Ganguly
- Oct, Nov 2005 - India vs Sri Lanka
- September 2005 - India Zimbabwe Tests, Ganguly Chappell Row.
- August 2005 - India's Zimbabwe tour, Videocon Trophy
- July 2005 - Dravid captain, tours Sri Lanka
- May and June 2005 - New Coach, and many Questions!!
- April 2005 - India Pakistan series; Women's World Cup
- March 2005 - The much awaited Pakistan series starts..
- February 2005 - Waiting for the Pakistan series, BCCIs court date, Shiv Sena's pitch attack
- January 2005 - Tsunami matches, Sachin's injury and Shoaib's no-ball!
- Roller Coaster Ride for India in 2004
- Cricket News 2004 Archives
Dhoni makes it 6-1 for India
Nov 11, 2005Mahendra Singh Dhoni produced another match-winning innings as India wrapped up a 6-1 one-day series win over Sri Lanka at Baroda. Dhoni, who made an astonishing 183 not out in the third game, hit three sixes and nine fours in his 80 off 73 balls.
He was caught at long-off with just five needed for victory as India eased home on 245-5 with 10.3 overs to spare. Russel Arnold (68) and Marvan Atapattu (59) had earlier shared a stand of 133 as Sri Lanka totalled 244-9. It represented a good recovery after the tourists had been reduced to 85-5, but the eventual outcome was never in doubt after India made 109 off the first 14 overs of their reply. Sachin Tendulkar (39), Virender Sehwag and Irfan Pathan (both 35) were responsible for India's flying start. Seventh ODI, Baroda: India 245-5 (39.3 overs) beat Sri Lanka 244-9 (50 overs) by five wickets
Yuvraj, RP Singh lift India to 7-wkt win
Nov 09, 2005Yuvraj Singh hit an explosive unbeaten 79 as India thrashed Sri Lanka by seven wickets to take a 5-1 series lead.
Yuvraj blasted nine fours and three sixes in an unbroken century stand with Mohammed Kaif to guide India to their target of 197 with 15.1 overs to spare. Earlier, left-arm paceman Rudra Pratap Singh took four wickets as Sri Lanka were bowled out in the 43rd over, Tillakaratne Dilshan top-scoring on 59. Sixth ODI, Rajkot: India 197-3 bt Sri Lanka 196 allout by seven wickets
Dilshan restores Sri Lankan pride
Nov 06, 2005Tillakaratne Dilshan (81) and Russell Arnold (49) put on an unbroken 131 as Sri Lanka beat India by five wickets in the fifth one-dayer in Ahmedabad.
Gautam Gambhir and captain Rahul Dravid both hit 103 as India totalled 285-8, with Farveez Maharoof taking 4-20.
The tourists were struggling on 155-5 but Dilshan and Arnold kept the score ticking along before accelerating to clinch victory with 14 balls to spare.
Sri Lanka now trail 4-1 with the sixth match in Rajkot on November 9. Fifth ODI, Ahmedabad: Sri Lanka 286-5 bt India 285-8 by five wickets
India clinch series with Pune win
Nov 03, 2005Mahendra Dhoni and Suresh Raina put on 82 to guide India to a four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in Pune and a 4-0 lead in the seven-match one-day series.
Captain Marvan Atapattu hit 87 as the tourists were bowled out for 261, with seamer Ajit Agarkar claiming 5-44. India were cruising at 176-3, thanks to 63 from skipper Rahul Dravid , but they then lost three wickets for four runs. Dhoni (45) hit two sixes off Russel Arnold to clinch the series with three games left while Raina contributed 39.
Dravid's decision to put the Lankans in paid off when the in-form Kumar Sangakkara (8) and fellowopener Sanath Jayasuriya (16) were trapped lbw by Agarkar. Forth ODI, Pune: India 262-6 bt Sri Lanka 261 by four wickets
Dhoni's 183* seals India win
Oct 31, 2005Mahendra Dhoni hit a brilliant century as India beat Sri Lanka in Jaipur to earn themselves a 3-0 stranglehold in the seven-match limited-overs series. Wicket-keeper Dhoni allowed the hosts to chase a stiff target of 299 at a canter and he hit a national record 10 sixes in his remarkable 183 not out. His score also matched the second highest by an Indian in one-dayers.
Earlier, Kumar Sangakkara hit 152 not out in Sri Lanka's 298-4, which also included 71 from Mahela Jayawardene.
Sri Lanka won the toss but started slowly. Sangakkara however hit two sixes and 13 fours as he blazed to a career-best score in one-day internationals.
Dhoni's score was only 11 runs off the best ever in one-day internationals - Saeed Anwar's 194 for Pakistan against India in Madras in 1997. Third one-day international, Jaipur: India 303-4 beat Sri Lanka 298-4 by six wickets
Sri Lanka crumble to Pathan swing
Oct 28, 2005Irfan Pathan took 4-37 as India bowled out Sri Lanka for just 122 in Mohali, and they went on to win the second one-day international with ease.
Kumar Sangakkara was the highest scorer with 27 in a feeble effort from the tourists in the Mohali day-nighter. Pathan, who found plenty of swing movement throughout, removed Sanath Jayasuriya in the first over and also dismissed three others in the top six. Sachin Tendulkar then hit 70 not out as India got home in the 21st over.
The margin of victory was a healthy eight wickets - Virender Sehwag (38) and Jai Prakash Yadav the only men to be dismissed. Second one-day international, Mohali: India 123-2 beat Sri Lanka 122 by eight wickets
Tendulkar shines in India victory
Oct 25, 2005Sachin Tendulkar struck 93 in his first international match for over six months as India thrashed Sri Lanka by 152 runs in the first one-day match in Nagpur. Tendulkar, back from a long-term elbow injury, hit nine fours and two sixes. He shared a second-wicket stand of 164 with Irfan Pathan, who blasted 84 in a new role as pinch hitter. And new full-time captain Rahul Dravid hit an unbeaten 85 from 63 deliveries to lead the hosts to a mammoth 350-6.
The Sri Lankans lost Marvan Atapattu second ball and by the 22nd over were in tatters at 121-7, before finally being bowled out for 198 in the 36th. Sri Lanka had Sanath Jayasuriya and Muttiah Muralitharan fit to play despite last-minute injury scares. India: S R Tendulkar, V Sehwag, R Dravid (Captain), Yuvraj Singh, Y V Rao, M S Dhoni (Wicket Keeper), J P Yadav, I K Pathan, A B Agarkar, S Santh, Harbhajan Singh Sub: M Kartik Sri Lanka: M S Atapattu (Captain), S T Jayasuriya K C Sangakkara (Wicket Keeper), D P M D Jayawardene, T M Dilshan, R P Arnold, U D U Chandana, W P U J C Vaas, M Muralitharan, M F Maharoof, C R D Fernando Sub: L H D Dilhara First one-day international, Nagpur: India 350-6 (50 overs) bt Sri Lanka 198 (35.4 overs) by 152 runs
India cruise to victory in Mumbai, Series Tied
Nov 28, 2005India cruised to an easy win over South Africa under lights in Mumbai (Bombay) as the series ended drawn 2-2. Jacques Kalls (91) held together South Africa's innings as they totalled 221-6 having lost another crucial toss. For India, Irfan Pathan (3-20) and Harbhajan Singh (2-32) were the two outstanding bowlers during the day.
And India's batsmen found it much easier to score boundaries than the tourists. Rahul Dravid 's 78 not out saw them cruise home with 15 balls to go. Sachin Tendulkar hit a breezy 30 off 44 balls with five fours Fifth one-day international, Mumbai: India 224-5 beat South Africa 221-6 by five wickets Series tied 2-2
Smith ruins Tendulkar celebration
Nov 25, 2005Graeme Smith's career-best 134 helped South Africa crush India by 10 wickets in the fourth one-dayer in Calcutta. Sachin Tendulkar - in his world record 357th appearance - scored two as India made only 188, with Shaun Pollock and Andrew Hall taking three wickets each. Captain Smith, who hit 20 fours and a six off 124 balls, and Hall (48 off 94) had few problems reaching their target with more than 14 overs to spare.
South Africa lead the series 2-1 with the final game in Mumbai on Monday. Fourth one-day international, Calcutta: South Africa 189-0 beat India 188 by 10 wickets
Match abandoned due to rain
Nov 22, 2005Heavy rain in Chennai forced the third one-day international between India and South Africa on Tuesday to be abandoned without a ball being bowled. The wash-out was largely expected after rain lashed the city since Monday morning. The umpires inspected the ground at the M A Chidambaram stadium twice on Tuesday before deciding to call off the day-night encounter, much to the disappointment of the nearly 20,000 fans who braved the wet spell in the hope of witnessing at least a truncated match. Third one-day international, Madras: No result - match abandoned due to rain
Sehwag makes it one-all.
Nov 19, 2005Virender Sehwag 's blistering 77 off 62 balls steered India to a six-wicket victory over South Africa in the second one-day international in Bangalore.
Irfan Pathan's 3-23 and tight bowling from India's spinners kept the tourists down to only 169-9 in their 50 overs.
The result tied the series and ended South Africa's bid to match Australia's record 21-game unbeaten run in 2002/3. Second one-day international, Bangalore: India 171-4 bt South Africa 169-9 by six wickets
South Africa open series with win
Nov 16, 2005Jacques Kallis and Justin Kemp steered South Africa to a five-wicket win over India to open their one-day series.
The result marked South Africa's 20th successive match unbeaten, one behind Australia's all-time record. Kallis, who finished 68 not out, shared an 89-run stand with Ashwell Prince (46) before Kemp (46 not out) helped add 84 to win with seven balls left. Earlier, Yuvraj Singh hit 103 to drag India from early trouble at 35-5 towards a final total of 249-9.
First ODI, Hyderabad : South Africa 252 for 5 (48.5 overs) beat India 249 for 9 (50.0 overs) by five wickets
- Shabbir banned for illegal action
- Solanki eager for Shoaib showdown
- Vaughan will miss one-day series
- Vaughan's tour 'in the balance'
- Razzaq fit for ODI series return
- Giles struggling for Lahore Test
- Vaughan to open against Pakistan
- Younis to miss last England Test
- Blackwell boosted by England call
- Inzamam hopes toss luck will hold
- Collingwood eyeing second chance
- Malik set for fresh bowling tests
- Gas explosion halts Faisalabad Test
- Afridi banned for damaging pitch
- Vaughan ready for fitness gamble
- Pakistan duo face bowling inquiry
- England gain upper hand in Multan
- Afridi ready to emulate Flintoff
- Vaughan chances 'slim' for Multan Test
- Sami cleared for first Test
- Harmison will perform any role
- Sami says he will be fit for Multan
- Hasan Raza to lead Pakistan A in warm-up match
- Barmy Army descends on Pakistan
- Inzamam happy with squad
England complete exciting victory
Dec 21, 2005England ended their tour on a high with a six-run win in Rawalpindi following a mid-innings collapse by Pakistan.
James Anderson took 4-48 and Ian Blackwell three wickets in successive overs as Pakistan lost five wickets for 25 runs and were restricted to 200-9.
Yasir Hameed (57) and Mohammad Yousuf (54) put on 101 but fell to loose shots, and the rest followed suit.
Vikram Solanki top scored with 49 in England's 206-9 - debutant Mohammad Asif taking 2-14 for the home side.
Fifth one-day international, Rawalpindi: England 206-9 (50 overs) beat Pakistan 200-9 (50 overs) by six runs
Pakistan hang on to clinch series
Dec 19, 2005Pakistan beat England by 13 runs in Rawalpindi to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the one-day series. Kabir Ali and James Anderson put on 33 for the final wicket but Anderson was caught in the slips at full-stretch by Younis Khan with 11 balls left. England looked favourites after dismissing Pakistan for 210, captain Inzamam-ul-Haq hitting 81 not out. But, with the exception of Andrew Flintoff and Ian Blackwell, England's top order was again rooted out cheaply. The final game of the tour is at the same venue on Wednesday.
Fourth one-day international, Rawalpindi: Pakistan 210 (47.2 overs) bt England 197 all out (48.1 overs) by 13 runs
England collapse to record defeat
Dec 15, 2005England equalled their heaviest defeat ever with a 165-run loss in the third one-day game as Pakistan's Kamran Akmal hit his second successive century. Put in to bat, the hosts reached 353-6, the most ever conceded by England, with Akmal hitting 109 and Abdul Razzaq 50. Shahid Afridi blasted 31 from 14 balls and Inzamam-ul-Haq 45 from 35.
England never looked like matching the total and were bowled out for 188 in 42 overs, with Shoaib Malik taking 3-29 and Ian Bell the top scorer with 37. England's last defeat by such a margin was at the hands of West Indies in 1994. he result in Karachi leaves them 2-1 down in the series with two to play.
Third one-day international, Karachi: Pakistan 353-6 (50 overs) beat England 188 all out (42 overs) by 165 runs
Pakistan cruise to Lahore victory
Dec 12, 2005Shoaib Akhtar's 5-54 and Kamran Akmal's 102 helped Pakistan crush England by seven wickets in the second one-dayer.
Akmal hit 15 fours and a six in his second one-day century as they reached a target of 231 with six overs left. Liam Plunkett's maiden fifty for England rescued the tourists after Shoaib helped reduce them to 130-8. 231 was not likely to tax the home side as Flintoff and Harmison served up plenty of wide deliveries for left-hander Butt and wicket-keeper Akmal to carve away on the off-side. A cut from Akmal flew over a despairing Blackwell on the third man boundary, while Butt smacked Harmison straight back over the bowler to the long-on boundary. Butt's 48-ball knock, which featured eight boundaries, was ended when Flintoff found a way through his defences but the runs continued to come freely. There was something of a shock when Collingwood's slower ball beat Younis Khan's attempt to turn it on the leg-side and, with Mohammad Yousuf content to nudge the ball around, the run rate slowed a little. But Akmal was determined to keep playing his shots and was quick to punish width from Plunkett and Harmison as he reached his century off 108 balls. The torment for England did not end after he hooked Harmison straight to Solanki at mid-wicket as captain Inzamam-ul-Haq tucked into the bowling.
Second ODI, Lahore: Pakistan 231-3 bt England 230 by seven wickets
England triumph in one-day opener
Dec 10, 2005England achieved their highest one-day total on foreign soil to win the opening match of the one-day series against Pakistan by 42 runs.
Andrew Strauss anchored the innings with 94 and Kevin Pietersen (56) and Andrew Flintoff (72 not out) produced the big-hitting to carry them to 327-4. Salman Butt, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf and Shoaib Malik all made half centuries in reply. But Pakistan were all out for 285 as super-sub Liam Plunkett claimed 3-51.
The result ended a seven-match winning streak for Pakistan in limited-overs internationals and gave England a much-needed lift after being beaten 2-0 in the Test series.
First one-day international, Lahore: England 327-4 (50 overs) beat Pakistan 285 (46.5 overs) by 42 runs
England beaten again in Pakistan
Dec 7, 2005England's poor run continued when they lost by one wicket to Pakistan A in their only warm-up game ahead of five one-day matches against Pakistan. Matthew Prior (72) and Paul Collingwood (75) helped an experimental tourists' line-up make 236-7 off 45 overs. But despite James Anderson's 4-46, they were overhauled off the penultimate ball, with Bazid Khan unbeaten on 90. After a 2-0 Test series defeat, England will want to restore pride in the first one-dayer in Lahore on Saturday.
Brilliant Pakistan crush England
Dec 3, 2005Pakistan bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Danish Kaneria struck their best form as England collapsed to defeat by an innings and 100 runs in Lahore. The tourists slumped from 201-2 at lunch to 248 all out 70 minutes after the interval to lose the three-match Test series by a 2-0 margin. Ian Bell and Paul Collingwood put on 175 for the third wicket but their good work was wasted by their team-mates. Paceman Akhtar took 5-71, with leg-spinner Kaneria claiming 4-52. At lunch, it seemed Pakistan's victory hopes were dwindling. Mohammad Yousuf, who hit a sparkling 223, was man of the match.
Defiant England hang on for draw
Nov 24, 2005England survived a nightmarish batting collapse to secure a draw with Pakistan in the second Test in Faisalabad.
Ashley Giles and Geraint Jones shared an obdurate stand of 30 for the seventh wicket until bad light ended the day. Chasing a notional 285 to win, England were 20-4 at one point before Kevin Pietersen (42) and Andrew Flintoff (56) put on 80 for the fifth wicket. Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq had hit his second century of the match before declaring on 268-9. The result leaves England 1-0 down with the final Test in Lahore next week, ending a run of six series victories stretching back to 2003.
Pakistan win as England collapse
Nov 16, 2005Pakistan bowled England out for 175 after lunch on the final day to win the first Test in Multan by 22 runs.
Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria finished with 4-62, while Shoaib Akhtar took 3-49 and Mohammad Sami 2-31.
Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell added 40 to the overnight 24-1 but after they were caught off Kaneria the tourists folded. Only Geraint Jones (33) provided any real resistance as the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series, which continues in Faisalabad on Sunday. Pakistan's Salman Butt, who scored 196 runs in the Test, was named Man of the Match.