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Cricket News December 2006
IND SA Second Test, Day five: South Africa level series with 174 runs victory
Dec 30, 2006South Africa levelled their home series against India at 1-1 by winning the second Test in Durban by 174 runs. Makhaya Ntini led the way with 5-48 as the South African seamers ran through the tourists for 179 on the final day.
Mahendra Singh Doni offered the main resistance with an innings of 47, which included 10 fours, before falling to Andre Nel in the final over before tea. Ganguly chipped in with 26, and Zaheer 21, while Tendulkar failed to score.
Second Test, Durban, day five: South Africa 328 & 265-8 declared beat India 240 & 179 by 174 runs
IND SA Second Test, Day four: Bad light stops play again after early blow for India in 354 chase
Dec 29, 2006India lost two early wickets after South Africa set them a target of 354 to win on the fourth day of the second Test at Kingsmead in Durban.Needing a win to square the three-match series, South Africa batted aggressively despite losing six wickets for 44 runs at one stage before lunch. Shaun Pollock made a stroke-filled 63 not out to enable South Africa to declare their second innings at 265 for eight.
Shanthakumuran Sreesanth, India's exciting young fast bowler, took three of the wickets as South Africa collapsed from 99 for no wicket to 143 for six. Sreesanth finished with four for 79, taking his tally for the series to 16. Forecast for the last day suggests rain and scattered thunderstorms by afternoon.
IND SA Second Test, Day three: Bad light stops play again as South Africa edge away from India
Dec 28, 2006South Africa were 152 runs ahead with 10 wickets to spare when bad light and a power cut forced the game to stop early. Earlier the hosts ended India's resistance on 240, with VVS Laxman (50no) and Shanthakumaran Sreesanth (28) sharing a late stand of 53.
Ganguly was out for a second ball duck while Tendulkar (65) completed another half century.
IND SA Second Test, Day two: First ball duck for Sehwag in India's slow reply
Dec 27, 2006India edged to 103-3 in reply to South Africa's 328 before bad light brought an early end to day two of the second Test in Durban. India lost Virender Sehwag (0), Rahul Dravid (11) and Wasim Jaffer (26) after Ashwell Prince hit 121 for the hosts. Sachin Tendulkar composed a patient 46 not out after being dropped by opposing skipper Graeme Smith on 21, while VVS Laxman was unbeaten on 10.
IND SA Second Test, Day one: Prince survives India onslaught
Dec 26, 2006Ashwell Prince hit an unbeaten 98 as South Africa recovered to 257-8 on day one of the second Test.
India may play Munaf Patel, Gautam Gambhir
Dec 26, 2006Pace bowler Munaf Patel is set to win back his place in the India team for the second Test against South Africa in Durban.
Sharad Pawar files nomination for ICC top post
Dec 29, 2006Indian cricket board chief Sharad Pawar Friday submitted his nomination for the post of International Cricket Council (ICC) president after the four Test-playing Asian countries reached a consensus on the issue.
Pawar's name was agreed upon at a meeting of the Asian Cricket Council in Singapore. "We have the support of the Asian block and hopefully we will be able to garner the support of some other countries as well. But first let's see who all are competing for the post," said Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) vice-president Rajiv Shukla. Incumbent ICC president Percy Sonn still has two years more but the process of filing nominations will end Monday. Earlier, board secretary Niranjan Shah had said the Asian countries had agreed to back Pawar for the post. Former Indian board chief A.C. Muthiah is the head of the ICC's nomination committee and the voting on the nominations will take place at the annual meeting of the world body in July in London.
Women's Asia Cup Cricket Series 2006-07
India lift women's cricket Asia Cup
Dec 22, 2006India trounced Sri Lanka by eight wickets to lift the women's cricket Asia Cup for the third consecutive year at the Sawai Man Singh stadium, Jaipur.
Women's Asia Cup 2006-07, Jaipur - Final : India Women 94-2 (27.5 overs) beat Sri Lanka Women 93 all out (44 overs) by 8 wickets
Sreesanth fined for breach of cricket code
Dec 19, 2006
Indian medium pacer S. Sreesanth was fined 30 percent of his match fee after he was found guilty of breaching the code of conduct twice during India's historic win over South Africa in Johannesburg.
IND SA First Test, Fourth Day: India register their first Test win in South Africa
Dec 18, 2006India recorded their first Test victory in South Africa with a 123-run success before lunch on day four.
First Test, Johannesburg, day four: India 249 & 236 bt South Africa 84 & 278 by 123 runs
IND SA First Test, Third Day: South Africa 239 behind chasing 402
Dec 17, 2006Sreesanth followed his five-wicket haul in the first innings with 3-47 to keep India on course for victory in the first Test against South Africa.
The home side struggled to 163-5 at the end of day three, chasing a target of 402, with Ashwell Prince not out at 54 at stumps. India managed to add 80 to their overnight score, helped mainly by VVS Laxman (73) and Zaheer Khan (37), before being bowled out for 236.
First Test, Johannesburg, day three (close): India 249 & 236 v South Africa 84 & 163-5
BCCI expels Dalmiya; bars ex-chief from posts
Dec 17, 2006Former BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya, who was responsible for marketing the game to new heights, was yesterday expelled from the board for life and removed from all posts on charges of financial irregularities during his tenure at the helm of BCCI.
The Special General Body of the Board, which met in Jaipur, adopted a resolution that expelled him from the board and barred him from holding any position in any organs of the cricket body, including state associations. The resolution was adopted 29-2 against him. The Cricket Association of Bengal, of which he is the President, and the National Cricket Club, Kolkata, of which also he is the head voted in his support. The 66-year-old Dalmiya, a former president of the International Cricket Council, has been given the right to appeal after three years for inclusion in the Board. Dalmiya, who started his career as a wicketkeeper, played for cricket clubs in Calcutta and had once made a double-century. He joined the BCCI in 1979, and became its treasurer in 1983 and later, along with Inderjit Singh Bindra helped to win the right to stage the World Cup in South Asia in 1987 and 1996. In 1996, the BBC declared him to be one of the world's top six sports executives. Enormous amount of money started flowing into the coffers of cricket in India and in the ICC after he fought a bitter battle with Doordarshan and succeeded in making the government organisation pay for covering the game at the international level.
IND SA First Test, Second Day: Sreesanth's day as India lead by 311 runs with 5 wickets remaining
Dec 16, 2006South Africa were bowled out for 84 in barely 25 overs, their lowest score against India, as Sri Sreesanth claimed 5-40, the best figures of his career. Day two began with India 156-5, but they went on to hit 249 thanks to Sourav Ganguly's unbeaten 51.
At the end of the day, India had a healthy lead of 311 runs with 5 wickets remaining in the second innings, with Laxman (42/85b) and Dhoni (17/18b) at the crease. Saurav (25/38b) was involved in a 58 run, 12 over partnership with Laxman.
IND SA First Test, First Day: India start badly in Johannesburg
Dec 15, 2006After a 90-minute delay for overnight rain, the tourists crashed to 14-2 in 11 overs of extravagant seam movement. Then Sachin Tendulkar and captain Rahul Dravid shared a stand of 69 but Tendulkar (44) edged Jacques Kallis to slip just before India took tea 101-3. Dravid soon departed at 110, after making 32.
At stumps, India were at 156/5, with ex-captain Sourav Ganguly who was recalled for the first time in 10 months not out at 14 in 42 balls.
Irfan Pathan to miss first Test
Dec 15, 2006India would be boosted by the return of inspirational skipper Rahul Dravid as they begin their quest to redeem their pride in the three-Test series against South Africa.
South Africa Team (from): Graeme Smith (Captain), Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, Jacques Rudolph, Ashwell Prince, Hashim Amla, Mark Boucher (Wicket Keeper), Shaun Pollock, Andrew Hall, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Dale Steyn.
India Team (from): Rahul Dravid (Captain), Wasim Jaffer, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, Mahendra Dhoni (Wicket Keeper), Dinesh Karthik, Irfan Pathan, Sri Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, VRV Singh.
Rahul Dravid determined to turn out for India
Dec 13, 2006The plaster is still on but Rahul Dravid is unshakeable in his belief that he would turn out for India in the first cricket test against South Africa starting at the wanderers here on Friday.
India prepare for the first Test
Dec 11, 2006India's batting continues to be a cause of concern despite their victory in the 4-day game against the Rest of South Africa. Members of Indian cricket team turned up for an intensive session at the nets ahead of their first test against South Africa at Johannesburg.
Cricket World Cup 2011
Mumbai to host World Cup final
Dec 11, 2006Mumbai was on Monday selected as the centre to host the 2011 cricket World Cup, to be jointly organised by India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
The two semi-finals of the mega event would be held at the Premadasa stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore, Pakistan, it was announced here today after a meeting of the representatives of the joint hosts of the tournament. The meeting, held at the residence of the Indian cricket board president Sharad Pawar, also decided that the inaugural function of the tournament will be hosted by Bangladesh which would also conduct the opening tie at the Sher-e-Bangla national stadium in Dhaka. The meeting was convened to sort out issues related to the staging of the cricketing extravaganza. Apart from Pawar, others who attended the meeting were Pakistan cricket board chairman Dr Nasim Ashraf, CEO of Sri Lanka cricket Duleep Mendis, CEO of Bangladesh Cricket Board Mehboob Rehman, former BCCI president Inderjit Singh Bindra, secretary Niranjan Shah, joint secretary M P Pandove and chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty. The meeting had been called at the behest of Pawar after Pakistan was said to be unhappy with an earlier agreement according to which India were to host the final. Pakistan, apparently, was keen to host either the final or get more matches of the tournament. After a preliminary meeting of the four countries earlier this year, it had been decided that India would host the final and Pakistan and Sri Lanka the semi-finals.
Pawar will not contest BCCI elections again
Dec 5, 2006BCCI President Sharad Pawar has said he would not contest the Cricket Board elections after his current term ends as he wanted to help the game in a different way.
Paul Adams recalled to South Africa test cricket squad
Dec 9, 2006Left-arm wrist spinner Paul Adams made a return to the South African squad for the first Test against India starting in Johannesburg from December 15. The South African Test team : Graeme Smith (Captain), Jacques Kallis (vice-captain), Paul Adams, Hashim Amla, Nicky Boje, Mark Boucher, AB De Villiers, Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Hall, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Shaun Pollock, Ashwell Prince, Jacques Rudolph and Dale Steyn.
Tour Match: India cruise to big warm-up win with a day to spare
Dec 9, 2006India completed a comfortable 96-run victory over a Rest of South Africa XI with a day to spare on Saturday. Set 321 to win, their opponents were bowled out for 224, with Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh taking three wickets apiece. Earlier, Irfan Pathan carried his good form into the second innings to topscore with 40 and help the Indians set Rest of South Africa a target of 321. The Indian tail wagged a bit on the third morning after resuming at 93 for 7 to stretch the score to 142 before being bowled out in their second innings at Sedgars Park. Pathan's knock came off 66 balls in 137 minutes with three fours. The left-hander had hit an unbeaten 111 in India's first innings score of 316 for 7 declared. Ganguly scored 83 in 224 minutes and 141 balls, hitting 13 fours at a strike rate of 58.86 in the first innings. In the second innings, he was out for a duck, in the second ball.
India 316/7d & 142 beat Rest of South Africa 138 & 224 by 96 runs
Tour Match: Pathan, Ganguly rescue India
Dec 8, 2006An inspired century from all rounder Irfan Pathan helped India recover from a woeful start to reach 316 for seven on the first day of their four-day warm-up match against a Rest of South Africa XI on Thursday.
Tour Match: Indians looking to make most of warm-up game
Dec 7, 2006India's four-day warm-up game against a Rest of South Africa line-up in Potchefstroom on Thursday would afford the likes of Virender Shewag and Sourav Ganguly the only chance to find their groove before the tougher battles ahead.
Rahul Dravid all set to play first Test
Dec 6, 2006The embattled Indian cricket team was offered a ray of hope on Wednesday with batting mainstay Rahul Dravid saying he should be fit for the first Test against South Africa beginning next Friday.
BCCI has decided to prepare fast pitches
Dec 5, 2006The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to prepare fast pitches in every state for Ranji Trophy matches so that our players get used to playing on fast tracks outside the country, Sahara Samay sources said.
Fifth ODI @ Centurion : South Africa complete 'wash
Dec 3, 2006India won the toss for the first time in the series, Sachin was among runs for a change, the team even batted through their 50 overs, but South Africa walked all over India in the fifth and final ODI to win the series 4-0.
India scored 200 for 9 and then South Africa cruised home in 31.2 overs, with Graeme Smith scoring 79 and AB de Villiers an unbeaten 92, his highest score in ODIs. For India, Tendulkar compiled his 74th one-day international half century, (55 in 97 balls) but scored only four runs from his opening 40 deliveries. Mahendra Dhoni blasted two sixes and two fours in his enterprising 44 from 49 balls. Zaheer Khan hit a six and a four in his unbeaten 16 off 10 towards the end. The Test series is still 12 days away, and Ganguly is waiting for his first chance in a long time. Maybe India will do something better for a change! India XI: V Sehwag (Captain), S R Tendulkar, V V S Laxman, D Mongia, K D Karthik, M S Dhoni, I K Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, A Kumble, Z Khan, S Sreesanth
South Africa XI: G C Smith (Captain), A B de Villiers, J H Kallis, H H Gibbs, A G Prince, J M Kemp, M V Boucher, S M Pollock, R J Peterson, A Nel, M Ntini
Fifth one-day international, Centurion: South Africa 201-1 (31.2 overs) bt India 200-9 (50 overs) by nine wickets
Cricket News from India
Former Cricketer Sidhu found guilty
Dec 2, 2006
The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday found Navjot Singh Sidhu, former Test Cricketer and now a BJP MP from Amritsar, guilty of causing the death of a man he had beaten during a street scuffle in Patiala 18 years ago.
The sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday. Sidhu could be sent to prison for 10 years the maximum punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Famous for his catchy one-liners, popularly called "Sidhuisms", the former Indian cricket batsman, took up television commentary and, more recently, politics following his retirement from the game. He scored over 500 Test runs in a year thrice (1993, 1994 and 1997) and played over 50 Test matches and over 100 ODIs scoring over 7,000 international runs. He has 27 first class centuries to his credit in a career that spanned 18 years.
Dec 1, 2006If the Indian media is to be believed (In Picture: DNA front page coverage), Sourav Gangulys hopes of making it to the World Cup are alive and kicking.
Dilip Vengsarkar, chairman of the national selection committee, assured Calcuttans in a meeting at Eden Gardens today that age will not be a criteria for selection for the Indian team for the quadrennial event.
Vengsarkar's moves are a complete turnaround from the youth centric motto of Chappell propagated earlier. They also don't see eye to eye on the question of appointing a bowling coach for India. Meanwhile Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee and the CPI on Thursday welcomed the inclusion of former test cricket captain Sourav Ganguly in the squad but advised him justify the move with good performances. Chatterjee earlier this week disapproved of Indian cricket coach Greg Chappels remarks that he can't stop MPs from making comments, "that's what they are paid for." An angry Chatterjee had without taking any names said "nobody should dictate to us.
Looking Back, Sep 25 2005:
|Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar said the matter between India captain Ganguly and Chappell had gone to such an extent that a reconciliation between the two looked impossible.|
Twenty20 @ Johannesburg: India beat South Africa in a thrilling finish
Dec 1, 2006India beat South Africa by six wickets with a ball to spare in a thrilling finish to the day/night Twenty20 clash in Johannesburg. India lost Tendulkar for 10 and Dhoni for 0, but Suresh Raina (3) and Dinesh Karthik (31) guided India to 127-4 and victory. India XI: S R Tendulkar, V Sehwag, M S Dhoni, D Mongia, K D Karthik, S K Raina, I K Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, A B Agarkar, S Sreesanth, Z Khan
South Africa XI: G C Smith, L L Bosman, H H Gibbs, A B de Villiers, T Henderson, J M Kemp, C K Langeveldt, J J van der Wath, J A Morkel, R Telemachus, R J Peterson
Twenty20, Johannesburg: India (127-4) bt South Africa (126-9) by six wickets
India's first Twenty20
Dec 1, 2006History will be made at the Wanderers on Friday evening when India takes part in its first Twenty20 international contest.
Sourav Ganguly recalled for Test Series
Nov 30, 2006Ten months after Sourav Ganguly was unceremoniously dropped from the national side, the former India captain was on Thursday included in the Test squad for South Africa.
Chairman of Selectors Dilip Vengsarkar said the Indian batting had failed in the one-dayers in South Africa and that is why "experienced players have been brought back". V V S Laxman, who was rushed to South Africa to replace an injured Rahul Dravid, was also named as vice captain of the Indian test team. Other players who have found a place in the Test squad include Delhi opener Gautam Gambhir and Punjab pacer V R V Singh. The first Test of the three-match series starts on December 15. India test team : Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, V V S Laxman, Wasim Jaffer, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, M S Dhoni, Dinesh Karthick, Sachin Tendulkar, Irfan Pathan, Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan, S Sreesanth
Fourth ODI @ St George's Park : Unbeatable 3-0 lead for South Africa
Nov 29, 2006South Africa scored yet another emphatic victory, by 80 runs, over India in the fourth ODI at Port Elizabeth to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the series with one game to play. Herschelle Gibbs scored 93 to take South Africa to 243 and their bowlers triggered yet another Indian collapse, skitting them for a mere 163 in just 38.1 overs.
Veteran leg-spinner Anil Kumble was the pick of the bowlers with 2-42 of 10 overs. Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth turned in fine performances at either end of the innings but that was not enough to beat South Africa.Reported Earlier : South Africa captain Graeme Smith won the toss for the third match in a row and decided to bat against India. For India, Sehwag is the acting captain as Rahul Dravid is out because of a broken finger. Wasim Jaffer replaced him and they also dropped spinner Harbhajan Singh for the match in Port Elizabeth. India trail 2-0 after two crushing defeats. India XI : Jaffer, Verendra Sehwag (Captain), SR Tendulkar, M Kaif, KD Karthik, MS Dhoni, IK Pathan, AB Agarkar, Z Khan, A Kumble, S Sreesanth
South Africa XI : Graeme Smith (Captain), LL Bosman, JH Kallis, HH Gibbs, AB de Villiers, JM Kemp, MV Boucher, SM Pollock, AJ Hall, A Nel, M Ntini
Fourth one-day international, Port Elizabeth: South Africa 243-8 (50 overs) beat India 163 (38.1 overs) by 80 runs
Cricket News from the Past..
- November 2006 - India in South Africa 2006-07, ICC Champions Trophy 2006, The Ashes Series 2006-07
- October 16-30 2006 - ICC Championship Trophy 2006 First Round
- October 1-15 2006 - ICC Championship Trophy 2006, Preliminary Stages and First Round
- September 2006 - NKP Salve Challenger Trophy 2006, DLF Tri Series in Malaysia 2006, ICC Champions Trophy, India Under-19s tour of Pakistan
- August 2006 - Tri Series in Malaysia 2006, Tri Series in Sri Lanka 2006, Indian Women's tour in England
- July 2006 - India in West Indies 2006, Top End Series in Australia, India Under-19 tour in England, Tri Series in Sri Lanka
- June 2006 - India in West Indies 2006
- May 2006 - India in West Indies 2006, Eurasia Cup Abu Dhabi 2006
- April 2006 - Eurasia Cup Abu Dhabi 2006, 20-20 Cricket Classic Bermuda 2006, India vs Pakistan DLF Cricket Cup 2006, India Pakistan Veterans Cricket Series 2006
- March 2006 - India vs England Test Matches (1-1), One Day Internationals
- Feb 2006 - India wins ODI series, Pak wins Tests & U-19 WC
- January 2006 - India in Pakistan
- 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
- Sunday, November 19, 2006 First ODI at SuperSport Park
- Wednesday, November 22, 2006 Second ODI at Kingsmead
- Sunday, November 26, 2006 Third ODI at Newlands
- Wednesday, November 29, 2006 Fourth ODI at St George's Park
- Friday, December 01, 2006 Twenty20 Match at New Wanderers Stadium
- Sunday, December 03, 2006 Fifth ODI at New Wanderers Stadium
- Friday, December 15 - Tuesday, December 19, 2006 First Test at New Wanderers Stadium
- Tuesday, December 26 - Saturday, December 30, 2006 Second Test at Kingsmead
- Tuesday, January 02 - Saturday, January 06, 2007 Third Test at Newlands
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