India Vs New Zealand Cricket Series 2008-09

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IND v NZ, 2nd T20, Wellington: New Zealand clinch last ball win against India (NZ 2:0)

New Zealand beat India by five wickets in the second and final Twenty20 cricket international in Wellington to take the series 2-0.
Brendon McCullum broke the deadlock on the last ball of the match when a skied single carried the hosts to 150 for five. McCullum topscored with an unbeaten 69 from 55 balls.
Yuvraj Singh led India's 149 for six with 50 off 34 balls. New Zealand won the opening match by seven wickets in Christchurch on Wednesday.
Brendon McCullum was declared "Man of the Match" and "Man of the Series". A five-match cone-day series between the teams starts in Napier on Tuesday.
IND v NZ, 2nd T20, Wellington: New Zealand 150-5 (20.0 overs) beat India 149-6 (20.0 overs) by 5 wickets

IND v NZ, 1st T20, Christchurch: New Zealand thrashes India in tour opener (NZ 1:0)

Brendon McCullum made 56 not out and shared an unbroken 60-run partnership with Jacob Oram to lead New Zealand to a seven-wicket win over India on Wednesday in the first of two Twenty20 cricket internationals.
McCullum fashioned a restrained half century from 48 balls with three sixes and two fours to steer New Zealand past India's total of 162 for eight with seven balls to spare. New Zealand was 166 for three in the 19th over when Oram (29 not out) struck the game's 41st six to clinch the win.
India's innings, highlighted by an unbeaten 61 by Suresh Raina, included 13 sixes, one fewer than the record for a single innings in a Twenty20 international. When New Zealand peppered the short boundaries at AMI Stadium with 11 more sixes, delighting a crowd in excess of 16,000, it established a record for most sixes in an international Twenty20 match.
The second match is at Wellington on Friday. The tour also involves a limited-overs series and three test matches.
IND v NZ, 1st T20, Christchurch: New Zealand 166-3 (18.5 overs) beat India 162-8 (20.0 overs) by 7 wickets


ICC seek BCCI and ICL agreement

International Cricket Council president David Morgan and chief executive Haroon Lorgat will on Monday attempt to broker an agreement in the long-running dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Indian Cricket League (ICL).
"I've long regarded it as a priority to bring together the BCCI and the owners of the ICL and I'm pleased to say we have fixed a meeting to take place in Johannesburg on Monday," said Morgan.
The ICL, which is bankrolled by India's largest media group, Zee Television, is not recognised by the BCCI or the ICC, unlike the Indian Premier League (IPL) which has paid fantastic sums to lure players to its tournament. "I hope we might be successful in coming to a mutually acceptable conclusion. I can't be certain that will be the case but I hope we can at least make a start in bringing about a settlement," added Morgan.
Earlier this week, a Pakistani court lifted domestic bans on the country's last six active players who had joined the ICL.

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Ryder, Oram back for Twenty20

New Zealand recalled Jacob Oram and Jesse Ryder for the two Twenty20 international cricket matches against India next week, while also naming fast bowler Ewen Thompson in the 13-man squad.
The first match is scheduled for February 25 at the AMI Park here, while the second will be played at Wellington on February 27.
New Zealand T20 Team: Daniel Vettori (Captain), Neil Broom, Ian Butler, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, B. McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Iain O’Brien, Jacob Oram, Jesse Ryder Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Ewen Thompson.

Indian team leaves for New Zealand

The Indian squad, led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, left early Thursday morning for New Zealand on a 47-day tour comprising two Twenty20 Internationals, five One-Day Internationals and three Test matches.
The squad for the limited overs events departed while the members of the Test team, who are not part of the T20 and ODIs squads, would leave later.

Team India gets new ODI jersey

Team India’s jersey sponsors Nike unveiled a new cricket kit for India on Wednesday, as the team prepares to leave for the New Zealand tour.
The new jersey, this time, changed for the second time in two years. Team India skipper M S Dhoni, pacer Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Pragyan Ojha and Rohit Sharma unveiled the jersey.
The occasion became more special when former players like Venkatesh Prasad, Vinod Kambli, Robin Singh and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan were also present wearing the old blue jersey of the Team India.
This time the colour of the jersey is totally different from the traditional colour, which the players were wearing. Skipper MS Dhoni also praised the new jersey.

Stiff Kiwi test awaits India's Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni faces the toughest challenge of his fairytale-like career to date when he leads India in New Zealand from this month, his first full tour as captain.
The 27-year-old has reached dizzy heights in a short space of time, rising from a lowly and poorly paid railway employee in his home town Ranchi in eastern India to become one of the country's most celebrated sportsmen. The dashing batsman-wicketkeeper, who made an uninspiring one-day debut in December 2004, captained India when senior players opted out of the inaugural Twenty20 world championships in South Africa in 2007.
Dhoni and his rank outsiders went on to win the tournament and he found himself elevated to both the one-day captaincy and deputy to Test skipper Anil Kumble after Rahul Dravid resigned. Dhoni was finally given charge for all three forms last October when Kumble called it a day, even as critics feared the excessive workload of keeping wicket and leading the team could burn him out.
But the cool, composed and supremely fit Dhoni has shrugged off any concerns, securing wins in four of his five Tests as captain, with the fifth ending in a draw. Under him, India have won 28 of 46 one-day matches and six of 10 Twenty20 internationals, raising Dhoni to the status of cult figure in the cricket-obsessed country.

Dhawal, Balaji in Test squad for New Zealand series

Mumbai pacer Dhawal Kulkarni is the only new face in the 16-member Indian Test squad scheduled to tour New Zealand while Tamil Nadu paceman Lakshmipathy Balaji is back in the team after a prolonged injury-enforced break.
Also returning to the Indian squad is off-spinner Harbhajan Singh who missed the recent tour of Sri Lanka owing to injury, while wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik figures in all the three squads as a cover for skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The national selection committee that met here Friday announced the Indian teams for the three Test matches, five ODIs and two Twenty20 matches for the New Zealand series starting Feb 25.
Twenty20 Team: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Virender Sehwag (vice-captain), Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Zaheer Khan, Suresh Raina, Irfan Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha, Praveen Kumar and Dinesh Karthik.
ODI Team: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Virender Sehwag (vice-captain), Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha, Praveen Kumar, Harbhajan Singh and Dinesh Karthik.
Test Team: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Virender Sehwag (vice-captain), Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, V.V.S. Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, Murali Vijay, Amit Mishra, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Dhawal Kulkarni and Dinesh Karthik.

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MS Dhoni gets temple in Ranchi

In a country of gods and god men, a new god has emerged. Indian cricket captain MS Dhoni’s fans have elevated him as a god. In Ranchi, they are building India's first temple where the Indian cricket legend Dhoni would be worshipped by his fans..
MS Dhoni
Photo: News as appeared in New York Post, USA.
Once the construction is done, a white marble statue of the sports star will be placed in the middle of the temple. The temple’s walls will also have carvings of ’Dhoni in action’.
According to Dhoni fan club’s president Jitendra Singh, "Dhoni is god to cricket and we have decided to construct a temple. He will be worshipped like other gods are worshipped in temples." Dhoni was quite modest about the whole idea but expressed his doubts of being worshipped by his fan-cum-disciples. Describing the fans’ decision as extreme passion for cricket and their star, Indian cricket historian and Oxford scholar Boria Mazumdar said that he would not call it madness because it would simply dismiss emotions of Dhoni’s fans.
It may be recalled that Dhoni guided India to clinch Twenty20 inaugural World Cup against arch-rival Pakistan and also helped his country win a series of important matches at home and away against Australia and England.

India in Sri Lanka Cricket Series 2009

IND v SL, T20, Colombo: Pathan brothers lead India to Twenty20 win

Brothers Irfan and Yusuf Pathan plundered 59 runs off 25 balls as world champions India posted a thrilling three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the one-off Twenty20 international match at Colombo on Tuesday.
India were struggling at 115-7 chasing a 172-run target before the Pathan duo steered their side home with four balls to spare in the first-ever Twenty20 game in Sri Lanka.
Yusuf, who had earlier taken two wickets with his off-spin, remained unbeaten with a 10-ball 22 with the help of two sixes and one boundary. He was named man of the match for his all-round display. His younger brother Irfan finished the match when he swung paceman Lasith Malinga over mid-wicket for a six. He cracked two sixes and as many boundaries in his 16-ball 33 not out.
"There are a lot of youngsters in our team and stiff matches like these are a great learning experience. Their spinners bowled really well and made our batsmen struggle," said India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Sri Lanka skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan (61) earlier smashed a maiden half-century to help his side set a challenging target after being dropped in the opening over. He had yet to open his account at that stage.
IND v SL, T20, Colombo: India 174-7 (19.2 overs) beat Sri Lanka 171-4 (20.0 overs) by 3 wickets

IND v SL, 5th ODI, Colombo: Sri Lanka beat India by 68 runs (IND 4:1)

Sri Lanka ended India's nine-match winning run with a 68-run consolation success in Sunday's one-day international in Colombo.
Nuwan Kulasekara picked up the wickets of Gautam Gambhir and Suresh Raina as India struggled in pursuit of 321 in the fifth and final ODI of a series they have nonetheless won 4-1.
The defeat halted India's run of nine straight wins in limited-overs internationals that began with a 5-0 rout of England at home and has lifted Mahendra Singh Dhoni's team to No. 2 behind South Africa in one-day rankings.
Dilshan made 97 off 117 balls while Sangakkara (84) scored his third successive half century of the series in Sri Lanka's formidable total of 320-8 in 50 overs - the home team's best batting effort in the series.
India lost wickets at regular intervals and never looked to threaten a strong Sri Lankan total before it was bowled out for 252 in 48.5 overs.
Sri Lanka 320-8 (50.0 overs) beat India 252 (48.5 overs) by 68 runs

IND v SL, 4th ODI, Colombo: India claim ninth victory in a row (IND 4:0)

India notched up the record-breaking ninth consecutive win, in a match that was suspended midway through, for 22 minutes, due to unruly crowd behaviour. The match also saw Muttiah Muralitharan celebrating his record 503rd ODI wicket, in his 328th one-day international. He dismissed Gautam Gambhir in his 10th and final over to move above former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram at the top of the list. Averaging over six wickets per match, Muralitharan is also Test cricket’’s leading wicket-taker with 769 victims in 125 matches. Man of the Match Gautam Gambhir's 150 helped India post 332 for five and they bowled their hosts out for 265 to secure a 67-run win over Sri Lanka at the R. Premadesa Stadium in Colombo.
India 332-5 (50.0 overs) beat Sri Lanka 265 (48.0 overs) by 67 runs

Malinga named in Sri Lanka Twenty20 squad

Fast bowler Lasith Malinga has been included in Sri Lanka's squad for next week's Twenty20 match against India, selectors announced at Colombo on Tuesday.
Malinga, out of action due to a knee injury, made his last international appearance in February 2008 in a one-dayer against Australia in Melbourne. He has so far played 28 Tests, 53 one-dayers and seven Twenty20 matches. The Twenty20 game starts here on February 10.
The selectors kept the same one-day squad for the last two games of the ongoing five-match series against the tourists, to be held here on Thursday and Sunday.
Sr Lanka Twenty20 squad: Tillakaratne Dilshan (Captain), Sanath Jayasuriya, Jehan Mubarak, Chamara Kapugedera, Chamara Silva, Indika de Saram, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando, Farveez Maharoof, Kaushal Weeraratne, Malinga Bandara, Jeevantha Kulatunga, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Mahela Udawatte, Thilan Thushara.

IND v SL, 3rd ODI, Colombo: India beat Sri Lanka by 147 runs to seal series (IND 3:0)

Yuvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag cracked blistering centuries as a ruthless India clinched the five-match cricket series against Sri Lanka by spanking the hosts by 147 runs in the third ODI at Colombo.
Electing to bat first, India rode on a 221-run stand for the third wicket between Sehwag (116) and Yuvraj (117) to amass 363 for five, their highest score in Sri Lanka.
Chasing the mammoth total, Sri Lanka folded for 216 in 41.4 overs, despite Kumar Sangakkara's defiant 83 off 82 balls. Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha did the maximum damage to Sri Lanka, claiming four for 38.
India thus took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series and both the teams will square off again here on Thursday for the fourth match.
The capacity crowd at the R Premadasa Stadium found the only solace when off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan removed Yuvraj to equal Wasim Akram's world record tally of 502 ODI scalps. This was India's highest total on Sri Lankan soil, eclipsing the previous best of 307 for 6 in 1998 at the same venue.
IND v SL, 3rd ODI, Colombo: India 363-5 (50.0 overs) beat Sri Lanka 214 (41.4 overs) by 147 runs

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