India Cricket News January 2009

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India in Sri Lanka Cricket Series 2009

IND v SL, 2nd ODI, Colombo: India beat Sri Lanka by 15 runs (IND 2:0)

India fended off a spirited challenge by Sri Lanka to snatch a thrilling 15-run victory in the second one-dayer and take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
After posting a competitive 256 for 9, the visitors quelled Sri Lankan late fightback to stop them at 241 with four balls to spare in a pulsating floodlit encounter.
Visiting fast bowler Ishant Sharma, who took three wickets in the first match, returned figures of four for 56 from his nine overs and Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar and Pragyan Ojha chipping in with a wicket apiece.
Thilina Kandamby's brilliant unbeaten 93 went in vain as Indians held on to their nerves in the tense final moments to romp home at the day-nighter. With today's win, India have notched up their seventh consecutive ODI victory.
Electing to bat, India scored 256 for nine with Yuvraj Singh (66) and Virender Sehwag (42) being the main contributors on a slow track at Premadasa stadium.
IND v SL, 2nd ODI, Colombo: India 256-9 (50.0 overs) beat Sri Lanka 241 (49.2 overs) by 15 runs

IND v SL, 1st ODI, Dambulla: India beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets (IND 1:0)

An unflappable Mahendra Singh Dhoni led by example as India relied on a clinical all-round display to thrash Sri Lanka by six wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the five-match cricket ODI series at Dambulla.
Chasing 247, India rode on substantial contributions from Gautam Gambhir (62) and Suresh Raina (54) before losing both the set batsmen but Dhoni (61 not out) was his composed self as he guided the team to victory with 11 balls to spare. The ageing Sanath Jayasuriya's 28th ODI century went in vain as the Indians never allowed the islanders to break loose on a slow track. Kumar Sangakkara contributed 44 as Sri Lanka posted 246 for seven wickets in their allotted 50 overs. Both the teams now move to Colombo for the second match on Saturday.
This was India's sixth ODI win in a row, coming after their 5-0 whitewash of England at home. With a hip injury keeping Virender Sehwag out of action and Sachin Tendulkar (5) back in the hut in the fourth over, the chase on a sluggish track was far from easy. But with Gambhir and Raina on song, India hardly had a reason to worry.
The left-handed duo went on to stitch together a 113-run stand for the second wicket which laid the perfect foundation for a successful chase, besides offsetting the setback of losing Tendulkar early in the innings.
Thilana Thushara's ball had pitched bit outside the leg stump before rapping Tendulkar's pad and Kumar Dharmasena, making his ODI debut as umpire, took his time before upholding the vociferous appeal.
IND v SL, 1st ODI, Dambulla: India 247-4 (48.1 overs) beat Sri Lanka 246-7 (50.0 overs) by 6 wickets

Indian cricket team reaches Colombo

The Indian cricket team, led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, arrived at the Bandaranaike International airport here this afternoon and was received by Sri Lankan officials.
The players were given a warm welcome. A large crowd had turned up to catch a glimpse of the stars as they trooped out from the terminal. The Indians had a practice session in Chennai in the morning from where they boarded a flight to Colombo.
Dhoni and his teammates will take on the hosts in five-match one day series, beginning with the first ODI on Wednesday at Dambulla.

Ravindra Jadeja named in India squad for Sri Lanka tour

India's cricket selectors on Sunday included uncapped all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja for the five one-day matches and a Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka starting later this month.
Jadeja, 20, replaced injured off-spinner Harbhajan Singh in the 15-man squad announced by Indian cricket board's joint secretary Sanjay Jagdale at Mumabi.
"Harbhajan Singh is suffering from a hamstring injury and Jadeja will take his place in the squad," Jagdale said.
Left-handed Jadeja gave a good account of himself in India's premier first-class tournament for the Ranji Trophy, picking 42 wickets from nine matches while scoring 739 runs. Medium-pacer Praveen Kumar was recalled at the expense of batsman Virat Kohli after being ignored for the home one-day series against England which India won 5-0.
India last toured Sri Lanka in July-August 2008, losing the Tests 2-1 before winning the one day series 3-2.
India's team: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Yusuf Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha, Irfan Pathan, Praveen Kumar.

Ranji Trophy 2008-09

MUM v UP, Ranji Trophy Final: Mumbai thrash Uttar Pradesh to win 38th Ranji Trophy title

Dhawal Kulkarni claimed five wickets as Mumbai asserted their supremacy by thrashing Uttar Pradesh by a huge 243-run margin and clinching the Ranji Trophy cricket title for a record 38th time at Hyderabad.
Needing an improbable 525 to win the match on the last day, Uttar Pradesh folded up for 281 in 71.5 overs although the last wicket pair of Amir Khan (43) and Praveen Gupta (25) only delayed the inevitable by stitching a 55-run partnership.

India in Sri Lanka Cricket Series 2009

India tour schedule announced

India will play their first one-day international against Sri Lanka on January 28 in Dambulla, Sri Lanka Cricket announced on Thursday.
Sri Lanka host India in between a two-leg tour of Pakistan, where they are due to play three one-dayers starting next week before returning for two Tests later in February.
India were scheduled to play Pakistan this month but that tour was abandoned due to the Mumbai terror attacks. The Board of Control for Cricket in India then struck a deal with SLC and will play five one-dayers and a Twenty20 international on a tour there instead. Dambulla will also stage the second one-dayer on January 30 before the action shifts to Colombo.
The Premadasa Stadium will host the third and fourth one-dayers on February 2 and 5, while the final game will be played at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) ground on February 8.
The SSC, which is also in the Sri Lankan capital, will host the only Twenty20 international on February 10.

India cricket team to tour Sri Lanka next month

India will play five one-dayers and a Twenty20 international against hosts Sri Lanka next month to help fill the gap created by their cancelled tour of Pakistan, officials said Tuesday.
The dates and venues for the hastily arranged series will be announced within a few days, Indian cricket board secretary N. Srinivasan told reporters after talks with Sri Lankan board officials.
"India and Sri Lanka have a very long and close relationship in cricket, among other things, and we will continue to support Sri Lankan cricket in future," said Srinivasan. Indian media reports said the upcoming tour was likely to take place between February 1-15 and all matches would be played in Colombo.

Ranji Trophy 2008-09

Shukla takes UP to final

Shivkant Shukla remained unbeaten as he posted a patient 178 to steer Uttar Pradesh into the final of the Ranji Trophy for the third time in four years at Nagpur on Wednesday.
UP overhauled Tamil Nadu’s first innings score of 445 to take a vital two-run lead and declare at 447/8 in 192.3 overs to draw the match and book a place in the final.
UP will take on 37-time champions Mumbai in the final that begins in Hyderabad from January 12. Shukla was given a standing ovation for his unbeaten effort.
Tamil Nadu 445 drew with Uttar Pradesh 447-8 d

Mumbai in Ranji Trophy final

Off-spinner Ramesh Powar polished off the Saurashtra tail with a four-wicket haul as Mumbai reached the final of Ranji Trophy by virtue of a 258-run first innings lead at Chennai on Wednesday.
In reply to Mumbai’s first-innings total of 637 for six declared, Saurashtra were bowled out in the first session itself for 379 and the first innings lead put Mumbai in the hunt for a record 38th Ranji title.
Mumbai 637-6 d & 42-1 drew with Saurashtra 379


BCCI introduces Inter-Corporate tournament

The Indian cricket board has decided to conduct an Inter-Corporate prize money tournament to promote employment opportunities for cricket players of the country.
It was decided at the meeting of BCCI working committee held in Mumbai on Saturday. The cricket body would offer lucrative prizes to the winners and encourage the corporate houses to recruit young players for the proposed 50-over and Twenty20 format cricket matches.
The winning teams would be given cash prize of Rs 1 crore and the runner up can enjoy Rs 50 lakh prize. The semi finalists would get Rs 25 lakh. BCCI has appointed its joint secretary and former member of the national selection panel, Sanjay Jagdale as chairman of the committee to implement the board's decision. In addition, K S Viswanathan, Prof. R S Shetty, Chamundeshwaranath, Ranjib Biswal and Anirudh Choudhary are also selected members of the committee.
On revenue losses in the current year, the BCCI said, "The Working Committee noted that there would be a reduction in revenue in the current year to the effect of Rs 120 crore, as a result of the cancellation of two ODIs against England and the cancellation of India's tour to Pakistan. This includes the loss of revenue arising out of the postponement of ICC Champions Trophy 2008."
BCCI is also planning to hold special camps for fast bowlers, spinners and batsmen at Mohali, Chennai and Mumbai respectively.

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