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Cricket News September 2005

India win first-ever women's cricket series

India routed Pakistan by eight wickets in the third one-day match in Lahore on Saturday, taking the first-ever women's cricket series between the arch rivals 3-0, with one match still to be played.
Pakistan, who went down by 33 and 30 runs respectively in the first two matches earlier in the week, once again failed to put up a big total. India's under-21 team successfully chased a 158-run target for the loss of only two wickets after they bundled their opponents out for 157 in 38.5 overs.

Two captains for India?

Following the Ganguly-Chappell make up, BCCI is thinking of having separate captains for the Indian Test and ODI teams. The six-member review committee, which made the captain and coach kiss and make up, is scheduled to meet next month and on top of its agenda is the proposal to bifurcate captaincy. It's still not clear who would be the ODI captain and who the Test captain.
A possible scenario will be Rahul Dravid as ODI captain and Ganguly as Test skipper.

Ganguly-Chappell camps

There has been a clear polarisation in the team, into pro-Ganguly and pro-Chappell camps. The most vocal member of the pro-Ganguly camp has been Harbhajan Singh, who became the first member of this team to come out in defence of Ganguly, accusing Chappell of instilling "fear and insecurity" and slamming him for "double standards.
Meanwhile, the Punjab Cricket Association issued a show-cause notice against Harbhajan, asking him to meet its Secretary at the earliest. The BCCI has asked all Indian players to refrain from making any statement to the media, after Harbhajan Singh's outburst against coach Greg Chappell. Former Indian coach Anshuman Gaekwad said a person had to be intimately involved with the team to know whether Ganguly creates differences among team members. "But if that was indeed the case, the team would not have done well under him... If he does not command respect within the team, he would not have achieved the results he has," he said.
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. Vengsarkar, also chairman of Indian cricket boards talent resource development wing, said he also wanted the board to find out why and by whom a confidential email had been leaked to the media as this development was likely to undermine Chappells faith in confidentiality that is followed by Indian board officials.
Another former captain Chandu Borde wondered whether what he read in the papers could be believed. "The matter looks very serious and the BCCI needs to look into the issue at the earliest as the issues raised by Chappell may spell an end to Gangulys career itself," Borde said from Pune. In two days a panel including former captains Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and Srinivas Venkataraghavan, will hear from Chappell and Ganguly. India Cricket Live

Chappell's e-mail

Greg Chappell's e-mail to the BCCI. This was first shown by India TV and published by DNA in Mumbai.
Due to comments made by Mr Sourav Ganguly during the press conference following his innings in the recently completed Test match in Bulawayo and the subsequent media speculation I would like to make my position clear on two points. 1. At no stage did I ask Mr Ganguly to step down from the captaincy of the Indian team and;
2. At no stage have I threatened to resign my position as Indian team coach. Mr Ganguly came to me following the recently completed tri-series of one-day matches here in Zimbabwe and asked me to tell him honestly where he stood as a player in my view. I told him that I thought he was struggling as a player and that it was affecting his ability to lead the team effectively and that the pressure of captaincy was affecting his ability to play to his potential. I also told him that his state of mind was fragile and it showed in the way that he made decisions on and off the field in relation to the team, especially team selection.... .... On at least one occasion he did change the team and on the morning of the final I had to talk him out of making another last-minute change that I believe would have destroyed team morale and damaged the mental state of the individuals concerned... His reluctance to bat first in games I suggested was also giving wrong signals to the team and the opposition and his nervousness at the crease facing bowlers like Shane Bond from NZ was also affecting morale in the dressing room.... The following day Sourav batted in the match against Zimbabwe 'A' team in the game in Mutare. I am not sure of the exact timing of events because I was in the nets with other players when Sourav went in to bat, but the new ball had either just been taken or was imminent when I saw Sourav walking from the field holding his right arm. I assumed he had been hit and made my way to the players' area where Sourav was receiving treatment from the team physiotherapist, John Gloster.
Sourav had complained of pain to his elbow at various stages of the one-day series, but he had resisted having any comprehensive investigation done and, from my observation, had been spasmodic in his treatment habits, often not using ice-packs for the arm that had been prepared for him....
.... After the loss of Kaif, Yuvraj and Karthik to the new ball, Sourav returned to the crease with the ball now around 20 overs old. He struggled for runs against a modest attack and eventually threw his wicket away trying to hit one of the spinners over the leg side. The next day I enquired with a number of the players as to what they had thought of Sourav's retirement. The universal response was that it was 'just Sourav' as they recounted a list of times when Sourav had suffered from mystery injuries that usually disappeared as quickly as they had come. This disturbed me because it confirmed for me that he was in a fragile state of mind and it was affecting the mental state of other members of the squad. When we arrived in Bulawayo I decided I needed to ask Sourav if he had over-played the injury to avoid the danger period of the new ball as it had appeared to me and others within the touring party that he had protected himself at the expense of others... More of Greg Chappells' e-mail

India Zimbabwe Two Test Series 2005

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Second Test: Paceman Pathan inspires India win

Irfan Pathan produced another quality performance as India completed a 10-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the the second Test in Harare. Pathan took 5-67 for match figures of 12-126 as the home side were bowled out for 223, a lead of only 17 runs. Zimbabwe at least escaped an innings defeat thanks to Hamilton Masakadza (71) and Andy Blignaut (84 not out), who shared a stand of 116. India, notched up their first series victory outside the subcontinent since 1986, by reaching 21-0 to wrap up a 2-0 series win with two days to spare. Earlier Pathan and Zaheer Khan did the bulk of the bowling with spinners Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble given only a handful of overs by skipper Sourav Ganguly. Zaheer Khan took 4 for 58. The left-arm paceman Irfan Pathan's sixth five-wicket haul in 15 Tests gave him 21 wickets in the series, equalling the world record for a two-Test series. Left-arm spinner Johnny Briggs took 21 wickets in two Tests for England against South Africa in 1888/89, a feat matched by Anil Kumble against Pakistan in 1999. Scores: India 366 & 21-0 beat Zimbabwe 161 & 223 by 10 wickets
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Indian board to probe Ganguly-Chappell row

The Indian cricket board will investigate the reported rift between Saurav Ganguly and Greg Chappell after the tour of Zimbabwe, president Ranbir Mahendra said on Sunday. "Whatever has appeared in the press, that is there," Mahendra told Reuters, referring to media reports suggesting a falling out between coach and captain.
Ganguly, under pressure to retain his place after a prolonged batting slump, has told reporters he was asked to step down before the first test at Bulawayo. "It's true, I was asked to step down but that's all I have to say at this stage," Ganguly said on Thursday after scoring 101, his first test hundred since late 2003. He did not directly name Australian Chappell, who said he had only discussed the team composition and certain other issues after India wrapped up an innings victory inside four days.
Ganguly has notched up an Indian record 49 tests as captain but has been slammed in the media for making dressing room discussions public. India Cricket Live

First Test: India crush Zimbabwean resistance

India thrashed Zimbabwe by an innings and 90 runs in Bulawayo despite a brave lower-order resistance from the hosts on day four of the first Test. Resuming on 67-6 and still 208 runs shy of making India bat again, Zimbabwe managed 185 in their second innings with skipper Tatenda Taibu making 52. Harbhajan Singh finished off the tail to return figures of 4-59. India's left-arm paceman Irfan Pathan was named Man of the Match for his match haul of 9-111. The second and final Test gets under way in Harare on Tuesday. Scores: Zimbabwe 279 & 185 lost to India 554 by an innings and 90 runs.

ICC slams 'inaccurate' cricket match-fixing reports

The International Cricket Council has slammed "utterly inaccurate" media reports of alleged match fixing during the Zimbabwe tri-series won by New Zealand this month. The Times of India website yesterday reported the ICC had deployed two of its officials to India to investigate the allegations.
The ICC today released a terse statement rejecting the report. "We do not normally comment on the operational activities of the ICC anti-corruption and security unit but in light of the volume of utterly unfounded reports relating to the recent tri-series in Zimbabwe it is important to make it clear that there is no investigation being undertaken into this series," ICC chief executive Malcolm Speed said.
"It is disappointing to see such wild and unfounded accusations circulating in the media and we have taken the unusual step of commenting on this speculation as we do not wish the reputation of the sport, the teams or the players to be tarnished by utterly inaccurate media reports." India Cricket Live

Astle leads Kiwis to Videocon Tri-series glory

A magnificent unbeaten century from Nathan Astle guided New Zealand to a four-wicket victory over India in the triangular series final in Harare. Skipper Stephen Fleming hit 61 from 66 balls. Astle reached 100 with a six and shared an unbroken 72 with Lou Vincent as victory came with 11 balls to spare.
Earlier Mohammad Kaif hit an unbeaten 93 but India faltered after an opening stand of 72 in 13 overs, losing nine wickets for 121 in a total of 276. Sehwag (75) and Ganguly (31) gave India a solid start. Sehwag's dismissal at 155 and Dravid's nought for the same score changed the complexion of the innings, with only 55 runs added for the loss of three wickets in the next 15 overs. India 276 (49.3 overs) lost to New Zealand 278-4 (48.1 overs) by six wickets.
Man of the match: Nathan Astle
Man of the series: Shane Bond

India triumph over Zimb after early scare in Videocon Tri-series

India overcame a difficult start to their reply before overhauling Zimbabwe's score of 250 with 11 balls to spare in Harare on Sunday. It was the final round robin match of Zimbabwe's home triangular one-day series - India and New Zealand will contest Tuesday's final.
At one stage India were 36-4 with a mounting required run rate. But Yuvraj Singh (120) and Mahendra Dhoni (67 not out) righted the ship and Zimbabwe were beaten by four wickets.
Ajit Agarkar finished with 3-34 while debutant Rudra Pratap Singh, who opened the bowling, had figures of 2-44. India rested left-arm seamers Irfan Pathan and Ashish Nehra. Zimbabwe 250 all out lost to India 255-6 by 4 wickets.

Kaif century inspires India win over NZ in Videocon Tri-series

Mohammad Kaif struck an unbeaten century as India ended New Zealand's unbeaten record in the triangular series with a six-wicket victory. Kaif struck 11 fours and was joined by Mahendra Dhoni, who smashed three fours and successive sixes in 37 off 27 balls to seal the win with 15 balls to spare. The Indian requirement went from 56 off the final 10 overs to 30 from the last five, but Dhoni eased any concerns by launching successive sixes off substitute spinner Jeetan Patel, who was making his debut.
New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat, posting 278-9 from 50 overs. Scott Styris (56) and Craig McMillan (40) put on 87 after Stephen Fleming had launched the innings with 47. New Zealand 278-9 lost to India 279-4 (47.3 overs) by 6 wickets.

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Super test day 4: Australia thrash World XI

Australia's spinners ripped through the World XI to record a convincing 210-run victory on day four of the Super Series Test in Sydney. Stuart MacGill took four wickets on Monday and Shane Warne three as the World XI were all out for 144.
Resuming on 25-2, the World XI lost Rahul Dravid (23), Brian Lara (36) and Inzamam-ul-Haq (0) before lunch. And with the exception of Jacques Kallis, who was unbeaten on 39, the rest of the batsmen surrendered meekly. MacGill ended with figures of 5-43 off 15 overs and Warne took 3-48 off 19.
Man-of-the-match: Matthew Hayden

Super test day 3: Test set for exciting end

The World XI bowlers hit back on day three of the six-day Super Test, dismissing Australia for 199 in Sydney. But set an imposing 355 to win, the World XI made a shaky start in their second innings, slumping to 25-2 when bad light stopped play early.
Australia lost their last nine wickets for just 47 runs, their worst batting collapse on home soil for 117 years, Matthew Hayden top-scoring with 77.

Super test day 2: Australia on top against World XI

Australia have a commanding lead in the six-day Super Test after bowling out the World XI for 190 in Sydney. Leg-spinners Stuart MacGill and Shane Warne did the damage for the home side, claiming seven wickets between them. By the close of play on day two, Australia had advanced to 66-1, a lead of 221 runs, with Jacques Kallis dismissing Justin Langer for 22.
Lee had World skipper Graeme Smith caught behind for 12, while McGrath removed Rahul Dravid and Brian Lara. Dravid was caught by wicket-keeper Gilchrist for a duck while Lara was lbw for five. India's Virender Sehwag and South African Kallis steadied the World XI ship after lunch until Sehwag holed out to Simon Katich off Warne after making 76. Inzamam-ul-Haq was out for one in the following over, stumped by Gilchrist off MacGill.

Super test day 1: Gilchrist aims for Super century

Australia were 331-6 when bad light ended play on day one, with Gilchrist 94 not out and Shane Warne on one. Vice-captain Gilchrist hit four sixes and eight fours in his 109-ball innings after opener Matthew Hayden made 111.
World skipper Graeme Smith hopes they can restrict Australia to under 400 and then establish a first innings lead. "If we can defend 400 and hopefully bat well, then that's a good position in the game and we can really attack in the second innings.

Shoaib dropped from World XI team

Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar was on Thursday dropped from the World XI team for the Super Test against Australia starting at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday. World XI skipper Graeme Smith, said Shoaib, who was a big disappointment in last week's 3-0 loss to Australia in the one-day Super Series in Melbourne, had been omitted from the 12 member team.
Shoaib, regarded as the fastest bowler, performed below his best conceding 110 runs from 17 overs taking just one wicket in the first two ODI's and did not play the third game. The final World XI team will be chosen before the start of play on Thursday in the one-off six-day Test.

ODI 3: World XI collapse to third defeat

The ICC World XI crashed to another defeat at Melbourne's Telstra Dome as Australia cruised to a 3-0 win in the World Series one-day tournament. With just the Test match in Sydney to come, Australia look to be back in form after their Ashes disappointment.
Brett Lee had a tremendous evening, taking 4-30, after Michael Hussey and Shane Watson had taken the Aussies to another formidable score, 293-5. The World XI were bowled out for 137, Virender Sehwag making 37.

ODI 2: Gilchrist blitz seals series

Adam Gilchrist hit the fastest ever century by an Australian to help the home side beat the World XI by 55 runs and win the one-day Super Series. Gilchrist made his ton from just 73 balls as Australia set the opposition a target of 329 after making 328-4. The batsman-keeper got good support from captain Ricky Ponting (66), Damien Martyn (54) and Simon Katich (47).
Chris Gayle and Kumar Sangakkara made half-centuries and Andrew Flintoff made 42 in reply but it proved not enough.

ODI 1: Australia outplay World all-stars

Australia exploded the myth of their decline as cricket's super power with a convincing 93-run victory over a star-studded World XI in the opening One-Day International of the ICC Johnnie Walker Super Series in Melbourne.
The three-time World Champions produced a solid batting display to put up a challenging 255 for eight, and then followed it up with an immaculate bowling performance to dismiss the World XI for 163 with more than eight overs to spare. The World XI were reduced to smithereens by the blistering force of the Aussies as only two of the specialists in the star-studded line up managed to reach double figures. India's swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid found themselves undone by the searing pace and steep bounce of the track at the roofed Telstra Dome stadium. Only Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara (64) and England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff (38) managed to emerge unscathed.

Super Series warm-up match

The World XI warmed up for the Super Series against Australia by squeaking home with a 12-run win over Victoria. India's Rahul Dravid top-scored with 66 as the World XI scored 281-8 at the Junction Oval in St Kilda.

ICC Champion Australia take on Rest of the World

The International Cricket Council (ICC)'s inaugural ICC Super Series between the ICC World XI team and Australia in October will be the first time when an official #1 world team will take on the rest of the world. The ICC Super Series will see Australia as the number one ranked team in international cricket take on a team of the best players from all other countries in a three-match, one-day series on October 5, 7 and 9 at the Telstra Dome in Melbourne, and a one-off, six-day Super Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground from October 14-19.

Indian Oil Cup 2005 Tri-Series Tally

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COUNTRY SL IND WI
MATCHES 4 4 4
WON 3 2 1
LOST 1 2 3
NRR +.191 +.266 -.460
POINTS 17 13 6
 


Finals: Sri Lanka 281/9 (50 ov) beat India 263/9 (50 ov) by 18 runs.


Pakistan wins 2004-05 ODI series in India

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Pakistan shames India in ODIs Final with victory of 159 Runs

Setting yet another magnificent chapter in the history of Cricket in Pakistan, the zestful skipper Inzamam ul Haq and his men gained an exquisite victory overthrowing India, clutching a significant margin of 159 runs at Feroz Shah Kotla in last One-dayer as well as in six matches ODI series by 4-2 after facing deficit of two matches.
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first on Sunday morning, which was proved to be right as Pakistani openers played well, especially, Shahid Afridi once again gave a marvelous performance, blazing 44 runs knock on 23 balls. Even after dismissal of Afridi, Pakistani batsmen batted with responsibility putting massive total of 304 runs on scoreboard for India. In reply, Indian team only managed to score only 144 runs in 27 overs.
It was a disappointing end to John Wright's five-year stint as India coach as his players failed to rise to the occasion in his farewell match. The fixture was watched for more than an hour in the morning by Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Rana Naveedul Hassan was proclaimed as Man of the Series for gripping 15 wickets in the ODI series.

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.