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India Vs NewZealand Match Called Off !!

India were rocking at 130 for one in 19 overs when rain disrupted the proceedings. After two restarts, the tourists had surged to 188 for four from 28.4 overs when the skies opened yet again. 

Three interruptions had reduced the 50-over game to a 34-over affair, frustrating the motley crowd which hung on patiently for almost four hours before the umpires put them out of their anxiety. The teams move to Christchurch for the third ODI with India leading the five-match series 1-0. 

Virender Sehwag (54) and Sachin Tendulkar (61), prudently playing second fiddle to his adventurous partner, put India in the driver’s seat with a quick-fire 76-run partnership for the first wicket. 

The players of both teams, match officials and spectators observed a minute’s silence before the start of play, in recognition of the attack on the Sri Lankan team in Pakistan this week. Players and officials also wore black armbands during the game.


India Tours New Zealand – Match Schedule !!

India tours New Zealand from Feb to April of this year.The schedule for this matches are:

Day                           Venue                 Match

FEB -Wed -25            Christchurch                     T20

FEB-Fri-27                  Wellington                       T20


Tue 3                               Napier                            1st ODI

Feb 6                              Wellington                        2nd ODI

Sun 8                            Christchurch                       3rd ODI

Wed 11                          Hamilton                           4th ODI

Sat 14                            Auckland                          5th ODI

Wed 18                         Hamilton                           1st TEST MATCH

THUR 26                      Napier                               2nd TEST MATCH


Apr 3                           Wellington                          3rd TEST MATCH



Zaheer fined 80 per cent match fee!!

Indian paceman Zaheer Khan was on Tuesday fined 80 per cent of his match fee for violating the ICC Code of Conduct by running towards Australian opener Matthew Hayden and shouting at him after his dismissal on the fourth day of the second cricket Test here.

Zaheer was found guilty of Level 2 charge under clause C1 of the ICC Code of Conduct which states that players “shall at all times conduct play within the spirit of the game as well as within the Laws of Cricket.”

Zaheer pleaded guilty in the hearing, conducted by match referee Chris Broad, and also attended by all four umpires and India coach Gary Kirsten.
The fast bowler has the right to appeal within 24 hours of the decision.

The incident that led to the charge being laid took place after the fall of the first wicket in Australia’s second innings yesterday.

After Hayden was dismissed by Harbhajan Singh, Khan ran from his fielding position towards the outgoing batsman. He then circled the batsman and shouted at him in an aggressive manner before returning to his team-mates.

“Clearly, this sort of behaviour is not acceptable at any level of cricket — it showed a lack of respect for the player who had been dismissed,” said Broad, a member of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees. 

“Respect for the opposition was something that we talked about in the pre-series meeting I had with both captains and so it was disappointing that Zaheer behaved in this way” Broad said through a press release issued by ICC.

“However, in considering the penalty, I took into account the fact that Zaheer had a good disciplinary record. He also pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and was very apologetic while also promising not to repeat the offence,” Broad said.

The penalty for a Level 2 offence is a fine of between 50 and 100 per cent of the player’s match fee and/or a maximum ban of one Test match or two ODIs.

India romp to historic win over Australia-Mohali Test!!


India needed less than a session on Tuesday to wrap up their biggest Test victory in terms of runs. Their complete dominance over adisintegrating Australia in this second Test, though, meant the result had seemed inevitable for the past two days.Fittingly, it was Zaheer Khan who reverse-swung the lower order out of their misery as three wickets fell for three runs, ramming home India’s distinct superiority over Australia in the pace bowling department. 

This will indeed be remembered as a milestone Test, for many more reasons than Sachin Tendulkar’s incredible feat. 

Personal achievements celebrated with gusto for the past five days inspired a heart-warming team effort, with stand-in skipper and Man of the Match MS Dhoni leading aggressively from the front to alter equations in the series. 

Importantly, the win wasn’t engineered on a tailor-made dustbowl, but on a shirtfront good enough to bat on throughout. This has been one of India’s most convincing home victories. 

Australia’s only moment in the game came when some indiscreet shot-selections reduced India to 163/4 on the first day, but their inexperienced seamers failed to unsettle Tendulkar and Ganguly in unfamiliar conditions and the game wriggled out of their grasp. 

The bowlers did the rest, Zaheer and Ishant looking like they were bowling on a different surface altogether and Amit Mishra making a memorable debut. Harbhajan too came to the party as Australia spent the next few sessions playing catch-up. 

Ponting’s team is not used to being dominated, and once realization dawned that they also lacked the arsenal for combat, the towel was quickly thrown, as early as the final session on Day Three. India’s openers made merry and Dhoni’s bat settled the issue. The world No. l team’s lack of steel has been the most curious aspect to this Test. 

All the pre-tour talk had focused on India’s spinners and Australia’s supposed advantage in the pace department, though none of their seamers had been tested in Indian conditions before. Brett Lee might be a frequent flyer to India but Test cricket isn’t showbiz. He looks a pale shadow of his own self, and needs skiddier surfaces to be more effective. 

Deprived of one of their main weapon, the metronomic Stuart Clark who comes closest to replicating the approach of a Glenn McGrath or a Michael Kasprowicz in these conditions, the Aussies merely went through the motions.