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Poem- Going to a cricket match

Hello everyone,

I just wrote this poem a little  while ago, it’s called “going to a cricket match.” Hope you enjoy 🙂

 

When we go to the match I say,

“Oh I can’t wait to see them play!”

Be it India or RCB,

ODI or T20

It’s worth every penny you pay

 

When the players dive to hit the stump

Even the ones that are plump!

Everyone’s cheering,

Can take away your hearing ,

And just make you want to jump.

 

And then they begin to play,

And you watch them fire away!

As the boundaries keep coming,

And the wickets keep tumbling,

It can really just make your day.

 

And as that last, tense over is bowled,

Everyone in the crowd goes cold.

They can’t fail;

They must prevail,

Even if the worst is foretold.

 

Let go of now and here,

We have a victory to cheer!

Amidst the banners flying,

I felt like crying,

So beautiful was the atmosphere.

 

Now I am in their debt,

For all their fret,

To make this one moment,

Ah, this one moment,

One that I will never forget.

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The Grand Finale- Lions vs Sixers

The group matches are over. The semifinals are over. The final is here. And the Highveld Lions will take on the Sydney Sixers in a thrilling contest. The Lions, using their home-field advantage, have played clinical cricket, and have edged past everyone, excluding their one game against the Sixers. The Sixers on the other hand, have utterly destroyed every team that they’ve faced so far, and despite Shane Watson’s departure mid-way, their team lost none of it’s potency. They were still strong with the bat, and clean with the ball. Brad Haddin must be very proud of his side. This game is currently being advertised as “Home favorites vs Tournament favorites”. For the Lions, their spearheads Dirk Nannes and Sohail Tanvir have done a  good job upfront, and left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso has slowed down the ball as the game progresses. In terms of their batting I think Neil McKenzie and Gulam Bodi have been the top two. Skipper Alviro Petersen will want to find some form, as he’s not looked in great touch so far. For the Sixers, their batting has been lead by Micheal Lumb, and supported by Steve Smith. Still, it is their pace duo of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, assisted by Josh Hazelwood, that’s won them the majority of their games. Like I said in my previous post, this tournament has been a bowler’s tournament. With the 180 mark being crossed only twice, this tournament has been looked down on by the previous edition of CLT20, in which RCB alone hit 200+ three times in a row. Still, expect a cracking contest. And to conclude, let me give you a few clashes that should be interesting (all of my predictions on the WCT20 final came true 😀 )

Mitchell Starc vs Gulam Bodi- In their previous meeting Bodi played a valuable knock upfront, and the Lions will be more than happy if he can do it again. Starc on the other hand, would do a great service to the Sixers by removing him early.Micheal Lumb vs Dirk Nannes- Nannes has been pivotal in getting early breakthroughs for the Lions. Lumb, on the other hand, is someone who can either lay anchor, or go for it from ball one. So if Nannes can remove Lumb, nothing like it.

Steve ‘O Keefe vs Neil McKenzie and Sohail Tanvir- In the second semifinal, O’ Keefe bowled very economically, despite going wicketless. So if McKenzie can latch on to him, it will be a big bonus for the Lions. On the other hand if O’ Keefe can knock over McKenzie, it would make the Sixers’ day. Also, O’ Keefe openned the innings in that same game. So if he does open again, then Tanvir will want to knock him over. Also O’ Keefe won the Man of the Match yesterday despite going wicketless, which means he really hit well. So if he latches on to Tanvir, game’s on.

 

May the best team win!

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Cricket so far

Sorry about the lateness of this article…haven’t had much time to blog lately. So anyway, let me give you a brief preview of what’s happened in the world of cricket so far. The Sri Lankans failed yet again to win a final as the West Indies ‘gangnam styled’ home and took the cup with them. In the CLT20, the Delhi Daredevils are currently the only unbeaten IPL team in the competition, as they beat the Kolkata Knight Riders by a massive 52 runs, and Chennai and Mumbai suffered defeats in the hands of the Sydney Sixers and the Highveld Lions respectively. Also, the Naushua Titans, a new team in CLT20 history, beat the Perth Scorchers by a comprehensive 6 wickets in the opener. Another piece of news is that after several long days of debate and court trials, BCCI has terminated the Deccan Chargers franchise, and has opened bids for a new franchise. And this will definitely have an impact on the next IPL auctions, which should take place sometime in February or March. So now I’m going to conclude with some upcoming cricket. So until next time, adios. 😉

Aukland Aces vs Kolkata Knight Riders (Today, 8:00 PM IST) 

Sydney Sixers vs Yorkshire (Tomorrow, 4:00 PM IST) 

Chennai Super Kings vs Highveld Lions (Tomorrow, 8:00 PM IST) 

The West Indies ‘Gangnam Styled’ home

Unmukt Chand’s 27-ball 40 took DD to a competitive total

Moises Henriques’ fiesty 23-ball 49 helped The Sixers overcome CSK

Neil McKenzie’s 41-ball 64 carried the Highveld Lions home safely against MI

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Malinga fiver sinks England

Yesterday night a ferocious 5-wicket haul from Lasith Malinga knocked England out of the Super 8s, and assured Sri Lanka a berth in the semifinals. After posting a decent total of 169-6, the Sri Lankans were troubled by Luke Wright, who was opening in the absence of keeper Craig Kieswetter. However, Malinga removed Wright, took out Johnny Bairstow, and smashed into the pads of Alex Hales to leave England at 18-3 in 3 overs. Then Samit Patel and Eoin Morgan began to revive the innings, before spinner Akila Dananjaya removed Morgan, which triggered a collapse, in which Malinga and Ajantha Mendis took out Ravi Bopara (1) Jos Butler (8) and Stuart Broad (1). Then came a furious counterstrike from Patel and Greame Swann, which took England within range of the total. However, Malinga broke through Patel (67 of 48) to get his fifth wicket to end with 5-32 in his 4, and that was it. A little while later Swann (34 in 20) was bowled by Nuwan Kulasekara, leaving Steve Finn and Jade Dernbach to scratch a few singles to end the English innings at 150-9, 19 runs too short. The only bowler whom they could go after was Ajantha Mendis, and they docked him for 40 in his 4. To get to 169, Sri Lanka were guided by Mahela Jaywardene, who continued his great form for his 38-ball 42. He was well assisted by Tillakaratne Dilshan (16 of 12) and Kumar Sangakkara (13 of 12) before he was removed by Greame Swann. Then some thick resistance from the middle order came in the form of Angelo Matthews, who made useful partnerships with Jeevan Mendis (18 of 13) and Lahiru Thirimanne before Thisara Perera (26 of 16) wrapped up the innings with flurry. Once again Jade Dernbach was expensive, going for 42 in his 4. So a sad end to the defending champions’ reign, but better luck next time! Do join us for Australia vs Pakistan at 3:30 PM in Sri Lankan time today. Until then, adios!

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West Indies take home game on Super Over

Today the West Indies took home a thriller as they beat New Zealand in the Super Over. After being bowled out for 139, Sunil Narine brought out magic in his last 2 overs, giving 6 runs and taking 2 wickets. And that was what gave the Windies the momentum to keep going. For the Kiwis, Ross Taylor starred, with a superb 40-ball 62. Despite that gem of an innings Doug Bracewell failed to take the second run in the last ball of the innings, and was run out. In the super over, New Zealand, powered by Ross Taylor’s 5-ball 14, made it to a very competitive total of 17. After that, the Kiwis would have expected some magic from Tim Southee, but instead was walloped for a huge six by Chris Gayle, and to add to the injury, it was an overstep no-ball. So with 7 on the board without a legal delivery bowled yet, Gayle and Marlon Samuels tapped around 1s and 2s, before hitting a huge six in the fifth ball to end the game. So in the end, despite the tremendous effort by Ross Taylor, who scored 76 in the 45 balls he faced in the entire innings. Sunil Narine was named Man Of The Match for his efforts figures of 4-0-20-3. So New Zealand will be packing their bags, while the West Indies will be awaiting the result of England vs Sri Lanka. So adios, see you later! 🙂

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Pakistan trip spirited Bangladesh

Despite  valiant effort from Shakib Al Hasaan, Bangladesh were still denied entrance into the Super 8s by a stunning knock from Imran Nazir, which the Bangladeshis couldn’t withstand. Chasing 176 for victory, Nazir started with a boundary in the very first ball, and never turned back. He blasted a vicious 36-ball 72, before he fell to Abdul Hassan. During this time, skipper Mohammed Hafeez was steadily building the innings, but was doing it at less than a run a ball (not that he needed to). He too fell to Hasaan, but Nasir Jamshed (29 in 14) and Kamran Akmal (22 of 15) made sure that there was no hiccup, winning by 8 wickets. To get t 175, Bangladesh started pretty well, with Tamin Iqbal (24 in 12) going berserk and Mohammed Ashraful (14 in 13) playing himself in, but Sohail Tanvir knocked over Ashraful and Hafeez ran out Iqbal, leaving Bangladesh at 61-2 in 5.5 overs. From there Shakib, accompanied by captain-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim, took Bangladesh to 129  before Rahim fell. Then Shakib played some good shots, but they missed that late push, so they ended up at 175-6, a total which proved to be to little for Pakistan. So of all the ends I’ve seen so far, Bangladesh’s was best fought. So there’s no match today, but we’ll see you for the first match of the Super 8s, New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, tomorrow. So until then, adios!

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Imran Nazir playing a shot during his ballistic 36-ball 72

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Rain-soaked West Indies qualify for Super 8s

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A wet end to Ireland’s tournament….:(

Yet another West Indies game dampened. Maybe they should wear raincoats for their next match 😛 Anyway, After a rain-washed encounter with Australia, which they lost, the West Indies would have wanted to keep their feet dry for the Ireland game. Unfortunately they were unable to finish the match as it was called off with Ireland at 129-6 after 19 overs. Unfortunately for the Irishmen, the net runrate played in favor of the Windies, so they couldn’t qualify. The Windies looked really positive as Fidel Edwards gave Irish skipper William Porterfield his second golden duck, crashing his stumps in ball 1. Then Paul Stirling offered some resistance, but he fell to Darren Sammy. Then Ed Joyce was bowled by Narine for 17, after which a strong stand came between keepers Niall O’ Brien and Gary Wilson. Then Chris Gayle, who smashed a glorious fifty against Australia, came back and bowled his best figures since around IPL 2011. He had Wilson caught behind (pure irony that), and knocked over O’ Brien’s stumps. Kevin O’ Brien went for a slow 15-ball 13, but some late runs from Trent Johnston (15 of 10) and Nigel Jones (14 of 11) took them to 129 in 19 overs, after which rain took over, forcing the match to be abandoned. So a very sad end to the Irish bid for the cup, so catch us for the last game of the league stage, Bangladesh vs Pakistan. Adios, have a great day 🙂

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Bhajji, Chawla burn through England

Together Indian spinners Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla undermined the England batting to give India an inspiring 90-run win in the ICC World Cup T20. The bowling India produced today was nothing like the show they had produced against Afghanistan, but curiously, more like the show England pulled against Bangladesh. The circumstances were interesting, as India had left out offie R. Ashwin, spearhead Zaheer Khan, and opener Virender Sehwag. Even more as Irfan Pathan walked out with Gautam Gambhir to open. Despite losing Irfan to Steve Finn early on, a strong 57-runs stand between Gambhir and the always-in-form Virat Kohli. When Kohli fell in the 11th over, Rohit Sharma played a superb 33-ball 55 to take them to 170-4. For England, Craig Kieswetter’s 25-ball 35 was the highest score, which was more than England’s numbers 3-8 put together. Harbhajan and Chawla spun a web of magic, in which they trapped 6 English batsmen, and finished with figures of 8-3-25-6, which was too good for England. They were bowled out for 80 in 14.4 overs, which is simply not natural, and agains shows you how well Chawla and Bhajji bowled. Harbhajan Singh was named Man Of The Match for his figures of 4-2-13-4. So adios, catch you next time!

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How to make a good cricket match report

Hello everyone, and today I bring you my 100th blog post!!! Woo Hoo!!! So for my 100th blog post, I have decided to write a post on how to make a post!!! Wowwee!!! So, now I’m going to tell you some things you can keep in mind when creating a match report. So let’s go!!!

West Indies (120-9, Pollard 50, Franklin 2-21) beat New Zealand (119-10, McCullum 40 Pollard 5-10) by 1 run

So let’s say you are asked to write a match report on a match with the following stats. Then how would you do it? Firstly, you’ll need a catchy title. Don’t use something drab like “New Zealand lose to West Indies by 1 run”. Make it catchy, use the stats in the scorecard, and now let’s try something like “Pollard’s all-round show scripts thrilling win for West Indies”. Much better, don’t you think? You can use any sort of title, but make sure you describe either the atmosphere of the result, or the effects of the result. For example something like “Pollard denies New Zealand semi-final berth”, or “West Indies hold their nerve to qualify for semifinals”. Note that you don’t have to always include both sides of the result. Like you don’t have to include the entire statement :”West Indies beat New Zealand”. It can just say “New Zealand lost” or “West Indies won”. Still, make sure that you mention the result. Next, say what you meant to say in your title with a bit of elaboration, like “Today Kieron Pollard starred as West Indies beat New Zealand to qualify for the semifinal”. Next, add a statistic, or a fact, if available, like “this was the first time New Zealand have failed to qualify for the semifinals”. Then sort of add a gist of how this situation came to be set up, like “After losing openers Chris Gayle and Dwayne Smith with only 7 on the board, Pollard steadied the innings with some good batting to keep the West Indies afloat.” Then add statistics. Big numbers. These numbers will always hold your audience to your writing. So try something like “Other than Pollard, only Darren Sammy (36) reached double figures. And continue for both innings. Make sure you cover all the important points, and add some exaggeration, like “Sammy tried to run himself out three times, before he was finally run out on a suicidal second run”. Such puns may arouse a bit of criticism but will keep your audience hooked. And finally, finish with who was Man Of The Match, and some of the effects that this game has had. After that try and state what will happen later, and conclude your report. So I hope this article was helpful for you, and have fun writing your articles!!! 🙂

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de Villiers steams through rain-soaked Sri Lanka

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Captain-keeper AB de Villiers en-route to his 13-ball 30

AB de Villers’ brilliant 13-ball 30 helped South Africa beat the hosts Sri Lanka by 32 runs in a rain-soaked affair. Due to the rain, the match was reduced to 7 overs a side. On winning the toss, Mahela Jaywardene did what nearly any captain would do when there’s rain: bowled first. They got off to a good start as Nuwan Kulasekara had Richard Levi caught. However, then came something very rare, and very valuable. Amla going berserk. He took a boundary of Kulasekara, before launching Malinga for 12 in the second over. However, he was stumped of Rangana Herath a little while later. That’s when captain AB walked out to bat. His straightforward assault left the Sri Lankan attack, which was missing Ajantha Mendis, without answers. He sunk his teeth into Malinga and Herath, ruining their figures. AB eventually perished to Malinga, but JP Duminy (12 in 5) ensured that AB’s effort did not go in vain.  Eventually they made it to a mighty 76-4 in their 7 overs. To get there, Sri Lanka would have needed something special from Tillakaratne Dilshan. However that did not happen as he was run out by Albie Morkel before he could face a delivery. Soon Steyn snapped up Jaywardene, which pretty much summed it up for the Lankans. From 8-2 in 2 overs, Kumar Sangakkara, along with Dilshan Munaweera, played some shots to keep the home crowd from crying. Soon Kallis snapped up Sangakkara, and that was the game. Jeevan Mendis and Lahiru Thirimanne tapped the ball around a bit, but the game was over before it started. In the bowling department, Morne Morkel bowled 2-0-8-0, Steyn bowled 2-0-10-2, and Albie Morkel bowled 1-0-8-1. SO South Africa really are looking a side in form now, and as for the Lankans, it just wasn’t their day. Adios! See you!

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