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#3801 Agnostic

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 04:02 AM

Oh South Africa, what have you done? Earlier this month Graeme Smith tweeted an article titled 'Time to ban the 'C' word'. Hold on to that thought Smith, for clearly that time hasn't come yet. South Africa were cruising at 108 for 2 in the 25th over when Jacques Kallis fell and they crash-landed spectacularly to be shot out for 172. The self-destructive streak, demonically masochistic in nature, will perhaps need shrinks to decode it. Once they realised their opponents were cracking under pressure, New Zealand went for the kill with close-in fielders and disciplined bowling, led by Jacob Oram who took four wickets and a great catch.

Even when Kallis fell - to a blinder of a catch from Jacob Oram, rushing to his left at deep midwicket - there wasn't much to suggest that this could turn into another contender for all-time greatest choke in World Cup history. The pitch was slow but there was no sharp turn; the bowlers were disciplined but there was no sensational game-breaking spell; none of the three spinners got much purchase from the wicket; and the total was below par; but for some reason South Africa were feeling extremely claustrophobic.

Their nerves were best represented by the dismissal of JP Duminy, who played an awful shot to open the choke gates. Nathan McCullum slowed up the pace on a delivery that landed on a length, outside off, and Duminy went so hard into an ugly cut that he ended up dragging the ball on to his stumps. With Duminy's fall, South Africa were in a spot of bother at 121 for 4, in the 28th over, and the first signs of something special loomed over Mirpur.

There was more heartbreak for South Africa fans in the next over. Faf du Plessis hit straight to midwicket and ran like a headless chicken. AB de Villiers should perhaps have refused that call but he responded, only to find himself well short of the crease. It was at this moment that New Zealand really sensed that this could be their night.

The moment was so ripe that even Daniel Vettori, not known for sledging, gave some lip to du Plessis and Kyle Mills, who had carried drinks on to the field at the fall of de Villiers, got into the act. A visibly agitated du Plessis shoved Mills, the departing de Villiers returned to support his partner, and eventually the umpires had to get involved. New Zealand's players swooped in to the crime scene and it was a classic Youtube moment. You could almost feel the pressure-cooker situation out there.

New Zealand crowded the bat with close-in men, ready to sledge and eager to pile on the pressure, and Johan Botha cracked in the 33rd over. It was a lovely legcutter from Oram and Botha played down the wrong line to lose his off stump. Oram, who was the man who started it all with that Kallis catch, wasn't done yet. In the 35th over, he lured Robin Peterson into edging an attempted cut to the keeper and South Africa were swaying away like drunken men at 132 for 7. South Africa's nerves were frayed further when Dale Steyn square drove Nathan McCullum in the air to backward point, where who else but Oram accepted the offering.

If Oram was the man in the forefront of New Zealand's resurgence, du Plessis was the man seeking redemption for making that wrong call that led to the run out of de Villiers. In his brief international career, he has already shown a tenacity to remain relatively calm under pressure. And he wasn't ready to throw in the towel. He was on 14 when Steyn fell, and he took ownership of the chase. He rushed down the track to slam Tim Southee to the straight boundary in the 40th over, on drove Vettori to collect another four in the 41st, and even lifted Oram for a thrilling six over long-off in the 43rd over.

It was in the same over that the game turned for one last time, and it was also an over that captured the entire madness of the evening. du Plessis had crashed the first delivery of the over back at Oram who couldn't hold on to a very difficult chance, and once the six was hit, one had to ask the question: was the night turning for Oram? Was it swinging towards du Plessis? But du Plessis sliced the fifth ball straight to extra cover and South Africa had well and truly sunk into oblivion.

The end was a far cry from the way South Africa started the day. They attacked with spin and seam, shuffled their bowlers regularly like a pack of cards, and hustled on the field to keep a tight leash on New Zealand. Jesse Ryder and Ross Taylor were at the forefront of a revival from the depths of 16 for 2; carefully, almost mindful of a potential lower-order collapse on this pitch, Ryder and Taylor battled through. The odd boundary signalled growing comfort, but they never broke away decisively. A nervy equilibrium had been reached by the end of the 30th over with New Zealand reaching 112 for 2 and the game was waiting to be seized. However, both Ryder and Taylor departed in quick succession but Kane Williamson made a vital 38 to push New Zealand to 221.

It shouldn't have been enough, it didn't feel like enough, but it proved enough. It was a crazy crazy night in Mirpur. Ironically, Allan Donald, the man who was involved in the other famous South African choke, was in the other camp tonight.

South Africa chokes AGAIN!
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Posted 30 March 2011 - 05:26 AM

Cricket fanaticism!!! :Khaddafi emot:

Pakistan offers 25 acres to every member of their team if they beat India--never mind if they lose the world cup!!!

Cricket Jihad Part 1

Pakistan declares a public holiday for the semi-finals!!!

Watch the match and to hell with work!!!
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Posted 30 March 2011 - 06:09 PM

India defeated Pakistan and entered world cup final to face sri lanka

For Most Indians the world cup is won already

That means they stopped Pakistan from getting past them, this is Indian point of view

this is more important then winning the cup, then letting Pakistani go past them.

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this same feeling will be there for PAKISTAN PEOPLE or perhaps more as well to stop India from getting past them is more important than winning the cup itself





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Posted 31 March 2011 - 03:14 AM

India defeated Pakistan and entered world cup final to face sri lanka

For Most Indians the world cup is won already

That means they stopped Pakistan from getting past them, this is Indian point of view

this is more important then winning the cup, then letting Pakistani go past them.

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this same feeling will be there for PAKISTAN PEOPLE or perhaps more as well to stop India from getting past them is more important than winning the cup itself

Tendulkar tried his best to get out but Pakistanis dropped 4 catches and let India win.

In the end, India's 260 for 9 was enough as their bowlers did a fine job, but had Pakistan helped themselves, the target could have been so much more gettable. Sachin Tendulkar was dropped four times in his 85, MS Dhoni was put down once and while Wahab Riaz was extremely impressive in collecting five wickets, Umar Gul had one of his most forgettable days, wilting under the pressure of a World Cup semi-final.


Murali vs Sachin will be a treat to watch.




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Posted 31 March 2011 - 03:23 AM

Tendulkar tried his best to get out but Pakistanis dropped 4 catches and let India win.

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Very good observation and comment

may be he might have taken good amount for losing to Pakistan from one betting group

may be another betting group might have paid Pakistani fielders to lose the match

These days no body has any confidence on the performance of the players

The actual players are match fixing group and the betting people

all others like us are given the chance of watching thrilling matches due the turnings and twists popping up due to betting and fixing people

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 06:53 PM

Here goes the true opinion about this 2011 world cup

though all were talking about dream cup of Sachin, he di nothing special except not blocking the way to reach the needed score by his slow run rates.

It is absolutely the right decision fo caption M.S Dhoni to move upwards and take pressure (risk) on his head and played the game

It was absolutely fantastic to see a Caption doing the best and this is called captions innings

The way the world cup came was all the more fantastic - super duper sixer from the very same caption M.S.Dhoni

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Well Srishanth inspite of his addition in the last game to play - did not do any good - with regards to this addition and so good performance, M.S.Dhoni told some thing as well. but i could not get to that.

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Well All I can say is more money and time will be wasted in the up coming IPL this fluke like winning will push our stupid people, to waste millions of productive hours in talking about the IPL etc etc, Till one more team settles down to take India in the right direction

(i.e) Just like hockey losing every where there by making our people to stay away from the cricket thoughts. I love to see that day and waiting for such team to come quick

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 06:54 PM

India won the 2011 cricket world cup today in India
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Posted 04 April 2011 - 03:37 PM

Days after winning millions of hearts with his remark on ending the hatred towards India, Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi disappointed his Indian fans saying that the Indians were not as large-hearted as Pakistanis.

Speaking during a talk show on a Pakistani news channel, Afridi was asked about the relations between India and Pakistan when he responded that the Indians would "never have hearts like Muslims and Pakistanis". He even termed the talks between the two countries futile.

"They (Indians) will never have hearts like Muslims and Pakistanis. It is a very difficult thing for us to live with them (Indians) or to have long-term relationship with them. Nothing will come out of talks. See how many times in the past 60 years we have had friendship and then how many times things have gone bad," Afridi said on Sunday.

In fact, his comment on batsman Gautam Gambhir, who dedicated the ICC World Cup to the victims of 26/11 Mumbai attack, was even more shocking.

Reacting to Gambhir's gesture Afridi said: "I think they were very stupid comments by Gautam Gambhir. I was not expecting this from Gautam. This is all politics, what do you know about who carried out the Mumbai attacks?"

He also criticised Interior Minister Rehman Malik for warning the Pakistani team not to get involved in match-fixing ahead of the Mohali semi-final, which they ultimately lost to India.

Afridi blamed media for the souring relations between the two neighbours. Asked about the Indian media's coverage of the Pakistani team during the semi-final against India, the skipper said that Indian media has a very negative approach.

"Indian media is very negative. They blow up every small issue. Media is mainly responsible for Indo-Pak souring relations," Afridi said.

Without naming a third country, Afridi also seemed to blame the US for the history of poor relations between the two south Asian neighbours.

"We don't want to fight with each other but a third country everyone knows which one it is trying to spoil our relations. (This country) is taking advantage of Pakistan and wants to take advantage of India. I don't want to go into details but these people will not let us come together," he added.


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Posted 05 April 2011 - 03:08 AM

Days after winning millions of hearts with his remark on ending the hatred towards India, Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi disappointed his Indian fans saying that the Indians were not as large-hearted as Pakistanis.

Speaking during a talk show on a Pakistani news channel, Afridi was asked about the relations between India and Pakistan when he responded that the Indians would "never have hearts like Muslims and Pakistanis". He even termed the talks between the two countries futile.

"They (Indians) will never have hearts like Muslims and Pakistanis. It is a very difficult thing for us to live with them (Indians) or to have long-term relationship with them. Nothing will come out of talks. See how many times in the past 60 years we have had friendship and then how many times things have gone bad," Afridi said on Sunday.

In fact, his comment on batsman Gautam Gambhir, who dedicated the ICC World Cup to the victims of 26/11 Mumbai attack, was even more shocking.

Reacting to Gambhir's gesture Afridi said: "I think they were very stupid comments by Gautam Gambhir. I was not expecting this from Gautam. This is all politics, what do you know about who carried out the Mumbai attacks?"

He also criticised Interior Minister Rehman Malik for warning the Pakistani team not to get involved in match-fixing ahead of the Mohali semi-final, which they ultimately lost to India.

Afridi blamed media for the souring relations between the two neighbours. Asked about the Indian media's coverage of the Pakistani team during the semi-final against India, the skipper said that Indian media has a very negative approach.

"Indian media is very negative. They blow up every small issue. Media is mainly responsible for Indo-Pak souring relations," Afridi said.

Without naming a third country, Afridi also seemed to blame the US for the history of poor relations between the two south Asian neighbours.

"We don't want to fight with each other but a third country everyone knows which one it is trying to spoil our relations. (This country) is taking advantage of Pakistan and wants to take advantage of India. I don't want to go into details but these people will not let us come together," he added.



I don't blame him. If a Pakistani makes a positive comment about India, the religious freaks will slaughter him.
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Posted 05 April 2011 - 03:39 AM

I don't blame him. If a Pakistani makes a positive comment about India, the religious freaks will slaughter him.


you are on the mark

perfectly right

Back in India, the same reply only i gave to people who were so much angry for his double standard

many are now writing

by saying these things this man lost his chance for IPL this time as well

i wrote back

He needs to live and for that his head is more important than the money he is likely to get in playing for IPL

Talibans will chop off his head had he not amended his statements about India
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Posted 02 July 2011 - 05:21 AM

There has never been anybody like Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman (or Very Very Special Laxman, as the Australians call him) in Indian cricket. He encourages tailenders and others who are not as gifted as him.

Then came a spell of play Kohli will look back at with much satisfaction. Edwards to Kohli so far in the series has featured bouncers, fuller ones, blown kisses, patted backs. Edwards resumed much of the same. Two slips, a gully, a forward short leg and a backward short leg awaited as Edwards bowled bouncers in the vicinity of 90mph. The first few weren't quite accurate, and Kohli avoided them. At the other end, incredibly Kohli was allowed to bat with a long-off in place. He still was in no hurry, and was still on a pair when Edwards started afresh. This bouncer was accurate, jumped towards Kohli's throat, hit the handle, and fell just wide of the diving forward short leg. Eighteen balls on a pair. A near catch. Laxman walked up, said something, patted Kohli's back. Next ball bouncer. Back in the crease. Pull. Six.


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Posted 23 September 2011 - 03:05 AM

Tiger Pataudi was a fair sporting icon and a positive captain of our generation

Tiger Pataudi is no more. Long live Tiger Pataudi.

I'm using the Royal British epitaph for a Royal Prince of Indian Cricket who learnt all his cricket in England, far away from the scene of Indian cricket
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Posted 30 September 2011 - 03:55 AM

Jeffrey Archer's tribute to The Tiger.


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Posted 14 November 2011 - 03:45 AM

Peter Roebuck commits suicide
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 04:43 AM

A combination of a flat pitch and especially small boundaries provided the ideal opportunity for a powerful batsman to break a record at sold-out Seddon Park. And Richard Levi, playing only his second international match, took it. He hit the most sixes in a Twenty20 innings - 13 - on his way to the fastest hundred in the format, off 45 balls, and made New Zealand's 173 look at least 50 short of a par score.

100 in 45 balls!
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Posted 10 March 2012 - 04:16 AM

Adios, Great Wall.

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