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Cricket ODI: Kohli-Dhoni Push Gives India 2-1 Lead in Mohali Against New Zealand!

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A brilliant century, his 26 th ODI ton, and an unbeaten knock of 154 by Virat Kohli steered Team India to a 7 wicket victory over New Zealand in Mohali on Sunday and a 2-1 lead in the five-match ODI series. As a much-awaited silver lining Captain Cool under pressure, MS Dhoni joined the vice-captain in the chase of 286 runs promoting himself to no.4 position in the batting order and contributing a solid 80  runs consisting of 3 sixes and 6 fours. The duo came together when India were is some spot of trouble losing both the openers at 41/2 in the 9 th over and added 151 runs taking the team score to 192 in 36 th over when Dhoni fell to Henry. Mohali has been a high scoring ground with the chasing team winning in the last three consecutive matches. Dhoni kept on winning the toss in this Series, and here he naturally chose the fielding option once again. Put into bat the Kiwis started well and were in a position of strength at 153/2 in only the 29 th over looking good for a to

Cricket ODI: New Zealand Win Thriller, India Captain Cool Fails To Finish, And BCCI Jolted!

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When your home team loses you always try to find out reasons or issues responsible for that loss and try to justify that had that being different things would have been positive. Although this is a natural reaction of the home team fans, one must take in the overall picture too. There is no denying the fact that New Zealand dished out a professional and gritty performance in the second one day international (ODI) match played in Delhi yesterday against India and won deservedly. The match was an entertainer down the wire as the narrow margin of 6 runs for the win made it abundantly clear. On a traditionally slow Kotla pitch New Zealand, put into bat by India, did not get bogged down by the early loss of Guptil for a duck, but carried on the momentum with Skipper Kane Williamson hitting a superlative century and contributing for two major partnerships. The Kiwis looked set for a big score, but some tight bowling by Mishra and Bumrah accounted for 6 wickets for just 21 runs at the

Test Cricket: Skipper Virat Kohli Hopes For India!

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Virat Kohli recently made it clear that he should never be compared with legendary Sachin Tendulkar, but it must be said that after Tendulkar he seems to be the main Indian contender to make or break records. In 48 Tests so far Virat hit 13 centuries including a double ton and 12 half centuries having a batting average of above 45. In 2012 Virat was made vice-captain of the Indian test team and since then he had been in the reckoning for the skipper’s post consistently with one of the most outstanding Indian skippers Mahendra Singh Dhoni having both cricketing and non-cricketing ups and downs. However, Virat Kohli’s entry as India’s Test captain was  quite  dramatic. First, he was named captain for the Adelaide match against Australia in December, 2014 as Dhoni pulled out due to an injury. He made two centuries in the two innings in that match and nearly pulled in off in  favor  of India.  Virat showed his positive frame of mind by going for an outright win instead of  laboring

ICC World T20 Cricket: Favourites Flop To Spin On A Turner, India Fail To Break The Jinx Against New Zealand!

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Mitchell Santner  It looked like a Test match on the last day (the third day could be the last day) on a rank turner with batsmen struggling for dear life. More specifically, it looked exactly like the last Test match played in this venue in November, 2015 between India and South Africa when the hosts won the series thanks to the rank turner and spin within three days. For the first match of the Super-10 stage of the ICC World T20 Championship the pitch in Nagpur was obviously out of ranks. Who knows it was perhaps gifted to Team India thanks to their known aversion to anything ‘green’. Only recently the ‘green’ offered in Pune worked disastrously for the Australia bashers as they perished to a shock defeat against a lifeless Sri Lanka in the first match of the domestic T20 Series that they eventually won 2-1. Whatever be the pitch issue, it was New Zealand who prepared perfectly for it including three spinners in the team and batting with a definite plan. The so-called masters

Test Cricket: New Zealand Create History, Favor India With A Draw In Wellington!

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Magnificent Three: Neesham-Watling-Brendon Tuesday, the 18th of February, 2014. A glorious day for New Zealand Test Cricket. The whole of this cricketing country came to an ecstatic standstill concentrating on the happenings in the second Test against India in Wellington, cheering every run taken by their hero cricketers and cheering particularly one big hero named Brendon McCullum. From overnight 571 for 6 New Zealand decided to carry on for those great reasons that made their countrymen proud. Skipper Brendon McCullum became the first New Zealand batsman to achieve a triple hundred in the country’s 84 years of Test Cricket history. From 281 not out overnight he continued to show his grace and power achieving the target very soon. His historic 302 created one of the greatest landmarks for NZ cricket. Besides, Jimmy Neesham became the first No.8 batsman to hit a hundred on debut. And more, NZ also created the record for its highest ever innings total of 680 runs in Test histo

Test Cricket: India Topple From Command To New Zealand Remand!

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Team India has done the absolutely unthinkable. True, it is known to be immensely capable of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. However, to the extent as demonstrated on the fourth day of the second and last Test match against New Zealand in Wellington is an extremely rare occasion in the annals of test cricket. Scuttling out New Zealand for less than 200 in the first innings and then taking a sound lead of 246 runs, getting 5 NZ wickets for just 95 runs in the second innings this victory defying strategy is incredible. Okay, the Indians dropped their main tormentor Brendon McCullum twice. But what after that--for nearly full two days! More than the Indian bowlers Captain Dhoni must answer. Even in the unlikely event of India managing to draw this Test irreparable damage has already been done in losing the fourth consecutive overseas Test Series and languishing nearly three years without a win overseas. Of course, we must applaud the tremendous batting performance a

Test Cricket: New Zealand Beat India By 40 Runs In Auckland!

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Crucial 4/62 By Neil Wagner Thanks to a freakish third day the first Test between New Zealand and India got stretched to the fourth day today and as has been the trend New Zealand overpowered India by 40 runs in Auckland taking an unassailable 1-0 lead in the two-match Test Series. India’s overseas woes spill over with a possible redeeming winning chance in the Test Series gone after this defeat. India can now at best draw the Series or return home with all the zero-defeat margins compounded. As the richest cricket Board of the world, BCCI and its all-powerful and absolutely insulated president N Srinavasan, looks set to take full control of the ICC (International Cricket Council) in the near future their money-spinning Team India seems down and out. The BCCI cannot wish away more overseas tours scheduled during the year, but they must be looking into their bag of dirty tricks to pull out crowds-restoring matches. Anyway, the Indians here created a great opportunity to win an

New Zealand Seal ODI Series At 3-0, India Suffer Second Consecutive Overseas Drubbing!

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Ross Taylor Overseas woes drown India as New Zealand won the one-day international (ODI) cricket Series overpowering a hapless Team India in the 4 th ODI match by 7 wickets with 11 balls to spare in Hamilton today.   The Kiwis take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match Series reducing the last match to be played in Wellington on 31 st January to only an academic interest. Team India managed to do absolutely nothing so far in its Tour of New Zealand except for that inexplicable tie in the third ODI in Auckland on 25 th January. That match did not fit into the category of an epic encounter, because surprising lapses and worrisome attitudes somehow took the match to a tie. The Kiwis should have won the Series with ease then and there, and when India finally needed two runs off the last ball Ravindra Jadeja just did not seem to be interested in taking the second run. For India there was a record in Indian ODI cricketing history as their 6 th , 7 th and 8 th (Dhoni-Jadej