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Saturday, 28 September 2013
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Duleep Trophy: Jaffer to lead West Zone

Mumbai: Veteran Mumbai batsman Wasim Jaffer was named captain of the West Zone squad for the upcoming Duleep Trophy tournament.

Baroda all-rounder Yusuf Pathan will be Jaffer`s deputy in a 15-member squad that has talented Gujarat batsman Manprit Juneja, who recently struck a brilliant 193 against New Zealand A in a four-day unofficial `Test` at Visakhapatnam.

West would clash with South Zone in the opening four- day quarter-final game commencing at Chennai on October 3.

The winners of this match would clash with Central Zone in the semi-final, also scheduled at Chennai, from October 10-13.

The final is to be played from October 17-21 at Kochi, said a media release from selection meeting convener Nitin Dalal.

West Zone team: Wasim Jaffer (Captain, Mumbai), Harshad Khadiwale (Maharashtra), Aditya Waghmode (Baroda), Hiken Shah (Mumbai), Manpreet Juneja (Gujarat), Ankit Bawne (Maharashtra), Yusuf Pathan (Vice-captain, Baroda), Suryakumar Yadav (Mumbai), Rohit Motwani (WK, Maharashtra), Kamlesh Makwana (Saurashtra), Samad Falla (Maharashtra), Murtuza Vora (Baroda), Jaydev Unadkat (Saurashtra), Rakesh Dhruv (Gujarat) and Akshay Darekar (Maharashtra). Coach: Hitesh Goswami (Saurashtra)
Friday, 27 September 2013
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Chennai Super Kings (CSK) are set to take on the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Group B clash of the Champions League T20 2013 at the Jharkhand State Cricket Assoiation in Ranchi on Thurday.

It will be yet another match at CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni hometown. After a disappointing outing in the previous encounter, the crowd would be awaiting a Dhoni blast.

At the same time, Sunrisers Hyderabad are in tremendous form this season and would bank on their openersShikhar Dhawan and Parthiv Patel to make amends.

Their bowling attack too looks in good form to spoil Dhoni’s party. If Dale Steyn too comes good in this match CSK would have a tough time.

Dew will play a key part in the part and as a result, the toss would be crucial.

Teams:

Chennai Super Kings: Michael Hussey, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Subramaniam Badrinath, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Albie Morkel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jason Holder, Mohit Sharma.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), JP Duminy, Hanuma Vihari, Ashish Reddy, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Amit Mishra, Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma, Karan Sharma.
Wednesday, 25 September 2013
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IPL scandal: Mumbai police chargesheet on Meiyappan today

The Mumbai Police is expected to file its chargesheet in the Indian Premier League corruption case on Saturday. Chennai Super Kings' Gurunath Meiyappan, the son-in-law of BCCI president-in-exile N. Srinivasan, is likely to be charged for betting. According to police sources, there is no evidence of match-fixing against Meiyappan. Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf is also likely to be named in the chargesheet.

Police say they have incriminating proof against Meiyappan, including transcripts of (phone) call records, CCTV footage and documents used to obtain SIM cards for bookmakers. (Meiyappan likely to be charged for betting, gambling)

Meiyappan, along with small-time Bollywood actor Vindu Dara Singh, was arrested in May in the high-profile scandal and released on bail in June.

The IPL spot-fixing controversy arose in May with the arrest of Rajasthan Royals players Shantakumaran Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan by the Delhi Police for conceding more than a specified number of runs per over in return for money from illegal bookmakers. Sreesanth and Chavan are now facing life bans from BCCI. (Read: Sreesanth gets life ban)

The BCCI also handed out a five-year ban to Royals' Amit Singh, while another Rajasthan cricketer Siddharth Trivedi got a one-year suspension. There was no decision on Chandila, who recently got out on bail. His role is still being probed, and a decision will be taken soon.
Tuesday, 24 September 2013
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CLT20 2013: Thisara Perera says he likes to handle pressure situations

Soon after his heroic show that powered Sunrisers Hyderabad to a four-wicket win over Trinidad and Tobago in the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) 2013 in Mohali on Tuesday, Man-of-the-Match Thisara Pererasaid he likes to contribute when the chips are down.

Perera produced a counter-attacking 32-ball 57 to lead Hyderabad to a win after the home side was struggling at 95 for four in the 14th over chasing 161.

"Every time I have a chance, like this pressure situation, I like to handle the situation, that's it," Perera said.

"I think a lot of Sri Lankans must be watching this match back at home. I'm proud of my achievements as an all-rounder. After my side strain, this is my normal speed I'm bowling at," he added.

Perera picked up two for 26 in his four-over spell with the ball. Hyderabad captain Shikhar Dhawanacknowledged that his side's fielding was not up to the mark.

"It was a great game of cricket form both the sides, heartbeats were up. We didn't field that well and dropped a couple of catches too. We should have restricted them to 150," he said.

Dhawan, as expected, was full of praise for Perera.

"But it was amazing batting from Perera, the way he was hitting sixes — clean and great timing. He bowled very well too, very accurate and that's how we kept Trinidad and Tobago to a decent score."

Trinidad and Tobago captain Denesh Ramdin thought they were 10 runs short of what could have been a winning score.

"We were about 10 runs less, Bravo got out at the wrong time and we couldn't score off Dale Steyn's last three balls, that's what went in their favour. We need to work on that."

As far as the 24-year-old Sri Lankan's batting was concerned, Ramdin said, "We tried to get Perera out and we knew his was the important wicket and Darren Sammy also played a cameo."

Sammy termed Perera's knock as one of the best he'd seen. "It was one of the best innings I've seen in a while. It's one of the wins we need to get us going in the tournament."

"We bowled as a team right from the Indian Premier League (IPL), if somebody doesn't bowl that well, Perera and I just bowl straight and do the job. We work as a team just like Perera did on Tuesday," Sammy said.
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Kevin Pietersen says Hot Spot had a 'stinker' during Ashes 2013

England batsman Kevin Pietersen declared on Tuesday that Hot Spot "had an absolute stinker" during the Ashes 2013 series, but said that players remain supportive of the technology.

The Decision Review System (DRS) came in for criticism during the series, which England won 3-0, with Hot Spot's infra-red imaging falling under particular scrutiny after a number of inaccurate decisions.

Pietersen became embroiled in the debate when Australia's Channel 9 television station claimed he used silicone tape in a bid to prevent Hot Spot from detecting when the ball had hit his bat.

The South Africa-born batsman laughed off the claims at the time but says he was bewildered by the accusation that he was a cheat.

"Hot Spot had an absolute stinker this summer for whatever reason but no-one was taping their bats with any artificial strapping or silicone," Pietersen told talkSPORT radio station.

"I've had the same strapping on my bat since 1995, when I became a professional. All the pros put fibreglass tape on their bat and I copied everyone else. Every cricketer in the world does it.

"I woke up one morning in the team hotel and my Twitter had just blown up. People were calling me a cheat and some horrible expletives, and I didn't know what was going on.

"I had a look at it and saw they had broken the news at 6:00 am (0500GMT) on Channel 9 and my image was used and referenced.

"I clearly denied it straight away on Twitter and it was done and dusted from my mind. It didn't really bother me. I had a lot more things to worry about than the strapping on my bat.

"It was ridiculous. It was just somebody being naughty and had no bearing on anything I did, and it won't in the future."

Despite the Hot Spot controversies, Pietersen says that the technology retains the support of most players.

"We just don't understand how Hot Spot didn't work as well as it had done before," he said. "We've never had these issues and I know the players are happy with Hot Spot and with DRS. There are no issues."

Pietersen was named in England's squad for the return Ashes series on Tuesday and says he will approach the tour in positive fashion after putting niggling knee problems behind him.

"It was tough but I've done some incredible rehab in the last three weeks and it feels like I have a different knee. I'm feeling so good on it," said the 33-year-old, whose next Test appearance will be his 100th.

"For the first time since February, I am totally pain-free and I am continuing to do the right things. It was probably the best decision I made for my career not to have surgery because if I had done, I would be out till next February."

He added: "When you get to 33, you are definitely in your second cycle of your career and it is a case of ticking all the right boxes to keep you on the field.
First Published: September 25, 2013, 8:30 am
Sunday, 22 September 2013
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T&T turn the heat on Brisbane

Ranchi: Trinidad and Tobago defeated Brisbane Heat by 25 runs in the first Group B match ofthe Champions League Twenty20 to bag four points at the JSCA International Stadium here Sunday.
Put in to bat, Trinidad and Tobago put on 135/9 in their quota of 20 overs. In response, Brisbane Heat were bowled out for 110 in 18.4 overs in the second match of CLT20.
The Caribbean side struggled with their batting with skipper and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, later named the man of the match, playing the anchor's innings with a 38-ball 48, which included four boundaries and two sixes. The second highest scorer was Evin Lewis with 19.
Pacer Alister McDermott, son of formerAustralia fast bowler Craig McDermott, was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets from his four overs for Heat while offie Nathan Hauritzscalped two wickets.
Chasing 136, the Australian side were guided by opener Joe Burns with his innings of 45. However, at 91/5 Burns was bowled by Ravi Rampaul which led to a Heat collapse in a span of 19 runs, eventually being bowled out for 110.
Rampaul clinched four wickets from 3.4 overs giving away only 14 runs. Rayad Emrit and Sunil Narine picked two wickets each.
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Dhoni returns as Chennai smash Titans

The Chennai Super Kings began their Champions League campaign with a near-perfect batting performance against the Titans from South Africa, who failed to defend an impressive score of 185-5.

After a lengthy break, MS Dhoni returned to action at his home town Ranchi’s JSCA International Stadium, much to the delight of his fans. He won the toss and bowled. AB de Villiers’s brilliant 77 should have been enough to ensure Titans a win today, but Chennai’s brute response led by Michael Hussey and Suresh Raina ended the contest very quickly.

Chennai lost Murali Vijay in the first over, thanks to a sharp arm-ball from Roelof van der Merwe. But Raina and Hussey added 89 runs in under eight overs to give the chase a powerful start. 

When Raina came in, the floodlights at the venue failed for the second time in the day. According toRavichandran Ashwin, Raina’s been in bad form in the nets, but you wouldn’t have been able to tell that from the hitting that was to follow once the game resumed. 

He waited on the backfoot for Morne Morkel to bounce him and the first ball he faced was pulled almost without any lack of control over midwicket for six. The over, the fourth of the innings, went for 24 runs with Hussey then carving Morkel a couple of times through the off-side. 

The highlight of Raina’s innings, however, was the effortless waft off his pads for six off Marchant de Lange. When Raina fell to a loose drive to mid-off, Hussey kept up with the brutal hitting till he too got out on the same score of 47 to a mistimed loft down the ground. 

Rowan Richards produced a three-wicket burst late in the game to make things a teensy bit interesting, but so far ahead were Chennai of the required rate, they coasted to the target with seven balls to spare. 

Earlier in the day, the moment de Villiers came in to bat at the fall of Jacques Rudolph, the game became a one-man show. De Villiers is possibly the most versatile batsman of his time – he can play spin or pace, he can score on slow wickets or fast, and there’s no corner of the field he can’t hit a ball to. 

He marked his arrival to the crease with a powerful straight drive off his South Africa colleague Albie Morkel. That shot didn’t go all the way for four, but signalled AB’s intentions. He proceeded to dismantle two of Chennai’s best. Ravindra Jadeja was put away for four sixes and Dwayne Bravo a couple. 

At the other end was Henry Davids, who did a fine job making 52 in 43 but was put in the shade by de Villiers’ merciless assault on Chennai’s bowlers. Davids was stumped off a wide from Ashwin but the second-wicket partnership had produced 76 runs in six overs, setting up a large score for the Titans. But not large enough to keep the home team at bay.
Friday, 20 September 2013
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McCullum-inspired Otago Volts stun Sunrisers Hyderabad in CLT20 clash

Welcome to the coverage of the Champions League T20 Qualifier 6 between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Otago Volts from the Punjab Cricket Association stadium in Mohali. SCORECARD
Otago Volts managed to achieve the 144-run total at the loss of five wickets with 22 balls to spare against Sunrisers Hyderabad. It has been a clinical performance by the Otago team. They won the toss and decided to bowl. Their bowlers were disciplined as they restricted the opposition for 142. Then their batsmen were aggressive from the start as they chased down the target with almost 4 overs to spare. Brendon McCullum was once again in top form as he carted the bowling to all parts, he was well supported by Rutherford and Neesham. The Hyderabad team, tried a few experiments some worked some didn't. But they should take this defeat positively and work on areas they are need to.

16.2 overs: Derek de Boorder goes for the sweep and gets a top-edge towards short fine leg for a single. De Boorder scores the WINNING RUNS for Otago Volts!!

Derek de Boorder comes to the crease for Otago Volts.

16.1 overs: That's OUT!! Nathan McCullum has been run-out after a mix-up with his brother Brendon at the pitch. Nathan was pushes it towards JP Duminy and sets off for a single but Brendon responds late as his brother is caught short at the crease. Nathan McCullum departs after scoring one run off two balls.

15.5 overs: FOUR!! Brendon McCullum backs away and cuts it in front of square for a boundary.
Nathan McCullum comes to the crease for Otago Volts.

15.2 overs: OUT!! Darren Sammy has got Jimmy Neesham out caught at midwicket. Neesham failed to pick the slower delivery and holes out to Shikhar Dhawan. Jimmy Neesham departs after scoring 21 runs off 13 balls with a boundary and two sixes.
There's NO STOPPING to Brendon McCullum here!!

22 runs off the over!!

14.6 overs: FOUR!! Brendon McCullum makes room and whacks it over extra cover for another boundary.

14.4 overs: FOUR!! Brendon McCullum clears his front leg and creams the drive through extra cover for a boundary.

14.3 overs: SIX!! Brendon McCullum hangs back and pummels the pull shot over the deep square leg fence for another maximum. He brings up his 24th T20 FIFTY in style!!

14.2 overs: SIX!! Brendon McCullum shimmies down the track and thrashes it over mid-off for the maximum. FAB SHOT by McCullum!!
This is turning out to be a WALK IN THE PARK for Otago Volts!!

13.6 overs: FOUR!! Jimmy Neesham picks the length early and hammers it over the short fine leg fielder for a boundary. POOR LINE from Sammy!!
13.4 overs: FOUR!! Brendon McCullum gets on the backfoot and pulls it towards backward square leg for a boundary.

Jimmy Neesham is DEALING in SIXES at the moment!!

12.4 overs: SIX!! Jimmy Neesham gets underneath it and lofts it over the deep midwicket fence for another maximum.
Otago Volts are TARGETING Karan Sharma here!!

11.3 overs: SIX!! Jimmy Neesham gets across and thumps it over the deep midwicket fence for the maximum.

Jimmy Neesham comes to the crease for Otago Volts.

10.5 overs: That's OUT!! Amit Mishra has bowled Ryan ten Doeschate on a deceiving googly. Ten Doeschate fails to pick the googly as the ball sneaks past his pad to hit the off-stump. Ryan ten Doeschate departs after scoring three runs off five balls. BIG WICKET for Sunrisers Hyderabad!!
Ryan ten Doeschate comes out in the middle for Otago Volts.

9.4 overs: OUT!! Dale Steyn has got Hamish Rutherford out caught by the wicket-keeper. Rutherford was looking to pull but the ball lobs off his gloves thorugh to Parthiv Patel. Hamish Rutherford departs after scoring 27 runs off 23 balls with five boundaries.
With Brendon McCullum(26) and Hamish Rutherford(25) at crease, Otago Volts are currently at 74/1 after eight overs.
7.4 overs: FOUR!! Brendon McCullum dances down the track and heaves it back over the bowler for a boundary.

Brendon McCullum continues to be DOMINANT for Otago Volts!!

7.3 overs: SIX!! Brendon McCullum bends down and employs the slog sweep over the long-on fence for another maximum.

6.3 overs: SIX!! Brendon McCullum shimmies down the track and smashes it over the long-off fence for the maximum.

Amit Sharma comes into the attack for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

5.4 overs: FOUR!! Hamish Rutherford hits through the line and clears mid-off for a boundary.

4.5 overs: FOUR!! Hamish Rutherford tucks it behind square and gets it past the fielder towards deep square leg for a boundary.

4.1 overs: SIX!! Brendon McCullum rocks back and clouts the pull over backward square leg for the maximum. MASSIVE hit by McCullum!!

Darren Sammy comes into the attack for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

3.6 overs: FOUR!! Hamish Rutherford makes room and cuts it through cover for another boundary.

3.5 overs: FOUR!! Hamish Rutherford bends his knees and sweeps it over square leg for a boundary.

First sign of spin, Karan Sharma comes into the attack for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Brendon McCullum comes to the crease for Otago Volts.

Dale Steyn gets his REVENGE!!

2.6 overs: That's OUT!! Dale Steyn has got Neil Broom out caught by the wicket-keeper. Broom was looking to cut but gets a thick edge through to Parthiv Patel. Neil Broom departs after scoring 16 runs off 15 balls with two boundaries and a six.

2.4 overs: FOUR!! Neil Broom goes for the flick but the ball brushes off his pads towards the fine leg fence for another boundary.
2.1 overs: FOUR!! Hamish Rutherford leans forward and creams the drive through extra cover for a boundary.
EXPENSIVE start by Ishant Sharma, 12 runs off it!!

1.3 overs: SIX!! Neil Broom shuffles inside the line and clips it over the square leg fence for the maximum. BEAUTIFUL shot by Broom!!

1.2 overs: FOUR!! Neil Broom skips down the track and whacks it over the infield for a boundary.
Ishant Sharma will bowl from the other end for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

TIDY start by Dale Steyn, just five runs off it!!

0.2 overs: FOUR!! Neil Broom rocks back and clouts the pull through midwicket for the first boundary in the innings. AUDACIOUS shot from Broom!!
Neil Broom and Hamish Rutherford are out in the middle for Otago Volts while Dale Steyn will open the attack for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have managed to post a moderate total of 143 runs at the loss of five wickets against Otago Volts. The Volts were disciplined in the field and will back themselves to chase this score down. There were no early fireworks from Parthiv Patel and Shikhar Dhawan. J P Duminy batted fluently, and was helped along by cameos from Cameron White and Darren Sammy. With the likes of Steyn and Amit Mishra in their bowling ranks, they will look to defend this par score.

NINE runs off the final over for Sunrisers Hyderabad!!

19.6 overs: That's OUT!! Nick Beard has got Darren Sammy out caught at long-off. Sammy was looking to clear the fielder at the ropes but holes out to Hamish Rutherford. Darren Sammy departs after scoring 26 runs off 22 balls with one boundary and two sixes.

19.3 overs: FOUR!! JP Duminy makes room and lofts it back over the bowler's head for a boundary.

19.1 overs: JP Duminy drives it towards extra cover for a single and brings up his 22nd T20 FIFTY. Duminy has played a CRUCIAL innings here!!

Nick Beard will bowl the final over for Otago Volts. Can Sammy and Duminy get Hyderabad past 150-mark?

BRILLIANT over by Jimmy Neesham, just four runs off it!!
With JP Duminy(47) and Darren Sammy(24) at crease, Sunrisers Hyderabad are currently at 130/4 after 18 overs.
17.6 overs: FOUR!! Darren Sammy rocks back and heaves it back past the bowler for a boundary. Sammy is on a ROLL here!!
BIG over for Sunrisers Hyderabad, 21 runs off it!!

16.6 overs: FOUR!! JP Duminy makes room and smashes it back over the bowler's head for a boundary.

16.4 overs: SIX!! Darren Sammy leans forward and bludgeons it over the long-on fence for another maximum.

16.2 overs: SIX!! Darren Sammy picks the length early and whacks it back over the bowler's head for the maximum. MASSIVE hit by Sammy!!
15.3 overs: FOUR!! JP Duminy takes it on the full and slaps it past point for a boundary.

14.5 overs: CATCH-DROPPED!! Ryan ten Doeschate has dropped Darren Sammy in his follow through. Sammy hits the slower ball back towards ten Doeschate but he fails to hold onto the ball. This could prove COSTLY for Otago!!
Darren Sammy comes out in the middle for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Sunrisers Hyderabad are FALLING APART here!!

13.4 overs: OUT!! Neil Wagner has got Cameron White out caught at extra cover. White was looking to go over the infield but fails to get the elevation right and holes out to Brendon McCullum. Cameron White departs after scoring 25 runs off 23 balls with a boundary and a six.
11.6 overs: FOUR!! JP Duminy hangs back and works it wide of midwicket for a boundary. That's CLEVER from Duminy!!

11.1 overs: SIX!! Cameron White shimmies down the track and smashes it deep into the stands over long-on fence for the maximum. BRILLIANT shot by White!!
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IPL scandal: Mumbai police chargesheet on Meiyappan today

The Mumbai Police is expected to file its chargesheet in the Indian Premier League corruption case on Saturday. Chennai Super Kings' Gurunath Meiyappan, the son-in-law of BCCI president-in-exile N. Srinivasan, is likely to be charged for betting. According to police sources, there is no evidence of match-fixing against Meiyappan. Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf is also likely to be named in the chargesheet.

Police say they have incriminating proof against Meiyappan, including transcripts of (phone) call records, CCTV footage and documents used to obtain SIM cards for bookmakers. (Meiyappan likely to be charged for betting, gambling)

Meiyappan, along with small-time Bollywood actor Vindu Dara Singh, was arrested in May in the high-profile scandal and released on bail in June.

The IPL spot-fixing controversy arose in May with the arrest of Rajasthan Royals players Shantakumaran Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan by the Delhi Police for conceding more than a specified number of runs per over in return for money from illegal bookmakers. Sreesanth and Chavan are now facing life bans from BCCI. (Read: Sreesanth gets life ban)

The BCCI also handed out a five-year ban to Royals' Amit Singh, while another Rajasthan cricketer Siddharth Trivedi got a one-year suspension. There was no decision on Chandila, who recently got out on bail. His role is still being probed, and a decision will be taken soon. For the latest Cricket news, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and get the NDTV Cricket app for Android or iOS
Thursday, 19 September 2013
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Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Faisalabad Wolves to enter CLT20 group stage

Sunrisers Hyderabad achieved the 128-run target at the loss of three wickets with 15 balls to spare against Faisalabad Wolves. Shikhar Dhawan was unstoppable yet again. First as captain he called the right side of the coin and then his bowlers, led by Amit Mishra did a fantastic job to keep Faisalabad to a platry total. Then he later batted brilliantly and fired another fifty to propel his side to another easy win. This win for Hyderabad means that Faisalabad and Kandurata cannot make it to the main tournament.

17.3 overs: FOUR!! Darren Sammy rocks back and drills it towards deep extra cover fence for another boundary. Sammy finishes it off in STYLE!!

17.2 overs: FOUR!! Darren Sammy goes for the powerful slog and gets an edge past the keeper for another boundary. Sammy is very LUCKY here!!

17.1 overs: FOUR!! Darren Sammy goes for the pull and gets a top edge over the keeper's head for a boundary.
Darren Sammy comes out in the middle for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

14.6 overs: That's OUT!! Imran Khalid has got Biplab Samantray out caught by the wicket-keeper. Samantray was looking to work it towards the on-side but gets an outside edge through to Mohammad Salman. Biplab Samantray departs without troubling the scorecard.

Biplab Samantray comes to the crease for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

14.4 overs: OUT!! Imran Khalid has bowled Shikhar Dhawan on the quicker delivery. Dhawan was looking to play it through the on-side but the ball keeps low and crashes onto the stumps. Shikhar Dhawan departs after scoring 59 runs off 50 balls with six boundaries and a six.

14.3 overs: SIX!! Shikhar Dhawan shimmies down the track and lofts it over the long-on fence for the maximum.

14.2 overs: FOUR!! Shikhar Dhawan slogs it towards midwicket fence for a boundary and brings up his 21st T20 FIFTY. Back-to-back FIFTIES for Dhawan!!

Imran Khalid comes into the attack for Faisalabad Wolves.

12.3 overs: FOUR!! JP Duminy shuffles across and flicks it off his pads towards fine leg for a boundary.
Khurram Shehzad comes into the attack for Faisalabad Wolves.
10.6 overs: FOUR!! JP Duminy goes for the flick but the ball brushes off his pads and races away to the fine leg fence for a boundary. POOR LINE from Adil!!
JP Duminy comes to the crease for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Finally a BREAKTHROUGH for Faisalabad Wolves!!

8.5 overs: That's OUT!! Ehsan Adil has got Parthiv Patel out caught at midwicket. Patel was looking to play the pull shot but holes out to Khurram Shehzad. Parthiv Patel departs after scoring 23 runs off 21 balls with three boundaries.
Ehsan Adil comes into the attack for Faisalabad Wolves.
With Shikhar Dhawan(29) and Parthiv Patel(18) at crease, Sunrisers Hyderabad are currently at 51/0 after six overs.
5.5 overs: FOUR!! Parthiv Patel kneels down and slog sweeps it towards deep midwicket for a boundary.

5.2 overs: FOUR!! Shikhar Dhawan gets on the backfoot and punches it towards deep extra cover for a boundary. FAB SHOT by Dhawan!!

First sign of spin, Saeed Ajmal comes into the attack for Faisalabad Wolves.

NO STOPPING these two here!!

4.5 overs: FOUR!! Parthiv Patel dances down the track and whips it off his pads towards deep midwicket fence for a boundary.

4.2 overs: FOUR!! Shikhar Dhawan opens the face of his bat and runs it past the wicket-keeper for another boundary.

4.1 overs: FOUR!! Shikhar Dhawan skips down the track and creams it towards long-off for a boundary.
Faisalabad Wolves need an EARLY BREAKTHROUGH here to put some pressure on Hyderabad!!

2.3 overs: FOUR!! Shikhar Dhawan shimmies down the track and steers it towards deep extra cover fence for a boundary.
1.2 overs: FOUR!! Parthiv Patel hangs back and cuts it hard towards sweeper cover fence for his first boundary. BLAZING shot that from Patel!!

Asad Ali will bowl from the other end for Faisalabad Wolves.

0.6 overs: FOUR!! Shikhar Dhawan slaps it off the backfoot towards sweeper cover for the first boundary in the innings.

Parthiv Patel and Shikhar Dhawan are out in the middle for Sunrisers Hyderabad while Samiullah Khan will open the attack for Faisalabad Wolves.
Faisalabad Wolves have managed to score 127 runs at the loss of five wickets against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Mohali stadium. Shikhar Dhawan got exactly what he wanted from his bowlers after opting to field first. The Faisalabad batsmen could never get going apart from their skipper Misbah-ul-Haq who was the lone warrior making a fine fifty. Amit Mishra was the pick of the Hyderbad bowlers and he was well supported by the rest of his mates. Their batsmen should have this easy now.
That's the END OF INNINGS for Faisalabad Wolves.
10 runs off the final over!!
19.2 overs: SIX!! Misbah-ul-Haq gets on the backfoot and slogs it over the backward square leg fence for the maximum.He brings up his 8th T20 FIFTY in style.
Thisara Perera will bowl the final over for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

18.5 overs: FOUR!! Misbah-ul-Haq rocks back and drills it towards midwicket fence for a boundary.
Misbah-ul-Haq is the key to Faisalabad Wolves' SURVIVAL in the tournament!

17.5 overs: SIX!! Misbah-ul-Haq takes it on the full and sends it deep into the stands over the long-on fence for the maximum. That was a BIGGIE!!

17.2 overs: That's OUT!! Thisara Perera has bowled Khurram Shehzad on a slower delivery. Shehzad fails to pick the slower delivery and misses it completely as the ball detonates the middle-stump. Khurram Shehzad departs after scoring four runs off seven balls.
Khurram Shehzad comes into the middle for Faisalabad Wolves.

Faisalabad Wolves are FALLING APART here!!

15.1 overs: OUT!! Ishant Sharma has got Imran Khalid out caught at long-off. Khalid was looking to clear the fielder at the ropes but fails to time it well as Thisara Perera completes a regulation catch. Imran Khalid departs after scoring two runs off five balls.
With Misbah-ul-Haq(29) and Imran Khalid(2) at crease, Faisalabad Wolves are currently at 92/3 after 15 overs.
14.6 overs: SIX!! Misbah-ul-Haq skips down the track and thumps it over the long-on fence for the maximum. That's his THIRD SIX in the match!!
13.3 overs: FOUR!! Misbah-ul-Haq leans forward for the drive but missed it completely as the ball goes past the wicket-keeper for a boundary. EXTRAS for Faisalabad Wolves!! 

13.1 overs: SIX!! Misbah-ul-Haq gets on the frontfoot and hammers it over the long-on fence for his second six in the match. Mishra doesn't look HAPPY!!

Imran Khalid comes to the crease for Faisalabad Wolves.

12.4 overs: That's OUT!! Darren Sammy has got Ammar Mahmood out caught at short fine leg. Mahmood goes for the paddle scoop but ends up spooning a simple catch to Amit Mishra. Ammar Mahmood departs after scoring 31 runs off 38 balls with four boundaries. BIG WICKET for Sunrisers Hyderabad!!
Darren Sammy comes into the attack for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

10.6 overs: SIX!! Misbah-ul-Haq makes room and employs the slog shot over long-on for the first maximum in the innings. That was struck with sheer POWER!!

Misbah-ul-Haq comes to the crease for Faisalabad Wolves.

8.3 overs: OUT!! Karan Sharma has got Asif Ali out LBW on a quicker delivery. Ali leans forward and missed it completely as the ball struck his pads right in the front. Asif Ali departs for a golden duck. Another BREAKTHROUGH for Sunrisers Hyderabad!!
Spin from both ends now, Karan Sharma comes into the attack for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Asif Ali comes to the crease for Faisalabad Wolves.

Bowling change has WORKED for Sunrisers Hyderabad!!

7.2 overs: That's OUT!! Amit Mishra has got Ali Waqas out caught at deep midwicket. Waqas was looking to play the lofted shot over the fielder but ends up giving a simple catch to Ashish Reddy. Ali Waqas departs after scoring 16 runs off 21 balls with two boundaries.
First sign of spin, Amit Mishra comes into the attack for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
BRILLIANT start for Faisalabad Wolves!!

5.4 overs: FOUR!! Ali Waqas gets on the frontfoot and thumps it straight down the ground towards the long-on fence for a boundary.
With Ammar Mahmood(22) and Ali Waqas(7) at crease, Faisalabad Wolves are currently at 34/0 after five overs.

4.2 overs: FOUR!! Ammar Mahmood hangs back and steers it towards third man fence for another boundary. BACK-TO-BACK boundaries for Mahmood!!

4.1 overs: FOUR!! Ammar Mahmood presses forward and creams the drive towards deep extra cover fence for a boundary. What a way to WELCOME Perera here!
First change, Thisara Perera comes into the attack for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

3.5 overs: FOUR!! Ali Waqas rocks back and hammers it towards deep backward point for a boundary. Waqas joins the PARTY!!
3.2 overs: FOUR!! Ammar Mahmood gets on the backfoot and clouts the pull towards deep midwicket fence for a boundary. Mahmood is looking GOOD here!!
Wednesday, 18 September 2013
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BCCI rubbishes off reports claiming Sandeep Patil asked Sachin Tendulkar to retire


The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday denied reports that chief selector Sandeep Patil has told veteran batsman Sachin Tendulkar to consider his future after playing his 200th Test during the two-match series against the West Indies in November.

"There is no truth in the report. We have spoken to both Tendulkar and Patil, no such conversation ever took place," senior Board official Rajeev Shukla told PTI.

Speculation was rife that the series against the West Indies could be the swansong for Tendulkar, but Patil himself also denied discussing the future with the senior cricketer.

"It's always a pleasure to meet Sachin, but I have not met him for the last 10 months. I have not called him, neither has he called me. We have not discussed anything, It's all non-sense," Patil said.

The report had stated that Patil met Tendulkar after the BCCI penciled in an unscheduled tour against the West Indies at home in November comprising a two-Test series and a three-game ODI rubber.

It also hinted that Patil had told Tendulkar that the selectors will decide the batsman's future after his much-awaited 200th Test appearance, which is expected to happen in the two-match home series against the West Indies.

Tendulkar has appeared in 198 Tests, the most by any cricketer in the game's history, notching up a mind-boggling 51 hundreds in the longest form of the game.

Besides he had also raked up 49 ODI centuries, a format from which he has already retired, to make it a century of international hundreds.

The 40-year-old batting great, who has scored close to 16000 runs in Tests, has had a lean run especially as per his standards over the last couple of years.

He has scored only two half centuries in the last 10 Test matches India have played at home, against New Zealand, England and Australia, and his last Test hundred (146) was in an away Test at Cape Town against South Africa in January, 2011, which has prompted questions on his future in some quarters
Monday, 16 September 2013
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5th ODI - Shane Watson leads Australia to series win over England

Southampton:  Shane Watson's century saw Australia to a 49-run win over England in the fifth one-day international at Southampton on Monday as their lengthy tour ended with a 2-1 series victory. 
Watson, involved throughout in a trip that saw Australia arrive in Britain in May before their early Champions Trophy exit was followed by a 3-0 Ashes series loss, made 143 in a total of 298 all out.

Together with Australia captain Michael Clarke (75), he shared a fourth-wicket partnership of 163, on a ground where they'd both played for Hampshire, after their side had slumped to 48 for three in this day/night clash.

Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes led England's attack with an ODI best five wickets for 61 runs, the 22-year-old all-rounder starring as Australia fell just short of 300.

England debutant Chris Jordan, in for fast bowler Steven Finn (side strain), took three for 47 after his first ball in international cricket was hit for four by Finch, whose last match on the ground saw him score a Twenty20 world record 156 against England last month.

But Australia had more than enough runs as they enjoyed a win over England ahead of the return Ashes series 'Down Under' starting in November.

"I'm extremely happy to win the series," said Clarke. "To a lot of people this ODI series does not mean much, but to the Australia players it means a lot.

"I don't know whether it will have much impact on the Ashes back home but we get the flight back home tomorrow (Tuesday) a lot happier as a one-day side certainly," the man-of-the-series explained.

"The Ashes is still a way away but everyone is excited about that and the players are thinking about it already, but our focus has to be on the seven ODIs in India first."

Man-of-the-match Watson added: "Things have changed for the better in a big way. We are playing the brand of cricket we enjoy and everyone is very excited about what lies ahead."

Meanwhile stand-in England captain Eoin Morgan, leading a side missing five rested Ashes-winners including regular skipper Alastair Cook, remained upbeat.

"We prioritise Test cricket and with back-to-back Ashes series we have to be picky and choosy. But the next best guys here have done really well."

England's reply got off to a disastrous start when Kevin Pietersen was run out for nought after being slow to answer Michael Carberry's call.

Carberry, on his home ground, made 30 before he was lbw to left-arm seamer James Faulkner (three for 38).

And it wasn't long before 50 for two became 68 for four as Joe Root (13) and Luke Wright (nought) came and went.

Morgan fell for 30 when stumped by Matthew Wade off spinner Adam Voges.

England's hopes now rested with Ravi Bopara and Jos Buttler, whose 65 not out saw them to a series-levelling three-wicket win in Cardiff on Saturday.

Buttler scored at better than a run-a-ball but Faulkner, cleverly changing to around the wicket, bowled him for 42 to end a stand of 92 with Bopara.

And when Bopara, who made 66, followed when well caught at extra-cover by Voges off Johnson to give the left-arm fast bowler his 200th ODI wicket, England were down and out at 197 for seven.

Pakistan-born leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed finished the match by bowling last man Rankin with two overs left.

Australia, on a ground where New Zealand's Martin Guptill struck 189 not out against England in an ODI in June, saw 48 for one become 48 for three when Stokes took two wickets in two balls after a 30-minute rain break.

Finch was caught by Morgan at point and next ball Matthew Wade gloved an intended hook to wicketkeeper Buttler.

Clarke, passed fit after fears he'd suffered a recurrence of his long-standing back injury, survived the hat-trick.

He followed his hundred in Australia's 88-run victory in the second ODI in Manchester with another fine innings before slicing a pull off Jordan to Pietersen at mid-off to end a 76-ball knock including 10 fours and a six.

Watson's dominant 107-ball innings, featuring 12 fours and six sixes, finished when he was caught behind off Stokes.
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Pak's Faisalabad Wolves forced out of Chandigarh over visa trouble

After several weeks of uncertainty over their participation in the upcoming Champions League Twenty20, Pakistan's Faisalabad Wolves finally reached Chandigarh early on Sunday. But in what turned out to be a nightmarish experience, the T20 champs were forced out of their city hotel due to the visa issues.

Faisalabad Wolves, led by Misbah-ul-Haq, was asked to leave the hotel because the players were issued visas that allowed them to stay only in Mohali - where the match venue is located.

According to the Indian Express, the team spent the night at the club house of the Punjab Cricket Association stadium in Mohali. "The PCA will accommodate them in the clubhouse for today and the BCCI is in touch with the Ministry of External Affairs and the Home Ministry to see that they get visa for Chandigarh too. We are hopeful that it will be done by tomorrow and they will be shifted back to Chandigarh," informed GS Walia, PCA Joint Secretary.

The two adjoining cities, Chandigarh and Mohali, fall under different jurisdiction with the former a Union Territory and the latter falling under Punjab has lead to this confusion.

In the recent past whenever Mohali has hosted a match(ODI or Test) of an international repute, the visa has been issued for both the cities.

Faisalabad Wolves were earlier denied visas on the ground that they faced a security risk in India. It was feared if the Faisalabad Wolves made their way up in the tournament, they would be playing at different cities across India and hence security could have been a problem. 

The Pakistani team will begin their CLT20 campaign against New Zealand's T20 champions - Otago Volts - on September 17 at Mohali. The team's captain Misbah-ul-Haq and spin maestro Saeed Ajmal are yet to join the squad for the upcoming tournament.

The two players are currently resting after their tour to Zimbabwe for the national team. They are expected to join the squad later.

Faisalabad will be the second team from Pakistan, after Sialkot Stallions, to take part in the Champions League. The Stallions played the 2012 tournament in South Africa, but failed to qualify for the main round.
Friday, 13 September 2013
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Mitchell Johnson warns England of ferocious assault before 4th ODI in Cardiff

Australia pace bowler Mitchell Johnson has warned England to expect another ferocious assault in Saturday's fourth one-day international in Cardiff.

Johnson was not selected for the recent Ashes series which England won 3-0, but he has returned for the five limited overs matches and has already made quite an impact.

The 31-year-old left-armer has a point to prove as he looks to secure a spot in Australia's squad for the Ashes rematch on home soil later this year and he showed his pace and aggression can still cause problems when he bounced out Jonathan Trott at Old Trafford and then dismissed Kevin Pietersen the same way at Edgbaston.

"I have that confidence and belief in my bowling," Johnson said on Friday. 

"Whoever I'm up against, I'm confident I can get them out and intimidate them — that's what I'll be doing here and in every game going forward.

"When you can get those guys out with the short ball, it can be very intimidating — and the short ball is part of my armoury.

"When I've been at my best, being aggressive, I bowl that 'armpit' ball or a nice ball to the throat of the batsman — and then I try to use the ball swinging, getting it up there for the lbws or bowleds or catches behind."

Johnson senses he may have already struck some psychological blows against the opposition, as well as physical ones, after Trott was hit on the helmet in Birmingham.

"I hope they are wary of me," he said. "I just have to keep being aggressive and keep it simple."

His Ashes exclusion was hard to take and the pain of that snub has made him all the more determined to force his way back into the Test team.

"It was disappointing to find out I wasn't in the squad because I thought I'd been performing, coming back from the injury," he said.

"Watching the first ball of an Ashes series was quite hard, but then I got over it and knew I had to keep working hard."

Australia are 1-0 up with two to play in the one-day series, but, while Johnson would be pleased to help his team end a troubled tour on a high note, he is more concerned with showing he deserves to add to his 51 Test caps.

"I feel like I've been performing. I want to play Test cricket, that's my number one format," he said.
"I hope I get the chance to play against England and win an Ashes series."

Johnson admits it was not always so, but these days he will lose no sleep over the banter and abuse he often receives from England's fans.

"I didn't like it when I first came over. I didn't expect it," he said.

"I'd been in some pretty good form throughout 2009 and I didn't really expect to cop as much flak as I did.
"Now, it doesn't bother me. I know what to expect over here now.

"You start to sing the songs in your head - it's pretty catchy!
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Uday Kaul glad to be part of two four-day matches against West Indies A

Mumbai: Sep 14, 2013

Twenty20 cricket and Indian Premier League (IPL) have immensely contributed to the rise of cricketers across India. The strength of India A squads a combination of promising youngsters and senior pros who have been out of the senior team in recent times that are all set to take on West Indies ‘A’ later this month are beyond comparison.

There are also players who have been performing consistently in the domestic circuit season after season but have not been able to go to the next level.

Just when Uday Kaul, Punjab wicketkeeper-batsman thought that recognition from the national selectors was hard to come by, he has been roped in for the second and third four-day matches against the visiting Caribbeans.

The 25-year-old has been a consistent performer in front of the stumps as much as he is behind them since his debut in 2005-06.

He did not play much of IPL despite being in the Kings XI Punjab squad in the first three seasons. But he has been diligently performing in Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy among others.

Was not playing much in IPL the reason why he could not come in the limelight? “I think so. Players are noticed for their IPL heroics.

It is also a confidence booster. Many cricketers come up through the ranks, thanks to IPL. But I still feel Test cricket is the real cricket. I was not prepared for this news [India ‘A’ selection] as despite performing for a long time, I wasn’t noticed. Until now, that is,” Kaul said. 

“I have been scoring centuries regularly for five years now. I am glad it has finally paid off. Now, I will look to up my game even more,” he added.

Surprisingly, his younger brother Siddharth Kaul, a right-arm medium-pacer, got the India ‘A’ call-up before him. “But, it is a part of the process. It is not easy to get a chance. I have given my whole life to the game and I know how it works.

"It is not about who is more talented. Our family is grateful to Board of Control for Cricket in India and Punjab Cricket Association,” said father Tej Kaul, a former Indian team physiotherapist and also Uday’s mentor.

Kaul models himself on Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakkara. “He is my idol and I try to follow his style,” he added.

However, his father believes he will excel as “he is patient on the field, knows how to get runs and is tailor-made for the longer version of the game”.

Sports runs in his blood. Apart from the cricketing men in the family, his mother Sandhya Kaul is a former national gymnastics champion. It remains to be seen whether the Chandigarh lad can script a fairy tale.
Thursday, 12 September 2013
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32-year-old Dilip Doshi scalps six in an innings on Test debut


Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket (WSC) had ensured that Australian cricket was split into two when the squad arrived in India in the latter half of 1979 for their first tour in 10 years. Kim Hughes led what was called the Establishment party, one filled with rookies, to the Indian shores. The Chappells, the Lillees and the Marshs had made way for younger, inexperienced blood: the likes of Allan Border, Andrew Hilditch, Graeme Wood and Dav Whatmore. Rodney Hogg, who had taken 41 wickets in his first Test series, against England in the Ashes a year ago, was the main paceman, with Alan Hurst and Geoff Dymock for company. Jim Higgs provided the lone spin option.

India wasn’t, and still isn’t, the most alluring of tours for the western civilisation. Border, on his first tour of the tropical and exotic land, provided a colourful description in his autobiography: “For the first time you consistently face the spinning ball on very dry wickets. You have a battery of close-in fieldsmen breathing down your neck most of the time, waiting for the bat-pad catch. And as often as not, you're fighting a bout of diarrhoea or some other wretched gastric complaint while you're going through all this. It's quite a challenge, I can tell you.” 

The Australians were lucky in that they travelled up north to the cooler confines of Srinagar to face the North Zone in a tour match first up. After that, they jumped from the Himalayas straight into the furnace that is Madras ahead of the first Test. “Extreme heat coupled with extreme humidity is about as much as the western body can stand,” wrote Border. “Throw in the food and drink problem and you have a very good reason to give Madras a miss when you're planning an Indian holiday.”

That being said, the Australians spent a good 10 days acclimatising themselves with the conditions. They had arrived from the World Cup in England earlier than the Indians themselves and thus were more equipped than Sunil Gavaskar’s men when the first Test started on September 11. Hughes called right at the toss and gladly put his team in to bat. Andrew Hilditch fell early after clipping a Kapil Dev outswinger straight to gully, before Border came in at one-down and stuck around with Graeme Wood for a while to take the score to 75 without further damage. It was here that a 32-year-old debutant left-arm spinner made his first entry into the record books.

After a decade of playing First-Class cricket for Bengal, two seasons with Nottinghamshire and a stint with Northumberland, Doshi, now living in Hampstead, received a telephone call from his brother in Calcutta informing him that he had been picked in the 14-man Indian squad for the first two Tests against Australia at home. Even though there was another left-arm spinner in the side in Rajinder Singh Hans, Doshi could not help but be over the moon since he felt that he "would not have been included unless I was to make the final eleven."

Doshi flew down to India along with his young family, and the trip would begin inauspiciously after their baggage did not arrive in Bombay with them. His would be roommate Yajurvindra Singhtold CricketCountry of Doshi's plight: "He was very conscious of his clothes; he was the best dressed member of the team — very fussy about his appearance. Unfortunately, when he has called up for the match from London, his bags did not turn up. He was very disturbed and quite pissed off."

A flustered Doshi's mood lightened up a notch after Hughes won the toss and put India in to field, since Doshi wanted to get his hands on the ball as soon as possible. And then, with the score on 75 for one, Wood tried to pull Doshi's quicker ball and missed, and was trapped leg-before. This brought the captain Hughes to the crease to partner young Border, who had been dropped by Yajurvindra when he had still not opened his account. The blue-blooded Indian, who carved a reputation of being one of India's best close-in fielders, recalled: "We had strategised against Border after watching him in the nets, since we hadn't watched him bat earlier. We noticed that he liked to flick the ball off his legs and, thus, captain Sunil Gavaskar stationed me at backward short-leg and Kapil Dev was instructed to bowl late inswing. But sometimes, when you plan something and anticipate it, anxiety creeps in. Border did exactly what we expected him to and flicked it towards me, but the ball came into my belly and went out."

Border played a chanceless innings after that initial reprieve and ensured that Yajurvindra got all the flak possible from his teammates throughout the day. Border had scored a brilliant century against South Zone at Hyderabad just a few days ago and was well on course for another one at Madras. "Every movement he made was measured and purposeful," noted the Australian Associated Press. "He was absolutely solid in defence and brilliant in attack. His concentration was sorely tested as he lingered 10 minutes or more on 99, trying not to be put off by the whistles, stamping and handclapping of 30,000 Indians eager to see the first century of the series. He broke the deadlock when he swung left-armer Dilip Doshi for four, his 17th of the innings." Border thus brought up his sixth First-Class ton and second Test century, even as Australia took their score to 244 for two at stumps, with Border on 129 and Hughes unbeaten on an equally good 77.

The next day, Hughes fell after making a round 100 to end a 222-run third-wicket partnership. Hughes, who had played responsibly to reach three figures, was out to a shot he would rue. The right-hander danced down the track to Doshi trying to whack him over mid-off, but misconnected and hit the ball straight to Srinivas Venkataraghavan in the covers. This would be the start of Australia's decline. Border would depart soon after, via a rather unfortunate mode of dismissal: Graham Yallop's powerful straight drive off Doshi took the deflection off the bowler's arm before crashing into the stumps, with Border backing up a bit too far. Thus, after a seven-hour marathon including 24 fours and a six, Border fell for 162 off 360 deliveries. Doshi bowled a terrific spell of five for 40 in about 11 overs, finishing with figures of six for 103; and Australia slumped from 297 for two to 390 all-out. It was a memorable debut for Doshi, who went on to take two more wickets in the second innings and record match figures of eight for 167. This set Doshi on the way to a rare record: he, Clarrie Grimmett and Saeed Ajmal are the only bowlers so far to have taken 100 Test wickets after starting their international careers aged above 30.

The match, meanwhile, was drawn after India responded to Australia's total with 425 runs of their own, with Gavaskar, Syed Kirmani, Dilip Vengsarkar, Yashpal Sharma and Kapil all getting half-centuries. This was enough to send the match towards a draw, all but nullifying the efforts of the two protagonists — Border and Doshi. It has been said that Border's century at Madras was the turning point of his career, a performance which really established him in the Australian side. Border wrote of it, "Despite my lack of respect for Madras as a city, I have fond memories of it from a personal achievement viewpoint...It was my highest score in a young Test career and my 222-run partnership with Hughes for the second wicket was a source of great satisfaction for us both." Yajurvindra, the man who allowed Border the liberty to do so, agrees that the 24-year-old "batted beautifully. He played the cover drive really well and also played the square-cut brilliantly. Everyone in the team gave me a dirty look after that. He still treats me to a beer for it."