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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Will India survive the Last Day?

It has been an exciting series so far and it boils down to the 'last day' of the final test match. The series so far has contained all the 'masala' a bollywood pot-boiler would have. The stories and happenings both on the field and off the field has lifted the Aus-India series to a new level.

Now it comes down to this '5th day' battle and the million dollar question 'Will Indian batsmen survive the last day'. History on the same ground tells us all a different story. In 2004, India had pulled a stunning victory over Aussies when both teams had completed 500 runs in their respective 1st innings. In 2006, Australia had pulled off another Ashes historic win, when they beat England by 6 wickets. Again both teams had scored more than 500 runs in their 1st innings.

As things stand, this match happens to be in the same state as the Aus-Eng match in the 2006. England could not survive and Australia chased down the target.

Apart from the history of the Adeliade ground, we all know about India's vulnerability in the 2nd innings of a test match. Leave the umpiring decisions aside, Indian tail could not survive the last 10 minutes of the Sydney test match. Tail-enders have put up a great show in the 1st innings by throwing their bats around but when it comes to survive they have been found lacking. India do not have a big lead on the board, hence they have not alternative but survive all the sessions of the last day. Hence, it may boil down to how the top-order and tail stands up to the contest.

Moreover, Australians are all charged up and would like to give one of their greats 'Gilly' a resounding farewell. Adam Gilchrist changed the complexion of the 'wicket-keeper' batsman in the history of cricket. He has really given the best performance both in front & behind the stumps.

Oh boy....ODI has changed test cricket... gone are the days when we used to see similar scoresheets and give up on the last day as match heading for a draw....

Who knows what the 'crystall-ball' has in store for us tomorrow...

One placard in the Perth Test carried truely fits the bill today again...

" Heart says India, but Head says Australia"

From 'oracle' point, a T20 match scenario might just be on the cards..Australia trying to chase down 150-175 in the last 20-25 overs...

Indian blues...all the best 2-1 would be the score which would make us all happy..And a 2-2 result would send the INDIAN FANS index to a 'stock' high level

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Weekly Roundup - Perth Test

It has been a week where lots has happened.....

It has been a deja vu for the Indian Team...they have stopped Aussies in their tracks once again. They did the same in 2001 at Eden Gardens and have now done it in Aussies own backyard at Perth. It was hyped that India would not even last 3 days on a bouncy and fastest pitch in the world. Unfortunately the Aussies tasted their own medicine and lost the match.

Inspired India end Australia's streak - @ cricinfo.

Kumble would not have dreamt a better time to have his 600 wicket in the test match. A test match which is going to be remembered by all for a long time to come.

The master of nuances @ cricinfo

Immediately after the Test win, the Indian Selectors have announced the ODI team. And as usual have sprung quite a few surprises. The selection has the Bengal Tigers up in arm again. It is time Indian Seniors are treated with some dignity. The seniors have stood like pillar of strength during the crisis Indian Team faced during the past couple of weeks. They have shown dignity and solidarity in keeping the team as one unit.

Dada dropped, Raina goes over the Wall

And the most happy man of the week must be The comeback kid – Irfan Pathan....

Congratulations to Indian Team...hope they carry this performance to the Adelaide...

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

New Tiny Laptop from APPLE - Unveiled


A slide of the MacBook Air, from the back.
(Credit: Daniel Terdiman/CNET News.com)



Wow...Steve Jobs does have it in him to throw surprises Last year it was the IPHONE and this year he unveiled the slim laptop to world @ the MACWORLD in San Francisco

Read the details in this news article

"The new laptop, which has a 13.3-inch screen and full-sized laptop keyboard, will cost $1,799 when it goes on sale in two weeks, though Apple is taking orders now. The company's Web site is already touting the machine. The price is competitive with other laptops in its market segment."

Laptop is slated to be 3 pounds in weight and with 2GM memory.

Read the details at the following links
http://www.news.com/one-more-thing/8301-13579_3-9850085-37.html?tag=head
http://www.macworldexpo.com/

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Start of New Year - Nothing has changed

A new year has begun but the fortunes of Indian Cricket team do not seem to change.

The same old story, the top order is bundled out but the team cannot deliver the final blow. Let's give credit to Brad Hogg & Symonds for being ODI batsman and in the team for their all-round capabilities. BUT what about Brett Lee, Johnson.... they contributed approx 80 runs to the Australian total.

Everyone may be skeptical about the umpiring decision, but it is high time Indian Cricket team admit that they donot posses the killer instinct to be treated as world-class beaters.

Hope the diet change suggested by indian team management improves the team's hunger for doing well... Details are in this article

Hope things improve in the batting for the Indian Team and they can post a good total on board.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year - 2008

WISHING ALL A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR

HOPE 2008 brings lots of luck and blesses everyone with best wishes in their endavors.