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March 9, 2011

India vs Holland: Yuvraj’s butter-fingers moment


New Delhi: Here are the Plays of the Day from the World Cup, Group B match between India and Netherlands in Delhi.

Slip of the day

Just the ball before he trapped Wesley Barresi plumb in front, Yuvraj Singh had his butter-fingers moment (which would have made Netherlands’ shirt sponsors Amul guffaw). Funnily enough, he had gone through his bowling action but instead of the ball pitching in front, it lobbed out of his hands in the reverse direction and almost took umpire Steve Davis’ head off. Both men could only laugh at the freakish incident.

Tendulkar moment of the day

Ryan ten Doeschate lined up to bowl his first ball. Facing him was Sachin Tendulkar. The Dutchman immediately pushed the short fine leg, which was square originally, finer. Tendulkar glanced at the change and ten Doeschate pitched fuller. The ball seamed in towards Tendulkar’s legs. The aim was to trap him in front of the wicket. But Tendulkar had smartly moved in slightly and flicked the ball delicately exactly past the point where the fielder was originally stood. Ahem.

Shots of the day

In ten Doeschate’s second over, Tendulkar skipped a step and then two steps forward to cream him in front of square. Even Yashpal Sharma, one of the Indian selectors, was so impressed at the master’s technique, that he started shadow-playing the straight arc of the bat that only Tendulkar draws while playing his stroke.

Flop of the day

All the buzz around Netherlands coming in to the game was to do with ten Doeschate, the only Associate player with an IPL contract; the only big fella among the little guys; the only one in a team of Bas Zuiderents and Peter Borrens worth watching. When he got in at 70 for 2, opportunity and the big stage called out his name. Less than half an hour into a brief, unremarkable innings, ten Doeschate was lulled by one of Yuvraj’s lollies, which dipped on him. His expansive strike down the ground, carried only as far as Zaheer Khan on the long-off fence. When he bowled later in the evening, he was munched for 23 runs in his first two overs.

Invisible men of the day

Who would have thought guys called Szwarczynski & Barresi could be anyone other than deep defenders for a 1990ish AC Milan? Who could foresee that at this World Cup, Szwarczynski & Barresi would belong to a tribe that includes the pairs of Watson and Haddin, Pietersen and Strauss, Sehwag and Tendulkar, and Tharanga and Dilshan? Netherlands openers Eric Szwarczynski and Wesley Barresi, both South African born, put together 56 in 15 overs. When they crossed 50, like Cold War spies exchanging briefcases, they met each other at the centre of the wicket, quietly tapped gloves, nodded and went back to their ends. No one noticed; no one applauded.

Mess of the day

Virat Kohli steered a Peter Borren delivery towards an unmanned backward square leg and raced for what he thought was a possible double. His partner Gautam Gambhir, running steadily, had settled for a single in the mind. But at the behest of Kohli’s call, Gambhir turned back and set off for the second run while Kolhi, who had taken a few strides, suddenly stopped having noticed ten Doeschate’s swift charge from deep square leg. By then Gambhir was stuck halfway down the pitch. Unfortunately for Netherlands, captain Borren, standing mid-pitch failed to cleanly collect the throw, and his fumble allowed Gambhir to scamper home. Fortunately for the Netherlands, Borren made quick amends in his next over, beating Kohli’s defence and hit off stump.

March 3, 2011

Netherlands Win Toss, Elect To Bowl Against SAfrica


Mohali, Mar 3: The Netherlands captain Peter Borren won the toss and elected to bowl against South Africa in their Group B match of the cricket World Cup here today.

South Africa have made one change to their team, bringing in Morne van Wyk instead of Johan Botha.

The Netherlands are playing the same team which lost to the West Indies in its previous group match.


The Netherlands: Peter Borren (capt), A Kervezee, WBarresi, T Cooper, R ten Doeschate, B Zuiderent, T de Grooth,Mudassar Bukhari, P Seelaar, B Loots, B Westdijk

South Africa: Graeme Smith (capt), H Amla, J Kallis, ABde Villiers, JP Duminy, F du Plessis, M van Wyk, R Peterson, M Morkel, D Steyn, Imran Tahir. PTI

March 3, 2011

Ireland put India on notice with exciting victory over England

Bangalore: A sensational victory over England emboldened minnows Ireland to put co-hosts India on notice in their next Group B encounter on Sunday in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

‘This dramatic victory has given us more confidence to play the next match against India with full potential. We will have to win every match hereafter if we have to move into the second round,’ an elated Irish skipper William Porterfield told reporters here on Wednesday after beating England by three wickets chasing an imposing 327 runs.

Terming the win historic that would bring lot of smiles back home, Porterfield said on Wednesday was the greatest day in their life because of the best performance they had up against a fancied England.

‘We believed in ourselves and Kevin O’Brien was brilliant. We knew that we are capable of winning. Alex Cusack and John Mooney too chipped in and credit to the lads for their tremendous effort,’ Porterfield asserted.

Though the target (of 328) looked daunting, especially after he got out on the very first ball with no score on the board, Peterfield said he sensed victory after O’Brien and Cusack put out a fighting 162 partnership for the sixth wicket and believed that the other batsmen could chase down the winning post in the same spirit.

‘We had done well in the warm-up games. We had nearly chased down 300 against New Zealand and believed in ourselves that we can chase down 328 today,’ he recalled.

Giving full credit to O’Brien for turning the match in their favour with the fastest century in the World Cup, Porterfield said though the team had won a great game, they had a long way to go to qualify for the quarterfinals, as they have to maintain the winning momentum.


‘We have played a great game and won. That’s not enough. We are hoping to repeat such performances and stay in the race for the quarterfinals. We want to qualify for the quarterfinals,’ Porterfield said.

O’Brien, who bettered by 16 balls former Australian opener Matthew Hayden’s World Cup fastest 100 off 66 balls against South Africa in 2007, said he was speechless.

‘Not being able to believe it. I am quite speechless and yet to sink in. I got a bit of luck and things went my way. If we had gotten out soon, it would have been a boring game for the supporters and so I decided to chance my arm, it paid off,’ an upbeat 26-year-old O’Brien said after posting 113 off just 63 balls with six sixes and 13 boundaries.