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|India's Yuvraj Singh acknowledges the crowd during a practice session prior to the third one day international cricket match between India and Sri Lanka, in Cuttack.|
India vs Sri Lanka 3rd ODI at Cuttack – India eye to take lead in the series on flat wicket at Barabati Stadium
On the other hand
Yuvraj Singh who missed the first two ODI’s is most likely to fit and will most probably play in the crucial encounter against
However the main concern for
With the series leveled at 1-1, both teams will be keen to take the lead in the series to get their hand closer to the Karbon Mobile Cup. Indian team in the last game didn’t got flying start and that’s why they were short by 20-30 runs in the end at
Watch out for
Yuvraj Singh: After winning the game for
T.Dilshan: Back to back century in two matches is enough to give headaches for the newly appointed Captain Virendra Sehwag. He is in prime form and if he continues to play like what he did in
Pitch & Condition
The pitch at Barabati Stadium,
M.S.Dhoni who will be serving two match banned will be replaced by Dinesh Karthik and Virat Kohli is likely to make a way for stylish left-hander Yuvraj Singh. Ishant Sharma is also likely to get a game in place of Praveen Kumar who hasn’t done well on a wicket which provides less movement and support for his bowling style.
Likely Playing XI for both Teams (Match is Schedule to begin at 14:30 PM
India Squad: V.Sehwag (Captain), S.Tendulkar, G.Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, D.Karthik (WK), Ravinder Jadeja, H.Singh, Z.khan, A.Nehra, Ishant Sharma.
Sri Lanka Squad: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara (Captain & WK), Mahela Jayawardene, T.Kandamby, Sanath Jayasuriya, Suraj Randiv, Nuwan Kulasekara, Ajantha Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekara, Chanaka Welegedara.
Stats & Trivia
Friday, December 18, 2009
All-rounder Yuvraj Singh has been again ruled out while opening batsman Virender Sehwag is fit as India take on Sri Lanka in the second One-Day International at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium on Friday.
Yuvraj, who missed the first ODI in Rajkot with a finger fracture, is yet to recover from his injury and is also down with flu while Sehwag has recovered from the ankle injury he suffered while fielding in the last match.
After the record run feast in Rajkot, where more than 800 runs were scored for the second time in ODIs, bowlers won’t have a respite as the VCA Stadium also promises a run-friendly wicket.
Chief curator Praveen Hingnekar, however, promised that it won’t be a repeat of Rajkot, but said that a score of 300 runs or more can be achieved. Since it is a day-night match, toss will be a crucial factor.
“I expect scores of over 300 for sure. But the fast bowlers will definitely get some help early on with the new ball, and fielding first may not be a bad option,” he said.
In such a scenario, the spotlight will be again on Sehwag, who struck a whirlwind 146 in Rajkot, as India will be looking to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. There won’t be many changes in the side that won in Rajkot, but medium pacer Sudip Tyagi may make his debut in place of Praveen Kumar.
On a perfect batting track, Sri Lankans are in a spot of bother. Their two most experienced bowlers Muttiah Muralitharan and Dilhara Fernando have been ruled out with injuries. They have brought in two off-spinners, Muthumudalige Pushpakumara and Suraj Randiv in the squad in Muralitharan’s absence.
After missing out the first match due to an injury, fast bowler Lasith Malinga is likely to make a comeback to bolster the attack. Mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis can also come in as a replacement for Muralitharan.
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New Delhi: Unconfirmed reports suggest that Yuvraj singh
has been sacked as captain of Kings XI Punjab ahead of the third season of the IPL.
No replacement has been named yet, according to reports.
Yuvraj, who was the icon player of the franchise, led them to the semi-final in the first edition. But with a 7-7 win-loss record, the team failed to make the last four in the second edition played in South Africa earlier this year.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Deepika Padukone who had a recent split with her actor boyfriend Ranbir is in a hunt for a eligible mate these days. It is already a fact that the actress is in touch with her past boyfriend Yuvraj Singh who is a lead cricketer in Indian cricket team.
On December 6th, 2009 as soon as the India won the test match against Srilanka to clinch series and also to least the test cricket rankings table, Deepika is said to have called Yuvi on his mobile and congratulated him for being a part on a winning team.
Late in the evening, Yuvraj Singh called on Deepika and chatted with her for almost an hour which is said to be the hot topic in the Bollywood industry.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
At 36, Sachin Tendulkar may be the oldest member of the Indian cricket team but he clearly resents being called a grandfather by his teammates.
Recently when Tendulkar celebrated his 20 years in international cricket, Yuvraj Singh had jokingly said that the veteran batsman was called a 'grandfather' in the Indian dressing room now.
"We have started calling him grandfather," Yuvraj had quipped.
Asked what he thought of the reference, Tendulkar said, "I warned him to think twice before calling me grandpa because I have many names to call him in front of the camera."
Tendulkar said even he has a few nicknames for Yuvraj but refused to specify what they might be.
"I have many names for him too, which I cannot reveal in front of the TV camera. I am not revealing them now as I am giving him a chance after my warning," he told a TV channel.
Friday, November 27, 2009
India achieved their biggest victory against Sri Lanka and in the process clinched their 100th Test win on the fourth day of the second Test in Kanpur. India's previous best against their neighbors was a victory by an innings and 119 runs in 1994 and they bettered that with ease today. Thilan Samaraweera resisted the inevitable with an assured fifty but it was always just a matter of time before India wrapped up the game.
The only question at the start of the day was how long Sri Lanka would delay defeat. They batted positively, adding 149 runs in the first session, but India kept taking wickets at regular intervals. Samaraweera was involved in two fighting partnerships with Prasanna Jayawardene and Ajantha Mendis, which not only proved that the pitch wasn't bad for batting but also showed the top order in poor light.
India's only concern was Zaheer Khan's no-ball problems (12 in this game and 21 in the series) but he started the day by dismissing Angelo Mathews in his first over. Mathews had hit three consecutive fours, which included a pull, and Zaheer placed a man at deep square-leg and tested Mathews with more bouncers. The first was fended off in an ungainly manner and the next was top-edged to backward point where Rahul Dravid took a lunging catch.
Samaraweera proceeded to stitch together a 61-run partnership with Prasanna who, much like in the first innings, flattered to deceive. He was looking good with his cuts and sweeps but was cleaned up by an off break from round the stumps from Harbhajan Singh. It drifted away and broke back in but Prasanna left a big bat-pad gap and was bowled. Muttiah Muralitharan indulged himself with a typical hit-and-giggle knock filled with slog sweeps but fell, going for yet another big hit.
Samaraweera, who then added 73 runs with a determined Ajantha Mendis to frustrate India, was rarely troubled during his stay, the highlight of which was a whippy on-drive to a delivery on off and middle stump from Sreesanth. He rarely looked hurried, tackled the spinners and seamers and unfurled several pleasing on drives. The series now moves to Mumbai for the third Test that starts on December 2.Scorecard and ball-by-ball details
A thumping victory for the hosts, their 100th in Tests; they played their first in 1932-33 and won their first game in 1952 against England. The pair of Mendis and Samaraweera kept India frustrated for well over an hour but the introduction of Yuvraj Singh into the attack broke the stand. It's also their third-biggest victory (in terms of runs) in Tests. India struck an early blow this morning, getting rid of Mathews, who failed to spot a slower one. Prasanna and Samaraweera then added a half-century stand before the former fell to a beauty by Harbhajan. Herath didn't last too long, Murali entertained and left before Mendis dug in. Yuvraj, though, eventually struck, followed by Ojha, to leave Samaraweera stranded.
We'll get you the presentation details in just a bit.
Sangakkara: "It was a very good wicket. A bit in it for a few overs. It got slower and slower and made it a bit difficult to bat on. Exceptional performance by Sreesanth, great first innings by India and a poor one from us. that decided the match. We needed good partnerships; lose shots here and there, and that cost us. If the batsmen apply themselves and and occupy the crease, the the pitch is a good one to bat on. We have to be mentally strong to come back in Mumbai. We need to create chances early and take them."
Dhoni: "The wicket was quite good. Nothing even close to what we played on in Ahmedabad. The grass was kept on the track throughout. It started to turn a bit on the first day and kept a little low. It was important that we got that many runs on the first day. The changes in side brought in some fresh legs, Sreesanth is one of the best reverse swing bowlers in India. Ojha had a very good debut. It was important to win this big and gain the momentum; there will be something for the fast bowlers as well as spinners in Mumbai. It's a moment of pride for me, this 100th win, and I am honoured to be part of this side."
Sreesanth is the Man of the Match for his six-wicket match haul.
Sreesanth: "God's been kind. I have lots of people to thank. Yet to read all those messages. I'm working on my pace, am trying to get it to the 145 kmph mark, I'm feeling good. I want to thank Warwickshire and the Indian board for letting me play there, I played quite a bit of domestic cricket too and learnt a lot. There is room for improvement and I want to keep on learning. "
That's all we have from here, folks. Thanks for tuning in and sending us your feedback. Join us again for the next game on December 2, being played in Mumbai. Until then, on behalf of George Binoy and Siddarth Ravindran, this is Sid Talya signing off. Be well!
Ojha to Welegedara, OUT, this Test is over, innings and 144 run victory for India, Welegedara closes the face of the bat too soon, leading edge pops up to Ojha, India celebrate their 100th Test win, dogged effort from Samaraweera but he has run out of partners
UWMBCA Welegedara c & b Ojha 4 (5m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00
Ojha to Samaraweera, 1 run, tossed up by Ojha, slightly full outside off, driven to extra cover, takes the single this time after refusing one off the first ball
Ojha to Samaraweera, no run, drifts into the batsman, driven towards mid-offEnd of over 65 (5 runs) Sri Lanka 268/9
|UWMBCA Welegedara||4* (4b 1x4)||Yuvraj Singh||2-0-7-1|
|TT Samaraweera||77* (121b 11x4)||S Sreesanth||11-4-47-1|
Yuvraj Singh to Welegedara, FOUR, prods at the ball away from his body, drops wide of first slip, and runs away to the third man
Yuvraj Singh to Welegedara, no run, gets well forward and defends to the leg side
Yuvraj Singh to Welegedara, no run, struck on the back pad again, sliding down the leg side
Yuvraj Singh to Welegedara, no run, tossed up, blocked back to the bowler
Yuvraj Singh to Mendis, OUT, breakthrough! one wicket to go, the ball goes straight on with the arm, Mendis looks to defend off the front foot, is struck on the back pad, he's gone lbw
BAW Mendis lbw b Yuvraj Singh 27 (88m 75b 3x4 0x6) SR: 36.00
Yuvraj Singh to Samaraweera, 1 run, full and wide, punched to mid-off
Yuvraj Singh has been given the ball nowEnd of over 64 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 263/8
|BAW Mendis||27* (74b 3x4)||S Sreesanth||11-4-47-1|
|TT Samaraweera||76* (120b 11x4)||Yuvraj Singh||1-0-2-0|
Time for drinks, these two have done an excellent job. Samaraweera's been extremely solid and Mendis' performance just shows how favourable the track still is for batting. He's survived these 74 balls with very few hiccups. India have tried six bowlers during the course of this stand and have failed to dislodge them.
Sreesanth to Mendis, no run, wayward stuff, short and wide and leaving him further, leaves it be
Sreesanth to Mendis, no run, full on the off, coming in a hint, pushed back to the bowler
Sreesanth to Mendis, no run, gets it to reverse, comes in and lands full on middle, tries to flick it through square leg, is struck on the pads
Sreesanth to Mendis, no run, bowled it full on the off stump, defended towards cover
Sreesanth to Mendis, 4 byes, terrible delivery down the leg side, well wide of Dhoni who can't reach it diving to his left, four byes
Sreesanth to Mendis, 2 runs, angling it in towards middle and leg, works it through square leg for a couple
An hour since lunch and no wicket yet. The frustration for India growsEnd of over 63 (2 runs) Sri Lanka 257/8
|TT Samaraweera||76* (120b 11x4)||Yuvraj Singh||1-0-2-0|
|BAW Mendis||25* (68b 3x4)||SR Tendulkar||1-0-6-0|
Yuvraj Singh to Samaraweera, no run, plenty of confusion as he works it away into the leg side towards square leg, there's a misfield but all's well in the end, they ultimately decide against the single
Yuvraj Singh to Samaraweera, no run
Yuvraj Singh to Samaraweera, no run, huge appeal for lbw, angling in from wide of the crease, gets outside the line to defend with a big stride, it turns away a hint to strike him on the pads
Yuvraj Singh to Samaraweera, 2 runs, comes down the track and drives it inside out wide of long-off for a couple of runs
Yuvraj Singh to Samaraweera, no run, pushed it fuller by bowling it slower through the air on the off, tries to push it into the off side, gets a thick inside edge towards midwicket
A silly point moves in
Yuvraj Singh to Samaraweera, no run, slightly short on the off, defended towards cover
Dhoni trying all his options, Yuvraj comes onEnd of over 62 (6 runs) Sri Lanka 255/8
|BAW Mendis||25* (68b 3x4)||SR Tendulkar||1-0-6-0|
|TT Samaraweera||74* (114b 11x4)||S Sreesanth||10-4-45-1|
Tendulkar to Mendis, no run, pushed off the front foot towards point, giving it plenty of air is Tendulkar
Tendulkar to Mendis, no run, spun away after landing on a good length outside off, leaves it be
Tendulkar to Samaraweera, 1 run, trying to entice him with the flight, just punches it towards mid-off
|Batsmen||Runs||B||4s||6s||SR||This bowler||Last 10 ovs||Mat||Runs||HS||Ave|
|Thilan Samaraweera (rhb)||78||123||11||0||63.41||17 (49b)||15 (27b)||56||3937||231||52.49|
|*Pragyan Ojha (sla)||15.3||4||36||2||2.32||73||3||1||0.3-0-1-1||1||4||2/36||18.25|
|Yuvraj Singh (sla)||2.0||0||7||1||3.50||9||1||0||2-0-7-1||30||8||2/9||48.50|
Recent overs . . 2 . . . | 2 4b . . . . | 1 W . . . 4 | . 1 W
Last Bat UWMBCA Welegedara c & b Ojha 4 (5m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00
Fall of wicket: 269/10 (65.3 ov); Partnership: 5 runs, 1.1 overs, RR: 4.28 (Samaraweera 1, Welegedara 4)