Tuesday, 19 June 2012

England vs West Indies Live Streaming

England vs West Indies Cricket Series

After registering a 2-0 test series win over West Indies, England eyes an ODI series win. This is a short ODI series consisting of three matches out of which first one is already won by England. The home team is highly confident after clinching a 114 runs mammoth win in the opening ODI. 

It has been a fairy tale start for Ian Bell who got an opportunity to fill the place of Kevin Pietersen as an opener. He struck a swashbuckling ton in the first ODI scoring 126 runs when he sent the ball out of the boundary 13 times. (12 boundaries and a sixer). He was well supported by Trot, Morgan, etc. England managed a good score of 288 to  beat West Indies by 114 runs. Bresnan got four wickets and he was the most impressive English bowler that day.

It is likely that England will stick to the four quickies. Swann will add variety to the English bowling attack with his bowling variations and the arm ball. Meanwhile the touring team was again deceived by some good England's bowling. Facing a daunting task they failed miserably. They need to pull their socks up as its just two more games to go. A loss here at the Oval will seal series for England.

West Indies have had a disappointing tour so far here in England. They would like to clinch the remaining two ODIs for pride. They also have to play a T20  match against England on 24th June. So still a total of three international matches to go for West Indies to play for their pride and gain some consolation wins.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Pakistan vs Srilanka 2012 Live Streaming - Ten Sports

Pakistan vs Srilanka Cricket Series
Pakistan tours to Sri Lanka for two T20 international cricket matches, five ODI matches and three test matches. After a long and exciting Indian Premier League now the impetus shifts to international cricket. Already West Indies is playing England in England and now we have two Asian cricketing heavyweight taking each other for all forms of this game.

Following is the schedule for Pakistan's tour to Srilanka:
1st T20 - 1st June 2012
2nd T20 - 3rd June 2012

1st ODI - 7th June 2012
2nd ODI - 9th June 2012
3rd ODI - 13th June 2012
4th ODI - 16th June 2012
5th ODI - 18th June 2012

1st Test - 22nd June to 26th June 2012
2nd Test - 30th June to 4th July 2012
3rd Test - 8th July to 12th July 2012

Mahela Jayawardene will be the skipper for Srilanka team. They have included players like Chandimal, Dilshan, Kapugedara, Kulasekara, Malinga, Angelo Mathews and many more to name. Srilankan side looks very strong on paper and is a very hard team to beat at home.

Meanwhile Mohammad Hafeez will lead the Pakistani team in T20 format whereas Misbah Ul Haq will take care of ODI and Test team captaincy. Pakistan has good renowned players like Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Umar Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Yaseer Arafat, etc in their squad. These players look good enough to provide a good resistance to the home team.

As far as the head to head records are concerned Pakistan has won 16 test matches and lost 9 to Srilanka. Pakistan also has an upper hand in the ODI version where they have managed to win 76 ODI matches and lost 47 so far to Srilanka. Pakistan also leads the T20 tally with 5 wins and 2 defeats against the Lankans. 

Last time they met each other for a test series in United Arab Emirates which was clinched by Pakistan (1-0). Their last ODI encounter was in Asia Cup which was won by Pakistan. They also played a T20 cricket match in UAE which again went to Pakistan. 

So overall if we have a close look at the records as well as recent form, Pakistan has an upper hand but Srilanka has the home advantage which we can't write off. Overall this promises to be an exciting cricket series between Pakistan and Srilanka.

Friday, 18 May 2012

England vs West Indies 2012 Test Series Live Streaming

Eng Vs WI Cricket Series 2012

England managed to clinch the top position in test cricket ICC ratings and now they take on West Indies at home. West Indies was once the most dominating team but since the mid of 90s they have really struggled to make a mark. After World Cup 2012, we have observed improvement in the performances of West Indies cricket team. But these improved performances are seen in patches.

England Vs West Indies Test Series comprises of three test matches and following is the schedule for the same:-

England Vs West Indies 1st Test match - Lord's - May 17 to May 21
England Vs West Indies 2nd Test match - Trent Bridge - May 25 to May 29
England Vs West Indies 3rd Test match - Edgbaston - June 7 to June 11

England has done pretty well in last few years. After the Ashes success and thumping India at home, they reached the apex of ICC Test rankings and also received ICC Test Championship mace. They are also at the top of ICC T20 rankings. But recently they suffered some bad defeats which had put them under the scanner. This series would help them regain some confidence and play well in future series.

Cricketing fraternity may not expect wonders from West Indies but yes for the sake of good competition, fans would expect a good tussle between the teams. Players like Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Darren Sammy will have to play major roles in the team.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

IPL 2012 Live Updates

IPL 2012 reaches its grand stage

IPL 2012 grabs more and more eyeballs and none of the team in this year's edition looks unbeatable. None of the match results are predictable and that adds to the interest. We haven't yet observed even a single team that looks purely dominating and which could top the points tally till the end. A team which is placed on the fourth position registers a win and clinches the apex of the tally. This year's edition is clearly the most open IPL we have ever seen.

One more interesting fact this year is that none of the teams are favourites at home. We have seen teams winning away and losing at home. Another aspect that makes the results unpredictable and enthralling. As far as team performances are concerned, Pune Warriors and Mumbai Indians top the charts for the time being but even they haven't been as impressive as two best teams so far. Chennai Super Kings lacks consistency because on a day they would lose badly and on the other day they pull out a thrilling win. They need to be consistent if they are looking for an IPL hat trick.

Rajasthan Royals look good under the captaincy of Rahul Dravid but same is the case with this as well. They need to improve their winning record away from home. Kings Eleven Punjab and Deccan Chargers have looked the most unimpressive teams so far. But considering the early stages of IPL, three to four wins on the trot can bring these teams in top four standings of the tally.

As far as individual performances are concerned, Ajinkya Rahane, Francois du Plessis and Owais Shah have looked brilliant with their batting. They have played risk free innings so far. As far as swashbuckling batting is concerned we have seen Morkel, Gayle, Pollard and many more to name who have hammered bowlers all over the parks.

Bowling has looked much more improved this year than the earlier editions of IPL. This year none of the matches looked one sided affairs for batsmen. Bowlers have contributed equally in the wins. Malinga, Cooper, Munaf, Bollinger, etc have topped the chart so far. Even the spinners like Muralitharan, Ojha, Hogg, etc have troubled the batsmen to a large extent.

Cricket is a game which looks complete only when all the departments fire which comprise of bowling, batting and fielding. This year's IPL has seen all these departments contributing equally in all the matches, in turn making this edition interesting and a huge success so far!

Friday, 13 April 2012

Chennai Vs Pune Live Streaming

Chennai Vs Pune Live Streaming

Its time for another match featuring the defending champions Chennai Super Kings. They visit Pune to take on Pune Warriors India. Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly's team Pune will face current Indian captain's team viz. Chennai Super Kings.

After winning two games in the beginning, Pune Warriors suffered a dismal loss against Punjab. They would like to erase those memories by registering a win over the defending champions here at Sahara Stadium in Pune. Their batting performance was disastrous against Punjab which led them to their first loss in IPL 2012.

Chennai Super Kings were criticised for their out of form display in the earlier matches. But what a bounce back they made! They silenced all critics by chasing a huge total of 205 against Bangalore in Bangalore. Swashbuckling Faf du Plessis hammered Bangalore to score 71 from 46 balls. Dhoni contributed 41 from 24 balls and who can forget Kohli's over where he gave away 28 runs to Abie Morkel and changed the course of this match.

As far as the bowling unit of Pune Warriors is concerned, it has been very disciplined. Ashok Dinda is doing a very good job supported by Rahul Sharma and Ashish Nehra. They would like to bring in Murali Karthik and play seven batsmen.

Chennai Super Kings bowlers looked good in patches during this edition. They leaked 205 runs against Bangalore which could be a worry for Dhoni but when he would think of the class of his bowlers he might not worry. Bollinger, Morkel, Jakati, Jadeja, Bravo and Ashwin could easily make one of the most formidable bowling unit that a captain can ever have.

Chennai is fired up and beating them on any ground in India is difficult. So Pune will have to toil hard if they have to win on this slow natured pitch which would support spinners. Let us expect a thrilling contest between Dhoni and Ganguly's team which can make this Saturday worthwhile!

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Rajasthan Royals Live Streaming

Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Rajasthan Royals Live Streaming

This IPL is turning out to be the most open tournament so far! Any of these teams could be termed favourites and the way Chennai was being criticised for their bad performance so far, they had their own ways to silence the critics! They thumped Royal Challengers Bangalore by chasing 205 runs and two special things in this match were Bollinger's over where Challengers lost 4 wickets and Morkel's blazing 28 runs in Kohli's over. In the other match Pune Warriors finally faced a defeat in this IPL as they lost against Punjab at Mohali.

Now its time to shift the impetus towards Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals. Finally Kolkata registered a resounding win over Royal Challengers Bangalore and they would wish to continue the winning momentum against Rajasthan at the Eden Gardens. They have played three and won just one. On the other hand Rajasthan Royals begun their IPL 2012 account with two straight wins at home followed by a defeat against Mumbai in Mumbai. 

Rajasthan will have to improve their "away record" and this is one of the best opportunities for them to do so. Although Kolkata has a win under their belt but their team has looked out of form and Rajasthan should capitalise on this opportunity. Rajasthan is currently placed on the fourth position with two wins and a loss.

Owais Shah's batting in a lost cause against Mumbai Indians was exceptionally well. He played a pure T20 innings where he manipulated his batting stance and played some glorious shots. Above all his batting was risk free and not full of slog shots. Even Ajinkya Rahane has played couple of good knocks so far. 

In the last game Gautam Gambhir struck form with 64 runs from just 39 balls. Even his bowler Balaji was back in form with 4 wickets. As usual a lot depends on the performances of Kallis, McCullum and Yusuf Pathan.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Chennai Vs Bangalore - Punjab Vs Pune Live Streaming

Chennai Vs Bangalore - Punjab Vs Pune Live Streaming

As Mumbai Indians registers one more win in this year's IPL, Rajasthan Royals faces first ever defeat this year in IPL. The only team which has not yet tasted the sour taste of defeat is Pune Warriors. They will face Kings Eleven Punjab in the second match tonight but before that we have defending champions and currently a wounded team Chennai Super Kings who would face Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Match 1 - Chennai Super Kings Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Chennai and Bangalore are one of the biggest rivals in IPL and they have a very close head to head stats. Out of the 12 matches that they have played against each other, Chennai Super Kings leads the stats 7-5. Especially in the last year's IPL they played each other four times. They won one match each in the league stage followed by two wins to Chennai in qualifying final and the grand final.

One of the most interesting feature of this match would be the legendary spinner Muttiah Muralitharan. He played for Chennai in the earlier editions of IPL and played a contributing role in Chennai's success. Now he would play against Chennai and this contest would be worth a watch.

Royal Challengers Bangalore looks an exciting team to watch simply because of key players featuring in like Kohli, Vettori, Gayle, AB de Villiers and many more to name. Especially when we talk about Gayle, we all remember his 70 towering sixes in just 29 IPL matches.

Match 2 - Kings XI Punjab Vs Pune Warriors

Although this are still early days of IPL 2012 but it is still an alarming situation for Kings XI Punjab as they have played two and lost two matches so far. Bowlers have leaked a lot of runs and batsmen are yet to click form. They already faced Pune Warriors on 8th of April and lost the match and here they are again facing each other, but this time at Mohali instead of Pune.
Punjab will seek some home support to gain some confidence and get on the track of winning matches. Shaun Marsh was injured and hence he couldn't play in the last match. Hopefully he plays here at Mohali and strengthens the batting line up. There is a probability that David Hussey would be promoted up the order. There has been a lot of pressure on the overseas players so far and hence some of the Indian players need to click in this match.

Pune Warriors awaits a good knock from Ganguly whereas Steven Smith has contributed well so far with the bat for Pune. There can be a small tweak in the playing eleven for Pune if Tamim Iqbal comes in place of Ferguson or Ryder. Samuels was awarded Man of the match in the last game against Kings XI Punjab for his 46 runs and a wicket. He could be another important factor for the Warriors in this match along with Uthappa who bats well at number four.