Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Cricinfo - Test Matches - Complete List

Cricinfo - Test Matches - Complete List

Cricinfo - ODI Matches - Complete List

Cricinfo - ODI Matches - Complete List

World Cup 2007 - Group League Matches

13th March 2007
West Indies 241 for 9 in 50 overs (Samuels 63, Sarwan 49, Lara 37, Anjum 3-44, Gul 2-38, Hafeez 2-39) beat Pakistan 187 in 47.2 overs(Malik 62, Yusuf 37, Inzamam 36, Smith 3-36, Bravo 3-42) by 54 runs
Player of the Match : Dwyane Smith - 32 off 15 balls , 3-36

14th March 2007
Australia 334 for 6 in 50 overs (Ponting 113 - 93 balls, Hayden 60, Gilchrist 46, Hogg 40* - 15 balls, Haq 2-49) beat Scotland 131 in 40.1 overs (Smith 51, Macgrath 3-14, Tait 2-45) by 203 runs
Player of the Match : Ricky Ponting

Kenya 203 for 3 in 43.2 overs (Tikolo 72*, Ouma 58, Mishra 35*) beat Canada 199 in 50 overs (Barnett 41, Billcliff 34, Dhaniram 34, Kamande 2-25, Tikolo 2-34) by 7 wickets
Player of the Match : Steve Tikolo

15th March 2007
Srilanka 321 for 6 in 50 overs (Jayawardane 85, Sangakkara 76, Chamara Silva 55* , Hurdle 2-61, Mukkudem 2-50) beat Bermuda 78 in 24.4 overs (Maharoof 4-23, Malinga 3-10, Murali 2-28) by 243 runs
Player of the Match : Mahela Jayawardane

Ireland 221 for 9 in 50 overs (Bray 115* - carried bat, Chigumbura 2-21, Brent 2-40 , Mpofu 2-58) tied with Zimbabwe 221 in 50 overs (Matsikenyari 73*, Sibanda 67, McCallan 2-56)
Player of the Match : Jeremy Bray

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

World Cup 2007 - First salvo

WOW !!!! Cricket World Cup 2007 starts today. The biggest sporting bonanza (discounting Soccer World Cup, Olympics, Asian Games, Super Bowl etc) ever !!!!
Today The Host West Indians face off a similar mercurial team Pakistan in the opening match of this 9th edition of the world cup.
Shall we discuss the participating teams' prospects ???
1. We Indians are so much crazy about this event that inspite of having no chance of proceeding even to the semifinals [remind me to eat my non-existent hat if we , by some fluke manage to reach the semifinals, remind me to put my foot in my mouth if we reach the finals like we did in 2003. What if we win the cup like 1983 ??? What if pigs have wings ??? ]
2. Bangladesh - whose chance of winning this trophy is similar to a snowflake's chance of surviving in Hell - they'd be happy to win their match against Bermuda.
3. Pakistan - they can win this tournament, provided their top, middle and lower order batting clicks, their so-called fast bowlers doesn't give out too many extra deliveries and Inzy and Mohammed Yusuf doesn't run themselves or other partners out, or Shahid Afridi remembers to put the white cherry regularly beyond the boundary or .... too many factors. Forget it.
4. Srilanka - Their openers are in tremendous form, their middle order is not. But not to worry. If Jayasurya gets his guns blazing and Murali gets those doosras spinning and W.P.J.U.C. Vaas gets those yorkers right, voila !!!! repeat 1996.
5. Australia - World Champions Three times over, currently in a 5 match loosing streak. They will bounce back, but I seriously doubt how much would they bounce in WestIndian pitches ....
6. South Africa - Semifinalist for sure, finalist ? Maybe. Winners ? check my comments for India
7. New Zealand - Super 8 is the limit - can't survive for long in West Indian pitches.
8. West Indies - The Host - See my comments for India
9. England - See my comments for Newzealand
10. Kenya - Forget 2003 performance. 2007 is a different ball-game
11. Zimababwe now is at par with the other 5 minnows - they are there to provide valuable match practice and bolster batting averages of the super eighters ...

Anything more to write ? No ?
well then, that's that ... keep watching this space for daily match results and brief score.
p.s. any body reads this blog ?

Friday, March 02, 2007

The ABC Of Bengalis

A is for Awpheesh (as in Office).
This is where the average Kolkakatan goes and spends a day hard at work. And if he works for the 'Vest Bengal Gawrment' he will arrive at 10, wipe his forehead till 11, have a tea break at 12, throw around a few files at 12.30, break for lunch at 1, smoke an unfiltered cigarette at 2, break for tea at 3, sleep sitting down at 4 and go home at 4:30. It's a hard life!

B is for Bhision(vision).
For some reason many Bengalis don't have good bhision.
In fact in Kolkata most people are wearing spectacles all the time.

C is for Chappell.
Currently, this is the Bengali word for the Devil, for the worst form of evil. In the night mothers put their kids to sleep saying, 'Na ghumaley Chappell eshey dhorey niye jabe.' (If you don't sleep, Chappell would take you away)
(Chappell: Greg Chappell, former Australian Cricket Captain. A great cricketer, but currently the coach of Indian Cricket team. Instrumental in throwing out Sorav Ganguly - the greatest captain Indian cricket team ever had)

D is for Debashish or any other name starting with Deb.
By an ancient law every fourth Bengali Child has to be named Debashish. So you have a Debashish everywhere and trying to get creative they are also called Deb, Debu, Deba with variations like Debopriyo, Deboprotim, Debojyoti, etc.thrown in at times.

E is for Eeesh.
This is a very common Bengali exclamation made famous by Aishwarya Rai in the movie Devdas. It is estimated that on an average a Bengali, especially Bengali women, use eeesh 10,089 times every year.
'Ei Morechhey' is a close second to Eeesh.

F is for Feeesh.
These are creatures that swim in rivers and seas and are a favourite food of the Bengalis. Despite the fact that a fish market has such strong smells, with one sniff a Bengali knows if a fish is all right.
If not, he will say 'eeesh what feeesh is theesh!'

G is for Good name.
Every Bengali boy will have a good name like Debashish or Deboprotim and a pet name like Motka, Bhombol, Thobla, etc.
While every Bengali girls will have pet names like Tia, Tuktuki, Mishti, Khuku, etc.

H is for Harmonium.
This the Bengali equivalent of a rock guitar. Take four Bengalis and a Harmonium and you have the successors to The Bheatles!

I is for lleesh.
This is a feeesh with 10,000 bones which would kill any ordinary person, but which the Bengalis eat with releeesh!

J is for Jhola.
No selfrespecting Bengali is complete without his Jhola.
It is a shapeless cloth bag where he keeps all his belongings and he fits an amazing number of things in. Even as you read this there are two million jholas bobbling around Kolkata, and they all look exactly the same! Note that 'Jhol' as in Maachher Jhol is a close second.

K is for Kee Kaando !.
It used to be the favourite Bengali exclamation till eeesh took over because of Aishwarya Rai (now Kee Kando's agent is trying to hire Bipasha Basu).

L is for Lungi, the dress for all occasions.
People in Kolkata manage to play football and cricket wearing it not to mention the daily trip in the morning to the local bajaar. Now there is talk of a lungi expedition to Mt Everest.

M is for Minibus.
These are dangerous half buses whose antics would effortlessly frighten the living daylights out of all James Bond stuntmen as well as Formula 1 race car drivers.

N is for Nyangto.
This is the Bengali word for Naked. It is the most interesting naked word in any language!

O is for Oil.
The Bengalis believe that a touch of mustard oil will cure anything from cold (oil in the nose), to earache (oil in the ear), to cough (oil on the throat) to piles (oil you know where!).

P is for Phootball(soccer).
This is always a phavourite phassion of the Kolkattan.Every Bengali is born an expert in this game. The two biggest clubs there are Mohunbagan and East Bengal and when they play the city comes to a stop.

Q is for Queen.
This really has nothing to do with the Bengalis or Kolkata, but it's the only Q word I could think of at this moment. There's also Quilt but they never use them in Kolkata.

R is for Robi Thakur.
Many many years ago Rabindranath got the Nobel Prize. This has given the right to all Bengalis no matter where they are to frame their acceptance speeches as if they were directly related to the great poet and walk with their head held high. This also gives Bengalis the birthright to look down at Delhi and Mumbai and of course 'all non-Bengawlees'! Note that 'Rawshogolla' comes a close second !

S is for Shourav.
Now that they finally produced a genuine cricketer and a captain, Bengalis think that he should be allowed to play until he is 70 years old. Of course they will see to it that he stays in good form by doing a little bit of 'jawggo' (religious rituals) and 'maanot' (penance).

T is for Trams.
Hundred years later there are still trams in Kolkata. Of course if you are in a hurry it's faster to walk.

U is for Aambrela.
When a Bengali baby is born he is handed one.

V is for Bhaayolence.
Bengalis are the most non-violent violent people around. When an accident happens they will fold up their sleeves, shout and scream and curse and abuse, "Chherey De Bolchhi" (let me loose) but the last time someone actually hit someone was in 1979.

W is for Water.
For three months of the year the city is underwater and every year for the last 200 years the authorities are taken by surprise by this!

X is for X'mas.
It's very big in Kolkata, with Park Street fully lit up and all Bengalis agreeing that they must eat cake that day.

Y is for Yesshtaarday.
Which is always better than today for a Bengali (see R for Robi Thakur).

Z is for Jebra, Joo, Jipper and Jylophone.