October 29, 2009

Champion of the Champions

Hi guys,

Sorry for not writing for a long time. I was busy with my college and other works.
I downloaded some photos to post about Champion's league. But since it is long since the event took place, i just post the photos.

New Southwale Blues- The Champion of the Champions.
The New Southwales team enjoying after the win.


Lee being congratulated after taking a wicket. He contributed with an allround performance in the final. he is back with a bang( i think if he played the 2nd ODI india would have not scored 354)


Kevin Pollard who was the hero for Trinidad and Tobago throughout the series disappointed after getting out in the final. His 54 of 18 balls against NSW in the super8 match was unbelievable.

Hauritz claiming a lbw appeal against Victoria Bushrangers in semifinal.


Lee celebrating in his usual pose after claiming a wicket.
Dwayne Bravo hitting a boundary against Cape Cobras in the other semifinal.

Dwayne Bravo and Darren Ganga enjoying themselves after qualifying for the finals.


JP Duminy after completing his half century against T&T. His 99 of 52 balls against RCB set off the series.


Gautam Gambhir clean bowled in a match. Captaincy didn't suite him. All the 3 indian teams disappointed their fans.


This is not from Champion's league. A exhibition match in west indies. Usain Bolt, the world's fastest man hitting a six of Chris Gayle.

Usain Bolt and Chris Gayle seen in the picture. Bolt also bowled Gayle of his bowling.

October 7, 2009

Champion's Trophy- Australia Proves itself once again

 Australia proved its superiority once again by winning the Champions Trophy…

This time to make the competition short and crisp; only the top 8 teams were chosen… Of those West Indies was the only team which was lagging… All the other teams were good…

India lost to Pakistan in its opening match, due to poor bowling. Then the match against Aussies was abandoned, which meant India was knocked out, despite winning against West Indies. The only positive that India can take out of this series is the comeback of Ashish Nehra.

Aussies were not the favorites this time… Everyone thought they were a very normal team now… But they batted well, particularly, Ricky Ponting, Shane Watson and others too. They bowled well; mainly Brett Lee on his comeback was in tremendous form.

Pakistan too was in good form. But, they had no consistency… In each match a different player clicked.
New Zealand and England played their best. There was good competition in their group, unlike our group… But in the end, the home team and srilanka were out…

In the 1st semifinal, between England and Australia, Aussies had the edge… They just beat the English 6-1 after the Ashes… England managed to score around 275… But Aussies won by 9 wickets… Particularly Ricky Ponting played a captain’s knock, scoring his 28yh century and also crossing 12000 runs in ODI… Also, Shane Watson hit an unbeaten century…

Ponting hit an unbeaten century; in the process he also crossed 1200 runs

Watson fielding wonderfully. He also scored an unbeating century
In the 2nd semifinal, between Pakistan and New Zealand, Pakistan batting 1st managed something around 240… New Zealand chased it successfully with a wonderful batting from Elliot and Vettori… Vettori made an all-round performance to score 44 runs and claim 3 wickets…

Younis Khan walking back to the Pavillion

Daniel Vettori not only bowled bell, but also scored crucial runs for his team
So, the final was between the Island teams… But the Kiwis were not able to play with their captain Daniel Vettori due to Injury… He was the main reason for Kiwi’s victories… New Zealand batted 1st… They collapsed to Aussies bowling… They were 94-5, but Broom and Franklin stood for the 6th wicket scoring, 6o odd runs… They just started flourishing during the power play overs, when Broom got himself run out… Franklin was cleaned by Lee’s superb Yorker… They somehow managed 200-9 in 50 overs…

Brett Lee ecstatic after taking Franklin's wicket
The Aussies too were not comfortable, chasing… They lost 2 quick wickets… But then the stand-in captain McCullum dropped white when the score read 41-2… Watson and white stood for the 3rd wicket… The Kiwis missed their captain… White was out for 62, but then Aussies had already scored… Watson finally hit a six in the 46th over to complete his century and also the team’s chase.

Watson on top of the world after scoring his century and also the team's winning runs

Ricky Ponting with 275 runs in 5 matches got the Golden Bat award.

Wayne Parnell (South Africa) with 11 wickets in just 3 matches got the golden ball award.