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.

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