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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

mauka, Mauka ..... the zing bails that did not come off and ... 44 All out !!

The minnows are doing so well this World Cup … ! the FOW reads : 1-0; 2-23; 3-25; 4-25; 5-31; 6-31; 7-37; 8-41; 9-44 & 44 all out – who and where ?  ~ do you know the Malayalee player in this World cup ??

This is a World Cup of advertisement, marketing hype coupled with technology. Zing bails have added playful neon to the World Cup, but early in Ireland's chase, the UAE's players were left to wonder whether they also had chewing gum attached. A full, swinging delivery from Amjad Javed slipped through Ed Joyce's drive, and the bowler roared at the telltale sound of ball disturbing off stump. But the momentary flash of the half-airborne bail was followed by the extraordinary sight of it settled back in place, a wicket all of a sudden evaporating. Joyce the luckiest man in Brisbane.
photo credit : cricinfo.com

Ireland eventually completed a win – win by two wickets, with four balls remaining. This has undoubtedly been the match of the tournament.  Two matches into the World Cup and the UAE may have its first batting superstar. Shaiman Anwar has carted the bowlers of Zimbabwe and Ireland, showing a fearless array of strokes and an impish,  and a WC century to boot.  The big-hitting Kevin O'Brien set right the mess along with Wilson helped by dropped catches, Ireland closed with 2 wickets and 4 balls to spare.   Now Pakistan has to wait with bated breath for Zimbabwe Vs Ireland match to decide whether they can qualify for the QF ~ and they have to beat those two teams and UAE, if not South Africa !!

The player from Kerala is Krishna Chandran, who represents UAE.  Born in Kollengode, Krishna Chandran, otherwise known as Krishna Karate, has spawned something of a cult following already this tournament, his distinctive name having many fans clamouring for UAE replica shirts bearing the "Karate" name.

As per ICC, more than a fifth of human population or approximately 1 billion people will watch the biggest cricketing event: World Cup 2015. Overall, advertisers are expected to spend between Rs 1200 and Rs 1500 crore on advertisements, which is excluding stadium ads and merchandising rights sold by ICC.   The Star Sports ad poking fun at Pakistan’s World Cup record against India has become a rage in India. But across the border in Pakistan, the advertisement  did not go well as they retaliated with other big matches including that Chetan Sharma – Miandad last ball six.    The  first ad showed a Pakistan fan desperately waiting for a chance to burst a crate of firecrackers if and when Pakistan won the India-Pakistan match, the second ad shows a bunch of teenagers sitting and watching a match when two South African fans hand them a crate of firecrackers and walk away singing "Mauka, Mauka".  Then the spoof of Pak fan wearing SA shirt and hearing the verdict of the match hears the calling bell to receive UAE group presenting another shirt.   The ‘#MaukePeChauka!’ film ends with the voiceover announcing, ‘Yeh World Cup nahin, yeh hai World vs India’. What a hype !!!!
Test cricket could be reduced to four days, and the next World Cup curtailed to 40 overs a side, if wide-ranging discussions between the chairmen of the English counties and the ECB become firm proposals, and are ultimately adopted by the ICC. Any reduction in five-day cricket would mean the abandonment of a tradition that has been at the heart of the international game for more than 30 years.

Back home, in Ranji trophy, Vijay Shankar continued his good form to help Tamil Nadu to a steady 192 for 3 on the first day against Maharashtra in Kolkata.  The team that was bowled out for 44 is Mumbai – yes, read again Mumbai.   Twenty-one wickets fell on the opening day of the first semi-final, as hosts Karnataka gained an upper hand against Mumbai at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.  Karnataka were all out for 202 then 6/20 spell by Vinaykumar knocked Mumbai out.  The visitors then dismissed openers Robin Uthappa and KL Rahul for the second time in the day, but were left facing an uphill task going into day two.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
25th Feb 2015.


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