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Sunday, December 2, 2018

curtain raiser to Adelaide Test ~ BCCI wins arbitration against Pak

In 2013  Spinner Clive Rose struck a six off the first ball of Ryan Harris' over as Tasmania overhauled Queensland's total of 9-241 and continued their recent revival.  Tasmania lost their opening two matches of the tournament, but Rose smacked 26 runs from nine balls on Tuesday to make it three wins on the trot. ~ but – those successes do not end up success stories in the end !!

Murali Vijay hit a stylish century on Saturday to strengthen his bid to open the batting in the first Test against Australia, after India's bowlers struggled against a young and inexperienced Cricket Australia XI during a four-day warm-up match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The stylish Opener, who was dropped following a pair in the second Test against England this year, opened the batting for India in the second innings as a nasty ligament injury on Friday ruled out Prithvi Shaw. The 34-year-old smacked an entertaining 129, including 16 fours and five sixes, but there was one over which particularly stood out in Vijay's brilliant knock. The right-hander slammed two sixes and three boundaries in Jake Carder's over that went for 26 runs as Vijay went from 74 to 100 in the 39th over of India's second innings.

India now move to Adelaide for the 1st Test starting Dec 6, 2018.  Adelaide  is the capital city of South Australia and the fifth-largest city in Australia. Adelaide is a coastal city situated on the eastern shores of Gulf St Vincent.  Port Adelaide is a suburb of Adelaide lying about 14 kilometres northwest of the City of Adelaide. It lies within the City of Port Adelaide Enfield and is the main port for the city of Adelaide.  The city was founded in 1836 and was planned as the capital for British province in Australia; named  after Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen.  Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen (Adelaide Amelia Louise Theresa Caroline; 1792 –  1849) was the queen consort of the United Kingdom and of Hanover as spouse of William IV of the United Kingdom. 

At Adelaide starts the Border–Gavaskar Trophy, Test cricket series, played between India and Australia. It is named so, after India's Sunil Gavaskar and Australia's Allan Border both of whom  scored over 10,000 Test runs in their career and captained their respective teams and were the original world record holders for most runs scored in Test match cricket. The first Border–Gavaskar Trophy series was played in India the 1996–97 season and was won by the hosts 1–0.  In news that will surely be music to the ears of the fast bowlers, Adelaide curator Damien Hough has promised a lush green pitch for the first Test between India and Australia which starts on Thursday.

It is a day to remember in Bangladesh Cricket – before Mirpur, they have never enforced a follow-on.  At Mirpur the scorecard reads :,  Bangladesh 508 (Mahmudullah 136, Shakib 80) beat West Indies 111 (Mehidy 7-58, Shakib 3-27) and 213 (Hetmyer 93, Mehidy 5-59) by an innings and 184 runs. Nearly five months after being beaten 2-0 in a pace-dominated series in the West Indies, Bangladesh served up revenge on a spinning platter to the same opponents with an innings-and-184-run win in the Dhaka Test to complete a 2-0 series win. The victory was their first innings win in Test cricket. Mehidy Hasan Miraz underscored the supremacy of spinners with his match figures of 12 for 117, surpassing his own record for the best bowling figures for Bangladesh. Mehidy took nine wickets on the third day, the most by a Bangladesh bowler on a single day, and all 40 West Indies wickets fell to the Bangladesh spinners, a first for a bowling side in a two-Test series.

Back home, BCCI announced that it has a zero-tolerance policy for age fraud in sport and has taken strict action against cricketers found guilty of manipulating their date of birth certificates while registering for BCCI tournaments. The BCCI has succeeded in the arbitration proceedings initiated against it by the Pakistan Cricket Board (“PCB”) before the Dispute Resolution Committee of the International Cricket Council (“ICC”). The Dispute Panel constituted by the ICC’s Dispute Resolution Committee for hearing and deciding the dispute comprising Mr. Michael Beloff QC (Chairperson), Mr. Jan Paulsson and Ms. Annabelle Bennett issued and published their arbitral award earlier today dismissing all claims made by the PCB against the BCCI. The arbitration proceedings arose out of a claim for damages in the amount of US$ 62,868,070 (plus interest and costs) made by PCB against the BCCI for an alleged breach of a letter dated 9th April 2014 from BCCI to the PCB (the “BCCI Letter”) inter alia with regard to 2014 and 2015 tours to Pakistan which did not take place.

Not a great Ranji season for Tamil Nadu.  Bengal recorded their first win of the season; the margin - by one-wicket in the second session of a nervy final day when the ball was "shooting up and scooting low". Manoj Tiwary, the Bengal captain, had called this dry turner a "result wicket" even before a ball had been bowled in the match. Under these circumstances, Abhishek Raman's 98 in the first innings when no other Bengal batsman scored more than 19 was absolute gold, even though it was not enough for his team to snatch a first-innings lead. Perhaps equally important, if not more, was a free-stroking 58-ball 53 that set the tone for Bengal's chase of 216. The middle imploded but  two other saviours in Sudip Chatterjeeand Pradipta Pramanik, who made 40 and 25 not out respectively starred in  the tense chase. Raman moved to West Bengal from Delhi as a 13-year old and lived in Bangaon, 5 km from the Bangladesh border, and enrolled in a Bengali medium school. He lived with his coach Nirmalya Sengupta, who convinced Raman's father, a civil engineer, that his son had a future in cricket if he started early.

Clive Rose written in first para,  is a left-arm orthodox spinner who has worked his way up the rungs of junior level cricket in Victoria to make the Australia Under-19 squad for the World Cup in 2008. Rose's favourite cricketer is Wasim Akram.   Here is something interesting written by him  in : - dropping a catch is the worst feeling, especially when the bowler is the captain;  he’s on a hat-trick - and the batsman finishes with a triple century. Cricket is a cruel game sometimes!

I was 14, playing third grade at my local club, the mighty Oakleigh Cavaliers. The captain, a legend of a bloke, took two in two and was on the verge of his first-ever hat-trick. I was brought into a catching position at mid-wicket. He trundled in, tried to produce a yorker but missed his length and delivered a knee-high full toss. The batter tried to fend it away, but it hit high on the bat and lobbed towards me. It was a really simple chance but I thought it was coming faster than it was. I snatched at it and put down one of the easiest catches you could ever see. I was devastated. The disappointment was compounded many times over as the batter smashed our attack for the rest of the innings and finished with 300 off not many more than 100 balls. What’s more, I had him stumped three or four times, but our ‘keeper missed all of them. It was classic club cricket.

Interesting !

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
2nd Dec 2018.

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