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http://www.rediff.com/wc2007/2007/apr/12ten.htm Tendulkar, Zaheer to play Twenty20 April 12, 2007 18:34 IST Sachin Tendulkar, Ajit Agarkar and Zaheer Khan were on Thursday included in the Mumbai team for the All India Twenty20 tournament to be held from April 15 to 21. The trio did not play in the zonal rounds when they were rested earlier this month. Mumbai, who won the Ranji Trophy, will be captained by Amol Muzumdar. Mumbai are placed in Group B and will play the league phase matches in Ahmedabad. The Group A matches will be held in Mumbai and the final is also scheduled to be held in Mumbai on April 21. Team: Amol Muzumdar (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Wasim Jaffer, Rohit Sharma, Vinit Indulkar, Vinayak Samant (w/k), Ramesh Powar, Ajit Agarkar, Zaheer Khan, Nilesh Kulkarni, Musafir Khote, Ajinkya Rahane, Avishkar Salvi, Iqbal Abdullah and Vinayak Mane.

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Re: Coverage of Twenty20 inter-zonal tournament 2007 I think the Board has directed them to play. I'm sure they would rather not play otherwise.

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Re: Coverage of Twenty20 inter-zonal tournament 2007 Its good that they play, they need to learn that they can't play whenever they want to. Watch out for Rohit Sharma, he's a good upocoming player who is in the fringe of being in the national team.

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I think the Board has directed them to play. I'm sure they would rather not play otherwise.
Board has said that they've not asked any player to play. So any participation by national players is voluntary.

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I think the Board has directed them to play. I'm sure they would rather not play otherwise.
Board has said that they've not asked any player to play. So any participation by national players is voluntary.
It should be compulsery that national players when not playing ODI's or Tests should play domestic cricket.

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Re: Coverage of Twenty20 inter-zonal tournament 2007 Inter State Twenty-20 Tournament, 2006-07 : BCCI lacking Twenty20 vision? Anand Vasu in Mumbai April 16, 2007 India's first ever domestic Twenty20 competition is taking place, and has reached the business end, with the top ten teams - two from each of the North, South, East, Central, and West zones - battling it out in two groups in Mumbai and Ahmedabad. India's big stars - Sachin Tendulkar to Sourav Ganguly to Rahul Dravid - are playing in the competition, yet the fan cannot watch this on television. "We have not sold the rights to the Twenty20 championship," Ratnakar Shetty, chief administrative officer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), told Cricinfo in Mumbai. "This tournament was not part of the original tender [for TV rights to domestic cricket]," he said. NEO Sports, which won the rights to broadcasting cricket in India, were committed to telecasting 74 days of domestic cricket, an obligation they have already fulfilled. But, with fan attention flagging after India's early exit from the World Cup, there was an opportunity to showcase the Twenty20 event in a big way. "At the last minute it was not possible to do this. There are many things to work out, starting from production schedules," Shetty said. "We are running this edition on an experimental basis, with the World Cup also going on at the same time. At least it gives the selectors a chance to look at how the players perform." For the BCCI, this tournament represents to some extent a change of heart. When the regime currently heading the Board took over in November 2005 they had unequivocally stated that the BCCI was not interested in taking part in Twenty20 cricket. Subsequent meetings with the ICC in Dubai have softened their stance somewhat. The success of Twenty20 cricket - commercially and in terms of ground attendance - in England, South Africa and even Pakistan has evidently not been lost on the Indian board. Also, the ICC's inaugural Twenty20 World Championship, due to be played in September in South Africa, promises to be a high-profile and permanent addition to the cricket calendar. Given India's extremely limited experience in Twenty20 cricket - they have played just one Twenty20 international, against South Africa on their most recent tour, which they won by six wickets thanks to a clever performance from Dinesh Karthik - the BCCI needed to put in place a tournament at the domestic level. The Format The format has state teams playing each other within their zones, with the top two teams from each zone - Mumbai and Gujarat (West), Tamil Nadu and Karnataka (South), Railways and Madhya Pradesh (Central), Bengal and Orissa (East), Punjab and Haryana (North ) - qualifying for the next round. This has been split into two groups with Punjab, Orissa, Karnataka, Railways and Gujarat playing in Mumbai at the Brabourne Stadium and the Wankhede Stadium and the rest playing in Ahmedabad at the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium in Motera. The top team from each group will play the final at the Brabourne Stadium on April 21. ---------------------------------------------- Finally we know something about the modus operandi of this tournament!!

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SRT playing 20/20 ? :wall: :wall: :wall:
think of it positively, he will be forced to attack, and will play like old times :wtg: i remember him playing that max cricket series, where he made 72 from 27 balls.. whacked bond all over the place... bring back those days :roll:

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Re: Coverage of Twenty20 inter-zonal tournament 2007 Oldies playing 20-20 when we need to develop a team makes no sense to me at all of course Bengal will be happy even if SG shows up for a 5-5 match

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Re: Coverage of Twenty20 inter-zonal tournament 2007 Actually Ganguly played a lot of Twenty20 cricket with his county team last year... He and Dinesh Mongia have the most experience in Twenty20 cricket...with Veeru and Yuvvy also having played some IIRC...

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Actually Ganguly played a lot of Twenty20 cricket with his county team last year... He and Dinesh Mongia have the most experience in Twenty20 cricket...with Veeru and Yuvvy also having played some IIRC...
He is still an oldie

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Re: Coverage of Twenty20 inter-zonal tournament 2007 Okay. So here are the results of Day 1: Tiwary stars in Bengal win *The young Bengal skipper improvised on a difficult wicket *TN lost the plot after being 100 for five after 15 overs AHMEDABAD: Manoj Tiwary's temperament lifted Bengal to a 16-run victory over Tamil Nadu in the Twenty20 all-India cricket championship Group `B' opener. The young Bengal skipper improvised on a difficult wicket (52, 41b, 4x4, 1x6) and later, defending a total of 159 for five, made things happen with two catches and swift bowling changes. Tamil Nadu was in the hunt till 100 for five after 15 overs at the Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, and then lost the plot to remain stranded at 143 for nine in the face of some tight Bengal fielding and effective bowling. Tiwary used seven bowlers in all, among whom paceman Shib Sankar Paul grabbed four for 22 in four overs, while Sourashish Lahiri, Laxmi Ratan Shukla and Priyankar Mukherjee got a wicket each. The difference between the two sides was Bengal's acceleration in the last five overs when Rana Choudhury displayed his big-hitting prowess (57, 28b, 4x4, 6x3). Bengal bounded from 94 four in 15 overs to 159, picking up 65 runs in five overs. Choudhury attacked and built the innings on the foundation laid by Tiwary. The Bengal captain tried to disrupt the bowlers line and length with front foot play and then switched to the waiting game against the slow bowlers. Tamil Nadu's chase was hampered by frequent dismissals as the batsmen faced the pressure to maintain the high asking rate through. V. Devendran (28, 20b) and M. Vijay (34, 21b), skipper S. Badrinath (24, 23b) challenged the Bengal bowlers, but the fielders responded brilliantly. Tiwary dived and rolled to his left after Devendran edged Paul, then got into the act again to hold onto an attempted Dinesh Karthik flick off Lahiri past mid-wicket. Vidyut heaved at Shukla and found Choudhury bringing off a low, running catch in the deep. The bowler conceded 19 runs in the only over he bowled, but as the Bengal skipper pointed out, getting wickets was equally vital against batsmen lashing out after finding their backs to the wall. The scores: Bengal 159 for five in 20 overs (M. Tiwary 52, Rana Choudhury 57, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala 20, Yomahesh two for 21) bt Tamil Nadu 143 for nine in 20 overs (V. Devendran 28, M. Vijay 34, S. Badrinath 24, S.S. Paul four for 22, S. Lahiri two for 25).

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Re: Coverage of Twenty20 inter-zonal tournament 2007 Thrilling win for Punjab, Gujarat Mumbai: Sanjay Bangar's solid straight six off Gangandeep Singh and a bottom-hand wallop over the on-side infield for a four promised a spectacular start to the BCCI's all-India Twenty20 round-robin league cricket match at the Brabourne Stadium here on Sunday. In the second match played under lights, seamer Ashraf Makda stole the thunder in the last over as Gujarat pipped Orissa by one run. Called upon to bowl the 20th over, Makda bowled a super line and dismissed two batsmen, including Niranjan Benera (52, 51b, 2 x 6, 2 x 4). Blistering start In the first match, a high-scoring affair was anticipated after the first over produced 13 runs. Then Amit Pagnis smashed a front-foot shot on the off-side for the third boundary in two overs as Railways posted 19 off the first 12 balls. But in the events that unfolded for a little over three hours, Railways flattered to deceive and Punjab scraped to a narrow and lucky two-wicket win with a misfield in the deep by Sushant Manjrekar bringing to an end a bizarre match. Railways struggled after the exit of Bangar. His partner Pagnis attempted to take charge along with Tejinder Pal Singh, but Ravneet Ricky took two splendid catches to bring an abrupt end to their enterprise. The scores: Railways 105 in 19.2 overs (Amit Pagnis 25, Gangandeep Singh two for 27, Dinesh Mongia two for 10, Love Abhilash three for 17) lost to Punjab 106 for eight in 19.4 overs (Sunny Sohal 21, Dinesh Mongia 19, Bipul Sharma 19 not out, Sanjib Sanyal three for 15). Gujarat 114 for seven in 20 overs (Niraj Patel 48, Paresh Patel two for 28) bt Orissa 113 for seven in 20 overs (N. Behera 52, A. Makda three for 15, H. Majmudar two for 19). ---------------------------------------------- Did Parthiv Patel not play the match??

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Re: Coverage of Twenty20 inter-zonal tournament 2007 Stem and root cause again Nihal Koshie Monday, April 16, 2007 02:04 IST MUMBAI: Private entrepreneurs are willing to invest big bucks in Twenty 20. Prize money is being quoted not in terms of rupees but in terms of millions of dollars. Leagues are sprouting and murmurs of international stars pledging alliance to the future of cricket?s shortest, fastest and possibly richest version is growing louder. The International Cricket Council will stage the first Twenty20 World Cup in September this year. But with the BCCI taking a while to embrace Twenty20, the tournament could pose a big challenge to the Indians. It did not make any attempt to market the event and the fielding standards on display, starting from the zonals, project a sorry picture. Simply because with the advent of Twenty20, fielding and running between the wickets - bugbears of Indian cricket from time immemorial ? has been taken to another level. Superior to what one gets to see in ODI cricket. After the wheat got seperated from the chaffe during the ongoing National tournament, the picture hasn?t changed much. The Punjab versus Railways encounter at the Brabourne Stadium on Sunday, continued to expose India?s absence of riches in the outfield. The effort was lacking and so was the mindset. A case in point was India?s flag-bearer in fielding ? Yuvraj Singh. A fine fielder at point ? his fiefdom ? he perched himself at long-on and deep third man where he was less effective. Clearly, he did not want to risk any injury with the tour to Bangladesh ahead. Punjab barely managed to get past Railways by two wickets and as many balls to spare. Interestingly, tail-ender VRV Singh managed the the winning runs off the fourth ball in the last over off a misfield. The gaffe took the excitement out of the climax of a match that was going down to the wire with Punjab needing four runs off the last three balls. Moreover running between the wickets from both sides was lackadaisical. Punjab?s Ravneet Ricky took two acrobatic catches, but such efforts have been the exception rather than the norm so far. But Yuvraj was optimistic. ?Utility players and all-rounders will have a part to play. Those who can bat, bowl and are very good fielders. We will see more of such players coming through,? he said. Teams like England and South Africa have been on an overdrive identifying Twenty20 specialists, all of them brilliant fielders. Yuvraj says that Twenty20 is definitely a challenge. Being quick in thought and on one?s feet definitely helps, Yuvraj believes. It?s a skill which has to be nurtured early on. But Sanjay Bangar, a veteran of 118 first class games, feels strongly that green horns should not be pushed into Twenty20 and fears that technique and basic skills of budding cricketers will be diluted. ?I will be very disappointed if the BCCI pushes under-15, under-17 or under-19 age group cricketers into Twenty20. It should be played only at the first class level,? he says. ?I am not sure if the quality of batting or bowling will actually improve. Batsmen will learn to improvise and bowlers will become cleverer. But definitely better fielders will emerge,? Bangar hopes. ----------------------------------------------------------- Extremely disappointing!!! Is Yuvraj the skipper of Punjab?

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Board says...selection for BD won't be based on 20-20 perfprmance
Atleast thats sensible.
Very true. But where did board said so? And should board say a thing in selection matters?

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Board says...selection for BD won't be based on 20-20 perfprmance
Atleast thats sensible.
Very true. But where did board said so? And should board say a thing in selection matters?
Its inevitable even if not desirable

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Re: Coverage of Twenty20 inter-zonal tournament 2007 In one of the breakfast with ex cricketrs kind of shows on the news channels chandan. Same point about it being the selectors job was raised. Someone also said that if someone scores a 90 ....then it should be considered(like the young bengal batsman did.)

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In one of the breakfast with ex cricketrs kind of shows on the news channels chandan.
Thanks for telling me Radhika. But I think it is better to ignore those breakfast with ex-cricketers. Most of them talk rubbish. And what can you say about the board!! Despite having two media managers ( this was what they had announced in their list on 7th) they still cannot send their messages straight to media!!! :roll:

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Re: Coverage of Twenty20 inter-zonal tournament 2007 Twenty20: Bengal posts second straight win Haresh Pandya in Motera (Ahmedabad) April 16, 2007 15:38 IST Boosted by Sourav Ganguly's presence in the team, and also helped by his allround performance, Bengal defeated Haryana by 18 runs at Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera near Ahmedabad on Monday morning, registering their second successive win in Group B of the Inter-State Twenty20 tournament, having beaten Madhya Pradesh in their opening match on Sunday. Batting first, Bengal posted an impressive total of 171 for 6 in the stipulated 20 overs. Ganguly, who opened the innings, was shaping well to play a major innings after having begun on a very cautious note. But a misunderstanding with Manoj Tewary resulted in the "Bengal Tiger" getting run out when his individual score was 26 off 20 balls with the help of 2 fours and a six. But Sunday's hero Rana Chowdhary again proved how he relishes Twenty20 version of cricket. Hitting the Haryana bowlers all round the wicket, he made a whirlwind 63 off just 36 balls. His cracker of a knock was spiced with 5 towering sixes and an equal number of hits to the fence. Tewary also chipped in with an important innings of 40 in 39 balls. The Bengal captain hit 3 fours but no sixes. Haryana, who won against Madhya Pradesh last night, made a good effort to chase the target, with Sachin Rana and Joginder Sharma playing explosive innings of 62 (42balls, 7x4, 2x6) and 35 (24 balls, 4x4, 1x6) respectively. But they eventually fell short by 18 runs as Haryana was all out for 153 in 19.3 overs. For Bengal, Ranadeb Bose bagged 4 for 40 in 4 overs, Ganguly 2 for 16 in 1.3 overs and Laxmi Ratan Shukla 2 for 23 in 4 overs. ------------------ Other link: How 'Dada' batted in his first Twenty20 outing Anyone knows what was the result of Mumbai?

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Re: Coverage of Twenty20 inter-zonal tournament 2007 Railways records six wicket victory over Gujarat Mumbai, April 16 (PTI): Riding on a brilliant unbeaten half- century knock by Shreyas Khanolkar, Railways recorded an emphatic six-wicket victory over Gujarat in a Group A league match of the Inter State All-India Twenty20 Tournament at the Wankhede Stadium here today. By virtue of this result, Central Zone winners Railways have got their campaign back on track after they had suffered defeat in their opening match yesterday against Punjab. Being put in, Gujarat once again let themselves down with a ordinary batting performance, managing just 115 for 9 against a disciplined Railways attack. In pursuit of the modest target, Railways got off to a shaky start, losing two wickets by the fifth over before Khanolkar (66) completely shifted the momentum with some dazzling strokeplay. Khanolkar's breezy knock that consumed just 33 balls, was studded with seven boundaries and four sixes as he and opener Amit Pagnis (25) put Railways on victory path by adding 62 runs for the third wicket. Complimenting the fine work done by the bowlers, Railways backed it with an aggresive approach during the run-chase while reaching the target in just the 14th over. Gujarat who had edged out Orissa in their opener, never managed to get things going against the Railways' Harvinder Singh, Sanjib Sanyal and left-arm spinner G Shankar Rao. The trio claimed two wickets each. Scores: Gujarat 115 for 9 in 20 overs (Bhavik Thakar 32 n.o, Parthiv Patel 31, Harvinder Singh 2 for 23, Sanjib Sanyal 2 for 36, G Shankar Rao 2 for 19) lost to Railways 117 for 4 in 13.4 overs (Shreyas Khanolkar 66 n.o, Amit Pagnis 25).

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Re: Coverage of Twenty20 inter-zonal tournament 2007 A game of many firsts : Indian stars share their thoughts on the format Anand Vasu in Mumbai April 16, 2007 The sight of empty stands at a limited overs match in India, played under lights, in Mumbai, thought to be the spiritual home of Indian cricket, was a first. Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Robin Uthappa were up against each other, in coloured clothing, and apart from a few Cricket Club of India members and their enthusiastic grandchildren, one match observer, some officials and a handful of journalists, there was no one watching a game specifically designed to draw audiences to cricket. It was a bit of a first to see Yuvraj, arguably the best fielder in the country, fielding at third-man instead of his customary position at point or cover, but then Twenty20 is different. The strokes batsmen play are different, the intentions of the bowlers, their plans to take wickets, are different from what you see in 50-over cricket. But what even more of a first was someone in the pavilion yelling out to Yuvraj, asking who was playing. "Punjab against Karnataka," he yelled back, "Punjab are fielding." The matter of the show-cause notice has been declared closed by the board but Yuvraj was still wary about talking to anyone from the media. He did, though, share a few thoughts about this new form of the game. "It is a big challenge. You have to go out there and score quickly, but, like one-day cricket, it's not just about slogging the ball. It's not as easy as it looks," said Yuvraj. "Playing here will help us acclimatise for the Twenty20 World Championship. This is a format where allrounders and utility cricketers will have a bigger role to play." Barring a few of India's big names, who've played domestic cricket at a high level in England, Twenty20 cricket is new to most. And given that this is the first edition of the tournament, there's bound to be a few statisticians in business, recording the first ever time something has occurred in this form of the game in India. Indeed, there was a first of a different kind on April 7 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Indian cricket saw its first bowl out when the match between Gujarat and Saurashtra ended with the scores level. For most of the players, the bowl out - where bowlers attempt to hit the stumps off a normal delivery with no batsman there to protect them - was a new concept. You would think that men who can swing the ball and cut it, flight it and spin it, beat batsmen with variation and guile, should find the job of hitting unprotected stumps relatively easy. Yet it's not so. Parthiv Patel, captain of the Gujarat team, though, had seen it before. "I was playing for a Combined XI in England in 2005 in a competition that had the champion Twenty20 sides from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa, besides England," said Patel, after the event. ""It was a rained-out encounter and had to be decided by a bowl out. Unlike against Saurashtra when only five bowlers were given a go, we had 10 bowlers, and we won." Of course, the team Patel was playing for in England was a far more accomplished one than the Gujarat side that took the field against Saurashtra. "My side was quite an experienced side with New Zealand's Stephen Fleming, Phil de Freitas, the former England seamer, our own Robin Singh and Rohan Gavaskar playing." And Patel was happy to pass on to his teammates, before the bowl out, what he had learned from his first experience. "I just told them not to swing the ball and to try and make things simple. It is not as easy as it looks from outside. The pressure is high in a bowl-out," Patel said. There are bound to be many more firsts, of various kinds, cricketing and otherwise, but one can only hope that this phenomenon of cricket being played without television coverage or people in the stands watching, is not a first but a last. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Interesting!!

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Re: Coverage of Twenty20 inter-zonal tournament 2007 he's always been good at all these, i remember him whacking bond all over the place, making 72 of 27 earlier, i think that was max cricket or something... he can show off his full attacking prowess, no need to go into that shell :hmph:

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SRT playing 20/20 ? :wall: :wall: :wall:
think of it positively, he will be forced to attack, and will play like old times :wtg: i remember him playing that max cricket series, where he made 72 from 27 balls.. whacked bond all over the place... bring back those days :roll:
68 off 32.. wanna see highlights :coffee:

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SRT playing 20/20 ? :wall: :wall: :wall:
think of it positively, he will be forced to attack, and will play like old times :wtg: i remember him playing that max cricket series, where he made 72 from 27 balls.. whacked bond all over the place... bring back those days :roll:
68 off 32.. wanna see highlights :coffee:
Who'll show it, holy?

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Re: Coverage of Twenty20 inter-zonal tournament 2007 Ricky impresses as Punjab cruise home The Bulletin by Anand Vasu in Mumbai April 16, 2007 Punjab 146 for 3 (Ricky 76*, Mongia 35) beat Karnataka 142 for 7 (Akhil 33, Raghu 32, Patil 31) by seven wickets It was not the six- and four-hitting mela that Twenty20 cricket is normally associated with. In fact there were only 15 fours in the first innings, and no sixes at all, as Karnataka scrambled to 142 for 7 at the Wankhede Stadium. And that proved to be too few as Punjab's batsmen used all the freedom they were given and won with one ball to spare. Ravneet Ricky, one of the few batsmen to approach this match without panic, cracked a superb unbeaten 76, and ensured that his team made it just in time. After choosing to bat the going was tough for Karnataka. Much depended on the big hitting of Robin Uthappa, and when that proved a non-starter as he dragged Gagandeep Singh back onto his stumps, Karnataka had to battle hard for each run. Devraj Patil, the young wicketkeeper opening the batting, was fluent and effective, and he managed to keep one end running smoothly with 31. There was a lot of frantic running, mostly of the unnecessary and slightly panicked kind, and only one steady hand from C Raghu (32) and some enthusiastic hitting from B Akhil (33) pushed Karnataka towards respectability. It was clear that the batsmen were not accustomed to playing Twenty20 cricket, and perhaps attempting to do too much in the 120 balls afforded to them. The attitude of trying to pinch runs off every possible opportunity was admirable, but some fairly adventurous attempts at improvisation meant that Karnataka lost too many wickets too quickly. Had the fielding been of a higher standard - if the stumps were hit more often - Karnataka would not even have made it to 142. When the chase began it was a touch less frenetic than the first half. Punjab's batsmen, knowing what they needed to achieve, did not try and hit every ball out of the park. Ricky, opening the batting, dug in and clearly made up his mind to bat as normally as possible, while those around him went on an all-out attack. Karan Goyal steered one outside off to gully and Yuvraj Singh was at the crease early. He seemed quite content blocking what he had to, in the knowledge that he could take on the bowler if and when needed, and clear the field. A lazy clip off the legs for a boundary, followed by a checked drive that was no more than a punch which easily cleared mid-off were capped by a huge six off Sunil Joshi over midwicket. When Yuvraj, on 25, speared a catch up in the air off Raghu, and was well caught by Manish Pandey at long-off, Karnataka knew they had a big wicket. Dinesh Mongia, probably the most experienced Twenty20 cricketer of this lot, thanks to his experiences in county cricket, then took charge of the proceedings. He, like Yuvraj, was not overly stressed at playing out a few dot balls, and instead concentrated on making it count when he went for the big hit. And two such hits easily cleared the fence - one off Joshi and another an audacious walk down the pitch to Akhil that ended up in the stands over midwicket. Just when it appeared that Mongia had done the job, he lost his wicket, for a crucial 35, ballooning a catch to short fine-leg trying to play a cute scoop off Akhil. Fortunately for Punjab they had one batsman, in Ricky, who batted long enough. For the best part he just played normal cricket shots, only once trying something unusual, when the pressure was really on at the end, chipping a ball over the keeper's head for a four. In the end, Ricky was the difference between the two sides, and he crashed one from Akhil through midwicket to rattle up the winning runs. Ricky was unbeaten on 76 off only 50 balls, with 8 fours and 2 sixes. ---------------------------------------------------------- Good performance by Ricky, especially keeping his nerves!!

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Re: Coverage of Twenty20 inter-zonal tournament 2007 Sachin shines, Mumbai falter in big chase Gaurav Gupta Tuesday, April 17, 2007 01:38 IST MOTERA: A day after getting jeered by a group of supporters, Sachin Tendulkar began his campaign to win back the hearts of the Indian public on a successful note, as he toyed with the Tamil Nadu bowlers, smashing 68 off 32 balls to top score for Mumbai in their opening game of the All India Inter state Twenty20 Tournament at the Motera here on Monday. It was a pity that Mumbai could feed off this superb effort, which included 10 fours and two sixes, from Tendulkar and went down by 15 runs as the Ranji champs ended up with 157 for eight. After Tamil Nadu put up an imposing 172 for five in 20 overs, Tendulkar looked like taking the game away, playing imperious strokes to assert his supremacy in this newest form of the game. The upper cut over third man, the paddle sweeps, the booming drives, they were all there, as the maestro galloped to his half century off just 23 balls. All this while batting in the opening position, his favourite slot in the batting order. This is the highest score so far in the championship. Sachin?s eventual dismissal, bowled as he was while trying to flick P Amarnath while leaving his stumps open, must have given a huge sigh of relief to Hemang Badani, who had dropped Tendulkar on 27 at extra cover. Earlier, TN rode on the efforts of S Anirudh (49), V Devendran (30), Dinesh Karthik (26) and S Vidyut (28 not out) to put up a total that was always going to put pressure on Mumbai. Sachin bowled two overs, which went for 16 runs. Amidst talk of retirement, criticism for poor form, and unwanted controversy, Sachin has made a small statement. And as usual, it has been with his bat. Earlier, India pacemen Zaheer Khan and Ajit Agarkar failed to make it count and were hit all over the park. Both of them failed to find the right line and lenght and were treated like club bowlers by the Tamil Nadu batsmen. Score: TN :172/5 beat Mumbai:157/8 ------------------------------------------------- Other link is: Mumbai lose despite Tendulkar's breezy knock

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Re: Coverage of Twenty20 inter-zonal tournament 2007 Rana, a Twenty20 specialist Gaurav Gupta Tuesday, April 17, 2007 01:39 IST AHMEDABAD: India may soon have Twenty20 specialists. Rana Chaudhary could be one of them. In two matches at the all-India inter-state Twenty20 tournament, Chaudhary has scored 124 runs and has been dismissed just once. Even more impressive is the fact that these runs have come off just 64 balls. In 48 hours, the Dhanbad lad has smashed nine sixes and an equal number of fours. Tamil Nadu, first, and later Haryana, were at the receiving end. ?He is being sent in the middle-order to hit the spinners out of the park. We know can hit the ball a long way, and he is doing exactly that,? said Bengal skipper Manoj Tewari. ?I just know how to attack, and Twenty20 allows me to do just that,? said Chaudhary after Monday?s match. Chaudhary is yet to play in Ranji Trophy for Bengal, though he was called for the pre-season camp. ?I know that if I play well, I will make it to the team next season,? Chaudhary said. ?These last two games have given be immense confidence.? Chaudhary is a left-arm medium-pacer as well. ?I?ll try and bowl more, if that improves my chances to succeed as a cricketer,? Chaudhary said. Another cricketer who is from the hinterland, and has a humble background, could make it big, if nurtured properly. On his part, Chaudhary, at 28, doesn?t have much time to sit on the sidelines. The kind of performances he has produced here, though, may just push his case. ------------------------------------------ I think selectors will have to keep track of players like him because just after 4 and a half months they'll have to choose a team for Twenty20 WC in SA.

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Re: Coverage of Twenty20 inter-zonal tournament 2007 Twenty20: Mumbai crushes Haryana April 17, 2007 13:38 IST Mumbai, which suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Tamil Nadu on Monday night, crushed Haryana by 8 wickets on Tuesday morning in their second Group B match of the national Twenty20 tournament at the lovely Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. Sachin Tendulkar played yet another explosive innings and this time his teammates ensured that his effort did not go waste. Mumbai required only 126 runs to win the match, which they scored in only 14.4 overs for the loss of just 2 wickets. The maestro scored 69 off 40 balls before he was bowled by Amit Mishra. He hit all the bowlers with disdain and played a string of scintillating shots. In all, he smashed 9 fours and 2 sixes. Tendulkar and Ajinkya Rane, who remained not out on 50, put on 100 for the first wicket and laid a solid foundation for Mumbai's convincing triumph. The youngster, too, seemed to derive inspiration from his legendary partner and played a very fine innings. Like Tendulkar, Rane also executed many brilliant shots while parading his talents. Rane's 50 came off 43 balls and was studded with 6 magnificent fours. Earlier, Haryana could muster only 125 for 9 in 20 overs after winning the toss and electing to bat. They just threw in the towel against left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla who bowled so intelligently and economically despite the Tewnty20 being heavily loaded in favour of batsmen. If anything, Abdulla took as many as 5 wickets. Just look at his dream figures: 4-0-10-5. Rohit Sharma also bowled very well and finished with figures of 3-0-18-1. For Haryana, Amit Mishra scored 31 (19 balls, 5x4), Sunny Singh 27 (25 balls, 3x4) and Mahesh Rawat 22 (22 balls, 1x6). ---------------------------------------- Interesting! I've heard of this Iqubal Abdullah but didn't know he'd do so well.

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Re: Coverage of Twenty20 inter-zonal tournament 2007 Karnataka beat Gujarat MUMBAI, APR 17 (PTI) Karnataka recovered from their opening game reversal to record a four-wicket victory over Gujarat in their second Group `A' league match of the all-India Twenty20 Tournament at the Wankhede Stadium today. Chasing Gujarat's total of 151 for 9, Karnataka were struggling at 38 for 4 at one stage but fought back to overhaul the challenging score with just three balls to spare. The winning runs were scored by middle-order batsman Deepak Chougule (41 n.O) who struck a boundary off left-arm seamer Ashraf Makda through the point region. With things looking extremely difficult after the top order was rocked, it was the fluent 51-run stand for the fifth wicket between Chougule and B Akhil (35) that brought Karnataka back into contention. Vinay Kumar came up with a quickfire 24 that helped Karnataka keep pace with the required run-rate. Earlier, Gujarat, put in to bat, made a sound start before losing their way in the last five overs when they lost seven wickets for just 28 runs. Opener Azhar Bilakhia played a lone hand, making 62 off 47 balls but none of the others apart from wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel (26) offered any support. Karnakata, virtue of this win got their campaign back on track while for Gujarat it was their second defeat in three matches. --------------------------------- Where are Dravid and Uthappa? Are they not playing? .

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Re: Coverage of Twenty20 inter-zonal tournament 2007 RD I can understand, and Uthappa tired with his brilliant performance so far has probably been rested :lol:

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Re: Coverage of Twenty20 inter-zonal tournament 2007 Thanks Ravi.But sometimes I'm disappointed when I see the lack of interest in Indian domestic fixtures among our forummers! TP Singh spurs Railways to easy win over Orissa Railways 104 for 7 (Tejinder 40, Behera 3-22) beat Orissa 101 for 8 (Behera 23, Rao 3-20) by three wickets Orissa and Railways are two teams unlikely to attract crowds at the best of times, with the likes of Debashish Mohanty, Harvinder Singh and Sanjay Bangar - all low-key players even when they played for India - being the biggest stars about. And when Orissa who lost the toss and were put in, were kept down to only 101 for 8 in 20 overs, what little interest there was died. There was a brief flutter of excitement when Railways went from 85 for 3 to 87 for 7 in their chase, but by then the match as a contest had ended. Soon enough they knocked off the required runs with three wickets to spare. It wasn't as though one brilliant spell from a bowler caused havoc. Orissa just did not seem to have a plan over how to approach their innings, and all batsmen came - and went - swinging merrily. The wickets were shared around, and fell in clutches, with the spinners doing most of the damage. G Shankar Rao, the left-arm spinner, picked up 3 for 20, while Kulamani Parida, the offie, grabbed 2 for 12. It was an utterly disappointing batting performance, with no batsman even making a quarter-century, which could well be the 'decent' individual score in this form of the game. Only one batsman even made 20, and that was Niranjan Behera, who top-scored with 23. From the start of the sixth over till as late as the fourth ball of the 16th over - which amounts to 70 balls - not a single boundary was struck. Sanjay Bangar began Railways' chase well enough, carting the second and third balls of the innings for a six over the bowler's head and a four past point respectively. Off the very next ball, though, he edged to the keeper. From then on it was the TP Singh-show all the way. He hit four fours and a six in his 32-ball 40 that all but settled the game in Railways' favour. When he fell with the score on 85, Paresh Patel struck twice in as many balls, and then Behera prised out another wicket with the score still on 87, and there was a bit of a flutter, but Baburao Yadav smacked 15 to seal the deal with almost four overs to spare. Scorecard ----------------------------------------------- Wonder how Orissa managed to secure its place in the top two teams of East Zone! Watching a team like this competiting in the national championships, one wishes for all the best players in the country to be divided among 5 or 6 teams and then have a full blooded contest!!

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Karnataka beat Gujarat Where are Dravid and Uthappa? Are they not playing? .
Here is another report in detail: MUCH WAS anticipated from Indian captain Rahul Dravid in his maiden appearance in a Twenty20 match on Indian soil. But the Karnataka right-hander fell for one, checking his shot against left-arm spinner Visvajit Solanki and giving Niraj Patel a simple catch at covers. However, the disappointing eight-ball show from 'The Wall' did not deter Karnataka from winning their second match in less than 12 hours in the all-India Twenty20 Championship at the Wankhede stadium here on Tuesday Karnataka defeated Gujarat by four wickets in another lastover finish to stay in contention of making the final grade from Group 'A'. Put in, Gujarat - who are virtually out of the competition after suffering their second loss in three games and run into another strong final contender Punjab on Wednesday in their last encounter - made a competitive 151 for nine. Gujarat lost their way in the last set of five overs after getting off to a swift start with top-scorer Azhar Bilakhia (62, 47b, 6x4, 1x6) and Parthiv Patel (26, 18b, 5x4) sharing 55 for the opening wicket in just 5.2 overs. Bilakhia was also involved in a 53-run stand for the third wicket with Jay Desai (17, 20b). Bilakhia and Parthiv's early onslaughts upset Karnataka's calculations. In their enthusiasm to post a total beyond Karnataka's reach, Gujarat lost wickets regularly, their last five falling for just 10 runs and in 14 deliveries. Karnataka began shakily, losing the first four including Robin Uthappa (6, 16b) and Dravid with only 38 on the board by the eighth over. But Karnataka had the wherewithal to take them through. Their successful chase centred around the diminutive right-hander Deepak Chougule, who remained un- beaten on 41 (36b, 5x4). The supporting casts were provided admirably by B Akhil (35, 20b, 4x4, 1x6) and R Vinay Kumar (24, 15b, 1x4, 2x6) who had shared five wickets between them earlier in the morning. Chougule shared 51 in 34 balls with Akhil for the fit^th and 42 for the next with Vinay The Karnataka batsmen did not panic even when they required 91 in the last 10 overs. Akhil and Vinay struck mighty blows when required, and Chougule came up with innovative strokes to keep them well on track.Chougule gave the finishing touch with a boundary over point when only five were needed in the final over Gujarat: 151/9 in 20 overs (Azhar Bilakhia 62, Parthiv Patel 26; R Vinay Kumar 3-31, S Arvind 2-25, B Akhil 2-24) lost to Karnataka: 154/6 in 193 overs (Devraj Patil 21, Deepak Chougule 41 n.o., B Akhil 35, R Vinay Kumar 24; Hitesh Majmudar 2-21, V Solanki 2-31). guru.krishnan@hindustantimes.com ---------------------------------------------------------- So now we know that Dravid scored 1 run in 8 deliveries and uthapps scored just 6 in 16. Here is the Scorecard. .

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Re: Coverage of Twenty20 inter-zonal tournament 2007 Thanks Chandan. I haven't been posting on this thread but have been reading all the match reports. BTW will anyone really care if we win the 20/20 cup?

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Thanks Chandan. I haven't been posting on this thread but have been reading all the match reports. BTW will anyone really care if we win the 20/20 cup?
its like a toy replica of the real cup, but its better then nothing.

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Thanks Chandan. I haven't been posting on this thread but have been reading all the match reports. BTW will anyone really care if we win the 20/20 cup?
Gambit, For that matter, I do not even care for the ODIs. It is tests which matter the most to me, but it is always exciting to know about the young talents in the country and how they are finding their feet in a completely new format! If anyone is interested: With Abdulla, Rahane the future looks good Gaurav Gupta Wednesday, April 18, 2007 00:33 IST MOTERA : Mumbai?s eight-wicket triumph over Haryana on Tuesday in the All-India inter-state Tournament was not just courtesy Sachin Tendulkar. The Ranji champs made three changes to the team which played on Monday night. This move, forced in part due to injuries, worked like magic, besides giving a glimpse of Mumbai cricket?s future. Left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla was included in place of an unfit Romesh Powar, and the 20-year-old ran through the Haryana batting line-up like a knife through butter, scalping five wickets for just 10 runs in his quota of four overs. Ajinkya Rahane, 18, came in place of India?s Test opener Wasim Jaffer, who doesn?t look the part in this kind of a format, and stroked a 43-ball unbeaten 50, that included six boundaries, while opening with Tendulkar. ?They are very promising, and they have done very well for Mumbai of late. They have a good future,? said chairman of selectors, chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar. ?I always pitch for experience, but we wanted to try some fresh legs in this format, and injuries made our task easier,? said Mumbai skipper Amol Muzumdar. The interesting bit is, the two were not picked for Tuesday?s game as experienced campaigners were preferred. Abdullah, a student of Anjuman Islam, is talked about in the cricketing circles of Mumbai as a bright prospect. Earlier this year, the youngster drew attention as he returned figures of three for 38 against the touring Sri Lankans in a practice match for the MCA invitational XI. ?We have been hearing about him for a while. He had an opportunity, and he took it with both his hands,? said Muzumdar, of the young prodigy. Any nervousness that Rahane, who admitted he didn?t expect at all to get a chance, had before opening the innings with Tendulkar disappeared soon. Muzumdar rates Rahane highly. ?He will do well in the future. We picked him after he scored about 2,000 runs in a season in junior cricket. That doesn?t happen often,? said Muzumdar. -------------------------------------------- I wish both of them all the best.

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Re: Coverage of Twenty20 inter-zonal tournament 2007 Mumbai wins over MP, Sachin loses with 13 runs PTI Wednesday, April 18, 2007 14:47 IST AHMEDABAD: Mumbai defeated Madhya Pradesh by 44 runs in the All India Inter-State Twenty20 Tournament being played here at the Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, but Sachin Tendulkar disappointed his fans by getting out cheaply. The Ranji Trophy champions scored 188 for six in their allotted overs and restricted Madhya Pradesh to 144 for six. Mumbai, put into bat by Madhya Pradesh, began on a dismal note losing Tendulkar in the third over of the match. The right-hander, who had hit half-centuries in the last two games, was caught in the mid-wicket region off the bowling of Anand Rajan. Tendulkar struck three consecutive boundaries in his score of 13. Fresh from Tuesday's three wicket victory over Bengal, Madhya Pradesh bowler Pitre struck in the very next over to dismiss opener Ajinkya Rahane (6) to reduce Mumbai to 23 for two in the fourth over. Middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma took it upon himself to bail Mumbai out of trouble. In the sixth over bowled by Pitre, Sharma hit two sixes and two fours to score 21 runs. He was the third wicket to fall, caught brilliantly by Abbas Ali off the bolwing of T Sudhindra. Sharma made 39 from 25 balls cracking four fours and two sixes. Mumbai skipper Amol Mazumdar then took over and slammed four fours and a six as he scored 57 in just 35 balls. He forged a quickfire 50-run partnership in 25 balls for the fifth wicket with Musavir Khote (31 not out). Abbas Ali, with two wickets in four overs, was the most successful bowler for Madhya Pradesh. Needing about 9.5 runs per over, Madhya Pradesh began on a distastrous note losing four wickets with only 36 runs on the board in the first five overs. Mudassar Pasha (0), Naman Ojha (16), Devendra Pundela (5) and Murtuza Ali (14) departed in quick succession. However, Rahul Bakshi and Brijesh Tomar steadied the ship by playing a watchful innings. They stitched together a 75-run partnership for the fifth wicket. They scored at over six runs per over but were well short of the required run rate which had climed to over 10 runs per over. Tomar topscored with 57 from 56 balls while Bakshi made 40 from 31 balls. Bakshi was trapped in front by left-arm spinner Iqbal Abdulla while Tomar was caught off the bowling of Vineet Indulkar on the last ball of the 20th over. Ajit Agarkar picked up two wickets for 27 runs from his quota of four overs. Tendulkar also bowled two overs conceding 20 runs and went wicketless. ---------------------------------------------- It just wasn't Tendulkar's day. Here is other link: Twenty20: Mumbai beat MP by 44 runs And did Bengal lose to MP yesterday? I kept on looking for the report of that match yeasterday but just couldn't find it. Has anyone read about it?

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Thanks Chandan. I haven't been posting on this thread but have been reading all the match reports. BTW will anyone really care if we win the 20/20 cup?
I will be very very happy. 50 years down the line, I will be bragging about India winning the first 20-20 world cup ever. :hic:

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Re: Coverage of Twenty20 inter-zonal tournament 2007 Btw, looks like SRT is the only one out of our WC squad who has come to grips with 20-20. I wanna see what our 20-20 team will look like... will Dravid remain captain for 20-20... will he be selected in the team for 20-20? i hope so

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