Monday, March 31, 2008

My experience at M.A.C - Simply Superb!!!!

My experience at the M.A.C stadium, Chepauk, Chennai, was terrific.. Me and my friends got the opportunity to watch the first test match between India and South Africa at chennai.. This is my first time Stadium-experience and it proved really mindblowing!!

My first day at the stadium was on the 3rd day of the 5-day match.. We guys enjoyed a lot on that day and the main cause for that was Virender Sehwag!! He was one man stealing the show with his master strokes.. He gave us many reasons to celebrate which includes his reaching the 100, 150, 200, 250 and the 300 mark!! He kept the audience spell bound with his awesome 300 plus mark which made him to be the Man Of The Match!! Numerous boundaries, classic drives, trendy strokes and what not!! One more highlight of his innings was that, he became the Third player to score 300-run mark twice in Test Cricket, the other two being Brian Lara and Don Bradman( if i am not wrong!!)!!!! In short, Sehwag made us feel contented with his commanding innings!!

On the next day( Day 4 ), we entered the stadium with our hearts filled with hopes to witness Sehwag reaching his 400th run.. But unfortunately Sehwag was caught at the slips which marked his innings with lovely 319 runs!! With greater expectations and greater celebrations, we waited for Sachin to open his innings.. But unfortunately, he was dismissed for a duck!! Being an ardent fan of Sachin, my mindset at that moment was,"Its a world record even if its a duck, when Sachin gets it!!!!".. With such an idea, we continued watching the play.. Later, our attention was grabbed by The Wall Of India- Rahul Dravid!! Infact, he gave us some reasons to jubiliate, which includes Dravid crossing his 10,000 runs in test cricket( the third Indian to reach this, apart from Sachin and Gavaskar!! ).. Also, Dravid scored his 25th century in test cricket on the same day..
Once the Indian innings came to an end, our players entertained us with their work on the field.. And obviously, the very presence of Sachin on the field made us feel excited.. The way he acknowledged the crowd was simply fascinating..!!
Our next day on the stadium was not as excellent as the previous ones, but still i liked it.. The highlight of this day was naturally the presentation ceremony as it gave us great pleasure to watch Sehwag recieving the Man Of The Match award!! On the whole, this experience at the stadium, filled us with great memories to be cherished upon!!!!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Its Time to Celebrate!!!!

Its time for all Indians to celebrate!! Indians have won the CommonWealth Bank series in the finals against Australia..

As we all know, winning a series against Australia, that too in the Australian grounds is quite amazing.. And today, Indians proved themselves by winning the CB series(a tri series between India, Australia and Sri Lanka)..

After getting selected for the finals, by crossing all the league matches, the Indians made a solid victory on the first final.. And today, being the second final match, it became the Do or Die match for the Australians.. So, with lots of expectations, the match started and of course, it was a pretty good start by the Indain openners, who chose to bat first.. It was Sachin's knock of 91 runs today, that turned out to be his unmatchable 89th half century..

The entire team performed well and managed to score 258 runs at the end of the innings.. When the Australians came out to bat, Indian fast bowler Praveen Kumar took early wickets of Gilly, Ponting and Clarke.. These early break thrus took our team to the commanding position.. It was then Hayden and Symonds whose partnership proved to be challenging as Hayden made his half century to reduce the burden on the team..

Later, in the 26th over, Aus lost Hayden and Symond's wickets.. But then, it was again Hussey and Hopes, who fought their best to reduce the chasing margin.. With these thrilling moments, it was Pathan who took the wicket of Hopes in the last over and marked the victory for our team!!

In short, all the players in our team, did their best in paving way for our success and it was Sachin and Praveen kumar who were the Stars today..

With this victory from the senior players on one side, we have the Under 19 team, who are presently the World Cup winners in their division!! So, we can say that India is shining in all spheres of cricket... Hats-Off to all those players, who were responsible for taking India to this winning position!!!!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Yet Another Laurel!!!!

Yet another laurel!! Yet another record!! This day marks an imprint in the histroy of cricket and obviously, its Sachin Tendulkar making it!!!!

Sachin Tendulkar scored his 42nd ODI century with his unbeaten 117(not out!!) against Australia.. As usual, Sachin was awesome on the pitch as he came up openning the innings and remained unbeaten till the winning stroke!! It was a nice treat for all Indian fans to see the God of Cricket playing his excellent shots.. Numerous Coverdrives, Inside-Outs, Square drives, Flicks and what not!!

With Sachin missing 5 centuries last year( as he was taken in his 90s ), he broke out his Nervous Nineties pattern today!! This infact raises the expectation for the upcoming matches and no doubt, Sachin is really gonna rock!!

With nothing to stop him, I wish him All the very Best for his upcoming centuries and laurels!!