Saturday, 29 December 2012

Young bowlers handled pressure well: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was all praise for his young bowling attack that held its nerve in the death overs during the 11-run win over Pakistan in the second encounter of the drawn Twenty20 international series at the Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, on Friday.

Young pacers Ashok Dinda (3-36) and Ishant Sharma (1-34) were excellent in the last two overs, giving away just just 14 runs when Pakistan needed 26 to win.

It was difficult to hit Dinda: Mohammed Hafeez

Pakistan captain Mohammed Hafeez said that his side never expected the partnership between Yuvraj Singh and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to flourish.

According to Hafeez, the 97-run partnership between the duo was the “turning point of the match”.

“Although, they went off to a promising start, we were hopeful of restricting them to 160-170...But Yuvraj was exceptional today. The way he batted was outstanding. He also struck a good partnership with Dhoni. We were not expecting the partnership to go that further. The partnership was the turning point of the match,” Hafeez said at the post match media conference here.

Yuvraj Singh dedicates his award to Sachin Tendulkar

Yuvraj Singh, MoM in Friday’s T20 International against Pakistan, has dedicated his award to Sachin Tendulkar, who will now only be playing Test cricket.

Sachin had been unavailable for the T20s and, on Sunday, announced retirement from the ODIs as well.

“This is my first MoM award after Sachin’s announcement...I’ll be missing him in the dressing room during the ODIs...I’m already feeling bad,” Yuvraj, the T20 king, told The Telegraph.

England captain and broadcaster Tony Greig dies

Flamboyant former England cricket captain and television commentator Tony Greig died of a heart attack Saturday at the age of 66, as he battled lung cancer.
South African-born Greig had only recently been diagnosed with cancer and suffered a cardiac arrest at his Sydney home, dying shortly afterwards.
"Tong Greig passed away at St Vincent's Hospital of cardiac arrest at 1.45 pm," hospital spokesman David Faktor said.
"He was rushed to St Vincent's and staff at the emergency department worked on Mr Greig but to no avail. I understand his family was with him."

Australia's Mike Hussey to retire from Test cricket

Australian veteran Mike Hussey announced on Saturday he will retire from Test cricket after next week's third and final match against Sri Lanka in Sydney.

The evergreen Hussey, who continues to flourish at 37, just months younger than Ricky Ponting who called it quits earlier this month, said he wanted to spend more time with his four young children, who are all aged under eight.

India beats Pakistan by 11 runs to level T20 series

India beat Pakistan by 11 runs in the second Twenty20 played at the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium in Motera on Friday to level the series 1-1.

In reply to India's 192-5, Pakistan could only muster 181/7 in its stipulated 20 overs.

Pak captain Mohammad Hafeez top scored for the touring team with a blistering knock of 55 of 26 balls, smacking three sixes and six fours.