Harbhajan Singh’s second successive century pushed India’s lead to 122 on the fourth morning in Hyderabad

Harbhajan Singh's second successive century pushed India's lead to 122 on the fourth morning in Hyderabad

Harbhajan Singh's second successive century pushed India's lead to 122 on the fourth morning in Hyderabad

Harbhajan Singh not out 111 in 116 ball with 7 sixes & 7 fours.

 

What makes sportsmen go corrupt?

In the case of the Pakistanis accused of spot-fixing, the first responses pointed to their backgrounds - the culture of corruption, and poverty - but that doesn't explain everything

In the case of the Pakistanis accused of spot-fixing, the first responses pointed to their backgrounds - the culture of corruption, and poverty - but that doesn't explain everything

In the first week of January, as the last two days of the Ashes play themselves out and the South Africa versus India Test series comes to an end, Michael Beloff, English barrister and head of the ICC Code of Conduct commission, Justice Albie Sachs, a retired South African judge, and Sharad Rao, a leading Kenyan barrister, will find themselves in a room with Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir in Doha, Qatar, and begin to ask questions. Those questions will no doubt be factual, legal, contractual.

They certainly wouldn’t have been the very basic questions that flooded the minds of thousands who woke up one Sunday morning to see Mazhar Majeed and a stack of pound notes on their TV screens. Our questions were about guilt and innocence, reason and impulse. The ICC’s three-man tribunal’s findings may not answer them. Read more of this post

Zaheer, Harbhajan lead India’s charge

Harbhajan Singh took three wickets in quick succession

Harbhajan Singh took three wickets in quick succession

New Zealand 350 (Ryder 70, Zaheer 4-69, Harbhajan 4-76) v India
Live scorecard and ball-by-ball details
How they were out
Zaheer Khan led the charge with the second new ball, and Harbhajan Singh followed up with important wickets to give India the upper hand. New Zealand lost their last seven wickets for 97, with their innings ending shortly after lunch. Jesse Ryder, struggling with the calf strain he carried from the first Test, added important runs through his positive batting, but a shrewd Zaheer caused enough damage from the other end to make it India’s day so far.

Ryder added 48 runs off 56 balls to his overnight 22, but India did well to dry up the runs elsewhere: the rest could manage only 25 while he was there. Struggling physically, Ryder couldn’t quite take charge with the lower order, and on occasion turned down sharp singles. With about 15 minutes to go to lunch, he got a beauty from Harbhajan, angling in from round the stumps, and turning away from middle and leg. The edge was lapped up by VVS Laxman at first slip, and New Zealand were reduced to 331 for 8 on a fairly good batting surface. Read more of this post

Bangladesh set to mark 100 days to go ICC World Cup 2011

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly and Bangladesh paceman Masrafe Bin Mortaza share in Dhaka

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly and Bangladesh paceman Masrafe Bin Mortaza share in Dhaka

Mashrafe Mortaza revealed his excitement as Bangladesh marked 100 days to go to the ICC CWC 2011 with a spectacular firework display and an unveiling of a countdown clock in Dhaka.

“The World Cup is the most anticipated tournament for me and I can already feel the buzz,” said Mortaza.

“There is no better place to play cricket than at home because our fans are the best fans and we will not disappoint them. If the team playes to its potential then we are going to have the most memorable World Cup.

“I can’t wait! The whole country is holding its breath. I am really excited because the World Cup is very near. We are playing some great cricket and we just want to continue with this momentum. We want to give the whole nation something to celebrate and we are capable of that.”
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Stumpy – ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 mascot

Stumpy - ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 mascot

Stumpy - ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 mascot

Stumpy

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 mascot is called Stumpy.

His name was unveiled by leading stars, including Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kumar Sangakkara, with 200 days to go to the start of the event.

The mascot, an elephant, has been named ‘Stumpy’ after an online selection process that drew proposals from thousands of cricket fans around the world.

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