India WN vs Ireland WN

India’s third match in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers tournament, 2017, and also Ireland’s third. The top four sides progress to the World Cup in June, for which Australia, England, New Zealand and West Indies have already qualified. The top four teams are also awarded ODI status till the next World Cup, if they aren’t already ODI nations.

India heads into this match with 2 convincing wins in hand, first against Sri Lanka by 144 runs, and then a virtual walk over Thailand, winning by 9 wickets (and with nearly 30 overs to spare).

Ireland come into this match on the back of an opening win by 119 runs over Zimbabwe, then a 146-run drubbing in the next match against Sri Lanka, where Ireland did not complete their 50 overs, being bundled out in 36 overs for 93 runs.

Indian captain Mithali Raj won the toss and opted to bat first.

India took their time to settle in, eventually piling up a total that looked daunting.

The batting was cool-headed, with batters less often than not, tossing the ball up or going for the rash shot or a run that wasn’t there.

In response, Ireland did not have much to offer, with the bat, or in the field.

India kept it tight until the end, Thirushkamini scoring a century and Deepti Sharma finishing her innings on 89, and a good allround bowling and fielding performance from the team being the cherries for the team.

For Ireland, there’s something they can take back: good bowling and a bright future for young talent Gaby Lewis.

Score updates:

Ind 19-0 in first 6 overs.

India vs Ireland women’s ICC WC Qualifiers match is being streamed on ICC’s website.

India 82-0 in 22 overs!

India 88-0 in 23 overs.  Thirushkamini has scored 7 4s.

The run rate is 3.82 at the moment, but it’s a good new wicket, India can look for a 275ish, says comm box.

First match vs SL, they scored 258. 2nd match vs Thailand, bowled them out for 55.

Today’s match is at P. Sara. Colombo.
India 91-0 in 23!

The wicket is a batting pitch. Looking good. Current RR 3.84

97-0 (24) @4.04. Getting better. Deepti 44, Thirush 39

100 COMES UP! 103(25.2)

Fact: Gaby Lewis, playing in today’s game for Ireland is only 15 years old. Her sister represents Ireland too, she’s only 17. Gaby Lewis made her debut international appearance at just 13, becoming the youngest player, male or female, to ever represent at the highest level.

Ind 115-0 (27)

50 FOR THIRUSHKAMINI! Ind 147-0 In 33 overs

Ind 161-0(35.1) Sharma 86(10×4,1×6) Thirush (60, 8×4,1×6) RR 4.57. Picking up very nicely.

Deepti got out on 89.

Last, Veda Krishnamurthy got out on 11, she was blasting a couple of 4s, Thirush hit 2 sixes in an over, she’s on 98 now! 215-2 (44) Harmanpreet Kaur’s the new batter in.

110 FOR THIRUSHKAMINI!! India 239-2 in 48. We should get to 250, hopefully 270? 2 overs to go.

246-2, 49! 1 over to go!

India finish with 250-2, Thirushkamini not out for 113, carrying her bat through, 11 4s, 4 sixes. Deepti Sharma 89, 8 4s and a six. Wow. Ireland need 251 @5.02 RPO. See you soon!

Thirushkamini scored a 146-ball 113

First ball of the new innings, and it’s a wicket! Ireland 0-1! Shikha Pandey takes one, lbw.
End of 2 overs, Ireland 2-1!

Kim Garth is out to bat. In the first match, she scored a 63 and took 3 wickets to be named Player of the Match. What this game?

Ireland 4-1 after 2! Isobel Joyce 2, Garth 2.

PANDEY STRIKES AGAIN!! Kim Garth is gone, bowled through, Ireland 7-2! (5)
This time, Ireland’s saviour in the last match is not able to do much! She departs for just 2 runs, and Irish captain Delany walks out to bat!

Good drive from the skipper Laura Delany, the ball goes to the covers for a boundary, Ireland 15-2 in 7!

10 overs gone, Ireland 15-2! RR 1.5, Ireland really struggling to score. India keeping things really tight, good line, tight fielding, Ireland forced to defend on the front foot most balls. Pandey 2-2.

Ekta Bisht into the attack. She’s bowling right on the money.

And she opens with a maiden. Ireland 15-1, 11 overs up!

ANITHER FALLS! 3 down!! Beautiful!!

Delany is there, her partner Ciara Joyce was run out. (Joshi-Verma) Caught short at the keeper’s end, she has to go! 12 overs, 18-3!

Delany goes! 20.2, that’s 35-4!

50 comes up. 25.4 overs, it’s 54-4. 15 yr old Gaby Lewis is the new batter. (Batter because the dictionary doesn’t recognise batswomen yet, it’s a long word, and batsman would be weird. Despite the fact that comms. are started to call them “batsmen” too.)

Joyce has been playing some solid shots down the ground and to mid wicket, all of which have found the ropes. Good cricket here, and from both sides. India keeping the fielding very tight, 25 overs into the second innings!

27 overs, it’s 65-4. Joyce has 4 boundaries to her name. The Run rate has come up to 2.4 for Ireland. A definite batting improvement! Joyce 30 (47)

India’s bowling card looks very appealing. Most economies are under 2, Pandey’s got figures of 2-11 in 6 overs, Poonam Yadav has been a touch expensive, going at 3.6 an over, 18 runs in her 5 overs.

End of 28 overs, Ireland 70-4!

28.1: Oh, dear, dear, dear! Joyce is stumped at her crease off a Yadav delivery, Krishnamurthy behind the stumps, and Ireland have now lost half their side! 70-5! Joyce 31 (50).

Another one bites the dust! Ireland’s required Run rate is climbing up to 8.5 an over, and it may seem right now that Lewis is going to be left stranded at one end! Ireland lose another, 71-6!

Oh, Ireland are in big trouble now.
Deepti Sharma tosses the ball up, inviting Waldron to pick it up, and that’s just what she does: chips it up, a sweet shot to the midwifery boundary, but no, it’s not a six! Clever field deployment from the captain, who’d just placed Mansi Joshi at the boundary there. She’s about 20 cms from the ropes, she takes a skier catch. Good stuff. Ireland down a hole, Claire Shillington has to walk, she’s gone for a duck, it’s 71-6!

Irish wicketkeeper Waldron comes out to bat.
A dot to begin for her, Deepti Sharma completes a double wicket maiden! 71-6, 29 overs up.

Gaby Lewis hits the ball cleanly down the ground, it’s collected, and it’s a single. She’s batting well, however.

(There’s a marked difference in what one is able to report when one can actually WATCH the match one’s talking about.)

Just a single to end the 30th, Ireland are now 72-6.

Waldron’s getting some good sound as the ball bounces off her bat, but no cigar! The inner circle fielders are keeping it tight, Deepti Sharma’s bowling well, dot balls aplenty.

Going into the 35th over, Ireland need 176 runs off 96 balls. The current required run rate climbs up to 11 an over. It’s 75-6.

34.1: A nice, flighted delivery from the bowler, but it dances a bit too far across the bats(wo)man’s feet. A wide is signalled by the umpire.

By the end of 39 overs, Ireland are 89-6.
Young Gaby Lewis leads the Irish resistance! She’s steadying the ship for the batting, she has 3 boundaries to her credit. She’s on 26 now, off 53 deliveries.

Ireland are losing hope and wickets. Mary Waldron goes, caught off a Bisht delivery, 40 overs up, the scorecard reads 90-7!

Devika Vaidya, deemed Player of The Match in the first match against Sri Lanka where she scored a match winning 89, comes on with the ball.
Tidy over from her, Ireland 91-7 after 41.

Oh, is that it, is it all over, Lewis is deceived, Poonam Yadav’s ball goes through her defences, and through her stumps. She’s gone for 33. No chance for Ireland now. Laud a young performer’s innings, she leaves Ireland at 114-8, 47 overs down.

Oh, another goes, Kenealy, done in by Vaidya’s bowling, Ireland’s resistance at the other end departs for a fighting 20 off 30, with 2 boundaries and a six, Ireland 9 down.

Last over of the match, Vaidya has the ball, first ball, here goes!
Oh, it’s just a formality. The ball goes through McCarthy, and Sushma Verma clips the stumps. There’s no reaction from the batter, she turns to walk, the defeat had registered in so long ago.

That’s it, that’s the game, Ireland 125 all out, India win by 125 runs.

Thirushkamini is named Player of the Match for her outstanding 113 not out, with 10 fours and a six.

That’s it, India sit comfortably at the top of Group A table, with 3 out of 3 wins to their name to qualify for the Super Six stage. They’re still to play Zimbabwe on Monday, that’s their last match.

Keep watching!

The World Cup Qualifiers Begin!

The ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier tournament 2017 kicked off yesterday with the first four matches of the cup. The top four teams will qualify for the World Cup in June-July, for which Australia, England, New Zealand and West Indies have automatically qualified.

Yesterday saw the four games, India vs Sri LankaIreland vs ZimbabweSouth Africa vs Pakistan and Bangladesh vs Paupa New Guinea.

In the India vs Sri Lanka game, India cruised to a victory over the hosts, and are amongst the favourites to win the qualifier.

Skipper Mithali Raj won the toss and opted to bat first, at the P. Sara Stadium in Colombo.

The only hitch in their innings was an early loss of Meshram, leaving the scorecard reading 9-1 in 5 overs. But India put that wicket right behind them, and the second wicket partnership between Deepti Sharma and Devika Vaidya ended up worth 123 runs, with both batters scoring half centuries each. After Sharma’s wicket fell, Vaidya put on a fifty run partnership with captain Raj before getting out for 89 runs, an innings filled with 11 fours. Mithali Raj herself scored a blistering 70 runs, with 8 boundaries to her name, and India wrapped up their first innings with 259 runs on the board for the loss of 4 wickets.

In reply, Sri Lanka started off safely, putting on 42 runs for the first wicket, going into the 12th over for no loss, when Ekta Bisht struck, taking the first wicket. This was the highest scoring partnership.

In the 24th over, SL lost the wicket of Jayangani (30, 3×4) to Deepti Sharma, a caught-and-bowled. Sri Lanka scored a run between that over and the next, where they lost Hansika for a duck to Rajeshwari Gayekwad. Sri Lanka never recovered from that strike, folding up their innings for 145-8 in their 50,giving India a comfortable 114-run win. The highest individual score for Sri Lanka was 34 by Perera.

The Indian bowlers were very economical, all going for well less than five an over. Devika Vaidya was named Player of the Match for her incredible batting performance.

In the second match, Ireland (237-6) beat Zimbabwe (118, 37.5 ov.) by 119 runs.

Irish allrounder Kim Garth shone with both bat and ball, scoring a half century and scalping 3 wickets to see her side well over the winning line.

Garth scored 63* and captain Laura Delany chipped in too with a 47, five boundaries apiece to take the total to 237-6.

In response, Zimbabwe were unable to manage an individual score higher than 35 (Ashley Ndiraya). Zimbabwe lost wickets at regular intervals and eventually didn’t complete their 50 overs, being all out for 118. Garth and Ciara Metcalfe took 3 wickets each. Player of the Match (PoM): Kim Garth.

South Africa ( beat Pakistan by 63 runs.

Opting to bat first, South Africa were off to a flyer, before losing the early wicket of Lee to be 29-1 in just 3 overs.

After this, the batsmen (batswomen? It’s not a word I found in the dictionary, so I’m not sure if I should just stick to ‘batsman’.) rebuilt the innings, going at a decent run rate of 4.7, till Pakistan struck in the 14/15th over, taking 2 wickets in the span a single run.

Former skipper Mignon du Preez (40, 5×4) and Marizanne Kapp (38, 4x4s) then put one fifty run-stand before both fell in the span of 2 overs (24-26), leaving the stage to Chloe Tyron (79, 5×4, 4×6) and skipper Dane van Niekerk (30), who put  on 89 runs between them to eventually lead SA to 258-9. Nashra Sandhu took 3-51(10).

Pakistan lost regular wickets. Nain Abidi scored 62(7×4, 1×6), but had not much support at the other end apart from a 38 from the captain Sana Mir. Pakistan ended their innings 195-6. PoM: Chloe Tyron.

Bangladesh (215-6) beat Papua New Guinea (97) by 118 runs.

More on today’s matches here.


Today, the matches on are

Ireland vs Sri Lanka

India vs Thailand

Scotland vs South Africa

Pakistan vs Bangladesh

As of now, India completely dominated Thailand, bowling them out for just 55 runs (29 overs) and then reached the target in just 12 overs to take the match with ease.

Opting to bat, Thailand were all out in just over an hour, the highest score being 12 runs. Mansi Joshi took 3 wickets, Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav and Rajeshwari Gayekwad took 2 each.

India reached 59-1, with skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (who opened) being the only wicket to fall. Joshi was named Player of the Match.

Note: There are no matches being played tomorrow. Select matches are being streamed on ICC’s website. 

Matches for Feb 10th:

Bangladesh vs Scotland (Group B)

India vs Ireland (Group A)

PNG vs Pakistan (Group B)

Thailand vs Zimbabwe (Group A)

Could Something Good Come Out of Our Self-Created Tempest?

Currently, the world seems to look like a nightmare ripped right off an Orwell novel, with everyday becoming a dystopian worse, to a point where one could actually accurately predict what is going to happen the next day. Imagine the worst you can, and sleep over it. Aladdin couldn’t have had it any easier.

For most of us, looking at the picture across the globe seems like an instant depressant. We look from the western horizon to the eastern, we find little hope, or I daresay, sanity. From brainless mops of hair to hypersensitive freaks, ready with a new sensation at the drop of a hat, we wonder, what good could ever come out of this?

For a long while, I’d been theorising, this is how it’s gonna end. Devolution. The human race was going to dumb itself to death. We’d get stupider every single day, with hands around our own necks, and one day, climate change, stray asteroids, the Big Freeze or a Heat Death will be the last things we’ll be worried about: we’d have taken ourselves out of the equation before it ever got to any of those.

When I was in the sixth grade, we’d had a chapter in school with an introduction to history. One part I remember well, was something about history not just being about dates and wars. Despite what we’re taught in school, history is all about the why and how, rather than the where and when. The book had said, we learn history to learn from our ancestors’ mistakes, so we don’t repeat them. Yet, just getting about as human as it gets, our history repeats itself, and I realised that bizarre events, and people being swayed by them into something they knew all along was leading them nowhere, and definitely to no good, has been happening ever since we learned to think for ourselves. So far, we’ve managed to slam the brakes at just about the brink of our nonexistence, so perhaps we can heave a private little sight of relief? Not really. Humans may remain the same, the pessimists and conspiracy theorists will say, but our technology is advancing. Could very well be that we’d kill ourselves before we ever realised how far we were off the edge.

That comes back to my question: can anything good possibly come out of this nightmare?

Perhaps, for one, if you had your doubts on the goodness of humanity, a glance on the street out your window could reassure you that we still have the thing that supposedly separated us from animals: compassion.

But there’s another little gimmick history has always seemed to have had. Everytime things started looking bleak, when the world (and particularly the United States, somehow) has been stuck in a rut, a sudden sense of purpose has developed in the people affected. There have been movements entirely based on world and political crises. Think the ’60’s Hippie Movement. Think the growing prevalence and acceptance of homosexuality in the ’70’s and ’80’s. Whenever life seems to have knocked out any purpose for our existence is when we’ve been the most inspired and purpose fuelled.

In the 1970’s, Britain’s economy was in perils. There was unemployment a plenty, and a sense of wastedness among the youth, and a general anger at those who had let them down, something that is very relatable after the shocks and disappointments that 2016 rained down on us. It was also in the face of this turmoil in the mid-1970’s, that a force began emerging in Britain, that encompassed all the rage that young Britain felt, and put it out for everyone to hear. They were angry, and were not about to apologise for it. A movement was growing, and this became the first punk rock movement of the ’70’s. (Or at least, this was the story on the east side of the Atlantic. Similar movements for similar reasons took place in America, and also in other parts of Europe itself, and in Australia, to mention a few.)

Anti-establishment was in, and the generation that was doomed to have “no future” decided to turn their wasted lives into something, turned their anger into energy, and put out one of rock music’s rawest, truest music, hitting them where it hurt.

In an interview a few years ago, John Lydon, frontman of the Sex Pistols, better known in that decade as Johnny Rotten, had talked of how his parents had felt about their punk attitude, on how they were openly attacking the conservative, shut-mouth society that was way overdue for change, (in fact, the change was happening and was in everyone’s face, what was left to happen was for old Britain to overcome its denial and see the truth for what it was: the world had changed, and Britain was changing too. The new was in, the old was out, and had to be buried.) “You can’t say that, Johnny! They’ll lock you up.” The frontman had laughed. “Well, they tried to lock me up.” the punk rocker, who turned 61 yesterday, had quipped.

And yet they said it, extreme situations bringing the angriest best out of them.

A punk band’s poster from the ’70’s. The anger prevalent was at odds with the peace of the last decade’s flower-power hippie culture.

1990’s America saw a life that was becoming a bit too comfortable. Everything was out there, being flashed before their eyes, and they wanted it bad. The decade saw a rise in consumerism like never before. People were blindly chasing pieces of meaningless materialistic rubbish that they did not need, and what they achieved was a fake sense of satisfaction, and when the “achievement” was chipped away, it left a hollowness, and yet again, a sense of wastedness.

This time, it inspired an anti-consumeristic movement, causing a punk revival movement, this time around, led by American punk bands like Green Day, The Offspring, Rancid, (taking off from what bands like Dead Kennedys, Circle Jerk and Black Flag had been nurturing underground for the past decade) fuelled by the grunge movement, (bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains) and politically charged rockers (Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy) telling things like they were, pulling the wool from a deluded, furniture-feng shui ikea-happy generation going nowhere, public emotion was on fire once again, everyone out to catch a lie, or tell someone that the life they’d been taught and conditioned to live was a waste, and the real energy was out there, where the movement was taking place. The fight was  in the streets. (Think movies like Fight Club, the main theme of which was the over-comfortable materialistic life we’d begun to get accustomed to and crave for, the movie took an anti-consumeristic tone).

Telling it like it is: Rage Against the Machine

Stagnation has always been energy’s enemy.  In the decade after that, bands that emerged continued to wallow in a fake sense of purpose, a purpose that had already lived it’s life and was now dead. The world had found a comfortable spot again, it was not to be shaken up and disturbed. The rebelling was against nothing now. The purpose that was being missed here was that of getting real for once, dealing with a world that was moving too fast for comprehension, and our general disconnection from everything real around us, even while the up and coming bands chose to live in a cause long gone, and ended up sounding fake. (This is not to say that everyone missed the point, Muse’s 2001 album Origin of Symmetry deals a lot with our plugging in, tuning out and being connected online while physically and emotionally drifting away from humanity.)

Rock music began dying out, coming off as something incomprehensible, something from a time long gone, that the current generation with its new set of problems was unable to relate to, nor did have the time to go back and explore in order to understand. As I’d said, the world was moving too quick for that. Not having that time for the frills and expanses of rock music, people began taking to an emptier form of music that spoke nothing to them but gave them the false comfort and delusions that come with every era of cultural stagnation: they turned to pop music.

But now, the bog is clear. Stimulus is here, and the world is angry again. It’s waking up from it’s delusion, an ideal that everything was alright and we’d learnt from history,  we’d make things better and head towards utopia (an ideal that I personally believed in). It’s the right time for a new movement, one that rages against what we’ve become, and one that threatens to take it all back, anti-establishment all over again: to demolish all the ancient fears, distrust we’ve been nursing and all the misinformation we’ve been fed, to tear the borders down and bury them for good, to take the stage again with that anger and sense of purpose that’s been missing for too long.

If one good thing can come out of our misery, it’s a chance to channel our inner rage, get out of home, away from the news on the phone, and pick up our instruments again. It’s time to get real again, to stand up for what we believe in, and rage against the establishment again. Let’s make human lives useful again.