Just Don’t Make Me Take The Gloves Off

It’s a fine and sunny morning
As you peer outside your window
Just a scraper of a white blanket
Possibly here from a day ago

The clouds are smiling
And the sheer blank white outside is inviting
And as you dream of the summery days ahead
You hear your phone crying

As you walk across to class
It’s as soft a walk as can be
And then you hear the rumbling and howling
And check your phone; it’s minus eighteen degrees

How can it be
That when you really want to get there
On time the wind seems keen on making sure you
End up on the other side of campus?

And how could it seem
So perfectly calm in the morning
When Environment Canada has issued
A week’s worth of warnings?

I think there’s snow inside my hat
And snow in my eyes
And snow in my ear
And in a little bit of a ice

And no, don’t you dare,
Don’t you even try
To cancel classes today
Would make you a very un-Canadian guy.

Have you ever wanted
To go parasailing?
To find out what it really meant
To float like a butterfly?

Because the wind speed today is 50 kph
And the speed limit is 45
Can someone call the damn cops
To ticket this Zephyr guy?

Till today I’d always thought
I’d see the Clippers in the NBA,
But I’ve seen this Albertan roll in
From the Wild West today.

And as I stand and write this,
We’re fifteen centimetres under the snow
And if you prefer imperial units
Today you and I might agree on how low this’ll go (-40!)

And RIP all those with evening classes,
And the off campus dwellers too
Give the wind a fight;
And my frozen fingers
Are my new excuse not to write.

This used to be a staircase. I’m not that creative, it really was one.


Polishing Up The Sharps

Over the past few weeks, I have attended tons of orientations on campus: academic orientations, school spirit parades, Computer Science frosh, computer science frosh, getting used to living on campus orientation, laundry orientation…

And so, this weekend, I put the wonderful advice my seniors had so painstakingly put together for a week’s worth of sermons to great use: I ditched my Sunday laundry, ignored my psychology homework, forgot all about my math and went out for the afternoon and evening, for not one but two music festivals.

Toronto has a pretty unique music scene in that its festivals have a uniquely Toronto vibe. When you think of outdoor music festivals, you normally think of parks or farms like those employed for European summer music festivals (arguably the best in the world) (and perhaps, with the sixteen hour drives like the ones to Pilton for Glastonbury) and American music festivals in the blazing summer (like Lollapalooza, Coachella, Bonnaroo, or the Warped Tour) and to be fair, music festivals elsewhere in Canada (Montréal Jazz). Perhaps you may even think of large, open air arenas and stadiums.

Toronto presents to you a different kind of intimacy when it comes to its summer music festivals (and I mean summer when I say it. Twenty eight degrees has never felt as much like thirty six and as relentless as it did on Sunday). Enter the Kensington Market Jazz festival (taking place for three days over the weekend, their packed schedule can be found here), a weekend full of jazz music (and a few stretches over to some rock and blues) on guitars, pianos and more. The festival is spread out over fifteen venues all over Kensington Market, the whole event being indoors—in shops!

My buddy and I had time only to head to one venue, having left at 12:00 PM and remembering that we hadn’t had breakfast, nor would have lunch for quite some time and making a pitstop by a Tim Hortons, and caught one set at Tom’s Place, a suit shop.

So here’s Peter Hill, on the piano, in a suit shop, furiously churning out some jazz for a seated audience (I wonder if it’s quite what he’s used to).

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Standing behind a mostly older audience seated so disciplined and listening and nodding along with such enthusiasm it felt slightly out of place to whip out my phone and snap a shot, so this is all I have to offer, I suppose.

But there are tons more elsewhere, for after that, we hopped on the TTC streetcar (I’m still adjusting to not calling it a tram…) and tripped down to Roncesvalles for the annual Roncesvalles Village Polish festival. Roncesvalles is known to be a centre for the Polish Torontonian community, and every year, with official patronage from the Polish Consulate, hosts this day-long music and food fest.

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Arrival!

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I can never take a decent panorama… I think a poor passerby just got cut in half in my snap! Thanos would be proud, eh?

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Giving the accordions their due in pixels

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A most sweltering yet beautiful day. I almost prefer it through the camera now.

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Books, books and more books!

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Very Polish set up. Though it must be really hot under all those layers.

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Living for the brass section

If you’d like to listen to snippets of some of the music being played around (and Polish festival or not, not all the music was lyrically in Polish), I have included a drive link with some of the videos I shot around Roncesvalles (three days, and I still screw up that spelling.) WordPress doesn’t currently allow me to upload any media that aren’t photographs.

The entire festival takes place on Roncesvalles Avenue, that’s one long street for the whole festival. A little different from the Reading and Leeds you’re used to, perhaps!

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It really is just this one long stretch of road.

And that was the whole stretch of the road.

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Wow, such empty.

My buddy and I, not quite convinced that we were done walking for the day, decided to head further up and cross the street to do some exploring. It turned out to be a lovely idea!

Cross this bridge to the other side to find the waves of Lake Ontario lapping at the sandy, gravelly shores. Welcome to Budapest Park!

And since there was water, we ran into some little friends of ours…

… silently quacking away about their shit day jobs on their way to downtown. Sunday’s the only day they can go downtown with fun on their minds. It was a well used break, or so I heard.

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Between my friend and I, we quite thought this one picture summed up our year ahead at university quite well: the first ten days, you walk along a carefully planked, well-defined path. Then as you head onto the sands, you tread through a downward curve. From there on, you gain velocity as you descend further down your path with heavier, more uncontrollable steps. There’s a sign board explaining what the various flags to watch out for are, but of course you didn’t notice that. Then come the midterms where you dive into the cold water (absolutely no reference to respite from the heat here, by the way) and try to get swim to the shores but a sudden wave arrives on the waters that honestly seemed pretty still from the admission page far. You try to salvage your record swimming through December (in the icy cold (frozen?) water too, yikes) and finally reach the stones. Congratulations, it’s Christmas and you haven’t died from hypothermia! Time to fix your mental health. You get up and walk along the top, regrouping as January and February go by, only to find that your path has abruptly ended and there are rocks under the water surface and it’s April again. The lifeguard’s off-duty today, of course! (It’s Sunday.)

Pretty apt, eh?

We decided to head back to Roscenvalles Avenue to revel in the festivity for a little while longer. Midterms can wait!

 

We also ran into some unintentional queer support, so yay for Toronto!

As we passed by a band belting out the blues, a lot of enthusiastic older couples starting waltzing (though I’m not dance expert, so don’t hold me to that!) There was this one guy, amidst them all, in a real mood of his own, dancing by himself.

That was, until a real nice lady stepped up and began to dance with him. It made for a more inspirational story than I as a university student could provide you anytime in the next half decade, so you’re gonna have to take it. I managed to get some of that on record too, and to be honest, compared to the videos, the story the pictures tell is underwhelming.

He starts out an awkward lone man dancing, ends up owning the floor, and then winning hearts. What a champion.

[That, and other videos are up right here.]

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And then that was it. We headed back home with trumpets in our ears, crumpets in our stomachs… no, I just said that because it rhymed. Keeping with the Polish theme, we had pierogi. Pretty good, and surprisingly filling!

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That sort of sums it up. Yes, this is part of my dorm room. Don’t judge me. I cropped out the sheer mess. I also cropped out the ‘Computer Science department’ sticker I’ve had since orientation, so are we on speaking terms?

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If not, then this piece of sheer madness I found at the university bookstore should come in handy.

Until I resurface!

I Can’t Hear Myself Think

I don’t know if that’s physically possible, but I’m feeling it right now.

My ears are ringing out of sheer shock. I have not heard a band play louder. (But then again, it may be argued that I haven’t had a chance to see Muse live. Yet.)

So every once in a while, miracles do happen.

(A little recap for context) After coming to know at 3:30 PM that British grunge/alt-rockers Wolf Alice were in town and playing a gig in the city at 7 PM, I had a long two-hour theatric on why I should be going.

It touched upon everything, a very versatile and diverse argument, I must admit.

I’m the science student, I’m paling because I’m in here studying, (absolutely irrelevant to a night gig– unless we’re talking about “darkening” due to pollution), how with me soon to be a full-time computer science student, I may just die before I get a whiff of life (… I don’t know if this is true, but I do not want it to be. Can anyone vouch for that?) how we’re not risk takers and are just not game for life, and why does it matter that we’re booking a few hours, and not a few days, before the gig?

Mum was particularly concerned about leaving my sister to study on her own for a few hours (and being unable to reach her because her phone’d Ben in aeroplane mode).

Anyway, I won’t bore you with gory details (according to my English teacher, I’m guilty of that often… to be fair, it was a chapter involving murder. But to get to the point now.)

Somehow, things worked out, and I have now bright prospects of a career in acting.

I went for the Wolf Alice gig.

Mum wouldn’t let me go by myself, but she did end up tagging along. She ended up spending her time taking a good long hour’s walk around pavements!

As for me, I was in.

Wolf Alice came on at 7:30, their set lasted nearly jour and was a good mix of new old stuff, though leaning on the side of songs off their latest album released on 29 September 2017, Visions Of A Life.

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Early on. (I’ll admit, phone photography isn’t the best, but is that the point of a live gig?)

The band was in the city for an Amnesty International awareness event, on violence against women online.

There seems to be some sort of trend, bands touring here for a cause (remember Coldplay and the Global Citizen fest, anyone?)

But anyway, it wasn’t amazing to see that they have a pretty neat following here! I could estimate around five hundred people, maybe more.

They have so much energy, they rock out like crazy. Second best new(ish) band I’ve seen! (After Royal Blood, of course. Seeing them live would be super cool, though!)

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Ellie Rowsell was tireless as the band kept belting out track after track, with just the occasional pause to interact with the crowd. Speaking of engagement, bassist Theo Ellis was incredible: the guy didn’t have a dead bone in his body!

Jumping around, inciting the crowd, grooving as he played his bass, he was in his own element.

There was only a slight hitch in the middle when guitarist Joff Odie’s guitar temporarily went dead as he helplessly tried to shake some sound out of it and ended up swinging it around for the rest of the song, annoyed, till he could make a swap for the next song. (My best bet for why he didn’t doc that before is preset sounds and settings.)

Personally, there was only one thing I wish was better, apart from which the band was perfect: they rock hard, take that from me. They’ve blown my ears out. Every hair on my arms was reverberating with the loud music, it was almost a wonder to me that the band was so comfortable, the speakers being right behind them. They were owning it.

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One of my personal favourite of this band’s gimmicks is towards the end of You’re A Germ, when Ellie’s vocals descend onto a manic, deranged laughter. It’s beautiful, and it’s perfect where it is in the song. But live, the intensity was a bit lower, and the laughter sounded kinda mechanical.

No fault of Rowsell’s, I can’t  imagine recreating that manic laugh every gig, and that’s what studio recordings are for, right? You go for a live gig for the experience, the emotions, raw and unfiltered, not polished or perfected over four takes.

But you can hear the manic laugh, and the rest of the song for yourself and decide!

The gig lasted roughly an hour, and it was one of the best hours of the year for me!

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(Do I sound like a music journalist here?)

Man, after seeing these guys live, my will to be up there on stage doing just what they’re doing has gotten even stronger. It’s back to my beloved piece of wood an month’s time! I’ve got a lot to catch up on.

This band rocks out almost like bands did in the nineties! And that’s a good thing.

We like them ‘cause they’re pure
We like them ‘cause we know they’re cool

(My little play on You’re a Germ’s lyrics,
He likes her ‘cause she’s pure
She’s likes him ‘cause she’s heard he’s cool

Minus the creepy connotations.)

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Lessons learnt?

Don’t ever pass up the gig. And don’t ever underestimate the power of a good argument. And the good bands will eventually come to a city near you– with their dedicated group of globe-trotting fans! Sure saw a lot of those today.

I have quite a few video grabs from the gig, from songs I am ore familiar with. Trust me, I’m a fan, I love these guys, but i haven’t been listening too much this year— not to much of anything, in fact! Catching up to do.

I can’t upload them, however, WordPress on my current plan doesn’t let me. Oh well. What’s YouTube for, right?

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(The videos were mostly for my sister, who did definitely pitch for me good; I don’t suppose mum would’ve agreed if she hadn’t been so thrown off by my sister’s support for my case, but I did mostly try to enjoy the  live experience.)

So with this gig and thousand-word review, (was it really a review? Perhaps not) I’ve ticked two things off my bucket list!

Now it’s back to integrating. The next time I upload pictures, it’s may  of a two-page long sum.

Integration… I currently can’t really hear myself think, and perhaps that’s a good thing!

Until next time!

 

The Heat Is On

I know, after my last post, I’m not even supposed to be here. I wasn’t planning to, the idea was to keep my phone off all week. Or more.

But today is 5th February, and as close as that is to my exams, I have actually been waiting for this for, what, seven months? However long it’s been since the end of July.

Today begins the (for me, and hopefully a lot more people too,) long-anticipated India vs South Africa women’s ODI series. It’s not inconsequential. The winners get to qualify directly for the 2021 Women’s World Cup! No qualifiers cup like last year.

Unlike a lot of other cricket boards, the Indian board hadn’t had any cricket lined up for ever national team for seven months. It’s true, the girls have welcomed the period, there being a lot of fatigue and injuries in the team, but it does seem a bit too long. But they’ve put up with a lot more in past decades, so oh well.

In the meantime, we have had some pretty interesting clashes around the world, the women’s Ashes and the New Zealand White Ferns triumphs in and away from home have been amazing to watch.

But when a team that was pretty dominant last year, with a very impressive win percentage throughout the calendar year, the World Cup finalists from the 2017 Cup, who lost the finals by but a margin of 9 runs, finally returns to the international circuit, don’t you think it’s a LITTLE exciting?

An opponent in the feisty South Africa, whom India only narrowly beat in all their encounters last year (save one), makes for a super-anticipated clash.

In all honesty, it’s a real bad time to be out of the cricket loop, with so many interesting series coming up!

There are both, the men’s and women’s India-South Africa ODI series going on right now in South Africa, the Tri series in Australia between Australia, New Zealand and England, and the upcoming White Ferns-West Indies clash in March. (I spent all afternoon (Okay, more like ten minutes) syncing both the Black Caps and White Ferns’ annual schedule, or as much as has been planned, to my phone.

It’s an altogether different amount of time I spent trying to figure out how I’ll be able to watch them all… not a good time to be having exams, I guess!

But New Zealand cricket is how I relax. I’m a fan, I’ll find a way!)

Now, what I’m here to rant about.

This is such an anticlimax.

The only reason I switched on my phone today was to watch (parts of) the Ind-SA women’s game.

I check all the usual sites, I look for unconventional sites, and I turn up blank.

I thought they were broadcasting.

After all the interest women’s cricket garnered in the World Cup, it should’ve been a default next step.

But no, it’s not being streamed, it’s not being televised. Please tell me if I’m wrong, I wouldn’t mind wasting a whole rant-post if I could still get the highlights.

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Every once in a while though, I do get this. Thank goodness for twitter!

Come on, if no one else will do it, I should! All I need now is a good camera and an intercontinental flight ticket. Asking for much?

 

But from my, ahem, sources (I’ll always have those!) Indian captain Mithali Raj has won the toss and is batting first.

India are currently 135-1 in 31 overs, having lost opener Poonam Raut early on, for 19 runs. Ayabonga Khaka, who took her wicket,  is the only South African  bowler to have taken a wicket yet.

Opener Smriti Mandhana (of a hundred in India’s WC opener against England fame) is going steady on 79 off 89 balls, with 8 boundaries to help along the way. Skipper Raj is at the other end on a 31 off 52, 2 neat fours.

Now wouldn’t this make for a wonderful watch??

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Not only is that grammar awful, but so is its contents!

 

Searching for sources to follow a game can be exhausting. Drinks break has been called!

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Bless the ICC, I guess.

Just spoke of blessings, here comes a curse for the Indian team!

Mandhana’s just gotten herself out, Khaka nailing her second victim of the day, and the game goes on!

(I’m happy, honestly, I am. I’m getting the game in some form. And I really am trying to study too. Just in five minutes.)

Southern Saltwater Smoothie

Use the DRS to decide whether the DLS is in or out.

(I’m rooting for New Zealand, by the way.

Who else is watching?? (And are you an Aussie or a Kiwi for the day?)

)   New Zealand vs Australia, Champions Trophy 2017, match 2, and a rain reduced chase.

Steven Peter Devereux Smith. Captain of Australia. Fun fact. His name, when shortened to initials/on ESPN is SPD Smith. ESPN loves Power Rangers, or what. (Unrelated fact: Power Rangers was shot in New Zealand.)

53-3 in 9, and after a blistering cameo of four fours, Henriques removes himself for 18, same score as Warner who was the first to leave, 2 wickets ago.

Steve Smith follows, and for once, so does the New Zealand team, because, surprise, surprise! For the third time, we’re joined by the unwelcome party: the rain.

Edgbaston at Birmingham is, thankfully, not a ‘Basin’, or a ‘Bowl’, or we’d never hear the end of it.

“Instant Maggi in 2 minutes! Just add water and boil! 

Oh wait, there’s more water than noodles.”

XYZ basin reserve: Washing for free!

Eitherway, still waiting.

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Meanwhile, kiwi fans, go rewatc Kane Williamson’s 100 earlier today. We need a minimum 20 Aussie overs to have a game.

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More play unlikely, says the Blackcaps twitter account. Will the rain win the day?

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Well, I guess that is that. Barely 10 minutes on, umps decide to call the game off. Shame. This match was looking to be a ripper. Transatlantic clashes usually are!

Well, like I said before, if you’re Kiwi, watch Kane’s 100. If you’re Aussie, watch Hazelwood’s 6-52. Or more practically, if you are from Down Under, go sleep. It’s been a long day, and in the end, a disappointing, soppy, wet night. Good night, for whatever’s left of it! Don’t fall asleep while driving! (Or writing, for that fact… Just last week, I fell asleep on an early morning write… I can’t read my own notes… Morse code 2.0 has been invented. Encrypted and loaded.)

Here’s some to cap off a lovely day.  https://mobile.twitter.com/BLACKCAPS/status/870696276580421632

Here’s to tomorrow’s breakfast special: Rolled salted grass in water, served with a glass of salt water and thorns. G’day!

(Note: NZ next plays England on Tuesday. Australia play Bangladesh on Monday. Watch for a biggie on Sunday: India vs Pakistan!)

(And women’s World Cup from 24th! Mark your calendars, the schedule is out!)

 

Survey #25

One day life is a double vanilla creme latte con pana, the next day, it’s in the trash.

This week, we explore the lives of surveyees, MasterChef style. (Or not so much.)

Q: Describe yourself in food terminology.

Aakansha: Red Velvet. Banana. BANANA IS PERFECT.

Shania: Gold-foiled, sweet caviar with apricot jam topped with white truffle shavings. Amazing yet absolutely unnecessarily expensive af.

Anushka: Rasgulla. (Credits: Sakshi)

Sakshi: Ragada pattice + lettuce.

Siddharth: I’m dark chocolate cake with a milk chocolate between cake layers.

Saarthak: A multi flavoured ice cream. (Different flavours expressing different parts of me.)

Eva: Sev puri.

Rashiv: Cheeni. (Sugar)

Jai: A double cheeseburger.

Satchit: Pie flavoured pie.

Khushi: Cheesecake and chai.

Harshuday: Butter chicken / Tom yum soup – Singaporean.

Hardik: Bhindi ki sabzi.

Lakshit: A noodle frankie.

Shrinjay: Udon noodles – Japanese.

Maulishri: Brownies.

Richa: I’d be an onion: layered.

Neha: Broccoli (it’s a positive thing, not negative. Broccoli positivity.)

Ashay: Hot and sour.

Daivya: Red velvet pastry.

Aditya: Umami.

Satchit #2: Coq au vin. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)         ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)  ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) (° ͜ʖ ͡°) ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)   ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)     ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)    ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)   ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)    [Sorry. I’d promised to spam.]

Radhika: Butter chicken.
Eggplant lasagna.

Anandita: Chef’s special. No one’s tried it yet. [Me: Why?]

Yusuf: Long fine rice with a sprinkle of salt and fresh basil and thyme aroma with yellow pulses… KHICHDI!! Rocks!
[clarification: He didn’t mean ‘rocks’ as food.]

Simant: As cold as vanilla ice cream along with Hershey’s chocolate syrup toppings and a chocolate fudge cake! Slurrp!

Ronan: Quite fiery, with some pepper. Sweet aftertaste. 😉

Shamila ma’am: Hot chocolate cake! 😉

Manish sir: Cocktail.

Sakshi: Spicy chicken broth along with dark chocolate!

Mahima: Tic Tac.

Saif: H-U-N-G-R-Y.

Lamha: RAINBOW CAKE! (With sprinkles. [ (crazed smile) ]

Nirmiti: Cappuccino. #Hangry Di… You get it. *wink wink* *blush blush*

Deyvani: Froot Loops [(TM) (R) (C) @ All copyrights reserved, I do not own anything, YouTube is free for all, no animals were hurt during… What am I doing. Interrupting mid-answer.] with Szechuan sauce.

Divya: Pizza.

Isha: Caramel.

Adhya: Caramel frappé. Just because it’s my favourite.

Vani: Chocolate chip cupcake. Or Alive by Chocolate Donuts. (Dunkin Donuts) [(R) (TM)… Forget it, sue me.]

Sakshi: I don’t like food, I don’t like myself.

Anushka: Spicy with a hint of salt.

Anushree: Kimchi rice/Noodles and Tiramisu.

Satchit #3: Bheja fry.

Ajinkya: Maharaja Mac (chicken).

Arjun: A subway footlong sandwich (veg or non veg, your choice) and coffee.

Satchit #4: Honey, but I’m not so lucky. Yet. (Hello ladies.) ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Vedika: Coffee and dead meat.
[explanation: just about alive, and dead.]

Aayushi: Hot wings.

Rishi: Masala papad.

Shivam: Humans. [Arjun: Hannibal Lecter loves you.]

Sai: Aloo paratha.

Sudhanshu: Noodles. My life is twisted. So much.

Sanyukta: I’m a pizza.

Navya: I’m a Durian.

Aparajithaa: Litchi.

Zeba: Spaghetti. (My hair is a mess.)

Girisha: Pizza.

Jyotishk: Dhokla.

Amrita: Mango. ‘Cuz ordinary.
[For tubelights like me: ‘aam’.]

Punyam: Steak.

Shlok: Dragonfruit.

Shreya: Coffee, passion fruit, and coconut.

Jatin: Chocolate boy.

Hardik: French fries.
[Satchit: ‘And everything else French too. Wink wink.’]

Ayushi: Chocolate ice cream.

Akanksha: Dosa and jam.

Shubhankar: Vada pav.

Tanishi: Honey chilli potato. (Sweet and spicy!)

Rishbha: Alfredo Pasta.

Rishabh: Sizzler. Nutella waffle.

“Annabeth”: Pizza.

Satvik: Nutella with rice.

Pranav: Spices with sweet.

Aryaa: Jelly.

Abhinav: Black Forest.

Charul: Dog.

Aditi: Rajma chawal.

Khushi: Butter chicken.

Riya: Brownie.

Maitri: Pani puri and cheesecake.

Niti: Salad.

Shubham: Paneer. (Tasty and soft.)

Suchi: Fries.

Nishigandha ma’am: Chowmein.

Aayush: Chocolate boy.

Aayush: A tall glass of water. (Bland) / Bheja fry.

Anshul: Ghost pepper wings, chicken or beef.

Kritika: Deep fried depression.

Mahima: Undercooked medium rare happiness.

Deepan: Anything deep fried on pan.

Manasi: Pizza- nice warm and fattening also helps in a peaceful death and foodgasm.

Vidhi: Pizza with jalapeños and extra cheese.

Shefali: Doughnut.

Mahwash: Chicken pizza with extra cheese. [And yes, pizza and junk food are two different categories. I learn.]

Pranav: image

Samadrita: Recipe looks easy but you realise the difficulty when you try to make it. Bland when made without feelings, but delicious when made with love.

Abirami: I’m like chocolate. Looks like poop on the outside, but nice on the inside.

Aninthitha: A dark blend of various meats with the choicest liver and a heart straight from the pits of hell, warmed by Lucifer served to you in a flesh prison sautéed with the freshest brine water and dirt straight from below your feet roasted to a medium brown by a unique French innovation called the sun served with a side of feels.
I would suggest a bottle of IF YOU ANNOY ME, YOU CAN TASTE MY FIST 2000 to pair excellently with your fine meal.
For desert we have MCR on a plate, ice cold, just how you like it.
Dead. Like you inside.

Anisha: I’d be a sizzling brownie, ‘cuz duh.

Manvika: Sauté + Smoked + Deep Fried + Tossed + Charred = Hot Mess.

Australia vs India, 2nd Test

Here, hopefully, is a fair-enough build-up to the 2nd test of Australia’s four-match test tour of India that begins tomorrow in Bangalore.

The first test saw a first of many kinds. There seemed to be a role reversal of sorts: India, generally the most threatening and dominating of teams on spinning, subcontinent pitches, with seemingly impervious foundation and structure to their innings with both bat and ball, the team that seemed to make the most out of the dangerous spin in the pitches, and yet seemed unaffected when batting on the very same wickets, for whom a day on the field was not a normal one if it didn’t involve either a century or a century stance, who have been absolutely dominating and subduing the best of international attacks (as debatable as the term “best” may be, let’s say the best around right now), found themselves almost spectators to the very show they always put on, their part being played by another team.

The last time Australia toured India, they went home with a 4-0 scoreline, and not a 4-0 in their favour either. The team hadn’t won a match here in years (since 2004). They had a go at a spinning practise session in Dubai before landing in India, something that had some ex-players raising eyebrows, many said, are Australia focusing too much on the spin factor, batting wise? Australia named themselves underdogs before the match, (as said their captain Steve Smith) and then went out and did just the textbook thing underdogs are created to do: turn the tag onto their opposers.

Australia took the spin to the Indian batting attack, spinning them right out in their own backyard, while a few handy knocks by the odd-Aussie turned out to be crucial as the game progressed. A 68 by Matt Renshaw and a 61-run show of grit by Mitchell Starc in the first innings, and a century in the second by Steve Smith were the biggest runs to come by in the match, all Aussie.

A 64 by KL Rahul was the only sizeable score for India in the first innings, and in the next, eight of eleven batsmen fell for 10 runs or below, as India bundled up for just over a 100 runs in both in innings. A better analysis, of course, can be found here, but what I’m here for, is the run up to, and proceedings of the second match.

Some people complain that test matches can get monotonous. Trust in me, blogging every ball of a test match, and I never said this, dad, can get that teensy little bit, well, dry.

So for the general benefit of mankind, for however long I am going up to keep a tab on thid match, I shall strive not to describe every little ball down to the theta of its projection, instead, I shall try to make it a bit less dead in this virtual space of dead air, and make it a bit lively, maybe funny, if one agrees with my sense of humour, and graphic. May not always be cricket graphic. Prepare for one hell of a time with the page loads. (Especially since you’ll have to refresh continuously for a live update!)

So here goes.

The mood in the Indian dressing camp can be described as such.

 

In the meantime, the Australian camp would want it to last forever, naturally,

 

And it’s all but credits to the one guy who now has the best ever Test figures by an Australian against India, Steve O’Keefe, whom the team obviously loves, as evident from a letter I found by the Aussies addressed to their dear teammate. Excerpts:

https://au.sports.yahoo.com/cricket/a/34537678/kerry-okeeffes-hilarious-take-on-son-steve-okeefes-success/#page1

In the meantime, while the Aussies enjoy a pint, the Indians go into damage-control.

 

I’d promised it would get graphic.

Join me tomorrow for the main action, and let me know what you think. Company would be appreciated, and it’s not even a foreverdamned 3 am match!

Match begins 9:30 AM IST, that’s 3:00 pm AET, 12:00 pm AWST.

 


 

Hello, and many apologies for skipping days one and two, joining in from the post-tea session of Day 3.

Australia ended their first innings today, just about overs before lunch for 276.

India put in to bat for the second time, in 47 overs, are 148-4.

Josh Hazelwood’s taken 3 wickets, Steve O’Keefe’s taken the other.

He’s bowling right now, with figures of 1-16. Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara on the field for India.

He’s had a good over, just one run off it, India 149-4.

Starc is his partner from the other end.

India are comfortably taking all singles (on offer), and only two of those have been so far.

In a completely unrelated update, (related only by location) Brett Lee is educating the comm box on the volume, surface area, taste of the contents, etc. of a water tank.

Pujara takes a call on another single, 3 in total this over, India 153-4. (49)

Steve O’Keefe is back on, and Australia are looking to curb the singles. This is India’s best run rate so far, at 3.12 RPO.

50 overs up! India 153-4.

A change of bowling, Mitchell Marsh replaces Starc.

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This innings celebrates a 50… the only one in the Indian camp to be celebrating.

50.3: And our bowler throws in the towel. Literally. Marsh stops mid- run up, because his towel fell out.

50.4: And returns the next ball strongly, pitching the ball outside and nailing it on the pads, LOUD appeal. The balls just going down the on side.

52 overs up, India 155-4!

53 up, India 156-4.

O’Keefe in.

53.1: Ball just beating the offstump. Dot.

53.2: Are Steve O’Keefe and Peter Handscomb secretly preparing to surprise the team by singing in the Christmas choir this year? The batsman seemed to Steve to have clipped the ball with his glove, and while the umpire, and half the team, didn’t think so, O’keefe and Handscomb appealed in perfect harmony. Maybe even Smith too. And Christmas is so far away too. Ind 157-4. (54)

Pujara joins the party! 125 balls on, he’s completed his half century! Brings it up with a flick of the wrist and a dash to the non striker’s end. 158-4.

What do you imagine this constructive devotion of energy from the Aussie trio ought to be monickered? The Steves + a Pete band?

Another Peter (not currently) in the Australian side, Peter Nevill actually used to be in a rock band at one time. He’s quit it once he went international. In musical terminology, he’d have ‘sold out’.  😉

Drinks have been called! 54 up, it’s 159-4!

And our soulful trio get a vocal break.

Jeez, who fell asleep in the middle of replay music selection? Highights were supposed to be fun. At least, in the hair. On screen, that may depend more on which side you support. Or what music plays in the backdrop! Summer-sixties’ synth like stuff, for those curious.

India 163-4, in 56!

Josh Hazelwood comes back in, and Pujara takes his first ball for a boundary at square, opening his bat face very late to a ball outside the offstump. FOUR runs!

56.2: Next ball, a comfortable run for two. 6 runs off the over already!

56.3: A good looking, good sounding shot, only a single though. Played to the square leg man.

The fifties follow! This run brought up the fifty run stand between Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. It also maintains Cheteshwar Pujara’s Test average at 50.09.

India end the 57th over at 164-4.

57.1: Lyon flights the ball, Rahane steps down to his knees, and with a confident sweep, he’s taken a boundary!

57.3: Wider from Lyon, same result, this time to the on side boundary!

End of a scoring over, India 178-4!

Hazelwood comes back on.

58.1: A confident cover drive from Rahane, but an even better stop from the fielder. No run there.

Coming back to the Keefecombs, let’s speculate on the composition of the band.

58.4: Another good shot, and half a stop, India take a single.

India 180-4.

India 2nd innings R B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal KL Rahul c Smith b O’Keefe 51 85 4 0 60.00
View dismissal A Mukund b Hazlewood 16 32 1 1 50.00
CA Pujara not out 60 140 4 0 42.85
View dismissal V Kohli* lbw b Hazlewood 15 25 1 0 60.00
View dismissal RA Jadeja b Hazlewood 2 12 0 0 16.66
AM Rahane not out 31 64 2 0 48.43
Extras (b 6) 6

59.1: Pujara uses his feet, and a single. The Indian scoreboard is ticking! The last 5.2 overs have yielded India 25 runs, a good sign for them.

59.4: Runs, runs runs!

59.5: Ooo. A heroic sommersault dive from slip, but doesn’t get to it. Heartjumps for the batsman, who touched a ball that turned and bounced.

O’Keefe’s back. Handscomb’s at the back. India will face the music this over.

(Yesss, I am proud!)

3 runs off the over. No, Handscomb went solo this over, shouting out encouragements to his buddy at the other end every ball.

61.3: The square leg fielder jumped over the moon ball. It races to the boundary, a fielfder races after it, and the TV umps are checking if he managed to push the ball in before distorting the ropes.

And no, he didn’t. He tried. 4 runs to India!

62.1: O’Keefe-Handscomb duet. The Aussie team should keep an 8-hour-on microphone there. Then release it as a single. It would still be better than a lot of stuff out there.

Keefescomb’s new single, “Sounds of Life: The Slips & the Cracks” is out now! Head over to our official website and check it out today! Available in Vinyl, CD and Digital format.

– Official Australian team announcement

 

India 194-4, 64 overs!

63.4: Rahane on strike, the ball gets to him, he offers no shot. The constructive part of this ball was Keefescomb have more material.

63.5: Boundary the next ball!

India 198-4! Moving on!

Peter Handscomb seems to be a nice guy, say bloggers/commentators. He’s doing live stump-mic commentary. Makes life easier for them, they say.

Apologies, it’s Wade behind the stumps. The record company’s mad, and regrets, and understandably so.
We need a new band name. Crisis.

Wade and O’Keefe are back at it.
Handscomb’s close by, though, he’s at short midoff. Come on, Matthew and Steve! Let Peter back in… he’s so close by, and the more voices, the more appealing the… appeal.

More importantly, (or is it?) India 199-4!

67.4: A lovely looking shot from Rahane, who goes down on his knees and clobbers the ball down the on side, a single, but it brings up the 200!

67.5: No touch from the batter, behind the keeper the ball goes, and a fielder after it, but four byes it is.

India 205-4!

68: Guess who’s back, yes who’s back, Steve is back.

So far, dot, dot, dot. Wade’s very hepful behind the stumps. He’s practically dictating the field to me now.

India 207-4! (69 ov.)

Oh, the line I just used up is more valid here.

Guess who’s really back? Mitchell Starc is back.

5 minutes left! How many overs more, one, possibly two?

The Aussies want one, they call for drinks, the umpire sends the man back.
The now call for the physio, he’s sent back.

Tick, tick, tick, Rahane plays out this over, and there will be one more!

Last over for the day! Over 71!

And four runs! Played behind, India gain a boundary!!

Last ball for the day! The crowds on its feet, the mood is upbeat, India haven’t lost a wicket this session, or will they?

Last ball, a bit off the line, batsman Rahane plays it on the on side, and run for a single to end today on 214-4.

Overall, a good day for India, KL Rahul, India’s batting star early on today, called batting a bit easier today, called the Rahane-Pujara partnership to be “fanstastic”, and says about a 100 runs more should be good for the team, and feels the wicket will deteriorate by day 5, and concludes that the longer India bat, the harder it will get for the kangaroos.

P.S.: Please, someone out there who will get to interview anyone on the field today, ask the Aussies about the band. O’Keefe and Wade have either the same strand of DNA contributing to their voices, or have been practising. I suspect both.

So, to sum up today in scorecards!

India 2nd innings R B 4s 6s SR
KL Rahul c Smith b O’Keefe 51 85 4 0 60.00
A Mukund b Hazlewood 16 32 1 1 50.00
CA Pujara not out 79 173 6 0 45.66
V Kohli* lbw b Hazlewood 15 25 1 0 60.00
RA Jadeja b Hazlewood 2 12 0 0 16.66
AM Rahane not out 40 104 3 0 38.46
Extras (b 10) 10
Total (4 wickets; 71.5 overs) 213 (2.96 runs per over)
Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
MA Starc 9.5 0 45 0 4.57 35 4 1
JR Hazlewood 16 0 57 3 3.56 64 6 0
NM Lyon 27 2 69 0 2.55 113 4 0
SNJ O’Keefe 16 3 28 1 1.75 77 1 0
MR Marsh 3 0 4 0 1.33 14 0 0

Fall of Wickets:
Australia:  1-52 (Warner, 21.1 ov)
2-82 (Smith, 41.2 ov)
3-134 (Renshaw, 66.3 ov)
4-160 (Handscomb, 76.4 ov)
5-163 (MR Marsh, 79.6 ov)
6-220 (SE Marsh, 100.2 ov)
7-269 (Starc, 117.6 ov)
8-274 (Wade, 120.1 ov)
9-274 (Lyon, 120.2 ov)
10-276 (Hazlewood, 122.4 ov)

India:  1-39 (Mukund, 10.4 ov)
2-84 (Rahul, 24.2 ov)
3-112 (Kohli, 34.2 ov)
4-120 (Jadeja, 38.1 ov)

 

Now, about the band. Handscomb is definitely in. Wade and O’Keefe sing. Wade’s the drummer. O’Keefe fronts with a guitar. Handscomb is bassist and occasional harmonica player. And the band is still called Keefescomb. Because they liked the name. They’ve promised Matt the album will be called “Wading in Deep grass and Navigating with my Hands”, because O’Keefe decided a frontman can be anonymous and generous.
They shot for it hours after the end of game’s play, on the Pune pitch, which had by then grown long stalks of grass, perfect for the album. Watch for the album. Artwork will be released soon, the first single, “Sounds of Life” is out already.

The band have decided, for half the album, to go raw. Who needs overdubs. Who needs more than one track, how old is that. Ditch conventional. The new single consists only of Matt and Steve, though, and the lyrics of the song, while at times more incomprehensible than Smells Like Teen Spirit, are rumoured to go (in no particular order) as such: “Aaaaaaaoooooo”, “Aaaaouuuuuwwweeeeezaaaaat” and a lot of harmonic “aaaaaaaaaaa”s. The single’s been heard numerous times already, so grab your gramophone, shake your chilled Powerade and put on your headphones.

 

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The Aussie captain asks for a review… is he referring an umpire, or a music critic?

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They celebrate, but a wicket, or the success of their new single?

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But what are they listening to?

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Surely the good mates’ latest effort?

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“I’M MULTI-TALENTED, PUNY HUMAN. FEEL THE EMPTINESS BURNN.”

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Yes, mate, they’re just as proud.

 

Until next time!

 


 

Day 4! Joining in the overs just after tea.

India’s last session resistance yesterday lasted about 50 runs, before India had a sort of a collapse, bundling out for 274 , Hazelwood’s 6-67 setting Australia a target of 189 runs to go up in the series 2-0.
However, things weren’t as cherry as they seemed to be, though Australia skyrocketed early, they then fizzled out, having lost their fourth wicket in 20 overs.

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Blasting Queen too loud: He was Stopped, on 92.

At tea, 101-6, with tea coming after Matthew Wade and Peter Handscomb’s partnership was broken. [MIGHT I MENTION, THAT’S TWO-THIRDS OF THE BAND]

Tea’s up, and Mitchell Starc’s the man to face the ball.

29.4: ASHWIN GETS THROUGH AGAIN! The ball broke right through Starc’s defences and crashed into his stumps! Australia lose another as he walks back! Aus 103-7. 85 to win: Aus. 3 wickets to win: India!

Big smiles for anyone in my camp. Steve O’Keefe’s the new man to walk in, joining Peter Handscomb.  🙂

Ashwin’s taken 4 so far. Australia 107-7 (32 ov)

There won’t be any appealing now, except from the opposite end!

Batting card thus far:

Australia 2nd innings (target: 188 runs) R B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal DA Warner lbw b Ashwin 17 25 0 1 68.00
View dismissal MT Renshaw c †Saha b Sharma 5 12 1 0 41.66
View dismissal SPD Smith* lbw b Yadav 28 48 3 0 58.33
View dismissal SE Marsh lbw b Yadav 9 19 1 0 47.36
PSP Handscomb not out 24 59 2 0 40.67
View dismissal MR Marsh c Nair b Ashwin 13 16 3 0 81.25
View dismissal MS Wade c †Saha b Ashwin 0 5 0 0 0.00
View dismissal MA Starc b Ashwin 1 6 0 0 16.66
SNJ O’Keefe not out 2 7 0 0 28.57
Extras (b 8, lb 2, w 1) 11
Total (7 wickets; 32.5 overs) 110 (3.35 runs per over)

Bowling card of a much improved Indian side:

Australia 2nd innings (target: 188 runs) R B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal DA Warner lbw b Ashwin 17 25 0 1 68.00
View dismissal MT Renshaw c †Saha b Sharma 5 12 1 0 41.66
View dismissal SPD Smith* lbw b Yadav 28 48 3 0 58.33
View dismissal SE Marsh lbw b Yadav 9 19 1 0 47.36
PSP Handscomb not out 24 59 2 0 40.67
View dismissal MR Marsh c Nair b Ashwin 13 16 3 0 81.25
View dismissal MS Wade c †Saha b Ashwin 0 5 0 0 0.00
View dismissal MA Starc b Ashwin 1 6 0 0 16.66
SNJ O’Keefe not out 2 7 0 0 28.57
Extras (b 8, lb 2, w 1) 11
Total (7 wickets; 32.5 overs) 110 (3.35 runs per over)

32.4:  Oo, bouncer. Handscomb ducks. Good pace from Umesh Yadav.

The crowd, for a test match, on a summer weekday in Bangalore is incredible. They’re turning up the energy level knobs, they keep cheering and chanting, “India, India!”
Good stuff, end of the 33rd, Aus 110-7!

Ashwin back with the ball, back with a purpose.
Peter Handscomb’s using his feet, and doing it well.

33.5: Handscomb attempts to get down and sweep away, well outside the line, however. No run, end of the over, AUS 110-7.

Here we go, Yadav’s been taken off, and Jadeja’ back from the other end. Indian Captain Kohli is looking for wickets.

AND HE GETS IT!

34.2: Jadeja spins a low web, and O’Keefe misses it, it crashes right into his stumps! The ball is pitched just in line, Aus now 110-8! O’Keefe goes for 1, bowled by Jadeja.

34.3: And Nathan Lyon is the next bat in.

34.5: Lyon offers flight, but it doesn’t carry. Kolhi looks like he feels there could have been a chance. Maybe jut maybe. Definitely maybe.
End of 35, and a tight line being employed successfully, Aus  110-8.

35.2: Ashwin’s the bowler. The ball swings in a bit from outside the line, Handscomb takes the bait, he miscues, he skies it! ‘Keeper’s catch, and Australia are down to their last! a hard-fought 24 run resistance from Handscomb ends, Australia 110-9!

Ashwin’s bagged a fifer, but his focus is obviously now on the last one…

35.3: Hazelwood’s the new man in. Dot ball.

35.4: Ping. … and pong!!
Lyon taps the ball back to Ashwin, it’s still in the air, and right into Ashwin’s eager hands!! IT’S ALL OVER!! INDIA WIN THIS MATCH BY 75 RUNS!

With this, India tie the series 1-1! Ashwin’s bagged 6 in total, for 41 runs, and Australia just lost 6 wickets for 11 runs.

 

Rahane: “We just wanted to play session by session.”

Pujara:”We knew batting would get difficult on Day 4.”

Rahane:”We wanted to rotate the strike and maintain the pressure. Sweeping was a goodoption.”

Pujara: “We felt anything over 200 was impossible to chase on this wicket.

Going into Ranchi, we’ll have a psychological advantage, and we’re back into it with our batsmen.”

Ashwin: “I stuck to the line and length and stop the flow of runs.”

Umesh: “Kept trying to hit the deck hard, keep taking wickets.”

Ashwin: “I talked to Virat, we kept rotating the bowlers, short spells helped me throw the ball up.”

All in all, the match in scorecards, very much courtesy ESPN,

India, winning the toss, electing to bat first, KL Rahul being the most important contributor to the total of 189, Karun Nair the only other significant contributor.

India 1st innings R B 4s 6s SR
KL Rahul c Renshaw b Lyon 90 205 9 0 43.90
A Mukund lbw b Starc 0 8 0 0 0.00
C Pujara c Handscomb b Lyon 17 66 1 0 25.75
V Kohli* lbw b Lyon 12 17 2 0 70.58
Rahane st †Wade b Lyon 17 42 2 0 40.47
K Nair st †Wade b O’Keefe 26 39 3 0 66.66
R Ashwin c Warner b Lyon 7 14 1 0 50.00
W Saha c Smith b Lyon 1 14 0 0 7.14
R Jadeja c Smith b Lyon 3 16 0 0 18.75
U Yadav not out 0 6 0 0 0.00
I Sharma c Handscomb b Lyon 0 1 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 12, lb 4) 16
Total (all out; 71.2 overs) 189 (2.64 runs per over)

Fall of wickets 1-11 (Mukund, 2.5 ov), 2-72 (Pujara, 27.5 ov), 3-88 (Kohli, 33.5 ov), 4-118 (Rahane, 47.3 ov), 5-156 (Nair, 57.2 ov), 6-174 (Ashwin, 61.5 ov), 7-178 (Saha, 65.3 ov), 8-188 (Jadeja, 69.2 ov), 9-189 (Rahul, 71.1 ov), 10-189 (Sharma, 71.2 ov)

Nathan Lyon starred with the ball for the Aussies, with a record 8 wicket-haul:

Bowling Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Economy 0’s 4’s 6’s
Starc 15 5 39 1 2.60 73 6 0
J Hazlewood 11 2 42 0 3.81 48 7 0
O’Keefe 21 5 40 1 1.90 96 2 0
M Marsh 2 0 2 0 1.00 10 0 0
N Lyon 22.2 4 50 8 2.23 95 3 0

Australia in their first innings put on a decent batting show,only collapsing towards the end, to take an 87-run lead on India.

Fall of wickets: 1-52 (Warner, 21.1 ov), 2-82 (Smith, 41.2 ov), 3-134 (Renshaw, 66.3 ov), 4-160 (Handscomb, 76.4 ov), 5-163 (MR Marsh, 79.6 ov), 6-220 (SE Marsh, 100.2 ov), 7-269 (Starc, 117.6 ov), 8-274 (Wade, 120.1 ov), 9-274 (Lyon, 120.2 ov), 10-276 (Hazlewood, 122.4 ov)

With the ball, it was Jadeja for India who was the pick of the bowlers.

Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
I Sharma 27 8 48 1 1.77 134 4 0
U Yadav 24 7 57 1 2.37 116 7 0
R Ashwin 49 13 84 2 1.71 229 4 0
R Jadeja 21.4 1 63 6 2.90 87 4 1
K Nair 1 0 7 0 7.00 2 1 0

The second Indian innings was where the match began to look very interesting and a result looked certain from here on. The innings saw KL Rahul show consistency with the bat, scoring a fifty, before Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara stood together for 118 runs, to take India to 274 runs before lunch on Day 4.

India 2nd innings R B 4s 6s SR
KL Rahul c Smith b O’Keefe 51 85 4 0 60.00
A Mukund b Hazlewood 16 32 1 1 50.00
Cheteshwar Pujara c MR Marsh b Hazlewood 92 221 7 0 41.62
V Kohli(c) lbw b Hazlewood 15 25 1 0 60.00
R Jadeja b Hazlewood 2 12 0 0 16.66
Ajinkya Rahane lbw b Starc 52 134 4 0 38.80
Karun Nair b Starc 0 1 0 0 0.00
W Saha not out 20 37 2 1 54.05
R Ashwin b Hazlewood 4 3 1 0 133.33
Umesh Yadav c Warner b Hazlewood 1 5 0 0 20.00
Ishant Sharma c SE Marsh b O’Keefe 6 28 1 0 21.42
Extras (b 11, w 4) 15
Total (all out; 97.1 overs) 274 (2.81 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-39 (Mukund, 10.4 ov), 2-84 (Rahul, 24.2 ov), 3-112 (Kohli, 34.2 ov), 4-120 (Jadeja, 38.1 ov), 5-238 (Rahane, 84.3 ov), 6-238 (Nair, 84.4 ov), 7-242 (Pujara, 85.2 ov), 8-246 (Ashwin, 85.5 ov), 9-258 (Yadav, 87.3 ov), 10-274 (Sharma, 97.1 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
M Starc 16 1 74 2 4.62 63 7 2
J Hazlewood 24 5 67 6 2.79 108 8 0
N Lyon 33 4 82 0 2.48 140 5 0
S O’Keefe 21.1 3 36 2 1.70 100 1 0
M Marsh 3 0 4 0 1.33 14 0 0

This time, it was Josh Hazelwood with the ball, picking 6.

The second innings needed Australia to now chase 188 for a win. With a day and a half to bat, it looked good for Australia, but the wicket was deteriorating. Australia began losing wickets in the very 5th over, and it didn’t stop. By tea, India were hopeful of a favourable result today itself.

Australia (2nd Innings) Runs Balls 4’s 6’s Strike Rate
David Warner lbw b Ashwin 17 25 0 1 68.00
Matt Renshaw c †Saha b Sharma 5 12 1 0 41.66
Steve Smith(c) lbw b Yadav 28 48 3 0 58.33
Shaun Marsh lbw b Yadav 9 19 1 0 47.36
Peter Handscomb c †Saha b Ashwin 24 67 2 0 35.82
Mitchell Marsh c Nair b Ashwin 13 16 3 0 81.25
Matthew Wade c †Saha b Ashwin 0 5 0 0 0.00
Mitchell Starc b Ashwin 1 6 0 0 16.66
View dismissal Steve O’Keefe b Jadeja 2 10 0 0 20.00
View dismissal Nathan Lyon c & b Ashwin 2 6 0 0 33.33
Josh Hazlewood not out 0 0 0 0
Extras (b 8, lb 2, w 1) 11
Total (all out; 35.4 overs) 112 (3.14 runs per over)

Fall of wickets 1-22 (Renshaw, 4.3 ov), 2-42 (Warner, 9.1 ov), 3-67 (SE Marsh, 14.6 ov), 4-74 (Smith, 20.3 ov), 5-101 (MR Marsh, 25.6 ov), 6-101 (Wade, 27.5 ov), 7-103 (Starc, 29.4 ov), 8-110 (O’Keefe, 34.2 ov), 9-110 (Handscomb, 35.2 ov), 10-112 (Lyon, 35.4 ov)

 

Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
View wicket I Sharma 6 1 28 1 4.66 24 4 0 (1w)
View wickets R Ashwin 12.4 4 41 6 3.23 52 3 1
View wickets UT Yadav 9 2 30 2 3.33 35 3 0
View wicket RA Jadeja 8 5 3 1 0.37 45 0 0

 

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The spin duo is back.

Smith: “Was  a great test match. Proud of the way the boys played, we were outplayed, the partnership between Rahane and Pujara. Pitch was a bit up and down was a real challenge. Hopefully we’ll keep competing like we have.”

Kohli: “We wanted to bounce back hard, show ourselves how well we can compete. The guys showed intent, belief, we believed we could come back from any position. Crowd backed us well. Panned out just as we thought. Rahane and Pujara a champion paretnership, the two best test players in our team. We thought anything over 200 was competitive would’ve liked 225,. in change room we said the game has to end today. Going into the Ranchi test, we want to gain momentum, no looking back from here.”

MoTM: KL Rahul.

 

All in all, a good game of cricket, with the added bonus of the discovery of a bunch of talents. Until next time. Keep listening to the single!

Aus vs NZ, ODI 1

 

 

Kia ora, mates! After the first Australian leg of the Chappell-Hadlee trophy in December, where Australia dominated over New Zealand and won the 3 match series 3-0, the action shifts to New Zealand for the second leg, a match series again, beginning with the first game today in Auckland!

New Zealand will be eyeing a comeback after having been subdued in every game in December, while Australia have troubles of their own.

With David Warner rested, Steve Smith ruled out with an injury and most recently, skipper for the series Matthew Wade out with having hurt his back, (Aaron Finch has been called into the side as replacement and stand in captain) a friend of mine had recently called New Zealand’s condition here as “lucky”.

News is in, Australia have won the toss, they’re going to bowl first!

The teams for today:

New Zealand:

Kane Williamson (c)
Tom Blundell
Trent Boult
Neil Broom
Colin de Grandhomme
Lockie Ferguson
Martin Guptill
Matt Henry
Tom Latham (wk)
Colin Munro
James Neesham
Mitchell Santner
Tim Southee
Ross Taylor

Australia:

Aaron Finch (c)
Travis Head
Shaun Marsh
Peter Handscomb (wk)
Glenn Maxwell
Marc Stoinis
Sam Heazlett
James Faulkner
Mitchell Starc
Pat Cummins
Josh Hazlewood

And there it is! The trophy is unveiled, the anthems are done, and the batsmen walk out to the middle!

Ov. 0.0: With Guptill back in the side, he’s taken his place opening with Tom Latham. Guptill will face the opening ball, Mitchell Starc takes the ball for Australia!

0.1: Starc begins with a bouncer, clocking in a 139 kph. Talk about conventional. Guptill keeps it down, dot ball, and this match is underway!

There’s three runs and two singles off the first over of this match! NZ 5-0 after 1!

1.0: Josh Hazelwood is his bowling partner from the other end.

1.4: One-one-oh-one. Hazelwood bowling a bit on the fuller side.

1.5: There’s a thing about Australia-New Zealand matches. And that’s that the action doesn’t wait. Not till the last 10 overs, no.

2 overs into play, and there’s a chance already! Latham gets a thick edge on the ball, Shaun Marsh at second slip gets all due credit for trying, but it was beyond him.

Just a single though.

2 overs in, New Zealand 9-0!

2.1: Bang goes Latham! Half-volley on the ball, and it goes through extra cover, fielder falling around the ball as it helps itself to the boundary. Four runs, Starc the bowler!

2.5: But Starc has the final say! Bouncer to Latham, who misreads the bounce and nicks it again, but this time, it’s straight to the ‘keeper Handscomb! New Zealand lose their first wicket!

Blackcaps skipper Kane Williamson is the next batsman to walk out to the middle!

2.6: 2 runs and he’s off the mark!

3 overs done, NZ 15-1!

Perfect start for Australia, early wickets can slow down any batting, even if just for a while.

Ov 4: Hazelwood with the ball, and he’s bowling full. Australia looking to capitalise on the first wicket’s fall, looking for an lbw here.

One-two-nought-one-four-one leg bye.

3.5: Four runs! A little width, Guptill comes down the track, and bangs it away!

For anyone with a dream of diving int’l advertising boards, Eden Park’s the place.

3.6: Looking for the lbw all over, Australia appeal! It’s close, above the pad, but Australia are really getting warmed up here.

End of 4 overs, NZ 24-1!

Over 5: Guptill cuts lose this over.Martin Guptill helped give New Zealand a flying start against Australia.

End of 5, NZ 36-1, and underway! Current RR: 7.2.

Ov 6: Pat Cummins comes in to the attack. Ah, that was not intended.

5 runs off the next over, with a boundary to Guptill, hitting a faster 147-gunner from Cummins! NZ 41-1!

Ov 7: Hazelwood keeps it tight! Williamson faces the entire over, 1 run off it. NZ 42-1!

Ov 8: 4 runs off Pat Cummins’ next. Australia drying up the runs, NZ 46-1!

Ov 9: 5 runs off it and a lovely boundary to Kane Williamson.

8.4:  Williamson pulls a shorter one away to the ropes! -uh, advertising boards.

Brings up the Kiwi fifty!

End of 9, NZ 51-1!   Williamson 13(23)(1×4)   Guptill 29(22)(5×4)

Cummins 0-8(2) Hazelwood -0-18(4)

Ov 10: Pace and bounce, Cummins with the ball!

9.1: He begins with the bouncer.

9.3: Fuller, Guptill pushes it for 2 runs through square leg.

9.4: whawazat. A 144 kph bouncer, zings past Guptill who tries to hit it up, then misses the wicketkeeper behind him too. 5 wides!

9.6: Last ball, and four!

So 11 runs off that over, a fifth of an innings done and dusted, NZ 62-1!

    • MJ Guptill   35 (28b 6×4)                                           Cummins      3-0-19-0
    • KS Williamson   13 (23b 1×4)                                   Hazlewood    4-0-18-0

Ov 11: Here comes James Faulkner!

10.1: A single off his first delivery this match, a slightly pitched up delivery outside off, Williamson drags it across to the other side and runs it. That’s the fifty run partnership between Guptill and Williamson!

10.4: Four runs to the skip, over the third man boundary.

End of 11, and 7 runs off it! NZ 69-1!

Someday, maybe I’ll be sitting in the grounds with wires jacked up all around me, and while everyone around will be watching the batting, trying to catch the odd six in the crowd and drinking their drinks, I’ll be worrying about laptop battery and the glare on my screen and really be live blogging. Aah, blissful dreams. Perhaps the only things getting my up at 3:30 am!

Over 12: Cummins with the ball.

11.3: What do you do when the bouncer’s over your head? Stick your bat up through it, and send it over the ‘keeper’s head, and into the boards, like Guptill! Four runs!

6 runs off the over, NZ 75-1! RR up to 6.25

    • KS Williamson 20 (28b 2×4)               PJ Cummins    4-0-25-0
    • MJ Guptill 41 (35b 7×4)                          JP Faulkner     1-0-7-0

Over 13: Faukner with the ball.

12.3: Wide ball, Guptill picks his spot, last minute, but he puts it into the gap, and it’s 4 runs to NZ!

12.6: Short ball to outside offstump, Williamson finishes the over with a single, it’s 8 runs off the over,

NZ 83-1!

Guptill moves to 46!

Ov 14: Marcus Stoining into the attack.

13.1: A late play and a dot. Williamson the batsman.

13.2: Good use of the wrists, and a single taken.

13.3: A wait until late again, Guptill plays and steals by a quick single.

13.6: Last ball does it. Stoinis to Williamson, the ball angles in and hits his pad, and a catch is taken. Australia appeal, and the umpire’s finger goes up! It’s a big wicket for Australia here! New Zealand lose their skipper, it’s 87-2!

KS Williamson c Maxwell b Stoinis 24 (34b 2×4 0x6) SR: 70.58

Meanwhile, Guptill moves on to 48, no pressure. Eden Park’s got an encouraging crowd today!

And Ross Taylor walks in with a willow and a will not to give away his wicket, (and not run anyone out), wow, how’s that for an alliteration?

 

Batting R B 4 6
MJ Guptill not out 49 46 8 0
TWM Latham caught wk 7 9 1 0
KS Williamson caught 24 34 2 0
LRPL Taylor not out 0 0 0 0
NT Broom
C Munro
JDS Neesham
MJ Santner
TG Southee
LH Ferguson
TA Boult
Extras (lb 3, w 5) 8
Total (2 wkts; 14.5 ovs) 88

Credits? All given. ESPN, for every fan in every part of the planet where streams are “not available in your geographical location”s (and you never get the live telecast anyways) and WordPress for helping me sort a jumble of data!

Ov 15: Mitchell Starc returns, the timing perfect. With an energetic crowd, a new batsman, and another 2 runs away from his half-century, Australia smell blood, and an opportunity to knock off the batting attack.

Guptill on strike!

14.1: Full and wide, and dot.

14.2: Yorker and wide, and dot.

14.3: Full, going away, Guptill plays it back to Starc. And dot.

I wonder how the audience is taking that!

14.4: Shape in, shape out, the result is the same. “And dot.”

14.5: A run at last! Guptill moves to 49!

The wicket of the Kiwi skipper was Marcus Stoinis’ first in international cricket! That’s some wicket to begin with!

14.6: Taylor  faces his first, and he doesn’t. Dot ball.

Just one run off that over, NZ 88-2! (RR 5.86)

Ov 16: Stoinis with the ball.

15.1: There comes the single! It’s a half century to Guptill, he’s been batting with a fierce purpose out in the middle! 8 fours in his innings so far!

15.2: 5 wides again. In similar fashion to the last one. the ball sails over Taylor’s head and the keeper’s. Taylor lets it go, Handscomb ends up having to.

15.4: Timing and placement from Taylor. He plays it on the on, picks his spot in the square-leg gap and takes two.

End 0f 16, NZ 98-2!

Comms got down to the players not-yet on the field:

Tom Blundell: The boys have been fantastic. I have been enjoying my time. There’s bigger crowd in international cricket. Great day in Auckland. I think anything close to 300 is fantastic.

Blundell makes his debut for New Zealand today.

Ov 17: 5 runs with a boundary to Taylor. Starc the bowler.

16.6: Full delivery, Taylor opens his bat face and drives on to the ropes boards! 100 up for New Zealand!

New Zealand 103-2!     (RR: 6.05)

    •  Taylor     7 (8b 1×4)                                      Starc5-0-29-1
    •  Guptill   52 (51b 8×4)                                  Stoinis2-0-14-1

Ov 19: Travis Head’s been brought on to bowl.

A run and then a wide. Runs flowing.

18.3: 4 byes follow. To be the harshest on Handscomb, that’s now 14 runs gone behind him, of course, not all entirely his fault, but for the sake if stats! That’s fourteen extras just behind the wicketkeeper!

18.6: Another wide.

 

 

 

 

 

NZ vs Ban 2nd Test, Day 2

Day 2 of the second ANZ test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Christchurch, 20-24 Jan ’17.

Good morning! Welcome back to the 2nd test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh, live from Christchurch! Having won the toss yesterday, kiwi skipper Kane Williamson elected to bowl first, and bowl New Zealand did. After having a quiet morning session, where the Bangladeshi batsmen were going at a healthy run rate of 4.7 for the loss of 2 wickets, the kiwi bowlers seemed to regain it all in the sessions post lunch, Bangladesh slipping from a comfortable 165-2, their best partnership, coming between Shakib (59) and Sarkar (86) to 179-5. Trent Boult picked up 4 wickets while Tim Southee got a fifer, and Bangladesh wound up their innings in the last ball of play on Day 1, ending with 289 runs on the board. New Zealand to bat this morning.

And play begins!

Ov 0.0: New Zealand openers Tom Latham and Jeet Raval take the crease! Raval’s on strike for the first ball of their innings. Taskin Ahmed to open the bowling for Bangladesh.

First ball’s a dot, length ball, defended by the batsman on the backfoot.

Just one run this over, the second innings is underway! Good pace from Taskin, clocking over the 140 kph mark. NZ 1-0 after 1!

Ov. 2: Bangladesh have one of their most exciting new cricketers bowling from the other end: spinner Mehendi Hasan (here’s looking at you, England) and this is the first over of spin in the whole match so far.

A tidy start from the youngster, he gives away 2 in his first. END of 2 overs, NZ 3-0!

Ov. 3:

2.1: FOUR runs! Taskin back with the ball and Latham the striker. Full toss, goes away from the off stump, yes please says Latham and creams it past point.

However, the rest of the over, Taskin keeps Latham quiet with some really good fuller, pacy deliveries. The batsman acknowledges his skill with a shake of a head.

End of 3, NZ 7-0!

Ov 4: Mehendi with the ball. He’s bowled a very tight challenging line so far, the batsman wouldn’t want to take him head on. He’s getting some turn now. He’s got two slips in place.

3.3: DROPPED. Mehendi accurate here, Raval  edges one to second slip, Mahmadullah, who puts it down, in and out of the basket. Very tough chance, it was fast and low, but a chance that’s been put down.

The batsmen play it safe till the end of the over, it’s a maiden! End of 4, it’s 7-0! 

Latham 5*, Raval 2.                             Mehendi 2-0, Taskin 5-0.

Over 5: 4, dot, dot, dot, dot, dot, is what this over looks like. The first delivery from Taskin, was pitched up and Latham the batsman dispatches it to the fence.

5 done, NZ 11-0!

Ov 6: Mehendi is really troubling the batsmen here with a generally short/full length and a line outside off. It’s a maiden, and Raval seemed uncomfortable there. Good stuff from Bangladesh. NZ 11-0 (6.0)

One run each off the next 2 overs. NZ 13-0 (8.0)

Ov. 9: Taskin’s the bowler.

8.1: Short, and defended by the batsman. Dot ball.

8.2: Nothing wrong from the bowler, and this would’ve been a dot if not for a hasty overthrow that’s added 2 runs to the New Zealand scorecard.

8.3: Full length becomes too full, and Latham just helps the ball on it’s way to the boundary. FOUR runs!

8.6: Pacy bouncer fuller one from Taskin, played down to backward point by Latham, but no run there.

At the end of 9 overs, NZ 19-0! 

Latham 17(29)(3×4), Raval 2*(25)                Taskin 0-16

Raval is seemingly to settle in, Latham’s playing  it with the bowlers here.

Ov 10: Bangladesh  are looking to capitalize on that and see if they might have  a wicket here. Lots of hands out for Raval. Two slips and a lot of fielders at cover region.

9.3: 27 deliveries on, Raval finally finds his feet. He smacks a rare bad ball from Mehendi, short and wide, to the ropes. FOUR runs!

9.5: Another boundary to Raval! The ball doesn’t move much, and is wide enough for Raval to comfortably dispatch it.

9.6: Raval negotiates the last ball of the over well, hitting it to square leg for 2 runs, and that’s the 10-over mark!

10 overs up, NZ 29-0! 

Raval 12(31)(2×4), Latham 17*(29)(3×4)        Mehendi 0-13

Over 11: Nerves and excitement this over, with a boundary, a near mix-up, and a catch dropped. Taskin’s the bowler.

10.1: Single, and hardly worth the heart lurching. Latham guides the ball to third man area and calls for a single, the throw just missing the stumps. Test match here. Take it easy. Wickets are a lot more valuable than a single here, jeez, that’d be T20s!

10.2: This time, Taskin’s the one off who an opportunity’s been missed. Perhaps not even an uncertain ‘opportunity’, but a proper catch. He pitches it up to Raval and gets the outside edge, and Sabbir at 2nd slip puts it down. Is 2nd slip jinxed this morning?

[ I maintain that this is not a morning for me. 4:30 am, so what. Till the sun’s up, I’m pretty much on a night shift.]

10.4: Salt in the wounds, and Raval makes good of a reprive, pushing the fuller delivery past mid-off to the ropes! FOUR runs!

End of 11, NZ 34-0!

Over 12: Change of bowling at the other end. Rubel Hossain’s been introduced into the attack.

11.1: He begins his spell with a no ball that’s found it’s way to the ropes. Latham’s the batsman.

6 runs off this over, (including the extras) and NZ 40-0 after 12!

 

Who’s waiting for these rematches?! 3-0 last month in Australia wasn’t fun, New Zealand will be looking to turn things around in the NZ leg of the Chappel-Hadlee trophy next month! Good to see Guptill will be back from his injury.

Over 13: Taskin’s the bowler. A lone boundary to Tom Latham’s all the runs this over.

End of 13, NZ 44-0.  Latham 27(41), Raval 16(38)            Taskin 0-25

Over 14: Rubel Hossain’s getting the pace, bowling around the 140-mark and is getting the movement. Maiden over.

Over 15: Another bowling change for Bangladesh. Kamrul Rabbi is introduced into the attack.

14.2: And it works! Short ball to Raval, and he pulls it onto his stumps. wICKET for Bangladesh! Jeet Raval goes, b Kamrul 16 (45b 3×4 0x6) 

With that, drinks have been called.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson walks in to bat.

14.3: Kane’s off the mark right away. He plays his shot off the backfoot, sends the ball down to square leg and takes 2 runs.

The 2nd innings of the last test saw the Blackcaps skipper smash a more than a run a ball 104* to take his team over the line.

14.4: But not this time, because Kamrul strikes again! Full length delivery, pitched right up and moving away from the batsman, a virtually unplayable delivery, and it gets the captain’s outside edge. ‘Keeper Nurul doesn’t drop this one, and this is a big big blow for the Blackcaps, who lose their second, just 2 balls after the first wicket fell! WICKET, and a huge one.   Kane Williamson 2(2) c Nurul b Kamrul.

New Zealand 47-2!

Ross Taylor walks out at 4.

Dot and dot to finish the over, Bangladesh have just changed the equation of this game in an over!

Over 16: Rubel continues. Just 1 run conceded. NZ 48-2 after 16.

Over 17: Single and a boundary off Kamrul’s next over.

16.5:  Latham pivots and pulls a shot past the square leg umpire that races away to the fence. This also brings up the Blackcaps 50. Took them a few overs longer than their opposition to get there.

NZ 53-2 after 17, NZ trail by 236. Latham 33, Taylor 0.

Over 18: Another maiden to Rubel Hossain!

Over 19: Bangladesh building on the pressure! Another maiden over ensues, Kamrul the bowler. Good stuff.

Over 20: Just 1 off Rubel’s over, but with a slightly unsettling happening.

19.3: Rubel pitches the ball short, but not as high as Latham was expecting. The ball hits his helmet and knocks the back protection off. Physios called on, but in a while, he’s fine.

NZ 54-2 in 20!

Over 21: Kamrul bowling.

20.1: Dot ball, Taylor simply pats the ball back to the bowler.

20.2: 3 runs taken! The ball was in the air for a while, but ends up just out of the reach of a pursuing fielder with outstretched hands.

20.4: Short ball with enough room to get comfortable, and Latham doesn’t waste it. He gets into position and punches a backfoot shot to the third man boundary. FOUR runs!

At the end of 21, NZ 61-2!  Taylor 4, Latham 37.    Kamrul 2-15(4)   Rubel 0-8(5)

The Bangladeshi bowlers are bowling with impressive economies. Not an over so far has gone for more than 8 runs.

Over 24: Taskin’s been brought back on to bowl, very close to lunch. He’s bowling from the opposite end this time.

23.1: He begins with a wide ball.

He’s getting the seam, bowling fullish and gives away no more runs this over.

One over to lunch, who’s hungry? NZ 67-2 in 24 overs!

Over 25: Kamrul Rabbi the bowler.

24.1: full delivery, Taylor chooses to block this out and make it to lunch without any hiccups (and how that would ruin a well-deserved lunch).

24.2: Ditto, he blocks again.

24.3: Wide ball. It sails over Taylor’s head.

24.3: Defended and a dot.

24.4: Single.

24.5: ” “.

24.6: Bangladesh experiment with psychology, see if they can get a Taylor to waver in concentration with a ball to go for lunch. There’s three slips on for him. Yet only Brendon McCullum could place five.

Taylor plays a defensive shot to the covers, and it’s lunch!

NZ 70-2 in 25, trail by 219.

Ov 26: Rubel Hossain takes the ball post lunch.

25.3: Short and dispatched by Taylor. Punched off the backfoot, that races to the ropes! FOUR!

25.4 and 25.5 (is doing this considered cheating? I don’t know,): Dot and dot.

a single to end the over, NZ 76-2 (26.0)

ov 27: Kamrul takes up bowling from the other end. This over’s looking good for the Blackcaps!

|2 • 2 • 4 •| Pretty looking over for New Zealand, 8 runs off it, NZ 84-2!

Over 28: Tidy over from Rubel, just 3 runs off it, NZ 87-2.

Over 29: Kamrul’s coming fast and full,  and the first four balls are dots.

28.5: FOUR! Tom swivels on the feet, pulls the ball away to the fence!

28.6: Back to back boundaries for Latham! Placement was all, putting the ball between the bowler and midfielder, Tom plays the straight drive, and the ball’s on it’s way home. Latham moves onto 48.

8 runs off the over, end of 29 overs, NZ 95-2! Latham 48(85)(9×4) Taylor 23(43)(3×4)

Ov 30: Bowling change, Shakib al Hassan is brought into the attack.

29.1: Late hit from Taylor, cramped for room, Bangladesh think there’s some pad involved and REVIEW! The replays show however, that there’s no pad involved whatsoever, the shot was off the middle of the bat! NOT OUT!

29.2: 3 runs taken, and this Latham-Taylor partnership is now worth 50 runs!

29.4: Latham on strike, and he runs the two runs to his 12th Test half century!

 

 

This also brings up New Zealand’s 100!

End of 30, NZ 101-2!

1 run the next over.

Over 32: Shakib’s the bowler.

31.6: SIX! And the first one of the innings too, it’s Ross Taylor! Taylor anticipates and pulls the ball, it goes over midwicket, sails away!

9 runs this over, NZ 111-2!

8 runs off the next over, with Latham smashing a wider Rubel ball for a boundary to third man!

NZ 119-2.

34 ov: Bangladesh losing their stranglehold, as Taylor threatens to break free.

33.3: Taylor pushes the ball to the midfield and steals a quick single. Had the collect been quicker, may there have been a run out chance here?

33.4: Next ball overpitched to Latham, and punished! Outside off, and Latham steps forward and axes it to the deep for a boundary!

5 runs off the over, its 124-2!

35 ov: Big over for NZ! Taylor’s cut the cords and is striking freely, and to say that Rubel has been expensive is an understatement. Is this the turning point? Is 500+ a total in sight?

34.1: Taylor starts the over with a four! A higher ball, Taylor jumps to knock it down, gets a glove on it, but it races past the wicketkeeper to the ropes.

34.2: The following ball,  Taylor shows his might! SIX runs! Wide and short, the ball is dispatched over point for a maximum!

34.4: Trouble for Bangladesh! Taylor now times the ball extremely well for a square drive for four, and that also brings up his quick fifty!

End of the 35th over, it’s cost Bangladesh 15 runs, the most they’ve conceded this innings, NZ 139-2!

New Zealand 1st innings

Batsman                                                        Runs   Balls      4’s        6’s

JA Raval                         b Kamrul                   16         45         3           0

TWM Latham                    n o                         67        106       11          0

KS Williamson(C) †   cNurul b Kamrul      2            2          0          0

Ross Taylor                    not out                     63          75        6           2

Extras(w 3, nb 1)   4

Total                         (2 wickets; 37.5 overs)152(4.01 runs per over)

 

The next 2 overs yield 4 and 2 runs respectively.

Over 38: Mehendi is back into the attack, Bangladesh looking to plug the loopholes here.

A comparatively quieter over, but the runs still flowing as singles, doubles, triples. The fielding must tighten up, or Bangladesh could be setting themselves up for a 500+ NZ total.

The 100 run partnership is up too.

8 runs off the over, NZ 153-2!

Drinks have been called for.

Will NZ keep their vice-grip on the bowling attack post drinks?

Over 39: Taskin Ahmed comes back to have a bowl.

The first 3 ballsgo for no runs. Latham’s the striker.

38.4: Short ball to Latham, and he goes for it. Unneccessary, given the current run flow. He only manages an edge with the angle bat that the keeper picks up, and Taskin has broken the partnership that was threatening to run away with the game! He’s gone for 68, NZ 153-3.

Henry Nicholls is the new batsman, in at 5.

Taskin completes a wicket maiden, and the runs flow has stopped.

The next three overs yield 1 run apiece, commendable from Bangladesh, as well as a little mix up between Taylor and Nicholls. Ross Taylor has enough steam to coach New Zealand’s track team. All that running out must really keep him on his feet! He’s one of the better known runner-outs of the side: the one who’d either run himself, or his batting partner out every once in a while. Keeps you alert while batting, eh!

And that’s about it from me for today, NZ 169-3 in 47 overs, trailing Bangladesh by 120 runs.

New Zealand 1st innings R B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal JA Raval b Kamrul Islam Rabbi 16 45 3 0 35.55
View dismissal TWM Latham c †Nurul Hasan b Taskin Ahmed 68 111 11 0 61.26
View dismissal KS Williamson* c †Nurul Hasan b Kamrul Islam Rabbi 2 2 0 0 100.00
LRPL Taylor not out 75 95 7 2 78.94
HM Nicholls not out 4 19 0 0 21.05
Extras (w 3, nb 1) 4
Total (3 wickets; 45.1 overs) 169 (3.74 runs per over)
Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
View wicket Taskin Ahmed 13 1 38 1 2.92 61 6 0 (1w)
Mehedi Hasan Miraz 9.1 2 27 0 2.94 39 2 0
Rubel Hossain 11 2 46 0 4.18 47 6 1 (1nb)
View wickets Kamrul Islam Rabbi 8 2 34 2 4.25 36 5 0 (2w)
Shakib Al Hasan 4 0 24 0 6.00 14 2 1

 

Day 3 was washed out completely in Christchurch and play was abandoned, presenting me a good Sunday’s sleep.

Day 4 was over before school ended.

 

In very brief, Bangladesh cleaned up the NZ tail for about a 100 runs, gave themselves about fifty runs of a deficit and then proceeded to collapse and hand New Zealand a target of 109 runs, which NZ pressed on for an extra 35 minutes of play and won with a day to spare.

NZ resumed play on 260-7 (71 ov.) with Nicholls on 56 and Southee on 4.

In the next 8 overs, New Zealand brought up their 300, with the loss of 7 wickets.

They wrapped up their innings with 354 in 92.4 overs.

Bangladesh began their 2nd innings fairly well with a 50 in 17 overs, for no wicket loss.

By the first drinks break, (22 overs) they’d lost 3 wickets already, and from there, it was a downward spiral.

By tea, about 10 overs to follow, the batting side had lost 5 wickets for a 100 runs.

Bangladesh finishing their innings 173 all out, for just 53 overs.

The only notable contributors to the score being Mahmadullah (38) and Soumya Sarkar (36), this was before Bangladesh’s landslide collapse.

Credit to the NZ bowlers, Boult, Southee and Wagner picking up 3 apiece with economy rates on the lower side of 3, Collin de Grandehomme scalping one, NZ now had 109 to chase for a clean sweep in the ANZ test series, and to maintain their record over Bangladesh in New Zealand: Bangladesh have never won a test here.

After tea, the only challenge for New Zealand was to finish the game before the end of the day. Reaching their fifty in just 11.1 overs, and losing only one wicket of Jeet Raval’s (33) and finishing the game in 18.4 overs, NZ 111-1.

Tim Southee took the Man of the Match award.

Thanks for making it through the whole test with me, (with a hell lot of bypassing) just a reminder, New Zealand’s next match is on 31st January, the first ODI against Australia in the New Zealand leg of the Chappell-Hadlee trophy, the first (Australia) leg of which was in early December, and of which New Zealand managed to lose all three. The rematch is naturally anticipated across both sides of the Tasman!

NZ vs Ban 2nd Test, Day 1

Day 1 of the second ANZ test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Christchurch, 20-24 Jan ’17.

Good morning, and welcome to the second Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh, live on a lovely Friday morning in Christchurch (and a barely-even morning here).

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has won the toss and elected to bowl first, hoping to put on a better bowling performance than in the first test, where New Zealand conceded 500+in their first outing bowling.

The teams are in for the day!

BDESH Mat Age NZ Mat Age
Tamim Iqbal 46 27 JA Raval 4 28
Soumya Sarkar 4 23 TWM Latham 29 24
Nazmul Hossain Shanto 1 18 KS Williamson (C) 58 26
Mahmudullah 31 30 LRPL Taylor 80 32
Shakib Al Hasan 46 29 HM Nicholls 11 25
Sabbir Rahman 4 25 C de Grandhomme 4 30
Nurul Hasan 1 23 BJ Watling 49 31
Mehedi Hasan Miraz 4 19 MJ Santner 13 24
Taskin Ahmed 2 21 TG Southee 56 28
Rubel Hossain 24 27 N Wagner 29 30
Kamrul Islam Rabbi 4 25 TA Boult 49 27

Bangladesh have had a few forced changes, with Mominul, Imrul Kayes and Mustafizur all injured, and so Nupur and Namzul get a debut match.

And so play begins!

ov. 0.0: Trent Boult opens the bowling for NZ. Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal opening the Bangladesh batting. Tamim to face the first ball. 

0.1: Boult starts off with a slower one, a 132kph-er.

ov. 1.0: He concedes 1 run in his first, Ban 1-0.

Tim Southee takes the other end of the crease, and no surprises there.

dot, dot, dot, dot, tut, tut.

Maiden from Southee, Ban 1-0 after 2!

ov 3:Boult’s back and confident looking for early breakthroughs. 3 slips for him.

2.2: Fuller delivery, and a second run’s on the board fro Bangladesh. 2-0.

2.5:FOUR! First boundary to Bangladesh. Shorter from Boult, and pulled to the fence by Tamim Iqbal.

End of the over 3, Ban 6-0.

Ov. 4: Southee’s back on, Southee’s in the game!

3.2: WICKET! Southee strikes! A short ball down the leg side, and Tamim edges it to ‘keeper Watling. NZ have their first!

Ban 7-1 (3.2)  Tamim Iqbal 5(17) (1×4)

Senior batsman Mahmadullah walks in at 3.

3.4: Takes him one ball to get off the mark. Wider ball from Southee, and Mahmadullah takes 3.

End of 4 overs, Ban 12-1.

Over 5: 2 boundaries to Mahmadullah this over, Ban 20-1! Boult 0-14 Mahmadullah 11, Sarkar 4*.

Over 6: Tim Southee seems to have had a bit of an encounter with a bee on-field. He’s fine, though.

3 runs and a single this over, Ban 24-1 after 6! Southee 1-10, Mahm 12, Sarkar 10.

Over 8:

8.3: No run, Mahmadullah the batsman. New Zealand are appealing for a caught behind! Umpire declines NZ’s chance to deepen Bangladesh’s batting woes. NZ call for a review!

The result?

End of 8, Ban 30-1.

9.4: Boundary to Mahmadullah. Stays in his crease and cuts away to the fence.

10 overs up, Ban 38-1Soumya Sarkar 14, Mahmudullah 19. Southee 21-1, Boult 17-0.

10.2: Not too much after, disaster by the name of Trent Boult strikes the Bangladesh batting! WICKET here, Mahmadullah has to go! Caught by ‘keeper playing one too many inside edges, Bangladesh lose their second, and a senior batsman too, leaving Bangladesh at 38-2!

Shakib Al Hassan is the new batsman in, instrumental in Bangladesh’s high first innings total in the first test, scoring a double century. With his side in deep waters, can he do it again?

End of 11, Ban 40-2! 

Over 12: 2 boundaries to Soumya Sarkar off Southee, and Bangladesh bring up their first innings 50. Took 12 overs.

End of 12, Ban 50-2! Sarkar 24, Shakib 2*. Southee 19-1, Boult 21-1.

Over 13: This over, Shakib takes charge, bangs in two boundaries of his own. 8 runs off that over. This leads to the first drinks break of the innings/match,

Bangladesh 58-2! Shakib 10, Sarkar 24. Boult 27-1(7) Southee 31-1 (6).

31 in 6 overs, an economy rate of over 6, isn’t that a touch expensive for a test match.

Over 14: Post drinks, NZ have their first bowling change! Colin de Grandehomme comes on for Southee. He took six in a debut test against Pakistan earlier in December, what has he got in store for Bangladesh and us puny onlookers here?

A maiden, sir, is what that is. End of 14, Ban 58-2! Colin 0-0.

Over 15: Good follow-up here, maiden from Boult the next over. Are BAngladesh slowing down post-drinks, or is this strategic?

Over 16: Shakib makes me eat my own words here. Width on offer here from de Grandehomme, and Shakib takes it with glee- and with three more fours to the batting card!

13 off the over, Bangladesh 71-2! Shakib 22(5*4) Sarkar 25. C de G 13-0.

Over 17: Event follows cause and a bowling change ensues. Neil Wagner’s on for his first over this morning.

(Morning. Fun fact: it’s 4:30 am.)

Wagner’s first goes for 7 runs, with 1 boundary to Soumya Sarkar, Ban 78-2!

Over 19: New Zealand leaking runs here! 8 runs to the over! Ban 90-2.

6 runs off the 20th and 2 from the 21st over. Ban 98-2! 

Shakib Al Hasan 31 (36b 6×4)  Soumya Sarkar 43 (49b 5×4)
N Wagner 3-0-17-0 C de Grandhomme 4-1-23-0.

(As always, all hail ESPN.)

(See the organising? Different events in different colours. Hope it looks good. My fingers aren’t, right now.)

21.3: C de G with the ball, and Sarkar with the willow. The result: a boundary. FOUR runs, and the 100 comes up for Bangladesh! 

21.5: Sarkar smashes another boundary, and brings up his fifty in the process.

End of 22, Bangladesh 106-2!

Soumya Sarkar 51 (55b 7×4)  Shakib Al Hasan31 (36b 6×4)
C de Grandhomme 5-1-31-0  N Wagner 3-0-17-0

Run rate’s good for Bangladesh, at about 4 and a half, can New Zealand pull it back before the match runs away from them?

2 runs off the next (23rd).

Over 24: Creamer of an over for Bangladesh!

2 FOURS for Shakib, and a bit of a mix-up in the field:

23.2: Sarkar on strike, Colin goes full, angling the ball inwards and getting the outswing. Thick outside edge, and the ball drifts to the slips.Ross Taylor at first slip, Jeet Raval at second slip, he goes for the catch… which was probably an easier first slip catch. A good chance DROPPED here, and catches win matches!

12 runs off that over, Bangladesh 120-2, and going at a very healthy RR of 4.7 for their messy start.

I’m waiting for the sunrise.

Back in the match, Tim Southee pulls things back a bit this over, 2 runs given, its 122-2!

10 minutes to lunch, who’s hungry.

Over 26: Neil Wagner comes back on, and it’s 3 runs this over. Bangladesh, however, in a relatively comfortable position! It’s 125-2!

Shakib Al Hasan 38 (44b 7×4 0x6),  Soumya Sarkar 62 (72b 8×4 0x6)
N Wagner 5-0-22-0,  T Southee 7-1-33-1

Southee takes the last over before lunch! Bowling quite full here, Southee.

This over: • 1 • • • 2

Sarkar pushes the ball to extra cover and runs for 2 runs, and then, to the dressing room. Lunch has been called on Day 1 of the 2nd Test at Hagley Oval,Christchurch, and Bangladesh on top!

It’s 128-2 in 27 overs.

Batting card:
Tamim Iqbal              c Watling b Southee        5 (17)
Soumya Sarkar           not out                                64* (76)
 Mahmudullah           c Watling b Boult             19 (24)
Shakib Al Hasan        not out                                39* (46)

Bowling card:

                                      overs  maidens   runs  wickets  economy
 Trent Boult                  8            1               27         1             3.37 
 Tim Southee                8            1               36         1             4.50 
C de Grandhomme      6            1               43         0            7.16               (1nb)
Neil Wagner                  5           0               22         0            4.40

Fall of wickets:

1-7 (Tamim Iqbal, 3.2 ov), 2-38 (Mahmudullah, 10.2 ov)

Completely unrelated, but the ICC women’s Qualifiers begin next month, Feb 7th, in Colombo.

Australia, England, New Zealand and West Indies have qualified. The rest must duke it out in the tourney next month, with 2 teams, one from each group making it to the main event in June.

Groups:
Group A – India, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Zimbabwe and Thailand
Group B – South Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Scotland and Papua New Guinea (PNG)

Warm-up matches:
Sunday, 5 February – India v South Africa, P.Sara Stadium; Sri Lanka v Pakistan, Mercantile Cricket Association (MCA); Ireland v Bangladesh, Nondescripts Cricket Club (NCC); Zimbabwe v Scotland, Colombo Cricket Club (CCC); Thailand v PNG, Moors Sports Club.

Tournament fixtures (first round)

Tuesday, 7 February:

Sri Lanka v India, P.Sara Stadium

Ireland v Zimbabwe, MCA

South Africa v Pakistan, NCC

Bangladesh v PNG, CCC
Wednesday, 8 February:

Pakistan v Bangladesh, P.Sara StadiumScotland v South Africa, MCA

Sri Lanka v Ireland, NCC

India v Thailand, CCC
Friday, 10 February:

India v Ireland, P.Sara Stadium

Thailand v Zimbabwe, MCA

PNG v Pakistan, NCC

Bangladesh v Scotland, CCC.
Saturday, 11 February:

South Africa v Bangladesh, P.Sara Stadium

Scotland v PNG, MCA

Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, NCC

Ireland v Thailand, CCC
Monday, 13 February:

Zimbabwe v India, P.Sara Stadium

Sri Lanka v Thailand, MCA

South Africa v PNG, NCC

Pakistan v Scotland, CCC

 

Mark your calendars!

 

Back here, the sun has not yet risen, but that’s it from me, since today is a Friday, it’s off to school for me.

Oh, just one last thing: play’s resumed, Southee has the ball, it’s 135-2 after 29 overs, and I’m late for school!

 

…Much later:

Bangladesh 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal Tamim Iqbal* c †Watling b Southee 5 13 17 1 0 29.41
View dismissal Soumya Sarkar c de Grandhomme b Boult 86 157 104 11 0 82.69
View dismissal Mahmudullah c †Watling b Boult 19 34 24 3 0 79.16
View dismissal Shakib Al Hasan c †Watling b Southee 59 124 78 9 0 75.64
View dismissal Sabbir Rahman c Southee b Boult 7 11 8 1 0 87.50
View dismissal Nazmul Hossain Shanto c Raval b Southee 18 85 56 2 0 32.14
View dismissal Nurul Hasan c †Watling b Boult 47 173 98 5 0 47.95
View dismissal Mehedi Hasan Miraz b Wagner 10 14 13 2 0 76.92
View dismissal Taskin Ahmed c Williamson b Southee 8 23 26 0 0 30.76
View dismissal Kamrul Islam Rabbi lbw b Southee 2 92 63 0 0 3.17
Rubel Hossain not out 16 39 21 3 0 76.19
Extras (b 4, lb 2, w 5, nb 1) 12
Total (all out; 84.3 overs; 387 mins) 289 (3.42 runs per over)
Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
View wickets TA Boult 24 4 87 4 3.62 108 13 0
View wickets TG Southee 28.3 7 94 5 3.29 130 11 0 (1w)
C de Grandhomme 14 4 58 0 4.14 60 10 0 (1nb)
View wicket N Wagner 18 1 44 1 2.44 77 3 0

Fall of wickets 1-7 (Tamim Iqbal, 3.2 ov), 2-38 (Mahmudullah, 10.2 ov), 3-165 (Soumya Sarkar, 35.5 ov), 4-177 (Sabbir Rahman, 37.5 ov), 5-179 (Shakib Al Hasan, 38.3 ov), 6-232 (Nazmul Hossain Shanto, 58.1 ov), 7-248 (Mehedi Hasan Miraz, 61.1 ov), 8-257 (Taskin Ahmed, 66.3 ov), 9-273 (Nurul Hasan, 77.3 ov), 10-289 (Kamrul Islam Rabbi, 84.3 ov)

 

Day 2 follows.