*****INDIA AVENGES KILLING OF INDIANS IN AUSTRALIA*****
Big match, folks.
India plays Australia in the ICC 2011 World Cup Cricket quarter final at Ahmedabad today.
It’s 5AM on the U.S. East Coast and we’re up and about with a cup of steaming herbal tea.
Australia won the toss and, not surprisingly, elected to bat.
Keeping in mind the importance of the match, we’re watching it on TV today, streaming it via Willow through the Roku box.
Yusuf Pathan is not in the team but Virender Sehwag and Suresh Raina are in.
Huge crowd at the stadium in Ahmedabad. All eager to see India win.
Australia – 260-6
India – 261-5
Smiling (Really) Narendra Modi Awards Man of Match honor to Yuvraj Singh.
1:09PM ET – Miracle! Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi Smiled. Really!
1:08PM ET – A Boundary and INDIA WINS, Enter Semi-Finals. Australia Sent Home Empty-Handed. 🙂
1:05PM ET – India 257-5. Just 4 Runs needed to Win.
1:01PM ET – Get the Champagne Bottles out, folks. 🙂 We Can’t Lose Now. 11 Runs needed to win.
1:00PM ET – Boundary by Raina off Mitchell Johnson. India 250-5
12:59PM ET – India 246-5. Need 15 Runs to Win
12:55PM ET – Magnificent Six by Raina. Brett Lee is the victim
12:54PM ET – We See Victory 🙂
12:53PM ET – India needs 22 Runs from 30 balls to win. India 239-5
12:52PM ET –Yuvaraj reaches Half-Century. Bravo!
12:50PM ET – India 232-5 after 44 overs. To win, India needs 29 Runs.
12:46PM ET – Victory in Sight for India? 🙂 Nice boundary by Yuvraj! India 229-5. Seven more overs to go.
12:37PM ET – India’s Run Rate Galloping in last two overs (40th & 41st overs)
12:36PM ET – India 220-5 after 41 Overs. 41 to win
12:30PM ET – Sweet. Three Boundaries (2 by Yuvi and 1 by Raina) off Brett Lee’s over. Expensive Over. 14 Runs conceded. India 207-5 after 40 overs
12:26AM ET –Yuvraj, India’s Last Hope? Nice boundary from Yuvi off the last ball of Shaun Tait’s over. India 193-5 after 39 overs.
12:22AM ET – Pressure Mounting. India 187-5 Wicket Maiden over from Brett Lee
12:20AM ET – IS HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF? Are we seeing India’s Batting Collapse again?
12:19PM ET –TRAGEDY. M.S. Dhoni OUT c Michael Clarke b Brett Lee. India 187-5. Suresh Raina walks in.
12:15PM ET – Nice boundary from Yuvraj! India 187-4. India needs 74 Runs from 78 balls to win.
12:06PM ET – Anything can Happen! India 173-4 after 35 overs.
11:59AM ET – SAD Gautam Gambhir (50) Run Out after two prior close shaves. India 168-4. Indian captain M.S.Dhoni new batsman in.
11:55AM ET – Whooosh! Gautam Gambhir survives run-out because of bad throw from Ricky Ponting
11:51AM ET -166-3. India needs 95 more to win
11:47AM ET – Nice fielding!
11:45AM ET – 156-3 in 30 overs
11:41AM ET – India 147-3 after 29 overs.
11:40AM ET – IF We lose another couple of wickets, then we’re FINISHED. Bye Bye World Cup. 🙁
11:39AM ET – DANGER! Virat Kohli (24) OUT c Michael Clarke b David Hussey India 143-3. EZ catch! 🙁 Yuvraj is new batsman in.
11:35AM ET – Finally, a boundary (by Virat Kohli) off Michael Clarke. 🙂 28 Overs up & India 142-2
11:27AM ET – Mera Bharat Mahaan 123-2 after 25 overs
11:17AM ET – Left-arm spinner Michael Clarke brought in. India 115-2 Asking Run Rate 5.41
11:12AM ET – Still Winnable if we can hold on to our wickets. India 108-2 after 21 overs.
11:04AM ET – India 98-2 after 19 overs. Getting Scary!
****11:01 AM ET – Is it the BEGINNING OF THE END FOR INDIA? 🙁
11:00AM ET – DISASTER. Tendulkar (53) OUT c Brad Haddin b Shaun Tait India 94-2. Virat Kohli walks in.
10:59AM ET – Spinner Jason Krejza brought in. Concedes 8 runs including a boundary by Gautam Gambhir. India 94-1 after 18 overs.
10:51AM ET – Yet another 50 from Tendulkar 🙂 India 86-1 after 17 overs.
*****10:49AM ET – Do U Guys get Nice Ads on TV in India during the match? In the U.S., we get only the stupid Gujarati Matrimony, Punjabi Matrimony, South Indian Matrimony, Pakistani Matrimony ads or the irritating Xoom money transfer ads. Horrible, Unimaginative Ads!
10:41AM ET – After 15 overs, India 76-1 Run Rate just over 5.
10:35AM EST – Some boundaries would be nice. India 70-1 after 14 overs. Run Rate 4.9 Sachin scores 18,000th run in ODI.
****10:32AM ET – WHO IS THE WOMAN NEXT TO MUKESH AMBANI? 😉
10:23AM ET – Two boundaries by Tendulkar. 🙂 India 65-1 after 12 overs. Expensive over from Mitchell Johnson. 11 Runs conceded in 12th over.
10:02AM ET – Baaaad. Sehwag Out c Mike Hussey b Shane Watson. India 44-1. Nice catch. Virender Sehwag seemed out of his element today. Gautam Gambhir is new batsman in.
9:42AM ET – Nice fielding by Aussies! India 30-0 after 5 overs. Virender Sehwag – 11; Sachin Tendulkar – 14. Ponting brings in Mitchell Johnson to bowl.
9:40AM ET – Keep it up guys. India 26-0 after 4 overs. Run Rate over 6.
9:35AM ET – So far so good! India 20-0 after 3 overs.
9:25AM – Tendulkar Opens account with boundary off first ball from Shaun Tait. Follows up with another boundary. 🙂 India 14-0 after 1.3 overs
9:22AM ET – Virender Sehwag survives close shave in first over. India 5-0 at end of 1st over
8:43AM ET – Tough slog ahead for India. We’re nervous. Very Nervous!
8:41AM ET – Aussies end their innings with a very respectable 260-6 after 50 overs.
8:36AM ET – One over left. Australia 247-6. Good score.
8:33AM ET – Finally Gone. Ricky Ponting (104) c Zaheer b Ashwin while trying a reverse sweep. Australia 245-6
8:32AM ET – Australia may end with 265-270. Two overs left.
8:26AM ET – Ricky Ponting hits Century. Expensive over from Ashwin. 11 Runs conceded. 🙁 Australia 237 -5. Three overs left.
8:21AM ET – Australia 226-5 after 46 overs.
8:13AM ET – Australia will likely cross 250.
8:12AM ET – Bad over by Zaheer Khan. Concedes 10 Runs. After 44 overs, Australia 209-5
7:58AM ET – Out. Cameron White c&b Zaheer Khan Australia 190 – 5
7:48AM ET – Nice Six by Ricky Ponting. Then a boundary. Expensive over from Yuvraj. Australia 180-4. Another 11 overs remaining.
7:43AM ET – India screws up on both Reviews today. 🙁
7:39AM ET – Guys, another wicket down would be nice! 166-4 after 37 overs.
7:34AM ET – Surprise. Virat Kohli bowling! 6 Runs from the over. Australia 164-4 after 36 overs. Run Rate 4.56
7:21AM ET – Bowled. Mike Huss 150-4 from 33.3 overs. Cameron White is new batsman in.
7:15AM ET – Harbajan back
7:07AM ET – Out. Michael Clarke (8) gone c Zaheer b Yuvraj. Australia 140-3. Second wicket for Yuvraj. Nice catch by Zaheer Khan, who had to move to his right for the catch. Mike Hussey new batsman in.
6:57AM ET – 28 Overs up & Australia 129 – 2. Run Rate 4.61
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6:42AM ET – One more wicket & pressure will mount on Australia. After 24 overs, Australia 114-2.
6:38AM ET – Ha ha ha Though she’s born here she’s pure Punjabi. Another stupid matrimony ad. 🙁
6:36AM ET – Brad Haddin (53) Walks Back. Bravo! c Suresh Raina off Yuvraj Singh. Australia 110-2. Michael Clarke is new batsman in.
6:32AM ET – Another boundary from Haddin off Munaf Patel. 50 from 57 balls. Australia 105-1
6:29AM ET – Not Good! Australia 100-1 after 21 overs. Run Rate 4.76
6:22AM ET – God, we hope that Bollywood jonah Abhishek Bachchan is not in the stadium. Last time Abhishek was there India LOST (March 12, India vs South Africa). 🙁
6:13AM ET – Ricky Ponting hammers Yuvraj Singh. 2 boundaries and a 2 in the over. Australia 86-1 at end of 18 overs.
6:10AM ET – Australia 76-1 after 17 overs. Brad Haddin 38. Ricky Ponting 10
6:09AM ET – Nice quality reception on TV Streaming via Willow + Roku Wireless
6:06AM ET – Brad Haddin MUST go. Australia 72-1 after 16 overs. Run Rate 4.50
6:03AM ET – Yuvraj Singh is brought in.
***6:01AM ET – Lot of Pretty Girls in the stadium. 😉
5:57AM ET – Not Good. Brad Haddin punishes Munaf Patel’s first over with 3 boundaries. 🙁 Australia 65-1 Run Rate 4.64
5:50AM ET – Aaaah, that Terrible Gujju matrimony ad. 🙁
5:46AM ET – Australian captain Ricky Ponting comes in to bat. Just 1 Run in Harbajan’s 2nd over. Australia 41-1
5:40AM – Brilliant. Shane Watson (25) b Ashwin in last ball of India’s 10th over. Australia 40-1 after 10 overs. Run Rate 4.0
5:37AM ET – India needs a breakthrough. Preferably Shane Watson’s wicket. 😉
5:35AM ET – Harbajan Singh has been brought in. Yields 2 runs in over. Australia 39-0 after 9 overs.
5:30AM ET – Another boundary in Zaheer Khan’s 4th over by Shane Watson. 37-0 after 8 overs. Good scoring. Run Rate 4.63
5:27AM ET – First Six of match. Magnificently lofted by by Brad Haddin off Ashwin’s bowling. Australia 32-0 Run Rate 4.57
5:24AM ET – Another boundary by Shane Watson off Zaheer Khan. Too bad. Australia 24-0 after 6 overs.
5:20AM ET – Another boundary. Ashwin should have stopped it. Bad fielding. 🙁 Australia 19-0 after 5 overs.
5:17AM ET – Another fine boundary from Shane Watson. Australia 14-0 after 4 overs.
5:13AM ET -First boundary of match (Shane Watson) off Ashwin. Australia 9-0 after 3 overs.
5:05AM ET – Zaheer Khan bowling 2nd over
5:02 AM EST – Shane Watson and Brad Haddin are opening for Australia. Ravichandran Ashwin is the opening bowler. 3 Runs come off first over