India South Africa ODI Series 2007 in Ireland
IND vs SA, ODI 3: India beat South Africa by six wickets, clinch series (IND 2:1)
Jul 02, 2007A brilliant unbeaten 61 by Yuvraj Singh guided India to a six wicket win over South Africa in the third and deciding One-Dayer of the Future Cup series at Belfast on Sunday.
India won the series 2-1 despite losing the opening match. Set 149 for victory in a rain-shortened match, India romped home with four balls to spare as Yuvraj stole the thunder with with the bat.
Skipper Rahul Dravid made a vital 36 and shared a 70-run partnership with Yuvraj after the early departure of the in-form Sachin Tendulkar (8) and Gautam Gambhir (5). Sourav Ganguly made 17. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who joined Yuvraj with still 41 needed for victory remained unbeaten on 14 as the two shared 44 between them.
The series win was cruical as India next tour England for a three Test and seven ODI series. Their immediate engagement is against arch-rivals Pakistan on Tuesday in Glasgow. The 2-1 victory in Belfast also allowed India to avenge their 4-0 series whitewash in the previous ODI series held in South Africa. The Future Cup win over the Proteas also marks India's first series win over them overseas.
IND vs SA Third ODI, Stormont: India 152-4 (30.2 overs) beat South Africa 148-7 (31 overs) by 6 wickets
IND vs SA, ODI 3: India to go for the kill in the series decider (Series 1:1)
Jul 01, 2007With the series levelled 1-1, India will heavily depend on their star-studded batting line-up for a morale-boosting overseas series triumph as they go into the third and final cricket one dayer against South Africa at Belfast on Sunday.
The six-wicket victory in the second game yesterday has not only restored the balance in the three-match series but has also presented India with an ideal opportunity to revive their sagging fortunes following the World Cup debacle. A viral bug and fitness problems to some key players took a toll on the Indians in the first game but Rahul Dravid has now found just the right combination to go for the kill against the South Africans, who also promised to field a full-strength squad.
Sachin Tendulkar, who has shown glimpses of his vintage form with scores of 99 and 93 in the series, will have to play a big role in the crucial game at Stormont where India will again miss the services of paceman S Sreesanth, who has not recovered from flu. Ajit Agarkar, who had to sit out both the matches with cold and fever, was expected to be available for the game which will test India's ability to handle pressure in crunch situation. India team (from): Rahul Dravid (Captain), Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ajit Agarkar, Ranadeb Bose, Gautam Gambhir, Sourav Ganguly, Dinesh Kaarthick, Zaheer Khan, Rakesh Patel, Piyush Chawla, Ramesh Powar, Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Rudra Pratap Singh, S Sreesanth, Sachin Tendulkar, Robin Uthappa, Arjun Yadav, Yuvraj Singh.
South Africa team (from): Jacques Kallis (Captain), Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, Jean-Paul Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Hall, Justin Kemp, Charl Langeveldt, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Thandi Tshabalala, Morne van Wyk
IND vs SA, ODI 2: India beat South Africa by six wickets (Series 1:1)
Jun 30, 2007India made heavy weather of a modest target and survived a mini-collapse before inflicting a six-wicket defeat on South Africa with five balls to spare in the penultimate game of the three-match series.
India were cruising to an easy victory when the old opening pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly rolled back the years to put on 134 runs in 28 overs. But the team then lost four wickets for eight runs to inject some uncertainty in the match before Yuvraj Singh and Dinesh Kaarthick kept their cool to see the side home. Put in to bat, South Africa posted 226 for six with twin half centuries from Morne van Wyk and Mark Boucher. In reply, India got off to a good start, fumbled in the middle and then recovered to reach the target. After Tendulkar and Ganguly laid the foundation, Yuvraj and Dinesh Kaarthick played some smart cricket to square the series. South Africa had won the first match here by four wickets and the third and final match is scheduled for Sunday.
Chasing 227 for win, Tendulkar and Ganguly ~ more than 25,000 One-Day International runs between them ~ walked out to open and it was clear that the senior pros were not in any hurry. Both took their time and while Tendulkar dominated the scene, Ganguly was content playing second fiddle as they kept the scoreboard ticking without inviting trouble. Only once did Ganguly come out of his self-imposed cocoon, stepping out to hit Thandi Tshabalala over mid-on for a six. Tendulkar grew in confidence and and his pull shot was back again as he displayed his rich array of strokes. He pulled Andre Nel for a six to reach 45 and then an overthrow helped him reach 50 and also become the first player to score 15,000 One-Day International runs.
After putting up 134 for the opening stand their 17th century partnership Ganguly drove Charl Langeveldt to Herschelle Gibbs at point to perish. That triggered a mini-batting collapse as some of the big names were soon cooling their heels in the pavilion. Dravid was not comfortable against Langeveldts bounce and top-edged it to offer a catch to the bowler, while comeback man Mahendra Singh Dhoni was castled through the gates by Makhaya Ntini. In between, Tendulkar, who was out for 99 in the previous match and looked determined to reach three figures this time, dragged an innocuous Tshabalala delivery onto his stumps. His 93 came off 106 balls and included 13 delectable hits to the fence apart from two sixes. Reported Earlier: India captain Rahul Dravid won the toss and invited his South African counterpart Jacques Kallis to bat first in the second ODI at Belfast on Friday.
The South Africans have made one change in their side, Thandi Tshabalala comes in for Vernon Philander and this would certainly add some variety to their bowling attack. The Indians have included Mahendra Singh Dhoni who was declared fit on Thursday. Ishant Sharma has also been included in the second ODI against the Proteas. India have left Gautam Gambhir, who was expected to be included in today's match.
India did put up a decent 242 for eight in the first One-dayer, with Sachin Tendulkar - out on 99 - and Rahul Dravid (74) contributing handsomely but Jacques Kallis' broad bat thwarted them again. The South African captain, who took two wickets, held a couple of catches and then returned to the ground to produce a match-winning, unbeaten 91-run knock, took the wind out of India's sail and grab the Man of the Match award.
Kallis' sterling innings found an admirer in his Indian counterpart and Dravid felt the South African made all the difference in the match. India team: Rahul Dravid (c), MS Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly, Dinesh Karthik, Zaheer Khan, Piyush Chawla, Ramesh Powar, Ishant Sharma, Rudra Pratap Singh, Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh.
South Africa team: Jacques Kallis (c), Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, Jean-Paul Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Hall, Charl Langeveldt, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Thandi Tshabalala, Morne van Wyk.
IND vs SA, Second ODI, Stormont: India 227-4 (49 overs) beat South Africa 226-6 (50 ovs) by six wickets
IND vs SA, ODI 2: Sreesanth to miss second ODI (SA 1:0)
Jun 29, 2007Pace bowler S Sreesanth was today ruled out of the second cricket one-dayer against South Africa as India continued to be dogged by injuries and illness on their tour of the United Kingdom.
While the Kerala bowler will sit out for the second successive game, there is also a question mark on the availability of Gautam Gambhir, who is down with fever. "Sreesanth has not recovered as yet and will miss tomorrows game," Indian captain Rahul Dravid said. The Indians, however, have something to cheer about with wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni who has sat out all the matches so far expected to take the field in the crucial match tomorrow.
The team management will take a final decision on Gambhir and Ajit Agarkar, another victim of the flu bug, on the morning of the match which India have to win to keep themselves afloat in the three-match series. Dravid admitted that Agarkar and Dhoni could be a bit rusty as they had been out of action for a week. "It would be better if they had some practice but it has been raining heavily here," he said.
Dravid is looking for an improvement in both departments of the game over what was on display on Sunday.
IND vs SA, ODI 1: Kallis leads South African victory over India
Jun 26, 2007Sachin Tendulkar's valiant 99-run knock went in vain as a rock-solid Jacques Kallis, a known India nemesis, led South Africa to a four-wicket win in the first of three one-day internationals. Kallis's well-paced innings saw South Africa overhaul an India total of 242 for eight built around a third wicket stand of 158 between Sachin Tendulkar (99) and Rahul Dravid (74).
Tendulkar was left just 50 runs away from becoming the first batsman in history to score 15,000 one-day international runs - a landmark he could reach during the remaining games of this series. However, in sight of what would have been his 42nd hundred at this level, the 34-year-old Tendulkar was run out, going for an ill-judged second, by cover sweeper Morne van Wyk's throw to wicket-keeper Mark Boucher. Reported Earlier: South Africa captain Jacques Kallis won the toss and invited India to bat first in the cricket ODI at Belfast on Tuesday.
The weather is bright and sunny but the match will be played on a brand new pitch. Both teams have won their ties against hosts Ireland at the weekend but it will be India who need to call the shots as not every member of the playing XI is 100% fit owing to the virus that has bugged the team.
India skipper Rahul Dravid said fast bowlers Ajit Agarkar and S Sreesanth are unfit while keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni too will not play as he is unwell. Kemp, Tshabalala and Steyn have been left out to bring in Hall, Nel and Langeveldt in the South African squad. Illness hit Indians have been forced to go in with two spinners and Powar and Zaheer are in.
IND vs SA, First ODI, Stormont: South Africa 245-6 (49.3 ovs) beat India 242-8 (50 ovs)
IND vs SA, ODI 1: Illness strikes India on eve of South Africa opener
Jun 26, 2007India have been struck down by illness on the eve of their opening one-day international against South Africa at Stormont here today and have had to call up reinforcements for their tour of the United Kingdom.
India captain Rahul Dravid told reporters at Stormont that wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the first to fall ill, fast bowler Shathakumaran Sreesanth, medium-pacer Ajit Agarkar, off-spinner Ramesh Powar and left-arm quick Rudra Pratap Singh were all suffering from viral fever and flu. Dravid added he too was feeling unwell as were batsman Yuvraj Singh, and left-arm pace bowler Zaheer Khan.
"Quite a few boys in our team are suffering from viral fever and flu," and symptoms of that kind," Dravid explained. "Sreesanth, Agit Agarkar, Dhoni, RP Singh and Ramesh Powar have not come to practice today (Monday). "There are other guys like Yuvraj Singh, myself, Zaheer Khan and Robin (Singh, the fielding coach) who are feeling a bit down." Uncapped 28-year-old Baroda pace bowler Rakesh Patel, who has been playing club cricket in Liverpool, north-west England, has been called up to Indias one-day squad. "In consultation with the board and the chairman of selectors we have called up Rakesh Patel from one of the leagues here as back-up for the fast bowlers because with Sreesanth and Ajit unlkely to play tomorrow (Tuesday), Zaheer a bit doubftul, we were a bit light in that department," Dravid said.
Meanwhile 18-year-old quick Ishant Sharma, who has played one Test, and uncapped seamer Ranadeb Bose, both due to join the Test squad later this tour, have been drafted in with a view to being available for the second of three one-day internationals against South Africa at Stormont on Friday. London-based Nitin Patel will provide cover for injured India physiotherapist John Gloster who tripped over a boundary rope at Stormont on Friday and broke his hand.
India and South Africa are set to complete their series on Sunday. After that series, India play arch-rivals Pakistan in a one-day international in Glasgow on July 3. India Team from): Rahul Dravid (Captain), Sourav Ganguly, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Dinesh Karthick, Ramesh Powar, Zaheer Khan, S Sreesanth, Rudra Pratap Singh, Ajit Agarkar, Robin Uthappa, Rohit Sharma and Piyush Chawla.
South Africa Team from): Jacques Kallis (Captain), AB de Villiers, Morne van Wyk, Herschelle Gibbs, Justin Kemp, Mark Boucher, Andrew Hall, Charl Langeveldt, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Dale Steyn, JP Duminy, Vernon Philander and Thandi Tshabalala.
India beat Ireland by 9 wickets
Jun 24, 2007Unbeaten half centuries from Gautam Gambhir and Sourav Ganguly helped India register a facile nine-wicket victory over Ireland in a rain-curtailed one-off one-day international match at the Civil Service Cricket Club, Belfast Saturday.
Chasing a target of 171 in 39 over set by the Irish team, Gambhir made an unbeaten 80 while Ganguly scored 75 not out as India reached 172 runs for one wicket in 35 overs after more that two and half hours of the play were lost due to rain. Put into bat first Ireland made 193 but the target for India was revised to 171, according to the Duckworth-Lewis method. Though Ireland kept on losing wickets at regular intervals but a determined 52 by wicketkeeper-batsman Niall O'Brien helped the team to manage a respectable score after half the side fell with just 83 on the board at one point.
India's decision to field first wasn't the least bit surprising, considering the leaden skies that greeted Rahul Dravid when he walked out to toss. India were to soon go into the game without their most experienced bowler, Zaheer Khan, as well as their newly-appointed vice-captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, but Dravid didn't hesitate at the toss, neither did the new-ball bowlers hesitate to pitch it up soon after. Overcast skies over the Civil Service Cricket Club provided the Indian seamers the ideal setting but it was the 18-year-old leg spinner, Piyush Chawla, who had the richest haul of three wickets for just 29 runs in his full quota of 10 overs.
While chasing, Sachin Tendulkar lasted just three deliveries but lefthanders Gambhir and former skipper Ganguly put India firmly on track for a comfortable win. India will now take on South Africa in a three-match one-day series here starting Tuesday and then will play a one-off one-day match against Pakistan July 3. The focus will then shift to England where India will take on the hosts in a three-match Test series and seven one-dayers starting July 19.
IND vs IRL ODI, Stormont: India 172-1 (35 overs) beat Ireland 193 (50 overs) by 9 wickets (D/L method)
Team India arrives in Ireland
Jun 21, 2007The 15-member Indian cricket team, led by skipper Rahul Dravid, on Wednesday flew in Belfast to play a three-match one-day international series against South Africa in Ireland.
The team, accompanied by cricket manager Chandu Borde, will begin its 80-day tour of the United Kingdom by playing the first match of the off-shore series against South Africa at Stormont on June 26. The Indians are scheduled to play a warm-up match against Ireland here on Saturday.
After the series, India will travel to Scotland to take on Pakistan in a one-off ODI clash at Glasgow on July 3, the proceeds of which would go to the Prince Charles Charitable Trust. The players would then move to England to take on the hosts in a three-Test series, which would be followed by seven one-dayers.
Indian team departs on tour to Ireland
Jun 20, 2007The Indian cricket team has started on a two-month tour of Ireland, England and Scotland without a coach.
This is extra-ordinary in todays cricket, which is so competitive that an army of support staff has to travel with the players. The presence of bowling and fielding coaches and a 72-year-old manager are not sufficient to compensate for the absence of a team coach. Coaches win matches or at least make a huge and positive difference. Take a team like Australia, which has dominated world cricket in the past few years. The team undoubtedly has had some of the worlds finest cricketers in its ranks. But players like Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting and Glen McGrath acknowledge the contribution of coaches like John Buchanan in welding a champion team. Sri Lanka has had a similar experience with Tom Moody.
In the absence of a coach, the captain will have to bear additional responsibility and coordinate between players and support staff. It can be demanding on Rahul Dravid, who is also the teams premier batsman.
India leaves for England and Ireland tour
Jun 19, 2007The Indian cricket team will be looking to redeem itself when it leaves for an 81-day tour to face South Africa in three one-dayers in Ireland and England in three Tests and seven one-day internationals later Tuesday.
A new manager in former captain Chandu Borde and a comparatively young team with Mahendra Singh Dhoni as new vice captain for the Ireland series, India will aim to turn the wheel of fortune after the World Cup debacle. India suffered a shocking first-round exit from the World Cup in the West Indies after they lost to Sri Lanka and minnows Bangladesh in March, which also brought an end to the controversial tenure of Greg Chappell as coach.
But post World Cup, India under a stopgap manager, Ravi Shastri, did well in Bangladesh, winning both the Test and the one-day series despite rains. The team can well take confidence from that performance but will need a lot more to fight it out against South Africa and England.
And with the infusion of some young blood in the form of Piyush Chawla, Rohit Sharma coupled with the experience of Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, the boys in blue have all the ammunition to take the fight to the opposition. The series will also be of special importance for Ganguly and Tendulkar, as they were 'rested' in the one-dayers against Bangladesh.
Indian cricket team to depart for Ireland on June 20
Jun 18, 2007The Indian cricket team, which will leave from Mumbai in the early hours of June 20 for the Summer series of four one-day internationals to be played in Ireland and Scotland, will assemble in the metropolis tomorrow.
The 15-member squard, led by Rahul Dravid, will leave by an early morning flight on June 20 and will play their first match against Ireland on June 23, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said in a release here today. India would be playing three ODIs against South Africa in Belfast for the Future Cup and then an ODI against Pakistan at Glasgow in Scotland for the Future Friendship Cup.
Captain Rahul Dravid and manager Chandu Borde would also address the media at the news conference in the evening at 1900 hrs, while the group photo session would be held at 1800 hrs, the release added. India Team: Rahul Dravid (Captain), M S Dhoni (vice-capt), Gautam Gambhir, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Zaheer Khan, S Sreesanth, R P Singh, Ajit Agarkar, Piyush Chawla, Romesh Powar, Robin Utthappa, Rohit Sharma.
Ireland announces 13-man squad to play against India, South Africa
Jun 17, 2007Ireland have named an under-strength 13-man squad for their one-dayers at home against India and South Africa next week.
Ireland play India on June 23 and South Africa the following day at the Civil Service Cricket Club in Stormont, Belfast. India and South Africa then face each other for a three-match ODI series at the same venue (June 26, 29, July 1). Several of Irish World Cup players including new-ball bowlers Dave Langford-Smith and Boyd Rankin and all-rounder Andre Botha are missing from the squad as they failed to recover from injuries in time.
The batting also lacks depth with middlesex batsman Eoin Morgan not available as he is aiming to qualify for England while Jeremy Bray -- who scored a century against Zimbabwe at the Caribbean World Cup -- has declared himself unavailable. Ireland are looking to build on their successful World Cup campaign in the West Indies. The Irish defied expectation to reach the Super Eights phase in the Caribbean, including a superb upset win over Pakistan during the initial group stage. Their second win over Bangladesh in the Super Eights earned them entry into the main International Cricket Council one-day ranking list. Ireland squad: Trent Johnston (Captain), Kenny Carroll, Alex Cusack, Thinus Fourie, Dominick Joyce, Gary Kidd, Kyle McCallan, Kevin O' Brien, Niall O' Brien, William Porterfield, Roger Whelan, Andrew White, Gary Wilson
India name squad for Ireland and England tour
Jun 13, 2007India have left out Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh from their squad for next month's Test series in England, and the earlier one-day matches in Ireland.
India play an ODI against hosts Ireland on June 23, a three-match one-day series against South Africa and a charity game against Pakistan in Northern Ireland, before heading to England in July for three tests and seven one-dayers. India have also named former player and chief selector Chandu Borde as cricket manager for the tour, after Australian Greg Chappell resigned as coach following the World Cup.
Borde will work with two other ex-Test players, Venkatesh Prasad and Robin Singh, who will be the bowling and fielding coaches. Graham Ford rejected an offer on Monday to succeed Chappell, and the BCCI ruled out appointing John Emburey, who was on the initial shortlist. India Test squad: Rahul Dravid (Captain), Wasim Jaffer, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Vangipurappu Laxman, Mahendra Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Zaheer Khan, Anil Kumble, Ramesh Powar, Rudra Pratap Singh, Ranadeb Bose and Ishant Sharma.
India One-day squad: Rahul Dravid (Captain), Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, Zaheer Khan, Rudra Pratap Singh, Piyush Chawla, Ramesh Powar, Ajit Agarkar and Rohit Sharma.
Kallis captains South Africa
Jun 08, 2007Allrounder Jacques Kallis will lead a new-look South African cricket squad on a short tour to Ireland this month.
Kallis will stand in as captain for Graeme Smith, who is recovering from a knee operation and will miss the tour. Allrounder Shaun Pollock, who is currently playing in the Afro-Asia Cup in India, was not considered, a Cricket South Africa statement said on Thursday.
South Africa will play one match against Ireland and three against India in the Belfast tournament. Selection convenor Haroon Lorgat said South Africa wanted to use the event to experiment with their player options. "Following the World Cup and the timing of this tour it is an ideal time to develop new talent as we prepare for the future," Lorgat said.
The squad includes two uncapped players in allrounder Vernon Philander and offspinner Thandi Tshabalala, who toured Sri Lanka last year but did not play. Relatively inexperienced international players including batsman JP Duminy, fast bowler Dale Steyn and wicketkeeper Morne van Wyk have also been selected. South Africa squad:Jacques Kallis (Captain), Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Hall, Justin Kemp, Charl Langeveldt, Andre Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Vernon Philander, Dale Steyn, Thandi Tshabalala, Morne van Wyk.
Indian team for Irish ODI series to be picked on June 12
Jun 04, 2007The Indian team for the Ireland series in Belfast to be played later during the month will be selected on June 12. India is due to play South Africa in a 3-match ODI series and also meet Ireland in the short trip ahead of the English tour next month.
The recent one-day performances by Indian cricketers during the 2-0 win in Bangladesh will be an indicator towards picking up the squad. Besides, Indians representing the Asia team at the Afro-Asia cup commencing in Bangalore from Tuesday will also give the selectors some food for thought.
The spotlight will, however, be on Virender Sehwag, who will be desperate to make an impression during the Afro-Asia series and prove a strong case for ensuring his selection to Ireland. Sourav Ganguly will also like to make an impact on the selectors, as he was not picked for the ODI series in Bangladesh.
With the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid opting out, there is chance for Sehwag and Ganguly to made hay while the sun shines in Bangalore. Also desperate to make a comeback will be off spinner Harbhajan Singh, who was left out after the World Cup, and did not make the tour to Bangladesh where India wrapped up both one-day and Test series.
Ireland confirm India-South Africa ODIs
Jun 02, 2007Irish Cricket Union confirmed three-match One-day International series between India and South Africa, at Stormont, will take place as planned following Nimbuss move to televise matches.
After talks they decided playing opportunities for Ireland matches against both sides and exposure for game made the event worthwhile proceeding with. There were doubts on staging of games after termination of contract between BCCI and Zee TV. However, ICU has now been told by BCCI that Nimbus stepped in to broadcast series. ICU met to discuss events of past few days, to determine if the event was still commercially viable, given they were forced to take ticket sales off-line in period of uncertainty. The fact that crucial deadlines were missed for both weekly and monthly publications was taken into consideration, particularly with games only three weeks away. "I would ask Irish cricket community, really support these games, and get behind this initiative," said Warren Deutrom, ICU chief executive. Some of the greatest players will play. Its wonderful opportunity for fans in Ireland, and beyond, to see them in action. Irelands two matches take place on June 23-24 with three South Africa-India matches on June 26, 29 and July 1.
India, South Africa to play 3 ODIs in Ireland
May 03, 2007India and South Africa will play a three-match One-Day International series in Ireland in June and July this year.
The Irish Cricket Union today confirmed that the series would proceed this summer in Belfast. The three matches will be played at Stormont on June 26, 29, and July 1. The India-South Africa series will be preceded by Ireland playing ODIs against both India and South Africa at Stormont.
The host country will face India on June 23 and South Africa the following day