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by PKBasu
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: The Indian Hockey Forum
Topic: Men's and Women's Hockey World Cups 2018
Replies: 103
Views: 4206

Re: Men's and Women's Hockey World Cups 2018

England beat New Zealand 2-0, and will meet Argentina in one quarterfinal.

France dominated China, but only won 1-0 to go through to the QF against reigning world champions Australia.
by PKBasu
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: The Cricket Forum
Topic: India in Australia, 2018-2019
Replies: 156
Views: 2931

Re: India in Australia, 2018-2019

Pant has the record for the most catches by an Indian in a test match, breaking Saha’s record.
by PKBasu
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:52 am
Forum: The Cricket Forum
Topic: India in Australia, 2018-2019
Replies: 156
Views: 2931

Re: India in Australia, 2018-2019

PLEASE bring on Ishant or Bumrah from the other end, now that Starc is gone!!
by PKBasu
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:51 am
Forum: The Cricket Forum
Topic: India in Australia, 2018-2019
Replies: 156
Views: 2931

Re: India in Australia, 2018-2019

This is a repeat of the Rose Bowl test, where Ashwin opened the Bowling and took 37 overs (far more than anyone else) and failed to get more than 1 wicket, and England won. Kohli has a bizarre stubbornness about some things — blind trust in Ashwin abroad is one of these.
by PKBasu
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: The Cricket Forum
Topic: India in Australia, 2018-2019
Replies: 156
Views: 2931

Re: India in Australia, 2018-2019

Unbelievable that Ashwin just keeps bowling from one end despite not looking at all like taking a wicket.
by PKBasu
Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:27 am
Forum: The Cricket Forum
Topic: India in Australia, 2018-2019
Replies: 156
Views: 2931

Re: India in Australia, 2018-2019

Kohli is over-bowling Ashwin, like he did at Lord’s. When the pacers have got all the wickets this morning, why the hell does Ashwin take the new ball with Ishant? Unnnecessarily letting the Aussies make a match of it.
by PKBasu
Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:15 pm
Forum: The Cricket Forum
Topic: India in Australia, 2018-2019
Replies: 156
Views: 2931

Re: India in Australia, 2018-2019

Did you see Shami, Bumrah, and Ishant bat? Rahane had no other option but to go for it. Shami, Bumrah and Ishant batted after Rahane got out. So Rahane's irresponsible reverse sweep was not a result of the tail-enders' poor batting, but preceded it. There were 3 wickets left, and Rahane should have...
by PKBasu
Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: The Indian Hockey Forum
Topic: Men's and Women's Hockey World Cups 2018
Replies: 103
Views: 4206

Re: Men's and Women's Hockey World Cups 2018

I think India are streets ahead of Pakistan now, and don't make the sorry errors that other Asian teams do. We showed that we can dominate a European side like Belgium, so I'm optimistic about beating Holland in the QF. The SF against Australia is a lot tougher.
by PKBasu
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: The Cricket Forum
Topic: India in Australia, 2018-2019
Replies: 156
Views: 2931

Re: India in Australia, 2018-2019

First we need to win tomorrow, by prising out Marsh and Head early tomorrow morning (when our bowlers will be fresh). I think we need to think about using all-rounders the way England are doing so well. So my team for the second test would be: Shaw/Rahul, Parthiv (wk), Pujara (possibly opening in th...
by PKBasu
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: The Indian Hockey Forum
Topic: Men's and Women's Hockey World Cups 2018
Replies: 103
Views: 4206

Re: Men's and Women's Hockey World Cups 2018

I will be boarding a flight 20 minutes before India's QF, so I will miss watching that crucial match :damn:
I hope my not watching brings India luck...
by PKBasu
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: The Cricket Forum
Topic: India in Australia, 2018-2019
Replies: 156
Views: 2931

Re: India in Australia, 2018-2019

Yes, I agree that Umesh is less disciplined -- although he bowled beautifully in the second test against the West Indies. There is a better case for Bhuvi to play, but it's difficult to see who he will replace after Shami's fine effort (especially against the left-handers). Bhuvi's batting, of cours...
by PKBasu
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: The Indian Hockey Forum
Topic: Men's and Women's Hockey World Cups 2018
Replies: 103
Views: 4206

Re: Men's and Women's Hockey World Cups 2018

So Holland vs Canada to decide who meets India in the QF. And Belgium vs Pakistan to decide who will play Germany. Those two matches are day after tomorrow (Dec 11th). Tomorrow, England v New Zealand to determine who will play Argentina in the QF, and China vs France to determine who will play Austr...
by PKBasu
Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: The Indian Hockey Forum
Topic: Men's and Women's Hockey World Cups 2018
Replies: 103
Views: 4206

Re: Men's and Women's Hockey World Cups 2018

Pakistan are down 1-2 at half-time against the Netherlands. But Holland have dominated the second half, up 4-1 now with another 8 minutes to play. And it ends 5-1, after a sloppy piece of defending at the edge of the Pak circle, where a defender unnecessarily let the ball touch his feet when he was ...
by PKBasu
Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:14 pm
Forum: The Indian Hockey Forum
Topic: Men's and Women's Hockey World Cups 2018
Replies: 103
Views: 4206

Re: Men's and Women's Hockey World Cups 2018

India have TWO drag-flickers/defenders in the coaching squad — Jugraj Singh is assistant coach, and Chris Ciriello of Australia is “analytical coach” (I find him animatedly providing coaching during all the intervals between quarters).
by PKBasu
Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: The Indian Hockey Forum
Topic: Men's and Women's Hockey World Cups 2018
Replies: 103
Views: 4206

Re: Men's and Women's Hockey World Cups 2018

Malaysia go down 3-5 to Germany, and are eliminated from the World Cup. The Pakistan-Holland match will only decide who finishes second and third between the two teams -- who have both qualified for the cross-overs, while Germany has qualified for the QF from the pool.