• As is usual with India - Australia contests the mind games have started before the actual games commence. And, again predictably enough, it is the Aussies who have started it. So, we have Nathan Hauritiz saying that even Sachin Tendulkar though great can make mistakes, Mitchell Johnson warning that he is going to target Virender Sehwag who "doesn't like short balls" and Michael Clarke predicting that the best of Ricky Ponting is yet to come.

     

    Well, the Australian captain can certainly do with some morale boosting for his record in India is woeful. In 11 Tests (19 innings) spread over four visits he has just managed to score 411 runs at an average of 21.62 with one hundred. That is well below his overall average of 54.66. What should encourage Ponting though is that the century came during his last visit two years ago, so finally he could be coming to terms with Indian conditions.

     

    It would be tempting to place India in the favourites circle for the two Test series starting October

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  • The tragic story that is Indian domestic cricket (and I am not referring to the IPL) is sadly not about the sport itself, or its desperately appalling standards, but one that reminds us all about the power of that elusive 'vote'. And this quintessential vote is exactly what I think stands between a system that continually thrives on perceived mediocrity, zero-reforms and a hushed status-quo, that promises much, delivers little and one that is at least seen to evolve keeping the best interests of Indian cricket at its very heart.

     

    It is that vote that will quintessentially prevent Indian cricket from taking decisions which, in doing so might displease lobbies but in its quiet little way, ameliorate the appalling standards that exist. That one vote could well determine the way the direction in which the larger powerplay threatens to play out within the board-games at the BCCI, and it is that very vote that somewhere is preventing Indian cricket from taking that next-big step in

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  • Diamonds won this game with two balls to spare chasing a formidable target of 174 set by Bulls who batted first.

     

    Bulls innings was centered round useful contributions from RB Kane {25}, MR Beerala {36} DT Patil {27}, STR Binny {13} and J Shetty {51}. 

     

    Openers RB Kane and MR Beerala added 59 runs for the first wicket. J Shetty's 51 runs came in 29 balls and contained six fours and two sixes.

     

    DC Rajesh with 3 for 37 was amongst the wickets for Diamonds. YKT Goud had a good day with leather as he had a bag of 2 for 30.

     

    Diamonds chased the target with out much ado – thanks to a MA Agarwal {29}, PU Deshpande {52} and V Bharat Kumar {40}.

     

    There were two fifty plus runs partnerships in Diamonds' innings – 62 runs for the second wicket between PU Deshpande and YKT Goud : 56 runs for the fifth wicket between V Bharat Kumar and CM Gautham – which was also a contributory factor to Diamond's win.

     

    PU Deshpande's 52 came in 32 balls with five fours and a six. V Bharat Kumar's 40 was

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