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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Watch Pakistan Vs South Africa 1st Twenty20 International Live Streaming

Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010
Pakistan flag South Africa flag Pakistan Vs South Africa

Venue :1st Twenty20 International, Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Live action starts from: 16:00 GMT (21:30 IST) T20 Pakistan and South Africa in UAE 2010-11 Match

Younis Khan

Pakistan will play South Africa in the first T20I of the two match T20I series at Abu Dhabi. The game will be played on Tuesday, October 26.

Pakistan is the host of the tour by South Africa but because of the security situation back home, Abu Dhabi and Dubai have been the neutral venues chosen to host the entire series. This includes two Test matches and five ODIs as well and will see the Pakistanis trying to win something this year.

Pakistan has had a very bad lead-up to the series. They had an abysmal tour of England where they not only lost all the series that they had played but were also involved in so many controversies that there were rumours that they may be banned from playing cricket. There were match fixing and spot fixing allegations and the side saw three of the cricketers being provisionally suspended by the ICC for the same.

Speaking of their on-field cricket, their issue has been their batting but in this format of the game, they are expected to do well. Younis Khan makes a comeback to the side but it remains to be seen whether the former captain can play in the T20Is or will be directly play the other two formats. Mohammad Yousuf is out due to injury while Shahid Afridi will continue to lead the side despite issues with the Pakistan cricket board. It was said that the Pakistani management that included the captain Afridi and coach Waqar Younis were not happy with the team that they had got but they had had no say in the decision.

South Africa, on the other hand, go into the T20Is with a new captain. Johan Botha has replaced Graeme Smith in the T20Is and will look to command as much respect as Smith did when he was the captain. So far, Botha's initiation has been good enough - in a series against Australia where he was the stand-in captain he had won the series for them, while against Zimbabwe, he led them to a 2-0 win.

However, playing Pakistan on the slow and low wickets of Abu Dhabi could just be a different ball game altogether. South Africa will need to adapt themselves to the tracks which are going to be unlike those back home and things could get interesting. AB de Villiers will be the wicket-keeper.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Watch India Vs Australia 3rd One Day International Live Streaming

Sunday, 24 Oct 2010
India flag Australia flag India Vs Australia

Venue :3rd One Day International, Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, Margao, Goa
Live action starts from: 03:30 GMT (09:00 IST) ODI Australia Tour of India 2010-11 Match

India Vs Australia 3rd One Day International 24 Oct Live

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

India are 1-0 up in the three match series with only one game to go. Things look good for India ahead of New Zealand assignment. It is very evident from attitudes of both teams that the one day series is an unimportant one and both the teams are looking beyond the series, perhaps the World Cup. Big names from both the teams are missing.

This has made series interesting as it gives a chance of youngsters of both the countries to shine and reserve a birth for the Subcontinent World Cup next year.

India would enter to play at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa with little worries. They already have an uncatchable lead against a battling Australian team. Perhaps the only worry in the Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni mind would be their fast bowlers. But again India have learned to live with that worry.

They will be a compact unit with many of their players in confidence and fancying to shine in front of home crowd. One thing that seemed to have gone milder is the fact that these two are bitter rivals who cherish and celebrate every victory over each other. This would motivate this new look Indian team to carry on and snatch only chance of victory from Australia on this tour. Virat Kohli was magnificent in the last game and would like to be backbone of Indian batting on 24th October. India had chased a big target of 290 with relative ease and therefore will be upbeat for another run fest.

India have won three of their last five games.

Australia, with the Ashes coming up, World Cup in the corner, nothing seems to be going right for them. Australia like India were missing big names but the performance on 20th October exposed the serious lack of depth in an aging Australian side. Michael Clarke, few doubt his ability to lead, seemed out of options with his bowlers.

Australia, more than any team in the world would want to win now. They have been humiliated for far too long by England, Pakistan and now India. They certainly would look to level the series on Sunday and restore some pride and confidence. Their batsmen would be at ease having put up a decent show last time around, but their ground fielding and bowling needs serious improvement if they want to win on 24th October. Australia have a history of making comebacks form lowly positions. We can have a compelling game in store for us in Goa on Sunday.

Australia have managed to win two of their last five games.