There's something quite serene about an endless stretch of barren land discovers Abhishek Mande Bhot/Rediff.com The landscape is arid. A solitary car leaving a trail of dust is about the only sign of human life in my line of vision. Despite the sun beating down on the lifeless panorama, it isn't half as hot as I'd imagined. Summer is still a few months away and the cold desert breeze, that tends to get bitter in the nights, is a welcome solace. The car has long since driven past and the ... Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
It was a heart-breaking end to a memorable run and a chance for Team India to stamp their authority on the game once again. But that was not to be as Australia stormed its way into the final of the World Cup after beating India decisively by 95 runs and 19 balls to spare (scorecard). Cricket enthusiast Laxmi Negi/Rediff.com, who had turned Australia supporter for this match, was thrilled while Manu Shankar/Rediff.com, a die-hard India supporter, tried to defend the Men in Blue. Abhishek ...Rediff.com, 3 days ago
The semi-final clash against Australia was always going to be a big test for an unbeaten Team India. While India’s bowlers had never really been tested throughout the tournament, the Aussies showed why they are the favourites to win the World Cup. And that’s exactly what they did after they won the toss this morning, much the delight of Laxmi Negi/Rediff.com even as cricket fan Manish Jhaveri (the quick pen behind Amul's catchy reactions to news events) and Abhishek Mande/Rediff.com ...Rediff.com, 4 days ago
The semi-final between New Zealand and South Africa has everything. Swashbuckling batsmen who smote the ball for sixes and fours. Bowlers who took the battle to the batsmen. Fielders who fielded as if their lives depended on it. Ultimately, though, it was the catches that were fumbled, runs that were not taken and balls that did not challenge the batsmen and the will to fight till the end that made the difference. In a nail-biting finish, Grant Elliot hit a six off the penultimate ball to take ...Rediff.com, 5 days ago World Cup: Can South Africa beat the rain? Rediff.com, 6 days ago Video: Sri Lanka sink against South Africa Rediff.com, 1 week ago
When the West Indies were overwhelmed by New Zealand's determination... The World Cup quarter-final clash between New Zealand and West Indies was about Kiwi bowling vs West Indian flamboyance. But it was Martin Guptill who stole the show with the second World Cup double ton, smashing an unbeaten 237 off just 163 balls. Chris Gayle played a quickfire 61 off just 33 balls, raising hopes of West Indies fightback. But wickets kept tumbling from the other end. In the end West Indies were bundled ...Rediff.com, 6 days ago
The third quarter-final between Australia and Pakistan had everything a cricket fan could look forward to. It saw wickets fall, it had applause-worthy partnerships, hits to the fence and over it and a team that looked down-and-out but fought mightily for survival. In the end, however, Australia came up trumps, but even they would agree they didn't have it easy out there (check the scorecard here). Abhishek Mande/Rediff.com and cricket fans Manu Shankar/Rediff.com and Saisuresh ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
The result was as expected -- India beat Bangladesh and sealed its place in the semi-finals... So why was Virat Kohli spotted in Mumbai? It's the all-important knockout match against Bangladesh and Virat Kohli scores a measly three runs. Of course, India put up a respectable 302 for 6, but Kohli was probably wishing he hadn't tweeted about girlfriend Anushka Sharma's film, NH10. Which is why, when he walked into the rediff.com office in Mumbai, Abhishek Mande/Rediff.com and Sonil ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
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