Cricket in 2010 – Part 1

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Cricket in 2010 – Part 1

The year 2010 started with top cricketing nations competing among each other. In the first month of 2010, Pakistan was touring Australia for the test series and One Day Internationals. The series will be remembered for the Aussie domination and many other non cricketing issues. Pakistan lost the test series 3-0 and in the one day format home team white washed Pakistan in a five series match. In another series Bangladesh catered a two test match series against their neighbours India. India won the series comfortably 2-0. In the same month Bangladesh arranged a tri-nation series between the home team Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka played exceptional cricket and won the series. England had a great year and was visiting South Africa in January, for a four test series. The series got levelled at 1-1 after playing good cricket in four test matches. 2010 will be remembered in cricket for different reasons and records.

Sachin Tendulkar

The great server to Team India is approaching his crescendo. The beauty of his game is that he is getting better and better as the time passes. Sachin Tendulkar scored double century in one day internationals at Gwalior. He remained not out after breaking the record of 194 not out by Charles Coventry of Zimbabwe in 2009 against Bangladesh. Sachin scored his double century against South Africa off 147 balls with the help of 25 fours and three sixes. His previous best was 186 not out against New Zealand. Former India captain Bishen Singh Bedi said: "It was a great moment for us and another class act from Tendulkar. Sachin has been a great warrior for us and this innings was a delight to watch."

He scored his double century in February and at the end the year he reached a landmark as he scored his fiftieth century in a losing test match against South Africa in Centurion. The team lost however, it was a great achievement by the world’s top batsman. In a prolific year Tendulkar had, it was just another century for him to add into his exceptional century tally. Tendulkar played 14 test matches this year and scored 1562 runs at an average 78.10, compared to his career average of 56.54. Sachin Tendulkar scored seven tons in the year 2010 and will be hoping to improve more in the next year.

ICC World Twenty20

West Indies staged the third Twenty20 world cup. It was a successful tournament and England earned the title after beating Australia in the finals. The final was held at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown in Barbados and the venue was neutral for both the teams. England won the toss and elected to field in perfect playing conditions. England booked their arch rivals Aussies for 147 runs for six wickets in allotted quota of 20 overs. Craig Kieswetter had a rusty campaign however; he scored a blistering match innings 63 runs for England and won the man of the match award. England achieved their target of 148 runs in just 17 overs at the expense of three wickets.

ICC Women's World Twenty20

Like the men had their world cup, it was for the women as well. The final was played between England Women and New Zealand Women at Lord’s in London. England Cricket Board will be proud to have their both international products competing in the finals as England men team reached and won the finals of ICC World Twenty20. England Women won the toss and opted to field against New Zealand. New Zealand had a debacle and they got all out for 85 in 20 overs. In the English innings, Sarah Taylor and Claire Taylor sailed their team to victory. England Women won the match in 17th over after losing four wickets.