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Monday, February 14, 2011

ESPN-Cricinfo announces best performances of 2010

Umar Gul 6 wickets for 42 in 3rd ODI at Oval: England were leading series by 2-0 and were chasing target of 242 in 3rd ODI. At one stage, England were 201-5 and there came Gul to bowl a shocking spell of English summer. The wicket of Bresnan was spook story for every Englishman. Gul ended up with 6-42. Pakistan won the first match after spot-fixing controversy. 

200 by Sachin Tendulkar at Gwalior: The most-awaited innings of ODIs came from bat for Sachin Tendulkar. Batsman who deserved it the most, became the first player to score 200 in ODIs. On his way to 200, Sachin hit 25 fours which is another World Record for an ODI innings.Tendulkar played like King Aruther in Gwalior. 

96 in 2nd Test at Durban: With 1 down in series, in 2nd Test against RSA, India was once again stuggling and they needed a batsman who could drop anchor and set reasonable target. It came from bat of Laxman, he scored anchoring 96 and perhaps the best century he never got. From 93-5, Laxman took India to 228 in 2nd  innings and India won the match eventually and also leveled the series.

7 wickets for 51 runs in Nagpur: Who says India has dead Wickets? Ask Dale Styen about it! You wont have this excuse if you have bowlers like Dale Steyn. The pitch where RSA scored 558 in first innings, Dale Styen came and bowled the spell of his life and rocked Indian batting line-up. India were bowled out on 233 and were followed on. South Africa won the Test. 
60 of 24 balls at St Lucia: Australia needed 48 from 17 balls to beat Pakistan in Semi Final. One of the most shocking knock came from Michael Hussey, he played freaking beautiful in St Lucia and scored 60 runs from 24 balls. It is perhaps best ever knock played in Twenty20 Cricket. 

 5 for 18 at Auckland: How often do you see a bowler taking 5 wickets in T20 Cricket. Southee did it against Pakistan in Auckland and bundled out Pakistan on 143. Southee’s 5 wicket haul also included a hat-trick.
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