New Zealand won after dominant bowling

                     

                      A collective groan went up at the University Oval when Brendon McCullum chose to bowl and the worst fears of the full-house crowd seemed to be coming true when Scotland slumped to 12 for 4 against the new ball. A 97-run partnership between Matt Machan and Richie Berrington ensured they wouldn’t set any unwanted records, but the rest of their batting fell away and New Zealand wrapped up their innings in just 36.2 overs.


                  A target of 143 was never going to test New Zealand, but they made the chase unnecessarily interesting with their recklessness. Of the seven wickets they lost, only that of Grant Elliott wasn’t thrown away. Three batsmen were caught on the fence, two gave their wickets away minutes after being dropped, and even Kane Williamson – solid, reliable Kane Williamson – couldn’t resist an ugly heave across the line. In the end, New Zealand wrapped up the win with more than half their overs remaining, but the team management will surely wonder how their approach transformed so dramatically between innings.
        

         There was certainly no complacency at the start of the match. Scotland had beaten Ireland and run West Indies uncomfortably close during their warm-up games, and New Zealand retained the same eleven that had taken on Sri Lanka. Tim Southee and Trent Boult were switched on right from the start, and Boult struck with the first two balls he bowled, classic left-arm inswing that showed up the front-and-across shuffles of Calum Macleod and Hamish Gardiner.


                    McCullum stationed five slips and a gully for the hat-trick ball, which was too wide outside off to really test the left-handed Machan. The attacking field remained in place for the rest of the over, and Boult beat Machan’s edge three times in three balls.

       Two balls into the fifth over, Southee was on a hat-trick, after Kyle Coetzer had clipped him straight to short midwicket and Preston Mommsen had been pinned in front by one that nipped in off the pitch. Scotland were sinking rapidly.


                  


                             At the toss, McCullum had suggested the pitch would assist the seamers for the first half hour or so before easing out, and the extent of movement slowly decreased as Machan and Berrington settled in. After the initial plays and misses, Machan’s front foot began foraying down the pitch, and a well-timed square drive eased some of his nerves. Adam Milne replaced Southee in the 11th over and produced the first real bad ball of the morning, a wide half-tracker that Berrington slashed up and over backward point. In the next over, Machan put Boult away for two more fours through extra cover.


        There were no more boundaries for the next eight overs but Machan and Berrington were looking increasingly assured as Scotland reached 60 for 4 at the end of the 20th. Southee came back into the attack for the 21st over and the fifty partnership came up with both batsmen hitting him for fours. His next over was still more expensive, Machan hooking him for six and Berrington rolling his wrists over a powerfully struck square cut.

 
                   Daniel Vettori was typically tight in his first six overs but he too took some punishment in his seventh, when Machan brought up his fifty with a nurdled single before Berrington celebrated his partner’s achievement by tonking the next ball down the ground for six. Scotland brought up 100 in the next over – the first fifty had taken them 101 balls, the second only 59.

       
                    New Zealand turned to Corey Anderson to try and break the partnership, and he went one better by dismissing both batsmen, both out to top-edged pulls. Their dismissals ended Scotland’s resistance, and the last six wickets fell for 33 runs. Anderson finished with three wickets, as did Vettori, whose drift and changes of pace proved far too vexing for the Scotland lower order.

First Fine in this WorldCup

               

  

                   West Indies batsman Darren Sammy and Ireland bowler John Mooney were both fined 30 percent of their match fees for swearing during Monday’s World Cup clash in Nelson.

                  Sammy was heard on television screens using inappropriate words after playing a shot in the 34th over of the West Indies innings.

                 Mooney swore several times when a fielder dropped a catch in the 45th over at Saxton Oval.


                 They were fined under the International Cricket Council’s code of conduct, which relates to “language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International match”, following Ireland’s four-wicket victory.

                “Both players admitted the offences and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Chris Broad. As such, there was no need for a formal hearing,” said an ICC statement.

                 Sammy, who made 89 during West Indies’ innings, said: “I’d just like to apologise to the viewers for that, especially the young kids listening.”

Sun TV bags Dhanuh’s Maari

                  Maari is an upcoming Tamil comedy drama film starring Dhanush and Kajal Aggarwal in main roles. While Vijay Yesudas, Robo Shankar and Kaali Venkat are doing supporting roles. 

                  Dhanush is set to shoot for Maari in the city, next week onwards. He’d taken a short break, but it’s back to business for the actor, now. And we have come to know that a huge set of a slum has been erected in the city for the shoot – it is here that a major portion of the film will be shot. Also, negating the buzz of him playing a north-Madras tailor in the film, our source says that he is playing a local slum chieftain, which is also the reason why he has to speak in Madras bashai.

                  “The team shot in Triplicane, in the market area, for a few days, and then erected a similar set in another part of the city. The set includes a big market, apart from other essentials for the plot of the film. But contrary to reports, Dhanush is essaying the role of a slum chieftain, and not that of a tailor in the film. He speaks Madras bashai with ease on the set. A major portion of the film will be shot in this set. Shooting is expected to commence from next week, and they will continue to shoot till the end of the month,” reveals a source.

                  It is not new in Kollywood that the movie starts it’s trade while making of the movie is in progress. Like wise, Maari satellite rights bagged by Sun TV for Rs 17 crores.

                  The movie is directed by Balaji Mohan. The film co-produced by Sarathkumar, Raadhika Sarathkumar and Listin Stephen under the production banner of Magic Frames. The music is composed by Anirudh Ravichander. The film is set to be release during May or June 2015.

Here’s what Salman Khan loves the most!

                                                             

  Salman’s fixation is not limited only to soaps.


                 Salman Khan’s fixation with soaps is known to all. In fact, the actor’s bathroom at home is stacked with soap of every sort and he especially likes those made with natural fruit and vegetable extracts.
                However, many of you might know this but there is one more thing that Salman is very fond of. And that is perfumes. Yes, Salman, we hear has a huge colelction of cologne. In fact, he is known to douse himself with scents till he reeks of it. On the sets, as soon as he steps out of his vanity van, his perfume is so overpowering you can’t miss it.
           No wonder then his Kick co-star Jacqueline Fernandez recently confessed that Salman is the best smelling guy in the industry.

         Anwyay, Salman is currently busy with two exciting projects  Bajrangi Bhaijaan  opposite Kareena Kapoor Khan, and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, opposite Sonam Kapoor. We also told you how the handsome star will also be scripting the sequel of Kick.
        Besides his work, Salman is also busy with his charity organization, Being Human. As we have already told you, Salman has plans to market mineral water through his brand for which he has received a whopping Rs 15 crore from an MNC which will tie-up with Salman. The mineral water bottles will have Salman’s picture and will be named Being Human Mineral Water.

  
   

Benedict Cumberbatch Marries Sophie Hunter

  

                                         Sorry, ladies – the reptilian heartthrob who’s captured millions of hearts officially off the market.                                                                   

             

                 
                   Benedict Cumberbatch married Sophie Hunter today in a small, private ceremony on the Isle of Wight in England.

                  Cumberbatch and Hunter’s engagement came as a surprise to fans and friends alike when it was announced via a paid newspaper announcement back in November.

                  In the months since, speculation about Hunter’s identity has given way to rumors that Sophie is pregnant with Benedict’s child.


                  The couple has yet to confirm the rumor, but anyone who’s heard Cumberbatch gush about his bride in interviews knows that this is no shotgun affair.
                  The church where the ceremony took place is believed to be over 1,000 years old. Mottistone Manor – where the couple held a small reception – has been owned by relatives of Hunter for hundreds of years.

 
              As for Cumberbatch’s obsessive female fans, the 38-year-old actor says Hunter is not the least bit bothered by the level of their devotion:
                 “She’s just so in command of it,” he recently told People magazine. “It could be a difficult thing, but she’s just really cool. It’s really impressive.”
                   So congrats to the happy couple…and condolences to Benny’s most loyal devotees. You’ll always have Sherlock.

                                                                            

SURYA’S 24 LATEST NEWS

                                                                                                          
       
   
Samantha has been finalised as the heroine for yet another Tamil film  24  opposite Suriya.


                   To be acted and produced by Suriya, 24 is the upcoming Tamil Sci-fi thriller in Alai and Yavarum Nalam director Vikram K Kumar direction.


                   It is known that Vikram kumar has the credits of wielding the megaphone for recent Telugu blockbuster Manam in his kitty. Latest we hear that the filmmaker has roped in his Manam actress Samantha to pair opposite Suriya in 24. Talks were on with her for quite some time and now, things have been finalised.

                 Suriya and Samantha have already shared the screen space in N Lingusamy directed Anjaan, which was Performed well ! according to the  box office report.  Now , once again these wining pair going to lead in “24″.


                 Talking about Samantha’s role, Vikram Kumar says, “Apart from the regular romancing the hero running around trees, Samantha has an admirable role in the movie. She will bring in a lot of laughter. The film has romance, action, thrills, emotions and the fun element between Suriya and Sam will be highly entertaining”. 

                  Samantha will start shooting in a couple of months for 24. Sam is currently working on finishing 10 Endrathukulla with Vikram; she has also signed on for Dhanush’s upcoming film.

                  AR Rahman has recently recorded a song for Suriya’s 24, lyrics by Vairamuthu. Shooting of 24 kick starts in April, after Suriya completes Venkat Prabhu directing “Masss” with Nayantara.


Vijay fulfills 3 Young Children wishes

                  
                                                          
                    Actor Vijay was recently spotted bonding with three children from an orphanage in Chennai. The children are affected by blood cancer and are living their last few days.

                   They had expressed a desire to meet their favourite actor and being the compassionate soul that Vijay was, he immediately invited them over. The actor met the kids, chatted with them and had some pictures taken. Needless to say, the kids were a happy lot.



                   The actor’s official social networking page, later shared, “We are happy that we could at least fulfill their last wish and make them smile. Pls Pray that these souls should live for more number of years by overcoming their difficulties!”

                   “3 Young Children from an Orphanage in Chennai is suffering from Blood Cancer. They tried in many ways to get cured but God didn’t have any mercy on them. When asked what was their final wish, they said they want to meet Actor Vijay and take a Picture with him. We received that News and they were taken to Vijay Sir. They interacted with him and took Pics with him as they wished. We are happy that we could atleast fulfill their last wish and make them smile. Pls Pray that these souls should live for more number of Years by overcoming their difficulties!”, added.


Ajith is Gautham Menon’s choice for Hollywood movie

                                                                                                                                                                                      

                   For the first time, Ajith and Gautham Menon have joined hands in the film titled Yennai Arindhaal. The film was released worldwide on 5th of this month.

                  ‘Yennai Arindhaal’ turned out to be a great hit. The film is expected to emerge as the first blockbuster of 2015. The movie is rock steady in terms of collections and positive reviews from all over the world. In the first four days, this film collected Rs 40 Crores. 


 


                  When asked Gautham Menon that whether he would like to direct a Hollywood film he said, “I don’t have the desire to direct Hollywood actors.

                  I want to direct a Hollywood film with our actors. I have planned to direct a fantastic Hollywood film which will have Ajith in the lead role. This will happen if Ajith gives his nod.”


                   

POINT TABLE – HIGH-FLYING INDIA CRUISES TO VICTORY

       
For Lattest point table

            POINTS TABLE:

Pool A
TEAMS
MAT
WON
LOST
TIED
N/R
PTS
NET RR
Australia
1
1
0
 0
0
2
+2.220
New Zealand
1
1
0
0
0
2
+1.960
Sri Lanka
1
0
1
0
0
0
-1.960
England
1
0
1
0
0
0
-2.220
Pool B
TEAMS
MAT
WON
LOST
TIED
N/R
PTS
NET RR
India
1
1
0
0
0
2
+1.520
South Africa
1
1
0
0
0
2
+1.240
Zimbabwe
1
0
1
0
0
0
-1.240
Pakistan
1
0
1
0
0
0
-1.520

            The Adelaide Oval, packed and vibrant as it savoured cricket’s most colourful rivalry, was a theatre of dreams on a memorable Sunday.
     


          India v Pakistan on any cricket field is guaranteed to be an unmissable event. When it is on a stage as grand as the ICC Cricket World Cup, in front of 41,587 passionate fans, it makes for the kind of spectacle that few other sporting showdowns can rival.

          India, the defending champion, came into Sunday’s (February 15) game short on form. It hadn’t won any competitive game in Australia for nearly three months, including a four-Test series and a tri-series that also included England. Pakistan carried momentum and ‘feel-good’ into this game, having put it past Bangladesh and then England, if only in the warm-up games.

                   This was to have been Pakistan’s best chance to arrest a five-match losing streak to India in ICC Cricket World Cups. However, an energised Indian team ensured a sixth World Cup win over its neighbour.Mahendra Singh Dhoni roused themselves into a thrilling display. Virat Kohli’s 22nd One-day International century, which split entertaining half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina, set up India’s impressive 300 for 7. The bowlers then stepped up, impressing with not just their intent but also their execution, they joined hands in a rip-roaring collective exhibition to bowl Pakistan out for 224. Victory on the night by a massive 76 runs.
 
                   Not until Misbah-ul-Haq, a past master at trying to rescue a burning ship, got stuck into them did the bowling come under any pressure. Instead, buoyed by the bank of runs at their disposal, it was they that applied tremendous pressure on the Pakistani batting, reshuffled with Younis Khan pushed up to the top of the tree and Umar Akmal brought in as wicketkeeper ahead of Sarfraz Ahmed to shore up the middle order.
                    Mohammed Shami got India off to the perfect start with a screamer that got big on Younis from a length. Caught in no-man’s land, the ball lobbed off glove for Dhoni to hold a simple catch, India striking in the fourth over.

                   Ahmed Shehzad was overshadowed by Haris Sohail during a second-wicket stand of 68, but India’s bowlers weren’t panicking. The boundary balls were put in cold storage, and the batsmen found it impossible to impose themselves. R Ashwin, meanwhile, slipped into wonderful rhythm, drift and turn and bounce allowing him to get on and eventually evict Haris with a classical offspinner’s delivery that caught the edge on its way to slip.

                   Pakistan reached 100 with Shehzad in hit-and-miss mode and Misbah becalmed, when the action picked up. Umesh Yadav’s first spell had read 3-0-23-0, but Dhoni, the master of the one-day game, brought him back for a second spell. In three deliveries, Yadav sent Shehzad and Sohaib Maqsood back; in the next over, Ravindra Jadeja had Akmal caught behind, a verdict India won on review. Pakistan had lost 3 for 1 in 9 balls. All but decisive.
 
             Shahid Afridi kept Misbah company during a stand of 46 but then it was Shami’s turn to pick up two wickets in the same over, leaving the captain to do it all on his own. Misbah tried his best but 147 in the company of 9, 10 and Jack was a bridge too far. India kept its nerve even as Misbah kept hammering away; Shami rounded off a brilliant evening with an excellent over from round the stumps, forcing Misbah to pull to mid-on, and India was home and dry.

              As a sweltering afternoon gradually made way for a pleasant evening, the early threat of Mohammad Irfan, the giant, had earlier been negated expertly by Rohit Sharma and Dhawan. Raina then cut loose with making a power-packed 74, and though Sohail Khan (5 for 55) triggered a slew of wickets towards the end as India lost 5 for 27 in the final 30 deliveries, the total was far from trifling.

                    Kohli was the glue that held the innings together and walked away with the accolades, but he could bat at his own pace only because Dhawan at the top and Raina towards the middle and later stages were outstanding. Dhawan, persisted with despite a run of poor form, repaid the team management’s faith with interest. Rohit fell after a reasonably brisk start to a predetermined pull that only lobbed to mid-off to give the enterprising Sohail a deserved wicket. In walked Kohli at No. 3 in the eighth over with 34 on the board.

                     Kohli managed to conquer the nerves that the big stage brings well, helped along by the controlled aggression of Dhawan, who didn’t put a foot wrong. Having warmed up by pulling Irfan well over the square-leg fence, Dhawan unleashed stunning strokes on both sides of the wicket, a rasping cut off Wahab Riaz that screamed over point and thudded into the boundary boards long before the bowler had completed his follow through easily the pick.