Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cricket Highest Score in ODI :- Rohit 264 powers India to 404

Rohit Sharma's first ODI in 10-weeks began with a touch of nerves. He was even kept scoreless in one Angelo Mathews maiden. By the end of the innings, there was no shot he had not played. No part of the ground he had not exploited. No bowler who escaped his brutality. Rohit amassed 45 more runs than any ODI batsman had ever managed in an innings, finishing on 264 from 173 balls when he was finally caught off the last ball of the innings. India, almost incidentally, had moved to 404 for 5, despite having traveled at a run rate of less than six for the first 32 overs. 

Rohit's innings was so outrageous that the first 100 runs, which were hit at a run-a-ball, seem achingly humdrum in comparison to the 164 that followed. The surge had actually begun before he reached his century, when he plundered 14 runs in four balls, in Nuwan Kulasekara's 30th over. Soon after that, the ball would be leaping off the middle of his bat with almost every stroke he offered. 

There were many incredible shots, from among his 33 fours and nine sixes, but the most gobsmacking was the six off Kulasekara at the end of the 48th over, when he walked across to off stump, took a half volley from about a foot and half away from him and flicked it high over the midwicket boundary. It was the kind of shot, and innings, that seemed in open defiance of physics. 

Sri Lanka had played a tour match against Mumbai to warm-up for the series, but little did they know Rohit was warming-up against them. He hit 142 from 111 in that match - his first competitive game since fracturing a finger in August - and he has now re-embedded himself at the top of the India batting order in the most resounding fashion imaginable. 

The most dispiriting aspect of the flogging for Sri Lanka was their complicity in it. Shaminda Eranga had extracted a thick outside edge from Rohit in the fifth over, and though the ball carried comfortably to Thisara Perera at third man, he shelled the chance. Having been dropped on four, Rohit would become the third India centurion this series, to have been reprieved early in his innings. It makes sense, then, that since he hit a double-century, he should be dropped twice. Seekkuge Prasanna obliged him, when he shelled another straightforward chance off Rohit in the 46th over, with the batsman on 201 this time. 

Nuwan Kulasekara had strayed too straight to Rahane, in particular, who picked him off for a spate of legside fours to kick the India innings into gear, in a 14-run first over. Angelo Mathews and Eranga delivered more disciplined new-ball spells, claiming a wicket each inside the first 15 overs, but that is as good as the visitors' bowling effort got. Sri Lanka's lines and lengths worsened gradually from the 20th over onwards, until they had become almost farcically bad by the 35th. 

Another beautifully orchestrated batting Powerplay from India - between the 29th and 34th overs - brought them 67 runs, and was enough to hammer the Sri Lanka bowlers off their rhythm for the rest of the innings. Short, wide deliveries, thigh-high full tosses and rank long hops were presented with alarming regularity, and the fielding was almost as woeful. Sri Lanka had not expected to begin the series strongly, given their lack of preparation, but in these two disciplines, they have actually worsened significantly through the tour. 

Having been joined at 59 for 2, Kohli and Rohit put on 202 brisk runs together, before miscommunication between the wickets saw Kohli run out for 66. That wasn't even the most astounding partnership of the India innings. When Rohit and Robin Uthappa came together in the 41st over, the score was 276 for 4. They would put on 128 runs in 58 balls together. Out of that, Uthappa's contribution was a run-a-ball 16. 

By the time Rohit hit Kulasekara down Mahela Jayawardene's throat at long off, the record for most fours struck in an innings had also tumbled, and Rohit was in possession of half the ODI scores over 200. One record he missed out on by one delivery, was Sunil Gavaskar's record for most balls faced. Gavaskar had made 36 not out.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

How drinking water helps reduce dark circles

It is said that drinking plenty of water helps reduce dark circles and puffiness around the eyes. But what actually are the reasons and the connection behind it? Puffy eyes could be due to a number of factors — ageing skin, drinking too much alcohol, smoking, stress, bad eating habits etc.

How drinking water helps reduce dark circles Water helps flush out the toxins from your system and thereby reducing the amount of salt concentration in and around the eye area. If you've been eating salty food lately, chances are you will wake up in the morning with puffy eyes.

Flushes out toxins from your body: If you have been drinking too often, you will notice that the area around your eyes is puffy when you wake up the next morning. So, instead of taking medicines, drink lots and lots of water (preferably lukewarm water) so that it can flush out the toxins from your system, thereby clearing your face.

Makes your skin glow: Apart from taking care of puffy eyes, drinking plenty of water actually cleanses your system and thereby makes your skin glow. It washes away and removes acid and other toxins from your body and brings a natural glow on your face.


Getting militant about fashion

Camouflage and army prints — celebs are handpicking distinctive fashion pieces to make a military-inspired style statement

There's no denying that camouflage made it to the list of the hottest new trends this year. That's quite a turnaround for a style that was once deemed rough and tough, outdoorsy fad. It has undergone a massive makeover with the print now available in a variety of chic colours, interesting designs, and metal hues. As the Second World War completes a hundred years this year, a lot of designers have taken an even bigger liking to military prints and camo trends as they are incorporating them both on and off the runway. We give you a rundown of a few interesting ways you can integrate this look in your attire and make it look both chic and stylish.

Camo shorts
More popular among boys than girls, military print shorts are a hot favourite when it comes to comfort wear. Low maintenance, it is an interesting way of being stylish, yet keeping it simple. A lot of actors have also been spotted wearing camo prints off the red carpet.

Camouflage jackets
Camo jackets are a must-have in your wardrobe. What was essentially regarded as a battlefield wear has now moved on to both the streets and the runways. While a lot of celebs are sporting this look, one must avoid wearing it with slacks or leggings depending on your body structure. It's a safe wear and one can't go wrong with it.

Camo shirt dresses
There's plenty of army prints available all over the markets, but with interesting twists. A camo print shirtdress can work well both as a casua,l yet chic outfit which translates well into something more stylish. The trick is to team up the dress with the right kind of shoes. Team it with a belt and heels or wedges, depending on your comfort level and you can make a simple look glamourous, or tone it down by wearing a simple pair of flats.

Camouflage pants
Classic camouflage was restricted to pants and leggings, but if you love fashion and its many variations, you must've noticed it going through a transition of its own. Now available in several different shades and hues, if you like experimenting with style and prints, you should add a classic pair of camouflage print pants to your wardrobe.