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England's Win Over Australia in ICC Champions Trophy

England’s Win Over Australia in ICC Champions Trophy

That was a clinical performance from the England side today against Australia at Edgbaston. England choose to bat after winning the toss. England openers had slow start as they lost their captain early for a low score. Bell and Trott steadied the ship with useful partnership as they reached the half way stage, at one point of time they were looking good at 170-1 from 30 overs and were aiming at 300. But thing didn’t go well for them as kept loosing wickets at crucial times, at the end they managed to get only 270 runs on the board from their 50 overs. Competitive score with 30 runs short from England’s point of view. Australians were happy as they restricted them for a lesser score, thanks to their bowlers who came to the party at the right time of the innings. Australia started their innings with the most destructive openers in world cricket and were hoping for a good start to follow a desperate win against the English men to get some confidence going before the much awaited Ashes series and to get going forward in champions trophy.

Watson and Warner played a watchful innings this time but that proved costly as they fell in wrong time that too in a quick succession. Hughes and Bailey tried to consolidate the innings with a partnership as Hughes played some delightful cover drives for fours and kept the score board going, Bailey took the responsibility to play till the end to get over the line for his team, they were looking good even when they run rate was increasing all the time. Tredwell who replaced the big boots of Swann got rid of Hughes with a quicker delivery that nipped back in at no time caught Hughes in front of the stumps. Australia had a lot of batting to come though but the decisive moment came when Anderson took the ball and knocked out Mitchelle Marsh and Mathew Wade in one over leaving Bailey the lonely Aussie at the ground. This rapped up the match for England as there was nothing much batting to come though the Aussie tail enders were no mugs with their bats, Bailey felt after very quickly and Faulkner showed some resistence at the end to make sure that batted through the 50 overs without getting allout and he was successful in doing this as Australia ended their innings at 221/9 in thier 50 overs of quota.

Ian Bell of England named Man Of the Match for his 91 runs of 115 balls who helped England to reach that score.

A View on Match Fixing in Cricket

Fixing is not a new word in the world of sports. Accepting huge amounts of money, expensive accessories, and gifts from match fixers (bookies) to perform poorly which leads to their team’s defeat is regarded as fixing in Sports. Commitment towards nation, towards people who believe them to be their super heroes, who believe that these sportsmen will make them proud by winning, that belief that commitment that feeling disappears, nullifies because of fixing.

What makes life even more beautiful, exciting is its unpredictability. We never know what’s in stake for us the next moment. Fixing in sports takes away that excitement. Fixing in sports is like fooling people. Cheating millions of people just for money is a no good thing. But why do they do that, why the money, the wealth becomes more than respect towards nation, love they get from the people. Well there are some reasons.

  • We are living in the 21st century where money and only money is most important. Desire to be rich is not wrong but taking shortcuts to achieve what u want, to fulfill your desires is certainly wrong. People who fall prey to match fixing are basically the one who want to be rich overnight. Values morals doesn’t matter, the only things that they think about is being rich and hence involve in match fixing.

Cricket being an obsession in our country is certainly the most talked about sport. Over the past decade, Indian cricket has been rocked by scandals related to match fixing. What is significant here is that most of the cricket match-fixing scandals that have occurred in the last decade have had to do with the Indian subcontinent. In the year 2000, the whole nation was startled to hear the names of well known cricketers like Salim Malik, Mohammad Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja and Manoj Prabhakar’s involvement in match fixing. While Ajay Jadeja faced a ban from cricket for five years, Manoj Prabhakar was disqualified from holding any post in the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India), and Azharuddin, Malik were awarded life time banishment from cricket. It’s not only our cricketers but also crickets from countries like Pakistan, South Africa, and Sri Lanka, Australia have been involved in fixing scandals.

Latest fixing scandal is IPL. With several players already being punished, we can expect many more shocks. So there is a need to curb, stop this match fixing, and make the sport pure in all aspects. The era when we had Sachin, Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman was the golden era for Indian cricket. There is no dearth of talent in our country, but sportsmen need to get inspired from our cricketing greats, follow their values, and learn from them.

  • Self realization is important. Young cricketers need to realize the importance of commitment towards the people who believe them and the nation. They must understand the fact that money is not everything. Respect is what matters.”Let your conscience be your guide”.

  • Betting in our country is Illegal. But in the UK, where sport betting is regulated and a thriving industry, there are rare instances of player involvement in match fixing or even scandals of this nature. To tackle the problem, experts have suggested that legalization and regulation of gambling is probably the best solution. Banning is not going to help, as it will only motivate the industry to operate underground, as is the case with India, where the illegal gambling industry is worth almost 2,000 crore rupees. However, the public should demand solutions to match fixing.

  • Law makers of our country are very keen to bring out new a law which strictly punishes the people who indulge in match fixing. As viewers all we can do is hope.