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Shakti Gounden

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I really hope not. But you might be correct. Brisbane used to be most possibly the best test pitch in the world but has become also very flat.

The Border-Gavaskar Trophy: One of world sport's greatest contests

Haha yeah I think the Indians take banter as sometimes being personal which is unfortunate. The internet then becomes a battle of abuse and racist rants. If only we could live a world where we admire cricket from both nations and not resort to abuse

The Border-Gavaskar Trophy: One of world sport's greatest contests

Yes Jadeja didn’t play!

The Border-Gavaskar Trophy: One of world sport's greatest contests

Absolutely. The Indian team have taken 20 wickets in 8 of the 9 tests they have played this year yet only one two of those tests. Their batting has let them down. Albeit the wickets have been conducive too bowling. Definitely big advantage Australian bowlers in Australian conditions. The pitches in the previous series was flat and dead pitches. I hope that is not the case this time.

The Border-Gavaskar Trophy: One of world sport's greatest contests

Hi Paul, thanks for that. I don’t think Kopa was trying to be disrespectful. Cheers

The Border-Gavaskar Trophy: One of world sport's greatest contests

In agree with most of your sentiments. I feel Bumrah will still have a good series. Yes both Kuldeep and Bumrah are untested. I’m most disappointed about Ashwin and I think India need to consider Kuldeep and Jadeja for the lineup. As mentioned being competitive is good but unless you got the W next to your record, there will always be question marks.

The Border-Gavaskar Trophy: One of world sport's greatest contests

Thanks mate!

The Bohemian cricket alphabet: Part one

Thanks Matt!

The Bohemian cricket alphabet: Part one

Thank Baz

Blues vs Reds: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Full Time
So that is a comprehensive win for the Blues on an important night farewelling Jerome Kaino at Eden Park. Two yellows in the first half to the Reds was at the end the decisive factor. It was too much to come from for the Reds even with the Blues losing two to the bin. Five tries compared to two and Blues finally register a win at their home ground this year. Akira Ioane was the MOTM for me. Outstanding and immense tonight. So was his brother Ricko who seemed to be more involved with the number 12 jumper. For the Reds, unfortunately a poor performance and Brad Thorn has big questions in front of him. Nine out of 10 losses! Let us know your thoughts?

Auckland Blues: 39
Queensland Reds: 16

Blues vs Reds: Super Rugby live scores, blog

80‘ – And that about does it for us. Caleb Clarke from the scrum off a slick pass by Ruru slices through the defence. Sets up a conversion for the magic man Kaino. Unfortunately the kick was a shocker.

Auckland Blues: 39
Queensland Reds: 16

Blues vs Reds: Super Rugby live scores, blog

78‘ – Akira Ioane has been the difference today. Outstanding break once again and kicks forward. But Mc Dermott takes it in goal. 5 metre scrum.

Auckland Blues: 34
Queensland Reds: 16

Blues vs Reds: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Penalty Goal
76‘ – Good strike from Gatland.

Auckland Blues: 34
Queensland Reds: 16

Blues vs Reds: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Penalty
76‘ – An offside penalty to the Blues. Kaino has been immense in his last match at Eden Park. An opportunity for Gatland 42 m out.

Auckland Blues: 31
Queensland Reds: 16

Blues vs Reds: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Try
72‘ – Excellent work by the Reds. Kept their composure and from the line out the Reds drive an aggressive maul and Mafi scores. Conversion unsuccessful.

Auckland Blues: 31
Queensland Reds: 16

Blues vs Reds: Super Rugby live scores, blog

69‘ – Mc Dermott has looked so much better than Sorovi since he has been on. Reds attack relentless. However a poor pass lets the Blues off the hook. Give credit where it is due. Excellent defence by the Blues.

Auckland Blues: 31
Queensland Reds: 11

Blues vs Reds: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Yellow Card
67‘ – There you go. A yellow card. Replacement Mafiloa gets sent due to another poor scrum by the Blues.

Auckland Blues: 31
Queensland Reds: 11

Blues vs Reds: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Penalty
65‘ – Well would you look at that? The Reds have a scrum penalty……..AGAIN!
The ref still does not think it deserves a yellow card.

Auckland Blues: 31
Queensland Reds: 11

Blues vs Reds: Super Rugby live scores, blog

64‘ – Blues have the feed in the Reds ten. Scrappy handling by the Reds coming out of their danger area.

Auckland Blues: 31
Queensland Reds: 11

Blues vs Reds: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Try
60‘ – That was power nap by the way. Great work by Caleb Timu whose impressive run which set up an easy run to the try line by Paia’aua. In the lead up Martin gets sent to bin for a professional foul. Lance misses the conversion.

Auckland Blues: 31
Queensland Reds: 11

Blues vs Reds: Super Rugby live scores, blog

60‘ – I am getting a little sleepy fellas. Match at a standstill.

Auckland Blues: 31
Queensland Reds: 6

Blues vs Reds: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Conversion
55‘ – Conversion successful by the try scorer.

Auckland Blues: 31
Queensland Reds: 6

Blues vs Reds: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Try
51‘ – That was coming. Good leadup work from the Blues forwards. Nock senses the space and shifts it to the middle to Perofeta who slices through for a try and gets one in the schnoz.

Auckland Blues: 29
Queensland Reds: 6

Blues vs Reds: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Penalty
51‘ – Reds caught offside. George Smith caught offside.

Auckland Blues: 24
Queensland Reds: 6

Blues vs Reds: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Penalty
49‘ – Tackle was complete on an impressive Caleb Timu and the Blues continue to strip. Lance kicks for the lineout. But Timu loses the ball.

Auckland Blues: 24
Queensland Reds: 6

Blues vs Reds: Super Rugby live scores, blog