Friday, September 28, 2012

Guess the Photography Trick...

Guess the Photography Trick... 

It looks like three glasses of wine served at the Leaning Pisa Tower.

Live: Will Samsung’s pricey phablet, Galaxy Note II take India by storm?


Live: Will Samsung’s pricey phablet, Galaxy Note II take India by storm?

3.11 pm: Samsung Galaxy smart camera also launched
The Galaxy Smart Camera has also been brought out to show consumers as part of a ‘surprise segment’ in the launch. Warzi reveals that it will be made available in India during the course of the month, before diwali.
Warzi is calling the camera “a charged up Android 4.0 device”, and is talking up the features of the device. The camera is 21 MP, comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, is wi-fi enabled and has SIM capability.
3.02pm: Galaxy Note II will cost Rs 39,900
It’s official. Warsi says that the Note II will cost Rs 39,990. There is an interest free EMI option spread out over nine months, but there are no to ways about this. The price is very very steep – it will be interesting to see how it fares, given the competitive nature of the smartphone market in India.
Even more interesting now, will be to see at what price point Apple will position the iPhone 5. This is a great opportunity for them to outgun Samsung ahead of the Diwali shopping season. Will they take it?
2.51pmS Pen sounding cooler and cooler
Asim Warsi is demonstrating some of the key features of the Galaxy Note 2, showcasing the intuitiveness of the device. After praising the S pen as the most advanced mobile gadget yet, Warsi dwells on length on ‘photo note’ which allows users to edit pictures, tag and make little notes on the photographs taken. An in-built scrapbook option if you will.
And now we’re back to the S Pen. Warsi talks about its capability to sense pressure. “The S Pen is tuned to sense 1024 different levels of pressure sensing. This can draw lines of depth, width, intensity”, he says.
Warsi promises that this means that using the S Pen is exactly the same as using a normal pen and paper. If it does everything it says, this could be a huge boost for Samsung, especially since it will appeal to users who are not too comfortable with touch screens.
2.45 pm BGR says Note will cost Rs 39,000
BGR is reporting that the Note II will cost Rs 39,900. We will confirm the price once we get more updates.
Warsi is now talking about the Air View feature of the S pen aka the Stylus of the Samsung Galaxy Note II.
AirView is pretty a cool feature. What it does is that users can just hover the S Pen approximately 10mm over the surface of the device and then just preview emails, S Planner, image gallery, or video to preview without having to open it.
For those find touch-screens tough to handle, the AirView feature should be pretty helpful.
2.40 pm: ‘Not just bigger but thinner’
Samsung Vice-President India, Asim Warsi talking about how the smartphone is not just bigger but thinner. He’s talking about how the screen is much better thanks to AMOLED tech and that this is one of the best smartphones around.
Best is yet to be seen but it does have a really big screen.
2.30 pm Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is officially here
Director Imtiaz Ali is at the launch and the phone has been officially unveiled.
Ok currently Samsung has gone for some theatrics at the launch. While the song and dance sequence looks nice, what we’re really waiting for is the price of the Galaxy Note II in India. Will it be priced more than Rs 40,000 or less?
2.27 pm: 
India is one of the first few markets where the Note II is being launched. Yay for that. B D Park, the President and CEO of Samsung South West Asia Operations and Managing Director, Samsung India Electronics Ltd is present at the launch.
Right now he’s talking about the S pen, the bigger screen and why Samsung went for it.
Samsung’s official event for the India launch of the Galaxy Note II will begin today at 2.30 pm in Hyderabad. The South-Korean firm had first revealed the oversized smartphone/phablet at the consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin in August.
We’ll be giving you live updates of the launch. It is being telecast live on the web. To check out the live webcast click here.
Image: From Samsung Mobile India’s Twitter page.
The smartphone is available for pre-order on Samsung’s Indie e-store. You can click here to order. The cost for pre-ordering the device is Rs 5000. Note, that a pre-order is once placed, it cannot be cancelled.
While the actual price of the smartphone has not been revealed, according to reports it is expected to cost a maximum of Rs 38,000.

Samsung Galaxy Note II in India for Rs 39,900: Worth it?


Samsung Galaxy Note II in India for Rs 39,900: Worth it?

Samsung has just released its new Galaxy Note II ‘phablet’ in India for a whopping Rs 39,900.
And now that it’s finally here, we do a quick round up of what we felt were the most pressing points around the launch of the new phone. Is it priced too high? Will it also have to compete with low cost tablets? And what are we most excited about?
The price: Ok, this is probably the first aspect that most users look for before they consider buying the smartphone. The Galaxy Note II will cost Rs 39,990 and while this might sound steep right now, remember that while the S III launched at Rs 42,000, it was available on retail for Rs 38,000. So prices are likely to be significantly lower within a few days of it retailing. As of now, Flipkart is offering it for the same price, but we’d be very surprised if this continues to be the trend.
Samsung has assured users of an interest free EMI option spread out over nine months which means that the smartphone will cost around Rs 4500 per month should you go for this. This is a great deal to offer, especially if you don’t want to burn a Rs 40,000 hole in your pocket.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2
The screen size: This is the aspect that makes the Note II what it is: a phablet . It’s not just a smartphone to make calls with, but a 5.5 inch screen with1280 x 720 pixel density, which can drastically alter the video watching experience on a hand-held device. For those who like to watch movies, read magazines, the big screen should definitely be a big plus point.  But remember that you can’t just put this device in your jeans pocket.
What this also means, is that the Note is also competing with tablets. And some of these are priced a lot lot cheaper. Could this hurt the Note? Maybe.
The Stylus: As far as innovation goes, this is definitely a plus point, especially given that Samsung is trying to sell this device as the perfect companion for ‘creative’ people.  And we all fancy ourselves a little bit creative don’t we? Nice positioning Samsung!
The S Pen or the stylus is one feature that Samsung has definitely tried to improve in this device and it comes with advanced capabilities, like giving users the option of of adding Quick Commands to their stylus. This means that users can also simply press the S Pen button,to clip or edit selected content on the screen.
The Note II also has Air View capability, which means that even when users keep the S Pen approximately 10mm over the surface of the device it will still detect the presence of the stylus and allow you to preview emails, images, or videos without having to open them.
And perhaps most importantly it allows you to use it like a pen. According to Samsung Vice-President India, Asim Warsi, “The S Pen is tuned to sense 1024 different levels of pressure sensing. This can draw lines of depth, width, intensity”.
Warsi promises that this means that using the S Pen is exactly the same as using a normal pen and paper and can be used to write notes, sms and even emails. If it does everything Warzi says, this could be a huge boost for Samsung, especially since it will appeal to users who are not too comfortable with touch screens. Could this be the next big innovation for corporate users since the BlackBerry and QWERTY keypad?
The OS: Galaxy Note II ships with the latest Android OS Jelly Bean or Android 4.1. With features like Project Butter for faster functioning of the device, Google Now  ( a Siri like voice commands app but with the power of Google) , a smarter keyboard functionality and sharper notifications. For all Android fans, Jelly Bean should be reason enough to give this one a try

Samsung Galaxy Note II launches in India today


Samsung Galaxy Note II launches in India today

Samsung’s Galaxy Note II will officially be launched in Hyderabad today. The South-Korean firm had first revealed the oversized smartphone/phablet at the consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin in August.
The smartphone is available for pre-order on Samsung’s Indie e-store. You can click here to order. The cost for pre-ordering the device is Rs 5000. Note, that a pre-order is once placed, it cannot be cancelled. While the actual price of the smartphone has not been revealed, according to reports it is expected to cost a maximum of Rs 38,000.
Here’s a quick look at the key features of Samsung’s phablet.
• A 5.5-inch (14-centimeter) screen with AMOLED touchscreen and 1280 x 720 pixel density. The new device is narrower but longer than the first version of the Note.
• A 1.6 GHz quad-core processor with 2GB RAM which means the smartphone should be pretty fast.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note II will be officially launched in Hyderabad today. Getty Images
• It also has an 8 megapixel AF/ Touchfocus camera with full HD video recording and playback and front camera with 1.9 megapixel.
• The smartphone will come with Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean, so for users who’ve been waiting to test out Android’s latest OS, this device is the one to get.
• The phablet, will come in three versions, namely 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Both the 16 and 32 GB versions can be expanded to 64GB and the device has 4G capabilites but it seems that the India version will not have 4G capabilities.
• The smartphone also has a stylus, which is designed to making writing, drawing etc much easier for those aren’t too fond of touch-screens. The S Pen also comes with advanced capabilities. Users have the option of adding Quick Commands to their stylus and can also simply press the S Pen button,to clip or edit selected content on the screen.
• The Note II comes with Air View, which allows users to hover the S Pen approximately 10mm over the surface of the device and then lets your preview emails, S Planner, image gallery, or video to preview without having to open it.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Google, Ahmedabad SEO Group Celebrated Google’s 11th Birthday


Happy Birthday Google, Ahmedabad SEO Group Celebrated Google’s 11th Birthday

Don’t get confused by seeing two ll in Google’s logo today!!!! As Google have completed 11 years and logo has been updated in honor of this achievements.
Happy Birthday GoogleI am excited to share a wonderful event held today for “Google Birthday Celebration in Ahmedabad”.
Event started with general discussion on SEO industry in India and introduction session. It was great time for all to learn and share their experience in online marketing industry. We had wonderful time at dance floor followed by great dinner. I specially thank to Paavan Solanki, Bhavin bhavsar and other persons for arranging such a wonderful event and providing an opportunity to become a part of it.
Google have launched wonderful products and new features in search technology. Despite of various challenges, Google have achieved wonderful growth in recent time. I am waiting for their coming product Google wave that may be launched in next few months.
I wish many many happy birthday to Google and all the best for the future.
Next year there may be same event for all Google Rankings Master Gujarat to celebrate search giant’s birthday

Google celebrates its 14th birthday with an animated doodle

Google celebrates its 14th birthday with an animated doodle

www.google.com

NEW DELHI: Happy Birthday Google! Google, on Thursday, turns 14 and celebrates its birthday with a fascinating animated doodle. 

The search engine giant has featured a chocolate cake as its birthday-theme doodle with 14 candles on it. The letters of Google's logo can be seen on cake. 

The candles rearrange themselves just below the cake to form as tally marks and denote the number 14. 

There has always been a debate about Google's birthday date. Till 2005, the search engine giant celebrated its birthday on September 7, three days later when it filed for incorporation on September 4, 1998. 

However, in 2005 the search engine giant opted September 27 to celebrate its birthday. 

Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin with the objective "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful". 

On clicking today's Gogole doodle, it displays a list of its popular products.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note II: Key features beyond Jelly Bean


Samsung’s Galaxy Note II: Key features beyond Jelly Bean

Samsung announced a new version of the Galaxy Note, an offbeat, oversized smartphone/phablet at the iconic consumer electronics show IFA 2012, currently underway in Berlin.
Samsung’s new device, the Galaxy Note II has a 5.5-inch (14-centimeter) screen with AMOLED touchscreen and 1280 x 720 pixel density. The new device is narrower but longer than the first version of the Note. It comes with a super-fast, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor with 2GB RAM. It also has an 8 megapixel AF/ Touchfocus camera with full HD video recording and playback and front camera with 1.9 megapixels.
The phablet, will come in three versions, namely 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Both the 16 and 32 GB versions can be expanded to 64GB and the device is 4G enabled.
The big plus: The smartphone will come with Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean, so for users who’ve been waiting to test out Android’s latest OS, this device is the one to get.
Samsung announced a new version of the Galaxy Note, an offbeat, oversized smartphone/phablet at the IFA 2012 in Berlin. Reuters
The other key feature of the smartphone is the stylus, which is designed to making writing, drawing etc much easier for those aren’t too fond of touch-screens. Samsung Electronics Co says it has shipped 10 million first-generation Galaxy Note smartphone in one year. Samsung says the new phone will go on sale in Europe and Asia in October. The price of the device has not been revealed.
According to Tech2.com, the Note II comes with Air View, which allows users to hover the S Pen approximately 10mm over the surface of the device and then lets your preview emails, S Planner, image gallery, or video to preview without having to open it. Samsung has definitely notched it up with this version of the Note.
It seems that the new stylus or the S Pen also comes with advanced capabilities. Users have the option of adding Quick Commands to their stylus and can also simply press the S Pen button,to clip or edit selected content on the screen.

Samsung’s new offering: Galaxy Note II with Jelly Bean


Samsung’s new offering: Galaxy Note II with Jelly Bean

Berlin: Samsung unveiled the second generation of its popular Galaxy Note phone-cum-tablet, setting high hopes for its success.
“I am pretty confident it will even outsell its predecessor,” said JK Shin, Samsung’s chief of mobile business.
Samsung has sold some 10 million of its original Galaxy Note devices, creating a new product category which has smaller screen than tablets, but bigger than smartphones.
Samsung hopes the new device will take the focus away from its loss of the court case. Apple is now seeking speedy bans on the sale of eight Samsung phones, moving swiftly to turn legal victory into tangible business gain.
The Galaxy Note phablet, one of the most popular Samsung devices after its flagship Galaxy S, is not included in the list of the potential US sales ban, and Samsung hopes the phablet upgrade will lift any post-Apple gloom at the South Korean group.

Samsung unveiled the second generation of its popular Galaxy Note phone-cum-tablet, setting high hopes for its success. AP
“There won’t be huge innovative changes in design, but the Note II will feature quite a few improvements and enable Samsung to carry on its strong sales momentum in the category,” said Lee Sun-tae, an analyst at NH Investment & Securities. “With the launch, Samsung will also be trying to turn around downbeat sentiment after the US legal defeat.”
The new version of the Note will feature a thinner and slightly bigger 5.5-inch screen, powerful quad-core processor, the latest version of the Android operating system called Jellybean, and improved stylus function.
“The Galaxy Note II is a strong successor to its surprise hit predecessor. Its clear differentiation is a big advantage in a congested fourth quarter market,” said CCS Insight analyst Geoff Blaber.
Reuters

Samsung rolls out Galaxy Note II with Jelly Bean


Samsung rolls out Galaxy Note II with Jelly Bean


Seoul: Samsung Electronics launched Wednesday its latest Galaxy device as part of efforts to better compete with Apple’s newly released iPhone 5.
After being introduced at IFA trade show in Berlin late last month, the latest Galaxy Note II, called phablet or a hybrid of smartphone and tablet PC, was rolled out at Samsung’s headquarters in central Seoul, adding a new Galaxy device to Samsung’s product mix, reported Xinhua.
The Galaxy Note II is positioned as a niche with a large screen, multitasking, upgraded operating system and competitive hardware.
The Galaxy Note II. Reuters
The Galaxy Note II comes with a 5.5-inch HD Super AMOLED screen, the biggest display in smartphone market. It is powered by Android 4.1 or Jelly Bean, the latest version of Android operating system, featuring a 1.6GHz Quad-Core processor and HSPA Plus or 4G LTE connectivity.
“Galaxy Note II will take over the fame of Galaxy Note that opened a new category of smart mobile devices,” said Shin Jong-kyun, president of Samsung’s mobile business.
Avi Aggarwal

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

2012 ICC T20 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: LET THE GAMES BEGIN

2012 ICC T20 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: LET THE GAMES BEGIN


The 4th ICC World T20 Championship is set to kick off in less than 10 days. This time, in 2012, it will be held in Sri Lanka, after a successful 2010 Caribbean edition. The shortest version of the game has fast proven to be the most popular version ever since it began officially back in 2007, thanks to relentless domestic editions like the IPL, KFC T20, and the Championships in England and West Indies. Now with the SLPL, the hype has reached an all-time high, with T20s now being the preferred format even by the viewers, as compared to ODI cricket.
The 2010 edition in West Indies, was interesting, to say the least. For many reasons, not least because it took place just 10 months after the previous World Cup in Bangladesh- where Pakistan romped to the title. They were allowed to rule the world for just 10 months, though.The 2010 World Cup marked the rise and fall of great rivals- in the form of England and Australia. England, who won the final by 7 wickets, went on to soon take over the no. 1 ranking in Tests next year, and in ODIs soon after that. It all started with this World Cup, where they barely squeaked into the Super 8s after losing to West Indies in the league stages.Then they won all their 3 Super 8 games, beating Pakistan, NZ and South Africa. They went on to beat favorites Sri Lanka in the semis, before disposing off surprise finalists Australia in the final.
The difference between the 2010 and 2012 editions will be one major factor- Kevin Pieterson, the man who took England to the title in 2010, will not be part of this tournament. By default, England will not be (mentally or competitively) part of this tournament. They may have to go back to the 2009 days where they lost to the Netherlands in their Group Stages. This could only mean good things for India, who find themselves with the defending Champions in Group A. Underdogs (impressive, at that) Afghanistan will be the regular single minnow in this group.
Group B will see currently-bottom-placed (yes, you heard right) Australia with FAVORITES West Indies (who are beyond intimidating in this format), and perennial upset-causers Ireland.
Group C will see consistent contenders Sri Lanka and South Africa group paired with surprise package Zimbabwe, who have caused a few recent upsets in this format last year.
Finally, Group D will see the very dangerous Pakistan (on spinning pitches), paired with the equally dangerous Bangladesh and New Zealand, in that order of threat. The first match of the World Cup will take place at Hambantota on September 18th, between Home team Sri Lanka and their favorite whipping boys, Zimbabwe.
Most experts bet for this 2012 World Cup, which comes at the height of Test Season, with no ODIs to go for the rest of the year- remain the extremely erratic West Indian team. But, taking into consideration the pitches of Sri Lanka, you’d have to say that the side with the best bowling attack will be favorites. And only one team can lay claim to this, without dispute- Pakistan.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Chandigarh Cyclothon in Oct


Chandigarh Cyclothon in Oct


The UT Administration will organise third edition of Chandigarh Cyclothon in October this year.
The initiative by UT Administration is aimed to promote Chandigarh as a clean and a green city with people motivated to adopt cycling as not only an exercise activity but also to promote cycling as a mode of transport , traveling short intra city distances amongst beautifully landscaped cycle tracks within the city.
Chandigarh is a cycle friendly city with special cycle tracks made along with the roads covering almost all sectors, having pleasant weather, good traffic control systems and green belts etc.
Consequently, the UT Administration has been promoting bike tourism events from time to time to encourage the people of all ages to use the bicycles as a mode of transport being most environment friendly and economical mode as also the need of the hour in the global warming era.
The event will be opened to national and international cyclists.
The Cyclothon will have four categories including National Elite (for professionals men category only, covering a distance of 60 km. The second category is Corporate Ride (for business houses, corporate institutes and organization set) and Amateur ride (for individual participants).
The Corporate and Amateur ride are open for both men and women and it will be flagged off at 8 am. The third category is Green Ride – (14 years and above, for men and women) covering distance of 10 kms.
A special ride of 5 km called the junior ride will also be organised for kids aged between 8 and 13. The Corporate and Amateur ride, Green and Junior Rides are fun, non-competitive rides, each of which will have a separate route.

Harbhajan spins England into a tizzy


Harbhajan spins England into a tizzy

Rohit, spinners hand India massive win over England.


The Turbanator strikes back.
COLOMBO:
 Harbhajan Singh ran circles around England as India stormed to a massive 90-run win over their rivals in a Group 'A' match of the ICC World Twenty20, on Sunday night.

Making a comeback to International cricket, the off-spinner snared four wickets, conceding just 12 runs in his four overs, as England were destroyed for 80 in 14.4 overs - their lowest ever Twenty20 total - in their chase of India's 170. 

Harbhajan's figures of 4-2-12-4 are the best by an Indian in Twenty20 Internationals. Piyush Chawla carried out his supporting duties well, picking up two wickets for 13 runs, including that of the well-set Craig Kieswetter.  

Rohit Sharma (55*) had earlier - in conjunction with Gautam Gambhir (45) and Virat Kohli (40) - taken India to 170-4 after England elected to field. The total proved more than a handful for the Poms as they struggled to get going.

Irfan Pathan, who had also opened batting for India, got the breakthrough when he bowled opener Alex Hales for a duck with an inswinger in the first over. In his next, Pathan trapped Luke Wright in front, although the decision bordered on the contentious. England were 18-2 in 2.4 and it all went downhill from there.

Harbhajan came on in the sixth over and struck when Eoin Morgan had his stumps flattened by a quicker arm-ball. Next it was the turn of the perpetually debatable inclusion named Chawla. The leg-spinner cleaned up Jonny Bairstow with the googly and nailed Kieswetter with one that spun away and took the edge, travelling to Kohli at slip.

With half the side down for 56, there was no way out for England, and Harbhajan slammed the door shut on them in his next two overs. The sardar claimed Bresnan on a top-edged sweep, and then reaped a brace of victims in his last over, the 12th of England's innings. A visibly terrified Buttler was bowled backing away, and Graeme Swann marched down the wicket to a doosra and was duly stumped - giving Bhajji four wickets and the Man of the Match award in his comeback game.

Ashok Dinda ended England's misery when he claimed Stuart Broad, leaving India winners by huge margin. 

Rohit shines 
A return to form for the classy Mr. Sharma.Earlier, Rohit's dominating fifty took India to a more than competitive total on a wicket that appeared to be slightly slower than originally anticipated. The supposed carry in the pitch compelled England to opt for Tim Bresnan instead of the slower Samit Patel. In hindsight, the move backfired. 

Bresnan and Stuart Broad went for almost nine an over, and fellow fast bowler Jade Derbach for eleven apiece off his four - as India were untroubled by the short stuff hurled at them. The only bowler to cause worry was off-spinner Swann, who came on after the Powerplay and turned in four miserly overs for just 11, also picking up the in-form Kohli's wicket.

With both teams through to the Super Eights, India too had rung in the changes. Virender Sehwag, R. Ashwin and Zaheer Khan made way for Dinda, Harbhajan and Chawla. The extra bowler necessitated the bumping up of Pathan to the opening slot. But Pathan struck just a sweet four off Steve Finn before the bowler uprooted his off-stump with a full delivery, leaving India one down in the third over after England elected to field.

Gambhir and Kohli added 57 in under 8 overs to get India back on track. Kohli got going with boundaries off Finn and Broad and had four hits to the fence in his first 20 runs. India reached 52-1 at the end of the Powerplay. Another Kohli four off Bresnan brought up the fifty partnership. Swann meanwhile had slipped in two overs for just 10 runs. In his third, the 11th over of the innings, the English offie beat Gambhir, then on 26, in flight, but Kieswetter fluffed the stumping. 

One ball later Swann drew Kohli into a hit straight to deep midwicket, causing the Indian star to storm off the pitch mouthing a selection of profanities. Rohit walked in and gathered his runs at par initially to take India to 114-2 in 15 overs. Gambhir was finally out for a patchy 45 when he edged a slow Finn off-cutter to Kieswetter, but Rohit kicked in with two fours in Broad's 17th over of the innings. 

The disfigured ball was changed in the 19th over, and the new sphere was greeted savagely by Rohit in the last over of the innings, bowled by Dernbach. A six and a four gave the young batsman his fifty in 31 balls and elevated India to 170-4, as 17 came from the final over. 

Dhoni, meanwhile, was out to a joint venture at the long on boundary.  Buttler dropped out of the boundary going for a catch, tossed the ball back in, where it was safely pouched by Hales. India smashed 51 runs in the last four overs. Considering the ineptness of English batsmen against spin, 170 was a few lightyears out of reach.

India beat England by 90 runs

India: 170/4 (20)
England: 80/10 (14.4)

India beat England by 90 runs.

World Twenty20, India vs England: as it happened


World Twenty20, India vs England: as it happened
England Innings:
15th over: 80 all out. All over! Finn run out. Direct hit from the short fine-leg fielder England 80 all out. India win by 90 runs.
Good all round show by India, but the day belonged to Harbhajan and Chawla. Nobody gave them a chance to be picked in the XI. Dhoni did that and the spinners paid back with terrific spells. 4/12 for Harbhajan and 2/13 for Chawla.
India go top of Group A, but you don't carry points to Super Eights. But good confidence-booster this for India after being run close by Afghanistan.
Jade Dernbach run out 12 (7)
14th over: Chawla completes his terrific comeback. 2/13 in his four overs. In hindsight, it will give Dhoni a headache about who to choose out of his spinners. Ashwin, Harbhajan or Chawla? May be all of them.
13th over: 60 for 9. Now Dinda joins the wicket-taking wagon. Short ball, Broad pulls but finds the mid-wicket to perfection. Finn says he wants to have fun as well, whacks three boundaries. Dinda getting overexcited it seems.
Stuart Broad c Gambhir b Dinda 3 (3)
12th over: 60 for 8. Out! Out! Two wickets. Four wickets for Harbhajan. He is having a party. England can't read Harbhajan at all. Butler bowled, Swanna stumped. England eight down. What a comeback! 4 for 12 in 4 overs. Couldn't have asked for more in a T20 game.
Graeme Swann st \Dhoni b Harbhajan Singh 0 (3)
Jos Buttler b Harbhajan Singh 11 (12)
11th over: 60 for 6. Broad and Butler on the crease now. Almost lost count on who's in and who's out. Can't expect them to do what the top order failed at. A wicket-less over! That's a change.
10th over: 54 for 6. Harbhajan continues to have fun. Or should we say, spinners continue to have fun against England. Second wicket for Bhajji as Bresnan holes out in the deep.
Tim Bresnan c Gambhir b Harbhajan Singh 1 (8)
9th over: 51 for 5. Chawla strikes again! What happened, England! They are falling apart against spin. A perfect legspinner, Kieswetter drives, the ball takes the edge and Kohli does the rest in the slips. Smart catch. Another wicket maiden. England chase in tatters.
Craig Kieswetter c Kohli b Chawla 35 (25)
8th over: 51 for 4. Harbhajan continues. A reverse-swept boundary by Butler and a couple of twos make it a good over for England. But they need a repair job, which is looking difficult against quality spin.
7th over: 42 for 4. Chawla in, Chawla strikes. Bye bye, Bairstow! Totally foxed on that wrong'un as the ball beats his slog sweep to rattle the stumps. Four down now, and this is a one-sided match so far. A boundary off the last ball by Butler ruins it a bit, though.
Jonny Bairstow b Chawla 1 (8)
6th over: 39 for 3. Bowled! Harbhajan strikes straight away! Eoin Morgan is out of India's way now. Arm ball, Morgan goes back to cut, instead middle stump is knocked back. The turbanator is all fired up. Wicket maiden! Almost a double on that close stumping appeal against Jonny Bairstow.
Eoin Morgan b Harbhajan Singh 2 (6)
5th over: 39 for 2. Two fours, both behind the wickets. First Kieswetter tickles it past Dhoni to the fine-leg boundary and then Kieswetter nudges it to the third-man boundary with the man up.
4th over: 30 for 2. Kieswetter takes on Ashok Dinda, who replaces Balaji. A flat six over extra cover to welcome the medium pacer, stand and deliver. Next ball goes through the mid-wicket for a boundary, absolutely smacked that.
3rd over: 18 for 2. Out! Luke Wright too begins with a six, over long-off, but falls in the same over. Second wicket for Irfan, this one lbw as Wright misses a pull shot. India' couldn't have asked for a better start.
Luke Wright lbw b Pathan 6 (4)
2nd over: 12 for 1. England off the blocks with that straight six from Kieswetter off Balaji, who starts from the other end. Width offered next, and Kieswetter carts it this time through point for a boundary. 10 from the over.
1st over: 2 for no 1. Out! Probing first over by Irfan and reward straight away. Hales gone! After missed run-out chance, which would have had Kieswetter out for a naught for the second consecutive match, Irfan goes through Hales' defence to bowl him.
Alex Hales b Pathan 0 (2)
India Innings:
20th over: 170 for 4. Expensive last over by Dernbach and fifty for Rohit Sharma. Starts with a wide, followed a juicy full toss to Rohit on the off stump, which he slices over point for a six. Next shot beats the short fine-leg fielder for a four. Dhoni perishes to an alert catch on the ropes by Hales, who lobs the ball in to Butler before crossing the boundary. 55 not out off 33 balls for Rohit Sharma. Well played, boy.
MS Dhoni c Hales b Dernbach 9 (8)
19th over: 153 for 3. Bresnan to bowl the penultimate over of the innings, his last. Rohit is still there, in case you forgot, closing in on his fifty. Won't have much time to reach there but doing the damage all right. An edged four through fine third-man follows a couple off the first ball. But Bresnan controls the damage to keep it to 10 runs off the over. His spell reads 4-0-35-0.
18th over: 143 for 3. Dhoni changes his bat and a slice cut over the covers follows. Much needed boundary for India. The India skipper trying to hit the ball very hard, but Dernbach is varying it nicely. Importantly no dots balls and 11 runs off the over.
17th over: 132 for 3. Rohit turning it on here against Broad. Two bouncers and two fours. First an upper cut over the keeper and then a help-yourself four through fine leg, which is up. A fine save by Bairstow at long-on and a failed run-out attempt by Broad ends the over. 4/36 for Broad, no wicket.
16th over: 119 for 3. Finn takes out Gambhir! Slow offcutter, Gambhir has a wild swing but gets a thick edge that is easily taken by Kieswetter. Good over for England. Just five runs and a wicket.
15th over: 114 for 2. Another over that begins with a Gambhir boundary. Bresnan bowls it on Gambhir's pads and the neat deflections takes it past the fine-leg boundary. Four singles make it a 8-run over. India need to open up now. 160 may not be enough on this pitch.
14th over: 106 for 2. Nine runs off the over, largely due to that boundary off the first ball of this Broad over. Gambhir drives on the up for a four through the covers. What will India end up with in 20 overs?
13th over: 97 for 2. Swann bowls out, and India have done well to not give him more than wicket. India snatch a couple off the last ball of his spell, which ends at 3-0-17-1.
12th over: 91 for 2. Rohit Sharma takes over from Kohli, and almost does a Kohli with that front-foot pull for a boundary through the midwicket. Important India don't let the momentum drop after Kohli's dismissal.
11th over: 83 for 2. Out! Swann picks Kohli! He is seething to have picked out the midwicket fielder. Didn't get the elevation, was too close to where the ball pitched. But Swann has got his man, the dangerman. Swanns' figures 3-0-11-1. Gold dust!
Virat Kohli c Bairstow b Swann 40 (32)
10th over: 80 for 1. Thunderstorms in the area. Is that why Broad chose to field? Could be the reason. Meanwhile, it's Kohli who is stealing all the thunder so far. Bresnan brought back but nothing has changed. A pull off the front foot. Would you believe that! It's a different game with Kohli on strike. Six more runs in ones and twos make it 10 from the over. Halfway mark reached.
9th over: 70 for 1. Swann is the odd one out here, in the positive way. A tight lid on scoring when he is on, otherwise it is a run feast. Just four runs off this over.
8th over: 66 for 1. No stopping Kohli here. What form this lad is in! Whips Broad this time for another boundary, over mid-wicket. We need no rain here. This is being set up nicely here by Kohli and Gambhir.
7th over: 58 for 1. Graeme Swann into the attack and concedes just six runs off the over. Sanity to the proceedings. No boundary, six singles.
6th over: 52 for 1. Finn's third over in a row finish the Powerplay - a healthy one for India. Two fours in that over. Through the slips for Kohli and through the covers for Gambhir. England need a wicket.
5th over: 41 for 1. Bresnan has been pressed into service from the other end. Doesn't make any difference to Kohli, though. Dances down the track, Bresnan shortens his length but Kohli still has time to upper cut him over point. Four.
4th over: 34 for 1. Just one over for Dernbach. Broad brings himself on. Kohli, the new man in, takes no time to welcome the England skipper by punching him to the square boundary on the off.
3rd over: 28 for no 1. Out! Fuller ball and Irfan has his offstump knocked back. Finn began the over trying to bounce out Pathan. But it was outside off, room to free arms and the allrounder cut it over point to collect his first boundary. However, he was castled the next ball as Finn corrected his length by bowling full. Kohli comes in and smacks the second ball he faces for a four. Simple.
Irfan Pathan b Finn 8 (8 )
2nd over: 16 for no loss. Dernbach opens from the other end, and Gambhir pulls off a pull shot. First boundary for India. That pushes square leg back but the next ball is wide of the offstump, and Gambhir slices this time, another four, through backward point. Healthy over for India.
1st over: 6 for no loss. If Dhoni hasn't surprised you already with his team selection, Irfan Pathan has come in to open with Gautam Gambhir. Pathan's success as an opener will depend on how well he plays the horizontal-bat shots against the bouncy England pacers. Not much action in that first over bowled by Steven Finn. Notably, both openers off the mark.
7:20 p.m. So Dhoni has throw everyone who needed to be tested in against England: Gambhir, Harbhajan, Chawla, Dinda. Let's see who comes up trumps for the skipper.
Line-ups:
India: Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c/wk), Rohit Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, L Balaji, Ashok Dinda
England: C Kieswetter (wk), Alex Hales, Luke Wright, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad (c), Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, Jade Dernbach
7 p.m. Toss! Stuart Broad calls it right and England will be bowling first.
Dhoni has rested Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan and R Ashwin for the match. That should raise some eyebrows considering how India performed against England. Did Sehwag and Zaheer not need a good outing in the middle to get their confidence back?
England bring in Tim Bresnan for Samit Patel.
6:45 p.m. Hello! We are here in Colombo for the mouth-watering clash between the defending World Twenty20 champions and the winners of the 2007 edition - it's England vs India. Toss in 15 minutes.