The Last Race of the Emperor - Micheal Schumacher

The Legend lives on........... this is very true. Long after the Emperor's retirement he is still remembered and ll still be remembered as one of best formula 1 drivers.

He is a person who created a revolution in the world of Sports and especially in the world of Formula 1.

Micheal's last race was at Sao Polo in Brazil in the year 2006. I would surely rate his last race as one of his best. Even though it was just another day at the office for him, he was at his peak on that particular day. Let me take u through the proceedings of Schumacher's final race day.

Schumacher needs ten full points to get the championship and thats not it, his rival Alonso must not get a point in the race. It certainly was a tough ask. Filipe Massa had clinched the pole position and he had a huge task of helping his team mate on his last race. Alonso just needed 1 point to ensure that he retained championship. Micheal was starting from 10th position in his last race due to a fuel pump failure. Micheal has started 3 times form 10th position in his career. But his best finish from 10th is just a 5th place. One good news is that he has won the race once after starting at 16th in the grid, and in Schumacher's case predictions are of no use cause we should always expect the unexpected from the MASTER.

Race starts its a total of 71 laps and a boom!!!! there is crash in the first lap both the Williams hit each other and the safety car is out. race starts after 3 laps Micheal jumps top 6 th place while Massa sticks to his first position. 61 laps more Micheal over takes Giancarlo Fisichella and there first disaster strikes. As soon as Micheal over takes his left rear tyre gets punctured. Micheal takes a pit stop changes all his tyres, rejoins the race at 20th position.The race continued with no big changes for the next few laps. 47 laps more Massa takes his first pit stop and rejoins the race in 3rd position and
Micheal is far behind at 17th place. Alonso is the new race leader followed by Button. All drivers start going to the pit, Micheal climbs to the 13th spot. Massa has a good stop and now he is back in front of the race. Button makes a good pass to overtake Raikkonen, tat was a very close pass.

Half way down the race Micheal Schumacher is at 11 th place an Massa at 1st. Micheal starts accelerating more and he reaches 8th place in no time. Micheal over takes Kubica to get to 7th place by a sweet pass on the inside. Micheal is having a very tough day at office , with his car giving him loads of problems. 29 laps more for the race to end. Micheal comes for his second pit stop when there is just 24 laps remaining and rejoins at 8th spot, Barrichello is in front of him.

Battle between two old team mates Barrichello receives a message from his team " Micheal behind u and ur racing him". but Micheal is speeding away. This one of the one of the best team message i ve ever heard. Micheal overtakes barrichello in th straight section of the 20th lap and waves at him as he passes,wow tat was a wonderful sight. All the drivers start taking their second pit stop.19 more laps to go and Micheal is at number 6. Massa takes his final stop he rejoins at 1st, Alonso is back on 2nd place button is at a close 3rd. Can Ferrari claim the constructors?. 14 laps more Micheal still in 6th can the master pull out something miraculous. Just 8 laps to go Micheal over takes Fisichella to move to 5th place. Now the battle is between Micheal and Kimi. Kimi is going to replace Micheal in Ferrari next year lets see if Micheal can prove his dominance over Kimi in his last race.

6 laps to go there is a crash and the safety car is out, Nick Heifield has crashed due to a suspension failure.
Micheal is loosing precious time. Race resumes 5 laps to go Micheal is right behind Kimi ans Massa is enjoying outstanding lead right at the first position.2 laps more, and we see a fantastic move by Micheal. He pulls of a mind blowing pass right on the inside at the straight section to move ahead of Kimi. Both the cars had just a few gap between them they were going wheel to wheel and eventually Kimi gave way for Micheal cause that was the only thing he could do!!
The crowd roars seeing this sight, the Ferrari team mechanics are ecstatic what more can u ask from a person on his last race?? but Micheal is not finished yet. Alonso gets a radio message "I ve got good news and bad news for you, good news is there is only two laps to go and the bad news is Micheal is coming".Micheal goes on to make the fastest lap in his final lap but that was not enough for him to move up in the rankings. Micheal finishes fourth Massa takes his second career victory, Alonso finishes second and comfortably claims the championship for the second consecutive year. Alonso is really happy but sad tat he is leaving his team Renault with he he has won his two titles. Alonso is joining Mclaren Mercedes next year.

This is the final top 5

1 Fileppe Massa
2 Fernando Alonso
3 Jenson Button
4 Micheal Schumacher
5 Kimi Raikkonen

I surely feel Micheal was a very satisfied man at the end of the day and this was arguably the best race of his formula 1 career. He had driven his car in the best possible way he can and with a few mechanical problems he surely did commendable job to finish fourth. I am sure tat his fans ll keep on loving him forever no matter if he is in the sport or not, his 16 year long career ll always be remembered by all.. I salute the master for being such an entertainer and wish him good luck for his future endeavors.

Something thats rarely seen

Have u ever seen one person talk good abt another ? tat too in EPL ? No then just scrol down

Cesc Fabregas believes Emmanuel Adebayor has grown into "one of the best strikers in the world" - and admits Arsenal could not "live without him" right now.

Togo's loss in failing to secure qualification for the African Nations Cup has certainly proved the Gunners' gain, as in-form Adebayor took his tally to 19 for the season with a first-half strike in the 3-0 win over Newcastle at Emirates Stadium last night.

It was a result which lifted Arsenal back to the top of the English Premier League over Manchester United, who host Portsmouth on Wednesday, and ensured there would be no hangover from last week's Carling Cup semi-final defeat to arch-rivals Tottenham.

Adebayor, 23, has now netted an impressive nine goals in his last seven appearances, scoring the opener in three successive league games.

Manager Arsene Wenger hailed the 6ft 4in African as a "dream striker", who continues to go from "strength to strength".

Midfielder Fabregas believes there are few around to match him, as understandably comparisons with the likes of Chelsea's Ivory Coast frontman Didier Drogba begin to be drawn.

"Emmanuel is one of the best in the world, without any doubt," Fabregas declared.

"You can not fault him in any way. He works, he defends, he chases the centre-backs, he goes behind, he can play to feet, he has a good first touch and a good technique.

"He has improved amazingly and for us I don't think we could live without Adebayor right now."

Adebayor - signed from Monaco during January 2006 - is certainly repaying the faith shown in him by Wenger following the summer sale of talisman Thierry Henry to Barcelona, and on current form he looks set to smash the 30-goal barrier sooner rather than later.

Fabregas is glad to see how quickly his team-mate has become the "idol of the club".

"You have to have the capacity to learn, to be patient. He was when Thierry was here. Now he has the chance and he has taken it," said the midfielder.

"That's what a big player does. Sometimes players they have the chance and they don't take it. He took it, he is playing very well, is improving every day and now he is the idol of the club."

Fabregas was also on the scoresheet on Tuesday night, netting Arsenal's third with 10 minutes left.

His midfielder partner Mathieu Flamini capped another impressive display with a stunning 25-yard effort.

Flamini, who almost left the club in the summer, has been a revelation this season, and is in talks about extending his contract, which runs out at the end of the campaign.

Fabregas hopes the 23-year-old Frenchman will remain part of an exciting young side.

"Mathieu has been amazing all season," said Fabregas. "He is hyperactive, on the pitch, outside the pitch.

"He has so much passion for the game. He enjoys it and he hates losing.

"I don't know how he does it but he has so much power. With his encouragement we play better."

Fabregas added: "He is a very big player for us and has improved a lot.

"Mathieu has stepped up this year as have Adebayor and Gael (Clichy) and all these kind of players. We need them so badly."

Info on IELTS exam

Hi friends i just took up my IELTS exam for pursuing my higher studies in UK. Though i had prepared fro a very less time i managed to get score of 7 out of 9, which i guess is a descent score. There very important things u have to keep in mind while preparing for any test like IELTS or others (TOEFL , GRE). You ve practice constantly, even a small break ll tamper ur progress and ur results. I had prepared alone for my exam and i didn't go for any class too, this had its own plus and minus. When u go to a coaching class they ll start from scratch and u ll get to know about lots of shortcuts and they ll give u lot of tips about the exams. These info are very helpful during the exam. But i feel u should be attend classes for IELTS only if ur English is poor, if u have good materials and few friends who can work together with u in doing few speaking exercises then ur sure to get a good score.

Th first thing i did after i decided to take up my IELTS was to get a membership from British Council. You get lot of books on IElTS published by Cambridge and Oxford all these books are really good ones. The best thing is that each book has a planner which helps u to frame a schedule and this ll help u in knowing wen ur ready to take up the final exam. This is not it u exclusive books called IELTS PRACTICE BOOK 1-6. Please work out all these books to ensure that u get high marks. The reason i am asking u to work out all the 6 books is because there are lot of ways in which questions ll be asked in ur exam, so if u practice all these u can be sure that all questions ll be of a known format to u.

Apart form British Council i got loads of materials from online by visiting various communities one link i found very useful is this.

Do check it out cause as its name says it has most of the materials u need to prepare for ur IELTS exam. You ca also visit the IELTS community in Orkut from where u can get more links. Pls feel free to contact me if u have any queries , i ll be more than happy to help u. I ll keep posting more details abt IELTS in my blog so keep peeping frequently.


Right Attitude towards Relationships and Life

Many of us ve no clue wat life is all about, even i didn't ve a clear idea until a few years back. I realized that having the right attitude is really important in any relationship and most importantly in life too. It is a know fact that a life or a relationship can never be explained easily with words but let me share my realization with u.

Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there, to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or to help you figure out who you are or who you want to become.

You never know who these people may be, your neighbor, your coworker, a long lost friend, or a complete stranger. When you lock eyes with them, you know at that very moment they will affect your life in some profound way.

Sometimes things happen to you that may seem horrible, painful, and unfair at first, but in reflection you find that without overcoming those obstacles you would have never realized your potential, strength, willpower, or heart.

Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of good luck. Illness, injury, love, lost moments of true greatness, and sheer stupidity all occur to test the limits of your soul. Without these small tests, whatever they may be, life would be like a smoothly paved,straight, flat road to nowhere. It would be safe and comfortable, but dull and utterly pointless.

The people you meet who affect your life, and the success and downfalls you experience, help to create who you are and who you become. Even the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones.

If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart, forgive them, for they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious when you open your heart. If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not only because they love you, but because in a way, they are teaching you to love and how to open your heart and eyes to things.

Make every day count. Appreciate every moment and take from those moments everything that you possibly can for you may never be able to experience it again. Talk to people that you have never talked to before, and actually listen.

Let yourself fall in love, break free, and set your sights high. Hold your head up because you have every right to. Tell yourself you are a great individual and believe in yourself, for if you don't believe in yourself, it will be hard for others to believe in you.........
Inspiration begins with-in.. Inspiration begins within!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You can make of your life anything you wish. Create your own life and then go out and live it with absolutely no regrets. Most importantly if you Love someone tell him or her, for you never know what tomorrow may have in store.

Learn a lesson in life each day that you live. That's the story of Life.

ICC withdraws Harbajan's racist charge

Three weeks after the controversy erupted, the racism charge against Harbhajan Singh was found to be not proven by Justice John Hansen, hearing the appeal, on Tuesday. Harbhajan was instead charged with a Level 2.8 offence - abuse and insult not amounting to racism - to which he pleaded guilty and was fined 50 per cent of his match fees.

With this, the cloud over the immediate future of the Indian tour lifted; the Indian team, which had gathered in Adelaide in a show of support instead of proceeding to Melbourne for Friday's Twenty20 match, has now decided to continue with the original arrangements.

Harbhajan had been found guilty of racist abuse of Andrew Symonds during the Sydney Test in early January and handed a three-Test ban by match referee Mike Procter. The charge was leveled by the on-field umpires, Steve Bucknor and Mark Benson, on a complaint from Ricky Ponting, Australia's captain that Harbhajan had called Symonds a monkey.

During the hearing, oral evidence was called for from all the witnesses to the exchange between Harbhajan and Andrew Symonds - Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Matthew Hayden and Sachin Tendulkar. The witnesses were then cross-examined by Brian Ward, counsel representing the Australians, and VR Manohar, representing Harbhajan.

Justice Hansen said he was convinced that, on all the evidence submitted before him, the charge of a Level 3.3 offence was not proven but that Harbhajan should be charged with a Level 2.8 offence. Harbhajan pleaded guilty to this charge, after which the fine was imposed on him. Hansen is scheduled to provide the full reasons for delivering his judgment on Wednesday evening.

After the hearing the two teams issued a joint statement emphasizing the need to move on and focus on the cricket. Harbhajan and Symonds said they had resolved the issue between them in Sydney and now intend to move on. They have said they intend to make no further comment on the issue and get on with the game of cricket, which is the most important issue for each of them. The two captains also expressed their satisfaction with the outcome.

Cricket Australia's spokesman Peter Young said both the Indian board and Cricket Australia were happy with the decision. Sharad Pawar, president of the Indian board, said the verdict vindicated the BCCI's stand. BCCI was consistently taking only one stand that it was practically impossible for us to accept the racist charges against any Indian player.

Adam Gilchrist retires...... We will miss you buddy...

Adam Gilchrist has given more outright joy to followers of the game than any cricketer since Sir Garfield Sobers. He will be missed as a cricketing force, as a contributor and as an entertainer. Though guarding the stumps was his primary duty, a role he carried out with an athleticism and skill that spoke of substantial skill and unfailing stamina. It was no easy task to replace as superb a glove man as Ian Healy, into whose hands the ball nestled like a bird in a nest. Gilchrist met the challenge with aplomb, not so much ignoring the hisses that greeted him as turning them into cheers by sheer weight of performance and freshness of character.

Standing back to fast bowlers, he was superb. Even now, in this sudden, dismaying and inevitable hour, it is possible to remember him flying through the air to take glides down the leg side, glove outstretched, landing with a thump and emerging with the ball with the sort of pleasure detected in a child who has found a plum. At these times he transformed innocent glances into remarkable snares.

Doubtless it helped that he is a left-hander but then his work in the other direction was not much worse. He was a capable, as opposed to gifted wicketkeeper.

Standing over the stumps to spinners, Gilchrist was reliable. Over the years Shane Warne had less reason than he imagined to regret Healy's departure. Until the last few rugged months, Gilchrist did not miss much. Often he'd wear a helmet to counter the Victorian's prodigious spin, and his work behind the pads was admirable. He holds the world record for Test victims. He must have done something right.

But it is in his secondary responsibility as a batsman that Gilchrist will be remembered longest and cherished most. Simply, he changed the role of the wicketkeeper, changed the way batting orders were constructed. Previously keepers had been little, cheeky fellows built along the lines of jockeys who advanced their tallies with with idiosyncratic strokes sent into improbable places. By and large they did not alter the course of an innings. Gilchrist was having none of that. Instead he became two cricketers, a dashing and dangerous batsman and a polished glove man. Throughout his career Australia has been playing with 12 men.

Others may reflect upon his thrilling innings at the top of the order in fifty-over cricket, not least the dazzling hundred in the last World Cup final. But then, he attacked because he must. In Test cricket he attacked because he could. He refused to be bogged down by bowling or inhibited by pressure, and did not allow a frown to cross his brow except when an injustice has been observed or an uncharitable remark had upset him, and then he spoke his mind with the same directness that marked his batting.

Gilchrist was a magnificent willow-wielder. Released from worry by his work behind the sticks, he was able to express his temperament at the crease. Fortunately he had the range of strokes needed to meet the occasion: the swing of a swordsman, an ability to assess the length of the ball in an instant, plenty of power, and a wide range of strokes off both feet. Always he looked for opportunities to score, giving ground to defence only when every alternative had been removed. It took fierce reverse-swing or probing spin offered early in the innings to unsettle him. Otherwise he was not easily troubled let alone dismissed.

Above all, Gilchrist was a sportsman. Nothing held against him would have raised a murmur from someone else. Cricket will miss his smile and sense of fun and also his panache with the bat. Australians will miss the sight of him walking through the gate when the team was in trouble or else when quick runs were required. Everyone will remember the dynamic hundred struck in Perth against England.

Every significant passing produces a hundred memories. Gilchrist's also brings forth a hundred smiles. He has been a mighty cricketer who did his best to serve the side, entertain spectators and improve the way the game was played. The amazing thing is not that he occasionally faltered. The amazing thing is that he so often succeeded.

Novak triumphs !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Novak Djokovic withstood the expected barrage from upstart Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the first set, and then rallied to win the Australian Open for his first Grand Slam title. Djokovic fended off the Muhammad Ali lookalike 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (2) in the final on Sunday night,

Djokovic had not lost a set in six matches leading into the final, including his semifinal win over two-time defending champion Federer.

But with unseeded Tsonga coming out swinging like he did in his straight-sets upset over No. 2 Nadal in the semifinals and three other top 14 players, that streak came to a sudden end.

The third-ranked Djokovic rebounded in the second and third sets, and after saving a crucial breakpoint in the fourth, dominated the tiebreaker to clinch his first major at his 13th attempt.

"You feel the expectations and pressure, so I'm very happy with the way I dealt with the pressure," Djokovic said. "Coming on against a player with nothing to lose — he was going for the shots and he was very dangerous, especially in the first set — I was pretty nervous."

The 20-year-old Djokovic was the youngest player since Stefan Edberg defeated Mats Wilander in 1985 to win the Australian title and the first man from Serbia to win a major.

Tsonga, who had been so aggressive earlier in the tournament, seemed more content to rally from the baseline, especially after getting passed several times.

"He was very dangerous," Djokovic said. "I was aware of that fact, but I was trying to stay with him because I knew sooner or later, with my style of game, I could get in control of the match, which I did in the middle of the second set."

Wanting to finish it off quickly, he raced through the tiebreaker — with some help from Tsonga, who double-faulted to make it 5-1 and then sent a running forehand long to give Djokovic four championship points.

He only needed one as Tsonga hit a forehand wide.

Djokovic fell on his back, then got up to shake hands with Tsonga and put his arm around the Frenchman. He got on his knees and kissed the court, shook hands with his family, then tossed two rackets into the stands before burying his face in a towel.

"First, before I thank everybody in this world, I want to thank everybody in my box, who've supported me all the way through, not just these two weeks, all the way in my life," Djokovic said. "Thank you very much, I love you."

"I know the crowd wanted him to win more," Djokovic said. "That's OK, it's all right. I still love you guys, don't worry. I'm very, very happy that I won my first Grand Slam here, so hopefully we'll see you here on this stage a lot more often in the future."

Tsonga said he was proud of himself.

"I don't know if I have to be sad or happy of this final, but I feel great," Tsonga said. "I'm happy for Novak, because he played unbelievable today."

It was a fitting final for the Australian open and a delight to every ones eyes hope all of u enjoyed the game as I did.

The True story -The trail of Harbajan Singh

Mike Procter, the match referee who found Harbhajan Singh guilty of calling Andrew Symonds a "monkey" during the Sydney Test, relied on the evidence of three Australian players in reaching his decision, it has been revealed. Harbhajan was banned for three Tests for that offence but the sentence was suspended following an appeal, by the Indian team, which will be heard next week.

In a leaked copy of his report on the hearing, Procter says: "I have heard evidence from Andrew Symonds, Michael Clarke and Matthew Hayden that he did say these words. Harbhajan Singh denies saying these words. Both umpires did not hear nor did Ricky Ponting or Sachin Tendulkar. I am satisfied and sure beyond reasonable doubt that Harbhajan Singh did say these words.

"I am satisfied that the words were said and that the complaint to the umpires, which forms this charge, would not have been put forward falsely, I dismiss any suggestion of motive or malice."

Procter's decision came late into the night of January 6, after Australia won a Test match that was mired in controversy and ended amid inflamed passions among players and public. The race issue apart, there were several contentious umpiring decisions, largely going against India, and visible tensions between the teams. The verdict itself created almost as much controversy as the incident; it was welcomed and criticised along national lines, the neutrals preferring to wait and see how Procter reached his decision, and these revelations are likely to stir up emotions again..

Among those present at the hearing was Sachin Tendulkar, the other Indian batsman at the crease, but Procter indicates he would not have been within earshot of the incident. "It was submitted to me by Chetan Chauhan [the Indian team manager] that there was doubt because the umpires and other players did not hear the words but, in my judgment, they would not have been in a position to hear them," Procter says. "I note that Sachin Tendulkar only became involved when he realised that something was happening and was gestured over. He tried to calm things down because something had happened that he did not hear."

The second issue he had to consider; Procter said, was whether Harbhajan used the words with the intention of insulting or offending him. "I am sure beyond reasonable doubt that the use of the word "monkey" or "big monkey" was said to insult or offend Andrew Symonds on the basis of his race, colour or ethnic origin."

While asserting that whatever may have been said between them prior to the exchange in question was irrelevant, Procter acknowledges there was a "history" between the two dating back to the one-day international in Mumbai late last year.

"It is not relevant to my findings here to decide what happened in Mumbai. Nevertheless there was trouble in Mumbai when members of the crowd were arrested for using the word "monkey" and gesturing towards Andrew Symonds. This caused both Indian and Australian boards to issue a joint-statement. To this extent Mumbai is relevant to this hearing."

The spat between Harbhajan and Symonds took place on the third day of the second Test in Sydney, when India were batting. Symonds later revealed he approached Harbhajan after the Indian offspinner had tapped Brett Lee on the back with his bat.

"I was standing nearby and when I saw what happened, I thought, 'Hold on, that's not on'," Symonds told the Herald Sun: "I'm a firm believer in sticking up for your team-mate so I stepped in and had a bit of a crack at Harbhajan, telling him exactly what I thought of his antics. He then had a shot back, which brings us to the situation we're facing."

Tendulkar and the umpires - Mark Benson and Steve Bucknor - intervened to defuse the situation, Benson covering his mouth while talking to Harbhajan to avoid lip-reading television viewers. The umpires reported Harbhajan to Procter after receiving a complaint from Australia's captain Ricky Ponting, who was abiding by the ICC directives concerning racism.

Following India's appeal the ICC appointed New Zealand judge John Hansen to chair the hearing, which is slated to be held on January 29 and 30 in Adelaide.

Rusian beauty Wins........

Maria Sharapova's acceptance speech was as polished as her game at the Australian Open. A year after being on the wrong end of one of the most-lopsided losses in a Grand Slam final, Sharapova wrapped up her third major title with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over fourth-seeded Ana Ivanovic.

The Russian lost out to Serena Williams in the final 12 months previously, the fifth seed produced a powerful performance to see off a spirited Ivanovic in straight sets and take the season's opening grand slam title.

After Ivanovic sprayed a forehand wide on match point, Sharapova dropped to her knees and appeared to be fighting back tears as she waved and blew kisses to the crowd.

Then she dropped her racket in her chair before heading to shake hands and exchange high-fives with her father and supporters.

She clasped her hands and swayed as she stood, waiting to receive the Daphne Akhurst Trophy, then told the Rod Laver Arena crowd that she'd received a text message from tennis great Billie Jean King telling her that 'Champions take chances and pressure is a privilege. "I took mine,"

It’s surely nice to see the young Russian winning a grand slam again … congratulations’ champion..

FedEX Derailed!!!!!!!!!!!

Serbian young gun Novak Djokovic ended defending champion Roger Federer's record run of 10 consecutive Grand Slam finals to power into the Australian Open decider on Friday.

Third-seeded Djokovic confirmed his status as Federer's heir apparent with a tense 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) win in two hours 28 minutes to set up an intriguing final on Sunday against unseeded French sensation Jo-Wilfred Tsonga.

The young Serb was speechless at first but later Djokovic said “It's amazing, an indescribable feeling to beat the number one player of the world, probably one of the best players this sport has ever had, in straight sets, I'm just so amazed at how well I coped with the pressure, in the most important moments I played my best tennis."

The Swiss champ didn’t know what had happened he could only say that "He made the more important points today. It was a bit unfortunate for me, but he did play well and served really well when he had to,"

Federer came under increasing pressure in the second set and went down a break in the fourth game when Djokovic came up with a super running backhand to pick up a sliced volley for a winner. Djokovic pumped his chest in triumph on snaring the point and the break.

The Swiss again fell behind two break points in his next service game and Djokovic claimed it with a cracking forehand on the line to lead 5-1. But Federer broke back with a floating backhand return on his third break point.

Djokovic was put under pressure as he attempted to serve out for the second set and won a tense service game with an ace.

He fought his way out of three break points in his opening service game of the final set and put Federer under renewed pressure with four break points in the third but the Swiss grimly held on.

The third set went into a tiebreaker and despite falling behind a mini-break, the Serb clinched it on his first match point for a career-defining victory.

He celebrated his victory in style by ripping his shirt off any waving to the crowds anyone who saw the game will surely accept the fact that the Serb deserved to win. Hats off to u mate!


Hi ppl my IElTS results have come i ve got an overall band score of 7 out of 9. Its a pretty decent score. My with subdivisions are as follows

Listening 7.5

Reading 7

Writing 6.5

Speaking 7

The Universities requirement is 6.5 so i am eligible to apply for univs... :-)

Inspired India end Australia's streak

No overseas team, barring legendary Caribbean sides, had won in Perth since 1985-86, and given what transpired in Sydney a fortnight ago, India's convincing 72-run victory at the WACA will surely go down as their finest Test win. An entertaining ninth-wicket partnership between Mitchell Johnson and Stuart Clark gave a 16,000-strong crowd plenty of merriment, but it proved to have only nuisance value as India ended Australia's stunning 16-match streak.

Michael Clarke had been the boy on the burning deck, but with Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, Andrew Symonds and Adam Gilchrist back in the pavilion, the good ship was always destined for the ocean floor. And when Clarke gave Anil Kumble the charge and was beaten in the flight, it was as good as over. His 81 had spanned just 134 balls and included some majestic drives, but when he departed, he took any lingering Australian hope with him.

Johnson and Clark thought differently though. They weren't about to die wondering, and a partnership that contained more agricultural mows than a harvest season gave Kumble and the Indians more than a bit of grief. The 73-run stand at nearly a run a ball had everything - fours, huge sixes, miscued hooks falling short of fielders and even Johnson being bowled off a no-ball.

Kumble took the new ball as soon as it was due and Irfan Pathan struck with the final ball of his second over with it, inducing a big swish from Clark that flew to Dhoni behind the stumps. But there was still time for Johnson to bring up his 50 and Shaun Tait to show off his space-age pads before RP Singh sneaked one through a defensive prod to spark joyous celebrations.

A couple of contentious decisions helped them along the way. At lunch, with Australia three down, the match was still finely poised. But soon after the interval, RP jagged one back a little to strike Hussey on the knee roll. As he had with Sachin Tendulkar on the opening day, Asad Rauf chose to disregard the height and give the batsman out. Hussey had made 46, and his exit dimmed hopes of glory.

Worse was to follow for Australia. Symonds biffed Kumble for a six over long-on, but was then caught on the crease by a delivery that hurried through at 102kph. To the naked eye, it was plumb, and Billy Bowden's finger was already on the way up by the time a dismayed Symonds suggested an inside edge. Having drunk from a reservoir of luck in Sydney, Symonds found the well bone-dry across the continent in Perth.

Through it all, Clarke played with the mastery that marked his debut in Bangalore in 2004. There were a couple of beautiful straight-drives, and elegant strokes through the covers that left the fielders standing. He was just as assured clipping off the pads, and with Gilchrist showing signs of finding his feet, the 50 partnership came up in 10.4 overs.

By that stage, with Ishant Sharma not replicating his morning heroics and Pathan not quite finding his rhythm, Kumble had gambled on the offspin of Virender Sehwag. It was an inspired move. Gilchrist tried to sweep one that was too full and was bowled behind his legs, prompting frenzied celebrations from the Indians. And when Brett Lee followed in Sehwag's next over, the game was as good as up.

It had been much tighter in the morning, even though a sensational spell of seam bowling from Ishant put Ponting through the wringer for an hour before dismissing him. Both Ponting and Hussey struggled for any semblance of fluency as the Indians toiled with little reward on a slightly cooler morning.

Ishant had Ponting sparring outside off stump innumerable times, and induced more than one false shot in a spell where his rhythm was exceptional. Starting with an edge off Hussey that didn't quite carry to second slip, he tested both batsmen with lively pace and steep bounce while maintaining great seam position. His height was the most significant factor, with even length deliveries causing problems. Ponting took one on the knuckles, and was never at ease all morning.

There were two excellent appeals for leg before turned down, the second when Ponting didn't even offer a stroke, but justice was done 20 minutes before lunch when Ishant drew him into a stroke that took the edge through to Rahul Dravid at first slip. Ponting and Hussey had added 74, giving a platform for the rest to tilt at what remained an imposing windmill.

The figures may not show it, but Ishant's nine-over spell was as good as any seen from a visiting bowler in Perth over the past decade. It pushed Australia right back on to the ropes and after lunch, his bowling mates landed the knockout blows that levelled the best team in the world.

Chennai open Result

Mikhail Youzhny won this years edition of Chennai open in a rather convincing manner. He defeated the world No.2 easily for a score line of 6-0, 6-1. The total game just lasted for 48 minutes. The world number 2 was clearly tired after his previous days classic match against Moya. Surely Nadals fans were disappointed because they were not able see a evenly contested final.
Lets wish both of them the best for the Australian Open.

A classic match

It was a treat to the eyes for everybody who watched the semi final clash between Nadal and Moya. It was an outstanding performance by both the players. Moya started off really well by winning the first set 6-7. But the crowd was behind the youngster, who shot bak and took the second set in an exciting tie breaker. He won the second set 7-6. later carried his form to the final set which also was to be decided by a tie breaker. by this time the match has passed the previous record of the longest match tat has been played at the Chennai open. The final score line was 6-7,7-6,7-6. Nadal was received by loud cheers of the crowd and both the players were given a standing ovation for their game. Nadal now faces Mikhail Youzhny in the finals.