Alonso on Podium + India thrash England + Arsenal draw with Man City

So the first super Sunday turned out quite well for me. Positive results in the 3 events has made my week so much brighter.

Formula1:

Alonso finished third in the Singapore Grand Prix on sunday. He started 5th in the race and considering the fact that the Ferrari was slower on the track than the McLaren and the Red Bull, the finish was a fantastic result. Hamilton’s race ended due to a mechanical failure which means Alonso extended his lead to 194 points, 29 ahead of Vettel. Raikkonen sits third ahead of Hamilton in the league. With 6 races to go, the run up to the final race is getting very interesting.

Cricket:

The next event to start on the T.V was the second round match between India and England which India won by a huge margin. We were put into bat by the English and we did well to get to 170 by the end of the innings. Gambhir and Kohli scored 40’s while Rohit Sharma finished strongly at 55. The Arsenal match was going on by the time England’s innings started so I didn’t follow it, but the scoreline suggested that we routed their batsmen. They struggled to play our spin bowlers. Harbhajan had a fantastic comeback after spending more than a year out of the team. He picked up 4 wickets in his 4 overs conceding just 12 runs, fantastic figures for a bowler in a t20 match, in fact the best figures for an Indian bowler in a t20.

We are due to play Australia, South Africa and Pakisthan in the second stage of the tournament. All 3 promise to be very interesting matches. We’ll have to wait and see how they go.

Football:

Arsenal traveled to the Etihad stadium on Sunday and returned back with a point. Considering the fact that the Champions had won 29 of their last 31 home matches, I’d say the point we earned was a fantastic result. It was a highly technical game where both teams defended brilliantly. Our Mertesacker stood out in the defence with countless interceptions while Vincent Kompany had a great game for City, making some great tackles throughout the game. Gervinho had a decent game as he made several attempts to dribble into the box from the left side, though he found his way blocked most of the game. Ramsey had a fantastic game in his first full start this season and so did Koscielny who stood in for our sick captain.

With that game, our defensive credentials have been firmly established. Granted City weren’t at their fluent best coming forward, but it was still a great defensive performance. The Chelsea game this weekend will be another test for our defense, one that I am sure our guys will stand up to.

Man City don’t seem to have had a good start to this season. They sit 7th in the league currently. They lost their opening Champions League match against Madrid and then crashed out of the league cup yesterday, losing 4-2 to Aston Villa. With tough times on the horizon, it will be interesting to see how City respond in the coming weeks.

As to Arsenal, we have been great in our current period, having won 3 and drawn 1 match of the 7. Our unbeaten run in all competitions this season stands at 6 matches. We play Coventry in the league cup 4th round today. I hope they don’t cause a major upset.

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