Saturday, April 18, 2009

2nd IPL Match - Bangalore Royal Challengers v Rajasthan Royals

This was a match between the team that won and came 7th. Rajasthan were the clear favourites going into this match and were very confident and they had every reason to be: they have a very good team, so good that they were champions last year. I personally wanted Bangalore to win because it has Dravid in it and he is my favourite player. Bangalore won the toss and decided to bat.

Rajasthan got a brilliant start by taking 2 wickets in the first over. But Bangalore managed to recover, thanks to Dravid's 66, to 133/8. Quite a competitive score.

Bangalore got an equally good start taking 2 wickets in the first 3 overs. Thanks to some excellent bowling from Kumble, who took the best figures in T20 - 5 for 5, Rajasthan only got to 58 and were all out.

So another surprise - Bangalore win by 75 runs. Dravid got the man of the match award.

Table as it stands:

Team Match Won Lost NR Pts RR Run For Run Against
Bangalore Royal Challengers 1 1 0 0 2 +3.750 133/20.0 58/20.0
Mumbai Indians 1 1 0 0 2 +0.950 165/20.0 146/20.0
Chennai Super Kings 1 0 1 0 0 -0.950 146/20.0 165/20.0
Rajasthan Royals 1 0 1 0 0 -3.750 58/20.0 133/20.0

1st IPL Match - Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians

A very exciting match that went down to the wire. I wanted Mumbai to win because I like Tendulkar a lot. Chennai won the toss and chose to field. On paper Chennai should have won/

It was a good effort with the ball but Flintoff got hammered for over 20 runs in one over of Abhishek Nayar which I thought was poor. They manged to restrict Mumbai to 165 for 7. Hayden dropped a vital catch which meant that Tendulkar managed to make a great score of 59 off 49 balls which proved important at the end.

Then Chennai batted. There was a wicket in the first over but they recovred and started to bat well. But wickets were falling at regular interval and at the end thanks to some good bowling the Mumbai team were able to restrict Chennai to 146 for 7.

So Mumbai won by 19 runs, a surprise result. Tendulkar got the man of the match award.

Here is how the table looks now:

Team Match Won Lost NR Pts RR Run For Run Against
Mumbai Indians 1 1 0 0 2 +0.950 165/20.0 146/20.0
Chennai Super Kings 1 0 1 0 0 -0.950 146/20.0 165/20.0

The DLF IPL Season 2 has begun!

Cricket is another one of my favourite sports. This is not very surprising as most Indians do like cricket. The IPL is a great idea developed by Lalit Modi (same first name as me by the way) and it is a great tournament. The first season was a great success. But the second season was threatened by security concerns as it clashed with the elections. But by moving the tournament to South Africa all these concerns have gone and the IPL has started with the same energy as last year.

SpaceTech Info will keep everyone posted on all the teams that I am following in the IPL that play on weekends!

These teams are:
  1. Deccan Chargers - Home Team
  2. Bangalore Royal Challengers - Lived in Bangalore for a long time and DRavid is my favourite player
  3. Mumbai Indians- Tendulkar is in it.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Brawn, Williams and Toyota Diffuser is Legal

Today the FIA ruled the Brawn GP, Toyota and Williams cars as being legal. Ferrari, Red Bull and Renault said that the rear diffuser is not allowed according to the new rules but Formula 1's governing body ruled in favour of Brawn, Williams and Toyota.

This was the most likely outcome as the FIA hadn't said anything about the diffuser during the Australian and Malaysian Grand Prix. But Ferrari still think that they are right and they are waiting to see why the FIA ruled against them.

I think that Ferrari should give it up and just get on with improving their car instead of worrying about other teams. They should accept the fact that just because the Brawn diffuser is different and better than their it is illegal.

Formula 1

Formula 1 has been one of my favourite sports since I started watching it a few years ago. So I have decided that from now one SpaceTech Info will give the latest news regarding Formula 1. Much of the news and results will be posted right here on SpaceTech Info.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Nintendo DSi Review

Today, at around 9 o'clock we finally received the DSi. We already have a DS Lite and many people were recommending that the DSi isn't worth it if the owner already has a DS. But we took the plunge anyway and bought it...

I had long waited for this moment eagerly anticipating what was in store. We opened the box and there it was. It looked really good. It is slightly bigger than its predecessors - the DS and DS Lite. But its screen is also bigger and its graphics are really good. It had a matted surface which I didn't like. I liked the shiny polished surface of the DS.

It didn't take very long to set up and we were ready to go. First we tried out the new camera and it seemed to work very well, even though it is only 0.3 megapixels. Then I tried setting up the Internet. A good thing is that the DSi has support for WPA which is another feature the DS doesn't. We got it working and then I tried to find the Internet channel that had been promised to come with the DSi. I didn't find it. I was quite surprised that Nintendo had not held up their promise.

But then I figured out that it was hidden away in the Shop channel, the same as the Wii. We downloaded it and it worked really well. There is a feature that allows the user to switch between the touch screen and the top screen. I actually managed to write some of this post on it. But it got tiring after some time so I had to come to the computer.

Overall it is very good and I recommend buying it. I still haven't played a game on it yet but as I explore the features of the DSi there will be updates on this post every so often for a few days.

Update - 12:36 - The DSi only plays AAC files and not MP3. This is quite shocking. An easy way to convert from MP3 to AAC is by using iTunes. Search on Google for this.

Update - 2:32 PM -
I have now played Mario Kart and Super Mario Bros. on it and they both look very good on screen. The DSi has a much more sensitive touchpad. Its touch screen is also very good.

Update - 4:32 PM - The music player doesn't allow music to play through the speakers if it is closed. The only way to listen to music when it is closed is to put headphones before you close it.

Update - 5:38 PM - I forgot to say that another good feature of the DSi is that the brightness can be changed when playing the game. If the battery is running in the DS you had to exit the game and go back to the menu.

Update - 5:46 PM - Some disadvantages of the DSi:
  1. No GBA slot so you can't play and GBA games and some games which have extra hardware that slot here can not be played.
  2. No Flash support for the browser so many things like YouTube will not work.
  3. You can't play any audio streams on the browser.

Update - 05.04.09 - 5:46 PM - I have found another advantage:
  1. If you want to change the game then you can just take it out when you are in the menu unlike the DS where you had to switch it off. THe same is true after changing system preferences.

Some Pictures of the DSi: