Friday, February 25, 2011

Centuries in ICC World Cup 2011

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ICC World Cup has started and the cricket playing nations are at the peak of cricket fever. Forty Eight matches to be played in forty days starting from February 19th. Here is a compilation of YouTube videos of centuries scored in the ICC World Cup 2011 till now. The videos will be updated at the end of each match where a player scores a century. Bookmark this page to see the videos of some great performance in this world cup.
Century No 24 - DPMD Jayawardene (Sri Lanka)103 vs India
Century No 23 - Upul Tharanga (Sri Lanka) vs England
Century No 22 - Tilakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka) vs England
Century No 21 - Ricky Ponting (Australia) 104 vs India
Century No 20 - Yuvraj Singh (India) 113 vs West Indies
Century No 19 - Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka) 111 vs New Zealand
Century No 18 - Paul Stirling (Ireland) 101 vs Netherlands
Century No 17 - ten Doeschate (Netherlands)106 vs Ireland

Century No 16 - Brendon McCullum (New Zealand) vs Canada
Century No 15 - Sachin Tendulkar (India) vs South Africa
Century No 14 - Devon Smith (West Indies) vs Ireland
Century No 13 - Tilakaratne Dilshan (Sri Lanka) vs Zimbabwe
Century No 12 - Upul Tharanga (Sri Lanka) vs Zimbabwe
Century No 11 - Rose Taylor (New Zealand) vs Pakistan
Century No 10 - AB de Villiers (South Africa) vs Netherlands

Century No 9 - Hashim Amla (South Africa) vs Netherlands


Century No 8 - Kevin O'Brien (Ireland) vs England

Century No 7 - Andrew Strauss (England) vs India
Century No 6 - Sachin Tendulkar (India) vs England
Century No 5 - AB de Villiers (South Africa) vs West Indies
De Villiers, who was named ODI Player of the Year for 2010, barely put a foot wrong in his knock, ticking along at better than a-run-a-ball from the start and sounding an ominous warning for South Africa's opponents in this tournament. He shared in a decisive 119-run stand for the third wicket with Graeme Smith and shut down the game by adding a further 84 in JP Duminy's company. Continue Reading 
Century No 4 ten Doeschate (Netherlands)119 vs England
At the mid-innings break Ryan ten Doeschate, a little weary after scoring the second-highest individual score (119) by an Associate player, said he was a touch disappointed because he could've done more. He need not have bothered. Today he played as a consummate batsman: his timing, his placement, his foot movement, his reflexes, his smart working of the field worked magnificently. There were no mis-hits, instead he played on the mistakes, of which there many, committed by the England bowlers. Continue Reading
Century No 3 - DPMD Jayawardene 100 vs Canada
Mahela Jayawardene, the Sri Lanka vice-captain, said he was pleased with Sri Lanka's start to the World Cup but there was still a lot of hard work ahead of his team in the tournament. Jayawardene scored the fastest century by a Sri Lanka player in any World Cup, when he got to the landmark off 80 balls in their first game of the tournament, against Canada in Hambantota on Sunday. The previous fastest hundred was off 85 balls by Sanath Jayasuriya, against Bangladesh in 2007. Continue Reading
Century No 2 - Virat Kohli 100* (India) vs Bangladesh
Kohli became the first Indian and the 13th batsman to score a century on his World Cup debut.
Century No 1 - Virender Sehwag (India) 175 vs Bangladesh
Virender Sehwag might have taken extra care to make sure he batted deep into India's innings at Mirpur, but when it comes to his press conferences, middle overs continue to remain conspicuous in their absence. He talks like he bats, and after his 175 - his longest one-day innings in terms of runs, balls faced, and overs elapsed - his reaction was: "I am happy that at least once in my career I have batted 47 overs." That was followed by a warning: "I was planning to bat 50 overs. I couldn't do that, but hopefully I will do so in coming games." Continue Reading
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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

“Class” Roads but “Classless” Drivers!!!

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The other day we had our first road trip after coming back to India. Deepa and I drove from Vellore to Chennai (around 140 kms) in the four line highway conceived by NDA government of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and completed by UPA government of Dr Manmohan Singh. 
We started around 5:00 PM from Vellore to reach Chennai by 7:00 PM and started back from Chennai around 10.00 PM and reached home by 12:00 AM. So had the experience of driving in the day and night on the same day. I must admit that the entire stretch of roads were fantabulous. Driving in few stretches especially during night, with all those properly installed and maintained reflectors, made us feel like driving in some best freeways of US. Kudos to government and engineers who made this happen in India. 
After we reached home we decided – if possible we will never again drive in highways. Why? Roads are “world class” but majority of the drivers are “classless”. You need tons of luck to reach the destination safely in the middle of this rash driving. 
When you are driving in such high speed of over 80 kph (50 mph) it is very important that you follow some basic rules. I don’t think 99% of those driving in the Indian highways know the 2 second rule and passing rule. This is the minimum you should be following while driving in highways and all through those 4 hours of my driving I rarely saw any one following it. 
So what is 2 second rule?
At any speed, you can use the two-second rule to see if you are far enough behind the car in front of you:
 Watch the vehicle ahead pass some fixed point - an overpass, sign, fence corner, or other marker. Count off the seconds it takes you to reach the same spot in the road ("one thousand and one, one thousand and two..."). If you reach the mark before you finish counting, you are following too closely. Slow down and check your following distance again.
The two-second rule applies to any speed in good weather and road conditions. If road or weather conditions are not good, double your following distance. You should also double your following distance when driving a motor home or towing a trailer.
But all though out the journey so many vehicles were coming so close to my car from behind that if I have to decelerate or some reason has to stop the vehicle there is going to be a big collision. 
Now what is passing rule? See the photo below. Through out the trip I saw vehicles overtaking as shown in the left figure which is highly dangerous. It may take one more second to overtake in the right way as shown in the right figure but I am not sure why they don’t want to take that extra pain.
One the way back, we saw a lorry with NO lights parked in one of the lanes in the highways. There was no way I can stop the car after spotting that lorry and luckily for us the other lane was empty and averted an accident. Drive in the night and you can see so many vehicles parked in the lanes of the highways. 
It is not even worth to mention the lanes. Again most of the drivers don’t know why lanes are put in the highways. They have mastered this art of maneuvering the vehicle with exactly one half in one lane and other half in adjacent line. 
It is pity that we have some outstanding roads in India but cannot derive the full benefit of it due to some senseless driving by people using it.
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Friday, February 18, 2011

Question Paper Time!!!



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The first course and the first exam I took in US – all are so fresh in mind! It was such a different experience that I was totally out of place in the first class I attended and the first exam I took in US. The questions the professor asked was so practical that I had never seen anything like that in my life. It took me more than half of the exam time to understand the question and scored very low marks. I had another 15 odd courses in US and I never had to write the traditional way of “mug up everything and vomit” kind of questions. 
So now I am on the other side of the fence – setting question papers for my student. Now I realize how demanding it is to set a good paper. I have made it a point that I will set a question paper such that the student will learn something new even while writing the exam by testing his practical knowledge of the subject. 
I taught this paper “Physicochemical and Biological Process” for Masters Students where I taught the fundamentals of Water Chemistry, Chemical Reaction kinetics and microbial principles. On the day of their final exam in November, India was playing against New Zealand in a one day series. I related the entire question paper of 100 marks to that cricket match. It took me 4 days to make this question paper. There was a French girl in my class who didn’t know anything about cricket and to make her understand I had to do some “extra explanation” about cricket! Here is the question paper. 
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has awarded the 1st One Day International (ODI) between India and New Zealand at VIT Cricket Ground (VITCG) in VIT University and will be held on 28th of November. VIT ground will become the 46th venue of India to host an international ODI.  The various events that happen from the day BCCI announced the venue of the cricket match to the day match is played form part of this question paper.
1.      The condition of VITCG is in a very bad shape owing to the lack of proper maintenance. It is necessary that work should be in done in war-footing to raise this stadium to international level. The International Cricket Council (ICC), governing body of cricket in the world has recommended that various physical, chemical and biological properties of water that is being used to grow and maintain the grass be noted on a daily basis. The curator of the pitch is coming to you to identify the physical, chemical and biological properties of water he has to measure every day. Can you help him identify the various physical, chemical and biological properties of water? [6 marks]
2.      Curator of the ground aims to add water that is within the desirable limits set by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) for drinking water. Please identify the desirable limits of physical, chemical and biological properties of drinking water as set by BIS for the various properties you mentioned in Question No 1? [5 marks]
3.      Curator of the ground soon finds out that he do not have the luxury of using drinking water to water the grass in the ground. He has to mix the clean water with the recycled water generated inside VIT and use it. ICC has set a limit for the Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) of the water that is added to the cricket field should not exceed 10 mg/L. The curator needs 2.0 million liters (ML) of water per day to irrigate the grass of which 1.5 ML comes from recycle water from VIT. The remaining water is the drinking water with no BOD. What should be the maximum BOD in the recycle water so that ICC guidelines are met? [6 marks]
4.      Assume that the curator needs to add a weak acid to the soil to make the good batting pitch. He has four acids to select from – nitric acid (KHNO3 = 100), phosphoric acid (KH3PO4 = 10-2.1), boric acid (Kboric acid = 10-9.3), hydrogen sulfide (KH2S = 10-7.1). Which will you suggest and why? [4 marks]
5.      The curator of the ground got only acetic acid that is a weak acid. So to understand the effect of acetic acid on addition of water he took 0.05 ml of 1.6 M acetic acid and mixed with 1 kg of water. Can you calculate and tell him how much will be the resultant pH? Assume the following - density of water as 1000 kg/m3; [H+] >> [OH-] [10 marks]
6.      Accidently the curator added 10-2 M HCl to water instead of acetic acid. What is the resultant pH of water? [5 marks]
7.      The water analysis of water sprinkled on the grass showed that copper content is above the maximum limit set by ICC. Being an environmental engineer you know a smart way of removing copper from the water supplied to the VITCG. The central feature of this process is addition of scrap aluminum metal to an acid solution containing dissolved copper ions. If the solution contains enough fluoride or chloride ions, a reaction progress in which aluminum dissolves and the copper precipitates as metallic Cuo(s) which can be removed from suspension by settling and/or filtration. The relevant reaction can be written as follows
3Cu2+         +      2 Al0(s)                <-->         Cu0(s)           +         2 Al3+
Standard Gibbs energy of formation of the ionic species in the above reaction are     G0Cu2+ = 65.5 KJ/mol and G0Al3+ = -489.4 KJ/mol. So if a sprinkled in the stadium contains 300 mg/L of Cu2+and Al is dosed with 100 mg/L of Al scraps (solid Al) and the above reaction proceeds until equilibrium is reached, what will be the final concentration of Cu2+, Al0, Cu0 and Al3+ be? Given molecular weight of Cu = 63.55 and Al = 26.98. [15 Marks]
8.      The pump station that was used to pump the recycle water to the stadium was forced to be shut down for a week due to maintenance. As an alternative arrangement, the water from the lake in VIT will be pumped to the cricket ground. Studies have shown that it contains a compound called Methyl Tert-Butyl Ether (MTBE) which is carcinogenic but not regulated by ICC. You as an Environmental Engineer is sure that MTBE can be easily biodegraded as the contaminated water percolates through the soil while the curator still has doubts of using that water. Can you explain to him the advantages and disadvantages of treating water contaminated with MTBE this way? [8 Marks]
9.      India players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman [Group A] has played over 15 years of International cricket. There are players like Hrishikesh Kanitkar, L R Shukla and Sriram [Group B] who played very few matches for India before fading away from international scene. Then India has players like Kanwaljit Singh (highest wicket taker in Ranji Trophy) and Amol Muzumdar (maximum number of runs in Ranji Trophy) [Group C] who could never play any match for India. Draw a survivorship curve for the survival of these cricketers in international scene and mark clearly Group A, Group B and Group C in those curves. [6 Marks]
10.  Given below is a plan view of the cricket stadium in VIT where the match between India and New Zealand is being held. Assume that if this cricket field was a “cell” what could be the equivalent term in a cell for the following: Periphery of the cricket stadium, Boundary line inside cricket stadium, pitch, wicket and grass?  [6 Marks] 
11.  India has won the toss and decided to bat. Thirty three overs have been bowled and Indian score is 185/2. Tendulkar is batting at 83 and batting for the last 2 hours in the humid conditions of Vellore has made him tired and started developing cramps. The team physio comes out and gives him a drink after which he seems to have regained energy. Can you guess what could be the probable energy drink the physio may have given to Tendulkar based on what you have learned in physicochemical and biological principles and process class? Can you throw some light into the characteristics of that drink and under what category that drink comes? [5 Marks]
12.  A sightscreen is used in cricket so that when the bowler delivers the ball, the batsman can see it clearly against the background. It also prevents any major distractions from occurring in that direction as the batsman is focusing on the ball. In VIT stadium, a white sightscreen is used since the ball used is red. Can you explain a similar technique used in microbiology and its various types? [5 Marks]
13.  VIT Chancellor is keen on using alternate fuels inside VIT and hence the drinks trolley used to carry the drinks to the cricket field was designed inside VIT to use alternate fuel. Can you name a possible bio-fuel that could be used in the drinks trolley? How do we make those bio-fuels? [5 Marks]
14.  Define and explain the meaning of habitat and ecological niche taking Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Indian cricket team captain as an example. [4 Marks]
15.  A hypothetical performance/criticism curve for the Indian cricket team is given below. In the early 1990’s team was not doing well and losing a lot and the amount of criticism the team faced was high. Slowly the team started winning and the intensity and amount of criticism decreased a lot. Now India is the No.1 Test cricket playing nation in the world and criticism has considerably reduced. This has resulted in complacency in the part of the players and India started losing again as shown below. The microbial kinetics also exhibits some relation very similar to that explained below. Explain that relation with a graph similar to that given below [10 Marks] 
Students did really well and feedback from students was amazing. Hopefully they learned something new after taking this test!
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Kerala Election 2011 – Compilation of CPI(M) Campaign Songs


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Come any election in Kerala and you got to listen to lots of parody songs praising one party and criticizing the opposition. This election will also not be any different. YouTube is already flooded with lot of campaign songs especially that of CPI(M). I am not sure if these are official songs but all are fun to listen to. Here is a collection of nine songs that are becoming popular in YouTube. Watch out this space for more such songs as I am sure in this internet age more such songs will be made by all the political parties and their supporters.
Will be back with more songs from all the major political parties as and when it gets uploaded in YouTube.
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Kerala Elections 2011– Constituencies/Candidates

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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Who Will Win ICC Cricket World Cup 2011?

ICC Cricket World Cup is here. Here is a chance for you to predict the winners of this World Cup to be played in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Fourteen teams are split into two groups and there will be a total of 49 matches in this ICC World Cup. Finals will be played in Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 2nd.


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