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1 .

Direction (Q. 1-10) : Read the following passage to answer the given questions. Some words in the passage are given in bold letters to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Two to win. One ball to go. The field is in. The batsman is fidgety. The bowler is sweating. The world is watching. The suspense is killing. What a scenario! This is one scenario we come across pretty often in the limited-overs game. The one-day international dramatises the tension of cricket. Teams get into a crunch Situation more often than they would like to.
Cricketers die a thousand deaths before they can seal a game. Such cricket takes so much of their nervous energies. But that is the exact reason why such games can be so very dramatic. They bring out the human emotions, virtually wrench them sometimes from the participant.
The tensions of the climax as one team nears the target and the other tries to defend its total can be feit in the Stands, in the press boxes, in the television commentary team, among officials. There is something undefinably chilling about the whole Situation. It is not only the players who feel the friction of the approaching finale.
Far more than 22 people come away from such encounters feeling totally drained. The lights make the scene of the climax even more dramatic, perhaps a shade garish, too. In the faces of the players are highlighted the enormous pressures of the one-day international. You can see the tension in their eyes.
It is do-or-die cricket. But teams which die a thousand deaths in one evening live to fight another day. The crowds return, day after day. They cannot have enough of it, especially if their team is in the fray. There is nothing quite like going to a one-day match to cheer your side.
The crowds make a great reason why such cricket should form a large part of the international calendar. This is not to say that the one-day game should be nurtured at the expense of the traditional Test match format. If you did not have Test match cricket, you will not produce good one-day cricketers. People often miss this point. Test cricket is the nursery.
The other point is that cricket has made a smooth transition to the marketplace. It has not sold out to the market demand for limited-overs cricket. On the contrary, it has managed to use the popularity of the one-day game to keep alive Test match cricket which would otherwise have died a natural death.
Players often see itas ahit-and-giggle game. Criticstend to slam it because they see the aesthetics of the game destroyed by the factor of despair. A batsman makes room in ugly fashion to try and hit the bowler over the top. An edged cut races for four and the crowd bursts into tremendous applause.
Such happenings can jar the sensitivity of those who have grown up on the traditional game and who have come to appreciate its nuances. But then the general public cannot be expected to have the acquired knowledge of the cognoscenti.
They like the game; they love its simplicity. Runs must be made. So, what difference does it make if they come off some crude heave or a Chinese cut? They appreciate the deadline of a target which must be met and they roar when they see their batsmen hurry towards an ending which they hope will be in favour of the team they are supporting.
The reception that big hits get is enormous. This is one of the game's great thrills. The ho's and ha's of Test cricket can be fascinating as fast bowlers run in and beat the bat when the shine is on. But the tempo may die down a bit since it is a five- day game. Out here, the batsmen are the gladiators. You can virtually feel the empathy of the crowd, ball after ball, as the batsmen try and live up to the demands the game is making on them as well as the thousands in the Stands.
And things happen so fast that the one-day game is good and clean cricket. There is no time to ruminate over an LBW decision. Was the batsman out? Was the umpire being partisan? Things happen too quickly in the one-day game for anyone to stop and think. This is an all-action game in which the overs are limited but the thrills are unlimited.

The author has cited "Cricketers die a thousand deaths" because

A.    a batsman gives up his wicket in order to lead his country to victory. B.    a match can take toll on a cricketer.
C.    cricketers have to pass through so many hurdles to win the game. D.    a cricket match always ends in a cliff-hanger.
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2 .

What makes one-day cricket so dramatic ?

A.    chasing of targets B.    involvement of emotions
C.    crisis situations D.    defending of totals
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3 .

If a one-dayer has reached its climax, who among the following will you find cool ?

A.    the spectators B.    the commentators
C.    the officials D.    None of these
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4 .

Why is Test cricket necessary for the one-day game ?

A.    The rule is that the number of one-dayers shall not exceed the number of Test matches. B.    Test matches are a prerequisite for pjaying one dayers.
C.    It is during Test matches that players are properly groomed. D.    Test cricket moderates the commercialisation of the game.
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5 .

Which of the following is true according to the passage ?

A.    Only the cricketers put in their energies in one-dayers. B.    The lights expose the players and dampen the thrill.
C.    Ii is impossible to win a game, once a team has suffered loss. D.    None of these
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6 .

What kind of relationship do Test cricket and one-day cricket bear ?

A.    The latter helps shape players for the former. B.    They are inter-dependent.
C.    The former has saved the latter from a natural death. D.    All of these
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7 .

Why do cricket aesthetes not cherish one-day games ?

A.    One-day cricketers value prize money only. B.    Getting runs is important and not the style.
C.    There cannot be elegance in simplicity. D.    Those playing one-day cricket are not upto-the-mark players.
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8 .

What makes one-day cricket healthy ?

A.    The big hits balloon ones spirits. B.    Fast bowlers beat the bat less often.
C.    Doubtful decisions are soon forgotten. D.    The batsmen behave like gladiators.
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9 .

Which of the following is not true according to the passage ?

A.    One-day cricket is full of suspense. B.    Tension mounts up as the end of the game nears.
C.    The crowds are indefatigable. D.    None of these
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10 .

Direction : Read the following passage to answer the given questions. Some words in the passage are given in bold letters to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Two to win. One ball to go. The field is in. The batsman is fidgety. The bowler is sweating. The world is watching. The suspense is killing. What a scenario! This is one scenario we come across pretty often in the limited-overs game. The one-day international dramatises the tension of cricket. Teams get into a crunch Situation more often than they would like to.
Cricketers die a thousand deaths before they can seal a game. Such cricket takes so much of their nervous energies. But that is the exact reason why such games can be so very dramatic. They bring out the human emotions, virtually wrench them sometimes from the participant.
The tensions of the climax as one team nears the target and the other tries to defend its total can be feit in the Stands, in the press boxes, in the television commentary team, among officials. There is something undefinably chilling about the whole Situation. It is not only the players who feel the friction of the approaching finale.
Far more than 22 people come away from such encounters feeling totally drained. The lights make the scene of the climax even more dramatic, perhaps a shade garish, too. In the faces of the players are highlighted the enormous pressures of the one-day international. You can see the tension in their eyes.
It is do-or-die cricket. But teams which die a thousand deaths in one evening live to fight another day. The crowds return, day after day. They cannot have enough of it, especially if their team is in the fray. There is nothing quite like going to a one-day match to cheer your side.
The crowds make a great reason why such cricket should form a large part of the international calendar. This is not to say that the one-day game should be nurtured at the expense of the traditional Test match format. If you did not have Test match cricket, you will not produce good one-day cricketers. People often miss this point. Test cricket is the nursery.
The other point is that cricket has made a smooth transition to the marketplace. It has not sold out to the market demand for limited-overs cricket. On the contrary, it has managed to use the popularity of the one-day game to keep alive Test match cricket which would otherwise have died a natural death.
Players often see itas ahit-and-giggle game. Criticstend to slam it because they see the aesthetics of the game destroyed by the factor of despair. A batsman makes room in ugly fashion to try and hit the bowler over the top. An edged cut races for four and the crowd bursts into tremendous applause.
Such happenings can jar the sensitivity of those who have grown up on the traditional game and who have come to appreciate its nuances. But then the general public cannot be expected to have the acquired knowledge of the cognoscenti.
They like the game; they love its simplicity. Runs must be made. So, what difference does it make if they come off some crude heave or a Chinese cut? They appreciate the deadline of a target which must be met and they roar when they see their batsmen hurry towards an ending which they hope will be in favour of the team they are supporting.
The reception that big hits get is enormous. This is one of the game's great thrills. The ho's and ha's of Test cricket can be fascinating as fast bowlers run in and beat the bat when the shine is on. But the tempo may die down a bit since it is a five- day game. Out here, the batsmen are the gladiators. You can virtually feel the empathy of the crowd, ball after ball, as the batsmen try and live up to the demands the game is making on them as well as the thousands in the Stands.
And things happen so fast that the one-day game is good and clean cricket. There is no time to ruminate over an LBW decision. Was the batsman out? Was the umpire being partisan? Things happen too quickly in the one-day game for anyone to stop and think. This is an all-action game in which the overs are limited but the thrills are unlimited.

Direction : Choose the word which is the opposite in meaning to the word given in bold as used in the passage.

Q. Nurtured

A.    side lined B.    chased
C.    discouraged D.    targeted
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