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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Kings XI Punjab beat Mumbai Indians in a thriller

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Kings XI Punjab beat Mumbai Indians by three runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at Kingsmead here Wednesday.
Brief scores: Kings XI Punjab 119 for eight (Kumar Sangakkara not out 45; Lasith Malinga 2-12).

Mumbai Indians 116 for seven (J. P. Duminy 59; Yusuf Abdulla 2-18, Irfan Pathan 2-20)

Kings XI Punjab beat Mumbai Indians in a thriller

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Kings XI Punjab beat Mumbai Indians by three runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at Kingsmead here Wednesday.
Brief scores: Kings XI Punjab 119 for eight (Kumar Sangakkara not out 45; Lasith Malinga 2-12).

Mumbai Indians 116 for seven (J. P. Duminy 59; Yusuf Abdulla 2-18, Irfan Pathan 2-20)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Rajasthan Royals beats Delhi Daredevils

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Rajasthan Royals restricted Delhi Daredevils to 143 for seven in 20 overs in an IPL match here at Super Sport Park on Tuesday.

Delhi was struggling on 49 for four at one stage before A.B. de Villiers (50, 40b, 5x4, 1x6) and Daniel Vettori (29) added 56 for the fifth wicket to rescue their side. Vettori also put on 30 in 3.1 overs with Mithun Manhas for the sixth wicket.

Earlier, Delhi lost its openers to Dimitri Mascarenhas after electing to bat. The 31-year-old medium pacer realised the benefits of control and a touch of movement.

Gautam Gambhir was held splendidly at slip by Rajasthan captain Shane Warne, who flung himself to his left to catch the nick.

Virender Sehwag, who had begun by flicking Mascarenhas for six, mistimed a lofted shot. Kamran Khan, at mid on, kept his nerve under the high ball, and judged the catch nicely.

These were important wickets for Rajasthan, and more were to follow. Tillakaratne Dilshan has been in fine form this tournament, but he never got going on Tuesday. After a few play-and-misses, he top-edged a pull stroke off Munaf Patel for Swapnil Asnodkar to complete the catch.

Warne brought himself on in the eighth over. He struck almost immediately with a beautifully flighted leg break that drifted into the right-hander. Dinesh Karthik turned his bat’s face to play it to leg, but all he could manage was a leading edge back to the champion bowler.

Rajasthan had the opportunity to reduce Delhi to 60 for five. Vettori was caught by Warne at slip. Munaf had, however, over-stepped.

Delhi went to the tactical time-out on 66 for four from ten overs, with A.B. de Villiers, who looked in the best touch of all Delhi’s batsmen, sustaining the innings.

The 13th over was one of action. After de Villiers hit Yusuf Pathan for six, barely clearing the field, Yusuf fluffed a simple chance to run the batsman out. With de Villiers well short of the crease, the bowler couldn’t collect the ball to break the stumps.

Yusuf atoned by conceding just three runs in the 15th over before Warne returned to win a leg-before appeal against de Villiers.

The ball had pitched outside the line of leg-stump. Vettori and Manhas raised crucial runs in the final stages of the innings before the former was yorked by Munaf, who bowled a magnificent 19th over, giving away only two leg-byes.

Australia speedster Shaun Tait is hoping to turn out for Rajasthan Royals in the closing stages of the Indian Premier League after joining practice this week following three months on the sidelines due to a chronic hamstring tendonitis.

Tait, who was bought by Royals for $375,000, was stopped from playing in the IPL by Cricket Australia on medical grounds.

But the pacer now feels he has recovered from his injury and hopes to get clearance from CA.

“If I can get myself fit, and there is a window for the final two or three games, that would be fantastic,” Tait said.

SCOREBOARD

Delhi Daredevils: G. Gambhir c Warne b Mascarenhas 8, V. Sehwag c Kamran b Mascarenhas 16, A.B. de Villiers lbw b Warne 50, T. Dilshan c Asnodkar b Munaf 7, D. Karthik c and b Warne 4, D. Vettori b Munaf 29, M. Manhas (not out) 23, A. Mishra b Kamran 0, P. Sangwan (not out) 1; Extras: (lb-3, w-1, nb-1) 5; Total: (for 7 wickets, 20 overs) 143.

Fall of wickets: 1-20, 2-25, 3-38, 4-49

Rajasthan Royals bowling: Mascarenhas 4-0-28-2, Kamran 4-0-35-1, Munaf 4-1-14-2, Warne 4-0-32-2, Jadeja 2-0-17-0, Yusuf 2-0-14-0

Rajasthan Royals beats Delhi Daredevils

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Rajasthan Royals restricted Delhi Daredevils to 143 for seven in 20 overs in an IPL match here at Super Sport Park on Tuesday.

Delhi was struggling on 49 for four at one stage before A.B. de Villiers (50, 40b, 5x4, 1x6) and Daniel Vettori (29) added 56 for the fifth wicket to rescue their side. Vettori also put on 30 in 3.1 overs with Mithun Manhas for the sixth wicket.

Earlier, Delhi lost its openers to Dimitri Mascarenhas after electing to bat. The 31-year-old medium pacer realised the benefits of control and a touch of movement.

Gautam Gambhir was held splendidly at slip by Rajasthan captain Shane Warne, who flung himself to his left to catch the nick.

Virender Sehwag, who had begun by flicking Mascarenhas for six, mistimed a lofted shot. Kamran Khan, at mid on, kept his nerve under the high ball, and judged the catch nicely.

These were important wickets for Rajasthan, and more were to follow. Tillakaratne Dilshan has been in fine form this tournament, but he never got going on Tuesday. After a few play-and-misses, he top-edged a pull stroke off Munaf Patel for Swapnil Asnodkar to complete the catch.

Warne brought himself on in the eighth over. He struck almost immediately with a beautifully flighted leg break that drifted into the right-hander. Dinesh Karthik turned his bat’s face to play it to leg, but all he could manage was a leading edge back to the champion bowler.

Rajasthan had the opportunity to reduce Delhi to 60 for five. Vettori was caught by Warne at slip. Munaf had, however, over-stepped.

Delhi went to the tactical time-out on 66 for four from ten overs, with A.B. de Villiers, who looked in the best touch of all Delhi’s batsmen, sustaining the innings.

The 13th over was one of action. After de Villiers hit Yusuf Pathan for six, barely clearing the field, Yusuf fluffed a simple chance to run the batsman out. With de Villiers well short of the crease, the bowler couldn’t collect the ball to break the stumps.

Yusuf atoned by conceding just three runs in the 15th over before Warne returned to win a leg-before appeal against de Villiers.

The ball had pitched outside the line of leg-stump. Vettori and Manhas raised crucial runs in the final stages of the innings before the former was yorked by Munaf, who bowled a magnificent 19th over, giving away only two leg-byes.

Australia speedster Shaun Tait is hoping to turn out for Rajasthan Royals in the closing stages of the Indian Premier League after joining practice this week following three months on the sidelines due to a chronic hamstring tendonitis.

Tait, who was bought by Royals for $375,000, was stopped from playing in the IPL by Cricket Australia on medical grounds.

But the pacer now feels he has recovered from his injury and hopes to get clearance from CA.

“If I can get myself fit, and there is a window for the final two or three games, that would be fantastic,” Tait said.

SCOREBOARD

Delhi Daredevils: G. Gambhir c Warne b Mascarenhas 8, V. Sehwag c Kamran b Mascarenhas 16, A.B. de Villiers lbw b Warne 50, T. Dilshan c Asnodkar b Munaf 7, D. Karthik c and b Warne 4, D. Vettori b Munaf 29, M. Manhas (not out) 23, A. Mishra b Kamran 0, P. Sangwan (not out) 1; Extras: (lb-3, w-1, nb-1) 5; Total: (for 7 wickets, 20 overs) 143.

Fall of wickets: 1-20, 2-25, 3-38, 4-49

Rajasthan Royals bowling: Mascarenhas 4-0-28-2, Kamran 4-0-35-1, Munaf 4-1-14-2, Warne 4-0-32-2, Jadeja 2-0-17-0, Yusuf 2-0-14-0

Deccan and Mumbai both win in IPL

Deccan and Mumbai both win in IPL
The Deccan Chargers and the Mumbai Indians cruised to impressive wins Monday in two Indian Premier League matches.

In Durban, Herschelle Gibbs hit an unbeaten 69 to guide Deccan to a six-wicket victory over the Chennai Super Kings that takes them to the top of the IPL table with a maximum eight points from four games. Chennai are fifth with just three points from their opening five matches.

Deccan won with three balls to spare, ending on 169-4 in reply to Chennai's 165-5.

Gibbs played a flawless innings, hitting six boundaries and two sixes in 56 balls and sharing a 67-run opening stand with Adam Gilchrist, who belted 44 runs off only 16 balls.

"For us to get home in a tight one helps build character," said Gilchrist after the match.

Gilchrist, in particular, attacked Chennai's new ball pair of Lakshmpipathy Balaji and Manpreet Gony. The former Australia wicketkeeper was dismissed in the sixth over after being deceived by offspinner Suresh Raina's change of pace and was caught by Muttiah Muralitharan at third man.

Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was in doubt as to where to assign blame for his team's defeat.

"The bowlers let us down," Dhoni said. "We need to come up with new ideas. Maybe a new combination."

In the second match in Port Elizabeth, veteran opening batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya steered the Mumbai Indians to a thumping 92-run win over the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Tendulkar blasted six boundaries and four sixes for 68 in 45 balls, and Jayasuriya smashed four sixes for 52 from 32 deliveries to guide Mumbai to 187-6, the tournament's highest score so far.

"When you are striking the bowl well there is no better feeling," said Tendulkar.

Fast bowler Laxmi Shukla was the pick of the attack with 3-25, while offspinner Ajantha Mendis was particularly expensive, going for 39 runs off four overs at St George's Park.

Kolkata's were bundled out for 95 in reply, being undone by pace bowlers Lasith Malinga and Abhishek Nayar. Malinga took 3-11 and Nayar 3-13.

Deccan and Mumbai both win in IPL

Deccan and Mumbai both win in IPL
The Deccan Chargers and the Mumbai Indians cruised to impressive wins Monday in two Indian Premier League matches.

In Durban, Herschelle Gibbs hit an unbeaten 69 to guide Deccan to a six-wicket victory over the Chennai Super Kings that takes them to the top of the IPL table with a maximum eight points from four games. Chennai are fifth with just three points from their opening five matches.

Deccan won with three balls to spare, ending on 169-4 in reply to Chennai's 165-5.

Gibbs played a flawless innings, hitting six boundaries and two sixes in 56 balls and sharing a 67-run opening stand with Adam Gilchrist, who belted 44 runs off only 16 balls.

"For us to get home in a tight one helps build character," said Gilchrist after the match.

Gilchrist, in particular, attacked Chennai's new ball pair of Lakshmpipathy Balaji and Manpreet Gony. The former Australia wicketkeeper was dismissed in the sixth over after being deceived by offspinner Suresh Raina's change of pace and was caught by Muttiah Muralitharan at third man.

Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was in doubt as to where to assign blame for his team's defeat.

"The bowlers let us down," Dhoni said. "We need to come up with new ideas. Maybe a new combination."

In the second match in Port Elizabeth, veteran opening batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya steered the Mumbai Indians to a thumping 92-run win over the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Tendulkar blasted six boundaries and four sixes for 68 in 45 balls, and Jayasuriya smashed four sixes for 52 from 32 deliveries to guide Mumbai to 187-6, the tournament's highest score so far.

"When you are striking the bowl well there is no better feeling," said Tendulkar.

Fast bowler Laxmi Shukla was the pick of the attack with 3-25, while offspinner Ajantha Mendis was particularly expensive, going for 39 runs off four overs at St George's Park.

Kolkata's were bundled out for 95 in reply, being undone by pace bowlers Lasith Malinga and Abhishek Nayar. Malinga took 3-11 and Nayar 3-13.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Gilchrist fires Deccan Chargers to the top

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It rained sixes at the Newlands in Cape Town on Wednesday as Deccan Chargers beat Bangalore Royal Challengers by 24 runs in the only Indian Premier League match of the day.

Adam Gilchrist produced a batting masterclass, scoring 71 from 45 deliveries, and Rohit Sharma followed it up with 52 off 30 balls -- both batsmen hitting five sixes -- as Deccan Chargers posted 184 for six in 20 overs, the highest total of the tournament.

In reply, Bangalore Royal Challengers, despite a brave 48 off 27 deliveries (5 boundaries, 2 sixes) by Rahul Dravid, rarely threatened and could only put up 160 for eight in their 20 overs. Virat Kohli chipped in with 50 from 32 deliveries, but it could not prevent Bangalore from losing their second straight match.

Scott Styris claimed three for 32 and R P Singh two for 17 in four overs to restrict the Bangalore side.

Deccan Chargers won the toss and elected to bat. Bangalore started off with a strange field placing -- just two men on the leg side and a packed off-side field -- but the strategy backfired.

Gilchrist seemed in a hurry, scoring a hat-trick of boundaries against Praveen Kumar in the first over of the match. The first was crashed through midwicket, as the ball dropped short and straight, while the other two were creamed through small gaps on the off-side.

Keeping the field placing in mind, Dale Steyn [Images] also resorted to bowling outside off-stump and Gilchrist could only smile after despatching two more boundaries through point. Two balls later, the former Aussie wicketkeeper needed no second invitation when Steyn served a tempting half-volley that was thumped straight over for a six.

The introduction of Jacques Kallis in the third over hardly mattered. This time it was his South African team-mate Herschelle Gibbs who walked down the wicket and crashed a full toss through the covers for a boundary.

Kumar came on from the other end but was still clueless as the two openers looked determined to hit him out of the park. Gibbs produced an unbelievable shot when he tried to paddle a full delivery from the pace bowler but top-edged it for a six over the fine leg boundary.

However, Kumar had the last laugh, trapping Gibbs leg before wicket off the next delivery. The right-hander scored 13 from 7 deliveries (1x4, 1x6) and was involved in a rampaging 46-run opening partnership off 23 deliveries, at nearly 12 runs per over, that laid a solid foundation. (46-1, 3.5 overs)

Kallis came in for his second spell, but was subject to the same treatment. He was smashed by Gilchrist for a six and boundary off consecutive deliveries, off full deliveries, as the bowler again erred in length against the Aussie left-hander.

Jesse Ryder's golden arm provided Bangalore an instant breakthrough yet again. He tempted Laxman into playing a lofted shot straight to Steyn at mid-off to dismiss him for five off 10 deliveries. (66-2, 71.)

Rohit was fortunate to survive early on as his inside edge off an attempted drive through the off-side missed the leg stump before crashing into the boundary.

Gilchrist brought up his half-century with a huge six over midwicket off Ryder in the tenth over of the innings. He needed just 31 deliveries to reach the landmark; it contained six boundaries and two sixes. Three balls later he repeated the dose for another big six, his fourth of the innings, as Deccan Chargers raced to 91 for two in 10 overs at the halfway stage.

They went in with the strategy of playing out Anil Kumble's four overs and it was quite sensible since runs were coming at a fair pace from the other end. But Gilchrist could not resist having a go at the ace spinner as he smashed him for a huge six through square leg to race to 66 from 39 deliveries.

Pietersen came into the attack and bowled an excellent over considering the circumstances, giving away just six in his opening over, bowling flat and fast.

Rohit then took cue from Gilchrist's book, thrashing Kumble for three sixes in his final over. The Mumbai [Images] youngster swept the first ball over midwicket for a six, and followed it up with another couple of sixes through the same over to destroy Kumble's final analysis, which read no wicket for 39 runs in four overs.

It was Pietersen who claimed the key wicket of Gilchrist, who was caught by Virat Kohli in the covers after a superb knock of 71. The veteran batsman, who hit six boundaries and five sixes in his 45-ball knock, added 61 runs in six overs for the third wicket with Rohit. (127-3, 13.1)

Stryis was dropped on 2, but his charmed life didn't last long he fell in Pietersen's next over for 14 from 8 deliveries. The Kiwi all-rounder despatched the England spinner for a huge six over midwicket, but fell off the next delivery attempting the same shot.

Rohit was unstoppable as he thumped Ryder for another six, his fourth, through his favourite midwicket region. New batsman Venugopal Rao found difficult getting going, scoring just three from his first six deliveries.

Rohit hit his fifth six through the midwicket region when he effortlessly despatched Pietersen over the boundary ropes. He brought up his half-century off just 28 deliveries with a single on the leg side to a huge cheer from the crowd, who had already got a fair share of their money's worth.

Just when it looked he would turn on things in the final couple of overs, he fell to a tame dismissal. The right-hander, who scored 52 from 30 deliveries, inclusive of a boundary and five sixes, walked across his stumps to play Steyn on the leg side but got a top edge which was gobbled up by Pietersen at mid-on. (172-5, 18.2)

His dismissal saw Bangalore pull back things a bit in the last couple of overs. Rao struggled to get going before he was run out by Kallis for 9 off 13 deliveries. (173-6, 19)

Just 14 runs came off the last two overs as Chargers finished on a strong 184 for six in their 20 overs.

Pietersen deserves credit for keeping the Chargers well under the 200-run mark. His spell of two for 31 in four overs, which included the wickets of Gilchrist and Styris, put the brakes on the run-spree.

Dravid's gallant knock in vain

Ryder's horror run with the bat continued as he fell for a duck for the second straight match. He was bowled by a superb yorker from Fidel Edwards [Images] off the first delivery of the innings. (0-1, 0.1)

But Kallis came out determined and ended the first over with a couple of boundaries through square leg as Edwards faltered with his line.

Rudra Pratap Singh started off well with just three runs in his first over and Edwards followed it with a two-run over as Bangalore were restricted to 15 for one after three overs.

Kallis tried to break the shackles with a pull shot against Singh that went to the boundary, but fell three balls later to the same bowler. The South African all-rounder hit a half-volley straight to Rohit in the covers and was dismissed for 15 off 14 deliveries, inclusive of three boundaries. (19-2, 3.5)

Young Harmeet Singh again impressed with a good opening over that saw him concede just six runs. R P Singh made sure things didn't get easier with another six-run over as Bangalore failed to make best use of the first six overs, scoring only 31 for two. At the same stage, Deccan Chargers were sitting pretty on double that score, having reached 62 for one in six overs.

Robin Uthappa tried to lift the tempo with a lofted shot over midwicket against Styris, but to his disbelief Ravi Teja [Images] came up with a brilliant catch. Uthappa was a big disappointment with the bat, scoring just 12 from 19 deliveries, inclusive of a single boundary, at a time when the team needed a brisk start. (38-3, 7.2)

At the other end, Pietersen was also struggling to get a move on with just 11 runs scored from 14 deliveries faced, including a boundary.

Right from the third over, when Bangalore were 15 for one, they never could break past the six-runs per over mark even till the halfway stage, when they were 57 for three in 10 overs. With 128 runs needed from the last 10 overs and the batsmen failing to come to grips with the conditions, things seemed as good as over for Bangalore.

But the traditionally conservative Dravid came out like a man possessed. He had no problems getting the boundaries as he raced to 20 from 14 deliveries, inclusive of three boundaries. But, unfortunately, for him and the team, at the other end, no batsmen could get going and things only got worse with Pietersen's dismissal.

Ojha, who had a brilliant outing with the ball in the first game, once again came up trumps with the ball. Pietersen's impatience finally grew thin as he stepped down to a flighted delivery from Ojha and was stumped for 11. The Bangalore captain seemed burdened by Deccan's huge score as he rarely threatened with the bat during his 15-ball knock during which he managed just one boundary. (62-4, 10.3)

Dravid fought a lone battle as he smashed a six and two boundaries to take 17 runs off Harmeet in the 14th over. Virat Kohli also seemed keen on making a match out of it as he flicked Edwards for consecutive boundaries through the leg side. But still 76 runs were needed off the last five overs.

Dravid's adventurous knock ended when he hit Styris straight down the throat of Venugopal Rao at long-off. The former India captain smashed 48 from 27 deliveries that included five boundaries and two sixes, but even with his knock Deccan Chargers never seemed in any sort of danger. (115-5, 15.4)

Two wickets fell in quick succession when Rajesh Bishnoi was run-out for two (3 deliveries), while Karan Sharma was caught behind off Styris for 1 (3 deliveries).

Kohli continued to enjoy himself despite the target being well out of reach. The Delhi youngster smashed Edwards for two more boundaries in the 19th over and then took a single in the final over to bring up his half-century. However, he fell off the next ball he faced as he lifted RP Singh straight to Gibbs at long-on to be dismissed for 50 off 32 deliveries, with seven boundaries. (158-8, 19.4)

Bangalore finished on 160 for eight in their 20 overs and lost the match by 24 runs. RP Singh once again excelled with the ball, claiming two for 17 in four overs to take his tally to six wickets in the tournament, the most by any bowler so far. It fetched him the purple cap.

But Ojha deserves special mention too as he took one for 27 in four overs; Styris took three for 32 in four overs.

After Gilchrist took charge of the game with his blazing batting, Deccan Chargers never let Bangalore back in the match at any stage. As Dravid correctly pointed out later, Bangalore lost the game in the first six overs with the ball and the first six overs with the bat.

Bangalore's big problem remains with the ball. They have now conceded the two biggest scores of the tournament already in three games. They beat Rajasthan in their opening match, but even then they escaped despite the lacklustre batting.

It is really surprising to see Bangalore struggling; they boast the tournament's current highest run scorer in Dravid (134 runs) and the joint-second highest wicket-taker in Kumble (5 wickets). The failure of their openers is hurting them a great deal. Time captain Pietersen leads from the front with a solid batting display.

Hyderabad, who finished at the bottom last season, rightly sit atop the standings with four points from two big victories.

Gilchrist fires Deccan Chargers to the top

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It rained sixes at the Newlands in Cape Town on Wednesday as Deccan Chargers beat Bangalore Royal Challengers by 24 runs in the only Indian Premier League match of the day.

Adam Gilchrist produced a batting masterclass, scoring 71 from 45 deliveries, and Rohit Sharma followed it up with 52 off 30 balls -- both batsmen hitting five sixes -- as Deccan Chargers posted 184 for six in 20 overs, the highest total of the tournament.

In reply, Bangalore Royal Challengers, despite a brave 48 off 27 deliveries (5 boundaries, 2 sixes) by Rahul Dravid, rarely threatened and could only put up 160 for eight in their 20 overs. Virat Kohli chipped in with 50 from 32 deliveries, but it could not prevent Bangalore from losing their second straight match.

Scott Styris claimed three for 32 and R P Singh two for 17 in four overs to restrict the Bangalore side.

Deccan Chargers won the toss and elected to bat. Bangalore started off with a strange field placing -- just two men on the leg side and a packed off-side field -- but the strategy backfired.

Gilchrist seemed in a hurry, scoring a hat-trick of boundaries against Praveen Kumar in the first over of the match. The first was crashed through midwicket, as the ball dropped short and straight, while the other two were creamed through small gaps on the off-side.

Keeping the field placing in mind, Dale Steyn [Images] also resorted to bowling outside off-stump and Gilchrist could only smile after despatching two more boundaries through point. Two balls later, the former Aussie wicketkeeper needed no second invitation when Steyn served a tempting half-volley that was thumped straight over for a six.

The introduction of Jacques Kallis in the third over hardly mattered. This time it was his South African team-mate Herschelle Gibbs who walked down the wicket and crashed a full toss through the covers for a boundary.

Kumar came on from the other end but was still clueless as the two openers looked determined to hit him out of the park. Gibbs produced an unbelievable shot when he tried to paddle a full delivery from the pace bowler but top-edged it for a six over the fine leg boundary.

However, Kumar had the last laugh, trapping Gibbs leg before wicket off the next delivery. The right-hander scored 13 from 7 deliveries (1x4, 1x6) and was involved in a rampaging 46-run opening partnership off 23 deliveries, at nearly 12 runs per over, that laid a solid foundation. (46-1, 3.5 overs)

Kallis came in for his second spell, but was subject to the same treatment. He was smashed by Gilchrist for a six and boundary off consecutive deliveries, off full deliveries, as the bowler again erred in length against the Aussie left-hander.

Jesse Ryder's golden arm provided Bangalore an instant breakthrough yet again. He tempted Laxman into playing a lofted shot straight to Steyn at mid-off to dismiss him for five off 10 deliveries. (66-2, 71.)

Rohit was fortunate to survive early on as his inside edge off an attempted drive through the off-side missed the leg stump before crashing into the boundary.

Gilchrist brought up his half-century with a huge six over midwicket off Ryder in the tenth over of the innings. He needed just 31 deliveries to reach the landmark; it contained six boundaries and two sixes. Three balls later he repeated the dose for another big six, his fourth of the innings, as Deccan Chargers raced to 91 for two in 10 overs at the halfway stage.

They went in with the strategy of playing out Anil Kumble's four overs and it was quite sensible since runs were coming at a fair pace from the other end. But Gilchrist could not resist having a go at the ace spinner as he smashed him for a huge six through square leg to race to 66 from 39 deliveries.

Pietersen came into the attack and bowled an excellent over considering the circumstances, giving away just six in his opening over, bowling flat and fast.

Rohit then took cue from Gilchrist's book, thrashing Kumble for three sixes in his final over. The Mumbai [Images] youngster swept the first ball over midwicket for a six, and followed it up with another couple of sixes through the same over to destroy Kumble's final analysis, which read no wicket for 39 runs in four overs.

It was Pietersen who claimed the key wicket of Gilchrist, who was caught by Virat Kohli in the covers after a superb knock of 71. The veteran batsman, who hit six boundaries and five sixes in his 45-ball knock, added 61 runs in six overs for the third wicket with Rohit. (127-3, 13.1)

Stryis was dropped on 2, but his charmed life didn't last long he fell in Pietersen's next over for 14 from 8 deliveries. The Kiwi all-rounder despatched the England spinner for a huge six over midwicket, but fell off the next delivery attempting the same shot.

Rohit was unstoppable as he thumped Ryder for another six, his fourth, through his favourite midwicket region. New batsman Venugopal Rao found difficult getting going, scoring just three from his first six deliveries.

Rohit hit his fifth six through the midwicket region when he effortlessly despatched Pietersen over the boundary ropes. He brought up his half-century off just 28 deliveries with a single on the leg side to a huge cheer from the crowd, who had already got a fair share of their money's worth.

Just when it looked he would turn on things in the final couple of overs, he fell to a tame dismissal. The right-hander, who scored 52 from 30 deliveries, inclusive of a boundary and five sixes, walked across his stumps to play Steyn on the leg side but got a top edge which was gobbled up by Pietersen at mid-on. (172-5, 18.2)

His dismissal saw Bangalore pull back things a bit in the last couple of overs. Rao struggled to get going before he was run out by Kallis for 9 off 13 deliveries. (173-6, 19)

Just 14 runs came off the last two overs as Chargers finished on a strong 184 for six in their 20 overs.

Pietersen deserves credit for keeping the Chargers well under the 200-run mark. His spell of two for 31 in four overs, which included the wickets of Gilchrist and Styris, put the brakes on the run-spree.

Dravid's gallant knock in vain

Ryder's horror run with the bat continued as he fell for a duck for the second straight match. He was bowled by a superb yorker from Fidel Edwards [Images] off the first delivery of the innings. (0-1, 0.1)

But Kallis came out determined and ended the first over with a couple of boundaries through square leg as Edwards faltered with his line.

Rudra Pratap Singh started off well with just three runs in his first over and Edwards followed it with a two-run over as Bangalore were restricted to 15 for one after three overs.

Kallis tried to break the shackles with a pull shot against Singh that went to the boundary, but fell three balls later to the same bowler. The South African all-rounder hit a half-volley straight to Rohit in the covers and was dismissed for 15 off 14 deliveries, inclusive of three boundaries. (19-2, 3.5)

Young Harmeet Singh again impressed with a good opening over that saw him concede just six runs. R P Singh made sure things didn't get easier with another six-run over as Bangalore failed to make best use of the first six overs, scoring only 31 for two. At the same stage, Deccan Chargers were sitting pretty on double that score, having reached 62 for one in six overs.

Robin Uthappa tried to lift the tempo with a lofted shot over midwicket against Styris, but to his disbelief Ravi Teja [Images] came up with a brilliant catch. Uthappa was a big disappointment with the bat, scoring just 12 from 19 deliveries, inclusive of a single boundary, at a time when the team needed a brisk start. (38-3, 7.2)

At the other end, Pietersen was also struggling to get a move on with just 11 runs scored from 14 deliveries faced, including a boundary.

Right from the third over, when Bangalore were 15 for one, they never could break past the six-runs per over mark even till the halfway stage, when they were 57 for three in 10 overs. With 128 runs needed from the last 10 overs and the batsmen failing to come to grips with the conditions, things seemed as good as over for Bangalore.

But the traditionally conservative Dravid came out like a man possessed. He had no problems getting the boundaries as he raced to 20 from 14 deliveries, inclusive of three boundaries. But, unfortunately, for him and the team, at the other end, no batsmen could get going and things only got worse with Pietersen's dismissal.

Ojha, who had a brilliant outing with the ball in the first game, once again came up trumps with the ball. Pietersen's impatience finally grew thin as he stepped down to a flighted delivery from Ojha and was stumped for 11. The Bangalore captain seemed burdened by Deccan's huge score as he rarely threatened with the bat during his 15-ball knock during which he managed just one boundary. (62-4, 10.3)

Dravid fought a lone battle as he smashed a six and two boundaries to take 17 runs off Harmeet in the 14th over. Virat Kohli also seemed keen on making a match out of it as he flicked Edwards for consecutive boundaries through the leg side. But still 76 runs were needed off the last five overs.

Dravid's adventurous knock ended when he hit Styris straight down the throat of Venugopal Rao at long-off. The former India captain smashed 48 from 27 deliveries that included five boundaries and two sixes, but even with his knock Deccan Chargers never seemed in any sort of danger. (115-5, 15.4)

Two wickets fell in quick succession when Rajesh Bishnoi was run-out for two (3 deliveries), while Karan Sharma was caught behind off Styris for 1 (3 deliveries).

Kohli continued to enjoy himself despite the target being well out of reach. The Delhi youngster smashed Edwards for two more boundaries in the 19th over and then took a single in the final over to bring up his half-century. However, he fell off the next ball he faced as he lifted RP Singh straight to Gibbs at long-on to be dismissed for 50 off 32 deliveries, with seven boundaries. (158-8, 19.4)

Bangalore finished on 160 for eight in their 20 overs and lost the match by 24 runs. RP Singh once again excelled with the ball, claiming two for 17 in four overs to take his tally to six wickets in the tournament, the most by any bowler so far. It fetched him the purple cap.

But Ojha deserves special mention too as he took one for 27 in four overs; Styris took three for 32 in four overs.

After Gilchrist took charge of the game with his blazing batting, Deccan Chargers never let Bangalore back in the match at any stage. As Dravid correctly pointed out later, Bangalore lost the game in the first six overs with the ball and the first six overs with the bat.

Bangalore's big problem remains with the ball. They have now conceded the two biggest scores of the tournament already in three games. They beat Rajasthan in their opening match, but even then they escaped despite the lacklustre batting.

It is really surprising to see Bangalore struggling; they boast the tournament's current highest run scorer in Dravid (134 runs) and the joint-second highest wicket-taker in Kumble (5 wickets). The failure of their openers is hurting them a great deal. Time captain Pietersen leads from the front with a solid batting display.

Hyderabad, who finished at the bottom last season, rightly sit atop the standings with four points from two big victories.

Shahrukh finally has a reason to smile: KKR's first win

Shahrukh
FINALLY! THERE is a reason to celebrate for all Kolkata Knight Riders’ fans. KKR registered its first victory in Durban after dramatically defeating Kings XI Punjab on Tuesday (April 21).

IPL season -2 began on an unpleasant note for KKR. They burned their faces with shame after losing a match against Deccan Chargers. In fact, they created a history by scoring lowest total ever at Capetown. However, every day is not Sunday.

Well! Match began with the outstanding shot played by Irfan Pathan for Kings XI Punjab. He entertained the crowd with five marvelous boundaries and a huge six. He scored 32 runs in just 17 balls with a strike rate of 188.24. Irfan footprints followed by Yuvraj Singh and Mahela Jayawardhane contributed a total of 158 in 20 overs for Kings XI Punjab.

In response to this respectable target, KKR’s opener batsman and West Indies skipper Chris Gayle started the inning with fire cracking shots all over the ground. Unfortunately, the hero of the first inning- Irfan Pathan was Gayle’s target. He turned out to be the most expensive bowler. In his three over, he gave 27 runs including two wide deliveries. Gayle scored 44 in just 26 balls with two boundaries and four good looking sixes.

He played brilliantly. The best part was, most of the run was scored in point, which is supposed to be the most typical cricketing area.
And, it clearly gives a message for all cricket lovers across the world that T-20 is a true format of cricket, which has equal probability to perform well for skilled batsman as well as for smart bowlers.

The loneliest man in the KKR team, none other than the owner, Shahrukh Khan, finally, got a reason for a genuine smile. He seems to be lost these days. By looking at his face, you can clearly figure out that there is a huge difference between IPL - Season 1 and 2. In Season 1, they began on a memorable winning note, however, in Season 2, they began with a memorable horrible note.

Apart from on field issues Shahrukh Khan has off the field issues as well- sacking Dada (Ganguly) as a captain. “It was a cricketing decision. People who have cricketing head and mind—Dada, Buchnan and team management—had taken the decision. I hope it is for the betterment of the team,” Shah Rukh said.

Anyway, it’s not a day to remember bitter memories. It’s a day for celebration. KKR has opened their winning account of IPL-Season 2 with declaring man of the match - Chris Gayle. And, recalled their team anthem to everybody ‘Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo re...’.

Shahrukh finally has a reason to smile: KKR's first win

Shahrukh
FINALLY! THERE is a reason to celebrate for all Kolkata Knight Riders’ fans. KKR registered its first victory in Durban after dramatically defeating Kings XI Punjab on Tuesday (April 21).

IPL season -2 began on an unpleasant note for KKR. They burned their faces with shame after losing a match against Deccan Chargers. In fact, they created a history by scoring lowest total ever at Capetown. However, every day is not Sunday.

Well! Match began with the outstanding shot played by Irfan Pathan for Kings XI Punjab. He entertained the crowd with five marvelous boundaries and a huge six. He scored 32 runs in just 17 balls with a strike rate of 188.24. Irfan footprints followed by Yuvraj Singh and Mahela Jayawardhane contributed a total of 158 in 20 overs for Kings XI Punjab.

In response to this respectable target, KKR’s opener batsman and West Indies skipper Chris Gayle started the inning with fire cracking shots all over the ground. Unfortunately, the hero of the first inning- Irfan Pathan was Gayle’s target. He turned out to be the most expensive bowler. In his three over, he gave 27 runs including two wide deliveries. Gayle scored 44 in just 26 balls with two boundaries and four good looking sixes.

He played brilliantly. The best part was, most of the run was scored in point, which is supposed to be the most typical cricketing area.
And, it clearly gives a message for all cricket lovers across the world that T-20 is a true format of cricket, which has equal probability to perform well for skilled batsman as well as for smart bowlers.

The loneliest man in the KKR team, none other than the owner, Shahrukh Khan, finally, got a reason for a genuine smile. He seems to be lost these days. By looking at his face, you can clearly figure out that there is a huge difference between IPL - Season 1 and 2. In Season 1, they began on a memorable winning note, however, in Season 2, they began with a memorable horrible note.

Apart from on field issues Shahrukh Khan has off the field issues as well- sacking Dada (Ganguly) as a captain. “It was a cricketing decision. People who have cricketing head and mind—Dada, Buchnan and team management—had taken the decision. I hope it is for the betterment of the team,” Shah Rukh said.

Anyway, it’s not a day to remember bitter memories. It’s a day for celebration. KKR has opened their winning account of IPL-Season 2 with declaring man of the match - Chris Gayle. And, recalled their team anthem to everybody ‘Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo re...’.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Indian Premier League: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by 11 runs

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The Kings XI Punjb suffered their second straight defeat in the IPL Season 2. The Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by 11 runs (D/L method) at Durban, as rain played spoilsport in South Africa yet again. Chasing a victory target of 159, Kolkata Knight Riders were 79/1 in 9.2 overs, when rain stopped play. It could have been of anybody's game, but Kolkata Knight Riders had the last laugh, thanks to Chris Gayle.

Earlier, Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to bat first. The team put up 158/6 in 20 overs. Yuvraj Singh was the top scorer with 38, while Irfan Pathan made 32. Jayawardene remained unbeaten on 31, while Sangakkara made 26. For KKR, Ganguly took 2 wickets.

Chasing a victory target of 159, Kolkata Knight Riders reached 79/1 in 9.2 0vers, when rain stopped play. The match could not be resumed on time, and KKR was declared winner by 11 runs as per the D/L method. Chris Gayle was the top scorer with an unbeaten 44 off 26 balls. McCullum made 21. Gayle was declared "Man of the Match". He also won the "Maximum Number of Sixes" award.

Indian Premier League: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by 11 runs

Indian Premier League, IPL, Cricket Latest News
The Kings XI Punjb suffered their second straight defeat in the IPL Season 2. The Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by 11 runs (D/L method) at Durban, as rain played spoilsport in South Africa yet again. Chasing a victory target of 159, Kolkata Knight Riders were 79/1 in 9.2 overs, when rain stopped play. It could have been of anybody's game, but Kolkata Knight Riders had the last laugh, thanks to Chris Gayle.

Earlier, Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to bat first. The team put up 158/6 in 20 overs. Yuvraj Singh was the top scorer with 38, while Irfan Pathan made 32. Jayawardene remained unbeaten on 31, while Sangakkara made 26. For KKR, Ganguly took 2 wickets.

Chasing a victory target of 159, Kolkata Knight Riders reached 79/1 in 9.2 0vers, when rain stopped play. The match could not be resumed on time, and KKR was declared winner by 11 runs as per the D/L method. Chris Gayle was the top scorer with an unbeaten 44 off 26 balls. McCullum made 21. Gayle was declared "Man of the Match". He also won the "Maximum Number of Sixes" award.

Indian Premier League: Rain wash away match between Mumbai Indians, R Royals

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Durban: The match between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals was called off due to rain. Both the teams were awarded one point each.

Earlier, the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab was also disrupted due to heavy downpours and Kolkata Knight Riders were awarded the match via Duckworth-Lewis method. Knight Riders won the match by 11 runs.

Indian Premier League: Rain wash away match between Mumbai Indians, R Royals

Indian Premier League, IPL, Cricket Latest News
Durban: The match between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals was called off due to rain. Both the teams were awarded one point each.

Earlier, the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab was also disrupted due to heavy downpours and Kolkata Knight Riders were awarded the match via Duckworth-Lewis method. Knight Riders won the match by 11 runs.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Chennai beats Bangalore by 92 runs in IPL cricket match

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Matthew Hayden hit 65 off 35 balls and man-of-the-match Muttiah Muralitharan claimed 3-11 on Monday to lead the Chennai Super Kings to a 92-run victory over the Bangalore Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League.

Set a daunting target of 180, Bangalore slumped to 87 all out after Hayden's aggressive stroke play - which included nine fours and two sixes - put Chennai in charge.

"Everyone expects Matty to score straight, but when all of a sudden he starts to score through the leg-side and fine-leg he becomes difficult to contain," said Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who also praised Muralitharan.

"It's great to have a bowler like him in the side," Dhoni added. "When the pitch is helping, he is a bowler who can take you through."

Bowling beautifully on a turning pitch, the Sri Lankan spin master had Robin Uthappa (20) stumped by wicketkeeper Dhoni, trapped Bangalore captain Kevin Pietersen leg before for a first-ball duck and had Rajesh Bishnoi (0) caught by Lakshmipathy Balaji.

Bangalore had struggled from the onset as they sought to chase the highest score so far in the tournament and lost their first wicket in the very first over as Praveen Kumar (0) - who opened both the bowling and batting for Bangalore - was bowled by Manpreet Gony.

Jacques Kallis took advantage of some wayward bowling by the Chennai seamers to give a semblance of respectability to Bangalore's innings, hitting five fours on his way to his 24, before being caught lbw by a full length delivery from Albie Morkel.

Robin Uthappa (20), Rahul Dravid (20) and Virat Kohli (11) were the only other Bangalore batsmen to reach double figures.

Earlier, Chennai's openers laid a solid foundation with Hayden and Parthiv Patel (30) putting on 106 in 10 overs for the first wicket.

Fast bowler Praveen Kumar was the pick of the Bangalore bowlers taking 2-37.

Pietersen introduced himself into the attack in the 11th over and bowled Patel with his first delivery, then had Hayden run out by a direct throw from Rahul Dravid after new batsman Suresh Raina attempted a quick single.

Chennai beats Bangalore by 92 runs in IPL cricket match

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Matthew Hayden hit 65 off 35 balls and man-of-the-match Muttiah Muralitharan claimed 3-11 on Monday to lead the Chennai Super Kings to a 92-run victory over the Bangalore Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League.

Set a daunting target of 180, Bangalore slumped to 87 all out after Hayden's aggressive stroke play - which included nine fours and two sixes - put Chennai in charge.

"Everyone expects Matty to score straight, but when all of a sudden he starts to score through the leg-side and fine-leg he becomes difficult to contain," said Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who also praised Muralitharan.

"It's great to have a bowler like him in the side," Dhoni added. "When the pitch is helping, he is a bowler who can take you through."

Bowling beautifully on a turning pitch, the Sri Lankan spin master had Robin Uthappa (20) stumped by wicketkeeper Dhoni, trapped Bangalore captain Kevin Pietersen leg before for a first-ball duck and had Rajesh Bishnoi (0) caught by Lakshmipathy Balaji.

Bangalore had struggled from the onset as they sought to chase the highest score so far in the tournament and lost their first wicket in the very first over as Praveen Kumar (0) - who opened both the bowling and batting for Bangalore - was bowled by Manpreet Gony.

Jacques Kallis took advantage of some wayward bowling by the Chennai seamers to give a semblance of respectability to Bangalore's innings, hitting five fours on his way to his 24, before being caught lbw by a full length delivery from Albie Morkel.

Robin Uthappa (20), Rahul Dravid (20) and Virat Kohli (11) were the only other Bangalore batsmen to reach double figures.

Earlier, Chennai's openers laid a solid foundation with Hayden and Parthiv Patel (30) putting on 106 in 10 overs for the first wicket.

Fast bowler Praveen Kumar was the pick of the Bangalore bowlers taking 2-37.

Pietersen introduced himself into the attack in the 11th over and bowled Patel with his first delivery, then had Hayden run out by a direct throw from Rahul Dravid after new batsman Suresh Raina attempted a quick single.

Deccan Chargers beats Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets in IPL

Herschelle Gibbs
Herschelle Gibbs and Rohit Sharma guided the Deccan Chargers to a comfortable eight-wicket win over the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League at Newlands on Sunday.

Gibbs was unbeaten on 43 and Sharma 36 after Deccan had earlier bowled out Kolkata for 101.

Deccan lost opener and captain Adam Gilchrist (13) in the second over after he skied a shot to Moises Henriques off the bowling of Ashok Dinda. The only other wicket to fall was VVS Laxman (10), who was was run out by Laxmi Shukla's throw to captain Brendon McCullum.

But after that Gibbs and Sharma took over.

Gibbs stroked five fours and one six, while Sharma hit three fours and two sixes.

Pace bowler Rudra Singh took the man-of-the-match award after taking 4-22, but Deccan's Gilchrist also singled out Gibbs and Sharma.

"Herschelle and Rohit were very professional today," Gilchrist said. "It gives confidence to the whole group.

"Its an ideal start. We had that kind of intensity in training and the guys bought into it. The challenge for us is to maintain that standard."

McCullum blamed the defeat on a top-order batting collapse that saw Kolkata lose its top three batsmen for just 16 runs.

"To lose our top three in the fashion we did was very disappointing," McCullum said. "It's tough for bowlers when you have 100 runs on the board to defend. I'm disappointed we did not give them a big enough total to defend."

Deccan Chargers beats Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets in IPL

Herschelle Gibbs
Herschelle Gibbs and Rohit Sharma guided the Deccan Chargers to a comfortable eight-wicket win over the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League at Newlands on Sunday.

Gibbs was unbeaten on 43 and Sharma 36 after Deccan had earlier bowled out Kolkata for 101.

Deccan lost opener and captain Adam Gilchrist (13) in the second over after he skied a shot to Moises Henriques off the bowling of Ashok Dinda. The only other wicket to fall was VVS Laxman (10), who was was run out by Laxmi Shukla's throw to captain Brendon McCullum.

But after that Gibbs and Sharma took over.

Gibbs stroked five fours and one six, while Sharma hit three fours and two sixes.

Pace bowler Rudra Singh took the man-of-the-match award after taking 4-22, but Deccan's Gilchrist also singled out Gibbs and Sharma.

"Herschelle and Rohit were very professional today," Gilchrist said. "It gives confidence to the whole group.

"Its an ideal start. We had that kind of intensity in training and the guys bought into it. The challenge for us is to maintain that standard."

McCullum blamed the defeat on a top-order batting collapse that saw Kolkata lose its top three batsmen for just 16 runs.

"To lose our top three in the fashion we did was very disappointing," McCullum said. "It's tough for bowlers when you have 100 runs on the board to defend. I'm disappointed we did not give them a big enough total to defend."

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Indian Premier League : Daredevils beat Kings XI by 10 wickets

Delhi Daredevils
Delhi Daredevils opened their account in the second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a 10-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab at the Newlands in a rain-truncated Twenty20 match here on Sunday.

Put in to bat first, Kings XI made 104 for seven in their stipulated 12 overs. In reply, Daredevils were set a rain revised target of 54 from six overs. Openers Gautam Gambhir (15 not out) and Virender Sehwag (38 not out) took the Daredevils to victory in just 4.5 overs.

Indian Premier League : Daredevils beat Kings XI by 10 wickets

Delhi Daredevils
Delhi Daredevils opened their account in the second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a 10-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab at the Newlands in a rain-truncated Twenty20 match here on Sunday.

Put in to bat first, Kings XI made 104 for seven in their stipulated 12 overs. In reply, Daredevils were set a rain revised target of 54 from six overs. Openers Gautam Gambhir (15 not out) and Virender Sehwag (38 not out) took the Daredevils to victory in just 4.5 overs.

Miss Bollywood SA contest at Indian Premier League 2

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Indian Premier League has become one of the most awaited sporting tournaments in India and the world at large, quite akin to the gladiator matches in ancient Rome. Adding to this already heady mixture of sport and entertainment is a unique contest, which the IPL Chairman Lalit Modi along with the franchise owners Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Shilpa Shetty announced. The DLF-IPL 2 will have an initiative attached to it and that is lining up a mini-beauty pageant, named Miss Bollywood SA.

At all the 56 league games, one girl from the crowd will be named a winner at each of the games. One finalist from each venue will be chosen, leaving eight winners in the final round to be held on May 24 during the final. This final lucky winner could earn a role in a Hindi film, Rand 50,000 and also the title of Miss Bollywood SA. The winner will be chosen by a special panel.

Winners will be shown on the big screen at every match during the second five-minute strategy break. Fans too can vote for each match winner on the official website of IPL.

Miss Bollywood SA contest at Indian Premier League 2

Indian Premier League, IPL, Cricket Latest News
Indian Premier League has become one of the most awaited sporting tournaments in India and the world at large, quite akin to the gladiator matches in ancient Rome. Adding to this already heady mixture of sport and entertainment is a unique contest, which the IPL Chairman Lalit Modi along with the franchise owners Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Shilpa Shetty announced. The DLF-IPL 2 will have an initiative attached to it and that is lining up a mini-beauty pageant, named Miss Bollywood SA.

At all the 56 league games, one girl from the crowd will be named a winner at each of the games. One finalist from each venue will be chosen, leaving eight winners in the final round to be held on May 24 during the final. This final lucky winner could earn a role in a Hindi film, Rand 50,000 and also the title of Miss Bollywood SA. The winner will be chosen by a special panel.

Winners will be shown on the big screen at every match during the second five-minute strategy break. Fans too can vote for each match winner on the official website of IPL.

Kevin Pietersen have to face Andrew Flintoff in IPL

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England Allrounder Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen will meet in the Indian Premier League on Monday when the Chennai Super Kings face the Bangalore Royal Challengers.

Both enjoyed contrasting fortunes when the IPL began on Saturday with Flintoff's Chennai side going down to a 19-run defeat to the Mumbai Indians.

Pietersen however, guided Bangalore Royal Challengers to an emphatic victory over Rajasthan Royals.

The English pair are the most expensive players in the league at £1.1m each.

Flintoff struggled with the ball taking 1-44 as his side conceded 165.

He was then promoted up the batting order and shared a half-century stand with Matthew Hayden, before attempting a big shot that was skied back to the bowler, Harbhajan Singh, for 24 in 23 deliveries.

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni played down injury fears over Flintoff after the all-rounder was seen with an ice pack on his foot following his IPL debut in Cape Town.

"I don't think he's injured," he said.

"As far as the playing XI is concerned (for the next match), we'll have a look and re-assess things then."

Batsman Pietersen, who captains Bangalore, is relishing the clash after the fine start to the tournament from his side.

He said: "It is a terrific start to the tournament.

"The boys played fantastic cricket (on Saturday), we've been talking a lot about being patient, especially in the coastal areas with the ball not travelling as far in the Highveld region.

"Rahul Dravid was outstanding this evening, Jesse Ryder was fantastic in the field and the boys were really happy.

"We saw, myself and Rahul, that it was tough batting out there.

"We were good, but we've still got some areas to improve on as well."

Kevin Pietersen have to face Andrew Flintoff in IPL

Andrew Flintoff - Kevin Pietersen - Cricket Latest News - Indian Premier League
England Allrounder Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen will meet in the Indian Premier League on Monday when the Chennai Super Kings face the Bangalore Royal Challengers.

Both enjoyed contrasting fortunes when the IPL began on Saturday with Flintoff's Chennai side going down to a 19-run defeat to the Mumbai Indians.

Pietersen however, guided Bangalore Royal Challengers to an emphatic victory over Rajasthan Royals.

The English pair are the most expensive players in the league at £1.1m each.

Flintoff struggled with the ball taking 1-44 as his side conceded 165.

He was then promoted up the batting order and shared a half-century stand with Matthew Hayden, before attempting a big shot that was skied back to the bowler, Harbhajan Singh, for 24 in 23 deliveries.

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni played down injury fears over Flintoff after the all-rounder was seen with an ice pack on his foot following his IPL debut in Cape Town.

"I don't think he's injured," he said.

"As far as the playing XI is concerned (for the next match), we'll have a look and re-assess things then."

Batsman Pietersen, who captains Bangalore, is relishing the clash after the fine start to the tournament from his side.

He said: "It is a terrific start to the tournament.

"The boys played fantastic cricket (on Saturday), we've been talking a lot about being patient, especially in the coastal areas with the ball not travelling as far in the Highveld region.

"Rahul Dravid was outstanding this evening, Jesse Ryder was fantastic in the field and the boys were really happy.

"We saw, myself and Rahul, that it was tough batting out there.

"We were good, but we've still got some areas to improve on as well."

Sachin Tendulkar first time Man of the Match in IPL

Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar was adjudged the Man of the Match for the first time in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after he led Mumbai Indians to a victory against last year's finalists Chennai Super Kings here Saturday.

Tendulkar scored his second fifty in the competition, remaining unbeaten with 59, his first fifty plus score coming May last year when he made 65 against Kings XI at the Wankhede Stadium.

The other statistical highlights of the opening match in the second edition of the IPL:

Mumbai Indians posted their eighth victory in 15 IPL games. They have now won two out of three contested against Chennai Super Kings.

Mumbai Indians have won two games in succession against Chennai. They had defeated Chennai by nine wickets at Wankhede Stadium on May 14, 2008 in their previous meeting.

Lasith Malinga (3/15) has produced his career-best bowling figures in Twenty20. His figures are the best for Mumbai Indians against Chennai Super Kings, bettering the 3 for 33 by Dhawal Kulkarni at the Wankhede Stadium on May 14, 2008.

Manpreet Gony is the leading bowler for Chennai in the IPL. His 19 wickets at an average of 25.00 in 17 matches, obliterated Albie Morkel's tally of 17 at 23.47 runs apiece in 13 matches.

Mumbai (166/7) posted their second highest total against Chennai, next only to their 202 for seven at Chennai on April 23, 2008.

Jayasuriya has taken his run-aggregate in the IPL to 540 at an average of 41.53, surpassing Gautam Gambhir's tally of 534 in 14 innings at an average of 41.07.

-- Parthiv Patel's second-ball duck is his second in the IPL. In the first edition of the IPL, he had posted a first-ball duck against Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur.

Sachin Tendulkar first time Man of the Match in IPL

Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar was adjudged the Man of the Match for the first time in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after he led Mumbai Indians to a victory against last year's finalists Chennai Super Kings here Saturday.

Tendulkar scored his second fifty in the competition, remaining unbeaten with 59, his first fifty plus score coming May last year when he made 65 against Kings XI at the Wankhede Stadium.

The other statistical highlights of the opening match in the second edition of the IPL:

Mumbai Indians posted their eighth victory in 15 IPL games. They have now won two out of three contested against Chennai Super Kings.

Mumbai Indians have won two games in succession against Chennai. They had defeated Chennai by nine wickets at Wankhede Stadium on May 14, 2008 in their previous meeting.

Lasith Malinga (3/15) has produced his career-best bowling figures in Twenty20. His figures are the best for Mumbai Indians against Chennai Super Kings, bettering the 3 for 33 by Dhawal Kulkarni at the Wankhede Stadium on May 14, 2008.

Manpreet Gony is the leading bowler for Chennai in the IPL. His 19 wickets at an average of 25.00 in 17 matches, obliterated Albie Morkel's tally of 17 at 23.47 runs apiece in 13 matches.

Mumbai (166/7) posted their second highest total against Chennai, next only to their 202 for seven at Chennai on April 23, 2008.

Jayasuriya has taken his run-aggregate in the IPL to 540 at an average of 41.53, surpassing Gautam Gambhir's tally of 534 in 14 innings at an average of 41.07.

-- Parthiv Patel's second-ball duck is his second in the IPL. In the first edition of the IPL, he had posted a first-ball duck against Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Indian Premier League is set to bowl over South Africa

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Mr Lalit Modi has pulled it off. In just three weeks, the DLF Indian Premier League, with all its elaborate paraphernalia, international cricketing stars, Bollywood actors and advertisers, shifted from India to the distant turf of South Africa.

And going by the IPL parade on Thursday, the organisers are already confident that the event, which kicks off with all its glamour and glitz on Saturday, will match the excitement of the last season.

“Once the need to move the tournament had been forced on us, we were determined that playing IPL 2009 in another country should be far more than an exercise in finding venues suitable for television. Overall, I am very pleased with the way it has worked out so far,” Mr Modi, IPL’s Chairman and Commissioner, said.

In an effort to open an additional window for TV commercials, the timings of the second edition matches have been extended by 15 minutes. However, the organisers seem to be planning to market the added time as an innovation by calling it tactical time.

After ten overs, there will be a seven-and-a-half minutes break.

During this tweaked break, the stadium crowd will be entertained by a live band, while the television audiences will watch three separate two-and-a-half minute segments, two of which will be sold commercially. The third will show the teams taking drinks and discussing tactics.

According to a media buyer who wishes to be unnamed, “These breaks will allow Multi Screen Media (MSM) to earn incremental revenues and also recover costs without increasing the ad rates.”

The broadcaster had maintained its ad rates of Rs 3-4 lakh per 10 seconds, to maximise chances of roping in even those advertisers impacted by the slowdown.

MSM has shelled out a record $1.63 billion (Rs 8,200 crore) for IPL’s broadcast rights for nine years.

Apart from logistics, fixing the schedule has been a challenging task for the organisers. Says Mr Modi: “My team finalised the schedule within 48 hours of arriving in South Africa. We started out having to schedule a league season of 56 games with each team playing the other seven on a home and away basis — plus three days of play-offs — in eight venues over 37 days.”

Over 700 people are at present working full-time in South Africa on the tournament, including a huge contingent that was relocated from India. This include the central IPL and IMG event team of 60, a television and digital media crew of over 200, the eight franchisees bringing about 30 players and staff each along with 20 coaching staff, executives and team owners from each team.

An idea of the logistics challenge can be had from the fact that a total of 22,000 hotel rooms have been booked with Southern Sun Hotels and 10,000 domestic flight bookings.

Mr Modi said although IPL would be returning to India next year, the long-term vision was to turn it into a global brand, much the same way as the English Football Premier League.

An important aspect of the marketing of the competition was advertising and Rand 120 million ($10 million) has been earmarked to attract spectators to the games. The organisers are also spending time at local radio stations, introducing the players in the eight teams.

Indian Premier League is set to bowl over South Africa

Indian Premier League, IPL, Cricket Latest News

Mr Lalit Modi has pulled it off. In just three weeks, the DLF Indian Premier League, with all its elaborate paraphernalia, international cricketing stars, Bollywood actors and advertisers, shifted from India to the distant turf of South Africa.

And going by the IPL parade on Thursday, the organisers are already confident that the event, which kicks off with all its glamour and glitz on Saturday, will match the excitement of the last season.

“Once the need to move the tournament had been forced on us, we were determined that playing IPL 2009 in another country should be far more than an exercise in finding venues suitable for television. Overall, I am very pleased with the way it has worked out so far,” Mr Modi, IPL’s Chairman and Commissioner, said.

In an effort to open an additional window for TV commercials, the timings of the second edition matches have been extended by 15 minutes. However, the organisers seem to be planning to market the added time as an innovation by calling it tactical time.

After ten overs, there will be a seven-and-a-half minutes break.

During this tweaked break, the stadium crowd will be entertained by a live band, while the television audiences will watch three separate two-and-a-half minute segments, two of which will be sold commercially. The third will show the teams taking drinks and discussing tactics.

According to a media buyer who wishes to be unnamed, “These breaks will allow Multi Screen Media (MSM) to earn incremental revenues and also recover costs without increasing the ad rates.”

The broadcaster had maintained its ad rates of Rs 3-4 lakh per 10 seconds, to maximise chances of roping in even those advertisers impacted by the slowdown.

MSM has shelled out a record $1.63 billion (Rs 8,200 crore) for IPL’s broadcast rights for nine years.

Apart from logistics, fixing the schedule has been a challenging task for the organisers. Says Mr Modi: “My team finalised the schedule within 48 hours of arriving in South Africa. We started out having to schedule a league season of 56 games with each team playing the other seven on a home and away basis — plus three days of play-offs — in eight venues over 37 days.”

Over 700 people are at present working full-time in South Africa on the tournament, including a huge contingent that was relocated from India. This include the central IPL and IMG event team of 60, a television and digital media crew of over 200, the eight franchisees bringing about 30 players and staff each along with 20 coaching staff, executives and team owners from each team.

An idea of the logistics challenge can be had from the fact that a total of 22,000 hotel rooms have been booked with Southern Sun Hotels and 10,000 domestic flight bookings.

Mr Modi said although IPL would be returning to India next year, the long-term vision was to turn it into a global brand, much the same way as the English Football Premier League.

An important aspect of the marketing of the competition was advertising and Rand 120 million ($10 million) has been earmarked to attract spectators to the games. The organisers are also spending time at local radio stations, introducing the players in the eight teams.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Indian Premier League (IPL) enters into multiple partnerships with South African companies

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The Indian Premier League (IPL) today announced a list of strategic partnerships with leading South African business vendors for the
smooth conduct of the second edition of Twenty20 event in South Africa.

"We are proud of our affiliations with some of South Africa's leading businesses
- each of whom I am certain will play an integral role in making the DLF IPL Season 2009 in South Africa a huge success," Chairman and Commissioner of the Indian Premier League Lalit Modi said.

"All of our affiliates have hit the ground running with their teams to work seamlessly in creating and executing what will be a non-stop carnival in the Rainbow Nation across the next 36 days.

"We can guarantee that when we leave South Africa on May 25th -- the DLF IPL would have redefined how to market sporting events globally," he added.

Indian Premier League (IPL) enters into multiple partnerships with South African companies

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The Indian Premier League (IPL) today announced a list of strategic partnerships with leading South African business vendors for the
smooth conduct of the second edition of Twenty20 event in South Africa.

"We are proud of our affiliations with some of South Africa's leading businesses
- each of whom I am certain will play an integral role in making the DLF IPL Season 2009 in South Africa a huge success," Chairman and Commissioner of the Indian Premier League Lalit Modi said.

"All of our affiliates have hit the ground running with their teams to work seamlessly in creating and executing what will be a non-stop carnival in the Rainbow Nation across the next 36 days.

"We can guarantee that when we leave South Africa on May 25th -- the DLF IPL would have redefined how to market sporting events globally," he added.

IPL [Indian Premier League] transcends borders : BCCI secretary

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The Indian Premier League [IPL] Twenty20 cricket tournament "transcends borders," according to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary N. Srinivasan.

Srinivasan, who is also the Chennai Super Kings owner, said his team has hired foreign support staff because they wanted best personnel regardless of nationality.

"I think, the Indian Premier League transcends borders. We only wanted the best and it does not matter which country he hails from," he said in reference to the appointment of former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming as the coach besides South African Greg King as the trainer and Australian Tom Simsek as the physio.

When asked about the possibility of enlarged budgets this year in view of the shift to South Africa, Srinivasan said: "We are not concerned by the budgets. Money is not the issue, but what is more important is winning. Our focus is on winning the tournament this year."

Despite repeated questioning, Srinivasan declined to give numbers, saying: "We have a fair idea about our finances based on last year, but the totality of it (spends) will be known only at the end of the tournament."

Commenting on the exchange of words between Sunil Gavaskar and Shah Rukh Khan, the franchise owner of Kolkata Knight Riders whose Australian coach John Buchanan mooted the "multiple captains" theory, Srinivasan said: "Shah Rukh Khan has replied to Gavaskar and I don’t have anything to add to that."

Srinivasan was confident that the IPL would be received well in South Africa and that the Indian Premier League committee has already launched a publicity and marketing blitz to generate public interest.

"The IPL has already launched a programme on behalf of the franchisee to make the locals aware of what the Indian Premier League is all about and bringing out the flavour of the tournament. This will cover our marketing needs.

"South Africa has a huge Asian population and the fact that the tickets for the opening day's matches in Cape Town have been sold out is a good sign," he said.

IPL [Indian Premier League] transcends borders : BCCI secretary

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The Indian Premier League [IPL] Twenty20 cricket tournament "transcends borders," according to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary N. Srinivasan.

Srinivasan, who is also the Chennai Super Kings owner, said his team has hired foreign support staff because they wanted best personnel regardless of nationality.

"I think, the Indian Premier League transcends borders. We only wanted the best and it does not matter which country he hails from," he said in reference to the appointment of former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming as the coach besides South African Greg King as the trainer and Australian Tom Simsek as the physio.

When asked about the possibility of enlarged budgets this year in view of the shift to South Africa, Srinivasan said: "We are not concerned by the budgets. Money is not the issue, but what is more important is winning. Our focus is on winning the tournament this year."

Despite repeated questioning, Srinivasan declined to give numbers, saying: "We have a fair idea about our finances based on last year, but the totality of it (spends) will be known only at the end of the tournament."

Commenting on the exchange of words between Sunil Gavaskar and Shah Rukh Khan, the franchise owner of Kolkata Knight Riders whose Australian coach John Buchanan mooted the "multiple captains" theory, Srinivasan said: "Shah Rukh Khan has replied to Gavaskar and I don’t have anything to add to that."

Srinivasan was confident that the IPL would be received well in South Africa and that the Indian Premier League committee has already launched a publicity and marketing blitz to generate public interest.

"The IPL has already launched a programme on behalf of the franchisee to make the locals aware of what the Indian Premier League is all about and bringing out the flavour of the tournament. This will cover our marketing needs.

"South Africa has a huge Asian population and the fact that the tickets for the opening day's matches in Cape Town have been sold out is a good sign," he said.

India secure New Zealand cricket series



India secured their first series win in New Zealand since 1968 on Tuesday despite rain cheating them of a huge victory in the third Test here Tuesday.

The draw at the Basin Reserve was all the tourists needed for a 1-0 series win, breaking the 41-year gap since their last series victory in New Zealand.

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the mood in the dressing room after the long awaited win was "fantastic".

"We have achieved something that is big, but the tough part is to maintain it," he said afterwards.

"I think it will be tougher for the next guys who come here."

As number three ranked team in the world, the ever-improving India were always expected to overcome an inconsistent New Zealand, ranked eighth.

India's star-laden batting lineup and more than competent bowling attack proved too much for New Zealand, with a modest bowling attack and brittle and inexperienced batting line up.

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori said India deserved to be bracketed with Australia and South Africa at the peak of world cricket.

"They're obviously starting to prove themselves away from home," he said.

"I think you can throw Australia, South Africa and India in there as the three best teams in the world, it's hard to distinguish between the three at the moment."

The skipper said his side's patchy performances continued to frustrate their attempts to rise higher up the world Test rankings.

"We've been inconsistent but we've only lost one Test match. I think people have to remember that," he said.

But New Zealand had the weather to thank for not losing a second Test in the series on Tuesday, with the home side poised on the brink of a humbling defeat at 281 for eight when rain led to the game being washed out early in the afternoon.

With only two second innings wickets remaining, New Zealand remained 336 runs adrift of the massive target of 617 set by India when they declared at 434 for seven early on Monday.

By then the series win was a formality, with India needing only a draw after coming to Wellington with a 1-0 lead after thrashing the hosts by 10 wickets in the first Test in Hamilton.

The third Test draw calls into question Dhoni's caution in deciding to bat on during the early part of the fourth day to extend India's lead to 616, although rain on Tuesday had been forecast for several days.

The highest successful Test fourth innings run chase was 418 scored by the West Indies against Australia in 2003.

But Dhoni defended his decision, saying the extra buffer of runs allowed his team to maintain an aggressive field through New Zealand's second innings.

"When you have that extra 80 runs on the board you can have those extra catching fielders hanging around for a lot longer," he said.

"I did not think that 450 to 500 would have been an ideal score to declare."

India's charge towards victory on Tuesday was led by offspinning star Harbhajan Singh, who took the prize wicket of New Zealand century maker Ross Taylor on his way to a haul of four for 59.

Sachin Tendulkar is known as the "Little Master" for his batting, but he showed he also knows a few things about bowling by taking two for 45 with his tricky leg spinners.

Taylor's dismissal for 107 signalled a mini-collapse that saw New Zealand slump from 226 for four to 253 for seven in the space of eight overs before lunch.

With allrounder James Franklin, Taylor had provided a ray of hope for the scattering of New Zealand fans who braved gale force winds at the Basin Reserve during the morning.

The pair had put on 142 runs for the fifth wicket after coming together on Monday afternoon, when New Zealand were at risk of collapse at 84 for four.

Taylor's defiant fourth Test century was brought to an end when he was bowled by a beautifully flighted straight ball from Harbhajan.

His 165 ball innings lasting 261 minutes included 16 boundaries, as he mixed watchfulness with a willingness to attack the loose ball.

India secure New Zealand cricket series



India secured their first series win in New Zealand since 1968 on Tuesday despite rain cheating them of a huge victory in the third Test here Tuesday.

The draw at the Basin Reserve was all the tourists needed for a 1-0 series win, breaking the 41-year gap since their last series victory in New Zealand.

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the mood in the dressing room after the long awaited win was "fantastic".

"We have achieved something that is big, but the tough part is to maintain it," he said afterwards.

"I think it will be tougher for the next guys who come here."

As number three ranked team in the world, the ever-improving India were always expected to overcome an inconsistent New Zealand, ranked eighth.

India's star-laden batting lineup and more than competent bowling attack proved too much for New Zealand, with a modest bowling attack and brittle and inexperienced batting line up.

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori said India deserved to be bracketed with Australia and South Africa at the peak of world cricket.

"They're obviously starting to prove themselves away from home," he said.

"I think you can throw Australia, South Africa and India in there as the three best teams in the world, it's hard to distinguish between the three at the moment."

The skipper said his side's patchy performances continued to frustrate their attempts to rise higher up the world Test rankings.

"We've been inconsistent but we've only lost one Test match. I think people have to remember that," he said.

But New Zealand had the weather to thank for not losing a second Test in the series on Tuesday, with the home side poised on the brink of a humbling defeat at 281 for eight when rain led to the game being washed out early in the afternoon.

With only two second innings wickets remaining, New Zealand remained 336 runs adrift of the massive target of 617 set by India when they declared at 434 for seven early on Monday.

By then the series win was a formality, with India needing only a draw after coming to Wellington with a 1-0 lead after thrashing the hosts by 10 wickets in the first Test in Hamilton.

The third Test draw calls into question Dhoni's caution in deciding to bat on during the early part of the fourth day to extend India's lead to 616, although rain on Tuesday had been forecast for several days.

The highest successful Test fourth innings run chase was 418 scored by the West Indies against Australia in 2003.

But Dhoni defended his decision, saying the extra buffer of runs allowed his team to maintain an aggressive field through New Zealand's second innings.

"When you have that extra 80 runs on the board you can have those extra catching fielders hanging around for a lot longer," he said.

"I did not think that 450 to 500 would have been an ideal score to declare."

India's charge towards victory on Tuesday was led by offspinning star Harbhajan Singh, who took the prize wicket of New Zealand century maker Ross Taylor on his way to a haul of four for 59.

Sachin Tendulkar is known as the "Little Master" for his batting, but he showed he also knows a few things about bowling by taking two for 45 with his tricky leg spinners.

Taylor's dismissal for 107 signalled a mini-collapse that saw New Zealand slump from 226 for four to 253 for seven in the space of eight overs before lunch.

With allrounder James Franklin, Taylor had provided a ray of hope for the scattering of New Zealand fans who braved gale force winds at the Basin Reserve during the morning.

The pair had put on 142 runs for the fifth wicket after coming together on Monday afternoon, when New Zealand were at risk of collapse at 84 for four.

Taylor's defiant fourth Test century was brought to an end when he was bowled by a beautifully flighted straight ball from Harbhajan.

His 165 ball innings lasting 261 minutes included 16 boundaries, as he mixed watchfulness with a willingness to attack the loose ball.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Mahendra Singh Dhoni : Winning series fantastic but adds to pressure

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India's first test series win in New Zealand in 41 years is a big achievement but it set a benchmark that future teams would have to live up to, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Tuesday.

India won their first series in New Zealand since 1968 when the third and final test at the Basin Reserve was abandoned on the fifth day due to rain and fading light, with New Zealand 281 for eight chasing an improbable 617 for victory.

India won the first match of the best of three series in Hamilton by 10 wickets then batted for more than two days to save the second match in Napier.

"You have set the benchmark and the next time you come to New Zealand, people expect you to win," Dhoni told reporters after the game was abandoned and series clinched. "We have achieved something that is big, but the tough part is to maintain it.

"It's never easy for cricketers. If you have not achieved something there is pressure to do so. Once you have achieved something then there is pressure to sustain it. Nothing is easy.

"I think it will be tougher for the next guys who come here."

India comprehensively outplayed New Zealand in the first and third matches, though Dhoni was diplomatic when asked if he felt the 1-0 result was a fair reflection of their efforts.

"It's not what you are getting out of it, it's how much effort you put in and what you wanted to achieve," he said.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni : Winning series fantastic but adds to pressure

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India's first test series win in New Zealand in 41 years is a big achievement but it set a benchmark that future teams would have to live up to, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Tuesday.

India won their first series in New Zealand since 1968 when the third and final test at the Basin Reserve was abandoned on the fifth day due to rain and fading light, with New Zealand 281 for eight chasing an improbable 617 for victory.

India won the first match of the best of three series in Hamilton by 10 wickets then batted for more than two days to save the second match in Napier.

"You have set the benchmark and the next time you come to New Zealand, people expect you to win," Dhoni told reporters after the game was abandoned and series clinched. "We have achieved something that is big, but the tough part is to maintain it.

"It's never easy for cricketers. If you have not achieved something there is pressure to do so. Once you have achieved something then there is pressure to sustain it. Nothing is easy.

"I think it will be tougher for the next guys who come here."

India comprehensively outplayed New Zealand in the first and third matches, though Dhoni was diplomatic when asked if he felt the 1-0 result was a fair reflection of their efforts.

"It's not what you are getting out of it, it's how much effort you put in and what you wanted to achieve," he said.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Shane Bond planning to return to Test cricket

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Taking a u-turn from his never play for New Zealand again stance, retired Kiwi pacer Shane Bond has expressed desire to don the Black Cap once again.

Bond, who is training hard to get into shape, is planning a return to first class cricket for Canterbury next season.

The fiery fast bowler, whom batsman across the world feared facing, had joined the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) two years ago, halting his international career abruptly.

Bond said he would like to represent his national team in the longer version of the game, if given an opportunity.

I miss that cricket; even though it’s the hardest cricket, it’s the most rewarding, and that’s why I’d like to play again next summer here, The Sunday Star Times quoted Bond, as saying.

With the stalemate between the ICL and the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) softening, and the International Cricket Council (ICC) believed to be thinking over giving an official recognition to the ICL, Bond may well be on course of his way back to the Kiwi team.

Moreover, the financially struggling ICL is considered to have been planning to release players like Bond from their contracts to cut costs.

When enquired about the non payment to players in the ICL, Bond said: There are a few issues but I’m not going to go into them.
Bond, however, knows that his return would not be easy, and it would require a continuous, and splendid performance to force his way back into the team.

Shane Bond planning to return to Test cricket

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Taking a u-turn from his never play for New Zealand again stance, retired Kiwi pacer Shane Bond has expressed desire to don the Black Cap once again.

Bond, who is training hard to get into shape, is planning a return to first class cricket for Canterbury next season.

The fiery fast bowler, whom batsman across the world feared facing, had joined the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) two years ago, halting his international career abruptly.

Bond said he would like to represent his national team in the longer version of the game, if given an opportunity.

I miss that cricket; even though it’s the hardest cricket, it’s the most rewarding, and that’s why I’d like to play again next summer here, The Sunday Star Times quoted Bond, as saying.

With the stalemate between the ICL and the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) softening, and the International Cricket Council (ICC) believed to be thinking over giving an official recognition to the ICL, Bond may well be on course of his way back to the Kiwi team.

Moreover, the financially struggling ICL is considered to have been planning to release players like Bond from their contracts to cut costs.

When enquired about the non payment to players in the ICL, Bond said: There are a few issues but I’m not going to go into them.
Bond, however, knows that his return would not be easy, and it would require a continuous, and splendid performance to force his way back into the team.

Sri Lanka honours cricket driver

The Pakistani coach driver praised for his actions in last month's attack on Sri Lanka's cricket team in Lahore has been honoured at a ceremony in Colombo.

Meher Mohammad Khalil sped away from the attack as bullets rained down and reached the safety of the stadium.

New Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara said: "We will always have a special place for you in our hearts."

Six policemen and a driver died in the attack and seven Sri Lankan players and a British assistant coach were hurt.

Mr Khalil and his family have been given a sponsored holiday and a $21,800 reward was handed to him at the ceremony in Sri Lanka's capital on Monday.

'Not scared'

Kumar Sangakkara, who was injured in the attack on 3 March, said: "We are here to thank one unarmed man for his courage, selflessness and quick thinking that enabled many of us to see another day."

Mahela Jayawardene, the captain during the Pakistan tour, said: "Khalil, you are our hero. We will always remember you with gratitude."

Mr Khalil said at the ceremony at the Sri Lanka cricket headquarters: "I did it for Pakistan. I did it for Sri Lanka, who were our guests.

"By God's help I did not feel scared at all and never thought of jumping out of the bus to save myself."

Mr Khalil also thanked Sri Lanka for having toured Pakistan - the team agreed to go after India pulled out in the wake of the Mumbai attacks last November.

All of the Sri Lankan cricketers are now back playing bar batsman Thilan Samaraweera. He had a bullet lodged in his left leg and remained in hospital for two weeks after the attack.

The attack began as the Sri Lankan team bus reached an intersection on its way to Lahore's Gaddafi stadium for a Test match on 3 March.

Bullets hit the windscreen and sides of the bus but Mr Khalil accelerated hard to take it away from the intersection.

About 12 gunmen were involved and escaped after the assault.

Shortly after the attack, Kumar Sangakkara said:"We had an amazing driver who just kept driving the bus straight through all of that to the ground and that's probably what saved us."