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The 2015 season of the Indian Premier League (abbreviated as IPL 8 or Pepsi IPL 2015) is the eighth season of the IPL. Kolkata Knight Riders are the defending champions having won the title in the 2014 season. The complete tournament is expected to be held across different cities in India unlike the previous season. The tournament was started on Wednesday, 8 April 2015 after the end of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. A total of 60 T20 matches will be held in the entire tournament. No matches will be held in Kolkata between April 12 and April 25 due to Municipal Elections.

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Gambhir - Pathan & Shukla paid back my belief

Pathan & Shukla repaid my faith at the most appropriate time: Gambhir 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 votes.

Kolkata Knight Riders’ skipper faith in his core group paid off when Yusuf Pathan and Laxmi Ratan Shukla played pivotal role in KKR’s win against Delhi Daredevils in the IPL playoff. Citing the example of Pathan and Shukla, Gambhir said his players deserved the trust and opportunities he gave them, and they repaid the debt at the most appropriate time.

“I said after we lost to Chennai at home and I say it now that we have a core group of players and I wanted to give them faith and confidence so that they could stand up to these kind of situations,” Gambhir said, according to a report in The Times Of India.

“People asked me why I am sticking with Yusuf Pathan and I always said that it was a matter of time (before he strikes form), and he has done that. I didn’t want to keep chopping and changing. Whoever is there in the dressing room, are there because he has my faith and I back him completely.”

It is a fantastic achievement to reach the final, writes Jacques Kallis in Hindustan Times, adding that the IPL is a long and hard tournament and to win as many games as they did is a great reflection of the attitude of the KKR players and reward for the hard work they have put in.

“It is hard to single out any of the players considering how consistent most of them have been but two stand out. First is the captain. Gauti has been a hard but popular leader and his runs at the top of the order have been crucial. The second is Sunil Narine. On a helpful surface I would rate him as highly as most spinners I have ever faced. When people ask me what his ‘secret’ is, I have to reply honestly and say ‘I don’t know!’ I have faced him in the nets through the last seven weeks and I still can’t pick him. Seriously!,” writes Kallis.

Meanwhile the brother of Sahil Peerzada, who was punched allegedly by Luke Pomersbach when he objected to molesting his girlfriend, on Wednesday claimed they do not want to pursue the case, triggering speculation that both parties are eyeing an out-of-court settlement, says a report in The DNA.

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Australian recruit was arrested last Friday after American national Zohal Hamid alleged he molested her and hit her fiance Peerzada when he objected to the cricketer’s behaviour. Sahil’s brother Pheroz said that Pomersbach should not have done what he did. “He should have respect for women. Luke has done a blunder. He should apologise and we should also forgive and forget. We don’t want to pursue against Luke. We have not been pressurised by anyone. No one has approached us,” he told a TV channel.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Statistical highlights of the first qualifier of the Indian Premier League match between Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday.

# Sunil Narine has captured 24 wickets at 11.95 runs apiece in 14 matches - the second best tally in IPL 5 behind Morne Morkel's 25 (ave. 18.12) in 16 matches.

# Narine's economy rate of 5.20 is the best in the current edition.

# 15 run-outs in IPL 5 have been effected by Delhi Daredevils - the most by a team in the current edition.

# Yusuf Pathan (40 not out off 21 balls) has equalled his highest score in IPL 5. He had posted an unbeaten 40 against Mumbai at Eden Gardens on May 12.

# Pathan's superb tally of 14 MOM awards is the highest by an Indian player in Twenty20.

# Yusuf Pathan and Chris Gayle, with 12 MOM awards each, share an IPL record.

# Shukla and Yusuf put on 56 in just four overs for the fifth wicket - Kolkata's highest stand against Delhi in the IPL.

# Brendon McCullum (12 matches) and Naman Ojha (17 matches) are the top wicket-keepers with most dismissals in the present competition - 14 each.

# Ojha and Jayawardene put on 59 for the third wicket - Delhi's highest partnership against Kolkata in the IPL, eclipsing the 46 between Jayawardene and Ross Taylor at Feroz Shah Kotla on May 7, 2012.

# Virender Sehwag (494 at an average of 35.28 in 15 matches) needs six runs to complete his 500 runs in the current edition of IPL.

# Sehwag's above tally is the fifth highest, next only to Gayle (733), Gambhir (588), Dhawan (569) and Rahane (560) in IPL 5.

# Gautam Gambhir (588 at an average of 39.20 in 16 matches) needs 12 runs to become the second batsman to complete 600 runs in IPL 5.

# Gambhir and McCullum have amassed 533 runs in partnerships for the opening wicket at an average of 53.30 in ten innings in IPL 5. Their tally includes a century partnership and four scores between 50-99.

# Kolkata Knight Riders' 18-run victory is their fifth in nine games played against Delhi Daredevils in the IPL - winning % 55.55 (Lost 4).

# Kolkata Knight Riders have qualified for the finals in the IPL for the first time in five seasons.

# Mahela Jayawardene (40 off 33 balls) top-scored for Delhi Daredevils.

# Gambhir (32 off 16 balls) took his overall runs' tally in IPL to 2063 (33.81) in 71 matches, eclipsing Sachin Tendulkar's tally of 2036 at an average of 38.41 in 63 games.

Only Suresh Raina has amassed more runs than Gambhir - 2154 at an average of 33.65 in 78 games in IPL

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Gilchrist leads Kings XI Punjab to easy IPL win

Adam Gilchrist hit an unbeaten half-century to guide Kings XI Punjab to a six-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings on Thursday and remain in contention for the Indian Premier League playoffs.

The Punjab captain, returning to action after recovering from an abdomen injury, compiled an unbeaten 64 in a total of 4-123 in 16.3 overs.

The team's seamers of Praveen Kumar, Parvinder Awana and Azhar Mahmood had earlier taken two wickets each to restrict Chennai to 7-120 on a lively pitch at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium.

Gilchrist, who also took four catches behind the stumps, struck two sixes and nine fours in 46 deliveries to see his team through with ease.

"It was good to take the field," the Australian said.

"It was one of those days when the Chennai batsmen nicked all of them, all of them straightforward catches."

West Indian allrounder Dwayne Bravo fought a lone battle, hitting three sixes and two fours off 43 balls before falling to Ryan Harris in the last over of the innings. He struck David Hussey for two consecutive sixes - straight down the ground and over the mid-wicket fence.

Bravo also took two wickets later in the day.

Punjab have eight wins and seven losses with one more match to go against the already qualified Delhi Daredevils.

Chennai finished the preliminaries with eight wins, seven losses and one no-result and other match results will determine their fate.

In Thursday's late match in New Delhi, Chris Gayle produced a blistering 128 not out as Royal Challengers Bangalore beat the Daredevils by 21 runs at Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium.

Gayle bludgeoned 13 sixes and seven fours off only 62 balls and partnered in an unbroken double century stand with Virat Kohli (73) as Bangalore amassed 1-215. Delhi scored 9-194 in reply with Ross Taylor producing a valiant 26-ball 55.

Gayle scored only one run off the first nine deliveries he faced, but launched a relentless attack that included three consecutive sixes off left-arm spinner Pawan Negi and three sixes in an over by Irfan Pathan.

It was Gayle's third IPL century and the second highest IPL score after Brendon McCullum's 158 not out for Kolkata Knight Riders against Bangalore in the first match of the inaugural edition in 2008.

Gayle and Kohli added 204 in what is the second highest partnership in five seasons of IPL and came exactly one year after Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh established the record of 206 for Punjab versus Bangalore last year.

Delhi qualified for the playoffs with wins and five losses from 15 games.

Bangalore have eight wins, six losses and a no-result.

Gayle special - Bangalore win Vs Delhi

The IPL 5 contest between Team Delhi and Team Bangalore was turned into a secondary affair by one man. Friday night's encounter at the Ferozeshah Kotla was a 'longest six' competition for Chris Gayle.

A total of 13 sixes, to all corners of the ground, came off the Bangalore batsman's blade during his 62-ball unbeaten 128. The ball just went into the stratosphere and kept disappearing into the crowd.

Gayle and Virat Kohli (73 n.o., 53b, 9x4, 1x6) put on a mammoth 204 runs during their unbeaten second-wicket stand as Bangalore powered to 215/1 in 20 overs in a must-win clash after being put into bat.

The total was more than sufficient to shut Delhi out of the contest even though the hosts valiantly tried to make a match of it before going down by 21 runs.

It was just brute force on show as Gayle distributed his assault equally amongst all Delhi bowlers. His first 38 runs though very sedate as they came off 34.

The flood gates opened from the 12th over. Two sixes off Pawan Negi were measured at 110m and 109m while Irfan Pathan was deposited 108m and 109m long into the stands.

The West Indian's first 50 came off 37 while the second came in a mere 16 balls - eight of those being sixes. The records just kept on tumbling at the blink of an eyelid as Gayle sailed past 700 runs for the tournament (he now stands at 706 runs) and even equalled Brendon McCullum's record of 13 sixes in an IPL innings.

It was always going to be bridge too far for the hosts to cross. With an 'unwell' Virender Sehwag sitting out, a lot depended on David Warner. Warner (10) managed one six before he lost his bat and wicket to a Zaheer Khan delivery.

Delhi, though, will consider this match as an aberration and will thank their luck that the freakish Gayle assault came after they had already booked their play-off berth.

The only positive to come out of this match for Delhi was the return to form for Ross Taylor who has been struggling to fire in IPL 5 after his return from injury, smashed a 26-ball 55 (7x4, 2x6) to keep the Delhi crowd entertained.

MCA in complaint - Shahrukh Khan abused us

The MCA on Thursday declared an all-out war on actor Shah Rukh Khan. It registered a police complaint against him and his associates and its treasurer, Ravi Savant, proposed a lifetime ban on the actor at Wankhede. "The way he behaved, his abuses. I'll propose a life ban," said Savant.

The cricket association did not make any effort to hide its discontent in its police complaint. It alleged that Khan and his entourage "entered the ground without proper accreditation along with 15-20 boys. When a young girl wished him while passing by, Mr Shahrukh Khan abused her in most dirty and vulgar language (like f*** off). By the time the MCA watchman came forward and asked everyone to vacate the stadium, Shah Rukh charged at the watchman (Dalvi) and hit him and continued to use abusive language like f*** MCA, f*** BCCI. Mera kya ukhadna hai ukhad. Mr Shahrukh Khan was in an inebriated state and continued to abuse in vulgar and filthy language."

The complaint stated that despite a couple of BCCI officials and ACP Iqbal Shaikh trying to pacify him, Khan charged at the MCA officials present on the spot, and continued to "abuse and attack everybody". "Mr Khan assaulted security, manhandled MCA and BCCI officials, created nuisance in a public place while fully drunk, threatened and insulted in most vulgar language ," states the complaint, which ends with the MCA requesting the police to take action against Khan and his associates. The cricket association has also sent a copy of the complaint to the BCCI office.

Wankhede seemed to have been nettled even more when Khan defended himself at a news-meet where he also accused MCA officials of high-handedness. About the actor's claim that he was the one who was abused first, that he was not at fault and did not drink, MCA treasurer Ravi Savant said, "He will say whatever he has to say. Who can stop him? Why did he not complain against us? If he wasn't under the influence of alcohol, under what influence was he? He was definitely inebriated." Savant also accused Khan of abusing him personally. Savant refused to be convinced by Khan's claim that he "did not understand a Marathi abuse", which a guard hurled at him. "He doesn't understand Marathi? Is that why he got angry? It is totally false and baseless," he said.

MCA secretary Nitin Dalal, who signed the compliant, accused Khan of manhandling officials and guards. "He abused them in such a way that I cannot repeat it. We have many witnesses," he said.

Savant refuted Khan's allegation that the children who came with him to the stadium were manhandled: "It is a lie." Khan's allegation that he was up against 20 MCA officials also did not cut ice with Savant. He disagreed that the BCCI was being diplomatic about the whole issue, since it involved a franchise owner. "We have not yet informed them about the incident, but we will do so now," he said. Savant also seemed to welcome Khan's threat of not visiting Wankhede again. "It is better if he doesn't come, we will be happy.... If he doesn't understand the game, he shouldn't come.

SRK - Won't apologise for Wankhade brawl

Mumbai: "I was being bullied. I was angry, but I was not drunk," superstar Shahrukh Khan has said, finally speaking about his fight last night with Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) officials at the Wankhede stadium. He says he is owed an apology. The MCA, which has a different story to tell, has banned from actor from the stadium and has said in a police complaint that he was drunk and misbehaved with and manhandled guards and that he even abused a woman. Shah Rukh admits he used abusive language, but says he was provoked to. He categorically denies that he abused a woman fan, or that he manhandled or pushed anyone.

The actor in fact says his children were "physically manhandled in the name of security," and he will file a written complaint against the MCA, which, he says, needs a lesson in polite behavior.

Shah Rukh Khan said he had not attended Wednesday's match at the stadium, which his IPL team, the Kolkata Knight Riders, won against the Mumbai Indians. He recounted that he only went to the stadium to pick up his children and saw that stadium officials "were pushing, touching little girls, and that is unpardonable."

The popular actor was also dismissive about the MCA's ban saying "I would not like to go to a stadium where people behave so highhandedly." "I took little children for the match and 40 grown-up people came charging aggressively at me," he said. "I think my behavior is absolutely correct. I would still do the same thing if they misbehaved with my kids or kids that I am taking care of," the actor said. He says he only drinks socially and was not drunk.

The MCA, which administers the Wankhede stadium, is holding its ground. The association has alleged that the actor tried to force his way onto the grounds after the match and when he was prevented from doing so, got abusive and pushed people. An MCA official Nitin Dalal accused Shah Rukh of making "false statements and using his children to gain sympathy." The cricket association has filed its complaint against the actor under Section 323 (Voluntarily causing hurt) and Section 506 (Criminal intimidation) of the IPC. Earlier in the day, MCA treasurer Ravi Savant said, "We have decided to ban him for life from entering the stadium in future...SRK was dead drunk, our security tried to stop him but he pushed him and abused in such filthy language that I cannot use it here."

IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla is now expected to broker peace. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was officially informed about the incident only this evening. Earlier in the day Mr Shukla said reports of the ban on Shah Rukh were incorrect. He said a decision had yet to be taken, and that the version of "the franchisee" would also be considered. There are no other matches scheduled for KKR at the Wankhede Stadium for the rest of the tournament.

The Mumbai Police say they are verifying facts in the complaint that the MCA has filed against Shah Rukh Khan and associates like the Morani brothers and others. ACP Iqbal Sheikh, Assistant Commissioner of Police, who was at the Wankhede last evening, said the actor, who smelt of alcohol, seemed to have taken umbrage at some members of his entourage being told not to be on the ground. The cop also said that smelling of alcohol was not an offence and he was sure the actor had not been drinking at the stadium.

ACP Iqbal said he arrived at the site of the scuffle late and had whisked away the actor to defuse the situation. Shah Rukh, he said, was shouting abuses as he was pulled away. "There was a heated argument...only foul language was used," he said. The police said they would call the actor in only if required, but a team did visit his Mumbai home, Mannat.

The actor has been caught in controversy before when he was seen smoking on April 8 at the Sawai Man Singh in Jaipur much to the disapproval of many. This is also the second brawl that the actor has allegedly been involved in in recent times. Some months ago he was reported to have got into a scuffle with Shirish Kunder, the husband of director Farah Khan at a private party hosted by Sanjay Dutt in Mumbai.

The Shah Rukh controversy also comes very soon after the cash-rich T-20 tournament was rocked by a sting operation conducted by a TV news channel, in which five IPL players were purportedly caught on camera indulging in spot-fixing and other "murky deals." A BCCI inquiry into that will begin today. Ravi Sawani, who heads the BCCI's anti-corruption unit will conduct the inquiry.

The five accused players have been suspended pending the inquiry report.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians

Match 65, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India, Wed, 16 May 2012 08:00 PM IST
Mumbai Indians won the toss & elected to field 
Mumbai are going in unchanged while Kolkata have two changes. Shakib Al Hasan and Iqbal Abdulla come in to replace Marchant de Lange and Laxmi Shukla.

The news from the middle is that Harbhajan Singh has won the toss and Mumbai Indians will field first. They are looking to restrict KKR to a gettable total. Gautam Gambhir doesn't mind batting first as they are playing with 3 spinners.

As always, the atmosphere is buzzing at the Wankhede and a full house is expected. We have a decent track on offer too. There might be something in it for the bowlers.

Hello and welcome to our coverage of match 65 of IPL season 5. Mumbai Indians' last home game and it is against KKR. The two sides are 2nd and 3rd in the points table, and hence this is a crucial game. I'm Priyank Shah and will bring you the coverage.
It seems the Mumbai Indians have taken up the task of thrilling their fans and audiences with some nail-biting finishes in the IPL this season. The last one came against a strong Royal Challengers Bangalore unit, who had done well to restrict the Mumbai batsmen as they faltered around what looked like a mammoth total to chase down. However, Rayudu's heroics coupled with Pollard's explosion resulted in another win for the Mumbai Indians that took them straight to second position in the points table. Mumbai will play their last home game this season against the Kolkata Knight Riders, and with the kind of form both teams have displayed so far, it is difficult to predict the outcome of this epic clash. Kolkata have suffered two consecutive losses after their recent defeat to the Chennai Super Kings. They will be disappointed to have lost narrowly but would be desperate to take remedial measures against an unpredictable Mumbai side, since they've already suffered at home. A win for Kolkata will make them table toppers, whereas a Mumbai Indians victory will only safeguard their playoff spot. Expect an exciting contest at the Wankhede Stadium this time around as Mumbai go in as hot favourites to win this one. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

David Hussey - We do not lack firepower

Kings XI Punjab skipper David Hussey backed his side to the hilt by saying that they do not lack firepower to pull off matches like the one against Delhi Daredevils.

Punjab put on 136 for eight but failed to defend the total, making Delhi daredevils the first team to qualify for the play-offs.

“I don’t think so we are short of firepower. We fought the game out really well. Full credit to Irfan and Mahela. He ran the show beautifully,” Hussey said after the five-wicket loss.

Mahela played an unbeaten knock of 56 to guide his side to win.

The job has become difficult for Punjab to seal one of remaining three play-offs places, but he was hopeful.

“Delhi are a very talented team. But we have shown the fans that we fight till the end and can still chase the finals,” Hussey said.

The Australian also praised young fast bowler Parvinder Awana, who took three wickets today for them.

“Awana’s sort of come from nowhere, he’s been the find of the tournament for us as far as bowling is concerned.”

Winning skipper Virender Sehwag said the conditions suited fast bowlers and they utilised it to optimum level.

“There was little movement for the fast bowlers, Varun and Umesh bowled beautifully, took early wickets and put pressure on Kings XI. They struggled in middle overs, so good job by the fast bowlers,” he said.

Sehwag said they did not lose hope even when a few quick wickets fell when they were chasing.

“We were expecting that Mahela could play till the end and finish the game. It is difficult to go in and play your shots; he took his time,” he said.

Delhi Speedster Varun Aaron, who was picked man-of-the-match for taking three wickets, said,”Normally, Viru pa gives us the ball and tells us to bowl according to ourselves. It is the short format, you keep going for fours and sixes even off good balls. I was getting some swing.”

Gautam Gambhir counts the positives

Despite losing two home matches in three days, Gautam Gambhir is hopeful of making the play-offs in IPL 5.

"We are still No. 3 on the points table," the skipper reminded reporters after Kolkata suffered a last-ball loss to Team Chennai at Eden Gardens on Monday night.

"We have two more games and I am hopeful of turning it around."

Kolkata and Chennai both have 17 points, just one less than Delhi and Mumbai. Gambhir's men, though, have two matches left, while Chennai have just one more to play.

Gambhir was not too worried by the fact that as many as seven teams still have a chance of progressing to the last-four stage. "But that has always been the case," he said.

Mumbai Indians (MI) Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)

The occasional drizzle at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Monday appeared to steal the thunder from the star-studded teams of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and the Mumbai Indians (MI). However, the rain did not take over this crucial IPL match. Yet, the stars on both sides failed to shine. It was left to the young turks Mayank Agarwal from RCB and A Rayudu from MI to ensure that it was paisa vasool for the 36,000-plus crowd.

The two men put up an exceptional fight on the field. The expectations of the fans on both sides soared. There were also moments of joy and sadness for both sides. Disappointment was writ large on the faces of the RCB fans toward the fag end of the game.

The MI came with not less than 40 people from Mumbai for the match. Notable among them were Sachin’s wife Anjali and son Arjun;  Nita Ambani and son Anant; film producer, director and writer Vidhu Vinod Chopra and music director Anu


The big group hooted, cheered and made their presence felt every time MI did well. Actress Priyamani too was seen in the crowd.

Tia Bhatia, who suffered a broken nose from Chris Gayle’s six during an earlier match, looked like a celebrity of sorts. Making an exception to the IPL rules, Tia’s presence was seen all over the field - during the toss, in the VVIP lounges and later sitting with Chris Gayle. The little girl got to meet and spend quality time with the cricketer.

Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun Tendulkar was also seen cheering the team and even played a friendly match after the game. The RCB team chose to wear green jerseys in keeping with their green initiative. But the RCB fans, unaware of RCB players going green for a day, continued to sport red.

|Shivarajkumar made his appearance in a green jersey pledging his support for the green-initiative. As for the game, he was happy with the way RCB has been performing this season. “I?have been closely following all the games and the team has really put in a lot of effort. But then again, this is the IPL and there is always a fifty-fifty chance of them bringing home the cup,” he says.   Many in the crowd had come to watch Sachin Tendulkar play. And Chris Gayle too had his followers.

Jagdeesh, a software engineer, had come along with his colleagues to watch his first IPL?match and see Sachin live on the field. “It was sad that he didn’t stay on for too long. Nevertheless, it was worth it and I enjoyed the match to the fullest,” he says. Arup Bhaumik, another software engineer, was overwhelmed by the crowd at the stadium. “This is my first time and coming here has been worth it. For a minute, I thought the rain would play spoilsport but I’m glad we got to see an amazing match,” says Arup.

Renee, a professional, feels that the IPL is losing its sheen. “At first it seemed like an addiction but now that is slowly wearing off. But my heart goes out to the RCB and I hope they win the Cup,” she says.

Jeethu, who wore a green shirt with his red shoes, was thrilled that he had worn green. He observes, “The pitch wasn’t very good. It’s an exciting game and I make sure I come every season. The IPL has changed the way people look at cricket. It is short and perfect for some time out with family or friends.”

A huge group from Pingar, an IT company, got a chance to come to the stadium from their company. Ravi, who had both RCB and MI logos painted on his face, says, “I am from Mumbai but I work in Bangalore. So I support both the teams, especially the RCB. And we are all Sachin fans.”
Sathyam, who wore a Mumbai Indian jersey, says, “I’ve come here to watch Sachin live in action and I am content that I got to see him. I can’t ask for more.”

Shahrukh lashes out at evaluations

Enough is enough for Shahrukh Khan. At a party here in the wee hours of Tuesday, the Kolkata Knight Riders owner minced no words to express how fed up he was with frequent comparisons between him and the team’s former captain Sourav Ganguly ever since the latter was dumped out of the franchise.

Seeking an excuse for being rude, Shah Rukh said, “Honestly, if we don’t outgrow this, it is embarrassing not only to us or to me, it’s also embarrassing for the great legend that Dada is.

We should get over this. Every time I come to Kolkata, you bring this up for a few headlines and some spicy tit-bits, which I think, is a little unfair.”

He further added: “I say this with all my love to everyone here that we should get over these little silly questions that keep coming up every now and then. Please excuse me for sounding a little rude. But please let’s move on.”

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Rajasthan Royals Vs Chennai Super Kings - Today

Using the Indian Premier League entering its final stages and teams scrambling to complete within the top four, the stakes have elevated manifold. Rajasthan Royalty and Chennai Super Nobleman face one another in the Sawai Guy Singh Stadium here on Thursday, and could be searching to seize two crucial points to surge in front of the other within the points table.

Chennai were the those who win once the two teams last met, even though Royalty were within the match right up until the last delivery was bowled. However, both teams enter into the match on the rear of contrasting results. Chennai were conned of the win by Dwayne Cruz, who smashed 14 from the last three balls from the match to consider Mumbai Indians home. Rajasthan, however, had a number of deficits before they finally came good from the KingsXI Punjab to arrest the slide and adopted up having a convincing conquer Pune Players India. Chennai feature probably the most harmful batting lineups within the tournament, but aside from Francois du Plessis, none of the batsmen happen to be consistent enough which has brought for their present position towards the bottom half on the table.

Kings XI Punjab's victory over Deccan Battery chargers on Tuesday only has spiced in the race for that play-offs and they're now locked at 12 points using the Royalty while Chennai have 11. Both Royalty and Super Nobleman have four matches each remaining, but while Rahul Dravid's males play Pune and bottom-placed Deccan Battery chargers once each, their other match is against Mumbai Indians. The Super Nobleman, however, will be to take part in the top two teams within the table - Kolkata Dark night Riders and Delhi Daredevils correspondingly - while their last encounter is against Punjab.

Following a poor run within the early stages, Suresh Raina and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni have began to look great and also have had some decent scores within the last handful of matches. Dwayne Bravo has already established reasonable success with both ball and softball bat. Free Airline Indian allrounder's energy-striking originates good lower an order however the team would surely need a ton using their company batsmen, especially from the Royalty, who depend heavily on their own batting.

In Doug Bollinger and Ben Hilfenhaus, the Super Nobleman have two excellent choices to lead the interest rate attack, although Hilfenhaus would be recuperating from his last over, by which he was slaughtered by Cruz. Rajasthan happen to be pretty much about their openers - Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Dravid - but Shane Watson is a valuable addition. Rob Tait continues to be hard to negotiate together with his express pace and looked an even more disciplined and accurate bowler within the two matches he's performed than last season. Fans can get an enthusiastic contest, using the champion attaining the benefit for that final stretch.

Chennai Super Kings have always endeavored to support the core of the team and also the outcome was greatly apparent within the first four seasons. But all of a sudden, the 2-time champions look a pale shadow of themselves. Chennai bowling coach Andy Bichel knows that point might be drained for that team but is positive that his team will recover in the last-ball defeat to Mumbai Indians. 'We have discussed it within the team conferences.

We have to go ahead and take nutrients in the match from the Mumbai Indians which is as much as every individual how he takes the duty,A Bichel stated around the eve of Chennai's match from the Royalty. 'There happen to be a couple of defeats but it will likely be important the way we recover within the tournament.' The previous Australia fast bowler accepted they has not been consistent enough.

Kolkata and Delhi, who're towards the top of the table, haven't only obtained runs but also have finished the games unlike us and that is the task for all of us,A he stated. Rob Tait and Shane Watson have performed just two matches for that Royalty to date as well as their influence has already been showing around the team. Their inclusion has additionally reduced burden on captain Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane. 'More consistency could have been better for all of us. Mike Hussey's influence towards the top of an order this past year was tremendous. Watson does an identical project for Rajasthan and they have Owais (Shah) and Kaira Hodge to include strength for their batting,' stated Bichel.

Kings XI Punjab in contention for playoffs berth: David Hussey

A convincing victory over Deccan Battery chargers guaranteed, Kings XI Punjab stand-in captain David Hussey stated along side it is attaining despite the fact that it is confronted with the daunting task of winning its remaining league matches to create the IPL 2012 playoffs. "Obviously, we're confident.

(We) wouldn't maintain your competition as not confident of which makes it towards the finals. Every team begins they'll reach the very best four. Our responsibility would be to win the following four to entitled to the finals," Hussey told reporters late last evening. "If Mandeep (Singh) keeps playing well and (Parvinder) Awana keeps playing well  yet others, we'll possess the chance," he added. With 12 points from many of us of matches, the Punjab side ranks # 5 up for grabs one of the nine teams in IPL 2012.

The very first six overs of the batting innings really set the overall game on their behalf and also the decent total of 170 assisted they win the match, he stated. Mandeep, who performed an unforgettable innings of 75 in 48 balls, stated setting a target of 170 runs made certain victory.

Wicket is around the lower side. So, we understood when we obtained around 160-170 it will likely be a great score which ultimately we did, he stated. Meanwhile, Deccan Battery chargers coach Darren Lehmann stated his team didn't bowl well which it had been an incorrect decision to area first. "The wicket will get better for batting and also the team thought it might be easier to chase which didn't work," he stated when requested concerning the logic behind bowling first because the wicket may help batsmen.

Bangalore beat Mumbai - Indian Premier League

Chris Gayle smashed 82 not to lead Royal Competitors Bangalore to some nine-wicket conquer the Mumbai Indians on Wednesday and top their email list of run-scorers within the Indian Premier League this year.

Gayle helps Bangalore beat Mumbai

Gayle presently has 515 runs to overtake Virender Sehwag (468) after striking six sixes and five fours in 59 balls. Bangalore restricted Mumbai to 141-6 at Wankhede Stadium after which obtained 142-one in 18 overs.

Gayle, who had been dropped on 21 by West Indian compatriot Dwayne Cruz off Harbhajan Singh, added 94 within an unbroken second-wicket stand with captain Virat Kohli (36 not out).|He struck three consecutive sixes off left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha and perfectly performed the pull shot from the pace bowlers.

"We understood we needed to see off (Lasith) Malinga in early stages after which build the innings," Gayle stated. "I was expecting two overs upfront from him but he bowled three."|Earlier, seamer Vinay Kumar and spinner Muttiah Muralitharan emerged with timely wickets after Mumbai have been submitted to softball bat.|Opener James Franklin (1) and Rohit Sharma () fell inexpensively to Kumar. Franklin slashed in a delivery and was caught by Zaheer Khan at third guy, while Sharma was trapped lbw three shipping later as Mumbai was reduced to two-2 within the second over.

Sachin Tendulkar hit three successive fours off Kumar in the innings of 24, and Dinesh Karthik obtained 44 from 39 balls to steady the innings.|Muralitharan ignored Karthik and Dwayne Cruz in consecutive balls, but unbeaten cameos from West Indian allrounder Kieron Pollard (21 off 13) and captain Harbhajan Singh (20 off 12) required Mumbai to some competitive score.|Pollard obtained 18 from the last over from Kumar, smashing two sixes towards the square-leg boundary.|The win lifted Bangalore to 4th within the nine-team league with six wins, five deficits and something no-derive from 12 games. Mumbai remains third with seven wins and five deficits from 12 excursions.

Chris Gayle - I am happy to play my part

It had been kind of type of reality look for Dwayne Cruz. The hero in the last match dropped countryman Chris Gayle’s catch when Royal Competitors Bangalore’s score was 34 without reduction in 5.2 overs. Gayle was batting on 21.

The issue most likely cost Mumbai the match because the West Indian batsman continued proceeded to get another 61 runs and required his side home.

No surprise that Harbhajan Singh stated in the publish match presentation ceremony when they might took Gayle's catch, the end result may have been different.

Listed here are excerpts

Virat Kohli: It absolutely was large game for all of us. Playing Mumbai Indians in Mumbai is definitely a pressure game. They're an excellent side. Clearly, it feels great to conquer them in your own home. I believe we've the best type of momentum opting for us. Hopefully, we are able to continue this momentum within the coming matches.

I had been feeling fantastic after i was batting. I had been middling the balls. I wasn’t playing too well in the earlier matches. My teammates continued saying that you'll hit form in the proper time. Hopefully I'm able to continue this type. I believe we're peaking in the proper time. The bowlers really stored it tight. Vinay Kumar and Harshal Patel bowled superbly. Muralidharan is definitely a category act and Zaheer Khan only gave four runs per over.

Harbhajan Singh: To tell the truth, we're not too disappointed. We have four games to visit. I believe Royal Competitors Bangalore performed a lot better than we did.

It had been an essential toss, which Royal Competitors Bangalore won. Their bowlers utilized the circumstances very well and bowled based on their plans. I believe i was about 15-20 runs short. Still, we ought to have given them a difficult fight. But we're able to not set up a great show. I was sloppy within our fielding. I believe when we might have taken Chris Gayle’s catch, the end result may have been different.

Chris Gayle: I'm creating a room for trophies! It's crunch time now. It had been an essential win today. I figured the bowlers had put us inside a good position by restricting Mumbai to 140-odd runs. Then (Tillekaratne) Dilshan and that i gave an excellent start towards the team. After Dilshan got out, Virat arrived and performed very well. It had been a great team effort today. I'm pleased to play my part.

The important thing ended up being to see from the new ball. Searching in the first innings, we realized the new ball was doing a little. We understood we needed to see off Lasith Malinga. I was expecting two overs in advance from him but he bowled three. As we saw him off, the job grew to become easy. It had been a great wicket to softball bat on. The ball was coming onto the softball bat and that i could play my strokes.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Oz High Commissioner bats for revival of international cricket in Pak

The Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Timothy George, has expressed his desire to see the return of international cricket to Pakistan, but did not give any time frame when the Australian cricket team would visit Pakistan to play a full series.
"I want to see the revival of international cricket in Pakistan but I am not sure when the Australian team would come here to play," the Daily Times quoted George, as saying.
"It is the Australian Government that will be taking the decision on the Australian team's visit to Pakistan but in my personal opinion they should visit here," he added.
He also praised Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf for his efforts to revive international cricket in Pakistan.
"I see a very bright future of Pakistan cricket the way Mr Zaka is endeavoring for the development of the game in the country. Under him, Pakistan cricket will surely flourish. And if he maintains the same zest, I am sure international cricket will be revived in Pakistan," George said.
Pakistan was on the verge of hosting international cricket at the Gaddafi Stadium last month when Bangladesh agreed to play a Twenty20 and a one-day international. But the Bangladesh team's Pakistan tour was postponed after some natives and former players filed a writ petition in the court asserting that it was not safe for the team to tour Pakistan. (ANI)

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Clarke has 'quickly and comfortably grown into captaincy': Report

 Australian captain Michael Clarke's recent success with his young but talented team against the Indians and the West Indies shows how he is growing as a leader, according to Sydney Morning Herald columnist Richard Hinds.
Australia's 2-0 series victory in the Caribbean was another solid result for Clarke as captain of the team. A couple of steps forward in the long march to this team's and his real moment of judgment is waiting for him i.e. the back-to-back Ashes series next year, said Hinds.
Hinds further added that Clarke's greatest test in the West Indies came outside the arena.
The tugging ordeal of Brad Haddin's return to Australia complicated by the succeeding success of his replacement, Matthew Wade. This was the time when Clarke's leadership skills were actually tested, he wrote.
Clarke gave staunch support to his Australian and NSW teammate Haddin while replying to the question over picking between him and Wade, he said.
Clarke with a generous concession to Wade replied: "'How lucky are we in an Australian cricket team to have either Brad Haddin or Matthew Wade available for selection in the Test team?" before suggesting both wicketkeepers could play against South Africa next summer, he added.
According to Hinds, some ridiculed his statement since Haddin's form last summer had been such that many had questioned his selection for the West Indies tour, and the idea of Wade batting at six, thus forcing out a specialist batsman in order to retain a 34-year-old glove man who had been struggling with the bat, seemed absurd.
Clarke's loyalty to Haddin might seem straightforward, indeed compulsory for any decent leader. Still, it provides another suggestion of how quickly and comfortably Clarke has grown into the captaincy, Hinds added.
The other, more compelling, sign of Clarke's leadership is his intuitive stewardship. By throwing the new ball to spinner Michael Beer, giving part-timer Dave Warner a successful twirl and concluding the final Test with five wickets of his own, Clarke's ability to manufacture scalps seems impressive, he concluded. (ANI)
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Windies bowlers can handle England, says Gibson

Hove (England), May 5 (IANS/CMC)
: West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson is backing his bowlers to win him the three-Test series against England and says the tourists will do their homework on the World No One side's batsmen.
The Caribbean side meets England in the series starting May 17, with many pundits suggesting the Windies will struggle in unfamiliar wintry conditions.
However, Gibson said he believed his bowling attack possessed enough quality to turn the screws on England's much vaunted batting juggernaut.
'We feel that our bowling attack is capable of getting 20 wickets in England,' Gibson said Friday.
'We haven't batted well. But if we can put some runs on the board, we believe that bowling attack is good enough.'
England's settled batting line up has been one of the reasons behind their success in recent years, piling up huge totals to provide their bowlers with targets to bowl at.
And with West Indies boasting an inexperienced attack, England's batting stats make for daunting reading.
Their top five batsmen all average over 40, with Jonathan Trott averaging 52, Kevin Pietersen 49, and opener Alistair Cook 48.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior has been good enough to average 43.
Gibson said the Windies would be carefully drafting plans to counter the opposing side's powerful top order.
'We will have some pretty good plans to their batters,' he said.
'We have a lot of footage and will trawl through it to see how we can exploit weaknesses, based also on my having bowled at them in the nets and spent a lot of time with them - and understanding how they think as batters.'
He added: 'People improve their technique but their mentality stays the same sometimes. If I can add anything to our bowlers to help them gain an advantage and get them out, that is what I will be trying to do.'
West Indies lost their last series here heavily three years ago, losing the first Test by 10 wickets and the second by an innings and 83 runs.

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Super Kings get campaign back on track

CHENNAI: There’s something about Chepauk, something in the wicket, in the rich air of this Southern metropolis that disallows visitors to leave with their desired result, despite having been accorded a king’s welcome. 

On Friday evening, Deccan Chargers realized as much. Having confined the home team to 160 after M.S. Dhoni elected to bat, the Hyderabad team had their noses in front in the first half of the chase, only to eventually lose the encounter by ten runs. Suresh Raina was named Man of the match for his all-round show - a 24-ball 32 and the crucial caught-and-bowled of Kumar Sangakkara.

Chargers were going great guns before the customary Chennai vicissitudes performed a volte face, turning the match around in the time one could mouth ‘Krishnaswamy Kasturirangam’. At 77-1 in the 11th over, the basement dwellers were probably eyeing a much-needed third win of IPL-V, when the reversal began.

The well-set Shikhar Dhawan was run out by a quirk of fate, as Cameron White’s full-blooded drive ricocheted off the bowler (Dwayne Bravo) and on to the non-striker’s stumps. Eight runs later, Suresh Raina pulled off a one-handed stunner of Kumar Sangakkara, and suddenly the situation for Chargers was no longer paved with pansies. It was left to the two Aussies – Cameron White and Daniel Christian – to get their side the 55 they needed off the last four overs. 

But knowing the venue and its characteristic treachery to chasers, the task was an uphill one. White largely played the lone hand with his 53-ball 77 – a remarkable innings on a stroke-unfriendly track -  and struck powerful blows against the million dollar wastrel Ravindra Jadeja, but was run-out going for an ambitious second run. White’s dismissal signaled the end for Chargers, as Hilfenhaus came on to bowl the last over with 20 required for an unlikely win.

Although Christian nicked a boundary on the first ball, Chennai emerged victors by 10 runs, setting their campaign back on the same track as the previous two seasons, which had also demanded an almost impossible backs-to-the-wall corrective action from them. 

Earlier, on a wicket where taking pace off the ball was paying dividends, Chennai posted a competitive 160, thanks to Faf du Plessis (42), Suresh Raina (32) and Dhoni (34). The total resulted as Chargers dropped several catches – two each of du Plessis and Bravo (12, 4b), and the hosts maintained a constant run-rate of around eight-an-over.

The lone eye-sore for Chennai was, once again, the wretched form of M. Vijay, a batsman who when on song harbours the potential to destroy the best bowlers in the business. Hopefully, Vijay will come good when Chennai needs him most, possibly in the knock-out stages – if the defending champions make it that far.
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Punjab aim to keep winning

Mohali: Kings XI Punjab would look to continue their winning streak while Rajasthan Royals would be desperately looking for a change of fortunes after four successive defeats when they lock horns at the PCA Stadium on Saturday.

Although Rajasthan beat Punjab by 31 runs in Jaipur on April 6, that was just the start of the tournament and the latter have improved a lot since then.

Punjab are fresh from two consecutive victories against Indian Premier League ( IPL) giants Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore, and have 10 points from as many matches.

They have jumped to fourth place in the points table and are aiming for a win against Rajasthan in order to stay in contention for the play- offs.

Rajasthan Royals, who started well in the tournament, have hit a rough patch and with eight points from 10 matches, are languishing in seventh spot after four successive losses.

Punjab’s top order is their strongest aspect. Mandeep Singh, a 20- year- old right- handed batsman, is their highest run- getter with 277 runs in 10 matches. He is in form and can give Punjab a strong start with Shaun Marsh, who has 256 runs from nine matches.

Skipper David Hussey is a reliable batsman in crisis situations.

But Punjab’s problem is their middle order, which has not been consistent of late.

Punjab are strong on the bowling front, which can help them seize the early momentum if they field first on Saturday. Seamer Praveen Kumar might not have taken a lot of wickets but he is a miser.

Leg- spinner Piyush Chawla is Punjab’s most successful bowler with 12 wickets in 10 matches. He, along with seamers Parvinder Awana and Azhar Mahmood, can stifle the Rajasthan batting, which lacks consistency.

On the other hand, Rajatshan biggest drawback is their overdependence on their openers — skipper Rahul Skipper Rahul Dravid has been Mr Consistent for RajasthanDravid and Ajinkya Rahane, the highest run- getter.

Dravid has been the most consistent player in the team with scores of at least 25 or above in his last seven matches. He forms a formidable opening partnership with Rahane, who smashed a superb 98 off 66 in Rajasthan’s win against Punjab last month.

But once they are out, Rajasthan look like minnows.

Shane Watson is yet to settle in.

Owais Shah and Brad Hodge once looked great, but seem to have lost touch.

Rajasthan’s biggest concern will be their bowling. Their joint highest wicket- taker Kevon Cooper has pulled out after an injury. Watson needs to step up with the ball.
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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Best Batsmen in IPL 2012 - Virender Sehwag on Top

As IPL 2012 went past its midway stage in the earlier week, the main focus was clearly on the type of Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata night Riders. Both teams have displayed consistency with both softball bat and ball. One of the batsmen, Virender Sehwag, who is among the leading run scorers over the five seasons, has hit a wealthy vein of form, scoring four consecutive half-centuries, while Gautam Gambhir provides Dark night Riders using the much-needed batting boost because of the poor type of Yusuf Pathan. With many teams taking pleasure in a great run using the softball bat within the last week, couple of bowlers could create a mark. Dale Steyn was spectacular again having a stunning spell of two for 10 against Mumbai Indians inside a low-scoring encounter. Sunil Narine, that has demonstrated to become very hard to read for many batsmen, was highly economical in the overall game against Royal Competitors, finishing with impressive figures of two for 11 off his four overs. The stand-out performance each week, however, originated from the less popular KP Appanna (Royal Competitors), who spun out Rajasthan Royalty having a amazing spell of four for 19 off his four overs.

Within the analysis of batting performances within this tournament to date, AB p Villiers takes outrageous place from Ajinkya Rahane for his unbeaten 59 against Royalty. p Villiers arrived with Royal Competitors in danger at 67 for 3 within the twelfth over. He smashed 59 off just 23 balls in a strike rate of 256.52 and shared a 122-run stand with Tillakaratne Dilshan in only 50 balls to lift Royal Competitors to some winning total of 189. p Villiers' strike rate was well over the combined strike rate from the relaxation from the batsmen in the overall game (146.37). Gambhir's 93 against Royal Competitors assisted Dark night Riders publish an enormous 190 on the sluggish help out Kolkata, He obtained in a strike rate of 182.35 as the relaxation from the batsmen handled to attain in a strike rate of just 121.69.

Sehwag, who grew to become just the 4th player to attain four consecutive half-centuries in Twenty20 matches, cracked 87 against Pune Players make it possible for Daredevils to win the return fixture after Players had won the very first game by 20 runs. Inside a comfortable eight-wicket win, Sehwag obtained his runs off just 48 balls (strike rate 181.25) as the other batsmen obtained in a strike rate of just 116.07. Cameron Whitened, who lately lost his place as Australia's Twenty20 captain, setup Deccan Chargers' first win with 78 off 46 balls (strike rate 169.56) in a game title in which the other batsmen obtained in a strike rate of 122.68.

What's ailing Dhoni's Super Nobleman in IPL 5

Chennai Super Nobleman coach Stephen Fleming accepted the protecting champions are now being examined the very first time within the good reputation for IPL. MiD DAY analyses their performance within the tournament to date.

April 4: versus Mumbai Indians:

Chennai's IPL-V campaign started on the dreadful note because they were bowled out just for 112. Mumbai Indians made light work from the target with IPL debutant Richard Levi scoring a fast fire 50 years to assist the site visitors topple the reigning champions.

What went wrong? Ravindra Jadeja's first in CSK's colours went for 16. Doug Bollinger, the interest rate spearhead, was hammered for 34 runs inside four overs. Though R Ashwin conceded only 20 runs from his four overs, the off-spinner unsuccessful to extract the turn he usually does in the Chepauk surface. They were first signs and symptoms of items to follow for MS Dhoni’s males.

April 10: versus Delhi Daredevils:

Chennai were disappointing using the softball bat for that second amount of time in three games as Delhi Daredevils restricted these to their second-cheapest total within the IPL. CSK could manage only 110 for eight from 20 overs. Delhi chased lower the 111-run target in only 13.2 overs. Again, Doug Bollinger and R Ashwin - CSK’s premier bowlers - leaked runs.

What went wrong? Some confused running meant three from the first four Super Nobleman batsmen went themselves out. From the first ball of the overall game, Murali Vijay responded too eagerly to some require a single from Faf du Plessis simply to be go out. Such chaos ongoing as Suresh Raina went too much lower the help out search of the tight single but tend to not allow it to be in time S Badrinath ended up being to meet similar fate a few overs later.

April 14: versus Pune Players:

Despite scoring an acceptable 155 for five, and disregarding Pune Players India batsmen Robin Uthappa and Sourav Ganguly inexpensively, Chennai Super Nobleman could not prevent another defeat in the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium. Chennai's bowlers didn't have response to large Kiwi Jesse Ryder - who continued to be unbeaten on 73 to influence Pune beyond the line with four balls to spare. It came lower to 34 needed from the final three overs, by which Ryder only required to take three singles, as Steven Smith's large hits required proper care of the relaxation. Chennai's Sri Lankan recruit Nuwan Kulasekara, who changed out-of-form Doug Bollinger, leaked 38 runs from his four-over spell.

What went wrong? Murali Vijay's poor run in IPL-V ongoing because the opener departed after adding just eight runs towards the 43-run opening stand with Faf du Plessis. Vijay, who top-obtained for CSK throughout last year's IPL final against Bangalore, was dropped following this game and hasn’t came back towards the XI.

April 28: versus Nobleman XI Punjab:

Chennaidid well to limit Punjab from 127-2 to 156-8. In search of 157, the protecting champions were easily placed as openers Faf du Plessis and S Badrinath published a 47-run stand. However, Azhar Mahmood ignored both rapidly. The double blow slowed down lower CSK's scoring-rate and added pressure on out-of-form batsmen - Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha and MS Dhoni. Raina was stumped off Piyush Chawla, Saha was castled by David Hussey, and Dhoni was go out after scoring only one run. Still, Chennai had two energy-players, Dwayne Bravo and Albie Morkel, in the centre after 15 overs, and also the target was 58 goes out, definitely not beyond their achieve. However, Chawla, Mahmood & Co bowled and fielded wonderfully to overcome Chennai in their own individual backyard.

What went wrong? Chennai's persisting middle-order worries destroyed them because they lost five wickets just for 38 runs and finally lost by seven runs. Raina required 17 balls to attain just 15 runs. In the past seasons, Raina was always the enforcer while the kind of Badrinath and Dhoni moored the innings. None of this appears to become employed by Chennai.

April 30: versus Dark night Riders:

The arrival of Michael Hussey did not matter as Kolkata Dark night Riders won easily - to determine that Chepauk was no more a fortress for that reigning champions. After their bowlers, brought by Jacques Kallis, restricted CSK to 139, the KKR batsmen, with Gautam Gambhir leading in the front, chased lower the score with five wickets to spare. Though the overall game went to the last over, the Dark night Riders were always in charge. After the overall game, coach Stephen Fleming conceded that though his batsmen performed reasonably well on the sluggish surface, bowling and fielding would be a concern.

What went wrong? Super Nobleman bowlers didn’t help their situation having a spate of wides, eight of these in most. Extra supplies aside, KKR’s batting set of Gambhir and Kallis were permitted 32 singles.

Champions tamed in IPL 5

# Performed: 10

# Won: 4

# Lost: 5 (NR: 1)

Key gamers fail:

# MS Dhoni: 166 runs from 10 matches (HS: 40, SR: 116)

# Suresh Raina: 197 runs from 10 matches (HS: 44, SR: 120)

# S Badrinath: 147 runs from 10 matches (HS: 57, SR: 105)

# R Ashwin: 5 wickets from 10 matches (Ave: 43, Econ: 6.45)

# Doug Bollinger: 8 wickets from 6 matches (Ave: 20, Econ: 9)

# Murali Vijay: 31 runs from 5 matches (HS: 11, SR: 64)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Watch Indian Premier League (IPL) Live Streaming : KXI Vs RCB

Watch Indian Premier League (IPL) Live Streaming : KXI Vs RCB

Deccan charge to second win of season

The victory was set up by a sizable 157-run third-wicket partnership between skipper Kumar Sangakkara (82) and Cameron White (74), after the former selected to bat. The highest alliance of IPL-V took the designated 'home' team to 186-4 in twenty overs, after they had lost both openers within the Powerplay, as the last 14 overs yielded runs at  11-an-over.

For the second time, and against the same opponents, everything fell in place for Deccan Chargers. The Hyderabad side bested Pune Warriors by 13 runs to gain their second win of IPL-V, indicating that a team on the verge of elimination can still throw a spanner in the works of other, comparatively higher placed, outfits.

Pune made a disastrous start to the chase, losing Manish Pandey on the first ball, but Sourav Ganguly and IPL debutant Michael Clarke (replacing Jesse Ryder in the eleven) propelled their team with intent. Ganguly, who was dropped when they had scored, and Clarke added 90 at a moderate pace to raise visions of an thrilling finish, but both were out within six runs of each other to dissipate the momentum.

It warrants a mention here that Clarke, straight off the boat ' in a manner of speaking ' tore in to Dale Steyn, creaming boundaries behind point, over square-leg and again wide of point, as the South African screwed up his radar sizable time.

Earlier, it was a Sangakkara-White show all the way. The got together in the fifth over and went on a unmoderated rampage until the 19th. They began with caution, picking the loose balls and keeping the scorer busy, as they took the tally to 91 in 14 overs. And then began the battering.

Clarke was dropped, but was run out on the same ball going for a second run. Ganguly was caught at cover trying to force through the off-side, and although Steve Smith (47 n.o.) and Robin Uthappa (26) went hell for leather, Pune still fell short of the target.

White reached his half-century in 38 balls and then waded in to Ganguly, sticking it in the Pune skipper in the 18th over for a deadly sequence of 6, 6, 6, four. The last-gasp offensive hit Pune where it hurt, finally costing them a win that would have taken them to third in the points table.

The next six overs brought Deccan 95 runs, a run rate of  16. Sangakkara, after reaching his fifty in 38 balls, moved in to top gear, lashing out six fours in a nine-ball phase against Marlon Samuels and Wayne Parnell.

Due for Spot-fixing release May 5 convict Asif

Pakistan's former paceman Mohammad Asif is expected to be released from a British jail on May five after finishing half his one-year sentence for spot-fixing in the coursework of the 2010 Lord's Check against England, a mate & cricket coach said Tuesday.
"Asif is due to be released on May five & they was in high spirits when I visited him last month," Mohammad Haroon told AFP from London.

The 29-year-old Asif, along with teammates Salman Butt & Mohammad Aamer, was sentenced in London last November for contriving deliberate no-balls for money in the coursework of the August 2010 Check.

Aamer was released in February after months in jail. Butt, Check captain at that time, was jailed for 30 months.

Mazhar Majeed, the agent for players who was accused of striking the deal, was jailed for 32 months.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) also banned the players for a maximum of years.
Haroon said Asif was appealing against both punishments.

"Asif has already appealed against the 12-month sentence & they will also appeal against the ICC ban," said Haroon.
All players have the right to appeal against the ICC ban in the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sports.

Aamer, who pleaded guilty in the London court, last month appeared in an ICC video to warn future players against fixing. Like Aamer, Asif was also regarded as of the quickest rising paceman at the international level.

Before his ban, Asif had taken 106 wickets in 23 Tests. They also had 46 wickets in 36 one-day internationals.

In revenge game Kings XI wary of Gayle 'storm'

In spite of languishing at the eighth slot in the table with defeats and wins in nine games, an unfazed Kings XI Punjab will here Wednesday look for avenging its loss April 21 to hosts Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) though cautious of their explosive batsman Chris Gayle.

"They (RCB) have a star-studded line-up. They have giant names, with the risky Chris Gayle at the top order though they took them down to last balls in our earlier match," Kings XI coach-cum-captain Adam Gilchrist told reporters Tuesday ahead of the match in the Indian Premier League (IPL-V) T-20 at the Chinnaswamy stadium here.

Chasing 164-run target set by Kings XI at Mohali, in their first encounter in this match, RCB made 166 for wickets in 19.3 overs, with the Jamaican southpaw Gayle hitting 87 in 56 balls comprising sixes and eight fours and making a 131-run partnership with South African A.B. de Villiers, who struck 52 of 39 balls.

Though Gilchrist won't be playing due to hamstring injury he had in the work of his team's match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) April 18, he acknowledged that RCB had plenty of players other than Gayle who can take the game away from them.
"Virat (Kohli) is on the work to be of the best players on the world. He will be raring to go to do well in this IPL. There's world class bowlers with them as well," Gilchrist observed.

Noting that the Bangalore wicket was different from that of Mohali, the former Aussie keeper said he expected the ball to bounce a bit more and sporting.

"The practice wicket here is much like the match condition. That is a credit to the ground staff here. As there is still 24 hours to go for the game, they have not finalised our final 11," Gilchrist said.

The home team, however, is confident of making up for its 47-run loss to KKR Sunday (April 29) in Kolkata and staying on work for a berth in the semis with wins and losses and a point from a rain-hit match against Chennai Tremendous Kings (CSK) April 25 here.

"We are fifth on the points table. If they win four-five games, they will qualify for semis. So, I don't think they are going to experiment anymore or at least in the next few games," RCB skipper Daniel Vettori told reporters at a pre-match presser here late Tuesday.

Admitting that the top order was not consistent on a regular basis, he said it was always difficult to expect batsmen to fire on a regular basis.
"As a batting side, they have being doing a lovely job. The combination that worked for us so far is to have abroad batsmen and bowler. So will continue to have that (combination)," Vettori noted.

Asked if out-of-form Kohli will open the innings, Vettori said he had to open in the earlier games as Gayle was sick.
"That was an experiment as Gayle was sick. So will keep Virat lower in the order,"

On the team's designs for a back-to-back win against Kings XI, the former New Zealand left-arm spinner said taking wickets early would makes things simpler.

"Opening bowlers ought to be looking for wickets as much as they can to confine the opponents when bowling first or get early breakthroughs to take the game away," he added.

My best IPL season so far, says Pietersen

The second-highest runscorer for the Daredevils and the lone centurion for the side this season, Pietersen has batted like a true champion in the Indian Premier League (IPL) five and has been the bedrock of Delhi's batting.

Star batsman Kevin Pietersen played his last match for Delhi Daredevils this season against the Rajasthan Royals here on Tuesday and will return home for England's home series against the West Indies.

The hundred I scored against Deccan at the Kotla, the amazing crows and the chants of 'KP' at the ground were absolutely amazing. Those days I will always keep in mind. The way the team has gelled has been great. To turn up from Sri Lanka and be in Delhi and be a part of the team that has been so successful and a leader of the pack is something I will cherish,' Pietersen said.

Although the Daredevils will have a prepared replacement in the kind of the smashing Australian opener David Warner, the table toppers would miss the swashbuckling England batsman. For Pietersen, it was a memorable experience to be a part of a winning Daredevils side.

I am to leave the IPL. The fierce competition between teams is reflected in how close the results have been. It's probably been the best IPL that has been played yet, the 31-year-old player said. The imposing batsman added that he would continue to keep an eye on the fortunes of the Daredevils. 'I will be keeping a close eye on the results.'

The former England batsman was part of the Royal Challengers side that reached the final of the 2009 IPL, but felt that this IPL was the best experience he's had so far and felt the contests have been of a high standard.

Warner ought to provide firepower at the top of the order but gets a feeling that Delhi would miss KP in the middle order.