Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
In a poor exhibition for Twenty20 cricket, the Pune-Chennai contest was reduced to which team was less uncomfortable in the conditions. Pune naturally looked delighted when they restricted the home team to a run rate of 7.10 but their smiles vanished once their batsmen took the crease.
Friday, April 22, 2011
4-22-11 Kolkata Knight Riders vs. Royal Challengers Bangalore RCB won by 9 wickets
4-22-11 Mumbai Indians vs. Chennai Super Kings MI won by 8 runs
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Were Champions of IPL-2010
Dhoni is the captain for the fourth consecutive year
I'm supporting this team for my most favorite cricketer Dhoni :)
Faf du Plessis
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain)
Coach : Stephen Fleming
Coach : Steve Rixon
Bowling Coach : Andy Bichel
Physical Trainer: Gregory King
Physiotherapist : Tommy Simsek
Manager : Radha Krishnan
NAMMA CHENNAI SUPER KINGS 'KU WHISTLE PODU!! :D
Were the champions of IPL-2009
Kumar Sangarakara is the Captain
I'm supporting Deccan Chargers because it's sorta like my home team,since I'm Telugu myself and my parents are from Hyderbad :)
Dwaraka Ravi Teja
Cameron White (Vice-Captain)
Kumar Sangakkara (Captain)
Head Coach: Darren Lehmann
Assistant Coach: Kanwaljit Singh
Assistant Coach (Fielding): Mike Young
Team Manager: Paul Skinner
Physiotherapist: Dr Sean Slattery
Trainer: David Bailey
Sachin Tendulkar is the captain of the team :)
I'm supporting the team for the master Sachin! :D
But I think the name is a bit too normal. :P
Sachin Tendulkar (Captain)
S K Yadav
Captain - Sachin Tendulkar
Coach - Robin Singh
Assistant Coach - Paras Mhambrey
Physio - Nitin Patel
Fielding - Jonty Rhodes
This is a new team, started in 2011 :)
The captain is Yuvraj Singh
I'm supporting this team for Yuvraj cause he is one of my favorite cricketers :)
Yuvraj Singh (Captain)
Director - Deep Dasgupta
Captain - Yuvraj Singh
Coach - Geoff Marsh
Assistant Coach - Praveen Amre
Assistant Coach - Dermot Reeve
I really think Kumar Sangakarra has to "step up the plate", cause DC is really sucking :( While my other fav teams are doing great :D
Though I support this many teams, my heart is always with Chennai Super Kings and Deccan Chargers. So I don't mind which one wins out of these :) May 1st is huge for me, cause it's CSK vs.DC! :D
But it's fine with me if any of these 4 teams win! So good luck to all of them! :D I'm super excited, cause this is my first time supporting IPL teams :)
Pune Warriors captain Yuvraj Singh produced an impressive all-round performance, but failed to stop Delhi Daredevils from posting a thrilling three-wicket win in the Indian Premier League on Sunday. Yuvraj top-scored with an unbeaten 66 to help Pune reach a challenging 187-5 before Delhi achieved the stiff target with four balls to spare for their first victory in three matches in the Twenty20 tournament.
Delhi needed eight to win off the last over after left-arm spinner Yuvraj had finished with 4-29, but Australian James Hopes (13 not out) smashed a six and a four off successive deliveries from New Zealand seamer Jesse Ryder.
Australian David Warner (46) and skipper Virender Sehwag (37) gave Delhi a solid start when they added 75 for the opening wicket before Venugopal Rao (31) and Aaron Finch (25) contributed crucial runs in the closing stages.
Pune, who suffered their first defeat in three games, were earlier indebted to Yuvraj and Ryder (60) for setting a big target.
Yuvraj cracked five sixes, including three in the last over bowled by seamer Ashok Dinda, in his 32-ball knock and Ryder also hit five sixes in his 27-ball innings.
Ryder played a key role in putting his team on course for a big total, dominating a 54-run stand for the second wicket with Mithun Manhas (20) after the early dismissal of South African opener Graeme Smith (12).
He looked in excellent touch from the beginning as he hit two sixes in the first over of the innings off spinner Rao.
Ryder completed his half-century with an aggressive shot when he lofted left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem over long-on for a six before falling in the same over.
Nadeem and Dinda finished with two wickets apiece.
Pune Warriors 187-5 in 20 overs (Yuvraj Singh 66 not out, J. Ryder 60, M. Manhas 20; S. Nadeem 2-39, A. Dinda 2-42) lost to Delhi Daredevils 190-7 in 19.2 overs (D. Warner 46, V. Sehwag 37, V. Rao 31, A. Finch 25; Yuvraj Singh 4-29) by three wickets.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
184 was a big ask on this MA Chidambaram track and once RCB lost Tillakaratne Dilshan on the second ball, they were never really in the hunt. Virat Kohli (35 off 28 balls) and AB de Villiers (65 off 44 balls) did try to put up a fight, but the asking rate had already gone beyond 12 by then. Once Kohli got out, there wasn't much hope. CSK won by 21 runs.
Hussey was the backbone of CSK's effort. It's not always easy getting used to the pace of the MA Chidambaram Stadium, but it was hardly an issue for the 36-year-old. He looked as comfortable as anyone else during his unbeaten knock of 83 on a hot Saturday afternoon. He used his feet beautifully to the pacers as well as the spinners and played the anchor's role to perfection as the other CSK batsmen threw their bats around him.
Daniel Vettori was extremely unhappy when Mohammad Kaif dropped Hussey early on at mid-on. Vettori has seen the Aussie play many a match-winning knock and it seemed he knew straightaway that the old pro could run away with the game.
The beauty of Hussey's batting is that runs simply flow. He hardly takes risks, waits for the loose balls and makes use of the opportunities that come his way. There was a time in the middle-overs when Vettori was settling down into a nice rhythm. Even as his partner MS Dhoni struggled just a bit to break the shackles, Hussey played a couple of brutal slog-sweeps that went for sixes and the pressure was immediately released.
The likes of Vijay, Suresh Raina and Dhoni also deserve praise for the way they approached the situation. The boundaries never dried up and that helped CSK get about 20 runs more than the par score on this Chepauk track.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Does Yuvi ever feel resentful? Is there any truth to the talk of there being a strained relationship between the two?
We put the question to Yuvraj, and he dismissed it immediately. "MS and I have a very good relationship. He's always backed me and I've always supported him. So I don't understand where all this speculation comes from."
Was it true that he and Dhoni were once interested in the same young woman, a popular Bollywood actress? "I read that too" he quipped.
Yuvraj went on to effusively praise Dhoni. "He's one guy who grasps things very quickly and has really transformed his game. Youngsters can learn a lot from him. And I think he has handled the captaincy really well."
However, Yuvraj added, jokingly, that he did have a grouse against Dhoni. "He never invited me for his wedding! I tease him about it at least 10 times a day. I told him when I get married, I will invite the whole team but I will make sure he will be dancing outside the gate," chuckled Yuvraj.
Electing to bat, Daredevils were shot out for a meagre 95 in 17.4 overs. The collapse was a combination of hostile bowling from the Lankan speedster, helped by some poor shot selection by the home team batsmen at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground.
Mumbai Indians never looked in any sort of hurry as they cruised to the target in 16.5 overs with skipper Sachin Tendulkar scoring an unbeaten 46 (50 balls, 3x4, 1x6).
While Rohit Sharma's contribution in the 68-run third wicket partnership was an unbeaten 27 (30 balls, 3x4).
The match was supposed to be a fight between Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag but it was the Sri Lankan slinger who emerged as the hero in the end.
Malinga's figures read a stunning 3.4-1-13-5 with four of them being cleaned up unplayable yorkers. It is the third best figure in the IPL after Sohail Tanveer (6/14 for Rajasthan Royals) and Anil Kumble's (5/5) efforts.
For the capacity crowd at the Kotla, it turned out to be utterly disappointing as five of the Delhi Daredevils batsmen went without troubling the scorers.
Malinga's effort was all the more laudable as Kotla track is considered to be not so conducive for pacers. After Kemar Roach's hostile spell against the Netherlands in the World Cup, Malinga again showed that raw pace can be intimidating for the lesser known players.
Barring Sehwag, this Delhi Daredevils team doesn't have good enough players to survive the rigours of top flight Twenty20 and it was proved in the manner they faced the Mumbai Indians bowling.
The Kotla track may be on the slower side but it was inept batting by the Delhi Daredevils top-order that led to their downfall.
Sehwag had the crowd roaring when he danced down the track to effortlessly lift Harbhajan Singh over long-off for a six.
Malinga got into the act in the second over as he pegged the home team back with a twin blow in the very second over. The normally dangerous David Warner (1) failed to dig out a toe-crushing yorker from Malinga, while the 17-year-old Unmukt Chand's IPL debut was a forgettable one as he was out after a couple of deliveries.
The youngster who has never faced anything above medium fast at the domestic level tried to smash a Malinga delivery that was fast and full. Unmukt's feet were rooted in his crease and the ball cannoned into the middle stump.
The sell-out crowd at the stadium who were expecting some fireworks from Sehwag were left high and dry as skipper was run-out for 19 (16 balls, 2x4, 1x6). It was totally Sehwag's call after striker Aaron Finch played it to short-fine leg.
The Daredevils captain who was at the non-striker end called for the single knowing fully well that ball went straight to Sachin Tendulkar stationed at that position.
Tendulkar's direct throw caught Sehwag couple of feet short of his ground.
Finch (8) was the fourth Delhi batsmen to be dismissed when he tried to sweep a flighted delivery from Harbhajan but the top edge was well caught by Ambati Rayudu at deep backward square leg.
With the team precariously placed at 40 for four, India discards Naman Ojha (29, 30 balls, 2x4, 1x6) and Venugopal Rao (26, 25 balls, 3x4) added 42 runs for the fifth wicket but were never able to shift gears apart from hitting an odd boundary.
Finally, Ojha ran out of patience and was caught by Malinga at long-on trying to hoist left-arm spinner Ali Murtaza.
Irfan Pathan's (0) was a brief stay at the wicket as he went for non-existent single and failed to return back.
Malinga then came back for his second spell to clean up Venugopal and Morne Morkel (0) with couple of unplayable yorkers.
He finished his five-wicket haul with a slower, which Dinda lobbed to James Franklin at mid-off.