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BCCI axes Kochi from IPL 2012

Posted by anccricket on September 19, 2011 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)



Kochi Tuskers Kerala are in the news yet again. And not surprisingly, it’s for the wrong reasons. According to BCCI sources , the new franchise of the Indian Premier League has been suspended for defaulting on payments.


Informed sources say the Kochi consortium has not responded to repeated reminders from IPL authorities about the payments.

 


According to sources, the team has not renewed its bank guarantee which it has to renew every year. The team was bought for Rs 1,550 crore and the consortium has to pay a bank guarantee of Rs.156 crore every year for the next 10 years. The board is also hearing their plea to shift base from Kochi to Ahmedabad. None of the board officials was willing to discuss this, but a Team Kochi official categorically refuted the claim that they have defaulted on payment.

 


“We don’t owe one single paisa to the board,” a top team official said, clarifying that their payments have been regular. “On the contrary, the BCCI owes us the money. We are yet to receive the last installment of the television revenue that is due to us,” the official remarked. According to him, the team has received two installments of its share from the central revenue of the IPL, but the last installment, of Rs15 crore, has not yet been paid to them.

 


The official further said that the bank guarantee of Rs156 crore paid to the BCCI is valid up to September 27. “We have received a letter and we have replied to the board that it (the bank guarantee) will be sent in due course.”

 


The official also stated that the team is being harassed. “We face a lot of problems in Kochi and we have sought permission to shift our base. We have not received any reply from the BCCI. And now, we get these notices. If they take any action, we will have no choice but to explore legal options,” he said.


ICC For Unofficial Window for IPL, CLT20

Posted by anccricket on June 30, 2011 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)


The IPL has been granted an unofficial window in the FTP by the ICC.The IPL may have won half the battle with the ICC and thereby, quelled the storm with a few of the boards. But it may have spawned others as the ICC has virtually agreed to an unofficial window for India’s domestic Twenty20 tournament.

 

 

While the Indian Premier League has not been given a clear or official window, it has been granted what can be best described as an unofficial leeway in the international cricket calendar and Future Tours Programme 2012-2020. The IPL, staging during the Indian summer, has seen several clashes between players and boards regarding the timing of coinciding with bilateral series which make it pertinent for the players to show up in their national colours and yet rob them of a lifetime of an opportunity to create a secure financial corpus by participating in the IPL.

 


While having a specific window in the calendar for the IPL was considered imperative from the perspective that it would alleviate some of these club versus country debates being generated, there was also the contention within the ICC that granting the IPL a window would set a trend for the other cricket boards to then queue up demanding a similar time frame in which to expand their commercial interests from their respective domestic Twenty20 formats. In that light, there has been some consternation in circles that perhaps granting that window would precipitate a crisis of sorts for Test cricket with the Twenty20 format being given precedence, a concern that is being raised in Australia.

 


Given that the IPL has become a predominantly commercial venture under the disguise of unearthing domestic talent, the decision to grant a window was also said to be prompted by those involved directly or indirectly to getting a slice of the pie. With not many cricket purists of the opinion that the Twenty20 was merely a means to its own end and not really enhancing the sport at its most pristine level, Test cricket, the thought to give the IPL a window was slammed. Amongst some of the voices that have played the sport included Tony Grieg and Arjuna Ranatunga amongst others. While other cricket boards are now trialling their Twenty20 tournaments on the lines of IPL, realizing the kind of money that could be on offer if the prospects can be worked out, although none of them can yet match the strength of the IPL, there could well be a time when the ICC may have to revise those agendas yet again.

 


However, perhaps with the intent to assuage some of the issues that have cropped up between boards and players as a result of the conflict that results from the overlapped schedules, the ICC, without officially giving its blessing, has sought to reduce the tour commitments for teams during that time period and ensure that more players are free to seek employment in the IPL without fear of being thwarted by the bilateral series obligations of the board. The Champions League Twenty20 has been granted a direct two week window in the month of September while the ICC has left the months of April and May light for most cricket teams in the FTP – Future Tours Programme. How well this would actually work out will be on trial when the IPL 5 begins.

IPL 5 2012 Schedule Announced; IPL Sticks to 74 Matches

Posted by anccricket on June 30, 2011 at 5:49 AM Comments comments (0)




IPL 5 will have as many matches as IPL 4


Cricket followers are still catching their breath when they will be expected to take deeper breaths once more as the IPL 2012, in the IPL’s 5th edition, has been announced with a schedule that will see the seventy-four matches that it did during the IPL 4 season.

 

The IPL 5 season is expected to begin on the 4th of April with the IPL 5 final to be staged on the 27th of May, 2012. Although there will still be overlapping international bilateral series coinciding with the IPL 5 season for lack of an IPL window in the Future Tours Programme ( FTP ), the IPL 2012 edition will be go on within the stipulated period. It is bound to continue to raise some rather pertinent questions as the IPL franchisees may be forced to look into the possibility of having to readjust some of their player resources due to unavailability with national duties lined up.


Problems revolving around over lapping schedules and players’ priorities have dominated the headlines during the IPL 4 schedule, particularly with respect to the likes of Lasith Malinga and some of the other Sri Lankan cricketers as also, those of the West Indies cricketers such as Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and more controversially, Chris Gayle. With the West Indies yet to overlap once more, one cannot expect matters to settle down completely.

 

However, not only is the IPL sticking to its summer schedule but also, the IPL 5 season will see the same number of matches as the IPL 4 season – seventy-four matches to be precise. While the earlier promise of ninety-four matches made to the two new IPL franchisees, Pune Warriors and Kochi Tuskers Kerala, were scuttled amidst the IPL 3 controversies, it is still on the higher side which the IPL and the BCCI are unwilling to relent keeping their commercial interests in mind.

 

One would have thought there would have been a review of the number of matches played given that the cricket fans have been resounding in their disgruntlement of the blatant exploitation of the Twenty20 format and the sport and also, coming as it did on the back of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 where national fervor received clear precedence over club interests.

 

But the BCCI and the IPL governing council are sticking to their stance that the drop in television ratings was only a one off scenario and that the IPL could go on despite the fact that the 4pm slots were in particular hard to sell with fans who did not want to tied down all day to cricket, which is why the Twenty20 had become lucrative. However, keeping the franchisees’ investments in mind, the BCCI obviously could not avoid the business aspect of the sport, which means either the IPL will continue to settle into a humdrum after the high of its inaugural year or will simply have to settle for the fans who will become more picky and choosy about how much and what to view. The debates meanwhile will continue to ramble along as the IPL plans for its next venture including the Champions League Twenty20.


IPL AWARDS 2011

Posted by anccricket on May 29, 2011 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)


Just after the IPL ended with Chennai Super Kings winning the tournament in a row. Some action was held to be in the post match presentation and it was some awards for the great moments we encountered for past 6 weeks in IPL 2011. Here are the list of awards :



Golden Player of the tournament award : Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore/West Indies)

 


Gayle was the undoubtly most entertaining player in this year's format of IPL T20. He came to the team and placed RCB in the top of points table from nowhere they were around. Gayle scored 608 runs and also picked up 8 wickets in 12 matches of IPL 2011.

 


Most Run-scorer (Orange Cap) : Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore/West Indies)

 


Chris Gayle came up as the surprised player for every one in this IPL, included in RCB side after 6th match. Chris Gayle made 511 runs in 9 group-stage matches and 608 runs in total 12 matches (including 3 play-off matches).

 


Most-Wicket Taker (Purple Cap) : Lasith Malinga (Mmbai Indians/ Sri Lanka)

 


Malinga took 27 wickets in 14 group-stage matches and total of 28 wickets in 16 matches including 2 play-off matches. Malinga was really unplayable and had best average as well as economy rate in his IPL.

 


The rising star award : Iqbal Abdulla (Kolkata Knight Riders / India)

 


The man from small-town from Inia really impressed the people around him with his slow-left arm orthodox bowling. The 21 years old youngster picked-up 16 wickets at the economy of 6.1 in 15 matches.

 


Best Individual Performance : Paul Valthaty (Kings XI Punjab / India)

 


Paul Valthaty scored 120* off 63 balls when they were chasing the score of 189 runs in the match against the Chennai Super Kings.

 


Karbonn Kamaal Catcher of the tournament : Keiron Pollard (Mumbai Indians / West Indies)

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS WIN IPL 4 2011

Posted by anccricket on May 28, 2011 at 2:34 PM Comments comments (0)



 

MS Dhoni's love affair with silverware continued as he led the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to successful defence of their IPL title with a comprehensive 58-run victory over the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the final at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday.


A mammoth total of 205 was complemented by a three-wicket spell (3/16) from R Ashwin that paved way for Chennai's title defence, which began with a 159-run opening partnership between 'Man of the Match' Murali Vijay (95) and Michael Hussey (63).


Chennai bowlers then restricted Bangalore to a paltry 147/8 and romped home by the big margin. It was an icing on the cake for CSK skipper Dhoni after the historic World Cup triumph last month.


Chasing 206 to win, Ashwin delivered a body blow to RCB's title aspirations when he got the big fish Chris Gayle for a naught in the first over. MS Dhoni's move to open the attack with the off-spinner struck more gold as he followed Gayle's wicket with Mayank Aggarwal's in his second over to put the CSK right on top.


Ashwin first induced an edge from Gayle, which was pouched by MS Dhoni, and then bowled Aggarwal (10).


Virat Kohli then instilled some hopes with a few lusty blows but AB de Villiers misread Shadab Jakati to be caught right in front. He became the third Bangalore wicket to fall inside seven overs as the scoreboard read 48/3.


Jakati then added another wicket to his tally when he lapped up a top edge from Luke Pomersbach to leave the RCB innings in complete disarray.


Another body blow was delivered by part-timer Suresh Raina when he put the final nail in RCB's coffin by taking out Kohli, who scored 35 off 32 balls before getting out lbw.


Regular fall of wickets sent half the RCB side back in the dug-out after 10 overs, making it the most lopsided of the four IPL finals so far. Shadab Jakati (2/21) bowled well in tandem with Ashwin to pick up his two wickets.


Earlier, Vijay and Hussey hit sparkling half centuries en route to a 159-run opening stand that laid the foundation for CSK's mammoth total of 205/5.


Hussey and Vijay gave Chennai a quick start and mixed caution with aggression after Dhoni decided to bat first. The duo didn't go on an all out attack and kept the scoreboard ticking with cheeky singles, while hitting a six each in the first four overs.


Another six from Vijay off Gayle brought up CSK's fifty in just 5.1 overs to stamp their early domination in the game as they picked 56 runs in the six overs of powerplay.


After the rollicking start, the openers didn't hold themselves back and intensified the assault, which saw the CSK hundred being raised in just 10.3 overs after Vijay's punishing 29-ball half century.


Vijay upped the ante from that point on, hitting fours and sixes almost at will. On the other end, experienced Hussey fed the strike to Vijay, picking an occasional boundary as he reached his fifty in 40 balls.


Wicket finally came for Bangalore when Hussey tried to loft Syed Mohammad over long-on for another six but ended up in the hands of Abhimanyu Mithun. That brought an end to a 159-run opening partnership in just 14.5 overs.


Dhoni (22 off 13) then lit up Chepauk with his two sixes but he and Vijay fell to S Aravind in consecutive deliveries.


Vijay (95), who deserved a century, fell just five runs short while Dhoni departed in quest of quick runs. Vijay stroked four boundaries and six towering sixes in his 52-ball knock.


RCB bowlers made some sort of a comeback towards the end by picking up two more wickets in the last two overs. It was Dwayne Bravo who hit six off the final delivery to help CSK cross 205.


For RCB, Aravind and Gayle picked two wickets apiece while Syed picked one.


IPL 4 SCHEDULE 2011

Posted by anccricket on January 5, 2011 at 1:56 AM Comments comments (0)

 



Schedule of IPL 4 2011


8 April Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders Night Chennai 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


9 April Deccan Chargers v Rajasthan Royals Day Hyderabad 4pm India, 10.30am GMT


9 April Kochi Tuskers Kerala v Royal Challengers Bangalore Night Kochi 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


10 April Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians Day Delhi 4pm India, 10.30am GMT


10 April Pune Warriors v Kings XI Punjab Night DY, Mumbai 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


11 April Kolkata Knight Rider v Deccan Chargers Night Kolkata 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


12 April Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Daredevils Day Jaipur 4pm India, 10.30am GMT


12 April Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians Night Bengaluru 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


13 April Pune Warriors v Kochi Tuskers Kerala Day DY, Mumbai 4pm India, 10.30am GMT


13 April Kings XI Punjab v Chenai Super Kings Night Mohali 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


14 April Deccan Chargers v Royal Challengers Bangalore Night Hyderabad 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


15 April Mumbai Indians v Kochi Tuskers Kerala  Day W, Mumbai 4pm India, 10.30am GMT


15 April Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders Night Delhi 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


16 April Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore Day Chennai 4pm India, 10.30am GMT


16 April Deccan Chargers v Kings XI Punjab Night Hyderabad 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


17 April Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders Day Jaipur 4pm India, 10.30am GMT


17 April Pune Warriors v Delhi Daredevils Night DY, Mumbai 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


18 April Kochi Tuskers Kerala v Chennai Super Kings Night Kochi 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


19 April Delhi Daredevils v Deccan Chargers Day Delhi 4pm India, 10.30am GMT


19 April Royal Challengers Bangalore v Rajasthan Royals Night Bangalore 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


20 April Mumbai Indians v Pune Warriors Day W, Mumbai 4pm India, 10.30am GMT


20 April Kolkata Knight Riders v Kochi Tuskers Kerala  Night Kolkata 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


21 April Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals Night Mohali 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


22 April Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings Night W, Mumbai 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


23 April Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore Day Kolkata 4pm India, 10.30am GMT


23 April Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians Night Delhi 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


24 April Deccan Chargers v Mumbai Indians Day Hyderabad 4pm India, 10.30am GMT


24 April Rajasthan Royals v Kochi Tuskers Kerala Night Jaipur 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


25 April Chennai Super Kings v Pune Warriors Night Chennai 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


26 April Delhi Daredevils v Royal Challengers Bangalore Night Delhi 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


27 April Pune Warriors v Chennai Super Kings Day DY, Mumbai 4pm India, 10.30am GMT


27 April Kochi Tuskers Kerala v Deccan Chargers Night Kohli 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


28 April Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab Day Kolkata 4pm India, 10.30am GMT


28 April Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians Night Jaipur 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


29 April Royal Challengers Bangalore v Pune Warriors Night Bangalore 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


30 April Kochi Tuskers Kerala v Delhi Daredevils Day Kochi 4pm India, 10.30am GMT


30 April Mumbai Indians v Kings XI Punjab Night W, Mumbai 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


1 May Rajasthan Royals v Pune Warriors Day Jaipur 4pm India, 10.30am GMT


1 May Chennai Super Kings v Deccan Chargers Night Chennai 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


2 May Delhi Daredevils v Kochi Tuskers Kerala  Night Delhi 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


3 May Deccan Chargers v Kolkata Knight Rider Night Hyderabad 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


4 May Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals Day Chennai 4pm India, 10.30am GMT


4 May Pune Warriors v Mumbai Indians Night Dy, Mumbai 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


5 May Kochi Tuskers Kerala v Kolkata Knight Rider Day Kochi 4pm India, 10.30am GMT


5 May Deccan Chargers v Delhi Daredevils Night Hyderabad 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


6 May Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab Night Bangalore 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


7 May Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings Day Kolkata 4pm India, 10.30am GMT


7 May Mumbai Indians v Delhi Daredevils Night W, Mumbai 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


8 May Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kochi Tuskers Kerala  Day Bangalore 4pm India, 10.30am GMT


8 May Kings XI Punjab v Pune Warriors Night Mohali 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


9 May Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings Night Jaipur 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


10 May Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians Day Mohali 4pm India, 10.30am GMT


10 May Deccan Chargers v Pune Warriors Night Hyderabad 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


11 May Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore Night Bangalore 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


12 May Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils Night Chennai 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


13 May Kochi Tuskers Kerala v Kings XI Punjab Night Indore 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


14 May Mumbai Indians v Deccan Chargers Day W, Mumbai 4pm India, 10.30am GMT


14 May Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kolkata Knight Riders Night Bangalore 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


15 May Kings XI Punjab v Delhi Daredevils Day Dharamsala 4pm India, 10.30am GMT


15 May Kochi Tuskers Kerala v Rajasthan Royals Night Indore 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


16 May Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians Night Kolkata 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


17 May Pune Warriors v Deccan Chargers Night DY, Mumbai 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


18 May Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore Day Dharamsala 4pm India, 10.30am GMT


18 May Chennai Super Kings v Kochi Tuskers Kerala  Night Chennai 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


19 May Pune Warriors v Kolkata Knight Riders Night DY, Mumbai 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


20 May Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals Night W, Mumbai 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


21 May Kings XI Punjab v Deccan Chargers Day Dharamsala 4pm India, 10.30am GMT


21 May Delhi Daredevils v Pune Warriors Night Delhi 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


22 May Royal Challengers Bangalore v Chennai Super Kings Day Bangalore 4pm India, 10.30am GMT


22 May Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals Night Kolkata 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


24 May F1 = 1st v 2nd Night W, Mumbai 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


25 May E1 = 3rd v 4th Night W, Mumbai 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


27 May F2 = E1 (winner) v F1 (loser) Night Chennai 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT


28 May Final = F1 v F2 Night Chennai 8pm India, 2.30pm GMT

 



CHENNAI WIN IPL 3 FINALS

Posted by anccricket on April 25, 2010 at 2:58 PM Comments comments (0)



Chennai Super Kings were crowned Indian Premier League 3 champions after thumping Mumbai Indians by 22 runs in a thrilling summit clash here on Sunday night.

 

Electing to bat, Chennai posted 168 for five, thanks to Suresh Raina's unbeaten 57 and then restricted Mumbai to 146 for nine to win their maiden IPL title in the grand finale at the packed D Y Patil Stadium.

 

Chennai though had to spend some anxious moments towards the close of Mumbai run chase with big-hitting Kieron Pollard threatening to almost singlehandedly win the match before he was out in the penultimate over for a 10-ball 27 which was studded with three fours and two sixes.

 

For Chennai, who were playing in their second final after finishing runners-up to Rajasthan Royals in 2008, it has been a roller coaster ride having made it to the semifinal in their last league match.

 

Mumbai, who were playing in an IPL final for the first time, were the most consistent side in the tournament having won 10 of their 14 league matches, but they faltered at the final hurdle.

 

For Mumbai, captain Sachin Tendulkar, who declared himself fit for the grand finale after sustaining a right hand webbing split in first semifinal, top-scored with a 45-ball 48 which was studded with seven fours but he did not get enough support from his batting colleagues.

 

Tendulkar's 66-run stand from 58 balls for the second wicket with Abhishek Nayar was the only substantial partnership for Mumbai. Left-arm spinner Shadab Jakati emerged the most successful Chennai bowler with two for 26 while Doug Bollinger, Albie Morkel, Muttiah Muralitharan and Suresh Raina took a wicket apiece.

 

Mumbai began their run chase of 169 on a shaky note with opener Shikhar Dhawan failing to score the opening over from Ravichandran Ashwin and was out in the second over bowled by Bollinger for an eight-ball duck.

 

Mumbai struggled for runs before Tendulkar and Nayar took 10 runs from the fifth over by hitting a four each off Ashwin. Tendulkar, who celebrated his 37th birthday yesterday, then smote Albie Morkel for two fours to take Mumbai to 33 for one after the first power-play.

 

With off-spinner Muralitharan introduced in the seventh over, runs came in trickles and he was unlucky not to have got Nayar with Matthew Hayden dropping the batsman when on eight. Nayar struck two sixes in as many balls off Jakati in the 10th over to take Mumbai score to 58 for one at the halfway mark.

 

With the asking rate over 11 by the 10th over, Mumbai looked like pressing the accelerator but they lost two wickets in the 12th over with Nayar and Harbhajan Singh returning to the hut in the space of five balls. Nayar was run out for a 26-ball 27 after being sent back by Tendulkar and Harbhajan, who was surprisingly sent up the order, was LBW to Raina for just one.

 

Mumbai's hopes almost ended with the departure of Tendulkar in the 15th over and the veteran batsman, who wore the orange cap for being the tournament top scorer, was out while trying to pushed the run rate, holing out to Murali Vijay off Jakati.

 

Saurabh Tiwary, who has been in fine form in the tournament, followed Tendulkar three balls later as he holed out to Raina off Jakati for a duck.

 

Mumbai needed 68 from the last five overs and JP Duminy's (6) departure in the 17th over did not help the Mumbai cause. But big-hitting Kieron Pollard, who was surprisingly sent in number eight, raised hopes of a stunning victory for Mumbai by singlehandedly taking 22 runs from the 18th over bowled by Bollinger.

 

Mumbai needed 33 runs from the last two overs but a mix up led to Ambati Rayudu's run out in the fifth ball of the penultimate over and next ball Pollard was out to end Mumbai's dreams of winning the title.

 

Earlier, Raina took advantage of some sloppy catching by Mumbai Indians as he struck an unbeaten 57 to pilot Chennai Super Kings to 168 for five in the summit clash which was preceded by a 40-minute closing ceremony.

 

The left-handed Raina, who came one down on team score of 44, was dropped twice -- on 14 and 28 -- before making a crucial 57 not out in 35 balls embellished with three sixes and as many fours.

 

But for Raina's knock and his 72-run partnership with his captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (22 in 15 balls) for the fourth wicket, Chennai would have ended with a much lesser score. Electing to bat, Chennai made a decent start with openers Matthew Hayden (17) and Murali Vijay (26) putting on 44 runs.

 

The Mumbai Indians bowling attack then put an effective shackle on the batsmen on a wicket that offered good bounce but on which the ball stopped a bit on the batsmen. For Mumbai, tall Sri Lanka pace bowler Dilhara Fernando emerged the most successful with 2 for 23 while Zaheer Khan and Kieron Pollard picked one wicket apiece.

 

Openers Hayden and Vijay started cautiously and saw off one over each from Harbhajan Singh and Lasith Malinga before stepping on the accelerator. It was the left-handed Hayden, who has been struggling in the tournament, who started the attack by hoisting Harbhajan over long on for the first six of the match in the third over.

 

Vijay then pulled Zaheer Khan into the stands beyond the mid-wicket area and then punched Malinga exquisitely to the extra cover fence for a four.Malinga was then square cut by Hayden and the duo looked all-set for a big stand. But Vijay fell caught just inside the boundary line off a skier by Saurabh Tiwary off Fernando. His 26 came off 19 balls and included two sixes and a four.

 

From 44 for one, it became 47 for two when Hayden, who survived a close leg before wicket appeal off Zaheer earlier, tried to charge out to Kieron Pollard and mistimed a pull to be caught behind by wicketkeeper Ambati Rayudu.

 

Chennai progressed to 58 for two after 10 overs, sign that Mumbai have bounced back into the game. Raina and S Badrinath (14) got together briefly before the latter got out, caught at fine leg for 14 off Fernando. Then came the most fruitful stand of the innings between Raina and Dhoni. They put on 72 runs in 35 balls.

 

But after Dhoni fell in the 18th over, it was Raina --who struck Pollard for two sixes in the 16th over in which the bowler conceded 29 runs -- who made sure that his team ended with a decent total.


IPL AWARDS

Posted by anccricket on April 20, 2010 at 5:37 AM Comments comments (0)

                               

      

The inaugural IPL awards ceremony will be held on April 23, 2010 in Mumbai, two days prior to the IPL-III final at the D.Y. Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai.

 

Performances in the IPL League phase will be considered for awards in various categories, revealed IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi at a media briefing on Wednesday.

 

“We have enough statistical data from the league matches to pick the best in various categories.”

 

The awards have been divided into viewers' and critics' choice categories, allowing cricket and armchair experts the chance to decide the best performers. A six-member awards jury will decide critics' choices. Fans can vote for players on www.IPLT20.com or www.IPLAwards.com.

 

The Awards Jury will comprise IPL chairperson Lalit Modi, Sunil Gavaskar, Javagal Srinath, Brian Lara, Simon Taufel and Harsha Bhogle. The surprise element of the IPL Awards ceremony will be a show by IPL cricketers, said Modi.

 

Kolkata Knight Riders' owner and majority stakeholder Shah Rukh Khan is the special guest, co-host for a show involving captains of the eight IPL teams.

 

Awards list:

 

IPL Jury awards: best ground, best IPL debutant, best stadium experience, most consistent performer, most dramatic performance, best fielder, best bowler, best batsman, breakthrough performance (also breakthrough performances for 2008 and 2009).

 

Statistical awards: maximum runs scored in boundaries, fastest century, most economical bowler.

 

Viewers' Choice awards: best commentator, most fan-friendly cricketer, best catch, best fielder, most stylish player, best captain, best bowler, best batsman.

 

IPL Captains award: captains to choose the Indian Cricketing Legend they would want in their team.

 

IPL Winners: presentation to winners of 2008 IPL-I and 2009 IPL-II tournaments . — Special Correspondent


WINNERS OF IPL AWARDS


VIEWERS CHOICE AWARDS:

Best Bowler: Pragyan Ojha (Deccan Charger).

Best Batsman: Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai Indians).

Best Fielder: Suresh Raina (Chennai Super Kings).

Best Catch: David Hussey (Kolkata Knight Riders).

Best Captain: Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai Indians).

Most Stylish Player: Robin Uthappa (Royal Challengers Bangalore).

Most Fan Friendly Cricketer: Adam Gilchrist (Deccan Chargers).

Best IPL Commentator: Ravi Shastri.

THE JURY AWARDS:

Best Bowler: Pragyan Ojha (Deccan Chargers).

Best Batsman: Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai Indians).

Best Fielder: AB de Villiers (Delhi Daredevils).

Best Debutant Player: Kieron Pollard (Mumbai Indians).

Most Consistent Performance: Jacques Kallis(Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Best Ground: M.A.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

Most Dramatic Performance: Harbhajan Singh (Mumbai Indians).

Best Breakthrough Performance: Anil Kumble-RCB (2009), Brendon McCullum-KKR (2008)

Best Stadium Experience: DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai.

 

STATISTICAL AWARDS:

Fastest 100: Yusuf Pathan (Rajasthan Royals)

Maximum Runs Scored In Boundaries: Virendar Sehwag (Delhi Daredevils)

Most Economical Bowler: Ravichandran Ashwin (Chennai Super Kings)

IPL Captain’s Choice (Indian player I would like to have in my side): Kapil Dev.



MONGOOSE BAT

Posted by anccricket on March 28, 2010 at 12:38 AM Comments comments (1)



The Mongoose has made an awe-inspiring IPL debut thanks to Matthew Hayden, and there may be more volunteers lining up to tame this animal.

 

Perhaps Hayden's brute power doesn't require an enhanced bat, and maybe he just made this new innovation look good. For the bat's manufacturers, though, it has come as the perfect advertisement.

 

The brainchild of Marcus Codrington Fernandez, the Mongoose is not easy to get used to. Chennai Super Kings skipper Suresh Raina, who tried out the bat in the middle in Friday, said: "Hayden has been training with it for long and he felt this was the right time to use it. He used it in the nets for two hours on Thursday. I tried to use it but then felt I should return to my normal bat."

 

Delhi Daredevils skipper Dinesh Karthik, though, admitted they had been done in by the Mongoose. The bat, with a 5 cm thick base, boasts a handle 43% longer and a blade 33% shorter. With no splice, the sweet spot is enhanced a whopping 120%, making it ideal for T20 power-hitting.

 

The first batsman to use it, Australia's Stuart Law, feels it has the potential to "revolutionise cricket", while Hayden has dismissed speculation that the bat is unwieldy against quality pace, saying "it will not be a handicap in playing short-pitched balls or bouncers. It has tremendous bat speed".

 

The Mongoose's philosophy is simple: batsmen hardly use the top part of their bats, so it makes sense to take that wasted wood and use it further down the blade. The longer handle offers more 'whip', and though it weighs the same as a normal bat, the Mongoose feels lighter because the unique handle offers 'leverage.'

 

If Hayden continues to demolish opposition bowlers in the IPL, very soon there will be many more takers.


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