Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Mumbai Indians defeated Kings XI Punjab by four wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Brabourne Stadium here Tuesday.
Mumbai Indians reached the target of 164 runs losing six wickets with three balls to spare after Shikhar Dhawan made 50 and Saurabh Tiwary scored 31.
Monday, March 29, 2010
David Warner deflated the Kolkata Knight Riders by pummeling a blistering hundred to power the Delhi Daredevils to an emphatic 40-run victory on Monday. After Warner drove Delhi to 177-4, the Knight Riders succumbed to 137-9 off their 20 overs.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Apart from one dropped catch by Adam Vogues, Rajasthan Royals did no wrong as Shane Warne's pumped-up troops thumped defending champions Deccan Chargers by eight wickets on Friday.
Chasing 149, Rajasthan cruised home with more than four overs to spare. And it was Royals' main man Yusuf Pathan who sizzled again with a sensational 73 not out that came off just 34 balls.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar's suggestion of splitting the ODIs into two equal halves of 25 overs each, is to be implemented not by the Indian cricket board but by its English counterpart ECB.
The England and Wales Cricket Board on Thursday decided the format for the two-innings 40-over trial to be played in Second Xl cricket in the coming English domestic season involving 18 first class counties.
As per the playing conditions each innings of 40 overs will be split into two phases of 20 overs and each team have 10 wickets at its disposal for its entire innings, a media release from the ECB said.
A team's second phase will continue from the point at which the first phase ended. There would be 20 overs of power plays, 10 of which will be the first 10 overs with the other 10 split into two blocks of five, one taken at the fielding team's discretion, the other at the batting team's discretion.
Pink cricket balls and white clothing will be used to understand more about the performance of pink balls in the local conditions, along with how they combine with white clothing, the release explained.
Special provision has been made in the playing conditions for the re-allocation of overs in interrupted matches to take account of the two-phase nature of each innings.
Duckworth-Lewis Method would apply in matches where overs are lost after the commencement of the match, the release added.
The concept of split innings in ODI was proposed by Tendulkar last year.
Sachin sets up win for Mumbai :
A batting masterclass from Sachin Tendulkar saw Mumbai Indians rise to the top of the IPL standings with a five-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings at the Brabourne Stadium.
Tendulkar's 72 was the cornerstone of Mumbai's stiff target of 181 which the hosts overhauled with an over to spare. The master batsman continued with his rich vein of form that saw him post his highest score in T20 cricket as well.
Earlier, half-centuries from Suresh Raina and S Badrinath powered Chennai Super Kings to a healthy 180-2. Raina hammered an unbeaten 83 off 52 balls while Badrinath was 55 not out as the pair added an unbroken 142 runs for the third wicket, the highest third wicket partnership in the IPL, after Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar won the toss and asked them to bat.Booster for delhi :
The struggling Delhi Daredevils surprised table toppers Royal Challengers Bangalore to register a much-needed 17-run victory at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday. Chasing a steep 184, Bangalore made 166-9 in their 20 overs.
Delhi, who were lingering at the seventh position before the game, rose to the fourth rank with this emphatic win. Bangalore got off to a brisk start but lost their way in the second stage of their innings. Jacques Kallis (27) and Manish Pandey (39) started well with a 71-run stand but the visitors fought back with regular wickets to win convincingly in the end.
Three run outs dented the Bangalore chase as the middle order crumbled under pressure. Virat Kohli (38 not out) tried to keep up the fight but ran out of partners in the end. Robin Uthappa (15), Rahul Dravid (one), Eoin Morgan (17) and Mark Boucher (two) failed as the Banglaore chase ran out of steam.
Earlier, a sensational start by David Warner (33), a steady knock by AB de Villiers (45) and some lusty hitting by Kedar Jadhav (50 not out) took the Delhi Daredevils to 183-4.
Rajasthan Royals gained confidence :
Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab made for perfect rivals in a close game until the visitors ran away with the crucial moments to seal a 31-run victory at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Thursday.
Rajasthan Royals won their previous game against Kolkata Knight Riders, but despite a healthy margin of win it lacked the general buzz of T20 cricket. Tonight was different and Rajasthan, for the first time in this tournament, showed signs of what took them to the title two years ago: team work.
Rajasthan Royals backed up a strong batting performance from Adam Voges and Faiz Fazal with a disciplined bowling effort that choked Kings XI Punjab after their top order had delivered a promising start. The 31-run win meant Rajasthan climbed on the points table.
The players Rajasthan banked on in previous games finally came good, with Michael Lumb finally coming good. The South Africa-born Englishman made a good start to his innings and ended Rajasthan's woes of losing wickets early. As a result, they didn't lose too many wickets and made good use of the start provided by the top order batsmen.
Adam Voges may have been man of the match, but not mentioning Faiz Fazal's knock would be unfair. The left-hander played an impressive support role and there was no reason for him to hit fifth gear when Voges was providing the necessary impetus. Every batsman got a start and Rajasthan's total was one which their bowlers could defend.
Despite a blazing start, the visitors held their nerve and eked out wickets up front. Tait has been expensive but returned with wickets. Warne was taken up for special treatment from the young Manvinder Bisla but returned the favour with his wicket. It was, however, Siddharth Trivedi's spell that began Punjab's slide with Yuvraj's wicket. Trivedi has impressed in both Rajasthan's victories with clever change of pace.
Punjab, on the other hand, must claw back immediately before it's too late for them. They have lost four of their five games - the fifth a fortunate Super Over contest - and they need to re-arrange their batting order soon. Sangakkara did well to open the innings and it bore immediate results, but the arrival of Shaun Marsh may well make them think of drafting him in for Ravi Bopara. He has sure played his part but Marsh would provide much needed solidity.
Mahela Jayawardene is batting far too low in the order to make an impact. He looked good for his cameo, but he would serve his team better if he bats in the top three. But their conundrum is heightened by the success of young Manvinder Bisla, who has been a revelation for his team, and Yuvraj Singh's lean patch.
Rajasthan, on the flip-side scored a hard-fought victory over Punjab and their next clash against Deccan Chargers will prove just how much they have improved to fire against the top teams in the league.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
After capturing the hearts and minds of millions all across the world, Indian Premier League has now crossed another landmark.
According to a recent study by a UK-based brand valuation consultancy, the brand value of the IPL has more than doubled to USD 4.13 billion (over Rs 18,000 crore) from USD 2.01 billion in 2009.
Interestingly, brand IPL has a higher valuation than English Premier League club Manchester United, which is valued close to USD 3 billion.
"The IPL brand alone has risen significantly from the previous year's valuation providing tremendous economic value to its owner BCCI," Brand Finance, the brand valuation consultancy, said in a media release.
In comparison to international benchmarks for sporting business such as EPL (English Premier League) which is valued at $12 billion, the IPL juggernaut, in a short span of 3 years, is valued at $4 billion and has the potential to grow further.
The franchises have been a part of this growth. Chennai Super Kings, who were ranked fourth last year, has emerged the most valued franchise in 2010. The CSK franchise has moved up the ladder to number one with a valuation of USD 48.4 million. The Kolkata Knight Riders co-owned by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan comes in second with a valuation of USD 46 million and the Rajasthan Royals, co-owned by Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty comes in third with USD 45.2 million.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore, owned by Vijay Mallya, is ranked fourth with a valuation of USD 41.9 million and is followed by the Mumbai Indians (USD 40.8 million), Delhi Daredevils (USD 40.5 million) and Kings XI Punjab ( USD 36.1 million). The Deccan Chargers are at the base with a valuation of USD 34.4 million.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Australia 459 for 5 dec & 106 for 0 (Hughes 86*) beat New Zealand 157 & 407 (McCullum 104, McIntosh 83, Vettori 77) by 10 wickets
Player of the match MJ Clarke (Australia)
Test debuts RJ Harris (Australia); BJ Arnel (New Zealand)
Australia carved out a thumping 10-wicket victory against host New Zealand in the Wellington Test to take an unassailable 1-0 lead in the two-game Test series on Tuesday.
Stand-in opener Phil Hughes scored a scorching 86 off 75 balls to help Australia reach the target of 106 in the 23rd over just before lunch. Called in at the last minute to replace Shane Watson, Huges hammered 12 boundaries and a six in his brisk knock. The other opener, Simon Katich was unbeaten on 18.
However, it was Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke who was adjudged man of the match for his magnificent innings of 168 in the first essay.
Host resumed the day’s proceedings on 369 for 6 and even a defiant century by Brendon McCullum (104), his fifth, couldn’t really help their cause. Their challenge lasted for 50 minutes when Chris Martin was bowled by Mitchell Johnson, ending the innings at 407.
McCullum innings delayed the inevitable but the end came at 104 when medium-pacer Ryan Harris induced an edge that was picked up by Michael Clarke at first slip in the fourth over of the day. The Kiwis lost their last four wickets for just 19 runs.
Set a meager target of 106, the Aussie openers chased it down before lunch. The Kiwis would have further delayed the result had they held their catches. Tim McIntosh dropped Hughes, on 48, at second slip, which was a rather straightforward catch off Brent Arnel.
The tourists completely dominated the Test and lost only five wickets in the match, where as New Zealand were bundled out for 157 in the first innings.
Sachin Tendulkar is a difficult man to dislodge; from the wicket and from his decision. As voices rose in unison urging him to play for India in the forthcoming T20 World Cup, the Master Blaster on Tuesday made it clear that he will stick to his stand of not playing Twenty2o internationals.
Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar had told CNN-IBN last night that Tendulkar should make himself available for the ICC World T20 in the Caribbean next month, but Sachin is not biting. He told CNN-IBN that he will not play the tournament.
The team for T20 world cup will be selected on Friday and Tendulkar does not feature in the list of the 30 probables.
Tendulkar, who has only played T20 games in the IPL, has been in superlative form for the Mumbai team this season and it is his show in this format that has led many to ask him to reconsider his decision of not playing T20 internationals.
Robin Uthappa bludgeoned an unbeaten 68 from just 38 balls to inspire Royal Challengers Bangalore to an emphatic 36-run victory over Chennai Super Kings at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday in IPL THREE.
Uthappa's fiery knock powered Bangalore to a healthy 171-5 on a lively Chinnaswamy Stadium pitch before the hosts' bowlers strangled Chennai's batting order to seal the win. R Vinay Kumar took four wickets but it was Dale Steyn and captain Anil Kumble's economical spells that never let the visitors get away.
Steyn's opening burst followed by skipper Kumble's introduction derailed Chennai's run chase as Australian George Bailey, promoted to No. 3, failed to accelerate before perishing to Vinay Kumar after using up 27 balls for his 18. Suresh Raina and Murali Vijay fell in quick succession as Chennai fell behind at the halfway stage.
S Badrinath staged a mini-revival for the visitors but his 17-ball 31 wasn't enough, while Albie Morkel failed to score the crucial boundaries as Chennai suffered their second consecutive defeat.
Earlier, Bangalore were struggling in the middle overs but Uthappa's quickfire knock, which included six massive sixes, propelled the home side to a defendable total after Chennai captain Suresh Raina won the toss and put them in to bat.
Bangalore lost their first wicket in the form of Jacques Kallis who was dismissed for the first time in the tournament. The opening batsman moved too far across the stumps but was bowled by L Balaji after making 19. Chennai kept the Bangalore scoring in check thereafter, as Rahul Dravid and Manish Pandey failed to break the shackles.
The twin dismissals of Dravid and Pandey before the halfway mark had Bangalore wobbling but Uthappa and Virat Kohli pulled the hosts out of trouble. Kohli, however, was stumped by Muttiah Muralitharan in a bid to clear the boundary.
Uthappa, dropped twice on 5 and 25, made full use of his lives and belted sixes at will. The last five overs saw eight sixes being hit, three of them coming in a Balaji over which cost Chennai 24 runs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore 171 for 5 (Uthappa 68*, Murali 3-25) beat Chennai Super Kings135 for 7 (R Vinay Kumar 4-40) by 36 runs
Player of the match RV Uthappa (Royal Challengers Bangalore)