According to Saurav Ganguly New Zealand is a much better team than England and Australia.Former Indian Captain termed New Zealand is the second best team after England. Despite this India will have edge over New Zealand due to favourable home conditions. Ganguly feels defeating India is an uphill task.
“New Zealand are aware of the fact that it would be hard to beat India in India. But if you compare them with England and Australia, New Zealand would be second best side after England. The conditions will favour India,” Ganguly said on the sidelines of a promotional event in Kolkata.
Saurav Ganguly praised Indian captain Virat Kohli for his intensity and his hunger to win.Due to his hunger to win and intensity Virat Kohli rejuvenated Indian Cricket team.
“Kohli has done wonders for the country in a short span of time. He is someone who can raise the value of Indian cricket with his intensity and his hunger to win.”
Terming Kohli as one of his favourite captains at the present moment, Ganguly said: “If you want to ask him what brand he should endorse for the next 10 years, it’s the brand of his batting. That means I wish him to score lots of runs for India in the next 10 years. Hopefully he can continue to do that. He’s a terrific player.”
India will start it’s home season home season against New Zealand with three Tests beginning in Kanpur September 22 as they go onto play 13 Tests against Australia, England and Bangladesh.
The Virat Kohli-led side will play three Tests in Kanpur, Kolkata and Indore.
The controversy-ridden Indian Premier League (IPL) has turned out to be nothing but a hell for cricket and a haven for black money. The IPL spot-fixing scandal that was recently exposed by the Delhi Police last week runs much deeper than just a few rogue players. After the confession of Rajasthan Royal Players, Sreesanth, Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila in the scandal, the investigators believe that the rot could be much deeper and wider.
With the kind of money floating in IPL, corruption was imminent. It was only waiting to be exposed. Yet the BCCI officials and even the government chose to turn a blind eye to it.
Senior BJP Leader Yashwant Sinha said in a statement yesterday that a report prepared by the Standing Committee on Finance, which he is heading, had pointed out “financial irregularities and involvement of black money in the tournament, but the government had not acted pro-actively to stop these illegal activities.”
This indicates a nexus which could be much more deep and complex than what the evidence suggests. Actor Vindu Dara Singh, who is in police custody has confessed to fixing and also revealed some of the big names inBollywood who could be involved in the scam. Mumbai Cops on Thursday summoned BCCI chief N. Sreenivasan’s son-in-law, owner of CSK, in connection with the controversy. Not even the umpires have been left untouched.
Pakistani Umpire Asad Rauf has also been charged with links to the spot-fixing scandal. ICC in response was quick to remove Asad Rauf from the panel of match officials for the upcoming Champions Trophy in England, as his role in the scandal is presently being investigated by the Mumbai Police. Meanwhile, BCCI is still deliberating on their future course of action.
The spot-fixing controversy has tarnished the image of the only sport which India has. Rahul Dravid, the captain of Rajasthan Royals whose three players had been arrested on charges of spot fixing, described it as tough as handling “bereavement in some ways”. Strong reactions are emerging from the cricketing world and cricket fans. Fans are fast losing faith in the game which they worship, as they are feeling cheated by the players whom they once treated as demi-gods.
The voice for banning the IPL is only growing louder with each passing day as the web of the scandal comes to light. It would only be in the wider interest of the game that appropriate mechanisms are devised to enforce fair play and punish the defectors. However, the big question is can lost faith of the cricket fan be revived?
After facing seven consecutive defeats, Delhi Daredevils defeated Pune Warriors at Veer Narayana Singh stadium on Sunday by 15 runs. With this win Delhi Daredevils opened its account in Pepsi Indian Premier League.
Delhi Daredevils bowlers hit back in final overs.Pune Warriors were chasing a target of 165 runs. A crowd of 45,000 celebrated the biggest cricket match in this region at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh Stadium.
This was first t20 match played at Raipur. There was much enthusiasm due to Virendra Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh presence.
While bating first DelhiDaredevils notched up 164 for five. Pune Warriors was doing good when Yuvraj Singh and Luke Wright was batting. Umesh Yadav of DelhiDaredevils provided a much needed breakthrough in 18th over. Dismissal of Yuvraj Singh proved fatal for Pune Warriors and they could not get 35 runs in the last two overs
Warner was the entertainer on Sunday. Again Star batsmen from Delhi daredevils Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene failed to give a consolidated start. Warner played a vital role in this victory. He savaged Pune Warriors batsmen with a brilliant 51 off 24 balls including four sixes and four boundaries.
Despite good start by Robin Uthappa(37 off 33 balls ) and Aaron Finch (37 off 33 balls) Pune Warriors Pune Warriors could not save wickets till end.
Warner has been declared Man Of the Match.
Chennai Super Kings186 for 5 (Hussey 88, Raina 51, Faulkner 3-20) beat Rajasthan Royals 185 for 4 (Watson 101, Binny 36*, Ashwin 2-20) by five wickets
In the 30th match played at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk Chennai Super Kingsbeats Rajasthan Royals by 5 wickets.
Rajasthan Royals won the toss and decided to bat. MEK Hussey (Chennai Super Kings) has been declared Man Of the Match.
Opening pair provided a strong and commanding start to Rajasthan Royals.SR Watson(101 runs off 61 balls, 6×4, 6×6) of Rajashthan Royals proved the decision right. Watson’s strike rate was staggering 165.57.
Watson scored first century of the IPL 6 but it could not help to defeat Chennai Super Kings. After hitting six boundaries and six sixes, an easy catch to Hussey at extra cover brought the curtains down on a memorable innings by Watson. Chennai Super Kings’ bowling attack was ordinary.
R Ashwin was most effective bowler from Chennai Super Kings.He grabbed 2 for 20 in four overs with 8 dot balls. DJ Bravo took 2 wickets.Others bowlers could not perform very well.
Binny(36 off 22 balls) was another batsmen who helped Rajasthan Royals to score 185 for 4. Watson was guiding Rajasthan Royals while other batsmen were providing company to him. Rajasthan Royals lost first wicket at 71 and fourth wicket at 159 in 17.3 overs.
Chasing a tough target of 186 Chennai Super Kings lost first wicket of Murli Vijay (3 off 5 balls) in second overHe was caught and bowled by Chandila.M Hussey (88 off 51,13 4s,1 6s) attacked Rajasthan Royals’ bowlers brutally. Hussey scored his fifty in just 31 balls. Hussey went ballistic from the onset and slaughtered the Rajasthan Royals’bowlers with consummate ease.
Out of form Suresh Raina (51 off 35 balls) also played an important role in the victory of Chennai Super Kings over Rajasthan Royals’.
JP Faulkner was most successful bowler from Rajasthan Royals.He took 3 wickets in 4 over.
Player of the match MEK Hussey (Chennai Super Kings)
Is there any word to describe the feeling when you are just a novice and you are facing two living legends of Cricket? Is there any word to describe feelings and madness engulfed you when you have sent two living legends, Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar, back to the pavilion in just 8 balls?
There is no word to describe those feelings of madness, euphoria, joy and living a dream. You have to invent a new word for that. An unknown Ajit Chandila lived those moments when he scalped two stalwarts of Circket-Ricky ponting and Sachin Tendulkar in the span of 8 balls.Isn’t it unbelievable? Yes it is.
Such was the impact of this ‘RiSaCh ‘ (Acronym for Ricky Sachin and Chandila) moment that Rajasthan Royals thrashed powerful Mumbai Indians by 87 runs in the Pepsi Indian Premier League-VI match at the SMS Stadium here on a pleasant Wednesday night.
This venue is lucky for Amit Chandila.Last year at this venue Ajit Cahndila had a hat trick when he got wickets of Sourav Ganguly, Jesse Ryder and Robin Uthappa playing against Pune Warriors.But there is no match of this Risach moment that he lived in those 8 balls.
Rajasthan Royals won the toss and chose to bat first.Opening pair Rahane(68 runs on 54 balls) and Watson (31 Runs on 25 balls) set the benchmark that motivated other batsmen to score more runs.
D Yagnink (34 runs on 24 balls) and BJ Hodge (27 runs on 15 balls) placed Rajasthan Royals in a commanding position.Mumbai Indians bowling attack proved lackluster.Star bowler Lasith Malinga conceded 16 runs in an over and it forced Captain Ricky Ponting to test 6 bowlers till 9th over.
A. Rahane has been declared Man of the Match.
Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson c Karthik b Pollard 31 (25b, 5×4, 1×6), Ajinkya Rahane (not out) 68 (54b, 8×4, 1×6), Dishant Yagnik c Tendulkar b Harbhajan 34 (24b, 4×4, 1×6), Stuart Binny (run out) 4 (4b), Brad Hodge (not out) 27 (15b, 2×6); Extras (lb-7, nb-2, w-6): 15; Total (for three wkts. in 20 overs): 179.
Fall of wickets: 1-62 (Watson), 2-115 (Yagnik), 3-126 (Binny).
Internet is abuzz with Sir Jadeja jokes. It is becoming as popular as Rajnikant’s Jokes.His meteoric rise is surpassing all boundaries. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is also big fan of Sir Jadeja.It is believed that he started using ‘Sir’ title for Jadeja.There are many more achievements to be achieved by Jadeja in his Cricket career but his rise at such a critical juncture lefts many jaw dropped.
Ravindrasinh Anirudhsinh Jadeja aka Ravindra Jadeja is the new blue eyed guy in Indian Cricket.Such is the euphoria for Sir Jadeja that even Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is heaping praise on Sir Jadeja through his tweets.
He is the first cricketer who are more famous for his jokes than his Cricket achievements.
Ravindra Jadeja is taking this ‘Sir’ phenomenon lightly.
20 most famous Sir Jadeja Jokes
1) PWI was bound to win after Angelo Mathews was replaced by poor man’s Sir Ravindra Jadeja, Steven Smith.
2) Blow to Modi: After lions, SC asks Gujarat to move Sir Jadeja to another state.
3) Sir Jadeja involved in all three dismissals. This is the definition of omnipresent.
4) Sir Jadeja took 1 wicket today and the IOC decided to reduce Petrol prices by Re 1 to honor him.
6) Albie Morkel was scared. He refused to bowl in honor of Sir Jadeja.
7) And once again. The ball finds Sir Jadeja.
8) Apple named the iPhone voice recognition app as “Sir”i in honour of Sir Jadeja.
9) Sir Jadeja could have hit a six on the last ball and taken all the praise.But he was courteous enough to let RP Singh take all the limelight.
10) RP Singh did not bowl a no-ball; Sir Ravindra Jadeja moved the field back by 10 inches in his delivery stride.
11) Sir Ravindra Jadeja showed everything there is to batting:top-edged a 4, middled a 6, scrambled a 1, got out, & still took CSK over the line.
12) Sir Ravindra Jadeja’s magnetic power dragged RP singh’s foot off that crease.
13) Sir jadeja was upset abt only 1 t20 match in a bilateral series so BCCI came up with the idea of IPL.so all the fans of ipl plz thank SRJ.Mahendra Singh Dhoni
15) So, KingsXI has put out XI men to give Sir Jadeja some batting and bowling practice?- Akash Chopra
16) God realised RAJNI sir is getting old so he created sir ravindra jadeja – Dhoni
17) Sir jadeja once wanted to make a silt mountain to play as a kid now v all call it mt. Everest -Dhoni
18) Leaving for practice at 3pm but the stadium is coming so tht sir jadeja can practice. – Dhoni
19) Dont be surprised if Sir Sir Ravindra Jadeja wear half orange and half purple cap before he bowls or faces his 1st ball in this match.
20) Instead of wasting 60 Days on IPL, they can just give Sir Ravindra Jadeja the Orange Cap, Purple Cap, make CSK Winner and be done with it.
IPL 6 is gaining momentum and entertaining cricket lovers. Teams are putting their heart and soul in each IPL.No one can predict which team is going to win the IPL 6 since cricket is a game of uncertainty. Every player is giving his best.
Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle is most popular batsman in this IPL. Virat Kohli is at No.1 place in scoring runs (256 runs in 5 matches) while Chris Gayle scored maximum number of sixes. Kevon Cooper, Viney Kumar and Dwayne Bravo (by taking 8 wickets each) are giving tough fights to each other to be the best bowler. After 19 matches the main performances of many players is given here –
Rajasthan Royals 126 for 4 (Rahane 34*, Praveen 2-10) beat Kings XI Punjab 124 (Hussey 41, Sreesanth 2-20, Trivedi 2-21) by 6 wickets.
Rajasthan Royals beats Kings XI Punjab by 6 wickets in the 18th match played at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. Rajasthan Royals won the toss and decided to field.
Batting of Kings XI Punjab was the sole reason of their defeat. They could not face lethal bowling attack of Rajasthan Royals. Kings XI Punjab’s top three batsmen could score only 5 runs.Even Captain Adam Gilchrist could not score a single run.
Kings XI Punjab kept loosing wickets with regular interval. At one time their score was 3 for 10 and half of the team was back to pavilion at 67 runs.
Only DH Hussey (41 off 31 balls) posed some threat for a brief time till Trivedi sent him back to pavilion.Azhar Mahmood (23 off 20 balls) was the second highest scorer from Kings XI Punjab.
Sreesanth of Rajasthan Royals bowled very well.
Rajasthan Royals chased the target of 125 very easily. Openers SR Watson (34) and AM Rahane (32) paved the way for an easy victory.
Captain Gilchrist of Kings XI blamed failure of top order for the defeat.
Adam Gilchrist said “We let 7-8 deliveries slip in the innings. We have been bowled out twice now, and it isn’t acceptable. It starts at the top, with me. Then in the first 3-4 overs, we gave Shane Watson enough to hit, but we can’t blame the bowlers because we didn’t give them a good total to defend. But they fought hard.”
Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid praised Faulkner ,Rahane and Sanju Samson for the victory.
Rajasthan Royals’ captain Rahul Dravid said “It was pretty nervous in the end there. Heart rate around 150-155, but Rahane and the young kind Sanju Samson played really well, showed a lot of composure. We should have got there before the last over. It is a good cricket wicket, not all wickets should be 180-190, these ones make for good exciting cricket. So I am happy with the wicket. Faulkner has been exceptional for us, be brings in a lot of energy in the group. We are happy with the start we had, but we’ll learn with the challenges.”
Player of the match JP Faulkner (Rajasthan Royals)
Kolkata Knight Riders 180 for 4 (Gambhir 53, Kallis 41) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 132 for 7 (NLTC Perera 36, P Patel 27) by 48 runs.
Defending Champion Kolkata Knight Riders beats Sunrisers Hyderabad by 48 runs in Pepsi Indian Premier League, in Kolkata.
This is second victory for KKR and second defeat for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Gautam Gambhir has been declared Man of the Match for his brilliant knock of 53 runs on . Gautam scored 53 runs on just 45 balls.Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and chose to bat first.KKR decision was proved right when their batting line brutally thrashed bowling attack of Sunrisers Hyderabad.
MS Bisla (28 runs off 24 balls ) and Gautam Gambhir (53 off 45) provided a strong and consolidated platform for KKR on which Eoin Morgan (47) and Jacques Kallis (41) scored a huge score 0f 180 for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
KKR lost first wicket at 59 and second on 102.Third wicket was lost at 169 and fourth one at 180.This is enough to tell how brutal their batting attack against Sunrisers Hyderabad was.
180 proved too much for Sunrisers .Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling attack was weak and batsman followed their bowler’s performance as an example. PA Patel(27) and CL White(34) tried to defy KKR lethal bowling attack but they could not face it for longer period.
Captain KC Sangakkara could score only 2 runs and later on Sunriser Hyderabad batting collapsed easily. Only NLTC Perera scored 36 runs.Kallis sent him back to pavilion.
Sunriser Hyderabad was losing wickets with regular interval. Sunriser Hyderabad lost first wicket at 57 and second on 68.
Later on Sangakkara accepted that 180 was a big score to chase. He was expecting good knock from CL White.
Captain Sangakkara: “We brought it back pretty well after the first six overs, but lost a bit of momentum. We were outplayed by a better side. If we had limited them to about 160, we were never really in the chase from the start. We thought in the Powerplay, having White on the top would help him get a big one for us. We’ve got good hitting power in White, Reddy and Perera. The rest of us have to rotate the strike.”
Kallis has contributed with bowling also.He took 3 crucial wickets of NLTC Perera,PA Patel and CL White.
Gambhir praised Kallis and Morgan for their contribution in the victory.
Gambhir said “It was a good wicket to bat on, the way Morgan and Jacques batted it was fantastic. We were thinking of 160 at one stage, but to get 180 is great. Morgan has been an incredible batsman; we wanted to give him more time. We wanted someone to complement Sunil, the way Senanayake and Sunil bowled, it’s great for us. We got the right pick to bowl in tandem with Sunil. When you’re in good nick, you’ve got to take the team along.”
Gautam Gambhir has been declared Man of the Match.
Chennai Super Kings166 for 6 (Jadeja 38*, Rampaul 3-31) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 165 for 6 (De Villiers 64, Kohli 58) by four wickets.
Chennai Super Kings snatched victory from RCB jaws in a thrilling match. This match will be remembered as a complete entertainment match in IPL.Till the last moment both teams were inching towards victory but ‘Sir Ravindra Jadeja’ made all the difference.
RP Singh will never forget this match in his entire life as nothing went in his favour contrary to R Jadeja.RP Singh conceded 16 in the last over and that includes a huge no ball which was caught at third man. This single moment proved fatal for RCB and there was victory for Chennai Super Kings and broader smile on Sir R Jadeja face like all cricket lovers.
Chennai Super Kingsneeded two off the last ball and R Jadeja was desperate to settle score in the ball but he was caught at third man by Ravi Rampaul. Royal Challengers Bangalorestarted celebrating their victory but umpire declared this as no ball and now it was CSK turn to celebrate.
Chennai Super Kingswon the toss and ask RCB to bat. Royal Challengers Bangalorehurricane Chris Gayle could not show his heroics this time and MA Agarwal added just 24 balls. With the failure of opening pair now onus was on Captain Kohli. Kohli (58 off 47 balls with 2 4s and 2 6s) propelled RCB and supported by AB de Villiers (64 off 32 balls).Other batsman could not contribute much.
CH Morris took 3 wickets by giving 40 runs.
Chennai Super Kings opening pair could not perform well. At one time CSK score was 10 for 2 wickets. Later on Raina,Badrinath and Dhoni consolidated CSK score.In the last there was Jadeja saga and CSK defeated RCB in a nail biting match.
R Rampaul took three wickets and RP Singh proved too costly for RCB.
Champions T20 League will be played in India from September 17 to October 6. This has been announced by BCCI President N Srinivasan. N Srinivasan is also chairman of the Champions T20 League. India is going to host the tournament third time.
Champions T20 League is a tournament where winners of T20 leagues from around the world participate to prove their supremacy .This time 29 matches will be played and USD 6 million will be the prize money.
The venues for the Champions T20 league will be announced at the end of the Indian T20 League.
Trinidad & Tobago has been given direct entry into the tournament based on their performance in 2011 and 2012. Trinidad & Tobago played qualifier in 2011 and 2012 and was runner up in 2009.
Pakistan side Faisalabad Wolves is also taking part in the tournament.
There will not be any team from England due to unavailability.
“The CLT20 will return to India this year. It will be the third time India will host the tournament in five years, after 2009 and 2011. The competition, which will again feature leading cricketers from across the world and some of the established legends of world cricket, will be watched and followed by equally passionate fans,” N Srinivasan, Chairman of the league, said. Teams in Group A:
Champions of the Indian T20 League
Highveld Lions from South Africa,
Perth Scorchers from Australia,
Third ranked Indian T20 League team and the top team in the qualifier.
Teams in Group B:
The runners-up of the Indian T20 League,
Nashua Titans from South Africa,
Brisbane Heat from Australia,
Trinidad & Tobago and the second placed team in the qualifier.
Teams in the qualifiers:
Fourth ranked Indian T20 League team,
Otago Volts from New Zealand,
Champions from Sri Lanka
Champions from Pakistan.
Champions League Twenty20 was started in 2008 but due to Mumbai terror attack tournament has been cancelled. Formally tournament has been played in 2009 for the first time. It is jointly owned by the BCCI, Cricket Australia and Cricket South Africa.
New South Wales Blues, Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Sydney Sixers were the winners of previous tournaments.
Royal challengers Bangalore defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by eight-wicket .This victory has moved RCB to No 1 place in Pepsi Indian Premier League. RCB has 6 points and won 3 matches out of 4 matches they played.
Match was played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium. West Indian Chris Gayle single handedly demolished KKR with his brilliant knock of 85 runs on 50-ball. Chris Gayle scored his fifty in just 32 balls.
RCB have won the toss and elected to bowl first. Virat Kohli’s bowlers proved him right when RP Singh crushed KKR with his bowling attack.KKR batting collapsed easily and no one could face the lethal attack of RCB bowlers. Only captain Gautam Gambhir poses some threat to RCB bowlers but it could not stop the collapse of KKR bating.
Gambhir Scored his 17th fifty in this match.Gambhir scored 59 .Gambhir and Kallis tried to build partnership but it could not be sustained by other KKR batsmen as they were savaged by RCB bowling attack.
At one point KKR score was 113 for 3 in 15 overs.But KKR lost 5 wickets and managed 41 runs. Manoj Tiwari dropped a catch of de Villiers when he was on 7.This was a fatal mistake for KKR. de Villiers partnered with Gayle to win the match.
Gautam Gambhir is hopeful that his team will recover later on. Gautam Gambhir said “We will have plans and we need to stick to those. If plan A doesn’t work then Plan B will work. But sometimes none of your plans works because Gayle is a quality player. I think all the bowlers did a good job at the start,” he told reporters at the post-match press conference.
Kolkata: Manvinder Bisla(w), Gautam Gambhir(c), Jacques Kallis, Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Eoin Morgan, Ryan McLaren, Rajat Bhatia, Pradeep Sangwan, Sunil Narine, Lakshmipathy Balaji
Bangalore: Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Moises Henriques, Lokesh Rahul, Arun Karthik(w), Vinay Kumar, Jaidev Unadkat, RP Singh, Muttiah Muralitharan
Kolkata Knight Riders: Manvinder Bisla c Rahul b Henriques 1 (5b), Gautam Gambhir c & b Vinay 59 (46b, 7×4, 1×6), Jacques Kallis c Henriques b Vinay 16 (19b, 2×4), Yusuf Pathan c Vinay b Henriques 27 (17b, 3×4, 1×6), Manoj Tiwary c de Villiers b R.P. Singh 23 (16b, 2×4), Eoin Morgan c (sub) Christian b R.P. Singh 2 (5b), Rajat Bhatia b R.P. Singh 13 (7b, 2×4), Ryan McLaren (run out) 2 (3b), Pradeep Sangwan (not out) 4 (2b, 1×4), Sunil Narine (not out) 1 (1b); Extras (lb-3, nb-1, w-2): 6. Total (for eight wkts., in 20 overs): 154.
Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Bisla), 2-54 (Kallis), 3-95 (Yusuf), 4-124 (Gambhir), 5-132 (Morgan), 6-135 (Tiwary), 7-149 (McLaren), 8-149 (Bhatia).
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle (not out) 85 (50b, 4×4, 9×6), Mayank Agarwal c Bisla b McLaren 6 (8b, 1×4), Virat Kohli c Morgan b Balaji 35 (27b, 4×4, 2×6), AB de Villiers (not out) 22 (22b, 2×4, 1×6); Extras (nb-2, w-8): 10. Total (for two wkts., in 17.3 overs): 158.
Guided by Dinesh Kartik and Rohit Sharma’s brilliant knock Mumbai Indian defeated Delhi Daredevils by 44-run in Pepsi Indian Premier League match.
This is Delhi’s third consecutive defeat and biggest one till now.Delhi Daredevil’s could not succumb to the pressure to chase gigantic target of 200 plus.
Match was played in Wankhede Stadium.This is second consecutive victory for Mumbai Indian after first defeat by Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Mumbai Indians lost their opening pair, Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, quickly but timely knock by Dinesh Kartik put Mumbai’s Indian on driver seat and sent Delhi daredevils on back foot.
But lost of two iconic batsmen of the cricket doesn’t impacted Kartik and Rohit Sharma. They welcomed bowlers of Delhi Daredevil’s with fours and sixes. Dinesh Kartik hit three fours in his first 11 balls and scored 12 runs. That was an indication for Delhi Daredevils that Kartik have something in his mind to demolish Delhi Daredevils bowling attack.
Ashish Nehra was the next target to be demolished with two fours and a six in his over.
Dinesh Kartik scored his second fifty on 29 balls. Dinesh Kartik and Rohit Sharma was in sync .While Dinesh was on attack Rohit was supporting him playing defensively as per the situation.Rohit was on 12 when partnership reached 74.
Rohit scored his fifty in 42 balls . Kieron Pollard and Ambati Rayudu also added run quickly. Rayudu smashed 24 off eight balls and Kieron Pollard smacked 13 off six balls. Delhi daredevils have a mammoth target of 210 runs and they could not chase it.
A terrific catch from Ponting, leaping horizontally to his right as Unmukt Chand got a leading edge off Harbhajan Singh at short cover sent shock waves in Delhi Daredevils camp .Lasith Malinga dropped a catch of Jayawardhane.
Mitchell Johnson took the wicket of Jayawardene. This was a severe blow for Delhi Daredevils.
Australian opener David Warner was the only batsmen from Delhi Daredevils fighting but other batsmen didn’t support him .Warner scored 61 runs on 37 balls.
Rajasthan Royals beat KKR in royal manner by 19 run at Sawai Man Singh Stadium. Bowler’s played vital role in the victory of Rajasthan Royals.
Jharkhand boy Rahul Shukla (2/28) and Siddharth Trivedi (3/23) played jolted KKR by his impressive bowling performance. Rahul Shukla took wickets of Manvinder Singh Bisla and Jacques Kallis in the same over.This was a huge setback for Kolkata Knight Riders.
Again Siddharth Trivedi bowled out Manoj Tiwary and Gautam Gambhir in a single over.Defeat was imminent for KKR after this setback.
Though Eoin Morgan of KKR tried till end to snatch victory for KKR but it was too late for him.
S. Trivedi has been adjudged Man of the match.
KKR captain Guatam Gambhir blamed batsman for the defeat. He said “”Yes I am very disappointed. 145 was always chaseable because it was very good wicket to bat on.”
Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson c Morgan b Lee 5 (10b, 1×4), Ajinkya Rahane c Bisla b Narine 36 (34b, 3×4, 1×6), Rahul Dravid b Bhatia 17 (20b, 2×4), Stuart Binny lbw b Shukla 14 (11b, 3×4), Brad Hodge (not out) 46 (31b, 7×4), Kevon Cooper st. Bisla b Narine 0 (2b), Dishant Yagnik (run out) 16 (11b, 1×4, 1×6), S. Sreesanth (not out) 1 (2b); Extras (b-1, lb-6, nb-1, w-1): 9;
Total (for six wkts. in 20 overs): 144.
Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Watson), 2-46 (Dravid), 3-63 (Binny), 4-101 (Rahane), 5-101 (Cooper), 6-137 (Yagnik).
Kolkata Knight Riders bowling: Brett Lee 4-0-20-1, Mohammad Shami 3-0-26-0, Sunil Narine 4-0-28-2, Jacques Kallis 4-0-28-0, Rajat Bhatia 3-0-21-1, Laxmi Ratan Shukla 2-0-14-1.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Manvinder Bisla b Shukla 1 (4b), Gautam Gambhir c Yagnik b Trivedi 22 (22b, 1×4, 1×6), Jacques Kallis c Yagnik b Shukla 0 (1b), Manoj Tiwary lbw b Trivedi 14 (13b, 1×4), Eoin Morgan b Cooper 51 (38b, 3×4, 3×6), Yusuf Pathan c Yagnik b Cooper 0 (2b), L.R. Shukla c R. Shukla b Trivedi 2 (9b), Rajat Bhatia c Binny b Tait 12 (7b, 2×4), Brett Lee c Shukla b Sreesanth 5 (6b, 1×4), Mohammad Shami c Rahane b Cooper 5 (10b), Sunil Narine (not out) 2 (2b); Extras (lb-5, w-6): 11;
BoxerVijendra Singh has not been included in the boxing team for tournaments in Cuba and Cyprus since he has not attended trial camps held in Patiala for the preparation of the tournament. His suspension is temporary and he is still in the team but not taking part in tournaments in Cuba and Cyprus.This has been stated by Boxing federation.
Vijendra Singh could not attend trail camps due to drug controversy.
IABF President Abhishek Matoria said “Vijender is not out of the team, but he will not participate in the tournaments in Cyprus and Cuba. For the time being we will not consider him,”
“I have been in constant touch with Vijender and he has assured me that he is not involved in the drug scandal. He has told me that he will come out clean from the enquiry,” added Matoria.
“He is an Olympic hero. It is upto him to decide which events he wants to take part. At the moment, his training has taken a blow because of the drug controversy,” he said.
“At the moment, Vijender is under severe pressure. He is hopeful of being given a clean chit in the next 10 days or so. And then he will get back to boxing. Vijender is very much an important part of Indian boxing fraternity,” he said.
Opening ceremony of The Pepsi IPL 2013 today will be held at 7:30 PM at the Lake Stadium in Kolkata. It is a biggest football stadium in Asia. Many Bollywood stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone etc. will perform in the ceremony after JLo cancelled her live performance due to differences with organisers.
There is a good news coming from meteorological department. Meteorological department predicted there will be no rain Tuesday.
“Maximum and minimum temperature will be 36 and 26 degree Celsius, respectively. The sky will be partly cloudy whereas rainfall is zero,” the official told IANS
Just before the opening there are many controversies in IPL 6. BJP, Shiv Sena, MNS demanded to cancel IPL6 matches in Maharashtra to save water in drought.
In IPL6 there will play 76 matches between 9 teams. All teams will put their heart and soul to win the tournament. Shah Rukh Khan the owner of Kolkata Knight Rider (champion of IPL5) is confident that his team will perform well in IPL6 also and will win the Pepsi IPL 2013.
First match of IPL6 will played at Eden Gardens at Kolkata on 3 April 2013 between KKR(defending champions) and Delhi Daredevils.
The final match of IPL6 will also be played at same ground .
In 2008 Rajasthan Royals was the champion. Deccan Charger won IPL2 in 2009. Chennai Super King becoming champion in 2010 & 2011 while KKR is defending champion (winner of 2012).
Let us hope there will be more cricket and less controversies in IPL6 and cricket fans will enjoy the tournament.
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Maharashtra unit has demanded that IPL6 T20 matches should not be organised in Maharashtra as thousands of litres of water will be wasted to maintain the pitch. Maharashtra is going through the worst drought of the century so it is not justified to waste precious water for IPL.
Mr. Vinod Tawade has written a letter in this regard to IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla to reconsider organising the T20 matches in Maharashtra.
Indeed this water can be used to fight the drought.
Leader of opposition in the state legislative council Vinod Tawade said, “What sense does it make to use many thousand litres of water to maintain the pitch on which cricket matches are played,” the BJP leader said, adding, “This water is being used in a state seeing the worst drought of the century. It is not justified.”
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) and the Shiv Sena also supported Mr. Tawade.
While NCP rejected opposition’s argument saying Mumbai and Pune where IPL matches will be played are not facing drought.
MNS chief Raj Thackeray said, “My question to Sharad Pawar – whose brainchild IPL is – is whether such matches should happen in the state at a time like this?”
As per the current schedule, 16 T20 matches will be played in Maharashtra.
Mr. Tawade rejected the idea of donating revenue generated from IPL matches to drought-hit Maharashtra.He said water is more important than money.
“Irrespective of whether the IPL is conducted or not, the grounds will have to be watered so as to maintain them. In any case there is no drought in Mumbai or Pune regions.” NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said.
IPL is infamous for controversies. We have seen various controversies in IPL. IPL6 is about to begin but controversies have already started taking birth.
Since there is so much money and publicity involved, controversies are a part and parcel of IPL.A recent controversy over cancellation of Jennifer Lopez’s live performance at the IPL6 opening ceremony has emerged.
Singer Jennifer Lopez blamed camp Shah Rukh for spreading rumours against her and tarnishing her image regarding her live performance cancellation atIPL 6opening ceremony.
Jennifer Lopez was going to perform at IPL opening ceremonybut the deal was cancelled at the last moment.
According to rumours JLo was putting unnecessary demands from organisers. JLo’s team is suspecting Red Chillies for planting fabricated stories against JLo.
A leading publication quoted a source as saying, “JLo is breathing fire. Her team has shot off a mail saying the details of the deal were known only to a select few officials in both teams. As it is unlikely that JLo’s team would plant a story against her, the needle of suspicion is pointing towards camp Shah Rukh. JLo’s team is very upset that her image has been tarnished.”
Red Chillies spokesperson clarified, “We are very excited about the opening ceremony of IPL Season 6. In the process of collaborating with different artistes to perform, from national and international platforms, we did consider Jennifer Lopez. Unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts, it didn’t work out. We hope to work with her in future. We are excited about working with Pitbull.”
“It is true Jennifer cancelled the gig at the last moment because she didn’t like the deal. That she asked for a private chartered plane is however not true. Yes, she had asked for exclusive arrangements to be made for her nearly 44 dancers and accompanying staff, which included her entourage of around 20 people. She had asked for a personal chef, stylist, butler, security etc. but these are demands that even Bollywood stars make when they perform abroad. Jennifer is extremely upset with the way things have panned out. There is an exchange of mails going on as we speak,” the source said.
Shah Rukh Khan is famous for his business acumen and creating controversies.
Last Year Shah Rukh Khan was banned from Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai for five years “for misbehaving with MCA officials and violating rules.”
It seems he knows very well how to capitalise on controversies
Indian Premier League has changed the face of Indian Cricket and world cricket also. Though there were many controversies in IPL but these controversies helped to make it more popular.
Apart from money IPL opened world of opportunities for cricketers.IPL ushered an era where Cricketers no longer spend their entire life just to get selected in national cricket team. Playing cricket is not the only option for cricketers.
There are many changes in the format of IPL.Team structure has also been changed.
This time there will be nine teams in the IPL tournament.76 matches will be played in seven weeks .Final match will be played 26 May 2013 at Eden Garden.
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Teams for IPL 6 is given below-
1- Kolkata Knight Riders
2- Delhi Daredevils
3- Royal Challengers Bangalore
4- Mumbai Indians
5- Sunrisers Hyderabad
6- Pune Warriors India
7- Rajasthan Royals
8- Chennai Super Kings
9- Kings XI Punjab
Player’s for teams in IPL6-
1- Chennai Super Kings-
OWNER – The India Cements Limited
COACH – Stephen Fleming
CAPTAIN – M S Dhoni
VENUE – M. A. Chidambaram Stadium
BEST IPL YEAR – 2010 Winner, 2011 Winner
Ankit Singh Rajpoot
Francois Du Plessis
2- Delhi Daredevils
OWNER – GMR Sports Pvt. Ltd.
COACH – Eric Simons
CAPTAIN – Virender Sehwag
VENUE – Feroz Shah Kotla
BEST IPL YEAR – 2012 playoffs, 2008 & 2009 Semi-finalist
New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder’s is out of danger now and regaining consciousness. His manager Aaron Klee confirmed that Ryder is out of ‘induced comma’ and started talking with family members. Doctors changed the level of drugs.
Aaron Klee said to the reporters “We’re working through the immediate effects of him being in a coma and the drugs but we are absolutely thrilled with his progress.”
His manger further said “We’re all pretty exhausted, it’s been a pretty difficult few days, but having some wins over the last 24 hours has been a huge relief”.
Still he is feeling weak and not able to talk properly .It will take time to recover from brutal injuries in head and lungs that Ryder suffered in the attack.
Doctors are still assessing the injuries in head and lungs and that is going to be a tough part for Ryder.
Jesse Ryder is breathing without without the assistance of respirator.But Ryder is not able to recall anything about the brutal attack at Christchurch suburb of Merivale.
Ryder has been attacked twice by two men aged 20 and 37 when Ryder was leaving the Bar.
Ryder went to the bar with fellow members of the Wellington cricket team. Police is taking help of CCTV camera footage to identify the attackers.
Ryder is not playing in IPL due to this accident. Ryder is going to play for Delhi daredevils.