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IPL IN A SPOT FIX – CAN THE “SPOT” ON THE GAME BE FIXED?

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The voice for banning the IPL is only growing louder with each passing day as the web of the scandal comes to light.

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 in Bollywood 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?

Chennai Super Kings defeats Rajasthan Royals by five wickets

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Hussey scored his fifty in just 31 balls

Chennai Super Kings 186 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 Kings beats 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)

8 balls Risach moment: Annihilation of Mumbai Indians by Rajasthan Royals

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Chandila celebrates Sachin wickets.

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.

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Ajit Chandila celebrates Ricky ponting’s dismissal.

A. Rahane has been declared Man of the Match.

Rajasthan Royals

Scoreboard:

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).

Mumbai Indians bowling: Johnson 4-0-41-0, Malinga 4-0-30-0, Dhawan 2-0-20-0, Ojha 4-0-31-0, Pollard 2-0-24-1, Harbhajan 4-0-26-1.

Mumbai Indians: Sachin Tendulkar c Trivedi b Chandila 1 (3b), Ricky Ponting c & b Chandila 4 (9b), Dinesh Karthik c Hodge b Faulkner 30 (32b, 3×4), Rohit Sharma c Watson b Trivedi 2 (7b), Kieron Pollard b Binny 1 (7b), Ambati Rayudu lbw b Cooper 27 (29b, 2×4), Rishi Dhawan c Faulkner b Binny 0 (1b), Harbhajan Singh (run out) 1 (1b), Mitchell Johnson b Faulkner 11 (9b, 2×4), Lasith Malinga b Faulkner 7 (11b, 1×4), Pragyan Ojha (not out) 1 (1b); Extras (lb-4, w-3): 7; Total (in 18.2 overs): 92.

Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Tendulkar), 2-10 (Ponting), 3-26 (Rohit), 4-31 (Pollard), 5-61 (Karthik), 6-63 (Dhawan), 7-64 (Harbhajan), 8-83 (Johnson), 9-83 (Rayudu).

Rajasthan Royals bowling: Chandila 2-0-6-2, Chavan 3-0-10-0, Faulkner 3.2-1-16-3, Trivedi 4-1-17-1, Binny 3-0-14-2, Cooper 3-0-25-1.

IPL 6: Rajasthan Royals beats Kings XI Punjab in one sided t20 match

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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.

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)

Bowlers played vital role in victory of Rajasthan Royals against KKR

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Description Eoin Morgan valiant effort could not save KKR from defeat. Rajasthan Royals’ bowling attack was brilliant.

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.”

Scoreboard

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;

Total (in 19 overs): 125.

Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Bisla), 2-20 (Kallis), 3-40 (Tiwary), 4-43 (Gambhir), 5-44 (Pathan), 6-56 (Shukla), 7-90 (Bhatia), 8-103 (Lee), 9-122 (Morgan).

Rajasthan Royals: S. Sreesanth 4-0-25-1, Shaun Tait 4-0-29-1, Rahul Shukla 3-0-28-2, Cooper 4-0-15-3, Siddharth Trivedi 4-0-23-3.

Man-of-the-match: S. Trivedi