IPL 4: Big Finals: CSK Vs RCB…

May 29, 2011 at 1:23 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2011, IPL 4) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Match 74: Big Finals:
Chennai Super Kings Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

         Match that has been waited for past 50 days, and surging past tiresome 73 games, finally here is the final’s – Chennai taking on their close neighbours Bangalore. Dhoni could do no wrong on this day as he won the coin and straight away decided to Bat first on a track which looked to slow down in the later of the innings. Hussey and Vijay proved how crucial the decision was, as both of them took RCB’s bowling apart, esp Vijay was merciless when ball was pitched in his arc of swinging arm. Balls touched crowd more often than the boundary lines. Both these players not only found boundaries, a point worth a mentioning is running between the wicket, i am damn sure, CSK would have stole minimum of 25 to 30 runs, with quick running between them. These two have been a example for the players watching throughout the world. Both Players got of to the fifties, Vijay being the first followed slowly by Hussey. After a record opening partnership stands between them, Hussey departed for well made 63 runs. Dhoni came in two hits to ground and he was gone, Murali Vijay finally got himself out, after a tiresome innings of 95 of 52 balls. Bravo and Raina hat their point to say with their six over the bowlers to finish Chennai with mammoth 205/5 in 20 overs.

Chasing a score over 10 runs per over needed a kind of start that only Gayle can give, but it wasn’t the day for him, as Ashwin “The Undertaker” who did him again and this time even before Gayle thought of touching the ball, he was caught behind for a 3 ball duck. Mayank Agarwal was the second victim of Ashwin who failed to pick the carom ball. RCB seems can bounce back when De Villers and Kolhi were batting, but once Jakathi removed De Villiers cheaply for 18, it just game Chennai all the way, Kohli went for a sweep against Raina and completely missed it to fall prey of  LBW decision. Tiwary alone batted out the 20 overs just to justify his 1.6Mn purchase. In the end a most one sided final out of all the four tournaments we have seen, CSK won the match by 58 runs…

For Chennai, its a team effort and as a unit they clicked, right from the auction where they went on to retain maximum of their players. Now, they have a proven point. CSK ARE THE CHAMPIONS OF IPL 2011………………

GUMMTAKALAI GUMMAVA, ENGA CHENNAINA CHUMMAVA….

CHENNAI SUPER KINGSKU ORU PERIYA WHISLE PODU MAMU….

 

Match 74 Scorecard:
CSK 205/5 in 20 overs.
Murali Vijay 95             M.Hussey 63
C.Gayle 2/34               S.Arvind 2/39
RCB 147/8 in 20 overs.
Virat Kohli 35        S.Tiwary 42*
R.Ashwin 3/16     S.Jakthi 2/19
CSK WON THE MATCH BY 58 RUNS…
Interesting facts as on DAY 50:

– CSK became the first team to play with the unchanged team for 6 games on a trot, highest ever by any team in IPL so far.

– Zaheer Khan and Saurabh Tiwary are the players in the squad who played the finals last year, when they were with Mumbai Indians and this year they play for RCB, only irony is, they face the same opponents, CSK…

– Fastest fifty for CSK came in the finals as Chennai scored the 50 in 31 balls, this just second time in this series, they have went past fifty in the first 6 powerplay overs.

– First four of the match came after 47 balls from the bat of Hussey, but CSK have already scored 4 sixes.

– Vijay’s Fifty of 29 balls is the second fastest fifty by a CSK player.

– 100 runs in 10.3 overs, is the fastest by CSK for this season.

– 159 runs partnership between Mike hussy and Murali Vijay is the highest ever for CSK in the IPL History, bettering 106 Vs RCB in the second season of IPL.

– 159 runs between Vijay and Hussey is also the highest over opening stand in the all the season’s of IPL, previous was 155* runs between Gilchrist and Laxman Vs Mumabi in the first season.

– 205/5 is the highest score by any team in an IPL final, 168/5 is the previous best by the same team Chennai Super Kings.

– Vettori gave 34 runs in his 4 overs, without a wicket, it’s just the second instance , Vettori has gone past 30 runs in this season and both time it was against CSK, last time he was taken for 42 in his 4 overs.

– Gayle Picked up his Second duck of this season, last duck came in 7 balls, this time in 3 balls.

– Murali Vijay scored the 1900th Boundary of the tournament.

– Scott Styris is the only person in Chennai Squad who has won the Title with Deccan’s earlier and this time with CSK.

– Chennai Super Kings won all the games played in their Home Ground Chennai Chepauk, Stat says 8 out of 8 for this season and overall 18 games out of 25 played.

– Vijay’s 95 and Hussey’s 63 are the two highest scores in an IPL final. The previous-highest was also by a Chennai batsman – Suresh Raina’s unbeaten 57 against Mumbai last year. Vijay’s 95 is also his second-highest in all IPLs, next only to his 127 against Rajasthan last year.

– This is the first time in an IPL final we don’t have a maiden bowled, on the other three occasions, it was, Makaya Nitini in the first, Ryan Harris in the Second, and Ashwin the third.

Awards & Winners of IPL 2011:

Citibank Rising star of the Tournament – Iqbal Abdulla of KKR.

King of Karbonn Kamal Catches – Kieron Pollard (10 catches in 16 games, won three times the Karbon Kamal catch award)

Volkswagan Best Individual performance of the tournament – Paul Valthaty (120* against CSK)

Orange Cap – Chris Gayle (511 runs in 9 matches with 181.56 strike rate)

Purple Cap – L.Malinga (27 wickets in 14 matches)

Fly Kingfisher Fair play award – Chennai Super Kings (135 out of 140) (Second in a row and third time overall)

Golden Player of this Tournament – Christopher Henry Gayle

IPL Pitch and Outfield Award – Punjab Cricket Association

At the end of DAY 50:

No.of Catches Dropped for the day – 4

Total no.of Boundaries – 1916

Total no.of Sixes –639

Orange Cap – Chris Gayle (608) followed by Virat Kohli (557)

Purple Cap – S.Malinga (28) followed by Munaf Patel (22)

Most Sixes – Chris Gayle (44) followed by MS Dhoni (23)

Most Fours – Sachin Tendulkar (67) followed by Chris Gayle (56)

Longest Six – Adam Gilchrist (122 M) followed by Albie Morkel (114 M & 109 M)

~rams~

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IPL 4: Play Off–2: RCB Vs MI…

May 28, 2011 at 7:42 pm (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2011, IPL 4) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Match 73: Play off – 2:
Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Mumbai Indians

       After losing the first chance to be in the finals, New format gave RCB a one more shot at the cherry to be in the finals, after Mumbai winning over the KKR, they are set to face RCB to be in Finals against Chennai Super Kings.

Sachin won the toss and wanted to field first, on a pitch which looked to favour more for batsmen than the bowlers. Seemed a bad choice and one man who decimated throughout the tournament and a nemesis for bowlers CHRIS GAYLE, turned hot once again. GAYLESTROM struck the Chepauk and  Mumbai, Hopeless Mumbai dropped the chances came their way to add salt in wound. Gayle and Agarwal went on to add 113 runs for the first wicket in just 10.4 overs and finally Mumbai Indians held a catch to send Agarwal on the way back on 41 runs. Gayle smashed few more volley’s before getting out to 89 runs. RCB failed to accelerate once Gayle was dismissed, as they scored just 37 runs in 32 balls, which gave Mumbai a slight hope to come and chase 185 runs scored by RCB.

Sachin came out in the field with a job in his hands to do, along with Blizzard, But Blizzard failed to give the start which he gave in the last game as MI lost their first wicket for just 23 runs on the board, Promoted Harbhajan formula didn’t work on this day as he too went for 13 runs, and after sometime its Skipper Tendulkar who was also forced to depart just before the 8th over. From then on RCB started rocking the boat and one by one fell down as the time passed on. None seems to threaten RCB at any moment, Finally its RCB all the way as MI finished their IPL 2011 with 142/8 in 20 overs. RCB winning the match by 43 runs…

ITS NOW TOTAL SOUTH INDIAN DHAMAKA IN CHENNAI AS BANGALORE WILL TAKE ON CHENNAI…

Match 73 Scorecard:
RCB 185/4 in 20 overs.
Chris Gayle 89             M.Agarwal 41
M.Patel 2/27               K.Pollard 1/24
MI 142/8 in 20 overs.
S.Tendulkar 40         R.Sathish 18
D.Vettori 3/19        Syed Mohammed 2/25
RCB WON THE MATCH BY 43 RUNS…
Interesting facts as on DAY 49:

– Chris Gayle became the first player in any tournament to win 6 Man of the Match awards.

– RCB qualify for the finals for the second time in the IPL.

– Its second time in IPL, that South Indian teams will battle out for the title, previous time was in 2009, as Deccan’s faced Bangalore.

– Any one south team has been a part in the all the four finals of IPL so far, three times its extreme end of south, Men in Yellow.

– Chris Gayle scored his 3rd Fifty of this tournament, along with his 2 big Hundreds.

At the end of DAY 49:

No.of Catches Dropped for the day – 3

Total no.of Boundaries – 1898

Total no.of Sixes –622

Orange Cap – Chris Gayle (608) followed by Sachin Tendulkar (553)

Purple Cap – S.Malinga (28) followed by Munaf Patel (22)

Most Sixes – Chris Gayle (44) followed by MS Dhoni (21)

Most Fours – Sachin Tendulkar (67) followed by Chris Gayle (56)

Longest Six – Adam Gilchrist (122 M) followed by Albie Morkel (114 M & 109 M)

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IPL 4: Eliminator – KKR Vs MI…

May 26, 2011 at 1:29 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2011, IPL 4) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Match 72: Eliminator:
Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Mumbai Indians

Hi Guys,

A battle of Do or Die for both teams, as the game is named as ELIMINATOR, some kind of wrestling game. Both the teams who played couple of days earlier, so they very know about each others. Sachin who won the toss felt its better to chase just like the old times. Munaf responded very briskly to his call, as he chipped in with quick wickets to put KKR 20/4 in 6 overs. Its time for Ten Doeschate and Yusuf Pathan to build the innings with out losing any more wickets, which meant pathan wasn’t himself, restricted himself in many occasions even when the ball is tossed up and width was given on offerings. After his departure, Shakib joined the Neterlandian and continued the journey, Finally with the fab knock form Ten Doeschate meant KKR 147/7 in their 20 overs.

Mumbai begin their chase to a cracker, as Blizzard went Bizarre to knock off the runs very quickly while he was dismissed for a well made half century, Mumbai were 81. in just 8 overs, needed less than 6 runs an over to chase, but all of a sudden wickets tumbled and panic button was pressed in MI camp. KKR tried as much with Lee and Shakib to cash in the opportunity given by MI’s. But its once again James Franklin who kept himself so cool, held his nerves till the very end, until Bhajji smacked the ball over mid wicket for SIX in the last over with 4 balls to spare, along with 4 wickets. Its Mumbai who will go to Chennai to face RCB in the qualifier and also Mumbai Indians are through to the Champions League, along with RCB and Champions Chennai Super Kings. (Same three teams qualified for Champions league last year too)

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Interesting facts as on DAY 47:

– Sachin Tendulkar is third in the highest run getter’s list with 513 runs.

– Both Ryan Ten Doeschate and Andy Blizzard scored their Maiden IPL fifty.

– Mumbai Indians qualify for the Champions league 2 years in a row just like the other two teams who have already qualified for Champions League.

At the end of DAY 47:

No.of Catches Dropped for the day – 0

Total no.of Boundaries – 1872

Total no.of Sixes –610

Orange Cap – Chris Gayle (519) followed by Virat Kohli (514)

Purple Cap – S.Malinga (28) followed by Munaf Patel (20)

Most Sixes – Chris Gayle (39) followed by MS Dhoni (21)

Most Fours – Sachin Tendulkar (60) followed by Paul Valthaty (55)

Longest Six – Adam Gilchrist (122 M) followed by Albie Morkel (114 M & 109 M)

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IPL 4: Play off–1: CSK Vs RCB…

May 25, 2011 at 2:21 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2011, IPL 4) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Match 71: Play off – 1:
Chennai Super Kings Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

         A Game you can remember ever if your a ardent T20 cricket fan irrespective of which team your supporting. you will be rejoiced if you were supporting the men in yellow to win the match, as they emerged triumphant with a never die attitude and to go straight into finals for the third time in the IPL history.

Dhoni won the toss and decided to field first, how often you see Dhoni wants to chase especially in a T20 game, it was that kind of the day, May be Gayle would have made the change in the mind of Dhoni. However, things started well, as usual Ashwin struck as soon as he was hit for six, this time a Undertaker’s sign to finish off Chris Gayle, when he was trapped in front of the wicket attempting a sweep. Even though Gayle went so early Kohli along with Manish Agarwal and Luke  Pomerbach did the repair to restore RCB back in track, as well late on slaughter from Kohli ensured RCB went past 150 easily and they ended up 175/4 in 20 overs.

Disastrous start you could ever ask for, as Hussey dismissed in the very first over for a duck, followed by Vijay with a rare Taufel’s wrong decision to pavilion and scorecard read 7/2 in 2 overs. Both batsmen in the crease very well know they can’t lose another wicket in hurry and end up just like in the last match, so both Raina and Badri kept the plan simple to rotate strike till the iron is hot enough to strike. Just before that Badri was dismissed for well made 34. Finally the time for killer blow came in the over of Abimanyu Mithun both Dhoni and Raina looted 23 runs to give a kick start for dying CSK, But this guy from Caribbean, still wanted to fight back but this time with balls in his hands, he was firing in yorkers, sliders, short jab balls, none seems to connect s he kept the run rate for CSK in the check all the time till finished off in 18th over. u need other bowlers to support Gayle,but it wasn’t happening as Raina took Zaheer’s 17th over for 20 runs but he still got the wicket of Skipper Dhoni, but irony is that it brought none other than Morkel to crease. 33 needed of last two and Sreenath Arvind couldn’t do much against destructive Morkel as he leaked 21 runs, leaving just 12 to get in the final, and Morkel sealed it in style with the trademark six of the long on to seal the berth for finals in IPL 2011… CSK won the match by 6 wickets and 2 balls to spare….

Match 71 Scorecard:
RCB 175/4 in 20 overs.
V.Kohli 70*                M.Agarwal 34
D.Bollinger 1/20       R.Ashwin 1/33
CSK 177/4 in 19.4 overs.
S.Raina 73*         S.Badrinath 34
Z.Khan 2/31        S.Aravind 1/32
CSK WON THE MATCH BY 6 WICKETS…
Interesting facts as on DAY 46:

– Raina hit the 600th six and 4th fifty of this season.

– Suresh Raina is the only batsmen to go past 400 runs mark in all the seasons of IPL so far.

– Virat Kohli’s is the third batsmen to go past 500 runs mark in this season. He is now with 514 runs.

– Mike Hussey scored the first duck of this season.

– CSK is the only team to enter finals 3 times in IPL; it will also be the first team to defend their title in the finals.

– This is first time in the tournament that a match has ended with 2 balls to spare, surprise teams have been chasing so comfortably and how boring it have been all these days.

– It’s 5th time in this season, that Ashwin has dismissed a batsmen right after hitting a six in his ball.

At the end of DAY 46:

No.of Catches Dropped for the day – 0

Total no.of Boundaries – 1839

Total no.of Sixes –604

Orange Cap – Chris Gayle (519) followed by Virat Kohli (514)

Purple Cap – S.Malinga (27) followed by Amit Mishra (19)

Most Sixes – Chris Gayle (39) followed by MS Dhoni (21)

Most Fours –Paul Valthaty (55) followed by Virat Kohli (54)

Longest Six – Adam Gilchrist (122 M) followed by Albie Morkel (114 M & 109 M)

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IPL 4: DAY 45 Review…

May 23, 2011 at 12:35 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2011, IPL 4) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi Guys,

Final day in IPL 4 for the league matches, as top four teams clash on an important day to decided their places in the top 4.

Match 69, Chennai taking on RCB, whoever wins this game will take the top position without any chaos, over the result of the next match happening later in the day. Vettori won the toss and decided to field first, As expected tinge of green in the pitch did its job to seem and spin the ball in the beginning, which Chennai didn’t tackle for, so they lost 4 quick wickets for 22. Later two wicketkeeper batsmen joined in rescuing the Chennai, Apart from Saha, none seems to help Dhoni as he waged the lone battle to score his best score in the IPL. As CSK finished with 128/8 in 20 overs. RCB had one man to do the mission always, It’s Gayle and it is just him, with his unbeaten 75* he sealed the game for RCB. RCB will be hoping for someone to click other than Gayle, because we all know what happened against KXIP when he was dismissed for a duck. How ever RCB won this game with 8 wickets and 12 balls to spare and top the league chart with 19 points.

Match 70, After a loss for CSK, KKR will fancy their chances a lot to enter into the 2nd place with the win. Rather MI’s will like to finish the game on the high note. Sachin won the toss and decided to field first,  We didn’t see Kallis at his best for long time, it was his day as he went on to score his 14th IPL fifty, along with Manoj Tiwary and Yusuf Pathan, KKR went to score 175/7 in 20 overs. Mumbai lost Suman early, which made Harbhajan to come in at no.3, Surprise move, but was effective for the day as he built a solid partnership with Sachin to put Mumbai back on track, but after his dismissal, MI’s lost their way to Rajat Bhatia’s slow cutters, It looked almost over when Mumbai needed 21 of the last over, But Destiny isn’t what u say or u decide, Two streaky edges went to boundary, leaving 13 needed of 4, two more came with two good shots, as MI needed 5 of 2. Franklin scored a single after four boundaries, last ball came and Rayudu faced to create a Javed Miandad’s moment to win the game with the SIXXXXX of mid wicket. And yes, Mumbai won the match by 5 wickets. Wow… This is why u need IPL…

For me, Match 1 and Match 70 were the best Match 1 started with 2 runs victory for CSK and Match 70 ended with a SIX to win for MI… Both the times Kolkata being in the receiving end unfortunately.

Standings as on DAY 45: – Teams positions at the end of league matches:

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Few Important Stats to note:

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Interesting facts as on DAY 45:

– Gayle becomes the second batsmen after Shaun Marsh to break into 500 runs mark; he is now with 511 runs and the owner of Orange Cap.

– Sachin became the fifth player to score 50 or more boundaries in this season of IPL.

– This is second win for the Mumbai to finish in the last ball of the match pervious was with Rajasthan Royals when they were chasing 120. Along with this only team to win the games in the last ball of the match was them alone.

– 23 runs chased in the last over is the highest ever scored while chasing to win the match for this season.

– This is 11th 8 wicket win happening in IPL this season so far, highest ever in any season.

– Dhoni’s 70* runs is his personal highest, bettering 66 runs against Kolkata in IPL so far, this is also his second fifty in this tournament.

– Badrinath scored his first duck for the season, he also became the first player to score duck after playing 10 deliveries, highest ever by any player in IPL so far.

At the end of DAY 45:

No.of Catches Dropped for the day – 4

Total no.of Boundaries – 1812

Total no.of Sixes –587

Orange Cap – Chris Gayle (511) followed by Shaun Marsh (504)

Purple Cap – S.Malinga (27) followed by Amit Mishra (19)

Most Sixes – Chris Gayle (38) followed by MS Dhoni (20)

Most Fours –Paul Valthaty (55) followed by Sachin Tendulkar (54)

Longest Six – Adam Gilchrist (122 M) followed by Albie Morkel (114 M & 109 M)

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IPL 4: DAY 44 Review…

May 22, 2011 at 2:16 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2011, IPL 4) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Match 67, Gilly need to win 5 games out of 5 to in the playoff’s he crossed 4 successfully and he needed just one more to go past for the playoff’s. He won the toss and decided to field first, idea should have been to dismiss Deccan’s cheaply and score the run in quick pace to up the run rate. But what happened was quite opposite as DC’s found form in no time to pull KXIP in the back foot. To say they got themselves to blame, as they even dropped the sitters, not once or twice, almost five catches were put down in their innings and i didn’t count the missed run out chances. Dhawan rode on luck to get to his first half century, well supported by Ravi Teja. Finally Deccan’s finished with 198/2 in 20 overs, their ever highest against KXIP in all seasons. Must win situation, 10 runs required per over, u expect a fight back from the home team, having put in the blood and sweat to win the other 4 games, but it wasn’t the case again as KXIP batsmen showed no responsibility apart from Gilly, who scored his 9th IPL fifty, just before departing. Amit Mishra a happy bowler who picked up the first Hattrick of the season to delight Deccan’s. As KXIP bowled out for 116 in 19 overs. Deccan’s won the match y 82 runs, their highest ever winning margin in IPL so far.

Match 68, Dada’s last match for this season, apart from 32 and 18, he was also a victim of duck. so he has the last chance to say what he his. But Rain god’s seems to have no idea in watching this dead rubber, so ruled out the match when Delhi were 56/3 in 10 overs. So Sorry Dada, May be next season u can show off more…

Standings as on DAY 44:

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So with KXIP losing, Its now official that top four teams featuring in the list will be playing the playoff’s irrespective of tomorrow’s results.

Interesting stats as on DAY 44:

– Gilly scored his 9th IPL fifty.

– Shaun Marsh became the fourth player to score more than 50 boundaries in this season of IPL.

– Shaun Marsh also became the first player to breach 500 runs mark in this season.

– 82 runs victory for Deccan’s is the highest ever in their IPL seasons, previous was 55 runs vs Kochi in this season.

– 198/2 is their second highest ever total in IPL history, list is topped by 214/5 Vs Rajasthan in the first season.

– Out of 6 wins for Deccan’s 5 came batting first and 1 came in chasing.

– 95* runs is the highest score for Shikhar Dhawan in his IPL career.

– Amit Mishra (Deccan Chargers) picked the first Hattrick of the season against KXIP, personally it’s his second in IPL, ironically his first Hat trick came against Deccan Chargers, for which team he has picked the Hattrick this year.

– Amit Mishra’s hattrick victim’s are – Ryan McClaren, Mandeep Singh and Ryan Harris

– Yuvraj Singh is the only other player in IPL with 2 Hattricks.

– Amit’s Mishra’s Hattrick is 7th in IPL history so far.

– This first time in IPL, Delhi Daredevils are the wooden spooners.

At the end of DAY 44:

No.of Catches Dropped for the day – 6

Total no.of Boundaries – 1759

Total no.of Sixes –564

Orange Cap –Shaun Marsh (504) followed by Paul Valthaty (463)

Purple Cap – S.Malinga (27) followed by Amit Mishra (19)

Most Sixes – Chris Gayle (32) followed by Shaun Marsh (20)

Most Fours –Paul Valthaty (55) followed by Shaun Marsh (52)

Longest Six – Adam Gilchrist (122 M) followed by Albie Morkel (114 M & 109 M)

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IPL 4: DAY 43 Review…

May 21, 2011 at 12:01 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2011, IPL 4) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi Guys,

Match 66, a very Important one for Mumbai Indians as KXIP knocking their doors very closely after KKR pulling a victory yesterday. Sachin Won the toss and decided to Bat first, As always Warney was very happy ever to play his last outing in IPL as a player in the field. Without doubt they Royals wanted their skipper to walk off with a famous victory, and what they do, bowl like hero’s and field like arrows… Nothing u could ask more, as Mumbai lost their wickets in the regular intervals, and even long standing Rohit Sharma could do much in the end overs, even after scoring his first fifty of the season. Mumbai Indians finished with 133/5 in 20 overs. Needed a good opening partnership to seal the game, but no one thought that the opening partnership alone will seal the game. Yes it was the case, as Shane Watson was in real mood to give Warnie a warm send off, as he blasted one of the Mumbai’s best bowler of the tournament Malinga over the park 3 times, each one was more majestic than the previous. On the other hand, Dravid played a more sensible knock to knock around and give strike to the tormentor, and that doesn’t mean he let away loose balls, as he punished few of them to fences too.. Overall a first 10 wicket victory for the season. Thanks to Dravid and Watson duo for it. I am not forgetting Shane Warne, who is been a legend in this game, none could have written script for this more befitting farewell for the Hero….

Standings as on DAY 43:

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Teams qualified for Semi’s:

1. Royal Challengers Bangalore 2. Chennai Super Kings, and 3.Kolkata Knight Riders.

Cat on wall:

1.Kings XI Punjab and 2. Mumbai Indians

Out of Contention:

1. Delhi Daredevils, 2, Pune Warriors, 3. Rajasthan Royals, 4. Kochi Tuskers Kerala and 5. Deccan Chargers.

Interesting facts as on DAY 43:

– Sachin Tendulkar scored his 200th boundary in IPL history and became the first one to do so.

– 89* is Shane Watson’s highest score in all IPL’s

– Rohit Sharma scored the 1700th boundary and Shane Watson scored the 550th Six of the IPL 4.

– Both the fifty scorer’s Watson and Rohit Sharma scored their first fifty of this season.

– Surprisingly, Rajasthan Royals won all their games (6 of them) in this season by chasing alone.

– 134* partnership between Shane Watson & Rahul Dravid is the highest for the season for Rajasthan Royals; previous best was by the same pair against Chennai scoring 86.

– 10 wickets victory by Rajasthan Royals is their first ever on in the IPL seasons.

– It’s also only the third time a team had won with 10 wickets margin; other two teams are Deccan’s Vs Mumbai and Bangalore Vs Rajasthan.

– Rohit Sharma is the last wicket picked up Shane Warne in the IPL history, and its his 57th wicket overall.

At the end of DAY 43:

No.of Catches Dropped for the day – 1

Total no.of Boundaries – 1725

Total no.of Sixes –554

Orange Cap –Shaun Marsh (491) followed by Paul Valthaty (458)

Purple Cap – S.Malinga (27) followed by Munaf Patel (17)

Most Sixes – Chris Gayle (32) followed by Shaun Marsh (20)

Most Fours –Paul Valthaty (54) followed by Virender Shewag (51)

Longest Six – Adam Gilchrist (122 M) followed by Albie Morkel (114 M & 109 M)

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IPL 4: DAY 42 Review…

May 19, 2011 at 11:41 pm (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2011, IPL 4) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi Guys,

Match 65, was equally important for two reason, first is KKR need to win this badly to keep themselves ahead of KXIP, who may pull them back any moment. Secondly, Dada Ganguly will be playing against Kolkata after being dropped in the auction by their home team. Gambhir won the toss and decided to field first, PWI went in and did no good in rising the score, more than them doing, pitch was doing enough for the spinners to pick quick wickets and put warriors on the back foot. No one seems to inspire the score the total in the end PWI 118/7 in 20 overs. KKR started the easy chase with early jitters and they lost Goswami early, but Tiwary and Gambhir kept holding on the ends strong, until Tiwary pull one on to stumps. With a befitting half century from the skipper KKR sealed the game in style, Thanks to Yusuf too, who played his bit, as KKR crossed the line by losing 7 wickets and scoring 119 runs. Which also means KKR picks up the very important 2 points to leave KXIP to win the last game again with huge margin… Lets see what Gilly can do about it…

Standings as on DAY 42:

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As of Now Teams for Semi’s:

1. Royal Challengers Bangalore 2. Chennai Super Kings, 3. Mumbai Indians and 4.Kolkata Knight Riders.

Cat on wall:

1.Kings XI Punjab

Out of Contention:

1. Delhi Daredevils, 2, Pune Warriors, 3. Rajasthan Royals, 4. Kochi Tuskers Kerala and 5. Deccan Chargers.

Interesting facts as on DAY 42:

– Gambhir scored his second fifty of this season and 10th overall in IPL.

– Today’s match had just 3 sixes being hit, one each by Ganguly, Tiwary and Yusuf Pathan.

– This is 6th time in this season a team have won by 7 wickets margin.

– Gambhir went out opener for the first time in this season.

– KKR won their 4th game chasing for this season, which also means they have won 4 batting first, rather to say, they have been asked to bat first, because whenever Gambhir wins the toss he will field first.

At the end of DAY 42:

No.of Catches Dropped for the day – 0

Total no.of Boundaries – 1697

Total no.of Sixes –547

Orange Cap –Shaun Marsh (491) followed by Paul Valthaty (458)

Purple Cap – S.Malinga (27) followed by Munaf Patel (17)

Most Sixes – Chris Gayle (32) followed by Shaun Marsh (20)

Most Fours –Paul Valthaty (54) followed by Virender Shewag (51)

Longest Six – Adam Gilchrist (122 M) followed by Albie Morkel (114 M & 109 M)

~rams~

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IPL 4: DAY 41 Review…

May 19, 2011 at 12:17 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2011, IPL 4) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi Guys,

Match 64, Kochi take on Chennai in Chennai, which most team will not be willing, as none will be brave enough to face lion in his own den. If Dhoni wins the toss, he will Bat first and he was batting first today too. Hussey and Vijay started the things slow, but when Vijay wanted to accelerate a little he was yorkered by RP singh. Raina too perished on the same cause, when he wanted to hit Sreesanth for 3rd six of the over. After Badri’s departure, it time for longing Saha to make his point, who has been in the playing XI but had very little to do. Today he got the opportunity and he grabbed it with both hands and deliverd when needed, as he went on to make 46 valuable runs. His shots looked majestic for such a small guy. Whatta Talent he is… CSK finished with 152/5 in 20 overs. Needing a Big win for Kochi, atleast to keep the mathematically open for semi’s. Seems have forgotten the plans, cant say though as CSK bowled really well in the opening overs, You can say bowling was so good such that McCullum never went past the strike rate of 100 once in this innings and it was story for the rest to follow. Except Brad Hodge none looked in ease, even the effort of Hodge came too late as it wasn’t helpful in any means. Its Chennai’s Citadel and u can’t breach it easily. As Chennai won their straight 7th game in Chepauk with 11 runs.

Standings as on DAY 41:

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As of Now Teams for Semi’s:

1. Royal Challengers Bangalore 2. Chennai Super Kings, 3. Mumbai Indians.

Cat on wall:

1.Kings XI Punjab and 2. Kolkata Knight Riders

Out of Contention:

1. Delhi Daredevils, 2, Pune Warriors, 3. Rajasthan Royals, 4. Kochi Tuskers Kerala and 5. Deccan Chargers.

Interesting facts as on DAY 41:

– For the second time in IPL, Two Indian Wicketkeeper takes position as opposition captains; first one was Dinesh Karthik Vs Dhoni.

– Kochi Tusker Kerala now becomes the 4th team to be eliminated officially from IPL 4 and as well, Chennai Super Kings becomes the second team to be qualified.

– Chennai Super Kings is the only team to have qualified for the play off’s in all the four seasons.

– Chennai wins all the home matches played till now for this season as record stands 7 out of 7.

– Murali Vijay dropped his first catch of the tournament.

– Brad Hodge scored his first fifty of this season.

– Mike Hussey is the third player in the tournament to score 50 boundaries; the other two are Shewag and Valthaty.

– Out of 9 games won by Chennai, 7 have been won batting first and just 2 in chasing.

– Kochi Tuskers Kerala is the first team of this season to finish of all their 14 matches up front.

At the end of DAY 41:

No.of Catches Dropped for the day – 3

Total no.of Boundaries – 1675

Total no.of Sixes –544

Orange Cap –Shaun Marsh (491) followed by Paul Valthaty (458)

Purple Cap – S.Malinga (27) followed by Munaf Patel (17)

Most Sixes – Chris Gayle (32) followed by Shaun Marsh (20)

Most Fours –Paul Valthaty (54) followed by Virender Shewag (51)

Longest Six – Adam Gilchrist (122 M) followed by Albie Morkel (114 M & 109 M)

~rams~

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IPL 4: DAY 40 Review…

May 18, 2011 at 12:58 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2011, IPL 4) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi Guys,

Match 63, To summarize in one word – Adam Gilchrist. That’s all i got to say as one man decimated a team which won 7 games in a row. After winning the toss Gilly decided to bat first, after 6 overs, KXIP were 30 odd runs after losing Valthaty. this is the time one of the world’s most destructive batsmen found his best form. Gilchrist blazed away the RCB bowlers all over the Dharmasala stadium, on one occasion he went for the mountain which went 122 meters long. Shaun Marsh also joined the party along with Gilly as both played some kind of PS2 cricket as they smashed ball after ball. Gilly finally scored his 2nd IPL century, and Marsh was not out for 79. KXIP ended with the tournament’s best score of 232/2. One of the best start needed for RCB if they have extend their winning streak, but it did happen opposite as Gayle played a maiden before getting out for a duck. From then on few played shots then and there but nothing seems to match the run rate as it was always in the Dharmasala mountains. Far away to the reach for any team. Finally KXIP bowled out RCB for the first time in this season and winning the match by 111 runs.

Standings as on DAY 40:

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As of Now Teams for Semi’s:

1. Royal Challengers Bangalore 2. Chennai Super Kings, 3. Mumbai Indians, and 4.Kolkata Knight Riders.

Cat on wall:

1.Kings XI Punjab and 2. Kochi Tuskers Kerala (Just Mathematically, nothing serious)

Out of Contention:

1. Delhi Daredevils, 2, Pune Warriors, 3. Rajasthan Royals and 4. Deccan Chargers.

Interesting facts as on DAY 40:

– One of the Gilly’s six went past the mountains of Dharmasala as long as 122 meters, which is also the longest for this tournament.

– Adam Gilchrist scored the second century in the IPL; he is also the second player after Chris Gayle to achieve this feat.

– Adam Gilchrist’s first six of the day was also his 100th T20 international six.

– 232/2 is the third highest ever score in IPL history; list is topped both times by Chennai with 246 and 240 Vs Rajasthan and KXIP respectively.

– Gilchrist’s catch of AB de Villers’s is the 50th dismissal in IPL so far.

– KXIP’s massive victory also ended the seven match winning streak by Royal challengers Bangalore.

– 27 extras bowled by Bangalore are the highest ever in this season, Kochi will be happy to leave the position after bowling 23 extras.

– This is the first time RCB’s have been bowled out in this season.

– Praveen Kumar bowled the 27th Maiden of this season, also personally 7th for this season, highest by anyone so far in IPL.

– Piyush Chawla became the 12th bowler to pick 4 wickets are more in this season of IPL.

– 206 runs partnership between Shaun Marsh and Adam Gilchrist is the highest ever for any wicket in IPL and even for T20 internationals.

– 206 runs partnership bettered 152* between Kallis and Gambhir for this season of IPL.

– 206 runs partnership bettered 186 runs between Justin Langer and Cameron White for Somerset vs Gloucestershire in 2006.

– Gilchrist is also the 13th player to score 2 centuries in the T20 Internationals.

– 111 runs victory is the second highest margin in the IPL history as the KKR still tops with 140 run victory margin vs Bangalore in the first season, and for this season this is the highest bettering 85 runs margin by RCB themselves against KXIP.

At the end of DAY 40:

No.of Catches Dropped for the day – 3

Total no.of Boundaries – 1655

Total no.of Sixes –535

Orange Cap –Shaun Marsh (491) followed by Paul Valthaty (458)

Purple Cap – S.Malinga (27) followed by Munaf Patel (17)

Most Sixes – Chris Gayle (32) followed by Shaun Marsh(20)

Most Fours –Paul Valthaty (54) followed by Virender Shewag (51)

Longest Six – Adam Gilchrist (122 M) followed by Albie Morkel (114 M & 109 M)

~rams~

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