IPL 5: Day 32 – Dwayne Smith & ABdV pull off nail biting HEISTS for home teams…

May 7, 2012 at 12:35 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2012, IPL 5) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi all,

If u have missed the Day 32 in IPL 5… Certainly its worth watching again in Youtube… Don’t Miss it, provided u aren’t a Chennai & Deccan fan. 🙂

Match 49:

Chennai Super Kings Vs Mumbai Indians

With Points table in an hustle, Chennai needed to win this to keep themselves safe and ahead of others. Same the case for Mumbai as well.

Bhajji won the toss and decided to bowl first in Wankade Stadium, Mumbai. Chennai got off to a poor running as Du plessis went as a dead duck to a poor call from Murali Vijay’s call, how veer he made it with some good hitting after that. Raina, Bravo & Dhoni joined the party to make a good score, Malinga’s bowling in death was accurate as ever, where Mumbai conceded only 13 runs in last 12 balls bowled.

Mumbai started off with a maiden by Franklin, once he departed, Sachin joined Rohit Sharma and displayed once of the classy knock you could watch all day long, one word to describe was they were cruising to victory like a space ship. When Tendulkar was caught by brilliance of Faf, Mumbai needed 40 runs of 25 balls, Easy u would say with 8 wickets in hand, But CSK kept their nerves to pick up bunch of wickets from then, as Mumbai need 16 runs in last over. Ben Hilfenhaus bowled the first three balls beautifully for just 2 runs & a wicket, but next three balls was absolute blenders as he fed the hungry Dwanye smith with full tosses and he ate CSK and burped for 6,4,4 to win the game for Mumbai.

Mumbai Indians won the game by 2 wicket in the last ball. 

Match 50:

Deccan Chargers vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Deccan already in the party spoilers list nothing much to think about, RCB has to win this one without doubt, if not they will fall behind in the end of this season.

Vettori dropped himself for Murali to come in, Kohli capped the RCB team and won the toss and decided to field first.

Dr.Danial Harris got a game and he showed his master-class in the opening slots, by finding over the fence more than couple of times, Dhawan as well was in good knick as both piled on the runs. Another mix up with the opening pairs, as this time it was Danial harris who has to make a long walk back. White joined the dance and Sanga ended with a upbeat to finish with 181/1 in 20 overs

RCB again started of well, Dilshan being the aggressor and Gayle was rotating strike around him, When Gayle was about to explode, DC go this wicket, very soon they picked up Kohli with a stunning catch from Dale Styen. 78 runs from 36 balls, it was almost game for DC, until one man from South africa decided against it, AB de Villers smacked all around the park, esp the 18th over by Dale Steyn went for 23 runs which really turned match on its head. To say in the end RCB won the game more than comfortable with 7 balls to spare. One & Only AB de Villers could have done that as he smacked 47 runs from 17 balls.

RCB won the match by 5 wickets with 7 balls to spare…

Standings as on DAY 32:

Interesting facts as on Day 32:

–          Murali Vijay went past 1000 runs in IPL career.

–          This is third time both Du Plessis & Murali Vjay has been involved in the run outs.

–          Ben Hilfenhaus & Dale Steyn bowled the 18th & 19th Maidens of this season respectively.

–          Maiden bowled by Ben Hilfehaus is also the second occasion in which first over given as Maiden by James Franklin, first was by Praveen Kumar of KXIP.

–          Sachin Tendulkar scored the first half century for this season.

–          Chris Gayle scored the 100th Six in IPL Career.

–          Rohit Sharma scored the 500th IPL six of this season.

–          Both the Maiden over Bowlers Steyn & Hilfehaus bowled the important 18th & 20th overs and conceded 23 & 16 runs respectively.

–          2 wickets victory by Mumbai is the victory by lowest remaining wickets by any team in this season of IPL.

–          Lasith took over the purple cap from Morne morkel with 20 wickets to his name.

–          126 runs between Sachin & Rohit Sharma is the best 2nd wicket partnership of this season, bettering 121 by Owasis Shah & Rahane.

–          Game 49 is the 5th game of this season to be finished in the last ball, Both Mumbai & Chennai have featured twice & RCB once.

At the end of DAY 32:

No. of Catches dropped for the day – 4

Total no. of Boundaries – 1210

Total no. of Sixes – 470

Longest Six – Chris Gayle – 111 & 106 Meters followed by Kieron Pollard – 105 Meters.

Most no. of Fours – A.Rahane (61) followed by V.Shewag (51)

Most no. of Sixes –Chris Gayle (31) followed by K.Pietersen (20)

Orange Cap –A.Rahane (463) followed by V.Shewag (445)

Purple Cap – L.Malinga (20) followed by Morne Morkel (19).

~rams~

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IPL 5: Day 31 – Eden takes down Dada & Dravid’s Double R back in track…

May 6, 2012 at 12:11 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2012, IPL 5) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi all,

Double header Saturday…

Match 47:

Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Pune Warriors India

Prince of Kolkata returns to his home ground Eden Garden as the opposition skipper, Must Win situation, a lose here will put Pune Warriors out of contention for this year’s IPL. KKR on a winning roll, will like to continue the same without doubt.

Gambhir won the toss and without any hesitation decided to bat first, and got off to one of the best starts for this season, When Gambhir departed to a well made fifty, KKR were 113/1 in 12.3 overs. McCullum followed skipper soon, Some tight bowling & brilliant fielding kept KKR under pressure and runs dried up totally. Eventually KKR finished with 150/5 in 20 overs. Dada would be very happy as they restricted KKR under the par score, for Pune, Mathews was the strike bowler.

Clarke opened the innings with Uthappa, but even before both could get started Marchant de Lange who is playing his first game for this season picked up both the openers. For some reason Dada didn’t come to bat upfront and kept him at the back, may be he was avoiding to bat in front of his home crowd, but that was not the case as Pune Warriors fell like pack of cards, with score 55/5 in 8 overs and Ganguly had to walk in as the 7th Batsmen. To speak genuinely he was more than OK than the other games he played. He along with Mathews tried to bring back Pune into game and they almost did as well. Both brought the game so close as 24 needed from 16 balls one stage, but its the mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine again who has been main tormentor for Pune, as he picked 4-1-13-1. As the wickets fell at wrong time and Pune fell 7 runs short to victory.

KKR won the match by 7 runs.

Match 48:

Rajasthan Royals Vs Kings XI Punjab

Again a must win game for Royals, Dravid won the toss and decided to bat first, to note on front, they made five changes with respect to the last game. They dropped Shah & Hogg to get Shaun Tait & Botha back in squad. Rahane failed early today as he was gone for 5 runs. But Skipper continued where he left, scored another 46 runs along side with Watson’s 36, Menaria’s 34. Late strike from Hodge got Royals to 177/6 in 20 overs. Ryan Harris picked up 4 wickets, Thanks to Shaun marsh who plucked two impossible catches.

KXIP started off in a wrong note as Mandeep fell in the second over, Saini as well didn’t stick too long, perished for Shaun Tait’s pace. Double strike came in the consecutive overs, for Royals were Hussey mistimed one to long on and Marsh next over missed a straight forward ball to hear sound of timber. Scorecard read 59/4 in 8 overs. From then on it was kind of ritual that KXIP has to play out, no excitement what so ever. Azhar tried few gimmicks for some time along with debutant Gurkreet Singh. Nothing much though as KXIP folded out for 134/8 in 20 overs.

Rajasthan Royals won the game by 43 runs…

Standings as on DAY 31:

Interesting facts as on Day 31:

–          Sunil Narine & Shane Watson bowled the 16th & 17th Maidens of this season, both being wicket maidens.

–          19 extras bowled by Pune Warriors equalled the highest no. of extras bowled in a match along with Kings XI Punjab & Royal Challengers Bangalore.

–          When Ganguly scored 6 runs, he went past to score 500 runs in Eden gardens.

–          With a loss against KKR, Now Pune Warriors India lost 5 games in a row.

–          Shane Watson scored 1000 runs in IPL and incidentally he is the quickest to achieve this feat.

–          Dravid has gone past 25 runs or more in his last 8 consecutive innings including this one.

–          73 sixed conceded by Piyush CHawla is the most no. of sixes conceded by a bowler in IPL so far.

–          Gurukreet Singh made his IPL debut for KXIP.

–          Shaun Marsh on 11 went past 600 runs in Mohali ground.

–          Rajasthan Royals have never lost a game when they have scored 160+ runs, and the record continues to stay.

–          44 runs scored in the last 9 overs by KKR is the lowest scored by KKR in the IPL history so far.

–          8 catches dropped for the day is the highest ever for this season, Royals – 3, KXIP – 1 and Pune topped with 4.

–          Rahul Dravid scored the 50th boundary of this season.

At the end of DAY 31:

No. of Catches dropped for the day – 8

Total no. of Boundaries – 1144

Total no. of Sixes – 439

Longest Six – Chris Gayle – 111 & 106 Meters followed by Kieron Pollard – 105 Meters.

Most no. of Fours – A.Rahane (60) followed by V.Shewag (51)

Most no. of Sixes –Chris Gayle (29) followed by K.Pietersen (20)

Orange Cap –A.Rahane (463) followed by V.Shewag (445)

Purple Cap – Morne Morkel (19) followed by L.Malinga (17)

~rams~

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IPL 5: Day 30 – Men in Yellow Make Merry in Madras…

May 5, 2012 at 12:33 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2012, IPL 5) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi all,

Match 46:

Chennai Super Kings Vs Deccan Chargers

A Must win game for the Champions to stay in contention, With points table being tightly packed, every game for every one is important. Not the same for the opposition as they already qualified for the party spoilers list, however two back to back wins, will boost their confidence and will look it to make it three in a row.

Dhoni won the coin and decided to bat first, typical Chennai wicket, can’t expect anything else from the captain winning the toss. Chennai dropped Hussey for Ben Hilfenhaus and Saha made way for Vijay, who opened the innings with in form opener Faf, Just when Murali vijay was looking good, thrown his wicket away for 14. Raina joined faf to rotate the strike and clear fences quite sometimes as well, as they got 64 runs between two. Dhoni who didn’t impress much played a handy knock and Bravo finished with a flourish as CSK ended with 160 runs on board. DC bowled well to keep CSK at this score as they looked for much more in the half way time.

Again a early blow for DC as they lost Parthiv Patel for 1, where the score was 9/1 in 2 overs, it should have been easily 9/2 if Albie haven’t spilled a return catch from White. Dhawan along with White made sure run rate was under control and played around CSK bowlers very well. Until Bravo found a bizzare way of getting Dhawan out after he booted a tough catch to runners end stumps to find Dhawan out of crease. Tha man with golden arm Raina this time turned gold again as he plucked Sangakarra with a brilliant return on handed catch. Game was gone by then, White tried his level best bring DC back, once he fell short of gas while trying to get a second to keep strike. Its all done. As CSK won the match by 10 runs.

Chennai Super Kings won the match by 10 runs….

Standings as on DAY 30:

Interesting facts as on Day 30:

–          Ben Hilfenhaus made his debut in IPL with Chennai Super Kings.

–          Cameron White scored the 3rd IPL fifty.

–          MS Dhoni has won the toss 12 times in his home ground and on all those occasions he decided to bat first.

–          Suresh Raina & Subramaniam Badrinath are the only two players who haven’t missed a single game in IPL so far, both have played 72 games including today’s one.

–          Suresh Raina picked up his 7th Man of the match award, highest by a Chennai Super Kings player, Dhoni follows with 6 to his name.

At the end of DAY 30:

No. of Catches dropped for the day – 5

Total no. of Boundaries – 1093

Total no. of Sixes – 422

Longest Six – Chris Gayle – 111 & 106 Meters followed by Kieron Pollard – 105 Meters.

Most no. of Fours – A.Rahane (60) followed by V.Shewag (51)

Most no. of Sixes –Chris Gayle (29) followed by K.Pietersen (20)

Orange Cap –A.Rahane (458) followed by V.Shewag (445)

Purple Cap – Morne Morkel (19) followed by L.Malinga (17)

~rams~

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IPL 5: Day 29 – Mumbai edge past Pune in a Low scorer…

May 4, 2012 at 1:02 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2012, IPL 5) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi All,

Match 45:

Mumbai Indians Vs Pune Warriors India

Pune who is already in a losing streak, if they didn’t put a brake at this juncture, playoff’s will be out of reach even before they could think. Mumbai need this win to put back themselves strong in the top4.

Ganguly spun the coin, but Bhajji won it to bat first,  once again Franklin & Sachin gave a 50 runs partnership between them. Once they had to depart, Mumbai found themselves a way to dig themselves in a deep hole, as they were 93/7 in 16 overs. Late swings by Malinga by Bat this time, ensured Mumbai got 120 runs on board.

Pune Warriors had 2 points written all over it to for taking, Uthappa wasted the opportunity, and followed his fellow opener Ryder with a poor shot. Clarke was quite unlucky to have a poor decision going against his wish. Smith who was the saviour until was also departed to a Ojha’s spin. Task was cut out in the hands of Skipper Ganguly & Mithun Manhas who were the last recognised batting pair to take them home in front of their home crowd. A big failure from Ganguly which meant 16 runs from 24 balls without rotating strike to Manhas created more pressure in one end, With Malinga bowling at the death, you can’t ask more, he too departed leaving the rest to finish match, which other almost came close were they fell short by just 1 runs. Malinga’s death bowling got him the Man of the match.

JUST 1 RUN… Dada one single out off 11 dot balls game could have been Pune’s…

Mumbai Indians won the game by 1 run…

Standings as on DAY 29:

Interesting facts as on Day 29:

–          Ashok Dinda bowled the 15th Maiden of this season.

–          This is the 16th game for this season which went for the last over.

–          Both Sachin & Franklin opened the innings for Mumbai on three occasions and on all of those they were able to get a 50 runs partnership between them.

–          Second time this season has got a 1 run victory, previous one was between Delhi & Rajasthan, were Delhi scampered by 1 run.

–          120 runs is the lowest score defended for this season, they bettered KXIP’s 135 runs defended against KKR.

–          120 runs defended was the 3rd lowest in IPL, 116 runs by CSK & 119 by KXIP are the other two.

–          Harbhajan Single picked up his second Golden duck for this season.

 At the end of DAY 29:

No. of Catches dropped for the day – 1

Total no. of Boundaries – 1070

Total no. of Sixes – 415

Longest Six – Chris Gayle – 111 & 106 Meters followed by Kieron Pollard – 105 Meters.

Most no. of Fours – A.Rahane (60) followed by V.Shewag (51)

Most no. of Sixes –Chris Gayle (29) followed by K.Pietersen (20)

Orange Cap –A.Rahane (458) followed by V.Shewag (445)

Purple Cap – Morne Morkel (19) followed by L.Malinga (17)

~rams~

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IPL 5: Day 28 – All round KXIP sail past Bengaluru…

May 3, 2012 at 12:18 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2012, IPL 5) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi all,

Match 44:

Kings XI Punjab Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Having won the last game against Chennai in Chennai, KXIP will be much confident than RCB who had a washed out game.

David Hussey won the toss and decided to field first, RCB lost Mayank Agarwal early, but Kohli & Gayle came together to gel in a good partnership for RCB which longed for 119 runs for the second wicket, just when both looked set and ready to launch the assault, both had been dismissed. Also some very good death bowling from KXIP ensured RCB fell two runs short of 160 mark. Azhar Mahmood being the key player in which KXIP allowed only 30 runs in last 5 overs.

KXIP needed 8 runs an over to chase the target, in form player Shaun Marsh went for a expansive drive which exposed the bat pad gap, for McDonald to seize the opportunity, he went for 8.  Mandeep Singh & Saini got together for a small time got a fifty partnership in no time after Mandeep Hussey joined Saini for another 50 runs partnership, which almost took KXIP to the door of victory. But all of a sudden some frenetic running between wickets costed KXIP 3 wickets in 8 balls to get the equation to 5 runs of last 6 balls, with 2 new batsmen in the crease. How ever Chawla ensure he is no muck with the bat, who slammed the length ball into the crowd in the penultimate ball to seal the victory for KXIP.

KXIP won the match by 4 wickets with 1 ball to spare…

Standings as on DAY 28:

Interesting facts as on Day 28:

–          Praveen Kumar bowled the most economical spell for this season, 4-0-8-0, he had 16 dot deliveries in the 24 balls he bowled and rest 8 balls had singles written on it.

–          Praveen Kumar also bettered Dale Steyn for the best economical bowling for this season, which had the figures of 4-0-10-2.

–          Chris Gayle went past the longest six of the tournament with 111 meters bettering his own 106 meters; Abhishek Nayar was in the bowling end this time.

–          Chris Gayle scored the 400th Six of this season.

–          Chris Gayle became the third player of this season to go past 400 run mark; he is now with 407 runs.

–          4 wickets victory has happened second time in this season which happed previously for Mumbai Indians against KXIP, ironically both team won the match on the penultimate ball, leaving 1 ball to spare.

–          Nitin Saini picked up his Maiden half century in IPL.

At the end of DAY 28:

No. of Catches dropped for the day – 2

Total no. of Boundaries – 1048

Total no. of Sixes – 413

Longest Six – Chris Gayle – 111 & 106 Meters followed by Kieron Pollard – 105 Meters.

Most no. of Fours – A.Rahane (60) followed by V.Shewag (51)

Most no. of Sixes –Chris Gayle (29) followed by K.Pietersen (20)

Orange Cap –A.Rahane (458) followed by V.Shewag (445)

Purple Cap – Morne Morkel (19) followed by L.Malinga (15)

~rams~

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IPL 5: Day 27 – Day of Double S’s ; Sanga & Shewag Scintillate…

May 2, 2012 at 12:17 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2012, IPL 5) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi all,

Another double header on a holiday…

Match 42:

Deccan Chargers Vs Pune Warriors India

Deccan’s having won their only game against Pune, will like to make it 2-0 for this season. Pune started off in bright note, but light seems to be fading in Dada’s army as they continue their losing streak.

Sangakarra who sat out last match came back as Skipper won the toss and decided to bat first. As always DC had a slow start, but they didn’t lose many wicket this time just a couple, Both Sangakarra & Cameron white stitched in a very important partnership between them and smacked the PWI bowlers out of the park as they piled up 122 runs in the last 9 overs, esp 18 & 19th overs yielded 25 runs a each, one bowled by Ganguly & Nehra.

Pune also had a first ball wicket, this time Manish Pandey being the victim, Clarke who just joined the team, along with Dada try to make amends to get themselves in the game, eventhough they found boundaries every now & then it wasn’t enough for the runrate as it kept on creeping. Ganguly & Clarke got themselves out in their forties. Smith & Uthappa tried to bring themselves close,  even after most shabbiest fielding display by DC, PWI fell short of 13 runs.

Match 43:

Rajasthan Royals Vs Delhi Daredevils

Just Couple of days back both teams met against each other and it went till the last ball and Delhi scampered through to win with 1 run. Rajasthan will like to change the fortunes in their fortress Jaipur.

Dravid won the coin battle and decided bat first on a good batting track, Royals started off to a flyer both Dravid & Rahane looked in prime form and playing strokes at their will. Once Rahane departed to a reverse sweep, score read 71/1 in 9 overs but the scenario itself got reversed, as Royals were 95/5 in no time, with 13 overs gone past them. Dravid tried to steady the thing, still he was scoring, but runs weren’t coming from the other end, which kept Royals under the score they looked for. As they completed their 20 overs with 141/6. Pawan Negi being the main tormentor who picked up 4 main key wickets in the middle overs to strangle royals less than the par score.

If Royals had to win this one, they need to pick Shewag upfront, which they failed to do so, the result is written as the wall, Shewag picked up his consecutive fifth fifty to demolish royals. By the time they picked up his wicket, he finished the game and left for the icing. KP playing the last game for this season of IPL played a handy 36 in the winning cause.

Delhi Daredevils won the match by 6 wicket & 28 balls to spare.

Standings as on DAY 27:

Interesting facts as on Day 27:

–          Deccan Chargers picked up their second win of this season; ironically both their wins have come against same team Pune Warriors.

–          Rahul Dravid scored the 1000th Boundary for this season of IPL.

–          Virender Shewag became the first player in T20 history to score 5 fifties consecutively.

–          157 runs between Sangakarra & Cameron White is the highest partnership for this season, they bettered Pandey & Uthappa’s 145 runs for 3rd wicket against Delhi.

–          157 runs between Sangakarra & Cameron White is also the third time highest in IPL so far, falling behind 159 runs between Hussey & Vijay & 206 runs between Marsh & Gilly both against RCB.

–          This is the first win for Delhi Daredevils in Jaipur in the IPL history so far.

–          Both the innings of the match DC Vs PWI had a first ball wicket, for DC it was Parthiv Patel & PWI it was Manish Pandey.

–          Shewag also is now second in the list the most no. of fifties scored in IPL with 13 to his name. Kallis & Gambhir top with 14 to their names.

At the end of DAY 27:

No. of Catches dropped for the day – 6

Total no. of Boundaries – 1023

Total no. of Sixes – 399

Longest Six – Chris Gayle – 106 Meters followed by Kieron Pollard – 105 Meters.

Most no. of Fours – A.Rahane (60) followed by V.Shewag (51)

Most no. of Sixes –Chris Gayle (25) followed by K.Pietersen (20)

Orange Cap –A.Rahane (458) followed by V.Shewag (445)

Purple Cap – Morne Morkel (19) followed by L.Malinga (15)

~rams~

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IPL 5: Day 17–Gayle & AB seal it for RCB…

April 21, 2012 at 12:32 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2012, IPL 5) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Match 25:

Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Kings XI Punjab

Both teams languishing at the bottom of the table and who ever wins this will join the middle level battle of 6 pointers. Vettori won the toss and decided to chase for the day. With Gilly (Hamstring Injury) missing out David Hussey did the skipper job.

As always KXIP had a poor start, as they were 2 down in no time, and score card was below 30 and five overs gone, Hussey & Marsh tried to resurrect the things around, Marsh failed earlier than expected, Hussey rode on luck for some time and eventually passing out to a inside edge on 41, New Entrant Azhar mahmood had a go at the end to get KXIP to a score of 164/6 in 20 overs.

Match 25

RCB got off to a dreadful start any would even dream off, they were 25/3 in 5 overs, Leaving Gayle & AB to do the job, KXIP felt it would be game if they can pick any one of the batsmen in the crease, but that’s what they failed to do, until both the batsmen put on a 131 runs partnership between them. Both played with elegance more than power, it was a delight to watch these as they picked the games in precision, and Gayle’s power was unleashed now and then to keep the run rate at control. KXIP struck late with couple of blows, and it was way over, and finally McDonald & Vettori finished the formalities to go up to 6 points in the table. along with 4 others with 6 points each.

Standings as on DAY 17:

Standings (1)

Interesting Facts as on Day 17:

– Chris Gayle scored the 250th Six of IPL 5.

– AB and Gayle scored their 7th & 8th IPL fifties respectively.

– 131 runs partnership between Chris Gayle & AB de villers is the highest for any wicket, as they bettered 121 runs between Rahane & Shah.

– Chris Gayle became the first to score third fifty for this season.

– Parvinder Awana registered his best bowling figures in IPL 4-0-34-4.

– This is the first match of this season to finish with 3 balls to spare; we already have 2 each for 5 & 4 balls finishes.

At the end of DAY 17:

No. of Catches dropped for the day – 1

Total no. of Boundaries – 589

Total no. of Sixes – 252

Longest Six – Chris Gayle – 106 Meters followed by Kieron Pollard – 105 Meters.

Most no. of Fours – A.Rahane (40) followed by G.Gambhir (24)

Most no. of Sixes –Chris Gayle (19) followed by Faf.Du Plessis (12)

Orange Cap –A.Rahane (304) followed by Chris Gayle (246)

Purple Cap – Morne Morkel (12) followed by M.Patel (10)

~rams~

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IPL 5: Day 16 – Pietersen trounces Deccan & Dhoni levels Dada…

April 20, 2012 at 11:57 pm (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2012, IPL 5) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi all,

Having missed to write about Day 15 in IPL 5, nothing much as gone past though. As KKR picked up their 3rd win for the season, skipper Gambhir being the role model as he lead from front with a match knock 66* from 44 balls.

Match 22:

Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Kings XI Punjab

Earlier KXIP failed to impress, though they had a win over the same opponent couple of days back. Gilly’s Hamstring didn’t help the course for KXIP as well. How ever KXIP finished with 124/7 in their 20 overs.

KKR chased with ease, Skip scored 66* and well aided by Kallis with 30*, Gambhir will finally have a laugh in face after having losing the close games. Unfortunately this was never a one, as it ended with 21 balls to spare.

Coming to Day 16….

Match 23:

Delhi Daredevils Vs Deccan Chargers

Another day with different set of options for Deccan Chargers but the result didn’t have much change, It was the same as the three before, but it would have been very different if not for a man called Pietersen from England, who changed the course of Delhi daredevils and went to score his Maiden T20 century in 64 balls to win the game for Delhi.

Match 24:

Chennai Super Kings Vs Pune Warriors India

Having won the previous encounter Dada will look to take it 2-0 up against the last year champions. But he knew it would be difficult to take down lions in their own den Chepauk. And it was the case to be…

Chennai made three changes in their line up, very rare sight though, they dropped Yo Mahesh, Albie Morkel (have to leave, due to unexpected demise of his friend back in SA ) & Murali Vijay who find it very hard to fit into the opening line up. New Opening pair, Faf & Badrinath walked with confident and gave the best opening stand for the IPL 5, with 116 between them. Late assault from Dhoni,Bravo & Jadeja ensured CSK got 164/5 in 20 overs.

Pune warriors knew this isn’t going to be an easy chase, it became more difficult when man of the match Kulasekara’s spell sent both the opener back into hut with in 4 overs time, from then on every one got a start but regular strike by Chennai bowlers kept Pune under control all the time, and never eased. Finally Dhoni & co leveled Dada’s men 1-1 all to win the game by 13 runs.

Longest Six as on Day 16:

Standings as on DAY 16:

At the end of DAY 16:

–          Bhuvaneshwara Kumar bowled the 7th free hit of this season, and Badrinath ended scoring a single in it and Ashwin bowled the 8th one and Mathews took it for a boundary.

–          First 100 run partnership for Chennai Super Kings for this season.

–          Pietersen scored the second century for this season, 103* against Deccan Chargers is also equals the highest score for this season along with Ajinkya Rahane who scored the same 103*.

–          Pietersen became the 20th Batsmen in the IPL history to score a century.

–          Faf became the 5th Player to score 2nd Half century in this season of IPL. (after Gayle, Rahane, Shah & Gambhir)

–          9 sixes hit by Pietersen is the highest no of sixes hit by a batsmen in an innings, he bettered Gayle’ 8 sixes.

–          116 runs scored between Faf du plessis & Badrinath is the highest first wicket partnership for this season and also the second highest partnership for any wicket, falling behind 121 runs scored by Rahane & Shah.

At the end of DAY 16:

No. of Catches dropped for the day – 6

Total no. of Boundaries – 560

Total no. of Sixes – 245

Longest Six – Chris Gayle – 106 Meters followed by Kieron Pollard – 105 Meters.

Most no. of Fours – A.Rahane (40) followed by G.Gambhir (24)

Most no. of Sixes –Chris Gayle (15) followed by Faf.Du Plessis (12)

 Orange Cap –A.Rahane (304) followed by Faf.Du Plessis (229)

Purple Cap – Morne Morkel (12) followed by M.Patel (10)

~rams~

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IPL 5: Day 14 – Hodge & Gayle power the victory…

April 19, 2012 at 11:04 pm (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2012, IPL 5) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Its been a excellent day as two high scoring games ended to the team chasing it…

Thanks to Brad Hodge & Chris Gayle being the starts who won the game for their sides Rajasthan & Bangalore respectively.

Interesting Facts as on Day 14:

–          62 runs of first 6 overs scored by Rajasthan Royals is the highest powerplay score for this season.

–          50 runs of 4.5 overs is the fastest team fifty of this season.

–          Brad Hodge scored the 200th Six of IPL 5.

–          31 runs scored of Rahul Sharma’s over by Chris Gayle is the highest runs scored in a single over, he bettered Morkel’s 28 runs.

–          393 aggregate runs scored between Rajasthan Royals Vs Deccan Chargers is the second highest, falling behind 413 runs by CSK Vs RCB.

–          Rahane became the first to go past 300 runs for this season of IPL.

–          8 sixes scored by Chris Gayle against Pune is the highest no.of sixes hit by a batsmen in an innings for this season, he toppled his own record of 6 sixes against Chennai.

–          Amit Singh took over from Gony as the worst bowler of this season, by conceding 55 runs in his 4 overs, where Gony gave 1 short of the same.

 

At the end of DAY 14:

No. of Catches dropped for the day – 3

Total no. of Boundaries – 486

Total no. of Sixes – 222

Longest Six – Chris Gayle – 106 Meters followed by Kieron Pollard – 105 Meters.

Most no. of Fours – A.Rahane (40) followed by G.Gambhir (17)

Most no. of Sixes –Chris Gayle (15) followed by Owasis Shah (11)

 Orange Cap –A.Rahane (304) followed by Owasis Shah (216)

Purple Cap – M.Patel (10) followed by L.Malinga (9)

~rams~

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IPL 5: Day 13 – Delhi annihilates Mumbai to top the table…

April 17, 2012 at 4:11 pm (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2012, IPL 5) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Match 19:

Delhi Daredevils Vs Mumbai Indians

Who ever wins this have a bright chance to top the table, which no one will be looking to miss out, early advantage is very much essential in long tournaments like IPL.

Shewag won the toss and decided to put Mumbai into bat infront their home crowd, To say as a Mumbai fan, disappointment started right from the toss, and followed till the end of the innings. Where only two of the Mumbai batsmen were able to get to double figures, one being their skipper Harbhajan Singh who had to come in as early as 10th over and fought alone till 19th over for his 33 runs. Rohit sharma being the other to score 29 runs. Bowling from Delhi looked completely different and bowlers called their shots. All the bowlers were among the wickets, and kept their strike rate under 6 runs/over, except for Agarkar who went for 27 in 3.2 overs.
Having to chase less than 5 runs per over, was as easy as it looked, with batting line up starting with Shewag, followed by Jayawardene,Pietersen & Taylor, best in the business to say. Mumbai tried their level best with some tight bowling upfront, but nothing to stop the inevitable. As Delhi crossed the winning runs in 14.5 overs. Shewag being the top scorer with 32 runs. For Mumbai RP singh picked up 2 wickets for themselves.

Interesting Facts as on Day 13:

–          Pathan & Munaf bowled the 6th & 7th Maiden overs respectively.

–          92/10 is the lowest total scored for this season, previous was 97/9 by KKR (rain curtailed match), when in full quota of 20 overs bowled – Mumbai again comes with 101/9 against Pune.

–          185 runs as a match aggregate is the lowest of this season.

–          Only 2 batsmen were able to get into double digits in Mumbai Innings, (Rohit Sharma & Harbhajan Singh)

–          Umesh Yadav became the bowler to hold the best strike rate with 2.75 (11 runs in 4 overs), he overtook; Dale steyn unforgettable spell of 12 runs in 4 overs against Mumbai Indians.

–          Victory with 31 balls remaining is the second highest in terms of no. of balls remaining, list topped by Delhi again with 40 balls against CSK.

At the end of DAY 13:

No. of Catches dropped for the day – 3

Total no. of Boundaries – 423

Total no. of Sixes – 188

Longest Six – Kieron Pollard – 105 Meters followed by Chris Gayle – 103 Meters

Most no. of Fours – A.Rahane (35) followed by G.Gambhir (17)

Most no. of Sixes – Owasis Shah (11) followed by F.de Plessis (10)

Orange Cap –A.Rahane (260) followed by Owasis Shah (204)

Purple Cap – M.Patel (10) followed by L.Malinga (9)

~rams~

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