IPL 6: Day 45– Amit Mishra helps Sunriser’s to set one foot on Playoff’s…

May 17, 2013 at 11:39 pm (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2013, IPL 6) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi..

Been a gap in the IPL updates, heavy travel, troubled heath kept me away from the updates for a while. Happy to be back…

A very important game for Sunrisers to keep them in the hunt of Playoff’s position. Cameron white won the toss and decided to Bat first, and he would have thought a dreadful start even in dreams as SRH lost Dhawan, Parthiv & Cameron White for just 5 on the board. Vihari along with Samantray steadied a bit, before going for a skier. Sammy joined Samantray and scored very important 56 runs between them, Late strike from Perara made sure Sunrisers scored 136/9 in 20 overs. Bowling star was Faulkner who picked up his second 5 wickets haul against Sunrisers for the second time for this season. Chasing 130+ was never easy in the Hyderabad pitch and it proved to be again. Dravid had a good opening but apart from him everyone else struggled in the pitch. No one from Rajasthan got going, last minute rush from Kevon Cooper made sure Royals didn’t lose it big. In end Royals were strangled at 113/9 in 20 overs.  A Spell of 4-0-8-2 from Amit Mishra which proved too much for Royals in the end.

Sun Risers Hyderabad won the match by 23 runs… 

Standings as on DAY 45:

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This win means RCB have to win their game tomorrow against CSK to stay in the tournament, if they lose its curtains. With this win Sunrisers also knocked mathematical chance of KXIP for qualifying.

Interesting Stats IPL 6 Day 45:

– James Faulkner became the first bowler to pick two 5 wickets haul in the same season of IPL history.

– Amit Mishra is the 6th Batsmen to be out for a diamond duck.

– Both the five fers of James Faulkner has come against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

– Biplab Samantray scored his Maiden fifty in IPL career.

– Sunriser’s Fifty of 67 balls equalled the slowest for this season along with Pune.

– Rahul Dravid became the 13th player to score more than 400 runs for this season.

– James Faulkner’s 5/16 is the best bowling figures for this season bettering his previous best 5/20 against the same opposition Sunrisers.

– 113/9 is the lowest score by Rajasthan have scored for this season. Previous was 117 Vs RCB.

– Stuart Binny is finally dismissed after 8 games on a trot remaining not out.

– A six to start off for Dravid is the seventh in his IPL career, where he has hit a six inside power play overs.

– Rajasthan became the first team to finish off all their 16 games for this season.

At the end of DAY 45 in IPL 6:

Total no. of Boundaries – 1843

Total no. of Sixes – 595

Longest Six – 119 Meters by Chris Gayle against PWI.

Most no. of Fours – Mike Hussey (70) followed by Kohli (58)

Most no. of Sixes – Chris Gayle (47) followed by Rohit Sharma (27)

Orange Cap – Chris Gayle (680) followed by Mike Hussey (640)

Purple Cap –James Faulkner (26) followed by Dwayne Bravo (24)

Best Batting Performance: Chris Gayle 175*(66)

Best Bowling Figures – James Faulkner (5/16 Vs SRH)

Most Dot Balls Bowled – Dale Steyn (175) followed by Sunil Narine (163)

Fastest Ball of IPL 6 – Shaun Tait (153.43 KMH) followed by Dale Steyn (152.48KMH)

Fair play Award – Chennai Super Kings

~rams~

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IPL 6: Day 20– Aggressive Hussey floors Watto power…

April 23, 2013 at 1:51 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2013, IPL 6) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi…

A Game of D’s, Dhoni Vs Dravid, Mass Vs Class… Always a treat to watch this combination for any cricket lover and definitely for me too…Dravid won the Toss and decided to Bat first, A simple one liner was the royals batting, Just Watson show all the way, Showed no mercy to any bowler ad he hardly worried about what length or line they bowled, Sheer display of Watto Powerhouse which allowed him to go past first century mark in this season of IPL. Binny and other Rajasthan players played around him to get to a score of 185 runs in 20 overs.

Chasing 185+ is always tough for any team and if one team could do with ease then it has to be CSK with the kind of batting line up they have, Only problem for them is Raina & Badrinath have not come to form yet. But it gave an opportunity today to the Later to get back his golden knick with bat, who scored his first six in this season IPL & first fifty of this season. Raina also empowered Hussey all the way who looked aggressive right from the word go and always kept the required run rate under control. At one stage when Dravid pulled a stunning run out & wickets of Jadeja + Dhoni trickled a small confusion in the CSK dugout, but Bravo ensured to clear the ropes comfortably once in the last over to get past the win line in style with a ball to spare…

Chennai Super Kings won the match by 5 wickets with 1 ball to spare…

Interesting Stats IPL 6 Day 20:

– Shane Watson scored the first century of this season of IPL; it is also the 25th century for IPL tournament in all seasons.

– Watson’s 101 runs over shined Shewag’s 95* for the highest score for this season.

– Shane Watson’s Century is also the fourth one for a Rajasthan Royal Player.

– Out of 7 innings Murali Vijay is out for a single digit in 4 of them.

– 58 runs scored by CSK in the powerplay overs is the highest for them in this season.

– This season has been made to wait longest to get the first century (30 matches), previous season was the slowest which took 18 matches.

– This is the first time Rajasthan Royals have lost a match when they have scored more than 162 runs, their record stands 15 – 0 till today, as now it will be rewritten as 15-1.

– Suresh Raina scored his 15th IPL fifty and also his first six for this season.

– Chennai has chased 5 times (including today) the score anything above 185+ and lost 3 times.

– Ravindra Jadeja scored his 3rd IPL duck and first as a Chennai Super King.

– 49 runs conceded by Kevon Cooper is the highest in any T20 international game.

– This is fourth time in IPL out of 25 occasions an IPL century has ended up in a losing side, previous century scorer are Symonds, Yusuf Pathan, Tendulkar & now Watson.

– Michael Hussey became the second player after Virat Kohli to breach 300 runs mark for this season.

– Both 185 runs target set yesterday by PWI and today by RR are achieved by chasing team exactly in the penultimate ball of the match, this is also the second match for CSK to win a game with just a ball to spare.

At the end of DAY 20 in IPL 6:

Total no. of Boundaries – 791

Total no. of Sixes – 220

Longest Six – 106 Meters by Chris Gayle (SRH)

Most no. of Fours – Mike Hussey (35) followed by Gambhir (33)

Most no. of Sixes – Chris Gayle (17) followed by Rohit Sharma (15)

Orange Cap – Virat Kohli (322) followed by M.Hussey (305)

Purple Cap – Dwayne Bravo (12) followed by Vinay Kumar (12)

Best Batting Performance: Shane Watson (101(61)) Vs CSK

Best Bowling Figures – Sunil Narine (4/13 Vs DD)

Most Dot Balls Bowled – Dale Steyn (85) followed by Ishant Sharma (75)

Fastest Ball of IPL 6 – Shaun Tait (153.43 KMH) followed by Dale Steyn (152.48KMH)

Fairplay Award – Rajasthan Royals.

~rams~

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IPL 6: Day 18–Sir “RJ’s” Roar & Vinay’s breeze soothe the day…

April 20, 2013 at 11:42 pm (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2013, IPL 6) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi…

Weekend and you get a double header… Yes, when everyone looking over 150’s & 160’s, Just as Ravi Shastri says in air, Just what the doctor ordered for the day is score of 120’s it is…

KKR took on CSK who was looking well set, Gambhir won the coin and decided to Bat first, started off well infact as they brought a surprise element of Yusuf Pathan opening with Gambhir, not a bad ploy as they got to a partnership of 46 runs, before young Hussey halted the process with a stunner in third man. Followed some sign of madness from KKR and sheer brilliance in fielding from CSK to struck a killer blow in KKR to end up with 119/9 in 20 overs. Where they were 46/1 in 5.5 overs, 73 runs from 85 balls later bowled. Just as KKR surprised, CSK surprised with a new opener Ravi Ashwin in front, Innovation is fine, but Batting innovation from CSK mates were not quite enough to pull the game easily from KKR. Not to leave KKR also bowled well and picked important wickets at right time. As always no worries as SIR RJ is in the team, as he finished the game with a well composed innings of 36 from 14 balls. He also with ball picked 3 wickets and had two catches while fielding. Can u just take him out of the game…?

Chennai Super Kings won the match by 4 wickets with 5 balls to spare…

Another game, Homecoming for Rajasthan Skipper Dravid still he would liked a win for his team, But Rajasthan were simply outplayed in all department, except for some part where Binny & Dravid played some good innings between them, Royals had nothing to cheer about as they ended just  one run lesser than KKR scored in the first game. 118/9 in 20 overs.  Easy Chase for a team with the like’s of Gayle,Kohli & ABD, Lost two of those mentioned names cheaply but Man in front lead with a sensible knock to go past the winning line. Vinay Kumar picked 3 important wickets to pick the MOM award.

Royal Challengers Bangalore won the match by 7 wickets with 13 balls to spare…

Interesting Stats IPL 6 Day 18:

– Ravi Ashwin & Ravi Rampaul bowled the 13th & 14th Maiden of IPL 6, and ironically both are Wicket Maidens.

– This is the first time Ashwin has opened a innings in a IPL game, the highest order of batting previously was in the position of No.7.

– 11 runs scored by Ashwin equalled his best score in IPL career.

– 47 balls between 7.5 to 15.5 overs, CSK had not scored a boundary, highest by any other team in this season of IPL.

– 70 runs scored by CSK in 15 overs is the lowest score they have made in this season so far.

– It is 4th time CSK Skipper Dhoni was Run Out in his 73 games for CSK.

– CSK have never lost a game when they were chasing anything less than 120 runs, and in fact this is 3rd time.

– 119 runs by KKR is the lowest for them this season, which just below 125 which they scored against SRH.

– This is first time in T20 career Kallis is out for a Diamond Duck (which means out without facing even a single ball, mostly Run outs).

– KKR have never won a game in Kolkata against CSK, now the record stands 5-0.

– Ajit Chandila scored his first runs in IPL career.

– Both KKR & RR started the match with a boundary of the very first ball of the match, and ironically both ended up scoring less than 120.

– Shane Watson bowled his first over in 2013 in any format, and to his joy, he picked Dilshan edging to keeper in the fourth ball of the same over.

– This is the first time Gayle has gone past 40 run mark without even hitting a single Six.

At the end of DAY 18 in IPL 6:

Total no. of Boundaries – 692

Total no. of Sixes – 187

Longest Six – 106 Meters by Chris Gayle (SRH)

Most no. of Fours – Virat Kohli (33) followed by G.Gambhir (33)

Most no. of Sixes – Chris Gayle (17) followed by Virat Kohli (11)

Orange Cap – Virat Kohli (322) followed by G.Gambhir (260)

Purple Cap – Vinay Kumar (12) followed by Sunil Narine (11)

Best Batting Performance: Virat Kohli (93*(47)) Vs SRH

Best Bowling Figures – Sunil Narine (4/13 Vs DD)

Most Dot Balls Bowled – Dale Steyn (85) followed by Ishant Sharma (75)

Fastest Ball of the Tournament – Dale Steyn (152.48KMH)

Fairplay Award – Rajasthan Royals.

~rams~

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IPL 5: Day 44 – Deccan’s play first of the spoiler’s to knock Rajasthan out…

May 19, 2012 at 12:44 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2012, IPL 5) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi all,

So many have gone past in a week where I have been busy in my native place to attend two year once festival for our deity.  Everything went well and here I am back to blog…

Few things that I could have missed…,

1. Dwayne Bravo’s Miandad style finish against KKR.

2. Chris Gayle’s blistering knock of 128* from 62 balls against DD.

3. Rohit Sharma’s Classic century of 109* runs against RCB.

4. Fiery Ben Hilfenhaus bowling DD out of the match.

5. Inspired Hussey & Gurukreet take KXIP live another day.

6. Gilly’s come back in style to smile for all reasons.

Match 68:

Rajasthan Royals Vs Deccan Chargers

It’s one of the two games that Royals have to win to be in the playoff’s, For Deccan, it will be a spoiler if they can win it.

Dravid won the toss and decided to bat first, Not the kind of start he expected as Rahane & Watson departed with meagre scores. Dravid with standed with few classic shots, but not before lofting Gony to the deep square hands with 39 runs to his name. Shah & Menaria tried to build the momentum, but they failed to do so, Eventually losing wickets at the wrong times. As RR finished with 126/8 in 20 overs.

Deccan’s would have felt that they are in with a fair chance to win their 2nd game in front of their home crowd. Both Akshath Reddy & Dhawan gave a solid start scoring 63 runs in 8 overs, put the runrate way below the expected.  But still DC wasn’t through with the game easily as Rajasthan pecked back with couple of wickets quickly, but this time Deccan’s didn’t press the panic button as they held their nerves quite well to pull off a 5 wicket victory and put Rajasthan out of contention.
Deccan Chargers won the game by 5 wickets with 8 Balls to spare…

Standings as on DAY 44:

Qualification Scenario for the teams in contention:

RR is out of the contention of this IPL 5…  It leave us with MI, CSK, KXIP & RCB fighting for the last two spots…

For CSK to qualify – Its Simple as that  KXIP & RCB has to lose their next matches…  

For KXIP to qualify – Have win their next game and wait for RCB to lose their game, that’s enough as they will knock CSK out as they will move to 18 points.

For RCB to qualify – Just win the next game against – DC.

For MI – If KXIP or RCB have lost then they are through with 18 points they have, if both have won their games then its a virtual knockout game against RR, Need to win to enter… 

Interesting facts as on Day 44:

–          Win against Rajasthan Royals for Deccan Chargers is only their second victory in their home ground in Hyderabad in all the five season played.

–          Gayle is the first player in IPL to score more than 700 runs in an IPL season; previous best was by Sachin Tendulkar 618 runs in Season 3.

–          Gayle is also the Highest run scorer in the tournament with 128* runs.

–          Deccans’s 3rd victory of this season, and it is just against the second team, because they won both their previous matches against PWI.

–          Shikhar Dhawan went past Rahane to take the top scorer spot after Gayle, he is now with 564 runs and Rahane following with   548.

–          Michael Hussey scored the 600th six of IPL

At the end of DAY 44:

No. of Catches dropped for the day – 3

Total no. of Boundaries – 1697

Total no. of Sixes – 647

Longest Six – Chris Gayle – 111,109,106,106 &106 Meters followed by Kieron Pollard – 105 Meters.

Most no. of Fours – A.Rahane (71) followed by R.Dravid (62)

Most no. of Sixes –Chris Gayle (57) followed by K.Pietersen (20)

Orange Cap – Chris Gayle (706) followed by S.Dhawan (564)

Purple Cap – S.Narine (21) followed by L.Malinga (21) & Morne Morkel (21).

~rams~

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IPL 5: Day 34 – Watson’s One Man Show & Mandeep’s Heroics…

May 9, 2012 at 12:35 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2012, IPL 5) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi all,

Match 52:

Pune Warriors India Vs Rajasthan Royals

Important game for Dravid to get a win against slightly easier team to beat at this stage rather to face Chennai & Mumbai and decide the place for Play off’s. Dada its time to restore some pride for himself and for his team as well, who knows this very well may be his last season of IPL.

Ganguly won the toss and decided to bat first, Finally Dada back to his place, opened the innings along with Aussies counter part Clarke, didn’t click for long, Dada departed just before powerplay for 14 runs of 16 balls. To say i can’t write anything much about anyone as everyone was struggling to get the ball out of the pitch, Majumadar who play two exquisite shots which are the only two sixes for Pune innings.  Credit to Rajasthan bowlers as well, they have been fantastic bowled to their field and plan. Tait,Botha & Binny were too good on the day. As Pune finished their innings with 125/6 in 20 overs which had only 5 fours and 2 sixes.

Chasing a score close to 6 an over is a cake walk, but u never know, just when we thought that Smith pulled off a blinder to remove inform Rahane to remove for a duck. Dravid was also out too soon, but Watson decided to make it a one man show and he did as well. He pummelled 10 fours and 4 sixes to score 90 runs in just 51 balls and sealed the match for Rajasthan Royals in 16.2 overs. All to say Just man was there in second innings and it is Shane Watson from Australia.

Rajasthan Royals won the game by 7 Wickets with 22 balls to spare…

Match 53:

Deccan Chargers Vs Kings XI Punjab

Same as Rajasthan important game for Kings XI Punjab who is also at 10 points need this win to be in the tournament with tough games coming up especially a couple against Delhi, too tough to say though. On the other side take away two points team at this stage for any opponent in IPL 5.

Deccan’s won the toss and decided to field first, Thankfully KXIP obliged and got to a flying start with Marsh & Mandeep with 55 runs in 6 odd overs. Mandeep’s brilliance in batting was quite clearly displayed as he despatched the DC bowlers in ease, excellent textbook shot as well, with 8 fours and 3 hits over the fence Mandeep finally missed a straighter one trying to slog, while he was at 75 runs. Miller gave the late surge to boost KXIP total as it looked inflate enough to fly away for victory. 170/5 in 20 overs.

Deccan Chargers didn’t show much hope in chasing the score, as they they 2 wickets for 31 runs, fromthen Dr.Harris & White tried to come back in the game with 40 odd runs partnership, but KXIP stand in skipper decided to bowl just one over in which he picked both the set batsmen to pavilion. Batsmen who came down the order just played out, to be fair to them pitch was quite uneven in the bounce as well. they can’t do much about it. In the end DC finished with 145/8 in 20 overs.

KXIP won the game by 25 runs.

Standings as on DAY 34:

Interesting facts as on Day 34:

–           5 fours and 2 sixes a total of just 32 runs scored by Pune warriors in boundary is the lowest runs scored in boundaries.

–          90* is the highest score for Shane Watson bettering 89 not out in season 1.

–          Pune Warriors didn’t bowl even a single extra for a day.

–          Anustip Majumdar made his IPL debut for Pune Warriors India.

–          Rajasthan’s 22 balls victory is the highest ever by any other team other than Delhi daredevils who top the list with better than this. List goes as 40, 31, 28 & 24 balls.

–          75 runs for Mandeep singh is the highest score in IPL career.

At the end of DAY 34:

No. of Catches dropped for the day – 3

Total no. of Boundaries – 1282

Total no. of Sixes – 490

Longest Six – C. Gayle – 111 & 106 Meters followed by K. Pollard – 105 Meters

Most no. of Fours – A.Rahane (61) followed by V.Shewag (54)

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

Orange Cap – V.Shewag (468) followed by A.Rahane (463)

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

~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 25: Morkel & Steyn fire powers steal the show…

April 29, 2012 at 11:30 pm (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2012, IPL 5) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi all,

Was taken off from net for couple of day due to some unavoidable situations, Never mind, its time to be back…

Match 39:

Delhi Daredevils Vs Rajasthan Royals

     Delhi’s prime form continued as their skipper notched up fourth consecutive fifty in IPL and some good bowling kept Delhi to 152 runs, which is a par score when you compare the batting fire power of Delhi.

 Match 39

     Chasing a total of 153 was made elegant and easy by both the opener’s Dravid & Rahane, they found boundaries when ever necessary and kept the run rate in control. At the end of 18th over Royals need 15 runs of 12 balls with 9 wickets in hand, it game Rajasthan for all taking, but out of no where Morne Morkel produced one of the best depth over to restrict it to a 3 run over with the prize scalp of Hodge in it. Rahane wasn’t bogged he tried his level best, even picking up a six in the 4th ball of last over, but still he missed the very important last ball to connect, but Naman Ojah doesn’t fail to connect the stumps and Owasis shah failed to make it to the other end. Its a thrilling one run victory for the table toppers.

Match 40:

Deccan Chargers Vs Mumbai Indians

    Deccan’s win in last game didn’t help much in their batting to improve, not to blame the batting, some class bowling from Malinga & Bhajji also didn’t help Deccan to build a partnership in a seeming wicket. Deccan’s managed to go past lowest score of this season 92 and finished the line with exactly 100 on board. Malinga picked 4, Skipper & Franklin picked a couple each.

Match 40

     Sachin & Levi walked out to face Steyn, and Levi was gone in the very first ball of the match, Steyn didn’t stop as he followed with fiery spell to restrict Mumbai from the victory, but he failed to get the support from his counterparts who leaked runs in regular intervals. Mumbai in the end won the game by 5 wicket to spare with 11 balls in hand, if not for steyn, it would have been much more higher than it looks.

Standings as on DAY 25:

Standings (5)

Interesting facts as on Day 25:

– Shewag became the first player to score 4 consecutive fifty in IPL history.

– 10 runs from 4 overs by Dale Steyn is the most economical bowling by any bowler for this season, he bettered Umesh Yadav’s 11 runs of 4 overs.

– Delhi registered the first 1 run victory for this season.

– 6th Match in IPL season 5 which went till the last ball.

– Shewag & Gayle are the only two players who have scored 4 fifties this season.

– Cameron Whote became the fourth Skipper to be dismissed for a duck, after Gambhir, Shewag & Harbhajan in this season.

– Dravid & Rahane set the 5th 50 runs partnership between them, highest ever by any pair for this season.

– Lasith Malinga became the first bowler to inflict two Golden ducks in a match, Cameron White & Veer Pratap Singh.

– Rahane became the first to go past 400 runs mark in this season of IPL.

– 100 runs scored by Deccan is the second lowest score for this season, just above Mumbai’s 92 runs.

At the end of DAY 25:

No. of Catches dropped for the day – 3

Total no. of Boundaries – 939

Total no. of Sixes – 380

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

Most no. of Fours – A.Rahane (43) followed by G.Gambhir (28)

Most no. of Sixes –Chris Gayle (19) followed by K.Pietersen (14)

Orange Cap –A.Rahane (416) followed by V.Shewag (372)

Purple Cap – Morne Morkel (18) followed by L.Malinga (15)

~rams~

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IPL 5: Day 18–Captain Cool’s Coolness & Red Hot Dada seal the day…

April 22, 2012 at 12:14 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2012, IPL 5) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi All,

Another double header day in IPL 5…

Match 26:

Chennai Super Kings Vs Rajasthan Royals

   Having won the last two games Chennai will look to continue their winning stance, with this win it will be three in a row for them in their fortress Chepauk. Royals will like to ease the things and go for a win.

Dravid won the toss and decided to bat first, Not much from the openers just gave a regular opening stand between Dravid & Rahane. Innings mattered came from Owasis Shah and Ashok Menaria who stitched a 92 runs partnership between them, Even though wickets were in hand for Royals they failed to accelerate the scores, thanks to some good bowling from Kulasekara. Royals finished the innings with 146/3 in 20 overs.

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Less then 7.5 runs/over to chase, CSK had another good opening partnership between Faf & Badri, and later Faf joined Raina to propel the scorecard slowly and steadily. Royals kept themselves in the hunt always by not gifting to many runs and by some tight fielding. All of a sudden both the set batsmen Raina & Faf gone in the same over, which brought Bravo & Dhoni in the crease, Captain cool got the match to tense up and waited till the last ball to steal the victory, It has now become an habit for Dhoni and he seems to be doing just fine, other than keeping his fans heart in their mouth. CSK won the game by 7 wickets…

Match 27:

Pune Warriors India Vs Delhi Daredevils

   Last year Wooden Spooners Delhi is the table toppers for this season, what a change of fortunes for them, They seems to be almost unbeatable with Bowling lead front by Morne Morkel & Pathan. Batting looking destructive & formidable with names like Shewag, Pietersen, Taylor, Jayawardene and add Pathan. The Best in the business. Dada having lost their last two games, need to win this back to get back on track.

Delhi won the toss and decided to chase for the 6th time in this season, to say Delhi is the only team which haven’t batted first for this season of IPL. Pune Lost Uthappa early, but Skipper Ganguly joined with Ryder to get into a very important partnership to get PWI to a big score. They share 93 runs between them, late assault from Smith and Ryder made sure PWI reach their highest total for this season of IPL. Ryder got himself out in the last over with 86 to his name.Smith got a quick 34 from13 balls. PWI finished with 192/3 in 20 overs.

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Having to chase down a mammoth, Shewag & co started very cautiously and very soon they lost Jayawardene for a nothing shot, Later both Shewag & Pietersen  broke loose after couple of overs, as runrate started to creep up and went on & on, until Pune’s Skipper Ganguly decided to take the matter to his own hands and oh boy, didn’t he have a golden arm as he removed Pietersen of the very first delivery he bowled, later he added Irfan also to his account, as he finished with 2/27 in 20 overs. Shewag too perished to bring down the creeping run rate and Murali Karthik being the beneficiary. Ross Taylor & Yogesh nagar tried to avoid the inevitable, but some good death bowling kept DD under the target and they faced their second defeat of this season. As PWI won the match by 20 runs. And its none other than DADA GIRI all the way to win the game with 41 runs with bat, 2 wicket with ball and a catch to add the spice.

Standings as on DAY 18:
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Interesting Facts as on Day 18:

– Du Plessis became the third player to score 3rd fifty for this season, others were Chris gayle & Owasis Shah.

– Irfan pathan bowled the 10th Maiden for this season, and second by himself for this season.

– Delhi Daredevils is the only team which has never batted first in this tournament so far.

– Morne Morkel bowled the 9th front foot No Ball of this season and Jesse ryder took it for 2 runs on the off side.

– 93 runs partnership between Ganguly and Jesse Ryder is the highest partnership for PWI for any wicket.

– 10th IPL fifty for Shewag and first one for this season.

– Faf Du Plessis became the second batsmen after Rahane to cross 300 runs mark in this season of IPL.

– Fourth Match to be finished on the last ball of the innings and two times it was done by Chennai Super Kings and the others were Mumbai & Bangalore. Incidentally it is also the fourth game of this season to be won with 7 wickets to spare.

– 2/27 by Sourav Ganguly is his best bowling figures in IPL so far.

At the end of DAY 18:

No. of Catches dropped for the day – 4

Total no. of Boundaries – 644

Total no. of Sixes – 275

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

Most no. of Fours – A.Rahane (43) followed by G.Gambhir (24)

Most no. of Sixes –Chris Gayle (19) followed by K.Pietersen (14)

Orange Cap –A.Rahane (319) followed by Faf du Plessis (302)

Purple Cap – Morne Morkel (15) followed by M.Patel (10)

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IPL 5 – Day 10 – KKR delicates past Royals…

April 14, 2012 at 12:37 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2012, IPL 5) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi All,

Match 15:

Rajasthan Royals Vs Kolkata Knight Riders

KKR have lost their match against Royals in Jaipur, so they will look to set the record straight in their home ground Eden gardens. Dravid won the coin and decided to bat first, had a positive start, where the first wicket fell for 45 runs on the board, poor running and a shot a selection later made it 49/3 in the space of another 12 deliveries, Goswami & Shah ticked together for bit long to get a 59 runs partnership, but they failed to accelerate the score as much as they expected, few strikes from Botha & Hodge gave an on par score of 131/5 in 20 overs.

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Being a tricky chase, KKR started with much caution, but not before Skipper ran out his Kolkata counterpart, when the scorecard read 22/1 in 4 overs, Kallis and Bisla grinned the deliveries to pick up single and boundaries every now and then, run rate wasn’t taunting at any time. Tiwary & Shakib ul Hassan joined the party later after few late strikes, to finish off the game with 4 balls to spare.

Shakib Ul Hassan, picked up the man of the match for his 3 for 17 and 16 runs of bat.

Standings as on DAY 10:

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Interesting Facts as on Day 10:

–          Both the innings had 31 has the highest score, Royals had Shah with 31 and Kallis matched the same for KKR.

–          23.2 overs were bowled by spinners for the day as they accumulated to give 135 runs and picked up 7 wickets out of 10 to fall.

At the end of DAY 10:

No. of Catches dropped for the day – 0

Total no. of Boundaries – 335

Total no. of Sixes – 155

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

Most no. of Fours – A.Rahane (23) followed by G.Gambhir (13)

Most no. of Sixes – F.de Plessis (8) followed by K.Pollard (7)

Orange Cap – A.Rahane (157) followed by Owasis Shah (144)

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

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Day 8: Trinidadian steals the limelight…

April 12, 2012 at 12:38 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2012, IPL 5) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Match 12:

Mumbai Indians Vs Rajasthan Royals

Mumbai with a last ball victory in the last match and Rajasthan having won both their games comfortably, someone will like to keep up the winning streak.

Dravid won the coin and ironically decided to bowl first, having won both the previous games batting first, he could gone for the same, may be he had dew in his mind though.

Levi, Suman & Sharma gave a start to set up the blast to continue for the Trinidadian Kieron Pollard, as he went berserk to take on the bowlers, showed no respect what so ever, massacred every one to get to his half century and ended up with 64 from 33 balls. which included 6 fours and 4 sixes. To finish it in style Bhaji joined the party to pick up two more sixes, to finish the innings with 197/6, Highest total of this season.

Having to chase a tough score, Rajasthan lost their skipper and first down in the second over, many would have felt it would be a one more one sided contest, but England batsman Owasis Shah turned the heat on, as he also went equally berserk like Pollard, apart from having a class in his stroke, rather than the power which the later has. With Menaria and Shah in the crease, looked Rajasthan are in the chase very much, but its again the slinger Malinga, who got the very important double strike to remove Shah and Botha in the very same over, which changed the game. From then on, Royals tried to close in, by end they fell short of 27 runs of the target. Not bad as anyone expected. Royals can still put up their head for the fight they have put in.

Interesting Facts as on Day 8:

–          Top three Bowlers in IPL 5 are from the same team Munaf with 10 and followed by Kieron Pollard and Slinger Malinga with 9 each.

–          76 runs scored by Owasis Shah is the second best score in this tournament so far, it bettered 73* by Rohit Sharma.

–          197/6 is the highest total of this season so far, it went past 193/6 by Chennai.

–          367 runs, total match aggregate is the highest for this season, previous was 351 runs between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan royals on 6th April.

–          96 runs partnership between Pollard and Rayudu is the best partnership for any wicket for this season; it was followed by the second best performance which came later in the day with 82 runs between Owasis Shah and Rahane.

At the end of DAY 8:

No. of Catches dropped for the day – 1

Total no. of Boundaries – 258

Total no. of Sixes – 124

Longest Six – Kieron Pollard – 105 Meters followed by Ravindra Jadeja – 102 Meters

Most no. of Fours – A.Rahane (20) followed by G.Gambhir (11)

Most no. of Sixes – K.Pollard (7) followed by O.Shah(6)

Orange Cap – A.Rahane (138) followed by Owasis Shah (113)

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

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