IPL 6: Day 52 Qualifier–Bhajji puts Mumbai back in finals for the second time…

May 25, 2013 at 1:36 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2013, IPL 6) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Just two games left for this season of IPL, and one is here today, Qualifier 2 between Underdogs Rajasthan taking on Mighty Mumbai Indians. Mumbai missing out against CSK will have a second chance to make it to finals, spirited Royals will look to make to the finals for the second time in their IPL career.

Qualifier 2, Dravid won the toss and decided to bat first, as always Dravid & Rahane gave a decent start of 44 runs for the first wicket before Rahane sweeps one between legs of Harbhajan to be castled. Quick two wicket in 8th & 9th over pushed Royals back, Dravid & Binny struck for a brief moment before Dravid was out to a loose shot off Bhajji again. However Yagnik & Hodge again propelled royals to a good score of 165 with some innovative shots. Bhajji was the star for Mumbai as he picked three crucial wickets & two important catches to add.

Needing 166 to win, Mumbai got off to a best start you could ask for, both Tare & destructive smith put on 70 runs in 9 overs. Later was dismissed off copper for 35. Karthik tied ends with Smith to continue the chase. Sudden surge of wickets gave Dravid’s Men a thin line of hope but Rayudu held his nerve to score 15 runs of penultimate over from Cooper, which almost sealed the game for Mumbai. However Rishi Dhawan first ball paddle sweep made it sure that Mumbai will face Chennai for the second time in IPL finals. Will it be Chennai again or Mighty Mumbai will lift the cup for the first ever time…? Answer has to be awaited till Sunday…

Mumbai Indians won the match 4 wickets with 1 ball to spare…

Interesting Stats IPL 6 Day 52:

– This is just second time in 16 matches Rajasthan have failed to defend a score of 165+.

– 3-23 is the second best figures for this season, falling behind 3-14.

– Pollard’s wicket of Kevon cooper is the 50th in his IPL career.

– Dravid has hit 69 fours this season which is the most by him in any IPL season; previous best was 67 fours in last season.

– Today is the second time Dravid has played beyond 15 overs in 17 innings of this season.

– This is 7th time Mumbai have chased a score 165+ out of 21 times they have chased.

At the end of DAY 52 in IPL 6:

Total no. of Boundaries – 2026

Total no. of Sixes – 666

Longest Six – 119 Meters by Chris Gayle against PWI.

Most no. of Fours – Mike Hussey (81) followed by Dravid (69)

Most no. of Sixes – Chris Gayle (51) followed by Rohit Sharma (28)

Orange Cap –Mike Hussey (732) followed by Chris Gayle (708)

Purple Cap – James Faulkner (28) followed by Dwayne Bravo (28)

Best Batting Performance: Chris Gayle 175*(66)

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

Most Dot Balls Bowled – Dale Steyn (211) followed by Sunil Narine (180)

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

Fair play Award Winners – Chennai Super Kings



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IPL 5: Day 47–Play offs–1: Team KKR spins down DD…

May 23, 2012 at 12:20 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2012, IPL 5) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi all,

Finally after 6 weeks of league stages, Its time for one final stretch in IPL to decide the Winner of Season 5…

Play offs – 1:

Delhi Daredevils Vs Kolkata Knight Riders

      Having a fabulous season Delhi will look themselves as favourites to reach their first finals, It would not be easy against the team which looked technically sound than any other team this season.

Gambhir won the toss and decided to Bat first in a spin assisting track, Gambhir & McCullum provided the decent start within the 6 overs, as they were 48 runs losing the skipper to a poor running. Wicket was turning square even in the 7th over and KKR batsmen both Kallis & McCullum found it difficult to rotate the strike in the spinners over. But the best think for KKR is that, Pawan Negi is the only spinner Delhi had in the playing XI, which meant they can easily go after other bowlers. Wickets fell in quick successions then but Yusuf Pathan who had known very little this tournament provided his meat and scored vital 40 runs of 21 balls and well supported by Laxmi Shukla for his 24 runs. KKR scored 56 runs in last 4 overs which seems to have turned the game in the favour of KKR, with 3 spinners in disposal for Gambhir.

Play offs – 1 Scorecard:
KKR 162/4 in 20 overs.
Y.Pathan 40*              G.Gambhir 32
I.Pathan 1/20             P.Negi 1/18
DD 144/8 in 20 overs.
M.Jayawardene 40     N.Ojha 28
J.Kallis 2/24                S.Narine 2/24

As expected DD started with a blast from Shewag & Warner. Just before Warner got a harsh decision for caught behind and the very next ball Shewag has to make a long walk back as this time batsmen has definitely edged the ball. Naman Ojha & Jayawardene continued playing some beautiful shots round the ground before Ojha going for a ambitious cut shot and failing to go over the fielder meant he has to go for 28 well made runs. Jayawardene was the only hope for DD as he tried his level best and finally stumped in his 40. Ross Taylor was held till 5th down, which seems to be a big blunder by DD, it was all over when Taylor walked in. In the end DD has to take their second chance to be in their first ever finals.

At the end of DAY 47:

No. of Catches dropped for the day – 3

Total no. of Boundaries – 1812

Total no. of Sixes – 691

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

Most no. of Fours – A.Rahane (73) followed by G.Gambhir (64)

Most no. of Sixes –Chris Gayle (59) followed by K.Pietersen (20)

Orange Cap – Chris Gayle (733) followed by G.Gambhir (588)

Purple Cap – Morne Morkel (25) followed by S.Narine (24)


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IPL 5: Day 46 – Deccan’s Play Perfect Spoilers & Mumbai adds icing to the tour…

May 21, 2012 at 12:26 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2012, IPL 5) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi all,

Last day of League games, tiresome cricket over 6 weeks or so and it all boils down to last two matches of the season, One being very important for 2 teams mainly and other inconsequential game at the end of the day.

Match 71:

Deccan Chargers Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

A Must win game for Bangalore, They have to win this game to enter playoff’s and on the process they will knock CSK out of the league for the first time even without making off to the playoff’s. On the other side, Deccan’s have a chance to better themselves and place themselves at eighth spot rather than being the wooden spooners.

Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to Field first, as he called RCB made early inroads by removing inform opener Dhawan for just 5, and followed Aksath Reddy & Cameron White with troubling much of the score, as DC were 20/3 in 4 overs.  Sanga along with Duminy tried to restore the middle order with some slow paced innings as DC crossed 50 runs in 11 overs.  Duminy played an important hand in the process and gave DC a modest total to defend. Chargers finished with 132/7 in 20 overs.

The way RCB fans look at this score is, it’s just 4 more runs higher than Gayle would score (he scored 128* in 62 balls last match). As always Gayle started off in blistering fashion as he plundered 24 runs in the second over of the match, it almost looked match will be over by the first strategic time, if Gayle can continue his assault. But it wasn’t the case as Steyn this time ruffled Gayle and picked up with a well directed bouncer to inside edge into stumps, 6 balls later he picked up the fellow opener Dilshan to a very straight delivery who swung hard and missed right infront of the stumps. Mishra picked a couple more wickets esp the one of De villers to put pressure back on RCB. At this moment 57/4 in 10 overs. Kohli & Tiwary played from then sensibly found boundaries when ever needed, until Kohli had a mind freeze who slogged to Long off and get caught right after hitting a six. Tiwary tried his level best, but failed to with hold the pressure surmounting. As RCB failed to reach the target by 9 runs, which eventually turned out to be the killer knock for them.  This win also means that Deccan will not finish at the bottom of the table as they will go past Pune and hold eighth position now.

RCB out of the tournament which means CSK is into Playoff’s, having to see three matches to go their way and now they are into Playoff’s. Certainly Dhoni is a lucky fellow. Chennai will owe a lot to Deccan’s they have won two games out of no where. Thanks has to be presented to Amit Mishra & I can’t miss the person who breathe fire in bowling Dale Steyn. Only these gentlemen made this happen.

Deccan Chargers won the game by 9 Runs…

Match 72:

Rajasthan Royals Vs Mumbai Indians

Not much of a hype around this game, as its not going to make any difference for anyone. Though Mumbai want to win the game and keep the momentum going their way, Royals will like to finish one more to feature in the W column of the table.

Dravid won the toss and decided to Bat first, Not a great start though as both openers walked when score was 31 in 5 overs. Binny & Watson played sensible cricket, but both had to depart when they tried to up the runrate. Shah & Menaria played few important shot and finally Rajasthan finished with 162 runs on the board.

Mumbai know they have to win this one strongly to take the confidence into Playoff’s. As it said Sachin & Smith started doing it in style but with some luck added to it. None of the edges carried to the fielder always falling on the no man’s land. Even if one carried where Watson dropped it, That was the kind of day Royals had in field, their bowling looked very much clumsy, fielding was more shabbier than ever. Trivedi had picked up the wicket of Smith just after he crossed his fifty but to his agony it was a no ball. Nothing stopped them as they sped past the winning runs with 12 balls to spare.

Mumbai Indians won the match by 10 wickets with 12 balls to spare…

Final League Standings of IPL season 5:

Four  Teams (Metros) who will play out for the cup is Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians & Chennai Super Kings…

Interesting facts as on Day 46:

–          Dwayne Smith scored his Maiden fifty in his IPL career.

–          Dhwan Kulkarni bowled the 27th Maiden of this season.

–          Mumbai have utilised eight opening pairs for this season, highest ever by any team, on the contrary Rajasthan Royals used only one opening pair (Dravid & Rahane throughout the tournament)

–          This is the first 10 wicket victory for this season of IPL.

–          163 runs between Sachin Tendulkar & Dwayne Smith for the first wicket is the highest ever in IPL history, bettering 159 runs between Michael Hussey & Murali Vijay against RCB in last edition.

–          This is the first time out of 18 occasions Rajasthan have failed to defend a target of 160+.

–          Deccan Chargers won their third game in their home ground in Hyderabad. Out of three victories two have come against RCB and one was against Rajasthan Royals.

–          Sachin Tendulkar scored his second IPL fifty of this season, first was against CSK, where again both these men Dwayne Smith & Sachin stole the victory from the jaws of defeat.

At the end of DAY 46:

No. of Catches dropped for the day – 3

Total no. of Boundaries – 1784

Total no. of Sixes – 682

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

Most no. of Fours – A.Rahane (73) followed by R.Dravid (63)

Most no. of Sixes –Chris Gayle (59) followed by K.Pietersen (20)

Orange Cap – Chris Gayle (733) followed by S.Dhawan (569)

Purple Cap – Morne Morkel (25) followed by S.Narine (22) & L.Malinga (22)


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IPL 5: Day 35 – Gayle storms past Mumbai Indians…

May 10, 2012 at 12:31 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2012, IPL 5) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi all,

Match 54:

Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Mumbai Indians

Important game again in this context, A win for Mumbai will almost seal the place in top four, RCB needed to jump up in the table, which will add more pressure to the mid table crisis, but RCB will like to join the chores.

Vettori dropped himself again, Stand in skipper Kohli won the toss and decided to field first. As expected by Kohli ball was doing much more than expected and Mumbai was exploited very nice by RCB bowlers in early as Mumbai were 5/2 in 4 overs time. Dinesh Karthik & Sachin had to mend a lot to bring back Mumbai into the context of the game, once Sachin departed when trying to accelerate. Rayudu & Karthik got things good enough for a late launch, but it wasn’t the case as both were dismissed in the space of 2 overs. How ever Skipper Harbhajan & Pollard grinned few hits over and to fence to help Mumbai to 141/6 in 20 overs.

Just like Mumbai RCB was quite scratchy at the beginning and even Gayle offered a early chance to Dwanye Smith who dropped a swirler (only drop of the day too). Ojha stroke with a wicket as Dilshan adjusted LBW when score is at 48 in 9 overs time. Run Rate was creeping slowly, but however Gayle was too confident in getting the runs and he showed his intention in the third over bowled by Ojha as he sky rocked last three balls of the over to sixes and accumulating 22 runs in that over which almost turned game on his heads. From then on it was sail through kind of chase in a silent waters not even rubble’s to trouble. Gayle finished with 82* followed by Kohli with 36*.

RCB won the  match by 9 wickets with 12 balls to spare…

Standings as on DAY 35:

Interesting facts as on Day 35:

–          5/2 by Mumbai is the lowest scored by any team in 4 overs in IPL History.

–          Chris Gayle (515) took the Orange cap from Virender Shewag (468), not sure though he can continue to keep it to wear in the next game, as the both Delhi & Rajasthan have a game to play tomorrow.

–          Chris Gayle became the first batsman of this season to go past 500 runs.

–          Chris Gayle also won the 10th Man of the Match award.

–          Chris Gayle with 37 sixes to his name is the only batsmen to have more sixes than fours, as he has scored only 33 boundaries till now in season 5.

–          Gayle also scored the 6th IPL fifty for this season, highest of this season, followed by 5 each from Shewag & Gambhir.

–          Chris Gayle first innings of this season to end being Not out.

–          Chris Gayle also scored the 500th Six of this season.

–          A victory by 9 wickets is of the first for this season to get registered almost after 53 matches.  RCB will be the proud owners to have won the match with highest no. of wickets remaining.

–          Rohit Sharma registered the second duck for this season; list was headed Manish Pandey & Harbhajan with 3 to their names.

At the end of DAY 35:

No. of Catches dropped for the day – 1

Total no. of Boundaries – 1302

Total no. of Sixes – 501

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

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

Most no. of Sixes –Chris Gayle (37) followed by K.Pietersen (20)

Orange Cap – Chris Gayle (515) followed by V.Shewag (468)

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


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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).


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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)


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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)


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IPL 5: Day 19–Marsh’s Grace & Lee’s Pace…

April 23, 2012 at 11:46 pm (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2012, IPL 5) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi all,

Another Double header Sunday…

Match 28:

Mumbai Indians Vs Kings XI Punjab

     KXIP needs to win this game to be in the pool of points table, and they will face a mighty task though. Mumbai won the toss and decided to bat first, having brought Sachin back into the squad. Start was quiet slow though as they piled up close to 6 runs per over at the midway and they lost Sachin & Rohit Sharma. Some late hitting’s from Dinesh Karthik & Opener Franklin made sure MI went past the average score 164/6 in 20 overs.

Match 28

Need a good start to steady the innings Saini & Mandeep gave them the one, as they took 48 runs in first 6 overs. After both the openers made their way back both Aussies Hussey & Marsh built a solid partnership in the middle overs. Hussey departed to up the antiques, but Marsh along with Azhar Mahmood in the end mad sure Kings XI once again crossed the ropes safely, this is second time he brings them a victory, out of 3. As KING XI won the match by 6 wickets with 3 balls to spare.

Match 29:

Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Deccan Chargers

   DC needing a start for this season still searching for that elusive win, KKR will look to extend their run of winning. Gambhir decided to field first, Nothing much to write abt it, Rain delayed the start, but it was a 20 overs game still. Dhawan scored a fifty for himself, but none of the batsmen looked threatening, to say not even comfortable, as DC finished with 126/7 in 20 overs, Much lesser than the par score. Balaji & Lee were terrific with their pace bowling, as Lee amazed with 4 over 15/1.

Match 29

Knight riders had a easy chase in their hands, as always Steyn stepped up to the occasion picked up some wickets up front, but with the score like 126 u can’t do much, as KKR chased easily with 1 over and 5 wickets spare. Thanks to Gambhir & Tiwary who guided the chase smoothly. Lee got the man of the match for his fiery spell.

Standings as on DAY 19:

Standings (3)

Interesting Facts as on Day 19:

– Praveen Kumar bowled the 11th Maiden of this season, and finally picked up the wickets for this season, as he was wicketless for almost 8 games now, (6 this season & 2 last season)

– Out of 9 times Kings XI have met Mumbai, they have emerged victorious 6 out of 9 times now.

– Deccan Chargers lost their 5th game in a row now, highest no.of consecutive losses is held by KKR with 8 in a row.

– Dale Steyn picked up the 50th IPL wicket; he is 12th Bowler to achieve this feat.

– Fifty from 49 balls for Shikar Dhawan is the slowest for this season; he joins with Shaun Marsh who scored in same no. of balls against KKR.

– Shaun Marsh scored the 14th IPL fifty and equalled with J.Kallis who has the same numbers of Fifty, which is the highest in IPL.

– Second match for this season to be ended with 3 balls to spare, last time it was RCB where KXIP was in receiving end.

At the end of DAY 19:

No. of Catches dropped for the day – 5

Total no. of Boundaries – 696

Total no. of Sixes – 286

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 (319) followed by Faf du Plessis (302)

Purple Cap – Morne Morkel (15) followed by K.Pollard (11)


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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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IPL 5 – Day 6: Mumbai Wins, Cricket Loses…

April 10, 2012 at 1:14 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2012, IPL 5) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Match 9:

Mumbai Indians Vs Deccan Chargers

Having lost their second game against Pune Warriors, Mumbai want to get back in the winning track, Deccan’s will look for some spirited game to begin their win for this season.

Sangakarra, Skipper back won the toss and decided to bat first, Not a bad start for a T20 game, as they were 45/2 in first 6 overs. Dhawan went right after the powerplay, then its time for Sangakarra & Christian to build the innings, which they did so. Until the ugliest way of getting out the batsmen happened.

Munaf Patel’s ball brushed the off stump, which lead to disturbed bails, since at the same moment, Ball redirected to stumps after hitting keeper Karthik’s pads, all happened in fraction of a second, and umpires decided its not out. But what happened moments after that would have never made a cricket fan proud, Both Munaf & Harbhajan argued for more than 5 mins and forced the umpire to ask the Third Umpire, which eventually got them the wicket, but certainly not the fans. After few good shot in the end, Deccan’s finished the below par score of 138/9 in 20 overs.

Mumbai had a very shaky start, thanks to some fiery bowling from Dale Steyn, he bowled with speed, aggression and u name any u want. A perfect T20 spell to jolt Mumbai with 2 quick wickets. Then its time for Rohit Sharma & Rayudu to stitch in a important partnership to bring back the innings in track, which they did with a 48 run partnership. Pollard struck few mighty blows showing what he is capable off. Dale Steyn came back to bring Deccan’s closer to victory, with another 2 back to back overs, needing 18 off the last over, Rohit Sharma held his nerve to finish off in Miandad six style, even though they needed just 3 to win in the last ball. Cracker off a game, other than the shameful incident.

Standings as on DAY 6:

Interesting Facts as on Day 6:

–          Dale Steyn bowled the 3rd Maiden of this season; ironically all three bowled are Wicket Maidens.

–          73* is the second highest in this season of IPL, list is topped by A.Rahane’s 98.

–          First match of this season to finish on the last ball of the match.

–          Rohit Sharma became the fifth player of this season to score a fifty (R.Levi, AB de Villers, M.Tiwary, A.Rahane), except for Manoj Tiwary’s fifty all has ended in the winning note.

–          Rohit Sharma with his 5 sixes for the day, equalled with Dwayne Bravo for highest no. of sixes hit in an innings.

At the end of DAY 6:

No. of Catches dropped for the day – 0

Total no. of Boundaries – 191

Total no. of Sixes – 87

Longest Six – Ravindra Jadeja – 102 Meters

Most no. of Fours – A.Rahane (16) followed by A.Finch (8)

Most no. of Sixes – D.Bravo (5) followed by R.Sharma (5)

Orange Cap – A.Rahane (98) followed by R.Uthappa (76)

Purple Cap – K.Cooper (7) followed by L.Malinga (7)


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