Day 4: Champions mean Business – That’s for the day…

April 8, 2012 at 12:29 am (Cricket, Experiences, IPL, IPL 5) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Match 5:

Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Delhi Daredevils

Last Year’s runners up RCB will look to clinch the title this year, on the other end we have Shewag’s team which won the rain albeit game against KKR. Will the winning momentum in swing their favour. Definitely coin swung in their way and they decided to field first, Chasing being the winning formula. As expected Bowler’s provided with much needed strikes for Shewag, still AB de Villers kept hanging in the other end and got closer to 1578, a defentable total for their bowlers.

After winning last game, DD’s should have gone into kill, but Shewag went for an early duck, which slowed down from then on, and Murali & Dan Vettori applied the brakes more swiftly and DD’s crashed instantly, and RCB won the game by 20 runs.

Match 6:

Chennai Super Kings Vs Deccan Charger

Depleted Deccan Chargers takes on wounded Chennai Super Kings, home ground for Deccan’s have never been an happy hunting ground, still toss went in their favour, and again Cameron White decided to field first. Even though CSK had a slow start, Now and then every other player pressed the runs button, starting with Du Plesis, then followed Badri, Jaddu & finally Bravo finished with flourish to get the highest score of the season 5.

Needing to bat out of the skin, Deccans’ started going for everything, didn’t mind whether its coming on to bat or not. Most of the times result on this type of games are most expected only, and here it was a 74 runs victory over the opposition. 2 Million Dollar man, Jaddu won the man of the match award, and justified his money.

Interesting Stats as on DAY 4:

–          AB De Villers scored 1000 runs in IPL career.

–          Aaron Finch became the first player to start the innings with a boundary.

–          Virender Shewag was out in the first ball for the third time and he has also been out oon the second ball two times to add up.

–          Till now only 1 Maiden is being bowled in IPL season 5, and its none other than L.Malinga.

–          Daniel Harris, who made his debut for Deccan chargers, is actually a Doctor in profession, who has a hospital running in South Australia.

–          Bravo went past 500 runs in his IPL career.

–          After Devon Cooper, Today Danial Harris started his IPL career with a Boundary to his name.

–          193/6 is the highest total of this season, bettering yesterday’s best 191/4 by Rajasthan Royals.

–          Jakathi, this time became the first bowler to pick the six hitter’s wicket, Cameron White being at the receiving end.  (If u guys remember Ashwin had made this an habit last season, he almost got 6 dismissals in this fashion.)

–          102 Meters six is the longest six for this season, Jadeja being the long runner.

At the end of DAY 4:

No.of Catches dropped for the day – 2

Total no. of Boundaries – 133

Total no. of Sixes – 48

Longest Six – Ravindra Jadeja – 102 Meters

Most no. of Fours – A.Rahane (16)

Most no. of Sixes – D.Bravo (5)

Orange Cap – A.Rahane (98) followed by I.Pathan (66).

Purple Cap – R.Jadeja(5)



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IPL 3: 3rd Place Play off – RCB Vs DC…

April 25, 2010 at 2:02 am (IPL, IPL 3) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi Guys,

Its Day 44 in IPL and its a 3rd place play off day.

Match 59 Review:
Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Deccan Chargers

Both Last Year Finalist’s this year missing out and now playing for a place in Champions league, Gilly won the toss and decided to Bat first, As last time in finals Kumble opened the bowling against Gilly and the result is same as he was again out in the third ball of the first over (Nostalgic of last year finals) but this time to a fantastic catch by Kallis. From then on i can write only abt two ppl Anirudh Singh who scored almost half of the total and Venugopal rao who scored second max. Rest all had their noodles getting prepared in two mins, so they all r in hurry to go for it. Yep Not more than 2 mins any1 stayed in crease. When Anirudh was dismissed they were 78/6 in 15 overs, after 15 balls they were all out for 82 runs. Which really meant the innings for the day. Just in simple not a day for DC’s… RCB captain again replicated his figures of 4/16 and the real star of the day.

DC 82/10 in 18.3 overs.

Anirudh Singh 40      V.Rao 24
A.Kumble 4/16      Kallis 2/3

RCB 86/1 in 13.5 overs.

Dravid 35*       K.Pieterson 29*
R.Sharma 1/24    Symonds 0/17


Chasing the lowest ever target in this season, RCB were at ease, No real pressure and even to say No gr8 deal of pressure from Bowlers as well, it clear that they dont have a target to defend, when ur team is bowled out for paltry 82 runs, all u can do is bowl ur overs and finish ur formalities. (U can’t offer win declare in International matches, So sad…, if it was, today was an opportunity). To write in simple, Kallis played a sedated innings, even though chasing score was mere 80 odd, and finally ended his dreadful innings by hitting one back to rohit sharma. Dravid and Pieterson finished off the match with a thumping win for RCB. Mallya got a reason to smile now, without doubt… RCB qualify for Champions League which will be held later in this year.

Interesting facts on DAY 44 in IPL 3:

– 82 is the Lowest ever total scored by Deccan’s in IPL so far, previous was 100 against

CSK in last season.

– For the first time in this season, four batsmen have been dismissed for duck.

– 69 dot balls BY Deccan’s is the max by any team in an ipl game so far.

– Kallis went past Sachin in runs scored but Orange Cap is still with Sachin as the scores are valid only in the league game and this is just a play off game.

– This is also the first match where two maidens are bowled in a same match.(Steyn and


– 11th and 12th Maidens of IPL are bowled by Steyn and Kallis respectively.

– Dravid went past 200 runs in IPL this season and overall went past 900 runs today.

– 50 scored in 9.5 overs by RCB is the slowest one of this tournament.

At the end of DAY 44:

Total no.of Boundaries – 1685
Total no.of Sixes – 572

Orange Cap – J.Kallis (572) followed by Sachin Tendulkar (570) and S.Ganguly(493).
Purple Cap – Pragyan Ojha(21) followed by Amit Mishra, Kumble and Harbhajan at 17.

Most Sixes – Robin Uthappa (27) followed by Yusuf Pathan (24) and Murali Vijay (24).
Most Fours – Sachin Tendulkar(79) followed by J.Kallis (67).


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IPL 3: Semi-final 1 – MI Vs RCB…

April 22, 2010 at 12:33 am (IPL, IPL 3) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi Guys,

Its Semis time in IPL 3….

Match 57 Review:
Mumbai Indians Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Two old Indian warhorse’s meet together for one more time in this season, Sachin Vs Kumble,Latter won the toss and decided to Bat infront of the home crowd in a good batting track.. But start wasn’t the best u can expect as the Man in form Sachin dismissed for 9 in the 2nd over of the match.. After few lusty shots Dhawan also gone to a poor piece of running between the wickets. Abhisek Nayar and Rayudu played the sensible innings of building the partnership, But kumble brought in a surprising bowling change, he got Pieterson to bowl, and O boy he did pick out Nayar, who is just getting in the groove, other end Jumbo sent back Duminy, which left Mumbai at 81/4 in 10 overs, Tiwary joined Rayudu to built on the very important partnership of 67 runs to rescue Mumbai from the deep trouble, this could have been well cut short if Bangalore would have been bit more alert in the field. As rayudu departed, it seemed its blessing in disguise, as Pollard announced himself with array of shots to the fences, ending himself not out at 33 from just 13 balls. Which really gave Mumbai the necessary impetus to defeat RCB.Not to leave out Tiwary who scored a brilliant half century and ran with full dedication and keeping team in the mind.

MI 184/5 in 20 overs.

Tiwary 52*       Rayudu 40
Steyn 2/43    Pieterson 1/20

RCB 149/9 in 20 overs.

Ross Taylor 31*       Uthappa  26
K.Pollard  3/17      Malinga 2/24


185 runs to chase, needed a best start, RCB got Dravid to open with Kallis (really strange to see this, is someone said they are test players…?) Right from the beginning Dravid was going for shots and Kallis was playing the subdued innings, But luck ran out for Kallis as he was dismissed for 11 from 9 balls. Pieterson joined Dravid to build the innings and steady the ship until Harbhajan storm stuck again picking Pieterson with a wide Stumping,. Just in the brink of time out in 9 overs, RCB 80/2, But just after the time break RCB’s last hope dented as Two wickets (Uthappa and Dravid) gone in the consecutive deliveries, Dravid sacrificed  himself for Ross Taylor. From then on No one gave the momentum for the chase and run rate never came around 14… Which meant the curtains for RCB in this season of IPL. Without doubt Kieron Pollard is the star with 3 wickets to his name.

Interesting Facts on DAY 57:

– This is the first time in this season Tendulkar is out in a Single figure.

– 3rd time in this IPL 2 No-balls are bowled in a same overs, latest being Kumble.

– K.Pollard played is 5oth T20 game.

– 16 Sixes hit by S.Tiwary is the highest among the Mumbai Indians

– For the first time in IPL Mumbai will go into finals.

At the end of DAY 41:

Total no.of Boundaries – 1648
Total no.of Sixes – 562

Orange Cap – Sachin Tendulkar (570) followed by J.Kallis (553) and S.Ganguly(493).
Purple Cap – Pragyan Ojha(20) followed by Amit Mishra(17) and Harbhajan(17).

Most Sixes – Robin Uthappa (27) followed by Yusuf Pathan (24).
Most Fours – Sachin Tendulkar(79) followed by J.Kallis (20).


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IPL 3: Day 37 Review…

April 18, 2010 at 2:57 am (IPL, IPL 3) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi guys,

Its Day 37 in IPL 3… I am sure, many would have missed my updates for the past few days, even me too… To blame it on the broken internet card. No access to net, and i cant be crazy going over to net centre to have my blog updated.  Finally its all done, Here i am back to update as ever.

I am not going to ping back on the past results, will go thru from Day 37 and rest 7 matches ahead…. Gonna be a real cracker…

Match 52 Review:

Mumbai Indians Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

A Must win game for RCB to book their semi’s berth, and they are up against a team in dream run, Just before things could get started all of a sudden Bomb scare came and few small explosions happened outside the stadium which created panic among all and delayed the proceeding, finally all started well, just with delay.

Kumble won the toss and decided to Bowl first, Bengaluru crowd knows this is the last game for them, so they were cheering their home team to core. Things went well for kumble than expected shud say, Sachin was kept quite with good bowling and just before powerplay was over, he was caught in deep by Taylor. Mclaren continued to hurdle round the wicket and kept his job simple to rotate strike and Rayudu did the explosive stuff, as he crashed bowled from the time he is in. Once again its kallis who took rayudu to put break on his run. Pollard came in to hit hattrick six, and went back to a clueless googly from Kumble. In came the real star of the day, ad JP Duminy blasted the last few overs to hit the total of 191/4 in 20 overs.

MI 191/4 in 20 overs.

A.Rayudu 46      JP.Duminy 42*
Kallis  2/41       Kumble 1/38

RCB 134/9 in 20 overs.

Kohli 37         Pieterson 21
K.Pollard 3/28      Harbhajan Singh 2/28


Chasing a target of almost 10 an over needs a good start, but start wasn’t the idle one as expected as Pandey went for an expensive shot and caught by Zaheer, and followed Kallis, then Dravid, Pieterson, Uthappa… All the big five names are out and back to hut, u cant expect much from rest to take RCB home, Rather Kohli and Taylor just tried to pull themselves closer to the victory margin, atleast to reduce the runrate margin, but it wasn’t quite enuf for them to get past 148 runs mark which will put them above the Chennai who is second in the net runrate as of now. RCB lost 9 wickets to get themselves to 134. Kieron Pollard included 3 wickets along with his 3 sixes for the day. Mumbai winning the match by a margin of 57 runs. (Bangalore didn’t want this to happen but me and other CSK fans wanted it.. 🙂 )

Match 53 Review:

Rajasthan Royals Vs Kolkata Knight Riders

A Much much important game for Royals, in simple WIN or Exit match for them, they take on KKR who is also in same position, even though win doesn’t gurantee their place in semi’s, they will like to keep the options open till the end.

Due to delayed start in previous match, we were not able to see first four overs of the match, Royals won the toss and decided to take guard first, Watson and Ojha gave the best start to say, 57 runs in 6 overs, without a wicket loss, cant get any better for warne’s men.  On the other hand Dada was scraching his head and looking for the vital breakthru,  He called in Shukla to bowled, who gave him the gold by removing Watson, possible Yusuf too, if Karthik has held on to a stunning running catch, but wasn’t to be… But they needn’t be worried as new comer Unadkat bowled his golden spell to take off Ojha and Yusuf with brilliant delivery as well the catching. Just when all thought Royals are in comfortable zone, they succumbed adn lost wickets in hurry, and ended scoring just 132/9 in 20 overs, not to over praise the KKR bowling, to be guilt on Royals poor batting display.

RR 132/9 in 20 overs.

S.Watson 44       A.FInch 21
Unadkat 3/26       A.Dinda 2/24

KKR 133/8 in 16.1 overs.

S.Ganguly 75*         C.Pujara 45*
K.Khan 2/13      A.Finch 0/5


Kolkata begin the chase with one thing in mind to wrap this game before 13 overs, which will put them above RCB in net runrate, but Royals aren’t the one’s who will let u do easily as Kamaran Khan took a double blow in the third over, picking McCullum and Gayle in 3 balls space. Ganguly slowed on after this blow, joined Pujara along side to play out a plausible knock. Dada produced some of his classic’s which are real treat to watch. Both sticked together till the end to reach the victory margin, even though they win, they didnt go for the kill, which may affect them badly, if they have a chance to make to semi’s. Dada was pretty happy with winning the game atleast in 16th over.

Standings as on IPL 3 in DAY 37:

Interesting Facts on IPL 3 in Day 37:

– Shane Bond bowled the 9th maiden over of this IPL Season.

– Ganguly scored his seventh IPL fifty.

– Ganguly and Pujara’s partnership of 111* is the best 3rd wicket partnership for KKR in IPL so far.

– A Win by 8 wickets and 23 balls to spare are the biggest win in wickets and balls for KKR in IPL so far.

– Rohit Sharma hit the 500th six of IPL yesterday, against KXIP.

– Till now, 151 is the lowest score defended by any team in IPL 3. (Team being RR)

At the end of DAY 37:

Total no.of Boundaries – 1534
Total no.of Sixes – 522

Orange Cap – Sachin Tendulkar (561) followed by J.Kallis (542) and S.Ganguly(451).
Purple Cap – Pragyan Ojha(18) followed by Amit Mishra(16) and Vinay Kumar(16).

Most Sixes – Robin Uthappa (25) followed by Yusuf Pathan (24).
Most Fours – Sachin Tendulkar(77) followed by J.Kallis (62).

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IPL 3: Day 32 Review…

April 13, 2010 at 1:05 am (IPL, IPL 3) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi Guys,

Its Day 32 in IPL 3…

Match 46 Review:
Deccan Chargers Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Again and Again i have to write this, ofcourse its an important game for both, esp for deccan’s if they lose, they are out of contention for Semi’s. (Cant say though, bcos even statically speaking still KXIP in chance for making into semi’s)

Kumble won the toss and decided to Bowl first, And for his call, Steyn responded with zeal and fire in his ball, as he removed top 3 within matter of no time, (Gilly, Gibbs and in form Suman are back into hut). Mishra and Rohit Sharma led the recovery slowly and steadily, both gave the boundary and six  whenever run rate dipped much. After a miscommunication call from Rohit, Mishra had to sacrifice his wicket and walk back. Symonds came in and played his cameo and yet another fifty from Rohit sharma took Deccan past 150 in 20 overs.

DC 151/6 in 20 overs.

R.Sharma 51       M.Mishra 41
Steyn 3/18       Vinay Kumar 1/19

RCB 138/10 in 19.4 overs.

R.Dravid 49         Uthappa 34
RP.Singh 2/21      Harmeet Singh 2/24


Kumble would have certainly taken this score during the time of toss, when he decided to bowl, now its time for batsmen to deliver, Juts when u think all is well covered, Harris stucj in the very first ball, sending Pandey back for a Golden Duck. In came Dravid and joined Kallis, I must guess ploy was to keep dravid anchor and make kallis play the attcking game, but it was the reversal role, as Dravid took and attack to the bowlers and Kallis was just idle and his strike rate never up by 100 by any time. (i shud say Kallis is taking over advantage and wasting the balls upfront which puts tremendous pressure on the late comers, just bcos u cant always have players like Uthappa to save u with 22 ball fifty), Just when dravid is abt to score his well deserved half century he was caught in the deep, but by that time, Dravid had it all covered, needing just 79 from 58 balls, which is quiet easy in T20 games, with just 2 wickets down, thats wat any one would have said at that moment, by RCB batsmen really made a mess of the chase and followed one after the other, with some brilliant bowling and fielding effort from Deccan’s. Uthappa lone man waged the battle till the penultimate over, just before harmeet turned the game upsied down in that over, as he took much important wicket and gave just a single, Actually Bangalore needed 18 when over was began with Uthappa on strike. No more twist, in the end deccan’s won the match by 13 runs. which pulls them to 5th position now, CSK is in real trouble now…. Need to win all the games,… Cant drive on others loss… 😦

Standings as on Day 32 in IPL 3:


Interesting Facts on IPL 3:

– In yesterday’s match against DD, Ramesh Powar bowled 20 Dot balls, which equals the record of most no.of dot balls bowled by Dirk Nannes.

– On the whole Match between DD and KXIP had 118 dot balls, which is the most in IPL history. Bettering Chennai vs Rajasthan’s 117.

– RP Singh became the first bowler to pick 50 wicket in IPL.

– Kallis went past Sachin and took back the Orange cap.

– Just 1 run given in the penultimate ouver is the best so far bowled in this season, better Kumble’s 4 run over.

At the end of DAY 32:

Total no.of Boundaries – 1340
Total no.of Sixes – 468

Orange Cap – J.Kallis (528) followed by Sachin Tendulkar (512) and S.Ganguly(366).
Purple Cap – Pragyan Ojha(18) followed by Amit Mishra(15) and Vinay Kumar(15).

Most Sixes – Yusuf Pathan (24) tied with Robin Uthappa (24).
Most Fours – Sachin Tendulkar(71) followed by J.Kallis (62).


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IPL 3: Day 30 Review..

April 11, 2010 at 2:49 am (IPL, IPL 3) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi guys….

Its Day 30 in IPL and its a Double Header…

Match 42 Review:
Chennai Super Kings Vs Deccan Chargers

As i keep writing, yep its another Must win game for Deccan and almost same for Chennai as well. Dhoni won the toss and decided to Bat first in a 42 degree sun shining hot. To say the crowd in the stadium is quite less and v can see many stands empty. (may be bcos of heat r may be bcos of 2maro IIT entrance exam) Hayden and Vijay started things quite ok, few boundaries came in, just when Chennai is ant to take control, Hayden one again failed and followed Murali with the craziest call for second run and ran himself out. Raina joined Skipper, but didnt capitalise on the start they had, they were quite happy playing singles around. Dhoni was more troubled than raina. He wasn’t fluent as he is used to, it did reflect when he missed a straighter one from Ojha. From then on, Deccan’s bowled brilliantly and didnt allow CSK to score even singles, field placing were excellent, as it didnt allow batsmen to free their arms, Raina tried a bit after scoring his fifty, but he too failed like the rest in the batting line up. Ending to a meagre total of just 138.

CSK 138/8 in 20 overs.

Raina 52       M.Vijay 23
R.Harris 3/18     Rp Singh 1/18

DC 139/4 in 19.1 overs.

T.Suman 55         Symonds 27*
R.Ashwin 2/13      Raina  1/23


Gilly was certainly happy and will like end with the same note. Dhoni started with Ashwin, (he did read the pitch very well) as Ashwin bowled really well and did pick both the opener with two beauties. When Gilly knicked one today, even now, he didnt hesitate to walk away, which he did all his career. Suman and Rohit Sharma played quiet to stop chennai from taking wickets away, since the target wasn’t so high, even few singles here and there kept the req rate always at control. Rohit was dismissed to brilliant catch by Tyagi, In came Symonds who won the last game for Chargers, Both the match winners Suman and Symo, took the assault lately and closed the winning gap boundary by boundary and even by few sixes. Eventhough Suman was dismissed lately, Symonds made sure nothing dramatic happen and Chargers pulled a much needed win to keep their hope still alive. Without doubt Murali shud have been preferred more than Hussey, as Chennai missed his bowling dearly, in a pitch where a part timer Ashwin can make magic, think of Murali Mantra…. Might have been chennai’s game if he was in… Now its all done, which means 3 games left and Chennai need to pull all those three for semi’s slot.

Match 43
Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Win fro any team will take them to top 4 and getting into semi’s would be much easier. Kumble won the toss and decided to have a ball infront. Two Big G’s started the things for KKR, as ever Gayle was devastating and his shots reached fence in a eye blink. Just when thinks are going out of hand, Kumble called Orange Cap holder to give him a wicket, ofcourse he responded with Big Gayle in his very second ball. (Can some one say what if Kallis is also the leading wicket taker, will he wear both the caps…?) Ganguly continued with McCullum for next few overs and runs to came in quick, Vinay Kumar picked Ganguly with a slower delivery, Tiwary and Mathews followed the suit and walked back to dug out, as Momentum swung back to RCB.  But McCullum had few pyrotechnics to show which got back the momentum to KKR, Another twist came as Kumble picked McCullum, finally two lusty hits from Pujara seen them past 160/9 in 20 overs.

KKR 154/9 in 20 overs.

McCullum 45       C.Gayle  34
V.Kumar 3/23     J.Kallis 2/31

RCB 164/3 in 17.1 overs.

R.Dravid 52         R.Uthappa 52*
A.Dinda 2/15      Mathews 1/25


Challengers Chasing the target of 161, had a very much disappointing start as Kallis went back to pavilion with his lowest score(8) in this season. To make the balance Dravid walked in place of Kallis, O Boy he did fill in the shoes very apt, very much calculated aggression and defence, which is almost like precision knife in his hands, played down good balls to singles and punished the counter parts. His Breezy fifty was the big plus for RCB. Just when things were going in RCB’s way, Both Sriram and Dravid got out, and RCB had two best finishers, Robin Uthappa and Ross Taylor, they ensured that their name stand out for it… Esp Robin, as he played a devastating innings to put KKR into misery. (I think last time i see a reverse sweep going for a six, is from Kevin Pieterson, seems his words are helping Robin out) Fifty in 22 balls ensured RCB cross the line much more comfortable than it was. RCB won the match by 7 wickets….

Standings as on IPL 3 in DAY 30:


Interesting Facts on IPL 3 on DAY 30:

– So far Deccan Chargers are misers in the powerplay overs, with the run rate of 7.43, worst is Rajasthan royals with 9.34.

– CSK’s average score in powerplay overs is 47.

– First 7 overs by Deccan chargers are bowled by six different bowlers.

– Pragyan Ojha played his 50th T20 game, it is also his 41st IPL game.

– There were 38 balls in the middle overs without any boundaries.

– 138/8 is the lowest total recorded by Chennai super Kings against Deccan Chargers.

– Last 5 overs from Deccan’s gave away just 27 runs, which is the best ever by any team in IPL so far.

– Raina went past Gilly(1177) to become the most run scorer in IPL (just for the period of 1 hours r so), as he went past raina and now heads with 1182 runs.

– Out of 41 matches, 23 matches(including CSK vs DC) bowling is opened by Spinners.

– 52 runs partnership today between Ganguly and Gayle is their third consecutive fifty stands between them.

– 8 is the lowest score scored by J.Kallis in this tournament so far.

– Robin uthappa hit the 450th six of IPL 3.

– Kallis went past 500 runs in IPL season 3.

At the end of DAY 30:

Total no.of Boundaries – 1273
Total no.of Sixes – 451

Orange Cap – J.Kallis (501) followed by Sachin Tendulkar (423) and S.Ganguly(366).
Purple Cap – Pragyan Ojha(16) followed by Amit Mishra(14) and Vinay Kumar(14).

Most Sixes – Yusuf Pathan (23) followed by Robin Uthappa (22).
Most Fours – J.Kallis (61) tied with Sachin Tendulkar (61).


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IPL 3: Day 24 Review…

April 6, 2010 at 12:58 am (IPL, IPL 3) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi Guys,

Its Sunday… Me in Chennai went to Two Movies – Angadi theru and Paiyaa… Will review it in the coming days… (certainly need a refreshing break from IPL) (for me and Blog as well, both looks monotonous):)

Match 34 Review:
Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Kings XI Punjab

Finally Kings XI broke the jinx, and pulled a stunning victory over, Kolkata Knight riders, many call it a upsetter, but i dont think so, KXIP is a good team, just failed to click tats it… After a Blitzkrieg from Gayle, KKR went on to score 200 in 20 overs, No one (even Tom Moody) would have believed that KXIP will pull this one, But its certainly the brilliant innings from the last minute inclusion Jayawardene (due to Shaun March injury), who played a Gem of an innings on his way to his maiden T20 century. On the progress helping KXIP to register their second victory of this season. (So called Upsetter, Actually i dont count KKR for semi’s contention at all 🙂 lol…)

KKR 200/3 in 20 overs.

C.Gayle 88            Ganguly  36
J.Theron 1/36      I.Pathan  1/36

KXIP 204/2 in 18.2 overs.

M.Jayawardene 110*     Sangakarra 38
S.Bond 1/32               M.Karthik 1/41



Match 35 Review:
Delhi Daredevils Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

A game expected to be a cruncher, just turned toothless giant who is trying to eat a pile of steel. Collingwood coming good for Delhi as they went on to score 184 in 20 overs, well supported by Shewag and warner in the early stages. RCB chasing looked so lethargic, esp Kallis was tied down from scoring runs, he did score 54 but off 42 balls, which really made the difference. None in the followers could manage the pressure, just fell for it. In the end its game over for RCB at 147/9 in 20 overs.

DD 184/5 in 20 overs.

P.Collingwood 75        Shewag 35
KP Appanna  1/24       Kumble 1/33

RCB 147/9 in 20 overs.

Kallis  54             Pieterson 16
A.Mishra 3/32        Sangwan 3/22


Standings as on DAY 24:


Interesting Facts on IPL 3 in DAY 24:

– Gayle scored his 2nd IPL fifty

– 33 runs scored by KKR is the highest runs scored in a Single over.

– Jayawardene scored his highest in T20 cricket.

– Jayawardene’s Century is his 1st, 12th of IPL, 2nd by KXIP player(other was Shaun

Marsh),2nd by a srilankan and 4th of this season.

– This is third time 200+ target is chased.

– J.Kallis scored the fifth IPL fifty of this season.

– Amit Mishra with 3 wickets for the day, pulls the purple cap from Muralitharan.

At the end of DAY 24:

Total no.of Boundaries – 1044
Total no.of Sixes – 372

Orange Cap – J.Kallis (425) followed by Sachin Tendulkar (349) and Naman Ojha(307).
Purple Cap – Amit Mishra (14) followed by M.Muralitharan and Pragyan Ojha with 12 each.

Most Sixes – Yusuf Pathan (21) followed by Murali Vijay (20)
Most Fours – Sachin Tendulkar (52) followed by J.Kallis (52)


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IPL 3: Day 22 Review…

April 3, 2010 at 12:48 am (IPL, IPL 3) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi Guys,

Its Day 22 in IPL 3:

Match 31 Review:
Kings XI Punjab Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Skipper Sangakarra back in the squad after missing the last game, which meant his another countryman, Mahela will sit out. Sangakarra won the important toss and rightly decided to bat first, as usual, KXIP didnt get the great start as they lost inform Shaun marsh for just 2. Skipper came in, and played with only vision that is to win the match at any cost, his aggression was quite visible,  Kumble brought himself in, to put brakes on scoring rate and in process he also removed Bisla, who very much comfortable, beforre missing one coming down the track. After a good knock Sanga got himself out to a short pitched deliveries, After some media hype abt Yuvi- Sanga rift, Yuvi certainly got a point to prove, indeed he did clear few balls and brought the runrate up to 8.5 before he was dismissed by a Full toss from kallis, Pathan played for a six and a boundary to bring KXIP close to 181 in 20 overs. Bopara played a very much supportive role by scoring 42* in 33 balls. Bowling as usual, Vinay kumar and Kumble shared the honors.

KXIP 181/5 in 20 overs.

Sangakarra 45        Bopara 42*
Vinay Kumar 1/24       Kumble 1/33

RCB 184/4 in 19.1 overs.

K.Pieterson 66*             V.Kohli 42
Srivatsava 1/21        Bipul Sharma 1/26


Bangalore will look to win this game to put themselves back in the winning ways.  Kallis and Pandey started the things slowly, Not a big rush eventhough run rate is around 10 runs per over. Sangakarra needing a breakthru, called srivatsava, who has given him wickets all the time, and he doesn’t disappoint him this time too, Its a prize scalp Kallis in the very first delivery of his over, KXIP and Mohali erupted in joy, and Pieterson walked in to pull back the innings, Both continued the same pace, and found the fence every now and then to keep the req rate in and around 10. Pandey was dismissed in a unfortunate way, as KP stuck straight and Bipul sharma deflected it to stumps to see Pandey short of crease. Kohli joined KP and played the important innings to sustain the middle overs, shud say so, KXIP does bowl their middle overs quite well. Kohli tried to break free as run rate went passed 12/over, But dismissed in the same process. when he was dismissed RCB needed 52 in 27 balls. Can i say twist r the Luck came in the name of Lee in the next over, as he bowled to uthappa in full pace in full length which he ll dispatch all day long. Uthappa took the over to tongs and at the end of the over RCB needed just 23 from 18 balls.  One over costed 25 runs inclusive of 5 wides, which was the turaround, later Uthappa got out, but it didnt matter much for KP he did finish off the things in style. Final word cant close the post without mentioning the fielding effort of KXIP, they were really awesome in DROPPING catches, i guess around 5 to 6 were put down including Uthappa, KP, Kohli and who ever took strike had atleast a chance. Its T20 game man, cant even miss a whisker, but they left for a trunk to full. In the end RCB winning the match by 6 wickets comfortable with 5 more balls to spare. (one stage they looked like losing)… Now we can say official that its Curtains for KXIP as the chances of semi’s is over.

Standings as on Day 22:


Interesting facts on Day 22 in IPL 3:

– Robin Uthappa scored the 300th six of this season.

– Kevin Pieterson scored his Maiden IPL fifty.

– Brett lee is yet to pick a wicket in this season and his avg is over 10.

– Guess who has hit most no.of sixes for KXIP (till now) – Sixer King Yuvraj…? No, Its

Irfan pathan with 8 sixes.

– Rahul dravid became the first to pick Karbonn Kamal Catch of the day award for the

second time.

– Out of eight games played Anil Kumble batted only once (vs CSK) and scored only one

run with a not out.

– Anil Kumble heads the list of miser’s with the economy rate of 5.65 and 7 wickets.

At the end of DAY 22:

Total no.of Boundaries – 921
Total no.of Sixes – 301

Orange Cap – J.Kallis (371) followed by Sachin Tendulkar (314) and Yusuf Pathan(274).
Purple Cap – M.Muralitharan (11) and Amit Mishra (11) followed by S.Malinga (10), Vinay

Kumar (10) and Shaun Tait (10).

Most Sixes – Yusuf Pathan (21) followed by Uthappa (16)
Most Fours – Sachin Tendulkar (47) followed by J.Kallis (47)


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IPL 3: Day 20 Review…

April 1, 2010 at 12:49 am (IPL, IPL 3) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi guys,

Its Day 20 in IPL 3… Its a Double header day… What a day to have two games, March 31st… Every1 who is into sales will know the importance of this date… Quite a hectic day…

Match 28 Review:
Chennai Super Kings Vs Royals Challengers Bangalore

No more turning back for Chennai as they have to win this match to say atleast they in the contention for the semifinals. On the other hand, its Royal challengers having a galla time, winning 4 games out of 6 and in the second position of the table. In the chennai’s rising heat, Kumble won the toss and decided to bat first, Thusara and Gony started the things, and Thusara gave a vital break by removing Manish Pandey early. Later in the next over Gony dropped a S I T T E R of Uthappa, where he himself got punished by him taking for 19 runs. At the end of powerplay overs RCB where 52/1… This is the time spin duo came into play (Murali and Jakathi), both bowled really well, made the ball to grip of the surface and skid before the batsmen play their shots. Uthappa wsa the first victim to Jakathi, mistimed one to long on.  Kallis and Kohli kept the things going slowly and didnt allow any wickets to fall in the middle overs. Turn around of the match u call it, Its 16th over of the match as Jakathi picked Kohli in the first ball and third ball Kallis was run out, and further in the over no runs are scored, which gave the first ever double wicket maiden for IPL.  Late surge from Pieterson and White(their first IPL game of this season) got them to a score of 161/4 in 20 overs.

RCB 161/4 in 20 overs.

J.Kallis 52             V.Kohli 34
S.Jakathi 2/17   Thusara 1/30

CSK 166/5 in 19 overs.

M.Vijay 78             S.Raina 44*
Kumble 1/16        Steyn 1/20


A Must win situation for Chennai infront their home crowd, Murali Vijay took the roll of aggressor, as he balsted 24 runs of Praveen’s 2nd over. Hayden was mere an audience with another 40,000 in the ground. At the end of 3 overs, Hayden faced just one delivery where he scored just a bye. on the other hand Murali had 37 runs. Both Hayden and Vijay continue to go past the 50 run partnership, but RCB skipper pulled himself back to remove haydos, Raina joined Vijay and runs continued to come from Vijay, he took Pieterson for 2 sixes and adrenalin rush took him and he mistimed one to long on. Dhoni and Raina just nudged singles and made suer, RCB dont make inroads easily also made sure they get that odd boundary every now and then. A big upset came when Dhoni and Morkel departed in quick succession and Kumble charged up and tried to pull the game out of the hand of CSK.  Crucial 19th over was bowled by Vinay Kumar as CSK needed 16 to win. Badri got  boundary in the 4th ball, to add twist to tale he was out the very next ball. Needing another 10 to win in last 8 balls, Chennai crowd got the glimpse of previous match with KXIP (me too), But Vinay kumar faultered at the important moment as he bowled a no ball and raina thrashed it to a six, the very next ball (free hit) also a no ball, and raina scored 2., which meant CSK won the game, but no one realised it, but to make perfect, raina smashed a boundary past mid on to seal the game for Chennai.

Match 29 Review:
Delhi Daredevils Vs Rajasthan Royals

Both the teams with 8 points, will look to take the vital lead, Gambhir won the toss and decided to bat first, last match centurion and shewag walked down, Shewag started off in the typical fashion, starting with a six and and followed by a boundary, When both the openers are abt to be settled, Narwal the bowling change worked as he picked both the openers in the space of 3 balls.. and very soon, Collingwood made a mess of a run to see himself back to pavilion, after a brief stay jadhav also departed for delhi, scorecard read 70/4 in 9 overs, with rajasthan in full control, in came Dinesh karthik alongside the skipper gambhir, both played an excellent innings to get delhi back in control, late fire power from karthik and mcdonald made sure delhi got a very defendable score of 188/6 in 20 overs.

DD 188/4 in 20 overs.

D.Karthik 69     G.Gambhir 43
Narwal 3/36     Warne 1/26

RR 121/10 in 17.4 overs.

N.Ojha 27             Y.Pathan 24
A.Mishra 3/25    F.Maharoof 2/13


Chasing 189, Rajasthan had their worst start ever, as two of their batsmen back to hut in the space of just 4 balls in first over, delhi crowd went berserk. From then on, its almost a one sided game, as Rajasthan tried to peek a look over target someone got out to pull back, it kept happening, as Ojha top scored with 27 and yusuf with 24 with a survived chance.Delhi was brilliant in the field as they held anything came their way, except for a tough chance to collingwood, David warner in spl, took 4 catches and inflected a run out with a direct hit. Eventhough Delhi didn’t have Nannes bcos of injury, Maharoof filled his shoes perfectly. Mishy bowled really well his spell and picked three important wickets, including one big fish Yusuf pathan..  In the end RR fell well short of the target with 67 runs.

Standings as on DAY 20 in IPL 3:


Interesting facts on IPL 3 on Day 20:

– 56/0 is the best score by chennai for this sesaon of IPL in the first six overs. (Finally a partnership clicked).

– 78 is the best performance by Murali vijay, bettering his previous best 42 scored in last match.

– Jakathi bowled the third maiden of this tournament. And first double wicket maiden.

– Last 14 runs scored by chennai was done with just 1 accountable delivery. (Vinay Kumar bowled two no balls).

– 74 extras conceded by CSK in 8 matches is the highest ever by any team.

– J.Kallis took the Orange cap back from Sachin, (Now sachin didn’t have to wear Orange cap with blue unifrom :D).

– Kallis scored his 4th fifty of this season and 12th in his T20 career.

– Warner joins along with sachin to effect most no.of dismissals by a fielder (4 Catches and 1 Run out)

– 67 runs victory margin is their biggest, bettering the previous best of 40 runs margin in the last game vs KKR.

– Amit mishra is now with Muralitharan for most no.of wickets with 11 each.

At the end of DAY 20:

Total no.of Boundaries – 850
Total no.of Sixes – 285

Orange Cap – J.Kallis (362) followed by Sachin Tendulkar (314) and Yusuf Pathan(274).
Purple Cap – M.Muralitharan (11) and Amit Mishra (11) followed by S.Malinga (10) and Shaun Tait (10).

Most Sixes – Yusuf Pathan (21) followed by Uthappa (14)
Most Fours – Sachin Tendulkar (47) followed by J.Kallis (46)


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IPL 3: Day 14 Review…

March 26, 2010 at 12:05 am (IPL, IPL 3) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi guys,

Its Day 14 in IPL 3…

Match 20 Review:
Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Delhi Daredevils

After losing 3 straight games Delhi will certainly look to get back in the winning ways, but they will take on the team which really performing at his best. Still Gambhir is not back, which meant Dinesh Karthik walked out for toss along with Jumbo in his home ground. Kumble won the toss and decided to bowl first. Warner got Delhi off to a flyer, Even Shewag looked so silent on the other end.  Dale steyn was taken taken to blues, n his first over, but he came back strong to pick the man who tormented him, Warner… in another 10 balls space, Shewag departed for 12 in 11 balls… Strange to see… De villers and Karthik kept scoring runs from both ends and runrate was quite good over 9 all the time. Birthday man, Kedar Jhadev made his debut today walked in to replace Karthik after a misfortunate run out.  Oh boy, he did play a splendid innings, Good looking shots all over the ground, in the last over he did score his Maiden Fifty. Late flourish McDonald ensured DD went past 180 runs. With 20 oves down, DD 183/4…

DD 183/4 in 20 overs.

K.Jhadav 50*                DE Villers  45
Vinay Kumar 1/29         Steyn 1/42

RCB 166/9 in 20 overs.

Pandey 39             Kohli 38*
A.Mishra 2/23    McDonald 2/42


RCB certainly need a good start from their openers, which is always provided bu Kallis and Pandey. Today wasn’t an exception as both put on a very good partnership of 71 runs for the first wicket. Kallis departed for 27 to a very good delivery from Mishra. Shud i call this a twist of the game….? That’s how it looked, just bcos it triggered a huge collapse in the RCB, within the space 2 overs, array of wickets were down and RCB collapsed to 90/4 losing their top 4. Surely shud mention the bowling of Delhi, as they really bowled to the field and didnt allow Bangalore to bring the runrate down. Just to mention Kohli, Morgan tried to do something but it wasn’t to be…  Ending 166/9 in 20 overs, which meant they fell short of 17 runs.  Bangalore lost their 2 match of this season and Delhi put a hold to their losing streak.

Match 21 Review:
Chennai Super Kings Vs Mumbai Indians

The most strong team without doubt, its Mumbai Indians without doubt as they have all the things a T20 team needs… They Bat really deep almost till 10 with the availability of Zaheer and Bhajji to help out, coming to bowling Malinga and Zaheer two best Depth Bowlers without doubt, with the glimpse of Bravo, Bhajji and Mclaren bowling is really solid. Apart from this they have a fielding coach who previously coached Indian team… Robin Singh… So it shud be ok… Which means if u wanna call a Pakka Solid team then here it is…

I think i said too much abt MI’s…. Whatever with a huge cheer Sachin won the toss and decided to bowl first.  Hayden sans Mangoose walked with Parthiv walked the ground. First over was quite cool, but things heated up when Hayden decided to take on Zak, just like 2003 world cup where he smashed him… Hayden smashed here for 4 consecutive boundaries, when he decided to bring Mangoose in, Bhajji spinned one back fast to trap him right infront of the stumps. In space of another 6 balls, Patel went back to hut… Can say tats the last time Mumbai crowd cheered for a wicket, bcos, from then two men took the charge and never looked getting dismissed at any point, they did use the pace, gaps and ran very well between the wickets and mainly they made sure they get a good score on board. With 20 overs down, CSK scored 180/2, Raina on 83* and Badrinath on 55*… With a staggering partnership of 142 from 94 balls…

CSK 180/2 in 20 overs.

S.Raina 85*            Badrinath 55*
Bhajji 1/25         McLaren 1/23

MI 184/5 in 19 overs.

Sachin 72           Dhawan 56
Murali 2/32     Joginder 1/22


Chasing a score of 181 is tough for any team but as i have already mentioned in the beginning, its easy for this team, with the glimpse of Sachin, Bravo, Pollard and young indians Tare, Tiwari…. Its shud be a chase able one 8 out of 10 times. Tendulkar and Dhawan started the things good, and with the help from CSK’s bowling, scored came faster than expected, and Dhawan’s aggressive mood got past them 63  in the powerplay overs. And finally CSK broke the partnership just b4 the strategic timeout. Jakathi being the bowler, and very next over, Spin Maestro Murali sent back Tiwary for just a couple… CSK felt they were right back in the game. Is this the twist we are looking for….? Not so, Just bcos Sachin along with Pollard, and bravo made sure they get past the winning rope safely.  Not to mention the bowling performance of CSK, the worst ever seen in the IPL so far… If some had counted the no.of Full Toss they bowled, Pls let me know, i ll add up in the interesting facts… None other than Murali was convincing for a T20 game… Hope Venkatesh Prasad and Stephen Fleming had a point to note in their Black book….

Standings as on DAY 14:


Interesting Facts on DAY 14 in IPL 3:

– Jadhav scored his Maiden fifty in IPL Debut and also picked up the Man of the match award. (Extra info, Its his Birthday today)

– Both Pandey and Kallis have scored 4 times 50+ scores. Which is the highest as of now.

– RCB lost their first game in home for this season.

– Robin Uthappa scored just one six for the day and it put him in the tip of the six scrorer’s list, as he heads with 12 to his name.(Hayden and Y.Pathan with 11)

– Raina Became the 7th player to score 1000 runs in IPL. (His best being 98)

– Raina scored his 6th IPL fifty.

– This is the 7th 100 runs partnership scored in IPL 3.

– 142* is the best 3rd wicket partnership in IPL history, previous best was 121.

– Badrinath scored his 4th IPL fifty.

– 142* in 91 balls is also the second highest ever scored in IPL history.

– S.Dhawan scored his 5th IPL fifty.

– This is the first match were a wicket hasn’t fallen in the form of a catch in the first innings.

– 200th Six came from the bats of Master Sachin Tendulkar, which is also is his first ever six in this season… (he always waited for a special moment)

– when Tendulkar is in 39, he went past jayasuriya (778) who was the leading runscorer for MI. Now Sachin leads with 811.

– Tendulkar scored his 6th IPL fifty.

– 72 is the highest ever score by Sachin against CSK, which is also the highest ever scored by sachin in a T20 game.

– 181 is the highest ever score chased by MI.

– Both MI and CSK gave 14 extras exactly…

At the end of DAY 14:

Total no.of Boundaries – 634
Total no.of Sixes – 202

Orange Cap – J.Kallis (310) followed by Sachin Tendulkar (248) and Virender Shewag (198).
Purple Cap – M.Muralitharan (11) followed by Chaminda Vaas (8)


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