IPL 6: Day 21–Gayle’s Day in record books & Harmeet Singh also won MOM…

April 23, 2013 at 11:28 pm (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2013, IPL 6) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Double header on a Tuesday, Not many would want it, Unless they are willing to see the fireworks of Chris Gayle.

First Game, Had one name to be written, Just CHRIS GAYLE… One man literally played against 11 Pune players and won the game hands down. Records kept tumbling as Gayle kept swinging his bat (all those tumbled records are listed below). Ballistic Gayle went on to score 175 runs in 66 balls, which had 13 fours, 17 sixes & 18 dot balls. Other played the second fiddle around him, RCB ended with the highest T20 score 263/5 in 20 overs. PWI played their 20 overs trying to reduce their deficit of defeat, and ended up scoring 133 runs, leaving them just sort of 130 runs from the target. A point to note, Gayle also picked 2 wickets in the only over he bowled.

Royal Challengers Bangalore won the match by 130 runs…

Second Game, After having a Power packed, you can’t eclipse the effort of calypso,  So it was always a dull game, where people relived the moments of glory of Chris Gayle and in between there was a match between Delhi & Punjab. Delhi batted first, back to square one as they were in the tournament till the last game, lost wickets to poor shots and poor batting efforts to sum Delhi’s score of 120 in good batting track. KXIP started off the chase in a flyer and kept the chase going even though wickets are falling every now & then. But in the end they chased it with 3 full overs to spare.

Kings XI Punjab won the match by 5 wickets with 18 balls to spare…

Interesting Stats IPL 6 Day 21:

– Records tumbled as Man from Caribbean took a big page on the record book, Read what all he has rewritten in the books of record.

· Fastest Individual Fifty in IPL scored in 17 balls.

· Fastest Individual Century scored in a T20 international scored in 30 balls, bettering 34 balls century of Andrew Symonds and for IPL it is 37 ball century by Yusuf pathan.

· Longest Six scored which went 119 meters bettering 112 meters also by Gayle.

· First player to hit 150 sixes in IPL tournament.

· Best Opening Partnership for IPL ever, 167 runs bettering 163 runs between Dwayne Smith & Sachin Tendulkar.

· Fastest Team Hundred in IPL history scored in 7.5 overs.

· Most sixes hit (17) by any batsmen in a T20 international, Previous best was by Graham Napier for Essex against Sussex hitting 16 sixes.

· 175 runs scored is the highest score in a T20 International by an individual batsmen, he bettered 158 runs by Bredon McCullum in IPL season 1 against RCB.

· Highest total in a T20 International game bettering 260 scored by Srilanka against Kenya, and 246 scored by CSK against RR in IPL career.

· Gayle is the only player to have scored four centuries in IPL career.

· Gayle is also the only player who has scored most runs in a ground, he has scored 1220 runs in Chinnaswamy Stadium Bangalore, bettering Hamilton Masakadza scored 1202 runs in Harare in T20s

· 192 runs scored in Boundaries & Sixes is the highest ever in a T20 international.

· 154 runs out of 175 scored by Gayle came of boundaries & Sixes

· 21 sixes scored by RCB is the highest ever by any team in an IPL game.

– Chris Gayle also scored the 800th Boundary of this season.

– RCB have won all the 6 games played in Home ground till today for this season.

– 130 runs victory by RCB is the second largest in the IPL history, first is by RCB who lost the match by 140 runs against KKR in the first season.

– This is third game in IPL won with a margin more than 100 runs.

– Fifty scored by KXIP in 4.3 overs is the fastest for this season.

– Irfan Pathan became the second all rounder to score 1000 runs & to pick 50 wickets in his IPL career.

– Parvinder Awana & Roelf Van de Merwe bowled the 16th & 17th Maiden’s of this season.

– Game won by 18 balls to spare by KXIP against Delhi is the highest ever in all the seasons.

– Roelf Van de Merwe bowled his first ever Maiden in his IPL career.

– After 6 games which was won by chasing on a trot, finally Gayle broke the shackles by winning the match Batting first.

At the end of DAY 21 in IPL 6:

Total no. of Boundaries – 852

Total no. of Sixes – 247

Longest Six – 119 Meters by Chris Gayle against PWI.

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

Most no. of Sixes – Chris Gayle (34) followed by Rohit Sharma (15)

Orange Cap – Chris Gayle (432) followed by Virat Kohli (333)

Purple Cap – Vinay Kumar (13) followed by Dwayne Bravo (12)

Best Batting Performance: Chris Gayle 175*(66)

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

Most Dot Balls Bowled – Bhuvaneswar Kumar (86) followed by Dale Steyn (85)

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

Fairplay Award – Rajasthan Royals.



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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 45 – Table toppers secure their lead to meet in Qualifier…

May 20, 2012 at 12:10 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2012, IPL 5) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi all,

A day before the close of the league games of this season of IPL.

Match 69:

Kings XI Punjab Vs Delhi Daredevils

Kings need to win this game atleast to be in the contention for the Play off’s, Delhi will look to secure the top spot, which give them a chance more for them to take the cup.

Dharmasala it is, Delhi won the toss and decided to field first. KIXP was left to taste their own medicine, which they offered CSK couple of days back, this time Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron & Morne Morkel provided it to KXIP as they were tottering at 20/4 in 5 overs. How ever Chitnis, & Azhar Mahamood played a sensible innings in the middle and late surge from Gurkreet ensure KXIP finished with a decent 141 runs on the board.

For team like Delhi who are mostly Batting heavy, 140 was always gonna be easy, and if Warner was in the mood just like today, least could be spoke about other, as Warner himself won the game for Delhi, In the end V Rao did some finishing off’s to win the game and end the league stage on a high note.

Delhi Daredevils won the game by 6 wickets with 10 balls to spare…

Match 70:

Pune Warriors India Vs Kolkata Knight Riders

KKR need to win this to ensure their second position, on the other hand, Pune wants to finish with a win infront of the home crowd. Also this win will ensure that even if Deccan’s win tomorrow Pune don’t end up being the wooden spooners.

KKR won the toss and decided to Bat first, All of a sudden PWI bowled really well and their fielding was too good, which meant KKR reached their 50 runs in 10.5 overs. Having McCullum in the crease for this long time. But Shakib switched himself to power mode which gave necessary impetus KKR looked for and Run rate came back very fast. Shakib finshed with 42 and McCullum finished with 41 runs. KKR finished with 136/4 in 20 overs.

Needing to win to end their losing streak, PWI started with a boundary, but they hardly didn’t know that was going to be their only Boundary for the entire innings. Jesse Ryder got couple of Big hits over the fence and that’s all to say, as others walked past the crease and gone before u could read their names in full. PWI finished with a dismal 102/8 in 20 overs.

KKR won the match by 34 runs…

Standings as on DAY 45:

From the points table we can clearly say, we have just one more slot to fill it in, and two teams in contention is Royal Challengers Bangalore & Chennai Super Kings.

Equation for RCB is quite simple, win the game enter Playoff’s, if you lose the game, better luck RCB we will meet next year, and CSK must the luckiest team ever in IPL history, having 3 other results have gone their way to bring them into Playoff’s.

Interesting facts as on Day 45:

–          Umesh Yadav bowled the 26th Maiden of IPL 5.

–          4/20 is the best figures for Morne Morkel in this season of IPL, and now undisputedly he leads the wicket takers list.

–          Andre Russell became the 7th Bowler & 8th time to concede more 50 runs in the four overs bowled, other were Amit Singh, M Gony, A Nehra, M Patel, Vinay Kumar (twice) & M Morkel.

–          Second time for KXIP to get lost in the same venue (Dharmasala) which eventually taken them out of competition.

–          1 Boundary & 2 sixes are the only boundaries scored by Pune Warriors India which means just 16 runs came of boundaries is the lowest ever in IPL history. Ironically, previous lowest runs scored in boundary is also by Pune Warriors 32 runs (5 fours & 2 sixes).

–          94 balls without boundary is the highest ever in IPL history. Pune’s last boundary came in 4.2 overs when Jesse Ryder smoked one over long off, unfortunately they didn’t know that was their last one for the day.

–          Pune Warriors have now lost nine consecutive matches in this year’s IPL. This is now the new record for the most consecutive defeats in this tournament. Deccan’s previously lost 8 in a row.

–          With loss for KXIP, Mumbai Indians becomes the third team to qualify for the Playoff’s.

–          Delhi Daredevils have won 9 games while batting first in this season, out of their 11 wins.

–          Delhi Daredevils were the team which finished last in IPL 4, and now they finish as the League toppers.

At the end of DAY 45:

No. of Catches dropped for the day – 5

Total no. of Boundaries – 1741

Total no. of Sixes – 662

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 – Morne Morkel (25) followed by S.Narine (22) 


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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).


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IPL 5: Day 36–Warner’s Ton & CSK’s Australianisam prevails…

May 11, 2012 at 11:56 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2012, IPL 5) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi all,

Another enthralling day in IPL 5…

Match 55:

Delhi Daredevils Vs Deccan Chargers

Delhi’s David Warner’s swashbuckling century grounded Deccan Chargers even after scoring a decent total of 187 in 20 overs. Warner finished with 109* along with Naman Ojha who scored a unbeaten 64*.

Earlier in the day Dhawan and White made their efforts to pick up the score to 187, they did little know it would be chased with 20 balls to spare. With this win Delhi move to the Top of the table, riding past KKR who is with 17 points with the same no .of matches.

Match 56:

Chennai Super Kings Vs Rajasthan Royals

Rain intruded match started bit delayed, with enough breeze ball swung beautifully in both ways, Which Hilfenhaus used to his advantage picking up 4-1-8-2. Stringent bowling from CSK meant Royals weren’t able to pick the gaps easily and they finished with the lowest score of this season 126/6 in 20 overs.

Chennai started off again on a wrong foot, this time Vijay going for a duck. Hussey & Raina continued to score in the difficult track with slow pace. Raina departed after a sudden brain freeze shot where CSK were 36/2 in 6 overs. Dhoni & Bravo couldn’t help much in scoring, Jaddu scored 16 runs with a boundary & a six. It looked almost game Royals when Jaddu departed with a score of 84, needing 43 runs in 20 balls. But new entrant Anirutha Sreekanth & Albie Morkel had a different plan, where they went berserk for next balls and match was over and Chennai won by 4 wicket with 11 balls to spare. Both Aniruth Srikkanth & Albie Morkel had the same figures in their batting, as we can see, both scored 18 runs in 6 balls with 2 sixes and 1 boundary. Finally Australianism in CSK prevailed atleast once for this season.

Interesting facts as on Day 36:

– 109* scored by David Warner is the highest individual score of this season, bettering Rahane & Pieterson’s 103 runs.

– 126/6 is the lowest total scored by Rajasthan royals for this season.

– Andre Russell made his IPL debut for Delhi Daredevils.

– 189* runs partnership between David Warner & Naman Ojha is the highest partnership of this season, and 2nd highest of all time just behind 206 runs of Gilly & Marsh against RCB.

– David Warner scored the third ton of this season and second century in IPL.

– 380 runs scored in 36.4 is the third time highest in match aggregates for this season, but the runrate of 10.36 occupies the top position bettering 10.32 by RCB Vs CSK.

– Ben Hilfenhaus bowled the most economical spell of this season, bowling 4-1-8-2, at an economy of 2/over, he shares the record with Praveen Kumar who has 4-0-8-0.

– David Warner’s century of 52 balls is the fastest of this season.

– 28 runs scored in powerplay by Rajasthan is the lowest powerplay score for them for this season.

– Both Aniruth Srikkanth & Albie Morkel had the same figures in their batting, as we can see, both scored 18 runs in 6 balls with 2 sixes and 1 boundary.

– Victory by 11 balls for CSK is the highest no. of balls remaining for them in this season, on the other two occasions they reached the winning score in the last ball of the match one was with RCB & the other was Rajasthan Royals.

– Ben Hilfenhaus bowled the 21st Maiden of this season.

At the end of DAY 36:

No. of Catches dropped for the day – 2

Total no. of Boundaries – 1362

Total no. of Sixes – 527

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

Most no. of Fours – A.Rahane (63) followed by V.Shewag (55)

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

Orange Cap – Chris Gayle (515) followed by A.Rahane (480)

Purple Cap – Morne Morkel (21) followed by L.Malinga (20)


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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 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)


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IPL 5: Day 33 – KKR floor DD to take Top spot…

May 7, 2012 at 11:52 pm (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2012, IPL 5) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi all,

Match 51:

Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Delhi Daredevils

Table toppers class, nothing more to write about form or how important this game is, as almost both teams have already made it to playoff’s.

Shewag won the toss and decided to bat first, Skipper’s charm didn’t work out as much as expect as he fell for 23 runs, missing out on his 6th consecutive half century. Warner after early struggle, when about to break shackles, he fumbled as well as DD were 49/2. Jayawardene along with stumbling Taylor does the patch ups to bring back DD on track. Irfan pathan provided the necessary impetus in the end to bring Delhi to a respectable total of 153/9 in 20 overs. Sunil Narine being the mystery striker for KKR along with Kallis this time.

KKR started off very well as both Gambhir & McCullum showed their class and picked up the boundaries and singles with ease. As 50 came in 5 overs. Gambhir dismissed at 36, then Kallis took charge along with McCullum who also picked up his first fifty of this season, Every thing was smooth as silk until both the batsmen failed to hook Umesh Yadav and was dismissed in the consecutive balls, but by then game was over and Yusuf Pathan & Das in the end ensured it happened with 8 balls to spare.

KKR wont he match by 6 wickets and 8 balls to spare…

Standings as on DAY 33:

Interesting facts as on Day 33:

–           Brett Lee bowled the 20th Maiden of this which is again a first over maiden, played out by David Warner.

–          Sunil Narine bowled the 100th Dot ball of this season, highest ever by a spinner for this season.

–          KKR won their 6th game in succession.

–          Virender Shewag (468) went past Ajinkya Rahane (463) to pick up the orange cap.

–          Morne Morkel equalled the 20 wickets with the highest no. of wickets taken along with L.Malinga, but Malinga will still hold to the purple cap with better economic rate.

–          Gambhir went past 50 boundaries for this season; he is now with 51 to his name.

–          Ironically, Top three Batsmen of this season are Indians (Shewag, Rahane & Gambhir) and top three bowlers are foreign players (Malinga, Morkel & Narine)

 At the end of DAY 33:

No. of Catches dropped for the day – 3

Total no. of Boundaries – 1237

Total no. of Sixes – 475

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 (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).


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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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