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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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 4: DAY 43 Review…

May 21, 2011 at 12:01 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2011, IPL 4) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi Guys,

Match 66, a very Important one for Mumbai Indians as KXIP knocking their doors very closely after KKR pulling a victory yesterday. Sachin Won the toss and decided to Bat first, As always Warney was very happy ever to play his last outing in IPL as a player in the field. Without doubt they Royals wanted their skipper to walk off with a famous victory, and what they do, bowl like hero’s and field like arrows… Nothing u could ask more, as Mumbai lost their wickets in the regular intervals, and even long standing Rohit Sharma could do much in the end overs, even after scoring his first fifty of the season. Mumbai Indians finished with 133/5 in 20 overs. Needed a good opening partnership to seal the game, but no one thought that the opening partnership alone will seal the game. Yes it was the case, as Shane Watson was in real mood to give Warnie a warm send off, as he blasted one of the Mumbai’s best bowler of the tournament Malinga over the park 3 times, each one was more majestic than the previous. On the other hand, Dravid played a more sensible knock to knock around and give strike to the tormentor, and that doesn’t mean he let away loose balls, as he punished few of them to fences too.. Overall a first 10 wicket victory for the season. Thanks to Dravid and Watson duo for it. I am not forgetting Shane Warne, who is been a legend in this game, none could have written script for this more befitting farewell for the Hero….

Standings as on DAY 43:


Teams qualified for Semi’s:

1. Royal Challengers Bangalore 2. Chennai Super Kings, and 3.Kolkata Knight Riders.

Cat on wall:

1.Kings XI Punjab and 2. Mumbai Indians

Out of Contention:

1. Delhi Daredevils, 2, Pune Warriors, 3. Rajasthan Royals, 4. Kochi Tuskers Kerala and 5. Deccan Chargers.

Interesting facts as on DAY 43:

– Sachin Tendulkar scored his 200th boundary in IPL history and became the first one to do so.

– 89* is Shane Watson’s highest score in all IPL’s

– Rohit Sharma scored the 1700th boundary and Shane Watson scored the 550th Six of the IPL 4.

– Both the fifty scorer’s Watson and Rohit Sharma scored their first fifty of this season.

– Surprisingly, Rajasthan Royals won all their games (6 of them) in this season by chasing alone.

– 134* partnership between Shane Watson & Rahul Dravid is the highest for the season for Rajasthan Royals; previous best was by the same pair against Chennai scoring 86.

– 10 wickets victory by Rajasthan Royals is their first ever on in the IPL seasons.

– It’s also only the third time a team had won with 10 wickets margin; other two teams are Deccan’s Vs Mumbai and Bangalore Vs Rajasthan.

– Rohit Sharma is the last wicket picked up Shane Warne in the IPL history, and its his 57th wicket overall.

At the end of DAY 43:

No.of Catches Dropped for the day – 1

Total no.of Boundaries – 1725

Total no.of Sixes –554

Orange Cap –Shaun Marsh (491) followed by Paul Valthaty (458)

Purple Cap – S.Malinga (27) followed by Munaf Patel (17)

Most Sixes – Chris Gayle (32) followed by Shaun Marsh (20)

Most Fours –Paul Valthaty (54) followed by Virender Shewag (51)

Longest Six – Adam Gilchrist (122 M) followed by Albie Morkel (114 M & 109 M)


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IPL 4: DAY 22 Review…

April 29, 2011 at 11:50 pm (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2011, IPL 4) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

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Match 34, Classic Rivals Sachin takes on Warne on their home ground, Start wasn’t so good for Mumbai as they lost Sachin very early to Ashok Menaria, Royals bowled very tight lines and gave nothing to score runs as they came in singles mostly, As every1 tried to accelerate they went back to pavilion, which meant 17 runs from Symonds was the highest score of Mumbai’s heavy batting line up, Which really meant Mumbai finally settled for the lowest ever IPL score 94/8 in 20 overs. Chase was so simple as Watson and Botha completed the formalities to chase down 95 runs with 7 wickets and 11 balls to spare.

Match 35, From Jaipur to Bangalore, Another skipper won the toss and decided to bowl first, Warne was right to make the decision as his bowlers restricted Mumbai to a total which is the lowest of all times for them, but it wasn’t the same for PWI Skipper Yuvi as they were scattered all over by Kohli and Gayle, esp the latter played an excellent knock, he pulled, drove, and punished the Pune’s bowler. RCB ended their innings at 181/5 in 20 overs. PWI began their chase nervously but couldn’t hold on for long, as Ryder went after a well played fifty, Yuvi and Uthappa tried to come closer, but didn’t help much them to save them from heading to a straight 5th defeat in their opening season of IPL. RCB won the game by 26 runs comfortably.

Standings as on DAY 22:


Interesting facts on DAY 22:

– Ashok Menaria’s picked up his maiden wicket in IPL and who else do u think, Yes it’s Sachin Tendulkar.

– Kieron Pollard scored his first runs of IPL 4, it’s 4th innings he is playing in IPL.

– 11 out of 14 games won by Rajasthan Royals in their home ground in Jaipur.

– 57/0 is the best powerplay score by RCB in this season, previous was also the same against KKR.

– 94/8 is the lowest IPL score by Mumbai Indians, previous lowest was 116/9 against KXIP in 2008.

– AB de Villers scored a six which went long way but not long enough to beat 106 meters by David Hussey, it missed by 3 meters as it went for only 103 meters.

– Virat Kohli scored the 5th IPL fifty and also went past 1000 runs in IPL alone (excluding runs scored in Champions trophy all those)

– Johan Botha got dismissed for the first time in this season of IPL

– Virat Kohli scored the 900th Boundary and Yuvraj Singh scored the 300th Six in IPL 4.

– Jesse Ryder scored his 2nd IPL fifty.

– PWI is the second team in this season to have lost five games in a trot, first one was Delhi Daredevils.

– Munaf Patel bowled the 13th Maiden of IPL 4.

At the end of DAY 22:

No.of Catches Dropped for the day – 1

Total no.of Boundaries – 916

Total no.of Sixes –301

Orange Cap –Virat Kohli (294) followed by Sachin Tendulkar (276)

Purple Cap – S.Malinga (17) followed by Shane Warne (10)

Most Sixes – Yuvraj Singh (13) followed Chris Gayle (12)

Most Fours –Paul Valthaty (32) followed by K.Sangakarra (31)

Longest Six – David Hussey (106 M) followed by Shaun Marsh (105 M)


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IPL 3: Day 31 Review…

April 12, 2010 at 1:34 am (IPL, IPL 3) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi Guys,

Its Day 31 in IPL 3…. Another Double Header Sunday…

Match 44 Review:
Kings XI Punjab VS Delhi Daredevils

Kings XI wouldn’t mind pulling another upsetter here today, on the othre side, Gambhir dont want to leave the things to the end… As he won the toss and decided to Bat first in Kotla track. (Avg score here is 190). Shewag walked out with Warner to start the things, To correct myself, Nothing started as Shewag gone in the very first ball he faced, Skipper came in place of him, he did play a fine innings with boundaries flowing from his bat, All of a sudden came the twist or the bad luck for Delhi, as two of the Delhi Batsmen ran themselves out in space of 3 balls. From then on, no looking back as KXIP tied knots so tight and runs dried up and nothing went in the way for Delhi, As One after the Other Walked back to Pavilion, Excellent Bowling from KXIP shud say, as Spinners spinned the web and casted them. Karthik played a Placid innings scoring 17 from 35 balls. Late play from Mithun Manhas got past them to three figures. As Delhi failed to complete their 20 overs quota aggregated Nelson score. 111 in 19.4 overs.

DD 111/10 in 19.4 overs.

Gambhir 26       M.Manahas 26
P.Chawla 2/16     I. Pathan 3/24

KXIP 112/3 in 18.4 overs.

K.Sangakarra 33       Jayawardene 38
Collingwood 2/16      A.Mishra 1/15


Chasing the score less than six an over is always tricky, as u end up playing very slowly and finally seeing ur run per over raising over 8 and ending up with a tough chase, may be even losing it. But that’s not the script for KXIP chase today, They did start off brilliantly with Jayawardene and never once allowed run rate to pop up over six at any point of time, calm and collective innings from all the batsmen, didn’t try to blast the bowlers, they know their targets and all did the things in style to pull another Upsetter.  No one to mention in spl, in  a low target chasing game, Sangakarra, Yuvi, Jayawardene  all did fair to their job. Nothing much from bowling, rather than delaying the victory till 19th over. DD now needs to win 2 out of their remaining 3 games for semi’s spot. Its getting more closer as the days go on…

Match 45 Review:
Mumbai Indians Vs Rajasthan Royals

Once again its the clash between two very old rivalries, Shane Warne Vs Sachin Tendulkar, remember the last match, more than 400 runs have been scored right in the day 2 of this season IPL. Check this link for more – https://rams4u.wordpress.com/2010/03/14/ipl-3-day-2-review/

Mumbai got back Veteran Jayasuriya back in the squad, he opened with Sachin, but Jayasuriya failed to impress as he was caught just for 1, soon Rayudu followed back Pavilion in the same over, Watson being the double striker. Tiwary played few shots down the ground, before he too perished to a shorter delivery from Watson, Responsibility came in the shoulders of Sachin and Duminy to rescue the team, They both stood together to do the job, Both did bat out the middle overs brilliantly and gathered run in decent pace.Duminy was out in the 13th over, when he mistimed a pull of trivedi. Pollard played a cameo but the real Star of the Mumbai is Sachin without doubt, from over 1 to over 20 he hold the game together and gave the momentum it needed, After 20 overs he remained unbeaten on 89, overtaking Kallis for the Orange cap. Bowling except Shane watson none look to build on the early road opened,  Even Warne failed to create magic.

MI 174/5 in 20 overs.

Sachin 89*         JP Duminy 31
S.Watson 3/37     Trivedi 1/35

RR 137/8 in 20 overs.

A.Voges 28           A.Dole 30
Zaheer 2/17      K.Pollard 1/19


Chasing 175 runs, Royals got off to a worst possible start losing 3 of their best batsmen back to pavilion in no time, Two good deliveries and one bad call costed Rajasthan dearly, Shane watson paid the price for the bad call from Fazal, After some time, Fazal paid for his fault, as he was ran out by Abshiek, and it continued to him too… 3 run out in a row hurt Royals down, finally their only hope Yusuf came in, he started off with a six of Pollard, but the very next ball, Mumbai closed the match as he was caught in close fine leg Harbhajan easily. Not to blame any one from here, just batted to reduced the trailing runs, Dole tried to compensate for his missed catch of Sachin, but its all late, as Mumbai roared the match by 37 runs and became the first team to enter into the semis of this season. I will certainly say, Sachin as a lone man taken Mumbai to the semi’s…Rajasthan could have fancied their chances better if Aditya Dole holded on to a catch offered by Sachin in 45.

Standings as on Day 31 in IPL 3:


Interesting Facts on DAY 31 in IPL 3:

– There is a Period where 46 balls went  without boundary today for DD, which is highest ever for them.

– 111 is the lowest ever total scored by Delhi,Lowest total scored in Kotla ground, for

both Previous was 120.

– Delhi’s innings was the first one to end without even a single six.

– Side batting second has always won the game between KXIP and DD.

– Its 5th time Gambhir is been run out in this tournament and 3rd consecutive.

– Tendulkar scored his Second & Third six of the tournament, also with third six, he

took back the Orange Cap from Kallis.

– Everytime Tendulkar scored fifty, Mumbai Indians won the game.

– Mumbai Indians became the first team to qualify for the Semi finals of this season.

– This is the first time Mumbai featuring in the IPL semi final, which means only one

other team yet to reach semis in IPL, it is Sharukh’s KKR.

– Zaheer bowled the third Maiden of this season.

– Rajasthan Royals lost their first game in their home ground.

– With 3 run outs for the day by Rajasthan, they head the list with 19 run outs in just

12 games.

– Sachin registered his best score of this season 89*, ironically it is also the best

score of Kallis, who is the close rival for Orange Cap.

At the end of DAY 31:

Total no.of Boundaries – 1320
Total no.of Sixes – 460

Orange Cap – Sachin Tendulkar (512) followed by J.Kallis (501) and S.Ganguly(366).
Purple Cap – Pragyan Ojha(16) followed by Amit Mishra(15) and Vinay Kumar(14).

Most Sixes – Yusuf Pathan (24) followed by Robin Uthappa (22).
Most Fours – Sachin Tendulkar(71) followed by J.Kallis (61).


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IPL 3: Day 2 Review…

March 14, 2010 at 12:28 am (IPL, IPL 3) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi guys,

Its Day 2 in IPL 3…

A Double Header day… Mumbai Indians Vs Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils Vs Kings XI Punjab…

Match 2 Review:

Mumbai Indians Vs Rajasthan Royals

Last year this team placed themselves at 7th, just bettered wooden spooners KKR, But i shud say they did perform much than it really seems… Yes i am Talking abt Mumbai Indians…  May be Ambani’s didnt want the same to happen in the years to come, which cleared showed their intentions in getting Kieron Pollard, even they are ready to go Bankrupt for this hard hitting all rounder….  okay Tats all history now, Today is the day where IPl 3 unveils for Mumbaikar Sachin against his old enemy Shane warne’s royals..

Sachin won the toss and decided to bat first, And they did get off to a good start, Jayasuriya coined his shots until he missed a slower one from Uniyal (a ICL returnee) scoring rate didnt drop much even though they lost Sachin and keeper tare before powerplay could finish.  Both Youngster Rayudu and Tiwary had different mind game and played a fabulous innings where they ran down next 11 overs without any further wicket and kept the run rate alive close to 10 all the time. Late fire works from Bhajji and Mclaren ensured Mumbai got their highest ever IPL total, bettering their previous best 202 vs Chennai in 2008.  Mascarenes and Uniyal picked couple of wickets each for Rajasthan Royals… Another thing, which would not have pleased warne is their 16 extras…

Chasing a target of over 10 per over, Rajasthan didnt make a much impression, losing Swapnil in the very second ball of their innings,  later Smith and rest in top 4 kept playing around him, in the half way make, RR were 69/4, needing 144 in the last 10 overs… Many would have said, it game Mumbai, but one tall man in Rajasthan had different ideas, Anyone who has seen his batting, would have said one word, BIZARRE… a blitzkrieg unleashed by Pathan over Mumbai Indians, Sachin and his bowlers ran out ideas, as rajsthan started marching and believed that they could win, and in the process , Yusuf Pathan Reached his century just in 37 balls, (i just remembered afridi scoring the same in his earlier days), such a class inninngs came to a drastic end, losing himself out of the crease on the other end. shud say, good work by R.Sathish… (may tats wat they call it turning point)… Dogra who supported him on the other end tried to keep Rajasthan hopes alive, before Two veteran last over specialist’s Malinga and Zaheer dented their hope and showed Mumbai their first victory of this season… Eventhough the margin is meager 4 runs, it all counts.. and Sachin would take it any day after seeing such a disastrous innings from a young man…

In the end its 2 points in the table for Mumbai Indians and warne men would have felt the pinch of their costly 16 extras, even 4 less could have won the match for them…

Match 3 Review:

Kings XI Punjab Vs Delhi Daredevils

Kings XI have their new Skipper Sangakarra, replacing local boy Yuvraj,  as well Delhi have their new skipper Gambhir coming in place his co partner Shewag. So both the new captain went out for toss and after a small confusion on Head and Tails in the coin, Gambhir won the toss and decided to Field first… And his bowlers, did oblige to his decision picking 4 quick wickets in quick succession, leaving KXIP trailing 44/4 in 6 overs. Later its Pathan and Bopara who paced a placid innings and got the run rate slowly up close to 8, but once Pathan departed, they wickets tumbled and in the end, few funny shot selections by tail enders (esp Sreesanth)entertained all, and reached a score of 142 losing 9 wickets.

Just Like the same Punjab innings, Delhi too had a worst start, losing both the openers in the second over itself, sreesanth being the star bowler picking both. Gambhir joined ab devillers for a short while of 35 runs, later joined Dinesh karthik for another 34 run partnership, But the Main partnership came between Skipper Gambhir and Mithun Manhas at the important time, they bith rotated the strike slowly, and took necessary risk at times, to gather a partnership of  61 runs, which virtually took the game out of punjab’s hand… U can really appreciate Punjab to make a game out of a very very moderate total, but u have to blame them, for not taking many chances given by delhi, i guess, nearly half a dozen chances are spilled out, in the form of run outs and catches.  Nevertheless Sangakarra tried to pull the rabbit out the hat, But in the end, Delhi Skipper had his answer for it… Delhi went back smiling taking their first win of the season 3.

Standings as on DAY 2:

Interesting facts of Day 2:

Yususf Pathan Scored the Fastest and his Maiden century in IPL… (100 in 37 balls), It is also the first century for Rajsthan Royals.
(FYI – Andrew symonds holds the Fastest T20 century with 34 balls)

– 212 scored by Mumbai Indians is theri best IPL total, bettering previous best 202 vs chennai, in 2008.

– This is the first time a IpL century goes in Vain, without winning the game for the team.

– 16 extras by Rajasthan Royals was their highest in all the IPL season.(Kolkatha tops the list with 28 extras)

– Y.Pathan leads for Orange cap as of now, with 100 runs.

– With this century, Yusuf  go past smith, who has been the leading run getter for Rajasthan’s…
Yusuf tops with 778 runs and smith follows with 679.

– Mumbai was the first team went with only 3 Foreign players for a match, which is the first time in IPL…

– Gambhir scored his highest score (72) as Captain, his IPl best being 86.

– Gambhir also scored his 7th IPL fifty.

– Ironically, Delhi Notched up, just their 2nd win against KXIP, out of 5 games played (40%). Which is the lowest against any IPL team by Delhi.

Thats the end of the gr8 day in IPL… Tomorrow its Chennai’s Game waiting for it…. Good Night Folks…


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IPL 2: Day 27 Review

May 15, 2009 at 1:49 am (IPL) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )


If u have blinked the eyes u have missed an exciting action of cricket. Yep, its another day where both the games went down to the wire.

Match 44:

Chennai Super kings Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

Chennai would love to win their sixth game in a row, but it much more important for Jumbo’s men to see themselves in semi finals. Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat first, to a big surprise Kumble himself bowled the first over and gave away just 4 in it. But in the next over hayden went on to take vinay kumar for 3 boundaries and proved why he is still wearing the orange cap. Vijay departed early without making much, (guess he ll be out of squad for next match) then raina had an another short stay of 13 to his name. Dhoni and hayden stayed down till the break time with score is 72/2 in 10 overs. Back from break hayden looked so aggressive and completed yet another half century. as dhoni departed, hayden followed him, when score was 101 and its just 13 overs. But after this every one would have lost faith on the Chennai’s hopeless middle order batting, not even to the mark of 6 runs an over. which in the end resulted just the total of 129 in 19.4 overs. (which means they scored 28 runs in 40 balls and lost 6 wickets after hayden departed).

To tell abt bowling, excellent comeback, Kumble sud be very much happy to Marshall his boys well in right time to put back Chennai to a paltry score of 129. And another point to note, no catches were dropped by RCB and their fielding also looked so good.

match 44

Chasing a low score of 130, RCB had a terrible start losing to key players in the top, Kallis and Dravid for 0 and 8 respectively. Uthappa too didn’t stay much longer. But its the man in form Ross taylor and Virat kohli joined hands together for RCB, they found boundaries when they were needed and kept the run rate in control all the time. Kohli gave a chance to Hayden which he misjudged completely (shud say he missed the match) tat time he was just 16. later he went on to score 38 before caught in deep midwicket by oram. RCB wouldn’t have struggled a lot, if not Dhoni is captain.

Yep a spl note for the brilliant captaincy by Dhoni, who really made a match out of no where, he marshaled his troops well and made RCB always thinking. he even had 3 close in fielder(slip, silly point and leg slip) for Boucher while murali is bowling in a T20 game. Hats off to his efforts and he is a gr8 asset for india no doubt in it. 

In the end, Kumar’s made the RCB to take beyond the target safely with 2 wickets and balls to spare. Bowling, Morkel looked effective in the  top, later on murali and balaji did the best they can, but it all too much to blame with a par less score.  

Good show by RCB and Good game in the end….


Match 45:

Mumbai Indians Vs Rajasthan Royals

Both teams with 11 points, who ever wins, take themselves closer to semi’s berth. A cracker of a game is on.  Shane won the toss and decided to Bat first and opening partnership came good for Rajasthan, Smith amd quiney came good when it mattered. Smith departed after the power play was over. Quiney and pathan got together and kept milking for singles and few boundaries here and there. Mumbai got the important breakthrough when they had Yusuf for 17 just before the strategic break, which really got them back on the game. Later on Jadeja joined the show with Rob and took a partnership of 50 which really the turning point of the game.  But after Rob departed, again a batting collapse and credit to mumbai bowlers to restrict Rajasthan just to 145, where they looked to get 160 in ease.

Bowling, Jayasuriya got 2 but thats a gamble on 20th over. Neither sorry figures nor the gr8 figures. good display for a T20 game.

match 45

Taget set was 146, with a new batting line up, Mumbai was straight away into trouble,  losing 3 quick wickets which really gave the momentum shift to rajasthan. Both sanath and sachin left out their natural game and tried to pull the game back back from the slump situation, so they weren’t fluent and didn’t take nay kind of risk, which means runs dried up with just singles. Believe it or not, Two Destructive batsmen in the world Sachin and Sanath batted together for 43 deliveries without even a single boundary.  after Sanath gone, sachin pulled out few classic shots to bring mumbai back , but Warne had different plans and he took the master by the spin and seems tats the end, but Abshiek provided a 99.5% victory for Mumbai, with his cracking knock of 35, when he was out, Mumbai needed just 6 from 8 balls with 3 wickets in hand. it went to last over, with needing 4 to win, Munaf bowled a over of his life, he took Kulkarni with an excellent yorker to sen him back LBW, then its Mumbai who left out to hold the nerve’s and two more  run outs to put the screens for Mumbai and almost an exit screen for Semi’s hope. Bowling, Man its Shane all over again, picked up three important wickets in the right time and his cool head captaincy which got the victory for his team.

Whom do u blame Captain, or Coach , Reckless change in the batting order, just trying to strengthen the middle order, they kept sanath and sachin for 4 and 5, which really back fired.

Standings as on Day 27:

standings 27

Interesting Facts on Day 27:

– Sudeep Tyagi was the fourth batsmen to be out without even facing a delivery, in this tournament.
– This is third time, a team has won with 2 balls to spare, first two wins are attributed to KXIP.
– Kallis became the 31st batsmen to be dismissed of the very first delivery (golden duck).
– Hayden has scored 262 runs (about 53%) in the powerplay overs in 11 matches, (total aggregate till now is 486).
– 29 balls betwen boundaries was the highest ever by CSK. This is their worst display.
– Same for Mumbai its 43 balls, which is the worst by any team in the IPL this season. (just for the note, Sachin and Sanath was batting in this period)
– Both CSK and RCB batted exactly 19.4 overs. None completed the quota of 20.
– This is third game in a row, CSK has lost in Durban in the same ground in this season.
– With 307 runs scored Sachin Tendulkar in the tournament becomes the highest run getter for Mumbai.
– 16 wickets for Lasith Malinga,which makes him the joint highest wicket taker at this stage of the tournament.
– Rob Quiney scored his Maiden IPL fifty.


– Sudeep Tyagi was the fourth batsmen to be out without even facing a delivery, in this tournament.

– This is third time, a team has won with 2 balls to spare, first two wins are attributed to KXIP.

– Kallis became the 31st batsmen to be dismissed of the very first delivery (golden duck).

– Hayden has scored 262 runs (about 53%) in the power play overs in 11 matches, (total aggregate till now is 486).

– 29 balls betwen boundaries was the highest ever by CSK. This is their worst display.

– Same for Mumbai its 43 balls, which is the worst by any team in the IPL this season. (just for the note, Sachin and Sanath was batting in this period)

– Both CSK and RCB batted exactly 19.4 overs. None completed the quota of 20.

– This is third game in a row, CSK has lost in Durban in the same ground in this season.

– With 307 runs scored Sachin Tendulkar in the tournament becomes the highest run getter for Mumbai.

– 16 wickets for Lasith Malinga,which makes him the joint highest wicket taker at this stage of the tournament.

– Rob Quiney scored his Maiden IPL fifty.


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