IPL 6: Day 54 Big Finals–Pollard gives Mumbai the First IPL trophy…

May 27, 2013 at 1:18 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2013, IPL 6) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


After a journey for 54 days, It has reached a stage where Chennai will meet Mumbai a dejavu of 2010 finals. Will Chennai make history repeat itself or Mumbai will help themselves to win their first ever IPL trophy.

Big Finals – Rohit Sharma won the important toss and decided to bat in a slow and tricky pitch. Not a ideal start would have wanted as Mumbai were three down with 16 on the board, with skipper being the last victim. Karthik along with Rayudu struck for a moment and made damage control to put Mumbai Indians back on track., Once karthik was dismissed in came Man from Caribbean, Kieron pollard, who owned this format of cricket, played a gem of an innings even though people around him kept walking away from him. He ended the match with two monumental back to back sixes to give Mumbai a good score of 148/9 in a tricky pitch.

Chennai needing less than 150 to win, got off to a dreadful start, losing 3 wickets that of Hussey, Raina & Badrinath with just 3 on the board. It was Karthik & Rayudu who did the damage control form Mumbai from same position, but Vijay & Bravo failed to do and Jadeja followed with a worst shot of his lifetime to get out for a duck. Which made CSK 39/6 in the half way. Chennai was left alone with their skipper to do the job, but even for him it was too big pill to swallow. However he tried as much as he could, which is clearly visible by the fact, Dhoni has scored 63 runs and all the other 10 players put together scored just 62 runs. In the end Mumbai Indians won their first ever IPL trophy and became the champs of IPL 2013/Season 6.

However even before Mumbai could soak in the happiness of lifting the cup, Sachin announced himself saying that he is retiring from the IPL cricket. Expected him to play for one more season, but still Legend has made his call when his team has delivered a the icing in cake for him.

Mumbai Indians won the match 23 runs…

Mumbai Indians are the champions Indian Premier League Season 6…

Awards & Winners of IPL 2011:

Young Player of the Tournament – Sanju Samson of Rajasthan Royals.

Catch of the season – Gurkreet Mann Singh of Kings XI Punjab (for the catch of Ross Taylor)

Longest Six of the tournament – Chris Gayle (119 meters against PWI)

Orange Cap – Michael Hussey (733 runs in 17 IPL innings)

Purple Cap – Dwayne Bravo (32 wickets in 17 innings)

Fair play award – Chennai Super Kings

Most valuable Player – Shane Watson of Rajasthan Royals.

Interesting Stats IPL 6 Day 54:

– This is just the 13th match out of 37 played in Eden gardens won by team batting first.

– Mitchell Johnson now has 16 wickets in powerplay overs highest by any bowler for this season; he was closely followed by Mohit Sharma with 15.

– Rohit Sharma has just scored 12 runs in all the three playoff matches.

– 3/34 is the worst powerplay score for Mumbai for this season.

– This is fourth time a team has lost 6 wickets before scoring 50 runs, CSK have been there twice and both against Mumbai.

– History continues to repeat as table toppers in league stage have never won the tournament, this time CSK loses it after topping the table.

– 4/42 by Bravo is the second most expensive spell in IPL after picking 4 wickets.

– 148 runs target set Mumbai Indians is the lowest for an IPL final which is held in India. Deccan’s set 143 in 2009 but it was in SA.

– This is also the first time Mumbai have defeated Chennai in a knockout situation games.

– Dwayne Bravo became the first bowler to pick 32 wickets in an IPL season, previous best was 28 by Malinga.

– It is an ironical fact none of the Orange cap winner’s have been able to help their team to win the trophy, IPL 1 – Shaun Marsh, IPL 2 – Matthew Hayden, IPL 3 – Sachin, IPL 4 and 5 – Chris Gayle
IPL 6 – M Hussey.

– It is also an ironical fact that Chennai have lost all their matches played on a Sunday in this season, and continued the trend even in finals.

At the end of DAY 54 in IPL 6:

Total no. of Boundaries – 2051

Total no. of Sixes – 675

Longest Six – 119 Meters by Chris Gayle against PWI.

Most no. of Fours – Mike Hussey (81) followed by Kohli & Dravid (64)

Most no. of Sixes – Chris Gayle (51) followed by Kieron Pollard (29)

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

Purple Cap – Dwayne Bravo (32) followed by James Faulkner (28)

Best Batting Performance: Chris Gayle 175*(66)

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

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

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

Fair play Award Winners – Chennai Super Kings


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IPL 6: Day 22– Dwayne’s Special gift on Master’s B’day…

April 25, 2013 at 12:19 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2013, IPL 6) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


A Day the Whole nation was celebrating the not because of this match, Its is because of the Master who has been regarded as God of Cricket celebrating his 40th birthday today but still young as ever. Smile

Right coming to context, It’s East Vs West or to say Mumbai Vs Kolkata in Eden Gardens. Rain gods, finally waved hands to see a game, which had a delayed start of 30 mins, without any loss in the overs. KKR won the toss and decided to bat first, Started of in a blistering fashion, Mumbai tied up in the later overs and finally late surge from Tiwary & Morgan made sure KKR got 159 runs in 20 overs. In came the Bday boy along with Dwayne Smith for the chase,but to all disappointment he went back for just 2 runs seeing his middle stumps rooted by a vicious turner from Sunil Narine. Dwayne kept the runrate in check with lusty blows here & then. After his departure, Rohit & Pollard kept the chase going with thirties to their names, but when both departed and Mumbai need 10 runs in the last over, It is Singh is King Harbhajan who delivered the much needed killer Blow of six to win the game for Mumbai.

Mumbai Indians won the match by 5 wickets with 1 ball to spare…

Interesting Stats IPL 6 Day 22:

– 4 Sixes Conceded by Sachitra Senanayake is the highest no. of sixes conceded by him in a T20 game.

– Dwayne Smith scored 500 runs in his IPL career.

– Dinesh Karthik scored his 150th Boundary in his IPL career; list is topped by Virender Shewag.

– KKR has a very dubious record of losing 9 out of 11 games played against MI in the IPL history including the game tonight.

– Till today, most conceded by Harbhajan against KKR is 26 runs, ironically, those were scored in the very first over itself.

– 46 runs scored by KKR in the first three overs is the highest for this season.

– Rohit Sharma has captained only 4 domestic games and this is his Maiden captain stint in his IPL career.

– This is third game Sachin has played on his birthday, first occasion was in Sharjah & secondly was in 2011 in an IPL game and now the third.

– Manoj Tiwary scored the 250th Six of this season.

– 12 out 17 times Balaji has gone less than 8 runs when he bowled the penultimate over.

– This is third time Sunil Narine has picked 3 or more wickets in this season of IPL.


At the end of DAY 21 in IPL 6:

Total no. of Boundaries – 876

Total no. of Sixes – 260

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 (17)

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

Purple Cap – Sunil Narine (14) followed by Vinay Kumar (13)

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 6: Day 7- Kohli & Karthik steal the show…

April 9, 2013 at 11:52 pm (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2013, IPL 6) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Both the K’s stole the day as they won their teams handsomely and made it look almost one sided.

To call it a revenge game within 2 days gap, both the teams met again this time in Bengaluru, This RCB was up to the challenge, even though Sun risers were able to register their highest score for this season, Kohli made it look so simple as RCB won the match with 14 balls to spare.

Royal Challengers Bangalore won the match by 7 Wickets with 14 balls to spare…

High scoring match which was eluding almost for 6 days now, has finally arrived in Mumbai, Thanks to Dinesh Karthik & Rohit Sharma made it they got the first 200+ score in the tournament. Delhi was never in the leather hunt, Warner tried his best with his second fifty plus score of the tournament. Still its too much to ask for…

Mumbai Indians won the match by 44 runs…

Interesting Stats IPL 6 Day 7:

– Cameron White Scored the 50th Six of this season IPL.

– Thisara Perara went past the 100 meter mark when he crashed Henriques ball over deep midwicket it went as long as 101 meters bettering David Warner’s 99 meters.

– Cameron White has also brought up 6th IPL Fifty.

– Cameron White scored the 200th Boundary of this season.

– 93* runs by Virat Kohli was also his personal best in IPL, he bettered 73 runs scored against Delhi last year.

– 21 runs conceded by Amit Mishra is the highest ever he has conceded in a T20 Game.

– Virat Kohli’s 93* also the highest score of this season, bettering his fellow team mate Chris Gayle’s 92*.

– 74 runs scored by both the teams (37 each) in two overs 16 & 17 is the highest ever scored in these overs.

– Before this match both Delhi & Mumbai have met 10 times and both share 5 wins each.

– No.of times a Match has been won, after winning toss and deciding to bat first – Just Once.

– Irfan Pathan Bowled the second Maiden of this Season.

Irfan Pathan has bowled 9 Maiden in IPL so far and now tied for top spot with Praveen Kumar who has also bowled 9 Maidens in IPL so far.

13 Wickets by Irfan Pathan is the highest by any team bowler against Mumbai Indians.

– 209/5 by Mumbai is the highest score for this season of IPL, bettering 165 runs by Rajasthan Royals score by a mile.

– Orange Cap has been shifted three times in a day, First Gayle had it, then Kohli followed it and even before he could wear it, Dinesh Karthik took it.

– 122 runs scored in the last 9 overs is the highest scored by Mumbai in any season.

– 2/49 is the second most expensive spell by Ashish Nehra.

– 86 runs scored by Dinesh karthik is also his personal best, bettering his previous 69 runs.

– 131 runs scored between Rohit Sharma & Dinesh Karthik is the highest for third wicket for Mumbai in any seasons, their previous best was 104 runs.

– 131 runs partnership is also the highest for any wicket for this season.

– Rohit Sharma scored the 16th IPL fifty and also the joins with Gambhir & Kallis for most No. of Fifties scored in IPL.

– Unmukt Chand scored his second golden duck of this season, after being dismissed in the very first game against KKR. Also he is the 16th Victim to be out in the very first ball of the innings.

– Dale Steyn bowled the fastest ball of this season clocking 152.48 KMPH bettering Shaun Tait’s 150.19 KMPH.

At the end of DAY 7 in IPL 6:

Total no. of Boundaries – 254

Total no. of Sixes – 74

Longest Six – 101 Meters by Thisara Perara (SRH)

Most no. of Fours – Dinesh Karthik (21)

Most no. of Sixes – Dinesh Karthik (7)

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

Most Dot Balls Bowled – Dale Steyn (36) followed by Harbhajan Singh (33)

Orange Cap – Dinesh Karthik (183) followed by Virat Kohli (163)

Purple Cap – Sunil Narine & Kevon Cooper (6)

Fairplay Award – Rajasthan Royals.


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

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

Hi all,

Another Double header Sunday…

Match 28:

Mumbai Indians Vs Kings XI Punjab

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

Match 28

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

Match 29:

Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Deccan Chargers

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

Match 29

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

Standings as on DAY 19:

Standings (3)

Interesting Facts as on Day 19:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

At the end of DAY 19:

No. of Catches dropped for the day – 5

Total no. of Boundaries – 696

Total no. of Sixes – 286

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

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

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

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

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


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IPL 5 – CRICKETAINMENT is back in Action…

April 4, 2012 at 7:14 pm (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2012, IPL 5) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Dear all,

IPL is back and so am I…

Those who read my blog, would know that I am a big IPL fan, and an ardent follower of Chennai Super Kings…

Eventhough I ll be travelling a lot, will try to update the blog whenever possible, with interesting stats and trivia’s.

So CRICKET weds ENTERTAINMENT to be start off IPL 2012, lets hope for a best season with good games. May the Best team win, If u ask me, let it be Chennai one more time to make it Hattrick.

Match 1:

Chennai Super Kings Vs Mumbai Indians

Super Heavy weight match to start the Tournament, Defending Champions will face Champions League Champions Mumbai Indians. At the toss New Captain Harbhajan Singh called it right to put Chennai into batting first, in a surprisingly new grass rolled over wicket in Chennai.

Chennai started off with a wrong foot, as they lost the first wicket to a nothing run, Faf du plessis was in the receiving end. Murali Vijay who is back into cricket after a Injury, found himself very difficult to inculcate and perished very soon. Raina and Bravo tried to stick the only useful partnership of the day, once both departed, its just time to press forward button and look at the end scorecard.

Coming to chase a very easy target in a T20 game, Mumbai was very much positive right from the start, As the New Mumbai Entrant Richard Levi, showed his class in this format, as he reached his fifty in 36 balls, with 3 hits over the fence. After he departed, Rohit Sharma followed him, and Chennai camp had something going, they made Sachin Retired hurt, but the target is pressure is eased off , so Mumbai played down safe to reach the target. And Finally Chennai’s Fortress MAC is conquered after a very long time.

Mumbai Indians won the game by 8 Wickets with 19 balls to spare. 

Interesting Facts as on Day 1:

Few First’s to start off…

First Toss – Harbhajan Singh – Decided to Bowl First

First Four – Murali Vijay (CSK) of Abu Nechim (MI)

First Six – Suresh Raina (CSK) with 79 meters  of Abu Nechim (MI)

First Wicket – Faf Du Plessis run out of Ambathi Rayudu.

First ball faced – Faf Du Plessis (CSK)

First Ball Bowled – Lasith Malinga (MI)

First Powerplay – 42/2 in 6 overs.

First Catch – Harbhajan Singh takes Murali Vijay’s Chip to Mid on.

First Runout – Faf Du Plessis gone for a direct hit from Ambathi Rayudu

First Fifty – Richard Levi (MI) scored his fifty in 36 balls

First Extras – Lasith Malinga (Wide)

–  First runs scored were a 3 runner, which is very rare phenomena in IPL, till today including all the seasons only 0.3% of runs scored in 3’s.

– MI have a better head to head result after winning this game, 5 to 4 out of 9 games played.

– Chennai didn’t score a boundary in their last 61 balls bowled. (After a boundary in 9.3 over CSK failed to get a boundary till they were all out in 19.5)

– Chennai Innings had only 6 boundaries and 1 six.

At the end of DAY 1:

No.of Catches dropped for the day – 0

Longest Six – Richard Levi – 85 Meters.

Total no. of Boundaries – 15

Total no. of Sixes – 6

Most no. of Fours – Richard Levi (6)

Most no. of Sixes – Richard Levi (3)

Orange Cap – Richard Levi (50) followed by Suresh Raina (36).

Purple Cap – K.Pollard (2)


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IPL 4: Play Off–2: RCB Vs MI…

May 28, 2011 at 7:42 pm (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2011, IPL 4) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Match 73: Play off – 2:
Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Mumbai Indians

       After losing the first chance to be in the finals, New format gave RCB a one more shot at the cherry to be in the finals, after Mumbai winning over the KKR, they are set to face RCB to be in Finals against Chennai Super Kings.

Sachin won the toss and wanted to field first, on a pitch which looked to favour more for batsmen than the bowlers. Seemed a bad choice and one man who decimated throughout the tournament and a nemesis for bowlers CHRIS GAYLE, turned hot once again. GAYLESTROM struck the Chepauk and  Mumbai, Hopeless Mumbai dropped the chances came their way to add salt in wound. Gayle and Agarwal went on to add 113 runs for the first wicket in just 10.4 overs and finally Mumbai Indians held a catch to send Agarwal on the way back on 41 runs. Gayle smashed few more volley’s before getting out to 89 runs. RCB failed to accelerate once Gayle was dismissed, as they scored just 37 runs in 32 balls, which gave Mumbai a slight hope to come and chase 185 runs scored by RCB.

Sachin came out in the field with a job in his hands to do, along with Blizzard, But Blizzard failed to give the start which he gave in the last game as MI lost their first wicket for just 23 runs on the board, Promoted Harbhajan formula didn’t work on this day as he too went for 13 runs, and after sometime its Skipper Tendulkar who was also forced to depart just before the 8th over. From then on RCB started rocking the boat and one by one fell down as the time passed on. None seems to threaten RCB at any moment, Finally its RCB all the way as MI finished their IPL 2011 with 142/8 in 20 overs. RCB winning the match by 43 runs…


Match 73 Scorecard:
RCB 185/4 in 20 overs.
Chris Gayle 89             M.Agarwal 41
M.Patel 2/27               K.Pollard 1/24
MI 142/8 in 20 overs.
S.Tendulkar 40         R.Sathish 18
D.Vettori 3/19        Syed Mohammed 2/25
Interesting facts as on DAY 49:

– Chris Gayle became the first player in any tournament to win 6 Man of the Match awards.

– RCB qualify for the finals for the second time in the IPL.

– Its second time in IPL, that South Indian teams will battle out for the title, previous time was in 2009, as Deccan’s faced Bangalore.

– Any one south team has been a part in the all the four finals of IPL so far, three times its extreme end of south, Men in Yellow.

– Chris Gayle scored his 3rd Fifty of this tournament, along with his 2 big Hundreds.

At the end of DAY 49:

No.of Catches Dropped for the day – 3

Total no.of Boundaries – 1898

Total no.of Sixes –622

Orange Cap – Chris Gayle (608) followed by Sachin Tendulkar (553)

Purple Cap – S.Malinga (28) followed by Munaf Patel (22)

Most Sixes – Chris Gayle (44) followed by MS Dhoni (21)

Most Fours – Sachin Tendulkar (67) followed by Chris Gayle (56)

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


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IPL 4: Eliminator – KKR Vs MI…

May 26, 2011 at 1:29 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2011, IPL 4) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Match 72: Eliminator:
Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Mumbai Indians

Hi Guys,

A battle of Do or Die for both teams, as the game is named as ELIMINATOR, some kind of wrestling game. Both the teams who played couple of days earlier, so they very know about each others. Sachin who won the toss felt its better to chase just like the old times. Munaf responded very briskly to his call, as he chipped in with quick wickets to put KKR 20/4 in 6 overs. Its time for Ten Doeschate and Yusuf Pathan to build the innings with out losing any more wickets, which meant pathan wasn’t himself, restricted himself in many occasions even when the ball is tossed up and width was given on offerings. After his departure, Shakib joined the Neterlandian and continued the journey, Finally with the fab knock form Ten Doeschate meant KKR 147/7 in their 20 overs.

Mumbai begin their chase to a cracker, as Blizzard went Bizarre to knock off the runs very quickly while he was dismissed for a well made half century, Mumbai were 81. in just 8 overs, needed less than 6 runs an over to chase, but all of a sudden wickets tumbled and panic button was pressed in MI camp. KKR tried as much with Lee and Shakib to cash in the opportunity given by MI’s. But its once again James Franklin who kept himself so cool, held his nerves till the very end, until Bhajji smacked the ball over mid wicket for SIX in the last over with 4 balls to spare, along with 4 wickets. Its Mumbai who will go to Chennai to face RCB in the qualifier and also Mumbai Indians are through to the Champions League, along with RCB and Champions Chennai Super Kings. (Same three teams qualified for Champions league last year too)

match 72a

Interesting facts as on DAY 47:

– Sachin Tendulkar is third in the highest run getter’s list with 513 runs.

– Both Ryan Ten Doeschate and Andy Blizzard scored their Maiden IPL fifty.

– Mumbai Indians qualify for the Champions league 2 years in a row just like the other two teams who have already qualified for Champions League.

At the end of DAY 47:

No.of Catches Dropped for the day – 0

Total no.of Boundaries – 1872

Total no.of Sixes –610

Orange Cap – Chris Gayle (519) followed by Virat Kohli (514)

Purple Cap – S.Malinga (28) followed by Munaf Patel (20)

Most Sixes – Chris Gayle (39) followed by MS Dhoni (21)

Most Fours – Sachin Tendulkar (60) followed by Paul Valthaty (55)

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


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IPL 4: DAY 45 Review…

May 23, 2011 at 12:35 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2011, IPL 4) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi Guys,

Final day in IPL 4 for the league matches, as top four teams clash on an important day to decided their places in the top 4.

Match 69, Chennai taking on RCB, whoever wins this game will take the top position without any chaos, over the result of the next match happening later in the day. Vettori won the toss and decided to field first, As expected tinge of green in the pitch did its job to seem and spin the ball in the beginning, which Chennai didn’t tackle for, so they lost 4 quick wickets for 22. Later two wicketkeeper batsmen joined in rescuing the Chennai, Apart from Saha, none seems to help Dhoni as he waged the lone battle to score his best score in the IPL. As CSK finished with 128/8 in 20 overs. RCB had one man to do the mission always, It’s Gayle and it is just him, with his unbeaten 75* he sealed the game for RCB. RCB will be hoping for someone to click other than Gayle, because we all know what happened against KXIP when he was dismissed for a duck. How ever RCB won this game with 8 wickets and 12 balls to spare and top the league chart with 19 points.

Match 70, After a loss for CSK, KKR will fancy their chances a lot to enter into the 2nd place with the win. Rather MI’s will like to finish the game on the high note. Sachin won the toss and decided to field first,  We didn’t see Kallis at his best for long time, it was his day as he went on to score his 14th IPL fifty, along with Manoj Tiwary and Yusuf Pathan, KKR went to score 175/7 in 20 overs. Mumbai lost Suman early, which made Harbhajan to come in at no.3, Surprise move, but was effective for the day as he built a solid partnership with Sachin to put Mumbai back on track, but after his dismissal, MI’s lost their way to Rajat Bhatia’s slow cutters, It looked almost over when Mumbai needed 21 of the last over, But Destiny isn’t what u say or u decide, Two streaky edges went to boundary, leaving 13 needed of 4, two more came with two good shots, as MI needed 5 of 2. Franklin scored a single after four boundaries, last ball came and Rayudu faced to create a Javed Miandad’s moment to win the game with the SIXXXXX of mid wicket. And yes, Mumbai won the match by 5 wickets. Wow… This is why u need IPL…

For me, Match 1 and Match 70 were the best Match 1 started with 2 runs victory for CSK and Match 70 ended with a SIX to win for MI… Both the times Kolkata being in the receiving end unfortunately.

Standings as on DAY 45: – Teams positions at the end of league matches:


Few Important Stats to note:


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Interesting facts as on DAY 45:

– Gayle becomes the second batsmen after Shaun Marsh to break into 500 runs mark; he is now with 511 runs and the owner of Orange Cap.

– Sachin became the fifth player to score 50 or more boundaries in this season of IPL.

– This is second win for the Mumbai to finish in the last ball of the match pervious was with Rajasthan Royals when they were chasing 120. Along with this only team to win the games in the last ball of the match was them alone.

– 23 runs chased in the last over is the highest ever scored while chasing to win the match for this season.

– This is 11th 8 wicket win happening in IPL this season so far, highest ever in any season.

– Dhoni’s 70* runs is his personal highest, bettering 66 runs against Kolkata in IPL so far, this is also his second fifty in this tournament.

– Badrinath scored his first duck for the season, he also became the first player to score duck after playing 10 deliveries, highest ever by any player in IPL so far.

At the end of DAY 45:

No.of Catches Dropped for the day – 4

Total no.of Boundaries – 1812

Total no.of Sixes –587

Orange Cap – Chris Gayle (511) followed by Shaun Marsh (504)

Purple Cap – S.Malinga (27) followed by Amit Mishra (19)

Most Sixes – Chris Gayle (38) followed by MS Dhoni (20)

Most Fours –Paul Valthaty (55) followed by Sachin Tendulkar (54)

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


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IPL 4: DAY 43 Review…

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

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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 37 Review…

May 15, 2011 at 12:40 am (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2011, IPL 4) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi Guys,

Match 58, to fight for the top place, RCB took on KKR, Stand in captain Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to field first, KKR got off to a poor start by losing top three with score being just 30, it would have be disaster if Pathan was held when he was in 7. It went down and he took charge and started hitting the skies, but even before the ball came, rain came down and match was curtailed to 13 over per side. Which left KKR 89/4 in 13 overs, and corrected score was 102 to win in 13 overs. As usual another Gayle’s Knock which made things easier for RCB, 38 from 12 balls ended the match in the 3rd over and RCB just played the fiddle out to win the game by 4 wickets and 3 balls to spare.

Match 59, Another chance for Mumbai Indians to go up the table, with listless Deccan’s take them in Wankade Stadium. As Sangakarra won the toss and decided to Bat first, but got to a hopeless start as Michael Lumb lost his stumps to yet another Malinga’s spl. Apart from last over heroics from Amit Mishra, Deccan’s batting looked so much in ordinary, Spectacular last over got Deccan’s to 135/6 in 20 overs. Out of 10 times, Mumbai would have taken this score all the 10 times, It wasn’t the case, as wickets kept on falling for Mumbai and they went on for their consecutive batting failure, Top order failed miserably, with Sachin just scoring 37 off 42 balls. Later in the game, Pollard tried with few lusty hits, but its too much for him. Bottom tabled Deccan’s pulled a stunning victory over the favourites with 10 runs.

Standings as on DAY 37:


As of Now Teams for Semi’s:

1. Chennai Super Kings, 2. Mumbai Indians, 3. Kolkata Knight Riders and 4.Royal Challengers Bangalore

Cat on wall:

1. Rajasthan Royals, 2.Kochi Tuskers Kerala and 3.Kings XI Punjab.

Out of Contention:

1. Delhi Daredevils, 2, Pune Warriors, and 3. Deccan Chargers

Interesting facts as on DAY 37:

– With the six over long on, Gayle became the highest run scorer of this tournament overtaking Shewag. For all guys out there he did this in just 7 matches.

– 7 Matches winning streak is the highest by any team in IPL, Mumbai had the previous best of 6 wins consecutively.

– Out of 120 balls, Mumbai Indians played 60 dot balls, which is the highest ever by any team for this tournament.

– Bangalore won the match with 3 balls to spare, which has happened 4th time in this tournament.

– 3 players went past 400 runs today, Gayle, Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar in the respective order.

– With 9 catches Kieron Pollard is now tied with Kallis and Shewag for the hghest no.of catches taken in the tournament.

– Out of 7 matches Gayle played, He won Man of the match in four occasions.

– Amit Mishra scored 18 runs of 6 balls and he gave 18 runs in 4 overs and picked up 1 wicket, he did neutralise his runs.

At the end of DAY 37:

No.of Catches Dropped for the day – 4

Total no.of Boundaries – 1555

Total no.of Sixes –482

Orange Cap – Chris Gayle (436) followed by Virender Shewag (424)

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

Most Sixes – Chris Gayle (32) followed by Virender Shewag (18)

Most Fours – Virender Shewag (51) followed by Mike Hussey (48)

Longest Six – Albie Morkel (114 M & 109 M) followed by Chris Gayle (109 M)


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