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 4: DAY 22 Review…

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

Hi Guys,

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 4: Day 5 Review…

April 12, 2011 at 11:46 pm (Cricket, IPL, IPL 2011, IPL 4) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Hi Guys,

Its a Double Header..

Match 7:
Rajasthan Royals Vs Delhi Daredevils

Warne’s inspired Royals back from the winning their opening game, and on the contrary Shewag who took over from Gambhir having lost pathetically to Mumbai, Needs a rejuvenation to pull back their strings. Shewag won the toss and decided to bat first, and once again top order of Delhi failed to help them through as Shewag departed for a boundary, and followed few poor shots to leave Delhi dragging at 36/4. Later Venugopal Rao and David Warner started building the innings with necessary impetus. Late Assault got Delhi to 151 in 20 overs. Apart from death overs, Royals bowled with everything, Capt Warne did get more younger and his balls turned from east to west, and Tait bowled with deadly pace and accuracy.

DD 151/6 in 20 overs.
D.Warner 54      Venugopal Rao 60
S.Warne  2/17       S.Tait 2/40
RR 152/4 in 18.3 overs.
J.Botha 39*         R.Dravid 38
M.Morkel 1/11      I.Pathan 1/32


Dravid came out to open the innings along with Paunikar, right from the start dravid looked so fluent with his shots, but its not de same for the other end guy who pershied to a full in swinging delivery from Ashok Dinda. Johan Botha who was promoted to No.3 last game retained the position and came in support with Dravid, After few scintillating shots dravid departed after scoring 38 runs and having got off his team to a good start. Botha stood the stand and got them past along with Menaria’s Sixes, Rahane cameo and Taylor’s finishing touch. Bowling looked very much ordinary apart from Morne Morkel none looked to trouble the batsmen. If Delhi had to win games, they have to bowl 200% better than today.

And once again Rajasthan proved its deadly to take them in their home ground… They are really the lions in their Den…  Which will now put them in the top of the league table…

Match 7:
Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Mumbai Indians

Both teams here have won their first game comfortably and will look to take early lead over the other. Sachin Won the toss and decided to field first, RCB got off to a Slinging Maliga’s yorker to lose the wicket of the very first ball. Kohli departed after couple of lucky drives, De villers and Dilshan started to play so called constructive innings which in the end termed fatal. Both scored very much sedately as in the end they fail to accelerate the scores against the slinging Yorkers of Malinga. Finally ended the innings with 140/4 in 20 overs, and Dilshan batted thru the full innings with just scoring 59 runs off 52 deliveries.  Bowling was too good, Malinga, Munaf, Pollard and Bhajji all stuck to the straight lines and gave very little to swing. Which kept RCB in the bay all the time.

RCB 140/4 in 20 overs.
T.Dilshan 59*      Ab De Villers 38
L.Malinga  2/32       K.Pollard 2/25
RR 143/1 in 18.3 overs.
Sachin 55*         A.Rayudu 63*
D.Nannes 1/0      D.Vettori 0/18


Needing 141 to win, Mumbai looked to splash thru the early overs with Davy Jacobs which really seemed to work in their favour as it was bit difficult in the middle for Mumbai to score runs, Still can’t say much bcos RCB had nothing to stop both Sachin and Rayudu marching towards victory, Adding fuel to fury, Dirk Nannes who bowled a Wicket maiden went off the field with an injury. In the End half centuries from Rayudu and Skipper Sachin went past the winning runs with 9 balls to spare.

Standings as on DAY 5:


Interesting facts on DAY 5:

– Van der Merwe is also known as “Bull Dog”, bcos of two reasons, One he is so quick in de field and runs like Bull Dog, Two he has a Bull dog image tattooed in his back.

– Ashok Menaria (RR) scored the 50th Six of IPL 4.

– Shaun Tait’s 5th ball of the first over, Finch took the strike and it went past in a WHIZZZZZ… and it clocked 157.3 KMPH.

– 50/2 in 10 overs is the slowest ever 50 runs scored by RCB in all the 4 seasons.

– Sachin Tendulkar scored the 200th boundary of IPL 4.

– 110 runs partnership between Sachin & Ambathi Rayudu is the first 100 runs partnership of this season.

– Both the teams got off to the winning score today exactly in the 18.3 overs, with 9 balls to spare, isn’t it interesting..?

– Dilshan’s 50 off 49 balls is the slowest by any Delhi player, previous being Dinesh karthik scoring in 43 balls.

– Both Sachin & Johan Botha are yet get themselves out in this season, both went past 100 runs in this tournament.

– Malinga becomes the first bowler of this season to pick up the wicket of the very first delivery of the match, last season it was his fellow countryman Chaminda Vaas.

– Dirk Nannes Bowled the 3rd Maiden of this season.

– Another day both the matches played today ending in favour of team Batting second.

At the end of DAY 5:

No.of Catches Dropped for the day – 1

Total no.of Boundaries – 211

Total no.of Sixes – 60

Orange Cap – J.Kallis (107) followed by J.Botha (106)

Purple Cap – S.Malinga (7) followed by Shane Warne (4)

Most Sixes – AB De Villers (6) followed by D.Christian (4)

Most Fours – J.Kallis (14) followed by J.Botha (12)


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IPL 3: Big Finals – CSK Vs MI…

April 26, 2010 at 11:15 pm (IPL, IPL 3) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi guys,

Finally, its de D-Day in IPL season 3…

Match 60 Review:
Chennai Super Kings Vs Mumbai Indians

Its the Gr8 Finale for the third season of IPL,  Indian Captain taking on a man who is be in this business for couple of decades, None other than Sachin Tendulkar. Journey for Mumbai Indians is much better and easy as they are driven home always by Sachin. Few occasions he missed, Young Indians rose to occasion to make it much better. And here they are in the Finals of IPL season 3. To say abt Chennai it wasn’t the same as they were languishing in the bottom half of the table most of the times and their skipper got back them in nick of time to make into Semi’s, bowler helped them to make into finals. Some or the other here they are… Not to miss out the fact, CSK is the only team who qualified for semi’s in all the three seasons and once in a final…

Evening started with brilliant colors and Men in white AR Rahman emerged out of the crowd Singing “Chale Chalo” from Lagaan (Seems much apt song though), followed Bipasha Basu and Shahid Kapoor to bust a move, and again its Rahman who finished with his Trademark Jai Ho and Maa Tuje Saalam…

Mumbai crowd was Jam packed and had 60,000 ppl watching eagerly and supporting their teams, Mostly Mumbai Indians (Any one have doubt in it…?) Sachin finally announcing himself in the centre, eventhough injury hasn’t been cured, he is ready to play and took a brave move… Once again Dhoni won the Coin and decided to Bat first. Both teams went with the same squad which played in the semi’s.

Hayden walked out with Murali Vijay and Bhajji started the things for Mumbai, its very much visible that Haydos is been struggling for his form, he shouldered many balls which he could have atleast worked towards third man for a single, Which really out the pressure and Vijay, so as a subside, he scored runs in quick pace, few hits over the fences are so spl to watch. After putting the best first wicket partnership against Mumbai Indians, Murali decided to give away his wicket to Fernando and followed Hayden, this time Pollard being the benefiter. Raina was joined by Badri, He played few innovative shots before pulling one straight to third man. As he departed score was 67/3 in 11 overs. Dhoni certainly knows his team needs 160+ score to defend, so he started pushing hard, Raina joined him, But he lofted twice in mid air, which was (Turning Point) dropped by Feranando and Zaheer to give him the reprieve, which he capitalized on, he went on to score 57 from 35 balls. Dhoni stitched with him in a partnership of 72 runs, which really turned the match in favor of Yellow Jerseys… Bowling Both Fernando and Harbhajan was good… 

CSK 168/5 in 20 overs.

Raina 57*          M.Vijay 26
Fernando 2/23  Z.Khan1/34

MI 146/9 in 20 overs.

Sachin 48              Pollard 27
Muralitharan 1/17     S.Jakathi 2/26


Few poor overs and fielding costed Mumbai a lot and now their side will be chasing a score of 8.5 runs per over. In form Batsmen Sachin walked out Dhawan. Start couldn’t be better for Chennai, as Ashwin started with a Maiden first over. Both Ashwin and Bolinger tied up the run flow and kept Mumbai in the bay, Dhawan went for a 8 ball duck, Bolinger being the bowler. Abshiek Nayar joined alongside his Skipper, played a sensible knock, but he was lucky many a times as Chennai kept on missing their run out chances, Not before Skipper Dhoni pulled one of bull’s eye. As he departed to all surprise Harbhajan came into play (Some kind of a Pinch hitter r what…?) but his stayed was cut short by raina with a quicker one which wud have hit the middle and leg. Rayudu joined tendulkar, Run rate was creeping all time now, its almost 2 runs a ball. Jakathi was brought back by dhoni to bowl 15th over, which Sachin started off with a boundary, but very next ball, he just lofted one to Murali Vijay, who has Bucket hands, in which ball plunged. Jakathi struck again by removing Saurab Tiwary, provided by the brilliant catch from Suresh Raina. Even after 5th wicket down, we didn’t have the glimpse of Kieron Pollard, Duminy and Rayudu played out important few balls without much success, which real pulled run rate further up. Just when Duminy was just pulled before the ropes, Mumbai needed 55 from last 18 balls. (Too much for any1 – even for pollard). Record stands as 46 scored in last 3 is the best (scored by Dhoni against KXIP in Dharmasla), Dhoni turned to his best bowler Bollinger to bowl to Pollard, West Indian had one thing in mind, that is to repay the purse of Ambani’s, He went hard on Dougie to pick 22 runs in his over, which really turned the game upside down, Needing 33 from 12 with pollard in crease looked so easy. Albie morkel was called to bowl the penultimate over of his life, He bowled first two balls to Rayudu and gave just a single, In came pollard and blasted the 3rd to straight boundary, Next one picked a couple and 5th trying the same, where second not on, but Pollard wanted to be in strike ran back hard, in the end rayudu doing the good man job, sacrificing his wicket. After seeing 3 balls been hit straight, Dhoni got a mid off fielder right in the back of bowler, Very much straightest mid off, Not to leave, he also had the long off fielder unmoved. Morkel bowled the delivery outside off full, and Pollard trying to drive in up, fell straight into the hands of Hayden who was the straightest Mid off fielder. Both Morkel and Hayden made the mark for the day, and not to leave out Dhoni’s brilliant captaincy.  With Pollard back in hut needing 27 in last over, is in simple game Chennai. CHENNAI SUPER KINGS ARE THE CHAMPIONS OF THIS YEAR IPL 2010. Two times so close but not quite good enough to have the hand on the trophy, but this year its Chennai’s…

Interesting Facts in IPL 3 in DAY 45:

– This is the first time in IPL plays both the team without unchanged side from the previous game. (Surprising fact though…)

– With the first six of the innings Hayden went past 1400 T20 runs.

– 44 runs for the first wicket is the highest ever by CSK against MI.

– 50 in 9.1 overs is the slowest team fifty in an IPL final.

– Raina’s Fifty of 24 balls is the fastest in an IPL final.

– Raina scored is 9th IPL Fifty.

– 168 is the highest ever scored in an IPL final.

– Ashwin is the third bowler to bowl maiden in Finals (previous Makaya ntini and Ryan Harris)

– Ashwin also bowled the 13th Maiden of this season of IPL.

– Mumbai Indians are the only team have never been all out in this season of IPL.

– Sachin is the highest runs scorer in a season in IPL history so far with 618 runs he went past 616 by Shaun Marsh in IPL season 1.

– All players who picked the purple cap are left handers.(Sohail Tanvir – IPL 1, RP singh – IPL 2 and P.Ojha – IPL 3).

At the end of DAY 45:

Total no.of Boundaries – 1708
Total no.of Sixes – 585

Orange Cap – Sachin Tendulkar (618) followed by J.Kallis (572) and S.Raina(520).
Purple Cap – Pragyan Ojha(21) followed by Amit Mishra, Kumble and Harbhajan at 17.

Most Sixes – Robin Uthappa (27) followed by Murali Vijay (26).
Most Fours – Sachin Tendulkar(86) followed by J.Kallis (67).


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IPL 3: Day 37 Review…

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

Hi guys,

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

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

Match 52 Review:

Mumbai Indians Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

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

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

MI 191/4 in 20 overs.

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

RCB 134/9 in 20 overs.

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


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

Match 53 Review:

Rajasthan Royals Vs Kolkata Knight Riders

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

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

RR 132/9 in 20 overs.

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

KKR 133/8 in 16.1 overs.

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


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

Standings as on IPL 3 in DAY 37:

Interesting Facts on IPL 3 in Day 37:

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

– Ganguly scored his seventh IPL fifty.

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

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

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

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

At the end of DAY 37:

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

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

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

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IPL 3: Day 26 Review…

April 7, 2010 at 2:04 am (IPL, IPL 3) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi guys,

Its Day 26 in IPL 3…

Match 37 Review:
Chennai Super Kings Vs Mumbai Indians

A must win game for Chennai and a win for Mumbai to take them to semi final berth. Its the battle between Teams with winning momentums… Both will look to better out each other. Coming to pitch, its the place where 469 runs are scored just 3 days back. So Dhoni winning the toss had no hesitation to Bat first. (Plus he has saved his bowlers from Chennai’s Hot and Humid condition bowling first and then coming back to bat).. Chennai left out injured Albie and got Thusara in… To get a batting all rounder, Chennai had to drop Murali and get Mike Hussey in… So Hussey gets his first of this IPL.. Mumbai had left Zaheer due to injury and got Abu Nazim as the replacement fast bowler.

Chennai proceeding started with Murali Driving McClaren over Mid off, but he wasn’t able to repeat the magic today, as he was plucked back when he tried to cut down Bhajji down to third man. Raina joined Big man to continue the things, Raina got his 50th six in IPL and perished in the same over when he did try to do the same. Dhoni and Mongoose came in at the same time, when u feel, something is gonna happen, nothing happed, as animal kept quite but Dhoni got the important boundaries. 14th over turned things round as both Skipper and hayden got out in the consecutive deliveries. Hayden had a strange innings of 35 runs from 31 balls. Badri and Hussey played out the rest of the overs without much fire power, as they got only 41 runs from last 5 overs. CSK would have felt they are short of 10 to 15 runs after a decent start. Mumbai bowlers as usual did the work, and fielding was pretty ordinary, (cant say these day as all teams drop one r two)…

CSK 165/4 in 20 overs.

M.Hayden 35        M.Dhoni 31
Pollard 2/27       Harbhajan 1/23

MI 141/9 in 20 overs.

Sachin 45             Harbhajan 33
R.Ashwin 2/22    Thusara 2/16


Mumbai will like to draw confidence from their previous match against CSK, where they chased down 180+ easily. Both Sachin and Thawan gave a solid start as they were 46/0 in 6 overs. Thawan chopped one into stumps the very first ball of Thusara to give Chennai their first break,  Chennai bowled three quiet overs in the middle to peck back Mumbai and run rate was closing nearer 9.  At Strategic time out, Sachin walkes off retired ill as he wasn’t able to cope up the dehydration. Plus he thought his batsmen could complete the job for the day… Scorecard read 62/1 in 9 overs.

A wicketless wicket came for Chennai at the right time and call it luck charm as Mumbai drastically lost the plot as they lost one wicket every over from then to lose themselves to 92/7 in 15 overs. In the space of 6 over Mumbai lost the whole middle order for 30 odd runs. Not to leave out some brilliant piece of catching and fielding by Chennai, (Seen after a very long time from Chennai). Sachin came back after brief rest but runrate was up to 15 per over and he couldn’t do much other than lofting one to long on to bring himself back to pavilion. Bhajji tried his hand out to score few sixes against bolinger, but wasn’t quite enough to match the req total. Finally Mumbai lost a game after a winning spree. Mumbai team today just looked like Indian team in the period of 90’s as ppl switch off their TV’s if sachin is out, same the case today. Sachin retired here for a change and rest all fell like pack of cards. Good all round show by Chennai to seal third in a row. Now the competition gets tighter for Top four…

Standings as on DAY 26:


Interesting Facts on IPL 3 in DAY 26:

– Raina cleared the ropes for the 50th time in IPL, Gilly and Yousuf Pathan other two to achieve this feat in IPL.

– Before this match, both the team’s average score was exaclty the same – 173.

– Before this match, Mumbai Indians had scored the maximum no.of fours and Chennai has scored maximum no.of Sixes.

– Penultimate over is the expensive one till now with an average of 9.94 runs, followed by last over 9.38.

– 18 extras conceded by Mumbai is their second worst for the season, infact they are the  toppers with 21 extras against KXIP.

– With two catches for the Day Murali Vijay has 6 catches in this season and joins 2nd in the list of Maximum catches. (List headed by Warner,Pathan and Raina with 7 each)

– Chennai Picked up six wicket in six overs (from 9 to 14 every over had a wicket).

At the end of DAY 26:

Total no.of Boundaries – 1098
Total no.of Sixes – 386

Orange Cap – J.Kallis (425) followed by Sachin Tendulkar (394) and Murali Vijay(314).
Purple Cap – Amit Mishra(14) followed Pragyan Ojha(13) and Muralitharan(12).

Most Sixes – Yusuf Pathan (21) followed by Murali Vijay (20).
Most Fours – Sachin Tendulkar (58) followed by J.Kallis (52).


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IPL 3: Day 24 Review…

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

Hi Guys,

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

Match 34 Review:
Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Kings XI Punjab

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

KKR 200/3 in 20 overs.

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

KXIP 204/2 in 18.2 overs.

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



Match 35 Review:
Delhi Daredevils Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

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

DD 184/5 in 20 overs.

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

RCB 147/9 in 20 overs.

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


Standings as on DAY 24:


Interesting Facts on IPL 3 in DAY 24:

– Gayle scored his 2nd IPL fifty

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

– Jayawardene scored his highest in T20 cricket.

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

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

– This is third time 200+ target is chased.

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

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

At the end of DAY 24:

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

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

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


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IPL 3: Day 19 Review…

March 31, 2010 at 12:21 am (IPL, IPL 3) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi guys,

Its Day 19 in IPL 3…

Match 27 Review:
Kings XI Punjab Vs Mumbai Indians

Two teams of total contrast to say, One team heads the points table and the other just languishing in the bottom of the table and really finding difficult to find back the form.  Sachin won the toss and decided to bowl first, With the formidable team to backup, he can merely ignore them.  Mahela being the new captain for KXIP, (Dont think Sangakarra was removed from the squad bcos of his performance) he is fined for the slow over rate, Remember last match he took 1.45 hours to bowl 20 overs. Another fact to add, Today, Sachin took almost the same hours to bowl…. So keep ur eyes open for a MI, May be without Sachin for the next match, r just some fine will do too….

Coming back to match, KXIP needed a better start than previous outings, But it wasn’t the case, as Zak removed Bopara cheaply for a single, Shaun Marsh back into team in place of Sangakarra(if u very well remember he is the orange cap winner in 2008), Shaun started the things of well, inspite of losing Bisla too cheaply, Stand in Skipper and Marsh did play really well, eventhough the boundaries are hard to come, both too risky singles and ran well between the wickets. But one too many in the end, ended their partnership with a bizarre runout. Out of form Yuvraj didnt make much impression either,  in between Shaun marsh scored his 6th IPL fifty,(first of this season in his very first game). Just when KXIP thought to accelerate, Slinger Malinga came to destroy their hope as he removed Pathan and Marsh in back to back deliveries. From then on wickets fell every over, and many didnt make trouble to scorecard, except Chawla who got KXIP to a score if 163 with few lus(c)ty blows… 🙂 Preity was quite contented with the score it seems…

KXIP 163/10 in 20 overs.

S.Marsh 57           P.Chawla 22
Malinga 4/22      Zaheer 3/34

MI 164/6 in 19.3 overs.

S.Dhawan 50    S.Tiwary 31
Bopara 3/31    Pathan 1/20


After a commendable bowling performance, Mumbai began well the chase, as Sachin became the highest run getter in IPL and now the proud owner of Orange Cap. (Seriously Orange doesn’t look cool with dark blue, Whatever), Just when he crossed Kallis, he was caught in long on and had to head back to pavilion, Pollard walked in at no.3 to all surprise,  Both Dhawan and pollard played out another 5 overs and scored the required run rate score, in the brief innings Pollard had a go at chwla, taking him for a four and six. Bopara came in to bowl and he did pick Dhawan who just completed his fifty. All of a sudden runs dried up and KXIP started feeling they are having the chance in the game, As Rayudu walked back to a soft dismissals followed Bravo, after a highest six(not longest)…  With 3 overs to go 31 to win, Tiwary and Satish sticked together and got the necessary runs and held their nerves, Eventhough Tiwary was out in the last ball of 19th over, Sathish kept himself cool and faced Brett lee and did score 6 runs which is necessary to take Mumabi Indians home (Thanks to sloppy fielding from KXIP), to the joy of Mukesh Ambani, whos jumping in the lobby. To mention eventhough KXIP got the necessary runs r either their Bowling was good, Fielding so poor, which has totally let their team down. Mumbai Indians won the match by 4 wickets and points table will have no reflections just other than the increased points for Mumbai Indians.

Standings as on Day 19 in IPL 3:


Interesting Facts on Day 19 IPL 3:

– Shaun Marsh scored his 6th IPL fifty.

– Again today, KXIP had 26 balls without boundary between 3 to 8 overs and they are now

tied with KKR for the same record.

– 15 out of 26 matches are won team batting first, and lst 4 games are won by team batting first.

– KXIP concede 8.62 runs per over, as u could expect worst in IPL 2010 by any team.

– MI just broke the record by having 32 balls without boundary, which will be the highest of this season now.

– 21 extras conceded by MI is the highest number of freebies offered by any team, KXIP held this record with 18 extras.

– After 19 days, Kallis’s Orange Cap has been taken by Sachin Tendulkar, he went past 310 of J.kallis.

– Malinga’s figure 4/22 is the second best of this IPL season, just failed to better his fellow countryman Angelo Matthews 4/19.

At the end of DAY 19:

Total no.of Boundaries – 798
Total no.of Sixes – 260

Orange Cap – Sachin Tendulkar (314) followed by J.Kallis (310) and Yusuf Pathan(250).
Purple Cap – M.Muralitharan (11) followed by S.Malinga (10) and Shaun Tait (9).

Most Sixes – Yusuf Pathan (19) followed by Hayden and Uthappa with 12 each.
Most Fours – Sachin Tendulkar (47) followed by J.Kallis (39)


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IPL 3: Day 17 Review…

March 29, 2010 at 1:16 am (IPL, IPL 3) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Hi guys,

Its a month end Sunday in march…. finally one day to spend in peace without mobile ringing all the time and me circling ppl all the time… In the end a day to relax and be free…

Its Day 17 in IPL 3… A Double header day… A good time pass too… Thought of going to movie Angadi theru, finally IPL spoiled the party….

Match 24 review:
Chennai Super Kings Vs Rajasthan Royals

Chennai desperately needing to win the match comes under tremendous pressure against a team which now has a full momentum by winning three in a row…

Dhoni luck ran out in winning the coins and he lost the toss today too, Warne decided to take strike first… To say Michael lumb gave RR a terrific start, he was out for 30, but he did his job as a opener in a T20 game.  Naman Ojha joined Fazal and batted out brilliantly with a solid platform things were very easy, that too with a depleted bowling effort from CSK, all are going in the royals way. In the beginning to second ten overs, Jakthi picked to quick wickets to bring back hope for CSK, i would say its late already, few lusty blows from Adam Voges, Ojha, and Pathan took them to a total of 177/8.  As usual none seemed to have killer blow in bowling, even Spin mastero Murali failed to pick one for the day… Jakati being the pick of the day with 2 wickets.

RR 177/8 in 20 overs.

N.Ojha 80     M.Lumb 30
Jakthi 2/30    A.Morkel 2/46

CSK 160/6 in 20 overs.

M.Vijay 42     Morkel 28
Tait 2/22    Y.Pathan 1/26


Again needing to win the game, CSK needed a good start but again it didnt happen as Hayden went for 19 with scorecard reading 24 after 4 overs. The very next over Murali Vijay showed some brilliance by scoring 24 runs, which means 50 in 5 overs…  Looked like CSK were back on track. Three quite overs in the middle put back the pressure and Murali vijay went to pavilion to pay for his casual attitude. Will call this the twist of the match. As raina also departed to a very good spinning delivery from Shane… End of 10 overs CSK were 80/3, needing 98 in the last 10.  Chennai lost the plot in the middle overs without any doubt, as they scored only 39 runs in 30 balls, with two best batsmen out in the crease. (Dhoni and Badrinath)… I didn’t know, why even badrinath didnt take chance to score run… Whatever, it was left too late and when Dhoni tried to accelerate he was Run out (i am sure Badrinath will get kicked in dressing room today) denting all the hope of Chennai fans.. (Mine too 😦 ) Morkel came in, all of a sudden he blasted 3 consecutive sixes to give a slim chance, but its all over in the next over as Tait sent back both Badrinath and Morkel back to pavilion. Cant blame them much too, req rate was killing them, None more just CSk played out the official deliveries and ended with 160/6 in 20 overs. Falling 17 runs short of the target….

With this loss, now curtains are closing out for CSK to make out for Semi’s.  With 7 games in hand they need to pull minimum of 6 and hope the rest loses and give way for them… Seems funny right…? Being Chennai fan will fancy tat too… 🙂 🙂

Match 25 review:
Deccan Chargers Vs Mumbai Indians

Deccan’s will look to snatch and stop Mumbai’s winning spree… Deccan’s got Kemar Roach today in place of Chaminda vaas. Mumbai just switched their keeper tare with Rayudu, and retained their winning squad…Raoch fired up his first over (to say i wasn’t impressed much) Sachin’s subliminal form continued and he scored runs with ease, along with Bravo in the other end.  Gilly had a good bowling change and got RP singh back into the attack and he did get 2 imp wickets in the very first over. Rayudu, Satish Bravo and Pollard played around sachin for brief moments and played a sedated part.  Sachin scored his fifty and caught out in the very next ball. At the end of 17 overs they are 120/7.. Any statiscian in the world would have said, MI will end up scoring max of 150 in 20 overs. But its all different as one man walked with turban, Bhajji sung bangra to Deccan’s bowling and they looked mere puppets in his hands, he went on to score 49* in just 18 balls. Which ended Mumbai Indians innings with a amazing score of 172/7 in 20 overs.


MI 172/7 in 20 overs.

Sachin 55      Harbhajan 49*
RP Singh 3/31   P.Ojha  2/24

DC 131/10 in 17.4 overs.

R.Sharma 45        Gibbs  27
Harbhajan  3/31     Malinga 3/12


After a terrific finish with Bat, Bhajji was given the ball to open the bowling for MI, (shud say a brilliant move by Sachin) and Oh boy, he is with golden arm today, stuck in the very second ball of the over and removed Dangerman Gillly for a duck.  After a small pause, gibbs got six back to back sixes of Zak’s over, but later did have the last laugh as he removed Gibbs of the same over.  Nothing more i can write abt Deccan’s batting as all came in and walked back just as a ritual. Even symonds didnt make much difference, once again its Rohit shrama who waged the lone battle for Deccan’s… Bowling for Mumbai was superp as Malinga, Zaheer and Bhaji picked 3 each and lone one went to pollard.

Overall a terrific job by Mumbai and all round performance by them…

Standings as on DAY 17:


Interesting Facts on DAY 17 in IPL 3:

– Albie Morkel became the first player to play 100 T20 games.

– RR have won 10 out of 11 games played in home.

– RR scored their 100 in 10.5 overs, which is fastest for them in this season.

– Naman Ojha scored his 3rd IPL fifty.

– Pathan scores a six every 9.4 balls he face… (Staggering fact)

– 80 is the best performance by ojha in IPL. Previous best being 72.

– CSK’s 58/1 in first 6 overs is their best performance of this season.

– 42 is the Highest for Murali Vijay in IPL.

– Warne now heads in conceding most no.of sixes, with 39 now, followed by Chawla with 37.

– RR never have lost a match, when scoring more than 150.

– Harbhajan just missed the opportunity to score the fastest 50.

At the end of DAY 17:

Total no.of Boundaries – 744
Total no.of Sixes – 245

Orange Cap – J.Kallis (310) followed by Sachin Tendulkar (303) and Yusuf Pathan(250).
Purple Cap – M.Muralitharan (11) followed by Shaun Tait (9)

Most Sixes – Yusuf Pathan (19) followed by Hayden and Uthappa with 12 each.
Most Fours – Sachin Tendulkar (45) followed by J.Kallis (39)


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IPL 3: Day 14 Review…

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

Hi guys,

Its Day 14 in IPL 3…

Match 20 Review:
Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Delhi Daredevils

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

DD 183/4 in 20 overs.

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

RCB 166/9 in 20 overs.

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


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

Match 21 Review:
Chennai Super Kings Vs Mumbai Indians

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

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

CSK 180/2 in 20 overs.

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

MI 184/5 in 19 overs.

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


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

Standings as on DAY 14:


Interesting Facts on DAY 14 in IPL 3:

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

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

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

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

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

– Raina scored his 6th IPL fifty.

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

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

– Badrinath scored his 4th IPL fifty.

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

– S.Dhawan scored his 5th IPL fifty.

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

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

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

– Tendulkar scored his 6th IPL fifty.

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

– 181 is the highest ever score chased by MI.

– Both MI and CSK gave 14 extras exactly…

At the end of DAY 14:

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

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


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