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The 2009 Indian Premier League season will be the second season of the Indian Premier League, established by the BCCI in 2007. The second edition is scheduled between April 10 and May 24, 2009. The format of the tournament would remain unchanged from the 2008 season format. The eight franchises will first play against one another in a league on home-and-away basis. The top four teams will then figure in the two semi-finals and a final. The number of international players allowed in any one squad was increased from 8 to 10 although the number allowed in any playing 11 remains at 4. Four new franchises will join the IPL in 2010-11.

2009 DLF Indian Premier League Final Group Standings

Team M W L NR RR Pts
Delhi Daredevils (V Sehwag) 14 10 4 0 +0.311 20
Chennai Super Kings (MS Dhoni) 14 8 5 1 +0.951 17
Bangalore Royal Challengers (K Pieterson) 14 8 6 0 -0.191 16
Deccan Chargers (Adam Gilchrist) 14 7 7 0 +0.203 14
Kings XI Punjab (Y Singh) 14 7 7 0 -0.483 14
Rajasthan Royals (S Warne) 14 6 7 1 -0.352 13
Mumbai Indians (S Tendulkar) 14 5 8 1 +0.297 11
Kolkata Knight Riders (B McCullam) 14 3 10 1 -0.789 7

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2nd IPL 2009 Finals - Deccan Chargers v Royal Challengers Bangalore

Two teams that were at the bottom of the points table in the first IPL season, the Deccan Chargers and the Royal Challengers Bangalore, will clash in the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2009) on Sunday at Johannesburg.

IPL 2009 Final: Deccan Chargers snatch IPL 2009 title in tense finish


Deccan Chargers beat Bangalore Royal Challengers by six runs in the final of the Indian Premier League at the Wanderers on Sunday.
Veteran Anil Kumble bowled four overs for 16 runs and four wickets, and kept Deccan Chargers in check at the Wanderers, but the Bangalore batsmen couldn't chase down the below-par total of 143 for 6 set by the Chargers.Bangalore needed 27 from the last two overs, and 14 from the last, but Robin Uthappa couldn't do much, except a lone sixer. A crestfallen Kumble was at the other end watching the match and the trophy slipping away with each ball.The Deccan Chargers franchise is owned by Deccan Chronicle. The media group acquired the franchise from IPL for $107 million on January 24, 2008. The match was followed by a spectacular closing ceremony, addressed by President Zuma of South Africa. Deccan Chargers: Adam Gilchrist (Captain), H Gibbs, TS Suman, Rohit Sharma, Andrew Symonds, Venugopal Rao, A Bilakhia, R Harris, P Ojha, Harmeet Singh, RP Singh

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble (Captain), Robin Uthappa, Praveen Kumar, Ross Taylor, Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher, Virat Kohli, Vinay Kumar, Manish Pandey, RD Merwe.
RCB v DC, Finals: Deccan Chargers 143 for 6 (Gibbs 53*, Symonds 33, Kumble 4-16) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 137 for 9 (RE van der Merwe 32, Ross Taylor 27, Ojha 3-28) by 6 runs

2nd Semi-Final - Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore

Last year's runners up Chennai Super Kings will take on their South Indian neighbour Bangalore Royal Challengers in the second semi for a spot in Sunday's final. Bangalore was a team that many had written off even before they started their campaign in South Africa, following their disastrous season in 2008.
However, Bangalore started out with a bang under their new skipper Kevin Pietersen by comprehensively defeating last year's champions Rajasthan Royals. Kevin Pietersen, the highest paid player in this year's IPL, couldn't find his form, and the team too looked out of sorts, losing four games in a row to find themselves at the back end of the table. It was when Anil Kumble took over the reins that Bangalore won 6 games out of 8, culminating with three wins in a row against the three other semi-finalists. Chennai and Bangalore have clashed twice this season with each side coming out on top once. Chennai completely demolished Bangalore in the first meeting by a whopping margin of 92 runs, but Bangalore came back in the second meeting by bundling out Chennai for 129, and winning with 2 wickets to spare.

Second Semi-Final: Royal Challengers thump Chennai by 6 wickets

Anil Kumble's bowlers restricted last year’s runners-up Super Kings to 146 for five in 20 overs and then 19-year-old Man of the Match Manish Pandey (48) and the veteran Rahul Dravid (44) played sensibly to put Royal Challengers in the finals, with seven balls to spare.
Bangalore, one of the worst teams in the inaugural IPL, and dubbed "The Test Team", will now face another side that struggled in the 2008 season, Deccan Chargers, in the final at the Wanderers. Chennai Super Kings: Matthew Hayden, Parthiv Patel, Lakshmipathy Balaji, MS Dhoni (Captain), Suresh Raina, Jacob Oram, Albie Morkel, Muttiah Muralitharan, Subramaniam Badrinath, Shadab Jakati, Manpreet Gony

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble (Captain), Robin Uthappa, Praveen Kumar, Ross Taylor, Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher, Virat Kohli, Vinay Kumar, Manish Pandey, RD Merwe.
RCB v CSK, Second Semi: Royal Challengers Bangalore 149 for 4 (Pandey 48, Dravid 44) beat Chennai Super Kings 146 for 5 (Parthiv 36, 2-38) by six wickets

1st Semi-Final - Delhi Daredevils v Deccan Chargers

After 56 incredibly entertaining matches, the semi-finals of the Indian Premier League (IPL) are about to start. Delhi Daredevils, under the leadership of Virendra Sehwag, who with 10 wins from their 14 games played are clear favourites for the title when they meet early leaders Deccan Chargers. Chargers went 4 games unbeaten to start their 2009 campaign, after finishing rock bottom in 2008.
AB De Villiers was the top scorer for Delhi Daredevils in the group stage, with 439 from 12 innings with a superb average of 54.9 and a strike rate of 131.4. For Deccan Chargers, Adam Gilchrist top scored with 410 from 14 innings at an average of 29.3 and a strike rate of 142.9. He hit 24 sixes and 44 fours in the group stages.The two times the teams met in the group stage, Delhi won both encounters. In their first encounter, Delhi won comfortably by 6 wickets with 8 balls to spare, after Deccan set them a target of 148/9. In the second match, Delhi set a target of 173, and Deccan fell short by 12 runs, after losing 7 wickets for 12 runs.
RP Singh (Deccan) and Ashish Nehra (Delhi) are the two leading wicket-takers in the tournament, with Nehra two behind RP Singh's 20.

First Semi-Final: Gilchrist blasts Chargers into the final

Chasing 153 set by Delhi, Deccan captain Adam Gilchrist blazed away, hitting the fastest IPL half century in 17 balls, to set up his team a comfortable victory. Dirk Nannes, one of the best bowlers of this IPL, was clobbered for five consecutive boundaries in the first over. Gilchrist fell for 85 from 35 balls one delivery before the strategic break, but the damage had been done by then. Deccan won with six wickets in hand and 16 balls to spare. They will meet the winners of the second Semi between Chennai and Bangalore. Delhi Daredevils: G Gambhir, DA Warner, V Sehwag (Captain), TM Dilshan, AB de Villiers, KD Karthik, R Bhatia, A Mishra, DP Nannes, P Sangwan, A Nehra.

Hyderabad (Deccan Chargers): AC Gilchrist (Captain), HH Gibbs, TS Suman, RG Sharma, A Symonds, Y Venugopal Rao, AA Bilakhia, RJ Harris, PP Ojha, Harmeet Singh, RP Singh.
DD v DC, First Semi: Deccan Chargers 154 for 4 (Gilchrist 85) beat Delhi Daredevils 153 for 8 (Dilshan 65, Sehwag 39, Harris 3-27) by six wickets

MI v RCB, Match 28: Kallis, Uthappa help Bangalore beat Mumbai

A superb unbroken stand between Jacques Kallis and Robin Uthappa led Bangalore Royal Challengers to a nine-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League clash on Sunday.
After winning the toss at the Wanderers and opting to bat, Mumbai recovered from a poor start to reach 149-4 and in reply, Bangalore made 150-1 with 11 balls to spare. Kallis got off to a cracking start after fellow opener Wassim Jaffer had fallen early on and although he slowed, still reached his half-century off 39 balls. Uthappa was even quicker, making his fifty off 36 deliveries.
The pair shared 126 runs for the second wicket with Kallis 69 not out from 59 balls, including five fours and two sixes. Uthappa was unbeaten on 66, having faced 42 deliveries in an innings that included eight fours and two sixes.
Bangalore seamer Dillon du Preez, who returned with 3-32, got his IPL debut off to a dream start, bagging three wickets before conceding a run.
MI v RCB, Match 28: Royal Challengers Bangalore 150-1 (20.0 ov) beat Mumbai Indians 149-4 (20.0 ov) by 9 wickets

KXP v KKR, Match 27: Jayawardene leads Punjab to last-over win

Mahela Jayawardene struck an unbeaten 52 to guide Kings XI Punjab to a nail-biting six-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League at Port Elizabeth on Sunday.
The Sri Lankan batsman hit seven fours in his 41-ball knock as Punjab surpassed Kolkata's competitive 153-3 in a last-ball finish at St. George's Park. Needing seven from the final over by Kolkata paceman Ajit Agarkar, Jayawardene hit a four while Irfan Pathan (19 not out) fetched the winning runs for Punjab.
The victory helped Punjab climb to the second position in the points table while the struggling Kolkata continued to languish at the bottom with their sixth defeat from eight matches. The Yuvraj Singh-led Punjab have now won four of their seven matches in this Twenty20 competition.
KXP v KKR, Match 27: Kings XI Punjab 154-4 (20.0 ov) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 153-3 (20.0 ov) by 6 wickets

CSK v DD, Match 26: Jakati leads Chennai to win over Delhi

Shadab Jakati took four wickets Saturday to help give the Chennai Super Kings an 18-run victory over the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League.
Jakati, a 28-year-old Indian left-arm spinner, varied his deliveries with devastating effect and allowed just 24 runs as Delhi were restricted to 145-8 in reply to Chennai's 163 all out. He struck with the key wickets of David Warner (51), Dinesh Karthik (52), Tillakaratne Dilshan (13) and Pradeep Sangwan for a duck.
Earlier, Subramaniam Badrinath top-scored with 45, Suresh Raina added 32 and Matthew Hayden had 30 to give Chennai a competitive score at the Wanderers.
CSK v DD, Match 26: Chennai Super Kings 163 (20.0 ov) beat Delhi Daredevils 145-8 (20.0 ov) by 18 runs

RR v DC, Match 25: Rajasthan Royals snatch thrilling win over Deccan Chargers

Rajasthan Royals staged a dramatic fightback to upset table-toppers Deccan Chargers by three wickets in their Indian Premier League match at Johannesburg on Saturday.
Defending a competitive 141-5, Deccan looked set for victory when they reduced Rajasthan to 3-3 in the second over but some sloppy efforts in the field saw the defending champions steal a sensational win with two balls to spare. It was only the second defeat for Deccan from six matches while Rajasthan registered their third win from seven outings to throw open the tournament.
Charismatic all-rounder Yusuf Pathan, tactically brought down to number eight in the batting order, once again did the trick, hitting 24 from 14 balls with two fours and two sixes. Pathan, named man of the match, came in with Rajasthan needing 49 from 35 balls but reduced the asking rate to a mere 11 from 12 balls.
RR v DC, Match 25: Rajasthan Royals 142-7 (19.4 ov) beat Deccan Chargers 141-5 (20.0 ov) by 3 wickets

RCB v KXP, Match 24: Bangalore Royal Challengers win a thriller

Roelof van der Merwe scored 35 runs and took two wickets Friday to steer the Bangalore Royal Challengers to an eight-run win over Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.
The South African allrounder hit three sixes and three boundaries to help Bangalore to 145-9, dominating a 44-run partnership with Praveen Kumar (nine not out) after Bangalore was in trouble at 84-6. Van der Merwe then took 2-22 off three overs as Punjab was held to 137-7 at Kingsmead.
Punjab needed 13 runs from the final over, but Kumar had Irfan Pathan caught on 12 by Virat Kohli off a full toss and bowled Piyush Chawla for three on the penultimate ball of the match. Kumar finished with 2-27, while captain Anil Kumble claimed 2-25.
Yuvraj Singh scored 50 for Punjab to add to his earlier hat trick to win the man-of-the-match award. Yuvraj hit three boundaries and four sixes in 34 balls, sharing an opening stand of 70 with Karan Goel (20 off 29 balls) before he was dismissed by Kumble attempting to sweep a full toss to be caught by Kallis at deep mid-wicket in the 10th over.
RCB v KXP, Match 24: Royal Challengers Bangalore 145-9 (20.0 ov) beat Kings XI Punjab 137-7 (20.0 ov) by 8 runs

MI v KKR, Match 23: Mumbai Indians beat Knight Riders by 9 runs

J.P. Duminy hit 52 not out and fast bowler Zaheer Khan took 3-31 Friday to steer the Mumbai Indians to a nine-run win over the last-place Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League.
Duminy smashed four sixes in 37 balls and helped lift Mumbai from 74-4 in the 12th over to 148-6 at Buffalo Park. Mumbai then restricted Kolkata to 139-6, with Khan bowling openers Sourav Ganguly and Chris Gayle in the first three overs.
The left-arm India seamer dismissed Ganguly for 0 on the fourth ball of the innings after the opener hit the ball onto his stumps. Gayle then bottom-edged a slower delivery from Khan 10 balls later, and Kolkata was 8-2. Kolkata recovered after a third-wicket partnership of 89 between Brad Hodge (73) and Morne van Wyk (32). Hodge blasted five fours and three sixes in 60 balls, while Van Wyk hit three boundaries in 35 balls.
Van Wyk was caught by Duminy in the deep off medium-pacer Graham Napier to leave Kolkata on 97-3 in the 15th over. Laxmi Shukla was bowled by Khan after missing a full toss 22 runs and three overs later. Hodge was dismissed in the 19th over, run out by Duminy's throw to wicketkeeper Pinal Shah.
Needing 19 runs in the final over, Brendon McCullum was caught in the deep by Lasith Malinga off Abhishek Nayar for 5 to end the chase.
MI v KKR, Match 23: Mumbai Indians 148-6 (20.0 ov) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 139-6 (20.0 ov) by 9 runs

RR v CSK, Match 22: Chennai beats Rajasthan by 38 runs

Suresh Raina hit a 55-ball 98 and Laxmi Balaji took 4-21 to lead the Chennai Super Kings over the Rajasthan Royals by 38 runs in the Indian Premier League on Thursday.
Raina cracked 10 boundaries and five sixes for Chennai to total 164-5. Rajasthan struggled and was all out for 126 in 19.3 overs. Kamran Khan did not bat after he was injured while fielding. Chennai's second win replaced Rajasthan in fifth place on the table. Man-of-the-match Raina said he hoped the win would bring Chennai's campaign back on track.
RR v CSK, Match 22: Chennai Super Kings 164-5 (20 ov) beat Rajasthan Royals 126 (19.3 ov) by 38 runs

DD v DC, Match 21: Dilshan stars for Daredevils

An unbeaten half-century from Tillakaratne Dilshan helped the Delhi Daredevils inflict a first Indian Premier League defeat of the season on the Deccan Chargers with a comfortable six-wicket victory in Pretoria.
The Sri Lanka batsman paced his innings superbly and was given good support from Dinesh Karthik (41) to help Delhi easily chase down their 149-run target with more than an over to spare.
Their performance came after Dirk Nannes and Ashish Nehra had earlier claimed two wickets apiece to restrict the table-topping Chargers, who had Dwayne Smith (48) to thank for helping them reach a competitive total.
DD v DC, Match 21: Delhi Daredevils 150-4 (18.4 ov) beat Deccan Chargers 148-9 (20.0 ov) by 6 wickets

MI v KXP, Match 20: Punjab edge low-scoring thriller

Kings XI Punjab handed Mumbai Indians their third defeat in five matches by defending a low total and eventually scoring a three-run win in a thrilling Indian Premier League match in Durban.
Kumar Sangakkara had helped himself to an unbeaten 45 (44 deliveries), showing superb temperament in the face of a strong bowling from the Indians as the Kings XI made a meagre 119 for eight, batting first.
Jean-Paul Duminy had kept Mumbai in the hunt with a superbly crafted 59, but his departure in the final over, bowled by Yusuf Abdulla, helped Kings XI run out winners.
MI v KXP, Match 20: Kings XI Punjab 119-8 (20.0 ov) beat Mumbai Indians 116-7 (20.0 ov) by 3 runs

KKR v RCB, Match 19: Bangalore clinch last-over thriller

Mark Boucher hit an unbeaten 25 off 13 balls as Bangalore Royal Challengers posted an exciting five-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League at Durban on Wednesday.
Kevin Pietersen's Bangalore needed 10 in the last over to achieve a 140-run target before Boucher smashed spinner Chris Gayle's penultimate delivery for a winning four to help his team register the second victory in six matches. Kolkata have so far won only one of their six games.
Teenager Shreevats Goswami also played a big role in Bangalore's victory, top-scoring with 43. The 19-year-old opener hit six fours in his 46-ball knock. Australian spinner Brad Hodge put pressure on Bangalore with three wickets, but South African wicket-keeper Boucher batted sensibly in the crucial last over to steer his team home. He was named man of the match.
KKR v RCB, Match 19: Royal Challengers Bangalore 143-5 (19.5 ov) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 139-6 (20.0 ov) by 5 wickets

DD v RR, Match 18: Undefeated Pathan powers Rajasthan to IPL victory

Yusuf Pathan clobbered an unbeaten half-century as the Rajasthan Royals got their stuttering campaign back on course by defeating the Delhi Daredevils by five wickets in an Indian Premier League fixture at the Centurion.
AB de Villiers' half-century was the highlight off a relatively unspectacular Daredevils batting card, his knock helping Virender Sehwag's side finish with an unflattering 143 for seven. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra then kept the Daredevils in with a chance as he wrecked the Royals' middle-order with three quick wickets, the Royals crashing to 64 for five, but Smith played a steady hand and Yusuf's whirlwind knock eventually turned the game the Royals' way.
Rajasthan needed 48 off the last five overs, but fluent batting from Smith (unbeaten on 44) and Pathan (62 from 30 deliveries) kept the run rate from burgeoning. Yusuf then clobbered Mishra for a six and a four off consecutive deliveries in the leg-spinner's final over - in which he conceded 18 runs - as the Royals were left needing less than a run a ball from the last three overs.
Yusuf eventually finished off the game with a boundary, helping his side over the line with 1.3 overs to spare.
DD v RR, Match 18: Rajasthan Royals 147-5 (18.3 ov) beat Delhi Daredevils 143-7 (20 ov) by 5 wickets

KKR v MI, Match 17: Tendulkar, Jayasuriya win it for Mumbai

Senior pros Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya produced vintage strokeplay to give Mumbai Indians a key victory in the Indian Premier League on Monday.
The ageing duo hammered 127 for the first wicket from just 12.2 overs as Mumbai scored 187-6 in 20 overs after electing to take first strike and then bowled out Kolkata Knight Riders for 95 in 15.2 overs. The massive 92-run victory took Mumbai's tally to five points from four matches, putting them in third place behind leaders Deccan Chargers (eight points) and Delhi Daredevils (six).
Tendulkar, the world's leading Test and one-day batsman who has voluntarily opted out of India's Twenty20 squad, smashed a brilliant 68 off 45 balls.
Jayasuriya, who turns 40 in June, hammered 52 off 32 balls with two fours and four sixes as the veterans turned the clock back in a breathtaking display of attacking batting. Kolkata's chase faltered early when skipper Brendon McCullum was dismissed by Lasith Malinga in the second over and West Indian captain Chris Gayle fell to team-mate Dwayne Bravo in the third.
Brad Hodge (24) and Sourav Ganguly (34) were the chief contributors to Kolkata's meagre total as Lasith Malinga and Abhishek Nayar scalped three wickets each.
KKR v MI, Match 17: Mumbai Indians 187-6 (20.0 ov) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 95 (15.2 ov) by 92 runs

CSK v DC, Match 16: Gibbs powers Deccan to fourth straight win

Herschelle Gibbs turned the praise on to captain Adam Gilchrist after hitting an unbeaten 69 to see the unbeaten Deccan Chargers to a six-wicket victory over the Chennai Super Kings.
While Gibbs carried his bat and smashed the final-over six that effectively settled the contest, he put the focus on Gilchrist's 44 off 19 balls as the contribution that set up Deccan for victory.
Gilchrist himself looked at the whole team effort, not least the bowlers who restricted Chennai to 165 for six after a strong start of their own.
CSK v DC, Match 16: Deccan Chargers 169-4 (19.3 ov) beat Chennai Super Kings 165-6 (20.0 ov) by 6 wickets

RR v KXP, Match 15: Kings XI Punjab beat Rajasthan Royals by 27 runs

Kumar Sangakkara hit a half-century to help set the Kings XI Punjab on their way to a 27-run victory over the Rajasthan Royals in Cape Town on Sunday.
The Sri Lanka star was the key man notching up a patient 60 as his side set the defending Indian Premier League champions 140 for victory.
In response, the Royals never got going with Yusuf Abdullah taking three wickets to help restrict the opposition to 112 for seven, despite a valiant attempt from Ravindra Jadeja (37) and Shane Warne (34 not out).
RR v KXP, Match 15: Kings XI Punjab 139-6 (20 ov) beat Rajasthan Royals 112-7 (20.0 ov) by 27 runs

DD v RCB, Match 14: Delhi Daredevils beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 wickets

Tillakaratne Dilshan smashed a quickfire half-century to power Delhi Daredevils to a six-wicket win over Bangalore Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League on Sunday.
The Sri Lankan cracked two sixes and five fours in his 47-ball 67 not out as Delhi achieved a 150-run target with four balls to spare for their third win in as many matches. Kevin Pietersen-led Bangalore have so far posted just one victory in five matches.
Dilshan steadied the innings after the early dismissals of openers Virender Sehwag (seven) and Gautam Gambhir (16). He put on 44 for the unfinished fifth wicket off just 22 balls with Mithun Manhas (23 not out). The Sri Lankan reached his second half-century of the tournament in style, hoisting South African Jacques Kallis for a six.
AB de Villiers was the other notable contributor for Delhi with 21. Bangalore's chances of setting a stiff target receded when well-set Pietersen (37) was bowled attempting a switch-hit off New Zealand left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori in the 10th over.
Pietersen, who smashed two sixes in his 25-ball knock, put on 62 for the third wicket with New Zealander Ross Taylor (31) after openers Kallis and Robin Uthappa were dismissed in the opening two overs. South African wicket-keeper Mark Boucher hit two sixes in his 28-ball 36 and added 61 for the fifth wicket with Indian Virat Kohli (22).
DD v RCB, Match 14: Delhi Daredevils 153-4 (19.2 ov) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 149-7 (20 ov) by 6 wickets

KKR v CSK, Match 13: Rain washes out Kolkata-Chennai match

Steady rain caused the abandonment of the Indian Premier League match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders without a ball bowled at Newlands.
It was the second match to be washed out in eight days during the tournament which was switched at short notice from India to South Africa. Rain fell throughout most of the day and it never seemed likely that play would get under way.
But players and a handful of spectators were kept waiting for two hours 45 minutes after the scheduled start before the umpires decided that it would not be possible to play even the minimum number of five overs a side.
KKR v CSK, Match 13: Match called off due to rain

DC v MI, Match 12: Deccan hero Ojha puts Mumbai in a spin

A spinning masterclass from Pragyan Ojha and disciplined back-up from Venugopal Rao ensured Deccan Chargers consolidated their position at the top of the Indian Premier League (IPL) table with a 12-run victory over Mumbai Indians at Durban on Saturday.
Chasing 169, Mumbai looked destined for victory when they entered the final 10 overs of their innings needing 85 to win with nine wickets in hand and star batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and JP Duminy at the crease. But Ojha's 3-21 swung the match as he had Tendulkar caught at short extra cover by Herschelle Gibbs for 36, then removed Shikhar Dhawan and Duminy (47) in consecutive overs.
Fellow spinner Rao squeezed the batsmen at the other end, allowing just 21 runs from his first three overs as Mumbai managed a meagre 24 runs in the five overs after the 'strategy break'. Dwayne Bravo and Harbhajan Singh led spirited resistance, but when Fidel Edwards removed fellow West Indian Bravo for 21, Mumbai's fate was sealed and they ended their innings on 156-7.
An opening stand of 63 between Adam Gilchrist and Gibbs set Chargers up for a big total after they won the toss and elected to bat under sunny Kingsmead skies. Even after Gilchrist had fallen for 35 to the bowling of Bravo, Gibbs continued the assault on Mumbai's bowlers with Dwayne Smith as Deccan reached 124-1 in the 13th over.
But when Smith was bowled by Sanath Jayasuriya for 35, his dismissal instigated a collapse and none of the batsmen who followed reached double figures. Top scorer Gibbs was run out for a feisty 58 as Deccan made 168-8 in 20 overs.
DC v MI, Match 12: Deccan Chargers 168-9 (20.0 ov) beat Mumbai Indians 156-7 (20.0 ov) by 12 runs

KXP v RCB, Match 11: Bopara guides Punjab to first victory

Ravi Bopara smashed 84 off 59 balls Friday to lead Kings XI Punjab to a seven-wicket win over Bangalore Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League.
After Bangalore won the toss and elected to bat to total 168-9, Punjab reached 173-3 with an over to spare with Bopara putting on stands of 52 with Karan Goel (19), 40 with Kumar Sangakkara (26) and 66 with captain Yuvraj Singh (30 not out) at Kingsmead. Bopara hit five sixes and four boundaries to steer Punjab its first win in the IPL, hitting 49 runs from overs 15, 16 and 17.
Earlier, left-arm seamers Yusuf Abdulla (4-31) and Irfan Pathan (3-35) helped restrict Bangalore. Jacques Kallis scored 62, while Ross Taylor collected 35 and Jesse Ryder 32. Kallis smashed five boundaries and two sixes in 46 balls and shared in a 61-run stand with Taylor. Abdulla dismissed Ryder, Pietersen two deliveries later for 0, Kallis and Taylor.
Pathan got out Robin Uthappa in the first over for 0, then bagged the wickets of Praveen Kumar for 13 and Pankaj Singh for 0.
KXP v RCB, Match 11: Kings XI Punjab 173-3 (19 ov) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 168-9 (20.0 ov) by 7 wickets

RR v KKR, Match 10: Rajastan Royals beat Knight Riders in super over

Newlands Stadium witnessed intense drama as Rajasthan Royals pipped Kolkata Knight Riders via 'Super Over' in an edge-of-the-seat thriller in the Indian Premier League at Cape Town.
Put into bat, Rajasthan Royals had earlier managed 150 for six, a total they owed largely to Yusuf Pathan (42) even though it was Abhishek Raut (21 not out) who provided the late charge for them. Chasing a victory target of 151, Chris Gayle (41) sizzled at the top while Sourav Ganguly (46) too shone as the Knight Riders managed exactly 150 for eight in their allotted 20 overs.
In the 'Super Over', Knight Riders managed 15 runs off Kamran Khan's over with Chris Gayle scoring 13 off it before being dismissed in the final ball. In reply, Rajasthan Royals scored 18 off Ajantha Mendis' first four balls with Yusuf Pathan hitting 6,2,6 and 4 to seal the win.
RR v KKR, Match 10: Rajasthan Royals 150-6 (20 ov) & 20-0 (Super Over) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 150-8 (20 ov) & 15-1 (Super Over) in super over

DD v CSK, Match 9: De Villiers ton gives Daredevils thrilling IPL win

AB de Villiers won the battle of the master blasters against Matthew Hayden on Thursday to give Delhi Daredevils a nine-run win over Chennai Super Kings in an Indian Premier League thriller.
South African De Villiers rode his luck to finish unbeaten on 105 as Delhi made 189-5 in their 20 overs and Australian Hayden hit 57 as he triggered a heroic run chase that ended at 180-9 after a late collapse at Kingsmead.
Victory maintained the 100 percent record of Delhi while Chennai suffered their second loss in three matches in a tournament switched to South Africa because a clash with Indian general elections created security concerns.
Hayden made a quickfire 57 in a reply that was on track until former England skipper Andrew Flintoff was caught by substitute David Warner to leave Chennai on 156-5 and two last-over run-outs settled the outcome.
DD v CSK, Match 9: Delhi Daredevils 189-5 (20 ov) beat Chennai Super Kings 180-9 (20 ov) by 9 runs

RCB v DC, Match 8: Deccan Chargers beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 24 runs

A man-of-the-match performance from captain Adam Gilchrist guided the Deccan Chargers to a 24-run win over the Bangalore Royal Challengers in an Indian Premier League match at Newlands on Wednesday.
Deccan, after winning the toss and opting to bat, scored 184-6 off of its 20 overs. Gilchrist, opening the batting, struck a blistering 71 runs off just 45 balls - including six fours and five sixes. Rohit Sharma was the next highest scorer for Deccan, scoring 52 off 30, also belting five sixes.
In reply, Bangalore made a valiant effort after losing its first three wickets for just 38 runs, but finished on 160-8. Scott Styris was the pick of the bowlers, claiming 3-32 off his four overs for Deccan, while R.P. Singh took 2-17.
Earlier, Bangalore captain Kevin Pietersen made an impression with the ball, taking 2-31, but had another disappointing performance with the bat, stumped off the bowling of Pragyan Ojha by Gilchrist for just 11 runs. Virat Kohli led Bangalore with 50 off 32 deliveries, closely followed by Rahul Dravid's 48 off 27.
RCB v DC, Match 8: Deccan Chargers 184-6 (20 ov) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 160-8 (20 ov) by 24 runs

MI v RR, Match 7: Match called off due to rain

Intermittent rain forced the IPL match between Mumbai Indians and defending champions Rajasthan Royals to be called off without a single bowl being bowled at Kingsmead.
Both the teams were awarded a point each and with it Mumbai Indians have moved at the top of the table with three points from two matches.
MI v RR, Match 7: Match called off due to rain

KKR v KXP, Match 6: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Kings XI Punjab by 11 runs

Chris Gayle played a belligerent innings as the Kolkata Knight Riders secured an 11-run win on the Duckworth/Lewis method over Kings XI Punjab in a rain-affected Indian Premier League match at Kingsmead.
Gayle, dropped on two and again on 32, briefly dispersed gloomy weather conditions with an unbeaten 44 off only 26 deliveries before rain had the final say. The Kings XI had made 158 for six and Kolkata had reached 79 for one in 9.2 overs when their innings ended prematurely.
Gayle was dropped on two by Tarun Goel off Yusuf Abdulla in only the second over and again by wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara off Piyush Chawla when on 32. By the time the rain came down, Gayle had smashed four sixes and two boundaries while putting on 57 for the opening wicket with skipper Brendon McCullum (21).
KKR v KXP, Match 6: Kolkata Knight Riders 79-1 (9.2 ov) beat Kings XI Punjab 158-6 (20.0 ov) by 11 runs (D/L)

CSK v RCB, Match 5: Massive win for Chennai Super Kings

Matthew Hayden hit 65 off 35 balls and man-of-the-match Muttiah Muralitharan claimed 3-11 on Monday to lead the Chennai Super Kings to a 92-run victory over the Bangalore Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League.
Set a daunting target of 180, Bangalore slumped to 87 all out after Hayden's aggressive stroke play - which included nine fours and two sixes - put Chennai in charge. Bowling beautifully on a turning pitch, the Sri Lankan spin master had Robin Uthappa (20) stumped by wicketkeeper Dhoni, trapped Bangalore captain Kevin Pietersen leg before for a first-ball duck and had Rajesh Bishnoi (0) caught by Lakshmipathy Balaji.
Bangalore had struggled from the onset as they sought to chase the highest score so far in the tournament and lost their first wicket in the very first over as Praveen Kumar (0) - who opened both the bowling and batting for Bangalore - was bowled by Manpreet Gony. Jacques Kallis took advantage of some wayward bowling by the Chennai seamers to give a semblance of respectability to Bangalore's innings, hitting five fours on his way to his 24, before being caught lbw by a full length delivery from Albie Morkel. Robin Uthappa (20), Rahul Dravid (20) and Virat Kohli (11) were the only other Bangalore batsmen to reach double figures.
Earlier, Chennai's openers laid a solid foundation with Hayden and Parthiv Patel (30) putting on 106 in 10 overs for the first wicket. Fast bowler Praveen Kumar was the pick of the Bangalore bowlers taking 2-37.
Pietersen introduced himself into the attack in the 11th over and bowled Patel with his first delivery, then had Hayden run out by a direct throw from Rahul Dravid after new batsman Suresh Raina attempted a quick single.
CSK v RCB, Match 5: Chennai Super Kings 179/5 (20.0 ov) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 87 (15.2 ov) by 92 runs

KKR v DC, Match 4: Singh grabs four in Deccan Chargers victory

Fast bowler RP Singh took four wickets as the Deccan Chargers gained a comfortable eight-wicket win over the Kolkata Knight Riders in their Indian Premier League crown at Newlands Sunday.
Singh took four for 22 as Kolkata struggled to 101 all out on a lively pitch. The Chargers needed only 13.1 overs to clinch their win, with Herschelle Gibbs hitting 43 not out and Rohit Sharma 36 not out.
It was an encouraging performance by the Deccan side, who finished last of the eight teams in 2008.
KKR v DC, Match 4: Deccan Chargers 104-2 (13.1 ovs) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 101 (19.4 ov) by 8 wickets

DD v KXP, Match 3: Delhi Daredevils beat Kings XI by 10 wickets

Delhi Daredevils beat Kings XI Punjab by 10 wickets via Duckworth Lewis method in a rain truncated Indian Premier League match at Cape Town on Sunday.
Kings XI Punjab set a victory target of 105 runs, which was reduced to 54 runs in 6 overs after the rain interruption, which was achieved easily in 4.5 overs. Delhi Daredevils captain Virender Sehwag finished the match with a six over long on to remain unbeaten on 38 that came off 16 balls with the help of 3 sixes and 4 fours, while his opening partner Gautam Gambhir smashed 2 fours to score 15 runs off 13 balls.
Delhi Daredevils were 24/0 in 1.5 overs in pursuit of 105 when rain stopped play. Earlier, Kings XI Punjab scored 104/7 in their 12 overs after put in to bat by Sehwag. After a delay of an hour and 40 minutes due to rain, play finally started after Delhi Daredevils captain Virender Sehwag won the toss and elected to bowl first.
The match was first reduced to 14 overs and then to 12 overs.
DD v KXP, Match 3: Delhi Daredevils 58-0 (4.5 ovs) beat Kings XI Punjab 104-7 (12.0 ovs) by 10 wickets (D/L)

RR v RCB, Match 2: Pietersen's Royal Challengers win by 75 runs

Old pros Rahul Dravid (66) and Anil Kumble (5/5) put up sparkling performances as Bangalore Royal Challengers inflicted a humiliating 75-run defeat on defending Champions Rajasthan Royals at Cape Town.
Set to chase a modest 134, Rajasthan Royals folded up for just 58 runs- the lowest in the IPL so far- inside 16 overs as Royal Challengers bowled a tight line throughout the innings and did not let the opposition to take control at any point of the match.
While Royal Challengers' last season's captain Dravid played some delectable strokes to a magnificent 66 off 48 balls, his statemate Kumble came good with the bowl as he claimed the tournament's first five-wicket haul to make things worse for Royals.
RR v RCB, Match 2: Royal Challengers Bangalore 133-8 (20.0 ovs) beat Rajasthan Royals 58 (15.1 ovs) by 75 runs

MI v CSS, Match 1: Man of the Match Sachin crushes Dhoni's Chennai

Sachin Tendulkar hit an unbeaten half-century as he led the Mumbai Indians to a 19-run win against the Chennai Super Kings in the opening match of the Indian Premier League at Newlands on Saturday.
Tendulkar's 59 not out provided the foundation for Mumbai's 165 for seven after they were sent in on a blustery, grey day. Former Australian opening batsman Matthew Hayden hit 44 and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni 36 for Chennai but the 2008 runners-up could only manage 146 for seven.
Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga bowled superbly to take three for 15 in four overs for Mumbai.
MI v CSS, Match 1: Mumbai Indians 165-7 (20 ovs) beat Chennai Super Kings 146-7 (20 ovs) by 19 runs

RR v RCB, Match 2: Warnie's Jaipur face Pietersen's Royal Challengers

Hampshire mates Shane Warne and Kevin Pietersen share goes back a long way, but nothing can quite suppress the fierce competitor that resides in each of them.
The duel between defending champions Team Jaipur and Royal Challengers may well come to be decided by a fierce face-off between the two pals. While Warne's Jaipur have a reputation to defend, Pietersen, taking over the reins from Rahul Dravid and available only for the first couple of weeks, will want to make an impression right away. Royal Challengers, the ultimate under-achievers of the inaugural edition, may well come up with something special this time around.
Team Jaipur, in contrast, showed last season how to maximize potential but Warnes young brigade will be playing in conditions which are pretty much alien to it. The likes of Swapnil Asnodkar and Ravindra Jadeja have no experience of playing on such bouncy tracks and it would be interesting to see what they come up with against the likes of Dale Steyn running in at full steam. In a warm-up match here last weekend, the team has already found out how life on the on the Newlands pitch can be.
It will also be interesting to find out how the youngsters carry their new status. This time, they start as front-runners and will have to survive the push from others trying to overtake them.

MI v CSS, Match 1: Sachin's Mumbai take on Dhoni's Chennai

Dhoni, leading Team Chennai, has to face the wrath of the Little Master, when they take on Mumbai Indians in the opener of IPL 2 in Cape Town.
What makes it all the more interesting is the fact that Tendulkar has already announced that he won't play international T20 cricket while Dhoni had proved himself as a skipper for the first time in South Africa two years back, leading India to the World T20 triumph. T20 is easily Dhoni's bastion and if Tendulkar can inspire his team to a win against Team Chennai, the Little Master can afford a quiet smile of satisfaction.
And Tendulkar has got all the ammunition in the world to turn the heat on last year's runners-up. A supreme opening partner in Sanath Jayasuriya, a solid middle-order led by the stylish South African batsman JP Duminy, and a decent pace-attack led by the in-form Zaheer Khan. All that has created a buzz around the Mumbai Indians.
It's likely that allrounder Dwayne Bravo and medium-pacer Kyle Mills will fill up the other two foreigner's slot in the Mumbai outfit. But if Mumbai are blessed with balance, so are Team Chennai. Matthew Hayden's retirement from international cricket has come as a big boon for Dhoni's men and the burly Aussie has to play a huge role at the top of the order if Chennai are to do well in South African conditions. Hayden knows all about playing on these tracks and it's pretty obvious that the Chennai top-order will look to play around him.
Another trump-card for Dhoni is Andrew Flintoff, provided he is 100 per cent fit. The England allrounder is available only for a couple of weeks and Chennai will expect to get the best out of him in this period. Flintoff, of course, will be backed by another superb all-rounder in Albie Morkel, who is in great touch at the moment.
The duo will lead the Chennai bowling attack as well, but it'll be interesting to see how well they're backed up by the likes of Lakshmipathy Balaji and MS Gony. Dhoni also has the guile of Muttiah Muralitharan to fall back upon, but it's to be seen whether he is able to work his magic in the shortest format of the game in South African conditions.

Pak players want to take part in IPL

Pakistani players have expressed their desire to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) following the tournament’s shift from India.
According to The News, some players have approached the IPL management through e-mails, but have not received any reply. It is, however, highly unlikely that IPL franchises would recall Pakistan players, as they had earlier refused to play in the league when it was being held in India following a call from their government. Players have now threatened to take the IPL to court if they are not included in the league’s second season.
Sources said the players have demanded that they be included in the tournament as it is now being held in South Africa. Players are demanding that they be paid for the entire duration of their three year contract although they only served one year.
Earlier, captain Younis Khan had also threatened to sue the cash rich league. Several star players like Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Akhtar, Shoaib Malik, Younis Khan, and Salman Butt featured in the IPL’s inaugural season last year.

Sony bags IPL TV rights

In the biggest-ever deal in the sporting history of India, Multi Screen Media and World Sport Group have bought the telecast rights of the Indian Premier League for a whopping Rs 8,200 crore (around $ 1.63 billion) for a period of nine years.
Multi Screen Media (Sony), which had bought the rights in the inaugural season for $ 1.1 billion, shelled out more than half a billion dollars this time to acquire the rights. MSM had earlier dragged IPL to court after it had terminated the existing contract, signed last year, and sold it to WSG Mauritius. MSM earned handsome revenues from the 45-day extravaganza last season. But it will be interesting to see how hard it sells the slots this time, given that media planners are already demanding a cut in rates.

IPL schedule announced, final at Johannesburg

Defending champions Rajasthan Royals will take on Royal Challengers in the first match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at Newlands, Cape Town April 18.
A glittering opening ceremony will be held at Newlands before the match. The first semifinal of the 37-day tournament will be played in Centurion, Pretoria May 22. Wanderers, Johannesburg will host the second semifinal May 23 and also the final and the closing ceremony May 24.

South Africa to host IPL from April 18 Indian Premier League (IPL) Commissioner Lalit Modi said that the first match of the cash-rich tournament would be held on April 18.
The tournament will now be held between April 18 and May 24, which will feature 59 matches. IPL organisers took the decision after consultations with the Cricket South Africa Chief Executive Officer Gerald Majola. The IPL Commissioner believed that it was a hard decision to take IPL out of India.
The six venues, where matches are scheduled to play, are yet to decide. Matches would start at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. IST. Modi said that he would like to build up its fan base in South Africa.
Earlier in the day, it was decided to give the opportunity to host the second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to South Africa. It was also decided that the tournament would start from April 18, a delay of about one week from the original schedule. Durban, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Pretoria, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth are the expected venues for the tournament.

India moves cricket tournament overseas for safety

This year's Indian Premier League cricket tournament will be held overseas because of security concerns since it coincides with the country's general elections, organizers said Sunday.
Some players and officials had expressed concerns about playing on the subcontinent after this month's terrorist attack on Sri Lanka's cricket team in Lahore, Pakistan. India was also the victim of a terror attack in Mumbai in November which left 164 people dead. Shashank Manohar, India's cricket chief, said organizers were looking for a venue outside India after the government refused to approve the tournament schedule because security forces would be occupied with the elections.
The 59-match tournament is to be held April 10 to May 24, while the elections for the lower house of India's Parliament will take place across the country in five different phases between April 16 and May 13. Indian officials said they have begun talks with the England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket South Africa about the possibility of one of them hosting the tournament. League chairman Lalit Modi said he was hopeful of announcing the venue and final schedule Monday.

IPL wants to hold two T20 matches in Ahmedabad

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is willing to organise two matches of this season's T20 Championship in Ahmedabad, provided the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) gets clearance from the state government.
"We have received an email from IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi who has asked us if two of the matches for this season could be held in Ahmedabad after the Lok Sabha elections in the state," GCA President Narhari Amin told PTI. "Modi has asked to get necessary government clearance for organising the matches. We have faxed a copy of the email to the Chief Minister along with a request letter to allow IPL matches in Ahmedabad," Amin said.
Doubts had been raised over the second edition of the IPL in wake of the deadly terror attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore and the general elections which coincide with the league that starts on April 10 and concludes on May 24. The five-phased Lok Sabha elections are scheduled to be held between April 16 and May 13.
However, following talks with the Central Government over security issues, IPL chief Modi had declared that the T20 Championship will be held with a few modifications in the schedule.

Pietersen, Flintoff favourites in round 2 of IPL auction

England stars Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff were drowned with an "unbelievable" feeling at becoming joint highest paid players in the second edition of the Indian Premier League and said they could not wait to feature in the lucrative Twenty20 extravaganza.
Now in the Caribbean for their Test series against the West Indies, the duo, who were bought for a whopping USD 1.55 million each, were taken by surprise by the huge "amount of money".
Even though they will only play for three weeks in the Twenty20 tournament, giving USD 60,000 of their salary to their counties, they will still trouser around USD 7,38,748 for the jaunt.
Pietersen, who was bought by Vijay Mallya-owned Bangalore Royal Challengers, said, "I'm really excited about it. It is an unbelievable amount of money and I can't wait to get out there.
"It looked like an absolute blast last year and the England lads just want to be involved in what is such an amazing tournament," the 28-year-old, whose new team-mates in Bangalore would include Rahul Dravid, Jacques Kallis and Shiv Chanderpaul, was quoted as saying in the English media.
Flintoff, bought by Chennai Super Kings, considers the IPL dollars a massive bonus and said, "It's worked well, hasn't it? We would not have had any problem with different prices, but I guess being the same might stop a few of the other lads taking the mick.
Player Name Team Base PriceBid Amount
Kevin PietersenBangalore Royal Challengers $1,350,000 $1,550,000
Andrew FlintoffChennai Super Kings$950,000 $1,550,000
J P DuminyMumbai Indians$300,000 $950,000
Tyron HendersonRajasthan Royals$100,000 $650,000
Mashrafe Bin MortazaKolkata Knight Riders$50,000 $600,000
Ravi BoparaKings XI Punjab$150,000 $450,000
Shaun Tait Rajasthan Royals$250,000 $375,000
Paul CollingwoodDelhi Daredevils$250,000 $275,000
Owais ShahDelhi Daredevils$150,000 $275,000
Jesse RyderBangalore Royal Challengers$100,000 $160,000
Kyle Mills Mumbai Indians$150,000 $150,000
Fidel EdwardsHyderabad Deccan Chargers$150,000 $150,000
Jerome Taylor Kings XI Punjab$150,000 $150,000
Thilan Thushara Chennai Super Kings$125,000 $140,000
Dwayne Smith Hyderabad Deccan Chargers$100,000 $100,000
Mohammad Ashraful Mumbai Indians$75,000 $75,000
George Bailey Chennai Super Kings$50,000 $50,000

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.