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KKR v DC, IPL Match 5, Kolkatta: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Deccan Chargers by 5 wickets

Kolkata Knight Riders have won their second consecutive match in the ongoing Indian Premier League Twenty-20 tournament. At the Eden Gardens in Kolkata today they beat Deccan Chargers by an emphatic margin of Five wickets. Set to score 111 runs for a win, the Kolkata side made 112 for 5. David Hussey was the top scorer with an unbeaten 38.
Earlier electing to bat, the Chargers lost quick wickets as their top order caved in to some disciplined stuff delivered by the Kinght Riders bowlers. Some of the balls kept low on the pitch while some other deliveries jumped awkwardly. The Chargers, skippered by V V S Laxman, never appeared comfortable as only five of their bastmen reached double figures.
The Aussie duo of Andrew Symonds who made 32 and Adam Gilchrist who made 23 were the main contributors before a near-capacity crowd. Laxman was out without scoring. With three wickets for 17 runs, spinner Murali Kartik was the wrecker-in-chief for the Knight Riders. Ajit Agarkar bagged a couple after being hammered for 16 runs in his first over. Knight Riders had earlier won their opening fixture against Royal Challengers Bangalore on the inaugural day on Friday.
KKR v DC, IPL Match 5, Kolkatta: Kolkata Knight Riders 112 for 5 in 19 ovs beat Deccan Chargers 110 in 18.4 ovs by 5 wickets

RC v MI, IPL Match 4, Royal Challengers beat Mumbai Indians by 5 wickets

Mark Boucher hit a brilliant 39 and shared a crucial 55-run partnership with compatriot Jacques Kallis to script a thrilling five-wicket win for Bangalore Royal Challengers over Mumbai Indians in their IPL Twenty20 encounter in Mumbai on Sunday.
Chasing 166 to win, the visitors weathered a clutch of wickets between the ninth and 14th overs to reach the target in 19.4 overs at the Wankhede stadium. With this win, Challengers wiped off the bad memories of the crushing 140-run defeat in their opening match against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Boucher hit two sixes and four fours in his unbeaten 19-ball knock and weaved a 55-run partnership for the fifth-wicket with Kallis to ensure his team earn their first points in the tournament. The 17th and 18th overs virtually sealed the hosts' fate when Sanath Jayasuriya and Ashish Nehra were carted for 29 runs with the Bangalore team needing 40 from the last four.
Boucher struck Jayasuriya for a straight six in the first ball of the 17th over to set the tone and then the Proteas wicket keeper slammed the left arm pacer for a six and a four off the last two balls. Kallis departed in the 19th over bowled by Mumbai Indians' stand-in captain Harbhajan Singh with five runs short of victory target but it was but a minor hurdle in Bangalore's victory charge.
Earlier, skipper Rahul Dravid gave the innings the early momentum by hitting a quick-fire 32-run cameo. In the first innings of the match, led by a late assault by Shaun Pollock, Mumbai Indians amassed 165 for 6. The retired ace South African all rounder cracked three sixes and two fours in his 12-ball cameo while making 28 after coming in at number seven. The home side had lost wickets regularly after Harbhajan opted to bat first on winning the toss and their total was built mainly around opener Sanath Jayasuriya (29), top-scorer Robin Uthappa (48) and Pollock.
The home team, in the absence of injured captain Sachin Tendulkar, got off to a good beginning after the early fall of Luke Ronchi in the second over with Jayasuriya showing cracking form in hitting five fours and a six in his 16-ball knock before he was run out. Jayasuriya's innings ended with a brilliant piece of fielding by Zaheer Khan off his own bowling, an over after the Sri Lankan had creamed 16 runs off Kallis's first over, with a flurry of three fours and an on-driven six. Dominic Thornely, who came in at one-down at the fall of Australian compatriot Luke Ronchi (8), was hit on his right eye-brow by a soaring ball from Zaheer Khan as he went for a to pull and missig the shot.
Uthappa and Pinal Shah, the Baroda wicket keeper, joined forces and helped the score past the 70 mark at the halfway stage. The former, at times beaten by his Karnataka Ranji team-mate Vinay Kumar, also swung the bowler for a six over square leg.
Uthappa tried to play the unorthodox scoop shot a number of times and missed quite often before connecting once off Kallis that fetched a boundary. Uthappa fell, stumped by Mark Boucher, while trying the scoop once too often as the ace South African stumper stood up to Balachandra Akhil and took off the bails when the batsman missed to connect. He struck five fours and a six in his 36-ball knock and also added 28 runs in quick time with Abhishek Nayar. Nayar hoisted Vinay Kumar for a six and then Shaun Pollock struck the medium pacer for a four and a six towards the extra cover region as the bowler went for 20 runs in the 18th over of the innings to boost the run-rate.
Pollock fell off the last ball of the innings to give Zaheer Khan, who was the pick of the attack along with veteran left arm spinner Sunil Joshi, his second wicket.
MI v RC, IPL Match 4, Mumbai: Royal Challengers 166 for 5 in 19.4 ovs beat Mumbai Indians 165 for 6 in 20 ovsby 5 wickets

v RR, IPL Match 3, Delhi: Gambhir, Dhawan steer Delhi Daredevils to easy win

After the two opening matches of the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) saw the host team going down to the visitors, the Delhi Daredevils changed the trend and comprehensively defeated Rajasthan Royals by nine wickets at Delhi.
Set to chase a target of 129, the Daredevils were benefited by an unbeaten 112-run second wicket stand between Gautam Gambhir and Shikhar Dhawan who matched each other run for run to overhaul the target in just 16 overs. The Royals' bowlers looked spineless and could did not have any moments of joy in the match except for Virender Sehwag's wicket. Sehwag started in his usual style and hammered three consecutive boundries only to see the fourth delivery take an inside edge to rip away his off-stump.
However, it was all hard work for Royals from then on as India's Twenty20 World Cup star Gambhir and Shikhar Dhawan toyed with the bowling and gave nothing away. Gambhir, who has been a revelation for India in his Twenty20 cricket career, scored 58 runs off 46 balls which was studded by seven boundaries and a six while left-handed Dhawan's 51 came off 41 balls which included eight fours. It was just the toss that went the way of Royals' captain Shane Warne and even the spin wizard himself could not create chances for his team's revival.
Earlier, electing to bat first, Rajasthan Royals were reduced to a modest 129 for eight as Daredevils' bowlers spearheaded by former Australian Glen McGrath troubled the visitors throughout the 20 overs. The Royals looked shaky from the start itself and soon McGrath removed under-19 World Cup star Turuwar Kohli (7) in the third over of the match with just 17 runs on the board.
In the next over, Yousuf Pathan (10) was involved in a dreadful mix-up with Shane Watson that resulted in his departure only to see the latter falling short of the crease two overs later. Mohammad Kaif, who played 19 balls to score nine runs too caved in to pressure and left his team reeling at 57 for five. The effort from Royals seemed a little below par as the two opening matches of the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) saw both the teams scoring heavily in the first innings.
For Daredevils, Sri Lanka's Fervez Maharoof and Rajat Bhatia bowled tight spells and gave nothing away as both the medium pacers scalped two wickets each in their alloted four overs.
However, it was McGrath who tightened the screws on Royals and the bowlers who followed him did an excellent job to sustain the pressure created by the former Australian great. McGrath gave away 21 runs in his four overs and claimed one wicket for Daredevils.
The Royals did not have any substantial contribution from any of their batsmen apart from Ravindra Jadeja who scored 29 runs off 23 balls which included two sixes while Dinesh Salunkhe remained unbeaten on 26 with four hits to the fence.
DD v RR, IPL Match 3, Delhi: Delhi Daredevils 132 for 1 in 15.1 ovs beat Rajasthan Royals 129 for 8 in 20 ovs by 9 wickets

KP v CSK, IPL Match 3, Mohali: Chennai Super Kings beat Kings XI Punjab by 33 runs

Mike Hussey’s fastest century in Twenty20 cricket history powered Chennai Super Kings to a comfortable 33-run victory against Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Mohali on Saturday.
Hussey's unbeaten 116 off just 54 balls took Chennai Super Kings to 240 for five at the PCA stadium. It was the second century in the tournament after Brendon McCullum's 158 in the opening match in Bangalore on Friday night.
Suresh Raina (32), S Badrinath (31) and Matthew Hayden (25) were other batsmen who contributed to the total of 240 for Super Kings. Kings XI started off well till the midway but the dismissal of James Hopes (71) brought Chennai back in the game.
Captain Yuvraj Singh too failed to score well and went back after scoring 23 runs. Kumara Sangakkara (54) and Karan Goel (24)) were the other batsmen who made some runs for Kings XI.
Irfan Pathan took wickets of Mattew Hayden and Jacob Oram, while Lee, Hopes and Mota picked one wicket each. Skipper MS Dhoni could not contribute much as James Hopes caught him in front of the wicket.
KP v CSK, IPL Match 2, Mohali: Chennai Super Kings 240 for 5 in 20.0 ovs beat Kings XI Punjab 207 for 4 in 20.0 ovs by 33 runs

KKR v BRC, IPL Match 1, Bangalore: McCullum blasts Knight Riders to glory

Brendon McCullum added substance to the hype surrounding the inaugural Indian Premier League tournament as he struck the highest-ever individual Twenty20 score to lead the Kolkata Knight Riders to a 140-run opening match victory against the Bangalore Royal Challengers on Friday.
The New Zealand opener went some way to fulfilling his US$700,000 price tag as he smashed 10 fours and 13 sixes to finish unbeaten on 158 from just 73 balls. It was an innings unlikely to be matched for the remainder of this 59-game tournament and one to delight the Knight Riders' Bollywood actor owner, Shah Rukh Khan, who watched on as McCullum's one-man assault led his franchise to 222 for three.
In reply the home side never threatened to haul in their victory target as their top eight batsman failed to reach double figures before they were eventually bowled out for 82. But it was McCullum who stole all the headlines on the opening night of this eagerly-anticipated tournament, although the Kiwi right-hander remained modest following his breathtaking innings.
"I don't know what to say, I am absolutely ecstatic to have got a score like that," McCullum said in an interview televised on Setanta 1 after his innings. "The boundaries are pretty short, but it was nice to hit a couple out of the middle. It was nice to make a contribution like that."
KKR v BRC, IPL Match 1, Bangalore: Kolkata Knight Riders 222 for 3 in 20.0 ovs beat Bangalore Royal Challengers 82 in 15.1 ovs by 140 runs

Bangalore, Kolkata sides gear up for IPL show-opener

Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly are waiting anxiously to see how the city-based concept fares when the Bangalore Royal Challengers and Kolkata Knight Riders lock horns in the lung-opener of the multi-million dollar DLF Indian Premier League at Bangalore on Friday.
Both Dravid and Ganguly, leading the Bangalore and Kolkata outfits respectively, are also new to the Twenty20 format of cricket and are understandably circumspect while commenting on the much-hyped tournament.
"It's a new concept. There will be a stiff competition in this event which has created a big hype with so much buzz around. It will no doubt bring in some freshness into the sport," said Dravid. "It's fast paced and entertaining. But once the game starts the focus will only be on cricket," he added.
Dravid is waiting to see whether the Indian fans will accept the city-based rivalry with open arms. "The city concept has not been tried in the game in this country. It's also nice to play along with different players with different cultures in your team," he said.
Dravid's opposite number Ganguly admitted that he could not figure out who was the favourite among the cities because of the nature of the T20 contest. "There is no clear favourite in the shortest version of the game. Difference between teams lessens in the T20 format as the contest is too short. "I consider this event as a contest between state sides with world-class players," he said.

Tendulkar doubtful for Mumbai Indians’ opening match

Sachin Tendulkar said he is yet to recover from his groin injury and is doubtful to lead Mumbai Indians' opening Sunday against Bangalore Royal Challengers.
“I am a little disappointed that I was not be able to play two important Test matches against South Africa. I have yet to recover fully from the injury,” he told reporters at Mumbai Thursday. “The physiotherapist and the doctor had earlier advised me rest and now they have given me the exercises and I am following their advice,” he added.
The Royal Challengesrs team has also been hit by a few injuries, with Anil Kumble set to miss their opening match Friday and left-arm pacer Nathan Bracken ruled out for at least four weeks.
Chennai Super Kings is also battling with the same problem with captain and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni nursing a finger injury. “Dhoni has bruised fingers. We’ll see how things shape up in the next couple of days, but with Parthiv there, we don’t want to put unnecessary pressure on the Indian captain,” said Super Kings coach Kepler Wessels.

Shane Harwood may sign up for IPL

Australian pace bowler Shane Harwood has been in talks about joining Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals.
His manager, Gerard Sholly, said the Bushranger was yet to sign a contract and was unlikely to do so before the IPL begins in Friday.
But former Australian batsman Darren Lehmann has signed up, as cover for South African captain Graeme Smith. Lehmann, 38, who played 27 Tests and 117 one-day internationals, will play for the Jaipur-based franchise to be captained by his friend Shane Warne.
Warne called on Lehmann to play because Smith will be unavailable for the early part of the tournament after being called back home to play in South Africa's domestic Twenty20 competition. Smith will miss the Royals' first two games, which means the former South Australian captain will play two, possibly three, games.
Lehmann retired from first-class cricket last season after a prolific career which yielded 25,795 runs, and 1798 runs at 44.95 in 27 Tests from 1998-2004, along with a part in the 1999 and 2003 World Cup victories.

Hrithik is Mumbai Indians ambassador

The Sachin Tendulkar-led Mumbai Indians have roped in Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan as their brand ambassador to drum up support for the team in the Indian Premier League starting on April 18.
"Hrithik symbolises the spirit of the team," said R Balachandran, director of the newly formed Indiawin Sports, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries which owns the franchise outfit, at a media conference to outline the team's marketing campaign on Monday.
The actor is figuring in a promotional video campaign to muster support for the team through a Hindi song "Duniya Hila Denge Hum (Let's rock the world)".
The franchisee also announced the ticket prices for the first two matches that the team plays at the Wankhede Stadium here and D Y Patil Stadium in Nerul, Navi Mumbai, on April 20 and 27 respectively. "The ticket price ranges from Rs 250-500 to the upper end Rs 3000-5000 for the first match while for the second match it ranges from Rs 200-400 to Rs 1000," he added.

Jeremy Snape gets Royal appointment

Leicestershire spinner Jeremy Snape has agreed a deal to join Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals as high performance coach for three weeks.
It means Snape, who was an assistant coach during England's 2007 World Cup campaign, becomes the second English player after Hampshire skipper Dimitri Mascarenhas to miss the early part of the domestic season to take part in the multi-million pound Twenty20 tournament. Snape, 34, joins Mascarenhas and Somerset captain Justin Langer at the Jaipur-based side.
His recruitment to the lucrative competition is of no immediate concern to England as he last appeared in the international arena during last year's World Twenty20 in South Africa, but it is sure to make an impact with the England and Wales Cricket Board, who are keen to stop any senior stars compromising their Test futures for the lure of quick money. But David Smith, Foxes' chief executive, is certain the stint can only be beneficial to both player and county.

IPL teams to sign ‘Spirit of Cricket’ declaration

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is ensuring that cricket is played in the right way by getting the eight teams figuring in the inaugural tournament to sign a ‘Spirit of Cricket’ declaration. It will happen at the opening ceremony on April 18 when Bangalore Royal Challengers will play Kolkata Knight Riders.
The IPL announced a partnership with Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) on Wednesday, to support the MCC ‘Spirit of Cricket’ initiative. MCC’s secretary & chief executive, Keith Bradshaw, said: "The Spirit of Cricket is a worldwide concept that affects all players of the game, from grassroots to the elite level. We look forward to a league full of cricket played in the right way — hard but fair." The DLF-IPL commissioner and chairman, Lalit Modi, said: "All cricketers playing in the inaugural IPL are role models for an entire generation of youth and it is crucial for youngsters all over the world to learn straightaway the values of this great game and the spirit in which it should be played. It is exciting to be associated with the MCC, which is the custodian of the Laws of Cricket."
Mr. Modi, when asked about the Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar’s inclusion, at a time when the IPL and MCC have tied up for such an initiative, said: "Our player policy is clear from the start. "The home country has the right to issue an NOC to play, or they can refuse an NOC to play.
"I have seen media reports saying that PCB has banned Shoaib for five years, but unless there is a directive to us from the PCB not to include him in the IPL, there is no way he can be kept out."

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.