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Indian Premier League Cricket News April 21-30, 2008

DD v BRC, IPL Match 17, Delhi: Gambhir and McGrath do the star turn for Delhi Daredevils

Riding on a brilliant half-century from Gautam Gambhir, the Delhi Daredevils defeated bottom-placed Bangalore Royal Challengers by 10 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at Delhi on Wednesday night.
Chasing a target of 192, the Challengers could only make 181 for five wickets from 20 overs at the full-capacity Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium. The Daredevils moved to the second spot in the IPL standings after their third victory from four matches while the Royal Challengers' misery continued as they were left languishing at the bottom of the standings of the eight-team league after four losses from five matches.
Gambhir, who struck 86 off 54 balls, was the hero of the day as he helped the Daredevils post a challenging total. Shikhar Dhawan with his well-struck 50 from 33 deliveries gave him support as the Delhi team rediscovered their momentum after losing their last match against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on Sunday night .
Chasing 192 was always going to be tough for the visitors and they failed to get a good partnership going. Jacques Kallis was the top scorer with 54 while skipper Rahul Dravid made 38. For the Daredevils, Glenn McGrath (4-29) was the top performer with the ball. Put into bat, the stage was set for Daredevils batsmen to fire on a good batting track. Much was expected from Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag (24) who shone albeit momentarily.
Gambhir started the fireworks in the second over as he hit Zaheer Khan for three consecutive boundaries. In the next over, he was again severe on South African pacer Dale Steyn, hitting the pacer for two sweetly-timed boundaries. Gambhir's big hits inspired Sehwag and again Zaheer was on the firing line. Sehwag spanked his first three deliveries for 6, 4 and 4 to get the partisan crowd swaying.
The Kotla track is never known to assist seamers and by now Dravid that his decision to bowl first had backfired. The Challengers skipper replaced Zaheer with Vinay Kumar but the result was the same, as he could not find any solution to stop the Daredevils openers from playing their shots.
It was the fielders who gave the Bangalore team their first breakthrough when Ross Taylor's direct throw from point found Sehwag short of ground in the fifth over. Dhawan joined the party in the middle and did not take much time to settle down. Dhawan and Gambhir applied themselves cleverly and found the gaps at a rapid pace.
The duo added 98 runs for the second wicket and left Dravid struggling for ideas. Vinay Kumar gave Dhawan width and the Delhi batsman's delicate cuts raced onto the boundary.
Dhawan adapted well to the slow deliveries of Kallis and hit the South African for a huge six. However, Kallis had the last laugh after Dravid took a stunning catch at the midwicket to end the young batsman's 33-ball innings. Gambhir on the other end was in fine touch. His boundaries were a treat to watch. His knock finally came to an end in the 19th over after he miscued Zaheer's delivery and Parveen Kumar lapped up the resultant catch at deep midwicket. But by then the Delhi opener had set the stage for his team's win.
DD v BRC, IPL Match 17, Delhi: Delhi DareDevils 191 for 5 in 20.0 ovs beat Bangalore Royal Challengers 181 for 5 in 20.0 ovs by 10 runs

DD v BRC, IPL Match 17, Delhi: Delhi DareDevils have the edge over Royal Challengers today

Stung by reverses in their last outings, two wounded sides — Delhi DareDevils and Bangalore Royal Challengers — clash in the Indian Premier League at Delhi on Wednesday.
With Virender Sehwag at the helm, Delhi had crushed Rajasthan Royals and Deccan Chargers before Kings XI Punjab snapped their winning streak on Sunday. And if Delhi lost momentum with the defeat, Rahul Dravid’s men are yet to find it. After the plastering by Brendon McCullum in the opening match against Kolkata Knight Riders, the five-wicket win against the winless Mumbai Indians brought back the smiles, which vanished again with back-to-back losses to Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings.
When they take the field on Wednesday, the Challengers would go all out to avert a similar heartbreak, while the hosts would try to shrug off their last-match defeat and bounce back. Dravid said his side’s back is against the wall and the team has no other way but to fight back.
“We are lagging behind in the tournament and every match from now on is important for us. At this stage, we just cannot afford to make a mistake,” Dravid said. The DareDevils have played three matches so far, winning two and losing one to occupy fourth place on the chart with four points, while the Bangalore side, with three defeats and a lone win so far, languish in seventh place in the eight-team event with just two points against their name.
South African speed merchant Dale Steyn has added firepower to the Bangalore attack and the pacer would be posing uncomfortable questions with his mid-140 kmph snorters. Delhi, however, looked far from worried and in fact their allrounder, Rajat Bhatia, went on to claim that the defeat of the last match may, in fact, prove a blessing in disguise.
Unlike most of the teams in the fray, Delhi will not be banking on their foreign recruits but on home-grown talents, including their swashbuckling captain. Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir hope to provide the fireworks upfront, while Shikhar Dhawan too has been impressive so far. And in case Steyn and Co. rock Delhi’s boat, Shoaib Malik, Manoj Tiwary, Bhatia and Dinesh Karthik can steady the innings. While the Bangalore attack boasts of the Steyn-Zaheer duo, Delhi looks more than balanced with Glenn McGrath, Mohammed Asif and Fervez Mahroof bolstering the pace attack.

KKR v MI, IPL Match 16, Kolkata: Mumbai Indians ease to seven-wicket win

Dwayne Bravo hit a 42-ball fifty, helping Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 wickets for their first win in the Indian Premier League.
Earlier, a disciplined bowling performance from Mumbai Indians saw Kolkata Knight Riders restricted to a score of 137 runs for the loss of eight wickets.
All-rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla's unbeaten 40 off 22 balls and debutant Debabrata Das' 29 off 20 balls ensured a respectable score for the hosts. Chasing the modest target, Bravo did not lose nerves despite his team losing three losing three quick wickets inside the first four overs and made the run chase look easy. Just when it seemed that Kolkata team had gained the upper hand, Bravo along with Robin Uthappa (37 off 37 balls) nullified any such advantage and scripted the first win for Mumbai Indians.
Bravo's innings of was the highest score for Team Mumbai. Earlier, Mumbai team bowled well and made the most out of the bounce offered by Eden Gardens track. Stand in captain Pollock, Dwayne Bravo and Jayasuriya came to the party. Jayasuriya (4 overs, 3 wkts, 1 maiden, 14 runs, 2 catches, one run-out too) bowled as well as he did in 1996 World Cup semis.
Jayasuriya had David Hussey and Ajit Agarkar caught by Ashish Nehra at long-on in identical fashion. Between those two dismissals, he also removed Mohammad Hafeez while Ponting was run out as Kolkata slipped from 74-3 in the 12th over to 77-6 in the 14th and then to 90-7 by the 16th over. Shukla then produced a blitzkrieg in which he dispatched the ball to all parts of the ground, much to the excitement of a packed house.
KKR v MI, IPL Match 16, Kolkata: Mumbai Indians 138 for 3 in 18.4 ovs beat Kolkata Knight Riders 137 for 8 in 20.0 ovs by 7 wickets

CSK v BRC, IPL Match 15, Bangalore: Dhoni leads Super Kings to fourth win in a row

Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 13 runs in an Indian Premier League match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Monday.
It was the Chennai team's fourth straight win in as many matches and the Bangalore team's third defeat in four matches. Chennai are now the only unbeaten team in the competition and palpably, lead the standings after four round of matches. Chasing 179 to win, Bangalore made a sedate start before an 89-run second-wicket partnership between Wasim Jaffer (50) and Ross Taylor (53) put them on course. Jaffer and Taylor's half centuries were the first two by the Bangalore team in the competition.
However, once Jaffer departed, Bangalore kept losing wickets at regular intervals and came up short. Jacques Kallis (14), Mark Boucher (4) and Virat Kohli (12) all fell in a bid to accelerate while captain Rahul Dravid added another duck to his Twenty20 resume as the Royal Challengers collapsed like a pack of cards.
Earlier, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni joined Michael Hussey to exhibit some lusty hitting as their fourth wicket stand of 95 took the Chennai Super Kings to a competitive score of 178 for five in 20 overs.
Electing to bat first, Dhoni (65) gave ample demonstration of his class superseding his Aussie partner as the two consolidated the position after the Super Kings were 83 for three at one stage. Dhoni got his eye in before unleashing a fierce assault on the Royal Challengers in the later overs.
He plundered 45 runs off 16 deliveries at one stage disfiguring the bowlers' analysis to a great extent before trying for another big hit only to be caught in the last over. Dhoni's contribution in the last 45 runs he added with Hussey (47) was an amazing 43 and his 65 came off 30 balls with 9 fours and three sixes. He had reached 50 in 24 balls earlier.
Matthew Hayden , Parthiv Patel and Suresh Raina fell after a slow start with only 83 runs coming off 12 overs. But the Royal Challengers lost the ascendancy once Dhoni came to the crease.
CSK v BRC, IPL Match 15, Bangalore: Chennai Super Kings 178 for 5 in 20.0 ovs beat Bangalore Royal Challengers 165 in 19.4 ovs by 13 runs

BCCI hearing on Harbhajan today

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will today hold the hearing here to decide the fate offspinner Harbhajan Singh, who is currently suspended for allegedly slapping pacer S. Sreesanth after an IPL match last week.
Match referee Farokh Engineer will be the key authority to decide the punishment for the offspinner. The BCCI has already issued a showcause notice to Harbhajan over his misbehaviour.
Harbhajan had allegedly slapped Sreesanth after a match between Punjab Kings XI and Mumbai Indians in Mohali on Friday. The fast bowler, who otherwise is known for his on-the-field aggression, was seen crying bitterly on the ground after the incident. After TV footage showed Sreesanth crying, Harbhajan is learnt to have had a long chat with him in the dressing room of the Punjab team and also apologised for his behaviour. Both the players tried to playdown the incident. But the Punjab Kings XI team management took the incident seriously and made an official complaint with the BCCI, after which the Board issued a show cause notice to Harbhajan and also temporarily suspended him from IPL.

MI v DC, IPL Match 14, Mumbai: Gilchrist destroys Mumbai Indians with fastest IPL hundred

Adam Gilchrist slammed 10 sixes and nine fours in a cavalier unbeaten knock of 109 to power Deccan Chargers of Hyderabad to a comprehensive 10-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians to break their duck in their Indian Premier League at Mumbai on Sunday
The left-handed Gilchrist looked in splendid form and carted the bowlers all around the park to delight the capacity crowd of 55,000 at the D Y Patil Stadium while powering his way to a record-setting 42-ball 100. He remained unbeaten after facing 47 balls, to hold complete sway over the home attack that looked clueless on how to stop the rampage.
At the other end was captain V V S Laxman, with an attractive 37 not out as the duo piloted their team to their first win in four ties. Deccan Chargers achieved the target of 155 without any loss in only 12 overs.
The blitzkrieg by the retired Australian wicketkeeper-batsman, who bettered his compatriot and teammate Andrew Symonds' 47-ball hundred against Rajasthan Royals, made short work of the target and helped the Hyderabad team break its victory drought after three straight losses. Gilchrist took full advantage of a wayward spell from Ashish Nehra and got into the groove with customary lan, later slamming all the bowlers with splendid pull and cut shots.
After belting discarded left-arm pacer Nehra, Gilchrist punished Shaun Pollock, who led the home team, by whipping the former South African all-rounder for three sixes and a four in the latter's second spell. The 50 was raised in 31 balls and Gilchrist, whose previous highest for the Hyderabad franchise team was 23, reached his own in spectacular style by carting Pollock for a six over long leg.
He then raced to his second 50 in only 14 balls by carting Abhishek Nayar for three sixes in an over and then continued in the same vein to pilot his team to a resounding victory and hand the hosts their fourth defeat in as many ties. At the other end, Laxman was all wristy elegance and the duo helped seal an easy victory, their first after three defeats, for their side.
Earlier, Mumbai Indians put up yet another poor batting display and were restricted to a meagre 154 for seven.
MI v DC, IPL Match 14, Mumbai: Deccan Chargers 155 for 0 in 12.4 ovs beat Mumbai Indians 154 for 7 in 20.0 ovs by 10 wickets

KXP v DD, IPL Match 13, Mohali: Katich, Yuvraj star in Kings XI Punjab's win

Brilliant knocks by Simon Katich and captain Yuvraj Singh helped Kings XI Punjab snatch an exciting four-wicket verdict with three balls to spare against Delhi Daredevils.
It was Kings XI Punjab's second triumph in the three encounters they have played so far. Delhi Daredevils, who were on the winning streak by winning both their earlier matches before coming to Mohali, suffered their first defeat.
Chasing a victory target of 159, Kings XI Punjab completed their task by scoring 162 for 6 in 19.3 overs. The winning stroke was hit by Yuvraj Singh who dispatched Shoaib Malik for boundary.
Earlier, Delhi Daredevils won the toss and elected to bat first. At one stage, they were struggling at 88 for 5 after 11.6 overs. It looked as if it would be low-scoring game. However, Manoj Tiwary played a defiant knock of 39 off 34 balls during his 52-minute vigil at the wicket. Executing his strokes with confidence, Tiwary notched up six hits to the fence.
KXP v DD, IPL Match 13, Mohali: Kings XI Punjab 162 for 6 in 19.3 ovs beat Delhi Daredevils 158 for 8 in 20.0 ovs by 4 wickets

MI v DC, IPL Match 14, Mumbai: Mumbai Indians take on Deccan Chargers today

With stand-in captain Harbhajan Singh in fresh controversy and a big question mark still on Sachin Tendulkar’s availability, winless Mumbai Indians will be under tremendous pressure against Deccan Chargers of Hyderabad in their Indian Premier League encounter at Mumbai on Sunday.
In batting, the Mumbai top-order led by Sanath Jayasuriya has failed to fire and this has put enormous pressure on the team’s bottom half. With Deccan Chargers also losing their three outings, both teams would be eager to kick-start their tepid campaign under lights at the state-of-the-art stadium in the satellite township of Navi Mumbai, just across the harbour.
Hyderabad are struggling to gel as a team with retired Australian great Adam Gilchrist yet to provide value for money. V.V.S. Laxman has also not yet shown that the national selectors were wrong in repeatedly ignoring his claims in the shorter forms of the game. Mumbai Indians team (from): Sachin Tendulkar, Loots Bosman, Ankeet Chavan, Siddharth Chitnis, Gaurav Dhiman, Dilhara Fernando, Harbhajan Singh, Sanath Jayasuriya, Musavir Khote, Dhawal Kulkarni, Lasith Malinga Abhishek Nayar, Ashish Nehra, Manish Pandey, Rajesh Pawar, Shaun Pollock, Ashwell Prince, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohan Raje, Luke Ronchi, Pinal Shah, Swapnil Singh, Yogesh Vijay Takawale, Dominic Thornely, Saurabh Tiwary, Robin Uthappa, Vikrant Yeligati.
Deccan Chargers team (from): VVS Laxman, Sanjay Bangar, Halhadar Das, Herschelle Gibbs, Adam Gilchrist, Doddapaneni Kalyankrishna, Pragyan Ojha, Dwaraka Ravi Teja, Sarvesh Kumar, Shahid Afridi, Rohit Sharma, Chamara Silva, RP Singh, Scott Styris, Andrew Symonds, Chaminda Vaas, Venugopal Rao, Paidikalva Vijaykumar, Arjun Yadav, Nuwan Zoysa.

KXP v DD, IPL Match 13, Mohali: Kings XI Punjab take on Delhi Daredevils

Having tasted first victory in the tournament, hosts Kings XI Punjab would like to carry forward the momentum when they take on formidable Delhi Daredevils in their Indian Premier League clash at Mohali on Sunday.
The unsavoury incident, involving Harbhajan Singh and hosts paceman S Sreesanth on Friday night, is likely to occupy the minds of Punjab team's players especially the fast bowler himself and skipper Yuvraj Singh.
However, they have to shrug off the whole controversy to put up a good show against the Virender Sehwag-led team, which has a clean record in the tournament, with two wins, so far. The trio of Glenn McGrath, Mohammed Asif and Daniel Vettori makes the visitors bowling strong and the Punjab batsmen will have to bring their best to negotiate the attack. Hosts too rely heavily on their bowlers for a good show with their batsmen showing individual brilliance rather than clicking together.
Australian paceman Brett Lee together with Irfan Pathan and spinner Piyush Chawla are getting better as the tournament is moving forward. The batsmen from the Delhi team have so far got little opportunity to showcase their skills as openers -- Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir -- dominated the run chase in both their nine-wicket wins.
If Brett Lee and Co performed like they did against Mumbai Indians on Friday, Delhi's middle order will definitely be tested. Daredevils team (from): Virender Sehwag (Captain), Rajat Bhatia, AB de Villiers, Shikhar Dhawan, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Gautam Gambhir, Brett Geeves, Dinesh Karthik, Glenn McGrath, Farveez Maharoof, Yo Mahesh, Mithun Manhas, Amit Mishra, Mohammad Asif, Yogesh Nagar, Pradeep Sangwan, Shoaib Malik, Mayank Tehlan, Manoj Tiwary, Daniel Vettori.
Kings XI Punjab team (from): Yuvraj Singh (Captain), Ajitesh Argal, Piyush Chawla, Pankaj Dharmani , Rishi Dhawan, Karan Goel, James Hopes, Mahela Jayawardene, Simon Katich, Uday Kaul, Sahil Kukreja, Brett Lee, Shaun Marsh, Kyle Mills, Wilkin Mota, Irfan Pathan, Luke Pomersbach, Ramesh Powar, Nitin Saini, Kumar Sangakkara, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Vikram Singh, Sunny Sohal S Sreesanth, Tanmay Srivastava.

BRC v RR, IPL Match 12, Bangalore: Watson, Smith star in Rajasthan victory

Shane Watson re-emphasised his utility to the Rajasthan Royals team as he scored a pugnacious 61 not out and was instrumental in the Jaipur team beating Bangalore Royal Challengers by seven wickets at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore on Saturday.
Watson was involved in a match-winning 104-run partnership with Graeme Smith (49), after Yusuf Pathan (21) provided the early impetus. Not one of the Bangalore bowlers had anything to offer and they were done in as they had a very poor score to defend.
As the match began, Rajasthan dominated proceedings, helped by an attacking shot too many from the batsmen. Shane Watson got rid of the openers. Dravid was greeted with a short ball first-up, and for a moment it seemed the Bangalore captain had struck a six, but the ball landed safely in the hands of Ravindra Jadeja at long leg. Shivnarine Chanderpaul tried to pull one, but the ball took the top edge and found third man. Sohail Tanvir. Taylor carted Munaf Patel over midwicket for four, and bettered that with a six next ball. The Bangalore batsmen seemed to be proving a point. But just when they looked in command, Kallis stepped out against Siddharth Trivedi, and the pull went straight to Munaf, stationed on the leg-side boundary. That should have been the cue for Taylor to rein in his attacking instincts, but he too threw it away with another pull shot which found Graeme Smith.
Bangalore were struggling to 65 for 4, and that soon became 77 for 5. Virat Kohli, India’s Under-19 captain, was fortunate, unlike his team-mates, while trying to clear the boundary. Jadeja at midwicket held on splendidly to the ball that was sailing over his head, but while trying to gain control, he hit the ground and just touched the advertisement hoardings, making it a six instead. Warne brought himself on only in the 12th over. At 78 for 6, it was left to Praveen Kumar, the India allrounder, to salvage the situation. Praveen relied on big hits to boost the total. He did it with success, and sometimes with a bit of luck. He went on to score 34.
BRC v RR, IPL Match 12, Bangalore: Rajasthan Royals 138 for 3 in 17.1 ovs beat Bangalore Royal Challengers 135 for 8 in 20.0 ov by 7 wickets

CSK v KKR, IPL Match 11, Chennai: Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 9 wickets

Matthew Hayden remained unbeaten on 70 off 49 deliveries as he and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni carried Chennai Super Kings crushed Kolkata Knight Riders by nine wickets at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on Saturday.
Chasing Kolkata’s 147, Chennai cantered to the target with five overs to spare. Parthiv Patel contributed a fine 21 and Dhoni scorede an unbeaten 43 off 27 balls to settle the issue for the home side. Earlier, Jacob Oram dismissed Brendon McCullum and Ricky Ponting off successive deliveries and Muttiah Muralitharan bowled four overs for just 12 runs as Kolkata Knight Riders were restricted to a very moderate 147-9 on a flat pitch.
Sourav Ganguly won the toss for Kolkata and would certainly have been expecting a much higher score than what his side got. On the other hand, Chennai skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni would be delighted with the bowling performance, as this is unlikely to try his formidable batting line-up. The contest is largely being seen as a pitched battle between MS Dhoni, India’s present ODI skipper and Sourav Ganguly, the former and the most successful Indian captain. Both teams are yet to lose in the tournament and there were no surprises when both captains announced that they are continuing with their winning eleven.
CSK v KKR, IPL Match 11, Chennai: Chennai Super Kings 152 for 1 in 17.0 ovs beat Kolkata Knight Riders 147 for 9 in 20.0 ovs by 9 wickets

BRC v RR, IPL Match 12, Bangalore: Buoyant Rajasthan Royals take on Royal Challengers

The Shane Warne-led Rajasthan Royals, with two wins, have the edge over Bangalore Royal Challengers in the Twenty-20 Indian Premier League(IPL) tie at Bangalore.
The thrilling last over victory over Deccan Chargers, Hyderabad, yesterday has boosted the confidence of the Jaipur team. But the local team has also had a convincing win against a strong Mumbai Indians. This win had come after the bad loss in the league opener against Kolkata Knight Riders. Dravid's men are now bolstered with the arrival of Pakistani hard hitter Misbah-ul-Haq, who joined the team yesterday.
With the eight teams in the league finally coming to grips of the T20 format's intensity with the league entering the second week, a thrilling run chase is on the cards. The wicket, in the first game, offers good bounce and New Zealand wicket keeper Brendon McCullum's heroics notwithstanding, the bowlers had a satisfying day. Especially after the break, the pitch offered good bounce and movement due to dew effect and hastened fall of the Bangalore's innings.
Much will be expected from the Challengers by the home fans who were disappointed over their team capitulating to a paltry 82, chasing a stiff target against Kolkata, in the first game. Dravid will have to ensure that his team earns the second win to be in the hunt for a position at the top. The team has to pull up its socks not only to win but also improve its poor run rate, which is the lowest among the eight teams.

CSK v KKR, IPL Match 11, Chennai: Fleming included in Super Kings squad

Chennai Super Kings have named Kiwi Stephen Fleming in their 16-member squad ahead of their home game against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 cricket tournament at Chennai Saturday.
Fleming has replaced local boy and former India opener Krishnamachari Srikkanth's son Anirudha Srikkanth in the squad.
The lone change also triggered speculation on the likelihood of a reshuffle in the playing XI that would be finalised Saturday morning after an inspection of the pitch. While seeking to downplay the hype around the game that is being billed as a "blockbuster", Super Kings coach Kepler Wessels asserted that each of the 14 league matches (seven home and seven away) was crucial for the side.
Earlier in the week, the Super Kings narrowly escaped defeat against Mumbai Indians at the same venue when the visitors, chasing a target of 209, fell short by just six runs. Dwelling on the departure of the Australian players, Matthew Hayden and Mike Hussey, after their away game against Bangalore Royal Challengers next week, Wessels said their absence would be sufficiently made up with the arrival of South Africans Makhaya Ntini and Albie Morkel.
Super Kings middle-order batsman Subramaniam Badrinath, who was with Wessels at the press conference, said a team needed to score a minimum of 200 runs and above to ensure victory in the inaugural Twenty20 league.

Harbhajan slaps Sreesanth, leaves him crying on ground

After Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Punjab's Kings XI and Mumbai Indians last evening, a comment passed by Kings XI paceman Sreesanth to Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh offended him so much so that he slapped the former.
After the incident, perhaps a first in the history of cricket, the fast bowler who otherwise is known for his on-the-field aggression, was seen crying bitterly on the ground. Off-spinner Harbhajan, however, had a long chat with Sreesanth in the dressing room of the Punjab team and is even believed to have apologised for his behaviour.
Harbhajan chose not to speak on the issue when he came to address the post match conference. Reacting to the incident, Kings XI Punjab captain Yuvraj Singh said, "This is really an ugly incident. You do not want to see such things off the field especially after such a win. I am pretty upset at what has happened. This is totally unacceptable."
Meanwhile, pending report from the team management, Punjab Kings XI is expected to lodge an official complaint on the incident.

KXP v MI, IPL Match 10, Mohali: Sangakkara steers Kings XI Punjab to first IPL victory

Kumar Sangakkara's confident 94-run knock coupled with disciplined bowling fashioned Kings XI Punjab's 66-run victory over Mumbai Indians in their Indian Premier League match at Mohali Friday.
Sangakkara missed out on a well deserved century but propelled his team to a competitive 182, after being sent to bat by the rival skipper. The hosts then restricted their opponents to 116 for 9 in their quota of 20 overs with Chawla coming up with a brilliant four-over spell, in which he claimed two wickets.
Brett Lee also produced exceptional figures of 4-0-9-1 while Irfan chipped in with two wickets in his team's first victory in the tournament. Mumbai Indians' run chase was far from ideal with both the openers making an early exit courtesy brilliance of Australian paceman Lee.
The fast bowler removed dangerous Sanath Jayasuriya (1) with a superb catch off his own bowling and then effected Luke Ronchi's run out with an athletic fielding in the third over. West Indian Dwayne Bravo (23) and Robin Uthappa (21) then did the spade work, lifting the visitors with a 47-run third-wicket partnership.
But the duo went back to the pavillion in a gap of four runs, dealing severe blows to the hopes of the Mumbai team. Rookie Piyush Chawla clean bowled Bravo and local boy VRV Singh had Uthappa caught at short mid-wicket to give another blow to visitors hopes.
The visitors paid the price of not building partnerships as batsmen succumbed to pressure of soaring run-rate and plunged to their third successive defeat.
KXP v MI, IPL Match 10, Mohali: Kings XI Punjab 182 for 10 in 20.0 ovs beat Mumbai Indians 116 for 9 in 20.0 ovs by 66 runs

KXP v MI, IPL Match 10, Mohali: Yuvraj, Harbhajan would be eager to open account in IPL

With no certain word still on Sachin Tendulkar's Indian Premier League debut on Friday, Kings XI Punjab will be eager to take the opportunity to clinch an elusive win at home turf against Mumbai Indians at Mohali.
The Yuvraj Singh-led Punjab team, having lost both its matches -- against Chennai Super Kings here and Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur, is bound to be under pressure to record a victory as it will be again playing before their home crowd. Though Yuvraj is one of the dangerous batsman in this format of the game, he is yet to unleash his real firepower for which he is known. He scored 23 and 57 in his previous two matches.
Other top batsman Mahela Jayawardene is also yet to prove himself while his compatriot Kumar Sangakkara would wish to play a big knock on Friday. Punjab's other problem are its strike bowlers, who are yet to live up to their reputation.
Mumbai Indians, who are also yet to score a win, will be hoping that Sri Lankan veteran Sanath Jayasuriya plays a big knock as he has so far scored just 49 runs in his two outings. Besides, if Tendulkar, Mumbai Indians regular captain currently recuperating from his groin injury, is fit to play Friday, it will definitely add to the firepower of the team, also including Robin Uthappa and West Indian Dwayne Bravo.

DNC v RR, IPL Match 9, Hyderabad: Rajasthan Royals beat Deccan Chargers by 3 wickets

Rajasthan Royals beat Deccan Chargers by three wickets in the ninth match of the Indian Premier League on Thursday in Hyderabad.
Chasing a massive target of 215 runs, Royals scored the required runs with the help of blistering half-centuries from Yousuf Pathan (61 runs off 28 balls) and Graeme Smith (71 runs off 45 balls). Md Kaif (34) and Shane Warne (22 not out) played their parts with the bat to finish off the match with a ball to spare.
Earlier, Andrew Symonds struck form, hitting the fastest hundred of the tournament to steer Deccan Chargers to a challenging 214 for five in their Indian Premier League encounter against Rajasthan Royals here today. Put in to bat, the hosts overcame early blows to pile up the huge total, thanks to some lusty hitting by Symonds and his 111-run fourth-wicket stand with Rohit Sharma (36).
Symonds hit an unbeaten 117-run knock, studded with seven sixes and 11 boundaries off 53 balls, making full use of a dropped chance at the individual score of 75.
Yousuf Pathan failed to latch on a catch off Siddharth Trivedi at point giving the Australian a chance to notch up his hundred in just 47-balls. And he did it in style by lofting the rival skipper Shane Warne for a huge long-on six, during his superb innings, which made the rival bowlers look like ordinary. Paceman Munaf Patel and spin-great Warne bore the brunt of the Symonds fury as they conceded 55 and 47 runs in their quota of four overs.
Chargers' skipper VVS Laxman came to open the batting with Australian Adam Gilchrist and the duo put on 22 for the first wicket before Yousuf Pathan's double strike in the third over.
Royals skipper Shane Warne brought in Pathan early in the innings and the bowler responded with two wickets in an eventful over. Pathan dismissed the dangerous Gilchrist (13) on the second ball of the over as the Australian came forward, got deceived in the air, and was stumped by wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal.
Shahid Afridi then joined his skipper and hit a six and a boundary before handing a catch to Ravinder Jadeja at mid-on while attempting a big shot. Laxman (16) and Symonds then put on 43 runs for the third-wicket, which not only helped hosts to recover from 32 for two but set the platform for the big score.
Laxman became victim of Warne as he offered a caught and bowled chance while flicking, which the leggie accepted gleefully.
DNC v RR, IPL Match 9, Hyderabad: Rajasthan Royals 217 for 7 in 19.5 ovs beat Deccan Chargers 214 for 5 in 20.0 ovs by 3 wickets

DNC v RR, IPL Match 9, Hyderabad: Chargers look for change in fortunes

A beleaguered Deccan Chargers would look for a much-needed victory when they take on a resurgent Rajasthan Royals in their third IPL encounter at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Thursday.
The Chargers had received a drubbing at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders in their first match at the Eden on Sunday. However, with big guns like Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds, Shahid Afridi and skipper V.V.S. Laxman himself coming cropper they went down to Delhi DareDevils in their second match on Tuesday Laxman will be under immense pressure to deliver on Thursday as he has failed to show his mettle in the shortest format of the game. Other star players in the team are also likely to come under scrutiny over their performance.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals who lost their first match to Delhi DareDevils on Saturday, are on a high after their impressive win against Kings XI Punjab in their second match. With spin legend Shane Warne weaving his magic along with allrounder Shane Watson and young Ravindra Jadeja coming up with brilliant performances with the bat, the Jaipur team holds a psychological advantage over their opponent.
Watson scored a brisk 76 including five sixes in 49 balls against the Punjab team.
However, Mohammed Kaif’s form is a bit a worry for captain and coach Warne. Kaif fell cheaply in the last two matches scoring nine and five and he will have to fire to cut down the workload on Watson and other youngsters. After their nine-wicket loss to Delhi DareDevils, Warne said that he would want Kaif and Munaf Patel to play a big role in the team’s fortunes in the Twenty20 competition.

CSK v MI, IPL Match 8, Chennai: Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by six runs

Chennai Super Kings defeated Mumbai Indians by six runs in the eighth match of the Indian Premier League at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Matthew Hayden scored 81 off just 46 runs to help Chennai Super Kings put up a mammoth 208 for the loss of five wickets against Mumbai Indians.
Earlier, Matthew Hayden also featured in a century stand with Suresh Raina (53) as Chennai Super Kings amassed a big total against the Mumbai Indians. With a 46-ball knock that was studded with 12 fours and two sixes, Hayden once again proved the thorn in the flesh for Harbhajan Singh, who led the Mumbai side in absence of their regular captain Sachin Tendulkar, down with a groin injury.
Harbhajan, finally, found some solace when his direct throw caught Hayden short of ground towards the end of the innings. Put into bat, the Chennai Super Kings got off to a rollicking start with Parthiv Patel (14) and Hayden putting on 34 runs in the first three overs before Ashish Nehra applied the brake.
Nehra had Parthiv caught behind and five runs later, Mike Hussey (5) too was back in the hut after dragging a Dhaval Kulkarni delivery onto his stumps.
In Raina, Hayden found an able ally and the duo scored at a brisk rate. Raina was fluent as he smote Dwayne Bravo, Harbhajan Singh and Abhishek Nayar over the ropes to keep pace with Hayden, who was his aggressive self at the other end as they put on a century stand. The duo put on 104 runs in about 10 overs before Raina holed out to Bravo to depart after a 37-ball knock that included three sixes and as many boundaries.
Hayden, however, maintained the momentum and though Harbhajan pressed into service as many as eight bowlers, including himself, runs came thick and fast. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (30) chipped in with a 16-ball cameo to take the side past the 200-mark.
CSK v MI, IPL Match 8, Chennai: Chennai Super Kings 208 for 5 in 20.0 ovs beat Mumbai Indians 202 for 7 in 20.0 ovs by 6 runs

CSK v MI, IPL Match 8, Chennai: Super Kings ready to seek win against Mumbai Indians

MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings will be aiming for their second successive victory when they will take on Mumbai Indians, once again without Sachin Tendulkar, in the IPL match at Chennai on Wednesday.
Both teams have international stars capable of winning a match on their own but Dhoni was confident about keeping their slate clean. With some solid batting, the Chennai team had posted a 12-run an over average in their first match against Kings XI Punjab on Saturday, which they won by 33 runs.
But their not so effective bowling in the absence of new ball specialists Makhaya Ntini and Albie Morkel, who are yet to join the team, makes them a tad vulnerable. The Mumbai team, on the other hand, would be gunning for their first win in the tournament after losing to Rahul Dravid-led Bangalore Royal Challengers on Sunday. The team will once again be without Tendulkar, who is recovering from a groin injury and would be led by Harbhajan Singh.
It will be interesting to see Harbhajan and Matthew Hayden facing each other after their acrimonious face-off during India's tour of Australia earlier this year. Hayden had predicted that the competition would witness scores in excess of 200 an innings and the Chepauk wicket looks set to witness a run-feast.
The Mumbai team is no less strong with Sanath Jayasuriya, Dominic Thornely, Robin Uthappa and Shaun Pollock forming the top order in batting. The twin spin attack of Harbhajan and Jayasuriya could pose a lot of problems to the hosts' batsmen.
The organisers are expecting a packed stadium and have arranged an entertainment package for the fans with stars like well known drummer Siva Mani to roll his fingers on the musical instruments of different types, besides its brand ambassadors -- actors Vijay and Nayantara -- leading an ensemble of artists from the Kollywood.

DNC v DDD, IPL Match 7, Hyderabad: Sehwag leads Delhi Daredevils to easy victory

Riding high on Virender Sehwag's 94 runs, Delhi Daredevils outclassed Deccan Chargers by nine wickets in the seventh match of the Indian Premier League.
Chasing the target of 143 runs, Delhi Daredevils humbled Deccan Chargers in just 13 overs.
Earlier, Rohit Sharma hammered a 36-ball 66 as Deccan Chargers overcame a top order collapse to post 142 for eight in their Indian Premier League match against Delhi Daredevils. Rohit stood tall amid ruins to slam his maiden fifty in this format and his explosive 66 included six fours and four sixes before he holed out to Glenn McGrath off Rajat Bhatia.
Deccan Chargers skipper VVS Laxman's decision to bat first boomeranged with the hosts finding themselves in a hole with the score reading 45 for four inside 10 overs. After the miserly Glenn McGrath conceded just one run in the first over, identical two-wicket bursts from Mohammad Asif and Ferveez Maharoof tightened the noose around the hosts.
Adam Gilchrist (8) flicked Asif effortlessly for a magnificent six before dragging a delivery onto his stumps and crisis compounded for the hosts who soon had skipper Laxman (2) back in the hut, courtesy Asif. To make it worse, Maharoof claimed two scalps -- Y Venugopal Rao (14) and the danger man Andrew Symonds (12) -- in as many overs to pin them down. With the team in dire straits, much was expected from Shahid Afridi (2) but the Pakistani swashbuckler scratched around for seven balls before Bhatia caught him plumb in front as the hosts lost their top half for just 60.
DNC v DDD, IPL Match 7, Hyderabad: Delhi Daredevils 143 for 1 in 13.0 ovs beat Deccan Chargers 142 for 8 in 20.0 ovs by 9 wickets

DNC v DDD, IPL Match 7, Hyderabad: Deccan Chargers take on Daredevils on Tuesday

After a narrow defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders, Hyderabad Deccan Chargers would be aiming to register their first win in the Indian Premier League as they host Delhi Daredevils at Hyderabad on Tuesday.
The home side will have a big advantage in their game against the Delhi outfit as explosive Pakistani import Shahid Afridi will join the team for Tuesday's clash at Rajiv Gandhi international stadium. Apart from Afridi, the Chargers have a strong batting line-up consisting of captain VVS Laxman, Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds, Y Venugopal Rao, Rohit Sharma and Ranji players D B Ravi Teja and Kalyan Krishna.
The bowling department also looks impressive with the presence of Scott Styris, Chaminda Vaas, R P Singh and talented Hyderabad left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who took crucial wickets of Sourav Ganguly and Mohd Hafeez in their first match against the Knight Riders. The Delhi Daredevils led by Virender Sehwag are on a high after their convincing victory over Rajasthan Royals in Delhi.
The Daredevils will have the likes of A B de Villiers, Shoaib Malik, Mohammed Asif, Tillakratne Dilshan and Abdul Razzak who missed the first match against the Rajasthan team will join the squad. The Rajiv Gandhi stadium is braced up for the occasion with the light towers becoming formally functional last week. With a capacity to accommodate 40,000 spectators, the venue is going to have its share of the high voltage entertainment dished so far in the IPL. Deccan Chargers team (from): VVS Laxman (Captain), Scott Styris, Adam Gilchrist (Wicket Keeper), H Gibbs, Andrew Symonds, Sanjay Bangar, Rohit Sharma, Chamara Silva, Y Venugopal Rao, Chaminda Vaas, Nuwan Zoysa, Haldhar Das (Wicket Keeper), D Kalyan Krishna, Pragyan Ojha, DB Raviteja, PM Sarvesh Kumar, R P Singh, P Vijay Kumar and Arjun Yadav.
Delhi Daredevils team (from): Virender Sehwag (Captain), Gautam Gambhir, Manoj Tiwari, Daniel Vettori, Shoaib Malik, Dinesh Kartik, Glenn McGrath, Mohammed Asif, Ferveez Meharoof, Pradeep Sangwan, Brett Geeves, Rajat Bhatia, Shikar Dhawan, Yo Mahesh, Tillakratne Dilshad, Abdul Razzak, Mithun Manhas, Mayank Tehlan, Amit Mishra, Tejaswi Yadav, A B de Villiers and Yogesh Nagar.

KXP v RR, IPL Match 6, Jaipur: Watson and Jadeja steer Rajasthan to stylish win

Shane Watson and Ravindra Jadeja forged a fine unbeaten 69-run partnership as Rajasthan Royals reigned over the Mohali Kings XI in the Indian Premier League T20 tie at Jaipur.
It was a spirited effort from the Warne-led Jaipur unit with a very few big names against the Mohali Kings XI a team with fiery bowling attack and solid batting line-up. Shane Warne (three for 19) spun web around Kings XI to limit Mohali outfit for 165 for eight. In reply Jaipur riding on the efforts Watson and Jadeja hunted down the target with six wickets in hand and 18.1 overs to spare.
The match was evenly poised at 99 for 4 in 12th over when the young Jadeja joined Watson in the middle. The Indo-Aussie pair indulged in a calculated attack dispatching the first two balls of the over to boundaries and then milking the ball in the gaps for singles and twos.
Royals chasing a not-so-big target on a good batting strip got into trouble early on losing the top-three batters Kaif (5), Akmal (15) and Yusuf Pathan (7) in the first five overs.
KXP v RR, IPL Match 6, Jaipur: Rajasthan Royals 168 for 4 in 18.1 ovs beat Kings XI Punjab 166 for 8 in 20 ovs by 6 wickets

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.