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Indian Premier League Cricket News May 1-10, 2008
CSK v KXP, IPL Match 31, Chennai: Balaji hat-trick highlights Chennai win
May 10, 2008Lakshmipathy Balaji claimed five-for and became the first man to achieve a hat-trick in the Indian Premier League as the Chennai Super Kings posted an enthralling 18-run win over Kings XI Punjab on Saturday.
A fourth-wicket partnership of 91 between Subramaniam Badrinath (64) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (60 not out) helped the Super Kings on their way to a total of 181 from 20 overs. The Kings' reply started well enough as opener Shaun Marsh posted 58 but the middle order failed to spark and the match was beyond the visitors by the time paceman Balaji struck in the final over to remove Irfan Pathan, Piyush Chawla and Vikram Singh in successive deliveries.
The win lifts Chennai to second place in the IPL points table with six wins from nine matches, while Punjab are third, two points behind but with a match in hand.
CSK v KXP, IPL Match 31, Chennai: Chennai Super Kings 181 for 4 in 20.0 ovs beat Kings XI Punjab 163 for 9 in 20.0 ovs by 18 runs
RR v DC, IPL Match 30, Jaipur: Rajasthan Royals beat Deccan Chargers by 8 wickets
May 09, 2008A swash-buckling 68 off 37 balls by Yusuf Pathan and his brilliant century partnership with Graems Smith (40) led Rajasthan Royals to a resounding eight wicket victory over Hyderabad's Deccan Chargers, in the IPL cricket tournament at the SMS stadium Jaipur.
Asked to bat first, Hyderabad were restricted to only 140 for 8 in 20 overs with the help of a hurricane 61 by acting Captain Adam Gilchrist in the absence of injured skipper VVS Laxman. Rajasthan Royals achieved the victory target losing only two wickets of Yusuf Pathan and Smith with the latter scoring his third fifty in the tournament.
This is the sixth victory of Rajasthan Royals in eight matches they have played so far, while Hyderabad has suffered their sixth defeat in equal number of matches.
RR v DC, IPL Match 30, Jaipur: Rajasthan Royals 141 for 2 in 16.0 ovs beat Deccan Chargers 140 for 8 in 20.0 ovs by 8 wickets
KKR v BRC, IPL Match 29, Kolkata: Knight Riders beat Bangalore by five runs
May 08, 2008Kolkata Knight Riders came back to winning ways, defeating Bangalore Royal Challengers by five runs in a pulsating rain-curtailed encounter of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Thursday night.
Sourav Ganguly's side restricted Royal Challengers to 124 for four after posting a challenging score of 129 for seven in their allotted 16 overs. The match witnessed a keen tussle between the two sides fighting for their survival in the Twenty20 league. Though it was not a high scoring game, the highlight of the match was some eye-catching fielding and disciplined bowling from both sides.
Needing 19 off the last over, the South African wicketkeeper fought a lonely battle and hit Ishant for a boundary in the first ball to reduce the margin. That was all he could manage, as his valiant effort could not see his side through and they fell short by five runs. Ganguly was adjudged the man of the match for his excellent bowling. He gave up just seven runs in his three overs in which he picked the important wicket of Dravid.
Earlier, Royal Challengers dampened the home crowd's spirit, restricting the Knight Riders to 129 for seven.
With this victory, Knight Riders now have 2-0 win-loss record against Royal Challengers. Ganguly's men had thrashed the Bangalore side in the opening match of the IPL last month in Bangalore.
KKR v BRC, IPL Match 28, Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders 129 for 7 in 16.0 ovs beat Bangalore Royal Challengers 124 for 4 in 16.0 ovs by 5 runs
DDD v CSK, IPL Match 28, Delhi: Super Kings beat Delhi Daredevils in last-ball thriller
May 08, 2008Chennai Super Kings struck 15 runs in the last over to score a thrilling four-wicket victory over Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 tournament at Delhi Thursday.
Chasing 188 runs, the Super Kings won the crucial match, losing six wickets in the bargain on a steamy afternoon at the Feroze Shah Kotla Stadium. Eventually, it was left to their fast bowler Manpreet Gony to hit a six and a four in the last over bowled by Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik. A wide and a single and now Chennai needed three from three balls. Badrinath got a couple and a dot ball left him to get a single off the last ball to win. The Tamil Nadu Ranji Trophy captain stepped out and swung the last ball into midwicket. Shikhar Dhawan made a valiant, but vain effort to make a catch of it.
Daredevils seemed to have lost the grip over the game when Albie Morkel stuck into Virender Sehwag to hit three sixes and a four in his quickfire 30. He and man-of-the-match Mahendra Singh Dhoni turned things around for the Chennai side before both fell in quick succession in the closing overs.
The chase was always going to be tough, but opener Vidyut Sivaramakrishnan (40) and Stephen Fleming (44) gave the visitors a rousing start. Mahendra Singh Dhoni must be thanking his stars as nothing went right for him after he put Daredevils in to bat. Daredevils scored 187 for five, thanks to their two in-form batsmen Gautam Gambhir (80) and Dhawan (59).
The Kotla track is never known to provide any assistance to the bowlers, but Dhoni, who have made it a habit of chasing in the tournament, stuck to his strategy against the Daredevils. Sehwag was on fire and his quick-fire 23 off 18 balls dented the confidence of the Chennai bowlers. Taking advantage of Sehwag's blitzkrieg, Gambhir tore the attack apart.
Gambhir got a reprieve in the second over, when he was half way down the track and had given up but Suresh Raina's wayward throw saved him. He then went on to hit 11 boundaries and a huge six in his 49-ball knock. Gambhir and Dhawan added 121 runs for the third wicket to raise hopes of a victory.
DDD v CSK, IPL Match 27, Delhi: Chennai Super Kings 188 for 6 in 20.0 ovs beat Delhi DareDevils 187 for 5 in 20.0 ovs by 4 wickets
MI v RR, IPL Match 27, Mumbai: Mumbai Indians register third consecutive win
May 07, 2008An inspired performance by the bowlers backed by robust fielding helped Mumbai Indians to their third straight win in the Indian Premier League (IPL), beating leaders Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets at Mumbai.
After bowling out Rajasthan Royals for a paltry 103 in 16.2 overs, Mumbai Indians surpassed the target for the loss of just three wickets from 15.1 overs. After openers Yogesh Takawale (27) and Sanath Jayasuriya (18) had given Mumbai Indians a decent start, putting 41 runs for the first wicket, Robin Uthappa, in the company of Takawale and then Abhishek Nayar, steered the home team to a comfortable win.
Earlier, the luck of the toss went the way of the Mumbai Indians and Shaun Pollock had no hesitancy in putting the visitors into bat, the move paying off as they were bowled out for only 103. Without the services of Sachin Tendulkar for the seventh match running, the home side rode on the superb opening bowling spells from Pollock and Ashish Nehra, complemented by Dhawal Kulkarni, Dwayne Bravo and Rohan Raje, who got two wickets each.
MI v RR, IPL Match 27, Mumbai: Mumbai Indians 104 for 3 in 15.1 ovs beat Rajasthan Royals 103 in 16.2 ovs by 7 wickets
CSK v DC, IPL Match 26, Chennai: Deccan Chargers win by 7 wickets against Super Kings
May 06, 2008Deccan Chargers won by seven wickets against Chennai Super Kings in the 26th Indian Premier League (IPL) match played at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday. Chasing a target of 145 runs, the Hyderabad team put up a total of 148 runs for the loss of three wickets with two overs remaining.
Chargers' stand-in skipper Adam Gilchrist scored a quick-fire 54 off 36 balls that included seven boundaries and two sixes. Gilchrist was rightly adjudged Man of the Match. Scott Styris on 36* runs and Shahid Afridi on 20* runs remained unbeaten. For Super Kings, Manpreet Gony and Albie Morkel took a wicket apiece.
Earlier, put in to bat first by Chargers, Mahendra Singh Doni-led Chennai scored 144 for seven against the visitors. Suresh Raina (32), Morkel (29 not out) and Dhoni (23) were the main contributors with the bat. For Chargers, RP Singh took two wickets giving just 12 runs.
With this win, the Deccan Chargers are now placed sixth in the standings. Out of the seven matches played so far, the Hyderabad team have won two and lost five.
CSK v DC, IPL Match 26, Chennai: Deccan Chargers 148 for 3 in 18.0 ovs beat Chennai Super Kings 144 for 7 in 20.0 ovs by 7 wickets
BRC v KXP, IPL Match 25, Bangalore: Kings XI beat Royal Challengers by six wickets
May 05, 2008Kings XI Punjab registered their fifth consecutive victory in the Indian Premier League (IPL), defeating Bangalore Royal Challengers comprehensively by six wickets in a round robin match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium Bangalore.
After bowling out Royal Challengers for a paltry 126, Kings XI reached the target with 10 balls to spare. Opener Shaun Marsh (39 off 34 balls) and Ramnaresh Sarwan (31 off 29) were the main run-getters for the visitors. The duo had put the foundation for the run chase with a 54-run first-wicket partnership after James Hopes (5) was picked up by Zaheer Khan (29/2) in the second over.
However, Kings XI captain Yuvraj Singh (1) missed out once again. Medium-pacer Praveen Kumar (22/2) cut short his stay at the crease when he sneaked one off to wicketkeeper Devraj Patil. Mahela Jayawardena (17 off 22) and Irfan Pathan (17 off 17) eventually saw Kings XI home without further damage. Skipper Rahul Dravid, with 66, played the lone hand for Royal Challengers. Virat Kohli (34 off 36) was the other hosts' batsman to score double figures on a day where five of their batsmen failed to open their accounts.
Dravid played a captain's knock that was studded with nine fours and a lone six. He shared a crucial 54-run stand with Virat Kohli (34 off 36 balls) after the team was reduced to 15 for three in 3.3 overs. Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla was the pick of the Kings XI bowlers, taking three wickets for 25 runs in his four overs. However, it was pacer Sreesanth (16/2) who started the demolition in the very first over. He picked up opener Wasim Jaffer (0) with a perfect away swinger in the fourth ball and then cleaned up debutant Cameron White (0) with a delivery that nipped back after pitching.
Irfan Pathan (13/1) and V R V Singh (33/1) were the other wicket-takers for the visitors.
BRC v KXP, IPL Match 25, Bangalore: Kings XI Punjab 127 for 4 in 18.2 ovs beat Bangalore Royal Challengers 126 in 19.2 ovs by 6 wickets
RR v CSK, IPL Match 24, Jaipur: Royals thrash Super Kings by 8 wickets
May 04, 2008Rajasthan Royals scored a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings in their Indian Premier League match at Jaipur yesterday and moved into the top of the table.
Chasing just 110 to win, the Rajasthan team reached the target for the loss of only two wickets and with 5.4 overs to spare. The win was the Shane Warne-led team’s fifth straight after their opening loss at the hands of Delhi. The Chennai team, meanwhile, suffered their second straight reverse, after the loss against Delhi in their last match, after winning their first four matches. South African captain Graeme Smith (35 not out) and Swapnil Asnodkar (32) put on 78 runs for the opening wicket to put the result beyond doubt, if any.
Earlier, a sensational best ever bowling spell of Twenty20 cricket by Pakistani left-arm pacer Sohail Tanvir (6/14) helped Rajasthan Royals skittle Chennai Super Kings for a paltry 109. Tanvir’s unbelievable 4-0-14-6 figure was also the best of the IPL so far.
He was ably supported by Munaf Patel (two for 16), Shane Watson (one for 19) and captain Shane Warne (one for 29) in completely destroying the Super Kings batsmen after their captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat. Tanvir started on a sensational note removing Parthiv Patel (0) LBW from his first ball with the visiting opener plumbed in front of wicket.
RR v CSK, IPL Match 24, Jaipur: Rajasthan Royals 110 for 2 in 14.2 ovs beat Chennai Super Kings 109 in 20.0 ovs by 8 wickets
MI v DD, IPL Match 23, Mumbai: Pollock inspires Mumbai victory
May 04, 2008Veteran all-rounder Shaun Pollock wound back the years to inspire Mumbai Indians to a 29-run win over Delhi Devils on Sunday which lifted them off the foot of the IPL table.
The South African cracked a rapid 33 with the bat before claiming figures of two for 16 from his four overs as Mumbai surprised the tournament leaders. The hosts' total of 162 for eight had looked very achievable for a Delhi side which had won four times in the IPL going into the clash, but they reckoned without Pollock at his economical best.
Virender Sehwag's quickfire 40 was as good as it got for the Daredevils, who were bowled out for 133 inside 19 overs in reply. Pollock's fellow quick Ashish Nehra finished with three for 25.
MI v DD, IPL Match 23, Mumbai: Mumbai Indians 162 for 8 in 20.0 ovs beat Delhi DareDevils 133 in 18.5 overs by 29 runs
KXP v KKR, IPL Match 22, Mohali: Kings XI beat Knight Riders by 9 runs
May 03, 2008Irfan Pathan and Sreesanth took two wickets apiece as Kings XI Punjab defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by nine runs in their Indian Premier League match at the PCA Stadium.
Apart from David Hussey, who made 71 runs, and Prasanta Saha (59*) no other batsmen stood their grounds. Kolkata Knight Riders were restricted at 169/6 in their full quota of 20 overs by the Kings XI bowlers.
Kings XI Punjab scored a competitive 178 for the loss of six wickets against Kolkata Knight Riders in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium on Saturday. Opener Shaun Marsh was the top scorer for Kings XI with 40 off 32 balls.
Except for Karan Goel, all Kings XI batsmen scored double figures with leg-spinner Piyush Chawla scoring a quick fire 21 off seven balls late in the innings to help the hosts set up a challenging target before the Knight Riders.
KXP v KKR, IPL Match 22, Mohali: Kings XI Punjab 178 for 6 in 20.0 ovs beat Kolkata Knight Riders 169 for 6 in 20.0 overs by 9 runs
BRC v DC, IPL Match 21, Hyderabad: Royal challengers edge out Deccan Chargers by 3 runs
May 03, 2008Excellent bowling from leading pacers helped Bangalore Royal Challengers pull off an exciting three-run win over Deccan Chargers, Hyderabad, in the DLF-Indian Premier League played at Bangalore today.
Chasing a modest 157 to win, Chargers were restricted for 153 for six with Royal Challengers' fast bowlers Dale Steyn, Zaheer Khan and Praveen Kumar lifting the local team needing a win desperately. Half centuries by consistent Rohit Sharma (57) and captain V V S Laxman (52) was not enough as visitors were rattled by Praveen who took the wickets of Laxman, Herschelle Gibbs and dangerman Shahid Afridi. Praveen Kumar was declared man of the match.
Earlier, useful contributions from Wasim Jaffer (44) and under-19 captain Virat Kohli (38), who added a purposeful 72 for the third wicket, helped the hosts reach a moderate 156, and their bowlers using the seaming conditions well, rattled the Chargers and once Rohit Sharma departed, caught Jaffer off Jacques Kallis, the Chargers charge was scuttled. With this win Royal Challengers registered their second win in the League having played six matches. Deccan Chargers, the other 'wooden spoonists' in the eight-team league, have only one win from equal number of matches to take the lost spot in the league. Kohli, who joined Jaffer, continued his good form sending the Deccan bowlers to all corners in his brief stay.
Skipper Rahul Dravid extended the ante for the locals with a compact innings of 26 backed with some lusty cheers in the Bangalore stadium. He hit two huge sixes in his 21-run essay. In the 19th over of the match, Chargers' bowler Scott Stryis and Praveen Kumar came face to face with some argument for blocking former while fielding.
Umpire Billy Doctrove pacified both the players. However, it did not affect the match.
BRC v DC, IPL Match 21, Hyderabad: Bangalore Royal Challengers 156 for 8 in 20.0 ovs beat Deccan Chargers 153 for 6 in 20.0 ovs by 3 runs
CSK v DD, IPL Match 20, Chennai: Sehwag leads Daredevils to victory
May 02, 2008Virender Sehwag condemned the Chennai Super Kings to their first defeat in the IPL as his quick 71 led the Delhi Daredevils to an eight-wicket victory on Friday.
Set a target of 170 for victory, Sehwag wasted little time and he needed only 41 balls to reach his total, smashing seven fours and four sixes as he tore through the Chennai attack. He was eventually out in the 12th over, slashing at a Joginder Sharma delivery to be caught at backward point by Muttiah Muralitharan, but with Delhi already within 55 runs of victory at that point, the damage had been done.
Gautam Gambir completed a half-century of his own as Delhi feasted on the Chennai bowling, but he was out for 50 when he sent an inside edge on to his own stumps off Manpreet Gony. Chennai managed to slow the run rate significantly in the later stages, but they could do nothing to prevent Shikhar Dhawan (19) and AB De Villiers (26) scoring the remaining runs needed for victory with six balls to spare.
Chennai had earlier made 169 for six after winning the toss and electing to bat. S Vidyut's first half-century of the tournament provided the backbone of the innings as he made 54 of 37 balls, hitting seven fours and one six. Vidyut had come in after Yo Mahesh, the young Chennai native bowling for Delhi, had removed the off-stump of opener Stephen Fleming to dismiss the New Zealander for 13.
Fellow opener Parthiv Patel survived two dropped catches before being caught at third man by Mahesh after slashing at a Virender Sehwag delivery.
After veteran Glenn McGrath finally dismissed Vidyut, Mahendra Singh Dhoni contributed 32 before he was caught by Shoaib Malik off Mohammed Asif, but with wickets in hand in the late overs, Chennai could swing their bats and Albie Morkel came in to make 28 off just 16 balls to keep the score moving along. McGrath was the pick of the bowlers for Delhi, taking one for 21 from his four overs.
CSK v DD, IPL Match 20, Chennai: Delhi DareDevils 172 for 2 in 19.0 ovs beat Chennai Super Kings 169 for 6 in 20.0 ovs by 8 wickets
DC v KXP, IPL Match 19, Hyderabad: Shaun Marsh guides Kings XI to victory
May 01, 2008Shaun Marsh sizzled on his Indian Premier League debut and blasted unbeaten 85 off 62 balls as Kings XI Punjab thumped Deccan Chargers by seven wickets with seven balls to spare to coast to their third win of the tournament at Hyderabad on Thursday night.
Chasing 165, the Punjab side romped home in 18.5 overs losing just three wickets. Marsh, son of former Australian opener Geoff Marsh, was the outstanding performer for the winners with a belligerent half century that included 11 boundaries besides a six off Nuwan Zoysa.
Earlier, Rohit Sharma stood tall amid ruins and hammered an unbeaten 42-ball 76 as Deccan Chargers posted 164 for eight despite a middle and lower order collapse. Right since winning the toss, the Punjab XI did everything right and were always in firm control of the proceedings.
They began their chase on a positive note with Marsh imposing himself on the Deccan bowlers. Though it was his shot that brushed Sanjay Bangar's fingers before hitting the wicket with non-striker Ramnaresh Sarwan (15) well outside the crease, the youngster made amends by scoring at a brisk rate.
The hosts managed to hit back with D Kalyankrishna removing Kumar Sangakkara (3) and Zoysa taking a catch off his own bowling to scalp Yuvraj Singh ( 14).
Marsh, however, found an able ally in Mahela Jayawardene (45 not out) and the duo milked the Deccan attack with consummate ease to take the match away from the hosts.
DC v KXP, IPL Match 19, Hyderabad: Kings XI Punjab 167 for 3 in 18.5 ovs beat Deccan Chargers 164 for 8 in 20.0 ovs by 7 wickets
RR v KKR, IPL Match 18, Jaipur: Rajasthan Royals beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 45 runs
May 01, 2008Rajasthan Royals continued their winning streak, defeating Kolkata Knight Riders by 45 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium at Jaipur Thursday.
Chasing 197, the Knight Riders were bowled out for 151 in 19.1 overs and slumped to their third consecutive defeat in the tournament.
After losing their first match against Delhi Daredevils, Rajasthan Royals have managed four wins in a row. Knight Riders started their run chase shakily. Pakistani Salman Butt, who made his IPL debut, was the first wicket to fall as he inside-edged a delivery from Sohail Tanvir onto his stumps in the second over of the match.
Ajit Agarkar, promoted to number three in the batting order, made a quick-fire 20 off 13 balls before he was caught behind while trying to cut a straight delivery from Shane Watson. Australian David Hussey (42 off 30) shared a crucial 68-run stand with skipper Sourav Ganguly (52 off 39) to bring the Knight Riders’ run-chase back on track.
Rajasthan Royals’ captain Shane Warne (1/20) got rid of Ganguly in the 14th over, and then Siddharth Trivedi (31/2) went through Hussey’s defence. It was all over for the Knight Riders as no other batsman could make any valuable contribution. The Knight Riders were ultimately bowled out with five balls to spare.
Earlier in the day, debutant Swapnil Asnodkar (60 off 34) and Yusuf Pathan (55 off 33) powered Rajasthan Royals to 196 for the loss of seven wickets. The duo put on 53 runs for the third wicket. Asondkar’s dream outing came to an end when he was picked up by Pakistani pacer Umar Gul in the 12th over.
Pathan was at his dangerous best, standing back and slogging most of the deliveries. In his fiery innings, he hit six boundaries and two sixes. Youngster Ravindra Jadeja scripted the perfect finish for the Royals with a cameo of 33 off 19 balls.
For Knight Riders, Gul was the best bowler, picking up three wickets for 31 runs, while Ishant Sharma, Agarkar and Laxmi Ratan Shulka got one each.