Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
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Saturday, March 27, 2010
Today it will be a do or die match for KXIP. If they lose today they will almost lose the hopes of making further progress in the tournament and their matches will become just a formality. So its very important for KXIP to win today's match. Their task also got easier as they are playing KKR today which is also at bottom of the table after losing 3 consecutive matches. KKR started well in this tournament by beating champions and runners-up of last year but some how they lost their way and lost the momentum which they gained from the first two victories. But as we all know Saurav Ganguly, he is a like 'phoenix which can rise from ashes and conquers' and thats what make KKR a very mercurial side. Its very important match for both the teams and whichever team wins will gain some momentum and that will help them in their coming matches. At the end, I feel KKR is making some error in picking up team. I think they must include Charl Langeveldt in their playing eleven, he is very good bowler with lot of variation. So must win situation for both teams.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Finally DD broke the shackles and defeated the formidable RCB at their home. DD came out with aggressive strategy and dominated the match from the beginning as David Warner executed DD's plan superbly. RCB tried to control the match by picking up wickets but debutant Kedar Jadhav played a hurricane knock which put DD in commanding position. AB DeVilliers supported Kedar Jadhav very well and late hitting from A.McDonald ensured 180 plus score for DD. As usual RCB started well with their opening partnership putting 50 plus on the board but Kallis got out to the googly of Amit Mishra which turned the match in favour of DD. Good bowling and fielding from DD put RCB on the back-foot and they lost the match quite convincingly. RCB also have to blame their batsmen for playing wrong shot at wrong time and running between the wicket was also very poor from RCB. It is a good victory for DD as they needed it badly. I believe this will turn things around for them and they will qualify for semis if they carry the same form in coming matches.Nothing to lose of RCB yet, as they are in most comfortable position right now and one or two loss will not make difference to them. Most importantly Kevin Pietersen and Ross Taylor joining them soon, so it will make them more formidable.
Well as I said in my earlier posts when GOD is captain of your team and play as opening batsman than very seldom any team lose. Exactly same happened with MI. Sachin-The God again played master-piece and achieved the victory for MI. . He is such a phenomena. MI did gave Chennai a chance by allowing them to score 180 runs. Suresh Raina and Badrinath played fantastic half century knocks to put CSK in commanding position at the end of their innings but score looked very easy when Tendulkar and Shikhar Dhawan started brilliantly and hitting bowlers to all parts of the ground. Tendulkar played great anchor role and took his team to the doors of victory and Dwayne Bravo finished it off in style. With this MI reached top of the table and now they can think of qualifying for semis and its more or less certain for them because God is captaining them.
Today's battle will be between two great Australian players. This is the one contest where we will see total Australian flavour as resurgent RR take on confident DC. Things went bad for RR in first 3 games but they pulled it back by winning their last two matches and now they looks like the team of confident players who can take on anybody on a given day. On the other side DC are doing well in this tournament and their star players are in superb form. Both team have superb hitters in their team. I feel nobody will start favourite in this match because both teams are coming in to this match after doing well in their last 2 matches. Indeed, it will be a clash of Titans.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
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Friday, March 19, 2010
Hayden powered CSK to sensational victory with his mongoose bat which was first time used on Indian soil and used effectively. Another Australian Symonds powered DC to win with his intelligent hitting and and bowling and was perfectly supported by Sri Lankan veteran bowler Chaminda Vaas who is holding purple cap currently for his superb bowling. Irfan Pathan tired his level best by hitting big blows to achieve victory but his efforts went in vain. Superb maiden IPL 50 by Irfan. Delhi tried their level best by scoring good score of 185 but that was just not enough for them because they fell short of one bowler and I feel they made mistake by dropping Maharoof who was in good form and experimented with David Warner. All in all good wins for both South teams. For North teams I must say Delhi lost its way since their captain Gambhir got injured and they lost the momentum by losing tow matches on trot after winning the first 2 match of the tournament. As far as KXIP is concerned they just lost all 3 matches they played so far in this tournament and they are sitting at bottom with RR. Tough ask ahead for Delhi and KXIP and they have pull themselves up if they wants to qualify for finals. Delhi still have fair chance but if KXIP just lose one match than their chances will become bleak to qualify for semi-finals.
Coming to tomorrow's encounters, I feel it will be most important match for RR against KKR if RR lose here I feel they will not be able to qualify for semi-finals and this will not do any good to their confidence. Another batttle will be between MI and RC. MI looks formidable after the inclusion of Bravo and Pollard and their younger players Rayadu and Tiwary playing well in middle-order and master is also superb form.. Most importantly MI have won both their matches and they are unbeaten yet. As far as RC are concerned they are resurgent side after losing first match against KKR. They made good recovery by winning next two matches and momentum will be with them. I feel both these team will qualify for the semi-finals looking to their form and kind of players they have in their ranks. Kallis(RC) is still undefeated in this tournament after3 matches, will he get out tomorrow?
1. RC and DC who were finalists last year lost their first match to KKR which finished at bottom in last edition of IPL.
2. Yusuf Pathan hit the fastest century of the DLF-IPL in just 37 balls.
3. Most importantly as many as 8 players got injured in 1st week of IPL itself out of which 6 players were from India and 2 from International teams. This impact T20 World Cup heavily as more injuries will happen because of too much matches yet to be played.
4. 5 scores of more than 200 hundred scored in just 10 matches out of which MI scored 200 in twice in as many matches.
5. 102 sixes hit in just 10 matches means on an average 10 sixes approx. hit in each match.
6. Fast bowlers dominated the wicket tally but spinners dominated in containing the batters.
7. Praveen Kumar of RC picked up first hat-trick in this edition of IPL against RR.
8. Royal Challengers chased score of 200 successfully against KXIP which is rare in T20 cricket.
9. MI came out as formidable team in this edition while RR which was champion in 1st edition is the weakest team in this edition as they lost all 3 matches and their key players got injured.
10. Key foreign players missed the first week of IPL majority of them from New Zealand, Australia and England who are engaged in international ties at this moment.
So that was eventful first week of IPL got over and I feel coming week will be more eventful than the first where we will see more sixes, more centuries, more scores of 200, probably 250 as well.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Praveen Kumar shown what he is capable of by picking hat trick at crucial moment and put RC in commanding position. This bowler is capable of moving bowl both ways and if he is used intelligently by captain then I think can win matches alone for the team. He can also be transformed into good all-rounder if he works little more on his batting.
Two matches will be played tomorrow DD V/s CSK and DC V/s KXIP. In the case of DD they have to win this match and gain that momentum which they lost in their last match against MI. DD is having great chance to win tomorrow as CSK is become little weak in absence of their captain Dhoni and DD have to capitalize on that. As far as CSK is concerned they have to play out of the skin to beat DD who will come hard at them like hungry lions.
DC are having great chance to beat KXIP who bit down on confidence after two consecutive losses. As far as KXIP Yuvraj and Sagakkara have to fire at any cost tomorrow otherwise they will meet another defeat and that will not do any good to their progress in this tournament.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tomorrow's match will be between injury hit RR V/s RC who won sensationally against KXIP. Lot to play for RR as they already lost 2 matches and if they lose this match than their confidence will shattered badly. They already lost their 2 key players Smith and Mascrehans due to injury. As far as RC are concerned they got their confidence back by winning their last match and look formidable side now. I feel RC is one team which is having great players in their ranks only thing they required is application and if they apply themselves well than definitely they will be front-runners for semi-final birth. Going will be tough for RR from here on and their only hope is Yusuf Pathan.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
'Entertainment Kaa Baap' started on television with extra masti and later there will be mouth-watering contest in opening match between Kolkata Knightriders and Deccan Chargers. Intial stages of this edition of IPL will miss some big names like McCullum, Gayle, Pollard, Pieterson, Michael Hussey,etc. list continues.
Today's clash is between last year's champion and the team which finished last on Podium. I feel this year Knightriders will emerge as strong contender because they have sorted out all their problems related to captaincy and coaching except fake IPL player which remained in news last year more than the team itself. On the other side Deccan Chargers are defending champions and they play hard to retain their title, so all in all good contest will be on display.
For Knightriders, Sourav Ganguly I feel will be key as he is a captain and also off late he is in great form as we all saw in domestic cricket how well played and most important, he has not lost his timing at all and still a god on off-side. For Deccan Chargers player who will be important will be Andrew Symonds. I feel he is one player who can change the course of match with-in over or two.
This IPL edition will see some change in strategy break rule and it is like 2.5 minutes break between 6th to 8th over for batting side and for bowling side it will between 14th to 16th over unlike last year breaks of 5 minutes after 10 overs in each innings. Actually these break not needed but it has more commercial interest than team strategy interest.
So get entertained for next 46 days and forget daily soaps.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010