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Friday, May 16, 2008

Deccan Chargers again defused by Delhi Daredevils!!!!

Amit Mishra registered the second hat-trick of the tournament as Daredevils beat Deccan Chargers by 12 runs in their Indian Premier League match at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Thursday.
Chasing 195 for victory, the Chargers suffered an early jolt when captain Adam Gilchrist (13) fell to McGrath in the 3rd over of their inning.
Shahid Afridi (33), promoted up the order as opener, and Herschelle Gibbs (22) added 50 runs for the 2nd wicket partnership in very less time within 4 overs, with some lusty hitting.

But when the things look to have settled down for chargers both got out in quick time , both to spinner Amit Mishra who later got the second HAT-Trick of the tournament..

Then Rohit Sharma (35 in 18 balls) and Scott Styris (29) put on 39 runs for the 4th wicket before Sri Lankan Maharoof got the wicket of both.

Venugopal Rao again showed an aggressive intent again in his 18-ball 34 (3x4 and 2x6) before get out to McGrath try to hi another six, but could not manage to clear the boundry Rope and got out in the hand of substitute Shoaib Malik making no misstake in the deep.

Then again shewag face the same condition as He face against the Chennai Supar Satrs when Chargers needed 15 of the last 6 balls, but this time shewag choose the right man to bowl , and Amit Mishra also did not let down his captain.

Mishra came back to take a hat-trick, the second of the tournament after Chennai's Lakshmipathy Balaji, picking up D Ravi Teja [Images] (9), Pragyan Ojha (0) and RP Singh (1) to finish with figures of five for 17.

Deccan Chargers finished at 182 for 9, 12 runs short off their target.

Earlier, half-centuries by Gautam Gambhir (79) and Shikhar Dhawan (68*) powered Daredevils to 194 for 4.

Earlier Gilchrist won the toss and elected to field first,and started well to get the wicket of Shewag for duck (0) in the first over but Gambhir and Dhawan added 133 runs for the second wkt in just over 14 overs.

Gambhir again made well paced 79 on just 48-ball included seven hits to the fence besides three sixes. Dhawan's unbeaten knock was a product of his 52-ball stay during which he hit eight boundaries.

Gambhir did not look quite convincing either. Twice he was almost caught and once escaped a run-out, making ground just in time to hang around.

The southpaw finally broke the shackles in the fourth over, milking 20 runs off it. R P Singh banged one short and Gambhir sent it over deep square leg ropes.

Dhawan was content playing the second fiddle all along and the left-hander hit Shahid Afridi for back-to-back boundaries to reach his half-century.

Both of them laid the perfect foundation for a late burst but Gambhir's dismissal, stumped off a wide ball from Pragyan Ojha, came as anti-climax.

Ferveez Maharoof chipped in with an 11-ball 19.

Amit Mishra removed Ravi Teja, Pragyan Ojha and RP Singh off three successive balls in a dramatic last over to record the second hat-trick of the tournament. His figure read 4-0-17-5.

Score Card: Delhi Daredevils:(Gautam gambhir-79,Sikhar Dhawan-68* Ojha-2/19)
deccan Chargers: (Afridi-33,R Sharma-35,V Rao-34, Amit Mishra-5/17, F Maharoof-2/39)

Amit Mishra Hat-Trick video

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Knight Riders and daredevills ready for the crucial Match!!!

Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils, both are having a chance to make the semi-finals, will look to climb up the Indian Premier League (IPL) ladder after their high-voltage clash here on Tuesday.
Kolkata and daredevills bothe are equal on points , but the knight Riders are ahead on Net Run Rate. Knight Riders captain Saurav Ganguly has struck form and will be eager to maintain the mini winning streak of two matches. The Daredevills Openers shewag and Gambhir both are in good touch and played some very good innings, but their middle-order did not do well in the tournament and they will have to find the touch quickly.
Both teams will go into the battle with different feelings. One one side Knight Riders have won their last two matches to take their tally to eight points from eight matches, On the other hand Daredevills have suffered close defeats in their last three matches to remain at eight after won the 4 off the fivwe matches earlier. Knight Riders also have edge over Daredevills to play at their Home Ground.
From Knigh Riders side Shoaib Akhtar is likely to play todays match, which is benifit for them , in Dare Devills team Karthik may miss this match as he did not do well in the tournament.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Royal Challengers flop show continues!!!!!!!

Royal Challengers was defeated by Kings XI Punjab comprehensively by 9 wickets in an IPL Twenty20 match at PCA stadium Mohali on Monday.

Chasing a modest target of 144 to win, Kings XI Punjab reached their target with 4.2 overs spare
Opener Shaun Marsh again came out with a good knock of impressive 74 not out to ensure it was an easy chase for the Mohali team.
Marsh first put on 42 for the opening wicket with compatriot James Hopes (27 with three sixes) and then he put on unbroken 102-run partnership for the second-wicket with Luke Pomersbach (34 not out) to ensure the win.
This is the 6th win in 9 matches for Kings XI Punjab, which keeps them in 3rd place in the points table.
On the other hand Royal Challengers lost their 7th Match in the 9 matches and now their chances to make to the semi-final are over.
Earlier, Bangalore Royal Challengers batsmen once again could not click and manage just a modest 143 for eight which was not a big total to chasefor the inform Kings XI Punjab..
The pace trio of S Sreesanth , Irfan Pathan and VRV Singh bowled with tight Line and length, did not allow the opponents to score runs easily and making life difficult for them.
South African wicket keeper bats man Mark Boucher (39) and skipper Rahul Dravid (29) were the only who put up some resistance after electing to bat on a pitch,
Sreesanth was the pick of the bowlers for the Punjab and get the good figures of 3 for 29 in his 4 overs..
Young leg-spinner Piyush Chawla also impressed with his bowling as he got 2 wickets.
Pakistani Misbah-ul-Haq (21) eased off the pressure by hitting some good shots but did not last long as he was unlucky to get out HIT wicket
Misbah trod on to his stumps while negotiating a Sreesanth delivery which came in, forcing him to begin a long trudge back to pavilion.
White was undone by a stunning caught and bowled by Chawla, who ran about 15 yard towards mid-wicket to latch on to a mistimed shot.
Match Summary :

Royal Challenger (M Boucher- 39, R Dravid- 29, Misbah-21, Sreesanth-3-29 , P chawla 2-33)
Kings XI Punjab( S Marsh-74*, L Pomersbach- 34*, J Hopes-27 , V kumar – 1/11)

Five Knight Riders asked to leave the HOTEL

The Kolkata Knight Riders team management on Monday "politely" asked five of the players, who had not played any match, to leave the team hotel.
The players are Ranadeb Bose, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sourasish Lahiri, Yashpal Singh and Hokkaido.
One of the players said they were "given the option of either staying at the team hotel or going home."
"It was clear what the team management wants. Apparently coach John Buchanan feels that he has found his set combination and had no need for the bench players," one of the players said.
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Riders defuses the chargers Again at thier HOME

Knight Riders again show that they are better then Deccan Chargers by beating them at Hyderabad by 23 runs in an Indian Premier League match at Hyderabad on Sunday. This is the kolkata's second win over chargers after the home win at kolkata eden garden.
Chasing a huge total of 204 the chargers reduced to 181 for seven wickets in their 20 overs after they needed 33 runs in the last over.
Riders bowl very well in the middle overs reduce the chargers to 63/4 in the 9th over. Venugopal Rao gave a fight to the riders but on the other end no one support him, He made magnificant 42 ball-71 Runs with six huge sixes and baged the DLF maximum sixes award. rohit sharma( 33 off 24 balls) and the captain Adam Gilchrist(24 off 17 balls) were the other mjor contributor.
In yesterdays match it was Saurav Gangully " DADA" who played splendid inning of 91 off 57 balls with 11 fours and 5 big sixes, He also tooks two good catches and also got two important wickets.
Ganguly won the toss and decided to bat first but Salman exit in the first over pegged back the visitors.Ganguly joined hands with Aakash Chopra (24) and added a 69-run stand to steady the ship before chopra gets out for 24, after the wicket of Akash Chopra David Hussey Came out to the field, then gangully and hussey added 102 runs for the Knight Riders .
Hussey remained unbeaten after a 29-ball knock that included four boundaries, besides three sixes.Laxmi Ratan Shukla was not out on 14 off just three balls as the Knight Riders went past the 200-run mark with the help of an overthrow by R. P Singh on the last ball.
RP Singh took the wicket of Saurav Ganguly.
After this match Knight Riders again came into the top 5 place and still in the Race of reaching to semi finals.
Kolkata Knight Riders ( 204/4, Saurav Ganguly-91,D Hussey*-57, L Shukla *-14, Vijay Kumar 1-21, RP singh 1-59, Ojha 1-25)
Deccan Chargers( 181/7 , Venugopal Rao*-71, R sharma-33, Gilly-24 A dinda-3-33 , Ganguly- 2-25 , L shukla 1-16)