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Post by KP_fan Mon Apr 01, 2013 9:14 am

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Lo and behold the greatest cricketing spectacle known to mankind.....starting in a couple of days.....in it's 6th edition

And the mood of the nation is good.......on the back of a good test match series win.
test cricket is healthy and we can all enjoy IPL

Jalaj saxena, Rishi dhawan, baba aparajit, manan vohra, Ishwar Pandey, Parvez Rasool...the succeses of U-19 and FC have all been handed IPL contrcats.


Poor Kaif no takers for him....he has fallen a lot in the reckoning

Delhi will miss KP and Pune will miss Clarke.

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IPL 6: What the nine teams look like

Wisden India staff · Feb 3, 2013 ·
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Kolkata Knight Riders, the defending champions, only bought Sachithra Senanayake and Ryan McLaren. © AFP

Close to $US 11.89 million were spent on 37 players, and at the end of a process that lasted almost five hours, this is how the teams look ahead of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League:

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, M Vijay, S Badrinath, S Anirudha, Wriddhiman Saha, Shadab Jakati, Michael Hussey, Ben Hilfenhaus, Faf du Plessis, Albie Morkel, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dwayne Bravo.

Players bought or re-signed before the auctions: Baba Aparajith, Vijay Shankar.

Players bought in 2013 auctions: Dirk Nannes (600,000), Chris Morris (625,000), Ben Laughlin (20,000), Akila Dananjaya (20,000), Jason Holder (20,000).

Total 2013 Auction Spend: $US 1,285,000

DELHI DAREDEVILS
Virender Sehwag, Irfan Pathan, Naman Ojha, Ajit Agarkar, Unmukt Chand, Umesh Yadav, Yogesh Nagar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Pawan Negi, Manpreet Juneja, Mahela Jayawardene, Ross Taylor, David Warner, Kevin Pietersen, Morne Morkel, Andre Russell, Roelof van der Merwe.

Players bought or re-signed before the auctions: Kedar Jadhav, Siddharth Kaul, Sujit Nayak, Venugopala Rao, Gulam Bodi.

Players bought in 2013 auctions: Johan Botha (450,000), Jesse Ryder (260,000), Jeevan Mendis (50,000).

Total 2013 Auction Spend: $US 760,000

KINGS XI PUNJAB
Adam Gilchrist, Praveen Kumar, Piyush Chawla, Mandeep Singh, Parvinder Awana, Siddharth Chitnis, Nitin Saini, Sunny Singh, Bhargav Bhatt, Bipul Sharma, Paul Valthaty, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Harmeet Singh Bansal, R Sathish, Shaun Marsh, David Hussey, David Miller, Ryan Harris, Azhar Mehmood, Dimitri Mascarenhas.

Players bought or re-signed before the auctions: Manan Vohra.

Players bought in 2013 auctions: Luke Pomersbach (300,000), Manpreet Gony (500,000).

Total 2013 Auction Spend: $US 800,000

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS
Gautam Gambhir, Yusuf Pathan, Manoj Tiwary, Debabrata Das, Manvinder Bisla, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Rajat Bhatia, L Balaji, Iqbal Abdulla, Shami Ahmed, Pradeep Sangwan, Sarabjit Singh Ladda, Eoin Morgan, Brad Haddin, Brendon McCullum, Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee, Shakib Al Hasan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Sunil Narine, James Pattinson.

Players bought or re-signed before the auctions: None.

Players bought in 2013 auctions: Sachithra Senanayake (625,000), Ryan McLaren (50,000).

Total 2013 Auction Spend: $US 675,000

MUMBAI INDIANS
Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha, Ambati Rayudu, Amitoze Singh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Abu Nechim Ahmed, Aditya Tare, Pawan Suyal, Suryakumar Yadav, Sushant Marathe, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Aiden Blizzard, James Franklin, Mitchell Johnson, Dwayne Smith.

Players bought or re-signed before the auctions: Jalaj Saxena, Rishi Dhawan.

Players bought in the 2013 auctions: Ricky Ponting (400,000), Glenn Maxwell (1,000,000), Phil Hughes (100,000), Nathan Coulter-Nile (450,000), Jacob Oram (50,000).

Total 2013 Auction Spend: $US 2,000,000

PUNE WARRIORS INDIA
Yuvraj Singh, Robin Uthappa, Ashish Nehra, Murali Kartik, Ashoke Dinda, Rahul Sharma, Manish Pandey, Raiphi Gomez, Mithun Manhas, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ali Murtaza, Harpreet Singh, Anustup Majumdar, Krishnakant Upadhyay, Mahesh Rawat, Shrikant Wagh, Dheeraj Jadhav, Eklavya Dwivedi, Angelo Mathews, Alfonso Thomas, Wayne Parnell, Marlon Samuels, Luke Wright, Mitchell Marsh.

Players bought or re-signed before the auctions: Ishwar Pandy, T Suman, Udit Birla, Steve Smith, Tamim Iqbal.

Players bought in 2013 auctions: Michael Clarke (400,000), Abhishek Nayar (675,000), Ajantha Mendis (725,000), Kane Richardson (700,000).

Total 2013 Auction Spend: $US 2,500,000

RAJASTHAN ROYALS
Rahul Dravid, Ajinkya Rahane, S Sreesanth, Ashok Menaria, Stuart Binny, Siddharth Trivedi, Ankeet Chavan, Shreevats Goswami, Ajit Chandila, Shane Watson, Shaun Tait, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Kevon Cooper.

Players bought or re-signed before the auctions: Harmeet Singh, Dishant Yagnik, Owais Shah, Samuel Badree.

Players bought in 2013 auctions: James Faulkner (400,000), Fidel Edwards (210,000), Kushal Perera (20,000).

Total 2013 Auction Spend: $US 630,000

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
Virat Kohli, Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Saurabh Tiwary, Abhimanyu Mithun, Arun Karthik, Karun Nair, S Aravind, Mayank Agarwal, Vijay Zol, KP Appanna, Harshal Patel, Syed Mohammad, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Muttiah Muralitharan, T Dilshan, Daniel Vettori, Andrew MacDonald.

Players bought or re-signed before the auctions: Abhinav Mukund, Sandeep Warrier, Sunny Sohal, Prashanth Parameswaran.

Players bought in 2013 auctions: RP Singh (400,000), Moises Henriques (300,000), Jaidev Unadkat (525,000), Pankaj Singh (150,000), Ravi Rampaul (290,000), Christopher Barnwell (50,000), Daniel Christian (100,000).

Total 2013 Auction Spend: $US 1,815,000

SUNRISERS HYDERABAD
Ishant Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Parthiv Patel, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Akshath Reddy, Akash Bhandari, Amit Mishra, Anand Rajan, Ankit Sharma, Ashish Reddy, Bharath Chipli, Biplab Samantray, Dwarka Ravi Teja, Veer Pratap Singh, Cameron White, Chris Lynn, Dale Steyn, Rusty Theron, Kumar Sangakkara.

Players bought or re-signed before the auctions: None.

Players bought in the 2013 auctions: Thisara Perera (675,000), Darren Sammy (425,000), Sudeep Tyagi (100,000), Nathan McCullum (100,000), Clint McKay (100,000), Quinton de Kock (20,000).

Total 2013 Auction Spend: $US 1,420,000
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Post by KP_fan Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:06 am

and Gony play a blinding cameo to get Punjab to a decent total...giving Narine a bit of stick at the end.

I always say runs on the board is half the battle won......and Punjab put 157 on the board...that's nearly 8RPO.

Punjab has nothibg to lose as the fringe side and all to lose for KKR and hence the prressure on them
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Post by Mike Selig Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:47 am

Got to say I've enjoyed this IPL more than previous editions. I feel the standard is higher.

Is Shaun Marsh injured? Because otherwise it's hard to comprehend why David Miller would be picked ahead of him.

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Post by Mike Selig Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:53 am

As I type that, 2 of the worse bits of fielding I've seen in this tournament.

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:28 am

Morgan is going well again.

Just as I type that he is out lol
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Post by KP_fan Tue Apr 16, 2013 11:14 am

well the old theory...runs on the board is half the battle won....proves right again.
The match ebbed and flowed and settled in favour of the ones who had runs on the board
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Post by msp83 Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:21 pm

Excellent all-round performance from Manpreet Goni, 42 of 118, and then 1-18 in his 4 overs. Despite Gautam Gambhir (60) and Eoin Morgan(47) putting together 105 runs for the 3rd wicket at a very healthy run rate, KKR managed a massive middle order melt down, and eventually lost by 4 runs. Another close contest, must say I , like Mike find this IPL more enjoyable. Not too many 180+ totals, and a few very close matches have helped.
And yes Mike, Marsh indeed is injured, although he's expected to join the team at some stage during the tournament sooner rather than later.

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Post by msp83 Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:30 pm

After a half-decent start, DD are struggling against RCB at the moment, they are 72-3 in the 12th over. Mahela is still there. DD are playing 32 year Australian Ben Rohrer today, meaning no place for Andre Russell.
RCB are giving a game to Andrew McDonald in place of Dan Christian, and KL Rahul comes in for the injured Mayank Agarwal. Will Daniel Vettori ever get a game this season?

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Post by Mike Selig Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:49 pm

TBH KKR really messed that up. Tiwary and Yusuf "I once smashed a few but now everyone knows how to bowl to me but I still won't try and change my methods" Pathan particularly culpable. Good effort from the Kings XI in the field though.

DD really struggling this year. Jayawardene eating up so many balls not helping, he needs to really get going in these last few overs. There is a bit in this wicket, but you'd fancy one of Kohli, Gayle or AB to come off, and Andrew McDonald adds a bit to the lower order as well.

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Post by msp83 Tue Apr 16, 2013 1:48 pm

Gayle tried to take the attack to Morkel and got out after smashing a couple of 6s. Nehra had taken out KL Rahul as well. So now AB and Kohli will have to see them through, as there is not much quality batting left after this.
Think they should get Pujara in at the top along with Gayle ones he's fit. Would provide some solidity up front for the power packed top order, and on his day, he can score real quick as well. But I think he'll be available only since the 2nd half of the tournament.

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Post by Mike Selig Tue Apr 16, 2013 2:04 pm

RP Singh bowled some helpful dross at the end to make this a bit more interesting. Gayle looked as if he let his adrenaline get the better of him, back to the old days when he just swung at almost everything, and not how he's been playing recently.

RCB don't have the most balanced side, but on their day I wouldn't fancy anyone to beat them. I agree though that Pujara will strengthen their side.

Delhi's outcricket is probably the least accomplished I've seen. Jayawardene really doesn't impress me tactically. Very rarely has his best fielders in the right place.

This match could still get interesting, but DD need to break this partnership ASAP.

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Post by msp83 Tue Apr 16, 2013 2:24 pm

I always has thought there is a method to madness as far as Gayle's concerned. I think he doesn't want to get too predictable with his approach so that bowling sides could use their best bowlers accordingly. But today I think he picked out on the wrong bowler to attack.
And by the way it seems the speed guns have gone absolutely bonkers!, Morne apparently was firing them in at 170+ consistently!!!.

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Post by msp83 Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:04 pm

Another middle order melt down, and we have a super over. RCB collapsed from 129-2 in the 16th over to 140-7. Ravi Rampaul and Vinay Kumar somehow pushed them to the DD score of 152 and we'll have a super over. Chris G has a chance to have a decisive impact on the match even now.

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Post by Mike Selig Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:05 pm

Super over! Fairly poor effort from RCB, Kohli also it has to be say didn't manage the situation well once AB got out. Seemed to let his frustration show which could only hinder his partner further. Then that ludicrous run-out, then threw his wicket away.

Who bowls the super overs? Batting line-up for RCB will surely be Gayle, Kohli, AB whereas DD will go with Warner, Shewag and... (Jayawardene? but he's been in such poor form). Morkel may well bowl Delhi's and Rampaul for RCB?

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Post by Mike Selig Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:06 pm

I'm always surprised Gayle doesn't bowl more for RCB; he's a more than handy bowler.

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Post by msp83 Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:14 pm

So RCB scores 15 in their super over. The last couple of balls went for 6 and thus AB managed to find something for RCB from an otherwise impressive over from Umesh Yadav.

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Post by msp83 Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:14 pm

Will 15 be enough?

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Post by Mike Selig Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:24 pm

Pathan and Roherer? Seriously?

Good effort from Pathan, but RCB would have been delighted not to see Shewag coming out there.

Overall they played the better cricket, if you ignore the last few overs from either innings. No issues then.

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Post by msp83 Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:27 pm

Despite the efforts of Irfan Pathan, RCB wins the super over thriller. Ravi Rampaul picked David Warner first ball, then Irfan came out and hit a 4 and 6, needing to hit the last ball for 6 to win the game, Ben Rohrer was bowled by Rampaul.

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Post by msp83 Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:28 pm

Sehwag in his current form, may not have made a world of difference, but would have been a better choice than Rhorer for that matter.

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Post by msp83 Tue Apr 16, 2013 3:30 pm

Even now, Viru mostly hits the first ball he faces for 4, even though he would get out within the next few. A 4 of that last ball would have made it a very special super over indeed!.

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Post by KP_fan Tue Apr 16, 2013 4:29 pm

Royals messed it up Royally today....
KKR are looking stale..too much reliance on Kallis, Gambhir and Morgan.

Yousuf Pathan is amazing lasted 5 seasons of IPL doing from little to nothing to negative...after just one good season in IPL-1.
They would do well to dump Pathan for just aboput anyone.

Delhi are playing like their heart is not in the game
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Post by msp83 Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:52 am

PW v SH and RR v MI are the matches today.
SH are struggling badly at 86-7 after 17 overs.

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Post by Biltong Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:54 am

I just can't get myself to watch a full game of IPL.

I tried but failed several times.
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Post by msp83 Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:35 pm

An unbelievable collapse from Pune hands SH a win after having scored only 119 with the bat. PW lost 6 wickets in 15 balls, 4 of those including a hat trick, in the 19th over bowled by Amit Mishra, and eventually SH won by 11.

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Post by Guest Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:40 pm

COME ON SUNRISERS!

RR 118-2 after 14 overs

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Post by KP_fan Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:35 pm

msp83 wrote:An unbelievable collapse from Pune hands SH a win after having scored only 119 with the bat. PW lost 6 wickets in 15 balls, 4 of those including a hat trick, in the 19th over bowled by Amit Mishra, and eventually SH won by 11.

Mishra...take a bow.....he is bowling like Mushtaq Ahmed at his best....bamboozled the Pune side ......they couldn't put bat to ball....his googlies when he gets them right...and he is in full rythm this summer....are as good as Qadir and Mushie
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Post by KP_fan Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:45 pm

Tendulkar & Ponting are one deadload too many if not two
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Post by KP_fan Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:21 pm

the pitches are very sportingthis IPL......there is spin, swing and under the lights skiddy movement off off the pitch for seamers.

if you put 140 on the board....it is very much defendable
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Post by msp83 Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:51 pm

MI hammered, absolutely hammered by the Royals from Rajasthan!. Must say I absolutely loved it. RR scored a very impressive 179-3 in their 20 overs, Ajinkya Rahane with 68 not out, Watson, Yagnik and Hodge, all played fine hands to put up that total. Then they bowled MI out for 92 with 10 balls remaining. A huge loss for MI, by 87 runs.

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Post by KP_fan Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:09 pm

Mumbai cannot afford Ponting and Tendulkar both in the team.
and Bhajji is also hanging on reputation.

His refusal to take the run when Rayadu ran all the way to his end......was criminal.

and his showing eyes in anger......air of seniortiy expecting Raydu to sacrifice his own wicket...when laziness fault was on part of Bhaj......summed up the approach of Mumbai...expensive individuals...but lacking team spirit.
less expensive and low profile but better knit sides like Rajasthan and Hyderabad ......are doing better as coehisive teams

The've gotta drop Tendulkar.....cause Ponting is their captain..and has top play
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Post by subhranshu.kumar.5 Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:26 am

It was a cherishing victory for Rahul Dravid and company. I just hope to see this champ holding the IPL trophy for Rajasthan team.
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Post by KP_fan Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:56 am

wisden has published an interesting article on benchwarmer's XI in this IPL:

http://www.wisdenindia.com/cricket-blog/benchwarmers-xi/58854



Almost on a daily basis something amusing happens at the toss in the Pepsi Indian Premier League. Aside from commentators attempting to greet the local crowd in a language they have little clue about and certain overzealous former players taking the brief of being light and entertaining a bit too far, that is.

As soon as the toss happens, the captain is asked very briefly about his team for the day. If the team is unchanged, there’s a convenient escape route, but otherwise, there’s chaos. Some captains remember who they’ve brought into the eleven, but not who they’ve left out. Others just grin in embarrassed manner, clutching at the sheet they have in hand. At best, captains remember what they’ve done with their foreign players, but that’s perhaps because it’s only four names to remember.

Which brings us to the question, what exactly is the sanctity of having only four foreign players in the playing eleven in the IPL? The logic is straightforward – this is an Indian domestic tournament, and the bulk of the players need to be local for the action to have any sort of resonance with the bulk of the audience. But, why four and not three, or five? The number is perhaps not wrong, given that there are just enough quality Indian players – capped and uncapped combined – to staff nine teams.

What does bear looking at, however, is the fact that teams can have a maximum of 10 foreigners in their squad. This means, that, on any given day, as many as six foreign players in each team are warming the bench, distributing energy drinks or chatting vacantly on the mic with the commentators back in the booth. That’s a maximum possible total of 54 foreign players collecting a pay cheque and twiddling their thumbs while matches are on.

Naturally, with some players not being available for the whole duration of the tournament, and a need to have back-ups for key players, when four are allowed in the eleven you need an allowance for a few more in the squad. But, a casual look at the kind of talent that has sat out in the sixth season tells you that it has not been easy for franchises to get the balance right. While most teams will struggle to get even three of their foreign players to feature in all 16 games in the season, the number of players who have not even got one match is startling.

Setting this as the benchmark, this column set out to pick a playing eleven made exclusively of foreigners who have yet to open their account in IPL VI.

This, a tenth team to the league if you will, the Benchwarmers XI, would give any franchise a run for their money. Leading the team is New Zealand’s captain, Brendon McCullum, who set the tournament on its way in 2008 with a blazing 158*, a score that hasn’t been bettered in all the editions that have followed. To open with McCullum, we have Luke Pomersbach, making up a right- and left-hand combination. Owais Shah slots in at No. 3, followed closely by fellow Englishman Luke Wright. Ryan ten Doeschate, Glenn Maxwell and James Franklin all bring both batting and bowling to the table. Fidel Edwards can be given the role of enforcer, roughing up the batsmen at the start even as Ben Hilfenhaus draws outside edges with his late away swing. With all the part-time spin options on board, there’s scope for two specialists and in come Daniel Vettori and Ajantha Mendis.

Roelof van der Merwe, the combative left-arm spinner, wins the 12th man’s slot while Brad Haddin narrowly missed the cut, with a surfeit of keeping options in the mix.

While IPL rules will not allow this team to take the field, franchises might take a moment to check if they’re overstaffed on the foreigners front. After all, having all these quality cricketers in the mix but not playing them is a sheer waste – of money and talent.

Benchwarmers XI: Brendon McCullum (capt, wk), Luke Pomersbach, Owais Shah, Luke Wright, Ryan ten Doeschate, Glenn Maxwell, James Franklin, Daniel Vettori, Ajantha Mendis, Ben Hilfenhaus, Fidel Edwards. 12th man: Roelof van der Merwe.
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Post by msp83 Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:51 am

Think KKR will have to find a way to play Brendon. He's one of the best T-20 batsmen, and he's been in top form as well in recent times. Perhaps they should bench Senanayake and get Brendon in.

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Post by msp83 Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:51 am

CSK v DD is the match of today.

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Post by KP_fan Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:44 am

msp83 wrote:Think KKR will have to find a way to play Brendon. He's one of the best T-20 batsmen, and he's been in top form as well in recent times. Perhaps they should bench Senanayake and get Brendon in.
Brendon ?

I think you mean McCullum......is how he is commonaly known as Smile

by getting McCullum in....they will have to replace their Opening bat WK whose name eludes me.....and they also need to get rid of Pathan
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Post by msp83 Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:07 pm

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msp83 wrote:Think KKR will have to find a way to play Brendon. He's one of the best T-20 batsmen, and he's been in top form as well in recent times. Perhaps they should bench Senanayake and get Brendon in.
Brendon ?

I think you mean McCullum......is how he is commonaly known as Smile

by getting McCullum in....they will have to replace their Opening bat WK whose name eludes me.....and they also need to get rid of Pathan
MS Bisla, the wicketkeeper opener for KKR, has done an OK job, but Brendon, I mean the elder McCullum!, is a world class T-20 batsman and he's in good form and KKR can't waste away his services.

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Post by msp83 Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:10 pm

CSK meanwhile are batting against DD. Mike Hussey back in for CSK, and the injured Nannes goes out. Mohit Sharma comes back in, replacing S Anirudha.
Yet again, CSK fail to make best use of the powerplay overs. They are 56-1 after 9 overs. Sure they haven't lost too many wickets, but I think they should in general, adopt a more busy approach in the early half of the innings than what they have been doing so far this season.

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Post by msp83 Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:14 pm

And of course, the big team news of the day from DD is that Ajit Agarkar is playing!!, replacing Ashish Nehra.

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Post by msp83 Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:29 pm

You can't mess with Ajit Agarkar!. 5 runs of 2 overs, he won't forgive that insult. Serves up some real short ones and a couple of really fuller ones, goes for 14 in his third over, and all's well with the world!.
Now watch out for the 4th over from Ajit, he always takes wickets in his last over after going for plenty!!.

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Post by msp83 Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:31 pm

A frustrating innings from Raina comes to an end, he really struggled to get going today, just when he was slowly getting to open up, Irfan gets him caught behind. 30 of 32 for Raina, a real slow innings by his standards. MSD in at 4 today.

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Post by KP_fan Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:53 pm

Dhoni helicoptered his way to a hard hiting and quick 40 odd...Hussey has still top quality cricket left in him......Delhi continues to be listless......they need to get rid of sehwag next season as much as Mumbai needs to get rid of tendulkar this season mid way
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Post by msp83 Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:11 pm

CSK scored 169 thanks to handy contributions from Mike Hussey and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. They were going at 6 an over up to the half stage Raina and Hussey then opened up a bit, and then MSD came in and smashed around to score 44 of 23.
In response, DD are struggling at 49-4 after 9 overs. Warner, Mahela, Sehwag, Juneja, are all gone. Mohit Sharma with 3 wickets and Chris Morris picked up the other. Jeevan Mendis and Kedar Jadhav out in the middle for DD.

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Post by KP_fan Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:28 pm

Delhi is being anhilitaed...like Mumbai yesterday.
aging stars...listless, spiritless sides.......not gelling as a team.

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Post by msp83 Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:46 pm

Massive win for CSK, They've won by 86 runs. DD have been bowled for just 83. Good comeback from CSK after a badly executed chase against PW in the last game. Delhi just continue a very depressing season for them so far.

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Post by msp83 Thu Apr 18, 2013 2:55 pm

What would DD not give for Kevin Pietersen and even Jesse Ryder at this stage? KP had set up the early half of their season and Sehwag was on terrific form throughout the season. This time there is no Pietersen, and Sehwag is struggling to hold onto his place in the side.
Delhi should at least get in some fresh minds on the field and try stem the rot. May be someone like Roelef van der Merwe could offer some positive energy for them, and domestic players like Yogesh Nagar who did alright for them in the past could be given a look in as well. It would take a massive effort to turn this season around for them, no matter what changes they try, but at least they should try rather than emulate Team India during their horrer run.

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Post by KP_fan Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:07 pm

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/cricket/series-tournament/sachin-tendulkar-bids-adieu-to-odis/top-stories/I-will-stick-to-my-job-and-you-stick-to-yours-Tendulkar-tells-critics/articleshow/19616810.cms?

Tendulkar denies retirement considerations...and we have to carry the dead load of his greatness for god known how much longer
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Post by msp83 Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:44 am

SH v KXIP is the only match of today. Both sides are coming off come from behind surprise wins.

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Post by msp83 Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:59 pm

Sunrisers Hyderabad, a side that never really looks like a winning one, has registered yet another scrappy win. Their bowlers, through a good collective bowling display restricted KXIP to 123, and although they lost 5 wickets in the chase including Quinton de Kock for 0 and skipper White for just 16, managed to reach home in the 19th over, Thisara Perera finishing things off with some power cricket, 3 huge 6s of Azhar Mahmood in the 19th over to see the chase through. Significant contribution from Hanuma Vihari as well, top scoring with 46.

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Post by KP_fan Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:52 pm

msp83 wrote:Sunrisers Hyderabad, a side that never really looks like a winning one, has registered yet another scrappy win. Their bowlers, through a good collective bowling display restricted KXIP to 123, and although they lost 5 wickets in the chase including Quinton de Kock for 0 and skipper White for just 16, managed to reach home in the 19th over, Thisara Perera finishing things off with some power cricket, 3 huge 6s of Azhar Mahmood in the 19th over to see the chase through. Significant contribution from Hanuma Vihari as well, top scoring with 46.

Hyderabad are doing what Warne led Rajasthan did in IPL-1.....mind over matter.......team spirit over solo stardom.......whole is greater than the sum of parts.......every man has pulled his weight one time or the other and the one who was no pulling his weight...captain..dropped himself.
Mishra has been the only consister super performer.......reconforming my long held belief that he should be in the India squad at home.

Justifiably he is the purple cap holder
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Post by Guest Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:57 pm

COME ON SUNRISERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

can we progress?

sadly i dont think we can, we have a fantastic bowling attack, but our batting line up is awful

WE MISS DHAWAN AND JP!!

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