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Monday, 22 April 2013
Good Luck Delhi

Good Luck Delhi


With five straight defeats, Delhi need to step up if they are to stay in contention for a place in the knock-out rounds. It was a bad responce from Delhi this year as they had played 5 matches and won 0 till now so hope for the better tonight as a exciting match is being held at Firoz Shah Kotla Stadium , Delhi between Delhi and Chennai . It might be a reason to loose as there is a un-present man named Kevin Pieterson who can make the team win if he could play but unfortunately he is suffering from a serious injury this year . As there captain supports the team always and hope for the best . If they have to begin in this season then they have to win this match to increase there point ratings otherwise it would make difficult for DD to be in the game . 
Gilchrist gone, Sunrisers created Storm

Gilchrist gone, Sunrisers created Storm


Good start from Punjab as Gilchrist won the toss and elected to bat first as this pitch provides alot of bounce for the spiners . As Mandeep Singh ( Mandy ) can't score well as compared to the previous matches he scored 3 runs and goes back to the pavilion . Gilchrist tried to support the team and made a statergy to maintain on the strike but he cought out from Ishant Sharma . David Hussey and Piyush Chawla maintain on the strike as longer as they could and made a average score which would not create enough difficulties for Sunrisers . Now it would depend on the two rising bowlers of Punjab ( Praveen Kumar & Piyush Chawla ) who could prevent SRH to win the match as they had taken a early wicket . This does'nt make difficulties if Sunrisers could maintain on the strike for a longer period of time to win the match as they are on the 3 number in the IPL points table .
Today IPL match

Today IPL match


Chennai Super Kings v/s Kolkata Knight Riders 









Royal Challengers Bangalore v/s Rajasthan Royals
Go on Gayle

Go on Gayle

Dilshan is playing well in this innings but he is not the best because the main player that RCB had is the Six hitter ( Gayle ) who is playing well and it will be easy for RCB to chase for the run scored as it was not a good score from RR
. At this stage the only main reason to win this match for RR is to maintain the position in the top 3 teams of the IPL points table .As both the teams is on the top 3 ranking of the IPL points table this match is very important for both the teams . As Shaun Tait and Shane Watson is trying to get the early wickets but they are not able to . As 117 is not a good score to chase the runs . If Gayle would made this game win on his own then it might be the owner of the orange cap . 
Match Details

Match Details



Match 28 :-

Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians










Match 29 :- 

Kings XI Punjab vs Pune Warriors India 

Saturday, 20 April 2013
Finch Forecast

Finch Forecast

Today an awesome innings was played by Fin
ch to cope up a great score against CSK  as Ryder can't do well in this match only scored 8 runs of just 13 balls if  Ryder can do well in this match then it would make difficult for CSK to chase for the run scored . Jadeja had balled well in this innings and also cought difficult catches . If  PWI bowlers can't do well it will be a very easy win for CSK and would also increase point rating for CSK in IPL points table . A big hand of Smith who had scored 36 runs of just 18 balls and pulled one of the best sixes in IPL . Ashok Dinda , Rahul Sharma are some of the best bowlers that PWI have so hope for the best in this innings .
Awesome victory from KINGS XI in their hometown , Mohali

Awesome victory from KINGS XI in their hometown , Mohali

Truely well played by Kings as it was a debue match of Manpreet Gony but still he had played to well in his 1st match of IPL . Sunil Narine hat-trick when Gony walked out to bat, but his 18-ball 42 gave Kings XI a target to bowl to. As Gambhir and Eoin Morgan were chassing the runs scored . As with the bowling of the Kings it made high pressure on the KKR to chase the runs and Gambhir played well even under pressure . After the wicket of Gambhir KKR is hoping for more than better to win the game . After it is a crucial win from Punjab as it would increase the points rating in the IPL score board .
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IPL points table 2013

Ipl 6 Teams 2013MatchWonLostTiedN/RPtsNet RR
Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB)642006+0.362
Mumbai Indians (MI)431006+1.150
Rajasthan Royals (RR)431006+0.230
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SH)532006+0.139
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)422004+0.432
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)523004
+0.136
Chennai Super Kings (CSK)422004--0.123
Pune Warriors (PW)523004-0.854
Delhi Daredevils (DD)505000-0.854
Bad batting from RCB

Bad batting from RCB


Press interview of Virat Kohli who is not happy with the performance of his team as they had'nt done too well in the previous match . Instead of Ab de villiars no one remains on the strike with Kohli for a long time . As Kohli played well and scored 62 off 43 . That Super Over, de Villiers said, was tough to get through: "It might be entertaining for the viewers but I tell you, it's not very enjoyable when you're out there with so much pressure and only six balls. I was very happy to see the last two balls sail over the boundary, which got us into a good position to win the game." Gayle can't contribute into this match but RCB is hoping a good score in the future 
Good Luck Delhi

Good Luck Delhi



With five straight defeats, Delhi need to step up if they are to stay in contention for a place in the knock-out rounds. It was a bad responce from Delhi this year as they had played 5 matches and won 0 till now so hope for the better tonight as a exciting match is being held at Firoz Shah Kotla Stadium , Delhi between Delhi and Chennai . It might be a reason to loose as there is a un-present man named Kevin Pieterson who can make the team win if he could play but unfortunately he is suffering from a serious injury this year . As there captain supports the team always and hope for the best . If they have to begin in this season then they have to win this match to increase there point ratings otherwise it would make difficult for DD to be in the game . 
Gilchrist gone, Sunrisers created Storm

Gilchrist gone, Sunrisers created Storm


Good start from Punjab as Gilchrist won the toss and elected to bat first as this pitch provides alot of bounce for the spiners . As Mandeep Singh ( Mandy ) can't score well as compared to the previous matches he scored 3 runs and goes back to the pavilion . Gilchrist tried to support the team and made a statergy to maintain on the strike but he cought out from Ishant Sharma . David Hussey and Piyush Chawla maintain on the strike as longer as they could and made a average score which would not create enough difficulties for Sunrisers . Now it would depend on the two rising bowlers of Punjab ( Praveen Kumar & Piyush Chawla ) who could prevent SRH to win the match as they had taken a early wicket . This does'nt make difficulties if Sunrisers could maintain on the strike for a longer period of time to win the match as they are on the 3 number in the IPL points table .
Today IPL match

Today IPL match


Chennai Super Kings v/s Kolkata Knight Riders 









Royal Challengers Bangalore v/s Rajasthan Royals
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
Kallis wicket was my big moment: Rahul Shukla

Kallis wicket was my big moment: Rahul Shukla


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Jharkhand pacer Rahul Shukla was over the moon when he claimed the wicket of Jacques Kallis in his second game for the Rajasthan Royals. The wicket was a crucial breakthrough and helped the fight back and was also a personal triumph for the young pacer to be able to pocket the scalp of one of the best batsman in the world. 

Defending 144 runs, the youngster dealt a double blow in the third over of the Kolkata Knight Riders innings after they had got off to a flying start. The pacer castled Manvinder Bisla and a ball later sent back Kallis, caught behind, to give his team a chance to fight back. 

His fellow pacers then picked wickets at regular intervals and did not let the opposition recover and ensured a victory for the Rajasthan Royals in their first home game of the season. 

Shukla who has been in good form in domestic cricket, came into the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013 and has turned out to be one of the key wicket-takers for his team. Encouraged by his captain Rahul Dravid and senior fellow pacers S Sreesanth and Shaun Tait the youngster now has two big scalps against his name from two games – Mahela Jaywardene (in the first game) and Kallis. 

An overjoyed Shukla spoke to iplt20.com briefly after the win about the match and his scalps.

Excerpts from the brief post-match interview:

On Kallis’ wicket being a memorable moment for him?

In the first match that I played against Delhi Daredevils I was very nervous but I got the wicket of Mahela Jaywardene and then today I got Kallis out and it has given me tremendous confidence. 

On his celebration after sending back Kallis and whether he had planned for the dismissal?

No, there was no planning. Kallis is my favourite batsman and taking his wicket was a big moment and I am very happy. I was to bowl at his body and fast and that is what I did and it worked. 

On what was the plan when he was introduced into the attack especially since KKR had scored 18 of the first two overs? 

Our planning was not to give width to the batsman. The wicket was fast (had pace in it) and if you give width to the batsman, the delivery could go for a boundary. So I bowled to Bisla, fast and on the stumps and that uprooted his stumps and then I fumbled and fell (on the next ball) and the next one again I bowled fast (and got wicket). So the plan was not to give width to the batsman. 

On the pace attack getting purchase out of the wicket for RR?

They had Brett Lee but we had Shaun Tait, S Sreesanth and me and then we also had Kevon Cooper and Siddharth Trivedi. We had a good pace attack and we had worked on it and executed it well. 

On Brad Hodge playing a crucial innings? 

Yes there was Brad Hodge’s innings and also Dishant Yagnik hit Sunil Narine for runs. He made quick 16 runs and that helped too. 

On Siddharth Trivedi following up with quick wickets after him?

That made a lot of difference. Even after I took two wickets there run rate was good. They were scoring runs. But he didn’t concede runs and also took wickets which put pressure on them and they lost wickets. 

On Eoin Morgan’s capitalising on the half-chance that he survived early on and whether that mounted pressure on the Royals as he kept KKR in the game? 

It was a tough catch to hold on to and Watson tried, you can’t do much about that. Yes there was a bit of pressure later on. When I bowled to him he hit me through the covers and he hit me for a six too. So then I bowled a slower one to him. He was bringing it close and but then once he got out the match was ours. 

On Kevon Cooper’s spell and finishing the game for RR once again?

Yes, he is really good. 

On learning and advice by Shaun Tait? 

Sreesanth and Tait have been very helpful. They have been encouraging and boosting my confidence. While bowling in a match having confidence is very important. They help me a lot. 

On advise by skipper Rahul Dravid?

He is my favourite batsman and a very good person and he has also been helping me a lot and encouraging me. He tells me I am good player and that certainly boosts my confidence.

What do you think is your strength?

I bowl good Yorkers, slower ones. With the new ball I use pace and bowl fast and then in the slog I can bowl the slower ones. 

On whether he considers pace being his strength and what he focuses on?

It depends on the situation of the match. Today when I bowled fast I gave away runs so then shifted to bowling slower deliveries. Having variety in your bowling is important while playing twenty20 matches. 

On his preparation leading up to the IPL?

Yes I did prepare, worked on slower and back-hand slower, Yorker. I played twenty20 for the state team in domestic tournament and did well (it has helped). It is important that I do well. 

We needed to build partnerships: Manoj Tiwary

We needed to build partnerships: Manoj Tiwary


Manoj-Tiwary-RR-vs-KKR-IPL-2013

Kolkata Knight Riders lost to the Rajasthan Royals in an exciting game of cricket. With the kind of batting line-up the defending champions have, it was a game that few would have thought KKR would lose after restricting the home team to 144 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. 

However, a sudden middle-order collapse after milking the first over for 14 runs changed the tone of the game as the match slipped away from the Gautam Gambhir-led side. 

Left floundering on 20 for two, Manoj Tiwary and Gautam Gambhir added 20 runs before both departed in the seventh over. And although Eoin Morgan held up one end and capitalised on the life he had got early on, he kept losing partners at the other end and was unable to revive the innings.

While speaking to iplt20.com, Tiwary analysed the defeat and said that lack of partnerships cost them match and the team would regroup and iron out the crease going ahead in the tournament. 

Excerpts from the brief interview:

While chasing you wouldn’t have anticipated such a tight finish?

We didn’t think we will lose the match the way we started but that’s the beauty of T20 game. We all know that sudden fall of wickets can change the course of the match and eventually that is what happened. We lost quick wickets in the third over and it (the match) went to them. 

Would you say that you had restricted them well?

Yes. We kept them to 144 on a wicket that was playing good, so we just needed to build partnerships which we didn’t do in the second half. I think that if there were some partnership then we would have been able to win the match. 

Eoin Morgan brought the game very close. What according to you was the turning point of the game?

Couple of wickets falling (early on) and wickets kept falling at regular intervals. Most of (us) batsmen, we have to sit down and think about the shot selection. Because more than they taking wickets we have given away the wickets by playing bad shots. I think we have to learn from these mistakes and move on from here. There is a long way to go now, there are another 14 matches [to be played still. I think we can do much better. 

Are you feeling in good nick?

Yes, I am feeling in good nick but I need to continue more with my batting. Because I am just coming off an injury and am getting the feel of the match in the centre and I am confident that I will do well.

source: iplt20.com
RR vs KKR - M8 Report & Stats: IPL 2013

RR vs KKR - M8 Report & Stats: IPL 2013


Rajasthan Royals continued their winning form with a convincing 19 run win over Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. Defending a modest 144, the RR bowlers put on a good show to bowl out KKR for 125 to script their second win of the tournament.

Rajasthan-Royals-vs-Kolkata-Knight-Riders
The Match coin used for the toss during match 8 of the the Pepsi Indian Premier League ( IPL) 2013 between The Rajasthan Royals and the Kolkata Knight Riders held at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on the 8th April 2013
Chasing 145, KKR started off briskly with Gautam Gambhir giving the charge to Sreesanth and depositing him for a six in the very first over. Rahul Shukla struck twice in the third over, first bowling Manvinder Bisla (1) before having Jaques Kallis (0) caught behind. Siddharth Trivedi then further sunk KKR dismissing Gambhir (22) and Manoj Tiwary (14) in quick succession. Yusuf Pathan (0) fell the very next over to Kevon Cooper leaving KKR reeling at 44 for 5.

Laxmi Shukla (2) fell to Trivedi handing him his third wicket. Eoin Morgan (51) who was given an early reprieve by Shane Watson on 2, made the most of it smashing Rahul Shukla for a boundary and a six off the 14th over. KKR lost Rajat Bhatia (12) holing out at deep midwicket off Shaun Tait, before Sreesanth picked up Brett Lee (5). 

Needing 23 runs from the last two overs, Cooper sealed the match taking the wicket of the well set Morgan who was slow to begin but played some sparkling strokes once he had his eye in. KKR were finally bowled out for 125 runs, 19 short of RR’s total. 

Earlier in the evening, KKR won the toss and elected to field. Lee struck first having the dangerous Watson (5) caught at short extra cover. Ajinkya Rahane hit two consecutive boundaries off Mohammad Shami, but RR struggled to find momentum and managed just 35 runs in the power play. Bhatia bowled Rahul Dravid (17) to give KKR their second wicket. Stuart Binny (14) followed soon after out leg before to Laxmi Shukla.

Rahane put his foot on the pedal hitting Mohammad Shami for a six, as RR took 14 runs of his over, but KKR struck back with Sunil Narine striking twice. He first removed Rahane (36) caught behind before having Kevon Cooper stumped. Brad Hodge (46*) struck a few lusty blows to push forward RR's score. He found an ideal companion in Dishant Yagnik (16) who smashed a six and a boundary of Narine to score 18 runs of the 19th over. RR eventually finished at 144 for 6 from their 20 overs.

Man-of-the-Match: Siddharth Trivedi

Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 144 for 6 in 20.0 overs (Brad Hodge 45*, Sunil Narine 2-28) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 125 all out in 20.0 overs (Eoin Morgan 51, Siddharth Trivedi 3-23) by 19 runs.

Eoin-Morgan-Maximum-Sixes-RR-vs-KKR-IPL-2013
Karan Ahluwalia Country Head, Media & Sport Banking, Yes Bank presents the Yes Bank Maximum Sixes Award to Eoin Morgan of Kolkata Knight Riders during match 8 of the the Pepsi Indian Premier League ( IPL) 2013 between The Rajasthan Royals and the Kolkata Knight Riders held at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on the 8th April 2013
Stats Highlights:

5: Number of times times Rajasthan Royals have won their opening game of an IPL edition at Jaipur

7: Number of times Jacques Kallis has been dismissed without scoring in the IPL – including four golden ducks!

16: Number of dot balls bowled by Brett Lee in his four overs

18: Number of runs conceded by Sunil Narine in his fourth and final over – most he has ever conceded in one over in IPL.

125: Is Kolkata Knight Riders’ total – their lowest ever against Rajasthan Royals.

150.1: The clocked speed of the last delivery of Shaun Tait’s second over– the fastest in this IPL.

Siddharth-Trivedi-Man-of-the-Match-RR-vs-KKR-IPL-2013
Mr Sandeep Kalia Chief Executive Officer, Valvoline Cummins Limited presents the Man of the Match Award to Siddharth Trivedi of Rajasthan Royals during match 8 of the the Pepsi Indian Premier League ( IPL) 2013 between The Rajasthan Royals and the Kolkata Knight Riders held at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on the 8th April 2013
Presentation:

Siddharth Trivedi is the Man of the Match. Trivedi: "Ball was seaming a bit in the first innings, it really worked bowling wicket to wicket, suited my style of bowling. I enjoyed bowling here, in India, if you get such wickets, fast bowlers put in more effort. Tait is a good mate and he guides me when I approach him. Sometimes I feel he bowls 150 and I am only in 130s but I use what I have."

Rahul Dravid: "With the bat, we were at least 15-20 runs below par, but our bowlers responded very well. Partnership between Hodge and Yagnik got us there. Trivedi bowled a good spell, Gambhir's wicket was a big one, we picked regular wickets in the early overs. Look at their middle order, Pathan, Morgan, Tiwary, Gambhir, who wants to bowl spin to them, pound them with a bit of pace."

Gautam Gambhir: "We kept losing wickets at the wrong time. 144 was a good job done by the bowlers, it was a good wicket to bat on, we should have chased it, we played bad shots and kept losing wickets whenever we had a partnership. The way Brett bowled are very good signs for us. Hopefully we can get many more pitches like this."

Sreesanth: "Always great to bowl on a green top. Was nice to see five fast bowlers playing. Gambhir knows exactly what I bowl, so he was charging at me. What a wicket, man, I am still excited about this wicket, we should stick to this wicket."

Rahul-Dravid-Nayi-Soch-Award-RR-vs-KKR-IPL-2013
Devyani presents the Star Plus Nayi Soch Award to Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid during match 8 of the the Pepsi Indian Premier League ( IPL) 2013 between The Rajasthan Royals and the Kolkata Knight Riders held at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on the 8th April 2013
source: iplt20.com
We will try and play like Daredevils: Irfan Pathan

We will try and play like Daredevils: Irfan Pathan


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It is a painful five run loss that the Delhi Daredevils are coming off as they face an upbeat Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede stadium on Tuesday. It was a much better performance by the Daredevils as compared to their tournament opener against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Their ace speedster Umesh Yadav picked up four wickets against the Rajasthan Royals and one of their key batsmen in the lineup David Warner; showed some form scoring a 56 ball 77 in the Daredevils’ run chase. 

Both their matches in the tournament have been contrasting. In the first game, their batting gave way, whereas in the second, their bowlers leaked far too many runs. Come Tuesday, against the Mumbai Indians, the Daredevils would want to put up a good collective effort on the field. 

“We have discussed after the two losses as to where we went wrong and what needs to be done, we are just trying to get better and to be honest we haven’t played to our potential. Once we start playing to our potential, I think we are going to beat many sides in the tournament,” said Daredevils all-rounder Irfan Pathan, who addressed the press here in Mumbai.

A lot of big names are missing from the DD lineup and one of the biggest names missing out in the two matches played so far has been Virender Sehwag who has been nursing his back. It is still unsure if Sehwag will be a part of the high octane game on Tuesday as Irfan Pathan said, “Sehwag is here. He will be practicing today and a decision on his availability will be taken only tomorrow.” Pathan was also unsure of Morne Morkel’s participation in the fixture tomorrow as he was expected to join the squad soon.

The team has suffered two back to back losses in the tournament, definitely not a good way to start, especially after they were on a roll last year. The DD pacer was confident that things will turn around soon. “We would have liked to have two wins instead of two losses, but we are professional cricketers and we all know that it’s a long tournament and once you get the winning momentum, things will turn around. We are very positive and hopeful of a good show against the Mumbai Indians. We will try and play like Daredevils, like we did last year.”

On a personal front too, Irfan has been silent. He is coming off an injury and hasn’t had the best of starts to the tournament. Irfan believes, he will only get better by playing more and more matches. “It is just a matter of bowling a lot more, I played the first match and bowled just two overs and in the second match, bowled four overs and the rhythm was better. I am only going to get better with time, especially after coming back after an injury; you need to keep bowling a lot more especially in the matches and not in the nets. I am feeling a lot better after the second game.”

And what will it be to face off against the likes of a star studded MI line-up? “There is a lot of attention on the star-power in the Mumbai Indians line up. This might just prove to be an edge for us, as when you play as big stars, they will be under a lot of pressure.”

source: iplt20.com
AB, ZAK and Rampaul fit Says Venkatesh Prasad RCB Bowling Coach

AB, ZAK and Rampaul fit Says Venkatesh Prasad RCB Bowling Coach


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Royal Challengers Bangalore’s bowling coach, Venkatesh Prasad has a rather vast contingent of fast bowlers to work with this season. Every time he calls for a bowlers’ meet, 12 pacemen turn up in the room. The former India pacer says it’s exciting to have a large and vast group to mentor and is happy with the plethora of bowling options the RCB have now.

“I’m really enjoying having a huge group of pacers to work with,” Prasad said. “We do have a general bowlers’ meet every now and then but when it comes to matches I speak to a select bunch of pacers who will be taking the field”. 

“That makes the group smaller and we can discuss specific matters such as bowling to a particular batsman, etc. I also encourage every bowler to give his inputs irrespective of whether he is an overseas player or a young Indian pacer.”

“A few of our bowlers are coming back from injuries and we’d like to give them some time. And we can do that because now we have a lot of bowlers to pick from.”

RCB play their third game of the Pepsi IPL 2013, against the Sunrisers Hyderabad – the team to which they lost their last game in a thrilling one-over eliminator. RCB defeated MI by two runs in their opening game.

Against both, MI and SRH, it was Vinay Kumar who bowled the last over and effectively so. Against MI, Vinay defended 10 runs in the final and picked up two wickets. Againsr SRH, he gave away six runs for a wicket.

However, he failed to keep it tight in the super over and conceded 20 runs to SRH, who walked away with a win. Prasad highlighted Vinay’s positive performance and expressed faith in him.

“What Vinay did against SRH and MI was fantastic and he’s grown in confidence after those performances,” Prasa told the media

“We need to appreciate him for that and encourage him to take more responsibilities when it comes to bowling the last overs and the super overs. He knows what he’s doing and he executes the strategies formed in the bowlers’ meeting on the field. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to do it for us in the super over but that happens,” Prasad said, before stating a feature of Vinay’s bowling that needs to be changed in T20 cricket.

“His thought process and field placement was really good but I felt he probably became too predictable, trying to bowl the yorker every ball. That aspect, the one about keeping the batsmen guessing, is what we’ll work on.”

The bowling mentor was also pleased with his lads for showing character and fight in both games.

“The positives I’d like to take from these two matches is the spirit with which we played and competed. We were 20 runs short in the first game and 130 was a difficult score to defend in the second game. But the bowlers have stood by each other and by the batting department as well,” he said.

Amid all the furore and excitement, RCB would be elated to with the news that AB de Villiers will join the team on Tuesday. “de Villiers is arriving in the early hours tomorrow morning and he will be ready to play the game tomorrow. Zaheer and Rampaul included, everyone is fit and ready for the game, “ said the former India pacer. 

source: iplt20.com
I Would love to finish games more often: Dinesh Karthik

I Would love to finish games more often: Dinesh Karthik


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It will be their first game in their home ground and when the Mumbai Indians step out to face the Delhi Daredevils on Tuesday, be rest assured to see a wave of blue and not surprisingly the loudest cheer for the home team. 

The team will obviously be pumped up after a brilliant victory against the Chennai Super Kings in their previous fixture amidst a sea of yellow, and Dinesh Karthik said the team was excited to play their first game in front of their home crowd. “Obviously as a team we are excited to play our first game in front of our home ground. Last year the stadium was packed and we are expecting a big crowd and looking to do well against the Delhi Daredevils. “

The big question was if Lasith Malinga would feature in his first game of the IPL tomorrow. “Malinga came for practice today and he is eager to play. We will take a call on him tomorrow, “ added Karthik.

The Mumbai Indians snatched a victory from the jaws of defeat as the match against the Chennai Super Kings went on till the last over. CSK captain MS Dhoni had almost got his team home by his own might, but it was a stunning catch by Pollard that brought back the game into MI’s hands. Obviously a win like that has to keep the team in high spirits. 

“It was a game where both the teams played cricket of the highest quality and we were able to hold our nerves till the end. At one point of time everybody thought that MS Dhoni was going to take away the game away from us. But thanks to Pollard, we got him in the last over and the way Munaf bowled and finished the game for us, we are really happy the way the team has done.”

Not just Pollard, Karthik on a personal front too has had a rollicking start to this year’s IPL. He got a 37 ball 60 against RCB and a 25 ball 37 in the match against CSK, but failed to carry his bat till the end of the innings on both occasions, something that the wicketkeeper batsman wants to improve on. 

“I am happy with the way I am batting. Having said that I feel, I should have finished the game in Bangalore but I did not do that, but Keiron Pollard did that wonderfully for us in Chennai. If you are batting well, it is important to finish games off.”

Whether Karthik works on his weaknesses and delivers more consistently is yet to be seen, but at the moment he is enjoying his stint with the Ricky Ponting led Mumbai Indians. “Ricky Ponting has always been one of my favorite players. I have admired his batting and was really looking forward to meeting him and being a part of his team. The way he has positive energy and the way he is doing things is wonderful. I am really looking forward to a few more games with him.” 

When asked if the team were failing to get quick starts with Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar opening the innings, Karthik said, “In the two wickets we have played, it was seaming a bit in Bangalore and there was a bit of seam in Chennai as well. It was important for us to see off the initial overs and then start scoring freely. We did not lose any wickets in the first fifty runs and infact Ponting and Sachin actually got us to a good start. We are very happy with the way things are going.” 

source: iplt20.com
Hanuma Vihari - Rising son of the Sunrisers

Hanuma Vihari - Rising son of the Sunrisers


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Standing by the boundary line, with his hands folded and chest held high was Dayanand Cheedi; assistant to the chief coach of Hanuma Vihari who saw one of his favorite students collecting the man of the match award in the post match presentation ceremony. 

A smile donned his face; his eyes bore tears of joy as the hard work and sweat put in by Vihari all these years had finally paid off. “I knew one day his dedication and sincerity would bear fruit,” said a visibly happy Cheedi to IPLT20.com 

“You should see him at the throw downs, you should see him practice. The amount of hard work he puts into his game, is worth admiring. He is a work horse. He would bat for hours, take throw downs from me and ask me for advices on his game. His chief coach John Manoj would be a happy man today.” explained Cheedi who has worked closely with Vihari over the years and was eagerly waiting to congratulate the young lad from Hyderabad.

For Vihari, it’s a dream come true. May it be being amidst the best cricketers and sipping a hot cup of tea or longing for advice on his game from the legends; Vihari is cherishing each and every moment in the IPL. 

“I did well in the domestic season for Hyderabad and the owners chose me to play for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Normally you don’t get chances in the IPL, but am fortunate enough to be playing here. I never thought before the IPL that I would be sharing the dressing room with the greats of cricket. It is like I am living a dream. I am blessed to have got such an opportunity.”

And when Vihari got his opportunity, he sure made the most of it. He got to bowl his first over in the IPL, in the second over of the match between the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Royal Challengers Bangalore. What was to follow, neither the crowd nor Gayle nor Vihari himself would have expected as he bagged the big fish in the bag. The gentle off spinner had done the trick; Chris Gayle was out for 1 and it was a big blow early on for the RCB. Not surprisingly, the nineteen year old cherished the moment whole heartedly. 

“It is a dream come true for me to get Chris Gayle’s wicket. Getting the wicket of the best T20 player in the world in the very first ball is special for me.” Vihari also said that it was a special plan devised by the team to get the destructive Gayle out. 

“It was our special plan to bowl spin to Gayle early in the innings. We noticed that he had stuck around in the first six overs in the previous match and then went big towards the end. So the team think tank took a chance by bowling me to Gayle in the very second over of the match. I am glad I got him out and our plan worked.”

When asked if there were some nerves in the dressing room during that one over thriller, Vihari calmly said, “I was confident that we would win when Thisara Perera and Cameron White put up 20 runs in the one over eliminator. White and Perera, both are huge hitters and they set up the target perfectly which I thought would put even a destructive batsman like Gayle under pressure. Plus we had a world class bowler in Dale Steyn against whom it was always going to be tough to score against.”

Vihari indeed looked a confident man after a man of the match performance as he picked up a wicket in the only over he bowled throughout the match and scored an unbeaten 44 of 46 balls to keep the Sunrisers’ hopes alive. “The wicket was double paced. I knew I had to bat till the end if my team had to cross the line. It was important for us to keep the wickets in hand till the end so that we could chase down the target.” 

Like any other budding cricketer Vihari wishes to represent India one day. But at the moment his focus is purely on the IPL. He was the show stealer for the Sunrisers’ Hyderabad on a fabulous Sunday night, and playing in front of a huge crowd indeed felt special for the nineteen year old. “It is always special to play matches like these in front of a huge crowd. These are matches that I will remember for the rest of my life.”

“I dedicate this performance to my mother and all my coaches without whose support I wouldn’t not have been here talking about my performance,” said the shy Vihari while signing off.

source: iplt20.com