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Apr 212014
 
IPL 2014: Glorious win for CSK, embarrassing defeat for Delhi Daredevils

Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Daredevils by a whopping 93 runs in a completely one-sided game in Abu Dhabi.

Match Review: Indian Premiere League – Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils. 21st April 2014 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

The phrase ‘Catches win matches’ is appropriately describes today’s game. Three superman-like catches by Faf du Plessis (2) and Suresh Raina (1) ensured CSK an easy and their biggest IPL win.

Not surprisingly Dhoni chose to bat after winning yet another toss. A slow and steady start almost put CSK in trouble. DD bowlers managed not just to restrict runs in the Power Play but get a wicket too. By the tenth over, CSK could only muster up 65 runs.

Unfortunately for DD, Nathan Coulter – Nile had to retire injured when he hurt his leg while sliding to stop a ball. However, Jayadev Unadkat managed to fill the gap. He took three major wickets of Brendon McCullum, MS Dhoni and Ravindre Jadeja, ending his 4 overs with an economy of 8.00.  Jimmy Neesham and JP Duminy were equally flattering with their stable bowling.

With a meek start despite Raina’s 20th IPL fifty, CSK had no choice but to launch an assault in order to reach a defendable score. MS Dhoni who shelled 32 off 15 balls initiated the assault. Jadeja smashed off a six but perished right after. Rest of the lower order could not do much either.

MS Dhoni had said that any score under 200 is a hard one to defend. With that in mind, Dhoni led his team with precise determination to defend the score – and defend they did with all power in them.

One by one Delhi’s batsmen were sent back to the pavilion. Their Power Play went for only 24 runs along with the loss of three major wickets – and one brilliant catch by du Plessis.

CSK restricted Delhi not just with great bowling – where each one of the six bowlers earned himself a wicket, but by containing runs and excellent field placements. Only 7 boundaries were allowed, none going for a six.

All six bowlers finished off effortlessly with overwhelming bowling figures. Delhi could not hold a chance against it.

Chennai Super Kings 177 for 7 (Raina 56, Unadkat 3-32)
Delhi Daredevils 84 (Ashwin 2-3, Jadeja 2-18, I Pandey 2-23)

Player of the day: Suresh Raina
Disappointment of the day: Murali Vijay
Umpires: RK Illingworth (England) C Shamshuddin (India)

Apr 182014
 
IPL 2014: Maxwell and Miller lead KingsXIPunjab to a rather easy win

Clinical approach by the overseas players on a very hot summer day, ensured a thrilling play between the two teams. However, only two out of the four best performers of the day, namely Glenn Maxwell and David Miller, could be in the winning side.

Match Review Indian Premiere League – Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab. 18th April 2014 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

When MS Dhoni won the toss – as usual – he chose to utilize CSK’s batting talent. Boasting a side where the batting order went down till the 7th guy, CSK seemed pretty much in control. At least in the beginning.

Dwayne Smith (66 off 43) and Brendon McCullum (67 off 45) did a phenomenal job as an opening pair. A 115 – run partnership, which established the innings in CSK’s favor.  The two batsmen took on KXIP bowlers with raw power. They managed to get their team to a 50 in a mere 27 balls. Next 50 came in another 30 balls.

CSK managed to score 70 runs in the Power-Play without loosing any wickets. When the opening pair was sent back by Lakshmipathy Balaji and Akshar Patel, Suresh Raina paired with MS Dhoni to add some much needed fervor to the score. They managed to bring up the score to a 205 runs – enough, in their opinion, to defend.

Where normal 200+ run-chases in Twenty20 format involve a lot of high-end shots and strategic play, KXIP’s Glen Maxwell and David Miller did it differently.

When the not-so-surprising failure of openers Cheteshwar Pujara and Virendre Sehwag brought KXIP to a stage where they were down three wickets in the first 5 overs, Maxwell had his mind set to win. And he found a fitting partner in Miller to do so.

Maxwell and Miller brought their team back into play by rotating strike as often as allowed and taking more boundaries than CSK bowlers wanted. Maxwell took on Ashwin in the very first over. And moved on from bowler to bowler. He found the gaps, reverse-swatted away, textbook drives and perfectly timed pushes at short-cover.

Pawan Negi suffered the most when the 13th over went for 22 runs. 14th over brought bad-luck to CSK when Dwayne Bravo injured his shoulder in a bid to catch Maxwell’s reverse-pull.

With one death – bowler short, things were made tougher for Dhoni when Ravindre Jadeja was pulled for two sixes by Miller in the 17th over. One and half over later, Kings XI Punjab had won. Maxwell and Miller outshone Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum.

Scorecard:

Chennai Super Kings: 05 for 4 (McCullum 67, Smith 66)
Kings XI Punjab: 206 for 4 (Maxwell 95, Miller 54*)

Player of the day: Glen Maxwell
Disappointment of the day: Ravindre Jadeja
Umpires: RK Illingworth (England) and C Shamshuddin (India)

Mar 172014
 
ICC World Twenty20 2013-14: Batsmen lead Netherlands to victory

The opening pair of Netherlands secured them an easy win over United Arab Emirates. While U.A.E can be blamed for a missed chance, Netherlands shone under tremendous pressure.

Match Review: Group B; Netherlands v U.A.E – 17th March 2014 – Sylhet, Bangladesh.

U.A.E’s decision to bat first seemed appropriate even though they lost their opening pair within first two overs. Captain Khurram Khan paired up with Swapnil Patil to stable the innings. They managed to add 67 runs off 52 balls. However, soon after in the 11th over, Tom Cooper bowled them both.

The innings further build up for U.A.E when the next pair consisting of Rohan Mustafa and Shaiman Anwar almost brought up another 50 for the team. They couldn’t stay for longer as Mustafa was run-out by a direct hit and Anwar fell for a Yorker by Timm van de Gugten.

With a start of 50 runs in the first 7 overs, another 50 in just 5 more overs, U.A.E lower order collapse could only manage a mere 20 runs in the last 4 overs.

Netherlands batsmen, on the other hand, had their priorities set in place. The first wicket stand of Stephan Myburgh and Michael Swart put up a partnership of 50 in just 28 balls.

Myburgh batted with the intend to win. He began his assault on Manjula Guruge by scoring 34 in his first three overs. Swart took it upon himself to go after Shadeep Silva when he managed a perfect 16 off Silva’s second over.

When the opening pair broke, Swart top-edging a pull to midwicket, the middle order took responsibility. Wesley Barresi along with Cooper capitalized on Myburgh and Swart’s efforts.

Not wanting to disappoint their captain Peter Borren anymore that they had in the warm-up games, Netherlands batsmen did not give a chance infact took liberty of every mistake the opposing team made.

Netherlands reached their target in the 19th over with six wickets to spare. A boasting win for them. While U.A.E needs to focus on putting up a defendable target and being about to defend it.

Score Card:

Netherlands 152 for 4 (Myburgh 55, Tom Cooper 34*)

UAE 151 (Khurram 31, Shaiman 32, Malik 3-16)

Player of the Day: Tom Cooper and Stephan Myburgh

Disappointment of the Day: Manjula Guruge

Umpires: BF Bowden (New Zealand) and IJ Gould (England)

Mar 012014
 
Asia Cup 2014: Spirited Afghanistan tame Bangladesh

Team Afghanistan is having a super debut at the Asia Cup. They gave a tough competition to Pakistan in their first game and managed to clench victory from hosting test – playing nation Bangladesh in their second fixture.

Match Review: Afghanistan vs Bangladesh; Fatullah ; 1st March 2014

Afghanistan managed to embarrass a major team – Bangladesh – when they not just defeat but scored a bonus point. The afghans started – off  within the expectations of the crowd and experts. They were 5 down for only 90 runs.

A disappointing beginning only got better with a remarkable 164 – run partnership for the sixth wicket between Asghar Stanikzai and Samiullah Shenwari.

For nearly 13 overs Stanikzai and Shenwari played a calculative game. Avoiding to lose any more wickets, they carefully scored a run here and there until the 40th over – when they exploded. The two managed to score 107 runs in the last 10 overs bringing up a strong defendable total of 254 runs.

Bangladesh, being the senior team, was still considered favorites. With Mominul Haque (50), Nasir Hossain(41) and Zia ur Rahman (41) managing to score 132 runs amongst themselves, the game seemed pretty much in their control. More so after witnessing Afghans drop four of Nasir’s catches.

Despite that the afghans framed their attack with captain Mohammad Nabi in the lead, who managed to rattle three batsmen, while Shahpoor Zardan and Hamid Hassan finished with 2 wickets each at an average of 4.87 and 4.21 respectively.

It is hard to say whether Afghanistan defeated Bangladesh or Bangladesh disappointed themselves.

Afghanistan 254 for 6 (Stanikzai 90*, Shenwari 81)

Bangladesh 222 (Mominul 50, Nabi 3-44, Hassan 2-26)

Player of the day: Samiullah Shenwari

Disappointment of the day: Abdur Razzak

Jan 212014
 
ICC News: CSA expresses concern over proposed ICC two-tier proposal while NZC Chief non-chalenty sides with the Powerful Trio

Cricket South Africa has become the first board to publically demand withdrawal of the unjust ICC Two – tier system proposal. According to the draft, the future of international cricket, which comprises of  Ten full member nations, thirty-seven associate and sixty affiliate member nations,  would be in the hands of three boards; namely India, England and Australia.

The proposal was drawn up by a working group of ICC’s Finance & Commercial Affairs Committee (F&CA) that has its reigns led by the BCCI, CA and ECB. The meeting where the proposal was put forth was an unscheduled meeting that ‘came out of nowehere’ according to the head of Bangladesh Cricket Board, Nazm ul Hasan. Hasan relented that his board was hapless to do anything on its own.

Tony Irish, Chief Executive South Africa Cricketers Association has defined the document as ‘concerning’ warned that it will have ‘significant implication for cricket particularly for the smaller countries.

Being the first to openly express their concern over the unconventional idea, CSA has sent an open letter to ICC Full Members and media outlets asking them to reconsider and withdraw the proposal. “In the circumstances we propose that the draft proposal be withdrawn immediately given that the proper procedures have not been followed.”

The letter reminds F&CA Committee that the proposal shall require a large proportion of changes in ICC constitution and amendments.  “Without addressing the merits of the proposal insofar as it concerns Constitutional amendments and changes to ICC competitions, these proposals should first be referred to the relevant ICC committees or sub-committees for proper consideration and to make recommendations to the ICC Board.”

 “Although there is nothing to prevent a review of the ICC funding model or finances, the proposal self-evidently is inextricably tied up with a fundamental restructuring of the ICC, which has far-reaching Constitutional implications,” the open letter further states. “The draft proposal is, therefore, fundamentally flawed as regards the process and, therefore, in breach of the ICC Constitution.”

CSA President Alan Isaac, who is the sender of the letter, spoke on behalf of the board of Directors of CSA. “In our respectful opinion, a more considered, inclusive/consultative, and properly Constitutionally-ordained approach is required.”

Thus far only New Zealand Cricket Director Martin Snedden seems not baffled by the proposal. His reason being New Zealand Cricket, despite being a full member, has no say in ICC matter anyway. “Do we [NZC] have power at the ICC table? No, not a hell of a lot. Do we have the ability to influence and persuade? A little bit. The critical thing is to identify the things most important to us. That means ensuring the stability of our playing program and revenue generation,” Snedden told the New Zealand Herald.

The position paper is due to be put  forward to the ICC Executive Board at its quarterly meeting in Dubai on January 28th – 29th.  The proposal will need seven votes out of ten to be implemented.

May 192013
 
IPL 2013: (SH vs KKR) Sunrisers make their way to play-offs

A dominant show with the ball combined with a little competency while batting ensured Sunrisers made their way into play-offs by beating Kolkatta Knight Riders.

Match Report: IPL 2013; Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders. Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, 19th May 2013

Sunrisers’ determined players Parthiv Patel and Shikhar Dhawan came out to show strength. Which they did by smashing a good 89 runs in just 11 overs. What followed next all but dashed the hopes of Royal Challengers Bangalore squeeze their way into play offs. A win by five wickets over KKR easily led Sunrisers ahead of RCB.

Kolkata Knight Riders ran out of luck just as their captain ran himself out yet again. If anyone tried to bring some fight back into the game it was Yousuf Pathan. He revived his big-hitting form and finished with an unbeaten 29 ball 49. He was perhaps the only reason KKR ended up with a decent score.

On a pitch where average first-innings score was 135, putting up a total of 130 wouldn’t have been considered too bad. Yet once Patel and Dhavan came out to chase, the threat all but vanished.

While Patel initiated aggressively by smashing boundaries, Dhavan wasn’t far behind. He hit with ease, a double-handed slap with both feet off the ground on a Kallis delivery. The partnership did so well that by the 8th over, the required run rate had come down to 5 per over.

Kolkata bowlers upped their game soon after when Dhavan missed an attempted reverse sweep to be caught plumb. This triggered a batting collapse so bad that Sunrisers went from 89 for none to 112 for 5.

However, Darren Sammy picked up where Dhavan and Patel had left. Two sixes from him sealed the deal for Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Sunrisers Hyderabad 132 for 5 (Parthiv 47, Dhawan 42, Abdulla 3-29) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 130 for 7 (Yusuf 49*, Steyn 2-24) by five wickets

Player of the day:Parthiv Patel, Shikar Dhavan
Disappointment of the day: RN ten Doeschate

May 172013
 
IPL 2013: Yousuf Pathan - and the obstruction of field saga..

Yousuf Pathan cracked his first IPL half- century in three seasons for Knight Riders. Unfortunately he was soon ruled to have obstructed the field by kicking the ball away.

Pathan (72) had just managed to to push a Yorker off Wayne Parnell down the pitch and attempted a single off the next ball. As he ran, the bowler too tried to get close to the ball but Pathan pushed it away with his foot, causing umpire Vineet Kulkarni to interpretate Law 37 (in Yousuf’s case) and Law 42.5 (on deliberate obstruction of the batsman, Wayne’s case). On the first occasion, Kulkarni ruled in favour of Parnell and against Pathan on the second.

Kulkarni provisioned both the laws before making his decision. In Law 42.5, Parnell’s case his eyes were throughout on the ball and not on the batsman as he ran across. However the outstretching of the hand was doubtful for deliberate obstruction. Assuming Kulkarni concluded it wasn’t deliberate, Pathan’s case was then take up.

Pathan’s favour, law 37, his eyes seemed to not be on the ball when he pushed it away as it would be if he had intended to kick the ball. What went wrong against Pathan was the manner in which he the ball was pushed. His foot was angled at the point of impact – although it could’ve been an involuntary movement yet his position suggested intend.

The decision to rule in favour of or against obstruction of fieled, the Umpire has the final call. Once Kulkarni was certain on Parnell’s account, he put more emphasis on Pathan’s case.

Yousuf Pathan’s team-mate Ryan ten Doeschate was visibly upset regarding Umpire’s call, “We get into trouble if we comment on any umpiring decision. They seem to make the decision and that is where they draw a line under it,” ten Doeschate said. “We are very disappointed by the decision in the change room. The one thing you need to look at is where Yusuf’s eyes are. And he is not looking at the ball, which makes it very hard for him to know where the ball exactly is. So if the umpire is saying he has kicked the ball, he has to know where the ball is. All I can say is, we are pretty disappointed with the way he got out.”

With this ruling, Yousuf Pathan became first batsman in the Twenty20 history, and sixth over all, to be given out for obstructing the field. Before him, Brian Len Hutton got out in a similar way in Test cricket. While Rameez Raja (1987), Inzamam ul Haq (2006), Mohinder Amarnath (1989) and Muhammad Hafeez (2013) are the other batsmen who were ruled out by obstruction of field. 

May 072013
 
Cricket Pakistan:Imran Farhat – trying to claim his place in Team Pakistan – refutes taking favors from father in law Mohammad Ilyas.

Abbottabad: A gifted left-handed opener, Imran Farhat, debuted for Pakistan in 2001 at the age of 19 after experiencing success with Under-19 and Pakistan A. In the 12 years since after his debut, Farhat has managed to play for Pakistan in 40 Tests, 53 ODIs and 7 T20Is only. Despite few successful spells for Team Pakistan, he still struggles to claim his place as a regular.

A huge fact overshadowing Farhat’s cricket career for Pakistan is that he is married to the daughter of Mohammad Ilyas, a key figure in the Pakistan Cricket Board.  A relation that would seem as an advantage on his side, yet Farhat feels it is one thing that distracts people from his performance.

While talking to the media at a training camp at Abbottabad Cricket Stadium, Farhat jumped on the opportunity to clear the air, “This is the notion I want to clear. He [Ilyas] has his own status but I never took advantage of it. I would have been playing cricket for Pakistan even if we weren’t associated. It is in front of everyone that whenever I make a comeback it is due to my domestic performances.”

Mulling about his struggle in both domestic and international cricket, he said, “I have been playing my own cricket and nobody is there to help at the pitch where you are on your own. I have my own goals and have always been very committed to my game and I never discuss it with him. If I perform it’s good and if I don’t, I never worry. Cricket is my bread and butter, and I want to play cricket and kept myself busy with it. Playing international cricket is like a reward against performances in the domestic cricket. The only reason I am in the team at the moment is my performance as I have scored enough runs to win a place.”

Currently in form – a confident Farhat remarked  “I am much more experienced now and can manage any position and ready to play at any order [between 1 and 3] the team management wants.”

“I am more confident than ever and working extremely hard,” an optimistic Farhat exclaimed . “I just want to make as much contribution as possible for my team whenever I get selected. However, the snub from national team has never been a frustration for me.”

After scoring a triple-century in domestic cricket earlier this year, Imran Farhat made his comeback in the Test squad for South Africa tour – following a decent performance, he was retained for ODIs as well. The rest, as they say, seems like history now that Farhat looks to confirm his spot in Team Pakistan as an opener.

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