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.


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)

Apr 182014
Maxwell Sets Up Stunning Chase
Glenn Maxwell

Glenn Maxwell hit 95 in just 43 balls as the Kings XI Punjab chased down 206

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Kings XI Punjab 206-4 (Maxwell 95) beat
Chennai Super Kings 205-4 by six wickets
Indian Premier League 2014, Abu Dhabi

Glenn Maxwell blasted 95 in 43 balls as the Kings XI Punjab chased a target of 206 to beat the Chennai Super Kings with seven balls to spare in both sides’ opening game of the Indian Premier League 2014.

The runs flowed right from the start in Abu Dhabi, where half-centuries from Brendon McCullum (67) and Dwayne Smith (66) saw Chenna post 205 for four.

However, with Maxwell and David Miller (54 not out in 37 balls) in fine form, that score was not enough.

This was the second time that Kings XI have chased down more than 200 to beat the Super Kings and they remain the only team to do so in IPL history.

Batting first, McCullum and Smith took advantage of a belter of a track at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium to hammer the Kings XI bowling to all parts.

The former struck four fours and five sixes in 45 balls and the latter six fours and three sixes in 43 balls and added 123 together in 12.4 overs.

After they were removed by Akshar Patel and Lakshmipathy Balaji, more quick runs were added by Suresh Raina, who celebrated his 100th IPL match with 24 in 19 balls and MS Dhoni, who scored 26 in 11 deliveries.

Dwayne Bravo was unbeaten on eight in three balls when Dhoni fell to Balaji (2-43) from the final ball of the innings.

Bravo would later head to hospital with a shoulder injury, although Dhoni revealed afterwards that he was playing the match as a specialist batsman, and was not offering excuses for his side’s failure to defend their score.

Much like the Delhi Daredevils in their opening match, the Super Kings were sloppy in the field and uncharacteristically so.

Samuel Badree, Ravindra Jadeja, Ashish Nehra and Faf du Plessis all dropped catches, with Nehra’s allowing Maxwell to continue when on 37.

It was a crucial moment because Kings XI had been 52 for three with Virender Sehwag (19), Cheteshwar Pujara (13) and Patel (2) already dismissed.

There was little opportunity for Maxwell and Miller to consolidate, and they quickly found their range just as McCullum and Smith had done so earlier.

Maxwell led the way, scoring shots all round the ground with drives, pulls, sweeps and reverse sweeps.

He hit 15 fours and two sixes in all before falling with a century in sight when a perfect yorker from Smith got through his defences, breaking the partnership worth 115.

Miller, who up until that point had scored at a fraction more than a run per ball, then stepped up to hit 54 in 37 balls with three fours and three sixes.

From needing 59 to win in six overs, Maxwell, Miller and then George Bailey got the target down to just 16 needed in two overs.

That proved to be no obstacle and Bailey, unbeaten on 17 in 10 balls, finished off the job with a brace of boundaries in the 19th over of Mohit Sharma to ensure the Kings XI were off the mark at the earliest opportunity.

Ravichandran Ashwin finished with two for 41, Smith one for 25 and Nehra one for 24.

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Mar 282014
Ex-cricketers welcome Gavaskar's elevation

Former cricketers Chandu Borde, Ajit Wadekar and Kiran More said Gavaskar’s selection would bring in more transparency in the game and improve IPL’s image

Ex-cricketers welcome Gavaskar's elevation (© Reuters)


Mumbai: Former Test stalwarts Chandu Borde, Ajit Wadekar and Kiran More hailed Friday’s order of the Supreme Court to make Sunil Gavaskar as the president of the BCCI for IPL affairs as beneficial to the image of the T20 League which is under a cloud following last season’s spot-fixing and betting scandal.

“This is a very good thing that the Supreme Court has done. It’s a great opportunity to the cricketers as cricket would be given priority in IPL whose image has taken quite a beating because of the allegations of betting, match fixing etc,” said Borde from Pune.

“Gavaskar is a man known for playing with the straight bat. There will be a lot of transparency under his guidance. He is known to have his own mind and I don’t think anyone would dare to indulge in corrupt practices with him at the helm,” said the 79-year-old Borde.

“In the past cricket and cricketers were pushed to the background in IPL with dancing girls (cheerleaders) being given more importance. This will not happen now,” he added.

Wadekar, under whom Gavaskar made a sensational debut in the historic 1971 Test series in the West Indies, also said it would be good to see a top cricketer at the helm of the Board’s affairs.

“Glad that a legend like Gavaskar has been given the charge of the BCCI. Really good to see cricketers at the helm, including Shivlal Yadav. Good that he (Gavaskar) will also not lose his remuneration as commentator,” he said referring to the Supreme Court’s order that BCCI compensate Gavaskar for getting freed of his contractual obligations to it while performing the job as president in charge of IPL.

“It is good. He (Gavaskar) was a player, so he knows what are the problems faced by the cricketers. He was also part of the IPL governing council so he would know about the workings of it. He was the ICC chairman (cricket committee), so he shouldn’t find the role of the president difficult,” former stumper More said.

The former chief selector said that he has always maintained that players who have done very well should be part of the administration set-up.

“There are lot of issues, but the most important thing for me is cricket should go on,” he said when asked about the challenges Gavaskar faced in the immediate future.

Borde also felt happy that another ex-cricketer Yadav, who has got a lot of experience as an administrator connected to running the Hyderabad CA, has been named as the president in charge of BCCI’s functions barring IPL-related activities.

“I also welcome the appointment of Shivlal Yadav to be the man in-charge of overall Board administration other than IPL. He has got experience in cricket administration. It’s a challenge for these former cricketers, but I am sure they will emerge with flying colours,” said Borde.

Wadekar said that the big challenge before these two former cricketers was in restoring the faith of the fans in the game.

“The big challenge before them is to restore confidence of fans in the game which has taken a beating. If some poor chap gets bowled people will look at him with suspicion and not credit the bowler! Restoring the credibility of the game is going to be a major challenge for them,” said 72-year-old Wadekar.

While Borde said he was happy that Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will be part of IPL 7, scheduled from April 16, after the Supreme Court proposed on Thursday that they be suspended, Wadekar felt the two teams are still under a cloud over betting and spot-fixing allegations.

“I am also happy that Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals have not been banned. Supreme Court seems to have thought hard on this matter and perhaps felt that banning them would have hurt the game,” said Borde.

“Supreme Court has taken a tough stand on IPL. These two teams are under a cloud,” opined Wadekar.

Mar 212014
IPL betting: Meiyappan, Vindoo voice samples match

The Mumbai police claimed that the voice sample of the former Chennai Super Kings team principal matched with one tapped in the telephonic conversations where he is purportedly discussing match-fixing details with Vindoo

IPL betting: Meiyappan, Vindoo voice samples match (© Reuters)


There’s more trouble coming the way of IPL betting scandal accused Gurunath Meiyappan, an ex-official of Chennai Super Kings, and actor Vindoo Dara Singh.

The police on Friday said their voice samples match the tapped telephonic conversation in which they were purportedly discussing matches and betting activities.

The Mumbai Police, probing the scandal that surfaced in 2013 edition of the cash-rich Twenty20 league, recently received a forensic report which confirmed the voice samples of Meiyappan and Vindoo matched with the tapped telephonic conversation between them during IPL matches, a senior Crime Branch official said.

Meiyappan, who was Team Principal of CSK, and Vindoo were arrested in the wake of scandal and are now on bail.

“The report will further strengthen our case against the two. During the conversation, Meiyappan, son-in-law of Board of Control for Cricket in India president N Srinivasan, was found discussing things such as possible outcome of matches, toss, team composition, pitch condition, weather and betting activities among others,” the officer said.

Investigators have in their possession extensive transcripts of telephone conversations not only between the two but also other accused, the police said.

Vindoo used to collect match-related information from Meiyappan and then share it with bookies, they added.

Last September, Meiyappan was charge-sheeted along with Vindoo and 20 others in the IPL betting case for forgery, cheating and criminal conspiracy, four months after the scandal rocked the cricketing world.

Meanwhile, Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf and 15 bookies from the neighbouring country have been named as wanted accused in the 11,500-page charge-sheet filed by the Crime Branch in a Mumbai court.

The accused were charged under the relevant sections of the Information Technology Act, Gambling Act and Indian Penal Code.

Feb 112014
Meiyappan found guilty in IPL fixing probe

Published: 6:09PM Tuesday February 11, 2014 Source: AP

The son-in-law of Indian cricket board boss and ICC chairman-designate Narainswamy Srinivasan has been found guilty of betting and passing on information to illegal bookmakers by a committee investigating match-fixing in the Indian Premier League.

The three-member committee headed by Justice Mukul Mudgal found Chennai Super Kings team principal, Gurunath Meiyappan, guilty of being in touch with illegal bookmakers in its report Monday to India’s Supreme Court.

The finding comes after the Bombay High Court last year referred to the two-member Board of Control for Cricket in India panel that initially cleared Meiyappan of the charges as “illegal and unconstitutional.”

Meiyappan spent two weeks in jail last year before being bailed.

Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra previously acknowledged betting on matches during initial investigations but was not arrested. The committee suggests that Kundra’s role be investigated in detail.

The Supreme Court will study the 170-page report while it waits for the BCCI and Chennai Super Kings to respond to the findings.

The committee refused to agree with Srinivasan’s contention that Meiyappan was “just a cricket enthusiast” and not involved in running the team, which is primarily owned by India Cements, of which Srinivasan is the managing director.

It said that “Meiyappan was the face of Chennai Super Kings” as he was often seen at the team dugout during IPL matches. The Chennai franchise had referred to Meiyappan as the team principal but denied that he had any official role in the team once he was arrested by police.

The committee also said that input from various agencies led it to believe that betting should be legalized in the country. At present, only betting on horse-racing is legal in India.

“They (investigating agencies) have stated that legalizing sports betting would reduce the element of black (unaccounted-for) money and the influence of the underworld,” the committee said in its report.

The probe committee report was submitted just two days ahead of the next IPL auctions and could jeopardize the participation of the Chennai franchise in this year’s tournament in April-May as a team can be barred if its officials bring the game into disrepute.

The court, however, allowed the auctions, slated for Wednesday and Thursday, to go ahead as scheduled.

Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, who is seen as a rival of Srinivasan and was banned by the BCCI last year for financial irregularities, said strict action needed to be taken against the franchise and its officials.

“Life ban on all connected is a must,” Modi wrote on his Twitter page. “So I guess Srini’s 2day victory as future warlord of cricket was short lived. I told u all so.”

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Jan 292014
IPL 2014: Chennai Super Kings retain Dhoni, Raina, Ashwin, Jadeja & Bravo

Chennai Super Kings have retained MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo ahead of the IPL 2014 auction. The tournament rules allows for retaining five players, of whom only four can be capped India players. This will leave the franchise with one right-to-match card at the auction on February 12.

Super Kings have been the most successful of the IPL franchises, making into the final five times out of six, and winning on two occasions – in 2010 and 2011. In 2010, they did the double of winning the IPL and the Champions League T20. They have also been one of the most settled franchises, with the core of the team remaining the same over the many seasons. So they was no surprise that they have retained as many players as possible here.

Among the players staying with Super Kings, captain Dhoni, batsman Raina and offspinner Ashwin have never played for another IPL franchise. Dhoni, India’s captain and arguably the best finisher in limited-overs cricket, was the most expensive buy of the inaugural IPL auction back in 2008. Raina, the tournament’s leading run-getter overall, is yet to miss a single match for Super Kings.

January 10 was the deadline for the IPL franchises to announce their list of retained players, ahead of the auction on February 12. Except Delhi DareDevils every team retained atleast a player. Aside from retained players, franchises can buy back additional members of their squads at the auction via right-to-match cards. The number of right-to-match cards available to each franchise will depend on the number of players already retained. Since Super Kings have retained five players, they will have one right-to-match card at the auction and can’t buy any Indian with it as they crossed limit of four Indians.

A fixed amount will be deducted from Super Kings’ auction purse of Rs 600 million (approx. US$ 9.6 million, at the current exchange rate) for each player retained: Rs 125 million for player one, Rs 95 million for player two, Rs 75 million for player three, Rs 55 million for player four and Rs 40 million for player five. This will leave the franchise with Rs 210 million to spend at the auction. This season, each squad must include no less than 16 and no more than 27 players, with a maximum of nine overseas players.

The amount deducted from the auction amount is not necessarily the IPL fee agreed to between the franchise and the retained player.

In 2011, apart from Dhoni and Raina, Super Kings had retained India batsman M Vijay and South Africa allrounder Albie Morkel. The pair missed out this time, along with former Australia batsman Michael Hussey, who was IPL 2013’s leading run-getter.

Jan 112014
IPL 2014: CSK, MI retained expected players while Kings XI came up with a surprise

During the last month or so, there was a huge anticipation over the players to be retained by Indian Premier League (IPL) teams for the upcoming seventh edition of the tournament. While some of the team announcements were on expected lines, a few others came up surprises. The tournament rules allowed for five players to be retained, of whom only four can be capped India players. This will leave the franchise with one right-to-match card at the auction on February 12.

Among the various teams, Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore had announced their list on January 9 while the rest of the teams declared their list on January 10.

Chennai Super Kings:

For the IPL VII 2014, the tournament rules allow five players to be retained, of whom only four can be capped India players and one foreign player. This is not as simple as it seems like as history says that foreign players have participated more for the teams as compared to the local boys. For the super studded Chennai Super Kings, retaining MS Dhoni is a no-brainer. He is the beating heart of the franchise and has become an icon in Chennai. So much so that he is clearly more connected to the city than his home state of Jharkhand.

With Dhoni comes Suresh Raina, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, all part of the India set-up as well. Given CSK’s penchant for keeping things constant, they will all be decked in yellow in upcoming IPL VII. Dwayne Bravo, who took the most wickets last season, is another who has stayed with CSK.

In the six-year history of the Indian Premier League, Chennai Super Kings has been the most consistent team, with two triumphant back-to-back seasons in 2010 and 2011, as well as the finals appearances in 2008, 2012 and 2013. In the last season as well, CSK was one of the forerunners to lift the trophy but unfortunately was unable to win it against a dominant Mumbai Indians outfit in Kolkata.

Mumbai Indians:

Mumbai Indians surprised everyone by not retaining the ‘Ashes Star‘! Yes, we are talking about the aussie pacer Mitchell Johnson who picked 37 wickets in the recently held Ashes. He made tremendous contributions with the bat as well which depicted his form and fitness but the franchise opted for Malinga ahead of him. The Defending champions decided to retain skipper Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh and Ambati Rayudu, Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga and West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard in accordance with the IPL’s new retention rules for the season 2014.

After Dhoni, Rohit Sharma is considered as the most thinking captain in India, which he also showed in last IPL when he took over the captaincy from Ricky Ponting and led the side to their first-ever IPL title and then Champions League. Made it the best way it could be for the veteran Super Sachin.

Kings XI Punjab:

The Priety Zinta co-owned franchise is looking for an overhaul to their team as they look to reach the semi-finals stage once again. The franchise made it to the last 4 stage in the first season of the Indian Premier League but has failed to do so ever since. For this very reason, the franchise has retained just two players; one an Indian local lad and one foreign.

Kings XI have given a shock to all cricket pundits by retaining not-so-known Manan Vohra. He has played just 6 first-class matches so far and has scored a hundred and two fifties. What probably prompted the Kings XI to retain Vohra was his mammoth 187 in the Ranji Trophy just over a week ago against a Jharkhand attack which included the likes of India pacer Varun Aaron.

Vohra, a right-hand batsman, was hired by the franchise last year as a player for the future. He played 12 matches last season, and had a modest record of 161 runs at 20.12 with a top score of 43.

In addition to Vohra, the franchise has gone with South African hard-hitting batsman David Miller – which was something everyone expected the team to do. 

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