Apr 212014

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 RainaDisappointment of the day: Murali VijayUmpires: RK Illingworth (England) C Shamshuddin (India)

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Mar 252014
BCCI chief Srinivasan must step down: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court said a fair probe into the IPL spot-fixing scandal cannot take place unless Srinivasan steps down as BCCI chief

SC asks BCCI chief Srinivasan to step down (© AP)


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked BCCI president N. Srinivasan to step down for a free and fair probe in the betting and spot-fixing scandal involving his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan and some cricketers, failing which it would pass an order.

A bench headed by Justice A K Patnaik said there are “very very serious” allegations made in the report and unless the BCCI president steps down, no fair probe can be conducted.

“In our opinion, Srinivasan has to step down if proper probe is to be done in the case,” the bench said.

“We don’t like to damage people’s reputation but unless the BCCI president steps down, no fair investigation can be down. “Why is he sticking to the chair? It is nauseating,” the bench said.

“If you would not step down, we will pass the verdict,” an enraged bench said.

It said that the contents of the report, which also raised suspicion on the role of six Team India players in IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal, cannot be revealed in open court and asked BCCI counsel to go through certain paragraphs of it.

“See and go through the report to get to know the seriousness of the allegations but not as an advocate of Srinivasan or BCCI,” the bench said.

It said that the gist of the report is such that the allegations have to be probed and asked the BCCI counsel to take instructions.

It posted the case for hearing on March 27.

During the hearing, BCCI pleaded before the court not to disclose the contents and names of players mentioned in the report.

The apex court-appointed committee, headed by Justice Mukul Mudgal, said Meiyappan’s role in Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as the team official and his involvement in betting during the IPL matches stands proved.

The report of the committee, however, said allegations of fixing against Meiyappan require further investigation and also left it to the Supreme Court the issue of conflict of interest against Mr. Srinivasan, who heads India Cements that owns CSK.

Feb 102014
Ban Srinivasan for life: Lalit Modi

BCCI chief Srinivasan had defended his son-in-law Meiyappan, calling him merely a “cricket enthusiast”

Ban Srinivasan for life: Lalit Modi (© Getty Images)

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New Delhi: With the Supreme Court-instituted Justice Mudgal committee indicting Gurunath Meiyappan in the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal, the event’s sacked commissioner Lalit Modi today demanded a life ban on his father-in-law and BCCI President N Srinivasan.

“Now it’s time for cricket establishment to wake up and bury the entire India Cement team that has taken over the global cricket,” Modi tweeted.

Meiyappan, formerly the Team Principal of the Chennai Super Kings, was indicted for betting by a three-member commitee headed by Former Punjab and Haryana Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal, which was appointed by the Supreme Court to investigate the IPL spot-fixing scandal.

Srinivasan had defended Meiyappan, calling him merely a “cricket enthusiast”.

“Glad to see that Justice Mudgal report – confirms just what I had been saying. Life ban on all connected is a must. So I guess Srini’s 2 day victory as future warlord of cricket was short lived,” Modi tweeted.

“Waiting to get copy of report before commenting. But if CSK owners are caught betting and fixing team needs to be annulled as per rules,” he added.

His lawyer Mehmud Abdi echoed his client’s sentiment.

“For CSK team to underperform, it would have required direct involvement of CSK boss N Srinivasan as most of the players in CSK are employees of India Cements and under direct influence and control of Srinivasan who can also make or break their career in BCCI itself,” he said.

Jan 162014
Ram Slam T20 Challenge 2013-14: Wayne Parnell does a RP Singh as Warriors qualification chances for final bleek

Cricket fans will never forget CSK vs RCB match in IPL6 played at Chennai where the Tag for Ravindra Jadeja ” SIR ” started. When 2 need of the last ball CSK’s Jadeja cut the ball towards Third-man and the fielder caught it safely. But RCB’s bowler Rudra Pratap Singh overstepped and costed RCB the match which in the end resulted their elemination too. Similarly the same type of match happened in Ram Slam T20 Challenge 2013-2014. Warriors’ Wayne Parnell committed a crucial error off the last ball of the innings to give up the high-scoring thriller to Titans in Benoni. Warriors may ended up without qualifying to the finals after lossing the crucial must win match.

Match Report: Ram Slam T20 Challenge 2013-14: Titans v Warriors; Played at Willowmoore Park, Benoni on 15 January

Warriors had been put in to bat by Titans and top-order contributions meant they kept the scoring rate up before Christiaan Jonker and Davy Jacobs helped them rocket to a big score. The two smashed 54 runs off the last four overs. Jonker scored a 30 ball – 57 & Jacobs scored 31 off just 14 balls. Earlier Ashwell Prince smashed quick fire 46 and JJ Smuts contributed a brisk 24 in their 50-run partnership for 2nd wicket. Ryan Bailey scored a quick 24 & put on 56 of just 31 balls for fourth wicket with Joonker. They Warriors ended 3 run short of 200 Team score.

The Titans’ win was set up by a 105-run partnership for the third wicket between Behardien and Albie Morkel, who smashed six sixes in his 25-ball 49. The top order had given the start Titans needed, and Morkel and Behardien scored at a scorching pace. Morkel hitting five of his first 13 balls he faced for sixes – to bring up the century of the partnership in 55 balls. Morkel was bowled by Juan Theron off the last delivery of the 19th over.

Titans needed 12 runs in the last over but Farhaan Behardien, who edged the first ball for a boundary, was bowled by Parnell off the second ball. The incoming batsmen, Mangaliso Mosehle, missed his first delivery, but also managed to score a crucial boundary off an edge of the next before running a clever two off the penultimate delivery, he had to put in the dive to be just safe. That brought the equation down to two off one. Mosehle was caught after skying the last delivery, but Parnell had overstepped just by a fraction; several replays were required to confirm that and the batsmen had run one to complete the chase.


Titans: 198/4 in 19.5 overs (F Behardien 72, JA Morkel 49 ; SR Harmer 2/47 ) beat Warriors: 197/4 in 20 overs (C Jonker 57*, AG Prince 46 ; H Davids 2/15) by 6 wickets

Batsmen of the match: F Behardien ( 72  47b ; 4×4 , 3×6 ) ; Titans

Bolwer of the match: H Davids (3-0-15-2) ; Titans

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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