Apr 212014
 
Coulter-Nile injured in IPL

Nathan Coulter-Nile is set for a long sideline stint.

Nathan Coulter-Nile is set for a long sideline stint. Source: Daniel Wilkins / News Limited

AUSTRALIAN quick Nathan Coulter-Nile could be out for an extended period after injuring a hamstring playing in the Indian Premier League.

The big West Australian appeared to suffer the injury when diving to field a ball in the first over of the game between his Delhi Daredevils and the Chennai Super Kings.

He left the field straight away and didn’t return for the rest of the match.

Delhi’s acting skipper, Dinesh Karthik, said after the match he expected Coulter-Nile to be “out for some time.” The Super Kings won the match easily after posting 7-177 and then bowling the Daredevils, minus Coulter-Nile and injured skipper Kevin Pietersen, out for just 84.

Coulter-Nile’s fellow Aussie Ben Hilfenhaus ended with figures of 1-9 from two overs for the Super Kings, having New Zealand Test player Ross Taylor caught behind by his captain, MS Dhoni, for six. Dhoni’s catching wasn’t his only contribution, however, with the Indian skipper thrilling the home crowd with an innings of 32 from 15 balls.

The Super Kings now sit in third place on the IPL ladder with a 1-1 record, while the Daredevils occupy sixth place with a 1-2 record.

Chennai next meet the Shane Watson-skippered Rajasthan Royals on Thursday, while Delhi will face David Warner’s Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday.

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 212014
 
IPL 2014: Maxwell and Miller won yet another match for KingsXIPunjab

Kings XI Punjab chased down yet another high total when they trounced the Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets on Sunday night.

Match Review Indian Premier League – Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals. April 20 at Sharjah, UAE.
 

Kings XI Punjab were set 191 to chase and got there with some to spare. There were still seven eager batsmen sitting in the dugout as Glenn Maxwell (89) and David Miller (51 not out) powered their side to victory with eight balls to spare.

George Bailey won the toss and chose the field first on the batsman friendly pitch. Rajasthan openers Ajinkya Rahane and Abhishek Nayar gave them a solid start, putting on 22 in three overs before Rahane (13) was run out by Bailey.

They edged on to 54 for one at the end of the six over powerplay. Nayar (23) was trapped leg before, which sent in power hitter Shane Watson (50). The Australian and Sanju Samson (52) scored regular boundaries.

Later in the innings, Australian duo Steve Smith (27 not out) and James Faulkner (8 not out) steered Rajasthan to a big total.

The men representing Jaipur would have fancied their chances after two quick wickets saw the Kings XI Punjab teetering at 10 for two.

But Man of the Match Maxwell entered the cauldron and set the stadium alight, firing eight fours and six sixes to reach a match winning 89 off 45 balls before he holed out to Kane Richardson.

He was supported nicely by South African David Miller who smashed six sixes, reaching his half century in 19 balls, hitting the match winning runs in the process.

Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab 193 for 3 (Maxwell 89, Miller 51*, Pujara 40*) beat Rajasthan Royals 191 for 5 (Samson 52, Watson 50) by 7 wickets.

Man of the Match: Glenn Maxwell

 

Apr 202014
 
BCCI Names Ravi Shastri in Proposed IPL Probe Panel

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has named former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri along with Justice JN Patel and former top-cop RK Raghavan as part of a panel that will probe the allegations of corruption in the cash-rich Indian Premier League.

This decision was taken in the board’s emergent working committee meeting that was attended by all state board chiefs in the country. The BCCI will now propose these names to the Supreme Court of India, whose approval is necessary to give this panel final authority. It was the Supreme Court that had earlier, directed the BCCI to come up with certain corrective measures for a transparent and effective probe into the allegations of corruptions in the IPL. The working committee of the board, thus, met with this single agenda at hand.

The proposed panel consists of former Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court JN Patel, the former head of India’s prestigious Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) RK Raghavan, apart from former India player and commentator Ravi Shastri. It is the inclusion of Shastri’s name in the panel that has caused a furore in the cricketing circles. The 51-year old former all-rounder is a BCCI-contracted commentator and in the past, has been open and verbal in his praise for the now-maligned BCCI Chief N Srinivasan, who is the focus of this probe. Hence, many have called Shastri’s neutrality and objectivity in question.

Shastri’s inclusion in the panel was not a unanimous decision. He was opposed by former BCCI President Shashank Manohar, one of the most vocal critics of N Srinivasan. The fact that Manohar attended the meeting was itself was a cause of surprise as he had not attended any board meeting in over two years, ever since Srinivasan had taken over the reins of the board. Manohar represented the Vidarbha Cricket Committee in the meeting and his presence here was significant as he has openly opposed and criticised Srinivasan and questioned his alleged involvement in the irregularities and corruption in the IPL.

In addition to Shastri’s name, Manohar also objected to the inclusion of Raghavan. Other names that were considered include the BCCI interim Vice-president Shivlal Yadav, former additional solicitor general of India L Nageshwar Rao, and former Lok Sabha speaker and veteran politician Somnath Chatterjee. BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel, however, has justified Shastri’s nomination in the panel, saying that he “has been around for a long time as a cricketer and he is also part of the various IPL committees including the governing council.” Additionally, Shasrtri is a member of the Code of Behaviour committee under the IPL Operational Rules, and a 2013 Bombay High Court order requires the board to have at least one member from the Code of Behaviour Committee in any probe panel.

Manohar also raised objection over the nomination of former CBI head Raghavan, as he had been interviewed by the Mudgal Committee while it was investigating the IPL corruption. However, Patel clarified that BCCI has never taken any help from Raghavan in the past. It is learnt that all three names were proposed by Patel himself. It is up to the Supreme Court now to accept or reject this proposed panel and get the ball rolling in the investigations.

Apr 192014
 
Starc wins IPL battle with Hussey

Mitchell Starc was one of Bangalore’s best against Delhi.

Mitchell Starc was one of Bangalore’s best against Delhi. Source: News Limited

MITCHELL Starc came out on top in his battle with Mike Hussey, while fellow Nathan Coulter-Nile was also in the wickets in the latest Indian Premier League action.

AUSSIES IN ACTION

Starc went one better than his performance in Royal Challenegers Bangalore’s opening match of the season, picking up two scalps in a seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians.

Starc finished with figures of 2-21, dismissing Mumbai batsman Ambati Rayudu and Kiwi all-rounder Corey Anderson.

Veteran Hussey didn’t fare as well. He was Mumbai’s first wicket to fall, dismissed for 16 as the Indians mustered a below-par total of 9-115.

Mike Hussey (R) and Mitchell Starc were Test teammates. Pic Gregg Porteous

Mike Hussey (R) and Mitchell Starc were Test teammates. Pic Gregg Porteous Source: News Limited

In the day’s other match, Western Australia paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile took two wickets in Delhi Daredevils’ win over Kolkata Knight Riders.

Coulter-Nile dismissed Indian star Gautam Gambhir in the second over and added the wicket of Yusuf Pathan late in the innings.

MATCH SUMMARIES

Bangalore Royal Challengers made it two wins from two at the start of the Indian Premier League season with a seven-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians.

The Royal Challengers recovered from a poor start with the bat to surpass their opponents’ total of 115-9 with 15 balls remaining in Abu Dhabi.

Although they were defending a very modest score Mumbai still looked to be in with a chance when they reduced Bangalore to 17-3 as Zaheer Khan struck twice in three balls.

But Parthiv Patel and AB de Villiers put on an unbroken stand of 99 to bring home the win and maintain their side’s unbeaten start to the season.

Nathan Coulter-Nile picked up two wickets for Delhi Daredevils.

Nathan Coulter-Nile picked up two wickets for Delhi Daredevils. Source: Getty Images

Opener Patel smashed an unbeaten 54 from just 45 balls, including seven fours, while de Villiers hit the only six of the match in his 45 not out from 48 deliveries.

Mumbai had earlier struggled to maintain a competitive run rate as a Bangalore attack including Mitchell Starc (2-21) and Yuzvendra Chahal (2-17) kept things economical.

Ambati Rayudu produced the only score of note during the innings, working away 35 runs from 37 balls before falling to Starc.

Corey Anderson was the second-highest scorer with 18, while Varun Aaron (2-30) and Ashok Dindal, who conceded just 14 runs in four overs, were the other bowling standouts for Bangalore.

Meanwhile, South African JP Duminy helped Delhi Daredevils get home in a thriller against Kolkata Knight Riders.

Duminy’s late heroics helped Delhi chase down the target of 167 with just three balls to spare, sealing victory with a six.

WHAT THEY SAID

“I wasn’t calm in the inside, that’s for sure. It is just about being smart on how we went about it and not trying to do everything but by myself. It’s a partnership out there and luckily for us it worked out.” – JP Duminy

Apr 192014
 
IPL set for some serious fireworks

Indian bowler Sreesanth was banned for life for spot fixing in the IPL. Picture: AFP

Indian bowler Sreesanth was banned for life for spot fixing in the IPL. Picture: AFP Source: MANAN VATSYAYANA / AFP

THE Indian Premier League has blasted off again — and could be even more explosive than when Brendon McCullum blasted 158 to launch the inaugural IPL in 2008.

The fireworks are set to detonate off the field.

As a corruption scandal continues to engulf the seedy underbelly of the competition, the contents of a sealed envelope given to an Indian court have the potential to rock world cricket.

The envelope was given to the court by a committee, headed by retired judge Justice Mukul Mudgal, which was investigating spot-fixing and betting in the IPL.

It allegedly contains the names of six international players including “sensitive information’’ pertaining to top Indian players.

Discovering “many allegations of sporting fraud,” the Mudgal committee ordered the sealed envelope only be opened by court judges.

Desperate to ensure the information was kept secret, the Indian Board begged the court not to divulge the contents of the envelope.

The matter could hardly be more serious.

Mudgal’s report found that a journalist, who was connected with recording of secret tapes for a sports magazine, could identify the voice of the current Indian player.

“The journalist refused to disclose the names of the Indian players involved. In spite of repeated requests to put the name of the said player in a sealed cover for perusal before the Supreme Court, the journalist appeared terrified and was very reluctant to do so and pleaded that it would be dangerous for the journalist concerned,” Mudgal’s report said.

The seedy saga has continued to roll on since Delhi Police arrested three Rajasthan Royals bowlers — Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan — for fixing during last year’s IPL.

The players were allegedly promised money ranging from US$36,000 to 109,000 for each over. There were 11 bookies arrested in the sting and Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf, already stood down from the ICC’s umpiring panel, was named as a “wanted accused’’ in a 11,609-page charge sheet.

Controversial N. Srinivasan has been removed as Indian board president after his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, a Chennai Super Kings official, was indicted for betting and sharing team information.

With the corruption scandal flaring, it is little wonder the gloss has gone off the IPL and many franchises found it hard to sign up sponsors for this year’s tournament.

The enthusiasm among sponsors and fans for the IPL is simply not the same as it was in the first five years.

Even apart from all the dirty laundry being aired, it does not help put bums on seats or generate big TV audiences when the first phase of the IPL is being played in the United Arab Emirates.

Yet most of the players are still laughing all the way to the bank.

Despite some salaries taking a hit, Aussies Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson were both wearing million-dollar smiles after being bought at auction in February.

And there were rivers of gold for Indians Yuvraj Singh and little-known keeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik.

Yuvraj was bought for an astonishing $2.48 million by Bangalore and Karthik was nabbed by Delhi Daredevils for $2.22 million.

But the big salaries and big hits could just be a back story.

World cricket and its jelly-belly corruption officials have never gone close to conquering the corruption scourge that keeps plaguing the game.

If the sealed envelope is ripped open, it will be landmark day for the game which will no longer be able to close its eyes and ears to some of the dark forces which have been eating away at it for decades.

Apr 192014
 
Hot Spot - IPL 7 First Impressions - Cricket World TV
Saturday 19 April 2014 

After the first round of matches and having seen all eight teams in action, John Pennington and Chetan Narula reflect on the start of the Indian Premier League 2014 – IPL7.

They assess whether there have been any big surprises in the first few matches and then analyse wins for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals.

They also make their predictions for the games coming next.

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