Apr 162014

ABU DHABI: The seventh Indian Premier League (IPL) kicked off on Wednesday with an emphatic 41-run win for Kolkata Knight Riders over Mumbai Indians, as the evergreen Jacques Kallis set the tone with a 46-ball 72 before Sunil Narine completed the task with four wickets.

Opting to bat, KKR rode on Kallis and Manish Pandey’s 64 to post a competitive 163 for five, before restricting Mumbai Indians to 122 for seven at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, with Narine returning match-winning figures of 4/20.

KKR’s innings was built on a 131-run second-wicket partnership between Kallis and Pandey.

Pace spearhead Lasith Malinga was the pick of Mumbai bowlers, finishing with figures of 4/23. But the Lankan slinger’s effort was not enough, and neither was Ambati Rayudu’s 40-ball 48.

After Kallis and Pandey’s exploits with the bat, Morne Morkel and Narine showed KKR the way with the ball. While Morkel had an economical figures of 1/16, with just two runs coming off his first two overs, Narine picked up four for 20.

Mumbai were off to a subdued start with Morkel not allowing an inch to free their arms. The tall South African pacer was bowling to such an impeccable line and length that even the experienced Michael Hussey had no answer.

The first breakthrough, though, was affected by Narine, who sneaked one through the bat and pad of Hussey. It was a strong comeback by Narine after the Trinidadian’s second ball was deposited into the crowd by Aditya Tare (24).

Spin was introduced from both ends early into Mumbai innings. Jacques Kallis was handed the ball after Mumbai managed only 32 in the first powerplay.

Hussey’s departure brought Ambati Rayudu in the middle and giving him company was Tare, who was on the lookout for quick runs.

However, with pressure building up, Tare succumbed when he gave a high return catch to Shakib Al Hasan who held on to it after a fumble.

There was a partnership of 61 runs for the third wicket between Rohit Sharma and Rayudu. But the two fell in quick succession and after that the task was beyond for even the ever-dangerous Kieron Pollard.

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Apr 152014
Hot Spot - IPL7 Preview - CSK, DD, KXIP & KKR
Tuesday 15 April 2014 

John Pennington and Chetan Narula look ahead to the Indian Premier League 2014 by focussing on Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders.

They look back at February’s auction and assess how the teams and also attempt to predict how well they will fare on the pitch.

Will Chennai Super Kings miss Michael Hussey? Is Kevin Pietersen fit and if so, can he lead the Daredevils to a better finish than last year’s?

Could the Kings XI Punjab, with Mitchell Johnson on song, be a surprise package? And could this be Yusuf Pathan’s IPL?

Watch out for Chetan trying to change the tournament rules by having five teams enter play-off week and both try to keep up with exactly who has signed who at auction.

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Apr 112014
Video - Go Behind The Scenes At KKR - Birthdays & Training

With the start of the Indian Premier League 2014 just days away, watch these behind-the-scenes videos as Kolkata Knight Riders step up their preparations Abu Dhabi.

The 2012 champions will take on the reigning champions Mumbai Indians in the tournament’s opening game on 16th April.

In the video above, watch as Robin Uthappa and Ranganath Vinay Kumar give their thoughts on the season ahead and adventurer, explorer and motivator of men Mike Horn gives the Knight Riders his backing.

In episode 2 below, Australian batsman Chris Lyn celebrates his 24th birthday in what is described as an ancient and ‘barbaric’ Indian tradition.

He then thanks the Knight Riders fans for their birthday messages.

We also hear from Ryan ten Doeschate and get an insight into how the team are limbering up in Abu Dhabi.

Videos courtesy of Kolkata Knight Riders’ YouTube channel

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Feb 202014
'I will never sell Kolkata Knight Riders'

MUMBAI: Drama has been as much a part of Kolkata Knight Riders’ journey in the IPL as linseed oil in an old bat. But then that is what one would come to expect from a franchise owned by a couple of versatile and successful cine stars.Thus, it was only …

Jan 302014
IPL 7-Retention Update:- Kolkata hold on to Narine and Gambhir while Hyderabad retain Steyn

With the auction about 15 days away, the teams in the 7 edition of the cash rich Indian Premier League announced the players that each franchise retained.

Shah Rukh Khan backed Kolkata Knight Riders retained their title winning skipper Gautam Gambhir and spin sensation Sunil Narine. Gambhir had a good run with the bat and was the most expenisve player that KKR picked up last season  for a staggering $ 2.4 million  while Narine was an investment that boosted the Knightriders fortunes. KKR CEO Venky Mysore was delighted to have retained thier two key perfomrers and hopes ‘to build a competetive and exciting squad.” The Knightriders now have a $ 6 million salary cap with two retention cards when the auction happens early next month.

Meanwhile Sun TV owned Sunrisers Hyderabad retained their star players from last season- maverick South African pacer Dale Steyn and Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan. The Sunrisers had a good last season with some good games and close finishes and will look forward to keep the momentum. The Hyderabadis now have a $6 million auction purse and two right-to-match cardsgoing inot the auction next month.

The 2014 IPL auction will be held on February 12 in Bangalore. 

Jul 182013
Delhi and KKR seamer Sangwan fails IPL's random dope test

Sangwan is only the second cricketer in the history of IPL after Pakistani speedster Mohammed Asif to have been found guilty of consuming banned drugs

Delhi and KKR seamer Sangwan fails IPL's random dope test (© Reuters)


New Delhi: The sixth edition of IPL, which was rocked by the spot-fixing scandal, has now been hit by a doping fiasco with Delhi and Kolkata Knight Rider’s promising left-arm seamer Pradeep Sangwan failing a random dope test during the cash-rich league.

Sangwan is only the second cricketer in the history of IPL after Pakistani speedster Mohammed Asif to have been found guilty of consuming banned drugs.

“Yes, Pradeep Sangwan has tested positive for banned substances during this edition of Indian Premier League. The BCCI has already issued a letter to the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) in this regard. There have been traces of banned substances in his ‘A’ sample,” a top BCCI official told PTI preferring anonymity.

Asked if it was just a banned drug or a performance enhancing drug, the source said, “We will be able to know that only after the ‘B’ sample test is done. As you have seen the trend in other sports, the ‘B’ sample tests normally shows the trend of ‘A’ sample. One thing is for sure, the BCCI has zero-tolerance towards dope offenders. But at this point we can’t comment about what action will be taken against the offender,” the official said.

The 22-year-old Sangwan, who played a stellar role in India’s victorious U-19 World Cup campaign back in 2008 plays for Delhi in the Ranji Trophy and represented Kolkata Knight Riders during the last two editions of the IPL. He has taken 123 wickets in 38 first-class matches.

Sangwan, who hails from Najafgarh, played two matches in the last edition of IPL against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad.  He could not get a single wicket during the two IPL games.

Although the BCCI does not come under the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) or its national subsidiary NADA (National Anti-Doping Agency), they have their own anti-doping agency.

Just like in any ICC event, in IPL also, there is random doping tests of players before or after matches.

The burly pacer, who had sustained a shoulder injury during the IPL, was undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy and has currently gone to the United Kingdom for a surgery. He was not available for comment.

The major doping fiascos in the cricketing world has seen legendary Shane Warne failing a dope test and being sent back home before the start of the 2003 ICC World Cup while Pakistani pacemen Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif failed dope tests in 2006 before the Champions Trophy in India.

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