Apr 192014
Bangalore Maintain Winning Start
Parthiv Patel

Parthiv Patel struck an unbeaten half-century as the Royal Challengers Bangalore won easily

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Royal Challengers Bangalore 116-3 beat
Mumbai Indians 115-9 by seven wickets
Indian Premier League 2014, Dubai

The Royal Challengers Bangalore made it two Indian Premier League 2014 wins from two, overcoming a poor start to their innings to beat the Mumbai Indians by seven wickets in Dubai.

At the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, they restricted the defending champions to a paltry 115 for nine in their allotted 20 overs, and then scored 116 for three in 17.3 overs to take their points-tally to four.

Facing a not-too-tall chase, Bangalore made a decent start with Nic Maddinson (12) and Parthiv Patel adding 16 runs, before they ran into some grave trouble.

The former was cleaned up by Lasith Malinga (1-20) in the third over and then three balls later, Virat Kohli guided one straight off Zaheer Khan (2-21) to lone slip to be dismissed for a two-ball duck. Two balls later, Khan trapped Yuvraj Singh (0) as well and had the Royal Challengers in all sorts of trouble at 17 for three.

From there onwards, Patel took centrestage as he put up a 99-run stand with AB de Villiers for the fourth wicket and steered his side to victory.

They rebuilt the innings carefully with the 50-run mark coming in the 10th over, and then accelerated thereafter to reach the 100-run mark in 16.2 overs. In doing so, they brought up their 50-run partnership off only 51 balls, with Patel going on to complete his first half-century of the tournament, facing 42 balls with six fours.

In the end he was unbeaten on 57 not out off 45 balls, with seven fours, while de Villiers scored 45 not out off 48 balls, hitting three fours and a six, as Bangalore won with 15 balls to spare.

Earlier, Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and put Mumbai Indians in to bat. The latter made a slow start and then stuttered once again. Michael Husseey (16) did not latch onto a dropped chance, and was out to Albie Morkel (1-23) in the fourth over.

But Aditya Tare (17) and Ambati Rayudu picked up the pace of scoring with some lusty hits, taking the score past the 50-run mark in the seventh over.

Mumbai needed this pairing to continue, but Tare fell in the same over, after adding 32 runs for the second wicket.

Bangalore sensed an opening there, and struck repeated blows to dent Mumbai’s chances of putting up a tall score. Rohit Sharma (2) and Keiron Pollard (3) departed with the score moving only 18 runs in the next four overs, with leg-break bowler Yuzvendra Chahal (2-17) providing the double breakthrough.

Rayudu was the next man to go, immediately after the 100-run mark came up in the 17th over. He scored 35 runs off 37 balls (one four), but his team needed more than that.

Corey Anderson scored a brisk 18 runs, but slowly the Mumbai Indians’ innings was running out of steam, as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals and finished at a below-par score.

Varun Aaron (2-30), Mitchell Starc (2-21) and Ashok Dinda (1-14) were the other wicket-takers.

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Apr 182014
A battle of the big-hitters

Match facts

Bangalore v Mumbai, Dubai, April 19, 2014
Start time 1430 (1030 GMT, 1600 IST)

Varun Aaron celebrates Manoj Tiwary's wicket, Bangalore v Delhi, Indian T20 League, Sharjah, April 17, 2014

Varun Aaron has no intention of cutting down on his pace © BCCI

Big picture

As two of the most glamorous sides in the Indian T20 league, the focus of the match between Mumbai and Bangalore will invariably be on the middle-order axis in both sides – Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard and Corey Anderson, and Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.

Mumbai, though, have a unique problem on their hands of deciding where they want their big batsmen to bat. Michael Hussey’s innings could be an aberration, but there will be some debate on whether Pollard’s position in the batting order needs to be more flexible, especially in a tall chase. If they do that, it will leave Corey Anderson as a buffer between the batting and the tail. The manner in which the top-order struggled to get the innings moving along after Hussey’s scratchy innings would leave Bangalore’s pacers believing they can choke the side.

There are kinks for Bangalore, too. Ashok Dinda’s T20 league has started from where it ended last year and as impressive as the bowling was in restricting Delhi to a below-par score, their profligacy with wides was a glaring problem. Chris Gayle’s availability is also in doubt.

The match will also be the first of the tournament to be held in Dubai. The last T20 match at the ground saw Sri Lanka smash 211 and Pakistan responded with 187. Given the firepower in both line-ups, even without the prospect of Gayle, the Dubai crowd may see another high-scorer.

Players to watch

One of the things Varun Aaron is certain of is that he is unlikely to cut down on his pace anytime soon to prevent injuries. His statement to that effect came after the match against Delhi where he finished with 1 for 9 and troubled the batsmen with sharp speed. His pace, and more importantly, a more disciplined line, will help Bangalore rein in Mumbai’s flamboyant top-order.

Just when he looked like he was settling at the crease, Rohit Sharma tried to clear the boundary and was out caught in the deep. At the start of the over in which he was out, Mumbai needed 69 off 30 and his presence at the crease would no doubt have helped the chase along. He quickly needs to find his feet in a role not unlike the one Virat Kohli essayed for Bangalore in their first game

Stats and trivia

  • Mumbai have had the better of Bangalore in seven times in 13 encounters.
  • Ambati Rayudu is the leading run-getter for Mumbai against Bangalore. In 11 games he has 298 runs with two fifties. Chris Gayle has 292 runs against Mumbai in six games at an average of 73 and a strike rate of 143.13.

Apr 172014
IPL 2014-  Kolkata upset defending champs Mumbai Indians in IPL opener

Kolkata Knight Riders opened their accounts at the IPL 7 with a resounding win over defending champions Mumbai Indians in the IPL series opener in Abu Dhabi. Jacques Kallis’ fluent 72 and some spirited bowling performances by Morne Morkle and Sunil Narine ensured KKR never looked away from a win. Chasing 164 to win, MI never got the start they would have wanted and fell 41 runs short in the end. Narine finished with figures 4-20.

Match Review: Indian Premier League- Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians. April 16, 2014. Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Abu Dhabi

Winning the toss, Kolkata put itself to bat and the plan seemed to back fire when skipper Gautam Gambhir had his stumps rattled by Lasith Malinga after a 8 ball duck. Manish Pandey was the next to walk in whose claim to fame was a brisk century on debut in 2009. 5 years of struggle to hold a place in the playing XI later, yesterday was Pandey’s day of reckoning. He grabbed the chance with both his hands and played a crucial role in a 131 run stand with Jacques Kallis. Retired from tests and not seen as a quick t20 player, Kallis silenced his detractors as well with a sublime 72.

Kolkata started slow and Kalllis to cruised to a 31 ball 34 before unleashing carnage on the ground. Dropped by Malinga at short fine leg, Kallis decided to make MI pay and fleeced 37 off the next 13. Pragyan Ojha was at the receiving end when he was taken for two 6’s and a 4. Following a long due half century, Pandey departed at 52 but not before putting Kolkata in the drivers position. Kolkata ended their innings at 163. With Michael Hussey, Corey Anderson and Keiran Powell in the team, MI had little to worry. But they did not expect to meet their nemesis in Sunil Narine and Morne Morkel. Hussey had his worse outing on the pitch with a 13 ball 3 when Narine put an end to his misery.

Morne Morkel has some serious bad memories in t20 cricket and he definitely buried them when he used the bouncy pitch to his advantage and produced a steller spell of 2-0-2-0 at the onset. Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma, Mumbai’s backbone for a long time tried to take their team home as they stitched a 61 run partnership off 45 balls. But some discipline bowling by the foreign KKR recruits and a steep asking rate proved to be the bane for MI. By the time the all rounders Pollard and Anderson came in, Sunil Narine was unstoppable and gave them a tough time. He became the first player in the IPL to reach 50 wickets in a short span on time.

163 for 5 (Kallis 72, Pandey 64, Malinga 4-23)
Mumbai 122 for 7 (Narine 4-20) 

Player of the day: Jacques Kallis (KKR)
Disappointment of the day: Michael Hussey (MI)
Umpires: Marais Eramus (South Africa) and Richard Illingworth (England)

Apr 172014
Bayliss’ Kolkata comes out firing

Lasith Malinga was in hot form in Kolkata’s IPL opener.

Lasith Malinga was in hot form in Kolkata’s IPL opener. Source: MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP

TREVOR Bayliss’ new-look Kolkata Knight Riders stormed to a 41-run victory over defending champions Mumbai in the opening match of the Indian Premier League.

Aussies in action

Mike Hussey was the sole Australian representative in the IPL opener. And it didn’t go well.

Hussey was bowled by West Indian mystery spinner Sunil Narine for just three from 13 balls at the top of the Mumbai order.

Hussey was the highest run-scorer in the IPL last year and continued his hot Twenty20 form in this summer’s Big Bash League with the Sydney Thunder.

Mumbai will expect more from him in their next match against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Mumbai’s other Australians Josh Hazlewood and Ben Dunk were not named in their final XI for the tournament opener.

Similarly, Kolkata coach Trevor Bayliss opted against selecting Aussies Chris Lynn and Pat Cummins.

Match summary

After winning the toss and opting to bat, Kolkata got off to a poor start, losing a scoreless Gautam Gambhir to be 1-4 in the second over.

But they quickly bounced back with Jacques Kallis and Manish Pandey putting on a 131-run partnership before Lasith Malinga claimed the second wicket.

Malinga was a bright light for an otherwise lacklustre Mumbai, taking 4-23 off four overs.

Chasing a total of 163, Hussey opened Mumbai’s batting along with Aditya Tare but fell to Sunil Narine after notching up just three in 13 balls.

Coming in after Tare departed for 24, captain Rohit Sharma attempted to get Mumbai back on track, but was sent out for 27 as Kolkata took full command of the match.

Narine continued to cause problems for Mumbai, eventually taking three more wickets (4-20-4), as the defending champions only managed to clock up a 122 total.

Quote of the match

“We bowled really well in the first 10 overs, but let them off the hook after that. We let Jacques Kallis and Manish Pandey build a very large partnership and then they had a couple of really big overs. What really cost us the game was the catch I dropped of Kallis when he was on 34.” – Lasith Malinga

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