Apr 212014

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.

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Apr 202014
Mitch scones Faulkner, more Maxi magic

Glenn Maxwell’s sensational form with the bat continued.

Glenn Maxwell’s sensational form with the bat continued. Source: AP

GLENN Maxwell’s scintillating form with the bat continued in the Indian Premier League on a day in which Australians were in the thick of the action in Kings XI Punjab’s win over Rajasthan Royals.


Seven Australians played in the clash between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals, and national allegiances were set to one side as the Aussies went hammer and tong against each other.

Gun all-rounder Maxwell had the most success, belting 89 off 45 balls to follow up from his 95 in Punjab’s opening match of the tournament.

Maxwell is now the competition’s leading run-scorer, with 184 runs at an average of 92.

Shane Watson hit a half-century for Rajasthan Royals.

Shane Watson hit a half-century for Rajasthan Royals. Source: AFP

But he was far from the only Aussie in the runs, with Rajasthan captain Shane Watson notching a half-century off 29 balls, while teammate Steve Smith made a handy 27 off 15 balls and James Faulkner made eight.

Mitchell Johnson finished with bowling figures of 1-29, but perhaps his biggest contribution was a ripping bouncer that crashed into Faulkner’s helmet.

Faulkner escaped without injury and later made light of the incident on Twitter.

South Australian bowler Kane Richardson picked up the wicket of Maxwell, finishing with bowling figures of 1-25, while Punjab captain George Bailey didn’t bat.


Maxwell’s big score helped Kings XI Punjab to a seven-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals.

The Royals batted first and scored 5-191, with Watson leading by example with a captain’s knock of 50 off 29 balls., an innings that included three sixes.

He was well supported by young Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson, who made 52 off 34 balls.

Johnson was fearsome for Punjab, finishing with 1-29, but the Royals batsmen took a real liking to Indian spinner Murali Kartik, who finished with figures of 1-51 from his four overs.

Cheteshwar Pujara helped get Kings XI off to a good start to their run chase, finishing on 40 not out, while David Miller was the other not out batsman after belting an incredible 51 off just 19 balls.

James Faulkner (R) might have nightmares about Mitchell Johnson (L). .Picture: Gregg Port

James Faulkner (R) might have nightmares about Mitchell Johnson (L). .Picture: Gregg Porteous. Source: News Limited

But it was Maxwell who had most people talking after the game. It took an Australian pair to finally get him out, with Steve Smith catching him in the deep off a Kane Richardson delivery before Miller and Pujara got the job done with more than an over to spare.

Punjab – captained by Australian Twenty20 captain George Bailey – have now won their first two matches of the tournament, with Royal Challengers Bangalore the only other team to have done so.

Punjab’s next encounter will be on Wednesday against Sunrisers Hyderabad, a team featuring Australian openers David Warner and Aaron Finch.


“Worries me more that I was not there at the end to hit the winning runs, that was a job half finished.” – Glenn Maxwell.

“Maxwell batted beautifully. It was his day again today, and it was hard to protect any part of the boundary.” – Shane Watson

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.


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.


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.


“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 182014
Royals Beat Sunrisers In Low-Scorer
Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane’s 59 helped the Rajasthan Royals post victory in their first game of the season

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Rajasthan Royals 135-6 (Rahane 59) beat
Sunrisers Hyderabad 133-6 by four wickets
Indian Premier League 2014, Abu Dhabi

The Rajasthan Royals made hard work of it before beating the Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets with three balls to spare in a low-scoring Indian Premier League match in Abu Dhabi.

After the early match between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab had seen both sides pass 200, this game was a much tenser affair.

And the Sunrisers were made to rue only reaching 133 for six when the Royals got over the line in the final over.

Ajinkya Rahane made 59 and Stuart Binny an unbeaten 48 for the 2008 champions.

Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan top scored for the Sunrisers with 38 but he was one of a number of batsmen to lose his wicket when well set.

David Warner (32) and KL Rahul (20) were similarly guilty while Aaron Finch (2), Darren Sammy (6) and Karan Sharma (7) were dismissed cheaply.

Venugopoal Rao landed some lusty blows and ended on 16 not out in 12 balls.

With the ball, Dhawal Kulkarni (2-23) and Kane Richardson (2-25) were excellent upfront while Rajat Bhatia (2-22) performed superbly later on.

Richardson also bagged three catches to cap a good all-round performance in the field.

The Sunrisers’ charge to the play-off last season was built around the strength of their bowling but on this occasion, they came off second best.

Dale Steyn (2-29) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-21) bowled some superb deliveries to ensure that the game would go down to the wire, as did Ishant Sharma, who returned one for 29.

Steyn trapped Abhishek Nayar in front for four, Sanju Samson was caught by Dhawan off Bhuvneshwar for three and Watson was caught behind by Rahul for the same score off Ishant.

That made it 31 for three and from there Rahane and Binny took the Royals close to the line. The former played a relatively circumspect knock of 59 in 53 balls, including six fours, that in the circumstances, was ideal.

He survived a blow to the helmet via Ishant to stay until the 16th over when he was caught by Finch off leg-spinner Amit Mishra.

His dismissal gave the Sunrisers a sniff, particularly as Brad Hodge (1) and Bhatia (4) also fell, but Binny, who faced 32 balls, held his nerve before James Faulkner hit the only two balls he faced for four to seal the win.

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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

Apr 152014
Beat The Bookies - Indian Premier League 2014
Yuvraj Singh hits out

Yuvraj Singh is 55/1 to top score in the IPL 2014

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Ahead of the IPL season starting tomorrow we are going to have a look at  who are the favourites to win the tournament, who are the players in the running to take the most wickets and score the most runs and give you a chance to beat the bookies!

Royal Challengers Bangalore are favourites and last year’s champions, the Mumbai Indians, are joint second favourites along with Chennai Super Kings, who were the beaten 2013 finalists.

To win the IPL 2014 outright

4/1 Royal Challengers Bangalore
9/2 Chennai Super Kings
9/2 Mumbai Indians
5/1 Sunrisers Hyderabad
6/1 Kings XI Punjab
7/1 Delhi Daredevils
10/1 Rajasthan Royals
11/1 Kolkata Knight Riders

Odds: Paddy Power, 15th April 2014

Sunrisers Hyderabad come next followed by Kings XI Punjab and then a KP-powered Delhi Daredevils.

The outsiders to win the tournament are the Rajasthan Royals and the Kolkata Knight Riders. (See below for latest odds)

The Twenty20 tournament is the most watched cricket league in the world and some of the sport’s superstars are signed up for this year’s eight team contest.

The top tournament runscorer market has Virat Kohli as 11/2 favourite followed by Chris Gayle at 15/2 and Mike Hussey at 11/1. Ashes hero David Warner comes in at 14/1 with KP at 16/1 and the most expensive player this year, Yuvraj Singh, at 55/1 to get the most runs after his shocker against Sri Lanka in the ICC World T20 final a few weeks ago.

With the ball Lasith Malinga is the slight favourite at 9/1 to do the most damage and be the top tournament wicket-taker. He is followed by Dale Steyn at 10/1 and Kings XI Punjab star man Mitchell Johnson also at 10/1.

With fireworks expected at the crease Paddy Power offer 14/1 that there will be six sixes in a single over during the season and 7/4 that the Royal Challengers Bangalore will get the most sixes as a team.

In the opening game on Wednesday the Mumbai Indians are 8/13 favourites to beat the Kolkata Knight Riders who are at 5/4.

On Thursday the Delhi Daredevils are 5/4 underdogs to beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore who are 8/13 favourites.

Then on Friday the Chennai Super Kings are 8/11 in their match against the Kings XI Punjab, who are at 11/10.

Finally the Sunrisers Hyderabad are 8/11 in their first match against the Rajasthan Royals who are at odds of 11/10 for the win.

Where is your money going? You can leave us a comment below, tweet us @Cricket_World or check out our own predictions by following the link above.

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