Apr 162014
 
IPL 2014 Team Preview - Kings XI Punjab
Wednesday 16 April 2014 

Virender Sehwag

Could some special performances from Virender Sehwag lift the Kings XI Punjab this season?

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Kings XI Punjab has the worst track record in IPL history. They have qualified for the knockout stages only once and that too was way back in 2008.

However, this year it may be a different story altogether. We might see a change of fortune this time for Kings XI Punjab.

During this year’s auctions they retained two players – David Miller and Manan Vohra which was an interesting choice. Their strategy during the auction was quite simple, go for the explosive batsmen and they achieved it too.

The batting line-up looks something like this – Virender Sehwag, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey and of course Miller. Not to forget Thisara Perera who can be as destructive as anyone.

Then they have solid Indian batsmen in the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Mandeep Singh and Rishi Dhawan who claimed 49 wickets and scored 435 runs in eight Ranji Trophy matches this season.

This batting order can take on any bowling attack; no doubt that it is being labeled as one of the most destructive of this year’s IPL. 

The only problem they have is what batting combination they will play with since only four overseas players can play in a team. All the big hitters of the team are overseas players except Sehwag. Wriddhiman Saha will play the role of wicket-keeper and he has been quite good whenever he got his chances. This is a very good batting line-up but composition and balance will be important.

On the bowling front, the attack will be led by none other than Mitchell Johnson who can really torment the opposition with his pace and bounce. He can generate pace and steep bounce from any surface and if he bowls like he did during this summer, batsmen had better watch out.

Lakshmipathy Balaji, who will probably open the bowling with him, is a very smart bowler with lots of variations especially the slower and back of the hand bouncers. Beuran Hendricks is another bowler who has a lot of pace variations but it will not be easy for him to find a place but a good buy nevertheless.

The most surprising aspect of their bowling is the dearth of spin bowlers in the team; they only have Murali Karthik in their ranks. Other spinners of the squad are quite young and are yet to play an IPL match. This might haunt the Punjab team since the pitches will assist the spinners.

Overall this team looks quite strong and should qualify for the knockout stages but then the lack of spinners may hamper their progress. Watch out for Sehwag who might come up with something special this season.

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Apr 062014
 
Sri Lanka bowl after 40-minute delay

Sri Lanka chose to bowl v India
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Thisara Perera claimed three wickets, Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Mirpur

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After a 40-minute rain delay, which didn’t result in a loss of overs, Lasith Malinga disregarded the scoreboard pressure of a big final and asked India to bat first. India have beaten Sri Lanka in the last two tournament finals, chasing successfully on both occasions.

Sri Lanka, bidding Twenty20 international farewell to Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, continued to keep their original captain out of the side, Dinesh Chandimal. The duo has been part of a side that has lost four world finals and hasn’t won one. This, and next year’s World Cup, are their last chance to set this record right. Sri Lanka made one change to the XI that won the semi-final, bringing in Thisara Perera ahead of the extra spinner, Seekkuge Prasanna.

India, aiming to become the first side to have gone unbeaten through a World T20, made no change to their winning combination. They currently hold the World Cup and the Champions Trophy, and were looking for this to complete the set.

India 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Ajinkya Rahane, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 MS Dhoni (capt. & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Amit Mishra, 10 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 11 Mohit Sharma

Sri Lanka 1 Kusal Perera, 2 Tillakaratne Dilshan, 3 Mahela Jayawardene, 4 Kumar Sangakkara (wk), 5 Lahiru Thirimanne, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Thisara Perera, 8 Nuwan Kulasekara, 9 Sachithra Senanayake, 10 Lasith Malinga (capt.), 11 Rangana Herath

Feb 172014
 
Sri Lanka sneak thriller

Number nine Thisara Perera hit 80 not out as Sri Lanka recovered from 67 for eight to win a low-scoring first one-day international against Bangladesh by 13 runs.

Thisara lifted his side to 180 all out, putting on 82 with Sachithra Senanayake and 31 alongside scoreless last man Lasith Malinga.

The home side appeared to be cruising at 114 for two in reply but contrived to lose their remaining eight wickets for 53 run.

Such a result did not appear on the cards when Sri Lanka’s top order folded, Rubel Hossain doing the early damage by ousting both openers.

Even Kumar Sangakkara could not rescue matters, falling cheaply to Al-Amin Hossain as good bowling combined with a couple of run-outs to derail the tourists.

Perera had an early escape when, having hit Sunny for four, another big shot at the next ball was fumbled over the rope for six.

That drop, plus Senanayake being shelled when edging Sohag Gazi to Mahmudullah, was to prove costly as the pair took Sri Lanka to a defendable total.

It appeared the Tigers would have little trouble easing to victory, with Shamsur Rahman striking a fine 62 that was complemented by Mominul Haque’s 44 and Mushfiqur Rahim’s 27.

But Bangladesh suffered from a collapse akin to the one that befell Sri Lanka as Angelo Mathews claimed 3-21.

Jul 272013
 
Thisara Perera Smashes 5 sixes in 1 Over vs South Africa 26 July 2013

Thisara Perera Smashes 5 sixes in 1 Over vs South Africa 26 July 2013 full video highlights and photos. Thisara Perera smashed five sixes and a four off a Robin Peterson over but ended on the losing side in the third ODI in Pallekele. Sri Lanka and left-hand batsman Thisara Perera fell just one run short of equaling the world record of scoring most runs in an over. On Friday July 26, Perera hit five sixes and one boundary off South African left-arm spinner Robin Peterson during their One Day International match at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.What is the difference exaggeration can make approx.

Pereira hit Robin Peterson for the second most expensive over in ODI cricket to throw Sri Lanka back to the dispute after falling to 93 for 7. 35 runs included five sixes and four, Pereira display his prowess, especially through the leg side.Peterson conceded 35 runs in the over (second most expensive in ODIs), the 33rd of the innings, during the third ODI. Perera scored 34 of them and one was a wide.

South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs had hit Netherlands’ bowler Daan van Bunge for six sixes in an over during the 2007 World Cup, which is the record in ODIs.

Thisara Perera Smashes 5 sixes in 1 Over vs South Africa 26 July 2013

In Twenty20 Internationals, India’s Yuvraj Singh too had hit 6 sixes in an over, off England’s Stuart Broad during the Word T20 in 2007.

The sequence of Peterson’s over was 6, wide, 6, 6, 6, 6, 4. In the match, which South Africa won by 56 runs, Perera scored 65 off 49 with 5 fours and 5 sixes.

View Robin Peterson screaming LBW against Jayawardene, who goes to the lower leg and Jayawardene survived a chance Altntit when Peterson was bowling but it was left-arm rotor last laugh. Peterson threw Jayawardene with one that skidded on, but that was the end of his involvement in the night.

Peterson ruined numbers by Pereira, who hit his first four sixes on the border mid-wicket. Then, Peterson sent back over his head for four and he finished with the biggest hit of the night, on the square leg.

Most runs off one over in ODI Top 3:

  • 36 – South Africa’s Hershchelle Gibbs (6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6) off Daan van Bunge (Netherlands)
  • 35 – Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera (6, Wide, 6, 6, 6, 6, 4) off Robin Peterson (South Africa)
  • 32 – Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi (4, 4, 6, 6, 6, 6) off Malinga Bandara (Sri Lanka).

 

 

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