Apr 172014
IPL 2014: Match 2: Yuvraj and Kohli power RCB to a easy victory

It wasn’t the Yuvraj-Kohli partnership that made the fans happy. But in the IPL7 these both put on a stand of 84 off just 7.5 overs to ensure a comfortable win for their team. Earlier, some contributions from Duminy and Taylor helped Delhi recover from an early blitz from opposition. The game also marked its significance as it is going to be played in Sharjah at which an Indian team featured nearly 16 years ago.

Match Review: Indian premier League 2014: Match 2 – Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Delhi Daredevils (DD). Played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, April 17, 2014

Virat Kohli, captain of RCB chose to bowl on a surface that supports bowlers. DD was captained by Dinesh Karthik under absence of regular captain Kevin Pietersen. A shocking call in the squads was Chris Gayle been left out which broke the hearts of Fantasy League players. Kohli’s decision was proved right as the RCBian bowlers were on the target straight away. Delhi lost three wickets in spare of two runs along with wicket of their 12.5 Crores valuable captain for a 1st ball duck. Vijay who was looking set was trapped on his first ball by Yuzvender Chahal. He and Aaron bowled some tight overs to contain runs as Ross Taylor and JP Duminy found difficulty.

However, they found a scapegoat in form of Ashok Dinda as the both batsmen targeted him. He went for 20 runs in his first two overs; even though Kohli brought him back for 18th and 20th over, where he conceded 31 in those two overs and completed his half century. Duminy played a master piece innings where the ball kept low, scoring 67 of just 48 balls and put on unbeaten 110 for the 5th wicket along with Taylor who made 39-balls 43.

Chasing a target of 146, RCB lost an early wicket in the form of Nic Maddison. But Parthiv Patel took on the Delhi attack as he kept scoring runs with a quick pace till he was at crease. He put on 56 with Kohli off which he made 35 runs. Although was bowled after scoring a 28-ball 37, Kohli and Yuvraj keep the RCB chase move forward. Yuvraj found difficulty at the start as the opposition targeted him with short balls. On other hand Kohli was playing at a slow strike rate. It lend the required rate move up.

The real show came when Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli smashed them like they were in a hurry. Yuvraj Singh found some form hitting some sixers and Kohli too smashed some after been dropped twice. Yuvi completed his 50 of 28 balls in 17th overs and Kohli hit the winnings run in the same over and remained unbeaten on 49. Yuvraj Singh scored 52 off 29 balls smashing 5 big sixers.

Player of the match: YS Chahal (RCB)

Dissapoinment of the match: KD Karthik (DD)

Scorecard: RCB: 146/2 in 16.2 overs (Yuvraj Singh 52*, V Kohli 49*; M Shami 1/30, R Sharma 1/33) beat DD: 145/4 in 20 overs (JP Duminy 67*, R Taylor 43*; V Aaron 1/9, YS Chahal 1/18)

Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and S Ravi (India), TV Umpire: VA Kulkarni (India)

Mar 302014
Video - Dhoni Praises Yuvraj, Bailey Disappointed

Watch as Indian captain MS Dhoni praises Yuvraj Singh for setting up a 73-run win over Australia, who were bowled out for just 86 – much to the disappointment of their captain George Bailey.

Yuvraj struck 60 in 43 balls to signal a return to form as India hit 159 for seven, having to set a target for the first time in the competition.

And 160 proved way beyond Australia, who were shot out for their lowest ever score at the ICC World Twenty20 in just 16.2 overs.

Dhoni paid tribute to the way that Yuvraj’s innings helped them put a good score on the board.

“You know, at times you tend to still look at maybe 160-plus is a good score, we need to accelerate, we need to accelerate and you lose too many (wickets) and you end up getting 130 runs, so I felt in the middle period, Yuvraj (Singh) batted really well,” he said.

“He gave himself time, it was an ideal opportunity for him to see through the initial 10 or 15 deliveries and we all know the kind of batting line-up we have, anyone who eats up the deliveries initially, if he stays to the end, he’ll make much more runs than the amount of deliveries he faces, so that’s a big positive for us.

“Overall the whole batting line-up got a bit of batting, so it looks good as of now and hopefully, we won’t have any injuries before the semis.”

And after Ravichandran Ashwin picked up the man-of-the-match award by taking four wickets, Dhoni lauded his bowling attack for their performance.

“We have bowled really well so far in the tournament, but still, as I said, on that particular day, you have to bowl well and bat well.

“It’s a very short format, 20 overs, every couple of overs that you bowl, they can actually change the entire course of the game, so you have to see at what pace the game is going and all the things that are happening.

“It’s not easy to judge a T20 game and you have to be in the scenario, in the mix of the game on that particular day.

“So I think it will be interesting, you know, the coming games, the semi-finals, I feel the better teams will be the ones who will play consistently and win games.”

As group winners, India will play the runners-up of Group One, which will be South Africa while one of New Zealand and Sri Lanka will also qualify.

Australia were already out of the competition before the match started and Bailey confirmed that this was the worst batting performance from the team since he took over as captain.

“I’d go so far as to say it’s the most disappointing game that I’ve led from this team for three years,” he began.

“Yes, very disappointing…batting performance, sorry…I was quite happy with the way we bowled and fielded. I probably should qualify that.”

He added that the Indian bowlers had done well but the Australian batsmen were guilty of letting themselves down, slumping to a third straight defeat.

“I’ll give every credit to the Indian bowlers, they obviously bowled really well, but I certainly don’t think that our batters can hold their heads particularly high in terms of our shot selection, our match awareness, our game sense.

“All the stuff we spoke about from the last game (six wicket defeat by West Indies) that we weren’t partucularly happy with.

“We asked for improvement and we certainly didn’t have that.”

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Mar 302014
India Crush Dismal Australia
Indian fielders celebrate a wicket

Indian fielders celebrate the dismissal of Shane Watson en route to a comprehensive win over Australia

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Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh returned to form by hitting a vital 60 runs to set up India’s score

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India 159-7 (Yuvraj Singh 60) beat
Australia 86 (Ashwin 4-11) by 73 runs
ICC World Twenty20 2014 Group Two, Mirpur

Tournament favourites India thumped Australia by 73 runs in their ICC World Twenty20 Super 10 encounter in Mirpur to make it four group wins out of four.

The men in blue had already qualified for the semis while the Australians were knocked out of contention, and it showed on the day.

Yuvraj Singh roared back to form with a fine half-century, taking his side to 159 for seven in their allotted 20 overs.

Then, Australia collapsed – in keeping with their poor form in the tournament – to be bowled out for a paltry 86 runs.

Chasing a par score of 160, Australia were never really in the chase, as they began losing wickets early and then kept losing them. Aaron Finch (6) was the first to go, followed quickly by Cameron White (0) and Shane Watson (1), the latter not knowing that he been bowled.

It summed up why Australia haven’t fired in this tournament, leaning heavily on Glenn Maxwell when their top order has not been scoring any runs.

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Maxwell top scored again on the day, with 23 runs off 12 balls, hitting three sixes, and adding 23 runs for the fourth wicket with David Warner.

Once the latter was dismissed, for 19 runs off 21 balls with one four and one six, the procession began in earnest. Maxwell followed soon after as 44 for four became 55 for five in the 10th over.

Then they collapsed to 63 for six with skipper George Bailey (8) failing, as did Brad Haddin (6) with the score reading 75 for seven in the 14th over.

11 runs later, in the 17th over, it was all over as the last seven Aussie wickets fell for only 65 runs.

Australia’s lowest T20I innings

79 v ENG, Southampton, 2005
86 v IND, Mirpur, 2014
89 v PAK, Dubai, 2012
108 v PAK, Melbourne, 2010
131 v IND, Melbourne, 2012

Ravichandran Ashwin picked up his second man-of-the-match trophy with figures of four for 11 and he was ably supported by Amit Mishra who returned two for 13. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-7), Mohit Sharma (1-11) and Ravindra Jadeja (1-25) also picked up a wicket each.

Earlier, Australia won the toss and elected to field first. Rohit Sharma (5) came out to open with Ajinkya Rahane, who was playing in place of Shikhar Dhawan.

But the change didn’t help much as the former departed in the very first over. Rahane then put up 40 runs for the second wicket with Virat Kohli as the two batted with ease.

Just when the two were looking set for a big partnership, Kohli was caught down the ground off James Muirhead (1-24). The star batsman scored 23 runs off 22 balls, with two fours and one six.

It reduced India to 46 for four and they were in further trouble at 53 for three as Rahane was out two overs later. He scored 19 runs in his first outing in this tournament, facing 16 balls and hitting two fours.

Suresh Raina was out for six runs as the Men in Blue further slumped to 66 for six in the 12th over.
It was then left to out-of-form Yuvraj Singh to salvage the situation and he did so with aplomb, scoring his eighth T20I fifty off only 37 balls.

He put on 84 runs for the fifth wicket with skipper MS Dhoni, scoring 24 runs off 20 balls, with one four and one six. It provided impetus to the innings and the 100-run mark came up in the 15th over.

Both of them fell within two runs of each other, but not before taking India past 150 in the 19th over.

Yuvraj scored 60 runs in all, off only 43 balls, with five fours and four sixes, taking his team to a competitive total.

For Australia, Brad Hodge (1-13), Glenn Maxwell (1-20), Micthell Starc (1-36), Shane Watson (1-36) and Doug Bollinger (1-24) took a wicket each.

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Mar 302014
India crush sorry Australia

India maintained their perfect record at the World Twenty20 with a thumping 73-run win over Australia in Dhaka.

Australia found out they were eliminated from the tournament just before the match, when Pakistan expectedly beat Bangladesh, but a terrible batting performance prevented them from gaining any consolation.

George Bailey’s winless side were bowled out for 86 – with Ravichandran Ashwin taking 4-11 11 – after India had been restricted to a reachable 159 for seven.

Yuvraj Singh’s 60 was the best of India’s batting performance, after they were sent in to bat for the first time in the tournament.

India had already sealed their progress to the semi-finals with three successive wins, which relied on their top-order doing the bulk of the scoring, but they had to rebuild from 66 for four to set up the match.

Yuvraj did the majority of the recovery work, alongside skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as they combined in an 84-run stand from 42 balls.

Yuvraj hit four sixes and five boundaries in his 43-ball innings – to press his claims for a place in the semi-finals – but he and Dhoni both fell inside the final two overs during which India only added 12.

With Australia’s powerful batting line-up that target appeared well within their reach.

But they spectacularly collapsed, with David Warner and the in-form Glenn Maxwell the only batsmen inside the top six to reach double as Ashwin helped India to victory.

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