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Rajasthan Royals- the IPL Winners!

It is said, the winner takes all. In a closely fought encounter at the DY Patil stadium in Mumbai, Rajasthan Royals beat the Chennai Super kings in a humdinger of a match to win the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League by three wickets..

IT WAS touted as the clash of the titans. The invincible Rajasthan Royals up against the resurgent Chennai Super Kings. Even the pundits were refusing to take a stand, as this was expected to be a very close encounter.

Both the semifinals at the Wankhede Stadium had been tame one-sided wins with both the teams registering comprehensive wins over their counterparts. But the 55,000 plus spectators seated at the DY Patil stadium could not have asked for a better finish to what has been the most explosive series ever to have hit Indian television. All the critics who had earlier questioned the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the outset are now running for cover because such is the popularity of this league that it has every one hooked on to it. And now that it is over for this year, there would still be people salivating for more.

The glittering closing ceremony with the host of Bollywood starlets, German acrobats and a sizzling display of fire works were a treat to the eye. But the action was still to begin with Dhoni’s boys coming out to bat against a hostile bowling attack of Rajasthan Royals led by Sohail Tanveer who had been the highest wicket taker of the tournament. The Chennai openers set the ball rolling and were off to a sedate start. Suresh Raina came in and hit some lusty blows, which included three huge towering sixes.

The Chennai Super kings were restricted to a total of 163 in their quote of 20 overs. Not a match winning score but definitely a competing one! The Rajasthan Royals were not off to a very good start, as they lost the first wicket of Patel early. It was left to the find of the tournament Yousuf Pathan to come to their rescue as he has done time and time again for his team in this series. His 50 was the turning point of the match as he led his team to within a few runs from the target. At the end it was Shane Warne and Sohail Tanveer who had a cool head on their shoulders and took the Rajasthan Royals home but not without its share of drama. The winning runs were scored of the final delivery of the innings.

This is what dreams are made of. Here is a team, which spent barely anything on the auctions who retained Shane Warne as captain and coach, it was sure that this team would find it next to impossible to qualify for the semis. But qualify they did not through any back door entry but by topping the group and carrying on the good work in the finals as well. And on the other hand some of the big names like Royal Challengers and the Deccan charges, both failed o create an impact in this edition as well.

The IPL has been a phenomenal success. With all the money pouring in, this league has created a storm. Rajasthan Royals emerged as the winners of this edition. It is a day when Warne needs to be applauded for his incessant work and charming personality. The Indian Premier League has arrived and is here to stay. The transfer window in February will be a vital important aspect of the IPL.  Here’s applauding Lalit Modi and the rest of the gang behind this colossal event and hoping the next edition of the IPL will be bigger and better.

Jayasuriya blast hits Chennai

It was a day when a packed Wankhede Stadium had gathered to watch their favourite son make his IPL debut. But in the bargain they got more than they had wished for. Sanath Jayasuriya, the most underperformed player of the tournament went berserk making an otherwise hostile Chennai attack look mediocre.

 

It could not have been scripted better. Tendulkar made his debut in the IPL, with his team Mumbai Indians having won three matches consecutively. But in order to make it to the Semis, they had to keep the momentum going. After restricting the Chennai Super Kings to a modest total of 157 due to some disciplined bowling up front by Pollock and Nehra but since then the night belonged to Jayasuriya.

 

He had been getting starts in the tournament but had barely converted them. This was the day when Jayasuriya had been waiting for to prove his worth to the team. Till the match against Chennai, he had been opening with different partners and the opening partnership never used to go past a few years. Opening with Sachin probably gave him the confidence to go berserk. The first six overs yielded 78 and by then the Chennai Super Kings knew that something had hit them hard. His flicks over Square Leg for six, his powerful cover drives and bottom hand jabs on the on side were a delight to watch.

 

Though on the other hand Sachin did not really make his dream debut but was more than happy to let Jayasuriya take the strike and demolish the opposition. Eleven sixes in an innings, second in the IPL only to Brendon Mecculum’s 13 in the first match against the Royal Challengers. The sheer arrogance with which he hit all the Chennai Super Kings bowlers all around the park was astonishing to see. In the belligerent mood that he was in, he did not even spare his previous team mate Muralitharan as he attempted twice to reverse sweep the Sri Lankan off spinner. If there is one player who can single handedly take the match away from the opposition with his explosive batting, it is Sanath Jayasuriya. And his team were aware that it would need just one innings to get him abck in form which he did in style.

 

The second fastest hundred of the tournament after Adam Gilchrist who had gone on a rampage against the Mumbai Indians a few matches back. But with Jayasuriya’s current performance the Mumbai Indians can be happy that their most explosive batsman is back in form and these are not good signs for the other teams. Jayasuriya’s knock was the first good score from a team who had till now struggled in the tournament.

 

But this innings would do a world of confidence to them as they would now make their move to try and reach the Semi Finals. For the thousands that had gathered to see Sachin bat, it would have been a dream come true to watch this innings of Jayasuriya. Mumbai Indians would also feel confident now as their batting looks more or less to be settled though the departure of Bravo will hurt them. Their next tie against the Kolkatta Knight Riders would be a vital one, as both these teams are fighting for a birth in the Semi Finals. It will be great to see King Khan back in Mumbai cheering his team at the sidelines. But the resurgent Mumbai Indians would be up for the challenge.

Melbourne Massacre: Reality Check for T20 Champs

The Twenty Twenty champions had arrived at MCG with a lot of promise. The record 84,000 plus crowd was anticipating a humdinger of a Match, but the Aussies once again showed that when it comes to the big stage, they almost always come out trumps.

It is said, Cricket is a great Leveler. Continue reading

Yuvraj Singh shows his mettle

India went into the third test match against Pakistan at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium, Bangalore with Sachin Tendulkar and M.S. Dhoni not a part of the Indian Line up. Sachin had an injured knee and was advised rest by the team physio whereas Dhoni had a split webbing to take care of. The omission of these two players made way for Gambhir and Yuvraj into the side. Continue reading

Clarke is Australia’s T20 captain, Gilchrist deputy

The Australian cricket team has been the most professional team in cricket. But in a shocking decision taken by the Australian selectors, Michael Clarke was chosen to lead Australia against New Zealand in the upcoming 20-20 match to be held at Perth. Continue reading

India win a thriller in Twenty20 against Pakistan

India team after winning the bowl out

India 141 for 9 (Uthappa 50, Asif 4-18) beat Pakistan 141 for 7 (Misbah 53, Pathan 2-20) in a bowl-out 3-0 after match tied.

India defeated Pakistan in a bowl-out after the archrivals played a heart-stopping tie during the Twenty20 world championships on Friday.It couldn’t get bigger than what we witnessed on Friday in Durban. India Vs Pakistan in twenty 20 group D match. As expected the stadium was overflowing with spectators and support for both Asian teams was spectacular. Everyone anticipated a close finish to the match. India and Pakistan were playing each other after the gap of two years. Pakistan won the toss and elected to field first. Asif was on target and destroyed India’s top order. A sensible batting by captain MS Dhoni and Robin Uthappa provided some stability and later few big hits by Irfan Pathan and Agarkar ensured the India reach a respectable score of 141 in 20 overs.

India came out to bowl to ensure that they dont loose match in less than 14.4 overs to save elimination from tournament. Indian bowlers were good and did early damage to grip the match. Pakistan were never in groove to chase the Indian score thanks to some good bowling by Pathan and Agarkar. 42 runs were required of last 3 overs. Afridi was out and then a less known Misbah-ul-Haq played an extraordinary innings and Pakistan required 12 of last over to be bowled by Sreesanth. Two boundaries reduced the target to 1 off last 2 balls. Sreesanth then bowled a dot ball and single was required of last ball. Misbah mistimed the shot and was run out on the last ball and the match ended in a tie.

For 40 overs, two equally matched teams scrapped all they can, taking the inclement and irritating weather in their stride, batting with gusto, bowling with plenty of zeal and firepower, and even fielding with the kind of competence generally not associated with teams from the subcontinent.

Now the result was to be decided by a Bowl Out. India picked Uthappa, Sehwag, Harbhajan, Pathan, Sreesanth as their bowl out bowlers. Pakistan went with their bowlers Asif, Arafat, Afridi, Gul, Sohail Tanvir. India won the toss and lead the bowl out. Sehwag hitting the stumps. Arafat missed. Score read 1-0. Then Harbhajan hit and Gul missed. Score read 2-0. Finally Uthappa hit the stumps and Pakistan needed to hit all 3 next bowl out abut Afridi missed the stumps and India won a nail biting match in Bowl out by 3-0.

The crowd could not have asked for more. This is what which makes Indo-Pak encounters so special. Both Pakistan and India qualified for the Super Eights round after ousting Scotland from the race.The Twenty 20 world cup has got great start which was missing from the world cup in Carrebean in March. The stage is set for some explosive and real nail biting cricket and who knows India and Pakistan may meet again in the later stages.

There is a buzz that Twenty 20 is the future of ‘fatafat’ cricket and if we go by this sort of entertainment it is about to be that way.