Archive for March, 2010


March 24th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Chennai Super Kings by 36 runs in front of a 45,000 packed crowd on Tuesday at the M Chinnaswamy stadium, Bangalore. Chennai Super Kings won the toss and chose to field first. It appears that the decision to field first backfired on Chennai Super Kings. Jacques Kallis opened the innings with MK Pandey for the Royal Challengers Bangalore and was riding his luck for the first four overs, but not for long. A couple of close catches of Kallis were missed. He was clean bowled by Balaji for 19 runs. (more…)


March 23rd, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

 Saurav Ganguly won the toss and elected to bat Monday at the Brabourne Stadium. Ganguly opened the innings with Chris Gayle who put on 70 runs for the opening partnership.  The arrival of Chris Gayle didn’t quite set the Brabourne Stadium on fire, but scored a steady half-century, to take Kolkata Knight Riders to 155. Though Kolkata lost just three wickets, they were restricted to a small total due to the accurate bowling by the Mumbai bowlers who managed to curb the scoring.

Mumbai bowlers  sent down  yorkers and good length deliveries on the leg stump and close to the pads to restrict Kolkata’s scoring. That tactic worked well enough to keep Gayle checked and could not play freely as he is known to be a hard hitter. He reached his fifty, in the 16th over then he began to unleash himself. (more…)


March 22nd, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

Kings XI Punjab made a sensational fightback before clinching a dramatic victory over Chennai Super Kings via one-over eliminator in an I.P. L. match at the M.A.Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. Chennai SuperKings won the toss and elected to field first on Sunday. Kings XI Punjab did not score well to the expectations of the viewers and were apparently in dire straits right from the word go. Muttiah Muralitharan bowled exceptionally well and took three important wickets resulting in another meagre total from Kings XI Punjab.

Irfan Pathan, promoted to open the innings, and Yuvraj Singh would have felt that the entire teams burden rests on them alone. They were not supported by any other batsman from their team. Irfan scored 39 but Ravi Bopara made a quick exit after scoring 1 run. Other contributors for Kings XI Punjab score were Yuvraj 43, Sangakara 15 and Mohammed Kaif 14 runs. (more…)


March 21st, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

Deccan Chargers won the toss and elected to bat first. They managed to put on a fighting score of 171 for 6 wickets on board in the allotted 20 overs. David Warner’s half-century and captain Dinesh Karthik’s fighting 46 were not enough as Delhi Daredevils threw away a sure-shot victory to go down by 10 runs to Deccan Chargers at the Barabati Stadium, Cuttack on Sunday.

Delhi appeared to be on the victory track but the departure of  Dinesh Kartik (c&b by Symonds) destroyed their hopes and thereafter Delhi’s wickets fell like nine pins. Symonds starred for the Chargers with both bat and ball, picking up three wickets for 21 runs from his four overs after scoring 35. (more…)


March 21st, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets in a match played Saturday at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai. Sachin Tendulkar won the toss and elected to bat. Batting first, the Mumbai Indians scored 151 for 9 wickets. It was not one of the proper batting performances by the MI batsmen as MI lost wickets almost at regular intervals.

For the Mumbai Indians Sachin Tendulkar, their main run-machine was bowled by Vinay Kumar for 25 runs and Saurabh Tiwary 25, Rajagopal Satish 24 Kieron Pollard 21 were the other contributors to their score.  Steyn took 3 for 26 and Vinay Kumar took 3 for 25 runs for the Royal Challangers Bangalore. (more…)


March 20th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

Rajasthan Royals have tasted blood and registered their first win in the IPL-3 by defeating the Kolkata Knight Riders by 34 runs at Sardar Patel Stadium,Ahmedabad on Saturday. They won the toss and chose to bat first. Abhishek Jhunjhunwala scored  a fluent 45 to ensure Rajasthan Royals reach a fighting score of 168 which they could defend with the help of their bowlers.

On the other hand Kolkatta Knight Riders did not show any dedication in their battting. They struggled to score runs and even though they had saved their wickets for the end they could not capitalise on that also. Sourav Ganguly, too, struggled to find his rythym today. He tried to go for the big shots but could not find his timing. (more…)


March 20th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

Kings XI Punjab won the toss and put Deccan Chargers in to bat. Deccan Chargers scored 170 for 7 in the allotted 20 overs in the IPL-3 match played at the Sabarmati Stadium Cuttack, on Friday. Symonds 53, Gilchrist 33, Gibbs 23 and Suman 26 were the main contributors  and this score was barely sufficient in the end to beat Kings XI Punjab by six runs. Kings XI Punjab had almost clinched the match because of the heroics of Irfan Pathan who unfortunately got out in the last over.

When Deccan Chargers were batting, they found lots of problems against the spin attack of Kings XI Punjab but were felt  totally at home against the pace of the likes of Sresaanth and after considerable struggle they managed to reach a competitive score of 170 runs in the first IPL game to be held in Cuttack. (more…)


March 19th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Daredevils by 5 wickets at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Friday. It was a thrilling encounter in which the crowd witnessed a superb display of batting and splendid catching. Delhi Daredevils won the toss and chose to bat first.

Mathew Hayden

Mathew Hayden

There are many statements made about the glorious uncertainties of cricket but one quote stands true today that ‘catches win matches’. It was three good catches from Chennai’s new stand-in captain, Suresh Raina, and a spectacular effort at the boundary from Justin Kemp, that kept Delhi below the 200 run mark.

Delhi Daredevils scored 185 for 6 and the main contributors to their total were Sehwag 74, Manhas 32 and R.Bhatia 21. In reply thereto, Chennai Super Kings scored 190 for 5 with Hayden 93, Badrinath 14 and Raina remained not-out on 49.  (more…)


March 19th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

It was an exemplary bowling performance by Royal Challengers Bangalore, including a hat-trick by Praveen Kumar, which cleaned up the Rajasthan Royals for a paltry 92 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium,  on Thursday. The batsman of Rajasthan Royals fell like 9 pins and they had no answers to the short and bouncy bowling of the Royal Challengers Bangalore. They struggled to find a chink in the bowling armour which they could not, and were ultimately all out for a paltry 92 runs. Praveen Kumar got the first hat-trick of IPL 2010, and all the other bowlers of RC Bangalore bowled very well.  (more…)


March 18th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

The master blaster Sachin Tendulkar and Saurabh Tiwary, who were also ably supported by Ambati Rayudu, scripted Mumbai Indians victory over Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on Wednesday. This was the second time Mumbai Indians

Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar

 managed to score more than 200 and gave a target of 218 to Delhi to win. Sachin Tendulkar combined grace with power in his classy, match-winning score of 63 runs and was out in the 11th over of the match.

Sachin Tendulkar and young Saurabh Tiwary smashed blistering half-centuries as Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Daredevils by 98 runs to record their second successive victory in the Indian Premier League at Kotla on Wednesday.

Mumbai Indians, batting first rattled up their highest IPL total of 218 for seven, riding on the heroics of Tendulkar (63) and Tiwary (61) and then restricted Delhi to 120 for nine in what turned out to be a lop-sided contest at the Feroz Shah Kotla. (more…)