Archive for April, 2010


April 16th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

Chennai Super Kings won the toss at the M.A.Chidambaram Stadium Chennai and opted to bat against the Delhi Daredevils. Dhoni must still be wondering whether he had taken the right decision. It was an absolute dismal batting performance by Chennai who lost wickets at regular intervals. At one stage Chennai were 23 for 3 and at the ten over half mark they were 55 for 6.

Badrinath scored 30 runs with the help of 2 fours and helped Chennai cross the hundred run mark.

Daredevils produced a disciplined bowling and fielding performance to restrict Chennai to 112 for 9. Though Badrinath contributed 30 valuable runs for his team other batsmen could not do justice and Vijai scored 17, Raina 15 and Hussey also contributed 15 runs. Doug Bollinger scored 16 runs and the only six of the match was also scored by him. (more…)


April 15th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

Rajasthan Royals won the toss and elected to bat at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium Jaipur on Wednesday. Bangalore restricted Rajasthan to 130 runs and they made these runs  with utmost ease. 

M. Lumb and Naman Ojha opened the innings for Rajasthan on a pitch which had a slow bounce. Rajasthan could not show their batting prowess today, as they were in bad shape right from the word go. 

Lumb was run out for 9 and Rajasthan 16 for 1. Paunikar arrived at the crease but he too departed soon and the score became 17 for 2. Rajasthan got another blow when Ojha was out caught Pandey bowled by Pankaj Singh for 7 runs. (more…)


April 14th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

Kolkatta Knight Riders won the toss and elected to bat at the M.A.Chidambaram Stadiium Chennai on Tuesday. Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkatta Knight Riders by nine wickets thanks to the superb bowling performance by R Ashwin who had taken the new ball and wrecked the top batting order of Kolkatta Knight Riders. Ashwin led the attack and took 2 wickets in an over and Kolkatta were wrapped up for 139 for 8 in the alotted 20 overs. 

Chennai Super Kings are a confident lot and are in the hunt for a semi-final place. They beat Kolkatta with more than six overs to spare. Kolkatta were 11 for no loss when Gayle was stumped in trying to loft a six. McCullum was later caught at fine leg off . 

Kolkatta were 17 for 3 and within moments became 19 for 4. Hussey went forward to play Ashwin and Dhoni did the rest in a flash of a second. Hussey could not get his back foot in time inside the crease.  (more…)


April 13th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

Mumbai Indians won the toss and opted to bat at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai on Tuesday. Mumbai opened with Sachin Tendulkar and C.Madan who put up a 41 run opening partnership when Madan was out for 15 runs and  Tewary joined Sachin at the crease.

Tewary was playing well and gave adequate support to Sachin Tendulkar. Later Tendulkar was caught by de Villiers and bowled Sangwan for 30 runs which included three hits to the fence. Mumbai were then 65 for 2 and Rayudu walked in to support Tewary. 

Tewary misread a slower one from Sangawan and was bowled for 38 runs which were puctuated with a four and two sixes. Rayudu slowly prodded along to build up Mumbai score and  was later caught by AB de Villiers and bowled Ashish Nehra for 24 runs.  (more…)


April 13th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

Deccan Chargers beat Royal Challangers Bangalore by  at the Vidharba Cricket Association Ground at Nagpur on Monday.  Dale Steyn’s superb bowling effort wrecked Deccan Chargers top batsmen. Gilchrist, Suman and Gibbs were his victims and he got them with sheer pace and accuracy. 

Rohit Sharma and Monish Mishra somehow tried their best to stabilise the sinking ship of Deccan Chargers with an 82 run partnership. Gilchrist was the first to go out caught Uthappa when he edged the ball from Steyn. 

Rohit Sharma was out caught Pandey bowled Vinay for after scoring the vital half century for his team. At that time Deccan Chargers then stood at 133 for 6 and then Suman was caught off a rising delivery at leg slip by Taylor.  (more…)


April 12th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

 Mumbai Indians beat  Rajasthan Royals by 37 runs and became the first team in IPL- 3 to advance to the IPL semi-finals. Rajasthan Royals won the toss and opted to field at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur on Sunday. Mumbai Indians opened the innings with Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jaisurya.  Jayasurya was out after scoring 1 run and Rayudu  also went back to the pavillion for a

Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar


Sachin was involved in two important partnerships with JP Duminy and Kieron Pollard to bring his teams total to a respectable semblance. Duminy scored 31 runs hitting four fours in the process and Pollard scored 25 with 3 fours and a six. 

Tewary had contributed 15 runs which included four hits to the boundry. Rayudu got a thick edge off his glove off Shane Watson and nicked it to Naman Ojha. Mumbai Indians managed to score 65 runs of the last 5 overs. Even after having losing three wickets earlier, Sachin ensured to post a decent total of 174 on board.  (more…)


April 11th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

A brilliant bowling and fielding performance from Kings XI Punjab bundled out Delhi Daredevils  for 111 runs. Delhi Daredevils won the toss and elected to bat against Kings XI Punjab at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground, Delhi on Sunday. Punjab began their bowling attack with Ramesh Powar, a spinner, and Delhi spinners virtually spun Delhi out of the ground.

Kings XI Punjab lost wickets at regular intervals with Sehwag being caught by Sodhi off the bowling of Irfan Pathan and then the slide began. A worthwhile contribution to the score came from Gautam Gambhir who scored 26 runs and was run out.

Gambhir was called for a non-existant run by Warner and was sent back without enough time for him to reach the crease. Warner was also run out for 6 and the other batsman to contribute to the score was Dinesh Karthik, who had made 17 runs. (more…)


April 11th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kolkatta Knight Riders by seven wickets in a thrillling encounter at the Chinnaswamy Stadium Bangalore on Saturday. Rahul Dravid and Uthappa slammed half centuries to ensure a victory over Kolkatta by seven wickets. Anil Kumble won the toss and elected to field. The Kolkatta Knight Riders reached to 61 runs in the six overs. 

Ganguly and Chris Gayle hammered Praveen Kumar to 21 runs in the fifth over itself. Dale Steyn, despite the speed which he is able to generate, he was also not accurate in his bowling and both openers gave a good start to Kolkatta. 

Robin Uthappa

Brendon McCullum (45), Chris Gayle (34) and Sourav Ganguly (33) batted very well for Kolkata but the rest of the batsmen failed to produce any partnerships. 

At one stage Kolkatta were appearing to cross 180 plus in this innings but accurate bowling by Bangalore bowlers in the middle overs got three quick wickets to halt their flow of runs. Ganguly failed to read a slow ball from Vinay and was caught at square leg for 33. Manoj Tewary slashed one to point and was caught White off Kallis for 0.  (more…)


April 10th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

Suresh Raina’s half-century goes in vain as Deccan Chargers beat Chennai Super Kings by six wickets. This victory was carved out by the Deccan bowlers who had restricted the Chennai team to just 138 runs

M.S.Dhoni won the toss and opted to bat at the Vidharba Cricket Association Stadium at Nagpur on Saturday. It was a tremendously hot afternoon where the temperature hovered around 41*C. Mathew Hayden and Murli Vijai opened the innings for Chennai and took the score to 41 when Hayden was caught by Gilchrist bowled Harmeet for 19 runs. (more…)


April 10th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   No Comments »

Kings XI Punjab beat Mumbai Indians by six wickets in an exciting encounter and got  victory over the team sitting pretty on top of the table. Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to bat at the PCA Stadium,Mohali, Chandigarh on Friday. Sachin Tendulkar and Shikhar Dhawan opened the innings for Mumbai.

They have included Zaheer Khan, who has been declared fit, to strengthen their pace attack. Unfortunately, Dhawan fell on the very first ball of the second over bowled by Irfan Pathan. Irfan bowled an in-swinger to Dhawan, who, trying to cut it to square-leg area, played on and was back after scoring only two runs. (more…)