Saturday, May 31, 2008

Aussie plan of getting Windies trade secrets fails

Australia's ploy to get inside information from the West Indies camp before the Test series went futile as the compatriot they had banked on refused to divulge the trade secrets. Nash, who missed out on a berth in the West Indian Test squad for the current Test series, has played with the likes of Chris Gayle, Daren Powell and Jerome Taylor and could have provided some important tips about the West Indian gameplan to the Aussies.

But he chose to turn down the insinuation on moral grounds.

"I would not feel comfortable giving those sort of trade secrets and that sort of information out to the Australians," Nash was quoted as saying in 'The Australian.'

"It would be like giving up information against my own team because I am hoping to play for the West Indies.

"I have played with or against every one of the West Indies players in the domestic competition. So I know a fair bit about them, and their strengths and weakness, but I'll be keeping that close to my chest," he said.

Thirty-year-old Nash was a moderately successful left-handed batsman. He moved to Jamaica to continue his cricket career there, while his father represented the Caribbean nation as an Olympic swimmer.

Australia won the first Test against the hosts earlier this week.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Shah Rukh Khan last gift for our Knight Rider team

Shah Rukh, who was angry with the media for rumour-mongering, signed off by giving his team gold-plated helmets and promising their fans that the next season will be much better for his Knight Riders.
If Shoaib Akhtar or any of the Knight Riders were ever to be marooned on a deserted island, they'd certainly be able to entertain themselves with their new playstations, laptops, speakers and watches. The biggest prize that you can have for trying in life is this golden helmet so you can only desire this helmet if you deserve it and I don't think nobody deserves it more than all the young boys and all the men who have played for Knight Riders.
SRK and his team are still one big happy family with the actor rubbishing reports of a rift with captain and coach. He was also quite categorical in saying that he's not about to abandon his team.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Deccan Chargers

Deccan Chargers look to play for pride when they take on Kings XI Punjab on Friday. The Preity Zinta-owned team would be looking to seal another win to confirm their berth in the semi-finals of the Indian Premier League. It by no means would be an easy task as the Chargers are up against a team that would be playing on their home turf and have won eight of their 11 games so far.
The Punjab side, that on Wednesday defeated Mumbai Indians by one run in a thrilling encounter in Mumbai, know that despite having almost qualified for the semi-finals, they will need one more win to be on the safer side when the list of four teams is drawn.
Punjab Cricket Association curator Daljit Singh, also the chairman of BCCI’s grounds and pitches committee, said he had been keeping the wickets covered for the past couple of days. “If wickets are covered for long, it will result in moisture which will make the ball seam more. It won’t be a good situation for the batsmen. But we are hoping that rain doesn’t fall on Friday at least.
We have three super soppers and other equipment to dry the ground, which should not be a problem, but only thing is that we should get some sunshine for a few hours,” Daljit said.

With his Australian counterpart 23-year-old Luke Pomersbach, both the left-handers are emerging as a dangerous combination. Then there are the likes of Sri Lankan pair Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene and captain Yuvraj Singh, who even though has not had a good run with the bat, is still capable of launching an attack single-handedly.

On Cricket Australia having begun formulating regulations to start a IPL-type competition Down Under, the Australian wicket-keeper batsman said he read but was not much aware much about it.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Marsh and Pomersbach set Good target against mumbai indian

In Mumbai Shaun Marsh and Luke Pomersbach's 134-run partnership set up a big total for Kings XI Punjab against the Mumbai Indians. Mumbai's bowlers failed to contain the damage even after Marsh was dismissed as Pomersbach led the mad rush for runs at the end of the innings and added 55 in the final five overs.
Marsh was the more orthodox of the two, playing the spinners by getting inside the line while cutting and pulling the faster bowlers. While both used their feet against the spinners, Marsh cashed in by lofting Vikrant Yeligati inside-out for a six over long-off and Siddharth Chitnis for one over long-on. He failed to connect when trying to sweep the spinners and also swung his bat wildly at Dilhara Fernando's slower deliveries. But two brutal shots came off his bat in the third over against Ashish Nehra - he lifted a good length delivery for six over long-off before swivelling round to pull a four to midwicket.
He hooked Fernando for a six to fine leg and flicked Chitnis to four to take Punjab past 50 in the seventh over. He got to his fifty in 35 balls.
In the third over, Marsh danced out of the crease to a shorter delivery by Pollock but changed his mind halfway and just popped the ball to point where Robin Uthappa dropped a diving catch.
It was Chitnis who got Marsh in the end, but it was only because by then Marsh was going for the runs. Chitnis deceived him with a slower one and Marsh holed out to long-on.

Yusuf pthan powers Rajasthan in semi final

A disciplined performance with the ball, followed by a counterattacking blitz from Yusuf Pathan, sealed a six-wicket win at Eden Gardens for the Rajasthan Royals who, with 18 points from 11 matches, become the first team to seal a spot in the semi-finals. At the toss, Shane Warne had said his intention was to knock out the Kolkata Knight Riders and the loss leaves the home side nearly out of the running for a semi-final place. Warne decided to stick with his tried-and-tested policy of fielding first, with the pitch offering assistance to the bowlers. They kept Kolkata on a leash, and a regular stream of wickets ensured the home side could manage only 147.
Warne's experiment to send in Sohail Tanvir at No. 3 didn't come off and Saha's acrobatic one-handed take to get rid of Graeme Smith continued the fightback. Watson seemed to be in the mood when he deftly nudged Sourav Ganguly past short third man but he was soon to be bowled trying to heave an inswinger across the line.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Dhoni take Chennai Super Kings to 156

Subramaniam Badrinath and Mahendra Singh Dhoni revived Chennai Super Kings with a near-century stand after the Mumbai Indians' pace attack had taken early control of their Indian Premier League clash at the Wankhede Stadium here today. Badrinath made 53 off 32 balls with seven fours and two sixes while his skipper Dhoni made an unbeaten 43 in 35 balls with six fours and a six. Mumbai Indians pace attack put them on the rack on a bouncy track to restrict them to 46 four in the ninth over before Badrinath and Dhoni led their revival with a splendid stand.

Chennai Kings' final tally looked inadequate against Mumbai Indians' strong batting line-up that included the fit-again Sachin Tendulkar for the first time in the tournament.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Chennai vs Punjab

Chennai and Punjab clashed for the first time in the second match of the Indian Premier League and a century from Michael Hussey ensured that the match was a no-contest. However, since then Punjab have hit a formidable run of form, and are on a five-match winning streak, while Chennai took a beating after their foreign players left. Chennai, though, have been expermineting with their batting order which has seen the emergence of players like Albie Morkel come to fore. Chennai will be looking to continue the much gathered momentum and also put an end to Punjab's 5-match winning streak.
Said the Kings IX captain on Friday (May 9) while coach Tom Moody said the team "have got a good combination of attacking bowlers, attacking batsmen and batsmen who can adjust to certain roles.
After three consecutive losses Dhoni's men have got back to winning ways and once again their key players will need to fire. Suresh Raina has been in good nick and his form will be good for the middle order. Albile Morkle's all-round contribution has made the difference in the side.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Deccan Charges beat chennai super kings

Deccan Chargers (148 for 3) beat Chennai Super Kings (144 for 7)

Chennai Super Kings have plenty to ponder after losing to the Deccan Chargers by seven wickets, their third successive defeat. Their top order failed again and their total of 144 was easily overhauled by Deccan, inspired by a blazing 54 by stand-in captain Adam Gilchrist.

Deccan's bowlers exploited the helpful conditions early on to slice through the Chennai top order. Just as in the previous two matches, the batsmen floundered against the moving ball in the first over. Parthiv Patel troubles with the bat continued as he survived a close lbw call first ball, was dropped by the bowler P Vijaykumar off the fourth, before RP Singh took a fine running catch to dismiss him sixth ball.

Monday, May 5, 2008


Delhi International Cricket Council (ICC) will look at ways to protect Test cricket in the wake of Twenty20's growing impact at a two-day board meeting starting in Dubai on Monday.
IPL was launched last month involving several high-profile players and has taken the cricket world by storm with the England board also planning their own league.
Committee will discuss international cricket as the pinnacle of the game, the impact of Twenty20 cricket on other formats of the game and the impact of domestic leagues on the international game," an ICC statement said.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Harbhajan Got Banned For This IPl

I think Friend You Know That When Harbhajan Sing Slap to Sreesanth and BCCi take Action for this matter now Harbhajan Singh has been banned for the remainder of the current IPL season for his altercation with Sreesanth at the end of Mumbai Indians' match against Kings XI Punjab on Friday. The ban is for 11 matches, including last Sunday's game, extendable to 13 if Mumbai progress to the semi-final and final.
The duo embraced at the end of the hearing after Harbhajan offered an apology in front of the cameras. Harbhajan will not be appealing against the ban.