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RCB Need a Daniel Vettori

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Daniel Vettori, RCB’s current Head Coach, was one of the team’s best bowlers when he played. (image from www.burrp.com)

After watching RCB triumph over the Sunrisers Hyderabad last week, I will not deny that I thought they would be an invincible side in this tournament. Then, when I saw Kedhar Jadhav scratch around so hard to score runs, and Quinton de Kock literally playing the same shot over and over again en route to his century, doubts began to form in my head. After the Mumbai mishap yesterday night, my fears have been realized: RCB’s bowling is still poor. All in all they weren’t horrible, but they simply lacked the ability to keep the pressure on MI. There was not a single time where the required run rate reached the 10 rpo mark, something that liberated the likes of Pollard and Buttler to play their natural games without any pressure.

This issue stems from one simple fact: RCB lack a bowler who can bowl economically in all circumstances. This reminds me of the days of Daniel Vettori. One game during which I saw this illustrated best was the game between RCB and the South Australian Redbacks, during the 2011 edition of the Champions League T20. Daniel Harris, the Redbacks opener, took a special liking to Sreenath Aravind, and wasted no time in piling up 49 in the first 4 overs. Then, in came DLV. He bowled 4 tidy overs, conceding only 24, in a match where the Redbacks would eventually go on to score 214. However, that was a time when the RCB bowlers didn’t have enough teeth to do any damage, apart from DLV himself.

Now, what I have noticed about RCB’s bowling attack this year is that it is smart enough to crush a side under pressure. This is something that was clearly demonstrated against the Sunrisers, as they were able to land the KO blow pretty easily once David Warner was out of the way. And it’s not a bad tactic at that, given the sheer magnitude of their batting line up. However, what they seem to lack is the ability to squeeze their opposition enough to create that pressure. Against SRH, Adam Milne fired a wide down leg side that went for five wides the very first ball. Sreenath Aravind followed suit vs. DD (albeit off the 2nd ball). This is something that is really hurting them, and is why they are having trouble keeping the opposition batsmen down. This is where they need someone who can come in, even against the tide of the innings, and get away four tidy overs at 6 an over or so. If that can happen, this combined with the high standards created by the batsmen will no doubt place a significant stress on the opposition, and will create optimum environment for wickets. They need a Daniel Vettori.

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RCB- A Pre-Auction Review

The Royal Challengers have been a very successful team in IPL, with 3 semifinals, and 2 finals, which is a record second only to the Chennai Super Kings. However, in last year’s IPL, RCB looked quiet off-color, in comparison to their past performances. And as you may ask, why? Why weren’t RCB the dominating team that literally stormed into the finals in IPL 2011? Let me list some of the causes that made RCB such a dominating team then:

  1. Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli were in the form of their lives, and were literally scoring runs at will
  2.  Sreenath Aravind was picking up wickets at a superb rate
  3.  Both Gayle and Kohli could bowl at least 3 overs apiece, which allowed RCB to be a little flexible with their bowling.

And now let me list what happened in 2012:

  1.  Kohli’s batting form was below average, more depended on Gayle and AB de Villiers.
  2.  Neither Gayle nor Kohli was trustworthy with the ball.
  3.  5th bowlers were not doing well.

And because of these factors, RCB were forced to put Dilshan on the top of the order to maintain the batting stability, and play Muralitharan instead of Vettori to boost the bowling. And that caused an extended tail, without an all-rounder. In the end, that was what led to their drop out of IPL 2012.

So now onto who they should buy. The RCB squad is in desperate need of an Indian all-rounder, or at least a batsman who can bowl. However, Indian all-rounders will be difficult to come because of the fact that they are all-rounders, and can be played without any hindrance to the 4-overseas players rule. Still, if they can lay their hands on someone like Venugopal Rao or Abhisheik Nayar. Both of these players were released by their respective franchises, but come with batting skills and an ability to bowl at least  1 or 2 overs. However, there is one other simple option. Give more opportunities to Andrew McDonald. The guy impressed with the bat, and did extremely well with the ball, taking 5 wickets in the 3 games he got. To play him, RCB could try leaving out Muttiah Muralitharan, but with the risk of leaving their spin department vulnerable. To fix that, someone like Ramesh Powar might help. With Abhinav Mukund, Sunny Sohal, and Cheteshwar Pujara in the side, leaving out Dilshan is also an option, though. And to bolster the fast bowling unit, RP Singh and Lowano Tsotsobe will be excellent options.

Potential Squad:

  • Chris Gayle
  • Cheteshwar Pujara
  • Virat Kohli (c)
  • Andrew McDonald
  • AB de Villiers (wk) 
  • Abhisheik Nayar 
  • Mayank Agarwal
  • Vinay Kumar
  • Syed Mohammed
  • Zaheer Khan
  • Muttiah Muralitharan

Notes:

  • If an extra fast bowler is needed, Vettori in for Muralitharan, and RP Singh comes in for Nayar/Agarwal (if overseas, Tsotsobe comes in for Murali, and Vettori comes in for McDonald)
  • If extra spinner is needed, Vettori comes in for McDonald 
  • If extra batsman is needed, Dilshan comes in for Vinay and Vettori comes in for Murali)

 

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2012 ICC World Cup T20

The 2012 ICC World Cup T20 is the fourth T20 World Cup, and will be the first ever to feature in an Asian country. It will take place in Sri Lanka, between September 18 and October 7. Fast bowler Lasith Malinga has been named as the event ambassador. This will be an event of large magnificence, as the T20 format is always the most quickly-paced format. In this tournament, there will be four groups of three, competing in a round-robin formation. If you remember the Champions League 2009, then this format will not be new to you. The groups are:

A: India, Afghanistan, England   B: Australia, West Indies, Ireland  

C: Sri Lanka, South Africa, Zimbabwe   D: Pakistan, Ireland, Bangladesh 

So basically, they play a Round-Robin format within each group, and the top two from each group progress to the “Super 8s”; in which there are two groups of four. And then the top to from each of those groups progress to the semifinal. And from there it’s the typical semifinal style.

Knowing that, now I’m going to give you a few “X-Factor” players:

AB de Villiers: The South African captain has been absolutely brilliant in his captaincy skills to lead RSA to many amazing awards, and with the bat, he’s proved to be a dangerous player. 

Chris Gayle: His comeback to the West Indies squad has helped the Windies get a move on in international cricket, and he’ll be a force to reckon with if he can carry his IPL form to the T20 World cup.

Sunil Narine: The Mystery Bowler has been amazing, in the past 12 months. His brilliant off-spin will definitely be a huge boost for the West Indies.   

Virat Kohli: Despite his poor IPL form, he looked brilliant in the T20Is vs Sri Lanka and New Zealand, and should look to carry that form into the World Cup. 

Daniel Vettori: He’s coming out of retirement to play the T20 World Cup for New Zealand, and his superb spin will definitely carry NZ a long way.

 

Glenn Maxwell: The hard-hitting Victorian made his debut in International cricket very recently, and his hard hitting and handy off-spin will be pivotal in Australia’s success in this World Cup. 

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The Legendary team for the T20 World Cup

We’re all excited about the upcoming T20 World Cup. Of course there will be a few players great who won’t be playing it, like Mark Boucher and Brett Lee, who recently retired from all forms of cricket for their respective countries; and Kevin Pietersen, who may not play cricket at all until his issues with the ECB are resolved. So I have taken a list of players who I think will have an important part to play in this World Cup, and put them together in this team. Here they are:

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Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle: This hard-hitter from the Carribbean  had just come back from a dismal World Cup, only to be kicked out of the squad by the WICB. That’s when things turned around. The Royal Challengers Bangalore had lost fast bowler Dirk Nannes to an injury and and desparetely needed a replacement. So they called upon Chris to help them. And he did. He walked out to bat against the team that had decided not to retain him, with 170-odd runs to chase. And he took it out on Gautam Gambhir’s knights. He smashed about every bowler out of the park, and hit Shakb Al Hassan for a boundary to bring up his maiden IPL hundred. Then he came out with another ton again, this time against Adam Gilchrists’ KXIP. He then took 3 wickets with his off-spin to grind the boys from Mohali to dust. Riding on his fabulous performances, RCB made it to the finals, but lost by 58 runs. Then he repeated the performance again in 2012, but failed to take his team to the semis. He then at last, received a call-up from the Windies, and began smashing runs for them in all 3 formats of the game. So he will want to repeat his IPL performances in the WC T20.

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Jacques Kallis

Jacques Kallis: When opening the innings with Chris Gayle, there are several things that you must have, like a cool head, so that you don’t get carried away by Chris hitting sixes at the other end, the ability to last throughout the innings, but not score too slowly, and the ability to be able to defend Chris from certain bowlers who may threaten him. Jacques Kallis has each and every one of these characteristics. In addition to which he can bowl a 4-over spell with minimal difficulty. So if you want someone who can do each and every one of these things, and do them well, they don’t come much better than Kallis. As you can see, all-rounders of Kallis’ value are very rare, not because they can’t bat and bowl as well as he can, but because of his ability to adapt to the situation. He can either anchor the innings from one end and let the other person go berserk, or he can pull out some beautiful strokes and take matters into his own hands. More than this he can change mode very quickly, making him a valuable asset for any team he plays for. And opening the innings with Chris Gayle, it will take a lot to keep him down. I feel he will have a very big role to play in this WC T20, so let’s watch and wait.

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Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir: After an opening pair of Gayle and Kallis, most teams will feel that some amount of pressure has been lifted off their shoulders by getting rid of any one of them. How very mistaken they would be. Gautam Gambhir walking in to bat can never be a good omen for the bowling side. Not because he can smash out of the park at will, though. You see, like Kallis, it’s Gauti’s ability to shift gears based on the situation is what makes him such a dangerous player. If he feels that his partner is doing a good job, he will be content with rotating strike and hitting the occasional boundary to stay at a strike rate of 105 or so. However, if he feels his partner is struggling, he will take matters into his own hands and bring out an array of shots and destroy the opposition. Again, like Kallis, Gauti can shift gears very quickly, and that makes him a very valuable asset for India. And after Gauti’s superb run in IPL 5, he will be a subject of keen observation in the WC T20. He is also a skilled captain, who lead KKR to their first ever IPL victory. Still, we have named him only vice captain of our legendary squad. Who  the captain is, you’ll see in a while.

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Virat Kohli 

Virat Kohli: Virat, Virat Virat. It’s hard to keep him out of anything these days. Be it Tests in Australia, or ODIs in Sri Lanka, or T20s in South Africa. It’s just impossible to leave him out of the frame. With solid and elegant batting techniques, he can score lots of runs freely in all 3 formats pretty well. And outside batting, his medium pace is somewhat reliable to go through 1 or 2 overs quickly (even if it does yield 28 runs in an over once in a while:P ). Beyond that, he also produces magic in the field. He can turn 4s into 2s, 2s into 1s, 1s into run outs, and 6s into catches. He’s that good a fielder. He also showed remarkable maturity as a captain when he led RCB in IPL 5, making good calls at the toss, and rotating his bowlers wisely. He has also been named vice-captain of the Indian side, which is a good thing in many ways, but I still feel that has a few more years to go before he can lead the Indian side. Though he had a below average IPL, he came out with some superb shots in the one-off T20 vs Sri Lanka. And in addition to all this he is on top of the list of ‘Malinga Maulers’ in ODI cricket. And even though he doesn’t get his preferred number 3 spot in our  legendary squad, but he will definitely get it in the Indian side as Gauti now has to open because Sachin Tendulkar no longer plays T20 cricket for India, and if he gets going, it’s only a matter of whether India get 220 or 230.

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AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers: AB de Villiers, as you’ve probably read in my post on him, you’ll know what a legend he is. So I won’t go into detail on that. Why I selected him? 65% because of his natural ability to dominate with the bat, and 30% because of his fabulous fielding, and 5% because of the certain amount of insurance he provides, like saving 20 runs in the field, or hit 50 runs of 20 balls, or stay till the very end and score 81 of 53 balls, etc. The most important part: his batting ability. Now if your team is 3 down early and your chasing a total like 160 on an average pitch, then you need someone to drop anchor and stay till the end. AB can do that. If your 3 down and your chasing 195 and need 60 on 5 overs, AB can do that. So basically speaking, there’s almost no situation in which this man can’t come in and make a difference. Also he has a large array of shots, which even include more unorthodox ones, like the reverse sweep, and the paddle scoop. So this is why he’s such a difficult player to bowl to, or to set a field to. Then we move on to the fielding. AB won’t get much of a chance to field for RSA because of Mark Boucher’s untimely retirement, and won’t be able to in any format unless RSA decides to give a call-up to someone like Davy Jacobs, or Morne van Wyke, who are both skilled with the gloves and awesome with the bat. However, AB will get to field in out legendary squad because of our captain. So with other awesome fielders like Virat Kohli, Dale Steyn, Kieron Pollard and Lasith Malinga in his side, I’m sure that at least 50 runs can be saved in the field. So I’m really looking forward to seeing him play in the WC T20.

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M.S Dhoni

M.S Dhoni: So finally we know why Gauti isn’t captain. So now we know why AB isn’t keeping. It’s because of M.S Dhoni!!!!!So who would make AB de Villiers keeper when Dhoni’s there? Who would ask Gautam Gambhir to lead the side when M.S Dhoni is here? MSD, or ‘captain cool‘ as we know him, can do all those things, without so much as a drop of sweat dropping from his head. Though his records in Test and ODI cricket are not consistent, he is a powerful with the bat and can strike sixers at will when batting. However it’s none of these things that makes MSD so special. You want a hard hitter who can keep? Go for Brendon McCullum and he can do the job just as well. No. It’s neither his hard hitting, nor his keeping which makes MSD so special. It’s his cool captaincy skills; his ability to stay cool and keep a cool head in the face of defeat, and snatch victory from it’s nose. He’s that awesome. His claim to fame was when all of India’s senior players, including Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid opted out of the WC T20 2007, because they wanted to take a break before the 2008 IPL, which was coming soon. So MSD was awarded captaincy. And he did it well. He took India to a series win, and soon became permanent captain. And his captaincy will be something without which getting into the semis won’t be so easy.

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Kieron Pollard

Kieron Pollard: Remember what I said in the post I made on what you need to play a T20? Well, if you did, then you’ll see that I said that you must have an all-rounder to balance your side around. Pollard is superb for that job, because he’s one of those rare talents, who can bowl almost as well as he can bat. With him, Jacques Kallis (batting all-rounder) and Daniel Vettori (bowling all-rounder), balancing the lineup, the team can afford to use many pure batsmen, who can’t bowl, and still remain balanced. With their top-order highly fortified, any team would be happy to take 5 wickets quickly. Unfortunately, that would only mean that Pollard would have to come out a little earlier than planned. It wouldn’t change the power with which he hit. The main reason I’ve slotted him in at number 7 and not number 6 is that he has a bit of a problem playing spin. So coming in at number 7, after all the spinners are done bowling, he can sink his teeth into the opposition’s fast bowlers or medium pacers. Other than this, though he provides the option of a 5th bowler as well, and is good at taking the pace off the ball and will be useful on slower tracks. More than this, though, is his fielding. He is a stunning fielder, and because of his height he can turn 6s into catches or 2s. Despite all this, KP has been slightly inconsistent; but if he comes in form than he will be a force to be reckoned with in the WC T20 2012.

Daniel Vettori

Daniel Vettori: The main reason I selected Danny for this awesome team is mainly because he’s economic, with the ball, and awesome with the bat. So you see, the problem he had while playing for RCB was that none of his other bowlers were actually doing the same, hence not pressurizing the batsmen. It was only on a few occasions that their bowling clicked as one, and those were most of the games that they won. However, now on the legendary squad, Vettori has Dale Steyn, Sunil Narine, and Lasith Malinga bowling from the other end, so all he has to do is keep things tight from one end. Like I said in the beginning, the reason I selected Danny was not only because of his economic spin. If I want economic spin why should I go for Vettori? I might as well go for Ravichandran Ashwin or Praghyan Ojha if I want spin. No. The true reason I selected Vettori is  because of his batting prowess. His batting skill is amazing for a bowler of his style. You see, it’s very difficult to be such a good bowler and bat so well at the same time. And Vettori’s batting style is rather unorthodox, not very unlike that of AB de Villiers. He likes to go for the reverse sweeps and the paddle shots. The one thing he has that de Villiers doesn’t, though, is that he will start hitting you right from ball 1. You see, not unlike all-rounders like Irfan Pathan or Johan Botha, Vettori’s favoured batting position is at number 7-8, and when he comes in (if he does); it will be at the hit-out or get-out phase, so Vettori will sink his teeth into you if your not careful. And he’s coming out of retirement to play the WC T20 2012, and will be a player to look out for.

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Dale Steyn

Dale Steyn: Dale Steyn is easily the World’s deadliest Test bowler, but it doesn’t stop there. Steyn is a brilliant T20 bowler, and combines pace with accuracy to get wickets, as well as economy. You see, it’s not easy to walk in and take figures of 4-1-8-3 when you’re defending 130-odd. Dale Steyn did it. He walked in, took a brilliant 1 handed caught and bowled to sent back T.Suman, knocked over Richard Levi in his second over, and came back in the 19th over to knock over Dinesh Karthik. And thanks to these heroics that MI needed 18 in the last over to win, and they did it, docking Daniel Christian for 21 runs in that over. So Steynie has been included into our legendary side, and will have the best T20 backup in the world. So look out everybody, the Steyn engine’s here!!! And it doesn’t end here. He’s a fantastic fielder, and can easily save 15 runs in the field by himself, and along with his team mates Kohli, de Villiers, Pollard and Malinga, I think they can win matches in the field. So Steynie will be very interesting to watch as he brings out an arsenal of bouncers and yorkers and bug almost any batsman. So all the best Steynie, we’ll see you in the WC T20 2012.

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Lasith Malinga

Lasith Malinga: One of the World’s most successful T20 bowlers. With his screaming yorkers and out-of the-blue short balls, he can easily torment any batsman. Some of the many batsmen he’s snared with his yorkers are David Warner, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Roelof van der Merwe, Sourav Ganguly, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jaywardene, Brendon McCullum, Shane Watson, and M.S Dhoni. And this is a formidable list, because every one of these players can give you hell as a bowler, in one way or another. And in addition to the deadly yorker released from the slinga from over the wicket, he can bowl the slower ball, the inswinger, and many more. And I must say, doing all that with a slinging action is very hard, but Malinga makes it look easy. Like some of the best ODI/T20 bowlers in the World, Malinga has retired from tests. In ODIs, he’s very effective, but it somewhat is diluted as he has to bowl a 10-over spell. In T20s, however, he only has to bowl a 4-over spell, so his effect is more concentrated. So Slinga Malinga, we’ll be seeing you soon, in the WCT20 2012.

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Sunil Narine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunil Narine: Ahh…. the mystery bowler…Sunil Narine was a relatively unknown West Indian bowler, until he gave a good show in the CLT20 2011. Then the Kolkata Knight Riders picked him up for a rather expensive  sum of $700,000. He came to play the IPL with a shroud of expectation and critique surrounding him. He had come for the IPL at the cost of a possible Test debut, which earned him a lot of criticism. However his show in the IPL was like a message to the critiques saying: “eat this, losers”. He took 24 wickets, and bagged almost every award a bowler in IPL can dream of getting: He had Sachin Tendulkar bowled, took a 5 wicket haul and earned an overall average of 13.50 and did all this at an economy rate of  5.47. So the only things he didn’t do were get the Purple Cap and get Chris Gayle out. Other than that he was known as the ‘mystery  bowler’, and was almost unplayable. It was only in the finals in which Narine took a drubbing from Suresh Raina. Other than that he snared many dangerous batsmen, such as Shaun Marsh, Adam Gilchrist, and Mayank Agarwal. He was then called up for the New Zealand and England tours, and in the ODIs he was bowling at 2 an over, which is admirable for any format. So Narine’s performance this WC T20 will greatly influence the West Indies claim for the cup.

SUBS:

So If a team should be able to play a tournament, there should be a few back-up players, just in case. So here are the ‘legendary subs’:

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Dwayne Bravo

Dwayne Bravo: The second Kieron Pollard. He can do everything Pollard can do, and do it almost just as well. Bravo is one of those few people who can bat, and bowl just as well. He can run through overs with the ball, and be a devastating finisher with the bat. His all-round shows were one of the many highlights of CSK’s IPL 5 campaign. And he’s no slob in the field either. Once he took a stunning catch, which caused the commentator to exclaim: “What is he made of?! Bravo!” Unfortunately, I think he’s been underrated slightly, but it doesn’t affect his performances one bit. And other than all this, Bravo completes the T&T trio of Pollard, Narine and himself. And this is a formidable trio to have in a single T20 side. So Bravo will be looking to fire this WC T20, and will be brilliant to watch. So all the best, Bravo!!

Shane Watson

Shane Watson: A very strong all-rounder. One of the world’s best , in my not-so humble opinion 🙂 With a pair of powerful forearms,Watson can bludgeon sixes out of the blue with a flick of his forearms. He is very similar to Kallis in many aspects, like his ability with both bat and ball, but unlike Kallis he is a little bit more of a hit-out-or-get-out batsman. With the ball, he can easily bowl a 4-over spell, and get a bit of swing as well. He was not available for the Rajasthan Royals for the first part of IPL, but returned in the end with some powerful all-rounded cameos, which unfortunately were not enough to take the Royals to the semis. My reason for selecting Watson for a sub, and not placing him directly into the playing XI, was because of the mere fact that Kallis’ ability to anchor the innings is needed a bit more that Watson’s six-hitting abilities when opening with Chris Gayle. However, should Kallis or Gayle get injured, Watson would be the first choice of a replacement. So “Watto”will be keenly watched in the WC T2o, and if he can pull out an all-round show, then the Australia side will be a formidable fighting force.

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Shaun Tait

Shaun Tait: If you think facing Malinga is dangerous,wear a suit of armor when facing Tait. Why? Well his teammates fondly call him the ‘wild thing’ because of his wild bowling action. Need I say more? And because of his weird slinging action, he bowls a lot of wides and no-balls. And more than that it’s a pain in the back. Despite all this Tait can produce a ferocious yorker and a powerful bouncer that can hit you on the head. The reason I picked him for this XI? Well, Tait’s a T20 specialist (No, I’m serious, he’s retired from ODI’s and Tests). And because of that his effect will be very concentrated. And if you need anyone to replace someone like Lasith Malinga or Dale Steyn, who better than Shaun Tait? With his unplayable yorker and lethal bouncer, he can reduce a side to ashes. So I’ll be really surprised if Tait isn’t picked for the Australian playing XI for the WC T20. So see you there, “Wild Thing.”  🙂

 

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The Top 3

Now in this IPL we’ve come to the stage where only 3 teams remain in contention for that IPL title. Those 3 teams are the Kolkata Knight Riders, the Delhi Daredevils, and the Chennai Super Kings. DD and KKR have been very consistent throughout the tournament and it was almost the inevitable that they would make it to where they are now. CSK, on the other hand, have not been as consistent. They have been very lucky in some places. For example, they were very lucky that they had a good net run rate that helped them just qualify ahead of the Royal Challengers Bangalore; who had the same amount of points (and surprisingly that was how RCB used to get into the play-offs of most tournaments). RCB could still have qualified, but against the Deccan Chargers it became evident just how much RCB missed Daniel Vettori at number 7 as they tripped over themselves and failed to chase the target of 133 set by DC. Another shine of luck for CSK was that both the Rajasthan Royals and the Kings XI Punjab faltered in the end and lost their last few games. However, the word went around that CSK got through only by luck and didn’t ‘deserve’ to be where they were. So the men from Tamil Nadu went out to prove them wrong. They got off to a start which would just have earned them more criticism, but Subramaniam Badrinath (43) and Micheal Hussey (49) ably assisted by MS Dhoni (51* in 20) and Dwane Bravo (33* in 14) who pillaged every Mumbai bowler from Lasith Malinga down to James Franklin, and took them to a strong total of 187-5. The MI openers Dwane Smith and Sachin Tendulkar were well aware of the required rate when they walked out to bat, as well as it’s tendency to rise. So Smith took the assault to CSK pacer Ben Hilfenhaus, plundering his first 2 overs for 28. In the process Sachin was playing himself in and striking the ropes a few times as to keep the run rate at 10 per over. Then, unfortunately Sachin was run out as Smith charged towards the strikers end, but Sachin was unaware of the run until Smith was next to him, but was quiet happy to walk out of the crease and let Smith continue batting. Smith, though, fell 2 overs later and after his 38, Lasith Malinga’s 17 was the highest score. So that win will give CSK a lot of confidence. Tomorrow we have DD vs CSK in the 2nd eliminator; and the winner joins KKR in the finals. Adios 😉

MSD’s cannibalistic 51* in 20 balls which (included the largest six of the tournament) single-handedly carried CSK to 187

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MI thwart RCB in finals

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Once again the Royal Challengers have failed to win a single tournament due to a shabby batting show that failed to chase 139. Winning the toss at Chennai, MI skipper Harbhajan Singh asked for a bat first. RCB skipper Dan Vettori said he would have liked to bat first as well. MI got off a quick start, Sarul Kanwar smashing Tillakaratne Dilshan for a big six, sending his first for 9 runs. Later on, however, there was a horrible mix up between Kanwar and Aiden Blizzard. Blizzard hit the ball and began running down the pitch. He did not see Kanwar’s signal to go back until he was almost in the other crease. Later Kanwar fell on 13, as Dirk Nannes took out his middle stump. This was Nannes’ 2nd wicket in the tournament. Later Raju Bhatkal removed Ambati Rayudu who was just settling at the crease. James Franklin (41) and Suryakumar Yadav (24) began to chock in the runs before both men were run out by Dirk Nannes and Daniel Vettori respectively. A few sixes towards the end by Lasith Malinga assured them a total of 139 for 10 in 20 overs. Raju Bhatkal was the most succesful bowler with 3/21 of his 3 overs.

What followed, however, was not a Gaylestorm or a storm by Kohli. It was a batting collapse. They got off to a decent start, Dilshan hitting 5 fours and 27 before being bowled by fellow Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga. Gayle was then silenced by Harbhajan Singh on 5. Kohli then departed and there was nothing to RCB’s lineup. Tiwari, Arun Karthik, Kaif, Vettori. All big hitters. All gone. Abu Nechim had the last laugh by taking out Raju Bhatkal, wicket number 10. So Mumbai walk away with the trophy and it was all because RCB, despite chasing 200+ in their previous 2 encounters, they couldn’t chase 139 in their 3rd. That’s good bowling for you. One last remarkable fact is how 2 teams, 2 injury-ridden teams, probably with the least chance of qualifying, made it to the final. Adidos. See you

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RCB thrashed by KKR

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Jacques Kallis

Some people say that
traitors never prosper. That saying bears no relevance if the traitor is named Jacques Henry Kallis. On the 29th of September the Kolkata Knight Riders beat the hosts Royal Challengers Bangalore an M Chinnaswami Stadium. Opting to bowl first, Brett Lee gave the visitors a good start with a maiden over. Jacques Kallis was tossed the ball next, and yeilded only around 3-5 runs. When Lee came to bowl his second, Gayle showed them his power by blasting 2 huge sixes. He hit another one of Kallis in
his second over but Kallis came back and took off Gayle’s middle stump. Later Virat Kohli fell formhis first duck in a long time of Lee. Saurabh Tiwari entered at No 4 as AB de Villiers was out with an injury. Tiwari and opener Tillakaratne Dilshan put some runs together before Yusuf Pathan took out Tiwari. Soon Dilshan departed after being stumped cheaply. Then skipper Daniel Vettori and Mohammed Kaif played a few quiet knocks before Kaif was trapped in lbw by Iqbal Abdulla. Then Vettori and Raju Bhatkal blitzed a 50 run partnership before Bhakal fell on 25. Vettori was still at large and finished with a knock of 44 of just 23. A couple of boundaries by Syed Mohammed ensured RCB a total of 169-9. The Knight Riders put on a glorious opening show as Brad Haddin was going berserk and hitting out and Kallis was slowly anchoring his innings. When Vettori came
to bowl he removed the dangerous Haddin for 41 of a mere 21. Kallis was then joined by the skipper Gautam Gambhir who played a captain’s knock of 50 of 37 balls. Kallis continued to 67 to win the game by 9 wickets. Kallis was named Man of the Match for his all round show, ahead of Daniel Vettori. Now RCB mus win all their remaining 2 games to qualify for the semis.

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RCB announces 15 man squad CLT20

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The Royal Challengers of Bangalore have announced their 15-man clt20 squad. Here it is:

Chris Gayle
Tillakaratne Dilshan
Virat Kohli (vice captain)
AB de Villiers (wicket keeper)
Saurabh Tiwari,
Mohammed Kaif
Daniel Vettori (captain)
Abhimanyu Mithun
Dirk Nannes
Sreenath Aarvind
J.Syed Mohammed
Mayank Agarwal
Raju Bhatkal
Arun Karthik (wicket keeper)
Asad Pathan

As you can see, RCB are missing Zaheer Khan, who was one of the many injured players during the India vs England test series,(strange that either Zaheer or Nannes is always injured) and that Australian pacer Dirk Nannes has returned from an injury which kept him out of IPL 4 (not a bad thing, as if that had not happened Chris Gayle would not have come). The little known Raju Bhatkal is also playing. Now the question is which 4 foreign players RCB will use in the playing 11. Cheteshwar Pujara is also injured and will be out of action for a few months.

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CLT20

The CLT20(champions league t20) is a tournament where the top domestic T20 teams from the major cricket playing teams all over the world come together to play. Teams from India,South Africa,Sri Lanka,New Zealand,Australia,England and West Indies are some of these teams. The winner of this tournament is awarded the title of ‘Champion of Champions’.This title currently lies with the IPL 2010&11 champions,the Chennai Super Kings. Watch as the Royal Challengers Bangalore from India take on the Warriors from South Africa on 23rd September 2011.

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Facts-Play-offs

The DLF IPL 2011 has almost reached it’s 2nd phase: the knockout phase. The 4 teams that are in the play-offs have been fixed and they are: the Chennai Super Kings,led by the Indian skipper,M.S Dhoni himself, the Royal Challengers banglore,currently led by Virat Kohli until New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori recovers from an injury,the Mumbai Indians,led by the one and only Sachin Tendulkar,and the Kolkata Knight Riders,who are qualifying for the top 4 for the first time in IPL history,under the leadership of the most expensive player in IPL history,Gautam Gambhir. Until today,it looked as though Adam Gilchrist’s Kings XI Punjab could have made it,before they were cleanswept by Gilchrist’s former team,the Deccan Chargers. Tomorow’s matches will be crucial as to who plays who in the play-offs. Those games are:

The Chennai Super Kings vs The Royal Challengers Bangalore @ 3:00 pm and

The Mumbai Indians vs The Kolkata Knight Riders @ 7:00 pm.

If RCB beat CSK, they will take first place and will mostly play Chennai,or there is a remote chance that they will play KKR but if they lose,they will drop to 3rd after the KKR vs MI match and play the loser of that game.

If Mumbai beat Kolkata,they will mostly play either Kolkata again or Chennai,depending on the CSK RCB result.However, if they lose,their chances are that they will play either Kolkata or Bangalore depending,
again,upon the CSK RCB result.So now that you see how crucial tommorow’s games are,gear up in your favourite team’s colours,make time and watch the games at 3:00 pm and at 7:00 pm at Set Max live. Hope you enjoy! 🙂 Who will win?

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