Chargers continue dream run
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Chargers continue dream run
Durban, April 27
Chasing 166, Deccan Chargers rode on Herschelle Gibbs' (69 not out) second half-century of the tournament and captain Gilchrist's buccaneering 44 off 19 balls to cruise to 169 for four in 19.3 overs to record their fourth win on the trot.
Put into bat, Chennai Super Kings had earlier posted 165 for six, courtesy Matthew Hayden's belligerent 49 and Jacob Oram's breezy unbeaten 41 down the order.
Gilchrist and Gibbs were clearly in a hurry to wrap up the match and with both the batsmen going after the bowlers, Chennai simply had no respite.
Gilchrist hit Lakshmipathy Balaji for back-to-back fours in the first over to signal his intention. The Chennai pacer had a chance to settle scores in the next over but Balaji grassed a difficult caught-and-bowled chance and Gilchrist was simply unstoppable as he hit the pacer for two sixes and a boundary in that productive over.
Gibbs, at the other end, matched his captain shot for shot, milking 20 runs off a Manpreet Gony over.
Their association had yielded 67 runs in no time when Suresh Raina stopped them from running away with the match with double strikes.
Gilchrist perished at short third man in Raina's first over and in his next, out-of-form VVS Laxman (4) was caught at the gully.
Rohit Sharma (18) and Dwayne Smith (12) fell in quick succession but Gibbs stayed till the end to guide the side to victory.
Earlier, Matthew Hayden muscled his way to a belligerent 49 while Jacob Oram hit a breezy unbeaten 41 as Chennai Super Kings posted 165 for six. — PTI
Dhoni points accusing finger at bowlers
I think the bowlers are letting us down. We really need to come up with some ideas, maybe a few other combinations and test our bench strength
We are getting good start but have been struggling in the middle overs. Middle order is not clicking, we need to work on that as well
— MS Dhoni
Chennai got off to a good start and I think we did well to pull them back. They looked like getting 180-190 but our
bowlers just hung in
I think I made a mistake. Ojha bowled two overs and took two important wickets (of Hayden and Dhoni) for just 11 runs. Maybe my mind got it wrong.
— Adam Gilchrist
Chennai Super Kings:
Patel c Gilchrist b Edwards 0
Hayden c Rohit b Ojha 49
Raina c and b Rohit 25
Dhoni c Shoaib b Ojha 22
Oram not out 41
A Morkel c RP Singh b V Rao 13
Badrinath c and b RP Singh 8
Gony not out 0
Extras (w-4, nb-3): 7
Total (for 6 wickets in 20 overs): 165
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-64, 3-102, 4-103, 5-129, 6-165.
Bowling: Edwards 4-0-21-1, RP Singh 3-0-32-1, Smith 1-0-17-0, Venugopal 4-0-35-1, Rohit 3-0-18-1, Ojha 2-0-11-2, Ahmed 3-0-31-0.
Gilchrist c Muralitharan b Raina 44
Gibbs not out 69
Laxman c Oram b Raina 4
Rohit c Dhoni b Balaji 18
Smith lbw b Muralitharan 12
Bilakhia not out 12
Extras (lb 2, w 3, nb 5): 10
Total (4 wickets; 19.3 overs): 169
Fall of wickets: 1-67, 2-75, 3-114, 4-130
Bowling: L Balaji 3.3-0-41-1, MS Gony 1-0-20-0, JA Morkel 3-0-29-0, M Muralitharan 4-0-17-1, SK Raina 4-0-18-2, Joginder Sharma 1-0-14-0, J Oram 3-0-28-0.
Centurion, April 27
A week into the IPL and the Daredevils have emerged as one of the favourites while defending champions Rajasthan Royals are still struggling to find the winning touch that made them a formidable team last year.
The Shane Warne-led Rajasthan Royals have managed one win in three matches and that came against Kolkata Knight Riders through a Super Over. The absence of talented all-rounders Shane Watson of Australia and Pakistani Sohail Tanveer has hurt them badly. Going by their last match's performance where they lost to Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals will have to be on the top of their game against the formidable Daredevils.
The Daredevils, who made it to the semi-finals last year, are in a sparkling form, as all their wins have been convincing. A star-studded batting line-up and a balanced bowling attack, have been the key to success for Virender Sehwag's team.
In Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, Daredevils have two formidable openers who can crush the spirit of any bowling attack. But even if they fail, Daredevils can fall back on their strong middle-order which boast of players like Tillekaratne Dilshan and AB de Villiers. In the last two matches, Dilshan and De Villiers were the cornerstone of the Daredevils batting.
Dilshan has hit two consecutive half-centuries, seeing Daredevils through a difficult situation against Royal Challengers in the last match. De Villiers has scored the first century of the IPL, a whirlwind knock that flattened runners-up Chennai Super Kings in the second match.
Moreover, the bowling attack too seems to be in perfect shape. Left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori has been one of the top bowlers and has got enough support from leggie Amit Mishra to restrict the opposition. — IANS
Start of Play: 8 p.m.
Port Elizabeth, April 27
The 36-year-old Tendulkar's 45-ball 68 was laced with six boundaries and four sixes, including one that went over the park.
His opening partner, the 39-year-old Jayasuriya scored 52 off 32 balls with four sixes and two boundaries as the Mumbai Indians raced to 187 for six at St George's Park.
Knight Riders opening pair of Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum needed to match the veteran duo but disappointed as the Shah Rukh Khan-owned side capitulated for 95.
Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly and Australian Brad Hodge staged a brief fightback but once their 54-run partnership was brought to an end by Abhishek Nayar, it was one way traffic as Lasith Malinga ripped through the tail.
Ganguly topscored for the Knight Riders, with a 30-ball 34, hitting a six and three fours while Hodge scored 24 off 22 balls with the help of three boundaries.
It was the right-left combination of Tendulkar and Jayasuriya that did all the damage. — PTI
Jayasuriya c Ghosh b Shukla 52
Tendulkar lbw b Shukla 68
Harbhajan c Mendis b Hodge 18
Duminy not out 18
Abhishek Nayar run out 3
Dwayne Bravo c Gayle b Shukla 3
Shikhar Dhawan c McCullum b Ishant 12
Saurabh Tiwary not out 4
Extras (lb-1, w-8): 9
Total (for 6 wickets in 20 overs): 187
Fall of wickets: 1-127, 2-146, 3-148, 4-151, 5-162, 6-175.
Bowling: Ishant Sharma 4-0-29-1, Dinda 2-0-24-0, Ganguly 1-0-16-0, Mendis 4-0-39-0, Gayle 2-0-24-0, Hodge 3-0-29-1, Shukla 4-0-25-3.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
McCullum c Duminy b Malinga 1
Gayle c Tendulkar b Bravo 12
B Hodge b Nayar 24
Ganguly c Bravo b Nayar 34
Yashpal c Shah b Bravo 8
Ghosh c Tendulkar b Nayar 0
Shukla c Jayasuriya b Khan 6
Ishant not out 6
Mendis b Malinga 0
Dinda b Malinga 0
Anureet absent hurt -
Extras (w 2, nb 2): 4
Total (all out; 15.2 overs; 81 mins): 95
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-17, 3-71, 4-80, 5-81, 6-83, 7-91, 8-95, 9-95
Bowling: Zaheer Khan 3-0-14-1, SL Malinga 2.2-0-11-3, DJ Bravo
Karachi, April 27
Sources in the Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed that umpires had reported Ajmal for having an illegal bowling action in April, 2006 while playing in the domestic circuit.
"The match officials had said that he needed to undergo a proper evaluation of his bowling action particularly while bowling the 'doosra' before he should be allowed to play again," one source told PTI.
The source said after the report the bowler apparently did undergo remedial measures but as he was not an international player, the PCB didn't send him for a proper evaluation in the bio-mechanic labs in Australia.
"Ajmal was asked to appear before the bowling action review committee of the board for an evaluation of his action," the source added.
Meanwhile, Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam has criticised the ICC's bowling action review system and also expressed surprise that the umpires had reported Ajmal after the second ODI against Australia in Dubai although he had been playing for a while now.
The PCB sources, however, said the board had conveyed to Alam to be careful with his statements and not to interfere in ICC's working.
When contacted Saleem Altaf, the chief operating officer of the PCB, said that Ajmal will undergo a review of his action within 15-days of being reported.
"We are trying to arrange for a review of his action at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) where we have cameras installed at the indoor school. If necessary he can also be sent to Australia or England for a proper evaluation," Altaf said. — PTI
Karachi, April 27
Zaheer pointed out that Shoaib had been struggling for fitness and with disciplinary problems for the last two-and-a-half years and he was not his former self as a bowler at all.
"It is obvious now after watching him bowl in the first two matches that he is neither fit and he is struggling to cope with the demands of international cricket," Zaheer said.
"He has failed to deliver for Pakistan for a while now and I think it is best he retires and allows a younger bowler to take his place in the team," the former batsman said.
He was critical of the fact that by playing Shoaib the Pakistan team management were depriving a fitter and more penetrative bowler to represent the country which is harmful to the team.
The fast bowler has also come in for critical comments from other ex-skippers Rameez Raja and Waqar Younis, who are commentating on the one-day series against Australia on television while legendary Imran Khan has rued that Shoaib had not done justice to his full potential as a bowler as yet.
Chief Selector differs
But Chief Selector Abdul Qadir jumped to Shoaib's defence insisting that it was not important that Shoaib had not taken any wickets in the first two games against Australia. "We are not worried that he is not taking wickets the main thing is that he is playing and he is working hard. He played despite some viral infection problem and that means he has spirit and the keenness to play for the team," Qadir said.
But Chief Selector Abdul Qadir jumped to Shoaib's defence insisting that it was not important that Shoaib had not taken any wickets in the first two games against Australia.
"We are not worried that he is not taking wickets the main thing is that he is playing and he is working hard. He played despite some viral infection problem and that means he has spirit and the keenness to play for the team," Qadir said. — PTI
Karachi, April 27
"Bukhatir is keen to get back international cricket to Dubai and Sharjah and is willing to work out an arrangement with the PCB to achieve his ambition," one source said. The source said after the ICC and Indian board combined nearly six years ago to force Bukhatir to close down his highly successfully international cricket operations in Sharjah, Bukhatir now wants international cricket back. — PTI
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