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Malinga yorks out Daredevils
New Delhi, April 10
Chasing Daredevils' poor 95 made off 17.4 overs, Mumbai Indians cruised to 99 for two with 19 balls to spare, thanks to an unbeaten 68-run partnership between Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma off 10.4 overs.
Tendulkar, who despatched Irfan Pathan to the cover boundary to get the winning runs, remained not out on 46 (50b, 3x4, 1x6) while Sharma was unbeaten on 27 (30b, 3x4). All Sharma’s boundaries came off Morne Morkel in the 12th over -- the first came off the first two balls, cleared past point and mid-wicket, and the third towards cover.
Tendulkar and Sharma batted with quiet confidence despite the loss of two wickets for 31 runs. Davy Jacob was bowled by Morkel for one while Ambati Rayudu was run out by a direct hit from Roelof ver der Merwe.
The wicket was slow and runs were hard to come by, but Sharma proved an effective foil for Tendulkar to anchor the innings to an expected finish after Malinga displayed terrific bowling form to claim five for 13, with a maiden over to boot.
Malinga was so unplayable that Virender Sehwag was forced to play out a maiden off his second over. Sehwag later admitted that he had played a maiden in the infancy of his innings for the first time in a decade. Malinga was aptly adjudged the man of the match.
Malinga's spell was so searing that he clipped five wickets for final figures of 3.4-1-13-5. Four of his victims were bowled while the fifth was caught by James Franklin. Malinga also took a catch to make it an outing to remember. He claimed two wickets each in his first and third overs respectively, and interestingly on both the occasions, the wickets came off the second and fourth balls, before he polished off the Daredevils tail in his fourth over, again the wicket coming off the fourth ball of the over.
Daredevils skipper Sehwag beat his counterpart Tendulkar in the battle of the toss, and opted to bat before a full house on a cloudy afternoon, soothed by slight morning rain.
Tendulkar asked off-spinner Harbhajan Singh to bowl but Sehwag carted him for two runs and a huge six, as Harbhajan conceded ten runs in his opening over.
In the second over, Malinga was brought on from the far end, and spelt trouble immediately as he yorked the dangerous David Warner for one run. Warner had no clue as the ball crashed into the stumps. Off the fourth ball of the over, Unmukt Chand, making a disastrous debut, was totally foxed by Malinga's speed.
Delhi lost two wickets in the space of one run to slump to 12 for two in 1.4 overs. They held out hope when Sehwag was at the crease, but when he became a victim of a needless run out, with Tendulkar’s direct throw catching the Delhi skipper short of the crease, the hosts slumped to 27 for three, and later 40 for four, to be in dire straits. Aaron Finch played Ali Murtaza to short fine leg, but hesitated to take a run. Sehwag had, however, already set out, and before he could reach the other end, Tendulkar’s perfect throw caught him on the wrong foot.
It seemed it was all over bar shouting when Malinga bowled Venugopal Rao and Morne Morkel in his third over. In between, Malinga had also caught Naman Ojha off Murtaza while Harbhajan dismissed Finch.
When Ojha and Rao were around, the runs flowed in a quick pace, but the partnership was broken after they put on 42 runs. Tendulkar intelligently varied his bowling options, to keep the Daredevils batsmen on their toes, and when big-hitter Irfan Pathan, returning to top-class cricket after a one-year gap, was run out for nought, it was just a matter of time before the Delhi innings folded up, which eventually happened with 2.2 overs to spare.
Warner b Malinga 1
Sehwag run out 19
Unmukt b Malinga 0
Finch c Rayudu b Harbhajan 8
Ojha c Malinga b Murtaza 29
Venugopal b Malinga 26
Pathan run out 0
Roelof not out 8
Morkel b Malinga 0
Yadav st Jacobs
b Harbhajan 0
Dinda c Franklin b Malinga 0
Extras: (W-4) 4
Total: (All out; 17.4 overs) 95
Bowling: Harbhajan 3-0-14-2, Malinga 3.4-1-13-5, Murtaza 4-0-21-1, Patel 3-0-20-0, Pollard 3-0-18-0, Franklin 1-0-9-0.
Jacobs b Morkel 1
Tendulkar not out 46
Rayudu run out 14
Rohit not out 27
Extras (b 1, lb 3, w 7) 11
Total (2 wkts; 16.5 overs) 99
Bowling: Dinda 2-0-7-0, Morkel 4-0-29-1, Pathan 2.5-0-14-0, Yadav 2-0-16-0, van der Merwe 4-0-16-0, Finch 2-0-13-0.
Mumbai, April 10 Earlier, debutant Pune Warriors started their stint in the Indian Premier League on an impressive note by restricting Kings XI Punjab to a modest 112 for eight. A double strike each by Pune's opening bowlers -- Alfonso Thomas and Shrikant Wagh Kings XI staggering at nine for four within the first four overs after captain Adam Gilchrist won the toss and elected to bat first on a wicket offering good bounce. The top four batsmen, including former Australian great Gilchrist, were packed off cheaply by South African Thomas and Wagh and only a late charge by Ryan McLaren (51*) propelled Punjab past the century mark. — PTI
Earlier, debutant Pune Warriors started their stint in the Indian Premier League on an impressive note by restricting Kings XI Punjab to a modest 112 for eight.
A double strike each by Pune's opening bowlers -- Alfonso Thomas and Shrikant Wagh Kings XI staggering at nine for four within the first four overs after captain Adam Gilchrist won the toss and elected to bat first on a wicket offering good bounce.
The top four batsmen, including former Australian great Gilchrist, were packed off cheaply by South African Thomas and Wagh and only a late charge by Ryan McLaren (51*) propelled Punjab past the century mark. — PTI
Kings XI Punjab Gilchrist c Uthappa b Thomas1 Marsh c Sharma b Wagh
1 Valthaty c Ryder b Thomas 6 Karthik c Sharma b Wagh 0 Nayar c Yuvraj b Ryder 12 Sunny run out
12 McLaren not out 51 Chawla c Uthappa b Wagh 15 Praveen c Uthappa b Parnell
3 Rimmington not out 1 Extras: (lb 4, w 5, nb 1) 10 Total: (8
wkts; 20 overs) 112 Bowling: Thomas 4-0-27-2, Wagh 3-0-16-3, Parnell 4-0-20-1, Kartik 1-0-10-0, Ryder 3-1-9-1, Manhas 3-0-14-0, Sharma
2-0-12-0. Pune Warriors Smith c McLaren b Kumar 0 Ryder c Gilchrist b McLaren
31 Manhas c Gilchrist b Nayar 35 Uthappa not out 22 Yuvraj not out 21 Extras: (lb 1, w 3) 4 Total: (3
wkts; 13.1overs) 113 Bowling: Kumar 3-0-28-1, Rimmington 3-0-19-0, McLaren 3-0-26-1, Chawla 1-0-12-0, Nayar 3.1-0-27-1.
Gilchrist c Uthappa b Thomas1
Marsh c Sharma b Wagh 1
Valthaty c Ryder b Thomas 6
Karthik c Sharma b Wagh 0
Nayar c Yuvraj b Ryder 12
Sunny run out 12
McLaren not out 51
Chawla c Uthappa b Wagh 15
Praveen c Uthappa b Parnell 3
Rimmington not out 1
Extras: (lb 4, w 5, nb 1) 10
Total: (8 wkts; 20 overs) 112
Bowling: Thomas 4-0-27-2, Wagh 3-0-16-3, Parnell 4-0-20-1, Kartik 1-0-10-0, Ryder 3-1-9-1, Manhas 3-0-14-0, Sharma 2-0-12-0.
Smith c McLaren b Kumar 0
Ryder c Gilchrist b McLaren 31
Manhas c Gilchrist b Nayar 35
Uthappa not out 22
Yuvraj not out 21
Extras: (lb 1, w 3) 4
Total: (3 wkts; 13.1overs) 113
Bowling: Kumar 3-0-28-1, Rimmington 3-0-19-0, McLaren 3-0-26-1, Chawla 1-0-12-0, Nayar 3.1-0-27-1.
Kolkata, April 10
But without Ganguly, who was shunned in the latest IPL bidding, it remains to be seen how much fanbase the team, with principal owner and Bollywood heartthrob Shah Rukh Khan as its face, generates.
The new captains Gautam Gambhir and Kumar Sangakkara, of Kolkata Knight Riders and Deccan Chargers resepectively, had a similar beginning to the fourth season of the Twenty20 extravaganza - suffering contrasting defeats to Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals respectively.
If Knight Riders gifted the match from a winning position to reigning champions Chennai Super Kings, IPL-2 winners Deccan Chargers, on the other hand, were outplayed by IPL-1 champions Rajasthan Royals.
Leading the side for the first time in their previous match, the former Delhi Daredevils captain Gambhir raised quite a few eyebrows for his negative strategy that saw the Indian opener bat at number 6.
They also did not help the cause by spilling three catches while three of their batsmen were out stumped and two more were run outs. Yet they needed nine from eight balls with five wickets in hand but in an embarrassment of sorts they choked by two runs for a very familiar result to the Knights script.
Shah Rukh's men, who finished sixth, last and sixth in the first three seasons, looked determined to come out of the rut.
Roping in a confident opener Gautam Gambhir and most destructive Yusuf Pathan for the two top signings this season beside successfully bidding for South African mainstay Jacques Kallis, Aussie strike bowler Brett Lee, Knights have all the ingredients of a champion side. — PTI
Kolkata, April 10
Deccan Chargers' left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, who opened the bowling, was a big let down as the left-arm spinner conceded runs at 11-plus in his 3.5 overs, while leggie Amit Mishra too disappointed by giving away 28 from four overs without any wicket between the duo.
Talking to reporters ahead of their away IPL fixture against Kolkata Knight Riders, Sangakkara said the Eden strip lacks pace and bounce and may just assist the slow bowlers.
"Looking at the wicket, spin in the first few overs may just be a great option and can be an attacking one. But you have to play it according to the situation. You cannot just plan everything and use spin in the first few overs for the sake of it," he said.
Sangakkara did not read much into their spinners performance and said, "It looks like a wicket that lacks pace and bounce and may just help the slow bowlers. We have got a couple of good spinners in (Pragyan) Ojha and (Amit) Mishra.
Also Jean-Paul Duminy can be handy with his off-spin." The former Kings XI skipper said they lost the match against Rajasthan Royals despite getting a good start.
"It was disappointing to lose that game. We had got off to a great start, it's just that we lost too many wickets too quickly. We bowled excellent, we were right in the match till the about the 18th-19th over. Just that we need to tighten up our fielding a bit."— PTI
Johannesburg, April 10
"He's expressed interest, yes," said Andrew Hudson, the national selection convener and a man who sits on the panel to select a successor to Corrie van Zyl's who has stepped down after the Proteas' World Cup debacle.
"He's certainly been in discussions with Gerald Majola (Cricket SA's CEO)," Hudson was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
Kirsten is known to be keen on working with the current crop of international players, believing them to be among the most talented on the circuit, the report said.
"He is taking time off before considering his options. He is known to be calm and prudent - as befits a former opening batsman - and not overly eager to rush into a decision," it said.
Cricket South Africa, meanwhile, have approached Professor Johann Coetzee to psychometrically test all the applicants for the coaching job.
Coetzee was approached by Boeta Dippenaar, who sits on the interview panel as the players' representative, and as a result of the approach finds himself being part of the assessment.
"I'm not involved with selection of the candidate. I'm just neutral and objective adjunct to the panel," said Coetzee, a human development consultant and psychologist who has worked as an academic at the universities of the Free State and North West. — PTI
Sepang, April 10
Vettel's second start-to-finish win in two outings this year came despite further problems with Red Bull's faulty Kinetic Energy Regeneration System (KERS) which gave his team-mate Mark Webber a nightmare start.
The Australian dropped from third to 10th before storming back to finish fourth ahead of the two Ferraris of Brazilian Felipe Massa and two-time champion Fernando Alonso. Alonso suffered damage to his car in a late charge for the podium when he collided with the rear of Briton Lewis Hamilton's McLaren, suffering a broken front wing that required a pit stop.
Hamilton, the 2008 champion, looked set for a podium spot but finished seventh after a slow pit stop and then a struggle with worn tyres in the closing stages. Japan's Kamui Kobayashi of Sauber was eighth ahead of seven-time champion Michael Schumacher, who was ninth for Mercedes. Tenth-placed British rookie Paul Di Resta who scored another point for Force India in only his second start.
Vettel has now won both of the two season-opening races in Australia and Malaysia and five of the last six to take charge of the 19-stop drivers' world title race. It was another stunning performance by Vettel as Red Bull team told him and team-mate Webber they could not use the KERS power-boost for most of the race.
"In the heat, we kept our heads cool," he told the Red Bull crew on his victory lap. "It is a pleasure every week to drive with you boys and I'm loving it." German Nick Heidfeld finished third for Renault after a dazzling start when he shot from sixth in the grid into second place behind Vettel.
On another hot day, the track temperature was 31 degrees (88 fahrenheit) at the start in 83 percent humidity, a sure sign that rain was likely as Vettel led the cars on the formation lap to the grid. — AFP
Sepang, April 10
Narain Karthikeyan, racing for Hispania, could not finish yet another race and was forced to retire after the 14th lap. Force India is now joint fifth in the Constructors' Championship with four points on the table, and Di Resta joins Sutil on two Championship points.
Both drivers made a clean race start but Sutil had to return to the pits for a new nose on lap three after a coming together with Barrichello. Di Resta battled with Nico Rosberg and the mid-fielders in the first stint and Michael Schumacher in the second. He made up four places to bring home another point for the team today.
Sutil, on the other hand, made up lost ground due to the early nose change and was charging through the field for most of the race. He ran consistently in 12th position until a retirement by Renault's Vitaly Petrov led to Sutil crossing the line in a well deserved 11th place.
"I am quite happy I must say. The team did a good job with the strategy. I just could not hold off Michael at the end, he had fresher tyres and we had to stop a bit earlier for my third stop than predicted. But I also did not want to risk the championship point as well," said di Resta.
"I think the DRS showed some good racing today, so maybe we can be confident that in China our race pace may even be a little bit better. We were battling with cars that were a little bit quicker than us today, so overall I think we had a great race," he added.
Sutil rued the poor start to the proceedings for him. "We could have been in for a much better finishing position, which is a shame. But the team did a great job with the pitstops so I'd like to thank them for that," he said. — PTI
London, April 10
Blackpool replied after 52 minutes when Gary Taylor-Fletcher scored after the referee waved play on despite Lehmann bringing down DJ Campbell in the penalty area. Although they had other chances, the seaside strugglers failed to find the equaliser.
Instead, Arsenal wrapped up the victory with a superb goal on the counter-attack after 76 minutes when Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott combined on the break before Walcott crossed for Robin Van Persie to score in front of goal.
Lehmann, who left Arsenal three years ago and returned after coming out of retirement last month to help solve a goalkeeper crisis, was called into the game just before kickoff after Almunia was injured in the warm-up.
The result lifted Arsenal to 62 points — seven behind leaders United with a game in hand. Blackpool remained a point and a place above the relegation zone. Aston Villa were playing Newcastle United in the second match of the day at Villa Park. — Reuters
Charleston, April 10
Sania and Vesnina will now take on the fourth-seeded American duo of Bethannie Mattek-Sands and Meghann Shaughnessy. Interestingly, the Indo-Russian combine dispatched the American pair 6-0, 7-5 in the finals of the Indian Wells event. — PTI
Chandigarh, April 10
WPO, a non-political body of Punjabis to foster social, economic and cultural bondage among the community around the globe, would confer the award on April 16. — PTI