Dilshan’s charge stumps Deccan
Dirk Nannes of Delhi Daredevils (C) is congratulated by Amit Mishra after he dismissed Deccan Chargers’ Adam Gilchrist during their IPL match in Centurion on Thursday. — AFP
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Centurion, April 30
Deccan Chargers, who recovered from a top-order collapse with Dwayne Smith smashing 48, lost their first match after four straight wins. Daredevils fast bowler Dirk Nannes (2-16), and the spinners choked the Chargers strong batting line-up, restricting them to a modest total.
Packed with powerful batsmen, Daredevils started well, racing to 28 in three overs. Virender Sehwag exploded for a brief period hitting four fours for his 18, before falling to R.P Singh.
Soon Delhi lost two more wickets and were tottering at 49 for three, with medium-fast bowler Shoaib Ahmed claiming the wickets of Gautam Gambhir and A.B. de Villiers. Dilshan, who saw Delhi home against Royal Challengers with an unbeaten 67, joined hands with Karthik for the rescue job even as Chargers kept up the pressure. They took their time in the middle before launching the offensive in the end.
After the strategic break, Karthik hit Rohit Sharma for a six and Dilshan cut loose in the next over with another six. With 38 required from 24 balls, the duo took 17 runs off Venugopal Rao to come closer to victory. Pragyan Ojha claimed Karthik in the next over to bring Chargers back in the hunt.
Fidel Edwards and Dilshan exchanged words with 17 required of 12 balls. The Sri Lankan, however, had the last laugh as he finished the match in the same over with two fours and a six.
Earlier, the Deccan Chargers top-order failed to fire for the first time in the tournament. Daredevils saw the back of Chargers' swashbuckling opening pair of Herschelle Gibbs and Adam Gilchrist early. The Chargers soon found themselves at 53 for four as left-hand fast bowler Nannes did the damage before spinners kept the run-flow in check in the middle overs.
The strategic break has often worked in favour of the bowling team, but for a change the batsmen got their act together after 10 overs when they were reeling at 55 for 4. Smith tore apart the bowlers with 48 off 28 balls that included five fours and two sixes. — IANS
Gilchrist c Karthik b Nannes 8
Gibbs c de Villiers b Nannes 0
Bilakhia lbw b Vettori 22
Rohit c Manhas b Mishra 17
Suman c de Villiers b Sangwan 23
D Smith c Vettori b Nehra 48
Venugopal b Nehra 16
Shoaib run out 0
RP not out 2
Ojha run out 1
Extras (lb 8, w 2, nb 1) 11
Total (9 wickets;
20 overs) 148
FoWs: 1-8, 2-19, 3-52, 4-53, 5-118, 6-139, 7-139, 8-147, 9-148.
Bowling: Nannes 4-0-16-2, Nehra 4-0-30-2, Sangwan 4-0-24-1, Mishra 4-0-32-1, Vettori 3-0-23-1, Dilshan 1-0-15-0.
Gambhir lbw b Shoaib 17
Sehwag c Gibbs b RP 20
AB de Villiers c Ojha b Shoaib 5
Dilshan not out 52
Karthik lbw b Ojha 41
Manhas not out 3
Extras (lb 4, w 7, nb 1) 12
Total (4 wickets; 18.4 overs) 150
Fall of wickets: 1-30, 2-35, 3-49, 4-128.
Bowling: Edwards 3.4-0-44-0, RP 3-0-20-1, Shoaib 4-0-20-2, Ojha 4-0-24-1, Rohit 1-0-10-0, D Smith 1-0-8-0, Venugopal 2-0-20-0.
Centurion, April 30
His one-man show was complemented by a disciplined and enthusiastic fielding display — including a wicket and two catches to the man of the moment — and Chennai wrapped up victory by 38 runs.
Earlier, Raina hit a blistering 55-ball 98 to lead Chennai Super Kings to 164 for five against defending champions Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League match here today.
The diminutive left-hander single-handedly shaped the Chennai innings as he batted almost till the end after his team was invited to bat at SuperSport Park.
In the clash between the last-year's finalists, it was only Raina and S Badrinath (29), who made some impact as the other Chennai batsmen failed miserably.
Raina was dismissed in the last over of the innings while attempting to get his well-deserved first IPL century.
He shared two crucial partnerships — 67 with Badrinath for third wicket and 71 with his skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (22 not out) for the fifth wicket — before perishing in the third-man region off Munaf Patel.
But by that time he had lifted his side to a competitive total with his incredible innings, bejewelled with 10 fours and five sixes.
Raina revived Chennai innings after its run-rate had suffered severely after the strategic break.
From a solid 81 for two after 10 overs, Chennai batsmen could score just 39 in the next seven overs. Raina held the one together and played some amazing shots to provide his side a platform to fight.
Earlier, Yusuf Pathan (2/17) did a nice job with the ball. He sent back both the Chennai openers — Matthew Hayden and Parthiv Patel — in his first two overs.
He castled Hayden (0) in the very first ball of his spell and then had Patel (3) caught at point when the diminutive left-hander miscued a pull on a short-pitched delivery.
But Raina and Badrinath batted superbly to neutralise the double blow as they did not let it affect their run-rate and kept the scoreboard ticking.
Raina hoicked Dimitri Marcarenhas for a massive six over the mid-wicket and then lofted Pathan for a six over mid-off.
Badrinath, playing his part in the recovery process, put on display some fluent shots — the cover drives and cuts. — PTI
Chennai Super Kings:
Patel c Kamran b Yusuf 3
Hayden b Yusuf 1
Raina c Smith b Munaf 98
Badrinath st Rawat b Warne 29
Oram c Mascarenhas b Munaf 2
Dhoni not out 22
Morkel not out 4
Extras (lb 2, w 2, nb 1) 5
Total (5 wickets; 20 overs) 164
Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-17, 3-84, 4-88, 5-159.
Bowling: Mascarenhas 3.2-0-26-0, Yusuf 3-0-17-2, Kamran Khan 2.4-0-35-0, Munaf 4-0-25-2, Trivedi 3-0-35-0, Warne 4-0-24-1
Quiney lbw b Raina 28
Smith c Badrinath b Morkel 2
Asnodkar hit wicket b Morkel 10
Jadeja c Hayden b Balaji 37
Yusuf c Raina b Balaji 20
Mascarenhas c Muralitharan b Oram 8
Warne c Badrinath b Balaji 3
Rawat not out 8
Munaf c Patel b Oram 0
Trivedi c Raina b Balaji 2
Kamran absent hurt
Extras (lb 5, w 3) 8
Total (all out; 19.3 overs) 126
Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-29, 3-55, 4-86, 5-98, 6-114, 7-117, 8-117, 9-126.
Bowling: Tyagi 2-0-8-0, Morkel 4-0-21-2, Oram 4-0-27-2, Muralitharan 4-0-33-0, Raina 2-0-11-1, Balaji 3.3-0-21-4.
Player of the match: Raina
Manchester, April 30
An inspired display from Gunners goalkeeper Manuel Almunia ensured that John O'Shea's 17th-minute strike - only his second Champions League goal in his 60th appearance in the competition - was the only reward Sir Alex Ferguson's side reaped from a first leg encounter they comfortably controlled.
O'Shea admitted United had not made the most of the chances they created.
"Their keeper made a couple of great saves but from the first-half we could have been a couple more up," the Ireland defender said. "Overall though we have to be happy. We are more than capable of scoring an away goal at the Emirates but it is far from over." Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted he had been relieved to see his side concede only one goal but insisted they could turn things around at the Emirates next week.
"Almunia kept us in the tie and we want to take advantage of that," the Frenchman said. "But it is very balanced. We still believe we will do it at home and you will see a different Arsenal next week."
Carlos Tevez's decisive role in the weekend comeback against Tottenham earned him a place in a United starting line-up in which there was no room for either Dimitar Berbatov or Ryan Giggs, who was made to wait until 66 minutes had elapsed before coming on to make his 800th appearance for the club.
Arsenal's defensive problems were eased as former United centreback Mikael Silvestre and teenage leftback Kieran Gibbs both came through late fitness tests, although the opening exchanges hardly inspired confidence in a back four missing both William Gallas and Gael Clichy.
Within two minutes, Darren Fletcher's cross had given Wayne Rooney the chance to force Manuel Almunia into a fine one-handed save and it quickly became apparent that Arsenal would struggle to cope with the tempo of United's opening salvoes.
A superb double save from Almunia denied Tevez just after quarter of an hour had elapsed but the resulting corner saw the holders claim the opener that their efforts deserved. — AFP
East London, April 30
Between the two teams, Mumbai Indians have the distinct edge despite their narrow three-run defeat to Kings XI Punjab last night. They are fourth in the table with five points from five matches compared to Knight Riders' three from six.
The Kolkata side is having a torrid time, having lost four of their matches to be lodged at the bottom of the table. Opener Chris Gayle has been mildly successful but skipper McCullum seems to be saddled by the burden of captaincy and has been far from his destructive self.
Bangalore look for revenge against Kings XI
Durban: Having lost the previous encounter against Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore will aim to make amends for the disappointment when the two sides take on each other for the second time in the Indian Premier League here tomorrow. Under Kevin Pietersen, Royal Challengers started off with a win against Rajasthan Royals but then lost four matches on the trot before pulling off a narrow win over Kolkata Knight Riders yesterday.
Durban: Having lost the previous encounter against Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore will aim to make amends for the disappointment when the two sides take on each other for the second time in the Indian Premier League here tomorrow.
Under Kevin Pietersen, Royal Challengers started off with a win against Rajasthan Royals but then lost four matches on the trot before pulling off a narrow win over Kolkata Knight Riders yesterday. — PTI
Golfers from Brisbane shine
Chandigarh, April 30 In the stroke play, Brisbane golfers made the clean sweep with Gurpal Singh Sohal, Raj Kalsi and Bob Kalsi taking the first, second and third positions, respectively. The Longest Drive saw Amandeep Mavi from Canberra sharing the top spot with Gurpal Singh Sohal. Sanjay Singhal of Sydney won the Closest to Pin. Amarjot Singh of Canberra won the most improved golfer award. In the handicap format, S Singhal of Sydney was 1st while Alan Thammiah of Sydney was 2nd. Harjeet Singh highlighted the event’s growing popularity while Swinder Sandhu, president APSCC, presented awards.
Chandigarh, April 30
In the stroke play, Brisbane golfers made the clean sweep with Gurpal Singh Sohal, Raj Kalsi and Bob Kalsi taking the first, second and third positions, respectively. The Longest Drive saw Amandeep Mavi from Canberra sharing the top spot with Gurpal Singh Sohal. Sanjay Singhal of Sydney won the Closest to Pin. Amarjot Singh of Canberra won the most improved golfer award. In the handicap format, S Singhal of Sydney was 1st while Alan Thammiah of Sydney was 2nd. Harjeet Singh highlighted the event’s growing popularity while Swinder Sandhu, president APSCC, presented awards.
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