Kolkata bows to ‘Sir’ Jadeja’s heroics
Cricketers salute Tendulkar ahead of his 40th birthday
Gayle takes RCB to top with win over Royals
Kings XI Punjab, Pune Warriors in clash of laggards
Chennai unlikely to host knock-outs
Dravid lone hand in Royals charge
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Kolkata bows to ‘Sir’ Jadeja’s heroics
Kolkata, APRIL 13
Chasing a paltry 120, the Super Kings found themselves on a tight corner when they were redused to 89 for six in the 17th over.
But Jadeja (36 off 14) meant business and used his long handle to great effect to wrap up the issue for CSK. He shared an unbeaten 35-run partnership with Dwayne Bravo (7) to guide CSK home.
Apart from Jadeja, Mike Hussey (40 off 51) played a sensible innings at the top to keep CSK in the hunt even thought wickets kept falling at the other end.
With CSK needing 27 runs from the last three overs, the Knight Riders brought in their trump card Sunil Narine in the 18th over, but Jadeja hit the bowler straight over his head for a huge six.
Jadeja got a huge reprieve when Yusuf Pathan dropped him at the square leg boundary as he continued his assault with three boundaries in Kallis' penultimate over that reduced the equation to two runs from the last over.
Jadeja was in no mood to relent even though the game was under their control. He pulled Pathan over midwicket boundary for another six to help the Super Kings wrap up the issue with five balls to spare. Like Knight Riders, the Super Kings had a surprise up their sleeve when they sent Ravichandran Ashwin (11) to open the innings along with Hussey. But the move failed outrightly as the visitors had a sloppy start to their low chase.
Narine gave KKR breakthrough in the fifth over, dismissing Ashwin while Senanayake, who opened the proceedings with Balaji, ran through his four overs and gave the team their second wicket in the form of Murali Vijay (2). The Super Kings were reduced to 40 for three by the ninth over as Suresh Raina (7) continued his miserable outing.
Just when Hussey and Dhoni were beginning to get going, Morgan dismissed the Super Kings skipper with a brilliant run-out. In fact, at the second break (strategic time out), the Super Kings were in a spot of bother with 50 runs required from the last five overs with six wickets in hand. Hussey finally broke the shackles when he despatched a Kallis length ball over deep square leg boundary before Jadeja spanked Balaji over his head in the very second ball he faced. Earlier, the Knight Riders frittered away a good start to be restricted to a modest 119 for nine. Opting to bat, the Knight Riders gambled with Yusuf Pathan, who was sent to open the innings along with skipper Gautam Gambhir.
The duo, however, did not disappoint and gave the Knight Riders a flying start sharing 46 runs off just 35 balls before losing the Chennai outfit turned things around.
After Gambhir (25) was dismissed by a stunning Hussey catch, the Knight Riders batsmen committed a hara-kiri of sorts as, from 46 for no loss, they slumped to 91 for eight in 15.5 overs.
It was 'mystery man' Narine's six-ball 13, which had two big sixes, that helped the Knight Riders cross the 100-run mark. For the Super Kings, Jadeja returned with figures three for 20 from his four overs, while Aswhin scalped two wickets for 21 runs. — PTI
Kolkata Knight Riders
Gambhir c Hussey b Morris 25
Yusuf run out (Bravo/Dhoni) 25
Kallis run out (Badrinath) 0
Morgan c Jadeja b Bravo 2
Tiwary c Sharma b Ashwin 13
Debabrata lbw b Ashwin 19
Bhatia c & b Jadeja 1
Shukla lbw b Jadeja 1
Senanayake not out 7
Narine c Sharma b Jadeja 13
Balaji not out 9
Total: (9 wkts in 20 ovs) 119
Fall of wickets: 1-46, 2-47, 3-50, 4-55, 5-82, 6-89, 7-90, 8-91, 9-1075
Chennai Super Kings
Hussey c Pathan b Balaji 40
Ashwin c Senanayake b Narine 11
Vijay lbw b Senanayake 2
Raina c Narine b Pathan 7
Dhoni run out 9
Badrinath b Kallis 6
Jadeja not out 36
Bravo not out 7
Total (6 wkts in 19.1 ovs) 124
Fall of wickets: 1/24 2/31 3/40 4/54 5/71 6/89
MUMBAI, APRIL 13
Tendulkar, regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in modern-day cricket, will turn 40 on April 24 and some of his contemporary cricketers doffed their hats for his unprecedented achievements on the cricket field.
While former India skipper Sourav Ganguly rated Tendulkar as the greatest player he had ever seen, Australia captain Michael Clarke said his passion for the game is unprecedented.
"Suffice to say, he is the greatest cricketer I have ever seen. I haven't seen Bradman, but he is as close to perfection as you can get. His insatiable hunger, combined with incredible talent, makes him a real genius. When people criticise him, all I point to them is the 100 international hundreds," Ganguly said in an article published in 'Outlook' magazine, which has brought out a special edition on the legendary batsman to commemorate his birthday.
The special edition carries brief articles on Tendulkar from several former and current players, administrators and celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan and Lata Mangeshkar who have known the batting maestro for long.
“The difference between Sachin and a really good player is the latter, if he scores a hundred in the first innings and has once again scored a fifty in the second, will, in all likelihood, play one loose shot thereafter. It happens to us all. Sachin, however, will leave nothing to chance and will get the second innings hundreds as well,” Ganguly wrote.
“That's why I always say that (Brian) Lara was a great and Ponting too was a brilliant, but Sachin, without any hesitation, is the greatest. He is the best I have ever seen and will perhaps ever see. No batsman in the next 50 years can score 100 international hundreds," added the former skipper.Ganguly said his favourite Tendulkar knock came against Pakistan in the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.
"This is about the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. It was a tournament where we played some of our best cricket ever and Sachin was in imperious form right through. Before the tournament there was a debate over his batting position. I felt he should bat at number four and guide the middle order.
“Needless to say, I was wrong. We had a meeting in South Africa between John Wright, Anil Kumble, Sachin and myself, and Anil suggested that he should open for us. I asked Sachin what he wanted to do and he preferred to bat at the top of the order," recollected Ganguly. Clarke said Sachin's uniqueness was his ability to keep the intensity going. — PTI
Gayle takes RCB to top with win over Royals
Bangalore, APRIL 13
RCB captain Virat Kohli sent the opposition in after winning the toss and his bowlers responded brilliantly by dismissing the Royals for just 117 in 19.4 overs on a Chinnaswamy track which appeared to be batting-friendly.
Pacers R P Singh (3/13), R Vinay Kumar (3/18) and Ravi Rampual (2/19) did most of the damage during the Royals innings as the visitors slumped to their lowest total in this IPL season so far.
The home side stuttered for a while in their chase with three wickets falling in quick succession before overhauling the small target easily with 13 balls to spare as they reached 123 for three in 17.5 overs to hand the Royals their second loss in six games.
Gayle ended the match in style with a huge six to remain not out on 49 which he made from 44 balls.
With today's win, which put brakes on the fine run of the Royals in the tournament, the RCB jumped to joint top with Sunrisers Hyderabad with 10 points from 7 matches while the Royals remained on eight points from six matches. Gayle anchored RCB victory after Virat Kohli (1) and A B de Villiers (7) were out cheaply.
Brief Scores: (RR): 117 all out in 19.4 overs (R Dravid 35, S Binny 33; RP Singh 3/13, R Vinay Kumar 3/18);(RCB):123 for 3 in 17.5 overs (Gayle 49 not out, Watson 2/11). — PTI
Mohali, APRIL 20
Daredevils take on MI
Delhi Daredevils have regressed into an abyss without a plausible escape route, as after suffering six consecutive defeats in season six of the IPL T20 Championship, including three at home, they are clueless about the road ahead. In the last match against CSK on Thursday, the Daredevils’put up a spineless performance to suffer a 86-run defeat — the season’s worst loss. It was a collective crash, and when Daredevils clash against Mumbai Indians at the Kotla tomorrow, they will be shorn of any motivation to excel. —
Delhi Daredevils have regressed into an abyss without a plausible escape route, as after suffering six consecutive defeats in season six of the IPL T20 Championship, including three at home, they are clueless about the road ahead. In the last match against CSK on Thursday, the Daredevils’put up a spineless performance to suffer a 86-run defeat — the season’s worst loss. It was a collective crash, and when Daredevils clash against Mumbai Indians at the Kotla tomorrow, they will be shorn of any motivation to excel. — TNS
Kolkata, APRIL 13
The members of the IPL governing council will be meeting in Chennai on Monday to decide the fate of the first Qualifier at the Chepauk on May 21 and the Eliminator on the following day.
"The final decision will be taken at the Governing Council meeting in Chennai on April 22," IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said. The Tamil Nadu government had barred Sri Lankan players or match officials to play or officiate in Chennai in the wake of the anti-Sinhalese sentiments prevailing in the state. The Governing Council had then decided to go ahead with the matches in Chepauk but without Sri Lankan players.
However, it has been learnt that the franchises were not too happy with the decision but considering the logistical nightmare it would have posed to redraw the schedule with a new venue, they decided to co-operate. The franchises want the IPL Governing Council to review the decision for these two matches, arguing that these games were crucial and it would unfair on them if they could not be in a position to field their best team.
“In league stages, a bit of compromise is always possible. But tell me why would Sunrisers agree to drop a guy like Thisara Perera if they qualify for the knock-outs or why would MI even think of leaving out Lasith Malinga in such a do-or-die match," a BCCI official said. — PTI
Dravid lone hand in Royals charge
Bangalore, APRIL 13 However, it did not last long. After the fall of Binny to Vinay Kumar, Dravid too departed. From then on, Rajasthan lost the plot, losing wickets at regular intervals and folding up at 117 all out in 19.4 overs. For Royal Challengers Bangalore, RP Singh (3/12) and R Vinay Kumar (3/18) did the damage. Ravi Rampaul too was effective, scalping 2/19 in his 3.4 overs. Earlier, RC Bangalore captain Virat Kohli won the toss and wisely elected to bowl. Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 117 all out in 19.4 overs (R Dravid 35, S Binny 33, A Rahane 14, RP Singh 3/12, Vinay 3/18) vs RCB.
However, it did not last long. After the fall of Binny to Vinay Kumar, Dravid too departed. From then on, Rajasthan lost the plot, losing wickets at regular intervals and folding up at 117 all out in 19.4 overs. For Royal Challengers Bangalore, RP Singh (3/12) and R Vinay Kumar (3/18) did the damage. Ravi Rampaul too was effective, scalping 2/19 in his 3.4 overs. Earlier, RC Bangalore captain Virat Kohli won the toss and wisely elected to bowl.
Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 117 all out in 19.4 overs (R Dravid 35, S Binny 33, A Rahane 14, RP Singh 3/12, Vinay 3/18) vs RCB.
New Delhi, APRIL 13
Amit, who won a bronze in last year's edition, trounced North Korea's Kyong Yang II 1-0 5-2 in a grueling duel despite carrying a head injury into the summit clash to open India's gold medal account in the championships.
In the women's category, Vinesh (51kg) and Babita Kumari (55kg) won their bronze medal bouts while Bajrang (men's 60kg) pocketed a bronze, to end the day three of the championships on a high after two medal-less days. All the Indian wrestlers in action today secured a medal each.
Wearing a red singlet, Amit received an early warning from the referee in trying to get a grip of his opponent in his final bout. The warning, however, did not deter the 20-year-old, as he skillfully attacked the Korean to score the first point.
A medical timeout was given to Amit who was bleeding from the wound, which he sustained during his semifinal clash. The brave lad maintained the advantage to win first period 1-0. The second period gave some edge-of-the-seat excitement for the sizeable crowd at K D Jadhav Wrestling Stadium as the two wrestlers were locked in a gripping contest.
Amit manoeuvred to throw down in the third period to open his account. The diminutive wrestler went on to take a 4-0 lead. The Korean tried hard to match the local favourite and gained two points. However, he lost steam in the end and had to satisfy with the silver medal.
The bronze medals went to Iran's Rassul Kaliyev and Nomin Batbold of Mongolia.
"There were lot of expectations from me and I am happy that I have delivered," Amit said. — PTI
MONTE CARLO, April 20
Nadal was given a fight by Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga before the Spaniard won 6-3 7-6 but Djokovic was dominant in a 6-2 6-1 thrashing of Italian showman Fabio Fognini.
Former world number one Nadal, looking for his fourth title of the year in only his fifth event since returning from a long-standing knee injury, clinched a 46th consecutive victory at the traditional claycourt event alongside the Mediterranean.
The final against Djokovic will give a further measure of Nadal's physical power as he eyes the French Open, especially as the Serb is showing no obvious signs of being worried by the ankle he twisted while on Davis Cup duty two weeks ago. "It's fantastic to be in a fifth final in a row after seven months out," Nadal told reporters. "Novak always pushes you to the limits." Djokovic, who has branded Nadal "the ultimate challenge on clay", will hope to improve on his previous Monte Carlo finals against Nadal. He was beaten 6-3 6-1 in the final last year and in three sets in 2009.
Nadal set up a 16th tournament final against Djokovic despite a wobble from 5-1 up in the second set when Tsonga produced a late surge to make a match of it. — Reuters
MANAMA, April 20
Compatriot and triple world champion Sebastian Vettel joined him on the front row for Red Bull at a circuit where no driver has won from lower than fourth place on the grid in eight previous races.
"Am I surprised? A little bit. It wasn't really clear who was the quickest car over one lap," said Rosberg of his second career pole. "I really want to kickstart my season. It has been a rough ride in the first three races. Today was my first real qualifying."
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, three times a winner in Bahrain, will share the second row in Sunday's race with Brazilian team mate Felipe Massa after penalties for Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull's Mark Webber. Hamilton collected a five-place penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change after Saturday's final practice. — Reuters
"I spoke to him (Mushtaq) for a bit when we played against the Daredevils in Delhi. I am looking forward to talking to him at length about my bowling and leg-spin bowling in general when DD come to play in Hyderabad. I just want to ask him about my flaws and how I can improve as a bowler," said Mishra." Mishra added, "My only secret is that I always bowl to my strength. I know and everyone tells me that I am a wicket-taking bowler."So, I work more on my wicket-taking skills.
Brief Scores: Bangladesh 147 (Mohammad Ashraful 40; G. Cremer 4-4, K.Jarvis 3-68) & 134 v Zimbabwe 227-7d (B. Taylor 102 not out, G.Cremer 43; Robiul Islam 6-71) & 389.
lONDON new delhi Team: Goalkeepers: Savita, Rajni Etimarpu; defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Kirandeep Kaur, Deepika, Namita Toppo, Sushila Chanu, M N Ponnamma, Sunita Lakra. Midfielders: Ritu Rani, Monika, Vandana Katariya, Lilima Minz. Forwards: Soundarya Yendala, Rashmi Singh, Anupa Barla, Rani, Poonam Rani. — PTI
Team: Goalkeepers: Savita, Rajni Etimarpu; defenders: Deep Grace Ekka, Kirandeep Kaur, Deepika, Namita Toppo, Sushila Chanu, M N Ponnamma, Sunita Lakra. Midfielders: Ritu Rani, Monika, Vandana Katariya, Lilima Minz. Forwards: Soundarya Yendala, Rashmi Singh, Anupa Barla, Rani, Poonam Rani. — PTI