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Orange Cap - Chris Gayle - 608 Runs    Purple Cap - Lasith Malinga -  28 Wkts   
 
 Chennai Super Kings defends its Title with a  58 run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore
  
 
   
 
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Congratulations Chennai Super Kings for defending the IPL trophy by winning it for the second year in succession in 2011  !
 
Champions at IPL 2011 - CSK (Defeated RCB by 58 runs)
 
Man of the Match - Murali Vijay (95)
 
Player of the Series - Chris Gayle of RB (608 runs & 8 wickets)
 
Most Runs - Chris Gayle of RCB (608 runs)
 
Most Wickets - Lasith Malinga (28 wickets)
 
Most Catches - Kieron Pollard (10 catches)
 
Most dismissals - Kumar Sangakkara of DC (19 dismissals )
 
Most Runs in an Innings- Paul Valthaty of KXIP (120*)
 
Highest Total - KXIP (232 for 5 )
 
May 28 2011 The final appeared to be unexpectedly one side as Chennai Super Kings won over Royal Challengers Bangalore by 58 runs.. Murali Vijay and Michael Hussey put up 159 runs for the opening wicket as CSK managed a handsome total of 205 for 5.. they did look set to beat the best score of the tournament by KXIP.. Christopher Henry Gayle expectedly won the golden player of the tournament.. I am extremely happy for Iqbal Abdulla as he did win the rising star award.. even if he could not win a place for himself in the carribean tour as one Harbhajan Singh does not seem to get tired at the same rate as most of his other teammates do.. and Paul Valthaty who got the Passat for his highest individual score in the tournament..Orange cap went away to Chris Gayle and purple cap was retained by Lasith Malinga..
 
Chris(t) Gayle was crucified at the Chennai and yet his work on the ground with the willow after his arrival to the RCB camps would always be remembered as one of the best batting display in the shortest format of cricket.. Well Played.. Jesus! West Indies should not pick you up from here.. jokes apart.. it would be fun to see if Gayle in the West Indies  is the same as the Gayle the East Indies..
 
 
May 27 2011 MUmbai Indians could not make it to the finals this time.. thanks to Gayle's continued good performance.. now.. even if RCB looses from here to Chennai one thing is ascertained and that is about who would be the man of the tournament at IPL 4.. unless Chennai's Raina does too well with both bat and the ball.. the natural choice for the most important player of the tournament has to be one and only one Chris(t) Gayle.. he has singlehandedly made it possible for Bangalore to reach where they stand now.. and it looks like  the unbeaten record of Chennai at home this season is in quite a serious doubt.. and with Gayle in the form of his life the defending champions might just crumble under his pressure.. If I were Dhoni I would try getting Southee in.. also include Anirudha if possible and maybe ask the Bangalore to bat and try restricting them to less than 200 on winning the toss.. Vettori does not like T20 cricket personally still he has done a commendable job both as a captain as well as team's frontline spinner..
 
May 25 2011 Mumbai Indians just about eliminated any chances to be eliminatd from remaining IPL 4 frankly it was Franklin again who came to their rescue.. Gambhir's choice of his men inspite of non-performances is a matter of great concern and it stood good reasons for their ouster.. not a game for Sangwan.. nothing could be less ruthless..  beg to differ with Richards readings of the stand-in skipper for India.. it would be good that he pays attention to his shoulder and gets fit for Test series and make room for teammate Manoj Tiwary in the ODI squad.. MI did well to prove me wrong.. now they have to beat the Gayle strong  RCB on the morrow to repeat the finals of  IPL 3..
 
Qualifier 1 - Chennai Super Kings turned the tide on Royal Challengers Bangalore.. and barge into the finals to be played on May 28 2011 on their home ground where they have not lost a game this season.. they would take upon the winner of qualifier 2 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and winner of the eliminator tonight at Wankhede between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians.. mostly KKR should win two games and romp into final and take up the battle with defending champions CSK in a few days..
 
May 22 2011 It was a close shave for Mumbai Indians.. they needed 21 from last six balls and by hitting six off the last ball won the match they were all the time seen to be loosing.. thanks to one James Franklin.. MI have rediscovered their winning ways.. could this mean the teams would swap the winning position in the replay of today's two games which would take place after the superb end to the league phase.. let us see.. and hope it is going to be absorbing cricket over next last few days of the IPL 4.. one can only pity Balaji.. yet our newly appointed India captain did not see much logic in playimg the young Pradeep Sangwan.. my favourite fast bowler Bret Lee too has been off his colors for almost all of the tournament.. even I would have rested him once in a while.. is it too late to make the change now.. I think it is..
 
May 22 2011 The first game as per my predictions was won by the Royal Challengers bangalore.. what is true of MI is also true of CSK.. their same set of players have been doing the duty for over a month.. slackness is bound to occur.. a team that had 15 fifties had only one now and just one more double figure score against RCB.. who had willfully rested zaheer and vattori for the timely return and they made so much of  difference.. Gayle regained the orange cap after all.. and RCB are right on top with 19 points under their belt.. can not be displaced from their position..  would they eventually remain there is to be seen.. there is a likelihood of the two teams playing in the first qualifier in a couple of days.. and the other two also meet again in the eliminator a day after.. interesting battles ahead. though it could depend on the outcome of the ongoing game between KKR and MI.. Only KKR is in a position to displace CSK if they win against MI..  
 
The rains made sure that the loosers were not separated by huge differcnce in atleast their points.. God rains have been kind to both the poorest performers in IPL4.. Now that the two big games are coming up I first time make a prediction in the IPL 4.. In the first game Bangalore would win by a small margin and in the other Kolkata is tipped to be yet again defeating the loosing master towards the end - the Mumbai Indians.. I have sympathy for Sachin Tendulkar.. all of a sudden people have started writing them off for much hopes to be in the final race..it is all right with Malinga they may not really have to look very further for their much needed victory ..
 
May 21 2011 The high voltage Deccan Chargers ended the dream run of Kings XI men.. when they posted 198 runs they had almost won it then and there.. yet the win was too huge by 82 runs.. The Kings men had no answers.. but to have succeeded so far with meagre resources they have done well.. I must say Dhawan must have batted quite sensibly as it seems he had only 1 six in his near hundred knock.. congratulations to Amit Mishra for picking up the first hat-trick of the tournament as late as in the 67th game.. Mishra ji ko bowling all rounder ki list mei phir se le liya gaya hai.. kyonki bowlers ki batting ka nuimber hi nahi aata.. Runs ki limit phir se 50 kar dee hai..  he is also now ahead of everyone else in wickets except Malinga..
 
May 20 2011 What an upset.. really.. Watson performing both with bat as well as ball and also took a catch.. a true all-round performance.. 3 wickets and a catch followed by a belligerent 89 off just 47 balls.. Warne's last game ended on a winning note for his dear team.. even if it could send shivers up the Mumbai Indian followers.. what if Kings XI win tonight and they loose to Kolkata.. no one could have thought of such a permutation working out.. real heartbreak for Mumbai.. the team having top two bowlers in the tournament and three bowlers with five wicket hauls in an innings could not get even one wicket.. Mumbai who were almost assured of a place in the pay-offf really looking quite vulnerable.. look mesemerised of all the possibilities that may be thrown up in next two days.. 
 
What probably went against them is the tiring set of the same players day in and day out.. Mumbai in now more than a month long tournament have used only 16 players.. they have played 13 games so far.. that is the least players used by any team.. they would have to really lift their spirits against KKR.. who in turn would definitely like to be among the top 2.. throwing a match by KKR is almost out of question.. what a great sigh of relief would Sachin Tendulkar have if Deccans could get better of Kings XI in the first game coming up today.. never would have been a team  more interested in the outcome of a game not faeturing them.. not that it would be end of the road for them if Kings win their forts.. it would also be interesting to see who leads Deccan in the absence of their mercurial wicket keeper cum batsman cum captain.. it could well be Ishant Sharma or even Amit Mishra..
 
May 19 2011 Kolkata were largely helped by inept batting and ordinary bowling from Pune the only shining example was the catch held by Dada I mean Sourav Ganguly otherwise they had come decided to loose the game to KKR to keep the interest in IPL 4's rest of the league games alive.. it would be interesting to see finally which two teams join Chennai and Bangalore for the play offs.. teams topping the table have distinct advantage of actually playing almost another semifinal before the finals should they loose the first.. a good concept.. I  am not anti to the idea of keeping the interest in the rest of the games alive as much as I might sound here.. it is all right.. but do give your best fight.. Gayle allowing the maiden over to Praveen (though Kumar is my favourite bowler) did not go too well with his present form and he robbed the Dharamshala crowd some entertainment the other day.. Gautam did finally play Shakib Al Hasan I still have a question to him in pace bowling department.. why has he kept his Delhi teammate Pradeep Sangwan out from team compositon.. he has  not done justice to his talent... I thought he was the frontrunner to grab one of the pacers slot for the  carribean tour yet he did not even get to play for his franchisee.. gross injustice.. and I would not pardon Bhagat Singh fond Gambhir.. he has definitely been eerie on this front.. I had come very close to go to DY Patil but as I could not contact my son Amrit for the whole day for 2 inactive telephones at his  Mama's house.. it is all right.. it wasn't the best of the IPL 4 games so to say.. yet a win has almost assured KKR a berth in the playoffs unless they goof it up against Mumbai.. less likely.. no doubt they are a good team
 
May 18 2011 CHennai emerged Kings after all.. andf despite the failure of their top three batsman in the peak of their form and also the loss of captain early on in the game and inspite of not such a demnading total put up on the board.. they play as a team and Ashwin took upon himself to prove something to himself of his own abilities with the ball.. and that superlative running back catch by Raina.. now he had it.. now he bumped it.. yet finally he held it,, Saha wanted to prove me wrong that his inclusion did not merit support ahead of few others Patel failed to enthuse..
 
Preview for the game tonight -
 
I feel Chennai have to be playing a big game tonight... they already have 15 half centuries in the IPL 4 most by any team.. they also have three top bowlers in Morkel, Bollinger and Aswin.. Jakati and Aniruddha are among top catchers.. Raina is one of the finest fielder in modern world of cricket.. above all they have that most fortunate captain that world of cricket has ever witnessed.. of course it is due to his cool head and good teams at his behest that he did use too wisely to turn out a winner on several occassions.. he should have the last laugh tonight.. yet Kochi is no simple crossover team inspite of the missing Mahela.. Beware Chennai.. Though I would have put my money on Chennai who have already won all their home games and this is the last time in leagues that they play here.. before finals which I believe that they would be playing.. or even one of the the semifinals too.. if luck has it that way.. Best fo Luck to Dhoni and CSK.. I do wish that they remain in the fray for sure.. they could even topple the toppers RCB in the overall picture.. 
 
May 17 2011 would be remembered for the old warhorse Adam Craig Gilchrist.. The gentleman cricketer at the ripe age of 39 and half scored that massively impressive hundred that did boost his team KXIP's chances enough to make it to the play-offs.. that it happens would be a welcome sign yet it is dependent on the results of their last game against Deccan which they must win and als hope of one of the other three contenders to fall short of their net run rate or even points.. only three teams of CSK, MI, KKR and KXIP could join the RCB for the playoffs.. hopefully Gods do justice to them and offer a chance to their valiant efforts.. the Kings XI really lack any star power and have played more or less as a un ited team,, they are in the race for their great collective efforts.. of course the larger credit must also go to young Marsh and Leggie Chawla besides their captain Gilli and the pacer Praveen Kumar who just bowled his fifth maiden over.. what he (Praveen Kumar) has lacked in terms of wickets has been covered up by his maidens performances.. Well done.. Punjab.. Gilli Punajab da puttar amused me the most among the slogans on the ground.. It does seem thatg like Mumbai even Banglaore too wanted the KXIP to remain in the race.. presumimg them to be weak opponents in play-offs..  may be their assumptions of taking them as weak side could prove costly.. Kings had beaten Mumbai twice..  should they beat Bangalore too yet again  they would look good to earn their maiden IPL trophy.. Best of Luck Pretty Priety Zinta you are almost without any Chinta.. you look so good when you are happy.. Keep smiling always..
 
May 16 2011 Pune Warriors have lost slim outside chance too.. I however did not count them for far too longer than now.. Deccan captain showed his consistency with bat and big gloves.. Mishra ji ko man of the match kis basis par diya gaya thoda ascharya janak laga.. Christian sahi hakdaar thhe..
 
May 15 2011 The second game was reduced to a farce by Hodge who hogged the limelight in his very first bowling spell.. Did Jayawardene erred in ignoring his bowling prowesses till so late.. it is all right.. Rajasthan have had a poor run with the bat.. Watson their star did not live upto his Bangla promise.. I do not think he has as many sixes as he hit in that record breaking six spree not very long ago.. it is time out for the teams who have been eerie with their selection process at the time of auction and even beyond.. when some of the rejected players were being picked by teams left and right.. notaly Gayle by Vijay Mallya.. yet my heart cries for Warnie.. he deserved a better dispaly from his team on the eve of his departure from entertaining us with his unique style.. maybe Siddhus of this world would not understand his philosophy of experimenting too much with the team composition.. what is happening in Mumbai inspite of keeping almost the similar team almost all the time.. Kolkata if they are reading this have not given a game to Sangwan and have unceremoniously not included a good performer Shakib al Hasan from east Bengal.. err Bangladesh.. this is spilling away from match reporting.. I may be excused.. 
 
May 15 2011 In the first game Kings XI had a thumping win over Delhi and thus have sent down shivers up the bellies of many a teams in the hunt and the tournament has again come alive should Mumbai and Kolkata struggle in their remaining matches.. Kings of Punjab would thrive if they could win their remaining two as well.. one of them against Bangalore (and not Kolkata). it is not as bad as I thought earlier.. of the limited consequences of the remaining games of IPL 4 before playoffs.. Paul has again sent a reminder to the selectors who had their unfounded reasons to not to include him.. I definitey do not agree with Sunil Gavaskar's statement that Domestic cricket is more important in selection.. has it always been so... in very recent times Mishra was left out as was Rohit Sharma from the world cup squad.. Manoj Tiwary's domestic track record is not as bad as people might presume.. I think even Iqbal has decent record.. It is nice to see the smiling dimples of pretty Priety Zinta who is now almost without any chinta.. even if her boys (some are more of men) do not really get to play-offs they have actually done mich more than expectations of most.. me included.. Good work old man Gilchrist.. great skier you held yesterday was a treat to watch.. Praveen may not be among  top wicket takers he still tops the most maidens list with four up against hus name twice as many than the second position.. incredible stuff.. Have I crossed the boundary today of bein short.. last word is Paul the man of the match is also the right man to wear Orange cap even if it is for a temporary arrangements.. the race is quite open with several men inching to go orange.
 
May 14 2011 Mumbai Indians are going through some sort of curse phase maybe not giving opportunites to their top players they could easily be the side that had peaked at the wrong time and when it maaters to have winning streaks they have just started loosing to anyone.. However Deccan did bowl well to defend a meagre 135..  Amit Mishra who had been among top spinners bagged the man of the match award for his role as a bowling all rounder.. Mumbai have slid into the third spot..
 
May 14 2011 In the first fight of the day.. rain played spoil sport and that led to a D/l come into play.. Kolkata lost to Royal Challengers by 4 wkts. Chris Gayle getting the fastest strike rate of 317 runs.. and also the man of the match
 
May 13 2011 Kings XI Punjab with their win against Kochi Tuskers are now the frontrunners among the closest challengers to Royal challengers Bangalore for the fourth place.. that they could win the game without Praveen Kumar and return to form of Jayawardene and agianst a team which had two prominent new inclusions in the Indian team for west Indies.. good job.. actually speaking I am not very happy with the team that has been picked.. yet I would rather keep quiet.. Karthik with his belligerent half century took the game away and RP Singh took all the four wickets that fell in the Punjab innings..
 
May 12 Chennai Super Kings confirm their arrival in the play off teams with a simple win over Delhi Daredevils.. the absence of Sehwag made it that much more easy for them.. Dhoni earns hid first Man of the Match in IPL 4 in their 12th game.. he also scored his first fifty of the season too.. Badrinath is the sole leader in the most fifties category after his 55 runs today..
 
May 11 2011 The only game played tonight went to consolidate the Royal Challengers Bangalore's victory ride on the back of the West Indian Horse Chris Gayle.. the amazing Gayle has played in 6 games and RCB have won them all.. he has two hundreds.. most sixes, best strike rate, bes average in IPL 4 in such a short span.. if they fail to qualify from here.. i.e. if they loose all three games and some teams cross the 15 point they have it would be an injustice to his staggering presence and change of fortunes for Mallya owned RCB.. yet cricket they say is a game of uncertainties.. almost anything can happen if KXIP could beat the table leaders twice in the tournament.. RCB need to win atleast another game before they can sit pretty.. the young Aravind shoul have been surprised by him being named man of the match ahead of Chris Gayle.. it is unjustified...
 
May 10 2011 In the other game Kings XI Punjab shocked the leaders of the tournament as they yet again defeated them quite  comprehensively.. set to score 164 runs for a win inspite of 5 for 21 by Munaf Patel Mumbai Indians were bundled out for their lowest tournament score of 87 runs.. Bhargav Bhatt who took 4 wickets for 22 runs was adjudged the man of the match.. Praveen Kumar with his third maiden over in the IPL 4 has now bolwed the msot maiden overs.. congratulations Praveen.. I might have written off the Kings yet they do have hopes of revival in the last phase as they still have a theoretical possibility of making it to last four.. the jubiliation on the face of pretty Priety (Zinta) was quite obvious it was sure devoid of much chinta.. keep it up KXIP..However one man from Mumbai Indians does need a mention here and that is Kieron Pollard.. he is fielding like reincarnation of MI's fielding coiach Jonty Rhodes..
 
May 10 2011 Pune Warriors India went past the target set for them by the Deccan Chargers with Mitchel Marsh claiming four wickets for 25 runs as the DC were restricted to 136 for 7 Manish Pandey's half century then assured the fourth win for the beleagured PWI who had lost seven games after winning their first two matches.. Sourav Ganguly was finally a part of the IPL 4.. welcome Dada.. even if it is a bit too late for your team to advance to the next stage some entertaining cricket from you on field is sure to rediscover the winning ways for PWI..
 
May 9 2011 CSK has moved one more inch closer to the sight of last four and are now placed second in the table of ten teams by virue of their net run rate.. maybe RR will have to contend with their present position in the tournament till the end..
 
May 8 2011 Pune registering a win after a long time.. after six strainght losses.. Rahul Sharma did bowl at his best.. continues to amaze how a bowler could be so restrictive in the quickfire brand of cricket.. They however like loosers have no hopes of making it and probably four teams that do not count aymore here in IPL 4 include the DC and DD besides the PWI and KXIP.. Better lick next time..
 
May 8 2011 The two low scoring games saw RCB winning the first with another whirlwind knock from Chris Gayle.. Gayle chamiponed his side into close proximity of making it t last four.. they are just one game away from the remaining four..  
  
In the night game Dlehi could not meet yje challenge posed by Mumbai Indians and after loosing 4 wickets for 7 runs could never recover and lost the game by 32 runs.. Ambati Rayudu was named man of the match.. with this defeat Delhi in all possibilities have lost any means of making it the last four on their own.. and Mumbai even if they loose all their lemaining 4 league games would still make the grade..
 
May 7 2011 Chennai suffered at the hands of rains and KKR could muster only 114 runs and in the end rains ended the game in the tenth over KKR won by 10 runs acccording to D/L system.. Abdulla who bowled well earned the man of the match..Kolkata have inched closer to the magical figure of 8 wins..they have 3 games remaining for them.. 
 
 May 6 2011 : Chris Gayle ,ade a mark in IPL for the IPL franchisees WICB and every team in the IPL.. I do not agree with Mallya that he was interested in buying him.. I would not believe if anyone was right in not opting for several players in the auction and then grabbing them at a later stage.. whatever.. IPL 4 from now on would be a battle of supremacy between Gayle and Sehwag atleast for the time being.. at present the winner is Gayle with his second hundred and most sixes coupled with his unbelievable strike rate he is a clear leader and for me the most likely man to make the difference for his team's chances of qualifying at whose cost is yet to be seen..  
 
May 5 2011 The second game however was a blitzkreig from Virender Sehwag.. Delhi had conceded 175 runs to DC and were struggling badly in the first few overs.. yet one man made too much of  two chances he got.. Virender Sehwag wnt past Sachin Tendulkar.. he went past 400 mark.. the first to do so in IPL 4.. he also wnet past Yuvraj Singh's most sixes.. he was ably supported by pathan who did not loose his nerves and when he departed the task was not that difficult for Hopes and Pathan to take Delhi home away from home,.. DC continues to have bad home record having won only one game at home in entire IPL history.. Virender Sehwag has shown to the world why is he rated so highly by all the teams in the world.. Congratulations Viru.. well played and best of luck for the remaining four games..
 
May 5 2011 The first encounter was won surprisingly by KTK as the top form batsman of Kolkata failed collectively and fell short of the target by 17 suns.. thereby the chances of KTK remain significant.. Another local boy Gomez did turn the game around for his team and was adjudged MOM for his 2 for 14 spell..
 
May 4 2011 The luck did not change for PWI and inspite of a MOM winning perfrormance from Rahul Sharma they lost to MI by 21 runs..
 
May 4 2011 In the earlier game CSK consolidated their position in the points table after winning their home game against RR quite easily.. Hussey was adjudged the man of the match
 
May 3 2011 KKR of SRK fame has made its name in the first place after the only game that was played against Deccan Chargers.. after scoring 169 for 4 wickets they restricted DC to 149 for 6 winning by 20 runs and Yususf Pathan was named the man of the match.. Manoj Tiwary made his sixth thirty plus score which is maximum in this IPL edition..
 
May 2 2011 The second game was quite unexpectedly lost by the Delhi Daredevils.. I say this as Delhi had batsman and there was nothing in the wicket to suggest the aptness of their meagre target of 141 set for Kochi Tuskers who got there with seven wickets and five overs to spare.. Virender Sehwag's side has almost no hopes left.. The young bloke from Kerala got rid of Viru and Venu as his twin victims to deservingly get the man of the match in his first IPL game..
 
May 2 2011 The first game was a simple and there could be only one winner after twin half centuries and Mumbai Indians did manage to win their games hands down.. what 23 runs margin may not suggest is the domination of the Mumbai Indians.. Kieron Pollard the extraordinary fielder got the man of the match award.. Congratulations Sachin for the first to cross 300 run barrier in IPL 4.. Valthaty too crossed the mark soon afterwards..
 
May 1 2011 In the second game nothing seemed to work well for Deccan Chargers who inspite of great bowling effort still yielded 165 runs and inspite of flying start by Sohal still could not match up for the Chennai Super Kings.. I must say Dhoni Bhaiya is indeed a very fortunate captain..
 
May 1 2011 The first game went to Rajasthan Royals who won over Pune Warriors by six wickets.. it seems Pune's difficult times are not getting over.. Roos Taylor did show up his presence for the first time in IPL 4 and earned the man of the match for his unbeaten 47..
  
April 30 2011 The other game was more simply won by Kolkata Knight Riders who achieved their target of 129 koosing only the openers.. Monoj Tiwary managed his role of a finisher quite well.. and for a change Gambhir was a smiling face.. maybe he is content with his own and teams position at the top...KKR won the top position after today's win..Iqbal Abdulla was adjudged man of the match for his crafty 2 for 19..
 
April 30 2011 It does seem that Delhi should not find it too difficult to defend their target.. Set to score 158 KTK were 48 for 3 from 9 overs.. Earlier Sehwag did play quite well and when I opened the Indiatimes or even crickeinfo he was batting at 76 he soon got out but his 80 did good job of putting up  a decent defendable total.. Irfan Pathan has already struck with the ball twice.. and for a change Viru has done the right thing by including Merwe.. he could prove to be the real match winner.. best of luck.. The reports have been updated for the Delhi innings.. thus Virender Sehwag has taken over from Warner as the best Delhi batsman.. he is also second in the most runs scroers after Virat Kohli.. leads the way in four and is also the leading scorer for most runs through boundaries surpassing Valthaty's 200.. these could all mean to be good omen for his team which is overdependent on him.. and as expected Delhi could win their third game from eight..
 
April 29 2011-  In the other game Bangalore too made no bones about beating Pune convincingly.. 26 runs win has to be described as convincing.. In the meantime Virat Kohli has become eligible for the Orange cap.. with his tally of 294 runs..
 
April 29 2011 I missed both the games and it must be said that Rajasthan Royals must have done a great job restricting Mumbai Indians to a 94 for 8..Botha shining with ball as well as bat.
 
I had spend some beautiful time with Hariharan's concert at Shanmukhanand Hall.. even if I had to leave a little early before the conclusion of the program.. he was actually wonderful and I could have stayed back longer if I had some company.. it is all right..
 
April 28 2011 - I think one team's fate has already been sealed off the IPL possibilities and it pains me to tell that Delhi has the least chances of qualifying from here.. one could as well say the same thing for Mumbai Indians in the reverse manner.. Kolkata's inspirational fielding was resposnsible for their win.. what do Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh have in common.. both are at the best good frowning captains.. not a good sign to see the arrogance even if it comes from some one with such brilliance.. nobody likes to be treated that way after putting up such a great show.. where is Sangwan.. why did they buy him if he could not fit into the scheme of things.. a sheer talent is warming the Kolkatan bences when he actually deserved the chance to be up into counting amongst possible lads for Carribean tour.. Can this be termed as corruption of some kind.. One final word Sehwag is not made for T20 format..Congratulations Manoj Tiwary for good show with the bat when most of the best failed to thrive.. I am afraid no one is going to take a note of it.. no much scope for batsman out there in team India..
 
April 27 2011 would also be remembered as the day of the Maidens,  as many as five maiden overs were delivered in a day with Ishant Sharma taking 5 wickets for 12 runs not featuring in that list - Bollinger - CSK Thomas and Kartik - PWI  Sreesanth  - KTK and Steyn - DC featured in the day of the Maidens Hi 5!
 
April 27 2011 The second game really produced some of the best moments for bowlers in the Indian Premier League beyond Malinga effect.. The sides must have enjoyed the kind of support their bowlers could buy (rather tha get) from the conditions eventually worked up the way of Deccan Chargers.. who fought back well to post a target of 130 for Kochi Tuskers.. the latter must have felt it to be too modest to chase down but found themselves tottering at 11 for 6 as one Ishant Sharma.. decided to make the best use of the prevalent conditions.. it is heartening to see that the boy who had been reined in for India at an early age had had limited success for the country yet he was a different customer with figures of 5 for 12 backing him to everywhere.. good work done.. Congratulations Ishant for translating the available support into reality..
 
April 27 2011 Pune did start their camapaign in right earnest getting upto a similar total that Chennai had posted the day before yesterday.. yet the bowlers could not find it enough as Badrinath the old Tamilian star did put up a case for him to be considered the captaincy material for his rich experience in my latest article for IPL 5.. an eight wicket win came much too easily inspite of two maiden overs being bowled in the same innings for the frist time by PWI.. Badrinath combined well with Raina to ensure a comfortable win that has further leapt their team to second position.. well done Chennai.. Do not loose heart Pune it is time for some serious thinking and search for right combination for future.. Dhoni bhaiya is indeed a lucky captain..
 
April 26 2011 Virender Sehwag has to learn a lot as a leader.. one can not stop being astonished why he did not include a regular spinner and why he did not bowl more of Nagar or even why does he not try his ownself as a bowler.. with due respect to the flamboyant batsman he has to cover some distance as far as leading the team is being discussed.. with meagre resources at his disposal his task becomes all the more difficult.. Kohli could not be less than being the darling of Indian cricket lovers.. he is so full of energy.. he seems so determined.. he possesses a greater maturity with exposure that one day he would do as well as some of the other big names in Indian  cricket.. a well deserved man of the match for the new icon of Indian cricket..
 
April 25 2011 Chennai Super Kings after three consecutive losses rediscovered their wining habits when they restricted Pune warriors to 117 for 9 after setting up a target of 143.. the 25 runs win has skyrocketed their position in the points table to fourth place..  Mike Hussey was adjudged the man of the match for his valiant knock of 61 runs.. Chennai were exceptionally good in the field with Raina and Jakati being as instrumental in the win as any other CSK player..
 
April 24 2011 In the other game Rajasthan Royals rediscovered their bowling performances which made their winning easy at Jaipur.. with Shane warne leading from front claiming 3 for 16 to win the game by eight wickets after restricting the Kochi to a meagre 109 or was it 110! whatever Rajasthan are back in te hunt....jumping to second spot in points table only behind MI
 
April 24 2011 The first game went to Mumbai Indians.. the grieving Sachin over the death of Satya Sai Baba did come out to play even if he did not celebrate his 38th birthday and his team won with ease after Rohit-Symonds show and yet again a great bowling effort coming from Malinga a 3 for 9 runs from his 4 overs that MI romped home with 37 runs victory over Deccab Chargers who continue to have home disadvantage barring just one win a couple of days ago.. 
 
April 23 2011 In what one can describe as a complete turnaround.. Delhi's Ferozeshah Kotla ground turned into a beautiful T20 wicket.. this format of cricket is basically meant for batsman and if they are not able to make use of the conditions to display their talent nothing much could be said of the format.. It was a competitive 231 for 4 that Delhi posted and if Paul had not taken an off day with the bat it could have gone either way.. yet I would still insist that one had to give the Man of the Match to captain Virender Sehwag.. with due respect for the Warner brother.. for Viru had a faster 77 and held three catches.. a bias of this kind is not good.. the other day Mahela got the MOM for his meagre 25 runs and fileding brilliance ahead of Jadeja.. it is all right.. I must say that Viru almost played my combination.. I had changed my mind about inclusion of Agarkar at the last moment and did want that Merwe should have been there.. it is all right.. Viru.. play your best team and do well in future matches.. good luck..
 
In the other April 22 Game I think the chances of Mumbai Indians doing better are higher than Dhoni.. and I write this for the reasons that Batting of Chennai which depends on Raina and Vijay to an extent besides Hussey and Dhoni are back in pavillion.. yet the last ball alone can tell the result.. Mumbai batsman did well to come back from 13 for 2 to 164 largely due to one Rohit Sharma who struck 87 runs from 48 deliveries he faced with 8 fours  and 5 sixes i.e 13 boundaries.. he should get to bowl more often.. to join all-rounders club.. and Mumbai Indians defend a total well.. exceptional work in the field.. Harbhajan finds himself among too many wickets.. a 5 for 18 spell win him a man of the match award tonight in the 25th maych of IPL 4..
 
April 22 2011 The first game of the day has been won by Chris Gayle.. I say so as he was not selected by any of the franchisees in their auction bids.. By this logic should we not induct some match winners for teams not performing well.. like Delhi daredevils asking for Shahid Afridi for instance.. KKR lost to the plot of Gayle and there is still not much one can say for the fine team that they have.. Gambhir has not played some of his finest prospects like Sangwan and maybe Doeschate.. it is all right..
 
April 21 2011 The day clearly belonged to Kings XI Punjab.. a consolidated victory for them makes a hat-trick of wins for them  as well.. it was a day when when everything seemed to go right for Gilchrist and his team.. the massive 77 runs from first 6 power play overs.. must be the highest by all means in this season.. Marsh crafted his art after the initial firework from Paul and the Gilchrist.. Kumar picked yet another couple of early wickets.. I am afraid I had never realised Kings could really play so well and seem to be enjoying the lack of star power.. and raising a few new stars on the cricket horizon.. Paul Valthaty may not have been as attractive today yet he was quick enough to register some of the early quick runs for his team and earned the orange cap for his efforts.. 48 runs win is the largest win in the tournament for the team batting first.. it also means that the top two scores of IPL belong to KXIP.. great cricket.. poor luck Shane Warne.. Shane Watson has arrived yet he seems to be in awe of his recent record breaking 15 sixes in Bangladesh.. it is all right he should wake up soon else Royals would lose their shine..
 
April 20 2011 Kolkata were really struggling after restricting the Kochi for an ordinary looking 132.. it could be enough on this slow surface.. too early to say anything.. yet I was perfectly right.. however.. my chosen man of the match did not get it.. instead of Jadeja for his heroic batting (three sixes) and two wickets Mahela Jayawardene was adjudged the man of the match.. yet a great game of cricket.. who says low scoring games could not be entertaining.. thus Kochi too does a hat-trick like Kolkata of winning three games in a row..yet unlike KKR they are still hovering only at third position.. Mahela is a thinking captain.. maybe his role there hot him the award.. he is a fine cricketer..
 
April 20 2011 MI complete their task little too sluggishly.. Munaf bags the man of the match for his 3 wickets for just eight runs.. Pune faltered after a great opening to their initial campaign loose second game on trot..
 
April 19 2011 - Only Rains played at the battle of RCB and RR at Bangalore.. not a single ball could be bowled and in a way it was good.. shortened games should not exist beyond less than 17 overs.. and especially it should be pre-determined and not the way it happened during CSK game last night against Kochi.. If Chennai knew in advance about the game being 17 overs would have taken measures from the word go.. it is apt for the matches to be declared null and void if they are less than 17 overs.. Rajasthan enjoy the second position without having worked for it..
 
April 19 2011 Delhi Daredevils could not live upto the expectations of home crowd and were shocked by the charge from the Deccan Chargers.. only for the fourth time from 20 games did a team win batting first and eccan did it for the second time around.. maybe the reason is their balanced attack.. in their first win at home every bowler who bowled had picked a wicket.. they did not let their team down yesterday after batsman put up a calculated 168.. thinking had they crossed 180 could have ended up loosing.. a bizarre thinking yet that is what it has turned out t be.. three scores in excess of 180 by strong teams in this edition have landed their teams on looser's plarform..
 
April 18 2011 Kochi Tuskers Kerala rise up the table with a win in a shortened encounter with CSK.. it again proves that teams chasing have distinct advantage.. though McCullum is in some kind of form and could take KTK to still newer heights..
 
April 17 2011 Kolkata Knight Riders complete a hattrick of wins in the IPL 4 downed Rajasthan Royals by 8 wickets.. Balaji claimed 3 for 15 and man of the match as the visitors were restricted to the lowest total in the IPL 4 of mere 81 runs..
 
April 17 2011 Delhi daredevils have a tough task at hand despite the fact tha they had a good start chasing 187.. oh.. I didn't know that two more wickets had fallen immediately after Sehwag's dismissal.. scorecard reading 116 for 4 from 12.4 overs.. it seems it is all over for Delhi atleast in this game too.. earlier Yuvraj joined the party after a fine 60 from the Ryder that set a target unlikely to be defeated at this huge ground unless Delhi could pll off some miracle.. I am afraid they would be underdogs in all their future games.. one can only pity them.. Venugopal Rao, Aaron Finch and James Hopes had other ideas and I have to revert the colr of this text box to Delhi colors.. what a miraculous escape to victory.. Good job done.. good luck ahead.. It is however difficult for the short format to have much hope as time and time again the team batting second has been winning.. and thrice the scores in excess of 180 have been chased down successfully.. I am sure next time Dhoni bhaiya too might change his strategy to bat second.. what a bad way to loose for Yuvraj Singh 66 runs with bat and four wickets it would be difficult for him to come to terms with himself yet he must not express his anger on his face a s he does.. this is cricket and not a war.. a team that played best on a given day has won.. no hard feelings the revived young prince of Indian cricket.. take it easy..
 
April 16 2011 - Yet another reminder from Paul Chandrashekhar Valthaty of Kings XI Punjab sets the tone for their march ahead inspite of the fact that most people had placed them at the bottom.. They are here and they won their second game from three.. Paul vaulting even with the ball this time.. he has scored heavily on my mind for inclusion in carribean tour coming after the IPL.. Old warhorse Gilchrist galloped along with the young rider and won the game against Deccan Chargers handsomely.. Second man of the match in a row for Paul Val That Yields wins always..
 
April 16 2011 Mike Hussey sets up a fine win for the Chennai Super Kings.. Chennai won only the third game in this IPL after setting a target than chasing..
 
April 15 2011 Inspite of the first IPL ton by Sachin Tendulkar his team lost to Kochi Tuskers Kerala who register their first win in the IPL in their third game.. McCullum the hero of the first ever IPL game in Bangalore in 2008 earned the man of the match for his brilliant innings of 81 runs..
 
April 15 2011 - The first game went the Kolkata Knight Riders way
 
April 14 2011 Congratulations Deccan Chargers for the frist win at Home ground.. Keep it up.. Well Bowled Dale Steyn, Manpreet Gony and Daniel Christian.. this then is the biggest wins by runs in the IPL 4.. and it was set up by their bowlers..
 
April 13 2011 Pune Warriors of India completed another victory and are on top of the table after 4 wicket win over a tense battle of two new teams.. Kochi Tuskers Kerala could muster 148 runs with some difficulty and it was Mohnish Mishra who batted like a warrior against the spin king Muralitharan and winning the man of the match for his valuable 37 runs in 21 balls including 16 from spin wizards unfinished 19th over..
 
April 13 2011 Paul Valthaty is written all over the records at a glance at my angelfire site.. Congratulations for the fastest fifty, fastest hundered, highest individual score, most runs and most fours and most runs in boundaries in the tournament.. that is too bagful of records by one scintillating knock.. Great.. Dhoni Bhaiya must have never thought in his dreams that 188 could be played down by one of the supposedly weakest teamsion the tournament.. well played Paul Chandrashekhar Valthaty.. You have done a great job..
 
April 12 Mumbai Indians are one of the strongest sides this year for its retention of some of the old players.. they seem to be knowing each other quite well.. Malinga is almost on fire.. MI should win their second game too unless some sort of miracle takes place.. and they did so in style Rayudu being called by Sachin Tendulkar to share the man of the match award.. One would like to believe that raydu is booked for West Indies or so does he deserve.. a cool headed performer.. 
 
April 12 2011: Delhi Daredevils loose their devilry for second time in a row were tamed by the Rajasthan Royals comprehensively.. some of the teams appear to be weak in this tournament.. Sehwag's DD is one among them.. they lost despite the great recovery act by Warner and Venugopal Rao..or maybe Shane Warne is too smart a captain.. he won the man of the match award for his bowling efforts..
 
April 11 2011 Kolkata Knight Riders join the winning moodin their second encounter of the premier leagues 4th edition.. Jacques Kallis with consecutive half century to his credit and deserving orange cap also took 4 catches in the deep.. Almost everything worked to plan as Gauti did not experiment with his batting position and yes Kumar failed to live upto his huge expectations.. In the end Deccan Chargers finished the game 9 runs short of the Koolkata's 163 which incidentally is the highest total so farin the tournament.. Congratulations SRK the star owner of KKR.. you have got a great team this time..  
 
April 10 2011 - In another game Pune Warriors led by ex-Punjab XI and world cup's man with the Midas touch Yuvraj Singh found his team perform well in their opening game against Kings XI Punjab which they easily won by seven wickets in the end after they had restricted KXIP to 112 for 8.. Srikant Wagh who took 3 wickets for 16 runs from 18 balls was adjudged the MOM..
 
April 10 2011- Delhi Daredevils are bowled out for a paltry 95 runs.. in their first game against Mumbai Indians.. Malinga 's sensational 5 wickets for 13 from just 22 deliveries broke the DD hearts beyond repairs.. He also sent down the first maiden over of the IPL 2011.. eventually MI won by eight wickets..There could only be one MOM and it was indeed Malinga
 
April 9 2011 - Kochi Tuskers Kerala (161 for 5) lost to Royal  Challengers Bangalore (162 for 4 ) by 6 wickets - AB de Villers 54 with tournament's most 5 sixes in an individual game by an individual player..
 
April 9 2011 - Deccan Chargers (137 for 8) loose to Rajasthan  Royals (141 for 2) by 8 wickets Siddharth Trivedi 3 for 15.. Kolkata according to me threw away the game when they were in fine control on more than one occasion.. it is all right 
 
April 8 2011: Chennai Super Kings(153 for 4) beats Kolkata Knight Riders (151 for 7) by 2 runs - Anirudha Srikkanth 64 
 
The first game of the IPL would be played between defending champions Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders in one of the commercial version of cricket.. Chennai are led by the indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kolkata have appointed Gautam Gambhir as their new captain
 
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Records at a glance ath IPL 4 (Angelfire Link)
 
Results and Synopses at IPL 4 (Angelfire Page
 
 
IPL first observations

There is going to be a great beginning to the fourth season of Indian Premier league with a battle about to start in less than 12 hours..

Chennai Super Kings have had much success last year winning the trophy in the last season and commandeering such names as Dhoni, Raina and Ashwin from the world cup winning Indian team..

New look Kolkata Knight Riders led by Gautam Gambhir however are not far behind as they too have Yusuf Pathan who may not have fired for India but is quite a capable option.. than there are couple of all-round option in Kaliis and Doeschate both likely to play tonight for the Shahrukh Khan owned team..

There could not have been a better beginning to the IPL than these two teams kickstarting the campaign for supremacy in the tournament that has made great fan following in the country sometimes ahead of the performances of Indians in the last two world cups of the same format..

I agree with Sunil Gavaskar that no amount of cricket for Indian fans qualifies for overdose.. what is good that the teams are not playing every team twice.. there are instead of 90 only 70 games that teams get to play together in the league phase..

What is not so well understood is the kind f games as qualifiers and eliminators in the move from league to big time..

I expect Kolkata Knight Riders would start a fresh chapter under able Gautam Gambhir who struck form like Dhoni in the finals.. so it is the best two batsmen who would carry on the battle from the world cup final albeit on two different sides of the dug-out..
 
whosoever wins tonight would not necessarily win the tournament but I am sure would carry his team further forward for beyond league phase.. it appears for the first time that KKR may go ahead to win this first game they would need the captain to put up the winning score on the board..

Let there be more cricket and let there be more players to join the ten teams.. I would have so much loved that the four foreign players restriction was lifted and teams should have been allowed atleast five players from five different countries to promote cricket globally.. it can not be done at this stage of the tournament.. yet there are 12 hours to decide and reinforce my theory into practice.. instead one can put the restriction of not allowing two players from the same foreign country in a game.. yet again tat is something one will have to wait and see in the next edition of the super trophy..

Fans would be loving to see their world cup winning boys in action and today’s game may have as many as five of the fifteen in action..

I would reiterate the very distinct and highly sportive statement made to me by brother Amitabh Bachchan on February 9, some ten days ahead of the world cup.. he had said
- Abhaya.. May the best team win..
Abhaya Sharma
April 8 2011 9:15 AM