IPL 2011 Live: CSK Vs Kings XI Punjab

  Paul Valthaty scored unbeaten 12o runs in 63 balls - 19 fours & 2 sixers. One of the best I saw in IPL T20. Best innings in IPL 4. First century in IPL 2011.  IPL Match result: Kings XI Punjab defeated Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets.  Best of the match: Paul Valthaty, Murali Vijay, S. Badrinath & M.S. Dhoni.  Worst of the match: Suresh Raina, Abhishek Nayar, Anirudha Srikanth.   Live ratings for CSK Vs Kings XI Punjab T20 players:  Chennai SuperkingsRatingKings XIRating    Batsmen:       Murali Vijay 8/10Shaun Marsh 5/10Anirudha Srikanth 1/10Paul Valthaty 10/10Suresh Raina 1/10Dinesh Karthik 6/10Scott Styris 5/10Sunny Singh 6/10S. Badrinath 8/10      All-rounders:       Albie Morkel 3/10Ryan McLaren 6/10  Abhishek Nayar 1/10  Ryan Harris 6/10    Wicket-Keeper:       M.S. Dhoni 8/10Adam Gilchrist 6/10    Bowlers:       Tim Southee 3/10Praveen Kumar 6/10R. Ashwin 3/10Bhargav Bhatt 5/10Shadab Jakati 4/10 … [Read more...]

Can they recover from Mumbai cyclone?

  Chennai Superkings will clash with Kolkata Knight Riders after both teams suffered humiliating defeats against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede. Mumbai cruelly exposed weak links in both teams in those two matches. Both teams are not looking as tournament winners and they are just depending on 2 to 3 players. For Kolkata, it is Sourav Ganguly and David Hussey in batting and Shoaib Akhtar in bowling while it is Dhoni, Badrinath and Morkel are for Mumbai. Home ground advantage is a big plus point for Kolkata. To raise their semi-final chances hopes, they should win this game.  Match timing: 4 PM to 7 PM live from Eden Gardens on Set Max channel.  Kolkata Knight Riders:  1. Shoaib Akhtar is in superb form and even top players are struggling against him. If Akash Chopra took the Jayasuriya catch in the Mumbai match, He might have repeated his sensational performance as he did against Delhi. Weak Chennai top order will definitely struggle against Akhtar and Ishant Sharma.  2. Sourav Ganguly returned to form and he is effectively playing all-rounder role.  3. David Hussey is one man army for Kolkata in batting. If he falters, Kolkata stumbles.  4. At Eden Gardens, Kolkata Knight Riders always play well with the support of huge fans.  Chennai Superkings:  1. Dhoni and Badrinath are carrying weak Chennai batting on their shoulders.   2. Vidyut and Raina are playing inconsistently.   3. Albie Morkel is a dangerous all-rounder who is sorely missed in Kolkata lineup.   4. Balaji is a high quality bowler and Dhoni should use him more.   5. Gony is a good bowler but not a dangerous one. Muralidharan failed to reach … [Read more...]

Analysis of IPL captains

 Captains played a very crucial role in changing the fortunes of their IPL teams. Captains like Shane Warne and Dhoni inspired their teams with their leadership qualities while Dravid and Laxman buckled under pressure with poor batting and unimaginative captaincy. Unlike Dravid, Laxman at least sacrificed money and iconic status. Analysis of Indian Premier League captains: 1. Shane Warne: He is the coach, captain, magician, God, motivator and saviour for underdogs Jaipur. He inspired young Jaipur team to sensational victories. 2. MS Dhoni: Ice Man Dhoni showed his immense potential against Bangalore with his hard hitting and cool captaincy. Indian cricket is in the safe hands of this “Ice Man”. We will know his real potential in the coming matches where Chennai will miss the services of Mathew Hayden, Michael Hussey and Jacob Oram. Can he inspire his team like Warne? 3. Virender Sehwag: One superb inning against Hyderabad and nothing else. 4. Yuvraj Singh: He is playing consistently well in all the Mohali IPL matches. But team lost some matches due to bad selection and unsettled batting order. Indian vice-captain need to prove his captaincy skills. 5. Sourav Ganguly: He is an inspirational leader but poor batsman. Kolkata fans love the passionate combination of Sourav-Shahrukh but Ganguly needs to score runs. 6. Rahul Dravid: Why is he playing in this tournament? What can he do in Twenty20 games? He should sit at home and watch matches. Poor leader but good man. 7. VVS Laxman: You should pick your best players to win tight Twenty20 games. You can’t bat; you can’t see potential in young men; you can’t take bold innovate decisions; you can’t field; you can’t say no … [Read more...]