Saturday, April 26, 2008

IPL Twenty20 Mumbai Indians Lose To Punjab Kings XI

Sangakkara's orthodox 94 set up a big win for Kings XI Punjab.

Sri Lankan star Kumar Sangakkara scored a stylish 94 from 56 balls to help the Kings XI register a competitive 182 in match 10 of the IPL.

In reply Aussie speedster Brett Lee's opening burst put the Kings in the drivers seat, a position they never relinquished.

The Kings running out comprehensive 66 run winners and keeping the Mumbai Indians winless.

Mumbai join the Deccan Chargers as the only teams without a win in three matches.

Sangakkara's 94 makes him the leading run scorer in the tournament, ahead of New Zealander Brendan McCullum

Following the match Punjab bowler Sreesanth was spotted in tears after an incident with Harbhajan Singh.

It is alleged that stand-in Mumbai captain Harbhajan Singh had struck Indian team-mate and IPL rival Sreesanth in the face.

Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians

Punjab 10/182

Kumar Sangakkara (SRI) - 94 (56)
Yuvraj Singh (IND) - 18 (9)
Karan Goel (IND) 18 (21)
Brett Lee (AUS) - 16* (8)

Harbhajan Singh (IND) - 3/32
Ashish Nehra (IND) - 2/22
Dhawal Kulkarni (IND) - 2/37

Mumbai 9/116

Dwayne Bravo (WI) - 23 (21)
Shaun Pollock (RSA) - 22 (21)
Robin Uthappa (IND) - 21 (18)
Luke Ronchi (AUS) - 11 (8)

Irfan Pathan (IND) - 2/19
Piyush Chawla (IND) - 2/16
Sreesanth (IND) - 2/31
Brett Lee (AUS) - 1/9

Player of the match: Kumar Sangakkara (Kings XI Punjab)

Kings XI Punjab won by 66 runs

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Harbhajan slaps Sreesanth after loss the match

Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh and Kings XI paceman S Sreesanth were on Friday involved in a bitter row, following which the fast bowler was seen crying bitterly on the ground at the end of their IPL match here.

Harbhajan allegedly slapped Sreesanth after the paceman said something to Harbhajan which offended the off-spinner.

The off-spinner however had a long chat with Sreesanth in the dressing room of the Punjab team and even believed to have apologised for his behaviour.

Harbhajan though did not speak on the issue when he came to address the post match conference.

"Can we have questions on just cricket," Harbhajan said when asked about what happened between him and Sreesanth.

The winning captain Yuvraj Singh was upset by the unsavoury incident and termed it "ugly".

"This is really an ugly incident. You do not want to see such things off the field specially after such a win. I am pretty upset at what has happened. This is totally unacceptable," he said apparently criticising Harbhajan Singh.

Yuvraj though said he did not know what actually transpired between the two.

"I do not know what exactly happened but one does not want to see such things happening."

Kings XI coach Tom Moody was also visibly upset by the incident and termed as "unacceptable" Harbhajan's behaviour.

"At the end of the day, players shake hands. But today saw more that from Harbhajan and Sreesanth. It is unacceptable behaviour and I am sure officials will take of note.

"The positive thing is that Harbhajan had a long chat with Sreesanth. But I am not sure what ramifications this incident will have," Moody said.

Upset after his team's third successive defeat, the turbanator also looked unhappy with his teammates.

"When you lose nothing seems to be okay. I won't bowl and bat for other people. They have to be captain of their own bowling and own bowling. I can not do other's job," he said angrily when asked if captaincy was tough.

"I don't like losing. When you lose, you don't feel happy."

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Friday, April 25, 2008

cheerGirls for IPL matches in Mumbai Ban

No cheerleaders for IPL matches in Mumbai
Notwithstanding the glamour quotient brought about in the ongoing IPL cricket matches by the cheerleaders, the Maharashtra government on Thursday said it will not allow the specially hired girls to go on with their "vulgar and obscene" performance during the April 27 league match at Navi Mumbai.

Talking to reporters here, Minister of State for Home Siddharam Mhetre described the cheerleaders and their dancing at the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches as "absolutely obscene".

"We live in India where womanhood is worshipped. How can anything obscene like this can be allowed?" he asked. Mhetyre wondered why the organisers require "semi- nude" women to entertain people at cricket matches.

"The organisers may have invested crores of rupees organising such matches. But this does not mean that they make semi-nude women dance in front of people," he said.

Mhetre suggested organisers can use animated characters when players hit boundaries and six or anybody gets out without scoring.

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, however, did not find anything vulgar about cheerleaders.

"What's wrong with cheerleaders? I am also a family person, I do not see anything negative in it," the actor, who owns the Kolkata Knight Riders, said.

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Match 9 Shane warne and Symond Deccan Chargers vs Rajasthan Royals

Shane Warne steered Rajasthan Royals to a remarkable win with one ball to spare in Hyderabad last night when he hit successive deliveries from his former Australian team-mate Andrew Symonds for four, six and six in the final over.

  • Chasing 215 to inflict a third-successive defeat on the Deccan Chargers, the Royals reached 186 for three before losing four for 10 in 10 balls, but Warne kept his head to spark jubilant scenes at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
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    It was tough luck on Symonds, who had earlier smashed an undefeated 117 off 53 balls. Yusuf Pathan and Graeme Smith replied by adding 98 for the Royals' second wicket in 44 balls and they were left needing 17 off the final over.

    Pankaj Singh took three off Symonds' first two balls before Warne did the rest.

    The Chargers' Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi had expressed his disquiet at the cheerleaders who have become a feature at IPL venues throughout India.

    "The girls in skimpy dresses should be removed from the ground as this is distracting the batsmen," he said.

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    Saturday, April 12, 2008

    Preety Zinta IPL CRICKET MOHALI TEAM VIDEO Kings XI Punjab

    Preety Zinta IPL CRICKET MOHALI TEAM VIDEO Kings XI Punjab

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    IPL’s complete schedule:
    April 18: Bangalore v Kolkata at Bangalore
    April 19: Mohali v Chennai at Mohali and Delhi v Jaipur at Delhi
    April 20: Mumbai v Bangalore at Mumbai; Kolkata v Hyderabad at Kolkata
    April 21: Jaipur v Mohali at Jaipur
    April 22: Hyderabad v Delhi at Hyderabad
    April 23: Chennai v Mumbai at Chennai
    April 24: Hyderabad v Jaipur at Hyderabad
    April 25: Mohali v Mumbai at Mohali
    April 26: Bangalore v Jaipur at Bangalore; Chennai v Kolkata at Chennai
    April 27: Mumbai v Hyderabad at Mumbai; Mohali v Delhi at Mohali
    April 28: Bangalore v Chennai at Bangalore
    April 29: Kolkata v Mumbai at Kolkata
    April 30: Delhi v Bangalore at Delhi.
    May 1: Hyderabad v Mohali at Hyderabad; Jaipur v Kolkata at Jaipur
    May 2: Chennai v Delhi at Chennai.
    May 3: Hyderabad at Bangalore at Hyderabad; Mohali v Kolkata at Mohali
    May 4: Mumbai v Delhi at Mumbai; Jaipur v Chennai at Jaipur
    May 5: Bangalore v Mohali at Bangalore
    May 6: Chennai v Hyderabad at Chennai
    May 7: Mumbai v Jaipur at Mumbai
    May 8: Delhi v Chennai at Delhi; Kolkata v Bangalore at Kolkata
    May 9: Jaipur v Hyderabad at Jaipur
    May 10: Bangalore v Mumbai at Bangalore; Chennai v Mohali at Chennai
    May 11: Hyderabad v Kolkata at Hyderabad; Jaipur v Delhi at Jaipur
    May 12: Mohali v Bangalore at Mohali
    May 13: Kolkata v Delhi at Kolkata
    May 14: Mumbai v Chennai at Mumbai; Mohali v Jaipur at Mohali
    May 15: Delhi v Hyderabad at Delhi
    May 16: Mumbai v Kolkata at Mumbai
    May 17: Delhi v Mohali at Delhi; Jaipur v Bangalore at Jaipur
    May 18: Hyderabad v Mumbai at Hyderabad; Kolkata v Chenna at Kolkata
    May 19: Bangalore v Delhi at Bangalore
    May 20: Kolkata v Jaipur at Kolkata
    May 21: Mumbai v Mohali at Mumbai; Chennai v Bangalore at Chennai
    May 22: Delhi v Kolkata at Delhi
    May 23: Mohali v Hyderabad at Mohali.
    May 24: Delhi v Mumbai at Delhi; Chennai v Jaipur at Chennai
    May 25: Bangalore v Hyderabad at Bangalore; Kolkata v Mohali at Kolkata
    May 26: Jaipur v Mumbai at Jaipur
    May 27: Hyderabad v Chennai at Hyderabad
    May 28 and 29: Rest days
    May 30: First semi-final at Mumbai
    May 31: Second semi-final at Mumbai
    June 1: Final at Mumbai

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    Indian Premier League can inject fresh life into international cricket

    James Hopes is positive the Indian Premier League can inject fresh life into international cricket, even if he'd struggle to find his new team on a map.

    The Queensland and Australia all-rounder flew out this morning for his 44-day odyssey in the IPL, for which he will receive a sum of $324,000 or $7363 per day.

    Hopes will play for the Punjab Kings, based in Mohali, linking with fellow Australians Brett Lee, Simon Katich, Luke Pomersbach and Shaun Marsh in the controversial Twenty20 feast.

    Also in the sheds will be Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara, Kiwi quick Kyle Mills, Indian swing bowler Irfan Pathan and the team's captain Yuvraj Singh.

    While Hopes, known as "Catfish", was upbeat about the IPL's prospects of becoming a meaningful part of the cricketing calendar, he was less certain of the exact location of his new home for the next six weeks.

    "I think it is in the middle (of the country). Towards the top of the middle. It's not right up the top but it's in the top half," Hopes said.

    The devil may be in the detail for the likeable Hopes, but don't tell him he's just chasing the money with his IPL jaunt.

    The 29-year-old firmly believes the IPL can dramatically revamp a tired international schedule jammed with irrelevant one-day contests.

    But he cautioned the cricketing public against demanding too much too soon from the cashed-up spectacle, which has divided the cricketing world and threatens to replicate football's constant squabbling over club versus country.

    "It can work but I think the public are kidding themselves if they think it's all going to go flawlessly in the first couple of years," Hopes said.

    "It's something that has been thrown together, in a way, and it will be good. In the first year there will be teething problems. But that's the same of any tournament. And I think you will see the benefits of this within two or three years time."

    Hopes urged governing bodies to find a stand-alone slot for the tournament each year to ensure the IPL became a meaningful contributor to the game, rather than a source of friction between rival boards.

    "Everyone's talking about how it could damage international cricket - I think it could bring it back. You go over, you do this then you hook up with the national team again. It's not just another one-day series," Hopes said.

    "It could give international cricket a much-needed break in the schedule. You know you'll get six or eight weeks off where there is no international cricket and guys are going to be playing the Twenty20 tournament.

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