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DLF Indian Premier League : IPL20-20 Season 4 - 2011

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Chennai Super Kings does it again : Lifts IPL Season 4 Cup     Back to Top
Chennai Super kings IPL ChampsMay 28, Chennai: TMS Dhoni's love affair with silverware continued as he led the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to successful defence of their IPL title with a comprehensive 58-run victory over the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the final at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday.

A mammoth total of 205 was complemented by a three-wicket spell (3/16) from R Ashwin that paved way for Chennai's title defence, which began with a 159-run opening partnership between 'Man of the Match' Murali Vijay (95) and Michael Hussey (63).

Chennai bowlers then restricted Bangalore to a paltry 147/8 and romped home by the big margin. It was an icing on the cake for CSK skipper Dhoni after the historic World Cup triumph last month.

Chasing 206 to win, Ashwin delivered a body blow to RCB's title aspirations when he got the big fish Chris Gayle for a naught in the first over. MS Dhoni's move to open the attack with the off-spinner struck more gold as he followed Gayle's wicket with Mayank Aggarwal's in his second over to put the CSK right on top. Ashwin first induced an edge from Gayle, which was pouched by MS Dhoni, and then bowled Aggarwal (10).

Virat Kohli then instilled some hopes with a few lusty blows but AB de Villiers misread Shadab Jakati to be caught right in front. He became the third Bangalore wicket to fall inside seven overs as the scoreboard read 48/3. Jakati then added another wicket to his tally when he lapped up a top edge from Luke Pomersbach to leave the RCB innings in complete disarray.

Another body blow was delivered by part-timer Suresh Raina when he put the final nail in RCB's coffin by taking out Kohli, who scored 35 off 32 balls before getting out lbw.

Regular fall of wickets sent half the RCB side back in the dug-out after 10 overs, making it the most lopsided of the four IPL finals so far. Shadab Jakati (2/21) bowled well in tandem with Ashwin to pick up his two wickets.

Earlier, Vijay and Hussey hit sparkling half centuries en route to a 159-run opening stand that laid the foundation for CSK's mammoth total of 205/5.

Hussey and Vijay gave Chennai a quick start and mixed caution with aggression after Dhoni decided to bat first. The duo didn't go on an all out attack and kept the scoreboard ticking with cheeky singles, while hitting a six each in the first four overs. Another six from Vijay off Gayle brought up CSK's fifty in just 5.1 overs to stamp their early domination in the game as they picked 56 runs in the six overs of powerplay.

After the rollicking start, the openers didn't hold themselves back and intensified the assault, which saw the CSK hundred being raised in just 10.3 overs after Vijay's punishing 29-ball half century. Vijay upped the ante from that point on, hitting fours and sixes almost at will. On the other end, experienced Hussey fed the strike to Vijay, picking an occasional boundary as he reached his fifty in 40 balls.

Wicket finally came for Bangalore when Hussey tried to loft Syed Mohammad over long-on for another six but ended up in the hands of Abhimanyu Mithun. That brought an end to a 159-run opening partnership in just 14.5 overs.

Dhoni (22 off 13) then lit up Chepauk with his two sixes but he and Vijay fell to S Aravind in consecutive deliveries.

Vijay (95), who deserved a century, fell just five runs short while Dhoni departed in quest of quick runs. Vijay stroked four boundaries and six towering sixes in his 52-ball knock.

RCB bowlers made some sort of a comeback towards the end by picking up two more wickets in the last two overs. It was Dwayne Bravo who hit six off the final delivery to help CSK cross 205. For RCB, Aravind and Gayle picked two wickets apiece while Syed picked one.

Chris Gayle hammered Mumbai Indians, Puts RC into Final     Back to Top
Chris GayleMay 27: Chris Gayle hammered Mumbai Indians bowlers all around the park with a swashbuckling 89 as Royal Challengers Bangalore set up the final date with MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings.

In imperious form this IPL, Gayle crossed the 600-run mark as he punished a hapless Mumbai attack that came into its own only in the latter half of the innings, after the West Indian's departure in the 15th over.

Gayle, along with Mayank Agarwal, put on 113 runs for the first wicket in 10.4 overs as Bangalore blasted off the blocks.

Gayle gave Bangalore a rollicking start, accumulating 27 runs in the first over off Abu Nechim studded with three fours and a huge six, besides a wides four behind the keeper.

It became a Gayle show from up front. Royal Challengers were 57/0 after four overs, then Malinga bowled one good over full of slower ones for just one, but Gayle had his way with the rest of the bowlers.

The best of Gayle perhaps revealed itself in the 10th over, when Nachim was almost through a decent comeback over for four runs. The last ball, though, hardly left the ground, and yet crashed into the sight screen.

Gayle show did not end just there, Gayle smacked Harbhajan Singh to two back to back sixes over midwicket.

Munaf, eventually got rid off Gayle with a slightly slower one, and patted Gayle's back as he walked back.

Mumbai Indians eliminates Knight Riders     Back to Top
Mumbai IndiansMay 25, Mumbai: Today in IPL Eliminator match at Mumbai, Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 4 Wickets.

Knight Riders' have placed a target of 148 runs for Mumbai Indians. Mumbai openers Sachin Tendulkar (36) and Aiden Blizzard (51) gave a good start but later the middle order failed and the match scene changed, it went on neck to neck until last over but changed all over when Harbajjan hit a superub sixer when required runs to win are 6 runs from 4 balls.

With this Knight Riders are out of IPL and Mumbai Indians will face Bangalore Royal Challengers for place in Finals.

Man of the Match was Munaf Patel for his outstanding performance (4 overs, 3 wickets).

IPL T-20 2011 Teams Total Points : updated May 25, 2011
Team Played Won Lost NR Tie BP Points For Against NRR
IP Bangalore
14 9 4 1 0 0 19 1962/237.0 2000/251.3 0.326
IP Chennai
14 9 5 0 0 0 18 2118/265.1 1978/262.1 0.443
IP Mumbai
14 9 5 0 0 0 18 1998/275.2 1951/270.2 0.040
IP Kolkata
14 8 6 0 0 0 16 1888/249.2 1861/260.4 0.433
IP Punjab
14 7 7 0 0 0 14 2224/275.4 2173/267.4 -0.051
IP Rajasthan
14 6 7 1 0 0 13 1687/242.2 1801/235.2 -0.691
IP Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 0 0 12 2140/279.2 2037/273.5 0.222
IP Kochi
14 6 8 0 0 0 12 1901/256.2 1989/260.4 -0.214
IP Pune
14 4 9 1 0 0 9 1775/247.3 1858/254.2 -0.134
IP Delhi
14 4 9 1 0 0 9 2031/258.2 2076/249.5 -0.448

Super Kings enter finals     Back to Top
Chennai Super KingsMay 23, Mumbai: Chennai Super Kings enters finals with an incredible fight.

On a hot and humid Tuesday, Royal Challemgers Bangalore had a great opportunity to prove that there is more to their side than just Chris Gayle, but Chennai Super Kings pulled off a stunning last-over win to storm into the final of IPL IV here at the Wankhede Stadium.

Having mustered a daunting 175 for four after put into bat, Royal Challengers had the match by the scruff of its neck when they reduced Super Kings 62 for two at the half-way stage of the chase. Needing 116 from the last 10 overs, Chennai found a super hero in man of the match Suresh Raina who smashed an unbeaten 73 (50b, 4x4, 6x6) to guide the defending champions to a six-wicket win in front of a crowd that was vertically split in their support.

With skipper MS Dhoni chipping in with a valuable 29 (19b, 3x4, 1x6) and Albie Morkel firing an undefeated 28 (10b, 1x4, 3x6), Super Kings replied with 177 for four in 19.4 overs to make their second straight final of the tournament. The heart-breaking defeat notwithstanding, not all is lost for the Challengers, as the Bangalore side will get another chance to have a shot at the title if they win Friday's second Qualifier in Chennai.

Score board
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE: Mayank Agarwal c Bollinger b Bravo 34 (33b, 5x4), Chris Gayle lbw Ashwin 8 (9b, 1x6), Virat Kohli (not out) 70 (44b, 5x4, 3x6), AB de Villiers c Vijay b Jakati 11 (10b, 1x6), Luke Pomersbach b Bollinger 29 (18b, 2x4, 2x6), Saurabh Tiwary (not out) 9 (6b, 1x4) Extras (B-1, LB-7, W-5) 14. Total (for 4 wkts, 20 overs) 175. Fall of wickets: 1-30 (Gayle), 2-65 (Agarwal), 3-85 (de Villiers), 4-133 (Pommersbach). Bowling: Albie Morkel 4-0-40-0, Doug Bollinger 4-0-20-1 (w-1), R Ashwin 4-0-30-1 (w-1), Dwayne Bravo 3-0-28-1 (w-3), Shadab Jakati 4-0-37-1, Suresh Raina 1-0-8-0. Scoring pattern: 5 overs: 39/1; 10: 73/2; 15: 122/3; End of innings: 175/4 in 20 overs. Runs during Power Play: 1-6 overs: 44/1.

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS: Michael Hussey lbw Zaheer 0 (4b), M Vijay lbw Arvind 5 (5b, 1x4), Suresh Raina (not out) 73 (50b, 4x4, 6x6), S Badrinath c Arvind b Mithun 34 (32b, 5x4), MS Dhoni c Mithun b Zaheer 29 (19b, 3x4, 1x6), Albie Morkel (not out) 28 (10b, 1x4, 3x6) Extras (B-1, LB-1, W-4, NB-2) 8. Total (for 4 wkts, 19.4 overs) 177. Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Hussey), 2-7 (Vijay), 3-70 (Badrinath), 4-131 (Dhoni). Bowling: Zaheer Khan 4-0-31-2 (w-2), S Arvind 3-0-32-1, A Mithun 3-0-32-1 (nb-1, w-1), Virat Kohli 2-0-19-0 (nb-1), Daniel Vettori 3.4-0-42-0, Chris Gayle 4-0-19-0 (w-1). Scoring pattern: 5 overs: 24/2; 10: 62/2; 15: 110/3; End of innings: 177/4 in 19.4 overs. Runs during Power Play: 1-6 overs: 25/2.

Super Kings hit by whirlwind Gayle     Back to Top
chris gayleMay 22, Bengaluru: (AFP) Chris Gayle smashed an unbeaten 75 as Royal Challengers Bangalore topped the points table with an eight-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League on Sunday.

The West Indies opener hit six sixes in his 50-ball knock as Bangalore surpassed Chennai's total of 128-8 with two overs to spare in their last league match of the Twenty20 tournament.

Gayle, who added 80 for the second wicket with Virat Kohli (31), finished the match when he hit spinner Suresh Raina for 11 runs off the last three balls of the 18th over.

Bangalore (19 points), Chennai (18), Kolkata (16) and Mumbai (16) have already qualified for the play-offs. They are followed by Punjab (14), Rajasthan (13), Deccan (12), Kochi (12), Pune (nine) and Delhi (nine).

Chennai skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit six sixes in his explosive 40-ball 70 not out but received little support from the other end, the highest stand of the innings being 42 for the fifth wicket.

Chennai made a poor start after being put in to bat as they lost four wickets for 22 runs in the opening six overs, with left-arm paceman Zaheer Khan dismissing Australian Michael Hussey and Raina in successive overs.

Hussey could make just four runs before inside-edging a Zaheer devliery on to the stumps while Raina was caught by Kohli at point.

New Zealand left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori put more pressure on Chennai when he removed Subramaniam Badrinath and West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo to eventually finish with 2-15 off four overs.

Brief scores:
Chennai Super Kings 128-8 in 20 overs (MS Dhoni 70 not out, W. Saha 22; D. Vettori 2-15, Zaheer Khan 2-19, S. Aravind 2-20) lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore 129-2 in 18 overs (C. Gayle 75 not out, V. Kohli 31) by eight wickets.

Delhi Dare Devils out of IPL after Big Fight     Back to Top
delhi Dare devilsMay 13, Vizag: Delhi Dare devils lost their Big fight to Chennai Super Kings on May 12 th match and are virtually out of IPL Season 4 even though they have 2 games to go.

Chennai Super Kings all but ensured qualification for the playoffs, and took an important step towards ending in the crucial top two, with a win that withstood the odd scare from Delhi Daredevils, who were formally knocked out of the tournament even though they have two games to go. Chennai, with 16 points from 12 games, were at the top of the table, but Mumbai Indians (16) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (15) had a game each in hand.

Delhi, missing talismanic Virender Sehwag, were spirited through Varun Aaron and briefly through Naman Ojha, but they also kept up the noble IPL IV tradition of offering lives to the Chennai batsmen. However, it was MS Dhoni, who didn't enjoy any of that generosity, that provided Chennai with the big finish. Dhoni scored 63 off 31 in Chennai's 37 in the last two overs and 109 in last 10. S Badrinath offered stability at the other end, scoring 55 off 43, providing a gentle reminder of his bumper Ranji season on the eve of selection for the West Indies tour.

Sehwag seeks divine intervention, visits Shiridi     Back to Top
Sehwag visit shiridi sai babaMay 09, Vizag: Looks like now IPL team, Delhi Dare Devils need divine intervention to win the matches.

Sehwag visited Shirdi on Sunday to seek Baba's blessings ahead of crucial match with Chennai Super Kings.

Delhi Dare Devils is currently at 7th position with 8 points in IPL. Match on 12th May is a do-or-die challenge for Delhi Dare Devils.

Delhi Dare Devils have to win this match to keep their chances live in IPL 2011.

Lets hope and wish Sehwag and his team best of Luck!

Symonds is a great guy, says Harbhajan     Back to Top
Symonds, HarbhajanMay 09, Mohali: Harbhajan Singh has called Andrew Symonds a great guy, blaming the media for the animosity. He however acknowledged that Sachin Tendulkar helped in bringing an end to the feud between the two.

A day after reports claimed that Sachin Tendulkar helped Andrew Symonds and Harbhajan Singh bury the hatchet of the Sydney Test racial row scandal to become friends, the Indian off-spinner has described the Australian all-rounder a "great guy".

Harbhajan also blamed the media for making a mountain out of a mole hill by projecting the two as foes.

"We are playing together for Mumbai. He is a great guy and is enjoying his moment," Harbhajan said about his Mumbai Indians IPL teammate Symonds here.

Three years of seething animosity triggered by the "Monkeygate" scandal of the 2008 Sydney Test has ended thanks to the Indian Premier League, with both the feisty players forming a bond at Mumbai Indians playing environment, 'The Australian' had reported. When Harbhajan was asked about the newspaper report, he said, "We have always been friends. Thanks to all of you (media) for making it such a big news."

He, however added that "such things (spat between the two) happen when you play the sport at that level".

"Every team wants to win. Few words get exchanged during the games, but I left that matter there and then. From there onwards we have been playing together for Mumbai," Harbhajan said on the sidelines of a function here.

The spinner acknowledged that Tendulkar played a part in ending one of the most talked-about feuds in world cricket,"It is not just this (Symonds) matter, but he (Tendulkar) has helped me in lot of other matters as well. I am grateful to him," he said.

Harbhajan said that he does not read the newspapers and blamed the media for its tendency to rake up the issue,"I don't really read newspapers," he said.(PTI)

Chris Gayle makes IPL history     Back to Top
chris gayleMay 06 Bengaluru: Chris Gayle became the first batsman to hit two centuries in the Indian Premier League when he smashed a 49-ball 107 in Royal Challengers Bangalore's 85-run win over Kings XI Punjab on Friday.

The West Indies opener, who scored an unbeaten hundred against Kolkata Knight Riders last month, cracked nine sixes and 10 fours in a superb display of power-hitting to help Bangalore post a challenging 205-6.

Bangalore, with Gayle taking 3-21 with his off-spinners, then restricted Punjab to 120-9 for their fifth win in nine matches of the Twenty20 tournament. Seamer Sreenath Aravind took 4-14.

Punjab could never recover after losing four wickets, including those of hard-hitting Australians Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh, for 34 runs in the opening six overs.

Gayle has unleashed a brutal assault.
It's not often that you pull off a maiden to Gayle, but Ryan Harris managed the mini-feat as the right-arm quick kept the big West Indian quiet. The left-hander's swing-and-miss game lasted a little longer than to his liking as Praveen Kumar gave away just one run in his second over. It was, however, a sort of lull before the storm that left the visitors' attack in complete daze.

Gayle swatted Harris in the next over for the first of his nine sixes before pulling him over mid-wicket to begin the massacre. Tillakaratne Dilshan then pulled and drove Harris to the fence in the same over as Kings XI, who had done well to concede just 17 runs in the first three overs, leaked 21 in the fourth to set the tempo for the innings. It was a mere appetiser before the main course.

Ryan McLaren gave the breakthrough in his first over when Dilshan miscued his hoick but Gayle appeared little perturbed. If anything, the 31-year-old only grew doubly dangerous as Praveen found much to his chagrin when he replaced a profligate Harris. Gayle welcomed the former RCB paceman back into the attack by lifting him over the roof of the stadium.

The next ball stayed within the stadium but the result was the same. He then flicked and drove the paceman to collect 22 runs as big overs became more of a norm than the exception. He showed little affection for paceman Love Ablish, taking 39 runs from his three overs with Virat Kohli too joining the party.

A whopping 111 came for the second wicket in just 59 balls with Kohli (27, 31b, 4x4) and Gayle had scored 84 off them, facing just 32 balls. Dropped on 103, he got out the next ball but by that time, he had done enough damage. With AB de Villiers providing the final flourish (27, 14b, 2x4, 2x6), RCB had the match in their pocket even before Kings XI began their hunt.

Shane Warne pulls stumps on IPL     Back to Top
Shane WarneMay 06, Jaipur: SHANE Warne will retire from cricket at the end of the IPL season.

The 41-year-old leg-spinner confirmed on Twitter yesterday that this Premier League season would be his last, saying he hoped to stay with the Rajasthan Royals in some capacity but would no longer play.

Warne was not going to play this year but was convinced to go around one more time by management, which is planning a big send-off for its captain and motivator-in-chief.

The leg-spinner is taking wickets and bowling economically and some believe he is still Australia's best slow bowler, although he has not played for his country since retiring after the Ashes four years ago.

"Yes, this is my last year playing IPL - please come down and support RR last 2 home games v Chennai & Bangalore! We need your help!!!!", Warne tweeted.

"A big thank you to everyone that has helped me supported me through all the ups and downs hope you have enjoyed watching me play," he added.

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