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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Smith takes Orange cap, says he never gets tired of batting

Steven Smith
Rajasthan Royals skipper Steven Smith bats during his unbeaten knock of 79 against Mumbai Indians in the IPL match at Ahmedabad on Wednesday. Photograph: BCCI
The ever-consistent Steve Smith continued his rich vein of form, scoring an unbeaten 79 in Rajasthan Royals' easy seven-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians, in the IPL match in Ahmedabad on Tuesday night, and immediately declared he “never gets tired of batting”.
In the process, Smith also grabbed the Orange Cap for being the highest run-getter so far with 122 runs in three matches.
Chasing a challenging 165 to win, Rajasthan romped home in 19.1 overs, with Smith scoring an unbeaten 79 from 53 balls.
He was well-supported by Ajinkya Rahane (46) as they raised a 64-run stand for the second wicket.
Talking about his style of batting, Smith, who was also named Man of the Match, said, "I am doing it consistently now, moving across my stumps, it is working, no need to change it."The young Australian said, his team "tried to keep it around ten an over or under that" while chasing Mumbai's healthy total, built around a fiery 104-run stand between Kieron Pollard (70) and Corey Anderson (50).
Kieron Pollard
Mumbai Indians’ Kieron Pollard in action against Rajasthan Royals during his knock of 70 in the IPL match at Ahmedabad on Wednesday. Photograph: BCCI
Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma, who has now lost all the three matches the team has played so far, blamed batting for the defeat.
"We did not start well with the bat, poor performance with the bat, thanks to Corey (Anderson) and Polly (Kieron Pollard) for bringing us back in the game.
“I think it was a decent score, not a great one but something to bowl at. Royals batted well. We have some work to do," he said.
"We have to take responsibility with bat and be a little disciplined with ball."
Talking about Aaron Finch, who suffered a hamstring injury today, Rohit said," Finch does not look good right now. He will take a scan tomorrow."

Friday, May 17, 2013

IPL spot-fixing: Police to conduct more raids today

New Delhi: The Delhi Police is likely to conduct more raids today in connection with the IPL spot-fixing scandal.

The Police is assured of recovering the spot-fixing money within 24 hours and has sent its team to Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

On the other hand, the Jaipur Police will be submitting call records of different bookies. It has seized 300 mobiles in the past two months belonging to different bookies.

The three cricketers arrested so far in related to the spot-fixing scandal that has rocked the Indian Premier League, have reportedly confessed to the crime.

IPL chief, Rajiv Shukla finally broke his silence on Friday night saying the BCCI will take strict action against those found guilty.

Six bookies were held in Tamil Nadu on Friday in connection with another IPL betting racket and one each picked up in Mumbai and Delhi. 11 bookies were arrested earlier along with cricketers Sreesanth, Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila.

The investigators said that some of the previous matches were also being examined by the Delhi police as the arrested accused have indicated that they too had been fixed at the instance of bookies.

Police said there were also suspicions about a match in the previous year of the IPL tournament in which the Rajasthan Royals lost a match after its two batsmen could not score 12 runs in 12 balls even when eight wickets were in hand.

This input came after an arrested bookie Amit Singh, who played in the last IPL edition for Rajasthan Royals and was not allowed to participate this time due to a suspected bowling action, flagged doubts about it during interrogation.

With PTI inputs 

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

'Another ordinary batting performance from India'

Former captain Sourav Ganguly was baffled at the abject surrender of the Indian batsmen at the batting surface at Adelaide Oval in the fourth and final Test, saying that even good pitches creates problems for batsmen low on confidence.

"Another ordinary batting performance from India, and this time on a good batting surface at the Adelaide Oval. The batting unit has struggled throughout the series but this effort must be really worrying to the players," he said.

"One can argue the wickets in the past Test matches had a lot more seam movement and it wasn't easy but this was an absolute belter.

It just goes to show that if the confidence is down, even good pitches create problems. This was a perfect example of that," said Ganguly.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sri Lankan players to receive unpaid dues

Sri Lanka's contracted cricketers will receive 65 percent of their unpaid fees within the next three days when their ruling body receives $2 million from the International Cricket Council for hosting the 2011 World Cup, the country's sports minister said on Tuesday.

"We will be able to complete the full payment by January," Mahindanda Altuthgamage told Indian ocean island nations parliament.

Sri Lanka's players have not been paid their salaries since the World Cup ended in April.

Sri Lanka Cricket has run into debt of 3.7 billion Sri Lanka rupees since financing the building of three international cricket stadiums in Hambantota, Pallakele and Colombo to host 12 World Cup matches.

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The ruling body has been unable to pay its cricketers or two hundred other employees their salaries.

The sports minister submitted a cabinet paper requesting one billion Sri Lanka rupees to bail out Sri Lanka Cricket but the treasury said it could not release that amount of money.

The government has called for elections on January 3. Sri Lanka Cricket has for the past seven years been administered by government appointed interim committees.

The Sri Lanka cricket team have lost their three test series since the World Cup by 1-0 margins, to England , Australia and Pakistan.

The team left for South Africa on Monday for a three-test series and five one-day internationals.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Inspirational Dhoni leads India to emphatic 126-run win

A young India finally broke its prolonged losing streak as they trounced England by 126 runs in a lop-sided first One-Day International in Hyderabad on Friday.
India rode on Mahendra Singh's Dhoni's blistering 87-run knock and Suresh Raina's 55-ball 61 to post a mammoth 300 for seven and then skittled out the visitors for only 174 runs in 36.1 overs, at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium, to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
This was India's first victory after a losing streak of 10 international matches that includes five ODIs (last two ODIs in the West Indies), four Tests and one T20 international.
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The wicket got slower with passage of time and India's newest spin-twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja tightened the noose on the England batsmen, sharing six wickets between them.
The margin of victory should come as whiff of fresh air for Dhoni and Co who will now certainly feel upbeat with four ODIs remaining.
Craig Kieswetter (7) was the first to depart when he nicked at an away going delivery from Praveen Kumar.
Kevin Pietersen (19) hit three boundaries, but Ashwin's direct throw from mid-on found him short of his crease.

Skipper Alastair Cook (60) joined hands with Jonathan Trott (26) and added 71 runs for the third wicket. They didn't score at a very brisk pace but kept a decent run-rate going for the team.
It was the slow left-arm spin of Jadeja that started the slide. The Saurashtra all-rounder dismissed Cook and Trott within the space of nine runs to effect a middle-order collapse.
While Cook holed out at deep mid-wicket trying to give Jadeja the charge, Trott played an uncharacteristic slog-sweep, only to be clean bowled.

The dangerous Ravi Bopara then offered a tame return catch to Ashwin, while Jadeja got his third scalp when young Jonathan Bairstow was dismissed in identical fashion.
From 111 for two, England slumped to 126 for six and the writing was on the wall.
Jadeja (3 for 34) and Ashwin (3 for 35) had nearly identical figures, while Umesh Yadav (2 for 32) also got a couple of wickets in the end.
The day, however, belonged to India's captain, who smashed an unbeaten 87 off 70 deliveries on a track where strokemaking wasn't exactly easy. He found an able supporter in Raina, who hit a 55-ball 61 after India opted to bat on winning the toss.

The last 15 overs yielded a whopping 150 runs as one got a glimpse of vintage Dhoni. The now famous 'Helicopter shot' fetched him plenty of runs, as he hit 10 boundaries and a six enroute his 42nd half century in ODIs.
The innings assumed significance considering the amount of pressure he was under after the England tour.

India were scoring runs at a sedate pace in the first 35 overs, partly to the dual nature of the surface and also some disciplined bowling by the visitors, before the duo started bashing the England bowlers, adding 72 runs for the fifth wicket in only 10 overs.
Once Raina departed, Dhoni took it upon himself to punish English, who suddenly lacked discipline after bowling well for the better part of the innings.
Raina counter-attack in the mandatory batting Powerplay, from the 36th to 40th overs, opened the floodgates, as India scored 59 runs in those five overs.
He hit his customary aerial shots in the arc between extra-cover and mid-wicket while Dhoni also hammered Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn and Tim Bresnan with consummate ease.

Raina completed his half century with a six off Bresnan's bowling and was out trying to hit a slog shot. His 61 was studded with five fours and two sixes.
On a wicket that offered variable bounce to the England pacers, India's batsmen, especially Ajinkya Rahane (15), made a mess of the first mandatory Powerplay, during which India scored only 47 runs, losing Parthiv Patel's wicket in the process.
Parthiv backed a bit too far after Rahane hit a straight drive off Steven Finn but the bowler got a hand to it on his follow through. Parthiv scored only nine.
The stage was set for Rahane to fire, after he got a life in the second over, as Jonathan Trott, at first slip, dropped him off Finn's bowling. Rahane was yet to open his account then.

However, the Mumbai youngster went into a shell and found it difficult to even push through the gaps for single.
Gautam Gambhir, playing his first international match after a long time, hit a few crisp shots, including a square drive off Bresnan. The Delhi left-hander showed intent of keeping the scoreboard ticking although the boundaries were few and far between.
Off-spinner Graeme Swann was introduced as early as 12th over. With two new balls being used from both ends, it effectively meant that Swann was bowling with a white kookaburra that was only five overs old.

Eager to break the shackles, Rahane charged out only to be deceived by Swann's flighted delivery that turned a shade away and it was easy work for Craig Kieswetter behind the stumps.
Rahane consumed 41 balls, and, moreso, India's advantage of getting off to a flier was gone.
Gambhir was joined by Virat Kohli, but the Delhi duo failed to up the ante. Medium pacer Jade Dernbach dismissed Gambhir during the second over of the bowling Powerplay taken by the England captain.
It was slow full-toss coming from the back of the hand and Gambhir completely missed the line of the ball. He was hit on the pad; the ball would have crashed into the leg-stump.

The bowling Powerplay also proved fruitful for England, as they conceded only 20 runs. Gambhir managed 32 off 33 balls, including four hits to the fence.
The normally aggressive Kohli was also not in his element, and was out trying to launch into left-arm spinner Samit Patel as he failed to clear Kevin Pietersen at long-off.

At 123 for four, Raina was joined by Dhoni and the duo started the repair job. They waited patiently and took the batting Powerplay from the 36th to 40th over to launch a counter-attack on the English bowlers, which helped them in posting a challenging score.
Swann, with figures of one for 35, was the only bowler who escaped unscathed from Dhoni and Raina's onslaught, as Finn (1 for 67), Bresnan (0 for 66) and Dernbach (1 for 58) were smashed all over the park in the last 15 overs.

Resource: Rediff

Friday, September 30, 2011

Kapil Dev wants better pay for India players

NEW DELHI: Former captain Kapil Dev has called on the Indian cricket board to help bring an end to the club vs country debate by paying players more for representing India.

Former players including Shane Warne and Michael Holding have accused Indian cricketers of risking injuries by playing in the Indian Premier League and the ongoing Champions League, and missing international cricket as a result.

"Both forms of the game are run by the same organization (the Board of Control for Cricket in India), yet a player gets more money for representing a club than while playing for the nation," Kapil was quoted as saying in The Times of India on Friday.

"Let them pay more to those who play for India, then we'll see how many of our players skip series," Dev said during a lecture in Mumbai.

Several top cricketers earn in excess of $1 million from their clubs in each six-week season of the Indian Premier League, which is organized by the BCCI.

In contrast, the BCCI offers annual contracts of a maximum of $200,000 with additional match fees of $14,000 (Tests), $8,000 (one-dayers) and $4,000 (Twenty20 internationals).

Nine players, including star batsman Sachin Tendulkar and premier fast bowler Zaheer Khan, suffered injuries on a recent tour of England when the team was blanked 4-0 in Tests and also failed to win any limited overs game.

The testing tour of England was part of a busy season. India's players took part in the IPL immediately after winning the World Cup on home soil in April and then toured the West Indies before going to England.

"The Indian team couldn't even get time to unwind and enjoy their World Cup triumph. They got just four days before the IPL began. When you don't get enough time to unwind you lose the passion to play. That's what happened in England," said Kapil, who led India to World Cup victory in 1983.

Meanwhile, spin great Bishan Bedi blamed the limited overs formats for the lack of quality spinners in the country.

"The fault lies with us. If you want to see more Twenty20 or one-day cricket, this is what you will get," the left-arm spinner said at a book release function in New Delhi.

"By bowling only four or 10 overs one can't get control, if one is not bowling a lot you will only get mediocre bowlers and that is what we have at the moment," he added.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I never thought Redbacks would get to 180-odd: Gambhir

After slumping to their second defeat in the ongoing Champions League Twenty20, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday said his side played well in patches but praised opposition batsmen Callum Ferguson and Daniel Christian for their match-winning efforts.

Ferguson scored an unbeaten 40-ball 70-run knock and together with Christian (42) added quickfire 84 runs for the fourth wicket to propel South Australia to a competitive 188 for five after opting to bat.

The target eventually turned out to be too steep for KKR as they lost wickets at regular intervals to be restricted to 169 for nine, thereby handing South Australia a 19-run victory.

"I never thought they would get to 180-odd. It was a brilliant effort from Ferguson and Christian," a visibly disappointed Gambhir said after the match.

"Sometimes we've bowled well in patches, and sometimes batted well in patches. At times we haven't complemented our batsmen, sometimes our bowlers," he added.

His counterpart Michael Klinger was also full of praise for Ferguson and Christian, saying the two batsmen laid the basic foundation for South Australia's win.

"The innings from Callum (Ferguson) and Christian were unbelievable. Those two were fantastic, they pushed a lot of twos and ran really hard when the pitch slowed up," Klinger said.

Asked about the reason behind leaving out speedster Shaun Tait for the match, the South Australia skipper said, "We left out Tait purely because of the conditions. Tait, with extra pace, on this wicket is slightly easier to way probably."

Man-of-the-match Ferguson, in turn, credited his partner Christian for his match-winning knock.

"It was difficult early on, took a while to get in. Christian came in and made it easier for me by hitting some boundaries. We finished the innings well," he said.

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