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IPL Grand Finale!

ipl finalIPL 2009 closes with an exciting and spectular closing ceremony as a galaxy of Bollywood stars added glitz and glamour to the spectacular closing ceremony of the Indian Premier League  Twenty20 championship after the final game won by Deccan Chargers on Sunday.

Music and fireworks displays filled the air soon after the last ball was bowled, creating an electric-charged carnival atmosphere. The Wanderers Stadium was transformed into a sea of shimmering, floating lights which were released into the sky as frenzied fans waved to their favourite celebrities. Actress Katrina Kaifa led a dance troupe to the hugely popular Jai Ho tune, which has over the past weeks become an unofficial anthem at IPL cricket venues across the country. Read more..

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May 26, 2009 Posted by | News, Personal, Sports | , , , | 1 Comment

Can Chennai win Deccan?

chennai-super-kingsDeccan Chargers will be looking to get back to wining ways against last year’s runners-up Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. For Super Kings it is just the opposite. They are on a two-match winning streak and will be hoping to make a hat-trick of wins, which was done by Deccan Chargers early on in the league.

This time under a new captain in Adam Gilchrist, Deccan Chargers have forced everyone to stand up and take notice of their performance. Their batting has looked solid with Gilchrist leading the charge. Youngsters like Rohit Sharma and Azhar Bilakhia have also come out with good innings.

The bowlers also have done well, especially fast bowlers Rudra Pratap Singh and Fidel Edwards. Rudra Pratap is the second highest wicket-taker in the IPL while Edwards has checked the run flow. Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha has been one of the most successful spinner in the second IPL and was chief architect in Chargers’ win over Mumbai Indians.

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May 4, 2009 Posted by | Personal, Sports | , , , | 1 Comment

Deccan Chargers Goin Hot!

deccan-chargersDeccan Chargers, led by Adam Gilchrist is putting up a fantastic show. Herschelle Gibbs crafted an unbeaten half-century as the Deccan Chargers maintained their position at the top of the Indian Premier League thanks to a six-wicket win over the Chennai Super Kings on Monday.

The Mumbai Indians routed the Kolkata Knight Riders by 92 runs after Sanath Jayasuriya and Sachin Tendulkar pummelled the bowling attack with an opening stand of 127 runs off 74 balls in the day’s other match.

South African Gibbs carried his bat to end on 69 not out off 56 balls as Deccan scored 169 for four in reply to Chennai’s 165 for six at Kingsmead in Durban.The winning runs were scored with three balls of Deccan’s innings remaining and the result gives the franchise four wins out of four matches for a two-point lead atop the IPL standings.

Gibbs and Adam Gilchrist got Deccan’s innings off to a perfect start as the pair smashed 67 runs for the first wicket, with their 50-run partnership coming off just 23 balls, the fastest of this year’s tournament.Australian Gilchrist fell for 44 runs off 19 balls with five fours and three sixes.

April 28, 2009 Posted by | Personal, Sports | , , , , | 4 Comments

IPL Sensation!!!

ipl-newIPL, one of the most entertaining is event is all set to be played at South Africa from April 18 to May 22. This one month is going to be filled with fun and excitement. The second season of IPL is played at South Africa due to lack of Security. Since the dates of general elections clashes with the dates of IPL, the IPL authorities are forced to take this decision of hosting the tournament abroad. The reputed teams participating in this tournament are:

  • Chennai Super Kings
  • Rajasthan Royals
  • Mumbai Indians
  • Kings XI Punjab
  • Bangalore Royal Challengers
  • Hyderabad Deccan Chargers
  • Delhi Dare Devils
  • Kolkatta Knight Riders

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April 13, 2009 Posted by | India, News, Sports | , , , | 1 Comment

India Seals ODI series against Newzealand!

viruIndia, having lost the toss, went on to chase a target of 281 runs in 47 overs in the 4th ODI at seddon park in Hamilton.Virender Sehwag, the man who dominated today went on to score an unbeatable  125 runs, hammered the Kiwi bowlers all over the park. Sehwag was totally unstoppable in his approach and the newzealand bowlers could hardly do anything about it. Viru made a history as he went on to become the first Indian to reach fastest century by passing Azhar’ s record. This magical knock from Viru, has enabled India to not only win the match by 10 wickets (D/L method) but also to grab the series in style as expected by the Indian cricket fans all over the globe.

Even though there were constant interruptions due to rain which revised the target by reducing the overs to play, it didnot affect sehwag and his pure flow in any aspect as he went on to demolish the home team. India clinch the series 3-0 so far with one match left to be played on saturday. Hope India will look forward to make the series 4-0 with lights of sachin hopefully to recover and play the last ODI game.

India won Newzealand by a comfortable margin in all three matches except for the one that was spoiled entirely by the rain, even that could have been easily grabbed by the Indian team. So India now clinch the ODI series against Newzealand and seals the hope of Kiwi team in this series.

I feel that the present Indian team under the leadership of Dhoni has set some extremely high standards for them that enabled them to shape as a great team that threatens to dominate the world cricket. India has won their last 5 ODI series that includes some high quality teams like Pakistan,Australia, Srilanka, England and now Newzealand. Congratulations to Indian Cricket Team for their splendid show in ODI series against Newzealand.

March 11, 2009 Posted by | Fact, Greats, India, News, Personal, Sports, stars | , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

IPL Revises Schedule

IPLThe Indian Premier League schedule has been revised due to the fact that the dates of IPL matches may clash with the Polling dates that occurs on May. So this may cause a problem in security arrangements both for polling centres and IPL matches.

So IPL  has sent a  revised schedule for the Indian Premier League cricket tournament, but the central government is still deciding what to do. It wishes to first discuss the matter with states where both polls and the matches are scheduled.

This is even though IPL organisers have told the Union home ministry they do not require any central forces for security during the matches. The ministry has passed on the new IPL schedule to the states and is awaiting their response. The new schedule maintains the duration of the Twenty20 format tournament from April 10 to May 24, but with changes on match dates that fall on April 16, 23, 30 and May 7 and 13. This ensures no matches are held in cities on election days.

New Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad are the venues. Though the Central Government of India asked to postpone the tournament, the IPL officials clearly told there is no window open expect for April and May. Also there is a World Cup starting on the first of June,  referring to the Twenty20 World Cup in England from June 5-21. The league, involving many international players, has been thrust into the security spotlight in the wake of Tuesday’s terrorist attack on Sri Lankan players in Pakistan, which left seven Pakistanis dead.

Foreign players are raising concerns over travelling to the sub-continent. Malhotra said security had been assessed and league officials would talk to players and national boards to allay safety fears. They also emphasised the fact that India is safe place to play Cricket and thereseems to be no problem with security as far as India is concerned.

March 6, 2009 Posted by | Fact, News, Personal, Sports | , , , , , | 8 Comments

Lankan Team returns Colombo

mahelaSrilankan Cricket team safely reached the Colombo airport by a special flight to a sober and emotional reunion aith their friends, fans and family members.  The lankan which narrowly escaped from a terrible attck on tuesday at Lahore were ultimately brought back home by the Srilankan Cricket Board as soon as possible.

Srilankan Captain Mahela Jayawardene told that living in the trouble-torn island nation helped save his team as it came under fire from the attackers in Lahore. Six of the Lankan players were sent to a local hospital for further check-up and treatment.

Srilankan Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge went to Colombo airport to recieve his team players told media that the government had sent a special medical team to bring back the players. Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paranawitharana were the first to be brought out and rushed to a nearby private hospital. The Lankan magician Muttiah Muralitharan told that he saw his life flash before his eyes and everyone was scared and shouted when the bullets were sprayed on our bus and he also told that he was really happy to be back home with his team mates.

March 5, 2009 Posted by | News, Personal, Sports, stars | , , , | 5 Comments