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KKR and Deccan Charges shares glory

Monday, March 15th, 2010

Kolkata Knight Riders have started off the 3rd season of IPL in grand style. They upset the reigning champions – Deccan Charges in the opening match followed by a thumping victory over the runners up of last year – Royal Challengers, Bangalore. The arrival of Angelo Mathews has made a big difference to the team as the all-rounder from Sri Lanka has enticed everybody in both matches. Knight Riders haven’t had a good start in the opening match, losing 4 wickets quickly. The new recruits – Owais Shah and Angelo Mathews forged an unbeaten partnership to take them to a respective total. In reply, Adam Gilchrist lit up the Dr. DY Patil Stadium with some vicious hitting. Every time he plays in IPL, we are bemused of the reason behind his retirement, as undoubtedly, he is still the dangerous batsman in the world cricket. Once Gilchrist departed other batsmen, tried-and-failed to replicate his batting and KKR registered the first win of IPL 2010.

Yusuf Pathan had almost sealed a thriller against Mumbai Indians with his whirlwind knock of 37 balls 100. Mumbai scored their best total in IPL, but almost allowed the Rajastan Royals to overhaul it. The youngsters – Saurabh Tiwary and the former ICL player, Ambati Rayudu batted well to take the Mumbai Indians past 200. Lasith Malinga Excelled with ball by getting some prize scalps and a beautiful last over. Pathan’s effort went in vain as Royals lost the match by 4 runs.

Delhi Dare Devils once again showed that they are hard to beat, atleast in the league round. Kings XI Punjab, after missing the services of their key players, was restricted to just 142 runs in 20 overs. Dirk Nannes and Co delivered some fine bowling to restrict Punjab.Yuvraj couldn’t make any impact in his come-back match from an injury. Barring Sreesanth, none of the bowlers bowled well and some sloppy fielding helped Delhi to chase the target quite easily.

Knight Riders continued their winning streak by completing a commanding victory over Royal Challengers, the finalist of last IPL. Angelo Mathews bagged 4 wickets to limit Royal Challengers 135 runs. Jacques remained unbeaten on 65 runs. Manoj Tiwary and Brad Hodge gave brisk reply for KKR and when he was dismissed for 50 runs, KKR almost sealed the match. Deccan came up with a big win against the Chennai Super Kings at Chennai. Symonds’s fluent fifty and some fireworks from Gilchrist and Gibbs helped Deccan to reach 190 runs and Chennai choked in pursuit of 191 runs due to the quick flow of wickets. Dhoni and Morkel showed some resistance, scoring 42 runs each.

Kieron Pollard – The Future of Caribbean Cricket

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

West Indies cricket have always enticed the cricketing world with some fantabulous performances since their entry in to cricket. As we all know West Indies is not a country, it’s a unity of the islands in the Caribbean and they instill that unity in their game each time they enters a cricket field. This trait is the trademark of the West Indian cricket. They ruled the cricketing world in the 70′s and 80′s with ruthless and aggressive cricket powered by some great fast bowlers and audacious batsmen. They were literally ‘invincibles’ in that period. Sir Garry Sobers, Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Clive Lloyd, Courtney Walsh Curtly Ambrose, Sir Viv Richards and Brian Lara were the legendary players who made the West Indies, the best in the world. After the retirement of Lara, Chris Gayle came in to the limelight with some blistering batting. It took a few more years for the Caribbean cricket to get their next super star – Kieron Pollard. He came in to the stardom after his whirlwind knock of 18 balls 54 against NSW Blues in the champions League 2009.

Though it would be too early to call Pollard, the savor of West Indies Cricket, it is quite evident that he has some substance. His contract for South Australia and Mumbai Indians is just an incentive to his fearless batting in the champions’ league and in other series for West Indies. He had a normal outing in his first international appearance for West Indies in the U-19 World Cup in 2006. He came in to limelight in the Stanford Trophy when he hits 83 for Trinidad and Tobago. He followed up with some brilliant knocks in the domestic cricket also. He was swamped with T20 offers from all over the cricketing world after his stupendous performance in the Champions League T20 in India.

At 22, Pollard will get valuable experiences from the IPL, where he will be playing alongside the legendary Sachin Tendulkar for Mumbai Indians. He can’t ask for a better mentor than Sachin. If he maintains his sensibility that he is showing now, there is no doubt that he will be the true successor of Sir Garry Sobers.


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