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Final Indian Premier League

Chennai super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, DY Patel stadium Mumbai, June 1 ,14:30 GMT

As I wrote yesterday it was the day for Punjab's batting collapse and Dhoni emerged winner in yet another crucial game. Final is played in a different stadium and pitch here will be a batting paradise. Grame smith is injured and will not play in the finals. This means if Chennai get the wickets of Watson and Yusuf Pathan early in their innings ,then they have a good chance of winning the DLF IPL. Raina's form will make the Chennai camp very happy. We may see some thing special from Dhoni today and if so Shane Warne's Rajasthan will have to satisfy with the second place.

Indian Premier League 2nd Semifinals

Chennai super Kings vs Punjab Kings xi, May 31, Mumbai.: After a one sided First semi it is time for an exciting contest between two Indian Super stars Dhoni & Yuvraj. The deserving team won the first semi finals ,if it happens again Punjab will be the winner. They surely have the upper hand in the second semi finals. But Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a man with unbelievable luck and he lead India to victory in crucial matches in the past. Punjab is having a great batting lineup but as it happened to Delhi today may be the day for their batting collapse. Murali bowled reasonably well in the IPL but was not a match winner in any of the matches. If he take out his magic then it will be a Chennai vs Rajasthan final tomorrow.
For Punjab, Yuvaraj found his big hitting touch in the last match and Hopes performed with bat and ball. Their bowling have more variety and Piyush Chowla is picking up key wickets in almost all the matches. Sreesanth will bowl his heart out to regain the purple cap. Dhoni has to change the batting order and perform himself in a huge way to upset Punjab XI.

WestIndies vs Australia Second test May 30-June 3 At North sound

Mathew Hyden is injured and will be out from the rest of the series. It is a big blow to the Aussies. They managed to win the first test with a brilliant bowling performance from Stuart Clark. But Windies will be a stronger team with the return of Chris Gayle. With Windies showing a strong fight at Sabina Park, Australia now understands that the series will not be as easy as World Champions normally face. Match is live on Ten sports from 14:00GMT onwards.

IPL First Semi Final ,Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Dare Devils

IPL FIRST SEMI RAJASTHAN ROYALS VS DELHI DARE DEVILS AT MUMBAI , MAY 30, 14:30 GMT,: Mumbai pitch may assist fast bowlers and both teams have very good bowling attack. Delhi didnt play Sohail Tanvir in this tournment . Shane Watson with his all round ability will be the key player but Rajasthan's trump card is Shane Warne's captaincy. They will be tempted to play Niraj Patel in place of Kaif . Kamran Akmal will have to sit out as only four foreign players can play at a time.( Smith. Watson, Tanvir, Warne).
Delhi will depend heavily on their first three players. Sehwag is the big player for them, if he fires any team will be on the losing side. Mehroof with his big hitting will be a success with the ball too in this Mumbai wicket. Amit mishra's legspin will also help Delhi but their chances depend on the opening batsmen than the bowlers.

Australia vs Westindies First Cricket test,

Australia vs Windies First Cricket test At Kingston Jamaica May 22- 26: Aussies won the toss and elected to bat . They lost both the openers for 37 runs ,Fidel Edwards getting both the wickets. McGill and Stuart Clark is playing for Aussies while Windiess opted for Jaggernauth. visit for watching live matches.

Indian Premier League Chennai super Kings vs Kolkatta Knight Reiders

May 18, Kolkatta Eden Gardens: Kolkatta have the home advantage but their batsmen have to prove a point after the drubbing against Mumbai. Chennai batting also depends heavily on Dhoni. Stephen Fleming has to play according to his strength like Grame smith did for Rajasthan. Raina is not performing at all and it looks like he promised some one that he will be runout.

In the second match Mumbai will be favourites against Decan Chargers. With Jayasurya in destructive form and Pollock giving early break throughs, Decan's big guns has to fire to give a fight. Their top order consisting of Adam Gilchrist, Gibbs and Afridi is capable of taking apart any bowling but not performing as a unit. Result of today's matches will have a huge impact on semifinal lineup. visit for more live video links

Indian premier league Delhi daredevils vs Punjab Kings xi

May 16 at Delhi.: Delhi top order has performed well in all the matches which they won, same will be the case today when they meet strong Punjab XI. Virender Sehwag will be looking forward for a big knock against a pace attack lead by Sreeshanth. With Mahroof performing with bat and ball Delhi batting is very strong and deep. But King's success is mainly due to the consistent performance from Shaun Marsh. Yuvraj needs to have a good score to get back his confidence. Irfan and Chawla are bowling well with Sree. But if Marsh fails ,how their middle order will perform willl be the real question. visit

Indian Premier League Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils ,Tuesday May 13 at Eden Gardens: This is an important match for both teams, also Shoaib Akhtar may debut in IPL if he passes the fitness test this morning. Kolkata's batting heavily depends on David Hussey and Ganguly. Their opener Salman Butt is a great oneday player but he is not showing any signs of that. If Akhtar plays it will be a fascinating contest between him and Viru. Mahroof's big hitting against Shane Warne in the last match will help him to retain his place while Devilliers may keep wickets instead of Dinesh Karthik. Yesterdays match was so boring ( Infact matches of Banglore are becoming realy onesided ) but today we can expect a exciting contest. But all depends on how Daredevil top order cop with good Kolkata bowling especially Sehwag.

Rain rain go away

Indian premier league : Rajastan vs Delhi at Jaipur, May 11,2008.: Rain and thunderstorms are predicted later in the night at Jaipur. Hope the match will be completed before it arrives. It will be an opportunity for Rajastan to have revenge for their last defeat against Delhi.
Todays first match is between Kolkatta knight riders and Decan chargers. Decan will have advantage with Gilchrist and Gibbs in the top order but Kolkatta got a good bowling attack. Shahid Afridi is not firing with the bat but his wicket taking ability will sustain his place in the team. Young Taibu was electric in the field in the last match and his batting also is very useful.

Indian Premier League Chennai super kings vs Punjab kings

May 10, Chennai: Chennai is playing a strong Punjab Kings xi and Dhoni & co. will have to perform very well to win. Sangakkara is doubtful for Kings and Uday Kaul will keep wickets. Piyush Chawla is the trump card for Punjab who took important wickets in the middle overs. It has to be seen whether Sreesanth will continue his bowling form from last match. Yuvraj didnt play any special innings so far but any time he may explode. With a consistent Shaun Marsh at the top batting is not a problem for Punjab. For chennai Albie Morkel with his allround performance has been the star. Murali's bowling is not upto the mark considering the success for other spinners in the tournament. But the differnce between the two teams will be how Dhoni bats. If he play in his natural style Chennai can build a big total or Chase a big total.

SHAUN VS SHANE Indian Premier League

Mumbai Indians vs Rajastan Royals , May 7, Mumbai: It will be a battle between Shaun Pollock and Shane Warne. With Sachin Tendulkar still not fit to play( I think he is afraid to play T20) Pollock have to lead from the front in a do or die contest to keep alive any hopes of semifinals. Sanath is still to show his full potential glimpses of which were found in the last match.
Young wicket keeper Yogesh Takawale has to step up hi scoring rate or at least he should give the strike to Jayasurya by picking up singles. On the other hand Rajastan players are high in confidence and their top order is in very good form. Yousuf Pathan's big hitting makes him very dangerous at top of the order. Smith's experience and Watson's power play makes their batting line up look so consistent. Sohail Tanvir's bowling in the last match was he best ever in any formof T20 cricket and his lusty hitting in the late order will add strength to the Royals. But cricket is the game of uncertainties and like Chennai and Kolkatta lost their way a spirited performance from Shaun & Co. will end winning streak of Shane & Co.
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Mumbai beat Dare devils

Shaun Pollock with a fabulous allround performance lead Mumbai Indians to their second win in the IPL. His big hitting in the last overs became crucial which helped them score a decent total after Jayasurya's blistering start. Ever reliable Gambhir and Dhavan failed which put middle order under pressure . Mumbai's ground fielding was excellent and they held on to their catches. Sehwag scored 30 from 20 balls with 3 sixes and 3 fours now becomes the leading run getter and will wear the orange cap. Pollock bowled excellently and took 2 wickets for only 16 runs in 4 overs . He also scored 33 runs in 15 balls and was named man of the match .

Indian Premier League Rajastan royals vs Chennai Super Kings

May 4 at Jaipur: Chennai , after their first defeat in the tournament will have to work hard to avoid another one as Shane Warne's Rajasthan is playing as a unit to its full potential. With Shane watson's allround performancess and Yousuf Pathans power hitting Chennai's bowling lead by Murali will be under pressure. Shane warne's spell will be crucial in the final out come of the match. If chennai batsman do not give him wickets they can put up a good batting performance as ever. Player to watch will be Stephen Fleming who failed in his last outing. Rajastan tink tank has announced that they have some special plans for Dhoni, and they are surely aiming for their 5th consequitive win.

Indian Premier League Mumbai Indians VS Delhi Dare Devils

May 4,2008 at Mumbai.: Mumbai with only one win will miss Sachin Tendulkar in todays match also. Delhi with a very strong and in form batting line up will be a tough oponents for Mubai. But if their explosive opener Sanath Jayasurya strikes form then they can challenge Dare Devils.
Mumbai's bowling line up with experienced Pollock and Bravo will have to take early wickets especially of Viru and Gambhir. Delhi have another dangerous player in AB de Villiers who got opportunity in only one match. But I got a feeling that today will be Jayasurya's day and Mumbai may upset Dare Devils. Jaya surya is my supetselector trump player.

Kings Punjab vs Kolkata Knight riders

Kolkatta has to win this match esspecially after the recent controversy with Ganguly. Bradd Hodge who failed in the first match is the key player to watch. From Kings xi Punjab line up , James hopes allround ability will be an advantage. This match will be a high scoring & exciting match.

Banglore Royal challengers vs Deccan Chargers

21 st Match, Banglore, Deccan Chargers vs Banglore Royal Challengers

Banglore dont know what they have to do for a Win as their captain trying many batting positions, still not able to finish the matches on a winning note. The main reason for their defeat is the captaincy of Dravid and his poor team selection. One cannot have Wassim Jaffer, Rahul Dravid and Jack Kallis together in a 20-20 squad. Also their batting order is something which needs to be reviewed. A dangerous player like Mark Boucher is coming so late in the order and he is getting very less ballss to do anything. Their bowling is comparitively strong but the nature of matches so far shows bowlers have very little role in the competition sofar. Sunil joshi will not get a place in any of the T20 in the world but Dravid still persists with him while young talents like B Appanna is a mere spectator. Misbah ul Haq , who is in fine form and a proven T20 player ,also not included as Dravid do not have the courage to rest Kallis.Deccan chargers have a very strong line up but their bowling is weak. They will be unstoppable if Gilchrist and Afridi gets going. Rohit sharma is in sensational form and Laxman also learning to play T20 , Deccan have clear edge over Royal challangers. Fast bowlers may get some swing as there will be some cloud cover. Banglore's best chances lies in batting first and promoting Boucher and Misbah up in the order. Visit for live stream links to watch the match online.

Delhi Won convincingly

It was Shewag at his best. Chennai bowlers tested him with the short ball but he moved to leg side,created room and send the balls to gallery. His first 19 runs included 3 sixes which earned him DLF maximum sixes award.( Four sixes in all). Goutam Gambhir gave him great support who became the leading run scorer with a quick fire half century and will wear the Orange cap.
Delhi tops the table with 8 points after all the teams completed 5 matches each along Chennai and Rajastan. Visit for live stream links.

Indian Premier League

Ganguly and Shane warne started yet another controversy which will be in news for coming days. Ganguly clearly showed dissent by asking umpire to refer the decision to third umpire. Actually the catch was taken cleanly but lack of clear videos forced third umpire to give benefit of doubt to batsman. Gangly should have taken fielders word. A player of his experience is not able to win respect from opposition means he has to think about his behaviours seriously. Nobody is worried about sreesanth's charactor but Ganguly is IUndia's most successful captain and a model for many emerging young players. Also Indian players should show more manners in the field as we are the hosts for IPL


Ajay Jadeja is struugling as a commentator. His pre match analysis is so poor considering the reputation he had as an analyst in TURNING POINT. In past edition of cricket controversy Jadeja disagreed with the opinion about Harsha Bhogle that Harsha is famous than some cricketers. Now Jadeja must have realised that job of commentator need lot of skills. It is not like agreeing or dis agreeing to the anchors in the studio. Anyway I am happy that Sony coverage of IPL is far better than NEOSPORTS coverage of international matches