Sunrisers york Kings XI out of the match

Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Kings XI Punjab by 20 runs at Mohali. David Warner posted a brilliant half-century and the bowlers came up with a dream spell to demolish Punjab.

The bowlers of Sunrisers Hyderabad that are considered to be the best of this season of Indian Premier League proved themselves yet again and produced a dream spell to restrict Kings XI Punjab to 130 for nine and helped Sunrisers Hyderabad hand them a 20-run defeat. Chasing a modest total of 151 to win, the Punjab batsmen couldn’t put up a brave face in front of some inspired bowling from Trent Boult. He was backed up by some cracking fielding from the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Earlier, the Sunrisers Hyderabad were put to bat first after Punjab’s skipper George Bailey won the toss and decided to bowl first. The opening duo of Sunrisers Hyderabad, the Warner-Dhawan pair has been consistent in this tournament so far but Shikhar Dhawan failed to build a partnership and was dismissed in the second over, caught at first slip by Murali Vijay off Mitchell Johnson’s spell. But the skipper David Warner blasted in the first five overs to move the total to 46/1. In the sixth over, Hanuman Vihari mistimes pull to Manan Vohra off Anureet at mid-wicket. By the end of 10 overs, even Warner was caught at long-on by David Miller on Axar Patel’s spell. The Sunrisers Hyderabad were restricted to 150/6 with the help of contribution by Henriques’ 30, Naman Ojha’s 28 and Ashish Reddy’s 22 runs.

Kings XI Punjab seemed confident enough to chase not-so-great total of 150 runs with players like George Bailey, David Miller and Shaun Marsh on their side. But Hyderabad didn’t put a foot wrong today as they managed to dish out a disciplined bowling performance to restrict Kings XI Punjab to 130 for nine. Punjab’s top-order batsmen didn’t get a start, the middle order managed to put on some runs on the score board but they crumbled badly.

Wriddhiman Saha was the top-scorer with 33-ball- 42 for the Kings XI Punjab. George Bailey’s  22 off 16 was the second highest score. Punjab’s problems stemmed from the inability of their opening batsmen failing to put on some scores. The middle order struggled, but they were no good. It looks like dropping Sehwag and Maxwell wasn’t a wise idea for the Kings XI Punjab. From hero of last year to zero this year.

Sunrisers defended 150 successfully. Kings XI started a bit too slow and lost early wickets. The Sunrisers bowlers chipped and broke partnerships. Kings XI, with that loss, continue to struggle at the bottom of the table.

Trent Boult was entitled with the Man of the Match award for his brilliant 3-wickets haul.

“It was quite a dry wicket , not much humidity. It was a good batting-wicket, we bowled really well. I am trying to come back and be as aggressive as I can. It’s nice to get a reward today and see the result. The first thing here is to get the length right and I’m enjoying my time here”, said the kiwi pacer Trent Boult in the after match presentation after receiving the Man of the Match award.

RCB won the match by 10 wickets

The bowlers of Royal Challengers seals win over Delhi Daredevils

Royal Challengers Bangalore clinch third win of IPL8 after excellent display from Mitchell Starc and Varun Aaron. It was pretty much a pace-affair that changed the facet of play for the Daredevils. Earlier, after winning the toss RCB’s skipper Virat Kohli decided to field first.

Delhi’s batting attack was derailed early and it never got a chance to recover. Bangalore kept piling pressure on the batsmen by taking wickets at regular intervals. RCB strangled DD to just 95 and then took off the target in a hurry, getting there with 57 balls to spare and for the loss of none. Mitchell Starc, yet again took 3 wickets. Off the first over, the left-armer Starc deceived Shreys Iyer who was the star of the previous game. Varun Aaron and David Wiese grabbed 2 wickets apiece. Varun Aaron took two of the biggest wickets by dismissing Yuvraj Singh and Angelo Mathews in one over. The bowlers of RCB have snared all the wickets to trump JP Duminy’s Delhi Daredevils and the former helped their team to register its third win to rest on the fourth position on the points table with 2 extra points and improved NRR.

Delhi’s struggles were underlined by the fact that Kedar Jadhav’s 33 was their top score while captain JP Duminy’s 13 and opener Mayank Aggarwal’s 27 to be the only other batsmen who scored in double-digits.
Bangalore’s Captain Virat Kohli and the big man Chris Gayle then brought the crowd to life by hitting fours and sixes to chase down the modest run score. Gayle was quicker off the balls this time, hitting six fours and four sixes and scored a half century with his 40-ball-62. His partner Virat Kohli scored 35 of just 23 that includes six fours and no sixes.
Ironically, all the bowlers from RCB had economy rate below 6 except one but all the bowlers of  Daredevils had economy rate above 6 except one.
In the after-match presentation, Daredevils’ skipper JP Duminy explained what went wrong from their side

“We were outplayed in every department. Lot of lessons to be learnt out of the game. They took wickets at regular intervals and we could not build a partnership. We have a few days off and we need to regroup and pick it up again”, Duminy said.
Varun Aaron won the Man of the Match award from his tremendous pace attack.

“It really came together today. I was bowling well in patches before. We have been planning to get wickets early. That happened today. The body has been good after surgery. I tried to bowl faster and it came out well”

Phillip Hughes, 63* not-out forever!

The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has organised a tribute match to honour Late Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, who died because of a fatal injury while playing for South Australia against New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground during a Sheffield Shield game on November 25, 2014.

The match will be a 63-over affair in the memory of Phillip Hughes who was batting on 63,not out and each team will play 31.3 overs, that makes 63 in total. The match is scheduled to be played at the Tribhuvan University Ground.

Prior to the match, the Australian Ambassador to Nepal, Mr Glenn White will host a reception for the players and the stakeholders. The match will be played between teams consisting of visiting players of Australia and the national players of Nepal.

The tribute match will be followed by an expedition where one of Hughes’ bat and playing jerseys will be taken to Mt Everest, the world’s highest peak. All the proceeds from the tribute match will also go towards this expedition to the Everest.

CAN would like to thank the Hughes family for giving its blessing to the match, as well as Cricket Australia, the Australian Cricketer’s Association and the Australian Embassy in Nepal for their cooperation.

CAN welcomes all cricket fans to attend and be part of a special day in honour of Phillip Hughes.

Some of the attendees for this game include Cricket Australia and ICC Executive Committee chairman Wally Edwards and former Australian U-19 captain and current ICC Head of Global Development, Tim Anderson. In fact, Anderson has agreed to take the field for this game and will be representing Team Red.

The squad of both the team includes:

Team Blue: Binod Das (C), Paras Khadka, Anil Mandal, Binod Bhandari, Shakti Gauchan, Pradeep Airee, Naresh Budhayer, Avinash Karn, Karan KC, Bhuvan Karki, Mahesh Chhetri, Amit Shrestha, Rahul Visahwakarma & Ram Naresh Giri.

Team Red: Ryan Carters (C), Tim Anderson, Matthew Elliot, Sharad Vesawkar, Gyanendra Malla, Subash Khakurel, Basant Regmi, Prithu Baskota, Sompal Kami, Jeetendra Mukhiya, Siddhant Lohani, Rajesh Pulami, Rajbir Singh, Prajwal Shahi.

Rajasthan Royals’ Jersey 2015 unveiled

The captain of Rajasthan Royals, Shane Watson along with his team mates Steven Smith and James Faulkner traveled all the way from Australia to India on Sunday for yet another impending season of Pepsi IPL. After raising the World Cup, the Australian-trio of the Rajasthan Royals are all set to carry forward the spark and set this season of Pepsi IPL on fire with their enchanting performance.

After the Royal-Aussies’ arrival the next day was followed by an eventful Jersey Launch ceremony. The launch of the new Rajasthan Royals’ jersey took place in Mumbai on April 5. There, the press conference consisted of the team’s Mentor himself, Rahul Dravid, Captain Shane Watson and his Australian blokes Steven Smith and James Faulkner and India’s middle-order mainstay Ajinkya Rahane.

“We have match winners all the way unlike in the past. To me that’s very exciting for the IPL season. With the quality we have, the most important thing is to get off to a good start. We have to hit the ground running and with the quality of players we have I think we will do it,” said Watson in the press conference.

The team squad for the entire season of Pepsi IPL inclues Shane Watson(c), Steven Smith, James Faulkner, Tim Southee, Ajinkya Rahane, Abhishek Nayar, Ankit Nagendra Sharma, Ben Cutting, Deepak Hooda, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dishant Yagnik, Karun Nair, Pravin Tambe, Rahul Tewatia, Rajat Bhatia, Sanju Samson(wk), Stuart Binny, Vikramjeet Malik, Chris Morris, Juan Theron, Barinder Singh Saran, Dinesh Salunkhe, Sagar Trivedi, Pardeep Sahu.

The current squad includes Tim Southee, the Kiwi pacer who played in the World Cup finals against Australia. Four overseas players played the World Cup final are a part of Rajasthan Royals’ team.

Watson also praised the young lad Ajinkya Rahane who had played against him over the last four months. “Ajinkya batted incredibly well in the Australian summer and since last IPL. It was incredible to watch. He’s got time to play shots and showed a wide range of shots even in Australian conditions where there is pace and bounce. He’s a crucial batsman in our batting line up. It should be a great season for him.”

After being questioned about the attack of short-ball bouncers from Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz, Watson said he is not looking forward to see any such spells against him and considered himself lucky to survive that in the World Cup Quarter-finals. “I am not keen on facing that type of bowling. In IPL we have lot of world class fast bowlers, for example Mitch Johnson who we will come up against in Pune in our first match. He’s a big challenge to face. There are world class fast bowlers all around though Wahab may not be there. I had a bit of luck along the way against Wahab,” said Watson.

Ajinkya Rahane who said he is impressed with Steve Smith’s performance said “I am really happy for Smithy for what he did for Australia last summer. I enjoyed watching his bating and learnt a lot as opposition and am glad he’s playing for Rajasthan Royals”

According to Steve Smith, there’s no such trouble in switching from an ODI format to a T20, the modern day players are used to it. “You go from one format to another. For me, Shane and Jimmy the key is in getting used to the conditions over the next couple of days here and getting ready for the first game.” He also added “Test cricket is pinnacle and I do enjoy playing all formats. Here it’s about getting used to the bounce of the wicket. Hopefully it won’t be long,”

The team would surely miss to play at their own fortress this year in Jaipur but they have now got used to playing in Ahmedabad says team mentor Rahul Dravid. “We consider Ahmedabad and Bombay (Mumbai) as home. Obviously we miss the Jaipur ground with which we are familiar with. But even last year a lot of us went into Ahmedabad quite cold after playing in Dubai and it felt like playing all 14 games away. We are used to the conditions at Ahmedabad and at the CCI here.”

“Our team is balanced and strong. We have all rounders like Watson, Faulkner, Dhawal (Kulkarni) and Southee but in the IPL all eight teams are strong. But we need to perform in high intensity games and whichever team does that well wins.” Rahul said to the reporters.

According to the former captain of Rajasthan Royals, Dravid said it would take time to settle the high of the World cup for the players and adjust into the IPL fever. “It’s not easy for a lot of guys in our team. The World Cup was an emotional roller coaster ride and it’s a huge and tough event to be part of. But there are other teams too having players who participated in the World Cup and are having a long season. It’s a challenge for lot of IPL teams to manage that.”

Dravid is all convinced about the current format of the IPL. “It’s a tough competition. Fourteen games are good enough to identify the top four teams and anything more than this will become a lot (difficult). Was just talking to Smithy. Australia had a tiring World Cup and from here they go to West Indies and then to the Ashes. They will be away for six months.”

Fashionable Cricket

         

       “The Joy Of Dressing Is An Art”

The above quoted clear expression seems to have its influence not only in the Glamour world but surely even the cricketers have jumped on the bandwagon of attractiveness and elegance. What a person chooses to wear, reflects his personality and interests. The cricketers definitely have more than their cricket to show, whatever they do (in context of fashion) becomes a style statement at the drop of a hat. 

Lasith Malinga

With the increasing idiolization of cricketers these days, the fans have started imitating the trends that have been set up by their beloved players, which they follow faithfully. 

A fan wearing Malinga style party wig

You wouldn’t miss to see people wearing colorful party wigs in the crowd if Lasith Malinga is on the field. His bleached hair, that shiny-glittery effect towards the tip of his curly hair wove around in ringlets has its own impact on the crowd. 

Shikhar Dhawan twirling his pride, moustache

Another trend setter who is also known as the Man with a Moustache, Shikhar Dhawan, says his moustache is his pride. In one of his article in the GQ India Magazine he said a lot about his Moustache. 

Straight to the top: “For me I always keep the ends curling upwards – never down. It’s a sign of pride and honour. It’s always got to be up.”

Setting up a trend and following it in  a correct way is important. The way he twirls it also has its own explanation. He once said in one of his interviews that whenever he twirls his moustache, he hits a six in the next ball. The bowlers should know when he might send the ball out of the stadium. That was quite a piece of information though, exasperatingly! (After all his name is Shikhar DABANG)

Sunil Narain’s Mohawk

Well, our West Indies players are no less when we talk about fashion. Sunil Narain is a trailblazer. The Narain’s Mohawk is one of it’s kind. Apart from his brilliant magical spells on the pitch that swirls on a magic carpet before reaching the batsman’s bat, his hair style is mysteriously funky as it doesn’t really reflects his personality. He’s been known for his calm and composed, introvert kind of nature. But maybe, his hairstyle do the talking about his hidden unorthodox and radical side.  

West Indies players doing the Gangnam Style of dance.

The West Indies players are also known for their dance moves. Let us not talk about fashion, when it doesn’t include the moves you’ve got to show the world. The Gangnam Style of dancing has really been praised by all the cricket fans across the globe. It has also been one of the famous act of entertainment by the cricketers apart from cricket.

Mitchell Johnson with his tattoo

We have seen cricketers with astonishingly amazing coiffure, but another kind of love has been encountered and has become quite trendy among the cricketers. A permanent design/mark made on the skin by the process of pricking and ingraining an indelible pigment, a tattoo, that’s right! The increasing number of tattoo imprints has already set a trend among the cricketers. It definitely adds to the beauty of a cricketer, and is quite common among the younger players. A tattoo can be easily seen among the famous cricketers such as Mitchell Johnson, Virat Kohli, Lasith Malinga, Dale Steyn, Chris Gayle and many more. Because setting a trend through designs on your body is no less.  


Talking about fashion, and not revealing our cricketers’ taste would not sound fair. Our men in jersey on the field can take your heart away, off the field all dressed up neatly in their Tux. Infact, Virat Kohli has been listed among the top 10 Best Dressed International Men. The taste in fashion is well put together by our stars, can be seen in the after match parties, press conferences, interviews and all related tags. Just like any other celebrity from the glamour industry, cricketers have gained female attention competitively. Cricketers have become more fashion conscious. 

Virat Kohli’ endorsing his brand, WROGN.

It won’t surprise you if I say that our very favourite players have come up with their own fashion brands. Yes, Brett Lee has worked before joining the Australian team as a salesman with Barclays Menswear. Now he has also opened his own clothing line. Also, recently Virat Kohli launched his new fashion brand, WROGN, exclusively available on Myntra.com the online fashion brand website in India. Also with the help of advertisement industry cricketers have gained popularity like an epidemic.

Our players have not only impressed us with their cricket, but also have won our hearts fashion wise. Fashion has really been impactful and eye-catching. Cricket is not just a game , it is religion that people follow. Cricket is another world , which we live in and will die for. After all our players make us skip our heart beat.


Adieu to the Lions of Lanka

Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara, one of the luminaries in the world of International Cricket had announced retirement from the ODI format. Another lionheart from the Sri Lankan Sault decided to bid goodbye to the game and start a life outside the field, Denagamage Praboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardane played his last ODI yesterday.

Both Sangakkara and Jayawardane have been deep-rooted and fundamental veterans for the Sri Lankan side.

But losing against the Proteas in the World Cup 2015’s Quarter Finals on 18th of March, wasn’t the kind of farewell both the veterans had planned of. If Sri Lanka would have won the match yesterday then we would have got a chance to see the legends perform again in the Semi-finals and if they would have been more lucky then the World Cup final must have been the match to play for, one last time. It was such a dismay for the Lankan fans that they lost on a disappointing note after losing against South Africa by 9 wickets. 

Surely, both the legends’ career didn’t have a happy ending but they will always remain in our hearts as they have played brilliantly and have been magnificent in their own ways. 

Here are the top 5 hand-picked (not literally) tweets for the two legends, messages from all over the world that have caught my eyes. 

1) “Well done on glorious ODI careers @KumarSanga2 & @MahelaJay Being an intergral part of the ODI side for so many years, it is difficult to imagine the side without the 2 of you. Wishing you the very best and will miss the 2 of you constructing the innings in coloured clothes”

 – Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar

2) “Congrats & on an excellent career.You have been gr8 role models & inspiration 2 a lot of youngsters.Good luck:)” 

– VVS Laxman

3) “The legends have put their feet up. They were ornaments to the game. Brought much pride to Sri Lanka.  ”

-Harsha Bhogle

4) “It’s sad to see Jayawardene and Sangakkara’s ODI careers come to an end. Cricket has been lucky to have them.

5) “Thanks and for all the entertainment over the years  

– SunRisers Hyderabad 

Did you say Hello to Brett Lee?

   Bonjour Brett Lee 

March 25, 2015 has been noted as one of the best dates for an individual who is a huge fan of Brett Lee. Twitter Australia invited Brett Lee to their BLUE ROOM to have a question and answer session with his fans on twitter. The best part about the #AskBrett session was that Brett Lee replied to his fans by recording a video. A VIDEO! Yes, in which he even said hello to his fans including their respective names. What else do you want? 

Getting your questions being answered through a video, one of the best way to get in tough with your doyen, happened yesterday. 

Here are the list of my favourite 5 questions that Binga answered in the best way he could :-

Ques 1 : What is your favourite World Cup moment?

Answer : “2003, when we had the pleasure to hold the World Cup trophy up in the air. 2003 as I mentioned, against India in Johannesburg. It had been a long journey and we finally won it.” 

Ques 2  : Best performance- Gayle, Guptill or Riaz?

Answer : “Left-arm fast bowler from Pakistan. Wahab Riaz’s great spell against Shane Watson. Great fun to watch but good pace , good aggression and it was an absolute treat to watch.” 

Ques 3 : What was it like filming UnIndian?

Answer : “UnIndian was great. Still a casting crew. Looking forward when it comes out in June/July. It was great too much filming it and hopefully comes out OKAY.”

Ques 4 : Which side of Shane Watson do you enjoy watching more, his batting or bowling?

Answer : “Well I actually enjoy watching all three phases of his game. Batting, bowling and fielding. I think he’s got so much to offer to the Australian Cricket team. But when he’s hitting those sixes , it’s great to watch him BAT!”

Ques  5  : Best Fast Bowler of the Cricket World Cup 2015?

Answer  :”Look, it’d be pretty hard to get past to. I’ll say Mitchell Starc from Australia and Trent Boult from NZ, both left arm bowlers, both got lot of wickets and both are still very much alive in this World Cup Campaign.”

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Related to the big game, Semi Final Match India VS Australia:  According to him Mitchell Starc is doing really good so far. He’s been fantastic in this World Cup Campaign. Being questioned about Australia’s current opening pair , he preffered to sticking up with it. “Finch and Warner are the best option for Australia. They haven’t combined collectively yet but maybe tomorrow is the time” he responded. Also according to him Australia should concentrate on Virat Kohli’s batting more compared to the other batsmen’s because “If he gets off to a good start he’d be pretty hard to stop”, he quoted. 

 Binga also shared how much he enjoyed sharing the changing room with Shane Watson. 

He shared his views on sledging. According to him “A little bit of talk is always good”.

Back in the late 90s he had a crush on Anna Kournikova. He didn’t say much about his celebrity crush. Was that really a tough question to answer Binga? Haha! An absolute gentleman you are. 

Binga’s top 3 favorite batsmen he’d bowled against are Sachin Tendulkar the Little Master, Brian Lara the Legend and Ricky Ponting, with whom he’s played while practising in the nets.

Key to bowling in the death overs, Brett Lee would first prefer to see against whom you are bowling. Then yorker is obviously on the list of handling the death over. Also good wide line yorker and a slow ball bouncer are the best 3 options. 

Most memorable memory in his career has been the one “walking out with my older brother Shane” with whom he started playing in the backyard. 

Being asked about if he ever considers being a coach of any of the teams in the IPL, his answer was definitely a yes to an opportunity like that. But he’s not thought about it as of yet.

His favourite captain so far has been the great Steve Waugh. He said he is a great leader and a fantastic guy. Guided the team and it was what he got out of the players was the best.