Friday, April 30, 2010

Indian Cricket Team Goes to West Indies for ICC T20 World Cup

The Indian Cricket Team has left for West Indies to play the ICC T20 World Cup which kicks off on April 30. The Indian Skipper, Mahindra Singh Dhoni has expressed confidence in his side to put up a good show at the tournament.

With Virender Sehwag injured and out of the side, doubts have been raised about the recently concluded IPL season affecting the team’s performance in the World Cup. However the captain believes that the side is equipped enough with talent to lift the World Cup this year.

On the IPL front, skeletons just keep tumbling out of the closet. The newly appointed IPL interim chief Chirayu Amin has said that the BCCI made a mistake by placing too much confidence in Lalit Modi. He added that the Governing Council should have been more vigilant.

Moving away from cricket, Shahabad Academy and Madhya Pradesh hockey academy have entered the semi-finals of the All-India Women’s hockey tournament being played at the Aishbagh Stadium in Bhopal. Shahabad Academy defeated Orissa XI 3-2 in a closely contested match.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Murli Vijay replaces Sehwag for T20 World Cup

Team India opening batsman Virender Sehwag has been forced out of the ICC T20 World Cup 2010 due to a shoulder injury and he has been replaced by Tamil Nadu batsman Murali Vijay in the ICC Twenty20 World Cup tournament that will start from April 30.

TEAM INDIA opening batsman Virender Sehwag has been forced out of the ICC T20 World Cup 2010 due to a shoulder injury and he has been replaced by Tamil Nadu batsman Murali Vijay in the ICC Twenty20 World Cup tournament that will start from April 30.

Sehwag was injured during a match of the Indian Premier League, while playing for the Delhi Daredevils. The ace cricketer has been asked to take rest for 3 to 4 weeks, thus ruling him out of the T20 world cup tournament.

ICC selectors have picked up Tamil Nadu and and Chennai Super Kings batsman Murali Vijay to replace Sehwag. Gautam Gambhir has been the vice captain of the team.

This is a shocking news for Team India because Virender Sehwag is a crucial member of team and he was also an important player in the Indian victory in T20 world Cup in South Africa.

A similar injury to Sehwag had rocked India's campaign in the previous edition of the Twenty20 world cup in England. Although he travelled along with the team, he did not play a game there.
The T20 World Cup will start from April 30 in the West Indies.


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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

IPL 2010 has been brilliant

The buffeting the IPL impresario, Lalit Modi, is encountering off the field replicates the harsh treatment most of the competition's bowlers have been experiencing on it.

Run rates are climbing ever higher and the distances some of the tournament's 573 sixes have travelled almost beggar belief.

During a spectacular run chase in the foothills of the Himalayas a week ago, Chennai Super Kings captain, MS Dhoni, deposited one ball 108 metres. The same hit at Lord's would have comfortably cleared the pavilion (or the media centre), dwarfing the shot made by AE Trott there in 1899 which is still denoted in Wisden as the record hit in an official match.

Inside the grounds, and on television too, the all-hitting all-dancing IPL has again been a phenomenon. Viewing figures have been impressive and stadiums have been packed with excited fans, drawn by the IPL's seductive combination of pop, sport and Bollywood.

The melodrama of the matches, fortunes lurching one way then the other, has often mirrored the plot of a Bollywood movie. That is the IPL's winning formula – every match has the real sense of an event – and there is nothing else in the sub-continent to compete with it. It delivers what the burgeoning Indian middle-class crave – western-style entertainment. For that simple reason the IPL will continue to thrive, in spite of all the off-field machinations.

The 60-match tournament is too long and the relentless schedule is draining for the participants relentlessly criss-crossing India, but there were few uncompetitive games and new stars were unearthed. India now has a new generation of destructive batsmen. Lots more will be heard of the audacious Murali Vijay, the frisky Suresh Raina and the elegant Rohit Sharma. One or two interesting bowlers emerged too, notably off-spinner Ravichandra Ashwin.

Chennai had the best indigenous young players and that is the secret of success in the IPL, never mind all the lavish spending on foreign players.

Despite energy-sapping conditions, the cricket has been intense, making it hard for 'retired' great players such as Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden and Shane Warne to prosper. Warne is weighing up his options and may well call it a day. Rattling along at breakneck speed, the IPL is no country for old men.

To a man the players seem energised by the IPL, making light of the demands, even though there are vast discrepancies in salaries. While many of the foreign players are earning at least £30,000 a week, some of the Indians are being exploited. But, no matter, every dressing room is abuzz with ideas and ambitions. Paul Collingwood reports that his Delhi Daredevils training sessions are the best he has ever experienced.

Now that rival international teams rarely socialise with each other, the IPL has been invaluable in re-establishing the global cricketing brotherhood. With coaches and trainers recruited from far and wide it is a cricketing crucible. Whatever fate befalls the originators, it has fast-tracked the sport to remarkable new heights.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Heroes of IPL 2010: Chennai Super Kings

CHENNAI SUPER Kings, now the kings of India, bagged the IPL trophy in the final against Mumbai Indians on their own ground among there own supporters.

With nearly forty thousand people of crowd on the galleries shouting Sachin… Sachin, it was a tough fight given by the CSK to beat the Mumbai Indians.

The main highlights of CSK

CSK did not have major star players.

There is no Bollywood stars and biggies like Amabani, Vijay Mallya , Shahrukh Khan, Preeti Zinta, Shilpa Shetty and others to stand on the boundary line and to shout- ‘come on boys come on’. But still CSK made it!

Even though there were ups and downs in the competition, the spirit of the game has been maintained entirely throughout the tournament by the CSK team. Player like Suresh Raina have helped in an exceptionally great way to maintain the spirit of the team.

The captain’s duty is not only to make victories, but most importantly he needs to make his team believe that we can make victories and that is how Dhoni is differentiated from other captains.

Cheers! Chennai Super Kings.

Monday, April 26, 2010

IPL: Lalit Modi out, Chirayu Amin takes over

Two hours, 12 men - that's what it took to formally endorse the decision to suspend Lalit Modi as Chairman and Commissioner of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The interim chief of the IPL is Chirayu Amin.

The Governing Council of the IPL met this morning in Mumbai to discuss the 22 charges of impropriety that were served last night, via email, to Modi, seconds after the Chennai Super-Kings won IPL3. (Read: 22 charges of financial crimes against Modi)

Modi stands accused, in a 34-page notice, of allegedly consistent venality - including accepting a multi-million dollar kickback while assigning the telecast rights for IPL matches, and attempting to rig the bids for the two new IPL teams that were auctioned last month. (Watch: IPL saga - Rise and fall of Lalit Modi)

By suspending Modi last night, the BCCI ensured that he would not be able to attend this morning's meeting. The decision came after Modi added yet another twist to the high-drama IPL tale, stating, on twitter, that he would chair the Governing Council meeting. Modi had earlier said he would not attend the meeting. (Read: BCCI president explains Modi's suspension)

The only members of the governing council who were not at Monday's meeting were Modi, politician Farooq Abdullah, who said he needs to be in Parliament.

Speaking to NDTV immediately after his suspension last night, Modi said, "Are they so scared of me attending the meeting? Are they so scared of the truth?" Modi has 15 days to respond to the 34-page chargesheet. At the closing ceremony for IPL 3 last night, Modi channeled his quintessential bravado to assert that he is the undisputed leader of the IPL and that no financial misdeeds were committed. Referring to himself as "Captain of the team", he said that all deals had included the approval of the Governing Council. (Modi to NDTV: Are they afraid of the truth?) | (Read: Text of Modi's speech after IPL final)

The members of that governing council don't quite see it that way. Its world view suggests that Modi functioned as a lone ranger, striking deals that benefited largely himself. For example, the council says it was not privy to Modi's complicated negotiation of the telecast rights for IPL matches for which an 80 million dollar "facilitation fee" or commission was paid by Multi-Screen Media (MSM) to World Sports Group (WSG), which held the global broadcast rights. Mod, who brokered that deal, is accused by the BCCI of siphoning off a part of this money. (Both MSM and WSG have emphasized that the commission was a part of their official contract, and that no financial rules were broken. Income tax officials investigating the deal believe that at the very least, 140 crores in tax is due for that giant commission).

The BCCI also makes the equally damaging accusation that Modi tried to rig the bids for the two franchises that were sold last month. He was stopped, they say, by BCCI members.

The BCCI is now conducting an internal inquiry against Modi.

What remains a gray area is why the BCCI has waited so long to pin Modi down, if it was aware all along of at least some of the grotesqueries he was committing. Trying to rig an auction of teams is, by any standards, a colossal no-no. So why did the BCCI wait to out him?

Friday, April 23, 2010

IPL 2 hit by match-fixing, betting allegations

Serious concerns that matches were fixed during the second season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) add to the growing belief that it s truly Apocalypse Now for Indian cricket.

Sources confirm to NDTV that 27 cricketers are being investigated for match-fixing during IPL 2. In a report submitted to the Finance Ministry, income tax officials discuss allegations of betting involving IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi.

The owners of different IPL teams have expressed their unhappiness with reports of match-fixing; they want clarifications as soon as possible.

The IPL, earlier celebrated as an infusion of cricket, fans, and Bollywood has been passing through its darkest hour, ever since IPL Chairman unloaded on twitter revelations that forced Shashi Tharoor to resign as minister, PUT Modi s own job on the line, and forced Parliament to confront the very real possibility of senior politicians holding dangerously vested interest in a sport that is bursting at the seams with crores (the Indian cricket board is the richest in the world).

The government has ordered a wide inquiry involving the Income Tax Department and the Enforcement Directorate. Among the charges are foreign exchange violations, tax evasions, proxy ownership of different teams, and sweet deals for relatives and friends of politicians and cricket organizers and administrators.

In an interview to NDTV, IPL Governing Council member Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi said that of the many problems that the IPL is riddled with, it s the prospect of match-fixing that worries him the most.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mumbai Indians storms into the final

Mumbai Indians stormed into the final of the DLF-IPL III defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore by 35 runs at the D.Y. Patil Stadium here on Wednesday.

Ross Taylor (31 not out, 30 balls) staged a lone battle as the visitor, chasing 185 for a place in the final, crumbled to 149 for nine in 20 overs. Kieron Pollard was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match.

Sachin Tendulkar was absent owing to injury to fingers from the fourth over onwards in RCB's innings.

Zaheer Khan stepped in to fill the breach. The skipper walked out at the finish to greet each teammate with a bear hug.

Rayudu's efficiency behind the stumps, three wickets by Kieron Pollard apart from a run-out, timely strikes by Harbhajan and J.P. Duminy's well-judged catch on the ropes were the highlights of Mumbai Indians's work on the field. A berth in the Champions League is the first reward.

RCB's batting response was entrusted to Dravid the opener, orthodox yet effective in using the pace generated by Zaheer Khan. He had the presence of mind to wait for the umpire's verdict when Tendulkar celebrated a catch at first slip. The Mumbai Indians captain walked off for treatment on injured fingers as the television umpire negated the catch.

Harbhajan's knack of making things happen, complemented by Rayudu's reflexes behind the stumps, resulted in Pietersen's exit. The off-spinner saw the batsman stepping out, bowled down the leg-side and the wicket-keeper finished the task with a flourish, diving sideways to take the bails off.

Uthappa left after a short burst, sweeping sixes off Harbhajan. Mumbai Indians appeared to have turned the tide when a fine piece of fielding by Pollard ran out Dravid (23 runs, 22 balls), collecting a throw from R. Sathish and flinging his body forward to effect a diving run-out, leaving RCB still to get a grip on the chase at the half-way mark (83 for two in 10 overs). Rayudu then latched on to an edge by Kohli.

Rayudu and Saurabh Tiwary, busy as bees earlier at the crease, put on 67 runs off 49 balls in a fifth-wicket stand when the RCB bowlers were on top.

Rayudu started with an imperious drive over the bowler's head, then scored 40 off 38 balls creating the launchpad for the big-hitters to follow. Tiwary cleared the ball with huge swings, using the bat like a sledgehammer for four sixes.

Mumbai Indians scored 184 for five thanks to a five-over blast from Tiwary and some clean-hitting by Pollard (33 not out off 13 balls). The West Indian smashed three sixes.

Mumbai Indians got a reality check about life without Tendulkar. The captain stretched outside the offstump to drive a Dale Steyn ball swinging away, scooped towards cover for Taylor to stun the home crowd into silence with a low, rolling catch. Kohli's sharp reaction cut short Shikhar Dhawan's short stint as five overs resulted in 39 runs and loss of both the openers.

Duminy's apprehensions against spin came true, startled by bounce from Kumble, angled across the left-hander. Pietersen kept plugging away at the other end, bowling flat and denying the batsmen pace off the track. Rayudu and Tiwary were patient, working the ball around for singles to rotate strike.

Tendulkar opted to bat after winning the toss, but Mumbai Indians gained momentum in the 14th over bowled by Kohli.

Tiwary cleared mid-wicket with a huge swing across for the first six as the home team crossed the 100-run milestone. He stepped out for his second six, a huge swing over long-on off Kallis in the 16th over.

The scores:

Mumbai Indians: S. Dhawan (run out) 12 (9b, 2x4), S. Tendulkar c Taylor b Steyn 9 (9b, 2x4), A. Nayar c Praveen b Pietersen 22 (18b, 2x4), A. Rayudu c Kallis b Steyn 40 (38b, 4x4), J-P. Duminy c Pietersen b Kumble 3 (4b), S. Tiwary (not out) 52 (31b, 3x4, 4x6), K. Pollard (not out) 33 (13b, 1x4, 3x6), Extras (lb-2, nb-2, w-9) 13; Total (for five wickets in 20 overs) 184.

Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-29, 3-68, 4-77, 5-144.

Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling: Praveen 3-0-29-0, Steyn 4-0-43-2, Vinay 2-0-25-0, Kallis 2-0-25-0, Kumble 4-0-30-1, Pietersen 4-0-20-1, Kohli 1-0-10-0.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: J. Kallis c Rayudu b Malinga 11 (9b, 2x4), R. Dravid (run out) 23 (22b, 3x4), K. Pietersen st. Rayudu b Harbhajan 19 (14b, 2x4), R. Uthappa c Dhawan b Pollard 26 (13b, 2x4, 2x6), R. Taylor (not out) 31 (30b, 1x4, 1x6), V. Kohli c Rayudu b Pollard 9 (7b, 1x4), M. Pandey c Duminy b Pollard 5 (9b), Praveen b Harbhajan 1 (2b), Vinay b Malinga 8 (8b), D. Steyn b Fernando 5 (5b, 1x4), A. Kumble (not out) 1 (2b), Extras (nb-1, w-7, lb-2) 10; Total (for nine wickets in 20 overs) 149.

Fall of wickets: 1-24, 2-47, 3-81, 4-81, 5-97, 6-108, 7-118, 8-134, 9-146.

Mumbai Indians bowling: Zaheer 4-0-34-0, Fernando 4-0-28-1, Malinga 4-0-24-2, Harbhajan 4-0-44-2, Pollard 4-0-17-3.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

SRK's kids bat for Kolkata

Poor Shah Rukh Khan. His valiant Kolkata team began firing at the wrong moment. It is all over for Saurav Ganguly and his merry men, the thumping victories against Shilpa Shetty’s Rajasthan team on Saturday and Nita Ambani’s Mumbai team on Monday, notwithstanding. Both victories were gained at the Eden.

Which, it seems, is SRK’s happy hunting ground suddenly. But the Bollywood Badshah need not worry about future IPLs because new blood is already being introduced in the Twenty20 tournament. SRK and Gauri’s kids Aryan and Suhana are showing a turn for cricket that should do the Kolkata team proud years ahead. Aryan already excels in football, but Suhana came as a revelation. If cricket is taken care of, who’s going to get into King Khan’s Bollywood shoes is what the actor should worry about next.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Shifting of IPL semi-finals venue comforting

Australian Cricketers' Association boss Paul Marsh has said that the shifting of the IPL semi-finals venue was really comforting in the wake of two crude bomb blasts outside Bangalore's Chinnawamy Stadium on Saturday.

Marsh believes Australian players will be given adequate protection during the final week of the Indian Premier League.

"We're still scratching our heads, given all the concerns leading in to this event, how what happened could happen. We flagged our concerns before the tournament started. We had our security consultant, Reg Dickason, review [the IPL plans] and they were solid plans," Marsh said.

"The question was always going to be around the implementation of the plans. That's still the issue as we head to the last part of the tournament. You've just got to hope they follow through on everything they said they'll follow through on from here on in," The Age quoted him, as saying.

Marsh said the ACA was not fully satisfied by the explanations about the security breach in Bangalore, but supported the decision prompted by a report from IPL security group, Nicholls-Steyn, to move the matches to the DY Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai.

Adam Gilchrist, Ryan Harris, Matthew Hayden and Cameron White are among the Australians who will take part in the semi-finals of the IPL.

Monday, April 19, 2010

‘Not heard of threats to players wanting to leave IPL’

Australian Twenty20 vice-captain Cameron White’s manager has rubbished reports that players were warned to stay put or risk being banned from the Indian Premier League after two crude bombs exploded outside Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

White and umpire Simon Taufel were in close proximity to the blast site outside Bangalore’s cricket stadium on Saturday.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that cricketers who leave India early because of Saturday’s bomb blasts have been threatened with disqualification from future IPL tournaments.

White’s manager, Gerard Sholly, said he was unaware of any threat towards players wanting to leave.

“I haven’t heard anything about an ultimatum, I think it would probably be a rumour,” Sholly said.

“Cameron was in his hotel room at the time, he wasn’t required to play. He sent a message to his friends and family letting them know he was fine.”

Sholly said White would remain in India for the remainder of the IPL and then meet Australian teammates in transit to the World Twenty20 in the West Indies next week.

Seventeen people were reported injured after the attack, which took place before an Indian Premier League match between the Bangalore Royal Challengers and the Mumbai Indians.

Australian Cricketers’ Association chief executive Paul Marsh said the bombing was a serious concern and was awaiting a report from IPL security company Nicholls Steyn last night.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Who needs what in the IPL semi-final race

It's a bit of a mind boggler for the laymen and sheer wonder for the avid statistician, but do wrap your brain around the following to find out who needs what in order to qualify for the 2010 IPL semi-finals...

Nine wins across a dozen matches on the back of a superior run-rate sees the Mumbai Indians sitting pretty on 16 points - four points more than their closest rivals - and thus already secure in a semi-final berth.

All but through to the last four, the Bangalore Royal Challengers can seal the deal with a victory over Mumbai, whom they beat earlier in the tournament, on Saturday. Even if things do not go their way against Sachin Tendulkar's posse, a profitable net run-rate means Bangalore need not depend on other results - unlike the chasing pack - in the group stage's closing fixtures.

Another franchise basking in a plentiful net run-rate, the Chennai Super Kings only have to win one of their last two games - against temperamental Delhi or the bottom-feeding Kings XI Punkab - in order to line up alongside Mumbai and company. Losing both matches, however, will leave the Super Kings on shaky ground and all too reliant on other results.

Despite the presence of the big-hitting Virender Sehwag, the Delhi Daredevils' net run-rate isn't as formidable as one would have anticipated at the start of the tournament. Hence, they're left seeking a couple of wins - or at least one utterly convincing one - against Chennai and the Deccan Chargers this week. At the same time they'll be hoping fellow mid-table lurkers Deccan fluff their final games against the Kings XI and Delhi, leaving Adam Gilchrist's posse languishing on 12 points and the Daredevils in the clear on 14 points.

Even if the Rajasthan Royals manage to upstage Kolkata on Saturday, which will take them to 14 points, they're left with an unhealthy dependence on other results thanks to their unenviable net run-rate of -0.421. The former champions' only hope lies in a huge win over the Knight Riders coupled with two losses for Delhi and two wins each for Chennai and Deccan. Fat chance, indeed.

Another side to have fallen prey to a poor net run-rate, the Deccan Chargers' best case scenario requires wins over Punjab and Delhi to get 'em through to the final four on points. On the contrary, two losses guns the defending champs out of contention entirely, while a solitary win from their remaining two fixtures leaves them to the devices of other results.

In the same boat as Rajasthan, the Kolkata Knight Riders must win their final clash and will Delhi to beat Chennai and Deccan and the Kings XI to console their awful campaign with a two-triumph high. So in other words, a lot needs to go their way.

A snowball's chance in hell leaves the Kings XI Punjab needing to string together two wins on the trot - something they haven't managed all season - and a host of net run-rate unlikelihood to play into their hands.

This piece will be updated each morning to reflect the previous night's result, so keep checking in to see how things have progressed.

Team Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR
Mumbai Indians 12 9 3 0 0 18 +1.116
Bangalore Royal Challengers 13 7 6 0 0 14 +0.467
Chennai Super Kings 12 6 6 0 0 12 +0.348
Delhi Daredevils 12 6 6 0 0 12 +0.024
Rajasthan Royals 13 6 7 0 0 12 -0.421
Deccan Chargers 12 6 6 0 0 12 -0.438
Kolkata Knight Riders 12 5 7 0 0 10 -0.632
Kings XI Punjab 12 4 8 0 0 8 -0.484

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Deccan Chargers keep IPL semi-final hopes alive

ust when the Deccan Chargers’ chances of securing a semi-final berth in IPL-3 seemed all but extinguished, three consecutive victories have revived their top-four chances.

When Adam Gilchrist’s team slumped to their fifth straight loss in a nail-biting finish against the Rajasthan Royals on April 5th their prospects of backing up last year’s IPL victory with another in 2010 appeared remote.

After that two-run defeat, Deccan were languishing in seventh place in the IPL points table, with only the hapless Kings XI Punjab below them. Then came the revival.

First came a seven-wicket win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore away from home; that was followed a six-wicket win over the Chennai Super Kings at Nagpur two days later; and for the hat-trick they defeated Bangalore by 13 runs in the return match yesterday.

Suddenly, Deccan had gone from cellar dwellers to fifth place on the points table and one of four teams to have recorded six wins for the IPL, shaded out of a semi-final place only on percentage.

Indeed, while it’s probably safe to pencil top-of-the-table team the Mumbai Indians (eight wins and three losses) in for a top-four finish and Punjab (four wins and eight losses) in as a bottom-four finisher, you could throw a blanket over the remaining six teams, who are all in a tight race for the semis.

There must have been some nervous moments in the Deccan camp against Bangalore yesterday though as Bangalore’s Dale Steyn, the world’s No. 1 ranked Test bowler, steamed in on his hat-trick ball in just the first over of their innings, having dismissed both Gilchrist and Tirumalasetti Suman for ducks.

Rohit Sharma defended that delivery safely away to mid-on and went on to steady the ship for his team with 51 valuable runs from 46 balls. That innings, combined with Monish Mishra’s 41 from 30 deliveries, helped Deccan to a modest total of 151-6.

Bangalore started their run-chase in a similar fashion to Deccan’s innings – losing Manish Pandey for a diamond duck. But that was just the start of their problems.

Jacques Kallis (27), Rahul Dravid (49) and Ravi Uthappa (34) all offered some resistance to the Deccan bowlers, but with no other batsman making more than four they received little support from their teammates.

The knock-out blow for Bangalore came in the first ball of the 19th over, when Harmeet Singh rattled Uthappa’s stumps with Anil Kumble’s team requiring just 18 more runs for victory. The medium-pacer made it two wickets from two balls when he trapped Dale Steyn in front.

Bangalore added just four more runs for the match, before they were all out for 138, 14 runs short of the target.

And with that, Deccan – with matches against Punjab and the Delhi Daredevils to follow – were firmly back in the race for the semi-finals in 2010, and perhaps a second straight series victory in the IPL.

“The last three games we have got better and better and better,” Gilchrist said post-match yesterday. “There’s no other option, we have just got to keep winning.”

It’s the same story for five other teams too.

Monday, April 12, 2010

City chemist arrested for selling IPL tickets in black

A 36-year-old chemist was arrested by central district police for allegedly posing as an authorized agent of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and selling tickets for cricket matches in the black market at five times their original price.

Sources said the accused, Amit Kumar Gupta, who owns a chemist shop in Daryaganj, had a franchise of ‘Easybill’. Police arrested him on Saturday near the Feroze Shah Kotla cricket stadium following a tip-off.

"Amit procured IPL tickets using Easybill facilities and stocked them well in advance. Once the sale had closed at the stadium, he used to sell the tickets to desperate cricket fans and earned huge profits," said DCP (central) Jaspal Singh. He said that Gupta was arrested after the police received a complaint that he was selling tickets for the Sunday match between Delhi Daredevils and Kings XII Punjab near the stadium.

Police said that 28 tickets and a complimentary pass for the match were seized from Gupta’s possession. After receiving a tip-off, police laid a trap and managed to nab Gupta, said sources. A decoy customers was sent to him and when he tried to sell a Rs 100 ticket for Rs 500, he was arrested, said a police officer.

"Gupta never sold the tickets from his shop. He posed as an IPL agent to win the confidence of the people approaching him for tickets," the police officer said.

Friday, April 09, 2010

IPL 2010 | Points Table

Here is the current IPL Standings in season 2010. We have collected data of won,lose, current run rates, total points, matches played, matches drawn, current position, current rank and so we have analyzed it in special way. Here is the list of the current table for IPL Standings after the Match Between Bangalore Royal Challengers and Deccan Chargers on 8th April March which was won by Deccan Chargers.

Here is the Detailed Ranking Tables. On Date 8th April 2010.

Rank Team Matches Won Lose Tied N/R Points Run Rate

1. Mumbai Indians 9 7 2 0 0 14 +1.31

2. Delhi Daredevils 10 6 4 0 0 12 +0.28

3. Rajasthan Royals 11 6 5 0 0 12 -0.13

4. Royal Challenger Bangalore 10 5 5 0 0 10 +0.35

5. Chennai Super Kings 10 5 5 0 0 10 +0.15

6. Kolkata Knight Riders 10 5 5 0 0 10 -0.32

7. Deccan Chargers 10 4 6 0 0 8 -0.63

8. Kings XI Punjab 10 2 8 0 0 4 -0.70

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

IPL 2010: Daredevils Captain Gambhir eyeing top 4

Delhi Daredevils are in a good form for the last few matches and with the inclusion of Paul Collingwood, the Gautam Gambhir-led Delhi side is doing a great job.

Last night they outplayed Royal Challengers Bangalore and credit must be given to Collingwood, Pradeep Sangwan and leg spinner Amit Mishra.

Captain Gautam Gambhir praised his team’s effort and stated: “We played some very good cricket,” the captain observed. “Winning the toss helps, I guess and once we had done that, we knew that if we put 180-185 runs on the board, we had the bowling to restrict the opposition.”

He also added that he was very happy to have beaten a quality side like Bangalore saying: “Bangalore is a quality side and we are always threatened by them. But things are going our way and a score of 180 is always very difficult to chase.”

Gambhir main aim is to make the semi-finals and he knows that his team needs to maintain this performance in order to achieve that feat. He wrapped up the interview stating: “We haven’t even made the semi-finals yet. We have a couple of away games and our focus as of now is making the semi-finals.”

Delhi have won their last 4 encounters and for me they have already made it to the top 4 and it’s just the matter of time before the round robin matches ends. Stay tuned to get all the latest updates on IPL.

Monday, April 05, 2010

IPL to shell out Rs 60 lakh for cop security

The IPL organisers will have to shell out about Rs 60 lakh to the police for the security cover for the three matches which will be played here. The police have sent a notice to the IPL, said sources.

"According to the rules, we have prepared estimated cost of security personnel being provided for the matches. The rates charged from the IPL organisers are different for policeman of each rank," said a police officer.

He added that as there would be about 1,800 policemen of various ranks to be deputed for security at the hotel where the teams will stay and the Sawai Man Singh Stadium, the estimated cost of security is around Rs 20 lakh for each match.

"Notice has been issued and we are awaiting payments. We have been informed that payments will be made soon," said the officer.

"The IPL organisers have agreed to pay the amount in 2-3 days. Discussions regarding this was held in presence of RCA president C P Joshi," said the officer.

The cops are also awaiting an amount of Rs 1.15 crore from the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) for the security cover they provided during the ICC champions trophy in 2006 at the SMS Stadium. Despite several notices to the RCA, the amount has not been paid till date.

The amount (Rs 1.15 crore) is also substantiated by the audit report of the Controller and Auditor General for 2008-09, following the evaluation of the documents from the SP (south) office.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Chennai Super Kings beat Bangalore by 5 wickets:

IPL 3: IPL 2010 Points Table: Chennai knock down the upper ranked Bangalore by 5 wickets in the 28th league match of the IPL session 3 played at the P Chidambaram Stadium on yesterday.

It was an all-round performance of the Super kings which led the team toward a big victory against the Royals. Opener Murali Vijay had a major contribution in the match with a valuable 78 of 39 to reach a target of 162.

Earlier in the match Royal’s captain Anil Kumble won the toss and opted to bat first to settle a big target for the host but were restricted to 161 by the super Kings.

Coming to bat at second Chennai easily reached the target with the great support of 78 from Vijay, and then by 44 of Raina.

Murali Vijay was later declared man of the match. It is to be mentioned here that in the first match between the two in the previous phase of the seriesChennai lost the match to Bangalore by 36 runs.