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Deccan ensure adventures Ban (GALORE)

Posted by atreyee on May 25, 2009

The unthinkable happened as the last year’s wooden-spooners took each other in the IPL final match. Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers played the IPL final match 2009 like men possessed. It was only fitting that the IPL final went down to the wire. Deccan became the IPL final winner by 6 runs.

Set into bat in the IPL final, Deccan lost Gilchrist in the first over and seemed destined for a low score. But with periodic assaults by first Symonds and then Rohit gave them hope. The high point of the innings, however, was an ultra mature half- century by Gibbs who carried his bat. They ended at a decent 142/5.

Capacity crowd ushered in to watch the IPL final match live. Kallis’ early departure pegged them back as Bangalore expected fireworks from their openers. The guns however blazed with Roland Merwe going slam bang and hitting three sixes. He fell along with Manish but still at the end of the ultimate strategic break, Bangalore held sway. The IPL final live score showed 75 needed off 60 balls, Dravid and Taylor at the crease. Gilchrist had to make a plan fast.  

Symonds was his master plan taking two off successive deliveries and thereafter Bangalore succumbed. The moment Taylor was out, the balance changed, never to return. Utthappa tried late antics in vain and the IPL final score showed Bangalore at 136/9.

The scenic flair went on. Lights went out as shimmering fairies floated in the sky. Once the IPL final schedule of 3.5 hours finished, the night belonged to Eddie Grant, Akon and Katrina Kaif ensuring an amazing IPL closing ceremony.

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IPL 2 finale ready to mesmerize with its offer

Posted by atreyee on May 23, 2009

There are cynics and then there are those who beat them. Many who said cricket could not be married to showbiz have been smeared across their faces. IPL 2 finale has opened floodgates of celebrities to set forth an avalanche of entertainment. Viewers are all set to be awed by a flux of movie stars, stage performers and heavyweight politicians, come 24th of May.

To begin with, President Jacob Zuma will be tidying up with some big names of Indian political circus. Akon will be performing on his hit “Smack That” and he will have talented allies in Eddy Grant and Shivmani. Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Shilpa Shetty and Bipasha Basu will gyrate with Akshay Kumar in tow while Anil Kapoor, Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Rani Mukherjee and Juhi Chawla will adorn the stands.

The final promises to be a behemoth of cricketing action. Deccan is playing some phenomenal cricket, largely propelled by its genius opener Gilchrist. Bangalore and Chennai meet on 23rd to decide who meet Deccan in Finals. The semi-final promises to be a humdinger. Both teams have stalwarts in their ranks. While Hayden will be supported by Raina, Dhoni, Morkel, Oram and Murali, Kallis will get equal support in Dravid, Taylor, Kumble and fresh guns Kohli and Pandey.

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IPL semifinals

Posted by atreyee on May 22, 2009

The c ricket extravaganza involving international players called IPL has come to its knockout stages. Action is now down to two IPL semi finals. Going by the high standard of cricket during 56 league matches, IPL 2009 semifinals promise a lot.

The first IPL 2009 semi final is slated between the Delhi Daredevils and Deccan Chargers. The Delhi giants have topped the league with ease and seem to have a decisive edge over the Deccan team. Their dashing openers – Sehwag and Gambhir have finally come good just before the ipl 2009 semifinals, with exceptional support from Dilshan and AB. They have afforded resting McGrath and Vettori, both legendary bowlers, almost throughout the tour. But their fielding and complacency may bring their downfall in the IPL 2009 semi final. Deccan meanwhile has a power packed batting line up with Gilchrist, Gibbs and Symonds. They also have a scintilla in Rohit Sharma, who can do wonders in the end overs. But their bowlers, irrespective of the purple cap holder RP, are not the stuff for IPL semi final 2009. The first IPL semifinal may see a glutton of runs and a cracker of a match.

The second IPL semi final will be between Chennai and Bangalore, both very consistent in all departments. While Bangalore has Kallis and Dravid, Chennai has Raina and Dhoni. Hayden meets Taylor stroke to stroke in aggression. Even bowling is astonishingly equal with Kumble locking horns against Murali. It is purely the case of outdoes whom on the day of the 2nd IPL semi final 2009.

IPL semifinals will be chilling in the chilly Kingsmead, Durban.

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IPL 2009 may transcend Indian shores

Posted by atreyee on March 22, 2009

In the wake of  Lok Sabha elections and the fear induced by Lahore attack on the Sri Lankan team, Indian Premier League 2009 might shuffle venues and be held in another continent altogether. Till date, Lalit Modi has sounded doubly reassured about his capacity to handle this mega event. Lok sabha elections have not deterred him and he has gone unequivocally public in stating that general elections won’t jeopardize IPL tournament security.

 

But then the Lahore attack on Lankan willow-holders brought realistic fears of terrorists yet again attacking a hitherto untouched arena; sports. Barring the Munich Olympics, sports has so far been away from terrorist casualties.

 

BCCI president Shashank Manohar has pleaded with the Government to reschedule Lok Sabha elections but to no avail. Thus, in the light of mounting security fears, he has decided along with his dignified board members to shift the cricket battle-ground outside India. No venue is finalized yet but by Monday evening, Chairman and commissioner of IPL, Mr. Lalit Modi is most likely to come up with the venue name; at the moment, South African board has given its go ahead for hosting the mega event.

 

Last night, it was confirmed that South African private security agency Nicollos and Steyn Associates would be donning the mantle of IPL II security men. The idea was rebuffed as experts felt that an outside agency could hardly measure up to realistic comprehension of threats within Indian borders. With the venue likely to shift to RSA, N&S Associates get a strong fillip.

 

Notable in this regard is the fact that IPL II dates remain as they were and the gigantic event will expectedly unroll on 10th April and culminate on the 24th of May.

 

India or RSA: Here is wishing that the only guns which blaze belong to the cricket stalwarts. We are anticipating the Sehwag’s, Peterson’s, Lee’s and Mendis’s with bated breath.

 

 

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