Chennai Super Kings are regulars in the end of the season playoffs in this competition but they have lost their leading run scorer from last season in Michael Hussey and his opening partner Murali Vijay has also gone for the Super Kings will be looking for a new opening pair. Dwayne Smith has come in from Mumbai and is set to open the batting. Chennai look to lack a bit of depth in their seam bowling department.
IPL 7 CSK vs KXIP Match 3
Date : 18 April 2014 Time : 10:30 GMT – 02:30 Local – 16:00 IST
Venue : Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Kings XI Punjab have undergone some big changes in the close season. Regulars in Mohali like David Hussey and Adam Gilchrist are no more but there is still an Australian feel to their side with Mitchell Johnson, George Bailey, Shaun Marsh and Glenn Maxwell among their overseas players. Virender Sehwag has been prized away from Delhi to open the batting while the likes of Parvinder Awana and Mandeep Singh will bolster the bowling options.
Abu Dhabi: Keeping Pakistan players away from Indian Premier League is a huge blow for cricket-lovers, legendary former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram insists.
Pakistani players have been barred from participating in the IPL since 2008 after the Mumbai terror attacks.
Yet Akram feels the time is right for them to be reinstated, for the benefit of subcontinental sports fans.
“Whenever India and Pakistan players have played either against each other or together, they have attracted lot of crowds and you get plenty of support, especially in this part of the world. I hope in near future Pakistani players will be able to participate because we have great talent,” said Akram, who is the bowling coach for Kolkata Knight Riders.
Akram went on to highlight what Pakistani players would bring to the Twenty20 league.
“Imagine Saeed Ajmal playing. It would have been perfect in these conditions. Umar Akmal, Umar Gul, Shahid Afridi playing would have been huge. This was their home ground, but let’s see it’s a decision of the cricket boards of both countries has to take. Mixing sports and politics was going to do no good,” he said.
Akram went on to praise the facilities at the Shaikh Zayed Cricket Stadium.
A Supreme Court hearing on the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing and betting scandal will once again take centre stage on Wednesday and looks set to overshadow the opening match of seventh season of IPL between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi later in the day.
The apex court, through an interim order on March 28, has already removed N Srinivasan as BCCI chief. On the basis of a probe report submitted by former justice Mukul Mudgal and his team on February 10, a two-judge bench suspended Srinivasan for a fair probe into the IPL scandal. Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan has been charged with betting and sharing team information during his stint as the Team Principal of India Cements-owned Chennai Super Kings. For Full news Click here
Today in the first match of the much awaited IPL 2014, defending champions Mumbai Indians took on 2012 winners Kolkata Knight Riders at Abu Dhabi. Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and elected to bat first. Captain Gautam Gambhir got out for a duck in the second over leaving KKR at 4/1 in 1.4 overs. But Manish Pandey and Jacques Kallis then steadied the innings with a brilliant 131 run partnership. The duo completed their half centuries and provided a solid platform to KKR to put down a good total. Manish Pandey got out in the 17th over after scoring 64 off 53 balls but the star for KKR was Kallis who hammered Mumbai Indian bowlers and scored 72 off 46 balls which included 5 fours and 3 sixes. Eventually KKR were able to post a decent total of 163/5 in 20 overs.
Match 1 IPL 2014 – Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Date – April 16, 2014
Venue – Abu Dhabi
Toss – Kolkata Knight Riders elected to bat
Result – Kolkata Knight Riders won by 41 runs
Chasing 164 to win and start the 2014 campaign on a winning note, Mumbai Indians openers Michael Hussey and Aditya Tare added 24 runs for the first wicket partnership before Hussey got out after scoring just 3. Soon Tare also fell and Mumbai were placed at 40/2 in 7.5 overs. Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu then took the charge and helped Mumbai regain the pace as the duo added 61 runs in 7.1 overs. Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu both got out within the span of 5 balls and Mumbai were reduced to 106/4 in 16.1 overs. Needing another 58 to win from 3.5 overs was a herculean task and KKR bowler Sunil Narine proved to be too much for Mumbai as they eventually could score 122/7 in their allotted 20 overs and thus lost the match by 41 runs.
HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh will be a special advisor to Sunil Gavaskar, interim president of the Indian cricket board, during the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the board said in a statement Friday.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Sanjay Patel said that Parekh was appointed at the insistence of Gavaskar. Parekh will be a special invitee to the Governing Council meetings of the IPL.
“Parekh has been dubbed as the unofficial crisis consultant of the government. His role as Special Director on the Satyam Board in 2009, to revive the company and restore the confidence in the Indian IT industry, was greatly acknowledged. Parekh has always been willing to share his ideas and experience to formulate reform policies across sectors,” said Patel in a statement.
Hyderabad – Sunrisers Hyderabad, who made it to the last four on their Indian Premier League (IPL) debut last year, are confident of an even better showing in the seventh season of the T20 tournament, beginning in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) April 16.
The Hyderabad franchise owned by the Sun TV group is bullish about its prospects as it not only retained the last year’s core team but also acquired batsmen David Warner and Aaron Finch and bowler Irfan Pathan in the auction.
To be led by Shikhar Dhawan, the team is looking to improve its performance further in this year’s tournament, which will be partly played in the UAE and India.
Chief coach Tom Moody and mentors K. Srikkanth and V.V.S. Laxman were upbeat about the team’s prospects. Interacting with the media along with some players here Friday, they exuded confidence of a successful campaign.
“Obviously, we had a good campaign last year, given that it was our first IPL as Sunrisers Hyderabad. This year we feel confident. We feel we have the strongest side but we have got total respect for the competition because we know every side has match winners,” said Moody.