IPL Match Results
Kolkata, May 27: Mumbai Indians lifted the Indian Premier League title for the first time with a 23-run victory over a hapless Chennai Super Kings in the final, played in the shadow of the raging spot fixing scam amid reports that some more players could be arrested after the Eden Gardens game Sunday night (May 26).
The Mumbai Indians successfully defended a modest 148/9, to hold an error-prone Chennai batsmen to 125/9 and extract sweet revenge for their 22-run defeat to the same rivals in a summit clash three years back.
For Chennai, skipper MS Dhoni ploughed a lonely furrow (63 not out; 45 b 3×4 5×6), as he joined in the middle with half the side gone and only 36 on the board into the seventh over.
Dhoni began by playing cautiously, but hit three sixes in an attempt to turn the game, but in the end that was not enough.
The one-sided game, played before packed galleries at the iconic venue, saw the Chennai Super Kings batsmen mostly go out to poor shots, though opener Mike Hussey was unlucky to be at the wrong end of a beautiful yorker length delivery from Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga that swung back into the Australian.
Once Hussey got out, the floodgates were opened, and Malinga was on a hat-trick by claiming new man Suresh Raina with the next ball.
The Kings’ woes continued, as S. Badrinath needlessly edged an offering wide outside the off stump from Mitchell Johnson. Inside two overs, Chennai were 3/3.
Opener Murali Vijay, seeing the procession from the other end, tried to rectify the damage in the company of Dwayne Bravo, but the Trinidadian departed after picking up some boundaries with lofted strokes.
Ravindra Jadeja fell to another soft dismissal without bothering the scorer, reducing Chennai to 36/5 in the seventh over.
Vijay (18), who earlier got a “life” when he was dropped on 14, went back in the very next over, worsening Chennai’s position.
Earlier, backed by a spirited bowling and electric fielding, Chennai Super Kings restricted Mumbai Indians to a gettable total.
However, thanks to a quickfire unbeaten 60 from Kieron Pollard (32b 7×4 3×6), Mumbai recovered from a disastrous start to reach a position of respectability after opting to bat first.
Apart from Pollard’s blitzkrieg, only Ambati Rayudu (37) and Dinesh Karthick (21) made useful contributions. For Chennai, Dwayne Bravo (4/44) was the most successful bowler followed by Albie Morkel (2/12).
The big match did not have exactly the sort of build up that one would have expected it to have.
The raging spot fixing scam seemed to have pushed into the background the on-field happenings as the scandal snared cricketers, an administrator and a small time Bollywood personality.
What is worse, as the game was on, there came reports that a Delhi police team was in the city and three to four IPL players were likely to be arrested after the final match.
Kolkata, May 26: It was a night to remember for Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. MI were crowned the IPL 2013 champions after defeating two-time winners Chennai Super Kings by 23 runs in the final.
Chasing a target of 149, CSK were off to a disastrous start losing two wicket in as many balls in Lasith Malinga’s opening over. Poor shot selection from CSK batsmen led to their downfall.
With the innings in tatters at 58/8 in 11.3 overs, the match was virtually over. Captain MS Dhoni (63 not out) fought a losing battle in the end but his big hits were not enough. CSK were kept to 125/9 in 20 overs.
Earlier, Kieron Pollard’s 32-ball 60 not out helped Mumbai Indians to 148/9 in 20 overs
It was a shaky start for MI but Pollard’s hurricane innings towards the end ensured they had a good score.
Dwayne Bravo picked up the Purple Cap with four wickets tonight. He finished the tournament with 32 wickets, most by a bowler in a single IPL. Michael Hussey was the Orange Cap winner with 733 runs.
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New Delhi, May 22: Rajasthan Royals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Eliminator here at the Ferozeshah Kotla Wednesday to enter Qualifier 2.
With a small target of 133, Rajasthan Royals had a jittery chase losing wickets at regular intervals but Australian middle-order batsman Brad Hodge (54 not out) made sure that the 2008 champions reached home with four balls to spare.
Sunrisers had scored 132/7 in their 20 overs and in reply the Royals made 135/6 in 19.2 overs.
Rajasthan took off brilliantly with skipper Rahul Dravid (12) hitting three exquisite boundaries to start their chase. However, he edged an Ishant Sharma delivery to backward point in the second over.
Opener Ajinkya Rahane (18) and dependable batsman Shane Watson (24) carried on little by little.
However, a caught and bowled by spinner Amit Mishra and a superb catch on the boundary by Darren Sammy brought an end to Rahane and Watson, respectively.
Royals were put in more than a spot of bother when they lost four wickets in a span of seven runs, putting the brakes on their scoring rate. They went down from 53/1 to 57/5 in four overs.
Nevertheless, Sanju Samson (10) and Hodge, who hit five huge sixes and two boundaries, steadied the ship with a 45-run sixth wicket partnership.
New Delhi, May 21: Two-time champions Chennai Super Kings made it to a 5th final in 6 years of Indian Premier League (IPL) with a resounding 48-run victory over Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1 here at Feroz Shah Kotla on Tuesday night. MI will have another chance on May 24 to reach the title clash as they face the winners of Eliminator game between Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Once CSK had 192/1 batting first, they had one foot in the final. The bowlers complemented well despite an early onslaught by opener Dwayne Smith. MI’s chase ended at 144 all out in 18.4 overs.
Earlier, left-handers Michael Hussey (86 not out) and Suresh Raina (82 not out) powered CSK to a mammoth 192/1 in 20 overs. Hussey and Raina’s unfinished partnership for 2nd wicket yielded 140 runs in just 76 balls. Hussey reclaimed the Orange Cap and now has 732 runs this season.
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# CSK stormed into their 5th final in 6 years of IPL
# Final will be held in Kolkata on May 26
# MI will face the winner of Rajasthan Royals-Sunrisers Hyderabad game in Qualifier 2 on May 24 in Kolkata
Hyderabad, May 20: Sunrisers Hyderabad chief coach Tom Moody has said reaching play-offs of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was rewarding and satisfying for the team.
“Lot of people at the beginning of the tournament gave us no hope whatsoever. So it is very rewarding and satisfying that we managed to work well as a team and jell well as a team and surprised few people,” the Australian said after Sunrisers beat Kolkata Knight Riders by five wickets here Sunday night to storm into play-offs.
Moody believes the challenge ahead for the team was exciting. “This is only one step. We had set the goal to qualify. We have reached that and achieved that. Now we need to gather ourselves and plan and prepare appropriately. We got a few days to do that,” he said.
Sunrisers, who finished fourth on the table with 20 points, will clash with third placed Rajasthan Royals in the eliminator to be played in Delhi, May 22.
“I don’t think play-offs will bring more pressure than today’s. Today was final for us. If we hadn`t win today we would not have been going to Delhi. Our next game is no different from any other game we played this tournament. As far as I am concerned every game is important to us. Play-offs in Delhi is no different from that. So our whole process and preparation will be no different,” said Moody.
Hyderabad, May 19: Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Kolkata Knight Riders by five wickets to storm into the play-offs of the sixth Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi international stadium Sunday night.
The home side achieved the 131 target with the loss of five wickets with seven balls to spare, but not before some anxious moments.
Requiring 15 off last two overs, Darren Sammy hit Abdullah for two consecutive sixes to seal the match, much to the delight of the over 32,000 crowd.
Sunrisers’ openers had scored 89 in 12th over and were looking set for a comprehensive win when loss of five wickets with the addition of just 22 runs in six overs made things suddenly difficult for them. Sammy’s hits, however, provided relief.
Earlier, Sunrisers made a brisk start with openers Parthiv Patel and Shikhar Dhawan. Patel struck two consecutive boundaries in the second over bowled by Pradeep Sangwan, who was playing only the second match of this season.
The wicket-keeper batsman then welcomed Sunil Narine with a boundary and hit two boundaries in a row to Yousuf Pathan in the next over.
Till then all six boundaries came from Patel’s willow. An aggressive Dhawan also began to open up, hitting Pathan over the fence. That over from Pathan, sixth of the inning, went for 15 runs.
The openers laid a solid foundation by scoring 45 in the first six overs.
Dhawan jumped high and hit a bouncer from Kallis over covers for a delightful six. The southpaw sent the next delivery for a boundary through extra-cover. There was no stopping this 27-year-old as he blasted two more boundaries in the next over bowled by Shami Ahmed.