Delhi wallop Kolkata to go top

mishraThe reduced canvas of a Twenty20 game is supposed to shorten the gulf between sides but in Johannesburg there was no hiding the difference in quality between the two teams at opposite ends of the table. Another commanding performance from Delhi Daredevils helped them sweep past struggling Kolkata Knight Riders and regain their No.1 spot. After their bowlers, led by Ashish Nehra and Amit Mishra, had restricted Kolkata to a paltry total, the batsmen – led by AB de Villiers – kept the chase in hand and strolled to victory with seventeen balls to spare.

Ryder incident reports grossly exaggerated – manager

RyderJesse Ryder’s manager has termed as “grossly exaggerated and inaccurate” reports of the New Zealand batsman being restrained by security guards in South Africa. Aaron Klee admitted that Ryder had broken his vow not to touch alcohol, but said there was no altercation with security guards.

Rahane and Duminy renew Mumbai’s hopes

RahanePushed into the corner after three successive defeats, Mumbai Indians turned in a fine all-round performance at St George’s Park, converting a middling target of 158 into a match-winning one. Sachin Tendulkar failed with the bat, falling for a third-ball duck, but he didn’t falter with his captaincy moves. Starting with the promotion of Ajinkya Rahane, who scored an unbeaten 59, it was the bowling changes which proved crucial in the end as they resulted in the fall of four wickets. The wheels came off Bangalore and the game was over when they needed an improbable 40 off the last two overs.

Tenacious Punjab win tense game

brettA powerful start from the top four, followed by nerveless hands from Mahela Jayawardene and Brett Lee stole the thunder from Andrew Symonds’ first IPL game, setting up Kings XI Punjab’s win over the Deccan Chargers at the Kimberley Oval. The win won’t take Punjab into the top four but they will hope it is an end to their poor run of three losses in the last four games. This was the game of the two returning Australians, Symonds and Lee, and though both starred, only one prevailed as the match went down to the final over.

Hayden and Badrinath mastermind tricky chase

badrinathMatthew Hayden and Shane Warne. Sixty-nine Tests together, the last 12 of them wins, but today they would decide who’d win this IPL game and go to the top of the table. There could be only one winner, and on the night it was Hayden. Chasing 141 Chennai Super Kings were in for a tough one, with the pitch turning square and staying slow and Warne looking like pulling off something special. Hayden, though, attacked clinically, played like a workman in between those assaults, and ensured Chennai beat Rajasthan for the second time in this IPL. He had with him S Badrinath, who went from being a supporting act to a lead player towards the end.

Sensible de Villiers backs up tight bowling

delhiDelhi Daredevils didn’t quite pull off the cakewalk expected after their bowlers set the batsmen a target of 117, but the end result was satisfactory because they took back the top spot. Chasing an easily achievable total Delhi’s openers ate up overs and departed in succession to put undue pressure on the middle order, but AB de Villiers returned to form and saw Delhi through in the end.

Hayden and Raina clinch thriller

super-kingsKings XI Punjab made Chennai Super Kings really sweat in a spirited chase towards a Duckworth-Lewis revised target of 187, but when it mattered most MS Dhoni’s tactical nous won it for Chennai. Simon Katich had set the tone for Punjab’s bravado, and Yuvraj Singh and Mahela Jayawardene batted superbly in the face of adversity, adding 60 in just 4.3 overs under lights. Then, with 43 left to defend off 24 balls, Dhoni took pace off the ball by calling on Suresh Raina’s part-time offspin. Only 10 runs came off his two overs, which provided to be the final twist of the match.

Out-of-form Mumbai desperate for recovery

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May 8, 2009
Start time 16.30 local, (14:30 GMT)

Big Picture

Bowlers hand Rajasthan easy win

amitRajasthan Royals moved to the top of the table with a convincing seven-wicket win over Bangalore Royal Challengers, who looked out of depth as they were bowled out for 105 – the tournament’s second lowest total – and conceded the win inside 15 overs. Naman Ojha scored his second consecutive half-century in the brief chase but the win was set up by Amit Singh and Ravindra Jadeja, who took seven Bangalore wickets to ensure a low target for their side.

Australia’s IPL stars await medical clearance

symondCricket Australia will today conduct a series of medical tests that are expected to clear six leading players to join IPL franchises from this weekend. The tests, to be conducted in Dubai by the team doctor Trefor James, should allow Andrew Symonds (Deccan Chargers), Brett Lee and James Hopes (Kings XI Punjab), Nathan Bracken (Royal Challengers Bangalore) and David Hussey (Kolkata Knight Riders) to head to South Africa immediately after Australia’s Twenty20 match against Pakistan in Dubai on Thursday.