Chennai Super Kings crush pathetic Kings XI Punjab -
4/26/2015 10:22:28 AM
Brendon McCullum made up a 44-ball 66 to set up the win.
Kings XI Punjab dropped important catches and misfielded on several
occasions to let Chennai Super Kings score 192 for 3 at the MA
Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday night, they needed a gargantuan effort
in the batting department to beat the odds but even there they went
belly up and the result was a humiliating 97-run defeat, their fourth in
Virender Sehwag, last-match hero Shaun
Marsh, George Bailey, David Miller, Murali Vijay all departed without
putting up any fight, leaving the team reeling at 55 for 5 in the 10th
over and after that it was only a matter of time before Chennai Super
Kings registered their fifth win in six matches, their biggest in terms
of runs. The tourists could only go as far as 95 for 9 in their reply.
a big total behind them, Chennai Super Kings spinners Ravindra Jadeja
and Ravichandran Ashwin bowled well and shared five wickets between them
to oversee Kings XI Punjab's complete surrender.
right for Kings XI Punjab from the moment Chennai Super Kings won the
toss and decided to bat. The hosts' imposing score, fuelled by Brendon
McCullum's 44-ball 66, was the proof of Kings XI Punjab's misery on the
This edition, Kings XI Punjab have been reluctant to bowl
Mitchell Johnson in the first five overs, and today captain George
Bailey, whose return from a shoulder niggle saw the exclusion of Glenn
Maxwell, threw the ball to Karanveer Singh to start the proceedings and
the legspinner conceded 26 runs in his first two overs.
Super Kings openers Dwayne Smith and McCullum batted with murderous
intentions and poor fielding made situation worse for Kings XI Punjab.
Johnson had a horrible day in the field and dropped two catches, first
McCullum on 23 and then Suresh Raina on 14 and Kings XI Punjab paid a
heavy price for his blunders.
McCullum didn't let up on his
aggressive approach even after the departure of Smith (26), and kept on
throwing his bat around to good effect. By the time he got out off the
bowling of Axar Patel, he had laid the foundations for a big score.
who was also lucky to have not been given caught behind on 8 off the
bowling of Sandeep Sharma, failed to make his reprieves count and was
run out for 29 while backing up at the non-striker's end but his wicket
didn't affect Chennai Super Kings' momentum in the least. MS Dhoni and
Ravindra Jadeja retained their batting positions from the last match and
added an unbeaten 48 for the fourth wicket to take the team to a
Johnson could have made up for his poor
catching with a spirited bowling performance but even there he came a
cropper, conceding 40 runs in four overs. Anureet Singh and Axar were
the only ones among the wickets but both gave away quite a few runs.
all intents and purposes, it was a nightmarish outing for Kings XI
Punjab and they have less than two days to move on from this defeat,
before they host Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mohali on Monday.
Chennai Super Kings 192 for 3 in 20 overs (McCullum 66, Dhoni 41*,
Raina 29, Smith 26 Jadeja 18*; Axar 1/35) beat Kings XI Punjab 95/9 in
20 overs (Vijay 34; Jadeja 3/22, Nehra 2/16, Ashwin 2/14) by 97 runs
One of our most convincing wins in IPL: MS Dhoni -
4/26/2015 10:21:34 AM
McCullum scored 66 off 44 balls for CSK.
Super Kings captain MS Dhoni was pleased with his team's 97-run win
over Kings XI Punjab at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai and
rated the victory as one of their best in IPL history.
it is one of the most convincing wins for us throughout the history of
IPL. The spinners did really well. A very good effort from everyone,
including the batsmen," said Dhoni, who scored 41 off 27 balls as CSK
racked up 193 for 3 batting first, before the bowlers restricted KXIP to
a lowly 95 for 9, thanks largely to Ravindra Jadeja (3/22) and
Ravichandran Ashwin (2/14).
Brendon McCullum (66) and Dwayne
Smith (26) once again provided CSK with a blazing start scoring 50 runs
in just 4.3 overs and Dhoni reckoned that the duo played a significant
role in handing the team early momentum.
"Once you get going in
the first few overs, it is the ideal platform for the middle-order. They
(McCullum and Smith) back their strengths and they do it really well.
They play the right kind of shots and they have done all the basics
right," said Dhoni.
The skipper was all praise for Ashish Nehra as
well who picked up two wickets for just 16 runs in his four overs. "He
(Nehra) has the experience and it counts. He has not slowed down with
age. We need to keep him fit," he said.
Rival skipper George
Bailey conceded that his team was totally outplayed in all three facets
of the game. "Full credit to CSK, they smothered us and outplayed us in
all three facets of the game. We made things pretty difficult for
ourselves and you need to do better when you're playing against a
formidable batting line-up like that of CSK," said Bailey.
were lackluster in the field and dropped important catches and
misfielded on several occasions. Chasing the stiff total, KXIP lost
wickets in heaps with senior players like Virender Sehwag, Bailey and
David Miller falling cheaply as they succumbed to their fourth defeat in
"We haven't put a complete game together yet. We need
to put the bad stuff behind us and move on. We need to get a bit of
momentum and cash in on that. You want your senior players to stand up.
It will be nice to put this loss behind us and put up a better
performance," the Australian added.
McCullum was adjudged the Man
of the Match for his 44-ball 66-run knock and said that the fifty-run
partnerships with Smith and Suresh Raina were crucial.
to win first and foremost. I thought 190 was a good score and they have
chased down well against us. It was a great team performance. We were
good with the ball and in the field too. I got a good start and I was
fortunate to get away with a couple of chances too. It was a good
partnership with Smith and later with Raina. It was a convincing
performance by us. Every team has enough match-winners and it is nice to
be in this position right now. We need to keep performing like this and
win more games," said the opener.
The win, CSK's biggest in terms of runs in IPL history, took them to the top of the points table.
Lucky to be playing with Anderson: Cook -
4/26/2015 10:20:48 AM
James Anderson picked up three quick wickets with the second new ball as West Indies lost eight wickets for 83 runs.
skipper Alastair Cook has expressed tremendous satisfaction after the
team achieved a wonderful nine-wicket victory over West Indies in
Grenada and believes that English cricket should cherish every moment
James Anderson plays for the country.
Anderson, who became the
leading wicket-taker for England after the first Test in Antigua,
changed the entire complexion of the match on day five. With the second
new ball, he took three quick wickets and West Indies lost six wickets
in the first session to surrender the advantage. His haul of 4 for 43,
combined with two catches and the run-out of Jason Holder, resulted in
West Indies losing eight wickets for 83 runs to give England a target of
143 runs. Cook and Gary Ballance stroked fifties to give England the
Speaking to The Daily Mail, Cook said, "When Jimmy got
that rhythm going, I thought he would be the guy to change the game. I
was slightly surprised with his run out and his two catches, I didn't
quite know he had that in him, but it was fantastic skill and heart. His
spell in that heat, after all the overs he bowled in this game and the
last one was fantastic. It was the turning point."
take Jimmy for granted because we kind of expect him to be able to swing
it both ways, reverse it and never miss his length. That doesn't always
happen but he's pretty close time and time again. I'm very lucky to
have played with Jimmy and to still be playing with him."
had worked hard on a pitch that was flat and on the first four days,
they had struggled to trouble the West Indies. "We turned up at the
ground thinking it would be a lot of hard work on a flat wicket and it
was, but when you've got special players in your team they can produce
special performances at the drop of a hat," Cook said.
Joe Root, who made 182 and gave England a vital 165-run lead, said that
his knock feels a lot better after this victory, the first for England
overseas after 2012. For Root, who made his Test debut in the series
against India in 2012, it was the first time that he had tasted victory
after 10 Tests overseas.
Speaking exclusively to ecb.co.uk,
Root said, "It obviously feels a lot better now. I thought for a time
that we might have just botched it [the match] up a little bit. To be
involved in any Test match win is really special. It's my first away
from home and I'm looking forward to celebrating with the lads tonight."
asked about the value of Anderson in the team, Root lavished praise on
him. "He's showed time and time again why hes so important to this team.
Today is just another reflection on that. He's a great bloke to have in
the dressing room. He's obviously a record-breaker. I'm sure more than
anything he'll be celebrating with all of us tonight," he stated.
Mathews revels in Delhi Daredevils' turnaround -
4/26/2015 10:19:49 AM
- Mathews has has carried his fine run in international cricket in the IPL
- Delhi Daredevils are slowly making a climb in the points-table
Angelo Mathews has chipped in with a couple of cameos in the IPL
have been remarkably different for the Delhi Daredevils once they
snapped their 11-match losing streak against Kings XI Punjab. Ever
since, they've registered wins against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai
Indians, the latter coming at their home turf at the Feroz Shah Kotla
after enduring nine consecutive losses at the venue.
Duminy has led from the front whereas the domestic crop of Shreyas Iyer,
Mayank Agarwal and Domnic Joseph have contributed significantly. Adding
to Delhi Daredevils' turnaround is Sri Lankan allrounder Angelo
Mathews, whose performance so far has demonstrated that his fine run of
form in international cricket, has carried into this tournament. Besides
having scored 93 runs in five matches, Mathews has picked up five
wickets as well, and his spell of 2 for 17 against Mumbai Indians was as
economical as it gets.
Ahead of the Daredevils' clash with Royal
Challengers Bangalore, Mathews said it's all gradually falling in place
for his side and that they will try and keep things simple by sticking
to the basics. "I think we've got to play the same way as we did in the
last game," Mathews said. "We've just got go out there be positive and
aggressive and play with lot of freedom, not regarding whoever the
opposition is we got to play our best cricket to play against them. We
played pretty good cricket in the last game and we try to emphasise on
Mathews lauded openers Iyer and Agarwal, and even
though they haven't provided the Daredevils with the best of starts
every game, both have shown potential at the top. So far, Iyer and
Agarwal have opened in has opened in five games and have put on scores
of 45, 23, 15, 3 and 2. However, their individual performances have been
inspiring - Agarwal's 68 against Kings XI Punjab was crucial to the
Daredevils winning the game and Iyer already has a couple of fine
half-centuries to his name.
"The top order are the ones who are
scoring a lot of runs for us. Mayank has been really good, Shreyas has
been tremendous," Mathews said. "They play with a lot of freedom and
thankfully to the owners from the coaches to the captain they have
created an environment were the youngsters can go out their express
Daredevils' next opponents, RCB, are in sixth spot with
two wins in five matches but Mathews is wary of the Virat Kohli-led
side. "We have got a few plans for them, it is just that we have to go
out there and be aggressive and try to take wickets all the time,"
"You can't really contain. You may have noticed that
most teams that have dominated in the past, have done in the last
six-seven overs, having wickets in hand. So whoever the opposition is,
you just have to try to take wickets early.
"They have got really
good batsmen and if they can get going it is really hard to stop them so
we got to find ways to try and stop them and attack them early and get
them early. Don't really know about the team it depends on the wicket
out there and team managements decides on the team but whoever goes
there are capable of winning the game so we back all of them."
Anderson's spell put us out of the match: Ramdin -
4/26/2015 10:17:58 AM
James Anderson picked up three quick wickets with the second new ball and West Indies never recovered.
into the final day of the second Test between West Indies and England
from Grenada, the hosts were in a position of relative safety with
Kraigg Brathwaite holding firm after scoring his fourth Test century.
The pitch was flat and there seemed to be no assistance for the bowlers.
However, with the second new ball, James Anderson changed the course of
the match as he ripped through the West Indies batting. He picked up
three quick wickets with the second new ball and they lost six wickets
in the first session. They lost the last two wickets after lunch and
England romped home to a nine-wicket victory.
Speaking in the
post-match press conference, West Indies skipper Denesh Ramdin said the
collapse in the first session took the game away from them. "Losing six
wickets in one session let us down badly. We had played well on the
first four days but the spell from Anderson with the new ball cost us
this match," he said.
Ramdin also said the lack of partnerships
also hurt them immensely on the final day. "We needed to build
partnerships but England kept coming back us. We should have carried on
and scored runs but the bowlers just maintained the pressure."
third and final Test begins in Barbados on May 01 and Ramdin hopes for a
good pitch. "We have had two good wickets in the first two Tests. Both
of them went till the last day. I am hopeful that the groundsman provide
us with a pitch that aids the fast bowlers in Barbados because both
teams have good fast bowlers," he said.