Newsfile IPL 2012 May 2, 2012

Newsfile: May 2

Ganguly fined: Pune Warriors captain Sourav Ganguly has been fined for his team’s slow over-rate in their match against Deccan Chargers on Tuesday

Ganguly fined: Pune Warriors captain Sourav Ganguly has been fined for his team’s slow over-rate in their match against Deccan Chargers on Tuesday. According to an IPL media release, Warriors were nine balls behind the required rate after taking into consideration various interruptions and allowances. Since it was Ganguly’s first such offence, as per the IPL’s code of conduct stipulations, he was fined $20,000.

Sehwag first to five consecutive fifties: Virender Sehwag’s 73 off 38 balls to help Delhi Daredevils beat Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Tuesday was his fifth consecutive half-century in the tournament. And that’s a record – no other batsman has ever scored five fifties in a row in all Twenty20 cricket. While the compliments poured in from most quarters, the most insightful came from Kolkata Knight Riders’ spinner, Sunil Narine. In an interview with, he said it was Sehwag who picked his variations, including his ‘mystery’ delivery, the knuckle ball, best of all.

David Hussey looking to ‘nullify’ RCB batting: Kings XI Punjab take on Royal Challengers Bangalore tonight, and a win here for either side will put them into the top four. Kings XI are coming off an away victory over Chennai Super Kings and in their bid to repeat that performance in Bangalore, stand-in captain David Hussey said they’ll be wary of the hosts’ batsmen. “We have got our eyes on a couple of players. Chris Gayle obviously. Virat Kohli is probably the best Indian batsman at the moment. Then, AB de Villiers too,” Hussey told Deccan Herald. “These are three big wickets, and if all our training comes good, we can probably nullify their impact on the game.”

Gambhir not concerned by Yusuf’s poor show: Yusuf Pathan’s lack of impact for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2012 has been a topic for much debate. He has play nine of the team’s ten games, averaging 6.85 with the bat and 116 with the ball. But his captain, Gautam Gambhir, has said he is not worried by this. “We're not thinking about his [Yusuf’s] form. He's a big-match player, and hopefully, he can turn it around. It's only a matter of time before he starts hitting the ball well,” Gambhir was quoted as saying by PTI. “[For now], if we're winning [even] without him contributing much, it's a good sign for the team.

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • fanedlive on May 4, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    I think the most potent batting line is of Mumbai Indians. Sachin, Raydu, Rohit, Karthik, Pollard, Franklin, Bhajji..... Believe it or not guys they all have been proven performers for their former teams. But it's their think-tank that complicates the issue starting from Tendulkar. Why doesn't he go for a blast instead of anchoring the innings. Does he has doubt in the capability of the likes of Rohit, Karthik or Pollard. MI will never perform to its potential till Sachin is there.

  • fanedlive on May 2, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    I think RCB have strongest batting line up after delhi and they will easily overcome on punjab today specially in their homeground and my prediction for final four teams are kolkata delhi pune and banglore. Whereas about yousaf it is not concernable when you are wining he can and he will do becoz he has the ability to deliver

  • fanedlive on May 2, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Finally Sehwag is back to form. Awesome show by Delhi team. The strongest team on papers for this season. @David Hussey what ever he said.. went in the air, coz no one can stop Gayle Storm. I really wish its not gonna rain today. Its gonna be one hell of a match tonight! RCB RCB....!!!

  • fanedlive on May 2, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    P valthaty & A finch could get more chance.

  • fanedlive on May 2, 2012, 7:46 GMT

    Pune worriors very good side like DD,MI,KKR but Ganguly should be out of the pune what Sangakkara did against Mumbai.

  • fanedlive on May 2, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Well said Gambhir

  • fanedlive on May 2, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Kudos to Sehwag for his achievement. Poor Ganguly what can he do when Sehwag fires like this.. he knows it better than anybody else. David Hussey was lucky to escape in Chennai bcoz of too much experimenting by Dhoni. Against RCB they cant nullify three big wickets as they expect to. Yusuf was never consistent except for the first IPL. But when he clicks he can take his team to comfortable victories. Persist with him, Gambhir thinking is the same as mine too. CSK too should have persisted with Vijay. Now that Hussey has returned to the side Vijay should open with Hussey. They have a wonderful understanding. Faf du plesis can come one down followed by Raina, Dhoni, Bravo & Morkel. Badri can sit out for couple of matches. Dont forget the Final of the last IPL against RCB. Vijay and Hussey can do wonders. Hope CSK think tank gets to read this.

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