Newsfile IPL 2012 May 8, 2012

Newsfile: May 8

Gambhir fined: Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir has been fined for his team's slow over rate during their IPL match against Delhi Daredevils on Monday
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Gambhir fined: Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir has been fined for his team's slow over rate during their IPL match against Delhi Daredevils on Monday. Knight Riders, who beat Daredevils by six wickets, were assessed to be one over behind the required rate after the match. Since it was Gambhir's first offence of the season, under the IPL's code of conduct relating to over-rate offences, he was fined $20,000.

Dinda says comeback was rushed: Pune Warriors fast bowler Ashok Dinda had said prior to Tuesday’s game against Rajasthan Royals that he was a doubtful starter, as he is yet to fully recover from his side strain. Dinda had picked up the injury during Warriors match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 17, and was sidelined for five games because of it. He has since played two matches, but, he said, his comeback was rushed because of Warriors’ loss of form after a decent start to the league. “It takes a bit of time to recover from side strain. Had we kept on winning, perhaps I wouldn't have come back as early as I did. But the situation was such that I had to take the chance,” Dinda said. Despite missing out due to injury, Dinda is Warriors' leading wicket-taker so far, with nine scalps.

CSK can still finish in top four – Albie: With five wins in 12 games, Chennai Super Kings, the two-time IPL champions, face the possibility of not making it to the knockout rounds of the league for the first time. If they are to progress, they must win four of four games, and even then it could come down to net run rates. However, allrounder Albie Morkel is not ruling Super Kings out just yet. "It is a massive challenge but we like challenges. I wouldn't be surprised if we made the top four. It is going to be difficult but we are a champion team and we know how to win trophies,” he told PTI. The team’s problem, so far, has been finishing off games, Albie said. “The finishing is not up to the mark. It is not something we are used to. It is just the closing of the games, whether batting or bowling. It is just one ball at the crucial time. If we nail the little basics at the right time, it would make the difference."

Cricket has moved ahead with IPL – Pollock: Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shaun Pollock has said the IPL has aided cricketers both financially and technically. “Before the IPL, soccer players, golfers and tennis players were the envy of other sportspersons. Now cricketers have joined the big-buck-earners,” Pollock was quoted as saying by IANS. “Cricket has moved ahead amazingly with the IPL, both financially as well as technically. The IPL is a platform for cricketers to experiment and try out new things. We have seen bowlers coming up with baffling deliveries and batsmen playing hitherto unknown, breathtaking shots. It has broken all barriers. The playing format may be the same as any form of international cricket, but the players from different backgrounds and cultures are mingling like one family. That has helped the players to share their experiences with others and gain immensely.”

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • faisal on May 14, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    my four team is DD. KKR. MI. RCB

  • Asim on May 10, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    Im lookng in d top 4 team is.. DD, KKR, RR and MI..

  • Abraham Mathew on May 9, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    AB de Villiers is proving to be a force to reckon with. RCB will have to depend on him to reach the top 4. He is their best bedrock in a crisis with match winning knocks and innovative shots.

  • Raj on May 9, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Delhi dd will win ipl5.Mahela,big game player and Morne will fire in semis and final. ROSS Will re discover his form. 90 MPH *3 trio mm,uy and va will be devastating. do not forget the awsome/pawsome duo viru and warner

  • sunil on May 9, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Yes pollock is half right. Players are getting chance to play at this level but one serious question remains. Does anyone knows that some franchise are selecting players on the basis of recomendations or status instead of their playing skills. This attitude of francise management has to be taken seriously by IPL management and taken to court. This is worst than max fixing.

  • Name on May 9, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    CSK fans can now talk about their 'great' performances of last seasons and boast about..

  • ANEESH on May 9, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Happy to see that KKR is doing well under gambhir......For me, KKR, DD and RR are sure into the semi's. The 4th team is the uncertainty. As per performances and consistency I expect RCB to make it. But interesting to see the captain Vettori sitting out to make way for Muralitharan. Such is his value in the setup. It was a right call according to me. RCB also has to invest AB De Villiers wisely in the batting order.

  • Sabharish on May 9, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    Hey guys,

    CHEER UP!!!!!!!!!

    CSK is ought to finish in top four. No other talking and NO pln B. Only Plan A and that plan is a top four finish

    All the best CSK!!!!!!!

  • jose on May 9, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    To me CSK, it will be very tough to get into the last 4. They will either loose it to King's 11 or RCB. Or a mystery like MI beating RCB twice in the comming match or RCB doing it twice will have a more chance for CSK, All the best to CSK

  • Bipin on May 9, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    DD seems to be the only team who has won convincingly, others like KKR and RR are somehow winning. If Gambhir falls, KKR is totally lost. RR started well but lost mid way but again still vulnerable.

    MI has been scrapping through, pure luck has saved them till now. CSK and RCB have let themselves down. They have been the best teams over last 5 years with talents galore. If they get their act, they can top the table even now. Punjab and Pune have dissapointed with their stars.

    Spare a thought for Deccan who have not been beaten convincingly by anyone. They are team with no luck.

  • faisal on May 14, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    my four team is DD. KKR. MI. RCB

  • Asim on May 10, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    Im lookng in d top 4 team is.. DD, KKR, RR and MI..

  • Abraham Mathew on May 9, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    AB de Villiers is proving to be a force to reckon with. RCB will have to depend on him to reach the top 4. He is their best bedrock in a crisis with match winning knocks and innovative shots.

  • Raj on May 9, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Delhi dd will win ipl5.Mahela,big game player and Morne will fire in semis and final. ROSS Will re discover his form. 90 MPH *3 trio mm,uy and va will be devastating. do not forget the awsome/pawsome duo viru and warner

  • sunil on May 9, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Yes pollock is half right. Players are getting chance to play at this level but one serious question remains. Does anyone knows that some franchise are selecting players on the basis of recomendations or status instead of their playing skills. This attitude of francise management has to be taken seriously by IPL management and taken to court. This is worst than max fixing.

  • Name on May 9, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    CSK fans can now talk about their 'great' performances of last seasons and boast about..

  • ANEESH on May 9, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Happy to see that KKR is doing well under gambhir......For me, KKR, DD and RR are sure into the semi's. The 4th team is the uncertainty. As per performances and consistency I expect RCB to make it. But interesting to see the captain Vettori sitting out to make way for Muralitharan. Such is his value in the setup. It was a right call according to me. RCB also has to invest AB De Villiers wisely in the batting order.

  • Sabharish on May 9, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    Hey guys,

    CHEER UP!!!!!!!!!

    CSK is ought to finish in top four. No other talking and NO pln B. Only Plan A and that plan is a top four finish

    All the best CSK!!!!!!!

  • jose on May 9, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    To me CSK, it will be very tough to get into the last 4. They will either loose it to King's 11 or RCB. Or a mystery like MI beating RCB twice in the comming match or RCB doing it twice will have a more chance for CSK, All the best to CSK

  • Bipin on May 9, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    DD seems to be the only team who has won convincingly, others like KKR and RR are somehow winning. If Gambhir falls, KKR is totally lost. RR started well but lost mid way but again still vulnerable.

    MI has been scrapping through, pure luck has saved them till now. CSK and RCB have let themselves down. They have been the best teams over last 5 years with talents galore. If they get their act, they can top the table even now. Punjab and Pune have dissapointed with their stars.

    Spare a thought for Deccan who have not been beaten convincingly by anyone. They are team with no luck.

  • Vinod Pathiyal on May 9, 2012, 5:54 GMT

    that's the penalty to gauti for not taking saqib hasan? :-)

  • Anonymous on May 9, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    With one game less MI have 2 win advantage over RR & KP. And you expect CSK to overtake them, when 3 of their next games are against table toppers, and MI to loose from here when SRT has come back to his best as in last 2 years. I dont think so. DD KKR and MI are on safe side. 4th spot tight games for RR KP And RCB. Lets wait and see

  • aree on May 8, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    nicely written Mr. Sadiq Ahmed. Agree with your analysis!

  • Manoj on May 8, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Csk is loosing side because of the slow opening platform provided by murli vijay.Chennai make mistake repeatadely by taking murli vijay who is worst t20 batsman of current tournament with both technique and approch.chennai also not have good indian replacement of murali vijay.

  • ali bajan on May 8, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    anyone think it is time for an ICC international franchise ? Auction off 8 international franchises and have an international free for all 20/20 competition every year or two?

    The franchise winners can vote for where the tourney is held ...

    or the tourney can rotate .. by ICC choice..

    TV rights for ICC would make millions.....

  • amith on May 8, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    This ipl..csk will defintly not qualify for the play offs as they are 1 match ahead of mumbai n most of the other teams. Moreover they wil have to win all the remaining games which are mainly against strong oppositon teams who consistently performed this IPl.. MSDs has lost his captain cool image as he is always seen upset with the teams poor performance . Unless du plesis get a good knock ,chennai chances of survival are very loww..

  • Sadiq Ahmed on May 8, 2012, 16:23 GMT

    I think the top 4 teams are now in place. If any one is likely to be displaced my vote is Mumbai. They have batted poorly and below par but have been always saved by their superb bowling led by the world's best T20 bowler Malinga. CSK has clearly underperformed and could displace Mumbai. RCB has batting power but their bowling handicap will keep them out of contention. The RR will be harder to displace now that Watson is in and Shaun Tait is firing. This has provided the missing muscle power in the earlier games. So I don't see how they can be dislodged from the top 4. DD and KKR are already too far ahead. So I predict that only the Mumbai seat is vulnerable and only CSK is a serious contender for the alternative 4th team. Of course cricket is a great game of uncertainty and anything can happen. So let's see.

  • Rajesh Kumar R on May 8, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    One of the astrologers predicted before the start of the tournament that Rajasthan Royals is going to win. Wow- that guy is going in the right direction. By the look of things I think DD, KKR, RR and RCB will make the last four. IPL also needs a third umpire. Mahela edged one yesterday and the umpire did not hear it. When there is big money invovled, no chances need to be taken.

  • Aditya on May 8, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    CSK are right now 5th in the table, just one point behind the 4th position RR. How exactly are they in a bad spot for reaching the semis?

  • A.Ramani on May 8, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    In T20 matches, the opening batsmen should be hard hitting, make use of the first six overs to get maximum fours and sixes, whereas in teams like CSK, one of the opening batsmen is giving fielding and catching practices to the opponents, by taking singles. Moreover in the finishing stages also, they are trying to take singles only, not hitting the ball to boundaries and losing the matches in small margin.

  • ssdeep on May 8, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    if shakib al hassan played,gambir wudnt have had to pay the fine...so sad

  • ketan on May 8, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    Must give chance to those who is not play in this year because there is no chance to go ahead for pune & daccen.

  • Anonymous on May 8, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    The best thing I like in IPL is players from different nations mingling up together like one family - as Shaun Pollock has rightly

  • Avigyan Bera on May 8, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    I think its game over for PWI....its high time for DADA to retire from all forms of the game before further humiliation is faced by him...if he still wishes to continue his career as a player then probably he will end up in carrying bottles and towels to the field....which for a legendary character like DADA should not be acceptable.....DADA should rest himself in today's match and Rahul Sharma should come in...also the deadly nehra should not be recalled for any of the matches and Wayne Parnell should make way for Alfonso Thomas......and on 19th any how another humiliation awaits for PWI when they will be crushed by KKR....At the end of the day KKR & SRK rocks !!!!!!!!!!!

  • nick@sfo on May 8, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    Well Mr. Pollock, financially it has helped a group of cricketers in a large way and to some middle and lower rung players to some extent. I agree with you. However look at the other side where it is creating 3-4 days of test cricket. Hmm when was the last team we had a 5 day test match on a reasonable wicket. Even 50 overs ODI on a good wicket most teams fold up.

    So you can not claim all goodies. Being an Indian I have this bad nagging feeling that it is all on a slippery slope for Indian test and ODI format and instigator for all this being IPL.

    That said, still it is some fun to see these matches. Looking forward to DD walk away this time.

  • Rajarajan on May 8, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Yes, CSK can be in the top 4!

    tough task ahead...but they will conquer!

  • tatti kumari on May 8, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    CSK must win 4 out of 4 to progress... ??? sez who???

  • DK on May 8, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    CSK depends only on the home ground advantages. this time nothing will work :-)

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  • DK on May 8, 2012, 6:12 GMT

    CSK depends only on the home ground advantages. this time nothing will work :-)

  • tatti kumari on May 8, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    CSK must win 4 out of 4 to progress... ??? sez who???

  • Rajarajan on May 8, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    Yes, CSK can be in the top 4!

    tough task ahead...but they will conquer!

  • nick@sfo on May 8, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    Well Mr. Pollock, financially it has helped a group of cricketers in a large way and to some middle and lower rung players to some extent. I agree with you. However look at the other side where it is creating 3-4 days of test cricket. Hmm when was the last team we had a 5 day test match on a reasonable wicket. Even 50 overs ODI on a good wicket most teams fold up.

    So you can not claim all goodies. Being an Indian I have this bad nagging feeling that it is all on a slippery slope for Indian test and ODI format and instigator for all this being IPL.

    That said, still it is some fun to see these matches. Looking forward to DD walk away this time.

  • Avigyan Bera on May 8, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    I think its game over for PWI....its high time for DADA to retire from all forms of the game before further humiliation is faced by him...if he still wishes to continue his career as a player then probably he will end up in carrying bottles and towels to the field....which for a legendary character like DADA should not be acceptable.....DADA should rest himself in today's match and Rahul Sharma should come in...also the deadly nehra should not be recalled for any of the matches and Wayne Parnell should make way for Alfonso Thomas......and on 19th any how another humiliation awaits for PWI when they will be crushed by KKR....At the end of the day KKR & SRK rocks !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous on May 8, 2012, 7:59 GMT

    The best thing I like in IPL is players from different nations mingling up together like one family - as Shaun Pollock has rightly

  • ketan on May 8, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    Must give chance to those who is not play in this year because there is no chance to go ahead for pune & daccen.

  • ssdeep on May 8, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    if shakib al hassan played,gambir wudnt have had to pay the fine...so sad

  • A.Ramani on May 8, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    In T20 matches, the opening batsmen should be hard hitting, make use of the first six overs to get maximum fours and sixes, whereas in teams like CSK, one of the opening batsmen is giving fielding and catching practices to the opponents, by taking singles. Moreover in the finishing stages also, they are trying to take singles only, not hitting the ball to boundaries and losing the matches in small margin.

  • Aditya on May 8, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    CSK are right now 5th in the table, just one point behind the 4th position RR. How exactly are they in a bad spot for reaching the semis?