May 15, 2012

Newsfile IPL 2012

Newsfile: May 15

Akhila Ranganna

’Keep Murali at bay’: Mumbai Indians allrounder Kieron Pollard, whose unbeaten 122-run partnership with Ambati Rayudu helped steal a thrilling victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday, said their strategy was to score as many runs as possible and keep Royal Challengers offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan at bay. “We knew we had to chase it down; Rayudu and myself decided that if we can bat a couple of overs and see out Murali, as he is one of the most dangerous bowlers, we could do it. It was such a good batting wicket and the Bangalore ground is small,” Pollard said, after their final-over win.

Didn’t grab opportunities – Lehmann: Deccan Chargers coach Darren Lehmann has said his team failed to execute their plans properly in the IPL. With just two wins from 11 games (and one no-result) Charges are at the bottom of the points table. “We did not excel at the right time and did not grab opportunities,” Lehmann said. “We need to get the basics right. In a high pressure tournament like IPL, you need to execute plans in a lot better way.” However, he said, there was no lack of work ethics on part of the players and he was “happy with their commitment.”

Hilfenhaus ‘sparks’ Super Kings: With two consecutive Man-of-the-Match awards, Australia fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus has played a key role in getting Chennai Super Kings’ faltering IPL campaign back on track. Super Kings are currently fourth on the points table and still in with a chance of making it to the playoffs. Hilfenhaus has picked up nine wickets in the five games he has played so far with an economy rate of 6.63. His performance earned praise from his captain MS Dhoni who said “Hilfenhaus has brought some spark that was missing.” In an interview with the Hindu, Hilfenhaus said his goal was to “zero in on the right areas” irrespective of the format.

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Posted by joseph on (May 16, 2012, 3:33 GMT)

Hussey, Vijay, Raina,Dhoni,Bravo,Jadeja, Albie,Yomahesh, Ashwin, Jakathi, Hilfenhaus. 4 pacers and 4 spinners are more enough to CSK. Please do Justice to the team you have.

Posted by Dipesh Gala on (May 15, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

I am surprised at Harbhajan's dismal performance. I feel he is low on confidence. He is too defensive as regards his bowling. He is a class player with so much experience and he must think of taking wickets and not only restricting runs. He should bowl slower and try to turn the ball more. His performance is now very important if MI are to win the IPL. Come on BHAJJI pls show your true potential.

Posted by RAMANI N on (May 15, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

FOR CSK, JAKATI'S PERFORMANCE IS BELOW AVERAGE. SINCE HUSSEY IS BACK TO OPENING SLOT, THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR FAF. HENCE BADRI SHOULD COME IN PLACE OF JAKATI AND SURAJ IN PLACE OF FAF. THIS WILL STRENGTHEN BOWLING AND BATTING.

Posted by Srikanth on (May 15, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

No doubt both Rayadu and pollard batted superbly but to me Virat Kohli's decision was a major blow. Infact after the MI lost the 5th wicket, he should have bowled out the fifth bowler option and keep murali, VK and Zheer for the last 6 overs or so. Infact the fifth bowler quota was taken to park by the MIs batsman which finally cost the game for RCB.

Posted by nikhil ranjan on (May 15, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

The success of Hilfenhaus clearly reflects that whatever the format basics like swing and seam movement will always be important tools to have. It has also opened up the eyes of captains and now they are looking to have quality bowlers instead of filling up their eleven with people having having willows. Cricket as a game is also more pleasing to watch

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Akhila Ranganna
Assistant editor (Audio) Having a father who played in the Ranji Trophy against the likes of the legendary Pankaj Roy, cricket was in Akhila's blood. When a bachelor's degree in Literature was augmented by a master's in Mass Communication, she should have known that a career in journalism beckoned. But it took a joyless stint in public relations to push her to ESPN Star Sports, where she worked with the Sportscenter team and covered countless preparatory camps at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. As a happy coincidence this ran concurrently with a hobby stint as a radio jockey for a station playing old Hindi film music. She then joined ESPNcricinfo's audio team, where she has worked since October 2006.

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