May 24, 2012

Newsfile IPL 2012

Newsfile: May 24

Kanishkaa Balachandran

Additional seating at the Chepauk: More than 12000 additional seats will be available for spectators for the last two matches of IPL 2012 to be played in Chennai. Stands G, H and I - they were reportedly awaiting clearance from the city's planning department - have been opened and the tickets will be available from the counters at the ground between 8am and 4pm. Priced at Rs 500 and 750, the tickets for these stands are not available online. At the time that those stands remained empty during the league phase, there were rumours of a possibility that the IPL's knockout games would be shifted out of the venue, but that isn't the case.

Mumbai Indians fined: Mumbai Indians have been penalised for a slow over-rate during the eliminator against Chennai Super Kings in Bangalore on Wednesday. The captain Harbhajan Singh was guilty of his second over-rate offence in this IPL and hence fined a massive $40,000. The rest of his team-mates had to shell out $10,000 each. Mumbai Indians were found to be two overs behind the required rate after taking allowances into consideration. Mumbai Indians were knocked out of the tournament comprehensively by 38 runs.

Balaji doubtful: Kolkata Knight Riders fast bowler L Balaji is doubtful for the final in Chennai on Sunday as he hasn't yet recovered from the hamstring pull he suffered in the first qualifier against Delhi Daredevils. Balaji, who's working with the team physio Andrew Leipus, said he was feeling better but wasn't certain of being fully fit. "I'm definitely better, that's for sure, but I'll have to wait and watch. I'm doing all the right things with Andrew," Balaji told the Telegraph. His team-mate Manoj Tiwary, who also pulled a hamstring, is more confident of being fit for the final.

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Posted by B S Kumar on (May 25, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

Luck or merit, who cares? Once CSK got the opportunity, they played like champions. Roger Federer vs Andy Roddick, Wimbledon finals, anybody remember? FedEx had not broken Roddick even once till the 5th set, having won two sets on tie breakers. Roddick lost concentration for thirty seconds and everybody knows what happened. Is this luck? I would not say so. CSK did not get pushed UP the table because of anybody's failures or forfeiting games. They sat like a Nandi in fourth place and three teams that could have pushed them DOWN did not. In any case, this is all in the past. The lion has been invited for dinner now, and it is hungry.

Posted by Venky on (May 25, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

@Siddharth

CSK qualified because they got more points ( won more matches) than 4 teams and tied with 1 team and got thro' on better run rate. Just because three teams lost their last matches and CSK qualified doesn't mean that CSK qualified by chance

Posted by Venkat on (May 25, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

If during during league teams move around from position to 7 to 3 or 2 based on winning/losing points and based on run-rate. That is called upward movement and if CSK by virtue of its league matches were over before others, does not mean they are inferior to others. It is the inability of other teams not to win matches, which helped CSK to come up and it is not back door entry but it is failure of others.

Posted by Arun on (May 25, 2012, 6:53 GMT)

@Siddharth "I agree CSK thoroughly outplayed MI and they deserved to win this particular match. But if you talk about luck, how do you think CSK got to the playoffs in the first place? On Merit??" Of course on Merit because CSK played the same no of league matches and finished fourth on the points table with 17 points & Higher NRR. and that is what is required to enter the playoffs. KXIP RR RCB all had opportunities to earn that fourth Spot and they squandered it is none of CSK's problem. Everyone mentions that CSK's fortune depended on these three teams but let me phrase it the correct way The three teams controlled their own fortune and yet failed miserably. why all the frustration & anger is directed towards CSK ?? for a change why dont we direct them towards those three losers and get them fired up for a play offs berth in IPL VI VII or IPL VIII for that matter

Posted by Anil on (May 25, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

@Siddharth - I Completely agree with u buddy. @Sharad Kulkarni - Both MI and CSK were in the playoffs just because of pure luck only. Both the teams didn't play well in this season.On that day MI ran out of luck,May be today CSK will run out of luck. But I really admit that CSK outplayed MI in the Eliminator, What an innings by Dhoni,Bravo,Hussey nd Badrinath.

Posted by aditya on (May 25, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

nowadays smashing malinga is very usual for the indian batsmen!!!! malinga havent bowled well against indians!!!

Posted by Saskrish on (May 25, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

@Siddharth - Yes, CSK is in the playoffs purely on merit. It does not really make sense to say that CSK was lucky to be there. We should actually look at the table/points at the closure of the leage stage and by that, CSK stood ahead of RCB or any other knocked out team. Overall, CSK played better cricket than the last 5 and hence qualified. Does that make sense?

Posted by Billa on (May 25, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

@Siddharth. Apart from DD and KKR, none of the teams deserved to be in the playoffs. But telling CSK's entry to playoff is just luck is not correct. It is not their fault that they finished all the their league matches before teams like RCB, RR and Punjab. It is actually the inability of the teams like RCB, RR and Punjab to win matches at the right time which allowed CSK to enter the playoffs. It is like hiding the bad performance of RCB, RR and Punjab in the crucial matches, when people say that CSK entered playoff by luck

Posted by joe on (May 25, 2012, 5:22 GMT)

I Guess it had to happen. Mumbai Indians finally ran out of their luck and shoewed their weakness in bowling and conceded massive score , thanks to last five overs. Dhoni found his form at the right time. Chennai ia peaking and it will be good fight on their home ground vs DD. DD hasn't playing well for last two games and seems to have lost their form. They need to get up and fight in to get to Final.

Posted by GOVIND RAJ K.R. on (May 24, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

Vicarious pleasure to see the team with the worst behaviour in the IPL - with Munaf Patel as the leader of the pack, Harbhajan, Pollard, Rayudu, etc. - knocked out.

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