IPL newsfile April 27, 2015

'Zaheer 95% fit' - Duminy

ESPNcricinfo staff

JP Duminy: "My thinking is Zaheer will be up for selection for the game on [May] the 1st" © Delhi Daredevils

Delhi Daredevils have been running hot and cold in the IPL, but they have received a much-needed boost with the improving fitness of India fast bowler Zaheer Khan

"I think he is about 95% fit, to be honest," captain JP Duminy told PTI. "My thinking is he will be up for selection for the game on [May] the 1st [against Kings XI Punjab]. His progress has been good, he has been very determined to comeback and represent Delhi."

Daredevils have lost four of seven matches so far, the latest of which had them sinking to 95 all out at home against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Yuvraj Singh and Angelo Mathews were two of seven single-digits scores. Duminy had made only 13 himself, but felt there wasn't a need to make "drastic changes". He did, however, concede that "each of us could have done 10% better. Plus, we should not take the credit away from RCB, the way they came out and bowled."

Malinga reprimanded
Fast bowler Lasith Malinga was found guilty of breaching the IPL code of conduct during Mumbai Indians' home game against Sunrisers Hyderabad and was fined 5% of his match fees.

Match referee Roshan Mahanama found Malinga guilty of a Level 1 offence - conduct contrary to the spirit of the game - for which there are no appeals. Although no reason was mentioned in the IPL release, Malinga had sent David Warner off after dismissing him.

McClenaghan seeks Tendulkar's help
Much of that victory for Mumbai was set up by Mitchell McClenaghan's bowling. He dismissed Shikhar Dhawan for 42 to wrest the momentum back. Later, he worked out KL Rahul and Ravi Bopara to push the asking rate higher and finished with 3 for 20 in his four overs.

But it appears he is working on other aspects of his game and has asked Sachin Tendulkar for help.

"I wished him happy birthday the other day and asked him if he could give me a coaching session in the nets. I think I might be a little bit too far gone for Sachin's help. He is a great man. He is good to be around for the young guys like me and guys who have looked up to him throughout their career. He brings a positive vibe to the group."

Yusuf enjoys increased responsibility
Kolkata Knight Riders allrounder Yusuf Pathan has been part of two key victories, and in both of them he had displayed a tendency towards prudent batting.

He helped remedy a flagging chase against Kings XI Punjab, coming in at the seventh over with the score on 60 for 3 and holding up one end until Knight Riders won in the 18th over. Two days later, he struck an unbeaten 40 off 26 balls to beat Daredevils away from home.

"Now, I don't mind taking singles off good deliveries," Yusuf told Times of India. "I wait for loose balls to hit fours and sixes. But that doesn't mean I have lost my aggression. It is no more only about my game and me being a match-winner. Being a senior member, I have to shoulder some responsibilities. I have to play my part in grooming youngsters and bringing the best out of them.

"With experience and responsibility, I feel I am more mature now. During the years, I have played with a lot of big players and I have learnt to be grounded."

Rhodes names daughter 'India'

Jonty Rhodes, the former South Africa cricketer and current fielding coach of Mumbai Indians, became a father on Sunday and named his newborn daughter 'India'

"I have spent a lot of time here," he explained. "What I love about India is that it's a rich mix of culture, heritage and tradition. It is a very spiritual country, very forward-thinking nation. I really like that combination. You have to have a good balance of life.

"With the name like India, she will have the best of both worlds and that sort of balance."

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