IPL-Weekend Round Up.

Friday 18th April

IPL gets off to a spectacular start, thanks to Dr. Vijay Malliya, who pulled all the strings together to make sure the spectators around the world where mesmoraised by the opening ceremony. The Opening ceremony was full of colour, lights and entertainment. The show was kicked off by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy who sang a few upbeat numbers to get the crowd moving. It was followed by a performance from stilt dancers who did as good a job as the Aerial acrobats. An impressive light show marked the end of the entertainment and gave way to a few speeches.

Match 1-Kolkata v. Bangalore

Kolkata-222/3 (20 overs)

Bangalore-82 all out (15.1 overs)

McCullum carried on the entertainment, it took him seven balls to get off the mark but from there on he never looked back. He managed a massive 158 of just 73 balls. Kolkata managed 222 of there 20 overs. Bangalore was never really in the game after they lost there skipper Rahul Dravid of the first ball of Ishant Sharma’s spell. Although the true hero with the ball was Ajit Agarkar who managed to take 3 for just 25 runs of his four overs. Bangalore only managed 82 and where cleaned up in 15.1 overs.

It would be fair to say that cricket was over shadowed by the quality of entertainment on Day 1.

Hero of the Day- BB McCullum

Day 2: Saturday 19th April:

Match 2-Punjab V. Chennai.

Punjab- 240/5

Chennai- 207-4

Hussey managed an impressive 116 of 54 balls hitting 10 of those balls out of the ground for maximum. Chennai finished with 240/5 out of there twenty overs. He paced his innings to perfection came in early after the fall of Partvic Patel in the 3rd over. In the process he did not take too many risks. Always looked in control never allowed any bowler to get on top of him. Pathen was pick of the bowlers although he did give away he did give away 42 but picked up 2 important wickets. Badrinath joined the party in the last over he managed an impressive 31 of just 14 ball smashing 2 sixes. Earlier on Raina managed an impressive 32 of just 13 balls. Matthew Hayden was the other major contributor he managed 26 of 17 balls. Fielding was not all that great either King’s 11 dropped two important catches in the process.

Yuvraj’s team got of to an impressive start as the openers managed to put on an impressive 26 for the first wicket. JR Hopes was on fire before to got chaught in the deep for 71 by Joginder Sharma of Amarnath.Yuvraj Singh carried on the movement, he eased his way to 23 off 13 balls. Unfortunately Sangakkara and Katich weren’t able to keep up with the pace. Sangakkara contributed 54 to the total of 207 and the Kings 11 feal 34 runs short.

Match 3-Rajasthan Royals v. Delhi Daredevils

Rajasthan-129/8

Delhi- 132/1( 15.1 overs)

The Daredevils turned in an impressive all around bowling performance to restrict the Royals to a mere 129 of there 20 overs. Maharoof put on an impressive bowling performance and finished with 2 for 11 of his 4 overs. Sehwag and Co. made light work of the chase and reached the target within 16 overs.Gambhir and Dhawan both managed a fifty each.

Hero of the Day- MF Maharoof

Day 3- Sunday 20th of April.

Deccan Chargers v. Kolkata Knight Riders

The first home match for Kolkata was a rather low scoring affair thanks to a crumbling pitch. Deccan Chargers won the toss and choose to bat first. The pitch started breaking up from the second over. It was turning unexpectedly, the bounce was uneven and it was highly unpredictable. Despite all this Symonds and Gilchrist managed to hit a few balls out of the ground to help lift the total to 110. Pundits had a fealing that the Deccans where 10-15 runs short and guess what they where right. Despite a really tight spell from Vaas who managed to get 2 wickets in 3 overs for a mere 9 runs, Knight Riders got home in the 19th over. If it wasn’t for an impressive and patient 38 from David Hussey, Kolkata where staring down the barrel. Murali Kartik was the pick of the bowlers for the Knight Riders as he managed to grab 3 wickets for 17 runs.

Match 5-Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers.

After an embarrassing defeat at home it was time for Bangalore challengers to restore there pride. Rahul Dravid and the lads traveled to Mumbai where they came up against a team which was missing there lead. Sachin was declared unfit and therefore had to be rested for the Mumbais Inaugural encounter. Mumbai team being captain by Harbhajan singh won the toss and decided to bat first. They managed an impressive 165/6 of the alloted twenty overs. Pollock, Jayasuria and Nayar each scored 20 odd where as RV Uthappa topped the list with an impressive 48. The pick of the bowlers was Zaheer Khan who finished with impressive figures of 2/17 of his four overs. The Challengers thanks to a heroic performance by Mark Boucher who managed 39 of 19 balls reached the target with two balls to spare. Other notable contribution came from the skipper himself who managed to keep things together at the top of the innings where he managed 32 at nearly run a ball.Pollock was the most economical ball but the failure to get any wickets marked the difference.

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