Should Sachin Play 2010 T20 WC?

"I think the kind of form and the fitness he is in, if he decides to comeback it will be wonderful. He has adapted himself marvellously in the shorter format of the game. When he decided not to play in the Twenty20, he must have been in a different state of mind. But today look at the the way he is playing. If he decides to play, he should be welcomed to the side." former Test cricketer Abbas Ali Baig told IANS.

Legendary Sunil Gavaskar also said Tendulkar "should make himself available for World Twenty20."

Navjot Singh Sidhu said Tendulkar still has the hunger for the runs irrespective of the format. "I think the selectors will have to consider his current form. He has made a strong case the way he is batting in IPL.

"Sachin is a cricketer who can adapt to any situation and score at any level. He is like a little boy whose enthusiasm for cricket refuses to die." Former Test captain Bishen Singh Bedi felt the decision should be best left to Tendulkar.

“The way Tendulkar has been playing I believe he must play for India in the World Twenty20. He is playing very well in the IPL. There is no reason why he cannot perform for India,” Kapil said during an interactive session at the India International Sports Summit on Wednesday.

Sachin's 72 paves way for a comfortable win against CSK

Sachin Tendulkar, captain Mumbai Indians (MI), paved the way for his team’s fourth victory in the five DLF IPL Season 3 T 20 matches defeating Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Brabourne Stadium on Thursday. This five wicket victory took the Mumbai Indians on top of the IPL 3 table. Mumbai Indians crushed Chennai Super Kings by scoring 180 in 19 overs. Sachin and Shikhar gave a power packed start to the chase. Opener Shikhar Dhawan who was chosen ahead of Sanath Jayasuriya to share the crease with Sachin Tendulkar proved it that chasing a target of 9 runs per over was not very difficult. The openers gave some free-flowing runs with their explosive start. Both the batsman displayed a good game of cricket with their aggressive but careful batting spree. The unstoppable Sachin was mesmerizing as usual and the skipper eventually got caught by Dhoni on Balaji’s ball making his gigantic 72 runs off 52 balls that included 8 fours and a six. He won the Man-of –the Match award. This was his highest score in T 20 cricket

The left hander Shikhar Dhawan then took the game in his hands and continued to keep the pace giving some great hits. He delivered 2 huge sixes on Bajali’balls until he got caught by Raina on Jakati’s balls. He accumulated 56 runs off 34 balls. Both Sachin and Shikhar added 92 runs in 8.5 overs. Earlier captain Sachin Tendulkar won the toss and asked CSK to bat first. Suresh Raina, once again proved trustworthy when he went on with his bat and shared the second highest IPL 3 partnership (142 runs in just 91 deliveries) ever with Badrinath, both making unbeaten half centuries. Suresh Raina scored an amazing 83 from 52 balls that had 7 boundaries and 3 sixes. Badrinath slammed 55 off 45 balls with 6 fours. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) set a target of 180 runs before Mumbai Indians (MI). Unsatisfied by his team’s bowling line up Dhoni said, “We are loosing confidence in the bowling department,” after the smashing defeat to Mumbai Indians.


Sachin says no to T20 world cup - sticks to his decision

Sachin Tendulkar is a difficult man to dislodge; from the wicket and from his decision. As voices rose in unision urging him to play for India in the forthcoming T20 World Cup, the Master Blaster on Tuesday made it clear that he will stick to his stand of not playing Twenty2o internationals. Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar had told CNN-IBN last night that Tendulkar should make himself available for the ICC World T20 in the Caribbean next month, but Sachin is not biting. He told CNN-IBN that he will not play the tournament. The team for T20 world cup will be selected on Friday and Tendulkar does not feature in the list of the 30 probables. Tendulkar had decided in 2007 to not play Twenty20 internationals and he said he was going to stick to that stand and that he did not see any issue in this. Tendulkar, who has only played T20 games in the IPL, has been in superlative form for the Mumbai team this season and it is his show in this format that has led many to ask him to reconsider his decision of not playing T20 internationals.

MI beat KKR in the first clash - IPL 3

The IPL 2010 cricket match between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) played at Brabourne, Mumbai saw Mumbai beat Kolkata by 7 wickets.

Chris Gayle won the Maximum Sixes award, and the Karbonn Kamal Katch award was bagged by Saurav Ganguly. Sachin Tendulkar was the Man Of The Match.

The Kolkata Knight Riders had won the toss and elected to bat first. Here are the final scores:

Mumbai Indians: 156/3 (18.3 overs)

Sachin Tendulkar (not out) 71 (48b 10x4 0x6)
Shikar Dhawan c Ganguly b Karthik 23 (21b 4x4 0x6)
Saurabh Tiwary c Ganguly b I Shrama 30 (24b 3x4 1x6)
Kieron Pollard lbw b I Sharma 7 (7b 1x4 0x6)
Rajagopal Sathish (not out) 21 (11b 3x4 0x6)

Extras: 4

Kolkata Knight Riders: 155/3 (20.0 overs)

Chris Gayle lbw b Zaheer 75 (60b 7x4 2x6)
Sourav Ganguly b Harbhajan 31 (34b 5x4 0x6)
Owais Shah b Zaheer 31 (23b 3x4 0x6)
Angelo Mathews (not out) 3 (3b 0x4 0x6)

Extras: 13

RC registers win against RR in first clash - IPL

At the Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Thursday night,RCB created magic as their bowlers came out with a power-packed performance. Jacques Kallis, Dale Steyn and Kumble were at their best but the hero of the night was Praveen Kumar, who registered the first hattrick of the league. The pacer’s 3 for 18 was icing on the cake for the Bangalore side which posted its second consecutive win. It was Royals’ third consecutive defeat this year.

Thanks to Praveen’s hattrick and Kumble’s 3-9, RCB bowled out Royals for 92, the lowest total this season. Then the Bangalore side knocked off the target in just over 10 overs, scoring the second fastest win (in terms balls left) in the IPL.

Praveen took his hattrick in the 17th over by running through the Royals’ middle order. The UP pacer first had Damein Martyn (bowled for 19), followed by Sumit Narwal (caught at fine leg for nought) and then Paras Dogra (bowled for 3). Kumble then wove a web around RR batsmen and claimed three wickets in 3.5 overs.

The Royals’ innings was hardly eventful with RCB bowlers keeping them under a tight leash. They were three down with just 38 on the board. Even Yusuf Pathan, barring a couple of sixes off pacer Vinay Kumar, could not do much. The high-point of their innings was a 37-run partnership between Pathan and Martyn for the fourth wicket. The innings failed to last 20 overs.
Chasing the small target, RCB openers Jacques Kallis and Manish Pandey went after the RR bowlers from the word go. They achieved the target in the 11th over.

There was little that the Royals’ skipper Warne could do as Kallis followed up his unbeaten 89 in the previous match with a scintillating 44 off 34 balls. Kallis unleashed a flurry of boundaries in the power play and most of his shots bore the stamp of class. Pandey, the highest run-getter in this year’s Ranji Trophy, lived up to the billing slamming an entertaining 32 that included seven boundaries and one six.

RCB will meet Mumbai Indians in Mumbai on Saturday.

CSK defeats DD by 5 wickets - IPL 3

In the 11th match today, Delhi Daredevils won the toss and elected to bat first. They got to a flying start with Sehwag at his devastating best. Though other Delhi batsmen contributed a little, but it was Sehwag’s who stole the show. He scored 74 runs off just 38 balls (4*10, 3*6). After a good start, Delhi Daredevils fumbled in the middle orders and lost some quick wickets. But in the end, Mithun Manhas and Rajat Bhatia scored some quick runs and helped them score 185/6 in 20 overs.

Chasing a target of 187 to win, Chennai Super Kings started off well and scored 50/1 in 5 overs. The main stay was Hayden who with his mongoose bat was a source of attraction. Hayden’s mongoose bat wrecked Delhi Daredevils bowlers and his blitzkrieg innings had put Chennai on top. Hayden scored 93 runs off just 43 balls ( 9*4,7*6). At one moment it looked all over for Delhi but then Hayden and Morkel’s wicket fell and Chennai were placed at 154/4 in 14.2 overs. Suresh Raina (captain) along with Murali Vijay then played well and ensured they dont mess up a brilliant effort by Hayden. Chennai Super Kings scored 190/5 in 19.1 overs to register a comfortable win over Delhi Daredevils

CSk registers first win in IPL 2010 - KKR loses

Chasing 165 for victory, Kolkata Knight Riders lost half of their side inside 10 overs which sealed their fortune against CSK.

From the very outset, KKR looked to be out of sort, losing two openers early on. Hodge was picked up by Albie Morkel for duck while Gony cleaned up Tiwari for 8. After that it looked to be a contest of going back to the pavilion early.

Among the top order batsmen, only Wriddhiman Saha (22) played with some authority at the middle. Apart from him, all the top order batsmen, be it Sourav Ganguly (11), Owais Shah (5) or Angelo Mathews (6), failed to score. At one stage, they lost half of their side for only 55 runs.

From then on they never recovered and was shot out for 109, conceding a 55-run victory to Chennai Super Kings.

Earlier, CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni played a superb knock of unbeaten 66 to help his team post a competitive total of 164/3.

Despite losing three wickets early on, Dhoni took the challenge on himself, and along with S Badrinath, helped his team reach a formidable total at the end. Like always the Indian captain started slowly, bringing his team back on track, and once he felt his team was safe, he hits the red cherry all over the park.

Dhoni hit 6 fours and 3 brutal sixes during his pragmatic knock. He slammed his fifty off just 28 balls.

Badrinath also played a brilliant knock of 43 and complimented his skipper well throughout his valiant knock.

KKR bowlers bowled well and it looked that they would restrict Dhoni’s men to less than 150. But in the last 6 overs they squandered their good work and allowed Dhoni and Badrinath to break free by giving away 83 runs.

Earlier, Electing to bat first, Chennai Super Kings’ poor batting display continued as they lost two openers-Matthew Hayden and Murli Vajay cheaply.

Vijay was playing well for his 33 but KKR medium pacer Laxmiratan Shukla produced a beauty to bowl Vijay out. Vijay’s 26-ball knock consisted of 5 hits to the fences.

Chennai innings started inauspiciously as they lost Hayden early. Ishant Sharma bowled him with a perfect ball.

Suresh Raina also did not last long as he was foxed by offie Brad Hodge for 18.

The Kolkata outfit has brought in Shane Bond and Laxmi Ratan Shukla in place of Charl Langeveldt and Cheteshwar Pujara respectively.

CSK made only one change with M S Gony replacing Sudeep Tyagi.