• - MA Agarwal collected the first ball duck in this game providing the 27th occasion of an opening batsman dismissed by the first ball he faced in IPL. Break up edition wise - IPL 2008 {05} : IPL 2009 {14} and IPL 2010 {06} and IPL 2011 {02}.


    - MA Agarwal became the second batsman in IPL 2011 to collect the first ball duck. GC Smith of Pune collected the first ball duck against Kings Eleven Punjab at Mum-DYP on 10.04.11 was the other batsman to suffer such an ignominy.


    - Royal Challengers Bangalore was playing its 48th IPL game when it met Mumbai Indian at Bangalore today. Other team to play 48 IPL games is Deccan Chargers.


    - This game was TM Dilshan's 80th T20 game. He became the 36th cricketer to appear in 80 plus T20 games.


    - TM Dilshan and AB de Villiers added 91 runs for the third wicket in this game providing the highest stand for any wicket in the ongoing 2011 edition. The previous best was the 80 runs stand between BB McCullum and VVS Laxman for Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs

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  • The appetite of the Indian cricket fan is insatiable. I for one was under the impression that they would have had their plates overfull with six weeks of World Cup fare and reckoned that the response for IPL-4 which commenced just six days after the final between India and Sri Lanka would be lukewarm. I could not have been more off the mark. Going by what one has seen over the first few days of the Twenty20 competition its popularity has not dimmed one bit. Matches have been well attended, fans have been glued to the TV yet again and wherever you go the discussion is no more on the World Cup but all about the Super Kings and the Knight Riders, the Royals and the Chargers, the Warriors and the Tuskers.


    That sums up the fascination for IPL and the Twenty20 format. Ever since its inception in 2008 the cash-rich tournament with its big names, razzle-dazzle, the Bollywood touch, the cheer leaders and effective entertainment value has touched a chord around the cricketing world. In its

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  • What would you, as a skipper do, at a crucial point, when the game has gone down to the wire with just three overs remaining, and your best bowlers - RP Singh, Sreesanth & Vinay Kumar still left with an over each to bowl? Of course, you’d consider yourself blessed while making that rather unambiguous decision, of consuming the remaining three overs between those senior men, especially when your team is trying to defend a total. Bowling second and that too towards the end is as much about skills as it is about having the nerves of steel. You must be well equipped to bowl those impeccable yorkers and slower-ones and also have the experience to absorb the pressure. Quite tactlessly though, Mahela, in the opening match for Kochi, threw the ball to Gomez, a rookie and DeVilliers, sealed the match in 6 balls. Royal Challengers Bangalore needed 32 runs in last three overs but the target was reduced to run-a-ball off last two post Gomez's over.


    No, I'm not trying to run down the youngster

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