• Do not be surprised if the 300-run barrier is downed one day in Twenty-20 cricket. For that matter, a total of 500 is a distinct possibility in the now old-fashioned One-Day International played to the 50-overs a team format. What the IPL has shown is an incipient fearlessness to stroke players. Batsmen are prepared to throw the bat at even the good ball, hoping to hack it somewhere for runs. What Sourav Ganguly and Umar Gul showed in the course of the thrilling win they shaped for Kolkata Knight Riders against an asking rate of 14 runs an over was the sky is the limit. The story was repeated by two virtually unknown Rajasthan Royals middleorder batsmen who also made 15 in the final over against Mumbai. Cricket came in for a major surprise when Australia scored 434 two years ago on a pluperfect batting pitch at the Wanderers. Surprise of surprises, South Africa met the target, making 438, on one of the game's most sensational nights of big hitting. Such uninhibited striking of the ball

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  • The two ‘rain’ games at the IPL created huge suspense before the results were out, courtesy Messrs Duckworth & Lewis. The games were a total lottery. The very nature of limited-overs cricket is in its unpredictability. But when the weather intervenes to reduce the overs further from the already severely limited 20, the results cane be quite bizarre.

    While the match at the Kotla could have easily gone the other way had there been no interruption to the flow of the Sehwag innings, the Delhi Daredevils captain did not show sufficient understanding of the complex D&L laws to help his team’s cause.

    He was too naive tactically to give his side the best chance of sealing a semi-final slot.

    While Twenty-20 cricket is relatively new, the variables that captains have to take into account in D&L situations are old. For a player who has been around the national team for more than seven years and who has led the country in ODIs and in a Test match, the Delhiite did not reveal the tactical nous

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  • Who writes the scripts for these guys? The question crops up quite frequently when these larger than life characters take a hand in shaping events. And there is none bigger than Shane Warne, the man they call "Hollywood" who has been shining through the IPL glitz like a beacon.

    It is amazing that the bargain basement team Rajasthan Royals should be heading the table well into the second-half of the preliminary league. Ridiculed as the cheapest of the franchises, said to be a bit of a steal at $67 million, and fined for not using the full salary cap of $5 million at the auction, the team from the Pink City has painted the competition red.

    It is typical of Warne's luck that he and his teammates should be holidaying in Goa when all hell broke loose in Jaipur in the wake of terrorist blasts. This is not the first time that the cricket rebel who would rather have been a beach bum has had people wondering how he manages to come through every event and incident unscathed.

    Down at the

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