• IPL 2011: Match No 61: Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Rajasthan Royals at Indore on 15.05.11: Kochi Tuskers Kerala won by eight wickets

     

    Kochi won this game by eight wickets with 76 balls to spare providing the second largest win with most number of balls to spare in IPL. The record for this category is credited to Mumbai who won the game against Kolkata at Mumbai on 16.05.08 with 87 balls to spare

     

    Kochi's win by eight wickets with 76 balls to spare in this game provide the third occasion of a team winning a game with 50 plus balls remaining in IPL. The other two wins are - Mumbai winning the game against Kolkata at Mumbai on 16.05.08 with 87 balls to spare and Bangalore winning the game against Jaipur at Bangalore on 18.03.10 with 56 balls to spare.

    BJ Hodge captured 4 for 13 in this game providing the 40th occasion of a bowler capturing four or more wickets in IPL. He became the second Kochi bowler to capture four or more wickets in IPL after RP Singh. RP Singh had returned with figures

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  • With all the frenetic activity associated with the Indian Premier League and Twenty20 my attention has been diverted to the pleasures of Test match cricket. Yes, pleasures for as a bit of an old timer, as a traditionalist who grew up on a staple diet of five day matches that sometimes did not produce a result even after 30 hours of play I have really enjoyed the fare served out at the Providence stadium in Guyana.

    What a fiercely competitive match it has been between West Indies and Pakistan! Three and a half days of gripping cricket, fluctuating fortunes, some excellent batting and bowling and a keen contest between two evenly matched sides (incidentally Pakistan are ranked No 6 and West Indies No 7) produced the kind of thriller that only Test cricket can produce no matter what the younger generation might say about Twenty20. The comparatively leisurely proceedings, two innings a side instead of one, players in white, day cricket and the red ball have provided a refreshingly

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  • On his last day in Jaipur, Warnie looked a forlorn soul. He did not
    do his handshake with the presentation party members as he would
    normally do, and 15 minutes after the presentation had an altercation
    with me for not being given the pitch and the pitch preparation that he
    wanted.

     

    This was the ugly side of a master cricketer who
    was an absolute tormentor of batsmen of his generation, and sent
    shudders up many a spine. In a format like T20, batsmen preferred to see
    his 4 overs off without incident. The success of the great Australian
    side under Mark Taylor, Waugh, and Ponting had Warne as a key factor.
    Except Indians, he defeated batsmen of every country with his
    mesmerizing brand of spin and was largely responsible, along with Anil
    Kumble, for revival of leg spin as a potent force in international
    cricket.

     

    On the field, he was an absorbed, passionate
    maestro, a complete cricketer who could fool the best of batsmen. He was
    a feisty fighter, fiercely competitive on the field, but

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