• DPMD Jayawardene scored 76 runs in this game to provide the 74th occasion of a batsman scoring a fifty in IPL 2011. His knock represents the 14th occasion of a captain scoring a fifty in IPL 2011.

     

    DPMD Jayawardene's 76 in this game represent his third fifty while leading Kochi. The other two occasions are - 56 vs Mumbai at Mum-WS on 18.04.11, 55 vs Kolkata at Kochi on 05.05.11. He earned the distinction of becoming the second captain to score three fifties in IPL 2011 after V Sehwag of Delhi.

     

    DPMD Jayawardene's 76 in this game represents the fourth occasion of a Kochi batsman scoring a fifty in IPL 2011.

     

    DPMD Jayawardene's 76 in this game represent his third fifty in IPL 2011. The other two occasions are - 56 vs Mumbai at Mum-WS on 18.04.11, 55 vs Kolkata at Kochi on 05.05.11. Thus his knock in this game represents his highest score in IPL 2011.

     

    His 76 in this game was in a losing cause providing the fourth occasion of a captain's fifty going in vain in IPL 2011. The other

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  • With the ICC Cricket Committee coming out strongly in favour of day-night Test matches to save the game's traditional format it is no more a question of whether but when the inaugural Test under lights will be played. The committee at its meeting at Lord's expressed the view that steps should be taken quickly to promote the traditional format and called for the immediate introduction of day-night matches to give a boost to the game in countries where attendances are low and unfortunately this seems to be the rule rather than the exception.

     

    The committee was of the view that recent successful testing with pink balls could well mean that floodlit Tests can start as soon as possible. There has been some resistance to the move by traditionalists who believe that there should be no major changes as far as Test cricket is concerned.  But as former Australian captain Steve Waugh said last year "a day-night Test would be a chance to be part of history by taking the game in a different

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  • Imagine being mentored by the likes of Michael Bevan, Stephen Fleming, Shane Warne and Dav Whatmore - Isn't that an exciting prospect, especially for a rookie playing first class cricket and trying to get a look in for National duties. After all, it's not every day that one can grab an opportunity to network with say a Wasim Akram and pick up a trick or two to hone one's skill. The franchisees, on their part, just as they have meticulously picked up the playing line-up, seem to have gone all the way in ensuring that a stalwart tutor the team.

     

    Quite unfortunately though, this IPL, just as the past three editions, seems to be turning that noble intention right on its head. With over 50 days of non-stop cricket and a total of 14 matches to play, squeezed in between travelling and managing a few net sessions, where is the time for the coach to evaluate a player's skill and guide accordingly, or for the player to actually make the suggested changes. What it eventually boils down to is a

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