• Let's face facts. Twenty20 is here to stay and play a major role in the development of the game and its finances. It's not a passing fad. It is here to entertain and to evolve and is very much a part of the times in which we live in. For today's generation the entertainment has to be faster, shorter and crisper as we have seen other sports too like billiards and tennis. So it is with cricket which has evolved from Test cricket to the one day game and now T-20.

    Fortunately there is space for all three formats to survive and I do not share the pessimism of the cynics who are quick to write the obituary of Test cricket. That's what they did at the height of the popularity of ODIs and Test cricket warded off the challenge successfully and emerged stronger. On the face of it cricket's traditional format might be low on entertainment value though the purists would not agree. However it is high in matters of strategy and tactics and cricketing skills and players rightly admit that it gives

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  • Kings XI's victory margin of 76 runs in this game provides the 19th occasion of a team winning an IPL game by 50 plus runs margin. It also provides the fourth such occasion in IPL 2011. Other three occasions arec – Bangalore's win by 85 runs against Mohali at Bangalore on 06.05.11, Chennai's win by 63 runs against Jaipur at Jaipur on 09.05.11 and Hyderabad's win by 55 runs against Kochi at Kochi on 27.04.11.

    Mumbai was all out of 87 in this game providing the 12th occasion of a team dismissed for a total less than 100 in IPL. It also represents Mumbai's lowest total in IPL. The
    previous lowest was 116 against Delhi at East London on 08.05.09. It also represents the first occasion of Mumbai dismissed for a total less than 100 in IPL.

    AC Blizzard took three catches in this game to provide the 18th occasion of a fieldsman taking three or more catches in IPL. AC Blizzard became the fourth Mumbai fieldsman to
    take three or more catches in an innings. The other three are – SR Tendulkar {04}

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  • - MR Marsh captured 4 for 25 in this game providing the seventh occasion of a bowler capturing four or more wickets in IPL 2011 and 36th such occasion in IPL.

     

    - MR Marsh's 4 for 25 in this game provide the 16th occasion of an overseas bowler capturing four or more wickets in IPL.

     

    - His figures in this game provide the second occasion of a Pune bowler capturing four or more wickets in IPL. The other occasion was Yuvraj Singh's 4 for 29 vs Delhi at Mum-DYP on 17.04.11. Thus, Marsh's 4 for 25 represent the best bowling figures by a Pune bowler in IPL.

     

    - MR Marsh's 4 for 25 represent the eighth occasion of a bowler capturing four or more wickets against Hyderabad in IPL.

     

    - SC Ganguly was playing his first match in IPL 2011 edition and 41st match in IPL.  He played for Kolkata in the first three editions of IPL and in this edition he is representing Pune Warriors.

     

    - PP Ojha with his lone wicket in this game has an aggregate of 57 wickets in IPL. He now shares the second place

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