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The West Indies coach Ottis Gibson, revealed that the members who are at camp in Barbados would be putting in some hard work, along with team bonding exercises. In Cardiff, there will be more hard work, and specific preparation for the tournament. Gibson went on to say that the key to success in this competition will be to acclimatise to English conditions as quickly as possible, and that his side were very lucky to have a number of players who are familiar with English conditions. The West Indies will play two warm up matches, against Australia and Sri Lanka, as part of their preparation. Before they open their tournament proper with a game on June 7 against Pakistan. In Group B, they will also play against South Africa and India.
The victor of this match, to be hosted by Delhi, will meet the rampant Chennai Super Kings in the Grand Finale of the tournament, on Sunday.
The Mumbai Indians were denied any breathing space while fielding, in their last match. The Chennai batsmen, namely, Suresh Raina and Michael Hussey were in a destructive mood, as they made the Mumbai attack hapless and at their mercy. Hence, while chasing a target of 193, the Mumbai Indians were shot out on 144.
Dwayne Smith had other plans and he threatened to take the match away from the Super Kings, hitting 68 of just 28 balls. However, no support from the rest of the batting lineup, led all his efforts into vain. He has transformed himself into a match winning player, and remains the key for Mumbai in tomorrowâ€™s game.
After securing a huge victory in their last match, the Mumbai Indians will now face the dismal Pune Warriors, tomorrow. This 58th match of the IPL is all set to be hosted by the Warriors at Pune.
The Mumbai Indians thumped the Kolkata Knight Riders by 65 runs in their last match. Batting first, Mumbai scored 170 runs in their 20 overs, owing to good innings from their openers and the middle order. After that the Knight Riders were routed for 105, thanks to a combine bowling effort.
The Mumbai Indians have been a team with one of the strongest batting line-up of this season of the IPL.
Dwayne Smith and Sachin Tendulkar have been great at the top. Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma complete a destructive pair in the middle order. Then, Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard complete the hard-hitting lower order. Mumbai will need some of these players to fire, as they look to secure another win on their belt, tomorrow.
After a bad performance in their last outing, both the teams, the Mumbai Indians and the Kolkata Knight Riders, will lock horns in the 33rd match of IPL 6, tomorrow. The Knight Riders are set to host Mumbai, at one of the highest seating capacity cricket grounds, the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.
The Mumbai Indians, in their last match, were denied a victory from a Virender Sehwag juggernaut. The Mumbai team lost to the Delhi Daredevils by 9 wickets quite surprisingly, as they had set a good target of 162.
Nevertheless, Sachin Tendulkarâ€™s half century and Rohit Sharmaâ€™s belligerent 73 of just 43 balls were a few positives for Mumbai from the previous game.
Although, Mumbai batting lineup is strong and very rarely fails to make an impact, but at times, their bowling can be wayward and expensive.
Mitchell Johnson and Lasith Malinga are destructive when on song, however, they can be pretty expensive sometimes, so their bowling can be a bit unpredictable. But in T20s, bowlers are due for an expensive outing in some matches.
There had been much pre-Test speculation about the nature of the pitch that would be prepared for the third Test of the series at Eden Gardens. The evidence of the first day would suggest that the 83-year-old curator Prabhir Mukherjee has prepared what appears to be a benign surface.
In recent times, India's batsmen have plundered a plethora of runs on such pitches, and although Indian captain, MS Dhoni may not have got the excessively turning wicket that he wanted, he won the toss for the third match in a row and had no hesitation in choosing to bat. A decision that was unsurprising in view of the recent history in Kolkata Tests, where India has amassed 600-plus scores in their first innings in each of the last three matches played at the stadium.
However, although the "little master", Sachin Tendulkar, overcame one of the worst, and very few slumps of his career with an uncharacteristically resolute 76, it was England's day, as they dismissed seven of India's batsmen on a pitch that offered the bowlers very little encouragement.
Left-arm spinner, Monty Panesar, once again showed great control, barely delivering a bad ball all day, while seamer James Anderson produced a master class in how to make the old ball reverse-swing. The pair were backed up by the whole hearted efforts of the fit-again Steven Finn, who replaced the ineffectual Stuart Broad from the team that won the second Test in such style.
England and India lock horns in the all-important third test match starting from Wednesday in what is shaping up to be an intense series. England's outstanding comeback in the second test match propelled them to draw the series level with two matches to play.
Monty Panesar ran through the famed Indian batting line up as India's tactics of having a spin-friendly track majorly backfired. The result was a sharp contrast to the embarrassing defeat the visitors had to face in the first test match that also led MS Dhoni to call for more turning wickets. One thing that is certain is Dhoni will not be making statements about the pitches in the press in the near future at least.
The star studded Indian batting capitulated in front of Panesar and needs to get its act right for the third test match. Only Cheteshwar Pujara offered positivity, striking another ton to add to his double century in the first test match. The selectors have retained the same look to the squad and things would certainly go awry if the players do not prove themselves. Yuvraj Singh and ageing Sachin Tendulkar are under immense pressure after both of them failed to even reach double figures in either innings.
Sunday will witness two matches being played in the Champions League as the action moves ahead in quick time. The evening match will see Highveld Lions lock horns with Mumbai Indians in Group B.
Highveld Lions, runners up at MiWay T20, are the second team from South Africa to be in this year's tournament. They look like one of the relatively weaker teams on paper but it remains difficult to safely predict whether that would actually be true as the matches move ahead.
Playing in familiar conditions will be a huge plus for the team that last clinched the domestic trophy five years ago. In the absence of an array of stars that other teams have, Lions will heavily rely on Dirk Nannes who has played T20 cricket around the globe with considerable success. Sohail Tanvir, the Pakistani left-arm bowler, will be back to the country where he made his international debut in 2007.
Overall, the team has quite a few old horses with six players in the squad over 30 years of age.
On the other hand, Mumbai Indians were nowhere near the finals day of the tournament that earned them a place at this year's Champions League. They finished fourth after losing the eliminator in the IPL and are still a part of the main round here and this has been an obvious criticism of the composition of the tournament.
After a long summer break, Indian test team will gear up to face New Zealand at home in a two match test series starting on August 23rd. With memories of the Australian tour fresh in memory of the players, it was hardly surprising to see two stalwarts of the game bid adieu.
When the Indian Test team will step out of their dressing rooms in Hyderabad without VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid, there will be a definite sense of loss. There will also be great curiosity to see how their replacements measure up.
With Virat Kohli almost certain to play, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, S. Badrinath and Suresh Raina will vie for the remaining two spots in the middle order.
While these may be huge shoes to fill in, it will give selectors a chance to make notes before the big home series against England. Pujara had a promising debut against Australia, 2 years ago, scoring a match winning 69. It will be interesting to see if Raina gets another chance to prove his mettle in test cricket.
The New Zealand squad is without their â€˜talismanâ€™ Daniel Vettori and thus, Jeetan Patel and Tarun Nethula will share the responsibility of making the most of spin-friendly pitches.
Coming after a 2-0 defeat against West Indies, a lot of questions have been raised about their batting. The selectors have axed a few players too because of their poor displays including Dean Brownlie.
Mumbai Indians changed their opening partnership for the eighth time and it worked, with the touch of luck, by producing the highest opening stand of this tournament. In Jaipur, Dwayne Smith and Sachin Tendulkarâ€™s 163-run opening partnership crushed and knocked out Rajasthan Royals from the tournament.
Things were going good for Rajasthan even at the halfway stage of the match. Since Shane Watsonâ€™s arrival, his batting performance has been the reflection of Rajasthanâ€™s form. Whenever his bat smiled, Rajasthan won. Similarly, his failure with the bat led to the teamâ€™s defeat.
Moreover, they have never lost in a home game where they have scored more than 160. In this match, they had everything in their favor â€“ Watson scored 45 and they scored 163 at their home ground.
However, all these calculations and good omens went in vain when Tendulkar and Smith set up the fifth ten-wicket victory in the history of IPL.
Sachin Tendulkar missed the next match against the Rajasthan Royals but should not be ruled out of the entire tournament said Shaun Pollock who is the Mumbai Indians mentor and bowling coach.
Sachin has not been playing for the last two matches since injuring his right hands middle finger while opening for the Rajasthan Royals against the Chennai Super Kings.
â€œIt's a long tournament, so we give him every chance, every game to see if he will be fit. I am not sure about tomorrow, whether there will be enough time (for him to be fit). I think by the time the game on the 16th, everything should be fine,â€ said Shaun Pollock at the pre-match media conference. He added that if he felt fine then Sachin might find a spot open for him.
To fill his spot, Ambati Rayudu and T Suman have been given the duty of partnering Richard Levi.
Deccan Chargers will look to put points on board when they take on the Mumbai Indians in the 9th game of the tournament.
With plenty at stake in the Indian Premier League, the two teams in action on Monday will be hoping to get themselves back on track after a rather disappointing performance in their respective last matches. Deccan Chargers will be hosting Mumbai Indians at Visakhapatnam.
Mumbai Indians were surprisingly at the losing end in their fixture with Pune Warriors on Friday. Set an easy total of 130 to chase, their batsmen caved under pressure to lose the match by 28 runs. Captain Harbhajan Singh will be seeking improvement from his players after a disappointing show earlier. James Franklin and Dinesh Karthik scored 32 runs each but the pace of their partnership meant too much was left for Kieron Pollard who got out for just eight runs.
Sachin Tendulkar the former captain of the Mumbai Indians injured his finger during the opener of the Indian Premier Leagueâ€™s fifth season against reigning champions Chennai Super Kings last evening.
Whether or not the injury is going to hamper his availability for a while is yet to be known. The injury will be scanned by the team doctor and only then will they take call on whether he is to be rested or not.
The injury to Tendulkarâ€™s hand seems to be a serious one as he was immediately retired hurt and did not return to the crease for rest of the innings.
It was a short ball from Dougie Bollinger that bounced up all of a sudden and took the little master by utter surprise and rapped him on his left hand glove.
Says India will suffer when they retire
New Zealandâ€™s all-time cricket legend Richard Hadlee has insisted that the Indian Test side should continue to play their senior batsmen â€“ the experienced trio comprising Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid- despite of their poor performances in recent times.
Hadlee, one of the best players ever to play for the Kiwis, believes that the Indian team is in a transition period when young blood is being injected into the squad; and at this critical moment, India simply cannot afford to lose all of their three experienced batsmen.
Says resting Tendulkar will spoil balance of the team
Indiaâ€™s legendary batsman Sunil Gavaksar has insisted that Sachin Tendulkar should not be rested by India as a part of the rotation policy for the top order.
The Indian team managementâ€™s rotation policy in the ongoing Commonwealth Bank ODI tri-series has seen dynamic Virender Sehwag miss the first ODI while Gambhir was on the sidelines for the second ODI against Sri Lanka.
And quite obviously, it looks as if it would be 38-year-old Tendulkarâ€™s turn now to watch the game from the pavilion. But Gavaskar believes India will lose balance in their squad if Sachin, who is chasing his landmark 100th ton, is rested.
Eight successive overseas losses make BCCI sit up and take notice
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has promised to take necessary measures to overcome the deficiencies in the national teamâ€™s squad, after World Cup Champions India were humbled on Australian soil by a 4-0 Test series loss.
BCCI, who certainly look under pressure, still refused to put up any comments on the Indian senior playersâ€™ future, just after rumours suggesting the possible retirement of Rahul Dravid had spread out.
It was obvious that the BCCI would come out to answer on this matter, as the 4-0 whitewash at the hands of the Aussies came just after another 4-0 overseas defeat at the hands of England.
Australian middle-order batsman has said he hoped that Tendulkar gets to the 100th century after the Australia series
Australian cricketer Michael Hussey, who is mesmerized by seeing Sachin Tendulkarâ€™s abilities as a master of the game, feels the Indian batting legend will reach the landmark of his 100th ton sooner rather than later, while describing it as â€˜inevitable.â€™
Hussey was practicing for the final Test match against India at Adelaide, when he said, â€œHe (Sachin) has played brilliantly. Watching him closely, his footwork, the time he has and the straight bat, both off the front and backfoot, he's playing really well. If he continues it's inevitable.â€
Hussey, sometimes referred to as â€˜Mr. Cricketâ€™, felt that the phase which Tendulkar was going through is part and parcel of the game. He thinks that even if you are batting well at times, like the case of Sachin, it just takes one mistake for any batsman to make his way to the pavilion.