Lalit Modi alleges Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja involved in IPL betting


After politicians and bureaucrats, it is now the turn of cricketers to be burnt by former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi’s fire.

Modi on Saturday alleged that Chennai Super Kings’ players Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo and Suresh Raina are involved in betting in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

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In a fresh salvo, Modi tweeted his 2013 letter to ICC CEO Dave Richardson where he cast aspersion on the integrity of these players and also talked about their proximity to a bookie, Baba Diwan, who allegedly not only paid money to these players but also gifted them flats.

On May 13 this year Modi had woken up the ‘fixing’ monster by saying that at least four CSK players are part of the cash-rich league that is struggling to rid itself of corruption.

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Days before the league’s eighth season ended on May 24, Modi’s tweets had flared-up the controversial issue, wherein he said that if the Supreme Court were to reveal the names of players involved, four will emerge from the CSK – a franchise trying to distance itself from the conflict of issue interest related to its former owner N Srinivasan.

With reference to the Justice Mudgal Commitee report submitted to the Supreme Court, the suspended IPL chairman Modi tweeted a couple of days back: “So here is my BREAKING STORY – IF THE #HONORABLE #SUPREME #COURT WAS TO REVEAL THE NAMES OF PLAYERS INVOLVED IN FIXING – at least 4 are CSK”

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Modi also stated that the likes of BCCI, Anurag Thakur and India Cements are trying to deceive the public in matters related to betting. “Again these jokers in @BCCI @ICC @IPL #indiacements @ianuragthakur trying 2 hoodwink us all in regard to #illegal betting quantum,” the suspended commissioner tweeted.

Modi had also claimed that “9,000-10,000 crore per game” was the money being bet on the cash-rich Twenty20 league.

“I have been saying for years – wake up media fellows it’s more like 9000- 10,000 crores per game. Why do u think #monster is trying to stay #put on his #chair That’s where he gets his #raw #material to fund his #buying of #votes, #politicians, #players,” he further tweeted.

The BCCI had refuted a media report that claimed that the Justice Lodha Committee found the board president ‘incoherent and incomprehensible’ forcing the Supreme Court-constituted panel to ask who is running the affairs of the governing body.

The panel was appointed by the Supreme Court to decide on the quantum of punishment for former BCCI president N. Srinivasan’s son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan and Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra after they were found guilty of betting in the 2013 edition of the tournament.

 

Kashyap stuns world no.1, enters Indonesia Open semis


Ace Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap rallied to shock World No. 1 Chen Long, continuing his giant-killing spree to enter the men’s singles semifinals of the Indonesian Open Super Series badminton tournament here on Friday.

Kashyap, ranked 12th in the world, came from behind to beat the top seed Chinese 14—21 21—17 21—14 in a contest that lasted an hour and three minutes.

The Commonwealth gold-medallist was consistent with his smashes and impeccable with his net play against his more fancied opponent.

Coming into this match, Long had a 7—1 head-to-head record against Kashyap. The numero uno shuttler over the last two years has emerged as China’s successor to the incomparable Lin Dan.

Incidentally, Kashyap’s last victory against Long came in this very tournament in 2012.

In what was a classic David vs Goliath battle, Kashyap used all his resources to overcome his rival.

One of the fastest movers and hardest hitters in the world, Long failed to counter Kashyap’s odd, precise smashes and started committing unforced errors.

In the opening game, Kashyap was hardly a match to Long, who not just opened up a 6—2 lead but consistently moved ahead.

Although Kashyap caught up with him on a couple of occasions but once the Chinese broke away from a tied 11—11 position to 16—11, there was no looking back for him. Long comfortably sealed the first game 21—14.

The second game went neck-and-neck till 7—7 before the Indian managed to take a slight lead and hold on to the advantage always keeping his nose ahead.

Even though the experienced Chinese kept breathing down his neck, Kashyap wriggled out of some tricky situations to take the game to the decider.

In the third game, Kashyap broke away from tied 2—2 to take a 9—3 lead, even as Long committed too many unforced errors, hitting wide and long to hand over a massive 14—5 lead to the Indian.

In the end, it was a cake walk for Kashyap, who made full use of his chances to sail through.

Saina loses No. 1 spot; Srikanth climbs to No. 3


Indian ace Saina Nehwal was displaced from the top spot in badminton world rankings, slipping to third in the latest women’s singles list.

Saina, the first Indian woman badminton player to be world number one, dropped two spots and is placed below Spaniard Carolina Marin (80752).

Olympic champion Li Xuerui claimed the top spot, going up a place with 85217 points.

In men’s singles, Kidambi Srikanth was the highest-placed Indian, climbing a position to third with 67157 points.

He is placed ahead of Chinese star Lin Dan, who has slipped a couple of positions.

Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap is the next best Indian at 12th, followed by H.S. Prannoy at 13th.

In the women’s doubles list, Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa went up a place to be ranked 17th.

Sania-Martina bow out of French Open


Indian ace Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis crashed out of the French Open after being upstaged in straight sets by Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova in their women’s doubles quarterfinal match on Wednesday.

Top seeds and hot favourites, Sania and Martina went down to the seventh seeded American-Czech pair 5-7 2-6 in the Clay Court Grand Slam.

It was a below-par performance by Sania and Martina, managing to win just a total of 61 points as compared to 70 by their lower-ranked rivals.

Sania and Martina failed to live up to their reputation as they struggled throughout the match.

The Indo-Swiss duo could not step up the momentum when needed and lost 5-7.

In the second set, Sania and Martina turned out to be no match to their opponents. They lost their serve in the beginning of the set itself to fall behind 0-2.

Leading 2-0, Mattek-Sands and Safarova tightened the noose and the top seeds were left to play only the catching up game, which they eventually lost to bow out of the tournament.

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Cricket legends including Brian Lara, Jacques Kallis and Adam Gilchrist will play in a new Twenty20 tournament in the UAE from February 2016, it was announced at a media conference here on Wednesday.

The Masters Champions League (MCL) was unveiled by organisers Major Events at the Burj Al Arab, with the star trio joined at the launch by Pakistan great Wasim Akram. Former Australia batsman Allan Border and ex-England captain Graham Gooch were also in attendance as members of the MCL governing council.

The tournament’s inaugural edition will see six teams with 15 squad members each — making a total of 90 players — battle it out at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Sharjah Cricket Stadium and Shaikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Inaugural matches are due to take place over two weeks in early February 2016.

The launch of the Masters Champions League in UAE
MCL officials including Allan Border (second from right) and Graham Gooch (right)

Former West Indies great Lara said: “I am thrilled and honoured to be taking part in what promises to be an exceptional display of competitive cricket.

“The UAE is a great location for a tournament like this to be based, with a big fan base in the country.

“I hope people get behind the MCL and support some of the heroes of the game as they look to extend their careers a little longer.

Masters Champions League launchThe assembled media wait for the launch to start

“The MCL is a tremendous force for good, which is partly what attracted me to it.

“The organisers have ensured giving back is a major theme, alongside inspiring cricket in the Middle East and in terms of leaving a lasting legacy.”

Zafar Shah, MCL Chairman, added: “As with many other popular sports, there is a real desire amongst fans and cricketers to see some of the game’s retired icons back in serious competition.

 

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“The UAE is an ideal location for this unique tournament: it’s easy to access from anywhere in the world; it has a large fan base already living in the country; and it has three fantastic international stadiums to host the matches. We hope that by holding the tournament in the UAE it might also inspire a new generation of Emiratis to take up the great game, leaving a lasting legacy in the country.

“Our ultimate vision is for the MCL to become the natural next step for all international players retiring from the professional game to extend their careers in a masters league.”

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Craig, Williamson spin NZ to famous win


Hearts and minds are one thing but what New Zealand really wanted to win was this Test. At Headingley, the ground where they first claimed a Test victory in England more than 30 years ago, they had to battle the weather, which took almost a day out of the game, and an England side still swaggering from their heroics at Lord’s last week.

They overcame both with time to spare, having scored 804 runs at almost five an over and twice rattled through England with pace, swing and, on the final day, spin. Every member of the side contributed to their victory in the second Investec Test, one which levelled the series and preserved a two-year unbeaten run. In 54 Tests against England in England, it was only New Zealand’s fifth victory and their first of the 21st century.

New Zealand were on the brink of only their fifth Test victory in England after removing three more wickets during the afternoon session, including that of Alastair Cook after a dogged half-century. Kane Williamson took his tally to three wickets as New Zealand strode confidently towards a series-levelling win in the Headingley sunshine.

England had gone to lunch five down, any bravado about attempting to chase 455 scattered to the far corners of the Yorkshire Ridings. Cook was their chief hope of saving the game but he fell shortly after having become the youngest man to record 9000 Test runs, leaving Jos Buttler as the last recognised batsman. When Cook failed in an attempt to reverse his lbw decision against Williamson, who struck in the first over of a spell for the second time, Brendon McCullum must have sensed things going his way.

Buttler showed a different side to his game by playing with admirable restraint to get through to tea. He survived a review for caught down the leg side off Tim Southee and was worked over by Matt Henry, who followed a throat ball with one that took the outside edge and fell short of slip; Buttler also required treatment after a length ball from Henry leapt to strike him a vicious blow on the hand.

New Zealand enjoyed a perfect morning at Headingley, Trent Boult and Mark Craig taking two wickets apiece in the first hour to help New Zealand once again seize the initiative. Only a scattering of spectators had braved another icy morning – despite reduced ticket prices – as the people of Yorkshire decided England were not worth the investment. Despite almost a full day being lost to poor weather in this match, New Zealand were set to win with time to spare.

Still, for the couple of thousand in attendance as well as those watching on television screens around the world, there was much to admire in the way New Zealand went about their business, each wicket celebrated with joyous collective abandon. McCullum’s side have not lost a Test series since their last visit to England in 2013 and they have won many more admirers besides for the spirit in which they approach a challenge.

If England did intend to play positively and keep the threat of a world-record run chase in the back of Kiwi minds, it was not easy to discern. Five of the first six overs were maidens, one of which included the wicket of Adam Lyth, caught behind after nicking a good one from Boult. With Boult making the ball swing under grey skies and McCullum able to do much as he pleased with his fielders, England regressed into the defensive posture that has frequently cost them in recent years.

Lyth was always the likelier of England’s openers to press New Zealand back with his strokeplay but his dismissal without adding to his overnight score brought the seemingly ill-at-ease Gary Ballance to the middle. Despite an attempt to counter a perceived weakness against full, swinging deliveries by batting out of his crease (before stepping back in as per his trigger movement), he was undone by the skills of Boult for the second time in the match. Lightning struck twice, this time via a full ball deflecting off the pads and into off stump.

The offspinner, Craig, who England dealt with brusquely at Lord’s, was able to settle into a rhythm from the Kirkstall Lane End and he gained rich reward halfway through the session, removing Ian Bell and Joe Root within the space of three deliveries.

Both fell to excellent leg-side catches, though the decision making – from Bell in particular – was questionable. Having seen McCullum instruct Kane Williamson to go and stand at leg slip, Bell went back into his crease and steered the ball obligingly straight to the fielder, who scooped it off the ground with glee. Root struck his leg glance much more powerfully, only for Tom Latham’s woolly jumper to absorb the impact and his hands to gratefully clutch the ball.

Cook is the exception for whom obdurate occupation of the crease is his greatest strength and he absorbed 171 balls in making 56, bowing his head over the bat like a monk at prayer. Cook and Ben Stokes had begun something of a revival, adding 40 runs together and ticking off almost 16 overs, when the part-time spin of Kane Williamson broke through once more, Stokes caught at the wicket attempting to cut. With more than 60 overs remaining, New Zealand were halfway to their target.

New Zealand 350 & 454/8d
England 350 & 255 (91.5 ov)
New Zealand won by 199 runs
New Zealand in England Test Series – 2nd Investec Test
Test no. 2163 | 2015 season
Played at Headingley, Leeds
29,30,31 May, 1,2 June 2015 (5-day match)
New Zealand 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal MJ Guptill c Bell b Anderson 0 10 8 0 0 0.00
View dismissal TWM Latham c Root b Broad 84 224 180 13 0 46.66
View dismissal KS Williamson c †Buttler b Anderson 0 1 2 0 0 0.00
View dismissal LRPL Taylor lbw b Broad 20 51 27 4 0 74.07
View dismissal BB McCullum* c Wood b Stokes 41 44 28 6 1 146.42
View dismissal BJ Watling b Wood 14 22 19 3 0 73.68
View dismissal L Ronchi† c Anderson b Broad 88 99 70 13 3 125.71
MD Craig not out 41 75 63 5 1 65.07
View dismissal TG Southee c Lyth b Wood 1 16 5 0 0 20.00
View dismissal MJ Henry c †Buttler b Broad 27 27 21 4 1 128.57
View dismissal TA Boult c Lyth b Broad 15 24 11 3 0 136.36
Extras (b 4, lb 14, nb 1) 19
Total (all out; 72.1 overs) 350 (4.84 runs per over)

Fall of wickets 1-2 (Guptill, 2.2 ov), 2-2 (Williamson, 2.4 ov), 3-68 (Taylor, 14.6 ov), 4-123 (McCullum, 25.1 ov), 5-144 (Watling, 30.5 ov), 6-264 (Latham, 54.6 ov), 7-265 (Ronchi, 56.2 ov), 8-281 (Southee, 60.2 ov), 9-310 (Henry, 66.6 ov), 10-350 (Boult, 72.1 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
View wickets JM Anderson 13 3 43 2 3.30 62 7 0
View wickets SCJ Broad 17.1 0 109 5 6.34 65 16 2 (1nb)
View wickets MA Wood 14 4 62 2 4.42 63 13 0
View wicket BA Stokes 17 4 70 1 4.11 73 11 1
MM Ali 11 3 48 0 4.36 46 4 3
England 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal A Lyth run out (Boult/†Ronchi) 107 290 212 15 0 50.47
View dismissal AN Cook* lbw b Craig 75 226 187 12 0 40.10
View dismissal GS Ballance b Boult 29 88 67 6 0 43.28
View dismissal IR Bell c Craig b Southee 12 65 35 1 1 34.28
View dismissal JE Root c †Ronchi b Southee 1 6 5 0 0 20.00
View dismissal BA Stokes c Craig b Boult 6 21 17 0 0 35.29
View dismissal JC Buttler† c Taylor b Southee 10 30 26 1 0 38.46
View dismissal MM Ali c Guptill b Southee 1 21 14 0 0 7.14
View dismissal SCJ Broad b Henry 46 70 39 5 1 117.94
View dismissal MA Wood c †Ronchi b Craig 19 41 33 3 0 57.57
JM Anderson not out 10 25 16 2 0 62.50
Extras (b 19, lb 5, w 5, nb 5) 34
Total (all out; 108.2 overs) 350 (3.23 runs per over)

Fall of wickets 1-177 (Cook, 58.6 ov), 2-215 (Lyth, 74.5 ov), 3-238 (Ballance, 80.3 ov), 4-239 (Root, 81.2 ov), 5-247 (Stokes, 86.2 ov), 6-257 (Bell, 89.2 ov), 7-266 (Buttler, 93.3 ov), 8-267 (Ali, 93.6 ov), 9-318 (Wood, 101.6 ov), 10-350 (Broad, 108.2 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
View wickets TA Boult 30 7 98 2 3.26 138 13 0 (1nb, 1w)
View wickets TG Southee 30 5 83 4 2.76 138 9 0 (2w)
View wicket MJ Henry 20.2 4 92 1 4.52 92 16 1 (2w)
View wickets MD Craig 26 12 48 2 1.84 133 6 1
KS Williamson 2 1 5 0 2.50 10 1 0
New Zealand 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal TWM Latham c †Buttler b Broad 3 24 17 0 0 17.64
View dismissal MJ Guptill c Root b Wood 70 127 72 7 1 97.22
View dismissal KS Williamson c †Buttler b Broad 6 16 20 1 0 30.00
View dismissal LRPL Taylor c Stokes b Wood 48 65 48 5 1 100.00
View dismissal BB McCullum* lbw b Wood 55 139 98 3 1 56.12
View dismissal BJ Watling c Root b Anderson 120 206 163 15 1 73.61
View dismissal L Ronchi† c †Buttler b Anderson 31 30 23 3 1 134.78
MD Craig not out 58 102 77 9 1 75.32
View dismissal TG Southee c Anderson b Ali 40 41 24 6 1 166.66
MJ Henry not out 12 5 4 0 2 300.00
Extras (b 4, lb 6, w 1) 11
Total (8 wickets dec; 91 overs) 454 (4.98 runs per over)

Did not batTA Boult


Fall of wickets 1-15 (Latham, 5.5 ov), 2-23 (Williamson, 9.4 ov), 3-122 (Taylor, 24.1 ov), 4-141 (Guptill, 28.4 ov), 5-262 (McCullum, 60.4 ov), 6-315 (Ronchi, 67.4 ov), 7-368 (Watling, 81.2 ov), 8-435 (Southee, 89.6 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
View wickets JM Anderson 23 4 96 2 4.17 96 13 0 (1w)
View wickets SCJ Broad 16 1 94 2 5.87 58 9 4
View wickets MA Wood 19 2 97 3 5.10 72 14 0
BA Stokes 12 1 61 0 5.08 44 6 2
View wicket MM Ali 16 0 73 1 4.56 57 4 3
JE Root 5 0 23 0 4.60 19 3 0
England 2nd innings (target: 455 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal A Lyth c †Ronchi b Boult 24 59 41 4 0 58.53
View dismissal AN Cook* lbw b Williamson 56 217 171 4 0 32.74
View dismissal GS Ballance b Boult 6 27 26 1 0 23.07
View dismissal IR Bell c Williamson b Craig 1 10 10 0 0 10.00
View dismissal JE Root c Latham b Craig 0 2 2 0 0 0.00
View dismissal BA Stokes c †Ronchi b Williamson 29 61 51 5 0 56.86
View dismissal JC Buttler† lbw b Craig 73 172 147 13 1 49.65
View dismissal MM Ali b Henry 2 14 14 0 0 14.28
View dismissal SCJ Broad b Williamson 23 37 35 5 0 65.71
View dismissal MA Wood c Craig b Southee 17 39 40 2 0 42.50
JM Anderson not out 8 21 14 2 0 57.14
Extras (b 12, lb 2, w 2) 16
Total (all out; 91.5 overs) 255 (2.77 runs per over)

Fall of wickets 1-47 (Lyth, 16.6 ov), 2-61 (Ballance, 24.6 ov), 3-62 (Bell, 27.4 ov), 4-62 (Root, 27.6 ov), 5-102 (Stokes, 43.5 ov), 6-141 (Cook, 57.3 ov), 7-153 (Ali, 62.2 ov), 8-188 (Broad, 73.1 ov), 9-230 (Wood, 85.4 ov), 10-255 (Buttler, 91.5 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
View wickets TA Boult 23 4 61 2 2.65 107 6 0
View wicket TG Southee 18 7 43 1 2.38 90 6 0 (1w)
View wickets MD Craig 31.5 12 73 3 2.29 166 12 1
View wicket MJ Henry 12 2 49 1 4.08 55 10 0 (1w)
View wickets KS Williamson 7 1 15 3 2.14 34 2 0

MATCH DETAILS


Toss – England, who chose to field
Series – 2-match series drawn 1-1
Test debut – L Ronchi (New Zealand)
Player of the match – tba

New Zealand declares on 454/8, England needs 455 to win


New Zealand 350 & 454/8d
England 350 & 44/0 (13.0 ov)
England require another 411 runs with 10 wickets remaining
New Zealand in England Test Series – 2nd Investec Test
Test no. 2163 | 2015 season
Played at Headingley, Leeds
29,30,31 May, 1,2 June 2015 (5-day match)

Stumps – Day 4
New Zealand 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal MJ Guptill c Bell b Anderson 0 10 8 0 0 0.00
View dismissal TWM Latham c Root b Broad 84 224 180 13 0 46.66
View dismissal KS Williamson c †Buttler b Anderson 0 1 2 0 0 0.00
View dismissal LRPL Taylor lbw b Broad 20 51 27 4 0 74.07
View dismissal BB McCullum* c Wood b Stokes 41 44 28 6 1 146.42
View dismissal BJ Watling b Wood 14 22 19 3 0 73.68
View dismissal L Ronchi† c Anderson b Broad 88 99 70 13 3 125.71
MD Craig not out 41 75 63 5 1 65.07
View dismissal TG Southee c Lyth b Wood 1 16 5 0 0 20.00
View dismissal MJ Henry c †Buttler b Broad 27 27 21 4 1 128.57
View dismissal TA Boult c Lyth b Broad 15 24 11 3 0 136.36
Extras (b 4, lb 14, nb 1) 19
Total (all out; 72.1 overs) 350 (4.84 runs per over)

Fall of wickets 1-2 (Guptill, 2.2 ov), 2-2 (Williamson, 2.4 ov), 3-68 (Taylor, 14.6 ov), 4-123 (McCullum, 25.1 ov), 5-144 (Watling, 30.5 ov), 6-264 (Latham, 54.6 ov), 7-265 (Ronchi, 56.2 ov), 8-281 (Southee, 60.2 ov), 9-310 (Henry, 66.6 ov), 10-350 (Boult, 72.1 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
View wickets JM Anderson 13 3 43 2 3.30 62 7 0
View wickets SCJ Broad 17.1 0 109 5 6.34 65 16 2 (1nb)
View wickets MA Wood 14 4 62 2 4.42 63 13 0
View wicket BA Stokes 17 4 70 1 4.11 73 11 1
MM Ali 11 3 48 0 4.36 46 4 3
England 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal A Lyth run out (Boult/†Ronchi) 107 290 212 15 0 50.47
View dismissal AN Cook* lbw b Craig 75 226 187 12 0 40.10
View dismissal GS Ballance b Boult 29 88 67 6 0 43.28
View dismissal IR Bell c Craig b Southee 12 65 35 1 1 34.28
View dismissal JE Root c †Ronchi b Southee 1 6 5 0 0 20.00
View dismissal BA Stokes c Craig b Boult 6 21 17 0 0 35.29
View dismissal JC Buttler† c Taylor b Southee 10 30 26 1 0 38.46
View dismissal MM Ali c Guptill b Southee 1 21 14 0 0 7.14
View dismissal SCJ Broad b Henry 46 70 39 5 1 117.94
View dismissal MA Wood c †Ronchi b Craig 19 41 33 3 0 57.57
JM Anderson not out 10 25 16 2 0 62.50
Extras (b 19, lb 5, w 5, nb 5) 34
Total (all out; 108.2 overs) 350 (3.23 runs per over)

Fall of wickets 1-177 (Cook, 58.6 ov), 2-215 (Lyth, 74.5 ov), 3-238 (Ballance, 80.3 ov), 4-239 (Root, 81.2 ov), 5-247 (Stokes, 86.2 ov), 6-257 (Bell, 89.2 ov), 7-266 (Buttler, 93.3 ov), 8-267 (Ali, 93.6 ov), 9-318 (Wood, 101.6 ov), 10-350 (Broad, 108.2 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
View wickets TA Boult 30 7 98 2 3.26 138 13 0 (1nb, 1w)
View wickets TG Southee 30 5 83 4 2.76 138 9 0 (2w)
View wicket MJ Henry 20.2 4 92 1 4.52 92 16 1 (2w)
View wickets MD Craig 26 12 48 2 1.84 133 6 1
KS Williamson 2 1 5 0 2.50 10 1 0
New Zealand 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal TWM Latham c †Buttler b Broad 3 24 17 0 0 17.64
View dismissal MJ Guptill c Root b Wood 70 127 72 7 1 97.22
View dismissal KS Williamson c †Buttler b Broad 6 16 20 1 0 30.00
View dismissal LRPL Taylor c Stokes b Wood 48 65 48 5 1 100.00
View dismissal BB McCullum* lbw b Wood 55 139 98 3 1 56.12
View dismissal BJ Watling c Root b Anderson 120 206 163 15 1 73.61
View dismissal L Ronchi† c †Buttler b Anderson 31 30 23 3 1 134.78
MD Craig not out 58 102 77 9 1 75.32
View dismissal TG Southee c Anderson b Ali 40 41 24 6 1 166.66
MJ Henry not out 12 5 4 0 2 300.00
Extras (b 4, lb 6, w 1) 11
Total (8 wickets dec; 91 overs) 454 (4.98 runs per over)

Did not batTA Boult


Fall of wickets 1-15 (Latham, 5.5 ov), 2-23 (Williamson, 9.4 ov), 3-122 (Taylor, 24.1 ov), 4-141 (Guptill, 28.4 ov), 5-262 (McCullum, 60.4 ov), 6-315 (Ronchi, 67.4 ov), 7-368 (Watling, 81.2 ov), 8-435 (Southee, 89.6 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
View wickets JM Anderson 23 4 96 2 4.17 96 13 0 (1w)
View wickets SCJ Broad 16 1 94 2 5.87 58 9 4
View wickets MA Wood 19 2 97 3 5.10 72 14 0
BA Stokes 12 1 61 0 5.08 44 6 2
View wicket MM Ali 16 0 73 1 4.56 57 4 3
JE Root 5 0 23 0 4.60 19 3 0
England 2nd innings (target: 455 runs) R B 4s 6s SR
A Lyth not out 24 29 4 0 82.75
AN Cook* not out 18 49 1 0 36.73
Extras (lb 1, w 1) 2
Total (0 wickets; 13 overs) 44 (3.38 runs per over)

To batGS Ballance, IR Bell, JE Root, BA Stokes, JC Buttler†, MM Ali, SCJ Broad, MA Wood, JM Anderson


Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
TA Boult 7 0 20 0 2.85 30 1 0
TG Southee 3 1 13 0 4.33 14 2 0 (1w)
MD Craig 1 0 1 0 1.00 5 0 0
MJ Henry 2 0 9 0 4.50 9 2 0

MATCH DETAILS


Toss – England, who chose to field
Test debut – L Ronchi (New Zealand)
Player of the match – tba
Umpires – S Ravi (India) and RJ Tucker (Australia)
TV umpire – M Erasmus (South Africa)
Match referee – DC Boon (Australia)
Reserve umpire – NA Mallender

Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman Agree to be Team India’s Advisors; No Word on Dravid


New Delhi: After weeks of speculation, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman have agreed to be on BCCI’s advisory committee, according to Board secretary Anurag Thakur. (Related: Will Ganguly become Team India’s new High Performance Director?)

Thakur tweeted that former captains Ganguly and Tendulkar will form the all-important committee that will advise the Indian Cricket Board. While Laxman will be the third man, Rahul Dravid is conspicuous by his absence. (Also read: ‘Indian cricket team full of superstars, don’t need a coach’)

BCCI president welcomed the ‘Big Three’ saying, “I am happy to note that our eminent cricketers have come forward to lend their experience and insights as we work towards a common goal of taking Indian Cricket to greater heights.” (Official BCCI media release)

It is still not clear what roles the veteran superstars will play. It has been widely speculated that Ganguly will become Team India’s High Performance Manager. However, Ganguly or Tendulkar, despite their heavy personal assignments that includes media, is unlikely to be a coach.

Thakur will be talking to Tendulkar, Laxman and Ganguly on Monday to discuss details. The troika is expected to advise on selection of coaches and other matters for the development of cricket. Interestingly, former Test captain Anil Kumble is already heading BCCI’s technical committee.

Speaking to the media in Kolkata on Monday evening, an evasive Ganguly said: “I don’t even know my role in the advisory committee.” Instead, the football-loving former captain preferred to talk about Mohun Bagan winning the I-League.

It is not clear if Ganguly will accompany the Indian Team on their upcoming tour of Bangladesh. The team flies out to Dhaka from Kolkata on June 7. The first Test starts June 10. India and Bangladesh also play three ODIs.

“The coming generations are bound to benefit from the guidance that will be provided by these luminaries and will go a long way in strengthening our existing system,” Dalmiya said.

There is a question mark on Ravi Shastri’s role. The former all-rounder was India’s Team Director during the World Cup and is not keen on a short-term role. (Also read: Ideal time to coach Team India, says Gavaskar)

It is very unlikely the BCCI will completely ignore Dravid. ‘The Wall’ has played a massive role in galvanising Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League and it will not be surprising if the Board officials have a bigger and hands-on role for the former master batsman for Team India.

In all likelihood, India will travel to Bangladesh without a head coach. The support staff may just comprise Sanjay Bangar, Bharat Arun (bowling) and R. Sridhar (fielding) – all three have been part of Team India in recent times.

Mumbai Indians saunter to second title win


Mumbai Indians completed one of the most remarkable turnarounds in the eight-year history of the Indian Premier League by transforming a terrible start to the tournament – they were at the bottom of the table for the first two weeks – into a title win.

The final, a repeat of their 2013 success at the same ground against the same opposition, turned out to be one of the easier outings after an unbridled early onslaught by Rohit Sharma and Lendl Simmons, both of whom hit half-centuries, stunned Chennai Super Kings – veterans of IPL finals – into submission. Super Kings were not even given a sniff.

MS Dhoni’s choice of bowling first on a patchy Eden Gardens pitch was interesting, not because he might have over-compensated for the presence of dew later on but because it was a departure from a strategy that had worked for Super Kings during in their two previous title wins – bat first, score big, then apply the squeeze.

The start was perfect; Faf du Plessis ran out Parthiv Patel brilliantly and Ashish Nehra ensured only one came off the first over. But that was it, because once Rohit tore into the second over, picking 16 off Mohit Sharma, Super Kings were always chasing the ball.

R Ashwin was introduced in the fourth over, overstepped once and paid the price with a 12-run over. Jadeja was also bowled inside the Powerplay but Simmons smashed him for 14 runs to make it 61 runs off the first six. After seeing Rohit kick-start the innings with a flurry of boundaries in the first three overs, Simmons had played all but one ball in the next three and had overtaken Rohit.

The spreading of field was not going to have an effect on the tiny outfield. Simmons continued hogging majority of strike and continued finding boundaries to reach his sixth half-century of the season in the 10th over.

The run-rate showed no signs of stemming but Dhoni continued to hold back Dwayne Bravo, the leading wicket-taker of the tournament. As fate had it, it was Bravo who broke the dangerous stand in his first over – the 12th of the innings – by which time Rohit, too, had reached his half-century, of just 24 balls, and the run-rate was hovering around 10.

An animated speech by Dhoni in the team huddle at Rohit’s dismissal had a brief effect: Dwayne Smith sent Simmons back with his first ball of the tournament and 30 runs came off four overs. But on 150 after 16 overs with Kieron Pollard and Ambati Rayudu warmed up, Mumbai Indians were waiting to explode.

Nehra bore the brunt – he was hit for three sixes and a four in the 17th by Pollard – and Mumbai Indians finished for only the second ever 200-plus total in an IPL final.

Super Kings’ chase needed early thrust but it never came. Smith, as had happened throughout the season, struggled to time the ball. He did reach a half-century – his second this season – but Super Kings needed more from him than a strike rate of 118. Harbhajan Singh dismissed Smith an over after he had removed Raina, Malinga struck too and Mitchell McClenaghan collected three. Super Kings’ wait for their third title entered its fifth year.

SCORECARD:

Pepsi Indian Premier League – Final
Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings
Mumbai Indians won by 41 runs
Twenty20 match | 2015 season
Played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata
24 May 2015 – night match (20-over match)
Mumbai Indians innings (20 overs maximum) R B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal LMP Simmons b Smith 68 45 8 3 151.11
View dismissal PA Patel† run out (du Plessis) 0 3 0 0 0.00
View dismissal RG Sharma* c Jadeja b Bravo 50 26 6 2 192.30
View dismissal KA Pollard c Raina b Sharma 36 18 2 3 200.00
AT Rayudu not out 36 24 0 3 150.00
View dismissal HH Pandya c Raina b Bravo 0 2 0 0 0.00
Harbhajan Singh not out 6 3 0 1 200.00
Extras (b 1, lb 4, nb 1) 6
Total (5 wickets; 20 overs) 202 (10.10 runs per over)

Did not batJ Suchith, MJ McClenaghan, R Vinay Kumar, SL Malinga


Fall of wickets 1-1 (Patel, 0.5 ov), 2-120 (Sharma, 11.6 ov), 3-120 (Simmons, 12.1 ov), 4-191 (Pollard, 18.5 ov), 5-191 (Pandya, 19.2 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
A Nehra 4 0 41 0 10.25 10 4 3
View wicket MM Sharma 4 0 38 1 9.50 9 3 2
R Ashwin 2 0 21 0 10.50 6 1 2 (1nb)
RA Jadeja 2 0 26 0 13.00 3 4 1
P Negi 2 0 18 0 9.00 2 1 1
View wickets DJ Bravo 4 0 36 2 9.00 8 3 2
View wicket DR Smith 2 0 17 1 8.50 4 0 1
Chennai Super Kings innings (target: 203 runs from 20 overs) R B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal DR Smith lbw b Harbhajan Singh 57 48 9 1 118.75
View dismissal MEK Hussey c Suchith b McClenaghan 4 9 1 0 44.44
View dismissal SK Raina st †Patel b Harbhajan Singh 28 19 3 1 147.36
View dismissal MS Dhoni*† b Malinga 18 13 1 1 138.46
View dismissal DJ Bravo c Simmons b McClenaghan 9 6 0 1 150.00
View dismissal P Negi c Pandya b Malinga 3 5 0 0 60.00
View dismissal F du Plessis c Sharma b Vinay Kumar 1 3 0 0 33.33
RA Jadeja not out 11 8 1 0 137.50
View dismissal R Ashwin c Suchith b McClenaghan 2 4 0 0 50.00
MM Sharma not out 21 7 1 2 300.00
Extras (lb 2, w 3, nb 2) 7
Total (8 wickets; 20 overs) 161 (8.05 runs per over)

Did not batA Nehra


Fall of wickets 1-22 (Hussey, 4.4 ov), 2-88 (Smith, 11.5 ov), 3-99 (Raina, 13.3 ov), 4-108 (Bravo, 14.3 ov), 5-124 (Dhoni, 15.5 ov), 6-125 (du Plessis, 16.2 ov), 7-134 (Negi, 17.3 ov), 8-137 (Ashwin, 18.2 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
View wickets SL Malinga 4 0 25 2 6.25 11 1 1 (1nb, 1w)
View wickets MJ McClenaghan 4 0 25 3 6.25 15 2 2
View wicket R Vinay Kumar 4 0 39 1 9.75 10 4 2 (1w)
HH Pandya 4 0 36 0 9.00 9 6 0 (1nb)
View wickets Harbhajan Singh 4 0 34 2 8.50 7 3 1 (1w)

MATCH DETAILS


Toss – Chennai Super Kings, who chose to field
Series – Mumbai Indians won the 2015 Pepsi Indian Premier League
Player of the match – RG Sharma (Mumbai Indians)

Rahane 91* ends Royals’ winless streak


Ajinkya Rahane’s serene unbeaten 91 off 54 balls helped return Rajasthan Royals to winning ways, and returned the tournament’s orange cap to him. He had a 52-run opening stand with Shane Watson, then struck up a 113-run partnership with Karun Nair, as Royals strode to 189 for 2.

Delhi Daredevils sputtered in response, losing both openers early, and leaving themselves too many to score in the second half of the innings. The chase petered out during the middle overs, and Daredevils eventually fell 14 runs short.

Rahane was flowing from early on in his innings, stroking Zaheer Khan through the covers in the fifth over before sending Nathan Coulter-Nile to the leg-side boundary with a flick of the wrists next over. Shane Watson bludgeoned and hacked with mixed success, until he edged Angelo Mathews behind, but Rahane was rarely troubled by seam movement, as he played late and continued to rely on timing over power.

Mathews’ nagging seamers presented the greatest threat to the batsmen on the fresh Brabourne Stadium pitch. Rahane’s one major indiscretion came against him in the 11th over, when on 34, he toe-ended a ball aerially over cover, but survived when Gurinder Sandhu grassed the catch in the deep.

Daredevils will rue dropping Karun Nair too. The pair made brisk progress through the middle period, finding the boundary almost every over, as the Daredevils seamers continued to bowl too short. Rahane reached his half-century, off 36 balls, with a sublimely-timed pull for six off Coulter-Nile in the 15th over. Nair sped to the milestone himself two overs later, when he slammed Sandhu over the midwicket boundary, then cracked him for fours off successive balls.

With the score on 149 for 1 after the 17th over, both batsmen launched the attack that would ensure the excellent foundation would become an imposing score. Of all the strokes Rahane hit this evening, the two consecutive lofted straight drives off Zaheer in the 18th over were perhaps the prettiest, so economical was he with his movement.

Nair holed out to deep cover in the penultimate over, but Rahane still had a few big shots in him. He whipped Coulter-Nile over long leg for six, then hit another straight four in the final over.

Sandhu leaked 49 runs from four overs on IPL debut, but the remaining bowlers didn’t fare much better, with Amit Mishra also conceding more than 10 an over. Mathews was the best of the Daredevils bowlers with 1 for 27.

Daredevils were brisk in the opening overs, but Mayank Agarwal fell to Stuart Binny, then Shreyas Iyer inside-edge Shane Watson onto his stumps to leave Daredevils two down in the fifth over. JP Duminy progressed with measure, but was abandoned one-by-one by his middle-order teammates. Yuvraj Singh was out to an outstanding Binny catch on the deep square-leg boundary, and Mathews’ mediocre batting returns continued, when he edged behind for a 17-ball 16. With 79 required off the last six overs, the chase was going cold. Only seven wickets fell in the end, but the result had long been decided.

SCORECARD:

Pepsi Indian Premier League – 36th match
Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Daredevils
Rajasthan Royals won by 14 runs
Twenty20 match | 2015 season
Played at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
3 May 2015 – night match (20-over match)
Rajasthan Royals innings (20 overs maximum) R B 4s 6s SR
AM Rahane not out 91 54 9 3 168.51
View dismissal SR Watson* c †Jadhav b Mathews 21 24 4 0 87.50
View dismissal KK Nair c Mishra b Coulter-Nile 61 38 6 2 160.52
JP Faulkner not out 8 4 1 0 200.00
Extras (b 2, lb 1, w 5) 8
Total (2 wickets; 20 overs) 189 (9.45 runs per over)

Did not batSPD Smith, SV Samson†, STR Binny, DJ Hooda, TG Southee, DS Kulkarni, R Bhatia


Fall of wickets 1-52 (Watson, 6.5 ov), 2-165 (Nair, 18.2 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
Z Khan 4 0 31 0 7.75 14 5 0 (3w)
GS Sandhu 4 0 49 0 12.25 5 6 1
View wicket NM Coulter-Nile 4 0 38 1 9.50 8 2 3
View wicket AD Mathews 4 0 27 1 6.75 9 3 0
A Mishra 4 0 41 0 10.25 6 4 1 (1w)
Delhi Daredevils innings (target: 190 runs from 20 overs) R B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal MA Agarwal b Binny 11 8 1 1 137.50
View dismissal SS Iyer b Watson 9 12 2 0 75.00
View dismissal JP Duminy* c Kulkarni b Faulkner 56 39 3 3 143.58
View dismissal Yuvraj Singh c Binny b Faulkner 22 18 4 0 122.22
View dismissal AD Mathews c †Samson b Binny 16 17 2 0 94.11
View dismissal KM Jadhav† c Watson b Kulkarni 11 7 0 1 157.14
SS Tiwary not out 28 14 1 2 200.00
View dismissal NM Coulter-Nile c Smith b Kulkarni 6 2 0 1 300.00
A Mishra not out 1 3 0 0 33.33
Extras (b 3, lb 1, w 11) 15
Total (7 wickets; 20 overs) 175 (8.75 runs per over)

Did not batZ Khan, GS Sandhu


Fall of wickets 1-20 (Agarwal, 2.3 ov), 2-32 (Iyer, 4.1 ov), 3-65 (Yuvraj Singh, 8.5 ov), 4-106 (Mathews, 13.3 ov), 5-123 (Jadhav, 15.3 ov), 6-145 (Duminy, 17.6 ov), 7-155 (Coulter-Nile, 18.3 ov)

Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s
TG Southee 4 1 31 0 7.75 12 1 2 (1w)
View wickets DS Kulkarni 4 0 43 2 10.75 8 6 1 (3w)
View wickets STR Binny 2 0 27 2 13.50 6 2 2 (3w)
View wicket SR Watson 4 1 25 1 6.25 15 2 1 (3w)
View wickets JP Faulkner 4 0 22 2 5.50 10 1 0 (1w)
R Bhatia 2 0 23 0 11.50 3 1 2

MATCH DETAILS


Toss – Delhi Daredevils, who chose to field
Points – Rajasthan Royals 2, Delhi Daredevils 0
Player of the match – AM Rahane (Rajasthan Royals)
Umpires – HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and CB Gaffaney (New Zealand)
TV umpire – CK Nandan
Match referee – RS Mahanama (Sri Lanka)