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Old April 7, 2011, 08:31 PM
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Default MATCH THREADS: IPL2011, League Stage

IPL 2011 starts today. LIke Last Year i think we should have a Single match thread for all the league stage Games. No need for separate match threads for each games. So lets have all our match-time Chit-Chats Here.

this year 10 teams are gonna participate with the inclusion of Kochi and Pune. Teams have been rearranged as only maximum 4 players were retained and then players were re auctioned.

so u may not see ur favorite players in ur favorite team anymore. perhaps ur favorite players have been shifted some where else.

with addition of two teams the format has also change a bit. first each team will play each once and then they will play only 5 teams twice. the teams one will face the second time has been decided by lottery. so after each team will play 14 games and total 70 games the leaugue stage will end and the Qulifiers/Eliminator Round for Final will start.

Qualifier ONE: Top two from league will play and winner moves to Finals. Loser moves to Qualifier Two.

Eliminator: No 3 and No4 from leaugue plays and winner moves two Qualifier two

Qualifier TWO: Loose of Qualifier 1 plays Winner of Eliminator and Winner Goes to Final

anyway todays game is Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders.

for more on IPL check the following links.

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Old April 7, 2011, 08:35 PM
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Default PreView: Chennai v Kolkata, IPL 2011, Chennai

Preview: Chennai v Kolkata, IPL 2011, Chennai

Kolkata seek turnaround in tournament opener


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If India hadn't done well in the World Cup, would it have led to viewer fatigue ahead of the IPL? And since they won, will it translate to an enthusiastic fan base, and even creation of new fans for the game? This IPL will answer that question. There is another question that has been hovering around since the creation of IPL. Have the teams succeeded in creating loyal fan bases? This is the fourth edition and one should ideally see the early signs of loyalty but many teams, barring Chennai Super Kings, have changed their personnel so much that it will be interesting to see how the fans respond. Is fans' parochial affection to the region/city bigger than their love for the players?

For what it's worth, this IPL starts off with a lovely battle within a battle, an ad writer's dream. MS Dhoni, the man who led India to the World cup win, v Gautam Gambhir, the man who played a big hand in that final. It's not as big as the Dhoni v Tendulkar contest, but it's a mouth-watering prospect nevertheless. Chennai have showcased a winning ethos while Kolkata have provided pathos. From seeking glory in the first season and searching for redemption in the second, Kolkata were fighting to avoid humiliation in the last edition. Will this season offer the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel?

Chennai have ensured they didn't lose too many personnel, a move that will have gladdened their fans and their marketing team, and they still are one of the stronger sides in the tournament. In the past, they relied a lot on the spinners and their seam attack largely depended on Doug Bollinger. This year, they have added Nuwan Kulasekara and Tim Southee and that seam attack looks far more potent. The batting will miss the services of Michael Hussey until the end of Australia's tour of Bangladesh and Aniruddha Srikkanth might open in his absence, along open with M Vijay. The middle order is pretty established with the likes of Suresh Raina, S Badrinath, MS Dhoni and Albie Morkel.

Kolkata Knight Riders have been looking for fresh start ever since the nightmarish first season and this season will start on the same premise. Can Gambhir and the new faces turn things around? Ryan ten Doeschate, Jacques Kallis and Eoin Morgan will add great value to a middle order that has often proved brittle in the past. Add to that the menacing presence of Yusuf Pathan, and you are looking at a pretty formidable batting line-up.

Team talk

Kolkata might be forced to play all their available overseas players tomorrow. The likes of Brett Lee, Brad Haddin and Shakib Al Hasan will feature only at the end of Australia's tour of Bangladesh. For Manoj Tiwary, who has decisively slipped under the national radar, this season offers another chance to prove a point or two. Shreevats Goswami, the wicket-keeper batsman who struggled to get a game with Royal Challengers, might get an opportunity to prove his worth.

Anirudha might get a chance to open for Chennai in Hussey's absence. It will be interesting to see if they pair Suraj Randiv with R Ashwin. They are more likely to turn to Shadab Jakati, who has done a good job in the past as a back-up spinner. There is also the interesting sub-plot of S Badrinath. If he performs well, as he has done in the past, the city populace will once again sigh at the alleged "discrimination" against him in the national scene.

In the spotlight

Yusuf Pathan's reputation was built in the IPL and he carried on that confidence on to play a couple of furious match-winning knocks for India in ODIs. He was replaced by Suresh Raina near the end of the World Cup and will be itching to showcase his brutal power in this year's IPL. He has the shots, he has the heart - unlike some, he doesn't retreat further into crease every ball in anticipation of the bouncer - and he has the ambition.

Eoin Morgan is that rare commodity in England cricket: an excellent limited-overs batsman. He can unfurl the craziest of the innovative shots and is difficult to contain. He could potentially be the engine of Kolkata's middle order.

In Hussey's absence, M Vijay will have to take up the burden of scoring against the new ball. His career path has been fascinating: he shrugged off the tag of a Test batsman to play some screaming knocks in the shortest form of the game but the criticism against him is that he either goes too slow or plays too many shots. The critics have demanded maturity in his shot selection and his progress will be closely monitored.

Prime numbers

# With 520 runs, Suresh Raina was the third highest run getter in the last year's IPL. Kallis, who played for Bangalore, was the second highest scorer with 572, behind Sachin Tendulkar.

# Last year, Kolkata featured twice in the top four occasions of a team conceding too many extras. They gave away 20 extras against Chennai and 18 against Punjab.

# With 13 wickets apiece, Shadab Jakati and R Ashwin were the top wicket-takers for Chennai last year. Kallis also took 13 wickets while Ashok Dinda, playing for Kolkata, picked up nine wickets.

The chatter


"The batting line-up is as good as last year. IPL is not about less pressure. Batting slots are decided according to situation. When all are shuffled up and down the order, it's according to the situation. If we have to change the batting order, everyone has to be comfortable about doing it.."
MS Dhoni is confident about the might and flexibility of his batting.
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Old April 7, 2011, 10:57 PM
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GO Kolkata! I hope they end up in the top 3. I would love to see Shakib play in the champions league.
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Old April 8, 2011, 02:04 AM
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so doeschate will play today..for shak i hope he doesn't do too well
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Old April 8, 2011, 10:10 AM
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so doeschate will play today..for shak i hope he doesn't do too well
shak's spin bowling will keep him ahead of other overseas competetors.

ideally KKR should go with LEE, Shakib, Kallis/Haddin, Morgan/Doeschate

they have good indian batting with Gambhir, Tiwary and pathan. but their indian bowlers are not that good. So Lee and Shakib will be key for them
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Old April 8, 2011, 10:13 AM
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shak's spin bowling will keep him ahead of other overseas competetors.

ideally KKR should go with LEE, Shakib, Kallis/Haddin, Morgan/Watson.

they have good indian batting with Gambhir, Tiwary and pathan. but their indian bowlers are not that good. So Lee and Shakib will be key for them
bhaiya watson isnot in kKR.. Nd i dont think kallis have to be worried about his place..
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Old April 8, 2011, 10:33 AM
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bhaiya watson isnot in kKR.. Nd i dont think kallis have to be worried about his place..
sorry, meant to type Doeschate
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Old April 8, 2011, 04:34 AM
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Lee,Haddin,Pattinson and Shakib will not be available for the 1st two matches as they will be on national duty
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Old April 8, 2011, 09:05 AM
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Would be rooting for KKR tonight ...

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Old April 8, 2011, 09:27 AM
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LOL no 10 man for KKR??? they ar only playing 2 overseason player; Kallis & Morgan. 10 man left out:- p
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Starts with spin bowling...

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Old April 8, 2011, 09:36 AM
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I am pretty excited about this guy iqbal abdulla. I have been dying to watch him bat and bowl for sometime now.
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only 2 foreign guys playing for kkr...where is Doeschate?
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Old April 8, 2011, 09:53 AM
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Yousuf pathan is still in the WC winning mode..so casual..silly and costly miss
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I feel that Kallis and Lee will be pretty much automatics in the squad. Also believe that Haddin is going to play most matches. I believe that Shakib will have big competition with Morgan for the last spot.
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Old April 8, 2011, 10:32 AM
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lots of ex delihi players ..... Gambhir perhaps inspired them to play for KKR
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An excellent interview from Shane Warne about his leadership in IPL. I personally believe our BD players can learn a great deal from it...especially those ones who are leading or intending to lead in the future.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine...ry/514955.html
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Kolkata needs wicket-taking bowlers. They are missing the service of Shakib and Lee here.
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Old April 8, 2011, 10:52 AM
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Kolkata needs wicket-taking bowlers. They are missing the service of Shakib and Lee here.
shakib and lee will have to lead the other bowler like balaji, kallis, pathan and other locals like ladda, unadcut, abdullah
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KKR should win it 138/4 in 19.2 overs
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Old April 8, 2011, 11:04 AM
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153/ 4 ....CSK ends

KKR needs 154 ... .... lets see what gambhir, pathan, kallis and morgan do .......
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Old April 8, 2011, 11:14 AM
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kallis and Bisla to open for KKR
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