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RAJASTHAN ROYALS VS MUMBAI INDIANS

VENUE: BRABOUNE STADIUM, MUMBAI


DATE: 13TH MATCH, 2010 (3PM START)

Team Mumbai Indians:-

The opening partnership and the start will be the key for the team. Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya, one of the World’s most explosive batsmen will open the innings. Its bad that there is no Kieron Pollard for this match. They will surely will the demolisher. The middle order is quite fragile. The likes of JP Duminy will be most important as he is the key player in the middle order. Abhishek Nayar should perform as he is vulnerable both with his bat and the ball.

The team will surely miss the power hitting of  Kieron Pollard and the all round performance of Dwayne Bravo who won’t be available for the first game. But, the bowling is strong enough to restrict and defend any total. With, Zaheer Khan as the spear head of the attack along with him is Lasith Malinga, who is very dangerous in death overs. Tendulkar will look to bowl him after the 10th over. The spin department will be looked after by Harbhajan Singh.

TEAM RAJASTHAN ROYALS:-

They will be the most happiest team with IPL returning back to India. The team will surely miss Shane Watson. But, Captain Shane Warne will implement a lot of youngsters into the team. Graeme Smith will guard the opening position along with him Naman Ojha or Swapnil Asnodkar. Yusuf Pathan’s power pack hitting will be the key and he will be the trump card. With Damien Martyn bough in the auction, it adds some strength to the side. Bowling is quite okay. But, there is only one pacer good and reliable- Shaun Tait who will look to swing and hit the deck. Other than him, there is Munaf Patel and Siddharth Trivedi who are not that reliable. With Shane Watson not in, Dimtri Mascarenhas will be important in the game.

PITCH:-

It is a flat deck and bowling will play a major role. Win the toss and bat first.

KEY PLAYERS:-

MI:- Sachin Tendulkar, Sanath Jayasuriya, JP Duminy, Lasith Malinga

RR:- Graeme Smith, Yusuf Pathan, Shane Warne, Shaun Tait

SQUADS:-

Rajasthan Royals : Graeme Smith, Swapnil Asnodkar, Damien Martyn, Abhishek Jhunjunwala, Yusuf Pathan, Naman Ojha(w), Dimitri Mascarenhas, Shane Warne(c), Munaf Patel, Siddharth Trivedi, Amit Singh, Shaun Tait, Amit Gajanan Paunikar, Johan Botha, Faiz Fazal, Kamran Khan, Michael Lumb, Morne Morkel, Sumit Narwal, Syed Quadri, Abhishek Raut, Shrikant Wagh, Mahesh Rawat.

Mumbai Indians : Sachin Tendulkar(c), Sanath Jayasuriya, Shikhar Dhawan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Ryan McLaren, Abhishek Nayar, Aditya Tare(w), Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Lasith Malinga, Murtaza Ali, Rahul Shukla, Ambati Rayudu, Rajagopal Sathish, Dilhara Fernando, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Dhawal Kulkarni, Chandan Madan, Ishan Malhotra, Graham Napier, Syed Sahabuddin, Saurabh Tiwary.

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Royals are back in their den

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As royal as they can be,

Their talent is as enormous as the cool sea.

The Rajasthan Rockers are back

As royal as they can be,

Their talent is as enormous as the cool sea.


The ruler of the team is master spinner Shane Warne,

Jin ki sab unke jay geet kar te hein gaan.

They have the man made for T20 – Yusuf Pathan,

Who is the team’s dependeble chataan.

Everyone knows the seamer Munaf,

Who with his scintillating pace makes his fans joyfully laugh.

With the bat comes Graeme Smith to the pitch,

Sending the minnows mercilessly into the ditch.

Brilliant opening karte hein Shane Watson,

In every match he is capable of hitting a mindblowing ton.

To win your heart, the Royals are coming,

And soon the words, “We are the champions”  will be heard ringing.

Halla Bol !!

Kallis and Amla lead The Proteas!

The World Championship of Cricket started in Nagpur’s VCA Stadium today. The South Africans won the toss and chose to bat. India’s most experienced bowler Zaheer Khan struck both the openers home. First Ashwell Price went for a duck attempting for a shot. Next was amazing as the Proteas Captain, Greame Smith was clean bowler for 6. They were 6-2, but it went on to score 291 for 2 at Stumps, Day One.

Dhoni’s logic of not attacking the new batsmen was wrong and because of that they had freedom to settle. Instead of Bowling Zaheer, he opted for Part timer Sehwag. That caused all the havoc for the Indians.

Both Amla and Kallis continues for a great 285 partnership. Both of them scored centuries. 

Kallis played with greater poise and authority in the second session. He negotiated both medium-pacers and spinners with equal felicity.

Every time the two seamers chose the corridor of uncertainty, Kallis chose to shoulder arms. The ones going down the leg side was dispatched with disdain.

He batted impressively against both Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra. He smothered the spin with soft hands and read Mishra’s surprise googlies well. The two spinners did bowl occasional loose balls and Kallis invariably pounced on them.

The 34-year-old veteran paced his innings with extraordinary care and resilience and carved out a chanceless century to rescue his team. He peppered his fine innings with 13 fours and 2 sixes.

Lets see what happens tomorrow! Probably, The Africans won the day except for the first session.

THANKS, CRICKET NIRVANA

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