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IPL Owners' Matches to kick off on April 19 in Delhi
By IPL desk
Mumbai 18 April 2012
The first game of the Owners' Matches will be held in Delhi after the 4pm match between the Delhi Daredevils and the Deccan Chargers on April 19.
The Delhi team will be led by Chairman, GMR Sports Pvt Ltd Mr. Kiran Grandhi and the Deccan team will be led by DC co-owner Gayatri Reddy.
The series of Owners' Matches will be played throughout the tournament and will involve an invitational XI from the two playing franchises’ owners. Each squad will be made up of 15 players comprising well-known personalities from the city and team management. The squad may include support staff and one senior management member from each franchise’s principal sponsor. However, no member of the squad should have played professional cricket in the last 10 years.
The matches will be scored the same way as a normal IPL game, but they will be limited to 10 overs per team and there will be no fielding restrictions. No player can bowl more than two overs and batsmen must retire once they have scored 25 runs. However, they can return as their team’s last man. Match officials will be appointed by the IPL, and all matches will be played on the wicket that was used in the preceding 4pm match.
Ganguly’s Warriors go up against Dhoni’s Super Kings in their return fixture
By Arun Gopalakrishnan
Mumbai 18 April 2012
What Match 24 of DLF IPL 2012 will be the Pune Warriors India’s return fixture against the defending champions, the Chennai Super Kings.
Sourav Ganguly’s men caused an upset of sorts when they beat the Chennai Super Kings in their home fixture a few days ago. But the defeat at the hands of the Royal Challengers Bangalore a couple of days ago must have left the team gutted. The Warriors, who have won three out of their 5 matches, face a stiff task as they travel to Chennai, where CSK are known to perform best.
The Super Kings have had an indifferent start to the tournament. They’ve been at the receiving end in three of their five matches and have not looked like a champion team so far. MS Dhoni and co. have an enviable home record, and they will believe they can keep PWI at bay.
Thursday, April 19, 2011, 08:00 p.m.
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
While Faf du Plessis has, to a certain extent, covered up for the absence of Michael Hussey at the top of the innings, CSK will be worried about the lack of runs from Murali Vijay’s willow. Look out for a change in CSK’s batting order – the explosive Srikkanth Anirudha is waiting in the wings, and Super Kings might just decide to give him an outing.
Suresh Raina has got starts in each of his five innings, but he’s been guilty of not converting them into big scores. For someone who carries the reputation of being a match-winner in this format, a tournament-best of 36 doesn’t do justice. The southpaw needs to push and pile on the big scores just like he has in previous seasons.
The CSK skipper MS Dhoni himself will feel the pressure after only managing 89 runs in five innings (at a dismal strike-rate of 105). The decision to promote himself up the order is certainly the right move. But Dhoni will be aware that he needs to also stay on and finish off innings – like he’s done so often in India colours.
PWI will face a problem with the confidence of the bowling attack after their defeat at the hands of RCB. Ganguly’s bowler’s couldn’t defend 183 runs, and it will take some doing for the bowlers (especially for Rahul Sharma and Ashish Nehra) to recover from the mauling they received at the hands of Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers.
Also, keep an eye on the explosive opening pair of Robin Uthappa and Jesse Ryder; the pair was unstoppable on a flat batting surface at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium and added 63 in seven overs. It will be interesting to see how they fare on the slow track one is likely to encounter at the Chepauk.
The Chennai Super Kings held a 100% record in their matches against Pune Warriors India prior to the start of this season; the champions convincingly defeated their opponents in both their matches during their title run last season.
The Pune Warriors India pulled one back this season, and they will look to level the scores at the end of this fixture.
Chennai Super Kings’ Suresh Raina needs one more half-century to go level with Jacques Kallis, who holds the record for the most half-centuries in the IPL.
Chennai Super Kings’ Albie Morkel holds the record for the most unbeaten innings in the IPL; the South African all-rounder has remained Not Out in 22 off his 49 innings.
This match will see two “bat-first” captains pitted against each other. Sourav Ganguly has opted to bat first in 14 off the 15 IPL matches in which he’s won the toss. His counterpart in this match – MS Dhoni – has opted to take first strike at 25 off the 30 tosses he’s won. What next?
MS Dhoni and co. will stay put at home after this fixture; they are scheduled to host the Rajasthan Royals on April 21. Later, on the same day, Sourav Ganguly’s team will be seen in action in the national capital when they square off against the Delhi Daredevils.