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HindustanTimes Tue,16 Sep 2014

High PL : News

Need to work on Royals’ batting

About a month ago Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings were the bottom two teams, and now they are the top two, so it shows that we are peaking at the right time, Stephen Fleming on today’s match.

Not a disaster for Buchanan

Even at this bleak stage, though, Buchanan did not agree that the second IPL has been a disaster for KKR. “I don’t see it as a disaster. It is just that we have not been getting results we would have liked. Disaster is when the world is coming to an end. And the world is not coming to an end for the franchise.” G Krishnan explores.

Atmosphere in the dugout is infectious

The best part is sitting in the dugout and seeing at how jokes in different languages keep everybody going. Yo Mahesh seems to keep all the Indian boys entertained. He is an upcoming cricketer and when he translates the joke in English it doesn’t sound as funny, but the laughter is infectious, Daniel Vettori on the team camaraderie.

Australian old foxes lit up Super Saturday

Three champion cricketers, two having hung their boots and the other hoping to reclaim his berth in the national side, made it a fascinating on Saturday, Ravi Shastri explores.

Understand what Knight Riders are going through

We’re at the business end of the tournament and already there have been ups and downs for everyone involved. The only team with a prolonged slump are the Kolkata Knight Riders and I understand a bit of what they are going through as we too struggled last year, Anil Kumble on his T20 experiences...

Made the most of last off day

As planned, Dirk Nannes and his family accompanied my family to a lion park 20 minutes away from where we are staying. It was time well spent and we enjoyed watching the lions. Daniel Vettori on his brush with wildlife...

Kudos to MSD for reviving middle order

The Chennai Super Kings are clicking as a team. We seem to have reached a stage where if our bowlers give away, say an extra 20 runs, the batsmen are prepared to chase the same. Similarly, if the batsmen contribute 15 runs less than the par for the day, the bowlers have stepped up, Venkatesh Prasad writes.

Onus on Smith to take Royals forward

He has fallen to catches behind the stumps or to leg before dismissals, which is common when the ball is moving around. Yet explanations alone aren't enough to assuage the Royals' hurt. The impatience with Smith must have grown.

Chargers’ top order a serious threat to us

Take Gilly's talent, Symonds' power and the form of Rohit Sharma and Smith, you have a formidable batting line-up. It's crucial to get these wickets quickly if we want to confirm our ticket to the semifinals, Glenn McGrath on today's match.

Mahela’s absence being badly felt

For us, the tournament has effectively become a knockout competition now. We might just be able to slip up one more time, but to be sure of qualifying, we need to win all three matches and that too against the top three teams on the table — Delhi, Deccan and Chennai, writes Kumar Sangakkara.

We need to win all our matches

Now a look back at the last two games and the reasons for our losses. As I have said all along, our batting has let us down time and again, writes Yusuf Pathan.

We want to bat Royal Challengers out

Saturday’s victory over Rajasthan Royals was satisfying because the Kimberley pitch was conducive to slow spin and suited them more. This was our second win over the Shane Warne-led side and it, more or less, guarantees us a place in the semifinals, writes Stephen Fleming.

Gayle would be feeling silly after his comments

In order to hit back at Strauss, Gayle, rather stupidly, opted for the shock tactic of downgrading Test cricket. It's not really his view and it most certainly is not the view of 99 per cent of international cricketers. His comment backfired and I hope he is now feeling as silly as he sounded at that time, writes Mickey Arthur.

No room for complacency

We will be playing against teams who desperately need to win to keep their semifinal hopes alive. Since we are already there, we must not let complacency — or the need to experiment — come in the way of our winning streak, writes Glenn McGrath.

Battle on for 4th semifinalist’s spot

Time to make predictions for the semifinals of this IPL? The exercise is worth the effort if for nothing else than just to indulge in some brain game, writes Ravi Shastri.
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