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IPL scam: service tax officials raid CAB

Service tax officials probing the alleged financial irregularities during the IPL-3 today conducted a surprise raid at the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) office.

37 years young, Gilly sets the pace

The man’s individual brilliance got submerged in his team's forgettable run last year, but the Deccan Chargers have hit back in IPL II under him, writes Atreyo Mukhopadhyay.

We need to guard against KKR backlash

Chennai Super Kings can’t afford to be complacent against the Kolkata Knight Royals, as they have nothing to lose at this point, and could come out firing on all cylinders, writes Stephen Fleming.

Finally, Knights shine

Belligerent half-centuries by Brendon McCullum and Brad Hodge took the Kolkata Knight Riders to a seven-wicket victory off the last ball against the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League on Monday. Atreyo Mukhopadhyay reports. Special coverage | Listen to podcast audio

SA’s sporting tracks breed tight contests

Wickets in South Africa haven’t been what the Indian Premier League had wanted them to be — perfect belters to ensure a barrage of sixes and boundaries. But as the tournament draws to a close, the IPL, with the advantage of hindsight, would have happily settled for strips with enough assistance for the bowlers, reports Subhash Rajta.

Keeping it simple, AB’s recipe for success

Sticking to the basics and executing the gameplan to a nicety have been the hallmark of AB de Villiers’ success story, not just in the IPL but also for South Africa, writes G Krishnan.

Mishra hungry for more

Amit mishra has been the Delhi Daredevils’ premier spinner in their nine victories (from 12 matches) that helped them secure a semifinal berth. When Daniel Vettori had to sit out in order to allow four other foreigners to play, Mishra more than held his own, reports G Krishnan. Special coverage | Listen to podcast audio

Uncomfortably numb

Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils not only had to face each other on the field but also the terribly cold conditions that left the players numb and shivering. It became worse in the second half of the match when the temperature dipped to five degrees Centigrade, reports G Krishnan.

Royal Challengers thump Delhi by 7 wickets

Jacques Kallis delivered when it mattered most as the South African cracked an unbeaten half century to guide Royal Challengers Bangalore to a thumping seven-wicket victory over Delhi Daredevils and keep their semifinal hopes alive in the IPL in Johannesburg on Tuesday, reports G Krishnan.See special | Listen to podcast audio

Coach missing in Knights’ party

The Kolkata Knight Riders party on Monday night was about several rides really. It was something they had done on a far bigger scale last year whenever they won. Notable among those absent in the gathering featuring co-owner Jay Mehta and key players like Sourav Ganguly, Brendon McCullum and Brad Hodge was Buchanan, reports Atreyo Mukhopadhyay.

Life or cricket, ‘Bulldog’ in the fast lane

Eighteen months ago, when Roelof van der Merwe decided to stop late-night partying — after consulting his father — and focus on cricket, the allrounder was in the amateur team of the Northerns Cricket Union’s Nashua Titans, reports G Krishnan.

No modern innovations for this run-machine

If you thought T20 slogging is mostly about impoverished improvisations, Brad Hodge provided something different during his magnificent onslaught against the Chennai Super Kings on Monday, writes Atreyo Mukhopadhyay.

Domestic players prove game breakers in IPL-II

With teams like the Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders — the two at the bottom — lamenting the failure of their domestic recruits, it becomes clear how crucial a role they have played in the success of teams perched on top, reports Subhash Rajta.

Knight Riders knock out Rajasthan Royals

Defending champions Rajasthan Royals' semifinal hopes came to an agonising end as they collapsed to a four-wicket loss to bottom-placed Kolkata Knight Riders in a low-scoring Indian Premier League thriller in Durban on Wednesday, reports Subhash Rajta. Full coverageListen to podcast audio

Murali spins Chennai into IPL semi-finals

Muttiah Muralitharan led a disciplined spin attack as Chennai Super Kings qualified for the Indian Premier League semi-finals with a 24-run win over Kings XI Punjab in Durban, reports Subhash Rajta. Listen to podcast audio
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