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Extras overshadow Delhi star cast

It’s trivial but Delhi Daredevils ought to look at it carefully. They were simply blown away in front of the home crowd by Mumbai Indians the other night. It was a game in which they conceded 17 extras --- the most in the tournament so far, Ravi Shastri says.

Where others have failed, Vaas has succeeded

Chaminda Vaas' canny bowling has been a feature of the Deccan Chargers' campaign. The left-hander has brought his experience into play and kept it pretty simple, says Sunil Gavaskar.

Will Mongoose bite kill skills?

The Mongoose bats are revolutionary and there’ll be a huge rush for this piece of wood across the globe now. It was left to a great batsman of yesteryears, Matthew Hayden, to redefine it for GenNext, says Ravi Shastri.

Youthful zest needed to propel Devils & Knights

When Royal Challengers stunned Mumbai Indians the other night, two things stood out. One, the consistency of Jacques Kallis and the exuberance of the young Manish Pandey, which gave them a start of 85 runs in less than 10 overs. It went with 92 and 74 runs the two had produced in the two previous games, writes Ravi Shastri.

We really need to get going against MI

Two wrong calls in a row at the toss and two consecutive defeats. That is what comes to mind straightaway when one looks back and wonders why things are not clicking, writes Sourav Ganguly.

The Mongoose secret is out

Matthew Hayden allowed his Mongoose bat to run riot against the Delhi Daredevils at the Ferozeshah Kotla. Whenever he hit the ball, it stayed hit. But haven't we already seen Hayden doing exactly the same with a regular bat?

Our connect with fans has grown

It’s not often that one player dominates the run aggregates or bowling charts in a team game like cricket. But the manner in which Jacques Kallis has batted has been a lesson for all youngsters, says Anil Kumble.

Hark! Simple is beautiful, glamour deceptive

The super over was super for the Kings XI Punjab as they notched up their first win of this year’s IPL. The Chennai Super Kings made a hash of chasing a modest total and ended up tying a game that they should have won with ease, says Sunil Gavaskar.

Experienced players react to crunch situations better

The Kings XI Punjab get back to home base in a better frame of mind, having won the super over against the Chennai Super Kings and opening their account on the points table, writes Sunil Gavaskar.

Connect between fans has grown

It’s not often that one player dominates the run aggregates or bowling charts in a team game like cricket. But the manner in which Jacques Kallis has batted for us has been a lesson for all youngsters, writes Anil Kumble.

No pride, thus the prejudice

As Mumbai Indians chased down the Kolkata Knight Riders’ modest score on Monday night, I tried to imagine that I wasn't watching IPL at all. As closed to being blinkered as possible, attempting as best as I could to block out the white noise of the IPL circus, I tried to imagine I was merely watching Sachin Tendulkar bat, writes Soumya Bhattacharya.

Crossing the boundary

With the IPL expanding, teams will need to rejig their revenue strategies, writes Desh Gaurav Chopra Sekhri.

Before the break, a Royal charge on Delhi

It feels good to be on top but we’re keeping our fingers crossed about the rest of the games. The one against Delhi on Thursday is crucial because we have a six-day break after it, and that's a really long rest by IPL standards, writes Anil Kumble.

Bleeding pacemen could hurt India

The squad for the T20 World Cup in the West Indies is due on Friday. Clearly, the IPL will have a strong say in selection and the likes of Manish Pandey, Robin Uthappa, Saurabh Tiwary, Vinay Kumar and Murali Kartik have done their chances no harm, writes Ravi Shastri.

Success lies in home advantage?

A lot, if the teams as case studies are the MI and the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The top two teams on the points table have squeezed the advantage to the hilt. The MI have played five out of six games at home; the RCB four out of their six, writes Ravi Shastri.
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