Monday, December 12, 2011

Yuvraj Singh thanks his fans

Happy Birthday Yuvraj Singh!

Happy Birthday Yuvraj Singh!

Indian cricket star Yuvraj Singh celebrates his 30th birthday today. Yuvraj, announced his arrival on the big stage with a blistering 84 and some electric fielding against Australia in a quarter-final match in the 2000 ICC Knockout in Nairobi.

Before long he was India's next pin-up boy. The hype grew when he and Mohammad Kaif revived a dead chase with a match-winning partnership in the final of the 2002 NatWest Series. His tendency to blow hot and cold has plagued Yuvraj through his international career, but when he's on song there's no stopping him. 

At the 2007 World Twenty20 he hit six sixes in an over against England's Stuart Broad—a feat performed only three times previously in any form of senior cricket, and previously never in an international match between two Test cricket nations. He was named the Man of the Tournament in the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

Question marks still abound over his suitability in Test cricket, but in limited-overs cricket, he is among the very best in the modern game.

Yuvraj is also one of India's eligible bachelors. He was dating Bollywood actress Kim Sharma for a long time before breaking up with her. He has been linked to various actress like Deepika Padukone, Priety Zinta and more recently Shazahn Padamsee.

Here's wishing the maverick Yuvraj a very Happy Birthday and hope he contributes more to Indian cricket.

Yuvraj Singh is like Rajinikanth for Team India: Dhoni

Yuvraj Singh is like Rajinikanth for Team India: Dhoni

While addressing the media ahead of India's tour to Australia, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said Team India is all set to take Australia by storm.

Dhoni on Monday held the press conference in Chennai along with coach Duncan Fletcher before leaving the country. We have palyed consistent cricket this year, so I am looking forward to India-Aussies series, said Dhoni. "I am not worried about opposition. We are focused on the team's performance."
"Hopefully we will keep controversies out of this series," he added.
On the current position of the Team, Dhoni said Sehwag plays an important role in the team as he can put pressure on opponents. When asked about Yuvraj Singh who has been dropped from the test squad, he said, "Yuvraj is like Rajinikanth for Team India and we wish both of them keep going."
On the comeback of Zaheer Khan, Coach Duncan Fletcher said warm-up games are important for Zaheer for his swashbuckling performance in the series.
The first test match between India and Australia will be held on December 26, 2011. The series will consist of four Tests and two Twenty20 matches.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Yuvraj Singh c Collingwood b Flintoff 58

Yuvraj Singh c Collingwood b Flintoff 58

Stuart: The 19th over of this World Twenty20 matchwill be bowled by Stuart Broad.
Ash: Yuvraj is ticking, Stu. I think he's going to get after young Broad.
Stuart: Well, he's got the licence to play his shots and… oh, good heavens, did you see that fly past the window then Ash? What was it?
Ash: Sixer!
Stuart: A what? That's not a bird. I rather think it might have been a great crested grebe.
Ash: No, the cricket. Yuvraj has hit a sixer.
Stuart: A what? Oh, a six. Yes, you're quite right. India were on 171 before that delivery and the scoreboard reads 177 now, so he must have cleared the ropes. What a strapping young man he is. Now, about that grebe, Ash?
Ash: Sixer!
Stuart: No, grebe. Wait. What's going on?
Ash: Another sixer, Stu. Massive hit. Just massive.
Stuart: Well, if it's gone for six then that's pretty obvious, isn't it? Of course it's a big hit.
Ash: He's flicked it off his legs. Just massive.
Stuart: He still only gets six for it, Ash.
Ash: He should get 12.
Stuart: But he doesn't. He gets six.
Ash: Sixer!
Stuart: Jeepers. Is that two in a row?
Ash: Three, Stu. Massive hit. Just massive.
Stuart: It wasn't that big a hit. It barely cleared the ropes.
Ash: It was another 12 that, Stu.
Stuart: It was, at most, a seven. Should I put the battenburg somewhere safe? I rather feel that one of these might come into our commentary box. Wouldn't want the cake to bear the brunt of the impact.
Ash: Sixer!
Stuart: Don't say it, Stu. Don't say it. They caught that in the first row. It wasn't massive.
Ash: Massive. Absolutely massive. Four in a row. Four of the biggest sixes you'll ever see.
Stuart: They really weren't. Yes, they cleared the ropes, but they're hardly setting any distance records, are they? Be honest.
Ash: Just massive.
Stuart: Have you had too much sugar? I think I will put this battenburg away. It's clearly...
Ash: Sixer!
Stuart: Don't say it. Don't you dare say it.
Ash: Absolutely massive.
Stuart: Are you blind? It went very high, I'll give you that, but it wasn't an unusually large hit. It's not the size that's significant here, it's the fact that he's hit five in a row.
Ash: This is magnificent stuff.
Stuart: Why? Because he's hit five sixes in a row or because of how far he's hit them?
Ash: Both, Stu.
Stuart: No. Wrong. It's solely because he's hit five in a row. The size of the hits is absolutely nothing to write home about. Your critical faculties are failing you. You're all hyped-up on battenburg and you've lost your equilibrium.
Ash: Sixer!
Stuart: Stop saying that! Why can't you just say "six"?
Ash: It's six sixers, Stu!
Stuart: Not sixer sixers then?
Ash: Six maximums.
Stuart: I think that's worse. I think I prefer sixer to maximum.
Ash: Astonishing stuff.
Stuart: Maximum does make a certain sense, I suppose, but I just don't like the sound of it.
Ash: Six sixers. Absolutely amazing.
Stuart: Please say "six".

I am absolutely fine, will be back soon: Yuvraj

I am absolutely fine, will be back soon: Yuvraj

NEW DELHI: Recuperating from a "non-malignant tumour" in his left lung, flamboyant Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh said he is "absolutely fine" and would be returning to cricket very soon.
The 29-year-old left-handed batsman withdrew from the upcoming ODI series against the West Indies after revealing that he is being treated for a tumour in his left lung.
After his mother Shabnam Singh made the revelation in a formal statement on Saturday, Yuvraj tweeted that he would be returning sooner rather than later.
"Overwhelmed with ur love n support. I am absolutely fine, just need to get match fitness and training will be back soon," he tweeted.
Yuvraj has been troubled by health issues since the World Cup, which India won, and has played just one Test match in England after that.
"Reports and scans then showed us that Yuvraj was dealing with something really serious. A golf-ball size lump was found over his left lung and doctors advised us to go in for more detailed scans."
"The initial reports suggested that Yuvraj had what in medical terms, is called a abnormal tumour called lymphoma over his left lung. The danger was, we were told, that it could be malignant," Shabnam had stated.
"When he returned from England... detailed scanning, and biopsy reports indicated that the tumour is non-malignant and non-threatening and can be treated through proper medication and therapy. In medical terms, Yuvraj is now in a much better state and on his way to a full recovery," Yuvraj's mother Shabnam said in a statement.
Shabnam further said Yuvraj did not want to rush his return to the side and that's why he informed BCCI about his unavailability for the West Indies series.
"Now his entire focus is to re-gain his full fitness. He is already preparing himself to play the one-day series in Australia. He doesn't want to rush things, he wants to be hundred percent fit before resuming his cricket for India."

Virender Sehwag geared up to lead a young team

Virender Sehwag geared up to lead a young team

uttack: India are without some key senior players, including captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, for the ODI series against the West Indies but stand-in skipper Virender Sehwag on Monday said that it would give a perfect opportunity for the youngsters in the team to perform well at the big stage.
Besides Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar, who have been given rest, the squad also does not have middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh, who has declared himself unfit, but Sehwag said his side would not be worried as the youngsters have come into the series with plenty of runs under their belt.
"All the players are in fine form, having scored good amount of runs in Ranji Trophy. It's a good sign for Team India. Hope the youngsters play the same way with Team India," Sehwag told reporters on the eve of the first ODI against the West Indies here on Tuesday.
"We have a very good young side. It's good for youngsters they are getting opportunities. They have five games to show their skills. If they perform well, we can continue fielding a young side. We are pretty confident to do well. I promise that we will give our best shots. If we can put more than 100 per cent, the results will show," Sehwag said.
His opening partner Gautam Gambhir is the senior-most member after him but Sehwag said there would be no added pressure on the duo.
"We are playing for the last 12 years. Cricket is same. Everything is same. It's just another series for us. We are playing so well. We won ODI series against England and Test series against the West Indies. Team India are playing well, so I'm looking forward to the series," he said.
Asked about his inexperienced bowling unit, Sehwag said, "They are very good bowlers, youngsters who need to learn a lot. They are going on the right track and learning with other bowlers. With coach Eric Simons, they are doing a great job."
Sehwag hoped the spin department would live up to the reputation in the ODI series after a good show in the Tests.
"India always have done well in the spin department. In the past, Harbhajan Singh and Anil bhai have done a brilliant job. Now we have got another composition. We had Ojha in Test series and here we have Jadeja, Rahul Sharma with Ashwin. "Hope they do well in the ODI series as well," Sehwag said.
Sehwag, who is back in the ODI fold after eight months since the World Cup triumph, said he was raring to go against the West Indies in the five-match series.
"I'm happy that I'm back in the ODI side. I am looking forward to this series. After the World Cup, I had a shoulder surgery and it took a little long to recover and for the rehab process. Now that I'm fit, I'm raring to go," he said.
Sehwag failed to convert fifties into hundreds in the just-concluded Test series against the West Indies but he said there was nothing to worry about.
"I'm looking in this way, that at least I was lucky to get three fifties (in Tests). I am happy about my performance," he said.
The dashing right-handed batsman said he would love to open with his Delhi team-mate Gambhir even though the team think-tank was yet to decide about his.
"We will have a meeting tonight and will decide who will open with me. I am sure that I'm opening the batting but we will take a call on who will come with me. I would love to open with Gautam. But we have to look our team combination as well," he said.
Sehwag said Barabati pitch has been lucky for Team India and hoped it to be the same way this time around also.
"We have played some games here. We played last time against England and Sri Lanka and we had won both the games. It's a good ground for Team India and I think it will be a good batting track."
But at the same time, Sehwag refused to underestimate the West Indies.
"They are a good side. In ODIs, any team can beat any side. We are not taking them lightly. We will give our 100 per cent. It's difficult to predict a result. We can concentrate on the process and we will win the series."
Asked about the reports of Indian batsmen departing early to Australia to acclimatise to the conditions for the gruelling tour starting next month, Sehwag said, "I have not heard anything. But it's a good thing when you go a little early; you will get more time to practice. It's always good."
After poor crowd response during the Test series against the West Indies, Barabati is all set to be a fullhouse with all tickets being sold out, and Sehwag welcomed the idea of having matches in smaller towns.
"It's good to have matches in smaller towns. If it's a packed house and playing in front of 40-50,000 capacity, it's a different ball game altogether. We love to play with a big crowd behind. It's a beautiful ground and a very good wicket to bat on."
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Sachin was cognizant of Yuvraj's tumour

Sachin was cognizant of Yuvraj's tumour

Chandigarh: Cricketer Yuvraj Singh had informed master blaster Sachin Tendulkar about his 'serious illness', said the ailing player's mother Shabnam Singh on Sunday.
According to Shabnam, on being informed about Yuvi's health, Sachin had told him, "Don't worry Yuvi, things will be all right."
She also said that only a few family members and friends of the cricket player had the knowledge about a tumour in his left lung.
Talking to Bhaskar team, Shabnam said her son shares things and seeks advices from Sachin on several matters.
"When he informed Sachin about his tumour, both Sachin and his wife Anjali motivated him. They had asked Yuvraj not to panic saying "You don't have a serious disease. You will be fine after the treatment."
Shabnam also said that she felt nervous being a mother whenever she thought about the tumour, but everytime his son came and boosted her confidence.
Yuvraj has always been like a fighter. Recuperating from his illness, flamboyant Indian batsman said today that he is "absolutely fine" and would be returning to cricket very soon.

Dhoni backs Yuvraj to find form

Dhoni backs Yuvraj to find form

Kolkata: Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday threw his weight behind out-of-form team-mate Yuvraj Singh and said the middle-order batsman needed support as he was going through a difficult patch.

Yuvraj, who made a comeback in the ongoing Test series, failed once again in the second Test against the West Indies with a reckless innings of 25 as India notched up a mammoth 631 for seven in their first innings. He had made 23 and 18 in the first Test in New Delhi.

Dhoni said Yuvraj needs runs under his belt and in this time of crisis it is important to show confidence in him.

"Yes, he's going through a tough phase but it's important to show confidence on him. We all know he is talented. He has played really well against all the big bowlers especially in the ODI format which means he has talent to do well in Test format as well," Dhoni said after India crushed the West Indies by an innings and 15 runs in the second Test.

"One reason is that he has been in and out of the side. It's very difficult to back yourself. You have that bit of tentativeness. It's a bit tough on him. But hopefully he will recover and do well for India," he said.

Dhoni, meanwhile, praised the new look young Indian bowling attack and said it's important that pacers do not pick up injury.

"I think the whole bowling unit looks very balanced. The fast bowlers look very fresh which means they can bowl a lot of overs that is needed in a Test. The spinners also bowling in the same way.

"I am quite happy with their performance. Umesh Yadav again is someone who can bowl really quick. But we will have to use him in best possible manner so that we don't overuse him and he gets injured," said Dhoni.

"We have a pool (of) fast bowlers who can bowl quick. But it's important to sustain at top-level. It's not always about bowling fast. You have to bowl in right areas with the kind of pressure," he said.

On the spin department, Dhoni said, "Ojha has been playing a couple of formats ... Even in the Tests, he is in and out of playing XI and Ashwin is new to the longer version that means all of them are fairly fresh and raring to go and a bit more energy on the field. They back themselves which is very important in Tests."

Dhoni, however, said that it was not the right time to experiment even though India have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match Test series.

"It's too soon right now. We will see what needs to be done. We don't want to overuse the bowlers also. We will think and do what's best for the side. Let's see everything goes well," he said.

"It's not about experimentation. We will see what best possible XI we will have and accordingly we will decide," he added.

Dhoni also showered praise on his batsmen, saying that they have done an excellent job in the match after their failure in the first innings of the Delhi Test.

"Our batting did not do outstandingly well in the first innings in Delhi. But after that we have shown improvements in the second innings ahead of this Test. We have covered the areas really well. Our fielding has been decent," he said.

"England was a bad tour for us. There were several reasons why we did not do well there. It is always good to be on the winning side. It's the process that's more important than the results. Glad to be on the winning side," said Dhoni.

After their disastrous England tour where they were blanked in the Tests, ODIs and the lone Twenty20I, India returned to inflict a 5-0 whitewash on the same opponents at home.

Asked if he is hopeful of a series whitewash against Windies, Dhoni said, "We will try our best. It's difficult to predict in cricket. We will have to see what kind of wicket we get there (in Mumbai)."

Praising the West Indies for their batting display in the second essay, Dhoni said, "West Indies are a good side. Their bowling line is quite good. It's not that they can't bat. As you have seen in the second innings they are talented batsmen.

"We are expecting a tough third Test. We have shown some improvements in this Test than we did in the first Test. Hopefully we will go on improving. We are not thinking on results. We will try to do well on the field."

Asked whether he was looking to give himself some rest ahead of the much important Australia series beginning next month, Dhoni said: "I won't take rest for the next game that's for sure. Let's see after that."

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Yuvraj, Kohli get Grade A contracts

Yuvraj, Kohli get Grade A contracts

Yuvraj Singh has been rewarded for his stellar World Cup with a Grade A contract from the BCCI for 2011-12, a year after being demoted to Grade B. Virat Kohliand Ishant Sharma have both been given Grade A contracts for the first time.
Rohit Sharma moved up from Grade C to B, as did R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, but Ashish Nehra, who had a Grade B contract, did not make the list of contacted players at all. Harbhajan Singh, who was not picked for the one-day series against England or for the upcoming first Test against West Indies, remained in Grade A.
Yuvraj had a forgettable 2010, with indifferent form and fitness dogging him through one of the toughest phases of his career. He bounced back superbly to be Man of the Tournament in the World Cup, before injury cut short his tour of England.
The total number of contracted players ballooned from 24 to 37, with Umesh Yadav, Abhinav Mukund, Rahul Sharma and Varun Aaron receiving contracts for the first time. Aaron and Yadav impressed with their pace in the recent home one-day series against England. The pair, along with legspinner Rahul Sharma, were included in the squad for the first Test against West Indies starting on November 6. All three players were given Grade C contracts.
Munaf Patel, who missed out last year, was also in Grade C as was Ajinkya Rahane, who made his ODI debut in England this year. Cheteshwar Pujara, who recently recovered from injury and has not played since the IPL, retained his Grade C contract. Meanwhile M Vijay was moved from B to C after struggling on the tour of West Indies earlier this year.
The annual retainers are worth Rs 1 crore (approximately $205,760) for Grade A, Rs 50 lakh (approximately $102,880) for Grade B and Rs 25 lakhs (approximately $51,440) for Grade C.
The BCCI's working committee also voted to classify the IPL as List A cricket at its meeting today in Kolkata and stated their opposition to the new sports bill being promulgated by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports.
The ministry had drafted a sports bill ostensibly to bring accountability and transparency to India's sporting bodies, but the idea met with stiff opposition. A first draft was sent back to the ministry for redrafting, and the BCCI said it would oppose the latest version as well.
"While the BCCI is all for good governance and transparency in sports bodies, certain aspects of the bill seek to destroy the autonomy of the board and dilute the rights of its members," the BCCI said in a statement. "Therefore the Board is totally opposed to this bill and will be communicating its objections to the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports shortly ... The bill tends to encroach upon fundamental rights of sports bodies."
Among the committee's other decisions was to appoint Evan Speechly as the Indian team physiotherapist on a two-year contract, replacing Ashish Kaushik. Speechly, a South African who was with the Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL team, will join the India squad for the third Test between India and West Indies.
In addition the committee approved in principle a proposal to allot a certain portion of the gate receipts from the IPL playoffs for the benefit of retired cricketers. They also created an award for the best allrounder in the Ranji Trophy and India's domestic limited-overs tournaments, named after the late former India captain Lala Amarnath. The award will comprise a trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 2.5 lakhs ($5000) in each category.
Grade A: Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli, Ishant Sharma.
Grade B: Praveen Kumar, R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja.
Grade C: Sreesanth, Amit Mishra, Cheteshwar Pujara, Abhimanyu Mithun, Vinay Kumar , Ajinkya Rahane, Munaf Patel, M Vijay, Abhinav Mukund, Shikhar Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha, Parthiv Patel, S Badrinath, Manoj Tiwary, Piyush Chawla, Dinesh Karthik, Jaydev Unadkat, Umesh Yadav, Rahul Sharma, Varun Aaron.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Yuvi comes clean on Flintoff fight

Yuvi comes clean on Flintoff fight

In 2007, in a match against England in the T20 World Cup, Yuvraj Singh went on to hit six sixes in an over by English bowler Stuart Broad, right after an exchange of angry words with Andrew Flintoff. For years, Yuvi kept mum on what exactly transpired to evoke such a reaction. but finally, he has opened up about it.

In an interview on the TV chat show, India’s Most Desirable, host Simi Garewal played a clip of the Flintoff-Yuvi face-off, asking him to spill the beans on what really happened.

The 30-year-old explained, “…after I hit him for two boundaries in that over, he said, ‘F*** you’. And I said, F*** you. He then said, ‘excuse me?’, and I said, ‘you heard what I said’.

He said ‘I will cut your b**** off’, so I said, ‘you see this bat in my hand … you know where I’m going to hit you with this bat …’. So, it was just a fight”.

On the show, which airs this Sunday, the cricketer further said, “It got me really worked up. I got really angry and just wanted to hit every ball out of the ground; and sometimes, it’s good for you and sometimes it backfires, but that day, it backfired on them.”

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh set to miss Third Test

Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh set to miss Third Test 

India difficult tour of England today took another turn for the worse after it was revealed Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh are almost certain to miss next week's Third Test at Edgbaston.

India have already been without opener Virender Sehwag for the first two Tests while both batsman Gautam Gambhir and seam bowler Zaheer Khan missed the Second Test defeat at Trent Bridge. Sehwag was due to arrive in England today and may play against Northants, starting on Friday.

But off-spinner Harbhajan is likely to be absent for nearly two weeks with a stomach muscle injury, and Yuvraj damaged the index finger of his left hand when struck by Tim Bresnan in the second innings at Trent Bridge.

Zaheer is still struggling to prove his fitness after sustaining a hamstring injury in the First Test at Lord's. With India already 2-0 down in the four-match series, they need their premier bowler back in Birmingham.

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra would be favourite to step in for Harbhajan. There is better news for England with Jonathan Trott understood to be confident he will be ready to play at his home ground next week, even though coach Andy Flower said he was short of full fitness.

Trott is expected to be named in the squad but Ravi Bopara or James Taylor or could be called up as cover, while Chris Tremlett

Saturday, July 2, 2011

सलमान खान के बाद ही शादी करेंगे युवी

सलमान खान के बाद ही शादी करेंगे युवी 

मुम्बई। टीम इंडिया के मोस्ट इलिजेबल बेचलर युवराज सिंह ने कहा है कि वे सलमान खान की शादी के बाद ही शादी करेंगे। एक साक्षात्कार में युवी ने कहा कि जब मोस्ट इलिजेबल बेचलर सलमान खान शादी करने के बाद ही वे शादी करने के बारे में सोचेंगे। 

युवी ने कहा कि सलमान रॉकस्टार है और पहले उन्हें ही शादी करनी चाहिए और उसके बाद मैं अपनी शादी के बारे में सोचूंगा। खराब फॉर्म को लेरक आलोचना का शिकार हो रहे युवी ने कहा कि वे लोगों के कहने की परवाह नहीं करते। मैं अपनी टीम के लिए कठोर मेहनत करता हूं।


Friday, June 3, 2011

World Cup winner Indian team members pose for photograph

World Cup winner Indian team members pose for photographs after being honoured during the BCCI Awards 2009-2010 function in Mumbai

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Yuvraj Singh Donated Rs. 1 Lack to Footballer Arunima Sinha

Yuvraj Singh Donated Rs. 1 Lack to Footballer Arunima Sinha

Star India batsman Yuvraj Singh announced a Rs. one lakh monetary help to national level football and volleyball player Arunima Sinha on Saturday. Arunima had lost her leg after being thrown out by robbers from a running train near Bareilly.

Yuvraj, who was adjudged player-of-the-tournament in the cricket World Cup which India won after 28 years, described Arunima a "brave sportsperson" and wish her a speedy recovery. "It is really unfortunate and tragic with what has happened to Arunima. She must be brave sportsperson who came forward to fight against robbery. I know the loss is irreparable, but I would like to offer her this little contribution on of one lakh rupees," he said in a statement issued by 'Yuvraj Singh Foundation'.

"I wish her a speedy recovery and in future if she I am of some help she can always contact me," he said. Arunima alias Sonu lost her leg after she was pushed out of the Padmavat Express near Bareilly on Monday night by three men trying to snatch her gold chain when she was travelling to Delhi to appear for a CISF examination.

As she lay on the tracks, another train ran over her left leg. She had fractures on her right leg and also suffered head injuries. Railways has offered her a suitable job while Sports Minister Ajay Maken announced a Rs. two lakh medical compensation and an immediate ex-gratia of Rs. 25,000.


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh at Title Sponsorship for the Pearls Challenge he press meet in Chandigarh

Harbhajan Singh flanked by Yuvraj Singh (Indian cricketers & members of the winning Indian team of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011) and to announce their Title Sponsorship for the Pearls Challenge (India ODI & T20 series in West Indies) during the press meet in Chandigarh

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Yuvraj Singh not out 62 Pune Warriors 141/6 Albie Morkel injured, Pune bat against Chennai

Yuvraj Singh not out 62 Pune Warriors 141/6 Albie Morkel injured, Pune bat against Chennai 

Albie Morkel injured, Pune bat against Chennai

Toss Pune Warriors chose to bat v Chennai Super Kings

Yuvraj Singh beat MS Dhoni at the toss stakes for the second time running, but this time chose to bat first. The decision could have been prompted by his team's poorly planned chase in the previous game, as well as the oppressive conditions at the DY Patil Stadium, which Dhoni felt were worse than in Chennai. Yuvraj felt a score of 160-170 would be defendable against a Chennai side that has chased only once, unsuccessfully, this season.

Both teams beefed up their seam resources at the expense of a spinner, on a wicket that was expected to provide good bounce. Pune left out Nathan McCullum, giving Mitchell Marsh his first game with them. Chennai were hamstrung by an injury to Albie Morkel, which paved the way for Nuwan Kulasekara's IPL debut. Offspinner Suraj Randiv was benched in favour of Tim Southee.

Chennai Super Kings: 1 Michael Hussey, 2 M Vijay, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 S Badrinath, 5 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 6 S Anirudha, 7 Nuwan Kulasekara, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Doug Bollinger, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Shadab Jakati

Pune Warriors: 1 Jesse Ryder, 2 Mohnish Mishra, 3 Manish Pandey, 4 Robin Uthappa (wk), 5 Yuvraj Singh (capt), 6 Mithun Manhas, 7 Mitchell Marsh, 8 Rahul Sharma, 9 Jerome Taylor, 10 Murali Kartik, 11 Alfonso Thomas

Pune Warriors 141/6 (20/20 ov)
Chennai Super Kings 0/0 (0.5/20 ov)
Chennai Super Kings require another 142 runs with 10 wickets and 19.1 overs remaining

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

Pune Warriors innings (20 overs maximum)

View dismissalJD Ryderc Anirudha b Bollinger191240158.33
View dismissalMD Mishrac Jakati b Bollinger290022.22
View dismissalMK Pandeyc Ashwin b Southee10131076.92
View dismissalM Manhasb Kulasekara04000.00
Yuvraj Singh*not out624334144.18
View dismissalRV Uthappac Anirudha b Ashwin312222140.90
View dismissalMR Marshc Ashwin b Bollinger11151073.33
JE Taylornot out120050.00
Extras(lb 1, w 4)5
Total(6 wickets; 20 overs)141(7.05 runs per over)

Did not bat M KartikR SharmaAC Thomas
Fall of wickets1-22 (Ryder, 3.1 ov)2-22 (Mishra, 3.3 ov)3-28 (Manhas, 5.2 ov)4-41 (Pandey, 7.2 ov),5-83 (Uthappa, 13.2 ov)6-123 (Marsh, 18.2 ov)
View wicketKMDN Kulasekara302618.66(1w)
View wicketsDE Bollinger412135.25(1w)
View wicketTG Southee403318.25(2w)
View wicketR Ashwin402917.25
SB Jakati201507.50
SK Raina301605.33
Chennai Super Kings innings (target: 142 runs from 20 overs)RB4s6sSR
MEK Husseynot out05000.00
M Vijaynot out0000-
Total(0 wickets; 0.5 overs)0(0.00 runs per over)
To bat SK RainaS BadrinathMS Dhoni*†S AnirudhaR AshwinKMDN KulasekaraDE BollingerSB JakatiTG Southee
AC Thomas0.50000.00
Match details
Toss Pune Warriors, who chose to bat
Player of the match tba
Umpires Asad Rauf (Pakistan) and SL Shastri
TV umpire AM Saheba
Match referee GF Labrooy (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire NA Patwardhan
Match notes
  • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 6.0 (Mandatory - 37 runs, 3 wickets)
  • Pune Warriors: 50 runs in 8.6 overs (54 balls), Extras 1
  • Pune Warriors: 100 runs in 15.5 overs (95 balls), Extras 2
  • Yuvraj Singh: 50 off 39 balls (3 x 4, 3 x 6)
  • Innings Break: Pune Warriors - 141/6 in 20.0 overs (Yuvraj Singh 62, JE Taylor 1)
  • Powerplay 1: Overs 0.1 - 6.0 (Mandatory)

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