Kumar Gets Four Wickets

Bhuvneshwar Kumar got 4 wickets in England’s first innings in the first match of the ongoing 5-match test series.

The Uttar Pradesh fast bowler remained economical too. It’s him who, at one point of time, had pushed England into a situation from where the hosts were not looking like getting to even 250.

Bhuvi was the only Indian bowler who got the swing both with the old as well as with the new ball right through the day.

Out of the 4 wickets that Bhuvi got, two stands out i.e. of Ben Stokes and Liam Plunkett.

The delivery on which Stokes was dismissed was an absolute stunner. It was bowled from around the wicket and it seemed to be coming in with the angle. So, the left handed batsman had to play at it and he did that. But, the ball changed the trajectory after pitching. It went away and the edge was induced. Dhoni behind the sticks was never going to make a mistake in catching that.

Plunkett’s dismissal was a classic one too. Bhuvi set him up by bowling a lot of out swingers and then, all of a sudden, he produced a ball, which from the same length, jagged back sharply.

Plunkett thought it was another out swinger and thus, he played away from his body. The result was an inside edge onto the stumps.

Bhuvi, however, was a bit lucky as well on one occasion. The umpire gave Matt Prior out caught behind off his bowling while the ball had actually not touched the bat. But, it’s part and parcel of the game.

Bhuvi will have the chance to complete his five-for tomorrow. There is still one England wicket to fall. He would certainly like to grab that.

KKR Win 7th Edition

The Kolkata Knight Riders have won the 7th edition of the Indian Premier League. They defeated the Kings XI Punjab in the final match by 3 wickets and clinched their second title in 3 years.

They have become only the second team to have two IPL titles. Chennai Super Kings is the other one

The KKR captain, Gautam Gambhir, won the toss and invited the opposition to bat first. The men in purple, as usual, had a great start with the ball as they got rid of the danger men Virender Sehwag and George Bailey pretty soon, but, they couldn’t capitalize on that good start.

May be the placid nature of the wicket was the main reason behind it as when the spinners came on to bowl in the middle overs, they didn’t get turn and the batsmen were able to play them through the line. A lot of boundaries came from 11th to 15th over in the Kings XI Punjab’s inning which helped them lay a good platform. Thereafter, Saha gave them a fantastic finish by hitting some big shots in the last couple of overs. The wicketkeeper batsman remained not out on 115 which is the highest score by any batsman in an IPL final.

KKR, in reply, lost their most consistent player Uthappa to Johnson in the very first over, but, Manish Pandey rose to the occasion on his home ground and showed his stroke making capability. He found boundaries right through for KKR which never let the required run rate go out of control.

The match got a bit tight at the end though with KKR losing a few wickets in succession, but, Piyush Chawla with a couple of good shots did the job eventually for the Shahrukh Khan owned franchise.

Cook Proud Of England Team

The captain of the England Cricket Team, Alastair Cook, is proud of the kind of attitude his boys showed in the one off ODI game played against Scotland yesterday. The conditions were not ideal at all for an international match to be organized there at the venue and nobody would have criticized the Poms if they had refused to play, but, Cook and his team decided to take the risk and went out there on the wet ground.

According to Cook, everybody in the camp wanted to start the season on a winning note and that’s why, they were keen to play.

Talking to the reporters after the game, Cook said, “The game could have been called off in those sorts of conditions, but, considering the fact that it was a one off match, we decided to play and I must hail the approach of both the teams for the way they got on with things.”

“To be honest with you, I have never ever been on an outfield as wet as that. I would say it was a little bit unsafe out there, but, as I said, the players from both the camps were eager to be in action.”

The England Cricket Board has recently made a lot of changes in the team set up. It’s actually being seen as the start of a new era in English cricket. So, one can understand the fact that the English team was really looking to get the season underway with a positive result, but, the eagerness that the Scottish boys showed was really appreciable and Cook was all praise for their fielding effort.

The England captain said, “Scotland fielded wonderfully despite the ground being so wet and they deserve a lot of credit for that.”