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What is happening in IPL 2009– Season 2 Match Schedule is here

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Cricket Extravaganza

Indian Premier league (IPL) began on 18th April 2009. It was founded last year by Indian Cricket board and features Indian cricketers and the world’s top players in eight teams. The squads are owned by Bollywood film stars and the country’s wealthiest businessmen.

In the opening game of the IPL 2009 Season 2, Sachin Tendulkar’s Mumbai Indians, take on IPL 2008 finalists, the Chennai Super Kings, at Newlands in Cape Town. This 59-match extravaganza will be played in South Africa and majority of Indians and cricket lovers can enjoy them live through TV, web or in the stadium.

Ready to grab the action?

Ready to grab the action?

The following is the time table for the first five matches:

1st match: Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians at Cape Town – Match scheduled to begin at 12:30 local time (10:30 GMT)

2nd match: Bangalore Royal Challengers v Rajasthan Royals at Cape Town – Apr 18, 2009 – Match scheduled to begin at 16:30 local time (14:30 GMT)

3rd match: Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab at Cape Town – Apr 19, 2009 (12:30 local, 10:30 GMT)

4th match: Deccan Chargers v Kolkata Knight Riders at Cape Town – Apr 19, 2009 (16:30 local, 14:30 GMT)

5th match: Bangalore Royal Challengers v Chennai Super Kings at Port Elizabeth – Apr 20, 2009 (16:30 local, 14:30 GMT)

To get the complete schedule of IPL matches, check this out:

http://www.allindians.com/blogs/sports/cricket/4527/ipl-20-20-schedule-ipl-2009

Let us take a look at teams one by one:

Rajasthan Royals:

Emerging Media Group owns this team. The Pink City of Jaipur is represented by the Rajasthan Royals. Astute coach-cum-captain Shane Warne and the top order Graeme Smith can lead the team with their best performance. In the lower order, Ravindra Jadeja can prove helpful. India’s all-rounder Mohammad Kaif and Munaf Patel will rub shoulders with the likes of Justin Langer and Younus Khan. The team will reflect the values of courageous Rajputs and is predicted that they will make it to the semi-finals but will find it difficult to repeat the last year’s outstanding performance.

Kings XI Punjab:

This Lion-hearted team with skipper Yuvraj Singh has made its mission clear, “To be the most entertaining and successful franchise in the league”. The team has the best players owned by Bollywood’s Preity Zinta, and famous industrialists Mohit Burman, Karan Paul and Ness Wadia. Veterans like Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Ramnaresh Sarwan are expected to deliver alongside bravo Brett Lee, Sree Santh and Irfan Pathan who will spearhead the bowling attack. It seems the team is worst hit by injuries for pacers like Brett Lee and Sreesanth. With few big names, it will find difficult to make it to the final stage.

Mumbai Indians:

Owned by Reliance Industries, it has the most expensive and extraordinary cricketer, Sachin Tendulkar. The team has the right balance of youthful vigour and best talent by having players like Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Sanath Jayasuriya, Pinal Shah and Yogesh Takawale. It seems the fans will get to watch glittering performances of the top players. Yet, the team doesn’t have a dashing wicketkeeper-cum-batsman. It is predicted that if the team plays well to their potential, it deserves to reach the semi-finals.

Delhi Daredevils:

Led by the celebrated player Virender Sehwag – the Nawab of Najafgarh, the team takes pride in having solid batsmen like Gautam Gambhir and Shoaib Malik, and bowlers like Glenn McGrath, Daniel Vettori and Mohammad Asif. GMR Group owns the team and Bollywood icon Akshay Kumar is the designated brand ambassador. Check out for this team’s brilliant performance when they play with unceasing vigour. The team relies heavily on their top order and the middle order is below par at some times. Yet they will remain the hot favourites of the season.

Chennai Super Kings:

Owned by India cements, it is led by highest paid and ranked star Mahendra Singh Dhoni. It has added glamour to its kitty by former cricketer Kris Srikkanth and South Indian actors Vijay and Nayantara as brand ambassadors. Coached by former South African cricketer Kepler Wessels, the team is packed by stalwarts like Matthew Hayden, Stephen Fleming, Michael Hussey, Jacob Oram, Makhaya Ntini and Muttiah Muralidharan lending their participation to the Super Kings. The team’s name was selected as a tribute to the rulers of the golden era of Tamil culture. Even though, their bowling order is at present weak with L. Balaji and suave Muralitharan it appears they will win the hearts of cricket lovers.

Kolkata Knight Riders:

The star studded team consists of some renowned cricket players like Aussie Skipper Ricky Ponting, Kolkata Prince Sourav Ganguly, Brendan McCullum of New Zealand and Chris Gayle of the West Indies. Owned by the Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan, the franchise has done everything to promote the team. Kolkata has probably the most explosive opening combination in Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum. With the Pakistan fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul backing out, the team’s bowling order look feeble. The ongoing tension between the coach John Buchanan and the captain over the multiple-captain theory can endanger the morale of the team. It seems that in IPL 2009, they may finish at the lowest order.

Bangalore Royal Challengers:

Business magnate Dr. Vijay Mallya owns the team, named after one of his top brands. Rahul Dravid, the darling of Bangalore, is the captain and the formidable line up of players like Anil kumble, Praveen Kumar, Zaheer Khan, Mark Boucher will bring laurels to the team. The Youth force is headed by Under 19 World cup captain Virat kohli, Arun Kumar and Shreevats Goswami among others. Coached by Former Indian fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad, it is expected to shine in the IPL matches with their endurance, determination and team spirit. It seems it could upset the fans in few matches.

Deccan Chargers:

Media house Deccan chronicle owns this team. It has the local favourites like VVS Laxman and international players like Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds, Herschelle

Gibbs and Shahid Afridi to its roster. RP Singh, Chaminda Vaas and Nuwan Zoysa were also the pick of the bowlers. Skipper Adam Gilchrist with his rearranged team, the fortunes of the team has risen to a new level. The Deccan Chargers mascot represents a charging bull signifying strength, power and aggression. The bowling order does not have the strength to give sleepless nights to opposing teams. Even though Fidel Edwards has been inducted into the team, he may not be a significant threat in this 20-20 format. Apart from this, the middle order is reasonably weak in its aggression.

Kasi Viswanathan, secretary of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association and Head of Operations of the Super Kings assured the reporters that they would come back with the trophy this time.

Web links to enjoy the IPL games:

a) Official website of the Indian Premier League: http://www.iplt20.com/home.html andyoutube channel of IPL is www.youtube.com/ipl

b) Get info on every team from here: http://aandavan.info/Watch-IPL-Live-Streaming/index.php

c) Free commentary and live scores: cricinfo.com, cricketnext.com and others.

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April 17, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. very good thene

    Comment by deepankar | April 20, 2009 | Reply


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