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IPL6: War of the Titans; get ready for Sachin vs Gayle

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  • Apr 04, 2013, 18:07 PM IST
IPL6: War of the Titans; get ready for Sachin vs Gayle
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Bangalore: After defending champion Kolkata Knight Riders' easy victory over Delhi Daredevils on the opening day of the sixth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL 6), two major contenders for the championship-- Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers-- are all set to take on each other in Bangalore on Thursday.
 
Both MI and RCB have registered average performances in previous IPL chapters, with five victories to the credit of each team against the other. 
 
The Virat Kohli-led Bangalore team includes Chris Gayle, who has proved to be every bowler's worst nightmare so far, and has been adjudged the best batsman in the previous two IPL editions. 
 
And yet, the Mumbai Indians line-up appears too solid to be taken lightly. 

 

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    IPL6: War of the Titans; get ready for Sachin vs Gayle
    Kolkata Knight Riders off to a perfect start
     
    Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders got off to a perfect start in their IPL 6 campaign beating Delhi Daredevils by 6 wickets.
     
    KKR scored the required 129 runs with 6 wickets in their hands and 9 balls to spare.
     
    Having won the toss, KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir chose to bowl first and his decision paid off with Brett Lee claiming the wicket of Unmukt Chand on the very first ball of the match. Delhi on the other hand was not able to get a partnership. Skipper Mahela Jaywardene scored a valiant 66 but wickets kept loosing on the other end.
     
    West Indian Sunil Narine was the pick of the bowlers as he rattled the Delhi batting line up and took 4 wickets to restrict the Delhi lads to a modest 128.
     
    In response, KKR got off to a solid start. Gautam Gambhir (41) was given good support by Kallis(23) and Tiwary(23).
     
    Delhi did try to build some pressure on Kolkata with some dot balls and wickets in succession but the score of 128 was way too less to defend.
     
    Sunil Narine was declared 'Man of the Match' for his brilliant bowling figures of 4/13.
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    IPL: Get ready for 8 weeks of cricket fever!
     
    For the next eight weeks, IPL 6 is expected to rule the minds and hearts of cricket fans, not just in India but around the world, says Javagal Srinath.
     
    The T-20 has proved to be perhaps the most favoured among all formats of the game so far. IPL brings together the world's finest talent, allowing cricket lovers to get a glimpse of aggressive batting, smart bowling and tight fielding, adds the former Indian player. 
     
    "The two players who will be missed the most are Kevin Pietersen and Michael Clarke, both of whom have always impressed with their unique style and high-quality performance," adds Srinath.
     
    IPL-6 promises to be just as successful as all editions so far. The teams that haven't been able to take home the trophy yet will pull all stops to do that this time. 
     
    With their impressive line-up of players, RCB and MI are both expected to deliver when they enter the ground. While Royal Challengers includes some impressive fast bowlers from India, Mumbai scores high as far as players' experience is concerned. 
     
    Also Chennai Super Kings looks solid as ever and Kolkata Knight Riders has made its intentions clear with a flying start yesterday. 
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    The tournament so far: IPL in numbers
     
    With the total number of runs scored in IPL having touched 96,722 at the end of the fifth season, IPL 6 is expected to reach the 1 lakh run-mark. 
     
    These runs have been made at an average of 25.61 a wicket and at an average of 7.89 an over.
     
    Batsmen across teams have hit a total of 3,086 sixers and an astonishing 8,555 fours.
     
    One four has been hit after every 6.32 balls while a four has come after every 24 balls.
     
    An average of 157.71 runs have been scored in each 20 over innings. The lowest per innings average-- 149.60-- came at the 2009 South Africa edition.
     
    In 2010, IPL saw an average of 166 scored per 20 overs.
      
    With a total of 110 wickets at a 21.70 average in 2009 Deccan Chargers leads the pack as far as bowling performance in any edition is concerned.
     
    However, it is Delhi Daredevils that boasts of the best bowling average-- in 2009, Delhi took a total of 106 wickets at an average of 20.35.
     
    Two-time champion Chennai Super Kings leads the run tally in any edition by scoring at a total of 12,736 runs at 30.18 runs a wicket.

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