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    Default Bollywood to spice up IPL 5 opening ceremony | IPL 5 @ dESIRULEZ

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    Bollywood and cricket go hand in hand and what better way to open up the most awaited fifth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) with a host of Bollywood biggies like Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra.
    No wonder IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla calls the opening ceremony to be “a lineup of big names.”
    “With four highly successful seasons behind us, we hope to raise the standards of the competition even higher, as we look forward to celebrating DLF IPL 2012 with much fanfare, starting with Opening Nite,” said Rajeev Shukla adding, “We want to thank all the supporters for their continued support as they have made the league what it is today. We are proud to boast a lineup of big names to kick start the 2012 season in style.”
    Amitabh Bachchan will play the host for the opening ceremony at YMCA College of Physical Education on April 3 in Chennai. There will be surprise performances from Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra.
    An all excited Priyanka Chopra tweeted, “Gosh! Crazy few days!! 20 hr days!! And lovin it.. Ok so what act do u guys suggest I do for the IPL opening ceremony.. Shud be so fun!!”

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    Default IPL extravaganza: Katy Perry to perform with Priyanka and Salman

    International pop singer Katy Perry will perform at the Indian Premiere League along with Salman Khan and Priyanka Chopra.

    The trio are expected to set the stage ablaze at the opulent opening ceremony. Interestingly, this is the first time that Katy will perfom for an Indian audience in India.

    The singer is expected to croon to her famous songs 'Teenage Dream', 'California Gurls' and ‘Firework’.

    The IPL will begin on April 3 and the ceremony is expected to take place at YMCA College of Physical Education.

    Besides the trio, megastar Amitabh Bachchan will also be a part of the event. The actor is expected to host the grand extravaganza.

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    Default Kareena to perform during IPL opening ceremony

    Bollywood thespian Kareena Kapoor will join a likes of Amitabh Bachchan, Prabhudeva, Priyanka Chopra, Salman Khan and general thespian Katy Perry to supplement star energy during a Indian Premier League (IPL) opening night in Chennai on Apr 3, 2012.

    The 31-year-old will perform during a YMCA Grounds as partial of a opening rite for IPL’s fifth edition, an IPL recover said.

    Known for her performances in films as different as Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Omkara and Jab We Met, Kareena is good famous for her intense on shade and theatre presence.

    The captains of a 9 participating teams will also be benefaction during a venue.

    The IPL will be hold from Apr 4 to May 27 and will underline 76 games opposite 12 locations.

    The tickets for a star-studded opening night, featuring Katy Perry’s lass opening in India, are labelled during Rs 1,500.
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    Default Owais Shah replaces Shane Warne in the Rajasthan Royals




    England batsman, Owais Shah, has been signed by one of the IPL franchises, Rajasthan Royals, as a replacement for spin wizard, Shane Warne.

    Shane Warne, who was once the captain and coach of Rajasthan Royals, had taken retirement from all formats of cricket. He played for the Royals in the first four seasons of the IPL. Rahul Dravid will lead the side in his absence.

    Owais Shah is an experienced player. He played for Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils and Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the previous seasons of the cash-rich event and earned experience of playing in the Indian condition and soil.

    He has also appeared in 17 Twenty20 internationals for England and also scored a half-century.

    Under the leadership of Shane Warne, Rajasthan Royals won the title in the inaugural season of Indian Premier League (IPL). Now, they are hoping to win the title for the second time.

    It is the time to see if Owais Shah can successfully replace Shane Warne. Can he help his team getting the title once again?
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    Default IPL Match Schedule

    Wed, Apr 04 20:00(IST) Match 1 Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
    Thu, Apr 05 20:00(IST) Match 2 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils Eden Gardens, Kolkata
    Fri, Apr 06 16:00(IST) Match 3 Mumbai Indians vs Pune Warriors India Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
    Fri, Apr 06 20:00(IST) Match 4 Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
    Sat, Apr 07 16:00(IST) Match 5 Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Delhi Daredevils M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
    Sat, Apr 07 20:00(IST) Match 6 Deccan Chargers vs Chennai Super Kings ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam
    Sun, Apr 08 16:00(IST) Match 7 Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
    Sun, Apr 08 20:00(IST) Match 8 Pune Warriors India vs Kings XI Punjab Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
    Mon, Apr 09 20:00(IST) Match 9 Deccan Chargers vs Mumbai Indians ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam
    Tue, Apr 10 16:00(IST) Match 10 Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Kolkata Knight Riders M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
    Tue, Apr 10 20:00(IST) Match 11 Delhi Daredevils vs Chennai Super Kings Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
    Wed, Apr 11 20:00(IST) Match 12 Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
    Thu, Apr 12 16:00(IST) Match 13 Chennai Super Kings vs Bangalore Royal Challengers MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
    Thu, Apr 12 20:00(IST) Match 14 Kings XI Punjab vs Pune Warriors India Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
    Fri, Apr 13 20:00(IST) Match 15 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals Eden Gardens, Kolkata
    Sat, Apr 14 16:00(IST) Match 16 Delhi Daredevils vs Deccan Chargers Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
    Sat, Apr 14 20:00(IST) Match 17 Pune Warriors India vs Chennai Super Kings Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
    Sun, Apr 15 16:00(IST) Match 18 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab Eden Gardens, Kolkata
    Sun, Apr 15 20:00(IST) Match 19 Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Rajasthan Royals M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
    Mon, Apr 16 20:00(IST) Match 20 Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
    Tue, Apr 17 16:00(IST) Match 21 Rajasthan Royals vs Deccan Chargers Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
    Tue, Apr 17 20:00(IST) Match 22 Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Pune Warriors India M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
    Wed, Apr 18 20:00(IST) Match 23 Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
    Thu, Apr 19 16:00(IST) Match 24 Deccan Chargers vs Delhi Daredevils ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam
    Thu, Apr 19 20:00(IST) Match 25 Chennai Super Kings vs Pune Warriors India MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
    Fri, Apr 20 20:00(IST) Match 26 Kings XI Punjab vs Bangalore Royal Challengers Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
    Sat, Apr 21 16:00(IST) Match 27 Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
    Sat, Apr 21 20:00(IST) Match 28 Delhi Daredevils vs Pune Warriors India Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
    Sun, Apr 22 16:00(IST) Match 29 Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
    Sun, Apr 22 20:00(IST) Match 30 Deccan Chargers vs Kolkata Knight Riders ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam
    Mon, Apr 23 20:00(IST) Match 31 Rajasthan Royals vs Bangalore Royal Challengers Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
    Tue, Apr 24 16:00(IST) Match 32 Pune Warriors India vs Delhi Daredevils Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
    Tue, Apr 24 20:00(IST) Match 33 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Deccan Chargers Eden Gardens, Kolkata
    Wed, Apr 25 16:00(IST) Match 34 Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
    Wed, Apr 25 20:00(IST) Match 35 Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Chennai Super Kings M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
    Thu, Apr 26 20:00(IST) Match 36 Pune Warriors India vs Deccan Chargers Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
    Fri, Apr 27 20:00(IST) Match 37 Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
    Sat, Apr 28 16:00(IST) Match 38 Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
    Sat, Apr 28 20:00(IST) Match 39 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Bangalore Royal Challengers Eden Gardens, Kolkata
    Sun, Apr 29 16:00(IST) Match 40 Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
    Sun, Apr 29 20:00(IST) Match 41 Mumbai Indians vs Deccan Chargers Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
    Mon, Apr 30 20:00(IST) Match 42 Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
    Tue, May 01 16:00(IST) Match 43 Deccan Chargers vs Pune Warriors India Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
    Tue, May 01 20:00(IST) Match 44 Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
    Wed, May 02 20:00(IST) Match 45 Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Kings XI Punjab M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
    Thu, May 03 20:00(IST) Match 46 Pune Warriors India vs Mumbai Indians Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
    Fri, May 04 20:00(IST) Match 47 Chennai Super Kings vs Deccan Chargers MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
    Sat, May 05 16:00(IST) Match 48 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Pune Warriors India Eden Gardens, Kolkata
    Sat, May 05 20:00(IST) Match 49 Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
    Sun, May 06 16:00(IST) Match 50 Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
    Sun, May 06 20:00(IST) Match 51 Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Deccan Chargers M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
    Mon, May 07 20:00(IST) Match 52 Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
    Tue, May 08 16:00(IST) Match 53 Pune Warriors India vs Rajasthan Royals Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
    Tue, May 08 20:00(IST) Match 54 Deccan Chargers vs Kings XI Punjab Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
    Wed, May 09 20:00(IST) Match 55 Mumbai Indians vs Bangalore Royal Challengers Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
    Thu, May 10 20:00(IST) Match 56 Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
    Fri, May 11 20:00(IST) Match 57 Pune Warriors India vs Bangalore Royal Challengers Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
    Sat, May 12 16:00(IST) Match 58 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians Eden Gardens, Kolkata
    Sat, May 12 20:00(IST) Match 59 Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
    Sun, May 13 16:00(IST) Match 60 Rajasthan Royals vs Pune Warriors India Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
    Sun, May 13 20:00(IST) Match 61 Kings XI Punjab vs Deccan Chargers Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
    Mon, May 14 16:00(IST) Match 62 Bangalore Royal Challengers vs Mumbai Indians M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
    Mon, May 14 20:00(IST) Match 63 Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings Eden Gardens, Kolkata
    Tue, May 15 20:00(IST) Match 64 Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
    Wed, May 16 20:00(IST) Match 65 Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
    Thu, May 17 16:00(IST) Match 66 Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala
    Thu, May 17 20:00(IST) Match 67 Delhi Daredevils vs Bangalore Royal Challengers Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
    Fri, May 18 20:00(IST) Match 68 Deccan Chargers vs Rajasthan Royals Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
    Sat, May 19 16:00(IST) Match 69 Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala
    Sat, May 19 20:00(IST) Match 70 Pune Warriors India vs Kolkata Knight Riders Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, Pune
    Sun, May 20 16:00(IST) Match 71 Deccan Chargers vs Bangalore Royal Challengers Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
    Sun, May 20 20:00(IST) Match 72 Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
    Tue, May 22 20:00(IST) Qualifier 1 T.B.C. vs T.B.C. M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
    Wed, May 23 20:00(IST) Eliminator T.B.C. vs T.B.C. M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
    Fri, May 25 20:00(IST) Qualifier 2 T.B.C. vs T.B.C. MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
    Sun, May 27 20:00(IST) Final T.B.C. vs T.B.C. MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
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    Default Opening Ceremony:


    Opening ceremony of Indian Premier League will kick off on April 3, one day before the IPL 2012. It will take place at YMCA College of Physical Education, Chennai. The opening ceremony program will start from 7:30 pm but the gates will remain open from 5:00 pm for entry. It is thought that fans can see an astounding event this year.

    Like all previous seasons, cricket fans all around the world will see the inclusion of Bollywood and Hollywood in the opening ceremony of IPL 2012. It is heard that a number of popular celebrities from India and abroad will perform on the stage. Legend Bollywood actor, Amitabh Bachchan, will host the program.

    According to the reports, this ceremony will be graced with the performance of Hollywood singer and actress Katy Perry. No doubt stars from Bollywood- Kareena kapoor, Salman Khan, Prabhudeva and Priyanka Chopra will dazzle the audience with their performances on stage.

    Captains of the nine franchises will take the MCC Spirit of Cricket pledge in the opening ceremony. It has been on display since the inaugural season of IPL in 2008.

    No doubt, IPL 2012 is going to create huge excitement among the cricket crazy fans. Fans once again will see the combination of local players along with foreign players.
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    Default Amitabh Bachchan will host the opening ceremony of IPL 2012


    Bollywood legend, Amitabh Bachchan, will be the host of the opening ceremony of the fifth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). Ahead of the opening ceremony, which is scheduled to kick off on April 3, 2012 from 7:30 pm, Amitabh Bachchan is working very hard.

    The legend actor posted a message on his Tweeter account. He said on Sunday morning: "Up at 6 am and in studio to record for opening gala of IPL in Chennai on April 3rd."

    It is heard that the 69-year-old actor will perform a poem written by writer-lyricist Prasoon Joshi on the opening night. He further posted on his Tweeter account: “Prasoon Joshi's poetry, Raju Singh's music, Wizcraft's event design, Captains of world cricket and the IPL .. humbled!!.”

    Cash-rich cricket tournament will start on April 4, a day after the opening ceremony, while the final match of the tournament will be played on May 27.
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    Default Injury lefts James Hopes out of IPL 5


    Australian all-rounder, James Hopes, cannot take part in the fifth edition of IPL because of his knee injury. His injury has come as a big blow for his new IPL franchise, Pune Warriors.

    After Pune Warriors bought James Hopes from Delhi Daredevils last month, he became the only overseas player to have been signed this season apart from West Indies’ Marlon Samuels.

    Because of the injury of Hopes Warriors will have to fill up two foreign players’ slots after IPL governing council allowed the franchise an extra foreign player to fill up the gape of injured Yuvraj Singh this season.

    James Hopes guided Queensland to a title win in the Sheffield Shield with his all-round performance. With the bat he scored a half-century in the first innings and claimed five wickets in the second.

    It is reported that Pune Warriors was in talks with the Australian captain Michael Clarke, who was reportedly coming as a possible replacement for Yuvraj Singh.

    Pune Warriors is one of the two new franchises that was included in the fourth edition of IPL. Now, this team is hoping to increase the strength of the team and win the title for the first time.

    Let’s see if they can find any foreign player to replace James Hopes successfully.
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    Default Prabhu Deva to perform “Urvashi” at IPL event

    The very talented Prabhu Deva is making headlines once again. Busy with his new 3-D dance film – Anybody Can Dance (ABCD), he’ll deliver just a slice of things soon to come. Prabhu will be performing at the inaugural IPL event, to be held on April 3rd.



    Coincidentally the date clashes with hisbirthday, turning a handsome 39 on the day. The talented choreographer/director has lined up a pumping list of songs right from the famed favorites including Muqqabula, Urvashi and a lot more. The opening day ceremony for Indian Premiere League 2012 will take place at the YMCA grounds. A grand set is erected, for the show to be held on April 3rd. The day will see the presence of A-listers from Bollywood, Kollywood and even Hollywood. The highlight of the event will be international artist Katy Perry performing LIVE with her dancers. Actor Salman Khan and Priyanaka Chopra will ensure that fans are treated to full on Bollywood performance. Being Prabhu’s birthday the eve will be a special one for the hip-breaking talent. He says,“I feel proud to be a part of this prestigious event.” Dancing the night away, celebrating the big day with your fans and well wishers. That’s more lik’n Prabhu!
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    Default Michael Clarke signs with Pune Warriors


    Australia captain, Michael Clarke, is going to make his debut in the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He has completed his deal with one of the franchises, Pune Warriors, where he will play under former Indian captain, Sourav Ganguly.





    The 31-year-old player has retired from Twenty20 cricket format in January 2011. However, he will continue his duty as captain in both Test and ODI format of cricket game.

    There is no doubt about the greatness of Clarke. It has to be mentioned that the reigning Australian skipper is one of the world’s best cricketers. So, the owner of Pune Warriors, Sushanto Roy, is thrilled to have Michael Clarke in his club.

    The inclusion of Clarke will help the team to increase the strength. His inclusion has come after the injury blow of James Hopes, which indicated that Warriors will have to fill up two foreign players’ slot after the IPL governing council allowed the franchise to use 5 foreign players to cover the gap of injured Yuvraj Singh this season.

    Because of his signing with the IPL franchise, he will not be able to play for his country in the ongoing 3-match Test series, which will end on April 23, against West Indies.

    Clarke did not take part in the previous editions of the tournament citing his national duty.
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    Default Tamim Iqbal will play for Pune Warriors


    Bangladeshi hard-hitting opening batsman, Tamim Iqbal, was signed by Pune Warriors on Wednesday for the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). After signing with the young promising player, the franchise has completed the overseas players’ slots for the coming season.



    Tamim Iqbal has become the eleventh overseas players for Pune Warriors and their second signing this week after Australian captain, Michael Clarke. Tamim had been in talks with the franchise management, lead by their captain Sourav Ganguly, for the past week.

    The 23-year-old batsman has become the second Bangladeshi after Shakib Al Hasan who will be playing in this year’s IPL, and has become the fifth player from that country in the tournament overall.

    Tamim Iqbal is in a good form. He would like to carry his form of the recently concluded Asia Cup tournament to this cash-rich cricket tournament. His performance in four-nation cricket tournament has helped him to get a call from one of the IPL franchises.

    It will give him an opportunity to play with a number of foreign players in the same team. This might help him to be a much matured player.

    It is time to see if he can prove his talent.
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    Default IPL Striking Opening Tonight!

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    Default IPL 5 Opening Ceremony Videos Online – 2012


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    Default IPL 5 Opening Ceremony Videos Online – 2012



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    Default Mumbai Indians rout Chennai by 8 wickets

    Riding high on RE Levi's quick fifty off 35 balls, Mumbai Indians routed the defending champions Chennai Super Kings in the high voltage opening game of the IPL 5 on Wednesday at MA Chidambaram Stadium here. Mumbai acheived the target with 19 balls remaining and eight wickets in hand.

    While chasing the target of 113 runs, Mumbai Indians' opening pair Levi and Tendulkar gave a flying start to the team. Tendulkar continued to hold the fort even after Levi's departure who scored a quick fifty off 35 balls. He declared the Man of the Match. Tendulkar was retired hurt due to finger injury at the score of 16 runs.

















    After being invited to bat first, Chennai's star-studded line-up appeared totally ineffective in front of Mumbai's bowling attack. Defending champions suffered an early jolt in the first over in the form of F du Plessis, who was run out while trying to steal a single in the first over. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni also failed to fire and was out at a score of four runs. Most expensive player in this season, Ravindra Jadeja also left CSK fans disappointed and was out at mere three runs. CSK's three batsmen were run out, Dhoni being one of them. Suresh Raina was the leading runs scorer for the Chennai side with 36 runs off 26 deliveries.

    With his five wicket haul, Bhajji has guided MI to an eight-run win.

    Teams:

    Chennai Super Kings: F du Plessis, M Vijay, SK Raina, S Badrinath, MS Dhoni, DJ Bravo, RA Jadeja, JA Morkel, R Ashwin, SB Jakati, DE Bollinger

    Mumbai Indians: SR Tendulkar, RE Levi, AT Rayudu, RG Sharma, KD Karthik, KA Pollard, JEC Franklin, Harbhajan Singh, SL Malinga, AN Ahmed, PP Ojha
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    Default SRK skips IPL 5 inauguration, courtesy Salman?



    Actor Shah Rukh Khan, the co-owner of Kolkata Knight Riders team in the Indian Premiere League, is said to to have missed the inaugural event at Chennai on Tuesday evening due to Salman Khan.

    If sources are to be believed, Salman Khan's presence at the inaugural event is reportedly one of the key reasons for SRK's absence.

    As per insiders, Salman- who had been roped in for a special performance on his track 'Dhinka Chikha' also interacted with the IPL cricket team owners backstage.

    And guess, SRK who co- owns KKR knew that coming face to face with Salman would turn things awkward for both the parties, hence he missed out on the appearance.

    Earlier a source had indicated the same to Dailybhaskar..com, the source said "To avoid unnecessary tensions, SRK perhaps may remain absent," says another source.

    Reportedly, Salman and his crew had also quizzed the organisers about SRK's presence at the event.

    A source close to SRK talked to Dailybhaskar.com earlier and said, "I don't think Shah Rukh will attend the inaugural event today, but his co owners Juhi Chawla and her hubby Jay Mehta will be present, as SRK generally gives it a miss, but of course, the actor will attend the KKR team matches at the home ground- the Edens garden in Kolkata."
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    Default Shahrukh Khan At 'IPL 5' Press Conference

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    Default Rain delays Sehwag-Gambhir face-off

    Today's match between Kolkata Knight Riders and the Delhi Daredevils has been delayed due to rains at the Eden Gardens.

    Preview

    KKR will make every possible attempts to ensure a flying start in the tournament with a winning note. Hosts would make no mistake like previous season where they missed the opportunity after an improved performance.

    On the other hand, Daredevils will use every weapon in their arsenal to make fresh start in present season after shoddy performance in the earlier seasons.

    Interestingly, Virender Sehwag and Gambhir both belong to Delhi and have been opening the Indian side in the international competitions.

    Apart from Sehwag-Gambhir, it will be good to watch Pathan brothers, who will be playing against each other with Yusuf playing for Kolkata and Irfan for Delhi Daredevils.

    KKR is expected to have an upper hand as far as the batting department is concerned. Delhi has to play first few game wihout its few key players like Mahela Jayawardene, Kevin Pietersen and David Warner who will be away from the squad due to commitments towards their national teams.

    Whereas, KKR has to play only without James Pattinson. In the latest development seen as a major addition to the KKR's arsenal, West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine will be available for the Knight Riders throughout the season. To add to it, the return of McCullum, who smashed a 73-ball 158 for the Knight Riders in the very first IPL match of season one four years back, is certain to bring smiles back on the faces of the fans of the Kolkata side. He is expected to open KKR's inning along with Kallis.

    Known for his merciless hittings, Yusuf Pathan alongwith Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Rajat Bhatia, Dutchman Ryan ten Doeschate and Shakib will contitute the middle order.
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    Default Delhi off to a flying start, beat KKR by 8 wickets

    Delhi Daredevils set off to a flying start in the present edition of the Indian Premiere League by beating Kolkata Knight Riders by eight wickets in their first match of the tournament at Eden Gardens on Thursday night. While chasing the target of 98 runs, Delhi skipper Virender Sehwag along with AJ Finch gave a steady start to the team. Daredevils had already crossed half benchmark when Finch departed at the score of 30 off 27 deliveries.

    Sehwag also followed Finch to the pavilion very soon. He was caught out at a score of 20 runs. But before moving back to pavilion the opening duo had set the momentum towards their victory. Remaining job was magnificently accomplished by the left handed all-rounder Irfan Pathan. Pathan hit 42 runs without giving much space to the Kolkata bowlers. He was given Man of the Match.

    Invited to bat first, Knight Riders lost four wickets within first four overs. McCullum was first to depart, who fall prey to Van der Merwe at the score of 9 runs. He was soon followed by Kallis, Tiwary and Pathan. Pathan was sent back to pavilion without scoring any run by Yadav.

    KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir who hit some good shots was bowled out after adding 16 runs to the score board. LR Shukla was the top scorer for the KKR with 26 runs off 17 balls. For Delhi Daredevils, M Morkel took three wickets.

    Delhi Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag has won the toss and invited the hosts to bat first on the rain affected pitch.
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    Default Rahane's 98 powers Rajasthan Royals to easy win over Kings XI Punjab

    Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid on Friday lauded young Ajinkya Rahane for his brilliant 98-run knock that set the platform for his side's comfortable win over Kings XI Punjab in their opening match of the Indian Premier League season five. Rahane who fell short of a well deserved century by just two runs, attacked from the word go as he picked up boundaries at regular intervals.

    Punjab skipper Gilchrist won the toss and decided to field first, a decision which was later regretted by him. The opening pair of Dravid and Rahane never looked in a hurry and they scored boundaries of almost every over. Rahane (98) looked in great touch as he scored 4 boundaries in the third over bowled by Pravin Kumar. Dravid (28) was out in the tenth over but by then he had shared a 77-run-stand for the opening wicket. Towards the end, Brad Hodge (21) and Owais Shah (14) made sure that they reached a huge total in front of the home crowd.

    Pravin Kumar was the most expensive bowler as he went for 42 runs in his quota of 10 over. James Faulkner too went for 41 runs but he picked up two crucial wickets.

    Chasing the huge total, Kings XI Punjab never looked settled as Gilchrist and Valthaty failed to provide the kind of start that was required to meet the mammoth task ahead. Gilchrist fell in the 5th over bowled by Amit Singh, caught by Cooper at mid-off. Shaun Marsh (7) could not overcome his rough patch with the bat as his team-mate David Hussey too failed with the bat. Mandeep Singh was the highest scorer with the bat, but following the top order collapse, it was a tough from the middle order to chase down the huge total. Kings XI Punjab managed to score 160 runs and lost their opening match by 30 runs.

    Ajinkya Rahane was adjudged the Man of the Match for his stupendous knock. Cooper who made his IPL debut picked up four wickets and became the second bowler after Shoaib Akhtar to have done so on IPL debut. He also took two catches and produced a run-out.

    Gilchrist admitted that Kings XI Punjab were outplayed. "We were outplayed. I got the toss wrong and then, Rahane played a beautiful innings. I think we conceded 20-30 runs more. There were some positives, not saying it as a cliche, but even Rahul agrees that we had some positives coming out for us," said the Australian.
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