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IPL golden duck for Biff

2011-04-10 21:45

Richard Asher - SuperSport

Mumbai - New IPL franchise Pune Warriors coasted to a seven-wicket victory over the Kings XI Punjab in Mumbai on Sunday.

Under the captaincy of Indian World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh, the Warriors restricted the Kings XI to just 112/8 in their 20 overs before reeling off the runs with ease.

Warriors recruit Alfonso Thomas took 2/27 in his four overs as the Punjab top order collapsed in a heap early in their innings, a calamity which effectively destroyed their hopes in the match.

Punjab skipper Adam Gilchrist had won the toss and chosen to bat first, but it certainly didn’t work out as planned for either the Australian opener or his fellow top-order batsmen.

The Kings XI quickly found themselves in desperate trouble at 9/4, with Thomas and Shrikant Wagh doing the damage.

Thomas, who took three wickets in his one and only T20 International for South Africa in 2007, got the first breakthrough when Gilchrist gloved it to the keeper in the first over.

Wagh then got in on the act as Shaun Marsh glanced an ordinary delivery to short fine leg, which made it 5/2.

One over later Thomas had Paul Valthaty caught by Jesse Ryder, and after the next change of ends Wagh also claimed a second wicket by dismissing Dinesh Karthik for a duck.

Four wickets in the first four overs made it 9/4 with the Punjab top order pretty much gone. A comparatively large partnership then followed as Sunny Singh and Abhishek Nayar put on 37 for the fifth wicket.

That stand came to an end in amateurish fashion when striker Singh went for a single and Nayar didn’t, which resulted in a simple run-out while Singh stood in the middle of the pitch and berated his partner.

Only in the 11th over did the 50 come up for the Kings XI, by which time they’d also lost Nayar.

From there things got better for Punjab, as South African Ryan McLaren responded to the challenging situation and helped his side reach three figures.

Some clean hitting by McLaren gradually lifted the run rate as the innings drew to a close, and the Bloemfontein-based player ended the innings undefeated on 51 from 43 balls.

Wickets at the other end meant the Kings XI were eight down when their overs ran out with the score on 112, but considering the sorry performance of their top order they did well to bat out 20 overs.

The Warriors chase started with a hiccup as out-of-form Graeme Smith spooned Praveen Kumar’s first ball into the covers and had to walk, head shaking in disbelief, for a golden duck.

But then calm returned, as Jesse Ryder and Mithun Manhas put on 60 for the second wicket at a tidy rate.

Both Ryder and Manhas were then dismissed in quick succession, each caught behind by Gilchrist. Still, the Warriors were more than halfway to their target by that stage, and well on track.

The Kings XI could still have created some real panic with two new men at the crease, but dropped simple catches to let both Yuvraj Singh and Robin Uthappa off the hook in the space of three overs.

Singh and Uthappa did not offer further chances, and took their side home with almost seven overs to spare as their brand new team celebrated the perfect start to life in the IPL.

Teams:

Pune: GC Smith, JD Ryder, Yuvraj Singh (capt), RV Uthappa (wk), M Manhas, MD Mishra, R Sharma, M Kartik, SB Wagh, WD Parnell, AC Thomas

Punjab: AC Gilchrist (capt & wk), SE Marsh, KD Karthik, Sunny Singh, AM Nayar, PC Valthaty, R McLaren, P Kumar, PP Chawla, NJ Rimmington, BA Bhatt
 

SuperSport

Comments
  • Bob - 2011-04-10 21:05

    Personally I think the exact same article on SuperSport has a more professional heading, "Pune down Punjab in IPL debut". Excellent batting by McLaren.

      Brendon - 2011-04-10 22:21

      Yeah agree, news24 is becoming like a cheap celeb mag.

      Snotty - 2011-04-10 22:38

      xcellent bowling by Alfonso........

      flowing river - 2011-04-11 10:25

      One wit choker...................!

      Efpee - 2011-04-11 12:11

      Any 1st Grader would have given you a far more fitting headline. Do these reporters actually get paid for coughing up crap like this?

      Redback - 2011-04-11 12:35

      I have to agree with Bob. It isn't professional and is purely a sensationalism tactic. Very poor. Also just lines up the criticism at Smith, who has taken a hammering from what I see. You don't report a headline on one guys performance in a tournament that is primarily an Indian sporting event. Kings XI were lucky to get over 100 but McLaren grafted.

      Ricky - 2011-04-12 11:51

      @Redback. I agree with you in principle but really wonder why the same type of headline is welcomed with great enthusiasm when it involves KP.

      Redback - 2011-04-12 15:46

      @Ricky Personally I don't take to those headlines with great enthusiasm, especially if the context has little to do with the match in the bigger picture. As Bob subtly pointed out, this headline was simply a trigger to slag off Smith at a time when the bloke is already down and out. Be it KP or any other cricketer, I don't agree with it. Why is it welcomed? Online forums generally allow some people a chance to have an unconstructive and, at times, inappropriate dig at sportsmen over controversial issues, I reckon. Especially if people seem bitter to that individual e.g. KP, as you pointed out.

      Ricky - 2011-04-12 15:54

      @ Redback. Agree with you 100%

      Ricky - 2011-04-12 15:54

      @ Redback. Agree with you 100%

  • Nice Guy - 2011-04-10 21:43

    Bwahahahhahahaha. Good thing the Siff Biff wasn't captain otherwise the Pune's would have chocked. Stupid fat chocker

      snackpaz - 2011-04-10 23:13

      it's "choker". if you're going to insult someone, do it right.

  • Nice Guy - 2011-04-10 21:43

    Bwahahahhahahaha. Good thing the Siff Biff wasn't captain otherwise the Pune's would have chocked. Stupid fat chocker

      BardofAvon - 2011-04-11 07:02

      Your comment is made all the more embarrassing by the fact that you can't spell.

  • Slive - 2011-04-10 21:44

    looks like graeme smith will score with his grlfriend a lot more than with his bat.

      Snotty - 2011-04-10 22:42

      I'm not his biggest fan et he has played his role over the years ..well he has scored big ..........BANK BALANCE which you and a few others will always dream off!!!!!!!!

  • Nice Guy - 2011-04-10 21:44

    Bwahahahhahahaha. Good thing the Siff Biff wasn't captain otherwise the Pune's would have chocked. Stupid fat chocker

  • BigSpoon - 2011-04-10 21:47

    Good one Smith....Go back to Ireland

      Snotty - 2011-04-10 22:40

      why should he go to Ireland for a POMP ?? the g/f was with him in India during the world cup he went there to get engaged

  • Tantrum - 2011-04-11 06:40

    Smith - you are an hasbeen. Move to Ireland and go and live on the riches you made out of SA cricket supporters - we will not miss you.

      Derek Chapma - 2011-04-11 09:05

      Haha. Smith is the new Michael Flatley... Lord of the Choke!!!

      Derek Chapma - 2011-04-11 09:05

      Haha. Smith is the new Michael Flatley... Lord of the Choke!!!

  • Wessel - 2011-04-11 06:42

    Biff batted extremely whell for his golden duck . . . . i mean to get a duck is pritty avarage . . . to get a golden duck is just as major an achievement as scoring your first century . . . . . in short . . . . a real Mike Schutte bath time fart, with the ripple effect in the tub still evedant 30min later . . . .

  • Zooma Lema - 2011-04-11 07:46

    Stop waisting valuable paper space on writting on Greame Smith. He is a has been and as far as I am concerned his name should not been mentioned in SA - Choker.

  • Derek Chapma - 2011-04-11 09:02

    Graeme Smith, is the most balanced cricketer in any form of the game... he has a chip on each shoulder.

  • MadMatt_88 - 2011-04-11 09:05

    What was that about Elton John's chin again??

      Fidel Castro - 2011-04-11 14:37

      Elton Johns chin hits more balls then Graeme smiths bat

      Fidel Castro - 2011-04-11 14:37

      Elton Johns chin hits more balls then Graeme smiths bat

      Fidel Castro - 2011-04-11 14:45

      Elton Johns chin hits more balls then Graeme smiths bat

  • Jon - 2011-04-11 10:50

    The irish pussy cat is distracting smith

  • Supapaul - 2011-04-11 11:15

    graeme smith is KAK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • pcpcoetzee89 - 2011-04-11 12:03

    Hopefully this guy - together with aunty Kallis - will permanently dissappear from the South African cricket radar. SMITH a legend ...? Good grief @ scott and @ Big Spoon ... you guys sure you know what "legend" means? Smith - in particular - irritates the vast majority of South African cricket supporters to "smithereens"! Go Biffie ... go please ... evacuate the space asap ... your time is OVER!

      Lord Haw-Haw - 2011-04-11 12:46

      ROFL, these retarded comments are hilarious, keep it up. Giving a lot of joy these comments are.

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-04-11 12:03

    No Irish luck, just a Golden Duck...

  • lawnservicebobs - 2011-04-11 13:41

    When Smith is in form he is a great opening batsman. I hope that by giving up the captaincy he can focus on his batting and come right a bit. He does have a few issues with his batting technique but nothing that can't be fixed by a good coach.

      uday - 2011-04-11 14:43

      Although I never quite agreed with Smith's no show to SA after the world cup,I still agree that he is a class batsman.There is the saying form is temporary,class is permanent. Biff will always be a great batsman,he should be reminded of this by going back to the basics.Playing a few games for the IPL might not really achieve this, i think he should play a few first class games(SS) for the Cobras and maybe for Western Province in the SAA four day tournaments. He can make his way back to where he truly belongs. Unfortunately for the moment,he will be the media's new whipping boy and he is partly to blame for this based on his recent behavior(NO SHOW!)

  • uday - 2011-04-11 14:44

    Although I never quite agreed with Smith's no show to SA after the world cup,I still agree that he is a class batsman.There is the saying form is temporary,class is permanent. Biff will always be a great batsman,he should be reminded of this by going back to the basics.Playing a few games for the IPL might not really achieve this, i think he should play a few first class games(SS) for the Cobras and maybe for Western Province in the SAA four day tournaments. He can make his way back to where he truly belongs. Unfortunately for the moment,he will be the media's new whipping boy and he is partly to blame for this based on his recent behavior(NO SHOW!)

  • challenge 4 - 2011-04-11 16:22

    U all STUPID ANTI- SMITH people what do u know about him, he is a greatest CSA batsman ever, he will surely hit century(100) in next match.

      mozzer - 2011-04-12 02:30

      @challenge 4 people either like Smith or they don't. you are obviously in the former camp which is fair enough, however to call the those in then latter group stupid and then go on to claim that Smith is the greatest CSA batsman ever simply makes you an idiot. infact that doesn't make you an idiot - i'm sure that happened a long time ago. it merely confirms it

      AGENT - 2011-04-12 09:59

      I don't understand, you standing up for him when he didn't even have the nuts to pitch up in S.A. and face the music after the CWC. He abandoned his team at a time like that, I don't think that deserves much respect at all. No matter how good or not good he maybe. I'm sure his new wife to be is proud of he's manlyness. Very very very poor style Biff.

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