From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.20 :: May. 16, 2009
In the first nine matches of the IPL Matthew Hayden made more runs than any other batsman. Although his advanced age, 37, was offered as one of the reasons for his struggles late last year and early this year — dimming eyesight, slowing reflexes, softening muscles! — it doesn’t seem to be hindering him these days. By S. Ram Mahesh.
Point to ponder?
Kolkata Knight Riders’ coach John Buchanan has called for the inclusion of a fifth overseas cricketer in the playing XI. Is the beleaguered Buchanan seeking excuses, or raising a valid issue in the context of the teams fielding their best? asks S. Dinakar.
IN LIGHTER VEIN
Enough to look back and laugh
IPL 2009 is nothing if it isnít not about the cricket. Nandita Sridhar takes a light-hearted tongue-in-cheek look at the Highs and Lows of the billion-dollar event so far.
Too much hype
The most disappointing feature of the English presence in this year’s IPL, even greater than Flintoff’s uneconomical bowling and KP’s inconsistent batting, was to see Paul Collingwood warming the bench for six games. By Hamsini Ravi & Harry Catchpole.
Windies decline still evident
Show of grit from men outside the touring team’s big three — Chris Gayle, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul — held up England but longed-for West Indian renaissance is still a way off, writes Vic Marks.
Chelsea hearts broken by late, late Iniesta goal
Chelsea held the advantage against 10 men Barcelona while a goal in front. Ultimately they must accept some of the blame for failing to convert that into a place in the final. There was instead a fifth failure for the club at this juncture in the tournament. By Kevin McCarra.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMI-FINAL/SECOND LEG
It is Ronaldo's magic
United had been authoritative in every aspect, even if Cristiano Ronaldo stole the attention with two goals. On this showing, he would be a drastic loss should a move to Real Madrid take place in the close season. If this triumph is any guide, his mind is at least fixed on United's affairs for the time being. By Kevin McCarra.
ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
Tevez highlights the chasm between United and City
With the victory against Manchester City, the defending champions, United, now need a maximum of four points from their remaining three fixtures to be certain of retaining the Premier League title, writes Kevin McCarra.
Keane is back
Ireland’s Roy Keane, newly appointed manager of Ipswich Town, in his early spell at Sunderland, galvanised rather than demoralised the team and took it in no time surging back in triumph into the top division.
Brawn's second one-two of the season
It was a sign of the changing times in 2009 that Lewis Hamilton, the reigning world champion, was lapped by Jenson Button, the heir apparent, on the penultimate lap, writes Maurice Hamilton.
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