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Are the games in the Indian Premier League fixed and if they are, why are we bothering to watch them?

 

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The Chennai Super Kings registered their sixth win of VIVO IPL 2019 after they defeated the Rajasthan Royals in a humdinger at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Thursday night. Given a target of 152, CSK were in deep trouble after being reduced to 24 for 4 before Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni resurrected the chase with a 95-run partnership. When Dhoni was dismissed off the third ball of the final over, CSK still needed 8 from 3 balls. Plenty of drama ensued thereafter – as Umpire Ulhas Gandhe didn’t uphold his initial call of No Ball – prompting Dhoni to walk back to the centre and have a chat with both the Umpires. The equation then came down to CSK needing three runs off the final ball, and Mitchell Santner finished things in style, depositing a length delivery from Ben Stokes into the stands. CSK prevailed by 4 wickets, andgave MS Dhoni his 100th win as IPL captain.

One of the most exciting last overs you could ever wish to see in a limited overs cricket game.

But according to many Indians, the entire tournament is corrupt with match-fixing.

I have been observing and posting at Indian Cricket Fans forum for the past week where there seems to be nothing but obsessive agendas and claims of cheating (mostly against Chennai Super Kings).

Even the moderators are trolls and the conflab was just too sad and toxic for me to continue with it.

Now as someone who has played and watched the game for 40 years or more, how naive am I to ignore all of this and to just continue enjoying this incredible entertainment each day?

If all of these games are fixed and there is so much awareness and exposure of the problem. why isn’t anyone addressing the cause?

So, this match yesterday, let’s look at that final over and the no-ball controversy but more importantly Ben Stokes, bowling a wide and then, according to quite a few, absolute rubbish with the clear intention of letting Chennai win, hence the ‘fixed’ claims.

 

Make of that what you will. Of course it is all open to question but even as a CSK fan who would be the first to tell you that we did not deserve to win this game, I do not see anything, (and I didn’t smell a rat even in real time as it was all unfolding) iffy about Stokes. Ben is Ben and I have seen him flop in the bowling stakes when it matters so many times before, are we now suggesting that the Brathwaite World Cup over was entirely fixed?

If we are heading down this road of believing that these sporting tournaments are laid out from the start with the results already known to those in the betting cartels, it is a slippery path because I for one don’t buy it.

Yes there are some questionable incidents but there always will be. Among the Indian population there seems to be much hyperbole and bitterness between the fans of rival camps. Much disdain apropos CSK who were absent for two years for ‘match fixing’ but who are now back with a clean slate.

Nothing is proven that the IPL is ‘fixed’.  There is no concrete evidence, just so many claims of wrong-doings by the umpires and players. Until it is addressed, such consternation and the resultant malaise will continue to gather pace. Sadly.

 

Alzarri Joseph was sensational, says MI captain Rohit Sharma

“It was a sensational bowling effort from Alzarri, to bowl lke this in first game. He’s come in on a lot of confidence first game. He’s come in on a lot of confidence from the CPL and he’s carrying it here,”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Indies fast bowler Alzarri Joseph returned the best bowling figures in Indian Premier League history on his debut in the Twenty20 competition.

Joseph, 22, took six wickets for 12 runs in 3.4 overs to bowl Mumbai Indians to a 40-run victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad.

He bowled opener David Warner with his first delivery before going on to beat Sohail Tanvir’s previous mark of 6-14.

“It’s a dream start, can’t get better than this,” said Joseph.

Joseph joined Mumbai on 28 March after New Zealand’s Adam Milne was ruled out of the competition because of a heel injury and was only playing in place of absent Sri Lanka paceman Lasith Malinga.

“I just wanted to bowl to the plans,” added Joseph. “When they said I was playing, I decided to keep it simple and back myself.”

Set 137 to win after Kieron Pollard’s unbeaten 46 off 26 balls helped Mumbai post 136-7, the hosts were 33-2 after losing England opener Jonny Bairstow (16) and Australia’s Warner (15) in quick succession.

Joseph then removed Vijay Shankar before returning to strike twice in successive deliveries in the 16th over, dismissing Deepak Hooda and Rashid Khan.

In his next over, Joseph bowled captain Bhuvneshwar Kumar before having last man Siddarth Kaul caught behind as the Sunrisers were bowled out for 96.

Pakistan left-arm seamer Tanvir set the previous record for Rajasthan Royals against Chennai Super Kings in the IPL’s first edition in 2008.

Australia leg-spinner Adam Zampa is the only other bowler to take six wickets in IPL history, taking 6-19 for Rising Pune Supergiant in their defeat by Hyderabad in 2016.

 

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