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IPL fever: T20 Cricket
IPL T20 Chennai vs Kolkata
IPL: Indian Premier League
IPL is an abbreviation of Indian Premier League. IPL is a domestic tournament of Cricket in India in T20 format. T20 format has become the most popular cricket format in the cricket world since its inception.
Popularity of T20 or twenty-twenty format of cricket has surpassed one day international (ODI) and test cricket formats in popularity. IPL has ignited madness among cricket lovers all over the world and especially in India.
BCCI (Board of Cricket Control in India) organized Indian Premier League (IPL) every year in India. IPL 2010 is the third one in a series. This IPL is sponsored by DLF, a premier construction company in India. IPL T20 has become a major source of revenue for BCCI and Indian Government. Brand value of Indian Premier League (IPL) is calculated as the sixth highest in all world sports events.
Eight regional teams have been participating in IPL T20 cricket. These are as follow:
1. Mumbai Indians (Mumbai)
2. Kolkata Knight Riders (Kolkata)
3. Delhi Dare Devils (Delhi)
4. Chennai Super Kings (Chennai)
5. Deccan Chargers (Hyderabad)
6. Bangalore Royal Challengers (Bangaluru)
7. Punjab Kings Eleven (Punjab)
8. Rajasthan Royals (Rajasthan)
Few more teams will be added soon in this league.
IPL 2010 Opening ceremony
Sponsors and match format of IPL T20
Each team is sponsored by a sponsor. Each team can hire players from India and other countries. However, it is mandatory to take 4 players from the region. Large numbers of foreign players are participating in IPL T20 because of huge amount of money.
Each team plays with each team in league matches. Top four teams play in Semi finals. Winner of both semi finals then play the final match and winner of the final match becomes champion of the IPL T20. Rajasthan Royals won the first IPL T20 and Deccan Chargers bagged the trophy in 2009.
IPL 3 T20, sponsored by DLF is on from March 12, 2010. It has caught the wave of Indian and world cricket. Set Max has the sole distribution right of IPL T20 in India.
Five matches has been played so far (March 14, 2010) in IPL 3. Kolkata Knight riders are in the top winning both their matches. Delhi Dare Devils, Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians have won one match each till date.
Test Match Cricket India Vs. Pakistan
Various formats of cricket: Test cricket
The classical form of cricket is test cricket. It has been played for five long days, six hours a day. It takes longer time in comparison to one day internationals(ODI). One day international matches take just one day. All types of cricket matches are played between two teams having 11 players each side.
Both the teams play two innings in test cricket format. There is no restriction or limit of time in playing an innings. One of the teams bat first and play their innings till 10 of the batsmen out. The opponent team bats the next in the same way. The first team then comes again to bat their second innings as their first. The opponent team plays again their second innings. Sum total of both innings of both the teams decide the result.
Many times all four innings can not be completed even in prescribed five days and match ends with a timing draw. This feature of test cricket makes it unpopular. People do not have patience and time of five days to watch a test match in modern and busy life.
IPL T20: match highlights
ODI and T20 formats of cricket
One day internationals had come in the seventh decade of twentieth century as a faster format of cricket. Soon it become popular in the cricket world. ICC had started organizing world cup for cricket in ODI format. First world cup was organized in 1975 in England and West Indies became the world champion of cricket.West Indies won the championship three times and India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka bagged the trophy once. Australia has won the championship for four times and they are the present champions.
Both the teams play a limited 50 overs in ODI format of cricket. The team, who scores higher in 50 overs becomes the winner. One day internationals are limited over matches and completed with in a day.
T20 is even faster format of cricket which takes approximately 3 hours to be completed. Each of the teams plays only twenty overs. The team scores higher in twenty overs becomes the winner. T20 or Twenty-twenty format of cricket has started in this century, just few years back. However, it has become more popular than both test matches and ODIs.
ICC has started world cup for T20 format of cricket and India was the first Champion in T20 format. The second one was won by Pakistan and the third T20 world cup will be played this year.
IPL T20 Mumbai vs Punjab
IPL 2014 - Result, orange and purple cap and best catch
Kolkata Knight Riders won the IPL T20 cricket final defeating Kings eleven Punjab by 3 wickets in the year 2014. Batting first Kings XI Punjab scored 199 in twenty overs and KKR crossed it scoring 200 in 19.3 overs to be the champion in 2014. The final match was played on Sunday 1st June 2014, at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Robin Uthappa (KKR) won the orange cap (Best batsman) in the tournament scoring highest 660 runs in IPL 2014. He was followed by Dwaine Smith (CSK, 566 runs) and Glen Maxwell (KXIP, 552 runs).
Mohit Sharma (Chennai Super Kings) won the purple cap for best bowler in IPL T20, in 2014. He bagged 23 wickets in the series. Sunil Narine (KKR) and Bhuvaneshwar Kunar (SRH) followed him for second and third positions with 21 and 20 wickets respectively to their credit.
Glenn Maxwell of KXIP was declared most valuable player with 286 points followed by Dwaine Smith (285.5 points) and Robin Uthappa (288 points). Kieren Pollard took the best catch in the tournament.
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