Bangalore Royal Challenger won the toss today in the 17 match of DLF- IPL but things didn’t went the way they wished and Delhi Daredevils scored at a super run rate. They lost the first wicket at 51 in form of Sehwag who scored 24 runs of just 12 balls. Gautam Gambhir on the other end played some phenomenal shots and got on to score 86 runs in just 54 balls. Shikar Dhawan also scored 50 and the duo took the score past 151. Dhawan was then caught out brilliantly one handed by Rahul Dravid. But till then most of the damage was done. Delhi Daredevils scored at more than 10 runs per over in almost the entire innings. In the last few overs they lost some quick wickets but still they managed to score a total of 191 runs in 20 overs.
Match 17 – Delhi Daredevils vs Bangalore Royal Challengers is going to be today at Feroz Shah Kotla ground in Delhi. Royal Challengers are in a do or die situation after loosing 3 out of 4 matches played so far. This could be the last opportunity to prove “Duniya Hila Deyenge Hum“. On the other hand Delhi DareDevil’s winning streak was broken by Kings XI and now they are all ready to take the challenge. In order to focus more on cricket they have even decided to call off the cheerleaders and we hope this might prove to be successful for them.
Delhi Daredevils (probable) 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Virender Sehwag (capt), 3 Shikhar Dhawan, 4 Shoaib Malik, 5 Manoj Tiwary, 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Rajat Bhatia, 8 Daniel Vettori, 9 Vijaykumar Yomahesh, 10 Mohammad Asif, 11 Glenn McGrath
Bangalore Royal Challengers (probable) 1 Wasim Jaffer, 2 Rahul Dravid (capt), 3 Ross Taylor 4 Bharath Chipli, 5 Misbah-ul-Haq, 6 Virat Kohli, 7 Mark Boucher (wk), 8 Praveen Kumar, 9 Zaheer Khan, 10 Dale Steyn, 11 KP Appanna.
Match details are –
Date – 17th Match April 30, 2008
Venue – Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
20:00 India time.
Keep checking iplcricketlive .com for more information about the match, match videos, match score cards and an analysis of each team’s performance.
MUMBAI: It’s disadvantage Mumbai Indians. Even before the Indian Premier League’s (IPL’s) first season draws to a close, all indicators seem to suggest that Mukesh Ambani’s Mumbai Indians could be a write-off as far as the first year goes. Whether on or off the field, the Mumbai franchise has been unable to make its mark in its debut year.
With Harbhajan Singh banned for 11 matches—which means he will sit out the rest of the IPL season—Mumbai Indians have lost one of their best players. Sachin Tendulkar, who’s injured, has not played at all. The franchise owners are now scouting for another player to replace Harbhajan. Bhajji, who was bought for $850,000, will now only be entitled to a fee for just two matches. This essentially means Mumbai Indians will get $758,572 back into their kitty of $5 million to purchase another player.
Sachin, the icon player for the franchise who has not played a single match owing to his injury, has proven to be one of the biggest liabilities for the team. As the icon player, Sachin will be paid 15% more than Sanath Jayasuriya (the highest paid player in the Mumbai team), which stands at $11,21,250. Despite Sachin’s non-performance, the team owners will have to make the full payment, which is a net loss for the franchise.
With not a single victory at hand, the Mumbai Indians are not exactly shining, and the Bhajji-Sree Santh spat has only made things worse.Indiawin Sports director Kaushik Roy told ET: “The first season has essentially been (a) learning (experience). From next year, we will be better equipped and will know how to price matches, how to structure our teams and get more out of our partnerships. This time, we were undecided until the last minute whether we should ensure that Reliance Industries gets the maximum mileage or whether one should look at partnerships. We did not want to sell out cheap and would have done better if we had started out earlier.”
Mr Roy added that they were also choosy about which partners they would associate with, since “we cannot be seen having associations with parties that we are not comfortable with”. Mumbai Indians only managed one founding sponsor in MasterCard.
That’s not all, Mumbai roped in Hrithik Roshan as its brand ambassador. According to sources, the deal is close to Rs 4-5 crore. There has been no significant rub-off from that association either.
“Financially, the franchise seems to have overspent. Apart from two players out, Mumbai has also paid a lot for its brand ambassador and not managed to leverage it, which is a bit surprising. It has clearly re-strategise for the next season,” said an official close to the dealings of the Mumbai franchise.Mr Ambani paid $111.9 million for the franchise, making it the most expensive IPL team. The only saving grace for Mumbai has been its packed stadiums. However, ticket sales alone will not do the trick.
NEW DELHI: IPL just lost some more cheer. GMR, the franchisee of Delhi Daredevils, has decided to ‘‘do away’’ with cheerleaders for the rest of the IPL season. ‘‘The focus should be on cricket rather than entertainment. And the entertainment should be such that it blends with cricket,’’ said a GMR official.
In what is being seen as a reaction to the recent protests in Maharashtra by some political parties against the presence of the ‘‘obscenely dressed’’ cheerleaders in IPL games, the franchisees mulled over the issue for two weeks before arriving at the decision.
As a result, the cheerleaders, who were flown in from London and other parts of Europe before the start of the tournament, are being sent back to their respective countries. But GMR hopes that although it had to do away with the cheerleaders for this season, it will get them back next season.
However, fans who throng Ferozeshah Kotla on Wednesday night for the Daredevils-Royal Challengers match, will not be completely deprived of action on the cheerleading front. Because, according to sources, Washington’s Redskins, the Bangalore team’s cheerleaders, will perform during the game.
‘‘As time passed by, we realized cheerleaders were perhaps not needed. We want people to come and appreciate only cricket and not anything else. But I also hope that we can get them (cheerleaders) back for the next season. And hopefully they will play a bigger role next time around. This time we didn’t have much time to draw up an itinerary for them,’’ said Shriram Ramdas, in charge of entertainment at GMR.
Mumbai, April 29: Blame it on Mahi magic or SRK’s song-and-dance routine or simply the frenzy of a cricket-crazy nation, advertisement rates for the Indian Premier League have soared to a record high.Armed with an average TRP rating of 5.5 even for weekday matches, SET Max hopes to touch Rs 5 lakh-Rs 5.5 lakh for a 10-second slot during the IPL semi-finals and final, a channel source said.
Companies that took their chance and invested early, like Coke and Vodafone, are grinning from ear to ear. Those that missed the bus by opting to wait and watch are busy queuing up.The question now is whether the IPL will dilute the ad spend on ODIs and Test matches.“No,” said Syam Shankar, president of India Media Exchange, the media-buying arm of the Publicis Groupe.
“Although the IPL is a new category altogether, most companies had budgeted for it earlier in terms of the spend on sponsorships and so on. The ad spend on TV spots do not make a large chunk of an advertiser’s budget,” he said.“And only a few late entrants will be buying at that high rate. So the high rate of ads on SET Max will in no way affect the advertisers’ spend on cricket as a property.”SET Max had flagged off the auction for the IPL ad spots at the same rate as a cricket World Cup or T20 World Cup. The 10-second spots that initially sold for Rs 1.5 lakh-Rs 2 lakh doubled as the TRPs for the first Calcutta-Bangalore match touched 8.21.
Saas-bahu serial ad rates were left trailing at an average of around Rs 70,000 per 10 seconds.A source in Coke said the company had been able to offset the high rates for IPL adspots without upsetting its marketing budget.“We have gained because we began early. We got the cheapest rates, though they were high by any standards. But the IPL has the potential to become India’s answer to the Super Bowl and we gained through an early association,” he said.
But the high rates have not scared the late entrants away. Companies like J&J and Heinz have begun re-allocating ad expenditures and shifting investments from soaps to the T20 extravaganza.“SET Max has about 150-200 seconds of inventory left. It plans to sell the next 15-20 matches at Rs 3.5 lakh-Rs 4 lakh per 10 seconds, and the last 10 matches at about 30 per cent more for 10-seconders,” a Sony official said.The sources iterated that this was not likely to affect the ad rates for India’s international matches.
“The rates for the IPL are special as it is truly manoranjan ka baap, meant as entertainment for the entire family. It is like the Super Bowl. The current ad rates for IPL will not be a benchmark for Team India’s other international fixtures,” said Manish Porwal, chief executive officer, Percept Talent Management.Big spenders like Hindustan Unilever, Colgate and P&G, however, chose not to hop on to the IPL ad bandwagon.A Hindustan Unilever source said the company did not see any cost efficiency in investing in the T20 extravaganza because the IPL brand was more powerful than the brands riding on it.
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