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Chris Morris scripts victory for Highveld Lions in MiWay T20 Challenge

Chris Morris produced a superb all-round performance to lead the bizhub Highveld Lions to a bonus points victory over The New Age Impi in their opening MiWay T20 Challenge match at Senwes Park on Friday evening. The Lions won by 61 runs after making 153/7 and then dismissing the competition newcomers for 92.

The Impi had looked well in the game after winning the toss and reducing the Lions to 108/7 in the 17th over. But then Morris took charge with an unbeaten 31 off 13 balls (3 fours and 2 sixes) to propel his side to a respectable total. The only surprise was that Morris batted as low as No. 9 as he gave a wonderful example of clean hitting on a surface on which most of the other batsmen struggled.


BCCI, Sahara Patch up as negotiations conclude

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday put an end to the impasse between them and the Sahara group by agreeing to some of the latter's demands subject to a few condtions. The good news for Indian cricket fans is that the Sahara group that has been the main sponsors for the Indian team for a decade, will continue to do so following an understanding reached by the two paries. Also the Pune Warriors franchisee in the IPL, owned by the same group, whose future was deemed to be uncertain owing to this dispute, will now take part in the IPL after the BCCI agreed to soften its rigid stand and grant some provisions to the Sahara group.

Part of the agreement includes the reactivation of the auction purse for the Pune Warriors and the extension of the player trading window from 17th to the 29th of February enabling the Warriors to therefore strengthen its squad prior to the start of season 5 of the IPL.


IPL Auction 2012: Best bargains and Teams that will return the happiest

The player auction for season 5 of the Indian Premier League turned out to be a rather eventful one where all the teams seemed very choosy and very specific with their ambitions. There were some surprisingly expensive buys and some even more surprisingly frugal ones. Here is a team-wise view of how the auction eventually panned out.

Mumbai Indians:
The Mumbai Indians, as it turned out, will be pretty satisfied with the day's proceedings that saw Mukhesh Ambani's team come out with some fine players in their kitty for some very reasonable prices. Mitchell Johnson turned out to be not only Mumbai's best buy but also probably the best acquisition of the auction for just $300,000. Despite his long term injury, he is expected to play some part in this year's IPL and with his impressive track record in India, he is a perfect buy for a team like Mumbai who already boast of a good bowling unit with Malinga and Harbhajan in the squad. Johnson's exemplary athleticism to go with some handy power hitting down the order makes him a phenomenal asset to the side. Also, given Sri Lanka's international commitments during this season's IPL, he could be a handy replacement for the Slinga.


IPL 2012 Auction Wrap: Chennai spend $2 million for Jadeja, Delhi buys Jayawardene

The highly anticipated Auction for Season 5 of Indian Premier League got underway on Saturday morning with high expectations. The big news at the start of the auction was the withdrawal of the Pune Warriors from the process and the announcement made by Sahara, the franchise owners, to pull out from all sponsorship of Indian cricket.

That left just 8 teams competing for the players up for grabs today, and a cloud of mystery surrounding the fate of the Pune players, who were not included in this auction.

The first set of 5 players drawn from the lot were categorized under the marquee player category. The first player under the lot was Brendon McCulum of New Zealand, the belligerent wicket keeper batsman, was sold to KKR for 900,000 dollars from a base price of 400000 USD.


Top 10 Prospects in the IPL Season 5 Auction

The fifth edition of the glamorous Indian Premier League is set to get underway in April with its usual glitz and glow; but before that drawing eyeballs will be the IPL Auction on 4th February. The disqualification of Kochi Tuskers has thrown all of its players in the market again, and the other nine teams will be shelling out their dollars chosing from amongst 144 players who will be going under the hammer.

The teams have been permitted to increase their squads from 30 to 33 players, with an additional spot also thrown open for foreigners giving teams more reason to loosen their purse strings in the auction.

After examining the open slots available with each team, and their need for talent, here's a look at what we think might be the top ten deals that will be making news come Saturday:


Kevin O'Brien excited about prospect of IPL debut

kevin_obrien2Kevin O'Brien, the talented all-rounder in the Irish national cricket team, who entertained Indian audience with a blistering 100 off just 50 balls in the 2011 World Cup against England (the fastest in WC history) is in the auction pot for IPL's Season 5 and we at TheSportsCampus managed to catch up with the Blonde Bomber.

Kevin O'Brien is the youngest of six children in his family and started his cricketing career at the Railway Union Sports Club in Ireland along with his elder brother Niall O' Brien, who also plays with him for the nationalteam. His father Brendan also played for Ireland for the most part of 15 years, starting from 1966 and he too started his career playing for the Railway. Kevin played for the Irish Under 19 team in the Junior World Cup of 2004 and performed really well to take his team through to the semi-finals of the plate division, where they were eventually beaten by Australia. Following that successful campaign with the Junior side he joined the MCC young cricketers academy also in 2004, a move that catapulted him into the national side a few years later.


30 Players to watch in the IPL Season 5 Auction

In the midst of a dreadful Indian tour down under and a similar course for England in the Middle-East, here comes the richest and the most glamorous cricket tournament, though not necessarily of earth shattering quality. Come the 4th of February, it will become crystal clear which players are going to be involved with which franchise with the focus of attention being the newly released players from Kochi Tuskers Kerala, whose team has been removed following some legislative and financial issues with the IPL governing body.

Some other players, including a few Englishmen have also been put up for Auction. Not surprisingly, no Pakistanis are named in the auction with Azhar Mahmood, a former Pakistan all rounder slated as an English cricketer. Almost all the franchises have a $2million kitty, the exceptions being Royal Challengers Bangalore and Pune Warriors, who have spent some amount from that bucket on retaining Chris Gayle and Sourav Ganguly respectively.


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