Muralitharan says Hayden is batting like God

Muralitharan says Hayden is batting like GodMelbourne, Apr 24 : Star Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has revealed his joy playing alongside Matthew Hayden in the IPL, comparing the opener's performances to God.

After watching his Chennai Super Kings teammate smash 57 of 27 balls against the Delhi Daredevils last night, Muralitharan said: "It's a joy to watch him bat like that. He is a dangerous batsman. Hayden is batting like God here."

The Chennai Super Kings' off-spinner said he was confident that his team could win when Hayden was at the crease, The Age reported.

Deccan Chargers set target of 185 for Royal Challengers

Deccan Chargers set target of 185 for Royal ChallengersDeccan Chargers have managed a decent score in IPL T20 against Bangalore Royal Challengers. At a score of 184/6, Deccan Chargers have set a difficult target for Challengers.

Deccan team has been in form during season two and has managed to keep higher rankings while Royal Challengers are still struggling.

Gilchrist elected to bat after winning the toss. His team managed to keep high run rate during the 20 overs.

King Khan’s children get special IPL chutti

King Khan’s children get special IPL chuttiAs we put on our TV sets to watch the Indian Premiere League season 2's matches of Shah Rukh Khan owned Kolkata Knight Riders we can also see Khan's two kids Aryan (11) and Suhana (8) cheering for their team in South Africa. But it is learnt that they have been given special exemption to attend these matches and bunk the special classes of their school - Dhirubhai Ambani School.

Oz squad thrilled to have Symonds back despite poor form

Australia might tour Pakistan twice in 2008Dubai, Apr. 22 : Australian cricketers have welcomed Andrew Symonds back into their fold despite his poor form, both on and off the field.

Australia''s acting skipper Michael Clarke said the way Symonds played in his comeback series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates would be vital to his future prospects.

And Clarke said it was up to the all-rounder to decide whether he also needed to prove anything off the field, after several recent disciplinary lapses resulted in him being removed from the team to undergo counselling.

Strauss will be an outstanding England skipper: Vaughan

Strauss will be an outstanding England skipper: VaughanLondon, Apr. 22 : Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan is convinced that current incumbent Andrew Strauss will become an outstanding England captain, but has warned him not to read too much into or about Ashes fever.

"Andrew Strauss will be a great captain, with stability, consistency and maturity," The Sun quoted Vaughan, as saying.

He also said that people should not expect England to beat the Australians this summer as they did under him in 2005.

Pressure will be immense on Flintoff to play in IPL final

London, Apr. 22 : Having ensured a victory for the Chennai Super Kings against Bangalore''s Royal Challengers in the second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), England all rounder Andrew Flintoff is likely to face pressure to return for the final should his franchise make it on May 24.

The pressure would be immense for a player of the stature of Flintoff or Pietersen to be given special dispensation to take part knowing that the final one-dayer against the West Indies is taking place on the same day, reports the Daily Express.

According to the tabloid, it is quite feasible, amid the intricate and delicate politics of global cricket, that the ECB would agree to send Flintoff back to the Chennai dressing room in preference to the England one.