Chennai Super Kings were crowned Indian Premier League 3 champions after thumping Mumbai Indians by 22 runs in a thrilling summit clash here on Sunday night.

Electing to bat, Chennai posted 168 for five, thanks to Suresh Raina’s unbeaten 57 and then restricted Mumbai to 146 for nine to win their maiden IPL title in the grand finale at the packed D Y Patil Stadium.

Chennai though had to spend some anxious moments towards the close of Mumbai run chase with big-hitting Kieron Pollard threatening to almost singlehandedly win the match before he was out in the penultimate over for a 10-ball 27 which was studded with three fours and two sixes.

KOLKATA: Tax officials who conducted search operations at the offices of the Bengal Cricket Association and Shah Rukh Khan’s Kolkata Knight Riders till the early hours of Thursday here claimed to have found “incriminating evidence” of irregularities.

“We have found incriminating evidence. We will investigate further. We needed to have a look at certain transactions and we’ve found whatever we were looking for,” said Indian Revenue Service Deputy Director Akhilendu Jadhav.

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI: The BCCI brass on Wednesday made clear its intention of ousting T20 czar Lalit Modi from IPL by insisting on a meeting of the IPL governing council on April 26 when a coup is planned, while Modi mounted a plucky fight by seeking to abort the meeting.

He also hinted that the battle could become really nasty by leaking an email exchange between him and BCCI chief Shashank Manohar.

Speaking to the media for the first time since the IPL controversy broke out, Manohar told TOI from Nagpur that IPL affairs have reached an “emergency situation” and there was no question of putting off the April 26 meeting. “No matter what, we are going ahead with the meeting on April 26,” he said.

MUMBAI: Kieron Pollard produced a splendid all-round display as Mumbai Indians thumped Royal Challengers Bangalore by 35 runs to storm into their maiden Indian Premier League final on Wednesday.

Pollard struck a 13-ball 33 to help his side make a splendid recovery from early jolt in company of Saurabh Tiwary (52 not out) to post 184 for five after batting first and then snared three wickets for 17 runs as the home side restricted Bangalore to 149 for nine in the first semifinal at DY Patil Stadium.

NEW DELHI: Kapil Dev is not surprised by Sachin Tendulkar’s sublime form in the last couple of years, and says that Tendulkar has been playing in this manner because his approach towards the game has changed.

“Sachin has been the most talented player in decades. His approach was different 10 years ago. He was making records and entertaining the fans but was also under tremendous pressure. Now he is playing with more freedom,” Kapil told TOI on Monday.

NEW DELHI: If you think that cricketers’ wages in the Indian Premier League don’t measure up to what English Premier League footballers make, think again.

According to the inaugural Annual Review of Global Sports Salaries to be published later this week by sportingintelligence.com, the second highest-paid league, based on first-team salaries on a pro-rata basis, is our very own IPL.

NEW DELHI: Quickfire cricket format Indian Premier League’s brand value has more than doubled to $4.13 billion (over Rs 18,000 crore), while ‘Chennai Super Kings’ has emerged the most valued franchise this year, says a study.

Ranked fourth last year, Chennai Super Kings led by MS Dhoni has moved to number one with a valuation of $48.4 million, followed by Shahrukh Khan-owned Kolkata Knight Riders ($46 million) and Shilpa Shetty’s Rajasthan Royals ($45.2 million).

NEW DELHI: Chris Gayle (75) slammed maiden IPL fifty to help Kolkata Knight Riders post 155/3 against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League encounter at Brabourne stadium, Mumbai on Monday.

Chris Gayle hit seven fours and two sixes in his 60 balls inning. Gayle completed his maiden fifty in 47 balls.

LIKELY CANDIDATE: Sachin Tendulkar's name would be suggested for India's highest civilian honour.
LIKELY CANDIDATE: Sachin Tendulkar's name would be suggested for India's highest civilian honour.

The Maharashtra government will convey to the Centre that master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who scored a landmark double ton against South Africa, be honoured with the country’s highest civilian award Bharat Ratna.

“We will ask the central government to award Bharat Ratna to Sachin, who has mesmerised cricket lovers the world over,” Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal said.

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