IPL match fixed?

Ajit Chandila
Ajit Chandila

DELHI – Police in Delhi are investigating a claim that the match result of a game in this year’s Indian Premier League was fixed.

The game in question is the Kolkata Knight Riders’ five-wicket win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore, which took place at the JSCA International Cricket Stadium, Ranchi on May 12.

Spin bowler Ajit Chandila, who has had his contract terminated by the Rajasthan Royals after being arrested on suspicion of spot-fixing, made the claim during his interrogation regarding cricket’s latest betting scandal.

“Based on Ajit Chandila’s interrogation, we are now probing whether an entire match – one played between the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Royal Challengers Bangalore on May 12 – was fixed,” the Hindustan Times quoted police as saying.

Media reports also indicated that Chandila and fast bowler Sreesanth, also in custody for spot-fixing, got into an awful fight during their time in police custody in Delhi. The fight between the duo began with a heated argument where Sreesanth is said to have accused Chandila of ruining his life and career by getting him into the spot-fixing mess. The police had to intervene and stop the situation from worsening.

In the May 12 match in question Royal Challengers Bangalore batted first and made 115 for 9 in 20 overs with Chris Gayle top-scoring with 33 in 36 balls and Sunil Narine snaring 4 for 22 for Kolkata which then responded with 116 for 5 in 19.2 overs.

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