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IPL auction Day 1 - As it happened

Anderson, Hechelle Gibbs and Brian Lara remain unsold. Chennai Super Kings take Bollinger for $700,000, Hussey for $425,000, Dwayne Bravo for $200,00. Saurabh Tiwary scooped up for a cool $ 1.6 million by Royal Challengers.

With that, the auction action concludes. A day of mixed fortunes for bidders and players alike. Majors players went unsold, young blood sold for prime rates. Indian players took away a huge chunk of the bidding. Join us again tomorrow, for near-instant updates of the IPL player auction.

Here's a list of the day's millionaires, courtesy our sports correspondent K.C. Vijay Kumar.

Gautam Gambhir continues leads the million dollar club in the IPL player auction.

The millionaires:

Gautam Gambhir , Kolkata Knight Riders, $2.4 million

Yusuf Pathan, Kolkata Knight Riders, $2.1 million

Robin Uthappa, Pune, $2.1 million

Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians, $2 million

Irfan Pathan, Delhi Daredevils, $1.9 million

Yuvraj Singh, Pune, $1.8million

Saurabh Tiwary, Royal Challengers Bangalore, $1.6 million

Mahela Jayawardene, Kochi, $1.5 million

Dale Steyn, Deccan Chargers, $1.2 million

AB de Villiers, RCB, $1.1 million

Cameron White, Deccan Chargers, $1.1 million

Jacques Kallis, Kolkata Knight Riders, $1.1 million

Muttiah Muralitharan, Team Kochi, $1.1 million

Ross Taylor, Rajasthan Royals, $1 million



6:00: Paul Collingwood, the last batsman to be acutioned today, base price $200,000. Rajasthan Royals buy him for $250,000.

5:59: Subramaniam Badrinath, Chennai bids first, Kochi fights for him, Badrinath worth $700,000 to Chennai, Kochi makes a last second $750,000 bid, Chennai responds instantly, $800,000 for Badrinath, sold to Chennai.

5:53: Cheteshwar Pujara, opening bid $100,000. Chennai makes the opening bid. Delhi nudges in, Royals are very interested, make a bid of $550,000. Challenged by Bangalore, $600,000. Royals make a bid of $700,000, and buy Pujara. Rajasthan not thrilled.

5:48: Manoj Tiwary, $100,000 opening bid. Demand from the Deccan, and from Pune, price doubles, keeps rising. Kochi enters late, $260,000. Royal Challengers enter, $270,000. Spirited bidding from Mallya. Kochi looks set to bagging Tiwari, KKR steps in, $375,000. Another new bidder, $400,000. Knight Riders raise the semaphore, Delhi gives in. Tiwary sold to Kolkata Knight Riders f0r $475,000.

5:45: Callum Ferguson, $200,000 opening bid. Royals take on Pune for Ferguson. Nail-biting rally for Shilpa Shetty, but Pune have the last bid. $300,000

5:44: Tamim Iqbal, Bangladeshi batsman, $100,000 opening bid. Remains unsold.

5:42: Heavy bidding for Brad Hodge, who had an opening tag od $200,000. Chennai wants him, Kochi wants hom more. Sold for $425,000.

5:39: Eoin Morgan, base price $200,000. Pune, Rajasthan Royals in the fray. Morgan worth $290,000. Knight Riders come in with $300,000. Royals make another bid, but KKR takes Morgan for $350,000.

5:34: Aussie Aaron Finch, opening bid $100,000. Chennai and Bangalore fight it out again, Finch benefits. Finch sold to Delhi Daredevils for $300,000.

5:32: Kapugedera unsold at $100,000.

5:29: Ramesh Powar rolls in with a $100,000 opening bid. Kochi bids first, King's XI takes interest. Price rises to $160,000. Powar's prices rising ponderously. No other teams interested so far. And Kochi takes Powar for $180,000.

5:28: Nathan McCullum, $100,000 opening bid. Pune bids, and wins.

5:24: Amit Mishra, $100,000 base price. It's Deccan Chargers Vs Royal Challengers now, price at $270,000. Pune wants in, $290,000. Deccan Chargers have the final bid, $300,000. Sold

5:23: Murali Kartik, $200,000 price tag. No takers. Murali Kartik remains unsold.

5:19: Pragyan Ojha, $200,000 price tag. Deccan Chargers and Chennai Super Kings vie for Ojha, Delhi comes in late, pushes the price up, Deccan Chargers holding on, bid $500,000. Sold

5:19: Ajanta Mendis, opening bid $200,000. Waiting for an opening bid, in vain. Mendis remains unsold.

5:16: Ravichandran Ashwin with a $100,000 tag. Chennai bids first, Mallya takes his semaphore and the battle begins. 50,75,300, 25, 50,75, 400...and so on. Chennai SUper Kings prevail, Ashwin sold for $850,000.

5:12: Piyush Chawla, $100,000 opening bid. Royal Challengers, King's XI, Deccan Chargers, Delhi. Prices are soaring. $550,000 and counting. King's XI watched Deccan Chargers and Delhi fight it out, and jumped in. Deccan Chargers back with the ball, $750,000. Punjab not willing to let go, $800,000. Chawla pushing the million mark, Punjab push it up to $900,000. Sold.

5:10: England's Graeme Swann with an opening bid of $400,000. Anderson came in with the same price tag, was passed over. And another Englishman remains unsold!

5:05: Muttiah Muralitharan comes in hot with a $300,000 opening price tag. Pune wants the Sri Lankan, Chennai Super Kings is interested as well. They look set to have him for $475,000, but Kochi enters with a $500,000 bid. Chennai pushed over the $700,000 mark again and over $800,000. Muttiah valued at over a million now, Kochi still interested. And Muttiah Sold for $1.1 mn to Kochi.

5:04: The teams are all running short of cash and there's still some bidding to be done. Spin bowlers are up now.

4:59: Bollinger under the hammer, base price $200,000. Is Chennai interested? Bollinger makes it hot, Kochi make a quick start, Pune hot on Bollinger's trail, Chennai determined, raise it to $600,000, Kochi reluctant, but holding on, price up another 100,000. Chennai Super Kings buy Bollinger for $700,000. Looks like Chennai's been saving their dough for Doug.

4:57: Dirk Nannes - $200,000 base price. Chennai Super Kings are interested in handing him a crown as well. But Royal Challengers pay more, take him away for $ 650,000

4:54: Ryan Harris of Australia, comes in with a $200,000 opening price tag. Pune and Punjab play tug of war for a while, raise the price to $325,000. King's XI Punjab get to take home Harris.

4:49: Steyn's on now, base price $200,000. Chennai Super Kings is interested early on, King's XI later on, but suddenly everyone wants Steyn. Price now $1 mn, Deccan Chargers. King's XI pushes it up, but the Deccan Chargers takes it up to $1.2 mn. Sold.

4:48: Delhi Daredevils took Morne for $475,000

Sports Correspondent K.C. Vijay Kumar brings conversation hot from the bidding room. read on to know what's on King's XI Punjab owner Preity Zinta's mind-

Preity Zinta, one of the co-owners of Kin gs XI Punjab, played down the mild difference of opinion with the Royal Challengers Bangalore team-management while bidding for Saurabh Tiwary during the IPL player auction here on Saturday. “There was no animated conversation (with Siddharth Mallya), just a discussion and all’s well that ends well. We were in a corner and the auctioneer didn’t spot us well and Royal Challengers won Saurabh Tiwary (at $1.4 million) but then the auctioneer changed his mind and we bid at $1.5 and since RCB had already won when the hammer went down, we didn’t contest the bid when they raised it to $1.6. This is part of the bidding process, we lost Yuvraj Singh, Mahela Jayawardene, Irfan Pathan, that’s the way it goes in an auction, it’s all fluid,” said Zinta.

Meanwhile B. Vanchi, one of the co-owners of Delhi Daredevils expressed his joy over purchasing Irfan Pathan at $1.9 million. “He is a good allrounder and we are happy with having him with us,” Vanchi said and Zinta chimed in: “He is a good player and great guy. It’s our loss.”

4:45: South Africa's Morne Morkel - opening bid $100,000.

4:43: Brett speedster Lee, opening bid $400,000. KKR make the opening bid. Bidders are sqeezing their stress balls hard, how far will this go? Not far at all. The opening bid is the closing bid. Lee belongs to Kolkata.

4:40: Ashish Nehra comes in next, base price $200,000. Makes the bidding buzz, it pauses with Delhi at $280,000, Royal Challengers up the ante. Pune Vs Delhi, price now $750,000, last bid from Pune. Delhi force Pune to $850,000. Nehra goes to Pune.

4:37: Praveen Kumar attracts some heavy bidding - base price $200,000, his price is now $700,000, after Deccan Chargers butt into a Delhi Daredevils Vs Royal Challengers fight. King's XI wants Praveen Kumar, make a bid of $800,000, and they have him.

4:34: Ishant Sharma on the anvil, $200,000 base price, Deccan Chargers begin the bid. Kochi takes the ball, RCB takes it away from them, DC back in the lead, $400,000. Mallya makes the mallet pause, but Deccan Chargers ultimately have Sharma for $450, 000

4:34: James Anderson goes unsold. Passed over by all teams, base price $400,000

4:33: Session starts with Sri Lanka's Dilhara Fernando, base price $100,000. And remains unsold.

4:31: The bidders are back, the last session of the day. Stay put for an hour and a half, some serious talent yet to come under the hammer.

4:27: Our sports correspondent K.C. Vijay kumar brings you the latest team-wise list of players auctioned at the IPL player auction at the ITC Royal Gardenia Hotel here on Saturday evening

Team-wise at 4 p.m.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir , $2.4 million; Yusuf Pathan, $2.1 million; Jacques Kallis, $1.1 million; Brad Haddin, $325,000; Shakib Al Hasan, $425,000.

Pune: Robin Uthappa, $2.1 million; Yuvraj Singh, $1.8million; Graeme Smith, $500,000; Tim Paine, $270,000; Angelo Mathews, $950,000.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, $2 million; Andrew Symonds, $850,000; David Jacobs, $190,000; James Franklin, $100,000.

Delhi Daredevils: Irfan Pathan, $1.9 million; David Warner, $750,000; Naman Ojha, $270,000; James Hopes, $350,000.

Kochi: Mahela Jayawardene, $1.5 million; V.V.S. Laxman, $400,000; Brendon McCullum, $475,000; S. Sreesanth, $900,000; R.P. Singh, $500,000; Parthiv Patel, $290,000; Ravindra Jadeja, $950,000; Steven Smith, $200,000.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: AB de Villiers, $1.1 million; Dilshan Tillakaratne, $650,000; Zaheer Khan, $900,000; Daniel Vettori, $550,000; Saurabh Tiwary, $1.6 million.

Deccan Chargers: Cameron White, $1.1 million; Kevin Pietersen, $650,000; Kumar Sangakkara, $700,000; J.P. Duminy, $300,000; Shikhar Dhawan, $300,000.

Rajasthan Royals: Ross Taylor, $1 million; Rahul Dravid, $500,000; Johan Botha, $950,000.

King’s XI Punjab: Adam Gilchrist, $900,000; Shaun Marsh, $400,000; David Hussey, $1.4 million; Dinesh Karthik, $900,000; Stuart Broad, $400,000; Abhishek Nayar, $800,000.

Chennai Super Kings: Michael Hussey, $425,000; Wriddhiman Saha, $100,000; Dwayne Bravo, $200,000.

Unsold players:

Sourav Ganguly, base price $400,000

Brian Lara, base price $400,000

Chris Gayle, base price $400,000

Luke Wright, base price $400,000

Herschelle Gibbs, base price $200,000

Matt Prior, base price $200,000

Mark Boucher, base price $200,000

Jesse Ryder, base price $100,000

Graham Manou, base price $50,000

4:12: The bidders are taking a break, and will be back in a bit. Meanwhile, do scroll down and catch up on the action so far. Click >here to find out what you missed in the morning.

4:03: Meanwhile, Kochi takes Steven Smith for $200,000. James Franklin's up now, opening bid $100,000. Mubai Indians bid first, and he's sold.

4:00: West Indies Dwayne Bravo, his opening bid is $200,000. Stroke of good fortune for Chennai, they make the first bid, and they are the closing bidders! Bravo for $200,000. They're smiling, they can't believe it themselves.

3:54: Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews, opening bid at $300,000. Kochi bids first, Pune raises the bar, King's XI take a shot, Kochi throws another line, so do King's XI, Deccan Chargers makes an entrance, the price by now is $550,000. Delhi Daredevils want Angelo now, Deccan Chargers not ready to give in. $800,000 on Angelo Mathews, Pune back in the ring, $850,000. Kochi back in action, $900,000. It's Pune Vs Kochi now. And Pune wins Angelo Mathews for $950,000.

3:50: Abhishek Nayar with an opening bid of $50,000. Brisk bidding, price is over $190,000, seconds later, Delhi bids $350,000. Deccan Chargers bid $400,000. It's not over yet. Royal Challengers bid $650,000. King's XI come in with $800,000. Remember, the base price was $50,000. And Nayar is sold, for $800,000.

3:48: Stuart Broad comes in with a high base price of $400,000. King's XI Punjab makes the opening bid and get their player unchallenged.

3:47: Al Hasan on the anvil. KKR take him for $450,000

3:45: Wright, another big name with a $400,000 base price remains unsold

3:38: Delhi Daredevils like Ravindra Jadeja more than Deccan Chargers does, $700,000. Surprise, sudden bidder, Kochi bids $ 750,00, Kochi taking on Delhi by the horns, $ 950,000 their latest bid for Jadeja, and they have him.

Do take a quick look at the team-wise list of players auctioned at the IPL player auction at the ITC Royal Gardenia Hotel here on Saturday evening is as follows. Brought to you swiftly and accurately by our sports correspondent K.C. Vijay Kumar

Team-wise at 3.35 p.m.:

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir , $2.4 million; Yusuf Pathan, $2.1 million; Jacques Kallis, $1.1 million; Brad Haddin, $325,000.

Pune: Robin Uthappa, $2.1 million; Yuvraj Singh, $1.8million; Graeme Smith, $500,000; Tim Paine, $270,000.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, $2 million; Andrew Symonds, $850,000; David Jacobs, $190,000.

Delhi Daredevils: Irfan Pathan, $1.9 million; David Warner, $750,000; Naman Ojha, $270,000.

Kochi: Mahela Jayawardene, $1.5 million; V.V.S. Laxman, $400,000; Brendon McCullum, $475,000; S. Sreesanth, $900,000; R.P. Singh, $500,000; Parthiv Patel, $290,000.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: AB de Villiers, $1.1 million; Dilshan Tillakaratne, $650,000; Zaheer Khan, $900,000; Daniel Vettori, $550,000; Saurabh Tiwary, $1.6 million.

Deccan Chargers: Cameron White, $1.1 million; Kevin Pietersen, $650,000; Kumar Sangakkara, $700,000; J.P. Duminy, $300,000; Shikhar Dhawan, $300,000.

Rajasthan Royals: Ross Taylor, $1 million; Rahul Dravid, $500,000; Johan Botha, $950,000.

King’s XI Punjab: Adam Gilchrist, $900,000; Shaun Marsh, $400,000; David Hussey, $1.4 million; Dinesh Karthik, $900,000.

Chennai Super Kings: Michael Hussey, $425,000; Wriddhiman Saha, $100,000.

3:38: Ravindra Jadeja comes under the hammer with an opening tag of $100,000. Chennai Super Kings is interested, the price tag went up to $350,000.

3:36: Bidding begins, James Hopes, base price $ 200,000. Delhi Vs Mumbai for Hopes. $350,000, Mumbai silenced, Delhi has Hopes.

Our sports correspondent Vijay Kumar has some thoughts on that glaringly conspicuous lack of bids for Brian Lara -

For a batsman, who was the lord of all he surveyed, Saturday afternoon’s uneasy silence when his name cropped up during the IPL player auction at the ITC Royal Gardenia Hotel here on Saturday, must have come as a shock. Brian Lara, regal willow-wielder and the owner of the highest individual score in Tests at 400 not out, is away in the West Indies but he will surely be aware of the sands of time catching up with him and his value as he remained unsold in the player-auction. Coming in at the top price band of $400,000, Lara, now 41 years old, had no takers.

3:30: Jacobs up next, $20,000 opening bid. No, I didn't miss a zero. Some brisk bidding, no doubt, price went up to $100,000 in seconds. This is really interesting, Mumbai Indians fought Royal Challengers and have pushed the price to $190,000. For better or worse, they have him.

3:26: Matt Prior, opening bid, $200,000. He remains unsold. And Mark Boucher remains unsold as well!

3:23: Meanwhile, bidding's stil on for young Tim Paine, $240,000 from Mumbai Indians, Pune bids $250,000, Mumbai ups it again, Pune's thining about it. $270,000 from Pune, bid against Mumbai. And Paine is sold, not without some pain to the bidders.

A quick overlook of the afternoon's auction, up until 3:00 pm, from our sports correspondent K.C. Vijay Kumar -

Team-wise

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir , $2.4 million; Yusuf Pathan, $2.1 million; Jacques Kallis, $1.1 million.

Pune: Robin Uthappa, $2.1 million; Yuvraj Singh, $1.8million; Graeme Smith, $500,000.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, $2 million; Andrew Symonds, $850,000.

Delhi Daredevils: Irfan Pathan, $1.9 million.

Kochi: Mahela Jayawardene, $1.5 million; V.V.S. Laxman, $400,000; Brendon McCullum, $475,000; S. Sreesanth, $900,000; R.P. Singh, $500,000.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: AB de Villiers, $1.1 million; Dilshan Tillakaratne, $650,000; Zaheer Khan, $900,000; Daniel Vettori, $550,000; Saurabh Tiwary, $1.6 million.

Deccan Chargers: Cameron White, $1.1 million; Kevin Pietersen, $650,000; Kumar Sangakkara, $700,000; J.P. Duminy, $300,000; Shikhar Dhawan, $300,000.

Rajasthan Royals: Ross Taylor, $1 million; Rahul Dravid, $500,000; Johan Botha, $950,000.

King’s XI Punjab: Adam Gilchrist, $900,000; Shaun Marsh, $400,000; David Hussey, King’s XI Punjab, $1.4 million.

Chennai Super Kings: Michael Hussey, $425,000;

Unsold players:

Sourav Ganguly, base price $400,000

Chris Gayle, base price $400,000

Jesse Ryder, base price $100,000

Herschelle Gibbs, base price $200,000



3:20: Australian Tim Paine, opening bid $100,000.

3:17: Kochi bids first for Brad Hadding, $200,000. The hammers up to make the sale, and a flurry of bids. Kochi forced to move up to $ 300,000. But KKR take him for $ 325,000.

3:13: Naman Ojha, do we have bids for Naman Ojha. Yes - 130, 140, 150, 160 and rising. King's XI take him for $ 270,000

3:11: Dinesh Karthik on sale now, $850,000 and counting. $900,000 from King's XI. Sold.

3:10: By the way, Chennai Super Kings took Hussy, for Rs. 1.95 crore.

3:08: Wriddhiman Saha goes next. Biddings open. $100,000 opening bid, and Chennai Super Kings take him without contest.

3:04: Parthiv Patel, $100,000 the start bid. Mumbai Indians $110,000, Kochi chips in, $170,000. Kochi willing to go to $260,000 for Patel. $ 290,000 and Kochi takes Parthiv Patel.

3:03: Wicketkeepers are up now, graham Manou of Australia starts with an opening bid of $50,000. Passed over.

3:01: Heads up, Brian Lara, starting bid, $ 400,000. Silence in the room, no one's bidding! He remains unsold! Looks like big names don't mean too much.

3:00: Looks like Delhi Daredevils have taken it away again, $ 750,000 for Warner. Sold.

2:59: Kochi had to give up their quarry a couple of time before, they seem a little more interested this time, in David Warner. $450,000 and counting.

2:53: Hussy's on, $ 1.4 mn, with the King's XI Punjab. And sold.

2:46: A little drama - Looks like King's XI Punjab bid just as the hammer came down. The auctioner asks if they think they bid on time, and says he can reopen the bidding at his discretion. And looks like he just did. Royal Challengers not giving up Tiwary yet, they snag him for $ 1.6 mn

2:43: Meanwhile, Saurabh Tiwary is upping the ante - $950,000 by Kochi and counting! And he's crossed the million mark - Royal Challengers - $ 1.4 mn. Sold. That is really impressive, espaecially with a base price of $ 100,000.

2:39: Shikhar Dhawan on the anvil, Deccan Chargers seem keen on Dhawan as well. And they have him for $300,000.

2:36: J.P. Duminy for $ 200,000 - KKR takes the bid, aftter what seems like a long time, others raise the bar, the ball back in KKR, stalls at 260, Deccan Chargers playing hard, it's back and forth, DC takes it up to $300,000, and Duminy goes to Deccan Chargers. Not a bad deal, he's a T20 asset.

2:33: Michael Hussy turning up the heat now, his price shoots up from $ 200,000 to $ 280,000 and rising

2:32: Herchelle Gibbs - openinh bid, 200,000 - goes unsold!

2:30: The first player to be auctioned post-luch session iss Jessie Ryder. Goes unsold, is passed on quite quickly.

Welcome to the post-lunch session of the IPL season IV auction. In the previous session, Gautam Gambhir was taken by Kolkata Knightriders for a whopping $2.4 mn. Talk about working up an apetite!

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