IPL 2019 https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019.rss IPL 2019. Indian Premier League 2019 Point Table. IPL Highlights. Table. Schedule. Match. Score. Today Match. Results. IPL Cricket 2019. en Fri, 22 Mar 2019 11:49:17 GMT https://www.manoramaonline.com/privacy.html Out or not out? Twitter divided over Dhoni's run out in IPL final New Delhi: Mumbai Indians (MI) defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by just one run in a thrilling final of the just concluded edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Sunday's cliffhanger at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad was not short of controversial moments, the biggest being the runout of M S Dhoni in the 13th over when CSK was trailing by 68 runs. With CSK chasing 150 which was a below par total considering the pitch, Mumbai bowlers turned the game around by picking up the wickets of Faf du Plessis (26), Suresh Raina (8) and Ambati Rayudu (1) in quick succession. Dhoni walked in to bat with the score on 73/3 and the match hanging in balance. Though fingers crossed, the CSK fans were confident the match will turn in their favour, given their 'Thala' was on the pitch. However, they were left disappointed as Dhoni was runout on a Hardik Pandya delivery for 2 of 8 balls. While one of the commentators called for Dhoni to be given out based on one angle, other commentators were not so sure and thought the benefit of the doubt and the inconclusive nature of the replays would see the third umpire rule in the batsman's favour. Even Sachin Tendulkar, Mumbai Indians mentor, believed that Dhoni's runout was the key moment in the game. Mumbai Indians went on to win the game becoming the first team to lift the IPL trophy for the fourth time. Fans though have continued to be divided over the on-field umpire's decision on Dhoni. While some were not satisfied, others clearly rapped the officials for bad umpiring. Video shared on social media showed fans crying after the dismissal. Many Twitter users are amused and continue to question the decision as they say that Dhoni and runout are two words that should never come together. They said it was not about supporting CSK or MI but what should be a true gentlemen's game. "Again bad decision for runout in @IPL third umpire waits for money to be credited in his account before giving @msdhoni out. This is not @IPL . This is league between money (@mipaltan) and best. And in the end money wins over best. Always a @msdhoni @ChennaiIPL fan," one Twitter user said. "Except for @sanjaymanjrekar no one in entire commentary team and two teams that were playing were convinced of @msdhoni runout. @sanjaymanjrekar was convinced in one shot alone. May be he should be ambassador of @mipaltan #cskvsmi #IPL2019Final," said one social media user. "So the *extraordinary looking curve* at the bottom of the bat of #Dhoni works against him.. #RunOut ??#IPL2019Final #MIvCSK #IPL2019," said another user. "@msdhoni @ChennaiIPL these two are always gives us what a fan wants... Still that Runout was questionable...But we are always with them... For us @ChennaiIPL @msdhoni won the cup…More then that it's always win our heart. @msdhoni always love u @IPL @ChennaiIPL #Yellove #CSKvMI," tweeted another. "Run out of @msdhoni was controversial. Benefits of doubt must be for batsman. Out was not clear," said another Twitterrati. Read more IPL 2019 news https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/14/out-or-not-out-twitter-divided-over-dhoni-run-out-in-ipl-final.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/14/out-or-not-out-twitter-divided-over-dhoni-run-out-in-ipl-final.html Tue, 14 May 2019 14:40:47 GMT Harbhajan reveals Watson batted with bleeding knee in IPL final New Delhi: A dedication personified Shane Watson batted through a bleeding knee in the IPL final against Mumbai Indians, an act which earned him effusive praise from the fans. While his blood-stained lower was missed by the TV crew, his IPL teammate Harbhajan Singh revealed that the Australian required six stitches after the game, which Chennai Super Kings side lost by just one run. Harbhajan posted a Watson picture on his Instagram page, revealing the blood stains on his left knee as he struck one hard. "Can you guys see the blood on his knee.. He got 6 stitches after the game..Got injured while diving but continue to bat without telling anyone," wrote the Indian off-spinner on his Instagram page. Watson was run out in the last over after scoring 80 runs but it proved insufficient in the end. Later, the same picture was released by CSK on its official twitter handle, prompting fans to appreciate the dedication of the Australian all-rounder. A lot of CSK fans said they want Watson to come back as opener next season. Read more IPL 2019 news https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/14/harbhajan-reveals-watson-batted-with-bleeding-knee-in-ipl-final.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/14/harbhajan-reveals-watson-batted-with-bleeding-knee-in-ipl-final.html Tue, 14 May 2019 14:23:09 GMT Tendulkar calls Bumrah best bowler around after IPL exploits New Delhi: Jasprit Bumrah's death-overs mastery in Sunday's Indian Premier League (IPL) final has convinced batting great Sachin Tendulkar that the 25-year-old with an unorthodox action is currently the best bowler in world cricket. Mumbai Indians mentor Tendulkar watched contentedly from the sidelines as Bumrah stifled Chennai Super Kings with his final two overs to help set up his team's nail-biting one-run victory with remarkable figures of 4-0-14-2. "Let me go on record and say he is the best bowler in the world at this stage and his best is yet to come hopefully," Tendulkar said of the bowler who will have to play a key role in England if India is to win a third 50-overs World Cup in July. Lasith Malinga had bled 20 runs in the previous over when Bumrah returned for his final two overs after conceding just six in his first two overs which also produced the wicket of Ambati Rayudu. Chennai needed 42 off 24 balls but the 17th over yielded only four as Bumrah straitjacketed Watson and Dwayne Bravo denying them any boundary. Watson, who hit 80 in a losing cause, clobbered three successive sixes in the next over from spinner Krunal Pandya to leave Chennai needing 18 from the last two overs. Bumrah returned to dismiss Bravo and gave away only five runs in his first five deliveries before stumper Quinton de Kock conceded four byes. "I think his action is a bit awkward and it's tough to understand what pace is coming," his Mumbai team-mate Yuvraj Singh said. "I think he's bowling the best I've seen in his career." Equally impressive was how Bumrah dealt with heartbreaks in the nail-biting final. The bowler with sling-arm action kept his cool even when Rahul Chahar dropped Watson and put his arm around de Kock's shoulders to comfort the dejected wicketkeeper who had conceded the late bye which could have cost them the trophy. Asked about the secret of his consistency, Bumrah attributed it to a combination of simple approach and self-confidence. "I don't think about all those things. I just think one day at a time, one ball at a time," said the top-ranked ODI bowler. "If you don't think about all those extra pressure, you are much clearer, you don't feel the pressure. So I tried to focus on that, and I tried to back myself in any situation." https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/13/tendulkar-calls-bumrah-best-bowler-after-ipl-exploits.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/13/tendulkar-calls-bumrah-best-bowler-after-ipl-exploits.html Mon, 13 May 2019 13:40:28 GMT We were passing trophy to each other: Dhoni on IPL final 2019 Hyderabad: It was funny game in which the two teams kept passing the trophy to each other is how Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni described the IPL final, in which Mumbai Indians prevailed by one run. The see-saw game kept the fans enthralled as the winner-takes-all contest went to the wire and was decided in the last ball of the tournament on Sunday. Initially, it was CSK which had an edge but Mumbai Indians came back in middle overs. Again it was Shane Watson who seemed to have tilted it in CSK's favour but incredible pace bowling by Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga finally swung it in Mumbai's favour. "Today was one game we should've done slightly better. It was quite a funny game, we were passing the trophy to each other. Both committed mistakes, and eventually the winning team was the one that committed one mistake less," said Dhoni after CSK fell short by just one run, chasing 150. Dhoni has led the CSK to eight finals but he was far from a contended skipper. "As a team we had a good season. But we need to go back and reflect. Wasn't one of those years where we played very good cricket. Middle order never clicked, but somehow we managed," he said. "Our bowlers did really well. It was not a 150 wicket, but the bowlers kept us in the hunt. They kept getting wickets when it was really needed. Batting, someone kept chipping in and we kept winning. To be consistent next year, we will have to really think hard," he added. The charismatic Dhoni said the focus will now shift to World Cup in England. "It's too early to say right now (about next year's plans). Up next is the World Cup. That's the first priority. After that, we will chat about CSK. Nothing against the bowlers, but the batsmen could've done better. Hopefully yes, we'll see you next year," he said. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/13/dhoni-on-ipl-final-2019-funny-match-passing-ball.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/13/dhoni-on-ipl-final-2019-funny-match-passing-ball.html Mon, 13 May 2019 06:03:41 GMT Mumbai Indians edge CSK to clinch 4th IPL title Hyderabad: Lasith Malinga produced an incredible last over to defend nine runs as Mumbai Indians claimed undisputed supremacy in the IPL by securing their fourth title with a narrow one-run win over Chennai Super Kings in a pulsating final here, Sunday. CSK needed nine runs off the last over but the experienced Lankan paceman Malinga kept his nerve to concede eight. He trapped Shardul Thakur leg before in the last ball after Watson (80 off 59) got run out two balls earlier. Before that Jasprit Bumrah kept Mumbai in the hunt with his tidy overs and two wickets, getting rid of Dwayne Bravo and Ambati Rayudu. The premier Indian pacer produced 13 dot balls in his testing overs. Young leg-spinner Rahul Chahar also played a key role in the middle overs as he too created pressure by bowling 13 dot balls. Both teams were tied at three IPL titles each heading into the finale with Mumbai holding the upper hand, having beaten CSK thrice earlier in the competition. The heart-stopping finish came after a disciplined bowling performance from CSK who restricted Mumbai Indians to 149 for eight. CSK, have now lost to Mumbai for the third time in four finals. CSK had made a steady start by reaching 53 for one in the Powerplay but Mumbai bounced back in the middle overs, removing a struggling Suresh Raina (8 off 14) before getting rid of Rayudu to have CSK under the pump. The biggest moment came of the game in the 13th over when Dhoni was run-out trying to steal an extra single. An alert Ishan Kishan was spot on with his direct hit and he just about managed to get the better of Dhoni. Since it involved the CSK skipper, high drama was on display as third umpire Nigel Llong saw replays with all possible angles and took his time before making a very difficult decision. It was an outstanding effort from Chahar (1/14) in the middle overs, putting CSK under tremendous pressure as they could collect only 16 runs between 11-15 overs with loss of two wickets. Against the run of play, Watson walloped Malinga three fours and a six in the 16th over that went for 20 runs and kept CSK in the game. The game-changed drastically in CSK's favour when Watson hammered Krunal Pandya for three consecutive overs , reducing the target to 18 off 12 but somehow Mumbai managed to keep CSK at bay After opting to bat in a big game, Mumbai ended up with a below-par total despite Kieron Pollard's unbeaten 41 off 25 balls. Deepak Chahar (3/26) was impressive once again and so was fellow pacer Shardul Thakur (2/37). The spinners, Harbhajan Singh (0/27) and Imran Tahir (2/23), too played a crucial role in limiting Mumbai Indians. Forty-year-old Tahir also became the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with his effort, increasing his tally to 26. The Rohit Sharma-led side was dealing in sixes early on in their innings with the in-form de Kock collecting three sixes out of the four hit in the first three overs. After a frugal first over, Chahar went for 20 runs in the following one with the South African wicket-keeper batsman going for his strokes on a true surface. All of a sudden, a promising start got converted into a wobbly one with Rohit getting caught behind off Deepak Chahar right after de Kock's fall, leaving Mumbai at 45 for two in the sixth over. The Mumbai captain got deceived by a slower one but he still went for the drive, only to edge it to Dhoni. It was a brilliant a comeback from Chahar after being hit for 20 in his previous over and credit to Dhoni for bringing him back into the attack and keeping the faith in the team's most successful pacer this season. With two new batsmen at the crease, the runs dried up before Ishan Kishan hit Dwayne Bravo for two boundaries to take Mumbai to 70 for two in 10 overs. Just when it seemed Kishan and Qualifier 1 hero Suryakumar Yadav will produce a much needed partnership, two wickets falling in quick session for second time in the innings pegged Mumbai back. It got worse for Mumbai when Kishan tried deposit a Tahir googly out of the park and his mishit went into the safe hands of Suresh Raina at cover, leaving Mumbai at 105 for two in 15 overs. Two of the biggest hitters in the game, Hardik and Pollard, were in the middle to put life into the innings and take their team to a fighting total. CSK, who had done most things right up till, gave a breather to Pandya as Raina dropped a regulation catch at cover. The dangerous Pandya made his opponents pay smashing Thakur for two sixes in the same over before getting out. Pollard at the other end did not get enough strike in the death overs. He finally faced all six balls in the final over and did not take the single off the first three deliveries after not being able to clear the boundary. He got the much needed fours off the final two balls but it was not enough spoil a tidy last over by Bravo. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/12/ipl-2019-mumbai-indians-chennai-super-kings-mi-csk-final.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/12/ipl-2019-mumbai-indians-chennai-super-kings-mi-csk-final.html Mon, 13 May 2019 01:18:28 GMT Dhoni becomes most successful keeper in IPL history Hyderabad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday became the wicket-keeper with most dismissals to his credit in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He now has 132 dismissals (94 catches and 38 stumping) to his name. Chennai Super Kings skipper Dhoni surpassed Kolkata Knight Riders' skipper Dinesh Karthik (131 dismissals) when he caught Mumbai Indians openers Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma here on Sunday. Karthik had held the IPL record before Sunday. Robin Uthappa of KKR is the third best with 90 dismissals. Dhoni first took an easy catch to dismiss South Africa stumper bastman de Kock who was looking good on 29 off 17. Shardul Thakur was the bowler. In the very next over, the former India captain dived forward to take a low catch that saw the back of his counterpart Rohit Sharma for 15. Deepak Chahar was the bowler this time. Mumbai Indians snatched a thrilling one-run victory over three-time champions Chennai Super Kings in an edge-of-the-seat final on Sunday. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/13/dhoni-milestone-most-succesful-ipl-skipper.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/13/dhoni-milestone-most-succesful-ipl-skipper.html Mon, 13 May 2019 02:46:31 GMT Ziva Dhoni gives Hindi lessons to Rishabh Pant | Video Mahendra Singh Dhoni's daughter Ziva is an internet celebrity in her own right. Videos posted on her Instagram account have gone viral and delighted fans in the past. In her latest video, the 4-year-old can be seen giving Hindi lessons to Rishabh Pant. A day after the Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings defeated the Delhi Capitals to enter the IPL final, Ziva's Instagram account dropped the adorable video in which the four-year-old is seen giving Pant Hindi lessons. Repeating the letters that Ziva is seen teaching him, Pant says “Thank you, madam” for her lessons in the end of the video. This is not the first time that Pant has shown that he is great with kids. When India toured Australia last year, Pant took up the offer of babysitting Australian cricketer Tim Paine's kids after the two engaged in some humourers on-field banter and the Australian had asked the Indian wicket-keeper if he would babysit his kids. Paine's wife Bonnie had shared an Instagram story featuring Pant with the Australian captain's kids and referred to the Indian as the 'best babysitter'. Chennai Super Kings booked their berth in the final of the IPL their eighth on Friday, crushing Delhi Capitals by six wickets in Qualifier 2. Chennai Super Kings will clash with Mumbai Indians in the IPL 2019 final in Hyderabad on Sunday. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/12/ziva-dhoni-gives-hindi-lessons-rishabh-pant-ipl.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/12/ziva-dhoni-gives-hindi-lessons-rishabh-pant-ipl.html Sun, 12 May 2019 10:14:28 GMT Auctioneer recalls Dhoni's sale to CSK before first IPL New Delhi: The only time M S Dhoni did not play in Chennai Super Kings (CSK) colours in the Indian Premier League (IPL) was the two years they were banned. While Dhoni helped in building one of the most consistent and successful T20 franchises in the world, he has admitted on numerous occasions that the move to Chennai was an important pit-stop in his career too. CSK are chasing a record fourth title and face Mumbai Indians (MI) in the final on Sunday. Hours before the big match, Richard Madley, who was auctioneer for the first 10 IPL seasons, tweeted an image of the auction sheet for IPL 2008 when Dhoni was sold to CSK for $1.5 million. "Just found my one and only auction sheet for the historic first ever #VIVOIPL auction in 2008. @msdhoni sold to @ChennaiIPL. A rare piece of cricket memorabilia (sic.)," Madley wrote in his tweet. Also on the sheet were details of Adam Gilchrist's sale to the now-defunct Deccan Chargers, Shoaib Akhtar to Kolkata Knight Riders, Mahela Jayawardene to Kings XI Punjab and Muttiah Muralitharan to CSK. He went on to say in the replies section that the first IPL auction was a ground breaker and that selling Dhoni was a "career highlight." https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/12/auctioner-richard-madley-dhoni-csk.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/12/auctioner-richard-madley-dhoni-csk.html Sun, 12 May 2019 09:51:45 GMT Can Chennai bring down high-flying Mumbai in summit clash? New Delhi: Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will need to summon every ounce of his tactical acumen against a redoubtable Mumbai Indians in Sunday's Indian Premier League final which features the tournament's two most successful franchises. Three-time champions Mumbai walloped Chennai for the third time this IPL season in Tuesday's first qualifier to storm into the final in Hyderabad, affording themselves a couple of extra days' rest. Chennai, however, would not be denied an eighth final in 10 tournaments, and will hunt for back-to-back titles after returning from a two-year ban for corruption last year to claim their third championship. Dhoni's team are a veritable 'Dad's Army', fielding nine players in their thirties and five over 35. To reach the final, they outplayed a young Delhi Capitals led by 24-year-old Shreyas Iyer in Friday's second qualifier to run into a rampaging Mumbai team led by Rohit Sharma. Rohit headlines a formidable top order that includes the dangerous Quinton de Kock. They have arguably the best death-overs exponents in Jaspreet Bumrah and Lasith Malinga, while boasting an explosive all-rounder in Hardik Pandya. "Mumbai Indians have a great team, no question, not too many holes in their team. It's going to be a great challenge," Chennai opener Shane Watson said after Friday's victory. Australian Watson and opening partner Faf du Plessis of South Africa hit identical fifties against Delhi, but their batting frailties have often meant bowlers had to save the day on several occasions. Watson has managed just two fifties in 16 matches, but Dhoni has kept his trust in the 37-year-old who smashed a century in last year's final against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Consistency is the buzzword in Chennai who have had Dhoni as skipper since the inaugural tournament in 2008. The former India captain, himself, is against frequent change in personnel. With an unshakeable trust in his teammates, the phlegmatic 37-year-old enjoys absolute loyalty in a relaxed dressing room. Chennai no longer even bother with team meetings, such is their understanding and camaraderie, according to West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo. "We don't plan. We just turn up and go with the flow on any given day," he said recently. That approach has failed against Mumbai this season, but Watson was confident Chennai's collective experience would have them in good stead in the final. "There are huge positives about age and experience, and that's the way CSK has played," said the all-rounder. "When you've got more experienced players, you've got more understanding of what to do, because we've been through different situations so many times in our careers. "We're going to make the most of our experience in the final on Sunday." https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/11/mumbai-indians-chennai-super-kings-dhoni-rohit.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/11/mumbai-indians-chennai-super-kings-dhoni-rohit.html Sun, 12 May 2019 10:58:34 GMT Watson, du Plessis help CSK reach 8th IPL final Visakhapatnam: Defending champions Chennai Super Kings produced a clinical performance to beat Delhi Capitals by six wickets and enter their eighth final of the Indian Premier League, here Friday. CSK dished out a disciplined bowling and fielding effort to first restrict DC to 147 for nine and then chased down the target with ease, reaching 151 for four in 19 overs. Dwayne Bravo (2/19), Ravindra Jadeja (2/23), Deepak Chahar (2/28) and Harbhajan Singh (2/31) shared eight wickets between them to keep DC in check after opting to bowl. CSK will play Mumbai Indians in the final in Hyderabad on Sunday. The two teams have met each other thrice in summit clashes of the tournament earlier with MI finishing on the winning side twice while the Chennai outfit came out triumphant once. While CSK won the final battle in 2010, MI finished on the victorious side in 2013 and 2015. Chasing the modest total, Faf du Plessis (50 off 39 balls; 7x4s, 1x60 and Shane Watson (50 off 32; 3x4s, 4x6s) got CSK off to a flier, stitching 81 runs in 10.2 overs. The duo started cautiously before opening up to not allow any DC bowler to settle down. Du Plessis was the aggressor among the duo, scoring 50 off 39 balls with the help of seven boundaries and one six while Watson played the second fiddle initially. But just after notching up his 12th IPL fifty, Du Plessis departed while going for a big shot over deep square-leg off Trent Boult (1/20), only to be holed out by Keemo Paul. After Du Plessis' dismissal, Watson took the centrestage and struck Paul for one four and three sixes to pile up 25 runs off the 12th over and also registered his half-century off 31 balls in the process. Watson looked in a hurry to finish off the chase and that eventually led to his downfall, caught by Boult off Amit Mishra (1/21) in the second ball of the next over. Suresh Raina (11) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (9) got out cheaply but Ambati Rayudu (20 not out) remained at the crease to ensure a comfortable win for the three-time champions. Earlier sent into bat, DC made a shaky start with Prithvi Shaw (5) and Shikhar Dhawan (18 off 14) adding 21 runs in 2.3 overs before the former was caught plumb in front of the wicket by Chahar. Shaw's dismissal opened the floodgates as DC lost three wickets in quick time to slump to 75 for four in 11.3 overs. Dhawan was the next to depart, caught by Dhoni off Harbhajan and then Colin Munro (27) was holed at deep square-leg by Bravo off Jadeja as the South African went for a slog sweep. Skipper Shreyas Iyer (13 of 18) tried to anchor the innings but he too fell while going for a big shot, caught by Raina off Imran Tahir (1/28) in the 12th over. To make matters worse for DC, new man in Axar Patel departed in the next over, hitting a short delivery of Bravo straight to Tahir at third man. Rishabh Pant (38 off 25) and Sherfane Rutherford (10) shared 22 runs for the sixth wicket but CSK didn't allow the Delhi outfit to get any momentum, picking up wickets at regular intervals to rattle their innings. Rutherford became Harbhajan's second victim, followed by Paul who was cleaned up by Bravo's perfect yorker in the 18th over. The onus was on hard-hitting Pant to take DC to a challenging total but he too failed to cope up with the pressure, caught by Bravo at long-on off Chahar. Towards the end, Mishra (6 not out) and Ishant Sharma (10 not out off 3 balls) used their long handles to great effect and struck some lusty blows to take the Delhi side close to the 150-run mark. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/10/ipl-2019-chennai-super-kings-delhi-capitals-csk-dc-qualifier-2.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/10/ipl-2019-chennai-super-kings-delhi-capitals-csk-dc-qualifier-2.html Sat, 11 May 2019 05:11:01 GMT IPL fans to bond in Hyderabad to discuss plastic use in stadiums New Delhi: The passionate fans of IPL teams will converge in Hyderabad on the sidelines of Sunday's summit clash for a social cause - to spread awareness on reducing use of plastics in stadiums. Representatives of fans associations of six IPL franchises will hold a round table conference in Hyderabad, leading to the signing of 'Hyderabad Declaration' on plastic waste management at sports venues. The event is being organised by International Institute of Waste Management (IIWM), a non-profit organisation that is supported by European Union Resource Efficiency Initiative. "After every cricket match, about 4 to 4.5 tonnes of wastes (about 130 grams per spectator) is left behind in the stands. The stands are littered with single use material like paper and plastic cups, leftover food, packaging items like card boards, plastic and spoons, forks, tissues and most importantly flags and cheer items," the organisation said in a release. "About 40 percent of this waste is single use plastic material, which pose great danger to the environment as these material remain in the nature without degrading for long years (some more than 100 yrs)," it added. IIWM has been implementing a project called Green Wicket since 2012 which has helped in creating the Chinnaswamy Stadium the first Green Cricket Stadium in the world. The stadium has all the four eco-infrastructure in place - Solar PV, Rainwater Harvesting, Waste water Recycling and Biogas plant for Solid Waste Management, the IIWM said. As an extension to the Green Wicket project, another initiative called 'Plastic Waste Clean Bowled' began in Bangalore for the IPL matches with the objective of reducing the single use material and reduce littering. "If the spectators help in segregating the waste, this source segregation will increase the recycling capacity. It is interesting to note that the cricket matches also create entrepreneurship for recyclers," said Bineesha P, Executive Director, IIWM. She said this initiative will be extended to other stadia which will host sports like football, badminton, kabbadi in the coming months. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/10/ipl-fans-band-hyderabad-discuss-plastic-use-stadiums.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/10/ipl-fans-band-hyderabad-discuss-plastic-use-stadiums.html Sat, 11 May 2019 02:06:23 GMT Amit Mishra dismissed for obstructing the field, gets trolled Visakhapatnam: Delhi Capitals spinner Amit Mishra became the second batsman in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL) to be given out for obstructing the field. The incident happened during the Eliminator between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday when Mishra was given out for obstructing the field in the final over of the nail-biting contest. With DC requiring two runs to win off the last three balls, Mishra was desperate to get off strike. The leg-spinner, after missing the fourth ball bowled by Khaleel Ahmed, started running for a single. However, realising that he would not be able to finish the run, changed his direction mid-way. That prompted Ahmed to collect the keeper's throw and hit it at the non-striker's end. The throw, however, struck Mishra's right arm. The SRH fielders started to appeal straightaway and umpires went for a review. There was some confusion over the review as well, with umpires initially signalling not out after having checked that Mishra had not edged the ball to the keeper. However, Mishra's run was later reviewed and he was found to have intentionally blocked the throw with his body. The wicket, however, couldn't stop Delhi from winning their first IPL knockout game as Keemo Paul hit Ahmed for a boundary on the penultimate ball to help his team cross the line. This was the second instance in IPL that a batsman was given run out for obstructing the field. In 2013, Yusuf Pathan was given out for Kolkata Knight Riders against Pune Warriors in a similar instance. However, Mishra's attempt did attract a lot of attention on social media. Read more IPL 2019 news https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/09/amit-mishra-dismissed-for-obstructing-the-field-gets-trolled.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/09/amit-mishra-dismissed-for-obstructing-the-field-gets-trolled.html Fri, 10 May 2019 12:13:55 GMT Delhi to fight it out against CSK for maiden IPL final berth Visakhapatnam: Delhi Capitals, who have finally come together to play like 'Daredevils', will have to produce another special effort to beat the consistent Chennai Super Kings for the first time this season and make their maiden IPL final here on Friday. It was CSK who denied Delhi a top-two spot in the league standings with a crushing 80-run win at Chepauk and the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side stands in their way again, only stakes are much higher in the Qualifier 2. The tense win in the Eliminator, set up by their star player Rishabh Pant, here on Wednesday night is bound to provide an extra dose of motivation going into the knock-out game at Vizag. Pant's 21-ball 49 in a high-pressure game reignited the debate on social media over his non-selection in India's World Cup squad with former England captain Michael Vaughan saying it was "bonkers" to not have the young-wicketkeeper batsman in the mega event starting May 30. His sensational effort made all the difference in the run-chase but he got out when his team was very close to the finishing line. Not being able to finish games is one criticism that he has had to deal with repeatedly and there would be no better stage than Qualifier 2 to come up with another match-wining knock and carry his bat through. Another young gun Prithvi Shaw too played an important innings of 56 and was happy to be back among the runs after low-scores in the previous three innings. Delhi, having already played a game here, will have the advantage of knowing the the conditions better. Their fast bowlers, Trent Boult and Ishant Sharma, did a decent job in the absence of Kagiso Rabada and were well supported by Keemo Paul, who picked up three wickets. Veteran spinner Amit Mishra was frugal again and also picked up an important wicket. The batsmen would be rather relieved that they would not have to face the spin threat of Imran Tahir and Harbhajan Singh on a turner in Chennai but it would be a challenge nonetheless. Another thing Delhi would have to be wary of is stage fright though the Eliminator surely prepared them for the tougher battles ahead. CSK, on the other hand, are used to playing the big matches, having won three titles besides being runners-up four times. They were hammered by Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1 but expect CSK to bounce back in style. Dhoni will be expecting an improved performance from his batsmen after the disappointment against Mumbai Indians. Opener Shane Watson has not been among the runs ever since smashing a 53-ball 96 against Sunrisers on April 23. The talismanic skipper admitted that they could have read the conditions better against Mumbai at home and asked his batsmen to be careful with shot selection going forward. "These are the best batsmen we have got, it looks like we are are batting well, but at times, they pull off shots that shouldn't be played. These are the players who we have banked on, they have the experience and they should know to assess the conditions better," said Dhoni after the six-wicket loss to Mumbai. Match starts 7.30pm. Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan, Scott Kuggeleijn. Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (captain), Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant(wicketkeeper), Colin Ingram, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Ankush Bains, J Suchith, Manjot Kalra, Chris Morris, Sherfane Rutherford, Jalaj Saxena, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Nathu Singh, Bandaru Ayyappa, Colin Munro. Read more IPL 2019 news https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/09/delhi-fight-against-chennai-for-maiden-ipl-final-berth.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/09/delhi-fight-against-chennai-for-maiden-ipl-final-berth.html Thu, 09 May 2019 08:59:19 GMT IPL: Pant, Shaw take Delhi Capitals through to Qualifier 2 Visakhapatnam: Young Keemo Paul gave the final touches to a Rishabh Pant blitzkrieg as Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by two wickets in a nerve-wracking IPL Eliminator here Wednesday. Chasing a target of 163, Delhi Capitals, who had lost the way after a blazing start, were brought to cusp of victory by young Pant, who smashed 49 off 21 balls with five sixes as West Indies' Paul finished it off the penultimate ball of the innings with a boundary off Khaleel Ahmed. Pant, who resurrected the innings from a orecarious 111 for 5 couldn't have chosen a better venue than chairman of selectors MSK Prasad's home ground to drive home a point on his much debated World Cup exclusion. It was a sense of deja vu for Paul, who had similarly hit winning runs in an U-19 World Cup final in 2016 when Khaleel was the bowler in the final over. Delhi Capital now face Chennai Super Kings in the second Qualifier in their bid to make it to the maiden IPL final against Mumbai Indians. Needing 34 from three overs, Pant showed brilliant game awareness to target Sunrisers' weakest link Basil Thampi, smashing him for 21 runs in the 18th over as he brought the game on even keel. A six off Bhuvneshwar Kumar brought the equation down to five runs before Pant in his bid to finish the game was holed out with five required from seven balls. When the chase started, Prithvi Shaw (56 off 38 balls) was in his element in the fifth over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar when he first played a flowing cover drive, followed by a ramp shot for six over third man and a lofted boundary over mid-off to put Sunrisers on the backfoot. Sensing that Prithvi has taken the lead, senior partner Shikhar Dhawan (17) after collecting three boundaries started playing the second fiddle with 55 coming off Powerplay overs. One of the most regal shots played by Prithvi was a six over long-on when he gave off-spinner Deepak Hooda the charge. In the same over, Wriddhiman Saha effected a smart stumping down leg-side to see the end of Dhawan even as Prithvi completed his 50 off 31 balls. However just like Sunrisers, Delhi also lost momentum at start of the back-10 with Khaleel's extra pace and bounce accounting for Prithvi and skipper Shreyas Iyer (8). Prithvi's innings had six fours and two sixes. It was Rashid Khan (2/15 in 4 overs), who them removed Colun Munro (14) and Axar Patel (0) to peg back Delhi at 111 for 5. Pant, who teed off with a six off Mohammed Nabi, hit him for a second six as 42 runs were required off the last four overs when Pant changed the match. Earlier, Delhi Capitals bowlers pulled the plug in the middle overs, restricting Sunrisers Hyderabad to a par score of 162 for 8 on a good batting surface after opting to field. Keemo Paul (3/32 in 4 overs) was ably supported by Amit Mishra (1/16 in 4 overs), Ishant Sharma (2/34 in 4 overs) and Axar Patel (0/30 in 4 overs) as the quartet bowled 40 dot balls between them. Ishant got rid of Wriddhiman Saha (8), who offered a simple catch to Shreyas Iyer at mid-off. Martin Guptill (36, 19 balls) hit three sixes including two off his countrymate Trent Boult to set the pace in the Powerplay overs which yielded 54 runs. Credit to Delhi bowlers as the next 14 overs produced only 108 runs. As Guptill was in attacking mood, it gave the normally flamboyant Manish Pandey (30, 36 balls) to play around before the spinners came in operation. Axar and Mishra choked the run-flow and Guptill was accounted for trying to slog sweep the leg-spinner. His innings had four sixes apart from a boundary. Sunrisers suddenly lost momentum in those middle overs as Pandey and Kane Williamson (27 off 26 balls) added only 34 runs in seven overs before he Karnataka batsman was dismissed by a Keemo Paul slower delivery. Pandey was holed out by Sherfane Rutherford at long-on boundary making it 90 for 3 for Sunrisers. Ishant coming in his second spell bowled the perfect inswinging yorker to send back Williamson. Vijay Shankar (25 off 11 balls) and Mohammed Nabi (20 off 13 balls) added 36 runs in 2.4 overs to beef up the total but Paul kept things tight in the end. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/08/ipl-2019-delhi-capitals-sunrisers-hyderabad-dc-srh-eliminator.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/08/ipl-2019-delhi-capitals-sunrisers-hyderabad-dc-srh-eliminator.html Wed, 08 May 2019 18:20:41 GMT CSK falling behind in powerplay: Stephen Fleming Chennai: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) coach Stephen Fleming rues the fact that his team has not been able to make full use of the powerplays and score at a brisk rate in the first six overs in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). In Qualifier 1 against Mumbai Indians, Chennai made an awful start as they managed to post 32/3 in the powerplay overs on a slow-turning Chepauk Stadium, here on Tuesday. Even in the previous games of this season, CSK were not able to make optimum use of the powerplay overs. They have averaged about 37 runs in the first six overs, managing to score in excess of 50 on just two occasions. Shane Watson, who was in tremendous form in 2018 (555 runs at a strike rate of 154.59), has not been able to deliver this year in the way CSK would have wanted. He has scored 268 runs at a strike rate of 121.26, including 11 dismissals in the powerplays. His opening partner Faf du Plessis has had a mixed IPL 2019, scoring 320 runs in 10 games at a strike rate of 118.95. Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayadu have scored 364 and 261 runs at strike rates of 126 and 93.54, respectively. Only MS Dhoni has been able to score at a brisk rate, amassing 405 runs in 13 matches at a strike rate of 135, which is low compared to his standards. "Yeah it [pacing the innings] is tough. There's the problem we're finding - we're so far behind in the powerplays. We're doing things right from overs 6 to 20, the run rate today I think was 7 and [then] 10 [in the last six overs]. We're getting the right runs there, [but] we are just finding ourselves behind in the powerplays," said Fleming at the post-match presser. Fleming believes a score of 40 or more would be more than sufficient in order to set up a competitive totals on slow and sluggish wickets like that of Chennai. "You run the risk if we over-attacked in the middle in those conditions, you can find yourself bowled out for 100. So you have got to have an element of safety. By the time you get that, it's around about 14 overs, from there we were able to go at 10 an over [CSK scored at 8-an-over in the last six overs] which got us through to a competitive score," Fleming insisted. "But we need to have more balance in the first six..around 40 would be nice. That may get you to a score of 150-160 which can be a match-winning score. We're just falling behind at different stages but it's the first six that's holding us back when we lose wickets. Maybe in case we just throw the shackles off and have a crack in the next game, and see if we can just get ourselves into form and confidence," he added. Chennai will get another shot at the title clash as they will face the winner of the Eliminator between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad in Qualifier 2 on Friday. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/08/csk-falling-behind-powerplay-stephen-fleming.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/08/csk-falling-behind-powerplay-stephen-fleming.html Wed, 08 May 2019 12:25:18 GMT IPL: Suryakumar Yadav guides Mumbai Indians into final Chennai: The enormously talented Suryakumar Yadav played one of his finest knocks on a challenging track as Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by six wickets in the first Qualifier, entering IPL final for the fifth time on Tuesday. On a sluggish pitch, which offered considerable turn and odd bounce, Suryakumar batted in a copybook fashion scoring an unbeaten 71 off 54 balls with MI reaching the target in 18.3 overs. However CSK will get another chance to make it to their eighth summit clash as they will now play the second Qualifier against the winner of the 'Eliminator' between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad. The target of 132 wasn't a big one but once the below-par Chepauk pitch was factored in, the chasing team had its own set of challenges. With senior players Rohit Sharma (4) and Quinton de Kock (8) returning quickly, Surya and Ishan Kishan (28, 31 balls) traded their natural flair for caution adding 80 runs that set the platform. While Surya hit 10 fours, the normally aggressive Kishan had three fours and a six in his innings. While Imran Tahir (2/33 in 4 overs) dismissed Kishan and Krunal Pandya (0) off successive deliveries in the 14th over, it was more a of minor scare as Surya anchored the chase with ease in Hardik Pandya's company. The best part about Surya's batting was how late he played both Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja (0/18 in 4 overs) whenever they got the ball to turn away from the right-hander, playing it past the short third-man fielder. The best part was not taking undue risks against Jadeja, who looked menacing on this track. When Tahir flighted, he would whip him through mid-wicket. Deepak Chahar after getting Rohit's wicket erred in line and proved to be costly. Harbhajan Singh (1/25 in 4 overs) finished his quota primarily when at least one left-hander was at the crease. In the end, the difference was created by the three Mumbai Indians spinners Rahul Chahar (2/14 in 4 overs), Krunal Pandya (1/21 in 4 overs) and Jayant Yadav (1/25 in 3 overs), who gave away only 60 runs in the 11 overs between them taking four wickets. CSK were 10 runs short of the par-score even on a challenging track where Surya made batting look easy. Earlier, Dhoni failed to launch a brutal assault on a sluggish pitch but did enough in company of Ambati Rayudu to propel Chennai Super Kings to 131 for 4, which was more than a fighting total in testing conditions. The CSK total was built largely on a fifth wicket stand of 66 off 48 balls between Dhoni (37 no off 29 balls) and Rayudu (42 no off 37 balls) when other batsmen found going tough. Dhoni smashed Lasith Malinga for two huge sixes in the penultimate over to provide impetus to the CSK innings, which was stymied by the MI bowlers, especially the spinners. MI leg-spinner Rahul continued his impressive season, with a superb spell, keeping the batsmen on a leash with turn and bounce. CSK didn't get off to a good start, losing three wickets in the Powerplay, as MI skipper Rohit Sharma used five different bowlers in the first five overs. The visiting team kept things under control in the Powerplay, restricting CSK to 32 runs while picking up three wickets. At the halfway stage, CSK barely managed to reach 50, which was a sign of their struggles. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/07/ipl-2019-mumbai-indians-chennai-super-kings-mi-csk-qualifier-1.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/07/ipl-2019-mumbai-indians-chennai-super-kings-mi-csk-qualifier-1.html Tue, 07 May 2019 18:09:45 GMT Delhi Capitals look to prove a point in eliminator against SRH Visakhapatnam: The road to the final has become difficult but Delhi Capitals have the means to drive their way through the obstacles, starting with the IPL eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad here Wednesday. Re-branded before the start of the 12th season of the Indian Premier League, Delhi Capitals have been one of the top sides in this edition, playing cricket never seen before from them. It is a bit harsh on Delhi Capitals that they are playing the do-or-die game despite securing 18 points after nine wins and five losses from 14 matches. Despite winning three matches more than Hyderabad, severely weakened by the departure of David Warner and Jonny Bairstow for their World Cup national camps, DC find themselves in the same boat as SRH and a defeat will knock them out of the league. The big loss to Chennai Super Kings hurt them a lot. For a while before that drubbing, DC battled for the top spot with three-time winners Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians before finishing third at the end of league engagements. Delhi Capitals have never reached the IPL final, never made the top-two, and ventured into the top-four for the first time since 2012. Considering the results and consistency, it seemed DC's search for that elusive winning combination has finally ended, which brought the smiles back on the faces of fans after years of disappointment. There have been the failures too. After a dominant start against Mumbai, Delhi went down to CSK, suffered one of their worst collapses ever against Kings XI Punjab and lost a home game to SRH. Things turned around after the SRH game and Delhi emerged as one of the best teams on the road this season. Picked in the trading window, India opener Shikhar Dhawan lived up to the expectations of the team management and franchise, scoring over 450 runs. Along with the young Prithvi Shaw, the experienced Dhawan formed a fine opening combination, and scored briskly in the powerplay overs. Skipper Shreyas Iyer (over 400 runs) showed immense maturity while leading the side and also played some substantial knocks. Ignored from the World Cup squad at the expense of Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant has proved his worth in the side with his handy cameos at crucial junctures. Delhi were also helped by the presence of two of cricket's greatest brains Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly. They will miss the services of pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada but DC have enough firepower in bowling to surprise SRH, who became the first team in IPL history to qualify for the playoffs with 12 points. While the duo of Warner and Bairstow played a pivotal role in SRH's performances and dominated the powerplay better than other teams, the likes of Manish Pandey stepped in after they left to be with their respective national teams. In bowling, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneswar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed have done just enough to help Sunrisers Hyderabad keep things. In Kane Williamson, SRH have a dependable captain and he will expect a little more from his New Zealand team-mate Martin Guptill. It will be another opportunity for Vijay Shankar to make a mark before flying to the United Kingdom for the World Cup. Teams: Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram, Sherfane Rutherford, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult Sunrisers Hyderabad: Wriddhiman Saha, Martin Guptill, Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson (c), Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/07/delhi-capitals-look-prove-point-eliminator-srh.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/07/delhi-capitals-look-prove-point-eliminator-srh.html Tue, 07 May 2019 10:32:04 GMT Nigel Llong unlikely to be removed from IPL final after damaging door New Delhi: English umpire Nigel Llong could face the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCIC)'s scrutiny for allegedly damaging the door of a stadium room after an argument with Virat Kohli, but the board is unlikely to remove him as an official for the Indian Premier League final on May 12. Llong reportedly lost his cool after being confronted by Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Kohli over a wrong no ball call against Sunrisers Hyderabad during an IPL match in Bengaluru on Saturday. According to reports, the ICC Elite Panel official kicked the door of the umpires' room during the innings break and damaged it. A BCCI official told PTI that Llong might have some explaining to do, but the matter will not cost him his place as a designated umpire for the IPL final to be held in Hyderabad. The BCCI, it is learnt, is in a dilemma on whether to even consider taking such a step "for a moment's indiscretion". In Bengaluru, Karnataka State Cricket Association secretary R Sudhakar Rao said the KSCA has demanded action against Llong. Rao, however, did say that the 50-year-old paid for the damage caused. "We have reported the matter to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and hopefully action will be taken against Nigel Llong. If the players are punished for their misdemeanour and fined their match fees then why not the umpires," he said. "I didn't speak to umpire Llong but I spoke to match referee (V) Narayanan Kutty. I am hopeful CoA will take action," he added. Llong paid Rs 5,000 after he was confronted by the KSCA officials and had demanded a receipt of the payment. Llong has stood in 56 Tests, 123 ODIs and 32 T20 Internationals in his career and will be standing in the upcoming World Cup in the United Kingdom, starting May 30. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/07/nigel-llong-virat-kohli-bcci-door-damage.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/07/nigel-llong-virat-kohli-bcci-door-damage.html Tue, 07 May 2019 09:25:18 GMT Chennai banking on home advantage to outwit Mumbai in qualifier Chennai: Handed a reality check in their last league fixture, defending champions Chennai Super Kings would bank on home advantage to seal their place in the summit clash when they take on a confident Mumbai Indians in the Qualifier 1 of the IPL here Tuesday. After the gruelling league phase of the ongoing IPL, the stage is set for the play-offs with CSK and MI clashing against each other for a place in May 12 final. There is hardly anything to differentiate between the two sides as both CSK and MI have won the title three times earlier. The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led CSK has been patchy after a strong start and finished its league engagements with a six-wicket defeat to Kings XI Punjab at Mohali on Sunday. But CSK will be happy to return to their den to take on table-topper MI, probably its biggest IPL rival, to decide which team seals a spot in the May 12 final. CSK boasts of a tremendous record at home this season, winning six of its seven games at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here and come Tuesday, it will act as a big advantage for the hosts. A defeat, however, will provide both the teams a second chance in Qualifier 2 on May 10. The CSK top-order has fired in fits and starts in the league phase and will need to come out all guns blazing against a formidable MI bowling attack that includes Jasprit Bumrah (17 wickets), Lasith Malinga (15 wickets), the Pandya brothers (Hardik 14 wickets and Krunal 10 wickets), leggie Rahul Chahar (10 wickets) and possibly Mitchell McClenaghan. Skipper Dhoni (CSK's highest run-getter with 368 runs from 12 matches, 3 fifties) has been the mainstay of a rather inconsistent CSK batting unit and along with openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina holds the key in Tuesday's game as the usually fluent Ambati Rayudu has struggled to get going. CSK, however, will miss the services of Kedar Jadhav, who sustained a freak shoulder injury in the match against Kings XI. But Jadhav wasn't in the best of form and his absence would open up a spot for either Murali Vijay or Dhruv Shorey. Bowling has been CSK's strong point so far this season and becomes even more potent on M A Chidambaram stadium's sluggish wicket. Imran Tahir (21 scalps), the second highest-wicket taker this season after Kagiso Rabada (25), has been at the forefront of an effective CSK spin trio, also including veteran Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja (both with 13 wickets each). And the success of Tahir & Co against the powerful MI batting line-up could very well determine the course of the match. MI captain Rohit Sharma (386 runs), the impressive Quinton De Kock (492, third leading run-scorer), Hardik Pandya (380) and Kieron Pollard will be hard to stop once they get going and CSK's bowlers have a tough task at hand. The onus would also be on the ever-improving Deepak Chahar, who has taken 16 scalps so far, to pick up early wickets for CSK and stifle the rival batting line-up. Going by the head-to-head record this year, MI holds the upperhand having won both its encounters against CSK in the preliminary phase. MI head coach Mahela Jayawardene would be aware of the job at hand and won't take CSK lightly despite the Lions' recent wobbly form. CSK will certainly receive a boost by playing the Qualifier 1 at home with the crowd fully backing the team in what promises to be a cracker of a contest. Match starts at 7.30pm. Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Ankul Roy, Evin Lewis, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Jayant Yadav, Beuran Hendricks and Lasith Malinga. Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan, Scott Kuggeleijn. Read more IPL 2019 news https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/06/chennai-banking-on-home-advantage-to-outwit-mumbai-in-qualifier.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/06/chennai-banking-on-home-advantage-to-outwit-mumbai-in-qualifier.html Mon, 06 May 2019 12:56:08 GMT After Priya Varrier, here is the new internet sensation Bengaluru: Move over, Priya Varrier. The internet has found a fresh face to admire and that too at an IPL match! While Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) were battling it out here on Sunday on the pitch, an RCB fan stole the show from the stands. The girl, Deepika Ghose, instantly attained celebrity status on the internet even as the Royal Challengers ended their dismal IPL season with a victory over Sunrisers. On Sunday, one of the many cameras panned towards this RCB fan in the middle of the match and the clips of her cheering for RCB have gone viral. Surprisingly, the girl's Instagram account was also made public and the number of followers on it has since crossed 150k overnight. There are also quite a few fake accounts that have come up with her name, prompting the fan to post a clarification that this remains her only handle. "PLEASE do not follow or accept any other accounts with my name on Instagram (sic.)," she said in the post. RCB were the first team to be eliminated from the playoff race. They have ended their season at the bottom of the table with just five wins in the 14 matches they played. While their points tally is the same as that of Rajasthan Royals, their net run rate of -0.607 saw them finish at the bottom. This prompted captain Virat Kohli and star batsman AB de Villiers to post an apology to the fans through the franchise's social media handles ahead of their final game against Hyderabad. Kohli said the season was as disappointing for players as it was for fans. "We will do everything we can, next year to turn this around," he said. "Even after three hours of the match being washed out (against Rajasthan Royals), you sat in the stadium and gave us the loudest cheer when we walked out to bat. That's special. Thank you so much for being the lovely fans." "Sorry about the ups and downs. We are hoping to finish on a high. Please keep supporting us. It keeps us going and, hopefully, something special will come out of the last game and the next season," AB de Villiers had said. (With agency inputs) Read more IPL 2019 news https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/06/after-priya-varrier-here-is-the-next-internet-sensation.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/06/after-priya-varrier-here-is-the-next-internet-sensation.html Mon, 06 May 2019 11:30:54 GMT Unfair to expect Russell to deliver each time: Karthik Mumbai: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bowed out of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after suffering a crushing nine-wicket defeat against Mumbai Indians (MI) in their last group stage encounter. Put into bat on Sunday evening, KKR never got going on a slow, sluggish Wankhede and managed to post just 133/7 in their stipulated quota of 20 overs. Robin Uthappa played an uncharacteristic knock of 40 from 47 balls, scoring 25 dot balls on a day when KKR magic wand Andre Russell failed to deliver. The big-hitting West Indian walked out to bat at number 5 after Mumbai had built up the pressure on the visitors. Russell fell to Lasith Malinga for a duck and KKR, from their on, never managed to push the accelerator. Mumbai chased down the target with ease, riding on unbeaten knocks from skipper Rohit Sharma (55) and Suryakumar Yadav (46) to seal the top spot. After the match, KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik rued the fact that their batting didn't come to their own in a must-win game against Mumbai. "We didn't find momentum after the 6-over mark while batting and the regular wickets didn't help either. We simply didn't get going," Karthik said in the post-match presentation ceremony. He also defended the decision to hold back Russell, saying, "There was an opportunity to bat up the order for Andre Russell, but expecting him to deliver every time is unfair and he has been fantastic throughout the tournament for us." The KKR skipper, however, assured fans that the team will come out with a much improved performance in the next season. "Not our best season, there are a lot of areas for us to improve on, and I'm sure we will come back stronger next year," he said. Meanwhile, Rohit praised his team for their collective effort. "It was the team effort that pleased me the most. We don't depend on a few individuals to take us through, there are a lot of characters who put their hands up and took us through." "Today, the entire bowling attack used the pitch and their variations really did well to keep a line-up like KKR quiet," he added. The three-time IPL champions are known to perform better in the second half of the tournament, something which the MI skipper is proud off. "It is something we know about the IPL that the business end matters. We always come back well in the second half of this tournament," said Rohit. "In all the three trophies that we've won, the boys have picked themselves up in the business end." MI, who finished in pole position with 18 points from 14 matches, will now take on second-placed Chennai Super Kings in the Qualifier 1 in Chennai on Tuesday. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/06/unfair-expect-russell-deliver-each-time-karthik.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/06/unfair-expect-russell-deliver-each-time-karthik.html Mon, 06 May 2019 11:30:46 GMT Katich admits 'tension' in KKR camp, says they got what they deserved Mumbai: Kolkata Knight Riders' assistant coach Simon Katich admitted that there was tension on the field within their ranks, and said the string of six losses had contributed to the change in dynamics within the group in their disappointing IPL campaign this year. Two-time champions KKR needed to win against Mumbai Indians on Sunday to qualify for the play-offs, but they slumped to a nine-wicket thrashing to crash out of the T20 tournament. "There is no doubt and we can't hide from the fact that there was some tension on the field. That was pretty evident in the last, I guess, few games after we got into a bit of a roll with losses. We have to address that as a group," Katich said at the post-match press conference. "What is so important in IPL is the dynamic of the group and, I guess the unity, and that is something KKR is very proud of, added the former Australian Test batsman. MI first restricted KKR to a meagre 133 for 7 and then knocked off the runs by the 17th over itself with Quntion de Kock (30), skipper Rohit Sharma (55 not out) and Suryakumar Yadav (46) completing the job with aplomb. "It's a very successful franchise, something that everyone involved has worked very hard to contribute to over a long period of time. That's something we have to certainly work on to get better moving forward," Katich said. "There is no doubt throughout this campaign that the dynamic in our group has certainly changed." Katich was referring to the public criticism made by in-form all-rounder Andre Russell about some of the decisions taken by captain Dinesh Karthik, including not sending him up the batting order, and his statement of an unhealthy team atmosphere. There was also a clear on-field display of lack of unity between the two players over the last few matches. Katich said the home defeats against Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore played a key role in their ouster, eventually making their last match against MI a must-win one and that too at Wankhede, where they have a dismal record. "It's disappointing. It's always a tough ask to come to Mumbai where we don't have a great record. Yes it would have been nice to win and get through. To finish where we did (fifth on the table) - it's probably what we deserved. We had a great start but fell away badly through that middle phase," he said. "Those two missed opportunities were good opportunities to shore up our play-off chances. Those games against RCB and Rajasthan at home, losing those two games was always going to come back and hurt us." He credited the Mumbai bowling attack for its potency and said it was always difficult to play catch-up against the three-time champions. "We lost that first wicket (Shubman Gill) first after powerplay. In terms of Andre (who was out for a duck), he has enjoyed coming up the order. Today wasn't his day - credit to Mumbai bowlers, they are class acts. (Jasprit) Bumrah and (Lasith) Malinga they exploited the conditions well. It was a slowish wicket. At the end we weren't good enough." "Mumbai are a team we can't play catch-up. In the last few overs we are going to face two-three overs of (Jasprit) Bumrah, (Lasith) Malinga and Hardik Pandya. We did it very well at home (when KKR won), but here we struggled," he said. Katich praised Gill and pacer Sandeep Warrier, in particular, among the Indian lot of players. "It's hard to pin it on one person in particular. Overall in the season we had a lot of positive signs. Young Shubman Gill looks like a talent for us in the future. He has done a variety of roles for us and played very well. A lot of overseas players performed really strongly. In terms of bowling Sandeep Warrier did a good job when he came for us in the last three games. "Going ahead we need improvement in powerplay. We had struggled in powerplay overs, asked our spinners to come and do the job. We have three quality spinners. Unfortunately, you can't dictate terms with spinners if you don't take wickets up front, Katich pointed out. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/06/simon-katich-kkr-ipl.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/06/simon-katich-kkr-ipl.html Mon, 06 May 2019 07:09:54 GMT IPL: Mumbai top table after clinical win over KKR Mumbai: Rohit Sharma struck an unbeaten 55 to lead Mumbai Indians to an easy 9-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders, which gave them the pole position in the IPL table and also ensured a lucky fourth place finish for Sunrisers Hyderabad, here Sunday. Rohit stitched two crucial partnerships, first a 46-run stand with Quinton de Kock (30) for the opening wicket and then another 88 runs for the unconquered second wicket with Suryakumar Yadav (46 not) as MI chased down the target of 134 with 3.5 overs to spare. The MI captain carried his bat through the innings, hitting eight fours off 48 balls while Yadav consumed 27 balls for his unbeaten 46. MI ended the league phase with 18 points from 14 matches - the same as Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals - but they secured the top spot by virtue of better run rate. MI ended at a net run rate of 0.421 as against 0.131 and 0.044 of CSK and DC respectively. MI's win meant that the KKR are knocked out of the tournament with Sunrisers making it to the play-offs at their expense on better net run rate. KKR and SRH ended the league phase on 12 points each but the Hyderabad-based side sneaked to the play-offs with 0.577 net run rate against 0.028 of the Kolkata side. MI and Chennai Super Kings play against each other in Chennai in the Qualifier 1 on Tuesday while Delhi Capitals - who finished third - take on SRH in the Eliminator at Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. The Qualifier 2 - between the losing team of Qualifier 1 and winner of Eliminator - will also be played at Visakhapatnam on Friday. Chasing 134 for a win, MI made a good start with 46 runs coming form powerplay without losing any wicket. South African Quinton de Kock hitting two consecutive sixes and a four off Andre Russell in the fourth over was the highlight. De Kock (30) was out the first ball after powerplay with wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik taking a brilliant running catch off the bowling of Prasidh Krishna. That was the only success KKR had as Rohit and Yadav took MI home in 16.1 overs. Yadav hit a towering six to end the match. Earlier, Andre Russell failed to deliver when it mattered the most as Kolkata Knight Riders scored a sub-par 133 for 7 in their 'do-or die' game. KKR's top run-scorer of this IPL, Russell (510 from 13 innings) was dismissed for a first ball duck as the visiting side frittered away a good start to post a modest total after being sent into bat. Openers Chris Lynn (41 off 29 balls) and Shubman Gill (9 off 16 balls) put up 49 runs together in 6.1 overs but KKR suffered a middle-order collapse as Mumbai bowlers made a splendid comeback. It was left to Robin Uthappa (40 off 47 balls) and Nitish Rana (26 off 13 balls) to stitch a 47-run stand for the fifth wicket to take KKR past the 120-run mark. Lasith Malinga (3/35), Hardik Pandya (2/20) and Jasprit Bumrah (2/31) were the main wicket-takers for the home side. Lynn and Gill started slowly before they started playing their big shots. Lynn hammered veteran Malinga for a four and a six in the fourth over as KKR fetched 13 runs of it. There was no stopping Lynn as he struck two towering sixes off leg-spinner Rahul Chahar in the sixth over as KKR finished the Powerplay at 49/0. However, Hardik brought the home side back into the match by removing both the openers in quick succession. While he trapped Gill in front of the wicket in the seventh over, he sent back a dangerous Lynn in the ninth over, caught by Quinton De Kock, as Kolkata slumped to 56/2. KKR could fetch only 12 runs in five overs and were struggling at 61/2 after 11 overs. McClenaghan bowled a maiden over as Robin Uthappa struggled to score. And in the 13th over, Malinga gave KKR a double blow by removing skipper Dinesh Karthik (3 off 9 balls) and in-form Russell (0 off 1 ball), who gloved to keeper de Kock. KKR were 73/4 then and they never recovered from there. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/05/ipl-mumbai-indians-kolkata-knight-riders-mi-kkr-2019.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/05/ipl-mumbai-indians-kolkata-knight-riders-mi-kkr-2019.html Sun, 05 May 2019 18:29:30 GMT IPL: CSK get to play qualifier despite loss against KXIP Chandigarh: KL Rahul's scintillating 36-ball-71 paved the way for a consolation six-wicket victory for Kings XI Punjab here Sunday but not before CSK ensured a top-two finish with chance to play the first IPL Qualifier at their happy hunting home ground Chepauk. With nothing to lose in the final game of the season, Rahul, Chris Gayle (28 off 28 balls) and Nicholas Pooran (36 off 22 balls) were the key contributors in KXIP's successful chase of 171 in in 18 overs. However CSK will be happy that with a net run-rate of +0.131 which is far better than Delhi Capitals' (+0.044), the defending champions will remain in the top two with two clear shots at summit clash qualification even if MI beat KKR in the evening game. Such was Rahul's domination that Universe Boss Gayle's run-a-ball knock paled in in comparison as the duo added 108 runs in only 10.3 overs to seal the match. While senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh got three wickets, he was hit for 57 runs in four overs. In fact, Dhoni's ploy to use Harbhajan in the Powerplays which had worked wonderfully at the Chepauk, backfired on a placid Mohali track as he went for 41 runs in his first two overs --17 in the first and 24 in the second. In that second Harbhajan over which was fourth of the innings, Rahul hit the veteran for three boundaries and two sixes, completing his half-century off 19 balls. He scored at fast clip albeit coming only after skipper Ravichandran Ashwin's public admission that KXIP's Powerplay batting left a lot to be desired. Harbhajan was far better in his final two overs as he took three wickets for 16 runs including Rahul, Gayle and Mayank Agarwal. However Pooran played a cameo to ensure happy ending for the home team. Earlier, Faf du Plessis missed out on a well-deserved hundred by four runs as Kings XI Punjab bowled well at the death to restrict Chennai Super Kings to 170 for 5. Courtesy Du Plessis' 96 off 55 balls and his 120-run stand with Suresh Raina (53 off 38 balls) set a platform for the defending champions. However Sam Curran (3/35) and MOhammed Shami (2/17 in 3 overs) bowled well in the final few overs as CSK seemed at least 10 runs short of par score. Du Plessis' knock had 10 fours and four sixes and was dismissed by brilliant Curran yorker in the 19th over. Du Plessis destroyed the Kings XI bowling attack, particularly punishing medium pacer Andrew Tye (0/37 in 3 overs) and spinner Murugan Ashwin (0/33 in 3 overs), hitting two boundaries and a six in one of their over. Raina gave him good support at the other end, hitting five boundaries and two sixes. Raina, who along with du Plessis tried to accelerate the pace of scoring, fell when the score was 150 in the 17th over off Curran's bowling. The England all-rounder at the onset had dismissed Shane Watson. Ambati Rayudu (10) and Kedar Jadhav's (0) wickets were claimed by pacer Mohd Shami in the final over of the innings. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/05/ipl-kings-xi-punjab-chennai-super-kings-kxip-csk-2019.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/05/ipl-kings-xi-punjab-chennai-super-kings-kxip-csk-2019.html Sun, 05 May 2019 15:18:57 GMT IPL: RCB's consolation win hits SRH hard Bengaluru: Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh Mann engineered an incredible turnaround that will linger long in IPL memory, powering Royal Challengers Bangalore to a four-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad here Saturday. Both Hetmyer and Gurkeerat hit blazing fifties as RCB recovered from a hopelessly placed 20 for three in the third over to reach the 176-run target with four balls to spare. The win meant RCB ended what has been a forgettable season on a positive note, while SRH's hopes of securing a playoffs berth were kept on standby. During their 144-run partnership for the fourth wicket, Hetmyer smashed half a dozen sixes and four boundaries for his 47-ball 75, while Gurkeerat made 65 in 48 deliveries with the help of eight fours and one maximum. This was the first time that RCB had a hundred-plus partnership since 2013 when Kohli and De Villiers were not involved. After Parthiv Patel was snapped up early by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Virat Kohli got began RCB's riposte with two delightful strokes -- a straight-driven boundary and a flicked six - but the mainstay nicked a length ball to stun the home crowd. More trouble was in store for RCB as they lost AB de Villiers, who snicked Bhuvneshwar to the first slip where Martin Guptill took a neat catch. RCB were tottering at 20 for three in the third over but Shimron Hetmyer and Gurkeerat Singh Mann had other ideas. It rained sixes and fours as the duo of Hetmyer and Gurkeerat blunted the opposition attack with their exemplary batting, bringing the smiles back on the face of skipper Kohli and the faces of their faces. Gurkeerat was contend to play second fiddle to Hetmyer initially, when the Guyanese was dealing in fours and sixes, but opened up later. Earlier, Kane Williamson dealt in fours and sixes as Sunrisers Hyderabad plundered 28 runs in the final over to reach a challenging 175 for seven. SRH were 147 for seven at the end of the 19th over but Williamson cut loose after that, smashing Umesh Yadav for two sixes and as many fours to finish the innings on a high. Williamson remained not out on 70 off 43 balls, hitting four sixes and five fours at the M Chinnaswami Stadium. To make matters worse for Yadav, he was wrongly no-balled by umpire Nigel Llong. Sent into bat, SRH were off to a brisk start with Martin Guptill and Wriddhiman Saha (20) putting on 46 runs for the opening wicket in 4.3 overs, but the keeper-batsman failed to clear pacer Navdeep Saini as the visitors lost their first wicket. After addition of another 14 runs to the team total, SRH lost their second wicket when Guptill was dismissed by Washington Sundar for a 23-ball 30. Manish Pandey, who stretched Mumbai Indians with his brave half century in their last game, fell cheaply, for nine, leaving the visitors in some trouble at 61 for three in the eighth over. Picked in the World Cup bound Indian team for his 'three-dimensional' abilities, Vijay Shankar raced to 27 with the help of three sixes, but again failed to translate the start into a big score. Shankar was Sundar's third scalp of the evening and Yuzvendra Chahal picked up his 100th wicket in IPL when he lured Yusuf Pathan into playing an irresponsible shot to leave Sunrisers at 127 for five in the final ball of 16th over. Even as wickets fell at regular intervals, Williamson looked to rotate the strike and also go for the big hits. Barring the opening stand, the only partnership that flourished a bit was the one between Williamson and Shankar, who ended up giving a catch while going for a slog sweep. Williamson brought up his fifty in style, hoicking Yadav over long off for a six and followed that with some more lusty hits. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/04/ipl-royal-challengers-bangalore-sunrisers-hyderabad-rcb-srh-2019.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/04/ipl-royal-challengers-bangalore-sunrisers-hyderabad-rcb-srh-2019.html Sat, 04 May 2019 18:44:41 GMT IPL: Delhi finish home campaign with win, crush RR's play-off hopes New Delhi: Delhi Capitals crushed Rajasthan Royals' play-off hopes with a convincing five-wicket victory to finish off the league campaign in the ongoing IPL on a high note here Saturday. Already through to the play-offs, Delhi Capitals first rode on veterans Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra's superb efforts with the bowl to restrict Rajasthan Royals to 115 for nine and then chased down the target in 16.1 overs, with Rishabh Pant remaining unbeaten on a 38-ball 53. The win lifted Delhi to the second spot in the standings with 18 points from 14 games but to finish as second best side, the Capitals would need Mumbai Indians to lose against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday. A win for Mumbai would automatically drop Delhi to the third spot as they have an inferior net run-rate. Rajasthan are out of the tournament, finishing with just 11 points from 14 games. Chasing a modest target, Delhi made a quick start through Shikhar Dhawan (16) and Prithvi Shaw (8) before Ish Sodhi (3/26) removed both the openers in consecutive balls to give himself a hat-trick chance. Sodhi first got rid off Dhawan, in the second ball of the fourth over, holed out by Riyan Parag and then Shaw played on the next delivery. Skipper Shreyas Iyer (15 off 9) and Rishabh then added 33 runs off 25 balls for the third wicket before the former was holed out by Liam Livingstone off Shreyas Gopal. While Delhi lost two more wickets in the form of Colin Ingram (12) and Sherfane Rutherford (11), Rishabh carried on his bat and finished off the chase by hitting Sodhi for a big six over long-leg off and in the process also notched up his fifty. Rishabh's unbeaten knock was studded with two fours and five hits over the fence. Earlier, Ishant (3/38) did the early damage before leg-spinner Mishra (3/17) came to the party to rock Rajasthan's innings. Young Parag (50 off 49, 4x4s, 2x6s) was the lone bright spot for Rajasthan as he held on to one fort and notched up his maiden IPL fifty to take the visitors close to the 120-run mark. Rajasthan had a disastrous start to their innings after opting to bat as they were reduced to 30 for four at the end of the first six overs of powerplay with Ishant doing bulk of the damage. Ishant struck in the second over, removing Rajasthan skipper Ajinkya Rahane (2) and then came back an over later to clean up Livingstone (14). To make matters worse for the visitors, in-form Sanju Samson (5) fell victim to an unnecessary mix up with Mahipal Lomror in the next over. Lomror (8) didn't help his cause either as he handed Ishant his third wicket of the day, nicking one to Rishabh behind the stumps. Parag and Gopal tried to stabilise the innings with a 27-run fifth-wicket stand before Mishra scalped two wickets in consecutive deliveries in the 12th over to disturb Rajasthan's resistance. Mishra first foxed Gopal (12) to be stumped by Rishabh and then induced a faint edge from new man Stuart Binny, which again Rishabh obliged. This gave Mishra a chance for registering a hat-trick. The leg-spinner was well on course of scalping a hat-trick but Trent Boult dropped a sitter at long-off to hand Krishnappa Gowtham life. However, Mishra got his man an over later as Gowatham gave a straight forward catch to Ishant at long-off and Rajasthan slumped to 65 for seven. Parag opened up late and smacked Ishant for two fours to pick up 18 runs off the 17th over and then smashed Boult for two sixes in the final over before perishing in the last ball of the innings. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/04/ipl-delhi-capitals-rajasthan-royals-dc-rr-2019.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/04/ipl-delhi-capitals-rajasthan-royals-dc-rr-2019.html Sat, 04 May 2019 14:30:26 GMT KKR need victory and a bit of luck to make playoffs Mumbai: Their playoff chances hanging in the balance, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will leave no stone unturned when they take on Mumbai Indians (MI) with a prayer on their lips in a must-win Indian Premier League (IPL) game on Sunday. KKR defeated Kings XI Punjab (KXIP ) to keep their playoff hopes alive till the last league game, but if Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) manage to sneak past Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Saturday, it might take a Herculean effort in terms of improving the net run-rate. Placed fourth, SRH have a net run rate of +0.653, which is comparatively better than fifth-placed KKR's +0.173. In case, SRH lose to RCB, it will be like a quarterfinal for KKR as a win will do the job. However, MI would like to carry on the winning momentum as 18 points and a better net run rate than both first-placed Chennai Super Kings and third-placed Delhi Capitals will give them two shots at qualifying for the final. With Chris Lynn and Shubhman Gill coming good and the marauding Andre Russell to follow at No. 4, skipper Dinesh Karthik would fancy his chances at the batting-friendly Wankhede. Gill's confidence would have boosted after his back-to-back half-centuries against MI (at home) and KXIP (at Mohali). His unbeaten 65 off 49 balls steered KKR to a seven-wicket victory against KXIP on Friday. However, the KKR batsman will have to put up a special show against the likes of the seasoned Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya and leggie Rahul Chahar. Russell, who has been consistently delivering for his team, will have to showcase his prowess once again. For KKR, their bowling has been the biggest concern as their bowlers have been ripped apart by their opponents at the death. Pacers Harry Gurney, Sandeep Warrier, Narine and Piyush Chawla will have to bowl a tight line and length to restrict the famed Mumbai batsmen. With the Wankhede track aiding slow bowlers, KKR may also be tempted to play chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, who has been dumped because of poor form. Meanwhile, MI, who have already qualified for the playoffs will eye revenge after KKR after they had suffered a 34-run defeat in Kolkata in a high-scoring thriller despite Hardik Pandya's sensational 91 off 34 balls. Also the result of the match which finalise Mumbai's position and who will be their opponents in the playoff. For the hosts, apart from Hardik (380 runs from 13 matches), South African Quinton de Kock (462 from 13) has been among the runs. But others including Rohit Sharma (331 runs from 12), Suryakumar Yadav (292 runs from 13), Krunal (176 runs from 13) and Kieron Pollard (240 runs from 13) need to shoulder responsibility. An area of concern for head coach Mahela Jayawardene would be the frequent middle-order collapse and he would like to sort it out before the knockouts. The teams (from): Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (capt), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Ankul Roy, Evin Lewis, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Jayant Yadav, Beuran Hendricks and Lasith Malinga. Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (capt), Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Harry Gurney, Matt Kelly, K C Cariappa and Yarra Prithviraj. Match starts at 8 pm https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/04/mumbai-indians-kolkata-knight-riders-wankhede.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/04/mumbai-indians-kolkata-knight-riders-wankhede.html Sat, 04 May 2019 07:36:14 GMT Kings XI asked to give written explanation on Wadia case Mumbai/New Delhi: The Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Friday sought a written explanation from Kings XI Punjab on the suspended arrest sentence handed to their co-owner Ness Wadia for possession of cannabis in Japan. It has been learnt that, as of now, the CoA will not hand over the matter to the IPL's Ethics Commitee comprising acting president CK Khanna, acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry. Industrialist Wadia was arrested at an airport in Japan's Hokkaido for possession of 25gm of banned substance and sentenced to two years of imprisonment, the verdict that had been suspended for five years. As per IPL's Code of Ethics, a franchise may receive sanction if anyone related with the team (player/owner) bring disrepute to the game. "The CoA has asked KXIP management to file a written explanation on what all has transpired. Agreed, the incident has got nothing to do with the league directly but Wadia's arrest does create bad optics. Once KXIP file their explanation, the CoA will take a call on what needs to be done next," a senior BCCI functionary privy to Friday's meeting told PTI. When asked why the matter is not being handed to office bearers, the senior functionary said, "We now have an Ethics Officer in Justice D K Jain. If need be, the matter will be handed over to him and the office bearers can help him if required." Among other significant developments, the CoA through amicus curiae PS Narsimha will intimate the Supreme Court that 26 units of BCCI are now fully Lodha compliant and can hold their state unit's elections. "Out of the 36 BCCI units, there are 26 which are fully Lodha compliant and we expect a few more to become fully compliant in the coming days. The report will be submitted to the Supreme Court. The CoA is expected to appeal to the apex court for an election date. As for the units that will be non-compliant, they will be disqualified from voting at the AGM," the official said. Read more IPL 2019 news https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/04/kings-xi-asked-to-give-written-explanation-on-wadia-case.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/04/kings-xi-asked-to-give-written-explanation-on-wadia-case.html Sat, 04 May 2019 03:19:47 GMT Gill shines as KKR knock KXIP out of IPL Mohali: Shubman Gill showed maturity beyond years as Kolkata Knight Riders knocked out Kings XI Punjab by seven wickets on Friday to stay afloat in the Indian Premier League. Chasing a target of 184, the 19-year-old Gill showed his range on his 'home turf' with an attractive 65 not out off 49 balls balls, anchoring the chase after Chris Lynn (46 off 22 balls) set the pace with some big hits in the Powerplay overs. Not only did KKR reach the target in 18 overs but they also improved the net run-rate as they now have 12 points with a must-win away game against Mumbai Indians left. The opening duo added 62 in 6 overs before Lynn was dismissed havingh hit five fours and two sixes. Robin Uthappa (22, 14 ablls) looked good but didn't stay long enough even as Gill, who hit five fours and two sixes carried on with minimum fuss. Andre Russell (24 off 14 balls) hit a couple of sixes in the 50-run stand in only 4.2 overs to cut the chase short. However Gill's batting was a treat for the eyes as he literally toyed with KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin hitting him for 18 runs in an over. There was a six over long on where he came down the track and another slog sweep behind square. The half-century came with a deft late cut which prompted his happy father to break into a bhangra. In the end, skipper Dinesh Karthik (21 off 9 balls) finished the match with a flourish. Earlier, Youngsters Sam Curran and Nicholas Pooran displayed belligerence as Kings XI Punjab put on a respectable 183 for 6 against Kolkata Knight Riders after being pt into bat. While West Indies' Pooran smashed 48 off 27 balls to give the innings initial impetus as he added 69 runs for the third wicket with Mayank Agarwal (36 off 26 balls), Englishman Curran walloped KKR bowlers to smash an unbeaten 55 off 24 balls to take the score past 180-run mark. For KKR, fast bowler Sandeep Warrier (2/31) was the most impressive as he removed the opening pair of Chris Gayle (14 off 14 balls) and KL Rahul (2 off 7 balls) in quick succession. However Pooran again showed his big-hitting prowess, hitting four sixes apart from three boundaries as he found an able partner in Agarwal. Pooran was unlucky to miss out on a fifty as he was holed out in the deep mid-wicket region trying to hit a Nitish Rana half-tracker for six. Once Agarwal and later Mandeep Singh (25) got out, it seemed that KXIP will have to settle for less than 170 but Curran had other ideas as 32 runs came off the last two overs. In the 19th over, Curran hit Andre Russell for a couple of boundaries, before launching into countrymate Harry Gurney, hitting him for 22 runs, which included three fours and a big six. In all, Curran hit seven fours and two sixes. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/03/ipl-kings-xi-punjab-kolkata-knight-riders-kxip-kkr-2019.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/03/ipl-kings-xi-punjab-kolkata-knight-riders-kxip-kkr-2019.html Fri, 03 May 2019 18:56:23 GMT Delhi Capitals eye big win in pursuit of 2nd place finish New Delhi: Their play-off berth sealed, Delhi Capitals will aim for a big win against Rajasthan Royals to enhance their chances for a second-place finish when the two teams clash in their final IPL league match, here Saturday. The Capitals are already sweating over key pacer Kagiso Rabada's fitness as the South African pacer missed a game first time this season against Chennai Super Kings due to a stiff back on Wednesday. And in all likelyhood, Delhi will not risk playing Rabada on Saturday, when they are sure to compete in the Play-offs for the first time in seven years. A big win on Saturday will not only will boost Delhi's morale after the 80-run hammering at the hands of CSK but it could also propel the side to the second position in the eight-team standings. Delhi are currently sitting third with 16 points from 13 games, just behind Mumbai Indians (16 points) and table toppers CSK (18 points). A win against Rajasthan will enhance Delhi's chances of featuring in Qualifier 1, giving them two shots at the May 12 final. In the absence of Rabada, Delhi's bowling attack looked miserable, but it is the shoddy performance of the batting unit which would be a cause of concern for skipper Shreyas Iyer. Chasing CSK's challenging 179 for four, Delhi were shot out for just 99 with only Iyer (44) making a significant contribution. The likes of Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant and Colin Ingram would like to forget the disastrous outing against CSK and come out afresh in Delhi's last home game. Rajasthan, on the other hand, are mathematically still alive in the tournament with 11 points from 13 games. They need to win against Delhi and hope for favourable results from other remaining games to secure a play-off berth as the fourth team. But a win against Delhi might just not be enough for Rajasthan as it will take them to 13 points, after their last game against Royal Challengers Bangalore was washed away. With Steve Smith having departed home for World Cup preparations, Ajinkya Rahane will return to captaincy duties. Ashton Turner is expected to replace Smith in the playing eleven. The departure of Smith, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes has weakened Rajasthan's batting, putting more responsibility on the shoulders of Rahane, Sanju Samson and Liam Livingstone but the team's bowling unit would be pumped up after the leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal's hat-trick in the rain-truncated match against ECB. In the last encounter between the two sides last month, it was Delhi Capitals who came out on top in Jaipur by six wickets in a high-scoring affair. Teams Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (C), Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Ankush Bains, Chris Morris, Sherfane Rutherford, Jalaj Saxena, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Nathu Singh, Bandaru Ayyappa, Colin Munro, Manjot Kalra. Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (C), Ashton Turner, Ish Sodhi, Oshane Thomas, Liam Livingstone, Sanju Samson, Shubham Ranjane, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Sudhesan Midhun, Jaydev Unadkat, Prashant Chopra, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Riyan Parag, Dhawal Kulkarni, Krishnappa Gowtham, Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Manan Vohra, Rahul Tripathi. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/03/delhi-capitals-eye-big-win-pursuit-second-place.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/03/delhi-capitals-eye-big-win-pursuit-second-place.html Fri, 03 May 2019 10:17:30 GMT Rabada ruled out of IPL with back niggle South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada will return home from the Indian Premier League (IPL) to avoid aggravating a back problem ahead of the ICC World Cup, Delhi Capitals said on Friday. The 23-year-old has been in fine form this season, claiming 25 wickets from 12 matches in the IPL, but sat out Wednesday's game against Chennai Super Kings. Delhi said Rabada had been advised to return by Cricket South Africa as a precautionary measure. "It's hard for me to leave the Delhi Capitals at this stage of the tournament. But with the World Cup just a month away, a collective decision has been made for me in this regard," Rabada said in a statement. Third-placed Delhi have qualified for the IPL playoffs and play Rajasthan Royals in their last league game on Saturday. "It's been a tremendous season for me with Delhi Capitals, both on and off the field, and I truly believe that our team can win the trophy," Rabada added. Rabada's fellow paceman Dale Steyn was also ruled out of the IPL last month after a flare-up of an old shoulder injury, putting his World Cup prospects in doubt. South Africa meet hosts England in the inaugural match of the World Cup at the Oval on May 30. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/03/rabada-ruled-out-back-niggle-south-africa-world-cup.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/03/rabada-ruled-out-back-niggle-south-africa-world-cup.html Fri, 03 May 2019 08:47:34 GMT Sunrisers eye playoff berth in clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore Bengaluru: Sunrisers Hyderabad would look to complete the unfinished business and seal their place in the IPL playoffs when they clash with laggards Royal Challengers Bangalore, here Saturday. The defeat against Mumbai Indians via Super Over must be hurting, but they need to shrug it off and add two points to take their tally to 14, good enough to stay in top-4. Despite their defeat against Mumbai on Thursday night, Hyderabad's net run rate is +0.653, which is superior to others in contention for the playoffs. Even if Hyderabad lose their last match, they can still reach playoffs if Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab don't win more than one of their last two matches. In the absence of their batting mainstay David Warner, young Manish Pandey (71 off 47 balls) shouldered the responsibility pretty well in the last match against Mumbai as he pushed the match into the super over after he carted Hardik Pandya for a last-ball six to bring scores level. Mumbai Indians had scored 162 for five in the allotted 20 overs. Needing nine to win in super over, Pandya and Kieron Pollard took the side home with three balls to spare. Hyderabad had managed 8 for 2 with Jasprit Bumrah bagging Pandey and Mohammed Nabi's wickets. Captain Kane Williamson, all-rounder Vijay Shankar and comeback man Wriddhiman Saha will look to score in the key match. Hyderabad bowlers have performed well in patches and need to get their act together against Bangalore's master blasters AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. The visitors boast of multi-pronged attack in which Afghanistan's Rashid Khan has been the standout performer. Sandeep Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed and experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar, along with the Afghan spin twins Rashid and Mohammed Nabi add sting to Hyderabad attack. Bangalore will be playing for pride after their hopes of entering playoffs went up in smoke after their match against Rajasthan Royals was abandoned due to rain. Match starts at 8 pm. Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (C), Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shreevats Goswami, Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Billy Stanlake, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Shakib Al Hasan, Wriddhiman Saha, Martin Guptill, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma and Shahbaz Nadeem. Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (capt), Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Colin de Grandhomme, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Moeen Ali, Shimron Hetmyer, Dale Steyn, Shivam Dube, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Devdutt Padikkal, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Heinrich Klaasen, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Akshdeep Nath, Prayas Ray Barman, Kulwant Khejroliya and Tim Southee. Read more IPL 2019 news https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/03/sunrisers-eye-playoff-berth-in-clash-against-royal-challengers-b.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/03/sunrisers-eye-playoff-berth-in-clash-against-royal-challengers-b.html Fri, 03 May 2019 05:59:02 GMT Mumbai Indians beat SRH in Super Over, enter playoffs Mumbai: Mumbai Indians prevailed over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Super Over to qualify for the IPL playoffs here Thursday, the win propelling them to the second position in the pecking order. Opting to bat, Mumbai Indians scored 162 for five in the allotted 20 overs, and then, saw SRH end their innings at the same score. Needing nine to win in the Super Over, Hardik Pandya hammered Rashid Khan for a six over long off in the first ball and then Kieron Pollard took the side home with three balls to spare. In the one-over eliminator, Sunrisers Hyderabad managed 8/2 with Jasprit Bumrah bagging the wickets of Manish Pandey and Mohammed Nabi. Mumbai have 16 points from 13 outings and have a game left on Sunday against Kolkata Knight Riders, while Sunrisers Hyderabad are placed fourth with 12 points. Hyderabad needed 17 runs off the last over and the equation was brought down to seven by the time Hardik braced up to bowl the final delivery. But Manish Pandey (71 not out off 47 balls) carted the all-rounder over long-on for a six to bring the scores level and force a Super Over, a first at the Wankhede Stadium. Chasing 163, Hyderabad needed 41 runs from 18 balls, but Malinga (0-37) conceded 12 runs as the equation was brought down to 29 runs off 12 balls. Then Bumrah (2-31) gave 12 runs in the penultimate over, with Manish Pandey hitting two fours. Earlier, Quinton De Kock's unbeaten 69 took the hosts to a respectable total on a difficult pitch. For the visitors, the chase began with Wriddiman Saha (25 off 15 balls) and Martin Guptill (15 off 11) adding 40 for the first wicket. But Saha was sent back by Bumrah. Bumrah struck for the second time as he trapped Guptill in front of the wicket in the sixth over. Left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya (2-22) struck early as he trapped Kane Williamson (3) in the eighth over, a decision which went in Mumbai's favour after a successful review. The visitors were in a spot of bother at 65-3. Then Pandey and Vijay Shankar (12 off 17 balls) tried to rally the innings with a 33-run stand, but Krunal struck again in the 14th over, sending Shankar back. Hardik struck in the first over when Abhishek Sharma edged to keeper De Kock, after which Hyderabad were almost out of the contest. But Mohammed Nabi (31 off 20 balls) and Pandey brought the visitors back. Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers dished out a clinical performance to restrict Mumbai Indians to 162 for five. The Sunrisers, led by pacer Khaleel Ahmed (3-42), pegged Mumbai back after Rohit Sharma decided to bat. He was ably supported by the Afghan spin duo of Rashid Khan (0-21), Mohammed Nabi (1-24) and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar (1-29), while Basil Thampi (0-40) had an off day. A late cameo from Krunal Pandya (9 not out off 3 balls) ensured Mumbai at least crossed the 160-run mark. De Kock, who hammered 6 fours and 2 sixes in his 58 ball-knock, lacked support from the other end. The left-handed batsman, who opened the innings, made his intentions clear in the fourth over by hammering Bhuvaneshwar for two fours. He along with Surya Kumar Yadav (23 off 17 balls) tried to rally the Mumbai innings with a 54-run stand for the second wicket after a well-settled Rohit Sharma (24) departed in the sixth over. Surya gave Khaleel his second wicket after giving an easy catch to Rashid Khan in the 12th over, after which there was a middle-order collapse for Mumbai with Evin Lewis (1) and Hardik Pandya (18 off 10 balls) falling in quick succession. West Indian Kieron Pollard (10) also could not display his usual attacking game. Read more IPL 2019 news https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/02/mumbai-indians-sunrisers-hyderabad-ipl-2019.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/02/mumbai-indians-sunrisers-hyderabad-ipl-2019.html Thu, 02 May 2019 19:08:33 GMT KKR, Kings XI in do-or-die battle Mohali: Staring at elimination, two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab will lock horns in a battle of survival in Friday's Indian Premier League (IPL) match, here. The two teams are languishing at the bottom half of the table and need to win on Friday to keep alive their remote Play-off chances. Both KKR and Kings XI have 10 points from 12 matches but the Kolkata outfit is placed a rung above Punjab at sixth in the eight-team competition by virtue of a better net run-rate. Both KKR and Kings XI had a decent outing in the first half of the tournament before losing the plot in the all-important second phase. After registering four wins and one loss in the first five games, KKR suffered six defeats in a row that derailed their campaign. Although KKR return to winning ways against Mumbai Indians in their last game, the Dinesh Karthik-led side need to register victories in their final two games to have an outside chance of qualifying for the Play-offs. The KKR top-order - Shubman Gill (75), Chris Lynn (54) and Andre Russell (80 not out) fired in unison in their last match against Mumbai Indians to lift the side to a mammoth 232 for two, a total which the bowling unit defended to register a much-needed 34-run win. Russell has been in ominous form for KKR this season and is the third highest scorer so far with 486 runs from 12 games at a staggering strike rate of 207.69. On Friday, KKR would look for yet another superb show from the top-order to negate the team's frailties. But if batting is their strength, KKR's weak link is the bowling department. Veteran campaigners like Sunil Narine (2/4) and Piyush Chawla (1/57) leaked runs against MI in their last match and if not for the cushion of 230 plus score, KKR could have lost the match. Russell though was brilliant with the ball too, registering figures of impressive figures of 2 for 25. Just like KKR, Kings XI too had an erratic campaign so far and are on a three-match losing streak, going into Friday's game. Their situation is worse than KKR as they have a negative net run rate, which eventually can come into the picture. K L Rahul (520 runs off 12 games) is enjoying a good IPL and is currently second in the runs-scorers' list with an unbeaten century to his name, while Chris Gayle is fifth in the list with 448 runs even though consistency is something that has lacked in the West Indian's game. Besides, the likes of Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran and David Miller will have to shoulder more responsibility in the middle-order for Kings XI. The bowling will largely depend on skipper Ravichandran Ashwin and much-improved India pacer Mohammed Shami. Match starts at 8pm. Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (C), Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Harry Gurney, Matt Kelly, KC Cariappa and Yarra Prithviraj. Kings XI Punjab: Ravichandran Ashwin (C), K L Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Andrew Tye, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Karun Nair, Moises Henriques, Varun Chakravarthi, Harpreet Brar, Simran Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Hardus Viljoen, Ankit Rajpoot, Arshdeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi. Read more IPL 2019 news https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/02/kkr-kings-xi-in-do-or-die-battle.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/02/kkr-kings-xi-in-do-or-die-battle.html Thu, 02 May 2019 12:12:14 GMT Dhoni continues to amaze behind the stumps New Delhi: Debate continues whether time has eroded Mahendra Singh Dhoni's ability as a 'finisher' but the two lightning fast stumpings he effected in Wednesday's Indian Premier League match against Delhi Capitals prove at least his glovework remains rust-free. While Dhoni smashed 44 not out from 22 balls in Chennai Super Kings' 80-run victory, it was the two stumpings he pulled off a Ravindra Jadeja over to send back Chris Morris and Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer that were as crucial. On both occasions, the back feet of both batsmen had barely risen from the ground when Dhoni knocked off the bails. The former India captain attributed his speed to his unconventional technique, marked by a conspicuous lack of hand movement when collecting the ball. "It's something that has come from tennis-ball cricket which I've played a lot," Dhoni said. "But you need to do the basics right first and then graduate to the next level. I feel if you want to keep like that, then this is what you practise. "You may commit a lot of errors so what's important is youstick to the basics and then get to the advanced course. If you can reduce the time where you can clip the bails off, it always helps." Chennai spinners claimed eight of the 10 Delhi wickets in the match with Dhoni involved in three dismissals, including a catch. Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori believes spinners are a greater threat with someone as assured as Dhoni behind the stumps. "It's not a traditional way of keeping, but it's the best way," Vettori, a left-arm spinner himself, told Cricinfo website of Dhoni's glovework. "He's phenomenal behind the stumps." Dhoni, who walked away with the man-of-the-match award, is India's preferred wicketkeeper in this year's World Cup with Dinesh Karthik as the back-up. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/02/ms-dhoni-stumping-chennai-super-kings.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/02/ms-dhoni-stumping-chennai-super-kings.html Thu, 02 May 2019 10:33:27 GMT IPL: Dhoni, Raina, spinners take CSK to top of table Chennai: Skipper MS Dhoni's prowess in the slog overs was on display yet again while home spinners bamboozled the Delhi Capitals batsmen as Chennai Super Kings prevailed in the IPL battle for top spot with a thumping 80-run win, here Wednesday. It was Suresh Raina who struck a fighting 59 off 37 balls to prepare the road for revival following a slow start and Dhoni (unbeaten 44 off 22) provided the late flourish, ending the innings in style with two sixes off Trent Boult. After making just 27 runs in Powerplay overs, the hosts eventually put on board a fighting 179 for four and dismissed Capitals for just 99 in 16.2 over to snatch the top spot from the visitors. Capitals suffered a surprise batting collapse after being consistent this season. They were out of the game after losing half the batsmen by 11th over and ended up suffering their worst defeat. It was also their lowest total of the season. Chennai Super Kings, who now sit atop the table with 18 points, are now sure to end in top-2, ensuring that they will have two shots at making the summit clash. Mumbai Indians is only team which can displace Capitals (16 points) from second place if they win their next two games and Delhi lose their last. Delhi Capitals had hoped that dew would come in while batting second but Chennai spinners bamboozled them from the word go, never allowing them to settle. South African spinner Imran Tahir (4/12) and Ravindra Jadeja (3/9) tore apart the middle order, sharing seven wickets between them. Dhoni's quick hands were at it again as he effected two lightening fast stumpings, to dismiss skipper Shreyas Iyer (44) and dangerous Chris Morris (0). Except Iyer and Shikhar Dhawan (19) none of the other Delhi batsmen could reach double-digit mark. Earlier, Raina (59) and Faf du Plessis (39) added 83 runs for the second wicket to revive the innings after Delhi Capitals bowlers produced tight spells upfront. Dhoni, who returned to the side after recovering from a bout of fever, and Ravindra Jadeja added some quick runs to provide a late flourish to the innings. Dhoni hit unbeaten 44 off 22 balls with four fours and three sixes while Jadeja smashed 25 off 10 with two sixes. He creamed off 20 runs from Kiwi pacer Trent Boult's final over, hitting two sixes and four. This was after Boult and left-arm spinner Jagdeesha Suchith (2/28) had straight-jacketed the Chennai batsmen after electing bowl. With Boult swinging the ball and Suchith accurate with his line and length, they gave away just seven runs in the first four overs. When Shane Watson could not open his account even after facing eight balls, in desperation the Australian swung his arms but only to find a fielder near boundary. IPL veteran Suresh Raina added some pace to the CSK innings with a flurry of boundaries. Raina and Du Plessis moved the ball around and hit the boundaries when they got the chance. The first six of the innings was hit in the 13th over when Du Plessis dispatched a full delivery from Sherfane Rutherford over extra cover. The South African repeated the act when Axar Patel operated soon after. However, the left-arm spinner got the revenge in the next ball when the Protea batsman attempted another big shot. Raina too departed in the next over with Suchith getting him caught at point but not before hitting the spinner for two fours and a six. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/01/ipl-csk-dhoni-raina-csk-top-table.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/01/ipl-csk-dhoni-raina-csk-top-table.html Thu, 02 May 2019 00:19:31 GMT Wadia controversy: COA to discuss the issue on May 3 New Delhi: IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia's suspended jail sentence of two years for illegal possession of drugs in Japan is likely to come up for discussion during the Committee of Administrators' (COA) next meeting in Mumbai on Friday. Wadia was arrested earlier this year at an airport in Japanese town Hokkaido for possession of 25gm of cannabis resin. His sentence has been suspended for five years. As per IPL's Code of Ethics, no person associated with the team can bring the game into disrepute and there is a clause which can lead to suspension of teams as it happened with CSK and Rajasthan Royals during the IPL spot-fixing scandal. However, it is still not clear whether the matter will be handed over to the IPL Ethics Committee - comprising three office-bearers (acting President CK Khanna, acting Secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry) - or the newly appointed Ombudsman D K Jain. "The matter will come up for discussion on May 3 at the COA meeting in Mumbai. It needs to be discussed whether the COA will refer the matter to Justice Jain or the three office-bearers. "Since we have a retired SC Judge as Ethics Officer, it's only fair that the matter is referred to him," a senior BCCI official told PTI on Wednesday. When asked if Kings XI Punjab can be suspended, the official said: "It's all in the realms of speculation. The BCCI legal team, Ombudsman all need to come together." There is no clarity on whether Wadia's sentencing, even if it brings disrepute to the franchise, can actually lead to a team's suspension. "The matter is not directly related to IPL. Yes one owner was arrested in a foreign country. Now his image is tarnished. "If that affects the brand, then action should be taken against the owner and not the brand. In any case, proper procedures will be followed," said the official. Read more Sports news https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/01/wadia-controversy-coa-to-discuss-the-issue-on-may-3.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/01/wadia-controversy-coa-to-discuss-the-issue-on-may-3.html Wed, 01 May 2019 09:07:54 GMT From name to fortune, Delhi change for the better in IPL New Delhi: For a franchise used to spending the business end of the Indian Premier League (IPL) wondering what went wrong, the Delhi Capitals have surprised themselves by making the playoff with two matches to spare in a remarkable turnaround. If their long-suffering fans found it difficult to be upbeat about the team at the start of this season, they could hardly be faulted. The underperforming side underwent a major rebranding late last year - becoming the Delhi Capitals with a new jersey, a new logo and a new anthem - after JSW Sport, part of a $13 billion business conglomerate, acquired a 50 per cent stake. They appointed Australian Ricky Ponting as the head coach, but still ended the season bottom of the standings, their fourth such finish in 11 seasons. To their fans, who had not seen the side make the playoffs since 2012, all of the changes looked cosmetic as they prepared for another season of underperformance. Ponting, however, knew they just needed to be patient. "Success doesn't happen overnight," Ponting said in a team video. "Even last year, we felt we were very close to playing great cricket ... but all the big moments popped up." "This year we're winning those moments." That's largely because of the balance in the side. Delhi retained wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, skipper Sheras Iyer, who was elevated into the role during the middle of last season, and South African speedster Kagiso Rabada while adding opener Shikhar Dhawan - smart investments that paid off. The team effort this year contrasts with the sporadic individual brilliance of last season. "These did not add up to anything," Ponting said. "We had outstanding individual performances but not much in the middle. "This year (opener) Prithvi (Shaw) played well when we needed him to, Shikhar played well on a number of occasions, Rishabh won two games of his own and Rabada is the leading wicket-taker by a long way." Delhi have IPL's youngest skipper in Iyer, who was just 23 when he was appointed, but his relatively youthful side have been guided by Ponting and former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who came on board as an advisor earlier this year. Ganguly's presence has been particularly helpful to fellow left-handers like Pant and Dhawan and the improved performances have brought the fans back to Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. "It helps when you win," Ganguly said. "It helps when you play well, that's what brings people back. If you can do that, this would be a big brand." Sajjan Jindal, chairman and managing director of the JSW Group, which also owns teams in India's franchise-based soccer and kabaddi leagues, agreed. "The world wants to be with the winners, nobody likes the loser, right?" he said. "After seven years, coming into playoff, it's a big deal for Delhi Capitals. I'm sure they will go a long way. And I won't be surprised if they win this championship." Read more IPL 2019 news https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/01/from-name-to-fortune-delhi-change-for-the-better-in-ipl.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/01/from-name-to-fortune-delhi-change-for-the-better-in-ipl.html Wed, 01 May 2019 06:26:00 GMT Sunrisers face Mumbai Indians sans Warner in crucial clash Mumbai: Their batting mainstay, Australian David Warner no longer available, Sunrisers Hyderabad face a formidable task when they square off against Mumbai Indians in a crucial IPL match here on Thursday. The match is important for both sides as a victory will bolster their play-off chances while a defeat would bring them one step closer to the exit door. Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals have already sealed their play-off spots, while the other two slots are yet to be decided. Currently, MI are on third position with 14 points from 12 games, while the SRH are in the fourth spot with 12 points from as many matches. If MI win on Thursday, they qualify for the play-offs while a victory for SRH will take them level on 14 points with the home side and both will have to wait longer to know their fate. Warner, after scoring a staggering 692 runs from 12 matches, headed home to take part in the national camp ahead of the World Cup, which begins on May 30 in England. The void left by his departure would be felt and in his absence, captain Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, all-rounder Vijay Shankar and comeback man Wriddhiman Saha will have to shoulder the responsibility. SRH bowlers have performed well in patches and need to get their act together against MI's strong batting line-up. MI have been well-served by South African Quinton de Kock (393 from 12 matches) and captain Rohit Sharma (307 from 11) at the top. In hard-hitting all-rounder Hardik Pandya (355 from 12) and West Indian powerhouse Kieron Pollard (228 from 12), MI possess two batsmen who routinely take the opposition bowling attack to the cleaners in the last few overs of the innings. The likes of Surya Kumar Yadav and Krunal Pandya will need to convert starts into bigger scores against the multi-pronged SRH attack in which Afghanistan's Rashid Khan (14 wickets) has been the standout performer. Sandeep Sharma (12 wickets from 11 matches), Khaleel Ahmed (11 from 6) and the experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar (8 from 12), along with the Afghan spin twins Rashid and Mohammed Nabi, provide quality to the SRH bowling attack. The home side will miss left-arm Australian pacer Jason Behrendroff, who has also headed home to take join the World Cup camp. Jasprit Bumrah (13 from 12), Lasith Malinga (12 from 8), Hardik Pandya (10 from 12) and spinners Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya form MI's backbone in bowling. MI have won only three of their home games out of the five played so far and do not enjoy the earlier aura of invincibility in familiar surroundings. Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (captain), Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shreevats Goswami, Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Billy Stanlake, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Shakib Al Hasan, Wriddhiman Saha, Martin Guptill, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem. Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Ankul Roy, Evin Lewis, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Jayant Yadav, Beuran Hendricks. Read more IPL 2019 news https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/01/sunrisers-face-mumbai-indians-sans-warner-in-crucial-clash.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/01/sunrisers-face-mumbai-indians-sans-warner-in-crucial-clash.html Wed, 01 May 2019 05:55:17 GMT Kings XI may have to walk out of IPL after Ness Wadia conviction New Delhi: Kings XI Punjab co-owner Ness Wadia being sentenced for drugs possession while on a skiing holiday to Japan could mean trouble for the Indian Premier League team. As per the Operational Rules of the cash-rich league, no team official involved with the league can act in a manner which brings disrepute to the team, the league, the BCCI or the game on or off the field. If guilty, the man's action can even lead to suspension of the team. Citing the manner in which Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had to bear the brunt for the acts of the team principal, a senior BCCI functionary said that KXIP could be in deep trouble. "The KXIP are unfortunately looking at suspension as a best case scenario and termination as a worst case scenario due to the conviction of an owner in a criminal case of drug possession. "No less than the Lodha panel had suspended the CSK for two years because their team official was accused of betting. In this case we have an owner convicted of drug possession by a criminal court. If he was a state cricket official he would have stood disqualified from holding office automatically. "This also exposes the discriminatory provisions of the new BCCI constitution which is draconian for a state association but doesn't put any restriction on a franchise official even though IPL performances clearly matter more for selection to the Indian team than Ranji performances," the functionary told IANS. As per the IPL Operational Rules accessed by IANS, clause 14 of section 2 of the IPL Operational Rules state that each person subject to the operational rules shall not, whether during a match or otherwise, act or omit to act in any way which would or might reasonably be anticipated to have an adverse effect on the image and/or reputation of any Team, any Franchisee, any Player, any Team Official, the BCCI, the League and/or the Game or which would otherwise bring any of the foregoing into disrepute. It further state that the BCCI ombudsman may suspend a team or franchisee from the league if any person representing the team/franchise breaches clause 14 of section 2. While adjudicating in the IPL betting matter against CSK and Rajasthan Royals, the Lodha panel had taken into consideration section 4, rule 1.1 of the Operational Rules, which puts strict obligations on each franchisee that its team officials complies with the regulations. This was to ensure that cricket should be played not only within the laws, but also within the spirit of game and nothing was done by its representatives (Team Officials), players and etc on the field or off the field which is contrary to the spirit of the game or which adversely affects the reputation of the game. This saw the Lodha panel not just ban CSK team principal Gurunath Meiyappan and RR co-owner Raj Kundra for life from any matches conducted by BCCI, but also suspended CSK and RR for two years. It is this precedent that is set to haunt the KXIP since CSK had been suspended for two years despite there being no adverse finding of misconduct against any player or the team. In fact, even as per the Lodha report, RR was suspended for Kundra's act of bringing the game into disrepute by betting and the three players' case wasn't the focal point in deciding the quantum of punishment. Whereas, in this particular case, a team owner has actually been convicted of a criminal offence. A BCCI executive said that it was strange that no statement had been made on such a matter by CEO Rahul Johri. "It has been 24 hours and one has not heard a peep out of the BCCI CEO on a matter of this magnitude. Are we looking at a scenario where every transgression is becoming an opportunity for someone to try and build friendships at the cost of BCCI's image and the purity of the game and its administration?" the executive questioned. Sadly, even the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) have not issued a statement on the matter even though the reputation of the league and the board is clearly at stake. Read more IPL 2019 news https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/01/kings-xi-may-have-to-walk-out-of-ipl-after-ness-wadia-conviction.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/01/kings-xi-may-have-to-walk-out-of-ipl-after-ness-wadia-conviction.html Wed, 01 May 2019 06:31:09 GMT Gopal takes 'dream' hat-trick in rain-hit tie as RCB knocked out of IPL Bengaluru: Rajasthan Royals leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal took a memorable hat-trick in a five overs, a side contest that was eventually called off due to intermittent rain, pushing Royal Challengers Bangalore out of the IPL play-off race here on Tuesday. Needing 22 off the final 10 balls, Royals were favourites to pocket two points but showers lashed Chinnaswamy again and both teams had to share a point each. The no result keeps Royals mathematically alive in the tournament as they have 11 points from 13 games with one match to go. The visitors were 41 for one in 3.2 overs when the rain returned to the Chinnaswamy with Sanju Samson (28 off 13) being their top-scorer. RCB got a point from the called off game, taking them to nine points from 13 games, ending all their hopes of progressing in the tournament. Royals limited RCB to 62 for seven in five overs following Gopal's hat-trick. Royals had won the toss and opted to field but rain arrived and delayed the start of the game by three hours and thirty minutes. The game finally began after a long delay, courtesy a commendable effort from the ground staff which readied the ground following multiple spells of heavy rain. RCB skipper Virat Kohli (25 off 7) was on fire from ball one, depositing pacer Varun Aaron for a straight six. The loyal fans of the hosts, who stayed back for hours in the hope of a game, managed to get their money's worth with Kohli smashing Aaron for another six before AB de Villiers (10 off 4) got into the act as the first over went for 23 runs. However, Gopal brought Royals right back into the game in the following over by removing Kohli and de Villiers off successive balls before sending back Marcus Stoinis for a memorable hat-trick. With the following batsmen going for the big hits from the word go, RCB did manage to cross the 50-run mark. Royals pacer Oshane Thomas too made instant impact by taking two wickets in one over. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/01/gopal-takes-hat-trick-rcb-knocked-out-ipl.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/05/01/gopal-takes-hat-trick-rcb-knocked-out-ipl.html Wed, 01 May 2019 01:27:37 GMT CSK look to be back on top against Delhi Capitals Chennai: Their net run-rate slipping into negative after a defeat against Mumbai Indians, defending champions Chennai Super Kings will be keen to get back to No. 1 spot when they take on current table-toppers Delhi Capitals in an IPL match here on Wednesday. An interesting contest is on the cards between two current top teams and a win for either side will help it consolidate its position and ultimately could have a bearing on where it finishes in the final standings. Mahendra Singh Dhoni-less CSK went down rather tamely to Mumbai Indians in their last game, which saw their net run-rate falling. Now with just two games left in the league stage, CSK will look to roar back with victories to seal a spot in the top two and get the home comfort in Qualifier 1. Without his inspiring presence, CSK's batting collapsed against MI and they lost the game by 46 runs to surrender their position at the top of the points table to Delhi. With 16 points from 12 games, CSK will be hoping that their talismanic captain recovers from the bout of fever, which forced him to sit out the MI fixture, and be ready to feature in the last home match of the league phase. Also, the home team will be expecting influential all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja to be back in the mix too. Delhi Capitals, on the other hand, would be high on confidence having posted four wins in their last five matches. Young Shreyas Iyer has done a good job of leading the team, which also has 16 points from 12 games, and has scored important runs. He will be keen to put on some valuable runs on board against the formidable CSK and would also expect Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant to find ways to score on a sluggish Chepauk track. It will be fascinating to see how the league's top wicket-taker Kagiso Rabada does on CSK's home turf, traditionally known to offer help to slow bowlers. The spin-heavy CSK led by Imran Tahir and Harbhajan Singh could prove quite a handful for Dhawan & Co. and how they cope with that would determine the game's outcome, as would the Delhi tweakers performance. Teams: Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (c& wk), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan (wk), Scott Kuggeleijn. Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (c), Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Ankush Bains, Chris Morris, Sherfane Rutherford, Jalaj Saxena, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Nathu Singh, Bandaru Ayyappa, Colin Munro, Manjot Kalra. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/30/csk-look-back-top-against-delhi-capitals.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/30/csk-look-back-top-against-delhi-capitals.html Tue, 30 Apr 2019 09:04:41 GMT IPL: Warner, Rashid star as Sunrisers humble KXIP Hyderabad: David Warner signed off his IPL 2019 campaign in style, notching up his eight fifty of the season to help Sunrisers Hyderabad take a step closer towards qualifying for the play-offs with a comfortable 45-run win over Kings XI Punjab here Monday. Playing his last match of season before heading home for World Cup preparations, Warner struck a belligerent 81 off 56 balls with seven fours and two sixes to complete his IPL 2019 campaign with 692 runs, the highest so far in the tournament. Chasing the imposing total, K L Rahul (79 off 56, 4x4s, 5x6s) made a valiant effort with the bat but lacked support from the other end as Kings XI were restricted to 167 for eight. By virtue of this win, Sunrisers have consolidated their fourth position in the table with 12 points from 12 games, while Kings XI are at 10 points from as many matches. Both the teams have two more matches to go with Kings XI still in the hunt. Kings XI needed a brisk start but they didn't get one, losing explosive Chris Gayle early. Gayle departed in the first ball of the third over, brilliantly caught by Manish Pandey off Khaleel Ahmed (3/40) with Kings XI scoreboard reading 11. Thereafter, Rahul and Mayank Agarwal (27 off 18) added 60 off 39 balls to take Kings XI forward. But just when the partnership was looking threatening, Agarwal was holed by Vijay Shankar off Rashid Khan (3/21) in the ninth over. New man in Nicholas Pooran (21 off 10) played a short breezy knock before Bhuvneshwar Kumar took a beautiful catch at long-leg boundary off Ahmed to sent packing the batsman. Rashid then came to the party and picked up two wickets -- David Miller (11 off 11) and skipper Ravichandran Ashwin -- in consecutive balls in the 13th over to stand in chance of registering a hat-trick which didn't materialise. From there on, the asking was tall for Rahul and debutant Prabhsimran Singh (16) and the former finally perished in the 19th over after a beautiful knock to shut the doors for Kings XI. Earlier, Warner and Wriddhiman Saha (28 off 13) got Sunrisers off to a brisk start after being sent into bat. The duo took the Kings XI bowlers to the cleaners to pile up 77 runs of the first six overs of powerplay. Warner made his intentions clear from the onset, hitting young Arshdeep Singh for two boundaries in the opening over and then followed it up with a six over long-off in Mujeeb Ur Rahman's next over. Mujeeb was in for some treatment as Warner hit two more boundaries in the spinner's next over and then Saha also found the fence to bring up Sunrisers' fifty in the fourth over. Saha then went after Mohammed Shami (2/36) and hit the pacer for a boundary and six off consecutive balls. Saha's innings came to an end when he under-edged a Murugan Ashwin delivery to debutant Prabhsimran Singh behind the stumps. Saha shared 78 runs off 6.2 overs with Warner for the opening stand. Warner continued in the same vein and notched up his eight fifty of the season with a boundary off Shami in the 12th over. Then came in in-form Manish Pandey (36 off 25) and he too played a quick knock in Warner's company. Pandey, who struck three fours and a six, added 82 off 55 balls along with Warner before Kings XI skipper Ravichandran Ashwin (2/20) struck twin blows in the 16th over to remove both the set batsmen. First Ashwin accounted for Pandey and then two balls later dismissed Warner, caught by Mujeeb at point of what was a tired-looking shot. Then skipper Kane Williamson (14 off 7) and Mohammad Nabi (20 off 10) also played short cameos towards the end. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/29/ipl-sunrisers-hyderabad-kings-xi-punjab-srh-kxip-2019.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/29/ipl-sunrisers-hyderabad-kings-xi-punjab-srh-kxip-2019.html Mon, 29 Apr 2019 18:48:58 GMT Rohit Sharma fined for hitting stumps after being given out Kolkata: Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has been fined 15 per cent of his match fees for breach of code of conduct during a match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), here. Rohit, after being adjudged LBW during the second innings on Sunday when his side was chasing a massive 233 against KKR at the Eden Gardens, hit the stumps with his bat. The incident happened in the fourth over of the second innings when Rohit, who had given his side a good start smashing three boundaries early on, was given out to an attempted hoick that he missed off Harry Gurney. Replays showed that the ball was just clipping leg stump as the Mumbai Indians skipper reviewed the decision. Rohit was displeased with the decision and after having a couple of words with the umpire, he hit the stumps with his bat. During the hearing with the match referee after the game, Rohit accepted the sanction. In the end, Mumbai lost the match by 34 runs, despite a blistering knock from Hardik Pandya who scored 91 off just 34 deliveries. The Mumbai-based franchise have 14 points from 12 games and are sitting at the third spot. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/29/rohit-sharma-fined-hitting-stumps-given-out.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/29/rohit-sharma-fined-hitting-stumps-given-out.html Mon, 29 Apr 2019 16:18:49 GMT Playoff berth at stake for Royals against RCB Bengaluru: Having won their last two fixtures in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), Rajasthan Royals will be hoping for another win and keep their slim chances of making it to the playoffs alive when they take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, here on Tuesday. With 10 points from 12 games, Rajasthan are currently languishing at the second last spot in the points table. They would be hoping to continue their winning streak after securing victories in their last two matches against Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad. After Tuesday's game, skipper Steve Smith would be leaving for Australia to join the national camp ahead of the upcoming World Cup. And thus, he would be desperate to end his IPL 2019 campaign on a winning note. On the other hand, RCB are now out of the contention of making it to the playoffs after losing to table toppers Delhi Capitals in their last game. RCB captain Virat Kohli has already insisted that they would like to remain positive in the remaining two matches and would be playing a positive brand of cricket. "The important thing now, with two games left, is to go out there and have fun. Not take too much pressure. Obviously we want to perform as best as we can, but the fun factor should not go away," Kohli said after the Delhi game. "We put ourselves under too much pressure in the first six games and then it is always hard work in the latter half. We have to go out there and play positive cricket. Once the last two games are done, sit down and see where the tournament goes," he added. Squads Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel (wk), AB de Villiers, Tim Southee, Virat Kohli (c), Umesh Yadav, Moeen Ali, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Pawan Negi, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Akshdeep Nath, Milind Kumar, Marcus Stoinis, Navdeep Saini, Shimron Hetmyer, Heinrich Klaasen, Himmat Singh, Mohammed Siraj, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Kulwant Khejroliya, Devdutt Padikkal, Prayas Barman Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane , Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Steven Smith (c), Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, Sanju Samson (wk), Manan Vohra, Prashant Chopra, Ashton Turner, Ish Sodhi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Gopal, Liam Livingstone, Shashank Singh, Mahipal Lomror, Shubham Ranjane, Oshane Thomas, Riyan Parag, Aryaman Birla, Sudhesan Midhun https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/29/playoff-berth-stake-royals-against-rcb.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/29/playoff-berth-stake-royals-against-rcb.html Mon, 29 Apr 2019 10:51:50 GMT IPL: Russell muscles KKR out of losses Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) kept their playoff hopes alive with a 34-run win over old nemesis Mumbai Indians (MI) despite Hardik Pandya's fireworks in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday. Put into bat, KKR rode on Andre Russell's 40-ball 80 not out and half-centuries by Shubman Gill (76; 45 balls, 4x6, 6x4) and Chris Lynn (54; 29 balls, 4x8, 6x2) to post 232/2, this season's highest total. In reply, Hardik Pandya was the sole shining light for MI with a swashbuckling 91 off 34 balls (4x6, 6x9), his highest score in this format, as Mumbai managed 198/7 in 20 overs. The visitors, who had not lost to KKR in their last eight meetings, were reduced to 58/4 inside nine overs with Quinton de Kock (0), Rohit Sharma (12), Evin Lewis and Surya Kumar Yadav (26) back in the hut. Pandya then put on a show to bring up his fastest fifty off just 17 deliveries. The 25-year old World Cup bound all-rounder stitched a 63-run stand off 30 balls with Keiron Pollard (20) for the fifth wicket and then added another 64 runs in quick time with brother Krunal (24) before holing out to Russell at wide long-on off Harry Gurney. For the home team, Russell was the pick of the bowlers returning figures of 2/25. Sunil Narine (2/44) and Harry Gurney (2/37) also picked up two wickets apiece. This was KKR's first win over Mumbai since April 8, 2015, a result which kept Rohit and Co. waiting for a place in the playoffs with two games remaining. Needing a victory to even dream of a berth in the playoffs, KKR were off to a flying start riding on Lynn and Gill's 96-run opening stand which came off 57 balls. Gill's chanceless knock was also his highest T20 score. After Lynn's dismissal in the 10th over, Russell made the most of a reprieve -- he was dropped on 1 by Evin Lewis -- to remain unbeaten and blast his highest score this season with the help of six fours and eight sixes, including one off the last ball of the innings. Russell shared a 62-run stand for the second wicket with Gill off 35 balls and then combined with skipper Karthik (15 not out) for an unbroken 74-run partnership which came off just 29 deliveries. In the last three overs, Russell made mincemeat of Mumbai's famed bowlers Hardik, Jasrpit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga, taking 20, 15 and 20 runs off them, respectively, as the hosts plundered 55 runs in that period. KKR were in business from the word go with Gill taking Barinder Sran for 14 runs in the first over of the innings, carting him for two fours and a six. Lynn - who was dropped on 18 by Keiron Pollard -- took time to get in, scoring two runs off the first seven balls before switching gears. The Australian hit a boundary in every over after that before notching up his fourth fifty of the season in 28 balls. Leg-spinner Rahul Chahar finally broke the partnership as Lynn holed out to Evin Lewis running in from deep mid-wicket in the 10th over as the KKR scoreboard read 97/1 at the halfway stage. In came Russell, and for a while the Caribbean powerhouse played second fiddle to Gill, who was in full flow as he brought up his second fifty of the season off 32 balls. Russell smashed his first six in the 13th ball of his innings, hitting Chahar for two back-to-back maximums in the 14th over. Gill was removed by Hardik in the 16th over, with Lewis taking his catch at deep mid-wicket. The damage was half done by then and with Russell soon breaking free, the Mumbai bowlers were taken to the cleaners as the hosts went on to pile up a mammoth total. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/28/ipl-kolkata-knight-riders-mumbai-indians-kkr-mi-2019.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/28/ipl-kolkata-knight-riders-mumbai-indians-kkr-mi-2019.html Sun, 28 Apr 2019 19:13:19 GMT IPL: Delhi down RCB to reach playoffs New Delhi: Delhi Capitals (DC) moved atop the IPL points tally and sealed their place in the playoffs after a clinical effort saw them register a comprehensive 16-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCCB) at the Feroz Shah Kotla here on Sunday. Chasing DC's total of 187/5, RCB managed to score 171/7 as the Delhi boys recorded their eighth win to take their tally to 16 points from 12 games. RCB are all but out of the tournament after suffering their eighth defeat of the season. RCB started the run chase beautifully with Parthiv Patel tearing into the DC attack and skipper Virat Kohli looking happy to play the second fiddle. But just when it looked like RCB would run away with the game, Kagiso Rabada sent back Parthiv (39; 31 balls, 4x7, 6x1), caught brilliantly by Axar Patel. The score read 63/1 after 5.5 overs. AB de Villiers then joined Kohli and the two looked to settle down, thanks to the brisk start given by Parthiv. But Kohli (23) ended up hitting a half tracker from Axar straight to Sherfane Rutherford at deep mid-wicket. The score read 68/2 in the 8th over. De Villiers (17) too failed to convert his start as Axar took a brilliant catch at deep mid-wicket off Rutherford. Shivam Dube (24) too was dismissed against the run of play as DC clawed their way back into the game. With 52 needed off the last four overs, the RCB batsmen just didn't have the firepower to take their team home. While Ishant Sharma gave away just four runs off the 19th over, 9 runs came off the last over bowled by Rabada. Earlier, winning the toss and batting first, Delhi rode on fifties by Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer to post a challenging 187/5 in their 20 overs. The hosts finished on a high, amassing 60 runs in the last five overs. While Dhawan and Iyer put on 68 runs for the second wicket, Sherfane Rutherford (28*) and Axar Patel (16*) finished well as the RCB bowlers failed to drive home the initiative even after sending back the established batsmen in the middle order cheaply. Delhi started well even though they lost Prithvi Shaw (18 off 10) as Umesh Yadav had him caught behind by Parthiv Patel. With the score reading 35/1 in the fourth over, skipper Iyer joined Dhawan in the middle. With Dhawan already looking in fine flow, Iyer looked to settle down quickly as the two tried to make the most of the powerplay overs. They ended the first six overs with the score reading 59/1. The RCB bowlers looked more than content to play the waiting game rather than forcing the issue, as they waited for the DC batsmen to make a mistake. But there was no stopping Dhawan who registered his fifth half-century of the season. However, just when it looked like the duo would take the game away, Dhawan was dismissed by Yuzvendra Chahal, caught by Washington Sundar at short fine-leg for a 37-ball 50 (4x5, 6x2). The score read 103/2 in 12.2 overs. With the stage set for a flourish at the death, Rishabh Pant walked in to join his captain in the middle. But the swashbuckling batsman failed to get going as Chahal caught him plumb in front for seven. Iyer (52; 37 balls, 4x2, 6x3) too perished after reaching his fifty, as Sundar had him caught by RCB skipper Virat Kohli. The three-over span between the 13th and the 16th over saw Delhi lose the plot as they lost two quick wickets, helping RCB crawl their way back into the game. Even though Colin Ingram and Rutherford looked to attack the RCB bowlers, the visitors had by now adjusted to the slow and low Kotla track as Navdeep Saini sent back Ingram (11), caught by Sundar. The score read 141/5 in the 17th over. After that it was the Rutherford and Axar show. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/28/ipl-delhi-capitals-royal-challengers-bangalore-dc-rcb-2019.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/28/ipl-delhi-capitals-royal-challengers-bangalore-dc-rcb-2019.html Sun, 28 Apr 2019 18:40:32 GMT Receive no monetary benefit from Mumbai Indians: Tendulkar writes to ombudsman New Delhi: Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has categorically refuted all allegations of conflict of interest levelled against him as he claimed to have neither "received any compensation" nor holding any decision making role in the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians. Tendulkar on Sunday filed a 14-point written response to a notice sent by ombudsman-cum-ethics-officer Justice (Retd) D K Jain. It was with regards to a conflict of interest complaint filed by Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) member Sanjeev Gupta. As per the complainant, Tendulkar and Laxman are allegedly performing dual roles, first of a "support staff" in their respective IPL franchises Mumbai Indians (MI) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), and second as members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). "At the outset, the Noticee (Tendulkar) denies the contents of the Complaint in totality (except the statements specifically admitted herein). No part of the Complaint should be deemed to be admitted by the Noticee for lack of specific denials," Tendulkar wrote in his response which is in possession of PTI. Since Gupta's complaints harped specifically on Tendulkar's role in the MI, the iconic cricketer in his response have made a full disclosure of his role in the franchise. "The Noticee (Tendulkar) has received no pecuniary benefit/ compensation from the Mumbai Indians IPL Franchise in his capacity as the Mumbai Indians 'ICON' since his retirement, and is certainly not employed with the Franchise in any capacity. "He does not occupy any position, nor has he taken any decision (including selection of team players) which could qualify as being in governance or management of the Franchise. Accordingly, there is no conflict of interest, either under the BCCI Rules or otherwise," world's leading run-getter further explained. As far as his role in the CAC is concerned, Tendulkar mentioned that he was appointed as a member of the BCCI committee in 2015, which was only years after his involvement with the MI. "The Noticee was appointed to the panel of the Cricket Advisory Committee ("CAC") in the year 2015. The Hon'ble Ethics Officer will appreciate that the Noticee was named as the 'ICON' for Mumbai Indians much prior to his empanelment with the CAC - which fact has always been in the public domain. "Accordingly, the BCCI aware of the Noticee's association with the Mumbai Indians Franchise at the time of his appointment to the CAC." Tendulkar, in his disclosure, further makes it clear that the role of an icon -- the one he is performing right now in the IPL franchise team -- in no way is a position either in the management or the governance of the franchise. "The Complaint wrongly assumes that the Noticee's association with the Mumbai Indians IPL Franchise (Franchise) is in the capacity of "governance", "management" or "employment" - thereby attracting a conflict under Rule 38 (4). "His role is limited to providing guidance to the Franchise team by sharing his insights, learnings and working closely with the younger members in the team to help them realise their true potential." On his reply to Gupta's question of him sitting in the team's 'dugout' -- place specified for players and support staff only -- he termed the allegation as "absurd". "A mentor cannot be qualified as "management" of the Franchise. If the Complainant's absurd logic were to be applied, a physiotherapist, trainer or a masseur would also be qualified as "management" of the Franchise," Tendulkar responded, making it clear that he is answerable to none of the support staff. "It is also pertinent to note that the Mumbai Indians team has a head coach, who works side by side with coaches for specific disciplines such as bowling, batting etc. in ultimate coordination with the Director of Cricket Operations - none of whom the Noticee is answerable to or vice versa since his role is limited to that of providing guidance and motivation to the team." Also, in case of the ombudsman willing to "continue proceedings", Tendulkar has requested for a "personal hearing along with his legal representatives." https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/28/sachin-tendulkar-bcci-ombudsman-conflict-of-interest-mumbai-indians.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/28/sachin-tendulkar-bcci-ombudsman-conflict-of-interest-mumbai-indians.html Sun, 28 Apr 2019 11:39:27 GMT Sunrisers, KXIP aim for victory in Hyderabad Hyderabad: David Warner will be aiming to finish his scintillating campaign on a high even as Sunrisers Hyderabad's brittle middle-order face a tricky test against Kings XI Punjab in a 12th round IPL encounter here Monday. With both teams locked on 10 points from 11 games, a win will give either some breathing space ahead of their final two matches. For Hyderabad, KXIP encounter is the last game where they can avail the services of Warner before he leaves home for Australia's World Cup preparations alongside Steven Smith and Marcus Stoinis. Since his comeback from ball tampering ban, Warner has scored 611 runs in the tournament so far and is the current 'Orange Cap' holder. With IPL's second highest scorer Jonny Bairstow (445) already back home, Sunrisers' will face the problem in the last two games as they will miss their set opening pair. In all the five games that they have won this season, Warner-Bairstow combination worked wonders, and their defeats had been much about middle-order collapses and poor death bowling. Kings XI Punjab led by their mercurial skipper Ravichandran Ashwin will be aiming to be more consistent in winning key moments of the game. Ashwin and the wily Mohammed Shami will like to pose a few tough questions for the Sunrisers middle-order, where save Manish Pandey's odd knock, has been at their worst in the tournament. Sunrisers' skipper Kane Williamson, who has been out in most games due to injury, will like to get the best out of Warner, one last time this season which will be like a shot in the arm as far as their qualification is concerned. Just like Sunrisers, even Kings XI Punjab's batting top heavy which has been reflected in their performance through out the season. Openers Chris Gayle (444 runs) and KL Rahul (441 runs) have done bulk of the scoring apart from Mayank Agarwal (262), who has come good occasionally. David Miller (202 in nine games) and Sarfaraz Khan (180 in eight games) got their chances but didn't perform in most games making it extremely difficult for Ashwin. However the skipper will feel good about young Nicholas Pooran's show in the last game against RCB, where he kept the team in the hunt at the back end of the innings. Teams: Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (c), Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shreevats Goswami, Khaleel Ahmed, Yusuf Pathan, Billy Stanlake, David Warner, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Shakib Al Hasan, Wriddhiman Saha, Martin Guptill, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem. Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Karun Nair, Moises Henriques, Varun Chakravarthi, Harpreet Brar, Simran Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Hardus Viljoen, Ankit Rajpoot, Arshdeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/28/sunrisers-kxip-aim-victory-hyderabad.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/28/sunrisers-kxip-aim-victory-hyderabad.html Sun, 28 Apr 2019 10:58:29 GMT IPL: Livingstone, Sanju steer RR home Jaipur: Rajasthan Royals defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets to end their home campaign on a winning note and theoretically keep alive their play-off chances in the ongoing Indian Premier League here Saturday. Opting to bowl in a must-win match, Rajasthan first restricted Sunrisers to 160 for eight and then chased down the target in 19.1 overs. By virtue of this win, Rajasthan have now moved to the sixth position in the eight-team standings with 10 points from 12 games. But to stay in contention for a play-off berth, Rajasthan first must win their remaining two away games against Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 30 and Delhi Capitals on May 4 and then hope for favourable results from other matches. Despite the loss, Sunrisers have just managed to hold to their fourth place in the table with 10 points from 11 games. Chasing 161, Liam Livingstone (44 off 26) and Ajinkya Rahane (39 off 34) got Rajasthan off to a flying start with the former taking the attack to the opposition. The duo raced off to 78 off 55 balls for the opening wicket, picking up 60 runs off the first six powerplay overs before Livingstone perished. Livingstone was in a murderous mood as he didn't spare single Rajasthan bowler and struck four boundaries and three sixes during his explosive knock before departing in the 10th over, edging one to Wriddhiman Saha behind the stumps off Rashid Khan's (1/30) bowling. An over later Rajasthan suffered yet another blow in the form of Rahane, caught by David Warner at long-off off Shakib Al Hasan (1/26). Then Sanju Samson (48 not out off 32) and skipper Steve Smith (22) held fort and shared 55 runs in 5.3 overs to take Rajasthan within sniffing distance of win before the latter departed. But by that time the damage had already been done for Sunrisers as Samson and Ashton Turner completed the formalities with ease. Earlier, Manish Pandey hit a quick half-century before Sunrisers witnessed a middle-order collapse to be restricted to 160 for eight. Sent into bat, Sunrisers got off too a good start even after the early dismissal of skipper Kane Williamson (13) with Warner and Manish Pandey sharing 75 runs off just 50 balls for the second wicket before losing the plot after the halfway stage. Nicely placed 103 for one after 12 overs, Sunrisers lost their next seven wickets for just 44 runs before Rashid (17 not out off 8) played a short cameo towards the end to take the visitors to the 160-run mark. Sunrisers lost Williamson early, cleaned up by Shreyas Gopal (2/30) with a googly in the fourth over. Warner and Pandey then joined hands and played aggressively to stabilise the Sunrisers innings. While Pandey was the aggressor of the two, Warner played the second fiddle. Pandey reached his fifty in 27 balls with the help of eight fours but just when the partnership was looking threatening, a brilliant catch by Smith sent Warner packing. Warner backed away a long way and tried to slap an Oshane Thomas (2/28) short delivery over extra cover but didn't time the shot perfectly and Smith ran back and dived full length to his right to hold on to a beautiful catch. Warner's innings was a struggle as he scored 37 off 32 balls but failed to hit a single boundary. Pandey continued his aggressive instinct and lofted Gopal over extra cover for an exquisite boundary. But the leg-spinner hand the last laugh as he dismissed Pandey in the very next ball, brilliantly caught by Samson as Sunrsiers slumped to 121 for three after 15 overs. Pandey made a fine 61 off 36 balls with the help of nine boundaries. Vijay Shankar (8) too perished cheaply, caught by Jaydev Unadkat off Varun Aaron (2/36) in the next over as the batsman went for a big shot. Wickets kept on tumbling for Sunrisers after a fine first wicket stand between Warner and Pandey. The next to depart was Deepak Hooda for a duck caught one-handed off his own bowling by Unadkat (2/26) in the next over. But Rashid took the onus on himself and garnered 18 runs off Aaron's final over to take Sunrisers to a respectable total. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/27/ipl-rajasthan-royals-sunrisers-hyderabad-rr-srh-2019.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/27/ipl-rajasthan-royals-sunrisers-hyderabad-rr-srh-2019.html Sat, 27 Apr 2019 19:08:08 GMT Mumbai hot favourites against battered KKR Kolkata: With an enviable head-to-head record to back them, in-form Mumbai Indians will look to cement their place in the playoffs by knocking Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) out of the competition when the two sides meet in an Indian Premier League (IPL) fixture at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday. Mumbai are placed second in the table with 14 points from 11 games. Their comprehensive 46-run victory over table-toppers Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Friday night, helped them inch closer to a last-four berth with three matches remaining. Incidentally, Mumbai will play KKR twice in the space of one week. The Rohit Sharma-led side have been KKR's nemesis ever since the tournament began, racking up a mammoth 18 wins to KKR's five in 23 meetings. While Mumbai have been in good form with skipper Rohit also finding his touch against MS Dhoni-less CSK with a match-winning 67, it has fallen apart for KKR. Dinesh Karthik's men lost six games in a row and are all but out of a playoff reckoning. A defeat on the morrow would ensure their early exit. Karthik played a lone hand in their three-wicket loss to Rajasthan Royals here on Thursday with a career-best 97. KKR were on course to register a much-needed triumph when 17-year old Riyan Parag and Jofra Archer combined for a 44-run stand to take the game away from them. KKR's poor pace bowling effort once again came to the fore as none of the pacers helped spinners Sunil Narine (2/25) and Piyush Chawla (3/20) who accounted for five wickets together and kept the run flow in check. The decision to once again leave World Cup bound star India chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav also raised eyebrows as KKR stuck to pacer Prithvi Raj who, in the end, bowled just two overs going for 28 runs. Harry Gurney was also left out for all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite who failed with both bat and ball. Karthik silenced his critics with an excellent knock but failed to inspire his team to a win, further putting pressure on him as captain. For the battered hosts, it won't be any better going by form and past record against Mumbai. The three-time champions have so far played as a team and the likes of Quinton de Kock, Hardik Pandya, Keiron Pollard, Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah have all been in good form. At Eden, Mumbai have won seven times out of a possible nine. Squads: Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (c), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Joe Denly, Lockie Ferguson, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Harry Gurnley, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, KC Cariappa, Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Shrikant Mundhe, Nikhil Naik, Anrich Nortje, Prithvi Raj, Prasidh Krishna. Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jason Behrendorff, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Ankul Roy, Evin Lewis, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Jayant Yadav, Beuran Hendricks. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/27/mumbai-hot-favourites-against-battered-kkr.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/27/mumbai-hot-favourites-against-battered-kkr.html Sat, 27 Apr 2019 15:41:51 GMT Delhi Capitals have the edge against RCB New Delhi: Having finally broken the voodoo at home, an upbeat Delhi Capitals (DC) take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Sunday. DC and RCB have both been on a winning streak in recent times, but the home team finally managing to adapt to the wickets at the Kotla gives them a slight edge. While DC have won their last two games against Kings XI Punjab at home and against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur, RCB have won four out of their last five games. In fact, in their last game against KXIP, they were 81/4 at one stage before making a brilliant comeback through A B de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis. The spirit is high in the RCB camp. RCB captain Virat Kohli has grown up playing at the Kotla and he will definitely share his knowledge with the rest of the team. In the bowling department as well, there is coach Ashish Nehra who knows exactly the areas to focus on and how to use the variety balls to fox opposition batsmen on the low and slow Kotla wicket. Delhi will be hoping that their strokemakers at the top of the line-up show some restrain and don't try to hit every ball out of the park. Opener Shikhar Dhawan has been brilliant and has ensured that he makes full use of the powerplay overs. On the other hand, someone like Rishabh Pant has also mixed caution with aggression to guide the batting in the middle overs before unleashing himself on the opposition bowlers at the death. Bowling is a bit of a worry for both the teams. While Kagiso Rabada has been exceptional for DC through the tournament, the same cannot be said of the other bowlers in the team. Sandeep Lamichhane though did impress in the last game against KXIP. DC will need all the bowlers to come together and perform in unison if they are to stop the RCB batting which has started to find form in recent times. Kohli has already made it clear that the boys are looking to enjoy themselves after six consecutive losses this season and will express themselves freely on the pitch. DC on the other hand have 14 points from 11 games and look good to be qualifying for the play-offs. Squads: Delhi Capitals: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram, Chris Morris, Sherfane Rutherford, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Colin Munro, Ankush Bains, Jagadeesha Suchith, Manjot Kalra, Keemo Paul, Jalaj Saxena, Rahul Tewatia, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Nathu Singh, Bandaru Ayyappa, Sandeep Lamichhane Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, A B de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Akshdeep Nath, Moeen Ali, Washington Sundar, Tim Southee, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Kulwant Khejroliya, Shivam Dube, Heinrich Klaasen, Himmat Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Prayas Barman, Dale Steyn, Pawan Negi. Match starts at 4 pm https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/27/delhi-capitals-royal-challengers-bangalore-kotla.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/27/delhi-capitals-royal-challengers-bangalore-kotla.html Sat, 27 Apr 2019 10:08:15 GMT Dhoni was sorely missed, says CSK coach Fleming Chennai: The absence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's "comforting" presence in the middle was a void Chennai Super Kings found too difficult to fill, coach Stephen Fleming said after a rare loss in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). Hosts CSK lost by 46 runs to Mumbai Indians in their return-leg encounter, which Dhoni missed due to fever. "Yeah sure, think you know the answer to that. Dhoni is a great leader and a great player. He's been a constant for us for so many years. You just get into the rhythm while having him there. When you take a leader like that out, there are going to be some holes to fill. It's not that we're not trying to fill it. It's just that the hole is quite big," Fleming said on Friday. "It takes a mammoth effort to lift the team when you have one of your best players unavailable." When CSK played without Dhoni for the first time in IPL 2019, they suffered a six-wicket thrashing by Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 17. The team's showings have been below-par in the two matches Dhoni could not play. "The two games we played when we lost Dhoni, the performances have been well below par. There is comfort when he is there, but he didn't bat in the last game. I think the players are good enough and have experience and that's the key when we have situations which don't go our way." the former New Zealand captain said. Fleming felt loss of wickets at regular intervals and failure to put together partnerships led to the team's downfall. "Look batting-wise we lost wickets consistently throughout so the pitch had enough in it to create problems if you were losing wickets. The partnership up front with Rohit (Sharma) and (Evin) Lewis was quite important. "If we would have kept taking wickets, it might be 135-140, we felt it was tough to drag it to 155, but we needed good partnerships at the top to minimise the effect of their spinners but we didn't get that and it wasn't our day really, a lot of things didn't go our way, we didn't create enough to make them go our way" he added. Fleming said he was concerned with repetitive mistakes committed this season and hoped for a team performance in the remaining games. "If we do have situations that don't go our way, we should have the experience of dealing with it; which we haven't at the moment. I think what concerns me is repetitive mistakes we made many times this season. The fact that we are still at the top of the table is a testament to bowlers and individual performances. "We don't want to wait until it's too late, we have two games left, and hopefully, the finals. We should be able to pull off a team performance", he added. Fleming spoke about the consistency in selection and how Murali Vijay, who has been on the fringes, had an opportunity to win the game for the team on Friday night. "The consistency in the selection has given us fruits, Watson (in the last match) was a good example of that. Vijay has been on the fringe throughout the tournament, he's trained well, today was an opportunity for him, he batted well but he also had a chance to win the game for the team. "We will back our international players as much as we can, but you'll have to earn your place in this team," he added. Mumbai leg-spinner Rahul Chahar, who bowled well but was not among wickets, said losing the toss was good for his team. He said the team's bowling coach Shane Bond and mentor Zaheer Khan had always trusted his abilities and helped him out at the practice sessions. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/27/ms-dhoni-stephen-fleming-chennai-super-kings.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/27/ms-dhoni-stephen-fleming-chennai-super-kings.html Sat, 27 Apr 2019 06:02:36 GMT IPL: Rohit hits fifty as all-round Mumbai beat CSK Chennai: Skipper Rohit Sharma hit his maiden half-century of the season as Mumbai Indians produced an all-round effort to register a convincing 46-run win over defending champions Chennai Super Kings in an IPL match here Friday. MI's win Friday ended CSK's winning streak of five games at home this season. The Rohit-led MI, a three-time champion, came up with an all-round performance to silence the Lions at its own den. Rohit top-scored with 67 from 48 balls with the help of six fours and three sixes to help MI post 155 for four on a slow and turning Chepauk surface after being sent into bat. And then MI bowlers led by Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga (4/37) bundled out CSK for 109 in 17.4 overs, the defending champions' lowest total at home. Besides Malinga, Krunal Pandya (2 for 7 in 3 overs) and Jasprit Bumrah (2 for 10 in 3 overs) did the damage. By virtue of this win, MI has jumped to the second spot in the table with 14 points from 11 games. Despite the loss, CSK still lead the chart with 16 points from 12 matches. Defending the total, MI spinners appeared to return the compliment after CSK tweakers had done a superb job in restricting the visiting team's batsmen. Murali Vijay (38 off 35 balls, 3x4s, 1x6) was the top-scorer for CSK before being caught smartly by Suryakumar Yadav off Bumrah. Dwayne Bravo (20) and Mitchell Santner (22) were the only other batsmen of the home team to reach double figures. Shane Watson, who hammered the SRH attack into submission in last Tuesday's game, hit Malinga for two fours but clipped a poor delivery from the Sri Lankan straight into the hands of Rahul Chahar at short fine-leg. He fell for eight in the first over to leave CSK at nine for one. Skipper Suresh Raina didn't look comfortable during his brief stay, before skying one to Suryakumar off Hardik Pandya for just two. Ambati Rayudu, who has found runs hard to come by this season, endured another failure. He was castled by Krunal Pandya for a duck with a delivery that came in with the arm as CSK slipped into further trouble. Kedar Jadhav's poor form continued as he too was castled by Krunal Pandya. Earlier, Rohit struck his first half-century of the ongoing IPL before CSK bowlers fought back brilliantly to restrict MI to 155 for four. Rohit top-scored for MI but it was Kiwi left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner who starred with the ball for CSK with brilliant figures of 2 for 13 from his four overs. Sent in to bat by stand-in captain Raina after Mahendra Singh Dhoni was ruled out of the match due to fever, MI couldn't capitalise on a good start, faltering against some accurate bowling by the home team. From 103 for two in 13 overs, MI could only muster 52 runs in the final seven overs. The big-hitting Hardik Pandya (23 not out off 18 balls, 1x4, 1x6) and Kieron Pollard (13 off 12 balls, 2x4s) couldn't do much damage but still managed to get MI past the 150-run mark. Rohit led from the front with a typically elegant half-century, his first of the season, during which he hit some big sixes and looked in control for the most part. He was holed out to Vijay at long-on off Santner, who bowled a brilliant spell. Krunal Pandya, pushed up the order in a bid to speed up the scoring rate, fell for just one run, caught by Santner in the deep off Imran Tahir's bowling. West Indies power-hitter Evin Lewis (32 off 30 balls, 3x4s, 1X6) added 75 runs with Rohit for the second wicket and took the attack to the CSK bowlers. The fast improving Deepak Chahar got the first wicket for CSK in the form of dangerous Quinton de Kock (15 off 9 balls, 1x4, 1x6) with a slower ball. The South African's attempt to turn the ball to leg-side resulted in a top-edge which was taken by Rayudu, donning the big gloves in place of the indisposed Dhoni. Earlier, CSK won the toss and elected to field but were dealt a big blow ahead of the match with captain Dhoni missing out due to fever. Also, Faf du Plessis and Ravindra Jadeja missed out and Santner, Murali Vijay and Dhruv Shrorey came in. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/26/ipl-chennai-super-kings-mumbai-indians-csk-mi-2019.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/26/ipl-chennai-super-kings-mumbai-indians-csk-mi-2019.html Fri, 26 Apr 2019 18:40:46 GMT Royals eye win over SRH to keep play-off hopes alive Jaipur: After beating Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their own backyard, Rajasthan Royals will return home to keep alive their chances of making it to the play-offs of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) edition when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), here at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Saturday. Royals are currently placed seventh with eight points from 11 games and would take confidence from their three-wicket win at the Eden Gardens in their last encounter. However, they would be missing the likes of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer who have flown back to England to join the national side for the World Cup camp. On the other hand, SRH, placed fourth with five wins from 10 games, would want to leave behind the six-wicket win against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and return to winning ways. They would dearly miss Jonny Bairstow who has done the bulk of their scoring alongside David Warner. It is expected that New Zealand's Martin Guptill will be included in the playing XI. They would also be hoping for the return of their regular skipper Kane Williamson, who was sorely missed in their last game both as a batsman and captain. Squads: Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, Sanju Samson (wk), Manan Vohra, Prashant Chopra, Ashton Turner, Ish Sodhi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Gopal, Liam Livingstone, Shashank Singh, Mahipal Lomror, Shubham Ranjane, Oshane Thomas, Riyan Parag, Aryaman Birla, Sudhesan Midhun Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (capt), Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, David Warner, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, Sandeep Sharma, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi, Rashid Khan, K Khaleel Ahmed, Abhishek Sharma Match starts at 8 pm https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/26/rajasthan-royls-sunrisers-hyderabad-smith-warner.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/26/rajasthan-royls-sunrisers-hyderabad-smith-warner.html Fri, 26 Apr 2019 08:49:47 GMT Steve Smith to return home after RCB game Kolkata: Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith will leave the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) after his team's match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on April 30 and will join the Australian team for World Cup preparation. Smith revealed this after the game against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), which his side won by three wickets, at the Eden Gardens here on Thursday. Royals will also miss Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer in the remaining three group games as the England internationals will join their national side in the training camp for the upcoming World Cup slated to be held from May 30. "We lose a few players now. Jofra and Stokesy (Stokes) are off tonight, they go back to England now - two big holes to fill. I am here for 13 games. After the Bangalore one, I'll be heading back. Hopefully, I can contribute and see if we can get few more wins," said Smith in the post-match presentation ceremony. On Thursday, Royals secured their fourth win and kept their chances afloat of making it to the play-offs. Chasing 176, Royals rode on some matured and skillful batting from Riyan Parag, who kept his calm and composure to see his side cross the line. During the chase, the visitors were down in the dumps at 98/5 after 13 overs before 17-year old Parag -- who was dropped on a duck by Sunil Narine (2/25) off his own bowling -- came of age with a 31-ball 47 (5x4, 2x6). Archer also smacked a 12-ball 27 (2x4, 2x6) not out as Royals reached the target with four balls to spare. "We made it difficult for ourselves. We lost too many wickets in the middle section after a good start. Riyan Parag is an impressive young man. He played a very composed knock like a seasoned campaigner. There were great contributions from Gopal and Archer too," Smith said. "Varun Aaron was exceptional with the new ball," said Smith while praising Aaron who had a brilliant opening bust while ending with figures of (2/20). Royals, standing seventh in the points table, will now host Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Saturday. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/26/steve-smith-rajasthan-royals-rcb--world-cup.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/26/steve-smith-rajasthan-royals-rcb--world-cup.html Fri, 26 Apr 2019 07:07:15 GMT IPL: Parag, Archer lift Rajasthan to thrilling win Kolkata: Teenager Riyan Parag led a dramatic late fightback along with Jofra Archer as Rajasthan Royals recovered from a batting slump to snatch a thrilling three-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in a dramatic IPL match here Thursday. The 17-year-old Parag from Assam played without any fear in only his 14th T20 match to score a 31-ball 47 in a determined rearguard innings as the Royals chased down the target of 176 with four balls to spare. Parag, who hit five fours and two sixes, added 44 crucial runs with Archer - who remained not out on 27 off just 12 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes - for the seventh wicket from 3.3 overs to turn the match on its head after the Royals were reduced to 98 for 5 in the 13th over. The Royals needed 54 runs from the final five overs with just four lower order batsmen to come and the match was definitely for KKR's taking at that stage but the script changed altogether as the home side slumped to their sixth loss on the trot. Archer, who was playing his last IPL match of the season as he is leaving for England, hit a six to win the match as the Royals reached 177 for 7 in 19.2 overs. With the win, the Royals moved up one place to seventh with eight points from 11 matches, the same as KKR, who remained at sixth spot, from the same number of matches. Three teams - KKR, the Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore - now occupy the last three spots in the table with eight point each from 11 matches and all of them still have a theoretical chance of making it to the play-offs, provided they do not lose any of their remaining three matches. The Royals made a flying start with openers Sanju Samson (22) and Ajinkya Rahane (34) scoring 53 off the first five overs but a sudden batting collapse saw then being reduced to 63 for 3 in the eighth over, losing three wickets in two overs for just 10 runs. Spinners Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla threaten to change the complexion of the game with a burst of two wicket apiece. Narine had Rahane LBW in the sixth over with a gem of delivery which turned a bit from the middle before Chawla got the wicket of Samson the next over with the googly finding the timber through the gate. Captain Steve Smith (2) was out in the eighth over with Narine getting him. The Royals were looking down the barrel with the match drifting towards KKR before Parag and Archer enacted a memorable run chase and a win. Earlier, under-fire skipper Dinesh Karthik silenced his critics with a career-best 97 not out as Kolkata Knight Riders recovered from an atrocious start to post a competitive 175 for six against Rajasthan Royals in their must-win IPL fixture here Thursday. Under pressure to perform after a string of five straight defeats, the World Cup-bound Karthik promoted himself to No. 4, shrugging off criticism, and smashed nine sixes and seven fours in his 50-ball unbeaten knock, as KKR hit top gear in the back end of the innings, scoring 126 from the last 10 overs and 75 off the last five overs. On a day their impact player Andre Russell looked lacklustre in his run-a-ball 14, in which he was dropped twice, it was a one-man show from Karthik who went berserk against the likes of Jaydev Unadkat and Shreyas Gopal. Karthik seized the momentum in the 11th over when he hit Shreyas Gopal for a six followed by three boundaries in an over that yielded 25 runs and KKR did not look back since then. Karthik completed his fifty from 35 balls and smashed Jofra Archer for successive sixes in the penultimate over before bettering his previous best of 86 when he went berserk against Unadkat by hitting him for two sixes and one four in the final over. Unadkat conceded 50 runs for his one wicket and was the most expensive of the lot as he undid all the good work done by Varun Aaron (2/20) who had a fine new ball spell of 3-1-10-2. Put in to bat, KKR got off to an atrocious start to be 32/2 in powerplay overs against an all out pace attack from Rajasthan Royals. Playing his only second match this season, Aaron extracted pace and swing from the fast-paced Eden track and removed both the openers Chris Lynn (0) and Shubman Gill (14) cheaply. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/25/ipl-kolkata-knight-riders-rajasthan-royals-kkr-rr-2019.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/25/ipl-kolkata-knight-riders-rajasthan-royals-kkr-rr-2019.html Thu, 25 Apr 2019 19:06:03 GMT CSK look to consolidate position at top against Mumbai Indians Chennai: They might have already reached the cut-off limit of 16 points needed for the play-offs, but Chennai Super Kings would like to consolidate their position at the top when they take on an inconsistent Mumbai Indians in an IPL match here on Friday. The MS Dhoni-led side roared back to form after two losses, with a six-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad here on Tuesday night, riding on Shane Watson's big hitting. Come Friday, the hosts would be looking to continue the momentum. The visitors, currently in third spot with 12 points from 10 games, are coming off a defeat against Rajasthan Royals and will be keen to keep themselves in the hunt for the playoffs. While CSK's must have welcomed Watson's return to form, the team would be hoping for Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav to get going ahead of the knockout phase. It is important for Jadhav to get his touch back with the World Cup looming. The bowlers have played a big role in CSK's success so far, especially at home, on sluggish tracks. The much-improved Deepak Chahar will be key in the matches to come with his intelligent bowling at the start and at the death. Though Imran Tahir, who is the second highest wicket-taker with 16, went wicketless in the SRH match, the South African veteran will be expected to stymie the powerful Mumbai Indians batting line-up along with fellow spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Harbhajan Singh. Mumbai have had a roller coaster season so far and they now need to be at their best in the last lap of the preliminary phase. In Rohit Sharma, they have a shrewd captain who leads from the front, and a solid batting unit that includes Quinton de Kock, Kieron Pollard and the Pandya brothers -- Hardik & Krunal. Jasprit Bumrah & Co. will be wary of CSK's batting with Watson having found his mojo again and the ever-reliable Dhoni. An interesting battle looms between the two three-time champions. Teams: Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (c & wk), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan (wk), Scott Kuggeleijn. Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jason Behrendorff, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Ankul Roy, Evin Lewis, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Jayant Yadav, Beuran Hendricks. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/25/csk-look-consolidate-position-top-mumbai-indians.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/25/csk-look-consolidate-position-top-mumbai-indians.html Thu, 25 Apr 2019 10:55:35 GMT Brilliant Saini, stylish ABD star in RCB victory Bengaluru: Navdeep Saini's fabulous penultimate over kept Royal Challengers Bangalore afloat as they beat Kings XI Punjab by 17 runs in an Indian Premier League encounter here Wednesday. AB de Villiers' unbeaten 82 off 44 balls took RCB to a healthy 202 for 4 and things could have gone awry with young Nicholas Pooran (46 off 28 balls) hitting five sixes at the rear before Saini sealed it in the 19th over. Kings XI Punjab finished at 185 for 7 as RCB are now on eight points with three games left. Needing 30 off the last two, Saini (2/33), who is one of India's fastest bowlers produced a hostile over in which he removed the dangerous David Miller and Pooran but more importantly gave away only three runs. Saini bowled fast and into the body of the batsmen, who couldn't really get going and his aggression became the defining factor in the end. Defending 27 runs off the final over, Umesh Yadav (3/33) was better than the other night against CSK as he got a couple of wickets. With four wins in the last five games, RCB will hope to win the remaining three and expect a few favourable result to make it to the play-offs as rank outsiders. Kings XI Punjab started the chase in earnest as KL Rahul (42 off 27 balls) and Chris Gayle (23 off 10 balls) added 42 in less than four overs to set the ball rolling. Mayank Agarwal (35 off 21 balls) continued the flurry of fours during his 59-run stand with Rahul. Rahul and Mayank were out in quick succession before Pooran and David Miller (24) took charge with some lusty hitting added 68 off 8 overs as it boiled down to 30 off the final two overs. However both Saini and Umesh did well to get another two points for the RCB. Earlier, AB de Villiers' scintillating half century and a 121-run stand with Marcus Stoinis propelled Royal Challengers Bangalore to 202 for four after being put into bat. Sent into bat, De Villiers scored a brilliant unbeaten 82 off 44 balls with three fours and seven sixes, while Stoinis hammered 46 off 34 balls with two fours and three sixes. In the last two overs, both Stonis and De Villiers hamered 45 runs off Mohammad Shami and Hardus Viljoen. After reaching his 50 off 35 balls, De Villiers, smashed Shami for three sixes, plundering 18 runs in the penultimate over. In the last over, both Stoinis and De Villiers hammered 27 runs off Viljoen, which helped the hosts to race past 200 runs mark. Put into bat, opener Parthiv (43 off 24 balls) and Virat Kohli gave a rollicking start getting 35 runs on board in 18 balls but RCB captain was dismissed by Shami after he was caught by Mandeep Singh at extra cover. Parthiv then got into the act for RCB, hitting out of the park Shami for three boundaries and a six in sixth over, who conceded 18 runs in his third over. The left-hander also was severe on Ankit Rajpoot, hitting him for four boundaries and a six. The wicket-keeper batsman did not last long as he was caught by Ravinchandran Ashwin off Murugan Ashwin, after he had smashed seven 4s and two sixes. Looking good at 71 for 2 in 38 balls, RCB lost two quick wickets of Moeen Ali (4) and Akashdeep Nath (3), leaving RCB at the crossroads way 81 for 4. De Villiers brought up the fifty runs partnership for fifth wicket with Stionis with a mighty six over deep mid-wicket off Murugan. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/25/brilliant-saini-stylish-abd-star-in-rcb-victory.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/25/brilliant-saini-stylish-abd-star-in-rcb-victory.html Wed, 24 Apr 2019 18:35:33 GMT KKR seek change in fortunes against Royals Kolkata: His job safe for now, skipper Dinesh Karthik will be praying for a turnaround in the fortunes of a struggling Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), as they meet Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Thursday. KKR have suffered five defeats on the trot, exposing their over-reliance on Andre Russell, and Karthik has copped criticism for not promoting the big-hitting West Indian up the order. Chosen ahead of the young Rishabh Pant in the World Cup squad in a debatable decision, the Tamil Nadu veteran, who was KKR's leading run-getter last season, is struggling for runs with an average of 16.71 from nine outings. Facing a must-win situation ahead of the remaining four matches, head coach Jacques Kallis has backed the under-fire skipper to script a 2014-like turnaround when they won their second title with nine wins in a row. The frustration in the team management was palpable when Karthik, along with other under-performing India players, including Kuldeep Yadav, were given a couple of days break following their nine-wicket rout of Sunrisers Hyderabad in their last match. "I think the guys are frustrated, and we felt they needed a break. DK went home for a day as well. It's about getting the guys refreshed and just trying to be mentally up for the game again," Kallis has said. The biggest letdown for the team has been its bowling unit, especially the spinners who have lacked sting at the Eden Gardens, something that was its main strength during the title-winning campaigns in 2012 and 2014. The famed trio of Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine and Piyus Chawla have accounted for just 16 wickets from 10 matches, summing up their misery. That Kuldeep has got four wickets and was left out in Hyderabad was more worrying as they seek to revive their fortunes against a team they had beaten convincingly in the first leg. The seam attack too has been ordinary and they may be forced to rejig their bowling attack once again. Clinging to one spot below KKR at seventh in the eight-team standings, RR's fate too hangs by the thread. They showed urgency with Steve Smith replacing Ajinkya Rahane as the captain ahead of their clash against Mumbai Indians. The move has clicked and RR were able to bring their campaign back on track beating Mumbai. Rahane, too, roared back to form with an elegant century, albeit in a losing cause, against Delhi Capitals in their last match. The teams (from): Dinesh Karthik (capt & wk), Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Harry Gurney, Matt Kelly, KC Cariappa and Yarra Prithviraj. Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson (wk), Ben Stokes, Shubham Ranjane, Ashton Turner, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Sudhesan Midhun, Jaydev Unadkat, Ish Sodhi, Prashant Chopra, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Aryaman Birla, Riyan Parag, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Liam Livingstone, Varun Aaron, Shahshank Singh, Manan Vohra, Rahul Tripathi. Match starts at 8 pm https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/24/kkr-rr-eden-gardens-dinesh-karthik.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/24/kkr-rr-eden-gardens-dinesh-karthik.html Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:50:43 GMT CSK won't buy me if I tell the secret of success: Dhoni Chennai: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is one team, which has been consistent ever since the Indian Premier League (IPL) was launched in 2008. The MS Dhoni-led side has won the title thrice. They also hold the records of having most appearances in the play-offs (nine) and in the final (seven). The Men in Yellow have been in top form this season too and have almost confirmed their berth in the play-offs. On Tuesday, CSK secured a convincing six-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to move to the top of the points table. After the match, Dhoni in a cheeky response to CSK's secret to making it to maximum play-offs, said: "If I tell everyone what it is, then they (CSK) won't buy me at the auctions. It's a trade secret. The crowd support and franchise's support are key of course." "Huge credit has to go to the support staff also, who play a huge role in keeping the atmosphere good for the team and others. Other than this, I can't reveal anything till I retire," Dhoni said during the post-match presentation. CSK, sitting pretty at the top with 16 points from 11 games, will lock horns with Mumbai Indians at Chepauk in their next encounter on Friday. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/24/chennai-super-kings-ms-dhoni.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/24/chennai-super-kings-ms-dhoni.html Wed, 24 Apr 2019 07:14:16 GMT Watson stars as CSK chase down 176 against SRH Chennai: Shane Watson brought back memories of last year's IPL final with a blazing knock that has now almost ensured a play-off berth for Chennai Super Kings as they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets here Tuesday. On a vastly improved Chepauk track, Watson roared back to form with an 96 off 53 balls as CSK stuttered a bit in end before winning in 19.5 overs. Watson's innings studded with nine fours and half a dozen of sixes ensured that CSK have reached the cut-off limit of 16 points needed for the play-off even though they would like to finish in the top two. Watson's innings would also be a relief for skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who had urged the top order to finish matches. A 77-run stand between Watson and Suresh Raina (38) created the platform and the former Australia all-rounder singlehandedly decimated the Sunrisers attack. What made it more difficult for the Sunrisers was the fact that their strike bowler Rashid Khan was pulverised by Watson, who took him to the cleaners with 44 coming off his spell. Sandeep Sharma was another bowler, who was handed severe punishment as he went for 54 in 3.5 overs. Sandeep repeatedly bowled short and Watson would gleefully pull him. Skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/18 in 4 overs) had no option but to bowl the 19th over and left Sandeep with nine runs to defend. However Kedar Jadhav literally finished the match with a six off the second ball that sealed the deal. Earlier the immensely talented Manish Pandey was back in his element as his unbeaten 83 off 49 balls powered Sunrisers Hyderabad to a fighting 175 for 3 after being put into bat. Pandey and league's current leading run-scorer David Warner (57 off 45 balls) added 115 runs for the second wicket to lay the foundation for a decet score on what was the best batting track on offer at the Chepauk. Veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh struck an early blow, having the in-form Jony Bairstow caught behind in the second over for a duck. He was the most successful bowler with figures of 2 for 39 in four overs while Deepak Chahar picked up the wicket of Vijay Shankar (26 off 20 balls). Despite the early dismissal of Bairstow, the visiting team didn't get tied down as the irrepressible Warner and Manish Pandey kept hitting those boundaries and sixes. They brought up the team's 50 in the sixth over. Pandey who has not been in the best form, hit his straps, scoring freely and was not afraid to go over the top. Dhoni's shuffling of the bowlers didn't make much of an impact as Warner and Pandey kept attacking. Pandey was the first to reach 50 in 25 balls, pulling one from Dwayne Bravo for a boundary. Warner was a touch slower in comparison to Pandey, but didn't miss out when the opportunity presented itself and hit a couple of big sixes. The pugnacious Warner fell against the run of play, victim of Dhoni's trademark lightning quick stumping off a Harbhajan delivery. The Australian, who is leading the run charts this season, fell for 57 (45 balls, 3x4, 2X6) after adding 115 runs for the second wicket with Pandey. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/24/watson-century-gets-csk-back-on-winning-track-srh.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/24/watson-century-gets-csk-back-on-winning-track-srh.html Wed, 24 Apr 2019 00:59:21 GMT Resurgent RCB take on Kings XI Bengaluru: Belatedly getting into the groove with back-to-back victories, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) would look to continue the momentum when they take on Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Wednesday. RCB must be fired up after posting one-run win over a formidable Chennai Super Kings and would be desperate to keep the momentum going. Having survived a brutal assault at the hands of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the last game, they should have gained some confidence. Come Wednesday, Virat Kohli-led RCB would not like to look back. A B de Villiers and Kohli who failed to get going in the last game would be eager to put up a big total for Royal Challengers. RCB might draw inspiration from the match-winning knocks of 59 not out by de Villiers and 67 by Kohli against Punjab when they met in the first leg. However, their bowling remains a worry despite the arrival of Dale Steyn. RCB's bowling was exposed once again in the last match here when Dhoni almost pulled off the impossible chasing 162, needing 26 runs off the last over bowled by Umesh Yadav. The visitors ultimately fell short by just one run with wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel saving the day for RCB by running out Shardul Thakur with a direct hit when CSK needed two off the last ball. It was RCB's only third win in 10 games this season. Kohli and Co. will hope to post another win this season against KXIP, who are placed fifth in the points table with 10 points. Ravichandran Ashwin's outfit will be coming out all guns blazing, especially after losing their last match against Delhi Capitals by five wickets. Punjab would want to consolidate their position in the points table with the help of hard-hitting West Indian Chris Gayle, K L Rahul and David Miller -- all of whom would be looking to capitalise on RCB's weak bowling. The pace-spin duo of Mohammed Shami and Ashwin has been KXIP's best bowlers and the team would expect them to come up with another good show. Sam Curran, Hardus Viljoen and Andrew Tye will also be looking to provide depth to the Kings XI bowling. The teams (from): Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (capt), Parthiv Patel (wk), AB de Villiers, Colin de Grandhomme, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Moeen Ali, Shimron Hetmyer, Dale Steyn, Shivam Dube, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Devdutt Padikkal, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Heinrich Klaasen, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Akshdeep Nath, Prayas Ray Barman, Kulwant Khejroliya, Tim Southee. Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin (capt), Andrew Tye, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Karun Nair, Moises Henriques, Varun Chakravarthi, Harpreet Brar, Simran Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Hardus Viljoen, Ankit Rajpoot, Arshdeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi. Match starts at 8 pm https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/23/rcb-kings-xi-kohli-de-villiers-ashwin.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/23/rcb-kings-xi-kohli-de-villiers-ashwin.html Tue, 23 Apr 2019 10:33:55 GMT Turner registers a dubious record Australian all-rounder Ashton Turner became the first batsman to register five straight ducks in Twenty20 cricket after another tame dismissal for Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match in Jaipur on Monday. Turner was dismissed off the first ball that he faced, caught off the bowling of Ishant Sharma, for his third straight "golden duck" in the tournament as Delhi Capitals defeated Royals by six wickets. The 26-year-old's three scoreless IPL innings follow another first-ball duck for Perth Scorchers in a Big Bash League loss to Adelaide Strikers and a five-ball nought for Australia against India during their two-match T20 series in February. Turner, who was left out of Australia's squad for the World Cup beginning in England and Wales on May 30, has fared better in the 50-over format smashing an unbeaten 43-ball 84 against India in a One-Day International last month. Delhi, with 14 points from 11 games, leapfrogged Chennai Super Kings to top the standings on net run rate while Rajasthan remained in seventh place in the eight-team league. Hyderabad will host the final of this year's IPL on May 12, the organisers announced on Monday. Top two finishers will clash in Qualifier 1 in Chennai on May 7 with the winners reaching the title clash. Visakhapatnam will host the eliminator, between the third and fourth-placed teams, on May 8. Qualifier 2, between the winner of the eliminator and loser of Qualifier 1, will decide the second finalist at the same venue two days later. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/23/ashton-turner-duck-record-rajasthan-royals.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/23/ashton-turner-duck-record-rajasthan-royals.html Tue, 23 Apr 2019 06:56:00 GMT It was special when Sourav sir lifted me: Pant Jaipur: Rishabh Pant said it "felt special" when Sourav Ganguly lifted him to celebrate the youngster's blistering unbeaten 78 off 36 balls that steered Delhi Capitals to a six-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals and the pole position in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Just as Pant hit the winning runs, finishing it off with a six here on Monday night, former India skipper, who is Delhi's advisor, entered the ground and lifted him. "After I finished off the match and coming out, everyone was showering so much love. It felt special when Sourav sir lifted me, it was a different experience," said Pant during a post-match interaction with teammate Prithvi Shaw. "We talk about finishing these big games for the team, and when we do it, feels really special," he said. When asked how he felt about his innings, Pant replied, "It's a great feeling, especially the fact that I was with you (Shaw) in the middle, I knew we would finish it." Pant then asked Shaw about his lucky moment against Jofra Archer, when he missed a full toss and the ball went on to hit the stumps and light the bails, which didn't fall on the ground. "This was a first time experience for me. I didn't realise it had happened. I thought it had nicked my bat. It was only when someone, probably you only told me that the bails had lighted up," revealed Shaw. Opener Shaw (42) and Pant added 84 runs for the third wicket in quick time to help Delhi Capitals cross the line in a steep chase of 192. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/23/rishabh-pant-sourav-ganguly-delhi-capitals.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/23/rishabh-pant-sourav-ganguly-delhi-capitals.html Tue, 23 Apr 2019 06:41:13 GMT Pant fires Delhi Capitals to six-wicket win over Rajasthan Jaipur: Rajasthan Royals did not know what to bowl, where to bowl at Rishabh Pant, whose blistering 78 gave Delhi Capitals a six-wicket win and pole position in the IPL, here Monday. While striking six fours and four sixes during his 36-ball furious gallop, Pant showed why his World Cup exclusion became a subject of intense debate. Shikhar Dhawan got Delhi Capitals off to a rollicking start with a barrage of fours and sixes, adding 72 runs for the opening wicket with Prithvi Shaw in only 7.3 overs. But it was Pant, who played the most influential role in DC's win, finishing it off with a six. After a quiet first over, Dhawan cut loose and hammered Dhawal Kulkarni for a six over deep square and leg and a four. Having removed Kulkarni from the attack, Dhawan went down on his knee and whacked Shreyas Gopal over fine-leg for another maximum, and then hit two successive fours. Kulkarni was brought back and the senior India opener responded with two more boundaries. Shaw had luck on his side as Ashton Turner dropped him on 10, and the young batsman capitalised on that by hitting a few boundaries. After pulling Gopal for a four, Dhawan was stumped while going down the wicket, and DC skipper Shreyas Iyer fell to a horrendous shot. But Shaw and Pant added runs in double quick time to help Delhi Capitals cross the line. While Shaw was contend to play second fiddle when Dhawan attacked, he opened up in the company of Pant, who found the fence regularly. It was a mature knock by Pant, who reached his half century in 26 balls. Earlier, blending panache with power, Ajinkya Rahane roared back to form with a scintillating century and propelled Rajasthan Royals to 191 for six. Rahane remained not out on 105 off 63 balls, decorating his knock with three sixes and 11 fours, while Steve Smith contributed 50 off 32 deliveries. Asked to bat after Iyer called correctly at the toss, Rahane spearheaded Rajasthan Royals' innings after getting a life on 16, the culprit being Ishant Sharma, who dropped a sitter at sort fine-leg. The drop hurt the visitors, but Delhi did well to prevent RR from going past 200. Entering the game with over 650 runs against Delhi in the league, Rahane chose his favourite opponents to find form, and when he walked back to the dressing room, he had over 750 to his name. To start with, Rahane drove Ishant through a crowded off-side field for a boundary, a shot that had his characteristic elegance written all over it. Stripped of captaincy last week following a string of poor results, the 30-year-old went into attack mode and smashed Axar Patel for a six and a four at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium, which had a dash of pink. Seeing the flight early, Rahane danced down the crowd to hoist's Axar ball over him and into the sightscreen. Unfazed by the sight of pacer Kagiso Rabada steaming in, he smoked the South African's short of a length delivery down the ground for another maximum. Rahane soon brought up his second IPL hundred, the first coming seven years ago. He raised his bat to acknowledge the applause from the crowd and his dugout that was as relieved as the batsman himself. Meanwhile, Smith, who replaced Rahane as captain hours before the start of their last match against Mumbai Indians, struck medium pacer Sherfane Rutherford for three consecutive boundaries to score his second successive half century of the season. And even as Smith and Ben Stokes got out in quick succession, Rahane was going strong, swiftly hitting Morris for a boundary over mid-off. At the other end, Ashton Turner fell for a third golden duck. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/23/rishabh-pant-fires-delhi-capitals-to-six-wicket-win-over-rajasthan.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/23/rishabh-pant-fires-delhi-capitals-to-six-wicket-win-over-rajasthan.html Mon, 22 Apr 2019 18:50:10 GMT CSK aim to break losing streak against Sunrisers Chennai: Having lost two matches in a row, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) would be under a bit of pressure when they take on in-form Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here on Tuesday. On Sunday, CSK faced a heart-wrenching one-run defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Chasing a 'below par total' of 162, CSK lost their top four batsman inside the first four overs. It was only MS Dhoni, who single-handedly brought them into the match and kept their hopes alive till the last ball of the inning. Despite two consecutive losses, CSK still sit pretty at the top of the points table with 14 points from 10 games. However, they will like their top order to perform and secure a playoffs berth. But it will be a tough ask for them against SRH, who would be riding high on confidence after their comprehensive victory against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Hyderabad. SRH, however, will be wary of the fact that Tuesday's game would be the last match for their in-form opener Johnny Bairstow, who will be leaving to attend England's training camp for the upcoming World Cup. Both David Warner and Bairstow have scored the bulk of the runs for the SRH and their middle-order has not performed - a fact well known to them and their opponents. With five wins from nine games, the Kane Williamson-led side would want to continue with the winning momentum and move upwards in the points table. The last time these two teams met in the ongoing IPL, SRH had secured a convincing six-wicket win at their home ground. Squads: Chennai Super Kings: Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, MS Dhoni (c), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay, Karn Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis, Deepak Chahar, Sam Billings, Mohit Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Dhruv Shorey, Scott Kuggeleijn, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, Chaitanya Bishnoi, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, David Warner, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Kane Williamson (c), Jonny Bairstow, Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, Sandeep Sharma, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi, Rashid Khan, K Khaleel Ahmed, Abhishek Sharma https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/22/csk-aim-break-losing-streak-against-sunrisers.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/22/csk-aim-break-losing-streak-against-sunrisers.html Mon, 22 Apr 2019 07:37:24 GMT MS Dhoni first Indian to hit 200 IPL sixes Bengaluru: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni has become the first Indian batsman to hit 200 sixes in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Dhoni achieved this feat during his sensational 84-run knock in Sunday's game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) which CSK lost by only one run. Chasing 162, CSK managed to score 160/8 in their full quota of 20 overs, thus succumbing to their second consecutive loss in the ongoing IPL. Dhoni hit five fours and seven sixes during the course of his 48-ball inning, thus taking his overall IPL tally of maximums to 203. In the ongoing edition, the 37-year-old has so far hit 17 sixes. Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina are next best Indian batsman in the list with both boasting of 190 sixes each in the IPL. RCB skipper RCB skipper Virat Kohli is not too far behind with 186 maximums to his name. Overall, Chris Gayle has hit the maximum number of sixes in the IPL with a boasting number of 323, followed by AB de Villiers who has hit 204 maximums in the T20 tournament. Dhoni is third in the list. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/22/dhoni-first-indian-hit-200-ipl-sixes.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/22/dhoni-first-indian-hit-200-ipl-sixes.html Mon, 22 Apr 2019 05:47:49 GMT IPL: Dhoni brilliance not enough for CSK Bengaluru: Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the umpteenth time was in line to pull off another incredible chase but finally ran out of luck as Royal Challengers Bangalore managed to beat CSK by one run in another last-ball IPL thriller on Sunday. Chasing a target of 162, CSK needed a near-impossible 26 off the last over bowled by Umesh Yadav and Dhoni with 84 off 48 balls that had seven sixes showed that nothing is indeed impossible until the Cricketing Gods intervened. Only that Dhoni was at the crease and having consumed dot balls off the previous over, he had to go for the jugular and boy he did it with three sixes and a four. With two needed off the last ball and Umesh looking increasingly helpless, he managed to bowl a slower delivery and Dhoni missed it only for Parthiv Patel to effect a run-out as non-striker Shardul Thakur inches out of his crease. In the end it was Dhoni who lost to RCB, who eked out their third win of the tournament. It could have been an easy win in the manner Dale Steyn (2/29) has brought the necessary zing that was lacking in RCB's bowling effort as he bowled perfect outswinger to get rid of Shane Watson caught by Marcus Stoinis at the slips. He followed it up with a perfect yorker against an out-of-form Suresh Raina (0), who has always been found wanting against quality fast bowling. Umesh Yadav despite the odd loose delivery produced extra pace and bounce to get rid of Faf du Plessis (5) and Kedar Jadhav (9) as CSK were left tottering at 28 for 4. The trusted pair of Ambati Rayudu (29 off 29 balls) and Dhoni started resurrecting the innings. Dhoni hit Stoinis for a six and Rayudu having struggled for long finally found some touch as he pulled Umesh over deep mid-wicket for a six and then hit a one-bounce for over extra cover. They had a 55-run stand before Rayudu got one from Yuzvendra Chahal (1/24 in 4 overs) angled into his pads. He missed the line and the ball hit the pads and then onto the stumps leaving Dhoni with an onerous task. Once Jadeja was run-out for 11, CSK were in deep trouble at 108 for 6 but Dhoni carried the fight till the end. Earlier, Parthiv Patel's attacking half-century and Moeen Ali's final flourish wasn't enough as Royal Challengers Bangalore put up a sub-par 161 for 7 after being put into bat. Parthiv smashed 53 off 37 balls but didn't get a lot of support from the other end until Moeen Ali used the long handle to hit 26 off 16 balls even as AB de Villiers (25 off 19 balls) and Akshdeep Nath (24 off 20 balls) delivered little after promising a lot. Deepak Chahar (2/25 in 4 overs) was impressive as usual while Ravindra Jadeja's (2/29 in 4 overs) twin breakthrough during partnership was also important in the context of the innings. Dwayne Bravo (2/34 in 4 overs) also chipped in with a couple of wickets in the end. Virat Kohli (9) hit a couple of boundaries before a thickish edge off a Chahar outswinger brought about his downfall. Mahendra Singh Dhoni took a nice catch behind the stumps. However Parthiv and AB de Villiers (25 off 19 balls) added 47 runs in only 4.2 overs with the former South African skipper looking in fine touch. De Villiers smashed Chahar over square leg while Parthiv also flicked Shardul Thakur (0/40 in 4 overs) for a couple of sixes. Having picked 16 runs off the final Powerplay over, RCB looked in control before Jadeja induced De Villiers to go for a big shot only to be holed by Faf du Plessis at Long-off. Parthiv was joined by the burly Akshdeep Nath (24, 20 balls), who hit a six off Jadeja, added 41 runs with his senior partner before being caught by Du Plessis at long-off Jadeja's bowling at the stroke of team's 100-run mark. The baby-faced Parthiv, whose form has been inconsistent during the tournament so far, was ready to punish the loose balls on the day as he sent a Jadeja half-tracker soaring into the stands for his third six and hit Imran Tahir for a fourth one. He reached his half-century by pulling Bravo in-front of square but was out off the very next ball. Parthiv's innings had two fours and four sixes. Just when 150 was looking a bit dicey, Moeen hit five boundaries to take RCB past 160-run mark. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/21/ipl-royal-challengers-bangalore-chennai-super-kings-rcb-csk-2019.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/21/ipl-royal-challengers-bangalore-chennai-super-kings-rcb-csk-2019.html Sun, 21 Apr 2019 18:55:41 GMT IPL: Bairstow, Warner help Sunrisers thrash KKR Hyderabad: Jonny Bairstow and David Warner continued their stellar run at the top as they powered Sunrisers Hyderbad to a nine-wicket win over struggling Kolkata Knight Riders in an IPL encounter here Sunday. Chasing a target of 160, Warner struck 67 off 38 balls hitting three fours and five sixes while Englishman Bairstow punished the hapless KKR attack with seven boundaries and four maximums in his unbeaten knock of 80 off 43 balls. The openers looked in command as the target was achieved in 15 overs largely due to their 131-run stand. This was KKR's fifth successive loss in the tournament. This is the fourth time that the opening partnership of Warner and Bairstow paved the way for a Sunrisers victory this season. The duo had guided SRH to victories against Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals in similar fashion. KKR were sloppy in the field and ended up paying heavily for their mistakes. Bairstow was dropped twice, once on 5 by Cariappa off debutant Prithviraj's delivery in the second over and then again on 58 by Piyush Chawla off Sunil Narine. The troika of spinners were the reason for KKR's downfall as Sunil Narine (0/34 in 4 overs), KC Cariappa (0/34 in 2 overs) and Piyush Chawla (0/38 in 3 overs) gave away 106 runs in nine overs. Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav was dropped from the playing XI. Prithvi (1/29) got the only breakthrough for KKR dismissing the threatening Australian but it was a little too late as the hosts needed just 29 runs off 40 balls. With Warner gone, Kane Williamson (8 off 9 balls) walked in but the captain had little to do with Bairstow hitting a four and two sixes to seal the victory. With the win, Sunrisers Hyderabad jumped to the fourth spot with 10 points from nine matches while KKR remain on the sixth spot with eight points from 10 games. Earlier, young left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed grabbed three wickets in an impressive spell. The 21-year-old speedster removed Sunil Narine (25 off 7 balls), who was looking dangerous in his first spell and then came back to dismiss Shubman Gill (3) and Chris Lynn (51) in his corresponding spells to keep KKR in check. Senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned with the figures of 2/35 while leg-spinner Rashid Khan (1/23) and seamer Sandeep Sharma (1/37) took a wicket apiece with the Sunrisers' bowlers making life difficult for the KKR batsmen. For KKR, Lynn was the top-scored with a dogged 47-ball 51. Rinku Singh was the other notable contributer with a 25-ball 30. Put in to bat, Lynn and Sunil Narine took the opposition to the cleaners. Both openers hitting boundaries of their first balls. The duo quickly stitched a 42-run partnership before Ahmed dismissed Narine in the third over. Narine's blistering innings of 24 runs off eight balls was laced with three boundaries and two maximums. With the wicket of Narine, the momentum shifted in SRH's favour. In Khaleel's next over, he dismissed Gill (3). Nitish Rana (11) and captain Dinesh Karthik (6) also returned to the dressing room in quick succession. Rinku and Lynn shared a 51-run stand for the fifth wicket to stabilise the innings before Sandeep Sharma dismissed the 21-year-old Indian. Big-hitter Andre Russel scored 15 off 9 balls. He hit two sixes off Kumar before the right-arm seamer dismissed the Jamaican in the penultimate over. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/21/ipl-sunrisers-hyderabad-kolkata-knight-riders-srh-kkr-2019.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/21/ipl-sunrisers-hyderabad-kolkata-knight-riders-srh-kkr-2019.html Sun, 21 Apr 2019 14:24:58 GMT Delhi, Royals hope to keep momentum going Jaipur: A win at home finally achieved after multiple losses, a confident Delhi Capitals will hope to keep the juggernaut rolling when they take on Rajasthan Royals in an away Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter here on Monday. Delhi have been doing better in away games rather than at their home ground, but on Saturday night they managed to reverse that at the Feroz Shah Kotla with a five-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab, helping them remain on third spot in the points table. Rajasthan Royals also won their match here on Saturday by the same margin against a formidable Mumbai Indians as Steve Smith celebrated his return at the helm with a captain's innings. With both teams rejuvenated after their respective victories, it will be an interesting battle for supremacy on Monday. However, Rajasthan would be a bit more desperate than Delhi as they are languishing at the second last position in eight-team league with just three wins from nine outings. Rajasthan would look to continue to capitalise on their home advantage under new captain Smith. But they would certainly miss their prolific opener Jos Buttler. Anjikya Rahane, who has been struggling with his form and also seemed to be out of ideas, was eventually stripped of captaincy and next he might also lose his opening slot to Rahul Tripathi. Tripathi was impressive during his 45-ball fifty against Kings XI Punjab, while Rahane was too slow in his 21-ball 26 as Rajasthan failed to chase down 182, finishing at 170/7. With Smith back in form, having almost recovered from his elbow injury, and the youngsters like Sanju Samson and Riyan Parag coming good with the bat, Rajasthan would fancy their chances. Though their bowling still remains a worry in death overs. Except Jofra Archer and leg spinner Shreyas Gopal, none of the bowlers have been consistent. Delhi Capitals have a solid batting line-up with a blend of experience and youth. Senior opener Shikhar Dhawan laid the foundation with a fluent 56 off 41 balls and skipper Shreyas Iyer contributed an unbeaten 58 off 49 balls to win their last game. With Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw at the top and the likes of Rishabh Pant, Iyer and Colin Ingram to follow, Delhi would start as a confident batting unit. Down the order, even Axar Patel is capable of accelerating the run-rate. As far as bowling is concerned, Delhi Capitals heavily depend on Kagiso Rabada although they have variety in medium-pacer Ishant Sharma, leggies Sandeep Lamichhane and Amit Mishra and left-arm spinner Axar. Another victory for Delhi will brighten their chances of making the play-offs and they would leave no stone unturned to achieve a win against the home side. The teams (from): Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (capt), Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Ankush Bains, Chris Morris, Sherfane Rutherford, Jalaj Saxena, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Nathu Singh, Bandaru Ayyappa, Colin Munro, Manjot Kalra. Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (capt), Sanju Samson (wk), Ben Stokes, Shubham Ranjane, Ashton Turner, Steve Smith, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Sudhesan Midhun, Jaydev Unadkat, Ish Sodhi, Prashant Chopra, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Aryaman Birla, Riyan Parag, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Liam Livingstone, Varun Aaron, Jos Buttler, Shahshank Singh, Manan Vohra, Rahul Tripathi. Match starts at 8 pm https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/21/delhi-capitals-rajasthan-royals-kotla.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/21/delhi-capitals-rajasthan-royals-kotla.html Sun, 21 Apr 2019 12:21:53 GMT IPL: Dhawan, Iyer hand Delhi second win at Kotla New Delhi: Delhi Capitals avenged their shocking first-leg defeat with a five-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab, brightening their prospects of making the play-offs of the Indian Premier League here Saturday. Chasing 164 for a win, senior opener Shikhar Dhawan laid the foundation with a fluent 56 of 41 balls, while skipper Shreyas Iyer contributed an unbeaten 58 off 49 balls to complete the job with two balls to spare. Iyer hit five fours and a six. In the first leg in Mohali, DC lost seven wickets for eight runs to gift KXIP victory after sitting pretty at 144 for three in the 17th over while chasing 168. On Saturday, the home side were 141 for three at the end of the 17th over with 23 needing off 18 balls. Colin Ingram found the fence twice in the next over to ease the nerves and pushed DC closer to the target. Dhawan struck seven fours and a six before Ravichandran Ashwin ran from mid-on to the midwicket region to compete a fine catch while avoiding a collision with an onrushing Chris Gayle. During his stay in the middle, Dhawan had some fun by dancing around the crease as Ashwin threatened to Mankad him. This was DC's second win at home in five outings and sixth overall, occupying the third place in the standings. KXIP remained on fourth with 10 points. Earlier, Chris Gayle smashed five gargantuan sixes into the night sky before Delhi Capitals put the brakes and restricted Kings XI Punjab to 163 for seven. Gayle top-scored with 69 off 37 balls, reaching the half century in 25 balls and hitting six boundaries besides the towering sixes. Coming back into the team, young leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane returned figures of 3/40, playing an influential role in helping DC rally after Gayle's blitzkrieg. Considering the dew factor in mind, Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer invited the visitors to bat first. And the home side, seeking to end their run of woes at the Feroz Shah Kotla, enjoyed early success when Lamichhane tossed the ball up and had Lokesh Rahul stumped with one that turned sharply in the second over. Ignored for the World Cup primarily because he is considered inferior to Dinesh Karthik behind the stumps, Rishabh Pant did a fine job whipping the bails off in a flash, as Rahul walked back after welcoming Lamichhane with a six down the ground and a four. Apart from managing two runs from the nine deliveries he faced, Mayank Agarwal watched the action unfold from the other end, as Gayle flayed the Delhi spinners. The 'Universe Boss', entering the game with 421 runs from nine matches, started his onslaught by smashing Ishant Sharma's knuckle ball over long on for one of the biggest sixes the stadium has ever witnessed, the 101m maximum threatening to break the windows of The Willingdon Pavilion. He toyed with Amit Sharma and smoked the experienced leg-spinner for three maximums, including two over the deep mid wicket region. Before that the big-hitting Jamaican, one of the biggest globetrotters in T20 leagues, cut, drove and swept Lamichhane for four boundaries in a single over. It took a brilliant effort from Colin Ingram in the deep to bring to an end Gayle's stay in the middle. After sweeping a Lamichhane delivery into the crowd, Gayle went for one too many, and Ingram, taking the ball over his head, lobbed the ball to Axar Patel before falling on the other side of the rope. Returning to the playing XI, Lamichhane dismissed Sam Curran in the same 13th over in which he had Gayle, to peg the visitors back. Pacer Kagiso Rabad had 2/23 in four overs, while Axar Patel took 2/22 in three overs. The Delhi openers started in right earnest but the young Prithvi Shaw, after showing promise, was run out after Dhawan changed his mind to leave his partner stranded at the non-striker's end. As if to make amends, Dhawan scored two boundaries off Hardus Viljoen in the next two deliveries to take DC to 35 for one at the end of the fourth over. Debutant left-arm spinner Harpreet Brar was welcomed with a six over long-on by Dhawan, and then, Shreyas Iyer fetched two fours by employing the cut shot as the over yielded 17 runs. Captain Ravichandran Ashwin introduced himself into the attack and Dhawan was on the ball straight away, pulling him for a boundary over mid wicket. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/20/ipl-delhi-capitals-kings-xi-punjab-dc-kxip-2019.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/20/ipl-delhi-capitals-kings-xi-punjab-dc-kxip-2019.html Sat, 20 Apr 2019 18:56:33 GMT IPL: Smith leads from the front in RR win Jaipur: Steve Smith celebrated his return at the helm with a captain's innings that powered Rajasthan Royals to a five-wicket victory over a formidable Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League encounter here Saturday. Chasing a target of 162, Royals won the game with five balls to spare as the former Australia captain anchored the innings with an unbeaten 59 off 48 balls. India U-19 World Cupper Riyan Parag (43 off 29 balls) also showed good temperament as he matched his skipper stroke for stroke during their 70 runs stand in 9.4 overs that paved the way for a comfortable victory. Smith, who replaced Ajinkya Rahane after the India vice-captain's disastrous run, hit five boundaries and a six while Assam lad Riyan also had identical number of hits to the fence. This is Rajasthan's third win in nine games as they are now placed seventh in the league table above wooden spooners Royal Challengers Bangalore even though a play-off qualification looks a long shot as of now. Rajasthan Royals, who were in a must-win situation, raced to 39 in 3.3 overs but Rahane (12 off 12 balls) departed as Suryakumar Yadav took a diving catch at covers off leg-spinner Rahul Chahar, who was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3 for 29. Credit should also be given to Sanju Samson for his whirlwind 35 off 19 balls that set the pace and enabled Smith to anchor the innings in the manner only he can. Riyan's composure also helped even though Chahar and the seasoned Jasprit Bumrah (1/21 in 4 overs) bowled well at the back end but the home team showed enough firepower. Earlier, Quinton de Kock continued his impressive run with another solid half-century as Mumbai Indians put up a decent 161 for 5 batting first. De Kock smashed 65 off 47 balls with six fours and two sixes, adding 97 runs off 68 balls for the second wicket with Suryakumar Yadav (34 off 33 balls) that helped MI total gain a semblance of respectability. Reinstated as skipper in place of Rahane, Smith introduced leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal (2/21 in 4 overs) in the third over. He deceived rival skipper Rohit Sharma (5), who stepped out only to offer a return catch after failing to read a googly. Gopal could have got rid of De Kock off the last ball of the over but Jofra Archer dropped a difficult chance at long on. Making most out of this reprieve De Kock helped his team reach 50-run mark in 6.5 overs. He reached his own half-century in 34 balls and his partnership with Suryakumar was broken when latter was caught in deep off Stuart Binny in the 14th over. A few balls later De Kock too was holed out in long-on as Hardik Pandya and Pollard joined forces with scoreboard reading 112 for 3 in 15 overs. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/20/ipl-rajasthan-royals-mumbai-indians-rr-mi-2019.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/20/ipl-rajasthan-royals-mumbai-indians-rr-mi-2019.html Sat, 20 Apr 2019 14:59:30 GMT Rajasthan Royals replace Rahane with Smith as captain Jaipur: Former Australian captain Steve Smith on Saturday replaced Ajinkya Rahane as Rajasthan Royals skipper, hoping the mid-season switch will revive their disappointing campaign so far in the IPL. Smith, who is back in action after serving a one-year ban for his role in the ball-tampering scandal, has been made the leader of the team once again. The announcement was made ahead of Royals' clash against Mumbai Indians here. The hosts, who have lost six out of their eight games, need to win at least five of their remaining six matches to have any chance of making the play-offs. Smith was also named captain before the start of the 2018 edition but in the wake of the ball-tampering incident, it was decided that Rahane would lead the team in the Australian's forced absence. "Rajasthan Royals will be led by the Australian batsman Steven Smith for the upcoming matches of the IPL. Ajinkya Rahane did a fantastic job in leading the team to the playoffs last year, however, the franchisee now thinks a fresh approach is needed to bring their 2019 campaign back on track. "Steve has always been part of the leadership team within RR and Rahane will continue to be a key voice in the side, therefore the Royals see this as a small restructuring process to secure the results required to move up the table," said the team in a statement. However, Smith is expected to be available until May 1 but by then, the team would have played majority of its league games. Star players Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler would also be leaving next week to join England's World Cup camp. Smith has made 186 runs in seven games at 37.20 with 73 being his highest. Rahane, on the other hand, has scored 201 runs at 25.12 including a top-score of 70. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/20/rajasthan-royals-replace-rahane-smith-as-captain.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/20/rajasthan-royals-replace-rahane-smith-as-captain.html Sat, 20 Apr 2019 10:16:00 GMT IPL: Russell fails to nullify Kohli ton Kolkata: Royal Challengers Bangalore eked out a 10-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders for only their second success of the season after Andre Russell and Nitish Rana nearly pulled off the impossible in the Indian Premier League here on Friday. Needing 113 runs off the last six overs, Russell (65 off 25) and Rana (85 not out off 46) almost got their team over the line but Moeen Ali managed to defend 24 in the final over. The tense climax came after Virat Kohli smashed 100 off 58 balls for his fifth century in the IPL and first this season. RCB hammered 91 runs off the last five overs to reach 213 for four, their highest total this year. Ali's 66 off 28 while batting alongside Kohli also proved crucial for RCB's cause as they finally managed to defend. The win keeps RCB mathematically alive in the tournament while KKR suffered their fourth loss in as many games. Following a Kohli special, it was the turn of swing king Dale Steyn to land some body blows on the opposition. Playing his first game of the season after having come in as a replacement, the South African great removed Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill to leave KKR reeling at 33 for three in five overs. Russell tried his best to pull off another improbable chase for KKR in the company of Nitish Rana but this time it wasn't to be. Earlier, it was Ali who gave the much needed oxygen to their innings, smashing six sixes and five fours to seize momentum after a slow start. Kohli and Ali shared 90 runs off 43 balls and there was no looking back after Ali's assault. The match swung in the 16th over when Kuldeep Yadav bled 27 runs with Ali going berserk, smashing the star India spinner for three sixes and two boundaries. The chinaman ended with figures of 1/59 in four overs. Kohli, who scored his first 50 off 40 balls, changed gears in the second half of his innings. Such was his domination that Kohli took just 17 balls for his second fifty. Put in, RCB got off to an ordinary start and the absence of AB de Villiers, who was indisposed following dehydration, was felt very much. Kohli mistimed the ball with a couple of inside-edges to the boundary, while his left-handed opening parter Parthiv Patel (11 off 11) had a hit-and-miss stay before falling to Sunil Narine inside the powerplay. In the middle of all this, RCB sent in Akshdeep Nath (13 off 15) at number three keeping the in-form Ali in waiting. RCB made only 42 inside the powerplay. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/19/ipl-kolkata-knight-riders-royal-challengers-bangalore-kkr-rcb-2019.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/19/ipl-kolkata-knight-riders-royal-challengers-bangalore-kkr-rcb-2019.html Fri, 19 Apr 2019 18:47:08 GMT Struggling Rajasthan look for double against formidable Mumbai Indians Jaipur: Fast running out of time, a struggling Rajasthan Royals will hope to complete the double against Mumbai Indians in a return-leg IPL fixture and revive their campaign here Saturday. With six losses and two wins, hosts Rajasthan Royals are languishing at the second last position in the points table and they would be desperate to bring their campaign back on track with a much-needed win here. Rajasthan would be taking heart from the four-wicket win over Mumbai Indians at their own den last Saturday and will hope to get the better of their rivals once again, this time at home. However, it will be easier said than done considering Rajasthan's dismal record at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium. Apart from their lone victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan have lost three matches at home. England's Jos Buttler has done the bulk of scoring for Rajasthan. His fiery 89 off 43 balls was the cornerstone of Royals' four-wicket victory over Mumbai but rest the batsmen have either struggled or not been consistent. Sanju Samson, who had hit the first ton of this IPL, too has not delivered in past couple of innings. Skipper Anjikya Rahane, himself, has got starts but failed to convert them. His decision to go down the order in the last match also didn't bear any fruit as Rajasthan failed to chase down 182 against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali the other day. The likes of former Australian captain Steve Smith and England all-rounder Ben Stokes also have been struggling. The pace-spin duo of Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal has spearheaded their bowling attack but rest of the bowlers have been far from penetrative and also proved costly in death overs. In their last game, Rahane made some changes, bringing in Stuart Binny and Ashton Turner but while the former hit some lusty blows, the Australian was dismissed for a naught. Rahul Tripathi did excel with a 45-ball 50 after returning to his favourite position at top of the order but he threw his wicket immediately after completing the fifty. Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, have looked formidable this season with a good mix of power hitters, quality bowlers and perfect all-rounders. The three-time former champions grabbed the second position after a dominating 40-run win over Delhi Capitals last night and would be eager to avenge their defeat against Rajasthan on Saturday to inch closer to the play-off berth. If skipper Rohit Sharma, who completed 8000 runs in T20 last night, and Quinton De Kock laid the foundation at the top, the Pandya brothers - Hardik and Krunal, along with the big-hitting Kieron Pollard have provided the late charge to help MI post huge scores. MI boosts of two of the best death bowlers in Jasprit Bumrah, who has taken 10 wickets from nine games so far, and veteran Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga. Young leg-spinner Rahul Chahar's three wicket haul was one of the highlights of MI's win against Delhi and the ever dependable Krunal too have troubled the rival batsmen. Both the teams have faced each other 22 times and MI has emerged victorious 11 times, while RR won on 10 occasions with one game being abandoned due to rain in 2009. Match starts at 4pm. Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (C), Ben Stokes, Joffre Archer, Jos Butler, Ashton Turner, Ish Sodhi, Oshane Thomas, Liam Livingstone, Sanju Samson (WK), Shubham Ranjane, Steve Smith, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Sudhesan Midhun, Jaydev Unadkat, Prashant Chopra, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Riyan Parag, Dhawal Kulkarni, Krishnappa Gowtham, Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Manan Vohra, Rahul Tripathi. Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Ben Cutting, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuvraj Singh, Anmolpreet Singh, Aditya Tare, Siddhedh Lad, Evin Lewis, Pankaj Jaiswal, Anukul Roy, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Barinder Sran, Rasikh Salam, Ishan Kishan, Jason Behrendorff. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/19/struggling-rajasthan-look-for-double-against-formidable-mumbai-i.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/19/struggling-rajasthan-look-for-double-against-formidable-mumbai-i.html Fri, 19 Apr 2019 09:46:31 GMT De Villiers suggests shorter innings break to avoid slow over-rate Bengaluru: Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman AB de Villiers has said the Indian Premier League (IPL) should do away with large fines for slow over rates and shorten innings breaks to 10 minutes so matches finish before midnight. Some IPL evening matches, which start at 8 pm, have finished well past midnight this season due to innings stretching beyond the stipulated 90 minutes. Three captains - Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians), Virat Kohli (Bangalore) and Ajinkya Rahane (Rajasthan Royals) - have been fined 1.2 million Indian rupees ($17,290) each for over rate offences and De Villiers said the fines made little impact. "There's a system in place whereby the captain is penalised if his team fails to maintain the required over rate while bowling," De Villiers wrote in a column in The Times of India. "This involves a fine for the first offence followed by suspension but the impact of these measures appears minimal, roughly equivalent to the weight loss of an obese gentleman who orders two giant hamburgers and a diet Coke. "One easy fix could be to reduce the break between innings from the current 20 minutes to a manageable 10 minutes." Earlier this month, Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody had suggested penalty on the team's net run rate - a rule enforced in the Caribbean Premier League - instead of monetary fine for slow over rates. De Villiers said such drastic steps would only hurt the competition. "Some have proposed larger fines, net run rate penalties and points deductions but the competition should not be distorted, De Villiers added. "A less draconian approach may be more effective." Read more on IPL 2019 https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/19/de-villiers-suggests-shorter-innings-break-to-avoid-slow-over-ra.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/19/de-villiers-suggests-shorter-innings-break-to-avoid-slow-over-ra.html Fri, 19 Apr 2019 07:39:15 GMT 'Host' of problems for DC ahead of Kings XI Punjab clash New Delhi: Seeking home comforts after multiple reverses at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi Capitals will be desperate to buck the trend when they take on a rejuvenated Kings XI Punjab in the IPL here on Saturday. Rechristened before the start of the cash-rich event's 12th edition, Delhi Capitals have been at ease on the road, winning three matches on the trot after an authoritative beginning in Mumbai. However, things have turned out quite differently in their home ground, where they found the pitches far from friendly. The unwavering support, cheers and chants, from the galleries have not helped so far and the side, coached by Ricky Ponting and mentored by Sourav Ganguly, will look to play in the manner that befits the two greats' status in world cricket. For they know that if they are able to live up to Ponting and Ganguly's expectations, chances of the fans going back home with smiles on their faces will increase manifold. And so will be their prospects of reaching the playoffs. Standing in their way will be mid-table team Kings XI Punjab, who are also eyeing the title that has so far remained elusive. Ravichandran Ashwin's outfit will not be short on confidence, having easily beaten Rajasthan Royals three days ago. The likes of Chris Gayle, K L Rahul, David Miller and Mohammed Shami will look to capitalise on Delhi's miserable record at home, and with Ashwin leading from the front, it may not be an improbable task for the confident visiting team. Shreyas Iyer and Co have only one win from their four home matches, the lone victory coming in the Super Over after the match against Kolkata Knight Riders ended in a tie. Rishabh Pant will again be in focus after his fiercely-debated World Cup exclusion, having failed in Thursday's defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians. Disappointed at being ignored for the showpiece, the highly-rated young wicketkeeper-batsman will certainly look to prove a point. Smarting from the onslaught by the Pandya brothers - Hardik and Krunal, who smashed 54 runs in the last 19 balls on a slow pitch, the Delhi bowlers will hope for a better outing at the death. In batting, the onus will be on senior pro Shikhar Dhawan to lay the foundation, and he will have the talented Prithvi Shaw at the top of the order. After suffering their third defeat in four outings here this season, Iyer had said, "It's really important for us to win home games, especially on these tracks. "Unfortunately we lost the toss, and we got outplayed in all three departments. We practice on the pitches that are also slow. But when you come here, it's totally different. We have to get used to these conditions." For his team to harbour hopes of a rare win, skipper Iyer, himself, will need to lead by example. Match starts at 8.00 PM. Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer(C), Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant (WK), Colin Ingram, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Ankush Bains, Chris Morris, Sherfane Rutherford, Jalaj Saxena, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Nathu Singh, Bandaru Ayyappa, Colin Munro, Manjot Kalra. Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul (WK), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin (C), Andrew Tye, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Karun Nair, Moises Henriques, Varun Chakravarthi, Harpreet Brar, Simran Singh, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Hardus Viljoen, Ankit Rajpoot, Arshdeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi. Read more on IPL 2019 https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/19/-host--of-problems-for-dc-ahead-of-kings-xi-punjab-clash.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/19/-host--of-problems-for-dc-ahead-of-kings-xi-punjab-clash.html Fri, 19 Apr 2019 07:30:36 GMT IPL: Mumbai outmuscle Delhi in sluggish Kotla New Delhi: Rishabh Pant had started Delhi Capitals' journey in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League by smashing Mumbai Indians pacer Jasprit Bumrah all over the park in their opening encounter in Mumbai. But Bumrah got his revenge at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Thursday as he sent Pant's off-stump for a walk in the park. With that ended DC's hope as they finished on 128/9, losing the game by 40 runs. Chasing 169, DC made a mess of the target after Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed for 35 in the 7th over of the innings by Rahul Chahar. After a quality start of 48/0 in the first six overs, Dhawan's wicket opened the floodgates as Chahar kept picking wickets and finished with figures of 3/19 from his four overs. While Chahar sent back Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw (20) and skipper Shreyas Iyer (3), Krunal Pandya sent back the dangerous Colin Munro (3) as Delhi were never really in the chase on a low and slow Kotla wicket. Earlier, Hardik Pandya (32 off 15 balls) and Krunal (37*) provided the late order flourish as Mumbai Indians scored 168/5 in their 20 overs. Having bowled a disciplined line and length through the innings, the DC bowlers lost the plot in the last five overs as the MI batsmen picked 64 runs. While Krunal was the anchor during the 54-run partnership, Hardik once again showed why he is such a dangerous batsman in the death overs as he used the long handle to excellent effect to dig out the low full tosses and attempted yorkers and sent them over the ropes till Kagiso Rabada dismissed him off the third ball of the 20th over. Having won the toss and decided to bat first, Mumbai Indians got off to a good start with both skipper Rohit Sharma and opening partner Quinton de Kock looking to make the most of the powerplay. They mixed caution with aggression as they put on 57 runs without losing a wicket after the first six overs. But just when it looked like the openers would take the game away, Amit Mishra struck. Brought in to slow the flow of runs on a slowish Kotla wicket, he got one to grip a bit and turn to miss the defence of Rohit (30 off 22 balls) and shake the timber. The Delhi boys celebrated as the score read 57/1. Ben Cutting (2) failed to make much of the opportunity he got as Axar Patel caught him plumb in front with just five runs added to the scoreboard. From 57/0 after 6, the score read 62/2 in 7.5 overs and DC was right back in the game. But de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav looked to steady the ship and get a partnership going. And just when it looked like they would settle down and set the stage for flourishing finish, de Kock (35) was run out as a misunderstanding between the two saw both batsmen stranded at the striker's end. Axar happily removed the bails at the non-striker's end. The score read 74/3 in 9.5 overs. After that it was all about consolidating as Krunal Pandya and Suryakumar looked to put their head down and bring MI back into the game. From looking good at 57/0 after six, it took them 13.5 overs to reach the 100-run mark as the Delhi bowlers had restricted the flow of runs.A The 30-run partnership ended with Suryakumar (26 off 27 balls) looking to lap one over the keeper's head and managed to get an edge to Rishabh Pant who dived to his right to finish a quality catch. The score read 104/4 in 15.1 overs. This is when the Pandya brothers joined forces and looked to give it their best shot and finish with a flourish. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/18/ipl-delhi-capitals-mumbai-indians-dc-mi-2019.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/18/ipl-delhi-capitals-mumbai-indians-dc-mi-2019.html Thu, 18 Apr 2019 18:43:33 GMT RCB meet KKR in must-win tie Kolkata: Their house in complete disorder after seven defeats from eight outings, the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be desperate for a win to stay afloat in the Indian Premier League (IPL) when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) here on Friday. It would be a great opportunity for the Bangalore outfit to post a win against an opponent who are low on confidence having slipped from second to sixth position in the points table after suffering three straight defeats. In fact, to make matters worse, Kolkata's dangerman Andre Russell has suffered an injury scare after being hit on his left shoulder by a bouncer during the practice. Russell was already suffering from niggles ahead of their last match against Chennai Super Kings and had failed to fire for the first time, exposing KKR's over-reliance on the West Indies big hitter. Russell had left the Royal Challengers in a shambles in their first leg exchange, smashing seven sixes en route to his 13-ball 48 not out as KKR chased down 206. It remains to be seen if the Jamaican recovers in time. His absence would be a big void for KKR, who are looking to return to winning ways and reignite their campaign. To make the play-offs, KKR need to win at least four of their remaining six matches, of which three are at home. However, KKR will fancy their chances and seek to get back on track against a lowly RCB facing a do-or-die situation. RCB's star duo of Kohli and AB de Villiers have been in fine form, but the team has not clicked as a whole with their pace bowling being a major letdown. While youngster Navdeep Saini has been impressive, senior pro Umesh Yadav has turned out to be a big flop, bagging two wickets at an expensive economy of 9.26. With South African veteran pacer Dale Steyn ready to take charge as an injury replacement for Nathan Coulter-Nile midway into the IPL, the pace department will hope to get their sting back. Kohli and de Villiers will look to fire in unison against a team whose bowling has failed to click collectively. The KKR pace department has looked mediocre, while their famed spinners have struggled to get wickets on the batting-friendly Eden conditions here. Meanwhile, all eyes will also be on KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik who has grabbed a surprise World Cup berth ahead of young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant. Karthik has only one half-century and an average of 18.50 so far this season. The teams (from): Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (capt & wk), Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Harry Gurney, Matt Kelly, K C Cariappa and Yarra Prithviraj. Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (capt), Parthiv Patel (wk), A B de Villiers, Colin de Grandhomme, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Moeen Ali, Shimron Hetmyer, Dale Steyn, Shivam Dube, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Devdutt Padikkal, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Heinrich Klaasen, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Akshdeep Nath, Prayas Ray Barman, Kulwant Khejroliya, Tim Southee. Match starts at 8 pm https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/18/rcb-kkr-kohli-karthik-eden-gardens.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/18/rcb-kkr-kohli-karthik-eden-gardens.html Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:56:06 GMT Bairstow, Warner star as SRH rout CSK in Hyderabad Hyderabad: Johnny Bairstow and David Warner struck blistering half-centuries to help Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) break their losing streak in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) as they defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 6 wickets at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, here on Wednesday. SRH reached the 133-run target with 19 balls to spare to move to the fifth spot in the points table. Chasing the target, SRH got off to a flying start as both Warner and Bairstow continued with their rampage and collected 66 runs in 5.4 overs before the Australian got out after scoring an explosive 25-ball fifty which included 10 fours. Skipper Kane Williamson, who came in next, couldn't stay much at the crease and became the victim of leg-spinner Imran Tahir at his individual score of 3. However, Bairstow stayed at the other end to continue his prolific run in the ongoing IPL and collected boundaries at will. The explosive England opener remained unbeaten at 61. The 44-ball inning was studded with three fours and three sixes. The visitors surely missed the experience of M.S. Dhoni - who had to sit out because of a back injury - especially while defending the target. In Dhoni's absence, Suresh Raina captained the side. It was for the first time since 2005 that Dhoni had missed an IPL match. Earlier electing to bat, Chennai started off slowly with openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis fetching just 14 runs in the first four overs. Thereafter, they tried to up the ante and hit some lusty blows to take the team's score to 41 at the end of powerplay. Both Watson and du Plessis looked in great touch and added 79 runs for the first wicket before both of them got out at their individual scores of 45 and 30. Thereafter, the Chennai innings fell apart and they lost wickets in a heap only to put pressure on themselves. Owing to the slow nature of the wicket and some brilliant bowling performance by the SRH bowlers, the visitors amassed just 30 runs in the final five overs and crawled to 132-5 in their stipulated quota of 20 overs. It was the second defeat for the CSK in nine games, while SRH now have five wins from their eight games they have played. SRH will now take on Kolkata Knight Riders at the same venue on April 21, while CSK will travel to Bengaluru to lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore the same day. Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) 137/4 in 16.5 overs (Johnny Bairstow 61 not out, David Warner 50, Imran Tahir 2/20); Chennai Super Kings (CSK) 132 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 45, Shane Watson 31, Rashid Khan 2/17) Read more on IPL 2019 https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/17/srh-csk-suresh-raina-ipl-2019.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/17/srh-csk-suresh-raina-ipl-2019.html Wed, 17 Apr 2019 18:25:48 GMT For first time since 2010, Dhoni misses CSK game Hyderabad: Struggling with back spasm, Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was Wednesday rested for their IPL clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad, the first time he is not leading the yellow brigade since 2010. Suresh Raina was handed over the captaincy for the away game at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. "Dhoni wanted to take some rest, he'll be back in the next game," Raina said at the toss. The decision to rest the veteran was a precautionary measure. The two-time World Cup winning captain had suffered the injury against Kolkata Knight Riders and after that game, Dhoni had said, "It's a little tight right now but hopefully, it will get better". Ahead the match, Dhoni was seen warming up by playing some football before Raina walked out for the toss. This is only the fourth time Dhoni is not playing for Chennai Super Kings in the cash-rich league. Dhoni has been in good form for Chennai Super Kings in the 2019 IPL, leading the team's run chart with 230 runs from eight matches, including two fifties. CSK, who have won seven out of their eight matches in this Indian Premier League so far, need another win to secure a play-off berth. SRH have lost four matches already this season and entered this game on the back of three successive losses. Read more on IPL 2019 https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/17/ms-dhoni-ipl-chennai-super-kings-suresh-raina-captain.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/17/ms-dhoni-ipl-chennai-super-kings-suresh-raina-captain.html Wed, 17 Apr 2019 16:37:41 GMT Delhi Capitals target home win over Mumbai Indians New Delhi: Rishabh Pant will be in focus after his fiercely-debated World Cup exclusion when a buoyant Delhi Capitals aim to replicate their stellar away form at home against the Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Thursday. Pant has been mum on being ignored for the World Cup in favour of Dinesh Karthik and it would be interesting to see how the 21-year-old's bat responds to the disappointment. With 10 points from eight games, both teams are on course to make the play-offs. While that counts as familiar territory for three-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians, Capitals are in the middle of a remarkable resurgence, having not finished in the top-four since 2012. The celebrated duo of head coach Ricky Ponting and mentor Sourav Ganguly has managed to instill belief in the team members and that is visible on the field. The team now seems to believe that it can win the title after a long spell as the perennial underachiever of the competition. "The support of the coaches Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly... Their experience as a captain along with the belief they instill in us is great. At the same time the young boys in our team are also getting mature," said senior player Shikhar Dhawan ahead of the game against Mumbai Indians. "It has been a good season for us. It's a clean slate for the Delhi franchise, new name, new adminstration, support staff everyone was new. Our team is strong and is a balanced side with the overseas and Indian players," he added. The South African pace combine of Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris have delivered for the team. The two pacers shared seven wickets to fashion an unlikely win for Capitals in their last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, who successfully defended 155 by bowling out the hosts for 116. West Indies pacer Keemo Paul too has come to the party in the last two games by picking up five wickets. The batting unit, led by captain Shreyas Iyer, is also hitting its strides with Dhawan back among the runs following a few quiet games. His opening partner Prithiv Shaw is due for a big knock after making little impact in the last five games. But the centre of attention will be Pant, who will be playing his first game after missing out on a World Cup spot, a decision that has divided opinions. The focus will also be on the Kotla pitch which has already copped criticism for its slowish nature. Ponting had described it as the "worst possible" track for the home team after a loss earlier in the tournament. Apart from the Super Over game against KKR, the other two matches here have been low-scoring affairs with the home team ending on the wrong side of the result on both occasions. Like Capitals, Mumbai Indians are also getting better with each game and look a more potent outfit with the return of Lasith Malinga. All-rounder Hardik Pandya is also firing on all cylinders. Pandya, who smashed an unbeaten 37 off 16 balls in Bangalore on Thursday, has spoken about how time away from the game is helping him at the moment. Capitals got the better of Mumbai Indians at Wankhede earlier in the competition, so expect the Rohit Sharma-led squad to come back hard at Kotla. Squads: Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (capt), Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Ankush Bains, Chris Morris, Sherfane Rutherford, Jalaj Saxena, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Nathu Singh, Bandaru Ayyappa, Colin Munro, Manjot Kalra. Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (capt), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jason Behrendorff, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Ankul Roy, Evin Lewis, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Jayant Yadav. Match starts at 8 pm https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/17/delhi-capitals-mumbai-indians-kotla-pant.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/17/delhi-capitals-mumbai-indians-kotla-pant.html Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:19:37 GMT IPL: Ashwin, Rahul script KXIP's season double over Rajasthan Mohali: Skipper Ravichandran Ashwin and opener KL Rahul played pivotal roles as Kings XI Punjab produced a superb all-round performance to script a comfortable 12-run win over Rajasthan Royals in a second leg IPL clash to bring their campaign back on track. Opener Rahul hit a 47-ball 52, while Ashwin (2/24) smashed 17 off four balls in the last over and then took two crucial wickets as KXIP bounced back after successive losses in the last two matches to record their fifth win in this IPL. Invited to bat, Rahul, who was named in India's World Cup squad on Monday, and David Miller (40 off 27) shared a 85-run stand to lay the foundation. Ashwin then smashed a four and successive sixes in the last two balls to put KXIP in a strong position. The hosts then returned to restrict Rajasthan to 168 for seven, courtesy some superb bowling by Ashwin and Murugan Ashwin (1/24) in the middle overs after Arshdeep Singh's maiden two IPL wickets. Mohammad Shami was expensive but came good in the final overs, scalping two wickets. After this win, KXIP Punjab grabbed the fourth spot in the points table with 10 points to keep play-off hopes alive. However, it was Rajasthan's sixth loss and they will need to pull up their socks if they have to salvage any hopes of making it to the knockout stage. Defending the total, KXIP dismissed the big-hitting Jos Buttler (23) early as Rajasthan reached 55 in the first six over. After blasting two sixes and one four, Buttler was caught by keeper Pooran as young pacer Arshdeep scalped his maiden IPL wicket. Opener Rahul Tripathi (50) and Sanju Samson (27 off 21) added 59 runs to take Rajasthan close to the 100-mark. However, after two tight overs, Ashwin produced the breakthrough with a carrom ball in the 12th over when he cleaned up Samson, who looked to play a sweep shot. Shami then returned only to concede 11 runs with Tripathi and Ajinkya Rahane sending him across the rope. Needing 66 off last six overs, Tripathi completed his fifty in 44 balls before being caught at long off boundary by Agarwal off Ashwin. Australian Ashton Turner's IPL debut ended with a first-ball naught, while Jofra Archer was send back by Shami as RR slumped to 133 for five in 17.1 overs. Stuart Binny scored a quickfire 11-ball 33 but it was not enough as Rahane too was dismissed in pursuit of quick runs. Earlier in-form Rahul played a controlled innings after he lost his opening partner Chris Gayle (30) before powerplay. Gayle hit three sixes and two boundaries before being sent back by Archer as KXIP were 39-1 at the end of powerplay. The dashing opener dispatched Unadkat for two sixes in his first over, then hit Dhawal Kulkarni for a six and a four before edging one off Archer into the hands of wicket keeper Sanju Samson. Mayank Agarwal, who walked in after Gayle's fall, looked dangerous but failed to last long. He made 26 of 12 balls and was claimed by RR's New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi as Punjab slipped to 67 for two. Rahul then tried to steady the ship with Miller, who came into the side due to the last-minute ankle injury of Australian allrounder Moises Henriques. In the 14th over, Rahul and Miller exploded after bringing up the hundred for KXIP. The duo amassed 19 runs off Sodhi's over with Rahul smoking a massive six over deep square leg and Miller thumping one over long-off. The two batsmen piled up 20 runs in the next over with Rahul clearing the cover with an inside-out shot for a six off Unadkat, and Miller disposing a full-toss over deep midwicket. Rahul was then picked up by medium pacer Jaidev Unadkat in the 18th over with the opener hitting straight to Archer at point. Punjab then lost Nicholas Pooran (5) and Mandeep Singh (0) - both claimed by Archer in his last over, while Miller too handed a catch to Buttler off Kulkarni in the 20th over as Punjab slipped to 164 for six. Ashwin then smashed a four and successive sixes in the last two balls to put KXIP in a strong position. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/16/ipl-kings-xi-punjab-rajasthan-royals-kxip-rr-2019.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/16/ipl-kings-xi-punjab-rajasthan-royals-kxip-rr-2019.html Tue, 16 Apr 2019 18:57:25 GMT Sunrisers aim to end losing streak against CSK Hyderabad: It will be an uphill task for the Sunrisers Hyderabad to secure a victory and get back on the winning track when they take on Chennai Super Kings at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Wednesday in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. Sunrisers, who secured three back to back wins after their loss in the opening encounter in the ongoing IPL, have failed miserably in the last three games. Their batting, which has been largely dependent on the destructive opening pair of Johnny Bairstow and David Warner, hasn't been able to perform and appears to be in disarray as none of the other batsman have taken the responsibility and finish the games. The Kane Williamson-led side are currently standing at the sixth spot in the points table, and would be desperately hoping to get a win under their bag and move up the table. Chennai, on the other hand, is sitting pretty at the top of the points table with 14 points from eight games. The Men in Yellow will look to confirm their spot in the playoffs against the Sunrisers. In the batting department, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis and captain M.S. Dhoni have all been among the runs while the bowling has also looked pretty strong with Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir and Harbhajan Singh taking the responsibility and picking up wickets at regular intervals. Squads: Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, David Warner, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Kane Williamson (c), Jonny Bairstow, Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, Sandeep Sharma, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Billy Stanlake, T. Natarajan, Basil Thampi, Rashid Khan, K Khaleel Ahmed, Abhishek Sharma Chennai Super Kings: Harbhajan Singh, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, M.S. Dhoni (c), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja,Murali Vijay, Karn Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis, Deepak Chahar, Sam Billings, Mohit Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Dhruv Shorey, Scott Kuggeleijn, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, Chaitanya Bishnoi, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, K.M. Asif https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/16/sunrisers-aim-end-losing-streak-against-csk.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/16/sunrisers-aim-end-losing-streak-against-csk.html Tue, 16 Apr 2019 10:52:38 GMT IPL: Hardik Pandya's late cameo helps Mumbai beat RCB Hyderabad: Hardik Pandya produced a sensational late cameo of 37 not out off just 16 balls as he guided Mumbai Indians to a five-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in an IPL match here on Monday. Chasing 172 for a win, the match was in a balance when he came out in the 16th over but Hardik, who was named in India's World Cup squad on Monday, turned the game on its head, smashing five boundaries and two sixes during his unconquered 16-ball innings on a turning track at the Wankhede Stadium. Mumbai needed 22 runs from the last two overs but Hardik took just six balls to hit the required runs, smashing left-arm spinner Pawan Negi for two boundaries and as may sixes to end the run chase. He finished the game with a single off the last ball of the 19th over as Mumbai reached 172 for 5 in 19 overs. This was Mumbai's fifth win in eight games and they are now at third spot with 10 points, while RCB suffered their seventh defeat in eight matches and the Virat Kohli-led team are languishing at the bottom of the table. Earlier, veteran Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga took four wickets for 31 runs as Mumbai restricted RCB to 171 for 7. Mumbai were off to a flying start in their run chase with openers Rohit Sharma (28) and Quinton de Kock (40) finding the boundaries with ease. De Kock took 16 runs from the third over bowled by Umesh Yadav, smashing two boundaries and a six while captain Rohit was elegant as ever, hitting a four and a six off Mohammed Siraj the next over. Mumbai were wallopping at 67 for no loss at the end of first powerplay overs but suddenly off-spinner Moeen Ali (2/28) brought RCB back into the match with a two-wicket burst in a single over. The Englishman removed the two set openers Rohit and de Kock in the space of four deliveries in the eighth over. Rohit was done in a by a delivery which turned viciously from the offside while de Kock was plumbed in front as he was beaten by a delivery which skidded instead of turning and Mumbai were 71 for 2 in 7.4 overs. Ishan Kishan (21) came out and nonchalantly smashed two sixes off Negi before he fell to Yuzvendra Chahal (2/27), stumped by Parthiv Patel. The Mumbai run chase started stuttering and with the pitch turning, Suryakumar Yadav (29) and Krunal Pandya (11) was finding it difficult to get the boundaries. Play was hold up for a few minutes in the 13th over with Chahal seemingly having some problem on his little finger but he returned to bowl his fourth over and had the wicket of Suryakumar who holed out to Navdeep Saini near the boundary. Hardik was nearly out in the 17th over but it was his elder brother Krunal who was out in the next over off the bowling of Mohammed Siraj. It was then left to Hardik to take Mumbai to victory in a dramatic fashion. Earlier, AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali hit impressive half centuries to guide Royal Challengers Bangalore to a respectable 171 for 7 after being put into bat. After RCB lost skipper Virat Kohli (8 off 9 balls) and Parthiv Patel (28 off 20 balls) inside seven overs, de Villiers (75 in 51 balls) along with Ali (50 runs in 32 balls) resurrected the innings with a 95-run stand for the third wicket. The South African star stamped his authority, hammering six fours and four sixes, as he completed his half century in 41 balls. Ali was a little bit more aggressive than de Villiers as he hit five sixes and a lone boundary as the two took the MI attack to cleaners. Ali initially played second fiddle but later upped the ante. He was particularly severe on Australian pacer Jason Behrendoff (1/49), whom he hit for two sixes and a four in the 16th over, which fetched 17 runs for RCB. De Villiers, who took time to settle, then showed his class, as he hit round the park. However, veteran Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Maliga (4/31) pegged the visiting side back by removing Ali and Marcus Stonis (0) in the 18th over and taking two wickets in the final over. De Villiers was run out in the final over off a brilliant throw from long-on. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/15/ipl-mumbai-indians-royal-challengers-bangalore-mi-rcb-2019.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/15/ipl-mumbai-indians-royal-challengers-bangalore-mi-rcb-2019.html Mon, 15 Apr 2019 18:52:34 GMT Smith, Warner likely to miss final stages of IPL New Delhi: Australian batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner are likely to leave their respective Indian Premier League (IPL) teams by the end of this month to attend their national training camp from May 2 after being drafted into the squad for the upcoming World Cup. Smith and Warner are currently playing for Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively in the IPL after serving their 12-month ban for their role in the ball-tampering scandal that rocked Australian cricket last year. The two were recalled to the national team after Australia named their 15-member squad for the World Cup beginning on May 30 in England and Wales. "The 15-player squad for the ICC world cup will assemble in Brisbane for a training camp at the National Cricket Centre on May 2," Cricket Australia said. "The training camp will include three practice matches between Australia XI and New Zealand XI at Allan Border Field." While Warner has been in red-hot form for Sunrisers, holding the Orange Cap with 400 runs, which includes a century and four fifties, Smith has found the going tough for Rajasthan, having scored just 186 runs in seven matches. They are likely to miss a couple of matches for their respective franchises, besides the knockout stage in case the teams make it to the play-offs. Rajasthan will play Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on April 30 before meeting Delhi Capitals in their last league game on May 4, while Sunrisers will be up against Mumbai Indians and RCB on May 2 and May 4 respectively. Seamer Jason Behrendorff and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis, who were also named in the World Cup squad, are also expected to leave Mumbai Indians and RCB respectively by the end of the month to attend the camp. While Behrendorff is likely to miss two scheduled Mumbai matches on May 2 and May 5 against SRH and Kolkata Knight Riders, Stoinis might leave a little early considering RCB's dismal run in the IPL this season. Stoinis scored a crucial unbeaten 28 off 16 balls to help RCB register their first win this season when they defeated Kings XI Punjab by eight wickets. RCB will have to win the next seven matches to salvage any chances of making it to the play-offs. The team has just one league match next month against Sunrisers on May 4. Among others, pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile, who also plays for RCB, has already been ruled out of the IPL following an injury and South Africa's Dale Steyn has been drafted into the squad. Australia open their World Cup title defence against Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/15/steve-smith-david-warner-ipl-australia-world-cup.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/15/steve-smith-david-warner-ipl-australia-world-cup.html Mon, 15 Apr 2019 07:50:43 GMT Rajasthan seek revenge against Kings XI Punjab Mohali: With just two wins from seven games, Rajasthan Royals will be desperate for a win when they take on Kings XI Punjab at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Tuesday in order to keep their chances alive of making it to the playoffs in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. Ajinkya Rahane's men would also be seeking revenge for their previous loss against the home side when the two teams met on March 25. That match was, however, marred by a controversy when R Ashwin 'Mankaded' England batsman Jos Buttler at a crucial moment in the match that Rajasthan went on to lose. The manner of the dismissal created ripples across the cricketing fraternity with many former greats criticising the Indian off-spinner for breaching the 'spirit of the game'. However, Ashwin stated that whatever he did was within the rules of the game and added that his 'conscience was clear'. Rajasthan Royals, who are sitting at the second last spot in the points table, would however be feeling a little confident after their win against Mumbai Indians in their last game. On the other hand, Punjab, who are at the fifth spot in the points table, are coming after facing defeat at the hands of bottom-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore. They would be hoping that the swashbuckling West Indies opener Chris Gayle once again continues his rich form which he displayed against Virat Kohli's men and contributes to the team's cause. Squads: Kings XI Punjab Squad: Chris Gayle, Moises Henriques, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, David Miller, Mohammed Shami, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul, Murugan Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Hardus Viljoen, Andrew Tye, Sam Curran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Agnivesh Ayachi, Darshan Nalkande, Varun Chakravarthy, Arshdeep Singh, Simran Singh, Harpreet Brar Rajasthan Royals Squad: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Steven Smith, Jos Buttler, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Manan Vohra, Prashant Chopra, Ashton Turner, Ish Sodhi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Gopal, Liam Livingstone, Shashank Singh, Mahipal Lomror, Shubham Ranjane, Oshane Thomas, Jofra Archer, Riyan Parag, Aryaman Birla, Sudhesan Midhun https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/15/rajasthan-royals-seek-revenge-against-kings-xi-punjab.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/15/rajasthan-royals-seek-revenge-against-kings-xi-punjab.html Mon, 15 Apr 2019 17:09:41 GMT IPL: Rabada stars as Delhi Capitals stun SRH Hyderabad: Speedster Kagiso Rabada led a clinical bowling display with a four-wicket haul as Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 39 runs under dramatic conditions in their IPL match here on Sunday. Pacer Keemo Paul (3/17) ran through the Sunrisers top-order before his pace colleagues Rabada (4/22) and Chris Morris (3/22) triggered mayhem in the middle and lower order as the home side suffered a batting collapse after 15 overs while chasing 157 for a win. The Sunrisers were 101 for 3 in 15.2 overs when Ricky Bhui fell to Paul but after that they lost seven wickets for the addition of just 15 runs. Morris took three wickets in the space of five balls in the 18th over as the stunned home crowd watched their side's batsmen capitulating without much fight as the innings folded at 116 in 18.5 overs. David Warner, who top-scored with a 47-ball 51, was out in the 17th over off Rabada to trigger a procession of Sunrisers batsmen towards the dressing room. Rabada and Morris took all these six wickets as Sunrisers surrenderd tamely. With the win, the Delhi Capitals jumped to second spot with 10 points from eight matches while the Sunrisers are at the sixth spot after their third consecutive loss. The Sunrisers' openers Warner and Jonny Bairstow (41) made a watchful start as they looked for accumulating runs without taking risks. Warner was uncharacteristically slow and it was left to Bairstow to take the chances. Bairstow hit Ishant Sharma a couple of fours and a six off Morris but the home side could only score 40 for no loss at the end of first powerplay overs. The opening duo reached the 50-run mark at the end of the eighth over and they began to look for big shots. The Sunrisers, however lost Bairstow at an inopportune juncture with Paul getting rid of him in the 10th over. At the halfway stage, the Sunrisers were 73 for 1 with 83 more runs needed for a win and they were on track. But the dismissal of captain Kane Williamson (3) off the bowling of Paul in the 12th over was the beginning of the pressure which began to pile on the Sunrisers. Warner was still there but the Delhi bowlers gave him little chance to open up his arms on a sluggish pitch. Bhui's dismissal in the 16th over piled on further pressure on the Sunrisers. The asking rate climbed up to 13 an over at the end of 16th over and the home side wilted under pressure with Warner finally falling in the 17th over bowled by Rabada as the batsman hit straight to the hands of captain Shreyas Iyer. Rabada got rid of Vijay Shankar (1) in the next delivery and with it the game was as good as over in favour of Delhi Capitals. It was then the turn Morris to take three wickets in the 18th over before Rabada ended the Sunrisers run chase with two wickets in consecutive deliveries. Earlier, young left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed grabbed three key wickets in an impressive spell to help Sunrisers restrict Delhi Capitals to 155 for 7 after the visitors were invited to bat. The 21-year-old bowler took the wickets of openers Prithvi Shaw (4) and Shikhar Dhawan (7) as well as that of dangerous Rishabh Pant (23) while conceding 30 runs from his four overs. Senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned with figures of 2/33 while leg-spinner Rashid Khan and Abhishek Sharma took a wicket apiece as the Sunrisers' bowlers made it difficult for Delhi batsmen to score runs. For Delhi, captian Shreyas Iyer top-scored with a 40-ball 45 and his 56-run partnership with Pant for the fourth wicket took them a challenging total after a wobbly start. Colin Munro was the other notable contributor with a 24-ball 40. Shreyas hit five fours before he was dismissed by Bhuvneshwar in the 16th over while Munro was more aggressive with four boundaries and three sixes in his 24-ball knock. Delhi Capitals struggled with openers Dhawan and Shaw back into the dressing room by the fourth over with Ahmed accounting for both the key batsmen. Shaw was the first to go in the second over as he was done in by the extra bounce extracted by Ahmed as the batsman ended up edging the delivery to wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow. In his next over, Ahmed got rid of Dhawan who miscued a bounceer off the bowler with Bhuvneshwar Kumar taking the catch at fine leg. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/14/ipl-sunrisers-hyderabad-delhi-capitals-srh-dc-2019.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/14/ipl-sunrisers-hyderabad-delhi-capitals-srh-dc-2019.html Sun, 14 Apr 2019 18:58:13 GMT IPL: Tahir, Raina help CSK put foot in playoffs Kolkata: Imran Tahir and Suresh Raina helped Chennai Super Kings (CSK) put one foot in the playoffs as they got past Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by five wickets in their Indian Premier League (IPL) return leg fixture at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday. CSK, who had defeated KKR in their first meeting also, consolidated their spot at the top of the table with 14 points from eight matches. KKR, on the other hand, slumped to their third straight defeat, remaining on eight points from eight matches. Tahir (4/27) first played a pivotal role in restricting KKR to 161/8. Chasing a modest 162 for victory, Raina struck an unbeaten 58 off 42 balls (7x4; 1x6), his 36th IPL fifty, adding 41 runs with Ravindra Jadeja (31 off 17 balls not out; 4x5) for the sixth wicket. CSK needed 24 in the last two overs, but Jadeja hit Harry Gurney for a hattrick of fours in the 19th over to bring the equation down to eight runs off six balls. The India all-rounder then creamed Piyush Chawla for a boundary to hit the winning runs as the defending champions won with two balls to spare. CSK lost Shane Watson (6) early with Gurney trapping him in front of the wicket. Faf Du Plessis (24) was castled by Sunil Narine (2/19), who bowled a wicket maiden in the sixth over. Ambati Rayudu (5) failed to impress the selectors on the eve of World Cup selection while Kedar Jadhav (20) also got out to leave CSK on 81/4. Dhoni and Raina combined for a 40-run fifth wicket stand before the former was trapped by Narine, with reviews not going in the former India skipper's favour. Earlier, recording his best figures (4/27) in the competition, Tahir bowled a game-changing 15th over to account for Chris Lynn (82; 51 balls; 7x4 6x6) and Andre Russell (10) to dent the KKR's surge as they could only manage 161/8. Tahir was introduced in the ninth over with Lynn going great guns. The South Africa leg-spinner gave away just four runs in his first over to then wreak havoc. The 40-year-old removed Nitish Rana (21) and Robin Uthappa (0) in the 11th over to start KKR's slide and then did the major damage in the 15th over by removing Lynn and Russell in the space of four balls. Lynn was caught at deep square leg by Shardul Thakur while substitute Dhruv Shorey took an excellent catch at long on. In the last five overs, the hosts could muster only 28 runs with only one four at the cost of three wickets. Shardul (2/18), who along with Tahir was the other architect of Chennai's choke, removed Shubman Gill (15) and Piyush Chawla (0) in the final over. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/14/ipl-kolkata-knight-riders-chennai-super-kings-kkr-csk-2019.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/14/ipl-kolkata-knight-riders-chennai-super-kings-kkr-csk-2019.html Sun, 14 Apr 2019 14:55:42 GMT RCB look to carry momentum against Mumbai Mumbai: For the first time in this edition of the Indian Premier League, Royal Challengers Bangalore will go into a game as favourites. After a convincing win against Kings XI Punjab, RCB will now take on Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday. While Mumbai Indians are seated third on the points table with four wins from seven games, they lost their last match against Rajasthan Royals at the same venue on Saturday. On the other hand, even though RCB is placed last on the table with just one win in seven outings, the fact that they beat KXIP at home on Saturday will surely motivate them further. Speaking after Saturday's game, while Kohli had mentioned how his players still have the desire to go out and express themselves, Man of the Match AB de Villiers had rung the warning bell for the opposition saying he loves playing at the Wankhede. Not good signs for Rohit Sharma and his boys for sure. Also, the clinical way that RCB chased down KXIP's total of 173 shows that the batting unit is definitely in form. With Dale Steyn joining the squad, the bowling too will wear a bolstered look. In fact, uncapped Navdeep Saini would like to take the opportunity of learning from the pro in the remaining games. Saini has by far been the most impressive bowler for RCB and Mumbai Indians too would look to play him cautiously. In the batting department, Mumbai have little worries as both Rohit and opening partner Quinton de Kock have been in fine form. With Kieron Pollard also showing that he still has match-winning abilities and Hardik Pandya finishing with a bang in almost all games, the batting part of things look sorted for the home team. The same though cannot be said about the bowling as only Krunal Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah have looked good on a consistent basis. While one can't be too harsh on the bowlers considering that the wicket at the Wankhede is known to aide batsmen, but considering the RCB line-up, Rohit will definitely want his boys to pull up their socks. Squads: Mumbai Indians: Siddhesh Lad, Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Behrendorff, Jasprit Bumrah, Anmolpreet Singh, Aditya Tare, Evin Lewis, Yuvraj Singh, Pankaj Jaiswal, Anukul Roy, Ben Cutting, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Barinder Sran, Rasikh Salam, Jayant Yadav Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Heinrich Klaasen, Himmat Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Prayas Barman, Umesh Yadav, Kulwant Khejroliya, Dale Steyn https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/14/rcb-look-carry-momentum-against-mumbai.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/14/rcb-look-carry-momentum-against-mumbai.html Sun, 14 Apr 2019 17:27:11 GMT Kohli, de Villiers guide RCB to first win of IPL 2019 Mohali: Sensational fifties from Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers overshadowed Chris Gayle's unbeaten 99 as Royal Challengers finally snapped a six-match losing streak this IPL season with a eight-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab here Saturday. Kohli (67) in company of AB de Villiers (59 not out) scripted a superb runchase, sharing a 85-run stand to lay the foundation. The India skipper blasted eight boundaries, while de Villiers clobbered two sixes and five hits across the rope in his 38-ball innings. Invited to bat, dashing West Indies opener Chris Gayle (99) carried his bat through with an unbeaten 99, studded with five sixes and as many as 10 hits to the fence to single-handedly anchor Punjab to 173 for four. Kohli and de Villiers then did bulk of the scoring and once the skipper was dismissed in the 16th over, Marcus Stoinis (28 off 16) played a crucial cameo to take the team through with four balls to spare. With this victory, RCB also avoided the ignominy of most successive losses for a team at the start of an IPL season. Chasing 174 to win, Parthiv Patel and Kohli gave RCB a flying start, amassing 43 off 23 balls but the left-handed opener was caught by Mayank Agarwal off R Ashwin in the 4th over. de Villiers and Kohli then took the bowlers to the cleaners, picking up boundaries at will, as RCB brought up the 100 in the 12th over. Kohli completed his second fifty of this IPL season in 37 balls but runs dried up a bit in the middle with M Ashwin (24/0) and Andrew Tye (4/40) bowling a tight over each. Mohammad Shami then gave Punjab a glimmer of hope when over he dismissed Kohli, who pulled one straight to M Ashwin as RCB slipped to 128 for two. But Marcus Stoinis and de Villiers ensured there were no hiccups, sharing 46 runs, as RCB romped home comfortably in the end. Earlier, Gayle stitched a 66-run opening stand off 38 balls with KL Rahul (18) and kept the scoreboard ticking even though he lost partners on the other end. RCB could have dismissed Gayle in the first over itself when he was hit on the leg by Umesh Yadav but Virat Kohli didn't go for a DRS and the West Indian escaped. Gayle made RCB pay for the mistake as he hit a four and six off Umesh's next over, before Rahul joined the party and smashed a couple of fours off the India pacer in his third over. In the sixth over, Gayle exploded as he welcomed Mohammad Siraj with a four at long off and followed it up with a six over long-on and another boundary across cover. He then pulled another one over square leg before sending the ball across the fine leg as KXIP amassed 24 runs to end the powerplay at 60 for no loss. Chahal was then introduced into the attack and Rahul lifted him over long-on for a maximum but the spinner had him stumped in the next delivery to produce a crucial breakthrough. Mayank Agarwal then joined Gayle, who completed his fifty in 28 balls. Agarwal smashed Chahal over extra cover for a six but the spinner cleaned him up in the next delivery as Punjab slumped to 86 for two. Sarfaraz Khan (15) and Gayle then took Punjab across the 100-mark before the former was caught behind off Siraj's delivery. Sam Curran (1) too couldn't stay long and was removed by Moeen Ali as Punjab slipped to 114 for four in 14th over. Mandeep Singh (18) and Gayle then provided the late charge, scoring 60 off 37 balls. Gayle, who has six tons to his name, needed 10 runs in the last over to complete another century but he fall short by just one run despite hitting the last ball for another four. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/13/ipl-kings-xi-punjab-royal-challengers-bangalore-kxip-rcb-2019.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/13/ipl-kings-xi-punjab-royal-challengers-bangalore-kxip-rcb-2019.html Sat, 13 Apr 2019 18:41:26 GMT Dhoni should have been banned for 2-3 games over umpiring outburst: Sehwag New Delhi: Former India swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was fined 50 per cent of his match fees for breaching the IPL Code of Conduct, had been let off easy and the Chennai Super Kings' skipper should have been banned for at least two or three games. On Thursday, during an IPL game between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai, Dhoni walked into the field and protested against the umpire's decision against a no-ball when his team was 18 runs away from victory in the last over. Stokes, who was bowling the final over, delivered a full toss to Mitchell Santner which was declared a no-ball by umpire Ulhas Gandhe before being overruled by his colleague and square-leg umpire Bruce Oxenford following which Dhoni walked in and lost his cool. "Had he done this for the Indian team, I would have been happy. I have never seen him so angry during his captaincy days for the Indian team. So I feel he became a little too emotional for the Chennai team," Sehwag was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz. "I feel he shouldn't have come to the ground when there are two CSK members already and they were equally inquisitive regarding the no-ball," he opined. "So I feel Dhoni was let off easy and should have been banned for at least 2-3 games. Because if he did this, tomorrow another captain can do the same. Then what is the value of an umpire? "I feel he should have been banned for a few games by IPL to set an example. He should have stayed outside and instead have talked to the fourth umpire with the walkie talkie," Sehwag said. After the match, which Chennai won by four wickets, Dhoni had admitted of breaching the Level 2 offence under Article 2.20 of the IPL's Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction. Article 2.20 defines such act as a "conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game" and "is intended to cover all types of conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game and which is not specifically and adequately covered by the specific offences set out elsewhere". https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/13/dhoni-ban-ipl-games-umpiring-outburst-sehwag.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/13/dhoni-ban-ipl-games-umpiring-outburst-sehwag.html Sat, 13 Apr 2019 15:59:13 GMT IPL: Buttler blitz outshines Mumbai fightback Mumbai: Englishman Jos Buttler laid the platform with a rampaging 89 while Shreyas Gopal held his nerve at the death to power Rajasthan Royals to a four-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League encounter here Saturday. This was Royals' second victory of the season in seven games after losing a last ball thriller to CSK less than 48 hours back. Put into bat, Mumbai Indians rode on a aggressive 81 by South African Quinton De Kock to post an imposing 187/5, but Buttler's 43-ball knock studded with eight fours and seven sixes set the tone before Royals survived a scare to finish the game in 19.3 overs. The match was a forgettable one for young West Indies pacer Alzarri Joseph (0/53 in 3 overs), who was hammered for eight fours and three sixes and then was injured trying to save a boundary. The 13th over changed the game's complexion as Buttler smashed two sixes and four fours off Joseph to bring down the equation to a manageable run-a-ball. Buttler first conjured a 60-run opening stand with skipper Ajinkya Rahane (37 off 21 balls, 6x 4; 1x6) to lay the foundation and then added 87 runs for the second wicket with Sanju Samson (31 off 26 balls; 2x4, 1x6). Buttler initially played second fiddle to Rahane but then upped his ante once skipper was gone. The Englishman in the eighth over, hit Rahul Chahar for a six, and then in next over, smashed two sixes off Krunal Pandya as he raced to 50 off 29 balls. When Buttler departed in the 14th over, Rajasthan needed 41 runs. But then came the twist in the tale when Mumbai did make a comeback of sorts sending four batsman - Samson, Rahul Tripathi (1), Steve Smith (12 ) and Liam Livingstone (1) - back to the pavilion as Rajasthan slumped to 174.6 from 147/2. However, Shreyas Gopal (13 not out) and K Gowtham (0 not out) held their nerves to take the side home in a tense situation. Gopal hit the winning boundary off Hardik Pandya as celebrations erupted in the Rajasthan camp. Joseph was the costliest bowler having conceded 53 runs in three overs. Earlier, Quinton de Kock hit a belligerent 81 as he powered Mumbai Indians to an imposing 187 for 5 against Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League game here Saturday. South African De Kock was the wrecker-in-chief as he hammered six fours and four sixes in his 52-ball knock and got able support from skipper Rohit Sharma (47 off 32 balls), who made a comeback after missing out the last Mumbai game due to a leg injury. A late cameo from Hardik Pandya (28 off 11 balls), in which smashed three sixes and one fours ensured Mumbai neared the 190-run mark. Earlier, Rohit and De Kock took the opposition attack to the cleaners as the two added 96 for the first wicket. They started the onslaught in the third over amassing 18 runs with the South African hitting a six and four off Krishnappa Gowtham. Then Rohit ripped apart pacer Dhawal Kulkarni, striking three fours, including a splendid cover drive, as Mumbai gathered 14 runs from it. De Kock kept playing shots at will even as Mumbai reached 57/0 after Powerplay period. Then De Kock dispatched spinner Liam Livingstone for two sixes over deep mid-wicket as runs came thick and fast. He raced to his fifty in 34 balls. Rohit, who struck six fours and a lone six, threw his wicket away giving a sitter to Jos Buttler off Jofra Archer. And then Rajasthan made a good comeback removing Surya Kumar Yadav (16) and Kieron Pollard (6) to reduce the hosts to 136/3. Rajasthan bowlers made a splendid comeback as they removed De Kock and Ishan Kishan before the Hardik show. Meanwhile, it was Rohit's 100th match as captain for Mumbai Indians (including the now defunct Champions League T20 games) and it was Mumbai's overall 200th match. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/13/ipl-mumbai-indians-rajasthan-royals-mi-rr-2019.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/13/ipl-mumbai-indians-rajasthan-royals-mi-rr-2019.html Sat, 13 Apr 2019 14:50:29 GMT Delhi look to consolidate position against Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan will be keen to build on to his new found form ahead of the World Cup and also help Delhi Capitals continue their winning run in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in their match against Sunrisers Hyderabad here on Sunday. Delhi are coming off back-to-back victories against Royal Challengers Bangalore and a strong Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). After Friday's win over KKR, Delhi have climbed to fourth spot with eight points from seven matches and they would not want to slide down the ladder at any cost. Dhawan roared back into form with an unbeaten 97 off 63 balls to power Delhi to a seven-wicket win overs hosts KKR. Chasing 179, Rishabh Pant (46 off 31 balls) played a perfect second fiddle to Dhawan, curbing his rash shots and showing immense maturity in a 105-run partnership from 69 balls, which virtually killed the contest as Delhi reached the target with seven balls to spare. Dhawan must have got his confidence back and he would like to continue the good job. Besides Dhawan and Pant, skipper Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shaw have also been among the runs and the Delhi batsmen would be looking to fire in unison. Delhi's bowling unit comprising Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris and Ishant Sharma did well to restrict KKR on a good batting track. In contrast, Sunrisers Hyderabad have suffered defeats in their last two games and would be desperate to get back to winning ways. Hyderabad will draw confidence from the fact that they had thrashed Delhi when the two teams met last time at the Ferozshah Kotla. Having restricted Delhi to 129/8, Sunrisers achieved the target in 18.3 overs, handing the home team a five-wicket defeat. Although Sunrisers looked threatening in their first three games when David Warner and Jonny Bairstow stitched century-plus stands, once the duo got out cheaply, the Hyderabad middle-order has been in disarray. Sunrisers' middle-order fell apart against Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab in their last two games with the likes of Vijay Shankar, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda and Yusuf Pathan falling flat. On the bowling front, the pace trio of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma and Siddharth Kaul have been decent while the Afghan spin duo of Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi have also been impressive in the middle overs. But they failed to contain Kings XI Punjab batsmen, especially KL Rahul, the other day. Hyderabad will hope that their bowlers give a good account of themselves against the Delhi batsmen. The Teams (from): Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (capt), Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, David Warner, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Wriddhiman Saha, Martin Guptill, Vijay Shankar, T Natarajan, Ricky Bhui, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shreevats Goswami, Khaleel Ahmed, Billy Stanlake, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem. Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer (capt), Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant (wk), Colin Ingram, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Ankush Bains, Harshal Patel, Manjot Kalra, Chris Morris, Sherfane Rutherford, Jalaj Saxena, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Nathu Singh, Bandaru Ayyappa, Colin Munro. Match starts at 8 pm https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/13/sunrisers-hyderabad-delhi-capitals-shikhar-dhawan.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/13/sunrisers-hyderabad-delhi-capitals-shikhar-dhawan.html Sat, 13 Apr 2019 12:52:14 GMT KKR up against high-flying CSK Kolkata: Table-toppers Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will look to complete the double against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), just like Delhi Capitals did, when the two teams clash in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Sunday. The home side's consistency has suddenly taken a beating after two defeats on the trot, first in Chennai and then against Delhi Capitals here on Friday night. The Knight Riders, hence, would be under immense pressure to arrest the slide when they face the mighty Super Kings. Both their defeats exposed KKR's over reliance on Andre Russell, who looked ominous, but the opponents figured out a way to strangulate the other batters to restrict the team to below-par totals. To make matters worse, the Jamaican is a doubtful starter after aggravating his wrist injury that he had sustained in Chennai. He never looked at ease during his 21-ball 45 against Delhi. He also could not finish his quota of four overs while bowling and limped off the ground. He was not seen during the post-match presentation ceremony too. "He has a bit of an issue. He braved that and still went on to play this game. He is always a special cricketer. We will take a call day after," skipper Dinesh Karthik said about the availability of Russell, who has been the man-of-the-match in three of their four wins. Russell has been exceptional for KKR this season with six successive 40-plus scores and it would be a massive blow for the hosts if they miss him at the back end of the tournament. Thankfully for KKR, talented youngster Shubman Gill looked in sublime form and returned with a 65 off 39 balls after being promoted to open against Delhi Capitals. But KKR need their batting to click as a whole, especially skipper Dinesh Karthik, their leading run-getter last season. He has been struggling this time with 93 runs at a woeful average of 15.33. With the Eden surface not helping the spinners much, the spin-oriented attack too have struggled to pick wickets while the pace attack in Prasidh Krishna and Lockie Ferguson looked ordinary. Karthik, who is also eyeing a World Cup berth, will be under a lot of pressure to score runs personally and also turn it around for KKR on the eve of the India team selection. Under the astute captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Chennai are on a rampage with six wins out of seven, including three in a row. But in the last match, Dhoni was in the spotlight for the wrong reasons. In a rare instance, Dhoni, who was not even meant to be on the field of play, uncharacteristically lost his cool and rushed out of the dug-out to challenge umpire Ulhas Gandhe after he flip-flopped on a no ball during the match against Rajasthan Royals on Thursday night. Although Dhoni escaped a ban and was let off with a 50 per cent fine on his match fee for an unprecedented confrontation with the umpires, but former cricketers came down heavily on India's two-time World Cup winning captain for his act, saying he set a wrong precedent. This match will take place in the backdrop of the latest IPL controversy but Super Kings will be keen to put it behind them with another dazzling performance. The teams (from): Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (capt & wk), Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Harry Gurney, Matt Kelly, K C Cariappa and Yarra Prithviraj. Chennai Super Kings: M S Dhoni (capt & wk), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan, Scott Kuggeleijn. Match starts at 4pm https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/13/kolkata-knight-riders-chennai-super-kings-eden-gardens.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/13/kolkata-knight-riders-chennai-super-kings-eden-gardens.html Sat, 13 Apr 2019 11:59:02 GMT Everyone is human: Ganguly on Dhoni's on-field argument with umpires Kolkata: Everyone is human, former captain Sourav Ganguly said Friday night, referring to Mahendra Singh Dhoni's on-field argument with umpires during an IPL game. Chennai Super Kings captain Dhoni escaped a ban and was let off with a 50 per cent fine on his match fee for an unprecedented confrontation with the umpires during the IPL encounter against Rajasthan Royals here Thursday. "Everyone is human. What stands out is his competitiveness. It's remarkable," was all Ganguly said when asked about the controversy. Former cricketers came down heavily on India's two-time World Cup winning captain for his act, saying the CSK skipper set a wrong precedent. Serving as advisor of Delhi Capitals, Ganguly had a smile on his face after the visitors posted a seven-wicket victory over hosts Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens. "Two out of two against such a good team is outstanding. I am very satisfied," he said. Delhi had also won the the first-leg at home. Ganguly added, "Everything at Eden is special. This is the best ground, the bet pitch in the country." Chasing 179, Shikhar Dhawan led with a fluent 97 to power the visitors to a big win. "I feel we bowled exceptionally well to restrict them for 178. It's actually a 200 wicket," Ganguly said. Read more on IPL 2019 https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/13/sourav-ganguly-ms-dhoni-umpires-ipl-controversy.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/13/sourav-ganguly-ms-dhoni-umpires-ipl-controversy.html Sat, 13 Apr 2019 02:26:22 GMT IPL: Dhawan masterclass helps Delhi do a double on KKR Kolkata: Shikhar Dhawan found form with a 63-ball 97 and powered Delhi Capitals to a seven-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL here Friday, leaving two legends at the visiting dugout beaming. Chasing 179, Colin Ingram launched one down the ground to finish the game in style and deny Dhawan what would have been his maiden hundred in this format. Coach Ricky Ponting was the first to stand up and applaud the big six from Ingram, and advisor Sourav Ganguly had a smile on his face. Two days ahead of the Indian team selection for the World Cup, Dhawan, who survived a review on 11, decorated his knock with 11 boundaries and two sixes, as Delhi registered only their second IPL win at the Eden Gardens. Delhi climbed to fourth spot with eight points from seven matches, while this was KKR's second straight defeat after losing to Chennai Super Kings in their last match. They now have eight points from seven games. Rishabh Pant (46 off 31 balls) played a perfect second fiddle to Dhawan, curbing his rash shots and showed immense maturity in a 105-run partnership from 69 balls, which virtually killed the contest. Pant, however, fell short of his half-century as he failed to clear the rope against Nitish Rana. Going through a lean patch since his sedate 47-ball 51 against Chennai Super Kings on March 26, Dhawan was seen going through an extensive drill under Ganguly, who gave him useful tips. Prithvi Shaw (14) gave Delhi an explosive start, hammering two sixes off New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson, but he could not make it big while skipper Shreyas Iyer departed inside the powerplay. There was a mountain to climb with 122 required from 14.2 overs when Pant joined Dhawan in the middle. But the duo got the job done with consummate ease. Earlier, Andre Russell blazed away to a 21-ball 45 after Shubman Gill's brisk half-century, powering Kolkata Knight Riders to a challenging total. This was Russell's sixth successive 40-plus score, his four sixes and three boundaries coming after youngster Gill stroked 65 off 39 balls, helping the hosts recover from Ishant Sharma's wicket-maiden first over. The Jamaican, who was cleaned up by Kagiso Rabada with a toe-crushing yorker in their Super Over defeat in the first leg, also exacted a sweet revenge smashing the South African for two sixes in an over that yielded 16 runs. Chris Morris removed Russell in the penultimate over when he was caught in the deep by Rabada. Sent into bat, from batting at No. 6 in their last match against Chennai Super Kings, Gill was promoted to open the innings and the 19-year-old responded with a fine knock, his second IPL fifty, and first this season. Gill smashed seven fours and two sixes, both against spinner Axar Patel, and along with Robin Uthappa (28), added 63 runs after a horror start. Ishant knocked out the off-stump of Joe Denly with a fantastic inswinger, the Englishman lasting just one ball on his IPL debut. Delhi could not have asked for a better start with Ishant starting the proceedings with a wicket-maiden. But KKR did well to bring themselves out of the rut with Uthappa and Gill counter-attacking with a flurry of boundaries. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/12/ipl-kolkata-knight-riders-delhi-capitals-kkr-dc-2019.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/12/ipl-kolkata-knight-riders-delhi-capitals-kkr-dc-2019.html Fri, 12 Apr 2019 18:55:40 GMT Steyn to replace injured Coulter-Nile in RCB squad Bengaluru: South African fast bowler Dale Steyn will replace injured Nathan Coulter-Nile in the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) squad for the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season, the franchise announced on Friday. "Nathan Coulter-Nile is still recovering from a sustained injury and has been prescribed ample rest. He is a player of tremendous talent and owing to his personal time-out however, he won't be able to play during IPL season 12," a RCB spokesperson said. "His absence has been felt greatly both in the team and on ground. Team RCB wishes Nathan a heartfelt speedy recovery and an early come back. Replacing him in the squad is the explosive fast bowler Dale Steyn. We all welcome him to the RCB squad!" he added. Steyn will be making a comeback to the league after a gap of three years. He had last featured for Gujarat Lions in 2016. The South African pacer has played in 90 IPL matches, bagging 92 wickets with an economy of 6.72. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/12/steyn-replace-injured-coulter-nile-rcb-squad.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/12/steyn-replace-injured-coulter-nile-rcb-squad.html Fri, 12 Apr 2019 15:39:04 GMT RCB take on Punjab in must win encounter Mohali: With their backs firmly to the wall, out-of-sorts Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will take on Kings XI Punjab in a must-win Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the IS Bindra Stadium here on Saturday. RCB have lost six matches on the trot, finding themselves rooted to the bottom of the eight-team table. RCB slumped to their sixth straight defeat after going down against Delhi Capitals last Sunday. Kohli, who was recently named the Leading Cricketer of the Year for the third successive time by Wisden Almanack, looked distraught and on Saturday will know that they can only reverse their fortunes by winning all their remaining eight matches from Saturday onwards. RCB have been inconsistent with both their bowling and batting faltering on many occasions. While Kohli and AB de Villiers have shown glimpses of their brilliance, the team's dependence on the pair and pathetic bowling displays have let them down. Besides Yuzvendra Chahal, no other bowler has looked the part for the Bengaluru based side. In their last match against Delhi, barring Kohli's 33-ball 41 and Moeen Ali's 18-ball 32 cameo, RCB's ordinary batting display took the side to a modest 149/8, a target which was easily achieved by their rivals. Kohli's leadership skills have also come under the scanner with many questioning his acumen in motivating a side. The fielding has also been a major cause of worry for RCB with almost every match witnessing several catches being grassed. Coming to the home side, Punjab failed to defend 197 against Mumbai Indians in their last match with Kieron Pollard's knock of a 31-ball 83 blowing them away. But barring that piece of individual brilliance to which few teams have an answer, R Ashwin's wards have looked in great shape and the India Test offie has led from the front. They have won four matches out of seven but they have maintained dominance at home. Squads: Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (Captain), Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper), AB de Villiers, Colin de Grandhomme, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Moeen Ali, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Devdutt Padikkal, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Heinrich Klaasen, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Akshdeep Nath, Prayas Barman, Kulwant Khejroliya, Tim Southee. Kings XI Punjab: Ravichandran Ashwin (Captain), KL Rahul (wicketkeeper), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Andrew Tye, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Karun Nair, Moises Henriques, Varun Chakravarthi, Harpreet Brar, Simran Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Hardus Viljoen, Ankit Rajpoot, Arshdeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi. https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/12/rb-take-on-punjab-must-win-encounter.html https://english.manoramaonline.com/in-depth/indian-premier-league-2019/2019/04/12/rb-take-on-punjab-must-win-encounter.html Fri, 12 Apr 2019 13:35:40 GMT