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IPL-10: All-round RCB tame Gujarat Lions in their own den

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Rajkot, April 18, 2017: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) ended their three-match losing run with a 21-run win over Gujarat Lions in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Tuesday.

Powered by a 38-ball 77 from West Indian Chris Gayle, who also became the first T20 batsman to score 10,000 runs, and a sublime 50-ball 64 from skipper Virat Kohli, RCB’s young leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal sealed the deal with figures of 3/31 to restrict the hosts to 192/7 in their pursuit of 214.

Gujarat faltered once again at the start, losing the key wickets of West Indian Dwayne Smith (1) and skipper Suresh Raina (23) to Chahal.

Unperturbed by the twin strikes, former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum almost single-handedly raised the hopes for the hosts with a destructive 72 from just 44 deliveries.

The Kiwi right-hander first chipped in for a 36-run second wicket stand with Raina, who struck two fours and as many sixes during his 8-ball knock, and then got good support from Australian Aaron Finch (19) to raise a 66-run third wicket partnership.

Finch looked good in the middle during his 15-ball stay before being stumped off left-arm spinner Pawan Negi’s slower delivery.

With Gujarat reduced to 103/3 midway through the innings, the home crowd expected an in-form Dinesh Karthik (1) to support McCullum, who at the other end raced to his half-century off 30 just balls.

The Tamil Nadu stumper, however, succumbed to the pressure of the mounting asking rate to be caught by Kohli off medium pacer Sreenath Aravind.

All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja then joined McCullum for a 31-run fourth wicket stand before Chahal struck once again with the wicket of the dangerous New Zealander to seal the deal in favour of the visitors.

McCullum, who by now had faced 44 balls and struck seven lusty sixes and two fours, failed to generate enough power to a slower delivery, resulting in a simple reverse-cupped catch by Adam Milne at deep midwicket.

Thereafter, young Ishan Kishan and Jadeja added 27 runs for the sixth wicket before a mix-up landed both the batsmen at the non-striker’s end, ruling the local lad out for a 22-ball 23.

Needing 49 from 14, new man Andrew Tye survived a dropped chance from Kohli, who also dropped Ishan the next over.

Ishan, however, provided some entertainment to the crowd with a 16-ball 39, laced with four lusty hits over the fence but that was not enough to end the home team’s poor run.

Earlier, the visitors got off to a thunderous start with Gayle and skipper Kohli putting on 122 runs in 13 overs as the Gujarat bowlers failed to find an answer to the onslaught.

Kedar Jadhav (38 not out of 16 balls) and Travis Head (30 not out of 16) then finished off the proceedings in style with a 54-run unbeaten third wicket stand.

Coming into the match, just 3 runs short of becoming the first batsman to get 10,000 T20 runs, Gayle reached the landmark slicing a good length delivery from pacer Basil Thampi through point down to third man for a single.

There was no looking back from there on as the West Indian turned on the heat, dealing mostly in fours and sixes.

The 37-year-old met out special treatment to left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, milking him for 21 runs in his very first over before getting to his first half century of the season off a mammoth 104-metre six from chinaman Shivil Kaushik.

Kohli, who till now was enjoying Gayle’s power hitting from the other end, got down to business to get to his second half century of this year’s IPL.

The 28-year-old looked good, striking seven boundaries and a six, to raise a 37-run second wicket stand with Head before pacer Dhawal Kulkarni’s slower delivery did the trick for the home side.

Towards the end, Jadhav and Head showed no mercy on the bowlers, dispatching them out of the park at will as the visitors milked 35 runs from the final two overs.

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IPL 2018, SRH vs KKR: Shikhar Dhawan’s dismissal is SK Turning Point of the match

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The Kolkata Knight Riders booked their place in the playoffs in a convincing fashion, after securing a five-wicket victory over the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Saturday (May 19).

It was an imperative batting performance by the visitors, as they chased down a total of 173 against a strong bowling lineup in a fairly easy manner.

They are now the third team to qualify for the playoffs, joining SRH and Chennai Super Kings in the knockout stage.

It was Kane Williamson who won the toss and decided to bat first on a surface where his team has defended numerous low totals.

Considering those incredible achievements, a target of 172 for KKR seemed a lot of effort for Dinesh Karthik and his men and gave a tiny room of error to the SRH bowling lineup.

However, the visitors stepped up in a brilliant fashion, taking home the two points with some imperative batting display on the day.

Ultimately, the runs put up on the board were not enough for the home side, as they crumbled under the onslaught from the KKR batsmen.

At one point in the match, SRH looked set to reach a total in excess of 200. Shikhar Dhawan was at the crease for the most part of the innings and at one point in the game, the hosts were cruising at 141-2 after 15 overs.

The left-handed batsman looked well settled and it seemed as if SRH were in for a massive finish in the last five overs.

However, Prasidh Krishna dismissed Dhawan off the very first delivery of the 16th over, and ultimately, that wicket proved to be the SK Turning Point of the match.

SRH just fell apart thereafter, losing six wickets in the final four overs of the game and scoring just 26 runs in 24 deliveries.

That is where Kolkata came right back into the game, and the initiation of their comeback was in the dismissal affected by Krishna in the 16th over of the game.

“We were on target for more runs, wicket played really well. We should have scored around the 200-run mark but credit goes to KKR for dragging us back.

A lot of credit goes to the boys in the field,” said Williamson after the game, understanding the importance of the 20-30 runs that they could never get in the final overs of the first innings.

His team will end up in the top two spots of the points table, which means that they will have two shots at making their second final in the Indian Premier League.

However, as was displayed in this match, they have some primary issues to solve before going into the playoffs. KKR, on the other hand, have momentum on their side, riding on the back of two convincing run chases in their last two games.

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IPL 2018: RCB need 165 runs to win against Rajasthan

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Jaipur, May 19: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) need 165 runs to win against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in a crucial Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Saturday.

O[ting to bat first, Rajasthan Royals received an early blow after they opted to bat first against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Hoping to replace Jos Buttler at the top, RR promoted Jos Buttler.

The experiment did not work and Umesh Yadav dismissed him for duck in his first over. Rahul Tripathi and skipper Ajinkya Rahane settled the side and took the total over 100 runs in 13 overs.

Umesh Yadav returned to bowl his final over and dismissed Rahane and Sanju Samson in consecutive deliveries to put RCB back into the game. Heinrich Klaasen fired 32 runs in 21 balls. K Gowtham and Tripathi added 15 runs in the final ball to take RR’s total to 164/5 in 20 overs.

In the must-win game for both the sides, the hosts have made three changes in their playing XI as Ben Laughlin, Heinrich Klaasen and Shreyas Gopal comes in for Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Anureet Singh.

On the other hand, the visitors remain unchanged.

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Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Tripathi, Ajinkya Rahane(captain), Sanju Samson, Heinrich Klaasen (wicketkeeper), Stuart Binny, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Laughlin

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel (wicketkeeper), Virat Kohli(captain), AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

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IPL 2018: Bowlers shine as Delhi Daredevils beat CSK by 34 runs

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New Delhi, May 19: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) march to the top of the Indian Premier League (IPL) points table was halted by bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils, who romped home by 34 runs at the Ferozshah Kotla here on Friday.

Having already qualified for the play-offs, second-placed Chennai had a chance to rise to the top of the table but a disciplined Delhi applied the brakes to notch their fourth consolidatory win in front of their home crowd.

Chasing 163, the tourists were off to a decent 46-run start by Ambati Rayudu (50 from 29 balls; 4×4, 6×4)and Shane Watson (14) before leg-spinner Amit Mishra applied the brakes with the wicket of the veteran Australian.

Mishra could have struck off the very next ball with the wicket of new man Suresh Raina (15), has stumper Rishabh Pant latched on to a simple edge.

Rayudu, however, continued his glorious run with the willow, meting out special treatment to pacer Avesh Khan in the final over of the powerplay which saw the right-hander belting three sixes and a four.

With Raina playing the perfect second fiddle, Rayudu continued to send the Delhi bowlers to the leather hunt and eventually brought up yet another half century off 28 balls.

But the joy was short-lived as Rayudu perished off the very next ball, when he mistimed a short pitched delivery off medium pacer Harshal Patel to the safe hands of Glenn Mawell at deep mid-wicket.

While the jampacked Kotla crowd painted in yellow, celebrated Rayudu’s dismissal, it was the arrival of the Chennai skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (17), that they rejoiced by switching on mobile flashlights.

The former India skipper started in his customary style by rotating the strike with Raina, who didn’t last long, perishing to Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane caught by Shankar at deep mid-wicket.

Mishra then came back to see the back of new man Sam Billings (1), caught by Abhishek Sharma at short fine leg before Ravindra Jadeja (27 not out) joined his captain in the middle.

Jadeja started off by clobbering the Nepalese leggie for a massive six and kept the rising run rate under control by converting the singles to twos and threes, thanks to Delhi’s poor ground fielding.

But Chennai’s hopes were dashed soon after Delhi’s strike bowler Trent Boult was brought back and the New Zealander responded in style with the wicket of the dangerman Dhoni, caught by his opposite number Shreyas Iyer at long on.

With two overs remaining and the asking rate mounting, Jadeja and new man Dwayne Bravo (1) could do little as Boult once again struck in the final over with the wicket of the West Indian to restrict the visitors to 128/6.

Earlier, Delhi rode on late order blitzkriegs from Vijay Shankar and Harshal Patel to post a healthy 162/5 after being put in to bat.

Shankar (36 not out from 28 balls; 4×2, 6×2) and Patel (36 not out from 16; 4×1, 6×4) milked 26 runs off the final over from Bravo to forge a 65-run sixth wicket stand — the highest of Delhi’s innings — and rescue the hosts from a troubled start.

Shankar and Patel capitalised well on the platform set by the in-form duo of skipper Shreyas Iyer (19 from 22; 4×3) and Rishabh Pant (38 from 26; 4×3, 6×2), who produced 54 runs for the second wicket after losing opener Prithi Shaw to a run-a-ball 17.

Delhi’s innings, however, experienced a slump in the middle overs after South African pacer Lungi Ngidi struck twice to remove both Iyer and Pant in a span of four deliveries before Maxwell (5) and Abhishek (2) too perished cheaply.

Shankar and Patel, however ensure the hosts finished with a fighting total with their later order fireworks.

Brief Scores: Delhi Daredevils 162/5 (Rishabh Pant 38, Vijay Shankar 36 not out, Harshal Patel 36 not out; Lungi Ngidi 2/14) beat Chennai Super Kings 128/6 (Ambati Rayudu 50, Ravindra Jadeja 27 not out; Trent Boult 2/20, Amit Mishra 2/20) by 34 runs.

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