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IPL 2020: KXIP crowned kings after beating MI in 2nd Super Over

Later in the ‘death’ overs, Pollard and Coulter-Nile’s cameo put MI in a healthy position, adding unbeaten 57 runs off the final 21 balls.

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Dubai, Oct 19 (IANS/GloFans) In a most dramatic contest, comprising two Super Over deciders, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) held their nerve to eke out a heart-stopping win over reigning champions Mumbai Indians (MI) to most deservingly win two points and stay in the race for the IPL playoffs.

After the scores were levelled at the end of the regulation two innings of 20 overs each, the contest slipped into a Super Over. However, this decider, too, ended in a tie, and it took another Super Over decider the winner. The second time around, ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle effectively sealed the win with the first-ball six.

The hero of the thriller at Dubai International Cricket Stadium was KXIP captain-cum-wicket-keeper-cum-batsman KL Rahul, who was adjudged the Man of the Match, not just for his 51-ball 77, but perhaps also for his cool captaincy.

It was the day’s second match that was decided through a Super Over decider, as earlier in the day, Kolkata Knight Riders had pipped SunRisers Hyderabad in Abu Dhabi.

MI won the toss and posted 176 for six wickets in 20 overs, with the lone half-century coming from Quinton de Kock (53 off 43 balls), and KXIP ended with the same score, thanks to top scorer Rahul, who slammed seven boundaries and three sixes.

In the first Super Over, MI fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah once again stepped up when the team needed him. The lanky bowler first picked three wickets in the match before his lethal bowling saw KXIP managing just five runs losing two wickets in the first Super Over.

However, MI scored five and lost one wicket, as the contest extended to the second Super Over.

In the second Super Over, MI managed 11 runs at the loss of one wicket, and while chasing KXIP opener Chris Gayle’s massive six, along with Mayank Agarwal’s boundary was enough to fetch KXIP a pulsating win with two balls to spare.

Agarwal was the hero of the second Super Over. While fielding near the boundary line, he leapt back to catch the ball while being air-borne at long on rope and threw it back in to deny Kieron Pollard a six. That turned out to be a decisive save.

Before it, KXIP, who were chasing the 177-run target, were off to a flying start as KL Rahul (77) and Mayank Agarwal (11) added 33 runs in the initial three overs.

Three balls later, Bumrah castled Agarwal that saw Chris Gayle (24) joining skipper Rahul in the middle.

Gayle and Rahul tried to repair the early damage with a 42-run stand for the second wicket. While trying to clear the long-off fence in the 10th over, Gayle handed a catch to Trent Boult at the boundary off a Rahul Chahar delivery.

Nicholas Pooran (24) and Rahul were then involved in a 33-run stand before Bumrah struck again, this time packing the West Indian in the 13th over, leaving KXIP at 108/3.

Glenn Maxwell maintained his inconsistency with the bat as the Aussie once again departed without troubling the scorers. Rahul and Hooda then shared 38-run stand, taking their side closer to the target.

However, Bumrah spoiled the KXIP party as he dismissed Rahul in the 18th over with a deadly yorker. Bumrah’s breakthrough also turned out to be the game changer. With nine needed off the final over, Deepak Hooda (23 not out) and Chris Jordan (13) could manage only eight.

The match went down to the wire with two required from the final ball but a brilliant run out saw Jordan falling short of the crease as scores were tied.

For MI, Bumrah shone with figures of 3/24 while Rahul Chahar bagged two.

Earlier, wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock’s valiant 53 along with Kieron Pollard’s 34 and Nathan Coulter-Nile (24) late fireworks took MI to 176/6′

MI kept losing wickets at regular intervals as half of their batsmen were back in the pavilion with 116 runs on board in 15.3 overs. However, de Kock showed grit and determination in the middle.

The South African stumper was involved in a 58-run partnership with Krunal Pandya (34) before falling. de Kock’s innings contained three fours and as many sixes.

Later in the ‘death’ overs, Pollard and Coulter-Nile’s cameo put MI in a healthy position, adding unbeaten 57 runs off the final 21 balls.

Pollard’s knock, which came off just 12 balls, was decorated with a boundary and four sixes while Coulter-Nile smashed four fours.

For KXIP, Mohammad Shami and Arshdeep Singh picked two wickets each. Shami also bowled a tight over in the first Super Over decider.

Brief scores: KXIP 176/6 (KL Rahul 77, Nicholas Pooran 24; Jasprit Bumrah 3/24) beat MI 176/6 in 20 overs (Quinton de Kock 53, Kieron Pollard 34 not out; Mohammed Shami 2/30) in 2nd Super Over.

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IND Vs AUS: Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja Star As India Avoid Series Whitewash Against Australia

India beat Australia by 13 runs in the third and final ODI in Canberra. Series ends 2-1 in favour of the home team

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Pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah found his mojo and the Indian team their winning ways in a morale-lifting 13-run triumph over Australia in the third and final ODI at Manuka Oval, Canberra on Wednesday, salvaging some of the lost pride in a 1-2 series defeat.

An in-form Hardik Pandya blasted 92 not out off 76 balls and Ravindra Jadeja’s useful 66 off 50 took India to a healthy 302 for 5 in 50 overs after an inept show in the first 30 overs.

It was at least 30 runs short of a par-score on a good batting track but a rejigged bowling attack managed to restrict the home team to 289 all out in 49.3 overs.

Shardul Thakur (3/51) and debutant Thangarasu Natarajan (2/70 in 10 overs) did their bit but it was Bumrah’s (2/43 in 9.3 overs) controlled effort with some swing upfront and the dismissal of a marauding Glenn Maxwell in the nick of time which ultimately turned the match in India’s favour.

Bumrah did the most important thing by bowling one in the block-hole that had the dangerous Maxwell (59 off 38 balls) having his own little “brain fade” moment trying to free his arms exposing the stumps.

The ‘Big Show’ was in a mood to punish the bowlers and all he needed was to see off Bumrah and attack the others as he was doing.

The cushion provided by his “senior” helped Natarajan to start bowling his yorkers under pressure and Thakur also chipped in with necessary wickets.

The inconsequential match became something of consequence for Virat Kohli and his men as they gear up for the next white-ball series — three T20 Internationals in less than 48 hours.

India’s bowling attack had a different look and it did perform way better compared to the first two games.

Natarajan was very steady in his first spell and got his maiden wicket when Marnus Labuschagne (7), in an unfamiliar role as opener, dragged a wide delivery back onto the stumps.

Thakur, replacing a rested Mohammed Shami, was also lucky when Steve Smith (7) tried to tickle one down on the ‘fifth leg stump’ to be caught by KL Rahul behind the stumps.

Moises Henriques (22) and skipper Aaron Finch (75) looked good during their 51-run stand for the third wicket before the former failed to keep a pull-shot down off Thakur’s bowling.

However, what was more heartening was Kuldeep Yadav’s (1/57 in 10 overs) restrained bowling in the middle overs with the last over punishment by Maxwell being more of an aberration.

The flight was back and so was the dip in the air that used to create confusion in the minds of batsmen.

Debutant Cameron Green (21) played an uppish slog sweep off Kuldeep which was snapped inches off the ground by Jadeja.

Jadeja (1/62 in 10 overs), who had a field day, topped up a solid batting show with the prized wicket of the rival captain Finch as Shikhar Dhawan managed to make an easy catch look difficult at long-on.

Maxwell and the calm Alex Carey (38 off 42 balls) looked like doing an encore of their victorious effort against England at Old Trafford last September.

But just when they settled down, Carey went for non-existent single only to be sent back by Maxwell as Australia were reduced to 210 for 6.

Earlier, an in-form Pandya and the effective Jadeja helped India make an impressive recovery after the team struggled during the first 30 overs with only skipper Kohli’s fighting half century being the bright spot.

Coming together in the 32nd over, Pandya and Jadeja stitched 150 runs for the unbroken sixth wicket to change the complexion of the game, which would make no difference to the final score-line as Australia have already sealed it with back-to-back wins in Sydney.

It looked like India would barely reach 250 but Pandya and Jadeja made it a different story.

The duo took some time to settle down before opening the floodgates of boundaries. They scored 53 runs from the 46th to 48th over. In all, 76 runs came from the last five overs.

Pandya’s innings had seven fours and one six while Jadeja was at his best, hitting five boundaries and three sixes.

Brief Scores:

India: 302 for 5 in 50 overs (Hardik Pandya 92 not out, Ravindra Jadeja 66 not out, Virat Kohli 63; Ashton Agar 2/44).

Australia: 289 all out in 49.3 overs (Aaron Finch 75, Glenn Maxwell 59; Shardul Thakur 3/51, Jasprit Bumrah 2/43)

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Virat Kohli beats Tendulkar’s record to become fastest cricketer to score 12,000 ODI runs

Virat Kohli reached the milestone during the third and final match against Australia in Canberra

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India captain Virat Kohli on December 2 became the fastest cricketer to score 12,000 ODI runs, breaking a record held by legendary compatriot Sachin Tendulkar.

Kohli reached the milestone during the third and final match against Australia in Canberra.

Kohli, who needed 23 runs for the landmark coming into the match, touched the figure in his 242nd innings when he took a single off Sean Abbott in the 13th over of the India innings.

In comparison, it took Tendulkar 300 games to get there.

The 32-year-old Indian captain was playing in his 251st ODI and averages close to 60 in the format with 43 hundreds and 59 half centuries. He made his debut in 2008.

Tendulkar scored 18,426 runs from 463 ODIs between 1989 and 2012 at an average of 44.83 with the help of 49 hundreds and 96 half centuries.

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Diego Maradona’s personal doctor under investigation

The medical psychiatrist and one other person who was in the house when Maradona passed could also be investigated.

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Leopoldo Luque, Diego Maradona’s personal doctor, is under investigation in Argentina over the football legend’s death.He has been named by prosecutors in San Isidro, in Buenos Aires, and the judge has ordered for the doctor’s house and clinic to be searched, with 30 police officers at each site.

There is a suspicion of medical negligence in the final days of Maradona’s life and, therefore, a potential culpable homicide.It has been claimed that Maradona didn’t have the medical permission to leave the clinic where he had surgery for a subdural hematoma earlier in November. But, he did leave on November 11 to return to his home in Tigre, Buenos Aires.

The medical psychiatrist and one other person who was in the house when Maradona passed could also be investigated.

This legal investigation could go on for some time as the prosecutors look to get to the bottom of what exactly happened in the final hours of Maradona’s life.

They’ll look to work out if he had permission to be at home, why there wasn’t a specialist doctor present 24/7, why there wasn’t an ambulance at the house, if he had the right medicine, if the general medical protocols were followed, why there wasn’t a defibrillator in the house and how the final hours were managed.

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