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IPL: Clinical Kolkata Knight Riders coast to 37-run win over Rajasthan Royals

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Dubai, Sep 30 : A clinical Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Wednesday coasted to a 37-run win over Rajasthan Royals (RR) here. After scoring 174/6 wkts in 20 overs, KKR restricted RR to 137/9 in 20 overs, with top scorer Tom Curran (54 not out off 36 balls) being one of just three RR batsmen to enter double figures.

Pat Cummins struck early with the big wicket of his Australian team mate Steve Smith in the second over of the RR innings. The in-form Sanju Samson was dismissed by Shivam Mavi in the fifth over which meant that RR had lost both their highest scoring batsmen thus far this season within the powerplay.

Jos Buttler scored a quickfire 21 off 16 and threatened to get back to the form he displayed last season, before falling to the very first ball of the seventh over bowled by Mavi.

It was all downhill for RR after that as they failed to get partnerships going. They were reduced to 88/8 in the 15th over with the fall of Jofra Archer. They were dragged to 137/9 by Curran who scored 54 not out off 36 runs and it meant that his unbeaten last wicket stand of 31 runs with Ankit Rajpoot ended up being RR’s highest on the day.

Earlier, opener Shubman Gill’s 47 and Eoin Morgan’s unbeaten 34 helped the KKR score 174/6 in 20 overs. Acher marked his return to form with the ball as he bagged 2/18.

Brief scores: KKR 174/6 in 20 overs (Shubman Gill 47, Eoin Morgan 34 not out; Jofra Archer 2/18) beat RR 137/9 in 20 overs (Tom Curran 54 not out, Jos Buttler 21; Kamlesh Nagarkoti 2/13) by 37 runs

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Bumrah uses short route to success, completes 100 wkts in IPL

The right-arm India pace bowler got the better of Chennai Super Kings batsman Ambati Rayudu’s patience, after he kept bouncing him and then eventually dismissed him.

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Abu Dhabi: Mumbai Indians fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is known for bowling yorkers, but on Wednesday he used searing short balls to get rid of three key Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsmen, and complete 100 wickets in his Indian Premier League (IPL) career.

The right-armer’s effort restricted Mumbai Indians total to well below 200 runs.

Bumrah, who got most of the wickets early in the tournament with a mix of deliveries, most of which were fuller or good length, has towards the back-end of the tournament found his scalps with short pitched deliveries that have caught the batsmen by surprise.

On Wednesday, he got rid of skipper Virat Kohli, RCB top scorer Devdutt Padikkal, and all-rounder Shivam Dube with short deliveries that either cramped them for room or could not be tamed at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Kohli tried to pull a short delivery as RCB, in good position, tried to force the pace. The RCB and India skipper top-edged the shot and was taken at mid-wicket. It was Bumrah’s 100th IPL scalp.

Devdutt Padikkal, who looked good for a century fell for a 45-ball 74 as he tried to hit a short of length delivery fired into his body but was caught at long leg.

Shivam Dube couldn’t keep a bouncer down and was taken at deep mid-wicket.

Bumrah’s first big catch in this tournament off a short ball came against Kolkata Knight Riders’ Andre Russell, who was surprised by a sharp, rising one, and tried to back away and duck but couldn’t. He was taken by wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock.

In another game, Nicholas Pooran of Kings XI Punjab was looking good at 24 off 11 balls but then fell to a Bumrah short one, getting caught at long leg.

The right-arm India pace bowler got the better of Chennai Super Kings batsman Ambati Rayudu’s patience, after he kept bouncing him and then eventually dismissed him.

While speaking to media, the fast bowler on Tuesday had said that he assesses pitches and then bowls as per the conditions.

“It’s very difficult to just say, ‘oh you should just bowl yorkers, you should just bowl slower ones’. You have to be very proactive and smart with what approach you want to have and how the wicket is helping as well. So, all of these things I keep in mind and try to do what I can,” he said.

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IPL Cricket: We were in the game until 17th over, says Virat Kohli

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Abu Dhabi : Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday felt that his team was in with a chance of beating Mumbai Indians (MI) until the 17th over of the latter’s innings during an Indian Premier League (IPL) match.

RCB missed a chance to take a two-point lead at the top of the table after losing to MI by five wickets.

“We were in the game until the 17th over and that was a decent effort by our bowlers. It’s basically up to the gut of the captain and the conditions, we thought Dale and Morris for initial swing, and Washy in the powerplay. We needed a few wickets there, but their batsmen did a good job,” said Kohli after the match.

RCB were restricted to 164/6 after they collapsed from 131/3 to 139/6 between the 16th and 18th overs. Suryakumar Yadav then scored an unbeaten 79 off 43 balls to lead MI to victory with five balls to spare.

“It was a strange phase of batting,” said Kohli of the last five overs of RCB’s innings. “Everything went to the fielders and these kind of things happen. They bowled in good areas in the last five overs and stopped us 20 runs short.”

The defeat leaves RCB on 14 points and they remain second due to their net run rate being higher than third-placed Delhi Capitals. They are also only two points ahead of fourth-placed Kings XI Punjab and fifth-placed Kolkata Knight Riders.

“This is always going to happen — some teams peak early and some do better later. As we can see, the teams in the lower half are turning out some really good performances now. When it’s a top-two clash, it will always be intense and in a competition like the IPL, you can’t expect any team to back down and be blown away,” said Kohli.

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Win over Kolkata Knight Riders result of positive cricket: Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul

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Sharjah, Oct 27 : Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) here on Monday was the outcome of “positive cricket”, said winning team captain KL Rahul after his team’s fifth consecutive win that took them to fourth spot and kept them interested in the Indian Premier League playoffs.

“It’s something we all collectively decided to do — to go out there and play positive cricket. We all believed that things can turn around for us. All five wins, it’s a complete team effort; it’s not one person and one individual. Every game, it’s been different person putting their hands up,” Rahul said after the match.

“Batting’s looking good; bowling is looking good. We have fielded really well throughout the tournament; happy that everything is coming together and fingers crossed that we can win two more games. It’s so hard when you are away from your family. With the bubble, you don’t have the close ones,” he said.

Rahul picked Mandeep Singh, who scored a 56-ball 66, for special mention. “The kind of toughness he has shown has rubbed off on other boys as well. The way he played today, it makes everyone emotional. He’s gone through a rough time, just to put his hand up, be there and finish the game for the team would make him proud and make his father proud,” said the captain.

On picking two leg-spinners — Murugan Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi — in the playing XI, Rahul said: “When you have Anil Kumble as the coach, it’s not surprising that we are playing with two leg-spinners. It’s something that he had in his mind even before the IPL started. He always kept telling me that towards the second half or at some point that two leg-spinners is always an aggressive option. He’s worked really hard on the spinners, not just the guys who are playing but also the guys who haven’t played.”

Losing KKR captain Eoin Morgan found that going from ground to ground in the United Arab Emirates was a challenge.

“Particularly here at Sharjah, you have to counterattack if you lose early wickets, and identify the wicket early. Disappointed with the partnerships, thought we could have scored more. When we were three down, we wanted a partnership going. Around 180-190 would have been a good score, but we kept losing wickets. That’s one of the challenges this year, going from ground to ground,” said the England captain.

“Hopefully we adjust to the conditions in Dubai. That’s the nature of the tournament; there are not many bad sides. Our fate is in our own hands in the last two games. I think [Shubman] Gill scoring runs [57] and restricting the Kings till the 11th or 12th over, those were the positives,” he pointed out.

Both KXIP and KKR have 12 points each, though the former climbed to the fourth spot, thanks to their better net-run rate (-0.049). KKR have a net run rate of -0.479. The top four teams qualify for the playoffs.

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