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IPL Qualifier 1: CSK qualifies for the finals.

CSK who needed 6 runs in the final over, it was Plessis who hit a six in Kumra’s spell in the first ball of the last over taking CSK towards victory.



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Mumbai, May 22 : Faf du Plessis brillant unbeaten half century 67 off 42 helped CSK reach the finals of the Qualifier 1 match, beating SRH by 2 wickets in the 11th edition of IPL here at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.

CSK who needed 6 runs in the final over, it was Plessis who hit a six in Kumra’s spell in the first ball of the last over taking CSK towards victory.

Chasing a low total of 139/7 set by the SRH an a target of 140 runs to make to the finals.

CSK too fumbled with its opening batsman and all-rounder Shane Watson was sent to the pavillion without scoring a run after facing 5 balls caught by Goswami in Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s bowl.

CSK started to show signs of struggle with their batting line-up against SRH’s bowling after Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu’s wicket fell in the same over of the 4th over.

Raina’s 22 off 13 was a good effort, but was bowled by kaul. He hit 4 fours while Rayudu too went down to Kaul without scoring a run after facing one ball.

Skipper MS Dhoni too was not at his best form and chipped in 9 off 18 hitting one four before being dismissed by Rashid Khan in 8th over. 

Same as SRH CSK’s wicket also kept falling at regular intervals.

After Raina none of the batsman contributed from their side.

With Dhoni’s departure it was now turn of Bravo who was caught by Dhawan bowled by Rashid Khan in the 12th over. Bravo’s 7 off 11.

Then Jadeja in 13th over, Chahar 15th and Harbhajan Singh in 18th over all of them failed to stick to the wicket and lost their wickets.

Thakur too remained unbeaten and chipped in 15 off 5 hitting 3 fours.

However, it was Faf du Plessis magnificent half-century that took CSK towards victory, in the end, hitting a winning six in the first bowl of the last over in Kumar’s spell taking then to the finals on May 27 here at the wankhede stadium.

For SRH it was Rashid Khan’s 2/11 with best of 2.75 of economy rate, while Kaul and Sandeep Sharma bagged two wickets each while Bhuvneshwar Kumar took one wicket.

CSK won the toss and elected to field first allowing SRH to bat.

However it was due to Brathwaite’s who remained unbeaten and rescued his team emerging the top scorer blasting 43 off 29 hitting one four and 4 sixes.

SRH received a major jolt in the very first over of the first ball when opener Shikhar Dhawan fell victim to Chahar without scoring a run.

After Dhawan Goswami tried to pace the innings, but then he too after scoring 12 off 9 balls lost his wicket after being caught and bowled by Lungi Ngidi in the 4th over. Goswami hit 2 fours.

CSK bowlers didn’t allow SRH batters to settle and wickets kept falling at regular intervals as now it was turn of skipper Williamson as Dhoni caught him behind the stumps in the 5th over in Thakur’s spell.

Williamson’s 24 came off in 15 balls hitting 4 fours.

With Williamson’s departure Shakib Al Hasan buckled under pressure and scored 12 off 10 hit 2 fours caught off behind stumps by Dhoni in Bravo’s bowl.

Then came Manish Pandey he scored just 8 off 16 balls caught and bowled by Jadeja in the 12th over.<br />
Yusuf Pathan managed to contribute a useful 24 off 29 balls hit 3 fours before being caught and bowled by Bravo in the 15th over.

However, in the last over of the last ball Bhuvneshwar Kumar was run out by Dhoni.

Bhuvneshwar scored 7 off 11 balls.

For CSK Bravo’s 2/25 while Chahar, Ngidi, Thakur and Jadeja scalped one wickets each.Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday.


IPL 2020: Stuck to basics, didn’t try anything out of the box, says Bishnoi




Ravi Bishnoi

Dubai, Sep 21 : Kings XI Punjab leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi, who made his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut on Sunday against Delhi Capitals, has revealed that he was more excited than nervous and all his focus was on to win the game for his side, which didn’t happen.

Kings XI came out on the wrong side of the result in their opening encounter of the 2020 IPL, losing to Delhi Capitals in the Super Over.

Bishnoi ended with impressive figures of 1/22 despite bowling all his overs outside the powerplay, and bowling to the likes of Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant.

“I was a bit nervous in the beginning, but it was more excitement than nervousness for me to make my debut. I just wanted to do well and help my team win,” said Bishnoi to KXIP.in after the game.

The leggie bowled quicker through the air and kept a tight stump to stump line for the better part of his spell, not allowing the batsmen to free their arms. He was rewarded with the price scalp of Pant during his four-overs spell.

“Bowling against Pant, there was no set plan or strategy in place, I just kept sticking to the basics, didn’t try another out of the box. Just kept bowling how I normally would,” he said.

Kings XI will play their next match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Thursday.

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Preity Zinta demands new IPL rules after narrow KXIP loss




Actress and co-owner of Kings XI Punjab team Preity Zinta has expressed her disappointment over certain cricketing rules at the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).

The decision irked several people, including KXIP co-owner Preity.

On Sunday, Kings XI Punjab lost to Delhi Capitals in the super exciting second match of the season. However, there was controversy at the very end. During the 19th over of KXIP’s innings, when Mayank Agarwal and Chris Jordan were batting, the square leg umpire decided a second run taken by Jordan was not complete. However, replays showed Jordan’s bat had crossed the line.

The decision irked several people, including KXIP co-owner Preity.

“I travelled enthusiastically during a pandemic, did 6 days of Quarantine and 5 covid tests with a smile but that one Short Run hit me hard. What’s the point of technology if it cannot be used? It’s time @BCCI introduces new rules. This cannot happen every year.

I’ve always believed in being graceful in a win or loss and in the spirit of the game but it’s also important to ask for policy changes that improve the game in the future for everyone. The past has happened and it’s imp to move on. So Looking ahead and being positive as always,” Preity tweeted.

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Rayudu, du Plessis 50s give CSK winning start in IPL




Abu Dhabi, Sep 20 : Faf du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu’s master class helped three-time champions Chennai Super Kings beat arch-rivals and reigning champions Mumbai Indians by five wickets in the opening match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium here on Saturday.

South African du Plessis (58 not out) and Rayudu (71) were involved in a 115-run partnership for the third wicket that ensured ‘Yellow Brigade’ registered an easy win over the Rohit Sharma-led side. Chennai bowlers Lungi Ngidi (3/38), Deepak Chahar (2/32), and Ravindra Jadeja’s 2/42) helped restrict the Mumbai Indians to 162 or nine wickets in 20 overs.

CSK overhauled the target with four balls to spare, finishing at 166 for five in 19.2 overs.

Chasing the 163-run target, Chennai were off to a poor start as both of their openers — Shane Watson (4) and Murali Vijay (1) were back in the dug-out in the first couple of overs. While James Pattinson (1/27) accounted for the wicket of Vijay, Watson was trapped before the wicket by Trent Boult (1/23). With just six runs on the scorecard, the Chennai team looked in deep trouble, but Rayudu and du Plessis steadied the ship.

Without much hiccup, the two helped their team touch the three-digit mark in 13.1 overs. With nothing seemed to going Mumbai’s way, Rahul Chahar gave his side some relief as he picked Rayudu in the 16th over. But it was too late as the CSK had already reached 121 runs. Incoming batsman Ravindra Jadeja fell cheaply, thanks to Krunal Pandya who trapped him leg before the wicket.

South African du Plessis, however, kept the scoreboard ticking and was joined by Sam Curran, who played a cameo of six-ball 18 before departing off a Jasprit Bumrah delivery in the 19th over. Du Plessis hammered Boult for two consecutive boundaries off the first two deliveries of the final over to help his side cross the line with ease.

Earlier, asked to bat first, Mumbai Indians were off to a decent start with openers Rohit Sharma (12) and Quinton de Kock (33) sharing a solid 46-run partnership for the first wicket. However, just when everything was going fine for Mumbai, leggie Piyush Chawla (1/21) drew the first blood for Chennai as he pegged back Rohit in the fifth over.

England’s Curran further jolted Mumbai as dismissed a well-settled de Kock, who tried to hit the ball straight down the throat of Shane Watson at midwicket. Saurabh Tiwary (42) and Surya Kumar Yadav (17) kept the scorers busy for the next five overs. The duo shared a 44-run partnership for the third wicket.

Chennai pacer Deepak Chahar, however, gave his side some respite as he accounted for the wicket of Yadav in the 11th over. Tiwary was then joined by Hardik Pandya (14) but the Jharkhand batsman, who was approaching his half-century, was sent back in the 15th over by Jadeja. He made things more difficult for Mumbai after picking Hardik too, in the same over. Lungi Ngidi (3/38) then joined the party and scalped three wickets in quick succession to leave the opponents reeling at 156/8 in 18.5 overs.

Mumbai tailenders could manage only six runs in the final over as the side posted a moderate 162/9 off 20 overs in front of empty stands as spectators are not allowed inside due to Covid-19 protocols in the UAE.

Brief scores:

CSK 166/5 in 19.2 overs (Ambati Rayudu71, Faf du Plessis 58 not out; Trent Boult 1/23) beat MI 162/9 (Saurabh Tiwary 42, Quinton de Kock 33; Lungi Ngidi 3/38) by 5 wickets

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