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Pacer Parvinder Awana retires from all forms of cricket

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Awana played two T20Is against England.

New Delhi, July 17: Former India paceman Parvinder Awana on Tuesday announced his retirement from all formats of the game with immediate effect.

The pacer represented Delhi for nine years and played two Twenty20 Internationals against England in 2012, but failed to pick up any international wicket.

Awana shared the news of his retirement on Twitter, thanking his teammates, coaches and the support staff over the years.

“Representing India and DDCA has been a matter of great pride for me,” Awana said.

“I feel that it’s the right time to pass the baton to the younger guys. I thank all DDCA selectors and senior players for providing me the platform to show my skills,” he wrote.

The 31-year-old Awana made his first-class debut against Himachal Pradesh in 2007. Although he picked up just one wicket in his debut match, he took a hat-trick against Maharashtra in his next game.

In all, he played 62 first-class matches, claiming 191 wickets at 29.23, including 10 five-wicket and one ten-wicket haul.

His last appearance at the senior level remains the Ranji Trophy game against Jharkhand in 2016.

In the Indian Premier League (IPL), Awana represented Kings XI Punjab for three years during 2012-2014. He also played in 44 List-A games and 61 T20s, collecting 63 and 77 wickets respectively.

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IPL : Kohli wins Super Over thriller for RCB, Kishan’s 99 in vain

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Dubai, Sep 29 : In yet another roller-coaster contest, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) edged out Mumbai Indians (MI) in a Super Over tie-breaker – the second of the 13th IPL — here on Monday. MI’s defeat also meant that Ishan Kishan’s sparkling 99 went in vain.

The match went into the Super Over after both teams were levelled at 201 in the allotted 20 overs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. In the tie-breaker, RCB kept their nerve better and came out the winner. The win gave RCB two points which took their tally to four, the same as Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals, who have a better net run rate of the three teams tied on points.

In the Super Over, MI managed only seven runs off pacer Navdeep Saini’s tight over. Chasing, RCB skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers helped their side achieve the target off the final ball as the former flicked Jasprit Bumrah to pull off an incredible win.

Before the match slipped into the Super Over, MI, who were chasing a 202-run target, had a worst possible start as RCB debutant Isuru Udana and Washington Sundar struck early, dismissing Rohit Sharma (8) and SuryakumarYadav, who was back into the hut without opening his account.

After being reduced to 16/2, MI opener Quinton de Kock (14) was joined by Ishan and the pair tried to rescue their side following the disastrous start. Just when the two were trying to settle down in the middle, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal jolted MI as he cut short de Kock’s innings and that left the four-time champions reeling at 39/3 in 6.4 overs.

The fall of de Kock brought Hardik Pandya (15) to the crease and he and Kishan helped MI add another 39 runs for the fourth wicket.

In order to cope up with the escalating required run-rate, Hardik tried to clear the deep mid-wicket fence off an Adam Zampa delivery but couldn’t generate enough power and was caught at the boundary.

With 124 needed of the remaining 52 balls, Kishan, who manfully kept the fight on, joined hands with Keiron Pollard. Jharkhand stumper Kishan duly notched up his half-century off 39 deliveries.

The Pollard-Kishan pair took their side to 122/4 in 16 overs before the West Indian big-hitter suddenly changed gears and clobbered Zampa for 27 runs to bring the team into contention.

There was no stopping for the MI batters as the duo then hammered Chahal for 22 runs in the 18th over. With 31 needed off the final 12 balls, Ishan gathered 12 runs off the penultimate over as another contest went down the wire.

In the final over, Kishan smashed Udana for two sixes to reach 99. But he was unfortunate to miss his century as he fell off the second-last ball while trying to go big over the deep mid-wicket area. Kishan’s 58-ball knock was decorated with two fours and nine huge sixes.

With five needed off the last ball, Pollard managed to pick a boundary which was not enough to produce a result. The scored were level and the contest then progressed to the Super Over.

For RCB, Udana picked couple of wickets while Chahal, Zampa and Sundar settled with one each.

Earlier, RCB, who were asked to bat, got off to a flying start, courtesy some sensible batting by Devdutt Padikkal (54) and Aaron Finch (52). The duo comfortably steered their side to 59 runs in the initial six overs.

While trying to speed up the scoring rate, Finch attempted a lofted drive over the cover area off a Trent Boult delivery in the ninth over but ended up handing an easy catch to Keiron Pollard at long-off. The Aussie’s innings, which came off 35 balls, included seven boundaries and a six.

Kohli, who joined Padikkal in the middle, once again struggled with the bat as he departed after managing just three runs from 11 deliveries. Kohli was dismissed by Rahul Chahar in the 13th over with RCB scorecard reading 92/2.

Padikkal, on the other hand, continued to keep the scorers busy. The 20-year-old swiftly changed gears in the 14th over as he smoked two sixes off James Pattinson. He received able support from de Villiers (55 not out) and the pair added a brisk 62 runs for the third wicket.

With the MI bowlers struggling for breakthroughs, Boult struck again in the 18th over to send back a dangerous looking Padikkal, whose knock contained five fours and two sixes.

de Villers and incoming batsman Shivam Dube, however, kept the run-rate intact and added 47 runs for the fourth wicket to help their team post a challenging 201/3 in 20 overs.

While de Villiers remained unbeaten on 55 off 24 balls, Dube, who came up with fireworks in the death overs, remained not out on 27 off 10 balls. de Villiers’ innings was laced with four boundaries and as many sixes while Dube smashed three massive sixes along with a boundary.

Brief scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 201/3 in 20 overs (AB de Villiers 55 not out, Devdutt Padikkal 54; Trent Boult 2/34) beat Mumbai Indians 201/5 (Ishan Kishan 99, Keiron Pollard 60 not out; Isuru Udana 2/45) in Super Over

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What we saw from Tewatia in nets is what we saw in Cottrell’s over: Smith

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Sharjah, Sep 28 : Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith was all smiles after his team pulled off a record chase to beat Kings XI Punjab by four wickets on Sunday in Sharjah. Rahul Tewatia turned it around for himself and his team when he hit give sixes off the 18th over bowled by Sheldon Cottrell and Smith said that this exactly what the team sees the 27-year-old do in the nets all the time.

“What we have seen from Tewatia in the nets is what we saw in that Cottrell’s over,” said Smith in the post-match presentation ceremony. “I told someone as along as he gets one, floodgates will open. He showed heart. He told me during the timeout we still believe.”

Tewatia was hardly able to get ball on bat before he went after Cottrell and RR were banking on Sanju Samson yet again. Samson scored his second consecutive half century and was dismissed on 85 off 42 balls.

“Sanju is striking the ball cleanly all over the ground. Taking pressure off everyone. We will have to adapt to the bigger grounds, but these shots would clear everywhere,” said Smith.

Smith had chosen to bowl first despite winning the first match played at the same ground after batting first. His decision seamed to have backfired when Kings XI Punjab creamed 223/2 but Rajasthan’s fireworks allowed them to get to 226/6 with three balls to spare.

“That was something else, wasn’t it? Generally it gets wetter so I thought we were in with a chance at the halfway mark. A lot of sixes hit here. We gave ourselves the chance. Yeah, good to get over the line,” he said.

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IPL: Rajasthan Royals beat Kings XI Punjab by 4 wickets

Match 9. It’s all over! Rajasthan Royals won by 4 wickets

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Sharjah, Sep 27 : Rahul Tewatia’s five sixes off the 18th over bowled by Sheldon Cottrell coupled with Sanju Samson’s 85 off 42 balls helped Rajasthan Royals overhaul a target of 224 set by Kings XI Punjab on Sunday at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. RR won the match by four wickets and thus broke the record for the highest successful run chase in the IPL history.

Mayank Agarwal’s century and his epic 183-run opening stand with captain KL Rahul helped KXIP score 223/2. RR in reply ended the match on 226/6 with three balls to spare.

RR lost their first wicket early in the form of the dangerous Jos Buttler.

Samson and captain Steve Smith, however, ensured that their side reach 100 before the 10th over. Smith soon fell on 50 off 27 deliveries off the last ball of the ninth over after which Tewatia was promoted ahead of Robin Uthappa.

In stark contrast to the way he played towards the end of the innings, Tewatia struggled to score runs for much of the early part of his innings while Samson went big guns at the other end.

The latter eventually fell to Mohammed Shami, thus making it look like KXIP are closing in on an easy victory.

However, Tewatia, who at one point had scored just eight runs off 19 balls, smashed 30 runs off the 18th over to flip the tables on KXIP. He was eventually dismissed on 53 but Jofra Archer saw them over the line with 13 runs off just three balls.

Earlier, Mayank scored 106 from 50 balls, his innings punctuated by as many seven sixes and 10 fours. Rahul, on the other hand, scored 69 off 54, smashing seven fours and one six.

Brief scores: KXIP 223/2 in 20 overs (Mayank Agarwal 106, KL Rahul 69; Ankit Rajpoot 1/39) vs RR 226/6 in 19.3 overs (Sanju Samson 85, Rahul Tewatia 53; Mohammed Shami 3/53)

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