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Pollard outshines Badree as Mumbai beat RCB by 4 wickets



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Bengaluru: Kieran Pollards 70 runs in 47 deliveries helped Mumbai Indians withstand a fiery spell, including a hat-trick, from leg-spinner Samuel Badree as the visitors registered a four-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to go top of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with six points here on Friday.

In pursuit of RCB’s 142/5, Mumbai had a horrendous start as Badree snared a hat-trick in the third over, removing Parthiv Patel (3), Mitchell McClanaghan (0) and Rohit Sharma (0) to plunge the visitors to 7/4, with opener Jos Buttler (2) already being dismissed by Stuart Binny in the second over.

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In the second ball of the West Indian leg-spinner Badree’s second over, Parthiv offered a catch to Chris Gayle at short cover, while McClenaghan smashed a full toss into the hands of Mandeep Singh at long on. Facing the hat-trick ball, Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma couldn’t tackle a googly which destroyed the stumps to mark Badree registering the 15th hat-trick in IPL history.

Badree didn’t stop there. He got the wicket of Nitish Rana (11) to cast a huge doubt over RCB’s hopes of overhauling the relatively small target. Overall, Badree gave away only nine runs in four overs at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

But after the end of the brilliant spell from Badree, Mumbai’s seasoned all-rounder Pollard (70 off 47) kept his side afloat with a defiant knock. He dug his team out of the abyss with a 93-run sixth-wicket partnership with Krunal Pandya (37 not out off 30).

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Pollard’s inning was studded with three fours and five sixes — three off left-arm spinner Pawan Negi — as he turned the match on his own.

The partnership began slowly, the first focus being on weathering the storm. But as the pair spent some time together at the crease, they became showing their might.

With 52 required off the final five overs, Pollard’s two sixes over bowler Negi’s head tilted the match in favour of Mumbai, who earned 19 runs from the over. In the following over, he deposited one into the stands off a ball from leg-spinner Yuzvender Chahal. However, the same over saw him being holed out by AB de Villers at the long-on boundary. But he had done the job, with Mumbai needing only 17 runs off 15 balls after Pollard’s wicket.

Later, Krunal and his brother Hardik saw their side home with four wickets and 1.1 overs to spare.

Mumbai’s chase was only possible as they had a small target to chase. They dished out a disciplined bowling show to restrict RCB to 142/5.


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Though Mumbai played without their experienced pacer Lasith Malinga, their other bowlers bowled to their potential as RCB wasted a solid start given by skipper Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and de Villiers. The RCB thus got wrapped up under 150-run mark.

For Mumbai, McClenaghan scalped two wickets for 20 runs in four overs while Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya chipped in with one wicket each.

Kohli, who was injured during the third Test match against Australia, made his comeback in style with a 62-run knock, which comprised of five fours and two sixes.

The 28-year-old came out to bat with Gayle (22) and forged a 63-run partnership in 10 overs to give the RCB a perfect start.

But when the duo started shifting gears, Gayle, who blasted one six and two boundaries, fell to medium-pacer Hardik Pandya. A head-height short bowl did the trick for Mumbai as Gayle was caught by wicketkeeper Parthiv when he tried to pull the ball.

De Villiers (19) and Kohli then continued to punish the bowlers with some great show around the park. In the process, Kohli reached his fifty with a huge six. But soon, Kohli was dismissed by pacer Mitchell McClenaghan. The skipper had added 47 runs for the second wicket with de Villiers.

After five more runs with new batsman Kedar Jadhav (9), de Villiers too fell, sent packing by spinner Krunal Pandya in the 17th over.

IPL 10: Bangalore vs Mumbai scoreboard

 Scoreboard at the end of the Indian Premier League (IPL) match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians here on Friday.

Royal Challengers Bangalore innings

Chris Gayle c Parthiv Patel b Hardik Pandya 22
Virst Kohli c Jos Buttler b Mitchell McClenaghan 62
AB de Villiers c Rohit Sharma b Krunal Pandya 19
Kedar Jadhav run out (Jasprit Bumrah) 9
Pawan Negi not out 13
Mandeep Singh b McClenaghan 0
Stuart Binny not out 6

Extras (b 4, lb 3, w 3, nb 1) 11
Total (in 20 overs) 142/5

Fall of wickets: 1-63 (Gayle, 9.2 ov), 2-110 (Kohli, 15.3 ov), 3-115 (de Villiers, 16.2 ov), 4-127 (Jadhav, 17.6 ov), 5-127 (Mandeep Singh, 18.1 ov).

Tim Southee 2-0-23-0
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-23-0
Mitchell McClenaghan 4-0-20-2
Jasprit Bumrah 4-0-39-0
Hardik Pandya 2-0-9-1
Krunal Pandya 4-0-21-1

Mumbai Indians innings (target: 143 runs from 20 overs)
Parthiv Patel c Chris Gayle b Samuel Badree 3
Jos Buttler c Gayle b Stuart Binny 2
Rohit Sharma b Badree 0
Mitchell McClenaghan c Mandeep Singh b Badree 0
Nitish Rana c S. Aravind b Badree 11
Kieron Pollard c AB de Villiers b Chahal 70
Krunal Pandya not out 37
Hardik Pandya not out 9

Extras (lb 6, w 7) 13
Total (in 18.5 overs) 145/6

Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Buttler, 1.5 ov), 2-7 (Patel, 2.2 ov), 3-7 (McClenaghan, 2.3 ov), 4-7 (Sharma, 2.4 ov), 5-33 (Rana, 7.6 ov), 6-126 (Pollard, 17.3 ov).

Samuel Badree 4-1-9-4
Stuart Binny 2-0-14-1
S. Aravind 4-0-21-0
T. Mills 3.5-0-36-0
Yuzuvendra Chahal 3-0-31-1
Pawan Negi 2-0-28-0

The middle-order once again failed as two crucial batsmen Kedar Jadhav and Mandeep Singh (0) were dismissed back to back, leaving Bangalore tottering at 127/5 in 18.1 overs.

Pawan Negi, who has not proved his worth so far in the cash-rich league, once again did not rise to the occasion as he scored 13 runs in 13 balls. His partner Stuart Binny scored six runs as Bangalore failed get a boundary in the last 5.2 overs.



IPL: CSK beat RCB by 5 wickets to return to top spot



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Bengaluru, April 26 (IANS) Mahendra Singh Dhoni (70 not out off 34 deliveries) and Ambati Rayudu’s 53-ball 83 helped Chennai Super Kings (CSK) register a thumping five-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) here on Wednesday to return to the top spot of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Chasing a massive total of 206 runs, Dhoni was at his explosive best, blasting seven sixes as the visitors won with five wickets and two deliveries to spare clash at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

The veteran skipper was well supported by opener Rayudu, who slammed four boundaries and eight sixes as CSK took their points tally to 10, while RCB remained in the sixth spot with four points.

Earlier, South Africans AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock’s struck breezy half-centuries to power RCB to a mammoth 205/8. De Kock (53, 37 balls; 4×1, 6×4) played the perfect supporting role in the 103-run second wicket stand with de Villiers (68 off 30; 4×2, 6×8), who started from the word go to bring up his half-century in just 23 deliveries.

Put in to bat, RCB got off to a decent 35-run start by skipper Virat Kohli (18) and de Kock before Shardul Thakur saw the back of the Indian captain, thanks to a smart catch by Ravindra Jadeja.

But the visitors wouldn’t have imagined what was coming their way, as de Villiers started off by clobbering Harbhajan Singh for two consecutive sixes before launching left-arm spinner Jadeja to the skies.

Such was the dominance from the former Proteas skipper that the hosts raced to 87/1 midway into the innings, with both de Villiers and de Kock nearing their respective fifties.

Despite being overshadowed by his senior partner, the southpaw brought up his half-century in style, tonking Shane Watson for a six over deep mid-wicket.

On the first ball of the very next over, de Villiers, who had earlier clobbered leg-spinner Imran Tahir for two massive sixes, took Thakur to the cleaners thrice consecutively to bring up his half-century.

With both the RCB batsmen going hammer and tongs, CSK skipper Dhoni threw the ball to his West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, and he responded in style by packing back de Kock with a smart catch off his
own follow through.

Tahir then joined the party by bagging the prized scalp of de Villiers and new man Corey Anderson (2) in the very next over to restore parity into the match.

De Villiers miscued Tahir’s tossed-up delivery pitched outside off-stump for Sam Billings to complete the formalities at deep cover.

Tahir immediately got rid of New Zealand’s Anderson with a googly as Harbhajan Singh completed a brilliant catch at slip.

With the hosts comfortably placed at 142/4, Mandeep Singh (32 off 17; 4×1, 6×3) and Colin de Grandhomme (11) struck a few lusty blows towards the end, even as two run-outs and a wicket in the final over could not stop RCB from crossing the 200-run mark.

During the chase, Chennai were off to a shaky start, losing opener Shane Watson (7), who was trying to clear the mid-on boundary, in the very first over.

Incoming batter Suresh Raina then shared a 42-run partnership with Rayudu, helping CSK touch the 50-run mark.

While trying to flick a Umesh Yadav ball, Raina (11) was caught at backward point by Mandeep Singh.

CSK received another jolt soon as leggie Yuzvendra Chahal struck to dismiss Sam Billings (9) in the seventh over, leaving Chennai reeling at 59/3.

Just when CSK added another 15 runs, Chahal got the better off Ravindra Jadeja (3) in the ninth over to put the visitors on tremendous pressure.

Rayudu however, kept the scoreboard ticking for CSK. The opener was then joined by Dhoni, who made his intentions clear after smashing a massive six over deep midwicket on the vey second ball he faced.

The duo then shared a crucial 101-run partnership for the fifth wicket, bringing back CSK in the contest.

Both the batters fired every RCB bowlers to skies and meanwhile, Rayudu bought his second fifty of the season in the 14th over.

On the other hand, Dhoni too, notched up his second fifty in the 18th over with Chennai’s scorecard reading 169/4.

Just when the visitors were inching closer towards the target, a brilliant throw by Umesh Yadav from short third man area saw the end of Rayudu, who was trying to gather couple of runs.

With 30 required off the last two overs, Chennai managed to accumulate 14 runs in the 19th over bowled by Mohammed Siraj to make the issue another nail-biter.

A boundary and a huge six by Dwayne Bravo (14 not out off seven) off the first two deliveries followed by a six by Dhoni sealed another win for Chennai in an edge of the seat match.

For RCB, Chahal was the pick of the bowlers bagging two wickets for 26 runs while spinner Pawan Negi and Yadav scalped a wicket each.

Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 205/8 (AB de Villiers 68, Quinton de Kock 53; Mandeep Singh 32; Imran Tahir 2/35) vs Chennai Super Kings 207/ 5 in 19.4 overs (Ambati Rayudu 82, MS 70 not out; Yuzvendra Chahal 2/26).


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BCCI recommends Kohli for Khel Ratna, Dravid for Dronacharya, Gavaskar for Dhyan Chand



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Kolkata, April 26: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has recommended Virat Kohli for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna honour while former India captain Rahul Dravid’s name was recommended for the prestigious Dronacharya award.

Legendary opener Sunil Gavaskar has been recommended for Dhyan Chand Lifetime Achievement Award.

India captain Kohli has been the face of the sport for some time now and is often compared to the great Sachin Tendulkar for his exploits with the bat.

Dravid, meanwhile, coached India U-19 team to World Cup glory earlier in 2018.

Gavaskar’s contribution to India cricket has been immense and he is know as the original ‘Little Master’ who batted like no other during his times.


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IPL 2018: Sunrisers pacer Siddarth Kaul reprimanded for breach of conduct



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Mumbai, April 25: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) pacer Siddharth Kaul has been reprimanded for breaching the Indian Premier League (IPL) code of conduct during a match against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium here.

“Siddarth Kaul, the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowler, was issued a reprimand during his team’s Indian Premier League encounter against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday,” an IPL statement read on Wednesday.

“Kaul admitted to the Level 1 offence under 2.1.4 of the IPL code of conduct for players and team officials and accepted the sanction,” the statement added.

What resulted in the breach of conduct was, however, not mentioned in the statement.

The 27-year-old has been in fine form this season, scalping nine wickets from six games.

He took three wickets during the 31-run win over Mumbai on Tuesday.


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