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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.



IND vs SL, 2nd ODI: India beat Sri Lanka by 141 runs, level series 1-1



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Mohali, Dec 13: India thrashed Sri Lanka by 141 runs to not only avenge the loss in the series opener but also level the three-match rubber 1-1 in the second One-day International at the Punjab Cricket Association I.S. Bindra Stadium here on Wednesday.

Chasing a mammoth 394, most of the visiting batsmen failed to capitalise on their starts, barring Angelo Mathews, who stroked a patient unbeaten 132-ball 111 as Sri Lanka could only muster 251/8.

Put in to bat on a wintry sunny morning, Rohit and fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan (68 off 67, 4×9) laid the foundation with a solid 115-run opening stand before the Mumbai batsman bludgeoned his way to an unbeaten 153-ball 208, comprising 13 fours and 12 sixes.

Rohit, who fired his sixth ODI century of the year, was later engaged in another massive 213-run stand for the second wicket with rookie Shreyas Iyer (88 off 70; 4×9, 2×6).

The 30-year-old Rohit had nudged his way to his century off 115 balls by the end of the 40th over and then went on to thump 107 more off his final 37 balls.

He got to the landmark in 151 balls when he stole two runs after nudging a full length delivery off his counterpart Thisara Perera in the final over of the innings.

Coming into the match, the Mumbaikar was the only batsman to have hit two double tons. Rohit’s knock was the highest by an Indian captain against the islanders.

In reply, the islanders lost the opening duo of Upul Tharanga (7) and Danushka Gunathilaka (16) within the first powerplay even as Lahiru Thirimanne’s (21) poor run with the willow continued to haunt them.

While Tharanga and Gunathilaka fell to Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah respectively, Thirimanne’s attempt to reverse-sweep a flat delivery angling into middle, was enough for debutant off-spinner Washington Sundar to claim his maiden ODI scalp.

The three quick wickets brought in the experienced Mathews, who anchored the 53-run fourth wicket stand with stumper Niroshan Dickwella (22) before leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal got rid of the southpaw.

Reduced to 115/4, Asela Gunaratne (34) walked in to add 44 runs for the fifth wicket as Sri lanka crossed the 150-run mark with Mathews, nearing his half century.

But Chahal’s loopy legbreak cut short Gunaratne’s stay at the crease as stumper Mahendra Singh Dhoni didn’t waste a second in removing the bails.

Chahal then struck immediately with the wicket of Perera (5) before pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar came back to remove Sachith Pathirana (2) to reduce the tourists to 180/7.

With wickets tumbling at the other end, Mathews switched gears to reach within striking distance of his second ODI century, which came off 122 balls, when he nudged a delivery from Bhuvneshwar through mid-wicket for two runs even as the visitors fell short by 141 runs in the end.


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Sindhu, Srikanth aim to end 2017 on a high at Superseries Finals



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Dubai, Dec 12: Indian shuttlers P.V. Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will hope to end 2017 on a high when they compete in the season-ending World Superseries Finals, starting at the Hamadan Sports Complex here on Wednesday.

In the tournament featuring the eight best players and pairs of the World Superseries circuit across five categories, Srikanth, who has four men’s singles titles and Sindhu, with two titles, will be favourites in their respective sections.

Srikanth, 24, has been drawn in Group B alongside world champion Axelsen of Denmark, China’s Shi Yuqi and Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen.

Group A features top seed Son Wan Ho (Korea), All England and Hong Kong Open champion Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia), Ng Ka Long (Hong Kong) and China Open champion Chen Long (China).

The top two players in each group will progress to the semi-finals.

Srikanth, who clinched titles in Australia, Indonesia, Denmark and France, faces a daunting campaign-opener against defending champion Axelsen.

In the women’s singles, Sindhu has been clubbed in Group A with Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, Sayaka Sato and China’s He Bingjiao.

Defending champion and the year’s most successful singles player, Chinese Taipei’s Tai Tzu Ying, finds herself in the company of last year’s runner-up Sung Ji Hyun (Korea), Denmark Open champion Ratchanok Intanon (Thailand) and World Championships bronze medallist Chen Yufei (China) in Group B.

Sindhu won Superseries titles in India and South Korea Open. The 23-year-old will begin her campaign against Bingjiao. The three-time World Championships medallist got a bronze last year and improving the colour of the medal will be on her mind this time.

“There are going to be some long matches,” anticipated Sindhu, looking at the draw. “Of course Nozomi (Okuhara) and Carolina (Marin) weren’t able to make it, but the other top players are here. I have to play my game and I need to concentrate on each match.

“Since the semi-final places might be decided by the number of games won and lost if the players have an equal number of wins, it’s important to try to win every game.”


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IND vs SL, 1st ODI: Sri Lanka defeat India by 7 wickets to take 1-0 lead in series



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Dharamsala, Dec 10: Sri Lanka dominated with both bat and ball to outclass India by seven wickets in the first One-day International (ODI) at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium here on Sunday.

After opting to field, Sri Lanka rode on career best figures of 4/13 from pacer Suranga Lakmal to restrict India to a lowly total of 112 runs. The right-arm seamer’s previous best of 4/30 was against England in December 2014.

Opener Upul Tharanga (49) then helped Sri Lanka chase down the target with a massive 29.2 overs to spare, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

For India, pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/42), Jasprit Bumrah (1/32) and Hardik Pandya (1/39) scalped a wicket each.

Sri Lanka endured a rough start to their innings, losing Danushka Gunathilaka (1) and Lahiru Thirimanne (0) within the first 10 overs.

But the experienced Tharanga brought the chase back on track, smashing 10 boundaries in his 46-ball innings. He also formed a 46-run third wicket stand with Angelo Mathews (25 not out).

However, Tharanga was sent back to the pavilion before completing his half century from a delivery by medium-pacer Hardik Pandya which was edged and easily carried at first slip by Shikhar Dhawan.

Later, incoming batsman Niroshan Dickwella (26 not out) and Mathews helped their side post 114/3 and clinch victory in 20.4 overs.

Earlier, Lakmal took a four-wicket haul as Sri Lanka dismissed India for a paltry 112 runs.

For India, middle-order batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni (65) played a fighting innings to help the hosts register a three-digit total.

After being asked to bat first, India lost their top order — Rohit Sharma (2), Shikhar Dhawan (0), Shreyas Iyer (9), Dinesh Karthik (0) and Manish Pandey (2) — in quick succession.

Sri Lankan opening bowlers Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep (2/37) combined well.

Later, Dhoni played a cautious innings, hitting loose balls to the fence to claim his 67th ODI half-century.

The veteran stumper’s valiant 87-ball innings was laced with 10 boundaries and two hits over the fence.

Kuldeep Yadav (19) from the other end played a perfect second fiddle, notching a 41-run crucial eighth wicket stand with Dhoni.

However, Yadav, who hit four boundaries, was sent back by Akila Dananjaya when his ball went past the outside edge. He was easily stumped by Niroshan Dickwella.

Later, Jasprit Bumrah (0) and Yuzvendra Chahal (0 not out) failed to get amongst the runs.

Dhoni, who stood firm while wickets kept falling, was the last man to be dismissed off a length delivery by Thisara Perrera which was chipped in the air and caught easily by Danushka Gunathilaka at the cover boundary.

Brief scores: Sri Lanka 114/3 (Upul Tharanga 49, Niroshan Dickwella 26 not out; Bumrah 1/32) against India 112. 


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