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Shuttler Srikanth out; Saina in final of Denmark Open

Srikanth struggled from the start and failed to find his rhythm which cost him the match.

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Odense (Denmark), Oct 20 : Star Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth lost his men’s singles semi-final match to Kento Momota of Japan while Saina Nehwal entered the women’s singles final of the Denmark Open here on Saturday.

Second seed Momota took 42 minutes to outplay the seventh seed Indian shuttler 21-16, 21-12 in straight games to advance while Saina got the better of Gregoria Mariska Tunjunng of Indonesia 21-11 21-12 in a lop-sided affair which lasted 49 minutes.

It was a cake walk for Saina as she hardly broke sweat to beat her opponent.

Srikanth struggled from the start and failed to find his rhythm which cost him the match.

Earlier, late on Friday night, Saina Nehwal and Srikanth entered the semi-finals of the Denmark Open but were made to sweat en route by Nozomi Okuhara and Sameer Verma respectively.

Saina came back from a game down to beat familiar foe and world number seven Okuhura of Japan 17-21, 21-16, 21-12 in the quarter-final lasting 58 minutes on Friday night.

On the other hand, Srikanth too had to grind it out against countryman Verma with little separating the two in the men’s singles last-eight clash.

In the end, Srikanth prevailed over the 23rd ranked Indian in an epic battle lasting an hour and 18 minutes with the final scoreline reading 22-20, 19-21, 23-21.

Verma had the upper hand for major parts of the third and deciding game where he even had a 17-13 lead before Srikanth roared back to eke out the triumph.

In the women’s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy lost to top seeds Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota in the quarter-finals.

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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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IPL : SunRisers Hyderabad open account with 15-run win over Delhi Capitals

Brief scores: SRH 162/4 in 20 overs (J Bairstow 53, D Warner 45; K Rabada 2/21) beat DC 147/7 in 20 overs (S Dhawan 34, R Pant 28; Rashid Khan 3/14) by 15 runs

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Abu Dhabi, Sep 29 : SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Tuesday recorded their first win of the IPL season as they beat Delhi Capitals by 15 runs at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium here.

After scoring 162/4 in 20 overs, spinner Rashid Khan led the way with figures of 3/14 as SRH restricted DC to 147/7 in 20 overs. Rashid was adjudged the Man of the Match.

Fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck early for SRH, dismissing DC opener Prithvi Shaw (2) in the first over of the innings. DC captain Shreyas Iyer joined Shikhar Dhawan in the middle and while the pair ensured that the team didn’t lose any more wickets in the powerplay, they could not take the attack to the opposition. Shreyas Iyer eventually fell on 17 off 21 balls to become Rashid’s first wicket.

Rishabh Pant struggled to get the run rate up, taking 27 balls to get to his 32. Shimron Hetmyer (21) also struggled to get going before hitting a couple of sixes off Khaleel Ahmed in the 15th over. He tried to keep up the pace and ended up falling to Bhuvneshwar off the very first ball of the next over. Pant eventually fell to Rashid and in the next over, Marcus Stoinis was out LBW to T Natarajan.

Khaleel bowled the last over with 27 to defend and he rarely gave the batsmen a chance to get going. He dismissed Axar Patel off the third ball and Kagiso Rabada ended the match with a six.

Earlier, Kane Williamson, playing his first match of the season, helped SRH to 162/4 with a quickfire 41 off 26 balls. Jonny Bairstow played the role of anchor, scoring 53 off 48 while his opening partner and SRH captain David Warner made 45 off 33.

Brief scores: SRH 162/4 in 20 overs (J Bairstow 53, D Warner 45; K Rabada 2/21) beat DC 147/7 in 20 overs (S Dhawan 34, R Pant 28; Rashid Khan 3/14) by 15 runs

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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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