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We just did basics right: Zaheer Khan

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New Delhi, Apr 15 : Delhi Daredevils captain Zaheer Khan today attributed his side’s 51-run thrashing of Kings XI Punjab in an IPL match here to sticking to the basics.

He said his side executed the plans well on the field.

“We just did the basics right. Got a decent start. we did not lose wickets regularly. The pitch was slow and we executed the plans well,” Zaheer said after the match.

“The pitch was slow and we executed the plans well. It was important that we accelerate at the right time and the start was good from Samson and Billings. We have good batsmen to hit in the end and the platform needs to be good, which it was today,” said the former India strike bowler.

Electing to bat, Delhi scored 188 for 6 in their allotted 20 overs and then restricted Punjab to 137 for 9.

Talking about his bowlers’ clinical show, Zaheer said, “The way Nadeem bowled was crucial. It was important not to give away runs. I bowled a lot of cutters too. Happy with the way things are going. So far so good.”

A disappointed Punjab captain Glenn Maxwell said his side gave 30 runs too many to Delhi batsmen.

“We were a bit behind with the bat. We probably gave 30 too many in conceding 188. We let ourselves go and gave them too many boundary balls at the back end. We’re not executing well enough with the ball,” Maxwell said.

“We failed in all three facets of the game today. Axar continues to show he’s a superstar and Cariappa did well too.”

Man-of-the-match Corey Anderson of Delhi said, “It was the kind of wicket where it was tough to get going. Sanju and Sam (Billings) set a great platform. It was good to have that platform to go from.

“We thought 160 might have been a reasonable target during one of the time-outs and in the end it probably was,” said Anderson who made 39 not out from 22 balls and took a wicket later.

“As a bowler, you have to read the game. Zaheer sets some interesting fields and he’s a smart cricketer. It’s a nice confidence to have. It was a clinical performance from the bowlers. It’s valuable to be able to chop and change combinations. Finding the right people to do the job is key.

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Eden Gardens voted best ground of IPL 2018

The CAB takes this opportunity to thank all who have contributed to this success beginning with the ground staff, BCCI and ICC.

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Kolkata, May 26 (IANS) The Eden Gardens has been voted the best ground in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018.

Home to Kolkata Knight Riders, the picturesque Eden hosted nine matches this season including the Eliminator and the second qualifier and seven home games of KKR.

In a tweet, former India captain Sourav Ganguly revealed this ahead of the official BCCI announcement on Sunday and also thanked the ground staff for their contribution.

“The CAB is happy to inform that Eden Gardens has once again been awarded the best venue and ground of IPL 2018,” the Cricket Association of Bengal president wrote on his official Twitter handle.

“The CAB takes this opportunity to thank all who have contributed to this success beginning with the ground staff, BCCI and ICC,” Ganguly added.

CAB joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya also profusely thanked in a post on his official Facebook page.

“Eden Gardens is what it is because of the cricket Loving people of the state, so many thanks to them for being such a great crowd,” Dalmiya wrote.

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Checkout who all Celebs will perform at IPL 2018 closing ceremony

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IPL 2018 CLOSING CEREMONY

New Delhi, May 26: For the high-octane Indian Premier League (IPL) final between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Bollywood celebs are gearing up to entertain the audience on a live stage. Everyone’s eyes are now on the much-awaited closing ceremony of this grand event. IPL 2018 closing ceremony is going to be full of entertainment, studded with stars of Bollywood.

The closing ceremony which will take place at Wankhede Stadium on Sunday (May 27) is all set to witness the rocking performances of Katrina Kaif, Jacqueline Fernandez, Kriti Sanon, Kartik Aaryan, Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, most likely Salman Khan and Ranbir Kapoor’s hosting the segment ‘Cricket Finale- Party to banti hai’.

Jacqueline Fernandez is on a roll. Besides gearing up for the release of her upcoming thriller Race 3, the actress has been roped in to perform for the closing ceremony IPL. Interestingly, she had also been a part of the opening ceremony of the cricketainment where she danced to her hit numbers, Tan Tana Tan and Unchi Hai Building from her blockbuster film Judwaa 2. Besides performing on ground, the Judwaa 2 actress will also be part of the two-hour TV show Cricket Final Party Toh Banti Hai.

Recently, it was reported that Salman Khan could be performing at the event with Jacqueline on ‘Heeriye’ song of Race 3.

Actor Kartik Aaryan who has become a heartthrob with his movie ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’ will set the stage on fire with his dance moves. He will perform on songs ‘Bom Diggy Diggy’ and ‘Dil chori’ of his movie. Kartik Aaryan’s career has boosted after the success of his movie ‘Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety’, which has helped him bagging such projects. Karan Johar has also signed him for a movie.

The gorgeous diva Katrina Kaif too will add some glamour to the event by her dance moves. She will be dancing on songs of her movie ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’. Sonam Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor Khan will also perform for their movie ‘Veere Di Wedding’; reported Laughing Colours.

Kriti Sanon is also gearing up to entertain the audience on a live stage. This will be Kriti’s second IPL performance, after her last season’s opening ceremony performance. The actress recently completed 4 years in Bollywood and it is since her first movie that she’s had foot tapping dance numbers. Kriti will be seen tracing her four-year innings in Bollywood at IPL’s closing ceremony.

The power pack of energy Ranveer Singh is not part of this event. He has been replaced by Ranbir Kapoor for hosting the segment ‘Cricket Finale- Party to banti hai’. The closing ceremony will take place at Wankhede Stadium on May 27. Ranbir Kapoor will be interacting with celebs as a host before the final IPL match.

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Chennai Super Kings are favourites to win IPL crown: Survey

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New Delhi, May 26: On the eve of the high-octane Indian Premier League (IPL) final between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), the M.S Dhoni-led yellow brigade have been voted as the strong favourites by a sports fans survey to win their third title at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.

According to the survey conducted by Indian Sports Fan, an online largest sports fan community, CSK are the favourites to win the title while skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the most favourite player with the Wankhede as the most preferred stadium.

The fans survey highlighted Dhoni as the most revered player out of the top 12 players with 27.3 per cent votes followed by Virat Kohli with 22 per cent and SRH captain Kane Williamson with 20.11 per cent fan votes.

The survey further revealed that Mumbai’s iconic Wankhede Stadium as the most preferred stadium with 30 per cent votes followed by Kolkata’s Eden Gardens Stadium with 20.22 per cent votes, as compared to eight other stadiums.

The survey targeted 14,000 fans across 10 cities with 4,802 successful respondents.

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