IPL 2018: KKR breach Rajasthan fortress at Jaipur, beat RR by 7 wickets

Rajasthan Royals lost their first match at Sawai Mansingh stadium after winning 9 matches here on the trot. Kolkata Knight Riders clinched their third win beating RR by 7 wickets

Kolkata Knight Rider batsman Dinesh Karthik  plays a shot during an IPL 2018 cricket match against Rajasthan Royals at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Photo: PTI

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) clinched their third win of IPL 2018, beating Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur to reach the top of Vivo IPL points table. KKR captain Dinesh Karthik led from the front and scored a 23-ball 43. Robin Uthappa was good with the bat too as he scored 48 runs off 36 balls after Chris Lynn wicket in the first over. At no point, Rajasthan Royals’ bowlers seemed to create any pressure on KKR batting line-up. With this, Rajasthan Royals’ nine-match winning streak at Sawai Mansingh Stadium comes to an end.

After a bad start, Sunil Narine and Uthappa stabilised the Kolkata Knight Riders’ innings. They both hit the ball well and rotated the strike regularly. Rajasthan Royals’ bowlers failed to take wickets at regular intervals and create pressure on the KKR batsmen. Poor fielding added to the woes of Rajasthan Royals.

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While batting first, Rajasthan Royals made 160-8 in 20 overs. The innings turned out to be a roller coaster. While runs were coming at a decent pace, wickets kept falling as well. Ajinkya Rahane made 36 from 18. D Arcy Shorts finally found some form and made 44. Sunil Narine was very expensive, in fact, today’s spell was his most expensive in IPL ever. He gave away 48 runs in 4 overs and went wicketless.

Earlier, Rajasthan Royals were invited to bat first by Kolkata Knight Riders. RR had a rather stable start. Runs came at decent pace wickets kept falling hence the run rate never crossed 8 at any point.

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Rahane played well but could not carry his innings for long. He was dismissed for 36. D Arcy Shorts was dismissed for a well made 44.

Kolkata Knight Riders innings update: Over by over

Kolkata Knight Riders Playing XI: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav

Over 1: Sunil Narine to open with Chris Lynn. Krishnappa Gowtham to start for Rajasthan. One run. Bowled him. Chirs Lynn tries to go across the line, misses. clean bowled. Robin Uthappa joins Narine. Keeping it very tight. KKR 1-1.

Over 2: Dhawal Kulkarni is in. Miscommunication. Almost a run out. Four to Narine, over the keeper’s head. Single. Another single to Uthappa. KKR 9-1.

Over 3: Gowtham continues, gets hit for four by Uthappa.In the air, falls short of Stokes. Narine tires to cut, straight to the fielder. Another dot. KKR 15-1

Over 4: Kulkarni to continue. Dot after dot. Here is a four. Another four to Narine, pierced through the in-field. Narine pulls, and gets a four. Three in a row. KKR 27-1

Over 6: Ben Laughing into the attack, missed the good line, hit for four. Single to Uthappa. Single to Narine. Quick single, good running between the wickets.Narine dispatches Laughlin for six. KKR: 53-1

Over 7: Shreyas Gopal is into the attack. Hit for six. KKR 62-1

Over 8: Ben Stokes comes in. Good ball. Single to Uthappa. Outside edge and four. Bad Luck. 68-1

Over 9: Narine is run out. Shreyas Gopal gets hit for six by Uthappa, he has found some form. Nitish Rana is the new man in.

Over 10: Stokes came to bowl, Rana took a single in the backward point region. Stokes to Uthappa, a miss field went for 4. Two consecutive single of the 3rd and 4th ball. The slower ball went gone wide. Stokes end the over with two single. KKR 87/2. | Readmore

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IPL 2018: Rohit’s 94 helps Mumbai secure maiden win, Kohli’s 92 in vain

This is the maiden win for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2018 after three losses. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s captain Virat Kohli is the only man who looked to score runs for RCB.

Rohit Sharma in action against RCB. Photo: PTI

Mumbai Indians managed to secure their first win of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) as they moved up to the 6th spot in Vivo IPL Points table. They defeated Royal Challengers Banglore (RCB) by 46 runs. Chasing a mammoth target of 214, Virat Kohli’s heroics could not save the day for RCB as no other batsman came to his aide. Krunal Pandya scalped three wickets for Mumbai Indians. Earlier Rohit Sharma scored 94 runs to help MI post a total of 213. This is the maiden win for MI in IPL 2018 after three losses.

Earlier, after being reduced to 0-2 in the first over, Mumbai Indians had a remarkable recovery. Lewis and Rohit Sharma first built the innings and then lead the onslaught to take the team’s score to 213-6 in 20 overs. Royal Challengers Banglore bowlers failed to capitalise on the launch pad provided by Umesh Yadav.

MI captain Rohit Sharma made 94 and missed a well deserved century. Evin Lewis made 65 runs.

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Royal Challengers Banglore innings update: Over by over

Over 1: Virat Kohli and Quinton De Kock will open for Royal Challengers Banglore. Jasprit Bhumra will start off for MI. Dot ball. Pushed to third man for a single, first runs on the board. Onto the pads of De Kock, missing leg. Wide ball. One run to De Kock, given as leg-by. Kohli defends. Straight drive for four. Kohli sending a message. RCB 7-0

Over 2: De Kock sweeps Krunal Pandya for four. Easy single. Kohli flicks off his pads, four runs. Dot. Punched by Kohli through covers for four. Dot ball. MI 20-0

Over 3: Mitchell McClenaghan into the attack. Easy single for De Kock. Gone through Kohli. Huge appeal. Turned down. Bouncer pulled for one. De Kock swings and misses. Driven but just for one. Classic Kohli with a classic cover drive for four. MI 27-0

Over 4: Mustafizur Rahman is into the attack. Kock hits him for four. Easy single for De Kock. Kohli defends. Quick single to Kohli. Rahman to De Kock, flat six, sheer power, Amazing! Good single to end the over. RCB 40-0

Over 5: Mitchell McClenaghan to continue, De Kock steps out and misses. clean bowled. A B de Villiers is on the crease with Kohli. Quick single to ABD. Kohli takes another single. McClenaghan strikes again, ABD caught in the deep for 1. RCB in trouble. Mandeep Singh comes in. Easy single. End of over. RCB 44-2

Over 6: Rahman continues, Lucky four for Kohli. Driven for single by Kohli. Beautiful shot by Mandeep, four runs. Ripper by Rahman. Flicked off the pads for single. That was in the air for a while. Same shot by Kohli. RCB 55-2

Over 7: Mayank Markande is into the attack. Single to Kohli and Mandeep. Decent over. Just four of it. RCB: 59-2

Over 8: Krunal Pandya comes to the attack. Chance of a run out. Not out. One run. Played fine by Kohli for one. Mandeep steps out, couldn’t connect, just the one. Very good running. RCB 65-2

Over 9: Markande to continue. No run. Again a dot. Just the one. Pressure mounting on RCB. Mandeep steps out, misses the wide one, stumping missed. Powerful shot for one. Lofted shot for one. RCB 70-2

Over 10: Krunal continues, double. Single followed by Single. Mandeep falls into the trap this time, steps out to a wide ball, misses and gets stumped. Mandeep out for 16. Corey Anderson come in, plays a lofted shot on the first ball and is out, gone for 0. RCB 76-4.

Over 11: Washinton Sundar comes in. Hits a four. RCB 84-4

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Over 12: Krunal Pandya continues. Double to Sundar. Hits high in the air, Krunal is out for 7. Sarfaraz Khan is the new man in. Full toss to Kohli, one run. Sarfaraz had no clue about that spinning beauty. RCB 87-5

Over 13: Bhumra is back, single taken. Hardik throws, ball awkwardly bounces off from the pitch and hits Ishan Kishan’s face. He has a lump below his right eye, he looks in deep pain. He walked off the field. That was a nasty blow to his face. Aditya Tare will keep the wickets. Punched towards point for four. RCB 94-5

Over 14: Markande is back, Kohli hits a six! Quick double. Single to Kohli. Sarfaraz steps out, misses and stumped. Chris Woakes is in.

Over 15: Hardik Pandya is into the attack. Bouncer to Woakes. Single to Kohli, 50 for him. High full toss, Kohli takes a single, asking for a no ball. Woakes wanted a single, Kohli sends him back. RCB: 108-6 | Readmore…

IPL 2018: Dhoni’s career-best fails to see CSK through; KXIP win by 4 runs

Kings XI Punjab won their second match at Mohali which helps them to move up the Vivo IPL points table. Chennai Super Kings tried to chase the mammoth target but failed to do so.

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Kings XI Punjab defeated Chennai Super Kings by 4 runs in yet another nail-biter match in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2018). Chasing a mammoth total of 198, CSK kept losing wickets at regular intervals, but in the end captain Dhoni (79 runs off 44 balls) stood tall to make sure it did not become a one-sided match. However, CSK fell short by 4 runs. Earlier, Chris Gayle made a quick fire 63 for KXIP and was declared man of the match. After winning their 3rd match, Kings XI Punjab moved to the second spot in the VIVO IPL points table.

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Chennai Super Kings did not have the best of the starts as they would have liked chasing 198. Shane Watson played some shots before getting out for 11.
Earlier, put into bat first, Kings XI Punjab had a dream start as the comeback king Chris Gayle went hammer and tongs from ball one. Lokesh Rahul was not far behind, and he too hit some good shots. Chris Gayle scored 63 runs. Other batsmen did get starts but failed to convert them into big scores, Despite Tahir getting two wickets in two balls, KXIP was able to reach 197-7 in the 20 overs. Chennai Super Kings will need 198 to win when they come out to bat.

Chennai Super Kings innings update: Over by over
Over 1: Shane Watson and Murali Vijay open for CSK. Barinder Sran leads the attack for KXIP. Starts off with a wide. Dot ball. Wide again. Saved a four. End of over. CSK 9-0.

Over 2: Mohit Sharma into the attack. Lucky four for Watson. Cut, gone for four. Dot. Another Dot. Straight to the fielder at point. In the air, Watson is gone. Mohit Sharma strikes. Wason gone for 11. Ambati Raydu comes in.

Over 3: Sran continues,Cheeky single. Straight drive, gone for four. Singles coming easily. Huge six by Murali Vijay.

Over 4: Murali Vijay got dismissed trying to hit a six, but the ball went too high. He made 12 from 10.

Over 5: Sam Billings joined Ambati Raydu. Just five from the over, and a few dot balls as well. Tye is keeping it very tight.

Over 6: Mujeeb into the attack. Edge, just a single. Too wide from the leg stump, dispatched for four. Dot ball. Appeal. Not out. CSK 53-2.

Over 7: Five runs came from the over and a wicket. CSK: 58-3

Over 8: Yuvraj Singh bowled the over. Leaked 10 runs. CSK: 68-3

Over 9: Thirteen runs came from this Ashwin over. CSK: 81-3

Over 10: Mujeebur bowls a tight over, concedes four runs only. CSK: 85-3

Over 11: Nine runs came from the over. CSK: 94-3

Over 12: Mujeeb continues. Dhoni is struggling. Raydu hits hard but just for two. CSK: 101-3

Over 13: Ashwin keeping it really tight, won’t mind singles. Just 6 runs came from the over.

Over 14: Sran is back. Short ball, Raydu dispatches it for maximum. Dt ball, Raydu did not read it well. Miscommunication, direct hit, Raydu is gone. Run out for 49. Jadeja comes in.

Over 15: Ashwin to continue, Dhoni hits him for a six. Dot ball, precious at this time. CSK 122-4

Over 16: Sran to Dhoni, dot ball, Wide. Dhoni takes a single. Wide again. CSK searching for one huge over. Another dot ball. Pressure mounting. Risky double. CSK 131-4. Need 67 from 24. | Readmore…

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IPL 2018 match schedule: Mumbai and Chennai to play opening game on April 7

A total of 60 matches will be played at nine venues across 51 days from April 7 to May 27

IPL 2018

The eleventh edition of the Indian Premier League will begin on 7 April at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The season opener will be played between defending champions Mumbai Indians and comeback team Chennai Super Kings. Apart from the hosting opening game and the final of the IPL 2018, Mumbai host the first qualifier. Chennai Super Kings will also play the last league match on May 20 against Kings XI Punjab.

A total of 60 matches will be played at nine venues across 51 days from April 7 to May 27. The two qualifiers and the eliminator will be played between May 22 and May 25. In this year’s IPL, all the double header- 12 in total – will be played over weekend. Out of 60 matches, 12 will be played in afternoon 48 will be played in the evening. The afternoon games will start from 4:00 pm and evening games will start from 8:00 pm. Earlier in January, the IPL governing council had approved the proposal that evening matches would begin at 7pm and afternoon matches would begin at 5:30 pm. But after IPL franchises’s demand IPL council decided to stick to the original match timings.

In the addition to home bases of the eight franchises, Indore will be the ninth venue in the IPL 2018. Kings XI Punjab will host three of their home games in Indore and the remaining four matches in Mohali.

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