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

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: Why Gambhir failed to turn things around for Delhi Daredevils

Kings XI Punjab’s K L Rahul scored the fastest IPL fifty in his team’s match against Delhi Daredevils to take the game away from Delhi’s reach. Here’s why things are not working for Delhi Daredevils

Delhi Daredevils (DD) captain Gautam Gambhir  plays a shot against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) during an IPL match 2018 at IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. Photo: PTI

Two Indian Premier League (IPL) teams with two striking similarities — empty trophy cabinet, and new captains — were hoping for a good start to IPL 2018. Only one of them managed to achieve it. Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) faced Delhi Daredevils (DD) at their home turf in Mohali. Former captain of Kolkata Knight Riders Gautam Gambhir was taken by DD this year in IPL 2018 auctions. KXIP, too, had a new captain in Ravichandran Ashwin.

KXIP won the toss and invited Delhi Daredevils to bat, and thus began a series of mistakes and errors for DD. Hopes were pinned on the newly appointed captain Gautam Gambhir. And he did not disappoint personally — he struck a half-century. But he did not get the required support from other batsmen. Opener Colin Munro, dismissed cheaply for 4, became the first wicket for the youngest debutant Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

As Gambhir tried to reconstruct the innings, Shreyas Iyer played a couple of extravagant shots and, oozing overconfidence, lofted one high in the air only to be caught easily and sent back to the dug-out. The fate of Vijay Shankar was no different. He came, he scored 13 from 13, and in desperation to accelerate, threw his wicket away. Once again, Gambhir had to switch from the hitting mode to rebuilding. | Today’s Paper

Punjab’s bowling was not as menacing as one would have thought. Indeed it was the poor shot selection of DD batsmen, and their lack of character, that made the scorecard look so modest. A few cameos did not prove very helpful, either. Rishab Pant went hammers and tongs to score a quickfire 28. But when he needed to show some maturity, he failed and threw his wicket away.

Gambhir did all he could, but eventually gave in to the pressure of increasing the run rate and was dismissed for a decent 55 off 42 balls. What really hurt the innings was the inexperience of his teammates. His own dismissal was not ordinary; he got run out and the players that followed him could not do much. Chris Morris made a quick 27 to take the team to a respectable-but-still-difficult-to-defend total of 166-7.

One would think chasing 167 would be easy, but the first match of this IPL season — between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians — proved otherwise with a similar scorecard. Frankly, that was the expectation from the bowlers of Delhi — to at least put up a flight and turn this one into a close encounter.

But, alas, DD bowlers were destined to take the field only to be smashed! It was opener K L Rahul’s date with destiny. From ball one, he made his intentions clear. He smashed, he hammered, and he ripped apart Delhi’s bowling. The bowlers had no answer whatsoever to his tactics. If you earlier thought DD’s batsmen were the champions of displaying immaturity on the field, now you had Delhi’s bowlers proving they were not far behind.

Rahul hit towering sixes and ferocious boundaries all over. So much so that he went on to score the fastest ever IPL half-century, taking only 14 balls to achieve the feat, with 6 fours and four sixes.

Star bowlers of Delhi — Trent Boult, Mohd Shami, and Amit Mishra — were hammered. The worst part was that these players had more experience than Rahul and yet they could do nothing to contain him, or Karun Nair, who too scored a fifty. Disappointing line and length, no variation, and lack of creativity were some of the reason for abysmal bowling. And, eventually, Delhi lost by six wickets.

If you could not fault the batsman Gambhir, the same could not be said about the captain Gambhir. Overall, the captaincy was sub-par, but then there was not much he could do to save his team from a shameful defeat. Yes, it was Rahul’s day. Such performances happen once in a long time (like ABD’s 31-ball century against West Indies in an ODI), but not being able to control the flow of runs is something Delhi needs to ponder about.

Delhi gifted this one to Punjab on a platter by failing to score runs and then not even trying to defend the total. This is what you a call a team’s collective failure. Batsmen do not put up a good score. The captain fails to bring in his experience to improvise and contain the other side. The bowlers do not even try. The game never belonged to Delhi. It had Punjab written all over it.

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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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Ball-tampering row: Steve Smith, David Warner banned for 12 months; updates

Cricket Australia is expected to come out with the results of an investigation into the ball tampering scandal involving Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft today

David Warner

David Warner has stepped down as captain of the IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad. The twitter handle of SRH tweeted: “In light of recent events, David Warner has stepped down as captain of SunRisers Hyderabad. The new captain of the Team will be announced shortly. – K Shanmugam, CEO, SunRisers Hyderabad.”

Cricket Australia is expected to come out with the results of an investigation into the ball tampering scandal involving Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft on Wednesday.

As such, the three players will be sent home in the ‘next 24 hours’, according to the Aussie cricket board chief James Sutherland. He added that the players will be penalised with sanctions that will ‘reflect the gravity’ of the situation.

Tim Paine, a batsman with only 10 test caps, has been appointed the new skipper of the side. Matthew Renshaw, Joe Burns and Glenn Maxwell will join the team in South Africa to replace the disgraced trio charged with ball tampering.

Here are the top 10 developments in the ball-tampering row:

1) Steve Smith, David Warner banned for 12 months

Steven Smith and David Warner, formerly captain and vice-captain of Australia, have been banned for 12 months by Cricket Australia for their roles in the pre-meditated plan to tamper with the ball on the third day of the Cape Town Test against South Africa. Cameron Bancroft, the player to actually tamper with the ball, has been banned for nine months.

2) Smith, Warner, Bancroft sent home: Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland announced on Tuesday that Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft will return home and will not play the fourth and final Test match against South Africa that starts on Friday. Coach Darren Lehmann will continue in the position as he had no knowledge according to CA’s preliminary inquiry.

Matthew Renshaw, Glenn Maxwell and Joe Burns have been named their replacements.

3) Steve Smith stepped down as Rajasthan Royals captain: Steve Smith yesterday decided to step down from Rajasthan Royals’ captaincy in the wake of the of severe backlash he has faced after admitting to ball tampering during the third Test against South Africa.
The decision was on expected lines the moment Cricket Australia indicated that harsher penalty was on cards for Smith and Co for their role in an episode that has shaken Australian sporting fraternity.

4) Ajinkya Rahane to replace Steve Smith: Right-hand Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane will replace Steve Smith in the upcoming season of the IPL. “Ajinkya Rahane has been an integral part of the Royals family for a long time now and he understands the culture and values of our team. We have absolutely no doubt that he will be a great leader of the Rajasthan Royals,” Zubin Bharucha had said.

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Ball-tampering row: Steve Smith may get a life ban; top 10 developments

Amid the ball-tampering controversy, IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals, after getting a clarification from BCCI, might sack Steve Smith and instead appoint Ajinkya Rahane as its skippers for IPL 2018

Steve Smith ball tampering

The Australian ball-tampering controversy has caught cricketers Steve Smith, Cameron Bancroft, and David Warner on the wrong foot, and taken cricket fans by surprise, with Smith stepping down as Australia’s captain for the rest of the ongoing third Test match against South Africa. Smith was penalised by the International Cricket Council (ICC), which slapped the Australian with a one-match suspension and fined his entire match fee on Sunday.

Steve Smith’s deputy, David Warner, also stepped down as Australian cricket team’s vice-captain, while wicketkeeper Tim Paine was named to act as a stand-in captain at Newlands, with both Smith and Warner taking the field on Sunday. Meanwhile, days before IPL 2018 commences from April 7, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Indian Premier League (IPL) are playing the waiting game on Smith and Warner’s fate.

Steve Smith might also lose the captaincy of the Rajasthan Royals IPL franchise. In that case, Ajinkya Rahane would likely lead the IPL side. For now, the BCCI and Royals have reportedly heaved a sigh of relief after Smith escaped with a mild punishment.

Smith o Saturday admitted to masterminding a premeditated plan to indulge in ball-tampering, which, among others, prompted even Australia’s prime minister to react and a long-retired captain to mull a comeback. Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called the incident a “shocking disappointment”, while Michael Clarke kept open the possibility of returning as the Australia cricket team’s captain.

Here are the top 10 developments in the Steve Smith ball-tampering controversy that has taken Australian cricket and fans over the world by shock:

1) Steve Smith steps down: Caught up in the ball-tampering controversy, Steven Smith stepped down as the Australian cricket team’s captain for the remainder of the ongoing third Test against South Africa.
The actions of the Australian team’s leadership in the ball-tampering controversy would be investigated, said Cricket Australia. Subsequently, the Australian government asked the board to remove Smith as captain. Australian Prime Minister Turnbull called the incident a “shocking disappointment”.

2) Rahane may lead Royals: Ajinkya Rahane is likely to lead the IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals in case Steve Smith, under fire after admitting to ball tampering during the ongoing third Test against South Africa in Cape Town, loses his captaincy. India’s Test vice-captain Rahane is also saleable as a brand — a must for all IPL franchises. Rahane was one of the Royals’ premier performers before they were banned for two years in the wake of the 2013 spot-fixing scandal.
The scandal gave way to speculations that the Indian Premier League franchises Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad could sack Steve Smith and David Warner (also said to be involved in the conspiracy) as their respective captains.

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