Shane Watson helps Royal Challengers seal one-run win
Posted by on 10 May

Shane Watson helps Royal Challengers seal one-run win

Mohali: AB de Villiers plundered 64 runs in a 35-ball display of masterful batting, after Royal Challengers Bangalore slumped to 67 for 3 against Kings XI Punjab, to lift his team to 175, which they defended by one run in a thriller here on Monday. M Vijay made an accomplished 57-ball 89 to keep Kings XI in the hunt for much of the chase. Royal Challengers' bowling attack, though, found a way to respond to severe criticism with a good display of end-overs bowling, making use of Mohali's long square boundaries. Kings XI required 24 off the last two overs but Shane Watson varied his pace and lengths to concede just seven in the penultimate over. Chris Jordan, playing his second IPL game, was driven through cover for four by Marcus Stoinis off the second ball of the final over, and missed his yorker again off the third ball, which Stoinis muscled over the long-off boundary to bring the contest into Kings XI's grasp. But Stoinis could only muster a brace of twos off the second half of the over. Kings XI required 40 off four overs, and Kohli turned to Watson with Vijay in control of the chase. Vijay holed out to square leg as Watson delivered a rising short ball that forced the batsman to pull towards the longer boundary. Brief scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 175 for 6 (De Villiers 64, Rahul 42, Cariappa 2-16) beat Kings XI Punjab 174 for 4 (Vijay 89, Stoinis 34*, Watson 2-22) by one run.
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Pinpoint death bowling keeps Kings XI Punjab alive
Posted by on 08 May

Pinpoint death bowling keeps Kings XI Punjab alive

Mohali: Fifty-four runs off 36 balls with eight wickets in hand should have been a cruise for Delhi Daredevils. Instead, they were undone by an outstanding display of end-overs bowling by Marcus Stoinis, Sandeep Sharma and Mohit Sharma and Kings XI Punjab breathed life into a flagging campaign with a nine-run win, their third in nine matches, here on Saturday. Carlos Brathwaite and Chris Morris, capable of lusty hitting, were bested by a train of slow legcutters interspersed with quick short balls and excellent yorkers. Kings XI defence of 181 for 5 was all the more remarkable because they had to deal with dew as well. Daredevils finished with 172 for 5 to go down for the second time in three nights. Quinton de Kock began the chase with a superb 30-ball 52. Neither the asking rate nor his missing the previous match had an effect on his approach as Daredevils overcame a slow start. The first four overs fetched just 23 runs, but by the time the opening stand was broken the score had swelled to 70 in 7.5 overs. De Kock's enterprise - he brought up his fifty in 27 balls - allowed his partner Sanju Samson to settle in nicely. Just as Kings XI were in danger of wilting, de Kock sliced Stoinis' slower delivery to point. But with an in-form Karun Nair mixing singles with the odd boundary and Samson showing his first signs of attacking strokeplay soon after the strategy break - he hit legspinner KC Cariappa for a six over long-off - Daredevils went into the second half needing 91 runs with nine wickets in hand. Nair and Samson had to manufacture shots and Kings XI knew if they didn't give them room or leverage in the final six overs, they still had a chance. Mohit strung three dot balls to Nair, who responded with an uncharacteristic swipe but David Miller, running to his right from long-on, dropped the catch. Three balls later, Miller redeemed himself and dismissed Nair with a tumbling catch at long-off, leaving Daredevils needing 48 off 27 balls. Vijay brought his strike bowlers back for the final three overs. Sandeep went too full and was hammered for a four and a six by Brathwaite, but the seamer shortened his length knowing the square boundaries at Mohali were quite large. Brathwaite went for the pull instinctively, but found deep midwicket. Mohit gave away only three runs in the 19th over and Sandeep closed the game with a couple of yorkers in the 20th. Daredevils weren't at their best in the field having opted to bowl. But after mucking up a few run-out chances, they dismissed Vijay and Hashim Amla, on IPL debut, in successive overs to leave the score at 48 for 2 in the seventh. Daredevils' spinners would have hoped to build on that pressure, but Stoinis countered them by getting to the pitch of the ball and targeting the shorter straight boundaries at one end. His six of Shahbaz Nadeem in the ninth over was the only big hit between overs seven and 11. Saha kept the scorecard tickling along as well and the pair brought up their half-century stand off just 33 deliveries, with not one shot played in anger or frustration. Once set, Saha went after Zaheer Khan, who was bowling off a short run-up, and struck the Daredevils captain for 16 runs in the 16th over. He pulled, flicked and cut with disdain to bring up his first fifty-plus score since the IPL final in 2014 against Kolkata Knight Riders. The dismissal of Glenn Maxwell, who walked across and missed a flick off Morris, and Saha off successive deliveries, with 11 balls still to play, briefly gave Daredevils hope of restricting Kings XI below 165. But Axar Patel's unbeaten 5-ball 16 gave them a few extra runs to defend, which proved more than handy in the end. Brief scores: Kings XI Punjab 181 for 5 (Stoinis 52, Saha 52, Morris 3-30) beat Delhi Daredevils 172 for 5 (de Kock 52, Samson 49, Stoinis 3-40) by nine runs.
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Kohli hits second ton as RCB chase 192
Posted by on 08 May

Kohli hits second ton as RCB chase 192

Bengaluru: Virat Kohli smashed an unbeaten 108 off 58 balls to make a chase of 192 look almost routine and steered Royal Challengers Bangalore to victory over Rising Pune Supergiants in an IPL 2016 match here on Saturday. Supergiants' total was founded on fifties from Ajinkya Rahane and Saurabh Tiwary and, even more so, on a litany of errors from Royal Challengers in the field. But, led by Kohli, and boosted by crucial knocks from KL Rahul and Shane Watson, Royal Challengers brought the full force of their batting might to bear on a hapless bowling attack. A chase of 192 requires a good start, and it was provided by Kohli and Rahul and they took the score to 94 without loss by the 11th over. Supergiants hit back in the next over when legspinner Adam Zampa, on IPL debut, dismissed Rahul and then the dangerous AB de Villiers as well. With 89 needed off 42, Shane Watson combined lusty strikes with streaky edges and before the bowler Thisara Perera knew it he had given away five fours in an over. With back-to-back sixes off Rajat Bhatia, whose slow cutters had started to become predictable, Watson brought the equation to 50 off 30 balls. The next two overs belonged to Supergiants - RP Singh dismissed Watson and R Ashwin, introduced in the 17th over, conceded just seven. But Kohli remained. He plundered four sixes and a four off Zampa and RP Singh to leave just four runs to get off the final over, and applied the finishing touch himself. Kohli became the quickest batsman to 500 runs in an IPL season; achieving the landmark in eight innings, one better than his team-mate Chris Gayle, who was left out of the XI on Saturday. Earlier, Tiwary was dropped twice in as many balls in the sixth over; Stuart Binny missed a straightforward chance at short cover and Sachin Baby was unable to hold on despite getting both hands behind the ball at point. Tiwary received a third life, on 25, when Rahul fluffed a stumping and went on to make 52 off 39 balls. It was his second fifty in three matches. The worst of Royal Challengers' errors came in the eighth over, when Rahane was surprised by Varun Aaron's extra bounce and the ball popped up towards where silly mid-on might have been. Both the bowler and Watson, running in from midwicket attempted to get under it, but no one went for the catch. The ball landed barely a foot from Watson. Rahane finished with 78 off 48 balls, with eight fours and two sixes. His sixth half-century of the season put Supergiants on course for a total over 200. They went into the final five overs with eight wickets in hand and that allowed the batsmen coming in to look for runs despite risk. Supergiants did get 53 off these overs, but they needed a lot more considering Kohli was going to be in his happy place - with a target to chase. Brief scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore 195 for 3 (Kohli 108*) beat Rising Pune Supergiants 191 for 6 (Rahane 74, Tiwary 52, Watson 3-24) by seven wickets.
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Mustafizur, Bhuvneshwar topple Gujarat Lions
Posted by on 07 May

Mustafizur, Bhuvneshwar topple Gujarat Lions

Hyderabad: Sunrisers Hyderabad's Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashish Nehra and Mustafizur Rahman bowled with skill and restricted Gujarat Lions to 126 and their team later won the match comfortably in IPL 2016 match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here on Friday. David Warner gave the chase early momentum, hitting two sixes off Pradeep Sangwan in the second over. On a slow pitch, Sangwan provided pace onto the bat, and also bowled the wrong lengths; when he came back in the 13th over, he began with a short ball outside off and a half-volley on the pads, and Dhawan put both away for four. Lions' bowlers did well to take the game as far as the 19th over, but provided hittable balls just a little more frequently than their Sunrisers counterparts had done. With Sunrisers needing 40 from 31, Ravindra Jadeja bowled a quicker one wide of off stump with third man inside the circle, and Deepak Hooda dabbed it away to the fielder's left. With 34 needed off 27, the otherwise excellent Dhawal Kulkarni - who had troubled Yuvraj Singh with the short ball on the way to a wicket maiden - gave Dhawan a wide long-hop. With 12 needed from 10 balls, Praveen Kumar bowled a half-volley, at his normal pace, that Naman Ojha lofted down the ground. Dhawan ended the match in that Praveen over, clipping and flat-batting him for successive fours. Earlier while Lions were batting, when 0 for 0 became 2 for 1 in the second over, Dwayne Smith's record against Bhuvneshwar in all T20s read: 52 balls faced, 38 runs scored, two dismissals. Suresh Raina injected urgency into Lions' innings when he slogged Nehra and Bhuvneshwar for sixes in successive overs, but he only lasted 10 balls, consumed by the tendency of the ball to stop on this pitch. Mustafizur, coming on in the sixth over, nearly struck with his first ball, as McCullum skewed a wide-ish cutter high over point, but the backtracking Dhawan juggled and then dropped the ball. Another cutter three balls later opened up Dinesh Karthik, and Kane Williamson threw himself to his left to complete a low, one-handed stunner. McCullum's uncomfortable stay ended in the eighth over, as he toe-ended Moises Henriques to long-off. Henriques and Barinder Sran provided tight back-up to the three main seamers, taking the pace off the ball and bowling stump-to-stump. Lions recovered somewhat as Dwayne Bravo and Aaron Finch put on 45 for the fifth wicket, but both of them had to scrounge for their runs. So did the rest of the batting. Mustafizur remained an unsolved puzzle, the right-handers finding it almost impossible to hit against his combination of angle and break off the pitch - they had only two scoring shots off him through the leg side. Warner dropped a sitter off Finch in the 16th over, when he was on 30, but the excellence of Mustafizur, Nehra and Bhuvneshwar meant it wasn't a costly miss. Between them, they only conceded 35 off the last four overs. Given Lions' slow start, that was never going to be enough of a finish to reach a competitive total. Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 129 for 5 (Dhawan 47*, Bravo 2-14, Kulkarni 2-17) beat Gujarat Lions 126 for 6 (Finch 51*, Mustafizur 2-17, Bhuvneshwar 2-28) by five wickets.  
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Rahane guides Supergiants to vital win over Delhi
Posted by on 06 May

Rahane guides Supergiants to vital win over Delhi

New Delhi: Rising Pune Supergiants were reeling at the bottom half of the points table of IPL 2016 with six losses from eight matches. But against Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla, they fell back on the reliable shoulders of Ajinkya Rahane, Rajat Bhatia and a brisk innings from IPL debutant Usman Khawaja to hand the hosts their second loss in their last four matches. Supergiants first restricted Daredevils to 162 by slowing them down in the middle overs and taking regular wickets. The top order then, led by Rahane's unbeaten and unflustered 63, made sure the chase, which got slightly tense towards the end, was sealed with five balls to spare. This looked like anyone's game when Supergiants needed 37 from the last three overs. Captain MS Dhoni, who promoted himself to No. 4, struck a four and a straight six off Mohammed Shami in the 18th over, to bring the equation down to 17 from 12. Iman Tahir removed Dhoni with the first ball of the 19th over but two lusty sixes from Thisara Perera meant Supergiants needed three from the last over and Rahane finished it with a flicked four. Daredevils, who were asked to bat, were largely anchored by their stand-in captain Duminy, as Zaheer Khan had a niggle, but other batsmen could not convert starts into big scores. Once Dinda knocked over Rishabh Pant's off stump in the third over, Karun Nair and Sanju Samson started scoring boundaries on both sides of the pitch to lift the run rate above eight. But Samson handed a simple catch to midwicket on the last ball of the Powerplay. Duminy, meanwhile, kept the score ticking by scoring at nearly run a ball but was running out of partners. Bhatia took the pace off the ball for another economical spell and Nair soon holed out to sweeper cover, for 32 off 23, while trying to break free. Sam Billings combined with Duminy to quickly score 24 runs out of the 45 they put together in five overs. Billings had struck R Ashwin for two consecutive sixes and posed a big threat before a switch-hit ended his innings. Brathwaite then took on M Ashwin for two more sixes but impressive fielding from Rahane and Tiwary resulted in two run-outs. Pawan Negi's unbeaten 19 off 12 balls provided Daredevils a late push but it wasn't enough. Brief scores: Rising Pune Supergiants 166 for 3 (Rahane 63*, Tahir 2-26) beat Delhi Daredevils 162 for 7 (Duminy 34, Bhatia 2-22, Boland 2-31) by seven wickets.
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Andre Russell’s brilliance knocks Kings XI down
Posted by on 05 May

Andre Russell’s brilliance knocks Kings XI down

Kolkata: Glenn Maxwell waged a brilliant fight in the chase for Kings XI Punjab with 68 off 42 balls, but failed to take the team to victory against Kolkata Knight Riders in an IPL clash here on Wednesday. When Maxwell departed his side was still 45 runs away from a target of 165 with only 26 balls in hand. Andre Russell had 11 runs to defend in the final over and he did so by picking up one wicket, apart from two run-outs, to finish with 4 for 20 in four overs as KKR closed out a victory by seven runs and climbed to the top of the table. Maxwell came in with the score on 13 for 3 and his fifty came off only 29 balls, but Maxwell misread a googly from Piyush Chawla, played a reverse sweep against the turn and was adjudged lbw by umpire Anil Chaudhary. The batsman walked off unhappy because he felt he was hit outside the line of off stump, and while replays indicated more than half the ball had been outside the line, some of his anger may have been directed at himself. He was the only Kings XI batsman who showed any kind of control and with him out of the way, Knight Riders breezed past the finish line. Knight Riders fared better in batting as Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa struck fluent half-centuries and added 101 runs for the opening partnership. Though the run-rate they maintained was only 7.48, they laid an excellent foundation for the big-hitters down the order by punishing a bowling line-up that couldn't get their length right. On top of that, Kings XI dropped Uthappa three balls after Gambhir was run-out. The culprit, Mohit, recovered well though. He and Sandeep Sharma switched to a mix of yorkers and slower deliveries for the last five overs. That meant Yusuf Pathan and Russell could not bring their power-hitting into play and Knight Riders had to settle for only 43 runs in that period. Kings XI have dropped to the bottom of the table with six losses in eight games. They went in with only three overseas players on Wednesday - Maxwell, Stoinis and David Miller - after Shaun Marsh's back injury ruled him out of the IPL two days ago. Hashim Amla, who was brought in as a replacement, sat out because he had arrived in India on the day of the match and had had very little time to prepare. Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 164 for 3 (Uthappa 70, Gambhir 54) beat Kings XI Punjab 157 for 9 (Maxwell 68, Russell 4-20) by seven runs.
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Pant, bowlers help Daredevils crush Lions
Posted by on 04 May

Pant, bowlers help Daredevils crush Lions

Rajkot: In another clinical display, Delhi Daredevils' bowlers restricted table-toppers Gujarat Lions to 149, setting up a convincing eight-wicket win in Rajkot's last game of the season. In the chase, Rishabh Pant and Quinton de Kock blazed a 115-run partnership off 81 balls - the side's joint-fourth highest opening stand - to help Daredevils breeze to the second spot on the points table. Despite successive losses, Lions retained their place at the top. It was the 24th win by a chasing side in 31 games this season. After opting to bowl, Daredevils' bowlers set up an advantage in the first four overs. It looked like Shahbaz Nadeem had trapped Brendon McCullum in front in the first over, but umpire Chris Gaffaney indicated that the batsman had got an inside edge. After facing three of the first 16 balls, McCullum charged at a Zaheer Khan slower ball. Like most of Zaheer's off-cutters this season, it beat McCullum's wild swing and clipped the off stump. Two balls later, Dwayne Smith chipped a long-hop from Nadeem to long-on. In the same over, Aaron Finch, who replaced an injured Dwayne Bravo, got a leading edge off his attempted sweep to short fine leg. Lions' three overseas batsmen were dismissed and already the middle order was limited to playing for singles and twos into Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium's large pockets. The score at the end of six overs read 35 for 3, Lions' lowest Powerplay returns of the season. Apart from a well-timed uppercut for six, Suresh Raina struggled to find his timing. Dinesh Karthik, though, accrued his runs through well-placed sweeps and flicks in the vast outfield. Just when it looked like Lions had consolidated after the early jolt, Raina was stumped after misjudging a googly from Amit Mishra. Thereafter, Ravindra Jadeja and Karthik resorted to the same modus operandi as the previous few overs. The pair, however, set up a solid platform for the end overs. Lions found at least one boundary in every over after the 13th, except the penultimate one. The last five overs yielded 50 with hard-run twos contributing to the Lions score. Yet, the extent of the damage in the first four overs was so severe that Lions could only muster a sub-par 149. De Kock and Pant, promoted to the opening slot, effectively finished the game by plundering nine boundaries in a 61-run Powerplay. Pant was particularly dominant with scythed cuts off the seamers' wide offerings. When the ball was straight, Pant used his strong bottom hand to whip fours through the arc at midwicket. After matching Pant in the Powerplay, de Kock laid anchor and milked the bowling for singles. Pant, though, did not slow down. He used his feet to smear and swipe towards the long-on region as he struck his first limited-overs fifty, off 25 balls. Both Pant and de Kock were dismissed after across-the-line heaves, but Sanju Samson and JP Duminy, who returned after regaining fitness, took Daredevils home with 16 balls remaining. Brief scores: Delhi Daredevils 150 for 2 (Pant 69, de Kock 46) beat Gujarat Lions 149 for 7 (Karthik 53, Jadeja 36*, Nadeem 2-23) by eight wickets.
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Yusuf Pathan powers Knight Riders to scorching win
Posted by on 03 May

Yusuf Pathan powers Knight Riders to scorching win

Bengaluru: Kolkata Knight Riders' Nos. 5 Andre Russell and 6 Yusuf Pathan defied a steep asking rate and put on 96 runs in 44 balls to power their side to a five-wicket win, with five balls remaining, over Royal Challengers Bangalore here on Monday. Bowling first, Knight Riders' had kept Royal Challengers quiet for 17 overs, despite half-centuries from KL Rahul and Virat Kohli. Shane Watson, Sachin Baby and Stuart Binny then plundered 54 off the last three overs to lift Royal Challengers to 185. Royal Challengers' bowling held up well initially, with Binny's outswing removing his Karnataka team-mate Robin Uthappa in the first over, and Yuzvendra Chahal producing a ripping legbreak to bowl the leaden-footed Chris Lynn. When Gautam Gambhir and Manish Pandey fell within eight balls of each other, either side of the 10-over mark, Knight Riders were falling behind rapidly. Knight Riders know they can score two runs a ball with Russell and Yusuf at the crease, and their asking rate was just under 12 an over when they came together. But it was just under 12 an over for a considerable length of time: they needed 110 off 58 balls. Though it was still a good pitch for batting, it was offering the quicks spongy bounce if they bent their backs, and the spinners a fair amount of grip. In the first two full overs with Russell and Yusuf Pathan at the crease, they hit a six each, but were also beaten by Varun Aaron's bounce and Yuzvendra Chahal's turn. This still looked like anyone's game. The defining moment came in the 14th over, when Chahal left Russell stranded five feet down the pitch. Just like Russell, Rahul was beaten by the lack of turn, and the ball shot away for four byes. Two balls later, a quickish slider down the leg side shot past Rahul before he could react, and ran away for five wides. Russell mishit, slogged, and flat-batted Tabraiz Shamsi's left-arm wristspin for six, six and four in the next over, and Knight Riders now needed 63 off the last five. Yusuf whipped Aaron to the midwicket boundary, and Russell mishit another six - it only just cleared the cover boundary - as Knight Riders took 16 runs from the 16th over. Watson came on to bowl the 17th. Usually the most reliable of Royal Challengers' bowlers, he sent down two length balls first up - the first on the stumps and the second wide of off - and Yusuf heaved them away to the midwicket and extra cover boundaries. A bouncer followed, and Yusuf got just enough bat on his pull to fetch the ball from outside off stump and find the square leg boundary. Then another length ball, and Yusuf easily cleared long-on. When he edged the last ball of the over to the third man boundary, the game was over - Knight Riders now only needed 23 off 18. Knight Riders had recalled Morne Morkel to their side, and he quickly discovered tennis-ball bounce to dismiss the returning Gayle. Bowling largely back of a length, Morkel and Russell kept Kohli and Rahul quiet in the Powerplay, denying them both room and leverage. Rahul gave Royal Challengers impetus, taking on the spinners, and using the sweep - regular, slog and reverse - for two fours and a six off Sunil Narine. But just when Royal Challengers were shifting gear, Piyush Chawla dismissed Rahul and AB de Villiers in the space of 16 balls. Kohli joined them in the 17th over, picking out sweeper cover immediately after Gautam Gambhir had dropped him at point; Royal Challengers seemed in danger of falling short of 160. But Knight Riders' quicks struggled in the slog overs. Umesh Yadav lost his radar completely, sending down two high full-tosses in the 17th, and ended with figures of 0 for 56 in four overs, with 41 coming off his last two overs. Russell gave away 13 in the 19th. In all, Watson, Baby and Binny hit seven fours and three sixes in the last three overs. Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 189 for 5 (Yusuf 60*, Russell 39, Chahal 2-27) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 185 for 7 (Rahul 52, Kohli 52, Morkel 2-28, Chawla 2-32) by five wickets.
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Rohit fires Mumbai Indians to fifth win
Posted by on 02 May

Rohit fires Mumbai Indians to fifth win

Pune: Mumbai Indians brought the curtains down on Maharashtra Day with an eight-wicket win over Rising Pune Supergiants at the MCA Stadium in Pune. Rohit Sharma's fourth half-century in a successful chase this season - an unbeaten 60-ball 85 - helped make light work of a 160-run target and sealed Mumbai's fifth win with nine balls to spare. Rohit completed the job that was set up by Mumbai's bowlers, who conceded only 66 in the second half of Supergiants' innings after Steven Smith and Saurabh Tiwary had clobbered the ball all over the ground in a swift second-wicket stand of 84. In the first innings, Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed early but Smith, who offered a tough chance to Parthiv Patel on 1, was quickly into his stride, hitting three successive boundaries off Tim Southee in the third over. The confidence of a century in the previous game showed in Smith's intent to dominate. He raced to 33 off 14 deliveries as Supergiants brought up their fifty in the sixth over. Smith (45) was sent back by a Bumrah delivery and Tiwary was eventually dismissed for 57 off 45 balls, his first IPL half-century since 2013. Mumbai had the momentum going into the break and Rohit made his intentions clear when they came out to bat. Happy to swing at the length balls, he got away with two thick edges that flew towards third man in the third over. Parthiv was in sparkling form, driving Ashok Dinda for three successive boundaries before nicking the fourth ball to Dhoni. By then, Mumbai had wiped out 39 in four overs. Ambati Rayudu played a typical innings, quietly nudging the ball, picking singles and hitting the odd boundary. He switched to attack in the eighth over, Ashwin's first, by stepping out and lofting the offspinner for a six over long-on. There was little pressure to contend with and Rohit effortlessly reeled off the runs, a majority of which came in the arc between deep midwicket and long-on. Rayudu's wicket gave Supergiants a brief respite but an equation of 67 from eight overs allowed Jos Buttler enough time to find his range. At the other end, Rohit brought up his fifty off 38 balls and ensured that Supergiants' campaign was left in disarray with their sixth loss in eight matches. Brief scores: Mumbai Indians 161 for 2 (Rohit 85*, Buttler 27) beat Rising Pune Supergiants 159 for 5 (Tiwary 57, Smith 45, Bumrah 3-29) by eight wickets.
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Axar hat-trick helps Kings XI beat Lions
Posted by on 02 May

Axar hat-trick helps Kings XI beat Lions

Rajkot: Axar Patel took four wickets in five balls, including the first hat-trick of the season, to pave the way for Kings XI Punjab's 23-run win against table-toppers Gujarat Lions in Rajkot. Axar's burst reduced Lions to 57 for 6 in their chase of 155, setting up the side's second win and Lions’ second loss of the season. Kings XI's defence of 154 got off to an ideal start with the early wickets of Brendon McCullum and Suresh Raina, as both batsmen missed straight balls from Mohit Sharma. Axar was brought on in the seventh over and off the third ball, Dwayne Smith muscled a lofted drive and found Gurkeerat Singh at long-off. Two balls later, the left-arm spinner got one to skid through and Dinesh Karthik's inside edge clattered into leg stump. Dwayne Bravo chopped the first ball he faced onto his stumps and the over ended with Lions at a shaky 39 for 5. Brought back in the 11th over, Axar then got his first ball to dart past Ravindra Jadeja's outside edge. It seemed like bat had hit pad, but the umpire raised his finger. This was Axar's first T20 hat-trick, and the 14th of the tournament. Earlier, though Kings XI's new captain M Vijay and Marcus Stoinis had a good start as they plundered 59 off the Powerplay, their highest this season, their side collapsed to 154. Kings XI's situation worsened when Gurkeerat Singh, one of four changes for Kings XI, was run out after an acrobatic effort from James Faulkner at point. Kings XI stuttered from 65 for 0 in the seventh over to 73 for 4 in the ninth. David Miller and Wriddhiman Saha, though, found the boundary regularly in their 39-run stand for the sixth wicket. They tried to build a platform for a late surge but that did not come as Dwayne Bravo and Praveen Kumar brought out their slower balls to flummox Kings XI's lower order. Lions conceded one four off the last three overs and picked up five wickets to bowl Kings XI out. Brief scores: Kings XI Punjab 154 (Vijay 55, Saha 33, Kaushik 3-20) beat Gujarat Lions 131 for 9 (Faulkner 32, Kishan 27, Axar 4-21, Mohit 3-32) by 23 runs.
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