Rohit Sharma revives Mumbai campaign in IPL 2016
Posted by on 21 April

Rohit Sharma revives Mumbai campaign in IPL 2016

Mumbai: Promoting himself to open, captain Rohit Sharma made a 44-ball 62 as Mumbai Indians overhauled Royal Challengers Bangalore's 170 for 7 by six wickets with 12 balls to spare in an IPL match at the Wankhede stadium here on Wednesday. Rohit took charge of the chase along with Ambati Rayudu, who was anything but elegant yet equally effective during his 31. The second-wicket stand of 76 in 55 balls laid the platform for Mumbai's chase, before Iqbal Abdulla gave Royal Challengers a new lease of life by dismissing Rayudu and Rohit in quick succession, both to slogs. Mumbai were 109 for 3 then, needing 62 off seven overs - well on track as dew took effect. Jos Buttler and Kieron Pollard, who replaced Martin Guptill, flexed their muscles by hitting five sixes between them. While Buttler was out for 28, Pollard remained unbeaten on 40 off 19 balls as Mumbai recorded their second win in five matches. Halfway into the first innings, Mumbai, who opted to bowl, were staring at a 200-plus target as Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers feasted on some friendly bowling during the course of a 59-run stand, before the unheralded players rose to the occasion in what was billed as a battle of two heavyweight teams. Krunal Pandya’s twin strikes to get rid of Kohli and de Villiers in the space of five deliveries stunned Royal Challengers, who had made as many as six changes to their XI. Shane Watson fell not long after, but Travis Head, on IPL debut, and Sarfaraz Khan lifted Royal Challengers from 99 for 4 to 170 for 7. KL Rahul - opening in place of Chris Gayle who was away on paternity leave - was put through a short-ball test in a hostile burst by Mitchell McClenaghan, during which he was hit hard on the helmet. After the early jitters, though, he ramped and slapped his way to 23 before being caught in the slips. Kohli and de Villiers then counterpunched before the cluster of wickets resulted in a complete breakdown in momentum. Head took his time to settle in, the nervousness clearly showing as he pushed and prodded his way for nine deliveries before exhibiting his ball-striking power to swat Hardik Pandya for six over deep square leg in the 15th over. Sarfaraz showed there is more to his game than just scoops and paddles as he milked the spinners. He saved his best for the final over, clubbing two sixes off successive deliveries from Jasprit Bumrah. Mumbai lost Parthiv Patel in the second over of the chase, but Varun Aaron's third over, which went for 19, brought their innings back on track. Once Royal Challengers' uncapped Indian bowlers were summoned, a game that was only marginally tilted in Mumbai's favour turned decisively in their direction. Abdulla's wickets injected a touch of excitement, but any possibility of a close finish was firmly snuffed out by Pollard's charge. Brief scores: Mumbai Indians 171 for 4 (Rohit 62, Pollard 40*, Abdulla 3-40) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 170 for 7 (Head 37, Kohli 33, Bumrah 3-31, Krunal Pandya 2-27) by six wickets.
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Knight Riders go top of the table with win over Kings XI
Posted by on 20 April

Knight Riders go top of the table with win over Kings XI

Mohali: Another dominant bowling performance followed by another effortless chase led Kolkata Knight Riders to their third win of the season, thrashing Kings XI Punjab by six wickets here on Tuesday to go top of the table. Knight Riders' bowling depth was perceptible as their spinners ripped through Kings XI, in a sub-par batting performance, to keep them to 138 for 8. In the chase, Robin Uthappa’s quickfire fifty effectively sealed the game. In 13 games this season, 12 have been won by the chasing team. Put in to bat, Kings XI lost Manan Vohra early when he flicked Morne Morkel to deep square leg but M Vijay looked in rhythm, scything drives and cuts before failing to pick a googly from Piyush Chawla. A slow start was made slower by the questionable promotion of Wriddhiman Saha to No. 4, who struggled in his 14-ball 8. Shaun Marsh, though, held one end up despite struggling for fluency. The stage was set for either of David Miller or Glenn Maxwell to fire their side back into the contest, but Knight Riders' experienced bowling attack strangled their strong middle order. With two left-handers batting - Marsh and Miller - Gautam Gambhir turned to Yusuf Pathan for the first time this season. The move reaped rewards instantly when Miller edged Yusuf's first ball and Uthappa took a sharp catch. Maxwell soon resorted to a switch-hit off Sunil Narine, but Kings XI's season was summed up when he hammered it to extra cover. Narine's remodeled action returned two wickets in a frugal spell with an economy rate of 5.50. In a format where teams target implausible numbers during the second half of an innings, Knight Riders' spinners ensured Kings XI could only rebuild after leaving them at 94 for 5 in the 15th over. In between, Marsh used swift footwork to accumulate runs and was particularly effective square of the wicket, on both sides. He got to his fifty in the last over with a sweetly-timed lofted drive over long-on. Along with Kyle Abbott, he took Andre Russell's first over - the last of the innings - for 18 to lift Kings XI to 138. With that total, Kings XI needed a miraculous start to have any hope, but Uthappa and Gambhir pushed Knight Riders closer to the target with nine boundaries in a 65-run Powerplay, the most productive in this season. The seamers, Sandeep Sharma and Abbott, were inconsistent but when they found their lengths, Uthappa cleared the infield with lofted strokes on the up, on a pitch offering even bounce and carry. Uthappa eased himself to his first fifty of the season off just 24 balls but his premeditated sweep resulted in his dismissal, as he played around a full delivery from Pardeep Sahu. Gambhir looked set for another fifty before a leading edge was acrobatically taken by Glenn Maxwell, running in from deep midwicket. Axar Patel removed Manish Pandey and Shakib Al Hasan, but Suryakumar Yadav and Yusuf took Knight Riders home with 17 balls to spare. Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 141 for 4 (Uthappa 53, Gambhir 34, Sahu 2-18) beat Kings XI Punjab 138 for 8 (Marsh 56*, Narine 2-22) by six wickets.
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Warner’s masterly knock gives Sunrisers first win in IPL
Posted by on 19 April

Warner’s masterly knock gives Sunrisers first win in IPL

Hyderabad: Sunrisers Hyderabad’s captain David Warner (59-ball 90 n.o.) led from the front for the home team to register their first win in the IPL 2016 by beating Mumbai Indians by seven wickets. Warner, who won the toss and elected to field, was well supported by Hyderabad bowlers who restricted Mumbai to 142 in conditions that led to a well-matched contest between bat and ball. Tim Southee kept Mumbai in the game with three well-timed wickets, starting with a late-swinging yorker to Shikhar Dhawan, but Mumbai kept feeding Warner a steady supply of release balls, which he put away merrily. He ended the game with two sixes in three balls, flat-batting Mitchell McClenaghan over mid-off and pulling him over deep square leg, and Sunrisers were home with 15 balls remaining. Mumbai's defeat was their third in four matches. Earlier, it only took four balls for Bhuvneshwar Kumar to strike by sending back Martin Guptill, whose debut innings in the IPL was terminated by a perfectly pitched outswinger that kissed his edge through to the wicketkeeper. Guptill's inclusion meant Mumbai had to rejig their batting order, and Rohit Sharma demoted himself, rather than Parthiv Patel, to accommodate the New Zealand opener. Parthiv looked distinctly uncomfortable against the swinging ball, playing and missing repeatedly before he was bowled by a back-of-the-hand slower ball from Barinder Sran that jagged in like a left-arm wristspinner's googly. Then came a self-inflicted wound - Rohit, who came in at No. 4, running himself out while looking for a suicidal single. When Jos Buttler, surprised by extra pace from Sran, gloved an attempted pull in the 11th over, they were 60 for 4 and going nowhere. At the crease now were Ambati Rayudu, who had been promoted to No. 3, and Krunal Pandya, who had been promoted to No. 6 ahead of his brother Hardik, who had batted at No. 3 in all of Mumbai's previous matches. All the meddling with the batting order indicated a muddled think-tank, but Rayudu and Krunal made the most of their opportunities. They had to bide their time initially, with Moises Henriques and the left-arm spinner Bipul Sharma varying their pace cleverly in the middle overs. But Bipul, who had gone for only 14 off his first three overs, hadn't bowled much to a left-hander. The next four yielded 18 runs as Krunal swung him away for three successive sixes in the 14th over. Rayudu stepped out and hit one himself, and Bipul finished with figures of 0 for 40. The momentum seemed to be with Mumbai, with six overs to go, but Sran, Bhuvneshwar and Mustafizur Rahman proved too difficult to get away, changing their pace astutely and executing the yorker perfectly. The three quickies shared the last three overs, and gave away only 19 runs while picking up two wickets. Brief scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 145 for 3 (Warner 90*, Southee 3-24) beat Mumbai Indians 142 for 6 (Rayudu 54, K Pandya 49*, Sran 3-28) by seven wickets.
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Quinton de Kock’s magnificent ton stuns RCB
Posted by on 18 April

Quinton de Kock’s magnificent ton stuns RCB

Bangalore: Virat Kohli’s 48-ball 79 powered Royal Challengers Bangalore to 191 for 5, and AB de Villiers and Shane Watson chipped in with 55 and 33 in the IPL clash at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Sunday. But their efforts were put to shade by Quinton de Kock, who made a bruising 51-ball 108, the first hundred in IPL 2016, to power Delhi Daredevils to a seven-wicket win. It was Daredevils' first win over Royal Challengers since 2010. While De Kock starred in the lead role, Karun Nair (54 n.o.), who hails from Bangalore, played the supporting role in 134-run third-wicket stand that came off 76 balls. Kohli once again showed he can be dangerous when setting targets. The groundwork was laid during the course of his second-wicket stand of 107 with de Villiers before Daredevils hit back with a tremendous exhibition of late-overs bowling courtesy the returning Mohammed Shami and Chris Morris, who conceded only 27 off the last four overs. Daredevils were dealt an early blow when Shreyas Iyer was dismissed by Shane Watson and David Wiese, whose tag-team effort resulted in a stunning catch at long-on. But the early loss had little effect on de Kock as he pierced a packed off-side field for three fours off the offspinner Parvez Rasool in the second over. De Kock's sparkling form helped Daredevils ride a trough when Sanju Samson struggled to play his shots, but his dismissal in the sixth over turned their fortunes. Nair and de Kock got stuck in against Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel and David Wiese, whose combined tally at one point was 78 conceded off seven overs. Their predictability put immense pressure on Watson to deliver with the ball as the equation came down to 56 off the last six overs. By then, Nair was in his element and his sparkling form took the pressure off a tiring de Kock, who brought up his century off his 48th ball. Once into the home stretch, there was a sense of inevitability to the game. After De Kock walked off to a round of applause from Watson, who had him caught behind, Duminy struck the winning runs. Chris Gayle's dismissal in the first over to Zaheer silenced the crowd, but De Villiers and Kohli were least affected by the early loss, and carried on from where they had left off in the opening game. Ten fours and a six came in the first six overs as Royal Challengers moved to 63 for 1. The spinners, Pawan Negi and Amit Mishra, fared only marginally better than the quicks in the face of the De Villiers-Kohli onslaught. It needed Carlos Brathwaite, the World T20 hero, to dismiss De Villiers in his first over to rejuvenate Daredevils. But within the bat of an eyelid, they were back under the cosh as Kohli and Watson took over. With 21 coming off the 16th over, bowled by Zaheer, Royal Challengers were 164 for 2 and looked well set for a second successive 200-plus score. But the wickets of Watson and Sarfaraz Khan in the space of three balls set them back and denied the flourish they were looking for. Brief scores: Delhi Daredevils 192 for 3 (De Kock 108, Nair 54*) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 191 for 5 (Kohli 79, De Villiers 55, Shami 2-34) by seven wickets.
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Kings XI gains first IPL points on Vijay, Vohra fifties
Posted by on 18 April

Kings XI gains first IPL points on Vijay, Vohra fifties

Mohali: Half-centuries from openers M Vijay and Manan Vohra gave Kings XI Punjab their first win of the IPL season after their bowlers had kept Rising Pune Supergiants to 152 in good batting conditions. There were a few hiccups towards the end, when the legspinner M Ashwin took three wickets in the space of eight balls, but Glenn Maxwell calmed Kings XI's nerves with an unbeaten 14-ball 32 and took them home with eight balls remaining. Kings XI's bowlers made the batsmen work harder than their Supergiants counterparts did, with Ishant Sharma and Thisara Perera particularly prone to sending down freebies. The toss was important, though not in the way MS Dhoni might have expected when he chose to bat first. He wanted his bowlers and fielders to escape the worst of the afternoon heat, but that left his top order braving temperatures in the mid-30s. It told on Faf du Plessis, who tired visibly as his innings wore on. He began brightly, but struggled to find the boundary when the fields spread, with the Kings XI bowlers making a concerted effort to make him hit towards the long square boundary on one side of the pitch. Having hit six fours off the first 20 balls of his innings, he only hit two more off the last 33 to finish with 67 off 53 balls. Du Plessis' innings ended in the final over of the Supergiants innings, when he miscued a Mohit Sharma slower ball, hitting it high in the air for the bowler to complete a well-judged return catch. Mohit's slower ball had also removed Supergiants' second-highest scorer, Steven Smith, in the 18th over. Mohit finished with figures of 3 for 23, and gave away only 11 runs off his two overs in the slog. Kings XI's other seam-bowling Sharma, Sandeep, was also effective, bowling stump-to-stump and getting a bit of movement, usually into the right-hander, to finish with figures of 2 for 23. The two Sharmas were primarily responsible, in the end, for keeping Supergiants down to 152. It was at least 10 runs short of the total they may have expected when they were 76 for 2 at the halfway stage. Kings XI openers Vijay (53) and Vohra (51) put on 97 before Vohra fell, missing the sweep off a straight ball from Ankit Sharma. M Ashwin then caused a bit of a wobble, as Marsh and Miller perished to uncertain strokes against his legspin and Vijay top-edged him, trying to cut one that wasn't short enough for the stroke. Maxwell quickly settled Kings XI's nerves, taking 10 off successive balls from M Ashwin, and repeating the dose against R Ashwin in the next over. He had come into the match with scores of 2 and 0 in his last two innings; this was a welcome return to form.  
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Finch powers Gujarat over Mumbai in IPL
Posted by on 17 April

Finch powers Gujarat over Mumbai in IPL

Mumbai: Aaron Finch, who overcame bouts of cramps and possibly a twinge in his hamstring, produced another memorable innings by scoring his third consecutive fifty in IPL 2016 to register third successive win for Gujarat Lions against Mumbai Indians here on Saturday. Finch biffed a boundary when they needed one off the final ball, and Lions sneaked home by three wickets to consolidate their position at the top of the standings. Dhawal Kulkarni and Pravin Tambe, who know what it took to bowl on the Wankhede track having played for Mumbai in domestic cricket, were central to Lions' bowling plans. They returned combined figures of 6-1-31-4 to rip the heart out of Mumbai Indians' batting line-up. Finch then showed different shades of his batting in a composed unbeaten 67 to steer Lions through a chase of 144 and extend their winning streak to three matches. What appeared to be a straightforward chase hit a roadblock as Lions slipped from 65 for 1 to 83 for 4. Suresh Raina's dismissal to a Mitchell McClenaghan bouncer triggered the slide. Further life was injected into the contest when Dinesh Karthik's sweep found a leaping Harbhajan Singh at deep backward square leg to give Krunal Pandya his first IPL wicket. Dwayne Bravo was then given out caught behind off Mitchell McClenaghan in controversial circumstances - replays suggested there was no deflection. The asking rate, which had hovered around seven an over, now touched nine. Lions needed 54 off the last six overs. Akshdeep Nath walked in for his first hit in the IPL as Mumbai smelled an opportunity to get in a couple of quiet overs. But Finch was unperturbed, bringing out the big hit - a slog over cow corner off Harbhajan - to bring the equation down to 35 off the last four overs. Just when Lions were cruising home with 13 to get from the last 12 balls, McClenaghan produced another twist, sending down a dramatic 19th over that saw James Faulkner and Praveen Kumar fall to outstanding catches by Parthiv Patel behind the stumps. Mumbai sensed an opening, but Finch and Kulkarni kept their calm to see Lions through. Earlier, Mumbai showed faith in the same batting group that had made light work of Kolkata Knight Riders. But this time they played too many shots and left Mumbai in a hole at 77 for 5. Parthiv's 29-ball 34 at the top of the order and Ambati Rayudu's 19-ball 20 at No. 6 were the only significant contributions in the top order. Mumbai got to 143 thanks to a late assault from Tim Southee and Krunal Pandya, who made 25 and 20 not out respectively, that helped them blast 61 off the last five overs. Mumbai's momentum stretched into the early part of the Lions innings, when Bumrah saw off Brendon McCullum in the second over. Raina scrapped his way through a short-ball challenge to make 27 before falling to his bogey ball. By then, Finch, coming off 50 and 74 in his first two outings, was in his element. He repeatedly opened up the off side by giving himself width to clear the infield against the spinners in the middle overs. The groundwork done in the first eight overs helped Lions overcome a real wobble at the end, and dig into their reserves to eke out a memorable win.
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Resurgent Delhi crush Punjab by 8 wickets in IPL clash
Posted by on 16 April

Resurgent Delhi crush Punjab by 8 wickets in IPL clash

New Delhi: Quinton de Kock and Sanju Samson took Delhi Daredevils home with a 91-run stand as the hosts thrashed Kings XI Punjab by eight wickets in their second match of the Indian Premier League season nine at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium here on Friday. De Kock remained unbeaten on 59 off 42 balls, hitting a six and nine fours as Delhi chased down the meagre 112-run target with eight wickets and 39 balls to spare. Pawan Negi, 8 not out off 2 balls, smacked a massive six over the deep mid-wicket to finish the chase in style. Delhi registered their first win of the season while Punjab suffered their second successive defeats in as many games. The target of 112 was always going to be a below par to defend for the visitors, but they started positively by taking the wicket of the Shreyas Iyer (3) early in the third over. Sandeep Sharma gave the breakthrough but they had to wait for more than ten overs to get the second as De Kock along with Samson took the game away with a brilliant second-wicket partnership. Samson was eventually clean bowled by spinner Axar Patel, 1 for 25, in the 13th over but Delhi had comfortably reached 100 by then, needing just 12 more in more than seven overs. Samson scored a watchful 33 off 32 balls, hitting three fours and a six. Electing to bowl, Delhi began their home campaign on the right note as their bowlers led by Amit Mishra restricted Kings XI Punjab to 111/9. Legspinner Mishra finished his fruitful day with four wickets for 11 runs in three overs, while for Punjab Manan Vohra was the top scorer with 32 off 24 balls, which included five boundaries. Interestingly Mishra didn't get the chance to finish his quota. Delhi skipper Zaheer Khan too bowled brilliantly to finish one for 14 runs in four overs which included a maiden. Brief Scores: Delhi Daredevils 113/2 (Quinton de Kock 59*, Sanju Samson 33; Sandeep Sharma 1/6) crush Kings XI Punjab 111/9 (Manan Vohra 32; Amit Mishra 4/11) by eight wickets.
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Gujarat Lions post second successive win in IPL
Posted by on 15 April

Gujarat Lions post second successive win in IPL

Rajkot: Gujarat Lions openers Aaron Finch (50) and Brendon McCullum (49) came out all guns blazing, adding 85 runs for the first wicket, to power Gujarat Lions to a comfortable seven-wicket victory against Rising Pune Supergiants in the sixth match of the ninth edition of IPL played at the SCA Stadium here on Thursday. Gujarat moved to the top of the standings after posting their second successive win of the tournament. Chasing 164, Gujarat team coasted home with two overs to spare and seven wickets in hand. Gujarat skipper Suresh Raina also played a fine run-a-ball cameo of 24 to dash the visitors' hopes of a win whatsoever. Dwayne Bravo played a handy unbeaten knock of 22 which came in 10 balls. Bravo smacked three consecutive fours off Ishant Sharma to take his team to 147 after the end of the 16th over. Rising Pune Supergiants batsmen, who were taken aback by the late fight back of Gujarat bowlers, managed to post 163/5, courtesy fine knocks by Faf du Plessis (69) and Kevin Pietersen (37). Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers for Gujarat team as he picked up two wickets, giving away 18 runs in his four-over spell. McCullum and Finch gave Lions the perfect start to the chase, racing to 62/0 after six overs of mandatory Powerplay in comparison to Pune's 57/1. The pace combo of RP Singh and Ishant Sharma hardly troubled McCullum and Finch who added 85 runs for the first wicket. It was R Ashwin who briefly put some brakes on the run scoring by giving away only four runs in the fifth over. Finch raced to his second successive fifty off 33 balls with the help of seven fours and two massive sixes before becoming the victim of legspinner Murugan Ashwin, who finished with the figure of 2/31. Murugan fought back hard in his second spell after conceding 20 runs in his first spell of single over. Ishant returned to get rid of McCullum but it was too late by then as the asking rate was just over six. Both Murugan and Ashwin bowled in tandem from ninth to 12th over of the innings but couldn't check the run flow. Gujarat reached the 100-run mark in the 11th over and took five balls less than their opponents. Earlier, Pune were 121-2 after 15 overs and could add only 20 runs in the next three overs. It was Pune skipper MS Dhoni who scored 20 runs off Dwayne Bravo's last over that included two boundaries and a six to take his team to a fighting total but in the end fell short by at least 30 runs. Pune lost Ajinkya Rahane, who scored 21 off 17 balls, at the score of 27 after he was trapped by Pravin Tambe who came as a first change in the fourth over. In came Pietersen who joined Du Plessis in the middle. The duo put on 86 runs off 61 balls for the second wicket. Pietersen and Du Plessis - who scored only two fours and a six post six overs of Powerplay - played cautiously and ran hard between the wickets to keep the scoreboard ticking. Dwayne Bravo who went for 16 runs in his first over - the sixth of the innings - came back in the 14th to get rid of Pietersen. The flamboyant Pietersen played a gritty 37-run knock off 31 balls, which included two fours and a six. Tambe, who finished with the figures of 2/33, returned for his third spell to dismiss Du Plessis who scored 43-ball 69 with the help of five fours and four sixes over the ropes. Brief Scores: Gujarat Lions 164/3 Finch 50 McCullum 49; Murugan 2/31 beat Rising Pune Supergiants 163/5 Du Plessis 69, Pietersen 37; Jadeja 2/18 by seven wickets.
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Rohit steers MI to victory over KKR at Eden
Posted by on 14 April

Rohit steers MI to victory over KKR at Eden

Kolkata: Rohit Sharma and Mumbai Indians continued to enjoy their propitious relationship with Eden Gardens as the former summoned another winning knock to snuff out home team Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets and five balls to spare. Sharma scored an unbeaten 84 in Mumbai's successful run chase after KKR posted a challenging 187 for five. Sharma, who could manage just seven in Mumbai's opening game against Rising Pune Supergiants, was a transformed man at his favourite venue. His knock took just 54 balls and included 10 fours and two sixes. Sharma, who had aggregated a fantastic 251 runs in the previous four innings at Eden, shared two big partnerships – 53 runs for the opening stand with Parthiv Patel (23) and 66 runs for the fourth wicket with Jos Buttler (41) – to see defending champion Mumbai Indians safely across the target and pick up the first win of the season. Apart from Sharma’s fantastic performance, New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell McClenaghan (20) provided the pyrotechnics, hitting three sixes in his eight-ball stay. Manish Pandey and Andre Russell accelerated KKR's scoring rate when they batted. Captain Gautam Gambhir anchored the innings to see Knight Riders reach a strong 187 for five in the allotted 20 overs. Robin Uthappa, who played a responsible knock of 35 in the first outing against Delhi Daredevils, departed early, mistiming an intended pull on a short delivery from the left-arm pacer McClenaghan. West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard took an easy catch at cover to inflict an early damage on the host, which did not appear to be in a strong position at the moment. The wicket in the fourth over could have derailed the KKR innings but Manish Pandey had different ideas and stepped on the acceleration process. Pandey hit three sixes and as many boundaries in his stay of 29 balls. Pandey’s 52 came handy for KKR which had reached 121 by the time he departed in the 14th over unable to read a clever top-spin from the wily Harbhajan Singh. Russell justified his status as the team’s big hitter firing four huge sixes that propelled the KKR run rate to a greater height. Russell looked poised at getting KKR to a bigger score but perished in the attempt to hit another one out of the park. Russell, who scored 36 off 17 balls dragged a rising delivery from McClenaghan on the stumps. Gambhir, who got two lives in his patient 64 could not stay till the finish and the host failed to reach 200 which looked probable at one moment.  
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Batting might of RCB crushes Sunrisers
Posted by on 13 April

Batting might of RCB crushes Sunrisers

Bengaluru: Royal Challengers Bangalore posted the first 200-plus score in the IPL 2016 in an emphatic 45-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Tuesday. In doing so, they also bucked the season's early trend of chasing teams prevailing. AB de Villiers (82) and Virat Kohli (75) provided a visual treat courtesy a fine cocktail of fineness and brute force in a 157-run second-wicket stand, before Shane Watson announced himself by hitting three successive sixes in an over from Karn Sharma. The final flourish was lent by Sarfaraz Khan, who in his typically unorthodox fashion, paddled and reverse-paddled his way to an unbeaten 10-ball 35 as Royal Challengers finished with 227 for 4. Deflated and dejected, Sunrisers went for broke, wiping out 83 for the loss of Shikhar Dhawan in eight overs. David Warner (58), who returned to open after a brief flirtation in the middle order with Australia in the World T20, showed why he is one of the most feared white-ball strikers. His pyrotechnics fetched three sixes and five fours in a 21-ball half-century before he fell into Watson's short-ball trap. The pressure of the required rate eventually got to Sunrisers and the chase went cold as the team lost Warner, Naman Ojha, Henriques and Deepak Hooda in the space of 17 deliveries, meaning they could only muster 182 for 6. Parvez Rasool was the pick of Royal Challengers' bowlers, returning 1 for 31 in a crafty spell of offspin bowling, even as Watson and Yuzvendra Chahal, the legspiner, chipped away with two wickets.  
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