Loss against RCB chance for players to reflect: Ponting
Dubai, Oct 9 (Cricket news) Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting feels the defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last league game of the ongoing IPL has given his team a "chance to reflect" ahead of the playoffs.
Having suffered a dramatic seven-wicket loss against RCB here on Friday, Delhi Capitals will look to bounce back with a win to make a direct entry into the final of the lucrative event when they take on Chennai Super Kings in Qualifier 1 at the same venue on Sunday.
"It was a disappointing way for the game to end, and for us to lose the way we did, but I am not unhappy about it at all. I actually think, it's a really good thing because it will give the boys a chance to reflect and think about how we can improve for Sunday's game," said Ponting.
"It's a short turnaround, so you have to forget about things and start focusing on the next game." He also termed the loss a "step forward". He reckoned that despite losing, the team played better as compared to the last couple of matches which they won in the league stage.
"A lot to like about the game, even though we have lost. I think it's a step forward. If you look at the last game (against Chennai Super Kings), it wasn't a great performance, the Mumbai game wasn't a great performance either, but we still managed to win those games.
"If you look at it, we probably have played better tonight than the games we have won, so that's certainly the way I look at it. It's not about end results, it's about the performances we were putting on the board," he said.
The Australian batting great is optimistic heading into the playoffs.
"Prithvi played his best game tonight, Shikhar probably looked his best in the tournament, so there's a lot to like about this group.
"As I said earlier, we have played good cricket, the challenge now for us over the next week is to play great cricket, and I think that's just around the corner for us." Delhi Capitals, who finished the IPL 2021 league stage on the top of the points table, have beaten Chennai Super Kings in both their league matches.
Speaking about their Qualifiers 1 match against MS Dhoni's men, Ponting said, "I think we should be very confident. We have beaten them twice in the league games, but as you know, the playoff games are completely different, and our tournament really starts now."
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IPL: Can Kolkata Knight Riders win their third title this season?
(Cricket news) For KKR the season has been of two halves, in the first leg of the IPL in March, KKR weren’t being able to manage a victory even with match winners like Russell and Cummins but in the second half of season their fortunes turned for the brave as the team started to play together and not depend upon individual brilliance.
Kolkata Knight Riders finished the group stage in fourth position with 14 points and will face Royal Challengers in the eliminator on Monday. This season the star performers have been the Indian domestic players as their leading run getter and wicket taker have been Indians, Varun Chakravarthy has picked up 16 wickets whereas Rahul Tripathi has scored 377 runs. The foregin players have gelled in with the squad quite well, there was a doubt that Pat Cummins was going to be a big miss but the likes of Lockie Ferguson and Tim Southee haven’t let that happen.
The star performer and probably the find of the tournament has been Venkatesh Iyer, initially in the first half of the tournament KKR were struggling to find a suitable opening batsman alongside Shubham Gill as Venkatesh Iyer fitted the role seamlessly. It is not only his batting that has caught the selectors eye but also his part time fast bowling is quite effective as well. This season he has been the added impetus for KKR to qualify for the playoffs and just might turn into a game changer not for KKR but also for the Indian team in the future. This season in just 7 matches he has managed to score 239 runs at a strike rate of 130 along with that he has also picked up 3 wickets at an economy rate of 8.53 rpo.
The concern heading into the playoffs might be the fitness of Andre Russell and the inconsistency of Eoin Morgan as he hasn’t found the form he usually displays for his National team. The things that have worked in favour of KKR are the subtle gambles that Brendon McCullum has taken, he firstly went with a very inexperienced top 4 four but that gamble has completely changed the dynamics of the team as KKR this season are the highest scoring team from overs 7 to 15, what this does is that the experienced guys in the form of Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell finish the innings for them. Secondly his strategy punt of bowling at least two overs of spin in the powerplay has also paid off as Sunil Narine and Chakravarthy have been the most economical spinners this second half of the season,
With the tournament heading into the final few matches, KKR do stand a chance of winning their third IPL crown considering their form and fearless brand of cricket, but they need to do it the hard way by winning three matches in row to bring the trophy back to the ‘city of joy’.
Quaifier 1: Experienced CSK hold edge over Delhi Capitals
Dubai, Oct 9 (Cricket news) Chennai Super Kings' old guards with an uncanny knack of owning the big stage at right moments, will start as favourites against a solid Delhi Capitals line-up led by 'young pretender' Rishabh Pant in what promises to be an exciting first IPL Qualifier here on Sunday.
Capitals were the best team in the league and their 20-point finish at the group stage was an indication of their consistent performances which didn't dip due to the COVID-19 forced break.
Similarly, CSK are now back in familiar settings of play-off rounds, something that they have been done 11 out of 12 times although losing three matches on the bounce wouldn't have amused their all-powerful skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
DC, on the other hand, were handed a rude jolt by Kona Bharat's last-ball six in their last group league game against Royal Challengers Bangalore. It didn't change their pole position but did enough to shake them from their stupor.
CSK, over the years, have been in final eight times and won on three occasions which speak volumes of the team's ability to lift their game just when it's required most.
That's the reason why CSK is not one of those franchises which unleashes new talent by dozens like other franchises. Ruturaj Gaikwad is an exception as he could be called a pure CSK product after more than a decade.
Dhoni has a simple cricketing philosophy --- rely on tried and tested individuals who are battle-hardened and thus he has always punted on the likes of Ravindra jadeja, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo and Faf du Plessis.
These are players, who have been there and done that. People who can control phases and win pressure situations which more often than not results in victories.
Add Josh Hazlewood or Moeen Ali, who are also international regulars in that mix and the former India captain knows exactly what is the kind of combination that he needs to put on the park.
As much as one speaks about team effort, no one knows more than Dhoni that T20 is perhaps one form of cricket, where individuals win matches.
Dhoni knows that even though his batting form (96 runs in 14 games) has deserted him years back (since 2015-16) and an IPL legend like Raina (160 in 12 games) is a pale shadow of his once destructive self, he still has Gaikwad (533 runs) and Du Plessis (546), who have more often than not provided solid starts and the menacing Jadeja (227 runs) providing final flourish.
Similarly, Shardul Thakur (18 wickets in 14 games) has given runs at an expensive economy rate of 8.57 but still the breakthroughs have been important. No one knows more than Dwayne Bravo (12 wickets) as to how one can fool the batters by changing the pace of his deliveries at the death.
Hazlewood hasn't found form but Dhoni has enormous patience in players he believes in and he is banking on that devastating first spell from the Aussie that can wreak havoc.
It could happen against Delhi Capitals, as their batting despite 10 wins, hasn't exactly inspired confidence of highest level. Prithvi Shaw (401 runs) and Shikhar Dhawan (544 runs) have had their share of starts but in the UAE leg, they haven't exactly dominated.
Skipper Pant (362 runs) has been scratchy at best and Marcus Stoinis' absence due to injury did affect their balance as they lack big-hitters at the death save Shimron Hetmyer.
DC's strength has been their bowling attack -- Avesh Khan (22 wickets), Axar Patel (15 wickets), Kagiso Rabada (13 wickets) and Anrich Nortje, who has taken nine wickets but an economy rate of 5.59 over six games.
DC's bowling attack has been right on the money without being taken to cleaners but Pant would hope that law of averages don't catch up with them and Nortje and Rabada is able to unsettle Gaikwad with short balls, which has been Maharashtra batter's weak point.
But yes, even Dhoni would admit that Raina and Rayudu in what would be their last season for CSK, would want to make some tangible contribution with the willow.
Even skipper himself needs to put his hand up as he has not been able to handle raw pace anymore.
Teams: Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, R Sai Kishore, Moeen Ali, K Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujara, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishaanth.
DC: Rishabh Pant (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Ripal Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimrom Hetmyar, Shreyas Iyer, Steve Smith, Amit Mishra, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan, Ben Dwarshuis, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Kulwant Khejroliya, Lukman Meriwala, Pravin Dubey, Tom Curran, Umesh Yadav, Axar Patel, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin, Sam Billings and Vishnu Vinod.
Match starts at 7:30 PM IST.
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Harshal Patel holding a strong lead in the bowling charts as Faf du Plessis edges closer to orange cap in IPL
(Cricket news) As the fireworks are slowly coming to an end in the UAE the race for the purple cap and orange cap will continue till the last match of IPL. The teams still have few matches in hand as the players will look to finish on top for the meritorious cap. There are chances of players topping the bowling and batting charts for the first time. The race for the orange cap is intense as there are three players who are on par with each other and the playoffs will see who can outscore one another.
KL Rahul: Punjab Kings
Rahul is still leading the run charts even though Punjab has no more matches to play. With 626 runs in 13 matches, Rahul has crossed the 600 run barrier for the second consecutive time and third overall. There are slim chances of him finishing on top as the next few batsmen still have more matches to play and the orange cap winner from last year will have to step down this time.
Faf du Plessis: Chennai Super Kings
Faf du Plessis is having his best season in IPL as he has crossed the 500 run mark for the first time. He has five fifties this season and has scored 546 runs in fourteen matches, he is 80 runs behind Rahul. He has a golden opportunity to win the orange cap for the first time across nine seasons and will be a big boost for the team. He scored a whirlwind 76 in the last match against Punjab and looks to be in good shape.
Shikhar Dhawan: Delhi Capitals
Dhawan has been the batting guide for Delhi Capitals, he has scored 544 runs in fourteen matches and is only two runs behind Faf du Plessis. He has scored over 500 runs in the last three seasons and finished second last season. He has three fifties so far and can be a strong competitor till the end. He is the only left hander in the top five run getters this season.
Ruturaj Gaikwad: Chennai Super Kings
Rituraj is the youngest in the top five run getters this season and is the only centurion in the second phase of the league. He has shown the ability to bat defensively as well as attack when needed, he can play with the ball and can hit 100m plus sixes. Ruturaj has 533 runs in fourteen matches and can spring a surprise among the experienced players on the list.
Harshal Patel: Royal Challengers Bangalore
Harshal has been breaking records every now and then this season, he has become the third bowler to take 30 wickets in a season after Dwayne Bravo and Kagiso Rabada. Harshal has 30 wickets in fourteen matches and only needs two more to equal Bravo’s record of most wickets in a season. He has a steady lead among the wicket takers and is almost guaranteed to win the purple cap.
Avesh Khan: Delhi Capitals
Avesh Khan has delivered his hundred percent to the team and his figures of 22 wickets in fourteen matches speaks for itself. He has pace and accuracy in his bowling and the youngster had five wickets in IPL from nine matches. He has shown improvement in his bowling and even though has a lot to cover for the purple cap can finish just behind Harshal.
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Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore looking for their first trophy in Indian Premier League
(Cricket news) With the second phase of IPL coming to a thrilling finish, there are many records at stake. The playoffs begin from tomorrow as the top four teams try to get the trophy in their hands and all the teams have reached the qualifiers earlier with two former champions and two former finalists.
Delhi Capitals: 20 points (Matches played 14, matches won 10)
Delhi has topped the points table for a third time after 2009, 2012 and have won three in their last five matches. They have reached the qualifiers five times since the inaugural edition and have reached this stage for the third consecutive time. Their batting line up has been led by Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant and their bowling line has the fearsome trio of Avesh Khan, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje.
Chennai Super Kings: 18 points (Matches played 14, matches won 9)
Chennai has been the definition of consistency in the Indian Premier League. They have reached the qualifiers in every season they have played except for last year when they finished seventh. They are three time champions with five runner up finishes. They have lost the last three matches but have the star line up which includes MS Dhoni, Faf Du Plessis, Shardul Thakur, Dwayne Bravo, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Rituraj Gaikwad.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 18 points (Matches played 14, matches won 9)
Bangalore is in the qualifiers for a sixth time and are known to falter at the big stages. They have the big names in the team like Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and Ab De Villers but somehow manage to fall at the final hurdle. Harshal Patel has been the stand out player this season as he is the leading wicket taker this season and is joined by Glenn Maxwell who can turn around the match in the death overs. They have lost only one in the last five matches so things might change this time around.
Kolkata Knight Riders: 14 points (Matches played 14, matches won 7)
Kolkata is the only team in this season’s playoffs other than Chennai who have won the trophy. The two time champions have reached the playoffs for a seventh time and narrowly qualified for the playoffs edging out Mumbai Indians in the final stages, they have had 3 victories in their last five matches. Although they don’t have any stand out performers this season, the team work has clearly played the main role. Lockie Ferugson has been a contender for the fastest ball this season and Rahul Tripathi looks to continue his best season with the bat. Varun Chakravarthy leads the bowling charts while is closely followed by Prasidh Krishna and Andre Russell.
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Had asked Maxwell if he wanted strike but he said 'you can finish it off': Bharat
Dubai, Oct 9 (Cricket news) Royal Challengers Bangalore's latest star Kona Bharat said that his senior partner Glenn Maxwell had complete faith that the Andhra wicketkeeper-batter could finish off the last IPL league game against Delhi Capitals, which he did with a last-ball six.
Bharat, who has had a good IPL with the bat, smashed 78 not out off 52 balls as he kept calm under pressure and lofted Avesh for a straight six with five needed off the last delivery to chase down DC's target of 165.
The result of the match didn't have a bearing on points table though as DC finished on top with 20 points and RCB on 18 but in third place due to inferior net run-rate (-0.140) compared to Chennai Super Kings (+0.455).
Asked what was the talk before the final over, Bharat spoke how Maxwell boosted his confidence.
"The last over... me and Maxi were talking about what are the areas we can access. He said, watch the ball and get bat on the ball... The last 3 balls, you know I asked him whether to run, he said 'no, you can finish it off'. It gave me a lot of confidence,' Bharat, who has had couple of good scores of 32 against Mumbai Indians and 44 against Rajasthan Royals.
Bharat said he didn't want to think too much ahead during the last over.
"I was just focused on one ball which is coming next. rather than thinking of too many things. I kept it very simple and as a team we did very well and we pulled it off," he added.
What has worked for Bharat in the UAEleg is the fact that he loves facing fast bowlers and DC has three genuine quicks in Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Avesh.
"I love fast bowling, to be honest. I have played for India A and am also a part of the Indian team, you get to play with the best bowlers in the country. It wasn't a surprise element for me to play pace.
"I would love someone who is giving pace so that you can work the ball instead of hitting the ball hard. I found it really interesting and I was enjoying the challenge," he added.
Bharat has been regularly batting at No 3 in this phase of IPL but the management has told him that order will remain flexible.
"We are flexible to go at any order. It was communicated fair enough. Everyone is up for their challenge. I don't think there is any miscommunication. When the chances are given to you, you want to do well and finish it off well," the 28-year old keeper-batter said at the virtual post-match media interaction.
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Collective failure in second leg of IPL cost us dearly, says MI skipper Rohit
Abu Dhabi, Oct 8 (Cricket news) Defending champions Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma said their "collective failure as a group" in the second leg of IPL led to their early exit from the tournament.
It is for the first time in three seasons that five-time champions MI have not entered the last four after lifting the trophy in the past two editions.
"We had a fabulous run as a franchise. We can be very proud of what we have created. We were just getting into the momentum of winning games in Delhi, and then there was a break in between. Once we came here, there was collective failure as a group," a disappointed Rohit said at the post-match presentation.
"When you play for a franchise like Mumbai, you are always expected to perform. I wouldn't call it pressure. More than anything, it is the expectation. What we have created as a group stands out in the last 5-6 years." Rohit admitted that MI encountered a stop-start season in this IPL. "But we had an on-and-off season. But very happy with the win today, we gave everything, and I am sure it was entertaining for the fans too. Little disappointed we couldn't go through." The MI skipper was full of praise for young wicket-keeper batter Ishan Kishan who hit a whirlwind 84 off 32 balls.
"Ishan Kishan is a very talented player, just the right position to bat is crucial. He just batted the way we want Ishan to," he said of the left-hander who was won the man-of-the-match award for his exploits with the bat up the order.
SRH's stand-in skipper Manish Pandey, who hit an unbeaten 69 off 41 balls in a losing cause, too said that the season was a tale of collective failure for the side.
"We had a lot of changes in the side, that didn't work for us. We were struggling in the first few games too, and had to pull ourselves up in the second leg but the whole team didn't put in complete performances, despite some really good individual performances,' he said.
He lauded Friday's wicket on offer and said for him it was the best pitch of the tournament so far. "It was really hot, and it was an intense 20 overs. My calves are a bit cramped. I think the surface was the best of the tournament.
Man-of-the-match Kishan said he went out with a positive mindset and it paid off.
"Getting in good touch before the World Cup. Good state of mind is very important. I knew we are in a do-or-die situation. It was just the intent and the positive mindset.
"I haven't scored as many boundaries in the cover region this season. You have to be prepared for every circumstance. It's important to be in that mindset.
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Win like this will give us confidence to pull off game from any situation: Kohli
Dubai, Oct 8 (Cricket news) Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli on Friday said the manner in which his side beat Delhi Capitals will give them "the confidence to pull off a game from any situation" as they head into the IPL playoffs.
A last-ball six by K S Bharat (78 not out) gave RCB victory after they needed 15 from the last over.
"Unbelievable game. We had nothing to lose, but it was a competitive game which is always the case in the IPL. This gives us the confidence that we can pull off a game from any situation," Kohli said after the game.
Table-toppers DC set third-placed RCB a target of 165 after they were sent into bat.
"To lose wickets and to still beat the team at the top of the table feels good.We have beaten them twice now. The way AB batted in the beginning and then with KS (Bharat) and Maxwell in the end was unbelievable." Wicketkeeper Bharat was promoted to number and he delivered in style.
"We thought that there could be a collapse or something. We thought of it the other way around. We haven't chased much in this tournament. Number three hasn't been an issue.
"We wanted to give Christian some time, he was batting really well in the middle. We took that chance and it didn't come off.
"We knew KS was a guy who could come in at three at any stage. I think we need to sharpen up in the field. Sometimes the boundaries that go at crucial stages, could be critical. You need to be switched on always." "A win like this gives you the confidence. We have played well in Sharjah. We have been able to handle the conditions and keep the opposition in check if things have gotten away from us." Delhi dropped a few catches on the day, including giving Maxwell (51) a life, and those misses cost them in the end.
"See, in T20s, you talk a lot about fielding and if you field like we did tonight, the other team deserves to win," DC skipper Rishabh Pant said.
"We lost too many wickets in the middle, but I think the total was decent enough on this kind of a wicket, but we need to do better in the field next time. We were trying to keep it simple most of the time, but it was difficult for the bowler to grip the ball due to the dew.
"Not feeling great at the moment, these are the kind of games you'd need to win, but we did put in our 100 percent."
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Rajasthan Royals end their playoffs chances with a disappointing finish
(Cricket news) With the completion of their fourteen matches in the IPL, Rajasthan Royals have ended their chances to qualify for the playoffs. They are currently in seventh place with ten points and only won two matches in the second phase at UAE. This is the third year they are finishing in the last two positions of the table points as they had last reached the playoff in 2018, Sanju Samson finished on top among the batters for the second consecutive time and Chris Morris finished on top among the bowlers for the second time after 2015.
Their bowling line did not once get the opposition all out in this season as only three bowlers played the full fourteen matches and there was a single four wicket haul by Chris Morris which showed the dismal form of the players. Chris Morris took 15 wickets in only eleven matches as Chetan Sakariya and Mustafizur Rahman finished with 14 wickets in as many matches. Chetan and Mustafizur finished with the most dot balls as they bowled 113 balls.
Their best bowling performance came in their fifth match which they played against Kolkata Knight Riders where they restricted the team for a score of 133. The star performer was Chris Morris who took four wickets for 23 runs and three more bowlers had an economy rate under 6.
In the batting line up, Sanju Samson finished with 484 runs in fourteen matches which is his highest in a season. But he was the only batter who scored more than 300 runs this season as Jos Butler came in second with 254 runs in just seven matches as he didn’t play in the second phase of the league. Samson and Butler also were the only ones to score a century and Samson was the only to hit more than one fifty as the batters did not show consistency in both the phases.
The team crossed the 200 run mark twice in fourteen matches, the team scored 217 in their first match of the season which they played against Punjab Kings. Powered by a 119 from captain Samson they lost the chase by just four runs as none of the other batters scored more than 30. In their seventh match, Jos Butler played a timely innings of 124 to take the side to 220 which is their highest of the season and beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by over 60 runs.
Rajasthan could not cross the 100 run mark in their last two matches which cost them dearly. In their 13th match which they played against Mumbai Indians, they could only score 90 runs and in their last match they could just manage 85 runs as Rahul Tewatia scored more than half of the runs in the final match. Rajasthan will have a lot to introspect as they performed poorly in their final stages which brought them to the bottom of the table and now will look to come back stronger next year.
KKR mentor David Hussey says Andre Russell likely to be available for play-offs
Sharjah, Oct 8 (Cricket news) Kolkata Knight Riders' swashbuckling injured all-rounder Andre Russell is likely to be available for the play-offs stage of the Indian Premier League (IPL) beginning on Sunday, the team's chief mentor David Hussey said.
KKR have virtually assured themselves of a play-offs berth in the IPL after their 86-run win over Rajasthan Royals on Thursday. They are set to play against the third-place team of the league phase in the Qualifier 1 on Sunday.
“He (Russell) had a fitness test on Wednesday, and I think he’s just maybe a game away. So, I think he’d be pushing hard over the next few days to get back in for the final (play-offs)," Hussey said at the post-match press conference on Thursday.
"(His availability) will be a huge boost not only for us but the competition. He’s world-class and he provides lots of entertainment.” With three play-offs spots already sealed by Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings and Royals Challengers Bangalore, KKR consolidated their position for the fourth and final spot, finishing league engagements with 14 points from 14 games with an impressive net run rate of 0.587.
He admitted that there has been a change in fortunes for the KKR in the UAE after struggling in the Indian leg.
“At the halfway mark, we weren’t playing the type of cricket that we wanted to play. We are all about playing entertaining cricket -- hitting fours, sixes -- and with the ball, hitting the stumps, taking wickets, and fielding exceptionally well.
“So, the break probably did us a world of good -- we got to refresh, recharge our batteries and re-plan -- and come to Abu Dhabi. Abhishek Nayar did a great training session, all the boys got a lot of volume and (were) ready to go,” explained Hussey on how the change occurred in the group.
He credited head coach Brendon McCullum for the way KKR were playing.
“He (Brendon) is so cool and calm that he’s got this plan and vision for the team to go forward. He believes in every player to play their best. He makes everybody feel that they are the most important person in the team.
"Brendon should take a lot of credit for the way everybody’s playing here tonight. Great for him, because he’s been through a lot,” Hussey said.
The 44-year-old former Australia cricketer also lavished praise on his players for putting up a team performance.
“It is never easy playing on these types of surfaces. Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana (and) Rahul Tripathi showed their class once again, they sort of adapted their games accordingly, and they knew if they take it deep in the batting innings, they are going to make a decent target,” he said.
“With the ball, pretty simple plans, bowled directly as fast as they can and at the stumps and we have got some world class spinners as well, and we back up each other in the field, so it was pretty much a team performance tonight,” Hussey said.
He said KKR will watch the final league game between Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday “as a group” but they were looking forward to their play-offs game (Qualifier 1) against Royal Challengers Bangalore (likely to be third-place finishers).
Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson lamented that none of his batters could build a partnership with Rahul Tewatia, who was going strong from one end.
“Sharjah is his (Rahul Tewatia) favourite ground, he enjoys batting here. We could have a recent (decent) partnership with him. We could have had a close match, he was batting really well, he wanted someone else actually to be with him and have a good partnership.
"We didn’t do that and that’s why we ended up on the losing side,” Samson said.
The Kerala batter also said that the biggest positive for his franchise was the performance of the young Indian players.
“We have a lot of positives. If you look at the young Indians in our side, the way they came out and expressed themselves, the way they performed, that’s one of the biggest positives this season.”
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Rahul's blistering knock in Punjab Kings' consolation win against CSK
Dubai, Oct 7 (Cricket news) KL Rahul saved his best for the last as his unbeaten 98 off 42 balls, which for a change was full on intent quotient, helped Punjab Kings crush Chennai Super Kings by six wickets in an inconsequential IPL encounter on Thursday.
Chasing 135 for victory, the Punjab team stormed to victory in 13 overs as the CSK skipper M S Dhoni could not find answers to stop Rahul's onslaught.
Skipper Rahul was on the attack from the word go, launching into the CSK bowlers. The stylish right-hander clobbered eight sixes to go with seven boundaries. He finished it in style with a big six off Shardul Thakur.
The Punjab skipper had been panned for his approach in some of the earlier matches where he dragged the game deep but Punjab Kings failed to finish on the winning side. Rahul's strike-rate had been panned often during this edition and finally the flair was back in his batting.
Alas, it came when the horse has bolted the door.
Thakur picked three wickets for 28 runs in three to be CSK's best bowler on a day when the other bowlers including Deepak Chahar (1/48 from 4 overs), Josh Hazlewood (0 for 22 in 3 overs) and Dwayne Bravo (0/32 in 2 overs) looked clueless in the face of Rahul's stylish onslaught.
Rahul kept hitting boundaries and sixes at will even as the other batters didn't come up with any meaningful contribution. Anything on his legs was whipped between fine leg and mid-wicket with utter disdain.
The skipper and Mayank Agarwal (12) put on 46 in just 4.3 overs before he dominated another partnership with Shahrukh Khan (8) for the third wicket, adding 34 runs in four overs.
None of the CSK bowlers was able to stop a marauding Rahul as Punjab Kings went on the offensive in a bid to win quickly and boost their net run-rate. Despite the easy win, Punjab's NRR did not go past fourth-placed Kolkata Knight Riders with both teams on 12 with the latter set to play later in the night.
Earlier, Punjab Kings limited Chennai Super Kings to 134 for 6 despite Faf du Plessis' 76 off 55 balls.
The CSK score was largely due to the fighting half-century by veteran South African player du Plessis and the 26 runs in the last two overs. None of the other CSK players crossed 15-run mark.
For Punjab, leggie Ravi Bishnoi impressed in a spell of 4-0-25-1 which included the scalp of CSK captain M S Dhoni while Arshdeep Singh (2/35) and Chris Jordan (2/20) did a good job for Punjab.
Du Plessis waged a lone battle, ensuring that the Punjab bowlers did not run away with the game with a hard-working half-century.
The 18th over saw him hit two boundaries off Jordan's third over as CSK continued the attempt to cobble up a respectable score.
The South African hit two more sixes, one off Arshdeep and one off Mohammad Shami in the final over to give a much-needed push to the CSK innings towards the end. Ravindra Jadeja remained not out on 15 (17 balls, 1 six).
That only 30 runs came in the powerplay indicated the CSK batters' difficulty in getting Shami & Co away. Coupled with the regular loss of wickets, the three-time champions crawled to 50 in the 10th over.
Shami, in particular, was hard to get away. His first spell of three was brilliant, as he conceded only six runs. Left-arm pacer Arshdeep continued to impress and got the wickets of the in-form Ruturaj Gaikwad (12, 14 balls, 1 four) and Moeen Ali (0).
Gaikwad hit one four before he top-edged an attempted pull of Arshdeep to give Shahrukh Khan on the leg-side an easy catch. Moeen, who was in good nick in the first phase in India, failed to trouble the scorers, edging one to Rahul to give Arshdeep his second scalp.
Robin Uthappa, who replaced Suresh Raina in the playing XI, failed to make an impression, falling for just 2. His attempted pull off Jordan saw Harpreet Brar take a very good catch at deep-square leg.
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Still uncertain whether I will be playing next year, depends on retention policy, says Dhoni
Dubai, Oct 7 (Cricket news) The enigmatic Mahendra Singh Dhoni has no doubt that he would be seen in yellow even in 2022 but at this point, he does not know whether that yellow would be representative of his franchise Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.
Speaking after the toss for CSK's IPL game against Punjab Kings, the 40-year-old was asked about whether he would be staying with the franchise which is synonymous with him since the IPL's inception.
"Well, you can see me in yellow next year. But whether I will be playing for CSK? There are a lot of uncertainties around it for a simple reason that we have two new teams coming up," he said referring to the IPL's expansion into a 10-team competition from next season.
"We don't know the retention policy. We don't know how many foreigners, Indian players we can retain, the money cap that every player will be cutting from the kitty. So there are a lot of uncertainties.
"Unless the rules are in place, you can't really decide that. So we will wait for it to happen and hopefully it will be good for everyone," he added.
The comment on the day is bound to create a flutter as earlier this week, while interacting with fans during the 75th year celebrations of 'India Cements', Dhoni dropped elaborate hints that he will be seen playing the next season with the CSK.
"When it comes to farewell, you can still come and see me play for CSK and that can be my farewell game. So, you will still get that opportunity to bid me farewell. Hopefully, we will come to see Chennai and play my last game over there and we can meet fans there," Dhoni had said.
If team sources are to be believed then CSK are keen to retain three players --- Dhoni, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and prolific opener Ruturaj Gaikwad.
The iconic former India captain has not played in Chennai since 2019 as the 2020 IPL was held in the UAE.
During the first leg of this year's edition, CSK played its matches in Mumbai before the league was suspended due to a breach in the bio-bubble.
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We cannot take our foot off the pedal: DC pacer Rabada ahead of RCB clash
Dubai, Oct 7 (Cricket news) Delhi Capitals pacer Kagiso Rabada says his team cannot afford to take its foot off the pedal as it enters the business end of the IPL in pursuit of a maiden title.
Leading the pecking order with 20 points from 13 games, DC are already through to the play-offs and will take on another qualified side Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last round-robin match.
"We've given ourselves another chance to play for a spot in the final, so we are thrilled by that. Even though the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore doesn't hold a lot of significance for us we should not take our foot off the pedal. We should just keep playing the way we have been playing," said the South African.
"We've done really great work so far. We have earned the right to be in this position and we have been in this position before, which helps. We are going to give it our all in the upcoming matches and look to play our best cricket in the business end of the tournament." Rabada said the loss against RCB in the first half of the tournament will not bother the team much.
"Our loss against RCB in the first half of the tournament is definitely a thing of the past. However, we know how threatening they can be. They have some really destructive batters and Harshal Patel has been doing extremely well.
"We need to believe in our strengths. The result in our last match against RCB is a thing of the past, but we still need to learn from that result." Rabada found himself in a rather unusual situation in DC's last match against the Chennai Super Kings when he needed to close out the match with the bat and he got his side home with a boundary.
"It wasn't the most ideal situation, but I backed myself to put the team in a winning position when we needed 2 runs from 3 balls, by at least getting (Shimron) Hetmyer on strike.
"I tried to watch the ball and anticipate where (Dwayne) Bravo was going to bowl. I just wanted to get bat on ball and that worked for us."
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IPL: Kolkata Knight Riders take on Rajasthan Royals in match no 54
(Cricket news) Kolkata Knight Riders equation to qualify for the playoff is simple, if they win today's match then they are through. Over the years net run rate has always been something that has cost them a place in the IPL playoffs but this year their scenario has changed a bit. For Rajasthan the only thing they can do is win big by 125 runs and also hope SRH beat MI by 40 runs, the chance of this particular scenario is quite slim and they will mostly play for their pride.
The KKR camp has some good news as both Andre Russell and Lockie Ferguson have started training but it remains to be seen if they are included in the playing XI. Brendon McCullum has a good selection problem as in the last match, we saw MI fast bowlers wreak havoc against the RR batsmans, and this could tempt him into playing 3 fast bowlers instead of his 3 spinner 2 pacer combination. Morgan has used Sunil Narine very tactfully in the second leg as he usually gives him an over to bowl in the powerplay, this trend will continue as Narine’s record against Evin Lewis is one to watch for. He has bowled 82 times to him and dismissed him 6 times conceding only 69 runs in all T20. As for the batting, Eoin Morgan needs to up his game if KKR are to challenge for their third IPL crown.
RR this season have shown glimpses of what this team can do but at times lacked character in the team, the captain Sanju Samson has led from the front without much support from his teammates. RR’s main problem this season has been their misfiring middle order with too many changes and lack of experience has cost them matches that they should have won, with likes of Liam Livingstone and David Miller both failing they had little but to trust the youngsters, a move which clearly hasn’t worked for Kumar Sangakkara and co. The RR think tank might be tempted to bring in this year's most costliest player Chris Morris back into the playing XI considering he has picked 19 wickets in 13 matches against KKR.
Head to head: KKR 12 - 11 RR, the last time they met RR won by six wickets as Chris Morris was man of the match with figures of 4/23.
Pitch and weather report: The common theme at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium has been to win the toss and choose to bowl as five of seven matches have been won by the teams chasing. Sharjah pitch has been the most unpredictable pitch this season as it has been a bowlers paradise. The temperature is going to hover around 40 degrees and there is no chance of rain.
- David Miller averages 22 at strike rate of 119 since 2016
- KKR spinners have picked up 28 wickets compared to RR’s 9 wickets
- Nitesh Rana needs 5 more runs to complete 3000 runs in T20
- RR have the best unit in the powerplay as they average 8.50 rpo
- Morgan's average of 11.1 is the worst for a batter who has made a minimum of 100 runs this season
Probable XI for KKR:
1 Shubman Gill, 2 Venkatesh Iyer, 3 Rahul Tripathi, 4 Nitish Rana, 5 Eoin Morgan (capt), 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Andre Russell/Shakib Al Hasan, 8 Sunil Narine, 9 Lockie Ferguson/Tim Southee, 10 Prasidh Krishna/Sandeep Warrier, 11 Varun Chakravarthy
Probable XI for RR:
1 Evin Lewis/Liam Livingstone, 2 Yashasvi Jaiswal, 3 Sanju Samson (capt & wk), 4 Shivam Dube, 5 Glenn Phillips, 6 David Miller/Chris Morris, 7 Rahul Tewatia, 8 Shreyas Gopal, 9 Kuldip Yadav, 10 Mustafizur Rahman, 11 Chetan Sakariya
Umran Malik testing the speed barrier at the Indian Premier League
(Cricket news) Umran Malik has only played two matches so far at this season’s IPL for the Sunrisers Hyderabad and has already caught attention for his pace. The 21 year old made his debut in the IPL because Thangarasu Natarajan tested positive for COVID-19. Umran had been helping the team as a net bowler and made his debut in List A cricket for Kashmir this year while also playing in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
The pacer has already bowled six balls over 150km/ hour in two matches for the Sunrisers and now holds the record for the fastest ball bowled by an Indian as he clocked a 152.95 km/ hour against Royal Challengers Bangalore. The previous record was held by Navdeep Saini who had bowled 152.85 km/hour two years ago.
Umran’s late inclusion may have robbed us of his future exploits but there is still one match remaining for the team and one more good performance might give him the chance to be a part of a bigger dream. Umran had conceded 27 runs in his first match against Kolkata Knight Riders where he also bowled 13 dot balls, in the next game against Royal Challengers Bangalore he gave away 21 runs while taking the wicket of Srikar Bharat and this time bowled 11 dot balls.
The speed has been on top gear for Umran in the two games he has played, India always had a lack of bowlers who could bowl over 150km/ hour and fast bowlers also have a higher risk of injury. Umran still has plenty of time until he is given bigger opportunities to take on but has now shown his capabilities with the ball in such a short period of time. The IPL has once again proven to be one of the best public relation platforms for all the players, even if they are from other countries and are uncapped.
Sunrisers have already been eliminated in this season as only Rashid Khan and Jason Holder have been the positive points for the team. With 16 wickets from 13 matches, Rashid has been the best performer but Jason Holder stole the show in the second phase of the league as he picked up an impressive 12 wickets in just seven matches for the team. They will play their last match against Mumbai Indians tomorrow and will hope Rashid and Umran can give them something to cheer about, a victory is the best way to bid farewell.
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