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Indian Premier League 2019: MSD Special Fails to Win it for CSK, Delhi Overcome Rahane 100

Indian Premier League 2019: MSD Special Fails to Win it for CSK, Delhi Overcome Rahane 100 Photo: TT
Delhi overcame Rajasthan in yesterday's IPL game

The Sunrisers Hyderabad thrashed the Kolkata Knight Riders by nine wickets in front of their home crowd.

Put into bat, Kolkata got off to a reasonable start with Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn putting on 42 for the first wicket, until Narine was bowled by Khaleel Ahmed for 25. Ahmed then claimed the wicket of Shubman Gill for just 3, before Bhuvneshwar Kumar had Nitish Rana caught behind for 11. When Dinesh Karthik was run out for just 6, the visitors had slipped to 73 – 4.

Lynn and Mandeep Singh added 51 for the 5th wicket, but Singh was caught off the bowling of Sandeep Sharma for 30, and Lynn fell at the end of the next over, top scoring with 51, another victim of Ahmed. Andre Russell scored a brief cameo 15, including 2 sixes, but he was out to Kumar, with Piyush Chawla the last man to fall, as his side closed on 159 – 8.

Ahmed took 3 for 33, and was the pick of the bowlers.

In response, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow put on 131 for the first wicket in a little more than 12 overs, as the ball fell to the boundary. Warner eventually fell for 67, having hit 5 sixes, bowled by Yarra Prithvirag, but Bairstow and Kane Williamson saw their side home with a full 5 overs to spare. Williamson was undefeated on 8, whilst Bairstow was 80 not out, having struck 4 sixes.

Khaleel Ahmed was named man of the match.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore beat the Chennai Super Kings by one run in Bangalore.

Put into bat, Bangalore suffered an early blow when Virat Kholi was caught behind by MS Dhoni off the bowling of Deepak Chahar. Parthiv Patel and AB de Villiers shared a stand of 47, but de Villiers was the next man out, caught by Faf du Plessis with Ravindra Jadeja the bowler. Patel and Akshdeep Nath added 41, but then Nath fell to the same du Plessis-Jadeja combination for 24.

Patel, having reached 53, and stuck 4 sixes, was the next man out, caught by Shane Watson with Dwayne Bravo the bowler. He was quickly followed by Marcus Stoinis, falling to Imran Tahir for 11. Moeen Ali added some late runs with Pawan Negi, but Negi fell to Chahar, whilst Ali was out off the penultimate ball for 26, as his side closed on 161 – 7.

Chennai got off to a terrible start in their response, with Dale Steyn having Watson caught off the 5th ball of the first over, before bowling Suresh Raina with his next delivery. Du Plessis was caught by de Villiers of Umesh Yadav, and then the same pair accounted for Kedar Yadhav, as the visitors slumped to 28 - 4.

It was left to Dhoni to try and dig their way out of the hole that they had dug themselves. First he added 45 with Ambati Rayudu, and, when Rayudu was bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal for 29, he combined with Jadeja, before he was run out for 11. He then shared a stand of 28, with Bravo, until the West Indian was caught by Patel, with Navdeep Saini the bowler.

Dhoni then looked to Shardul Thekar to give him the support they needed to pull off the win, but they fell agonisingly short of their target when Thekar was run out off the last ball by Patel. Dhoni was 84 not out including 7 sixes, but his innings was ultimately in vain.

Parthiv Patel was awarded man of the match.

The Delhi Capitals beat the Rajasthan Royals by six wickets.

After losing the toss in Jaipur, Rajasthan were put into bat in Jaipur, suffering an early loss when Sanju Samson was run out at the start of the second over for a duck. However, Ajinkya Rahane responded positively to the disappointment of being stripped of the captaincy, and shared a stand of 130 with the man who replaced him, Steve Smith. The Australian was eventually caught by Chris Morris off the bowling of Axar Patel for 50, and then Morris struck with the ball himself, having Ben Stokes caught by Shreyas Iyer for 8, soon followed by Ashton Turner falling to Ishant Sharma for a duck.

Stuart Binny added 24 with Rahane before he was bowled off the third ball of the last over by Kagiso Rabada, who took the wicket of Riyan Parag in similar fashion of the last ball of the innings, as the Royals closed on 191 – 6. Rahane was undefeated at the end on 105, having struck 3 sixes.

Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan gave Delhi a positive start, with the pair adding 72 until Dhawan fell for 54, stumped off the bowling of Shreyas Gopal, having struck 2 sixes. Then in the next over, Shreyas Iyer fell cheaply, caught by Stokes with Parag the bowler. However, Shaw and Risbabh Pant added a controlled 84 that kept their side in touch with the run rate, until Shaw was caught by Parag off Gopal for 42. Sherfane Rutherford scored a cameo 11, including one six, before he was caught off Dhawal Kulkarni, but Colin Ingram provided the support that Pant needed as he steered his side to victory, with 4 balls to spare. He was undefeated at the end of 78, including 4 sixes.

Pant was named man of the match.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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