IPL 2020: Chakravarthy, Rana and Narine star in Kolkata Night Rider’s win over Delhi Capitals

Leg-spinner Varun Chakravarthy’s five-wicket haul and scintillating half-centuries from Nitish Rana and Sunil Narine combined to hand Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) a valuable 59-run win over Delhi Capitals (DC) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match and remained in fray to qualify for the playoffs. The win gives KKR a boost to their net run rate as they look to fend off challenges from SunRisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals below them in the race for the final playoff spot. Rana scored 81 off 53 balls while Narine…

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IPL 2020: RCB’s ‘cool’ bio-bubble, a reason for their success

As the cricketing world adapts to the ‘new normal’ of playing in a bio-secure bubble due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been concerns raised about players’ mental well-being as they move from one bio-bubble to another. Recently, England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan visualised England players opting out of tours if it takes a toll on their mental health. However, not all cricketers are complaining. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s South African all-rounder Chris Morris is pretty happy with his time in the protected environment. “It’s been different. In the beginning,…

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IPL 2020: Knock it off, Vijay Shankar!

Only a year ago, the MSK Prasad-led national selection committee showed faith in all-rounder Vijay Shankar, calling him a three dimensional player while picking him for the ICC ODI World Cup in England. However, while almost all the Team India players are performing well for their respective franchises in IPL-13, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) batting all-rounder Shankar, 29, has been struggling. Though Shankar did score an unbeaten 52 at a strike rate of 101 as SRH chased down Rajasthan Royals’ 154 to win by eight wickets in Dubai on Thursday, he’s…

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IPL 2020: Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult help Mumbai Indians topple CSK, regain top spot

Trent Boult’s 4/18 followed by an unbeaten 116-run opening stand between Ishan Kishan and Quinton de Kock helped the Mumbai Indians (MI) stroll to a 10-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Friday at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. MI had little under eight overs in their hand by the time de Kock hit the winning runs. Super Kings dethroned in Sharjah! 👊#OneFamily #MumbaiIndians #MI #Dream11IPL #CSKvMI @ishankishan51 pic.twitter.com/BUAdbXmgDI — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) October 23, 2020 This is the first time that CSK have lost a match by 10 wickets…

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IPL 2020: It was do-or-die game for me, says Vijay Shankar

All-rounder Vijay Shankar says he treated the match against Rajasthan Royals as a ‘do-or-die game’ as his good show with both bat and ball may have saved his place in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s playing XI. Manish Pandey (83) and Shankar (52) stitched an unbroken 140-run partnership to help SRH chase down RR’s 154 for six on Thursday. The comfortable eight-wicket win lifted the team to the fifth spot in the eight-team competition with eight points from 10 games. “If you ask personally it was a do-or-die game for me. That’s how…

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IPL 2020: Just wanted to stay at wicket and play my shots, says Manish Pandey

After registering an emphatic eight-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals, SunRisers Hyderabad batsman Manish Pandey on Thursday said that he just wanted to stay at the wicket and play his shots. SunRisers Hyderabad chased down the total of 155 with eight wickets in hand and 11 balls to spare. Manish Pandey and Vijay Shankar played unbeaten knocks of 83 and 52 respectively to take their team over the line. For this effort, Pandey was also adjudged as the ‘Man of the Match’. With this win, SunRisers Hyderabad has moved to the…

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IPL 2020: 103 deliveries and still no six from big-hitting Ben Stokes

Big-hitting Ben Stokes’s struggle to hit his first six in the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) this season continued on Thursday as the England all-rounder failed to hit one against SunRisers Hyderabad. The England all-rounder, known for big hits, has now played 103 deliveries over five matches, scoring 110 runs at an average of 22 runs. Although he has hit 14 fours, he is yet to hit a six. Stokes, who joined the IPL late as he was with his ailing father in New Zealand, tried a few big shots…

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As IPL 2020 rounds the final bend, competition heats up

The Indian Premier league (IPL) has approached its final bend. This now is the business end of the tournament and so any glitch or hiccup henceforth may have a team licking its wound as an ‘also ran’. This year’s edition has shown that all the teams are evenly matched and several of the games have had very close finishes. The two tied matches last Sunday were just what the doctor ordered. To have one of the matches, which were decided by two Super Overs, with the ever smiling face of…

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Ajit Agarkar: Dhoni should not bat lower than no. 5; Karthik stepping down as KKR skipper not right move

Former Indian cricketer Ajit Agarkar recently had a tete-a-tete session online and went on to address quite a few questions pertaining to the ongoing IPL 2020 season. Agarkar, a former pacer with Team India, talked about his reservations regarding Dinesh Kaarthik stepping down as captain for Kolkata Knight Riders, making way for Eoin Morgan. Speaking exclusively on Star Sports’ #FANWEEK, former India pacer Ajit Agarkar answers some interesting fan questions on the Dream11 IPL 2020 about KKR & MS Dhoni Do you think it is a wise move from KKR…

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IPL 2020: Zaheer Khan has helped Rahul Chahar attack!

Mumbai Indians’ (MI) young leg-spinner Rahul Chahar is among the Top 10 wicket-takers in IPL-13 with 11 scalps in nine games. In the last IPL, Chahar finished with 13 wickets in as many matches and was placed 15th in the list of highest wicket-takers. This change in attitude of going for wickets all the time is due to Zaheer Khan, MI’s Director of Cricket Operations. Chahar credited the former India left-arm pace great for his transformation. “Initially, I was bowling safe balls. I wasn’t attacking, but he [Zaheer] kept on…

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