Ben Stokes 1st batsman to score a ton in two successful IPL chases

England all-rounder Ben Stokes has become the first batsman in the Indian Premier League to score a century in two successful chases. On Sunday evening, Stokes — who had been struggling so far in the ongoing tournament with scores of 30, 19, 15, 41, and 5 — roared back to form with an unbeaten 107 that helped Rajasthan Royals (RR) race to an eight-wicket win over Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Courtesy his second IPL century, Rajasthan chased down the total of 196 with 10 balls to…

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IPL 2020: I was waiting for this, says Hardik Pandya after slamming 21-ball 60

Hardik Pandya was at his explosive best on Sunday as he smashed 60 off 21 balls against the Rajasthan Royals (RR). It is his highest score thus far in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and with that, he propelled Mumbai Indians to a total of 195/5. He hit as many as seven sixes at the Sheikh Zayed stadium, which has proven to be a difficult ground for batsmen to clear. “I was waiting for this. Was trying for it but it wasn’t coming. Hard work before…

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IPL 2020: That’s what we are crying for, says Smith after Stokes-Samson show

Rajasthan Royals (RR) captain Steve Smith said that the manner in which they beat Mumbai Indians on Sunday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium was exactly what they have been looking for this season. RR, whose chances of making it to the playoffs are hanging by a thread, stunned league leaders MI by chasing down a target of 196 with eight wickets and two overs to spare. They pulled off the chase thanks to unbeaten knocks of 107 and 54 from Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson, respectively. “Very pleased, that’s what…

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‘It’s just a game’: Sakshi Dhoni’s message after CSK out of IPL playoffs

Chennai Super Kings, three-time IPL champions, have become the first team to be eliminated from the playoffs race for the ongoing Indian Premier League being played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). On Sunday, CSK defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight wickets to keep their slim chances of making it to the top-four intact. However, Rajasthan Royals registered a brilliant win over Mumbai Indians to kill the hopes of the MS Dhoni-led side of making it to the playoffs. CSK have eight points from 12 games and are placed at…

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IPL 2020: Indian fast men on fire – Saini, Tyagi, Arshdeep, Nagarkotti

Rajasthan Royals’ teenaged wiry pacer Kartik Tyagi cranked up the speeds in his early spell against the Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League match on Sunday, with his fastest ball being timed 147.9kmph. Tyagi is not the only Indian to have impressed one and all in the ongoing T20 tournament. While seasoned pros like Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are only adding to their reputations, the likes of Tyagi, Arshdeep, Kamlesh Nagarkotti, and Navdeep Saini among others have put in valuable shifts for their teams. Saini continues to be…

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IPL 2020: ‘Looks like finally, RCB have a bowling unit that Kohli has belief in,’ says Scott Styris

Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore seem to be having one of the finest season at the ongoing IPL 2020 in UAE. Kohli-led RCB are currently placed third on the IPL points table and will be looking to cement their spot in the play-offs as well. Kohli has now got a cohesive bowling unit with which he can stand behind. Speaking exclusively on Star Sports Select Dugout, former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris talks about how RCB bowling department has been able to deliver according to the expectation of captain Virat…

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IPL 2020: Kings XI Punjab’s comeback from the dead thanks to Anil Kumble

Everyone knows the story about how Anil Kumble abruptly quit the role of India head coach in 2017. Three years later, he made a comeback of sorts in a coaching role when he took over as Director of Cricket and head coach of Kings XI Punjab. This was his first assignment in a coaching role since the India job and first in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Previously, he had been mentor at both Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Anil Kumble This, therefore, was his big comeback, but…

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IPL 2020: Break from cricket helped KKR’s Chakravarthy develop mystery spin, says Ex-captain

A couple of years off cricket helped Varun Chakravarthy refresh his bowling, develop mystery spin variety and return to the sport with a bang, the Kolkata Knight Riders spinner’s former captain at the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) Rohit Damodaran has said. Chakravarthy, who has been a consistent performer for KKR this IPL season, used to play divisional cricket in Chennai before being spotted by Rohit, who was captain of the Madurai Panthers in the TNPL. “He (Chakravarthy) was initially playing first division in Chennai and also studying architecture engineering.…

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Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson back to form as Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians by 8 wickets

Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson made a mockery of a target of 196 set for them by the Mumbai Indians (MI) by helping Rajasthan Royals (RR) chase down with eight wickets and nearly two overs to spare. Stokes remained unbeaten on 107, thus scoring his second Indian Premier League (IPL) century and his highest score in T20s yet, while Samson was unbeaten on 54 as they ended their innings on 196/2 in reply to MI’s 195/5. Stokes and Samson’s stunning assault produced as many as 65 runs between the 11th…

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IPL 2020: Gaikwad bats through as Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight wickets

Opener Ruturaj Gaikwad anchored the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) innings as a clinical performance from them, a rareity this season, and helped them to an eight-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Dubai International Stadium. CSK have thus kept their record of not being beaten by RCB twice in an Indian Premier League (IPL) season intact as they recorded just their fourth win of the season. Gaikwad ended the match with a six and thus ended the match unbeaten on 65 off 51 balls, his innings punctuated by…

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