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Great to See Dhoni’s Sixes, Just Wish it Wasn’…

Chennai Super Kings’ MS Dhoni’s enthralled one and all with a masterclass at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday as his side beat Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore by 5 wickets of the in the final over of the match.

Dhoni, who scored an unbeaten 70, along with Ambati Rayudu’s 82 powered the Chennai Super Kings to a thrilling win. It was Dhoni who put the seal on the matter with when smashed Corey Anderson over long on to complete the winning runs.

It was a classic MS Dhoni show in Bangalore where he was also helped out by Dwayne Bravo in the final over where they managed to score 16 runs. Incidentally, the record for the most sixes hit in a match was also bettered in this game as the two teams together smashed 33 maximums.

MS Dhoni’s fantastic innings of course drew praise from all over, with opposing captain Virat Kohli also complimenting his India teammate.

“I am happy for him. Great to see him strike a few, not against us though. We wouldn’t have liked that. He’s hitting the ball really well this IPL. He is in a happy space, batting higher up and expressing himself. Seems to be enjoying it. Credit to him as well,” Kohli said at the post-match press conference.

The Royal Challengers Bowlers meanwhile will have a lot to work on as they have failed to defend a score in excess of 200 for the second time this season. Reflecting on that a disappointed Kohli said, “Many things that we can look at. The way we bowled is just not acceptable. Just not good enough on the day, 72/4 and giving away runs like that for just 1 wicket is criminal. Something that we need to address going forward because we haven’t bowled well. If we cannot defend even 200, it’s a problem somewhere. It hurts at the moment, very tough for us to swallow but great game for Chennai.”

Refusing to blame the conditions, Kohli added, “Pitch has played really well, we are happy with that. Spin came as a massive factor, both for us and for them. But quality batting from both sides getting 200-plus. Great game for people to see but as a team, we are disappointed to not get across the line.”

MS Dhoni Rolls Back the Years as Sixes Record …

Chennai Super Kings’ captain MS Dhoni hammered the bowlers for seven sixers during his match winning innings half century against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. In the process, the match saw the most sixers ever to be hit in the history of any IPL game.

Dhoni scored an unbeaten 70 with 7 maximum, while partner in crime Ambati Rayudu hit eight sixes in his 82 as CSK chased down 205 runs.

The finishing act of the match was completed rightfully by MS Dhoni himself, who smashed Corey Anderson over long on for six to claim the win.

Combined, the two teams smashed a total of 33 maximums in the high scoring game which bettered the previous record of 31 in a game. That match is also from this season and also had Chennai Super Kings on end. CSK and the Kolkata Knight Riders smashed 31 sixes, to equal the record set in 2017 in a game between Delhi Daredevils and Gujarat Lions.

“I thought it was a difficult chase when I saw AB de Villiers batting to see them over 200, I thought it was 15-20 beyond par,” Dhoni commented after.

“We also lost some key batsmen early but it’s a small ground, the ball travels a lot here.”

The win takes Dhoni’s side, returning to the IPL after a two year corruption ban, to the top of the IPL table with five wins from six games, while Virat Kohli’s RCB have just two wins after half the season is gone.

MS Dhoni Finishes Game With a Six as CSK Beat …

New Delhi: Whoever thought that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is past his prime, got their first reality check when he took Chennai inches away from a thrilling win against Kings XI Punjab from the jaws of defeat. But on Wednesday, the Man with the Midas touch showed what finishing games off in style means when he hit a six off Corey Anderson to take Chennai Super Kings home in the Clash of the Titans against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Needing 16 off the final over, Dwayne Bravo started the onslaught with a four and a six, but it was the skipper who swiveled across to the off-side and launched Anderson into the long-on stands as his Chennai teammates erupted in the dug-out.

If death bowling hasn’t been Royal Challengers Bangalore’s forte this season in the Indian Premier League, Dhoni’s reputation as a finisher has dwindled in the last couple of years. But cometh the hour and cometh the man as Captain Cool had the fans inside the M Chinnaswamy Stadium stand up and applaud as Chennai managed to chase down RCB’s total of 205 with two balls to spare. More than Chennai Super Kings taking on RCB, it was about current India skipper Virat Kohli clashing against his predecessor Dhoni. And while Kohli flattered to deceive, Dhoni kept calm and took his team home with an unbeaten knock of 70 off just 34 balls with 7 sixes and a boundary.

While Dhoni does deserve praise for showing his mettle in a high-intensity clash, credit must also be given to Ambati Rayudu who managed to hit a 53-ball 82 to play the perfect aggressor even as Dhoni mixed caution with aggression in Chennai’s mammoth chase of 206. Dhoni made his intentions clear from the word go as the otherwise slow starting CSK skipper hit a six off the third ball he faced — from Pawan Negi. More importantly, it was the much-needed kick the innings needed as the scoreboard read that Chennai needed 132 runs in 11 over with just six wickets in the bag.

But nothing is impossible when you have a man with the experience of Dhoni in the middle and guiding an in-form Rayudu who had already made his intentions clear by taking the attack to the RCB bowlers from the word go. And the best part of the chase was how Dhoni and Rayudu broke it all up. Needing 132 from 66 balls when Dhoni took strike, they first worked the singles and hit the timely boundaries to take Chennai to the last 6 with the visitors needing 80.

And with Dhoni going strong and the RCB bowling lacking the experience, it looked like Dhoni’s sole idea was to take the game deep. And with Rayudu for company, he kept doing just that as Chennai needed 71 off 30 balls, 55 off 24 balls, 45 off 18 balls, 30 off 12 balls and finally 16 off the last six balls.

When Dwayne Bravo hit a four and a six off the first two balls, it almost looked like even the powers above wanted a repeat of history as the same target was chased down by Chennai against RCB in 2012, only that time the game was at home for CSK. With 5 needed off 3 balls, it almost looked inevitable that the cricket lovers would see a repeat of the 2011 World Cup finish and that is exactly what happened as Dhoni swiveled across and launched the ball into orbit.

Earlier, it was a brilliant display of batsmanship from both AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock on a wicket that was definitely not the typical batting paradise that the Chinnaswamy has been known to produce in the last few years. In fact, Dhoni himself admitted that a score of 205 was 15-20 over par and that is exactly what the idea was for the South African duo after Kohli flattered to deceive with a 15-ball 18. While ABD dealt in boundaries, de Kock (53) was more than happy to run the singles and doubles.

In fact, had Imran Tahir not picked AB de Villiers (68) and Anderson (2) in quick succession, it almost looked like RCB was bent on getting anything close to 250. But the quick wickets in the middle overs and a good last over from Bravo wherein RCB lost 3 wickets meant that Chennai were still in the game.

IPL 2019 Could be Moved to UAE Due to General …

New Delhi: With the general elections set to take place in 2019, the Indian Premier League (IPL) could well be moved to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). While talks are still in a nascent stage, it could be the more favoured venue as UAE played host to the IPL even in 2014. The first half of the league was played in UAE before the cash-rich league returned to India in the business end.

Speaking to CricketNext, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said: “With the Lok Sabha elections set to take place, UAE is definitely one of the options, but a final call will be taken after taking the view of all the stakeholders.”

Another official said that there are two sides to the scenario. If the entire tournament has to be shifted due to the elections, then the cash-rich league could well be moved to South Africa, but if it is a case of a few games or half the league, then UAE is the solution as that is logistically also more viable.

There is also an option of an early election in which case the 12th edition of the IPL will be played in India only.

IPL 2018: Gambhir Steps Down as Delhi Daredevi…

New Delhi: Gautam Gambhir has stepped down as the captain of Delhi Daredevils after the team’s disastrous start in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), on Wednesday. Middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer has been handed over the reins of the team after Gambhir opted to vacate the hot-seat.

“Maybe I was too desparate to turn things around and that can backfire. It could be the reason. I just couldn’t handle the pressure and when you don’t do that, you have to own that up as a leader,” Gambhir said in a press conference also attended by franchise CEO Hemant Dua, coach Ricky Ponting and newly-crowned skipper Shreyas Iyer.

“I was sitting alone and thinking, I couldn’t handle the pressure… I was not good enough and that is all,” he added.

Meanwhile, Iyer expressed his gratitude after being named as the new captain of the team and said: “I want to thank the management and my coaches for appointing me as the captain of the team. It is a great honor for me.”

Gambhir later took to social media to reveal that he wasn’t asked to step down but it was his personal choice to do so. His post read: “True, that I’ve stepped down from DD captaincy. Just to clarify it was my call, nothing from the management or coaching staff. I may not be leading from the front but I will be the last man standing for @DelhiDaredevils. No individual bigger than d team. Very much a #DilDIlli”

Delhi is currently struggling at the bottom of the IPL table, having registered just one win in six matches under the leadership of Gambhir. Delhi is tied with Mumbai Indians in terms of points, however, their net run-rate of -1.0 is less than that of the defending champions. Moreover, Gambhir’s form with the bat hasn’t been great either as he has struggled to change the fortunes of Delhi, something which he did exceedingly well during his time at Kolkata Knight Riders in previous seasons.

In six matches, Gambhir has managed to score just 85 runs, which includes 55 that he scored against Kings XI Punjab in Delhi’s opening match of the season in Mohali. Since then, Gambhir has poor scores of DNB, 15, 8, 3 and 4 respectively.

Prior to this edition, Gambhir had led Delhi once in 2010, guiding them to a fifth-place finish. Gambhir returned to Delhi from Kolkata for this season amidst huge fanfare, with the Delhi management calling him the best man to lead the new-look side. But with just six games into the season, all that talk seemed to have vanished in thin air and the mammoth task of reigniting Delhi’s campaign has fallen on to the shoulders of a young gun.

As far as Gambhir is concerned — with the pressure of captaincy off him now — he will look turn his form around for the good and get amongst the runs for the remainder of the season. During his seven-year stay at KKR, Gambhir slammed 3035 runs and also guided them to two IPL titles. While he may not be able to guide Delhi to the title this time, but he is more than capable of doing same damage with the bat.

IPL 2018, Live Streaming RCB vs CSK, When and …

Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings will renew their intense rivalry after two years when they face-off in the Indian Premier League here on Wednesday.

The live telecast of the IPL 2018 match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings will start at 8 PM on April 25th (Wednesday). Today’s IPL live match can be seen on the Star Sports network and IPL online free live streaming will be available on hotstar.com and Jio app. You can also follow our live blog for ball-by-ball updates and analysis on cricketnext.com.

With CSK not playing in the previous two seasons, fans on either side were robbed of IPL’s most celebrated rivalry.

Though Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led CSK lead RCB 13-7 in the overall head-to-head record, both teams have won three games each out of the seven played at the high-scoring Chinnaswamy Stadium with one producing a no-result.

Dhoni’s men have been much better than RCB in their comeback season, winning four out of the five games they have played so far. The Virat Kohli-captained RCB have won two out of their five matches and would be eager to maintain momentum after the win against Delhi Daredevils at home last week.

Good news for the hosts is that AB de Villiers is in devastating form, which he exhibited in the last match when he enthralled his fans with a whirlwind unbeaten 39-ball 90 to power his team to a convincing win over Daredevils.

He produced a vintage innings and single-handedly chased down the 175-run target with two overs to spare to bring RCB’s campaign back on track.

Kohli’s quickfire 57 and unbeaten 92 against Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians respectively also has boosted RCB’s confidence.

The pair of Kohli and de Villiers has scored 2,361 runs in the IPL, next only to Chris Gayle-Kohli who have amassed 2,787 runs. Shikhar Dhawan-David Warner combine are placed third with 2357 runs.

Quinton de Kock, who has scored 112 runs so far, would like to get a big knock under his belt as also Manan Vohra who scored just one in the last match.

For CSK, Watson has been in great nick as he smashed 106 runs in 57 balls against Royals and is among the top run-getters and wicket-takers for his team. Also Ambati Rayudu would like to continue with his good performance as he has been the highest individual run-getter (201) for his side in five matches with 79 being the best knock.

Suresh Raina (118 runs so far), who is an important member in CSK’s batting line-up, will be expected to score big runs again. Also keen to perform will be Dhoni (139) and Dwayne Bravo (104). Against a power-packed CSK batting, RCB must tighten-up their bowling having conceded 200 plus runs twice at home.

The spin duo of Yuzuvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar, who have taken 5 and 4 wickets each, respectively, would be itching to put up a better show, given the well-documented fact that CSK are struggling against spin this season. They have lost 10 wickets to them and only managed to score at 7.70 runs per over.

RCB all-rounder Chris Woakes has been outstanding so far, picking up 8 wickets. Umesh Yadav also been equally good with eight wickets in his kitty.

25th April 2004: When Zimbabwe Sank to an All-…

Minnows Zimbabwe have few unwanted records to their name in the history of international cricket but on this day in 2004, they sank to an all-time low in ODI cricket.

The ‘Chevrons’ set the record of lowest team total in ODIs against Sri Lanka in the third match of the series in Harare.

Zimbabwe were bowled out for paltry 35, with none of their batsmen managing to score in double digits against an inspired Lankan pace attack. As many as four batsmen were dismissed for a duck while the highest being Dio Ebrahim’s seven runs.

Pace spearhead Chaminda Vaas starred for the Islanders, picking up 4/11 in 9 overs, which also included four maidens. Farveez Maharoof and Dilhara Fernando also made merry on the day by picking up three and two wickets respectively.

Chasing the meager total, Sri Lankan batsmen hardly broke a sweat as they chased down the target in the 10th over of the match.

IPL 2018: Five Lowest Totals Successfully Defe…

There is a high unpredictability associated with T20 cricket. There have been numerous occasions where sides scoring in excess of 200 lose the match easily, while on the other hand there is no guarantee that dismissing a team to a below-par score can give you a win. More often than not it is observed that chasing smaller targets can be tricky in T20s.

CricketNext takes a look at the lowest IPL totals that were defended successfully:

1. Chennai Super Kings defending 116 against Kings XI Punjab (2009)

The MS Dhoni led Chennai were always a force to reckon with, in the tournament. Way back in 2009, after failing to put a decent total on the board, CSK defended a paltry 116. They restricted Punjab to just 92/8 in their 20 overs and won the match by a margin of 24 runs. The stars of the match for CSK were Muttiah Muralitharan and R Ashwin, who returned with figures of 2/8 and 2/13, respectively.

2. Sunrisers Hyderabad defending 118 against Mumbai Indians (2018)

A struggling Mumbai Indians succumbed to their fifth defeat of the season, as they lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by a margin of 31 runs. After batting first Hyderabad managed to score only 118 runs, with Kane Williamson and Yusuf Pathan scoring 29 runs each. Come their bowling, in another superlative effort, a strong SRH bowling unit dismissed Mumbai for just 87 runs. Siddarth Kaul bagged three wickets in the match.

3. Kings XI Punjab defending 119 against Mumbai Indians (2009)

Riding on Kumar Sangakkara’s match-saving 45 from 44 balls, Punjab somehow managed to score 119 runs against a strong Mumbai bowling. But it was a day to remember for KXIP bowlers as they scraped a narrow three-run victory against MI. JP Duminy did give a scare towards the end of innings and scored 59 runs, but that didn’t prove enough. The pick of the bowlers for Punjab was Yusuf Abdulla, who returned with figures of 2/19 in the match.

4. Sunrisers Hyderabad defending 119 against Pune Warriors (2013)

After batting first, Hyderabad batsmen failed to shine and could just post 119 runs in their 20 overs. Only two batsmen, Biplab Samantray and Amit Mishra got going and scored 37 and 30 runs, respectively. But that was enough for Hyderabad to register 11-run win. Mishra had an exceptional day with the ball to as he bagged four wickets giving away 19 runs. Another notable performance was from Thisara Perera who bagged three wickets.

5. Mumbai Indians defending 120 against Pune Warriors (2012)

This was perhaps the closest match of them all. Mumbai, after getting to a sound start ended their innings on 120. Sachin Tendulkar and James Franklin strung a 50-run partnership for the opening partnership, but lost way thereafter. Come their bowling, every bowler chipped-in to win the match for their side. Harbhajan Singh starred with the ball as he picked two wickets, giving away just 18 runs.

IPL 2018: Batsmen Let Us Down Once Again, Says…

There is a reason why the Sunrisers Hyderabad are considered the best bowling outfit in the Indian Premier League and that was on full display at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday as Kane Williamson’s team choked Mumbai Indians to register a 31-run victory, after setting a below-par target of 119 runs for the hosts.

Mumbai Indians, who have now lost five out of their six matches, made heavy weather of a smallish target as they folded up for just 87 runs on a track where the ball was coming slowly off the wicket.

Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma during the post-match presentation expressed his disappointment at the loss. “We have got ourselves to blame. We should chased down 118 on any wicket, but we didn’t show character, while the Sunrisers did. I’m very happy with the way we bowled, but the batsmen let us down once again. There are so many points that I can talk about, but don’t want to pinpoint faults now. We needed to show some intent, which we to do. We knew it was a tough chase, shot making wasn’t easy, so we wanted to have intent at the start. Sunrisers bowlers bowled in the right areas, kept us guessing and we couldn’t recover. Few of us played some bad shots, including myself,” he said.

For Sunrisers, every bowler did well, but it was pacer Siddarth Kaul who impressed once again. Kaul returned with figures of 3/23 in his four overs.

After the match Siddarth said, “It’s a great feeling when you perform for your team, especially when it’s pressure time. I think the domestic season went really well. I got into the India A team and then I was selected for the Indian team. Feels great when you reach the higher level. You have to just keep doing the right work. I was keeping the basics right, and it works every time.“

IPL 2018: Kaul, Rashid Help Sunrisers Defend S…

Mumbai: There is a reason why the Sunrisers Hyderabad are considered the best bowling outfit in the Indian Premier League and that was on display at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday as Kane Williamson’s team choked Mumbai Indians to register a 31-run victory, after setting a below-par target of 119 runs for the hosts.

Mumbai Indians, who have now lost five out of their six matches, made heavy weather of a smallish target as they folded up for just 87 on a Wankhede track where the ball was coming slowly off the wicket.

Sunrisers skipper Kane Williamson ensured that his team didn’t drop their shoulders even once, despite managing to put only 118 on the board, after Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan and Hardik Pandya picked two wickets apiece to derail the SRH batting. Yusuf Pathan (29) and skipper Williamson (29) were the highest scorers as the ‘Orange Army’ failed to even play out the full quota of 20 overs.

But the team came out after the innings break with an eye on the scoreboard and Sandeep Sharma was the first to strike as he removed Evin Lewis with the perfect length delivery. With the West Indian looking to sit back and wait for the short ball, Sandeep pitched it right up and got the ball to move enough to take the edge of Lewis’s bat and land straight in the hands of Manish Pandey at point.

With Lewis gone for 5, Ishan Kishan came out to join Suryakumar Yadav in the middle. But the man who has been in prime form for MI this season failed to open his account as Mohammed Nabi got him caught by Deepak Hooda in the deep. The score suddenly read 17/2 and it almost looked like Williamson had sniffed blood on the field.

The inability of the home-team batsmen to adapt to the conditions was also a worrying factor as skipper Rohit Sharma looked to play an expansive drive off Shakib Al Hasan, only to be caught in the slips by Shikhar Dhawan. With their tails up, SRH bowlers and fielders looked to go for the kill as Krunal Pandya came out to join Suryakumar.

But the two batsmen showed good maturity as they knocked the ball around and hit timely boundaries to keep the target on the radar. But just when it looked like the 40-run partnership would take the game away from Hyderabad, Williamson introduced his trump card Rashid Khan.

Rashid first trapped Krunal (24) plumb in front, before sending Kieron Pollard back in the hut for just 9. With the score reading 73/5, it was now up to Suryakumar to take the Mumbai outfit home. But he too perished as he tried to flick Basil Thampi over the ropes, only to be caught at the boundary by Rashid Khan. With the Mumbai Indians down to 77/6, it was all about closing the deal for the Hyderabad outfit and they did just that as Siddarth Kaul showed great spirit and mental toughness to finish with figures of 3/23 from his 4 overs to completely bowl MI out of the chase.

His best over was the 18th of the innings when he kept his nerves against Hardik Pandya and didn’t give the all-rounder the room he was looking for and finally got the thick outside edge, for Thampi to finish a clinical catch running in from third man. With Hardik gone for a 19-ball 3, it was all about waiting for the inevitable as far as the Mumbai dug-out was concerned. In the end, the innings folded up in the 19th over as Hyderabad managed to defend the second lowest total in the history of the Indian Premier League.