An impressive all-round display helped Delhi Daredevils overpower Mumbai Indians by 37 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium here on Thursday. Chasing a formidable target of 191, Mumbai managed only 153 for nine. With the win, Daredevils improved to six points from six matches, occupying the fourth spot. The win also snapped Daredevils' nine-match losing streak at their home ground. Mumbai succumbed to their fifth loss in six matches to drop to the last spot in the standings. Mumbai's chase got an encouraging start through Lendl Simmons (15) and Parthiv Patel (28). But just when they were looking to increase the run rate, Simmons departed in the fifth over. To make matters worse, Patel also went back to the pavilion, caught by South African Imran Tahir in the deep off the bowling of Sri Lankan Angelo Mathews. With both the openers back in the hut, the momentum of Mumbai's batting vanished. Leg spinner Amit Mishra inflicted further damage when he claimed the wickets of Unmukt Chand (14) and the dangerous West Indian Kieron Pollard (10) to reduce Mumbai to 82 for four in 10.2 overs. Just as it seemed that Mumbai were losing the grip, skipper Rohit Sharma (30) and Ambati Rayadu (30) forged together a 49-run fifth-wicket partnership to resurrect the run chase, helping them reach 131 for five. But an ever-increasing asking rate meant that they had attempt big shots, which accounted for the wicket of Rohit in the 16th over. His dismissal triggered a collapse as Mumbai lost three more wickets in the next over of Tahir - the tournament's leading wicket taker - who accounted for Hardik Pandya (0), Rayadu and McClenaghan (0). That pretty much sealed the fate of the match. Earlier, a superlative batting display from Shreyas Iyer (83) and skipper Jean Paul Duminy (78 not out) helped Delhi Daredevils post a strong 190 for four. The left hand-right hand combination of Iyer and Duminy batted authoritatively to put together a 154-run second-wicket partnership (off 97 balls) to lift the home team's morale after Mumbai won the toss and sent them into bat. They got an early reward when New Zealand pacer Mitchell McClenaghan dismissed Mayank Agarwal (1) off the third ball of the Daredevils innings. But that was the only joy enjoyed by Mumbai as Iyer and Duminy controlled the proceedings from there on. They set the tone for the Daredevils batting mixing caution with aggression. They set up a strong platform on which Daredevils could build a strong total. Iyer was dismissed while trying to increase the run rate in the 17th over. He hit seven fours and six sixes during his 56-bal stay, contributing 82 runs in his partnership with Duminy. After Iyer's departure, Duminy took over the mantle of brisk run-scoring. He was ably supported in the endeavour by Sri Lankan Angelo Mathews (17 off 8 balls). But Mathews' wicket, edging a McClenaghan delivery to wicketkeeper Partiv Patel in the 18th over, jolted their big hitting aspirations. But Duminy still managed to pull Daredevils to their highest total in the tournament so far, tonking three boundaries and six huge sixes.
Chennai Super Kings grabbed their fourth win from five Indian Premier League matches after they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 27 runs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Bangalore raised some eyebrows with their team selection, after they chose to leave out Chris Gayle in order to make room for another overseas player, in this case the Australian left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc. Gayle managed only 10 runs in his last outing against Mumbai Indians but he scored 96 three days ago, so the decision to omit him – with no word about an injury to the opener – seemed strange. The start was delayed by rain but once it started Chennai, who lost the toss, also lost a key man early on after Brendon McCullum was dismissed by spinner Yuzvendra Chahal for four runs, caught by South African youngster Rilee Rossouw. After that Dwayne Smith and Suresh Raina put on a rapid partnership of 58 runs, with some lusty blows by Smith putting Bangalore on the back foot. However, some fine bowling by Starc and fellow seamer Harshal Patel, pegged them back a little, and Chahal collected another couple of wickets in his spell, including MS Dhoni. The Chennai captain played another scratchy innings, seemingly unable to find the middle of his bat, before he was caught on the boundary by AB de Villiers. They eventually posted 181-8 after some good lower-order hitting from Faf du Plessis, who looked to have injured his shoulder diving for a run from the last ball of the innings. Bangalore’s reply started with Rossouw and Manvinder Bisla showing plenty of attacking intent, but they were both dismissed relatively cheaply. Skipper Virat Singh Kohli tried to hold the innings together, making 51 from 42 balls, but a lack of support for him proved their undoing. David Wiese was the only man to get anything close to a decent contribution, scoring 22 and getting out off the last ball of the innings, as Bangalore ended 27 runs short of their target, on 154-8. They were largely stymied by a quite brilliant bowling performance by the 35-year-old Ashish Nehra, who took 4-10 from his four overs, mixing up his pace superbly and bowling some smart lines to keep the batsmen in check. Chennai are second in the table behind Rajasthan Royals, who have played a game more, while Bangalore remain rooted to the bottom.
Kings XI Punjab produced a superb comeback to beat the Rajasthan Royals in a thrilling IPL clash which ended in a Super Over. Mitchell Johnson was the bowling hero for Punjab after earlier helping to send the game into extra-time in a late partnership with Axar Patel as both sides finished their innings on 191-6. Chris Morris trapped David Miller leg before with the first ball of Punjab's extra six deliveries, which turned into seven because of a costly no-ball, but he conceded three successive boundaries to Marsh as they made 15-2. Johnson bowled Shane Watson first ball but then gave away a four to Steve Smith - also a no-ball for height - but James Faulkner was run out off the fourth ball to hand Punjab victory and end Rajasthan's unbeaten start to the campaign. The Royals looked on course for a score of 200-plus with Rahane and Shane Watson in fine form, the Australia all-rounder eventually becoming the first wicket to fall with the score on 95. Deepak Hooda scored a quick 19 off nine balls, but Smith was bowled by Patel for a golden duck and their momentum only picked up again in the last couple of overs. By then Rahane had departed for a top score of 74 off 54 balls, the India batsman hitting six fours and a couple of sixes. Hopes of a Kings XI victory appeared some way off when they slumped to 59-3 in the middle of the ninth over, Glenn Maxwell making only one before being dismissed by Rahul Tewatia. But Marsh produced some massive shots in his innings of 65 off 40 balls and there were late fireworks from Miller, who belted five sixes in his 30-ball 54. Patel and Johnson then managed to put on 25 off the final 13 balls to force extra-time, the former hitting Faulkner's final ball to the boundary to set up what turned into an unlikely victory.
KKR win by 6 wickets and this is the 9th loss for DD at home. Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa give Kolkata Knight Riders a good start as Gambhir was hitting the big shots and getting boundaries at regular intervals. After the end of the first 6 overs or the powerplay. Robin Uthappa got the leading edge and got dismissed after scoring 13 runs to Domnic Joseph delivery. The same over has another wicket with Manish Pandey not scoring any runs and giving his wicket to Joseph. The score stands t 31/2 after 4.4 overs and KKR is in a bit of trouble. KKR managed to get 44 runs with the loss of 2 wickets at the end of the first 6 overs (powerplay). DD are utting pressure on KKR with their tight fielding but will it be enough? KKR go into the first strategic timeout as the cruise with 71 runs on the score board with the loss of 2 wickets after 9 overs. KKR finish half their batting innings with 79 runs on the board after the loss of 3 wickets. Suryakumar Yadav gets the slightest of edges and departs caught behind on the 60th ball. Yusuf Pathan comes out and starts smashing but will he take KKR all the way along with Gautam Gambhir? Gambhir gets to his third half-century of Pepsi IPL 2015. He has led the team in this innings and he should see the team to the victory all the way. KKR have a great partnership between Yusuf Pathan and Gautam Gambhir getting a flurry of shots to thrust KKR to 131/3 after 16 overs. They need only 16 runs from another 24 balls. KKR win in the end with 11 balls left and 6 wickets to go.
Mumbai Indians put in their best performance so far to chalk up their first win in five matches of the 2015 Indian Premier League T20 tournament as they defeated a fighting Royal Challengers Bangalore by 18 runs here on Sunday. Playing with a positive intent, Mumbai Indians, thanks to half-centuries by Lendl Simmons (59, 44b, 9x4, 2x6) and India Under-19 captain Unmukt Chand (58, 37b, 8x4, 2x6) along with a 15-ball 42 (3x4, 4x6) by skipper Rohit Sharma, piled up 209 for 7 after being asked to bat first. In reply, the RCB were never really in the hunt despite cameos by South Africans AB de Villiers (11b, 5x4, 3x6) and David Wiese (47 not out, 25b, 6x4, 2x6). They could only manage 191 for seven as the Mumbai Indians attack, spearheaded by off-spinner Harbhajan Singh (3 for 27) restricted the hosts. The RCB chase stuttered and nearly stalled with Chris Gayle, dropped twice, making just 10 runs off 24 balls, before being bowled by the crafty Harbhajan Singh, who brought into play his vast experience and guile to contain the rival batsmen. At the other end, opener Manvinder Bisla (20), Kohli (18) and Dinesh Karthik (18) threw their bats around but did not stay long enough to make a difference as RCB slid to their second defeat in three matches. Thus, it was left to de Villiers to do a rescue act as the South African blasted a 11-ball 41 (5x4, 3x6) before lofting seamer Jasprit Bumrah straight to Kieron Pollard at long-on, and with his exit, RCB's hopes of even making a match of it, much less win, sank despite some heavy hitting by Wiese in the latter half of the chase. Earlier, the Mumbai Indians batsmen took advantage of wayward RCB bowling as Simmons and Chand laid the foundation with a 72-run partnership for the second wicket after the early exit of Parthiv Patel (12). Later, Rohit Sharma, coming in at No.4 instead of his customary opening slot, and Chand added 63 runs for the third wicket to ensure a 200-plus total. While Simmons unleashed a flurry of power-packed shots, Chand, having switched from Delhi Daredevils with whom he had a disappointing season last year, excelled with well-timed shots and Sharma, as usual, was all class as the trio took the RCB bowling to the cleaners. The hosts derived some solace when South African all-rounder David Wiese, playing his first game this IPL season, picked up three wickets in his final over, the 19th of the innings when he dismissed Kieron Pollard (5), Ambati Rayudu (0) and Rohit Sharma in four deliveries to add to the wicket of Parthiv Patel for a haul of 4 for 32. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal did well to pick up two for 28, but with other bowlers leaking runs, his impact was almost negligible. Mumbai Indians 209 for 7 in 20 overs (Lendl Simmons 59, Unmukt Chand 58, Rohit Sharma 42; David Wiese 4 for 33, Yuzvendra Chahal 2 for 28). Royal Challengers Bangalore 191 for 7 in 20 overs (AB de Villiers 41, Wiese 39 not out; Harbhajan Singh 3 for 27). IANS
Fiery knocks by Chennai Super Kings openers Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum set the foundation for a comprehensive six-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians who suffered their fourth defeat on the trot in this edition of the IPL in their clash at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday. Chennai chased down the stiff 184-run victory target in 16.4 overs thanks largely due to the swashbuckling start given by Smith and McCullum. Smith top scored for his team with a 62-run knock that came off 30 balls and was studded with four sixes and eight fours. McCullum smashed two sixes and six fours in his 46-run knock that came off 20 balls. Suresh Raina struck two sixes and four fours in his 43-run knock that came off 29 deliveries to ensure that there was no panic in the Chennai run chase after the dismissals of Smith and McCullum. Chennai almost made a mockery of a big run chase and won the game with 20 balls to spare. Mumbai didn't have answers to the onslaught from McCullum and Smith as the duo muscled the ball to all corners. The fact that even Lasith Malinga was smashed for 33 runs in his first two overs tells about their brutal hitting. Smith completed his fifty off 22 balls and although Harbhajan Singh removed both the openers in the same over, CSK had the match in their bag with the start they got. Raina then got some runs and sealed the game alongside Dwayne Bravo. Chennai were 90/0 in 6 overs, the second best powerplay score in the history of IPL. Both Pollard and Rohit smashed quickfire half-centuries to take Mumbai Indians to a respectable total. Earlier, blistering half-centuries from captain Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard enabled Mumbai Indians recover from a shaky start and post 183/7. Opting to bat, Mumbai plunged to a sorry-reading 12/3 and then 57/4 before they were revived by Sharma (50 off 31 balls), Pollard (64 off 30) as the duo put on a pulsating stand of 75 runs off just 33 balls for the fifth wicket. While Sharma batted in his usual forthright manner to hit five fours and a six, Pollard collared the Super Kings attack to strike five sixes and four fours. The initial recovery work was laid by a quick 24 off 21 balls by Harbhajan Singh, who was surprisingly promoted ahead of the big West Indian. Towards the end Ambati Rayudu too came up with a cameo knock of 29, inclusive of three sixes and a four, in the company of Pollard. Both fell to catches in the deep in the last over bowled by Dwayne Bravo. The bit-hitting of Pollard, in particular, not only regaled the big crowd but also helped Mumbai add 121 runs in the second half of the innings after they were 62 for 4 after ten overs. Super Kings' bowling looked clueless on how to stop Pollard and but for a top-drawer bowling stint by Ashish Nehra, who grabbed three for 23, while Jadeja went for 49 runs, including 26 in his fourth over, Ashwin conceded 13 in his only over. The other World Cup regular, Mohit Sharma, gave away 43 runs for one wicket. Mumbai were off to a poor start as they lost their first three wickets inside four overs. Nehra sent back Parthiv Patel leg before for a first ball duck, when the batsman shuffled across to the fourth ball of the innings. Corey Anderson was caught brilliantly by Faf du Plessis behind bowler Nehra off the seventh ball. Simmons, playing his first game of the season in place of the injured Aaron Finch, went on the offensive in the fourth over from Ishwar Pandey before falling to the same bowler. MI think tank surprisingly promoted Harbhajan Singh, who smashed a quick-fire 64 in 21 balls in the previous home game against Kings XI Punjab, even ahead of Pollard. It proved to be a productive move as skipper Rohit Sharma and Harbhajan pushed the score along to 31 at the end of power play overs. Harbhajan batted aggressively to smack two fours and a six over long on off Jadeja as he and captain Sharma added 45 useful runs off 35 balls to take the score past 50 before he mistimed a shot off Mohit to be caught at backward point.
An overall strong team performance and a thrilling finish from the Rajasthan Royals helped them beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets on the last ball of the match to earn their fourth successive victory in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the ACA-VDCA Stadium here on Thursday. Put in to bat by Royals skipper Steven Smith, the Sunrisers were restricted to a mere 127/5 from their 20 overs. In reply, the visitors were steady but extremely slow, considering the low target. However, the Royals chased down the required score off the last delivery as opener Ajinkya Rahane top scored with a match-winning 62. At the start, the Sunrisers never really got any partnership going as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Leg spinner Pravin Tambe (2/21), the oldest player of the tournament at 43, and medio Dhawal Kulkarni (2/9) were the star performers as the duo made sure they kept the Sunrisers' run rate in check. Together they bowled seven overs, including a maiden, taking two wickets and giving away only 30 runs. There were a few mediocre performances from Sunrisers batsman. Captain David Warner (21), wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha (25), Eoin Morgan (27) and Ravi Bopara (23 not out) got starts but none of them were able to play the anchor's innings to take the home team to a challenging total. Steady opening partnership lights way to 4th win on trot Chasing 128, the Royals played patiently as opening batsmen Rahane and Sanju Samson (26) struck an important 64-run partnership. Though they were off to a good start, they were quite slow in their chase which tightened things up towards the end, thanks to some disciplined bowling from the Sunrisers. Wickets in hand proved to be Royals' boon. With only one run needed off the last ball, James Faulkner connected well to put the ball past the point boundary for the visiting team. Rahane was the star performer as he caressed nine boundaries in his 56-ball innings. However, a slow chase meant that the Royals had to wait till the last ball to win the match but wickets in hand eased off the pressure for them. Manohar M
India's Saina Nehwal has regained the women's singles World No.1 spot in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings released on Thursday. The Hyderabadi became No.1 for the first time exactly two weeks back. She dropped to No.2 position last week but once again overtook China's reigning Olympic champion Li Xuerui to retake the top spot. The 25-year-old has had a good 2015. She won the India Grand Prix Gold in January, India Open Superseries in March, and reached the All England Open final also last month. In the last tournament, she played -- Malaysia Open Superseries Premier -- Saina reached the semi-finals earlier this month. On the other hand, P.V. Sindhu, who has been out of action due to an injury, dropped three places to No.12. In men's singles rankings, Kidambi Srikanth has retained the No.4 spot while reigning Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap has raised a place to No.14 following his semi-final appearance at the Singapore Open Super Series. Meanwhile, H.S. Prannoy, who is nursing a toe injury, dropped a spot to No.15
A responsible innings of 55 runs by Yuvraj Singh and some aggressive hitting from Mayank Agarwal (68) helped Delhi Daredevils register their first win of the Indian Premier League (IPL), beating Kings XI Punjab by five wickets, in a group league match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Wednesday. This was the Daredevils’ first win after losing 11 matches on the trot in the competition (nine last year, two this year) that propelled them to the fourth spot on the points table. Chasing 166, Daredevils did not get a brisk start and when they lost skipper Jean Paul Duminy (21) in the 8th over with the score at 53, things looked bleak for them. But Yuvraj took over the responsibility from thereon. He forged an innings-resurrecting 106-run third-wicket partnership with Agarwal that brought the Daredevils closer to their target and paved their way to the victory on the penultimate ball of the match. The pair engaged in some lusty hitting when they came closer to the target but both got out when Daredevils were inches away from their win. But in the end it was just a minor blip on their way, though they would have liked to win more comfortably. Earlier, experienced opener Virender Sehwag (47) and Wriddhiman Saha (39) scored the bulk of the total. Kings XI were provided a decent start through Sehwag and Murali Vijay (19). And even after Vijay’s dismissal in the fifth over, they continued their run flow. Also Read- Delhi Daredevils Team Profile. The second-wicket partnership of Sehwag and Saha played sensibly to build a strong platform for Punjab to capitalise in the death overs. But as they tried to up the ante, seasoned leg-spinner Amit Mishra (3/41) struck to send Saha back to the pavilion. But that did not deter Sehwag, who launched the Daredevils skipper for a huge six over mid-wicket but perished off the next ball trying to hoick him again, only managing to offer a catch in the deep. The two quick dismissals brought South African David Miller (5) and Australian Glenn Maxwell to the crease. Maxwell (15) struck two huge sixes but was soon talking the long walk back after mistiming a similar big shot. Miller departed soon after and Daredevils by then had lost the momentum in their bid to score rapidly and mustered to score only three runs off the last over bowled by South African leggie Imran Tahir(3/43).
Rajasthan Royals registered their third consecutive win of the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday night with a seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians at Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad, thanks to skipper Steven Smith's stellar knock and team's initial disciplined bowling performance. Winning the toss and opting to bat first, Mumbai Indians suffered an early blow in the form of Aaron Finch, who was forced to retire with what appeared to be a hamstring injury after hitting 10 runs. Opener Parthiv Patel was soon dismissed off Dhawal Kulkarni's delivery for his individual score of 16 runs. Captain Rohit Sharma trudged back to the pavilion following his second successive duck and Unmukt Chand soon followed suit with his individual 12 runs. Mumbai Indians were reeling at 45-3 in the 10th over before Kieron Pollard found an able ally in Corey Anderson as the duo steadied the ship by adding 104 runs for the fourth wicket. Pollard smacked a brisk 70 off mere 34 balls while Anderson provided substantial support from the other end by scoring 50 runs off 38 deliveries. The duo displayed a resilient performance to lift their side from a precarious scenario to stage a respectable 165-run target. Rajasthan Royals displayed an impressive bowling performance initially to limit their rivals from scoring significantly but were later exposed by the explosive pair of Anderson and Pollard Chasing the target, Rajasthan Royals got off to a promising start as openers Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson added 28 runs for the first wicket before the dismissal of the latter for 17 runs. Rahane was then involved in a 64-run stand with Smith for the second wicket. Rahane was caught by Anderson off Shreyas Gopal's bowling for his individual 46. Smith played a shrewd innings, receiving slight support from Deepak Hooda (13) and compatriot James Faulkner (6 not out), as he remained unbeaten on 79 runs to romp home to victory with five balls remaining. With the win, Rajasthan Royals are leading the points table with six points whereas Mumbai Indians are languishing at the last spot without securing a single win in their previous three games. (ANI) Manohar M
An intelligent bowling performance from Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) laid the platform for an eight-wicket victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) here on Monday. SRH bowlers made life hard for the RCB batsmen by frequently changing the pace off their deliveries. Batting first, the home team’s formidable hitters failed to provide the expected fireworks, and the side could only manage 166. SRH had it easier, as the RCB bowlers were not as keen to mix it up. David Warner (57, 27b) was only too happy to capitalise, and his teammates to follow only had to keep their cool. Faced with a manageable asking rate after Warner’s exploits, SRH was led home through steady knocks from Shikhar Dhawan (50 n.o., 42b) and K.L. Rahul (44 n.o., 28b). The clinical show gave SRH its first win in two matches. After electing to field, the SRH bowlers — apart from the express Trent Boult — resorted to the slower ones to telling effect. None of the RCB batsmen were able to counter the ploy and the frustration led to the loss of wickets at regular intervals. Chris Gayle, RCB’s hero in the season opener, began brightly. A straight six off Boult in the opening over was greeted with loud cheers from the fans, but he did not last long. The wily Praveen Kumar, brought in first-change, induced a mishit in the sixth over to dismiss Gayle for 21. Dinesh Karthik looked edgy during his brief stint at the crease, before falling for nine. Opener Virat Kohli seemed comfortable when the ball was delivered at full tilt, but Ravi Bopara was not about to make life easy for the RCB captain. Stunning catch The English all-rounder tested Kohli’s patience with a leg-cutter, and the batsman responded with a cut. A complete miss sent Kohli back bowled for a 37-ball 41. Mandeep Singh fell the very next ball, with David Warner pulling off a stunning one-handed catch at covers. RCB had trudged along to 93 for four in 12 overs, leaving A.B. de Villiers with the task of pushing the scoring rate along. The South African, however, could only fire in spurts. The now patented sweep was used against the fast men, but the inviting full deliveries on the pads were few and far between. In the 19th over, his knock ended after a sliced drive off Boult found Dhawan at deep cover. The Kiwi bowler then took out Sean Abbott and Harshal Patel in quick succession, leaving Bhuvneshwar Kumar to handle the tail. Bhuvneshwar, much like his Statemate Praveen, bowled his share of cutters. Two wickets for the Uttar Pradesh lad in the final over was enough to call time on the RCB innings. The SRH bowling unit may not be the most threatening, but this was a victory of acumen over talent.
Sania Mirza created history as she became the world number one player in WTA doubles rankings after clinching Family Circle Cup with Swiss partner Martina Hingis on Sunday. They have become the supreme force in women's tennis after bagging the Family Circle Cup. The duo beat Casey Dellacqua and Darija Jurak 6-0, 6-4 to win their second successive title. Sania, who captured her 26th WTA doubles title, also became the first Indian woman ever to reach No. 1 in tennis. Hingis and Mirza are now 14-0 together, going 5-0 to win Indian Wells, 5-0 to win Miami and 4-0 to win this final. By winning their quarterfinal match on Friday night they secured the No.1 on the Road To Singapore doubles leaderboard. The duo who have formed a new partnership, had achieved success at the Indian Wells this year. It shows a classy affair of the two sensations who look to rule tennis world in 2015.