Indian Premier League chairman Rajiv Shukla has branded recent comments made by West Indies cricket Chris Gayle as ‘uncalled for’ and promised to take up the issue with the Board of Cricket Control India (BBCI).
The weekend and the determination of the second finalist of the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) drew in thousands to the Feroz Shah Kotla on Friday (May 27)
Virat Kohli’s 919 runs inIPL 2016 is:
* The most by any player in a T20 tournament. Previous highest was 733 runs by Chris Gayle in IPL 2012 and Michael Hussey in IPL 2013.
* The most by a captain in any T20 series overtaking James Vince’s 710 runs in 16 innings in the 2015 Natwest T20 Blast.
Given Virat Kohli’s devastating form, and his penchant for scoring centuries at will in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL), Gujarat Lions will hope the expression ‘third time’s the charm’ works for them. Two out of his record-setting four centuries in the season have come at the expense of the IPL debutants, and Suresh Raina will hope his side can do enough to deny him a hat-trick.
Chris Gayle, West Indies batsman who sparked a sexism scandal in January after flirting with a female broadcaster on live television, fanned the flames yet again in an interview touching on sex, women and equality.
Fifty two matches into the league stage of Indian Premier League 2016 and surprisingly, none of the teams have booked a berth in the play-offs. Two teams, Kings XI Punjab and Rising Pune Supergiants, are out of the reckoning, but the six other teams still have a chance to make it to the next stage. With the tournament so delicately poised, the last few games will be must-watch, and for teams, in many cases, must-win, affairs.
Thunderstorms were rightly forecast ahead of the clash at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab. The overtly cloudy day in Bangalore didn’t help raise hopes of getting a full game either. On Wednesday (May 18), the thousands who waited patiently for the rain to subside, got their time and money’s worth as a Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle run-fest pipped the downpours in a truncated game. With their third win on the trot, Bangalore managed to stay in the hunt for a top-four finish with a massive 82-run thumping of Punjab by Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in their last home game this season.
Here’s how the things stand after the match 49 of IPL 2016 between Rising Pune Supergiants and Delhi Daredevils, and what teams need to do to progress further.
A clinical batting display from Royal Challengers Bangalore’s top three handed them a comfortable nine-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday (May 16). The win helped Bangalore climb to the fifth spot and keep their chances of making the playoffs alive in the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League.
We are twenty three days into India’s summer carnival, the Indian Premier League, with 28 matches completed. After the first 15 matches, teams chasing had won 14 and lost just the one game. A clear pattern had emerged – win the toss, field first and go on to win the match.
However, the next week saw a few cliffhangers and the win-loss record for teams batting first now looks much better at 8-20.
Gautam Gambhir, captain of Kolkata Knight Riders, has been doled out a 15 percent fine of his match fees after he admitted to a Level 1 offence for ‘abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings during a match’ on Tuesday (April 3).
Supergiants had earlier lost Kevin Pietersen, Faf du Plessis and Australia allrounder Mitchell Marsh to injuries. The horror continues as, another injury for Rising Pune Supergiants.
Australia captain Steven Smith became their latest casualty when he was ruled out of the rest of the 2016 IPL with a wrist injury.
West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor on Wednesday signed for the Mumbai Indians, replacing Lasith Malinga who was ruled out of this season’s Indian Premier League (IPL) with a knee injury.
Kholi Abd on target as RCB beat Gujarat
Royal Challengers Bangalore 185 for 3 (AB de Villiers 83, Virat Kohli 80, Perera 3-34) beat Rising Pune Supergiants 172 for 8 (Rahane 60, MS Dhoni 41, Richardson 3-13, Watson 2-31) by 13 runs
Rohit Sharma 62(44) and Pollard 40*(19) as Mumbai Indians chase down 171 with two overs to spare with ease. Mumbai Indians who won the toss and chose to field, sent in RCB in to bat at the Wankhede Stadium.
Hyderabad are on the points table finally. Mumbai are once again going down the same lane they have found themselves in the last two seasons. We are entering that phase of the tournament where losses will start to hurt more. Of course Rohit Sharma does not want to press the panic button but he will have to before it gets too late for them.
It was a run-fest of the highest quality. Virat Kohli, a machine going by his current form, delivered again. His 48-ball 79 powered Royal Challengers Bangalore to 191 for 5, and AB de Villiers and Shane Watson chipped in with 55 and 33.
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Kolkata Knight Riders 146 for 2 (Gambhir 90*, Uthappa 38) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 142 for 7 (Morgan 51, Ojha 37, Umesh 3-28) by eight wickets. Gautam Gambhir leads KKR to a convincing win over Sunrisers after chasing down 146 with 10 balls remaining. Gambhir made an unbeaten 90* with with 28th fifty in IPL.
The other game saw Gujarat beat Mumbai by 3 wickets to register their third win of their campaign.
While Gautam Gambir and the KKR camp is still cozy on Narine selection, the leading wicket taker for KKR should make his return against Sunrisers.
Delhi Daredevils 113 for 2 (De Kock 59*, Samson 33) beat Kings XI Punjab 111 for 9 (Vohra 32, Mishra 4-11) by eight wickets
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Aaron Finch and Brendon McCullum pillaged 85 in 51 balls, in the chase of 164, to help Gujarat Lions romp to a seven-wicket win against Rising Pune Supergiants in Rajkot
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KKR vs Mumbai
Mumbai won the match by 6 wickets and 5 balls to spear. Leading from the front was skipper Rohit Sharma with an unbeaten 84 off 54 balls that composed of 10 fours and 2 sixes. Batting first the KKR posted a total of 187 for 5 in their allotted 20 overs. Captain Gambhir lead the way with an unbeaten 64 from 54 deliveries. He got support from Manish Pandey who had a brilliant knock of 52 off 29 balls, including 3 sixes and 3 fours. West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell carried on the assault with a cameo of 36 from 17 balls with 4 maximums in a losing effort. Rohit Sharma got support from the dangerous Jos Butler who smashed 41 off just 22 deliveries with 3 sixes and 3 fours.