He was run out in the 17th over that brought MS Dhoni at the crease. Meanwhile, Raina remained unbeaten on 54 off 43 deliveries to finish things on a high for the visitors. Dhoni also chipped in with a crucial unbeaten 25 off 12 balls to see his side finish with 182/3 in the stipulated 20 overs. In the run chase, the Sunrisers were pushed on the backfoot by the early triple strike of Deepak Chahar. Chahar’s 3/15 put CSK in the commanding position. Just when people started ruling SRH out, Kane Williamson (84 off 51 balls) and Yusuf Pathan (45 off 27 balls) added a quick 79-run stand for the fifth wicket in just 45 balls to get the hosts right back in to the game. It was a case of being so close yet so far for them as both got dismissed at the final stages of the game to hand Chennai Super Kings a narrow 4 run win.
8 – Number of times AB de Villiers completed his fifty in 25 and fewer balls in the IPL. Only David Warner (11) reached more fifties in 25 and few balls than AB de Villiers in the IPL. 90 not out – AB de Villiers’ unbeaten 90 is his highest score during a run-chase in the IPL. He scored an unbeaten 89 for RCB at the same venue in 2014 against SRH. 93.67 – AB de Villiers’ batting average in the IPL games against Delhi Daredevils in Bangalore. In the five innings, he scored 281 runs with three fifties and two 30+ scores. 3000 – AB de Villiers completed 3000 runs in the IPL for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He completed the milestone when he reached 78. De Villiers completed 3000 T20 runs for RCB when he reached 49 in this innings. AB de Villiers also become the 11th player to score 1500 runs at a single venue in the T20 format. He completed 1500 T20 runs in Bangalore with a boundary off the first ball he faced in this game.
Australian cricketer Steve Smith is currently serving the one-year ban sanctioned on him by the Cricket Australia for his involvement in the infamous ball-tampering saga. The then skipper came out and confessed his crimes in front of the press after the third day of the 3rd Test in Cape Town. Ever since the incident took place, the Australian cricketer was being severely criticized and trolled by cricketers, media, and fans on social networking sites. Smith came out and spoke to the press with his dad Peter Smith and broke down as he confessed his regret. Smith will be back in action next year in March and will not be allowed to captain the side for the next World Cup.The next one year will be incredibly difficult for Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft. But as they suggested in their respective press conferences, they’ll try to reflect on their decision and contemplate about the mistakes they’ve committed and try to become better individuals.
AB de Villiers is Man of the Match: It's one of those nights when you see the ball well. The last two innings I wasn't hitting it too well, but today I felt it coming off the middle, watched it nice and early, bought myself that extra split second to make decisions and that's when I need to cash in. When you do get on top of the bowler, you have to take him down. This is the best crowd in the world; I love playing here. They keep backing us every game but I must say, whenever you get into that zone that crowd is only a buzz. And most of it today was a buzz. [On the 'genius' on his bat] I didn't give myself that name, MRF did it (smiles). It's a privilege playing with these bats, it's some good stuff.
MS Dhoni: "So far so good. It's not like we are relying on one individual. Everyone has contributed when it comes to bowling or batting. We always want the whole team to contribute so that there's not much pressure on one individual. It's always important that's why you are playing a team sport. The job of every individual becomes easy. What is important is someone soaks up the pressure. Imran Tahir is not fit so Faf comes his place."
Williamson: "We'll bowl. Not a strong advantage as the wicket remains similar generally. They have a strong batting line-up, the Chennai side so it's important we do the job first up. Billy Stanlake comes in for CJ and Ricky Bhui makes his debut, comes in for Shikhar. He (Dhawan) adds to any team so his inclusion would be good. It's a good chance for Ricky who's an exciting young talent. Think Shikhar will be ready for the next match. It's always a tough game. We'll play at the best of our ability and I am sure it'll be another good game."
Dhoni, CSK captain: Won't say what we were talking about (chat with Bravo before the last ball), wanted him to change his plan. At times even the best - Bravo - need a bit of advice. That's what they're paid for. What's important is you make mistakes and learn. In league stages you can afford to do that. Where we are at this point, a few mistakes won't dent us. Bowlers will learn out of it. Wickets have gone better. If you compare it to the first few editions of the IPL, these wickets are very good batting surfaces. Need to give credit to the batsmen. They're getting stronger. They're making plans as to which bowler bowls what. As we get into the knockout stages, we'll see the bowlers coming up with new plans and it won't be easy for the batsmen to score the kind of runs they're scoring so far. What's important is to give them - the younger bowlers - as many games as possible. Deepak swings the ball and lends balance with his batting down the order. Shardul had a few bad games. Last international series wasn't good for him. But he has the right attitude and also the variations. Rayudu was fantastic. One thing was where to make him play. Had to make space for him because I've always rated him highly. I've seen him bat up the order, he looks confident. Whenever he hits the big shots, he maintains the shape. He's somebody who can bat at different numbers. But I prefer him opening the batting.
New Delhi: Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan has always been in the limelight, be it for his superlative performance with the ball, or for creating new records in every match he plays. He recently became the fastest bowler in ODIs to pick 100 wickets. To go with that, he is the world no.1 bowler in ODIs and T20s. Rashid had brilliant start to his IPL career in 2017 with the Sunrisers Hyderabad, where he managed to pick 17 wickets in the season at an economy of 6.62 RPO. But this season, he has looked a bit lackluster. He has had a rocky start to IPL 2018, picking up just 3 wickets in 4 innings and is going at an economy rate of 7.62 RPO. In the last match against Kings XI Punjab, Rashid was smashed for four sixes in an over by Chris Gayle, and returned with figures of 1/55. That performance could perhaps mean that the opposition batsmen have solved Rashid’s mystery.Before the IPL started, he was brilliant in the Big Bash League, and picked 18 wickets from 11 matches.
The Chennai Super Kings batsman Suresh Raina has returned to being the highest run scorer in the history of the IPL when he overtook compatriot Virat Kohli during his half century against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Raina, who returned to the top of the table when he reached the score of 47, remained unbeaten on 54 against the Sunrisers Hyderabad to help his side to a total of 182/3. With that innings, Raina’s total tally in the history of the IPL has reached 4658 of 161 innings in 165 matches. This was also Raina's 32nd IPL half century and his third against the Hyderabad outfit. The Chennai Super Kings who had been on a three match winning streak since their return to the tournament, lost their previous game in tight contest against the Kings XI Punjab and will be looking to get back to winning ways in Hyderabad. Earlier in the tournament, the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli had overtaken Raina briefly during his strokeful knock of 92* against the Mumbai Indians. RCB who were chasing a 200 plus total for the second consecutive match, could not complete the chase as they crumbled under pressure and were handed 46 run defeat. Virat Kohli has now fallen back to second spot on the list, has a total of 4649 from 146 innings in 154 matches.
Michael Hussey says: It's a great comeback, that knock from Rayudu changed the momentum of the game. Fantastic finish, I think we have reached a slightly above par score. It's a little bit on the slower side, as the sun goes down, I think it will quicken up. We had a chat during the first break, I didn't say anything, it was a bit tricky early on and they bowled very well, Rayudu said he will have a go. Early wickets will be the key, no Shikhar Dhawan for them - that's a big plus. We need to bowl well and field well to defend this score. Kane Williamson will be the key in this chase.
Some more dance moves from Bravo. The CSK supporters - and there are plenty of them today - are jumping in the crowd. This was close. No idea how it got close, but geez it got close. SRH looked to be out of it up until the 14th over mark. But 6 sixes in the space of 14 balls and all of a sudden the pressure was on the Super Kings. However, when the situation demanded it, CSK - led by Bravo - stepped up their game and unleashed a flurry of yorkers towards the end to reign things back, hanging on by the skin of their teeth at the finish. Williamson can be very proud of his own self though. That was some knock. Pathan was brutal too, but they ran out of gas a little too prematurely.
David Warner has been dearly missing all the action in India as he was seen commenting on the live videos of SRH’s official Instagram handle ahead of the IPL. He had indicated during that period that at some stage he will visit India to support his team and cheer for them while sitting in the stands. But a Twitter user named ‘Srujana Konakanchi has revealed her chat with Warner’s wife Candice in which she has informed that BCCI has denied his request to visit India and support Sunrisers. “He was wanting to come over but unfortunately the BCCI have stopped him from coming over to watch. He will be back next year. Even he is disappointed as he wanted his team to support the team he loves,” her replies read. It is surprising to know that he was stopped from watching an IPL game in India. May be the BCCI didn’t want any controversy regarding the incident to mar the ongoing tournament but it is unfair on Warner that he was denied a chance to support his team.
The Kings XI Punjab extended their dominion in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. Ever since Chris Gayle has joined the playing eleven, there seems to be nothing going wrong for the Mohali franchise. The Kings had an uphill task to overhaul when they took on the Kolkata Knight Riders in an away game in Kolkata.
The match proved to be a run fest, albeit a rain-shortened one. The visitors were asked to chase a mammoth total of 192 for the win. They were well on course to chase it down with Chris Gayle and KL Rahul looking in sensational form. The rain intervention saw the revised target of 125 handed to the Kings to chase in 13 overs. It ended up being a cakewalk for them. They chased it down in 11.1 overs with 9 wickets in hand.
Look at that confident walk back to the dressing from Gayle. He's in a good space folks and is looking hungry. 192 was a good target set by KKR, but Rahul and Gayle just smashed the bowlers to all corners to make a mockery of the total. The rain came down heavy, but the KXIP openers ensured that the side was well and truly in front. The revised target of 125 in 13 overs was swallowed easily. Gayle made 62 at a strike-rate of 163 dots, but to me Rahul's 27-ball 60 was special primarily because of the ease with which he hit the bowlers. Hardly played a rash shot. Making a serious case for an opening slot for India in T20s. Rohit plays No. 4 maybe!
On come the covers and off go the players. The rain has picked up pace and that has forced the umpires to stop play. Gayle and Rahul are still in the dugout as the rest of the team head indoors. The entire ground is being covered. KXIP well ahead on the DLS par score, which is 65 at this stage Hopefully it is a passing shower and we resume the action soon. "Thunder, lightning, rain. Not looking good at all,"
Andrew Tye: "I executed my skills better (in the final overs). Lynn's an unbelievable player. You miss your mark and he's going to hit you. (Bowling in this kinda heat) is something I haven't done before. It's quite heavy. We went okay though. I think it's a good score - on par probably. The wicket's good; just have to beat the inner ring. Love our batsmen this season. Hopefully they can put up a show for the crowd."
After 14 overs, KKR were 136/3 and they looked set to go well beyond 200. To KXIP's credit, they kept plugging away and have done well to restrict the hosts to 191. On this track, this is still a very good total, but with a batting line-up that includes Gayle, KL, Karun, Yuvraj and Finch, the visitors will back themselves to chase it down. KKR's final total owed a lot to Chris Lynn, who dazzled with a 41-ball 74. He got useful support from Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik. A rare failure for Russell and that cost some momentum, but 191 is a big score and we will have a decent chase coming up.
15.2 overs Andrew Tye to Chris Lynn, out Caught by Rahul!! Edged and caught! A pre-meditated slog from Lynn as he shuffled right across the stumps, Tye saw it coming and fired it wide of off, Lynn was aiming for the mid-wicket fence, gets a thick and audible edge through, KL doesn't drop those and it's a much needed wicket for KXIP. They have got rid of one dangerman, but here comes the bigger danger - it's Andre Russell. Chris Lynn c Rahul b Andrew Tye 74(41) [4s-6 6s-4]
18.5 overs Barinder to Karthik, out Caught by Andrew Tye!! KKR are not finishing on a high! Karthik falls after a fine cameo, this was a slower length ball from Sran, Karthik was deep in the crease as he shovelled it towards the on-side, went off the inner half of the bat and straight to Tye at deep backward square leg. He takes it reverse cupped and KXIP continue to chip away at the wickets. Karthik c Andrew Tye b Barinder 43(28) [4s-6]
12.3 overs Andrew Tye to Chris Lynn, FOUR, cracking shot, Tye is running out of ideas, back of a length and well wide of off, Lynn gets on top of the bounce and clatters it over cover-point
8.1 overs Ashwin to Uthappa, out Caught by Nair!! Straight down the gullet of Nair. The time-out has broken Uthappa's concentration. Was looking so good and has thrown it away. Flat and shorter from Ashwin, Uthappa rocked back and hammered it off the sweet spot. Hit it flat and didn't have enough wings to clear the ropes. Nair didn't have to move an inch at deep mid-wicket as he cupped it. Eden Gardens has been muted. The half-trackers working well for the spinners throughout this tournament so far. Uthappa c Nair b Ashwin 34(23) [4s-5 6s-1]
9.4 overs Mujeeb to Nitish Rana, out Nitish Rana Run Out!! Oh, what happened there? KKR have gifted a wicket away to the visitors. Hare-brained running from the duo. Complete break in communication results in a run-out. Flatter outside off, Rana went back and laced the cut to backward point. Rana set off without even looking at his partner. Lynn wasn't interested and sends him back. Both were ball-watching and Rana had no chance of returning there. Rajpoot gathers it and fires a neat throw to the keeper, who does the rest. Rana, the man in form for KKR has to depart. Punjab clawing back here. Nitish Rana run out (Rajpoot/Rahul) 3(5)
7.4 overs Barinder to Chris Lynn, SIX, woah! Has he launched this one into the moon or what? What a shot. 97-metre hit. Length ball in the slot for Lynn, Lynn set himself and whacked it with ferocity, behind square on the leg-side and into the crowd
The England and Wales Cricket Board plan on introducing a new format of the game where each team faces 100 balls as part of a revamped domestic competition in 2020. The proposed format for a new eight-team tournament would see each team face 15 six-ball overs as well as another 10 deliveries to make up a total of 100 balls. It is not clear at what point in an innings the extra 10 deliveries will be bowled, or whether they will be bowled by one bowler or more. Each team faces 120 deliveries in Twenty20 cricket, which is currently the shortest form of the game played at domestic level by major cricketing nations. This is a fresh and exciting idea which will appeal to a younger audience and attract new fans to the game," said ECB chairman Tom Harrison. Throughout its development, we have shown leadership, provided challenge and followed a process. We will continue to do that as the concept evolves. Our game has a history of innovation and we have a duty to look for future growth for the health and sustainability of the whole game.
Kane Williamson: "Hats off to Chris (Gayle). He was at his best. It really wasn't a free-flowing wicket. Fantastic hundred, I think they deserved the win. Haven't spoken to Dhawan yet on the injury. They bowled very well and used the big boundaries. We have to learn and move on to the next game. We want to execute a pattern in play, we weren't up to the mark tonight."
So that's how SRH lose their first game this season. Was quite gutsy from Ashwin to bat first and risk another successful chase from SRH, but he ruled out dew in favour of his opponent's potential vulnerability in chasing big scores, given their bowling hasn't allowed big scores. The plan was to put in a big total, and Chris Gayle's sixth hundred got them that. From there, it was Ashwin dazzling us with his captaincy yet again. Went in all pace in the powerplay -- for the first time in the tournament -- and at 40/2, with Dhawan retired hurt, the chase succumbed. Hyderabad, as a result, struggled chasing a big score on a big ground, with even Yusuf's promotion cutting no mustard.
Chris Gayle - A lot of people thought that I am old. Nothing to prove though. Wherever I go across the globe, just want to earn some respect. This one is dedicated to my daughter Crisalina though; it's her birthday tomorrow. So, yeah, this is for her. Tomorrow she will turn two and it's her second time in India. We're hoping to have a nice time. I am glad to score my century in just my second game at home, feels really good. Fantastic innings and I hope we can defend it. (On his work ethics with KXIP) Viru mentioned two good guys to me - the yoga guy and the massage guy, who help me stay flexible. Hopefully, I'll be able to touch my feet in a week's time.
After destroying CSK's bowlers with his brutal power-hitting in their last game, Chris Gayle ran a riot on SRH this term. KXIP struggled to find the rhythm during the initial overs of their inning, however, Chris Gayle stood like a pillar for them and helped his team to reach a massive total of 193. He scored the first hundred of the 2018 edition of the IPL and played an unbeaten inning of 104 runs in just 63 balls.
There was a doubt about Chris Gayle's form before the tournament and critics tipped him to struggle during this season. But the veteran proved everyone wrong and showed that there is still a lot left in him. Chris Gayle started his career with KXIP really well and will be hoping to continue his brilliant form in order to end KXIP's wait for their maiden IPL title.
Gayle walks off to a thunderous applause from Mohali crowd. Even the SRH players are walking up to congratulate the Universe Boss. Punjab finish on a high. Thanks to a fabulous hundred from Chris Gayle. Opting to bat first, both openers bided their time initially as the new ball was stopping a bit. Once they settled into the groove, Gayle blazed away in a hurry while Rahul was looking fidgety and eventually perished for a 21-ball 18. Mayank as usual failed to convert his start and gifted his wicket away to Kaul. Gayle found a suitable ally in Nair and the duo put on a 85-run stand and Chris Gayle upped the ante towards the end to compile his 6th IPL ton which piloted the hosts to 193/3. Not to forget Finch's 6-ball 14 cameo which provided the nitro boost. SRH bowlers had an off-day, Rashid Khan in particular, who took quite a pasting. The visitors have the batting might, but can they gun this total down?
18.2 overs S Kaul to Gayle, 1 run, put your hands together for the universe boss! Christopher Henry Gayle brings up his 6th IPL hundred. Off comes the helmet, raises his bat to soak in the applause from the Mohali crowd and unleashes the 'Baby in the arms' celebration. Reached the landmark with a squeezy drive to point