DC vs KKR: 3 takeaways from the tenth encounter

DC vs KKR: 3 takeaways from the tenth encounter

Delhi Capitals (DC) registered a thrilling win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in super-over on Saturday, March 30 at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. 

Delhi Capitals won the toss and chose to field first. Put into bat, KKR lost the opener Nikhil Naik for mere 7; who came into the place of Sunil Narine. They lost in-form Robin Uthappa very cheaply and KKR managed to put up 36 runs in 6 overs with the loss of two wickets.

But Chris Lynn and Nitish Rana’s back to back dismissals and Shubman Gill’s run-out left KKR struggling at 61/5 in 9.1 overs. However, a 95-run partnership between the captain Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell powered to 185 on board after 20 overs.

Chasing 186, DC were looking comfortable at the middle. Opener Prithvi Shaw scored a 55-ball 99 and tried his best to finish the chase. However, tight bowling helped KKKR to tie the match while Kagiso Rabada’s brilliant spell in the super over helped DC to win the game.

Here are the three talking points

The Karthik-Russell partnership

Put into bat, KKR didn’t get the start what they are accustomed to as they lost quick wickets. At first Nikhil Naik for 7 and then Robin Uthappa for 11. All eyes were on Nitish Rana as the man has been in a good form. But he flicked a back length delivery towards fine leg and Rabada took a well-judged catch running to his right.

His dismissal brought youngster Shubman Gill on the crease. He played a crucial knock in KKR’s run-chase against Sunrisers Hyderabad. But he failed to support his captain Dinesh Karthik and ran out for 4; which brought Andre Russell in the middle.

Also Read: Reasons why Delhi can win this season

Both Russell and Karthik started to steady the ship, rotated the strike and hit a few big shots whenever required. Their stable knock helped KKR to reach the 100-run mark in the 14th over. Russell chose Chris Morris for big shots in the 15th over where he hit two boundaries and a maximum. Later he hit two sixes in the 16th over off Harshal Patel and in the 17th over, he completed his half-century off 23.

Karthik, on the other hand, took an anchor’s role and allowed Russell to play his game. Karthik smashed a six towards fine leg and brought up his half-century in style. But, he couldn’t play more and dismissed in the next ball.

They were struggling at 61/5 in 9.1 overs and they put up a total of 185/8 in 20 overs. Very teams can recover in this situation how KKR did last night. The 95-run partnership between Karthik and Russell helped them to put up a fighting total on board.

Prithvi Shaw’s blistering form

Chasing the huge total, DC got off to a flying start where Prithvi Shaw ended the first over with a boundary. He started to build his innings and chose Russell to hit a boundary and a maximum in the sixth over. 

On the other end, Shreyas Iyer struggled a little bit after Dhawan’s dismissal. Though they started to make a solid partnership and managed to put up 82 after 10 overs. After that, Shaw started to accelerate his innings and brought up his half-century in the 11th over. He continued to punish the bowlers by hitting big shots.

He reached 96 by hitting three boundaries off Kuldeep Yadav in the 17th over. But he was not able to convert his 99 to hundred as he was dismissed by Ferguson in the 19th over. His blistering knock helped DC to equal the score.

Kagiso Rabada’s super-over spell

The game between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders ended up in a tie. Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer came to bat while Prasidh Krishna bowled the super-over. He conceded 10 runs and dismissed Iyer as well.

In reply, Russell and Karthik came to chase the total while Rabada with the ball to defend the total. The first ball went for a boundary towards square leg. The second one was a yorker and Russell somehow managed to save his wicket but he was dismissed in the third one as Rabada’s yorker uprooted his middle stump. Three singles came from the next three balls and Delhi registered a nail-biting win over Kolkata.

IPL 2019: Reasons why Delhi Capitals can win the title this year

The twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is going to start from March 23. The tournament has got immense appreciation all over the world. Since its beginning in 2008, the IPL has tried to be the bridge between the domestic circuit and international games. 

However, the tournament has the ability to attract the people and topmost players from all the countries, take part in the league. After having started well in the first two seasons of the IPL, the Delhi Daredevils which is renamed now Delhi Capitals’ journey in the IPL has many ups and downs. They haven’t won the title so far. 

Meanwhile, there are many sides like of Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad who can win the title this year. But Delhi Capitals has a balanced team this year who will be guided by the former Australia player Ricky Ponting and they can pose a big hurdle for the other teams.

However, these could be the reasons for Delhi Capitals’ win IPL 2019:

Stable opening pair

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The left-hand opener of India, Shikhar Dhawan has returned to the team after eleven long years. He is the sixth highest run-getter in IPL history who had a great outing for Sunrises Hyderabad last year where he scored 497 runs at an average of 38.23.

On the other hand, it is Prithvi Shaw, the under-19 world cup winning captain and the new batting sensation of India. Shaw has already made his debut for the country in Tests against West Indies where he scored 237 runs in three innings at an average of 118.5.

Delhi had many openers, from Jason Roy, Mayank Agarwal, Quinton De Kock to Gautam Gambhir but they were not able to contribute much. Because of that, Delhi suffered a lot – be it run chasing or putting up scores on board.

This year, Shikhar Dhawan’s inclusion will provide extra strength to the batting line up. However, it is expected that he and Prithvi Shaw will play crucial roles in their side’s victory.

Long batting line up

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Along with Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw, Delhi has a strong batting line this year. Under-19 World Cup winning team’s opener Manjot Kalra, India’s wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Colin Munro are there to strengthen the middle-order. 

Shreyas Iyer amassed 411 runs in 14 matches while Rishabh Pant smashed 684 runs in 14 matches in the last season. Both of them have been in great form and they will try to continue their form this year as well. Apart from them, they have Chris Morris also; who is a wonderful all-rounder. His inclusion not only helps them in batting but in bowling as well.

Sufficient death bowlers

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It says that T20 is a batsman’s game but if you want to win then you must have experienced death over bowlers in your team. Like the other teams, Delhi too has a strong bowling unit also. They have some renowned bowlers from all over the world, like Kagiso Rabada, Trent Boult, Chris Morris, Sandeep Lamichhane, and Amit Mishra etc.

All of the above bowlers are able to take wickets in the crucial time as well as they have the ability to stop the run-flow. Now, only time can tell whether Delhi can win the title with these aggressive batsmen and experienced bowlers or will IPL 2019 be just another season for them.

Also Read: Top 3 contenders of IPL 2019

Prithvi Shaw ruled out; Mayank Agarwal included for the remaining two Tests against Australia

thvi Shaw ruled out, Mayank Agarwal in for last two Tests

A young star in the making Prithvi Shaw has been ruled out of the remaining Test series against Australia, after failing to recuperate from an ankle injury. 

The Board of Control for Cricket in India named talented player Mayank Agarwal as replacement of Prithvi Shaw in the last two Test against Australia.

The 19-year old Prithvi Shaw had rolled over his ankle at the boundary line while playing a tour game against Cricket Australia XI ahead of the first Test match between India and Australia at Adelaide. A week ago, coach Ravi Shastri had sounded optimistic about his recovery, stating that the youngster was on the path to achieving full fitness prior to the Perth Test, and had been optimistic that Prithvi Shaw would recover to play a part in the four-match series.

Also Read: Prithvi Shaw Ankle Injury

However, that was not to be.

“It was heartbreaking to see him go down. But the good thing is he’s recovering quickly. He’s already started walking. Hopefully, if we can get him to run a bit by the weekend, that’s really good signs. With youth on his side there might just be a case where he might recover quicker”, Shastri had told Radio SEN.

Agarwal, who is in a rich vein of form in the domestic circuit, and who averages close to 50 in four-day games, had received a call-up to play for the international team ahead of the West Indies series but was unfortunate to not get a game. He was dropped from the Australia series but showed his skills in India A tour to New Zealand, where he scored two 40+ scores along with a 60+ knock.

However, what will please the Indian camp is that Hardik Pandya, who had suffered a freak back injury in the Asia Cup, has been deemed fit and is already on his way to Australia. The all-rounder played in the Ranji game for Baroda against Mumbai last week, where he scored a fifty as well as scalped 7 wickets, including picking up a 5-wicket haul. Baroda captain Kedar Devdhar already confirmed Pandya’s absence from Baroda’s next match.

A statement that was released by the BCCI read, “The selectors have added all-rounder Hardik Pandya to India’s squad for the third and fourth Test to be played in Melbourne and Sydney respectively”.

India’s squad for the 3rd and 4th Test:

Virat Kohli (captain), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Parthiv Patel (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal

Injured Prithvi Shaw ruled out of Adelaide Test

Injured Prithvi Shaw ruled out of Adelaide Test


⚬ The 19-year-old Indian opener Prithvi Shaw suffered a major injury in his ankle during a tour match vs CA XI

⚬ The ligament injury has ruled him out of the first Test at Adelaide which starts on December 6

⚬ This leaves India with a quandary over the opening position

The Board of Cricket Control India has confirmed that young gun Prithvi Shaw has incurred a lateral ligament injury during a tour match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The first of the four-match Test series is scheduled to be played at the Adelaide Oval on December 6, 2018. And Prithvi Shaw won’t feature in it due to his major ankle injury. Injured Prithvi shaw was carried out of the ground immediately after the attempted catch twisted his ankle. He was taken to the hospital and later came out with a fully strapped ankle and walking with the support of crutches. His condition doesn’t seem good enough even for the second Test which is just a little more than two weeks away.


Updates from BCCI on Twitter:

Shaw was fielding on the deep mid-wicket area on the third day of the tour game. He caught CA XI opener Max Bryant just inside the boundary line. Incidentally, he twisted his left ankle while landing. He seemed to be in a lot of pain as the India physio Patrick Farhart rushed to attend to him. Shaw was carried off the field immediately and taken for scans in the nearest hospital.

Shaw looked in good form as he hit a smooth 66 in the ongoing practice match vs the CA XI, at the SCG. Perhaps, Shaw was certain to open the batting for India. The 19-year-old was a sure shot for the first Test, but India has been a little worried about the other opening spot. The Indian batting coach Sanjay Bangar revealed yesterday that one opening spot was decided to be given to the teenager. The other opening spot and the No.6 position are still open. KL Rahul is the obligatory option for the second opener but has been underperforming this year. He averages 24.70 in 2018, with just two scores above fifty in 18 Test innings.

Competing for Rahul’s spot is veteran Murali Vijay, who had a forgettable England tour earlier this year. Rohit Sharma has never opened in the 25 Test innings that he has played till date, although he averages 58.18 batting at Position 6. India haven’t announced a squad replacement for the injured Prithvi Shaw yet. But it seems likely that they might go for Mayank Aggarwal or even Shikhar Dhawan.


Fixture: First Domain Test, Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Australia vs India at The Adelaide Oval on December 6 (10.30 AM Local Time/ 5.30 AM IST)

Top 5 Teen Cricket sensations of Indian Cricket

Top 5 Teen Cricket sensations of Indian Cricket

Indian cricket has witnessed the rise of Prithvi Shaw slowly and steadily. He is undoubtedly one of the most sensational teenage cricketers Indian cricket has ever produced. But he is certainly not the only one! There have been many since ages. Let’s have a look at the five top teen cricket sensations of Indian Cricket.

Prithvi Shaw


From very young age Prithvi shaw was in the news of Indian cricket circuit due to his innings of 546 runs in a Harris Shield Elite division match for his school Rizvi Springfield High School. It was 2013, and in last five years, Prithvi has made a steady journey towards the coveted India Test cap. After proving his metal in various age group tournaments he wrote his names in the record book in the 2017-2018 season by registering hundreds in both his Ranji and Duleep Trophy debuts. In early 2018 he led India under-19 team to their 4th World Cup, arguably the most dominating of the four.

Consistent performances took Shaw closer to India cap when he was included in the squad midway of the Test series against England. He finally made his debut against West Indies in Rajkot and celebrated the occasion with a brilliant attacking century and became the youngest batsman (18 years 329 days) to make a Test century on debut for India. He played two more useful innings in the second Test and ended the series with a Man of the Series award and a Test average of 118.5.

Parthiv Patel

Parthiv Patel became the youngest ever Test wicketkeeper at the age of 17 years and 153 days when he made his debut against England. It was a golden opportunity for Parthiv for lack of suitable wicket keeping options for India. After trying few like Sameer Dighe and Ajay Ratra, it was Parthiv who made it to the national side. Unfortunately, Parthiv failed to impress in the few chances he got. He was selected in the Indian team for 2003 world cup but didn’t play any match. Rahul Dravid was preferred as the Wicketkeeper in One day team and his poor wicket keeping made him lose his place in Test matches. Meanwhile, by the time he could make a strong comeback, Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni entered to steal the show.

He continued his domestic cricket career for Gujrat and also played in IPL. With a decent domestic cricket career and consistency, he got calls from international side time to time as a replacement. Thus Parthiv has an irregular career with gaps in between. In 2016 when Wriddhiman Saha got a strain, Parthiv was called up and ended up playing a Test match after missing 83 Test matches.

Sachin Tendulkar

At an age of 16 years and 205 days, Sachin Tendulkar made his debut in Karachi against Pakistan in 1989. Thus he became the youngest Indian to play Test cricket. During his debut Test, he was hit by Waqar Younis on the nose but continued to bat bravely. His first Test hundred came at the age of 17 that literally saved Old Trafford Test. In 2000 he became the first batsman in the history to score 50 international hundreds.

Don Bradman was elated to compare himself with this right-handed Indian sensation. At the time of retirement, Tendulkar got 15,921 Test runs, 18,426 One day runs with 51 Test and 49 One day centuries. He continued to prove his worth till the end of his career. At the age of 36, he became the first male cricketer to score a double hundred in One-day internationals. He played his last and 200th Test in 2013 and ended a golden era of cricket.

L Shivaramakrishnan

Laxman Shivaramakrishnan is arguably the most sensational debutant of Indian cricket. He became a sensation overnight when he took 7 for 28 in his Ranji Trophy debut against Delhi in 1981. No wonder he was selected for the national team in no time for Pakistan tour of 1982. He played his first Test match at the age of 17 years and 118 days against West Indies. In 1984 he took 12 for 181 against England which leads to an Indian victory. He took 23 wickets in that series to be recognized as the man of the series. He made a significant contribution in India’s triumph in World Championship in Australia in 1985.

He was expected to create magic with his leg spin and win matches for India amidst all kinds of odds and obstacles. But the reality turned out to be different and bitter as the young lad lost his grip and control. He did almost nothing in upcoming series and lost all the glory he earned. He made a comeback in 1987 world cup squad but failed to do well. Tamil Nadu state team also dropped him after their Ranji trophy victory in 1987. The ‘boy wizard’ was desperate to try his luck again and again; unfortunately, he could not recreate the magic ever that he is remembered for.

Vijay Mehra

Vijay Mehra is probably the least significant name in this league if we compare with numbers. But he began as the fifth youngest Test debutant in the history of cricket; and the youngest Indian Test cricketer in 1955. At the age of 17 years 265 days Vijay made his debut against New Zealand in Bombay. He couldn’t impress much in initial days and was dropped from the side. He got his Test cap after playing only 6 first-class matches. It was probably too early to bring him to the international scene. After six years he made a comeback in Calcutta against England in 1961 and scored 62 before he injured himself. After a decent comeback against England, he was called for West Indies tour as well. After two years Vijay Mehra was recalled but ended his career with poor performance.

Let’s not forget some of the big teenage sensations of Indian cricket like  Ishant Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Maninder Singh and Chethan Sharma who all made their debut in their teens with varying level of success.

India VS West Indies First Test: The Firsts

After winning the first Test by a record-breaking margin of an innings and 272 runs, India is heading on with a lead for the 2nd Test of this series. The next match is scheduled to be held at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Friday, October 12. Before that, let’s look back on the first Test match wherein India defeated West Indies to take a lead of 1 – 0 in the series.

The Firsts

West Indies have been on a poor batting spree in India for long now. But speaking of the firsts, the damages caused reaped new accolades for some Indian players. Some of these have been much awaited and some astonished us all like a pleasant surprise.

The Dream Debut

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The little wonder and debut centurion, India’s Prithvi Shaw. (@AFP Photo)

Prithvi Shaw’s dream was finally channeled into reality with his debut on October 4. The 18-year-old made his selection count and more when he registered his first Test hundred in the very first innings of the match and his life. The little wonder later said to the press, “I was thinking of my Dad when I scored the hundred. He has sacrificed a lot of things for me. This knock is for him.” 

Not only did he score a hundred on Test debut, but was also adjudged the Man of the Match for his performance. He became the sixth Indian player to win the Man of the Match award on debut. The previous five are Pravin Amre, RP Singh, R Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, and Rohit Sharma.

Ravindra Jadeja’s maiden Test hundred

Following Prithvi Shaw’s century, Indian batting saw two other centurions in the same innings. Jadeja, who was playing his 218th international match and his 38th Test, scored not only his maiden Test hundred but also his first international hundred for India. He celebrated his hundred with his trademark sword swing after which captain Virat Kohli declared India’s innings on 649/9 with Jadeja on 100 not out off 132 deliveries.

Kuldeep’s maiden Five wicket haul

After India’s lead in the first innings of 468 against West Indies in Rajkot, the Indian spinners got into dismantling the West Indies batsmen yet again. This time, that is in West Indies’ second innings, chinaman Kuldeep Yadav led the bowling front. He had taken five-fors in ODIs and T20Is before taking a five-for in the second innings of the Rajkot Test. By this, he completed a full set, all three in this year. The only other Indian bowler with this set is Bhuvaneshwar Kumar.

Prithvi Shaw and Hanuma Vihari receive maiden India test call-up

Prithvi Shaw and Hanuma Vihari receive maiden India test call-up

Mumbai prodigy Prithvi Shaw and Andhra all-rounder Hanuma Vihari received their maiden call-up to the Indian test side. The All- India Selection Committee met in Nottingham after the third test to pick the Test squad for the fourth and fifth test against England.

Opener Murali Vijay and leg-spinner Kuldeep Yadav faced the axe for the last two tests. Vijay got out for 2 at Lord’s and scored 20 and 6 in the second test at Birmingham. Chinaman Kuldeep made way for the selection of another batsman. The seamer-friendly pitches of England negate the requirement of a third spinner.

Prithvi Shaw, the captain of the U-19 World Cup winning team has been rewarded for his consistent performances in first-class cricket. After a successful World Cup stint, he has been a regular in India A squad. The Mumbai batsman has piled up 1418 runs in 14 first class games with seven centuries with two of those on English soil. His performance in recent India A tour of England would have titled the weight in favour of his inclusion.

Hanuma Vihari, also part of U-19 World Cup winning team in 2012 has been a consistent scorer in the Ranji seasons and in recent India A games. VIhari has an average of 60 in 63 first-class games and 15 centuries. In the recent tour of India A to England, Vihari scored 147 against West Indies A in a four-day test. Prithvi Shaw scored 188 in the same game.

Vihari scored 58 and 148 against South Africa A in the recently concluded two unofficial tests at Bengaluru. Shaw made 163 against the same opposition.

Vihari told the Indian Express that he was presently surprised by the call-up. “I’m not a very emotional person but I did feel a lot of them today. I immediately called my mother and informed her, because I owe a lot to her. It’s only because of the sacrifices she made after I lost my father at a young age that I am here,” he said.

Teenaged Shaw is a direct replacement for Vijay whereas as the middle-order batsman Vihari has been selected as a cover for Virat Kohli. Kohli has had issues with his back, because of which he sat out part of the second test at Birmingham. Indian Express reported that even though Karun Nair is an extra in the squad, the MSK Prasad led selection committee thought it judicious to have another batsman in the squad. Vihari’s inclusion gives the team management more choices to pick from if things go wrong in the fourth test.

India won the third test at Trent Bridge but England lead the series 2 – 1 going into the fourth test in Southampton that begins on August 30. The fifth test will be played at the Oval in London from September 7.

India Squad: Virat Kohli (C), Dhawan, Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Pujara, Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ashwin, Jadeja, Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Shami, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Hanuma Vihari

England Squad: Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Jimmy Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes. (James Vince is called back to the Test squad, whereas Jamie Porter has been let go so that he can play for Essex in the first division).

IPL Match 55, Post-Match Analysis: MI out of the running for Playoffs


IPL 2018 | Match 55 | DD vs MI: The Delhi Daredevils have pushed the Mumbai Indians out of the running for the playoffs at Delhi yesterday.

DD won the toss and opted to bat. DD got off to a bad start with openers, Prithvi Shaw (12) and Glenn Maxwell (22), getting out within an over of each other. By the end of power-play, the team had lost both their openers and had managed only 46 runs.

Rishabh Pant, however, then came in to replace Maxwell and had a brilliant knock of 64 runs off 44 balls laced with four boundaries and four sixes. He not only secured his fifth IPL fifty but also took the Orange Cap back from Kane Williamson with 684 runs. He brought his team back into the game and helped them post a challenging score of 174 for four.

Captain Shreyas Iyer had a very short phase on the field as he was dismissed by Mayank Markande. But he gave way for Vijay Shankar who added another 43 runs to the scoreboard. His partnership with Pant brought 64 runs for the fourth wicket. Pant was then taken off the field by Krunal Pandya in the seventeenth over, but it didn’t matter as a good base had already been built. Abhishek Sharma’s small undefeated cameo added another 15 runs.

MI bowlers were unable to synchronize with one another. Krunal Pandya finished with a figure of 1/11 in two overs while his brother, Hardik Pandya, conceded 36 runs in his four overs. Mayank Markande (1/21) and Jasprit Bumrah (1/29) took one wicket each. While the rest allowed DD for a smooth finish.

With a target of 175 to chase, MI had a rocky start too as they lost Suryakumar Yadav (12) very cheaply in the first over. Evin Lewis (48) and Ishan Kishan (5) made up for the loss, however, but both departed soon after the power play. After their dismissals, none of the other batsmen could tick including Rohit Sharma (13) who has been in and out of form this season. Hardik Pandya’s 17 balls 27 and Ben Cutting’s 20 balls 37, however, bought them a chance to reach the target. With 18 left off of the last over, Harshal Patel took Cutting and Jasprit Bumrah out, ending the innings for the Mumbai Indians at 163 – all out.

“Disappointing that we didn’t get over the finish line. There are a lot of things where I can look back and say that ‘we didn’t do this right, we didn’t do that right’ but looking at how the first half went, we gave ourselves a chance and in the second half we played really good cricket,” captain Rohit Sharma said after Sunday’s defeat.

Sandeep Lamichhane, Harshal Patel, and Amit Mishra took three wickets each, bringing endgame to the Mumbai Indians. Harshal Patel’s final two wickets won DD the game and eliminated all chances of MI surviving the match with a win, as they failed to make the playoffs.

MI’s downfall has been its inconsistency. With a roller-coaster of a season, they had a weak start, a filmy comeback and ended with a loss in their most important match this season. It wasn’t Rohit Sharma’s season either as it became the first IPL in which he did not pass the 300-mark. A win would have directly pushed them to fourth place with no threat with their NRR.

DD, on the other hand, was the first team to be out of the running for the playoffs. They, however, found the spark that they were unable to bring out during the better part of the season and ended their time in the tournament with two massive wins back to back. They have proved to be a force to be reckoned with and will hopefully, continue the in-form performances in the next season.

IPL 2018, Post-Match Analysis: CSK face unexpected defeat by DD


IPL 2018 | Match 52 | DD vs CSK: Delhi Daredevils defeated the Chennai Super Kings last night by 34 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Although this win has come too late for the Delhi boys, they can live with the satisfaction of playing a fantastic game and having a hand in postponing CSK’s assured finish in the top two.

CSK won the toss and chose to bowl. They started the innings at a slow rate with openers, Prithvi Shaw (17) and Shreyas Iyer (19). DD lost Shaw cheaply to Deepak Chahar in the fifth over. They managed only 39 runs in power-play. Rishabh Pant (38) partnered with the captain for 54 runs before both were taken out in the same over by Lungi Ngidi. The two major wickets left the field right after Pant scored two sixes and a boundary resulting in 17 runs off Harbhajan Singh‘s over. Glenn Maxwell remained out-of-form as he took a ball to the stumps from Ravindra Jadeja. Vijay Shankar‘s undefeated run added 36 runs to the scoreboard. He partnered with Harshal Patel (36) to finish the last five overs with another fifty runs. The innings ended with a respectable total of 162 for five.

Harshal Patel went on to be titled “Man of the Match” for his spectacular addition to the score – a whopping 36 off 16, including four sixes and one four.

CSK seemed out of touch with the game from the first innings. Dwayne Bravo, their star player, himself was hammered for 52 runs off his four overs, including four sixes in the final over. Even veteran Harbhajan was taken to the cleaners by the DD batsmen. Jadeja, SN Thakur, and Chahar took a wicket each leaving 20 or so runs. Only Lungi Ngidi had a good run of four overs as he took two crucial wickets and conceded only 14 runs.

With a target of 163 to chase, CSK fans were confident that this will be a piece of cake for the Yellow Brigade. CSK also had a slow start as openers Shane Watson (14) and Ambati Rayudu (50) put up a mere 44 runs for power-play. But in the sixth over, the duo gained momentum as Rayudu scored three sixes and one four off of Avesh Khan’s bowling. Just when Watson was gaining his footing, he fell victim to Amit Mishra‘s bowling as Trent Boult sent him home. Rayudu continued his form and went on to score a fifty off 28 balls only to be dismissed by Harshal Patel mid-innings. Suresh Raina (15) came in to replace Watson and scored a run here and there until he was dismissed by newbie Sandeep Lamichhane. Sam Billings (1) also left the field soon enough. It soon came on Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni (17) to carry the team forward to victory. However, even Dhoni with the massive fan following, who has come through always during crucial times for the team, seemed swayed by DD’s impressive fielding. An uncalculated hit in Trent Boult’s over gave Iyer the opportunity to seal his fate. With fifty runs left off of the final five overs, Jadeja’s undefeated cameo of 27 runs and Dwayne Bravo’s almost immediate dismissal did not help their case. The innings ended with a victory for the Delhi Daredevils by 34 runs.

DD showcased some impressive fielding last night as even the death-over champions found themselves trapped. Both Trent Boult and Amit Mishra finished with impressive figures of 2/20 – all four were crucial wickets at crucial times. Sandeep Lamicchane continued impressing with 1/21. Harshal Patel contributed to the bowling side as well with one wicket and conceding only 23 runs off his four overs. Glenn Maxwell (0/14) and Avesh Khan (0/28) were given two overs each.

CSK remains in second place with 16 points but with a significantly lower run rate. A win could have put them on top of the table and at a tie with the Sunrisers Hyderabad, however, their fazed performance last night prevented them from doing so. This has come as a huge disappointment for the loyal CSK fans but maybe it was required to wake the MS Dhoni-led side up before the crucial week starts. DD is already out of the tournament but the team will look to end their appearance this season with a final win.

CSK will clash with Kings XI Punjab tomorrow night for their final home game while DD will be facing the Mumbai Indians for their final game of the season tomorrow as well.

IPL Match 45, Pre-Match Analysis: Battle for pride between RCB and DD!


IPL 2018 | Match 45 | DD vs RCB: Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore clash tonight in a knock-out tournament at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. This match will decide the fate of the teams this season with both in the position of needing wins and nothing less from all their remaining games. Both teams have placed at the bottom of the table and are struggling to gain footing and rise back up. 

RCB has strong batting power and as of late, sufficient bowling strength as well while DD hasn’t had any massive wins with Shreyas Iyer single-handedly trying to pull the team back on their feet. However, RCB hasn’t been able to execute good effort on both fronts and have faced too many last-over defeats. So this is a match of equals.

DD might bring back their trump card, Gautam Gambhir, who had disappeared from the matches after his stepping down as captain. Desperate times call for desperate measures? However, this team needs more ammunition on the bowling front with Prithvi Shaw, Iyer and Rishabh Pant already taking over the batting side. The likes of Trent Boult and Glenn Maxwell were to lead that area and Boult has delivered, however, Maxwell hasn’t been much of a “Big Show” this season. Maxwell may be facing replacement in this crucial match.

There have been no consistent performances in RCB with only Virat Kohli having a decent outing so far. At times, he has the support of AB de Villiers who if he delivers, he delivers massively. The likes of Quinton de Kock, Brendon McCullum, Sarfaraz Khan have all been a flop. Kohli will need to discipline the team into the capable bunch they are as they have no space left for mistakes now.

Will RCB finally rise out of the ashes and make a comeback? Or will DD’s luck turn around tonight? Watch to find out.