MI vs RCB: 3 takeaways from the thirty-first encounter

MI vs RCB: 3 takeaways from the thirty-first encounter

Mumbai Indians (MI) registered another comfortable victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday, April 15 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. 

Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to field first. Asked to bat first, Bangalore lost the opener, Virat Kohli, very cheaply. However, a 95-run partnership between AB de Villiers (75 off 51) and Moeen Ali (50 off 32) helped them to put up 171 on board. Other batsmen failed to score big as Lasith Malinga bagged a 4-wicket haul. 

Chasing 172, Mumbai openers added 70 runs within 7.1 overs. However, they lost both the openers in the same over. But a quickfire innings from both Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya guided them to another win.

Here are the three talking points of the game:

Lasith Malinga’s 4-wicket haul

Put into bat, Bangalore didn’t get a flying start as they lost in-form Virat Kohli for mere 8. However, Parthiv Patel and experienced AB de Villiers tried to steady the ship and added 37 runs before Patel’s dismissal for 28. Ab de Villiers then built a partnership of 95 runs with Moeen Ali and put up 144 runs after the 17th over. They were looking too comfortable at the crease then and they were hoping for a big score from there on.

But veteran Sri Lankan bowler, Lasith Malinga had some other plans. He broke the 95-run partnership by taking up Moeen Ali after he scored a fifty off 32. He struck again in the same over when he picked up Marcus Stoinis for a two-ball duck.

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Malinga, however, came to bowl the final over. AB de Villiers got dismissed in the second ball of the over by direct throw while Malinga dismissed both Akshdeep Nath and Negi and restricted Bangalore within 171 on board. Malinga finished his spell with the figure of 4-0-31-4.

Poor bowling by Bangalore bowlers

To defend a total like 172 in the ground like Wankhede, the bowlers have to bowl in a good line and length. But once again Bangalore bowlers failed to impress with the ball.

Having started the chase with the consecutive boundaries by Quinton de Kock off Umesh Yadav in the very first over, Kohli-led Bangalore bowlers didn’t get the way to restrict both the openers as they added 67 runs in the powerplay. However, Moeen Ali gave the first breakthrough by picking up Rohit Sharma for 28. He struck again in the same over when he dismissed de Cock for 40.

Later, Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed Ishan Kishan for 21 off 9 and Suryakumar Yadav for 29 off 23. Apart from Moeen Ali and Yuzvendra Chahal, none of the other bowlers was bowling in a proper line and length. Chahal and Ali bowled with the economy of 6.75 and 4.50 respectively while Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, and Pawan Negi bowled with the economy of more than 10; which cost them the defeat.

Hardik Pandya’s quickfire 37

After the dismissal of Suryakumar Yadav in the 16th over, one of Mumbai’s key players, all-rounder Hardik Pandya came to the crease. He tried to steady the ship with Krunal Pandya by rotating the strike and a few big shots whenever needed before Krunal’s dismissal.

However, they needed 22 in the final two overs when Virat Kohli handed over the ball to Pawan Negi. Hardik Pandya, on the other hand, changed the gear as well. he didn’t take any run in the first ball. The second one went for a maximum over long-on. The third delivery was outside off stump which went for a boundary through the gap between long-off and deep mid-wicket.

The next one again went for a boundary while the fifth ball went for a six over long on. The final ball was wide while Hardik took a single in the final ball of the penultimate over and sealed the game for Mumbai.

India World Cup squad announced; Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar included

India World Cup squad announced; Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar included

The 15-member India squad have been announced today for the upcoming ICC World Cup which is scheduled to be started from May 30. 

Today, the selector MSK Prasad announced the names of the players. Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu couldn’t find their places in the squad while Dinesh Karthik was the notable inclusion. Ravindra Jadeja, KL Rahul, and Vijay Shankar also have been selected.

Everyone was expecting the youngster Rishabh Pant will get a call but Dinesh Karthik earned the recall. However, the selector shared that Karthik was chosen because of his experience and their performances in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) didn’t affect the selection. The 33-year old Karthik showcased that he can finish the game with his 8-ball 29 in the Nidahas Trophy final.

“We debated at length whether to pick Pant or DK (Dinesh Karthik). We felt that either of them would only come into the XI if Mahi (Dhoni) is injured. We felt that if it is a big game like semifinal or final, keeping ability also matters. Pant was almost there,” MSK Prasad said after the selection meeting in Mumbai on Monday.

“We also discussed in a crunch match who is best suited to handle pressure. Under pressure we have seen DK finishing games,” he further added.

The selector further added that they didn’t consider the other youngsters like Shreyas Iyer and Shubman Gill.

“This squad was very close to the side we picked against Australia. We didn’t consider IPL form. The likes of Iyer and Shubman Gill are doing well but they were not considered,” Prasad said.

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On the other hand, there was a debate between Vijay Shankar and Ambati Rayudu, who would get selected. However, Vijay Shankar has been selected over Rayudu as he has an all-rounder.

“After the 2017 Champions Trophy, we tried a lot of middle-order batsmen which included the likes of Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey. Vijay offered us three dimensions — he might bowl a bit and is fantastic fielder. He is a batman who might bowl a bit. We are looking at him for the No. 4 position. Nothing went against Rayudu but lot of things went in favour of Shankar,” MSK Prasad added that.

“Yes, we are looking at Shankar in that position while Jadhav is another option. Rahul is also there which can look at one of the top order option. But for now, we have picked Rahul as the back-up opener,” he further expressed while talking about the no. 4 place in the squad.

However, the selectors also recalled left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja who has an average 29.92 with the bat from 151 ODIs and 35.89 with the ball with 174 wickets. He has been in a great form in the ongoing IPL.

“Over the last couple of years, Chahal and Kuldeep (Yadav) have won us a lot of games. Jadeja brings in variety among the spinner. The wickets might get drier as the tournament goes on and that’s why we have picked Jadeja,” Prasad said about their thought behind picking up Jadeja.

“Apart from the three pacers, Pandya can bowl, so can Shankar and Jadhav. So we have 7 bowling options. Khaleel (Ahmed) and Navdeep (Saini) were discussed. If need arises, one of them will be picked in the squad,” Prasad expressed while talking about the bowlers.

However, The International Cricket Council (ICC) gives the permission to all countries that they can change the option of this 15-member squad till seven days prior to the start of the mega event. But the chief selector said that this 15-member squad will not be going to be changed unless there is an injury.


Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (Vice-Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami.

Mumbai Indians become the first team to play 200 T20s

Mumbai Indians become the first team to play 200 T20s

Mumbai Indians achieved a rare feat in their game against Rajasthan Royals. They became the first team to play 200 T20 games. 

Rohit Sharma-led the franchise in Indian Premier League (IPL) surpassed the English county side Somerset, who has played 199 T20 matches and one short to reach 200. Mumbai Indians have won the IPL title three times in 2013, 2015 and 2017. Apart from Mumbai Indians, MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings is the only other IPL franchise who has won the IPL title thrice.

Along with Mumbai, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are the other two IPL franchises that feature in the top five teams with the most number of T20 games. Hampshire are placed at third with 194 T20 games while RCB are currently in the fourth spot with 188 T20s. Two teams are in the fifth spot, they are KKR and Sussex with 187 games.

Meanwhile, earlier this month Mumbai Indians achieved another milestone when they became the first team to win 100 matches in the history of Indian Premier League. That feat came when they won against the defending champion Chennai Super Kings at home.

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Not only these, but Mumbai also has a few more other records. Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma is the third highest run-getter in the history of IPL. He has amassed 4658 runs so far with a strike rate of 130.95 from 179 matches. He has scored 34 half-centuries and a century and hit more than 400 boundaries and 187 over-boundaries till date. The first spot belongs to Virat Kohli; who has scored 5218 runs and Suresh Raina is in the second place with 5121 runs.

Their pace spearhead Lasith Malinga is the highest wicket-taker in the history of IPL. He has bagged 157 wickets in 113 matches so far. His best figure is 5 for 13 which came against Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) in 2011.

Apart from these two, Mumbai Indians are the only team who has the record of highest and smallest victories in IPL so far. In 2017, Mumbai Indians put up 212 runs against Daredevils and restricted their opponents within 66 on board, registering a 146-run win which became the largest ever victory so far. 

On the other hand, they lost to Punjab by 1 run in the inaugural season of the IPL. Punjab scored 189 runs in 20 overs while Mumbai were bowled out for 188. Thus they become the first ever team to have both the records.

However, yesterday, earlier in the game against Rajasthan, Mumbai Indians were asked to bat first after losing the toss. Openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock got off to a flying start with a strong 96-run partnership of the 10.5 overs. Later a quickfire 28 off 11 by Hardik Pandya powered them to 187 after 20 overs.

Chasing the target, Rajasthan started pretty well as the openers Ajinkya Rahane and Joss Buttler added 60 runs in 6.2 overs before Rahane’s dismissal. Later, Buttler and Sanju Samson added 87 runs before Buttler’s dismissal. Buttler smashed a 43-ball 89, including eight boundaries and seven sixes. But a sudden wicket fall left them struggling at 174-6. Then Shreyas Gopal’s 7-ball 13 got the side past the line by four wickets.

Mumbai started their 2019 IPL journey with a 37-run loss against Delhi Capitals before winning by six runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Then they lost one game and won three games in their next four matches and again lost to Rajasthan in the last game and placed at the third position in the points table of Indian Premier League 2019 with eight points.

MI vs RR: 3 takeaways from the twenty-seventh encounter

MI vs RR: 3 takeaways from the twenty-seventh encounter

Rajasthan Royals (RR) registered a comfortable win over Mumbai Indians (MI) by 4 wickets at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Saturday, April 14. 

Rajasthan Royals won the toss and elected to field first. Asked to bat, Mumbai Indians’ openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock gave a flying start. Their big hitting helped them to score 57 runs in the powerplay. They didn’t slow down the scoring s they put up 92 runs in 10 overs without losing a single wicket. However, they lost few wickets in between in quick succession and Hardik Pandya’s quickfire 28 helped them to reach 187.

Chasing 188, Rajasthan also got off to a flying start. They added 59 runs in the powerplay before Ajinkya Rahane’s dismissal in the seventh over. However, Joss Buttler was there at the crease. However, they also lost a few wickets in the death overs. But Buttler’s 89 off 43 and Shreyas Gopal’s 13 off 7 guided them to a comfortable victory.

Here are the three talking points from the game:

Mumbai failed to capitalize after a blazing start

Mumbai Indians came to bat first after losing the toss. Rohit Sharma, who missed the last game due to injury, returned in the squad. He along with Quinton de Kock opened the innings. After two overs’ silence, Quinton de Kock broke the barrier and hit K Gowtham for a long-on six and two consecutive boundaries in the third over.

The very next over was seen Rohit Sharma took on Kulkarni for three boundaries. Their big hitting abilities helped them to put up 57 runs in the powerplay. However, they didn’t slow down their scoring and started hitting all over the park. It became difficult for the bowlers to get past them when they became set in the middle. They added 96 runs in 10.5 overs before Jofra Archer handed over the first breakthrough.

Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 47 off 32, including six boundaries and a six. Quinton de Kock finished his half-century in the 12th over. However, the middle order batsmen Suryakumar Yadav (16), Kieron Pollard (6) and Ishan Kishan (5) failed to capitalize after a blistering start by the openers. Pollard, whose heroics helped Mumbai to win their last game, was seen struggling to score.

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Along with de Kock’s 81, Hardik Pandya tried his best by adding a quickfire 28 off 11. Apart from them, no other batsmen were able to contribute much. Had they able to add some more runs, Mumbai would have reached the 200-run mark after getting a flying start.

Joss Buttler’s blitzy innings

Chasing the competitive total, Rajasthan started in a great way. Openers Ajinkya Rahane and Joss Buttler got off to a flying start. However, Rahane was dropped by Rohit Sharma in the very first over. Buttler took on Alzarri Joseph hitting boundaries from the second over. Along with him, Rahane too took on Behrendorff for boundaries in the third over. Their constant big hittings helped them to put up 59 within the powerplay.

However, Rahane fell for 37 off 21, including six boundaries and a six. Buttler, on the other hand, stood strong at the other end. He took on Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya for over-boundaries and reached his fifty in the 10th over. While Buttler took on every bowler, Sanju Samson also supported well. 

In the 13th over off Alzarri Joseph, Buttler started with a maximum by hitting a straight back down the ground. The next four balls went for consecutive boundaries in the extra cover, backward point, and third man region respectively. The last ball of the over went for a maximum over wide long-on. Buttler scored 28 runs in the single over before his dismissal in the next over for 89 off 43, including seven boundaries and as many sixes. His stormy innings helped Rajasthan to win the game comfortably.

Bowlers failed to restrict Rajasthan

Mumbai has a strong bowling lineup with Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Behrendorff, Mayank Markande, etc. But they somehow failed to take wickets after getting an early wicket. None of the bowlers was able to bowl in a proper line and length apart from Jasprit Bumrah.

After a flying start and later an 87-run stand between Joss Buttler and Sanju Samson, Mumbai bounced back brilliantly. While Bumrah dismissed Samson in the 17th over, Krunal Pandya struck twice in the 18th over when he picked up Rahul Tripathi and Livingstone for mere 1. Bumrah again dismissed Steve Smith for 12 and Rajasthan lost 4 wickets within 4 runs. 

While Bumrah bowled at an economy of 5.75, Jason Behrendorff and Alzarri Joseph bowled at an economy of 10.33 and 17.67 runs per over. Even, Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar also bowled at an economy more than 8. This showed a dismal bowling performance from all the bowlers who failed to restrict Rajasthan after taking four wickets in four runs. If they were able to restrict them, the result would have been different.

RCB vs MI: 3 takeaways from the seventh encounter

IPL 2019, SRH vs MI: Fantasy Team Predictions

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) faced Mumbai Indians (MI) in the seventh game of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 where MI registered their first win in a thriller by 6 runs. 

RCB elected to field first after winning the toss. Batting first, MI put up a huge total of 187 on board in 20 overs. They have started pretty well as the openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock added 52 runs in the powerplay. But the big blow came with Chahal as he dismissed de Kock in the 7th over for 23.

Later, Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit added another 33 runs and another 37-run was added by Yadav and Yuvraj Singh.  Chahal’s 4-wicket haul and Hardik Pandya’s quickfire 32 guided them to put up 187.

Chasing this total, opener Moeen Ali dismissed for 13. Later captain Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel added 40-run and then Kohli and de Villers added another 49 runs. However, de Villers’ unbeaten 70 went in vain as Bumrah’s three-for restricted RCB within 181; claiming a 6 runs win.

Here are the three talking points of the game

Yuzvendra Chahal’s 4-wicket haul

Yuzvendra Chahal registered his second-best bowling figures in IPL. Chahal is one of the best spinners in the world currently and has proved his worth every time. Despite bowling at a flat batting pitch like the Chinnaswamy, he has managed to pick wickets every time.

Ever since the begin of his IPL career, Chahal has taken 87 wickets in 72 matches at an economy of 7.72 and a strike rate of 17.69. Out of these 87 wickets, 47 came at the Chinnaswamy.

During the game between the MI and RCB, Chahal conceded 38 runs in four overs and scalped 4 valuable wickets, including Quinton De Kock, Yuvraj Singh, Suryakumar Yadav, and Kieron Pollard.

Hardik Pandya’s quickfire 32* after a middle-order collapse

Put into bat, Mumbai Indians got off to a flying start where their openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock added 52 runs in the powerplay. Their blistering innings made the winning foundation for their team. However, Yuzvendra Chahal had other plans as he dismissed de Kock in the 7th over.

Somehow, Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma, and Yuvraj Singh added another 70 runs and steadied the ship but once again Chahal’s leg spin did the job as he dismantled the middle-order by picking up crucial wickets of Pollard, Yuvraj Singh and Surya Kumar Yadav and MI reduced to 146/7 with only three overs remaining.

Then Hardik Pandya came to his side’s rescue. He smashed all the bowlers in the death overs and they failed to restrict him. He scored a 14-ball 32 which included 3 maximums and 2 boundaries. His heroics helped his side to put up a decent competitive total of 187.

Bowling of Mumbai Indians

After Moeen Ali’s dismissal for 13, captain Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel started to steady the ship and added 40-run before Patel’s dismissal. Then it was Kohli and de Villers who again added another 49 runs and looked too comfortable in the middle.

RCB were 113-2 after 13 overs with two set batsmen Kohli and de Villers on the crease. They needed 75 off 42 which was very much gettable in the batting pitch like Chinnaswamy. But, MI captain Rohit Sharma had some other plans. He brought back Bumrah in the attack. 

First three deliveries went for singles; wherein the second delivery Kohli completed his 5000 IPL runs. The 4th delivery was the crucial one as Bumrah dismissed Kohli who gave an easy catch to Hardik Pandya and departed for 46 which included 6 boundaries. Kohli’s dismissal became the crucial wicket of the match as Bumrah conceded only 3 runs with a wicket.

Though 15th and 16th overs were quite expensive but 17th over was another crucial over where Bumrah gave only one run and dismissed Hetmyer for 5. The pressure fell upon AB de Villers to finish the chase where he smashed two consecutive sixes and a boundary off Hardik Pandya in the 18th over.

The penultimate over of Bumrah conceded just 5 runs and the last over from Malinga ended RCB’s hope of win as MI won the nail biter despite a controversial last ball.

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IPL 2019: 4 most important players for Mumbai Indians

IPL 2019: 4 most important players for Mumbai Indians

As the Indian Premier League (IPL) is around the corner, everyone is expecting full of entertainment throughout the season. 

All the franchise have started preparing hard to give their best shot. Mumbai Indians are one of them. They are one of the most followed teams in India and last year they ended in the 5th position of the points table. This year, they will try to do better. Like every year, Mumbai Indian have a strong balanced team this year.

Right from the openers to middle order and bowling order – they are full of star-studded players like Rohit Sharma, Ben Cutting, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Jason Behendroff, Adam Milne etc.

Here are the 4 most important players who could play a crucial role for Mumbai Indians in this year’s IPL:

Rohit Sharma

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The captain of Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma is undoubtedly one of the most important parts of the team. He led the team three times to the final. He is one of the dangerous players who can give a flying start to his team as well as to help them in chasing.

He has scored 4493 runs so far and has 3 IPL titles in his name. However, his presence in the team always gives them extra strength. With IPL 2019 just 2 days away, it will be interesting to see how the team performs this year after last year’s embarrassing performance.

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Quinton de Kock

Quinton de Kock has been in a formidable form in the ODIs this year. He has scored 4 half-centuries and one century in the last 6 innings. Though Playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) last year in IPL, he couldn’t do well.

This ex-RCB player has the ability to damage the opponent. He can be a key player of Mumbai Indians (MI) in this season if he gets the chance in the playing XI.

Jasprit Bumrah

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Jasprit Bumrah is currently one of the best bowlers in the bowlers in the world. He is one of the best death bowlers in the limited overs cricket as well. His deadly yorkers trouble the batsman in every game. With his presence, Mumbai Indian’s pace attack is quite strong from the other teams.

Bumrah is captain’s go-to bowler. He has the ability to take wickets in the most crucial times. He has displayed his brilliance many times before and plays a key role in the team. He has the ability to turn the table single-handedly. However, this year’s IPL will play a big role as well prior to the mega event – the ICC World Cup.

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Mayank Markande

Apart from Rohit Sharma and Jaspreet Bumrah, the other player who will play a crucial role for the team is none other than Mayank Markande; who recently made his debut for India in the T20I games.

For him, it was the dream which started with Ambati Rayudu’s wicket at the Wankhede Stadium in the last year’s IPL season opener against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). After two overs, he picked up the wicket of MS Dhoni, the captain of CSK and finished his debut IPL match with a brilliant figure of 3/23 in four his overs spell.

He had scalped 15 wickets in 14 matches in the last season for Mumbai Indians. His impressive bowling made the owners retain him this year as well. The 21-year-old has done an incredible job for his state team Punjab in the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy as he finished the tournament as the highest wicket-taker of Punjab, with 29 wickets in six matches. He will try to continue his formidable form in the IPL as well.

Rohit Sharma: Most Memorable ODI knocks

Rohit Sharma to lead as Virat Kohli will be rested for the last two ODIs

Rohit Sharma is a huge asset for the Indian cricket team, for his ability to provide the team with some quickfire runs at the top. He is a dependable and strong character, and the team can always expect to bank on him. 

His innings’ have always left a powerful memory on his fans. Along with Indian captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma has been the mainstay of the Indian batting line-up.

The batsman has always been a treat to watch and his ascension to being an opener has always been the greatest decision of his cricketing career. His batting completely transformed, and he became indispensable, mesmerizing fans continuously. Here are a few of his most memorable knocks.

264 (173) vs Sri Lanka

Rohit Sharma: Most Memorable ODI knocks
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Rohit Sharma had the Sri Lankan fielders transfixed in their place as if they were statues during this innings. Hitting runs like they were a walk in the park, Sharma smashed everything that came his way as he scripted the highest ODI total at his favorite hunting ground, Eden Gardens. This was a match that is still engraved in the mind of every cricket lover, and till date, his amazing record has been unbroken.

209 (158) vs Australia

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This was Sharma’s first double hundred, and that too against a formidable opponent like Australia. Smashing 12 fours and 16 sixes, the batsman left the Chinnaswamy stadium spellbound, whether it be the spectators, the umpires, or the players themselves. He also secured the record of hitting the most number of sixes in an innings. Due to him, India achieved 383 runs, and consequently, went on to win the match.

171 (163) vs Australia

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Beating the Australians on their own turf is next to impossible. However, Rohit Sharma has never paid any heed to the regulations of the game. Smashing the Australians in style, he scored an unbeaten 171 off 163 balls, with 13 fours and 7 sixes. He ended on an unbeaten 171*, beating the score of the legendary Viv Richards of 153* in 1979. Unfortunately, his efforts could not help India achieve victory in the match.

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137 (114) vs England

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As with Australia, England too are considered tough to beat at their own grounds. However, Sharma scored 137* off 114 balls with ease, helping India achieve the target of 269 runs with 59 balls to spare. He scored 15 fours and 4 sixes, playing with elegance and sophistication. His innings helped India achieve an easy victory as he once again showed his importance in the Indian line-up.

137 (126) vs Bangladesh

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This innings of Rohit Sharma is especially memorable, as it came during the quarterfinals of the World Cup of 2015, held in Australia and New Zealand. The batsman scored 137 runs off 126 balls, in a wonderful inning studded with 14 fours and 3 sixes. This knock also helped India beat Bangladesh in the quarterfinals, helping them step into the semi-finals with ease. Sharma’s innings was instrumental in helping India achieve a huge total of 309 runs, which Bangladesh could not overcome by a long haul, as they were bundled out for a paltry 194 runs by the equally amazing bowlers of the Indian cricket team.

IPL 2019 Orange Cap: Highest Run Scorer of IPL 2019?

IPL 2019 Orange Cap: Highest Run Scorer of IPL 2019

The IPL begins its 12th edition in March and there is a lot of excitement in store this season as well. 

Old legends of the game will be making an appearance, and newer players will be looking for their time in the spotlight. Like all years, there will once again be a competition about the Orange and Purple caps, given to the highest run-getter and the highest wicket-taker, respectively. These are truly coveted positions, contested by every player in the IPL.

Henceforth, like all years, this year too has some favorites for the Orange Cap. Here’s taking a look at them.

Rohit Sharma

IPL 2019 - Top 5 contenders for Orange Cap
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The Mumbai Indians Skipper is one of the most legendary players in the IPL, and rightfully so. The team has won the title three times under him, and his run score is extremely impressive. Sharma is the third highest run-getter in the tournament, scoring 4493 runs in 173 matches, at an average of 31.86.

Also Read: A complete analysis – MI

Chris Lynn

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The Australian is one of the most destructive batsmen in the world and is undoubtedly one of the best assets in the Kolkata Knight Riders. He is also their most expensive foreign player to be bought, at 9.6 crores. He has always been pivotal in helping KKR’s run in the edition, be it batting first or chasing. Lynn has played a total of 28 matches in the IPL and has scored an impressive 875 runs at an average of 35.

Also Read: A complete analysis – KKR

Rishabh Pant

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The southpaw had an amazing season last year, which helped him secure a more or less permanent place for himself in the Indian team. Pant was also one of the three players who was retained by Delhi Capitals.

Rishabh Pant was the second highest run-scorer last season, falling short of winning the Orange Cap by a few runs. He scored 684 runs at an average of 52.61, including a 128* off 63 balls against Sunrisers Hyderabad, which is the highest individual score by an Indian in the IPL.

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Kane Williamson

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The stand-in captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the previous season led his team to the finals. Moreover, he was the winner of the Orange Cap last year. The New Zealand skipper has played in 32 IPL matches so far and has scored 1146 runs, averaging at 42.44. In the last season, he played 17 matches, and scored 735 runs in total, averaging at an impressive 52.50.

Also Read: A complete analysis – SRH

Virat Kohli

IPL 2019 - Top 5 contenders for Orange Cap
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The Royal Challengers Bangalore and Indian Team Skipper has been a part of the same IPL team since 2008. His track record when it comes to run-scoring makes him an extremely valuable asset to his team. Kohli won the Orange Cap in 2016, when he scored 973 runs in 16 matches at an incredible average of 81.08. Last year, he played 14 matches and scored 530 runs. Kohli is also the highest run scorer in the history of the IPL, scoring 4948 runs in 163 matches, at an average of 38.35.

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New Zealand claims a nail-biting series win over India

New Zealand claims a nail-biting series win over India

New Zealand registered a narrow four-run victory in the third and final T20I and won the series by 2-1 at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday (February 10). 

Both the teams made one change each from the last match. Right-arm seamer Blair Tickner came in place for Lockie Ferguson and made his debut for New Zealand; while Kuldeep Yadav replaced Yuzvendra Chahal in the squad for India.

India won the toss and chose to field first. Colin Munro and Tim Seifert got off to a flying start for New Zealand. However, back to back boundaries and over-boundaries off Khaleel Ahmed in the 4th over and Krunal Pandya in the 6th over helped them to score 66 runs within the powerplay.

To stop the run flow, the captain Rohit Sharma handed over the ball to Kuldeep Yadav in the 8th over; who, in his very first over picked up Tim Seifert and handed over the first breakthrough to the team. It was an outside edge off Yadav and Dhoni, as usual with his lightning-quick glove-work sent Seifert in after scoring 43 off 25 which included three boundaries and as many sixes.

Seifert’s dismissal brought Kane Williamson at the crease. Munro, however, started dealing with big shots at the other end and brought up his half-century in the 11th over, smashing Krunal Pandya over deep mid-wicket for a six. Both of them added 55 runs through a steady association.

Before the pair could become more dangerous, Kuldeep Yadav struck again. Munro misread the delivery and ended up hitting towards long-on where Hardik Pandya took a well-judged catch and his blitzy knock of 72 off 40 came to an end in 14th over.

Williamson departed the very next over, giving a catch to Kuldeep at short fine leg off Ahmed. He scored 27 off 21 with three boundaries.

Daryl Mitchell and Colin de Grandhomme started building a partnership. The latter took the charge and started hitting all over the park, scored 30 off 16 with three boundaries and a six before getting dismissed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

However, experienced Ross Taylor scored a quick-fire 14 off 7 and Mitchell scored 19 off 11 and took their side to 212 after 20 overs; which eventually proved to be a huge total to win the game.

Chasing a mammoth total of 213, India got the big blow in the very first over. After hitting the second ball for a boundary over through covers, he got dismissed in the fourth ball of the over by Santner. It was a straight forward catch to Daryl Mitchell at deep square leg; who did no mistake in taking it and Dhawan fell for 5.

Captain Rohit Sharma and Vijay Shankar tried to steady the ship and they managed to put up 57 runs in the powerplay. Shankar hit two sixes in the 8th over off Ish Sodhi and a boundary off Santner in the 9th over but before he could become more dangerous, Santner picked him up. Shankar was trying to play the slog sweep but ended up giving an easy catch to de Grandhomme at deep mid-wicket.

Rishabh Pant continued from where he left off in the last game, welcoming Santner with a boundary towards short fine leg. He stumped his authority by hitting a six over deep mid-wicket in the very next ball he faced.

Pant’s back to back big shots helped India to reach 100-mark within 10 overs. But this didn’t last at a long time as debutant Tickner picked up his maiden T20I wicket in the form of Pant; who scored a stormy 28 off 12 with one boundary and three sixes.

The hosts did break the stand of Hardik Pandya and Rohit Sharma by picking up the latter in the 14th over; who scored 38 off 32. Though Hardik Pandya started with a six, he fell for 21 off 11 with one boundary and two sixes. 

Dhoni fell for mere 2 off 4. The bowlers did a wonderful job by bringing down the run-rate. Though Krunal Pandya released some pressure with a maximum and two boundaries off Southee in the 18th over and taking fourteen-run in the penultimate over; which meant India needed 16 off the final over.

Karthik and Krunal Pandya tried their hearts out, Karthik smashed a six in the last ball of the final over, but failed to reach the target as New Zealand won the game by four runs.

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India equals the series with a thumping win over New Zealand

India equals the series with a thumping win over New Zealand

India kept the hope alive of T20I series win by registering a comfortable 7-wicket win in the second T20 International match against New Zealand at Auckland on Friday. 

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. Seifert and Munro started the innings. New Zealand were looking for a flying start but they didn’t get the start. Only when Seifert started hitting big, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and India quickly got rid of him. Tim Seifert, who scored 84 in the first game, scored a boundary and an over-boundary before getting dismissed.

Then it was Krunal Pandya, who struck twice in his first over. He first took Colin Munro, who tried to cover the in-field but failed to do so. The catch came at a great pace towards Rohit Sharma at the cover, who took that easily. On the last ball of the over, he trapped Daryl Mitchell before the stumps.

New Zealand captain Williamson became the third victim of Krunal Pandya in the eighth over. Williamson got dismissed after scoring 20 off 17 and New Zealand were reduced to 60/4 after 10 overs.

Then, all-rounder, Colin de Grandhomme came to his side’s rescue, smashed his maiden T20I half-century off 27 balls which included four sixes and one boundary. He, along with Ross Taylor anchored the innings till 15.4 overs. Both of them added 77-run before de Grandhomme misjudged the delivery and ended up giving an easy catch to Rohit Sharma at extra cover.

Krunal Pandya was the pick of bowlers, ending the innings with 3/28. Left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed finished with figures of 2/27 as the tourists were successful in stopping the hosts from exploiting Eden Park’s short boundaries.

Then Taylor and Mitchell Santner tried to steady the ship and both added 26 runs. Before they could move further, Vijay Shankar’s direct throw from the deep sent Taylor back in the pavilion. Later Khaleel Ahmed picked two more wickets in the last over and New Zealand ended up scoring 158 after 20 overs.

Krunal Pandya bagged 3 wickets while Khaleel Ahmed took two. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya scalped one each for India.

Chasing 159, India got off to a flying start. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan stated the innings at full pace and started dealing with boundaries and over-boundaries. In the 4th over when Rohit hit Kuggeleijn for a six at fine-leg, he completed his 100th six in T20Is.

Currently, he is placed second of hitting sixes (102). Martin Guptill and Chris Gayle are ahead of him with 103 sixes. He reached his 16th T20 half-century in the 9th over. With this, he became the highest run-scorer in T20I as well as the most 50+ scorer in the shortest format of the game.

But his stormy 50 off 29 came to an end when he got dismissed off Ish Sodhi. Dhawan, at the other end, was looking not much comfortable and scored only 30 off 31 with two boundaries before getting out. Earlier, both the openers added 79-run partnership, which became the Most partnership runs (1480).

Rishabh Pant came to bat at No. 3 today and tried to build a partnership with Vijay Shankar; who scored one boundary and a six in his 8-ball 14. Vijay Shankar’s dismissal brought MS Dhoni on the field. Both played with caution where Dhoni was rotating the strike and Pant was dealing with big shots. They both added 44-run through a steady association and ensured India’s win with 7 balls to spare.