IPL 2017 Match 18, Result : Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan fifties script Kolkata’s victory over Delhi

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) rode on a brilliant batting effort from Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan to beat Delhi Daredevils by four wickets in a thrilling Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match at the Feroz Shah Kotla here on Monday.

Pandey, who remained unbeaten on 69 off 49 balls rescued the visitors with a brilliant 110-run fourth wicket stand with Pathan (59) to turn the tide in favour of the visitors after a dreadful start.

Needing nine from the last over, Mishra got Chris Woakes stumped off his second delivery but couldn’t prevent Pandey from hitting him for a six off the fourth ball and then leaked two runs off the next to lose the tie.

Manish Pandey, who remained unbeaten on 69 off 49 balls rescued the visitors with a brilliant 110-run fourth wicket stand with Yusuf Pathan (59) to turn the tide in favour of the visitors after a dreadful start. (BCCI Photo)

Earlier, skipper Zaheer Khan gave Delhi a perfect start with the wickets of his opposite number Gautam Gambhir (14) and Colin de Grandhomme (1) while Pat Cummins sent back one down Robin Uthappa (4) to reduce the visitors to 21/3.

Zaheer struck in the opening over of the innings to remove KKR’s debutant de Grandhomme, who holed out a short of length delivery to give a simple catch to Sam Billings at deep square leg.

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IPL 2017 Match 17 Result : Rising Pune Supergiant won by 27 runs

Shardul Thakur and Ben Stokes transformed Rising Pune Supergiant’s weakest link by claiming three wickets each to hand Royal Challengers Bangalore a 27-run defeat in their IPL clash on Sunday.

In a match billed as a clash of captains — Virat Kohli versus Steven Smith —- the Australian emerged victorious after the mighty batting line-up of the home team caved in meekly to silence a packed M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

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Ben Stokes’ three-wicket haul guided Rising Pune Supergiant to a 27-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in a 2017 Indian Premier League clash at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. (BCCI )

RCB bowlers seemed to have done their job after Virat Kohli elected to field first on winning the toss as Rising Pune Supergiant slid to 130 for 7 in 17.2 overs, but Manoj Tiwary took charge and hammered 27 off 11 balls to take his team to a challenging total.

RPS finished on 161 for eight before restricting Royal Challengers Bangalore 134/9.

Although the odds were still against them, all-rounder Ben Stokes, Thakur and left-arm paceman Jaydev Unadkat shared eight wickets to upstage RCB.

Stokes had Kohli caught by Ajinkya Rahane in the deep for a 19-ball 28 after Thakur, the Mumbai paceman, had got rid of the other opener, Mandeep Singh, for a duck.

Bangalore were down to 70/3 after leg spinner Imran Tahir had AB de Villiers, also well-set on 29, stumped by MS Dhoni before the Rising Pune Supergiant bowlers chipped away at the middle-order.

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IPL 2017 Match 16 Result : Mumbai Indians record 4th consecutive successful chase with win over Gujarat Lions

Mumbai: Skipper Rohit Sharma found some form going his way as he anchored Mumbai Indians to a six-wicket victory over Gujarat Lions on Sunday.

Chasing a tricky target of 177, skipper Rohit remained unbeaten on 40 off 29 balls with Mumbai Indians knocking off the target with three balls to spare.

The popular franchise maintained their pole position with four wins in five matches with the only defeat coming against Rising Pune Supergiant.

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Mumbai’s Nitish Rana scored a match-winning 53 against Gujarat Lions.

Lions, on the other hand, have now lost three out of their four games and are languishing at the second last position in the eight-team table.

Credit should also be given to Nitish Rana (53 off 36 balls), who set the platform with another matured effort.

Kieron Pollard (39 of 23 balls) also did his bit with some lusty blows to make it easier for the skipper to add finishing touches.

Needing eight runs off the last over, Rohit guided a yorker past the keeper to take the pressure off. A couple of twos sealed it as the skipper looked relieved having gone through a bad patch since the start of the event.

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IPL 2017, Match 15 Result : Delhi Daredevils beat Kings XI Punjab by 51 runs

When you look at the teamsheets of various IPL franchises, they always throw up one or more star names. Players that can fill stadiums, whom people will come in to watch over and over again, the ones who are mega draws at the box office. Some teams have many such players — Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Gujarat Lions, and Royal Pune Supergiant. Others — Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad — make do with a couple of them.

This is the USP of this franchise league. It is the generous mix of Indian as well as overseas big-ticket cricketers all coming together to form singular units who then compete for the ultimate prize. And it is good business — for organisers, broadcasters, franchise owners, and cities/states owning stadiums, et al.

Delhi Daredevils team celebrate vs KXIP

 

Weirdly enough though, Delhi Daredevils don’t necessarily adhere to this norm. Look up their teamsheet. Which name inspires the same selling point? They don’t really have a high-profile Indian cricketer on their rolls. Yes, Mohammed Shami and Amit Mishra are there, but when was the last time bowlers filled up seats in any format of the game, least of all T20 cricket?

Karun Nair hasn’t done much since scoring his triple hundred. Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant are barely recognisable even when loitering about in crowded hotel lobbies. Among the overseas players, Quinton de Kock, Carlos Brathwaite, Corey Anderson and Chris Morris, all have decent value, but most of it pertains to what they can do on the field. Selling t-shirts, a synonym for star power, isn’t really their forte when it comes to Delhi’s franchise.

Maybe Zaheer Khan, but he is one for the oldies, who still swear by the golden generation and is quickly approaching his sell-by date. In that sense, Rahul Dravid is still their alpha name. But, for a franchise reeling under a spate of poor results since 2012, this isn’t about star attraction. This is about getting the right processes down, picking the optimal balance in the squad, and for that, if they have to play with a bunch of ‘relative’ unknowns, then so be it.

In other words, ‘experience’ is the watchword herein, at least that is what names like Zaheer and Dravid signify. You can also relate it aplenty with the likes of Mishra, Shami, Anderson, Morris and Brathwaite, who have excellent know-how of different formats in varied conditions. Even someone as young as Sam Billings too falls into this category as he has played in three different franchise T20 leagues.

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IPL 2017, Match 14 Result :Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 17 runs

Kolkata, April 15: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 17 runs thanks to a brilliant innings from Robin Uthappa.

Robin Uthappa struck a gritty 68 off 39 balls to help Kolkata Knight Riders recover from a jittery start and post 172 for six against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in their IPL match here today (April 15).

 

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Robin Uthappa (left) and Manish Pandey (Image courtesy: BCCI)

Put in to bat, the two-time champions had the worst start of the season with scorecard reading 40 for two in the Powerplay after Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/20) and Rashid Khan (1/29) dismissed Sunil Narine and Gautam Gambhir respectively in six overs.

However, the Sunrisers failed to make further in-roads in the middle overs and the Karnataka duo of Uthappa and Manish Pandey put on a solid 77-run partnership from 52 balls.

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