IPL 2016: Mishra, de Kock power Delhi Daredevils to first victory, beat Kings XI Punjab by 8 wickets

A sensational four-wicket haul by leg-spinner Amit Mishra and a strokeful unbeaten 59 from Quinton de Kock powered Delhi Daredevils to a comprehensive 8-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab in their IPL match here today.

Electing to field first, the Daredevils restricted Kings XI Punjab to a paltry 111 for 9 in 20 overs, courtesy Mishra, who today became the second highest wicket-taker in IPL history after returning with figures of 3-0-11-4. He now has 116 IPL wickets under his belt.

The hosts then returned with an impressive batting display with opener de Kock (59 not out) and Sanju Samson (33) sharing a match-winning 91-run partnership off 64 balls for the second wicket to open accounts for Delhi who had lost to Kolkata Knight Riders in their campaign opener.


It was Pawan negi, who blasted a six in the 14th over as Delhi overhauled the target of 112 with 39 balls to spare at the Feroze Shah Kotla stadium.

Chasing the target, Punjab were dealt an early blow in the third over when opener Shreyas Iyer (3) nicked one from Sandeep Sharma which was going down the leg side.

After Delhi could muster only 12 runs in four overs, Axar Patel was introduced into the attack and he created an opportunity but Murali Vijay squandered it when he failed to held on to a catch to dismiss de Kock at deep square leg.

De Kock added insult to the injury by blasting Patel for a four over point. The left-handed South African glided another through fine leg off Mitchell Johnson.

De Kock struck three more boundaries in the eighth over off Patel to bring up the fifty for Delhi. He first hit a reverse sweep and then punched one off the backfoot before playing another nice-looking sweep.

Samson joined de Kock and launched Pradeep Sahu over long-on in the ninth over for Delhi’s first six of the match.

He then smashed Mohit Sharma over his head for another boundary in the next over.

In the 12th over, de Kock went berserk as he blasted a couple of fours and a six off Mitchell Johnson to reach his fifty off 38 balls. The young South African hit the second ball straight down the ground and then pulled one through deep mid wicket before pulling another one over long leg boundary.

Samson too wanted to step up the gas and danced down the track in the 13th over looking for a big hit but he was foxed by Patel who disturbed his stumps.

De Kock then blasted another four in the next over off Sahu before Pawan Negi came up with a slog-sweep over midwicket to end the agony of Punjab as Delhi reached to 113 for 3 in 13.3 overs.

Earlier, Mishra spun a web around Kings XI batsmen as he dismissed Shaun Marsh (13), David Miller (9), Glenn Maxwell (0) and Manan Vohra (32) to leave the visitors gasping for breath.

Apart from Mishra, Zaheer Khan (1/14), Chris Morris (1/19) and Jayant Yadav (1/23) were the other wicket-takers.

For Punjab, Vohra emerged as the top-scorer with a 24-ball 32 studded with five boundaries but he did not get any support from the other end as wickets kept tumbling.

Put into bat after Delhi skipper Zaheer Khan won the toss, Punjab lost their first wicket in the second over. It was Vohra, who escaped after Zaheer missed the catch but Murali Vijay (1) was run-out when he tried to steal a third run.

Marsh, who was playing after recovering from sickness, then joined Vohra and the duo tried to steady the ship as Punjab scored 23/1 in 5 overs.

West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite was then introduced into the attack and Vohra decided to go after him, hitting three fours to amass 14 runs off the over.

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra was introduced into the attack and he straightaway struck with wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock disturbing the stumps when Marsh tried to dance down the pitch.

Skipper David Miller hit a boundary in the second ball he faced off Mishra but the leg-spinner had the last laugh when he had him trapped in front of wicket in his next over to reduce Punjab to 52/3 in 8.1 overs.

A lot was expected from Australia’s Maxwell but his attempt to hit a maximum ended with Brathwaite taking an impressive catch at long off.

Mishra came back to haunt Kings XI when he completely foxed opener Vohra with another googly to dislodge his bails as Punjab lost half of their side in the 11th over.

In the 13th over, Wriddhiman Saha (3) lost his wicket when he was found short of wicket by a direct through by J P Duminy from point, then Axar Patel too was sent packing by Jayant Yadav with Negi taking the catch.

Mohit Sharma (15) produced a couple of lusty blows for a six and a four towards the end but it was too little too late.


IPL: With Wankhede games moved, onus on Mumbai to make most of home run

Despite the best rearrangement Indian Premier League officials manage for the two Maharashtra-based teams, Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants, it is likely to hurt their chances in terms of results. By Sunday, they will get new home venues, but Mumbai are likely to miss the advantage of playing at the Wankhede.

A big part of any team’s plans is based on maximising returns in these games. To an extent, team combination is picked with that in mind — players whose game is suited to the conditions. The hosts often manage a playing surface to suit their strength, the bowlers know the effective lengths, batsmen are aware of the productive strokes and the areas to target.

From early indications, there is little to separate the eight outfits. In this regard, the two teams from Maharashtra will be at a disadvantage towards the business end of the tournament (Mumbai are losing three home games).

It has increased the pressure on these outfits to make the most of the games at home till they are moved out at the end of April. Mumbai had a terrible start to their home campaign, losing to Rising Pune Supergiants. Against Gujarat on Saturday, they can’t afford another off day.

The main challenge for Mumbai will be to come up with a game plan to break the pressure the Gujarat bowlers exert in the second half of the innings. In both their games, Gujarat turned around the game by pulling things back in the later part of the innings. Kings XI Punjab openers got off to a flier but led by Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja, the Rajkot-based team applied the brakes with a series of wickets in the middle while drying up the runs.

Even against the formidable Pune batting, after Kevin Pietersen and Faf du Plessis had built a strong platform, Gujarat checked their run scoring. In Bravo and James Faulkner, they have two of the best exponents of pace bowling in T20 format.

Mumbai will heave a sigh of relief that Jadeja is not there for this game (he has stayed back in Rajkot for his wedding on Sunday). The left-arm spinner has teamed up well with Bravo and Faulkner as an effective death bowler.

The opening game for Mumbai at Wankhede was a disaster. The batting flopped — wrong shot selection and failure of key players was the reason for the collapse against Pune. They got it right against Kolkata Knight Riders by restoring Parthiv Patel at the top of the order.

Rohit Sharma held the innings together and Jos Buttler proved why he is among the most dangerous short-form players. After a morale-boosting chase, Rohit & Co should fancy their chances against these exponents of slow death.

Linking drought to IPL will trivialise crisis – Dravid

Reacting to the Bombay High Court’s order to shift 13 IPL matches out of drought-hit Maharashtra, former India captains Sunil Gavaskar and Rahul Dravid have said that cricket should not be mixed with such a serious issue. The High Court, on Wednesday, ordered that all IPL matches after April 30 should be shifted out of Maharashtra owing to the acute water crisis in the state.

“It’s a serious issue and the fact that so many people are dying because of shortage of water is serious but linking it to IPL will trivialise it,” Dravid told NDTV. “How can a drought be as important as cricket? If not having IPL will solve the problem, then we should stop playing cricket.”

Echoing the sentiment, Gavaskar said the sport is being singled out to rake up controversies.

“What do you think has been happening for the last 9-10 years? It’s always something or the other cropping up before or during the IPL,” Gavaskar told NDTV. “Whether it’s a soft target or not, yes it is a soft target.”

Gavaskar said while the water crisis, which has led to farmer suicides, is a serious issue, it cannot be mixed with cricket.

“Farmer’s lives have to be absolute priority. You cannot trifle with people who put bread on our table. That cannot be trivialised at all,” he said. “Is water being saved by not having IPL matches? If yes, how can it be done? The BCCI did guarantee that they will not use potable water. Franchises and BCCI, I believe, also offered to make a donation to the chief minister’s relief fund. Those were significant and good gestures.”

Gavaskar said that if water conservation could be done by stopping cricket matches, then other activities should also be checked.

“Why only cricket has been singled out? What about gardening, swimming? You can go on and on. Only cricket has been singled out,” he said. “Not just in this, even when there is something political, cricket is singled out. When it comes to having ties with some country or not, it’s cricket that is talked about.”

Gavaskar said water conservation requires a long-term plan: “This is something that has to be done over a period of time. In the last two-three years, there has been less rain in Maharashtra and the country. The national government and state governments have to think of how how to solve this problem. Everywhere there is this problem and with global warming, this will only increase.

“A policy has to be evolved so that we know that in case there is less rain, what is to be done. It can’t be done by not just playing some matches in the IPL.”

Quick Stats: M6 – GL vs RPS

83.33 Win-percentage for teams chasing a target in VIVO IPL 2016. Five out of six games played so far have been won by sides batting second.

81 Number of matches Suresh Raina has been part of a winning team in the IPL – most for any player. MS Dhoni is second with 79 wins.

41 Number of times MS Dhoni has remained not out in IPL – most such instances for any player. Irfan Pathan is distant second with 29 not outs.

32 Number of grounds that have hosted an IPL match. Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot also became 21st Indian ground to host an IPL match.

Number of stumpings made by Dinesh Karthik in IPL – most by any keeper in the tournament’s history. However, MS Dhoni equalled his tally later in the match.

Number of players with 3000 runs in IPL. MS Dhoni joined Suresh Raina (3743), Rohit Sharma (3476), Gautam Gambhir (3235), Virat Kohli (3212), Chris Gayle (3200) and Robin Uthappa (3039).

Number of times Suresh Raina has got out stumped in IPL – joint-most for any player with Ambati Rayudu and Robin Uthappa.

Number of IPL matches Suresh Raina had won as a captain before 2016 (out of three). He has now won two out of two.

Quick Stats: M5 – KKR vs MI



2 Number of captains to aggregate 2500 runs in IPL. Gautam Gambhir joined MS Dhoni, who has scored 2986 runs as captain.

7 Number of batsmen to aggregate 1,000 runs at a particular ground in IPL. Gautam Gambhir has now scored 1,023 runs at Eden Gardens. Chris Gayle- with 1,326 runs at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangaluru- tops the list.

10 Number of times Harbhajan Singh has caught a batsman off his own bowling in IPL – most such dismissals for any bowler. Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard are second with six caught & bowled.

Number of times Kolkata Knight Riders have lost to Mumbai Indians in IPL. This equals the record of most losses against a particular team in IPL. Royal Challengers Bangalore also have 12 losses against Chennai Super Kings. Chennai Super Kings on the other hand have lost to Mumbai Indians 12 times.

27 Number of times Gautam Gambhir has scored 50 or more in an IPL match- most for any batsman. David Warner and Suresh Raina have 26 such scores (later in the match Rohit Sharma also joined Warner and Raina).

55.86 Rohit Sharma’s average in IPL matches at Eden Gardens.

80% Mumbai Indians’ win-percentage at Eden Gardens (8 wins out of 10) – best for any side playing more than one match here.

Rohit Sharma’s score – highest for any Mumbai Indians captain in a chase in IPL. Sachin Tendulkar had made 72 against Chennai Super Kings at Mumbai Brabourne in 2010.

188 Mumbai Indians’ total – there has been only one higher successful chase at Eden Gardens in 49 matches. Kings XI Punjab had made 204 for two in 2010.

200 Yusuf Pathan was playing his 200th T20 match. He, however, could not hit a six to make it 200 sixes in 200th match!


Injured Simmons out of IPL 2016, Guptill named replacement

234489-4Mumbai Indians opener Lendl Simmons has been ruled out of the remainder of the IPL 2016 due to an injury to his lower back. New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill has been named as Simmons’ replacement.

Simmons’ injury is similar to the one that forced him to withdraw from the first stage of the World T20 last month. He later joined the West Indies team for the tournament, in place of the injured Andre Fletcher, and scored a crucial 51-ball 82 not out in the semi-final against India in Mumbai.

Simmons was the best batsman for Mumbai Indians during their title run in IPL 2015, scoring 540 runs in 13 matches at a strike-rate of 122.41 with six half-centuries. Overall, he has scored 942 runs in 22 matches for Mumbai Indians since 2014. He was out for 8 in Mumbai’s opening game against Rising Pune Supergiants last week.

Guptill was unsold during the player auction in February, despite being listed as one of the marquee players at a base price of INR 50 lakh. The opening batsman was the highest run-getter in the 2015 World Cup, scoring 547 runs in nine matches, including a knock of 237 against West Indies in the quarter-final. Guptill’s overall T20 record stands at 4684 runs from 155 matches with two centuries, including one against South Africa in December 2012. Guptill has also played in the Caribbean Premier League for Guyana Amazon Warriors and St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, apart from stints with Derbyshire and Sydney Thunder.

Quick Stats: M4 – RCB vs SRH

3 Number of instances when two bowlers conceded 50 or more runs in same innings in an IPL match. Royal Challengers Bangalore have done this to opposition bowlers twice. On one occasion Royal Challengers bowlers were at the receiving end.

Number of times David Warner has reached a fifty in 25 balls or fewer in IPL – most for any batsman.

21 Number of balls taken by David Warner to reach his fifty . There has been only one faster fifty against Royal Challengers Bangalore at their home turf. Owais Shah had raced to his fifty off 19 balls for Rajasthan Royals in 2012.

157 Runs added by Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers for the second wicket – second highest for any wicket at this venue. Gayle and Dilshan had added 167 runs for the first wicket against Pune Warriors India in 2013.

227 for four- Royal Challengers Bangalore’s total – highest for any team against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Chennai Super Kings had made 223 for three at Hyderabad in 2013.

Sarfraz Khan’s strike-rate in the match (35* off 10). There had been only one innings of 10 or more balls with higher strike-rate in IPL. AB de Villiers had made 41 off 11 balls against Mumbai Indians also at Bangalore last year at a strike-rate of 372.72

IPL 9: Gujarat Lions purr, more than roar against Kings XI Punjab but showed they are contenders

It hasn’t quite got started yet. But the best vintage vehicles often need a little time to warm up the engine before they are firing on all cylinders and accelerating down the motorway.

And the IPL is THE classic. It might not have fully clicked into ‘top’ yet, but in its initial manoeuvres it has promised much, and will doubtless move seamlessly through the gears until it reaches full throttle.

Maybe this was inevitable after the high drama of the recently concluded ICC World T20? After the giddy heights of that breathless Brathwaite finale, perhaps we needed a little time to get some air back into our lungs, and inhale deeply after scaling those rarefied heights.

The 2016 edition of the Indian Premier League has stuttered a little in its opening encounters – this third game ultimately proving as one-sided as the first two. The thrillometer has barely ticked over yet.

One of two new models fresh out of the garage for this year’s competition are the Gujarat Lions. They didn’t so much as roar out of the starting blocks, as purr – with satisfaction as they made fairly easy meat of the Kings XI Punjab.

The Lions could prove to be genuinely big cats in this cricketing circus. And in DJ Bravo – the ‘New Big Dog’ – they’ve already demonstrated that they have not only one of this format’s biggest entertainers, but one of its biggest match-winners. He provided Monday night’s turning point when he brought the curtain down on ‘the Big Show’.

Kings XI had set off quite nicely; and were yet to lose a wicket when Ravindra Jadeja began his second over. He opened with a wide; which was followed by being thrashed into the stands by Manan Vohra. 78-0 after 8.1 overs. Vohra, however, was out next ball – a bat-pad offering being neatly snapped up by wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik – running around to intercept the ballooning ball at silly point.

Vohra and his opening partner, Murali Vijay had been in easy, pleasing form. Vijay especially, had effortlessly unfurled a delightful range of authentic shots as he scored freely without the need for anything overly creative, or dangerous. But he fell to Jadeja too, in his third over of slow-left arm. It surely wasn’t necessary at this stage (the eleventh over) to make so extravagant a move to the leg-side to target the off-side boundary? He made room dramatically, swished his bat in a fierce, huge arc – and missed a straight one.

Jadeja, with no more than considered, intelligent bowling – rather than any great flight or spin – had pulled the Lions back into the game. In between those two dismissals, Dwayne Bravo had entered the arena. His first over had gone for a handful of singles. His second, effectively won the match.

At the wicket now were Kings XI captain David Miller and Glenn Maxwell. Before Bravo began his next over, the Punjab side’s mentor, Virender Sehwag was asked what his team’s target was for the innings? He replied: “If these two stay there, we’re looking at over 200. Otherwise, 170-180.” Within a few moments, the Trinidadian had removed them both, picking up his three-hundredth T20 wicket in the process – and Sehwag could only dream of reaching 170.

Both were undone by brilliant slower balls. Not ‘ordinary’ slower balls, mind you. Many a good bowler has those in his armoury. No, these were things of beauty that Bravo has patented and perfected – slower-ball yorkers. The ‘Champions’ dance is far from being the only thing that DJ Bravo has given the cricket world.

The first was a good example, helped somewhat by Maxwell’s desire, rather like Vijay, to step away and open up the offside for a full flourish of the bat. But it didn’t make a difference – if he’d stayed in line, such was the precision of the delivery he would surely have been lbw rather than bowled.

The ball that got Miller, though was superb. The South-African advanced a little, essaying his movement quite early – early enough for the bowler to adjust his length a fraction without in any way altering the flight and pace of the ball from his hand. It dipped under Miller’s bat like a mouse under a doorway, and the wicket was thoroughly splayed. It was a wonderful, wonderful sight. And it was easy to see in retrospect that there had been the game’s decisive moment.

Marcus Stoinis and Wriddhiman Saha both batted well to get the innings back on course – and 161 may have proved to be a defendable total. But it didn’t.

Aaron Finch returned to his unstoppable form that made him at one time the world’s top-ranked T20 batsman. His excellent 74 from 47 balls, assisted by bright cameos from captain Suresh Raina and Karthik mean Brendon McCullum’s bizarre second-ball stumping for 0 could be quickly forgiven and forgotten. Apparently, the former New Zealand captain once said that in this form of the game a batsman can reckon on succeeding one innings in seven. Well, at least that’s one of his failures out-of-the-way.

The promise of runs to come from him is only one of several positives the Lions can take away from this good start: the batting of Finch, Raina and Karthik; the all-round skill of Bravo; and a bowling attack that had options and didn’t go ragged – even in the face of the opposition’s excellent start. Praveen Kumar in particular so looks and plays like a ‘wily old-pro’ that it’s hard to believe he’s not yet thirty. It seems his cricket brain is the maturest part of his body.

The only small concern for the Lions was perhaps the bowling of James Faulkner. His first couple of overs were wayward rubbish; but skipper Raina persevered with him; and the Australian’s third and fourth overs were marked improvements. Raina showed faith in Faulkner; and he has faith in his players. On the evidence of this start, it is not misplaced.

We were on a break: Is Virat Kohli hinting at his patch up with Anushka Sharma?

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s break-up rumours have been in the news for quite some time now. Their break-up came as a shock for Bollywood. And now it seems that Virat and Anushka have sorted out their differences.virat-kohli-story-fb_647_041216125116

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma‘s break-up rumours have been in the news for quite some time now. Their break-up came as a shock for Bollywood. And now it seems that Virat and Anushka have sorted out their differences. The two were recently spotted enjoying a cozy dinner together.

After their dinner date, the gossip mills were abuzz with their patch up stories. To clear the air about his relationship status, Virat has found new and an innovative way of expressing his feelings. The cricket star was spotted wearing a tee that said, “We were on a break.” Does this hint at his patch up with the Sultan actor? Well, this only time will tell.

But this picture has now gone viral and has been doing the rounds on the internet.




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