IPL 2023: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) emerged victorious against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in match number 61 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday. Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh played outstanding innings to secure a six-wicket win for KKR and keep their playoffs hopes alive.
CSK’s Opening Duo Gives a Solid Start
Electing to bat first, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway looked at ease in driving, cutting, and flicking off fast bowlers Vaibhav Arora and Harshit Rana to pick three fours in the first three overs.
After Gaikwad swept Chakaravarthy for four, the leg-spinner bounced back when he found a turn on leg-break which the right-handed batter tried to slog and top-edge flew to short third man. Chakravarthy broke through the important partnership for KKR, getting Ruturaj Gaikwad (17, 13 balls, 2×4) to edge one to Arora in the fourth over as CSK raced away to 31 in the fourth over.
Conway-Rahane Struggles to Score Runs
After Conway brought out a cover drive off Chakaravarthy for four, Ajinkya Rahane used Rana’s pace to late-dab past the third man for four and followed it up with an effortless loft over mid-on for six as Chennai signed off from Power-play with 52/1.
Conway got to change an lbw decision off Chakaravarthy when on 25 in the eighth over as replays showed the ball bouncing above stumps, but Rahane fell trying to force the pace, unable to clear the boundary off Chakravarthy.
Chennai plunged into trouble when Conway got a top edge on the pull off Shardul Thakur and was caught by deep square-leg in the tenth over. In the next over, an off-break from Sunil Narine went past Ambati Rayudu’s sweep and crashed into the stumps, The West Indian spinner then castled a struggling Moeen (1) to reduce CSK to 72 for 5 in the 11th over.
Dube & Jadeja Duo Shared 68 Runs Partnership
Dube ended a 41-ball no-boundary spree by launching an overpitched delivery from Suyash Sharma over extra cover for six. But Narine, Suyash and Chakaravarthy controlled the run flow.Dube began to attack by pulling Thakur for four, before he and Ravindra Jadeja smashed a six each over the leg-side on short balls from Suyash on either side of a no-ball, to amass 16 runs from the 17th over.
The duo shared 68-run stand for the sixth wicket to take CSK close to the 150-run mark, which at one point of time looked out of reach on a sluggish pitch. Spin duo of Narine (2/15) and Chakravarthy (2/36) were the pick of the bowlers for KKR and they were ably supported by Shardul Thakur (3-0-15-1) did and Vaibhav Arora (1/30). CSK were 99 for five after 16 overs as KKR bowlers, especially the spinners, kept things tight and struck at regular intervals.
Dube then took on Chakaravarthy by smoking a six over mid-wicket, before taking a brace twice. But Thakur pulled things back admirably by conceding only five runs, including a wide, in the 19th over.After Jadeja ramped a bouncer straight to short third man off Arora in the final over, Kolkata conceded only four runs on the last two balls, including a wide and no-ball, as Chennai picked only 14 runs off the last two overs.
Deepak Chahar’a Amazing Brought Early Breakthrough
CSK struck an early blow when Chahar got Rahmanullah Gurbaz (1) as he failed to keep his square-drive down and was well caught by Tushar Deshpande close to the boundary. After six overs, KKR were 46 for three with Chahar having picked up all the three wickets to fall — Gurbaz, Jason Roy (12) and Venkatesh Iyer (9). But CSK spinners — Ravindra Jadeja, Maheesh Theekshana and Moeen — could not do any damage after Deepak Chahar had provided the initial breakthroughs.
Rana-Rinku’s Partnership Costs CSK’s Victory
The pair of Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh stuck around to swat the spinner around the park with some typical cricketing shots. Rinku reached his fifty in just 39 balls as Nitish also got to his half-century in 38 balls. Rana remained unbeaten on 57 off 44 balls while Rinku made 54 off 43 deliveries. KKR finished at 147 for four in 18.3 overs with Rana leading from the front after making the most of a dropped chance.
Rana and Rinku, both left-handers, showed necessary skills and patience on a tacky pitch to negate the impact of CSK spinners after the home team had posted a moderate 144 for six in 20 overs. The match-winning partnership between Rana and Rinku ended when the latter was run out by a direct hit from Moeen Ali.
Rana got a life on 18 when Matheesha Pathirana dropped a catch running in from the boundary off Moeen. In the 13th over bowled by Moeen, Rana played two superb shots on the off-side to pick up boundaries and followed it up with a few more cracking strikes in the 15th over by Maheesh Theekshana. The defeat also puts on hold CSK’s chances of sealing a play-off berth as the home side is in second spot with 15 points. KKR, on the other hand, moved to 12 points with a match to play but their hopes rest on other results.
KKR’s victory against CSK has kept their playoffs hopes alive in the IPL 2023. Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh played crucial innings to guide KKR to a comfortable win. CSK’s spinners struggled to make an impact, and their chances of reaching the playoffs are now on hold. KKR’s next match will be crucial for their playoffs aspirations as they will rely on other results to determine their fate in the tournament.
MI VS RCB Match Highlights: In a thrilling encounter at the Wankhede Stadium, the Mumbai Indians showcased their batting prowess as they successfully chased down a challenging target set by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Suryakumar Yadav’s explosive innings, accompanied by Nehal Wadhera’s crucial contribution, outshone the brilliant performances of RCB’s Glenn Maxwell and Faf du Plessis. Let’s delve into the highlights of this high-scoring encounter.
The Maxwell-Faf show
During RCB’s innings, Virat Kohli & Faf-Du-Plessi came into ground to open their 1st innings but unfortunately kohli caught behind while stepping out due to leading edge . Then Maxwell and du Plessis were on the crease & showed why they are rated as two of the most devastating batters in T20 cricket. Maxwell bludgeoned 68 runs off just 33 balls, featuring 8 fours and 4 sixes, while du Plessis contributed 65 runs off 41 balls, including 5 fours and 3 sixes. Their partnership of 120 runs off 62 balls propelled RCB to a challenging total of 199/6.
RCB had lost two early wickets, they were up against MI’s best spinner, Piyush Chawla, who was the biggest wicket-taker of Mumbai go wicket less yesterday and the onus was on them to set the target at the Mumbai ground where no total is safe enough. The home team had a missed opportunity when they dropped Du Plessis on zero. The RCB opener flicked a low full-toss from Jason Behrendorff uppishly but Nehal Wadhera put down a fairly routine catch at short midwicket.
Jason Behrendorff’s Early Strikes and Maxwell’s Dismissal:
MI’s left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff made an impact right from the start, claiming the crucial wickets of Virat Kohli and Anuj Rawat early in the innings. Behrendorff’s two quick breakthroughs reduced RCB to 16/2 in the third over. However, it was his dismissal of Glenn Maxwell, who was in tremendous form, that provided the much-needed breakthrough for MI. Maxwell’s innings was brought to an end at 68 runs, courtesy of a slower delivery from Behrendorff.
“Me and Faf have had some nice partnerships, so it was very enjoyable,” said Maxwell. “I think it was around a 200-wicket, but there were a few balls that kept low. You try and play the conditions as much as you can. I was really committed today and super positive in my mindset. I tried to play the field and tried to back my instincts.”
Chawla Went Wicketless
Chawla has been MI’s standout spinner this season, he went wicketless for 41 runs. In a bid to control the RCB top order, captain Rohit gave him the new ball in powerplay. But, he was unable to make any impression on Maxwell and Du Plessis. The RCB captain was hitting him down the ground while Maxwell was messing him up with his strokes square & reverse sweep of the wicket.
The difference they make to the RCB batting was seen in how MI pulled things back once their partnership was broken in the 13th over. After Behrendorff deceived Maxwell with a slower ball, MI picked up two more quick wickets. Kumar Karthikeya bowled an excellent 14th over, conceding just five runs and getting the wicket of Mahipal Lomror. Cameron Green provided further lift to the hosts with the scalp of Du Plessis on the first ball of the 15th over. From 131/2 in 12 overs, it was 152/5 after 15 overs.
It ensured the visitors couldn’t capitalise on the slog overs. Going at nearly 11 per over till the 12th, RCB could manage just one 10-plus over of their last seven — the 15 runs they got in the 18th over off with Dinesh Karthik hitting two fours and one six off left-arm spinner Kumar Karthikeya.
Mumbai Batters Gave a Solid Start in Powerplay
In 2nd innings when mumbai came to bat all eyes were on Rohit Sharma while MI was chasing in their home ground . After dropping himself down to No.3 against Chennai Super Kings on Saturday, the MI captain, who had managed only five runs in his last four IPL innings, returned to the top of the order. Ishan kishan who was recently selected for WTC final 2023 gave a fiery start . But Wanindu Hasaranga removed both MI openers — Ishan departed after a sizzling 21 ball 42; Rohit’s lean IPL 2023 patch continued as he fell for 7 off 8.
Surya – Wadhhera’s 140 run partnership
Then Enter Suryakumar Yadav and Nehal Wadhera. The game’s trajectory changed as SKY entered beast mode. As Faf said after the match, ‘He’s one of the best. When he gets going ,he’s really difficult to bowl to. You can’t shut him down.’ Suryakumar Yadav and Wadhera kept the equation in check with a smart display of batting, finding the boundaries by picking their gaps well before shifting gears. They took control after coming together at 52/2 to help MI reach 99/2 in 10 overs.
The senior pro shifted into top gear from there on to reach his half-century in 26 balls. The century of their partnership was reached in 53 balls to take the total to 150 in 13.3 overs.In pursuit of a target of 200, Yadav smashed 83 off 35 balls (7×4 6×6) at a strike rate of 237.14 to win the Player of the Match award. When he finally fell, trying to hit his seventh six, MI needed just 8 off 26 balls to win. The third-wicket partnership between Surya and Wadhera (52* off 34 balls) was worth 140 off 66 balls and took the match away from RCB at a very rapid clip.
The Mumbai Indians’ commanding chase, led by Suryakumar Yadav’s explosive innings, overshadowed the impressive batting display of Glenn Maxwell and Faf du Plessis for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. With their emphatic win, Mumbai Indians jumped to the third position in the IPL standings. This thrilling encounter further solidified the reputation of the IPL as a platform for exhilarating cricket and showcased the talent and skill of the players involved.
Gujarat Titans fire to sweep away Lucknow Super Giants at Ahmedabad: The Gujarat Titans put on a dominant display against the Lucknow Super Giants in the Indian Premier League, with Shubman Gill’s unbeaten 94 and Wriddhiman Saha’s 81 leading them to a total of 227-2, the fourth highest total this season. Lucknow’s Kyle Mayers had a quick-fire 48 at the top of the innings, but was dismissed by Rashid Khan in the ninth over after a brilliant catch. Despite Quinton de Kock’s 70, Lucknow’s middle-order crumbled, finishing at 171-7, allowing Gujarat to seal an impressive win & secure top place in points table with 16 points.
Image: Both Pandya brothers discussion during toss in IPL 2023. Source: TOI
Gujarat’s Dominant Display In Power play
Gujarat Titans started their innings at an explosive pace, with Saha and Gill adding 142 runs for the first wicket in only 12.1 overs. This set the franchise record for the highest partnership for any wicket, and was the second-best stand for any team for any wicket in this IPL. The Saha-Gill pair went ballistic to add 78 runs in the first six overs, scoring at 13 runs per over.
Image: wriddhiman Saha & Shubhman Gill fire to react 227/2 against Lucknow Super Giants. Source: BCCI
Saha led the charge with a couple of fours and a six off Mohsin Khan in the first two overs, while Gill smacked a six over long-on off Krunal Pandya. Saha continued his assault on Mohsin in the left-armer’s second over, hitting him for a couple of sixes and fours to take the defending champions past the 50-run mark inside four overs. In the last over of the powerplay, Saha brought up his fifty off only 20 balls with a six off Yash Thakur.
The Gujarat wicketkeeper-batter continued to hammer the Lucknow bowlers, hitting an overall four sixes and 10 fours to make 81 from 43 balls. Gill opened up tad late but finished close to what would have been a splendid maiden IPL century, hitting seven sixes and two fours in his 51-ball knock.
Image: Gujarat Titans Dominance over Lucknow Super Giants. Source: BCCI
GT’s charge continued post the powerplay as 43 runs in the next four overs took their total to 121 without any damage at the halfway mark. Saha and Gill’s century stand came up in the ninth over itself with the latter hitting Ravi Bishnoi inside out for a six over cover. Gill took 29 balls to bring up his fourth fifty of this IPL, which came in the 12th over.
Despite the strong start from Gujarat, the Lucknow Super Giants were not out of the game yet. They knocked off 50 runs from the target in only four overs with both Mayers and de Kock finding momentum. Mayers began with three consecutive fours off Hardik Pandya in the second over, and the third from Mohammad Shami yielded 19 runs with de Kock hitting a couple of fours and Mayers getting a six and a four. Mayers was also severe on Rashid Khan in the fifth, hitting him for a six and a four to collect 14 runs as LSG reached 72 for no loss after the powerplay.
Image: Rashid Khan took a impressive catch to dismiss Kyle Mayer’s. Source: BCCI
Rashid Khan completed a wonderful running catch to dismiss Kyle Mayers and end the opening stand. The Afghan player covered a distance of 26 metres from deep square leg and managed to hold on to the ball while diving to his right, getting rid of Mayers for 48 off 32 balls (7x4s, 2x6s) off Mohit Sharma. But de Kock continued to flourish, flicking Hardik powerfully over midwicket for a six to take LSG to 102 for one halfway.
RR vs SRH Dream11 Prediction: Fantasy Cricket Tips, Today’s Playing 11, Player Stats, Pitch Report for IPL 2023, Match 52: The 52nd match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 will see the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) take on the Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Sunday, May 7. Ahead of the match, here’s everything you need to know about the RR vs SRH Dream11 prediction.
SunRisers Hyderabad have underwhelmed this season despite a good off-season in terms of player signings. SRH have three wins from nine matches with their batting unit struggling for consistency.
As for the Royals, they come into the game on the back of two big losses against the Mumbai Indians and the Gujarat Titans. They would want the duo of Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler to step up as they seek a return to winning ways.
The reverse fixture saw Rajasthan thump SunRisers by a whopping margin of 72 runs. But with both sides looking well-matched on paper, an intriguing contest beckons in Jaipur.
RR vs SRH Match Details, IPL 2023, Match 52
SunRisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals will lock horns in the 52nd match of IPL 2023 in Jaipur on Friday, May 7. The game is set to take place at 7:30 PM IST. The live score & commentary of the game can be followed in the Sportskeeda Live Score section.
Date and Time: May 7th, 2023, 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Live Streaming: Jio Cinema
Broadcast: Star Sports Network
RR vs SRH pitch report of 52th match
Jaipur has offered up different surfaces in the IPL so far with the first-innings scores this season reading 118, 202, and 154. The previous game saw spin dominate proceedings, with spinners picking up six out of the 11 wickets to fall. The powerplay phase may not be as fruitful for the bowlers, who have only accounted for three wickets across six innings. Batting first might be the preferred option, with the pitch likely to slow down as the match progresses.
RR vs GT Dream11 Prediction: Hardik Pandya has taken ten or more wickets in IPL against only two opponents, one of which is the Rajasthan Royals.
On Friday (May 5), the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur will witness a clash between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Gujarat Titans (GT) in the 48th match of IPL 2023. Both teams have displayed impressive performances this season and are expected to deliver another strong performance in this match. The Titans, sitting at the top of the points table, have won six out of nine games. Despite winning three games on the trot, they lost their previous match against the Delhi Capitals.The Royals are currently positioned in fourth place in the points table, having won five out of nine games this season.
So far, RR and GT have faced each other four times in the IPL, including last season’s final. Out of these games, GT have emerged victorious in three. However, in their previous encounter this season, the Royals managed to secure their first win against GT, successfully chasing down a target of 178 runs in the final over.
these games, GT have emerged victorious in three. However, in their previous encounter this season, the Royals managed to secure their first win against GT, successfully chasing down a target of 178 runs in the final over.
RR VS GT HEAD-TO-HEAD IN IPL
Matches played: 4
Rajasthan Royals won: 1
Gujarat Titans won: 3
Last result: Rajasthan Royals won by three wickets (Ahmedabad; 2023)
In 2023, Rajasthan Royals has won and lost one match each in Jaipur. While it went down to Lucknow Super Giants by 10 runs in a low-scoring contest, Rajasthan hammered Chennai Super Kings by 32 runs in its last match at the venue.
RR OVERALL RECORD IN JAIPUR IN IPL
Matches played: 49
Last result: RR Beat Chennai Super Kings by 32 runs (April 2023)
Last five results: RR won – 3; RR lost –
IPL 2023 STATS AT JAIPUR
Matches played: 2
Team batting first won: 2
Team batting second won: 0
Average first innings score: 178
RR VS GT MOST RUNS IN IPL
Hardik Pandya (GT)
Jos Buttler (RR)
David Miller (GT)
RR VS GT MOST WICKETS IN IPL
Hardik Pandya (GT)
Mohammad Shami (GT)
Yash Dayal (GT)
RR vs GT Match Details
Rajasthan Royals vs Gujarat Titans, Match 48, IPL 2023
Venue – Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Date & Time: Friday, May 5, 7:30 PM IST
Telecast & Streaming Details: Star Sports Network and JioCinema
RR vs GT Pitch Report
The surface at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur is a balanced one for both batters and the bowlers. Moreover, it is expected to remain consistent throughout the clash. Any score between 160-180 will be a competitive one. The skipper skipper winning the toss may elect to bowl first.
RR vs GT Probable Playing XIs
Rajasthan Royals (RR): Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c&wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Dhruv Jurel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jason Holder, Adam Zampa, Sandeep Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal
Gujarat Titans (GT): Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya (c), Vijay Shankar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmad, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma, Joshua Little
RR vs GT Dream11 Prediction
Rajasthan Royals looks in good form in recent matches, They are the favourites to win the match.
RR vs GT Dream11 Experts Team
Toss Prediction, Who will Win the Toss Today?
According to the Possible11 expert toss prediction, RR will win the toss and choose to Bowl first.
RR vs GT TATA IPL Match Expert Advice:
Yashasvi Jaiswal will be a top multiplier choice for the small leagues. Jos Buttler will be a decent choice for the captaincy in the grand leagues.
RR vs GT Head to Head
RR vs GT Live Telecast
The match will be live telecast on Star Sports and JioCinema.
RR vs GT Fantasy Tip
1) Looking by the pitch behaviour, Picking top-order batters would be crucial here. 2) Death-over bowlers are always excellent wicket-takers in fantasy, they can turn the game around at any time. 3) In Wicket Keeping, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson are the best choice. 4) Batters may play major role on this pitch.
RR vs GT Winning Prediction
Gujarat Titand team has the upper hand over Rajasthan Royals team. So try to pick more players from Gujarat Titans.
RR vs GT Small League Must Picks:
RR – Yashasvi Jaiswal [682 points], Jos Buttler [493 points] GT – Mohammed Shami [567 points], Rashid-Khan [526 points].
Delhi Capitals will host Gujarat Titans in their first home game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. The much-anticipated 20-over battle is slated to take place on April 4 at the Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium in New Delhi.
It will be a crucial fixture for the Capitals, who are coming off a disappointing loss in the earlier game and still awaiting the maiden victory of this season. The David Warner-led side fell short of Lucknow Super Giants, enduring a 50-run defeat. Skipper Warner was their only standout batter and scored 56 off 48 deliveries. Among others, Rilee Rossouw smashed 30 off 20 deliveries.
Meanwhile, Gujarat Titans got the better of Chennai Super Kings in their maiden appearance of the IPL 2023. Subhman Gill enjoyed red-hot form as the Indian opener notched up a brilliant century, scoring 63 off 36 balls.
Pacer Mohammad Shami breathed fire with the new ball and wrapped up the home fixture with two wickets. Rashid Khan and Alzarri Joseph also picked up two wickets each.
DC vs GT Telecast
The Star Sports Network has the TV broadcasting right for Delhi Capitals vs Gujarat Titans IPL match.
DC vs GT Live Streaming
The IPL match between Delhi Capitals vs Gujarat Titans will be streamed live on the Jio Cinema app and website.
IPL 2023 Points Table: Check Team Standings, Points, Win, Loss & Orange Cap
DC vs GT Match Details
The DC vs GT IPL match will be played at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on Tuesday, April 4, at 7:30 pm IST.
The Arun Jaitley Stadium hosted a total of four IPL games in 2021, and the team chasing the total won three of these matches. The pitch here will likely remain balanced throughout the game, which means this might be an equally-contested game. The pacers will likely be more dominant than the spinners on Tuesday.
DC vs GT Dream11 match top picks
Top Wicketkeeper Pick
Wriddhiman Saha (25 off 16 in the previous game vs CSK)
Wriddhiman Saha gave a good account of himself in the previous game, coming up with a 16-ball 25 in the powerplay phase. Saha was also impressive with his keeping skills.
With Saha looking in good touch with the bat, he can be backed in your DC vs GT Dream11 prediction team.
Top Batter Pick
David Warner (56 off 48 in the previous game vs LSG)
David Warner struck some form in the previous game, scoring a sedate half-century at the top of the order. However, Warner is one of the most accomplished batters in IPL history with 60 scores of 50 or more in 163 innings.
With Warner capable of scoring big runs consistently, he is a good addition to your DC vs GT Dream11 prediction team.
Top All-rounder Pick
Axar Patel (16(11) & 1/38 in the previous game vs LSG)
Axar Patel showed glimpses of his ability in the previous game, picking a wicket and scoring 16 runs in the lower order. He has a heap of IPL experience with an economy of 7.27 holding him in good stead.
With Axar likely to enjoy the conditions on offer, he is a must-have in your DC vs GT Dream11 prediction team.
Top Bowler Pick
Mohammed Shami (2/29 in the previous game vs CSK)
Mohammed Shami was decent with the ball in the previous game, picking up two wickets against the Chennai Super Kings. To his credit, he has 101 wickets in 94 matches at a strike rate of 20.40. With Shami’s wicket-taking ability holding him in good stead, he is a must-have in your DC vs GT Dream11 prediction team.
DC vs GT match captain and vice-captain choices
Rashid Khan was the standout player for the Gujarat Titans in their win against the Super Kings, picking up two wickets and coming up with a match-winning cameo in the lower order as well. He has a terrific IPL bowling record of 114 wickets at an average of 20.69.
With Rashid also adding value with the bat as well, he is a top captaincy pick for your DC vs GT Dream11 prediction team.
Prithvi Shaw showed glimpses of his ability in the previous game, scoring 12 runs in nine balls. Shaw has a decent IPL record of 1600 runs at a strike rate of 147.33 in 64 innings.
With Shaw capable of scoring quick runs consistently at the top of the order, he is a viable choice as captain or vice-captain for your DC vs GT Dream11 prediction team.
5 Must-picks with player stats for DC vs GT Dream11 Prediction Team
56(48) in the previous match
2/30 in the previous match
63(36) in the previous match
2/29 in the previous match
2/26 in the previous match
DC vs GT match expert tips for IPL 2023, Match 7
Shubman Gill started his IPL campaign in fine fashion, scoring 63 runs off 36 balls against the Chennai Super Kings. Gill has been in brilliant form over the last few months, impressing in international cricket as well.
With Gill in decent form and being a good player of both pace and spin, he is a good pick for your DC vs GT Dream11 prediction team.
DC vs GT Dream11 Prediction Team Today, Head To Head League
Wicketkeeper: Wriddhiman Saha
Batters: David Warner (c), Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill
SRH vs RR IPL 2023 Live Cricket Score: Boult sends Rajasthan to flier; Abhishek, Tripathi walks back
Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s Sunrisers Hyderabad face Sanju Samson’s Rajasthan Royals in the 4th match of the IPL 2023. SRH and RR have made some crucial changes for the 16th season of IPL and look to start the tournament on a high note. Hyderabad have a strong bowling line-up along with dashing middle-order, while the Royals have a robust top-order and a formidable bowling attack. The match will be played the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
APRIL 02, 2023 5:53 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Boult gives perfect start
Rajasthan have got a brilliant start in the defence as Boult has got two wickets in his first over. What a brilliant over that was. Two out swinging balls getting two SRH batters. First, it was Abhishek, who was bowled on the second ball of the innings and then Tripathi was caught out as Holder completed a stunning catch at wide slip.
APRIL 02, 2023 5:20 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
RR finish strong at 203
Rajasthan have finished well at 203/5 in the 20 overs. A powerful display by Sanju Samson’s team as they become the first team to get a 200-plus total in IPL 2023. But they might be thinking that they could have gone somewhere around 220. Buttler and Jaiswal provided a blistering start as they got 85 /1 in the first 6. Both smashed fifty as RR were set for a big total. Samson joined the party too with a 55-run knock. SRH managed to restrict them a bit with Farooqi and Natarajan taking two each. So, this will take some effort by SRH to get there. Will see what happens next. Back with the chase.
APRIL 02, 20235:11 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
And Samson falls after hitting a fifty. He was looking to go for the glory shot but got caught at deep mid-wicket. Abhishek at the fence takes a brilliant balanced catch to dismiss the RR captain.
APRIL 02, 2023 4:59 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Parag goes back, Samson hits 50
Natarajan has got the wicket of Riyan Parag as he could not play a notable hand today. This was on a good length as he swings his bat wildly only to get caught at short third. Meanwhile, Samson has got to his fifty in 29 balls. Hetmyer comes in now.
APRIL 02, 20234:54 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
RR 170/3 after 16
We now head to the second time-out of the innings as RR are at 170/3 after 16 overs. Samson is just 1 short of his fifty at the moment and will look to take his team to somewhat around 220. Can SRH restrict them? Death overs loading in Hyderabad…
APRIL 02, 20234:44 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Umran gets Padikkal
Umran has cleaned up Padikkal with a 149.2 kmph thunderbolt. This was on a good length but stayed low as it got through the batters’ defences. Meanwhile, 150 up for Rajasthan inside 14 overs. Samson is still out there and Parag has joined him. Hetmyer is in the dugout. How much can they get?
APRIL 02, 2023 4:37 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Jaiswal falls after fifty
And Jaiswal now has to walk back after that well-made fifty. Farooqi gets another RR opener and for the same score- 54 as they go 2 down. This was short as Jaiswal looked to pull it on the leg side but gets a toe end as he finds the fielder at deep mid-wicket.
APRIL 02, 2023 4:32 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Fifty for Jaiswal
And now Jaiswal gets to his fifty as well. A 34-ball fifty for the young Southpaw. RR have made 135/1 in 12 overs. Still handsome runs on the board but the momentum has come down a little in the previous few overs.
APRIL 02, 2023 4:23 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Samson, Jaiswal keeping the momentum going
Samson and Jaiswal are keeping the momentum going and are getting big overs. RR are at 122/1 after 10 overs and they are all set for a mammoth score. Can SRH apply some breaks?
APRIL 02, 2023 4:09 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
RR register highest powerplay scoreStat Alert:
This is Rajasthan’s highest-ever score in the powerplay. 85 came off the first six. Their previous best was 81/1 against CSK in October 2021. Great start to the new season.
APRIL 02, 2023 4:03 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Buttler goes back after fifty
Ohh, there’s the first one. Farooqi has managed to get rid of the dangerous Buttler. The RR opener smashed the bowlers for fun around the park and hit a 20-ball 50. But he has to go back for a well-made 54. RR are 85/1 after the first 6. Gosh, this is some serious start.
APRIL 02, 2023 3:53 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Rajasthan go past 50
Ohh they are going berserk. What fiery batting this is by Buttler and Jaiswal. They have crossed fifty in 22 balls. Sixes and Fours raining in Hyderabad and the home team is under the pump at the moment.
APRIL 02, 2023 3:47 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Jaiswal, Buttler make solid start
Jaiswal and Buttler have made a great start here. They are going behind Bhuvi and Farooqi. 37 runs from the first three overs. 17 from the third over. Spin is introduced as Sundar comes in to bowl the 4th over.
APRIL 02, 20233:32 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
SRH look for solid start
Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal are out in the middle and they look for a solid start. Bhuvneshwar starts for SRH. Will Buttler explode in the powerplay itself? Buttler vs Umran will also be some match-up to watch. Fiery batting vs Express pace.
APRIL 02, 2023 3:25 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Subs of both teams
Subs of SRH- Abdul Samad, Mayank Dagar, Upendra Yadav, Mayank Markande, and Vivrant Sharma are in the substitute list.
Subs of RR- Sandeep Sharma, Donavon Ferreira, Dhruv Jurel, Navdeep Saini, and Murugan Ashwin are substitutes of RR.
APRIL 02, 2023 3:18 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
This is a good batting surface. Teams have got handsome scores here and there is also help for pacers generally at the venue. On today’s pitch, Manjrekar says, “The surface looks pristine, somewhat like how an English pitch would be, the presence of dried grass and white in color. There won’t be turn for the spinners straight up. Hyderabad has been a high-scoring ground. Teams that have won chasing have an average total of 190. So that tells you this is a venue where you are better off chasing, because sometimes in the pressure to get runs on the board you end up with just 150-160.”
APRIL 02, 2023 3:11 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
RR’s Playing XI
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson(w/c), Devdutt Padikkal, Riyan Parag, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jason Holder, Trent Boult, KM Asif, Yuzvendra Chahal
APRIL 02, 2023 3:10 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
SRH’s Playing XI
Mayank Agarwal, Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Harry Brook, Washington Sundar, Glenn Phillips(w), Umran Malik, Adil Rashid, Bhuvneshwar Kumar(c), T Natarajan, Fazalhaq Farooqi.
APRIL 02, 2023 3:07 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Samson at toss
“New season of IPL with new rules. We have to respect our competitors and play to our strengths. I Always feel good to wear this jersey, looking ahead to playing in Jaipur. (On Sangakkara) We have a good relationship with each other. We discuss things regularly before the matches. Four overseas players today for us – Buttler, Holder, Boult and Hetmyer,” Samson said.
APRIL 02, 2023 3:03 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
SRH opt to bowl
SRH have won the toss and will be bowling first. “We will be bowling, it looks like a decent batting wicket. We will take advantage with the chase. I’ll try and do best for the team. Farooqi, Harry Brook, Adil Rashid, Glenn Phillips are our four overseas players.
APRIL 02, 2023 3:00 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
RR name debutants
Rajasthan have named Jason Holder and KM Asif as their debutants for the game. They are boosting their fast bowling.
APRIL 02, 2023 2:54 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
SRH name debutants
SRH have named four debutants- Mayank, Adil Rashid, Glenn Phillips, and Harry Brook for the game. Three overseas stars are confirmed for them. Is one more in line?
APRIL 02, 2023 2:51 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Rajasthan set to reach a milestone
2008 winners Rajasthan Royals are set to breach a major milestone in their first match of the tournament. This will be the Royals’ 200th game in all T20 competitions.
APRIL 02, 2023 2:41 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Probable Playing XIs of SRH & RR:
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Mayank Agarwal, Abhishek Sharma, Rahul Tripathi, Harry Brook, Glenn Philips (W), Akeal Hosein, Washington Sundar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (C), Umran Malik, T Natarajan, Adil Rashid
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler (W), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson, Shimron Hetymer, Jason Holder, Riyan Parag, Ravi Ashwin, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini/Kuldeep Sen
APRIL 02, 2023 2:15 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
What’s new for RR
Jason Holder, Adam Zampa and Joe Root are top recruits by RR. They have batting line-up involving, Buttler, Jaiswal, Padikkal, Samson, Hetmyer and bowling line-up including, Boult, Ashwin, Chahal and Zampa.
APRIL 02, 2023 2:13 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
What’s new for SRH
SRH have brought Indian opener Mayank Agarwal along with Harry Brook, Heinrich Klaasen, Adil Rashid and Akeal Hosein among the top recruits. They will miss Markram and Klaasen as they are on national duty. Their middle order includes Brook, Phillips, Klaasen (not playing in 1st match), and Markram (not playing in 1st match). Their bowling includes Bhuvneshwar, Natarajan, Umran, and Washington, among others.
APRIL 02, 2023 2:02 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Sunrisers lock horns against Rajasthan
It’s the first Super Sunday in the IPL 2023 as two strong franchises lock horns against each other at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium. Sunrisers Hyderabad are up against Rajasthan Royals in the 4th match of the tournament. Hyderabad will be led by stand-in skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar, while Sanju Samson will be leading Rajasthan. The two teams had a decent squad last year, but have made some crucial changes with the Sunrisers boosting their spin-attack, while the Royals have brought in a star all-rounder Jason Holder. SRH have a star-studded middle-order backed by a strong pace and spin attack, while the Royals have a strong batting order, coupled with robust-looking bowling. This shall be some contest. So, sit in your comfort and enjoy as I Varun Malik, walk alongside you in this game
PBKS vs KKR, IPL 2023 Highlights: Punjab kings beat Kolkata knight riders by 7 runs via DLS method. Shikhar Dhawan’s PBKS face Nitish Rana’s KKR in their opener.
After having a below-par season in the IPL 2022, new look Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders face each other in the second match of IPL 2023. Both the sides have new combination of captain and coach with Shikhar Dhawan and Trevor Bayliss will be Punjab’s in charge. While Nitish Rana and Chandrakant Pandit will lead Kolkata.
Match 2, Indian Premier League, 2023, Apr 01, 2023Match Ended
Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
APRIL 01, 2023 7:56 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
And the inevitable has happened. Punjab win by 7 runs as the rain gods did allow the game to go further. Good start by them. They first got off to a decent total with everyone contributing. In the second innings, KKR tried staying in the chase but were little far. Russell and Venkatesh were keeping them in hunt but after the fell, it looked difficult. The rain came down as players went off. So PBKS get a win as we now move to the other contest of the day between LSG vs DC. Join Aditya Kukalyekar for that coverage here.
APRIL 01, 2023 7:48 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Umpires talk with Rana
Umpires are seen along the fence with umbrellas with them. They have a chat with KKR captain Rana.
APRIL 01, 2023 7:39 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
KKR waiting badly for action
KKR would be praying for rain to stop. Their fans might be having hands joined as well. Meanwhile, take a look at this post shared by the team.
APRIL 01, 2023 7:30 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
It is still puring heavy as we wait for the action. Till 7:54, we can have the full remaining game but after that we will lose overs.
APRIL 01, 20237:19 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Rain stops play
And now it has gone heavier as the play has to be stopped. Punjab won’t be complaining as Kolkata are 7 runs behind DLS and they will win if the game does not start.
APRIL 01, 2023 7:11 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Curran gets Russell
And Sam Curran has got the big fish Russell. He wanted to go over the mid-wicket but could not clear the field this time. Russell is in anger with himself. This was probably set for him today but a killer blow for KKR now. Thakur comes in with Narine in the dugout.
APRIL 01, 2023 7:05 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
It’s drizzling a little
It’s drizzling a bit in Mohali. Rain was forecasted for evening and it has come down. But it is good to go for now as play has not been stopped.
APRIL 01, 2023 7:03 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Russell and Venkatesh are fighting. They have hit Ellis for 18 runs in the 14th over in which Russell was dropped and Ellis bowled a couple of no balls. 74 needed off 36 as we head into a time-out.
APRIL 01, 2023 6:57 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Kolkata go past 100
Kolkata have gone past 100 in 13 overs. Andre Russell and Venkatesh are in the middle. 92 needed off 42. Can Russell get this?
APRIL 01, 2023 6:46 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Chahar gets Rinku
And Rinku Singh goes without spending much time in the middle. Rahul Chahar bowled a wrong’un on full as Rinku tried to slog sweep. Gives it straight to deep mid-wicket. Now comes the big man- Andre Russell. Can this be his day?
APRIL 01, 2023 6:41 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Raza gets breakthrough
As only when they were looking to, Raza has found a crucial wicket of KKR captain Nitish Rana. This was a quick, good length ball outside off stump. It was asked to be cut but Rana could not keep it down, and he could have found the gap as he gifts it to the backward point. Rinku Singh comes in.
APRIL 01, 20236:36 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Venkatesh, Nitish break free before time-out
Venkatesh and Nitish are taking on PBKS impact player Rishi Dhawan. They have got 15 off his first over. We head to time-out now as 75/3 after 9. 117 runs are needed off 66 now. Not easy but they are looking to take the attack.
APRIL 01, 2023 6:26 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Kolkata 46/3 after 6
Not a great start for Kolkata. They have lost three wickets- Gurbaz, Mandeep and Anukul inside the first six. Venkatesh is joined by captain Nitish Rana and they need a partnership but at a good pace too.
APRIL 01, 20236:17 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Ellis gets Gurbaz
Ellis now breaks into the wickets column as he has cleaned the dangerous looking Gurabz on 22. Powerplay is still on and KKR have lost 3. Captain Rana now comes in.
APRIL 01, 2023 6:05 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
KKR make impact sub
KKR have made their change as well. Venkatesh Iyer comes in for Varun Chakravarthy. He comes out to bat at No.4
APRIL 01, 20236:03 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Arshdeep strikes again
Make it two please. He has got Anukul and a big deadly stare by the young pacer. He pitched this short as Anukul wanted to go over the leg side. He could not time it and hands it to mid-wicket.
APRIL 01, 2023 5:57 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
And soon after the 13-run opening over, Punjab have replied strongly. Arshdeep gets wicket on his first ball of the season as he has got Mandeep caught out at square leg. Arshdeep’s airplane flies in Mohali.
APRIL 01, 20235:53 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Play has resumed as Kolata begin the chase. Mandeep and Gurbaz look for solid start. Oh my God, Gurbaz has smoked one over long on to a 101-metre six.
APRIL 01, 2023 5:42 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
The start of the chase has been delayed due to floodlight failure. Light is flickering. 6 towers are lighted, others are not. Meanwhile, Punjab have made introduced their impact player- Rishi Dhawan comes in for Rajapaksa. The visuals show almost all towers are lit, only a couple are left as we wait a bit for action.
APRIL 01, 2023 5:16 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Punjab finish at 191/5
So Punjab have scored a decent 191-run total. Good batting display by Dhawan’s side. They lost an early wicket but Rajapaksa was a star with the bat as he smashed a fiery fifty. Dhawan anchored the inning well but fell short of his fifty. In the end, Curran powered them to 191. Back with the reply.
APRIL 01, 20235:04 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
After a promising start, Sikandar Raza falls on 16. Sunil Narine gets his first as Raza has not got any timing on this one. He was looking to put his side to a good score but the workload now shifts to Curran and the new batter Shahrukh.
APRIL 01, 20234:46 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Chakaravarthy gets PBKS skipper
And Chakaravarthy has got his first as well. He has cleaned up the PBKS skipper on this quicker and straighter one. Dhawan probably did not expect it to come as quick as he was trying to work the ball on the leg side. Punjab are 4 down now and Sam Curran comes in. Two new batters and KKR are coming into it now.
APRIL 01, 20234:40 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Jitesh falls after cameo
And now Jitesh Sharma fells to a slower one. He was playing such a a fabulous cameo. But is outdone as Southee pitches this off-cutter around off. Jitesh charges down the track and gets a thick edge which settles to the third-man fielder. Raza now comes.
APRIL 01, 2023 4:28 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Rajapaksa walks back
Ohh, he falls soon after hitting that fabulous fifty. KKR have finally got some smiles as they break the 86-run stand. Umesh Yadav outfoxed the batter on this slower one as Rajapaksa came down the ground and tried to slog it. But gets a toe end as the catch is taken at long-on.
APRIL 01, 2023 4:24 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Punjab bring 100 in 10 overs
This is some show by Rajapaksa and Dhawan. They are piling pain on KKR bowlers. 100 up in 10 overs and only 1 wicket is down. Rajapaksa gets to his fifty now.
APRIL 01, 2023 4:12 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Rajapaksa go all guns blazing
Bhanuka Rajapaksa is going all guns blazing. He has is striking around 200 and is eyeing to score a fifty here. KKR if you are hearing, your need to get this man as soon as you can.
APRIL 01, 2023 3:59 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
PBKS 56/1 after 6
Shikhar Dhawan and Rajapaksa are leading the team well in the start. Even after Prabhsimran Singh’s wicket, Punjab are going well and strong at the moment. Southee has taken one wicket but KKR need more from their key bowlers.
APRIL 01, 2023 3:41 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Southee finds first
Tim Southee gets his name into the wickets. Prabhsimran was hitting them sweet. But has to walk back on a caught behind
APRIL 01, 2023 3:35 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Prabhsimran and Dhawan begin Punjab’s batting as they look for a solid start.
APRIL 01, 2023 3:29 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Rishi Dhawan, Taide, Short, Bhatia and Rathee are PBKS substitutes.
APRIL 01, 2023 3:28 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Suyash, Arora, Jagadeesan, V Iyer and Wiese are four substitues of KKR
APRIL 01, 2023 3:11 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
APRIL 01, 2023 3:09 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Shikhar Dhawan at toss
We would have bowled first as well. We have got a balanced team and hopefully we will do good. The team preparation has been decent and we will aim to dominate the game, hoping for a great season ahead. We are eager to win the title and I am looking to lead my team from the front. My overseas players are – Bhanuka, Nathan Ellis, and Sam Curran, don’t remember the fourth name.
APRIL 01, 2023 3:06 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
Nitish at toss
We will be bowling first, it has rained in the last two days so there would be some moisture in the wicket. (On captaincy) I am excited because very few people get this opportunity. It is a game of cricket so there is not much pressure on us. The impact players rule is in its initial phase. We have to see that and take decisions that prove to be right. Russell, Narine, Gurbaz and Southee are our overseas players.
APRIL 01, 2023 3:03 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
KKR win toss
Kolkata have won the toss and they will be bowling first in Mohali.
APRIL 01, 2023 2:59 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
APRIL 01, 2023 2:23 PM (IST) Posted by tadalafil360
PBKS face KKR
After having a below-average season in the IPL 2022, PBKS and KKR look for a good IPL 2023. The teams are new-look with new captains and new coaches. Shikhar Dhawan will lead PBKs, while Nitish Rana will captain the side in Shreyas Iyer’s absence. Toss coming at 3 PM as I Varun Malik, take you across this second game of the tournament.
IPL 2023, CSK vs GT match highlights: The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 kicked off with an exciting match between defending champions Gujarat Titans and four-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. Gujarat Titans won the match by five wickets, thanks to a brilliant half-century by Shubman Gill and some crucial contributions from Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, and Rashid Khan in the slog overs.
Toss: Gujarat Titans won the toss and elected to field.
Debutants: Rajvardhan Hangargekar and Joshua Little made their IPL debut for CSK and Gujarat Titans, respectively.
Innovations: The sixteenth edition of the tournament includes several innovations, such as an ‘impact player’ who can replace a player in the starting XI at any time during the match. Teams can also announce the playing XIs after the toss instead of before.
CSK’s Innings: Ruturaj Gaikwad Shines with 92 runs
CSK won the toss and elected to bat first. Opener Ruturaj Gaikwad set the stage on fire with his magnificent 92-run knock off 50 balls, which included nine sixes and just four fours. Gaikwad’s knock helped CSK post a formidable 178/7 in 20 overs. Moeen Ali also contributed with a 17-ball 23, which included a flat six off Mohammad Shami on a free-hit ball. Legendary MS Dhoni also turned back the clock and hit a monstrous six over deep square leg to entertain the fans at Narendra Modi Stadium.
Gujarat’s Innings: Gill and Co. Chase Down the Target
In response, Gujarat Titans started on a high as Wriddhiman Saha smashed a couple of sixes to put pressure on Chennai. However, he failed to convert it into a big score and was dismissed for 25 off 16 balls. Sai Sudharshan came out to bat at number 3 as he replaced injured Kane Williamson as the Impact Player for the Titans. The southpaw also failed to convert a solid start into something big and was dismissed for 22.
While Gill stood strong and found boundaries at regular intervals to keep the scoreboard moving at a healthy rate. He scored 63 runs off 36 balls, which was laced with six fours and three sixes. The talented opener was dismissed by Tushar Deshpande, the first-ever Impact Player in IPL history. Gill went for a big shot but mistimed and got caught by Gaikwad.
Skipper Hardik Pandya also struggled to get going and was castled for 8 by his Indian teammate Ravindra Jadeja.23 runs were required from the last two overs as Deepak Chahar bowled the penultimate one, and 15 runs came off it. Rashid Khan, who spun his magic with the ball, showed his batting prowess by smashing a six and a four.
In the final over, Debutant Rajvardhan Hangargekar bowled with 8 runs to defend. He started with a wide, while Tewatia connected a six on the first legal delivery to make it a cakewalk, and then a straight drive on the second ball sealed the deal for the Titans.
Gujarat Titans Start on a Winning Note
Defending champions Gujarat Titans started their title defence with a crucial 5-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings in the opening match of Indian Premier League 2023. The match was filled with several thrilling moments, and fans were treated to some excellent cricket. The Gujarat Titans showed why they are the defending champions, while CSK will have to improve their performance in the upcoming matches to stay
India lost the third and final match of the ODI series against Australia by 21 runs in Chennai on Wednesday. Australia won the three-match series 2-1, highlighting the fact that India is far from being prepared for the World Cup. The Indian team choked under pressure from Australian spinners, who took six wickets between them and gave away only 86 runs in the last 20 overs. Chasing a strong target of 270 runs India got all out for 248 runs in 49.1 overs. Although australia had lost the first match of the series by five wickets, they literally show how to fightback .
Australian Spinners Steal the Show
The match turned out to be an anti-climax in the final 15 overs as Australian spinners Adam Zampa and Ashton Agar snared as many as six Indian wickets, giving away only 86 runs in the 20 overs between them. The Chepauk pitch became increasingly difficult to bat on as the game progressed, and post the 35th over in the Indian innings, it became tough to hit big strokes. Zampa’s figures of 4/45 against India made him the hero for the Aussies.
Once Zampa bowled a couple of googlies to force Hardik Pandya (40 off 40 balls) and Ravindra Jadeja (1 off 33 balls) hit against the turn, the writing was on the wall. It was Zampa’s best figures against India and he certainly was the hero for the Aussies.
Incidentally, Australia were the last international team to beat India in a bilateral ODI series back in 2019. The score-line back then was 3-2. Since that series defeat four years back, India have won seven back-to-back bilateral ODI rubber at home.
India’s Inability to Dominate and Top-Order Failure
India’s top-order failed for the third game in a row, and they could have been blanked 3-0 in the series if Australia had scored at least 235 in the first ODI. The highest run-getter for India in the series was KL Rahul with 116 runs, which indicates India’s lack of form. Between overs 35 to 43, India managed only 31 runs, and that was where the game turned on its head. Skipper Rohit Sharma (30 off 17 balls) started well but played one pull shot too many to be holed out at deep square leg fence while an alert Alex Carey’s decision to convince Steve Smith into taking a DRS saw the back of Shubman Gill (37 off 49 balls)
Rahul (32 off 50 balls) joined Virat Kohli (54 off 72 balls) and the duo added 69 runs in 15.3 overs but were never able to dominate as such on a track that got slower with passage of time.
Kohli’s first boundary came in his 21st delivery, a pull shot off Agar and two balls later of Tamil Nadu he hit a regal six off Agar over extra cover.Rahul’s first boundary came in his 45th ball when he hit Zampa over his head for a four.
Next over, Starc fired from wide off crease but the length ball was hit for a straight six.However, a ball fired by Zampa into the blockhole was dug-out by Rahul but Abbot timed his jump well to hold onto it at the boundary.
Then it was the turn of Agar to quickly send back Kohli and the out-of-form Suryakumar Yadav (0) for his third first-ball duck in as many games.From 146 for 2, India had slumped to 185 for 6 when Pandya and Jadeja joined forces with the Australian close-in fielders making it infinitely difficult.But Pandya, however, maintained a 100-plus strike-rate despite tight bowling by the opposition.
Kuldeep Yadav’s Effort and Australia’s Tail Wag
A fine opening spell by Pandya and a probing effort by Kuldeep Yadav put a tight leash around the Australian batters before its tail wagged considerably to take the visitors to a fighting 269 all out in 49 overs after opting to bat first. While Pandya (3/44 in 8 overs) shaved off the top half, Kuldeep’s (3/56 in 10 overs) rhythm and guile on a helpful Chennai track was the biggest takeaway as the latter’s delivery to remove Carey was the ball of the series. It was a classical left-arm wrist spinner’s leg-break that beat the southpaw all ends up and Kuldeep’s ecstasy was there to be seen.
Australia’s classy batting backfooted India
India were in control after pegging Australia back at 138 for 5 but a 58-run stand between Carey and Marcus Stoinis for the sixth wicket and 42 for the eighth wicket between Sean Abbott (26) and Ashton Agar (17) took them close to 250 while Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa added 22 precious runs for the final wicket.
What looked like a good toss to win for Australia after Mitchell Marsh (47 off 47 balls) and Travis Head (33 off 31 balls) put on 68 for the opening stand didn’t seem so as Pandya bowled three different deliveries in his first three overs to completely seize the momentum in favour of the hosts.
David Warner (23 off 31 balls) and Marnus Labuschagne (28 off 45 balls) paid dearly for their indiscreet shot selection off Kuldeep’s bowling before Carey (38 off 46 balls) played his first innings of substance on the final day of a long near two-month tour.
India’s defeat to Australia in the ODI series highlights the team’s weakness in facing spin bowling and raises concerns about their preparedness for the upcoming World Cup. The series defeat after winning seven back-to-back bilateral ODI rubber at home indicates that there are too many loose ends that the Indian team needs to address.