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IPL 2020: Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult crush Delhi Capitals as Mumbai Indians cruise to final


IPL 2020: Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult crush Delhi Capitals as Mumbai Indians cruise to final

Bumrah captured 4/14 and Boult 2/9, after half-centuries by Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav, to ensure that Mumbai Indians entered their sixth final.

Speedsters Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult on Thursday bowled four-time champions Mumbai Indians (MI) into their second successive Indian Premier League (IPL) final after crushing Delhi Capitals (DC) by 57 runs in Qualifier 1. DC, however, have a lifeline left.

Bumrah captured four for 14 and New Zealander Boult two for nine, after half-centuries by Ishan Kishan (55 not out off 30 balls) and Suryakumar Yadav (51 off 38), to ensure that reigning champions MI entered their sixth final in 13 attempts. Bumrah was adjudged the Man of the Match for his brilliant spell.

DC will now play the winners of the Eliminator in Qualifier 2 on Sunday. In the Eliminator, SunRisers Hyderabad will play Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday. The winners of Qualifier will play MI in the final November 10.

As it had happened throughout the round-robin league, MI got solid contributions from their batters to first put a challenging total (200/5 wickets) before their bowlers came out all guns blazing to restrict DC at 143/8 wickets in 20 overs at the Dubai International Cricket stadium.

Lethal Bumrah was once again on song, emerging with impressive figures of 4-1-14-4. These are his best figures in all T20 matches and best by a MI bowler in an IPL playoff match. He is the only bowler to take two four-wicket hauls in IPL 2020. Thursday’s burst took his tally to 27 — most wickets by an Indian bowler in a single IPL.

Boult, on the other hand, scalped a couple of wickets conceding merely nine runs. Krunal Pandya (1/22) and Keiron Pollard (1/36) settled with one wicket apiece.

Chasing a challenging 201-run target, DC endured their worst start of the season after losing openers out-of-form Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, and Ajinkya Rahane, all departing without troubling the scorers. While Boult accounted for the DC opener’s wicket, Boult trapped Rahane.

MI inflicted more woes on their opponents, whose half of the men were back in the dressing room with just 41 runs on board. Axar Patel (42) and Marcus Stoinis (65) showed some resistance in the middle as they tried to rebuild after the early damages, and stitched 71 runs for the sixth wicket.

Bumrah castled Stoinis in the 16th over before the lanky pacer struck again in the same over to send back Daniel Sams (0), and that left DC tottering at 112/7. Kagiso Rabada remained unbeaten on 15 as DC fell short of the target by 57 runs.

Earlier, half-centuries by Yadav and Kishan, along with Hardik Pandya’s blitzkrieg (37 not out off 14 balls) powered Mumbai to a healthy 200/5 wkts in the allotted 20 overs.

Hardik and Ishan were also involved in a crucial unbeaten 60-run partnership off just 23 balls. The duo’s fireworks saw MI adding 55 runs off the last three overs.

Put into bat, MI started off cautiously before ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (3/29) trapped Rohit Sharma (0) early in the innings.

Quinton de Kock (40) kept one end safe, forging a 62-run partnership with Yadav before the former was sent back by Ashwin in the eighth over. Yadav, too, followed the MI opener, falling to Anrich Nortje (1/50) in the 12th over with MI’s scorecard reading 100/3.

Ashwin struck again in the next over, packing back a dangerous Keiron Pollard for a duck. Krunal Pandya (13) and Ishan then added 39 runs off 23 balls before Stoinis got rid of the former.

Ishan and Hardik then swiftly shifted gears, taking the DC bowlers to cleaners towards the ‘death’ overs as MI comfortably completed at 200/5.

Ishan’s unbeaten knock was laced with four boundaries and three sixes while Hardik smacked five maximums.

Brief scores: MI: 200/5 wkts in 20 overs (Ishan Kishan 55 not out, Suryakumar Yadav 51; Ravichandran Ashwin 3/29) beat DC: 143/8 wkts in 20 overs (Marcus Stoinis 65, Axar Patel 42; Jasprit Bumrah 4/14) by 57 runs




IPL 2020: Kings XI Punjab’s campaign comes to end as Ruturaj Gaikwad guides CSK to victory


IPL 2020: Kings XI Punjab’s campaign comes to end as Ruturaj Gaikwad guides CSK to victory

CSK have thus climbed to seventh, while KXIP are fifth, although final positions of both sides on the table will be dependent upon the remaining matches.

Opener Ruturaj Gaikwad on Sunday scored a third consecutive half century to help Chennai Super Kings (CSK) finish their 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) season on a high and end Kings XI Punjab’s (KXIP) hopes of making it to the playoffs.

Gaikwad ended the innings unbeaten on 62 off 49 balls, following up on scores of 65 not out and 72 in the last two matches, and helped CSK chase down a target of 154 with nine wickets and nearly two overs to spare at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Gaikwad, 23, thus ends the season on 204 runs in just six matches with an average of 51 and strike rate of 120.71.

Gaikwad first put up an 82-run opening stand with Faf du Plessis, who fell on 48 to Chris Jordan. Ambati Rayudu then stuck with Gaikwad and the pair put up 72 for the second wicket to take them to the victory.

Earlier Deepak Hooda cracked an unbeaten 62 off 30 balls to take KXIP to a competitive 153/6 in an IPL match against Chennai Super Kings CSK.

Hooda, 25, walked in after Chris Gayle’s dismissal left KXIP tottering at 72/4 in the 12th over. He went on the attack straightaway, scoring most of the runs in a 36-run stand with Mandeep Singh for the fifth wicket. Chris Jordan later stuck with him and the pair put up 40 runs for the seventh wicket, 34 off which was scored by Hooda off just 12 balls. He hit three fours and four sixes in his innings.

CSK have thus climbed to seventh, while KXIP are fifth, although final positions of both sides on the table will be dependent upon the remaining league stage matches.

Brief scores: KXIP 153/6 in 20 overs (Deepak Hooda 62 not out, KL Rahul 29; Lungi Ngidi 3/39) vs CSK 154/1 in 18.1 overs (Ruturaj Gaikwad 62 not out, Faf du Plessis 48; Chris Jordan 1/31)




‘Terrible feeling to lose three in a row,’ says AB de Villiers after RVB’s defeat against SRH


‘Terrible feeling to lose three in a row,’ says AB de Villiers after RVB’s defeat against SRH

RCB, who suffered their third straight defeat, will now face Delhi Capitals in a do-or-die situation in their last league match.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batsman AB de Villiers admitted that it was “terrible feeling to lose three matches in a row” aftet they were handed a five-wicket defeat by Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday.

“It’s a terrible feeling to lose three in a row. We never wanted to do that. But that’s the nature of the tournament. Anything can happen. If you lose three in a row, you can win three in a row as well,” de Villiers said.

“The game against Delhi is a big name and we all know that. We have to come out with our best cricket on the day and if we do that things are going to be good for us,” he said, as quoted by PTI, at the press conference after RCB lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

After restricting Virat Kohli’s men to a paltry total of 120/7, Hyderabad had a mini collapse in the middle-order before Jason Holder smashed unbeaten 26 off 10 balls to help his team sail through with more than five overs to spare. The West Indian had earlier taken 2/27 with the ball.

However, de Villiers believed that the turning point of the match was when he and opener Josh Phillipe wen out quickly.

“The turning point was when Josh and I got out back to back. That cost us 20-30 runs, that was unfortunate. but at the end of the day, that might not have been enough in any way. The field got wet in the second innings which changed the conditions quite a bit. Maybe 140 would have been short in any way,” he said.

With the five-wicket win over RCB in Sharjah, Hyderabad jumped from seventh place to fourth on the points table. Bangalore, on the other hand, suffered their third straight defeat and will now face Delhi Capitals in a do-or-die situation in their last league match.

Now, as many as four teams — SRH (net run rate +0.555), Kings XI Punjab (-0.133), Rajasthan Royals (-0.377), and Kolkata Knight Riders (-0.467) — are locked at 12 points each. They all have one match left to play, and their final positions could be determined by the net run rate.




IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals lost against Sunrisers in ‘poweplay itself’, believes Shreyas Iyer


IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals lost against Sunrisers in ‘poweplay itself’, believes Shreyas Iyer

Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Delhi Capitals by a gigantic margin of 88 runs to hand them their third straight defeat in the ongoing edition of the IPL.

Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer was of the opinion that his team lost the Tuesday’s Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the first six overs of the match itself.

Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Delhi Capitals by a gigantic margin of 88 runs to hand them their third defeat on the row. Batting first, the Orange Army posted a mammoth total of 219/2, thanks to blitzkrieg knocks from wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha (87 off 45 balls) and skipper David Warner (66 of 34).

“We lost the game in the powerplay itself. Getting 70 runs in the first six overs was really commendable and the way they went after our bowlers was amazing,” said Iyer after the match. Warner and Saha put up an opening partnership of 107 runs within the first 10 overs and SRH eventually reached 219/2. DC were blown away for just 131, thus sealing their third consecutive defeat of the season.

“Definitely a big loss for us but you can’t really bog down at this point of time. We still have two games left but one win is really important, that’s what we are waiting for since the last three games. Back-to-back losses is definitely going to put us under the pump. The boys are really strong, really motivated and this loss is definitely going to motivate us,” said Iyer.

“We need to have that strong and positive mindset. These losses are not going to put us down. As a team, we have been doing amazing throughout so these few matches shouldn’t get into our heads. Next match, we’ll see to it that we have done our studies right, we’ll also see to it that we are putting in our best efforts on the field.”

Chaing, Delhi Capitals were blown away for 131 as they succumbed to their defeat on the row. World number T20 bowler Rashid Khan was the chief architect of the Shreyas Iyer-led team’s defeat as he returned with impeccable figures of 3/7 after his spell of four overs.

The win at the Dubai International Stadium helped Sunrisers Hyderabad to take their points tally to 10 from 12 matches and stay in contention for a knockout berth. They are currently placed at sixth. Delhi, on the other hand, are at third with 14 points from 12 matches.




Dominic Thiem to face Alexander Zverev in US Open 2020 men’s singles final


Dominic Thiem to face Alexander Zverev in US Open 2020 men’s singles final

Thiem displayed his trademark fighting spirit to beat third-seeded Medvedev 6-2, 7-6(7), 7-6(5) in a match that lasted almost three hours.

Second-seeded Dominic Thiem overcame a left ankle injury to enter his first US Open final, beating Daniil Medvedev in a pulsating semi-final clash at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

On Friday evening, Thiem displayed his trademark fighting spirit to beat third-seeded Medvedev 6-2, 7-6(7), 7-6(5) in a match that lasted almost three hours. He will play No. 4 Alexander Zverev of Germany in Sunday’s final. Each is looking for his first major win.

“After the first set, it could easily have been two-sets-to-one down,” Thiem said after the match as per the official tournament website. “I played my best tennis at the ends of the sets and both tiebreaks were amazing. Tiebreaks are really mentally a tough thing.”

“I don’t like them at all, to be honest,” he added.

Earlier, Zverev made it to his first Grand Slam final, dismissing Pablo Carreno Busta, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 in three and a half hours to advance to the championship round of the tournament.

“Even though I was down two sets to love, I stayed in it,” Zverev said of his mental toughness after the match. “I gave myself the best chance I could. I think a lot of players would have gone away. Today I dug deep, dug very deep. At the end of the day, I’m sitting here as the winner of that match, which could have been very different.”




Need to keep mentality that helped Liverpool in winning Premier League: Trent Alexander-Arnold


Need to keep mentality that helped Liverpool in winning Premier League: Trent Alexander-Arnold

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool begin the new campaign at home to newly-promoted Leeds United on Saturday.

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold feels the reigning English Premier League champions have to adapt and improve if they are to defend their crown.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool begin the new campaign at home to newly-promoted Leeds United on Saturday.

“For us it’s not about topping the points that we got or scoring more goals, it’s about if we can all develop as a team and keep winning,” Alexander-Arnold told Sky Sports News.

“We need to keep that mentality, that is the main thing that helped us get this far.”

Alexander-Arnold added they need to match the mentality of their previous season and march on.

“We know that there’s now a big target on our backs being the champions and teams are going to be extra motivated when they play us, so we need to match that mentality and take it to the next step. Winning it back-to-back is harder than winning it once.”




US Open: Victoria Azarenka rallies to defeat Serena Williams, sets up final clash with Naomi Osaka


US Open: Victoria Azarenka rallies to defeat Serena Williams, sets up final clash with Naomi Osaka

In a pulsating semi-final match at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Thursday, Victoria Azarenka defeated Serena Williams 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka on Thursday rallied to beat 23 times Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in the semifinals of the women’s singles competition of the ongoing US Open.

In what was a pulsating last-four encounter, Azarenka went past the six-time US Open champion 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 after one hour and 55 minutes to reach her third final. The 31-year-old will face Japan’s Naomi Osaka in the marquee clash.

“Seven is my favourite number, so I guess it’s meant to be,” Azarenka noted, joking about the gap between major final appearances during her on-court interview as per the WTA website.

“I’m very grateful for this opportunity, to be able to play such a champion in a semifinal. The road to the final requires you to beat the best players, and today was definitely that day.

“Hopefully this inspires women to go after their dreams. I feel like you can’t always identify yourself as just one thing, because we have many things we can do in our lives.

“A parent is the most important thing I can be in my life, but I’m also a tennis player, a fighter on the court. I want to go after my personal dreams, to inspire my child. I hope women around the world know they can do anything. Being a parent is the toughest thing, so once you can balance that, you can do anything,” the unseeded player added.

In the other semi-final, 2018 US Open champion Osaka edged past number 28 seed Jennifer Brady in a three-set thriller. The world number 8 won 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-3.

Osaka fired home 35 winner while committing 17 unforced errors en route to her second final at the Flushing Meadows in New York. The 22-year-old has so far player only two Grand Slam finals (2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open) and won them both.

“Sometimes I think I have no choice but to play as hard as I can, because my opponent isn’t giving me any looks,” Osaka said in her post-match press conference. “For me, normally if I focus that much, then the match potentially could be over in two. But I felt like it just kept going on.

“Honestly, it was a bit fun because that quality of an opponent… at the final stages of a tournament. Yeah, it was fun,” she added.


 
 

 

 




US Open: Rohan Bopanna, Denis Shapalov move to second round of men’s doubles


US Open: Rohan Bopanna, Denis Shapalov move to second round of men’s doubles

Bopanna and Shapovalov will now lock horns with German pair of Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Miles — who had defeated the Australian pair of Luke Saville and Max Purcell

The Indo-Canadian pair of Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov have made it to the second round of the men’s doubles event at the ongoing US Open after defeating the American pair of Ernesto Escobedo and Noah Rubin in straight sets.

On Friday, Bopanna and Shapovalov beat 6-2,6-4 in a match that lasted one hour and 22 minutes.

After the win, Bopanna took to Twitter and wrote, “Through to the second round. Denis Shapovalov #USOpen.”


 
Bopanna and Shapovalov will now lock horns with German pair of Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Miles — who had defeated the Australian pair of Luke Saville and Max Purcell — for a place in the quarterfinals.




‘Imposssible to pay 700m’: Lionel Messi takes u-turn, decides to stay at Barcelona


‘Imposssible to pay 700m’: Lionel Messi takes u-turn, decides to stay at Barcelona

However, Lionel Messi was very critical of Bartomeu, accusing him of “not keeping his word” and also criticising the direction of the club in recent years.

Barcelona veteran Lionel Messi has taken a U-turn and decided to remain at the club till the end of the next season. Citing that it would be impossible to pay the 700m euro release clause, Messi said he would complete his four-year contact.

Messi, whose contract with Barcelona runs till the end of the 2020-21 season, had earlier expressed his desire to leave the Catalan club. But, on Friday he said that he would want to leave as a free agent and not drag his childhood club to a legal battle.

Also, his explosive interview with goal.com, where Messi shed light on his future, should ring an alarm bell in Barcelona management. The 33-year-old has explained how he felt in recent months.

“I didn’t feel happy this last year at the club,” explained Messi.

“I have been (wanting to leave) all year. I thought the team needed younger players and I thought my epoch at Barcelona had ended. It was a complicated year. I suffered a lot in training, in games and in the dressing room. Everything was very difficult and there came a moment when I decided to look for new objectives.”

“I wanted to go, and I was in my right to do so, because my contract said I was free. I wanted to go because I was thinking about being happy in my last years in football,” he commented.

Messi’s father and agent, Jorge, had arrived in Barcelona on Wednesday to find a solution to tussle between the footballer and the club. Barcelona had maintained that Messi’s contract had a clause that allowed him to move out of the club for free, but it needed to be activated by June 10.

The lawyers of the six-time Ballon d’Or winners, on the other hand, argue that the clause doesn’t refer to a specific date but to 10 days after the end of the 2019-20 season.

European season generally ends of May 30. But, due to coronavirus pandemic, the last season ended last week with the final of Champions League being played on August 23.

Thus, Messi’s lawyers believe that the Argentine captain was in his legal right on wanting to leave. But the Argentine has refused to move to the court against the club which he had joined at the age of 13.

“I will continue at Barca and my attitude will not change no matter how much I have wanted to go. I will do my best. I always want to win, I’m competitive and I don’t like to lose anything. I always want the best for the club, for the dressing room and for myself,” Messi said.

“I thought and was sure that I was free to leave, the president always said that at the end of the season I could decide if I stayed or not.

“Now they cling to the fact that I did not say it before June 10, when it turns out that on June 10 we were competing for La Liga in the middle of this awful coronavirus and this disease altered all the season.

“And this is the reason why I am going to continue in the club. Now I am going to continue in the club because the president told me that the only way to leave was to pay the 700 million clause, and that this is impossible.

“I love Barcelona and I’m not going to find a better place than here anywhere. Still, I have the right to decide. I was going to look for new goals and new challenges. And tomorrow I could go back, because here in Barcelona I have everything.”




Coronavirus in sport: Why the ICC needs to expand the possible ways to shine the cricket ball


Coronavirus in sport: Why the ICC needs to expand the possible ways to shine the cricket ball

On Thursday after the second day of the first Test between England and West Indies, fast bowler Mark Wood said that the English seam bowlers were using sweat from their back instead of their saliva to let the ball swing the ball better.

The fast bowlers union – a name coined by the late great Malcolm Marshall – had agreed that they would not use saliva on the ball, given the dangers it could pose given the impact the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 has had on the world, leave alone sport.

Wood – and in all likelihood – most fast bowlers, talking about ways to get the ball to do their bidding and most of them may use their sweat. Twenty-five years ago, another fast bowler – South Africa’s Fanie de Vlliers – had a unique way of getting the ball to swing. Instead of using saliva, Fanie would shove the ball into his armpit. Although the umpires often grumbled about it, Fanie reckoned using spit to shine the ball was even worse.

Australian paceman Merv Hughes had a different approach. He used the shining the ball as a way to intimidate the batsman. Tall, big built and with a walrus-like moustache, Hughes would lick the ball while glaring at the batsman and then rub the ball on his crotch while snarling at them. It’s difficult to point out the reason behind his success: the effect of the swing the ball got or the intimidatory tactics that he employed.

But the coronavirus pandemic and the reintroduction of cricket after a lengthy gap is the perfect moment for the ICC to rethink its rules for fast bowlers

Given that batsmen have the advantage in both Tests and ODI cricket, given the width of the bats, bowlers need to have some leeway and the best way they can have this by legalizing the tampering of the cricket ball.

Of course, we’re not talking about the way Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft did it, using sandpaper or a sharp object. We’re talking more of the use of petroleum jelly such as Vaseline instead of sweat, so that getting the additional reverse swing will help the bowlers.

Vaseline has been used a few times in international cricket, the most infamous case in 1977 when John Lever, a fast-medium bowler from Essex used it to give the ball extra swing in the third and final Test in Madras (now Chennai). England, which was led by the late Tony Greig, was leading the series 2-0. Lever reportedly tampered with the ball in the first two Test matches, but was called out for tampering with the ball only in the third Test.

England tried defending their actions saying that the Madras heat forced them to keep rubbing their eyes to take out the sweat, which inadvertently ended up on the ball, causing it to swing more. India captain Bishan Singh Bedi even commented that had there been an ICC at the time, a number of people from the English side would have been without jobs.

But 1977 was 43 years ago, and a lot has changed in cricket starting with neutral umpires, third umpires, and the use of technology to review an umpire’s decision.

If the ICC does expand the possible ways to shine the ball, it will be good for the game, and will give fast bowlers something to look forward to in a game that has suddenly become dominated by batsmen. And while Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli, Steve Smith and Joe Root are some of the best in the business today, it’ll be interesting to see how their technique changes if the bowlers are given equal advantage. And adding that extra shine to the ball, may help make cricket great again.




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