ADVERTISEMENT

Chennai

Tahir, Raina help CSK beat KKR, put foot in playoffs

Imran Tahir and Suresh Raina helped Chennai Super Kings (CSK) put one foot in the playoffs as they got past Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by five wickets in their Indian Premier League (IPL) return-leg fixture at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday.
 
CSK, who had defeated KKR in their first meeting also, consolidated their spot at the top of the table with 14 points from eight matches.
 
KKR, on the other hand, slumped to their third straight defeat, remaining on eight points from eight matches.
 
Tahir (4/27) first played a pivotal role in restricting KKR to 161/8.
 
Chasing a modest 162 for victory, Raina struck an unbeaten 58 off 42 balls (7x4; 1x6), his 36th IPL fifty, adding 41 runs with Ravindra Jadeja (31 off 17 balls not out; 4x5) for the sixth wicket. 
 
CSK needed 24 in the last two overs, but Jadeja hit Harry Gurney for a hattrick of fours in the 19th over to bring the equation down to eight runs off six balls. 
 
The India all-rounder then creamed Piyush Chawla for a boundary to hit the winning runs as the defending champions won with two balls to spare.
 
CSK lost Shane Watson (6) early with Gurney trapping him in front of the wicket. Faf Du Plessis (24) was castled by Sunil Narine (2/19), who bowled a wicket maiden in the sixth over. 
 
Ambati Rayudu (5) failed to impress the selectors on the eve of World Cup selection while Kedar Jadhav (20) also got out to leave CSK on 81/4. 
 
Dhoni and Raina combined for a 40-run fifth wicket stand before the former was trapped by Narine, with reviews not going in the former India skipper's favour.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
Earlier, recording his best figures (4/27) in the competition, Tahir bowled a game-changing 15th over to account for Chris Lynn (82; 51 balls; 7x4 6x6) and Andre Russell (10) to dent the KKR's surge as they could only manage 161/8.
 
Tahir was introduced in the ninth over with Lynn going great guns. The South Africa leg-spinner gave away just four runs in his first over to then wreak havoc.
 
The 40-year-old removed Nitish Rana (21) and Robin Uthappa (0) in the 11th over to start KKR's slide and then did the major damage in the 15th over by removing Lynn and Russell in the space of four balls.
 
Lynn was caught at deep square leg by Shardul Thakur while substitute Dhruv Shorey took an excellent catch at long on.
 
In the last five overs, the hosts could muster only 28 runs with only one four at the cost of three wickets. Shardul (2/18), who along with Tahir was the other architect of Chennai's choke, removed Shubman Gill (15) and Piyush Chawla (0) in the final over.
 
Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 161/8 in 20 overs (Chris Lynn 82; Imran Tahir 4/27) vs Chennai Super Kings 162/5 in 19.4 overs (Suresh Raina 58 not out, Ravindra Jadeja 31 not out; Sunil Narine 2/19)
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

IPL: CSK take on KKR amid Dhoni rant backdrop

ADVERTISEMENT
In the backdrop of M. S. Dhoni's on-field argument with umpires, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will start as overwhelming favourites when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Eden Gardens here on Sunday.
 
Chennai captain Dhoni was fined 50 percent of his match fee for an unprecedented confrontation with the umpires during their encounter against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Thursday.
 
Former cricketers came down heavily on India's two-time World Cup-winning captain, saying Dhoni's act set a wrong precedent.
 
Chennai went on to win the match, their sixth victory in seven outings as they gunned down a modest 152 run target in a dramatic final over.
 
A sharp departure from his 'Captain Cool' image, it remains to be seen whether the first-of-its-kind incident in Dhoni's career ruffles his feathers or not.
 
Sitting pretty at the top of the table, Chennai have so far ticked all the boxes with every passing game. Dhoni has led the team from the front, racking up 214 runs in five innings at an average of 107.
 
The 37-year-old has looked like his vintage best, finishing off ties for the side and hitting those trademark sixes to roll back the years.
 
Dhoni is also the team's highest run-getter. Chennai have been playing as a unit, with the likes of Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Shane Watson and Kedar Jadhav all coming good in some matches or the other.
 
With the ball, Deepak Chahar has been in sensational form, setting the record the other day for most dot balls in an innings. The Rajasthan pacer is the second highest wicket-taker so far this season with 10 scalps.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
Often termed as a team of oldies, spinners Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir have shown why experience is needed with good displays with the ball.
 
Harbhajan has been the surprise package, taking seven wickets from four matches and finding himself inside the top 10 wicket takers' list.
 
Coming to the hosts, KKR have lost two games in a row now, and there are chinks in the armour which skipper Dinesh Karthik needs to fix as soon as possible.
 
In their first meeting, KKR were swept aside by Chennai and another defeat on Sunday would not help their cause as other teams are fast catching up on the second spot.
 
KKR have injury and sickness issues, too, with Chris Lynn and Karthik suffering from flu, Sunil Narine injured and Andre Russell also picking up a niggle.
 
Russell has been the team's go-to man and his possible absence might hurt the home team big.
 
KKR lost to Delhi Capitals on Friday night with Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant making short work of their bowlers. One good sign is Shubman Gill hitting form after he was asked to open the batting. Now it remains to be seen whether the 19-year-old is given another shot at his favoured position or not with the team having plenty of them to stake a claim.
 
Squads:
 
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (captain), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Joe Denly, Lockie Ferguson, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Harry Gurnley, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, K.C. Cariappa, Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Shrikant Mundhe, Nikhil Naik, Anrich Nortje, Prithvi Raj, Prasidh Krishna.
 
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain & WK), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K.M. Asif, Deepak Chahar, N. Jagadeesan (wk), Scott Kuggeleign
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Dhoni fined 50% match fee for confronting umpires

ADVERTISEMENT
Chennai Super Kings captain M S Dhoni has been fined 50 percent of his match fee for breaching the IPL Code of Conduct during his team's match against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur.
 
Dhoni admitted to the Level 2 offence 2.20 of the IPL's Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction.
 
The incident took place in the last over of the Chennai innings. With eight runs required off the last three balls, Ben Stokes bowled a slower full toss. While leg umpire Bruce Oxenford didn't raise his arm, Ulhas Gandhe did and the buzzer also went off in the stadium which signifies that a no-ball has been called. But seeing Oxenford's reaction, Gandhe then dropped his arm and changed the earlier call.
 
This saw MS Dhoni storm into the field and have a long chat with both the umpires. In fact, he was seen constantly saying that Gandhe did call it a no-ball before the decision was overturned.
 
Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Stokes -- the bowler in the episode -- also joined in and a disappointed Dhoni finally walked back to the dugout. But CSK had the last laugh as Santner hit a six off the last ball to win the game for Chennai.
 
While no mention of the episode was made during the post-match presentation by either Murali Karthick or Dhoni, former Australia pacer Brett Lee said that the CSK skipper should have avoided stepping onto the field.
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Disciplined Chennai restrict Rajasthan to 151/7

Chennai Super Kings rode on some disciplined bowling efforts to restrict Rajasthan Royals to a modest 151/7 in their Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, here on Thursday.
 
Despite having some star batsmen in their line-up, Chennai bowlers jolted Rajasthan at regular intervals. It was Shreyas Gopal's quickfire seven-ball 19* down the order that helped the hosts cross the 150-run mark. 
 
For Chennai, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur and Ravindra Jadeja picked up two wickets each while Mitchell Santner bagged one.
 
Put in to bat first by the most successful IPL franchise, the home side lost skipper Ajinkya Rahane (14 off 11) in the third over. His partner Jos Buttler (23 off 10) also departed in the next over with just 45 runs on the board.
 
While Rahane was dismissed by Chahar, Buttler's stay was cut short by Thakur.
 
Sanju Samson (6) also couldn't show much fight, becoming a victim of Santner in the sixth over, as the Rajasthan middle-order collapsed with Steven Smith (15 off 22) and Rahul Tripathi (10 off 12) also falling in quick succession with just 78 runs on the board.
 
Ben Stokes (28 off 26), Riyan Parag (16 off 14), Jofra Archer (13* off 12) and Gopal then chipped in with valuable contributions to help Rajasthan post a somewhat respectable total.
 
Brief scores: 
 
Rajasthan Royals: 151/7 (Ben Stokes 28, Shreyas Gopal 19 not out; Ravindra Jadeja 2/20, Deepak Chahar 2/33) vs Chennai Super Kings
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Chennai opt to field first against Rajasthan

ADVERTISEMENT
Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and opted to field first against Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Thursday.
 
Dhoni has made two changes in his side as Harbhajan Singh and Scott Kuggeleijn have been replaced by Mitchell Santnor and Shardul Thakur.
 
On the other hand, Sanju Samson, Riyan Parag, who is making his debut, and Jaydev Unadkat are back in the Rajasthan playing eleven.
 
Playing XI:
 
Chennai Super Kings: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (Captain/wicket-keeper), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
 
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Jos Buttler (wicket-keeper), Steven Smith, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

IPL hectic scheduling takes toll on Dhoni

The hectic schedule of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was on full display when Mahendra Singh Dhoni posted a picture of him sleeping on the floor of an airport after Chennai Super Kings' win over Kolkata Knight Riders. (Photo: Twitter/@ChennaiIPL)
The hectic schedule of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was on full display when Mahendra Singh Dhoni posted a picture of him sleeping on the floor of an airport after Chennai Super Kings' win over Kolkata Knight Riders. (Photo: Twitter/@ChennaiIPL)
The hectic schedule of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was on full display when Mahendra Singh Dhoni posted a picture of him sleeping on the floor of an airport after Chennai Super Kings' win over Kolkata Knight Riders.
 
Considered to be one of the fitter players going around, the decorated former India captain led CSK to the top of the table after registering a facile seven-wicket win over KKR at home.
 
The defending champions are scheduled to play their next game against Rajasthan Royals on Thursday in Jaipur, which is at a distance of almost half the length of India from Chennai. And with the travel accommodated in just one day, with CSK going to Jaipur on an early morning flight on Wednesday, the skipper was clearly drained out.
 
"After getting used to IPL timing this is what happens if you have a morning flight," Dhoni's post read.
 
Dhoni was seen wearing the team's travel kit and a black cap, with wife Sakshi also in the frame, taking a power nap.
 
CSK have so far won five of the six games they have played
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

IPL: Rajasthan face litmus test against Chennai

ADVERTISEMENT
Having continued their superb form at home, Chennai Super Kings (CSK)will now head to the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur to take on Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter on Thursday. On paper, CSK are favourites as they sit atop the points table, but then, this game is not played on paper.
 
After losing their previous game at home against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), the Royals led by Ajinkya Rahane will look to come back strongly in this encounter against M. S. Dhoni and his boys. But firstly, they need to get a hang of the wicket. Having dished out a slow one in the game against KKR, they found themselves in deep trouble and considering CSK's love for slow turners, another slow wicket will play into the visitors' hands.
 
In the batting department as well, too much dependence on Jos Buttler and Rahane at the top needs to go. Even though Steve Smith played a quality knock in the KKR game, his innings was pretty slow and didn't help the team. Similarly, someone like Ben Stokes needs to be used much higher in the batting order. Considering his destructive nature, he needs to be given enough balls to face.
 
For Chennai, the bowling is a bit of a worry in the absence of the injured Dwayne Bravo, but the others have combined well with Deepak Chahar showing great ability in Tuesday's match against KKR. While Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir have been equally impressive, it is a problem of plenty for Captain Cool MS.
 
In the batting department as well, Chennai need Ambati Rayudu to fire. He has failed to recreate the form that saw him return to the national set-up after the 2018 edition of the IPL. But the determination shown by Faf du Plessis at the top in their last game holds the team in good stead. All in all, the wicket dished out will play a big role in deciding on who will hold the upper hand in this game.
 
Squads: 
 
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler, Steven Smith, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Ish Sodhi, Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Liam Livingstone, Shubham Ranjane, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Sudhesan Midhun, Aryaman Birla, Manan Vohra, Prashant Chopra
 
Chennai Super Kings: Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Murali Vijay, Dhruv Shorey, Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Mitchell Santner, Sam Billings, N Jagadeesan, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Monu Kumar, Karn Sharma, KM Asif, Mohit Sharma
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

All-round Chennai thrash KKR to go on top of table

All-round Chennai Super Kings (CSK) made short work of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), thrashing them by seven wickets in a lopsided Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter here on Tuesday.
 
The victory saw the defending champions replace KKR at the top of the eight-team points table with 10 points from six matches.
 
KKR, meanwhile, dropped down to the second spot, having eight points from six outings.
 
After being asked to bat first by home team skipper M. S. Dhoni, the visitors managed just 108/9, riding Andre Russell's unbeaten yet uncharacteristic 44-ball 50.
 
Deepak Chahar (3/20) scalped three wickets and was well supported by veteran spinners Harbhajan Singh (2/15) and Imran Tahir (2/21).
 
Chasing a paltry 109 for victory, Chennai were never in trouble as South Africa captain Faf du Plessis carried his bat with an unbeaten 43 off 45 balls, his innings studded with three fours.
 
After the hosts lost Shane Watson (17) and Suresh Raina (14) inside the powerplay with Sunil Narine (2/24) taking both the wickets, du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu (21) stitched together a 46-run third wicket partnership, mostly scoring off singles.
 
Once Rayudu was out, caught by Nitish Rana at short extra cover off Piyush Chawla, Kedar Jadhav (8 not out) joined hands with du Plessis to take the team over the line with 16 balls to spare.
 
Earlier, Chahar shaved off the KKR top order early as Chennai never allowed the visitors to get an upper hand.
 
Chennai even kept Russell quiet as the big-hitting West Indian hit five fours and three sixes but never got into the groove.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
KKR never really got going and it looked like they would not cross the 100-run mark before Russell -- struggling with niggles -- hit Scott Kuggeleijn for one six and two fours as the purple brigade managed to get 15 runs off the last over.
 
Russell was dropped when he was batting on 8 by Harbhajan which was a difficult chance.
 
KKR were reduced to 24/4 inside the first five overs, largely due to Chahar who bowled a superb first spell of 3-0-14-3.
 
He first trapped Chris Lynn (0) in front to then account for the wicket of Rana (0) who hit a rising delivery straight to Ambati Rayudu at midwicket.
 
In between those two wickets, Harbhajan continued his rich vein of form with the ball by removing Narine (6) with a tossed up delivery that the West Indian top-edged to Chahar who ran backward from point to complete an excellent catch.
 
The Rajasthan pacer then got the back of Robin Uthappa (11) who was guilty of trying to play one shot too many and holing out to Jadhav at deep square leg.
 
Dinesh Karthik (19) and Shubman Gill (9) then tried to stem the rot but just when the pair looked to have settled in, Karthik hit straight to midwicket where Harbhajan took a sharp catch off Tahir.
 
Tahir removed Gill too with a googly that slipped through between inside edge and leg for Dhoni to take the bails off behind the stumps.
 
Russell and Chawla (8) joined hands for a 29-run stand for the seventh wicket but once Harbhajan sent the latter back with a delivery that spun sharply away from the batsman for Dhoni to effect an easy stumping, it was all downhill for the visitors.
 
Kuldeep Yadav and Prasidh Krishna did not trouble the scorers with Harry Gurney 1 not out) staying till the end with Russell.
 
Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 108/9 (Andre Russell 50; Deepak Chahar 3/20, Harbhajan Singh 2/15, Imran Tahir 2/21; Chennai Super Kings 111/3 in 17.2 overs (Faf du Plessis 43 not out; Sunil Narine 2/24)
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Chahar takes three as Chennai restrict KKR to 108/9

Deepak Chahar took three wickets as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) restricted Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to 108/9 in 20 overs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter here on Tuesday.
 
Chahar (3/20 in four overs) shaved off the KKR top order early and was well supported by veteran Harbhajan Singh (2/15 in four overs) who was very economical and Imran Tahir (2/21 in four overs) as Chennai never allowed the visitors to get an upper hand after they were asked to bat first by M. S. Dhoni.
 
The defending champions, led admirably by Dhoni, even kept Andre Russell quiet as the big-hitting West Indian scored 50 off 44 ball not out, his innings laced with five fours and three sixes.
 
KKR never really got going and it looked like they would not cross the 100-run mark before Russell -- struggling with niggles -- hit Scott Kuggeleijn for one six and two fours as the purple brigade managed to get 15 runs off the last over.
 
Russell was dropped when he was batting on 8 by Harbhajan which was a difficult chance.
 
KKR were reduced to 24/4 inside the first five overs, largely due to Chahar who bowled a superb first spell of 3-0-14-3.
 
He first trapped Chris Lynn (0) in front and then accounted for the wicket of Nitish Rana (0) who hit a rising delivery straight to Ambati Rayudu at midwicket.
 
In between those two wickets, Harbhajan continued his rich vein of form with the ball by removing Sunil Narine (6) with a tossed up delivery that the West Indian top-edged to Chahar who ran backwards from point to complete an excellent catch.
 
The Rajasthan pacer then got the back of Robin Uthappa (11) who was guilty of trying to play one shot too many, and holing out to Kedar Jadhav at deep square leg.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
Dinesh Karthik (19) and Shubman Gill (9) then tried to stem the rot but just when the pair looked to have settled in, Karthik hit straight to midwicket where Harbhajan took a sharp catch off Tahir.
 
Tahir removed Gill, too, with a googly that slipped through between inside edge and leg for Dhoni to take the bails off behind the stumps.
 
Russell and Piyush Chawla (8) joined hands for a 29-run stand for the seventh wicket but once Harbhajan sent the latter back with a delivery that spun sharply away from the batsman for Dhoni to effect an easy stumping, it was all downhill for the visitors.
 
Kuldeep Yadav and Prasidh Krishna did not trouble the scorers with Harry Gurney (1 not out) staying till the end with Russell.
 
Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 108/9 (Andre Russell 50; Deepak Chahar 3/20, Harbhajan Singh 2/15, Imran Tahir 2/21)
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Chennai ask KKR to bat first after winning toss

ADVERTISEMENT
Chennai Super Kings skipper M  S Dhoni asked Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to bat first after winning the toss in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash here on Tuesday.
 
Both Chennai and KKR named unchanged teams from their last game. While KKR beat Rajasthan Royals by eight wickets in their last outing, CSK won against Kings XI Punjab by 22 runs.
 
Teams:
 
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (w/k), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna
 
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/k), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Scott Kuggeleijn, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

All-round effort help Chennai beat Punjab

Chennai Super Kings held their nerves to outclass Kings XI Punjab by 22 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as K. L. Rahul's (55 off 47) and Sarfaraz Khan's (67 off 59) laborious efforts went in vain at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Saturday.
 
Despite getting off to a horrible start in their chase of 161, Punjab opener Rahul and Sarfaraz stitched an excellent 110-run stand for the third wicket. The duo didn't attack the Chennai spinners in the slog overs and waited for the seamers to come in, but their decision backfired as the required run-rate mounted to 16 in the last few overs.
 
With just seven runs on board, Punjab lost opener Chris Gayle (5) and Mayank Agarwal (0) cheaply, thanks to Harbhajan Singh who accounted for both the wickets in the second over.
 
However, Rahul and Sarfaraz then denied Chennai any further inroads as the duo played some sensible cricket and went on to forge a crucial partnership.
 
At one stage, Punjab looked in a position to clinch the game as their scoreboard read 105/2 in 15 overs, but Harbhajan and Imran Tahir's economical 16th and 17th overs further raised the required run-rate.
 
As a result, Rahul tried to smash a Scott Kuggeleijn's delivery out of the park but ended giving an easy catch to Ravindra Jadeja in the deep.
 
Deepak Chahar added more sorrow to the Punjab camp as the pacer sent back David Miller (6) with the visitors needing 26 off the last over. 
 
Kuggeleijn won the match for Chennai by bowling some fine slower deliveries to concede just three runs in the final over besides dismissing Sarfaraz, as the yellow brigade comfortably registered their fourth win of the tournament.
 
For Chennai, Harbhajan and Kuggeleijn bagged two wickets each.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
Earlier, Chennai rode on fine knocks by Faf du Plessis (54 off 38), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (37* off 23 balls) and Ambati Rayudu (21* off 15 balls) to post 160/3 in 20 overs.
 
Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin was the star with the ball as he picked up all the three wickets that fell to finish with figures of 3/23 from his four overs. While his strikes stemmed the flow of runs, Chennai scored 52 runs in the last five overs with Dhoni finishing well along with Rayudu.
 
Calling correctly, Chennai started well with Shane Watson and du Plessis looking to take on the Punjab bowlers. While Watson looked to attack from the word go, du Plessis looked to settle down before taking the attack to the opposition. After all, the Proteas skipper was playing his first match in this year's IPL.
 
The hosts looked comfortably placed, having scored 54 runs in the Powerplay without losing a wicket. But Ashwin broke the opening stand when he sent back Watson, caught by Sam Curran, for 26. Playing across the line to a carrom ball, Watson holed out to Curran in the deep with the scoreboard reading 56/1 in the 8th over.
 
du Plessis looked to continue the good work with Suresh Raina as the two looked to pick the ones and twos with the field spreading out. Chennai ended the 10th over with the score on 71 and du Plessis batting on 34 off 25 balls.
 
With spinners bowling from both sides, du Plessis looked to deal in sixes, but it was Ashwin who had the last laugh as he sent back du Plessis (54 off 38 balls) with another carrom ball.
 
Raina too followed suit when he tried to slog sweep an in-form Ashwin, only to miss the ball and see his stumps get rattled. With Raina gone for 17 in the 14th over, it was left to Dhoni and Rayudu to first consolidate and then finish well.
 
Brief scores:
 
Chennai Super Kings: 160/3 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 54, M.S. Dhoni 37*; R. Ashwin 3/23) beat Kings XI Punjab 138/5 in 20 overs (Sarfaraz Khan 67, K.L. Rahul 55; Harbhajan Singh 2/17) by 22 runs
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

IPL: Chennai outsmart Punjab by 22 runs

ADVERTISEMENT
Opener K. L. Rahul's (55 off 47) and Sarfaraz Khan's (67 off 59) laborious efforts went in vain as Chennai Super Kings held their nerves to beat Kings XI Punjab by 22 runs in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Saturday.
 
Chasing a modest 161-run target, the visitors received a couple of early jolts before Rahul and Sarfaraz anchored the Punjab innings with a crucial 110-run stand for the third wicket.
 
However, it was not enough to help them cross the line as Chennai registered their fourth win from five matches.
 
Brief scores: CSK 160/3 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 54, M. S. Dhoni 37*; R. Ashwin 3/23) beat Kings XI Punjab 138/5 in 20 overs (Sarfaraz Khan 67, K. L. Rahul 55; Harbhajan Singh 2/17, Scott Kuggeleijn 2/37) by 22 runs.
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Dhoni takes CSK to 160/3 against KXIP after Ashwin picks three

It looked like smooth sailing for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) with the score reading 98/1 in the 13th over. But Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) skipper Ravichandran Ashwin had other ideas as he picked up two wickets in the 14th over to put the brakes on CSK during their Indian Premier League match at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Sunday.
 
In the end, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (37* off 23 balls) and Ambati Rayudu (21* off 15 balls) finished with a flourish as CSK made 160/3 in 20 overs.
 
Ashwin was the star with the ball as he picked up all the three wickets that fell to finish with figures of 3/23 from his four overs. While his strikes stemmed the flow of runs, CSK scored 52 runs in the last five overs with Dhoni finishing well along with Rayudu.
 
Calling correctly, CSK started well with Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis looking to take on the Punjab bowlers. While Watson looked to attack from the word go, du Plessis looked to settle down before taking the attack to the opposition. After all, the Proteas skipper was playing his first match in this year's IPL.
 
CSK looked comfortably placed, having scored 54 runs in the Powerplay without losing a wicket. But Ashwin broke the opening stand when he sent back Watson, caught by Sam Curran, for 26. Playing across the line to a carrom ball, Watson holed out to Curran in the deep with the scoreboard reading 56/1 in the 8th over.
 
Du Plessis looked to continue the good work with Suresh Raina as the two looked to pick the ones and twos with the field spreading out. CSK ended the 10th over with the score on 71 and du Plessis batting on 34 off 25 balls. 
 
With spinners bowling from both sides, du Plessis looked to deal in sixes, but it was Ashwin who had the last laugh as he sent back du Plessis (54 off 38 balls) with another carrom ball.
 
Raina too followed suit when he tried to slog sweep an in-form Ashwin, only to miss the ball and see his stumps get rattled. With Raina gone for 17 in the 14th over, it was left to Dhoni and Rayudu to first consolidate and then finish well.
 
Brief scores: CSK 160/3 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 54, M.S. Dhoni 37*; R. Ashwin 3/23)
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Chennai taste first defeat, lose by 33 runs to Mumbai

Mumbai Indians' Krunal Pandya in action during their IPL 2019 match against Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, on April 3, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Mumbai Indians' Krunal Pandya in action during their IPL 2019 match against Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, on April 3, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Defending champions Chennai Super Kings tasted their first defeat in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 as they lost to Mumbai Indians by 33 runs here on Wednesday.
 
Chasing a target of 171, none of the Chennai batsmen were able to show resistance except Kedhar Jadhav, who played a fighting 58-run knock.
 
For Mumbai, Lasith Malinga and Hardik Pandya rattled the Chennai batting line-up, scalping three wickets each.
 
Chasing the target, Chennai started on a poor note, losing openers Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson cheaply. While Lasith Malinga accounted for Watson (5), Jason Behrendorff sent back Rayudu on a duck.
 
Chennai's most dependable batsman Suresh Raina also couldn't do much in the middle after managing just 16 runs off 15 deliveries.
 
It was Behrendorff who once again struck, giving the third blow to the visiting side, leaving Chennai reeling at 33/3 in 4.5 overs.
 
Jadhav (58 off 54, including eight boundaries and a six) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (12 off 21) then anchored Chennai's inning with a 54-run partnership. However, the skipper couldn't stay for much time in the middle as he fell to Hardik Pandya while trying to accelerate the run-rate.
 
Jadhav tried to keep one end in control but Malinga ended his laborious effort before Chennai lost Ravindra Jadeja (1) and Dwayne Bravo (8) in quick succession as the scorecard read 115/7 in the 18th over.
 
With 56 needed off the last two overs, Chennai's lower middle order couldn't help their side cross the line as Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur could only contribute with 7 and 12 runs, respectively.
 
Earlier, despite a slow start, it was Hardik and Keiron Pollard's quick-fire play, which propelled Mumbai Indians to 170/5.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
While most Chennai bowlers, who maintained a tight economy rate in 18 overs, went profligate in the last two overs as Pollard (17 unbeaten off 7) and Hardik (25 unbeaten off 8) hammered them all around the park to help their team post a fighting total.
 
Suryakumar Yadav (59) and Krunal Pandya (42) also made valuable contributions to the team's score.
 
Put in to bat first, the hosts were off to a slow start with just three runs coming from the initial two overs, before Chahar drew first blood for Chennai. With runs not coming, de Kock handed an easy catch to Jadhav at square leg in the third over while trying to smash a delivery.
 
Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar then tried to repair the damage, adding 37 runs for the second wicket. But Jadeja cut short the former's stay, dismissing him on 13 as Mumbai were 45/2 in the eighth over.
 
With the addition of just five runs in the scorecard, Imran Tahir intensified Mumbai's troubles by sending Yuvraj Singh back to hut at 4.
 
Suryakumar and Krunal Pandya (42 off 32) then showed some resistance and stitched a 62-run partnership. Mohit Sharma finally broke the partnership by sending almost dangerous looking Krunal back in the 17th over. His knock was laced with five boundaries and a six.
 
While trying to shift gears and accelerate the run-rate, Suryakumar tried to clear the fence off a Bravo delivery, but ended up giving a catch to Jadeja at long-on. It left the hosts at 125/5 in 17.6 overs.
 
Suryakumar's fighting innings contained eight boundaries and one hit into the stands.
 
Pollard and Hardik showed some quick hands towards the end as they hammered Bravo for 29 runs in the final over to help Mumbai reach 170/5 in the allotted 20 overs.
 
Brief scores: Mumbai Indians 170/5 (Suryakumar Yadav 59, Krunal Pandya 42; Ravindra Jadeja 1/10) beat Chennai Super Kings 133/8 (Kedhar Jadhav 58, Suresh Raina 16; Hardik Pandya 3/20) by 33 runs
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Hardik, Pollard help Mumbai reach 170/5 vs Chennai

Mumbai Indians' Krunal Pandya in action during their IPL 2019 match against Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, on April 3, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Mumbai Indians' Krunal Pandya in action during their IPL 2019 match against Chennai Super Kings at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, on April 3, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
After a slow start, Hardik Pandya and Keiron Pollard's quick-fire play propelled Mumbai Indians to 170/5 in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match with Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede Stadium, here on Wednesday.
 
While most Chennai bowlers maintained a tight economy rate in 18 overs, they went profligate in the last two overs. Pollard (17 unbeaten off 7) and Hardik (25 unbeaten off 8) hammered them all around the park to help their team post a fighting total.
 
Earlier, Suryakumar Yadav (59) and Krunal Pandya (42) made valuable contributions to the team's score.
 
Put to bat, the hosts were off to a slow start with just three runs coming from the initial two overs, before Deepak Chahar drew the first blood for Chennai. With runs not coming, de Kock handed an easy catch to Kedhar Jadhav at square leg in the third over while trying to smash a delivery.
 
Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav then tried to repair the damage, adding 37 runs for the second wicket. But Ravindra Jadeja cut short the former's stay, dismissing him on 13 as Mumbai were 45/2 in the eighth over.
 
With the addition of just five runs in the scorecard, Imran Tahir intensified Mumbai's troubles by sending Yuvraj Singh back to the hut at 4.
 
Suryakumar and Krunal Pandya (42 off 32) then showed some resistance and stitched a 62-run partnership. Mohit Sharma finally broke the partnership by sending almost dangerous looking Krunal back in the 17th over.
 
Krunal's knock was laced with five boundaries and a six.
 
While trying to shift gears and accelerate the run-rate, Suryakumar tried to clear the fence off a Dwayne Bravo delivery, but ended up giving a catch to Jadeja at long-on. It left the hosts at 125/5 in 17.6 overs.
 
Suryakumar's fighting innings contained eight boundaries and one hit into the stands.
 
Keiron Pollard (17 off 7) and Hardik Pandya showed some quick hands towards the end as they hammered Bravo for 29 runs in the final over to help Mumbai reach 170/5 in the allotted 20 overs.
 
Brief scores: Mumbai Indians 170/5 (Suryakumar Yadav 59, Krunal Pandya 42; Ravindra Jadeja 1/10) vs Chennai Super Kings
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

IPL: Dhoni wins toss, opts to field first against Mumbai Indians

ADVERTISEMENT
Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and opted to field first against Mumbai Indians in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Wankhede Stadium here on Wednesday.
 
The visitors have made one change in the team. Mohit Sharma has replaced Mitchell Santner in CSK, while Jason Behrendorff and Rahul Chahar replaced Mitchell McClenaghan and Mayank Markande in the Mumbai playing eleven.
 
Defending champions Chennai top the league points table with three wins from as many games, while Mumbai is at the seventh place with just one win from three games.
 
Playing XI:
 
Chennai Super Kings: Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (Captain/wicket-keeper), Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Mohit Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
 
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Quinton de Kock (wicket-keeper), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Jason Behrendorff.
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Dhoni's 75 helps Chennai reach 175/5 vs Rajasthan Royals

ADVERTISEMENT
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's valiant effort guided Chennai Super Kings (CSK)to a challenging 175/5 against Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash here on Sunday.
 
Despite some early blows, skipper Dhoni's fighting knock of 75 off 46 balls helped Chennai reach a fighting total while Suresh Raina nd Dwayne Bravo also chipped in with 36 and 27 runs, respectively.
 
Despite some early jolts, it was Dhoni who led his team to a fighting total.
 
For Rajasthan, Jofra Archer was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets while Jaydev Unadkat and Ben Stokes picked up a wicket each.
 
IANS
 
 
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Kiwi all-rounder Scott Kuggeleijn to replace injured Lungi Ngidi in CSK

ADVERTISEMENT
Two-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) today said it had signed up New Zealand all-rounder Scott Kuggeleijn to replace injured Lungi Ngidi for the remainder of the season.
 
"Kuggeleijn, 27, is a fast-medium bowler and a capable batsman who has turned out for New Zealand in two one-day internationals and four Twenty20 Internationals," a press release from CSK said.
 
He had also played in the three-match T20I series against touring India in February, which the hosts won 2-1. This will be his first appearance in IPL, the cash-rich T20 league.
 
"For Lungi, we have gone with Kuggeleijn, who bowls quick and bats well. So, we have looked for an all-rounder who has good pace and good variations. He will be joining us next week," CSK head coach Stephen Fleming said at a press conference on Saturday.
 
Ngidi was ruled out of the ongoing IPL even before its start after the South African pacer felt discomfort while bowling during the last ODI against Sri Lanka at Newlands recently.
 
Meanwhile, England and CSK all-rounder David Willey pulled out of the current IPL season on Friday, citing personal reasons.
 
"David's got a personal issue at home that he is dealing with and we have supported him and we will continue to support him," Fleming said.
 
NNN

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Explosion in firecracker unit kills six in Tamil Nadu

ADVERTISEMENT
An explosion in a firecrackers unit in Tiruvarur district in Tamil Nadu killed six workers on Wednesday.
 
The unit was involved in manufacturing fancy fireworks for temple festivals and other functions.
 
On receiving the information about the explosion, fire tenders rushed to the spot to douse the fire and carry out rescue operations.
 
Chief Minister K. Palaniswami has condoled the death of the six persons.
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

IPL: All-round Chennai beat Delhi by six wickets

Mahendra Singh Dhoni might have lost the toss, but Chennai Super Kings used the conditions at the Ferozeshah Kotla beautifully as they beat Delhi Capitals by six wickets on Tuesday.
 
If Dwayne Bravo (3/33) was the star with the ball, it was a combined effort by the CSK top order as they chased down the target of 148 with two balls to spare.
 
The chase didn't start on expected lines for Chennai as they lost Ambati Rayudu (5) in the third over of the game as DC skipper Shreyas Iyer took an easy catch at mid-off off Ishant Sharma's bowling, but that was where the joy ended for Delhi as Shane Watson combined beautifully with Suresh Raina to take the attack to the DC bowlers.
 
While the CSK bowlers had used the conditions well, the Delhi bowlers left a lot to be desired. The score read 60/1 at the end of the powerplay as the duo of Watson and Raina looked in complete control. It looked like they would take the game home before Amit Mishra dismissed Watson (44) against the run of play.
 
With the score on 72/2, everyone waited for Dhoni to come to the crease, but the fans had to wait as Kedar Jadhav walked in to join Raina. But the wish of the capacity crowd at Kotla was finally fulfilled in the 11th over when Mishra sent back Raina (30) with the score reading 98/3.
 
After that Dhoni, (32* off 35 balls) and Jadhav (27 off 34 balls) took Chennai home with some smart display of batsmanship. Even though the required rate did go over six towards the end, there was no pressure as such on the duo and it was more about crossing the line. Although Jadhav was dismissed with two runs left to get, Bravo completed the formalities.
 
Earlier, DC opener Shikhar Dhawan struggled his way to a 47-ball 51 as the Delhi Capitals managed to score just 29 runs in the last five overs to finish on 147/6 in their 20 overs. This after the Delhi batsmen picked 17 runs from the 14th over of the match from Bravo.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
A senior member of the team, one would have expected Dhawan to make it count after spending quality time in the middle, but he failed to accelerate after scoring a laborious fifty as the Chennai bowlers slowed things down by bowling a tight line and length.
 
Iyer had won the toss and decided to bat first on a Kotla wicket that wore a typical low and slow look. But it was the Chennai bowlers who looked to be at the top of their game.
 
Even though Prithvi Shaw looked to be positive against CSK pacer Deepak Chahar, the bowler had the last laugh as he dismissed Shaw (24) in the 5th over. DC ended the powerplay at 43/1.
 
The fall of wicket slowed things down quite a bit as Iyer and Dhawan found the going really tough against the Chennai bowlers who slowed the pace and looked to take advantage of the wicket.
 
Having struggled their way to 65/1 after 10 overs, DC lost Iyer in the 12th over as he was trapped right in front of the wicket by Imran Tahir for a 20-ball 18.
 
With the scoreboard looking pretty ordinary, Rishabh Pant looked to take the attack to the Chennai bowlers and was good till Bravo dismissed him in the 16th over, caught brilliantly at deep square-leg by Shardul Thakur. Pant had to walk back for a 12-ball 25 as the score read 120/3.
 
Colin Ingram didn't bother the scorers much as he was dismissed by Bravo in the same over for just 2 and it was all about looking to play catch-up after that for DC.
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

IPL: Bravo picks three as CSK restrict DC to 147/6

Mahendra Singh Dhoni might have lost the toss, but Chennai Super Kings used the conditions beautifully at Delhi Capitals' home ground to restrict them to just 147/6 in their 20 overs at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium on Tuesday. 
 
Dwayne Bravo was the star of the show for Chennai as he finished with figures of 3/33 from his four overs.
 
Opener Shikhar Dhawan struggled his way to a 47-ball 51 as the Delhi Capitals managed to score just 29 runs in the last five overs. This after the Delhi batsmen picked 17 runs from the 14th over of the match from Bravo.
 
A senior member of the team, one would have expected Dhawan to make it count after spending quality time in the middle, but he failed to accelerate after scoring a laborious fifty as the Chennai bowlers slowed things down by bowling a tight line and length.
 
Earlier, Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer won the toss and decided to bat first on a Kotla wicket that wore a typical low and slow look. But taking advantage of the new ball, both Prithvi Shaw and Dhawan looked to take the attack to the Chennai bowlers.
 
It looked to be going good initially as Shaw started positively against Deepak Chahar, but the pacer had the last laugh as he dismissed Shaw (24) in the 5th over. DC ended the powerplay at 43/1.
 
The wicket slowed things down quite a bit as Iyer and Dhawan found the going really tough against the Chennai bowlers who slowed the pace and looked to take advantage of the wicket.
 
Having struggled their way to 65/1 after 10 overs, DC lost skipper Iyer in the 12th over as he was trapped right in front of the wicket by Imran Tahir for a 20-ball 18.
 
With the scoreboard looking pretty ordinary, Rishabh Pant looked to take the attack to the Chennai bowlers and looked good till Bravo dismissed him in the 16th over, caught brilliantly at deep square-leg by Shardul Thakur. Pant had to walk back for a 12-ball 25 as the score read 120/3.
 
Colin Ingram didn't bother the scorers much as he was dismissed by Bravo in the same over for just 2 and it was all about looking to play catch-up after that for DC.
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Toxic gas from septic tank kills 6 in Tamil Nadu

ADVERTISEMENT
Six persons died of asphyxiation near here on Tuesday within minutes after inhaling toxic gas that emanated from a septic tank, police said.
 
According to the police, Krishnamurthy in Sriperumbudur town engaged a truck to clear the septic tank.
 
But Krishnamurthy slipped into the tank. Hearing his shouts, one of his sons tried to help him but he too died.
 
Krishnamurthy's other son and then three others who tried to rescue the man died after inhaling the toxic gas.
 
IANS
 
 
 
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

DMK temporarily suspends actor Radha Ravi

Actress Nayanthara (File photo: IANS)
Actress Nayanthara (File photo: IANS)
The DMK has temporarily suspended veteran actor Radha Ravi from the party for his derogatory remarks against actor Nayanthara.
 
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President M. K. Stalin on Sunday took to Twitter to upload the suspension notice of the actor.
 
The DMK said Ravi was acting in a manner that brought disrepute to the party, defying the party discipline and was temporarily suspended from the party.
 
Stalin said the party upholds the rights of women and Ravi's views about the female movie actors was unacceptable and strongly condemnable.
 
On Saturday, Ravi passed a comment on Nayanthara during the trailer launch of her upcoming Tamil film "Kolayuthir Kaalam".
 
"Nayanthara has acted as ghost as well as goddess Sita. Earlier, K.R. Vijaya was the most popular choice to play the role of goddess. Today, anyone can be cast to play a goddess. They can cast someone who you want to pray to when you look at them, they can also cast someone you want to call towards you when you see them," Ravi had said.
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

IPL 2019: Chennai hammer Bangalore by 7 wickets

Defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) kicked off their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 campaign on a rousing note by thrashing Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by seven wickets at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Saturday.
 
After wrapping up the visitors on a paltry total of 70 runs, the sixth lowest total in IPL history, the hosts took 17.5 overs to overhaul the target on a slow Chepauk wicket.
 
Chasing a low total seemed child's play for Chennai. However, the Bangalore bowlers also utilised the favourable conditions to create a little panic in hosts' dug-out.
 
Like Bangalore, Chennai was also off to a poor start as Yuzvendra Chahal sent back opener Shane Watson who failed to open his account.
 
Incoming batsman Suresh Raina (19) and opener Ambati Rayudu slowly and steadily lifted their side towards the target before Moeen Ali applied the brakes on the former's innings.
 
The duo were involved in a 32-run stand for the second wicket. Meanwhile, Raina also became the first player in the IPL history to reach the 5,000-run mark when he reached individual score of 15.
 
With 11 runs remaining for a win, Mohammed Siraj came with another breakthrough as the pacer clean bowled a well-settled Rayudu on 28.
 
Ravindra Jadeja (6 not out) and Kedar Jadhav (13 not out), however, denied the visiting bowlers any further inroads in Chennai batting line-up as they comfortably collected the remaining runs to hand the defending champions a comfortable win.
 
For Bangalore, Chahal, Siraj and Moeen picked a wicket each.
 
Earlier, an exceptional bowling effort by Chennai saw Bangalore succumbing at a meagre total of 70 runs.
 
Such was the dominance of Chennai bowlers that half of the Bangalore batsmen were back in the dressing room with just 45 runs on board in 9.2 overs.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
First of all, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh (3/20) rattled the visiting top order before Imran Tahir (3/9) joined the party, rocking the middle-order while Jadeja (2/15) also jolted Bangalore on couple of occasions.
 
Put in to bat, Bangalore openers Virat Kohli (6) and Parthiv Patel started cautiously. However, the visiting skipper while trying to pull a shorter delivery from Harbhajan handed an easy catch to Jadeja at deep midwicket.
 
Harbhajan then struck twice to pack incoming batsman Moeen (9) and a dangerous AB de Villiers (9).
 
Soon, the visitors lost their fourth wicket as newcomer Shimron Hetmyer tried for a quick single. There was no response from his partner Parthiv and he was stranded in the middle. Raina, who was at cover, took no time and hurled the ball to Dhoni who got ample time to knock off the bails.
 
Tahir was the next to strike as a Shivam Dube thick edge on his delivery landed safely in the hands of Watson at slip and Bangalore were reeling at 45/5.
 
With just the addition of five runs, it was Jadeja's turn, who dismissed Colin de Grandhomme (4) before Tahir struck twice in quick succession as Bangalore's scorecard read 59/8.
 
It was a cakewalk for the Chennai bowlers then as Jadeja accounted for the wicket of Umesh Yadav, and Dwayne Bravo put the final nail in the coffin by sending back Parthiv to wrap up the Bangalore innings.
 
Parthiv was the top scorer for Bangalore with 29 runs, with none of the other batsmen reaching double digits.
 
Brief scores: 
Chennai Super Kings 71/3 in 17.5 overs (Ambati Rayudu 28, Suresh Raina 19; Yuzvendra Chahal 1/6) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 70 all out (Parthiv Patel 29, AB de Villiers 9; Imran Tahir 3/9) by 7 wickets.
 
IANS
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 

Raina becomes first player to score 5,000 IPL runs

ADVERTISEMENT
Suresh Raina added another feather to his illustrious cap here on Saturday as the Chennai Super Kings' (CSK) batsman became the first in the Indian Premier League (IPL) history to amass 5,000 runs.
 
During the ongoing IPL 2019 opener against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Raina, a vital cog in Chennai's armory, achieved the rare feat as soon as he touched the individual score of 15.
 
The Uttar Pradesh cricketer also has 35 fifties in the league beside a century, averaging 34.27. 
 
Raina is followed by India skipper Virat Kohli, who has 4,954 runs from 164 games, containing four hundreds and 34 fifties.
 
Kohli, also known as run-machine, however, failed to perform against Chennai as the Indian captain was dismissed for six runs.
 
IANS
 
 

(Our News Desk can be contacted at desk@netindian.in)

Did you like this story? Make a donation and help us to serve you better.
ADVERTISEMENT
 
Syndicate content
© Copyright 2012 NetIndian. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of NetIndian content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of NetIndian Media Corporation. Write to info[AT]netindian[DOT]in for permission to use content. Read detailed Terms of Use.